Dogfight (Transformers)

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Transformers character
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Dogfight toy
Name Dogfight
Autobot
Series Transformers: Generation 1
First appearance Transformers #46 "Cash and Car-nage" by Marvel Comics
Information
Alternate modes Grumman X-29
Function Aerial Combat
Gender Male
Motto "Don't fire until you see the lights of their eyes."
Rank 5
Sub-group Triggerbots

Dogfight is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He is a Triggerbot introduced in 1988.

Transformers: Generation 1

Is a fictional Transformers Autobot who turns into a jet.

Fictional biography

Profile: The skies are unsafe for aviation when Dogfight is in the air. He terrorizes friend and foe alike. Not one to take chances, he buzzes even non-military commercial aircraft just to make sure that they keep their distance from him. This wild, wicked sky-flying street fighter likes to go nosecone to nosecone with his opponents in what he calls "a dance of doom." He generally doesn't begin to fire until he's close enough to count the rivets in their fuselage. Sometimes he'll even partially transform to his robot mode in mid-air so he can punch it out with an enemy aircraft. It doesn't take much to get his fuel flowing - he'll fly into action against a flock of pigeons if they accidentally interfere with his radar. Optimus Prime has tried to calm Dogfight down by instructing him in mechano-meditation, a discipline that teaches the art of mastering one's behavior by learning how to recognize and modify the electrical pulses within one's emotional cortex module. So far, the results have been negligible. Dogfight's aggressive outbursts are deep-rooted. They stem from a moment of indecision in his youth. He was on air guard duty for his village on Cybertron. While on a maintenance break on the ground, he saw a squadron of jets approach in the distance just as an air tanker carrying vital fuel relief was arriving. Before he could decide whether the squadron was friend or foe, it destroyed the tanker. All the while, Dogfight remained on the ground. Without the fuel many of his neighbors had to shut down for a long time, and some have yet to fully recover. Because he hesitated to take action, Dogfight blamed himself for this tragedy. Ever since, he's never hesitated. And he's never met a Decepticon that he didn't want to destroy immediately.

Abilities: Dogfight's swept-back wing design allows him superior maneuverability in jet mode. A state-of-the-art navigational system gives him the ability to constantly adjust his speed, altitude and direction to compensate for the inherent instability of this wing design. His maximum speed is 1700 miles per hour and his range is 3000 miles. He is armed with two fusion reaction-powered blowtorch blasters in both jet and robot modes. In jet mode the blasters are mounted under his tail section and pointing behind him to surprise any enemy aircraft that try to sneak up on him. He commonly leaves a twin trail of flame from the blasters as he streaks through the air. His wingtips are serrated and can cut through all but the toughest steel alloys. One of his favorite tactics is to fly close enough to his opponents so that he can use his wingtips to slice off their wings.

Weaknesses: Dogfight is vulnerable to mid-air stalls during some of his more dramatic flying maneuvers. So far he has been able to pull out of all of them before actually crashing on the ground, but he's come close to destroying himself on several occasions.

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Dogfight was among the Autobot resistance during the Age of Interment, shown in the third War Within series.

Fun Publications

Dogfight appears in the 2013 Transformers: Timelines story Termination, where he is assigned as a city commander by Obsidian.[1]

IDW Publishing

Dogfight first appeared in Transformers: Stormbringer, where he engaged in a conversation with Optimus Prime. He appeared again in the battle against Thunderwing, where he helped Optimus Prime reactivate the Centurion drones to battle Thunderwing. Dogfight was among the Autobots who took Omega Supreme for repairs after he was injured by Monstructor in Spotlight: Optimus Prime.

Marvel Comics

Dogfight debuted with the rest of the Triggerbots in issue #46 Cash and Car-nage. The Sparkabots and Triggerbots had been held in a Decepticon prison camp by the Firecons. Lord Zarak wanted to test a new weapon that would freeze transformers in vehicle mode. He hires a group of thugs named The Roadjammers to test the weapon on some Autobots. Sizzle, Fizzle and Backstreet sent across the space bridge to Earth to act as guinea pigs.

Dogfight later appears in a flashback in issue #48 "The Flames of Boltax". Decepticon Commander Ratbat had captured two Autobots, Grandslam and Raindance, who had information regarding the Underbase. The video showed a young Optimus Prime accompanied by Backstreet, Dogfight and Override visiting a wise Cybetronian named Boltax. The Decepticons learn from the video that the Underbase was a powerful device which contained information about Cybertron.

Dogfight's most prominent appearance in the US comic was in issue #63 "Kings of the Wild Frontier". This was the second issue of The Matrix Quest mini-series in which both the Autobots and Decepticons are searching for the Creation Matrix. Dogfight and the Triggerbots were sent to search the desert world of Cheyne. There they find several aliens (Vrobians) being attacked by some humanoid villagers. The Autobots weary from the desert climate are invited to rest at the aliens' home. Later the Autobots discover that the hospitable aliens were really psychic vampires who were looking to feed on them. Needless to say they did not find the Matrix there.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Triggerbot Dogfight (1988)
Part of the Triggerbots sub-line, this toy has spring loaded guns that would pop out at the push of a button. [2]
Repaint of Combiner Wars Viper and Rodimus.

References

  1. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/conventions-15/botcon-2013-machine-wars-termination-comic-panel-177506/
  2. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. pp. 74-75. ISBN 0764313649. 

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