FUNCTION: TECHNICIANS MASTER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION 2 #1
"Brute force is not my way. My technology can
devise infinitely more successful, subtle, and unpleasant methods..."
Profile: Afterburner's trademark is his
lightning-fast wit. Solutions to problems come to him instantly, and he won't
hesitate to implement his ideas before he's ever gotten permission to do
so. He detests having to explain his ideas to others, since nobody else is
likely to understand them to begin with; by the time he's received approval
from his superiors to put his plans into action, his sharp mind has already
become bored with the idea and has moved onto something new. What's more,
Afterburner is an inherently lazy creature, which means that his flashes
of inspiration usually end up amounting to nothing. In short, he's simply
too smart for his own good.
Abilities: In plane mode, Afterburner flies
at up to 1993 mph. He is equipped with a radar targeting system used for
a wide variety of functions, including plotting his aerial course, searching
for raw materials for his projects, and tracking down enemies. In robot mode,
his undercarriage radar converts to a dual-purpose unit, serving as a handheld
scanner as well as providing him with firepower. In his role as a technicians
expert, Afterburner possesses the programming skill and engineering expertise
to repair, refit, and improve on just about any Cybertronic technology he's
familiar with. He is especially adept at engines and propulsion systems.
Weaknesses: Although Afterburner can be
lethal on the front line, he rarely bothers to put any effort into it since
warfare bores him as much as anything else. His penchant for going his own
devious way has gotten him into trouble on more than one occasion.