Rapid Run

Am 50
Mn 75
IN 40
Mn 75
Un 100
Am 50
Am 50
Ex 20
Gd +10 *


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


Like the rest of Team Bullet Train (and the Autobots in general), Rapid Run 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: Rapid Run is a robotic entity of Cybertronian origin. As such, this jive-talking Autobot has, by his very nature, the use of a large variety of abilities that reflect this. His very body gives Rapid Run these super-human powers:

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

Ex 20 / Ty 6 / Fe 2 / Sh 0 / Sh 0

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

As such, this wise-cracker possesses a +2 size factor. He thus suffers a -2 CS when targeting human-sized foes, but gains a +2 CS on any damage he inflicts against them, as well as 2 CS 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 Feeble (2) rank, these powers let Rapid Run 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, Rapid Run is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other nearby Cybertronians, having Excellent (20) range (100 miles).

* Resistance / Invulnerability to Disease and Poison: as an inorganic life form, Rapid Run possesses complete immunity to poisons and organic diseases. He also possesses Unearthly (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! Rapid Run possesses this power at Monstrous (75) rank, and serves as the lower torso and back of Rail Racer.

Grenade Launchers: these hip-mounted weapons allow Rapid Run to fire twin grenades at will. These concussion grenades inflict Remarkable (30) Force damage in tandem, but their primary effect is to cover an area in a wide-reaching smokescreen. They have these characteristics:

Mn 75
Am 50
Ex 20
Excellent 20 Force

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

Shape Change: Rapid Run has the power to transform into a Rail Star 700 bullet train engine. He can do this at will, though the transformation requires a verbal trigger ('Rapid Run, Transform!'). Rapid Run's engine form has these vehicular characteristics:

Fe 2
Sh X
Mn 75
Ex 20

Sonic Projector: mounted in his nose cone (and likely usable in either mode), this weapon can be used to startling effect by Rapid Run. The energy wave it emits can inflict Excellent (20) Stunning Force damage, allowing it to render many unshielded foes senseless with but one hit.

Limitations / Enhancements:



Seven Shield: a part of his frame in his train engine mode, this device is quite handy. Offensively, it can fire a 'compression injector', an attack which inflicts Remarkable (30) Force damage - but this attack can only be used once per minute.

On top of this, the shield (of Shift X (150) m.s.), can generate a force field as well. This barrier can protect Rapid Run and anyone within his current area with Incredible (40) ability. This powerful protection adds to his usual body armor as follows:

In 40 / In 40 / Ty 6 / Fe 2 / Sh 0




Marksman: highly skilled in his personal weaponry, Rapid Run has a distinct advantage when using his built-in grenade launchers. When wielding them, or any other line-of-sight weaponry, Rapid Run may do so as though his Agility was +1 CS higher than is listed above.

Martial Arts types B and C: in addition to his skill with long-range weaponry, Rapid Run is quite a competent hand-to-hand combatant. He should receive a +1 CS to his Fighting on any unarmed melee strike, grappling attacks, escape maneuvers or even dodge and weave attempts.

Shields: if he can make a green Fighting FEAT in battle, Rapid Run can get his Seven Shield (or any other defensive implement) in the way of any attack headed towards his person, likely deflecting it in a random direction. He can also use it to attack at his Fighting score +1 CS.


As a member of Team Bullet Train, Rapid Run 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, Rapid Run can also call that large group of heroic robots reliable contacts as well.


In his vehicular mode, Rapid Run appears to be a gray Rail Star 700 bullet train engine, one with black and gold trim in places. In his humanoid configuration, Rapid Run appears to be a tall robot built from spare, gray and black bullet train parts.


Rapid Run is the brawler of Team Bullet Train. He's always quick to start - and finish - a fight, and is rather confident in his power. Furthermore, he seems to have absorbed a large portion of earth slang and culture, for he tends to be a glib, almost jive-talking robot at times.

Real Name: Rapid Run
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: green
Weight: several tons
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Rapid Run is composed of a strong alien metal that is primarily gray and black in hue, regardless of his form.


Rapid Run's history is fraught with mystery. As a member of Team Bullet Train however, he is one of three Autobots who have grown particularly close to humankind, since he has served as the engine of a commuter train for them for quite some time.

He did this, as did his fellows, while the Autobots awaited the eventual arrival of Megatron and his flunkies. Though they did not exactly know why Megatron was coming here, the Autobots did indeed know of his destination, and were thus able to prepare for his arrival well in advance.

The Autobots worked well with humans, helping them out in secrecy whether a disaster struck or simply in matters of convenience, until Megatron finally showed his hand. Shortly after he abducted earth's greatest energy expert, Dr. Onishi, Megatron went after various energy sources.

One such source was within a powerful new bullet train developed by various human industries.

When Megatron sent his Predacon goons after the train, Team Bullet Train was drawn from its role as mundane, conventional commuter trains directly into battle, at which point Rapid Run and the others became more active in the fight against evil.

They appeared several times in the Autobots' battle against the Predacons, both before and after those villains' ranks were bolstered by a large contingent of Decepticons. Either by himself or with his fellow members of Team Bullet Train, Rapid Run has helped in the fight considerably.

Of course, now that Megatron (nee Galvatron) and all his earth-bound goons have been defeated, Rapid Run's ultimate fate is in question. He is presumably returning to Cybertron with the other Autobots, but should any Predacons or Decepticons return, he'll be sure to follow!

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