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.
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 (s): made (or formed) from primarily metallic materials, Midnight Express is considerably durable. His sturdy, inorganic composition affords Midnight Express intensity 8 (+2) protection from attack, enough to make him resistant to conventional human assault.
* Growth (a): Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Midnight Express, for instance, nominally stands at twenty-four feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at intensity 6 as a general matter of course.
As such, this fiery transport possesses a +6 size factor. This grants him a +6 bonus to the damage he inflicts on normal sized foes, while theirs suffers a -6 against him. Conversely, he suffers a -6 penalty to strike standard sized enemies in the first place, while they gain a +6 to hit him.
* Microscopic + Telescopic Vision (w): all Transformers can alter their visual sensitivity where distance is concerned. Functioning at intensity 2, these powers let Midnight Express see objects up to a mile distant with ease, and allow him to read items on microfiche.
* Radio Transceiver (i): as are most all Transformers, Midnight Express 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 intensity 7 range (100 miles).
* Resistance / Invulnerability to Disease and Poison (s): as an inorganic life form, Midnight Express possesses complete immunity to poisons and organic diseases. He also possesses intensity 30 (+7) resistance to more chemically creative forms of disease.
Corporeal Gestalt (a): 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 intensity 16, and serves as the lower body component of Rail Racer.
Headlights (i): 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 intensity 8 illumination, making railing at night no problem.
High Fever Missiles (i): launched from his oversized should blades, these projectiles can be used to melt snow - and the defenses of Predacon foes. These projectile swarms inflict intensity 4 energy (heat) damage, adding +1 for each additional rocket used (maximum of intensity 12).
Light Swords (i): also projected from his shoulder pads, these light energy 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 intensity 12 energy (heat) damage per blast.
Shape Change (a): 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 has intensity 5 speed in his engine form.
Diesel Destructor Gun (i): 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' location, inflicting +5 physical damage with every leaden shot.
Naive: while not clueless, Midnight Express' youth relative to his fellow Autobots has caused him to show a less than stellar understanding of how the world works. As such, he is at intensity 0 regarding any action related to surprise attacks, and must always declare his actions first.
Boxing (s): while not very well schooled in most other matters, Midnight Express can sure throw down with the best of them - but then, most kids can. He can divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee strikes, the last of which will occur as a contingent action.
Guns (a): younger than the other members of Team Bullet Train, Midnight Express hasn't picked up all that many skills thus far. In addition to the above, he's managed to master the fine art of wielding heavy projectile weaponry - he can use just about any firearm at a reduced difficulty level.
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.
Youthful Exuberance: Midnight Express naturally tends towards this calling, as he face the universe with a wide-eyed enthusiasm most Autobots simply can't match. He's a bit reckless at times - and has his fair share of hare-brained notions - but always tries his best.
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.
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)
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.
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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