Metroplex (Transformers)

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Metroplex is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Metroplex
Transformers character
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Generation 1 Metroplex in box
Created by

Hasbro
Voiced by

Bud Davis
Japanese name

Metroflex
Release number

C-70
Information
Aliases Philip
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

City/Battlestation
Function

Battle Station
Motto

"Vigilance is the foundation on which victories are built."
Partner

Sixgun, Slammer
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generations
Sub-group

Titans
Tech specs

ST10 IN08 SP02 EN09

RN08 CO10 FB10 SK09

Fictional biography

Profile: Possessed of startling versatility and staggering strength, Metroplex is the robot they depend on when all other options are exhausted. In battle, he is a mighty instrument of titanic destructive force, unwavering and ever-valiant in his attack. The very ground trembles when he unleashes the explosive energies of his weaponry. But despite his enormous power, Metroplex suffers from extreme modesty. In fact, he often berates himself for not being able to contribute more to the Autobot cause, a comment that never fails to mystify his comrades and even causes some to shake their heads and laugh at its absurdity. Metroplex's role usually prevents him from being in the front lines, a situation he finds frustrating, but one the other Autobots understand and accept completely. Their friendship and respect for him is clear evidence of that. And they all prefer Metroplex in his current role. Knowing he's backing them up is a constant source of reassurance. As one Autobot once said, "No matter what happens to the rest of us, the war's not over as long as Metroplex is there."

Abilities: In robot mode, Metroplex has enormous strength. He can lift 70,000 tons. His armor is the equal of any Transformer's; to merely scratch it would require at least a low-yield nuclear explosion. He has left shoulder-mounted twin high-energy MASER (microwave amplification through stimulated emission of radiation) cannons and a retractable omni-directional receiving and transmitting rod antenna in his right shoulder. His chest module contains a storage bay capable of holding a mid-size vehicle. In Autobot City mode, he has a helipad and ramps leading to the storage bay and various repair bays. Using a full complement of armatures, welders, presses, microsensors, gauges and spare parts, he's able to service up to four vehicles at any one time. His left rear tower transforms into a tank called Slammer. Metroplex can control Slammer for a maximum range of 40 miles. Slammer's cannon shoots explosive rocket-propelled mortar shells that have a 1.5-mile range. Scamper, the small sports car berthed within Metroplex, carries side-mounted electro-blasters that shoots streams of 20,000-volt electricity. In robot mode, Scamper uses a high-energy particle beam pistol. Scamper has a maximum speed of 150 mph and a range of 500 miles. Six-Gun, the small robot made literally of six guns and Metroplex's central tower, is a walking, talking artillery battery. In addition to the twin surface-to-air guided missile launchers he wears on his back, Six-Gun has ion-pulse rifles for arms and sometimes uses a seventh gun, a high-temperature acetylene pistol that can melt through most metals. Scamper and Six-Gun operate independently of Metroplex. Each has a mind of his own, although each essentially has a personality nearly identical to Metroplex and is mind-linked to him and each other.

Scamper tends to be more impulsive and gregarious, Six-Gun more belligerent. The three minds together can be considered units of a single, larger mind, although Metroplex's mind is clearly dominant. Metroplex mostly uses Scamper, Six-Gun, and Slammer to scout and defend his periphery, although occasionally he'll send one or more on short missions. Metroplex's final form, the mobile Battle Station, is a wheeled platform whose formidable firepower makes him virtually untouchable. In this mode, Metroplex can have up to 12 pieces of artillery blazing away simultaneously. In addition to the previously mentioned MASER cannons, ion-pulse rifles and missile launchers, he's equipped with twin independent mounted disruptor rays on top, capable of interfering with electric currents within a target's body; two laser lances; and two front-mounted anti-matter projectors, the most powerful of all his weapons, which are capable of producing and shooting minute packets of anti-matter that obliterate anything upon contact. Metroplex can also use all these weapons in his Autobot City mode.

Weaknesses: Metroplex's autonomous units - Scamper, Slammer, and Six-Gun - are all relatively vulnerable to attack as compared to Metroplex himself. In Battle Station mode, Metroplex is a rather slow-moving vehicle, making him an easy target, but his weaponry usually more than compensates for this. Using his anti-matter projectors, however briefly, is tremendously draining for Metroplex and can leave him nearly energyless.

Comics

Devil's Due Publishing

Metroplex would also receive a brief mention in the third G.I. Joe vs. Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing. Near the end Optimus Prime speculates on future threats. In one of these scenes Metroplex confronts his rival Trypticon as part of the background to G.I. Joe Extreme's Sgt. Savage fighting Iron Klaw, thus incorporating the G.I. Joe extreme story line with the mainstream G.I. Joes.

Dreamwave Productions

After deposing Shockwave on Cybertron, and leaving the planet in Ultra Magnus's command, Prowl and a large number of Autobots returned to Earth to begin construction on a vast complex known as Autobot City. Hound was seen projecting a hologram of Metroplex during construction, presumably as a blueprint.

IDW Publishing

Animation

The Transformers: The Movie

By the year 2005, Metroplex had been installed as a sub-section of the larger Autobot City, now the main base of operations for the Autobots on Earth. During the Decepticons' attack on the city, the transforming cog which allowed Metroplex to transform to robot mode was destroyed, preventing him from participating in the battle, although he was manually converted to battle station mode by the Autobots inhabiting him.

The Transformers

Metroplex made his full debut in "The Five Faces of Darkness" when he was fully repaired and activated in order to defend Earth from Trypticon, who would become his most frequent opponent. The pair would clash on multiple occasions, including an incident in which their Transformation cogs were switched, resulting in inhibited transformation abilities until First Aid, who had a hand in Metroplex's construction, was able to modify Trypticon's T-cog to enable Metroplex to change form properly. Rodimus Prime later had Metroplex temporarily deactivated as a precaution against him being infected by the Hate Plague; if he was subsequently reactivated, he did not appear during the events of "The Rebirth."

Transformers: The Headmasters

In Transformers: The Headmasters, a Japanese-exclusive continuation of The Transformers animated series, Metroplex is a recurring supporting character, usually appearing during Decepticon assaults on Earth to battle his old foe Metroplex. He was also present when Sixshot killed his direct commander Ultra Magnus, and was thus eager to see Magnus avenged. He would eventually take part in the final battle between the Autobots under Fortress Maximus and the Decepticons under Scorponok in the Arctic, which saw the Decepticons driven into space with the majority of the Autobots pursuing them to end their threat once and for all. Metroplex was not subsequently seen again in the other Japanese animated series.

Transformers: Combiner Wars

In Transformers: Combiner Wars, Metroplex ends up dormant beneath the city of the Council of Worlds, and interferes with their defenses to enable Windblade, Optimus Prime, and Megatron to reach the Enigma of Combination. After Starscream enslaves several Combiners to do his will, Metroplex communicates with Windblade, who links with him. Metroplex's arm then emerges from beneath the city and grabs Starscream, allowing Optimus and Megatron to destroy him and recover the Enigma. However, as Windblade addresses the Mistress of Flame and Rodimus Prime, she notes with foreboding-and a vision of Metroplex's face is seen with flashing red eyes-that the Titans have returned.

Toys

Generations

  • Generation 1 C-70 Metroplex (1986)
A new mold. Turns from robot to city or battle station. Comes with two fists, Slammer and Six-Gun, and a smaller robot named Scamper. Metroplex can combiner with four team mini-vehicles to form a "super strong" Metroplex. Was later recolored into the Decepticon Metrotitan.
  • Generations Titan Metroplex (2013)
A new mold; turns from robot to city or battle station and comes with the smaller Transformer Scamper.[1]

Unicron Trilogy

Once again a massive Autobot, this version of Metroplex is one of the inhabitants of Gigantion, a planet full of gigantic Transformers, who turns into a construction vehicle and wields a massive battle-axe/staff.

In the English version of the series all the giant inhabitants of the planet have Scottish accents. This was said by show creators this was inspired by Mister Scott from Star Trek.

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Cybertron Metroplex with Drill Bit (2006)
A figure that comes with a Mini-Con accessory and Cyber Planet Key; thus far the mold has never been reused except for being released in gold chrome as a Lucky Draw exclusive.


Animated

In Transformers: Animated, a building called the Metroplex is the meeting place of the Autobot High Council and headquarters of the Elite Guard, but is apparently not sentient.

Aligned Continuity

Games

Metroplex appears in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, where he is awakened by Optimus Prime to help fight the Decepticons. When it becomes clear that Cybertron must be evacuated Metroplex sacrifices his Energon in order to fuel the Ark, possibly ending his own life in the process.

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