Sub-group: Autobot Headmasters
Human Component: Muzzle
First Appearance: Transformers #62
"Truth is revealed in the smallest detail."
PROFILE: Nightbeat is a tough, no-nonsense type who is not afraid to
break the rules to get what he wants. And usually what he wants is the
solution to some complicated mystery.. and he'll go anywhere to get it.
He feels as comfortable driving down a dark alley as he does cruising
along a six-lane superhighway. He has an intuition for finding the truth
that defies all known theories of programming. In trying to account for
Nightbeat's remarkable talent, Optimus Prime suspects that the circuitry
in the digital detective's logic center may have been wired in a way
contrary to accepted engineering procedures. But the Autobot leader is
still at a loss to explain why Nightbeat thinks the way he does.
Nightbeat prefers to work alone. Most partners don't understand his
methods and his reasoning, and often wind up hindering his investigations
more than helping them. But being a good soldier, he doesn't complain
about his fellow Autobots... instead he tries to compensate for their
investigatory deficiencies by working even harder.
He is binary bonded to Muzzle, a human who worked as a detective on
Nebulos until he was framed in a scandal that put him out of business.
When he found out that an Autobot with training in detective work was
looking for a Nebulan partner, Muzzle immediately volunteered. He
considered this an opportunity to continue doing what he loved to do the
most. After undergoing the bio-engineering procedure that allows him
to convert to an Autobot head module, Muzzle quickly discovered that he and
Nightbeat have one of the smoothest-working binary bonds among all the
Headmasters. Muzzle's eye for detail makes Nightbeat an even better
detective than he was without him.
ABILITIES: Nightbeat carries two photon pistols and a high-powered plasma
blaster with infra-red sight. He also has enhanced audio and video
sensors that aid in his investigatory work. From five miles away, he can
hear a screw fall and count the threads on it. In car mode he can travel
at speeds of up to 620 miles per hour and has a range of 1500 miles.
WEAKNESSES: Nightbeat's overconfidence in his abilities typically
persuades him that he can handle almost any situation by himself. Given
his preference for working alone, he often suffers damage that a more
team-oriented Autobot might avoid.
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