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Depth Charge is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers series. The original Depth Charge was a main character in the Beast Wars animated series voiced by David Sobolov.

Beast Wars[edit]

Depth Charge
Transformers character
Voiced by (English) David Sobolov
Voiced by (Japanese) Kiyoyuki Yanada
Information
Affiliation Autobot/Maximal
Sub-group Transmetals, Triple Changers, Ultra Beasts
Function Aquatic Forces Commander
Rank 10 (Beast Wars), 8 (Universe)
Motto ”Follow my orders or get out of my face!”
Alternate modes Transmetal Manta Ray/Cybertronian Skyhopper

Depth Charge was originally a Maximal Security Commander on Colony Omicron, when Protoform X suddenly escaped custody. The colony was wiped out - with Depth Charge being the sole survivor. This left Depth Charge with a deep hatred for Protoform X, along with a large amount of resentment towards himself for failing to save Omicron and his troops. [1]

According to an interview with voice actor David Sobolov, the voice for Depth Charge is based on a young Clint Eastwood.[2] He also said Depth Charge has his own agenda apart from the Maximals, but has a strong sense of right and wrong. [3]

Animated series[edit]

For four stellar cycles, Depth Charge chased Protoform X, encountering him and suffering defeat at many locations, including "Starbase Rugby" (this is an inside joke, referring to an online Transformers store called Rugby's Starbase). Eventually, Depth Charge recaptured Protoform X and requested that X be terminated for his crimes. Instead, Protoform X was taken by the starship Axalon and sentenced to be abandoned in space (as at the time there was no known way to kill him).

Depth Charge was not satisfied with this ruling. He decided to find Protoform X on his own, and finish what had been started. His search led him through an anomaly in space, and landed on prehistoric Earth in the middle of the Beast Wars (specifically, just at the start of Season Three). He became a transmetal in the process, and scanned the beast form of a manta ray, which could also be converted into a flight mode.

Protoform X (now known as Rampage) was indeed on prehistoric Earth. Depth Charge was surprised to find the crew of the Axalon (who had long since been thought lost) on Earth as well, but did not care about the war they were involved in. Unfortunately Rampage promptly stranded him on Earth by blowing up his ship. He still held a deep resentment of the other Maximals for not destroying Rampage when they had the chance, and chose to operate solo in pursuit of Rampage, much to the regret of Optimus Primal.

Depth Charge proved to be both an ally and a liability during this time. After Cheetor had been by Rampage, he fell into the ocean, where Depth Charge saved him. He later saved Rattrap from Rampage while the Maximal was on a mission to retrieve the defense computer Sentinel, keeping the psychotic Predacon busy. However, when he (eventually) decided to aid Rattrap and Silverbolt after a Predacon ambush he was responsible for losing the computer as well after a mid-air collision with Silverbolt. He eventually accepted Optimus' offer to join the Maximals, single-handedly defeating an attack on The Ark. He also developed a certain friendship with some of the team, appearing deeply affected at Cheetor's apparent death at one point, although he tried to conceal how much the loss affected him. However, Depth Charge still disobeyed orders when other matters took priority, such as the hunt for Rampage - something that nearly caused his doom when he was attacked by the Dinobot clone, who shared Rampage's Spark.

Depth Charge would meet his archenemy one last time in the series finale Nemesis. When Megatron's plan to raise the Nemesis to destroy The Ark was realized, Depth Charge, being the only water based Maximal, was sent to stop him. He ran straight into Rampage, who had been ordered to see off any threats (ironically, this was the one time Depth Charge did not want to fight Rampage, as his priority was to stop the Nemesis). The two engaged in battle for the last time, with Depth Charge eventually impaling Rampage's Spark core with a shard of raw Energon Crystal. Laughing, the evil Predacon exploded, setting off the raw Energon nearby and taking Depth Charge with him. Some fans believe that because he succeeded in destroying Rampage, either Dinobot II's spark was made whole or a rift was opened that allowed the original Dinobot to at least partially return in his clone's body, thus allowing him to betray Megatron, subsequently making Depth Charge largely responsible for the Maximal victory in the Beast Wars.

3H Enterprises[edit]

In the Transformers: Universe toy line and comic series, Depth Charge was brought back to life to aid in the battle against Unicron. With any two Transformers from past or present to choose from, Primus revived Depth Charge and Rhinox to assist Optimus Primal in battle against the Decepticons. However, Depth Charge was initially angry at having been revived, no doubt believing that without Rampage to hunt his life was pointless. Leaving, Depth Charge encountered Rattrap, who was being attacked by Blackarachnia (brainwashed into the service of Unicron). Depth Charge saved him, but was then set upon by Blackarachnia's servants - the Piranacons.

Although Universe ended at issue three, a bio printed at the end of the issue indicated that Depth Charge would have gone on to assist Autobot Leader King Atlas in establishing a refugee network for those escaping Unicron's gladiatorial games, using his experience as Colony Omicron's security officer to maintain the efficiency and secrecy of the network.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Depth Charge had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing. [4]

Toys[edit]

  • Beast Wars Ultra Depth Charge
Many fans consider Depth Charge to be a Triple Changer, despite the term not appearing on his toy box. His box did state that he features "three mode conversion" however. The commercial for Rampage and Depth Charge even stated they had "Triple Changing action." [5]
  • Universe Ultra Depthcharge (2004)
The Universe toy was a 2004 recoloring of the Beast Wars version. Hasbro designer Aaron Archer claimed at BotCon 2004 that this toy's color scheme was meant to resemble Boba Fett's Slave I.[6]

Transformers: Timelines[edit]

Depth Charge
Transformers character
Information
Affiliation Autobot
Sub-group Transtechs
Alternate modes Cybertronian Submarine

Depth Charge was among the characters originally proposed for the Transtech line up.

After the Beast Machines line ended, Hasbro planned a follow-up series called Transtech. The Transtech concept was a line intended to take Transformers to their most futuristic. Hasbro commissioned sets of designs from Draxhall Jump. The series was supposedly to bring back some of the characters who died in Beast Wars along with some characters from the original eighties cartoon series, all in new, techno-organic bodies, though with vehicle alternate modes instead of the animals used in Beast Machines. Many concept sketches and even a few toy prototypes were made, but Hasbro scrapped the idea in favor of bringing Car Robots to their markets as Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

Concept sketches or prototype toys have been seen for Blackarachnia, Cheetor, Depth Charge, Megatron, Nightscream, Optimus Prime, Scavenger, Shockwave, Silverbolt, Soundwave, Starscream and a new character called Immorticon. There were also rumors of a Transtech Dinobot.

Fun Publications[edit]

Transtech Depth Charge appeared among the Guards of Shockwave in the story Transcendent by Fun Publications. He was attacked the raid by Alpha Trion on Shockwave's lab to free Breakaway.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[edit]

Depthcharge
Transformers character
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The ship Depthcharge is based on
Information
Affiliation Autobot
Sub-group Scouts
Rank 8
Alternate modes Visby class corvette [7]

Depthcharge (this time a single word) turns into a stealth boat. He is described as a shrewd military strategist who spies on the Decepticons. [8]

He has a third "battle mode" which changes his robot mode legs into pontoons which allow him to travel over water in robot mode.

Depthcharge was originally set to appear in the movie along with Springer and Breakaway and concept art was even created for him but due to the writer strike, he failed to make it to the final line up along with Breakaway and Springer.

Toys[edit]

  • Revenge of the Fallen Scout Depthcharge (2009)
A new mold. [9] This toy was redecoed into the Decepticon called Sonar.
With a real Visby measuring 7260 centimeters long and this toy measuring 11.5 centimeters, the toy has a scale of about 1:631. This would also mean with the toy robot standing 11 centimeters tall, the real robot would stand around 6944 centimeters (227.8 feet) tall.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

[[Category:Autobots]] [[Category:Fictional characters introduced in 1998]] [[Category:Fictional ships]] [[Category:Fictional fish]] [[Category:Maximals (Transformers)]] [[Category:Transmetals]] [[Category:Transtechs]] [[Category:Triple Changers]]