|First appearance||Transformers Generation 1|
|Alternate modes||Shark Monster/Double Barrelled Tidal Wave Maker |
Overbite is the name of four fictional characters from the Transformers series in the Transformers franchise.
Transformers: Generation 1
Overbite is the name of one of the Seacon Targetmasters. He transforms into a shark-monster or alternately into a Double Barrelled Tidal Wave Maker which could be wielded by a larger Transformer like Piranacon. He could also become any limb of Piranacon.
Overbite was sold by himself in the U.S. as well as in a gift pack with the other seacons (except for Nautilator, who was only included with the Japanese gift set).
Overbite sees his life as an endless, obsessive quest for the next piece of prey, and will attack vessels for the fun of it. He is virtually unbeatable in underwater combat in his shark alternate mode, which also possesses legs for land operation and claws for manipulating objects. He is armed with a freeze-beam blaster and wields a corrosive jawbreaker cannon.
Overbite was named the 5th oddest thing that G1 Transformers transform into by Topless Robot.
Although the Seacons were released too late in the toyline to make an appearance in the U.S. Transformers animated series, their Japanese counterparts made it to the small screen in 1988's Japanese-exclusive series, Transformers: Super-God Masterforce. Here, the Seacons were notably different from their American selves – rather than each one of them being unique, entire legions of drones of the five smaller team members existed, lacking the power of speech or any true intelligent thought. Never transforming into robot mode (possibly not even possessing the ability), they operated under the command of various other Decepticons, acting as ground troops and cannon fodder during their numerous attacks on the Pretenders. In contrast, the Seacon leader, Turtler was indeed intelligent and capable of speech, but he too never transformed to robot mode. By combining with one of each of the Seacon drones, Turtler became King Poseidon, who was first dispatched to battle Ginrai and later participated in many pivotal battles. Of particular note was the assault upon the Autobots' base, during which they abandoned the Decepticon double agent Clouder to die in the conflagration, encouraging him to switch sides when the Autobots saved him.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Overbite received an unusual reference in the later show Transformers: Robots in Disguise. At one point in the episode Explosive Situation, Darkscream refers insultingly to his fellow Predacon Sky-Byte (who also transformed into a shark) as Overbite, a clear reference to the G1 Seacon.
It has become commonplace in more modern Transformers toylines for certain figures to be designed as homages to characters from past series, or for existing toys to be repainted for this purpose also. Overbite was the name given to a slight repaint of Beast Wars Second Hellscream when it was made into a Decepticon and released in the Transformers: Universe line. He was packaged together with the Autobot Repugnus.
Early information about the Universe "Overbite with Repugnus" set appeared in April 2004 out of China, calling the set Cybershark with Buzzclaw.
Although never released, a Decepticon aligned Mini-Con named Overbite was initially intended to be released as part of the last wave of Mini-Con vs. sets alongside the Autobot Mini-Con Swoop, but its release was delayed, and used in Transformers Classics in a three pack called the Predator Attack Team. The other two members featured a tiger (Snarl) and an eagle (Dreadwing). Overbite transforms into a black wolf. The bio for Overbite described him as a vicious Decepticon sympathizer who sits on the Mini-Con Council of Sages. He hopes to trick Galvatron into an ever escalating war with the Autobots that will leave the larger Transformers so weakened that the Mini-Cons can take over. His allies include the Mini-Cons Divebomb and Wideload.
A new character named Overbite was released as part of the Transformers: Classics Mini-Cons. He is completely unrelated to the Generation 1 Overbite.
To Overbite's olfactory senses, there is nothing sweeter than the scent of fear. While he can track a target silently and remain unseen, if given the chance, he will give his quarry the briefest of glimpses, the subtlest of hints that he's on their trail so they start to panic. Once they're whipped up into a suitably paranoid state, he strikes. His attacks are merciless, brutal, and messy, and he will typically bring a couple choice pieces back as trophies. Sometimes he'll even take old parts out and play with them, which many of his fellow Mini-Cons think is sick, but Snarl thinks it's a hoot. Overbite is very protective of this macabre collection.
Transformers: Timelines (Shattered Glass)
A mirror-universe version of Overbite appeared in the Transformers: Timelines fiction. He combines with his fellow Seacons to form Piranacon.