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Encyclopedia > Obsidian (Transformers)

Obsidian is the name given to several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. A Transformer is a fictional robot that is able to transform, rearranging itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. ...


Beast Machines (2000)

Transformers character
Obsidian
Affiliation Vehicon
Sub-Group Basic Vehicle
Function Aerial Combat
Motto "Walking is for suckers."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Helicopter
Series Beast Machines
Voiced by Paul Dobson (English)

Obsidian is a legendary Cybertronian general who scored countless victories alongside his consort Strika. The two were captured by Megatron, who placed their sparks in Vehicon bodies. Obsidian became a helicopter, leading the aerial forces in place of the fallen Jetstorm. The logo of Beast Machines. ... Transformers are fictional alien robots that are able to transform, rearranging itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. ... Image File history File links Obsidian1. ... Vehicons are one of the many sub-groups of Transformers, appearing only in the animated cartoon series Beast Machines. ... Image File history File links Vehicon_symbol. ... The logo of Beast Machines. ... Paul Dobson, of the brothers Dobson(himself, Michael, and Brian), is an accomplished Canadian voice actor, one of the many who work with Ocean Group, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... Strika is a character from the Transformers series. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vehicons are one of the many sub-groups of Transformers, appearing only in the animated cartoon series Beast Machines. ... Silverbolt is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ...


When Obsidian and Strika first encountered the Maximals, they had them believe that they were simple-minded machines who didn't understand anything beyond destruction. When the Maximals fell into their trap, Obsidian proved that you should never underestimate your opponents.


Unlike the previous generals, both Obsidian and Strika weren't given alternate personalities. They remained who they had always been. However, their prime directive was the protection of Cybertron, and according to Obsidian, "Megatron is Cybertron. To defend one is to defend the other, and to betray Megatron is to invite death."


Obsidian proved himself to be a tactical genius on the battlefield, given his past history as a supreme general. Despite his military brilliance, he is at a loss when without a certain directive. When Megatron was seemingly destroyed, he and Strika joined the Maximals, since their options had become limited. This alliance would turn out brief though, for when Megatron returned in the form of a diagnostic drone, Obsidian and Strika immediately came back to his side. This brings up the question of whether or not Obsidian's loyalties truly lied with Cybertron or Megatron, since Megatron was not in control of Cybertron at the time.


In the final battle with the Maximals, Obsidian and Strika were tricked into standing on an antigravity unit by Cheetor, who launched the pair into space, where neither were affected by the reformatting of Cybertron. However, it is rumored that the later returned to Cybertron, but remained the only two purely technological beings, partly because they felt guilt for their misloyalties.


Oddly his tech specs have little or nothing to do with the character as seen on the show, instead being described as a simple drone.


His biography indicates that he is the commander of the Vehicon tank drones, but oddly portrayed him as made to be a mindless air-attack drone by Megatron, which contradicted his history as a Cybertronian general.


The appearance of Obsidian is based on concept art provided to Hasbro by Draxhall Jump.


According to an F.A.Q. on Bob Skir's web site there was a scene with Obsidian and Strika cut from the final episode. "Obsidian and Strika had a MAGNIFICENT scene in which they return to Cybertron and decline an offer to be reformatted themselves (partly because they feel unworthy because of their role helping Megatron, and party because I wanted them to remain "pure" when I brought them back in the next series... which (as of this writing) I haven't been invited onto yet. Sadly, their finale got cut for time."


Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2002)

A repaint of the original Beast Machines toy of the same name, a character called Obsidian was released as a Decepticon in the RiD toyline. The Decepticons (known as Destrons or on occasion Deathtrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the fictional universe of the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ...


Due to the RiD universe not being directly connected to the Beast Machines universe, and the fact that this Obsidian did not appear in the T.V. show or in any other fiction, nor did he receive any sort of biography from Hasbro; it is unknown as to how similar he is to the original.


Transformers: Universe (2003)

Transformers character
Obsidian
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Basic Vehicle
Function Aerial Combat
Motto "Control the air and you control the battle. Control the mind, you control the war."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Helicopter
Series Transformers: Universe

Once again a Decepticon, he is released with Tankor. However, this was an alternate version rather than the Beast Machines version. Transformers are fictional alien robots that are able to transform, rearranging itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (654x1074, 88 KB)Transformers: Universe Obsidian toy by Hasbro. ... The Decepticons (known as Destrons or on occasion Deathtrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the fictional universe of the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Tankor is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers Universes. ...


His bio indicated he had previously been an Autobot general from the Great War. Captured and turned into a Vehicon by Megatron, he secretly plotted to overthrow his master. Recognising his own shortcomings he teamed up with Tankor and overthrew Megatron, taking control of Cybertron, becoming an even more feared ruler. Recognising his abilities Unicron plucked him from his universe along with Tankor and made him one of his troops.

Tankor and Obsidian bring Blackarachnia to Tarantulas in the Transformers: Universe comics.
Tankor and Obsidian bring Blackarachnia to Tarantulas in the Transformers: Universe comics.

In the comics, he said that he was from the reality where Unicron conquered Cybertron. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (640x772, 123 KB) Summary Transmetal Tarantulas appears in the Transformers: Universe. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (640x772, 123 KB) Summary Transmetal Tarantulas appears in the Transformers: Universe. ... Tankor is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers Universes. ... Obsidian from Lake County, Oregon Counterclockwise from top: obsidian, pumice and rhyolite (light color) Obsidian is a type of naturally occurring glass, produced by volcanoes (igneous origin) when a felsic lava cools rapidly and freezes without sufficient time for crystal growth (see glass transition temperature). ... Blackarachnia (Widow in Japan) is a fictional Transformer character from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers: Universe. ... Tarantulas (pronounced TER-ANT-CHEW-LASS and often misspelt Tarantulus) is a Predacon in the Beast Wars series. ...


In the comic story found in issue eight of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine Cybertron/Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime told the story of the last battle he was in, set in the Transformers: Universe storyline. Alongside 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal they attacked the last of Unicron's forces when Unicron suddenly disappeared, and they barely escaped. Among the Autobot forces were Universe Fireflight, King Atlas, Universe Night Slash Cheetor, Universe Longhorn, Universe Prowl, Universe Repugnus, Rhinox, Universe Side Burn, Sideswipe, Universe Silverbolt, Sunstreaker, Tap-Out, Trailbreaker, Cybertron/Robots in Disguise Ultra Magnus and Universe Whirl. Among the Decepticons were Universe Blackaracknia, Nemesis Strika, Universe Obsidian, Universe Razorclaw, Reptilion and Universe Skywarp. Side Burn is the name of several characters in the Transformers Universes. ...

Obsidian and Strika appear in a flashback in the Cybertron comics.
Obsidian and Strika appear in a flashback in the Cybertron comics.

Additionally the Transformers: Universe character of Rotorbolt was a recolor of Obsidian, but although prototypes of this figure was made, it was never released. Image File history File links Strika-comics. ... Image File history File links Strika-comics. ...


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As a sidenote, Obsidian was repainted for both the Robots in Disguise and Universe lines, so it appears I'm not the only one who likes him.
Obsidian's robot mode is a lot like his fellow Vehicons', except for one little thing: Obsidian is good.
Obsidian is articulated at hips, knees, shoulders and elbows.
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