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Encyclopedia > Ratbat
Transformers character

Ratbat Box Art
Ratbat
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Communications
Ultracons
Rank 6
Function Fuel Auditor
Partner Frenzy
Motto "The road is my dinner plate."
Alternate Modes Mechanical Bat/Cassette
Cybertronian Jet
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Voiced by Frank Welker


Ratbat is a Decepticon character in the fictional Transformers series. He appeared in the original cartoon series and in the Marvel and Dreamwave comics, and as a toy. Transformers are fictional alien robots and the titular characters of a popular[1] Hasbro toy line and its spin-offs. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (640 × 640 pixel, file size: 48 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Ratbats Boxart This image is of a board game cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the publisher... Decepticon insignia from the 2007 Transformers movie 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. ... The Ultracons are a subfaction of Decepticon Transformers commanded by Ratbat in the Dreamwave comics. ... “Chiroptera” redirects here. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Decepticon insignia from the 2007 Transformers movie 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. ... // Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is the genre of imaginative prose literature, including novels and short stories. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ...

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Transformers: Generation 1 (1986)

As is the case with many Transformers characters, the various continuities in which Ratbat has appeared have portrayed him widely differently in terms of size, personality, personal history and back story then. Ratbat is one of the most variable characters of all, having been treated as a mere spy or even pet in some versions, whilst one other saw him rise to become one of the most successful Earthbound Decepticon leaders of all.


Animated series

In the original Transformers series, Ratbat was one of several Transformers that transformed into cassette tapes, such as Ravage, Buzzsaw, Laserbeak, Rumble, and Frenzy. In the American series, like the other cassette tape Transformers that turned into animals, Ratbat was not capable of speech, and was likened more to a pet than an equal member of the Decepticon forces. However, in the Japanese series', he and the other cassettes possessed the power of speech, though their roles seemed no different. Ratbat first appeared in The Transformers: The Movie. In the third series he was often seen being sent on spying missions. The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Ravage is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Buzzsaw is the name of several characters in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Laserbeak is the name given to four fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... Rumble is a fictional character in the Transformers toyline. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Residential pets be merged into this article or section. ... Decepticon insignia from the 2007 Transformers movie 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. ...

Soundblaster the reincarnation of Soundwave ejects Ratbat.
Soundblaster the reincarnation of Soundwave ejects Ratbat.

Image File history File links Soundblaster. ... Image File history File links Soundblaster. ... Soundwave (Later: Soundblaster in Japan) is a character from the fictitious Transformers metaseries. ...

Marvel Comics

Ratbat in Marvel Comics
Ratbat in Marvel Comics

Ratbat was one of the many Decepticons left on Cybertron, where he rose to the critical post of fuel auditor under Lord Straxus. With a drive towards extreme efficiency he would rarely counter unnecessary risks. When Straxus attempted to possess Megatron and the two minds battled for supremacy (in Transformers UK #103-4), Ratbat plotted to use this to his advantage, and when Megatron used his anti-matter powers Ratbat had him transported via Space Bridge back to Earth. With Straxus' possession attempt failed and the tyrant now dead, Ratbat emerged as the most powerful Decepticon in Polyhex. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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. ... Lord Straxus executing two prisoners Lord Straxus is a fictional character from the Marvel Transformers comics. ... In recreational mathematics, a polyhex is a polyform with a regular hexagon (or hex for short) as the base form. ...


Ratbat grew increasingly dissatisfied with the inefficient use of fuel by the Decepticons based on Earth under the command of Shockwave and soon started to personally appear on Earth to oversee their operations. He gradually began exerting more & more influence and control over the Earthen Decepticons, developing schemes to improve the planet's output and clashing with Shockwave. He dispatched hypnotising machines disguised as carwashes with the hope of taking over the minds of many humans and using them to deliver fuel at minimum cost to the Decepticons, but this plan was disrupted by the intervention of the Autobots' ally Buster Witwicky. Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ...


When the earthbound Autobots briefly left the planet in the Ark, Ratbat was at the forefront of a new Decepticon reign of terror. He was able to manipulate RAAT into executing the Throttlebots and kidnapped Buster Witwicky, taking him to the Decepticons' island base to use as a hostage. When the Autobot Headmasters and Targetmasters besieged the base, the Decepticons were forced to flee by deploying its rocket facility. In the process of departure, Shockwave was shot down in space and seen heading towards Earth and Ratbat declared that it would be inefficient to rescue him and, instead, seized sole command of the Decepticons for himself. The Ark after it crashed to Earth The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Rapid Anti-Robot Assault Team (RAAT for short) was a fictional United States special operations group in the Marvel Transformers comics. ... The Throttlebots were Transformers toys released in 1987. ... Headmasters are a sub-group of characters from the Transformers meta-series, distinguished by their ability to detach their heads when transforming into their alternate modes, with the heads then transforming themselves into a humanoid form. ... Targetmaster is a subline of the Transformers toyline that include Nebulan sidekicks who can transform into the Transformers weapons. ...


Of all the leaders of the Decepticons on Earth, few came closer to outright victory than Ratbat. He followed the Autobots under Fortress Maximus when they set out to unite with those under Grimlock and launched an all-out attack that resulted in huge casualties, left the Autobots briefly stranded on the Moon, and retrieved several Decepticon prisoners of war. Fortress Maximus Fortress Maximus is a fictional character from several of the Transformers series. ... Grimlock is the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ...


Later Ratbat promoted the newly recovered Starscream to the position of second-in-command and set out to learn the truth about the legendary Underbase, which could seemingly make a Transformer supremely powerful. Ratbat was determined to attain its power for itself, but this ambition was shared by Starscream. The latter lured the separate Decepticon faction led by Scorponok to a meeting with Ratbat's forces, which soon resulted in conflict between the two, allowing Starscream to seek the Underbase for himself. Both Decepticon factions allied with the Autobots in fighting against Starscream, suffering huge casualties in the process. However, both Ratbat and Scorponok independently suspected that the Autobot leader Optimus Prime had plans to seize the power of the Underbase for himself and they set out to stop them. Learning that the Underbase was nearby, Ratbat declared that he would possess the Underbase's power - and was shot in the back by Scorponok, killing him. Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ... The Underbase was a fictional object in the Marvel Transformers comics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ...


Ratbat would make a flashback appearance in the Generation 2 comic in flashback, shown in battle with Buster Witwicky as an example of the Autobots witnessing organic life fighting for its survival.


Blackthorne comics

In the shortlived series of 3-D Transformers comic books, Ratbat was the pet of Galvatron who secretly plotted to rule the Decepticons. He was defeated by Searchlight while searching for mysterious energon-producing aliens. Blackthorne Publishing was a publisher that specialized in comic books and comic strips that existed in from about 1986-89. ... The rewrite of this article is being devised at Talk:3D computer graphics/Temp. ... Galvatron is the name of several fictional and often visually cognate Transformers, most often the recreated version of Megatron. ... The Throttlebots were Transformers toys released in 1987. ... Energon is the primary source of power for the Transformers. ...


Dreamwave Productions

Ratbat's appearance in The War Within Series

Four million years ago, before the Transformers crash-landed on Earth, Ratbat was the leader of a sub-faction of Decepticons called the Ultracons during the time when Megatron had disappeared. Megatron's return saw the Ultracons reintegrated into the Decepticons. At this point in time, Ratbat possessed an original Cybertronian form, able to transform from robot mode to jet. However, at a later date, after the Great Shutdown, when Shockwave established control of the planet, many Transformers including Ratbat had their bodies reformatted into Earth-themed modes, leading to Ratbat's bat/tape body. It was noted that he was not pleased with its unimposing nature compared to his original structure. When Ratbat was next seen, he had been freed by Starscream from imprisonment, and was given to Soundwave, implying a past connection - it is entirely possible that Shockwave may have viewed Ratbat as a threat to his control of the planet, and deliberately gave him a weak body and imprisoned him to keep him out of the way. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Ultracons are a subfaction of Decepticon Transformers commanded by Ratbat in the Dreamwave comics. ... Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ...


Devil's Due Publishing

In the first G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover Ratbat, along with Soundwave and the other earthbound cassettes (bar Buzzsaw) were recovered from the Ark and used as weapons by the terrorist organisation Cobra. Attacking an energy center for the technology needed to create Energon, the attack force met the G.I. Joe, who had managed to figure out where they would strike next. The Joes ambushed the cassettes, and Ratbat was shot down by Bazooka, Rock n' Roll, and Roadblock. Unlike the intelligent, scheming portrayals of the Marvel and Dreamwave comics versions, this Ratbat was more in line with the cartoon - a feral but mostly mindless animal. Buzzsaw is the name of several characters in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Energon is the primary source of power for the Transformers. ... Roadblock is a fictional character from Hasbros G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series of toys, comics and cartoon. ...


Toy

Ratbat's toy transformed from a purple, black, and gold bat into a cassette. His toy, when in microcassette form, could fit inside Soundwave, a cassette player. He was packaged with Frenzy and released in 1986. “Chiroptera” redirects here. ... Soundwave is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


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Ratbat at AllExperts (1019 words)
Ratbat was one of the many Decepticons left on Cybertron, where he rose to the critical post of fuel auditor.
Ratbat grew increasingly dissatisfied with the inefficient use of fuel by the Decepticons based on Earth under the command of Shockwave and developed schemes to improve the planet's output.
When the earthbound Autobots briefly left the planet in The Ark, Ratbat was at the forefront of a new Decepticon reign of terror and kidnapped Buster Witwicky, taking him to the Decepticons' island base.
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