Waverider (Transformers)

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Transformers character
Generation 1 Waverider in box
First appearance

"Pretender to the Throne", The Transformers #40 by Marvel Comics
Created by

Species Transformer


Alternate mode

Sea skimmer

Naval Warfare

"Freedom for all starts with freedom of navigation."

Transformers: Generation 1

Tech specs

ST07 IN07 SP06 EN08

RN06 CO09 FB07 SK08

Waverider is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He is an Autobot Pretender navel warfare specialist introduced in 1988.

Transformers: Generation 1

Waverider an Autobot Pretender who specializes in naval warfare.

Fictional biography

A furious fighter and formidable adversary in battle. Prefers exploring the ocean bottom for buried treasure over warfare. Enjoys the "out-of-body" experience of working side-by-side with his humanoid shell. Without shell, transforms to aquatic sea-skimmer capable of diving to a depth of 25,000 feet! Armed for underwater combat with armored shell, energy-spear gun and a thermal broad-axe!

Animated series

Although the U.S. Transformers animated series stopped making original episodes before Waverider was brought out, his Japanese counterpart Diver appeared in the Masterforce anime series.[1]

Waverider appeared in animation was in early commercials for the Pretender toys.[2]

Animation from the commercial was used in the opening credits for season 5 of the Transformers, which retold episodes of earlier seasons. Waverider appeared in them.[3]


Condor Verlag

In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Waverider is one of those he displays to the Autobots.[4]

Dreamwave Productions

Waverider did not appear in any fiction from Dreamwave Productions, but did get a biography in their Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye series.

Fun Publications

Waverider (or Diver) appeared among the various characters on Transtech Cybertron in the "Transcendent Part 4" by Fun Publications.

IDW Publishing

Cloudburst, Groundbreaker, Landmine and Waverider appear in Spotlight: Hardhead investigating the Benzuli Expanse and reporting to Jetfire.

Marvel Comics

Although not seen or mentioned directly, Waverider was among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos (Transformers: Headmasters #1). When there, he fought against the Decepticons on many occasions. Followed to Nebulos by the Decepticons under Scorponok, Fortress Maximus's band left Nebulos for the planet Earth (Transformers: Headmasters #4).

Splashdown, Groundbreaker, Cloudburst, Landmine, Waverider and Sky High stand guard aginast Decepticon attack at Alternate Reality, Inc. in The Transformers #40 by Marvel Comics

When Brainstorm needed subjects to duplicate the Decepticon Pretender experiment, Waverider and five other Autobots volunteered and became the Autobot Pretenders. They fought the Decepticon Pretenders with the help of Optimus Prime and Goldbug (Transformers #40).

Waverider's last appearance in the Marvel Transformers comics was in issue #75, where he was destroyed by Unicron's optic blast.

Transformers: Mosaic

Waverider appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "History Repeats" by Franco Villa.[5]


  • Generation 1 Pretender Waverider (1988)
This toy was identical to the toy of Diver in Japan.[6][7][8][9]


  1. Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (July 22, 2008). Transformers: The Ark II. IDW Publishing. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-1-60010-180-9. 
  2. {{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVwR5Zr0goQ
  4. Robert Mann (w). "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" Transformers Comic-Magazin 12 (December 1990), Condor Verlag
  5. http://transformers-mosaic.deviantart.com/art/quot-History-Repeats-quot-141850293
  6. Waverider (Autobot Pretenders, Transformers G1)
  7. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 74. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  8. Jon & Carl Hartman (February 1996). "The Transformers: 1988 - Part 2". Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review 1 (40): 68–69. 
  9. Schroeder's Collectible Toys: Antique to Modern Guide by Sharon Huxford, Bob Huxford, 1995

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