FUNCTION: FUEL SCOUT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 27
road is my dinner plate."
Ratbat has no friends, only business partners. His sole
allegiance is to himself. The other Decepticons are aware
of this, but cooperate with and tolerate Ratbat because
of his vital and unique talent for locating fuel
resources. So much do they value his services that they
are willing to overlook his behavioral extremes. Ratbat
prefers to refuel himself by plunging his mecha-fangs
into the grime-free gas lines of brand-new cars; the
better made the car, the better its gas tastes to him.
This usually destroys the cars. Although many of the
other Decepticons find this practice wasteful and
disgusting, they are more than willing to help Ratbat
indulge in his horrible habit by procuring cars for him.
Besides, they know if Ratbat can't satisfy his fuel lust
in that way, he might select one of them. And, given his
importance, they are likely to let him.
In his bat mode, Ratbat's wings act as chemical sensors
that enable him to locate and distinguish between fuels.
They are able to detect the slightest trace of a fuel -
their sensitivity records molecular concentrations as low
as one part per quadrillion in the air. Within his mouth
are retractable mecha-fangs that can puncture all but the
strongest materials. He uses them to refuel himself.
Micro-chemical processors within the fangs convert most
fossil and alcohol-based fuels into a form he can
metabolize. As a bat, he can assume the size of a normal
bat with about a one-foot wingspan, or a larger version
with a ten-foot wingspan. In either size, he has a
maximum speed of 65 mph and a range of 200 miles. He is
Ratbat's wings are his most vulnerable part. They offer
little resistance to artillery fire.