Skyquake is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. Skyquake is leader of the Decepticon Predators, he is cold and single minded. Skyquake appeared in Megatron Origin, working for Clench and Megatron when the latter slew the former in a fight, he led the Predators in attacking the Autobot detention facility on Garrus-9 in the first issue of The Last Stand of the Wreckers before getting killed by Overlord. Skyquake appeared in a flashback to the early days of the Great Cybertronian War as leader of experimental Decepticon Sky Raiders. Among his troops were Leozack and Hellbat. Generation 1 Skyquake Later redecoes into Universe King Atlas, he came with 14 missiles. Timelines Deluxe Skyquake A redeco of Energon Starscream, he came packaged with Banzai-Tron. A Botcon 2009 exclusive set. Skyquake was presumable a heroic Decepticon. Clench, Krok and Skyquake's bodies were seen decorating the Autobot headquarters in the Transformers: Timelines story "Shattered Glass" by Fun Publications.
One of Megatron's loyal followers, Skyquake was entombed in stasis on Earth until he was awakened by Starscream. However, Skyquake refuses to follow Starscream while remaining loyal to Megatron to the point of attempting to finish his master's order to kill Optimus Prime. Though outmatched by Optimus and Bumblebee, despite the former's attempts to reason with him, Skyquake gains the advantage when he scans Fowler's fighter jet. Through a reckless plan, Bumblebee manages to defeat Skyquake, destroying him. In the episode "Shadowzone", Starscream uses a piece of Dark Energon to revive Skyquake as a Terrorcon "zombie". However, a Groundbridge accident results in Skyquake becoming trapped in a pocket shadow dimension, along with Jack and Miko. Skyquake has a twin brother named Dreadwing as seen in the episode "Loose Cannons". In "Patch," Megatron and Dreadwing learn about. In, "Regeneration," Dreadwing, feeling disgraced over Skyquake's fate, attempts to kill Starscream as retribution, but is killed by Megatron.
In "Deadlock", Dreadwing's death is avenged. Terrorcon Skyquake is most destroyed by Soundwave soon after that he is trapped in the Shadowzone too. Though he-like all the Prime Decepticons-is not featured in Transformers: Rescue Bots, Skyquake is referenced. In the episode "Shake Up," after learning about the Earthquake phenomenon, Blades expresses the hope that there is no such thing as a "Sky Quake." Prime Voyager SkyquakeA new mold announced at SDCC 2011. Skyquake is a remold of DreadwingPrime Cyberverse Commander SkyquakeSkyquake is a remold of Dreadwing
Smokescreen is the name of several different fictional characters in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. Smokescreen is one of the second year Autobot Cars in the Transformers series, his toy was remolded from Prowl and Bluestreak, itself originating from an earlier Japanese line named Diaclone. Smokescreen's vehicle mode was based on an actual existing car—a 1979 Nissan Fairlady Z race car in the Electramotive team livery. Team founder Don Devendorf's car was recreated, except that his number 83 was changed to a 38. Smokescreen's bio indicated that while he appeared calm and easy-going, he was in reality the closest thing the Autobots had to someone who thought like a Decepticon, he would cheat to win without hesitation, covers his true goals from his fellow Autobots. Autobot leaders use him as a spy amongst the ranks at times. Smokescreen first appeared in issue 14 of the Marvel Transformers comic. Here, he was brought to life alongside Grapple, Hoist and Tracks via the downloading of their personalities and Sparks from storage.
Bumblebee took all but Grapple on a tour of the surrounding area—but ended up in a trial by fire when the Decepticons tried to steal sonic energy from a rock concert. The group battled Starscream and Thundercracker, defeating them, but left when the humans accused them of sabotaging the concert. After this, Smokescreen played more of a peripheral role, battling the Decepticons, but not having any major roles, he was one of the many casualties. He was not shown to be revived, but returned in the pages of the Transformers: Generation 2 comic, where he accompanied Grimlock on a disastrous raid on Jhiaxus' forces. After this, he battled against Jhiaxus forces under Optimus Prime's command—only to be killed by a squad of Jhiaxus' troopers alongside Ironhide; the Smokescreen of the post-movie universe appeared in the Marvel UK comics, most prominently in the "Legacy of Unicron" arc. He and Inferno were dispatched to escort Wreck-Gar back to the planet Junk. There, they discovered; the two escaped to warn Rodimus Prime, leaving Wreck-Gar behind to free his people, with Inferno being badly injured by the mind-controlled bounty hunter Death's Head.
The two arrived on Cybertron—only to discover that Unicron's puppets Cyclonus and Scourge had launched an all-out Decepticon assault. The Decepticons badly damaged the shuttle, Smokescreen refused to leave his injured friend. Inferno had other ideas and bodily threw him through the windshield to safety, before crashing and killing as many Decepticons as he could. Smokescreen returned to Junk with Prime and the Dinobots, determined to avenge Inferno, contributing to the Chaos-Bringer's eventual defeat. Smokescreen appeared in "Dinobot Island pt 1". Smokescreen was used quite in season 2, taking the starring role in the episode "The Gambler"; this saw him strike a deal with a gambler named Bosh in order to save his fellow Autobots—he would win energon for Bosh if Bosh used some to restore the others. Predictably cheating his way to victory, he was lost all his winnings. With the help of Devcon, he and Bosh ended up battling and defeating Astrotrain and Ramjet. After this Bosh freed the other Autobots.
The cartoon made use of his abilities—in "The Key to Vector Sigma", for example, his smoke saved the Autobots' super-fuel after Prowl's security detail was compromised, in "Auto Berzerk" he downed the famed Seekers—including Starscream—with his disruptors. Smokescreen was not amongst the Autobots whose death was shown in The Transformers: The Movie, although an animation mistake which colored the body of the deceased Wheeljack in blue and red did cause some speculation—indeed, the storyboard of this scene depicts Smokescreen's dead body, not Wheeljack's. Smokescreen did not appear in the post-movie Season Three, so it is assumed that if he was not featured in this particular scene, that he was killed in the attack on Autobot City, or in the years before the movie. If this was not the case, neither animators nor series editors for Season 3 made an effort to alleviate confusions regarding which characters' deaths in the movie were included, or excluded. Smokescreen appears in the Japanese opening for season 3, as the movie was not shown in Japan at the time.
Smokescreen made a brief appearance in the first episode of Transformers: The Headmasters. Smokescreen is one of the characters appearing in the unlicensed comic book Transformers Chronicles Book One by Hirofumi Ichikawa; this story has him working with the Autobot Axelerators against the Skyscorchers, facing Dreadwing, being reformatted into the Generation 2 Decepticon jet Smokescreen. Generation 1 Autobot Car Smokescreen A red/blue redeco of the Nissan Fairlady robot toy used for Prowl and Bluestreak. Alternators Smokescreen Smokescreen was the first Transformer to be released in the anticipated Transformers: Alternators/Binaltech toy line by Hasbro/Takara. Smokescreen's alternate mode is a Subaru Impreza WRC. Smokescreen captures a fantastic amount of detail from the real car while still providing plenty of poseability in robot form. Smokescreen includes an intercooler from on top of the engine that can be turned into an "Electro-Disruptor Rifle"; the Alternators rear view mirror is inset and painted silver while the Binaltech is reflective and solid.
Smokescreen was still a racing version of a production car—this time, the 2003 Subaru Impreza World Rally Championship car, driven by Tommi Mäkinen. His character card explained that he had been revived by Subaru's STI tuning group, who had built his new body, that he was more dedi
Skids is the name used for four characters in the Transformers franchise. Due to trademark reasons, the name was modified to "Skid-Z" for it to be used on new characters and an "Autobot" prefix was added when the original Skids toy was reissued and when he became an Alternator; as with many early Transformers toys, Skids' toy was released in a Takara toy line named Diaclone. The toy included a scooter which could fit inside his vehicle mode but this was omitted when the toy was released as a Transformer. Skids was characterized as the perfect absent-minded warrior. Intelligent and always collecting data, Skids is nonetheless always daydreaming, he is a scientist first and foremost, has made many valuable discoveries. Skids genuinely hates the war he finds himself caught up in, but for now is forced to continue in the Autobot army. Skids was voted the 10th top Transformer, bad ass in the comics by Topless Robots. Four million years ago, Skids was one of five Autobots who agreed to have their sparks transferred to crystal storage in case the Autobots needed extra troops during the mission of clearing a path for Cybertron through an asteroid belt.
In 1985, the Autobots were suffering heavy casualties and the five Autobots were activated in "Rock and Roll Out". Skids and the others were shown around Earth by Bumblebee, where Skids encountered music for the first time and proved unable to interact with humans. Despite orders not to engage with the enemy, they went on to battle Decepticons at a rock concert. During a raid on the Decepticons' Wyoming base, Skids was damaged in the withdrawal and was rendered M. I. A. Unknown to the other Autobots, he was found and salvaged by a Western-enthusiast named Charlene, spent the next few days living a peaceful life in her small hometown, he revealed he never wanted to be a soldier in the first place, he decided to stay with her and avoid the war. However, Skids was forced into battle when Donny Finkleberg arrived, fleeing the Decepticons and being pursued by Ravage. In order to protect both Donny and Charlene, Skids had to engage Ravage in combat and was able to trap him in a well. Realizing he could not walk away from the Great War, Skids returned to the Ark with Finkleberg in tow.
Skids was partnered with Donny in U. S. #22 in a mission to locate seven Autobots captured by I. I. I.'s new Rapid Anti-robot Assault engaging in battle with the Stunticons as they went. However, he was betrayed and given over to R. A. A. T. for money. The guilt of what he'd done weighed on Donny and when the Battlechargers proved too much for R. A. A. T. to handle, he helped convince Circuit Breaker to release Skids and the other Autobots from custody so they could battle the Decepticons in U. S. #23's "Decepticon Graffiti". Skids led the seven Autobots to the Ark, but partway into the journey he was interrupted mid-conversation and disappearing into Limbo with a scream, a bright light and an explosion in UK #101; this effect was caused by the future Decepticon Galvatron time-jumping again, which sends a present-day being into limbo to make room for the time-traveler. Skids was trapped in limbo for the better part of two years. Limbo was inhabited by strange psychic parasites who trapped visitors in fantasy worlds where dreams became reality.
They tricked him into believing their death would cause him to die and vice versa to stop him destroying them, but the truth came out and he was assisted by the surviving members of the Wreckers & Mayhem Attack Squad. The battle over, Skids joined them in forming the Survivors; the Survivors saved human lives in random situations. When a Mayhem hit squad came after Carnivac and killed Catilla, the other Survivors turned to the Autobot Earthforce for help and subsequently joined them. Issue #279 of the Marvel U. K. Transformers comic featured a story called "Divide and Conquer!" where Soundwave led the bulk of the Decepticon forces on Earth against the Autobot Earthforce headquarters while Starscream attacked an oil tanker. Sent into battle by Prowl, the Dinobots routed the main Decepticon forces while Springer led the Autobot Survivors Inferno and Carnivac to defeat Starscream. Although Skids did appear in season two of the original Transformers cartoon, he only made brief cameo appearances in two episodes.
In the episode "Quest for Survival", Skids is shown being repaired by Hoist, is voiced by Michael Chain. In his second episode, "Triple Takeover", it was Dan Gilvezan, he is one of the Autobots, never seen again after the movie. Skids was featured in the 1985 Find. In the Binaltech storyline, Skids is entrusted with the critical task of executing "Operation: Distant Thunder", a desperate attempt by the Autobots to undo the temporal damage caused by Ravage. Using warp gates on Dinobot Island, the intent of the operation is to send a copy of Wheeljack's memory banks back to the Autobots at a point before the timeline was changed, with the hope of avoiding both Ravage's time corruption, in which all the Autobots were be annihilated, the original animated movie's events in which Wheeljack, Ironhide and many other Autobots died aboard the shuttle to Autobot City. Just as Skids initiates Distant Thunder, a squad of Decepticons attacks... (the storyline is continued on the limited-edition Binalt
Rodimus Prime is a fictional robot superhero character from the Transformers franchise. He was known as Hot Rod and in The Transformers: The Movie, he was reformatted into Rodimus Prime when he received the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and assumed the role of the movie's protagonist. Hasbro has used the names Autobot Hot Rod and Hot Shot as replacements for characters, due to trademark issues with the name Hot Rod, his alternate mode varies between depictions, but possesses a red and silver paint job. Hot Rod is portrayed as energetic, yet brash and headstrong, with an overwhelming self-confidence that borders on arrogance; as Rodimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, he is more mature, physically powerful and instilled with the wisdom of the previous holders of the Matrix of Leadership. In a reversal of his behavior as Hot Rod, Rodimus is plagued by lack of confidence in his role as Autobot commander and doubts his own decisions, feeling both inferior to and in some ways living in the shadow of the previous leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime.
Hot Rod's tech specs list him as an Autobot Cavalier, while as Rodimus Prime, he is listed as an "Autobot Protector" - unlike Optimus Prime's, which directly states "Autobot Commander". A commercial for the toy hinted at his ascension, but pitted him against Cyclonus and Scourge instead of Galvatron, his chief adversary in the animated series. Hot Rod and Rodimus have displayed the ability to shoot lasers out of their forearms, as well as having a retractable saw blade and having a short circuit ability, which short circuits the opponent to dust. Hot Rod was named the 14th top named Transformer by Topless Robot. Hot Rod was one of the favorite Autobots of IGN. According to X-Entertainment Rodimus Prime was the 6th top Transformers figure of all time. Hot Rod first appeared in the Headmasters limited series as one of the Autobot crew led by Fortress Maximus, he became a Targetmaster in the final issue of the series. However, his Targetmaster partner is called Sparks, instead of Firebolt. Hot Rod made sporadic appearances, with a few UK stories starring him as the lead, but most of those were set in the past or future.
Kup's Story revealed the first meeting between Kup and Hot Rod, how Hot Rod's influence shook Kup out of depression. Hot Rod debuted in the main continuity after the loss of many wars to the Underbase powered Starscream, as part of Fortress Maximus' group, he served as an eager soldier. However, he was killed during the Decepticon ambush on Klo in the last issue of the Marvel G1 comic, only to be resurrected by Prime and the Last Autobot, he continued to appear in the Transformers: Generation 2 comic as one of Prime's right-hand men. Hot Rod would appear in the UK Marvel comic issue #234, "Prime's Rib!" This story is set in the near future, 1995, where Optimus Prime and Hot Rod introduced the latest Autobot, Arcee, to the human feminists. She was met with displeasure by the humans, being called a token female and disliked for her pink color, they were attacked by Shockwave, Horri-Bull and Squeezeplay, who thought the Autobots would be unveiling a new weapon. The Autobots fought off the Decepticons, who escaped, but nothing seemed to please the human feminists.
The Hot Rod from the future animated movie continuity would appear. Target: 2006 had Hot Rod and Blurr timejump from 2006 to 1986 to thwart Galvatron's scheme, under the influence of Unicron; this Hot Rod appeared in several of the "Aspects of Evil" stories. Told from the flashbacks of an aged Rodimus Prime, these had Hot Rod come up against some of the greatest Decepticon villains, he accepted the surrender of Scorponok - only to wind up defending him and a human town against the Micromaster Air Strike Patrol: defending Autobot City from a full-scale attack by Shockwave: and being captured and used as a pawn by Megatron to flush out an Autobot spy in his ranks. Hot Rod has a youthful attitude, serves as an older brother figure to Daniel Witwicky, son of Autobot ally Spike Witwicky, he has a sort of mentor-student relationship with the veteran Autobot Kup. He was good friends with Springer and Arcee. In life, he temporarily bears the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and becomes Rodimus Prime, new leader of the Autobots.
Hot Rod first appeared in the American animated series during the events of The Transformers: The Movie, where he was one of the many Autobots stationed at Autobot City. He was first seen fishing with Daniel Witwicky; when Daniel saw the shuttle, going to make a supply run to Autobot City, he told Hot Rod and together they both went to an observation point, only to see a hole in the shuttle. The ship had been hijacked by Decepticon forces led by Megatron, with its crew killed. Hot Rod identified the Decepticons on board through the damaged hull and attacked the targets within using low powered, rapid fire bursts; when the Decepticons returned fire, Hot Rod changed tactics and began firing more concentrated blasts at the shuttle itself. He managed to disable the shuttle. With their cover blown, Megatron ordered his forces to attack and the Decepticons began pouring out, beginning their planned assault on Autobot City. Before focusing his attention on the onslaught, an incensed Megatron destroyed the observation
GoBots is a line of transforming robot toys produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987, similar to Transformers. Although a separate and competing franchise, Tonka's Gobots became the intellectual property of Hasbro after their buyout of Tonka in 1991. Subsequently, the universe depicted in the animated series Challenge of the GoBots and follow-up film GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords was established as an alternate universe within the Transformers franchise. While Hasbro now owns the fictional side of the property, the actual toys and their likenesses were only licensed from Bandai in the 1980s, were not covered by the Tonka acquisition, are not available for Hasbro use; the GoBot toyline was based on figures produced by Popy of Japan, named Machine Robo. In another similarity to Transformers, Tonka decided to make the figures sentient robots, rather than human-piloted mecha as they had been in Japan, divided them into two factions – the good Guardians and evil Renegades; the figures were all given individual names, in contrast to the simple designations they received in Japan.
Introduced in 1983 by Tonka Inc. the GoBots toys were part of the robot "sensation" that swept the nation for a short time. The line sold well but was overtaken by Transformers. 1987 was the final year. In 1991, Hasbro acquired the GoBots range from Tonka Inc. Tonka released the first batch of figures to stores in 1983, one year prior to the Transformers; the bulk of the Gobot line was taken from the Machine Robo ‘600 Series’ line of figures, which were around 5–8 cm / 2-3 inches high on average. The robot figures transformed into a mixture of generic and specific contemporary machines, plus a handful of Second World War fighter aircraft, a number of futuristic designs; this unnamed assortment referred to as ‘Regular’ Gobots, was used throughout the four years Gobots were produced, was supplemented by figures from the Machine Robo Devil Invaders sub-line, plus some aborted Machine Robo figures and some commissioned from Bandai by Tonka. Larger figures, averaging around 12–15 cm tall in robot mode, were released as Super Gobots.
Some of these were drawn from the Machine Robo Scale Robo DX line, some from the MR Big Machine Robo line and some designs not released in Japan. The line included two gestalt-style figures, the car-based Puzzler and monster-based Monsterous. Several other ranges were drawn from existing Bandai figures. Tonka did design some toys for the line, including the Guardian Command Center and Renegade Thruster playsets, the motorized Renegade Zod. In addition to these, two versions of the Power Warrior were made for both the Guardians and the Renegades, using molds from the Machine Robo line and recolored; the Nemesis Power Warrior was released only in Japan. A large playset called the Gobotron Fortress was shown to have existed in various articles and catalogues, but it has never been released. A spin-off line, Rock Lords, crossed over with the Gobots in the feature film GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, were issued as a separate toyline by Tonka in 1986. Hanna Barbera produced a cartoon series called Challenge of the GoBots to promote the toyline, which ran for 65 22-minute episodes from 1984 to 1985.
In 1986, soon after the end of the Challenge of the Gobots television series, the Gobots co-starred with the Rock Lords in an animated feature film GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, again produced by Hanna Barbera. In 1984, two Gobot children's books were published by Golden Books, an imprint of Western Publishing; the books, titled War of the Gobots and Gobots on Earth, were written by Robin Snyder and illustrated by Steve Ditko, chronicled the origins of the Gobots. The Gobots were featured in the 1986 book Collision Course Comet - Robo Machine Featuring The Challenge Of The Gobots and the 1985 book The Wagner Sirens-Robo Machine Featuring The Challenge Of The Gobots, both of which were published by Egmont Books; the closest thing to a Gobot comic book was the Gobot Magazine, produced by Telepictures Publishing. This included a short comic strip, based on the Challenge of the Gobots cartoon continuity, as well as features on real-life robots, quiz pages and the like, it ran quarterly from winter 1986 to winter 1987.
Unlike the Transformers comics, it was aimed at a young readership. In the UK, a Robo Machines comic strip was produced, using many of the characters from the Gobot line, but following a different continuity than the cartoon; this was written by Tom Tully, ran in the second volume of Eagle from November 1984 to July 1985. After Fleetway discontinued their licence agreement, the property was leased to World Distributors, who produced annuals following the cartoon continuity in 1986 and 1987. A Gobots video game was released in 1986 by Ariolasoft on the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer formats. Gobots software for other computers, home video game systems or coin-operated arcade game systems is unknown at this time, it was announced that Hasbro has applied for a new Go-Bots trademark under "distribution of motion pictures, ongoing television programs" and "Toys and playthings, toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith. In October 2018, IDW began publishing a Go-Bots mini series illustrated by Tom Scioli.
Unlike Transformers, Gobots was released in several guises around the world. In the UK, France and a number of other Europea
Cliffjumper is the name of several fictional robot superhero characters from the Transformers robot superhero franchise. His name is associated with an Autobot whose toys are red repaints or remold of Bumblebee toys. Cliffjumper's bio indicates that he compensates for his small size by being the first to rush into any dangerous situation, desiring only to beat up "Decepti-creeps." Although this trait has his fellow Autobots' respect it ensnares him into situations he cannot handle. His motto is "Let me at'em!" Cliffjumper's weapon is his glass gas gun, which fires a gas that turns metal as brittle as glass for a short time. In the episode "Fire In the Sky," he mentions. According to original tech spec notes written by Bob Budiansky found at Iacon One in 2006 the original name for Cliffjumper was Blow-Out, a name used for a Generation 2 Autobot. Hasbro registered the name Cliffjumper for U. S. Trademark in October 2003. In The Transformers animated series, Cliffjumper was part of the original Autobot crew of the Ark.
When the Autobots and Decepticons were reawakened, Cliffjumper was given the alternate mode of an Earth car. He and Hound were sent to scout out the location of the Decepticons. Although ordered not to engage the Decepticons, Cliffjumper took the opportunity to try to shoot Megatron, revealing their existence to the Decepticons; because of this, Hound was blown off the road by Laserbeak – something that made Cliffjumper regret his impulsiveness. Hound, did not blame him, quipping that he was only sorry he missed. Cliffjumper's bravery was a boon to the Autobots – as well as a problem. In the episode "Changing Gears", Cliffjumper's rash actions helped the Autobots get past a Decepticon force field and stop their Solar Needle device from destroying the sun. However, Cliffjumper survived the blast but he ended up having a temporary concussion which he was able to recover quickly. In the episode "Traitor", Cliffjumper developed a belief that Mirage had sold them out to the Decepticons after missing a Decepticon power plant while on patrol.
Cliffjumper followed Mirage, devising a scheme to prove he was not a traitor by setting the Decepticons and Insecticons, who were in a feud, against each other. However, Cliffjumper misinterpreted his actions. Reporting back to base, Cliffjumper told Optimus Prime what he saw and believed he must be stopped but Prime decided to go back to the power plant to stop the Decepticons find Mirage so they can hear his side of the story with Ratchet accompanying them. Once they got to the power plant, Optimus Prime and Ratchet saw no one there until Mirage, who been implanted by one of Bombshell's cerebro-shells, shows up. Being led into an ambush by the Decepticons and Insecticons, Cliffjumper knocks Mirage out unconscious. Listening in on what Optimus Prime and Ratchet, who removed the cerebro-shell, controlling Mirage, were saying when they sum as to why Mirage set them up, Cliffjumper realizes that Mirage didn't betray the Autobots and that he was telling him the truth of not seeing them while he was on patrol.
Cliffjumper retreated when Megatron destroyed his own power plant. After returning to base, Cliffjumper apologized to Mirage for not believing him. In "Starscream's Brigade", Cliffjumper and Jazz were invited as guest of honor for an unveiling of a statue for their leader Prime but were under attack when Starscream showed up, after he broke off from Megatron, along with his newly created Combaticons. During the scuffle, Cliffjumper suggested to Jazz into calling headquarters for help but were captured before they can make the call, as Starscream wanted their Energy absorber for the Combaticons. Cliffjumper with Jazz were chained up at a water and power plant but they did get rescued by the other Autobots when they found their location. During The Transformers: The Movie, with Jazz again is stationed on Moonbase 1, from which try unsuccessfully to escape when attacked by Unicron. After their apparent consumption by the planet-eater, they are saved by Daniel Witwicky. By season 3, Cliffjumper was reduced to a background character, a result of voice actor Casey Kasem's objection to the portrayal of Arab characters as stereotypical villains and eventual departure from the show.
His last appearance in the original U. S. cartoon was in the first episode of the third season. Cliffjumper appeared in the following books: The 1984 sticker and story book Return to Cybertron written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books; the 1984 sticker and story book The Revenge of the Decepticons written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books. The 1985 audio adventure Laserbeak's Fury. In this story's accompanying book Cliffjumper was depicted in his yellow variant, not his usual red one, he was a main character in the 1985 story Sun Raid, where he was described as a "red truck." Cliffjumper reappeared in the third G. I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover series from Devil's Due Publishing as part of the combined Autobot/G. I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime; when civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Cliffjumper joined the Autobot cause. When Decepticon Military Operations Commander Shockwave led a force of Decepticons against the Autobot capitol of Iacon, Cliffjumper was among the Autobots who defended the capitol.
When Decepticon leader Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Cliffjumper stayed with the Autobots under the leadership of Prowl. Learning that the Decepticons were testing a new mobile command base at the Praetorus Wharf, Prowl led Cliffjum
Soundwave is the name of a fictional character appearing in the various Transformers continuities in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. His most well-known transformation is that of a microcassette recorder. Throughout most of his incarnations, he is an undying loyal lieutenant of the Decepticon leader Megatron, he is Megatron's ears and, in some interpretations, only speaks when mocking the Autobots. Soundwave is one of the most recognizable characters from the original Transformers line, because of his alternate mode – a microcassette recorder – and his distinctive monotone, computerized voice. Soundwave is able to detect and jam transmissions across the entire energy spectrum, a talent that makes him suited to his position as Decepticon Communications Officer. Additionally, he has a photographic memory thanks to the vast data storage capacity of the magnetic disks in his chest compartment, he is armed with a shoulder-mounted laser cannon and hand-held concussion blaster. Soundwave is physically strong compared to most Transformers.
His alternative form - which involves an apparent loss of mass - is that of an Earthly microcassette deck. Within the tape compartment, which becomes his chest in robot mode, he stores a variety of Decepticon spies, all of which take the alternative form of a microcassette; these spy characters include Ravage, Buzzsaw, Rumble, Frenzy and Overkill, all of whom are under Soundwave's command in the original television series. Squawktalk and Beastbox were additional cassette characters under Soundwave's control in the US toyline, who were never shown in the cartoon. Soundwave's cassettes are quick to serve and defend Soundwave in a crisis, relate to him as servants or pets. However, when his cassette Ratbat became leader of the Decepticons in the Marvel Comics series, Soundwave shifted his trademark loyalty from Megatron to him. In the Dreamwave comics, Ratbat led the Ultracons faction, while Soundwave remained with the Decepticons led by Shockwave, although within that continuity these events occurred before Ratbat took up a cassette form.
In the IDW comics, on pre-war Cybertron Soundwave functioned as personal assistant to Ratbat, a Senator at the time, however Soundwave's true loyalty lay with Megatron. When the time came for him and Starscream to massacre the Senate, he enslaved Ratbat by bestowing the smaller, weaker cassette body upon him. According to X-Entertainment Soundwave was the 8th top Transformers figure of all time. In the original Transformers cartoon—his most prominent role in Transformers fiction—Soundwave was Megatron's right-hand mech sent on important reconnaissance missions with his cassettes, playing a key role in many schemes against the Autobots. On Cybertron, he used his ability to transform into a roadside fixture to spy on the Autobot city of Iacon, learning of the Autobots' plan to search for energy on other worlds. Joining in Megatron's attack on the Autobots' craft, Soundwave fell to the same fate as the rest of the ship's occupants when the craft crashed on prehistoric Earth, entombing everyone within stasis.
After the Transformers awakened on Earth in 1984, Soundwave played an essential role in the generation of energon cubes and the formation of plans for a new space cruiser to return the Decepticons to Cybertron. He used his mind-reading talents to acquire an antimatter formula for the Decepticons from the brain of Chip Chase, he and his cassette minions were on spying missions against the Autobots. One of Soundwave's most notable misadventures came in 1985 when, operating a plan conceived by Starscream, he brainwashed humans with ultrasonic vibrations, leading to a confrontation with his Autobot Communications Officer counterpart, to a lasting rivalry between the two. Soundwave displayed much emotion, infrequently exhibiting any traits that could be considered to be in line with his tech spec. However, he showed distress when one of his cassettes were hurt in battle, he always came across as loyal to Megatron going so far as to recover his body after beaten close to death by Optimus Prime at the battle of Autobot City in 2005.
But while Soundwave was loyal, he was far from outspoken, kept silent when Megatron's body was subsequently ejected into space, although he did suggest himself as a replacement leader, Soundwave again loyally served Megatron when he was reformatted as Galvatron. In the year 2006, although operating in a less prominent capacity for most of the time, Soundwave played a prominent role in Galvatron's attempt to learn the secret of a sonic weapon on the planet Eurythma, where sound and music were the way of life, leaving Soundwave entranced by the planet's perfect melodies. Recording each piece of the harmony that formed the devastating sonic effect, Soundwave was defeated when the Eurythmans countered the harmony with white noise, was again pulled into a confrontation with Blaster, who erased his recordings. Soundwave was performed by Frank Welker, whose voice was modulated by a vocoder to achieve Soundwave's distinctive, metallic monotone. However, Welker's voice was left unmodulated at certain points during the episodes "Roll for It" and "Webworld" due to production errors.
Soundwave made his final appearance in the American cartoon series, the Season 3 finale The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1 as he was only seen giving the latest piece of information gathered by Ratbat that two scientists had discovered of Optimus Prime's body which made Galvatron to destroy once and for all. Although Soundwave only appeared as a background character in the Amer