FUNCTION: DIVERSIONARY TACTICIAN
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 14
can be deceiving; a touch can be lethal."
Whether engaged in raging battle or friendly
conversation, seldom is Smokescreen up to what he appears
to be up to. More likely, an ulterior purpose exists. In
combat, his job is to lead the enemy astray, to prevent
him from discovering the true nature of an Autobot
strategy until it is too late for the enemy to counter
it. It is a job he performs with great proficiency. His
duplicity carries over to his personal affairs as well.
Charming and affable, it is easy for Smokescreen to use
his genuine camaraderie with his fellow Autobots in order
to root out their deepest concerns. And, at Optimus
that is exactly what Smokescreen does, because Optimus
feels that his role as Autobot leader creates a personal
barrier between himself and his followers that he cannot
overcome alone. Strangely enough, in Optimus' eyes, the
most devious of the Autobots is also the most trusted.
In car mode, Smokescreen can emit from his tailpipe a
thick, black cloud of smoke that has the additional
property of gravitating toward metallic objects, such as
enemy Decepticons. In robot mode, his twin
shoulder-mounted launchers shoot missiles that shatter
into thousands of shards that produce a variety of radio
signals, magnetic fields and infrared waves, wreaking
havoc on the radar and guidance systems of enemy
aircraft. His disruptor rifle shoots a web of electrical
energy that can short out and interfere with the proper
operation of any electrically powered target.
With proper shielding, an opponent can successfully
withstand many of Smokescreen's weapons, usually leaving
him in a relatively weak position since he's not that
powerful on his own.