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Sleep with one eye open...

The Decepticons get a hold of the Nightbird, a deadly ninja-bot.

Japanese title: "The Shadow of the Nightbird"



"No threat... not a threat at all".

The Autobots attend the unveiling of Nightbird, a human-built “female ninja robot,” by invitation from the robot’s creator, Dr. Fujiyama. Predictably, the Decepticons attack and immediately have the upper hand because the Autobots won’t fight in a hall crowded with humans. Starscream and the other Seekers steal the robot, and the other Decepticons take off.

Apologetic for their abject failure to protect the robot, Optimus promises to return it back to Dr. Fujiyama quickly and unharmed.

Nightbird wants her own spotlight comic.

Meanwhile, inside his masterfully disguised fortress, Megatron has Bombshell reprogram Nightbird and triple her power. When activated, she immediately smacks Starscream. She might be quiet, but she’s perceptive. Megatron, joyous at the result of Bombshell’s tinkering, sends Nightbird on a mission to infiltrate Autobot headquarters and steal the World Energy Chip from Teletraan 1.

Using her ninja skills, Nightbird accomplishes the mission, but she is detected by the Autobots. She bashes Mirage and manages to escape the base. The Autobots pursue to capture Nightbird, but are hampered by the promise they made not to damage her. Prime tries to reason with her, but she drops him like a bad habit and keeps avoiding capture.

Prime, taking advantage of the fact Elita's on another planet.

Megatron watches all of this remotely and says he’s considering her as Starscream’s replacement. Starscream doesn’t find it funny and attacks Megatron, but he is quickly caged. Megatron turns back to his spying and sees that Nightbird has finally been caught by the Autobots in an energy web.

Hell hath no fury like a Nightbird scorned.

Megatron orders everyone on a mission to rescue her and the World Energy Chip. They arrive and battle. Meanwhile, Starscream escapes his cage, arrives on the scene and uses his null-ray to put Nightbird out of commission. His hatred for traitors outweighing his common sense, Megatron orders the Decepticons after Starscream and leaves the ninja robot and the chip in Prime’s hands.

The Autobots make good on their promise by returning Nightbird unharmed to Fujiyama, who decides to put her in storage. Despite being neutralized, Nightbird casts a final, angered glare out at the cold, cold, world.


Original airdate: September 30, 1985

Production number: 700-25

Written by: Sylvia Wilson and Richard Milton


Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans Others


Notable quotes

"Imagine, Autobots playing nursemaid to an earth robot. It's probably just a glorified wind-up toy."

–Look who's talking, Wheeljack

Wheeljack: If it walks it probably needs a long extension cord.
Ratchet: Heh heh heh. I wonder if batteries are included. Heh, heh, heh.
Wheeljack: When they turn it on it'll probably blow the lights.
Optimus: We're here to guard the robot, not make jokes at its expense.

—Wheeljack and Ratchet make (funny) jokes at the robot's expense until Optimus Prime politely tells them to shut up.

"Ah, why build a robot ninja, doctor? Isn't that rather dangerous?"

—The guy with the white mustache asks what we're all thinking.

"I bring you greetings, Optimus Prime... Lethal greetings!"

Megatron. His writers don't get paid enough.

"I love warping minds for you, Megatron, love it."

Bombshell, the spokesman for Grand Theft Auto.

"She's not so hot!"
"She's hot enough to replace you whenever I choose!"

Starscream and Megatron utter the words that launch a thousand fanfics.

"Yes, you're definitely on my replacement list, Starscream... Hahaha, she's everything I've always wanted!"

Megatron. Aw, all he wanted was some love.


Animation and/or technical glitches

  • When Rumble and Frenzy break into the show room, Rumble's pile drivers are rectangular prisms instead of cylinders.
  • When Nightbird's lightsaber is shot and deactivated, you can still hear the sound effects for about 2 more seconds before they stop.
  • Optimus Prime gets shot in the back by Megatron, but his voice sounds like Mirage as he falls over.
  • In one scene, Megatron upper body is not painted.

Continuity errors

  • Wheeljack makes fun of humanity's attempt at robotics, when his security system being fitted at the beginning of the episode is just a glorified metal detector, that reacts to metal, the very thing that the Autobots and the base are made of. It even reacts to his hand, which means that the whole system is pointless.
  • At the end of Act Two, Nightbird gets the drop on Prime and raises her sword as if to slice him in half. At the opening of Act Three, however, she's just standing there in front of him, idly spinning the sword around.

Transformers references

Real-world references

  • The title could be a reference to the film Enter the Dragon. This would not be the last time the film is referenced in a Transformers series.


  • When the Autobots are chasing Nightbird up a cliff, Cliffjumper can't jump the cliff. He might need a new name.
  • Wheeljack and Ratchet are very mean this episode, considering Wheeljack's normal success rate. (Granted, there are exceptions, but those were collaborative efforts with Ratchet.) Oy vey.
  • So the Decepticons go to all the trouble of hiding their base out in some barren rocks, even putting the entrance in behind a boulder so it can't be seen. And then they mark its location with a gigantic purple stone Decepticon insignia. Brilliant....
  • When Nightbird steals Optimus Prime's rifle, Prime exclaims that "A ninja always takes a part of their enemy with them", yet when Dr. Fujiyama unveiled Nightbird he didn't even know what a ninja was let alone what their profession calls for.


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External links

  • Dossier at the Cybertron Chronicle
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