Thundercracker for Champions (275+125)

"The deadliest weapon is terror." - Thundercracker

Real name: Thundercracker
Other known aliases: Vampiro (name of release in Italy).
Occupation: Warrior
Current group affiliation: Decepticons/Seekers
Rank: 5
Past group affiliations: None
Major enemies: Autobots, particularly the Aerialbots.
First appearance: G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers #1 (Devil's Due comics), Transformers: Generation One #2 (Dreamwave comics), Transformers #1 (Marvel comics), More Than Meets The Eye Part 1 (television series).
Origin: Transformers #1 (Marvel comics), More Than Meets The Eye Part 1 (television series).
Description: Thundercracker is a 24 foot tall blue, red and silver robot who turns into a F-15 jet. Before being reformatted by the Ark he turned into a Cybertonian jet. In the Devil's Due comic book series he turned into a Cobra Rattler jet.


54	STR	14
18	DEX	24
22	CON	24
16	BODY	 0
14	INT	 4
10	EGO	 0
16	PRE	 6
10	COM	 0
12	PD	 7
11	ED	 7
 4	SPD	12
10	REC	 2
46	END	 1
41	STUN	 2
Characteristics Cost: 103

Powers and Skills

10	EC (10),"Transformer powers"	
29a)	13/13 Armor	
33b)	6 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END	
	 Persistent(+1)                                               0
 7c)	Shape Shift,"Jet",Concentrate(-1/4),Cannot change form if he	
	 takes over half BODY.(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1)             0
 5	5 Flash Defense,Hearing Group	
14	0" Flight,"Wings",x64 Non-Combat,Only in vehicle form.	
	 (-1/4),OIF(-1/2)                                             0
19	Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in	
	 heat/cold,immune to aging	
42	MP (42),"Movement"	
 4u	17" Flight,1/2 END(+1/4)                                      2
 1u	15" Gliding 	
 4u	21" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                     2
65	MP (131),"Weapons",OAF(-1)	
 5u	8 1/2D6 EB (Sonics),"Sonic Boom",vs physical defense,No	
	 Range(-1/2),NND(+1),Area Effect(+1),radius                  13
 6u	7D6 RKA (Light),"Lasers",No Knockback(-1/4),17-32 Charges	
	 (+1/4)                                                       0
 5u	5 1/2D6 RKA,"Missiles",vs physical defense,13-16 Charges(0),	
	 Restrainable(-1/2),Explosion(+1/2)                           0
 6u	4D6+1 RKA (Fire),"Incendary Gun",x5 Autofire(+1/2),33-64	
	 Charges(+1/2)                                                0
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
13	54 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                          0
 3	Combat Piloting 13-	
18	6 Levels: With gun, lasers and punch.,tight group	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 2	WF,Small Arms	
Powers Cost: 297


Base Points: 275
15	Accidental Chg,"to robot form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
10	Distinctive,"Giant Robot",easily concealable,major
15	Hunted,"By anti-Decepticon forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
 5	Physical Lim,"No hands in vehicle mode.",infrequently,
10	Physical Lim,"Becomes disoriented if he uses his full
15	Psych Lim,"Fear of Decepticon leaders.",very common,moderate
10	Psych Lim,"Unsure of the Decepticon cause.",common,moderate
15	Psych Lim,"Contempt for anything that can't fly.",common,
10	Rep,"Evil alien robot.",occur 8-,extreme reputation
10	Rivalry,"with other Decepticons jets.",professional,PC rival
10	Watched,"By Decepticon leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
Disadvantages Total: 125

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 400

Explanation of the conversion: I decided to add a standard laser attack to his other attacks.

Skywarp & Thundercracker History: Thundercracker could always fly, even before joining the Decepticons. He was recruited as a Decepticon under the leadership of Megatron in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Thundercracker became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream. He often worked with fellow Seeker Skywarp.

Skywarp and Thundercracker launched an attack against the city of Altihex, where they killed the Autobot named Overhaul and routed Grimlock, Kup, Wheeljack, Ironhide, Skids, Bumblebee and Trailbreaker (Transformers: The War Within #1).

Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker attacked the city of Protihex under the orders of Megatron, but this time Grimlock launched a successful counterattack. If not for Skywarp's ability to teleport to safety, the Decepticons may have not escaped alive (Transformers: The War Within #3).

Thundercracker Skywarp was chosen as a member of the crew of the Nemesis when Megatron launched it to attack the Ark, an Autobot ship. Both ships fought, and after the Decepticons boarded the Ark, it crashed on the planet Earth. All on board were placed in emergency stasis lock for millions of years.

In the Earth year 1984, a volcanic explosion awakened the Ark. The Ark's computer, Teletran One, reformatted all on board to be able to assume the forms of Earth machines. Skywarp was given the form of an F-15 fighter jet.

''You know Skywarp, I can't wait to get back to Cybertron. Earth's so flat.'' - Thundercracker

Thundercracker in action.

Eventually the combined forces of the Autobots on Earth, and their human allies were able to capture the Decepticons. A ship called the Ark II was built to take the Cybertonians back to Cybertron, along with some human companions, but the ship exploded shortly after takeoff. The human allies were killed, but the Cybertonians were lost in the ocean, again in statis lock.

Returning to Earth under the command of Starscream, Skywarp, Soundwave and Thundercracker were captures by the Autobots and locked in cells on board the Ark. They escaped when the Ark was attacked by Bruticus (Transformers: Generation One III #1).

Thundercracker Soaring swiftly through the clouds, Thundercracker gazes with scorn on the creatures below. He is utterly contemptuous of anything that cannot lift itself off the ground and claim the sky. Occasionally, he expresses that contempt by diving and striking, leaving flame and destruction as he again speeds upward. Yet he is not totally convinced of the cause that he serves. Only the words of his Decepticon companions about the rightness of their cause, the destiny of conquest that is their birthright, convince him to go on. He is persuaded because he wants to be persuaded. Without a sense of purpose, Thundercracker would find his life unbearable.


Trivia: On the Transformers television show, the voice of Thundercracker is played by actor John Stephenson. Thundercracker was also available as an Action Master.

Thundercracker Powers: Thundercracker is highly skilled and is a natural flyer. Like his fellow Decepticon jet fighters, Thundercracker can attain speeds of up to 1500 mph. He has the additional ability to produce controlled sonic booms of deafening magnitude that can be heard within a 200-mile radius. He can launch a drone rocket with a range of 500 miles that behaves similarly to a cruise missile and has the concussive force of 3000 lbs. of TNT. He has a shoulder-mounted automatic incendiary gun that shoots at 100 rounds per minute heat-resistant ceramic bullets containing a highly explosive flammable material that ignites on impact.

Weaknesses: Lingering doubts in Thundercracker's subconscious sometimes surface and impede his effectiveness, particularly when innocent human lives are endangered. Usually his fear of Decepticon leader Megatron compels him to overlook these doubts.

Links to other Thundercracker pages:

  • Character created by Hasbro.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - August, 2005

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