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Moustache Man is a Decepticon holographic avatar in the Movie continuity family.
Movie MustacheMan

The real reason they have mustaches is so that they can twirl something while contemplating the conquest of the universe.

The Moustache Man is a holographic image, and the means by which the Decepticon forces can operate within the military branches and law enforcement agencies of the United States without gaining the attention that an otherwise driver-less vehicle would obviously attract. While the Moustache Man can appear in different uniforms appropriate for the vehicle disguise his owner has assumed, the hologram appears to have only one face. With a fake mustache.

Moustache Man has a piercing, icy stare and the tendency to flicker before his owner carries out an operation.

Fiction

Prime Directive prequel comic

Barricade and Blackout are the first to scan and destroy Earth vehicles for disguises when arriving on-planet. It can be assumed that the original Moustache Man was the operator of one of these two vehicles, mimicked to complete the disguise. Prime Directive (IDW) issue 1

Transformers film

Actor: Brian Reece
Movie Blackout holoavatar

Where is Sarah Connor?!

Blackout projects the Moustache Man as his 'human' pilot when he arrives at SOCCENT Forward Operations Base in Qatar, successfully fooling the human soldiers. Base commander Colonel Sharp orders Moustache Man to power down Blackout and disembark his crew or risk being killed. Moustache Man flickers before Blackout transforms to lay waste to SOCCENT.

Later, after Air Force One is forced to make an emergency landing, Barricade drives up to the plane with the Moustache Man activated, earning not a second glance from the many police officers and secret service agents protecting the aircraft. He reacts to Frenzy's complaints about being shot at by stupid insects and his report of his failure to successfully access the information they were after with an icy stare. Hey, better than dull surprise.

Movie Starscream holographavatar1

No, really. Where is she? She owes me ten bucks.

Tracking down ladiesman217, Barricade's Moustache Man tricks the human adolescent into believing he is a real police officer. The human recounts his escape from his car that was following him and demands the Moustache Man exit the vehicle. Needless to say, he doesn't, but instead apes Barricade's movements as he bashes Sam with his car door.

After Frenzy reports the location of the All Spark, Starscream's Moustache Man flickers and sits in his owner's cockpit impassively as the Decepticon second-in-command orders the other Decepticons to move out. It is unknown if the Moustache Man is being projected during the battle over Mission City.

Revenge of the Fallen film

Starscream is seen with the Moustache Man in his cockpit whenever he's in the jet mode, most noticeably when he orders Rampage to "spring the trap." Considering he no longer has to disguise himself from humans (and can't anyway because of his tattoos) it's kind of strange for him to do it.



Notes

  • The Decepticon holographic avatar is referred to as "Mustache Man" in the script. He is credited as "Moustache Man" in the film.
  • In the February 28, 2006 revision of the script, Bumblebee has the same holographic driver as the Decepticons! Although presumably removed from later drafts because it makes no sense, Bumblebee's Moustache Man shows up in Transformers: The Movie Storybook, and is mentioned by Barricade in the Transformers Autobots DS game when he is escaping from Bumblebee with the "Project Iceman" information ("a white male with brown hair and a moustache"). Similarly, Animated Prowl uses a "moustache man" hologram in his vehicle mode, though with the series' trend of long chins, as well as the "man's" face resembling Prowl's own. But hey, at least he's blending in, kinda.
  • Brian Reece, the actor who plays Moustache Man, was actually the real pilot of one of the two MH-53 helicopters used as Blackout's alternate mode. Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg both agreed that he looked exactly what they had pictured Moustache Man to look like, and as a result, he had to change his wedding and honeymoon schedules so that he could film all of Moustache Man's scenes for the Transformers movie. Now that's real devotion. [1][2]
  • Bonecrusher may have the Moustache Man as well. A human driver can be seen in Bonecrusher in the highway seen, very briefly and not very clearly. It is possible, however, that it was the actual driver that the effects house forgot to erase.
  • If you pause the movie while the image is flickering, ironically enough, you see the face of Optimus Prime..... yeah....

Footnotes

  1. Transformers DVD audio commentary by director Michael Bay
  2. Albuquerque Tribune article on Reece and the Moustache Man

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