Transformers Universe MUX
This article is about the heroic Autobot who masquerades as an evil Decepticon - for his mirror universe counterpart, see Punch (SG).
Counterpunch is a Decepticon. His Autobot counterpart, Punch, is nearby. Really nearby.

He takes his energon shaken, AND stirred.

PUNCH is as calm, cool and well-adjusted as one would expect of an Autobot, although also stoic and generally a mech of few words. From the Autobots' perspective, he seems far more at home tucked away in data archives for Autobot Intelligence than being on the battlefield. Ironically, this is exactly the way he likes it. Punch possesses a rare mutation of his transformation cog, allowing him to assume a second robot mode. With it, this consummate actor from Harmonex assumes the role of COUNTERPUNCH, infiltrating the Decepticons as a deep-cover operative. Punch's entire personality changes when he becomes Counterpunch, courtesy of a personality-shell matrix that provides a means of disguising his true allegiance as an Autobot. Despite it all, Punch is constantly suspicious that there could be a double-agent operating within the Autobots, much as he operates within the Decepticon ranks. Despite knowing just how much he has to lose from taking too many risks, Punch willingly does so regardless – a testimony to his courage, convictions and the rightness of his cause. Armed with a twin mortar launcher as Punch, and with a photon cannon as Counterpunch. Transforms into a bright blue Pontiac Solstice with a top speed of 160 mph. Interestingly, all Autobots are outfitted with energy dampers that mitigate the effects of Counterpunch's photon cannon, though generating sufficient pyrotechnics to fool the Decepticons, but very few know these are installed, much less why.[1]


Generation 1 cartoon continuity

Pontiac Fiero mode

In 1987, Punch was rebuilt into a blue Pontiac Fiero.

MUX History

In 2017, Counterpunch, Dust Devil, Seaspray, and Shockwave traveled down to the Cybertron Underworld to seek out the knowledge of Vector Sigma. In spite of clever diversionary efforts by Counterpunch, the Decepticons were almost overwhelmed by Centurion Droids... until they were suddenly called off by Dust Devil.

Pontiac Solstice mode

In 2020, Punch was rebuilt into a bright blue Pontiac Solstice. Counterpunch returned from spending several months assessing loyalty to Megatron and the Empire in several outlying outposts and such -- he didn't even have to shoot many of them. Punch... is probably buried deep in Iacon's data archives doing his data collation thing, though he's probably due to poke his head out sooner or later.






Feb 28 - Intel Analysis

<< text-only report >>

TO: All Autobot Personnel
FROM: Punch

SUBJECT: Current Intelligence Analysis

1) Ibex Situation: Contacts within the Decepticon Empire have not been able to confirm whether the Empire will back down from Ibex, given the recent data breach initiated by Starscream. Given the recent public statements made by Air Commander Valour, assume Ibex will be attacked, and plan defenses accordingly.

2) Nova Cronum: Intelligence from Nova Cronum indicates that mines are still a problem, making supply convoys to cities like Altihex and Tyger Pax. However, data obtained in the field from a reliable source indicates that Tyger Pax seems to be doing what it can to work on the mine field from their end. Incognito of Tyger Pax is heading up a small contingent that are marking mines; whether they've been able to disarm any has yet to be ascertained.

Additionally, there are rumblings concerning Incognito and Tyger Pax -- leadership in Nova Cronum have caught wind of Incognito approaching several theoretical research facilities with offers to pack up and move to new facilities in Tyger Pax. There's been nothing official just yet, but I think there may be some underlying tensions there that I recommend monitoring, just to be on the safe side.

Mar 23 - Intel Notes

<< text-only report >>

TO: All Standing Autobot Forces
FROM: Punch, Data Analyst

SUBJECT: Intel Update (Possibly A Bit Late)

1) Reports have been trickling in of fuel convoys from the [[Decepticon[[s heading into Calyhex (the city-state), and apparently bound for Calyhex (the Titan). No intelligence from Decepticon sources indicate any sort of alliance between the Empire and the Titan itself; it's entirely possible this is something in regards to a potential move of Calyhex (the Titan) from the city-state proper. Destination is currently unknown at this time.

2) There's also been a couple of reports from neutral contacts within Tyger Pax, indicating that they're mobilizing a small convoy of repair/construction personnel. No real details, other than a destination: Praxus. Maybe Tyger Pax is offering some construction repair and assistance to Praxus?

Nov 07 - Analysis: Ultrix

<< the Autobot spinny pops up and remains, with Punch's voice coming in, audio-only >>

"No time for chit-chat, because I'm running around like headless cyber-poultry, trying to make sense of everything. So, let's talk Ultrix.
"My contacts on the other side of the fence mirror much of Starlock's report: they're quite upset, to be polite about it. Current conjecture from them is that someone, somehow, snuck a capital-scale starship into the system and performed an orbital bombardment, then warped away without being detected. The assumption is that they possess an advanced cloaking technology. My contact also indicated that Nemesis was mentioned, but considered doubtful as he's deceased - the only reason for his mention was that a similar tactic was utilized when both Polyhex and Tyger Pax were reformatted back to their glory after Galvatron turned both cities into twisted Unicronian cyberscapes.
"None of the neutral city-states, to my knowledge, have technology remotely like this, let alone the facilities to build something like this without being detected by either faction. Given the anger shown by the Decepticons, they clearly didn't do this themselves. Unfortunately, this is all I know at present. I'm going to be keeping busy trying to stay on top of this, so if anything does come to light, be sure to let me know via the usual channels."
There's a brief pause. "I'll be going over our own records, just to make sure nothing's slipped between the cracks. No, this doesn't mean I think we did it and tried to cover it up, but I'm leaving nothing to chance."


Apr 01 - Report: Primus Pilus

<< The Decepticon spinny pops up, before being replaced by the visage of Counterpunch >>

"Last cycle, I had a little chat with Primus Pilus. In some ways, it was an enlightening conversation; in others, not nearly as enlightening as I'd like, but there are limits to which I'm willing to risk my neck -- especially if his claims are true. That being said, the highlights:

"One: The nature of Primus Pilus's physical chassis was discussed; apparently, I'm the first one to even bother asking him about this, at least according to him. His claim was that some secretive 'allies' who have yet to reveal themselves to us were the benefactors of his supposed rebuild. He was unwilling to divulge specific identities, however; only that they would reveal themselves at the proper time, and that they hold no control over him whatsoever. I question the validity of this, namely due to the evasiveness and vague ambiguities with which he answered my queries, but I'm no medic, and verifying the presence of any control mechanisms -- or lack thereof -- is beyond my scope.

"Two: He does not know the whereabouts or status of the Corumkan, or anyone who may have still been aboard as of when the ship breached the Warp Gate field without navigational coordinates and disappeared with him; he is, however, interested in finding out what happened to the ship, since it entered the Warp Gate along with him. This bothers me as well, but as I'm no genius when it comes to the specifics pertaining to faster-than-light travel, I can't verify whether or not he speaks the truth. As such, I recommend making no changes to the list of those missing-in-action from the Corumkan's disappearance, including that of Intelligence Operative Nightshade.

"Three: Primus Pilus hasn't bothered trying to escape because he's waiting; personally, I think he's waiting for his secret allies that he won't go into detail about to break him out. For his part, he claims he hasn't tried because he's waiting and watching for Starscream to react when this peace thing inevitably fails; that, and he expects Starscream to grovel for him to return and take charge of the Empire once again.

"Summation: Is Primus Pilus the Megatron we know and remember? I don't know. There's red flags a-plenty with the vagueness and all the mystery. At the same time, though, I'm not yet willing to discount the possibility. Unfortunately for us, only time will tell."

<< Counterpunch's visage disappears, replaced by the Decepticon spinny once more >>


Truth. As terrible as death, but harder to find.
  • Punch sports a considerably different prototype face during his first commercial. Counterpunch is the same, however.
  • The Doublespy concept seems to have been kicking around for a while before actually being executed:
    • A concept sketch exists that depicts Punch/Counterpunch as a hi-tech jet more in line with the 1986+ aesthetic which transforms in a way somewhat similar to the final car version.[2]
    • Not one but two early patents were filed for a car Doublespy. The first patent depicts the car that can turn into a large robot or split straight across the middle, with the front and back ends of the car each transforming into a separate robot. It uses a car model identical to the final Punch/Counterpunch.[3]
    • The second patent keeps the car as a single unit, however the car now folds along the center from the front bumper to the rear windshield. One robot mode is formed when the car is transformed normally, the other is formed when the car is transformed and folded to reveal a new head, chest, and arms. This model has an identical leg transformation to the final version.[4]
  • At the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, a Punch/Counterpunch miniseries known as "Legacy of Rust" was announced.[5] As of 2015, it has yet to come out, but it's been stated that Stuart Moore wrote all four issues.[6]

Foreign names

  • Japanese: Doublespy (ダブルスパイ Daburusupai), Spacepunch (スペースパンチ Supēsupanchi), Counterpunch (カウンターパンチ Kauntāpanchi)
  • French: Pugilil, Contrecoup (Canada)
  • Italian: Spy, Ultraspy
  • Mandarin: Shuāng Miàn Rén (双面人, "Double-faced Man")
  • Russian: Punch (Панч), Vyshibala (Вышибала, "Bouncer")

Some Thoughts

Note: The following discourse sums up what I (darksabrz) find most appealing about both Punch and Counterpunch as a collective character.

Punch spends most of his time (supposedly) deep in Iacon's data archives playing the data-crunching game, to the point that most Autobots probably forget that he's actually one of them. Sure, he's nice and personable enough, seems a happy and well-adjusted sort, but few people actually see him. And if he's hardly seen there, surely it calls into question his dedication to the Autobot cause because he's virtually NEVER on the battlefield. There's a character that embodies Punch in the movie "The Usual Suspects": Robert "Verbal" Kent. Quiet, mild-mannered, unobtrusive almost to the extreme.

All of that, however, is a masterful act by the most accomplished actor to come out of Harmonex. Optimus Prime himself would have a hard time thinking of anyone more loyal and dedicated to Autobot ideals than Punch. But why? How can that possibly be the case, when he's virtually never around?

Only a handful of Autobots know the truth, those being Optimus Prime, Elita One, Ultra Magnus, Jazz and Ratchet. Punch's ideals and dedication to the Autobot cause transcends physical presence on the battlefield or in a data archive. This is the mech who's willing to risk his life continually to give the Autobots a fighting chance. That truth is a testament to his courage in the face of adversity, his perceived rightness of his actions, and his dedication and resolve to the Autobot cause. And what is that truth?

That truth has a name: Counterpunch. There's another character in "The Usual Suspects" that embodies Counterpunch, down to the last jot and tittle: Keyser Soze.

Let's face it: this is a mech who is so dedicated and resolved to do what needs to be done that he took his gift of possessing a second robot mode and turned it into the lynchpin behind a masterful act: becoming his own nemesis. There's no denying that there were costs to be paid, lines to be crossed, but all for the greater good. If there's a living embodiment of the Vulcans' saying. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (or the one)", it is Punch. He has sacrificed of himself time and again, crossed lines so that other Autobots wouldn't be forced to do so, and played the game as masterfully as anyone else. And he's been at it for a long, LONG time.


Punch is played by Darksabrz.

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