FUNCTION: DATA COLLECTOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 48
are never as good as they seem."
Crankcase is a wheezing, whining ingrate who is about as
welcome as a rash of rust-rot, even among his fellow
Triggercons. His favorite pastime is complaining about
everything and everyone. Nothing is good enough for him.
He delights in the misfortunes of others. Apparently,
their misery makes him feel superior in some misguided,
muddle-headed way. This juvenile
"I'm-better-than-you-are" need in him stems
from his youth, before he became a Decepticon. At that
time he was little more than a gangly collection of
circuits and servo-motors, performing a menial janitorial
function in the Fuel-Spill Section of the Ministry of
Energy and Nutrition on Cybertron. More robust fellow
workers mocked his feeble physique and bullied him.
Feeling alienated from and hatred of established society,
Crankcase eagerly joined the Decepticons when they began
their war against the Autobots. Megatron himself rebuilt Crankcase to give
him increased bulk and strength. Crankcase's first action
in his new body was to attack the Ministry of Energy and
Nutrition. Millions of years later, the fuel spill he
caused has yet to be fully cleaned up.
Crankcase has a vast data storage capacity. His memory
can contain 400 trillion trillion bits of information,
which are encoded in patterns of light within microscopic
crystal matrices. His titanium-steel alloy armor is
resistant to all explosive shells having yields of ten
megatons or less. Twin infrared probes can penetrate and
analyze most unshielded electrical circuitry. He is armed
with two high-impact laser blasters and a distortion
modulator that scrambles internal electrical signals
within most targets that it hits. It can effectively
cause temporary paralysis or uncontrollable, spasmodic
seizures within a victim. He transforms into a ground
vehicle with the same armor and sensor properties. In
this mode his maximum speed is 90 miles per hour and his
range is 480 miles.
In vehicle mode, Crankcase is prone to frequent tire
blowouts. On rare occasions, a sharp blow to his head
module causes small data dumps in different areas of his
memory - a form of amnesia similar to the type found in
some humans who have undergone similar trauma.