Transformers Generation 1 Bomb-burst (Pretender)
Motto: The greater the foe, the sweeter his fuel!
Alt mode: VTOL Hovercraft
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Bio: Bomb-Burst is a loner who hunts from the shadows. Cybertronian myth suggests Bomb-Burst was designed to be the ultimate predator in darkness, and his horrific reputation lives up to this legend. Bomb-Burst enjoys silently stalking a group of Autobots, picking them cff one by one by dragging his victims into the dark to suck them dry of Energon. Sometimes he leaves his victim's grotesquely mangled husk for the others to find later, and other times he just lets the Autobots wonder what happened to their missing comrade. Both methods invariably unnerve his targets, which-pleases Bomb-Burst greatly. He's excellent at his job, but unable to relate personally to most other Decepticons.
Weapons and Abilities: Subject transforms into a nearly silent vehicle armed with dual lasers that he also uses in robot mode. Specially designed fangs in outer Pretender shell allow subject to pierce most metals and then suck any energon out. Shell then processes the energy, increasing his strength. Shell is capable of flight and also causes rust rashes on contact. It is armed with a corrosive slime shooter and an energo-battle axe. In robot mode, possesses great strength.
Weaknesses: The optic sensors of Subject's outer shell are easily blinded by bright light. His shell burns so much energy that he must refuel (or drain other Transformers' energy) regularly to avoid stasis lock.
In a strange twist of fate, Bomb-burst and fellow Decepticon Pretender Submarauder, ~sort of made a appearance (well, an homage to them, at least) 20 years later in the cartoon series: Transformers: Animated. Lead writer Marty Isenberg explained, "we needed a good, "B-list villain" for the episode ( Survival of the Fittest) and Derrick Wyatt made the suggestion, I liked it, and that's how we rolled!