Computron (Transformers)

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Computron is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Computron is the combined form of the heroic Technobots introduced in 1987. The second Computron is his evil mirror universe counterpart. The third version of Computron is a Kre-O combiner made.

Transformers: Generation 1

Computron
Transformers character
Computron-box.jpg
Generation 1 Computron box set
Created by

Hasbro
Voiced by

Bert Kramer (The Transformers), Ricky Hayberg (Combiner Wars)
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

5 Autobots
Function

Super Warrior
Motto

"Complete data analysis is essential for the synthesis of successful strategy."
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generations
Sub-group

Combiners, Technobots
Tech specs

ST09 IN10 SP02 EN08

RN07 CO10 FB07 SK09

Computron made with Scattershot combined with Technobots Afterburner, Lightspeed, Nosecone, Scattershot and Strafe. He should not be confused with Betatron, the combined form of Scattershot with Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker or or Cybertron Super Scramble, a combiner made by Scattershot combining with Air Raid, Blades, Nosecone and Skydive.

Fictional biography

He always makes the right choice... but takes several minutes to make it, since he first completely analyzes input from the 5 Technobots who comprise him. Has great strength, equipped with data processing, communications, radar equipment. Uses Scattershot's automatic acid-pellet gun. Chooses his words with great care and precision -- when Computron talks, everyone listens.

Animated series

The Transformers

The Technobots first appear in the season 3 episode "Grimlock's New Brain". After biting through a computer's cables located inside Cybertron's core, Grimlock becomes super-intelligent, and creates the Technobots to combat the Terrorcons. The Terrorocons combine into Abominus and to combat him, Grimlock transferred his vast intellect into Computron, the Technobots' combined form. This leaves Grimlock in the same mental state as before. Computron defeats Abominus quickly.

The Technobots appear on numerous other occasions, including when they are assigned to destroy a Quintesson base on Titan with the help of Marissa Fairborne. While the Quintessons control the Terrorcons they have them unite into Abominus to face the Technobots. The Technobots quickly form Computron and are successful in defeating the Terrorcons and Quintessons.[1]

They try to stop the Terrorcons from stealing a special heat-resistant alloy. The two teams merge into their combined forms, but Computron's need to analyse every strategy before committing himself leads to Abominus swiftly defeating him.[2]

The Technobots also appear in the season 4 episode "The Rebirth Part 1". They are on Earth when the Decepticons attack Autobot City.

Transformers: The Headmasters

The Technobots appear numerous times in the Transformers: Headmasters series. They are first seen in the third episode, where they formed Computron to assist Hot Rod in his quest for the Matrix of Leadership. Computron occupied the Decepticons while Hot Rod made for Cybertron aboard the robot train. He tried to crush Galvatron with his bare hands, but failed.

In episode #6 Computron was assembled to battle with his old nemesis Abominus. He covered the Headmasters' retreat so that they could deal with the threat of a metal-warping meteorite.

In episode #13 Computron also helped defend San Francisco from Menasor, Bruticus and their gigantic man-eating plant.

In episode #27, "Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters Part 1" the combined might of Computron, Defensor and Raiden is used to destroy the abandoned Decepticon base on Earth.

Transformers: Combiner Wars

In this IDW Publishing inspired online series, Computron appears in the first episode of Transformers: Combiner Wars, emerging from a Space Bridge over planet Caminus locked in battle with Menasor. Though giving a good account of himself, he loses two limbs during the course of the battle and attempts to convince Menasor that their battle is "illogical." Failing to persuade the savage Decepticon, he crash lands on the planet and is calculating his chances of survival when Menasor strikes a final blow. Left for dead, Computron has his Autobot insignia destroyed by a vengeful Windblade before she departs for Cybertron, but his flickering eyes and lights on his torso leave it ambiguous as to whether he has truly perished. It was later revealed that he contacted Optimus Prime regarding Windblade's travels, that Computron had been loyal to the Council of Worlds, and that the council intended to recover and study his and Menasor's bodies.

After the two are brought back to Cybertron, Starscream laments Computron's death and the fact that he sent Computron to apprehend Menasor. However, he later uses the Enigma of Combination to take control of both Computron and Menasor's lifeless bodies as well as the forms of Devastator and Victorion. These four are then merged together with Starscream.

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Scattershot and the Technobots received biography pages in Dreamwave Productions' More Than Meets the Eye and War Within series. However, they did not appear in any other Transformers series due to the company's closure.

IDW Publishing

Jetfire and the Technobots appeared working together in IDW Publishing' comic book miniseries, The Transformers: Stormbringer. They investigated a mysterious energy spike on the deserted surface of Cybertron. Jetfire, Lightspeed, Scattershot and Strafe went down to the surface to investigate, but were ambushed and taken out by Bludgeon's troops. Nosecone and Afterburner's ship was shot down, but they managed to launch a distress beacon first and get to an escape pod. The three captured Technobots were cannibalized for their parts, while Bludgeon revealed his true plan—to reanimate Thunderwing. Nosecone and Afterburner were left on the surface on Cybertron, and were about to be killed by Centurion drones when help arrived—the Wreckers, who saved them both. The Wreckers subsequently attacked Bludgeon's cult, and rescued the Technobots. They then helped Jetfire to decode Bludgeon's data, helping shut Thunderwing down for good. They are unable to merge into Computron at this point, as the Combining technology has not yet become widespread.

Manga

In the Japanese book/ novel (manga) "Big War" Chapter 2, the Autobots Rodimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup and Wheelie, along with their human allies Spike Witwicky and Daniel Witwicky send Computron into battle against Galvatron's new warrior combiner Abominus. The Terrorcons spit "corrosive control liquid" against Computron, taking control of him and turning him into a Decepticon. Spike luckily uses his new Exosuit to free Computron with "defense spray." Defeated, Galvatron retreats.[3]

Marvel Comics

The Technobots were among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos (Transformers: Headmasters #1). However, a crew of Decepticons under Maximus' rival Scorponok pursued them and the war began anew on Nebulos. Assisting the Autobot Headmasters Brainstorm and Hardhead against the Terrorcons and Horrorcons, the Technobots were first seen combining to form Computron in Transformers: Headmasters #3. They once again battled the Terrorcons as Abominus, defeating him and forcing the Decepticons to flee. Realising the damage the war was doing, the Autobots, including the Technobots, departed Nebulos for Earth (Transformers: Headmasters #4).

When Maximus' forces linked up with the Earthbound Autobots, they encountered resistance from Autobot leader Grimlock, who was unhappy they might resurrect Optimus Prime and topple him. Scattershot was present when Grimlock fought Blaster for leadership of the Autobots on Earth's moon. The Autobots were then attacked by the Decepticons led by Ratbat (Transformers #41), although Scattorshot was not seen to be killed. The Technobots were last seen trying to stop the Underbase powered Starscream in issue 50, as they were all taken out and deactivated. The Technobots were never seen again in the U.S. Marvel Transformers series. While they may have been destroyed by Starscream, many of the other characters he disabled in that issue eventually returned to the series.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Computron (1987)
  • Generations Combiner Wars Computron (2016)
A set of seven Combiner Wars figures. The main body consists of the five Technobots: Scattershot (a remold of Silverbolt), Lightsteed (a remold of Streetwise), Nosecone (a remold of Brawl), Afterbreaker (a remold of Deluxe Groove), and Strafe (a remold of Air Raid). The set also features Scrounge and his partner Cybaxx, a remold of Legends Cosmos and Payload, who can attach to one of Computron's arms.
  • Unite Warriors Computron (2016)
The Takara version of the Computron set: similar to the Combiner Wars version but with the Wheeljack, Blast Off, and Rook molds being used for Lightspeed, Strafe, and Nosecone, and the absence of Scrounge and Cybaxx.


Shattered Glass

Computron
Transformers character
Computron-sg.jpg
Shattered Glass Computron
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

5 Autobots
Function

Siege Engine
Motto

"Infinite intelligence is infinitely unstoppable!"
Sub-group

Combiners, Technobots

This version of Computron is from a mirror reality where the Autobot are evil and the Decepticons heroes.

Fun Publications

Computron was created as a combiner for the Autobots. Although the individual Technobots are all geniuses in their fields, when united they formed a highly ambitious super genius called Computron who suppressed all their individual flaws. In his arrogance Computron attempted to grant enhanced intelligence to Grimlock. The experiment backfired and it brought out the flaws in each Technobot, resulting in insanity for Computron. Optimus Prime enjoyed the new Computron and refused to repair him. Alpha Trion was then able to sway Computron to his side.[4]

The Technobots are among the acolytes of Alpha Trion who respond to his return to their world.[5] When Breakaway, Landquake, Skyfall and Topspin escape Alpha Trion Scattorshot offers to have the Technobots hunt them down, but Alpha Trion instead assigns them to help relocate his base.[6] The four rogue robots are eventually uncovered by Computron. Although Computron chases the quartet, they escape to the Decepticons headquarters, and Computron faces off against Abominus.[7]

Toys


Kre-O Transformers

Computron
Transformers character
Computron-kreo.jpg
Kre-O Computron
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

4 Kreons

In 2014 a third version of Computron was introduced. He is a combiner made of the four Kreons Afterburst, Lightstorm, Scattershot and Strafe.

Toys

  • Kre-O Transformers Computron (2014)

References

  1. Transformers episode "Money is Everything"
  2. Transformers episode "The Return of Optimus Prime
  3. http://tfarchive.com/comics/japanese/trans182.php
  4. Transformers Collectors Club Magazine #27
  5. Reunification Part 1 by Fun Publications
  6. Reunification Part 2 by Fun Publications
  7. Reunification Part 4 by Fun Publications

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