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Unlike his father Sparkplug, Buster Witwicky doesn't understand cars -- or for that matter, anything mechanical. Buster prefers reading books, much to the frustration of his father. If only Buster were interested in something useful, like auto repair. Instead, foolish Buster, if he keeps on reading, may end up with a paid scholarship to college. That is a road that could only lead to ruin.
- Portugese name (Brazil comics): Buster Centelha
- Portugese name (Portugal comics): Giga Witwicky
Marvel Comics continuity
Buster and his girlfriend Jesse were making out at a drive-in theatre (blocking the movie from view of his friend "O") when their car was hit from behind by a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Buster got out to investigate and discovered that the little car was unmanned. There was no one inside! Suddenly, the drive-in theatre became a war zone as jets appeared and attacked. During an explosion, the Beetle was damaged. Buster was stunned to realize the car seemed to be crying (the puss), and leaking a strange substance which was not oil! Buster sent his friends to get help, while he drove the Beetle home, figuring his father could fix it.
His father, Sparkplug, was overjoyed at first when he stumbled across Buster and the Beetle in his garage. Had his son decided to follow in his footsteps? But before Buster could explain, the damaged Volkswagen Beetle spoke to them. "Help me, please! I'm dying!"
Buster convinced his father to fix the Autobot, and the boy quickly became friends with him. Buster and Sparkplug became embroiled in the Autobot/Decepticon conflict, and Sparkplug developed a technique to allow Transformers to use Earth fuels that haven't been converted to Energon. When the Decepticons kidnapped Sparkplug and attempted to force him to duplicate the process for them, he tricked them by tampering with the fuel. Sparkplug was rescued before the Decepticon attack on the Autobots thanks to Gears and Spider-Man, but when an argument among the Autobots about his loyalties caused him to suffer a heart attack (though unleashing a wall of flame in front of him didn't help), he was rushed to the hospital by Ratchet and Buster.
While they were gone, the Decepticons attacked, but at the moment of their victory, the poisoned fuel caused the Decepticons to fall inoperative. However, the Autobots' victory was short-lived, as Shockwave arrived, having recently been awakened from his four million year old sleep on Earth, and quickly defeated the Autobots.This left Ratchet the only functioning Autobot, with the others inactive inside the now-Decepticon-occupied Ark. Buster volunteered to sneak inside to see what was going on, and in the course of doing so found the severed head of Optimus Prime.
Prime told him that he was the only hope for the Autobots, understandably confusing the human. Prime told Buster to disconnect two wires from his head and to apply them to his (Buster's) temples. This shocked Buster and rendered him unconscious for a time. When he woke up, he made his way out of the Ark and reunited with Ratchet. Unknown to Buster, this process passed the essence of the Autobot Creation Matrix to him in order to keep it out of Shockwave's hand.
While in possession of the Matrix energy, Buster developed telekinetic powers over machines, but they were often accompanied by searing pain in his head. After Ratchet had managed to defeat Megatron (thanks to help from the Dinobots) and free the Autobots (except for Optimus' head, which Shockwave still had captive), Shockwave learned of Buster's possession of the Matrix energy and sent the (for now) mindless shell of Jetfire to retrieve the human. Buster used his Creation Matrix powers to disassemble Jetfire, then reassemble him and control him directly. After an attempt to infiltrate Shockwave's base to rescue Prime's head backfired, Buster was captured, only to eventually regain control of Jetfire and free Prime.
After passing the Matrix back to Prime Wheeljack and Ratchet built a robotic exosuit for him, much to Prime’s disapproval. In an attempt to prove himself, Buster took the suit and went to the Decepticon Fortress and managed to defeat Frenzy in battle. Unfortunately he was then attacked and pursued by Shockwave. Only the intervention of the Autobots saved his life.
Buster found himself plagued by dreams in which he encountered a new breed of Transformers. Linking minds with Optimus Prime, it was revealed that the Matrix had left an imprint in his mind of the Special Teams, next generation of combining Transformers. The Decepticons had managed to eavesdrop on the vision and so the designs were also revealed to then. ,
Jetfire later approached Buster, who he felt able to talk to because of the part Buster had played in his creation. A number of errors in judgement had caused him to become concerned that because he had been created on Earth he had a greater loyalty to humans than to the Autobots. Buster was able to convince him that he should be proud to be the first Earth-born Autobot.
Buster would later play a major role in disabling Ratbat's plan to hypnotize humans into giving fuel to the Decepticons via a chain of car washes (yes, really).He was also taken hostage by Ratbat in order to prevent the US military from attacking the Decepticons' base (at the time, a starship disguised as a tropical island)
Buster's adventures with the Transformers ended soon thereafter, though his brother Spike would play a large role in the Autobot/Decepticon war as well, much to the dismay of Sparkplug (who, understandably, wanted nothing to do with the Transformers any more).
At least once, an adult Buster was portrayed as the father of Daniel Witwicky in the year 2005. Buster appeared to be married to Jesse, presumably making Daniel their child. Despite being in the future, they wore normal clothes. Crazy.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Following his father's death, Buster racked up enormous gambling debts, which Spike ended up having to pay off. Buster subsequently joined the military.
- "Buster" and "Spike," as well as Butch, were all names considered for the Witwicky boy character in early production material. One such early document shows Spike as the original name, but crossed off and corrected with "Buster" in pen (in Bob Budiansky's handwriting). This suggests that Buster was intended to be the final name of the principal human character, but either Sunbow did not receive the revised materials, or a mistake was made somewhere. It is believed that "Butch" was a very, very early name for the character. See Butch Witwicky for a more in-depth explanation.
- Buster's favorite band is Purple Fungus.