|First appearance||Transformers Generation 1|
|Alternate modes||Transmetal Insect Monster |
Repugnus is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Repugnus is an Autobot counter-intelligence expert who turns into a monster bug.
Transformers: Generation 1
Repugnus' bio presented him as a social outcast among his fellow Autobots for a variety of reasons, not least his horrific appearance and extreme anti-social personality. He's one of the few to have been kicked out of the Autobots, but is usually allowed back when no other opportunity presents itself. When not on missions, he amuses himself by spreading malicious gossip about the other Autobots.
Repugnus was named the 4th oddest thing that G1 Transformers transform into by Topless Robot.
Although the Monsterbots were introduced after the end of the U.S. animated series, they did appear in animated form in a commercial. Repugnus and the Monsterbots were created accidentally during an attempt to create new Autobots. Kup raced to warn Rodimus Prime and Blurr of the accident, as the wild Monsterbots trashed the lab where they were born. Thankfully the Decepticons attacked just then and the Monsterbots burst out of the building through the wall to fight them. Rodimus expressed relief that, though they were monsters, at least they were Autobot monsters.
Repugnus and the other Autobots were among the few new 1987 toys who did not make it into the fourth and final season of the American Transformers animated series. They did, however, make it to the small screen on the other side of the Pacific, when they appeared in the Japanese-exclusive series, Transformers: The Headmasters.
Repugnus made his debut accompanying Rodimus Prime to Planet Beast, home of the Battle Beasts, which had been invaded by the Decepticons. Rescuing the captive Battle Beasts from the Decepticons’ subterranean factory, the Monsterbots were appointed by Rodimus to stay behind on the planet and keep guard for a time, in case the Decepticons returned; the trio accepted the position, their animalistic alternate modes well suited to the planet. The Monsterbots later rejoined the main Autobot force, and accompanied the new leader, Fortress Maximus, and his crew on their pursuit of the Decepticons from planet to planet, entering combat on the planet Paradise, where the three of them turned their fire-breath on Abominus and used it to detonate the Decepticons’ energon cubes.
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. Given their lesser-known nature, for any of the Monsterbots to be chosen for this was surprising, but Repugnus has twice received the honor.
Early information about the Universe "Overbite with Repugnus" set appeared in April 2004 out of China, calling the set "Cybershark with Buzzclaw".
Repugnus transforms into a transmetal spinosaur, and rules a small kingdom in the fetid swamps found at the base of the Steel Shard Mountains on the Jungle Planet. Repugnus is opposed to the rule of Scourge, and is fiercely independent of the despot's rule of the planet, using his knowledge of the planet's swamps to outwit and annihilate those sent to subjugate him. So dedicated is he to maintaining the freedom of his kingdom that he even exiled Undermine, his own brother, for being in league with Scourge.
There seems to be some confusion as to whether Repugnus is an Autobot or Decepticon. The toy is sold as an Autobot, but on the Hasbro website he is listed as a Decepticon.