Quake is a berserker. When he enters a battlefield, he will not rest until anything and everything within sight is in smoldering ruins, including his own comrades. It will often take cries of protest from fellow Decepticons to "point the other way, you idiot!" to remind him to pick his targets more selectively. This, he claims, is just part of one of his unconventional "battle techniques."
Quake can become so caught up in the battle frenzy that his systems can overheat and shut him down. His endurance is second-to-none, however, and he has pulled through even the seemingly final of defeats.
- French name (Canada): Séisme
Marvel Comics continuity
Quake survived the battle against the planet eater Unicron and was present during the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons on the planet Klo, where he blasted Blaster in an ambush. As he's not seen afterwards (yet Blaster is, nice shot there, Quake) he probably didn't fare too well against the ambushed Autobots.
Another Time and Place
Quake was among the Decepticon warriors who attacked Hydrus Four with Bludgeon, assuming control of the Nucleon production facility in the hopes of reviving Megatron. They captured the Dinobots easily enough, but a full Autobot task force soon followed, and the Decepticons were overwhelmed and defeated.
Miraculously alive and well, Quake was serving on the bridge of the new Warworld Bludgeon had constructed for raiding other ships in space and stocking up on resources. He was also part of the raiding party which landed on Earth, and enjoyed spreading chaos and destruction among the humans. During a Cybertronian Empire attack on the Warworld, Quake was quickly destroyed.
Universe: The Wreckers
With the emergence of the Wreckers, Mutants, and Dinobots on Vehicon-controlled Cybertron, Megatron needed more generals to counter the insurgents. He picked the sparks of Quake and Blastcharge, who served Megatron's namesake well, and put them in new Vehicon bodies and gave them experimental drones to command.
Quake and Blastcharge followed Primal Prime's group to the lair of the recluse spider Arcee, but got there too late to catch up with the main force. Blastcharge shot Fractyl, who had stayed behind to talk to Arcee. Quake rumbled that the Predacon was only worth five points for being "a half-pint loser" rather than the ten Blastcharge claimed, leaving two drones to clean up the mess as they went to hunt down the other Wreckers.
The two arrived at the Wrecker's destination, a shuttle hangar, right in the middle of a battle between the small force and a horde of drones led by Spy Streak. Quake was not impressed with many of the Maximals' small size, and chose to taunt the relatively tiny Tigatron. This was a mistake. Tigatron opened his chest, and with the awesome elemental powers of the Vok, Quake was destroyed. (Anybody else sensing a trend here?)
Dreamwave Comics continuity
Quake became a member of Ratbat's faction of Ultracons during the Dark Ages. He was present at the near-signing of the tri-faction peace treaty, and engaged the Predacons in battle alongside many other Autobots and Decepticons after the bombing.
IDW comics continuity
Quake served with Headstrong's ground troops on-board the Decepticon starship Thanatos, under the overall command of Razorclaw. They joined the Autobot Wreckers in confronting Thunderwing on Cybertron.
- Quake (Targetmaster, 1988)
- Accessories: "Tiptop" & "Heater" Targetmaster guns, cannon
- Quake transforms into a Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank. Unlike the other "double" Targetmasters, Quake has a third non-Nebulan weapon; his removable turret cannon, which can be replaced in vehicle mode by any smaller Targetmaster partner. He comes with the Nebulans Tiptop and Heater.
- Vehicon Quake's body is Tankor's toy form in Quake's colors. A toy of this was never produced, and seemingly not even proposed as a convention exclusive, though it would be moderately easy to personally paint one. Quake had tank drones that looked exactly like Tankor's Mega-size toy, colors and all. (In the Wreckers comics, Tankor's Tank Drones were drawn to look like their CGI model from the television series, which was visually distinct.)
- The Blitzwing card from the 3D Battle-Card Game "Energon Wars" expansion is clearly designed to be Quake.