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|Image = [[Image:ratbat.jpg|300px|]]
|Name = Ratbat
|Continuity = [[The Transformers (franchise)|The Transformers]]
|Japanese Name =
|Alternate Name =
|Affiliation = [[Decepticon]]s
|Subgroup = [[Decepticon Mini-Cassette|Mini-Cassette]]s
|Function = Fuel Scout
|Alternate Mode = Cassette
|Weapons = Lasers
Cold-blooded and obsessed with efficiency, '''Ratbat'''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s primary concern is looking out for himself. He treats his responsibilities, whether as a fuel auditor or as leader of Decepticons, as a business. In his book, everything comes down to profit and loss.
In his role as fuel scout, Ratbat carries sensors that allow him to detect and evaluate the quality of fuels of various types, from primitive hydrocarbons to [[energon]]. He can process any number of these different fuels to power himself.
Although obsessed with efficiency, like any good CEO, Ratbat allows himself a small indulgence: He enjoys sinking his fangs into the fuel tanks of Terran automobiles, the more expensive the better. He enjoys nothing more than savoring high-test gasoline siphoned from a hapless yuppie's Mercedes or BMW.
Ratbat is also the best [[Decepticon leader]] ever. True, that's what [[Megatron (G1)|every]] [[Starscream (G1)|other]] [[Shockwave (G1)|leader]] says, but he's got the victories to back it up.
:''Hungarian name'': '''Féreg''' ("Worm")<br>
:''Italian name'': '''Stridek'''<br>
:''French name (Canada):'' '''Vampiro''' <br>
:''Russian name'': '''Kriusak''' (''Крысак'', "Ratter")
===Cartoon continuity===
====Madman Transformers comic====
[[Image:Madman_comic_HotRod_runsover_tapes.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Dracula vs. King of the Roadkill.]]
Ratbat was one of several tapes that accompanied [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] when they were spying on the construction of [[Autobot City]]. Soundwave had managed to record a meeting between [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] and [[Ultra Magnus (G1)|Ultra Magnus]] where the two Autobots leaders discussed hiding the [[Autobot Matrix of Leadership]] in a bunker at the building site. Ratbat was deployed along with [[Overkill (G1)|Overkill]], [[Slugfest (G1)|Slugfest]], [[Beastbox]] and [[Squawktalk]] to oversee the retrieval of the powerful Autobot artifact. As Ratbat happily reported the minimal usage of fuel in the successful operation, the Autobot [[Hot Rod]] rammed [[Squawkbox]] and Slugfest, scaring the crap out of the bat. {{storylink|Madman Transformers Comic}}
{{Note|Despite the fact that this comic is set firmly within the cartoon continuity of ''Generation One'', Ratbat's sole line of dialogue (and the fact that he speaks at all) is based on Ratbat's various comic book appearances, and not his beast-like cartoon depiction.}}
====''Generation One'' cartoon====
:''Voice actor:'' [[Frank Welker]] (English), [[Hōchū Ōtsuka|Yoshitada Ōtsuka]] (Japanese)
[[Image:RatbatTV.jpg|150px|thumb|right| Squeak! Squeak I tell you! Squeak!]]
Ratbat was among several cassettes deployed by Soundwave during the [[Battle of Autobot City]] in an effort to stop [[Blaster (G1)|Blaster]] from broadcasting a distress signal to [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]]. After successfully destroying the transmitter, the cassettes broke into the glass dome of the communications tower and attacked [[Perceptor (G1)|Perceptor]] until Blaster deployed his own cassette squad. Ratbat was then attacked by [[Ramhorn]]. {{storylink|The Transformers: The Movie}}
While the Decepticons were searching space for [[isodryte]] to repair their weaponry, Soundwave ejected Ratbat to hunt for the mineral in an asteroid field. Although the scout was successful in his mission, the isodryte deposit he discovered was already being mined by the Autobots, leading to the inevitable conflict. {{storylink|Webworld}}
[[Image:CallofthePrimitives_Ratbat_TornedronTiger.jpg|thumb|left|150px|The paws that refreshes.]]
When [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]] hired the [[Skuxxoid]] and [[Slizardo]] to attack the Autobots with [[anti-electron]]s, the spying Ratbat recorded their failure and raced back to [[Chaar]] to inform Galvatron, replaying his footage of the Autobots' recovery for the two would-be saboteurs to see. {{storylink|Grimlock's New Brain}}
During a battle on [[Earth]]'s [[Moon (moon)|Moon]], Ratbat was among several "[[primitive]]" Transformers called away by a mysterious being known as [[Oracle (G1)|Primacron's assistant]] to do battle with [[Primacron]]'s creation, [[Tornedron]]. As the primitives made their escape from the seemingly unstoppable creature, Ratbat was grabbed by Tornedron's tiger form and eaten. {{storylink|Call of the Primitives}} He got better, though, and was later around to overhear the Autobots' conversation with [[Jessica Morgan]] about the discovery of the [[spark|lifeless]] body of Optimus Prime. However, this resulted in most of the Decepticons being infected with the [[Hate Plague]]. Some days, a bat can't win. {{storylink|The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1}}
====Japanese cartoon continuity====
=====''Scramble City''=====
Detecting some strange electromagnetic emanations coming from a mountain range, [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]] had [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] deploy Ratbat, [[Ravage (G1)|Ravage]] and [[Laserbeak (G1)|Laserbeak]] to investigate. When they met resistance from [[Blaster (G1)|Blaster]] and his own cassette warriors, it became apparent that the mountain concealed an [[Autobot]] operation. While Ravage and Laserbeak occupied [[Ramhorn]] and [[Steeljaw (G1)|Steeljaw]], Ratbat was able to evade laser fire from Blaster and penetrated the mountain, discovering that it housed the construction site for the Autobots' [[Metroplex (G1)|Scramble City]]. {{storylink|Scramble City}}
=====''The Headmasters'' cartoon=====
In the year 2011, as [[Vector Sigma]] was in the process of destabilizing, Soundwave and his cassettes invaded [[Autobot City]] in an attempt to learn what the Autobots' strategy for resolving the situation was. While listening in on the Autobots' discussion, which involved locating the missing [[Matrix of Leadership]], Ratbat was detected by Blaster, leading to a battle between the two communications officers. Soundwave and his troops fled, but the battle was renewed soon after in the Arctic, where both combatants ultimately destroyed each other. Ratbat, Laserbeak and [[Buzzsaw (G1)|Buzzsaw]] gathered up the broken fragments of Soundwave's body and made an airborne escape. {{storylink|The Mystery of Planet Master}} Subsequently, the information Ratbat had gathered on the Autobots' search was replayed for Galvatron. {{storylink|A Dream is Born, Double Prime}}
Thanks to the super-science of planet [[Master (Headmasters)|Master]], Decepticon Headmaster leader [[Scorponok (G1)|Scorponok]] was able to use the fragments of Soundwave's body Ratbat and the others had recovered to restore him to life as Soundblaster. He was joyfully received by Ratbat and the other cassettes, who soon found themselves again battling Blaster - likewise reborn as Twincast - and his cassettes while Soundblaster attacked Cybertron with the Decepticons' new [[Madmachine]]. {{storylink|Operation Cassette}}
When a shadowy figure began blackmailing different nations around the world, Ratbat snuck into Autobot City to observe the Autobots' response. He was, however, spotted by [[Trainbot]] leader [[Shouki]] in the reflection in his glass of [[energon]], and fled. {{storylink|Terror! The Six Shadows}}
===Marvel Comics continuity===
[[Image:Ratbatcratercritters.jpg|thumb|right|175px|"That... that's your fist, Astrotrain."]]
Ratbat was one of the many Decepticons left on [[Cybertron (planet)|Cybertron]], where he rose to the critical post of fuel auditor. With a drive towards extreme efficiency, he would rarely countenance unnecessary risks. ''He was one of the key figures in [[Straxus (G1)|Lord Straxus' court]], and so when Straxus' attempted possession of [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]] saw Straxus dead and Megatron mentally unstable, Ratbat was able to exploit it. He got the troops to follow him and had Megatron, [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus]] and [[Ultra Magnus (G1)|Ultra Magnus]] sent to Earth'' {{storylink|Resurrection!}}, and Ratbat emerged as the most powerful Decepticon in [[Polyhex]]. {{storylink|King of the Hill!}}
Ratbat grew increasingly dissatisfied with the inefficient use of fuel by the Decepticons based on Earth under the command of [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave]] and developed schemes to improve the planet's output. He dispatched hypnotizing machines with the hope of taking over the minds of many humans and using them to deliver fuel at minimum cost to the Decepticons, but this plan was disrupted by the intervention of the Autobots' ally [[Buster Witwicky (G1)|Buster Witwicky]]. {{storylink|Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom}}
Ratbat allied with the Earthbound Decepticons but remained dissatisfied with the leadership of Shockwave. When the Earthbound Autobots briefly left the planet in the [[Ark (G1)|Ark]], Ratbat was at the forefront of a new Decepticon reign of terror and kidnapped Buster Witwicky, taking him to the Decepticons' island base. {{storylink|Toy Soldiers!}}
[[Image:Ratbatfortmax.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Ratbat breaks through the Cassetticon glass ceiling.]]
When the Autobot [[Targetmaster]]s besieged the base, the Decepticons were forced to flee by deploying its rocket facility. In the process of departure, Shockwave was shot down in space and seen heading towards Earth, apparently dying, and Ratbat declared it would be inefficient to rescue him and so, instead seized command of the Decepticons for himself. {{storylink|The Desert Island of Space!}}
Of all the leaders of the Decepticons on Earth few came closer to outright victory than Ratbat. He followed the Autobots under [[Fortress Maximus (G1)|Fortress Maximus]] when they set out to unite with those under [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]] and launched an all-out attack that resulted in huge casualties and the Autobots being briefly stranded on the Moon. {{storylink|Totaled!}}
Later, Ratbat promoted the newly recovered [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] to the position of second-in-command and set out to learn the truth about the legendary [[Underbase]], which could seemingly make a Transformer supremely powerful. {{storylink|Club Con!}} Ratbat was determined to attain its power for himself but this ambition was shared by Starscream. The latter lured the separate Decepticon faction led by [[Scorponok (G1)|Scorponok]] to a meeting with Ratbat's forces, which soon resulted in conflict between the two, allowing Starscream to seek the Underbase for himself. {{storylink|Cold War!}} Both Decepticon factions allied with the Autobots in fighting against Starscream, suffering huge casualties in the process. However, both Ratbat and Scorponok independently suspected that the Autobot leader [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] had plans to seize the power of the Underbase for himself, and they set out to stop them. Seconds later, Ratbat was dead, shot in the back by Scorponok. {{storylink|Dark Star!}}
===''Transformers in 3-D''===
[[Image:Ratbat_blackthorne.png|thumb|Ratbat watches over his loyal pet Galvatron]]
Ratbat was a sentient entity capable of talking, but pretended to be an obedient mute animal in order to get out of doing any real work. He ended up as the mentally unstable [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron's]] witless pet and sole confidant. This embarrasses him, but better that than work!
[[Cyclonus (G1)|Cyclonus]] worried about Galvatron's unhealthy attachment to Ratbat. When [[Searchlight (G1)|Searchlight]] foiled Ratbat's search for mysterious [[energon]]-producing aliens by causing Galvatron to step on him accidentally using [[Scorponok (G1)|Scorponok]], Galvatron stopped fighting to rush to Ratbat's side, distraught over his actions. {{storylink|The Test}}
For reasons known only to Ratbat, he was later showing off his sentience and joining in on Decepticon raids. It's almost as if he was being written inconsistently... {{storylink|Transformers in 3-D issue 2}}
{{Note|Blackthorne Ratbat appeared to have the ability to change size from his parrot-like perch on Galvatron's shoulder (at right) to a [[:image:Ratbat_blackthorne2.png|giant bat]] large enough for a Throttlebot to ride on.) This fits in with his abilities as described in his expanded Marvel comics profile.<br>
'''Another Note:''' Blackthorne's Ratbat was absolutely adorable. He is love.}}
===Dreamwave comics continuity===
[[Image:ratbatwarwithin.jpg|thumb|left|If Ratbat turned into a jet, why did they call him Ratbat?]]
Millions of years ago, before the Transformers crash-landed on Earth, Ratbat was the leader of a sub-faction of Decepticons called the [[Ultracons]] during the time when [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]] had disappeared. During the Dark Ages, Ratbat made several efforts to secure the [[Tagan Heights]], which held forty percent of Cybertron's industrial capability. However, his efforts were constantly thwarted by [[Springer (G1)|Springer]] and the [[Wreckers]]. {{storylink|The War Within: The Dark Ages}}
Eventually, he became so frustrated that he openly violated the [[Crisis Intervention Accords]] and managed to sway the [[Constructicon (G1)|Constructicon]]s over to the Ultracons, unleashing [[Devastator]] on the Heights. However, the [[Protectobot (G1)|Protectobot]]s arrived and formed [[Defensor]]. Their duel resulted in the destruction of a good deal of the Tagan Heights, and Ratbat was forced to retreat. Megatron's return saw the Ultracons reintegrated into the Decepticons. {{storylink|The War Within: The Age of Wrath}} At this point in time, Ratbat possessed his original Cybertronian form, able to transform from robot mode to jet. However, at a later date, after the Great Shutdown, when Shockwave established control of the planet, many Transformers, including Ratbat, had their bodies reformatted into Earth-themed modes, leading to Ratbat's bat/tape body. It was noted that he was not pleased with its unimposing nature compared to his original structure.
When next we saw Ratbat, he had been freed by Starscream from imprisonment and was given to Soundwave as a servant/gift, implying a past connection for which Soundwave would want recompense. It is entirely possible that Shockwave may have viewed Ratbat as a threat to his control of the planet and deliberately gave him a weak body and imprisoned him to keep him out of the way. {{storylink|Countdown to Extinction (comic issue)|Countdown to Extinction}}
===''G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers''===
Ratbat was one of the many Transformers recovered from the crashed ''[[Ark (G1)|Ark]]'' by [[Cobra]]. He was repaired and retrofitted by [[Doctor Mindbender]], who proudly displayed him, Soundwave, and his fellow Mini-Cassettes to [[Destro]]. {{storylink|G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers issue 2|G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers #2}} Ratbat was released by Soundwave, along with [[Laserbeak (G1)|Laserbeak]], [[Frenzy (G1)|Frenzy]], [[Rumble (G1)|Rumble]], and [[Ravage (G1)|Ravage]], during an attack on the [[SPS Center]]. Ratbat was felled by the combined fire of [[Rock'n'Roll]], [[Roadblock (G.I. Joe)|Roadblock]], and [[Bazooka (G.I. Joe)|Bazooka]]. His body was taken into custody by [[G.I. Joe]]. {{storylink|G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers issue 3|G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers #3}}
===IDW comics continuity===
[[Image:Senator ratbat.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Vote Ratbat. A name you can trust.]]
Millions of years ago, before the war, Ratbat was a member of the [[Senate]] and possessed a fairly impressive humanoid form with wing-like capes and a bat head-like helmet. His professed role was "the application of wisdom through judgment," whatever that means, but, in practicality, he simply monitored news feeds and manipulated events (including stoking conflicts) to create the most profit for himself. He was responsible for the automation of Cybertron's Energon mines, a move which prompted the miner known as [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]] to rebel and flee underground.
Interested by Megatron's early [[gladiatorial combat|gladiatorial exploits]], he sent his servant [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] to offer Megatron a wide variety of advanced weaponry. He was either trying to get in on the fight racket and increase the violence for profit, or was deliberately trying to create greater instability (also for profit). {{storylink|Megatron Origin issue 2}}
{{Note|It's not that clear which - he starts up after hearing how much money the fights make, but in later issues says how instability is good for business.}}
When Megatron's forces bloomed from underground fightclub to planet-destabilizing army, Ratbat realized that he'd made a mistake and Megatron was going too far. {{storylink|Megatron Origin issue 3}}
[[Image:Ratbatdevastation.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Always on playlist: "Batdance"]]
After Megatron decisively won his first battle against [[Sentinel Prime]] and the Decepticons were established, Ratbat decided to view this as a job opportunity and simply transfer himself (and all of Kaon's city funding and government data) to [[Iacon]] and a more lucrative position. Unfortunately for him, he was betrayed by Soundwave, who thought Ratbat would be a "valuable resource" for the Decepticons. His [[Spark]] was removed and transferred into a smaller, compact form. {{storylink|Megatron Origin issue 4}}
Millions of years later, in the present day, Ratbat appears to have come WAY down in the world and serves as a scout for the Decepticons. Now on Earth, he appears to change into some sort of consumer electronic device of the portable CD player variety. {{storylink|Devastation issue 1}}
===Generation One===
*'''Ratbat / Frenzy''' (Cassette 2-pack, 1986)
[[Image:G1Ratbat_toy.jpg|thumb|right|I'm a cassette... I'm a bat... I'm adorable!]]
: Ratbat transforms from a robot bat into a microcassette that can fit in the chest compartment of the [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] and [[Blaster (G1)|Blaster]] molds. He was released in a two-pack with [[Frenzy (G1)|Frenzy]] in 1986 in the US and European markets. The toy had either gold or silver weapons and painted or sticker cassette detail. It is unknown if the color of the weapons corresponded the the detailing types.
: It is worth noting that Ratbat's tiny "ears" are among the more easily lost parts in the original [[Generation One]] line.
*'''Ratbat''' (Cassettron, 1986/1987)
**''Japanese ID number:'' '''D-61''', '''D-107'''
**''Accessories'': 2 thrusters
: In Japan, Ratbat was released as an individual toy. He came with a clear-plastic cassette storage case, like all other Japanese releases of the cassettes. It is unknown what weapon/tape-detail variants were available in Japan.
===Universe (2008)===
[[Image:Universe 2008 Ratbat toy.jpg|thumb|Batman always did need a space ship.]]
*'''Standoff Beneath the Streets''' (Voyager Deluxe Comic 2-Pack, 2008)
**''Accessories:'' Left & right wing-swords, Cyber key
:A Target [[exclusive]] [[redeco]] of ''[[Cybertron (franchise)|Cybertron]]'' [[Sideways#Cybertron_2|Sideways]], Ratbat is a purple, alien spacefighter with [[Cyber Planet Key]]-activated faction-switching ability (switching from [[Decepticon]] to [[Ultracon]]) and pop-out blades built into his battle shield.
: This mold was also used to make the [[Noisemaze Mass-Production Version]].
:Despite being a redeco of a ''Cybertron'' mold, Universe Ratbat is a remarkable [[homage]] to his ''[[The War Within: The Dark Ages|Dark Ages]]'' robot mode and altmode. This is further enhanced by packaging him with [[Springer (G1)|Springer]], with whom Ratbat had a rivalry in the story. See [[#Dreamwave comics continuity|above]].
* While Ratbat in the original cartoon was a voiceless beast who was ordered around by Soundwave, in the Marvel Comics stories, Ratbat was an independent, intelligent character who could speak and held a prestigious rank, even commanding the Earthbound Decepticons for a period, despite transforming into a tiny audio cassette. Both of the "postmodern" continuities established by [[Dreamwave Productions]] and [[IDW Publishing]] have tried to harmonize these two disparate roles by portraying Ratbat as a previously-important individual who was humbled and forced into a lowly form. Remember, kids, if you're not humanoid, you can't possibly have held a real rank. There must be ''some explanation''.
* "Rat-bat" is a Caribbean dialect term for a bat, because the term "bat" is sometimes applied to butterflies, or, more frequently, moths. Considering what flying mammals of the order Chiroptera look like, "rat-bat" is an ''excellent'' term for the cute li'l fellers.
* In the third season of the cartoon, Ratbat seems to replace [[Laserbeak (G1)|Laserbeak]]'s position as the scout.
==External links==
*[http://www.tfu.info/1986/Decepticon/Ratbat/ratbat.htm Ratbat at TFU.info]
*[http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/index.php?act=view&char=Ratbat Ratbat's Universe profile at NTFA.net]
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