Doubleclouder

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Doubleclouder
Transformers character
Doubleclouder-masterforce.jpg
Generation 1 Doubleclouder box art
Created by

Takara
Voiced by

Takeshi Kusao
Release number

C-308, EX-07
Information
Aliases Assaultmaster, Clouder, Doubledealer
Species Human, Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot/Decepticon
Alternate mode

Missile truck/giant robotic vulture, semi-truck cab
Function

Special Attack Member
Partner

Sentinel Drone, Guardian Drone, Alpha Drone and Zeta Drone
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
United Ex
Sub-group

Godmasters
Tech specs

ST09 IN08 SP08 EN08

RN05 CO08 FB08 SK08

Doubleclouder (later called Assaultmaster) is a fictional character from the Transformers series introduced in 1988. He should not be confused with Doubledealer, who has a similar toy.

Transformers: Generation 1

As the American Transformers animated series had come to an end in 1987, Doubledealer was not featured in it, but when his toy was exported to Japan and reinvented as a new character named Doubleclouder, he proceeded to appear in the Japanese-exclusive series, Transformers: Super-God Masterforce. No longer a Powermaster, he was now characterised as a "Godmaster" – a human being named Clouder, bonded with one of several Transtectors, lifeless Transformer bodies scattered across Earth by the evil energy entity and self-styled Decepticon god, Devil Z.

Animated series

Precisely who the young man called Clouder is remains somewhat unclear. There are some vague suggestions that he is connected to the American Department of Defense, since he is able to observe video taped footage of Transformer battles the DoD has been noted to acquire. Likewise, how he discovered his Transtector goes unexplained, but before he actually dons its armor-summoning Masterbraces and combines with it, he hides it in a cavern behind a waterfall. Unlike the other Godmasters, whose pairs of Masterbraces are of one specific type, Clouder has one Autobot bracelet and one Decepticon, enabling him to don two different suits of armour, and to thereby combine with and transform his Transtector in two ways.

His geekishness getting the better of him, Clouder decided to adopt his Decepticon falcon form first, considering the evil robots to be “cooler.” As the final Godmaster, he was welcomed into the fold by the Decepticon leaders, Mega and Giga, quickly proving his worth in battle against King Poseidon, staged by the distrusting Buster and Hydra. During the course of the battle, a cruise ship was damaged much to Clouder’s regret, drawing the attention of the Autobots. In the firefight which ensued, under Giga’s orders, Clouder adopted his Autobot robot form and “saved” the Autobot Minerva, joining up with the unwitting Autobots and infiltrating their base. Transmitting security diagrams to the Decepticons and setting bombs, Clouder departed to deliver the final schematics to the Decepticons, only to be found out by Metalhawk, but not before he could complete his mission. Imprisoned within the Autobot base, Clouder was trapped when his bombs detonated and the uncaring Seacons left him for dead. Rescued by the Autobots despite his misdeeds, Clouder realised the error of his ways, and requested permission from Ginrai to join their side. Ginrai agreed, but rather than stay with the Autobot forces, knowing they did not trust him, Clouder departed to work alone.

Attempting to prove his worth, Clouder approached Shuta, asking him to contact Ginrai so that he could reveal to him the location of the Decepticon base. Naturally skeptical, Shuta instead had Clouder take him, intending to call Ginrai if the information proved accurate. Unfortunately, the Decepticons – unaware of Clouder’s change in allegiance, but taking no chances – captured them both, consigning Clouder to the same fate as Shuta when they discovered he had turned on them. Ginrai was then drawn to the base to rescue them, and succeeded with help from another turncoat Decepticon, Cancer. The Autobots then initiated an all-out attack on the Decepticons' headquarters, during which Devil Z, submerged the base, leading to Clouder’s use of the flight powers of his falcon form to deliver jet boosters to fly the Autobots to safety.

The two remaining Decepticon Headmaster Juniors, Wilder and Bullhorn had also been abandoned in the submerged base, and parted ways with the Decepticon as a result. Teaming up with Cancer and Clouder as part of the Autobots’ final attack on the Decepticons, all four boys were then made victims of the power of Devil Z, who removed their Masterbraces and separated them from their Transtectors, bringing the mechs to life and discarding the humans. Clouder again displayed his military connections by acquiring for the boys an armoured vehicle that they could use for the final battle, but they arrived to late to participate in the fight, as Doubleclouder and the other Decepticons fled into space, pursued by the Autobots’ own now-living Transtectors.

United Ex

Assaultmaster Prime mode story art

Over a decade later, in 2035, Clouder, in his position as a major in the United States Department of Defense, remained an ally of the Autobots as they developed the Power Core Combination process. When a series of Decepticon attacks resulted in the theft of a contingent of Power Core drones and left Autobot warrior Choppermaster missing in action, Clouder dispatched Jetmaster to Dinobot Island to call Grimmaster to active duty.

When the Autobots obtained the location of their enemies' base from Tankmaster, who also revealed that the Decepticons operating on Earth were acting under the command of a mysterious High Regent he claimed no loyalty to, Clouder determined to join the Autobots in battle to protect the technology they had jointly developed. Donning an interface exosuit, he once again took control of a sparkless Transformer body, this one developed as part of the Power Core Combination project to serve as a spare body for Optimus Prime himself known as "Assaultmaster". As they launched their attack on the Decepticons' excavated case base in a mountainous region, Clouder scanned the area and discovered an unfamiliar insignia on materials the villains had unearthed. He was attacked by Buildmaster and gave a good account of himself, but when Assaultmaster's response time began to slow down, Grimmaster took up the fight. Clouder was freed up to investigate deeper inside the caves, but, detecting no sign of life, began to doubt that the High Regent even existed. It was at this point that the voice of the all-too-real Regent, Scrash, spoke directly into his mind, revealing that he intended to take control of Assaultmaster to serve as a body for himself. Realizing the true nature of his enigmatic opponent, Clouder set Assaultmaster's internal Immobilizer to overload, vowing not to let Scrash's plan succeed.

Toys

  • Takara Transformers: Generation 1 Godmaster Doubleclouder (1988)
Notably, although the Doubleclouder toy’s color scheme was different from his American predecessor – the grey parts became white, the missile had additional silver paint, and the chest plate was golden chrome – for the entirety of the Super-God Masterforce animated series, Doubleclouder is rendered in the same colour scheme as Doubledealer.[1]
  • Takara Transformers: United Ex Assaultmaster Prime Mode (2012)
A recolor of Power Core Combiners Huffer. Comes with four drone vehicles.

References

  1. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Japanese and International Transformers. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 47. ISBN 0764312820. 

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