FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 17
the element that unites all losers."
The chilling rumble of Dirge's engines as they approach
from a distance is merely a prelude to the petrifying
fear they induce in whomever is unlucky enough to hear as
they pass overhead. And fear is something with which
Dirge is quite familiar. He knows its all-consuming
power; he understands how it can defeat even the
mightiest of armies. He handles it with the same exacting
proficiency that a concert pianist handles his piano's
keys. Even his fellow Decepticons are put off a bit by
his mournful, silent manner. Ramjet sums up everyone's feelings: "He gives
me the creeps."
In jet mode, the sound from Dirge's engines has the
uncanny effect of producing spine-tingling
(circuit-tingling, in the cases of other robots) fear in
nearly everyone who hears it. Apparently, the engines
emit a combination of frequencies that has a
disorienting, fear-provoking effect on the nervous
systems of all those within earshot. He also carries two
air-to-air missiles and two automatic machine guns.
In order to perform well as a warrior, Dirge needs to
feel that he's in control of a situation. When things get
out of hand, Dirge is prone to suffer from the very
weapon he himself wields so effectively - fear. Dirge's
usefulness evaporates under these conditions.