Midnight Express

Melee
RV 50
Coordination
RV 50
Brawn
RV 40
Fortitude
RV 100
Intellect
RV 50
Awareness
RV 50
Willpower
RV 50
Lifestyle
RV 20
Repute
RV +10 *

Health:
Fortune:
250
150

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

Origin:

Like the rest of Team Bullet Train (and the Autobots in general), Midnight Express is an electromechanical entity hailing from Cybertron, a transforming robot sent to earth to protect it from evil. He may also be from another time period, making him doubly out of place here.

Known Powers:

Cybertronian Physique: Midnight Express is a robotic entity of Cybertronian origin. As such, this youthful commuter has, by his very nature, the use of a large variety of abilities that reflect this. His very body gives Midnight Express these super human powers:

* Body Armor: made (or formed) from primarily metallic materials, Midnight Express is considerably durable. His sturdy, inorganic composition affords him rank value 20 protection from attack, enough to ignore human assault. Midnight Express's armor breaks down as follows:

RV 20 / RV 6 / RV 2 / RV 0 / RV 0

* Growth: Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Midnight Express, for instance, stands at approximately twenty four feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at rank value 10 as a general matter of course.

As such, this fiery transport possesses a +2 size factor. He thus suffers a -2 RS when targeting human-sized foes, but gains a +2 RS on any damage he inflicts against them, as well as 2 RS of damage reduction against any attacks they, in turn, launch against him.

* 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 Midnight Express see objects up to a mile distant with ease, as well as allowing him to read items on microfiche.

* Radio Transceiver: as are most Transformers on earth, Midnight Express is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other nearby Cybertronians, having rank value 20 range (100 miles).

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

Corporeal Gestalt: a tight-knit group, Team Bullet Train has the power to combine their very bodies into a singular fighting form, the fleet-footed Rail Racer! Midnight Express possesses this power at rank value 75, and serves as the lower body component of Rail Racer.

Headlights: to better emulate a bullet train (and since they come in handy in the dark), Midnight Express is equipped with a set of convenient headlights. These twin lamps can generate rank value 20 illumination, which make railing at night no problem.

High Fever Missiles: launched from his oversized should blades, these projectiles can be used by Midnight Express to melt snow - and the defenses of Predacon foes. These projectile swarms inflict rank value 40 Energy (heat) damage in tandem, but individually work as follows:

Handling
RV 50
Velocity
RV 50
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 10 Energy (heat)

Light Swords: also projected from his oversized shoulder pads, these light pulses are almost laser-like in scope, as they can be used to melt through anything from an iceberg to solid steel. Midnight Express can use these beams to inflict rank value 40 Energy (heat) damage per blast.

Shape Change: Midnight Express can transform between his humanoid and E4 'Max' bullet train engine at will, doing so quickly for tactical purposes. This power is voice-activated, however ('Midnight Express, Transform!'). Midnight Express's engine form has these characteristics:

Handling
RV 50
Velocity
RV 100
Durability
RV 100
Protection
RV 20

Limitations / Enhancements:

(none)

Equipment:

Diesel Destructor Gun: this powerful weapon fires an odd payload; it appears to be naught but an incredibly large sledge. This solid, massive projectile can strike anyone within one area of Midnight Express, inflicting rank value 40 Bashing damage with every leaden shot.

Quirks:

(none)

Skills:

Guns: younger than the other members of Team Bullet Train, Midnight Express hasn't picked up all that many skills thus far. He's managed to master the fine art of wielding heavy projectile weaponry in battle though - he can use any standard type of firearm at a +1 RS.

Contacts:

As a member of Team Bullet Train, Midnight Express can naturally rely upon his fellows for help if necessary - these guys are almost always working together to begin with. Of course, as an Autobot, Midnight Express can also call that large group of heroic robots reliable contacts as well.

Likeness:

In his vehicular form, Midnight Express resembles an E4 'Max' bullet train engine, one that is white, blue and yellow in hue. In his humanoid configuration, Midnight Express resembles a well-crafted robot built from various bits of a bullet train engine - he's really quite smooth.

Personality:

Cheerful and good-natured, Midnight Express is the veritable spirit of youth. A competent warrior who tends to be harsh on his enemies, Midnight Express is almost naive at times, and can sometimes run on a misguided hunch for quite a while. He tries hard to do the right thing, though.

And that's what's important.

Real Name: Midnight Express
Occupation: Autobot warrior
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron with no known criminal record on earth
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Autobots, Team Bullet Train

Height: 24' (approximately)
Hair: inapplicable
Eyes: pink
Weight: several tons
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Midnight Express is composed of a strong alien metal that is primarily blue and white in hue, with yellow trim, regardless of his form. Of course, his humanoid configuration adds a dash of black here and there for added effect.

Story:

As is the case with the rest of Team Bullet Train, Midnight Express' history is something of a mystery. How this youthful Autobot wound up working with the other two members of his elite team is as of yet unknown, but he's nevertheless among them, and they make the best of it.

This can be tricky sometimes, for in his youthful exuberance Midnight Express often expresses ideas that, while perfectly sensible to him, are abject nonsense to his fellows. They take this in stride though, for this 'bot can definitely pull his own weight when necessary.

One instance which saw him truly shine involved the refurbishing of the antique coal engine, D-5. While probing the mind of Doctor Onishi, Megatron flashed across a memory of this vintage vehicle, and since he was looking for energy to plunder, he assumed the train a secret weapon.

When the Predacons came to collect the engine, Team Bullet Train was called in to protect the antique. Even after his fellows gave up on the effort, Midnight Express went above and beyond the call of duty to protect it - but then, he believed it was actually sentient... so there is that.

Along with the rest of the Team, Midnight Express has fought Megatron and his flunkies on many other occasions, almost always reigning supreme in the end - whether they combined into Rail Racer or not. In fact, he was present during the final defeat of Megatron's thugs.

And Megatron himself, who had since transformed into the diabolical, undead Galvatron. Now that his primary purpose for coming to earth is no longer an issue, it is assumed that Midnight Express will be joining his fellow Autobots when they return to Cybertron, though one never knows.

He and the rest of Team Bullet Train are rather fond of humanity, after all.

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