|First appearance||Transformers Generation 1|
|Voiced by||Ed Gilbert |
|(Japanese)||Junji Sanechika |
|Alternate modes||Cybertronian jet |
Modified McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Modified F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Futuristic harrier jet similar to Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut
Thrust is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series.
The original character was a red Decepticon jet, with most of the following character using the name Thrust being a variation on that concept. The biggest exception being the Thrust who appeared in Beast Machines who was an evil Vehicon who turned into a motorcycle.
Transformers: Generation 1
Thrust in the original Transformers toyline is the name of a Decepticon who transforms into a dark red and gray VTOL jet.
Thrust, Dirge, and Ramjet are part of a team dubbed by Transformers fans as the "Coneheads" for the way their animation models were drawn to make them visually distinct from the original Decepticon jets Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker despite their toys being modifications of the same mold used to create that original trio.
Thrust's personality is that of a braggart who tries to psyche out his opponents with the roar of his engines, but is in fact a coward when it comes to actual battle.
In the cartoon, Thrust first appeared in the second season episode "Dinobot Island".
In the episode "The God Gambit" Cosmos collected data in space on a potential new power source, but was attacked by Astrotrain, Thrust and Starscream. Crashing on the moon Titan, the local priests worshiped the Decepticons as "Sky Gods", but rebels were able to reactivate Cosmos and call for aid from the Autobots. Optimus Prime sent Omega Supreme with fellow Autobots Perceptor and Jazz. Astrotrain set himself up as the chief god of the moon and forced the natives to gather energy crystals. The trip to Titan drained Omega of most of his energy, but Perceptor and Jazz were able to gather enough crystals to reactivate Omega and defeat the three Decepticons. Vowing to not let the Autobots gain the crystals, Astrotrain set up a chain reaction destroying them. The Autobots aided the natives to escape the explosion and helped them settle in another area of the moon.
Thrust was in episodes "Hoist Goes Hollywood" when he, Megatron, and the other Decepticons go to the movie studio trying to get the film to cover their tracks until the Hoist tricked the Decepticons and made them retreat. In "Starscream's Brigade" Thrust is seen with Astrotrain and Soundwave standing and looking straight at Starscream while he's fighting with Megatron.
In "Triple Takeover" Thrust is seen flying and talking to Astrotrain while he was carrying Energon cubes for his train cargo. In "Child's Play" Thrust, the other Decepticons, and the Autobots are shrunk small inside a house.
In "The Golden Lagoon" Thrust is the one that discovers the lagoon after Beachcomber left. He was also one of the nine Transformers to be transported to the giant alien world in "Child's Play". He attempted to warn the Insecticons about the Morphobots in "Quest For Survival," but was simply fired upon. In "Kremzeek!" he was responsible for dropping Kremzeek in the Autobot base.
Thrust also appeared in The Transformers: The Movie. Among other roles he had in the movie, Thrust is most recognized as the first Decepticon run over by Optimus Prime as the Autobot Leader made his way towards Megatron. Thrust was one of Starscream's aids at his coronation. During Unicron's attack on Cybertron, Thrust, along with the other Coneheads were one of the Decepticons who were defending the planet. The Coneheads were seen flying into Unicron's mouth, which closed and apparently destroyed them. However, the trio still appear in later episodes.
In "Ghost in the Machine", Thrust and Dirge are among other Decepticons (Runamuck and Runabout) 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 Thrust, Dirge, Runamuck and Runabout inside. He and Dirge liberates Trypticon from Starscream's control, just before the traitorous ghost was about to aid Unicron in destroying Cybertron.
Thrust appeared in episode #1 and #15 of the Japanese exclusive Headmasters series.
Thrust was recruited as a Decepticon under the leadership of Megatron in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Thrust became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream. He often worked with fellow Conehead seekers Ramjet and Dirge. He appeared defending Cybertron's planetary engines from Grimlock's group, but was later seen slumped against the wall. Staying with the Decepticons during the chaos following Megatron's disappearance, Thrust was one of those who defeated the Chaos Trinity.
In the third War Within series Thrust appeared among the Decepticon troops under the command of Shockwave.
After the Great Shutdown ended, Thrust was reformatted by Shockwave into the form of an Earth-style jet, serving as one of his bodyguards. After the War between the Autobots and Decepticons ended on Cybertron, Ultra Magnus led a mission to Earth to arrest the Autobots on Earth for continuing their violent ways. Thrust was among the troops under Ultra Magnus.
Defeated by the Autobots on Cybertron, Shockwave was forced to set up a new secret headquarters in the wastelands of Cybertron, with Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust following him. Shockwave completed work on his new warrior, Sixshot. Megatron returned to Cybertron with three clone warriors and the Predacons and was able to defeat Shockwave. Shockwave was kept alive, but restrained. All Shockwave's warriors except Blitzwing, who was destroyed, joined up with Megatron in his plan to invade the Earth.
Beast Wars II
A second character named Thrust was introduced in the Japanese exclusive series Beast Wars II.
In the Japanese exclusive Beast Wars II series, Thrust is a Predacon who transformers into a yellow jet and is a soldier in the forces of a transformer calling himself Galvatron.
Like his best friend Dirge, Thrust has the attitude of a manzai comedian. He never calms down and hates acting serious. He'd much rather have fun and take things in stride. Thrust has a shrewd personality, though, and along with Dirge he forms a well-known duo among the Predacons. Unfortunately, the duo isn't known for exactly what they'd like to be. For the most part they are thought of as bunglers. Thrust hates sea breezes since they tend to cause him to rust and for that reason alone he strangely has a great hatred of the Maximal Scuba.
Thrust and Dirge share a great deal in common. Thrust transforms into a stealthy fighter jet just like his partner. He also carries his weapon of choice, the Thrust Gun, in his leg compartment and can attach a barrel to it for increased power.
Thrusts inability to focus on anything for a length of time reduces him and his partner to the more menial tasks while complex assignments are left to more appropriate Predacons.
Later, he is upgraded by Gigastorm using the power of the Angolmois energy, thereby transforming him into Thrustor, a cybernetic velociraptor.
In the Transformers: Armada cartoon series, Thrust is a noted Decepticon strategist called to Earth by Megatron. He becomes second in command of the Decepticons under Megatron replacing Demolisher.
According to the Japanese tech spec and animated series Thrust can become invisible, but in the Dreamwave comics, they attribute his ability to turn invisible to his Mini-Con partner Inferno.
In the English dubbed of the episode "Prehistory" in a flashback sequence, Thrust was an Autobot that Optimus Prime left in command of Cybertron while Optimus and his team are on Earth.
Stealthily stalking the skies in his jet mode, Thrust is aided by his optical camouflage powers that render him invisible. He personally selected the Mini-Con Inferno to be his partner when he arrived on Earth from Cybertron. In addition, he worked in conjunction with the Air Military Team (Terradive, Thunderwing, Gunbarrel) on several occasions.
Heralded as a master tactician and general, Thrust won numerous victories for the Decepticons on the planets Duke and Vector. The schemes he crafted for the Decepticons certainly seemed to confirm that fact, but they came crashing down when he failed to factor in the arrival of Jetfire on Earth, and later, his ability to combine with Optimus Prime.
Following these, and other disastrous encounters with the Autobots, Thrust was approached by Sideways and given promises of great power and respect, Thrust began to work against Megatron. At the same time, he arranged a scheme to manipulate Starscream and eventually allow the Decepticons to gain possession of all three Mini-Con weapons, which Thrust then used to power the mighty Hydra-Cannon. Back on Cybertron, however, Thrust's treachery was revealed when he absconded with the Skyboom Shield and Requiem Blaster, and delivered them to Sideways, who planned to use them to revive his master, the Chaos-Bringer Unicron. Following Starscream's self-sacrifice and Sideways' theft of the Star Saber, Unicron was fully reborn and attacked Cybertron, with Thrust perched on his shoulder cheering over the destruction of the Transformers race. Because of this, both Optimus and Megatron (who is now reformatted as Galvatron) agree to form an alliance between the Autobots and Decepticons to defeat Unicron and save their planet. While Optimus tries to blast an opening on Unicron, Galvatron angrily confronts Thrust on Unicron's surface for his treachery, swearing that he will pay for it. However, Thrust retorts at this, saying that so much damage has been done on Cybertron and that Galvatron would be foolish to have the Decepticons to side up with the Autobots to save it. An angry Galvatron then prepares to fire his cannon on Thrust, who then attempts to fly away, only to bump into a portion of Unicron's body by accident and became lodged in a shifting joint, and found that his cries for help elicited no response from either the Chaos-Bringer or his former leader. Galvatron warned him that this was the fate of those who dared to dream of both power and treason, and walked away as Thrust was crushed to his death, thus being consumed by his desire for ultimate power.
Thrust had a much lesser role in the accompanying Dreamwave comics. He first appeared in issue #9, arriving from Cybertron to equip the Decepticons with rocket boosters, providing them with some much needed mobility. He then took part in the Decepticon assault on the Mini-Con base on the moon, and also battled Hot Shot and Red Alert alongside Starscream in order to discover the location of the Autobot base. He then became part of Megatron's forces on Earth, hunting the Mini-Con adventure team, accidentally being taken out by a super-powered Cyclonus and accompanying Starscream and Demolishor in search of Over-Run and the Mini-Con Matrix, battling Hot Shot again. However, they ran into trouble in the most unexpected of forms - the original Galvatron, who took out Thrust. Left for dead by the other two, Thrust managed to make his way to the Decepticon base on Earth. His luck didn't improve: he was confronted by Galvatron's fellow Heralds of Unicron - the original versions of Scourge, Thunderwing, and Dirge - and subsequently beaten to a pulp. He did not appear again in the Armada comics.
Although the character of Thrust did not appear in the Energon animated series he continued to appear in the Transformers: Energon comic series by Dreamwave, allying himself with the Autobots after the disappearance of Megatron. He was one of those who aided the Autobots when Cybertron was attacked by the Four Horsemen of Unicron: Airazor, Cheetor, Rhinox and Terrorsaur. Subsequently, he was one of those who volunteered to head to Earth to battle the Terrorcon invasion. He was one of the defenders of Toronto alongside Hot Shot, Red Alert, Hoist, Beachcomber, and Rodimus, battling against Divebomb and a swarm of Terrorcon clones before receiving help from a very unlikely source: Megatron, resurrected in a new body by Optimus Prime. Megatron decimated the Terrorcon invasion, and Thrust attempted to ingratiate himself with his bemused former leader.
Thrust would make one more appearance in flashback in Transformers: Energon #30 as one of the Decepticons piloting Megatron's battle barge as Starscream delivered a warning of Scorponok's ambitions. Unfortunately Dreamwave went out of business at this point, so any further development of Thrust remains untold.
Another Thrust appeared in the Transformers: Cybertron line as a Mini-Con.
Thrust was presented as a revolutionary who enjoyed defying the pointless laws of the Mini-Con Council. Thriving on chaos, he took advantage of the black hole created by the Unicron singularity, sabotaging the Mini-Cons' ships and leaving them trapped on Cybertron as the black hole expands, then leading a rebellion.
Transformers Cinematic Universe
Thrust is a cowardly Decepticon jet. He prefers fighting humans to Autobots, but will fly away in terror if they attack with heavy artillery.
In Bumblebee, Thrust was among the Seeker hordes under the command of Shockwave. Along with Starscream and Skywarp, he took part in an attack on the launch pad to prevent the Autobots from evacuating Cybertron. After Optimus Prime was attacked by Ravage, Thrust and the other Decepticons closed in to attack the Optimus Prime. Unknown survived he in attack on Autobot leader or not, because Prime managed to escape the planet.
Thrust is Swindle's bodyguard. He is a clone of Starscream, representing Starscream's envy.