Robert Epps is a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He's under the command of Captain William Lennox. He frequently demands the bringing of things, such as "it" and "the rain". He is entitled to wear the scarlet beret of Air Force Combat Control. He keeps a Visa credit card in one of his many (He's got 10) back pockets. The one on his left butt cheek, to be specific.
He is never going to Jorge Figueroa's mamma's house.
Transformers (2007 film)
Sergeant Epps and the other soldiers under Captain Lennox's command were returning to SOCCENT Forward Operations Base after some hard duty. When Lennox revealed that wanted to go home to see his baby girl more than anything else, Epps joined in with the men in teasing their commander. As night fell, a mysterious MH-53 helicopter arrived at the base, and after being surrounded by dozens of troops, it suddenly transformed into a giant robot which proceeded to attack the base. Epps ran and ordered other soldiers to ready combat stations as they were under attack. The giant robot narrowly missed crushing him as he used his digital recorder to take footage of the strange machine. Fellow soldier Figueroa saved Epps by firing a sabot round at the robot, which allowed Epps to escape. Epps linked up with the rest of Lennox's team and the Captain's little buddy Mahfouz and high-tailed it out of the exploding base.
The next morning, the survivors discussed the previous night's events, with Epps sharing with them the images he captured, as well as theorizing that the weapons platform was generating some sort of force field. Sergeant Donnelly expressed disbelief at this. Epps then shared the unnerving feeling that as he was recording the thing, it stared right back at him, causing an ominous silence to settle among the group. Later that day, as they made their way to local boy Mahfouz's village, Epps spotted a giant metal spike coming out of the sand aimed at Lennox's back and began firing wildly into the sand. After Sergeant Donnelly was impaled and killed by the robotic scorpion, the rest of the men ran for their lives to the cover of the village. Lennox managed to borrow a cell phone from Akram, Mahfouz's father, and asked for Epps's wallet for a credit card to make the call. In between firing rounds from his rifle, Epps barked that it was in his back pocket, prompting Lennox to protest that he had ten back pockets. Epps loudly clarified it was his left-cheek back pocket.
When contact with the Pentagon was established, Epps coordinated with the E-3 Sentry AWACS plane to give orders for the incoming A-10 Thunderbolt IIs of Strike Package Bravo, indicating the target area killbox one-alpha with orange flares and laser guidance markers. As the A-10s arrived to provide air support, he gave them clearance to fire by shouting, "Bring it!" When their weapons completely failed to dent Scorponok, Lennox suggested the biggest barrels the Air Force has: the 105 millimeter cannons of an AC-130 Spectre gunship. This was signaled with a shout of "Bring the rain!" The resulting fusillade pounded Scorponok into the sand. As the dust settled, the scorpion got up and dove underground, but not before leaving part of its damaged tail behind.
In the aftermath of combat with Scorponok, Epps and the rest of Lennox's Spec Ops team were ordered home to American soil by Secretary of Defense John Keller, who had thought everyone at the SOCCENT base was massacred. They took the end of Scorponok's tail with them on the flight. Doing their own analysis of the piece of robot body, they discovered that its Self-regenerating molecular armor didn't regenerate where hit by sabot rounds, which Epps confirmed were "something like" a 6000-degree magnesium burn. They called the Pentagon again, telling them all gunships had to be loaded with sabot rounds to fight these things.
Later, Epps and the team land at Nellis Air Force Base. Instead of them being debriefed on site, a guy from Sector Seven grabbed one of their bags and ordered them to come with him. This was confusing, since Sector Seven didn't exist.
Epps and the team were driven to Hoover Dam, where they stood around looking awesome in their fatigues as other people who knew about the alien robots arrived. Everyone filed inside Hoover Dam, where Sector Seven had been hiding the leader of the evil alien invaders and the All Spark for 80 years. Upon seeing a thick steel door with triple claw marks in it, Epps pondered whether Freddy Krueger had been up in there. A geek pointed out that Freddy Krueger got four claws—that was Wolverine! Shortly thereafter, a kid got in a fight with Seymour Simmons of Sector Seven over whether or not to release the good alien robot who'd been disguised as a Camaro. Lennox attempted to settle the argument by putting his sidearm to Simmons' chest, and Epps backed up his Commanding Officer in the geometrically complex standoff that ensued. When Simmons ordered them to stand down under S7 jurisdiction, Epps pointedly reminded Simmons that S7 didn't exist. They won. Losing wasn't really an option for these guys.
While everyone was still inside Hoover Dam, the Decepticons attacked, knocking out power. All communications were dead as the giant evil robot leader thawed out. After calling the Air Force with Morse code, the only thing left to do was get the All Spark to Mission City, where it could be hidden in the urban jungle until the military arrived to evacuate it by helicopter. Epps complained when handed a couple of very large shortwave radios that they were "Radio Shack dinosaur radios, won't be able to work more than 20 miles." His group then stopped after spotting an F-22 Raptor, which turned out to be alien and unfriendly.
Later, making a stand in Mission City, Lennox and Epps ordered their air support to "bring the rain" again. Stuff got brought. While the Air Force brought it, Epps and the rest of the team fought the Decepticon tank with all five of the good robots, which almost got him killed. Luckily, that robot Camaro zipped in on the back of a tow truck and saved him. Then he helped Lennox kill that helicopter who'd killed their comrades in Qatar.
Revenge of the Fallen film
In the two years since the Mission City incident, Epps has been inexplicably promoted past Master Sergeant and Senior Master Sergeant directly to Chief Master Sergeant and now serves alongside Major Lennox in the N.E.S.T. with the Autobots, fighting Decepticons. Together they've shed "blood, sweat and precious metal".
During the briefing, he tries to help convince Galloway and is told that he's paid to shoot not think to which he mutters "don't tempt me" as he's very tempted to shoot Galloway. This causes Optimus Prime to tell him "easy."
He later takes part in the battle in Egypt and nearly gets killed along with Lennox when a smoke-grenade he threw didn't go far. It wasn't his best toss.
Dark of the Moon film
Epps has retired from the Air Force after the battle in Egypt and now consults and works with the Wreckers, something he refers to as his dream job as he still gets to work with the Autobots without having to get shot at. Epps tells the Wreckers off when they insult a human technican and meets up with Sam. The two are unhappy by the Autobots exile and Epps is forced to watch as the Xantium is destroyed with the Autobots apparently on it. When Sam decides to head to Chicago to rescue his girlfriend, Epps volunteers to go with him, explaning he wants revenge as the Decepticons killed his friends, too.
The two make their way to Chicago, picking up ex-NEST members as back-up and are stunned by the devestation to the city. Even though Sam still wants to fight, Epps accepts defeat and refuses to enter the battle-zone telling Sam that its over. The group is attacked by a Decepticon fighter, but are unexpectedly saved by Optimus and the other Autobots who faked their deaths. Sam heads out with Bumblebee in the fighter to rescue Carly and Epps gives him a gun to use.
After the fighter crashes after Sam and Bumblebee succesfully rescue Carly and kill Laserbeark, Epps greets them calling Sam crazy. Spotting a shot-down UAV, Epps tries to use it to communicate with NEST and is relieved when the controller moves the camera up and down, signaling that they can hear them and allowing Sam and Carly to explain the Decepticons' plot to NEST. Sam comes up with the plan to use a rocket launcher to shoot down the Control Pillar to the space bridge, and after getting boom sticks and grapple gloves from Que, the team heads out to climb a building to reach a sufficient height to fire at the pillar.
Epps and his group climb the building, but the Decepticons start shooting it over though Epps still orders the shot. Before Hardcore Eddie can fire, a Decepticon enters the floor they are on, forcing them to hide then run out the windows. Falling down the building, Epps comes up with the plan to shoot out the windows to another floor so they won't all fall to their deaths. After one of his team members falls to his death, Shockwave spots Epps and sends his Driller to kill the team. The building falls on top of another one, allowing the group to escape to a fire escape and before the Driller can do anymore damage, Optimus shows up and kills it. Escaping the building, Epps' group comes under attack by Starscream and get seperated from Sam and Carly, angering Epps.
After Sam kills Starscream with a boom stick, Epps links up with Lennox and the Navy SEALs at an open bridge and tries to help open it. Thanks to Simmons and Dutch, the bridge is opened and the group makes it across.
Spotting a group of Decepticons including Shockwave and Barricade, Epps' team and Lennox's team climb another building to attack from above. Epps and his men stay at a lower floor and act as snipers as Lennox's team parachutes in. After Optimus shows up and finishes off the Decepticons and Shockwave, Epps and his men help him battle Sentinel Prime before Sentinel calls in Decepticon fighters to attack, forcing them to divert their attention and allowing Sentinel to flee chased by Optimus.
Epps survives the battle and links up with the other humans and Autobots afterwards.
- Desert Attack (Screen Battles, 2007)
- Japanese ID number: SB-03
- This pack features a Deluxe Scorponok repainted with 'sand' paint applications on his body and comes with non-posable figurines of Sergeant Epps, Jorge Figueroa and Sergeant Donnelly (though he would be dead at this point). They are packaged in a special window box featuring a diorama depicting the battle at Mahfouz's village.
Revenge of the Fallen
- Sidswipe w/ Sergeant Epps (Human Alliance, 2009)
- Japanese ID number: RA-22
- Sideswipe includes a Mini-Fig of Epps (with a HUGE waist), he is compatible with any Human Alliance Toy, Though He is assigned to Sideswipe.
- In Sideswipe's toy bio, it's stated that he became good friends with Epps.
- Epp's wife (either called Monique or Theresa) was set to appear in one scene were she and Lennox's wife try to pass an secret message to their husbands under secretary Galloway's radar, ensuing a funny banter between the two of them.[September, 2009]