Searchlight is a quiet and withdrawn member of the Throttlebots. A silent spy, he is most at home in the blackest night, not because of what the darkness covers, but for what it reveals. When he cruises through darkened cities or over deserted plains, he has no need to switch on his two 10,000 watt driving lamps: his front-mounted sensor array brings him a subtle panorama that the daylight only overwhelms in its fiery radiance. Searchlight sees all, be it in the dimmest spark of visible light, or in the infrared spectrum, or elsewhere in the realm of electromagnetic radiation. His X-ray capacity lets him look through objects, and his spectroscope allows him to analyze their composition. All of this he can record in stereoscopic, digital video. This amazing array even gives him some offensive capacity; he can blind foes with a dazzling, stroboscopic flash from his driving lamps, but this is painful and disorienting to his well-tuned optics.
So fascinating are the secrets which the nighttime world reveals to Searchlight that he often loses track of his assigned mission. A further drawback of working alone comes from his very best quality; his keen senses. A slight sound or movement, if made by something undetectable by his trained sensors, can make him anxious, and eventually send him into a panic. Therefore, though he is serious-minded and works best alone, his superiors must sometimes check on him.
- Japanese name: Looklight
- French name (Canada): Projecteur
- Italian name: Strobot
Everyone thinks he's Chase.
Thanks to a Decepticon Titanium-class Destruction Drone, Searchlight and his fellow Throttlebots were captured and brought to the Chief Decepticon Fuel Auditor Ratbat. An outbreak of Scraplets had begun on Earth, and Ratbat ordered them to travel there and destroy all of the infected -- or he would destroy the planet itself to prevent spread of the deadly disease. Given new Earth-style vehicle forms and canisters of corrosive acid, Searchlight and the others arrived on Earth and soon found Goldbug in the death throes of a Scraplets infection. They attempted to destroy him, but during the skirmish, Goldbug's human friend Charley Fong discovered a cure for Scraplets, the "rare chemical" water. With this knowledge, they managed to destroy all the Scraplets with help from G.B. Blackrock.
Searchlight, along with the other Throttlebots, monitored the Combaticons' activities at Mount Verona from a distance. When they heard explosions and realised the three humans Goldbug and Rollbar had encountered earlier (Joy Meadows, Susan Hoffman and Cindy Newell) had probably decided to take the Decepticons on themselves, Goldbug led them to investigate. Searchlight and the others arrived just in time to stop Onslaught killing the trio.
Searchlight and the Throttlebots continued to travel on Earth with Goldbug and Blaster, but that only made them targets for virtually everyone -- the Decepticons, the Autobot faction Goldbug had gone AWOL from, and the humans who hated and feared all Cybertronians. After escaping one of the Combaticons, Goldbug suggested they hide in a used car lot (because that worked so well for him before). Astonishingly the owner, "Big Steve" Ludwig, noticed a giant earthmover dump truck magically appearing on his lot, and soon put two-and-two together after receiving a notice from the local RAAT boys. After pouring sugar into the Autobots' gas tanks, he summoned the proper authorities. Searchlight and the Throttlebots were carted off and taken prisoner by RAAT's parent organization, III.
Still not recognizing the difference between Autobots and Decepticons, III's bigwigs publicly threatened to execute their prisoners if any more robot attacks took place. Guess what -- the Decepticons were willing to call their bluff. After the inevitable raid, Forrest Forsythe ordered the Autobots crushed into cubes. However, a sympathetic (and borderline competent) agent named Walter Barnett realized Searchlight and his friends were telling the truth about there being two factions of robots, and salvaged their cerebro-circuits before the execution, transferring their brain chips into electronic toy cars. Searchlight and the Throttlebots remained in Barnett's possession for some time, but were apparently returned to the Autobots at some point behind the scenes. The Throttlebots were reconstructed into new bodies replicating their old ones...only to be destroyed again, this time by Starscream.
The Transformers cartoon
- Voice actor: ? (English), Masashi Hirose (Japanese)
Searchlight and the Throttlebots were assembled by Rodimus Prime for the botched rescue attempt of Optimus Prime's body from Doctor Morgan. Along with Ultra Magnus and the Aerialbots, they were the first Transformers to be infected by the Hate Plague. Searchlight was eventually cured and together with his fellow Throttlebots defended Autobot City against a Decepticon raid in the year 2007.
The Headmasters cartoon
- Voice actor: Masashi Hirose (Japanese)
Transformers in 3-D
Searchlight served as Optimus Prime's aide aboard the main Autobot Orbital Command Hub. He remained on the Hub under Silverbolt's command after Prime left to take an active role on Earth. He is once again as Prime's aid and is the one who received the message from Dealer.
Searchlight was apparently at the battle on the Moon of Bhul where he saw the mind controlled Sixshot fight an entire army. Now whose army isn't exactly clear but apparently they were impressive. Sometime later he was stationed with the Throttlebots on Orvus base orbiting Salwatan VI to safeguard scientific data. However no one planned on Sixshot being involved there and the base was obliterated. When the Throttlebots escaped to Satwatan VIII some wanted to fight, but Searchlight proclaimed running and hiding to be their best bet against their foe. Too late, though, as Sixshot was already behind them. He watched one by one as his five team members were defeated, leaving only himself. Sixshot was on the verge of ventilating with dorsal cranial armor plate when he was saved by Dues Ex Mechanism, namely Metroplex. After the departure of their gigantic savior, Searchlight carried off the wounded Goldbug, understanding how important "It" must be for Metroplex to be protecting "It."
- Searchlight (Throttlebot, 1987/1991)
- Japanese ID number: C-93
- Searchlight transforms into a Ford RS200 rally car with multiple molded headlamps. Like all Throttlebots, he features a pull-back motor that zips him forward in both vehicle and robot modes.
- In 1991, the Throttlebots were re-released in European markets as part of the "Classics" sub-line. Searchlight was retooled to remove the rubsign indent on his roof/chest, and the rubsign decal itself was replaced with a glossy-paper Autobot sigil.