Thrust is a loud-mouthed braggart who will claim victory before he's even taken the field. The other Decepticons have learned there's no being sneaky when he's around. He tries to terrify and demoralize the enemy with loud rumbling roars from his engines and boasts from his vocal circuits. The truth is that Thrust is mostly bluster with little to back it up. Any sort of strong resistance can send him flying back the way he came.
- French name (Canada): Fatalo
- Portuguese name (Brazil comic): Empuxo / Impulso
- Portuguese name (Portugal comic): Impulso
- Hungarian name: Löket
- Italian name: Rapax (corruption of "rapace" - "bird of prey")
Marvel Comics continuity
Thrust served Lord Straxus on Cybertron, operating out of the massive tower Darkmount in Polyhex. He was one of the elite warriors targeted by the Wreckers in Operation: Volcano, but narrowly avoided his fate after a call from Megatron summoned the Decepticons away from the lure Impactor and his team had put out. As Megatron and Straxus began a partnership to share resources between Earth and Cybertron, Thrust was reformatted and sent to Earth along with Ramjet and Dirge to supervise a massive drilling operation designed to suck the power out of Hoover Dam. Their operation was invaded by the Aerialbots, but Thrust turned his disruptor engines on Skydive, forcing him to ground. Still, the Autobots outnumbered the Seekers and soon forced them into retreat.
Soon after, Thrust joined Bombshell in attempting to hijack a shipment of fuel that G.B. Blackrock was delivering to the Autobots. They managed to overcome Jazz and Jetfire, sparking off a chemical fire that could have polluted the whole area. The realisation gave Jetfire enough motivation to take out both Decepticons single-handed and they fled the scene while he was extinguishing the fire.
Thrust and his comrades began working on Earth full-time afterwards, first for Megatron, then Shockwave, and finally Ratbat. He participated in an ill-fated raid on a fleshling oil tanker alongside Ramjet, Vortex and the Insecticons. The heist went off without a hitch...except that the tanker had already emptied its cargo. Not the Decepticons' finest moment. He was among the Decepticons present when Galvatron attacked their new underwater headquarters, and was none too impressed with how Shockwave handled things, it seemed. . Later, he was part of the Decepticons' major assault on the Autobots on the surface of the Moon. He was disabled (and seemingly exploded) due to a blast from Blaster's electro-scrambler gun during the battle. Thrust was glimpsed later, however, transporting humans to the Decepticons' holiday resort.
With Soundwave in command, Thrust joined a massive Decepticon offensive against the Autobot Earthbase. Their goal was to kill some Autobots, while also distracting them as Starscream looted a human oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico. Both goals proved fruitless, and the Decepticons were driven off.
Marvel UK future timelines
By 2008, Thrust had risen in the Decepticon ranks to become leader of his own albeit unidentified team. At Soundwave's command, he led them to a planned assault on the Autobots, only to be intercepted by Quintesson shock troopers and Trident assault craft. The Decepticons were forced to join forces with their Autobot opponents in order to chase the Quintessons off Cybertron. Thrust was last seen pursuing the remaining Quint ships as they fled atmosphere.
More than fifteen years after he was last seen, Thrust was the last Decepticon of Megatron's fallen warriors to be rebuilt. Some believe that this had something to do with why Thrust defected to Bludgeon's command. Thrust was later assigned to work with the mysterious Bug Bite on Earth along with Dirge and several others.
The Transformers cartoon continuity
- Voice actor: Ed Gilbert (US), ? (Japan)
When the mighty Autobot Dinobots relocated to the time-displaced prehistoric Dinobot Island, Thrust was one of several Decepticon warriors who accompanied Megatron to the island in the hopes of exploiting the island's vast energy resources. After the Dinobots made their presence known, Thrust stood by to guard the energon cubes while Megatron conspired to eliminate their adversaries. When the Dinobots later convinced the native Dinosaurs to attack the Decepticons, Thrust and Ramjet were trampled in a stampede. Ouchies.
After Megatron successfully took control of Central City by manipulating his ally Shawn Berger and the other humans, Thrust was tasked with capturing the escaped human slave Chip Chase. He chased the human into the Autobot base and seemingly prevented Chip from saving the Autobots from a collision course into the sun by destroying Teletraan I, but actually unwittingly saved his enemies by shutting off the autopilot that was navigating their doomed ship. Thrust attempted to crush Chip before securing him in his jet cockpit and returning the human to the power plant, where he had his afterburner handed to him by the Autobots.
Unlike virtually every other Decepticon in existence, Thrust seemed to possess no dreams of personal power. After uncovering a secret supply of the element electrum, which made him invincible, Thrust ran right to Megatron and informed him of the pool instead of using it for his own gain. Maybe he's just too stupid to dream of greater glory. It has happened before.
Thrust's cowardice was legendary among the Decepticons, and they frequently had to put him in his place whenever his bluster became too unbearable. He was particularly insipid on one occasion when he, Starscream and Astrotrain came to Saturn's moon of Titan hunting the Autobot Cosmos. When Astrotrain took advantage of the superstitious locals to force them into serving him as "greatest of the Sky Gods", Thrust quickly fell into the role of lackey instead of challenging Astrotrain like Starscream did. Later, when the Autobots Jazz and Perceptor arrived and engaged the two Seekers, Thrust was quick to flee rather than face even odds in battle. Finally, when the Autobots' transport Omega Supreme was repaired, Thrust voiced the Decepticons' slim chances at survival and they beat a hasty retreat. Not an unreasonable course of action, really -- it seems a coward is a useful point of view to consult during warfare.
Of course, Thrust also isn't much of a people person either. Megatron once gave him the simple task of explaining to the Insecticons that the Autobots had acquired some robotic insecticide to use against them, and that they were to stay clear of the battle until Megatron and his Decepticons could destroy the weapon. Megatron actually planned to hoard the insecticide as a failsafe for himself, naturally, but he didn't tell Thrust that. The Conehead's delivery of the message lacked the slightest trace of sincerity, and the Insecticons flew off that very instant to intercept the Decepticons. A future in politics, Thrust does not have.
During the Decepticons' attack on Autobot City in 2005, Thrust had the distinction of being the first Decepticon to be run over by Optimus Prime. After the battle, he carried Shrapnel onto Astrotrain. He was later part of the Decepticon armada defending Cybertron against Unicron's onslaught. He, Ramjet and Dirge flew into the chaos bringer's mouth, which closed on and destroyed the trio. Ouch.
Except they survived.
Devil's Due G.I. Joe vs the Transformers comics continuity
As part of Serpent O.R.'s forces, Thrust defended the newly unified Decepticon army's base against a combined Autobot/G.I. Joe strike force. In the course of the battle, he and Barrage were shot by Lady Jaye.
Dreamwave Generation One comics continuity
Thrust was one of many Decepticon warriors who joined Shockwave in the assault on Iacon shortly after Optimus Prime rose to power. He was relatively loyal to Shockwave, and served under the one-eyed tactician during the Dark Ages when Megatron was AWOL, and then again after the Nemesis vanished in deep space.
After the Great Shutdown, Thrust continued serving under Shockwave's command on Cybertron, after the Autobots and Decepticons unified their efforts to control the planet and consolidate on energon reserves. He was one of a select group of Decepticons chosen by Ultra Magnus to be "rehabilitated", and operated under the Autobot's direction when they traveled to Earth to collect the Ark and Nemesis' crews. After the Autobots uncovered Shockwave's malevolent plans for the future, the war began anew and Thrust fled to the wastelands with a small contingent of Shockwave's forces. They were assimilated into Megatron's command once the great Decepticon leader returned with the Predacons and imposed his will on Shockwave.
IDW comics continuity
During Megatron's initial uprising in Kaon, Thrust takes part in the violence. He is seen being strangled by Ironhide while Trailbreaker wrestles with Starscream. Apparently Megatron found additional flyers soon after Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp signed up.
Thrust was a part of Darkwing's command on the planet Nebulos when the Pretender Thunderwing attacked the planet. Though he was eager to join the fight, Thrust was instead put in charge of the hidden Decepticon command bunker for two purposes. First, to alert Megatron of the reborn threat of Thunderwing. Second, to destroy the bunker, leaving no trace of their presence. Thrust presumingly did both as Darkwing told Dreadwind that they were picking the seeker up before leaving the planet.
- Thrust (1985, 2001, 2004)
- Japanese ID number: D-57
- Accessories: Left & right fists, 2 missile launchers, 2 small & 2 large "air to air missiles", left & right wings, left & right tail fins, front landing gear
- The Generation One Thrust toy is a retool of the original Starscream, who was originally a Diaclone "Jet Robo Acrobat-Type" F-15 Eagle. His central F-15 body is unchanged, but he has new wings with ducted VTOL fans, and new rear stabilizers. Unlike his 1985 mold-mates Dirge and Ramjet, Thrust retained the original launchers, null-ray lasers and cluster bombs projectiles used in Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp.
- In robot mode his official instructions have the user pulling down his nose cone to complete his head transformation, like Starscream. However, Thrust's television incarnation (like Ramjet and Dirge) depicts him as having his head untransformed, giving a distinctive 'conehead' shape. This has led many owners to do the same thing, differentiating the three later Decepticon jets from the three earlier ones.
- Thrust (Smallest Transforming Transformers, 2003)
- Japanese ID number: GTF-11
- Accessories: Left & right fists, 2 missiles, left & right wings, left & right tail fins
- Smallest Transforming Transformers Thrust is a retool of Starscream. Like all toys in the line, Thrust is a tiny, simplified version of the original toy, transforming into a modified F-15 fighter jet. These toys were sold "blind-packed" in boxes, so you could not know which one you had until you actually opened the box.
- Games of Deception! (Multi-pack, 2007)
- Accessories: Left & right missile launchers, 2 missiles
- Thrust is a retool of the Classics Ramjet toy (itself a retool of Classics Starscream), transforming into a heavily modified F-15 with VTOL wings and new tailfins. His spring-loaded missile launchers can mount under his wings, on his forearms, or serve as hand-held weapons. As with most Classics toys, he features a heat-sensitive rubsign rather than a tampographed faction symbol. Of note is the fact that each of the three BotCon Seekers had part of their original stickers drawn on them. In Thrust's case, these were the tops of the front-side parts of the jet and the arrows on his feet.
- Thrust was part of the BotCon 2007 box set "Games of Deception", along with Bug Bite, Dirge, Dreadwind, and Thundercracker.
- There were 1500 Classics Thrust figures produced. A factory error put the new wings' screw-holes on the top; Fun Publications added a set of small decals to the head of the screws to hide them.
- This mold was also used to make his fellow BotCon exclusive Dirge. The original version of this mold was used to make Classics Starscream and Skywarp, Timelines Thundercracker, and Universe Acid Storm and Starscream.
- Aerial Rivals (multi-pack, 2008)
- A redeco of the Cybertron Legends-class Starscream, Thrust transforms into a Cybertronic "tetrajet". His wings, which end up on his arms in robot mode, each feature a swing-out weapon; the right arm has a blade, while the left has a (non-firing) cannon. He was only available in a Target-exclusive five-pack with Air Raid, Blades, Skydive and Ramjet (who shares his mold).
- Thrust (Deluxe, 2009)
- Accessories: 2 Launchers (1 left, 1 right), 2 missiles, 2 VTOL engines
- Sold as an exclusive item of Gambo Store, Gentei! Thrust and his BotCon counterpart are a retool of the Classics Ramjet toy, transforming into a modified F-15 with VTOL wings. His spring-loaded missile launchers can mount under his wings, on his forearms, or serve as hand-held weapons. Gentei! Thrust has newly-molded wings with peg holes on the top and bottom of the front wings, and a peg holes on the bottom of the rear wings. The VTOL thrusters are now detachable, have fans that can be spun by hand, and can be placed in any of the peg holes. The mold has also been tweaked to allow the wings to be folded downwards for a more cartoon accurate root form (incorrectly called "robot form" by the fandom, see the episode "The Autobot Run").
- Gentei! Thrust doesn't seem to have the same assembly problems as the Henkei! Skywarp and Thundercracker did. Although the lightning-bolt patterns on his wings are an odd choice.
- Thrust (Deluxe, 2010)
- Accessories: 2 Launchers (1 left, 1 right), 2 missiles, 2 VTOL engines
- Generations Thrust is a repaint of his Gentei! Gentei! mold in darker shades of brown and with a yellow canopy. His paint applications are simpler than his Henkei! version, though he retains the stripes on the sides of his tailfins (albeit replacing red with dark brown) and the chrome on the inside of his cockpit. Interestingly, the wings are attached with the circular protrusions facing upwards, in contrast to the Henkei! version's facing downwards. Unfortunately, the wings are manufactured no longer bend backwards. However, two minutes with the roto-tool of your choice applied to the necessary corners of the wing brackets with a steady hand will sort that problem right out.
- Blaster vs. Thrust (2008)
Transformers - Mini Bust
- Thrust (Diamond Select, 2008)
- Thrust was released by Diamond Select Toys in 2008 and exclusive to online retailer Big Bad Toy Store. He was sculpted by Mark Wong of Art Asylum and limited to 250 pieces. The sculpt features Thrust's distinctive wings and he has the proper null rays, different then Dirge and Ramjet's.
- Thrust is one of the few Decepticons from the Generation One cartoon who didn't have red eyes. He had yellow eyes instead, presumably because he was a complete and utter coward.
- Classics Thrust is one of the only modern Hasbro-produced figures to have label stickers.
- Although all the Decepticon Jets were based around the same toy model, Thrust along with Dirge and Ramjet are typically depicted with their vehicular nosecones integrated into their humanoid forms, leading to their fan-derived Coneheads appellation.
- ↑ Thrust's Games of Deception profile card