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Blitzwing
Transformers character
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First appearance Transformers: Generation 1
Voiced by Ed Gilbert
(The Transformers)
Bumper Robinson
(Transformers: Animated)
David Boat
(Transformers: Devastation)
David Sobolov
{Japanese) Keiichi Nanba
(television series)
Kenyū Horiuchi
("Triple Takeover" only)
Yū Shimaka
("Cosmic Rust" & "Prime Target" only)
Masashi Ebara
(Movie, Transformers: 2010)
Chō
Information
Occupation Ground and Air Commander
Affiliation Decepticon/Neutral
Partner Astrotrain
Megatron
Lugnut
Starscream
Blackaracnia
Thundercracker
Skywarp
Sunstorm
Ramjet
Alternate modes Type 74/MiG-25 Foxbat

Cybertronian Tank/Jet Fighter
Dual-Barreled Assault Tank/Swing-Wing Fighter Jet
MiG-25/Type 74 Main Battle Tank
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Cybertronian tank

Blitzwing is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers continuities in the Transformers franchise. He is almost always depicted as a Decepticon with two alternate forms, that of a tank and that of a jet.

Transformers: Generation 1

Blitzwing is a Decepticon Triple Changer, capable of transforming into a Type 74 main battle tank and a MiG-25 jet fighter. His fellow Decepticon Triple Changers are Astrotrain and Octane.

Blitzwing has a cruel sense of humor, and makes his fellow Decepticons uneasy. He was shown to be obnoxious, loud-mouthed, belligerent, and brash until the third season. A battle-loving Decepticon warrior and one of the most dangerous, Blitzwing frequently uses his jet mode to strafe land-bound Autobots, then quickly transforms to tank mode to finish them off with his powerful energy mortar. In robot mode, he prefers to use a gyro-blaster rifle, and his electron scimitar to fight foes one on one. In jet mode, he flies at mach 2.7, range 1500 miles, and has heat-seeking concussion missiles. In tank mode, he has a track-mounted cannon that fires explosive shells 3.5 miles. He can alter his body mass to a larger size for transporting troops/cargo.

Animated series

Blitzwing was a minor villain who appeared in the second and third seasons of the animated series; very rarely did he stand out other than as a fierce warrior known more for his strength and abilities than his intelligence. His debut came in the first part of "Dinobot Island." He and fellow Triple Changer Astrotrain were seen to be working together at times. One instance includes the episode "Triple Takeover" when the two managed to take command of the Decepticons by freezing Megatron and Starscream (who had attempted to do the same thing but got caught in the freezing trap set by the Triple Changers) in a sewer system — but when they were defeated by Megatron, Megatron forcibly resumed command at gunpoint.

After this Blitzwing was seemingly let back into the Decepticons, being sent alongside Astrotrain again in "Prime Target" to forge an alliance with the big-game hunter Lord Chumley, although Chumley had no interest in the Decepticons, merely wishing to hunt the ultimate prey, Optimus Prime.

In The Transformers: The Movie, Blitzwing was present at the battle of Autobot City, first seen flying with Shrapnel and then transforming into tank mode. As he targeted at Hot Rod and Daniel Witwicky and began to open fire, Kup intervened and changed the gun turret's direction, causing Blitzwing to unintentionally hit Shrapnel instead. This engineered a collision between the Triple Changer and the Insecticon, with the two of them falling off a mountain. During the actual attack on the city, Blitzwing narrowly escaped from being hit by an oncoming Optimus Prime, who was running down Decepticons in his trailer truck mode on his way to challenge Megatron. After dead weight was tossed out of Astrotrain on the later return trip, the Decepticons inside (including Blitzwing) were seen fighting each other on who would be Megatron's successor (the Decepticon leader was among the heavily damaged Decepticons jettisoned into space).

Blitzwing had a somewhat significant part to play in the five-part episode "Five Faces of Darkness" at the beginning of the third season. When the defeated Decepticons were convinced by the Quintessons to launch a full frontal assault on Cybertron, Blitzwing stayed behind, awaiting the return of Galvatron (the new Decepticon leader). Later, when Galvatron and the Quintessons joined forces to defeat the Autobots, Galvatron sent Blitzwing to report back to the Quintessons. Blitzwing subsequently discovered the Quintessons' treachery and their plan to paralyze all the Transformers and take Cybertron for themselves. However, when he tried to warn Galvatron, the Decepticon leader, who had been driven insane after the destruction of Unicron, did not believe him and knocked him down, telling him to "tell it to the Autobots". Blitzwing resorted to telling Rodimus Prime (the new Autobot leader) about the Quintessons' plan, and stopped a group of Sharkticons sent to trigger the shut down mechanism. Galvatron followed them, thinking Blitzwing a traitor, and triggered the shut down himself, causing all the Transformers to freeze. The Quintessons came down to claim Cybertron for themselves, but Spike Witwicky destroyed the fail safe device, unfreezing the Transformers. Galvatron, now realizing their treachery, chases after the Quintessons, who barely escape. Galvatron was about to restart the fighting between the Decepticons and the Autobots, but Blitzwing stood in the way, threatening him. Backing down, Galvatron left with the other Decepticons, telling Blitzwing that he was no longer welcome in their ranks, and would suffer for his betrayal. The Triple Changer refused Rodimus Prime's offer to become an Autobot but stated that he respected the Autobots.

Blitzwing would briefly appear twice more as a part of the Decepticon forces in later episodes, but it is unclear if these were animation errors or not. The episode "Starscream's Ghost" was originally written for Blitzwing, but was hastily rewritten to star Octane (who was a new toy at the time).

Transformers Animated

Blitzwing appears as a loyal Decepticon in the Transformers Animated series, speaking in a German accent. Referred by Megatron as being unstable, Blitzwing has a "face-swapping" feature a la the Masters of the Universe's Man-E-Faces. Each of his three faces has a personality of its own; the first is Icy Blitzwing (who is cold-natured and intelligent), the second is Hothead Blitzwing (hot-headed and bad-tempered, along with a Arnold Schwarzenegger look and gapped teeth), and the third is Random Blitzwing (who is just crazy and insane). The first two personas manifest more in the respective jet and tank modes, whereas the third can use either mode. The Random personality is responsible for Blitzwing being a Triple Changer - the Icy and Hothead personalities argued over whether to scan a fighter jet or a tank, but Random came to a compromise by scanning both. It also seems he has trouble flying in a straight line.

Blitzwing's jet mode fires explosive ice missiles and ice lasers from his cannons, which are also the weapons employed by his cold/calm personality. His tank mode has a twin laser turret and fires laser bolt barrages, which is also his hot-tempered personality's weapon of choice. His insane face specializes in exploding laser pellets. Blitzwing occasionally crashes in mid air while transforming from jet to tank, usually as a result of losing his temper and switching to his fiery personality. Prowl notices this in the Season One finale and, along with Ratchet and Bumblebee, use it as a weakness to defeat him. His hot-tempered persona can sometimes utilize his jet form, firing salvos of high-explosive missiles instead; also, there are times when he can use all three attacks simultaneously, this is rare, however.

The Hothead Blitzwing, resembling the G1 version, is somewhat a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger while the Icy Blitzwing seems to parody stereotypical German Nazi officers with a monocle-style left eye, such as Colonel Klink. The face of Random Blitzwing mostly resembles a black and red version of a Jack-o-lantern carving.

Animated series

Among the Nemesis crew, Blitzwing abandoned ship to evade an explosion that took out most of the Nemesis. Soon after, he posted a bounty on the Autobots, who he believed killed Megatron, to the bounty hunter Lockdown, who contacted him after he captured Optimus Prime, negotiating his payment, revealed outside the series to be Lugnut's fist technology, before the Autobots saved their leader. Blitzwing would later come to Earth in person with Lugnut, unaware of his comrade's com link to Megatron and thinking of it as merely delusions. While finding a suitable guise to escape the authorities, Blitzwing became caught in a momentary argument with himself over two vehicles until he decides to take both. After being defeated by the Autobots in an attempt to get Sari's Allspark Key, Blitzwing and Lugnut ended up in pieces in Lake Erie until Starscream found them, and offered to repair them on one condition: that they pledge their undying loyalty to him.

Deciding to serve Starscream, under threat rather than by choice, Blitzwing aids Lugnut in taking the Allspark Key from Ratchet, and give it to the being who has been sending Lugnut messages. Upon arriving at Sumdac Tower, he realized that Lugnut was not crazy after seeing Megatron's disembodied head before he helps his master complete his restoration. He aided in the subsequent attack on the Autobots, though Bumblebee managed to use Blitzwing's personality/mode flaw against him, tricking Bltizwing into changing to tank mode in mid-air and crashing into Lake Erie. Later on, Blitzwing appeared with Lugnut and Megatron in one of Isaac Sumdac's mining tunnels. Megatron kept Isaac Sumdac captive, and was using him to try to rewire a Space Bridge design to take control of Cybertron. Megatron sends him and Lugnut to steal the tachyon transmitter from the Elite Guard ship in order for them to contact the Decepticons in other parts of the universe, unintentionally showing Starscream where they were based as a result. Blitzwing later goes on a mission assigned to him by Megatron to an Allspark fragment, he eventually does but Bumblebee and Sari got it first which led to a high speed pursuit until Sari learned that she could use the All Spark powered remote control to momentarily control him. When Blitzwing finally received the chance to destroy Bumblebee, he was tackled by Blurr, allowing Sari to use the remote to send the Decepticon off into the sky.

Later, Blitzwing and Lugnut began stealing construction supplies for the Space Bridge they are making, avoiding the Autobots one time and meeting Mixmaster and Scrapper in another. After a misunderstanding, Blitzwing decides to have the Constructicons haul the supplies for him and Lugnut before disposing of them. However, Megatron intervenes out of seeing Mixmaster and Scrapper as of use to help build his personal space bridge. When the two Constructions later wander aimlessly after losing their memories, Blitzwing retrieves them with oil to recommission their assistance in the space bridge construction. As the bridge is completed, Blitzwing once again pairs with Lugnut to stop the Autobots only to be cuffed by Blurr until later freed and attempted to attack Omega Supreme head-on, only to headbutted into the horizon. Blitzwing survived and is "captured" by Sentinel Prime in "Five Servos of Doom". (In reality he is captured by Lockdown and traded to Sentinel.) However, Blitzwing is later freed by Swindle as he participates in taking over the Cybertron Elite Ship. However, the mutiny is stopped by Optimus Prime, who manages to freeze Blitwing, the Liar and Sycophant Starscream clone. Blitzwing and his fellow prisoners are then brought to Cybertron, where they are imprisoned.

Shattered Glass

This Blitzwing is a mirror universe counterpart to the Generation 1 character.

Transformers Cinematic Universe

Blitzwing is a Decepticon seeker who transforms into a red/white McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Though the character is reminiscent in appearance to the Generation 1 Seekers and only has one alternate mode in the film, the toyline also depicts him with a Cybertronian tank mode, in reference to his original Triple Changer status.

Movie plot

Blitzwing appears in the film Bumblebee. After B-127 is cornered by Sector 7 soldiers, Blitzwing arrives and fires missiles down on the humans before transforming and grabbing B-127. As they fight, Blitzwing flies up the cliff-face and drags B-127 along until the smaller bot gets loose and damages Blitzwing's boosters, dropping them onto a ledge. With his superior firepower, Blitzwing quickly overpowers B-127 and demands to know where the rest of the Autobots are hiding. When B-127 pledges to "never talk", Blitzwing decides to spite his pledge and rips out B-127's voice box before dropping him off the cliff. Confronting the heavily damaged Autobot on the ground, Blitzwing is destroyed; B-127 takes one of Blitzwing's missiles and stabs it into his chest and then shoots it with his plasma cannon, blowing Blitzwing to pieces. The dead Blitzwing's actions severely compromised B-127's mission to establish an Autobot base on Earth as the battle also impaired his memory cells resulting in amnesia, setting up the film's main plot.