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Villain Overview
Back on Cybertron they called me "Sideways", and I guess I'm a bit of a drifter. Maybe that's why I am here
~ Sideways introducing himself

Sideways is a recurring antagonist in the Transformers Unicron trilogy; appearing as the big bad/secondary antagonist in Transformers: Armada along with it's subsequent series The Unicron Battles, and later a supporting antagonist in Transformers Cybertron

He is a mysterious character who has been a part of both the Autobots and Decepticons before eventually being revealed as an extension/minion of Unicron. Sideways manipulated the war between the Autobots and Decepticons to gather hatred to revive Unicron.

Despite being defeated and seemingly killed in Armada, Sideways returns in Cybertron to rejoin the Decepticons, later choosing to follow Starscream when he breaks away to form his own faction.

History

Cybertron

Sideways and Soundwave were the last remaining survivors of Planet X after it was destroyed as the result of its war against the planet Gigantion long ago. Even though X was responsible for the war and was destroyed by its own weapon of mass destruction, its survivors were determined to get revenge on Gigantion. Sideways and Soundwave entered into service for Unicron in exchange for Gigantion's destruction. Thpugh Unicron was defeated, Sideways remained alive due to his dark powers.

After Unicron's destruction, Sideways and Soundwave went forward with their own plan to destroy Gigantion. When the black hole caused by Unicron's demise warped reality and caused everyone to forget Sideways, the bot entered the war again and offered his services to the Autobots. However, after he helped them corner Starscream, Sideways turned on the Autobots and switched to Decepticons, before exiting, leaving the Autobots and Starscream mystified.

Sideways went with the Decepticons to confront the Autobots on the Jungle Planet. In the ensuing battle, Sideays fought against Vector Prime until Optimus defeated Megatron in his Savage Claw Mode. Sideways later found Leobreaker and requested for help to save a friend buried under a rockslide. As Leobreaker went to the location Sideways gave him, Sideways sent a transmission luring the Decepticons to the same place, resulting in a fight breaking out. Leobreaker later spotted Sideways and when he was confronted, Sideways attempted to convince the Autobots that he was a "secret agent" on their side, before transforming and escaping.

Sideways traveled with the Decepticons to Velocitron to obtain the Speed Cyber Planet Key. They all retreated after Megatron lost the Cyber Planet Key to Override. later, as Optimus Prime and Scourge prepared to battle each other for the Jungle Cyber Planet Key, Sideways bet with Starscream on the winner. Sideways suggested to Starscream that he delay the Autobots from going to the battle. Starscream took Sideways's suggestion, resulting in Scourge losing faith in Prime's honor.

Sideways later accompanied Megatron and his forces on their quest to find and take the Key from the Autobots, who had hidden the key in a box and mixed it with several decoy boces. Sideways went after Vector Prime and fought him for his box, but he retreated after discovering that Vector Prime's box containd nothing but a rock.

When Megatron and his Decepticons set off to find another Cyber Planet Key, Sideways noticed that Starscream was instead heading to Earth. Sideways chose to follow Starscream instead of Megatron, joining Starscream on his trip to the Arctic. Sideways eventually realized that Starscream had sent Megatron in the wrong direction and watched Starscream's fight against the Autobot Crosswise. When Crosswise was on the verge of losing, Sideways joined the battle and helped Starscream finish off Crosswise drove away. Sideways later tracked Crosswise to his hidden hideout, but fled after he was discovered.

Sideways stood by Starscream's side as he led the army of Ancient Decepticons on a search for the third Cyber Planet Key. When Starscream obtained the Omega Lock and the Cyber Planet Keys from the Autobots, Sideways accompanied him and the other Ancient Decepticons back to their volcanic base. Seeing that the Autobots were converging on their location, Sideways ordered the Ancient Decepticons to attack the Autobots.

Sideways was eventually confronted by the Autobots. Sideways at first had the upper hand due to his warping abilities. However, Vector Prime placed his Mini-Con, Safeguard, on Sideways's back, allowing the Autobots to detect where Sideways would appear. Sideways later managed to escape thanks to the arrival of Scourge.

After Starscream was defeated, Sideways appeared and teleported Starscream away.


Personality

Sideways is an extremely deceptive individual (regardless of whatever faction he's on), and cares not for the reaction someone has when they realized he's been stringing them all along (a good example was when he betrayed Hot Shot, despite their earlier teamwork and seeming concern towards the latter's well-being). He is also known his sinister laugh.

Although he claims to be a drifter who wandered into the conflict and acting on his units best interests, in reality, he acted as a saboteur during their battles, giving neither faction a clear advantage. He aims to stoke the flames of their mutual hatred to fuel Unicron's revival and to keep both sides from uniting against his dark master.

The only one is he is completely loyal to is Unicron himself (a being who, even Sideways has showed a moment of fear to, when faced by his wrath). When the Mini-Cons were successful in defeating Unicron, Sideways became enraged and attempted to kill them, before being hit by the Requiem Blaster (shot by Optimus Prime). During his last moments, he stated that he'll have his revenge.

He is highly enigmatic, aloof, and prefers to use his Mini-Con head as to keep himself anonymous.

Personally, Sideways doesn't care about sides or factions (i.e. the Autobot/Decepticon unit) nor their cause, dismissing them as "petty labels".

Outside of Unicron's influence, Sideways displays a much more laid-back personality, often listening and singing to music in his free time. He is also shown to have formed a friendship with Soundwave.

Power and Abilities

Sideways' particular ability involves transforming into a motorcycle, with Mirror (the combined form of the Mini-Cons Rook and Crosswise) acting as the rider, making him one of the speedier characters introduced in the series.

He is shown to be well-versed in combat, he took down Cyclonus during his first appearance, and briefly held his own against the decepticon tactician Thrust.

Though he may appear to be of average size and strength, Sideways himself admits that he can change his form and fight at any power level, and is nigh-invincible when using the powers of Unicron, such powers include: turning his body into a cloud of static, (being immune to most attacks, including the mighty Star Saber), another is the ability to generate amoeba-like nanobots to envelop his enemies. He can also generate a creature to use as his puppet (i.e. Nemesis Prime).

He can also eschew a body entirely, appearing on computer monitors (Sideways can also hack and disable security systems) or as a vision in the sky.

Aside from fighting, manipulation and coercion is one of his best tools, tricking several members of whatever faction, to do whatever he wants them to.

Trivia

  • Originally, Crosswise was going to be the Autobot head, and Rook would be the Decepticon head (reflecting the angel/devil scheme). This might have been a mistake on the developers part.
  • Sideways' appearance and enigmatic personality gives off a ninja-like air to him.
  • It was stated that he was an avatar created by Unicron, and the latter is able to speak through him.
  • He is occasionally referred to as a "virus".
  • Sideways is voiced by Paul Dobson, who also voices Nemesis Prime.

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