FIRST APPEARANCE: -
fellow mechanical beings go!"
In the words of Optimus Prime, "Tailgate sometimes has his
mind stuck in low gear!" A lot of what Tailgate
thinks is just plain screwy. Although he understands
Earth traffic laws, he doesn't agree with many of them.
For example, he believes the 55 mph speed limit is an
infringement upon the personal rights of cars. In fact,
all his views on Earth machines are warped. He likens
cars locked in garages to imprisonment without a fair
trial. He considers the buying and selling of household
appliances to be slave trading. Efforts by his fellow
Autobots to convince Tailgate that Earth machines are not
alive, and therefore not entitled to the same rights as
Transformers, have so far failed. "Only barbarians
treat the lesser among them so cruelly," proclaims
Tailgate. Unfortunately, the oppressed in this case can
never appreciate the efforts of their would-be-savior.
Tailgate is not a well robot.
In car mode, Tailgate can go as fast as 180 mph under his
own power with a range of 600 miles. But a powerful
ferrocobalt magnet under his hood allows him to be pulled
by and within a few feet of any vehicle he chooses to
follow, reducing his own fuel expenditure to nearly zero.
His range has virtually no limit when he travels like
Tailgate is prone to overheating, particularly when he's
all worked up over some imagined injustice done to a