FUNCTION: AIR & SEA ASSAULT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION 2 # 1
the sea far away and my feet on the ground."
Broadside is very uncomfortable about transforming to
aircraft carrier or jet mode, and with good reason.
Floating on water upsets his gyro-balance circuitry,
making him feel as if he's functioning at less than peak
performance - the mechanical equivalent of seasickness.
And he's even more distressed while flying since he has a
natural fear of heights. He strongly detests these
Earthen forms and is quite vocal about it. But, despite
everything, he manages to overcome these problems in
battle. He is an effective and valiant warrior, and his
fellow Autobots value him for these qualities. They just
wish Broadside would do his job without griping so much
In aircraft carrier mode, Broadside expands his form to a
1200-foot length, giving him the capacity of landing jet
aircraft and carrying other Autobots and vehicles. Having
little offensive capability of his own in this mode,
Broadside relies on these "passengers" for
protection. His titanium-steel hull and deck protects him
from most artillery fire, but he's vulnerable to
high-energy beam weapons. An internal fusion reactor
powers him in this mode, allowing him a speed of 40 knots
and a range of 15,000 miles. In jet mode, he can reach
speeds of 1800 mph and has a range of 2500 miles. He can
project a powerful electric field around his jet form
that will jolt anything within 1.5 miles of him with
80,000 volts. Of course, for this weapon to be effective,
his target has to be electrically grounded somehow. In
robot mode, he carries a high-energy plasma-pulse gun and
a vibro-ax that shatters whatever it cleaves into by
emitting powerful high frequency vibrations.
Aside from the aforementioned seasickness, fear of
heights, and lack of offensive capabilities while in
carrier mode, Broadside also suffers severe corrosion
when exposed to salt water for extended periods. His
armored skin flakes and peels if he's at sea for longer
than two days.