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Blackout incoming.... all hail Megatron!!!
~ Blackout receiving orders from Starscream while praising Megatron (in Cybertronian).

Blackout (also known as the Hound of Megatron) is a major antagonist in the 2007 film Transformers. He is one of the Decepticons who is loyal to Megatron.

Role

Blackout flew into the airspace of US SOCCENT Forward Operations Base in Qatar and refused to identify himself, prompting base commander Colonel Sharp to dispatch two F-22 Raptors to escort him into their base. One of the Raptors reported that Blackout had the registry number of 4500X on his vertical stabilizer, the number of the helicopter Blackout had scanned and destroyed three months earlier in Afghanistan. Once landed, Blackout was surrounded by the soldiers stationed at the base and ordered to power down and disembark his crew, or deadly force would be used. Seeing no reason to hide himself any further, Blackout transformed under a hail of automatic weapons fire from the shocked humans. Activating his heavy machine guns and rocket launchers, Blackout made quick work of the soldiers closest to him, then unleashed a massive shock wave that killed the rest of the troops and shattered their vehicles and the windows of the operations control tower. Blackout made his way around the base, tossing tanks aside, crushing soldiers underfoot and blowing up aircraft. Eventually, he reached the operations bunker and tore off the roof to link up with their server and download its files in an attempt to find information on Project: Ice Man. The base commander cut the physical hard line of the server, severing Blackout's connection and thwarting his mission.

Blackout carried out his second objective, which was destroying the human base. As he proceeded, a human soldier was nearly crushed. Instinctively, the soldier recorded images of Blackout, the Decepticon looking straight back at the human. Blackout then activated a chest-mounted laser cannon to kill the human, but before he could do so, he was struck by a grenade fired by another soldier, and the human made his escape. Enraged, Blackout fired flare countermeasures into the sky to confuse any other attempts to attack him, then ejected Scorponok from his back and sent his minion to track the fleeing soldiers. Blackout then turned his attention and his weapons back to the rest of the base, eventually destroying it, leaving no survivors.

Evidently, after the attack, Blackout flew back to the United States, as he was in the vicinity when Frenzy reported the discovery of All Spark's location and Starscream ordered their forces to mobilize. Blackout was the last to acknowledge the order, then rallying in Megatron's name.

Blackout arrived at Mission City just as the final battle was getting underway. He attempted to block Sam's path as the boy was trying to get away with the All Spark, before he was attacked by Ironhide. The Autobot threw a car at Blackout, who fired his laser cannon to destroy the vehicle and knock Ironhide over. He flew ahead of Sam, attempting to use his rotor weapon to kill him, but the human managed to dodge this attack.

Blackout withdrew from the battle for a few moments, but returned as Optimus Prime and Megatron fought. Seeing his master under attack, Blackout came to the defense of his lord by activating his hand-held rotor weapon, but soldiers—including survivors of the SOCCENT base attack—attempted to stop him by painting him with targeting lasers for F-22 Raptors to fire upon. As Blackout activated his cannon, he noticed the lasers targeted on him. Blackout tried to finish them off until Captain Lennox, using an abandoned motorcycle, charged at him and fired a sabot round into his crotch, as F-22s pounded the Decepticon with missiles, extinguishing his spark.

His remains were dumped in the second deepest part of the ocean - the Laurentian Abyss - along with his fellow dead Decepticons.

Transformers Animated

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Blackout made a small appearance as a member of Team Chaar in Transformers Animated, depicted as a immensely powerful, if dimwitted brute. He retains his shock wave ability from his film incarnation. 

Supplementary materials depict Blackout as a member of the Decepticon Heavy brigade during the Great War, a counterpart ot the Wreckers. When they finally met in battle, the Wreckers were all destroyed (including their vessel, the Omega Sentinel Zeta Supreme), and Blackout was the only Decepticon survivor. He continued wearing the Brigade's symbol on his shoulders, partly to honour the fallen, and partly to announce that he's a living Heavy Brigade. Later in the war, on Velocitron, he destroyed Delta Supreme, who had been rebuilt into an artillery platform. During the climax of the war in the Battle for Iacon, Blackout destroyed Beta Supreme and Eta Supreme, but was heavily injured by Beta, and he took hundreds of cycles to repair. 

In the episode Transwarped, Blackout is among the member of Team Chaar attacking a space bridge to capture it and conquer Cybertron. During the battle, he descended from above, sending Rodimus Prime flying and disabling the Space Bridge with a massive shock wave. After being berated by Strika for his mistake, he apologized and reactivated the Space Bridge with another shock wave. Later, he retreated from the looming battle against the Cybertron Elite Guard under the orders of Megatron and Strika.

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Trivia

  • Blackout did not speak English in the film. He does, however, speak his native Cybertronian language. He only spoke English in the video games.
  • A Transformer who looks physically identical to Blackout appears in Revenge of the Fallen and is a main character/antagonist in the game based on it. It has been debated whether they're the same Transformer, but it was usually settled for them to be two separate bots, and this bot has been named Grindor.
  • Blackout was originally supposed to be named Soundwave but was particularly dropped due to that Soundwave hardly resembling his classical appearance, hence why he's so loyal to Megatron.
    • Other working names for the character include Grimlock, Vortex, Devastator, and Incinerator.
  • The only thing Blackout cares for is the Decepticon leader, Megatron.

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            TransformersTitle Villains

Generation Two
Decepticons
Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Bludgeon | Onslaught | Swindle | Blast Off
Cybertronian Empire
Liege Maximo | Jhiaxus | Rook | Mindset
Others
Swarm

Beast Era
Predacons
Megatron | Scorponok | Waspinator | Blackarachnia | Terrorsaur | Tarantulas | Inferno | Quickstrike | Rampage
Vehicons
Megatron | Tankor | Thrust | Obsidian and Strika

Robots in Disguise
Predacons
Megatron | Sky-Btye | Slapper | Gas Skunk | Dark Scream
Decepticons
Scourge | Mega-Octane | Ro-Tor | Armorhide | Rollbar | Movor | Ruination

Unicron Trilogy
Decepticons
Megatron | Starscream | Demolishor | Cyclonus | Thrust | Tidal Wave | Terrorcons | Scorponok | Shockblast | Six Shot | Bruticus Maximus | Constructicon Maximus | Thundercracker | Scourge | Ransack and Crumplezone | Dirt Boss | Undermine | Brimstone | Thunderblast | Lugnutz | Ancient Decepticons | Menasor
Others
Sideways | Nemesis Prime | Soundwave | Unicron | Scrapmetals

Animated
Decepticons
Megatron | Starscream | Lugnut | Blitzwing | Blackarachnia | Shockwave | Soundwave | Laserbeak | Ratbat | Starscream Clones (Slipstream) | Lockdown | Swindle | Waspinator | Team Chaar
Constructicons
Scrapper | Mixmaster | Dirt Boss
Others
Colossus Rhodes | Prometheus Black | Nanosec | Professor Princess

Prime Wars Trilogy
Starscream | Overlord | Megatronus Prime | Rodimus Cron

Cyberverse
Decepticons
Megatron | Soundwave | Shockwave | Shadow Striker | Sky-Byte | Clobber | Lockdown | Bludgeon | Drift | Wildwheel
Seekers
Starscream | Slipstream | Thundercracker | Nova Storm | Acid Storm | Thrust | Ramjet | Dirge |
Alternate universe
Megatron X | Perfect Decepticons
Quintessons
Quintesson Judge | Quintesson Scientist | Quintesson Prosecutors | Sharkticons (Lord Gnaw) | Judge Starscream

           TransformersTitle Cinematic Universe Villains

Movies
Transformers: Decepticons (Megatron, Starscream, Barricade, Frenzy, Blackout, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Brawl & Dispensor)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticons (The Fallen, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Scorponok, Sideways, Grindor, Ravage, Alice & Scalpel) | Constructicons/Devastator (Demolishor, Rampage, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scrapper & Scavenger) | Theodore Galloway
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Decepticons (Sentinel Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Dylan Gould, Shockwave, Driller, Watch-Out, Igor, Crankcase, Crowbar & Devcon)
Transformers: Age of Extinction: Cemetery Wind (Harold Attinger, Lockdown, James Savoy, Steeljaws & Shadow Raiders) | Kinetic Solutions Incorporated (Joshua Joyce, Galvatron & Stinger) | The Creators
Transformers: The Last Knight: The Creators (Quintessa & Infernocons) | Decepticons (Megatron, Barricade, Nitro Zeus, Mohawk, Berserker, Onslaught & Dreadbot) | Transformers Reaction Force (Commander Santos) | Unicron
Bumblebee: Decepticons (Shatter, Dropkick, Blitzwing, Soundwave, Ravage, Shockwave, Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp & Thrust) | Jack Burns | Dr. Powell

           Studio 4C logoVillains

Tweeny Witches
Special Task Force | Warlocks (Grande | Sigma | Tiana | Luca | Jestor) | Lennon | Ice Witch | Black Tohma

Transformers: Animated
Decepticons (Megatron | Starscream | Blitzwing | Lugnut | Blackarachnia | Shockwave/Longarm Prime | Soundwave (Laserbeak & Ratbat) | Starscream Clones (Slipstream) | Lockdown | Swindle | Wasp/Waspinator) | Constructicons (Scrapper | Mixmaster | Dirt Boss) | Strika | Oil Slick | Blackout | Cyclonus | Spittor | The Angry Archer | Bat-Monster | Colossus Rhodes | Headmaster | Meltdown | Master Disaster | Nanosec | Professor Princess | Seafood Louis creature | Slo-Mo

ThunderCats (2011 TV series)
Mumm-Ra | Leo | Tygus | Kaynar | Addicus | Ancient Spirits of Evil | Grune | Slithe

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc
Zodd the Immortal | Adon Coborlwitz | Count Julius | Gambino | The Torturer | God Hand (Void | Slan | Ubik | Conrad | Femto)

           WhiteDreamWorksLogo Villains

Animated Features
General Mandible | Colonel Cutter | Pharaoh Rameses | Hotep & Huy | Pharaoh Seti I | Egyptian Guard | Tzekel-Kan | Hernán Cortés | Melisha Tweedy | Willard Tweedy | Lord Farquaad | Thelonious | George Armstrong Custer | Roy, Bill, Jake, Pete and Joe | Eris | Cetus | Roc | Fairy Godmother | Prince Charming | Trees | Don Lino | Lola | Sharks (Frankie) | Luca | Fossas | Nana | Victor Quartermaine | Philip | Vincent | Gladys Sharp | Dwayne LaFontant | The Toad | Le Frog | Spike & Whitey | Thimblenose Ted | Fat Barry | Ladykiller | Henchfrogs | Rapunzel | James Hook | Evil Queen | Headless Horseman | Layton T. Montgomery | Ken | Tai Lung | Makunga | Teetsi | Tour Guide | Gallaxhar | Robot Probes | Red Death | Rumpelstiltskin | Fifi | Pied Piper | Megamind | Minion | Tighten | Lord Shen | Lord Shen's Wolf Army (Boss Wolf) | Jack & Jill | Humpty Alexander Dumpty | Chantel DuBois | DuBois' Men | Pitch Black | Nightmares | Guy Gagné | Ms. Grunion | Ay | Drago Bludvist | Drago's Army (Muddy Bewilderbeast & Eret) | Dave | Octopi | Captain Smek | The Boov (Officer Kyle) | Kai the Collector | Chef | Creek | King Gristle Sr. | Francis E. Francis | Eugene Francis | Professor Poopypants | Benjamin Krupp | Melvin Sneedly | Turbo Toilet 2000 | Tara Ribble | Talking Toilets | Bank Robbers | Grimmel the Grisly | Deathgrippers | Warlords | Dr. Zara | Burnish | Goon Leader | Queen Barb | Rock Trolls | The K-Pop Gang | Reggaeton Trolls

Live-Action Movies
The Mouse | Major Chip Hazard | Commando Elite (Butch Meathook, Nick Nitro, Brick Bazooka, Vasquez & Gwendy Dolls) | Gil Mars | General Roth'h'ar Sarris | Commodus | Lamar Burgess | Connor Rooney | Harlen Maguire | Sadako Yamamura | Ocean Entity | Larry Quinn | Jackson Rippner | Rasputia Latimore | Big Black Jack Latimore | Blue Latimore | Earl Latimore | Deion Hughes | Buster Perkin | Robert Turner | Assef | Megatron | Decepticons (Starscream, Barricade, Frenzy, Blackout, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Brawl & Dispensor) | Sweeney Todd | Nellie Lovett | Judge Turpin | Beadle Bamford | Jonas Fogg | Adolfo Pirelli | ARIIA | The Fallen | Decepticons (Soundwave, Sideways, Grindor, Ravage, Alice & Scalpel) | Constructicons/Devastator (Demolishor, Rampage, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scrapper & Scavenger) | Theodore Galloway | Hilly Holbrook | Julian Assange | Dino Brewster

Shorts, Television and Video Games
Mr. Chew | Tour Guide | King Fossa | Boneknapper | Wu Sisters | Le Chuchoteur | Fearless Leader | Boris Badenov | Natasha Fatale | Arachne | Snidely Whiplash | Doom Syndicate (Psycho Delic) | Dr. Blowhole | Coverton | Sta'abi | D-Structs | Skrap-It | Splitter | Blayde | Pounder | D-Stroy | Goldtrux | Emperor Zarkon | Galra Empire (Prince Lotor, Haggar, Sendak & Lotor's Generals) | Bloodwolf | The Splotch | Socktopus | Theodore Murdsly | Smartsy Fartsy | Melvinborg | Teachertrons | Croco-bats | Butt-erflies | Dr. Disgruntled | Odlulu | Hordak | The Horde (Catra, Shadow Weaver, Scorpia & Double Trouble) | Horde Prime | Galactic Horde | Light Hope | First Ones | Scalemagne | Mod Frogs (Jamack, Mrs. Satori | Newton Wolves (Bad Billions and Good Billions) | Scooter Skunks | Humming Bombers | Tad Mulholand | Fun Gus | Human Resistance (Dr. Emilia, Greta, Zane) | Indominus rex

See Also
Tales of Arcadia Villains

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