Smashdown (Transformers Generation 1)

Transformers Siege Smashdown
I face Decepticons like I face all my problems - head on!

Autobot faction symbol
Name: Smashdown
Allegiance: Autobots
Function: Berserker
Timeline: Generation 1

Toyline: Transformers Siege

Profile:

Transformers Siege Smashdown robot mode
Smashdown is one of the many smaller Transformers who was drafted into service as a Battle Master during the early days of the war. A hardy individual with incredibly thick armour - and a thicker skull - Smashdown earned her name by tackling her problems head on and smashing her way through opponents many times her size. She was one of the Transformers who left Cybertron in search of new worlds and new energy sources during the later years of the war, and eventually crash landed on Earth on the island of Crete. The force of the impact knocked her higher cognitive functions offline, leaving her with animalistic intelligence. This led to the local humans constructing an elaborate labyrinth to keep Smashdown contained. They even gave her a name - Minotaur. Legends tell of how the minotaur was eventually slain by a man named Theseus - but was Smashdown truly destroyed in this age of myth and legend, or does she still slumber somewhere in stasis awaiting rescue?

Abilities:

Smashdown's armour is incredibly dense and durable, and as a result she is capable of shrugging off impacts that would cause serious damage to Cybertronians many times her size. Possesses disproportionately high strength for a human-sized Cybertronian - can almost match Brawn for brute strength. Transforms into an Airquake Hammerclaw weapon which utilises gravity fields to increase the force of impact.

Weaknesses:

Smashdown was always relatively dimwitted, even before the loss of her higher cognitive functions. A cunning opponent could easily bait Smashdown into taking actions that would ultimately be harmful to her and those around her. Smashdown's lack of ranged weaponry also limits her effectiveness in battle.

Airquake Hammerclaw mode

Transformers Siege Smashdown hammer mode held by Slamdance Transformers Siege Slamdance using Smashdown's hammer mode

More information on Smashdown at TFW2005

Author notes:

Smashdown is one of the Battle Masters in the Transformers Siege line, a cute little Minotaur hammer Autobot. She's a fun one to transform and make a nice warhammer mode for larger Autobots to use in a fight. I like her, and I'm glad she's getting a second run in the Earthrise line.

I initially wrote Smashdown as a male character and only later learned she was female. The bio was fairly gender-neutral to begin with so it was easy enough to rewrite her as female, and I feel it makes her more interesting since she's effectively a very strong, small robot with very thick armour. I wanted to work in the myth as a play on classic stories like "Man of Iron" that had early humanity interacting with Transformers - that last line suggesting she might still be out there has proven true seeing as Smashdown's turning up in Earthrise.