FUNCTION: TRANSPORT & RECONNAISSANCE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 1
stinks, but Decepticons stink worse."
Gears is the complainer in the group. He absolutely hates
the Earth and everything about it and he is eager to let
the others know this. He is a self-proclaimed misfit, the
type who finds fault in everything and everyone, even
himself. That is one of the reasons Optimus
Prime finds him
useful: Gears is so sour-tempered that the rest of the
Autobots cheer themselves up by trying to cheer him up.
Only Optimus knows that Gears' complaining is an act.
Gears realizes his function is to force his companions to
see what's good about a situation, and he performs
Gears has tremendous strength and endurance. He is often
used to tote heavy loads for long distances. He will even
carry several of his comrades to conserve fuel. He can
launch himself to a height of 20 miles and then float
back down to the ground by creating a compressed air
cushion under his feet. This makes him an excellent
reconnaissance agent and his ability to detect infrared
wavelengths allows him to work night or day.
Since Gears has limited maneuverability when launched, he
makes an easy target if spotted. Although his sour
personality is mostly an act, a reminder of his home
planet, Cybertron, can often depress him and negatively
affect his performance.