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Tracks is a character in the Transformers Universes. The name is now too generic to license in recent times; so the toys creator, Hasbro had to add a "modifier" - a prefix to the name in order to use it on their product, in this case the name became "Autobot Tracks" or "Turbo Tracks".
Transformers: Generation 1
Tracks is somewhat of a rarity amongst the Autobots in that he prefers his new Earth car mode to his original Cybertronian form. His concern over his appearance has led to some friction with his fellow Autobots, as they think he should be less concerned with his looks and more on the battle with the Decepticons.
Tracks speaks with a Boston Brahmin accent, and according to the voice actor Michael McConnohie is modeled on the voice of Thurston Howell, III.
Tracks first appeared in the second season of the original animated series during the episode "Dinobot Island Part 2". He would go on to make regular appearances.
He was the star of two connected episodes - "Make Tracks" and "Auto-Bop". In the former he was one of the Autobots assigned to New York to combat a spate of car-jackings. Tracks quickly fell in love with the city, but after chasing some car-jackers, ended up crashing and being stolen by a street youth named Raul. The two soon came to an understanding and helped each other discover what the stolen cars were really being used for - to make an army of drones for the Decepticons. The two stopped the scheme, and Tracks put his friend to work fixing the drone cars as a punishment for stealing him in the first place.
In "Auto-Bop" he and Blaster encountered Raul again. Raul tipped them off that a local disco was being used to brainwash people. The Autobots investigated and soon found the culprits - Starscream and Soundwave. While Blaster and Soundwave duelled with sonics, Tracks used his flying car mode to pursue and shoot down Starscream, ending the threat.
Tracks made a number of other notable appearances. When Omega Supreme ignored a giant space creature in order to pursue his vendetta against the Constructicons, Tracks was one of the airborne Autobots who valiantly attempted to stop the beast. He was one of those captured by big game hunter Lord Cholmondeley in order to lure in Optimus Prime. Later, Tracks was one of a team of Autobots sent to stop the newly created Stunticons. However, he underestimated their anti-gravity abilities and ended up being smashed out of the air.
Tracks had another prominent appearance in "Trans-Europe Express" a charity auto race from Paris, France to Istanbul, Turkey was held. The Autobots Bluestreak, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Smokescreen, Sunstreaker, Tracks and Wheeljack participated alongside several human racers including Augie Canay. However, the race was sabotaged by the Stunticons, who had been sent by Megatron to obtain one of the racers' cars in order to gain its metal to make a control device for a Cybertronian weather controller. Tracks was run off the road by the Stunticons again, but later managed to stop the Decepticons by destroying the Pearl itself, before escaping the vengeful Menasor.
Like many other season 2 Autobots, Tracks was gradually phased out for season 3.
Tracks first appeared in Issue #14 as one of five Autobots that Optimus Prime had implanted with recorded personalities and activated, to make up for the large number of casualties in the early months of the war on Earth. He and most of the others were shown around Earth by Bumblebee. Investigating reports of Decepticon activity at a rock concert, they defeated a plan by Shockwave to steal the concert's sound energy. He would make a few more appearances in the following issues, accompanying Optimus Prime in a failed attempt to stop the Decepticons reviving Megatron, in a staged attack on the Decepticon base to analyse their combiner technology, and (in the UK-exclusive stories) saving Buster Witwicky from Shockwave.
He appeared prominently in the UK-exclusive story "Devastation Derby", where he was a part of a team of Autobots led by Smokescreen who were sent to watch over Buster and who ended up fighting Devastator. He was one of the most frequently-seen Autobots during the epic "Target: 2006", acting as one of acting Autobot leader Jetfire's main support staff and being present for all of the major battles with future Decepticon leader Galvatron. Along with Smokescreen and Hound, he acted as back-up to Jetfire in the final confrontation with Galvatron, witnessing the destruction of his super-weapon by future Autobots Kup, Hot Rod and Blurr.
Tracks would continue to make occasional background appearance but would appear less and less as the Earth Autobots faded into the background. He made his last appearance in Issue #50 during the Underbase Saga, where he was part of the Autobot team that answered a distress call from Buster in the arctic, only to be ambushed by two groups of Decepticons, with Tracks being killed by Blot.
He reappeared in Marvel UK's Earthforce storyline in "Makin' Tracks", where he was repaired by Wheeljack and assigned to the Autobot Earthforce, much to the frustration of their leader Grimlock. His only other appearance was in the last story, "End of the Road", where he was part of a group of Autobots who pursued the Stunticons after they abducted the human journalist Irwin Spoon. He and Bumblebee were the only ones still standing at the end of a running battle that left most of the other participants scattered across the road.