Overbite (Transformers)

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Overbite is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first Overbite was introduced in 1988 as a member of the evil Seacons group who turned into a monster shark.

Transformers: Generation 1

Overbite
Transformers character
Overbite-g1boxart.jpg
Overbite box art
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Shark monster/double barreled tidal wave maker (Generation 1), shark monster/stormsurge cannon
Function

Undersea Terminator
Motto

"There are only two kinds of creatures: predator and prey."
Partner

Nautilator, Seawing, Skalor, Snaptrap, and Tentakil
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Timelines
Transformers
Sub-group

Deluxe Beasts, Seacons, Targetmasters
Tech specs

ST07 IN07 SP05 EN07

RN06 CO07 FB06 SK08

Overbite is the name of one of the Seacon Targetmasters. He transforms into a shark-monster or alternately into a Double Barreled Tidal Wave Maker which could be wielded by a larger Transformer like Piranacon. He could also become any limb of Piranacon or God Neptune.[1]

Overbite sees his life as an endless, obsessive quest for the next piece of prey, and will attack vessels for the fun of it. He is virtually unbeatable in underwater combat in his shark alternate mode, which also possesses legs for land operation and claws for manipulating objects. He is armed with a freeze-beam blaster and wields a corrosive jawbreaker cannon.[2]

Fictional biography

Generation 1: A menacing, mechanical monster. Prowls the ocean depths for his next victim. Unrelenting and unbeatable underwater combat. Teeth and talons can tear through solid slabs of concrete and steel. Liquid-cooled, turbo-powered engine enables him to reach speeds up to 70mph. In weapons mode converts to a double barreled tidal wavemaker. In robot mode carries jawbreaker cannon that shoots metal eating, salt-based corrosives. Combines with fellow Seacons to form Piranacon.

Timelines: With Snaptrap rising within the ranks of the Decepticons, Overbite was chosen as Sub-Commander of the Seacons, much to everyone else's surprise. Perhaps this was due to his ruthlessness, or perhaps simply to the fact that he has no aspirations for anything more. Nonetheless, Overbite now find that he must deal with the conflicting personalities of his comrades, keeping them focused and on task. It doesn't make things any easier that he and each of his fellow Seacons have had their weapons modes upgraded since their re-activation. With power comes ego and its up to Overbite to keep them all in check. Overbite's new "Stormsurge Cannon" Targetmaster form directs a foot-wide blast of fluid that travels at 87% of the speed of sound. Overbite can link his cannon via an extradimensional field generator to any source of liquid, provide he is touching it at the time.

Transformers: A bottomless greed for prey drives Overbite in his hunt for yet another victim. Relentless and unopposably strong, he finds his greatest success in the sea where his speed and endurance make him a dangerous predator. When he tires of hunting Autobots, he entertains himself by annihilating cruise ships and oil tankers.

Reception

Overbite was named the 5th oddest thing that G1 Transformers transform into by Topless Robot.[3]

Animated series

Although the Seacons were released too late in the toy line to make an appearance in the U.S. Transformers animated series, their Japanese counterparts made it to the small screen in 1988’s Japanese-exclusive series, Transformers: Super-God Masterforce. Here, the Seacons were notably different from their American selves – rather than each one of them being unique, entire legions of drones of the five smaller team members existed, lacking the power of speech or any true intelligent thought. Never transforming into robot mode (possibly not even possessing the ability), they operated under the command of various other Decepticons, acting as ground troops and cannon fodder during their numerous attacks on the Pretenders. In contrast, the Seacon leader, Turtler was indeed intelligent and capable of speech, but he too never transformed to robot mode. By combining with one of each of the Seacon drones, Turtler became King Poseidon, who was first dispatched to battle Ginrai and later participated in many pivotal battles. Of particular note was the assault upon the Autobots’ base, during which they abandoned the Decepticon double agent Clouder to die in the conflagration, encouraging him to switch sides when the Autobots saved him.

King Poseidon appeared in the pilot episode of Transformers: Zone as one of the nine Decepticon Generals. He attacked the Earth looking for the Zodiac and was destroyed by Dai Atlas.

Comics

Devil's Due Publishing

The Seacons would return in the third Devil's Due crossover between G.I. Joe and the Transformers. Without Megatron or Shockwave's steadying influence the Decepticons had fallen apart in a series of internecine conflicts. One such was the Seacons taking on the Predacons. The Predacons seemingly had the upper hand, forcing Nautilator to flee into the water. The Seacons emerged as Piranacon and battled Predaking, until interrupted by a strange, tiny figure: Serpentor, a human military cyborg built with Megatron's memories. Using these memories to convince both combiners to join him, they then participate (along with the Stunticons) in the ambush that kills Bumblebee. They were then Serpentor's principal weapon, along with Predaking and Menasor, in the attack on Capital City, where the three of them defeated Omega Supreme. Several Predacons would die in the attack. Unfortunately Piranacon wouldn't have time to enjoy his victory, as he was deactivated by an out-of-control Sixshot smashing into his face. The Seacons would survive, but Nautilator was killed when the G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes uses his mental powers to convince the Stunticon Breakdown to shoot him.

Fun Publications

According to Fun Publications Ask Vector Prime series this Overbite was formerly the Seacon known as Jawbreaker who hails from Primax 1104.30-TW Zeta.

Overbite appeared in several Classicverse stories by Fun Publications.

The Seacons appear in At Fight's End. Under Megatron's orders the Seacons pretend to be loyal to Bludgeon the and frame the Terrorcons for betraying him. Once Bludgeon is distracted the Seacons form Piranacon and attack Bludgeon, finishing him off with Tentakil's mass-compression cannon weapon mode.[4]

Seawing, Snaptrap, Dirge, Megatron, Skalor and Overbite in Beast Wars Shattered Glass by Fun Publications

Overbite appears in Beast Wars Shattered Glass. In this story Ultra Magnus and the Autobots aboard the Graviton battle Megatron and the Decepticons aboard the Talon. Both ships are pulled through a vortex into the past of Shattered Glass Earth. Crashing they discover that dangerous energon readings outside the ship will place them in stasis lock. The Autobots devise organic alternate modes to protect them from the energon. The Decepticons create energon-absorbing armor for protection. Overbites' armors give him new colors (based on the Beast Wars II Sea Phantom toy).[5] Ultra Magnus and his Autobots discover that their ship's high security storage rooms were damaged in the crash and the Autobot bodies in stasis pods were lost. They head out to recover the pods when they are attacked by Dirge and Seawing. They find the pods, but also discover that Megatron has gotten to them first. He's converted the three Autobots into Autojetter, Autolauncher and Scylla, who are loyal to him. The Decepticons attack the Autobots, who are only saved thanks to the intervention of Depth Charge. Ultra Magnus orders the retreat, as there is nothing left for them to recover. Depth Charge informs the Autobots of his mission to save the multiverse.[6] The Decepticons pursued the Autobots to a chasm, where they watched Megatron take on Ultra Magnus and be defeated. They climbed to the bottom of the chasm to retrieve their fallen leader and found a giant face hewn into the rock. It cheered Megatron up immensely once they dug him out of the rubble. Overbite and the others watched Megatron utilize the equipment in the cavern they'd found. The Seacons later attempted to retrieve the "Maximal" energy purifier, and merged into God Neptune so they could fight off Magnaboss. Seawing spied on the Maximals, enabling Megatron to intercept them just as they found the Origin Matrix. Combining into God Neptune once more, the Seacons battled the Maximals until they were all sucked into a dimensional rift thanks to Ultra Mammoth.

IDW Publishing

In Infestation 2: Transformers Overbite was among the Decepticons awakened to serve the elder gods in the north Atlantic.[7]

Marvel Comics

With the US Transformers animated series having come to a close the previous year, it fell to the comic book series from Marvel Comics to provided supporting fiction roles for the Seacons. However, their comic book debut came not in the pages of the US title, but in its sister across the Atlantic, the UK’s official Transformers comic, which interspliced its own stories with the US material.

The Seacons were brought to Earth by Shockwave to put their undersea adeptness to use fortifying the Decepticons’ sub-aquatic island headquarters. Outfitted with Earth modes by Shockwave, the Seacons were going about their task when they met with their first challenge, which also proved to be one of their greatest – they were ordered to defend the island against the insane, time-travelling future Decepticon, Galvatron. The Seacons gave a good account of themselves, merging into Piranacon (misspelled “Pirranacon” in the story) for extra power, but ultimately, the team was defeated by their stronger adversary, only for Galvatron to reveal that he had not planned an attack at all, merely wishing to talk. Now, however, he claimed that Shockwave had made an enemy of him – although it was all part of a plan to destabilise his leadership. Seeking a weapon that could truly combat Galvatron, Shockwave sought out the former Decepticon leader, Megatron, who had been missing in action for some time. When what was believed to be his body (but was, in actuality, a clone of him) was located in the Thames river by entrepreneur Richard Branson, Overbite (called Jawbreaker in his UK appearances) was dispatched with some of the Decepticon jets to bring the body to Shockwave. Snaptrap subsequently repaired the clone’s physical damage, and aided Shockwave in using the psycho-probe to brainwash it into his service.

Following this, the Seacons made their US title debut, having departed from Shockwave’s service and now under the command of Ratbat, the leader of the primary Earth-based Decepticon force. Ratbat had relocated the Decepticons’ island base to the Florida Keys, disguising it as a holiday resort named “Club Con” to allow the Seacons to search the seabed for a sunken pirate ship, the treasure chest of which contained two Autobot tapes, Grandslam and Raindance. The recovery mission was successful, but the tapes were then stolen by the Autobot Blaster, and the holidaymakers on the island had their peace and quiet rudely interrupted as the Seacons erupted from the ocean and attacked, searching for Blaster. In the ensuing battle, Blaster sent the tapes back to the depths of the oceans, encouraging the Seacons to call off the attack and head after them.[8]

The tapes, it was revealed, were sent to Earth centuries ago to warn the Autobots there of the approaching threat posed by the Underbase, a massive space-born information storehouse that could convey infinite power. However, first Ratbat's forces had to deal with a rival group of Decepticons under Scorponok, who had been called to Earth by Starscream, and the Seacons' combined mode of Piranacon was put to use in an attempt to destroy his ship. Conflict soon broke out between the two groups. Unfortunately the whole thing had been a ruse by Starscream, who managed to attain the Underbase’s power, turning on Autobot and Decepticon alike and attempting to conquer Earth. The Seacons joined in the attempted defence of New York, striking at Starscream from the East River, but were all deactivated by the cosmically-powered villain.

The Seacons did not appear again after this, but in the UK title, Megatron briefly sent his consciousness back in time to the Underbase affair and possessed Snaptrap, hoping to spare the Seacons their fate in the past so they could survive to bolster his forces in the present. His scheme was stopped by Prowl.

Overbite is called by the name Jawbreaker in some Marvel UK Transformers comics.

Toys

Timelines Overbite in stormsurge cannon mode
  • Generation 1 Seacon Overbite (1988)
Overbite was sold by himself in the US as well as in a gift pack with the other Seacons (except for Nautilator, who was only included with the Japanese gift set).
In 1998 Overbite was recolored into the Japanese exclusive Predacon Sea Phantom.[9]
  • Beast Wars II D-21 God Neptune (1998)
Sold in a gift set with the other Seacon Space Pirates. Sea Phantom is a recolor of the Generation 1 Decepticon Overbite, but missing all the accessories. He was packaged together with his 4 fellow Seacon Space Pirates.
This toy was repurposed as Overbite. This toy was later recolored into Timelines Overbite.
Universe Overbite
  • Universe Deluxe Overbite vs. Repugnus (2006)
Overbite is a recolor of Beast Wars II Hellscream.
  • Timelines Piranacon (2008)
A recolor of Generation 1 Overbite, this toy and the other Seacons were Transformers Collectors Club exclusive.
  • Transformers Commemorative Decepticon Piranacon (2010)
A BigBadToyStore.com exclusive reissue of the original Overbite figure, along with the other Seacons.[10]
  • Reprolabels Generation 1 Piranacon
A set of replacement labels for the Generation 1 Seacons.[11]
  • Reprolabels Upgrade Set X8
A set of labels to enhance the Generation 1 Seacons.[12]
  • Reprolabels TFCC Piranacon
A set of replacement labels for the Timelines Seacons.[13]


Transformers: Cybertron

Although never released, a Decepticon aligned Mini-Con named Overbite was initially intended to be released as part of the last wave of Mini-Con vs. sets alongside the Autobot Mini-Con Swoop, but its release was delayed, and used in Transformers Robots in Disguise Classic in a three pack called the Predator Attack Team. The other two members featured a tiger (Snarl) and an eagle (Dreadwing). Overbite transforms into a black wolf. The biography for Overbite described him as a vicious Decepticon sympathizer who sits on the Mini-Con Council of Sages. He hopes to trick Galvatron into an ever escalating war with the Autobots that will leave the larger Transformers so weakened that the Mini-Cons can take over. His allies include the Mini-Cons Divebomb and Wideload.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2006)

Transformers character
Overbite-classictoy.jpg
Classic Overbite toy
Name Overbite
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Robots in Disguise
First appearance The New World by Fun Publications
Information
Alternate modes Black wolf
Function Tracker
Gender Male
Motto "The universe is our hunting ground."
Partner Snarl & Dreadwing
Rank 4

A new character named Overbite was released as part of the Transformers: Robots in Disgise' Classic Mini-Cons.[14] He is completely unrelated to the Generation 1 Overbite, although they exist in the same world.

Fictional biography

To Overbite's olfactory senses, there is nothing sweeter than the scent of fear. While he can track a target silently and remain unseen, if given the chance, he will give his quarry the briefest of glimpses, the subtlest of hints that he's on their trail so they start to panic. Once they're whipped up into a suitably paranoid state, he strikes. His attacks are merciless, brutal, and messy, and he will typically bring a couple choice pieces back as trophies. Sometimes he'll even take old parts out and play with them, which many of his fellow Mini-Cons think is sick, but Snarl thinks it's a hoot. Overbite is very protective of this macabre collection.
[15]

Fun Publications

Overbits appeared in the text-based story The New World. He was involved in hunting mutants with the Predator Attack Team on Cybertron. He was among the Mini-Cons who followed Broadside in defecting to the Decepticons.

Toys

  • Robots in Disguise Classic Mini-Con Predator Attack Team (2007)
Package with his partners. This toy was later recolored into Shattered Glass Razorclaw and the Japanese exclusive Maximal Mini-Con Gredator.


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
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The Seacons
Name Overbite
Decepticon
Information
Alternate modes Mechanical shark monster/gun
Sub-group Mayhem Suppression Squad, Seacons, Targetmasters

An mirror-universe version of Overbite appeared in the Transformers: Timelines fiction. He combines with his fellow Seacons to form Piranacon.

Fun Publications

Overbite appears in the 2008 April Fool's comic "Shattered Expectations" by Fun Publications.

References

  1. Lee's Guide to Loose 1988 Transformers: The Decepticons. Lee's Toy Review magazine, issue #208, March 2010
  2. Bellemo, Mark (2007). Transformers: Identification and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 187. ISBN 0896894452. 
  3. Ethan Kaye (March 23, 2011). "The 9 Oddest Things G1 Transformers Transformed Into". http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/03/the_9_oddest_things_g1_transformers_transformed_in.php. 
  4. Pete Sinclair & Jesse Wittenrich (2009). At Fight's End. The Transformers Collector’s Club. 
  5. Benson Yee, Pete Sinclair & Matt Frank (w), Matt Frank (p), Matt Frank (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Beast Wars Shattered Glass Chapter One: Shattered Time" The Transformers Collectors Club 49 (February/March 2013), Fun Publications
  6. Benson Yee, Pete Sinclair & Matt Frank (w), Matt Frank (p), Matt Frank (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Beast Wars Shattered Glass Part 2" The Transformers Collectors Club (April/May 2013), Fun Publications
  7. Chuck Dixon (w), Guido Guidi (p), John Wycough (i), Joana Lafuente (col), Chris Mowry (let), Bobby Curnow (ed). Infestation 2: The Transformers 1 (February 2011), IDW Publishing
  8. "Transformers" #47 (December 1988)
  9. Jon & Carl Hartman (February 1996). "The Transformers: 1988 - Part 2". Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review 1 (40): 68–69. 
  10. TFW2005.com - G1 Commemorative Seacons from BotCon BBTS Exclusive
  11. http://www.reprolabels.com/Decepticons/piranacon.php
  12. http://www.reprolabels.com/Upgrades/upgradex8.php
  13. http://www.reprolabels.com/Misc/tfccpiranacon.php
  14. Overbite (Decepticon Mini-Cons, Transformers Classics)
  15. "The Classicverse Mini-Cons". Transformers Collectors Club magazine (Fun Publications): p. 8. August/September, 2007. 

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