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* Amongst humans, at least. RV +40 to fellow Autobots, RV -40 regarding Decepticons.


Perceptor is a Transformer, one of those notorious, shape-changing, silicon-based life forms originating on the world of Cybertron. Complementing his staggering intellect, Perceptor possesses numerous super-human abilities due to his otherworldly origins.

Known Powers:

Cybertronian Physique: a mechanoid from Cybertron, Perceptor is one of the universe's most infamous life forms: a Transformer! The very nature of his body grants Perceptor numerous fantastic capabilities, including the following:

* Body Armor: whether he formed naturally or was constructed by others, Perceptor's very body is comprised of primarily metallic substances. As such, Perceptor enjoys rank value 10 protection from injury, a defense which breaks down as follows:

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* Growth / Shrinking: Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Perceptor, for instance, generally stands at eighteen feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at rank value 6 as a general matter of course.

As such, this Autobot scientist possesses a +1 size factor. Perceptor thus suffers a -1 RS when targeting human-sized foes, but gains a +1 RS on any damage he inflicts against them, as well as 1 RS of damage reduction against any attacks they, in turn, launch against him.

Perceptor can also shrink when necessary, however. When he assumes the form of a microscope, Perceptor will usually condense himself until he can be operated by either humans or other Transformers, which means he can shrink with like ability from the standard size.

* Microscopic / Telescopic Vision: all Transformers have the ability to alter their visual sensitivity where distance is concerned. Functioning at rank value 2, these powers let Perceptor see objects up to a mile distant with ease, as well as allowing him to read items on microfiche.

This, of course, assumes that he is merely utilizing his standard optics. When making use of his lens, Perceptor can instead wield either (or both!) of these powers at rank value 100, allowing him a vast awareness of the world around him when desired.

* Radio Transceiver: as are most Transformers, Perceptor is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other Cybertronian within a wide radius of his person, having rank value 20 range (100 miles).

* Resistance / Invulnerability to Disease and Poison: being an inorganic life form, Perceptor possesses complete immunity to poisons and organic diseases. He also possesses rank value 100 resistance to more chemically creative forms of disease.

Light Generation: in addition to serving as a tool to greatly increase his visual acuity, Perceptor's lens can be utilized as a powerful laser weapon. It can fire beams of coherent light capable of inflicting rank value 30 Armor Piercing Energy damage each.

Shape Change: somewhat rare for Autobots, Perceptor is a triple changer, being able to transform into any one of three different modes. He can assume a humanoid shape, a microscope configuration, or even a tank, the latter of which has these characteristics:

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Limitations / Enhancements:



Concussion Rifle: though his built-in laser projector is quite potent, it is also rather vulnerable to damage. Perceptor thus carries a large concussion rifle, which he can fire at foes to inflict rank value 40 Force damage when necessary.


Absent Minded 2: for all his intelligence, Perceptor has difficulty multitasking. He tends to focus on one thing above all else, particularly where scientific pursuits are involved, and must pass a Willpower ACT at -4 RS to divert from a task he wants to complete.


Advanced Guns: one of his more active skills, Perceptor is well-versed in the used of advanced, energy-based weaponry. He may wield such implements of destruction as though his Coordination was +1 RS higher than is listed above.

Chemistry: an extension of his engineering skills, Perceptor is an expert in metallurgy, knowing how best to manufacture and utilize applicable materials. His Intellection in such matters, much less other areas of chemistry, should be considered +1 RS in value.

Electronics: Perceptor excels in the design, construction, and repair of advanced electronic devices. His Intellect should be considered +1 RS in such matters, whether concerning electronics of human or Cybertronian make.


Perceptor is well-known to his fellow Autobots, and can usually rely upon them for help should he need it. After all, he helps them to adjust to whatever world it is that they currently find themselves active upon, and is always cooking up handy new gadgets!


Perceptor is primarily a humanoid mechanoid built from red, blue-green, and chromed parts, with a large cannon mounted on one shoulder. He can transform at will, however, into either a microscope or a slow-moving tank equipped with directed energy weapons.


As is the case with many Autobots, Perceptor tends to focus on his area of expertise above all else. A scientist through and through, he lives to expand his knowledge, and by proxy, that of his fellow Autobots. But he's often considered too smart for his own good.

This is usually a side effect of his staggering vocabulary. Perceptor enjoys flexing his linguistic range, you see, and is often chided by his fellows - especially those in authority - who want him to stop yammering and just get to the point, already.

On occasion, Perceptor will be so absorbed in his work that he doesn't realize an armed conflict is raging around him until his current experiment has been destroyed. And though he's generally easy-going, this is one of the few things that will set him off.

While Perceptor generally avoids melee combat, what with his having little skill in that regard, he is a top notch marksman. Whether using his concussion cannon or his built-in laser projector, Perceptor can usually hit anything within his line-of-sight!

Real Name: Perceptor
Occupation: Autobot scientist
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron with no known criminal record
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: Autobots

Height: 18'
Hair: inapplicable
Eyes: sometimes blue, sometimes white
Weight: several tons
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Perceptor is a silicon-based, metallic life form that is mainly red and blue-green in hue, with bits of black and chrome here and there. Whether he is in his humanoid configuration, or perhaps his microscope or tank modes, Perceptor appears in these colors - which are spread pretty evenly across his body.


It should be stated that I deviated from the standard process presented in Transcribing Transformers for Perceptor, to better represent him as showcased in various media. Primarily, I swapped his Speed and Skill, where Fighting and Agility are concerned.

This because Perceptor simply does not do well in melee at all, while he is at the same time staggeringly accurate with his energy attacks (inherent or otherwise). Using his tech specs as is normally indicated would have caused an... inaccurate translation of Perceptor.

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Perceptor Imagery

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