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The Elite Guard are a fictonal group of Transformers (usually Autobots) who appear in Transformers fiction. They first appeared in the Transformers Animated television series.

Transformers Animated

Elite Guard (Transformers)
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Ultra Magnus, leader of the Autobot Elite Guard
Publication information
Publisher(s) IDW Publishing, Fun Publications
Creators Hasbro
In-story information
Base (s) Fortress Maximus
Member(s) Blurr, Jazz, Jetfire, Jetstorm, Sentinel Prime, Ultra Magnus and Warpath
Roster

The Autobot hierarchy is based around the Elite Guard, which includes both an officer's academy and a boot camp. In this series, "Prime" is used to refer to an officer's rank within the Elite Guard that has no special attachment to the Matrix or Allspark, and does not imply leadership over the Autobots. Instead, the term "Magnus" is used for the highest rank within the Elite Guard, possibly equal to that of "Supreme Commander". The Elite Guard's base is called "Fortress Maximus", a tower (resembling the central tower of the G1 version's city mode) that can transform into a cannon.

Blurr

Main article: Blurr#Transformers Animated

Blurr (John Moschitta, Jr.) is a member of Cybertron Intelligence who first appears as mysterious blue race car that can best Bumblebee in speed even with his turbo boosters. It is suspected to be a Decepticon by Bumblebee, but is found to be actually controlled by Master Disaster with an All-Spark fragment remote control to fix his races. At the time, it was not known whether there was a driver driving the car, but when the Blue Racer was free from Master Disaster’s control, it helped stop Blitzwing’s pursuit of Bumblebee and Sari. In "A Bridge Too Close" Pt. 1, Blurr takes on his robot mode for the first time when it came to rescuing Bulkhead. Upon this discovery by Bumblebee and the other Autobots on Earth, Blurr reveals himself to be a member of the Cybertron Elite Guard's who was sent to keep an eye on them and monitor Megatron's activities. He was eventually sucked into the Decepticon spacebridge with Skywarp and Thundercracker (two of Starscream's clones). He immediately races to Cybertron to inform Longarm of the Decepticon spy on Cybertron, but came crushed into a cube by Shockwave and has an oblivious Cliffjumper threwed him away into the garbage cockpit when it turns out Longarm was that spy.

Jazz

Main article: Jazz (Transformers)#Transformers Animated

Jazz (Phil LaMarr) is an Autobot with a sports car vehicle mode. He is the second-in-command of the Cybertron Elite Guard and a skilled ninja-bot, trained by Yoketron and honored by a bust in his dojo. Jazz is fascinated with Earth's culture and is the most easy-going member of the Elite Guard. In the third season, he returns to Earth with Sentinel and the Jet twins to hunt down Wasp, and they end up staying to hunt down Decepticons. Jazz later leaves Sentinel to join up with Optimus' group.

Jetfire & Jetstorm/Safeguard

Main article: Jetfire#Transformers Animated

Jetfire (Tom Kenny) and Jetstorm (Phil LaMarr) are Twin Elite Guard Junior Officers that were originally twin Energon refiners until an accident which resulted in them being injured and chosen to be reconstructed with Decepticon flight data. They possess power over fire and storm, and can combine in both robot and vehicle mode into Safeguard (セーフガード Sēfugādo?). In vehicle mode, they take the form of Cybertronian jets, and in combined vehicle mode they resemble an X-wing fighter from Star Wars. The two are enthusiastic young fighters, but do tend to rush into things. They come to Earth with Sentinel Prime and Jazz to hunt down Wasp, and despite being initially confused for Decepticons, they work with Optimus' team to hunt down the Earth-based Decepticons before escorting the prisoners to Cybertron.

Sentinel Prime

Main article: Sentinel Prime#Transformers Animated

Sentinel Prime (Townsend Coleman) is a hot-headed and swaggering Autobot Officer and member of the Cybertron Elite Guard, who shares a mutual enmity with Optimus Prime, stemming from a botched joint expedition in the past. He despises robots who are of a lower rank than him. He wields an Energon shield and lance. His Cybertronian alt-mode is a Cybertronian Truck. On Earth, he takes the disguise of a SnowplowTruck. Along with having a problem with Optimus, he also has a fear of organics.[1] It was later revealed in "Autoboot Camp" that he was a drill instructor and went by Sentinel Minor during Bumblebee's flashback. When Sentinel, Jazz, Jetfire, and Jetstorm return to Earth to hunt down Wasp, they end up staying to hunt down the Earth-based Decepticons. In "Five Servos of Doom", it is revealed that Sentinel was secretly dealing with Lockdown to capture them. After Blackarachnia and Waspinator disappear, Sentinel Prime returns to Cybertron with the captured Decepticons to become the new Magnus, and though the Decepticons break free, Optimus and the Elite Guard are able to subdue all but Lugnut and Swindle, who escape.

Ultra Magnus

Main article: Ultra Magnus#Transformers Animated

Ultra Magnus (Jeff Bennett) is the Supreme Commander of the Autobots and member of the Cybertron Elite Guard. He and the Cybertron Elite Guard came to Earth to look for the Allspark. After a fragment of the Allspark was found, Ultra Magnus started to believe Optimus Prime's story. Later, when Shockwave's identity was about to be exposed, he brutally attacked Ultra Magnus and took the Magnus Hammer. On Earth, he transforms into a Cybertronian truck, later a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck and wields a hammer capable of calling down lightning. He is also one of the melee-bots honored by a bust in Yoketron's dojo.

Warpath

Warpath
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Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Elite Guard
Function Security
Motto "A good shot is worth more than a good intention!"
Alternate Modes Cybertronian tank
Series Transformers Animated
Japanese voice actor David Kaye


Warpath is a homage to the Generation 1 character. He is a member of the Autobot Elite Guard. Warpath has a cannon on his chest, a homage to his original Generation 1 character. He has a very grumpy personality. He is shown to be a larger Autobot, much like Bulkhead. Like his G1 counterpart, he utters words like "Bam" and "Pow", but they do not dominate his speech patterns.

Animated series

Warpath first appears in a flashback in the episode "The Five Servos of Doom." Warpath was responsible for bringing Prowl to Master Yoketron's dojo. He informed Master Yoketron that Prowl wasn't exactly willing to learn at first and that he should take him to the stockade.[2]

Warpath appears in a flashback to the end of the Great War in the episode "TransWarped", where he was depicted as being wounded.

He appears in the present day in "Decepticon Air", among a crowd of Autobots celebrating Sentinel Prime's capture of several Decepticons.[3]

Warpath is also among the cheering crowd when Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron with Decepticon captives in "Endgame Part II."

Wings of Honor

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Publication information
Publisher(s) Fun Publications
Debut "Wings of Honor"
Creators Hasbro
In-story information
Base (s) Varies
Member(s) Blast Off, Brawl, Delta Seeker, Dion, Flak, Ironfist, Kup, Landshark, Metalhawk, Onslaught, Over-Run, Ranger, Swindle, Thunderclash and Vortex
Roster

A second incarnation of the Elite Guard was introduced in the pages of Fun Publications comic book Transformers: Timelines story "Wings of Honor". This story told the origin of the Autobot Elite Guard in the early days of the Generation 1 story.

Blast Off

Main article: Blast_Off_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

Brawl

Main article: Brawl_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

Delta Seeker

Delta Seeker is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes.

A member of the Cyberjet Battalion, Delta Seeker was friends with X-Gunner before the latter defected to the Decepticons. Has a number of abilities, including teleportation, and his weapon is called the Arm Gauntlet.

Delta Seeker was a minor background character appearing in Fun Publications fiction Gone Too Far, a text-based story set on Transtech Cybertron.[4]

When most of the members of the Autobot Elite Guard confronted Bruticus they were nearly wiped out, with Bruticus killing most of the Guard. Dion was able to blind Bruticus, forcing it to separate into the Combaticons, but the Combaticons finished off most of the remaining Guard, including Metalhawk, who was killed by Onslaught. This left only Dion alive, buried in the rubble, and Thunderclash's team, which was off planet at the time. [5]

Dion

Main article: Dion (Transformers)

Flak

Main article: Flak_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

Ironfist

Ironfist
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Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Elite Guard, Lightformers
Function Weaponry Expert
Motto "A brilliantly designed piece of firepower is a work of art to me."
Alternate Modes High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (aka "Boom Buggy")
Series Transformers: Generation 2


Ironfist is a high ranking Autobot who likes big guns. His biography portrays him as strong and silent.

In IDW comics Ironfist is depicted as a gushing fanboy of the Wreckers.

In Fun Publications he is depicted as being an member of the Autobot Elite Guard under the command of Metalhawk. He calls his teammate Over-Run and Dion by the nicknames Runny and Sailor.

Ironfist had a full page biography in issue #36 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine. [6]

Kup

Main article: Kup#Transformers:_Generation_1

Landshark

Landshark
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Autobot
Information
Sub-group(s) Convention Exclusives, Elite Guard, Ultra Vehicles
Function Tough Guy
Partners Flak, Kup, Thunderclash
Motto "Dude... Flak totally stole my motto!"
Alternate Modes Semi-truck with plow and crane trailer
Series Transformers: Timelines


Landshark is able to transform his auxiliary battle platform into a hydraulic booster pack which wields two power claws. This feature also gives him the ability to cling onto or climb almost any structure. According to his official biography he once fought a deadly Narliphant.

Metalhawk

Main article: Metalhawk

Onslaught

Main article: Onslaught_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

Over-Run

Main article: Over-Run_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

Ranger

Main article: Ranger (Transformers)

Swindle

Main article: Swindle_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

Thunderclash

Main article: Thunderclash#Transformers:_Generation_1

Vortex

Main article: Vortex_(Transformers)#Transformers:_Generation_1

IDW Publishing

Ironfist appears in the Last Stand of the Wreckers comic by IDW Publishing where he is depicted as a fan of the Wreckers.[7][8]

Fun Publications

Landshark was a member of the crew of the Autobot ship Eight Track under the command of Thunderclash.[9][10]

In The Coming Storm Kup is ordered by Landshark to move some boxes with the Autobot Elite Guard logo on them.

The Elite Guard Alpha Team and Strike Team did battle against a horde of ferrovorous bugs in one of Cybertron's city-states. Magnum then ordered the Strike Team to escort the Alpha Team to Space Port Bravo for their next mission. The Strike Team then reported to Magnum and Sentinel Major, who introduced them to the new Elite Guard Special-Ops Team, also called the Combaticons.[11][12]

While on patrol Onslaught told Metalhawk the story of how his Elite Guard team captured Thunderwing. Metalhawk then told Onslaught about how his team captured Blue Bacchus. The teams of Elite Guardsmen then came across a Decepticon who was separated from his group. Brawl was able to get the location of a Decepticon base from the captive before he went offline. The Guard teams fround the base and were able to kill Shadowcaster, the base's leader. Metalhawk's team reported to Magnum, but the Combaticons stayed to investigate, Onslaught thinking their victory was too easy. They were captured by Decepticons.[13]

Metalhawk and his Strike Team were searching for Decepticons when they ran into a crazy "empty" who ranted about the coming of the "brute". They received a distress signal from Sentinel Major ordering all Elite Guard units to return base. When Metalhawk's team arrived at the base Ricochet told them of a Decepticon attack. Among the attackers are the Combaticions, but when Sentinel Major orders them to surrender, they combine into Bruticus and crush Sentinel Major. [14]

When most of the members of the Autobot Elite Guard confronted Bruticus they were nearly wiped out, with Bruticus killing most of the Guard. Dion was able to blind Bruticus, forcing it to separate into the Combaticons, but the Combaticons finished off most of the remaining Guard, including Metalhawk, who was killed by Onslaught. This left only Dion buried alive, buried in the rubble, and Thunderclash's team, which was off planet at the time. [15]

Thunderclash's Elite Guard squad reported to Magnum after the Combaticons killed most of the Guard. They attempted to show the Council that the Elite Guard was still functional, but arrived just as Optimus Prime was appointed the new commander of the Autobots. [16]

Toys

  • Generation 2 Lightformers Ironfist (1992)
A new mold that comes with a Lightformers weapon. [17]
  • Robot Masters Basic Delta Seeker (2004)
His toy is a recolor of the mold originally used for the Generation 2 Cyberjet Skyjack.[18]
Although never sold officially sold in the United States, a Chinese-made knockoff of Delta Seeker and X-Gunner was sold at discount stores in the US in 2007. This toy was recolored white where the original was greenish grey.
  • Timelines Ultra Landshark (2009)
A redeco of Energon Landmine, this toy is a Botcon exclusive.[19]

References

  1. Along Came a Spider
  2. "The Five Servos of Doom". Written by Andrew Robinson. Transformers Animated. Cartoon Network. April 4, 2009. No. 6, season 3.
  3. "Decepticon Air". Written by Andrew Robinson. Transformers Animated. Cartoon Network. May 2, 2009. No. 10, season 3.
  4. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2008). Gone Too Far. Illustrator Evan Gauntt. Fun Publications. 
  5. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 6" The Transformers Collectors Club 36 (Dec/Jan 2011), Fun Publications
  6. "Autobot Ironfist". Transformers Collectors Club (Fun Publications): p. 6. December/January, 2011. 
  7. http://comicbookrevolution.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=348:transformers-last-stand-of-the-wreckers-4-review
  8. http://www.bwtf.com/comicbooks/idw/wreckers1
  9. Forest Lee & Rik Alvarez (w), Guido Guidi & Dan Khanna (p), Guido Guidi & Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer & Josh Perez (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Wings of Honor" Transformers Timelines v2, 4 (Spring 2009), Fun Publications
  10. http://www.botcon.com/BotCon09/
  11. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Frank Milkovith (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 2" The Transformers Collectors Club 32 (April/May 2010), Fun Publications
  12. http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/transformers-collectors-club-2010-comic-the-coming-storm-preview/18031/
  13. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Frank Milkovich (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 3" The Transformers Collectors Club 33 (June/July 2010), Fun Publications
  14. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 5" The Transformers Collectors Club 35 (Oct/Nov 2010), Fun Publications
  15. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 6" The Transformers Collectors Club 36 (Dec/Jan 2011), Fun Publications
  16. Pete Sinclair (February/March 2011). "Battle Lines: Part 1". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (37): 9–14. 
  17. http://www.cobraislandtoys.com/tf/1992/ironfist.html
  18. Delta Seeker (2004) - Cybertron Pursuit - www.tfu.info
  19. http://www.unicron.us/tf2009/toypix/woh_landshark.htm

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