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Rhinox is the name of several fictional characters from various Transformers Universes. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Transformers series. ...

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Beast Wars

A Rhinox statue made to look like the TV show character.
A Rhinox statue made to look like the TV show character.

Rhinox was a Maximal and Optimus Primal's oldest friend. His beast mode is in the form of a large brown rhinoceros (that rarely appears in the second season). He has two machine guns as weapons, which fans have named the Chainguns of Doom. He usually stays in the base and acts as an engineer. Rhinox created the Maximal base's automated defense system, dubbed Sentinel. Beast Wars TV series logo. ... Image File history File links Rhinoxtechspec. ... Image File history File links Rhinoxtechspec. ... Optimus Primal Transmetal Optimus Primal Optimal Optimus Primal Beast Convoy in the on-line comic tie-ins for Robot Masters Optimus Primal is a future leader of the Maximals in the Beast Wars Transformers universe. ... Genera Ceratotherium Dicerorhinus Diceros Rhinoceros Coelodonta (extinct)Elasmotherium (extinct) A rhinoceros (commonly called a rhino for short) is any of five surviving species of odd-toed ungulate in the family Rhinocerotidae. ...


Rhinox's character in the television series is very different from how the toy was depicted. As one of the frist year toys, the toy of Rhinox was created before the television series came along. Rhinox's function was Defense. His tech spec read "The ground shakes with a terrible thunder as jungle trees snap like twigs. The noise draws closer in a cloud of dust and dirt. A herd of stampeding elephants? No. It's Rhinox, defending his territory from Predacon attackers! Courageous and cunning, had never backed down from battle, nor been injured in any way. Not even double-barreled laser cannons can cut through his triple-thick, steel-plated skin! If he comes your way, run for cover, fast!" The Rhinox toy came with a sword and a weapon which had two spinning ball and chain attachments, whose design inspired his chaingun on the television series.


Rhinox is probably one of the most under-appreciated characters in the entire Beast Wars series. He has a brilliant mind, a thirst for peace, and an astounding vigor and resolve to do whatever it takes to maintain that peace. He does whatever it is that is asked of him, even though the requests often made of him are impossible. For example, in the episode "Chain of Command", Optimus Primal becomes trapped in an alien device. Rhinox is then left with the task of, using only the available technology from their ship, constructing an instrument to extract their trapped Commander from a device of alien design. Being the ever resourceful engineer, Rhinox finds a way. Rhinox also contributes in countless other ways. Even though Rattrap is considered to be Second-in-Command to Optimus Primal, Rhinox often becomes the enforcer, keeping the troops in rank. His great size and strength is another one of his advantages, in addition to his incredibly quick thinking. These attributes have saved the Maximals countless times throughout the series. Beast Wars TV series logo. ... Optimus Primal Transmetal Optimus Primal Optimal Optimus Primal Beast Convoy in the on-line comic tie-ins for Robot Masters Optimus Primal is a future leader of the Maximals in the Beast Wars Transformers universe. ... Rattrap (Rattle in Japan) is the name of a fictional character from the Transformers toyline that appeared in the Beast Wars and Beast Machines series. ... Optimus Primal Transmetal Optimus Primal Optimal Optimus Primal Beast Convoy in the on-line comic tie-ins for Robot Masters Optimus Primal is a future leader of the Maximals in the Beast Wars Transformers universe. ...


In 2005 the original Rhinox toy was one of the toys selected for the Beast Wars 10th Anniversary toyline. He was repainted in more show-accurate colored. He came packaged with one of the six pieces used to make the Transmutate toy. His revised tech spec said "Maximal second-in-command and chief science officer, Rhinox prefers to remain aboard the Axalon to engaging in battle, but that doesn't mean he can't fight. On the contrary, his triple-plated steel skin and wide array of medium range and hand-to-hand weapons make him dangerous to even the toughest opponent. There's a good reason Rhinox is the last line of Maximal defense, after the perimeter is breached and all weapons systems are offline - no one's ever got past him." They also raised his intelligence and rank on the revised tech spec. He was also packaged with a DVD wih the Beast Wars episode The Spark on it.
Transmutate promo art from Hasbro. ...


Season One

Rhinox was defense officer of the Maximal ship called the Axalon, commanded by Optimus Primal. Their mission was one of exploration and to get rid of the abomination called Protoform X, but things didn't go as planned. With crewmates Cheetor and Rattrap, the Axalon chased the Predacon criminal Megatron through transwarp space after the theft of the Golden Disc. The Maximals and Predacons crashed on prehistoric Earth, where high energon levels threatened to destroy the crew unless they adopted organic alternate modes. Rhinox was given the form of a rhino (Beast Wars Part 1). Image File history File links Maximals-bw1. ... Beast Wars The Axalon (foreground) and Darkside (background) before crashing on prehistoric Earth. ...


The Axalon's cargo of Maximal protoforms in stasis pods had been launched into orbit before the crash, but eventually Tigatron's pod fell to Earth in the northern sector. Both the Maximals and Predacons observed the landing. Optimus Primal decided to fly alone in an attempt to get to it first, but Dinobot warned of an ambush. Primal insisted on going and was attacked by Waspinator and Terrorsaur who disabled Primal. Primal was placed in the cryo-regeneration chamber by Dinobot as Rhinox, Cheetor and Rattrap raced to get the pod. Realizing the Maximal base would be nearly unguarded, Megatron sent his flyers to get the pod while the rest of the Predacons attacked the Maximal base. As the Predacon flyers were outpacing the Maximals to the pod, Megatron arrived at the Axalon where he attempted to entice Dinobot into returning to the Predacons, but Dinobot refused. He used the automated defenses of the Axalon to ward off Megatron, Scorponok and Tarantulas. Using the moon to reflect a laser pulse communication, the Primal and Dinobot were able to send a signal to the pod to activate. The pod than scanned a nearby white tiger, and Tigatron emerged as a tiger himself greeted the animal. Megatron raced to get to the pod himself as Primal emerged from the cryo-regeneration chamber and placed Dinobot in it. When the Predacon flyers arrived at the pod they didn't realize it was already empty and they worked to open it. The Maximal ground party and Megatron arrived at the pod. Megatron threatened to destroy two nearby tigers if they Maximals didn't back off. Opening the pod the Predacons found it empty and one of the tigers revealed himself as Tigatron. As the fight joined by Optimus Primal the Predacons were chased off. Tigatron was invited to return to the Maximal base, but he felt with his identity circuits damaged, he preferred to be with the tigers. He agreed to act as scout for them and the Maximals returned to base (Fallen Comrads).


Blackarachnia's pod fell to Earth. Optimus Primal and Dinobot attempted to retrieve the pod, but it was taken by Scorponok, Terrorsaur and Waspinator. Captured by the Predacons, the protoform was infected with a Predacon shell program and given the alternate mode of a black widow spider by Tarantulas. Megatron welcomed the new Predacon. Noticing that the Predacons were one step ahead of them, Optimus Primal convinced Rattrap to act like he betrayed the Maximals. Rattrap was sent to scout energon in a dangerous sector. The Predacons, having broken the Maximal transmission codes with a recovered Maximal communications chip, sent Terrorsaur to attack Rattrap. Rattrap let Terrorsaur defeat him so he could ask to switch to the Predacons. Terrorsaur returned to base and attempted to take over the Predacons by having Rattrap ambush Megatron and disable his servoes. Although Scorponok remained loyal to Megatron, Blackarachnia and Tarantulas saw no loyalty to their old leader. Both Rattrap and Megatron were placed in cells in the lowest levels of the Dark Side, but they each promptly escaped. Optimus Primal, Rhinox, Dinobot and Cheetor waited outside the Predacon base to attack. Rattrap discovered the chip being used overhear the Maximal transmissions, stole it, and after a run-in with Tarantulas, signaled Optimus Primal to being the attack. During the fight Megatron allowed Terrorsaur to lead to prove what an incompetant leader he was. Rattrap joined the battle seemingly on the Predacon side but then shot Terrorsaur and left with the Maximals. Megatron firmly took back the leadership of the Predacons. At the Maximal base Optimus explained how Rattrap's ruse allowed him to gain access to the Predacons ship and recover the Maximal chip (Double Jeopardy).


Megatron had Scorponok create a viral-mine in the form of one of his cyber-bees. The virus in it was intended to reduce the courage of it's victim, making him afraid of everything. The bee also kept the target from transforming and was set to kill it's victim and explode if removed. Scorponok ambushed Optimus Primal and Dinobot while they were on a scientific mission and used it on Primal. Although Dinobot returned Primal to the base where Rhinox placed Primal in a cryo-regeneration chamber and diagnosed the damage. Rhinox discovered the virus was flawed and it made Primal hyper-aggressive instead of cowardly. Primal bashed his way out of the C.R. chamber, but was subdued and locked in a holding cell. Dinobot hoped to use Primal as a weapon, but Rattrap worried this would get him killed. Believing Primal had his rage under control, Cheetor freed him from the cell, but soon the rage took over and Primal blasted his way out of the base intent on destroying the Predacons. Cheetor attempted to negotiate for the cure with the Predacons, but failed. Upon arriving at the Darkside, Primal penetrated the hull and defeated Tarantulas, then Waspinator. Rhinox, Rattrap, Cheetor and Dinobot attacked the Predacon base in an attempt to help distract the Predacons as Optimus attacked, while Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia mounted a defense. In Scorponok's lab Primal found Megatron holding the anti-virus, and offering to allow Primal to join the Predacons, but Primal refused. Ripping the bee off his chest, he threw it Megatron, just as Cheetor made it in time to inject Primal with the anti-virus and save him from shutting down. The bee then exploded, damaging Megatron, Scorponok and the ship as the Maximals made their escape. Back to the Axalon, Primal healed from his wounds (Gorilla Warfare).


In order to better protect the Axalon from Predacon attack, Rhinox created Sentinel, a security computer. Due to damage taken to the computer when Dinobot and Rattrap were fighting, Sentinel went haywire and attacked the Maximals, chasing them from their ship, but eventually Rattrap was able to take Sentinel down. After that Sentinel worked properly (A Better Mousetrap).


Airazor's pod fell to Earth inside Predacon controlled terratory. The pod was spotted by the Tarantulas and Megatron, as well as by Rhinox and Cheetor. Cheetor told Tigatron to contact base with the news. Blackarachnia and Scorponok were sent by Megatron to retrieve the pod. Rhinox was the first to arrive at the crash site and discovered the pod was damaged and the protoform was dying. Cheetor then arrived to help Rhinox save the protoform. On his way back to base, Tigatron discovered Scorponok and disabled him, but was in turn ambushed by Blackarachnia. Rhinox replaced the damaged locking chip in the protoform with one donated by Cheetor. Cheetor confronted Blackarachnia, keeping her from getting to Rhinox and the protoform. Cheetor then tried to lure Waspinator and Terrorsaur away from the pod, but Terrorsaur got the best of him. Rhinox had to run the sequencer program for the protoform through his own processor to keep it alive. This knocked Rhinox into stasis lock, but started the DNA scanners for the stasis pod. The protoform was formatted to the form of a falcon which was flying overhead just as Terrorsaur arrived. The newly born Airazor was able to defeat Terrorsaur. Rhinox took her back to the Axalon, introducing her to Optimus Primal and Rattrap (The Spark).


Rhinox conducted tidal research on the planet and discovered that one of the moons seemed to have too low a mass, as if it was hollow. Tigatron made his weekly radio report to Rattrap at the Maximal base when he was attacked by Terrorsaur and Waspinator. During the battle the three stumbled across a flying island with a weapons system tower which nearly destroyed the Predacons. Optimus Primal checked out the scene of the fight, but found nothing. Terrorsaur and Waspinator limped back to base where they reported on the island to Megatron. Airazor then reported to the Maximals that she saw the Predacons flyers return to base severely wounded. As Megatron sent Scorponok and Blackarachnia to find the island, Airazor followed them. Tigatron discovered the island had traps and that the weapons system fired at any use of energy weapons. Scorponok found the island using one of his cyber-bees, although Tigatron captured it. Blackarachnia used her line gun to get them up to the island. Discovering they were being watched, Scorponok shot Airazor from the sky. Tigatron found Airazor and reprogrammed the cyber-bee to return to the Maximal base with a message. Cheetor found the cyber-bee. In the message he warned the Maximals of the island and it's potential power to destroy them if it fell into Predacon hands (The Trigger Part 1).


As Blackarachnia and Scorponok discovered the secrets of the island, Airazor and Tigatron worked to get to the weapons system first. Optimus Primal took Rattrap and flew to the island, but they were intercepted by Terrorsaur and Waspinator. During the battle Rattrap was able to capture Terrorsaur and ride him to the island. Tigatron and Airazor triggered a booby trap on the island, but narrowly escaped. The Predacons got to the weapons system first. Blackarachnia used Terrorsaur to distract the weapons system and blast her way in. She planned to use the weapons system to destroy the Maximals and rule the Predacons. As Scorponok attempted to subdue her he fell victim to another booby trap. Blackarachnia took control of the island from it's command center and set course for the Maximal base. Optimus Primal ordered Cheetor, Rhinox and Dinobot to evacuate the base. Before she was able to bring the island within range, Tigatron fought his way into the weapons system and fired on it's power-core, causing the island to crash. After being destroyed, the weapons system tower sent a signal a similar tower on the moon, which sent another message into deep space. This turn of events worried the Maximals, as they wondered who built the island and how they would react to its destruction (The Trigger Part 2).


Rhinox guided the blinded Maximals back to base in "Dark Voyage".


Rhinox was once infected with a program which turned him into a Predacon, but when Rhinox attempted to take over the Predacons, Megatron returned him to his normal state.


Convention Comics

Rhinox was one of the stars of the 1997 Botcon Convention Comics, a story set near the end of season one of the Beast Wars television series.


In the Convention Comics plot, Inferno and Blackarachnia watched as the Predacon scientist Fractyl attempted to invent energon armor capable of protecting them from energon build up. Although seemingly successful, the armor was stolen by the Maximal thief Packrat. Blackarachinia and Fractyl realized the energon armor was flawed and could destroy the planet if it came in contact with large amounts of energon. Inferno pursued Packrat, but since Packrat didn't need to assume beast mode with the armor on, he got the upper hand in the fight with Inferno. Hearing the battle, Airazor, Cheetor and Rhinox joined Packrat. Fractyl convinced Rhinox that the armor was a threat to them all. Rhinox was able to talk Packrat into giving up the armor, which Fractyl aided them in doing. When Blackarachnia arrived with Megatron, Packrat suggested that Fractyl pretend to be attacking the Maximals, who fled. Megatron was impressed with Fractyl's new found battle prowess.
There are several characters named Inferno in the Transformers Universes. ... Blackarachnia is a Transformer character from Beast Wars and Beast Machines. ... Airazor in Beast Wars Airazor was created from a protoform that was in a stasis pod which crashed. ... Cheetor is a fictional character from the Transformers toyline. ... Megatron (sometimes referred to as Megatron II, although this is not particularly accurate) is a fictional character from the Beast Wars animated series and toyline, part of the Transformers multiverse. ...


Season 2

Rhinox and his double chainguns of doom!
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Rhinox and his double chainguns of doom!

Rhinox was among those uneffected by the quantum wave which turned many Cybertrons into transmetals. It's theorized by fans that he didn't charge because he was in a cryo-regeneration chamber at the time, and was protected from it. Image File history File links Rhinox-anim2. ... Image File history File links Rhinox-anim2. ...


Rhinox ventured into the Matrix after Optimus Primal died, retrieving Optimus Primal's spark and placing it in a new body (Coming of the Fuzors Part 1-2) Optimus Primal Transmetal Optimus Primal Optimal Optimus Primal Beast Convoy in the on-line comic tie-ins for Robot Masters Optimus Primal is a future leader of the Maximals in the Beast Wars Transformers universe. ... A Spark is the soul of a Transformer, first introduced in the Beast Wars storyline. ...


When the Maximal Stasis Pod containing Transmutate fell to Earth, Optimus Primal guided her back to the Maximal base, but when Rhinox studied the damaged Maximal, the Maximals considered putting the powerful and slow witted mutant in stasis (Transmutate).


Season 3

Rhinox restored the original Optimus Prime back to health after an attack by Megatron within the Ark (essentially saving time itself from implosion), and was the only one of the Maximals to act in the last episode of the series "Nemesis Part 2", driving one of the Ark's shuttle's into the "Nemesis", effectively ending Megatron's threat, and with it, the Beast Wars. Optimus Prime (known in Japan as Convoy) is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Megatron is the name of several fictional characters from the numerous Transformers Universes, all of which are the leader of their respective universes incarnation of the evil Decepticons or Predacons. ... Megatron is the name of several fictional characters from the numerous Transformers Universes, all of which are the leader of their respective universes incarnation of the evil Decepticons or Predacons. ... Beast Wars TV series logo. ...


Rhinox was the only Maximal in the Beast Wars series who did not die or change his form, along with the Predacon Waspinator and Inferno. However, in the toy-line based upon the series Rhinox became a Transmetal during the quantum surge, with the Vehicle Mode of a Snow-cat.
The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Waspinator is a Predacon from the Beast Wars series who scanned a wasp as his Beast Mode. ...


Beast Machines

In Beast Machines, Rhinox's spark was taken by Megatron, becoming the Vehicon general Tankor. The logo of Beast Machines. ... The logo of Beast Machines. ... Megatron is the name of several fictional characters from the numerous Transformers Universes, all of which are the leader of their respective universes incarnation of the evil Decepticons or Predacons. ... Tankor is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers Universes. ...

Main article: Tankor

Tankor is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers Universes. ...

Transformers: Armada

Armada Rhinox and Overload in the Dreamwave Armada comics.
Armada Rhinox and Overload in the Dreamwave Armada comics.

In the later Transformers: Armada series, which is a separate Transformers Universe from Beast Wars and Beast Machines, the Transmetal Rhinox toy was recolored and released as an Autobot, partnered with the Mini-Con Armorhide. This Rhinox had a cameo appearance in the cartoon series, and in the Dreamwave Productions Armada comic book series he became one of the Four Horsemen of Unicron. Image File history File links Overloadrhinox. ... Image File history File links Overloadrhinox. ... Overload can refer to: Electrical overload, a situation where an electrical machine or system is subjected to a greater load than it was designed for. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Transformers series. ... Transmetal technology is an adaptation accidentally discovered by the Beast Wars era Transformers. ... The Autobots (also known as Cybertrons in Japan) are the heroes in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... 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. ... Armorhide is the name of several fictional characters from various Transformers Universes. ... Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ... Armada may refer to: Armada Española, the Spanish Navy. ... Woodcut by Albrecht Dürer The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are mentioned in the Bible in chapter six of the Book of Revelation, which predicts that they will ride during the Apocalypse. ... Unicron, in the movie Planet Mode, devouring a moon of Cybertron Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universe and toyline. ...


Motto: "Hard work never killed anybody."


Bio: [from the troop assesment files of Autobot Commander Jetfire] Reliable and hard working, Rhinox is-scratch that.. .Rhinox was a key part of my command unit on Cybertron. He was an outspoken, take-charge warrior who exhibited many natural leadership qualities on the battlefield: courage, ingenuity, and old-fashioned spirit. Not only that, he was also an honest guy to hang out with on those rare occasions when we got a break from kicking Decepti-cans. Unfortunately, his tendency to use an overbearing, heavyhanded tone in battle often alienated the Autobots he worked with, limiting his advancement potential. Still, I value... valued his immense contributions to the Autobot cause. He will be missed. Jetfire is the name of several Transformers from the various Transformers series of toys. ...

Armada Airazor, Rhinox, Terrorsaur and Cheetor go into battle in the pages of Dreamwave comics.
Armada Airazor, Rhinox, Terrorsaur and Cheetor go into battle in the pages of Dreamwave comics.

Weapons and Abilities: Stocky and tough, Rhinox was definitely not someone a Decepticon wanted to go toe-to-toe with. In rhino mode, his charges were practically unstoppabie, and his scythelike horn got its fair share of action in his day. When needed, he could transform his hind legs into treads for even more traction and power. He was a smart warrior with good tactical skills but not much of a bedside manner with the troops. Image File history File links Armadabeasts. ... Image File history File links Armadabeasts. ... Airazor in Beast Wars Airazor was created from a protoform that was in a stasis pod which crashed. ... Terrorsaur is a fictional character from the world of Transformers, appearing in the series Beast Wars. ... Cheetor is a fictional character from the Transformers toyline. ...


Weaknesses: There wasn't much that could get through his thick hide physically, but it definitely hurt Rhinox to see his leadership tactics bothering the others, especially Armorhide...
Armorhide is the name of several fictional characters from various Transformers Universes. ...


Transformers: Universe

The character of Beast Wars Rhinox returned from the dead in the pages of the Transformers: Universe comic book series by 3H. Guilty over his actions when he was Tankor, he joined the Autobots under Optimus Primal.


In the comic story found in issue 8 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. ... Silverbolt is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers Universes. ...


External links

  • Champions RPG character sheet for Rhinox.

 
 

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