|First appearance||Transformers Generation 1|
|Voiced by||Bud Davis |
|Alternate modes||Cybertronian jet, Modified F-15 |
Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet
Giant Cybernetic Wasp
Mantis/Lizard Pretender Shell
Futuristic Harrier Jet
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
Dirge is the name of several different fictional characters from the Transformers series. He was first introduced in 1985 as a villain in the Transformers series, appearing in the comic book by Marvel Comics and voiced by Bud Davis in the animated television series. Since then the name Dirge was also used by several other Transformers characters.
Transformers: Generation 1
Dirge was first introduced in 1985. He, Ramjet, and Thrust are part of a team dubbed by Transformers fans as the "Coneheads" for the way their character models were drawn to make them visually distinct from the original Decepticon jets Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp despite their toys being modifications of the same mold used to create that original trio.
Dirge was described as a mournful, morose, and silent warrior reliant on – and consumed by – fear. An expert at inflicting fear on others, his behavior gives even close comrades like Ramjet "the creeps". However, Dirge was also prone to succumbing to fear, and effectiveness as a warrior evaporated under situations where he feels he is not in control.
In jet mode, Dirge had the ability to induce fear in other robots through the sound of his engines. The engines apparently emitted certain frequencies that caused disorientation and provoked fear in the Transformers' equivalent of the central nervous system. He also carried two air-to-air concussion missiles and two automatic machine guns.
Dirge's first appearance in Transformers was in the second season of the cartoon in episode #35, "Auto Berserk". How he came to Earth was not shown.
Dirge made regular appearances in the second season, but was never shown using his fear-inducing engines he was stated as having in sources outside the cartoon. He played prominent roles in episodes such as "The Gambler" (episode #47), where he and Ramjet have been sent to the planet of Monacus to discuss 'business' with a citizen, and "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide" (episode #51), where he almost destroys Powerglide. In "Triple Takeover" (episode #52) Dirge is seen flying with the other Decepticon planes. In "Hoist Goes Hollywood" (episode #54), Dirge is seen flying with device until he falls into a movie swamp and can't transform.
In The Transformers: The Movie, Dirge was briefly shown during the Decepticons' attack on Autobot City. Dirge appeared again later in the movie, being the first at Starscream's coronation to spot the incoming Galvatron and Cyclonus. He appeared towards the end of the movie, attempting to escape from Unicron as Cybertron was being torn apart. Dirge, Thrust, and Ramjet appeared to be consumed by Unicron at this time, but they continued to make sporadic appearances in later episodes.
In a third season episode (episode #66, "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1") he was shown to have been apparently destroyed by Ultra Magnus, but Dirge can be seen later in episode #71, "The Killing Jar", amongst numerous other season three episodes. In one of those later episodes, "Ghost in the Machine", Dirge, Thrust, and Battlechargers Runamuck and Runabout are being punished by Galvatron for failing to stop a demoralizing assault by Starscream — now a ghost possessing the bodies of other Decepticons. Just before he and the other offenders are to be hunted down, Trypticon, the Decepticon city is possessed, trapping Dirge, Thrust, Runamuck and Runabout inside. Dirge liberates Trypticon from Starscream's control, just before the traitorous ghost was about to aid Unicron in claiming Cybertron as his new body.
Dirge later appeared in episode 1 and 15 of the Japanese exclusive Headmasters series.
Beast Wars II
The name 'Dirge' was revived for used by a Predacon in the Beast Wars II toy line, a Japanese-exclusive series.
Dirge, along with his partner Thrust, are jokesters. After swearing allegiance to Gigastorm, Dirge was rebuilt as Dirgegun. Though he still retains his comedic personality, Dirgegun is a much more powerful warrior who can no longer be taken lightly by any member of the Maximal Army. In mecha beast mode Dirgegun becomes a cybernetic wasp. He can use his spear gun to infect Maximals with a computer virus that briefly destabilizes them. His other weapon of choice is his "Blast Leader" which is a powerful sonic attack that burst's the audio receptors of whoever is in range to here it. Though a stronger warrior, Dirgegun still has all the character defects of his Dirge form. Dirgegun is last seen among the Predacons escaping the exploding planet Nemesis. dirgegun does not reappear in the sequel series Beast Wars Neo leaving his current status unknown.
The character of Armada Thrust got a redeco of Powerlinx Thrust in the series. This deco was a homage to Generation 1 Dirge. The Facebook Ask Vector Prime page actually repurposed this deco as an Armada version of Dirge.
In the BotCon exclusive Transformers: Timelines storyline, Dirge was the name of an Insecticon commander serving under Deathsaurus. This Dirge should not be confused with the 2007 Timelines Dirge, a homage to the Generation 1 character.
Transformers: Timelines (Shattered Glass)
A version of Dirge appeared in the 2008 April Fools comic by Fun Publications. He was a Pretender member of the Mayhem Suppression Squad commanded by Colonel Deathsaurus. His engines can generate a vibration which cause uncontrollable crippling laughter in his targets. It rapidly loses interest if things become boring and predictable.
He appeared as a redeco of the Games Of Deception Dirge in yellow (referencing the colors of BW2 Thrust), inside a Pretender shell resembling Descent Into Evil Dirge colored in white and teal (referencing the colors of Descent Into Evil Chromia).
Dirge's biography was printed in issue #26 of the Transformers Collectors Club Magazine.
Dirge is a toy-only character in Transformers Animated. He is a clone of Starscream who represents the Decepticon's greed. Dirge was designed as a clone of Starscream by Derrick J. Wyatt, the main artist for Transformers Animated, though he did not end up being used in the cartoon. However, the design was used for the Activators toy.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
According to the manufacturer's description for the figure, Dirge tried to infiltrate NEST, but was discovered and is now chased by Bumblebee and Armorhide.
This Dirge is a homage to the Generation 1 character.
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Dirge is a playable character exclusive in the Nintendo DS version of the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron.