- Hydra is a human and Decepticon Godmaster in the Super-God Masterforce portion of the Generation 1 continuity family.
Hydra was a talented actor in his home country of East Germany, but apparently celluloid stardom wasn't exciting enough for this burgeoning young sociopath. Hydra became involved with the American criminal underworld, using his talent for disguise to become an assassin who was soon regarded as one of the best in the business. Cold, uncaring and extreme in his methods, Hydra already considered himself above most other people, so when the Decepticons arrived on the scene and offered him even greater power, he happily seized upon the opportunity.
As a Godmaster, Hydra is bonded to a Transtector from the G Nebula and can manipulate Chōkon Power, with his speciality being the control of lightning. He and his younger brother Buster can merge their Transtectors into the giant jet Darkwings. Hydra truly believes that the Decepticons should rule mankind, and is willing even to sacrifice his own humanity to help them accomplish that goal.
- English/Malay dub name: Darkwing
Super-God Masterforce cartoon
- Voice actor: Ken Yamaguchi (Japanese)
Hydra and Buster were in North America when they were approached by Giga and Mega, agents of the Decepticon leader Devil Z, and bonded to a pair of Transtectors that had taken the forms of jet planes. The brothers brought to a hidden island, where they were trained in the use of their new Godmaster powers until it was decided that they join up with the rest of the Decepticons already operating under the command of Blood. Blood's Pretenders and Headmaster Juniors were summoned to the island, where Hydra and Buster, disguised in suits of medieval armor, promptly attacked and bested them as a demonstration of their powers. Blood bristled at the notion two humans could be stronger than true Decepticons, and challenged the two Godmasters to prove themselves by attacking the Mt Fuji Foothills Hang Gliding Competition Tournament. It just so happened that the Autobot Headmaster Juniors were participating in the contest, leading to a battle between the Godmaster brothers and the Autobot Pretenders. Although they had their Autobot foes massively overpowered, when they arrival of Metalhawk left them outnumbered, the brothers opted to withdraw. Hydra and Buster next went into battle when the Decepticon attacked the tidal power plant on Viscas Island, but the battle was brought to an end when Buster was injured by Diver and Hydra called retreat.
When Mega and Giga revealed that there were other Godmaster on Earth, Hydra and Buster were charged with locating them before the Autobot did. Hydra decided to search North America first, on the basis that it was where they became Godmasters themselves, and with a little help from the Headmaster Juniors, the brothers were soon on the trail of a mysterious truck that had been rumoured to be able to heal any damage to itself. The brothers found the truck crashed at the bottom of a cliff along with the Autobot Diver, but when they attempted to take it, the truck's driver, Ginrai, revealed that he was indeed a Godmaster, and that that truck was his Transtector, by transforming to robot mode for the first time. Shocked by what they had witnessed, Hydra and Buster retreated. Before long, however, the brothers were back on Ginrai's trail, and attacked numerous tractor trailers in their search for him, killing many of Ginrai's trucker friends before finally locating him. Hydra took Ginrai on alone, but at an inopportune moment, the rays of the sun reflected off a picture Ginrai was carrying and blinded Hydra, forcing him to call for a retreat.
When Cancer was captured by the Autobots for interrogation, Hydra and Buster arrived to retrieve him. The Autobots released their prisoner, but Hydra immediately discovered a homing beacon planted on Cancer's shirt, and attacked the Autobots in retribution. While battling Ginrai, Hydra was distracted when Cancer protected the kindly Autobot Minerva from Buster, allowing Ginrai to turn the tide of the battle and forcing the villains to fall back. Things didn't go much better during the brothers' next battle with Ginrai, at Mount Yatsugatake in Nagano, where there brothers were blasted by Ginrai's newly-obtained trailer.
Hungry for revenge, Hydra and Buster were not content simply with destroying Ginrai, but also sought to discredit him and the Autobots into the bargain. Luring Ginrai into a battle in a city, the brothers loudly blamed him for starting the battle so that the population could overhear, and then summoned some Lobclaw Seacons to finish the Autobot off. Luckily, Diver and Lander arrived to deal with the Seacons, and the enraged Ginrai unleashed a blast of Chōkon Power that saw the villains off.
Learning that Ginrai had appeared on television in an attempt to find the remaining Godmasters on Earth, Hydra and Buster tried menacing a producer at the TV station in order to find out what Ginrai had learned from the correspondence that had come in. The tactic had no luck, so they resorted to searching the continent with the help of the Pretenders; the Pretenders later found Ginrai in Canada, but were unable to stop the next Godmaster, Lightfoot from joining the Autobots. After this failure, the Decepticons were even more determined to recruit the next Godmaster, a Canadian forest patrolman named Ranger. During the battle with the Autobots that resulted in the Rocky Mountains, however, Hydra and Buster were left badly outnumbered and had to flee when the Headmaster Juniors abandoned them out of spite after they carelessly put Wilder in danger in their zeal to destroy Ginrai.
Hydra and Buster stepped back from the front lines for a short time, instead trying their hand at formulating a plan for the Pretenders to carry out. This outlandish plot to capture doctors was soon botched, much to their distaste, Leftfoot and take him prisoner. The brothers sent a message to Lightfoot, who was faced with the choice of either joining the Autobots or having his Master-Braces (and hands!) cut off by Hydra, but luckily, the other Autobot Godmasters soon arrived to help give the Darkwings Brothers one of their most severe beatings yet. When Buster's arm was actually torn off, the horrified Hydra called retreat, but they weren't above spitefully blowing up some factory buildings as they left.and they again took an active hand in matters, starting with a plot to divide and conquer the Autobot Godmasters, starting with Lightfoot. Hydra put his makeup talents to use disguising himself and Buster as reporters so that they could get close to Lightfoot's father
After serving as chauffeurs for Mega when she was posing as a fortune teller, Overlord, and the brothers decided to strike while the Autobots were a man down by attempting to destroy the Godbomber drone the heroes were currently working on. The brothers were duped into following a disguised truck into the nearby mountains, thinking that it was carrying Godbomber, when in fact, it was simply the Autobot, Road King, who joined with Ranger and Lightfoot in beating the brothers to a pulp.Hydra and Buster were next charged with destroying Ginrai's trailer. His acting talent again in full swing, Hydra posed a movie producer named "Billy Hyler" and talked Ginrai into performing some stunt-driving for a movie filming in the desert. Buster was able to plant an explosive charge that separated Ginrai from his trailer, and the brothers combined into Darkwings in an attempt to destroy the latter component. Before they could strike, Ginrai merged with his trailer and blew the villains out of the air with his Special Fire Guts attack. Ginrai was, however, subsequently badly wounded by Giga and Mega's combined form,
In the next attempt to destroy Godbomber, Hydra and Buster attacked a Middle-East oil refinery in order to draw the Autobots out. Even the cold, cruel Hydra was taken aback, however, when Giga asked if they were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and later confided in Buster that while he was not afraid of dying in battle, he wasn't willing to sacrifice himself just for victory. Although this plan to destroy Godbomber met with failure, Sixknight, however, the Autobot Headmaster Juniors discovered that they were able to pilot Godbomber and were able to defeat the Darkwings Brothers.the Decepticons tried yet again, this time by separating Godbomber from Ginrai and having Hydra and Buster target the unprotected drone. With a little help from
When the final Godmaster, Clouder, sought out the Decepticons and requested to join them, Hydra had King Poseidon attack him so that he could prove his strength. Clouder passed the test, and the Decepticons installed him within the Autobot ranks as a spy, who fend them inside information on the Autobots' base. Hydra and Buster proceeded to attack a nearby city in order to occupy the attentions of Ginrai and the Godmasters while the rest of the Decepticons initiated an all-out attack on the Autobots' headquarters and although they were eventually defeated, the larger plan to destroy the base succeeded. Soon thereafter, when BlackZarak arrived on Earth, Hydra and Buster travelled into space with the rest of the Decepticons when the villain prepared to unleash the unholy Death-Para Machine upon the Earth, and later battled Lightfoot in northern Europe.
Having been left to die in the conflagration that destroyed the Autobot base, Clouder turned on his former allies when he resurfaced, and offered to lead the Autobots to a Decepticon base. His discussion with Shūta Gō, however, was overheard by Hydra, who radioed ahead to the Decepticon base, allowing them to lay a trap for the two youths. Later, when the Autobots attacked the Decepticon base in force, Hydra and Buster battled Ginrai and the Godmasters, until Devil Z brought the battle to and end by fusing with BlackZarak and collapsing the base into an undersea chasm.
After their numerous defeats at the hands of Ginrai, Hydra and Buster came to the conclusion that they were weakened by their humanity, and petitioned Devil Z to use his powers to transform them into true robots. The evil being complied, fusing the brothers with their Transtectors and replacing their Jinchōkon Power—lost to them along with their humanity—with his own Devil Power. The Darkwings Brothers attacked Ginrai in the Grand Canyon, and Ginrai, appalled at what they had done to themselves, called upon his God Fire Guts attack. The brothers responded by diving at Ginrai in a flaming "Hellfire Attack," resulting in a huge explosion when the attacks collided. The battered brothers limped away from the battle, declaring it a draw. While Ginrai then went on to battle Overlord, Hydra and Buster attacked Lightfoot and Road King, trapping them in a cave. They then took on the Autobot Headmaster Juniors, almost cutting off Shuta's arms before Ginrai returned and saw them off.
During the final conflict on the Matterhorn, Hydra and Buster unveiled the mightiest weapon in their arsenal, the "Mach X Flight," allowing them to move faster than the eye could follow. They did not predict, however, that Ginrai could replicate the effect with his own Chōkon Power, and once again proved to be their better, searing their bodies with his burning backwash and sending them crashing into the mountain. The brothers rejoined the other Decepticons at the mountain's peak, where BlackZarak unleashes his fury on the two failures, repeatedly striking them with his spear until Overlord stepped in to try and stop the punishment. This only resulted in BlackZarak turning on him as well, at which point Ginrai arrive to save his foes and engage BlackZarak in final battle.As the Autobot leader battled BlackZarak, Hydra and Buster recovered from their beating, with Hydra simply writing it off as proof that they were weak and must fight even harder. At that point, the Autobot Godmasters arrived and Hydra and Buster plunged into battle right away, despite the fact that they were on the verge of collapse. Eventually, they could fight no further, and combined into Darkwings to flee. In the moments that followed, Ginrai succeeded in destroying BlackZarak and Devil Z, which resulted in all the other humans becoming separated from their Transtectors. The Transtectors themselves continued to live as true super-robot lifeforms, and Hydra and Buster promptly joined with the other Decepticons in departing Earth.
Hydra and Buster served as part of the Decepticon forces under Overlord's command, often battling the Autobot forces lead by Ginrai in the G Nebula.
Super-God Masterforce comic
The Decepticons unveiled their Godmaster warriors, Hydra and Buster, to the Autobots when Giga and Mega sent them to "welcome" the Autobot Godmaster, Ginrai, to Japan. After bombing Tokyo on their way to Harumi Wharf, Hydra and Buster merged into Darkwings and immediately attacked Metalhawk and the Autobot Headmaster Juniors, who were awaiting Ginrai's arrival. The brothers then transformed into robot mode to focus their attack on Metalhawk, but thankfully, Ginrai then made his entrance, and launched the villains over the horizon with a blast of Chōkon Power.
When Ginrai and the Autobots were transported to the planet Athenia so that Ginrai could be appointed Supreme Commander of the Autobots, Hydra and Buster followed, joining up with the other Decepticons out in space and attacking the planet with Scramble 7. The Autobots were able to defeat Scramble 7, but Buster and Hydra informed them that they had been united under the rulership of Devil Z, and were heading back to Earth to await the Autobots' return.
Eventually, Hydra and Buster had Devil Z transform them into entirely robotic beings, and joined him in attacking the other Autobots and Decepticons as he attempted to drain their Jinchōkon and become the ultimately lifeform. The Autobots and Decepticons struck back by combining their powers together into the "Perfect Transform Attack," destroying Devil Z for good. As their leader was wiped out before their eyes, Hydra and Buster combined into Darkwings and fled into space.
- Hydra (Godmaster Decepticon, 1988)
- Japanese ID number: D-304
- Accessories: Godmaster Transtector, Sky Laser, Plasma Missile
- Hydra's Transtector transforms into a Panavia Tornado GR1 fighter jet. As a Godmaster, he is unable to transform to robot mode until the Hydra Godmaster figure is transformed into engine mode and snapped into the socket on the Transtector's back, unlocking the figure for transformation. Once unlocked, Hydra can also combine with his brother Buster (sold separately) to form the super-jet, Darkwings.
- Hydra was sold concurrently in Hasbro market as Darkwing and Throttle, with the significant difference of teal plastic instead of Hydra's red.
- Darkwings (Multi-pack, 1988)
- Japanese ID number: D-306
- Accessories: Hydra Transtector, Buster Transtector, 2 Sky Lasers, 2 Plasma Missiles
- Hydra and Buster were both made available in a special multi-pack as well. Both toys are identical to their individual releases.
- Hydra Darkwing (Godmaster Decepticon, 1988)
- Accessories: Godmaster Transtector, Sky Laser, Plasma Missile
- Essentially just a Japanese release of Hasbro's Darkwing figure, this version of the Hydra toy was only available by mail-order, for the price of 1980 yen and four robot points.
- For the duration of "Super Warriors - The Godmaster Brothers" and "A Fierce Battle!! The Autobots Are in Trouble", Hydra's customarily red arms and legs are colored grey, making him look a lot more like Darkwing.