“Information is the currency that buys power.”
First comic appearance: Beast Wars: The Gathering #1
Profile: Insecticon likes to hide in quiet to think. He contemplates the meaning of life and wishes he
were able to leave the Beast Wars. He has recurring flashbacks of his life on Cybertron, before joining the crew of the
Axalon in stasis. He wishes he could go back to that life that he sees in short memory spurts. He can see a laboratory
where he worked. He sees parts of a presentation he gave to the Maximal Imperium, but does not know what it was about.
He can almost remember his real name. He hates the name Magmatron gave him, it seems very demeaning. Insecticon
reluctantly joined Magmatron's Predacons in order to get back to his homeworld, where he desperately wants to be. He is
easily coerced by the higher ranking Predacons to spy on the Maximals. He believes the lies that the Predacons tell him,
that he can never become like he once was, that he would never be accepted by the Maximals. He likes to stay out of
sight and spy on the Maximals. He will retrieve any secret information. Passwords, countermeasures and locks are useless
when Insecticon is on duty. Anything Insecticon can't avoid with his flying or crawling abilities, he can use technical
expertise to work around. He is deadly accurate with his crossbow, although he usually uses it for stringing network
cables or setting tripwires. He is unsure if he could ever use it as a weapon, even in self-defense. Insecticon
constantly struggles with his reprogramming as a result of his stasis pod being activated by the Predacons. He intends
to join the Maximals, but his unfortunate loyalty keeps him from doing so.
Abilities: Antennae contain sonar for tracking. He also has internal beacon which can transmit low frequency signals without detection.
Weaknesses: Insecticon is often preoccupied with thoughts of Cybertron. He has to be forced to perform his missions.
Bibliography of significant appearances:
*Beast Wars: The Gathering #1: (assumed) Stasis pod on prehistoric Earth awakened and chronal phase realigned by Razorbeast.
Other appearances: Obviously, there were the original Insecticons; Bombshell, Kickback, and Shrapnel. There was also an Insecticon from Energon. Presumably they unconnected, different individuals with the same name.
FIRST COMIC/CARTOON APPEARANCE: NONE
Sonar sensitive antennae locate and track enemy Maximals infiltrating Predacon battle parameters. Internal radar beacon emits low frequency signal to alert others. When hungry for battle himself, this insidious insect uses his crossbow to cripple enemies, then drags 'em to their doom with his monstrous mandibles!
Insecticon, unfortunately never made an appearance in the Beast Wars. Thanks to this art from a Japanese card series, we can get a glimpse of what he might have looked like. Sweet, eh!
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