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|Alias|| Jackie |
|Rank|| Warrior |
|First appearance||Con Job|
|Voiced by||James Horan|
Wheeljack is an Autobot Wrecker, best friend of Bulkhead and a semi member of Team Prime. Unlike the rest of the team's members, Wheeljack is a cocky, reckless loose cannon who doesn't think very highly of human safety and rarely follow orders. He is in one way a wild card for the Autobots. After a little pep talk from Arcee, Wheeljack is slowly beoming more of a team player. He works with Team Prime and becomes part of their ways, their family ways.
"Well then....Let's dance."
Wheeljack was a member of the Wreckers alongside Bulkhead, Pyro, Rotorstorm, Roadbuster, Impactor and Seaspray during the Great War. Wheeljack and Bulkhead took part in an unnamed battle where they were both low on Energon and surrounded by Decepticons. Wheeljack then tossed a grenade into a heat exchanger which took out all the Decepticons at once. Wheeljack and Bulkhead also had an encounter at Sandokan where Wheeljack refused to leave Bulkhead to die at Decepticons hands. Bulkhead then left the Wreckers in favor of joining Team Prime in the battle of Thunderhead Pass but Wheeljack stayed with the Wreckers. Wheeljack and several Wreckers fought at Darkmount Pass where they were caught between Decepticons and a smelting pit. Wheeljack took out the aggressors and used their bodies as a means of crossing the molten metal. At one point the Wreckers feel under the command of Ultra Magnus in an effort to stablise them, but Wheeljack refuesd to accept this devlopment and abandoned the Wreckers. When the Great Exodus came to pass, Wheeljack and the Wreckers scattered across the stars. Wheeljack took to traveling alone in his ship, traveling around the galaxy.
Finding Earth / Captured
Eventually, Wheeljack found his way to the Milky Way Galaxy where he made contact with Team Prime. Jackie was equally suprised to hear his old pal Bulkhead on the other end and sent coordinates to rendezvous, which were unfortunately intercepted by Soundwave, and Starscream called in the shapeshifting Makeshift for a mission. The 'cons made it to Wheeljack first and captured him while Makeshift (disguised as the Wrecker) fooled the Autobots into bringing him to their base.
Wheeljack was put in a detention cell aboard the Decepticon Warship where he and Starscream traded insults but Starscream underestimated Wheeljack. After he left a guard to watch the Wrecker, Wheeljack tricked him into freeing him and met with the 'cons who were preparing to storm the autobot base once Makeshift opened a groundbridge to the autobot base. Wheeljack made it through first and got it closed. At once, Wheeljack dueled the imposter, knocked him out, and sent him through another groundbridge straight back to Starscream... with a grenade about to blow at the suggestion of Bulkhead. The resulting explosion killed Makeshift before he could blab the location of the bots' base to Starscream. Wheeljack was offered a place on Team Prime but he turned it down in favor of continuing his search for more autobot refugees. He offered Bulkhead to come along but he stayed for more reasons than one.
Search for Survivors
Wheeljack continued his search for more autobots and found one, a Wrecker, Seaspray. They made contact and arranged to meet up in the Andromeda System. But as Wheeljack's ship, the Jackhammer, approached Seaspray's ship, a proximity bomb on the later's went off, killing Seaspray but Wheeljack survived. He picked up an ion trail that led him to Dreadwing. The Decepticon had intercepted the transmission between the two Wreckers and had attempted to kill two bots with one stone.
Back on Earth
Wheeljack chased the con through several systems until at last they made it back to earth. Upon arriving, the two caused quite a ruckus that attracted the attentions of both Agent William Fowler and the Autobots. Seeing Fowler's jet, Dreadwing scanned it and flew off while Wheeljack accidentally blew up a gas station. He went back with the autobots to their base to get a little medical attention from Ratchet while he explained the entire events of what brought him and Dreadwing back to Earth. Bulkhead was devastated to learn about Seaspray's death. Fowler chewed out Wheeljack for his actions while the Wrecker blew off Fowler's comment, stating he's not one of Optimus Prime's people, then went out to his ship. Outside, Bulkhead had a talk with Wheeljack about the condition the bots were in against the cons, being outnumbered. Wheeljack stated he sees Prime as just a figurehead who wouldn't lift a finger to fight with everyone else when a transmission from Dreadwing came. The decepticon challenged Wheeljack, sending him coordinates. Bulkhead reluctantly came along. On site, the two Wreckers seemingly had Dreadwing trapped when the con blew a bomb, burying them in rubble and then kidnap Bulkhead.
Optimus showed up and chastised Wheeljack for endangering one of his own when they picked up a signal that led them to a strapped-down Bulkhead, outfitted with a bomb timed to blow. Wheeljack set to work in disarming it while Optimus confronted Dreadwing. Bulkhead freed himself and knocked Wheeljack away, intending to let himself blow up without endangering his two friends. Wheeljack wouldn't let him when Optimus captured Dreadwing, and managed to convince him to deactivate the bomb. Dreadwing promptly made his escape and Wheeljack returned to base, finally deciding to stay but wanted to explore the planet. He adopted an earth-based vehicle mode and drove off.
Iacon Relic Hunt
Optimus had told Ratchet to have assistance from Wheeljack in retrieving the next relic. Ratchet rendezvous with Wheeljack by the Jackhammer, and they headed out in the ship to find the relic. Wheeljack quickly got on Ratchet's nerve by calling him "doc" and "sunshine" but soon encountered Soundwave. The Wrecker engaged Soundwave in a dog fight using some fancy aerial flight moves, but against the advice of Ratchet, Wheeljack let Soundwave go and attacked Laserbeak. After a lengthy dog fight, Wheeljack shot the Mini-Con down, but the Jackhammer was also disabled. On the ground Wheeljack found Laserbeak and suggested planting a grenade inside of the Mini-Con to kill Soundwave, but Ratchet had a better idea: A virus which would download the entire Iacon data base into their systems. While Ratchet set about implanting the virus into Laserbeak, Wheeljack went after Soundwave, soon locating and attacking the Decepticon. Though he almost got the upper hand, Soundwave hit him with the Resonance Blaster, and Wheeljack barely had time to warn Ratchet before falling unconscious. Despite the damage, Wheeljack refused to return to base for treatment and instead set about fixing his ship. But before Ratchet left, Wheeljack finally acknowledged the doctor by name.
Wheeljack was called in to the base when Bulkhead turned up critically injured. While he had full confidence in Ratchet's abilities, he decided to go find the responsible parties. Joined by Miko, he attacked an energon mine to draw out Hardshell. This succeeded, and Wheeljack left Miko in the ship while he faced the Insecticon. Unfortunately Hardshell was too much for him to handle, but as he was about to be killed, Miko interceded in the fight, blasting Hardshell with the Jackhammer's missiles. After losing the rest of the Insecticon swarm by throwing a box of grenades at them, Wheeljack welcomed Miko to the ranks of the Wreckers. The pair returned to base, though Wheeljack didn't want to see his friend lying comatose and left. Ratchet held a grudge over Wheeljack's revenge stunt, and when Arcee suggested calling the Wrecker in to cover for Bulkhead, Ratchet objected.
Battle of Autobot base
After detecting the immense energy surge projected by the Omega Lock, Wheeljack returned to the Autobot base to find it under attack by Decepticon forces. He made peace with the Autobot's about his revenge stunt and joined Fowler in attempting to hold the Decepticons off. However as he attempted to destroy other two Insecticons, his ship was then shot down by Starscream who commented that "this is how you wreck a Wrecker!".
Though the Jackhammer was destroyed, Wheeljack survived but was captured by Decepticons once again and presented before Megatron who in turn, ordered him detained and questioned. Starscream then took great pleasure in torturing Wheeljack for information. During the interrogation, Wheeljack tried to explain to Starscream that the Autobots did not tell him of their plans, as he arrived on his own whim before expressing interest in whatever other tactics Starscream had to torture him with.
After Starscream's methods failed, the newly arrived Shockwave used a Cortical Psychic Patch but had the same results as Starscream. As a result, Wheeljack became useless. Though Starscream was ordered to terminate Wheeljack, the Decepticon actually planted a tracker on him. Wheeljack was to be melted in a deep pit but the Wrecker used a Vehicon to escape and bailed out of Jasper.
Reunion with team/Predacon encounter
Wheeljack reunited with Bulkhead and Miko and discovered the tracker on him but Wheeljack used his own deception to draw the following strike force into a grenade trap and destroyed them. Wheeljack and his friends then went to a Decepticon mine to get attention from the other Autobots by blowing it up, but were forced to deal with a long thought extinct Predacon named Predaking. No matter what the Wreckers did, nothing could stop the beast until they were saved by the newly arrived Ultra Magnus in his ship who managed to lose the beast and got them to saftey. Thanks to Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack, Bulkhead and Miko were reunited with Bumblebee, Arcee, Ratchet, June, Jack and Fowler, though Smokescreen and Optimus Prime were still absent. Though they were all worried, Ultra Magnus stated that they could not wait around for Optimus to show up, forcing the Wrecker commander to take charge, much to Wheeljack's disapprovement. However a whole shelf full of weapons inside Magnus's ship later changed Wheeljack's mind.
Bulkhead and Wheeljack were GroundBridged to Darkmount. As a distraction, Wheeljack continued to throw Energon Bombs. Starscream had sent some forces to attack attack them, which were destroyed by Bulkhead's Big Cannon and Wheeljack's Energon whip. After blasting and groundbridging the Predacon to the Arctic, he and his fellow wrecker were confronted and defeated by Shockwave and were surrounded along with Bumblebee and Arcee after they were defeated. When Ultra Magnus announced that Optimus is online, Shockwave and the Vehicons were looking elsewhere, Bulkhead gave the signal and the Autobots attacked their captors, freeing themselves. Teaming up, Wheeljack stepped on Shockwave and transformed to clear the area along with the bots as well as dodging the scientist's blasts.
He was present among the Autobots at a military base when Agent Fowler was giving his thanking speech and welcomed his Wrecker commander to Team Prime.
Hunting Predacon remains
Following the destruction of Darkmount, Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus searched the former base for supplies but found only a single Energon cube and the lobbing ball. However tensions between Wheeljack and his former Wrecker commander soon emerged following a lobbing stunt to Bulkhead which almost killed Miko. But soon enough however, Optimus returned from a mission with the remains of yet another Predacon, much to everyone's shock as Predacons went extinct on Cybertron long before all life on Cybertron even existed. Soon after two Precdacon excavation sites where uncovered. The Wreckers were tasked with recovering one in Scotland.
Wheeljack jumped striaght into a battle with Vehicons, despite Ulta Magnus ordering him to wait for proper cover. This forced Bulkhead to play as a peace maker between the two. This was made more difficult when it turned out he brought Miko along in his chest cavity. The three Wreckers and Miko found themselves facing a returned and very angry Predacon. Miko climbed up to the ship to call for back up, the three then faced the beast. Wheeljack goaded it into shooting fire at him. This required it to open its mouth, which he intended to throw a grenade down. As he threw it, the Predacon closed its mouth and the grenade brought down the cavern. When the Wreckers came to, the Predacon was gone. Magnus and Wheeljack nearly came to blows, before Bulkhead reminded them Miko was on the surface with the Predacon and probably with the Decepticon escort. When they reached the surface they found Miko in the Apex Armor beating up Starscream and his Vehicons. Wheeljack fed up with Magnus drove off.
He called for a Ground Bridge back to base, where he was pushed onto another mission with Arcee. The two Ground Bridged in the middle of the Vehicon platoon and easily dispatched them. In the mine, the two talked about their war experiences and Wheeljack's ditching of his team. He admitted Ultra Magnus was not the cause of his leaving, but Bulkhead as he was going soft. Arcee told him not to push Bulkhead away as he would never forgive himself if something happened to him, reminding him of how he hunted down Hardshell. The two got a call from Jack asking for Arcee's help because his mother and Fowler might be in serious trouble. The duo fond them being held by Knock Out. They each killed two Insecticons sent to help Knock Out and Wheeljack saved Fowler and June. When they returned to base, Wheeljack was talked into staying.
Predaking battle / Destruction of Project Predacon
The Autobots investigated a potential Energon mine. When scouting the mine, Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus found Shockwave's laboratory. Thy found Shockwave in his labs and engaged him but heran away, but activated the Predacon clones. Through the use of a grenade and a large batch of Synthetic Energon, Wheeljack killed every single clone still in their tubes. The two were met by the Predacon, they faced before, now in robot mode and now calling itself Predaking. Once Wheeljack's grenade went off Predaking became enraged at the deaths of his brothers and engaged the two Wreckers and crushed Ultra Magnus's hand under his foot. They were saved at the last minute by Optimus Prime who took them back to base for repairs. Wheeljack then stood over Ultra Magnus's bedside table as Ratchet attempted repairs.
Capturing Soundwave / Omega Lock 2.0
When Magnus had his new claw repalced for his hand, Wheeljack was conerned that it wouldn't be well for battle. After the Decepticon began taking EArth technology, Wheelack was part of the team that totally failed to stop another Vehicon theft. Optimus, however shot down Soundwave. Wheeljack then stood with the other Autobots as they interogated Soundwave who crashed his own drives to avoid talking, befor doing so however Soundwave spoke for the first time which Wheeljack witnessed. For the second theft, Wheeljack persuaded Ratchet to let Magnus come. When Predaking showed up, Optimus ordered them to secure the objective while he faced the beast. Thanks to Wheeljack's grenades they caught up to Shockwave only for the Predacon to whisk him away.
Ratchet Captured / Finding the Nemesis
When they got back to base, Ratchet had been taken by Soundwave. Wheeljack deduced that Megatron was after the Sythetic Energon formula. He and Raf later built a drone out spare military hardware to track down the Nemesis. The probe was launched with Optimus following. The probe was later blown up by Starscream. Ratchet later sent them the coordinates of the Nemesis.
Battle of the Nemesis / Megatron's end
The Wreckers were ordered to secure the bridge. When they got there they were Ground Bridged by Soundwave to the lower decks. Soon after Megatron was destroyed by Bumblebee forcing the Decepticons to retreat which allowed the Wreckers to secure the bridge. When they arrived they found Jack and Miko had claimed the bridge already. Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack then flew the ship to Cybertron and the Lock was used to restore their homeworld. When they packed up Wheeljack took his lobbing ball with him and saluted Fowler before stepping through the Ground Bridge to their homeworld.
Search for the AllSpark
Once on their homeworld Wheeljack witnessed the graduation of Bumblebee from scout to warrior and begun the party by destroying the statue of Megatron at Kaon. Soon after however Optimus informed the group that he must find the AllSpark which he jettisoned into space eons ago. Wheeljack was chossen to fly Optimus there with Ultra Magnus's ship. Once in Theta Scorpia where it was located Optimus went after the AllSpark but they were soon troubled with a plasma storm but Optimus managed to grab the AllSpark before it hit, though Wheeljack's ship took a hit.
Once on their way back to Cybertron Wheeljack and Optimus were contacted by Bumblebee and Arcee who told them that Unicron, possessing Megatron's corpse, had returned. Wheeljack was puzzuled, wondering why Unicron simply didn't just take Earth behind their backs but Prime elaborated that Unicron had in fact travlled to Earth to destroy his age old enemy Primus. Wheeljack and Optimus eventually returned to Cybertron where Unicron had caused considerable damage. As Optimus engaged Unicron, Wheeljack attempted to fly the AllSpark to saftey only to be shot down by Unicron. Jackie was carried to saftey by Bulkhead and Arcee while Optimus emptied the AllSpark into the Matrix within him, using the container to seal Unicron's essence within. Wheeljack stood witness to Megatron (now free of Unicron's possession) abandoning his Decepticon ways and Starscream flying off.
Cybertron reborn / Optimus Prime's sacrifice
After the battle Wheeljack stood assembled with Team Prime (now inluding Knock Out) as Optimus stated that merging the AllSpark with himself now required him to sacrifice himself to restore new life to Cybertron. Wheeljack subsequently witnessed Optimus dive into the Well of AllSparks with millions of new sparks exiting including Optimus Prime's...
Personality and Traits
As a member of the Wreckers, Wheeljack is a highly accomplished soldier who has seen plenty of actions and gained plenty of scars doing so. However, Wheeljack is also a cocky, reckless loose cannon and he rarely chooses to follow orders and hardly takes human well-being into consideration. He also tries to avoid the complications of teamwork, choosing to do his own way most of the time. However, Wheeljack is still trust worthy enough the know that he will return when the Autobots need him.
Wheeljack also seems to show little fear at the sight of Decepticon interrogation as he has been captured and tortured twice now and just laughs at them.
Wheeljack demonstrated he cares for his team by helping Raf track Ratchet. According to Bulkhead, Wheeljack was originally a team player before time transformed him.
He also possess impressive mechanical exerpertise.
Optimus and Wheeljack are often seen together. In loose cannons, Wheeljack doubted Optimus of not getting his hands dirty in battles. When Dreadwing captured Bulkhead, Optimus came to help Wheeljack out of the piles of rocks and tagged along with him to search for their friend. In the Jack hammer, Optimus seemed to be a bit cramped up and asked Wheeljack why he perfers to work solo. Wheeljack stated being alone isn't that complicated. When they finally found Bulkhead, Dreadwing had placed a bomb on Bulkhead. Wheeljack tried to defuse the bomb, though Optimus went off to find Dreadwing. Wheeljack proves his orginal theory to Bulkhead about Optimus being the first to leave, but Bulkhead states "No, not Optimus." In the end, Wheeljack finally realized that Dreadwing is the only one who can handle it, and Optimus knows it too. Optimus was able to capture Dreadwing using a crane. Dreadwing defused the bomb and blew up the dock before escaping. Back at base, Wheeljack says it was an honor watching Optimus work and that he had the wrong idea about him. Optimus extends his hand to welcome Wheeljack to the team, which Bulkhead presuaded him that if he leaves he might come back again. Wheeljack went to explore more about Earth with his new vehicle mode.
After the destruction of their former base, the team were divided but were reunited with a new Autobot named Ultra Magnus. Despite Optimus not being around this time, the team divised a plan to take on the Decepticon citadel. This plan, however, ended in every Autobot being held captive. Suddenly Optimus Prime flew in with his new robust look, which resulted in everyone escaping from the collapsed citadel. Later on, Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack discovered Shockwave's lab with the Predacon clones, which Wheeljack used his grenade to destroy the place. The original Predacon, that the Decepticons used to hunt the Autobots, made an appearance in his robot mode. Enraged by the destruction of his brethren, the Predacon attacked them and was about to kill them when suddenly Optimus came in to rescue them. In the final battle, Wheeljack went with Bulkhead and Ultra Magnus to secure the bridge, but failed as Soundwave used one of his relocation tricks on them. In the end, they secured it with the help of their human friends. As the team went back to base after restoring Cybertron, Optimus made a speech on how they will miss their human friends/family. Wheeljack gave a mutual salute to Agent Fowler with Ultra Magnus and Smokescreen before going back to Cybertron.
Of the Autobots, Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus had the hardest time adapting to one another. Originally meeting during the war for Cybertron, Wheeljack left the Wreckers after Ultra Magnus was assigned as leader by Optimus Prime. They would see each other again years later on Earth when Ultra Magnus arrived to find the Autobots in hiding and bring them together again. When Ultra Magnus scheduled his assault on Darkmount, Wheeljack and Bulkhead expressed delight in preforming their actions Wrecker-style, something Ultra Magnus told him that he could not deal with on Cybertron and could still not do so at that point either.
Their past would be brought up after the two returned to the Autobot base after having searched through the ruins of the former one and Wheeljack proceeding to throw his and Bulkhead's old lobbing ball at the latter, which he failed to catch and in doing so, allowed it to hit around the room before finally landing in front of Agent Fowler's room. Ultra Magnus told him that he would not tolerate Wrecker behavior, with Wheeljack telling him that somethings never changed and Ultra Magnus reminding him that Optimus had set him as the leader of the team. While offering him the chance to walk away again, as he had done before, Wheeljack told him that he would if the Jackhammer had not been destroyed before walking off steamed.They would again butt heads when going on a mission with Bulkhead after Optimus assigned him in charge of the Wreckers. First, Ultra Magnus angrily scolded Wheeljack for the decision to have Miko Nakadai accompany him on the mission and even bickered with him over his choice to use a bomb against Predaking in a confined space. Ultra Magnus watched as Wheeljack left the Autobots angrily and soon saw him again at the Autobot base.
The two would finally come to an understanding after being led to Shockwave's laboratory where the Predacon clones were being created. This time, Ultra Magnus was all for Wheeljack's employment of a grenade in a confined space, in order to destroy the clones. They would later team up against Predaking and on the verge of defeat, both acknowledged their respect for each other. Wheeljack helped Magnus with his damaged hand. He even talked to Ratchet about letting Ultra Magnus battle with them. During the final battle, Ultra Magnus attacked the Decepticon's warship with Bulkhead and Wheeljack beside him. They tried to take on Soundwave, but failed as Soundwave bridged them away. Luckily, Jack and Miko (who was in the Apex Armor) was able to lure Soundwave into the Shadowzone. When Optimus told everyone that Megatron was dead, they cheered. Optimus told the Wreckers a good job for securing the bridge, but Ultra Magnus stated that it was the humans who deserve the credit.
Wheeljack and Bulkhead have a very close relationship, due to their time in the Wreckers. They act like brothers in a way. Both are more than eager to start a fight with the Decepticons or start partying. Though Wheeljack is somewhat uncomfortable with the fact that Bulkhead is less rowdy and more inclined to follow orders from Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus, he still considers Bulkhead as his best friend and will continue to fight by his side.
Wheeljack considers Miko as the human-equivalent of a Wrecker, due to her personality and past actions. He even bestowed to her, the honorary title of a Wrecker after she saved him by destroying Hardshell. She further proves her worth by fighting off Starscream and his Vehicons, using the Apex Armor. He now sees her as a true Wrecker.
- Wheeljack is the only Autobot who isn't a main character that hasn't died in Transformers: Prime.
- Since his revenge stunt with Miko, the Autobots have been hesitant to call him in for assistance in the battlefield, despite facing two extreme situations where his help would have been most useful. In Darkest Hour, Wheeljack even said that a team has to stay together; no one even called him especially Bulkhead. This was mentioned when the latter was interrogated by Starscream.
- Wheeljack's bio claims that he is a mechanic, but that has yet to be extensively seen. It has been alluded to in "Triage". In "Evolution" he further adds to this by performing maintenance and upgrading Ultra Magnus' ship.
- Since Season 3 begun, Wheeljack has thus far been present for all episodes (minus Thirst), thus finally making him a main character in Transformers: Prime series
- Wheeljack is largely responsible for Cybertron's restoration. When he killed the Seekers sent to capture him, the Predacon was sent after him. This prompted Megatron to clone more, which prompted Starscream's alternate super soldier project, which made all the Decepticons Synth-En placed in Shockwave's lab. When Wheeljack blew up the Synth-En it bonded with Predacon CNA and created Cyber Matter. This prompted Megatron to rebuild the Omega Lock and restore Cybertron.
- Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack, Bumblebee and Smokescreen are the only Autobots to not use built-in melee weapons.
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Multiplayer execusive only)
- Loose Cannons (Returns)
- Triangulation (mentioned only)
- New Recruit (mentioned only)
- Darkest Hour
Season 3: Beast Hunters:
- Darkmount, NV
- Project Predacon
- Chain of Command
- Plus One
- Minus One
- Predacons Rising
| Optimus Prime | Arcee | Bumblebee | Bulkhead | Ratchet | Wheeljack | Ultra Magnus | Smokescreen | Knock Out
|Cliffjumper | Tailgate | Seaspray | Alpha Trion|
|Decepticons | Thirteen | Neutral | Wreckers | Star Seekers|