Stretch

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Chances are your pants are not as fancy as the pair
Of very fancy pants that Mr. Fancy Pants will wear

The vainglorious Stretch takes pride in his glitzy limousine mode, just one symbol of the high-society life he aspires to lead. His foppish appearance doesn't get in the way of his Renegade allegiance, and his high-gloss trappings do an effective job at concealing Tux's penchant for dirty deeds and general thuggery.

He is sometimes known as Tux.

Fiction[edit]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit]

Voice actor: ?
When everybody's marching in the fancy pants parade
He's gonna pass the test
He's gonna be the best
The best in terms of pants

Cy-Kill hatched a plan to take out the Guardian's superweapon Courageous, and Stretch helped oversee the Renegade leader's construction of his new Puzzler combiner. When human collaborator Larry Cocoa and his wife requested an audience with the Renegade leader, Stretch witnessed the aggressive negotiations and later opined that the Renegade leader should dispose of the "slugs". Auto Madic

Later, fellow Renegade Zero made a play for power and defeated Cy-Kill in combat. Stretch witnessed the battle and opted to rally under the flag of the new leader, along with Geeper-Creeper, Twin Spin, and Bad Boy. Stretch travelled to Earth, where he masqueraded as General Newcastle's limousine to get close to a UNECOM base. He chased Nick, A.J., and Matt through the halls before banging his head on a door. When Leader-1 arrived with reinforcements, Turbo blasted Stretch off the road and sent him tumbling into a ravine; he was saved by Zero, who knocked Turbo unconscious and took him hostage. Back aboard the commandeered Roguestar, Stretch and Geeper-Creeper served as wardens for their two prisoners Turbo and Crasher, but accidentally freed the prisoners and deactivated their restraining bolts after Zero made his move on Gobotron. Stretch and the other rebellious Renegades later returned to Cy-Kill when the true Renegade leader resurfaced. The Third Column

Say a little prayer for Mr. Fancy Pants
The whole world knows
They're only clothes
And deep inside he's sad

A later scheme of Cy-Kill's involved him allying with several human crime bosses, supplying them with GoBot technology to help them take over the Earth. Stretch became the personal conveyance of the gangster Murchison and ferried them to a jewelry store where they caused havoc. He then accompanied Fly Trap and Scales to the National Gold Deposit, where they took care of Turbo and stole 30 million dollars worth of gold. He chased Scooter when he and Matt Hunter tried to infiltrate their operation - which ended in him and Crasher colliding with an irate Cy-Kill - then chauffeured Murchison to the White House when he and his shielded army of gangsters invaded Washington. When the Guardians managed to turn things around, Turbo managed to catch Stretch in a tripwire and take him out of the fight. Crime Wave

Stretch was guarding the imprisoned Master Renegade when Vamp and Scorp arrived and bamboozled him into letting them take over. When he returned, a blast of energy knocked out the energy cage the Master Renegade had been imprisoned in, and the two Monster GoBots blasted Stretch and made their escape. Quest for New Earth

Fun Publications[edit]

You look at Mr. Fancy Pants and hold the trophy high
Everybody cheers while he's blinking back the tears
He doesn't even have the best pants

Ask Vector Prime[edit]

In a distant universe, business mogul Porter C. Powell acquired a fragment of the legendary AllSpark. A series of events caused the fragment to make contact with his limousine and brought it to life, turning it into the Decepticon Stretch. Stretch caused havoc as he financially ruined his old owner, and it was only after Powell teamed up with his old rival Isaac Sumdac that they managed to outwit Stretch by luring him into a space bridge, which sent him 17 Levels away from their current reality .

Hurled across time and space, Stretch landed on GoBotron and used his internal copy of the Powell Motorworks historical database to start a new life by selling stylish new Earth modes to the GoBots. Soon every wealthy GoBot had adopted a new Earth-themed alternate mode. Eventually, however, business dried up and his money ran out, so Loco recruited him into the Renegades. Ask Vector Prime, 2015/09/30 TFWikiFavicon.png

Transformers: Timelines[edit]

Fleeing the Cataclysm that threatened to destroy the universe, Stretch was one of a group of GoBots who relocated to an alternate dimension (apparently either "Level 72" or "Level 77"), where he adopted a new appearance to blend in. Cultural Appropriation TFWikiFavicon.png

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

Stretch, Gunnyr, and Bad Boy attacked a Guardian training exercise and nearly took several hostages before Leader-1 and his veterans arrived to see them off. Rebels Without A Circuit

Later, after Cy-Kill disappeared into another dimension following an accident with an experimental Anti-Phase-Displace Blaster, Stretch and the Renegades found themselves under attack by the Guardians, galvanized by Cy-Kill's absence. Stretch and Spoons were pinned down by enemy fire, but at the decisive moment, Cy-Kill returned from his interdimensional exile with new reinforcements. Clutch and Warpath rescued Stretch and Spoons, and the Renegades drove their enemies off. Opportunity Knocks Part 2

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit]

In a hybrid universe where the GoBots and Transformers coexisted, Stretch took part in the battle of Autobot City. Echoes and Fragments

Toys[edit]

GoBots[edit]

Say a little prayer for Mr. Fancy Pants
It's all he had
But don't feel bad
He'd do the same to you
  • Tux (GoBot, 1984/1985)
    • Enemy Robot Limo
    • ID number: 41
An import of the Machine Robo Limousine Robo toy, Tux transforms from robot into a white Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. Tux features die-cast metal parts and rubber tires. Photodegradation and paint wear are common on loose samples. Tux has a chrome top hat; this is awesome. Tux was released in the second series of Gobots in 1984, and continued to be available in 1985, now packaged with a hologram sticker.


Notes[edit]

  • The "Ask Vector Prime" story described above has its roots in the Transformers Animated television series, in which Porter C. Powell's limousine was specifically designed to resemble Tux. Extrapolating from this, Jim Sorenson came up with the idea to have the limo come to life, and commissioned artist Laurent Libessart to create an Animated-inspired robot mode for Sorenson's book, The AllSpark Almanac II. Animated art director Derrick J. Wyatt then made adjustments to the head design and coloration,[1] replacing his original Tux-based face with a new one that was even more of a caricature of a high society tycoon, with a monocle and "Hollywood gap grin" to go along with his top hat.
  • The Almanac only implied that Stretch was the same character as the GoBot by ending his story with his banishment across the dimensions; a few years later, Ask Vector Prime, also written by Sorenson, would explicitly state it, and further use Stretch's circumstances to explain why GoBots had Earth-based alternate modes hundreds of years ago.
  • Stretch's Animated design, sans mustache, was recolored into his more basic Challenge of the GoBots color scheme to represent his appearance in the Transformers: Timelines continuity.
  • The Guardian named Scratch appeared twice in the translated code from "Cultural Appropriation", sending him to two different Levels. One of these was likely meant to be Stretch, who does not otherwise appear on the list and whose name is only off by two letters.

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