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GoBots character
Hans-Cuff on card
First appearance

Challenge of the GoBots episode #1, "The Battle for GoBotron"
Created by

Release number

Species GoBot


Guardian GoBot
Alternate mode

Toyota Crown Patrol Car

Hans-Cuff is a fictional character from the GoBots series. He is a heroic Guardian GoBot who turns into a police car.


Hans-Cuff is Guardian GoBot.[1]

Fictional biography

As police sergeant of GoBotron, Hans-Cuff is well known for his detective handiwork. He proves the hand is quicker than the eye when he turns himself into a police car.


Like most GoBots, Hans-Cuff has numerous abilities because of his robotic body. He can survive in space and is super-humanly strong and tough. He can fly in robot mode and project energy blasts from his hands. His body heals quickly when supplied with energy. He can turn into a police car.


Hans-Cuff was chosen as the 19th goofiest GoBot name by Topless Robot.[2]

Animated series

Hans-Cuff in Challenge of the GoBots

Hans-Cuff first appeared in episode 1 of Challenge of the GoBots, "The Battle for GoBotron", where he pursued Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur after they stole the Astro Beam from Rest-Q.

In episode 16 "Doppelganger" Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher and Snoop attack Leader-1, Turbo, Scooter and Small Foot on Earth. Crasher wounds Small Foot. After attaining recordings of the Guardians the Renegades retreated. Using the recordings Cy-Kill has Dr. Go program robot duplicates of the Guardians. Demonstrating Space Bender weapon to Unecom, Leader-1 learns that the Renegades are attacking Washington. The Renegades ambush Leader-1 and replace him with his duplicate. Leading the Command Center back to GoBotron and getting rid of Scooter and Small Foot the Renegades release duplicates of Path Finder, Rest-Q, Van Guard and Turbo. Small Foot and Scooter are able to capture the Turbo duplicate and learn where their friends are being held. Cy-Kill replaces Good Knight. Using the duplicate Turbo the Guardians infiltrate the Renegade base, free the captured Guardians and escape from the Renegade guards Spoons and Fitor. Although blocked by the Renegades, Scooter uses a hologram of Zod to make the Renegades flee. Making it back to GoBotron the Guardians are attacked by the Guardian duplicates. The real Guardians are able to defeat their duplicates with the aid of the real Zeemon, Hans-Cuff and Rest-Q. Cy-Kill arrives in Thrustor with more duplicates, but Small Foot is able to stop with robots using the Space Bender, which fuses their robot brains. [3]

Hans-Cuff appeared in episode 46, "Destroy All Guardians". After being transported to Earth by the Astro Beam he helped form the Power Warrior Courageous to stop a group of cloned and mutated prehistoric reptiles from attacking Japan.

Hans-Cuff last appeared in episode 63, "Guardian Academy".


Hans-Cuff was among the Security Force team assembled by Leader-1 to capture Cy-Kill in the story Escape To Planet Earth.


Fun Publications

22nd Strata

Hans-Cuff was mentioned in a story from the Ask Vector Prime Facebook posts by Fun Publications. In Gargent 087.0 Kappa, Royal-T, Hans-Cuff, Ace, Wrong Way, Good Knight, Bolt, and Heat Seeker, joined Turbo in battle against Optimums Prime and his team of Spy Changers, mistakenly assuming them to be Renegades. The Spy Changers were outnumbered until they were suddenly aided by the real Renegades: Cy-Kill's elite lieutenants, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Fitor, Tank, and Geeper-Creeper. The Guardians were driven off but not before capturing Silverstreak.[4]


In the story Cultural Appropriation by Fun Publications it was revealed that Rock Lords Saberstone, Slimestone, Stone Hook and Tombstone teamed with the GoBots Dozer, Good Knight, Hans-Cuff and Royal-T to explore Level 59 when the Cataclysm threatened to destroy the GoBots home universe.


Hans-Cuff was featured in the 2016 Ask Vector Prime story Echoes and Fragments, set during the events of The Transformers: The Movie. The manipulations of the evil Gong and Sideways resulted in various GoBots, Rock Lords and Starriors swapping places with characters during the events of that film. Hans-Cuff took the place of Prowl in the plot. He was killed by Decepticons on board the shuttle on the way to Earth.[5]


Hand-Cuff appeared in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric episode 1 story "Rebels Without a Circuit" by Fun Publications.[6]

Hans-Cuff appeared in episode 11 "On the Rocks".[7]

Hans-Cuff was once mentioned in the Fun Publications 2015 Ask Vector Prime Facebook series when it was hosted by Cy-Kill. In one story Cy-Kill mentioned his time on the GoBot Prison Moon, and how he defeated Flip Top, Hans-Cuff, and Blaster to escape.[8]


  • Tonka GoBots 12 Hans-Cuff (1983)
A recolor of Machine Robo MR-13 Patrol Car Robo.
  • Tonka Gobots 7250 Guardian Gift Pack
A three-pack with Dive-Dive, Hans-Cuff and Royal-T.



  1. Bellomo, Mark (2010). Totally Tubular '80s. Krause Publications. pp. 90–93. ISBN 1440212821. 
  2. http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/11/the_20_goofiest_gobot_names.php
  3. "Doppelganger". Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Antoni Zalewski. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. October 8th, 1984. No. 16, season 1.
  4. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ask_Vector_Prime/src
  5. Jim Sorenson (w). "Echoes and Fragments" Ask Vector Prime (February 10th, 2016), Fun Publications
  6. "Rebels Without a Circuit". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 27, 1986/December 28th, 2015. No. 2, season 1.
  7. "On the Rocks". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 16, 1986/January 29th, 2016. No. 11, season 1.
  8. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ask_Vector_Prime/Guest_column_src#Renegade_Rhetoric

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