FUNCTION: AERIALBOT COMMANDER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 21
look down, look straight ahead."
Silverbolt is scared of heights. It is this one trait,
above all else, that determines the rest of his behavior.
He projects the image of a brave, grimly determined
warrior, befitting his role as Aerialbot Commander. In
truth, he is just that. But it is a constant struggle for
him to maintain this persona, to never falter or show any
sign of emotional weakness to those he leads. Helped by
the sleek, aerodynamic jet form that makes him appear to
be a natural-born flyer, Silverbolt knows that everything
about him belies even a hint of the existence of his
phobia. And, in fact, no one is aware he has this
problem, except Optimus Prime. It is for that reason the Autobot
Commander selected Silverbolt to lead the Aerialbots -
Optimus figured if Silverbolt felt responsible for the
welfare of others, he'd have less time to worry about
himself. Given that Silverbolt is an excellent leader,
Optimus was right.
In jet mode, Silverbolt can reach Mach 1.9 and has a
range of 4500 miles. He carries on his underside an
electrostatic battery, which allows him to strip
electrons from air molecules as he's flying and store
them. He can then direct this stored charge through his
nose cone as a powerful bolt of electricity. He's capable
of storing and releasing up to 150,000 volts at a time.
He's especially effective in lightning storms, due to
their abundance of charged particles. He carries an
electrostatic discharger rifle in robot mode that has the
same capability. He combines with the other Aerialbots to
form the giant robot known as Superion.
As long as Silverbolt is busy leading or fighting, he's
fine, but when he's simply flying, particularly by
himself, his fear of heights begins to manifest itself.
The effect can be devastating; he might start flying
wildly, go into a tailspin or even crash.