Sideswipe is a fictional robot superhero character in the Transformers franchise. Because of trademark restrictions, toys of the character are sometimes marketed as SideSwipe. Sideswipe is described in his tech file as a brave but brash warrior, he is as skilled as his twin brother Sunstreaker in combat, but is less ruthless. Sideswipe transformed into a red Lamborghini Countach, while his brother, transformed into a yellow Lamborghini Countach; because of his jetpack, Sideswipe was one of few G1 Autobots with the ability to fly and capacity for space flight. In 1984 CBC's The Journal did a report on how some people considered Transformers like Sideswipe and other war toys too violent for children. Dreamwave comics artist Pat Lee says. Sideswipe was part of the initial crew of Autobots aboard the Ark when it crash-landed on Earth four million years ago, he awakened along with his fellow Transformers in 1984, with both he and his brother being reformatted into Lamborghini sports cars. Sideswipe loaned Optimus Prime the use of his rocket pack when the Decepticons nearly escaped from Earth with a starship full of energon.
Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, Sideswipe was voiced by Michael Bell. Sideswipe and Sunstreaker operated together; when antimatter-fueled Decepticons attacked the Ark on one occasion in the episode "Roll for It", Sideswipe and Sunstreaker took to the air to battle with the incoming seeker jets, in a rambunctious, if ineffective, display of "jet judo." When investigating tremors that were shaking the Autobot base, Ironhide's scanner found some interesting objects inside a rock wall. Sideswipe, using his piston-like arms, helped Brawn remove the rock wall and found a cave full of dinosaur bones, the discovery of which would lead to the development of the Dinobots. Towards the end of 1985, impersonating himself as the Stunticon Breakdown, is among the team of five Autobots who disguised themselves as the Stunticons. Penetrating the Decepticons' camp, the Autobots ran into trouble when the real Stunticons arrived, trying to prove their identities by forming Menasor. With a combination of Windcharger's magnetic powers and Mirage's illusion-creating ability, the Autobots were able to appear as Menasor too, but the deception was soon revealed, though they were still able to thwart the Decepticons' plans.
Another major role for Sideswipe was stopping the Combaticons' plot to pull the Earth into the sun, in which he and other Autobots team up with Decepticons to travel to Cybertron. Sideswipe himself reversed the effects of the plot. In an early script for The Transformers: The Movie there was a scene planned where Sideswipe, Red Alert and Tracks hop off Ultra Magnus to attack Devastator, but they are pushed back and Red Alert is shot in the back and killed. Sideswipe appears in the first two episodes of the Japanese series Transformers: Headmasters, participating with Ultra Magnus, the Trainbots, Prowl on a shootout against the Triple Changers and Sixshot. During a segment of this intense shootout, Sideswipe manages to hit Frenzy and after foiling a new Decepticon assault, has a line. Sideswipe appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book Return to Cybertron written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books. Sideswipe was featured in the 1985 Transformers audio book Autobots' Lightning Strike.
Sideswipe appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books. Sideswipe was featured in the 1993 Transformers: Generation 2 coloring book "Decepticon Madness" by Bud Simpson. Sideswipe returned in the pages of the BotCon exclusive Transformers: Universe comics, he was amongst the Autobot heroes of the Great War welcomed back to Cybertron. However, all of them were transported away by Unicron. Reformatted into a new body, he was forced to fight for Unicron's amusement, he ends up fighting his own brother. All were subsequently freed by the resurrected Optimus Primal, Sideswipe went on to serve him as part of the new Autobot faction. Although Universe ended at issue # 3, the flashback of Optimus Prime would reveal. In the final battle between the forces of Optimus Primal and Unicron, the Chaos-Bringer had disappeared, with Primal's forces making it out. Sideswipe was among those seen escaping. In this reimagining of the Generation One story, the Ark was discovered by the terrorist Cobra organization, all the Transformers inside were reformatted into Cobra vehicles remotely controlled by the Televipers.
In this storyline Sideswipe and Sunstreaker both turned into Cobra Stingers. Destro attempted to use them in a battle against G. I. Joe, but the two of them were temporarily put out of commission by Wheeljack, they were seen fighting the Decepticons on Cobra Island. Sideswipe reappeared in the third crossover series as part of the combined Autobot/G. I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime. Sideswipe returned in the fourth crossover as part of a group led by Prowl working with former G. I. Joe leader Hawk to stop the spread of Cybertronian technology on Earth. After failing to apprehend Destro, the group relaxed on their ship - only to be attacked by the Monster Pretenders, with Sideswipe being incapacitated, he was shown being repaired. Before the civil war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, Sideswipe was a merchant. After the war broke out he joined the Autobots; when Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Au
Megatron is a character from the Transformers franchise created by American toy company Hasbro in 1984, based on a design by Japanese toy company Takara. The original Megatron was the leader and warlord of the Decepticons, a fictional faction of sentient self-configuring modular extraterrestrial robotic lifeforms from the planet Cybertron, he serves as nemesis of the Autobot leader Optimus Prime. Megatron is depicted as having risen up from being a lowly worker to become a champion in gladiatorial combat; as a gladiator, he took the legendary name "Megatronus" as his own and would inspire a villainous character. He became an activist, trying to reform Cybertron's corrupt governing body and end its unfair caste system, he mentored the young Orion Pax, together they championed the downtrodden and preached that freedom of self-determination was the right of all sentient beings. Orion Pax would become Optimus Prime and utilize Megatron's teachings against him when he became corrupt. Megatron could transform into three different types of guns: a Walther P38 handgun, a particle beam cannon, a telescopic laser cannon.
He has the ability to transform between his robot shape and various weapons or vehicles, but these "alternate-modes", his origins and personality, can vary depending on which "universe" he's depicted in. This origin is considered the most consistent between the various incarnations. Further differences are listed in the respective sections below; the original Megatronus, better known as the Fallen, was one of the original Thirteen Primes created by Primus. Megatronus betrayed his creator by siding with Primus' dark twin, the malevolent planet-eater Unicron. In the final battle between Primus and Unicron, Megatronus fell victim to the same fate as his master, sucked through a black hole into another dimension. However, while Unicron emerged in another universe, the Fallen was not so fortunate, finding himself trapped in the "underspace" between dimensions. Another being addressed as Megatron is an apocalyptic figure said to bring about death and destruction through alteration of the time stream.
Possible interpretations in the book of him are "Alpha and Omega" and "The Great Dragon". The Fallen made his first appearance in the second volume of Transformers: The War Within; the character appears as the main antagonist in the second live action film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the 2009 sequel to the 2007 Transformers movie, voiced by Tony Todd. Director Michael Bay described him as "apocalyptic", he has the ability to generate a shockwave upon reappearance. He has the ability of telekinesis. Megatronus is mentioned as one of Thirteen in Transformers: Exodus and appeared as the main antagonist in the first-season finale of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, voiced by Gil Gerard. Megatronus's history would be retconned in Transformers: The Covenant of Primus, which depicts him in a more tragic light and omits his involvement with Unicron. Megatronus was one of the original thirteen Primes. Megatronus commissioned Solus Prime to create the Requiem Blaster. It's revealed that Megatronus and Solus Prime were in love, but that Megatronus was prone to bursts of temper and aggression due to his pride and secret shame at being a necessary counter-force to balance out light and darkness within the Thirteen.
Following the War of the Primes, he exiled himself from Cybertron after unintentionally murdering Solus Prime. Megatron is the founder of their most feared leader. Bob Budiansky, the writer for the Marvel Comics series, stated that Hasbro took issue with the name, saying it sounded too frightening. Budiansky responded that as the lead villain, the point. Hasbro agreed with his reasoning, approved the name "Megatron". Budiansky has said in interviews that it is a portmanteau of megaton. Megatron is able to transform into a Walther P38, delivering more focused energy blasts than he could in his robotic form, he can adjust his size and mass as he transforms, to comfortably allow another Transformer or a human being to wield him. His robot form has an arm-mounted fusion cannon, he can replace his right hand with an energy flail. He can fire electrical blasts from his hands, laser blasts from his eyes, can reprogram computers with a port in his head. Megatron is a Decepticon, one of the lineal descendants of the military hardware robots created by the Quintessons on their factory world of Cybertron.
Following a war between the Decepticons and the other robot race, the Autobots, the Decepticons were defeated by the Autobots' invention of transformation, which allowed them the advantage of stealth. The Autobot victory in the war began the Golden Age of Cybertron, but a viper lurked within this paradise, as the Decepticons too developed transformation, leading to the creation of Megatron. Gathering a small number of troops together, Megatron made a small strike on an outer city, killing the current Autobot leader. However, this event was not made public knowledge, young robots like the naive Orion Pax still looked up to Megatron and his followers because of their new robot-mode flight powers. Orion soon learned the error of his ways when Megatron duped him into allowing him access to energon warehouses, Megatron fatally wounded him in a scuffle. However, the ancient Autobot, Alpha Trion, reconstructed Pax into a battle hardy configuration — now, he was Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots and Megatron's sworn opponent as the civil war erupted again.
The Decepticons had conquered Cybertron by 2005 in The Transformers: The Movie. After hearing of an Autobot supply run on Energon, Megatron led Decepticon forces to commandeer the Autobots' shuttle and kill the
Skydive was the name of five fictional characters in the Transformers series. Skydive was part of the Aerialbot team able to form a limb of the combined robot Superion. Skydive would rather read about jet fighters than be one, is fascinated by the science of aerial warfare, he can, within the limits of his design, duplicate the flying motion of anything he sees and might be the most skilled flyer of all Transformers. He flies with a range of 1400 miles. Skydive carries laser guided missiles and uses a nega-gun that crumbles objects by breaking molecular bonds, he is prone to mid-air stalls. Along with his fellow Aerialbots, he forms Superion. Skydive is more interested in reading about jet fighters than being one, He's more 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 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 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 is. At least everyone else around him does; 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, 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 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. Sometimes, in duplicating the flight of another, Skydive pushes his design beyond its limits; this results in mid-air stalls. He can recover before crashing, but while stalled, he is vulnerable to attack. Skydive and the other Aerialbots were created on Earth by Wheeljack and given live by Optimus Prime using the Matrix. Beachcomber, Cosmos, Powerglide and Warpath were part of an Autobot team on Cybertron in the Earth year 1986, they battled the Decepticons led by Straxus over the Space Bridge and the Autobots were stranded on Earth. They were captured by Circuit Breaker and her Rapid Anti-Robot Attack Team, She took them to her laboratory and dismantled them for study.. Circuit Breaker captured Autobots Air Raid, Silverbolt, Skids and Slingshot. Using the parts from all the captured Autobots she created a giant Autobot with herself in control, striking a deal with them that if they would cooperate she would let them go.
Circuit Breaker used them to attack the Decepticon Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck who were attacking the Statue of Liberty. After defeating the Decepticons with Circuit Breaker the Autobots were released; when Starscream returns to Earth after absorbing the powers of the Underbase, the Aerialbots were amongst those in New York first to attack... and amongst the first to fall in battle. The Aerialbots were revived by Nucleon provided by Grimlock. In the prelude to the Generation 2 series, Skydive was part of a strike force sent to stop the newly reborn Megatron; the group were hopelessly outmatched by Megatron's new powers. Badly damaged, Skydive sneaked aboard the Ark, which Megatron was using as a base, utilised a time-based deactivation cycle, so he would not register on the Ark's scanner. Skydive made a final appearance in an issue of the Generation 2 series, helping Fortress Maximus battle Megatron. Fortress Maximus decided to blow up the Ark in an attempt to stop Megatron, ordered Skydive to get a human scientist, Dr. Biggles-Jones, to safety.
The Aerialbots were created on Cybertron with Vector Sigma by the Autobots as a countermeasure to the new Decepticon car team, the Stunticons. They are the Autobots' first combiner team, when merged to form Superion considered their strongest combiner, their first appearance comes in the two-parter "Key to Vector Sigma, pts. 1 & 2". They were created to combat the Stunticons. During the fight, the Autobots were badly overpowered by the Stunticons when the newly formed Aerialbots arrived and battled them; the Stunticons were no match for the Aerialbots and their aeroplane alternate-modes, but once they merged into Menasor, things got out of hand. However, the Aerialbots had their own combination, soon they too formed their own combiner, Superion, to combat Menasor; the two battled. Menasor was about to land a fatal blow to the Superion when a repaired Omega Supreme arrived, helped Superion to defeat him, forcing the Stunticons and the Decepticons to retreat; the Aerialbots and Stunticons squared-off again in the episode "Cosmic Rust", where Superion defeated Menasor in a combiner vs. combiner rivalry.
In the episode "Aerial Assault", Skydive and Slingshot go undercover to discover why aircraft are disappearing in the Middle East. Allied with a boy named Hassan, they find out Megatron and the other Decepticons, including the Combaticons allied with a smuggler named Ali. In the episode, the Aerialbots defeat the Combaticons in another combiner vs. combiner fight. On, in the episo
Sky High (Transformers)
Sky High is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers series in the Transformers franchise. He is the first instance of the reuse of a name in the Transformers fiction on different characters; the first Sky High is a Pretender Autobot. Although not seen or mentioned directly, Sky High was among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos, they were followed to Nebulos by the Decepticons under Scorponok, leading war to break out once more. Fortress Maximus's band left Nebulos for the planet Earth, with the Decepticons in close pursuit.. When Brainstorm needed subjects to duplicate a Decepticon Pretender experiment, Sky High and five other Autobots volunteered and became the Autobot Pretenders, they fought the Decepticon Pretenders with the help of Optimus Goldbug. They soundly defeated their Decepticon Pretender rivals, who thought they were giant humans. Sky High was seen in the background when Optimus Prime sent Landmine and Cloudburst on their mission to obtain computer chips to repair fellow Autobots in issue #52, "Guess Who The Mechannibals Are Having For Dinner?"
Sky High did not appear in any fiction from Dreamwave Productions, but did get a two-page biography in their "More Than Meets The Eye" series. Generation 1 Pretender Sky High A new mold; the second Sky High is a Micromaster Autobot jet. Sky High received a single page biography in the Dreamwave Productions More Than Meets The Eye series, but did not appear in any fiction, he is portrayed as an unflapable optimust. Sky High was among the Micromasters who appeared in Spotlight: Hardhead who attacked Nightbeat and Hardhead on the planet Gorlam Prime. Generation 1 Micromaster Sky High Packaged with his partners Blaze Master, Eagle Eye and Treadbolt
Mudflap is the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers series. Mudflap transforms into a construction crane. In the Japanese version of the series. In the cartoon, Mudflap was one of the Autobot civilian refugees hiding on Earth. Disgruntled with having to exist in secret amongst the lowly human race and stopping at traffic lights, Mudflap was sought out and recruited to join the Decepticons by Starscream, but he left and wandered Earth. Mudflap rejoins the Autobots, his toyline bio, tells a different story. In this version of events, Mudflap was an undercover Decepticon operative placed on Earth before the Autobots had arrived. Having infiltrated the construction industry, he spent his time sabotaging the infrastructure of human society. Mudflap's voice in the Cybertron cartoon is performed with some variation of a French accent. In episode 15, "Race", the Autobot Mudflap rants about his dislike for the disorderly humans when he is approached by Starscream and Thundercracker. Focusing on his dislike for being forced to live with the humans, Starscream is able to talk him into joining the Decepticons.
In episode 20, "Ice", Starscream and Mudflap confront the Autobot's human allies at the North Pole, but are opposed by Scattorshot. Although Scattorshot gets the better of Mudflap Starscream uses water to freeze up Scattorshot's systems; the humans and Mini-Con Recon Team use Mudflap's dropped gun to signal the other Autobots, who come to their rescue. Ep.23-"Trust": Mudflap battles Snarl and Leobreaker on the Jungle Planet, but loses. Ep.24-"Trap": He got trapped in a stasis field like Megatron. Landmine discovered that Mudflap had joined the Decepticons in episode 27 "Revelations", they fought in episode 28 "Critical." Mudflap followed Megatron to Starscream's island headquarters in episode 29 "Assault," but Landmine followed him there. In episode 30, "Starscream", Mudflap aided Megatron in fighting Wing Saber fought with Evac. In episode 31, "United", Mudflap, Crumplezone and Thundercracker followed Megatron on the Space Bridge to Cybertron, they were joined by Thunderblast. Ep.33-"Balance": When Megatron and Thunderblast head into the debris field surrounding Cybertron, thinking Megatron has betrayed him, heads back to Earth.
Ep.37-"Family": As Mudflap is beating up some trees, he wonders to himself why he had joined the Decepticons. Landmine shows up and Mudflap becomes an Autobot again. Ep.49-"End": He helped everyone against Galvatron. When the Autobots attempted to use a gigantic rocket to move the Jungle Planet back into its orbit, Galvatron attacked and damaged the rocket; the Jungle Planet threatened to crash into Cybertron. The combined strength of Scourge, the Autobots, the former Decepticons, their allies from the various planets were able to combine their strength and move the rocket back into place; when the character of Signal Lancer was animated in the final episode of Cybertron, the animators used a modified transformation sequence from Mudflap. Cybertron Voyager Mudflap According to the additional information accessible online by entering the code printed on the back of toy's Cyber Planet Key at the official Transformers website, Mudflap is a former boxer; the toy of Mudflap was sold in the larger "Voyager" size class.
The toy was sold by itself, sold at Target stores with the Mini-Cons Shockwave and Tankor attached as a promotion. Early concept art of Mudflap shown at BotCon 2006 showed concept art of the character done in dark blue with white and gold highlights. Mudflap is described as a vicious Decepticon who likes to use his saw on Autobots, but secretly wishes he was one. Though marketed in the toy line supporting the 2007 film Transformers, he does not appear in it. In addition, he is not related to the Mudflap seen in the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; this version of Mudflap only appeared in issues 23 and 24 of the UK Titan Magazine Transformers series. He was among a group of Decepticons on Earth in an alternate timeline story. Transformers Voyager Mudflap A redeco of Cybertron Mudflap available at Toys "R" Us stores, his colors are a homage to the Generation 1 Autobot Micromaster Erector. During development they considered painting him to resemble an abandoned Cybertron character named Landslide.
One name considered for the character was "Sawtooth", but the name was unavailable, so they stuck with Mudflap. Mudflap appears in the second Transformers installment as an Autobot; this character is not related to Mudflap. He, like his twin brother Skids speaks in street slang. Forming an old ice cream truck with Skids, Mudflap gains his own vehicle mode following the Shanghai operation, their robot modes were revealed for a short time on the web, but were taken off due to the request by Activision. Mudflap weighs 1.2 metric tons. He has an oversized left arm, while his brother Skids has an oversized right arm and had a license plate that reads "MDFLP". According to the biography and statistics published on the Hasbro web site Mudflap is 8 feet tall and he has a nearly psychic link with his brother allowing them to make coordinated attacks, it states that Skids and Mudflap used to serve as messengers before becoming warriors. Skids and Mudflap appeared in commercials for Burger King during the release of the 2009 film.
In Tales of the Fallen #6 Arcee is taken by Thundercracker and given to the Decepticon medic Flatline, who experiments on her. Upon waking up she discovers Skids and Mud
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
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