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[We] are Quintessons! Arrogance is our life’s blood, ambition is our food and drink, but most of all, hubris is the air we breathe!
~ Al-Badur about his own race known as the Quintessons.

The Quintessons, also known under the racial slur "Squids", are an ancient race of naturally sadistic, dangerous, and unmerciful mechanoids and a species from the Transformers franchise. Being the creators of the warlike Decepticons and peaceful Autobots , the Quintessons acts as one of the major antagonists in the Generation One's third season, as well as supporting antagonists of the G1 movie, the main antagonists of the beginning of the Season 3 of the five-part Five Faces of Darkness.


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Being one of the oldest and most manipulative races in existence, the Quintessons created a long line of non-sentient robots called the Transformers in a planet-sized "factory" known as Cybertron. Each Transformer was placed in one of two castes; Autobot (for use as Consumer Goods and factory workers) or Decepticon (sold as robot soldier and kept as gladiatorial fighters). The Quintessons were incredibly cruel to their creations, whilst they initially sold them to other aliens, they started forcing ones they couldn't sell to kill each other for their own amusement, leading to the Transformers gaining sentience and rebelling against their creators. These Transformers are led A3, who later became known as Alpha Trion.

Due to the fact Quintessons were completely defenseless against anything hostile towards them, they were defeated easily and the Transformers formed a utopia on Cybertron as the dominant race. However a civil war broke out between them due to the Decepticons' arrogance, supremacy, and under the leadership of the evil Trannis and his successor, Megatron. Their war lead to Earth where the heroic Autobots were assisted by the humans in their conflict.

The Transformers: The Movie

On the year 2005, the Quintessons are seen capturing various robotic lifeforms & creating mock trials for them to be fed to the Sharkticons. Their mock trials appear to have no purpose at all rather than their own pleasure. One of the Quintessons' minions have manages to catch Autobots Hod Rod & Kup after they crashed on the planet Quintessa. He then tries to place them under trial by declaring them "innocent" by feeding them to the Sharkticons, only to be interrupted by the Dinobots & a young Transformer kid named Wheelie. Grimlock then urges the Sharkticons to rebel against the Quintesson judge, forcing them to retreat.

Season 3

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Types and Individuals


Judges are Quintesson leaders. They have egg shaped bodies with tentacle hands and move via jet propulsion. Their most notable feature was their five rotating mask-like faces each representing a certain emotion with the Judges alternating between them to show their feelings. Their masks are called

  • Death
  • Wrath
  • Laughter
  • Bitterness
  • Doubt

Notable Judges

  • Brinn
  • Deliberata
  • Derodomontatus
  • Heirodyus
  • Kledji (the leader and the Ruler of the entire Quintesson force in the Marvel The Transformers Comics)
  • Klementia
  • Pentius
  • Deseeus
  • Sevax


Baliffs a bulky anthropoid creature armed with a double-headed pike-like weapon (ankus). The Bailiff is a saurian creature with a pig-like snout. Strong, foul-tempered and mildly troglodytic, the muttering and grumbling Baliffs are charged with the defense of the Quintesson court. They are usually seen accompanying defendants from their prison cells to the courtroom proper.


Humanoid Quintessons with gun arms. They are named as such because one acts as the executioner during a quintesson court.

Notable Executioners

  • Ghyrik
  • In-Saba Nur
  • Jolup
  • Rexian


This variety of Quintesson is the second-most common type, often seen in positions of authority. They have also been called "Inquisitors". In court, they are the ones who ask for the Judges' verdicts and occasionally let the defendants say something in their defense, for all it matters, hence their name.

The Prosecutor is distinguished by a curving, elongated cranial housing and a fairly vicious-looking countenance. The Prosecutor is equipped with side-mounted, squid-like tentacles.

Notable Prosecutors

  • Krahulik
  • Vashik


Similar to the Prosecutors in appearance but with a more humanoid face with a beard. As they're name implies, they act as scientists for the quintessons.

Notable Scientists

  • Al-Badur
  • Extempaxia
  • Inquirata
  • Mara-Al-Utha

Other Quintessons

Security Officers

Only seen in flashbacks, this quintesson has a similar body type to Prosecutors and Scientists, but with a different face and a blaster attached to their side.

Humanoid Quintessons

Quintessons with a humanoid body and face, they seemed to act as bodyguards to Judges.


An unseen Quintesson mentioned to be banished to another dimension by his fellow quintessons for an apparent crime.

Aquarius (Shattered Glass)

The heroic leader of the good quintessons and an ally of the good decepticons in a mirror universe.


  • The Quintessons often make appearances in other Transformers media; however, they are not depicted as the creators of the Transformer race, at best interfering with Primus's grand plan. An example would be the Aligned continuity wherein Primus created the Transformers and a Prime named Quintus Prime created them. The Quintessons always appeared as one of the Autobot's enemies aside from the Decepticons, whom they formed an alliance oftentimes.
    • Despite they aren't fully allied with the Decepticons, the Quintessons are labeled as Decepticons in the original timestream, due to their oftentimes allegiance with them. Also, they use to own the Decepticon combiner group Predacons & once controlled the combiner group Terrorcons.
  • It was rumored that had Transformers Generation 1 TV series had a full forth season, they would have allied themselves with the devourer of worlds, Unicron.
    • In the Marvel comics however, they are depicted as Unicron's enforcers.
  • The Quintessons are currently rumored by fans and viewers as the unseen "creators" in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and they were believed to appear as the main antagonists of Transformers: The Last Knight.
    • However, only one Creator appeared in the film, and her name was Quintessa (which is also coincidentally the name of one of the Quintessons' (former) home planets). Despite this, she was one of the two main antagonists in the film, alongside Megatron.
    • It is still unknown if the Creators are actually the live-action versions of the Quintessons.
  • Klementia is the only Quintesson in the Sunbow cartoon be an ally of the Autobots.

See also


            TransformersG1Title.png Generation One Villains

Megatron/Galvatron | Soundwave | Shockwave | Reflector | Blitzwing | Astrotrain | Straxus | Cyclonus | Scourge | Sweeps | Octane | Trypticon | "Megatron" | Runabout & Runamuck
Seekers: Starscream | Thundercracker | Skywarp | Acid Storm | Sunstorm | Thrust | Dirge | Ramjet
Mini-Cassettes: Laserbeak | Ratbat | Frenzy | Rumble | Ravage | Buzzsaw | Slugfest | Overkill
Insecticons: Shrapnel | Bombshell | Kickback
Constructicons: Scrapper | Long Haul | Bonecrusher | Mixmaster | Scavenger | Hook | Devastator
Stunticons: Motormaster | Breakdown | Drag Strip | Wildrider | Dead End | Menasor
Combaticons: Onslaught | Brawl | Vortex | Swindle | Blast Off | Bruticus
Predacons: Razorclaw | Rampage | Divebomb | Tantrum | Headstrong | Predaking
Terrorcons: Hun-Gurr | Blot | Cutthroat | Rippersnapper | Sinnertwin | Abominus
Headmasters: Scorponok | Weirdwolf | Skullcruncher | Mindwipe | Apeface | Snapdragon | Fangry
Targetmasters: Misfire | Triggerhappy | Slugslinger | Spinister | Needlenose | Quake
Seacons: Snap Trap
Pretenders: Skullgrin | Iguanus | Carnivac | Snarler | Stranglehold | Octopunch | Thunderwing
Powermasters: Dreadwind | Darkwing
Triggercons: Ruckus | Windsweeper
Action Masters: Krok

Lord Zarak | Vorath | Grax | Monzo | Spasma | Krunk | Aimless | Blowpipe | Caliburst

Unicron | Quintessons | Doctor Arkeville | Shawn Berger | Lord Chumley | King Nergill | Ali | Nightbird | Jero | Old Snake | Victor Drath | Primacron | Tornedron | Dweller | Mark Morgan | Gregory Swofford | Circuit Breaker | The Mechanic | Scraplets | Flame | Mecannibals