Trouble at 20,000 Light Years

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Renegade Rhetoric is a virtual continuation of Challenge of the GoBots via text stories.
Renegade Rhetoric Episode 40
Cy-Kill's presented order
"Trouble at 20,000 Light Years"
Publisher Fun Publications
First published January 26, 2016
Written by Jim Sorenson

A new pet causes dire tribulations for the Guardians.


At a space station bazaar, Cop-Tur traded some photonic crystals for a cute creature that Cy-Kill recognized as a Roto-Imp, a nasty space pest. Seeing an opportunity, Cy-Kill planted the Roto-Imp in the path of the Guardians, last survivor of a space wreck that crossed their path. Sure enough, Scooter, Nick, and A.J. found the Robo-Imp adorable, adopting the creature and naming him Gobo. Turbo tried to caution them about the strange pet, but to no avail.

Cy-Kill attacked a Guardian asteroid mining facility near a black hole to draw Leader-1 into a conflict. Roto-Imps spawned after exposure to intense heat, so Cy-Kill ensured the Command Center's engines were running at full blast. As expected, after the Renegades were chased off the Guardians found hundreds of Roto-Imps in their engine room. Along with the enlarged Gobo, the imps were tearing up power couplings, ripping up wires, and causing all manner of havoc. Disruptive under the best of circumstances, the presence of the black hole meant the Command Center was in danger of slipping beyond the event horizon and being destroyed.

Scooter and the Guardians lured the Roto-Imps to the cargo hold by turning up the heat to draw them in. Once the imps were contained in a magnetic field, however, they somehow merged with Gobo to become a Mega Gobo, amazingly strong and incredibly hostile. Leader-1 and Turbo fought with Mega Gobo until he was blasted out into space, and Scooter fixed the engines just in time to save the Command Center from the black hole.

Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Guardians Renegades Humans Others



  • Challenge of the GoBots Season 2 was a virtual continuation of the original show related by Vector Prime (from his multiversal perspective) and Cy-Kill (who lived it).
    • In realities where this story aired on television, it premiered on November 6, 1986.
  • This episode title was first released in an "Ask Vector Prime" post on December 21, 2015.

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