In the air, with targets arrayed below him like manna strewn from heaven, you wont find a robot happier than Divebomb. He's a cheery sort in general, almost always in a good mood, but nothing makes him downright giddy as a child on Christmas morning as having so many targets to pick and choose from that he doesn't know where to start destroying. Just about the only thing that ever puts him in a bad mood is having to give up his independence and combine with his teammates, whom he tolerates at best, to form Predaking. In his free time, Divebomb likes to use available scrap to build himself "mechanest" fortresses at the top of the highest available point. These plush private apartments are something of a point of pride for him. "I like to live comfortably," he explains with a smile.
- Italian name: Falcon
- French-Canadian name: Gerfo
- Japanese name: Dimebomb (ダイムボム, da-i-mu-bo-mu)
Marvel Comics continuity
(Note: Events taking place in the UK comics are in italics.)
Millions of years ago on Cybertron, the Decepticon now known as Divebomb was an aerial ace who thrilled in engaging Autobots from the Elite Flying Corps in mid-air duels to the death. He found a particularly enjoyable opponent in the Autobot named Divebomb and, after defeating him in combat, "stole" the bombardier's name and began calling himself Divebomb. The Autobot attempted to reclaim his honor and name in a second battle, but was once again defeated by the new Divebomb, and only survived because Optimus Prime intervened on his behalf. Comfortable with his new identity, the Predacon Divebomb continued in his aerial "adventures".
In 1986, Divebomb and the Predacons were given a twin assignment by the Decepticon leaders on Earth. Megatron hired them to come help him hunt down his nemesis, Optimus Prime, and soften him up for the kill. Shockwave, in turn, had hired them to lead Megatron to his death on the same mission. After a delightful romp through the woods at Prime's heels, the Predacons turned on Megatron, stealing his fusion cannon and leaving him at Prime's mercy. Things didn't work out as planned, and both Optimus and Megatron survived, although a brain-blasting incident with the Cybertronian Decepticon leader Straxus left Megatron with short-term amnesia, unable to remember the Predacons' role in the incident.
Shockwave hired Divebomb and the Predacons again, a few months later to assassinate Megatron. He had the Predacons install themselves with rotating insignias, in order to disguise themselves as Autobot assassins. While Megatron was able to defeat the Predacons, even in their combined form as Predaking, he ended up eliminating himself by blowing up the Space Bridge while standing on it. (It just goes to show that paranoid, schizophrenic, psychopathic mechanoids with heavy artillery are their own worst enemies.) The Predacons then "moved in" with Shockwave and his warriors on Earth.
Divebomb, however, quickly grew bored with life on Earth. While he had enjoyed the thrilling hunts against worthy targets like Optimus Prime and Megatron, the simple day-to-day activity of stealing energy and scaring humans wasn't enough to keep his interest. Divebomb was weighing his personal interests against his duty to remain with his fellow Predacons when he ran into his old sparring partner, the Autobot Divebomb now known as Swoop. Divebomb was overjoyed at the reunion, and even though their fellow Predacons and Dinobots interrupted the fight, Divebomb's spirit was fully renewed: his playmate was back!
The Predacons remained active on Earth under Shockwave and Ratbat's command, until Starscream absorbed the power of the Underbase and deactivated them along with several dozen other warriors he was confronted with.
- Voice actor: ? (US), Kenyu Horiuchi (Japan)
Divebomb debuted alongside the rest of the Predacons in the third season, and probably had the most screentime of everyone on the team. Besides forming Predaking's back, he didn't really do anything worth noting.
The dude looked cool though.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Divebomb and the Predacons were warlords on Cybertron at an undisclosed point in the past, before being exiled from their homeworld. Millions of years later, Megatron tracked them down on the planet Beest and reprogrammed the Predacons to serve him. Giving them an Awesome and Terrifying (TM) combined mode as Predaking, Megatron used the Predacons to reacquire his power base an gather Shockwave and Starscream's warriors back under his command.
After the end of the Great War, the Predacons (or those of them surviving) founded the new Predacon faction. Divebomb, long thought destroyed, contacted Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, and Ravage in secret and arranged for them to be rebuilt and join the faction. Though Ravage later left to serve the Tripredacus Council, Laserbeak and Buzzsaw remain loyal to Divebomb.
Divebomb and his fellow Predacons command the Decepticon battle cruiser known as the Thanatos. At Megatron's request, they traveled to Cybertron to ensure Thunderwing never again threatened Decepticon interests. While preparing a planetary carpet-bombing, Razorclaw also dispatched his warriors to provide assistance to Optimus Prime and the Wreckers, in the hopes of defeating the crazed giant without destroying their homeworld. Divebomb personally led a squadron of flyers into battling, including Blast Off, Triggerhappy, Spinister, and Windsweeper.
Beast Wars: The Gathering
On Cybertron, a group of five symbols appeared on the walls of a room containing a transwarp shunt device. The five symbols seemed to represent a lion, a bird, a bull, a rhinoceros, and another feline of some variety.
- Divebomb (Predacon, 1986)
- Team ID number: 4
- Japanese ID number: D-75
- ↑ "Dive" is usually rendered in katakana as ダイブ, da-i-bu. Interestingly, the name would read "timebomb" if not for the use of a modifier turning "ta" into "da", so may or may not be a pun on that word and Divebomb's original name.