- This page is for the heroic (if delusion) Autobot. For his evil Shattered Glass counterpart, see Tailgate (SG).
"Let my fellow mechanical beings go!"
In the words of Optimus Prime, "TAILGATE sometimes has his mind stuck in low gear!" A lot of what Tailgate thinks is just plain screwy. Although he understands Earth traffic laws, he doesn't agree with many of them. For example, he believes the 55 mph speed limit is an infringement upon the personal rights of cars. In fact, all his views on Earth machines are warped. He likens cars locked in garages to imprisonment without a fair trial. He considers the buying and selling of household appliances to be slave trading. Efforts by his fellow Autobots to convince Tailgate that Earth machines are not alive, and therefore not entitled to the same rights as Transformers, have so far failed. "Only barbarians treat the lesser among them so cruelly," proclaims Tailgate. Unfortunately, the oppressed in this case can never appreciate the efforts of their would-be-savior. Tailgate is not a well robot.
In car mode, Tailgate can go as fast as 180 mph under his own power with a range of 600 miles. But a powerful ferrocobalt magnet under his hood allows him to be pulled by and within a few feet of any vehicle he chooses to follow, reducing his own fuel expenditure to nearly zero. His range has virtually no limit when he travels like this.
Tailgate is prone to overheating, particularly when he's all worked up over some imagined injustice done to a machine.
Tailgate was a scout on Cybertron during the four-million-year dark times while Optimus Prime and Megatron were deactivated on Earth. Vicious hazing at the Autobot Academy, followed by a long, stressful campaign, was hard on his psyche. His transfer to Earth in 1986 hasn't been as helpful as Ratchet had hoped.
When Tailgate's favorite toaster died, he brought it to Benin-Jeri for repairs. Ben took it to Frank's Junkyard and pretended to repair it, although really he just swapped it out for another, identical toaster. Tailgate, none the wiser, thanked Benin-Jeri and was on his way, thankfully unmindful of Ben using his former pet to patch a hole in the V'ger's armor.
Logs / Posts
- January 13 - "Ghost" - Tailgate reports on his capture by Ghost, and her message to the Autobots.
- January 23 - "The Destruction at Tyger Pax" - Autobots and Decepticons witness the destruction left by Galvatron in Tyger Pax