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Waverider is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He is an Autobot Pretender who turns into a boat.
Transformers is a media franchise, produced by American toy company Hasbro and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy. Initially a line of transforming mecha toys rebranded from Takara's Diaclone and Microman toylines, the franchise began in 1984 with the Transformers toy line, and centers on extraterrestrial factions of sentient self-configuring modular robotic lifeforms in an endless civil war. In its history, the Transformers franchise has expanded to encompass comic books, animation, video games and films.
Waverider is billed as a furious fighter and formidable adversary in battle. He prefers exploring the ocean bottom for buried treasure over warfare. Waverider likes the advantages of being a Pretender as it gives him a sort of out-of-body experience.
Waverider transforms into a sea skimmer capable of diving to a depth of 25,000 feet. Besides his shell he carries an energy-spear gun as well as a thermal broad-axe for combat.
Although not seen or mentioned directly, Waverider was among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos (Transformers: Headmasters #1). When there, he fought against the Decepticons on many occasions. Followed to Nebulos by the Decepticons under Scorponok, Fortress Maximus's band left Nebulos for the planet Earth (Transformers: Headmasters #4).
Cybertron is a fictional planet, the homeworld of the Transformers in the various fictional incarnations of the metaseries and toyline by Hasbro. In the Japanese series, the planet is referred to as "Cybertron" pronounced as Sabertron セイバートロン Seibātoron. Cybertron is populated by mechanical self-configuring modular lifeforms of variable size who can transform into all kinds of machinery. These are called Cybertronians, or Transformers.
The Decepticons are a fictional faction of sapient mechanical self-configuring modular robotic lifeforms from the planet Cybertron led by Megatron, and are the main antagonists in the fictional universes of the Transformers franchise and related comics and cartoons.
Scorponok is the name shared by several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. Characters with this name are usually Decepticons or Predacons that turn into robotic scorpions or has a scorpion-shaped robot modes. Some versions of the character are also known as Megazarak or Black Zarak in Japan.
When Brainstorm needed subjects to duplicate the Decepticon Pretender experiment, Waverider and five other Autobots volunteered and became the Autobot Pretenders. They fought the Decepticon Pretenders with the help of Optimus Prime and Goldbug (Transformers #40).
Optimus Prime, known in Japan as Convoy, is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. He is a member of the titular Transformers, an extraterrestrial race of sentient self-configuring modular robotic lifeforms. In almost every version of the mythos, Optimus is the leader of the Autobots, a faction of Transformers who are rivals of the Decepticons, another faction. He is defined by his strong moral character and is almost always portrayed as the primary hero of the story, opposing the evil Decepticon leader Megatron.
Bumblebee, designation B-127, is a fictional robot superhero in the many continuities in the Transformers franchise. The character is a member of the Autobots, a group of sentient self-configuring modular extraterrestrial robotic lifeforms.
Waverider's last appearance in the Marvel Transformers comics was in issue #75, where he was destroyed by Unicron's optic blast.
Unicron is a fictional character from the many continuities in the Transformers universe and toyline. Created by Floro Dery, he was introduced in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie and has since reappeared in Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, Transformers: Cybertron, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: The Last Knight and Atari's 2004 Transformers video game. Unicron is a prodigiously large robot whose scale reaches planetary proportions, and he is also able to transform into the giant Planet X. Unicron's origin has expanded over the years from simply being a large robot to being a god of chaos who devours realities. He often employs the help of Decepticons in his work, and in some stories is considered part of the origin of the Decepticon forces.
Although the US Transformers animated series stopped making original episodes before Waverider was brought out, his Japanese counterpart Diver appeared in the Masterforce anime series.
Waverider appeared in animation was in early commercials for the Pretender toys.
Animation from the commercial was used in the opening credits for season 5 of the Transformers, which retold episodes of earlier seasons. Waverider appeared in them.
In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Waverider is one of those he displays to the Autobots.
Waverider did not appear in any fiction from Dreamwave Productions, but did get a biography in their Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye series.
Cloudburst, Groundbreaker, Landmine and Waverider appear in Spotlight: Hardhead investigating the Benzuli Expanse and reporting to Jetfire.
Waverider (or Diver) appeared among the various characters on Transtech Cybertron in the "Transcendent Part 4" by Fun Publications.
Ginrai, occasionally spelled Jinrai and also known as both Super Ginrai and God Ginrai, and later rebuilt as Victory Leo, is the protagonist from the animated series Transformers: Super-God Masterforce and its toy line, one of the Transformers series exclusive to Japan. He was called Apex Prime in some fandubbed versions of the animated series.
Blaster is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers television and comic series based on the popular toy line produced by Takara Tomy and Hasbro. Due to trademark reasons, he is sometimes called Autobot Blaster. He is an Autobot who specializes in communications.
Bludgeon is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. For trademark reasons, he is now marketed by Hasbro as Decepticon Bludgeon. They are all Decepticon warriors who turn into tanks.
Scourge is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. He first appeared as one of the central villains in the 1986 Transformers film voiced by Stan Jones. He also regularly appeared in the animated Transformers series and Transformers comic books; since then other Transformers characters have used the name "Scourge". In 2009 a Scourge action figure was one of the exclusive available at Botcon, the annual Transformers convention.
Landmine is the name to several fictional characters from the Transformers continuities in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. The first Landmine was a heroic Autobot Pretender who shouldn't be confused with Lander, a similar character.
Cloudburst is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He turns into a jet and has a shell that looked like an armored human. He shouldn't be confused with Phoenix, a Japanese Transformer who shares the same toy.
Overload is the name of four different fictional characters in the many continuities in the Transformers franchise. They are seemingly unrelated besides sharing a name.
Repugnus is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Repugnus is an Autobot counter-intelligence expert who turns into a monster bug.
Quickmix is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers franchise.
The Transformers: Stormbringer is a comic book mini-series, published by IDW Publishing.
Scoop is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universes.
Sky High is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers series in the Transformers franchise. He is the first instance of the reuse of a name in the Transformers fiction on different characters.
Erector is a fictional character in the Transformers series introduced in 1989. He was nominated as a fan's choice for the Transformers Hall of Fame in 2011. He is sometimes called "Autobot Erector" for trademark purposes by Hasbro, and is called Cragun in Japan.
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