FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 17
is another word for fool."
Kickback is as charming a guy as you'll ever meet - but
it is a charm rooted in an uncommonly cruel cleverness.
The singular purpose of any friendship that this
Insecticon begins is to dig up embarrassing facts about
the other robot or person so that Kickback can influence
his "friend" into doing his bidding. Humans are
particularly susceptible to his seductive talents, but
even Autobots have been known to succumb. The only thing
Kickback enjoys more than recruiting these unwilling
double agents is destroying them after he's exhausted
In his insect mode, Kickback can use his powerful leg
modules to propel him up to heights of 40 feet and over
distances of a tenth of a mile. Although small in this
form, a single kick of his can punch a hole in a ¼"
steel plate. In robot form he can use his wings to fly at
speeds up to 30 mph for distances up to 100 miles. He
carries a sub-machine gun that can shoot up to 300 rounds
per minute of armor-piercing titanium-coated bullets.
Kickback's lack of weaponry makes him extremely
vulnerable in insect mode. The nature of his leaping and
flying abilities hampers his mobility in moderate winds.