Sideways (Transformers)

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

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Sideways
Transformers character
Sidewaysvsaxer-box.jpg
Robots in Disguise Sideways vs. Aver in box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Motorcycle
Function

Scout
Motto

"Efficiency through self-sufficiency."
Series

Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Tech specs

ST04 IN06 SP06 EN06

RN06 CO08 FB06 SK08

The first Transformers character named Sideways was toy added to the Robots in Disguise line when it was imported from the Japanese Car Robot series. Because the animated series was made in Japan, Sideways did not appear in it.

Fictional biography

Sideways was recruited from Cybertron when Fortress Maximus was discovered on Earth. This conscientious, ninja-like warrior races warrior races to battle in his newly adopted sports bike disguise exceeding speeds of 250mph. His lightning-fast moves and energon buzzsaw allow him to get in and out of many a situation. Mysterious and silent, he reveals little about himself except a fierce drive to confront the enemy and quickly return to Cybertron.

Comics

In Viron 102.0 Beta, he served in the Elite Guard. Vector Prime warned us that we don't really want know much more about him than that.

Sideways was featured in the 2016 Ask Vector Prime story Echoes and Fragments, set during the events of The Transformers: The Movie. The manipulations of the evil Gong and Sideways resulted in various GoBots swapping places with characters during the events of that film.[1]

Toys

  • Robots in Disguise Sideways vs. Axer (2002)
Sideways is a recolor of Generation 2 Road Rocket. Axer is a recolor of Generation 2 Road Pig.


Unicron Trilogy

Sideways, also called Double-Face, initially transforms into a motorcycle. His consciousness is apparently housed within the smaller robot who rides his alternate mode (unnamed in US, Mirror in Japan), which can split into two Mini-Con components, Rook and Crosswise who can in turn transform into two different head modules, one Autobot, one Decepticon. He later reappeared as a jet-moded Decepticon who could switch his logo from Autobot to Decepticon at will.

Fictional biography

Sideways is a conscientious, ninja-like warrior who races to battle. Disguised as a sports bike he exceeds speeds of 250mph. Mysterious and silent, he reveals little about himself except a fierce drive to confront the enemy and quickly return to Cybertron. On Earth, he undergoes a personality change that gives him both a good and a bad side based on Mini-con influence. This split makes him highly unpredictable. It's hard to predict which half of his split personality will win in the end - the good side or the evil side!

Animated series

Arriving on Earth claiming to be a drifter in Transformers: Armada, the enigmatic Sideways sided with the Autobots, but soon - apparently - showed his true colors by siding with Megatron and the Decepticons, in the process allowing the villains to claim the Star Saber. However, as time went on, it became apparent that Sideways served a higher power, as he surreptitiously manipulated and sabotaged battles, creating dissent in the Decepticon ranks, always ensuring that the balance of power between the two factions was perpetually shifting. In an attempt to infiltrate the Autobots' base via their computer system, he inadvertently sucked himself and the minds of the Autobots' human allies into cyberspace, where they caught their first glimpse of his mysterious master. When Megatron learned of his treachery, he sliced Sideways to ribbons with the Star Saber, but all were stunned when Sideways's body dissolved into energy and reformed, cackling that he could never be destroyed. Sideways proceeded to form a deal with Thrust, and alerted the kids to the existence of the Requiem Blaster, setting in motion a chain of events which eventually culminated with the Decepticons in possession of all three Mini-con weapons, heading back to Cybertron. Once there, Thrust absconded with the Requiem Blaster and the Skyboom Shield, delivering them to Sideways within Cybertron's moon, which was in actuality the disguised form of Sideways's master, the monstrous Unicron. Sideways proceeded to steal the Star Saber, the third key needed to reactivate Unicron, and the behemoth was brought to life, turning on Cybertron and cutting a swathe through the combined Autobot/Decepticon armada as Megatron (now Galvatron) and Optimus Prime confronted Sideways within his body and learned the truth - that Sideways was another of Unicron's creations. Allowing his master to take over his body to speak through, Sideways attempted to make Prime the new vessel for his master's consciousness after disposing of the others to be absorbed by Unicron's body. When Rad was able to reawaken the Mini-Cons, they managed to break free and deactivated Unicron in the process. Enraged, Sideways attempted to kill his "siblings" for doing this, only to be fatally wounded by Optimus Prime using the Requiem Blaster on him. He said a few desperate words, and died.

Sideways later returned in Transformers: Cybertron with a jet-based alternate mode but retained his duplicitous nature.

Toys

  • Armada Sideways with Crosswise and Rook (2002)
  • Cybertron Sideways

References

  1. Jim Sorenson (w). "Echoes and Fragments" Ask Vector Prime (February 10th, 2016), Fun Publications

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