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The first "Wheelie" consists of a young Autobot who turns into a car. He has a distinctive style of speech, in which he rhymes his sentences while speaking in a high pitched voice. Wheelie is a young Autobot whose function is listed as "survivalist". He despises the Quintessons and their Sharkticon minions, but only fights when he has no alternative.
Wheelie was chosen as the "Annoying character of the day" column by IGN, and was voted one of the top robot characters that does not look like his toy by Topless Robots. He was also picked as the 9th worst Transformer by X-Entertainment.
Wheelie's existence was acknowledged only by the UK Transformers Marvel Comics community, where adventures were inserted in-between the stories sourced in the US. He aids Wreck-Gar in escaping from the Quintessons, whose homeworld was dying due to a rift in space-time. The two then transmit the Quintessons' plan for colonization throughout the galaxy, making the Quintessons' targets aware of their plans. Wheelie retains his distinctive style of speech in his comic appearance.
Wheelie was featured in the "Wreckers" comic series produced by 3H Enterprises for Botcon, where he joined Arcee and Daniel Witwicky in battling an army of drones based on the Nightbird robot (featured in the G1 episode "Enter the Nightbird"). He was badly wounded during the battle, and despite the arrival of the Targetmasters, only Arcee and Professor Fujiyama, who they were protecting, survived. Surrounded by the enemy, Daniel set off a bomb, destroying the Nightbirds but killing himself and Wheelie in the process.
Wheelie is the central character in Spotlight: Wheelie where, stranded on an alien planet, he confronts the Decepticons that make up Reflector: Spectro, Spyglass and Viewfinder. On meeting one of the planet's natives and learning their language, he picks up his distinctive rhyming manner of speech.
The officer and Wheelie were fetched by Hot Shot after Wheeljack became trapped under rubble in the middle of a raging inferno. As the three of them stood while looking at the flames, Wheelie told Hot Shot it was hopeless, and told him to forget about his friend. When Hot Shot tried to charge in anyway, Wheelie physically restrained him until Hot Shot managed to throw Wheelie aside. The officer then punched Hot Shot to the ground, and stood with Wheelie while they looked at the flames for a while longer.
Wheelie first appears in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He was sent by Soundwave to spy on Mikaela Banes, who is given a shard of the All Spark by her boyfriend Sam Witwicky. However, when trying to steal the shard from a vault, he is immediately caught by Mikaela, who destroys his left eye with a blowtorch. He pleads for her to give him the shard as The Fallen needed it and would die if he failed. She then locks him in a suitcase and flies to the East Coast to rendezvous with Sam. When Mikaela, Sam and his dorm mate Leo Spitz meet up with former Sector 7 agent Seymour Simmons, Mikaela releases Wheelie from the suitcase and convinces him to translate the symbols from the Sector 7 photo archives. He tells them that it was the language of the Primes and couldn't read it, but offered to find them someone who could. He then helps the humans locate the former Decepticon Jetfire at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C. After Jetfire is awakened, Wheelie swears allegiance to the Autobots as he hates the Decepticons. He joins the group in searching for the Matrix of Leadership in Egypt, but disappeared after a while.
Wheelie reappears in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He was Sam's 'pet', alongside his new friend Brains. Wheelie and Sam have been dumped by Mikaela and Wheelie isn't entirely happy with his and Brains' "living arrangements", as the U.S. government didn't care for the two small robots. His damaged eye is already healed in the third film. Later they are among the Autobots as they are exiled from Earth and presumed killed as their ship is blown up by Starscream. Later, during the battle in Chicago, Wheelie stated the Autobots were staying to win the war, and though excited to help, he is angry when he and Brains are accidentally left behind by the Wreckers from Shockwave. Wheelie and Brains wandered the streets, but found and use a crashed Decepticon fighter to fly to the main battlecruiser. Once there, he and Brains sabotaged the ship, saving Bumblebee and the other captured Autobots, and the ship came crashing down in the water.