Ratchet (TFA)
Ratchet
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Continuity Transformers Animated
Age 10 million + Stellar Cycles (Pre-dates the Great War, exact age unknown)
Species Cybertronian
Hair Color Reddish-brown and white (when human)
Optic Color Blue
District Northern District
Journal redwhitensnark
Player Straya
Theme Song "Kryptonite" and "Citizen Soldier" by 3 Doors Down

"Destiny does not always give us things that we will succeed at, but things that will shape us into stronger people." - Lady Subaru, said to Ratchet over his guilt in failing Arcee

Canon History

Ratchet joined the space bridge repair crews not long after the Great war ended. Incidents with Decepticons like Oil Slick earlier in his field tech career taught him caution, but it was the run-in with Lockdown while trying to save an intelligence officer named Arcee that really strained Ratchet emotionally. When both he and Arcee were taken prisoner by the bounty hunter, a fight for Ratchet's EMP generator with Lockdown caused the device to overload and go off. Arcee took the brunt of the pulse, her memory core wiped. And even though she had requested that such action be taken against her so that the valuable access codes she carried would not fall into Decepticon hands, Ratchet could not help but feel as though he could have done more to save her. As the only one immune to EMP, he was forced to go on with feelings of regret and guilt that that would later cause him to leave Cybertron in the hopes that he could leave such painful memories behind. Eventually he was assigned to work under a bot named Optimus Prime, an apparent Autobot Academy washout. The two developed a mutual respect for one another over time and Ratchet took on the role of unofficial advisor to the crew leader. Medic, engineer, advisor and drill sergeant or sorts, he had his work cut out for him on a team made up of much younger Autobots.

After the incident with Megatron and the Decepticon flagship Nemesis, and following the crash to Earth, Ratchet became part of the first Earth detachment Autobot crew along with Prime and the rest. Together, they survived a number of run-ins with human villains and Decepticons alike over several months, working to protect the city of Detroit, Michigan, the All Spark and their new human allies. At one point during this time period, Lockdown reappeared and took Optimus Prime prisoner for a Decepticon bounty. This forced Ratchet to not only face his past, but to give the bounty hunter a sound thrashing in order to save his crew leader. And like the rest of his team, Ratchet survived the first encounter and battle with a newly revived Megatron, though the medic lost a good portion of his right arm to Blitzwing at the time (which was later repaired by Sari and her Key). In that fight, the All Spark was shattered, blown apart by an overload forced upon Megatron by Optimus Prime with Sari's Key.

The final battle took place months later. Having built a space bridge of their own on Earth, the Decepticons were preparing to return to Cybertron with plans to take over once and for all. With the Elite Guard distracted by Decepticon uprisings on the edges of Autobot territory, only Optimus' team and their allies stood between Megatron and victory. In a "no holds barred" battle, Ratchet and Sari used the All Spark shards to reactivate the spark within the crashed Autobot shuttle, bringing Omega Supreme online. Omega trashed more than half the Decepticon forces outside their own lair and then made the choice to sacrifice himself when the space bridge went haywire during the fight inside. By that time, the bridge had already claimed two of the Starscream clones, Blurr, Starscream and Megatron. Ratchet and Sari were forcibly ejected before the bridge took Omega and blew itself out, leaving the medic to mourn the loss of yet another old friend.

It was at this point that Ratchet awoke in Nautilus for the first time.

Personality

During his time on Earth, Ratchet managed to become a bit less of a grouch thanks to the influence of his team mates and their human allies. You could call him an "old, soft touch", but only if you wanted to be snarked at for your trouble. Despite the progress he made, however, Ratchet was still determined much of the time to keep his compassion for others under wraps; he had a reputation to maintain and part of him still feared being too open to emotional damage. Just don't let the bad bedside manner fool you too much… When it comes to protecting life, Ratchet is about as fierce as they come.

Things have changed somewhat since he arrived in Nautilus a number of months ago, however. Further contact with his fellow Wakened team mates, plus time spent with people from other realities such as James Sunderland, Squall Leonhart, James Hook, Jamie Hemeros, Zanki, Pandora, Mister Monday, Lelouch, Lady Subaru and others have taught Ratchet how trust more openly, again. While still guarded against some strangers, he will actually be openly affectionate with his teammates and friends if the circumstances are right. He's been out drinking with Zanki, Mister Monday and Optimus Prime, has karaoked with Prowl atop Northern District rooftops, taken chess lessons with Lelouch and trained under both Prowl and Jazz in mediation and Circuit-Su/Metallikato. Overall, he's become something of a grandfather figure to several of the younger city residents and a go-to bot when others are in need of advice. As such…

Wise and war seasoned, Ratchet is the tough old codger you can turn to when you need advice in the field. He was also the most promising medical mind on Cybertron prior to his run-in with Lockdown and while he's suffered emotional damages as a result of that incident, he is still an incredibly skilled physician and engineer. Give him enough wire and spare parts, and he can "MacGuyver" together anything from personal force field generators to grenades. Though for as wise as he can be, Ratchet can be just as stubborn and set in his ways. It sometimes takes him longer to adapt to new situations and when faced with something he doesn't understand, his first reaction is often to get cranky about it. This happens less often these days since Nautilus has done a bit of a number on him, getting him to accept change a bit more readily.

Still, the old medibot fears failure to protect and save above all else, even above the loss of his own life/existence. He is somewhat trapped in between the conscious changes he wants to make in his own life and the subconscious scars and shortcomings that plague him in moments of emotional weakness.

Ratchet's exact age is not given in canon, but he has been online since the Great War and is thus in excess of several million years in age.

Canon Abilities

Ratchet's favored tools and weapons are a pair of magnetic clamps that extend from both forearms that allow him to pull, push, lift and even shape just about any metal object. Both can also act as a pair of pinchers. He has magnets on the soles of his feet, as well. Ratchet also has use of an EMP generator, built into his left arm. It is technically a medical tool used to keep others from feeling pain while he operates, but it can also be used as a weapon to slow down or even put down enemies. He just hesitates to use it much due to what the tool was used for in the past, as well as due to what such a device is capable of causing. Using it as a weapon is a last resort. Ratchet, himself, is immune to EMP bursts.

Relationships

THIS LIST IS KINDA LONG… But will eventually include more info on his relationships with Lady Subaru, Lelouch, Prowl, Bumblebee, Wreck-Gar, Jazz, Grimlock, Pandora, Mister Monday, Thomas, James Sunderland, Squall Leonhart and…yeah. A lot of other people.

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