FUNCTION: SHOCK TROOPER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 23
road is my playpen; cars are my toys!"
Cackling like a mechanical madman as he streaks down the
road, Runamuck is a tumbling, twirling two-lane terror.
He shows no regard for drivers sharing the highways with
him. His freewheeling, frenzied approach invariably sends
them scattering like leaves before a hurricane's winds.
Spreading fear is his favorite pastime. But there's
another, more sensitive side to Runamuck, although he
expresses it in a most peculiar fashion: he's fascinated
with Earth's junkyards. He can spend hours staring at one
rusting wreck after another. In his own twisted way,
Runamuck places the same value on these auto-graveyards
as humans do art museums. His fellow Battlecharger, Runabout, attributes Runamuck's
uncharacteristic soft spot to "one quick-change too
many snapping some cerebro-circuits." Considering
Runamuck's personality, that's a diagnosis hard to argue
In car mode, Runamuck's maximum speed is 180 mph and his
range is 600 miles. He transforms into his robot mode in
.5 seconds. He wields a friction rifle, which shoots a
beam that has the effect of dramatically increasing the
kinetic energy of the molecules of any target it hits.
Under these conditions, even the slightest movement of
the target produces a tremendous increase in the friction
between its molecules and air molecules or anything else
it touches. Flammable objects burst into flame; some
metals even melt. The effect lasts for five minutes.
Runamuck's reckless ways often result in his transforming
on ill-advised occasions. This leads to disabling
injuries sometimes. He's also afraid of heights.