To put it in terms even your obviously limited intellect can easily understand: "Highbrow is smarter than you are." No, no, don't allow your comparably plebeian cerebral encumbrance to strain itself beyond endurance in a futile attempt to grasp the intrinsic universal magnitude of Highbrow's innate mental acuity, for it will bear no arboreal reproductive spheres. The ultrascopic trans-infinite sublimity of his diurnal ponderances transcend the circumference of most sentient species entire thought-spheres, if he does vocalize the notion personally (and you can be certain he will).
The greatest tragedy of his existence is to be clearly so far beyond all those around him, entrapped as they are by their own primitive psyches and abysmal ignorance in a barbaric escalation of pugnacious defenstration and rebuttal. That a paradigmatic mind such as his own should be bound or beholden to a lesser being, especially a rude, primitive swain such as the Nebulan biped Gort is a supreme and vexing irony.
- Japanese name: Gorter (see below)
- Italian name: Cruiserbot
- French name (Canada): Cerveau
Marvel Comics continuity
Highbrow was one of the Autobots who served under Fortress Maximus on Cybertron. He travelled with him to Nebulos, where he made first contact with the Nebulans in the form of Gort, although the shock caused Gort to suffer an accident, which didn't improve the Autobots' standing. When the Nebulans chose to shoot first and ask questions later, Highbrow was among the Autobots who surrendered his head to them as a gesture of peace. Ironically, when Scorponok's Decepticons arrived on Nebulos looking for the Autobots, Highbrow was binary bonded to Gort as part of an attempt to fight the Decepticons without violating their agreement and helped drive off the Decepticon attack.
When the Decepticons developed Headmasters of their own, Highbrow and the other Autobot Headmasters battled them but were overcome and captured after being distracted rescuing some Nebulans. Lord Zarak on condition all Transformers left Nebulos. Before doing so, Highbrow led a group of Autobot Headmasters to try and rescue their Targetmaster comrades, who had been captured by the Decepticons. However, Scorponok was waiting in ambush, hoping to analyse the Autobots' Headmaster process, and dragged Highbrow away. Chromedome came to his rescue and managed to help Highbrow and Gort work as a team to fight off Scorponok.They were released by
After the Steelhaven crew relocated to Earth, Highbrow was involved in the first battle with Scorponok's Decepticons on the new planet and in helping develop Pretender technology. Not long after, they joined up with the Ark crew and fell under the command of Optimus Prime.
Lured into Scorponok's clutches by Nebulans hypnotised by Mindwipe, Highbrow battled the Horrorcons, but was defeated and also hypnotised. While Highbrow thus suffered from amnesia, the Decepticons attempted to convince him that they were on his side. Gort, however, was unaffected, and when he recombined with Highbrow, the two ripped off Scorponok's head. He kept the head without telling the other Autobots, knowing he should destroy it and thus end Scorponok for good, but couldn't bring himself to do it. Though this led to the Decepticon's coming for their leader's head, Optimus Prime told Highbrow he'd done as an Autobot should. To make matters worse, Highbrow was among the Autobots displaced into Limbo by Rodimus Prime and the Future Autobots.
During Unicron's attack on Cybertron, Highbrow accidentally got into Cloudburst's way and made him steer into the path of Unicron's flame-breath and explode. Jerk. This caused Highbrow to lose it and perform a full frontal assault on Unicron, who clapped his hands and crushed him. It'd be worse if it happened to someone else.
Highbrow was among the "new age" Autobots who attended Optimus Prime's meeting with Grimlock and the Dinobots about their more brutal methods. When Grimlock threatened to quit the Autobots, Highbrow cautioned Prime that they were already too short on soldiers to allow this. Instead, Prime seemed all too willing to get rid of Grimlock, and the two of them actually came to blows. After beating some sense into each other, however, Optimus Prime agreed to allow Grimlock his autonomy, to lead "Earthforce" while he and the Ark's crew took off for space.
American animated continuity
Voice actor: Johnny Haymer (US)
He was displeased when he discovered Gort was his Headmaster partner. He was hoping for someone who could at least match his own "intellectual capacity". Snob.
Japanese animated continuity
Headmasters animated series
He probably did something unlikeable here too. Here, his appearance is much different than his American counterpart, mainly his color scheme.
He actually did something likeable here, dropping his snob display long enough to help a sick orphan boy enjoy Christmas.
- Highbrow (Headmaster, 1987)
- Highbrow transforms into a Cybertronian helicopter with twin rotors. His partner Gort, the Nebulan resistance leader, changes into his head. Also, he has limited articulation.