|First appearance||Transformers: Generation 1|
|Voiced by||Bill Martin|
|Alternate modes||CVN-68 Nimitz class/F/A-18 Hornet |
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Broadside is the name of three fictional characters from the various Transformers continuities in the Transformers franchise.
Transformers: Generation 1
Broadside's bio presented him as literally getting the worst possible out of his alternate modes. He transforms into a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, but gets seasick. He transforms into an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet but doesn't like heights. Despite these handicaps, he is a brave warrior in battle.
Broadside is supposedly 300 meters long as an aircraft carrier, however the real USS Nimitz is 332.9 meters long. Oddly the F/A-18 is only 17.1 meters long. The F/A-18 is actually one of the jets found on the Nimitz class carrier.
Broadside was depicted as being very large in all modes, standing at least twice as tall as Ultra Magnus, and being able to combat giant Decepticon combiners alone. Broadside first appeared in episode 67 of the animated Transformers series, "The Five Faces of Darkness, Part 2".
Broadside had a troubled history in the animated continuity. A large Autobot spaceship that looked exactly like Broadside's jet mode appeared in "Five Faces of Darkness", but was destroyed in the episode. In the following episode, "The Killing Jar", a Quintesson scientist disguised his spaceship as Broadside and beckoned the Decepticon Cyclonus to come inside. Inexplicably, Cyclonus complied.
Broadside's first confirmed appearance was in "Thief In the Night", where he appeared in Nimitz-class aircraft carrier mode.
He fell on Devastator in "Carnage in C-Minor", appearing in robot mode (albeit an old prototype design). In "Grimlock's New Brain" and "The Burden Hardest to Bear", Broadside finally appeared in his correct robot mode.
He last appeared in episode 92, "The Burden Hardest to Bear".
Broadside appeared in several episodes of the Japanese-exclusive Headmasters series. He was last seen in episode 16 being used by Arcee and Spike Witwicky to explore deep space in aircraft carrier mode.
The second use of the name Broadside was for a Mini-Con in the Transformers: Armada line. He is a member of the Night Attack Team and was packaged with Fetch and Scattor.
Broadside loves the dark. He excels in darkness, and has a cruel streak that has certainly helped the Night Attack Mini-Con Team earn its grim reputation (and string of "dead or alive" warrants on numerous planets). However, he's endlessly spouting off what he believes are creepy warnings about the darkness swallowing victims, endless nights and the like that some have a very hard time taking seriously, or just find outright pretentious and annoying.
The third Broadside is a Decepticon-aligned Mini-Con. He transforms into a tank and is part of the Mini-Con Demolition team.
Each member of the Demolition Team is an expert in engineering and construction, which makes them all the more effective at their actual function: turning things into piles of unidentifiable rubble. Allied with the Decepticons, these guys are sent in first to weaken Autobot fortifications, making it easier for the main army to swarm in.
As revealed in the artbook for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, there was a concept for a version of Broadside that appeared as a giant Autobot on the scale of Trypticon. He would apparently have had the alternate form of a large vehicle that serves to transport Trypticon's remains in the final game.