Alpha Trion is a
fictional characterin the "Transformers" animated series.
Transformers: Generation 1
name =Alpha Trion
motto ="Until that day, until all are one"
alternatemodes = Cybertronian Jet
Corey Burton,John StephensonA-3's voice, as heard in "Forever is a Long Time Coming", is supplied by Tony Pope. The young Alpha Trion, as he appears in "War Dawn," is voiced by Corey Burton. The modern-day Alpha Trion is voiced by John Stephenson.
He is, in his own words, "a first generation product of
Vector Sigma," meaning that he was one of the first wave of robots created by the Quintessonsand imbued with life by the mega-computer when the aliens occupied Cybertron twelve million years ago. Then known as A-3, he spearheaded the rebellion of the consumer goods robots, turning their 'slave brand' into a symbol of freedom. Due to an attempt by a Quintesson in the year 2006 to alter history, A-3 was temporarily transported to the future, while a group of Autobotstravelled back to his time and helped in the pre-arranged attack on the Quintesson city. At first, A-3 thought the future Transformers were still Quintesson slaves until the Autobots saved his life. A-3 returned in time to activate the Coda Remote device hidden within his slave brand, deactivating the Quintessons' Dark Guardians and turning the tide of the war. Eventually, the Quintessons were forced off the planet, and an age of peace began... but it was not to last.
The consumer goods robots renamed themselves the Autobots, but their product line brothers, the military hardware robots, redubbed themselves Decepticons, and, lusting for power, began a civil war. The Autobots developed transformation to fight back with stealth, eventually ending, or at least stalemating the war, allowing the peaceful and prosperous period known as the Golden Age of Cybertron to begin. It is unknown if A-3 ever modified himself to transform.
A viper lurked within this paradise - and soon, the Decepticons developed transformation technology as well, along with robot-mode flight powers, leading to the creation of
Megatron. Megatron promptly killed the current Autobot leader, and Alpha Trion gained possession of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, hiding it away until the next leader emerged. When Megatron attacked an energy warehouse, fatally injuring several young Autobots, including one named Orion Pax, the time-displaced Aerialbotssearched for help - and they found A-3, now calling himself Alpha Trion. He had been working on a way to rebuild Autobots into configurations truly designed for battle, and was convinced to first employ it on Pax, who was rebuilt into Optimus Prime, to whom Alpha Trion gave the Matrix. He also rebuilt Pax's girlfriend, Ariel, into Elita One. It is suggested to be possible, though never confirmed, that Dion, Orion's best friend, was also one of Alpha Trion's rebuilt transformers, and thus is the former form of either Ultra Magnus, or as some speculate, Ironhide. His actions made him known as the "Father of all Autobots".
Over the course of the next four million years, after Optimus Prime, Megatron and their troops were lost on Earth, Alpha Trion acted as a guide to Elita One's guerilla team of Female Autobots. (Note that it is never explained why his voice and appearance changed. He appeared to be the equivalent of an old man at this point, despite no other Cybertronian showing such signs of "aging"- not even those still active on Cybertron during the 4 million years.) In the Earth year 1985, Elita One was captured by the Decepticons to lure Optimus Prime into a trap, but expended all her energy using her stasis powers to save Prime from death. Knowing that only Alpha Trion could save her, Prime searched for the ancient Autobot, who knew that only Optimus's power supply could properly interface with Elita's. It became apparent that even though Trion remembered his hand in Prime's creation, Prime himself lacked that knowledge.
A short time later, the Decepticons attacked Alpha Trion's workshop in search of the Key to Vector Sigma. Successfully obtaining it, Megatron used Vector Sigma to give life to his
Stunticonsas Trion led the Autobots into the depths of Cybertron. At Prime's suggestion, several Cybertronian shuttle craft were rebuilt to resemble Earth jets, to be used as a new team combat the Stunticons. But without the key, Vector Sigma could not be activated, and so Alpha Trion, as the only being possessing the same computation Matrix as Vector Sigma, sacrificed himself to give life to these jets - the Aerialbots. Trion merged with Vector Sigma, but also apparently coexisted both within the computer to inform Optimus of the key's destructive power on Earth, and within the Matrix, as, in the Earth year 2006, when Optimus Prime entered the Matrix to search for a way to stop the Hate Plague, Alpha Trion was there to tell him that he knew nothing of a cure.
In 2007, Optimus Prime reactivated Vector Sigma with the Matrix's shell, and consulted Alpha Trion on the
Plasma Energy Chamber, the key to which had become the centre of a battle. Alpha Trion told Prime that Vector Sigma itself had allowed Galvatron to learn of the key, as it would be instrumental in restoring the Golden Age of Cybertron.
In the Japanese cartoon continuity, Alpha Trion's ghost appeared to Optimus Prime as he was fighting his way through Cybertron's underground defences, in order to reach Vector Sigma, which had grown unstable. Prime was without the Matrix, however, having used all its energy to stop the Hate Plague, and although Alpha Trion then recharged it, turning Hot Rod back into
Rodimus Prime, Prime still had to sacrifice himself by merging with Vector Sigma to stabilise it.
Although there was no toy of Alpha Trion in the "" toy line, the character appeared in the "Transformers: Universe" comic book.
In the BotCon Comic series and toy exclusives, Alpha Trion is revived to help
Primal Primeand the Wreckers, and is depicted as a repaint of Beast MachinesSnarl.
Devil's Due Publishing
In the third volume of the Devil's due G.I Joe vs the Transformers comics the android
Serpentordownloaded information on the history of Cybertronfrom Soundwave. Mentioned among that information was the Quintessons, Alpha Trion, Megatronand Soundwave, the planet of Junk, a warrior named Optimus Primaland the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
In "Transcendent" Breakaway,
Landquakeand Skyfall arrive on a parallel Transtech Cybertron, in the city of Axiom Nexus. They are greeted by that world's Cheetorand Silverbolt, and are worried that Cliffjumperhas gone missing. The arrivals are told that they are among many to arrive on this world and are brought to "processing." Among those waiting in processing are Autoceptor, Bad Boy, Charger with Fire Beast, Cosmos, Cy-Kill, Path Finder, "Universe" Repugnus, Sky-Byte, Small Footand Treads. After processing the three Autobots are greeted by the ancient Autobot Alpha Trion and taught in the ways of outworlders in Axiom Nexus. Breakaway is then abducted by Transtech Shockwave.
In the reality that
Megazarakcame from there was a character named Ultra Trion. The last guardian of the Oracle in that reality, he confronted Megazarak. The Herald of Unicron killed him easily. However, he had managed to remove the Oracle, frustrating Megazarak's plans. According to Dan Khannain a message board response, Ultra Trion is meant to be an alternate universe counterpart to Ultra Magnus, who acted as Alpha Trion's successor until his demise.
Alpha Trion appeared as a prisoner of
Shockwavein Dreamwave's Generation 1 comics.
Transformers: Megatron Origin
Alpha Trion made his first appearance in IDW Publishing during Fastback and
Bumper's funeral. He is seen among other Autobots, namely Elita-One, Wheeljackand possibly a young Optimus Prime.
*BotCon Alpha Trion (unreleased):There were plans to create a "Transformers: Universe"
Botcon-exclusive toy called Alpha Trion who was a repaint of " Beast Machines" Snarl. Prototypes of this item were painted and shown on the Internet, but this item was never made.
*Botcon Alpha Trion (2007):There is a 2007 BotCon-exclusive repaint of Vector Prime that has a unique head mold that is shaped like the original Alpha Trion's. This repaint even comes with Beta Maxx, a repaint of Safeguard, with "A3" having a mainly purple paintjob with red, pink, and white highlights, and Beta Maxx being purple with some white and yellow. The sword of Alpha Trion is Purple as well. He came together with Timelines Weirdwolf. They were limited to only 1400 produced. After being sold at BotCon a limited number of Alpha Trion and Weirdwolf sets were sold on the Transformers Collectors Club web site.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
*In a subtle nod is given to Alpha Trion's status when Optimus Prime mentions that both he and his brother were created by Alpha Trion.
A character named Alpha Trion, almost identical to the Generation 1 Alpha Trion, appeared in the "" comic series by Dreamwave.
In "Transformers: Energon" #19, Alpha Trion gives Optimus Prime a vision of Unicron.
Alpha Trion was one of the characters who were going to get a biography in the "Transformers: Energon More Than Meets The Eye" series by Dreamwave comics, but with the closing of the company the book was never released. Artwork for this biography page was displayed at
TransformerCon2005 in Toronto, Canada.
Alpha Trion (the one from "Energon") appeared as one of the major character in the "" comic produced by the Transformers Collectors Club. It seems he leads the fight against
Unicronin this continuity, summoning the mighty Vector Prime with news of the escape of Nemesis Primeand Ramjet, who were intent of resurrecting their master . It was he who suggested that they use the instabilities created by Unicron's death to find an ally - Sentinel Maximus, and brought him to the Cybertron universe. However, the two Heralds of Unicronchose that moment to attack, and Alpha Trion was badly wounded.
Placed in a CR tank by the two champions of Primus, it was hoped he would recover. The two evil warriors had another trick up their sleeves - Dark Scorponok, resurrected after his death at the hands of Megatron in the "Energon" comics, as a zombie-like creature that could drain the energy of others. Ramjet unleashed him on the chamber, hoping to kill Alpha Trion for good. The maddened creature was only defeated by the bravery of Sentinel Maximus and the autoguns controlled by the
Mini-ConOver-Run, and Alpha Trion survived.
IDW's Transformers Collectors Club exclusive comic story, "Revelations part 6", is set after the defeat of
Galvatronbut before Optimus Prime's mission to start a new Space Bridgeproject. In this story the Autobots from the IDW series ("Robots in Disguise" Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Sentinel Maximus, Downshift, Perceptor, Alpha Trion, Over-Run, Anti-Blaze, Checkpoint and Scythe) meet the Autobots from the animated series ("Cybertron" Optimus Prime, Jetfire, Override, Scattorshot, Red Alert, Hot Shot, Lori, Bud and Coby Hansen) and thank each other and remembering those who were lost in the battles. Override promises to make a memorial for Skyfall on Velocitron. "Robots in Disguise" Optimus and Sentinel Maximus vow to hunt down Unicron. Alpha Trion and Over-Run promise to help Anti-Blaze hunt down the Mini-Con insurgents.
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