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Arcee is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universe. She is a female Autobot, usually pink in color.[1]

Transformers: Generation 1

Arcee
Arcee-dreamwave
Dreamwave Arcee
Autobot/Maximal/Vehicon
Information
Sub-group(s) Female Autobots, Headmasters, Transmetal 2, Wreckers
Function Valkyrie
Partners Daniel Witwicky
Motto "Looks are always deceiving."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian convertible hover car, Transmetal Spider, Honda S2000
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Beast Machines
Transformers: Binaltech
Machine Wars
Japanese voice actor Masako Katsuki
Japanese voice actor Susan Blu [2]


Arcee is a female Autobot warrior who turns into a pink convertible.[3][4]

Marvel Comics

Note: All stories exclusive to Marvel U. K. are in italics.

Arcee was absent from the U. S. Marvel Comics (barring the adaptation of the movie), because the comics had established that in their continuity, Transformers did not possess sexes, thus Arcee's presence as a clearly female robot would have defied this.

Arcee also makes an appearance twice in the American Transformers: Headmasters #1 as a background character in Fortress Maximus's regiment. In order to explain any Autobots introduced during the fourth (then-ongoing) and fifth production years, most of Fortress Maximus's crew on Cybertron and aboard the Steelhaven were unseen, or used generic bodies until readers were "surprised" with them later.

Arcee would appear in the U. K. Marvel comic issue #234, "Prime's Rib!" This story is set in the near future, 1995, where Optimus Prime, Jazz and Hot Rod introduce the latest Autobot, Arcee, to the human feminists. She was met with displeasure by the humans, being called a token female and disliked for her pink color. They were then attacked by Shockwave, Fangry, Horri-Bull and Squeezeplay, who thought the Autobot would be unveiling a new weapon. The Autobots fought off the Decepticons, who escaped, but nothing seemed to please the human feminists.

The U. K. comic also set a number of stories directly after the events of the movie. The Space Pirates arc saw Arcee skip guard duty at Autobot City; her dereliction of duty led directly the fall of Autobot City to the Quintessons. She was then used as bait in a Quintesson trap to claim the Creation Matrix from Rodimus Prime. Arcee achieved some measure of redemption by aiding Rodimus Prime, now reduced in power to his Hot Rod form, in his bid to reclaim Autobot City by activating Metroplex.

Arcee later joined Rodimus Prime's time-travelling party, helping in the fight against Galvatron during the Time Wars. Arcee and the other future Autobots returned find to their own time-stream changed to a different, darker future, where Galvatron was alive and ruling most of Cybertron.

Arcee appeared among the Autobots under the command of Rodimus Prime in the alternate future story "Aspects of Evil 2" from Marvel U. K. Transformers #224. In this story Rodimus Prime remembered how Galvatron, Crankcase, Ruckus and Windsweeper killed Blurr and then attacked Rodimus Prime, Kup, Arcee and the Battle Patrol. Enraged, Rodimus nearly killed Galvatron, but to keep the Matrix from being contaminated by hatred he relented. Arcee appeared in Marvel U. K. Transformers #251 "The Void!" where she was among the Autobot crew of a ship commanded by Rodimus Prime which was retreating from Cybertron.

Animated series

Although a group of Female Autobots had already been featured in one episode of the original cartoon series, Arcee quickly became the most famous due to her position as a recurring cast member following her introduction in The Transformers: The Movie. In the movie, it was implied that Arcee might have had feelings for Hot Rod, but since his transformation to Rodimus Prime she seemed to grow closer to Springer.

Arcee was voiced by Susan Blu, who would go on to be involved in several more Transformers-related shows as voice director, even reprising her role as Arcee in Transformers: Animated. Arcee was a gunner and was depicted as being an excellent marksman. In the Season 3 introduction, "Five Faces of Darkness", she accompanies Springer on a mission to track down a sleezoid ship. The mission eventually reunites them with Grimlock and Rodimus Prime. They also go onto rescue Ultra Magnus, Kup and Spike Witwicky from the clutches of the Quintessons.

Arcee would appear sporadically over the course of the season, and even kept her main character status into the fourth season dubbed "Rebirth". She was a major player in "Dark Awakening", being among the crew zombie Optimus Prime betrayed aboard the mausoleum. And, in "Dweller in the Depths", she is seen fighting back against Springer when he is turned into an energy vampire.

Autobotsynthoids

Ultra Magnus, Springer, Rodimus Prime and Arcee as humans

In the episode "Only Human", Ultra Magnus, Springer, Rodimus Prime and Arcee found their minds transferred into human-mimicking "synthoid" bodies by the human crime lord Victor Drath.

In the final three episodes of the US television series, when the Decepticons successfully stole the key to the Plasma Energy Chamber and opened the ancient device, a group of Autobots and humans included Arcee and Daniel Witwicky were blasted across the galaxy by the energy release, crash-landing on the planet Nebulos. Quickly siding with a group of rebels engaged in a war against the planet's evil rulers, the Hive, they deduced a process by which they could combine the best of their minds and bodies together, becoming Headmasters. While the other Autobot Headmasters combined with Nebulons, Daniel became Arcee's Headmaster partner.

In the Japanese television series called Transformers: The Headmasters, the events of the last three episodes of the U.S. series were ignored. Although Headmasters were introduced, they had a vastly different origin. Arcee did not become a Headmaster, but was a regular on this series, appearing in most of the episodes, from episode 1 "Four Warriors Come Out of The Sky" to episode 35 "The Final Showdown On Earth Part 2".

Books

Arcee appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.

Beast Wars

In the Beast Wars episode "Transmutate", Rattrap referred to Arcee as his great aunt: "What in the name of my great aunt Arcee is going on!?" The character Transmutate was coincidentally voiced by Susan Blu, who also voiced Arcee.

Dreamwave Productions

During the years when Shockwave united most of Cybertron, Arcee was in a resistance group to his rule along with Kup, Blaster, Hot Rod and Wheelie. Later, after Shockwave's defeat, Arcee joined Ultra Magnus in trying to fortify one of Cybertron's moons – but her affections were the subject of a feud between Hot Rod and Springer.

Devil's Due Publishing

Arcee appeared in the Devil's Due third series of G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers. Grimlock, Arcee, Bumblebee and Perceptor were sent to Earth to aid G.I. Joe in removing the influence of Cybertronian technology on Earth. When Cobra attacked the base, the Autobots helped repel the Cobra Battle Android Trooper armies. However, Cobra Commander was able to infiltrate the base and awaken the special project the government was working on - SerpentO.R, a cyborg created using DNA from many great warleaders and parts from Megatron. SerpentO.R. promptly turned on him and escaped to Cybertron via Spacebridge. The Autobots and a team of G.I Joes led by Hawk pursued him. During this an attraction had been growing between Arcee and Bumblebee. This led to Bumblebee's death at the hands of SerpentO.R and Arcee and the others were captured. Freed by Snake Eyes, Arcee was part of the assault to rescue Prime and proved instrumental in SerpentO.R's (now controlled by Cobra Commander) defeat, ripping his chestpiece off and allowing Hawk to reach the Matrix, opening it and putting Cobra Commander in a coma. Arcee was seen mourning Bumblebee at the end.

3H Enterprises

Transformers: Universe Wreckers #1 starts with a flashback to late in the original cartoon series, where Daniel Witwicky and Wheelie are killed. This puts Daniel's friend Arcee into a sad state. The main story is set in the later episodes of Beast Machines. Arcee, now a Maximal Valkyrie with a spider beast mode, joins the Wreckers, though initially she proves unwilling. The Predacon Fractyl speaks with her after the rest of the group leaves, but is then almost killed by the Vehicons, and Arcee saves his life by sharing her Spark with him, converting him into a new body in the process. The two then rejoin the rest of the team and flee Cybertron in an Autobot shuttle, which unbeknownst to them has been boarded by Devcon. A confrontation with him leaves Fractyl dangerously wounded, and Arcee takes him to receive medical care. She and the other Wreckers are then betrayed by Cyclonus, who had infiltrated the team in service to the Predacon criminal Cryotek.

According to the script for the unreleased issue #4 of Transformers: Universe - The Wreckers the Wreckers returned to Cybertron where they helped repel the an invasion by the Quintessons.

IDW Publishing

It is revealed in IDW Publishing's Spotlight issue that Arcee was a part of Jhiaxus's experiments to introduce gender into the Cybertronian species. Arcee was his first test-subject and her creation was due to Jhiaxus altering with her C.N.A. According to Arcee she didn't measure up to Jhiaxus's ideals and was abandoned.

Unlike her other versions, this Arcee, while still an Autobot by allegiance, is a violent, antisocial killer who is imprisoned by the other Autobots at Garrus 9 for her actions. Released by a reluctant Fortress Maximus during a Decepticon attack to buy time for Jetfire's team to get rid of the Monstructor components, her power level appears much higher than a normal Autobot, as she is seen taking on all of the Combaticons single handed and winning, although unable to stop their kidnapping of the Monstructor components due to a teleporter based escape plan. She is classified as a "level 9" threat, the only Autobot of that power level present in the prison during the assault. Realising there is a link between her and the Monstructor Transformers, as they were all created by Jhiaxus, Maximus and Jetfire release her to track them down.

Throughout the Revelations arc, Arcee hunts for Jhiaxus to get her revenge, finally confronting him in Spotlight: Sideswipe. She is informed by Hardhead that Jhiaxus cannot be destroyed forever as he is bound to the Dead Universe; she is pleased by this, as it means she has the chance to kill him, over and over, forever.

In Heart of Darkness, it is revealed that she and Hardhead had remained on Garrus Prime to guard the portal to the Dead Universe and continue torturing Jhiaxus. When the D-Void called the entire population of the planet into the portal to feed on, Arcee was overwhelmed, but Hardhead, vaccinated against the call by his exposure to dead universe energy during revelations, held her back until the portal closed. Since then, they had been exploring the remains of a mysterious dead civilization uncovered by the portal closing. When Galvatron and the seekers arrived to investigate, Arcee and Hardhead engaged them, but were outmatched, and Hardhead told her to run and get help. Cyclonus blasted a bridge out from under her, and left her for dead, but she was later seen pulling herself back out of the pit.

Other media

Arcee makes an appearance in the Robot Chicken episode "Junk in the Trunk." She gives Optimus Prime flowers before he dies of prostate cancer. Seth Green noted on the commentary for the episode that "Nobody makes an Arcee, so we had to make one ourselves."

Toys

  • Generation 1 Headmaster Arcee (unreleased)
Like all the new characters in the movie (with the exception of Ultra Magnus), Arcee was designed for animation first, but while the other new characters inspired toys that saw final release, Arcee's design never passed early prototype stages. When she became a Headmaster, Takara dallied with the idea of repainting the Chromedome toy to represent her, but the suggestion was abandoned. A few pictures of prototypes have appeared online.
  • Heroes of Cybertron Arcee (2001)
A non-transforming "Heroes of Cybertron" G1 Arcee was released in 2001. It was later repainted as "Paradron Medic".
  • Beast Machines BotCon Arcee (2001)
In 2001, Arcee finally received a toy in the form of an exclusive for the 2001 BotCon convention. The toy itself was a recolored version of the previous year's Transmetals 2 Blackarachnia toy, and some packaging featured a new sound clip recorded by Susan Blu.
  • Binaltech BT-21 Arcee Featuring Honda S2000 Hardtop (2008)
A redeco of Alternators Decepticharge in Honda's Pearl White color, with Arcee's traditional pink accents in robot mode. She retains Decepticharge's head sculpt and removable hardtop accessory; however, as a Japanese Binaltech release, she has the full length gun barrel seen with Overdrive, instead of Decepticharge's truncated one. This figure never saw a U.S. release, as Hasbro canceled the Alternators line years prior.


Transformers: Armada

The first reuse of the name Arcee was in Japan. In 2003, the name Arcee was given to the Mini-Con known in America as Sureshock (leading to some debate on the Mini-Con's gender - the Dreamwave Comics would later identify Sureshock as female, but the tech specs for Transformers: Cybertron Sureshock would refer to it as male). Sureshock was even repainted in pink and white colors in Japan as X-Dimension Arcee.

Transformers: Energon

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Autobot
Information
Japanese name Ariel
Sub-group(s) Omnicon
Function Warrior, Strategic member
Motto "I know only two speeds... fast and faster." (Hasbro) "
"Hurry men!" (Takara)
Alternate Modes Futuristic or Cybertronian motorcycle
Series Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Universe
Japanese voice actor Masumi Asano
Japanese voice actor Sharon Alexander


In Transformers: Energon, Arcee had a wide-release original mold made in homage to the original character. In the Energon storyline, the character Arcee was a female Omnicon who transformed into a motorcycle and used an energon crossbow. She was created to be a leader for the Omnicons and, as such, was the only Omnicon to have a unique name and body-type. In Japan the toy and character were named Ariel, a name used by the female transformer who was the "girlfriend" of Orion Pax in the original series' episode War Dawn; this Ariel would later become Elita One.

In the original Japanese series Superlink, it is said Ariel took the form of a woman as a symbol of care, who protects all soldiers.

Dreamwave Productions

Arcee also appeared in the Dreamwave Productions Transformers: Energon comics, as one of the four Omnicons watched over by the Mini-Con Over-Run.

Arcee would first appear in issue #19, being introduced to Optimus Prime by Over-Run as the first of the new species — the Omnicons. Subsequently assigned to Earth for training, they managed to annoy their commander Hot Shot beyond reason but subsequently apprehended Snow Cat. Arcee would have further adventures battling Mirage, Sharkticon and Slugslinger to protect Kicker, eventually defeating them with Kicker's help.

Fun Publications

Arcee appeared in the text story from Fun Publications called "Force of Habit." This story explained where she was during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus was the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. Arcee served as captain of the Azusa which was sent to Gamma Serpentis.

Toys

  • Energon Basic Arcee
In 2005, Energon Arcee was repackaged for the Transformers: Universe toy line, although the character has not appeared in the Universe storyline. This toy was identical to the Energon release, but in Universe packaging.
The Arcee/Aerial toy (Arcee's main color was salmon-pink, while Ariel's was Japanese pink) was later repainted green and aqua as the Aerial Paradron Type in Japan, in the colors of Generation 1 Paradron Medic. She was again repainted (black) as Transformers: Timelines Flamewar and her head remolded as Transformers: Timelines Chromia and Flareup.


Transformers

Arcee
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Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Female Autobots
Function Valkyrie, Spy, Field Commander
Partners Skids, Chromia, Elita-1
Motto "Looks are always deceiving", "Underestimate me at your own risk."
Alternate Modes Ducati 848, 2006 Buell Firebolt motorcycle, Cybertronian Entry Mode Protoform, Cybertronian Motorcycle
Series Transformers film series
Japanese voice actor Masako Katsuki
Japanese voice actor Grey DeLisle


Arcee was initially set to be in the 2007 Transformers film, but due to negative fan reaction and to the fact that there was not enough time in the movie to explain the presence of a "female" in a robotic race,[5] she was dropped from the script and replaced with Ironhide. Before she was dropped, her alternate mode was slated to be a Buell Firebolt motorcycle; concept art by Ben Procter can be seen on his website.[6][7]

Even though Arcee was not in the movie, a motorcycle was used by Captain William Lennox to attack Blackout (although the bike was an Aprilia RSV 1000 R rather than a Buell). Arcee was also initially set to battle Blackout in the movie. According to the Hasbro 2007 movie toy's tech spec for Arcee, she received combat training from Ironhide.

According to the biography printed in the collected Reign of Starscream books, Arcee was once a member of the Autobot science team who had to adapt her skills when the war broke out.

According to the biography for the Revenge of the Fallen Chromia toy, she is a sister to Chromia and Elita One. However there is some confusion as to whether the movie portrayed Arcee and her sister units to be of a single hive mind. According to the biography for her 2009 movie toy she commands her team. Writer Roberto Orci has stated he intended the three motorcycles to be a single mind, but Michael Bay portrayed them as individuals just like the Hasbro bios.

According to Hasbro, Arcee is only about 7 feet tall but on the scale for the first film it was stated she was 9 feet tall.

IDW Publishing

In Transformers: Defiance #1, back on ancient Cybertron Arcee was among Optimus's crew at an excavation site near the temple at Simfur where an artifact was uncovered. In issue #2 Arcee helped in the recovery effort after the attack on Cybertron. She later sided with Optimus Prime against Megatron's orders to counter-attack their invaders. In issue #4 Arcee, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Jazz and Smokescreen ambushed Ironhide, who they believed worked for Megatron, but Ironhide instead joined Optimus Prime's Autobots. Arcee and Bumblebee later spied on the building of the Decepticon starship Nemesis.

Although Arcee was not in the film, the character still appeared in the comic book Transformers: Movie Prequel where she fights as part of Bumblebee's squad. She realised that Bumblebee knew more than he was revealing, but likewise said nothing when their squad was captured and tortured by the Decepticons.

In Reign of Starscream the Decepticon Starscream barely made it to the Nemesis on Mars before he ran out of power. His return was noted by the Autobot Cosmos, who alerted Arcee, Cliffjumper, Smokescreen, Camshaft and Air Raid. Aided by Thundercracker on the Nemesis Starscream recovered and sent the information Frenzy had gathered back to Cybertron just as Hardtop spotted the Autobots closing on the Nemesis. Arcee appears on the cover of issue #3. In issue #4 Arcee returned to Cybertron from Mars by hiding in the landing gear of Starscream's ship. Once on the planet she was discovered by a Dreadwing and Payload drone, who she deactivated. Returning to an Autobot training facility she discovered Clocker, who took her to Crosshairs who was planning an attack to free the Autobots at Simfur, which they attempted with the aid of Wingblade, Skyblast, Breakaway and Strongarm.

In Tales of the Fallen #6 Arcee is taken by Thundercracker and given to the Decepticon medic Flatline, who experiments on her. Upon waking up she discoveres Skids and Mudflap are also captives of the Decepticons.[8]

Arcee, Chromia and Elita One were among the Autobots to come to Earth in response to Optimus Prime's signal inviting all of his kind to come there. She joined with the Earth based Autobots in Transformers: Alliance #4.

In California the Autobots set a trap for Starscream's minions Divebomb, Fearswoop and Skystalker by having Theodore Galloway pose as an arms dealer attempting to purchase Cybertronian technology. The trap is uncovered and the Autobots send in Arcee, Chromia, Elita-One, Ironhide, Mudflap and Skids. Divebomb and Skystalker are killed while Fearswoop is captured by the Autobots and taken back to the NEST base on Diego Garcia.[9]

Note - The appearance of Arcee is modified in some of the IDW Publishing stories, she has a Cybertronian alternate mode.

Titan Magazines

Note: Information in italics occure in the alternate storyline where Megatron won the battle for the Allspark.

In "Twilight's Last Gleaming" part 1, Skyblast lead the Autobots Arcee, Armorhide, Elita One, Longarm and Strongarm who in resisting the Decepticons who had conquered Earth. In part 3 Starscream and Scorponok attack the Autobots Arcee, Armorhide, Elita One, Longarm, Skyblast and Strongarm on the moon. The Autobots flee to Earth, which is exactly what Starscream hoped they'd do. In part 4 Ratchet and Ironhide continued fighting Bonecrusher in Savannah, but didn't stand much of a chance until they were joined by Arcee, Armoride and Longarm, arriving from the moon. In this story Arcee resembles a pink version of her scout class toy in robot mode, but assumes a Cybertronian "protoform entry mode" for her vehicle mode.

Arcee appeared in issue #17 of the Titan Transformers Magazine, in a story called "Return to Cybertron Part 1". In this story she is among the Autobots that go to Cybertron.

Arcee would return in issue #22 of the Titan Transformers Magazine series in a story called "The Decepticon who Haunted Himself."

Target Robo-Vision

According to her extended biography from the Target store exclusive Robo-Vision web site, Arcee was only on Earth for a short time before her stealth skills were needed elsewhere. Optimus Prime sent her to another planet to stop Decepticon research on a star breaking weapon.

Movie plot

In Revenge of the Fallen Arcee is accompanied by two similar Transformers, Chromia and Elita One as they chased the Decepticon Sideways in an alley in Shanghai. They are later present when the Autobots face off with the Decepticons in Egypt, sent with Ironhide as an advance team to recover Sam. Upon finding Sam and Mikaela, Decepticons attack and Chromia is seen taking cover while Arcee and Elita One were injured and are damaged by the Decepticons as they flee. An airstrike later called apparently kills them all as none are seen fleeing.[10]

Toys

  • Transformers Scout Arcee (2007)
A Target-exclusive toy of Arcee as a repaint of the Energon mold has been released. The recolor is blue and silver with extremely dark brown Energon parts.
The box even recycles the text from the Energon Arcee figure, stating that you can combine her "red" plastic pieces to form an ultimate energon weapon, despite that fact that they are no longer red in this version of the figure and are now more of a brown.
This toy was later redecoed as Movie Elita-One.
  • Transformers Deluxe Arcee (2007)
Unlike the Target exclusive, this figure is fuchsia in color, with a design inspired by concept art/CGI models of the character revealed at BotCon 2007. The deluxe Arcee has a similar bow weapon. An actual Buell Firebolt is 194 centimeters long. With the toy measuring 14 centimeters long it has a scale of about 1/14. Her robot mode would stand about 6 feet 11 inches, however the Hasbro representative at BotCon 2007 said that she would stand at about 9 feet tall. Her Massachusetts license plate reads, "TF 70407", which is the film's original release date of July 4, 2007.[11]
  • Transformers Deluxe Battle Damaged Arcee (2008)
A special bonus package contains Voyager class Starscream together with battle damaged editions of Voyager class Optimus Prime and Deluxe class Arcee.
  • Transformers Deluxe Black Arcee (2008)
A black repaint of Arcee exclusive to Takara Tomy in Japan, matching the motorcycle used by Capt. Lennox in the film. Advertising for this figure used the scene in the film where Lennox rode the motorcycle while his team fought off Blackout.
  • Transformers Deluxe Generation 1 Redeco Arcee (2008)
A pink and white Movie deluxe Arcee was revealed at BotCon, said to be released in Japan.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Arcee (2010)
An all-new Legends Class figure of Arcee.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Cyber Pursuit Arcee (2009)
A Deluxe-sized figure of Arcee with easy transformation for younger children.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Arcee (2009)
A Pink motorcycle with a knife on the right hand. Comes with a sidecar that doubles as a missile rack or display stand for the figure's robot mode. Pictures of her were mistaken for Chromia, but when the toys were released, this was proven wrong.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Autobot Skids with Arcee and Mikaela Banes (2009)
A smaller, transformable figure of Arcee comes with Human Alliance Autobot Skids. The figure in motorcycle mode can accommodate the Mikaela Banes figure.
  • Transformers Rotorwash Rumble Deluxe Arcee (2010)
A Target exclusive pink/gold redeco of the 2009 figure. Bundled with Tail Whip (a redeco of Blaze Master, done as a Chinese police helicopter).
  • Transformers Sideways Sneak Attack Legends Arcee (2011)
A store exclusive gift set featuring Legends Arcee, Chromia and Elita-1 (the latter two being redecos of Arcee) vs. Deluxe Sideways (silver/black redeco with battle damage).
  • Dark of the Moon Deluxe Arcee (not yet released)
A Target exclusive red redeco of the 2009 Deluxe figure.
  • Dark of the Moon Deluxe Arcee (Takara Tomy) (2011)
Unlike the Target exclusive release, the Japanese version is a blue/silver redeco of Deluxe Chromia from the Revenge of the Fallen toy line, based on the color scheme of the Transformers: Prime character.[12]

Transformers Animated

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Animated Arcee
Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Deluxe Vehicles, Female Autobots
Function Intelligence Agent
Motto "Looks are always deceiving."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian car
Series Transformers Animated
Japanese voice actor Ayahi Takagaki
Japanese voice actor Susan Blu[13]


Arcee is a female Autobot who seems to be inspired by her Generation 1 counterpart and Susan Blu reprises the role. She was originally a teacher before the war began, her full name being Teaching Unit RC-687040.

It should be noted that in the Japanese translation of Transformers Animated, the story has been changed to make it a prequel to the 2007 Transformers film. This makes this version of Arcee an earlier version of the film character.

Animated series

Arcee makes an appearance in the "Transformers Animated" episode "Thrill of the Hunt". During several flashback sequences, Ratchet recalls his first encounter with the rogue bounty hunter Lockdown during the Great War thousands of years earlier. Still a young field medic at that time, Ratchet comes across Arcee, who has been injured in the fighting. He knocks her out to repair her left leg, but then they are both ambushed by Lockdown. After being taken to his hideout, Lockdown divulges that Arcee is carrying vital information Megatron would be interested in, intent to extract it for his employer. After Lockdown forcibly removes Ratchet's medical-use electro-magnetic pulse generator from his left arm as a personal trophy, Arcee manages to sneak it back to Ratchet. She then bravely tells Ratchet to use the EMP device on her to erase her data core so that Lockdown will not be able to retrieve the data from her. After protesting that doing so would also completely erase her entire life and memory, Ratchet is suddenly forced to do so in order to protect them both from Lockdown. After escaping, Arcee's memory has, as expected, been completely erased, including all knowledge of herself.

It was revealed in "Transwarped" that due to a special fail-safe program after being placed in stasis, Arcee uploads the data into Ratchet, allowing him to continue her mission of activating Omega Supreme.

Long after the Great War has ended, a now-older Ratchet honors her by keeping the painful memory of her intact in his own mind. However, by the events of "This is Why I Hate Machines", when Megatron arrives to Cybertron in Omega Supreme, the exposed Shockwave begins setting up a scheme to track down Arcee and acquire the access code to Omega Supreme from her. His plans are delayed when Ratchet and Captain Fanzone arrive on Cybertron and made an attempt protect to Arcee before Shockwave escapes with her. However, it turned out her memory may not be as lost as previously believed. Though at first only her pre-war memories were available, Shockwave manages to recover her war-time ones before forcefully extracting the activation codes when she refused to give them willingly. This action resulted with Arcee relapsing until Sari's new-found ability allows Ratchet to use his EMP generator to restore Arcee's memories before she uses her codes to regain control of Omega Supreme. In the aftermath of the final battle on Earth, Arcee returns home to Cyberton with the Autobots, Omega Supreme, and the captured Megatron.

Toys

  • Animated Deluxe Arcee (2010)
A Deluxe sized figure that transforms from Cybertronian car to robot. Originally, Hasbro announced at the 2008 San Diego Comic Convention that they refused to confirm an Animated Arcee toy would be made. It was revealed in November 2009, however, that this figure is a Toys "R" Us store exclusive.
The mold for this figure is also used for the BotCon 2011 exclusive Drag Strip and Minerva figures.
  • Animated TA12 Deluxe Arcee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The Japan release version of this figure by Takara Tomy sports a metallic paint finish, as opposed to the matte finish of the Hasbro version.

Shattered Glass

Arcee
Elitaone-movietoy
'Transformers Elita-One toy as Arcee
Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Female Transformers, Scouts
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Motorcycle
Series Transformers: Timelines


An mirror-universe version of Arcee appeared in the Transformers: Timelines fiction. She is one of the evil Autobots. She is described as barely sane. She wields a neutronic crossbow with deadly accuracy.

Fun Publications

This version of Arcee first appeared in the fiction Dungeons & Dinobots, a text based story from Fun Publications. She was among the Autobots who attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. She was attacked by the laughter inducing Decepticon Dirge as she fired on Gutcruncher.[14]

Toys

Transformers Scout Elite One (2007)

A recolor of Energon Arcee.
This toy was repurposed as Shattered Glass Arcee.


Transformers: Prime

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Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Female Autobots
Partners Tailgate, Cliffjumper, Bumblebee, Bulkhead, Jack Darby
Motto "Underestimate me at your own risk!"
Alternate Modes Pink Cybertronian convertible car, blue Earth-style motorcycle
Series Transformers: Prime
Japanese voice actor Sumalee Montano (Prime TV series), Kari Wahlgren (WFC video Game)


Arcee is one of the main group of Autobots in the 2010 computer animated series Transformers: Prime. She transforms into a blue motorcycle, inspired by her appearance in live film series, but with a more humanoid robot form. As a motorcycle she is capable of producing a hologram driver who looks like a female human when driverless, to help disguise her identity. In the Transformers: Prime series she can form bladed weapons or blasters from her hands.

In the video game she turns into a pink car, similar to her Generation 1 form.

Books

Arcee appears in the short story Bumblebee at Tyger Pax By Alex Irvine.[15]

Video games

Arcee appears as an unlockable character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron.

Animated series

Arcee was one of six Autobots who based their operations out of an abandoned military base near Jasper, Nevada. She was a close friend of Cliffjumper and was the last Autobot to be in contact with him before he was destroyed. She also lost Tailgate, her previous partner, to Airachnid. She was also responsible for Jack, Raf, and Miko finding out about the Autobots; which resulted in them needing guardians. She was assigned to be Jack Darby's partner and while she was initially upset, she soon became close friends with him. She is a small and swift warrior with a good knowledge of martial arts. She seems to get easily annoyed with Bulkhead, and is a stickler for going by the book.

Toys

  • Prime Deluxe Arcee (not yet released)
An all-new mold of Arcee from the Prime animated series. This new figure appears to borrow some design cues from the 2007 Transformers film Deluxe Arcee figure.
  • Prime Cyberverse Arcee (not yet released, 2012)[16]


References

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  2. "The Voice of Susan Blu". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (23): 3, 7. October/November 2008. http://transformersclub.com/_images/TFmag15.pdf. 
  3. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 25. ISBN 1405304618. 
  4. Artistic license: the animated couples you never knew you always wanted. Curve; June 1, 2009; by Shatto, Rachel
  5. Todd Gilchrist (2007-07-02). "Exclusive interview: Roberto Orci". IGN. http://movies.ign.com/articles/801/801098p3.html. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  6. Ben Procter (2007-09-17). "Ben Procter (Transformers Lead Robot Illustrator) online portfolio, unused designs.". http://www.benprocter.com/SITEv2/HTML/PROJPAGE_Trans_15.html. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  7. "First look: Robo-brawlers big, small in new 'Transformers' By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY". USA Today. 2009-04-03. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-04-01-transformers-first-look_N.htm. 
  8. http://chrismowry.blogspot.com/2010/01/arcee-5-pages.html
  9. John Barber (w), Carlos Magno (p), Aburtov and Graphiksslava (i). Transformers: Rising Storm 1 (February 2011), IDW Publishing
  10. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/comicmovies/news/?a=6885
  11. "Ben Procter // Online Portfolio". Benprocter.com. http://www.benprocter.com/SITEv2/HTML/PROJPAGE_Trans_15.html. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  12. TFW2005.com - Deluxe Arcee
  13. "The Voice of Susan Blu". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (23): 3, 7. October/November 2008. http://transformersclub.com/_images/TFmag15.pdf. 
  14. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2008). Dungeons & Dinobots. Illustrator Evan Gauntt. Fun Publications. 
  15. MTV.com - Learn How Bumblebee Lost His Voice in This Short Story from Exodus Author Alex Irvine
  16. [1]

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