Rebels Without a Circuit

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"Rebels Without a Circuit"
Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric episode
"Rebels Without a Circuit" title
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Written by Jim Sorenson
Original air date October 27th, 1986/December 28th, 2015
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Rebels Without A Circuit is a fictional story in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric series. Written in 2015, it retroactively took place in an unaired second season of the Challenge of the GoBots animated series.[1]


Part 1 of the 5 part "Robo Rebels" saga. Four Guardian cadets face trouble when accused of being Renegades.

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The following was first posted on the Renegade Rhetoric Facebook page on December 28th, 2015.

Question: Dear Cy-Kill, When was the first time Bladez came to your attention? Any concrete plans to get him on our side?

Cy-Kill: That was quite the tale! It all started at the Guardian Academy, where the instructor Major Mo was doing his best to whip four new Guardians into shape. Raizor, Tail Pipe, Super Couper, and Bent Wing were quite a handful. If they were Renegades, I'd probably have thrown up my hands and had them melted down for scrap. Tail Pipe was quite the runt, always trying to prove his worth in the face of the superior speed and firepower of his teammates. Raizor was something of a jock, thinking with his blasters instead of his brains. Bent Wing was quite the impetuous lass, constantly vying with Raizor for primacy within the team. And Super Couper joked about everything. This especially tormented the sensitive and serious Tail Pipe. Major Mo did his best to keep them in line, but it was a losing proposition. He would constantly throw up his arms in despair, calling his squad the Robo Rebels.

Stretch in Challenge of the GoBots

A trio of my Renegades encountered them during what was supposed to be a simple training exercise for them. They were attempting to rescue a ship in "distress," though of course Matt, Nick, and A.J. could bring their derelict colony ship under control at any time with the push of a button. The Robo Rebels were doing their customary slipshod job of it; Bent Wing and Raizor getting in each other's way, Super Couper slacking off, and Tail Pipe worrying that he'd only get in the way. That was when Gunnyr, Bad Boy, and Stretch showed up. My experienced men made short work of the neophytes, and were about to rip open the ship and get some valuable hostages when Leader-1, Turbo, and Scooter came to their rescue and drove off my men. Gunnyr valiantly attempted to stand up to Leader-1, but his MiG-21 "Fishbed" configuration was no match for Leader-1's F-15 Eagle mode.

Naturally, the Robo Rebels star fell even further. Why, the Guardian Council was even forced to consider the possibility that the new recruits had actively collaborated with the Renegades. After all, it had happened before. The newest member of the Guardian Council, Bladez, was particularly insistent on that point. Major Mo confined the Robo Rebels to their quarters, but Bent Wing insisted that they sneak out and go to the council chambers, to try to find evidence of how the Renegades knew where the training exercise would be held. Raizor wouldn't let her go without him, and Super Couper decided it'd be fun to tag along. Tail Pipe, reluctantly, accompanied his team, not wanting to be left alone to explain.

They dodged the Ridge Runner units guarding the council building and slipped into the computer annex unobserved. Tail Pipe was given the task of going through computer records, to see who know where the exercise would be held. It looked as if, besides Major Mo, only councilor Bladez had accessed information about the training record. They found this suspicious, but at that moment heard a blast. They rushed into the council chambers and found Zeemon lying there, a smoking hole in his chest! As they stood over his body, Guardian security director Hans-Cuff and a pair of his men rushed in, and ordered them arrested.

Mathew Robert Ignash: Can you tell us more about Ridge Runner units?

Cy-Kill: Automated Guardian sentry units, smaller but more advanced than a Boomer.

Mathew Robert Ignash: Dear Uncle Cy, could you jog my memory, is Tail Pipe a red car or black?

Cy-Kill: Normally, he converts to a black Skyline 2000 RS Turbo with orange detailing on his hood.

Mathew Robert Ignash: Who were the two GoBots with Hans-Cuff?

Cy-Kill: Dozer and Scratch, two of the least interesting Guardians one might ever care to blast.


Guardians Renegades Humans
Major Mo Gunnyr Matt Hunter
Raizor Bad Boy Nick Burns
Tail Pipe Stretch A.J. Foster
Super Couper
Bent Wing


  • This episode features the first fictional appearance of Bladez, Bent Wing, Major Mo, Raizor and Tail Pipe. Super Couper, however, did appear in a GoBots magazine comic in 1987.
  • Jim Sorenson credited Chris McFeely for co-writing the five-part Robo Rebels saga.
  • On December 21st, 2015 the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page posted a fictional list of the unaired episodes of Challenge of the GoBots season 2, which listed "Rebels Without A Circuit" as season 2 episode 1, which was supposed to air October 27, 1986.


  1. "Rebels Without a Circuit". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 27th, 1986/December 28th, 2015. No. 1, season 1.

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