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Transformers character
First appearance Transformers: Generation 1
Voiced by Jess Harnell
(2007 film, 2017 film)
Frank Welker
(2011 film)
Keith David
(2007 video game)
Bronco O. Jackson
(Cyber Missions)
Steven Blum
(War For Cybertron)
{Japanese) Katsuhiro Kitagawa
(2007 film)
Koji Ochiai
(2017 film)
Aliases Onslaught
Affiliation Decepticon
Partner Ground Hog
Roller Force
Nitro Zeus
Alternate mods Formula One car
Missile launcher truck similar to an Astros II MLRS
Ford Mustang Saleen S281E Police/Security Car, Cybertronian entry mode protoform, 2016 Ford Mustang Police Interceptor
Cybertronian car, Earth-style Police Car

Barricade is the name of four fictional characters in the various Transformers series in the Transformers franchise.

Transformers: Generation 1

Barricade first featured in 1990 as part of a Decepticon race track patrol team, his vehicle mode being a Formula One racing car.

Barricade learned how to take care of himself while running with Cybertron's most vicious racing gangs, and he brings that same brutal edge to his position as leader of the Race Track Patrol. His troops know that the slightest mistake will result in a merciless dressing down in front of the others, and they strive to meet his exacting standards. His hard-nosed, abusive leadership style does not do much for morale, but he figures it's for their own good.

Transformers: Energon

A second Barricade was made in the Transformers Energon series as the leader of the team that formed the body of Bruticus Maximus (Bruticus in Japan), his vehicle being a missile truck.

Animated series

The animated series does not refer to any of the components by name - in it, only the central body is intelligent, and the limbs are drones. The five robots transform only from vehicle mode into combined mode, never into their individual robot forms (apart from one out-of-continuity episode).

Bruticus Maximus was one of four combining Transformers sealed away in stasis beneath the surface of Cybertron to guard a hidden reservoir of Super Energon. Megatron, guided by Unicron, set out to search for it, and destroyed one of the immobile robots in his rage (strangely enough, a second Superion Maximus), only for the reservoir to then reveal itself. As the guardians awakened, Megatron immersed himself in the Super Energon to upgrade himself into Galvatron, and Bruticus Maximus and Constructicon Maximus immediately swore fealty to Galvatron as the one who had awoken them. However, their "brother," Superion Maximus, refused, recognising Galvatron's evil and siding with the Autobots.

Bruticus Maximus added plenty of firepower to the Decepticons' side, and he and Constructicon Maximus had several clashes with the "traitorous" Superion Maximus, until the time for their final battle came, set against the backdrop of the struggle to stop the Unicron-possessed Galvatron out in space. Constructicon Maximus was deactivated by Superion Maximus, who then had his limbs destroyed by Bruticus Maximus, but transferred Constructicon Maximus's limbs to himself and used them to defeat Bruticus, along with a little help from the ghost of the "brother" Megatron had destroyed.

Transformers Cinematic Universe

In the 2007 live-action movie, Barricade is a Decepticon scout who transforms into a Saleen S281E police car, making him similar in appearance to the Generation 1 Autobot Prowl, who was actually in the first draft of the movie treatment before the writers thought that a Decepticon police car would be a better idea. He appears to be the rival of Bumblebee, standing at nearly the same height. He is a hunter/scout of the Decepticons, choosing his vehicle mode to easily hide among the humans as a symbol of authority. His persona appears to be that of the cliché "bad cop", as he fiercely interrogates Sam Witwicky once he locates him. Barricade is armed with a Cybertronian gun. He also has a blade wheel which he uses as a close-combat striking weapon. When in vehicle mode, he can simulate the appearance of a human driver, the same holographic model (referred to as "Mustache Man" on-set and in the credits) that "pilots" Blackout and Starscream.

In leaked versions of the script, this character was originally codenamed Brawl - he even appeared with his name on some of the concept art. The name was later changed to Barricade when the official list of Transformers appearing in the movie was released; the name Brawl would go to another Decepticon. His rear quarter reads "To punish and enslave..." a parody of the classic police slogan "To Protect and Serve". The front quarter police logos have the Decepticon symbol on them and the writing "Pacis Quod Alcedonia", Latin for "Still, Halcyon Days of Peace", and "Incorporated since June 1865".

The official guide to the Transformers video game says he's 16 feet tall. The Transformers U.K. magazine states he is 16 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 2.2 tons and has a maximum speed of 500 mph. An early interview with Michael Bay states that he is 18 feet tall. The deluxe toy suggests he is 19 feet tall at the shoulders.

Barricade's new vehicle mode used in Transformers: The Last Knight was based on 2016 Ford Mustang. Barricade features a new form with a machine gun and a pair of knuckledusters with "Punish" and "Enslave" written on them, as a throwback to his original vehicle mode.

Movie plot

Barricade is one of the major antagonists and a central Decepticon in the first film. He is the very first Transformer to speak English. He first appears picking up Frenzy after he collected information from Air Force One, and began hunting down Sam Witwicky to interrogate him about his great-great-grandfather's glasses (that have the location to the Allspark). After locating him, he threatened Sam, only for him to escape with his crush, Mikaela Banes in Bumblebee's Camaro vehicle-mode, and Barricade chased them. After the chase, Bumblebee transformed into his robot mode, and on arriving, Barricade attacked the Autobot. He then released Frenzy, to go after Sam and Mikaela while he battled Bumblebee. However, Barricade was not able to beat Bumblebee, winding up badly wounded. Eventually, he recovered from his wounds (as shown by the brief scene showing him as the first Decepticon responding to Starscream's call), and appeared later on during the highway chase scene, where Sam recognized him as "the same cop". Barricade disappeared in the middle of the highway chase scene. In the comic book and novelization, he is killed shortly after Optimus Prime's motorway battle with Bonecrusher while attacking Prime from behind.

Although Barricade does not appear in the 2009 sequel film Revenge of the Fallen, he did have toys in the film's toy line and appeared in the associated prequel novel and comic series.

Barricade returned in Transformers: Dark of the Moon in an extended cameo, when the Decepticons occupy Chicago. His disappearance and absence from the previous film is still unexplained. Barricade and several other Decepticons led by Shockwave and Soundwave captured the Autobots. When the Decepticons decided to execute the Autobots at the insistence of Dylan Gould, Barricade shoved Que (Wheeljack) forward, and a Decepticon Protoform mortally wounded the Autobot before Barricade finished him off. Before Soundwave could kill Bumblebee, Wheelie and Brains caused Decepticon fighters to crash down from a Decepticon battle-cruiser, causing a distraction and allowed Bumblebee and the other three captive Autobots to break free. Later, Barricade was seen working alongside Shockwave as his second-in-command. He is seen slapping around a few Decepticon Protoforms, apparently blaming them for Soundwave's death. Que was then avenged, when Barricade was then blinded by sniper shots to his eyes. He stumbled around in pain for a moment before being crippled by a Boomstick placed on his leg. Barricade collapsed to the ground, dropping his gun as he did. He then tried to crawl to safety but gets wounded as the humans shot him in the head and took out his fellow Decepticons.

Barricade returned in Transformers: The Last Knight, having survived and being kept under surveillance for years since the battle of Chicago. Barricade is first seen spying on a war torn area of Chicago, discovering Cade Yeager who gained the talisman, in turn meaning Quintessa and Cybertron were approaching to the Earth. Barricade reported this back to Megatron, who demanded they find the talisman, and Barricade suggested they make a deal with the TRF. Barricade, along with the other Decepticons hunted down the Autobots, but Barricade was incapacitated by Grimlock and forced to retreat. Barricade later appeared in London, pursuing Bumblebee, Yeager and Viviane until Bumblebee blasted him, and collided with a truck. Barricade later joined with Megatron and Nitro Zeus at Stonehenge when they began helping Quintessa draining power from Earth/Unicron. Barricade fought back against the British military, but was not seen again, and it is presumed he is finally killed.

Video games

Barricade appears as a playable character in the Decepticon campaign, playable on the second and fourth levels. He first had to destroy all Autobot drones then rescue Frenzy from Sector 7 agents to learn information about the Allspark. After learning that a human named Sam Witwicky had a pair of spectacles with a Decepticon code printed on it telling them with the Allspark and Megatron's location. Then he encountered Bumblebee who was protecting Sam and the spectacles so they fought and Barricade killed Bumblebee and took the glasses. He later appeared in Mission City where Megatron told him to find Sam. When he finds Sam, he was being protected by Jazz, so Jazz and Barricade fought and Barricade killed Jazz. He appeared one last time in a cut scene at the end where Megatron is the ruler of Earth and ordered Barricade and the other Decepticons to exterminate the remainder of the human race.

Barricade also appears twice in the Autobot campaign as a boss (being fought against in both battles by Bumblebee). He first attacked Sam to retrieve the glasses, only for Bumblebee to fight and wound him. He appeared again on the last mission of the fourth level, this time seeking the Allspark, but this time Bumblebee killed him. He would swing his arm unstoppably (like Longarm) and could only be stopped by throwing an object at him.

In the Transformers: Decepticons DS game, Barricade often works closely with Create-A-Bot and Blackout. He is played as or assisted in many missions, but he was eventually killed, along with Blackout, by the traitorous Starscream. In the Autobots version he was a boss twice (first with Bumblebee, second with Optimus having to protect Bumblebee) but dies by the Optimus-Bumblebee duo.

Barricade is also playable in the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticons DS game.

Barricade is among the characters who appear in the TRANSFORMERS CVBERVERSE Battle Builder Game.

Transformers: Prime

Video games

Barricade is a playable Decepticon character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. In the Decepticon campaign, he is one of Megatron's henchmen. In PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions Barricade is playable for the first chapter of the Decepticon campaign. He, along with Megatron and Brawl, infiltrate Starscream's orbital station in order to retrieve the power of the Dark Energon.

Though not actually appearing in the sequel game, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Barricade is mentioned in the loading sections, where it is revealed that he earned his name by driving through Autobot blockades.

Barricade appears in the 2013 online game Transformers Universe.

Barricade also appears in the game Transformers: Earth Wars as a playable character and can be only claimed in events and bundles.