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G1 Character Profiles
Personal Profile: Bombshell is the beetle Insecticon. Bombshell has the special ability to control the minds of any Transformer after shoothing one of his cerebro-shells into their heads, turning them into mindless slaves. This makes Bombshell a very dangerous enemy. However, if the cerebro-shell is removed from the slave's head or destroyed, it causes Bombshell great pain in his head. The Insecticons usually work for themselves, unless Megatron offers them a great ammount of energon cubes to carry out a task for him. And even then, their loyalty is questionable. The Insecticons also have the power to make an unlimited number of duplicates of themselves, so that they have a better chance of fighting Transformers, instead of it just being the 3 of them. Like real insects, the Insecticons love to nest and snack on trees. The other Insecticons are Kickback, the grasshopper, and Shrapnel, the stag beetle.
Episodes appeared in: A Plauge Of Insecticons, Traitor, Enter The Nightbird,
The Insecticon Syndrome, Quest For Survival, The Revenge Of Bruticus, and
Transformers: The Movie
Bio: Bombshell and the other Insecticons crash landed on Earth
seperate from the Autobots and Decepticons who crashed in the ark in 3,998,016
B.C. Their identity computers adapted them for life on Earth by turning them
into insects, so they could blend in with their surroundings in the watery jungle
they lived in, known as Demon Swamp. Megatron and the Decepticons later found
the Insecticons in 1984 while they were engaged in a fight with Skyfire, Bumblebee,
and Brawn. The Insecticons agreed to join Megatron's forces and they all went
to attack an oil refinery. After The Decepticons and Insecticons took over the
oil refinery, they were attacked by the Autobots. The Inecticons, seeing that
they and their new allies were about to be defeated, decided to take the Decepticons'
energon cubes for themselves. Megatron noticed this and sent the Decepticons
to chase after the Insecticons and punish them for their treachery. This retreat
allowed the Autobots to liberate the oil refinery that the 'Cons were occupying.
At one point, the Autobot Cliffjumper accused his fellow Autobot, Mirage of
being a traitor. Cliffjumper's accusations stemmed from the fact that Mirage
stole energon cubes from the Insecticons and took them to a Decepticon land
base, where Megatron and the others had stolen electro-cels and were working
on harnessing the energy from them. However, Mirage only did this to start another
battle between the Insecticons and Decepticons, since the Insecticons would
think that Megatron and his bunch had robbed them. While the Decepticons and
Insecticons were fighting, Bombshell caught Mirage spying on the battle and
implanted a cerebro-shell in his head, making Mirage an Insecticon slave. The
Insecticons and Decepticons then realized that Mirage was the cause of their
fighting and they agreed to stop, so that they could use their new slave to
destroy the Autobots. Mirage, now under Bombshell's control, led Optimus Prime,
Cliffjumper, and Ratchet into an ambush. However, the Autobots were able to
extract the cerebro-shell from Mirage and make him an Autobot again. The Autobots
were able to defeat the Decepticons and Insecticons, but the electro-cels were
destroyed. Bombshell then worked with the Decepticons on a solo venture, by
reprogramming a female ninja robot named Nightbird that the Decepticons had
stolen from her creator, Dr. Fujiyama. Bombshell reprogrammed Nightbird so she
would steal the world energy chip from the Autobots' headquarters and deliver
it to the Decepticons. Nightbird was able to sneak into the Autobot base and
steal the chip, but after much pursuit and a battle with Bombshell, Megatron's
Decepticons, and Nightbird, the chip was recovered, the Decepticons were defeated,
and Nightbird was taken back to Dr. Fujiyama, deprogrammed and neutralized.
Dr. Fujiyama then locked her up to make sure that something like this never
happened again. The Insecticons then went with the Decepticons to attack the
Nova Power Plant. There, the Insecticons ate the Nova power core, which made
them triple in size and strength, making them more powerful than ever before.
The Insecticons then discovered Soundwave spying on them and listening to their
plans of once again betraying the Decepticons. So, to prevent him from blowing
their plans, Bombshell used a cerebro-shell on him to make him serve the Insecticons.
Even though the Insecticons now seemed to be all-powerful, the Nova power core
the 3 of them ate was incompatible with their stomachs, which made them suffer
symptoms similar to a human stomach-ache. The Autobots then learned that if
they didn't stop the Insecticons while they were making their next attack, this
time on Iron Mountain, a defense astablishment, that their bodies would explode
inside Iron Mountain and destroy it, along with all the human scientists within.
The Autobots then had to form an alliance with Megatron and the Decepticons
to stop the Insecticons with an antidote that Wheeljack and Ratchet invented.
With the Decepticons' help, the Autobots were able to shrink the Insecticons
back to their usual small size, and Soundwave was cured of being Bombshell's
slave. After they were defeated, the Insecticons retreated, with the Decepticons
following close behind, seeking vengeance. In the movie, the Insecticons were
a part of the attack on Autobot City. Shrapnel and Kickback were run over at
the opening gate by Hot Rod and Kup. When the Decepticons retreated to return
to Cybertron aboard Astrotrain, it was decided that there was too much wait
and that the badly injured Decepticons had to be sacrificed for the others.
The Insecticons were thrown out along with Megatron, Skywarp, and Thundercracker.
It is unclear however whether the 3 Insecticons thrown out of Astrotrain were
the real ones, or just clone duplicates. The 6 injured Decepticons were found
by Unicron, who reformatted Megatron into Galvatron, Thundercracker into Cyclonus,
Skywarp into Scourge, and the 3 Insecticons, whether the real ones, or just
clones, were changed into Scourge's clone henchmen, the Sweeps.
"Insecticons! Cease combat! We were fooled by this walking
"I love warping minds for you, Megatron. Hahahaha. Love it."
"That's the problem with pines. You eat a forest of them, and an hour later,
you're out of energy again."
"That Nova power core is giving me heart burn! That is, if I have a heart!"
"I think your dear Decepticons would rather follow MY commands!"
"Aaah! My cerebro-shell! My precious shell!"