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The name or term Cyclonus refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Cyclonus (disambiguation).
Hail Galvatron!

—Cyclonus, all the time.

Cyclonus
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Continuity: The Transformers
Affiliation: Decepticons

Among the Decepticons, finding a genuinely loyal and competent second-in-command is a near impossibility. Cyclonus is the exception to that rule. Created by Unicron, Cyclonus is a being whose loyalty to Galvatron and the Decepticon cause is so intense as to exclude most other emotions and interests from his mind. He is dedicated to destruction in his leader's name.

He also has brains to back up that dedication, power to enforce Galvatron's will, and the initiative to form plans and get them done. Cyclonus could easily rule the Decepticons himself if he so desired, either as a power behind the throne or directly overthrowing his psychotic master. His responses to any suggestions that he do so? "All hail Galvatron!"

It's really amazing that he's so loyal, when one considers that he alternates with Ultra Magnus as Galvatron's personal punching bag.

Italian name: Ciclone
Serbian name: Sajklonus

Fiction

The Transformers cartoon

Voice actor: Roger C. CarmelJack Angel (English), Minoru InabaTomomichi Nishimura (Japanese)
Note: Carmel frequently proved unable to keep any consistency with Cyclonus' voice from episode to episode, rising and falling in pitch and tone repeatedly. Following his death, Jack Angel took up the role for the final five episodes of the series.

In the year 2005, after an abortive attack on Autobot City, the evil Decepticons found it necessary to jettison excess weight from their craft to make it back to their homeworld of Cybertron. The injured and dying Decepticons were chosen to be ejected into the void of space, including the commander, Megatron, but when their bodies were recovered by the world-eater, Unicron, they were reborn as deadly new warriors in the service of the recreated Megatron, now known as Galvatron.

Immediately following his creation, Cyclonus served as little more than Galvatron’s personal ship and attack dog, carrying his leader to Starscream’s coronation, into the battle in Autobot City and to the planet of Junk, attacking and crippling the shuttle of Hot Rod and Kup in the midst of it all. After the destruction of Unicron, however, when Galvatron was lost, Cyclonus came into his own, his loyalty to the Decepticons’ absent leader shaping his character in different ways. The Transformers: The Movie

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An actual loyal soldier.

Disgusted with how far the leaderless Decepticons had fallen as they eked out a miserable existence on the barren world of Chaar, Cyclonus resolved to locate Galvatron, daring even to enter Unicron’s deactivated, disembodied head and replaying its memory banks, tracing Galvatron to the world of Thrull. Unfortunately, once extricated from a pool of the planet’s plasma-lava, Galvatron proved to have been driven insane from exposure to it and brutalized Cyclonus and the Sweeps before being talked down and returned to his position as leader. Five Faces of Darkness

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Never realized he'd sprung a leak.

As 2006 settled in, Cyclonus was captured by a Quintesson scientist for study, along with Ultra Magnus, Wreck-Gar and Marissa Faireborn, but when the entire group was sucked through a black hole into a negative universe, they were forced to work together to escape; Cyclonus and Magnus developed a grudging respect for each other as warriors, but vowed that when they met again on the battlefield, it would be as enemies. The Killing Jar

Some time later, outnumbered and fleeing from the Aerialbots, Cyclonus and Scourge took refuge inside a vortex, which transported them to the pacifistic, energy-rich planet of Paradron, which had been settled by Cybertronian refugees. Naturally, the duo immediately overthrew the planet and summoned Galvatron and the other Decepticons there; the plan was ultimately foiled by the Autobots, but at the cost of Paradron itself, which was destroyed. Fight or Flee Cyclonus later had his body possessed by the ghost of the deceased Decepticon, Starscream, Starscream's Ghost and went on to clash with Ultra Magnus again aboard the Autobot records asteroid with the fate of Daniel Witwicky in the balance. Surprise Party

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Cyclonus' alternate robot mode design, as seen in "Starscream's Ghost". Compare to the previous robot mode pic, above.

When a group of Decepticons, tired of being beaten and abused by the deranged Galvatron, confronted Cyclonus and demanded that he do something about the situation, Cyclonus was so short on options that he accepted the advice of a Quintesson, and tricked Galvatron into accompanying him to the therapeutic mental institution on planet Torkulon. It pained Cyclonus to see his leader so demented as each attempted therapy met with failure, but when the Torkuli attempted to cure Galvatron by removing the damaged part of his mind, thereby leaving him a vegetable, Cyclonus sprang into action, only to be restrained. Patched into the sentient network of the planet, rather than be cured, Galvatron infected the world itself with his madness and freed himself, decimating the planet and decided to turn his attention back to fighting the Autobots, rather than dwell on Cyclonus' deception. Webworld

Later, Cyclonus was among the Transformers turned into an energy vampire by the Trans-Organic Dweller, thrown to the beast by Galvatron to delay his own fate—though Galvatron hesitated for a moment before fleeing, almost repentant for his action. Dweller in the Depths Later still, he, along with a group of Autobots and Quintessons, were transported into a region of space cordoned off by the Quintessons, landing on the planet Zamojin, where Cyclonus aided the Quintessons in acquiring Perceptor’s universal emulator, in order to repair their systems and return to normal space. The Face of the Nijika When the Hate Plague swept the universe, Cyclonus was infected and took leadership of the afflicted Decepticons, hunting down Galvatron and tracking him and a group of Autobots into the depths of Chaar, and infecting scientist Jessica Morgan. The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2

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I am Cyclonus and this... is my NIGHTSTICK!

In 2007, Cyclonus participated in the massive Decepticon attack on Autobot City which culminated in the theft of the key to the Plasma Energy Chamber. When the chamber was then opened, the energy released blasted the key and a group of Autobots across the galaxy to the planet Nebulos, and Cyclonus and Scourge led a team of Decepticons in pursuit, attacking and capturing several of the Autobots. The Rebirth, Part 1 To battle them, the remaining Autobots combined with a group of Nebulan rebels into “Headmasters” and bested them in combat. Having learned of his fusion of Transformer and Nebulan, the Hive, the evil ruling council of Nebulos, approached the Decepticons to repeat the process, but Cyclonus argued them down to taking the heads of only the animal-mode Decepticons, and merely the weapons of the others.

Consequently, Cyclonus became a Targetmaster as his handgun was converted into an exo-suit for the Hive member Nightstick, giving them enhanced targeting abilities and firepower. The Rebirth, Part 2 Reclaiming the chamber key with their superior powers, the Decepticons headed back to Cybertron aboard the giant robot Scorponok, where Cyclonus attempted to convince the disgusted Galvatron of the benefits of being bonded to the Nebulans. The Autobots soon arrived back on Cybertron and invaded Scorponok, only to be captured by the Decepticons, and almost executed by Cyclonus before being saved by Spike Witwicky and Fortress Maximus. The Decepticons’ plan was subsequently thwarted by Spike and the Nebulans, and they were sent spiraling off through space aboard Scorponok by a tendril of plasma energy. The Rebirth, Part 3

Who is Cyclonus?
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Bombshell and Skywarp, who the hell am I?

In earlier iterations of the script for The Transformers: The Movie, a battle for leadership in the Decepticon Hall of Heroes on Cybertron caused the essence of Megatron and other ancient Decepticons leaders (whose "Life Sparks" were enshrined in the giant statues decorating the Hall) to drift into space, where they were found by Ingestor (the early version of Unicron). Ingestor turned Megatron into Galvatron, and used the Life Sparks of the ancient Decepticon leaders to create Cyclonus and the other new troops. This story element was dropped in the final version in favor of giving Galvatron new troops and killing off older characters all at the same time by having Unicron use those Decepticons on the movie production's "kill list" as raw material.

In the finished movie, when the injured Decepticons are transformed by Unicron, two identical Cyclonus robots are simultaneously created (as opposed to Scourge and the Sweeps, who were created one after the other in short order)—in the foreground, the Insecticon, Bombshell, becomes one, while in the background, Decepticon jet Skywarp becomes another. The dialogue which accompanies this scene claims that we are seeing "Cyclonus... and his armada." But, clearly, one warrior does not an armada make – the line is, in fact, a carry over from the original script, in which Cyclonus was intended to have multiple simulacra, in the same way that Scourge had the Sweeps.

However, the idea was apparently abandoned right after this scene—the second Cyclonus immediately disappears for the remainder of the film and is abruptly replaced with a third Sweep, where only two had existed before. (Despite this, some fans choose not to discount the existence of the second Cyclonus, and, somewhat irreverently, refer to him as a second character actually named "Armada"). The only other instances of duplicate Cyclonus robots are in "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5" and "The Quintesson Journal", but these examples are generally discounted by fans due to the episodes' infamously poor, error-riddled animation (though it could be argued that if Bombshell were Cyclonus, he could have retained his Insecticon cloning ability to create these extra copies of himself).

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Cyclonus "and his armada"

The confusion over this armada and the not-100%-completely-explicit transformation scene have long prompted fans to debate the question—who truly became the one and only Cyclonus who appears in the series—Bombshell or Skywarp?

The only extant written statement on the matter comes, originally, from Cyclonus' Transformers Universe bio, which states that he is made from the "parts of dead Decepticons". This plural body-parts origin is echoed in his much later Heroes of Cybertron bio. However, as noted above, the visuals in the scene as-animated certainly imply that it was one old body per new body, without mixing and matching, and favoring "Bombshell" as the answer because of the blocking of the shot. The movie script is silent, or rather, completely apathetic on the matter: it states that after Megatron's transformation, the "other Decepticons" are turned into Scourge and Cyclonus and their minions, with no statements about particular bodies. The storyboards could be considered a little more determinate, showing only Bombshell turning into a Cyclonus body, but essentually all preproduction material on a film can't be taken as the final word. Another pro for Bombshell theory is the fact he was in the front of camera. Who would show Cyclonus behind his minion?

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Storyboard from the production of Transformers the Movie

Many argue that the inconsistencies in the number of Sweeps and "Armada" appearing in subsequent scenes of the film create reasonable doubt that the visual representation alone can be considered a reliable basis for argument. Others simply feel dissatisfaction with the asymmetrical fates of Thundercracker and Skywarp, and prefer to consider the latter the precursor to Cyclonus. The primary argument in Skywarp's favor is the following: Since Thundercracker the blue jet who was with Megatron since they were aboard the Nemesis became Galvatron's blue spaceship lieutenant, it simply should be that Skywarp the purple(-accented) jet who was with Megatron since the Nemesis would become Galvatron's purple spaceship lieutenant. Although Bombshell also has purple in his color scheme, he did not transform into a jet, nor was he ever part of Megatron's inner circle, so to speak. (The cross-sell catalogs included with 1986 toys even replaced Thundercracker and Skywarp with Cyclonus and Scourge in the Decepticon Planes section.) This is further supported by the fact that Insecticons are seen later on in the movie (even with speech) and in several season 3 episodes such as "The Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1" (Shrapnel, Kickback), "Part 3" (Shrapnel, Kickback)) and "Part 5" (Shrapnel (and a clone), Kickback, Bombshell). In many cases they are are in the foreground and not as background (crowdfilling) characters.

A third camp feels that it does not matter who became Cyclonus, holding that both candidates were dead at the time, and, ultimately, arguments on the matter seem irrelevant, as Cyclonus never displays any inklings of a past life forgetting the fact that neither do Scourge and Galvatron (though in Galvatron's case, he intends to drop occasional hints about his former identity), whatever life that might have been.

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Not to be confused with Armada Cyclonus.

Other aspects of the argument make claims regarding the personalities of the characters; for example, Bombshell held a high-ranking position within Insecticons (alternating leadership with Shrapnel), while Skywarp was an unintelligent soldier, making the former more suited to being Cyclonus; conversely Skywarp was very loyal to Megatron, while the Insecticons never saw eye-to-eye with him, making Skywarp the better candidate. And on and on.

Sensibly, Dreadwind refuses to comment on who became Cyclonus when asked the question on the Marvel UK letter page of issue #185. However, the contemporaneous Marvel UK story "Space Pirates" explicitly shows Bombshell as still active in the post-movie period, seemingly ruling him out of the running in that continuity at least.

For what it's worth in terms of retroactive canon-making, IDW's 20th anniversary adaptation, Transformers: The Animated Movie, presented the scene precisely as animated in the movie, with Bombshell in the foreground declared as Cyclonus through a caption box, and Skywarp in the background marked as his armada.

On the other hand, the lenticular cover to the 20th Anniversary DVD edition places Skywarp and Cyclonus in the same location, and a set of character bios written by Australian fans for the 2003 Madman Entertainment DVD release of the movie—later used on several UK Metrodome DVDs—state with complete unambiguity that Skywarp become Cyclonus. On the other hand, no one really takes those DVDs seriously; not only because Transformers DVD releases routinely feature obviously erroneous information, but also because some view it as having been written by a fan pushing their interpretation of the matter, and not proof-read by anyone who would know (or care) enough to dispute it. Tangentially, Cyclonus and Skywarp are two separate, concurrently-existing characters in the arguably post-movie setting of the Wreckers comics, and 2007 Masterpiece Skywarp toy includes an 'Armada Decepticon' sticker, putting that toy in the "Bombshell was Cyclonus" pile. However, none of these things, many coming two decades after the fact, are exactly "evidence" for what happened in the film.

The Headmasters cartoon

Note: For the interests of this continuity, ignore the last two paragraphs in the previous cartoon section.

Cyclonus and Scourge continued to make token appearances when the new Headmaster warriors arrived to dominate the Cybertonian war, but their intelligences seemed to markedly decrease until they were little more than cackling, bumbling henchmen—for example, during the attack on the planet Beest, Cyclonus attempted to drop a rock on Rodimus Prime, but accidentally clobbered Galvatron instead, and ran away yelping in fear. Rebellion on Planet Beest Later, when Sixshot attempted to extort energy from six countries using each of his six modes, the duo completely botched his scheme when they failed to realize that he was behind it and attacked him with Trypticon. Terror! The Six Shadows

Marvel Comics continuity

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How does my cartoon self make being a tool look so much cooler?

In a future timeline similar but different to that depicted in the animated continuity, set in 2006, rather than 2005, (2006 being the original date for the movie, amended to 2005 after the production of a treatment from which the comics were penned) Cyclonus was also a creation of Unicron, remade from the body of a dispatched Decepticon. Following Unicron's consumption of Cybertron's moons, Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge traveled back in time to 1986 as part of a plan to free themselves from Unicron's control by constructing a massive cannon that would destroy him upon their return to the future. The three Unicronian Decepticons proved themselves almost invincible in the face of the Autobots' attacks, but were finally defeated when Galvatron was duped into believing he was trapped in a temporal paradox, and returned to his own time to live out the remaining events 2006. Target 2006

Note: Amusingly, during this story, Furman’s misinterpretation of the movie summary he had read (having not yet actually seen the feature), which referenced the fading "life spark" of a Decepticon, led to Cyclonus actually claiming he had been rebuilt from a Decepticon named "Life Spark".

Following the destruction of Unicron at the hands of Rodimus Prime and the Matrix, Galvatron transported himself back in time to 1987, leaving Cyclonus and Scourge in the future, under Shockwave’s command. The duo were attacked by the freelance peace-keeping agent, Death's Head, who was seeking the bounty on Galvatron’s head, and Cyclonus revealed Galvatron’s whereabouts to him. Wanted: Galvatron — Dead or Alive Later, Shockwave hired Death’s Head to kill Rodimus Prime, but Cyclonus and Scourge interfered with the job as they sought to kill Rodimus first, in order to reclaim their lost standing amongst the Decepticons. Headhunt This did not please Death’s Head, and consequently, he willingly accepted a contract from Rodimus to hunt down Cyclonus and Scourge, eventually tracking them down to the planet of Junk as 2008 dawned. Before he could finish the job, however, all three of them fell under the mind-controlling influence of Unicron, whose disembodied head had survived the destruction of his body and had landed on the planet, where he was having the native Junkions construct a new body for him.

Under Unicron's control, Cyclonus and Scourge killed Shockwave and became Decepticon leaders, reigniting the stalemated Cybertronian war to a furious degree to cover Unicron's actions. Death's Head, however, was able to fight the mind control and work with the Autobots long enough to stop the chaos-bringer's plan. As explosions destroyed Unicron, Death's Head tackled Cyclonus and Scourge, pushing them through a time portal Unicron had built, promising to kill them another time. Cyclonus and Scourge were hurled into the past of Cybertron by the portal, where they came under the command of Scorponok. The Legacy of Unicron!

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Back-seat driver!

Traveling to Nebulos with the rest of Scorponok's forces, they became Targetmasters and later came to present day Earth. Brothers in Armor! Once there, they sought out Galvatron, and, no longer willing to serve him, instead demanded that he hand over his time travel device so that they could return to the future and their position as Decepticon leaders. The confrontation was disrupted by the sudden appearance of the Autobot commando squad, the Wreckers, who drew the ensuing battle away from the human settlement it was taking place in by professing to have stolen Galvatron's time jump mechanism, when in reality, the Decepticon no longer even had it for them to take. Wrecking Havoc

Having met with failure again, Cyclonus and Scourge decided to cut their losses and team up with Shockwave's present-day Earth-based Decepticon forces.

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"Handles on your head are the latest thing," Unicron says to me. "You'll look so trendy with head-handles." Slaggin'-A. Does this ever happen to Wreck-Gar? Not that he'd care, I guess.

Unfortunately, Cyclonus accidentally let slip that they would kill Shockwave in the future. Naturally wanting to ensure his continued existence, Shockwave unleashed a brainwashed Megatron clone upon the two. Seized by the clone, Cyclonus’s Targetmaster partner, Nightstick, was crushed, and as Cyclonus begged Scourge for help, his companion fled to save his own life and Cyclonus’s head was torn from his body, killing him outright. Dry Run!

Cyclonus and Scourge’s displacement into the past had circumvented the normal mass-replacement method used by time-travel, and had hence unbalanced the space-time continuum, causing a rift to appear in the fabric of space and time. Cyclonus’s death, twenty years before he was even created, proved to be the final straw, accelerating the rift, which soon threatened to consume Earth and Cybertron. Realizing that the only way to stop it was to return himself, Galvatron and Cyclonus to their original time, Scourge attempted to recover Cyclonus’s body from Shockwave, only to be attacked by the deranged Decepticon, who had lost his mind due to the illogical nature of the situation, and had strung Cyclonus’s remains up like a twisted trophy. Ravage, however, was able to bring Shockwave back sanity enough for him to deposit Cyclonus’s remains after Galvatron and Scourge, and then seal it with an x-ray blast. Time Wars

An alternate version of Cyclonus later made a brief appearance, inhabiting an alternate future world of 2009 where Cybertron had been destroyed and Galvatron ruled Earth. In this future world, Cyclonus failed to stop an Autobot/human rebel invasion of the main Decepticon base, and was destroyed by an enraged Galvatron for his failure. Rhythms of Darkness!


Ladybird Books continuity

Cyclonus, a very evil and gloat-happy chap, served under Galvatron on Earth Galvatron's Air Attack and rose to leadership of the Decepticons at a time when the war was entrenched on Nebulos. He matched wits against Hot Rod, his opposite number. His schemes included trying to absorb a burst of cosmic radiation, unconcerned that it could kill the rest of the planet Decepticons at the Pole, and a substantially less evil plot of trying to stop the Autobots lubricating their joints. Autobots Strike Oil

At some point, the Decepticon base Scorponok became a sentient Transformer and leader of the Decepticons, and Cyclonus was never seen again...

3H comics

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And that's about when Cyclonus decided, "Hey, screw Megatrons, I'm going to go be loyal to Cryotek."

Despite Megatron's attempts to implant his spark within a Vehicon body, Cyclonus retained his own mind and managed to escape. Wishing to restore the glorious Decepticon empire, Cyclonus had already been seduced by Cryotek's ambitions when he, alongside other renegade "bad guys," Skywarp and Rotorbolt, joined the Wreckers. In the aftermath of Megatron's virus, the Wreckers and a few other small groups were the only Transformers left active on Cybertron.

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Finally: Cyclonus, and his armada.

Soon, the legendary entity called the Oracle gathered these groups together and gave them each a task. The Wreckers were summoned to a far-off planet, and so the team fought their way through scores of Vehicons to secure a shuttle. Cyclonus and Skywarp's arrival helped seal the Wreckers' victory, and the group managed to leave Cybertron towards their destination. Departure

After some difficulties with Devcon, a stowaway, Cyclonus and the other Wreckers landed on Archa Nine, where they learned of a mysterious energy-generating crystal named the "Divine Light". Cyclonus killed the Maximal Packrat and stole it, and after taunting his deceived "comrades", fled home to deliver the artifact to his true master, Cryotek. Betrayal

Note: Notably, the writers of the comic apparently subscribe to the notion that Bombshell became Cyclonus, or the "third theory" seen above, as Skywarp is shown to coexist with him.

Despite the best efforts of Rodimus, whom Cyclonus betrayed, Devcon, who was hunting Cyclonus, and Skywarp, who was sick of being bossed around, Cyclonus met his end at the hands of Rotorbolt for stabbing him and making him repeat himself. Cryotek breifly resurrected him as one of many zombies, but his subsequent defeat at the hands of Rodimus, Cheetor, Sentinel Maximus, Al-Badur, and Ramulus ended Cyclonus's life again. Wreckers: Finale Part II

Dreamwave comics continuity

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Cyclonus is a creation of Unicron built within pods inside the chaos-bringer's body, constructed from the remnants of matter he ingested in his ongoing consumption of planets. Although Scourge played a larger role in events, Cyclonus's appearance was brief—he was simply shown smashing his way out of his pod after Unicron consumed the planet Lithone in the wake of his reactivation.

Note: Future stories would have brought Cyclonus to the fore as he attacked the base of the Earth Defense Command in order to retrieve Scourge, who was being held there. Due to Dreamwave's plunge into insolvency, these stories were never published.

G.I. Joe vs the Transformers

Cyclonus was serving Shockwave when the latter was running the Cybertronian Decepticons in Megatron's absence. He was part of a unit standing by to seize several Autobots and Joes as they used Teletran 3 to prevent damage to the time-stream.

IDW comics continuity

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Get the Holy Hand Grenade!

Cyclonus was a crewman on the original Ark which plunged into the Benzuli Expanse millions of meta-cycles ago and hence continued to serve Nemesis Prime (who he keeps forgetting is no longer called Nova Prime). He has a fierce love of Cybertron and wants to see it bring about an ordered universe, bringing structure to a chaotic universe. Ironically he's absolutely mental, prone to unpredictable, violent actions; he tries to submerge this behind a fiction of being an ordered intellectual, and hopes ordering the universe might order him.

In the present, he was sent out of the Dead Universe to arm the Nega-Core and put up Thunderwing as its guardian, but he made a divergence to see first hand the devastation of his beloved Cybertron. Pissed off, he decided to take his anger out on the nearest Transformer and so assaulted the Ark-12, helmed by Hound's crew en route to Garrus-9. He was blown to bits, only to reform and keep on coming until Ultra Magnus arrived and Cyclonus realized he was blowing his mission—too long outside of the Dead Universe can kill its inhabitants.

Arriving on Corata-Vaz, he armed the Nega-Core but balked at activating Thunderwing, due to the destruction he caused Cybertron. Unfortunately Hound's crew and Magnus arrived, Sideswipe goaded Cyclonus into attacking, and in the process made Cyclonus realize he truly was a chaotic loony and just what Nemesis Prime wanted to erase. He was brought down, only to detach his hand, which flew off to activate Thunderwing. Using the distraction, Cyclonus escaped but Magnus sent another tracker after him. Spotlight: Cyclonus


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Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details for Spotlight: Doubledealer follow.

Cyclonus made it back to the Dead Universe on time and was later patrolling the Benzuli Expanse with Galvatron to look for those who would disturb the Expansion. Upon spotting Cloudburst's ship, Cyclonus called "dibs" and Galvatron happily let Cyclonus attack the vessel. Spotlight: Doubledealer

Cyclonus successfully destroyed the science vessel Mirror-Manifold though the crew was rescued at the last moment by the Technobots and gifted with bio-armor. Sporting the new shells they successfully destroyed Cyclonus, though being so close to the Benzuli expanse it is possible he regenerated . Spotlight: Sideswipe

Toys

Generation One

  • Cyclonus (1986)
    • Japanese ID number: D-70
    • Accessories: "Oxidating Laser"
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Shoulders by Mondrian.

Cyclonus transforms into a purple Cybertronian fighter craft. Early releases of Cyclonus had his belt and part of his "ears" painted blue. Later releases had those areas unpainted.
Cyclonus, like the other new characters created for The Transformers: The Movie, was designed for animation first, and had his toy based on these designs. However, as with the other characters, the toy was based on an earlier design, most notably featuring folded back wings, while his animation model underwent further modifications before being finalized. The earlier design was the basis for the Marvel Comics version of the character, and also erroneously appeared in a few instances in the cartoon series.


  • Targetmaster Cyclonus (1987)
    • Accessories: Nightstick Targetmaster partner/"Black Beam Gun"
Cyclonus's fist holes were widened to accommodate his Nebulan partner, Nightstick, who replaced his previous handgun. This version of the toy was not released in Japan.


Expanded Universe

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With Galvatron gone, things went kind of screwy for the poor guy.

  • Cyclonus (Ultra, 2002)
    • Accessories: 2 missiles, 2 drones
Expanded Universe Cyclonus is a redeco of Beast Machines Ultra Jetstorm, replacing blue with lavender, purple and gray, and the yellows with red. His spark crystal was tampographed with a Decepticon sigil.
Cyclonus was available exclusively at BotCon 2002.


Universe (2008)

  • Cyclonus with Nightstick (Deluxe, 2008)
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    MAAH GUUUN TRANSFORMS!!

For the 25th anniversary of the toyline, Cyclonus received the first new-mold toy of the character in over 20 years. The transformation scheme is highly reminiscent of the old toy, with a few new twists to allow for greater articulation and a more satisfying robot mode. So he can now do that weird flexing pose he seems so fond of in the cartoons. As before, the toy transforms into a grey and very dark purple Cybertronian jet-fighter. Most notably, the toy release includes his Targetmaster partner, similarly featuring far greater detail and articulation than the original.

Interestingly, when Cyclonus' wrist is folded inward, Nightstick will fit into it, reflecting the "Target On!" style of Japanese Targetmasters.


Henkei! Henkei!

  • Cyclonus with Nightstick (Deluxe, 2008)
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Lavender? Check. Devil horns? Check. Upside-down purple triangles on chest? Check. Disturbing little familiar? Check. Other suggestive features laden with double-entendre possibilities? Check. Foreign? Check. Reverend Rose is going to have a field day with this guy.

Exactly the same mold as the Universe Cyclonus and Nightstick, only Cyclonus is executed in lighter shades of grey and a much lighter lavender hue, while Nightstick's very dark purple has been replaced by true black, and his face is done in red with orange eyes. As with the other Henkei toys, Cyclonus and Nightstick have some vac-metal chrome parts — in this case, purple wings on Cyclonus and chrome legs and gun barrel on Nightstick. Also, like the other Henkei toys, he comes with a collector's card and comic book. And as with the Universe iteration, Henkei Cyclonus' legs make a somewhat sloppy and unsatisfactory transformation to the rear end of his jet mode.


Merchandise

Super Collection Figure

  • Cyclonus (2002)
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His head comes off, too!

A PVC figurine of Cyclonus was part of the eighth act of Takara's Super Collection Figure series in 2002. Each case of 12 PVCs had two Cyclonuses; one in full-color, the other pewter-finish. It was later released as part of the third wave of Hasbro's Heroes of Cybertron line in 2003, with its pointed edges rounded off for safety.


Hard Hero

  • Cyclonus (2005)
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Galvatron needs my legs? Then I shall GIIIIIVE till it HUUUUUURTS!

In May 2005, Hard Hero released a Cyclonus polystone bust based upon his cartoon appearances.
At the same time, Hard Hero also made a limited run of 100 pieces painted metallic purple as an exclusive for the Canadian TransformersCon convention.


Notes

  • When asked about Cyclonus' design in an online interview, Floro Dery's reply was, "Cyclonus was a small time demon."[1]
  • In two scenes in the US edition of Headmasters #2, where Cyclonus was supposed to appear, artist Frank Springer accidentally drew a giant-sized version of Nightstick (though it's actually Fracas, but those two's character models got swapped and... oy), who was then colored like Cyclonus. For the UK printing of the story, since audiences were already very familiar with Cyclonus from exclusive stories in that comic, the giant Nightstick was renamed "Krunix".
  • Cyclonus is notable in that he's the first Decepticon besides Transformers Animated Blitzwing to show "decency" and an honorable character in the Television continuity, in stark contrast to the mustache-twirling "proud of being evil" villainy of 1980's American cartoons. He keeps his word to both allies and foes, and openly shows respect if not admiration towards valiant Autobot warriors such as Transformers Animated Ultra Magnus.
  • During The Transformers: The Movie, Cyclonus is shown to be huge in vehicle form, serving as a personal attack ship for Galvatron, despite being a normal-sized robot. In the cartoon's subsequent third season, however, he never shows such size-changing abilities again (minus one shot in the G1 episode "Call of the Primitives" where Cyclonus can be seen standing next to Galvatron and Soundwave, towering above them).
  • In the cartoon, he's basically Starscream's replacement in some way, with 99.5 percent of him being like Transformers Animated Sunstorm, but loyal only to Galvatron.
  • Giant purple robot bunny ears. Seriously.

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Footnotes

  1. TransFormers Philippines: Interview With Floro Dery

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