No by-the-book soldier is Outback; for him, the rules of war are the rules of Rafferty. If the beaten track winds, it's a fair bet he'll go straight. He's more comfortable out in the never never anyway, up grades as steep as 50 degrees, or kicking up willie willies at 110 kilometers per hour. His insubordination gains him little respect from his mates, and often he finds no partner on his missions but Pat Malone and his trusty rooftop tank-jigger, loaded with armor-piercing shells.
Way in the back blocks of Outback's mind, however, there lurks a dark certainty. By the rules of Rafferty he lives, and by these rules, he is sure, Outback's bound to be a write off. The army's run by Wallies and the war's a no-hoper, but he's not totally clapped-out yet, so he'll give it a fair go. It's not the best attitude, but he'll share it with anyone without reserve. Outback calls a spade a bloody spade.
Let a mission go down the gurgler, though, and Outback's the one who'll sort it. He may be largely a mediocrity; he may be an insubordinate grizzle, but his courage is beyond reproach. By the rules of Rafferty he lives, and so far they've served him well.
- French name (Canada): Bled
- Hungarian name: Mucsai (could be translated to "Hillbilly" or "Shit-kicker")
American cartoon continuity
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—Now you wanna talk, and make it snappy. 'Cause my buddy here is trigger-happy., Blaster, threatening Dirge and Ramjet with Outback's Explosive Australian Rage
After an attack on the Galactic Olympics, Outback and Blaster were charged with tracking down any Decepticons on Earth, whom the Autobots believed were responsible for the assault. With reason to believe some 'Cons were hiding out at a Carbombya air field, the duo still had to deal with a needle in a haystack (or rather, a jet in an airport). In order to get results, Outback bluffed his way through the inspection with a "Decepticon detector", pointing it at random things and hoping for a response. He got one. Astonishingly, the two jets with giant Decepticon insignias on them were actually Decepticons(!), Dirge and Ramjet, who tried to run for it in fear of Outback's respectable scanning abilities. Outback caught them with a
nuclear bomb smoke bomb, though, and he and Blaster managed to interrogate the Coneheads and get the location of the Decepticons' new base on Chaar.
Later, Outback was teamed with Blaster again aboard Sky Lynx when Perceptor radioed in that a mysterious Quintesson signal was broadcasting from a nearby planet. Investigating, the Autobots discovered a lost Quintesson recorded journal, containing secret information about how the Quints had purposely escalated a war between Xetaxxis and Lanarq, two feuding worlds for which Rodimus Prime was attempting to negotiate a peace summit. Galvatron and the Predacons also arrived looking for the journal, and soon the Autobots, Decepticons and Quintessons began a game of "hot potato", bouncing possession of the journal back and forth between each party over and over. Outback and the others eventually claimed the journal and brought it to the peace summit, ending the war at least temporarily.
Japanese cartoon continuity
Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformer manga
When the Insecticons attacked Kyushu, Outback and the rest of the 4-Wheel-Drive Brigade, as well as Kenji, arrived to investigate. Outback and friends were briefly trapped inside craters by land mines but escaped once they united into some kind of crazy human pyramid. Using their combined attack, the 4-Wheel-Drive Robo Combination Scrumbuster, they drove the Insecticons away and saved Kyushu.
Marvel Comics continuity
Surprised by a lone Decepticon killer, Outback was saved from death by Optimus Prime, who had accidentally returned to Cybertron along with Megatron. He later tried to save Optimus Prime from being executed as a spy by the Wreckers due to a rumor spread by Megatron.
When Ultra Magnus refused to believe him, Outback helped Optimus Prime to escape. The two went on the run together, pursued by the Wreckers and a squad of Guardian Droids. Outback was later seriously wounded in battle with the Guardian Droids and Optimus Prime was forced to carry him to safety.
Hiding in the Dead End of Cybertron, hoping that Outback would recover, Optimus Prime told him the story of what happened when he was displaced to the limbo dimension when Galvatron travelled back in time.
Outback ultimately survived when Prime’s tale was overheard by Ultra Magnus and Emirate Xaaron, convincing them of his identity. At no point did Outback have the opportunity to throw a couple of shrimps on the barbie.
Outback later got a visitor's pass to the Ark and briefly appeared in the battle on the Moon and then partook in a training session with Blaster, alongside Mirage and Runamuck. Either that, or José Delbo forgot to put on his eyeglasses when drawing "Totaled!" and "Club Con!".
Outback later, along with fellow Autobot cadet Pipes, went after Tailgate to Cybertron's underground. They arrived in time to see Tailgate battle with the mutants, but Outback didn't intervene, sure of the fact that Tailgate could handle the muties himself. And he was riggerty right.
Dreamwave Comics continuity
Timelines: Descent into Evil comic
Outback, having at this point renamed himself Fallback to complement his revived sense of optimism, led an Autobot strike force consisting of Chromia, Flareup and Ricochet to the planet Ceti Alpha Seven. Their target was the Insecticon cloning facility constructed there by the Decepticon general Deathsaurus. The first batch of Virulent Clones had already been completed, and the team found itself under attack before they ever reached the lab. Fallback and his team destroyed a number of clones, but, when Deathsaurus himself joined the fight, they were overwhelmed and captured. The arrival of their teammates Ironhide and Ratchet on the planet ultimately resulted in Deathsaurus's defeat and the rescue of Fallback's team.
IDW comics continuity
—He's a good kid, that Outback. Always willing to give a hand... good 'ole Outback., Kup, on the long-dead Outback
Long ago, Outback and Kup crash-landed on an unknown planet covered with radioactive crystals. When they attempted to use parts of their ship to create a transmitter, the radiation overloaded the generator, and Outback was killed in the explosion. Kup, however, was eventually driven insane by the radiation and not only talked to Outback's charred remains as though he were alive but used his severed arm as a club.
Springer was able to hack into the deceased Autobot's holo-emitter to try and send Kup a message that the Autobots were coming to rescue him, but the delusional Kup saw this as a ghost making threats upon his life. Outback's remains were further crushed by an errant swipe from one of the rescue party, sending Kup into another homicidal rage.
What they did with what was left of Outback is unknown.
- Outback (Autobot Mini Vehicle, 1986, 2008)
- Japanese ID number: C-59
- Accessories: "Mortar cannon"
- Outback is a khaki and brown retool of the 1984 Mini Vehicle, Brawn. His head, arms, and chest have been changed, plus he has been equipped with a vehicle-mode gun.
- Bumble & Minibots (Multi-pack, 2008)
- Encore number: 10
- Accessories: "Mortar cannon"
- In 2008, Outback was reissued in the Transformers Encore line, bundled with Bumblebee, Pipes, Tailgate and Swerve. This version has a few extra paint applications, most notably a new blue visor.
- Descent Into Evil (multi-pack, 2005)
- Accessories: Crane boom/rifle, spare tire halves, Autobot-style energon star
- Available only as part of BotCon 2005's Descent into Evil set (along with Buzzclaw, Chromia, Deathsaurus, Dirge, Ironhide and Ricochet), Fallback (renamed due to trademark reasons) is a brown and tan redeco of Energon Strongarm, transforming into a jeep of made-up model. His clear-blue spare tire and crane/cannon can be assembled to form an energon battle-axe, plus he comes with a clear-blue energon chip.