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Thrust is the name of six fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original character was an evil red Decepticon jet, with most of the following character using the name Thrust being a variation on that concept. The biggest exception being the Thrust who appeared in Beast Machines who was an evil Vehicon who turned into a motorcycle.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
The Decepticon Thrust Box Art
Name Thrust
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Smallest Transformers
Transformers: Timelines
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Henkei
Transformers: Generations
English voice actor Ed Gilbert
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet
Modified McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Function Warrior
Gender Male
Motto "My engines' roar is my enemies' song of doom!" (Generation 1)
"I'll wash my actuators in your spilled lubricant, weakling." (Timelines)
Partner Dirge, Ramjet, Bug Bite, Thundercracker, and Dreadwind
Rank 5, 4 (Timelines)
Sub-group Convention Exclusives, Deluxe Vehicles, Seekers

Thrust in the original Transformers toyline is the name of a Decepticon who transforms into a red VTOL jet.[1]

Thrust, Ramjet, and Dirge are part of a team dubbed by Transformers fans as the "Coneheads" for the way their animation models were drawn to make them visually distinct from the original Decepticon jets Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker despite their toys being modifications of the same mold used to create that original trio.

Fictional biography

Generation 1 biography: He rattles the air with the roar of his jets... believes half the battle is won if the opponent is "psyched out" by his mere arrival, so he makes no attempt to be sneaky. Pompus, loud-mouthed braggart and not too brave. Sudden, powerful accelerations can topple nearby buildings. Flies at mach 2.5, can double speed in 20 seconds for up to two minutes. Carries four air-to-air missiles and two automatic missile launchers in robot mode.

Timelines biography: Perhaps it was for no other reason than he was the last of all Decepticons to be re-activated by Megatron, but when Thrust was presented with the opportunity, he was eager to join Bludgeon's faction. Honestly, crazy old Megatron scares the coolant out of him. He'd rather be part of a nice, big army, where he can be surrounded by weaker bots, and push around the locals of whatever planet they occupy that week.

Titanium biography: Thrust is a bully, not a soldier. With the other Decepticons at his side, he's as courageous as they come, charging into battle boasting of the victory to come. Even when he and his comrades have their opponents outnumbered, however, he always picks the smallest, weakest target to attack. He'll never fight an enemy his own size, and will come up with any excuse to avoid a fight he's not certain he can win. He is a coward, through and through, with nothing but a bad attitude and a loud mouth to support him.

Generations biography: Thrust was great to have around during the early days of the war, when the Decepticons won victory after victory. His thundering engines and shouted threats terrified the few Autobots that stood against them. It wasn't until later, when the Autobots got organized enough to put up a real fight, that Thrust began screaming like an alpha unit and fleeing at the first sign of danger.


Thrust was named the 24th top unfortunately named Transformer by Topless Robot.[2]

The WTF@TFW podcast for March 12th, 2009 selected the Titanium Thrust toy as one of the New Picture Picks.[3]

Animated series

The Transformers

In the The Transformers cartoon, Thrust first appeared in the second season episode "Dinobot Island".[4]

In the episode "The God Gambit" Cosmos collected data in space on a potential new power source, but was attacked by Astrotrain, Thrust and Starscream. Crashing on the moon Titan, the local priests worshiped the Decepticons as "Sky Gods", but rebels were able to reactivate Cosmos and call for aid from the Autobots. Optimus Prime sent Omega Supreme with Perceptor and Jazz. Astrotrain set himself up as the chief god of the moon and forced the natives to gather energy crystals. The trip to Titan drained Omega of most of his energy, but Perceptor and Jazz were able to gather enough crystals to reactivate Omega and defeat the three Decepticons. Vowing to not let the Autobots gain the crystals, Astrotrain set up a chain reaction destroying them. The Autobots aided the natives to escape the explosion and helped them settle in another area of the moon.

In "The Golden Lagoon" Thrust is the one that discovers the lagoon after Beachcomber left. He was also one of the nine Transformers to be transported to the giant alien world in "Child's Play". He attempted to warn the Insecticons about the Morphabots in "Quest For Survival," but was simply fired upon. In "Kremzeek!" he was responsible for dropping Kremzeek in the Autobot base.

Thrust also appeared in the The Transformers: The Movie. Among other roles he had in the movie, Thrust is most recognized as the first Decepticon run over by Optimus Prime as the Autobot Leader made his way towards Megatron.

In his last US appearance, "Ghost in the Machine", Thrust and Dirge are among other Decepticons being punished by Galvatron for failing to stop a demoralizing assault by Starscream—now a ghost possessing the bodies of other Decepticons. Just before he and the other offenders are to be hunted down, Trypticon, the Decepticon city is possessed, trapping Thrust, Dirge, Runamuck and Runabout inside. He and Dirge liberates Trypticon from Starscream's control, just before the traitorous ghost was about to aid Unicron in destroying Cybertron.

Transformers: The Headmasters

Thrust appeared in episode 1 and 15 of the Japanese exclusive Headmasters series.


Thrust appears in the 1986 story book Galvatron's Air Attack by Ladybird Books.[5]


Devil's Due Publishing

Thrust would appear again in the second G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing with Dirge, Ramjet, Scourge and Cyclonus, acting as bodyguards for Shockwave. When the Dinobots returned from different a time period they routed Shockwave's troops. Ramjet was presumably killed either during this event, or when Cobra Commander detonated a store of explosives inside Starscream, killing everyone present. In this story, Thrust had not received an Earthen mode and transformed into a Cybertronian jet.

Despite this Thrust (or at least a cone-headed jet Decepticon with a similar color scheme) would be seen amongst the Decepticon troops trying to hold back the Autobot/G.I. Joe force attempting to rescue Optimus Prime. Here, like most other Transformers featured, he was in his Earth form.

Dreamwave Productions

Thrust was recruited as a Decepticon under the leadership of Megatron in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Thrust became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream. He often worked with fellow Seekers Ramjet and Dirge. He appeared defending Cybertron's planetary engines from Grimlock's group, but was later seen slumped against the wall. Staying with the Decepticons during the chaos following Megatron's disappearance, Thrust was one of those who defeated the Chaos Trinity.

In the third War Within series Thrust appeared among the Decepticon troops under the command of Shockwave.

After the Great Shutdown ended, Thrust was reformatted by Shockwave into the form of an Earth-style jet, serving as one of his bodyguards. After the War between the Autobots and Decepticons ended on Cybertron, Ultra Magnus led a mission to Earth to arrest the Autobots on Earth for continuing their violent ways. Thrust was among the troops under Ultra Magnus.

Defeated by the Autobots on Cybertron, Shockwave was forced to set up a new secret headquarters in the wastelands of Cybertron, with Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust following him. Shockwave completed work on his new warrior, Sixshot. Megatron returned to Cybertron with three clone warriors and the Predacons and was able to defeat Shockwave. Shockwave was kept alive, but restrained. All Shockwave's warriors except Blitzwing, who was destroyed, joined up with Megatron in his plan to invade the Earth.

Fun Publications

Thrust is a reoccuring character in the Classicverse stories by Fun Publications. In these stories Thrust's appearance is based on the BotCon exclusive toy.

In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 issue 2, "Games of Deception" Thrust appeared under the command of Bugbite. Coming to Earth with him, Thrust served him loyally, hitting Ramjet with a cerebro shell. However, in the final three-way battle between Bugbite's group, Megatron's forces and Ultra Magnus' Autobots, Thrust was gunned down by Magnus.

At the command of Megatron a human city was attacked by Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust. The city was defended by Ironhide, Jetfire, Optimus Prime and Sunstreaker.[6]

Thrust appeared in Invasion Prologue by Fun Publications where is was one of the Decepticon troops under the command of Overlord.[7]

Thrust appears in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[8]

IDW Publishing

Thrust appears among the Cybertronians fighting along side Megatron in Megatron Origin #3, where he is seen fighting Ironhide.

Thurst appears in The Transformers: Stormbringer as part of the Decepticon infiltration cell on Nebulos when Thunderwing arrived. Thrust was ordered to stay in their base in order to be able to have a recording of the events in case things went wrong. Despite the Decepticons' best efforts the monster devastated much of the planet and Thrust fled along with Dreadwind and Darkwing.

In All Hail Megatron #16 Thrust was among the Decepticons discovered wounded and hiding in abandoned buildings in New York by the US military.[9]

Marvel Comics

Thrust first appeared in issue 17 of the US Marvel Transformers comic, acting as a bodyguard for Straxus.

He played a larger role in the Marvel UK storyline Target: 2006, where he was portrayed as one of the Decepticons' deadliest killers, and one that needed to be taken out by the Autobot commando group the Wreckers to signal a mass-Autobot uprising on Cybertron. The Decepticons had prepared a major offensive to wipe the Autobots out and capture Emirate Xaaron, unaware this was part of the Autobot trap. Megatron's summoning the Insecticons to Earth scrapped both sides’ plans.

He subsequently joined the Decepticons on Earth. He was seen entering Earth via the Spacebridge, alongside Ramjet and Dirge around the same time as the Aerialbots were being created. Despite acquitting themselves well against the inexperienced Autobots they were eventually forced to flee when the Aerialbots formed Superion.

A story called The Gift in issue 93 of the Marvel UK comics explored Jetfire's problems fitting in with the other Autobots. Jetfire accompanied Jazz to a Blackrock fuel plant to oversee the creation of more fuel for the Autobots. The plant was attacked by Decepticons Thrust and Bombshell. Although Jetfire was able to put out a fire at the plant before it exploded, he blamed himself for being slow to react.

Thrust would serve as part of the Earthbound forces under first Shockwave, then Ratbat, battling both the Autobots and Scorponok's Decepticon faction. When Starscream seized the power of the Underbase, Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet were part of the forces sent against him.

Although they were not shown to be deactivated by the villain, they were not seen again in the comic continuity, although they would be seen in the UK. Earthforce tales under the command of Megatron and Shockwave. In the alternate Movie themed future of the UK comics, Thrust was indicated to have taken command of the Seekers.

It is unclear if Thrust was revived with many of the other Decepticons deactivated by Starscream's power, but as Dirge and Ramjet were both shown to be alive and well, it is likely.


  • Hasbro Transformers Decepticon Jet Thrust (1985)
A remold of the toy used for Starscream and the other first year Seekers. In jet mode, the toy is 21cm long (a scale of 1:93, suggesting that Thrust's 14cm robot mode would be about 13m tall). In what is considered to be a major drawback to the toy, the majority of its parts have to be removed for transformation, and it is rare to find a totally complete one, since neither mode can hold all the parts.[10][11]
  • Takara Smallest Transformers Thrust (2004)
A tiny remake of the original Thrust character, available exclusively as a blind-packaged item in Japan. This toy is a remold of Smallest Transformers Starscream. Knockoffs of this toy have been sold out of China in transparent plastic and metalized finish.
  • Hasbro Transformers Timelines Games of Deception (2007)
A 5-pack of Decepticons including Deluxe Bugbite, Dirge, Thundercracker and Thrust and Voyager Dreadwind.
Bugbite is a recolor of Robots in Disguise Classic Deluxe Bumblebee. Dirge is a recolor of Robots in Disguise Classic Ramjet. Thundercracker is a recolor of Robots in Disguise Classic Starscream. Thrust is a remold of Robots in Disguise Classic Deluxe Ramjet. Dreadwind is a remold and recolor of Robots in Disguise Classic Voyager Jetfire.
A BotCon 2007 exclusive.
  • Hasbro Transformers Universe Classic Series Aerial Rivals (2008)
Thrust is part of the Aerial Rivals Legends set. He is a recolor of Cybertron Legends Starscream in Thrust's Generation 1 colors.
  • Gentei! Gentei! Deluxe Thrust (2009)
The Japanese version of the Timelines Deluxe figure by Takara Tomy has new wings, including spinning fan blades. Sold as a Ganbo Store exclusive.[12]
  • Hasbro Transformers Universe Titanium Series 6 inch Thrust (2009)
A redeco of the 6 inch Titanium War Within Thundercracker. A Target store exclusive. Pictures of this toy first appeared on the internet in March of 2009.[13]
  • Generations Deluxe Thrust (2010)
A Hasbro retail release based on the 2009 Gentei! Gentei! Deluxe figure in slightly changed colors.[14]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Clear Thrust (2007)
An unlicensed copy of Smallest Thrust done in clear plastic. [15]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Glow-in-the-dark Thrust
An unlicensed copy of Smallest Thrust done in glow-in-the-dark plastic.[16]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Gold Thrust
An unlicensed copy of Smallest Thrust done with gold colored plastic.[17]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Silver Thrust
An unlicensed copy of Smallest Thrust done with silver colored plastic. [18]
  • Kingtoys Decepticon Jet Thrust (2008)
An unlicensed version of the Generation 1 toy done at half size by Kingtoys.[19]
  • Kingtoys Decepticon Jet Ghost Thrust (2008)
An unlicensed version of the Generation 1 toy done at half size with translucent plastic by Kingtoys. [20]
  • Reprolabels Binaltech/Alternators Coneheads (2011)
A set of labels to make iGear's conehead jets look more like their Generation 1 counterparts.[21]
  • CHMS Deluxe Thrust (2011)
An unlicensed copy of Gentei! Gentei! Thrust released by Chinese toy maker CHMS. This told can be easliy identified by the letters CHMS1 which appear inside his right leg.[22]
  • CHMS Deluxe Ghost Thrust (2011)
An unlicensed copy of Gentei! Gentei! Thrust in translucent plastic released by Chinese toy maker CHMS.
  • KOLD Deluxe Klear Thrust (2011)
An unlicensed copy of Gentei! Gentei! Thrust in clear plastic released by Chinese toy maker KOToys.[23]
  • Hasbro Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise Thrust (2020)


Beast Wars II

Transformers character
Beast Wars II Thrust
Name Thrust/Thrustor
Series Beast Wars II
Japanese voice actor Junji Sanechika
Alternate modes F-22 Raptor, Cybernetic Velociraptor
Function Aerial Officer (As Thrust), Shock Troop Commander (as Thrustor)
Gender Male
Motto "Whoah, everybody looks like ants from way up here! Wait, I haven’t taken off yet. Then . . . what the heck are those things? . . . Oh, ants. Right."
Rank 3 (as Thrust), 4 (as Thrustor)
Sub-group Basic Vehicles, Deluxe Beasts

A second character named Thrust was introduced in the Japanese exclusive series Beast Wars II.

In the Japanese exclusive Beast Wars II series, Thrust is a Predacon who transformers into a yellow jet, and is a soldier in the forces of a transformer calling himself Galvatron.

Like his best friend Dirge, Thrust has the attitude of a manzai comedian. He never calms down and hates acting serious. He’d much rather have fun and take things in stride. Thrust has a shrewd personality, though, and along with Dirge he forms a well-known duo among the Predacons. Unfortunately, the duo isn’t known for exactly what they’d like to be. For the most part they are thought of as bunglers. Thrust hates sea breezes since they tend to cause him to rust and for that reason alone he strangely has a great hatred of the Maximal Scuba.

Thrust and Dirge share a great deal in common. Thrust transforms into a stealthy fighter jet just like his partner. He also carries his weapon of choice, the Thrust Gun, in his leg compartment and can attach a barrel to it for increased power.

Thrusts inability to focus on anything for a length of time reduces him and his partner to the more menial tasks while complex assignments are left to more appropriate Predacons.

Animated series

Later, he is upgraded by Gigastorm using the power of the Angolmois energy, thereby transforming him into Thrustor, a cybernetic velociraptor.


In "The Maximal Brainwashing Project" Starscream and BB were able to capture Diver and the Tasmanian Kid, brainwashing them into serving the Predacons. Meanwhile Leo Prime, Apache and Scuba were able to capture Dirge and Thrust. The shock of being damaged in capture had the side effect of making the Predacons think they were Maximals. Diver and the Kid were able to ambush the Maximals, allowing Galvatron to gain the upper hand on Lio Convoy, but the Maximals were aided by Dirge and Thrust. Furious that Lio had seemingly stolen his brainwashing idea Starscream had BB attacked the Maximals. Megastorm found the whole turn of events amusing and planned to use his main cannon to destroy all the Maximals and Predacons in the conflict, becoming the leader of the Predacons. His attack took so long to charge Diver was able to ruin it with a water geyser. The explosion was enough to shock the brainwashed Maximals back to their senses. Galvatron and the Predacons retreated with Dirge and Thrust in tow.[24]

IDW Publishing

In Beast Wars: The Ascending Shokaract's heralds Hellscream, Max B, Antagony, Thrustor and Hardhead defended their master on Cybertron until he was shunted into limbo by the Maximal Snarl. The heralds then retreated once there was no vessel for Unicron.

Thrust had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[25]


  • Beast Wars II Thrust (1998)
He is a redeco of the mold used for Machine Wars Megatron and Megaplex. The toy for Thrust stands 10 centimeters tall and the character is supposed to stand 2.6 meters tall, which means he's about 1:26 scale. He came packaged by himself and with the Maximal Scuba.
  • Beast Wars II Thrustor (1998)
A remold of Beast Wars Dinobot.

Beast Machines

Transformers character
Beast Machines Thrust on card
Name Thrust
Series Transformers: Beast Machines
Voiced by Jim Byrnes
Alternate modes Cybertronian Motorcycle
Function Cycle-Drone General
Gender Male
Motto "There are no rules on the road - only victors and scrap metal."
Partner Jetstorm and Tankor, later Obsidian and Strika
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

He is a Vehicon General who was in charge of the Cycle Drones and was one of the few who remained an ally to Megatron until the very end. He carried the spark of the Predacon Waspinator.

Fictional biography

By far the most agile of the land based generals, the Vehicon Thrust is a lethal adversary against any Maximal. Extreme speed and shrewd handling make him a hard target. Subdued personality is a mystery - disposition reeks of a "rebel without a cause". The only general not intimidated by Megatron - always seems to know the correct thing to say. It is rumored that he hosts the Spark of former Predacon Waspinator. Outfitted with an enormous amount of firepower; fires energy pulses by spinning his front wheel while popping a wheelie. In robot mode, one arm functions as a rapid fire energy pulse weapon, the other a grappling hook. Cares for nothing but himself; often heard muttering the nihilistic phrase "To think is to say no."

Animated series

Thrust was one of the original three Vehicon Generals, and he was the last one to fall against the Maximals in the series finale. He is the loner, mysterious and brooding, and prefers to operate on his own agenda. Thrust rarely speaks, and when he does, it usually doesn't excel above a raspy whisper. To the surprise of all, Thrust was actually the reprogrammed Waspinator.[26]

Thrust almost never loses his cool, and is almost fearless. He'll even let his boss, Megatron, know when he disagrees with him, something which the cowardly Waspinator would never have done. Thrust even once told his leader that using the sparks of Rhinox and Silverbolt for Jetstorm and Tankor had been a bad idea as they had once been “pals” of Optimus.

Each of the three original Vehicon Generals had their own personalized command codes; Thrust's was: "Thrust Overdrive!!" (though on one occasion he said: "Thrust Accelerate!")

Despite his preference for solitude, he considered his fellow Vehicon General Jetstorm to be his best friend, disregarding some of their past rivalries. As for Tankor, "He's a nice guy... little dim". He despised the next generals, Obsidian and Strika simply because they replaced the original cast and because they treated him like an outsider, despite the fact that he had been there the longest. Not until Megatron had been thought dead and Obsidian and Strika had joined forces with the Maximals despite Thrust’s assurances that Megatron would return, did the new generals respect Thrust, for he had been loyal when they had not. While he was still not considered an equal, they from then on let him in on their plans.

Unlike all the other Generals, Thrust would remain loyal to Megatron to the bitter end. His friendship with Jetstorm would eventually turn into hatred when Jetstorm reverted back to Silverbolt, his old Maximal self.

Thrust was the only one of the original three Vehicon Generals who was able to remember on his own that he used to be someone else. For a while, Blackarachnia believed that this someone else was Silverbolt, since Thrust kept displaying a soft spot for her. She was disappointed to learn that Thrust wasn't Silverbolt, but the Predacon Waspinator. Waspinator had been left on prehistoric Earth, to be worshiped by the early humans, but Waspinator accidentally boringly flung a pebble at a human who was building a statue to worship his "godlike" performance, and chased him off. Somehow he returned to Cybertron where his spark was extracted by Megatron and reprogrammed into Thrust. Waspinator was actually very pleased to be inside the "cool biker-bot" because "Chick-bots dig 'brooding loner' bit! "

In the final episodes, his Cycle-Drones extracted the sparks of all the Maximals except Optimus Primal. After using Silverbolt's hatred of being called Jetstorm to trick him into having a tower dropped on him, Thrust was caught in a fierce battle with Cheetor, which was ended when Cheetor extracted Waspinator's spark from Thrust. When all of Cybertron had been reformatted, Thrust became Waspinator again - with a twist. He was now a tiny wasp with the Vehicon General's head.

3H Enterprises

Beast Machines Thrust appeared in the Transformers: Universe comic book among those escaping Unicron.

Fun Publications

Thrust was a minor background character appearing in Fun Publications fiction "Gone to Far", a text-based story set on Transtech Cybertron.


  • Beast Machines Deluxe Thrust
A Deluxe sized toy was released for Thrust by Hasbro. Comes with a missile.
His Cycle-Drones were made into Basic sized figures utilizing a new mold. The Cycle-Drone toys looked more like Thrust in the television series than the Thrust toy did.
  • Beast Machines Happy Meal Thrust
A smaller version of Thrust was also made as a toy which was included in children's fast food meals.
  • Beast Wars Returns Thrust
A recolor of the Motorcycle Drone toy that was only released in Japan, as part of their 2005 Beast Machines (called Beast Wars Returns there) line. This version is far more show-accurate than the original, owing to its more recent mold and the fact that the show had been around for a longer time when it was released.

  • Hasbro Transformers Timelines Deluxe Thrust (unreleased)
The unreleased sixth Transformers Subscription Service set was to include a recolor/remold of Combiner Wars Afterburner done as Beast Machines' Thrust.

Robots in Disguise

Yet another Thrust who had previously been Waspinator was a member of the Destructicons, his Spark having been been blasted free from his body by a Transwarp explosion. Recovered by Jhiaxus, it was fitted into a blank Protoform and thus became Thrust, an effective marksman hindered only by a crippling fear prompted by the remnants of his former personality. He also was rivals with Obsidian, though the two were capable of working together.


  • Attacktix Thrust ()

Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
Name Thrust
Japanese name Strato
Series Transformers: Armada
Unite Warriors
English voice actor Colin Murdock
Japanese voice actor Kōji Yusa
Alternate modes Modified F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Function Troop Instructor
Gender Male
Motto "I fight, I prevail, I conquer! " (Hasbro), "Arrogance and ambition are shortcuts to victory." (Takara)
Partner Breakdown, Cyclonus, Inferno, Starscream
Rank 9
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

In the Transformers: Armada cartoon series, Thrust is a noted Decepticon strategist called to Earth by Megatron. He becomes second in command of the Decepticons under Megatron replacing Starscream who had served that role prior to leaving the Decepticons.[27]

According to the Japanese tech spec and animated series Thrust can become invisible, but in the Dreamwave comics, they attribute his ability to turn invisible to his Mini-Con partner Inferno.

Thrust has been know to help form the combiner Grand Galvatron.

Fictional biography

A veteran soldier, Thrust was summoned to Earth by Megatron to reinforce Decepticon military ideas, and swiftly became Megatron's number two in command. Thrust's meteoric rise to the top earned him the lasting contempt of Starscream & Demolisher, who constantly strive to undermine his authority. Known for his lightning speed and advanced attack capabilities, Thrust will employ any means to win. Will arrogance and blind ambition cloud his ability to lead his troops to victory?

Animated series

Stealthily stalking the skies in his jet mode, Thrust is aided by his optical camouflage powers that render him invisible. He personally selected the Mini-Con Inferno to be his partner when he arrived on Earth from Cybertron. In addition, he worked in conjunction with the Air Military Team (Terradive, Thunderwing, Gunbarrel) on several occasions.

Heralded as a master tactician and general, Thrust won numerous victories for the Decepticons on the planets Duke and Vector. The schemes he crafted for the Decepticons certainly seemed to confirm that fact, but they came crashing down when he failed to factor in the arrival of Jetfire on Earth, and later, his ability to combine with Optimus Prime.

Following these, and other disastrous encounters with the Autobots, Thrust was approached by Sideways and given promises of great power and respect, Thrust began to work against Megatron. At the same time, he arranged a scheme to manipulate Starscream and eventually allow the Decepticons to gain possession of all three Mini-Con weapons, which Thrust then used to power the mighty Hydra-Cannon. Back on Cybertron, however, Thrust's treachery was revealed when he absconded with the Skyboom Shield and Requiem Blaster, and delivered them to Sideways, who planned to use them to revive his master, Unicron. Following Sideways' theft of the Star Saber, Unicron was fully reborn and attacked Cybertron, with Thrust perched on his shoulder cheering over the destruction of the Transformers race. When confronted by Galvatron (formerly Megatron) on Unicron's surface for his treason, Thrust is more to willing to face Galvatron, as he finds no longer to flee from him as so much damage to Cybertron by Unicron has been done. He eventually flew into a portion of Unicron's body by accident and became lodged in a shifting joint, and found that his cries for help elicited no response from the Chaos-Bringer or his former leader. Galvatron warned him that this was the fate of those who dared to dream of both power and treason, and walked away as Thrust was crushed to his death.

Dreamwave Productions

Thrust had a much lesser role in the accompanying Dreamwave comics. He first appeared in issue #9, arriving from Cybertron to equip the Decepticons with rocket boosters, providing them with some much needed mobility. He then took part in the Decepticon assault on the Mini-Con base on the moon, and also battled Hot Shot and Red Alert alongside Starscream in order to discover the location of the Autobot base. He then became part of Megatron's forces on Earth, hunting the Mini-Con adventure team, accidentally being taken out by a super-powered Cyclonus and accompanying Starscream and Demolishor in search of Over-Run and the Mini-Con Matrix, battling Hot Shot again. However, they ran into trouble in the most unexpected of forms - the original Galvatron, who took out Thrust. Left for dead by the other two, Thrust managed to make his way to the Decepticon base on Earth. His luck didn't improve: he was confronted by Galvatron's fellow Heralds of Unicron - the original versions of Scourge, Thunderwing and Dirge - and subsequently beaten to a pulp. He did not appear again in the Armada comics.

Although the character of Thrust did not appear in the Energon animated series he continued to appear in the Transformers: Energon comic series by Dreamwave, allying himself with the Autobots after the disappearance of Megatron. He was one of those who aided the Autobots when Cybertron was attacked by the Four Horsemen of Unicron: Airazor, Cheetor, Rhinox and Terrorsaur. Subsequently, he was one of those who volunteered to head to Earth to battle the Terrorcon invasion. He was one of the defenders of Toronto alongside Hot Shot, Red Alert, Hoist, Beachcomber and Rodimus, battling against Divebomb and a swarm of Terrorcon clones before receiving help from a very unlikely source: Megatron, resurrected in a new body by Optimus Prime. Megatron decimated the Terrorcon invasion, and Thrust attempted to ingratiate himself with his bemused former leader.

Thrust would make one more appearance in flashback in Transformers: Energon #30 as one of the Decepticons piloting Megatron’s battle barge as Starscream delivered a warning of Scorponok's ambitions. Unfortunately Dreamwave went out of business at this point, so any further development of Thrust remains untold.

Unite Warriors

In the Unite Warriors toyline, a comic was released that featured Thrust being summoned from his native reality to join a force of Decepticons from various realities that would unite to form Grand Galvatron.


Toy Dream Project Thrust toy
  • Armada Deluxe Thrust with Inferno (2003)
Came with the Mini-Con Inferno. An actual F-35 fighter is 15.47 meters long, while the Thrust toy is 16 centimeters long, making it a scale of about 1/97 scale.
The Universe character of Sunstorm was a redeco of Armada Thrust, painted to resemble Sunstorm from the Generation 1 series. He came with a redeco of Inferno.
  • Armada Deluxe Powerlinx Thrust with Inferno (2003)
A recolor of Armada Thrust in the colors of Generation 1 Dirge. This toy was repurposed into Armada Dirge with Grapple.
  • Superlink Toy Dream Project Thrust (2003)
A Japanese exclusive redeco of Armada Thrust in Generation 1 Thrust colors. This figure was also available in Hasbro packaging in numerous regions, including Israel and Europe, but never released in the US as intended.
  • Unite Warriors UW-06 Grand Galvatron
A 5-pack of figures. Breakdownn is a recolor of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Offroad. Cyclonus is a recolor of Generations Combiner Wars Voyager Cyclonus. Roller is a remold and recolor of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Rook. Starscream is a recolor and remold of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Skydive. Thrust is a recolor and remold of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Air Raid.

Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers character
Cybertron Thrust toy
Name Thrust
Series Transformers: Cybertron
Alternate modes Jet
Gender Male
Rank 5
Sub-group Mini-Cons

Another Thrust appeared in the Transformers: Cybertron line as a Mini-Con. While existing in the same world as Amrada Thrust, this is a new, unrelated character who shares a name with the larger Decepticon.

Thrust was presented as a revolutionary who enjoyed defying the pointless laws of the Mini-Con Council. Thriving on chaos, he took advantage of the black hole created by the Unicron singularity, sabotaging the Mini-Cons' ships and leaving them trapped on Cybertron as the black hole expands, then leading a rebellion.


When first listed at Big Bad Toy Store the Thrust vs. Anti-Blaze 2-pack featured a humorous fan-made biography.[28]

Mission Hawaii!

After a tumultuous brawl and an unexpected tear in the fabric of reality, Thrust and Anti-Blaze find themselves transported to Hawaii---elbow deep in Hula girls and suntan lotion. Now they realize they have to put aside their personal grievances and work together to solve the mystery of the Cursed Tiki God!

Is the curse real, or is it merely a grandiose hoax concocted by the local kingpin known only as “Red Komodo” to obfuscate attempts to recover the fabled sunken treasure of Captain Spider? Thrust and Anti-Blaze form a tentative partnership as they are forced to pool their individual resources to defend both against Red Komodo’s thugs and the will of the Cursed Tiki God.

Thrust finds a tarantula in his bed, and Anti-Blaze finds himself beguiled by beautiful Hula dancer Hi’iaka. But is the tarantula serving the will of the Cursed Tiki God, and is sultry Hi’iaka not in fact a secret agent sent by Red Komodo? Can Thrust and Anti-Blaze work together long enough to solve these mysteries?

Fictional biography

For Thrust and his mates on the Sky Terror Team there is no greater joy then to defy the laws of the Mini-Con Council of Sages. The peaceful Mini-Con colonies on the moons of Cybertron are more prison than home to Thrust, who thrives on chaos. The appearance of the black hole offered a rare opportunity for him. The Council of Sages' refusal to ask the Autobots for help made it easy for him to sabotage the ships intended to evacuate the Mini-Con robots, leaving them all trapped on the increasingly dangerous colonies as the black hole grows ever more powerful.

Fun Publications

Thrust pays the price for his ways in the club comic. When Unicron attacks Cybertron in the midst of the Mini-Con civil war, Thrust is amongst those killed by the chaos bringer.


  • Cybertron Mini-Con Thrust vs. Anti-Blaze
Thrust is a recolor of Energon Scattor. He was packaged with the Autobot-aligned Anti-Blaze.
Combines with Ramjet and Sunstorm to form the Chaos Saber.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
Revenge of the Fallen Thrust toy
Name Thrust
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Alternate modes F-35 Lightning II
Gender Male
Rank 6
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Fictional biography

Thrust loves to fight, as long as he is guaranteed to win. As soon as the odds turn against the Decepticons, he's the first to run and hide. He relishes the chance to push around those smaller and weaker than him, so Earth is the ultimate playground. He avoids the Autobots completely, choosing instead to pick fights with small, lightly armed groups of humans. Even then, as soon as the humans roll out any artillery, or even rocket launchers, he heads for space, to lay low until he can stop shaking from fear.


  • Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Thrust (2009)
Thrust appears in the Revenge of The Fallen toyline, as a recolor/remold of Deluxe class Breakaway. The figure includes a new head mold.
Thrust is a 1:87 scale F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. As a robot this 16 centimeter toy would stand about 45 feet 8 inches tall.


  1. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 28. ISBN 0764313649. 
  2. Kevin Guhl (December 16, 2009). "The 30 Most Unfortunately Named Transformers". 
  3. Vangelus (March 12th, 2009). "WTF@TFW". (Podcast). TFW2005. 
  4. Transformers Season Two Box Set, Part 1 by Brian Cirulnick, February 2003
  5. Galvatron's Air Attack. Ladybird Books. 1986. ISBN 0721409881. 
  6. Pete Sinclair (w), Evan Gauntt (p), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "At Fight's End" Hasbro Transformers Collectors' Club The Official Magazine 30 (December 2009/January 2010), Fun Publications
  7. Pete Sinclair & Jesse Wittenrich (w), Will Mangin (p), Jake Isenberg (i). "Invasion Prologue" Transformers Timelines (March, 2012), Fun Publications
  10. Decepticon Jet: Thrust
  11. Transformers Thrust Robot - ToyBin
  12. - Gentei Thrust
  26. Deluxe Beast Machines: Thrust
  27. Thrust with Inferno

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