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Galvatron

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | Characters,Comics,Marvel |

ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
FUNCTION: DECEPTICON CITY COMMANDER
FIRST APPEARANCE: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE # 1

“My power is everything; defeat is absurd!”

Profile: Galvatron is the new name and identity for Megatron when his
remains are metamorphosized by Unicron. Galvatron is Megatron to the ultimate
degree, more evil, more powerful, and even less subject to emotion or decency.
Through the powers of Unicron, Galvatron’s own powers are augmented continuously
so that his strength becomes so vast that his arrogance and confidence are boundless.
As long as Unicron exists, Galvatron is invincible, but Galvatron’s conceit
and greed for dominance are so great he even plots against Unicron and hopes
to retain his new might without him.

Abilities: He possesses enough strength to pulverize an Autobot into
scrap metal. In robot mode, he carries a laser that emits chemically-produced,
direct-current electricity.

Warpath

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
FUNCTION: WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 17

“A good shot is worth more than a good intention.”

Profile: Warpath thinks he’s a lot more impressive than his comrades
do. Certainly, no one would argue with his sharpshooting ability. It just seems
at times he’s more concerned with showing off than the welfare of the Autobots
as a whole. But his boisterous, loud-mouthed personality makes him welcome company
and his raucous sense of humor can bring cheer to the gloomiest situations.
Only one thing seems to upset him: any small nick or scratch to his gun barrel.
He’s both very proud and very vain about his weapon. His comrades fear that
if his gun ever suffered anything as big as a dent, Warpath might be too depressed
to talk for a month!

Abilities: In his tank mode, Warpath can travel over the roughest terrains
at speeds of up to 30 mph. He can hit a hex-nut at a distance of 1.5 miles with
a shell from his gun. He has a variety of shells available to him: explosive,
thermal, cryogenic, acid, and sonic, among others. His thick vanadium-steel
armor can withstand all but the toughest blows. He has great strength in tank
and robot modes.

Weaknesses: Warpath is virtually helpless if upended in tank mode, His
movements can be severely hindered if his treads are damaged. He’s slow, but
his firepower and toughness help compensate for this deficiency.

Dogfight

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: TRIGGERBOT

FUNCTION: AIR COMBAT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 46

“Don’t fire till you see the lights of their eyes.”

Profile: The skies are unsafe for aviation when Dogfight is in the air.
He terrorizes friend and foe alike. Not one to take chances, he buzzes even
non-military commercial aircraft just to make sure that they keep their distance
from him. This wild, wicked sky-flying street fighter likes to go nosecone to
nosecone with his opponents in what he calls “a dance of doom.” He
generally doesn’t begin to fire until he’s close enough to count the rivets
in their fuselage. Sometimes he’ll even partially transform to his robot mode
in mid-air so he can punch it out with an enemy aircraft. It doesn’t take much
to get his fuel flowing – he’ll fly into action against a flock of pigeons if
they accidentally interfere with his radar. Optimus Prime has tried to calm
Dogfight down by instructing him in mechano-meditation, a discipline that teaches
the art of mastering one’s behavior by learning how to recognize and modify
the electrical pulses within one’s emotional cortex module. So far, the results
have been negligible. Dogfight’s aggressive outbursts are deep-rooted. They
stem from a moment of indecision in his youth. He was on air guard duty for
his village on Cybertron. While on a maintenance break on the ground, he saw
a squadron of jets approach in the distance just as an air tanker carrying vital
fuel relief was arriving. Before he could decide whether the squadron was friend
or foe, it destroyed the tanker. All the while, Dogfight remained on the ground.
Without the fuel many of his neighbors had to shut down for a long time, and
some have yet to fully recover. Because he hesitated to take action, Dogfight
blamed himself for this tragedy. Ever since, he’s never hesitated. And he’s
never met a Decepticon that he didn’t want to destroy immediately.

Abilities: Dogfight’s swept-back wing design allows him superior maneuverability
in jet mode. A state-of-the-art navigational system gives him the ability to
constantly adjust his speed, altitude and direction to compensate for the inherent
instability of this wing design. His maximum speed is 1700 miles per hour and
his range is 3000 miles. He is armed with two fusion reaction-powered blowtorch
blasters in both jet and robot modes. In jet mode the blasters are mounted under
his tail section and pointing behind him to surprise any enemy aircraft that
try to sneak up on him. He commonly leaves a twin trail of flame from the blasters
as he streaks through the air. His wingtips are serrated and can cut through
all but the toughest steel alloys. One of his favorite tactics is to fly close
enough to his opponents so that he can use his wingtips to slice off their wings.

Weaknesses: Dogfight is vulnerable to mid-air stalls during some of
his more dramatic flying maneuvers. So far he has been able to pull out of all
of them before actually crashing on the ground, but he’s come close to destroying
himself on several occasions.

Getaway

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: POWERMASTER
HUMAN COMPONENT: REV
FUNCTION: WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 41 (Getaway), TRANSFORMERS # 42 (Rev)

“Run hot, but always keep your cool.”

Profile: Getaway is an escape artist without equal. He uses a combination of finesse and logic to get himself out of the stickiest situations. His ability to keep his cool even under the most extreme conditions is legendary. This reputation was born on the battlefield, long before he became a Powermaster, in what has come to be known as the Armornecking Incident: Getaway was leading a routine patrol on the Titanium Turnpike on Cybertron when he and his fellow Autobots momentarily paused to witness a spectacular traffic accident on the other side of the highway. While the Autobots were armornecking (the Cybertronic term for slowing down to see an accident), a troop of Decepticons that had secretly staged the accident swooped down upon them and attacked. The ambush left the Autobots in tatters, leaking fuel and leaving body parts all over the road. Getaway had all four tires blown out, lost vision in his right headlights and most of his left, and lost the use of his plasma-shell shotgun. Despite his condition and the Decepticon barrage, he cooly and cleverly led a tactical retreat to the nearby Polyhex Toll Plaza. The Autobots paid their energon tolls and went through. But, as Getaway suspected, the Decepticons weren’t carrying the proper change
and tried to pass without paying. This activated the toll gate security system, which snared the Decepticons before they could leave, giving the Autobots the advantage they needed to defeat the Decepticons and Getaway his well-deserved reputation.

Rev was a telecommunications scientist on the planet Nebulos at the Hi Q Industrial Research Complex, which was dedicated to inventing new technologies that could be used to prevent Transformers from invading the planet. Rev’s belief that the Transformers were more than machines, that they were living, feeling creatures, was instrumental in Hi Q’s decision to help a quartet of Autobots survive their visit to Nebulos. This help took the form of the Powermaster Process, in which Rev allowed his body to be bio-mechanically engineered so that he could be binary-bonded to Getaway and have the ability to transform and function as his engine. As a result, Rev and Getaway are completely interdependent and require connecting with each other on a semi-regular basis to insure their survival.

Abilities: Getaway is a master military strategist. In vehicle mode his 600 horsepower racing engine (Rev in engine mode) allows him to reach speeds of 540 miles per hour. He is equipped with bullet-proof windows and shell-resistant battle armor. His range is 1200 miles. An on-board computerized navigational system allows him to plot a long-range course in advance, so that he can give his attention to other matters as he travels. He is armed with a double-barrelled plasma-shell shotgun.

Weaknesses: Getaway is one of the toughest Autobots on the road today. He has no known weaknesses. Unless he is using the highest grade energon fuel, Rev has a tendency to knock and stall in engine mode.

Nightbeat

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: HEADMASTER

HUMAN COMPONENT: MUZZLE
FUNCTION: DETECTIVE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 62

“Truth is revealed in the smallest detail.”

Profile: Nightbeat is a tough, no-nonsense type who is not afraid to
break the rules to get what he wants. And usually what he wants is the solution
to some complicated mystery… and he’ll go anywhere to get it. He feels as
comfortable driving down a dark alley as he does cruising along a six-lane super-highway.
He has an intuition for finding the truth that defies all known theories of
programming. In trying to account for Nightbeat’s remarkable talent, Optimus
Prime suspects that the circuitry in the digital detective’s logic center may
accidentally have been wired in a way contrary to accepted robotic engineering
procedures. But the Autobot Leader is still at a loss to explain why Nightbeat
thinks the way he does. Nightbeat prefers to work alone. Most partners don’t
understand his methods and his reasoning, and often wind up hindering his investigations
more than helping them. But being a good soldier, he doesn’t complain about
his fellow Autobots… instead he tries to compensate for their investigatory
deficiencies by working even harder.

He is binary-bonded to Muzzle, a human who worked as a detective on Nebulos
until he was framed in a scandal that put him out of business. When he found
out that an Autobot with training in detective work was looking for a Nebulan
partner, Muzzle immediately volunteered. He considered this an opportunity to
continue doing what he loved to do the most. After undergoing the bio-engineering
procedure that allows him to convert to an Autobot head module, Muzzle quickly
discovered that he and Nightbeat have one of the smoothest-working binary bonds
among all the Headmasters. Muzzle’s eye for detail makes Nightbeat an even better
detective than he was without him.

Abilities: Nightbeat carries two photon pistols and a high-powered plasma
blaster with infra-red sight. He also has enhanced audio and video sensors that
aid in his investigatory work. From five miles away, he can hear a screw fall
and count the threads on it. In car mode he can travel at speeds of up to 620
miles per hour and has a range of 1500 miles.

Weaknesses: Nightbeat’s overconfidence in his abilities typically persuades
him that he can handle almost any situation by himself. Given his preference
for working alone, he often suffers damage that a more team-oriented Autobot
might avoid.

Computron (Marvel Comics)

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: TECHNOBOT
FUNCTION: WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: HEADMASTERS # 3

“Thorough data analysis is essential for the synthesis of successful strategy.”

Profile: Although much admired for his dedication, bravery, skill and intelligence, Computron is an unfortunate example of being too technologically advanced for his own good. Centuries ago on Cybertron the five Autobots who comprise Computron – Afterburner, Nosecone, Strafe, Lightspeed and Scattershot – agreed to apply the new engineering science of mechanical combinatics to themselves so that they could unite to form a super-Autobot to more effectively combat the Decepticons. Scattershot, however, insisted that their combination be better than anyone else’s, that the contribution of each of the five component Autobots to the whole be maximized in every way. The result was not what anyone expected: Computron was created, but as he was programmed to thoroughly and exhaustively analyze the input of each of the five who comprise him, he takes several minutes to form a consensus opinion and make a decision. Any decision. Of course, without exception, the decision he makes is the right one, but very often it comes too late to make a difference. He genuinely regrets when this happens, and feels even worse that he’s unable to do anything to change it. Nevertheless, he is well known for his sharp mind, and respected for it. He chooses every word with great care and precision and takes great pride in knowing that when Computron talks, everybody listens.

Abilities: Computron possesses awesome strength. He can lift up to 240 tons. He has excellent radar and communications capabilities. He possesses extensive data storage and data processing capacities. He is armed with Scattershot’s automatic acid-pellet gun, which shoots capsules containing a highly corrosive liquid that explodes on impact.

Weaknesses: Slow decision-making is Computron’s most glaring liability. He sometimes overheats and breaks down when he attempts to process more data than he can handle.

Brawn

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
FUNCTION: DEMOLITIONS
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 1

“Might over microchips.”

Profile: Brawn looks on Earth as essentially a hostile environment – and he loves it. He is the most macho of the Autobots. He delights in challenges and when he faces one he becomes fully alive. He is strong, rugged and very agile – which is why he is frequently teamed with Bumblebee when the Autobots are in a mountainous environment – but it is his enjoyment of the challenge that makes him valuable to his leader, Optimus Prime. He won’t be discouraged and that helps the morale of the rest. He is hardy and enjoys a good joke, if it is not too subtle. His main fault is that he tends to be contemptuous of those not as tough as he.

Abilities: Brawn is one of the strongest Autobots. He can lift up to 190,000 lbs. and knock down a small building with one punch. His endurance and resistance to artillery fire are among the highest of the Autobots.

Weaknesses: As the Autobot with perhaps the least sophisticated circuitry – most of his components focus on his strength – Brawn is very vulnerable to attack by electromagnetic and other types of waves. His eagerness to show off his strength often results in his using it improperly and without thinking. He’s been known to destroy an entire building before realizing it’s the wrong one.

Shockwave

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
FUNCTION: MILITARY OPERATIONS COMMANDER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 4

“Clarity of thought before rashness of action.”

Profile: Of all the Decepticons, Shockwave’s method of operation is
most characterized by the cold, brutal efficiency one would expect of a purely
mechanical being. He enters every battle not with the bloodlust of his comrades,
but with a scientist’s approach to solving a problem. The problem is always
the same: How can he use his abilities to most effectively eliminate the greatest
number of his enemies, the Autobots? All too often he finds the answer. He seeks
Megatron’s position of supremacy over the Decepticons not because his ego demands
it, but because his logic-circuits dictate it. He feels Megatron’s all-consuming
passion for conquest only hinders its achievement. With smug certainty Shockwave
believes the reins of Decepticon power will inevitably be his – after all, he
reasons, it’s only logical.

Abilities: Among the Decepticons, Shockwave’s power is second only to
Megatron’s. His total command of the electromagnetic spectrum allows him, in
his ray-gun mode, to emit a coruscating beam of energy in a wide variety of
forms: high-energy explosive gamma rays, x-rays that allow him to see through
almost anything, blinding visible light, super-hot infrared rays and radio waves
that can either send messages or jam other radio signals are but a few of the
weapons in Shockwave’s arsenal. Never having been adapted by the Ark to an Earthly
form, Shockwave remains a size consistent with his robot mode when he transforms
to a ray-gun, that is, more than 35 feet long. He can fly in either mode using
powerful jet thrusters in his boots (which become the handle in his ray-gun
mode).

Weaknesses: Shockwave’s wave-emission power, as well as his flying,
is limited by his high fuel consumption. Although he uses the same type of liquid
fuel as his fellow Transformers, he can also use radioactive fuels in the small
nuclear reactor within his torso, which substantially eliminates his liquid
fuel dependency problem. Although his logical brain center is usually an advantage,
more intuitive and emotional thinking processes often confound him, particularly
when his adversary is human.

Skydive

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: AERIALBOT

FUNCTION: AIR WARFARE STRATEGIST
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 21

“Only by studying the past can we win the present.”

Profile: Skydive is more interested in reading about jet fighters than
being one. He’s more likely to have his face stuck in a book about World War
II air battles than to be in the air himself. It’s not that he’s a coward –
he’s just fascinated by the science of aerial warfare. But even though he’s
a somewhat reluctant member of the Aerialbot team, he is invaluable – his knowledge
of aerial military tactics is without equal. The other Aerialbots constantly
look to him to plan strategy, a responsibility Skydive sometimes finds to be
daunting given his extreme modesty. His biggest fault, if you could call it
that, is he doesn’t realize how smart he really is. At least everyone else around
him does.

Abilities: The information-storage capacity of Skydive’s cerebro-circuitry
is greater than most Transformers’. This enables him to record instantaneously
any flying motions he sees, and, within the limits of his design, duplicate
them himself. Thus, he’s able to simulate the techniques of World War II aces
he’s studied on film as well as the gliding patterns of birds he’s watched in
person. He is possibly the most skilled flyer of all the flying Transformers.
His maximum speed is Mach 2.6 and range is 1400 miles. In jet mode, he can shoot
laser-guided missiles with a range of 80 miles. In robot mode, he uses a nega-gun,
which shoots a beam that cancels the bonding force between molecules. Only objects
held together by the strongest molecular bonds can resist crumbling to dust
when hit by the beam. He combines with his fellow Aerialbots to form the giant
robot known as Superion.

Weaknesses: Sometimes, in duplicating the flight of another, Skydive
pushes his design beyond its limits. This often results in mid-air stalls. He
can usually recover before crashing, but while stalled, he is completely vulnerable
to attack.

Twin Twist

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
FUNCTION: DEMOLITIONS

FIRST APPEARANCE:

“War is wherever I want it to be.”

Profile: Nothing is more exhilarating to Twin Twist than the feeling
of sinking his drills into a slag of unblemished carbon-steel. Like a child
in a wading pool, he splashes among the shards of useless metal that result
from his destructive fury. And his habit of showing off his talents to almost
any target, whether an enemy Decepticon or a harmless lamp post, causes extreme
concern for Autobot Leader Optimus Prime. Optimus realizes that the wrecking
of property belonging to innocent Earthlings can only hurt the Autobot cause.
Twin Twist’s wild, uncontrollable nature is a big plus in battle, but many of
his fellow Autobots think he’s more trouble than he’s worth.

Abilities: Nearly as mobile as his brother Topspin, Twin Twist can go
up to 200 mph using his four wheels and his two tractor modules in vehicle mode.
He’ll usually follow Topspin’s initial assault on a target with his own: he
uses his two diamond-tipped drills, which can go as fast as 6000 rpm, to penetrate
virtually any fortification up to three yards thick. He carries a semi-automatic
cannon-rifle that fires explosive shells, each with the energy equivalent of
100 pounds of TNT. He can transform from vehicle to robot mode in .4 seconds,
but can only use his drills in vehicle mode.

Weaknesses: His reckless nature often gets him into trouble, and has
even led Optimus to consider making him inoperative. He is at a relative disadvantage
in robot mode without the use of his drills.

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