Trailbreaker


 

 

 

G1 Cartoon

Trailbreaker was an Autobot who initially was used often.  Trailbreaker had no clear military specialty, but he had a special ability that other Autobots didn’t have.  Trailbreaker was able to create force fields.  Trailbreaker transformed into a pickup truck with a sleeper cabin.


 On Cybertron, he is with Optimus Prime when Optimus plans to leave Cybertron.  He is part of the crew of the Ark and winds up in stasis lock for millions of years after the Ark crashes onto Earth.  On Earth, Trailbreaker is part of a battle group which Optimus Prime organized to stop the Decepticons.  The Autobots track the Decepticons to an off shore oil platform.  Once they arrive, the Decepticons attack.  After a brief battle, Megatron damages the oil rig and retreats with the Decepticons.


Trailbreaker helps a lot of the rig workers get to safety.  Optimus Prime orders him to use his force fields to put out the fires.  Trailbreaker then accompanies an Autobot team to defend Sherman Dam against the Decepticons.  After the battle, Trailbreaker and Spike spy on the Decepticons and learn they are going to steal rocket fuel.  On their way back to base, they are attacked by Decepticons.  Trailbreaker tries to out maneuver them until they are saved by Sideswipe and Sunstreaker


Trailbreaker then is part of the final assault force on the Decepticon base.  Trailbreaker volunteers, like all of the Autobots, to try to prevent the Decepticons from leaving Earth.  The Autobots arrive at the same time that the Decepticons are boarding their ship.  During the battle, The Autobots have the upper hand in the battle, but the Decepticons retreat to their space cruiser.


 Later, Trailbreaker is part of an Autobot team whose mission was to stop the Decepticons from gaining the power of Anti Matter. When the Autobots attack, Megatron uses the Anti Matter Energon Cubes as weapons, causing a massive explosion.  The Decepticons escape and the damaged Autobots return to base for repairs.


Trailbreaker later helps defend a munitions factory against the Decepticons.  The factory is making weapons for the humans to fight the Decepticons with.  The Autobots arrive too late.  The battle is over and Optimus Prime is damaged.  The Autobots return back to the Ark so Wheeljack can repair Optimus.  Optimus Prime needs a part from Cybertron, so Trailbreaker and several other Autobots track down the Decepticon Space Bridge so they can go to Cybertron.  Trailbreaker, Bluestreak, and Ironhide fight the Decepticons for temporary control of the Space Bridge.  During the battle, Trailbreaker uses his force field to subdue Rumble.  After Megatron orders the Decepticons to retreat, Trailbreaker, and the rest of the Autobot assault team uses the Space Bridge to go to Cybertron.  They are attacked by Shockwave when they get to Cybertron.  The Autobots escape from the Decepticons and go to Wheeljack’s workshop.  Once they find the part, they plan to go back to Earth, but they are attacked by several Decepticons who use Acid Rain as a weapon.  They are about to die, but Trailbreaker uses his force field to protect them from the Acid Rain.  They  return to Earth with the new part for Optimus.


When the Dinobots are created, they attack the Autobots.  During the battle, Trailbreaker defends himself with his force fields.  The Dinobots are then deactivated.  Trailbreaker then goes on a mission with several other Autobots to fight the Decepticons at a dam. Megatron hooks his fusion cannon up to the turbines, supercharging his weapon.  He attacks the Autobots, sending them plummeting into the water.  The Decepticons bind the Autobots with energy chains, and prepare to destroy them.  Megatron orders the Decepticons to execute the Autobots, but before they can fire, Wheeljack arrives with the Dinobots, saving the Autobots.


On patrol with Brawn, Trailbreaker notices Starscream and Thundercracker flying above them.  They wind up at a steel foundry where the Decepticons are trying to steal steel.  The two Decepticons run out of the factory, and Starscream fires missiles at the Autobots.  The factory is destroyed and the Decepticons get away with their steel.  Trailbreaker travels to Peru with the Autobots inside of Skyfire.  They want to stop Megatron who was using a cannon powered by The Crystal of Power.  During the battle, Megatron destroys a hill which covers the Autobots in rubble.  The Autobots dig themselves out and continue to try to stop the Decepticons.  Trailbreaker and the Autobots are trapped behind cover when the Decepticons attack.


When Wheeljack discovers that a meteor he was studying is unstable, Trailbreaker creates a force field around it to protect the Autobots.


Autobots learn that the Decepticons are building a massive Space Bridge.  Trailbreaker goes with Optimus Prime, and the Autobots to the Space Bridge site and fights the Decepticons.  The Decepticons use mind controlled humans as soldiers to fight the Autobots.


The Decepticons are successful in activating the Space Bridge.  It brings Cybertron to Earth and causes numerous natural disasters across the globe.  Trailbreaker and Jazz watch as Thundercracker unintentionally damages himself.  The Autobots are forced to retreat when Soundwave uses a sonic attack to clear the area.  Trailbreaker join Spike and a few other Autobots when they travel to Cybertron to save Sparkplug.  Trailbreaker plans to jam the Decepticon sensors.  He waits too long and they are attacked by Decepticon missiles.  The Autobots safely arrive on Cybertron.


Brawn, Spike, and Bumblebee get separated from the other Autobots.  They are about to be captured, but Trailbreaker, Wheeljack, and Skyfire rescue them.  The Autobots travel through Cybertron, but they are attacked by Decepticon weapons and a few Decepticon Tetrajets.  Skyfire protects the Autobots by providing air support.  The Autobots make their way to Wheeljack’s lab.  The Autobots use Spike as bait to draw out Sparkplug. They want to test a device which should deactivate the hypnochips.  Shockwave grabs Spike and orders Sparkplug to kill him.  Before Sparkplug can pull the trigger, the Autobots reveal themselves.  Wheeljack’s invention is a success when it restores Sparkplug’s free will.  The Autobots fight their way out of the Decepticon base and escape back to Earth on Skyfire.  Trailbreaker and the Autobots arrive on a tropical island just in time to prevent the rest of the Autobots from being defeated.  Earth is saved and the Autobots think that Megatron is dead.


Trailbreaker travels to Bali with the Autobots to provide back up for Bumblebee, Windcharger, Spike, Brawn, and Skyfire.  The Insecticons were seen and the Autobots plan to stop them.  Once the Autobots start attacking the Decepticons and Insecticons, they fly into the air to get away.  When Shrapnel takes control of Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, Trailbreaker is able to break Shrapnel’s control with his force field.  The Autobots track the Insecticons and Decepticons to an oil refinery.  When the Autobots arrive, they fight the Decepticons.  Shrapnel forces Wheeljack and Trailbreaker to the ground with an energy blast.  Trailbreaker sees that Bumblebee and Spike are surrounded by Insecticon clones.  He uses his force field to disrupt Shrapnel’s control and the clones disappear. The battle ends when the Insecticons betray the Decepticons and steal their Energon Cubes.  The Decepticons fly into the air to chase the Insecticons.


Megatron challenges Optimus to a one on one battle.  When it is time for the battle, Trailbreaker is an observer.  After Optimus Prime is defeated in battle, the Autobots travel back to the Ark to prepare to leave Earth forever. When the Autobots get close to their base, they see the Dinobots fighting Devestator.  Chip figures out that Megatron cheated and the Autobots stay on Earth.  The Autobots fight the Decepticons outside of their base and drive them into a lava filled crack in the Earth.  The Autobots assume that the Decepticons are not only defeated, but dead.


When Autobot X is created by Sparkplug, it goes wild and starts destroying computer equipment in the Autobot base.  Trailbreaker, Ironhide and Prowl battle the mindless creation.  When the three Autobots are knocked down by Autobot X’s energy blast, Trailbreaker protects them with his force field.  Autobot X is soon deactivated.


Trailbreaker travels with the Autobots into the forest to help Wheeljack test his new invention, the Immobilizer.  After a successful test, the Decepticons arrive and try to steal the device.  When the Decepticons attack, Trailbreaker protects the Autobots with a force field.  The Decepticons steal the device and escape.    After the Autobots learn that the effects of the Immobilizer are temporary, they seek out the Decepticons before they figure out how to make it permanent.   The Autobots are victorious when Ironhide smashes the Immobilizer.


When Wheeljack unsuccessfully teaches the Dinobots how to be less clumsy, they create significant damage to the Ark.  The damage is about to reach Teletran 1, so Trailbreaker erects a force field to protect the Autobot computer.  


When time portals start opening up randomly, Chip Chase figures out that Dinobot Island is the cause.  Trailbreaker travels with the Autobots with a jet pack to the island to investigate.  When the Autobots arrive on Dinobot Island, they quickly see the Decepticons stealing the island’s energy.  When the Autobots engage the Decepticons, the Decepticons have the upper hand    The Autobots are facing destruction.  They are saved when the Dinobots join the battle with the dinosaurs of the island.


Trailbreaker goes to Japan with the Autobots to guard an advanced robot named Nightbird.  He is the first to get blasted when Megatron and the Decepticons arrive to steal it.  After a battle inside the building, Nightbird is stolen and the Decepticons escape.


When a gold mine is being attacked by Decepticons, Optimus Prime sounds the alarm to rally the Autobots.   The Autobots observe the mine and see that the Decepticons have placed the miners in an electrified cage.  As the Decepticons are about to kill the miners, the Autobots attack.  The Decepticons free the miners to prevent the Autobots from attacking.  Megatron takes out a sidearm and shoots at boulders causing them to roll into the Autobots.  The boulders roll over the Autobots, damaging them.  The battle comes to an abrupt end when the Decepticons abduct Gears and fly away.   The Autobots travel to Africa to stop the Decepticons, save the Earth, and save Gears.  When they reach the Decepticon base, Optimus Prime orders the Autobots to fire on the Solar Needle to destroy it, even though it puts Gears at risk.  The Autobots’ attack is reflected back at them by a force field Megatron erected around the Solar Needle.  Cliffjumper disrupts the force field by leaping into it in vehicle mode, and the Autobots attack.  The Autobots have the Decepticons at gun point, but Megatron is holding Optimus Prime as a hostage.  Optimus Prime tells the Autobots to disregard Megatron and to destroy the Solar Needle.  The Autobots can’t, they drop their weapons and surrender. Optimus Prime convinces Gears to disable the Solar Needle and the sun doesn’t explode.  The Autobots rush into battle.  They defeat the Decepticons and save the Earth.  Optimus is about to return Gears’ stolen circuits back to him, but Trailbreaker says the Autobots like him more pacified.  Gears ultimately is restored to normal.


Trailbreaker follows Optimus Prime and the Autobots when they discover powerful energy readings in a desert valley and investigate it.  They find that the valley is filled with crystals which can be dangerous to any electronic device.  Before the Autobots can continue their study, Starscream leads the Decepticons to attack the Autobots. While Jazz and Trailbreaker are firing their weapons at the Decepticons, Optimus Prime (or is it???) appears behind them and helps scare off the Decepticons.  The Decepticons quickly retreat and the Autobots return to the Ark.   The Autobots see that the real Optimus Prime is trying to get into the base.  The clone tells the Autobots to let Optimus Prime in and then kill him.  Ironhide gets between the Autobots and the real Optimus Prime. After the Autobots can’t decide which is the real Optimus, Ironhide takes command of the Autobots.  The Autobots travel back to the desert to a crevice filled with energy crystals.  It is a trap and the Decepticons immediately attack. The Autobots watch as clone Optimus battles a clone of Starscream and destroys him.  The Autobots assume that only the real Optimus Prime would be able to destroy Starscream so they accept him as the real one.  Windcharger emerges from the energy crystals and explains to the Autobots that Clone Optimus is an impostor and Spike has been captured by the Decepticons.  When the Clone refuses to save Spike, the Autobots know he is the fake and destroy him.


Trailbreaker briefly fights the Decepticons and Atlanteans on Atlantis.  The battle ends when the Atlantean King, Nergil, destroys the city.


The Autobots receive a warning from Teletran 1 that a rocket is being attacked by the Decepticons.  The rocket is carrying a satellite which can be used as an energy source.  The Autobots plan to go to defend the rocket but they start to become evil.  Teletran 1 detects “evil” in the base, and that evil is the Autobots.  Megatron and Starscream snuck into the Autobot base and altered their recharging station to turn the Autobots evil.  All of the Autobots are restored with a device created by Sparkplug.


Megatron creates a plan to discredit the Autobots.  The Autobots are given a trial and found guilty.  They are exiled from the Earth, but Megatron alters the flight plan to send the Autobots into the sun.
After the Autobots were exiled from Earth, Cosmos guides the Autobot spacecraft away from Earth.  The ship is destroyed and the world thinks the Autobots are dead.  They survive when Trailbreaker surrounds the Autobots with a force field and links it to Cosmos.  Cosmos guides the Autobots back to Earth.  Once the Autobots return to Earth, they follow Optimus Prime to a power plant to engage Megatron and the Decepticons.  During the battle, Trailbreaker protects himself from damage with his force field.  The Autobots prove to be too powerful and the Decepticons retreat.


Trailbreaker winds up in New York City after Optimus Prime is captured by the Decepticons.  Trailbreaker is seen trying to leave the city with the other Autobots and the New Yorkers because Megatron has taken over the city.  Spike gets an idea of how to save Optimus, and the Autobots follow Bumblebee as he takes an exit off of a bridge.


The Decepticons attack an observatory to steal a device called the Voltronic Galaxer.  Trailbreaker goes with the Autobots to help protect the observatory and the device from the Decepticons.  The Autobots reach the observatory too late, the Decepticons have already escaped with the device.  Megatron successfully uses the device  to disrupt all communications on Earth.  Because motorists in a mountain range didn’t know snow was coming, they are trapped on the snow filled road.  Trailbreaker and several other Autobots rush to save them.  They use a snow tire function in vehicle mode to reach the motorists.  As snow is about to crush a car, Trailbreaker uses his force field to protect it.  As the Autobots finish rescuing all of the motorists, they are attacked by Ramjet and Thundercracker.  Trailbreaker creates a force field to protect the Autobots and the civilians from harm.  The Decepticons fire their lasers at a mountain and cause an avalanche.


Trailbreaker participates in the Autobot race for charity.  Ironhide heckles Trailbreaker for being slow.  Trailbreaker reminds Ironhide that neither of them are moving that fast.  The Decepticons show up with their new device and use it to trap the Autobots in vehicle mode.  The race ends with no clear winner because the Autobots kicked up so much dust, no one could tell who won.  The Autobots learn they are trapped in vehicle mode when the Decepticons attack.  Optimus Prime tells the Autobots to transform and prepare for battle, but they can’t.  Optimus Prime commands the Autobots to attack the Decepticons while in vehicle mode.  The Decepticons subdue the Autobots by shooting out their tires and overheating their engines.  The Autobots are captured and brought to Megatron’s ghost town.  Megatron plans on using a crushing device to destroy the Autobots.  Before Megatron can accomplish complete Autobot destruction, Wheeljack, Ratchet, Brawn, Huffer, Bumblebee and their human friends arrive with a grenade that restores the Autobots’ ability to transform.


After Powerglide finds a source of the Electrum, Trailbreaker goes to the lagoon with the Autobots to coat himself with Electrum.  The Electrum coated Autobots fight the Electrum coated Decepticons, but neither side is able to damage the other.  During the battle, the Decepticons’ Electrum wears off and they are forced to retreat.  Unfortunately, the beautiful valley that hid the Electrum poll was destroyed in the battle.


The Decepticons take control of a Baseball Stadium to build a Space Bridge.  Trailbreaker  and the Autobots make their way to the stadium to defend the humans.  When they arrive, they find the Decepticons are already terrorizing the humans for their own twisted fun.  Trailbreaker helps Perceptor gain access to the Space Bridge controls.  Before the Autobots can gain access to the control panel, Megatron destroys it.


Megatron captures Perceptor to cure his Cosmic Rust, Megatron is willing to release Perceptor back to the Autobots.  Perceptor is infected with Cosmic Rust and is attached to a bomb.  Trailbreaker goes with the Autobots to save Perceptor.

Trailbreaker doesn't show up in Season 3 of Transformers, so it is assumed he was killed during the battle of Autobot City in 2005.

 

 

 

Marvel G1 Comic

 Trailbreaker was a very minor character in the comic book, mainly shown in the background.

IDW Re-Generation One

Trailbreaker was not featured in the Re-Generation One book in any significant or notable way.

IDW Transformers

Coming Soon

Abilities

Trailbreaker possessed eavestropping equipment. He was also able to create force fields. In one episode he was shown using a jetpack.

Toy Reviews

CHUG Trailbreaker/Trailcutter

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