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Let me tell you my personal motto: VICTORY IS MINE!
~ Jetfire, Mars

Jetfire is a flying Autobot, Optimus Prime's right hand, Autobots' deputy and tritagonist in Transformers Armada, Energon and Cybertron. He can combine with Optimus in Transformers: Armada, and he can combine with Ironhide and Cliffjumper in Transformers: Energon.

History

Armada

Before Optimus Prime and his squad left for Earth in response to the Mini-Con signal, he left Jetfire in command of the remaining Autobot forces on Cybertron.

Much later in Chase, Optimus Prime requested Jetfire's assistance as the battle for the Mini-Cons reached a dangerous point with the discovery of the Star Saber sword and the Skyboom Shield. As Jetfire made his way to Earth, he was followed by the Megatron loyalist Tidal Wave, who had similarly been requested by the Decepticon strategist Thrust. 

In Tactician, Thrust's arrival quickly improved Decepticon battle strategy, sending the Autobot forces on Earth into disarray. Optimus Prime would have been defeated if not for the timely arrival of Jetfire, who quickly defeated the surprised Decepticon air power and forced the rest into retreat. 

In Linkup, Jetfire was quickly installed as second in command, but as everybody who had never served with him discovered, he was a very different compared to the reserved Optimus Prime, finding him brasher and reckless. As a result, in his first major battle with the Decepticons, Jetfire decided to take all of their air forces on by himself, getting himself into serious trouble. Fortunately, Optimus Prime had recovered enough from his injuries to launch a counter-attack and Powerlinked with Jetfire, resulting in the powerful Jet Optimus. Together, they overpowered the Decepticons in short order. Afterwards, Jetfire promised that he would be more cautious in the future. 

During downtime, in Detection, Jetfire had an arm wresting contest with Smokescreen, beating him several times, and reviewed footage of the Autobots' and Decepticons' battles on Earth. Jetfire noticed that Sideways had sometimes acted against the Decepticons, despite having already defected to their side. He discussed this revelation with the children. They all came to the agreement that, despite the fact that it was unclear whether or not Sideways was a Decepticon, he couldn't be trusted.

The Requiem Blaster

Later, the Autobots and Decepticons squared off on a beachfront. In Awaking, the battle was over over a new Mini-Con storage panel. Optimus Prime and Jetfire combined into Jet Optimus to take the fight to the Decepticons. However, Jet Optimus' power was tested by the newly arrived Tidal Wave. The giant Decepticon's strength and firepower forced Jet Optimus on the backfoot, and in their shared gestalt mind, both Optimus and Jetfire were at a loss as what to do. In Desperate, though Jet Optimus fled up into the sky, he found himself surrounded by enemy units. Megatron pursued the Autobots by combining with Tidal Wave, and used the Star Saber to forcibly separate Jetfire from Optimus, sending the Autobot leader plummeting. Jetfire was left unable to go after Optimus as Megatron then bombarded him with laser blasts. The Autobots only won thanks to the Space Mini-Con Team, who  combined into the Requiem Blaster, which wound up in Optimus's grasp.

Having retrieved the Requiem Blaster, the Autobots were left divided on whether to use it to end the war. Some, including Jetfire, were more willing to use it to storm the Decepticons, although the debate was put on hold when the Space Mini-Con Team had run away, along with the kids. Though most of the Autobots went out looking for them, both Scavenger and Jetfire remained behind on monitor duty, due to their vehicle modes being too conspicuous.

When the Autobots were informed by a mysterious source to meet the Decepticons in battle within a forest, Jetfire objected to them not bringing along the Requiem Blaster. However, they found themselves fighting only Starscream, armed with the Star Saber. Jetfire combined with Optimus to fight him. Their duel ended abruptly when Starscream realised he had been abandoned, as the rest of the Decepticons instead attacked the base to capture the Requiem Blaster. The Autobots warped back to base, Jet Optimus splitting back into his two component 'bots once there. They were too late to save Smokescreen, who nearly died trying to protect the Mini-Cons. Despite his sacrifice, Megatron took the Requiem Blaster and retreated.

Starscream's defection

While Smokescreen was repaired in Regeneration, Hot Shot and Side Swipe, eager for revenge, broke rank to take on Starscream and Tidal Wave. Jetfire and Optimus went after them, and combined into Jet Optimus to rescue their subordinates. They were no match for Tidal Wave, until Starscream willingly handed them the Star Saber. Tidal Wave warped away, and Starscream was taken to the Autobots' base, where he revealed he had defected from the Decepticons. Though Jetfire was hesitant to trust him, the Autobots ultimately decided to accept Starscream into their ranks. Smokescreen was rebuilt into a new body, and the Autobots used data provided by Starscream to warp gate to the Decepticon camp. During the battle, in Rescue, the captured Mini-Cons were found. Jetfire helped round-up the Mini-Cons, now free of Megatron's influence thanks to Perceptor, and queued them up so they could warp back to the Autobots' base.

When a new Mini-Con was detected on Mars, Jetfire and Starscream's flight abilities meant they were the only ones who could perform the mission. Jetfrre brought his Mini-Con partner Comettor and the Skyboom Shield, but disliked having to work with Starscream. Although Starscream set off ahead of him, Jetfire chose to remain on-task instead of tracking him down. When Jetfire eventually found him, Starscream was so wrapped up in self-pity that he refused to follow orders. Jetfire was forced to handcuff him and charge him with dereliction of duty. On returning to Earth, the pair discovered the Mini-Con on an asteroid. They were attacked by Tidal Wave, hindering their first pass to snatch up the newly awakened Firebot. Starscream was able to persuade Firebot into turning on the Tidal Wave, and then grabbed the Mini-Con and put him in Jetfire's storage compartment. When Megatron arrived, armed with the Requiem Blaster, he fired it at them, but the combination of the Blaster, Skyboom Shield and Starscream's Star Saber caused a massive flare of energy that covered Jetfire and Starscream's escape.

In Crack, Jetfire supervised the construction of a spaceship for the Autobots, playing the part of a drill sergeant, making sure all the others did their fair share of work. This led to him getting into an argument with Starscream, who insisted the Autobots should prioritize Megatron's destruction above all other matters. Starscream stormed off, and the rest of the Autobot continued with their labor.

The ship was in the final stages of construction when Billy and Fred reported that they had seen Starscream "chase off" Thrust after the Decepticon had asked him to steal the Skyboom Shield. As it turns out, Dirt Boss, Downshift, and Mirage were nowhere to be found just then. Accusations that Starscream had complied with Thrust's request were thrown around, but the conversation was cut short when the Decepticons attacked. Jetfire flew out to meet them, and after shooting down Cyclonus, he Powerlinxed with Optimus to take on Tidal Wave. Just as Smokescreen passed the Skyboom Shield to Jet Optimus (the Mini-Cons having been found during the battle), Starscream swooped down, grabbed it, and left with both the shield and the Star Saber in hand to rejoin the Decepticons. 

Optimus's death

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The Unicron Battles

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Energon

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Cybertron

After the Powerlinx Battles, Jetfire spend some time over the intervening decade on the planet Nebulous, where he picked up a Nebulon accent, which sounded Australian to human ears. Returning to Cybertron, Jetfire seemed more mature, being cautious, and following protocol.

The Unicron Singularity

Eventually in Fallen, Unicron's demise created a black hole that threatened Cybertron. Optimus sent Jetfire to Earth to find Earth altmodes in case they could not seal the Unicron Singularity. The planetary exodus was put underway when the elder Vector Prime introduced himself. This new arrival assured the Autobots that he had the means to nullify the black hole, by collecting the Cyber Planet Keys to use Primus's power to seal it. After the map was stolen by Megatron, Optimus's elite team, including Jetfire, then set off to Earth. En route, Vector Prime explained to the Autobots that the black hole would, if left unchecked, swallow up the entire universe. He then doubled back to retrieve his cosmic map from Megatron, with Optimus insisting that Hot Shot, Jetfire, and Overhaul accompany him. Jetfire's team came upon Megatron and Starscream inside an asteroid belt. While Jetfire and Vector Prime dealt with Starscream, Overhaul and Hot Shot tackled Megatron. the Decepticons proved to be too powerful and the Autobots were unable to prevent them from escaping. Jetfire then rendezvoused with Optimus on Earth, where he met their newest human allies: Coby, Bud, and Lori.

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Quest for the Cyber Planet Keys

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Sealing the Black Hole

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Leader of Cybertron

After Galvatron's defeat, the war was finally over. After Optimus proposed that they follow in the steps of their ancestors and start a new space bridge project, Jetfire was the only one unenthusiastic about it. He felt insecure of leading Cybertron in Optimus's absence, but the others rallied around him, and he accepted the role with gusto, going to be interviewed by Brad. When Optimus formally handed over command to Jetfire, Jetfire assured his old friend that he would always be the true commander. 

Appearance

Personality

Jetfire has a witty, cheerful personality that helps to bridge the distance between Prime as leader and his troops. Where Optimus was cautious and analytical, Jetfire was brash and headstrong to the point of recklessness, jumping into the unknown without considering the consequences. The friendly nature that keeps him popular amongst the Autobots hides a strong sense of intelligent judgment that has saved his team from numerous predicaments, and means that he will even speak up and tell Prime that he is wrong to his face. Over the years, this side of his personality would bring itself to the forefront, adhering much more to orders and protocol. Optimus would eventually judge him as worthy of leading Cybertron in his absence. 

Power and skills

Relationships

Trivia

  • Jetfire is voiced by Scott McNeill in Armada and Energon, before being replaced by Brian Drummond in Cybertron. His voice in Cybertron included a noticeable Australian accent. The Hasbro website explained that in the gap between Energon and Cybertron, Jetfire had a holiday on the planet Nebulous, and picked up the accent from his time there. 
  • While Jetfire did get a "Powerlinx" recolour, he never recieves this upgrade in Armada
  • Jetfire's upgraded form in Energon was treated as a separate character in the US toyline, called Overcast, Jetfire's brother. He makes an appearance in the prose story Force of Habit. 
  • Jetfire's Cybertron design would be used on Dreadrock, a Transformer who made a small cameo in IDW's More than Meets the Eye comic books, and was mentioned as an Autobot in Fun Publication's Beast Wars: Uprising
    • "Dreadrock" was the Japanese Galaxy Force name for Cybertron Jetfire.

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