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Windsweeper

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | Characters |

ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
SUB-GROUP: TRIGGERCON

FUNCTION: AIR DEFENSE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 48

“Uninvited guests soon become smouldering wrecks.”

Profile: Before the war Windsweeper was head of the Department of Sanitation
on Cybertron. He took an almost perverse pride in keeping the streets and subterranean
circuit-tubes of his home world clean and in proper working order. He would
have violators – “litterbots,” as they were called – thrown into prison
for infractions as minor as dripping oil in public. In defense of his extreme
actions he would say, “A tidy planet is a mighty planet,” to his critics.
“Leaky-engined litterbot-lovers,” he would call them behind their
backs. So it is no surprise to anyone who knows him that today he still practices
what he used to preach, but this time in the service of the Decepticons. In
his air defense role he patrols the skies constantly, shooting down almost anything
he sees: insects, birds, wind-blown leaves, kites, Autobots, even other Decepticons
if they are not quick enough to identify themselves before he fires. He feels
that the sky is his home, and so he has the right to keep it as clean as he
wants… in his case, very clean. Among the Transformers, Windsweeper’s meticulousness
is notorious… as is his maliciousness.

Abilities: In jet mode Windsweeper has the ability to use the high-intensity
heat generators in the edges of his wings to melt and cut through solid steel.
Most often the steel is contained within the fuselages of enemy aircraft. He
has a maximum speed of 2100 miles per hour and a range of 5000 miles. In both
robot and jet modes he is also equipped with long-range infra-red scanners,
sensitive enough to detect a warm lug nut in a junkyard 20 miles away. He is
also armed with two powerful, lock-target, long-range laser cannons.

Weaknesses: Windsweeper’s natural revulsion to dirt, grime, and all
things untidy in general elicits a pronounced unbalanced behavior pattern in
him. He loses his ability for clear, logical thinking, he becomes agitated and
emotional, and on especially disturbing occasions he has been known to literally
blow a fuse. Basically, the best offensive measure to take against Windsweeper
is to throw garbage at him.