FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 1
deadliest weapon is terror."
Soaring swiftly through the clouds, Thundercracker gazes
with scorn on the creatures below. He is utterly
contemptuous of anything that cannot lift itself off the
ground and claim the sky. Occasionally, he expresses that
contempt by diving and striking, leaving flame and
destruction as he again speeds upward. Yet he is not
totally convinced of the cause that he serves. Only the
words of his Decepticon companions about the rightness of
their cause, the destiny of conquest that is their
birthright, convince him to go on. He is persuaded
because he wants to be persuaded. Without a sense of
purpose, Thundercracker would find his life unbearable.
Like his fellow Decepticon jet fighters, Thundercracker
can attain speeds of up to 1500 mph. He has the
additional ability to produce controlled sonic booms of
deafening magnitude that can be heard within a 200-mile
radius. He can launch a drone rocket with a range of 500
miles that behaves similarly to a cruise missile and has
the concussive force of 3000 lbs. of TNT. He has a
shoulder-mounted automatic incendiary gun that shoots at
100 rounds per minute heat-resistant ceramic bullets
containing a highly explosive flammable material that
ignites on impact.
Lingering doubts in Thundercracker's subconscious
sometimes surface and impede his effectiveness,
particularly when innocent human lives are endangered.
Usually his fear of Decepticon Leader Megatron compels him to overlook these