First Cartoon Appearance: Armada episode #43 "Puppet"
First Comic Appearance: none
"Taste the cruel bite of my ruthless weaponry."
|[Security Briefing D-34 from Blurr, Autobot]
Bio: Truly a rebel without a cause, the apathetic Thundercracker was an exceptional Decepticon warrior who wished for nothing more than to excel at his appointed task. Despite his constant attempts to win Megatron's favor, the bold aerial warrior eventually grew to resent his former leader and the cause for which he stood. Having abandoned the Decepticon ranks some time before the Earthen Conflict, Thundercracker dropped out of sight for so long that he was believed destroyed, but it's been ~ rumored that he may have set up a new base of operations within the portion of Cybertron's southern hemisphere known as the Wastelands. Several recent reports have also suggested that he has returned to Cyber City, serving in a mercenary capacity along with a currently unidentified Mini-Con accomplice. Without any hard evidence of Thunder cracker's continued existence, it's hard to substantiate such claims.
Weapons and Abilities: Subject commands an extensive knowledge of a wide range of Cybertronian martial arts and combat techniques, having trained several of the Decepticon elite, including Starscream and ~. Thundercracker is also rumored to possess a fierce "warrior spirit" which allows him to perform nearly impossible feats of strength and endurance when properly motivated. Like Starscream, he can utili~e, his wing as a deadly Energon-powered blade in hand-to-hand combat.
Weaknesses: Thundercracker's lack of motivation and susceptibility to apathetic thinking can lead to bouts of depression and self-doubt, which can adversely affect his battlefield abilities.
Other Appearances: The original G1 Thundercracker was one of the first ever Decepticons released in 1984. There was also an Action Master Thundercracker released in Europe only. There was also a Thundercracker released in 2005, which may or may not have any connection to the G1 original. Given portrayal of this toy as being a recolored version of Armada Starscream, I like to think of this as a distinctly different Thundercracker than any other toys w/ the same name.
The "Bio, Weabons & Abilities, Weaknesses text on is taken from the awesome Dreamwave comic, TF: Armada, MTMTE. W/ its other great original character art... we recommend you buy yourself a copy today!
It is important to note that Thundercracker have different personalities/personal stories depicted in the comics and the television shows. The text above outlines his comics story (where he never appeared in the comics) In the shows, this toy was simply "powerlinx Starscream". He got the new color scheme in episode 43, "Puppet" when the mini-cons defeated Nemesis Prime/Unicron and other TFs Galvatron, Hot Shot and Red Alert got their new color schemes as well.
Bio: [From the Personal Files of Thundercracker, former
Decepticon] I remember when I bumped into this rambunctious little Mini-Con while making my way through the Wastelands, following my falling out with Megatron and subsequent departure from the Decepticon army. As I wandered
aimlessiy, contempiating my fate, this arrogant iittle whelp sprang from nowhere and actually had the bearings to try and mug me. After shrugging off the attack, I was poised to return the favor by extinguishing his puny little spark. But I there was something about that spirit of his that I couldn't help but respect-the little scraplet just refused to back down, even with my I
energo-sword inches from his face.
Weaknesses: This cantankerous Mini-Con's courage is much bigger than his tiny frame can support, and while I can truly respect that, I fear that it might one day lead to his downfall.