Ratchet was the chief medic for the Autobots in the 1984 Transformers cartoon. He could be grumpy at times but would always take his duties as a doctor and mechanic very seriously. He had a very minor, nonspeaking role in Transformers: The Movie, being a member of the crew of the shuttle bound for Earth early in the film. He was gunned down by the Decepticons.
Ratchet reappears in the live-action Transformers series, voiced by Robert Foxworth. In Transformers: Age of Extinction, he is gunned down by several humans when they no longer trust the Autobots.