Trash and Treachery

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"Trash and Treachery"
Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric episode
"Trash and Treachery" title
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 35
Written by Jim Sorenson
Original air date October 22nd, 1986/December 1st, 2015
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Trash and Treachery is a fictional story in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric series episode 35. Written in 2015, it retroactively took place in an unaired second season of the Challenge of the GoBots animated series.[1]


Zero and the Master Renegade team up to take out both the Guardians and Renegades.

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The following was first posted on the Renegade Rhetoric Facebook page on December 1st, 2015.[2]

Dear Cy-Kill, Was the Grungy incident the last time you saw the Master Renegade?

Cy-Kill: Not at all, though I wish it were. The next time he turned his irising cybernetic eye our way, he had linked up with that traitor Zero. The two of them, or so I've come to discover, were drinking away their sorrows on a bar in the Beta Leonis system and bumped into each other. After a brief melee, they discovered their mutual distaste for Leader-1 and myself alike, and formed an unholy alliance against the Guardians and my Renegade.

Soon they returned to Earth, and attacked a global summit on the dangers of pollution. In the process they obtained a new kind of algae designed to consume plastic waste. I can't say I shed any tears that they gave Pumper and Staks, the two Guardians tasked with guarding the conference, a good blasting.

Blades in Challenge of the GoBots

Still, it wouldn't do for me to allow anyone other than myself to conquer Earth, especially a traitor and a relic, so I sent out patrols to look for the despicable duo. Blades and Psycho ran into the pair as they raided a UNECOM warehouse. My men had the pair pinned down... until that bumbling oaf Turbo and his sidekick Small Foot showed up and engaged the wrong Renegades! Leave it to a Guardian to not know where the real threat lay.

With the plastic-eating algae and the UNECOM gear, the Master Renegade cobbled together a super-algae, able to render inert any GoBot it came in contact with. They flew to GoBotron and attacked the Guardian Council with his new weapon, immobilizing Zeemon and his lackeys, and Leader-1 as well during his inevitable counter-attack.

With GoBotron his, Zero turned on his compatriot, immobilizing the Master Renegade in a cage next to Leader-1, next to the gaudy throne he had installed in the GoBotolis council chambers. The Master Renegade still had a few tricks up his sleeve, though, and reminded Leader-1 what the algae had been originally designed to do. Leader-1 was still in radio contact with Scooter, who astrobeamed a good fraction of the Earth's garbage directly into the council chambers. With juicer targets, the weaponized algae migrated from Guardian to garbage, though how it could tell the difference is beyond me.

The Master Renegade slipped away in the confusion, but Leader-1 chased Zero into space, blazing away at him the entire time... and driving him right into range of my cloaked Thruster. Caught between Leader-1's pursuit and my own waiting arms, he converted back to his robot form and begged my forgiveness. I blasted him directly in the chest, then had Cop-Tur and Crasher drag him aboard where I could find a more... permanent solution to the Zero problem. Leader-1 caught up to me, but we both agreed that this was Renegade business, and that neither one of us had quarrel with the other on this particular day. We departed under a brief armistice. I'm sure he had a good chuckle with Turbo and Scooter about how Zero would come to wish he had stuck around for Guardian justice.

Christopher Colgin: Are Gobeings like the Master Renegade the same height as normal GoBots, or as tall as humans, or somewhere in between?

A GoBeings and human scale chart

Cy-Kill: GoBeings average slightly taller than ordinary humans. In fact, during their escapades, the Master Renegade was riding about inside Zero's fighter plane configuration. Apparently neither of them has the slightest shred of dignity, not that this surprises me terribly.


Guardians Renegades
Pumper Master Renegade
Staks Zero
Turbo Blades
Small Foot Psycho
Zeemon Cy-Kill
Leader-1 Cop-Tur
Scooter Crasher


  • 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 "Trash and Treachery" as season 2 episode 35, which was supposed to air October 22nd, 1986.


  1. "Trash and Treachery". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 22nd, 1986/December 1st, 2015. No. 35, season 1.

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