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Rampage (also known as Protoform X) is the awful result of scientific experimentation gone awry. He is a serial killer and cannibal, with an immortal spark that ensures his twisted brand of horror and misery will live on as long as he does (forever, presumably). Though hard to destroy Rampage's Spark is not completely invincible. As shown during his fight with his old enemy, Depth Charge, Rampage's Spark can be destroyed when pierced by raw Energon (though it is unknown if this is because the Spark was experimental or Energon is so powerful in its raw state). Rampage detects and draws strength from the emotions of others, literally feeding on the pain and suffering he causes. As an unwilling conscript of the Predacons, he is contemptuous (at best) of the rest of his team, typically bored and uncooperative on missions, and he frequently sneaks off for his own purposes to try to relieve his boredom in the most cruel and horrible ways possible.
|“||Is that fear you are feeling, Maximal? Yes...my spark feeds on terror. Let it grow! Let it consume your circuitry! Feel it, yes, feel it! Feel the fear!||”|
—Rampage, "Bad Spark"
- French name (Canada): Furibo
- Italian name: Granchior
- Polish name: Pieniacz (a person who loves to start conlficts)
- Spanish name: Rampante
- Portuguese(Brazil) name: Violência
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Protoform X was a Maximal experiment to recreate Starscream's mutant, immortal Spark. Though arguably successful in this regard, the creation was unstable. In point of fact, he was criminally insane. He destroyed Colony Omicron, killing all of its inhabitants save a lone security officer, Depth Charge, who eventually tracked him down and captured him - but not before Protoform X destroyed Starbase Rugby and devoured an unknown number of the inhabitants. As he couldn't be destroyed, the Maximal Elders had Protoform X placed into a stasis pod that would be stored within an exploration vessel, the Axalon, with instructions to its commander to dump the stasis pod on some barren world in deep space.
Timelines: Dawn of Future's Past
While preparing for a deep-space exploration mission, the Maximal crew of the Axalon stopped for a few weeks at a space station. Here, Rhinox helped acquire Protoform X as Optimus is instructed by the Maximal Elders to dispose of on a barren moon somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant. However, before its captain, Optimus Primal, was able to explain the circumstances fully to his crew, they were suddenly under even newer orders to pursue a stolen Predacon ship, the Darksyde. Subsequently, the Axalon followed the Darksyde through a transwarp portal and crash-landed on a mysterious planet.
Beast Wars cartoon
Protoform X was among the stasis pods jettisoned by Optimus when the Axalon was damaged by Megatron's Predacons, and only fell out of orbit far into the Beast Wars. While scanning a beast mode, X was taken offline by the transwarp explosion that converted his body into a transmetal one. Though thought to be dead, he was eventually revitalised when the battle near his stasis pod caused an Energon storm that shocked him into activation, and he promptly set out to terrorize all nearby Transformers, ripping Tarantulas to pieces before stalking Blackarachnia and Silverbolt. X seemed unstoppable at first, easily withstanding a mass assault from Optimus Primal, Cheetor and Blackarachnia that knocked him off the edge of a cliff, but when one of Silverbolt's missiles jammed his tank treads as he climbed up a mountainside, he lost his grip and tumbled even further down the rock face, landing at the bottom in pieces.
As Protoform X lay immobilized, Megatron arrived and, using a blade of pure energon, removed a portion of his indestructible spark. Megatron then had him brought back to the Predacon base and repaired. When X attempted to turn his weapons on his "savior", Megatron revealed that he held half of X's spark in a special cage lined with energon crystals, allowing him to torture the beast at will. With his 'loyalty' thus assured, Megatron welcomed Protoform X into the Predacon fold, dubbing him "Rampage".
Rampage made no secret of his hatred for his new "master". Megatron kept the spark cage with him at all times, fending off at least one attempt by Rampage to take it back. Megatron eventually used the spark fragment to form the core of Dinobot 2, who likewise retained the ability to torture Rampage into continued loyalty with it (Apparently without any effect on himself).
Though a violent sociopath, Rampage was not without compassion. He found a kindred spirit in the badly damaged Transmutate and sought to protect it from the other Predacons. When Transmutate was killed, Rampage bellowed in grief.
Later, Depth Charge arrived on prehistoric Earth with the single-minded goal of destroying Rampage. Rampage was beside himself with joy, eager for revenge on his old "playmate",to the point of abandoning a planned attack on the Ark when he detected Depth Charge's arrival. Depth Charge's loss at Colony Omicron had embittered him, and Rampage used this emotional wound to torment the Maximal. They met in battle numerous times, fairly evenly matched.
While Megatron was retrieving the submerged Decepticon craft Nemesis, Depth Charge met Rampage in battle one last time. At the battle's climax, Rampage allowed Depth Charge to kill him with a shard of raw Energon, resulting in a fantastic explosion which destroyed both. Rampage won even in death, laughing maniacally in triumph as Depth Charge made the final, stabbing blow.
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Identical to his series incarnation, though more of a cannibal, Rampage actually took refuge in an abandoned ship that crash landed after he ate the crew who were guarding him. Attacking Primal when he, Rattrap, and Airazor were investigating the crash site, he devours Primal's head only to learned he actually was chewing on a bomb that incapiated him as the Maximals quickly jetison him out of the atmosphere and into outer space.
Beast Wars Transmetals
- Rampage (Ultra Transmetal, 1998)
- Japanese ID number: D-41
- Accessories: Spring-loaded triple barrel missile launcher, 3 missiles and 1 rifle
- Rampage transforms into a Transmetal king crab with a tank mode that includes rubber treads. In beast mode, he features fully articulated crab legs and pincers that can open, close and be posed in a variety of angles through the use of ratcheting joints. His triple-barreled Gatling missile launcher is stored on the underside of the beast mode, with its barrels flipping to the front during vehicle mode. In this tank mode, the crab legs fit together to form a road wheel network for Rampage's rubber treads to fit over so he can roll upon them. Rolling the tank activates the wheel in the missile launcher, firing any or all of the three missiles that can store in it.
- In robot mode, Rampage is an imposingly large figure with a decent level of articulation due to his ball joints, but because he wears most of his beast mode as a sort of backpack, he is quite back-heavy. His (very) small laser rifle and his triple-barreled launcher can be held in both of his hands. It should be noted that there were two releases of the toy, one with face colors accurate with the show and another with an orange colored face (seen to the right).
- The location of four of the crab legs in the show is not accurate to the toy; the show has the legs on the shoulder pads, whereas the toy situates the legs on Rampage's arms (which mean they are rather cumbersome).
- A new Rampage figure was created for the Official Transformers Collectors' Club 2014 collection by remolding and recoloring the Megatron (Prime) first edition figure, notably giving it a Rampage-esque head and color scheme. Furthermore, the Decepticon insignia on Megatron's chest has been replaced with a letter X on the Rampage figure, signifying his original identity.
- According to the series background materials published in the Beast Wars Universe guidebook, Rampage's body was supposed to have been constructed out of leftover G1-era technology seen in the Great War due to the lack of know-how for protoform technology.
- In some episodes, Rampage's robot-mode mouth is animated as an actual hole in his face; in others the external mouthplates are shown to be in front of a greenish solid construct that looks like an extension of his eyes.
- Strangely, his energon-boost that revived him, seen in "Bad Spark", took place in the dense jungle, despite his awakening in a King Crab Beast Mode. No explanation has been given. Maybe there was a crab skittering around Starbase Rugby.
- Some fans are split on how to interpret Rampage's death; he is clearly shown to let go of the energon shard that killed him prior to being stabbed with it, to which Depth Charge reacted in surprise. There are a few theroies:
- Rampage, knowing he couldn't win the struggle, allowed himself to be impaled in order to end his torturous existence (and laughing in the giddy euphoria of oblivion).
- He deliberately let go to test whether or not Depth Charge would go through with his threat of ending his life, his laughter instead being taken as solace in the knowledge that Depth Charge's obsession with him had successfully corrupted him into the same kind of monster he wanted to kill.
- Based on more gradual character development, Rampage is exactly the blindly psychotic murderer described by Optimus Primal. However, the arrival of Transmutate introduces a kindred spirit which Rampage cares about, and when it is destroyed, Rampage is completely overwhelmed by his sense of loss, even forgoing his joy of battle to mourn. This pallor of despair never truly leaves him, and he releases his grip on the energon in a moment of clarity, realizing that death will only end his pain. He laughs mockingly at Depth Charge because in claiming his revenge, he is really setting him free.
- Another possibility is that Rampage knew that if he were to be killed, Depth Charge would go with him, one last victim before he meets his end.
- Or it could be that Rampage is just batshit insane.
- No explanation is ever given for why energon suddenly kills Rampage, even though Megatron's been poking his spark with it ever since he appeared. Although the fact the energon was unstable may have had something to do with it. Then again, when one considers the fact that the tiny slivers of energon were able to cause him such pain, it isn't too much of a stretch to think that a large spear of it being driven directly into what remains of his spark might kill him.
- In the episode Optimal Situation, it is shown that on the head of Rampage's missiles there is a rather ironic "peace" symbol.
- Given that Dinobot II later reported that his Spark felt "whole", it could be hypothesized that Rampage's spark might not actually die but was simply reunited with the other half of his Spark.
- His vehicle mode is often described as a tank. However, it seems to be more like a tank destroyer in both appearance and function, than a proper battle tank.
- The humanoid mode of his Movie counterpart slightly resembles to psychotic Mr. X, such as bulky upper torso, tiny legs, caterpillar treads inside claws (though in robot mode instead of Rampage's vehicle and beast mode), back and shoulder kibble.
- Rampage is the only Predacon in Beast Wars