RV +10 *
* Amongst humans, at least. RV +20 to fellow Autobots, RV -20 regarding Decepticons.
One of the mighty Transformers, Sideswipe is a silicon-based, mechanoid life form hailing from the alien world of Cybertron. A product of this planet's bizarre evolutionary crucible, Sideswipe has numerous abilities related to his origin that can only be considered super human.
Cybertronian Physique: Sideswipe is a Transformer, a mechanoid being hailing from the world of Cybertron, a planet of variable distance from our own. Thanks to his siliconic origins, Sideswipe has many super human powers, including the following:
* Body Armor: either formed or forged from metallic and silicate substances, Sideswipe is quite hardy. His durable, inorganic construction provides Sideswipe rank value 10 protection from attack, letting him mostly ignore human assaults, and breaks down like so:
RV 10 / RV 4 / RV 0 / RV 0 / RV 0
* Growth: few Cybertronians fit into a mold which might indicate a 'standard' volume. Thus, they all tend to have this power as a general description of their raw size in comparison to their fellows. Sideswipe, being eighteen feet tall, has this power at rank value 6.
Thanks to this, Sideswipe has a +1 size factor. This Autobot warrior thus suffers a -1 RS penalty when targeting human-sized foes, but benefits from a +1 RS to any damage he inflicts against them. Similarly, he gains 1 RS of damage reduction against the assaults of human-sized beings.
* Microscopic / Telescopic Vision: as do most of his fellow Transformers, Sideswipe has the ability to manipulate his visual acuity when necessary. He wields both of these powers at rank value 2, which lets him read microfiche, as well as see items miles away clearly.
* Radio Transceiver: Sideswipe is equipped with a deluxe, audio / video transmission and receiver system. This advanced equipment allows him to contact any Cybertronian within one hundred miles of his person, operating as it does with rank value 20 power.
* Resistance / Invulnerability to Disease and Poison: like most Transformers of his time, Sideswipe's physiology is entirely inorganic. Thus, he's completely immune to diseases and poisons of that type, while only resisting others with rank value 100 ability.
Flare Launcher: this shoulder-mounted device can be used by Sideswipe to launch magnesium flares into the air, in order to signal others when radio frequencies are being jammed. These flares can be seen up to eighteen miles away, and are of rank value 40 brightness.
Headlights: useful devices indeed, Sideswipe has adopted headlights as have most other earth-bound, automotive Transformers. These front-mounted electronics emit illumination of rank value 20 brightness, which readily facilitates driving while the sun is down.
Shape Change: as a Transformer, Sideswipe naturally has the ability to transform! He has two modes, one being a humanoid configuration, and the other being a perfect match for a Walter Wolf Countach LP500S, much like his brother. Sideswipe's vehicle mode has these capabilities:
Limitations / Enhancements:
Photon Rifle: though it does not fire coherent light, this weapon nonetheless packs quite the energetic punch. The beam it casts can inflict rank value 20 Force damage with each deadly blast, which is enough to put a dent in most Transformers.
Rocket Pack: this detachable unit allows Sideswipe to defy gravity for short periods of time. It allows him to fly with rank value 40 speed, or at approximately 272.73 miles per hour, for up to two minutes before it requires additional fuel.
Martial Arts style B: since he lacks particularly dangerous armaments, Sideswipe has learned how to use his very body as a weapon. Whenever engaging in unarmed combat, Sideswipe may strike as if his Melee trait was +1 RS higher than is listed above.
One of the Autobots, Sideswipe can naturally rely upon that faction of Transformers for aid in a pinch, for they rather like having him around. His brother in particular can be counted on for help should Sideswipe but ask, as he's one of the few 'bots Sunstreaker can tolerate.
When in his vehicular configuration, Sideswipe perfectly resembles the earth vehicle known as a Walter Wolf Countach LP500S, in a cherry red coloration. When he transforms into his humanoid mode, he is an eighteen foot tall red, black and white robot with hints of an automotive lineage.
A likable, affable sort, Sideswipe gets on well with his fellow Autobots. He seems the antithesis of his sociopathic brother, Sunstreaker, in that he's witty and charming. But what most don't realize is that dark urges run under this surface of seeming amicability.
Sideswipe is more than happy to lie, cheat, and steal to get his way, whether playing games or fighting Decepticons. And in the past, he primarily fought against those villains for the personal glory that victories against the Decepticons showered upon him.
While he's more altruistic these days, Sideswipe can't help but resort to type now and then.
Real Name: Sideswipe
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron with no known criminal record, either there or on earth
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Autobots
Weight: 3,285 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: regardless of his current configuration, Sideswipe appears to be built from a strong metal that is primarily red in hue. Depending on which mode he currently rests in, he may also have additional, black and white components.