|Status||Offline (killed by Starscream)|
|First appearance||Darkness Rising, Part 1|
|Voiced by|| Dwayne Johnson (Season 1) |
Billy Brown (Season 2)
Frank Welker (Terrorcon)
Cliffjumper was one of the initial members of Team Prime fighting the Decepticons on Earth. He was also the second partner of Arcee. Unfortunately he was killed by Starscream in his debut episode. He was then used as a test subject for the Dark Energon and turned into a Terrorcon, only to be killed once again. His death would be one of Arcee's driving story arcs.
Journey to the Core
During the Great War, Cliffjumper and Bumblebee broke into Airachnid's lair to arrest her and rescue Arcee and her partner, Tailgate. However, they were only able to save Arcee because Airachnid had already killed Tailgate.
Sea of Rust
After the repelling the Decepticon attack on the Ark, Optimus Prime sent a search team composed of Jazz, Sideswipe and Cliffjumper to look for the Lightning Strike Coalition who went missing in the Sea of Rust. Jazz and Cliffjumper were forced to split up and take seperate routes, but thankfully Cliff had the experimental cloaking technology and used it to sneak through the various Decepticon patrols and defenses.
Jazz and Cliffjumper eventually meet up and found a crevasse in which the Lightning Strike Coalition force went missing. Cliffjumper initally wanted to go, but Jazz went instead, much to his annoyance. However Cliff was much more happier up top as Jazz found the dead body of Sludge, and his killers, the Insecticons who attacked him in swarms. Jazz was able to escape and the two made a bolt for it. However they then came across a lake of pure Energon and a tower projecting immense power. After sneaking through more enemy patrols, they discovered Shockwave talking to Starscream about the tower. However as impatient as Cliffjumper was, he tried to jump Shockwave, only to be caught and forced to engage him. But a swarm of Insecticons soon attacked as Shockwave retreated. Cliffjumper then found himself trapped in the control room of the tower as Jazz was forced to fight the Insecticons. However Cliffjumper was able to sabotage the tower and free himself. As the tower went critical, the two Autobots were able to escape thanks to Sideswipe and reported their Energon findings to Optimus Prime.
After Metroplex sacrificed his life to power the Ark, Cliffjumper was seen ordering all Autobots onto the Ark.
Space Bridge Operation
It seems that Cliffjumper never boarded the Ark on its launch during the Great Exodus, as he stayed behind to investigate the reports of Decepticon operation on a deserted Cybertron, only ended up being captured by Starscream's forces along with Arcee. As he came out to Arcee and the Decepticons, he asked her if she had missed him. After being interrogated harshly, he faked a shutdown and ended up being locked in Arcee's cell. After Starscreams many failed interrogation tactics, Cliffjumper and Arcee were taken to Shockwave were he extracted a secret Autobot code from Arcee, a message to Optimus Prime; asking for all Autobots who could hear it to join his team on Earth.
As Cliffjumper was about to be executed by Shockwave, he goated Starscream into handling the dirty work instead. However due to Starscreams incompetence, Arcee was able to stop him and they made their way to Shockwave's new space bridge. During their trick on the Vehicons, Cliffjumper pretended to have been wanting to join the Vehicons after being abandoned by his leader. He told the Vehicons to imagine the look on Optimus' face when the Decepticons attacked him, with himself included. However, as he talked to the Vehicons, Shockwave appeared behind him. Shockwave struck him boldly as the Vehicons prepared to open fire on him and Arcee.
Cliffjumper discovered that Arcee was still embittered by Tailgate's death and helped her move on. Once they arrived at the space bridge, they procceded to sabotage it. Once that was done and Shockwave was supposedly destroyed, they made their escape through the untable bridge, only to have Shockwave follow them. Thankfully Arcee was able to shoot Shockwave's single optic, buying them enough time to escape and make it to Earth as the Space bridge exploded. The two then found Optimus Prime's team and became new members.
Following their escape from Shockwave through the GroundBridge, Cliffjumper and Arcee successfully made it to Earth. As Cliffjumper emerged from the ground, he was given a hand by Arcee, whom declared him her partner. As the two journeyed, Cliffjumper recounted his and Jazz's venture in the Sea of Rust, complaining he had no one to talk to.
Three years after the latest Decepticon activity, Cliffjumper was patrolling for Energon mines. While on his patrol, he talked to Arcee over a transmission and told her of his discovery of an Energon mine. As she asked if he needed back up, Cliffjumper assured her that he wouldn't and sarcastically asked her if he ever had before. He was soon ambushed by Starscream and his Vehicon troops. Though he was able to stop most of them, being outnumbered played a key factor in his defeat as he was trounced by the Vehicons and taken back to the Decepticon base. He asked Starscream where Megatron was, only to be struck violently in the chest after doing so. As Starscream told him of his commanding of the Decepticons, Cliffjumper's energon poured on the ground before the Autobot himself fell headfirst onto the floor, dead.
Though brief, Cliffjumper was brought back to life by the effects of Megatron's newly aquired Dark Energon. However, he was brought back as a zombie-like Cybertronian called a Terrorcon. He then began to destroy several Decepticon miners before trying to destroy Megatron, but was cut in two by the Decepticon leader. The Autobots detected his life signal but discovered his new form and realized that it wasn't Cliff anymore. They were forced to abandon him when Starscream blew the mines- which presumably finished off Cliffjumper.
Cliffjumper's death would have many effects on Arcee and other Autobots would mentioned Cliffjumper aswell. Starscream use to mention killing Cliffjumper and bragging about it a lot. Starscream revealed to Airachnid that he killed the Autobot, much to her own surprise. Later, the Decepticon let it slip to Arcee that he was his killer. During Bulkhead and Ratchet's assistance of Starscream, Arcee reminded the two that she had already lost two partners and wasn't exactly willing to cooperate with their killers. Cliffjumper was mentioned by Optimus in Predacons Rising.
Personality and Traits
Like most Autobots, Cliffjumper was a loyal and determind soldier. However unlike most, Cliffjumper was rather cocky and often leaped into situations before looking. He also seemed to think he could handle battle situations on his own, which would ultimatly lead to his death at the hands of Starscream. However Cliffjumper was still a fun loving and playful Autobot.
As a Terrorcon, Cliffjumper was aggressive, violent and mindlessly destructive.
In robot mode Cliffjumper is red, has two white horns on his head, and is a medium sized autobot. He has blue eyes and the middle of his body has a black belt through it containing his headlights.
Cliffjumper transforms into a red Dodge Challenger. It has two horns on the front and yellow headlights.
- Darkness Rising, Part 1 (First appearance)
- Darkness Rising, Part 2 (As Terrorcon)
- Darkness Rising, Part 3
- Darkness Rising, Part 5 (Mentioned only)
- Predatory (cameo)
- Partners (cameo)
- Stronger, Faster (mentioned)
- One Shall Fall (Informally mentioned)
- Crossfire (Mentioned only)
- Grill (Flashback and mentioned)
- Hurt (Mentioned only)
- Out of the Past (Flashback only)
- Alpha/Omega (Informally mentioned)
- Patch (Flashback)
- Despite being killed off in the very first episode and only making the occasional flashback appearance, most of the marketing for Transformers: Prime featured Cliffjumper with the main team. (One even showed him standing in front of Bulkhead.) This was done to make his death more of a surprise and show that anything was possible in Transformers: Prime. As expected, his death came as quite a shock to everyone watching the first episode. Prime's sister show, G.I.JOE: Renegades, did the same thing with the character Ripcord, but he would eventually return alive but had been experimented on by the bad guys (much like Cliffjumper).
- Originally, Smokescreen was scheduled for his death. However, he was supposed to die in the first season finale, as opposed to the premiere.
- Tailgate shares his same body type.
- This is the first Cliffjumper to appear in the same cartoon as Bumblebee and not be a repainted version of Bumblebee.
- Cliffjumper is one of two Autobots to appear onscreen, but not survive the episode they debut in. The other is Tailgate.
- Seaspray does not count; his ship was shown, but he himself never physically appeared in the series.
| Optimus Prime | Arcee | Bumblebee | Bulkhead | Ratchet | Wheeljack | Ultra Magnus | Smokescreen | Knock Out
|Cliffjumper | Tailgate | Seaspray | Alpha Trion|
|Decepticons | Thirteen | Neutral | Wreckers | Star Seekers|