For the royalty!
~ Inferno's battle cry

Inferno is a Predacon who works for Megatron. He was originally a Maximal protoform, but was reprogrammed into a Predacon when the Predacons intercepted his stasis pod. His beast form is a fire ant.

He was voiced by Jim Byrnes.


At first, Inferno believed his pod to be his "colony" due to a fault with his dna scanner(caused by Tarantulas meddling with his programming) and believed he was an actual ant, and attacked the Predacons as well as the Maximals to defend his colony. After being blown to bits, Inferno was captued by the Predacons before the Maximals.  Inferno was then rebuilt and outfitted with a Predacon shell program, making him loyal to the Predacons recognized Megatron as his master and called him his queen, which annoys Megatron. Other than this, Megatron highly appreciates Inferno's insane vigor for destruction and violence.

Inferno took Scorponok's place as Megatron's second in command when Scorponok fell to his death in the lava pool. At the end of Season 2 (where most of the Predacons are seemingly killed), he was supposedly killed by an energon explosion, but although he was seemingly vaporized, he is shown to have survived in Season 3.

In the final episode of Season 3, Inferno was killed along with Quickstrike when Megatron (oblivious to their presence) used the weapons system of the Nemesis ship to shoot an energy wave at the village. His remains were later scavenged and used as tools by the protohumans in the final scene; his tail thruster was used to cook food and his severed head was transformed into a drum.


The ant has a faulty programming. But his loyalty is without question.
~ Megatron assessing Inferno to Dinobot

Due to his reprogramming, Inferno has no hobby, no personal ambition, no love interest, and no personal life. The Predacons' hegemony and serving its leader Megatron loyally are the only two things Inferno has in mind. Everything else is irrelevant to him.

Inferno is an extremely capable and powerful berserker. His ability to fly, very high endurance, dual cannons and ability to take 2-on-1 coupled by his bloodlust and rage can easily outmatch most Predacons and might even threaten Megatron (before Megatron gained his transmetal form). However, his loyalty which is an instinct inherited from an ant and a result of his predacon reprogramming, prevents Inferno from ever conceiving such a thought. Because of these factors, Megatron views Inferno as 'a pawn that has more values than other pawns'.


  • Inferno and Scorponok were the only two Predacons who were genuinely loyal to Megatron and never betrayed him at any point, this may have been because he was reprogrammed to be loyal to the Predacons.


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Beast Wars
Megatron | Scorponok | Waspinator | Blackarachnia | Terrorsaur | Tarantulas | Inferno | Quickstrike | Rampage | Tripredacus Council | Ravage | Dinobot II
Beast Wars II
Galvatron| Megastorm | Starscream & BB |Dirge & Thrust | Autorollers Magmatron

Elephorca | Ratorata | Drancorn | Galvatron\Unicron

Megatron | Jetstorm | Tankor | Thrust | Obsidian and Strika

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