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Fracas's new Targetmaster body allows him to transform into an incendiary cannon for his new Decepticon partner Scourge—fitting, since Fracas is himself a hot-running, volatile scrapper who explodes into violent rages.
Marvel Comics continuity
- (Note: Events from the UK comic are in italics.)
Fracas became the Targetmaster partner to Scourge, under Scorponok's command, near the end of the Decepticons' stay on his homeworld of Nebulos. When the Autobots left Nebulos, Scorponok's Decepticons followed, as did their Nebulan partners.
If Fracas knew his partner was a time-lost traveler from the future, he gave no indication of it. That fact would soon come into play on Earth, however, as Cyclonus and Scourge apparently deserted Scorponok to seek out their former commander Galvatron, who, like them, had arrived via time travel on 1980s Earth. En route, the pair encountered a squadron of Earth jets. When one nearly got the better of Cyclonus, Scourge ordered Fracas to have Cyclonus's partner Nightstick take control and retreat.
Cyclonus and Scourge met up with Galvatron in a human city, demanding his time jump trigger device. When Galvatron asked how they planned to defeat him without weapons, Fracas and Nightstick promptly transformed, taking their place as the two Decepticons' weapons. The arrival of the Wreckers at that moment prevented the three Decepticons from coming to blows.
In the midst of the ensuing battle, Scourge sent Fracas to find Nightstick, who had retreated when Cyclonus was briefly knocked out. The Decepticons finally ended up retreating when lured out into the open by Springer.
The two Decepticons and their Nebulan partners returned to the headquarters of Shockwave, to whom they had promised allegiance in return for protection if their bid to return to the future failed. As they waited to meet with him, Fracas wondered why they didn't simply kill him and take control of the Decepticons of this time period, to which Scourge noted that they'd had help last time. Shockwave's arrival interrupted the conversation, and a slip-up by Cyclonus soon turned the meeting into a firefight, with Fracas and Nightstick converting to their weapon modes. The fight soon turned against them when Shockwave unleashed the brainwashed clone of Megatron on them. The clone bashed Scourge aside, wounded Cyclonus, and killed Nightstick. Scourge was confident that Megatron would not survive a full-powered shot from Fracas, but realized that if Megatron was killed before he ever became Galvatron, Scourge himself might cease to exist. Thus he decided to make his exit, leaving the wounded Cyclonus to die at "Megatron"'s hands.
Scourge soon reconciled his differences with Galvatron, and he and Fracas were waiting when Ravage stumbled into their underground base. Galvatron stayed Scourge's hand, however, welcoming Ravage as a potential ally.
When the Wreckers and the Mayhem Attack Squad entered Galvatron's base, Scourge and Fracas challenged their leaders, Carnivac and Springer. Fracas waited nearby while Scourge presented himself as unarmed, hoping to goad Carnivac into an attack. But Springer recognized the trick, having seen it before, and held Carnivac back. Fracas transformed anyway and prepared to fire, but Springer spoke to Scourge, telling him that a rift in time and space had opened, and that he and Cyclonus were part of the problem. Scourge began to question his decision to side with Galvatron and soon left the battle.
Fracas and Scourge flew off and returned to Shockwave's headquarters. As they blasted their way in, Fracas wondered if returning there was such a good idea, considering how they'd fared previously, but Scourge was adamant that there was no other way. Fracas quickly transformed to arm his partner, taking some comfort in his firepower. Scourge then explained to Fracas how he and Cyclonus had time-jumped without using the proper mass-substitution, creating an imbalance and thus the rift which was now threatening to consume the Earth.
In Shockwave's control room, the pair found Shockwave sunk into dementia in the face of his future demise, and Cyclonus's body strung up like a wall hanging. When Scourge tried to remove it, however, Shockwave blasted him and left him for dead.
Later, when Scourge got back on his feet, a small pile of debris is visible where Scourge initially landed. Considering that Fracas is neither seen, nor heard from, again, it is possible that Scourge landed on him after being shot by Shockwave.
- Voice actor: Neil Ross
Upon being binary bonded to Scourge, Fracas told him that if he thought Blowpipe was bad, then he was worse. Scourge concluded that he was just louder.
- Scourge with Fracas (Targetmaster, 1987)
- Fracas is a figure of an armored humanoid in gray armor with black legs. He folds in half to turn into an "incendiary cannon" that can be held by any Targetmaster (or any toy that uses 5mm pegs for accessory holding/mounting).
- The character models for Fracas and Nightstick (the first one, with Cyclonus) apparently got swapped around in pre-production, so Fracas's fictional appearances in both cartoon and comic are based on Nightstick's toy, and vice-versa. Whoops.
- As such, Krunix is technically a giant Fracas, not a giant Nightstick.
- Amusingly, Fracas is merely referred to as "the Nebulan" in Scourge's on-package bio. Thankfully, his name is printed on the box-front and in the instructions.