William 'Sparkplug' Irving Witwicky
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Occasionally suffers from war flashbacks and flashbacks to his abduction by the Decepticons.
A Korean war veteran, William Irving "Sparkplug" Witwicky was the mechanic Bumblebee found to reconfigure the Autobots fuel lines to handle specially modified Blackrock gasoline mixed with Energon components.
He was kidnapped by Starscream and forced by Megatron to make the same conversion for the Decepticons. Although he was rescued by Spider-Man, he suffered a mild heart attack.
When Ratchet took Sparkplug to the hospital, he was the only Autobot from the Ark spared the wrath of Shockwave. In spite of this, Sparkplug was still upset with all Cybertronians and forbade his son, Buster, from associating with them.
Later, Sparkplug's older son, Spike, returned from college grafted to Fortress Maximus, which Sparkplug considered an inhuman outrage.
In the animated series, Sparkplug remained allied with the Autobots, while in the Marvel Comics, he did not want anything to do with them.
First Appearance: The Transformers (1984) #1
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The Transformers (1984)
The Transformers (2009)
#2 The Transformers (UK) (1984)
- 'New Arrivals, Old Encounters'#7#8
The Transformers Comics Magazine (1987)
The Transformers: All Hail Megatron (2008)
The Transformers: Battle for Cybertron (1984)
nn The Transformers: Battle for Earth (1985)
- 'The Battle for Cybertron'
The Transformers: Bumblebee to the Rescue! (1984)
nn The Transformers: Forest Rescue Mission (1985)
- 'Bumblebee to the Rescue!'
mm The Transformers: Regeneration One (2012)
- 'Forest Rescue Mission'
#100 The Transformers: Return to Cybertron (1984)
- 'The War to End All Wars Part 5'
nn The Transformers: Search for Treasure Under the Sea (1984)
- 'Return to Cybertron!'
nn The Transformers: The Great Car Rally (1984)
- 'Search for Treasure Under the Sea'
nn The Transformers: The Revenge of the Decepticons (1984)
- 'The Great Car Rally'
- 'The Revenge of the Decepticons!'
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