Axer (Transformers Robots in Disguise)

Transformers Robots in Disguise Axer

Decepticons faction symbol
Name: Axer
Allegiance: Decepticons
Function: Interceptor
Timeline: Car Robots

No prey is too large, no fee is too small.

Profile:

Transformers Robots in Disguise (2001) Axer robot mode
Once upon a time, Axer was a bounty hunter who'd gained notoriety for hunting microchip smugglers in the slag swamps of Cybertron. Over time he came to realise he enjoyed the sport of hunting a target - the chase, the terrified looks on their faces, and the frequently brutal execution that capped off a hunt. Axer signed on as a full member of the Decepticons following this realisation, and went wild with his love of the chase and violence.

One such chase became a rare botched mission for Axer. Axer fell into a black hole, but instead of a long and painful death, Axer found himself in a parallel reality. He reasoned his best option would be to join the local Decepticons while looking for a way home. Axer quickly became disappointed the Decepticons of this reality were not like those of his home reality - their commander, Scourge, had far less respect for Axer's skills, for example. This caused resentment to build in Axer, particularly toward Scourge. Axer quickly found the only individual in this new reality that he felt a modicum of respect toward was the Autobot cyber-ninja, Sideways, whose skill Axer appreciated, and he has come to view the Autobot as a worthy rival.

Powers and Abilities:

Transformers Robots in Disguise (2001) Axer robot mode posed
Axer is an expert tracker and hunter. When on the trail of a target, Axer uses his own intuition and ability to follow clues as much as he uses sophisticated systems to track energy signatures. His high success rate of tracking down targets - even ones that have masked their energy signatures - is a testimony to Axer's skill.

On arrival in the Robots in Disguise timeline, Axer adopted an all-terrain motorcycle mode with similar specifications to the turbo cycle he'd used on Cybertron. In motorcycle mode Axer can easily traverse rough offroad tracks as though they were smooth city streets.

In robot mode, Axer is armed with a magnetic destabiliser cannon, which can fire magnetised shells which seek out the nearest metallic object and paralyse their functions, leaving the unlucky victim at the mercy of Axer. Axer is also equipped with a quadrophonic sonic blaster, which can disorient his targets, including inducing nausea or vertigo in both Cybertronians and humans. Axer has also mastered using his sonics to create white noise to mask his approach, allowing him to move almost silently.

Weaknesses:

Axer is not particularly fast in either mode, and relies mainly on the element of surprise to defeat foes. If a foe survives Axer's initial attack they can easily escape him in a straight chase. The problem is few survive Axer's initial attack intact enough to be able to run.

Additionally, Axer's love of violence can cloud his better judgment in the thick of a battle and he is prone to breaking off from a battle plan to indulge his love of inflicting pain. This is further compounded by his resentment of his new commander, meaning Axer is not inclined to follow orders.

All-terrain motorcycle mode:

Transformers Robots in Disguise (2001) Axer All-terrain motorcycle mode

Author notes:

Axer is a fun character. The toy is explicitly the Generation 1 Axer who has jumped timelines, which is one of the first cases of a Transformers character moving between timelines and a very rare in-fiction acknowledgment of the Transformers multiverse.

Toys of Transformers Robots in Disguise Axer

Transformers Robots in Disguise (2001) Axer

The toy himself is pretty cool too. He's a reuse of the Generation 2 Road Pig mold, who was a fun toy to begin with. Axer adds little to the mold - he's even got broadly the same colours - in fact, Axer's colouration is closer to Road Pig's packaging art than Road Pig himself. That said the colours are also very similar to the original GI Joe Snake Eyes - i.e. black with a few silver accents - which really gives the toy a strong ninja vibe.

The best part about Axer is he comes in a two pack, so you don't just get Axer - you get both laser cycles as a set.

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