Thunderwing for Champions (350+125)

"Cover yourself with lies and no one will find you." - Thunderwing

Real name: Thunderwing
Other known aliases: Black Shadow (Japanese release name).
Occupation: Aerial Espionage
Current group affiliation: Decepticons/Pretenders
Rank: 6
Past group affiliations: None
Major enemies: Autobots.
First appearance: Transformers: Armada #14 (Dreamwave comics), Transformers #60 (Marvel comics).
Description: Thunderwing is a 20 foot tall white and purple robot who turns into a Cybertonian jet.


51	STR	16
18	DEX	24
23	CON	26
15	BODY	 0
13	INT	 3
12	EGO	 4
17	PRE	 7
10	COM	 0
13	PD	 8
13	ED	 8
 4	SPD	12
11	REC	 2
46	END	 0
40	STUN	 0
Characteristics Cost: 110

Powers and Skills

10	EC (10),"Transformer powers"	
29a)	13/13 Armor	
27b)	5 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
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	
45	MP (45),"Movement"	
 4u	18" Flight,1/2 END(+1/4)                                     2
 3u	18" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                    2
63	MP (127),"Weapons",OAF(-1)	
 6u	14D6 EB,"Cyclone Cannon",vs physical defense,13-16 Charges	
	 (0),Double Knockback(+3/4)                                  0
 6u	5 1/2D6 RKA (Light),"Lasers",No Knockback(-1/4),x5 Increased	
	 Max Range(+1/4),17-32 Charges(+1/4)                         0
 6u	5 1/2D6 RKA (Fire),"Plasma Charges",13-16 Charges(0),	
	 Explosion(+1/2)                                             0
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
13	51 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                         0
 3	Combat Piloting 13-	
18	6 Levels: With weapons Multipower and shell weapons.,tight	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 5	Tactics 13-	
 2	WF,Small Arms	
79	Vehicle: Pretender Shell (395pt)	
Powers Cost: 365


Base Points: 350
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,"Cruel",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Overconfident",common,strong
10	Rep,"Evil alien robot.",occur 8-,extreme reputation
10	Rivalry,"with other Decepticons wanting to be leader.",
	 professional,PC rival
10	Susc,"When shell takes Body.",common,effect is instant,1D6
10	Watched,"By Decepticon minions.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
Disadvantages Total: 125

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 475

Explanation of the conversion: Thunderwing's Shell is bought as a vehicle with an onboard computer. It responds directly to radio commands from Thunderwing when he isn't wearing it, or can be piloted by him when he is wearing it. To represent Thunderwing before he became a Pretender, remove his vehicle and Susceptibility from the write-up. This changes his cost to 271+115.

Thunderwing History: (Dreamwave comics): After becoming a Pretender, Thunderwing was recruited as one of the heralds of Unicron, and served as an advance scout along with several other heralds before attacking a Cybertron in another reality. He and the other heralds were sent to kill the leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons, but failed.

Thunderwing is a driven mechanoid who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. When it suits him, he uses his talent for treachery, subtlety and deceit to achieve his plans. When those do not suffice, Thunderwing uses his other valuable commodity, raw power. Beneath his veneer of sophistication and control is a power-hungry core of cruelty and rage. Interestingly, Thunderwing values those who serve him loyally but even they fear him when he locks onto some obsessive mission or quest.

History (Marvel comics): Thunderwing is a two-faced, lying, back-stabbing scoundrel, in other words: An ultimate Decepticon. He was also one of the most skilled Decepticons in combat and espionage. Thus he was chosen to be one of the first to utilize a new Pretender technology. This technology was far superior to early models, allowing for greater strength and control and the ability to actually merge with the shell to form a powerful shuttle mode.

By this point most of the Decepticon troops were scattered, with no strong leaders to control many of the Cybertronian ranks. Thunderwing with his new powers put together a squad, which included Bludgeon, to track down the Autobots and discover the reason for their strange movements throughout the galaxy. After capturing some of the Autobots, the Decepticons quickly discovered that they were searching for the legendary Creation Matrix. Thunderwing's purpose suddenly changed as he sought to possess the power of the Matrix for himself. He became obsessed caring for nothing else.

Thunderwing Fighting through Autobots and huge creatures powered by the Matrix, Thunderwing finally got his prize. However the object he had been so desperate to wield, took possession of him instead, using him as an instrument of destruction. He battled the Autobot troops until he fired on one of his fellow Decepticons and realized he had lost control, but by then it was already to late and the Matrix regained control, the lapse gave the Autobots the chance they needed to suck Thunderwing out the air lock and into the void of space.

Thunderwing also played a role in the destruction of Unicron. When Unicron began his attack on Cybertron the Matrix revived Thunderwing. He attacked Unicron, but the Matrix was now powered by evil and hate, and in that Unicron has no equal. Unicron making this realization then shattered the bonds the Matrix had formed, and destroyed Thunderwing in the process. However, this delayed Unicron's assault on Cybertron and brought the Matrix to Optimus Prime who was able to release the true power of the Matrix and destroy Unicron (Transformers #75).

Trivia: Thunderwing shouldn't be confused with the Mini-Con named Thunderwing.

Thunderwing Powers: Thunderwing is strong, tough and highly skilled. He can fly and is armed with a cyclone cannon and transforms into an inter-stellar jet that carries a full payload of plasma charges.

Thunderwing's greatest asset is his power-enhancing, nearly impenetrable exoskeleton. Like all Pretenders Thunderwing has the ability to disguise and protect himself within his shell or operate it remotely by thought. His shell is also equipped with electrostatic gun ports in shoulders and metal-eating laser beam in forehead. It has reserve fuel tanks in its legs that provide a large fuel supply and aerator hoses in chest emit noxious gases. The outer shell jet, is equipped with a neutron power pack that increases firepower by 50%. He can combine with the jet pod to form a super jet armed with heat-seeking laser blasters.

Thunderwing once wielded the power of the Matrix.

Weaknesses: Being one of the first Transformers to use this new Pretender Technology, the potential problems were unknown. Though there were no technical problems and everything ran flawlessly, there was a slight disruption in mental stability caused by the constant strain of controlling the shell. This combined with Thunderwings immense lust for power formed the weakness that led to his downfall. Like all Pretenders, damage to his shell causes him a painful mental backlash.

Links to other Thunderwing pages:

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

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