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Transformers Generation 1 Blades (Protectobot)

Function: Air Support
Motto: War's a dirty game -and I'm a dirty player!
Alt mode: Helicopter

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Blades (Protectobot):

Profile: Underneath Blade's  aerodynamically designed steel skin beats the engine of your basic street fighter.  He would much prefer using his rotor assembly to slash through a horde of Decepticons than to fly.  But his function keeps him in the air most of the time, and that really fires his fuel.  Not only is he prevented from engaging his enemies in hand-to-hand combat, he can only strike at them by long range air attack, a way he considers unsporting and cowardly.  "If I'm gonna destroy someone, I want his fuel spurting all over me, not on the ground below," says Blades.  But this doesn't preclude him from doing his job and doing it well, a fact of which his fellow Protectobots are deeply appreciative.

Abilities: Blades can reach speeds of 400 mph and has a range of 1,200 miles in helicopter form.  He carries twin rocket launchers that fire armor piercing "smart" rockets, each of which seeks its target based on a computer image encoded within it.  In robot mode, he carries a photon pistol that shoots light bursts with the equivalent brightness of 5,000 Watts, enough to temporarily blind all but those whose optical sensors are the most heavily shielded.  He combines with his fellow Protectobots to form the giant robot known as Defensor.

Weaknesses: In helicopter mode, Blades is ineffective in winds of more than 50mph. And is liable to crash in winds of more than 70mph. His rotor blades are prone to metal stress fractures if not checked after every 5,000 miles of usages.

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