As are the other Autobots, Ultra Magnus is an electromechanical being that hails from Cybertron, a robot that strives to prevent Decepticon domination of the universe. This incredibly powerful alien may also be from another time period, making him doubly out of place on earth.
Cybertronian Physique: like his fellow Autobots, Ultra Magnus is a robotic entity of Cybertronian design and origin. As such, this legendary warrior has, by his very nature, the use of a large variety of abilities that reflect this. His very body gives Ultra Magnus these super human powers:
* Body Armor (s): made (or formed) from primarily metallic materials, Ultra Magnus is considerably durable. His sturdy, inorganic composition affords Ultra Magnus intensity 8 (+2) protection from attack, enough to make him strongly resistant to most assault.
* Growth (a): Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Ultra Magnus, for instance, typically stands at twenty one feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at intensity 5 as a general matter of course.
As such, this arrogant 'bot has a +5 size factor. This grants him a +5 bonus to damage he inflicts on normal sized foes, while theirs suffers a -5 against him. Conversely, he suffers a -5 penalty to strike standard sized enemies in the first place, while they gain a +5 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 Ultra Magnus 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, Ultra Magnus 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, Ultra Magnus 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): Ultra Magnus is an extremely powerful warrior in his own right - there is little that can stand in his way. However, when even his might is not enough, he can combine with Optimus Prime, to form Omega Prime! This is an intensity 20 power.
Flight (a): a rarity amongst the Autobots, Ultra Magnus has the power of flight, thanks to a set rocket boosters and stabilizer wings attached to his back. He can achieve intensity 9 flight, allowing him to move at about 600 miles per hour in the air - not bad, eh?
Headlights (i): to better emulate earthen vehicles (and since they come in handy in the dark), Ultra Magnus is equipped with a set of convenient headlights. These twin lamps can be used to generate intensity 8 illumination, which make driving at night no problem.
Jelling (a): in his vehicle mode, Ultra Magnus can manage enough buoyancy to actually drive on liquid surfaces, though only moves at intensity 1 speed when doing so - 15 m.p.h. This power doesn't work in his humanoid form, though it's surprising it works at all, really.
Machine Guns (a): these twinned, rotary barreled assault weapons are mounted on the front of Ultra Magnus' cab in his car carrier mode. He can fire them to inflict +5 damage in a short burst, or +6 damage in a sustained chain of fire.
Shape Change (a): Ultra Magnus can transform between his humanoid and futuristic car carrier modes at will, and often does so quickly in battle for tactical purposes. This power is voice-activated, however ('Ultra Magnus, Transform!'). Magnus has intensity 3 speed in his car carrier form.
Stun Blast (i): in his vehicle mode, Ultra Magnus can strike an opponent (or opponents) with a blast of electricity that can render them senseless. This intensity 20 stunning blast can affect those inside his car carrier cage or anybody that happens to be behind him.
Stun Cluster (i): Ultra Magnus has a small arsenal of mini-missiles built into his shoulders that he can fire at will. These missiles inflict intensity 10 damage, plus one for each additional hit (draw a card to see how many additional missiles hit home).
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Blue Bolts (i): Ultra Magnus' primary weapon, this twin cannon can be used to devastating effect. It consists of both a laser cannon and a rotary barrel machine gun, both of which inflict +5 damage per shot (physical or Armor Piercing energy).
He can fire one weapon or both, as he sees fit. Though hitting an opponent with both will enhance the overall damage by +1, he seems to do this very rarely, which may indicate that doing so is a severe drain on his power. And, as arrogant as he is, he wouldn't want to look weak.
Of course, Ultra Magnus can also make a third attack with the blue bolts - namely, he can launch some heavy duty missiles from the thing. As opposed to the small swarm of concussion missiles he can fire from his own body, each of which inflicts intensity 15 fragmentary damage.
the Matrix (w): the Matrix is an incredibly powerful computer meta-program that can be used by its chosen wielder for various purposes. While it was originally given to Optimus Prime, the current leader of the Autobots, Ultra Magnus has shown that he can access it as well.
The Matrix is capable of doing a great many things, but most of its abilities are shrouded in mystery - and it is doubtful that Ultra Magnus has the ability to use it as Optimus Prime can. However, he has done so on at least one occasion - which saved the lives of several Autobots.
You see, he can channel the Matrix's powers into another Autobot if necessary, the result being that he or she will be greatly enhanced in power (see the Autobot Brothers). He was not in control of this use of the Matrix though, and may not be able to duplicate it intentionally.
Reference Optimus Prime's description for more on this vastly powerful device / program.
Advanced Guns (a): Ultra Magnus is highly skilled in the use of various energy-slinging weapons - this mostly because of his extensive practice with his blue bolts, but he can wield other devices of this type with similar ability. Magnus uses such weaponry at a reduced difficulty.
Aerial Combat (a): while he is quite the scrapper in general, Ultra Magnus truly excels while fighting enemies in the air - particularly when his foes are earthbound. Whenever he's engaged in combat while in the air, Ultra Magnus makes combat actions at a reduced difficulty level.
Guns (a): in addition to using high-impact energy weapons, Ultra Magnus is also well-versed in the use of standard, chemical-propellant slug-throwers. Whenever using such weaponry, whether or not it's integral to his person, Ultra Magnus does so at a reduced difficulty level.
Leadership (w): despite his considerable character flaws, Ultra Magnus exudes confidence and a can-do attitude. As a natural leader, any team he leads into battle may add a +1 to their action scores for the duration of his tenure as their general / tactician.
A very powerful Autobot, even one who seems to be more of a freelance operative, Ultra Magnus can rely upon his fellows for assistance should he need it - though things usually seem to go the other way. This includes his brother, Optimus Prime, who he has some... issues with.
Gloryhound, with a secondary calling of Vengeance: not exactly a perfect hero, Ultra Magnus has many character flaws.
He revels in battle, feeling that he should be the recipient of war's spoils, and believes that he was slighted when his brother, Optimus Prime, was chosen to lead the Autobots instead of him. He's getting better, but still has a long, long way to grow yet.
In his car carrier mode, Ultra Magnus resembles an angular, futuristic blue and white car carrier with a blue and gray car 'cage' pulled along behind him. In his humanoid form, he appears to be a rather tall robot (with very long legs) made from various tractor trailer parts.
Ultra Magnus is a brave and cunning warrior.
He's also smug and arrogant when you get down to it, feeling that he is the Autobot most worthy of leadership - and thus the Matrix. This has caused him to be quite bitter about his brother being the Autobot leader, and he's had issues with Prime for eons.
Real Name: Ultra Magnus
Occupation: Autobot warrior, would-be leader
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron with no known criminal record
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Autobots
Height: 21' (approximately)
Weight: several tons
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Ultra Magnus is composed of a strong alien metal that is primarily white, blue and gray in color, with bits of red, gold and chrome trim in places.
Along with his brother, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus was a legendary hero of the Cybertronian civil wars, having won battle after battle thanks to both his impressive power and battle prowess. When the wars were finally over, though, a rift had formed between Magnus and Prime.
While he felt that he was the one who should lead his fellows and become the so-called King of Cybertron, Ultra Magnus was passed over for leadership by Vector Sigma. This super-computer, the so-called Allspark, felt that Optimus Prime would make a better leader than Magnus.
And thus gave him the Matrix.
With this item, Prime became even more powerful and wise, but Ultra Magnus felt betrayed; he was the stronger warrior, after all. Enraged, Magnus left Cybertron, wandering for years upon years in the depths of space, fighting Predacons and Decepticons where he found them.
Eventually, Ultra Magnus' anger over this situation brought him back to Cybertron to seize the Matrix, but he found upon his arrival that Optimus Prime wasn't there, but on earth. As such, he headed that way, crossing both time and space, to settle the score one and for all!
Upon his arrival, Magnus wound up getting on the bad side of every Cybertronian on earth, though he finally had his fight with Prime. The climax of this battle found the two of them merging, for the very first time, into the mighty Omega Prime - the most powerful of all Autobots.
Not counting Fortress Maximus, of course.
This only served to make Ultra Magnus even more angry, however. He still wanted the Matrix, but became somewhat confused when, during a heavy duty battle between Prime's forces and Megatron, he manifested the Matrix's powers himself - supercharging the three Autobot Brothers.
Not quite sure what was happening, Ultra Magnus wandered the earth to seek answers to his many, nagging questions. Naturally, he would come across the Autobots again and again, especially once Megatron (and later Galvatron) discovered where Fortress Maximus was at.
This forced Ultra Magnus and his brother to keep facing each other, and as time went on they seemed to become less antagonistic towards each other. They still had issues, of course (well, Ultra Magnus did, at any rate), but they could at least work together against their enemies.
For the most part.
Once the Autobots ultimately defeated Galvatron and his many minions in their final gambit to seize Fortress Maximus and his unstoppable energies, Ultra Magnus took it upon himself to ship the captured Predacons and Decepticons back to Cybertron - within the confines of Fort Max!
Commanding the most powerful Autobot in existence seemed quite a compliment to Ultra Magnus' prowess, so perhaps he has finally buried the hatchet he bears for Optimus Prime. After all, he's apparently got some of the Matrix, and more than enough responsibility to keep him busy now.
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