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Skywarp is the name of seven fictional characters in the Transformers series. He is usually depicted as a black or purple Decepticon jet with teleportation powers. The original Skywarp was a Decepticon warrior who was introduced in 1984. The second Skywarp was a heroic Maximal character from the Beast Wars II anime series. The third character named Skywarp appeared as a minor supporting character in the Transformers: Armada and Transformers: Cybertron line. He was an homage to the Generation 1 character.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Generation 1 Skywarp box art
Name Skywarp
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Machine Wars
Smallest Transformers
Transformers: Robot Masters
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Classic
Smallest Transformers
Transformers: Masterpiece
Transformers: Alternity
English voice actor Frank Welker
Japanese voice actor Masashi Ebara
First appearance Transformers #1 by Marvel Comics
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet, McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet, P-51 Mustang, Cobra Rattler, 19th century flying machine, Mitsuoka Orochi
Function Warrior
Gender Male
Motto "Strike when the enemy isn't looking." (Generation 1)
"Strike when their backs are turned!" (Machine Wars)
Partner Thundercracker, Megatron, Starscream
Rank 9 (original swapped Generation 1), 3 (Machine Wars), 5 (Titanium)
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Micro Vehicles, Seekers

The original Skywarp is a Decepticon warrior. Like his name suggests, is able to teleport.[1]

Fictional biography

Generation 1 biography: Skywarp is the sneakiest of all Decepticons. Enjoys playing cruel pranks on fellow Decepticons and appearing out of nowhere to attack Autobots. Not too smart. Would be useless without Megatron's supervision. Top speed of 1500mph. Can instantly teleport up to 2.5 miles. Carries heat-seeking missiles and variable-calibre machine guns.

Machine Wars biography: Considered the sneakiest Decepticon to ever fly in the sky. Pulls practical jokes on fellow fighter planes. Low intelligence makes him prone to accidents and occasional mid-air collisions. Instant conversion capabilities allow for immediate battle-ready status.

Classic biography: As commanander of Autobot City on Earth, Ultra Magnus commands the most powerful forces ever assembled, of which he is among the greatest. He was given the honor of City Commander by Optimus Prime because of his superior intelligence, and incredible might as a warrior. Since taking command he has defended the city against dozens of attacks by Decepticons led by the crafty Skywarp. For his part, Skywarp is determined to breach the city's defenses and destroy Ultra Magnus in order to prove himself to Megatron.

Titanium biography: "Out of sight, out of mind." Those are the words Skywarp lives by, even though he doesn't necessarily know it himself. When Megatron is around, he's the most loyal of Decepticons, always standing rigidly at attention, acquiesing to every order given. Unfortunately, as soon as his commander walks out of the room, all thoughts of orders, protocol and practicality go with him. It's not that Skywarp has a problem with authority. He just doesn't care, is all. He's rather be strafing unarmed noncombatants than engaging risky missions. The only thing that bugs him more than having to follow orders is having to work alongside guys with a lot of personal motivation. Guys like Starscream. When he isn't going on and on about how much better a commander he is than Megatron, he's forcing Skywarp into some new scheme to replace the big guy. Megatron is winning the war for the Decepticons. Why can't Starscream just shut up and enjoy the ride?

Animated series

The Transformers

Skywarp and Thundercracker in "More Than Meets The Eye Part 1"

Skywarp was the first Transformer to awaken on Earth in 1984, and he helped bring Megatron and the other Decepticons back online. After laying dormant for four million years, he was reformatted to share the same Earthen appearance (an F-15 Eagle) as Starscream and Thundercracker, and was usually allied with them during attacks. During his first days on Earth, he soon showed his teleporting power to battle with Ironhide and Bluestreak.

Although a popular character in the Transformers universe, Skywarp seldom showed much function other than being a loyal Decepticon soldier, although he did seem to take a perverse joy in praising Megatron's brilliance as a leader in front of Starscream. Skywarp also appears to be the least-known Decepticon amongst the Autobots; while Starscream addresses him by name in "Roll for It", Optimus Prime only calls him by name in "Divide and Conquer".

Despite having very few functions, those few were a key part in those episodes. Examples include when he lost self control because of Chip Chase while holding super energized Megatron ("Roll for it"); When guarding the Andes Mountain he left to aid the other Decepticons in stealing the steel they needed, leaving Starscream and Thundercracker alone to guard the mountain ("Fire in the Sky"); he used his teleporting ability to teleport over the Autobots when racing in the Autobot Run and successfully hit them with the laser, forcing them to remain in vehicle mode ("The Autobot Run"); and when he was forced by Starscream to teleport him to Cybertron with the spacebridge, so that he could steal imprisoned personalities to create the Combaticons ("Starscream's Brigade").

In multiple episodes Skywarp is seen along with Thundercracker and Starscream to successfully attack Earth military in dogfights while in jet mode.

In the episode, "The Immobilizer", Skywarp attacked the Autobots with his "Bouncer Bomb," but it went wild and had to be destroyed by Megatron in pistol mode. This is the only time this ability has ever been seen in Transformers fiction.

In 2005, Skywarp was among those whom were thrown into space after being in deleted scenes where Skywarp was seen battling Optimus Prime with his Decepticon allies but (unknown how) received heavy blows and also was shot down during the aerial assalt the battle for Autobot City. Adrift with Megatron and other wounded Decepticons, Skywarp encountered Unicron. Unicron used Skywarp's battered body to create one of Galvatron's new warriors. Either Skywarp or Bombshell became Cyclonus, the loyal second in command of Galvatron, although there is controversy about this due to animation inconsistencies.[2]

Transformers Animated

Skywarp made a cameo in the pilot of the Transformers: Animated series on a historical video being viewed by Optimus Prime. This historical video was stock footage from the original animated series.

Books

Skywarp appears in the following books:

Listen 'n Fun

Skywarp appeared in the 1985 Listen 'n Fun story Sun Raid.[5]

Comics

3H Enterprises

In the BotCon Wreckers comic series by 3H Enterprises, Skywarp returned after tricking the second Megatron into giving him a new body. Strangely, Skywarp joins the Wreckers alongside Cyclonus. This may indicate that the Transformers: Universe comics believe that it was the Insecticon Bombshell, not Skywarp, who became Cyclonus (according to artist Dan Khanna). This may, in fact be a continuity error: even if Skywarp did not become Cyclonus, he was transformed into a Cyclonus-type robot and his personality lost. However, as there is no explanation in the comic, the relationship between the two remains unclear. This toy was a recolor of Beast Machines Deluxe Jetstorm.

After the end of the Great War 300 years in the future, a Predacon named Megatron conquered Cybertron with his Vehicon army. Megatron attempted to use Skywarp's spark to create a Vehicon to use against the few Maximals who opposed him, but Skywarp broke free and joined up with the Wreckers under the command of Primal Prime, along with several other Generation One survivors, such as Cyclonus, Arcee and Devcon, staying with the Wreckers after Cyclonus' betrayal.

According to the script for the unreleased issue #4 of Transformers: Universe - The Wreckers the Wreckers returned to Cybertron where they helped repel the an invasion by the Quintessons. Skywarp was then thought to have been left by Cyclonus as an agent to turn against the Wreckers, but Skywarp then revealed that he had hated Cyclonus ever since the two of them had been reformatted by Unicron and turned on his former commander.

Devil's Due Publishing

In this re-imagining of the Generation One story, the Ark was discovered by the terrorist Cobra Organization, and all the Transformers inside were reformatted into Cobra vehicles, remotely controlled by the Televipers. In this storyline, Skywarp's alternate mode was a Cobra Rattler jet. When the Transformers broke free, Skywarp killed his pilot, Major Bludd, by transforming while Major Bludd was in his chest cockpit area, crushing him. This was supported previously in the comic when Doctor Mindbender informed Destro that the results of attempts to modify the transformers so that soldiers could remain in the cockpits during transformation were "messy" and that Major Bludd was seen in the cockpit as the controls and seat begin to fold into their positions during robot mode. Also, the cockpit was closed in the next panel and Major Bludd's final scream came from inside. Skywarp battled the Autobots, but was eventually killed by a malfunctioning satellite system.

Dreamwave Productions

In the re-imagining of the Generation 1 universe by Dreamwave Productions, Skywarp was recruited as a Decepticon, under the leadership of Megatron, in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Skywarp became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream.

Early in the Autobot-Decepticon war, Skywarp and Thundercracker launched an attack against the city of Altihex, where they routed Grimlock and his Autobots. Later, Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker attacked the city of Protihex, under the orders of Megatron. Knowing that Grimlock joined with the Autobots, but was dissatisfied with them, Starscream offered Grimlock the chance to join the attack on Protihex. Grimlock rejected the offer and not only evacuated the Autobot outpost before the attack could occur, but he left an explosive trap for Starscream and company. If not for Skywarp's ability to teleport them all to safety, the Decepticons may have not escaped alive.

When Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Skywarp stayed with the Decepticons, under the leadership of Shockwave, attacking Bludgeon of the Chaos Trinity at one point. After Megatron's return, Skywarp was chosen as a member of the crew of the Nemesis when Megatron launched it to attack the Ark, an Autobot ship. Both ships fought, and after the Decepticons boarded the Ark, it crashed on the planet Earth. All on board went into emergency stasis lock for millions of years.

In the Earth year 1984, a volcanic explosion awakened the Ark and the Ark's computer, Teletraan I, reformatted all on board to be able to assume the forms of Earth machines. Skywarp was given the form of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet. After many battles, the combined forces of the Autobots on Earth and their human allies were able to capture the Decepticons. A ship designated the Ark II was built to take the Cybertronians back to Cybertron, along with some human companions, but the ship exploded shortly after takeoff. The human allies were killed, but the Cybertronians were lost in the Arctic ocean, again in stasis lock.

Skywarp and others were recovered by a rogue military unit and reprogrammed as slave war machines, but Megatron broke free and then freed his fellow Decepticons, including Skywarp. He participated in the attack on San Francisco, and was one of those who attacked Superion, causing him to separate.

After returning to Cybertron with Shockwave, Skywarp returned to Earth under the command of Starscream. However, but he was captured by the Autobots along with Soundwave and Thundercracker and locked in cells on board the Ark. They escaped when the Ark was attacked by Bruticus.

Skywarp also appeared in Dreamwave's Transformers/G.I. Joe series as one of the Decepticons allied with Cobra during an alternate reality World War II, transforming into a P-51 Mustang. He was killed by Optimus Prime.

Fun Publications

Classicverse

Skywarp was a character in the Classicverse setting. Skywarp is among Megatron's troops in Crossing Over. 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.

Universe

Skywarp appears in the Universe setting started by 3H Enterprises. Snarl, Skywarp, Tap-Out and Triceratron appeared in the story Wreckers: Finale Part 2 by the Transformers Collectors Club in 2007. Despite his dislike for the other Wreckers Skywarp remained loyal to them in order to take out vengeance on Cyclonus. During the invasion of Cybertron by the Quintessons all four vanished, taken captive by Unicron's transport beam. Skywarp was seen in the service of Unicron as part of the Chaos-Bringer's army during Optimus Prime's recollections in issue #8 of the Cybertron Club comic.[6]

Wings of Honor

Skywarp appears in the Wings setting among Megatron's troops when Megatron attacked Iacon with his new weapon, Devastator.[7]

IDW Publishing

After Dreamwave's closure, the rights to the Transformers comics were awarded to IDW Publishing. The rebooted Generation One continuity borrowed from many previous sources, included the animated series, as well as the Marvel and Dreamwave comic books, but also featured many new and unexplored ideas and origins. Chronologically, Skywarp made his first appearance in The Transformers: Megatron Origin, joining the criminal gladiator, Megatron. He, along with his fellow Seekers, played a role in Megatron's plan to cause a rash of terror throughout Cybertron. Skywarp soon became a member of the Decepticons.

Much later, chronologically, in The Transformers: Infiltration, Starscream appears to be in command of a small group of Decepticons on Earth, including Skywarp, Thundercracker, Blitzwing, Astrotrain and the Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck. Starscream had discovered an ore on Earth that was the Transformer equivalent of steroids, making him bold enough to advance their infiltration phase ahead of schedule. However, it seems that humans have somehow obtained evidence of the Transformers' existence, which would derail Starscream's plans. Skywarp has thus far appeared as part of Starscream's elimination squad, disposing of any evidence of their operation on Earth. While bombing the Decepticons' abandoned base on Earth to destroy evidence of it, Skywarp battled Bumblebee, using his teleportation ability to stay a step ahead of the Autobot.

However, Bumblebee managed to predict where he would emerge next and shot him down temporarily. Unfortunately for Skywarp though, after the destruction of the base was complete, Megatron had learned of Starscream's attempts for power on Earth and arrived, seriously wounding him before making off to destroy Starscream. Skywarp survived, though, as Megatron placed him and Blitzwing in CR chambers, as revealed in The Transformers: Escalation. He submitted to Megatron's authority, accepting no further mistakes would be tolerated. He and Thundercracker were sent to bomb a desert power plant, escalating tensions amongst the humans in the area.

Accompanying Megatron to the disputed Soviet border state of Brasnya, Skywarp was sent to wait in case back-up was needed—and it was as Optimus Prime appeared leading a team of Autobots to stop the Decepticons. Skywarp and Astrotrain attacked using Skywarp's teleporting power, running interference for the human facsimile they were using. Despite his teleporting powers Jazz and Wheeljack quickly cottoned on and anticipated his moves. Skywarp then disappeared, promising to return with reinforcements. He returned with Thundercracker, damaging Hot Rod severely and killing the facsimile. However, they were forced to flee when Megatron called for pickup after his Ore-13 was expended. His alternate mode here is that of an F-22 Raptor, the successor to his original Generation 1 F-15 alternate jet mode.

Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker Hearts of Steel concept art

Skywarp and the other Seekers also appeared in the mini-series, The Transformers: Evolutions: Hearts of Steel. Skywarp was the first Decepticon to appear, seemingly wakened by Muldoon's sunken submarine. Sent to scout ahead of the Decepticon Astrotrain, he was presumably destroyed when Bumblebee and John Henry managed to send the entire Decepticon rail convoy into a chasm.[8]

Marvel Comics

Skywarp was amongst those Decepticons ordered by Megatron to greet the new Decepticon arrivals from Cybertron. However, the arrivals ended up being Blaster and his team of Autobots. Megatron was about to attack when he heard a plea from Soundwave and Shockwave who were being attacked by Optimus Prime. Ignoring their cry for aid, Megatron instead led his Decepticons to the Ark which he believed to be defenseless. It was not—the Autobots' "secret weapon," Omega Supreme was guarding their headquarters soundly defeated the Decepticons, destroying Skywarp first. Losing Skywarp and the other Decepticons meant nothing to Megatron, who said they could easily be replaced.

During Galvatron's first trip from the future to the year 1986 (to defeat Unicron), Skywarp played a part in the future Autobots' plans to trick Galvatron into returning: Skywarp was still deactivated from his previous battle and was lying in the Ark along with the other defeated Decepticons. However, his body was painted to resemble Starscream and set up to be operated under remote control by the Autobots to trick Galvatron into thinking that Starscream had destroyed his machinery. A furious Galvatron destroyed what he believed was Starscream in a blind rage, but because Starscream played a role in Galvatron's creation, Galvatron believed that whatever actions he performed in the past would have no effect on his or Unicron's future and subsequently returned to his own time, unaware that he was tricked.

Skywarp was seemingly rebuilt at some point, placed back into cold-storage and eventually rescued, along with the other captured Decepticons, by the Constructicons, who used a distraction to break into the Ark for that purpose. Skywarp (and Thundercracker) were ultimately destroyed by the Underbase-powered Starscream and was never seen again in the original Transformers comic.

The Transformers: Generation 2 comic showed a black Decepticon jet using teleportation powers. It is unknown if this jet was a repaired Skywarp.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Seeker Skywarp (1984)
The mold used for the Skywarp toy was originally part of the Japanese Diaclone toy line, and was imported to become part of the Transformers toy line by Hasbro in 1984. In jet mode, the toy is 21cm long (a scale of 1:93, suggesting that Skywarp 14cm robot mode would be about 13m tall). In what is considered to be a major drawback to the toy, the majority of its parts must be removed for transformation, and it is rare to find a totally complete one, since no single mode can hold all the parts.[9]
Skywarp shared a mold with Starscream and Thundercracker, and later Sunstorm. The same mold with some wing modifications was used for Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust.
  • Machine Wars Basic Skywarp (1997)
Skywarp was one of the six Decepticons which appeared in this sub-line. Sharing the same mold as Thundercracker, Skywarp is now a white jet.[10]
  • Smallest Transformers Skywarp (2003)
This black and purple recolor of Smallest Transformers Starscream was only released as a chase item (one in a case of 48) in wave 1 of the toy line. Despite the small size (roughly 2 inches in robot height), the toy is virtually faithful to the original G1 toy's design and transformation.[11]
  • Universe Deluxe Skywarp (2004)
The Skywarp recolor of the Deluxe Jetstorm mold was originally intended to be a BotCon exclusive. Painted mockups were seen, but it was never released. When the Transformers: Universe toy line came out, a nearly identical Skywarp was released to the general public.[12]
  • Robot Masters Deluxe Skywarp (2005)
Skywarp was sold in a two-pack with Thundercracker by the Japanese online store e-Hobby; both Decepticons are recolors of the Transformers: Robot Masters Starscream toy in their classic color schemes. A Decepticon pin-badge was also included.
  • Universe Legends Skywarp (2006)
A promotional toy called Skywarp was given away at the San Diego ComicCon; it was a black and purple recolor of the micro-sized Cybertron Starscream toy. This toy had no Decepticon symbol and included a black Autobot Cyber Planet Key. Hasbro stated that he was indeed a Decepticon, and that the key was a separate promotional item placed in the same bag. Although seemingly a part of the Cybertron line, according to the Hasbro web site this toy was actually in the Universe line.[13]
  • Classic Battle for Autobot City Deluxe Skywarp (2007)
A black recolor of Classics Deluxe Starscream, bundled with Voyager Ultra Magnus (a white recolor of Optimus Prime) in a gift set sold exclusively at Target in the US and Woolworths in the UK.[14] Skywarp's biography was featured in Transformers Collectors Club magazine #14.
  • Masterpiece Skywarp (2007)
A black and purple recolor of the MP-03 Masterpiece Starscream has been released with the title of MP-06 Skywarp. Masterpiece Skywarp has a different alternate face from Starscream, one with a normal expression (the lips and nose are different from Starscream) and the other face with a snarling expression (opposed to Starscream's smirk).
  • Transformers 3D Battle-Card Game Skywarp (2007)
A recolor of 3D Battle Cards Starscream in the colors of Generation 1 Skywarp.
  • Titanium 6 inch War Within Skywarp (2008)
A recolor of 6 inch Titanium Thundercracker. This toy was initially announced then canceled. It was later made an SDCC 2008 convention exclusive, later sold on the Hasbro Toy Shop web site.
  • Henkei! Henkei! Deluxe Skywarp (2008)
The Japanese version of the Classic Deluxe figure by Takara Tomy was sold as a Toy Hobby Market and Ganbo Store exclusive. The packaging used a black and white picture of the Starscream figure in front and reused Henkei Starscream's card for the back.[15]
  • Universe Masterpiece Skywarp (2009)
A Walmart exclusive recolor of the 2007 Masterpiece figure in colors more consistent with the animated series.
  • Alternity Skywarp (2010)
A purple recolor of Alternity Starscream with a new head sculpt, which transforms into a Mitsuoka Orochi. Features opening doors, hood and trunk, as well as retractable wings under the rear wheels (similar to the Generation 1 Tracks toy).[16]
  • Timelines Deluxe Skywarp (2013)
A recolor of Revenge of the Fallen Dirge. Part of the 2013 Botcon set.
  • Hasbro Transformers: Generations Combiner Wars Leader Skywarp (2016)
  • Kingtoys Decepticon Jet Skywarp
An unlicensed version of the Generation 1 toy done at half size by Kingtoys.
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Skywarp
Based on the Takara toy, this version has remolded guns and slightly altered colors.[17]
  • Reprolabels Classic Skywarp
A set of labels for Classic Skywarp to make it look more like the Generation 1 toy.[18]
  • CHMS Deluxe Skywarp
An unlicensed reproduction of the Henkei Skywarp toy.
  • CHMS Deluxe Ghost Skywarp (2011)
An unlicensed reproduction of the Henkei Skywarp toy, done with translucent plastic.[19]

Gallery


Beast Wars II

Transformers character
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Beast Wars II Skywarp
Name Skywarp
Maximal
Series Beast Wars II
Japanese voice actor Mantarô Iwao
First appearance Beast Wars II epiosde #26, "Enter Lio Junior!"
Information
Alternate modes Bald Eagle
Function Sonic Speed Instructor
Gender Male
Motto "If one does not think then one cannot fight."
Partner Lio Junior & Santon
Sub-group Basic Beasts

The second character to be named Skywarp was introduced in 1998 and is a Maximal who is able to transform into a bald eagle, and along with his team-mates Santon and Lio Junior, can combine to form Magnaboss. He provided the brains of the group, balancing Lio Junior's immaturity.

In the story, Skywarp is an aerial combat instructor dispatched from Cybertron as a reinforcement for Lio Convoy's troops. While strict, he has more consideration than anyone else for young Maximal warriors. Part of his wings become Wing Caliber Swords and he has super-oscillation generators in his wing tips. Combining these with his sonic booms, he clears the ground around him. In addition, he can fold over his wings and fire his Sky Missiles.

Animated series

Lio Junior, Santon and Skywarp are regulars in the Beast Wars II series after their introduction in episode #26 "Enter Lio Junior!" In this episode Santon and Skywarp arrive from Cybertron in time to combine with Lio Junior, who confronts Galvatron. The fight continues into episode #27, "Megastorm Reborn", where Galvatron is injured and escapes Magnaboss. Megastorm, enhanced into his new Gigastorm form attacks the Maximals, but the combined missiles of Magnaboss and Leo Prime are able to defeat him by blowing the rocks out from under him and dumping the Predacon into a pool of angolmois energy.

Skywarp appears in the Beast Wars II movie, "Lio Convoy Crisis".

IDW Publishing

Skywarp had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[20]

Toys

  • Beast Wars II Deluxe Skywarp (1998)
Skywarp is a slight repaint of Beast Wars Silverbolt with a new color head. This toy is a Takara exclusive.


Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
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Cybertron Skywarp toy
Name Skywarp
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Cybertron
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet, Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator
Gender Male
Motto "Bulls-eye in the sky, oh my!"
Partner Thunderclash
Rank 4
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Ultra Vehicles

The third character named Skywarp was introduced in 2003 and was a Hasbro exclusive in the Transformers: Armada toy line that did not receive a biography, but was later expanded upon by Dreamwave Productions.[21]

It is unknown if Hasbro intended the Cybertron Skywarp character to be an upgrade of Armada Skywarp or a different character, as his biography indicated that his personality and abilities are closer to that of his Generation 1 namesake.

Fictional biography

Armada biography: [From the Undercover Files of ~ Autobot] They say that the clouds get a little bit darker when Skywarp is in the air, and they're not too far off, There's a darkness around this Decepticon that's as intense as his grim attitude, Serious-minded and determined but with an ironic wit, he's the kind of 'bot I can respect and trust to do his job, the only problem is that he's on the wrong side of the Autobot/Decepticon fence, As much as I appreciate this quiet, professional Decepticon's abilities, I know that I can't let myself be fooled into thinking he's actually my, well, friend. That's the kind of mistake that an amateur makes, and I'm no newbie. If Skywarp knew that I was working deep cover for the Autobots, would our friendship mean more than doing his duty? Or would he live up to the cold, remorseless reputation he's earned so far? Maybe I've been here too long, but-of all the Decepticons I've worked with while undercover-Skywarp is the only one I don't want to face in battle.. .and it's not just because of his formidable skills. Strong, smart, and super-fast, he's easily a match for his prominent relative, Starscream. Unlike that questionable bit of robo-trash, Skywarp is a consummate professional. He's an incredible marksman in his jet mode, capable of targeting a meter-long target at a distance of 10 kilometers with no problems. This ability has gained him the nickname "Bull's-Eye in the Sky" which has become his mocking catchphrase after slagging an opponent, He's equally intense about his abilities in robot mode, training hard in all types of martial arts until he's as precise, silent, and deadly as what the Earthlings call a "ninja." His two missile launchers each fire a salvo of 10 mini-projectiles that Skywarp can aim with uncanny precision. He also wields a diamond-hard blade in robot mode with fatal efficiency. Beneath his cool exterior, Skywarp is still sensitive to comments that he earned his position with the Decepticons solely by being related to Starscream, Maybe he trains so hard to dismiss those accusations once and for all. Regardless, comments about how he earned his position are the only thing that can always easily bait Skywarp. Cybertron biography: The sneakiest of all Decepticons, Skywarp delights in using his teleportation ability to appear in the middle of a group of Autobots, hose them with laser fire, and disappear again. he is the dark heart of the Decepticon Air Corps, taking joy in playing cruel tricks on friend and enemy alike and using his aerial abilities to avoid a fair fight whenever possible. None too bright, he requires constant supervision by his commander Starscream. As Starscream looked across Earth for the Cyber Planet Key and the Monster Decepticons of the past, he needed to give Skywarp a job to keep him from bungling up his mission. The job he gave him? Create crop circles, steal cows and make it look like old-fashioned flying saucer UFO's were invading Earth. Skywarp loved this assignment and took to it immediately. He spent the next month loafing around Roswell, New Mexico, and using his teleportation powers, he tricked close to ten thousand people into believing Martians were invading!

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Dreamwave's Transformers Armada: More Than Meets the Eye series established that Skywarp is related to Starscream and is a grim and dangerous combatant with a near-perfect aim and an array of martial techniques. However, unlike his treacherous relative, he is loyal to Megatron; in fact the snide remarks from the other Decepticons about him getting his rank through his loyalty are the only thing that genuinely angers Skywarp. Also, Skywarp is friends with Scavenger—a friendship complicated by the fact that, unbeknownst to Skywarp, Scavenger is actually a spy for the Autobots.

Skywarp would be briefly seen in issue #12 of the Armada comic, guarding Megatron's latest secret weapon alongside Wheeljack and Sideways. He would later be seen at the end of the Armada comic celebrating Unicron's defeat.

Armada Skywarp made his only Energon appearance in a flashback in Transformers: Energon #30, where we would see Scorponok leading Wheeljack, Predacon, Terrorsaur and Skywarp against the Autobots in an unidentified battle on Cybertron. Skywarp also was set to appear in the unreleased issue #31 of the Energon comic series.

Fun Publications

Skywarp, along with the Cybertron versions of Runamuck, Brushguard and Buzzsaw appeared among Cannonball's troops in the Transformers Collector's Club exclusive story The Dark Heart of Sandokan, written by Benson Yee.

Toys

  • Armada Skywarp (2003)
The Armada version of Skywarp is an homage to the Generation 1 character with his familiar black and purple color scheme. However, unlike the original Skywarp, the toy is a remold of Armada Starscream, rather than being a mere recolor. His Mini-Con partner was Thunderclash.
Armada Skywarp was later recolored into Transformers: Universe Ramjet, and included a recolor of Thunderclash along with and three additional Mini-Cons—the Air Military Team.
  • Cybertron Deluxe Skywarp (2006)
A recolor of Cybertron Thundercracker. He came with a missile and an Earth Planet Cyber Key marked d02r.
Cybertron Deluxe Skywarp is 18 centimeters long, but a real Su-37 Terminator is 2218 centimeters long. This gives us a scale of 1/123. Since his robot mode stands 13.5 centimeters tall, this means Cybertron Skywarp should stand 54 feet tall.


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
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Revenge of the Fallen Skywarp toy
Name Skywarp
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet, F-22 Raptor
Gender Male
Motto "Knowledge is what matters."
Rank 7
Sub-group Voyagers, Walmart exclusives

According to an interview with producer Tom DeSanto published in issue #15 of the Transformers Collectors' Club Magazine, the original lineup pitched for the Decepticons in the 2007 live action Transformers film was Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble, Skywarp and Shockwave. Skywarp did not appear in the film, but did appear in the toy line and comics for sequel films.

Fictional biography

Skywarp has never been interested in power or conquest. He simply wishes to be left alone in his pursuit of knowledge. He joined the Decepticons because Megatron was willing to give him facilities in which to work, and simply leave him alone. In return, he has produced countless powerful weapons and experimental systems for his comrades. He is personally equipped with mighty weapons that can twist the very fabric of reality into a smear of color and light, or rip mountains apart.

Comics

IDW Publishing

In Transformers: Defiance the planet Cybertron is invaded by aliens from the Eshems Nebula and a black jet (who may be Skywarp or Overcast) is among the defenders in the city of Metrotitan, near the temple at Simfur.

Titan Magazines

Skywarp and Starscream are old colleagues in the Seekers and Starscream would like to reunite with him.

Skywarp had been captured by NEST in some unknown conflict, but escaped their jail in South Africa when Bludgeon staged his great escape. Skywarp joined his breakaway Decepticon paramilitary.

His first task was to supervise the reconstruction of the critically damaged Devastator. The job was going well at a remote site in the mountains of British Columbia, hidden from sight by an artificial cloud bank, until the Autobot Stratosphere stumbled across Skywarp's crew while on a routine patrol. When the Autobot Hotshot made a frontal attack on the construction site, Skywarp easily dodged his shots and easily took him down with a single well-placed kick. While standing over him to deliver a kill shot, however, Skywarp miscalculated something important and was clobbered by one of Stratosphere's wings when the Autobot rolled himself over. With Skywarp dazed for a moment, Stratosphere was able to radio in a request for an air-strike to NEST, but Skywarp deemed them more lambs to the slaughter, touting his aerial superiority as he transformed to jet mode and came swooping back around for an attack. Stratosphere opted for a craftier tactic and turned the device generating the cloud bank around, blinding Skywarp with a face-full of vapor and causing him to crash. The NEST air-strike arrived soon after, and it was unclear if Skywarp was able to get away before the blast swept across the area.

An unknown amount of time later, Skywarp was sent to meet the Autobot Blazemaster and invite the hot-headed psycho to join the Decepticons, proving himself to be quite the chatty chappy. Despite the Autobot's refusal, Skywarp told him to just live with the fact that he had all the credentials to be a murderous villain.

Toys

All toys of this character are officially licensed from Lockheed Martin.

  • Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Skywarp (2009)
A Walmart exclusive recolor of the 2007 Voyager Starscream figure (with the head sculpt originally used for the G1-style Starscream and Thundercracker recolors) in Skywarp's Generation 1 colors.
  • Dark of the Moon Takara Deluxe Skywarp (not yet released)
A Japan-only black recolor of Deluxe Starscream with silver and purple stripes that pay homage to his Generation 1 incarnation.[22]


Transformers Animated

Transformers character
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Animated Skywarp toy
Name Skywarp
Decepticon
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Tom Kenny
Japanese voice actor Jin Yamanoi
Information
Alternate modes Futuristic harrier jet similar to Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut
Function Coward
Gender Male
Motto "They're heading right for us! Run!"
Rank 7 (Takara)
Sub-group Voyagers, Starscream clones

In Transformers Animated, Skywarp is a clone of Starscream who embodies his cowardice.[23] According to his biography on the toy box, he can teleport much like his Generation 1 incarnation.

Animated Series

Using the Allspark fragment embedded in his forehead, Starscream brought life to numerous clones, who took distinct aspects of his personality. Skywarp received the coward side of Starscream and thus is utterly spineless in nature, fearing everything and everyone. During the battle between the clones, the Autobots, and Megatron, he was ambushed by Blurr and put in stasis cuffs, immobilizing him. Thundercracker, who had been encased in cement by Mixmaster, accidentally collided with them, and all three were sent through the Space Bridge to an unknown part of the galaxy. Bulkhead tried to bring them back, but to no avail, as he never set the target coordinates. The trio were later seen on a desolated planet. Thundercracker shattered the cement, and chased Blurr into space. Skywarp, however, was still immobilized by the stasis cuffs.

Toys

  • Animated Voyager Skywarp (2008)
A black/purple recolor of Voyager Class Starscream.[24]
  • Animated Takara TA-23 Voyager Skywarp (2010)
The 2010 Japan release version by Takara Tomy.[25]
  • Animated Takara Activators Skywarp (2010)
A FamilyMart Japan exclusive black/purple recolor of Activators Starscream offered as a lottery draw item.[26]


Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
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War for Cybertron Skywarp
Name Skywarp
Decepticon
Series Transformers: War for Cybertron
English voice actor Richard Epcar
First appearance Transformers: War for Cybertron
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet
Gender Male
Sub-group Seekers

Skywarp is a Decepticon who turns into a jet.

Books

Skywarp appears in the novels Transformers: Exodusref>Alexander C. Irvine (2010). Transformers: Exodus - The Official History of the War for Cybertron. Del Rey Books. ISBN 978-0345522528. </ref> and Transformers: Retribution.

Games

Skywarp is a playable Decepticon character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. In the Decepticon campaign, he is a part of the Decepticons' flying squad known as the "Seekers" - Alongside Starscream and Thundercracker. Hard to have teleportations as an ability in the game, Skywarp were to gain the Cloaking ability to turn near invisible-so that when using the skill and appearing between enemies, they will think as he "warped" from nowhere describing his name.

Toys

  • Prime Deluxe AM-07 Skywarp with Micron (2012)
A Takara exclusive recolor of Prime Deluxe Starscream. Comes with a weapon Micron.[27]
  • Robots in Disguise Warrior Class Skywarp (unreleased)
A recolor of Warrior Class Starscream.


Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Name Skywarp
Decepticon
Series Kre-O Transformers
First appearance "Last Bot Standing"
Information
Gender Male
Sub-group Kreons

Skywarp is a Decepticon aligned Kreon.

Animated series

Kreon Skywarp appeared in the animated short "Last Bot Standing."[28]

Kreon Skywarp appeared in the animated short "Bot Stars."[29]

Kreon Skywarp appeared in the animated short "The Big Race."[30]

Kreon Skywarp appeared in the animated short "A Gift For Megatron."[31]

Kreon Skywarp appeared in the animated short "Megatron's Revenge."[32]

Toys

  • Kre-O Transformers Optimus Prime (2011)
Build Optimus Prime as a robot or truck. 542 pieces, 5 Kreons - Optimus Prime, Bluestreak, Skywarp, and two drivers.

References

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  2. http://groups.google.com/group/alt.toys.transformers/msg/c7c62ffe6e2bd95d
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  8. IDW Publishing
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  10. Machine Wars: Skywarp
  11. TFW2005.com - WST Skywarp
  12. TF: Universe Skywarp
  13. http://www.tfw2005.com/resources/transformers-universe-classics-20-261/tread-bolt-1889/
  14. TFW2005.com - Classics Skywarp
  15. TFW2005.com - Henkei Skywarp
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  20. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/books/comics/news/article_1343405.php/Creators_of_Transformers_Beast_Wars_The_Gathering_are_back
  21. Skywarp with Thunderclash
  22. TFW2005.com - Official Images of Japan-Exclusive DOTM Skywarp
  23. Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (August 15, 2009). Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac. Idea & Design Works Llc. p. 85. ISBN 978-1600104879. 
  24. As of yet unheard of Animated figs in Wal-mart computer. - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards
  25. TFW2005.com - Official High Resolution Images of June 2010 Japanese Transformers Animated Releases
  26. TFW2005.com - Japanese Transformers Autobot Alliance Altered Decos and FamilyMart Lottery Draws
  27. https://tfsource.com/products/view/product_id/3601/
  28. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7sVJOl-eMw
  29. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRMBgjktWPQ
  30. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvzTuyfctN4
  31. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e5fz6HTY88
  32. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUC0A5gfju8

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