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Skids is the member of the Autobots and the name used for several characters in Transformers. While a minor character in the Generation 1 cartoon, Skids was a more notable character in Marvel's the Transformers comics.

History

Skids first appeared in Quest for Survival, as part of a strike force sent to stop the Insecticons from ravaging a human farm, only to be defeated. Apparently injured in the battle, Skids was repaired by Hoist upon returning to Autobot Headquarters, where he responded incredulously to Bumblebee's report that he had retrieved robotic insecticide from the planet Floron III to deal with the Insecticon threat.

In Triple Takeover, Skids was part of a team sent to investigate bombs that were raining down on a city from a football stadium, which was caused by Blitzwing. Blitzwing had the stadium surrounded by a "Zone Defense" maze built by the Constructicons, and while attempting to traverse it, Skids crashed into Prowl and was driven over by Blitzwing in tank mode. Skids and the other Autobots' remains were then gathered by Scrapper, who built his personal throne out of them. These Autobots were soon rescued and quickly rebuilt, and helped battle Blitzwing, Astrotrain, Megatron and Devastator while they all tried to become Decepticon leader. 

Following that skirmish, Prowl opined that Optimus Prime was the greatest leader in the universe, which prompted himself, Skids, Bluestreak and Tracks to form themselves into a throne for Prime, which he politely declined.

Marvel's the Transformers

Revived on Earth

Skids was among the Autobots who had their personalities encoded onto the Ark's crystalline containment vessels, in case Optimus Prime needed extra manpower. When many of his troops were left injured during the early days of the war on Earth, Prime arranged for new bodies to be built, which the personalities were then programmed into, bringing Skids and the others to life "for a second time".

Battles with Ravage

Returning to the Ark

Lost in the void

Earthforce

Regeneration One

Personality

Skids was characterised as the absent-minded warrior. Highly intelligent and always collecting data, Skids is nonetheless always daydreaming. He is a scientist first and foremost, and has made many valuable discoveries. Skids genuinely hates the war he finds himself caught up in, but for now is forced to continue in the Autobot army.

Abilities

Skids carries a liquid nitrogen rifle with 600 foot range, and the twin electron blaster of 20,000 volts can short-circuit almost anything.

Robots in Disguise (2001)

See main article: Skid-Z

Transformers Cinematic Universe

See main article: Skids & Mudflap (Transformers Cinematic Universe)

Transformers IDW

See main article: Skids (IDW Comics)

Trivia

  • Given that the Skids seen in the comics was a copy of the original, it is unknown whether the original Skids still existed elsewhere.
  • While Skids was banished to the Void for a long time in the UK comics, he still made cameos in the US series, they were small enough to be removed from the UK version of the comic.

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