Zero

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Zero is a long-serving member of the Renegade cause. Predating even Cy-Kill, the arrogant Zero sees the Renegade commander as a late-comer, and often thinks little enough of his leadership to challenge Cy-Kill. He has led direct uprisings against his rival, or other times worked in secret to undermine him from within.

Fiction[edit]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit]

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Zero was one of those involved in the first Renegade Revolt on GoBotron. After it failed he withdrew to a base on the planet Xeros, with Loco, Hornet, Klaws and Bugsie. The Guardian High Protector Cy-Kill took on the task of subduing Zero and his troops, leading Dart and Bullseye in an attack on Xeros. Forewarned by the base's sensors Zero, Klaws and Bugsie were able to attack the Guardians from behind, shooting down Dart. Zero then personally took down Cy-Kill while his comrades kept Bullseye busy. Zero landed and mocked Cy-Kill and was about to deliver a killing blow when Dart swooped in and took Cy-Kill to safety. The defeat greatly hurt Cy-Kill's standing with the Guardian Council, and was a major factor in pushing him towards defecting to the Renegades. "Et Tu, Cy-Kill"

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Later Zero found himself under Cy-Kill's command on Roguestar. After another failed raid on GoBotron Zero lost his patience and openly lambasted Cy-Kill's leadership, walking out on the Renegades with Twin Spin and Geeper-Creeper following him. The three raid GoBotolis' main power station successfully and Zero returns to Cy-Kill, challenging him to single combat. Cy-Kill accepts and is beaten once again. His group take over Roguestar, with only Fitor, Cop-Tur and Crasher staying loyal to Cy-Kill. Bad Boy captures Crasher for him and Zero decides to use her as bait to draw Cy-Kill's remaining Renegades into a trap. Now joined by Stretch as well Zero's Renegades capture Turbo and he demands the both Leader-1 and Cy-Kill go alone to Dengon Beta to collect the hostages. There he used dummies to trick them and attacks GoBotron while both factions are busy. A furious Cy-Kill attacks Roguestar with Thruster, allowing Turbo and Crasher to get free and escape. Zero withdraws to his well-defended hideout but is tricked into getting shot down by his own automated cannon by Leader-1. He then plans to destroy the planet but his disillusioned troops return to Cy-Kill and tell him how to deactivate the self-destruct. Zero meanwhile escapes and promises to return for revenge.The Third Column

Fun Publications[edit]

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

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From Axiom Nexus Cy-Kill, perhaps deliberately, misremembered Zero as showing him mercy during the Battle of Parthus when Cy-Kill was still a Guardian "stooge". He also cited Zero as an example of the GoBots' more impressive variety of alternate modes than most Cybertronians. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/14 Cy-Kill recalled the events of Zero's treachery to his audience, and remarked on how the Lord High GoBot of Level 17, Gunnyr, proved a suitable replacement for the subcommander vacancy in his hierarchy. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/15 In an alternate reality, Cy-Kill's Renegades had conquered the Guardians and ruled both Earth and Gobotron. Zero controlled Earth as Cy-Kill's viceroy, although this did mean he had to tolerate their long-time collaborate, Zebediah Braxis. Renegade Victory Part 1

Back in the main timeline, Zero and the Master Renegade met up at a bar in the Beta Leonis system while independently on the run from Cy-Kill. They formed a mutually beneficial alliance against Guardians and Renegades alike. Zero and the Master Renegade raided a global summit on pollution and made off with a plastic-eating algae that the Master was able to augment into a super-algae. On Gobotron, they used the super-algae to immobilize Zeemon's Guardian Council as well as Leader-1's team when they tried to intervene. Now in control of Gobotron, Zero turned on the Master Renegade and incapacitated him in the algae next to the Guardians. Unfortunately for Zero, the Master Renegade told Leader-1 how to disable the algae, and soon the Guardian commander was free, chasing Zero through space as he desperately tried to escape. Instead, he flew right into Cy-Kill and his cloaked Thruster. Leader-1 gladly left Zero to Cy-Kill's tender mercies, and Zero was carted away by the Renegades to face their unique brand of justice. Trash and Treachery

Ask Vector Prime[edit]

While discussing a Quadwal universe where GoBots surpassed Transformers as the dominant converting robot franchise, Vector Prime mentioned the Reign of Zero comic series, published by IDW as a companion to Michael Bay's GoBots movies. Ask Vector Prime 2015/12/21 TFWikiFavicon.png

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit]

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Sideways and Gong attempted to have some fun by mingling the universal streams of a GoBots reality with those of a Transformers reality during the events leading to their first encounter with Unicron. As a result, Zero often found himself playing out a role previously reserved for the treacherous Decepticon second-in-command, Starscream. When Optimus Prime prepared to make a special run to Autobot City on Earth, Zero was present with the Renegades when Snoop returned from her spy mission with the information. Cy-Kill tossed a thinly-veiled insult at Zero while congratulating Snoop on her effectiveness. The Renegades intercepted the Autobot Command Center on its way to Autobot City. Zero led the Renegades as subcommander during their brief but furious battle with Brawn, Ironhide, Prowl, and Ratchet. When Cy-Kill crooned about how easy the hijacking was, Zero shot back that Moonbase One was a true target of value. Cy-Kill waved off his lieutenant, however, focused on the prize of Autobot City once they slipped by their defenses.

The Command Center failed to penetrate security undetected, however. Hot Rod and Nick Burns spotted Zero through the hole the Renegades blew in the shuttle, forcing the invaders to abandon ship before reaching the city. Zero tried to gun down Springer and Arcee before they transformed Autobot City into fortress mode, but ended up having to shoot his own foot when he got caught in the folding and reconfiguring components. After a few more reality-shifts caused by Sideways and Gong, Zero was second-in-command to Megatron in a combined Decepticon and Renegade army. As the villains were driven into retreat aboard Astrotrain, Zero took the opportunity to dispose of the seriously injured Megatron. He tossed his leader and the other injured soldiers out of the ship, and declared himself the new leader of the Decepticons. A number of objections arose from Tank, Snoop, Dr. Go, and the Puzzlers, but Zero eventually came out on top. At his coronation ceremony in the Renegade Hall of Heroes, Zero was crowned the new leader only seconds before being interrupted by the arrival of Galvatron. Shocked and confused by Galvatron's resemblance to Megatron, Zero didn't react when the newcomer converted to cannon mode and blasted him into ash. Echoes and Fragments

Go-Bots comic[edit]

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Zero was among the Renegades who took Cy-Kill's side against Leader-1 during the Go-Bot uprising. Issue 2

Toys[edit]

GoBots version

GoBots[edit]

GoBots[edit]

  • Zero (GoBots, 1984)
    • Enemy Robot Airplane
    • ID Number: 40
    • Accessories: Propeller, Drop Tank
Zero was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen fighter plane in 9 steps. The toy was a repackaging of Zero Robo from Machine Robo, with no significant changes but omitting the extra sticker sheet of the Japanese release, meaning the yellow bands on the wings and fuselage are not part of the American release. Sadly the toy is arguably the worst for wear in the whole line; over time the hips, waist and ankles can easily wear and as his robot mode relies heavily on friction to stay in place many second-hand Zero figures have considerable difficulty standing.
  • Zero was released in the Enemy assortment (#7254) for the second series. He remained when it was renamed as the Renegade assortment for the third and final series, and given a 3-D GoBots Sticker.
  • Bilingual Canadian releases retained the same name.

Gift Packs[edit]

  • Renegade Gift Pack #2 (GoBots Gift Pack, 1984)
Zero was released in a gift pack with Screw Head and Stinger. All three toys are unchanged from their original releases.
Robo Machine/Machine Men version

Robo Machine[edit]

Robo Machines[edit]

  • Zero (Robo Machine, 1985)
    • Enemy Robot
    • ID Number: RM-39
    • Accessories: Propeller, Drop Tank
The European version of Zero was identical to the Japanese release, including the additional sticker sheet.


Machine Men[edit]

Machine Men[edit]

  • Zero (Machine Men, 1985)
    • Enemy Robot
    • ID number: 35
    • Accessories: Propeller, Drop Tank
The fifth toy from the sixth wave of figures, Zero was released by Bandai Australia in 1985. He remained identical to the original Zero-sen Robo toy, albeit packaged on a black backing card depicting a blue-tinted alien landscape.

Robo Machines[edit]

Robo Machines[edit]

  • Zero (Robo Machines, 1993)
    • Accessories: Propeller, Drop Tank
The figure was reissued by Bandai in Europe during 1993 as part of the second series of Robo Machines. While trademark reasons prevented most of the Robo Machines figures from using their GoBots names, Zero's was so generic it made no difference. Sadly, like most of the Robo Machines figures Zero uses poor quality materials and suffers from mould degradation.

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