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Ramjet is the name of seven fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Ramjet was introduced in 1985 as one of the Decepticon jets. Since then other characters have shared the name Ramjet. All have been Decepticon aligned characters who turn into jets, usually white.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Generation 1 Ramjet box art
Name Ramjet
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Classic
Henkei
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Timelines
English voice actor Jack Angel
Japanese voice actor Toshiro Ishii
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet, Modified F-15
Function Warrior (G1, G2), Jet (Timelines)
Gender Male
Motto "If it flies, crash it." (Generation 1), "There ain't nothin' around harder than my head." (Classic), ""Everything's coming up Ramjet!" (Timelines)
Partner Thrust
Rank 5
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Micro Vehicles, Seekers

Ramjet is a Decepticon from the Transformers series and has appeared in the related comics, cartoons and The Transformers: The Movie. In the original Transformers, Ramjet was one of the Seekers.[1]

Thrust, Ramjet and Dirge are part of a team dubbed by Transformers fans as the "Coneheads" for the way their animation models were drawn to make them visually distinct from the original Decepticon jets Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker despite their toys being modifications of the same mold used to create that original trio. The toys themselves use the nosecone of the jet to become the head of the robot, but on the original jets the nosecone points back, forming a seemingly normal head. To make the three newer jets distinctive, the show animators illustrated them with the nosecones pointing up in robot mode - despite the fact that this is not how their toy instructions or box art depict them.[2]

Reception

The [email protected] podcast for October 21st, 2010 selected a picture Timelines Ramjet as one of the New Picture Picks.[3]

Fictional biography

Generation 1 biography: Mid-air collisions are his specialty. It makes little difference if the target is an opponent or not, he'll crash into it just for the fun of bringing terror to the skies. These crashes can take their toll on him, particularly doing damage to his internal mechanisims. "The skies are my castle and I like to live alone.", he says. His nose module can withstand the impact of three-foot thick concrete at 1500mph, and he flies as fast as mach 2.8 while carrying cluster bombs.

Classic biography: The Decepticons are known for fielding their craziest warriors in the skies, but Ramjet really outclasses them all. He's a born flier who loves nothing more than crashing. Sure, he's got a whole rack of concussion missiles and argon lasers strong enough to vaporize a Dinobot, but he'd rather skip all that nonsense and just smash head first in to his targets - and anything else that gets in his way. He's just as likely to smash his allies out of the way as he is to destroy any Autobots in his path, but watching him plow through a battlefield is so fun Megatron keeps him around anyway.

Timelines biography: Ramjet has always been something of a loser. Lacking both intelligence and luck, he could only resort to brute force to make his way in Megatron's army. With the Decepticons now scattered to the stars, Ramjet made his way back to Earth, hijacking human convoys and renting himself out as muscle to human dictators. But he's just hit the motherload. A simple mugging of an Autobot courier named Motormouth has yielded a canister of Forestonite. Now able to sheath himself in a whirling, drill-like force field while flying, he can safely ram his foes without crashing himself, though the process leaves him dizzy and disoriented. Ever since then, Ramjet's luck has changed for the better... unfortunately for him, the head of the Decepticon Syndicate, Clench, doesn't take kindly to freelancers on his turf.

Animated series

The Transformers

In the original Transformers series, Ramjet appeared in season 2. He made his first appearance in episode #30, "Dinobot Island Part 1." How Ramjet came to Earth was not shown.[4]

Ramjet made regular appearances during the second season. In episode #33,"Auto Berserk" he took part in the air raid on the Autobots' column escorting the Negavator. Megatron ordered to his jet 'Cons to divert the 'Bots from their device so that he could seize it. But Smokescreen used his smoke so as to dazzle the Seekers, and then downed them all, including Ramjet, with his disruptors. Meanwhile Megatron was sitting already in the Negavator's cab. But he had no time to destroy the Autobots because Ramjet fell just on the cab and knocked Megatron out of it. So the Decepticons had to get nothing for their pains again.

Ramjet's most notable appearance, however, was in episode #40, "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court" where several Transformers characters (Starscream, Rumble, Ravage and Ramjet himself) were somehow transported back in time to England of the Middle Ages. During this episode, Ramjet made good use of his name by head-butting a knight. He also participated in a jousting contest, with Rumble atop his nosecone wielding a lance against Spike Witwicky mounted atop Autobot Warpath's turret. After this tournament he together with Rumble helped Starscream to gather all the necessary ingredients for making the gunpowder which the latter wanted to use against the 'Bots and their human allies. At the end of the episode Merlin helped both the Autobots and Decepticons to return to their own time.

Ramjet made brief appearances in The Transformers: The Movie - firstly as the Decepticon shot down by Optimus Prime during the battle of Autobot City, and secondly during Unicron's attempted destruction of Cybertron.

After the movie, Ramjet was thrown against a building and seemingly destroyed by Ultra Magnus, but returned to make small appearances throughout the third season.

One possible explanation for all of Ramjet's deaths may be that the "Ramjets" that died were merely Decepticon "drones" that looked like the original Ramjet since there have been Decepticon "drones" that appeared similar to Thundercracker and Skywarp in the cartoon before.

He last appeared in "Thief in the Night".

Transformers: Generation 2

Generation 2 Ramjet

Ramjet appeared in computer generated commercials and intros for Transformers: Generation 2.

Books

Ramjet is featured in the 1986 Kids Stuff Records & Tapes story Jaws of Terror by John Braden.[5]

Ramjet appears in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.

Ramjet appears in an error in the 1986 story book Galvatron's Air Attack by Ladybird Books. In this story the Aerialbots are illustrated as Decepticon jets in jet mode, and Ramjet is among them. He does not appear in the story as himself.[6]

Ramjet appears in the 1993 Transformers: Generation 2 coloring book Decepticon Madness by Bud Simpson.[7]

Comics

3H Enterprises

Ramjet would also play a brief but important role in Alignment, writer Simon Furman's take on what happened after the Transformers: Generation 2 comic series ended. After Megatron's battered body was recovered by Soundwave after a duel with Galvatron, Ramjet was one of the conspirators (along with Soundwave, Ravage and Direwolf) who gave some of their spark energy to resurrect Megatron in a more powerful body, allowing him to defeat the forces of the Liege Maximo. This indicates that in some point in the G2 timeline he was resurrected after his death at the hands of the Swarm.

Devil's Due Publishing

Ramjet would appear again in the second G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing with Dirge, Thrust, Scourge and Cyclonus, acting as bodyguards for Shockwave. When the Dinobots returned from different a time period they routed Shockwave's troops. Ramjet was presumably killed either during this event, or when Cobra Commander detonated a store of explosives inside Starscream, killing everyone present. In this story, Ramjet had not received an Earthen mode and transformed into a Cybertronian jet.

Dreamwave Productions

Ramjet was recruited as a Decepticon under the leadership of Megatron in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Ramjet became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream. He often worked with fellow Seekers Dirge and Thrust.

When Shockwave led the Decepticon attack on the Autobot capitol of Iacon 8.2 million years ago, Ramjet was among his troops along with Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Bludgeon, Brawl, Chopshop, Dirge, Frenzy, Octane, Onslaught, Tantrum, Venom and Vortex.

After the Great Shutdown ended, Ramjet was reformatted by Shockwave in the form of an Earth-style jet, becoming one of his bodyguards. After the Great War ended Ramjet was among the Decepticons under the command of Ultra Magnus who were sent on to Earth to capture Optimus Prime's Autobots and return them to Cybertron. When it was revealed that Shockwave was going to kill Optimus Prime and take over Cybertron for himself, Ramjet was among the Decepticons who sided with Shockwave.

Defeated by the Autobots on Cybertron, Shockwave was forced to set up a new secret headquarters in the wastelands of Cybertron, with Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust following him. Shockwave completed work on his new warrior, Sixshot. Megatron returned to Cybertron with three clone warriors and the Predacons and was able to defeat Shockwave. Shockwave was kept alive, but restrained. All Shockwave's warriors except Blitzwing, who was destroyed, joined up with Megatron in his plan to invade the Earth.

Fun Publications

Classicverse

Megatron survived the crash of the Ark on Earth, reformatted himself into a new form and now leads Astrotrain, Laserbeak, Ramjet, Ravage, Skywarp, Soundwave, Starscream and the Constructicons. Optimus Prime has also returned to Earth commanding Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Grimlock, Jetfire, Mirage and Rodimus (formerly Hot Rod).

In Crossing Over, when the Cybertronians Skyfall and Landquake arrive on Earth unexpectedly Megatron attempts to destroy them, but Optimus Prime and his Autobots are able to drive Megatron away. Later when the Autobots were inventigating energy readings the Decepticons attacked. Ramjet attacked Jetfire.

In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #2, "Games of Deception" Megatron detects the arrival of Bug-Bite's ship on Earth and sends Starscream, Skywarp and Ramjet to investigate. Ramjet is shot with a cerebro shell by Thrust, putting him under Bugbite's control.

At the command of Megatron a human city was attacked by Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust. The city was defended by Ironhide, Jetfire, Optimus Prime and Sunstreaker.[8]

Wings of Honor

Generation 2 Optimus Prime and Ramjet were featured battling in the trailer for Botcon 2010.[9]

In the Generation 2 Redux setting from Fun Publications Ramjet ended up on Earth after the events of the television series, where he worked as muscle for dictators. He took a canister of forestonite from the Autobot Motormouth, which he used to enhance his powers.

IDW Publishing

Ramjet made his IDW Publishing debut in a The Transformers: Spotlight issue focusing on him. Following on from his appearance in New Avengers/Transformers, Ramjet was established as a devious schemer with a contempt for Megatron and a desire to overthrow him. Ramjet's grandiose ("non-linear") plan included a facsimile providing him with codes to remotely set off American missiles, causing chaos in which he could take over, and a tracker that could locate other Cybertronians anywhere in the galaxy. From there he planned to harvest Earth's energon, subjugate its population with Micro-Constructicons and construct a Space Bridge. Unfortunately for him, as he was beginning to carry out his plan, he was ambushed by Megatron, who killed him by ripping out his spark, and then took his decapitated head as a trophy.[10]

Manga

Ramjet appears in the Generations 2011 issue #2 "The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos" where he is among the Decepticon forces who ambush the Autobots on Nebulos.[11]

Marvel Comics

Although he would not appear personally in the Transformers comic until issue #17, Ramjet's vehicle mode, along with Thrust and Dirge's were being mass produced under slave labor when Shockwave assumed control of G.B. Blackrock Aircraft Assembly Plant #1 (issues #8-12; the planes seen in issues #11-12). This suggests that the planes were either F-15s redesigned by Shockwave for use as Decepticons or that they were already made from blueprints produced (on Earth) by the Blackrock company. This implies that this is how the three Seekers gained their Earth modes when they eventually came to Earth.

Ramjet first appeared in issue #17 of the U.S. Marvel Transformers comic, acting as a bodyguard for Straxus. He had a much more important role in the Marvel UK storyline Target: 2006 (which chronologically predates US #17), where he was portrayed as one of the Decepticons' deadliest killers, and one that needed to be taken out by the Autobot commando group the Wreckers to signal a mass-Autobot uprising on Cybertron. The Decepticons had prepared a major offensive to wipe the Autobots out and capture Emirate Xaaron, unaware this was part of the Autobot trap. Megatron's summoning the Insecticons to Earth scuppered both sides plans.

Subsequently, he joined the Decepticons on Earth. He was seen entering Earth via the Spacebridge, alongside Thrust and Dirge around the same time as the Aerialbots were being created. Despite acquitting themselves well against the inexperienced Autobots they were eventually forced to flee when the Aerialbots formed Superion.

Ramjet would also appear among the Decepticon forces in Marvel's G.I. Joe and the Transformers crossover, where he was seen to be destroyed in battle along with his fellow Seeker, Dirge. Ramjet would not be seen in U.S. comics for some time after this.

Ramjet would serve as part of the Earthbound forces under first Shockwave, then Ratbat, battling both the Autobots and Scorponok's Decepticon faction. When Starscream seized the power of the Underbase, Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet were part of the forces sent against him. Although they were not shown to be deactivated by the villain, they were not seen again in the main continuity, although they would be seen in the U.K. Earthforce tales under the command of Megatron and Shockwave.

Ramjet would appear again in Marvel's Generation 2 comic, possibly revived by nucleon. He was part of the Decepticon forces under Bludgeon, and was seemingly restored to prominence in the Decepticon hierarchy after Megatron's return. He died while fighting the Swarm, consumed completely. Despite being one of the better-known Generation 2 characters, he appeared sparingly, and in his Generation 1 color scheme.

Games

Toys

  • Generation 1 Decepticon Jet Ramjet (1985)
A remold of the toy used for Starscream and other Seekers.[12]
  • Generation 2 Decepticon Jet Ramjet (1993)
Ramjet was first re-issued in 1993, as part of Generation 2. This toy featured a predominantly-purple color scheme. It came with a sound box accessory. G2 Ramjet was also sold on card. A 3-D model of G2 Ramjet battled with Optimus Prime in the opening credits of the Generation 2 animated series (which was actually the original series with new CGI bumpers). The original Starscream toy was altered somewhat and an electronic sound maker was added for the Generation 2 toy line.[13]
  • Robots in Disguise Classic Deluxe Ramjet (2007)
On Sunday, September 10, 2006, pictures of resin prototypes for Classics Ramjet were discovered on the internet. The toy shares many of the same basic parts as Classics Starscream but with some alterations. These include a different nose cone which transforms into the character's signature "cone head", as well as new wings where the tailfins originally were located, featuring extra jet boosters at the back. This retooling gives the figure a look that closely resembles his Generation 1 counterpart. Ramjet was released in early 2007 as part of the second wave of Transformers Classics alongside Classics Cliffjumper.[14] This toy was featured on the cover of Lee's Toy Review magazine for November 2006.[15]
The mold for this figure was also used for several different variants of Dirge and Thrust.
  • Transformers 3D Battle-Card Game Ramjet (2007)
A redeco of 3D Battle-Cards Starscream in the colors of Generation 1 Ramjet.
  • Henkei! Henkei! D-04 Deluxe Ramjet (2008)
The Japanese version of the Classics Deluxe figure by Takara Tomy is repainted in more cartoon-accurate colors with metallic highlights.[16]
  • Universe Classic Series Legends Ramjet (2008)
Ramjet is part of the Aerial Rivals Legends set with Thrust. He is a redeco of Cybertron Legends Starscream in Generation 1 colors.
  • Timelines Deluxe Ramjet (2011)
A repaint of Classic Ramjet was announced at Botcon 2010 as an upcoming exclusive for the Transformers Collectors Club. It will be in Generation 2 colors.[17] This toy was displayed in issue 39 of the Transformers Collectors Club Magazine[18]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Ramjet (2007)
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 1 Ramjet.[19]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Clear Ramjet
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 1 Ramjet in clear plastic.[20]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Ghost Ramjet
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 1 Ramjet in translucent plastic.[21]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Glow-in-the-dark Ramjet
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 1 Ramjet in glow-in-the-dark plastic.[22]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Silver Ramjet
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 1 Ramjet in silver colored plastic. [23]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Generation 2 Ramjet
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 2 Ramjet.[24]
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Generation 2 Glow-in-the-dark Ramjet
An unlicensed remold of Smallest Starscream done to look like Generation 2 Ramjet in glow-in-the-dark plastic.[25]
  • Kingtoys Decepticon Jet Ramjet (2008)
An unlicensed version of the Generation 1 toy done at half size by Kingtoys.
  • Kingtoys Decepticon Jet Ghost Ramjet (2008)
An unlicensed version of the Generation 1 toy done at half size with translucent plastic by Kingtoys.
  • CHMS Deluxe Ramjet (2011)
An unlicensed copy of Henkei Ramjet released by Chinese toy maker CHMS.[26]
  • CHMS Deluxe Ghost Ramjet (2011)
An unlicensed copy of Henkei Ramjet in translucent plastic released by Chinese toy maker CHMS.
  • Reprolabels Binaltech/Alternators Coneheads (2011)
A set of labels to make iGear's conehead jets look more like their Generation 1 counterparts.[27]
  • KOLD Deluxe Klear Ramjet (2011)
An unlicensed copy of Gentei! Gentei! Ramjet in clear plastic released by Chinese toy maker KOToys.[28]

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Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
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Armada Ramjet in Dreamwave comics
Name Ramjet
Mini-Con
Series Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Information
Alternate modes Dassault Rafale jet
Gender Male
Motto "Tell that to my friend!"
Partner Tidal Wave

The name Ramjet appeared again in 2003, as part of the Tidal Wave package in the Transformers: Armada series.[29]

Fictional biography

An opportunistic coward who hides behind the might of the unstoppable juggernaut known as Tidal Wave. Ramjet has made a career out of literally being a "hanger-on" who's constantly in the right place at the right time and. more importantly, with the right 'bot. One never expects Ramjet to openly charge into battle, but it's a safe bet that he's the first to whisper the notion of destruction into the open audio receptors of his nearly invincible comrade--so long as he's a safe distance away. Rumor has it that the Mini-Con was somehow responsible for resuscitating Tidal Wave after a failed covert operation at an Energon refinery during the initial Decepticon insurrection. Supposedly, the situation left Tidal Wave in critical condition, until a forced Powerlink with Ramjet recharged his entire system, allowing him to survive. However, several Decepticon scientists theorize that Ramjet's "enhancements" to Tidal Wave are minimal at best, and are more a result of Ramjet's suggestive capabilities on Tidal Wave's impressionable intellect.

Weapons and Abilities: In his alternate form Ramjet is capable of tremendous speed, easily exceeding Mach 3; however, it's his influential kinship with his Decepticon partner Tidal Wave that is often viewed as his greatest asset.

Weaknesses: In exchange for his light and aerodynamic form, Subject possesses minimal armor plating. The resulting trade-off in shielding makes him faster and more maneuverable when airborne, but ultimately more susceptible to anti-aircraft ordinance and projectile-based attacks.

Dreamwave Productions

Ramjet had a biography printed in issue #3 of the Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Armada series by Dreamwave Productions.

Ramjet appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book. Although not seen in the scene where the Decepticon Mini-Con were freed by Megatron, he was among the Mini-Cons who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.

Toys

  • Armada Tidal Wave with Ramjet (2003)
This Ramjet was the Mini-Con that partnered Tidal Wave, and like the other Ramjets, was a jet. This toy featured a bright purple and orange color scheme.
  • Energon Tidal Wave with Ramjet (2003)
Also in the same year, as part of the Transformers: Energon series, Ramjet again partnered Tidal Wave. This toy featured a grey color scheme.


Transformers: Universe

Ramjet
Transformers character
Ramjet-universetoy.jpg
Universe Ramjet toy
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Jet
Motto

"Annihilation is ecstacy."
Partner

Gunbarrel, Terradive, Thunderclash and Thunderwing
Series

Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Timelines
Sub-group

Deluxe vehicles, Legends, Ultra vehicles

In 2004, another Ramjet appeared as part of the Universe series and this time was a large toy. It was a recolor of Armada Skywarp. The toy featured a white, blue and red color scheme and was sold along with four Mini-Cons: Gunbarrel, Terradive, Thunderclash and Thunderwing.

Fictional biography

Profile: Once Unicron's most dangerous lieutenant and herald, Ramjet found great joy in his role as the vanguard of the chaos-bringer's assault on reality after reality. His skill as a warrior twisted by the corrupting energies of the dark god into a deep love of the cruelty and destruction, Ramjet grew ever apart from his fellow Decepticons into a creature as unique as any in the Multi-verse.

Granted obscene might through a direct, inter-dimensional link to Unicron, Ramjet was free to vent his twisted desire on the inhabitants of the dimensions to which he traveled often torturing and destroying the populations of entire planetary systems as a means of announcing the imminent arrival of Unicron. Despite his chaotic nature, his greatest fear was the failure of the Unicron-empowered guidance systems that allowed him to punch through the fabric of realities and navigate the vertiginous nowhere between dimensions. Always a servant of annihilation, and ever one step ahead of it, Ramjet loved and hated his lord Unicron.

His words fears were realized when Unicron's physical form imploded near Cybertron during the Powerlinx Battles, imprisoning the god's essence within a vast new black hold created by the catastrophic collapse of local space-time. Ramjet, traveling to his lord's aid, was cast adrift between dimensions.

Ramjet found himself lost in a kaleidoscopic madness of swirling anti-matter, a timeless non-space in which atomic cohesion and ordered mathematics are nonsense. He quickly found himself losing physical cohesion as the environment converted his material structure to scattered energy, and he became for a moment a small, bright start in a sea of chaos. But worse, as his core systems began to fail, he found that he was not alone.

There were things here. Beings of ancient, indescribable power; monsters of a cold, alien evil that dwarfed even Unicon. They invaded Ramjet's being, recreated and destroyed him a thousand times, toyed with his Spark like a cruel, dangerous child might toy with a neglected pet. It was an eternity of torture that negated every aspect of Ramjet's being, until eventually, bored or satisfied with what they had done, these ancient gods cast Ramjet out of their domain, back into the Universe.

Abilities: Ramjet's most impressive ability in his capacity to generate quantum fields intense enough to collapse space-time in upon itself, creating semi-stable extra-dimensional wormholes from one reality to another. The creation of these wormholes is extremely energy intensive, and it can take some time for Ramjet to generate sufficient distortion fields.

Destroyed and recreated over and over again during his imprisonment, Ramjet's corporeal form is constructed from highly radioactive unstable antimatter, held together by the force of his will. As a result, he has access to nearly unlimited energy. The interaction of normal matter with the surface of his skin causes him to be surrounded by a constant halo of matter annihilation, the energy output of which is harvested by startling efficiency by subdermal energy collectors. His own anti-atoms are replenished constantly via inter-dimensional bleed from non-space.

He is able to channel part of his physical form into focused antimatter blasts, which can destroy almost anything they hit. Overuse of this capability weakens him considerably, however, so he rarely uses it, preferring instead to employ his more conventional plasma pulse cannons and high energy shock blade.

Defensively, Ramjet is accompanied constantly by a swarm of Mini-Cons that have devolved over time into little more than mindless drones, devoted to protecting their master. More formidable is the fact that his mere touch can destroy most opponents in a violent matter/antimatter reaction.

Weaknesses: Aside from the fact that he's as crazy as a Quint in a Sharkticon pit, Ramjet's weaknesses are few and difficult to exploit.

Chief among them is the fact that he holds his atoms together through mere force of will. Even a momentary lapse of concentration could case him to fly apart, and his has no idea how long it might take for him to re-coalesce.

Though he is highly intelligent and a clever strategist, he is not subtle, and his slavish devotion to Unicron can cause him to lose sight of the big picture. He has been outmaneuvered on more than one occasion.

Fun Publications

Ramjet and his Mini-Cons in Balancing Act

Ramjet appeared as one of the major character in the Transformers: Cybertron comic produced by the Transformers Collectors Club. In this continuity he was one of the Heralds of Unicron alongside Nemesis Prime. Set free by the black hole created by Unicron's death in Transformers: Cybertron, Ramjet and Nemesis Prime journeyed to the nearly deserted Cybertron Attacking Alpha Trion, Vector Prime and their dimensionally displaced ally Sentinel Maximus, their sinister plan was soon revealed - they intended to use the Dead Matrix to drain the lifeforce of Primus himself and use it to revive their master Unicron. Using the undead Dark Scorponok as a weapon against the damaged Alpha Trion and manipulating Skyfall to their side, Ramjet and Nemesis Prime led an attack on Primus' spark chamber, only to be confronted by Sentinel Maximus and Vector Prime. As Nemesis Prime entered the chamber, Ramjet and Vector Prime entered into a mighty duel high above Iacon City. Though he was badly wounded himself, Vector Prime defeated Ramjet and used his powers to exile him to another dimension entirely. With Nemesis Prime defeated by the unexpected inter-dimensional arrival of Omega Prime, it seemed that the Heralds' quest was a failure. Unbeknownst to all the Dead Matrix was stolen by Soundwave, who tossed it into the Unicron-created black hole. There what energy it had been able to siphon from Primus reacted with the dead spark of Unicron, and the Chaos-Bringer was born again.[30]

Ramjet appeared in a flashback in The Coming Storm.

Toys

  • Universe Ultra Ramjet with Thunderclash (2004)
Universe Ramjet was a Spring Value Pack exclusive to Toys-R-Us. A redeco of Armada Skywarp and Thunderclash, but with three extra Mini-Cons, redecos of the Armada Air Military Team.
  • Cybertron Legends Ramjet (2005)
This Ramjet was a recolor of the Legends of Cybertron version of Starscream, was a free giveaway at BotCon 2005. It was painted to resemble Universe Ramjet.
  • Timelines Deluxe Ramjet (2016)
A recolor and remold of Generations Deluxe Starscream.


Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers character
Ramjet-cybertrontoy.jpg
Cybertron Ramjet toy
Name Ramjet
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Cybertron
Information
Alternate modes VentureStar concept shuttle
Gender Male
Rank 5
Sub-group Mini-Con

A new Mini-Con named Ramjet was sold in the Cybertron line. Despite sharing a name with a Mini-Con who appeared in the Armada and Energon lines, this Ramjet is a unique character who has no relation to that Ramjet.

Reception

When first listed at Big Bad Toy Store the Ramjet vs. Scythe 2-pack featured a humorous fan-made biography.[31]

The Case of the Deadly Tapeworm!

Ramjet and Scythe are separated from their squads during a skirmish on Moonbase 4. Falling into a great pit, they both find themselves in the hidden temple of the legendary Insecticon Blunghole, a foul monster banished from even the most depraved and loathsome of Decepticons ranks billions of years earlier.

Blunghole, legend said, had served as Unicron’s tapeworm before being accidentally transmitted via waste duct to Cybertron, where he proceeded to eat the other Insecticons before he waged war against Decepticon and Autobot alike.

Ramjet and Scythe are forced to work together as they strive to halt Blunghole’s demonic resurrection while trying to avoid being summarily consumed in the process! Both Mini-Cons are pushed to their limits as they are challenged again and again by festering cosmic horrors. Can they survive their conflict with Blunghole? And can they close the wormhole once and for all, trapping Blunghole in his hellish void?

Fictional biography

One of the very few Mini-Con robots capable of long-distance spaceflight, Ramjet was recruited early on by Thrust. Relatively unarmed, he's more of a conman than a warrior; before Thurst began his rebellion against the Mini-Con Council of Sages he offered bargain tours of the Mini-Con colonies on the moons of Cybertron, often leaving tourists stranded in remote areas. Now, he charges extraordinary fees to robots desperate to escape the black hole only to dump them on the Terrorcon infested surface of Cybertron, or worse, into the black hole itself!

Fun Publications

Apparently not the same character as the Ramjet from Armada and Energon, this Ramjet was one of Thrust's recruits early in the war, helping to overthrow the Mini-Con council. Before this he was a tour guide of Mini-Con colonies on the moons of Cybertron - often dumping his charges in remote areas. During the events of Cybertron he put this skill to good use charhing exorbitant fees to Transformers desperate to escape Cybertron and the expanding black hole, only to dump them in Terrorcon infested areas or even into the black hole. Ramjet would pay the price for his ways in the accompanying club comic, however. When Unicron attacked Cybertron in the midst of the Mini-Con civil war, Ramjet was first among those killed by the Chaos-Bringer.

Toys

  • Cybertron Mini-Con Ramjet vs. Scythe (2006)
Ramjet is a recolor of Energon Skyboom. Sold together with the Autobot aligned Mini-Con Scythe.
Combines with Sunstorm and Thrust to form the Chaos Saber.


Transformers

Transformers character
Ramjet-rotftoy.jpg
Revenge of the Fallen Ramjet toy
Name Ramjet
Decepticon
Series Transformers
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Voiced by Taylor Kitsch (Legendary Wars and Darkness Rising)
Information
Alternate modes F-22 Raptor, Cybertronian jet
Gender Male
Rank 5
Sub-group Fast Action Battlers, Voyagers

Although Ramjet does not appear in the live-action Transformers film, he is featured in the expanded toy line.

According to the biography printed in the collected Reign of Starscream books he is untrustworthy and would gladly shoot a comrad in the back to get ahead.

Fictional biography

Ramjet is crazy, even by Decepticon standards. He's got missiles, lasers, cluster bombs, and even vibro-claws sharp enough to cut duratanium armor, but he'd rather just smash head first into his enemies. A lifetime of head injuries has left him a little muddy in his thinking, but he is super tough.

IDW Publishing

In The Reign of Starscream part 3 Ramjet appears among the Decepticon troops on Cybertron. In issue #5 Starscream sacrificed the sparks of Crankcase, Elita One, Grindcore, Signal Flare, and Warpath to bring his new Allspark Cube online. Although the cube failed to function Starscream did not have time to find out why as Dreadwing made his bid to overthrow the Decepticons using his army of drones. Most Decepticons sided with Dreadwing, except Thundercracker, who remained loyal to his leader. Crosshairs beheaded Ramjet and the Autobots were able to deactivate the drones as Starscream overcame Dreadwing's remaining forces, including Divebomb.

Note - The appearance of Ramjet is modified in the IDW Publishing stories so that his head more resembles movie's alien style than the movie toy and his Cybertronian alternate mode.

Toys

  • Transformers Fast Action Battlers Ramjet (2007)
A white redeco of the Fast Action Battlers Starscream toy, with easy transformation for younger children. All toys of this character are officially licensed from Lockheed Martin.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Ramjet (2009)
A Wal-Mart exclusive redeco of the Voyager Class Starscream from the first film's toy line (as the more recent Starscream uses a completely different mold).


Transformers Animated

Transformers character
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Animated Ramjet
Name Ramjet
Decepticon
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Tom Kenny
Japanese voice actor Jin Yamanoi
Information
Alternate modes Futuristic jet similar to a Harrier Jump Jet
Function Liar
Gender Male
Motto "What!? I don't lie!"
Sub-group Starscream Clones, Activators

In Transformers Animated, Ramjet is one of several clones of Starscream. As each clone inherits one personality trait from Starscream, his is dishonesty. Ramjet is a pathological liar, to the point of sometimes even telling lies that obviously contradict previous lies.[32]

Animated series

Ramjet defects to Megatron's side when it looks like Starscream has been defeated. He then joins in the counterattack against Omega Supreme, but is quickly overpowered by the giant Autobot.

He shows up again at the end of "Three's a Crowd" when he is flying alongside Lugnut after freeing him of the stasis cuffs. He then "promises" Lugnut not to tell Megatron about what happened.

He returns two episodes later in "Five Servos of Doom." Here, Sentinel Prime is going to exchange various materials for Ramjet to Lockdown, only that the clone manages to bribe Lockdown into betraying Sentinel, taking him as his hostage. After the combined efforts of Optimus Prime, Jazz, and Safeguard (the combined form of Jetfire and Jetstorm) ground him, Optimus and Jazz toss a billboard onto him, seemingly crushing him, Prowl and Lockdown. However, Prowl uses an advanced technique called "Processor over Matter", and saves the three of them, only for Lockdown to escape and for the clone to end up in the Elite Guard's custody.

However, during the Elite Guard ship's return to Cybertron, an electrical storm reactivates an immobilized Swindle. The Decepticon arms dealer frees Ramjet as they and the other Decepticons take the ship. After receiving a helmet from Swindle so that he could tell him and his clone brother Sunstorm apart (and increases his resemblance to Generation 1 Ramjet), Ramjet is eventually recaptured and brought to Cybertron.

Toys

  • Animated Activators Ramjet (Takara Tomy) (2010)
A FamilyMart Japan exclusive white/red redeco of Activators Starscream offered as a mail-in item.[33]


Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
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War for Cybertron Ramjet
Name Ramjet
Decepticon
English voice actor Steven Blum
First appearance Transformers: War for Cybertron video game
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet
Gender Male
Sub-group Air

Ramjet is a playable character exclusive in the Nintendo DS version of the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. Players can unlock him by entering the code '99871'.

References

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