When Starscream and the other standard Seekers just aren't enough, call in the Air Warriors. Sometimes they're explicitly drones and sometimes they're just quietly single-minded, depending on the continuity. But they're always obedient, determined, and ruthless.
When the Decepticons first awoke on Earth, the core group of warriors was reinforced by a number of unnamed Seekers. While they participated in battles and resource-gathering like their comrades, they never showed more than dronelike independence. Two were heard to speak, with one displaying enough of a sense of self-preservation to retreat from a battle with Sunstreaker and Sideswipe and get its injuries repaired, and the other providing its injured partner with an escort. (However, one sounded just like Thundercracker and the other a lot like Skywarp, so make of that what you will.)
They were last seen fighting the Autobots before Megatron launched the newly built space cruiser. After its crash, the Earthbound Seeker ranks were reduced to the standard three. Their disappearance was never mentioned, so their specific fate is unknown. Maybe their drone-like minds couldn't handle the complex task of living underwater.
Air Warriors are "ruthless killing machines" with a "no-nonsense attitude" and "lack of compassion." They also have a motto ("I will control the skies") and an intelligence Tech Spec of 5. Whether this makes them drones or not is unclear. Either way, they are dedicated to destroying Autobot sympathizers with their cluster bombs and laser-guided missiles.
Dreamwave comics continuityEdit
Some time before the Great Shutdown, Megatron and Optimus Prime were lost in a space bridge accident. When Megatron returned millennia later, he brought with him the "Aerospace Extermination Squadron," a million-strong fleet of Seeker drones which he quickly used to dominate Cybertron.
After capturing the planet, the drones policed the Autobot slaves. Progressing from one task to the next with no sign of true self-awareness, they communicated amongst themselves in sentence fragments via radio or perhaps telepathy. Megatron tasked Shockwave with reverse-engineering the cloning device that produced them. Shockwave asked him where it had come from, but Megatron refused to divulge that he had received it from the Quintessons. Interestingly, he had started the war to fight against Quintessons who had infiltrated the Council of Ancients, so it's unclear how this move would jibe with his greater plans.
At least one drone showed an ability to materialize additional armaments in flashes of light. It nearly destroyed a team of Autobots singlehandedly, but they managed to subdue it with an inhibitor claw designed by Perceptor.
The Aerospace Extermination Squadron was eventually defeated somehow, and their bodies were all "zapped into space." planet of Junk, resembling Earth-adapted Seekers for some reason. When Megatron was brought to that world by Wreck-Gar, he had the Junkion gather and restore three drones. (Then he destroyed Wreck-Gar for his troubles.) He took the drones to the planet Beest to recruit the Predacons. The growing troupe then headed to Cybertron, where Megatron used a drone to lure out two of Shockwave's warriors, Astrotrain and Blitzwing. The Triple Changers made short work of the drone but were ambushed by Razorclaw. Blitzwing refused to surrender and was destroyed; however, Astrotrain joined Megatron's band and helped him overthrow Shockwave.By the modern day, at least a few of them had ended up on the
Heroes of CybertronEdit
- Decepticon (2003)
- A repaint of the standard Seeker Heroes of Cybertron figure, this was available in triplicate as part of an army-builder pack with Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp. This set was offered by 3H at OTFCC 2003 and elsewhere. For some reason, they lacked the molded plastic insert that normally held Heroes figures in place, so they tended to fall apart in the package. While this was normal for the toy and not a defect, they appeared "broken" at a glance.