The original progenitor of the Renegades, the diabolical Master Renegade is an endlessly-scheming madman bent on ruling GoBotron as he aimed to do in his heyday. Even though the majority of Renegades, including Cy-Kill, dismiss him as an ancient relic from a bygone era, his fiery rhetoric and army of loyal Monster GoBots is enough to win over some of Cy-Kill's own followers whenever the two leaders butt heads. His boundless ambition has not been tempered by the thousands of years that have passed since his heyday, and if anything his plans have only grown more complex and dastardly since his return.
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
- Voice actor: Peter Renaday
The Master Renegade was the founder of the Renegade movement, which aimed to overthrow the dominant Guardian peacekeeping forces on the then-organic world of GoBotron. To win the increasingly destructive conflict, the Master Renegade and his forces hijacked GoBotron’s asteroid-harvesting fleet and sent a massive meteor into GoBotron, ravaging the planet. With his world’s biosphere ruined and the Renegades in shambles, he stole the Last Engineer’s spaceship and fled to his rival’s research base on Antares III. There, he designed the Monster GoBots Vamp and Scorp to guard his hidden base while he entered suspended animation.
Many years later, the Guardians arrived and awoke the Master Renegade, believing him to be the Last Engineer. Masquerading as his old enemy, the Master Renegade played along, even helping to repair the damaged Turbo until such time as he could get offworld. En route back to GoBotron, Cy-Kill and his Thruster attacked the Guardian Command Center, prompting the Master Renegade to drop the ruse and take Small Foot hostage.
Crasher boarded the Command Center and brought the Master Renegade back to their Thruster, and the Renegades headed to GoBotron as part of a full scale assault. The Master Renegade successfully shot down Leader-1 with his transgressor, allowing Cy-Kill to capture his old enemy. Although the Renegades were able to take over the planet, the Master Renegade and Cy-Kill began to butt heads, allowing the Guardians and the real Last Engineer, who the Guardians had accidentally awoken, to begin planning a counter attack. Aboard the Roguestar, Cy-Kill ordered the Master Renegade to construct another Transgressor to work against the humans, prompting the Master Renegade to claim that he needed to return to Antares III to retrieve the nessecary parts – and that the Monster GoBots would only cooperate with Cy-Kill if he was allowed to rule GoBotron.
Soon, the Master Renegade shot Cy-Kill with his transgressor and announced that he would lead the Renegades. His incompetence in battle soon began to show, however, and he sent his fleet in the wrong direction against a shielded Command Center. He didn’t last long before Cy-Kill managed to re-seize power from the transgressor, and the Master Renegade was summarily imprisoned aboard the Roguestar.
The Master Renegade stayed imprisoned until the Monster GoBots managed to free their creator. Together, they headed to the recently settled New Earth, intent on conquering this pristine world for themselves. Although they attempted to enslave the recently arrived colonists, capture the Guardians, and even knock out the Last Engineer Cy-Kill arrived. The Master Renegade managed to escape in the power struggle, but was pursued by the Last Engineer. The Guardian-allied GoBeing managed to gain the upper hand in the fight, but Creepy beamed his master away before the Last Engineer could finish the job.
Bladez swore by the Master Renegade while negotiating with Grimlock.
Thousands of years ago, the Master Renegade began work on a Gravity Collapsar Ray during the original war for Gobotron. Cy-Kill originally saw him as a noble figure who dared to rebel against the tyranny that the Guardians imposed. After repeated encounters with the man in the present day, Cy-Kill opined that he was no more than a senile shadow of the great hero he had once been.
The Master Renegade remained at large following his escapades on New Earth and eventually set up a new base in Bladez’s mecha-mansion on Gobotron. He set up a new plan to try and force Cy-Kill’s Renegades and the Guardians into a battle of mutual annihilation. When the Robo-Rebels infiltrated their new command center, he sent Creepy after them and took Tail Pipe prisoner. With both Cy-Kill and Leader-1 unaware that they were stumbling into his trap, he had Bladez activate controls on the remaining Command Centers, which blasted the combatants into unconsciousness.
After locking up both sides on Gobotron’s Prison Moon, the Master Renegade and his lackeys broadcast their terms of surrender to the entire planet, and forced them to completing his old superweapon buried at the core of Gobotron. The only thing that stood between him and his plan of conquering the universe were the Robo-Rebels, and the Master Renegade mustered every force under his command in order to try and track them down, and the last freed Guardians managed to successfully spring the imprisoned Guardians and Renegades. The Master Renegade opted to test out his completed weapon on the Prison Moon itself, unaware that the GoBots had already Astro-Beamed away. The Robo-Rebels managed to break into the Master Renegade’s base, evading his various Monster GoBots, and attempted to bring him to justice. When Cy-Kill and Leader-1 began a renewed power struggle over the fate of the Gravity Collapsar Ray, the Master Renegade and his forces took the opportunity to flee.
The Master Renegade later resurfaced with an offer of an alliance between himself and Cy-Kill: in exchange for naming him the leader of the Renegades, he would provide the Renegades with plans for an exact duplicate of the Guardian’s Courageous combiner. Cy-Kill refused, only to have his own troops turn on him. Once aboard the Roguestar, the Master Reneagde and his Monster GoBots built their combiner; piloted by the turncoats who had betrayed Cy-Kill, they launched an attack on Gobotolis. Thanks in part to the sloppy construction of the suits and the Master Renegade’s own ego, they were unable to control the combination and were bested by Courageous. The Master Renegade and his troops chose to retreat rather than deal with a recently-freed and very irate Cy-Kill.
On Beta Leonis, the Master Renegade struck up an alliance with Zero, and after travelling to Earth he developed a special algae capable of immobilizing any GoBot it touched. Once Gobotron was theirs, Zero betrayed him and the Master Renegade struck up a brief alliance with Leader-1 to free themselves from captivity before escaping.
The Master Renegade later returned to New Earth, where he stole the experimental polymorphic inducer from the Last Engineer. Using it, he transformed his old nemesis into a cybernetic parrot, then ambushed both the Guardians and Renegades and turned them into humans in spite of Cy-Kill’s offer of an alliance. He took the human GoBots prisoner as part of his slave labor force. Thanks in part to the efforts of Nick and A.J., the human Guardians were able to incapacitate the Master Renegade and return to their old bodies. Although the Master Renegade tried to make a run for it one last time, he was caught by the Last Engineer, who had been restored to normal. The Last Engineer punched out the Master Renegade and finally imprisoned him for good on New Earth.
"Echoes and Fragments"
In a hybrid universe created by Sideways and Gong, the Master Renegade and his Monster GoBots filled the same role as the Quintessons, carrying out deluded sham trials on Antares III. Though he tried to sentence Kup and Hot Rod to death, they were rescued by the Dinobots and RoGuns, who persuaded the Master Renegade’s servants to turn on him.
- Master Renegade at the TFWiki