|First appearance||Transformers: Generations|
|Voiced by||Abby Trott |
(seasons 1 and 2)
|Alternate modes||VTOL jet|
Windblade is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers continuities in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. She is always depicted as a female Autobot that can turn into a VTOL jet.
Windblade is the first "fan-built bot" ever — the result of various polls on Hasbro's official website to determine most of her character and physical traits. She was officially revealed as a female Autobot at SDCC 2013. In addition to getting a toy, she'll also get a special IDW mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and illustrated by Sarah Stone. Scott did not give details on Windblade's backstory, but she did say that she has "no intention of presenting her in any sort of stereotypical geisha or hand-over-her-mouth-anime-girl role".
Windblade is a major character in the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy, where her history is somewhat similar to her IDW counterpart: she is a female Transformer from Caminus who previously served as Cityspeaker. She was left on her planet-which was desolated by the Combiner Wars-with only her friend Maxima, a similar Transformer who wielded an energy rifle. When Menasor and Computron arrived on their planet in battle, the pair attacked the victorious Decepticon Combiner and succeeded in killing him, though at the cost of Maxima's life. Learning that the Cybertronian Council-including Caminus' former ruler the Mistress of Flame-had come into possession of the Enigma of Combination, Windblade took Maxima's rifle and departed for Cybertron. After verifying Menasor's claim, Windblade prepared to destroy the Enigma only to be halted by the exiled Autobot leader Optimus Prime, who believed she was attempting to assassinate Starscream.
After handily defeating Windblade in their confrontation, Optimus was persuaded to join her crusade after learning of the Enigma's location and the council's plans to use it. The pair soon recruited another unlikely ally: Megatron, who had also been exiled and loathed the idea of Starscream possessing the Enigma. The trio made their way to the Council palace, where Optimus condemned Windblade and Megatron's willingness to kill the Council members in their quest to destroy the Enigma. Confronting the Council, Windblade accused the Mistress of Flame of abandoning their people; this was followed by her team being forced to face the palace defenses, though they inexplicably malfunctioned and Windblade heard a mysterious voice urging her to stop what was transpiring. The situation became further complicated when Devastator appeared and attacked the Council.
Windblade is an Autobot from the Kre-O continuity, a Kreon version of the character, who was actually introduced in fiction before the original. Like all non-toy robot Kreons in these comics, Windblade is made from existing Kre-O parts. She uses the Mirage helmet, the Starscream wing-pack and the curved blade first used by Insecticon and Rampage.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Transformers: Robots in Disguise is the first animated series to feature Windblade, with a design similar to but modified from her Generations counterpart.
Windblade was selected for a special mission on Earth by Primus, who upgraded her with flight capabilities and gave her the ability to track Decepticons. Arriving on Earth, she went into stasis for some time before being awakened by the Alchemor crash-landing; she then began hunting down escaped Decepticons using her abilities and resources she kept in caches scattered around the planet. While in a final confrontation with an unnamed Decepticon that she called "Fancyclaws", Windblade encountered Sideswipe and discovered that Bumblebee and other Autobots were also operating on Earth. Quickly befriending her new allies-with the early exception of Strongarm, though the two female Autobots eventually came to respect each other-Windblade helped them to capture the Decepticon Zizza before departing to continue her mission alone.
Windblade later returned to Bumblebee's base as she sensed the imminent arrival of the threat Primus had chosen her to face: Megatronus, who soon arrived on Earth with the help of several escaped Decepticons. Windblade and other members of the team were captured by them before Megatronus arrived, but managed to escape and subdued most of the Decepticons before taking on Megatronus. After the Fallen was defeated, Windblade became a full-time member of the team, which had also been joined by Drift, his Mini-Con students, and Optimus Prime himself. Windblade later joined those four and Sideswipe in acting as a mobile unit, seeking out Decepticon fugitives scattered across Earth's surface. Though Optimus was weakened somewhat due to the other Primes reclaiming power that they had lent him for the showdown with Megatronus, he proved a valuable leader and taught his comrades useful skills, including the ability to copy a vehicle's color scheme without assuming it as an alternate mode.
For a time Windblade became concerned with protecting the recovering Optimus, but soon learned her lesson after nearly falling prey to Razorpaw and his Mini-Cons, whom Optimus saved her from. They and their teammates then worked together to save one of her caches from Stockade and his Mini-Con battalion, after which they returned to Bumblebee's base and rejoined the rest of the team. The reunion came none too soon, as the Autobots encountered Optimus and Bumblebee's old comrade Ratchet and learned the location of Decepticon Island, a fragment of the Alchemor containing hundreds of escaped Decepticons. The group set out to disable the Decepticons using a stasis bomb, but Windblade was briefly captured in their initial skirmish with the Decepticons. Freed by Ratchet, Drift, and their Mini-Cons, Windblade joined her teammates in victory and later accompanied Optimus and Ratchet back to Cybertron with the rebuilt Alchemor, leaving the rest of the team to continue defending Earth.
Windblade is one of the main characters of Transformers: Cyberverse.