Recoil (Transformers)

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Transformers character
Generation 1 Kup with Recoil in box
First appearance

"Brothers in Armor!!", The Transformers: Headmaster 4, January 1988
Created by

Voiced by

Johnny Haymer
Species Nebulon


Alternate mode

Musket laser

Kup, Wheelie

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: United


Recoil is a fictional character in the Transformers series. He is an Autobot allied Nebulan Targetmaster, and partner to the Autobot Kup.

Transformers: Generation 1

Recoil transforms into a replica of an antique style musket laser. While Kup love's the weapon's old-time-feel, in actuality, he is capable of shooting 100 pulse per second bursts of metal corrosive hydrochloric acid, with a 5 mile range.

The Dreamwave biography for Recoil says he is a retired sports star past his prime who wants to make one last go with the Autobots.

In the Marvel Comics Transformers stories Nebulans are depicted as human-looking aliens, while in the animated series they are green-skinned aliens. In the Ladybird Books stories the Nebulans are human-sized robots.

Animated series

Recoil in The Transformers

Recoil first appeared in the Transformers episode "The Rebirth, Part 1" as a sharpshooter among the rebel Nebulan group lead by Gort. In part 2 the Autobots copy Targetmaster technology from the Decepticons and Recoil is converted into the gun used by Kup. In part 3 the Autobots and their Nebulans travel to Cybertron for the final showdown with the Decepticons. He then returns to Nebulos to rid the planet of the Hive's machines.


Recoil 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

Recoil appeared in the Blackthorne Publishing The Transformers in 3D issue 3 as Kup's sidearm. 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.


Recoil appears as Kup's gun 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 Autobots are able to obtain the cure and bring it back to Earth, where Ricochet's team is commended by Optimus Prime.[3]

Marvel Comics

The Autobot Targetmaster from Headmasters 4

Recoil first appeared in issue 4 of the Marvel Comics Headmasters comic in a story called "Brothers in Armor!!" where he volunteered to be binary bonded to Kup as his Targetmaster partner. The Autobots then fled Nebulos for Earth in an attempt to lure away the Decepticons.[4]

Although Recoil is not depicted, 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 71 the Autobots surrendered to the Decepticons, and Kup gives up his partner Recoil.

Transformers: Mosaic

Recoil appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "The Sting of Scorponok" by Josh “Richter” van Reyk.[5]

Recoil appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "Flesh & Blood" by Senex Prime.[6]


  • Haabro Transformers Targetmaster Kup with Recoil (1987)
A remold of the original Kup toy with an added Targetmaster partner Recoil and new holes to mount him in vehicle mode. Recoil was recolored into Barrel Roller when up was recolored into Orion Pax.
  • Takara Transformers Collection Targetmaster Kup with Recoil and Wheelie (2005)
A reissue of Kup and Recoil released in Japan included Wheelie, as well as including both of Kup's weapons.
  • Takara Transformers United Targetmaster Recoil (2011)
A recolor of the Power Core Combiner Mini-Con Airlift. This toy is meant to be used with one of the United releases of Kup. This mold was also used to make United Spoilsport.
  • Takara Transformers Legends Cher (2017)
Includes Recoil, a remold of Legends Peaceman.



  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. Simon Furman (w), Guido Guidi (p). "Generations 2011" The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos 2 (2011), Japan: Takara Tomy
  4. Bob Budiansky (w), Frank Springer (p), Ian Akin & Brian Garvey (i). "Headmasters" Brothers in Armor!! 4 (January 1988), Marvel Comics

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