RUCKUS IS A SHOUTING, FIGHTING, CLAMOROUS COLLECTION OF COLLECTED JUNK AND LOOSE BOLTS. A BOLD AND DARING WARRIOR, HE IS TOTALLY DEVOTED TO WINNING AND MAKING A LOT OF LOUD, LOUD NOISE WHILE DOING IT, ESPECIALLY THE NOISY BIT. HE LOVES TO PLUNGE INTO THE THICK OF THINGS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CAUSES A GREAT BIG CRASH, AND CARES VERY LITTLE HOW INTACT HIS CHASSIS IS WHEN THE COMMOTION IS OVER. HE MAY BE CRAZY OR JUST ADDICTED TO THE TRANSFORMER EQUIVALENT OF ADRENALINE, BUT WHAT IS CERTAIN IS THAT HE IS TOTALLY LOYAL TO THE DECEPTICON CAUSE, AND EVEN IF HE WERE SMASHED INTO LITTLE PIECES THEY'D EACH BE LOYAL LITTLE PIECES. SURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGE!
French-Canadian name: Grabuge
Marvel Comics continuity
Ruckus was one of Megatron's minions in the early days of the war, working with him along with his fellow Triggercons in an attempt to acquire the knowledge and power of the Underbase. They failed. Spectacularly.
Many millions of years later, Ruckus and the Triggercons were serving a rather unfulfilling duty under the Triumvirate on Cybertron. When Megatron II arrived and offered them a better way, they quickly agreed and executed their current leaders. Megatron II was soon disposed of by his predecessor the original Megatron, though, who apparently wasn't interested in claiming the copy's territory on Cybertron as his own. After that, Ruckus began working directly for the Decepticon High Council. Leading a team of Quake, Flamefeather and his fellow Triggercons to Earth, Ruckus was meant to retrieve Thunderwing, an ambitious Decepticon looking to be crowned new leader of the armies. Having been defeated by a small party of Autobots in his previous bid, however, Thunderwing was in no mood to meekly return to the council for instructions. He commandeered Ruckus and his crew for a direct assault on the Ark in order to get revenge for his humiliating defeat. It was suicide -- a half-dozen Decepticons in a shuttle against dozens of Autobots aboard their flagship, but Ruckus and his crew were forced to go along. After Thunderwing confronted Optimus Prime directly, only to be blasted off by a group of Targetmasters, Ruckus managed to convince him to put the vendetta on hold, at least for a little while. (And Decepticon politics being what they are, Thunderwing ended up being promoted for his lunacy, anyway).
As Lord Thunderwing rose to power, Ruckus was recruited into the Mayhem Attack Squad. When the Mayhems learned of a series of Autobot teams being launched into one small cluster of the universe, Thunderwing had them investigate and they learned of the Matrix Quest, which Thunderwing eagerly became involved with. Ruckus had the rather short-sighted idea that the Mayhems were only looking for the Matrix to destroy it before it fell back into Autobot hands, but Thunderwing was planning to claim its power as his own. Ruckus's disrespect for the Matrix and Thunderwing's quest eventually provoked the Decepticon leader into backhanding Ruckus across the bridge of their ship. After Thunderwing was possessed by the corrupted spirit of the Matrix and cast out of the Ark during his attack on the Autobots, Ruckus and the other Mayhems surrendered peacefully.
Marvel UK future timelines
In 2009, Ruckus and the Triggercons joined Galvatron in dismantling an Autobot resistance cell. Literally.
Dreamwave comics continuity
He has no known weakness and carries mercury-tipped missiles that make 50 foot craters. Seriously.
IDW comics continuity
In modern times, Ruckus was a part of the Decepticon infiltration team based on Nebulos under the command of Darkwing. He reported on the arrival of Thunderwing to this world, to the Decepticons' horror. As Thunderwing began his mindless devastation of Nebulos, the Decepticon infiltration team moved out in a futile attempt to stop the monster. Ruckus attacked from the ground along with Crankcase and Skullcruncher, but was crushed by the giant monstrosity. His corpse was then used to destroy the airborne Roadgrabber.
- Ruckus (Triggercon, 1988)
- Ruckus transforms from an indigo and tan Dune buggy to a robot. Like the other Triggercons, Ruckus has a pair of twin flip out cannons mounted on his shoulders. The cannons are short and non chromed like those of Crankcase and the Autobot Triggerbot, Dogfight, which use the slower flipout mechanism unlike those of Windsweeper. In vehicle mode the cannons deploy either side of the drivers cabin while in his robot form they're mounted atop his shoulders.