|Doublecross / Twinferno|
|Voiced by||Michihiro Ikemizu|
|Motto||"Decepticon destruction is my favorite sport... and mine, too."|
|Alternate modes||Two-headed dragon|
Transformers: Generation 1
Despite the above-average skill Doublecross has for his job, in almost any other circumstance, other Autobots can't depend on Doublecross for anything… in fact, he can't even depend on himself. His twin-headed dragon mode is not just for show – designed to allow each of his heads to process their input individually, thereby maximizing his efficiency, an unanticipated side-effect resulted in the formation of a true split personality, which even carries over to Doublecross's robot mode. His two minds can never agree on anything, and as many Autobots have discovered, a deal made with one will not necessarily be upheld by the other. His problems, however, do not impede his ferocious and savage abilities as a warrior - in dragon mode, his razor-fanged jaws conceal a fusion-generated flamethrower, and he wields an armor-corroding rust-ray rifle in robot mode. Although highly fuel efficient and a fierce fighter, Doublecross is unfortunately not particularly strong.
The Monsterbots were few new 1987 toys who did not make it into the fourth and final season of the American Transformers animated series. They did, however, make it to the small screen on the other side of the Pacific, when they appeared in the Japanese-exclusive series, Transformers: Headmasters.
The Monsterbots made their debut accompanying Rodimus Prime to Planet Beast, home of the Battle Beasts, which had been invaded by the Decepticons. Rescuing the captive Battle Beasts from the Decepticons' subterranean factory, the Monsterbots were appointed by Rodimus to stay behind on the planet and keep guard for a time, in case the Decepticons returned; the trio accepted the position, their animalistic alternate modes well suited to the planet. The Monsterbots later rejoined the main Autobot force, and accompanied the new leader, Fortress Maximus, and his crew on their pursuit of the Decepticons from planet to planet, entering combat on the planet Paradise, where the three of them turned their fire-breath on Abominus and used it to detonate the Decepticons' energon cubes.
Of the three Monsterbots, Doublecross received the most attention, as his unusual personality quirk offered opportunities for humor. While attempting to put out a fire on Paradise, one head instructed the other to shoot water instead of fire, forgetting that they did not possess that ability. Later, when the Decepticons returned to Earth and attacked one of the Autobot bases there, Doublecross's two heads could not agree on which direction to take to get to the battle, and he was attacked and defeated by the Horrorcons.
Small roles were fated for the Monsterbots even in the pages of Marvel Comics Transformers series. Introduced in the Headmasters four-issue miniseries, the three Monsterbots joined with Fortress Maximus and other like-minded Autobots who wanted to leave Cybertron in order to escape the war on the planet. Relocating to the world of Nebulos, they were followed by Scorponok's Decepticon forces, who began wreaking havoc on the planet after members of both factions bonded to Nebulan natives as "Headmasters". Attempting to defend Nebulos's beautiful Mercury Gardens against a Decepticon attack, the Monsterbots were overpowered by the Decepticon Headmasters and forced to retreat. They later departed Nebulos with the rest of Maximus's team and were integrated into the larger Autobot army on Earth.
Doublecross last appeared in issue #41, in a story called "Totaled!" where the Decepticon under Ratbat ambushed the Autobot. Although not depicted as being injured in the battle, it is possible Doublecross was injured or killed in this story, because he did not appear again in the Marvel storyline.
3H Enterprises/Fun Publications
Although they issue never saw release except as artwork on the internet, the Monsterbots were to make an appearance in the fourth issue of Transformer: Universe - The Wreckers by 3H Enterprises. They were among the patrons of a bar on spaceport CSSB-16 when it was being visited by Devcon and the Beast Machines Dinobots.
The first four pages of Transformers: Universe - Wreckers #4 were eventually finished and printed in issue 16 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine.
Although Doublecross didn't appear in any Dreamwave storyline, he did get a full page biography in the More Than Meets The Eye comic.
- Generation 1 Doublecross (1987)
- The Doublecross toy could shoot sparks from his chest if you flicked a switch on his back.
- Generations Daburu & Autobot Twinferno (2017)
- Twinferno is part of the third wave of Titans Return Deluxe Class toys. He transforms from a two-headed dragon creature to a robot and back. His weapons can be wielded separately in 5mm compatible holes in his dragon heads, wings, and in his dragon hands, or they can combine into a double-barreled weapon that can either be piloted by Daburu or be pegged into the robot or dragon's back. While in dragon mode, Daburu can ride in a compartment within the stomach. His dragon mode also has a small (nonfunctional) circular sawblade in the chest as a homage to the original figure.
Transformers: Robot in Disguise (2015)
|Alternate modes||Dragon-headed stealth bomber|
Twinferno is an Autobot. His name is glorious. While his G1 counterpart, Doublecross, was a Monsterbot, the Robots in Disguise version of Twinferno is clearly much more of a Dinobot, based on his inspiration and design.
- Robot in Disguise (2015) Warrior Twinferno (2017)
- Twinferno transforms from a robot with dragon heads as arms into a futuristic dragon-headed stealth bomber. His robot mode homages Generation 1 Doublecross.
- Lee's Guide to Loose 1987 Transformers: Autobots. Lee's Toy Review magazine, issue #205, December 2009
- Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (July 22, 2008). Transformers: The Ark II. IDW Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-60010-180-9.
- Transformers: The Ark II, Volume 2 By Jim Sorenson, Nick Roche, William Forster, page 32-34
- Doublecross (Autobot Monsterbots, Transformers G1)
- Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Volume 1 By James McDonough, Don Figueroa, Adam Patyk, Guido Guidi, Pat Lee, page 94