Transformation: 4WD Off-Road Truck
"The dirtier the body, the more mileage one's got."
Profile: Lowroad is one of those Autobots who has slipped into the belief that ruthlessness and underhandedness are means that can be justified by their ends. His experiences among Prometheus' unwilling test subjects have taught him that Decepticons by and large are merciless scum that cannot truly be put in their place unless those who stand against them are willing to retaliate in kind. While Lowroad doesn't dismiss the nobility of the Autobot cause, he does believe that by holding back in combat, the Autobots are only defeating themselves. This is something that Jaw Crusher and his comrades have had to contend with since their escape from Prometheus' clutches, and it is clear that the psychological scarring endured by Lowroad as the result of Prometheus' atrocities runs deep enough to pose a risk to the group's integrity as a fighting force. Lowroad often neglects to stand down from bombarding an already-incapacitated foe, because he feels that such enemies should be made examples of. He thinks that this is the key to intimidating Prometheus' underlings, and ultimately undermining their own combat performance against Crusher and his crew. So far, this strategy has only served to convince Prometheus and his conspirators that Crusher has at least one complete nutcase under his command, and they wouldn't hesitate to fire on Lowroad any more than they would on any of the other Minibots - after all, Decepticons, even cloned ones, don't exactly find insanity something that their kind should be afraid of. But Lowroad tolerates his team's criticisms, thinking that ultimately, as their battles become fiercer and the stakes get higher, they'll eventually realize old Lowroad knew what he was talking about. This personality flaw is not helped by the fact that Isolde sympathizes and often sticks up for him. Surprisingly, some of this sympathy has rubbed off on Lowroad, and he has repaid it in kind to another Minibot on the team whose methods are always in question, Highroad. Given his own understanding of the value of extreme measures, Lowroad is one of the few members of the team who appreciates Highroad's penchant for falsification, and as such one of the few Minibots whom Highroad can actually be somewhat honest to. It's this camaraderie that has kept Crusher from removing Lowroad from active duty, knowing that with the belligerent nature of team members like Highroad, Lowroad, and Isolde, it's important for them to continue to keep working together and functioning as best they can collectively. It is hoped that, as a result of this rapport, Lowroad will come to realize that using brutality against brutality doesn't always work.
Abilities: Lowroad's improved strength and endurance are put to good use when he is employed to transport vital resources as well as heavy materials and loads that would prove too much to handle for the likes of his teammate Geebee. It goes without saying, then, that Lowroad is easily among the strongest of Jaw Crusher's Minibots. His sensitivity to infrared waves also makes him a perfect agent for night operations. He can also cover a distance of 25 miles with one leap, owing to his tremendous strength as enhanced by Prometheus' radical upgrades to his body, and the ability to cushion his landing electromagnetically is also quite useful in stealth missions.
Weaknesses: Though Lowroad possesses incredible strength for a Minibot, he also consumes quite a bit of fuel in the process. This problem becomes magnified by Lowroad's compulsiveness in getting the drop on his enemies and fighting by their own rules, when he could potentially get himself into a situation that he may end up not being able to get out of as he originally thought. His taste for traveling the roughest terrain can also cause occasional damage to his locomotor systems, and he can often be hesitant to seek the proper maintenance when he should.
My tenth re-deco TF character, a brown repaint of Gears. Many of the profiles I've written reflect elements of my own persona, which has actually made it easier for me to write these than in past attempts. Which is good, because I've never generated 'tech specs' like these on as broad a scale as I am now, such as it is; I've still got a few more to go, and even then I haven't figured out exactly what I'm going to do with these characters beyond that.