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    Vis Vitalis Crew in General 
A crew of motley adventurers, scientists, and heroes on a quest to find the legendary Knights of Cybertron. Seem to be having a much better go at it than the Lost Lighters.

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    Thunderclash 
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One of the most heroic Autobots around, the noble Thunderclash travels the universe looking for the Knights of Cybertron, while at the same time righting wrongs, saving the innocent, rescuing civilisations, and just being all-round perfect and magnificent. Not surprisingly, Rodimus is a teensy bit jealous of this guy. Due to injuries sustained during one of his adventures, Thunderclash became connected to the Vis Vitalis, which served as a sort of super life support machine. After nearly dying as a result, he turned out to be infected with personality ticks, which fully healed his injuries. Afterward, Thunderclash joins the Lost Light.

  • The Ace: To the point where TFWiki compares him to Ace Rimmer.
  • And I Must Scream: The moment he saw Rodimus' message about the DJD, he prepared to go find and help Team Rodimus. So Getaway had him knocked out and placed in a memory loop.
  • And the Adventure Continues: After the quest is over, he just heads off new ones. The last we hear of him, he’s assembled a new Lost Light-esque crew for some unknown adventure, which Rodimus ends up joining.
  • Arm Cannon: One on each arm.
  • Bus Crash: His condition worsens greatly between issue 22 and issue 41, and when we see him again he's near dead. This turns out to have not been caused by his injury though...
  • Bus Full of Innocents: His ship was damaged while rescuing orphans from an exploding sun.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rather than being just a one-off Parody Sue, he's the only hope the Lost Light has of finding the Knights of Cybertron once Rodimus' Matrix half is destroyed.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: During the fall of Grindcore Prison, Thunderclash took a shot to the spark, a near fatal injury that made the Vis Vitalis a necessity to live. Since then his perfection has been curbed by the necessity of being in proximity of his ship so he can't do anything too amazing. In issue 41 he was repaired by a Character Tick, who needed him alive for her species and in issue 42 he makes a full recovery, no longer needing the Vis Vitalis to survive.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He's been having visions in his sleep that are seemingly telling him where he needs to go to find the Knights of Cybertron.
  • Expy: Has been noted to be supiciously similar in characterization to Ace Rimmer. What a 'bot!
  • Grammar Nazi: Not as much as Ultra Magnus, but it's noted that he made sure to include a correctly-placed apostrophe in his warning message, despite the fact that doing so caused him to have even less time to live.
  • Handicapped Badass: His condition mean that he can't go very far from the Vis Vitalis, but he continues to go around doing badass things.
  • Hidden Depths: When dying, Cybertronians return to their favored mode; and it's revealed that Thunderclash favored his vehicle mode over his robot one.
  • Large and in Charge: He's about the same size as Ultra Magnus.
  • Nice Guy: Exceedingly pleasant toward the Lost Light crew, and promised that if he found the Knights first, he'd give them credit for helping.
  • Not What I Signed on For: He initially backs Getaway's mutiny, under the impression that the plan is to leave Megatron and the others on a deserted, harmless planet. After Getaway *repeatedly* alters the terms of this deal, he runs out of patience and turns on him - only to get nudge-gunned into a coma.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Virtually all of his great achievements are Noodle Incidents and Informed Abilities.
  • Parody Sue: He makes Ratchet smile, Ultra Magnus hugs him, and he treats Drift with respect.
    • When Rodimus sarcastically calls him "The Greatest Autobot Ever". Optimus Prime immediately recognizes he means Thunderclash, which annoys Rodimus.
      Rodimus: Argh- The very fact that you knew who I was referring to just - Ahem!
    • Countdown, known as the "hero of a thousand worlds" in other continuities, views him as a teacher, a trainer, a mentor, a role model, a counselor, a thinker, a sage, an idol, an inspiration, and a friend.
  • Unknown Rival: Clearly oblivious to Rodimus's jealousy.

    Firestar 
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A tall and boisterous dancer/actor/acrobat and Nautica's amica endura. Though friendly on the surface, she soon turns out to not be as nice as advertised.

  • Alpha Bitch: Played With. According to Nautica she fit all the criteria, she was an expert in the arts, and as such is heralded as successful in a society that emphasizes them. Though Nautica also notes that she was very hard to get along with, and nobody wanted to undergo amica endure with her, so she and Nautica got paired off.
  • Attention Whore: As Nautica explains, it's not enough for Firestar to be a skilled actor, artist, and dancer; everybody else has to know it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts nice on the surface, but quickly turns out to actually be a jerk. Issue #42 shows she's not all bad though.
  • Faux Action Girl: While a talented acrobat, and ship commander, none of that really counts toward actual fighting prowess. While Velocity and Nautica choose to engage the Personality Ticks, she ducks out, and later admits that adventuring isn't her thing.
  • Fem Bot
  • Flaming Hair: Her headpiece projects a small flame on the top of her head, giving her this look.
  • Foil: To both Nautica and Rodimus:
    • Like Nautica, she's socially awkward and was very lonely on Caminus. However while Nautica is shy and submissive to the point of being an Extreme Doormat, Firestar is boisterous and dominating to the point of being an Alpha Bitch.
    • Like Rodimus, she's very egotistical and constantly seeks attention. But where Rodimus's ego is subdued when it needs to be and is more endearing than anything, Firestar can't control her ego, which makes her own life more difficult.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's suggested that her jerkish personality came about because she was cripplingly lonely, so much so that she pressured/manipulated Nautica into being amica endura.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She was Nautica's amica endura, living with her when Nautica lived on Caminus. However issue 41 reveals that it wasn't really the nice, healthy relationship that Nautica had implied it was.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She's loud, boastful, and likes being the center of attention, but it's a cover to distract from her faults, namely her loneliness from pushing others away with said personality.
  • Jerkass: She subtly bullies Nautica around, calling her a mean nickname (one that she knows Nautica hates), pressuring her into dancing when she doesn't want to, and making a number of insults disguised as compliments.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Later, in issue #42, Firestar suggests to Nautica that they should end their friendship, due to their polar opposite personalities, and that she hasn't been the best friend to Nautica; however, she decides to be the one to end it, letting Nautica avoid being shamed because of their culture of unity. Nautica manages to talk her out of it, and they remain amica enduri.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's drawn to be a good head taller than Rodimus and most of the other crew members.

    Other Crew Members 

Javelin

A one-eyed member of the Vis Vitalis crew.

Proxima

A scientist on the Vis Vitalis.

  • Extra Eyes: In addition to her main visor styled eye, she has three extra optics (ala Lugnut), two with the ability to move around her head.
  • The Smart Girl: Alex Milne describes her as a genius on Perceptor's level.
  • Straight Gay: Is mentioned to be in a relationship with another female Transformer named Acceleron.
  • Workaholic: She's designed to give off a vibe of constant multi-tasking.

Roadmaster

A large warrior on the Vis Vitalis.

  • Action Girl
  • The Big Girl: Noted to be almost as big as Ultra Magnus.
  • Brawn Hilda: Milne designed her for power, and her massive boxy frame conveys that. He specifically compares her to Strika, though he feels Roadmaster would be shorter.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Unlike most female Transformers, she has a very boxy design that can make her look masculine from a distance. She's practically as wide as she's tall.

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