Traitor

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Traitor is a Renegade, one of the Dread Launchers. Buzzing through the skies, Traitor looks for his next victim to sting!

Ironically, he's very good at getting people to trust him.

Fiction[edit]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit]

Voice actor: ?
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Along with Re-Volt and Chaos, Traitor was sent to masquerade as the Red Team of cadets at the Guardian Academy in order to kidnap Zeemon at the graduation ceremony. Their deception even included chasing off an apparent raid by the Renegades Vamp, Scorp and Creepy, which had in fact been arranged as a distraction so they could report their findings to Cy-Kill. Despite Traitor not bothering to come up with a cover name only Blue Team member Tri-Trak suspected their true nature, later spotting Re-Volt and Chaos setting up an Astrobeam for the kidnapping. He didn't spot Traitor behind him, though, and Tri-Trak was knocked out by the Renegade before being strung up in the academy's firing range. They then attended the ceremony and sprang the trap - Zeemon proved tougher than expected, hurling Re-Volt over his shoulder, but Traitor was able to get an inhibitor on the councillor. They then beat an escape, followed by the Blue Team - led by a recovered Tri-Trak. While the Dread Launchers were able to fix one fault the Guardians had discovered they hadn't reckoned on Tri-Trak, who flew straight through the front of the ship - allowing his team-mates Twister, Tork and Staks to get in and blast Re-Volt, Chaos and Traitor. Zeemon was freed while Traitor was imprisoned along with his team-mates.Guardian Academy

Robo Machine catalogues[edit]

Traitor was attacking a human town when he was attacked by a mechanical mammoth. A bystander noted he thought mammoths were extinct; Mammouth replied that ones that could change shape weren't and blasted Traitor with his cannon. Challenge of the GoBots - A Robo Machine Product

Fun Publications[edit]

Transformers Timelines[edit]

During the Diaspora, Traitor was dispatched to Level 39 along with an assortment of GoBots, including the Secret Riders and Dread Launchers. Cultural Appropriation TFWikiFavicon.png

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

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Traitor uncovered information that the Guardians and UNECOM were building a new type of interceptor ship called Space Hawks. The Hawks of Space Part 1 On another scouting mission, Traitor learned a mystic gemstone from Ancient Rome was in the possession of a wealthy human theatre enthusiast. He intended to leave his fortune, including the gemstone, to the best theatre production of the season, prompting a Renegade performance of "The Pirates of Penzance". The Show Must Go On Cy-Kill described his Dread Launcher troops to the listeners of Axiom Nexus, calling Traitor "mercurial". Renegade Rhetoric, 2015/10/17

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit]

For their own amusement, Sideways and Gong played with reality so that elements of a GoBots universe blended in and out of a Transformers universe. In this mingled reality, the Renegades lay siege to Autobot City on Earth. Blaster and Perceptor attempted to radio for help to Optimus Prime on Cybertron's Moonbase One, but Cy-Kill spotted them. He and Dr. Go dispatched Traitor and the Dread Launchers to jam the transmission. They destroyed the antenna, but were intercepted by Blaster's Recordabots before they could reach the broadcaster himself. Echoes and Fragments

Toys[edit]

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GoBots[edit]

Dread Launchers[edit]

  • Traitor (Dread Launcher, 1986)
    • Renegade Robot Wasp
    • Accessories: none
Traitor was released by Tonka in the third series of GoBots, and converts from robot to two separate vehicles - his top half becomes a robotic wasp, and his bottom half becomes the traditional landing & launch pad that all wasps have. Traitor has articulation at the shoulders and elbows, though like the other Dread Launchers his legs are big solid blocks. The figure was designed by Bandai on behalf of Tonka. As such, Traitor was never released in Japan. The rear of the box featured a very brief character biography.
  • Tonka gave the Dread Launchers an assortment code (#7434), while Traitor had an individual code (#7432). It is not known whether the latter was just for internal reference or if solid cases of the toys were offered to retailers.


Robo Machine[edit]

Ultrabots[edit]

  • Traitor (Ultrabot, 1986)
    • Hornet and Launcher
    • Accessories: none
Traitor was identical to his American release. The Ultrabots were among the final Robo Machine releases and unlike many later figures are just as rare in Europe as in America.

Notes[edit]

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  • At least two prototype versions of Traitor existed; one pictured in the 1986 Tonka Catalog, featured grey plastic instead of all the chrome and diecast as well as on the lower legs. Another, pictured in the 1987 Robo Machine catalogue, featured white plastic in place of blue. And then his animation model was presumably based on an early version of the toy's colour scheme too.
  • Traitor's Cybertronian-style body in the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Animated Waspinator with the head of Ransack from the Generation 1 toyline.