Ratchet (Aligned continuity family)
This emergency medical truck is the Autobots' medic. Ratchet fixes limbs and gears, and he works to make do with less and less Energon. He knows Optimus Prime best, but he doesn't want the Autobots risking their necks to protect humans, or bringing them into the secret base. Deep down, though, Ratchet admires what the humans bring to the fight.
One of the few Autobots longing to return to Cybertron, Ratchet devised a version of the Space Bridge he dubbed the "Ground Bridge," allowing him and the other Autobots to go anywhere around the world where a Decepticon is sighted. Out of the other Autobots, Ratchet appears to be the less thrilled about the three young humans. A running gag is him yelling "I needed that" because most of his needed items get broken.
In the "Darkness Rising" opening five-parter of Transformers: Prime, when one of his broken tools is animated into a primal Transformer, he and Optimus deduce that Megatron has brought dark energon to Earth to conquer the planet with an army of the undead. He and Optimus go to an ancient battlefield on Earth, where Megatron mockingly refers to Ratchet as Optimus' "trusty watchdog", believing the old medic should've been dead a long time ago. Ratchet battles a small army of undead Cybertronians with Optimus, breaking his arm in the process.
As the season goes on, Ratchet more often than not plays a "tech support" sort of role, minding the base and the ground bridge. Despite his earlier verbal hostility towards them, Ratchet clearly grows to care for the three children, as evidenced in "Scrapheap" (when he warmly pays tribute to the children's efforts in containing the swarm of Scraplets), Convoy (when he is adamantly against Jack and Miko going to fend off MECH), and Out of His Head (when he eventually relents and allows Raf to join him in finding Bumblebee). Ratchet often takes the role of leadership when Optimus isn't around (Scrapheap, Sick Mind), and appears to be Optimus' best friend and second in command, declaring that he's known Optimus longer than the other members of Team Prime. By One Shall Fall, he proves he has grown to fully care for the children as members of their team, when he is in despair he is at unable to treat the Dark Energon-infected Raf, furious that the Autobots have adopted the children into their lives, yet he knows so little of their science or medicine; stating he has "grown to need [Raf]." Ratchet angrily protests against not only taking the Groundbridge to the Earth's core where Unicron resides, but also allying with Megatron. Nevertheless, he obtains the neccesary coordinates from Megatron, and sends Optimus, Bumblebee, Arcee, Bulkhead, and Megatron to the Earth's core, while he remains behind with Team Prime's human allies. Ratchet grimly realizes that Optimus gave the Key to Vector Sigma to Jack because he does not believe he will survive the encounter.
In the second season three-part premiere "Orion Pax", Ratchet deduces that Optimus surrended not only the wisdom of the Prime's when he defeated Unicron, but also his own memories, reverting to his Orion Pax persona. Ratchet informs the others of Optimus' contingency plan: download the wisdom of the Prime's to the Key to Vector Sigma from Vector Sigma itself, a task that falls to Jack as Optimus entrusted him with the relic. Ratchet takes leadership of the Autobots, and thanks to a tip from Starscream, the Autobots take and hold the Decepticons' space bridge, and fend off Megatron long enough for Jack to return with the restored Matrix of Leadership, and restore Orion Pax to being Optimus Prime.
In the "Operation: Bumblebee" two-parter, Ratchet reveals to Raf that he was the field medic who saved Bumblebee's life following the scout's interrogation from Megatron, but clearly deeply regrets not being able to repair Bumblebee's voice box.
Ratchet appears in the novel Transformers: Exodus, and its sequel Transformers: Exiles.
Ratchet appears as a playable Autobot character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. In the Autobot campaign, Ratchet is among the first Autobots to team up with Optimus, following the fall of Zeta Prime. Later, he is assigned to repair the liberated Omega Supreme.
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- Prime Cyberverse Legion Autobot Ratchet (2012)
- A new Legion mold of Ratchet. Comes with a red weapon. 3mm grip.
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