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Cliffjumper is the name of eight fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Cliffjumper is a heroic Autobot warrior who turned into a sports car introduced in 1984 as part of the Generation 1 line. The second Cliffjumper was a female Mini-Con partner of Cheetor introduced in 2003 as part of the Transformers: Armada series.

1984 Transformers

Cliffjumper
Transformers character
Cliffjumper-g1boxart.jpg
Generation 1 Cliffjumper box art
First appearance

Transformers #1 by Marvel Comics
Created by

Hasbro
Voiced by

Casey Kasem (English)
Takuro Kitagawa (Japanese)
Japanese name

Cliff
Information
Aliases Blow-Out
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

1981 Porsche 924 (Turbo)
Cybertronian car
Suzuki Swift
Function

Warrior
Motto

"Let me at 'em!"
"Strike first, strike fast, strike hard."
"Let's bend some tailpipes!" (Classic)
Partner

Beachcomber, Brawn, Suppressor
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Titanium
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Transformers: Henkei
Transformers: Alternity
Transformers: United
Transformers: Generations
Sub-group

Deluxe vehicles, Legends, Mini-Bots
Tech specs

ST04 IN04 SP07 EN04

RN05 CO10 FB07 SK05

According to original tech spec notes written by Bob Budiansky found at Iacon One in 2006 the original name for Cliffjumper was Blow-Out, a name later used for a Generation 2 Autobot.

Hasbro registered the name Cliffjumper for US Trademark in October 2003.[1]

Fictional biography

Profile: "Let me at 'em" is Cliffjumper's usual response when the Autobots embark on a mission. His eagerness and daring have no equal among the Autobots. Optimus Prime knows this gung-ho trait is an expression of Cliffjumper's burning desire for vengeance on the Decepticons. Although he takes his work very seriously, Cliffjumper is full of good-natured bravado while he's doing it. He doesn't actively dislike Earth, but he considers its rough, uneven terrain a hindrance to his effectiveness, and too often is carelessly destructive. Often he is on the receiving end of a lecture from Optimus on caution and the protection of Earthen property.

Abilities: Cliffjumper is one of the fastest of the Autobots, in his automobile mode, and he makes a particularly effective target for drawing fire away from other Autobots, a job he relishes and seldom gets hurt doing. He can fire projectiles filled with what he calls "glass gas." On impact, this gas disrupts the microscopic crystalline structure of most metals, temporarily making the metal as brittle as common glass.

Weaknesses: Cliffjumper is prone to literal blow-outs in his automobile mode. He accelerates so quickly and recklessly that he is sometimes disabled before he goes 50 yards. His overeagerness can often lead him into dangerous situations that he's not prepared to handle. And sometimes, if the wind is blowing toward him, he can fall victim to his own glass gas.

Animated series

In The Transformers Cliffjumper was part of the original Autobot crew of the Ark. When the Autobots and Decepticons were reawakened, Cliffjumper was given the alternate mode of an Earth car. Cliffjumper and Hound were sent to scout out the location of the Decepticons. Although ordered not to engage the Decepticons, Cliffjumper took the opportunity to try to shoot Megatron, revealing their existence to the Decepticons. Because of this, Hound was blown off the road by Laserbeak - something that made Cliffjumper regret his impulsiveness. Hound, however, did not blame him, quipping that he was only sorry he missed.

Cliffjumper's bravery was often a boon to the Autobots - as well as a problem. In the episode "Changing Gears", Cliffjumper's rash actions helped the Autobots get past a Decepticon force field and stop their Solar Needle device from destroying the sun.[2]

Cliffjumper's most prominent appearance came in the second season episode "Traitor", where he developed the belief that Mirage had sold them out to the Decepticons after missing a Decepticon power plant while on patrol. Mirage then devised a scheme to prove he was not a traitor, setting the Decepticons and Insecticons against each other. However, Cliffjumper had followed him, and misinterpreted his actions. Reporting back to base, Cliffjumper took Prime to see for himself - only to run into an ambush, as Mirage betrayed them. The reason soon became apparent - Mirage had been implanted by one of Bombshell's cerebro shells. After the Decepticon plant's destruction, Cliffjumper apologised to Mirage.[3]

When Starscream broke off from Megatron and created the Combaticons in "Starscream's Brigade", his first act was to capture the Autobots Cliffjumper and Jazz during the unveiling of a statue of Optimus Prime.

By season 3, Cliffjumper was reduced to a background character, a result of voice actor Casey Kasem's objection to the portrayal of Arab characters as stereotypical villains [4] and departure from the show.

His last appearance in the original US cartoon was the season 4 episode "The Rebirth - Part 1".

Books

Cliffjumper appeared in the following books:

Marvel Books

Cliffjumper is featured in the 1984 Marvel Books story Battle for Cybertron.[7]

Comics

Devil's Due Publishing

Cliffjumper reappeared in the third G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover series from Devil's Due Publishing as part of the combined Autobot/G.I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime.

Dreamwave Productions

When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Cliffjumper joined the Autobot cause. When Decepticon Military Operations Commander Shockwave led a force of Decepticons against the Autobot capitol of Iacon, Cliffjumper was among the Autobots who defended the capitol (Transformers: War Within #3).

When Decepticon leader Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Cliffjumper stayed with the Autobots under the leadership of Prowl. Learning that the Decepticons were testing a new mobile command base at the Praetorus Wharf, Prowl led Cliffjumper, Gears, Jazz, Skids and Sideswipe to investigate. What they discovered was Trypticon. The giant Decepticon easily routed them, and Prowl's team were only saved by Shockwave's calling him away to battle against the Fallen and Chaos Trinity. (Transformers: The War Within - The Dark Ages #3).

Transformers: Generation One #3 by Dreamwave Productions

Six million years ago, Ultra Magnus united the Autobot factions and lead them to victory over Decepticons and Ultracons. Megatron returned to Cybertron in command of the clone forces of the Aerospace Extermination Squadron and took over Cybertron. Cliffjumper was among the Autobots enslaved and forced to labor tunneling into Cybertron's core (Transformers: War Within - The Age of Wrath #2). Eventually Optimus Prime returned to Cybertron and helped free the enslaved Autobots.

Cliffjumper was among the Autobots who followed Optimus Prime on his mission on board the Ark and crash landed on Earth. In 1984, when the Ark's computer re-activated, it reformatted Cliffjumper as in the form of an Earth car. Eventually the combined forces of the Autobots on Earth, and their human allies were able to capture the Decepticons. A ship called the Ark II was built to take the Cybertronians back to Cybertron, along with some human companions, but the ship exploded shortly after takeoff. The human allies were killed, but the Cybertronians were lost in the ocean, again in stasis lock.

Cliffjumper traveled to Cybertron along with Optimus Prime and a number of Autobots when arrested by Ultra Magnus.

Bumblebee was placed in command of the Autobot supply shuttle Orion, with Powerglide, Warpath, Seaspray, Cosmos, Cliffjumper, Bumper and the Powerdashers assigned to him. Their mission was to aid the Autobots on Earth. Upon arriving in the Earth system from transwarp space, they witnessed the arrival of Sunstorm (Transformers: Generation One III #1). After Omega Supreme was damaged in the fight with Sunstorm, Cliffjumper was reluctantly assigned the duty of protecting him until he recovered. Dreamwave would go out of business at this point, preventing any further tales of Cliffjumper from being told.

Fun Publications

Classicverse

The Classics storyline by Fun Publications is set in a sequel to the Marvel Comics story, ignoring the events of the UK and Generation 2 comics. It is revealed that Cliffjumper had been in stasis since the attack by the Underbase powered Starscream in the Marvel Comics story, and was only recently revitalized on Cybertron. Optimus Prime then returns to Earth commanding a small groups of Autobots including Cliffjumper when they learn Megatron has returned.

In Crossing Over the mysterious Skyfall allies himself with the Autobots as they investigate a strange energy reading in South America. Cliffjumper is assigned to watch over Skyfall by Optimus Prime. Skyfall, Cliffjumper and the Decepticon Landquake arrive in an underground energon pool together and meet the Autobot Breakaway, who is guarding the pool, but has little memory of why. Together Breakaway, Landquake and Skyfall feel they are somehow connected. Cliffjumper refuses to leave Skyfall as they are sent through a dimensional portal by Breakaway's Caretaker computer to find their "fourth".

In the Transformers: Timelines story Shattered Glass Cliffjumper is separated in dimensional transit and ends up by himself on a mirror universe Cybertron where the tyrant Optimus Prime and his evil Autobots are opposed by Megatron and the heroic Decepticons. After being shot by Optimus Prime for being a traitor, he is recovered by the Decepticons and joins their cause. He and his glass gas is key to the destruction of the launch pad to the Ark - a space ship the Autobots plan to use to conquer Earth.[8]

Cliffjumper appears in the fiction Dungeons & Dinobots, a text based story. He defends the Arch-Ayr fuel dump with the Decepticons from an Autobot attack. He later captures the Dinobots Slugfest and Goryu for the Decepticons to reprogram as Dinocons. Cliffjumper, Sideswipe, Blurr and Rodimus then track Grimlock through a maze of traps and discover the Omega Terminus. A trap separates him with Sideswipe, leaving him to survive with Rodimus. Cliffjumper refuses to be part of Rodimus' plan to use the Terminus to create an army to take over Cybertron. After a run-in with Grimlock and zombified versions of Cliffjumper's evil counterpart and Sideswipe's old commander Drench, they escape the maze.

Cliffjumper appears in the story Do Over. When Megatron is captured by the Autobot Targetmasters led by Ricochet, it is Cliffjumper who warns Starscream not to send a large force to rescue him, but instead send a small group of Micromasters. He is among the crew of the Nemesis, which follows the Autobot's Ark to Earth before being shot down by human defenses.[9]

Cliffjumper appears in Eye in the Sky. After meeting the Decepticons new human allies Cliffjumper warns that the Autobots probably survived the crash to Earth. He helps recover the stasis pod of Crasher and gets her back online. Cliffjumper, Crasher, Frenzy, Heatwave, Ravage and Soundwave are sent on a mission to Burpleson Air Force Base to stop the Autobots from controlling the Global Orbital Defense System. Heatwave uses his powers to convince the GODS transmitter to fire the weapon on itself and stop the Autobots from taking control.

Cliffjumper appears in Reunification having returned to Cybertron where he was reunited with Landquake, Skyfall and Breakaway just before Cyclonus attempts to kill Megatron at the command of Alpha Trion.

Cliffjumper appeared in Solar Requiem, where he introduces his fellow Autobots to the native Decepticons of Shattered Glass Cybertron, although he seems to have a problem with the Decepticon Counterpunch.[10]

Wings of Honor

Cliffjumper appears in "A Flash Forward" by Fun Publications. He is assigned to evaluate the powers of the young Autobots who gained powers from forestonite. He tests Firecracker, Electro, Manta Ray, Aquafend, Windbreaker and Road Rocket.[11]

IDW Publishing

Cliffjumper made his first IDW Publishing appearance in issue #3 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, mourning Bumper alongside Bumblebee and Hubcap.

When he next appears in Spotlight: Cliffjumper, he successfully engages an entire platoon of Decepticons single handed.[12]

Marvel Comics

Events specific to the Marvel UK Transformers comics are in italics.

Cliffjumper appears in the Marvel Transformers comic, where his role is much the same as in the animated series. The earlier comic stories feature Cliffjumper prominently, deploying his 'glass gas' gun against unfortunate Decepticons.

Cliffjumper works with Windcharger and Gears on the Dinobot Hunt, charged with bringing in the mentally incapacitated Dinobot Sludge. Unfortunately the party were victims of an ambush set up by Soundwave.

Cliffjumper returns in "Totaled!" to fight alongside hundreds of Autobots and Decepticons against the Underbase-empowered Starscream, and was one of the many casualties of his rampage.

Films

During The Transformers: The Movie, Cliffjumper is stationed on Moonbase 1, from which he and Jazz try unsuccessfully to escape when attacked by Unicron. After their apparent consumption by the planet-eater, they are ultimately saved by Daniel Witwicky.

Games

Cliffjumper is one of eight playable characters in the 1986 Commodore 64 video game Transformers: The Battle to Save the Earth.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Mini-Car Cliffjumper (red) (1984)
One of the retroactively-called 'Pre-Transformer' toys, the Cliffjumper mold was originally designed and released in 1983 in Japan by Takara as part of the Micro Change subset of their Microman line.[13] The toy was designated simply `1981 'Porsche 924' (MC-01). Its "stubby" vehicle mode proportions were designed to resemble Takara's Choro-Q toyline (Penny Racers in the US). Following Hasbro's licencing of Takara toys for sale in the US, 'Cliffjumper' was released with the first wave of Transformers in 1984. A second side effect of the use of Takara overstock was that of a similar MicroChange mold (MC-02 Mazda Familia 1500 XG in yellow) being placed on Cliffjumper packaging. This toy was sometimes also found on Bumblebee cards, leading to fans referring to the character as Bumblejumper (BUMBLEbee + cliffJUMPER). The name was later officially shortened by Transformer fiction to simply Bumper. Cliffjumper was later remolded into the Series 3 mini-bot Hubcap.
In 1985 a special Listen 'N Fun edition of Cliffjumper was sold that included a cassette with the audio story Sun Raid.
Cliffjumper was released under a number of names in different countries (Carrera in Mexico, Cliff in Japan, Matamore in Canada, Grillo in Italy, etc) and was available in a variety of additional colors including blue, green, orange, white, gold, and silver.[14]
  • Generation 1 Mini-Car Cliffjumper (yellow) (1984)
Owing to Hasbro using leftover toy stock bought from the Microman line, some Cliffjumper toys were yellow (its alternate MicroChange color) instead of red.
  • Generation 1 Keychain Cliffjumper
Cliffjumper was reissued (with the addition of a keychain attachment) in his traditional red. This mold was later recolored into the convention-exclusive Transformers: Universe Tap-Out figure.
  • Generation 1 Black Keychain Cliffjumper
A variant all-black color was blind packaged in Japan.
  • Robots in Disguise Classic Deluxe Cliffjumper (2007)
A red recolor of the Classic Deluxe Bumblebee figure. He does not come with a gun, despite being described as having one in his tech specs. He has the same accessory as Bumblebee - a waverider jet pack.
The mold for this figure was also used for the BotCon exclusive Decepticon Bugbite.
  • Titanium 6 inch War Within Cliffjumper (unreleased)
A prototype of a 6 inch tall War Within Bumblebee/Cliffjumper figure was seen at a Hasbro factor tour in 2007. This figure had two different head scuplts, one for Bumblebee and one for Cliffjumper. This figure has yet to be released and seems to have been canceled.[15]
  • Henkei! Henkei! Legends Cliff (2008)
A redeco of the Universe Legends Bumblebee toy available only in Japan by Takara Tomy, bundled with Brawn and Beachcomber as part of the "Mini-Bot Attack Team."
  • Alternity Cliffjumper (2009)
A Deluxe-sized figure with intricate detail and articulation that transforms into a Suzuki Swift. The body design is also shared with Bumblebee, which is colored yellow and uses a different head sculpt.[16][17]
  • United Deluxe Cybertron Cliffjumper (2010)
A recolor of Generations Bumblebee.
  • Generations Legends Cliffjumper with Suppressor (2015)
Cliffjumper is a recolor of Generations Legends Bumblebee and Suppressor is a recolor of Generations Legends Roller.

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Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
Cliffjumper-armadatoy.jpg
Armada Cliffjumper toy
Name Cliffjumper
Mini-Con
Series Transformers: Armada
Information
Alternate modes 2001 Toyota Tundra
Gender Female
Motto "Reading is more of a thrill than punching."
Partner Cheetor

The name Cliffjumper was given to a female Mini-Con in Transformers: Armada. She does not appear in any cartoon or comic-book series, although she did receive a biography in the Dreamwave More Than Meets The Eye comics.

Cliffjumper's bio described her as almost the polar opposite of the Generation 1 Cliffjumper - where he was brash and always ready to fight, she is quiet and reserved, seeking an end to the war so she can return to her scientific career. Sadly for her she was stuck with Cheetor, her polar opposite, as a partner. A cocky type always seeking adventure, he often teased her about her name, unaware of the damage it did to her self-esteem. After he was taken as one of Unicron's four horsemen, she felt slightly relieved - almost immediately feeling guilty at the mere thought of it.

Toys

  • Armada Deluxe Cheetor with Cliffjumper (2003)
A recolor of Ransack, Cliffjumper is a female Mini-Con that comes with Armada Cheetor.


Transformers: Superlink

The character called Perceptor in the Energon toy line was called Cliffjumper in the original Japanese Superlink series.

Transformers: Energon

Transformers character
Cliffjumper-energontoy.jpg
Energon Cliffjumper toy
Name Cliffjumper
Autobot
Japanese name Overdrive
Series Transformers: Energon
English voice actor Doron Bell Jr.
Information
Alternate modes Dune Buggy
Function Polar Region Soldier
Gender Male
Motto "A stunt can never be too dangerous." (Hasbro)
"I choose the time and place I fight." (Takara)
Rank 6
Sub-group Ultra Vehicles

The name Cliffjumper was used again in the Transformers: Energon line.

This Cliffjumper is more reminiscent of the original, as he is described as loving high-risk situations, although not the battle fervor of the original. Cliffjumper loves stunt driving, with the more risk and speed involved the better. While he is a skilled warrior, his unnecessary risk-taking has earned him more than one reprimand from Optimus Prime.[18]

Animated series

In the Transformers: Energon animated series, Cliffjumper's name was frequently swapped with fellow Autobot Downshift, as they were originally mistaken for one another when they first appeared. His vehicle mode was a dune racer.

Cliffjumper appeared in the Transformers: Energon series as one of the inexperienced soldiers under the command of Bulkhead sent into the rift caused by the collision of Unicron's head with his body. They eventually succeeded in bringing Optimus Prime's team back to the normal universe. In the final battle, he gave his spark energy to empower Optimus Supreme against the Unicron-possessed Galvatron.

Dreamwave Productions

Cliffjumper also appeared in the accompanying Energon comics by Dreamwave Productions. He originally came to Earth to battle the Terrorcons, and became part of the Autobot forces permanently stationed there.

Later, he was knocked out by a surprise attack from Tidal Wave, who further threatened his life to get Ironhide to do what he wanted.

He was part of the Autobot forces in Los Angeles, battling against the horde of Insecticon clones - until they were surprisingly bailed out by Megatron. Dreamwave's closure prevented this story from ever being completed.

Toys

  • Energon Cliffjumper (2004)
The toy of Energon Cliffjumper was recolored into Energon Beachcomber.


2007 Transformers

Transformers character
Cliffjumper.jpg
Name Cliffjumper
Autobot
Series Transformers
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
BumbleBee
English voice actor Andrew Morgado
Information
Alternate modes Chevrolet Camaro Classic, Chevrolet Camaro Concept, Chevrolet Corvette C6, Volkswagen Beetle, Cybertronian car
Function Lieutenant (film), Guardian (IDW)
Gender Male
Rank 9
Sub-group Cyber Slammers, Deluxe Vehicles, Micro Vehicles

Cliffjumper is the name of a character from the 2007 Transformers movie toy line.

Cliffjumper is impatient and is considered the opposite of the composed Autobot Bumblebee. He'd rather take down a Decepticon by force and then try to get information from their smoldering wreckage than spy on them.[19]

The Legends 2-pack with Cliffjumper and Recon Barricade says that Cliffjumper and Barricade are old rivals. Cliffjumper often taunts Barricade into making mistakes. Most of the time his taunts often lead to victory.


Film

CliffjumperBB.jpg
Cliffjumper appears in film BumbleBee. He is lieutenant of the army resistance. He is first seen during the Cyberton battle before escaping with the other Autobots, he is later seen being tortured by Decepticons Shatter and Dropkick into revealing Optimus Prime's location, after he refuses, he is executed by Dropkick who slices his body in half down the middle.

IDW Publishing

In Transformers: Defiance #1 by IDW Publishing, back on ancient Cybertron, Bumblebee and Cliffjumper were tasked to watch over the All Spark at the temple at Simfur. In issue #3, Megatron learns that Optimus Prime has broken into his room so he sends Bumblebee, Camshaft, Cliffjumper, Jazz, Prowl and Smokescreen to arrest Optimus for treason. Optimus demands to speak directly to Megatron, but when the group is traveling to Megatron's location, they are ambushed by Barricade, Brawl, Crankcase, Frenzy, Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker - who have orders to kill the lot of them. Smokescreen is able to cover Optimus and his group's retreat in the confusion of an explosion. In issue #4 Arcee, Bumbelbee, Cliffjumper, Jazz and Smokescreen ambush Ironhide, who they believed works for Megatron, but Ironhide instead joins Optimus Prime's Autobots.

Cliffjumper is among the Autobot forces who witness the launching of the Decepticon ship Nemesis.[20]

In Transformers: The Reign of Starscream, the Decepticon Starscream barely makes it to the Nemesis on Mars before he runs out of power. His return is noted by the Autobot Cosmos, who alerts Arcee, Cliffjumper, Smokescreen, Camshaft and Air Raid. Aided by Thundercracker on the Nemesis, Starscream recovers and sends the information on the Allspark Frenzy had gathered back to Cybertron just as Hardtop spots the Autobots closing on the Nemesis. In issue #3, Cliffjumper is shot in the back by Starscream.

Toys

All toys of this character are officially licensed from General Motors.

  • Transformers 3D Battle Card Game Cliffjumper (2007)
Cliffjumper is among the characters which appeared in the 1st wave of Transformers 3D Battle Card Game by Wizards of the Coast. Unlike most versions of Cliffjumper for the movie, where he is a red repaint of movie 2007 Bumblebee. The Cliffjumper card looks nearly identical to Alternators Swerve, with the addition of 2007 movie style exposed facial robotics and joints. His vehicle mode is a Chevrolet Corvette C6. Oddly, a Swerve card was released, which was a red redeco of Bumblebee - leading some to think their cards were swapped.
  • Transformers Legends Class Cliffjumper (2007)
A red repaint of Legends Bumblebee, which transforms into a Classic Camaro. Available in a 2-pack with Movie Legends Recon Barricade. The car mode is at 1/64 scale.[21][22][23]
  • Transformers Cyber Slammers Cliffjumper (2007)
A red repaint of movie Concept Camaro Bumblebee.
  • Transformers Deluxe Class Cliffjumper (2008)
A red repaint of Concept Camaro Bumblebee. This Deluxe toy features Automorph technology and a complex transformation. Comes with a laser cannon that opens to become a clear blue blade. This toy is about 14 centimeters long in vehicle mode. With a real Concept Camaro being 473 centimeters long this toy has a scale of about 1/34. With the toy standing 16 centimeters tall in robot mode, the real robot would stand about 18 feet tall. Curiously, the toy has been misprinted on promotional images: it depicts Cliffjumper with splodges of All Spark blue on his thighs, when there is none there. Also, it has something similar to Bumblebee: the front end of his feet are black; however, there is no black. Like Megatron, the promo images have errors overall.[24]
  • Bumblebee Speed Series Cliffjumper (2018)
A red repaint of Speed Series Bumblebee (Volkswagen Beetle).

Non-transforming merchandise

  • Transformers Robot Heroes Movie Cliffjumper (2007)
A Robot Heroes Movie Bumblebee repaint as a Best Buy exclusive with "Battle Attack Optimus Prime".
  • Revenge of the Fallen Titanium 3-inch Cliffjumper vs. Dead End (2009)
A Toys "R" Us store exclusive gift set featuring redecos of the Bumblebee and Jazz figurines.[25]


Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Cliffjumper-animated.jpg
Animated Cliffjumper toy
Name Cliffjumper
Autobot
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor David Kaye
Japanese voice actor Atsushi Imaruoka
Information
Alternate modes Car
Function Intel Agent/Head of Autobot Intellegence
Gender Male
Sub-group Activators

Because of his temper, Cliffjumper has never been much of a spy. Even though he works in Intelligence, he does not interact much with the enemy. Instead, he collects information from field agents and finds the important bits for his superiors. Of course, knowing everything there is to know about the Decepticons makes him a little tense, which is why he's always ready for a fight.

Animated series

In the Transformers Animated episode "Autoboot Camp", an Autobot similar in appearance to Bumblebee, but taller, and with longer horns and a red and gray color scheme, is featured. Although not named, series artist Derrick J. Wyatt confirmed that the character is Cliffjumper.

He makes a reappearance in the season 3 opener, "Transwarped", where he gets to speak. He speaks when telling Longarm Prime/Shockwave that, per Ultra Magnus's orders, the Space Bridge Nexus is to be shut down due to the Decepticons trying to transwarp to Cybertron. He then appears outside Longarm/Shockwave's office, told by Longarm to dispose of a cube that was once Blurr, being told it was "sensitive materials."

Cliffjumper appeared again in "Five Servos of Doom" where he is contacted by Optimus Prime, Sentinel Prime, Jetfire, and Jetstorm. He told the Earth bound Autobots that about "50 megacycles ago, Ultra Magnus was attacked by the Decepticon traitor Shockwave." He then goes on to say that Ultra Magnus is "... in recovery, but Shockwave got away with his Magnus hammer and did a number on the communications systems." He then gets told that Prowl has captured many of Megatron's top soldiers. He later appears alongside Alpha Trion and Preceptor in a transmission to Sentinel Prime concerning the laters return to Cybertron. Cliffjumper taunts Sentinel by saying that "he thought it was Prowl" when Sentinel attempts to take credit for capturing Megatron's soldiers. He was also seen in "Endgame Part 2" when Optimus Prime and his team captured Megatron, Shockwave, and Lugnut.

TFcon comics

Cliffjumper appears among the characters in Re-Unification, the 2010 TFCon voice actor play prelude comic.[26]

Toys

  • Animated Activators Cliffjumper (2009)[27]
A red redeco of Activators Bumblebee in red with a new head sculpt. Features instant transformation at a press of the police light on the roof.[28]
  • Animated TA-10 Activators Cliffjumper (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The 2010 Japanese release by Takara Tomy is virtually identical to the Hasbro version, with the exception of a red Autobot emblem.


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Cliffjumper-shatteredglass.jpg
Shattered Glass Cliffjumper
Name Cliffjumper
Autobot
First appearance Dungeons & Dinobots by Fun Publications
Information
Alternate modes Car
Gender Male

This Cliffjumper is the counterpart of Generation 1 Cliffjumper in the Shattered Glass mirror-universe storyline. He is blue instead of red, and well as being evil like the Autobots in this timeline. His friends described him as being overly trusting. He died before the Generation 1 Cliffjumper arrived on his world.

Fun Publications

In "Dungeons & Dinobots", the Omega Terminus reanimates the dead body of Cliffjumper and uses it as a weapon against the other Cliffjumper and his companions. The undead Cliffjumper is destroyed by scraplets, who devour dead metal.[29]

2010 Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Cliffjumper-primefe.jpg
Prime First Edition Cliffjumper toy
Name Cliffjumper
Autobot
Series Transformers: Generations
Transformers: Prime
English voice actor Steve Blum (War for Cybertron video game)
Nolan North (Fall of Cybertron video game)
Dwayne Johnson (Prime TV series)
First appearance Transformers: War for Cybertron video game
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian car, Dodge Challenger
Function Commando
Gender Male
Partner C.L., Jida, Megatron, Starscream, Knockout, Breakdown and Vehicon
Rank 4
Sub-group Cyberverse Legion, Deluxe Vehicles, Team Prime, Terrorcons

Cliffjumper is one of the main group of Autobots in the 2010 computer animated series Transformers: Prime.[30] His Earth form is a red first-generation Dodge Challenger decorated with bull horns on the hood.

Fictional biography

Generations: Even before the war, Cliffjumper was constantly spoiling for a fight. The Decepticons just gave him an excuse. He’s been bending fenders and smashing heads for years now, and the fun never stops. Despite his short temper, he gets along well with the other Autobots, who appreciate his eagerness to take the first shot in every battle.

Prime Cyberverse: The best place to find Cliffjumper is wherever there's likely to be a fight. The tough, aggressive robot loves nothing more than pounding Decepticons into scrap.

Prime Robots in Disguise: Few Autobots are as fierce as Cliffjumper. The Decepticons long ago learned to fear the loudmouthed warrior for the incredible skill with which he wields his battle hammer.

Animated series

Transformers: Prime

Cliffjumper first appears in the first two episodes of the 5-part mini-series "Darkness Rising". Outside of Jasper, Nevada, Cliffjumper tells Arcee how he got a boot from human police officers for being parked illegally, and scared the officers by kicking it off and driving by. He soon discovers a deposit of Energon and is attacked by Vehicons, destroying the Energon during the one-sided fight before being captured. He is taken before Starscream, who fatally stabs the Autobot in the chest when Cliffjumper asks where Starscream's master is. Cliffjumper's lifeless body is later used by Megatron to test the Dark Energon he obtained, reanimating the Autobot into a mindless beast before being sliced in half and later falling to his death.[31]

In "Predatory", Airachnid mentoined to Arcee the deaths of Cliffjumper and Tailgate, whom were both her partners and suggested Arcee was the reason they died. Also Cliffjumper is seen in one of the flashback's rescuing Arcee with Bumblebee as they saved her from Airachnid on Cybertron.

In "Partners", Arcee discovers that it was Starscream who killed Cliffjumper, and attempts to take revenge by forcing Starscream into a fight despite his surrender.

In "Stronger, Faster", Cliffjumper was mentioned by Ratchet, as he blamed Optimus's beliefs in protecting humanity for causing Cliffjumper's demise, infuriating Arcee.

Books

Cliffjumper appears in the short story Bumblebee at Tyger Pax By Alex Irvine.[32]

Cliffjumper appears in the novel Transformers: Exodus.[33]

Comics

IDW Publishing

Cliffjumper is one of the Autobots featured in the Transformers: Prime trade paperback by IDW Publishing, which leads into the animated series.[34][35]

Games

Cliffjumper is in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. He is a red redeco of Bumblebee and unique to the Nintendo DS version of the game.

Cliffjumper appeared in the 2012 video game sequel Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.

This is a 350 point Hero 4th edition version of Prime Cliffjumper by Mathew Ignash. File:Cliffjumper-prime-hero4.pdf

Toys

  • Generations Deluxe Cliffjumper (2010)
A red remold of Generations Bumblebee, sporting a different head sculpt that looks more like Generation 1 Cliffjumper.[36]
  • Prime First Edition Deluxe Cliffjumper (2011)
A new mold of Cliffjumper from the Prime series, with flip out blasters from the wrists.[37]
  • Prime First Edition Deluxe Cliffjumper (Takara Tomy) (2011)
The Japanese version of Prime First Edition Cliffjumper by Takara Tomy is in a metallic repaint.
  • Prime Cyberverse Legion Cliffjumper (2012)
A new Cyberverse Legion mold of Cliffjumper. Comes with a weapon. This toy was recolored as Tailgate.
  • Prime EZ Collection Team Decepticon (Takara Tomy) (2012)
A remolor of Cyberverse Legion Cliffjunper as a Terrorcon. Part of a 6 pack with Megatron, Starscream, Knockout, Breakdown and a Vehicon.
  • Prime Robots in Disguise Revealers Deluxe Cliffjumper (2012)
A different mold of Prime Deluxe Cliffjumper that is smaller than the First Edition release. Comes with a hammer weapon.
  • Prime Deluxe Rust in Peace Cliffjumper (2012)
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 exclusive. remold of First Edition Cliffjumper as a Terrorcon. Comes with two dark energon shards.
  • Prime AM-03 Deluxe Cliffjumper (Takara Tomy) (2012)
A remold of the Robots in Disguise Cliffjumper released in Japan. Removes his hammer weapon. Includes a Mini-Con named C.L., extra 5mm holes to mount him.
  • Prime AM-08 Deluxe Cliffjumer (Takara Tomy) (2012)
A remold of First Edition Cliffjumper done a a Terrorcon. Comes with the Mini-Con partner Jida.
  • Prime Deluxe Terrorcon Cliffjumper (2012)
A remold of the Prime First Edition Deluxe figure, depicting Cliffjumper's undead form with a broken horn and dark energon 'scratches'.[38]
  • Dr. Wu DW-TP02 Martyr (2012)
A replacement head and accessories for Prime Cliffjumper.[39]


References

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  29. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2008). Dungeons & Dinobots. Illustrator Evan Gauntt. Fun Publications. 
  30. TFW2005.com - BotCon 2010 Transformers: Prime Panel Coverage
  31. Transformers Prime episodes #1 and 2 "Darkness Rising Parts 1 and 2"
  32. MTV.com - Learn How Bumblebee Lost His Voice in This Short Story from Exodus Author Alex Irvine
  33. Alexander C. Irvine (2010). Transformers: Exodus - The Official History of the War for Cybertron. Del Rey Books. ISBN 978-0345522528. 
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  38. TFW2005.com - Prime Deluxe Terrorcon Cliffjumper
  39. http://acestoystore.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=52_37&products_id=321&zenid=4ea984062e70eb6eab5ffdf84ecd2080

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