Recently, I introduced a friend of mine to TAAO (RIP; the series, not the friend) and I mentioned that one of the colony planets in it were Transformers that all turned into animals. My friend idly wondered, "If Optimus Prime turned into an animal, what would he turn into?" That got us talking about redesigning the IDW cast so they all had beast modes. (Characters with beast modes keep their beast modes). We looked at the character's personalities, as well as their original forms. We're actually thinking about making an AU fic based on this; would you like to help us fill in the gaps? All the blanks were where we ran out of ideas. Optimus Prime – Lion. This was the most obvious one; the lion is the king of beasts and all that. Prowl – Ironhide – A rhino. I just had this image in my head of Ironhide turning into a rhino; it just fit the character incredibly well. Jazz – Bumblebee – Ratchet – Sideswipe – Presumably a stag, to match his brother; however, of a smaller species of deer (maybe a fallow deer), to show his resentfulness (initially) about being in his brother's shadow. Sunstreaker – My friend suggested a stag red deer. Stags are often portrayed as majestic and brave, but also prideful; much like Sunstreaker. Wheeljack – Arcee - A spotted hyena. Spotted hyenas are very powerful, aggressive predators (which fits Arcee's personality very well), are female-dominated and (my friend pointed this out) were once thought to be hermaphrodites; which fits Arcee's origin very well. Lost Light Crew Rodimus - Ultra Magnus - Drift - Chromedome - Some kind of snake (possibly a python). This is because Chromedome is a mnemosurgeon and snakes have always been associated with hypnosis. Rewind - A burrowing owl; because owls are supposed to be all-observing and all-knowing. Rewind is an archivist who records everything he sees. Brainstorm - Perceptor - Tailgate - Cyclonus - Either a Utahraptor or a wolf; both are badass, rugged-looking predators, like Cyclonus. Whirl - Skids - Trailcutter - Riptide - Nightbeat - Getaway - Nautica - Anode - Lug - Wreckers Impactor - Springer - Kup - Topspin - Twin Twist - Pyro - Rotorstorm - My friend suggested a peregrine falcon for Rotorstorm. Rotorstorm is a very skilled aerial combatant; peregrine falcons are the fastest recorded birds and are deadly aerial predators (they kill their prey on the wing). Ironfist - Guzzle - Decepticons Megatron – Dragon. The reason why is a dragon is an incredibly large, intimidating beast mode, which would fit Megatron (even after he turns good) very, very well. Starscream – Pterosaur (possibly a Quetzalcoatlus, to differentiate from Swoop) Skywarp – Same pterosaur as Starscream Thundercracker – Same pterosaur as Starscream Soundwave – Shockwave – Constructicons - I had the idea for an ant/termite theme with them (due to the fact that ants and termites build structures) Combaticons - (I wanted a theme for them, but I couldn't think of one) Onslaught – Brawl – Blast Off – Vortex – Swindle – Decepticon Justice Division (wanted a theme for the DJD, but couldn't think of one) Tarn – Kaon – I don’t know why, but I had an idea, somewhere in my head, about Kaon turning into a gigantic snake (possibly a cobra). Vos – Helex – Tesaurus – Colonies (with the exception of Eukaris, obviously. I wanted a theme for all of them in their beast modes, but my friend and I couldn't think of one) Velocitron Knock Out - Moonracer - Carcer Elita One - Obsidian - Strika - Devisun Vanquish - Fireshot - Caminus Windblade - Chromia - Mistress of Flame - Do you have any ideas for the rest or for beast modes for any characters we left out?