Combiner (Transformers)

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The term Combiner (sometimes called "Gestalt") refers to a sub-group of Transformers able to combine their bodies and minds into a singular, larger, more powerful super-robot (the process is referred to in Computron's Marvel biography as combinatics). The term combiner comes from the sub-group's ability to combine into a larger robot. The GoBots franchise has also featured a number of Combiners.

Side effects

Combiner technology has its downsides as well, the primary one being that the combined robot can only do what all of its components agree upon. For beings such as Devastator, that is typically wanton destruction and nothing else. There is a flipside to this: Computron's main problem is that every problem must be worked out to every conceivable solution; even with Computron's enhanced computers, this is a time-consuming task, which for example led to his quick defeat by Abominus around the time of the Hate Plague.

Other terms

The term gestalt was adopted by fans as the catch-all name for combining Transformers. Although not officially employed on any merchandise by Hasbro, it appears that the term is recognized by them for its use in the fandom.

The US Marvel Generation 2 comic issue #9 uses the term "fusilateral-quintrocombiners" for 5-member teams such as the Combaticons, (and presumably other "Scramble City" style-combiners).

List of Combiners

Generation 1




Robots in Disguise


  • Constructicon Devastator (two versions)
  • Defensor
  • Rail Racer
  • Superion

Unicron Trilogy


Aligned Continuity

Fun Publications

Several Combiners have only appeared-or were introduced in-material from Fun Publications.



Puzzler in Challenge of the GoBots


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