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Grimlock

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

ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: DINOBOT
FUNCTION: DINOBOT COMMANDER

FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 4

“Among the winners, there is no room for the weak.”

Profile: The most fearsome and powerful of the Dinobots, Grimlock would
gladly usurp Optimus Prime’s role as Autobot Commander if he thought he could
get away with it. For now, he’s happy to tear into the enemy Decepticons whenever
he can and wait for a more opportune moment to try for the leadership. He can
be cold and merciless, and shows contempt for those he views as weak, such as
humans and even some fellow Autobots. But he is a valiant warrior and his actions
command respect from all who are witness to them, both friend and foe.

Abilities: Grimlock’s strength is second only to Optimus Prime’s, and
even that is arguable. In Dinobot mode he can use his powerful jaws to snap
in two virtually anything that comes between them – from a 4-foot diameter steel
cable to a Decepticon leg. In Autobot mode he wields an energo-sword, which
can slice a 2-foot thick concrete wall with one sweep of its crackling blade.
He also uses a double-barrelled, self-propelled rocket launcher.

Weaknesses: Other than arrogance and lack of speed, Grimlock has no
significant weaknesses.

Arcee (Marvel Comics)

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
FUNCTION: WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE # 1

“Looks are always deceiving.”

Profile: A sweet, kind, and loyal Autobot to her friends, Arcee is also a merciless, lethal warrior to her enemies. Arcee’s intelligence, quick wit, and coolness under fire make her invaluable to the Autobot cause. The Decepticons constantly underrate her because, since to them she so closely resembles the female humans of Earth which the Decepticons have absolutely no respect for, they believe she is beneath their consideration. It is an attitude that Arcee exploits with deadly efficiency.

Arcee is very protective of the human, Danny Witwicky, son of Spike Witwicky, the long-time Earthling friend of the Autobots. In fact, sometimes Arcee is a bit overly protective of him and treats Danny almost like a fragile Ming vase since his skin is not composed of a supremely tough metal alloy like hers.

Arcee is attracted to the Autobot, Hot Rod, who reciprocates the affection. But neither of them is willing to admit it openly. If one were to listen to the verbal pot-shots they take at each other, one would think that they were the bitterest of enemies. But catch one of the Autobots, or worse, a Decepticon, making a disparaging remark about Hot Rod in Arcee’s presence and the offender will more often than not find his hydraulic hoses sliced to ribbons before he knows it.

Weaknesses: Arcee’s concern for Danny sometimes causes her to take excessive
risks in order to protect him.

Cyclonus

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
FUNCTION: SABOTEUR
FIRST APPEARANCE: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE # 1

“Compassion is the Autobots’ downfall.”

Profile: Cyclonus is a huge and emotionless air-warrior metamorphosized from parts of dead Decepticons and remnants by Unicron. Like Galvatron, he derives vast resources of power and energy through Unicron and so can draw on strength in direct proportion to its need – always being able to become stronger than his opponents because of his access to the infinite reservoir of power that Unicron represents. A dedicated destructor, Cyclonus transforms into a gigantic multi-engine (and perhaps multi-wing) jet fighter. His firepower remains intact and is augmented by an incendiary bomb rack. Cyclonus is capable of an additional transformation, trimming his wings and tail back to assume a space-worthy rocket mode for interstellar pursuit and warfare. He has no personality, no interests other than conquests for the sake of Unicron, and no weakness.

Abilities: In jet fighter mode, Cyclonus is equipped with nuclear-powered turbine engines which enable him to reach speeds greater than Mach 2. In robot mode, he carries an oxidating laser that fuses an enemy robot’s internal mechanisms.

Wildrider

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
SUB-GROUP: STUNTICON

FUNCTION: TERRORIST
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 22

“Either you’re out of my way or you’re out of luck.”

Profile: Look out, motorists! The road hasn’t been built yet that’s
big enough to handle Wildrider! Some of his fellow Stunticons attribute his
reckless behavior to be a calculated attempt by Wildrider to enhance the atmosphere
of fear he tries to create in his role as a terrorist. But those who know him
better realize it’s not an act – he really is that nuts! As his fellow Stunticon
Breakdown puts it, “When he’s driving, I’d rather take a plane.”

Abilities: Wildrider can reach 250 mph in car mode, and has amazing
maneuverability. In robot mode, he uses a scattershot gun, which can spray a
fifty-square yard area with searing, ripping laser beams at a distance of

Hound

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

“Observe everything, remember even more.”

Profile: Hound would just as soon be sniffing around the Grand Canyon
or Big Sur as he would a secret Decepticon base. Perhaps more than any other
Autobot, Hound takes pleasure in being on Earth. Unlike his home planet, which
is entirely composed of metal and machinery, he finds the natural wonders of
Earth endlessly fascinating, and uses his topographical skills to store every
sight he sees within his memory circuits. Hound’s bravery, fearlessness, and
loyalty are unwavering, like any good advance scout. But his secret desire is
to be human.

Abilities: While in his jeep mode, Hound uses his turret gun to sweep
over the landscape from horizon to horizon, like a radar scope, and, with the
help of internal 3-dimensional simulation circuitry, stores this information
as a topographical map. Error distortion is no more than one inch per 150 feet
distance from point of data collection. In robot mode, Hound’s turret gun becomes
an infrared radiation collector. It can detect heat differentials as small as
.02 degrees Centigrade, and he uses this ability in tracking machines as well
as humans. Hound’s shoulder-mounted hologram gun can project 3-dimensional grid
laser light images of terrain maps stored in his memory. He sometimes also can
use it to cast simple illusions.

Weaknesses: Hound’s infrared tracking ability can be countered by thermal
interference. High frequency electromagnetic waves can distort or completely
destroy his map-making ability. Sophisticated manipulation of such waves can
even result in the recording of false images within his memory circuits.

Gears

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT

FUNCTION: TRANSPORT & RECONNAISSANCE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 1

“Earth stinks, but Decepticons stink worse.”

Profile: Gears is the complainer in the group. He absolutely hates the
Earth and everything about it and he is eager to let the others know this. He
is a self-proclaimed misfit, the type who finds fault in everything and everyone,
even himself. That is one of the reasons Optimus Prime finds him useful: Gears
is so sour-tempered that the rest of the Autobots cheer themselves up by trying
to cheer him up. Only Optimus knows that Gears’ complaining is an act. Gears
realizes his function is to force his companions to see what’s good about a
situation, and he performs accordingly.

Abilities: Gears has tremendous strength and endurance. He is often
used to tote heavy loads for long distances. He will even carry several of his
comrades to conserve fuel. He can launch himself to a height of 20 miles and
then float back down to the ground by creating a compressed air cushion under
his feet. This makes him an excellent reconnaissance agent and his ability to
detect infrared wavelengths allows him to work night or day.

Weaknesses: Since Gears has limited maneuverability when launched, he
makes an easy target if spotted. Although his sour personality is mostly an
act, a reminder of his home planet, Cybertron, can often depress him and negatively
affect his performance.

Brainstorm

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: HEADMASTER
HUMAN COMPONENT: ARCANA

FUNCTION: BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEER
FIRST APPEARANCE: HEADMASTERS # 1 (Brainstorm), HEADMASTERS # 2 (Arcana)

“The strongest tyrant cannot crush freedom of thought.”

Profile: Brainstorm is so full of ideas that often he’s disclosing the
next one before he’s finished explaining the first. His mind seems to work at
a fevered pace. Even when he’s not consciously applying himself to thinking
creatively, a part of his subconscious circuitry proceeds on its own – he often
interrupts conversations, battles, even himself with typically irrelevant, but
brilliant, pronouncements. On Cybertron, he felt unappreciated, since warriors
were valued far more than robot geniuses. He’s found Nebulos to be more fertile
ground in which to plant his ideas. His most significant contribution so far
has been devising a way to install the humanoid Nebulans into headless Autobots
to create the Headmasters.

Arcana’s genius is a bit more mysterious. Trained as a medical doctor, the
Nebulan quickly rose to the top of his field, but he found his job unchallenging,
so he turned his attentions to studying the ancient lore of Nebulos. He became
learned in many sciences that had long been repudiated, which earned him the
disfavor of many of his medical colleagues. Arcana combined some of that ancient
knowledge with his modern medical skills to bio-engineer Nebulans, including
himself, so they could transform and become the heads of the Autobot Headmasters.
Working with Brainstorm, Arcana made Fortress Maximus’s vision of the Headmasters
a reality. He is the oldest Nebulan among the Autobot Headmasters, and the wisest.
He is also the most remote – no one truly can fathom the workings of Arcana’s
mind, not even Brainstorm, who shares it.

Abilities: In jet mode, Brainstorm has two solid-fuel after-burning
turbofan jet engines that propel him to a maximum speed of 5200 mph. He carries
two high-energy photon pulse cannons on either side of his nose module, which
he can also use in robot mode. His range is 8000 miles.

Weaknesses: Brainstorm’s mind sometimes works so fast that he overheats
and shorts out sections of his cerebro-circuitry, which often leaves him disabled.
In jet mode, his engines are also prone to overheating. If driven too hard,
they burst into flame. If Brainstorm is lucky, he can manage to glide back to
the ground without crashing.

Metroplex

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT

FUNCTION: BATTLE STATION
FIRST APPEARANCE:

“Vigilance is the foundation upon which victories are built.”

Profile: Possessed of startling versatility and staggering strength,
Metroplex is the robot they depend on when all other options are exhausted.
In battle, he is a mighty instrument of titanic destructive force, unwavering
and ever-valiant in his attack. The very ground trembles when he unleashes the
explosive energies of his weaponry. But despite his enormous power, Metroplex
suffers from extreme modesty. In fact, he often berates himself for not being
able to contribute more to the Autobot cause, a comment that never fails to
mystify his comrades and even causes some to shake their heads and laugh at
its absurdity. Metroplex’s role usually prevents him from being in the front
lines, a situation he finds frustrating, but one the other Autobots understand
and accept completely. Their friendship and respect for him is clear evidence
of that. And they all prefer Metroplex in his current role. Knowing he’s backing
them up is a constant source of reassurance. As one Autobot once said, “No
matter what happens to the rest of us, the war’s not over as long as Metroplex
is there.”

Abilities: In robot mode, Metroplex has enormous strength. He can lift
70,000 tons. His armor is the equal of any Transformer’s; to merely scratch
it would require at least a low-yield nuclear explosion. He has left shoulder-mounted
twin high-energy MASER (microwave amplification through stimulated emission
of radiation) cannons and a retractable omni-directional receiving and transmitting
rod antenna in his right shoulder. His chest module contains a storage bay capable
of holding a mid-size vehicle. In Autobot City mode, he has a helipad and ramps
leading to the storage bay and various repair bays. Using a full complement
of armatures, welders, presses, microsensors, gauges and spare parts, he’s able
to service up to four vehicles at any one time. His left rear tower transforms
into a tank called Slammer. Metroplex can control Slammer for a maximum range
of 40 miles. Slammer’s cannon shoots explosive rocket-propelled mortar shells
that have a 1.5-mile range. Scamper, the small sports car berthed within Metroplex,
carries side-mounted electro-blasters that shoots streams of 20,000-volt electricity.
In robot mode, Scamper uses a high-energy particle beam pistol. Scamper has
a maximum speed of 150 mph and a range of 500 miles. Six-Gun, the small robot
made literally of six guns and Metroplex’s central tower, is a walking, talking
artillery battery. In addition to the twin surface-to-air guided missile launchers
he wears on his back, Six-Gun has ion-pulse rifles for arms and sometimes uses
a seventh gun, a high-temperature acetylene pistol that can melt through most
metals. Scamper and Six-Gun operate independently of Metroplex. Each has a mind
of his own, although each essentially has a personality nearly identical to
Metroplex and is mind-linked to him and each other.

Scamper tends to be more impulsive and gregarious, Six-Gun more belligerent.
The three minds together can be considered units of a single, larger mind, although
Metroplex’s mind is clearly dominant. Metroplex mostly uses Scamper, Six-Gun,
and Slammer to scout and defend his periphery, although occasionally he’ll send
one or more on short missions. Metroplex’s final form, the mobile Battle Station,
is a wheeled platform whose formidable firepower makes him virtually untouchable.
In this mode, Metroplex can have up to 12 pieces of artillery blazing away simultaneously.
In addition to the previously mentioned MASER cannons, ion-pulse rifles and
missile launchers, he’s equipped with twin independent mounted disruptor rays
on top, capable of interfering with electric currents within a target’s body;
two laser lances; and two front-mounted anti-matter projectors, the most powerful
of all his weapons, which are capable of producing and shooting minute packets
of anti-matter that obliterate anything upon contact. Metroplex can also use
all these weapons in his Autobot City mode.

Weaknesses: Metroplex’s autonomous units – Scamper, Slammer, and Six-Gun
– are all relatively vulnerable to attack as compared to Metroplex himself.
In Battle Station mode, Metroplex is a rather slow-moving vehicle, making him
an easy target, but his weaponry usually more than compensates for this. Using
his anti-matter projectors, however briefly, is tremendously draining for Metroplex
and can leave him nearly energyless.

Shrapnel

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
SUB-GROUP: INSECTICON
FUNCTION: ELECTRONIC WARFARE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 21

“Control electricity and you control the world.”

Profile: The crackling sound of fused body parts short-circuiting is
a sure sign of Shrapnel’s work… and is music to his audio modules. In fact,
whether he’s scrambling microchips or shattering an armored torso, it is the
noise of war, the scream of his victim that Shrapnel considers the true rewards
of his work. He relishes these sounds much the same way an actor relishes applause.
And he’s not shy about showing his own evil glee – the piercing battle cry of
this loathsome Insecticon can be heard up to 8 miles away.

Abilities: In insect mode, Shrapnel can use his twin antennae to generate
an electric burst of up to 40,000 volts. He can also use his antennae with enough
precision to control virtually any electrically run device – from a pocket calculator
to a small factory. He can fly up to 50 miles. In robot mode, his antennae can,
in the proper weather conditions, attract massive bolts of lightning from the
sky to augment his own electrical generating capacity, and then release that
power through his hands. He also carries a grenade launcher that shoots a 30
pound steel ball that splinters into thousands of razor-sharp spikes in mid-air.
Needless to say, anything caught in their path would be sliced to ribbons.

Weaknesses: Insulating materials, such as rubber and glass, can be used
to thwart Shrapnel’s electronic assaults. Also, his habit of making his presence
known audibly makes him an obvious target.

Topspin (Marvel Comics)

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
FUNCTION: LAND & SEA ASSAULT
FIRST APPEARANCE:

“The thrill is in the journey.”

Profile: No mountain is high enough, no river is wide enough to stop this one-robot wrecking crew. The more difficult the terrain to be traversed, the more Topspin likes it. Without the constraints of an Earth vehicular disguise like the ones most of his fellow Autobots have been given by the Ark, he can use the superior mobility and versatility of his Cybertronic vehicular form to go almost anywhere on land or water. On a personal level, he considers his conquest of a steep precipice or a raging river as much a victory as any victory over the Decepticons that may result from an Autobot attack. As Topspin likes to point out, “I take pride in my work.”

Abilities: In vehicle mode, Topspin is propelled by two rear-mounted jet engines, which can accelerate him to speeds of 300 mph on a flat surface. He also is equipped with two pontoons projecting from his front, which allow him to travel up to 80 mph on water, like a hydrofoil. Using two side-mounted high-voltage electric blasters, two small hand-mounted lasers, and a powerful
particle beam rifle, Topspin can release a near-unrelenting barrage of devastating force. Like his brother, Twin Twist, he can spring from his vehicle mode into his robot mode in less than half a second. His weaponry is available to him in either mode.

Weaknesses: His preoccupation with personal glory often distracts Topspin from more threatening situations, such as a Decepticon attack. The high fuel demands of his jet engines and weaponry leave him more vulnerable to exhausting his energy supplies than most other Autobots.

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