Brains (Transformers)

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Transformers character
Name Brains
Autobot, former Decepticon
English voice actor Reno Wilson
Japanese voice actor Shirō Saitō
Alternate modes Lenovo ThinkPad Edge
Function Brain unit technology Autobot
Motto "We are family."
Partner Bumblebee, Wheelie
Rank 2
Sub-group Autobot drone

Brains is a fictional character from the Transformers film series, originally a drone called the Brain Unit.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon


Brains appears in novelization of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. During the battle with the Decepticons Wheelie and Brains take over a Decepticon ship and use it against the Decepticons. While his fate is unclear in the movie (until Age of Extinction, which revealed that he survived the crash, losing a leg in the process), he and Wheelie survive in the novel.

Brains appears as a character in the Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Junior Novel.[1]


The drone calling himself Brains came with the Autobot "Que/Wheeljack" in Dark of the Moon Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky in Philadelphia.[2]


In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Wheelie and Brains are kept as 'pets' by Sam Witwicky. Brains is more perverted than Wheelie, and likes bothering Carly. He also does not like it when Sam and Carly treat them as pets, wishing merely to find a place to call home. Wheelie and Brains are later taken by Carly and Sam to see Lennox after Sam was attacked by Laserbeak at his work place. He helps Sam and Simmons find two former cosmonauts who are hiding in America. During the battle in Chicago, he rides with the Wreckers and cheers as they ride into battle. He and Wheelie are accidentally left behind, but find a crashed Decepticon fighter and fly it to the main Decepticon battle-cruiser, where they sabotage the ship, saving Bumblebee and the other captured Autobots. They then crash the ship in the river. Before the ship crashes, Wheelie has a brief exchange with Brains in which Wheelie says that "we had a good run Brains" who responds, "yep, we're gonna die". The ship crashes into the river and the whereabouts of the two are unknown for the rest of the movie.

In Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brains, is revealed to have survived the Battle of Chicago, losing a Leg in the process. He ended up being held captive by the Kinetic Solutions Incorporated (KSI) technology firm to use his intelligence to help KSI build their Transformer drones before being rescued by the Autobots.[3] It was Brains who made the startling discovery that Megatron's mind is active, yet does nothing to notify KSI about this fact as they unknowingly build him a new body as Galvatron. Once freed, Brains reveals Galvatron's true identity to the Autobots along with the Decepticon's plan to purge human life on Earth by detonating the Seed to a large city.


  1. Michael Kelly (2011). Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Junior Novel. Ballantine Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0-316-18629-2. 
  2. John Barber (w), Carlos Magno (p), Aburtov and Graphiksslava (i). Transformers: Rising Storm 1 (February 2011), IDW Publishing
  3. Bay, Michael (May 8, 2014). "John Goodman And Ken Watanabe Join The Autobot Voice Cast in Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’". Michael Bay. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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