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'''Porter C. Powell''' is Chairman of the Board of [[Sumdac Systems]]... and, peculiarly, a major financier of the experiments and business ventures of one of Sumdac's chief rivals, [[Prometheus Black]]. A capitalist of the sleazy, profit-at-any-price type, Powell is not above working with the villainous or demented to make big bucks.
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'''Porter C. Powell''' is Chairman of the Board of [[Sumdac Systems]]... and, peculiarly, a major financier of the experiments and business ventures of one of Sumdac's chief rivals, [[Prometheus Black]]. A capitalist of the sleazy, profit-at-any-price type with the voice of a televangelist, Powell is not above working with the villainous or demented to make big bucks.
   
 
Basically, he's a rich jerk. His mullet, however, is ''truly inspirational''.
 
Basically, he's a rich jerk. His mullet, however, is ''truly inspirational''.
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===''Animated'' cartoon===
 
:''Voice actor:'' [[Bumper Robinson]] (English), [[Klaus Lochthove]] (German)
 
:''Voice actor:'' [[Bumper Robinson]] (English), [[Klaus Lochthove]] (German)
After the highly public failure of Black's test subject, [[Colossus Rhodes]], Porter C. Powell spoke to Black via the video link in his lab. When Black tried to sell Powell on his latest innovation (a super-corrosive derived from [[Autobot]] [[mech fluid]] and Black's own steroids) and the necessity of a new human test subject, Powell informed him that Black's investors were unwilling to sink any more money into his mad science—and furthermore, that even the prison system wouldn't provide Black with a new guinea pig. Regretfully, Powell ended both the call and his business relationship with Black. {{storylink|Total Meltdown}}
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After the highly public failure of Black's test subject, [[Colossus Rhodes]], Porter C. Powell spoke to Black via the video link in his lab. When Black tried to sell Powell on his latest innovation (a super-corrosive derived from [[Autobot]] [[mech fluid]] and Black's own steroids) and the necessity of a new human test subject, Powell informed him that Black's investors were unwilling to sink any more money into his mad science—and furthermore, that even the prison system wouldn't provide Black with a new guinea pig. Regretfully, Powell ended both the call and his business relationship with Black. This would be the sole time he ever showed a spark of human compassion to date. {{storylink|Total Meltdown}}
   
 
Powell was among the crowd who watched [[Isaac Sumdac]] unveil his new improved [[Dinobot (Animated)|Dinobots]] at [[Dino Drive]]. {{storylink|Blast from the Past}}
 
Powell was among the crowd who watched [[Isaac Sumdac]] unveil his new improved [[Dinobot (Animated)|Dinobots]] at [[Dino Drive]]. {{storylink|Blast from the Past}}

Revision as of 14:48, May 8, 2008

Porter C. Powell is a human from the Animated continuity family.
Portercpowell

DULL SURPRISE

Porter C. Powell is Chairman of the Board of Sumdac Systems... and, peculiarly, a major financier of the experiments and business ventures of one of Sumdac's chief rivals, Prometheus Black. A capitalist of the sleazy, profit-at-any-price type with the voice of a televangelist, Powell is not above working with the villainous or demented to make big bucks.

Basically, he's a rich jerk. His mullet, however, is truly inspirational.

"There's no room for sentiment in business."
―Porter C. Powell, "The Elite Guard"


Fiction

Animated cartoon

Voice actor: Bumper Robinson (English), Klaus Lochthove (German)

After the highly public failure of Black's test subject, Colossus Rhodes, Porter C. Powell spoke to Black via the video link in his lab. When Black tried to sell Powell on his latest innovation (a super-corrosive derived from Autobot mech fluid and Black's own steroids) and the necessity of a new human test subject, Powell informed him that Black's investors were unwilling to sink any more money into his mad science—and furthermore, that even the prison system wouldn't provide Black with a new guinea pig. Regretfully, Powell ended both the call and his business relationship with Black. This would be the sole time he ever showed a spark of human compassion to date. Total Meltdown

Powell was among the crowd who watched Isaac Sumdac unveil his new improved Dinobots at Dino Drive. Blast from the Past

No Sari Sumdac

Porter C. Powell, class act. If there's karma in Animated, Lugnut will step on him.

After Isaac Sumdac was abducted by Megatron, Sari took over leadership of the company. Powell disapproved of having a mere child responsible for the business, especially since she was diverting corporate funds to the search for her father. Powell wouldn't have to deal with her for very long, however: he was able to discover no legal documents referring to a "Sari Sumdac"—no will, birth certificate, adoption papers, Social Security Number, anything. Not only is there no proof she is Sumdac's daughter, from a bureaucratic standpoint, there is no proof she exists. Powell was installed as new CEO of Sumdac Systems, and one of his early decisions was to lock Sari out of Isaac's lab and offices. He then, rather smugly, informed Sari of her "lack of existence". What a nice guy. The Elite Guard

Powellandsari

Screw PR backlash, I'm kickin' this girl out of her home.

Totally unsympathetic to Sari's circumstances, Powell evicted her from Sumdac Tower, confiscated Tutor Bot and Sparkplug, and gave her bedroom to Henry Masterson. Powell had invested considerable effort in clearing up that whole attempted nuclear terrorism thing and wanted to use Masterson's skills to gain access to lucrative military contracts that had previously been ruled out by Isaac Sumdac's silly unprofitable conscience. As part of his new research and development, Masterson body-jacked Sentinel Prime, and Powell helped him out: preventing Optimus Prime from searching the tower for evidence and trying to conceal Masterson from detection. But when Powell phoned Masterson to warn him the Autobots were looking for him, an eavesdropping Optimus traced the call and was able to apprehend the nerdy ne'er-do-well. But Powell wasn't about to let a corporate asset go to jail: even as Captain Fanzone was slapping the cuffs on Masterson, Powell drove up in his limo to announce that no real crimes had been committed (the damaged property belonged to Sumdac Systems and the alien robots had no legal rights), and further that the alleged crime had occurred in international waters and thus outside Fanzone's jurisdiction. The Return of the Headmaster

Spoiler jazz

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details for Garbage In, Garbage Out follow.

Powell

"Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember; a shiny new donkey for whoever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya"

Powell continued his ruthless streak by holding out on having the company service the city's malfunctioning trashbots until the mayor would agree to a renegotiated and more lucrative contract. During these delays, his research team showed him that they'd retooled the nanomachines that used to produce rampaging giant insects, and that now they were more useful for eating garbage. As a bonus, they cost a fraction of what the materials for the trashbots went for. Powell realized that this combined with charging the city more meant he was soon to be even more fabulously wealthy.

Unfortunately this was all derailed when the armored car containing the sample was cracked open by the ever-affable Wreck-Gar. Powell hurried to tell Edsel that the demonstration had to be called off, only to be cut off by the sighting of a garbage scow with a rapidly decreasing load. Smugly claiming credit, he was about to nail that new contract when it was further revealed that the garbage scow itself was rapidly decreasing as the nanobots devoured it. After Ratchet managed to avert disaster, the mayor steadfastly refused to renew the contract. Or he did until the curmudgeonly Autobot picked both parties up and gave them a good shake and a yell, accompanied with the threat of tossing them in the water. Negotiations proceeded in good faith from there on. Garbage In, Garbage Out

Trivia

  • Powell seems to be a caricature of the stereotypical businessman who will do anything to make a profit. At the current rate, he's also shaping up to be the biggest human villain in the series. Sound familiar?
  • Powell has pointed out that as giant robots from outer space, the Autobots don't have any rights. Thus he believes (and presumably can prove in a court of law) that it's not only fair game to attack them, it's legal. He may rethink his policy if he meets the Decepticons...
  • So...what's with the pink sunglasses?
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