Transformers: Generation 1
Profile: Mindwipe is perhaps the most mysterious and definitely the most mystical of all the Decepticons. When not performing his duties as a Decepticon warrior, he devotes his time to trying to establish contact with the electromagnetic essences of long-dead Decepticons. He hopes that by communicating with them he can learn from them and avoid making the same mistakes they did when they fought and were eventually defeated by the Autobots. So far, despite designing and constructing numerous receivers, antennas and other equipment, his labors has borne only limited success. He has managed to pick up a few stray broadcast signals bouncing around outer space from some Earth television programs of the 1950s and 60s, but little else. Of them, the TV show once known as "My Mother The Car" is his favorite.
Mindwipe is binary-bonded to Vorath, the former Minister of Science of the planet Nebulos. Vorath was expelled from his office when Galen, a member of the ruling Council of Peers, uncovered Vorath's involvement in illegal medical experiments. When contingents of Autobots and Decepticons arrived on Nebulos and plunged the planet into war, Vorath saw an opportunity for revenge on Galen. Galen had allied himself with the Autobots, so Vorath eagerly volunteered to undergo the bio-engineering process that gave him the ability to transform and become the head module of Mindwipe. Although things didn't work out exactly as Vorath had hoped, he fully enjoys his new life as a Decepticon Headmaster.
Abilities: In bat mode Mindwipe can fly at a maximum speed of 700 miles per hour, has a range of 1200 miles and has great strength. His eyes emit a sub-optic radiation that, although invisible, has the effect of overriding the self-will circuitry of almost any mechanical being who is unfortunate enough to look into them. In other words, he has the power to hypnotize Transformers. In robot mode he uses a viper pistol, which shoots a stream of liquid that paralyzes the neuro-circuitry of any mechanical being it hits, freezing the victim in his tracks for up to 30 minutes.Weaknesses: In his attempts to contact departed Decepticons, Mindwipe often becomes so involved in his self-induced trance-like states that he is unaware of anything else. This leaves him extremely open to enemy attack. He can be just as vulnerable while watching an old TV show, depending on how much he likes it.
UK-only stories are in italics.
Mindwipe originally appeared in the four issue The Transformers: Headmasters comic, where he was binary bonded to his Headmaster partner Vorath.
Issue #248 of the Marvel UK Transformers comic featured a story called "Fallen Star", where Starscream began to doubt himself, despite being of the most powerful Transformers. Soundwave, Mindwipe and Weirdwolf feared Starscream would attack, but Starscream thought they were laughing at him behind his back. Leaving Starscream came across the Autobots Chainclaw, Cloudburst and Getaway, who were assigned by Optimus Prime to spy on him. Starscream soundly defeated all three Autobots and regained his self confidence.
He last appeared in the US Generation 1 series in issue #75, "On the Edge of Extinction".
Mindwipe made an appearance in the Decepticon forces under the command of Megatron in issue #7 of the Marvel Generation 2 comic series, in a story called "New Dawn". Megatron lead his Decepticons against Jhiaxus's second generation Cybertronians near the moon of Tykos. The Decepticons were defeated and Megatron left injured, presumed dead, but swearing revenge.
Mindwipe and Vorath appear in the Generations 2011 issue #2 "The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos" where he is among the Decepticon forces who ambush the Autobots on Nebulos.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- Ethan Kaye (March 23, 2011). "The 9 Oddest Things G1 Transformers Transformed Into". http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/03/the_9_oddest_things_g1_transformers_transformed_in.php.
- Simon Furman (w), Guido Guidi (p). "Generations 2011" The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos 2 (2011), Japan: Takara Tomy
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