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Smokescreen is one of the second year Autobot Cars in the Transformers series. Smokescreen's vehicle mode was based on an actual existing car a 1979 Nissan Fairlady Z race car in the Electramotive team livery. Team founder Don Devendorf's car was accurately recreated, except that his number 83 was changed to a 38.
Smokescreen originally appeared in "Dinobot Island pt 1". Smokescreen was used quite frequently in season 2, taking the starring role in the episode "The Gambler". This saw him strike a deal with a gambler named Bosh in order to save his fellow Autobots—he would win energon for Bosh if Bosh used some to restore the others. Predictably cheating his way to victory, he was caught and lost all his winnings. With the help of Devcon, he and Bosh ended up battling and defeating Astrotrain, Dirge and Ramjet. After this Bosh freed the other Autobots. The cartoon actually made use of his abilities—in "The Key to Vector Sigma", for example, his smoke saved the Autobots' super-fuel after Prowl's security detail was compromised, and in "Auto Berzerk" he downed the famed Seekers—including Starscream—with his disruptors.
Smokescreen was not amongst the Autobots whose death was shown in The Transformers: The Movie, although an animation mistake which colored the body of the deceased Wheeljack in red did caused some speculation—indeed, the storyboard of this scene clearly depicts Smokescreen's dead body, not Wheeljack's. Smokescreen did not appear in the post-movie Season Three, and so it is generally assumed that, even if he was not featured in this particular scene (or even the movie for that matter), that he was killed in the attack on Autobot City, or even in the years before the movie. If this was not the case, neither animators nor series editors for Season 3 made an effort to alleviate confusions regarding which characters' deaths in the movie were included, or excluded.
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Smokescreen was introduced in Issue #14, as one of five Autobots whose personalities had been recorded aboard the Ark as potential reinforcements. After the casualties the Autobots had suffered in the first months of the battle on Cybertron, Optimus Prime had Wheeljack activate the quintet to swell their ranks. Bumblebee gave Smokescreen, Skids, Hoist and Tracks a tour of Earth, during the course of which they stumbled across Shockwave's plan to steal the sound energy from a rock concert and defeated him.
Smokescreen would continue to appear among the Earth Autobots in subsequent issues, but was mostly used in background shots and crowd scenes. In the UK-exclusive story "Devastation Derby", Optimus Prime sent him with Ironhide, Tracks and Brawn to watch over Buster Witwicky, which resulted in them fighting Devastator. He was among the Autobots attacking the Decepticon base to gain secrets on combiner technology in US Issue #19. He also appeared prominently in "Target: 2006", as one of the senior Autobots remaining after Optimus Prime, Prowl and Ratchet were shunted into limbo. During the subsequent battle with Galvatron, both Jazz and Ironhide were also taken out of action, leaving Smokescreen as second-in-command under Jetfire. After suffering a beating from a zombified Jazz, Smokescreen convinced Jetfire to confront Galvatron again to help protect Ultra Magnus, witnessing the destruction of Galvatron's weapon by a group of future Autobots.
Following the death of Optimus Prime and the Earth Autobots' withdrawal from the war under Grimlock's command, Smokescreen appeared even less. He made his last appearance in Issue #41 among the Autobots gathered to watch the duel between Grimlock and Blaster on the moon, and may have been deactivated in the subsequent battle with Ratbat's Decepticons.
The post-movie version of the character appeared in "The Legacy of Unicron", where he and Inferno were assigned by Rodimus Prime to escort Wreck-Gar back to Junk. They arrived to find the planet taken over by Unicron, who was manipulating a large-scale battle between Autobots and Decepticons to keep them distracted. The trio attempted to return to Cybertron to alert Rodimus Prime, but were ambushed by Death's Head. Inferno was wounded, and Smokescreen ended up leaving Wreck-Gar behind to keep Death's Head busy. Arriving on Cybertron, they were ambushed by Cyclonus and Scourge, who damaged their ship, with Inferno sacrificing himself so Smokescreen could escape. Smokescreen got the message through to Rodimus but was left with a large amount of survivors' guilt that led him to task risks to battle Unicron when he accompanied Rodimus Prime, the Dinobots and Scattershot back to Junk to defeat him.
- Main article: Smokescreen (Transformers Armada)
As well as the Armada Smokescreen, there as a Cybertron incarnation who was visually based on the original character, and was a jokester, who used tricks on the Decepticons. In the prose story Force of Habit, during the events of Cybertron, Smokescreen served aboard the Autobot flagship Iron Hope. He helped battle a Decepticon attack on the ship, taking on Terrorcons of both the Divebomb and Insecticon types, alongside Riptide, Ironhide, and the Land Military Mini-Con Team.
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