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We all recognize the Transformers as the big, loud robots who are always smashing into buildings and causing lots of collateral damage. Whether you’re a fan of the Michael Bay films (which I can’t imagine there are too many of you out there) or the old classic cartoon/toys, Transformers have become a part of our pop-culture.

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While we all are familiar with names like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, how many of us are familiar with the people behind those robots? Does the name Frank Welker or Dan Gilvezan ring a bell?

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What about someone a little more high profile, like Leonard Nimoy or Orson Welles?

Given that Hasbro in the midst of rebooting Transformers as they attempt to get a cinematic universe of their own off the ground, we thought it would be appropriate to go back through some of our favorite Transformers and reveal the voice behind the character.

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10. Hugo Weaving as Megatron (2007 film)

If you thought Megatron’s voice sounded familiar in the 2007 Transformers film, just imagine him saying something like “Hello Mr. Anderson.” That’s right, it’s Hugo Weaving — the star of movies like Lord of the Rings, V for Vendetta and The Matrix. For all of the hate that Bay’s films (rightfully) get, casting Weaving was a smart move at least.

9. Neil Ross as Bonecrusher/Hook/Springer/Slag (1984-1987)

Ross is one of the many actors in the classic Transformers cartoon who lent his voice to more than one role. He appeared in both the Transformers series and the 1986 film as all these characters.

8. Darius McCary as Jazz (2007 film)

I look at Darius McCary and I think of the fortune teller from The Leftovers, but once you hear his voice you can easily tell he also voices the character of Jazz in the 2007 Transformers film.

7. Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron (1986 film)

That’s right, not only was Nimoy living long and prospering during the 1980s, but he was also the deception known as Galvatron. Fun fact: Nimoy returned to the Transformers franchise in 2011, providing the voice for Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

6. Charlie Adler as Starscream (2007 - 2018)

You may not recognize his face, but you’ve definitely heard his voice. Adler is one of the actors who’s stayed on board Transformers ever since the 2007 film, still playing the role of Starscream in various projects to this day. He’s one of the things we’d actually like to see included in the new Transformers reboot.

5. Orson Welles as Unicron (1986 film)

One of the most influential directors of the 1940s wasn’t above lending his voice to a Transformers movie, and that’s what makes Orson Welles so cool. We’ll always think Citizen Kane upon hearing his voice, but props to Welles for coming out for this one.

4. Jess Harnell as Ironhide/Barricade (2007 - 2018)

Harnell is one of those actors whose voice appears just about everywhere, even if you don’t necessarily recognize it. Apart from playing Ironhide and Barricade in all the new Transformers films, he also provides voices in the Despicable Me franchise, Tom and Jerry, World of Warcraft (the games, not the movie), Ratchet & Clank and many more.

3. Dan Gilvezan as Bumblebee (1984 - 1987)

Something similar can be said about Dan Gilvezan. He provided the voice for Bumblebee in the cartoon, but he also went out of his way to do work on numerous Spider-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles projects.

2. Frank Welker as literally everyone (1984 - now)

Out of everyone, Frank Welker might be one of the voice actors who has done the most work in the Transformers franchise. He played several roles in the original cartoon — including Megatron and Soundwave — and then later reprised several roles in the later reboots. He’s also provided the voice of Scooby-Doo for the past fifteen years, so Welker really gets around.

1. Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime (1984 - now)

No matter how many different people voice different Transformers, there will only be one Optimus Prime — Peter Cullen. Having provided the voice in both the original series and the new incarnations, there is no Transformers without Peter Cullen.

That’s our list! Let us know, in the comments below, who some of your favorite voice actors are? Is there anyone that we left off? Who do you hope returns in the new Transformers reboot?