Kup (Transformers)

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Kup is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Generation 1 Kup with Recoil
Name Kup
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Timelines
First appearance The Transformers: The Movie
Alternate modes Cybertronian pickup truck, Dodge Magnum
Gender Male
Partner Flak, Landshark, Recoil, Thunderclash, Wheelie
Sub-group Convention exclusives, Deluxe vehicles, Elite Guard Alpha Team, Targetmasters

Fictional biography

Profile: Kup, as in Pickup Truck, is an old warhorse. A grizzled Autobot veteran with ten thousand tall tales from his one thousand adventures and a motto or word of advice for any situation. He is as brave as they come and as loyal, and sometimes as crotchety as a wet hen - especially when Hot Rod's adolescent thoughtlessness propels them into dangerous areas. Kup loves the Dinobots because they love hearing his tales of glory. When he transforms, Kup's vehicular mode is somewhat squarish and "old-fashioned" compared to some of the sleeker, "later model" Autobots, but he has no complaint about that. He sees himself as a seasoned campaigner with much knowledge to impart and he imparts it whether or not anyone has asked for it. He is sort of the Falstaff to Hot Rod's Prince Hal and he likes the role. Abilities: In robot mode, he carries an old-style musket laser that shoots bursts of metal-corrosive hydrochloric acid. Range: 5 miles. Speed: 100 mph.

Animated series

The Transformers

Kup first appeared in The Transformers: The Movie then became a regular on season 3 and 4 of The Transformers

Transformers: The Headmasters

Kup and Blurr in Transformers: The Headmasters

Kup continued as a reoccurring character in Transformers: The Headmasters.


Kup is featured in the Ladybird Transformers book Autobots Strike Oil. During an oil shortage Recoil tells Kup and Hot Rod of the legends of an oil lake in the mountains that had disappeared in an earthquake. In the book Recoil is colored red instead of black.[1]


Blackthorne Publishing

Kup appear in the Blackthorne Publishing The Transformers in 3D issue #3. Kup uses Recoil against Cyclonus and the Terrorcons.[2]

Dreamwave Productions

Kup and Recoil had a single page biography printed in issue 7 of the Dreamwave Productions Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye comic series.

Fun Publications

Bladez locks Kup and Hot Rod in a cell in Echoes and Fragments Part 3
Wings of Honor

In Wings of Honor he was a member of the crew of the Autobot ship Eight Track under the command of Thunderclash.[3][4]

In The Coming Storm Kup is ordered by Landshark to move some boxes with the Autobot Elite Guard logo on them. The Elite Guard Alpha Team and Strike Team did battle against a horde of ferrovorous bugs in one of Cybertron's city-states. Magnum then ordered the Strike Team to escort the Alpha Team to Space Port Bravo for their next mission. The Strike Team then reported to Magnum and Sentinel Major, who introduced them to the new Elite Guard Special-Ops Team, also called the Combaticons.[5][6][7]

In Battle Lines Thunderclash's Elite Guard squad reported to Magnum after the Combaticons killed most of the Guard. They attempt to show the Council that the Elite Guard is still functional, but arrive just as Optimus Prime is appointed the new commander of the Autobots. [8]


In the Japanese manga "Big War" #2 the Autobots Rodimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup and Wheelie, along with their human allies Spike Witwicky and Daniel Witwicky send Computron into battle against Galvatron's new warrior combiner Abominus. The Terrorcons spit "corrosive control liquid" against Computron, taking control of him and turning him into a Decepticon. Spike luckily uses his new exosuit to free Computron with "defense spray." Defeated, Galvatron retreats.[9]

Kup appears in the Generations 2011 issue #2 "The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos" where he is part of a team lead by Stepper to obtain a cure for nano-virus which is effecting some Autobots. When the Autobots arrive on Nebulos they are attacked by a group of Decepticons lead by Straxus. The Autobot are able to obtain the cure and bring it back to Earth, where Ricochet's team is commended by Optimus Prime.[10]

Marvel Comics

The Autobot Targetmaster from Headmasters issue 4

Kup joined Fortress Maximus's expedition on the Steelhaven, leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos.[11].

In issue 4 of Headmasters Kup became a Targetmaster when partnered with the Nebulan named Recoil.

In issue 38 of The Transformers the Autobots and Decepticons from Nebulos arrive on Earth.

In issue 39 Spike Witwicky introduces Fortress Maximus and the Autobot Targetmasters to his father Sparkplug.

In issue 59 of the Marvel Transformers comic Blackjack was sent to put an explosive on board the Ark, but he was captured by Blurr, Kup and Getaway.

In issue 71 the Autobots surrender to the Decepticons, and Kup gives up his partner Recoil.

Transformers: Mosaic

Kup appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "Flesh & Blood" by Senex Prime.[12]


  • Hasbro Transformers Autobot Car Kup (1986)
  • Hasbro Transformers Targetmaster Kup with Recoil (1987)
A remold of the original Kup toy with 5mm hand holes and a new hole to mount his Targetmaster partner in vehicle mode. Has an added Targetmaster partner Recoil.
  • ehobby Future Cybertron (2005)
A reissue of Targetmaster Kup with his Targetmaster Recoil and a remold of his Musket Laser with 5mm handle. Also came with a reissue of Wheelie.
This set was recolored into Orion Pax with Barrel Roller and Dion.
  • Timelines Deluxe Sergeant Kup (2009)
A remold of Cybertron Red Alert. Part of the BotCon 2009 exclusive "Wings of Honor" set.
  • Hasbro Transformers Generations Deluxe Kup (2011)
A new mold.
  • Hasbro Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Flintlock with Sergeant Kup (2017)
A new mold. Kup comes with Titan Master Flintlock who turns into his head.
This toy was recolored with a new face to as Tribute Orion Pax.
  • Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Deluxe Kup (2020)
A new mold.
This toy was remolded into Legacy Orion Pax.


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Shattered Glass Kup
Name Kup
Alternate modes Dodge Magnum
Sub-group Elite Guard

In Shattered Glass, Kup is an evil mirror universe duplicate of the Generation 1 character. He is a member of the Autobot Elite Guard and leads Autobot Remote Patrol Six. He is one of Optimus Prime's evil Autobots, but later sided with Rodimus Prime. He seems to be an Autobot of few words.

Fun Publications

Kup appears as a member of the Autobots in the story Do Over by Fun Publications. He is among the Autobots left on Cybertron after Rodimus left on the Ark with troops who were only loyal to himself. During the story he commands Remote Patrol Six who is taking radiation readings when they discover a signal coming from zone Y-AT. Kup sends Downshift to investigate.[13]

In Reunification Kup leads Warpath, Camshaft and Hound in an attempt to assassinate Optimus Prime. Optimus uses Ricochet as a shield to block a blast from Warpath, grabbing Warpath and throwing him into Hound. Optimus then crushes Kup's head with one hand as he shoots Camshaft.


  • Captured Prey Evil Autobot Elite Guard Emblems
A set of third-party labels from Captured Prey which reproduce the symbol on Shattered Glass Kup.[14]

Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Prime Kup with Shot-Piece
Name Kup
Series Transformers: Prime
First appearance Transformers: War for Cybertron
Alternate modes Pickup truck
Gender Male
Rank 7
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Fictional biography

There's a rumor among younger Autobots that Sergeant Kup is laserproof. He has a habit of calmly walking through even the thickest crossfire to deliver advice and encouragement to raw recruits cowering under cover. The 'bots that serve under him think he might have a screw loose somewhere, but they'd still gladly follow him anywhere.


Kup makes a cameo in the opening of the Nintendo DS version of the Transformers: War for Cybertron video game, where he issues the "universal greeting" to the player.


  • Prime Deluxe Kup (2012)
First announced at Cybertron Con 2012.[15]
Remolded into Prime Ironhide.


  1. Grant, John (1988). Autobots Strike Oil. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721410693. 
  2. "The Transformers in 3D" The War Against the Destructons, Chapter 1 of 3 3 (March 1988), El Cajon, California: Blackthorne Publishing
  3. Forest Lee & Rik Alvarez (w), Guido Guidi & Dan Khanna (p), Guido Guidi & Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer & Josh Perez (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Wings of Honor" Transformers Timelines v2, 4 (Spring 2009), Fun Publications
  4. http://www.botcon.com/BotCon09/
  5. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Frank Milkovich (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 2" The Transformers Collectors Club 32 (April/May 2010), Fun Publications
  6. http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/transformers-collectors-club-2010-comic-the-coming-storm-preview/18031/
  7. http://www.bsckids.com/2010/03/transformers-club-magazine-comic-preview/
  8. Pete Sinclair (February/March 2011). "Battle Lines: Part 1". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (37): 9–14. 
  9. http://tfarchive.com/comics/japanese/trans182.php
  10. Simon Furman (w), Guido Guidi (p). "Generations 2011" The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos 2 (2011), Japan: Takara Tomy
  11. Transformers: Headmasters #1
  12. http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=Flesh+%26+Blood+mosaic#/d1c0v3c
  13. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2009). Do Over. Illustrator Yuki Oshima. Fun Publications. 
  14. http://www.capturedprey.com/store/browsebycompany/co_capturedprey/evil_autobot_elite_guard_emblems
  15. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-generations-classics-30-35/transformers-generations--movie-series-asia-exclusives-174569/

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