Joyride for Champions (250+135)

"Enjoy each moment like it's your last." - Joyride

Real name: Joyride
Other known aliases: Ranger (name of Japanese release).
Occupation: Warrior
Current group affiliation: Autobots
Rank: 5
Past group affiliations: None
Major enemies: Decepticons
First appearance: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #3 (Dreamwave comics), Transformers #41 (Marvel comics).
Origin: Transformers #42 (Marvel comics).
Description: Joyride is a 20 foot tall green, red and white robot who turns into a Cybertonian dune buggy.


47	STR	12
14	DEX	12
25	CON	30
15	BODY	 0
14	INT	 4
18	EGO	16
15	PRE	 5
10	COM	 0
14	PD	10
15	ED	10
 4	SPD	16
10	REC	 2
52	END	 1
41	STUN	 2
Characteristics Cost: 120

Powers and Skills

 5	+0 STR Clinging,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape Shift.",OIF(-1/2)	
 3	1" Change Environment,Desc: Headlights,OIF(-1/2)             0
10	EC (10),"Transformer powers"	
35a)	15/15 Armor	
27b)	5 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END	
	 Persistent(+1)                                              0
20c)	17" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                    2
 7d)	Shape Shift,"Car",Concentrate(-1/4),Cannot change form if	
	 takes over half Body.(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1)            0
 3	5 Flash Defense,OIF(-1/2)	
19	Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in	
	 heat/cold,immune to aging	
18	MP (31),"Movement",Only when in appropriate form.(-1/4),OIF	
 1u	5" Flight,"Jet Pack",x4 Non-Combat                           1
 1u	+5" Running,"Wheels",x16 Non-Combat,has turn mode,1/2 END	
	 (+1/4)                                                      0
56	MP (127),"Photon Blaster",OAF(-1),Use of one charge expends	
	 a charge from all slots. (-1/4)	
 4u	6D6 Entangle,entangle not damaged,Only vs. metallic	
	 targets.(-1/2),33-64 Charges(+1/2)                          0
 6u	8 1/2D6 Flash,33-64 Charges(+1/2)                            0
 6u	5 1/2D6 RKA,33-64 Charges(+1/2)                              0
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
12	47 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                         0
 3	Combat Driving 12-	
18	6 Levels: with photon blaster slots.,tight group	
 3	Mechanics 11-	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 2	WF,Small Arms	
Powers Cost: 265


Base Points: 250
15	Accidental Chg,"to robot form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
20	DNPC,"Humans in need of saving.",incompetent,appear 11-
10	Distinctive,"Giant Robot",easily concealable,major
15	Hunted,"By anti-Autobot forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
 5	Physical Lim,"No hands in vehicle mode.",infrequently,
15	Psych Lim,"Drives too fast!",very common,moderate
15	Psych Lim,"Impulsive",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing humans.",common,strong
 5	Rep,"Heroic alien robot.",occur 8-
10	Rivalry,"with other Autobot warriors.",professional,PC rival
10	Watched,"By Autobot leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
Disadvantages Total: 135

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 385

Explanation of the conversion: This conversion represents Joyride before he became a Powermaster. The wheels only work in vehicle form, whereas the Flight only works in robot form.

History (Dreamwave comics): When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Joyride joined the Autobot cause.

When Decepticon leader Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions (Transformers: War Within - The Dark Ages #1).

Six million years ago, Ultra Magnus united the Autobot factions and lead them to victory over Decepticon and Ultracon factions, although Starscream's Predacons continued to fight. Megatron returned to Cybertron in command of the clone forces of the Aerospace Extermination Squadron and took over Cybertron (Transformers: War Within - The Age of Wrath #1).

Joyride Joyride was among the small group of Autobots who escaped capture and fought to defeat Megatron. Joyride was among the Autobots lead by Nightbeat who attempted to capture a member of the Areospace Extermination Sqadron so Perceptor could discover how they worked (Transformers: War Within - The Age of Wrath #2).

Eventually Joyride became a Powermaster when he was partnered with the Nebulan named Hotwire.

History (Marvel comics): When Optimus Prime's body was destroyed and there was bickering among the Autobots over who should lead them, Fortress Maximus sent Goldbug, Joyride, Sladdash and Getaway on a mission. They were sent with a computer disk with Optimus's personality and memories encoded on it to the planet Nebulos, hoping to rebuild Optimus (Transformers #41).

Once on Nebulos they discovered that the Nebulans had poisoned the whole planet with a special radiation that would slowly kill any Transformer who recharged with energy from the planet. They also discovered that the Decepticons Darkwing and Dreadwind had invaded the planet. The Decepticons were using Nebulans who had become Powermaster engines to get fuel that wouldn't poison them. After rebuilding Optimus, with some improvements, the four Nebulans bacome Powermaster engines for all the Autobots but Goldbug (who was highly fuel efficient) and fought off the Decepticons. Joyride became bonded with a Nebulan named Hotwire (Transformers #42).

Joyride was among the united Autobot and Decepticon forces who opposed Unicron's assault on the planet Cybertron in 1991 (Transformers #75).

Although a fierce warrior and a skilled technician, Joyride is best known for his high-speed highway antics. He drives too fast and too recklessly to be allowed on the same road with most other vehicles. He only bothers to pay attention to the traffic around him on those occasions when he accidentally plows into some of it. His thrill-seeking isn't limited to racing alone. The only reason he joined the Autobots was for fun: He gets a kick out of war. He can imagine nothing more enjoyable than fighting a troop of fuel thirsty Decepticons, which is an attitude that grates on some of his more serious-minded comrades-in-arms. He's as quick to jump to conclusions as he is to floor his accelerator. This impulsive behavior often results in Joyride's pursuit of various ill-considered courses of action. Often, only the interference of some of his more thoughtful fellow Autobots prevents him from failing victim to a disaster of his own creation.

Hotwire was classified as a "chronic unlicensed private vehicle procurer" on his home planet of Nebulos. On Earth he would be called a car thief. After Hotwire was caught by the authorities once too often, the brilliant Nebulan scientist Hi Q gave him a chance to straighten his life out by working at the Hi Q Industrial Research Complex. Recognizing Hotwire's natural talent as a mechanic, Hi Q employed him as his top systems troubleshooter, a job in which Hotwire checked out and de-bugged all of the complex's newest mechanical creations. Hotwire excelled in this role, but this career ended when he chose to undergo the Powermaster Process. He was biomechanically engineered to have the ability to transform and function as Joyride's engine. This binary bonding has made each of the duo dependent on the other for his survival.

Trivia: The Japanese release of Joyride was called Ranger and he was red, black and white in color.

Joyride Powers: Joyride is very tough and courageous and can transform into a Cybertonian dune buggy. In vehicle mode Joyride can reach a maximum speed of 525 miles per hour and has a range of 800 miles. His titanium-belted tires secrete an adhesive that gives him pinpoint maneuverability on virtually any road surface. In both robot and vehicle modes he is equipped with a photon blaster, which has the ability to lock the molecular structure of any metallic target its beam touches, resulting in the freezing of any moving mechanism it hits. Joyride sometimes utilizes a standard Autobot jet pack.

Weaknesses: Joyride is a frequent victim of his own impulsiveness. He gets into numerous debilitating accidents and battles as a result of his penchant for ill-considered decisions.

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    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - October, 2005

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