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Reflector likes to watch. He lives (they live?) to observe anything and everything, from scenery, to wildlife, to architecture. But above all else, Reflector likes to watch his (their?) comrades, learn their dark secrets, and profit from them. Reflector is also very impressed with his (their) own abilities both in the fields of observation and blackmail.
Marvel Comics continuitySpectro, Spyglass and Viewfinder worked with the Decepticon medic to repair their fellow Decepticons. Subsequently an oddly-colored Viewfinder was seen decorating the cavern floor of Mount Saint Hilary after all the Decepticons were rendered inoperable by Sparkplug Witwicky's poisoned fuel. They didn't even get to introduce themselves in painfully lengthy exposition. Alas, Reflector was taken away from us before his prime.
American cartoon continuity
Reflector is unique among the Decepticons: he is three robots who talk and act in unison as a single mind in three (give or take) bodies. His individual components are never named; they are all simply "Reflector."
He was with Megatron on the Nemesis during its assault on the Ark. He was thus among Megatron's troops after their reawakening on Earth. Reflector and Thundercracker did some scouting shortly after the Decepticons left the Ark. Reflector demonstrated his ability to zoom-focus and print pictures, Polaroid-style, in camera mode.
He later spied on the laboratory of Dr. Alcazar, the mentor of boy genius Chip Chase. Using his zoom-focus and photographic powers once more, Reflector secretly obtained the entry-code for the laboratory's security system. Reflector later gathered valuable intelligence prior to the Decepticon attack on the Great Falls hydroelectric power plant.
Useful though his reconnaissance abilities were, he also provided a less glamorous contribution to the Decepticons' early Earth campaigns: force of numbers. Many Reflector-bots were seen in robot mode among Megatron's initial forces — far more than the core three. And in one instance, a reverse effect occurred: Two Reflector-bots were absorbed into a third when they forcibly collided.This suggests that Reflector has some sort of body-duplication power.
The nature of the duplicates is unclear, though some may possess their own consciousness. When Megatron needed someone to test the then-experimental Space Bridge, he selected a lone Reflector-bot, who protested in panic. There was no implied connection to the other Reflector-bots, and his voice lacked the echoing modulation that Reflector usually possessed. Megatron seemed cavalier about the prospect of losing him to the experiment; however, as he survived the trip to Cybertron, it's unknown what effect his destruction could have had on the other Reflector-bots. Later, two more of his kin were seen on that planet assisting Starscream in transporting an injured Doctor Arkeville.
As time went on, Reflector-bots became scarcer and scarcer. Even the core three were seldom seen. The last, very brief sighting was during the Great Battle of Autobot City.
Fight! Super Robot Lifeform manga
Dreamwave comics continuity
Reflector was not part of Megatron's crew, but worked for Shockwave on Cybertron, monitoring the planet and its inhabitants for him from a central mainframe. They were seemingly destroyed by Starscream.
Keepers Trilogy novels
While one set of Reflector-bots was on Cybertron, another was on Earth. elsewhere in the multiverse.The Terran version was identified as the "true" Reflector, the Cybertronian version being a "copy." This echoes the body-duplication theme seen
IDW comics continuity
Spectro and Spyglass were seen aboard the Decepticon Orbital Command Hub, terrified of walking down the same hallway as Sixshot.
Eventually, the three found themselves on a ship, which crashed on LV-117. Viewfinder was killed in the crash when a large piece of the bridge's canopy shattered and impaled him through the chest. Spectro and Spyglass survived, and eventually they located Wheelie, who had previously crashed on the same planet and had been building an escape vessel with a friendly alien. They managed to hijack the vessel shortly before it launched by threatening to kill Wheelie's friend, but the tiny Autobot removed the safety catch from his energon converter before disembarking, causing it to violently explode shortly after take-off.
- Reflector (Mail-away, 1986/1987; wide release in Japan, 1985)
- Japanese ID number: 21
- Accessories: 3 guns, flash cube/missile launcher, 3 missiles and camera lens.
- Reflector was available only as a mail away promotion in 1986-1987 (ironically after his character had long since disappeared from the cartoon), at a cost of $10 and two robot points. It is composed of three distinct robots that combine to form a camera, Viewfinder as the central part with the lens, Spectro as the right side component with the shutter button and Spyglass as the leftside component with the flash. It includes a telephoto lens and old-style flashcube (that doubles as a missile launcher) accessories as well as various guns.
- His role early in the cartoon makes it seem likely his toy was originally planned for inclusion in the original 1984 line. Why Hasbro decided not to release it so late in the game is unknown, as is what reversed the decision later to make it a viable mail-away. However, he was given a full release in Japan.
- Reflector (Decoy, 1986)
- A small plastic decoy of Reflector was part of the Decoy promotion and given away with many smaller TFs. It was based on the cartoon design of the central (lensed) Reflector unit. He came in either red or purple plastic: the red version is much rarer and goes for a lot more on the secondary market.
- Reflector's original toy was used in the South Korean cartoon Solar Adventure (초 합금 로보트 쏠라 원, 투, 드리) as the "Canon Robo" in which he kills a bunch of North Koreans.
- Not so surprisingly, Reflector (or rather his Microchange counterpart, Microx) was first designed as a single unit. Apparently, the primary designer of the final toy, and possibly this initial design, was mecha designer Shinji Aramaki, who designed the robots for Megazone 23 and Genesis Climber Mospeada.