Transformers: Generation 1
Spoilsport is the Targetmaster partner to the Autobot Sureshot.
In the Marvel Comics Transformers stories Nebulans are depicted as human-looking aliens, while in the animated US series they are green-skinned aliens. In the Ladybird Books stories the Nebulans are human-sized robots.
In the Japanese Transformers: The Headmasters anime the Targetmasters are not Nebulans at all, but robots from the planet Master.
Spoilsport, a former Nebulan military officer. Spoilsport was bio-engineered to have the ability to transform into a twin laser cannon, Sureshot’s former weapon. He needs no help to aim and shoot and is as good a shot as Sureshot – a fact that never fails to irritate the Autobot. Spoilsport feels unnecessary, unappreciated and is resentful of his Nebulan partner. The two only cooperate when their lives depend on it. Otherwise, they are unwilling but extremely effective allies. Both Sureshot and Spoilsport are extremely skilled marksmen. Either one can bullseye the head of a screw from up to six miles away. Spoilsport transforms to a dual laser cannon in 2.2 seconds. In this mode he shoots twin beams of high-energy laser light. Either beam can punch a hole through a small mountain. Sureshot transforms to a ground vehicle with a maximum speed of 290 mph and range of 1,200 miles. In either mode, Sureshot can wield weapon mode Spoilsport. Sureshot and Spoilsport are poorly matches personality-wise, which hampers their teamwork and cooperation at times. Spoilsport is prone to overheating if overused in weapons mode. He must revert to human mode to cool off.
Spoilsport first appeared in the Transformers episode "The Rebirth, Part 1" as a sharpshooter among the rebel Nebulan group lead by Gort. In part 2 the Autobots copy Targetmaster technology from the Decepticons and Spoilsport is converted into the gun used by Sureshot. In part 3 the Autobots and their Nebulans travel to Cybertron for the final showdown with the Decepticons. He then returns to Nebulos to rid the planet of the Hive's machines.
Transformers: The Headmasters
In the Japanese series Transformers: The Headmasters the events of "The Rebirth" were ignored and the Targetmasters had a different origin. In this series the six original Targetmaster partners were Transformers from the planet Master. In episode #27, "Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters (Part 1)" the six escaped their planet to get reinforcements after the planet was invaded by the Decepticons. At the time the Decepticons had planted a bomb on Earth which the Autobots were trying to safely remove from the planet. The six robots from the planet Master took the bomb in an attempt to save the Autobots, but it exploded in space during a battle between three Autobots and three Decepticons.
In episode #28, "Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters (Part 2)", It was discovered that the six Autobots and Decepticons had fused with the robots from the planet Master as weapons on their hands. They were dubbed the Targetmasters. The Autobot Sureshot was bonded with Spoilsport. The Autobot Targetmasters aided on the planet Master when Jack has hyptnotized and given a bomb to blow up the Autobot base, and then came into conflict with the Decepticon Targetmasters.
In episode #29, "The Master Sword Is in Danger!!", the Autobot and Decepticon Targetmasters participated in a battle on the planet Master where Zarak first sent in the Decepticon Duocons. In this battle the Decepticons are able to obtain a computer disk that contains information on the Master Sword.
In episode #30, "The Zarak Shield Turns the Tide" the Autobot Targetmasters follow Soundblaster to the planet Master where they are ambushed by the Decepticon Targetmasters. The Autobots are washed away when the Decepticons blast a dam above the Autobots during the fight. Surviving the flood the Autobot Targetmasters discover a cave entrance to the Decepticon base. Despite being discovered by the Autobots, the Decepticon are able to escape with their new weapon.
Sureshot and Spoilsport appeared in the 2001 3H Enterprises story "Departure" where they were part of the rescue team lead by Hot Spot that recovered Arcee from a horde of Nightbird clones, but was unable to save Daniel Witwicky and Wheelie.
Sureshot and Spoilsport had a single page biography printed in the Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye comic series.
Note: Events exclusive to the Marvel UK Transformers comics appear in italics.
Spoilsport first appeared in issue 4 of the Marvel Comics Headmasters comic in a story called "Brothers in Armor!!" where he volunteered to be binary bonded to Sureshot as his Targetmaster partner. The Autobots then fled Nebulos for Earth in an attempt to lure away the Decepticons.
In the Marvel UK Transformers story "Worlds Apart", set during issue 4 of the Headmasters comic, Crosshairs, Pointblank and Sureshot are captured by the Decepticons and used as bait to capture the Autobot Headmasters. Hardhead is able to free the Autobot Targetmasters and even the odds against the Decepticons.
Although Spoilsport is not depicted, in issue 38 of The Transformers the Autobots and Decepticons from Nebulos arrive on Earth.
In issue 39 Spike Witwicky introduces Fortress Maximus and the Autobot Targetmasters to his father Sparkplug.
- Generation 1 Targetmaster Sureshot with Spoilsport (1987)
- A new mold.
- United Mini-Con Spoilsport (2011)
- A recolor of Power Core Combiners Airlift. A rare store exclusive in Japan. This mold was also used to make United Recoil.
- Takara Transformers Legends Twin-Twist with Spoilsport (2018)
- "The Rebirth, Part 1". The Transformers. First-run syndication. No. 1, season 4.
- "Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters (Part 1)". Transformers: The Headmasters. No. 27, season 1.
- "Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters (Part 2)". Transformers: The Headmasters. No. 28, season 1.
- "The Master Sword Is in Danger!!". Transformers: The Headmasters. No. 29, season 1.
- "The Zarak Shield Turns the Tide". Transformers: The Headmasters. No. 30, season 1.
- Bob Budiansky (w), Frank Springer (p), Ian Akin & Brian Garvey (i). "Headmasters" Brothers in Armor!! 4 (January 1988), Marvel Comics