Depth Charge

Depth Charge for Champions (300+140)

''Follow my orders or get out of my face!'' - Depth Charge

Real name: Depth Charge
Other known aliases: Fish Boy.
Occupation: Aquatic Forces Commander
Current group affiliation: Maximals/Transmetals, later Autobots.
Rank: 10
Past group affiliations: None
Major enemies: Predacons, particularly Rampage II, later Decepticons and Unicron.
First appearance: Deep Metal (television series), Dark Glass (comics).
Origin: Deep Metal
Description: Depth Charge is an 10 foot tall winged robot who turns into a manta ray or a space ship. Presumably before he was reformatted he turned into something else.


38	STR	18
18	DEX	24
24	CON	28
12	BODY	 0
20	INT	10
20	EGO	20
22	PRE	12
10	COM	 0
15	PD	 9
14	ED	 9
 4	SPD	12
12	REC	 2
50	END	 1
39	STUN	 1
Characteristics Cost: 146

Powers and Skills

16	EC (16),"Transformer powers"	
17a)	11/11 Armor	
19b)	Shape Shift,"Manta Ray/Space Cruiser",limited group of	
	 shapes,Incantation(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1)               0
13	2 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END	
	 Persistent(+1)                                              0
 1	Life Support, only needs half food intake.	
19	Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in	
	 heat/cold,immune to aging	
31	MP (31),"Movement"	
 3u	8" Flight,x16 Non-Combat                                     2
 3u	16" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                    2
 3u	16" Swimming,x8 Non-Combat,1/2 END(+1/4)                     2
75	MP (112),"Weapons",OIF(-1/2)	
 2u	14/14 Force Field,7-8 Charges(+1/4),continuing,duration: 1	
	 minute                                                      0
 4u	3D6 HKA,"Energon Cutlass",vs physical defense,OAF(-1/2),0	
	 END(+1/2),x1 Armor Piercing(+1/2)                           0
 7u	5D6 RKA,"Shrapnel Grenades",Explosion(+1/2),13-16 Charges(0) 0
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
 4	1 BODY Regen,recovery rate: per hour,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape	
 9	38 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                         0
10	Tracking Scent	
 3	Combat Piloting 13-	
 3	Criminology 13-	
 3	Deduction 13-	
18	6 Levels: with rifle, cutlass and punch.,tight group	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 3	Security Systems 13-	
 3	Survival 11-	
 3	Systems Operation 13-	
 3	Tracking 13-	
 1	TF,Small Spaceships	
 2	WF,Swords,Rifles	
10	Followers: Cybershark Drone (50pt)	
Powers Cost: 294


Base Points: 300
15	Accidental Chg,"To beast form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
 5	Distinctive,"Talking manta-bot.",easily concealable,minor
15	Hunted,"By anti-Maximal forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
 5	Physical Lim,"No hands in beast mode.",infrequently,slightly
15	Psych Lim,"Hates Rampage II.",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Overconfident",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Rebelous",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing humans.",common,strong
 5	Rep,"Heroic alien robot.",occur 8-
10	Rivalry,"with other Maximal leaders.",professional,PC rival
 5	Unluck,1D6
10	Vuln,"to high energon attacks in robot form.",uncommon,x2
10	Watched,"By Maximal leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
Disadvantages Total: 140

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 440

Explanation of the conversion: This write-up of Depth Charge is based on his appearances in the Beast Wars television series and on his Tech Spec.

History: Depth Charge was once the chief of security for the self-sufficient space colony Omicron. One day the experimental Maximal called Protoform X broke free, killing everyone on the colony. After X escaped the colony, Depth Charge vowed you would not rest until he was hunted down and destroyed. For three years, he followed X's path of destruction through outer space. Finally, Depth Charge captured him, but unable to destroy X, he was brought in heavy chains before the High Council, hoping that they would have the solution. Rather then destroying Protoform X, he was locked in a stasis pod and given to the crew of the Axalon. The orders to the commander, Optimus Primal, were to dump the pod on a barren planet.

When the Predacon criminal Megatron II fled through transwarp space after the theft of the Golden Disc, the Axalon was sent in persuit, being the only ship available which could follow it. The Maximals and Predacons crashed on prehistoric Earth, where high energon levels threatened to destroy the crew unless they adopted organic alternate modes (Beast Wars Part 1).

Before crashing to the planet the Axalon has launched the stasis pods it was transporting into orbit around the planet. Eventually Protoform X's pod fell to Earth. He was reformatted into a transmetal crab. Megatron II was able to ambush Protoform X and cut out half its spark. Naming it Rampage II, he was forced to join the Predacons.

Depth Charge Following the transwarp trail of the Axalon, Depth Charge eventually came to prehistoric Earth. His star hopper crashed in the sea, and its emergency transform circuits reformatted him into a transmetal manta ray. One of his first acts was to save the Maximal Cheetor from the water (Deep Metal).

''"I've gotta hand it to you, Primal. When you screw up you do it big-time.'' - Depth Charge

Eventually joining up with the Maximals on the planet, Depth Charge continued to hunt for Rampage II.

As Silverbolt III and Cheetor continued to clash over their attraction to Blackarachnia, Rattrap discovered a copy of Dinobot's the personal datatracks. Deciding to attempt to use them to bring Dinobot back to life in the body of his clone Dinobot II, Rattrap recruited Depth Charge to hunt down Dinobot II. Although successful in finding Dinobot II and uploading the datatracks, Dinobot II resisted being taken over by the new personality. Dinobot II would have killed Rattrap and Depth Charge if it wasn't for the timely help of Rhinox (Dark Glass).

When Megatron II uncovered the Nemesis, the Decepticon flag ship, in the ocean, Depth Charge attempted to stop the ship being brought online, but Rampage II confronted Depth Charge. Battling in a raw energon field, Depth Charge shoved a blade made of raw energon through Rampage II's spark. The resulting explosion killed them both (Nemesis Part 1).

''Raw Energon. Right through your twisted spark. Take it. Take it straight to the pit, you stinking piece of slag.'' - Depth Charge

Later when Cybertron was threatened by the Chaos Bringer Unicron, Optimus Primal and Primus returned Depth Charge and Rhinox to life to fight on the side of the Autobots. Depth Charge, now an Autobot was less than thrilled to be brought back online, although Rhinox thought of it as a chance to atone for his sins as Tankor. Blackarachnia was sent on a mission to Cybertron where she attacked Rattrap, but was chased off by Depth Charge (Transformers: Universe #3).

Depth Charge

Trivia: On the Beast Wars television show, the voice of Depth Charge is played by actor David Sobolov. The toy of Depth Charge was recolored for the Transformers: Universe line. There was a chinese made knockoff of Depth Charge which was smaller and recolored.

Depth Charge Powers: Depth Charge is highly energy efficient, tough, strong and fast. He knows no fear and has incredible intelligence. He is a skilled tracker and security expert. He is a natural flyer and triple changer who converts into a manta ray form as well as into a small space ship. His nuclear cybershark drone conducts recon missions, doubles as a reinforcement in battle, and fires dual proton torpedoes. Intermediate space-cruiser mode can achieve planetary orbit or withstand the deepest oceanic pressures. As a robot he fires shrapnel grenades from his chest. Depth Charge can also generate a protective force field around himself for few minutes at a time. He recovers from damage quicker in beast mode and is better protected from high energon levels as well.

Depth Charge is also a Targetmaster. His duel proton torpedo rifle converts into a nuclear cybershark drone conducts recon missions and doubles as a reinforcement in battle.

Weaknesses: Depth Charge prefers to work alone. His preoccupation with Rampage II overrides all other concerns, including his own well being and that of his fellow Maximals. High energon fields can adversely effect Depth Charge if he stays in robot form for too long. His animal form is protected from high energon levels.

Links to other Depth Charge pages:

  • Character created by Hasbro.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - January, 2006

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