Slipstream (Transformers)

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Slipstream is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers franchise.

Transformers: Generation 2[edit]

Slipstream
Autobot
Information
Series Transformers: Generation 2

Marvel Comics[edit]

Slipstream was the name of an Autobot who appeared in the Official Transformers: Generation 2 Annual.

Transformers: Armada[edit]

Slipstream
Mini-Con
Information
Alternate Modes Formula one racing car (never seen)
Series Transformers: Armada

Video games[edit]

Slipstream was the name of one of the Mini-Cons featured in the Transformers Armada PS2 game. She is a member of the Gold Mini-Con Team. Once combined to the player's character, she becomes a glider pack that allowed for flight. She looks like the Mini-Con Swindle.

Transformers[edit]

Slipstream
Autobot
Information
Series Transformers

Titan Magazines[edit]

Slipstream is an Autobot who served with Ironhide on Cybertron in the Transformers side story Lost in Space 3: Ironhide by Titan Magazines.

Transformers Animated[edit]

Slipstream
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Starscream Clones, Female Transformers
Function Air Sub-Commander (2nd Class)
Motto "If there's anyone I hate, It's Starscream."
Alternate Modes Futuristic Harrier jet
Series Transformers: Animated
English voice actor Tara Strong
Japanese voice actor Atsuko Tanaka

In the Transformers Animated series, Slipstream is the name that was given to the female Starscream clone.[1] Like the rest of the clones, Slipstream embodies a part of the original's personality, though what part she represents has never been elaborated upon. In spite of being created by Starscream, Slipstream has zero respect towards him and is as vindictive in personality.[2]

Her tech spec appeared on a lithograph sold at Botcon 2011.[3]

Animated Series[edit]

Slipstream first appeared in "A Bridge Too Close" 2-parter, having just been brought online by a piece of Starscream's Allspark fragment. Blunt and scathing, she was quick to point out to her clueless "parent" how the other Starscream Clones represented their creator's egotism, cowardice, sycophancy and deceit. When asked which part of Starscream she represented, Slipstream replied "don't ask." Though she joined Starscream in his attack on Megatron, she incited him at every turn, questioning his battle strategies, and citing his failures at destroying Megatron. When Starscream was beheaded by a Headmaster unit, Slipstream was first of the remaining clones to instantly side with Megatron, telling Starscream "Any leader has to be an improvement over you." Slipstream and the clones then participated in the fight against Omega Supreme. Although Slipstream's strategy to aim for the giant Autobot's legs was partially successful, in the end she and the other Decepticons were no match for his firepower.

Unlike her clone brothers, Slipstream went into hiding until she briefly returned in "Endgame Part 1". As Optimus Prime tested his new jet pack, Slipstream mistook him for Starscream and attacked him. But after shooting him down, Slipstream realized her mistake and left the scene as one of the nine active Decepticons on Earth still on the loose. The others are Soundwave, Waspinator, Blackarachnia, Laserbeak, Ratbat and the Constructicons. She was slated to appear in "Endgame Part 2" where she was to resurrect Starscream with another AllSpark Fragment, but this scene was cut for time. The storyboard can be found in "The AllSpark Almanac II".

Transformers: Prime[edit]

Slipstream
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Rank 4
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Jet Fighter
Series Transformers: Timelines
English voice actor Jessica Straus

Slipstream is a female Decepticon who fought on Cybertron during the early days of the Autobot/Decepticon war. She is a Seeker who specializes in sarcasm and stinging insults hidden behind a thin veneer of humor. Starscream finds her relatively unreadable.

She is confirmed to appear in the Transformers: Prime prequel comic book series.[citation needed]

Books[edit]

Slipstream was one of the Seekers who served on the bridge crew of the Nemesis alongside Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp. Although she remained true to the ideal that Seekers stick together, that didn't mean she respected Starscream any more than he deserved.

When the Decepticons eventually tracked down the Ark on the planet Junkion, Slipstream was part of the aerial strike on the Autobots as they attempted to repair their ship. Later, she returned to the Nemesis as Megatron attempted to use the ship's tractor beam to pull forth the mythical Requiem Blaster from Junkion's core. They attempted to graft the Blaster to the Nemesis's hull. They only problem was Optimus Prime hopped aboard the craft right at the base of the Requiem Blaster. Megatron dispatched Slipstream and the Seekers to knock Prime loose before he caused any more trouble, but their efforts to avoid hitting the Blaster itself made it a perfect shield for Optimus on the hull. Slipstream and Optimus Prime soon fought hand-to-hand, and Prime eventually sent an invitation to Megatron by blasting Slipstream into unconsciousness...and causing her to land right on the window screen of the ship's bridge.

As Megatron learned the location of the Allspark and prepped the Nemesis for departure, Starscream remarked that Slipstream had not returned to the ship after suffering her injuries in battle with Prime and the Autobots. Megatron merely shrugged, and the Decepticons apparently left Slipstream behind on Junkion, just as it was being torn apart. Her current condition is unknown.

Fun Publications[edit]

Slipstream appears in "A Flash Forward Epilogue" by Fun Publications. She is found playing cards with other Transformers in Axiom Nexus when a pair of Optimus Primes interrupt with a mission for Depth Charge.[4]

Video games[edit]

Slipstream does not appear in the War for Cybertron storyline campaign. However, completing the Decepticon campaign will allow the player to use Slipstream in Escalation mode, and her chassis, labeled a Stalker, for customizing an online multiplayer character for Decepticon Scientist. Her escalation abilities are cloak and shockwave.

Toys[edit]

  • Timelines Deluxe Slipstream (not released yet)
A remold of Deluxe Prime Starscream. A Transformers Collectors Club exclusive.


Transformers Legends[edit]

Slipstream appears in the iOS card game Transformers Legends, which takes place in an alternate Generation 1 timeline. Slipstream is a rare card. Though taking place in G1, her bio states she is a clone of Starscream, as in Animated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boltax Blog - Slipstream
  2. ^ Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (August 15, 2009). Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac. Idea & Design Works Llc. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-60010-487-9. 
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqUnSuhQ0Ok
  4. ^ Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Robby Musso (p), Matt Frank (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "A Flash Forward Epilogue" The Transformers Collectors Club (September 2012), Fun Publications