Rhinox for Champions (150+150)

''When a Spark goes online, there's great joy. When one's extinguished, the Universe weeps.'' - Rhinox

Real name: Rhinox
Other known aliases: Big Brain, Big Green, Big R, Big Guy, Rhino, Tankor.
Occupation: Defense
Current group affiliation: Maximals
Rank: 5
Past group affiliations: Predacons
Major enemies: Predacons
First appearance: Convention Comics 1997 (comic series), Beast Wars Part 1 (television series).
Origin: Beast Wars Part 1.
Description: Rhinox is a 8 foot tall green and tan robot who turns into a rhino. Presumably before he was reformatted he turned into something else.


33	STR	18
12	DEX	 6
24	CON	28
11	BODY	 0
13	INT	 3
20	EGO	20
15	PRE	 5
10	COM	 0
15	PD	 9
14	ED	 9
 4	SPD	18
12	REC	 2
48	END	 0
37	STUN	 0
Characteristics Cost: 118

Powers and Skills

10	EC (10),"Transformer powers"	
20a)	10/10 Armor	
 8b)	Shape Shift,"Rhino",Incantation(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1)   0
 7	1 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	
38	MP (67),"Weapons",Only in appropriate form.(-1/4),OIF(-1/2)	
 4u	3D6 HKA,"Horn",vs physical defense,0 END(+1/2)               0
 3u	3D6 HKA,"Sword",vs physical defense,OAF(-1/2),0 END(+1/2)    0
 3u	3D6 RKA,"Chainguns",33-64 Charges(+1/2),OAF(-1/2)            0
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
 4	1 BODY Regen,recovery rate: per hour,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape	
13	10" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                    1
 3	+0" Running,x4 Non-Combat,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape Shift."     0
 8	33 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                         0
 3	12- Combat Sense	
 3	Computer Programming 12-	
 3	Electronics 11-	
 3	Inventor 12-	
12	4 Levels: with horn, chaingun and sword.,tight group	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 3	Security Systems 12-	
 3	Systems Operation 12-	
 3	Tactics 12-	
 2	WF,Clubs,Swords,Autofire	
Powers Cost: 182


Base Points: 150
15	Accidental Chg,"To beast form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
 5	Distinctive,"Talking rhino-bot.",easily concealable,minor
15	Hunted,"By anti-Maximal forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
 5	Psych Lim,"Avoids being in charge, would rather follow.",
10	Psych Lim,"Would rather be smelling flowers than fighting.",
15	Psych Lim,"Honorable",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Stubborn",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Protective of friends.",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing humans.",common,strong
 5	Rep,"Heroic alien robot.",occur 8-
10	Rivalry,"with other Maximal warriors.",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: 150

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 300

Explanation of the conversion: Although the toy of Rhinox came with a saw and duel mace, this item became a chaingun in the television series, so I made it like that. I did give him his sword from the toy.

Rhinox History: Rhinox was defense officer of the Maximal ship called the Axalon, commanded by Optimus Primal. Their mission was one of exploration and to get rid of the abomination called Protoform X, but things didn't go as planned. With crewmates Cheetor and Rattrap, the Axalon chased the Predacon criminal Megatron II through transwarp space after the theft of the Golden Disc. The Maximals and Predacons crashed on prehistoric Earth, where high energon levels threatened to destroy the crew unless they adopted organic alternate modes. Rhinox was given the form of a rhino (Beast Wars Part 1).

The Axalon's cargo of Maximal protoforms in stasis pods had been launched into orbit before the crash, but eventually Tigatron's pod fell to Earth in the northern sector. Both the Maximals and Predacons observed the landing. Optimus Primal decided to fly alone in an attempt to get to it first, but Dinobot warned of an ambush. Primal insisted on going and was attacked by Waspinator and Terrorsaur who disabled Primal. Primal was placed in the cryo-regeneration chamber by Dinobot as Rhinox, Cheetor and Rattrap raced to get the pod. Realizing the Maximal base would be nearly unguarded, Megatron II sent his flyers to get the pod while the rest of the Predacons attacked the Maximal base. As the Predacon flyers were outpacing the Maximals to the pod, Megatron II arrived at the Axalon where he attempted to entice Dinobot into returning to the Predacons, but Dinobot refused. He used the automated defenses of the Axalon to ward off Megatron II, Scorponok II and Tarantulas. Using the moon to reflect a laser pulse communication, the Primal and Dinobot were able to send a signal to the pod to activate. The pod than scanned a nearby white tiger, and Tigatron emerged as a tiger himself greeted the animal. Megatron II raced to get to the pod himself as Primal emerged from the cryo-regeneration chamber and placed Dinobot in it. When the Predacon flyers arrived at the pod they didn't realize it was already empty and they worked to open it. The Maximal ground party and Megatron II arrived at the pod. Megatron II threatened to destroy two nearby tigers if they Maximals didn't back off. Opening the pod the Predacons found it empty and one of the tigers revealed himself as Tigatron. As the fight joined by Optimus Primal the Predacons were chased off. Tigatron was invited to return to the Maximal base, but he felt with his identity circuits damaged, he prefered to be with the tigers. He agreed to act as scout for them and the Maximals returned to base (Fallen Comrads).

Rhinox Blackarachnia's pod fell to Earth. Optimus Primal and Dinobot attempted to retrieve the pod, but it was taken by Scorponok II, Terrorsaur and Waspinator. Captured by the Predacons, the protoform was infected with a Predacon shell program and given the alternate mode of a black widow spider by Tarantulas. Megatron II welcomed the new Predacon. Noticing that the Predacons were one step ahead of them, Optimus Primal convinced Rattrap to act like he betrayed the Maximals. Rattrap was sent to scout energon in a dangerous sector. The Predacons, having broken the Maximal transmission codes with a recovered Maximal communications chip, sent Terrorsaur to attack Rattrap. Rattrap let Terrorsaur defeat him so he could ask to switch to the Predacons. Terrorsaur returned to base and attempted to take over the Predacons by having Rattrap ambush Megatron II and disable his servoes. Although Scorponok II remained loyal to Megatron II, Blackarachnia and Tarantulas saw no loyalty to their old leader. Both Rattrap and Megatron II were placed in cells in the lowest levels of the Dark Side, but they each promptly escaped. Optimus Primal, Rhinox, Dinobot and Cheetor waited outside the Predacon base to attack. Rattrap discovered the chip being used overhear the Maximal transmissions, stole it, and after a run-in with Tarantulas, signaled Optimus Primal to being the attack. During the fight Megatron II allowed Terrorsaur to lead to prove what an incompetant leader he was. Rattrap joined the battle seemingly on the Predacon side but then shot Terrorsaur and left with the Maximals. Megatron II firmly took back the leadership of the Predacons. At the Maximal base Optimus explained how Rattrap's ruse allowed him to gain access to the Predacons ship and recover the Maximal chip (Double Jeopardy).

Megatron II had Scorponok II create a viral-mine in the form of one of his cyber-bees. The virus in it was intended to reduce the courage of it's victim, making him afraid of everything. The bee also kept the target from transforming and was set to kill it's victim and explode if removed. Scorponok II ambushed Optimus Primal and Dinobot while they were on a scientific mission and used it on Primal. Although Dinobot returned Primal to the base where Rhinox placed Primal in a cryo-regeneration chamber and diagnosed the damage. Rhinox discovered the virus was flawed and it made Primal hyper-aggressive instead of cowardly. Primal bashed his way out of the C.R. chamber, but was subdued and locked in a holding cell. Dinobot hoped to use Primal as a weapon, but Rattrap worried this would get him killed. Believing Primal had his rage under control, Cheetor freed him from the cell, but soon the rage took over and Primal blasted his way out of the base intent on destroying the Predacons. Cheetor attempted to negotiate for the cure with the Predacons, but failed. Upon arriving at the Dark Side, Primal penetrated the hull and defeated Tarantulas, then Waspinator. Rhinox, Rattrap, Cheetor and Dinobot attacked the Predacon base in an attempt to help distract the Predacons as Optimus attacked, while Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia mounted a defense. In Scorponok II's lab Primal found Megatron II holding the anti-virus, and offering to allow Primal to join the Predacons, but Primal refused. Ripping the bee off his chest, he threw it Megatron II, just as Cheetor made it in time to inject Primal with the anti-virus and save him from shutting down. The bee then exploded, damaging Megatron II, Scorponok II and the ship as the Maximals made their escape. Back to the Axalon, Primal healed from his wounds (Gorilla Warfare).

In order to better protect the Axalon from Predacon attack, Rhinox created Sentinel, a security computer. Due to damage taken to the computer when Dinobot and Rattrap were fighting, Sentinel went haywire and attacked the Maximals, chasing them from their ship, but eventually Rattrap was able to take Sentinel down. After that Sentinel worked properly (A Better Mousetrap).

Airazor's pod fell to Earth inside Predacon controlled terratory. The pod was spotted by the Tarantulas and Megatron II, as well as by Rhinox and Cheetor. Cheetor told Tigatron to contact base with the news. Blackarachnia and Scorponok II were sent by Megatron II to retrieve the pod. Rhinox was the first to arrive at the crash site and discovered the pod was damaged and the protoform was dying. Cheetor then arrived to help Rhinox save the protoform. On his way back to base, Tigatron discovered Scorponok II and disabled him, but was in turn ambushed by Blackarachnia. Rhinox replaced the damaged locking chip in the protoform with one donated by Cheetor. Cheetor confronted Blackarachnia, keeping her from getting to Rhinox and the protoform. Cheetor then tried to lure Waspinator and Terrorsaur away from the pod, but Terrorsaur got the best of him. Rhinox had to run the sequencer program for the protoform through his own processor to keep it alive. This knocked Rhinox into stasis lock, but started the DNA scanners for the stasis pod. The protoform was formatted to the form of a falcon which was flying overhead just as Terrorsaur arrived. The newly born Airazor was able to defeat Terrorsaur. Rhinox took her back to the Axalon, introducing her to Optimus Primal and Rattrap (The Spark).

Rhinox conducted tidal research on the planet and discovered that one of the moons seemed to have too low a mass, as if it was hollow. Tigatron made his weekly radio report to Rattrap at the Maximal base when he was attacked by Terrorsaur and Waspinator. During the battle the three stumbled across a flying island with a weapons system tower which nearly destroyed the Predacons. Optimus Primal checked out the scene of the fight, but found nothing. Terrorsaur and Waspinator limped back to base where they reported on the island to Megatron II. Airazor then reported to the Maximals that she saw the Predacons flyers return to base severely wounded. As Megatron II sent Scorponok II and Blackarachnia to find the island, Airazor followed them. Tigatron discovered the island had traps and that the weapons system fired at any use of energy weapons. Scorponok II found the island using one of his cyber-bees, although Tigatron captured it. Blackarachnia used her line gun to get them up to the island. Discovering they were being watched, Scorponok II shot Airazor from the sky. Tigatron found Airazor and reprogrammed the cyber-bee to return to the Maximal base with a message. Cheetor found the cyber-bee. In the message he warned the Maximals of the island and it's potential power to destroy them if it fell into Predacon hands (The Trigger Part 1).

As Blackarachnia and Scorponok II discovered the secrets of the island, Airazor and Tigatron worked to get to the weapons system first. Optimus Primal took Rattrap and flew to the island, but they were intercepted by Terrorsaur and Waspinator. During the battle Rattrap was able to capture Terrorsaur and ride him to the island. Tigatron and Airazor triggered a booby trap on the island, but narrowly escaped. The Predacons got to the weapons system first. Blackarachnia used Terrorsaur to distract the weapons system and blast her way in. She planned to use the weapons system to destroy the Maximals and rule the Predacons. As Scorponok II attempted to subdue her he fell victim to another booby trap. Blackarachnia took control of the island from it's command center and set course for the Maximal base. Optimus Primal ordered Cheetor, Rhinox and Dinobot to evacuate the base. Before she was able to bring the island within range, Tigatron fought his way into the weapons system and fired on it's power-core, causing the island to crash. After being destroyed, the weapons system tower sent a signal a similar tower on the moon, which sent another message into deep space. This turn of events worried the Maximals, as they wondered who built the island and how they would react to its destruction (The Trigger Part 2).

Rhinox Inferno II and Blackarachnia watched as the Predacon scientist Fractyl attempted to invent energon armor capable of protecting them from energon build up. Although seemingly successful, the armor was stolen by the Maximal thief Packrat. Blackarachinia and Fractyl realized the energon armor was flawed and could destroy the planet if it came in contact with large amounts of energon. Inferno II pursued Packrat, but since Packrat didn't need to assume beast mode with the armor on, he got the upper hand in the fight with Inferno II. Hearing the battle, Airazor, Cheetor and Rhinox joined Packrat. Fractyl convinced Rhinox that the armor was a threat to them all. Rhinox was able to talk Packrat into giving up the armor, which Fractyl aided them in doing. When Blackarachnia arrived with Megatron II, Packrat suggested that Fractyl pretend to be attacking the Maximals, who fled. Megatron II was impressed with Fractyl's new found battle prowess (Convention Comics 1997).

Rhinox was once infected with a program which turned him into a Predacon, but when Rhinox attempted to take over the Predacons, Megatron II returned him to his normal state.

When the Earth was hit by a quantum wave it transfigured several Cybertonians into transmetal forms, but Rhinox was unaltered (Aftermath).

Rhinox was instrumental in saving Optimus Primal and placing his spark in a blank protoform body after he was killed (Coming of the Fuzors Part 2).

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).

After Megatron II was captured, Rhinox returned with the other surviving Maximals to Cybertron on board the Autobot shuttle Omega Delta (Nemesis Part 2).

On the way back to Cybertron Megatron II escaped into transwarp space, and arrived on Cybertron years before the Maximals. Megatron II conquored Cybertron and when the Maximals arrived he captured Silverbolt III and Rhinox and removed their sparks. Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia escaped, but were infected with a transformation blocking virus which stripped them of their transmetal enhancements and left them glitching in beast mode, suffering from memory loss. Fleeing deep within Cybertron Optimus Primal was contacted by Vector Sigma and was reformatted into a techno-organic form. He then reformatted his companions (The Reformatting).

Tankor In an attempt to learn what had happened on Cybertron the Maximals raided the Cybertron Archives, but found it empty. Megatron II's diagnostic drone continued to remove the organic elements from Megatron II's body, however it continued to fail. Blackarachnia started to have visions of Silverbolt III when she was in robot mode. Frustrated with how the Maximals were eluding his drones, Megatron II used the sparks of Rhinox, Silverbolt III and Waspinator to create the Vehicon Generals Tankor, Jetstorm IV and Thrust III. Rattrap and Blackarachnia first encountered the three Vehicon Generals when looking for their ship, the Autobot shuttle Omega Delta, at a spaceport. Rattrap discovered that the Vehicons could only track the Maximals in robot mode. When Blackarachnia accessed the shuttle records in an attempt to learn what happened when the arrived on Cybertron, Megatron II attempted to read her memories and learn the location of the Maximal base, but Rattrap saved her from revealing the information. Cornered by the Vehicon Generals, Optimus Primal and Cheetor rescued their comrades as the shuttle was destroyed (Fires of The Past).

When Rattrap learned that Tankor contained Rhinox's spark, he attempted to restore Rhino's personality. Although Rattrap did restore Rhinox's memories and intelligence to Tankor, he remained evil, and plotted to take over Cybertron for himself.

''Awe! Did you like me better when my vocabulary was limited to TANKOR SMASH?'' - Tankor

When Tankor attempted to destroy Megatron II, it activated a failsafe mechanism Megatron II had built into Tankor, destroying him.

Rhinox 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 (Transformers: Universe #3).

Trivia: On the Beast Wars television show, the voice of Rhinox is played by actor Richard Newman. Although the toy of Rhinox was redone as a transmetal in the second year, Rhinox never became a transmetal on the television series. Rhinox shouldn't be confused with Rhinox II, an Autobot who turns into a transmetal rhino. He also shouldn't be confused with Tankor II, a Decepticon who turns into a tank, Tankor III a Micromaster who turns into a train, or Tankor IV, a Mini-Con who turns into a tank. The toy of Rhinox was recolored in 1999, and again in 2006. The Japanese release of Rhinox was colored to look closer to how Rhinox looked on the series.

Rhinox Powers: Rhinox is highly energy efficient and has incredible strength, endurance and endless courage. He is a skilled technician and mechanic. In robot form he carries a sword and powerful chainguns. He converts into a rhino form which is capable of barreling at speeds of over 55 mph through stone walls or Predacon foes with equal ease. He recovers from damage quicker in beast mode and is better protected from high energon levels as well.

Rhinox has been known to utilize a special hand-held life scanner which he designed to be able to operate clamped to his hoof in beast mode.

Weaknesses: Rhinox can sometimes be slow to react. He prefers the quiet life over combat, but never shirks his duty. Although a capable leader, he prefers to lead only when there is no other choice. In beast mode he lacks ranged weapons. High energon fields can adversely effect Rhinox if he stays in robot form for too long. His animal form is protected from high energon levels. Rhinox cannot fly.

Links to other Rhinox pages:
  • http://www.bwint.net/characterrhinox.htm
  • http://www.cobraislandtoys.com/tf/1996/rhinox.html
  • http://www.secondtruth.com/bwtf/char4.htm
  • http://www.seibertron.com/database/character.php?char_id=628

  • Character created by Hasbro.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - mathewignash@comcast.net.
    Last Updated - December, 2005

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