Transformers character
First appearance Transformers Generation 1
Voiced by Clive Revill
Troy Baker (Transformers: Fall of Cybertron)
Liam O'Brien (Transformers: Robots in Disguise)
Aliases Brawl
Affiliation Decepticon
Partner Barricade
Alternate modes Mechanical Grasshopper Insectrain (Rear)
Mechanical grasshopper Bulldozer
Mechanical grasshopper Formula race car

Kickback is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Kickback is the name of an insecticon who turns into a giant mechanical grasshopper.

Charming, but cruelly clever... makes friends so he can influence them to do his bidding by digging up facts he can hold against them. Humans are particularly susceptible to this Insecticon. In insect mode can jump 40 ft. for a distance of .1 miles... kick a hole in 1/4 inch steel. In robot mode can fly 30 mph up to 100 miles. Sub-machine gun fires 300 rounds per minute. Very vulnerable as insect and flying in high winds.

Animated series

Kickback debuted with the rest of the Insecticons in the first-season episode, "A Plague of Insecticons". The Insecticons were a group of Decepticons, who fled the Nemesis four million years ago in an escape ship. The ship landed on the island of Bali in Indonesia where the Insecticons reformatted themselves to resemble insects. The Insecticons' stomachs could absorb most forms of energy and matter and use it to fuel the robots.

Kickback seemed to take a back seat to Bombshell and Shrapnel in the leadership department. He loved to use his powerful legs to cause trouble for the Autobots (i.e. kicking tree trunks at them), along with having the ability to create and control an unlimited number of clones of himself using just small pieces of scrap metal. At first Megatron was very pleased with meeting the Insecticons. However, once the tide of battle turned in the Autobots' favor, the Insecticons consumed the Decepticons' Energon. This began a feud between the Insecticons and the Decepticons.

The Decepticon/Insecticon feud continued throughout the second season. In Transformers: The Movie, Kickback and the Insecticons were involved in the battle of Autobot City. Kickback, or one of his clones, suffered major injuries when he was knocked over by Hot Rod and then quickly had his head crushed by Kup and later gunned down by Optimus Prime. As a result, Kickback was among the Decepticons who were ejected into space during their return trip to Cybertron, and was transformed into one of the Sweeps by Unicron.

Kickback can be seen among the Decepticons on Cybertron scattered by the arrival of Galvatron and Cyclonus, as well as other small appearances in the third season. If the version that was damaged in the movie was the original or a clone, was never stated.

Transformers: Energon

Kickback was a member of the Decepticon Destruction Team who transformed into a tank. He was able to combine with his team to form a limb of the giant robot Bruticus Maximus.

Animated series

In the Energon TV show, Kickback was commanded by team leader Barricade. As with all of the Energon combiner limbs, Kickback has a twin brother on his team - Blight. Their Energon weapons are a cannon and a pair of guns. In the Japanese series, each member had the name of an original Combaticon - Kickback's name was Brawl.


The Sector 7 viral marketing web site featured several videos recording supposed evidence of Transformers on Earth. These featured cameos by Generation 1 Transformers, including scenes of Grimlock destroying a construction site, as well as scenes of Kickback and Laserbeak being video taped by people accidentally, and a security video showing bits of a robot looking a lot like Generation 1 Bumblebee transforming in a parking garage.

A version of Kickback appears among the Decepticons loyal to Megatron in the book Transformers: The Veiled Threat by Alan Dean Foster. Kickback is a Decepticon Bulldozer who worked with the Decepticon brothers Tread and Trample in Australia to mine Uranium, which they planned to use to revive Megatron. Kickback is killed by Optimus Prime.

Shattered Glass

This character is one of Megatron's heroic Decepticons, but secretly loyal to Alpha Trion. He is depicted as looking like the Generation 1 character Shothole.

Aligned Continuity

Kickback is an Insecticon who turns into a mechanical grasshopper like in previous incarnations. However, upon arriving on Earth, he adopts a formula race car altmode, yet retaining a grasshopper-themed robot mode. He is mentioned as having formed alliances with nearly every known Decepticon on Cybertron, thus leading to his imprisonment on board the Alchemor, until he escaped after the prison ship crashed on Earth.

Animated series

Kickback is an insecticon prisoner. He transforms into a Drag Racing Car and his robot mode is grasshopper-themed. After escaping in the episode "Lockout," Kickback tried to join up with Steeljaw's gang only for them to tie him up and use him as bait to lure the Autobots away from their scrapyard base. They freed him prompting the toadying Kickback to ask if the Autobots needed a new sidekick. When they refused, Kickback used his side kick to escape his captors whereupon he immediately transformed and fled. In "Metal Meltdown" Kickback is seen as part of Glowstripe's crew. Kickback is presumably captured during the "Decepticon Island" two parter.

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