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|“||A new year has begun, the age of the Transformers is over.||„|
|~ Attinger making announcements.|
|“||You see it takes patience to make a man, the patience to watch and wait...for God and country, without any recognition at all. There no good aliens or bad aliens, Yeager, its just us and them...and you chose them!||„|
|~ Attinger, moments before his death.|
Harold Attinger was the main human antagonist of Transformers: Age of Extinction. He was a no-nonsense man and director of the CIA.
He was portrayed by Kelsey Grammer, who voiced Stinky Pete the Prospector.
He’s lived his life in the shadows for 30 years (1987-2016) in the service of his country, and he likes to be unremarkable yet and very efficient. Hellbent on eliminating the presence of the Transformers on Earth, he mercilessly stalks human mechanic Cade Yeager and his daughter Tessa, due to their alliance with the Autobots. He works alongside a Transformer bounty hunter for the duration of the movie. He is given the Seed, a dangerous weapon built by the Creators that is able to turn the surrounding landscape into Transformium, the substance the transformers are made of, by Lockdown after the bounty hunter captures Optimus Prime.
Attinger attempts to give the Seed to Joyce in return for his payment, but Joyce leaves the scene, knowing that Galvatron wants that Seed to rebuild his army. At the end of the film, Galvatron seemingly retreats as his army is destroyed and Lockdown returns to fight Optimus. Attinger notifies Lockdown of the situation and the location of the Autobots and the Seed they have stolen. He corners Cade with a gun while Optimus fights Lockdown and he rants about how it takes patience to make a man and to work in the shadows to protect all humans. He claims that there are no good aliens or bad aliens, it's just the humans and them. He says to Yeager, "You chose them" and is about to shoot Yeager, but is quickly shot in the chest by Optimus, killing him on impact and avenging the deaths of those he had killed.
Attinger was a no non-sense man with strict objectives and zero compassion for his enemies, even if they were innocent people. Though he hated Transformers, he was willing to join forces with them if it meant to farther his goal, such was the case with Lockdown (who shares this believe even though he's a transformer himself). Though all this may come from his years of working in the shadows, causing him to become paranoid and fearful, specially after the battle of Chicago.
Strangely despite being ruthless and paranoid, he was known for his calm and patient demeanor. Rarely did Attinger raise his voice or over react to a situation, instead planning it out as it unfolded. Attinger also highly manipulative, as he has manipulate Joshua for a long time until Joshua warned by protagonists.
Despite claiming himself to be saving the world from the threat of the Transformers, a majority of the destruction and death in the film is caused by him and his organization of Cemetery Wind. Whether he sees it or not, he's a hypocrite considering he doesn't allow rescue services when innocent people were caught in the crossfire of Galvatron's attack on the Autobots and allows Lockdown to level Beijing to find Optimus and hide his co-operation.
- Despite his hatred for Transformers, he secretly made a deal with Lockdown (who seemed to share a mutual contempt towards his own kind) to get a MacGuffin known as the "Seed," which can turn organic life into a metal called Transformium to make new Transformers for the private sector. Even though the deal was complete, he informed Lockdown of the Seed being taken, upon his confrontation with Joshua Joyce.
- His deed when he having Joshua Joyce recreated Megatron into Galvatron somewhat similar with how Unicron evolved/recreated Megatron into Galvatron. Both also tries to have them works for them. However, damage that Harold received when Galvatron turned on him more severe than Unicron had, something that Joshua had warned by Cade before he betray Attinger previously.
- Dylan Gould, Lockdown and Attinger are the only Transformers movie villains to be considered Complete Monsters, as they are universally hated by many due to their horrid actions. In fact, it's probably because Gould and Attinger are humans that they're considered so.