Ratchet (Transformers)

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Ratchet is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers series. The name Ratchet is almost always portrayed as an Autobot medic who turns into an ambulance. Ratchet is sometimes referred to by the trademarked names "Autobot Ratchet" or "Rescue Ratchet."[1]

Transformers: Armada

Ratchet was the Japanese name for the character of Red Alert. This character was an obvious homage to Ratchet, being an Autobot medic who turned into an ambulance and had a tool hand, just like Generation One Ratchet was sometimes depicted with.

Transformers: Universe

Transformers character
Ratchet-universe.jpg
Universe Autobot Ratchet toy
Name Ratchet
Autobot
Series Transformers: Universe
Information
Alternate modes Mercedes-Benz M-Class sports utility vehicle
Gender Male
Motto "All life is precious."
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Ratchet (called Autobot Ratchet) is the name of a Transformers: Universe character. He appeared in the Universe comic book, where it was established he was Ratchet from a parallel Cybertron brought to this world when captured by Unicron, but he escaped.

Fictional biography

Autobot Ratchet tirelessly serves the Autobot cause; putting his versatile and unequaled medical skills to work as both a battlefield medic and doctor. He has devoted his career to the preservation of life in all its forms, and is selfless in protecting humans from the destruction often caused as a result of the Autobot / Decepticon war. Autobot Ratchet puts every fiber of his being into his job; extending his skills to make sure his fellow Autobots are kept as mentally healthy as possible. As a 4WD Rescue Vehicle, Autobot Rachet can travel over the roughest terrain and reach speeds up to 140 mph. He is an incredibly skilled and well-versed doctor, often limited more by time and possible lack of materials more than anything else. In battle, he's armed with an arc-welder blaster as well as a battle mace, which also can provide a small-localized force field shielding its user for brief durations. Autobot Ratchet often pushes himself to the point of physical exhaustion in performing his duties. He's usually so caught up in the healing of others, that he neglects his own maintenance.

3H Enterprises

This version of Ratchet appeared in the Transformers: Universe comic where it was established that he was Ratchet from a parallel Cybertron. In speaking with the Autobot Trailbreaker, it is established that in the main Cybertron continuity Ratchet was dead.

Fun Publications

A post on the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page established this version of Ratchet as coming from the Viron 704.31 Epsilon universe, a future version of the Robots in Disguise continuity.[2]

Toys

  • Universe Deluxe Autobot Ratchet (2003)
Ratchet is a repaint of Robots in Disguise X-Brawn. According to sources at BotCon Universe Ratchet was originally intended to be an upgrade of the Autobot Inferno, but when the Red Alert toy was accidentally named Inferno in a packaging error, they changed this toy to Autobot Ratchet.


Transformers

Transformers character
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Video Game Ratchet promo
Name Ratchet
Autobot
Series Transformers film series
Transformers (2010)
English voice actor Robert Foxworth (films, 2009 game, (Transformers: The Ride)
Fred Tatasciore (2007 game, 2011 game)
Bronco O. Jackson (Cyber Missions)
Japanese voice actor Jin Urayama
First appearance Transformers 2007 film
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian Entry Mode Protoform, Hummer H2 Search and Rescue Sport Utility Truck, Thraal tank, Bulldog II Armored Truck
Function Medical Officer
Gender Male
Motto "If you can break it, I can remake it."[3]
Partner Bumblebee, Ironhide
Rank 5
Sub-group Cyber Slammers, Fast Action Battlers, Micro Vehicles, Voyagers, Deluxe Vehicles

In the 2007 live action film, Ratchet appears as a Search and Rescue Hummer H2. As always, Ratchet is the medical officer of the Autobots. According to the official movie site, Ratchet believes the conflict can be solved peacefully, without any violence. However he still carries out Optimus Prime's orders, even if it means use of force.

His weapons include a rotary saw that emerges from his left arm, and can transform his right and left arm into a machine gun. Ratchet also has an assortment of other tools at his disposal; in the movie, he uses a red laser to scan and try to calibrate Bumblebee's voicebox as they are introduced to Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes. He has an enhanced sense of smell. According to the book Transformers - Meet The Autobots by Jennifer Frantz, Ratchet has X-ray vision. According to the Transformers UK magazine Ratchet can produce a "chameleon" effect with his surface photo-electric cells allowing him to blend with his environment.

According to an early interview with Michael Bay, Ratchet stands about 24 feet tall (8m),[4] but the scale of his Voyager class toy suggests he stands 19 feet tall. The official guide to the Transformers video game says he's 20 feet tall. The Transformers U.K. magazine states he is 20 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 6.7 tons and has a maximum speed of 230 mph. It also states he can "haul/push 20 times his own weight", which is 134 tons.

The vehicles used for Bumblebee, Ironhide, Jazz and Ratchet were put on display by GM at the 2007 Detroit River Walk Festival a little over a week before the U.S. release of the film.[5]

One early concept sketch of Ratchet shown by Hasbro at BotCon 2007 had him as a red ambulance with white and black detail.[6] This concept was later used for the character of Inferno.

In the sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ratchet's color scheme is revised, sporting green and white colors with "E4" printed on his side panels.[7]

Animated series

Ratchet is shown to be fighting his rival Lockdown in the online Cyber Missions series.

Books

Ratchet appeared in the prequel novel Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday, where his personality was similar to that of G1 Ratchet. He was part of Prime's Autobot team searching for the Allspark, and was left onboard the Ark to cover the Autobots' rear in the battle, stopping Bonecrusher from entering the hangar bay. He later saved Ironhide and Jazz by opening fire and distracting the Decepticons long enough for them to get aboard. He was unable to stop Scorponok from getting aboard and sabotaging the engines, although Ratchet furiously chased the insectoid Decepticon off. In the final battle, he and Bumblebee double-teamed Barricade, but were unable to stop Starscream from destroying the human ship Ghost-1.

Ratchet appears as a character in the book Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Junior Novel.[8]

Ratchet appeared in the second film's prequel novel Transformers: The Veiled Threat. He was present when Somalian pirates attempted to take the freighter ship he and Ironhide were traveling on, the latter of the two scaring off the pirates by transforming. He later battled the Decepticon Dropkick in at the Zambezi river in Africa, and soon saved a dam from falling by raising his external body heat high enough to repair the cracks in the dam. Some time later, he ventured to Italy and fought Deadend and Swindle, and soon took on Starscream, who as always, fled the scene soon afterward.

Comics

IDW Publishing

The back story of the Transformers on ancient Cybertron is told in Transformers: Defiance. In this story Starscream returns to Cybertron after encountering an enemy scout ship in the Eshems Nebula. After being repaired for minor damage by Ratchet, Starscream and Ironhide report to Optimus Prime and Megatron.[9] Ratchet was among Optimus' crew at an excavation site near the temple at Simfur where an artifact was uncovered. In issue #2 Ratchet examines the recovered body of one of the aliens who invaded Cybertron. He later sides with Optimus Prime against Megatron's orders to counter-attack their invaders. In the third issue, he and other Autobots examine pieces similar to that of the intact artifact, and made a discovery: the symbols on the fragments were all in the same area, and the symbol was on Prime's head as well, proving the "Dynasty of Prime" was real, and his leader was linked to them. Ratchet was also the first to call his leader "Optimus Prime, commenting it had a ring to it.

Ratchet is among the Autobot forces who witness the launching of the Decepticon ship Nemesis.[10]

Ratchet attends to Bumblebee after Bumblebee was nearly killed by Megatron in the Transformers: Movie Prequel, commenting how Bumblebee was a hero for his sacrifice.

In Transformers: Alliance the Autobots aid the human soldiers after the battle in Mission City, destroy the Allspark powered machines that were created. The Ironhide destroys the "Y-Box" and Ratchet kills the Dewbot. After Ratchet finishs repairing Bumblebee's legs a trailer is obtained for Optimus Prime to carry the remains of Jazz. The Autobots then leave Mission City before the Sector-7 personnel arrived to claim the remains of the Decepticons. About a month later Epps and Lennox contact Optimus Prime, Ratchet and Ironhide about aiding them in escorting the remains of the Decepticons to the naval yard, but they are spied on by Barricade, who transmits the information to Starscream. In issue 2, Ratchet does little besides stay with Optimus when Ironhide and Bumblebee go to get the Allspark shard. In the third issue, he tends to Bumblebee's shattered vocal processors. In the fourth and final issue, he continues battling alongside the other Autobots and NEST against the Decepticons, and is present when the group found the new Autobot recruits Arcee, Chromia, Flareup, Elita-1, Jolt, Sideswipe, Skids and Mudflap.

Ratchet appears in Transformers: Nefarious #1, set months after the events of the 2009 film. Alice steals an RV in Seattle and is chased by Skids and Mudflap, who keep her occupied until Sideswipe arrives and defeats her. She is taken to NEST headquarters on Diego Garcia to be examined by Ratchet. Sideswipe is disgusted by her decision to disguise herself as a human.

Ratchet tells Optimus Prime that the Autobots rescued from the Initiative will recover.[11]

Titan Magazines

Events occurring in the alternate universe where Megatron won the battle of Mission City are in italics.

A character bio on Ratchet also revealed more of his pre-war days. Apparently a politician with a flair for cutting through bureaucracy, Ratchet was appointed as go-between for Optimus Prime and the High Council of Ancients. When war broke out Ratchet tried to act as a peacemaker, but was nearly killed by Megatron for it. Rebuilt, Ratchet served as a medical officer for the Autobots.

The Titan Transformers UK Magazine would reveal Ratchet's role in the departure of the Allspark from Cybertron. When it was jettisoned into space, Ratchet, Ironhide and Jazz hit the pursuing Megatron with a tractor beam, dragging him back to Cybertron. They were no match for his firepower, but the Decepticon leader, realizing they were just stalling him, called in Devastator (Brawl). He proved impervious to their firepower, and seemingly eliminated them all with a foldspace warhead, with Megatron commenting they were "lost in space".

Ratchet was not destroyed, but landed on a war-torn planet. Almost immediately caught in the crossfire between the warring factions of the Thraal and the Rovan, Ratchet easily defeated his attackers. Scanning a local tank as his alternate mode, Ratchet set up a locator beacon for Jazz and Ironhide. However, when the leader of the Thraal - an exo-suited warrior larger than Ratchet himself - attacked the Rovan city, Ratchet intervened to save lives. Defeating the warrior, he became the de facto warlord of the Thraal and set about negotiating a ceasefire, while waiting for the other Autobots to respond.

In "Twilight's Last Greaming" part 3 Ironhide and Ratchet sneak into the Decepticon Allspark Power Distribution Hub in Savannah, Georgia disguised as Payload style drones. Although they believe the stolen code they used got them inside safely, once there they are ambushed by Bonecrusher, who says that the code didn't work and he let them in so he could fight them. In part 4 Ratchet and Ironhide continued fighting Bonecrusher in Savannah, but didn't stand much of a chance until they were joined by Arcee, Armoride and Longarm, arriving from the moon.

Films

Arriving on Earth at the same time as Optimus Prime, Jazz and Ironhide, Ratchet's protoform crash-lands outside a local diner. Ratchet quickly scans a yellow emergency Hummer H2 and reconfigures his protoform to a new camouflaged form before meeting up with the other Autobots at Bumblebee's location. In the Autobots introductions, Ratchet unintentionally embarrasses Sam in front of Mikaela, as he does not fully understand human social rules yet, commenting "The boy's pheromone levels suggest he wants to mate with the female. Other way around, not so much " by using his enhanced senses. The Autobots then return to Sam's house and retrieve his great-grandfather, Captain Archibald Witwicky's glasses (that have the location to the Cybertronian life-giving cube, "Allspark") whilst attempting to hide from Sam's parents, which results in his mother's and father's prized gardens being destroyed by Prime's massive feet. Ratchet also accidentally gets entangled in power lines, sending him spasming to the ground and causing a blackout in the neighborhood. Sam finds the glasses, but before he can hand them over to the Autobots, agents of a secret government organization called Sector 7, suddenly arrive at his home and arrest Sam and Mikaela, and later capture Bumblebee.

Ratchet also appears to be a very wise Autobot in the film. After Bumblebee's capture, when the Autobots are discussing about the location of the Allspark and their war with the Decepticons for acquiring it first, Optimus states that he intends to unite the Cube with his spark. Ratchet warns him that the Cube's raw power would destroy them both. Moreover, he also tells the Autobots - "I sense the Decepticons are getting ready to mobilize". Ratchet plays a large role in the final battle, where he, Jazz and Ironhide first battle Brawl. Later, he and Ironhide provide cover for Sam against Blackout and Brawl as the latter tries to escape with the Allspark and also engage in a battle with Starscream, who disables both of the Autobots, causing Sam to reach his destination building alone. Ratchet's injuries at the hands of Starscream keep him from getting to Jazz in time before the small Autobot is torn in half by Megatron. Ratchet survives the battle and is seen along with Ironhide, Bumblebee, and Optimus Prime watching the sunset in the end of the film. In Jazz's bio it states Ratchet revived Jazz with a fragment of the AllSpark.

Ratchet appears in the sequel however he was less seen in the film. Ratchet first appears for a brief moment when the Autobots got back to the NEST headquarters. He arrives with the other Autobot reinforcements after Optimus's death. He works with NEST and is seen with the other Autobots when they are placed under arrest. He is then seen in the battle at Egypt fighting with the soldiers against Decepticons and with the help of Jolt he repairs Optimus with Jetfire's body.

Ratchet has a larger role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He first is seen accompanying Optimus Prime when they arrive in Chernobyl. He is present in the meeting at the NEST base when Optimus decides to go to the moon. Optimus and Ratchet wind up on the moon and retrieve Sentinel Prime body and his pillars from the Ark and bring it back to Earth. He is present when Optimus revives Sentinel with the Matrix of Leadership. He is also seen leaving with the rest of the Autobots on the Xantium and is present when Optimus and the rest of the Autobots return. Ratchet provides cover fire for the humans alongside Mirage, Sideswipe, and Bumblebee during the final battle. He also battles Sentinel Prime alongside Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sideswipe and is at one point seen shooting down a Decepticon that is on top of a building. When Sam calls for help after he kills Dylan Gould, Ratchet responds and shoots the Control Pillar several times before Bumblebee crashes through it, destroying it. Ratchet is one of the surviving Autobots at the end of the movie, complimenting Bumblebee’s bravery in battle.

Ratchet has also gone through some changes; he has been painted green and white, and stands at a shorter height of 19 feet, only slightly taller than Bumblebee whereas in previous films he stood at taller heights of 21 and 20 feet tall respectively.

Video games

Ratchet was not among the playable characters in the 2007 console Transformers game, but was playable in the Nintendo DS versions. He made a fully playable appearance in the Revenge of the Fallen video game by Activision.[12] However, in the Nintendo DS version of the game Ratchet guides the player through training, and never appears in the game itself, other than talking to the other characters.

Ratchet is among the characters who appear in the TRANSFORMERS CVBERVERSE Battle Builder Game.[13]

Toys

All toys of this character are officially licensed from General Motors.

  • Transformers Legends Autobot Ratchet (2007)
Released as part of the first wave of movie legends toys, this 3 inch long Hummer H2 is 1/68 scale to the real vehicle. On this toy and all others in the movie line he is called Autobot Ratchet or given some other modifier on the package for trademark purposes.
  • Transformers Legends Rescue Ratchet (2007)
A redeco of Legends Autobot Ratchet. Sold in a 2-pack with Legends Class Decepticon Brawl.[14]
  • Transformers Cyber Slammers Autobot Ratchet (2007)
A Scout Class toy designed for younger children, with a very simple transformation and a pull back motor. The upper portion of the vehicle pops up into robot mode when it hits an object.
  • Transformers Fast Action Battlers Axe Attack Autobot Ratchet (2007)
A five inch tall, lime green version of Movie Legends Autobot Ratchet. This toy is 14 centimeters long in vehicle mode, while a real Hummer H2 is 482 centimeters long. This makes the toy about 1/34 scale.
  • Transformers Voyager Autobot Ratchet (2007)
A highly detailed Voyager class toy featuring Automorph technology, Ratchet is equipped with a foldable battle axe on his right forearm which when folded resembles his gun and a detachable roof rack that doubles as a combat stretcher. This toy is 17.5 centimeters long in truck mode, while a real Hummer H2 is 517 centimeters long. This makes Voyager Class Ratchet about 1/30 scale. With the toy's robot mode standing 19 centimeters tall, the real robot would stand about 19 feet tall.
  • Transformers Voyager Rescue Ratchet (2007)
A redeco of the Voyager toy in white with red detail. The concept artwork for Ratchet during pre-production had him dressed in white and red in homage to his G1 origins; however, the neon green coloring was chosen instead for the film.
  • Transformers Voyager Metallic Autobot Ratchet (2007)
A Best Buy exclusive metallic repaint of the Voyager figure, released simultaneously with the DVD/HD-DVD versions of the film.
  • Transformers 3D Battle Card Game Autobot Ratchet (2007)
Autobot Ratchet among the characters which appeared in the 1st wave of the Transformers 3D Battle Card Game by Wizards of the Coast.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Autobot Ratchet (2009)
A redeco of the toy from the last film.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Autobot Ratchet (2009)
A redeco of the toy from the last film. Pictures of the card first leaked on the internet in February 2009.[15]
  • Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Autobot Ratchet (2009)
A Deluxe version of the Ratchet figure that transforms into the SUT version of his vehicle mode.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Desert Tracker Ratchet (2009)
A re-release of the 2007 Voyager Class figure, but with all black parts remolded in gray and some panels painted with sand weathering.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Titanium 3 inch Rescue Ratchet vs. Blackout (2009)
A Toys "R" Us store exclusive gift set featuring redecos of the Ratchet and Blackout figurines.[16]
  • Transformers Voyager Night Ops Ratchet (2010)
A black/green redeco of the 2007 Voyager Class figure.[17]
  • Transformers Deluxe Rescue Ratchet (2010)
A white/red redeco of the 2009 Deluxe Class figure made to resemble his G1 incarnation.[18]
  • Dark of the Moon Burger King Flip Out Autobot Ratchet (2011)
A BK Kids meal toy available at Burger King restaurants in the U.S. The toy consists of a detailed head that opens to reveal a small robot body, giving the overall figure a Bobblehead look. It also has parts that glow in the dark.[19]
  • Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Autobot Ratchet (2011)
An all-new Legion (formerly Legends) mold of Ratchet.
  • Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Autobot Ratchet Lunar Crawler (2011)
A white/blue redeco of Ratchet, bundled with a lunar crawler that transforms into a repair bay.
  • Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Battle in the Moonlight Legion Autobot Ratchet (2011)
A Walmart exclusive gift set featuring a reverse white/green redeco of Ratchet, plus Commander Class Optimus Prime with trailer and Legion Class Crankcase.
  • Dark of the Moon Deluxe Autobot Ratchet (2011)
An all-new Deluxe mold of Ratchet. His Mech Tech weapon is a blaster with a retractable buzzsaw (which can also interact with the Voyager-scale Ratchet; the pegs fit snugly into the holes made for the roof rack/combat stretcher, giving the Voyager a decently scaled version of the buzzsaw on his arm).[20]
  • Dark of the Moon Deluxe Specialist Ratchet (2011)
A red redeco of the 2011 Deluxe figure in a reversed G1 color. Makes a reference to his first concept art.
  • Dark of the Moon Movie Trilogy Ratchet (2012)
A white redeco of the 2011 Deluxe figure in the G1 Diaclone colors.Only in Japan with a white Wheeljack, black Soundwave and small stripes Bumblebee.
  • Dark of the Moon The Scan Series Deluxe Ratchet (2011)
A Toys "R" Us exclusive remold of the Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe figure with light blue highlights in the middle before fading into clear plastic, simulating the effect of vehicle scanning.[21]
  • Dark of the Moon Voyager Autobot Ratchet (2011)
A Target exclusive green/white redeco of the 2007 Voyager Class figure.[22]


Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Ratchet-animatedtoy.jpg
Animated Deluxe Ratchet toy
Name Ratchet
Autobot
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Corey Burton
Japanese voice actor Toru Okawa
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian ambulance, Earth ambulance
Function Medic, Mechanic, Veteran
Gender Male
Motto "Hold still. This won’t hurt a bit."
"You break it, I'll remake it."
"A little magnetism oughta do the trick!" (Bumper Battlers)
Partner Prowl, Optimus Prime
Rank 5 (Takara)
Sub-group Activators, Deluxe Vehicles

Ratchet appears in the Transformers Animated series as an Autobot ambulance and a seasoned warrior.[23]

Ratchet has retractable magnets in his arms which can attract or repel metal, as well as projecting a protective wall of magnetic force. The magnets can also function as rudimentary pincer claws. As of episode 7, Thrill of the Hunt, Ratchet has an EMP Generator that can overload a Transformer's systems to enable him to patch them up without causing them pain, which he doesn't bring into battle until "Transwarped". His personality appears more based on G1's Kup than the original Ratchet. He is the oldest of the main Autobot cast of the series and the only one who actually fought against Decepticons in the Great War.

It should be noted that in the Japanese translation of Transformers: Animated, the story has been changed to make it a prequel to the 2007 Transformers film. This makes this version of Ratchet an earlier version of the film character.

Animated series

As revealed in "Thrill of the Hunt", Ratchet was assigned by Ultra Magnus to rescue an intelligence officer, Arcee, and retrieve access codes vital to the war effort, when he ran into a Decepticon bounty hunter, Lockdown. Lockdown captured both of them, and took Ratchet's EMP Generator as a trophy. Arcee requested that Ratchet use the generator at full blast to wipe her memory, erasing the access codes in the process. Ratchet did so, but Lockdown's interference overloaded it, completely erasing Arcee's memory. Attempting to restore her memory, Ratchet accidentally uploaded the access codes Arcee was carrying. When Highbrow notices this, he has Ultra Magnus bring Ratchet before the inactive Omega Supreme, with Ratchet taking Arcee's place in teaching Omega prior to being introduced to battle. But in the aftermath of war, with Arcee still in stasis and Omega's near death in the final fight, Ratchet became the bitter war veteran that he is today.

Many years later, Ratchet became the crew member of the Autobot ship that Omega's body was converted into prior to it crashing onto Earth. There, Ratchet eventually ran into Lockdown again, having him painfully remember the incident which caused Arcee to lose her memory. During the events that transpired, Ratchet retrieved his EMP Generator from Lockdown while saving Optimus Prime from him, giving him some closure. However, when Blitzwing and Lugnut came to Earth, Ratchet admitted to Sari, who was against the Autobots leaving the planet in hopes of getting the Deceptions to pursue them, that he had no intention to see someone else suffer because of their war. After being ordered later by Prime to take away Sari's key, Ratchet heads to the ship and protect the Allspark, but before he could get there, he was ambushed by Blitzwing and Lugnut, the former freezing him before ripping off most of Ratchet's right arm to get the key. After freeing himself, Ratchet reports to Optimus who tells him to enter the ship and protect the Allspark anyway. After making the ship airborne again, Ratchet managed to save Sari from Blackarachnia and then the rest of his team and Issac Sumdac, teaming up with Bumblebee and Prowl to fight Blitzwing.

In "Garbage In, Garbage Out", Ratchet encountered the newly created Transformer, Wreck-Gar. Initially rebuffing the scatterbrained machine, when it became clear that the trash-eating nanobots he was carrying would destroy the entire city, Ratchet was forced to do that which, in his own words, "requires more courage than anything I've ever done in my entire Autobot career": apologizing. Ratchet convinced Wreck-Gar that he could be anything he wanted, even a hero, and the junk-bot removed the nanobots, only to sink into the river.

In the "A Bridge Too Close" two-parter, Ratchet, with Sari's help, managed to bring Omega Supreme back to life, only to be saddened to see his friend once again sacrifice himself to save everyone. During "Transwarped", Ratchet plays a large role in the story, and is infuriated when the other Autobots "choose" Sari's key over him when it comes to fixing things. But after saving Bumblebee after getting severely damaged by an out-of-control Sari, Ratchet attempts talk to Omega in regaining control over himself from Starscream.

In "Human Error", Ratchet, along with the Autobots, are trapped in a virtual world by Soundwave. There, the Autobots take human forms. Ratchet is portrayed as a medium-built Caucasian with gray hair in his 60s.

In "This is Why I Hate Machines", Ratchet and Captain Fanzone arrive on Cybertron through Bulkhead's Space Bridge, just as Omega Supreme (containing Megatron, Starscream, and Lugnut) transwarps to there as well. Ratchet then fruitlessly attempts to stop Sentinel Prime from firing on his old friend, and flees the scene with Fanzone. With help from Jazz, the duo find the lair of Shockwave, who was in hiding all this time. After a duel, in which Shockwave reveals his intentions to get Omega's access codes from Arcee herself, Ratchet retells his tale to Fanzone, and battles Shockwave once more, only for Sentinel to interfere again. Shockwave escapes with Arcee, and Ratchet and Fanzone return to Earth with Ultra Magnus's hammer and Jazz, who wished no further part in Sentinel's government. Despite Perceptor assuring Ratchet that Shockwave can't get Arcee's codes, as the damage is beyond repair, on board Omega, who transwarped to the Moon, Arcee says Ratchet's name, implying she may indeed remember after all.

In the third-season finale, he helped facilitate Optimus' jet-pack upgrade, and later ventured to the Moon with Bulkhead, Bumblebee, and Sari. There, he and Sari returned Arcee's memories, with Arcee helping them regain control of Omega Supreme. After the battle, they all returned to Cybertron with the captured Megatron, Omega, and Prowl's body, greeted as heroes one and all.

Comics

IDW Publishing

Set shortly after the events of "Total Meltdown" was the Transformers: Animated comic issue #2 by IDW Publishing. In it Bumblebee and Prowl apprehended the Angry Archer as the villain attempted to steal money from a used car salesman. In doing so they revealed the holographic trickery of the Detroit super hero known as The Wraith. With the secret of his power revealed The Wraith lost much of the respect he used to command in Detroit. The Wraith attempted to stop Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes from escaping prison, but was unable to fool the villain now that the secret was public, forcing the Autobots to stop the Rhodes and making The Wraith look foolish. The Wraith then attempted to discredit Bumblebee at a college football game by trapping the Autobot with a car boot and using his holograms to make a fake Bumblebee attack the stadium. Bumblebee eventually escaped and the other Autobots helped him capture The Wraith and he was placed in a mental institution.

TFcon comics

Ratchet appears in the TFcon 2010 voice actor play.[24]

Toys

  • Animated McDonalds Autobot Ratchet (2008)
Given away as a premium with Happy Meals.[25]
  • Animated Activators Ratchet (2008)
A simple Scout-class version of the character with near-instant transformation at the push of a button.[26]
Also bundled as a Target store exclusive with Voyager Class Sunstorm.[27]
Sold in Japan as part of the "Super Collection Vol. 1" gift set alongside Activators Optimus Prime, Megatron and Lockdown.[28]
  • Animated Battle Bumpers Ratchet (2008)
A simple push and go toy for small children with lights and sounds. Transforms when it hits an object.[29]
  • Animated Deluxe Autobot Ratchet (2008)
A simple deluxe-class version of Ratchet. The figure is based on Ratchet's in-show design, with beer-gut and broken crest, and also has a socket for the EMP Generator which comes with Lockdown. The figure also has a sort of spring-loaded sickle on its wrists, which when stored can be used to attach the four "medic tools" which come with the toy. When not in use, the tools can be stored in the toy's "backpack", but only in robot mode.
An exclusive fan-made accessory pack offered online includes Ratchet's show-accurate magnet claws.[30]
  • Animated Deluxe Rescue Ratchet (2008)
A Target store exclusive contains a yellow redeco of Deluxe Ratchet packaged together with Legends Class Prowl and Starscream.[31]
  • Animated Deluxe Cybertron Mode Autobot Ratchet (2010)
This Deluxe sized figure is based on Ratchet's Cybertronian mode, released as a Toys "R" Us store exclusive.
The mold for this figure is also used for Animated Ironhide and the BotCon 2011 exclusive Autotrooper and Fisitron (the latter being a giveaway to convention attendees).
  • Animated TA-04 Deluxe Ratchet (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The 2010 Japan release version by Takara Tomy sports a metallic red finish and a red Autobot emblem, as opposed to the matte finish and silver Autobot emblem on the Hasbro version.
Also bundled with TA-08 Deluxe Lockdown.
  • Animated TA-40 Deluxe Cybertron Mode Ratchet (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The Japanese version of this figure features a metallic repaint.[32]


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Ratchet-sg.jpg
Shattered Glass Ratchet
Name Ratchet
Autobot
First appearance Dungeons & Dinobots by Fun Publications
Information
Alternate modes Crane truck, SUV
Function Medic
Gender Male
Motto "First I’II break you, and then I'll remake you."
Sub-group Autotroopers, Deluxe Vehicles, Knights of Unicron

This Ratchet is an evil mirror universe version of his Generation 1 self, though his original appearance is based on the BotCon 2005 Ratchet figure. He likes to give his patients unnecessary weapon modification, whether they want it or not.

He was later transformed into an Autotrooper by Shattered Glass Unicron.

Fictional biography

BIO: AUTOBOT RATCHET was the chief medical officer of the AUTOBOT army. He took great pleasure in upgrading his patients with a variety of viscous weapons, extra limbs, and all manner of obscene mutilations. His patients believe that he did this because it was FUN (and it was), but he had a more sinister reason for his experimentation. He knew that sooner or later that his ember would be snuffed out, and he was desperately seeking a way to cheat his own mortality. Now, although Ratchet has been reformatted by UNICRON into a heroic AUTOTROOPER, the evil AUTOBOT RATCHET lives on. Utilizing rarely-used Crystalline Containment technology stolen from the positive-universe AUTOBOTS, he simply copied his brain into one. On the occasion of his deactivation a secret protocol was activated, and the mad doctor lived again.

ABILITIES: AUTOBOT RATCHET has extensive knowledge of the anatomy of almost any type of Transformer, and the ability to repair or disfigure nearly all of them. He can mesh almost any CYBERTRONIAN or alien technology with that of a CYBERTRONIAN to create horribly mutilated patients. With his recent rebirth into a new body he has enhanced himself with "Combiner" tech, and can merge with any compatible Combiner robot. While combined, he can also plant viruses into their mainframes, and take over control of the robot's higher brain functions.

WEAKNESSES: Because of his sadistic nature, most patients will suffer with their injuries far longer than necessary. The technology responsible for his recent rebirth isn't perfectly compatible with negative-polarity embers. As such, he occasionally finds his primary functions freezing and rebooting spontaneously. This can have unfortunate side-effects if he is merged with a combiner at the time.

Fun Publications

An evil version of Ratchet first appeared in the Fun Publications fiction Dungeons & Dinobots. He is placed in charge of reformatting Wheeljack into an Earth-vehicle mode, then later repairs Rodimus' hand (by replacing it with a saw-weapon).[33]

Although not depicted directly, Ratchet is one of the many Autobots aboard the Ark in Do Over. The Ark launches from Cybertron for Earth under the command of Rodimus and is followed by the Decepticon ship Nemesis, under the command of Starscream. While battling over Earth it is shot down by human defense systems.[34]

Ratchet is among the Autobots on Earth in Blitzwing Bop.

Ratchet appeared in Another Light. Ratchet became an Autotrooper when a good fragment of Unicron approached the defeated Optimus Prime and several of his dying Autobots with an offer of enlightenment. They were transported to Cybertron where they defeated Rodimus Prime and his Autobot forces. The Knights of Unicron were arresting the Shattered Glass Autobots when Unicron warned Nova Prime to be ready. Rodimus Prime returned, now allied with Primus, who transformed. Nova Prime ordered the Knights to attack Primus in the eyes before escaping into space. The Knights of Unicron were appointed as guardians of New Cybertron.[35]

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Generations Deluxe Shattered Glass Ratchet (2016)
This version of Ratchet was one of several figures that could be assembled at the BotCon 2016 customizing class. It is a remold and recolor of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe First Aid.


Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Ratchet-kreobox.jpg
Kre-O Ratchet box
Name Ratchet
Autobot
Series Kre-O Transformers
First appearance "Last Bot Standing"
Information
Alternate modes Ambulance
Function Autobot Chief Medical Officer
Gender Male
Partner Kreon Ratchet and Medic
Sub-group Kreons

Ratchet is an Autobot who turns into an ambulance.

The head design from Ratcher was used on Robot: Top - Deformation Speed Star and Shaking Thunder.

Fictional biography

I'm a TRANSFORMER, a KREON personality and the best mechanic this side of CYBERTRON. An AUTOBOT needs a new plasma coil or ENERGON inducer? Well, that's going to cost 'em. Don't get me wrong, I love those guys, but I'm not running a charity here. My time and skills have some serious value!

Favorite Pastime: Combing intergalactic thrift shops for vintage KRE-O bricks.

Most Prized Possession: An ENERGON infused assembly schematic of OPTIMUS PRIME.

Biggest Fear: Spiders.

Animated series

Kreon Ratchet appeared in the animated short "Last Bot Standing," where he watched a robot wrestling match.[36]

Kreon Ratchet appeared in the animated short "Bot Stars," where he watched a robot dance competition.[37]

Kre-O Rtchet appeared in the animated short "Megatron's Revenge," where he runs over Megatron.[38]

Games

Kre-O Ratchet appears in the flash video game Kre-O Transformers Konquest. In this game Kreon Optimus Prime attempts to avoid bombs and collect parts to rebuild Kre-O Ratchet, Mirage, Prowl, Oprimus Prime and Bumblebee.[39]

Toys

Licensed

  • Kre-O Transformers Autobot Ratchet (2011)
A Lego-like building block kit of Ratchet with 187 pieces to assemble in either ambulance or robot mode. The overall design is a hybrid of Ratchet's incarnations from the Generation 1 series and the live-action movie trilogy. Comes with 2 Kreon figures of Generation 1 Ratchet and a human medic.

Unlicensed

  • Robot: Top - Deformaton SN135331 Speed Star (2012)
An original Kre-O-compatable brick design based on Kre-0 Ratchet. 241 pieces.
  • Robot: Top - Deformaton SN135332 Shaking Thunder (2012)
An original Kre-O-compatable brick design based on Kre-0 Ratchet. 198 pieces.

Gallery

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