The Technobots consist of:
- The trigger happy Scattershot (leader)
- The screw loose Strafe
- The wonder filled Lightspeed
- The angry Afterburner
- The patient Nosecone
They combine to form Computron.
Japanese name: Techbot
Marvel Comics continuity
After Optimus Prime and his troops aboard the Ark went missing, the Technobots were among several under the leadership of Fortress Maximus. Their faction was mired in a seemingly endless war with a band of Decepticons led by Scorponok, in a struggle so pointless and self-perpetuating that Fortress Maximus decided to leave Cybertron and its war and settle on the peaceful planet Nebulos. The Technobots followed Fortress Maximus' lead, building the Steelhaven and departing their war-torn home.
It would not be so easy. The Nebulans were xenophobic towards the strange robots which invaded their world, and after several missteps in communication, Fortress Maximus and a handful of others surrendered their heads as hopeful proof of their benevolence and compliance. But when the Decepticons followed them to Nebulos, the Technobots found themselves once again pitted against the terrible Terrorcons.
Grimlock was made super-intelligent by accidentally absorbing energies from the generator in the power core of Cybertron. He then built the Technobots' bodies from parts of Unicron's brain, and then transferred his super-intelligence into them.
During the remainder of the third season, the Technobots were typically paired with the Terrorcons as adversaries.
IDW comics continuity
The Technobots crew the Autobot vessel Calabi-Yau, under the command of Jetfire. After landing on Cybertron, Scattershot, Lightspeed and Strafe accompany Jetfire on a reconaissance mission and are captured by Bludgeon's group of Decepticons. Nosecone and Afterburner, having taken the Calabi-Yau back into orbit, crash-land back on Cybertron after escaping the doomed ship in an emergency pod and are captured by Centurion droids. It is worth noting that at this point Combiner technology is limited to Monstructor, and thus the Technobots are not combiners here.
- The back views of all of the Technobots' animation models (including Computron) are riddled with errors, suggesting that they were drawn without toy references.