|First appearance||Transformers: Generation 1|
|Voiced by||John Stephenson|
|(Japanese)||Keiichi Nanba (television series) |
Ken Shiroyama ("SOS Dinobots")
Takurō Kitagawa ("Microbots", "Fire on the Mountain")
|Alternate modes||Cybertronian Car |
1983 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
2001 Honda S2000
2010 Ford Mustang GT
Windcharger is a fictional character and was one of the original toys in the Transformers line when Hasbro started producing them in 1984.
Transformers: Generation 1
In robot mode, Windcharger's arms act as the positive and negative poles of a magnet. He can cast powerful magnetic fields at distances up to 700 feet. He can levitate a 10-ton block of steel at that distance. He can attract objects that are affected by magnetism toward him or repel them. At closer distances he can rip them apart.
According to original tech spec notes written by Bob Budiansky the original name for Windcharger was Sprint.
Windcharger was featured on the cover of the Transformers Collectors Club Magazine #37.
Windcharger appeared sparingly in the US Marvel Comic, but his magnetic powers were a recurrent theme in the early UK-only stories. When the Ark's computer, A.U.N.T.I.E., went out of control threatening all Transformers on Earth, Windcharger and Ravage combined their special abilities to disable A.U.N.T.I.E.
Ratchet later deployed Windcharger to stop a rampaging Guardian Unit patrolling the Ark, but on this occasion Windcharger was not able to destabilise Guardian's central data store.
Windcharger was then appointed by Prowl to lead the team bringing in Sludge during the Dinobot Hunt; unfortunately he unwittingly led Gears and Cliffjumper into an ambush set up by Soundwave.
Windcharger last appeared in the US Marvel comics issue #41.
Windcharger was among the original Autobot crew of the Ark when it crashed on Earth four million years ago. Despite his role as the fastest Autobot over short distances as well as one of their then-few warriors (Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, and Cliffjumper being the others), he saw few noteworthy appearances in the series.
In the episode "A Prime Problem", Megatron made a clone of Optimus Prime in order to make the Autobots fall into a trap. Both Primes returned to the Ark (the second secretly being controlled by Megatron), causing confusion among the Autobot ranks. Only after Windcharger and their human ally Spike Witwicky sneaked into the Decepticon base did the truth about the clone reveal itself.
In the episode "Prime Target", the big game hunter Lord Cholmondeley captured a secret Soviet jet, in addition to an American military vehicle, leading to each side to blame the other, creating a threat of war. Cholmondeley then set his sights on the ultimate trophy, the head of Optimus Prime. In order to lure Optimus in Cholmondeley captured the Autobots Tracks, Bumblebee, Jazz, Beachcomber, Grapple, Blaster and Inferno. Windcharger and Huffer were able to avoid being trapped. When Cosmos learned of the location Cholmondeley was keeping the captured Autobots Optimus Prime accepted Cholmondeley's challenge to meet him alone. Although interrupted by the Decepticons Astrotrain and Blitzwing's attempt to ally the Decepticons with Cholmondeley, Optimus defeated the big game hunter and freed the Autobots. The Soviet plane was returned by the Autobots, with Cholmondeley tied to its nose antenna like a hood ornament as punishment for his actions.
In the episode "Masquerade", Windcharger was among the team of five Autobots who disguised themselves as the Stunticons, and he was disguised as Wildrider. Penetrating the Decepticons' camp, and learning of their plans, the Autobots eventually ran into trouble when the real Stunticons arrived, proving their identities by arriving as Menasor. With a combination of Windcharger's magnetic powers and Mirage's illusion-creating ability, the Autobots were able to appear as Menasor too, but the deception was soon revealed, though they were still able to thwart the Decepticons' plans.
in The Transformers: The Movie, Windcharger's body is dragged to cover by Arcee next to Wheeljack, (who looks deceased in a similar way, their bodies not changing colour to the grey black associated with Transformers when they die), during the Autobot City battle. However, despite his assumed death, Windcharger's name is absent from the list of casualties entombed in the Autobot mausoleum, and he is later seen running around in the background of Transformers Episode #91: Call of the Primitives.
Windcharger appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book The Revenge of the Decepticons written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books.
Windcharger was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Dinobots Strike Back by Casey Todd.
Windcharger was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Battle Drive by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel.
Windcharger was featured in the 1985 audio adventure Laserbeak's Fury.
Windcharger was a main character in the 1985 story Sun Raid.
Windcharger appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.
When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Windcharger joined the Autobot cause.
Windcharger was among the Autobots who followed Optimus Prime on his mission on board the Ark and crash landed on Earth.
In 1984, when the Ark's computer re-activated, it reformatted Windcharger as in the form of an Earth car. Eventually the combined forces of the Autobots on Earth, and their human allies were able to capture the Decepticons. A ship called the Ark II was built to take the Cybertronians back to Cybertron, along with some human companions, but the ship exploded shortly after takeoff. The human allies were killed, but the Cybertronians were lost in the ocean, again in statis lock.
When Ultra Magnus came to Earth claiming that the Earth-based Autobots were Cybertronian criminals Optimus Prime surrendered and with the majority of Autobots returned to Cybertron. Jazz was left in charge of the Ark, with Brawn, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Wheeljack and Windcharger assigned to him.
Returning to Earth with the Combaticons, Starscream reformatted them into Earth-style vehicles and attacked the Autobots remaining on Earth. Forming Bruticus, the Combaticons defeated Jazz, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Wheeljack and Windcharger. Only Ratchet and Brawn escaped capture, but as they made their way back to the Ark, they discovered its defenses on automatic, and had to fight their way inside. Bruticus followed them and Ratchet had to destroy the Ark in failed attempt to destroy Bruticus. Starscream eventually captured Ratchet and Brawn, right as an Autobot shuttle and Sunstorm arrived on Earth (Transformers: Generation One III #1).
Jazz, Warpath, Bumper, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker rejoined Windcharger and Wheeljack, who were repaired by the Earth Defense Command. They all rejoined Ratchet on board the Autobot ship Orion (Transformers: Generation One III #9).