Sari Sumdac, the daughter of robotics genius Isaac Sumdac, doesn't get out much. She spends all her time within her father's laboratories, receiving her education from robots. Despite this, she doesn't seem like a shut-in. She's curious, excitable, adventurous, and knows that crying can sometimes get her what she wants. She just doesn't know what it's like to be around other kids. She also goes to sleep with her usual clothes. Fortunately, she has Bumblebee and Bulkhead to help with that, and she claims that Bee is the best friend she's ever had. In fact, she's become very possessive of all her robotic friends.
The AllSpark seems to view her with great regard, bestowing upon her a Key with miraculous powers (though her guardian, the robotic dog Sparkplug, thinks it's just another chew toy). This is one of several events that have cast doubt on her true physical nature and identity. She has also recently discovered that she lacks typical identification, such as a birth certificate. And then there's that whole mechanical elbow thing.
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—If the AllSpark chose you, it must have had a good reason., Optimus Prime
Transformers Animated cartoon
- Voice actor: Tara Strong (English), Satomi Akesaka (Japanese), Tanja Schmitz (German), Kai-kai Yang (Taiwan), Vanesa Silva (Spanish Latin America season 1 and 2), Park Sinhui (South Korea), Adeline Chetail (French)
When her pet robot dog, Sparkplug, stole her security key card, Sari chased it outside and was confronted by Bumblebee and Bulkhead, who spoke to her as if she were Sparkplug's pet. Naturally, she freaked out, but quickly befriended Bumblebee once he saved her from a giant bug that had grown from her father's nanite experiment gone awry. Stowing away on Bumblebee and coming aboard the Autobots' ship, she came across the AllSpark, which infused part of its power into her security key. This allowed her to heal Transformers, such as the injured Prowl, earning her brownie points with the 'Bots. She also managed to talk the police down from shooting the Autobots, saying they were friendly (except Ratchet, who was "kinda' grumpy", but not evil). Sari later helped teach the Autobots about Earth and humans, explaining their method of reproduction to a very startled Optimus Prime.
During the unveiling of her father's new transit system, Starscream arrived and attacked. Bumblebee took a shot meant for Sari, allowing Starscream to capture him, Professor Sumdac, the Mayor, and Captain Fanzone. Sari came up with the idea to distract Starscream while she and Prowl rescued the others (even faking some tears to make it happen). The Key later saved Optimus Prime's life when she used it to revive his spark.
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On Sari's eighth birthday, the only other kids who turned up were the children of her dad's employees. None of them really wanted to be there and soon focused their attention on the Autobots. Sari was left alone and shunned along with Bulkhead, both morose that the kids didn't like them. Her father's present, a music robot called Soundwave, cheered her up, and she soon began neglecting her friendship with Bulkhead in favour of her new toy. Repeated uses of the Key turned Soundwave into a malevolent, sentient being who tried to enslave Humanity, and she learnt she'd been wrong to ignore her friend.
When the Decepticons Blitzwing and Lugnut arrived on Earth, the two Decepticons manhandled the Autobots. Although they survived, it made apparent the fact that more would come looking for the AllSpark, so the Autobots decided to repair their ship and leave Earth. Sari's reaction to this was displeasure (in the form of a high pitch shout of NO!). However, they needed the Key to assist Ratchet in repairing the ship. Sari was unwilling to help them leave, nor was she pleased to work with a grouch like Ratchet (who was not that keen on working with a protoform), but they managed to get her to the ship. While alone with the AllSpark, Sari decided to try and sabotage the ship, thereby keeping the Autobots on Earth (and dooming her species to enslavement and/or extinction) but the Key repaired the damage. After that, the AllSpark showed her an image of a giant Transformer. In her panic, Sari opened the air lock, nearly drowning, but Ratchet saved her. Ratchet then explained that they were leaving because they couldn't risk anything happening to Earth or her. Swayed by his compassion, Sari used the Key to reactivate the Autobot ship's decommissioned weapons, reducing Blitzwing and Lugnut to pieces.
Eventually, Optimus Prime decided that the Key was no longer safe in Sari's hands, and he ordered Ratchet to take it from her. Distraught, Sari ran off crying, only to be captured later by Blackarachnia, who was looking for the Key herself. Sari basically told her "too little, too late," and the two seemed to have a heart-to-heart about their gripes with the Autobots.
While Sari was actually misleading Blackarachnia in circles around the frozen Lake Erie, she was grabbed by Ratchet as he brought the Autobots' ship out of the lake. She was ticked that Ratchet had lost the Key and that her dad had helped rebuild Megatron, but the blame game ceased after the ship crashed on Dinobot Island. Prime told the Sumdacs to stay with the ship while they went to fight off Megatron. Fearing that they might die, Isaac Sumdac said that there was something that he needed to tell Sari, but she was more interested in finding something else the AllSpark could charge. The AllSpark refused to respond, other than cryptically displaying an image of a DNA strand. Suddenly, Megatron and Prime burst through the hull of the ship, and during their fight, the Key once again fell into her hands. Sari tossed it to Optimus Prime, who used the Key destroy the AllSpark and disperse its energy. Acknowledging that he had been wrong in taking from her, Optimus Prime gave the Key back to Sari, saying that as the most powerful Cybertronian artifact on Earth, it was too important to be left in the hands of an Autobot.
Unfortunately, all was not well, for Sari could not find her dad - as he was now a prisoner of Megatron.
After her father's disappearance, Sari took over running Sumdac Systems. Board chairman Porter C. Powell opposed her, saying that she was too young and wasting company resources searching for her father. When the Cybertron Elite Guard arrived, Sari was cut off from the Autobots and her only source of emotional support. She soon needed them, as police drones coming out of a Sumdac assembly line began to malfunction, and Powell was unwilling to do anything about it. Sneaking aboard the Elite Guard ship, Sari put the fear of God into Jazz before Bulkhead explained that Sari was okay (and Bumblebee explained that Sentinel Prime was a jerk). With Optimus, Prowl, and Jazz's help, Sari managed to get into the plant's assembly line and shut down the systems. When she returned home, she found that she had been locked out of her office, as Powell was now CEO and Chairman of Sumdac Systems. Insisting that it was still her company, Sari was shocked when Powell revealed that she had no birth certificate, no adoption papers, and no social security number. Powell's smug revelation made Sari realize that not only was there no proof that she was Sumdac's daughter, there was no legal proof she even existed.
After that, Powell kicked Sari out of Sumdac Tower, took Tutor Bot and Sparkplug, and gave her room to Henry Masterson as an office. With nowhere else to go, she went to Autobot HQ. Bumblebee and Bulkhead tried their best to cheer her up, employing such methods as loud music, inedible food, and unedifying teaching lesson. All they did was make things worse. Eventually, Prowl put the two bots in their place and told them to listen to her. Sari opened up about all her frustrations, such as her missing father, being kicked out of her home, her fear of Powell ruining her father's company, and the fact that there was no record of her existence. Bumblebee promised that they were there for her, no matter what, and Sari finally started to feel a little better.
And then Ultra Magnus decided that the Autobots couldn't be there for her, as the Decepticons had begun attacking the fringes of Autobot space, so Prime's crew were needed elsewhere. The Autobots decided that Captain Fanzone was the best human with whom to leave her. (Granted, their list of known humans was rather short and included Prometheus Black and Nanosec.) Before anything close to adoption could occur, they managed to convince Magnus that there were Decepticons on Earth (mostly because Starscream fell out of the sky and landed about ten feet in front of them), allowing them to stay on planet.
Sari amused herself after settling in with the Autobots by hooking up illegal satellite TV, which she used to watch pay-per-view races. (The races were also illegal, as the Autobots found out from Fanzone.) When Bumblebee wanted to join the races to compete against a mysterious blue car, Sari came along with him. Sari discovered that man in charge of the races, Master Disaster, had a remote control containing an AllSpark fragment, which he used to control the blue car. Blitzwing showed up to take the fragment, so and Bumblebee had to run for their lives. Eventually, she used the remote to get rid of Blitzwing, allowing the Autobots to get the AllSpark fragment. After that, Bumblebee severed her satellite connection, saying that he had to set a better example for her. Sari advised him not to try too hard, or she wouldn't recognize him.
Sari was awakened from her night's rest by the loud cavorting of the Constructobots. A game of flattened-oil-barrel frisbee severed her trademark pigtails, which left her none too pleased. Swindle was revealed. By then it was too late, and she had to team up with those same villains to take his immobilized chassis to Sumdac Tower. Alarmed that the receptionist robot was now declaring it to be Powell Tower, she utilized the Key to rectify that little situation before heading off and successfully disabling Swindle's technology jamming device.Subsequently she proved that she was still more mature than Bumblebee in a number of ways, warning him off of taking on villains solo just to prove a point. Sadly he wouldn't realize this until the Decepticon behind the villains' success,
A while after, Prowl and Sari were honing their agility using the factory's old assembly line. Sari claimed she could complete the exercise at full speed, like Prowl, but it was set to a quarter-speed, which proved to be too much for her at that and got a massive whack upside the head for her pains. After the Autobots discovered the return of the Constructicons, Sari was left at the base at the command of Optimus, who told reminded her that they had almost decapitated her the last time they met. Also, he doubted she would be able to take on a pair of two-story robots. At first Sari sulked at her situation, before realizing that she was completely alone in the base and did what any eight-year-old kid would do in an abandoned factory: raid the vending machines, use cranes as miniature G-force slings and try to take on Prowl's obstacle course at full speed (which went as well as last time).
While listening to her music, Sari failed to notice the alarms going off, which heralded the invasion of the Constructicons who were looking for a drink. After the two louts accidentally crushed her cell phone and left her with the option of sneaking to the communications room to call the Autobots for help, Sari decided to take on the two bots using her trusty hockey stick (which shatters soon after she strikes them with it). She escaped and made it to the communication room, contacting Bumblebee who told her to hide and wait until they finish fighting off the recently appeared Blitzwing, who was also looking for the Constucticons. Sari concluded that it would be too long and set up a trap for the two invaders, using three barrels of oil to trip them up and the plant's assembly line to knock them around for a while, forcing Mixmaster and Scrapper to flee. The Autobots returned to find the place in ruins, but Sari showed them that she was all right. Optimus both apologized for his previous comments and lauded her for her bravery, and all was well for Sari—if she could just explain away the mountain of candy wrappers Optimus discovered...
Sari later posed for a Picasso-style picture done by Bulkhead. The results were interesting, to say the least. After criticism by the Autobots, a depressed Bulkhead walked out, and Sari and Bumblebee went to cheer him up. During a walk in the park, Megatron attacked them, carrying an imprisoned Isaac Sumdac with him, and Sari realized that Megatron had kidnapped him all those months ago. (Apparently, that hadn't occurred to anyone else.) While she looked on helplessly, Megatron managed to kidnap Bulkhead. When she returned to the plant, she heard the Autobot Blurr reveal that Professor Sumdac was helping the Decepticons build a space bridge to conquer Cybertron. Sari refused to believe that her father was willingly helping the Decepticons and got a promise out of Optimus Prime to bring him home alive. Heading to Dinobot Island, Ratchet and Sari worked to bring the Autobots' ship back online. Ratchet realized that they would need riskier repairs to bring achieve their goal.
As Ratchet worked, he explained that the ship was an Autobot who had sacrificed his spark two million years ago. Sari was doubtful that it would come back online - until it spoke to her. She proceeded to use the Key on several of the ship's systems, under Ratchet's direction, until it was able to take off. Taking it to the mine where the Decepticons were based, Sari managed to give the ship enough power to transform into its robot mode, Omega Supreme. The massive Autobot turned the tide of the battle, but sacrificed himself to save the others from being sucked into the space bridge. The Autobots managed to escape, with both Sari and Isaac in tow, and Isaac revealed that he had been forced to work with the Decepticons. Overjoyed that her father was safe and still a good guy, Sari dubbed Isaac Sumdac the most honest and trust-worthy guy that anyone could hope to find.
Then she and the Autobots noticed that the skin on her left arm had been torn - revealing robotic circuitry underneath! Scared and confused, Sari took a few steps away from her father, who told her that they needed to talk...
A shocked and angry Sari waited in Optimus Prime for her fathers explanation and demanded to know the truth. Obviously feeling betrayed by her father for not revealing the truth about her before now, Isaac Sumdac reveals that he found a "liquid metal" body in his office one day and when he touched it a shock knocked him unconcious. When he woke up Sari was there. Not believing him due to his "history of lies", she decided to stay with the other "robots" namely the Autobots as she decided to not talk to her father - or in her words, not talk to the person who built her. Optimus Prime later tricked her into going to Burger Bot with the intention of patching up the father daughter relationship when the gamer Masterson used his Headmaster Unit which had been attached to Starscream's body to destroy Sumdac. Seeing her father/builder stand up to Masterson, she decided to forgive her father and blasting the Headmaster with her energy thingy. How cute. Prowl later offered the theory that Sari is a Cybertronian protoform who acquired a technorganic altmode from her father touching the protoform.
She was later involved in patching Bulkhead from the Headmaster's attack and witnessed Bumblebee as he returned to Earth after an accidental trip through transwarp. However, he brought some friends - giant rock shaped monster friends. Sari attempted to help the Autobots by saying she was a robot as well but Optimus Prime said no. Sari then decided to use the Key and upgrade her body into a teenage form with numerous abilities. She managed to destroy the asteroid monster but quickly lost control as the power of the Allspark key was too much for her. When Bumblebee tried to help her, she ruthlessly cut him down which horrified the two of them, understandably. She later urged Ratchet to use his EMP generator on her promising him that everything would turn out ok after which she was knocked out. Ratchet attempted to fix her up to the best of his abilities. When a Megatron/Starscream controlled Omega Supreme came to Earth, Prime considered reactivating Sari and using her out of control abilities on the Decepticon controlled giant Autobot but this fortunately did not happen. She later awoke and seemed to have been recovering though now in a teenage body and with the power of the Allspark key within her after she drained it in her upgrade.
During Christmastime, she made oilnog for the Autobots while teaching them the basics of the holiday. Her father gave her a Soundwave toy (which were literally running around Detroit at the time) and a moped that turns into a jetpack with the touch of a button. When she flew over to the Autobase, nobody was there, but she saw the Autobots' energy signatures on the computer screen. After looking around, she discovered that they were in the basement (which she [and probably the Autobots] had no idea existed). There she discovered the Autobots hooked up to a virtual reality system, and Soundwave. She shot Soundwave's speaker with one of her energy-ball-thingies, but Soundwave used Laserbeak to blow her back into the elevator. A defeated Sari went up the elevator, proclaiming that she'd be back for her friends...
Well, she did, but she needed a little help trying to get the Autobots back to normal. Luckily, she found Scrapper, who had been stranded on Dinobot Island since that one incident with the oil. He had found Snarl, who was now his pet. Scrapper then built a raft to sail back to Detroit. As Sari was telling Scrapper that he was going to have to be a hero, Wreck-Gar suddenly came out of the river. Sari then created the Substitute Autobots, appointing herself as their leader. The Substitute Autobots then attempted to destroy Soundwave, though her early attempts were failures. Sari then realized that since Soundwave couldn't control all of the Autobots separately, they should split up. The plan worked (thanks to a little help) but Optimus Prime almost — no, really, he probably dented her helmet, it was so close — sliced Sari in half. Then Soundwave and Prime had a shred-off with Ratbat and Laserbeak respectively. Prime won, and sliced Soundwave into tiny little pieces, freeing everything from his control. The Substitute Autobots were disbanded after this.
After Bulkhead and Sumdac finished a space bridge in record time (which Sari wanted to help with) and it didn't work, Sari used a new power to fix it. That's pretty much it (no, really!).
As the war with the Decepticons began to draw to its conclusion, Sari used another power (that's beginning to be a habit) to communicate with a jetpack that Ratchet was building for Prime and know that it needed a microaerator in the fuel line.
As the time of their final confrontation with the three Lugnut Supreme drew near, Sari wanted to help in the engagement, but Optimus, showing how he had grown to respect Sari's position on the team asked her to go with most of the other Autobots to get to the moon and revive Omega Supreme. Sari was last seen on Cybertron with the surviving Autobots who returned triumphantly after defeating Megatron so she could learn more about her origins.
Sari and Bumblebee have a very sweet, funny-hang out type relationship. When they first meet it is when Sari's pet dog Sparkplug, stole her security key card, Sari chased it outside and was confronted by Bumblebee and Bulkhead, who spoke to her as if she were Sparkplug's pet. Naturally, she freaked out, but befriended Bumblebee once he saved her from a giant bug that had grown from her father's nanite experiment gone awry. She was then sneaked onto the Autobots ship by Bumblebee. In the episode "Transform and Roll Out!", Sari yelled Bumblebee's name when he took the hit from Starscream to protect her from the hit. In the episode "TransWarped", Bumblebee tried to save Sari from herself and he ended up getting zapped. Sari almost took him offline. Some fans believe they may be more than just friends.
She and Bulkhead have a good friendship and when she is not spending time with Bumblebee she can usually be seen in Bulkhead's company. Like the rest of her friends she worries for him when he is out fighting the Decepticons.
Her relationship with Isaac Sumdac is the same as that any child has with their dads. Once her dad went missing and she was forced to be CEO of Sumdac Systems then kicked out of her home by the second biggest jerk in the universe. She was sad not only that she had no home, lost control of his company and didn't know if she exists, but mainly because her dad was missing. When he was found with Megatron, everyone but Sari believed he was working with him. Her relationship with her dad was changed severely after seeing that she had circuitry under her arm, she now thought she was merely an experiment he made and thought also she was made of Megatron parts — eew. Later after saving her from the Headmaster, she forgave him for never telling her this and went home. Prowl had later revealed that she was once a protoform and that she scanned Sumdac's DNA so she was technically related to him in a weird Technorganic way.
- A promotional image of Sari from the Cartoon Network Transformers Animated press kit showed her with different shoes, a different Key design, and a slightly less light skin tone.
- In an early version of the opening credits, Sari appeared riding on a tricycle which she used the Key to transform into a jetpack. The footage was dropped from the finished credits, but was screened at conventions, and was later included on the DVD packaged with the Optimus Prime and Megatron "The Battle Begins" action figure two-pack. However, the trike was rewrittened for the series as a moped which "transformed" into a jet-pack at the push of a button.
- Originally having maroon eyes as a child, Sari gains blue eyes in her teen state which could reflect her relation to the Autobots.
- According to Allspark Almanac II, Sari's arsenal includes Azusa Skates, arm-mounted Master Blades, Skyboom Shield, Micron Boosters for enhanced jumping, and a Hyperspace Mallet (named after the popular anime element that involves a character pulling a huge mallet out of nowhere).
- Almost all the events from episodes that don't feature Sari occurred at night time, except for "A Fistful of Energon" and "Autoboot Camp".
- Thus far, Sari seems to be taken off the scene when a Decepticon or a bot that's not her friend appears — which makes you wonder if Sari has ever actually had a conversation with any other bot than her friends, Jazz, or Blackarachnia. This also makes someone wonder if any bot on Cybertron (or even a Decepticon, except for Megatron) knows about Sari.
- She can scream really loud for a long time.
- Sari is one of only two transformers with a human alt-mode. And so far the only one with a confirmed organic form as she is referred to as Techno-Organic in "A Bridge Too Close, Part II" While the other was revealed to be a Pretender.
Sari and fans
- Fan reaction to Sari has been mixed—some fans hate her, quite a few love her, and some are neutral. Considering the widespread vitriol heaped upon previous child characters in Transformers shows (e.g., Kicker), giving a usually accurate though unfair prejudice against human characters in the Transformers series, this means she's come off reasonably well, and is actually a rather popular character in comparison, especially after the revealing of her own storyline.
- In contrast, her deus ex machina Key was initially less popular. However, later episodes in the first season showed it to have potentially disastrous effects when used frivolously (e.g., Soundwave), and hopefully, she will cease using it as the cure for all ills. In early Season 2 the Key becomes less of a major plot device and Sari-plus-Key is mainly used for quick repairs as the plots swing to revolve more around the Autobots fighting the Decepticons and/or villain of the week. And then as of the third season, the whole thing stopped working entirely after Sari unknowing transfered the key's energies into her body.
- Since virtually the premiere of the show, fans were speculating whether there was "more than meets the eye" to Sari. Some theorized she would turn out to be a robot, though past events on the show had clearly marked her as at least partially organic (e.g., she deteriorates by anti-organic radiation in "Along Came a Spider", catches a cold in "Nature Calls", sets off the Elite Guard ship's organic contamination alert in "The Elite Guard", and is unaffected by the electronic shutdown weapon in "SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy"). Nonetheless, there was definitely something mysterious going on, though, as hinted by voice actress Tara Strong, who said in an interview that Sari's "entire identity might come as a surprise." In "Megatron Rising - Part 2", Isaac, believing they were both about to die, attempted to tell Sari "something important", only to have her run off before he can continue. Sari then asked the AllSpark why it chose to empower her in the first place, and its "answer" was to project a DNA strand surrounding a blue, glowing orb. In the following episode, "The Elite Guard", we found out that there was no legal documentation of Sari's existence, not even adoption papers, despite Sari's official character profile on the Hasbro website saying she is adopted. Though there was obviously much yet to be divulged, the implication was that there is something strange and unique about Sari. Although the writers gave no indication of what the truth was at a BotCon 2008 panel, they did remark that they were enjoying seeing all the theories about her. At least someone was... Finally, the answer was (sort of) revealed in "A Bridge Too Close, Part II". And thus, the fandom rejoiced (and complained, which to be frank is typical and expected).
- Sari might be one of the many protoforms stolen from Yoketron, which could be one of the reasons why Prowl would investigate her background.