FUNCTION: ELECTRONIC WARFARE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 17
electricity and you control the world."
The crackling sound of fused body parts short-circuiting
is a sure sign of Shrapnel's work... and is music to his
audio modules. In fact, whether he's scrambling
microchips or shattering an armored torso, it is the
noise of war, the scream of his victim that Shrapnel
considers the true rewards of his work. He relishes these
sounds much the same way an actor relishes applause. And
he's not shy about showing his own evil glee - the
piercing battle cry of this loathsome Insecticon can be
heard up to 8 miles away.
In insect mode, Shrapnel can use his twin antennae to
generate an electric burst of up to 40,000 volts. He can
also use his antennae with enough precision to control
virtually any electrically run device - from a pocket
calculator to a small factory. He can fly up to 50 miles.
In robot mode, his antennae can, in the proper weather
conditions, attract massive bolts of lightning from the
sky to augment his own electrical generating capacity,
and then release that power through his hands. He also
carries a grenade launcher that shoots a 30 pound steel
ball that splinters into thousands of razor-sharp spikes
in mid-air. Needless to say, anything caught in their
path would be sliced to ribbons.
Insulating materials, such as rubber and glass, can be
used to thwart Shrapnel's electronic assaults. Also, his
habit of making his presence known audibly makes him an