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Jetfire

| Personal Profile | Cartoon Biography | Quotes |

Personal Profile: Hasbro was taking a chance when they added the Jetfire toy to the Transformers toyline in 1985. Robotech was already using Jetfire’s mould in their toyline. Unfortunately, legal problems ensued and Jetfire’s character on the cartoon series had to be given a different name and a slightly different design. Jetfire kept his name and design in the comic. In both the comic and cartoon, started out as a Decepticon and later chose to switch sides and become an Autobot. He was the first to introduce the idea of changing factions, which happened rarely in all Transformers stories.

Episodes appeared in: Fire in the Sky, Fire on the Mountain, The Ultimate Doom parts 2 and 3, A Plague of Insecticons, Attack of the Autobots, The Immobilizer and Day of the Machines.

Cartoon Bio: Jetfire was known as Skyfire in the cartoon. Skyfire was created before the war. He was originally a scientist who was interested in exploration. He was a good friend of Starscream, who was also a scientist before the war. On an exploration journey, the two were caught in an ice storm on an unknown planet. They were separated and Skyfire was crashed into the planet’s surface and was frozen. Starscream searched the planet relentlessly for his friend, but was forced to return to Cybertron after all hopes of finding Skyfire was lost. As Skyfire lay buried in his icy prison, the Great War started on Cybertron and a group of Autobots and Decepticons crash-landed on the planet Skyfire was trapped in, known as Earth. As the Autobots and Decepticons continued their battle on Earth, the Decepticons found Skyfire and released him from the ice. Starscream was a member of the Decepticons at that time, and seeing that his old friend had joined the Decepticons, Skyfire joined as well. Thinking that the Autobots were his enemies, Skyfire attacked the Autobots, but spared the lives of two human Autobot allies. When Megatron said that the humans were to be destroyed, Skyfire began to have doubts about his allegiance. When Starscream was about to execute a small group of Autobots, Skyfire tried to stop him and was blasted for it. This was the last straw for Skyfire, who tore away his Decepticon symbol and officially joined the Autobots. While attempting to foil the Decepticons plans to steel energy, Skyfire was once again buried under tons of ice. Fortunately for him, his new allies, the Autobots, rescued him. In his first mission as an Autobot, he was sent to stop the Decepticons from using a weapon made form an ancient Incan crystal. During a confrontation between Starscream and Thundercracker, Skyfire was hit and captured by the Decepticons. It was Bumblebee and Spike who had to rescue him from the Decepticons and Skyfire was then able to help foil the Decepticons plans. Skyfire played vital roles in stopping the Decepticons when they brought Cybertron into Earth’s atmosphere and also when the Decepticons formed an alliance with the Insecticons. Skyfire was an important part of the Autobot’s fight against the Decepticons during their early years on Earth. He did not make many appearances in significant battles later on though. He may have been stationed somewhere else in the galaxy, or he could have been destroyed in battle. During a fight with the Quintessons in 2006 an Autobot jet that looked very similar to Skyfire was destroyed. It is unknown as to whether the jet was actually Skyfire. Because of the lack of evidence, Skyfire’s fate in the war is unknown.

Comic Biography: Jetfire was created by the acting Decepticon Commander, Shockwave. Shockwave had control of Optimus Prime and the Creation Matrix at the time. His original plan was to create an army of Jetfires that he would use to add heavy air support to the Decepticon Army. His plan was foiled by the efforts of Buster Witwicky and the Autobots. Not only was the plan to have an army of Jetfires ended, but also Jetfire himself defected to the Autobots. Jetfire was crucial in freeing Optimus Prime from Shockwave and played a major role in the Autobot army after. When Optimus Prime was killed,Jetfire was one of the prime candidates to take over as leader of the Autobots.That honour was given to Grimlock, however.Jetfire worked under Grimlock, even though he resented his new leader as many of the Autobots did.Jetfire served the Autobot cause well, until he confronted Starscream, who was empowered by the Underbase. Starscream totalled Jetfire, along with a lot of other Autobots and Decepticons in his attack. Jetfire’s body remained in the Ark along with the other casualties of the attacks. It is not known whether or not Jetfire was resurrected by Grimlock’s Nucleon. If he wasn’t, then his body was probably destroyed when the Ark crashed into Northern Canada after the Unicron Battle.

Jetfire; Quotes:

“Destruction to all Autobots!”
“I take no orders from you, I am an Autobot now!”
“Have no fear, Skyfire’s here.”
“Can anyone join the party, or do we need an invitation?”
“You guys go ahead, I have to take care of some house cleaning.”
“Butt out, Decepti-bum!”
“Save Megatron for me!”
“Stop bugging me!”
“I never met any Autobot who wouldn’t lay his life down for Optimus.”

 
 
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