Ratbat is one of Soundwave's minions & pets, alongside with Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble & Frenzy. He is a recurring villain in the Transformers franchise.

History

In the original Transformers series, Ratbat was one of the several Transformers who transforms into a cassette. In the American series, like the other cassettes that turned into animals, Ratbat was not capable of speech, and was likened more to a pet than an equal member of the Decepticon forces. However, in the Japanese series, he and the other cassettes possessed the power of speech, though their roles seemed no different. Ratbat first appeared in The Transformers: The Movie and in the third season of the series, he was often sent on spying missions. However, he also appeared in the OVA Scramble City, which takes place before the movie, but reportedly was made after the movie was made. He last appeared in "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1" as he was seen giving the latest piece of information that two human scientists had discovered the body of Optimus Prime, which made Galvatron to destroy once and for all.

Marvel's the Transformers

In the G1 comics, in contrast to his pet role in the cartoon, Ratbat is a major antagonist who serves as Decepticon leader for a time. He is first seen in the UK-exclusive stories, which shows him rising to power on Cybertron following Straxus' failed attempt to gain control of Megatron's body. Thereafter, in the US comics, he is shown directing the actions of the Earth Decepticon faction led by Shockwave, eventually taking over effective control of them, especially after Shockwave is apparently killed battling Fortress Maximus. He is noted for his obsession with the economical use of fuel.

Underbase Saga

In his last story arc, he attempts to gain the power of the Underbase only to be betrayed by Starscream, who gains the power himself. Ratbat allies himself with both the Autobots and the Decepticon faction led by Scorponok but the alliance breaks down amid suspicions that the other parties are seeking the Underbase for themselves and Ratbat is killed by Scorponok.

Regeneration One

Transformers (IDW)

Main article: Ratbat (IDW Comics)

Transformers Animated

Main article: Ratbat (Transformers: Animated)

Aligned Universe

Main article: Ratbat (Aligned)

Trivia

  • Ratbat's cartoon voice actor is unknown. Many believe that Frank Welker provided his sounds, due to his previous work, but this is just a hypothesis.
  • Ratbat's two very different characterisations in the Sunbow cartoon and Marvel Comics lead to later media creating versions of him that lean one way or the other, or are a compromise of the two.
  • Ratbat was originally meant to appear into appear in the fourth film with Cyclonus as his master (due to Soundwave's death in the previous film) but was dropped due to the elements of Cemetery Wind. He is instead replaced by Steeljaw.

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

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 | Decepticlones | 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 | Unicron

Cyberverse
Decepticons
Megatron | Soundwave | Shockwave | Shadow Striker | Sky-Byte | Clobber | Lockdown | Bludgeon | Drift | Alphastrike | Wild Wheel
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

See Also
Beast Wars Villains | Transformers Cinematic Universe Villains | Transformers G1 Villains | Transformers Prime Villains | War For Cybertron Trilogy Villains

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Decepticons
Megatron/Galvatron | Soundwave | Shockwave | Reflector | Blitzwing | Astrotrain | Straxus | Cyclonus | Scourge | Sweeps | Octane | Trypticon | "Megatron" | Runabout & Runamuck | The Fallen
Seekers: Starscream | Thundercracker | Skywarp | Acid Storm | Sunstorm | Thrust | Dirge | Ramjet
Mini-Cassettes: Laserbeak | Ratbat | Frenzy | Rumble | Ravage | Buzzsaw | Slugfest | Overkill
Constructicons: Scrapper | Long Haul | Bonecrusher | Mixmaster | Scavenger | Hook | Devastator
Combaticons: Onslaught | Brawl | Vortex | Swindle | Blast Off | Bruticus
Stunticons: Menasor | Motormaster | Breakdown | Drag Strip | Wildrider | Dead End
Insecticons: Shrapnel | Bombshell | Kickback
Predacons: Razorclaw | Rampage | Divebomb | Tantrum | Headstrong | Predaking
Terrorcons: Hun-Gurr | Blot | Cutthroat | Rippersnapper | Sinnertwin | Abominus
Headmasters: Scorponok | Weirdwolf | Skullcruncher | Mindwipe | Apeface | Snapdragon
Targetmasters: Misfire | Triggerhappy | Slugslinger | Spinister | Needlenose
Seacons: Snap Trap
Pretenders: Skullgrin | Iguanus | Carnivac | Snarler | Stranglehold | Thunderwing
Powermasters: Dreadwind | Darkwing
Triggercons: Ruckus

Hive
Lord Zarak | Vorath | Grax | Monzo | Spasma | Krunk | Aimless | Blowpipe | Caliburst

Others
Unicron | Quintessons | Doctor Arkeville | Shawn Berger | Lord Chumley | King Nergill | Ali | Nightbird | Jero | Old Snake | Primacron | Tornedron | Dweller | Mark Morgan | Gregory Swofford | Circuit Breaker | Scraplets | Flame

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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)

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