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Dr. Go (also known as Herr Fiend) is Cy-Kill's most fiendish scientist among the Renegades. Highly strung and arrogant, he is not popular among the other Renegades, though Cy-Kill realises his genius and largely tolerates his histrionics, especially as the faction were otherwise low on brains. In addition to having a monocle, a German accent and generally being disliked by everyone, Dr. Go is probably the weakest Renegade - having been taken out by Scooter and some humans on two separate occasions. Perhaps for this reason he rarely strays far from his laboratory on Roguestar.

Fiction[edit]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit]

Voice actor: Philip L. Clarke
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After avoiding a mass imprisonment of Renegades, Dr. Go was stationed at the near-complete Roguestar. As part of Cy-Kill's plan to escape from GoBotron's Prison Moon he sent a stealth device to his leader via Astrobeam, with reluctant help from Bad Boy. Cy-Kill's Escape Later he was assigned by Cy-Kill to create a Monster GoBot to win over the Master Renegade's followers on Antares III. Using a capture GoBot and a customised Modifier, Dr. Go was successful and christened his creation Pincher. Flight to Earth

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Dr. Go's next project was to create a robotic duplicate of Leader-1, using footage taken by Snoop. He then helped Crasher and Cop-Tur get a neural lock onto the real Leader-1, who was imprisoned on the Moon of Shadows while the copy took his place in the Guardians, and the same process was carried out to replace numerous other key Guardians. However, Small Foot, Scooter, Matt Hunter, A.J. Foster and Nick Burns became suspicious at Leader-1's abrupt personality change and investigated the Moon of Shadows and made Dr. Go the victim of one of his own neural locks before freeing their friends; the duplicates were then knocked out with the Space Bender. Doppelganger He then worked on the Renegades' field generator, which gave Cy-Kill and Murchison the ability to raise a huge army of criminals who use their invulnerability to sweep into power in America. However, Matt was able to sneak into the generator and switch it to overload, with Dr. Go escaping just before it blew. Crime Wave

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He was onboard Thruster with Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur when a malfunctioning stealth device nearly made them sitting ducks, but Dr. Go was able to repair it in time for them to escape. Cy-Kill decided to broadcast a message telling the Guardians the Renegades were moving on to a different part of the universe; naturally he did nothing of the sort, instead getting Dr. Go to use a voice synthesizer to create a phony SOS to lead his enemies away from Earth. Dr. Go then provided his new holographic image inducers to allow the other three Renegades to imitate Leader-1, Turbo and Scooter - rapidly trashing their reputation on Earth. The Guardians' human allies help them expose the plot and drive off the Renegades - with the exception of Dr. Go, who was snared by Leader-1's forcefield and was subsequently forced to reveal the truth of the scheme to General Newcastle. Tarnished Image

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Dr. Go presumably escaped custody, as when Cy-Kill tracked an attempt to take control of the Renegades' beta frequencies to the house of a young inventor named Buddy he took the girl to Roguestar, where the Renegade scientist put her through the Brainstormer. As such he was able to not only copy her spectrometer but improve on it, meaning he was able to not only disable the Guardians on Earth but switch them from alpha frequencies to beta frequencies so they would do the Renegades' bidding - much to Cy-Kill's approval. Alas, Dr. Go got so caught up in his new toy that when someone asked him what it was he chirpily explained - before realising his companion was actually Buddy, freed by Scooter and Nick. Seconds later Scooter ran him over. Just as he was recovering the Guardian then did the same thing as the trio escaped to the shuttle bay. Whiz Kid His next invention was personal stealth devices, which were used by Cy-Kill as part of a ploy to trick the senior Guardians and UNECOM figures to bogus peace talks. The devices worked well, though Turbo was sceptical of the peace talks in the first place and eventually spotted Dr. Go handing out the devices to the Renegades in Vienna. Dr. Go was one of the Renegade representatives at the treaty signing, but Scooter was able to devise a decoder to reveal the Renegades hiding in the room. Even though the Doctor for once added his firepower to the Renegade effort they were still forced into another retreat.Pacific Overtures

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He was again involved when Doctor Eiji Tsuburaya was sacked by UNECOM and the Renegades decided they wanted his genetic modifier. Firstly Dr. Go helped Cy-Kill abduct the scientist and the monster Ichigar before putting Tsuburaya to work on a new modifier. However, the scientist had only wanted revenge on his employers, not to doom humanity; instead he built an ultra-bright light he used to blind Dr. Go before escaping to restore his honour. Destroy All Guardians When Cy-Kill decided he wanted to turn Leader-1 to his evil cause the Renegade leader took Dr. Go to Fabricon, where they commissioned the planet's leader to make an exo-suit identical to the Guardian's Power Suit. Dr. Go then sneaked onboard the Command Center thanks to a personal stealth device and switched the suits, with the new one taking over Leader-1's mind - though he was forced to leave the real suit in a storage cupboard. The ploy worked and Leader-1 let them gain access to the secret defence plans of GoBotron. However, the plan worked too well and the evil Leader-1 soon usurped Cy-Kill, who told the Guardians and their allies of the scheme. They were able to catch and free Leader-1, while Scooter, Matt, A.J. Foster and Nick Burns were able to overpower Dr. Go and remove the military secrets from his brain.A New Suit for Leader-1

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Dr. Go was onboard Roguestar with Fitor when Cy-Kill planned to use the power of the shaman Tinotchka to invade GoBotron, though the plan was stymied when the mystic died. The Last Magic Man He was later pleased when Fitor, Cop-Tur and Crasher captured a convoy of surveillance equipment from the Guardians as it would allow him to complete the Renegades' latest base on Titan. However, soon afterwards Roguestar was struck by Doctor Braxis' array of satellites designed to nullify the stealth device. Instead it began breaking down the ship's molecular structure and Dr. Go had to evacuate Roguestar of equipment, moving it to the new base. He was then left on the ship with a captured and unstable Braxis by Fitor, under orders to undo the disintegration or be left on the ship to die. Braxis eventually solved the problem, though he then managed to get away from Dr. Go and escape from the Renegades. Braxis Gone Bonkers Dr. Go later took considerable pleasure in using the Brainstormer to extract the location of Cordax from the mind of the captured Rock Lord Solitaire.Battle of the Rock Lords

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GoBots newspaper strip[edit]

Herr Fiend left GoBotron with Cy-Kill as they prepared to invade Earth. After initially remaining in orbit above the planet on Thruster, after Cy-Kill gravely injured Leader-1 he called Herr Fiend and the ship down to the Arctic, in order to summon the giant Puzzler to Earth for the next stage of their plan.GoBots

Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots annuals[edit]

The giant Herr Fiend devised several devices for the Renegades, including the Molecule Wobbler used to raise finance to buy Silvermoon Mine The Secret of Silvermoon Mine, the Hypnosonic Oscillator Module used to capture the crew of the Global Trader Captain Clegg's Dream and the hypnoscope that Cy-Kill and Tux used to bring the millionaire Walter Wilson under Renegade control. Walter Wilson's Millions He was later transported to Earth as part of the Renegade army assembled at Mauna Mauna but they were defeated by the Guardians after a long battle. The Battle at the End of the Earth

Machine Men mini-comics[edit]

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Herr Fiend was one of the Enemy Machine Men captured and imprisoned in a laser beam gaol on Robotron by the Friendlies. Thankfully Zod was able to free them and the group escaped to Earth, followed by Leader-1 and his troops, with battle starting once again. Space Wars II

Fun Publications[edit]

"I didn't spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called 'herr,' thank you very much."

Transformers Timelines[edit]

"Herr Fiend" contributed to the body modification Path Finder's team underwent before traveling to Level 22. Withered Hope After the end of the Cataclysm, "Dr. Go" confirmed that Gobotron was safe. Last Sunset

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

In discussing his various powers and enhancements, Cy-Kill mentioned some of them came from Dr. Go. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/16 He believed several forms of Cybertronian technology might be useful to the Renegades, once Dr. Go had given them the proper GoBeing improvements. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/15 Cy-Kill also commended Go for serving capably as the Renegade's medical officer without being so cliché as to convert into an ambulance. Have a little panache, for GoBotron's sake! Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/17 Using information stolen from Anya Turgenova via Brainstormer, Dr. Go created the Renegades' own line of reverse-engineered Space Hawks to match the Guardian's. The Hawks of Space Part 2 Dr. Go once created a Sonic Amplifier designed to boost the powers of GoBots, but it was stolen by Doctor Braxis to temporarily turn some of[Scooter's monstrous holograms into tangible threats. Shock and Awe The Master Renegade briefly led a revolt among the Renegades by providing four of them with Power Suits of their own, and the combined Power Warrior, Grungy. After the Master Renegade abandoned his allies with the Power Ship, however, Spoiler provided Dr. Go with the ship's specs, giving Cy-Kill the hope of recreating his own Power Warrior. Coup de Grunge Following an off-hand remark by Crasher, Cy-Kill commissioned Dr. Go to create the RoGuns, sentient robot weapons to increase the Renegades' firepower. Unfortunately, Rifle, Pistol, and Squirt were intelligent enough to choose NOT to serve the Renegades, and soon fell in with the Guardians instead. The RoGun Ruckus

Dr. Go was able to modify Rogue Star to make its primary particle beam cannons into the largest Astrobeam ever conceived. This allowed Cy-Kill to temporarily relocate the Communication Moon of GoBotron for his own purposes. The Stolen Moon By recovering a few small samples of Sorium, Dr. Go was able to recreate Cy-Kill's Pulsar generator as a smaller, less-powerful handheld brainwashing device. And to All a Good Knight When Cy-Kill challenged the Guardians to a basketball game with the fate of the Earth in the balance, Dr. Go created a telepathic chip using Naismith radiation that would allow Cy-Kill to control the movement of the ball in flight. The Renegades were cheating their way to a merry victory when the Guardians caught on. Spy-Eye and Wrong Way cornered Go on the Thruster and learned how to disable the chip. Double Dribble Dr. Go helped Cy-Kill and his men create costumes for infiltrating the SciFi Con in New York. He provided Cy-Kill with a costume based on the noble and menacing Cylons. Darkest Before the Dawn Once the Renegades stole some Scootonium from UNECOM, Dr. Go was able to perfect the Quantum Tunneling Shield technology, making Cy-Kill virtually impervious to harm. The Scootonium Scenario After returning home from Axiom Nexus, Cy-Kill nevertheless missed the attention and recruitment possibilities provided to him by the TransTech transmissions. Therefore, he ordered Dr. Go to construct the means for him to remotely hack into the TransTech broadcasts from Level 1, continuing to transmit his words to Axiom Nexus when he found the time. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/11/05 A perfectionist at heart, Dr. Go tinkered extensively with the Grungy Power Warrior designs as he tried reverse-engineering the Master Renegade's work. Cy-Kill eventually forced him to stop dithering and finalize the designs for Project: Nemesis. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/20 Finally, Dr. Go and Tic Tac completed their work on Nemesis, a Power Tank synched to Cy-Kill's brain waves, allowing him to control the Nemesis Power Warrior mentally once it was formed by the Power Suits. Combiner Wars Part 1

"Brain Problem Situation"[edit]

When the Renegades tricked the Guardians into leaving Earth and then shielded the planet beneath an Embargo Field, Crain Brain and Dr. Go watched over the field's projector in the Eiffel Tower. They were ultimately defeated by Tri-Trak, Nick Burns, and the dimension-hopping Spy Changers Wheeljack and Trailbreaker. Ask Vector Prime, 2015/09/30 TFWikiFavicon.png

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit]

Sideways and Gong began playing around with universal constants, mixing events from a reality of GoBots with those of a reality of Transformers. Dr. Go and the Renegades found themselves on Earth attacking Autobot City. Go directed the Dread Launchers to prevent Blaster from signaling for reinforcements from Moonbase One. Later, after the Renegades lost and fled aboard Astrotrain, Dr. Go challenged Zero, Puzzler, and the others for leadership of the Renegades and Decepticons after Megatron...departed. Echoes and Fragments

Toys[edit]

GoBots version

GoBots[edit]

GoBots[edit]

  • Herr Fiend (Super GoBots, 1984)
    • Enemy Robot Sports Car
    • ID number: 027
    • Accessories: none
Herr Fiend was released by Tonka in the first series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Porsche 928S in 10 steps. The toy was a recolour of the Porsche 928 S from Machine Robo, with a new black colour scheme - presumably to differentiate him more from Baron Von Joy. Herr Fiend's car mode features rubber tyres and clear windows, with a figurine of a driver at the wheel, and a sticker sheet with some optional decals that can turn it into a racing car with the number 32 or 64. The engineering and conversion of the figure is nearly identical to that of Zeemon, though there is no significant overlap in components. Herr Fiend has decent articulation at the shoulder and elbow. The rear boot can pop off easily (and back on, the problem being that it can be lost) and the chrome claws can break. This version of the figure was exclusive to the North American market.
  • Herr Fiend was issued as part of the first series Super GoBots assortment (#7202), manufactured in 1984. For the second series the figure was moved over to the reorganised Enemy Super GoBots Assortment 2 (#7252) and stayed as part of the range when it was renamed the Guardian Super GoBots Assortment 2 for the third and final series.
  • For bilingual Canadian packaging the alternate name Auto-nome was used.

Robo Machine[edit]

DX Robo Machines[edit]

  • Porsche 928 S (DX Robo Machine, 1983)
    • Accessories: none
Porsche 928 S was first issued in Robo Machine before the decision was made to start incorporating GoBots names (possibly even predating the existence of GoBots). The first release was almost identical to the dark blue Machine Robo DX Japanese release, with only the box lid and the instructions being changed.
Robo Machine version
  • Porsche 928 S Robot (DX Robo Machine, 1984)
    • Accessories: none
The toy was reissued the following year in updated packaging, now shipped in robot mode in a window box with a flap along the side. The figure itself now used the metallic blue variant of the Machine Robo DX toy.


Robo Machine DX[edit]

  • Porsche 928S (DX Robo Machine, 1985)
    • ID number: RMDX-02
    • Accessories: none
A third European release followed in 1985, with a new black/grey/red window box. This version stuck with the metallic blue version of the figure.

Super GoBots[edit]

  • Herr Fiend (Super GoBots, 1985)
    • Enemy Robot
    • Accessories: none
The toy had a fourth European release when it was reissued in 1985 in a box featuring the character's US toy name and Super GoBots branding. Despite the specially-commissioned European box art showing Herr Fiend to be black or dark grey only the previously-released metallic blue version was released, perhaps being outstanding overstock from previous releases.
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Robo Machines[edit]

De Luxe Robo Machines[edit]

  • DX Sports Car II (De Luxe Robo Machines, 1993)
    • Accessories: none
The figure was recoloured by Bandai in Europe during 1993 as part of the De Luxe Robo Machines range of Robo Machines. For trademark reasons the figure was renamed simply Sports Car II in the British market, with localised versions of the name used in other markets; Uniquely it was the only figure to actually feature a new paint scheme for the range, using red for the body and black for the roof - giving it a strong resemblance to Zeemon. Why this happened is unknown. Sadly, like most of the Robo Machines figures Sports Car II uses poor quality materials and suffers from mould degradation.
  • The multilingual packaging gives the name as DX Sportwagen II in German, DX voiture de course II in French and DX Couche deportivo II in Spanish. The Italian release by Giochi Preziosi used the name DX Coupe.


Notes[edit]

  • The original profile for Herr Fiend, published in Tonka's 1984 catalogue, stated he had a dark secret in his past that only Cy-Kill knew.
  • "Dr. Go" was presumably a working name for the figure eventually released as Herr Fiend, and is used throughout the character's appearances in Challenge of the GoBots, though the character is credited as "Herr Fiend" in GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords. Due to the character's memorable personality and the high visibility of the cartoon Dr. Go (or Doctor Go) has become the most used name for the black Renegade Porsche over the years.
  • In the cartoon, Dr. Go was repeatedly depicted as unusually short for a Renegade, often times roughly half the size of Cy-Kill and others. This was a recurring error for fellow Super GoBots Professor Von Joy and Zeemon as well. The Doctor and the Professor had their animation models mixed up on more than one occasion too, and a hybrid of the two was somehow used for the film, where the character was confusingly credited as "Herr Fiend"; all those windshield faces must have looked alike to the folks at Hanna-Barbera.
  • Dr. Go's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Blowout from the Generation 2 toyline.