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Encyclopedia > Mirage (Transformers)
G1 Mirage toy packaging art
G1 Mirage toy packaging art

Mirage is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. After Optimus Prime and Megatron, and along with Prowl , Mirage is one of the single most re-used names in the Transformers series, and is almost entirely synonymous with characters possessing Formula 1 racing car alternate modes. Image File history File links Mirage_toy. ... Image File history File links Mirage_toy. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Various Transformers toys. ... Optimus Prime (known in Japan as Convoy) is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons in fictional Transformers Universes. ... Prowl is a character in the Transformers series. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ...

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Generation One (1984)

Some might say that Mirage was created with a silver sparkplug in his mouth. On Cybertron, he was one of the planet’s elite upper class, preferring to spend his days hunting turbo-foxes instead of involving himself in conflict. When that became unavoidable, Mirage enlisted with the Autobot forces, although he is often unsure about his motivations for doing so, which leaves his fellow Autobots finding it hard to trust him – a problem not helped by the fact that Mirage can rarely hide that he is often unwilling to fight directly, or his contempt for the “commoners” he is now forced to interact with. He has no lost love for Earth, and would happily return to his old life on Cybertron if he could. Cybertron Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Autobots (also known as Cybertrons in Japan) are the heroes in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ...


Is it ironic that, given his unwillingness to fight, Mirage is a superior hand-to-hand combatant, and a skilled sharpshooter, having honed his talents hunting game on Cybertron. He is armed with a rifle which fires explosive, armor-piercing darts, but the most important piece of his arsenal in his function as a spy is his shoulder-mounted electro-disruptor, which can bend photons to make Mirage invisible, or appear to be where he is not, or even alter his physical appearance, hence his name.


Mirage transforms into a Ligier JS25-Ford Formula 1 racing car, which is the origin for his Japanese name, Ligier. He bears the racing number 26 – denoting the vehicle as that which was driven by Jacques Laffite in the 1980 season – and sponsorship logos for “Citanes,” a reference to the cigarette company, Gitanes. It was announced at Botcon 2005 that Mirage’s original toy mould has been lost, meaning that the toy cannot be reissued like many others have. Jacques-Henri Laffite (born November 21, 1943) is a French racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1974 to 1986. ... Gitanes is the most popular brand of French cigarettes. ... BotCon, briefly known as The Official Transformers Collectors Convention (or OTFCC) is an annual convention for Transformers fans and collectors. ...


Animated Series

Robot mode
Robot mode

The animated series opted to present Mirage’s desire to return to Cybertron as a genuinely sad longing, rather than as a result of any great dislike of Earth, and this shaped him into a more gentle character, not especially like the snob suggested by his profile. His actions immediately after the Transformers’ reactivation on Earth in 1984 were heroic ones, working with Hound on a plan to dupe the Decepticons, and using his invisibility powers to sneak aboard the villains’ space cruiser as it launched, sabotaging it from within and forcing it to crash back to Earth. Screencap from Transformers TV show This work is copyrighted. ... Screencap from Transformers TV show This work is copyrighted. ... Generation One (1984) Function: Scout Motto: A first generation Autobot, Hound was released into Transformers first year - 1984 and was one of the smallest of the standard sized Autobot cars. ...


Be it as a result of his own desire not to engage in combat or not, Mirage’s role in the Autobots’ battles on Earth was a distinctly minimal one, leaving him confined to the background on the battlefield, or not present at all. In early 1985, however, the spotlight shone on Mirage again when Cliffjumper suspected him of disloyalty. The discovery of a Decepticon installation in a sector Mirage had recently observed caused Cliffjumper to leap the incorrect conclusion that he was a traitor to the Autobots, having conceal the information. After a battle with the Decepticons, Mirage risked the trust of his comrades by sneaking away to perform a plan of his own, framing the Decepticons for stealing Energon Cubes from the Insecticons. Spotting carrying the cubes by Cliffjumper, Mirage’s guilt seemed all but confirmed, and before he could reveal his innocence, he was captured and brainwashed by one of Bombshell’s mind-controlling cerebro-shells. Under Bombshell’s control, Mirage led the Autobots into an ambush, but at the battle’s end, the assorted manipulations were revealed and Cliffjumper apologised to Mirage. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Energon is the primary source of power for the Transformers. ... The Insecticons are a supgroup 3 of insect-based Decepticons from the Transformers universe. ...


Towards the end of the year, Mirage was among the team of five Autobots who disguised themselves as the Stunticons, with Mirage’s alternate mode making him the perfect choice to masquerade as Drag Strip. Penetrating the Decepticons’ camp, the Autobots ran into trouble when the real Stunticons arrived, trying to prove their identities by forming Menasor. With a combination of Wincharger’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 toyline, the Stunticons are a group of Decepticons fear for their pyschotic behavior that have the capablity to do deadly stunts and wreak havoc on the streets. ...


Mirage, who was voiced by Transformers stalwart Frank Welker, did not play any role in the events of 2005, which saw many of his contemporaries destroyed, and did not appear during the battles in 2006. His ultimate fate was never revealed. Frank Welker Frank Welker (born February 16, 1945 in Denver, Colorado), is an American voice actor. ...


Marvel Comics

Mirage's comic appearance
Mirage's comic appearance

Following the awakening on Earth, Mirage immediately made clear his desire to return to Cybertron, even going so far as to question where his loyalties lay, if a different alliance would allow him to return to his home world. Attacked by Ravage in an early battle, Mirage attempted to reason with him, seeing no reason that two Transformers should fight, viewing co-operation as the best way to get back to Cybertron. However, when he clashed with Ravage for a second time, and had his arm severed by the Decepticon’s fangs, Mirage came to the realisation that only by fighting on the side of the Autobots did he truly stand a chance of returning to the world he loved. It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... Image File history File links Mirage_comic. ... Image File history File links Mirage_comic. ... Ravage(Jaguar in Japan) was one of the Decepticons who crash landed on Earth aboard the Ark four million years ago. ...


Mirage did not play any major role in battles which immediately followed, but managed to avoid being among the ranks of the injured following the Autobots’ climactic clash with Shockwave. Still, he remained largely absent from combat situations until the Underbase-empowered Starscream threatened the world; attempting to defend New York with a large number of his fellow Autobots, Mirage was deactivated by the Decepticon. His damaged body was stored in a stasis pod on the Ark, until and his fellow fallen comrades were brought back online through the power of Nucleon. Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is a Decepticon in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Underbase was a fictional object in the Marvel Transformers comics. ... Starscream is a Decepticon in the Transformers fictional universe, having appeared in multiple incarnations in the related comics, animated television series and movie. ... Official language(s) English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... The Ark after it crashed to Earth The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Nucleon is a power source in the fictional Transformers Universes. ...


Dreamwave Comics

Mirage, by Dreamwave
Mirage, by Dreamwave

Dreamwave Productions’ 21st Century re-imagining of the G1 universe presented a Mirage much closer to the cold, snobbish character his tech specs originally suggested. Image File history File links Mirage_dw. ... Image File history File links Mirage_dw. ... Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for its series Dark Minds and Warlands, and their multiple Transformers comic book series. ...


When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticon factions, Mirage joined the Autobot cause.


When Decepticon leader Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Mirage stayed with the Autobots under the leadership of Prowl.


When The Fallen attacked the Autobot base in order to capture Blitzwing, Mirage was among the Autobots who tried to stop him.


Mirage is 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 Mirage as in the form of an Earth car.


He was among the Transformers who were able to avoid being appropriated by the terrorist, Lazarus, when the ship returning them to Cybertron exploded in 1999, and he was reactivated by Optimus Prime and participated in the ensuing battles against the Decepticons that culminated in a nuclear explosion above San Francisco in 2002. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


The following year, when Shockwave arrived on Earth to arrest Prime and Megatron’s forces as war criminals, the Autobots were naturally resistant to the idea. Mirage was among a squad who monitored Shockwave’s movements on Earth, but upon discovering that Ultra Magnus was under Shockwave’s command, surrendered himself and the others, recognising this as his chance to return to Cybertron. When Optimus Prime then overthrew Shockwave, who was revealed to possess sinister ulterior motives, Mirage was among the Autobots who voted to stay on the planet rather than return to Earth, even though he had discovered that Shockwave had divided up his old estate and holdings amongst others. Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is a Decepticon in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Ultra Magnus Ultra Magnus is a fictional character of the Transformers Universes. ...


Generation 2

Generation 2 Mirage
Generation 2 Mirage

Mirage was among a team led by Grimlock onto the Twilight, the flagship of the second-generation Cybertronians led by Jhiaxus. Overwhelmed by the troops on board, the Autobots were captured but eventually mounted an escape attempt. The first to rush into battle, Mirage was destroyed by a flamethrower; his death was soon avenged in battle by Ironhide. Image File history File links Miragecard. ... Image File history File links Miragecard. ... Grimlock is the name of two characters in the Transformers Universes. ... In the Transformers Comic Continuum, Jhiaxus (Pronounced Gee-axe-us) was a Cybertronian leader (Or more appropriately, warlord) during Generation 2. ... Ironhide is the name of several characters in the Transformers Universes. ...


Mirage appeared in his original G1 body for his G2 comics appearance, but his original toy was not among those re-released for the G2 toyline. Instead, the toyline went on to feature a new incarnation of Mirage in 1995 as part of the smaller, simpler line of Go-Bot figures, sharing his mould with another figure named Double Clutch. The figure was also later repainted into a new Mirage for the Robot in Disguise toyline (see below).


Function: Counter Intelligence


Motto: "Who and what I am I hide from the enemy."


Bio: Mirage is perhaps the most unenthusiastic Autobot in history. Prefers hunting turbofoxes on Cybertron with his high-priced friends. But he's an effective fighter and valuable intelligence gatherer - that's why Optimus Prime keeps him around. Electro-disruptor alters physical appearance for up to 6 minutes. Expert marksman, although remains unsure of the Autobot cause and can't be fully trusted.


Machine Wars

Machine Wars Mirage
Machine Wars Mirage

In 1997, the small Machine Wars toyline was released exclusively in KB Toys stores, and featured a new Mirage figure with a spring-loaded transformation and the traditional racing car alternate mode, shared by the line’s Prowl figure. The lack of any supporting fiction for the line leaves its place in continuity hard to define, but Mirage’s bio-card clearly shows that he was cast in the mould of his original G1 namesake, presenting him to possess the same personality and ability. Image File history File links Mirageart. ... Image File history File links Mirageart. ... Prowl is a character in the Transformers series. ...


Function: Counter Intelligence


Motto: "Like a ninja in the night, I strike swiftly and unseen."


Bio: Mirage would rather be out hunting turbofoxes than battling for the Autobots, but he's an effective fighter and valuable intelligence gatherer -- that's why Optimus Prime keeps him around. Electro-disrupter alters physical appearance for up to six minutes. Invisibility within these short periods earned him his name. Remains unsure of Autobot cause, and can't be fully trusted.


Beast Machines

Beast Machines Mirage
Beast Machines Mirage

The first truly new, different character to bear the name of Mirage appeared in the 1999 Beast Machines toyline, a portent of the frequent reuse the name would soon receive. A member of the evil Vehicons, with the requisite (albeit stylised and alien) racing car alternate mode, this Mirage did not appear in the accompanying animated series, but was characterised as an experiment by Megatron in bridging the intelligence gap between Vehicon drones and their generals. Image File history File links Mirage_bm. ... Image File history File links Mirage_bm. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Vehicons are one of the many sub-groups of Transformers, appearing only in the animated cartoon series Beast Machines. ... Megatron (sometimes referred to as Megatron II by fans, although the designation is not particularly accurate) is a fictional character from the Beast Wars animated series and toyline, part of the Transformers multiverse. ...


Mirage’s biography presents him as a trickster who enjoys playing cruel pranks on his comrades, making him unpopular with his fellow Vehicons. He is not particularly smart and would be entirely useless without Megatron’s own supervision and orders. He possesses the power of teleportation, able to appear from nowhere to attack his foes, and is armed with a plasma blaster and duel missile launchers.


Interestingly, with the exception of his weaponry, Mirage’s biography is a carbon copy of that of the G1 Decepticon, Skywarp. The toy was later repainted and released in as part of the Robots in Disguise line, as an Autobot named Mirage GT (see below). Skywarp is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers toyline. ...


Robots in Disguise

Robot in Disguise Mirage
Robot in Disguise Mirage

The parallel universe of the 2001 line, Transformers: Robots in Disguise introduced another new Mirage, known as Counter Arrow in the original Japanese version, Car Robots. Fittingly, the Mirage toy is a repaint of the G2 Go-Bots Mirage figure, part of a smaller sub-group of such repaints known as Spychangers. The toy, originally sold in a two-pack with Ironhide, was also released alone in translucent plastic, and as a translucent redeco. Image File history File links Mirage_rid. ... Image File history File links Mirage_rid. ... Ironhide is the name of several characters in the Transformers Universes. ...


Mirage is the fastest of the Spychangers, which makes him the best choice for spying on the enemy – he’ll be in and out before anyone is the wiser. As an excellent marksman, he is fittingly armed with a sniper rifle, and, like the other Spychangers, possesses optical camouflage powers that can make him appear invisible and is able to drive over any surface, including water, and even upside-down.

Mirage GT
Mirage GT

Mirage’s most focal role in the Robots in Disguise animated series, in which he was voiced by Wally Wingert, was an unintentional homage to G1 Mirage’s own biggest role, when the other Spychangers inaccurately suspected Mirage of betraying the Autobots to the Predacons. Image File history File linksMetadata Mirage_gt. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Mirage_gt. ... Wally Wingert (born 6 May 1961 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American actor and voice actor. ... The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ...


Mirage GT

As noted above, the Robots in Disguise toyline also included a repaint of Beast Machines Mirage as an Autobot named Mirage GT, sold in a three-pack with Nightcruz and Scavenger (also repaints of Beast Machines toys). The toy was exclusive to the ‘‘Robots in Disguise’’ line, not having been a part of Car Robots and hence the character did not appear in the animated series, and without a profile, it is unclear whether or not Mirage GT is intended to be the same character as the existing Robots in Disguise Mirage.


Transformers: Armada

Armada Mirage
Armada Mirage

The alternate universe of Transformers: Armada introduced another Mirage (known in Japan as Indy) in 2002, this time a member of the diminutive Mini-Con faction and one third of the Race Team, alongside Dirt Boss and Downshift. Mirage's mold is based on an earlier figure, Swindle – the transformation of the toy is identical, aside from an additional waist swivel, but every piece is moulded differently – and, naturally, transforms into a Formula 1 racing car. He can combine with his team-mates into the Skyboom Shield. Mirage and the Race Team were later upgraded into the Road Assault Team, redecoed in red, white and black. Image File history File links Mirage_arm. ... Image File history File links Mirage_arm. ... Mini-Cons are a human-sized race of power-enhancing transforming robots in the Transformers: Armada universe and its sequels, one of the assorted universes in Transformers fiction. ... Dirt Boss is the name of two characters in the Transformers Universes. ... Downshift is the name of several characters in the Transformers Universes. ... The Skyboom Shield is a device in the Transformers: Armada series. ...


As a Mini-Con, Mirage possessed no given personality in the Armada animated series, communicating only in bleeps and spending most of his time onscreen in the merged form of the Skyboom Shield as the Autobots and Decepticons battled for ownership of it and the other Mini-Con weapons. As the toy similarly offered no bio for the character, he remained without any characterisation until Dreamwave Productions produced a profile that presented Mirage to be the leader of the Race Team. In the early days of the war, his skills in stealth and speed lead him to prefer running and hiding to fighting, but upon witnessing the atrocities of war, he viewed his cowardice as the worst crime of all, and stepped up to a command position in hopes of doing something about it. Although smart, observant and direct, Mirage still carries with him the guilt from the earlier part of his life, when he ignored his principles in favor of his own self-preservation. Like his G1 progenitor, Dreamwave presented Armada Mirage to possess a light-bending invisibility power, capable of rendering himself and other objects inperceptible, which he used in defence of the Mini-Con's moonbase in the Dreamwave comic book storyline.


Transformers: Energon

Energon Mirage
Energon Mirage

Despite occupying the same universe as Transformers: Armada and its Mirage, Transformers: Energon introduced its own Mirage (named Shockfleet in Japan) in 2004, an upgraded version of the lumbering Decepticon battleship, Tidal Wave. Unusually for a character bearing the name, he transforms into a high-speed gunboat. This Mirage has proved himself as much a threat on land as he is on water, turning destruction into an art form. Image File history File links MIRAGEIMAGE.jpg Mirage from Transformers Energon. ... Image File history File links MIRAGEIMAGE.jpg Mirage from Transformers Energon. ... Tidal Wave is the name of a fictional character from Transformers Armada and Transformers Energon. ...


Animated Series

When the unruly, treacherous Decepticon known as Shockblast joined Megatron’s forces, Tidal Wave warned against the idea, distrusting Shockblast as a result of some unspecified past conflict that had occurred between them. Ordered to aid Shockblast in battle, however, Tidal Wave was badly damaged when an Energon Tower collapsed on him, and Megatron used the power of Unicron to reformat him, recreating Tidal Wave as Mirage. Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is a Decepticon in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons in Transformers: Armada and Transformers: Energon. ... Unicron, in the movie Planet Mode, devouring a moon of Cybertron Unicron is a planet-sized transformer who devours worlds and played the primary antagonist in his first appearance, Transformers: The Movie, in which he is voiced by Orson Welles - this was actually his final film role before his death...


Smaller and sleeker than in his original form, Mirage received an intelligence upgrade to go along with his new body, speaking more full sentences and losing his penchant for repeating his own name, though he still referred to himself in the third-person. Somewhat outlandishly, by the climactic events of the series, Mirage appeared to have developed a romantic fixation upon his leader, often making comments about his affection for him and, in one instance, contorting his body and generating a glowing pink heart. Tragically, Mirage’s sheer devotion to Megatron led him to follow his leader into oblivion when he flew into the Energon sun that had caused his leader’s demise.


Mirage’s voice was provided by Doug Parker. Doug Parker is the current chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West Airlines and America West Holdings Corporation. ...


Dreamwave Comics

Mirage also made a brief appearance in the Dreamwave Energon comic book series. Here, after failing in a mission on Cybertron, Tidal Wave was punished by Scorponok for his misdeed, and was damaged so badly that Alpha Q used Unicron’s power to rebuild his shattered body as Mirage. Mirage proceeded to battle the Omnicons and Kicker, but the bankruptcy and subsequently closure of Dreamwave Productions has left its storylines unfinished. Scorponok Scorponok (MegaZarak in Japan) is the name shared by several characters across three of the various fictitious Transformers universes. ... Alpha-Q Alpha-Q is a quintesson leader of Planet Q. His planet was destroyed by Unicron and the whole population was destroyed. ... Omnicons are the main sub-group that can manipulate energon in the Transformers:Energon series. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Transformers. ...


Transformers: Universe

A direct repackage of the yellow version of Armada Mirage was released as individually in the Transformers: Universe toy line. It came with a collectable tiny tin.


Robot Masters

The Machine Wars figure came full circle in 2004 when it was repainted into Mirage’s original G1 color scheme and released for the Japanese-exclusive Robot Masters toyline. The toy was released under the name "Rijie," an incorrect romanisation of his his original Japanese name, Ligier. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Transformers: Cybertron

A repaint of Armada Mirage was included as a bonus in some Deluxe sized figures in the Transformers: Cybertron line.


Alternators (2006)

At Botcon 2005, a new incarnation of Mirage was unveiled as part of the Alternators toyline, which features updated versions of classic G1 characters with modern vehicular alternate modes and complex transformations. Alternators Mirage transforms into a Ford GT, with the first painted images of the toy made available in late January 2006 in an issue of the Official Transformers Collectors' Club bulletin. Ford GT The Ford GT began as a concept car designed in anticipation of Fords centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its heritage names such as Mustang and Thunderbird. ...


 
 

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