Knock Out (Transformers)

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Knock Out is the name of five fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
Armada Land Military team on card
Name Knock Out
Japanese name Crack
Series Transformers: Armada
Alternate modes ATV Missile Launcher
Partner Bonecrusher & Wreckage
Rank 5
Sub-group Land Military Team

In the Transformers: Armada series, Knock Out is the name of a Mini-Con, a member of the Land Military Team. He transforms into a ATV missile luncher.

Fictional biography

Each of these tough land vehicles carries multiple missiles. When launched, they fill the air with streaming trails of explosive firepower. The AUTOBOTS recognize the destructive power of these mini-cons and fight fiercely to keep them out of the hands of the DECEPTICONS. Meanwhile, MEGATRON is determined to possess them and their power.

Animated series

Oval, Buzzsaw and Knock Out repaired Tidal Wave in episode 30, "Runaway." [1]


Dreamwave Productions

Knock Out and the Land Military Team were captured and altered by the Decepticons to be used as weapons of conquest millions of years ago. They escaped aboard the Exodus with most other Mini-Cons.

Bonecrusher first appeared in issue #7 of the Dreamwave Armada comic. They declared themselves free agents upon reactivating on Earth. Nonetheless, at the request of Alexis, Carlos and Rad, they freed Jolt, Longarm and Sparkplug from Decepticon captivity and helped them save the Autobots from the Decepticons.

Later they were taken against their will to Dualor's moonbase. Following the destruction and abandonment of the moonbase, the Land Military Team stayed with the Autobots, where they were instrumental in separating Star Saber from Megatron's grip after he used it to destroy the invading Galvatron.

Knock Out appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.

Fun Publications

Knock Out appeared in the text story from Fun Publications called Force of Habit. This story explained where he was during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus was the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. He also served as captain of the Iron Hope which was crewed by Bonecrusher, Grimlock, Ironhide, Knock Out, Overcast, Prowl, Quickstrike, RipTide, Skyblast, Smokescreen, Swoop, Wreckage and the Sky Scorcher Mini-Con Team.


  • Armada Mini-Con Knock Out (2002)
He was later recolored into Armada Broadside and Cybertron Steamhammer. [2]
  • Space Warriors Transformable Military Fighter Armada Knock Out (2007)
A Chinese made remake of Armada Knock Out by Agglo and sold in Big Lots stores in 2007, this toy is about double the size of the original toy.

Transformers: Energon

Transformers character
Energon Knock Out toy
Name Knock Out
Series Transformers: Energon
First appearance Force of Habit by Fun Publications
Alternate modes Fire Truck/Gun/Head and chest
Partner Ultra Magnus, Astro-Scope, Payload, and Skyblast
Sub-group Headmasters

Knock Out is the Mini-Con partner of Ultra Magnus, and also forms his head. He seems to be a different character from the Mini-Con Knock Out who appeared in the Armada series, and the two have even appeared in the same stories together.

Although Knock Out has three distinct independent modes (fire truck, robot and gun) he isn't officially listed as a Triple Changer. He also becomes the head and some of the chest of Ultra Magnus. He is an independent character from the Armada Mini-Con named Knock Out, and they have even appeared in the same fiction together.

Fun Publications

Knock Out first appears in the text story from Fun Publications called Force of Habit. This story explains where he is during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus is the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. He also serves as captain of the Iron Hope which is crewed by Bonecrusher, Grimlock, Ironhide, Knock Out, Overcast, Prowl, Quickstrike, RipTide, Skyblast, Smokescreen, Swoop, Wreckage and the Sky Scorcher Mini-Con Team.[3][4]


  • Energon Ultra Magnus with Mini-Con Knock Out (2004)
A redeco of Armada Rollout. Knock Out was packaged together with Ultra Magnus and a recolor of the Mini-Con Space Team.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
Revenge of the Fallen Knock Out
Name Knock Out
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
First appearance Transformers: The Veiled Threat
Alternate modes Motorcycle
Rank 5
Sub-group Scouts

When he first came to Earth he choose a holographic driver which looked like a famous 1950's rebel film character.

Fictional biography

Though he is an incredibly flashy and skilled fighter, KNOCK OUT is also desperately insecure. He practices awesome combat maneuvers constantly in private to be sure that the other Autobots will notice him on the battlefield. His highest ambition is to be the leader of a special combat team, and to get the combination retrofit everyone has been talking about.


Knock Out first appears among the Autobot members of N.E.S.T. in the book Transformers: The Veiled Threat by Alan Dean Foster. Knock Out trains among the Autobots in Diego Garcia. He later joins Longarm on a mission to Peru to find Decepticons that have been detected in the deep jungles. On a steep mountain pass, the party is attacked by Decepticons Ruination and Blademaster. Despite inexperienced and risky behavior by Knock Out, both Decepticons are severely damaged and driven off.

IDW Publishing

Knock Out appears in Transformers: Nefarious #1, set months after the events of the 2009 film. Bumblebee, Breakaway, Jolt, Knock Out and Dune Runner are sent to investigate spark fragments detected at Kingdom Petrochemicals. Arriving first Breakaway is warned by Soundwave to leave, but unwilling to give in the Autobot is swiftly defeated. Bumblebee and his team fire on Soundwave, who escapes.[5]


  • Revenge of the Fallen Scout Knock Out (2009)
A new mold of Knock Out that transforms into a motorcycle. This toy was redecoed into the Decepticon Reverb and the Autobot Backfire.

Transformers: Prime

Knock Out
Transformers character
Prime Deluxe Knock Out on card
First appearance

Transformers: Prime episode "Deus Ex Machina"
Voiced by

Daran Norris
Species Transformer
Sex Male


Decepticon, later Autobot
Alternate mode


Weapons Specialist


Transformers: Prime

Deluxe Vehicles, Legion
Tech specs

ST06 IN08 SP08 EN05

RN07 CO04 FP05 SK05

Knock Out is the Decepticons' egomaniacal medic. His robot mode appearance is reminiscient of Beast Wars Terrorsaur. Despite being a medic, he admits he is better at breaking then fixing when Starscream called him in to help with Megatron's recovery. Knock Out is concerned with his form, as he once forced a driver off the road after he scratched his paint job, and insulting Optimus after he ripped off his door. He transforms into a red sports car, a modern take of a 1971 Dodge Charger.

Fictional biography

Deluxe Knock Out: Knock Out is oily slick; the ultimate salesman. Everyone knows his weapons are dangerous and prone to malfunction, and his installation methods often leave Decepticons scarred and crippled. But who can resist having quantum disintegration at his fingertips?

Cyberverse Energon Driller with Knock Out: Knock Out has spent so much time in the underground weapon design and cyber-surgery racket that he's come to literally prefer being underground. For moving shipments of plasma fusers through Autobot territory there's nothing better than the Energon Driller.

Cyberverse Legion Knock Out: Knock Out has built and installed everything from singularity generators to solar disruptors. Entire star systems have collapsed into black holes as a result of the – sometimes accidental – discharge of his weapons. See, he’s not too big on safety protocols. But once his weapons are thoroughly tested and proven safe, Knock Out keeps the best ones for himself. He boosts their power output, adds a few personal touches, and then takes them out into the field to see what sort of damage he can do.

Animated series

Transformers: Prime

In "Deus ex Machina", Knock Out and Breakdown were called in by Starscream to help in Megatron's recovery by insistence of the rest of the Decepticons. However they were quickly drawn into a plot to steal an Energon Harvester from a museum, battling against the Autobots also trying to recover the artifact. Knock Out and Breakdown watched as Starscream prepared to utilise the Energon Harvester, however Bulkhead destroyed it, and so they retreated when more Autobots showed up.[6]

In "Speed Metal", Knock Out starts neglecting his duties repairing Megatron, developing an interest in illegal street racing, and during one such race forced a driver off the road after he scratched his paint job. Despite being told off by Starscream, Knock Out enters a race, which Jack and Bumblebee are also involved in. He tries to terminate Bumblebee, and instead kidnaps another racer, Vince, whom he assumed was Bumblebee's human partner. After calling in Breakdown as backup for his ambush, they fought the Autobots who had come to rescue Vince, and Knock Out escapes, but not until after Optimus Prime rips off his door and rescues Vince. Later, Starscream gives him a punishment for not obeying his orders.[7]

During "Sick Mind", Starscream offers him the second-in-command post if he convinces Soundwave that they should take Megatron off life-support. However after discovering the Autobots have done something to Megatron's body, Soundwave denies the option. In "Out of His Head", Knock Out tries to prove himself worthy to Starscream as his second-in-command by ordering Breakdown to attack the Autobots trying to halt their plans to gather Energon. However he failed to notice Optimus sneaking up behind them, and as a result their plan was ruined. In "Shadowzone", following Megatron's recovery, he attempts to repair Starscream, only for his patient to be dismissive of him. When Starscream loses his arm, Knock Out offers to replace it with an updated weapon system.

In "TMI", he and Breakdown lead a squad to recover a Cybertronian data cylinder, and though they bring it back to Megatron, they find that the data has gone, and realize Bulkhead has it in his mind. They later track Bulkhead to a demolition derby arena, and try to locate him so that they can extract the data, only for it to be sent off into space. During "Stronger, Faster", Knock Out tries to locate new Energon deposits, and teams up with Breakdown to try and make the Autobots use up all of theirs. When Ratchet shows up at one of their mines, hyperactive on a synthetic Energon, Knock Out tries to take a sample, only for Ratchet to destroy the substance, though Knock Out later finds a single drop left.

During "One Shall Fall", Knock Out is part of the crew trying to build a new Space Bridge as part of Megatron's plan to find more Dark Energon, and in "One Shall Rise, Part 3", he is reluctant to obey Airachnid's orders to abandon Megatron on Earth, and watches Soundwave putting her in her place and is present when Megatron returns.

During "Orion Pax, Part 1", Knock Out embroiders the amnesiac Optimus Prime with Decepticon shields, and listens to Megatron's plan to use him to decode an encrypted database the Decepticons confiscated from Iacon. He and Breakdown later steal a generator for the Space Bridge from an army base, but accidentally allow Arcee onto the ship. In "Operation Bumblebee, Part 1", he retrieves an artifact from coordinates supplied by Optimus, and is amused by Bumblebee's strange tactics in pursuing him. In "Operation Bumblebee, Part 2," he and Breakdown are sent to retrieve another relic, and Knock Out uses the relic he retrieved before, a Shield Generator, to harry the Autobots before it is destroyed by Bulkhead.

When the Nemesis is damaged in "Flying Mind", Knock Out advises against using Dark Energon to repair it, with his fears coming true as the ship gained a will of its own and turned on the Decepticon crew. Knock Out suggested allowing it to continue decoding the Iacon database before it put him in stasis lock. When Knock Out recovered, he tried to attack Jack as he attempted to leave with some decrypted coordinates, only to be attacked first by Ratchet.

In "Tunnel Vision", Knock Out is ordered to lead a group of Vehicon miners into the New York subway to retrieve one of four relics, and due to Breakdown's death, Megatron assigns Knock Out an Insecticon as backup. While they were searching for the relic, he fights Arcee for possession of the relic, and later pursues Bumblebee to get it, but is defeated when a sweeper train runs him over, scratching his paint job severely, and retreats. Upon his return to the Nemesis in "Triage", he was ordered to dispose of a grenade in Laserbeak, and appeared jealous of Megatron's appraisal of Soundwave's success next to his failure.

In "Hard Knocks," Knock Out congratulates Soundwave for using his skills to decode the coordinates of the second Omega Key. Megatron assigns Dreadwing to work with Knock Out to find the second Omega Key. Arcee and Bumblebee find the second Omega Key as Knock Out arrives. Knock Out attacks Bumblebee and Arcee with a sonic weapon he borrowed from Soundwave. Knock Out manages to defeat Arcee and Bumblebee and claimed the second Omega Key. Megatron doubted that the Autobots had a decoy at the scene of the second Omega Key as Knock Out tells him that Autobots fought fiercely to claim the second Omega Key. When Soundwave finds the third Omega Key, Megatron tells Knock Out to keep his vanity in check as he plans to find out what the second Omega Key can do.

In "Inside Job", Knock Out manages to remove the last Omega Key from Smokescreen. But later he was outwitted by the Autobot, and trapped halfway through the wall. Later he begs for Megatron to release him, but Megatron keeps him there as a reminder to those who fail him.

In "Patch", Knock Out is somehow removed from the wall anyway, when Megatron needs him to use the cordical psychic patch to discover Starscream's true motives. Through most of it, Knock Out watches in amusement, until Megatron discovers that he was also involved in Starscream's scheme to terminate Megatron. He attempts to disconnect Megatron and trap him in Starscream's mind, but is stopped when Dreadwing checks on the progress.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

In Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015), following Great War and restoration of Cybertron, Knock Out was one of the many Autobots blacklisted by the new High Council for being a supporter of Optimus Prime.

TFcon comics

Prime Knockout appears in Grab and Go

Knockout appeared in Grab and Go.[8]


  • Hasbro Transformers Prime Deluxe Knock Out (2012)
A "sneak peak" of a Deluxe class Knock Out was previewed at SDCC 2011.[9]
  • Hasbro Transformers Prime Cyberverse Energon Driller with Knock Out (2012)
A large driller playset with a Legion class Knock Out as it's drive.
  • Hasbro Transformers Prime Cyberverse Legion Knock Out (2012)
A recolor of Legion Knock Out in less show-accurate colors. Come with Shockblade weapon.
  • Hasbro Transformers Prime Deluxe Dark Energon Knock Out (2012)
A recolor of Deluxe Knock Out exclusive to Big Bad Toy Store.
  • Hasbro Transformers Legacy Deluxe Prime Universe Knockout (2022)

Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Kre-O Street Showdown box
Name Knock Out
Series Kre-O Transformers
Alternate modes Race car
Partner Kreon Knock Out
Sub-group Kreons

Knock Out is a Decepticon who turns into a race car. He is based on the Prime version of the character.

Fictional biography

Well hello. I’m KNOCK OUT, and I build and install weapons for the DECEPTICONS. Nothing makes me happier than watching one of my blasters blow the bricks out of a KREON. Well, except experimenting on folks. Speaking of which, have you ever considered replacing that weak old arm of yours with an ion cannon?

Likes: Things that make you go boom.

Favorite color: Orange. Like fire and molten steel.

Best customer: MEGATRON


  • Kre-O Transformers Street Showdown (2012)
A Lego-like building block kit of Knock Out and Wheeljack with 273 pieces to assemble in either robots or race car modes. Comes with Kreons Knock Out, Wheeljack and two human drivers.



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