Function: Defensive Strategist
Alt. mode: Toyota Land Cruiser
Weapons: Laser-rifle, Wrist-mounted Missile Launcher
Special Abilities: Force-field generator
Height: 26ft / 7.92m
Holo-matter Avatar: A tall, middle-aged, caucasian male with a scruffy beard and wearing a long-sleeved, flannel shirt and jeans.
Quote: “An Autobot’s as good as the fuel in his tank.”
Tech Skill: 05
Profile: “Looks like some pigeonoids can't find their nest.” That's how Trailbreaker describes a full-scale attack by a battalion of flying Decepticons. He'll make light of anything, no matter how dire the situation, and has been known to cross the optic circuits of Huffer while he's in his rest mode. Even Huffer laughed at that one. He's the Autobot cheerleader, always ready with an uplifting word to boost the morale of a comrade.
But there's a darker side to Trailbreaker. He is the most fuel-consuming Autobot and thus believes he is a liability to the group. He often has volunteered to be left behind in battle situations rather than use up precious resources. He'll sometimes privately mope about his handicaps and forget about his responsibilities as a consequence. But his bravery and defensive prowess are unquestioned, and he can usually recover his wits in time to save himself and his comrades. His lack of self-esteem is apparent to his commander, who continually reassures him of his value.
Abilities: Trailbreaker possesses great strength and above-average intelligence as well as incredible resistance to physical damage. He has great skill at his function and is tactically adept. In his Toyota Land Cruiser mode, he has a top speed of 80 MPH, and that’s with great difficulty. But what he lacks in speed, Trailbreaker makes up for in off road capability. He can drive over almost any dirt road or rocky terrain with relative ease.
Furthermore, Trailbreaker has a head-mounted projector, allowing him to transmit signals on 64 frequencies simultaneously. He uses it to transmit and jam communications, interfere with many types of electronics, and create an invisible and nearly impenetrable force field. This force field can be projected up to a 30-foot radius that withstands penetration by all forms of projectiles, all wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation except those of extremely high intensity, and temperatures as high as 800,000 degrees Centigrade. He is armed with a standard laser-rifle, but can also use his wrist sockets to launch high-explosive missiles.
Weaknesses: His high fuel consumption and slowness of movement make Trailbreaker particularly vulnerable in certain situations and contribute to his low self-esteem. His force field can be broken down by a continued, sustained assault of enough force. The larger the force field is made and the more damage it has to withstand, the more fuel it takes to maintain.
Trailbreaker was on a routine patrol in the forest about five miles out from the Autobot Base. It was a mountainous region, and his Toyota Land Cruiser alt mode allowed him to drive across the rugged terrain without a problem. Although, it was a bumpy ride even for him. It was also the primary reason he was always assigned this route to patrol. Besides Ironhide and maybe Hound, he was the only Autobot who could handle this rough path without damaging his undercarriage.
His sensors scanned the area for anything unusual, but he was mainly looking for any Decepticon activity. Nothing yet. Good, another peaceful day. At least I won’t be wasting any more fuel then I already am. Trailbreaker was always conscious of how much energy he expended. He used up more fuel than any other Autobot and he used even more during battle. At least out here in the woods, he energy expenditure would be limited. I shouldn’t be sent on these patrols. I’m wasting too much fuel. Hound could handle this path and use only half the energy.
As the defensive strategist rounded a bend, his sensors picked up a vehicle directly ahead. What’s this? Not a Decepticon. It’s not giving off an energy signature. Probably just a regular human vehicle. I should remain cautious nonetheless. As the Autobot drew closer, he noted that the vehicle appeared very similar to Hound, only it was red in color. Trailbreaker came to a stop a few feet from the jeep. It’s occupants, two human females in their late twenties, got out and waved. His holo-matter driver also stepped out and walked towards them with a smile of his own.
“Oh, thank God you came along,” the blonde-haired woman said, as her redheaded friend stood next to her. “Our jeep got stuck in the mud about an hour ago and we can’t get it out. And we have not cell phone signal out here. Can you help us?”
The avatar looked over at the jeep and saw that the tires were almost completely submerged in mud. Great, just when I thought I couldn’t waste any more energy. But, I guess I should still assist these helpless humans if only to get them out of the area and away from base. “Sure thing. No problem.” The holo-driver replied. He then turned around and walked back to Trailbreaker, retrieving a long, sturdy rope from the rear seat. He then handled one end to the blonde. “Attach this to the front of your vehicle,” he said plainly.
“Oh, okay.” She replied as the avatar took the other end and attached it to a set of hooks on the front of the Autobot Land Cruiser. Once the lady was done with her end she asked, “Is this good?”
The holo-driver went over to inspect the security of the knot. “Not bad. It should hold fine. Now, please step out of the way for your own safety.” The two women moved off to the side as the avatar got back behind the wheel of the faux Toyota. The Autobot revved his engines and began going in reverse. The rope became taut with tension as Trailbreaker pulled harder. It didn’t take long for the powerful Autobot to dislodge the jeep from its muddy trap. Once the jeep was on solid ground, Trailbreaker stopped and his avatar stepped out again.
“Thank you so much. You’re a life saver,” the redhead said, throwing her arms around the holo-driver. This sign of affection was unfamiliar to the Autobot, but he played along with it anyway. “We were afraid we’d have to spend the night out here.”
“Glad I could be of assistance,” he replied. “Now, you should both turn back the way you came. There’s nothing up ahead but more rough terrain. You would most likely become stuck again.” Trailbreaker really wasn’t worried about them getting stuck. He just didn’t want them getting any closer to the Autobot Base.
“Oh,” the blonde replied. “You’re probably right. We should go back. I’ve had enough excitement for one day. Again, thank you.” The blonde then gave the avatar a gentle kiss on the cheek, his weird smile never changing. The two women then got back in their jeep and drove off down the path and away from the base.
The holo-avatar got back in the driver’s seat of Trailbreaker. Now that I’ve wasted enough fuel for one day, I should return to base. And with that thought, the Autobot turned around and headed for home.