|First appearance||War for Cybertron|
|Voiced by||Steve Blum|
Barricade has got a bit of a mouth on him. Whether it's smashing through an Autobot roadblock or hunting down his latest quarry, he rarely lets an opportunity to taunt, criticize or demoralize someone go by. And no, not even his fellow Decepticons are safe...not even Megatron. One would think this would mean a short end to his career, but apparently not. The Decepticon leader has taken to tolerating his loud mouth, perhaps due to his sheer effectiveness and tenacity in his job as an enforcer of Decepticon law, but possibly also because his scolding of the other Decepticons sometimes works in Megatron's favor.
Barricade's favorite tactic is taunting opponents until they start chasing him, and then leading them through hazardous areas that they don't have a chance of surviving, while he will escape without a scratch. As a hunter, he keeps his opponents off-guard and nervous by talking a lot, citing them with whatever crimes he thinks they've committed against the Decepticons.
Barricade ran the day-to-day events of Megatron's gladiatorial ring/revolutionary movement/emerging army. When Orion Pax came to Kaon for his first face-to-face meeting with Megatron, Barricade and Lugnut "greeted" him at the entrance to their headquarters. Throughout Orion's tour of the headquarters, Barricade followed and got lippy with the archivist, but was rather curtly cut off by Megatron.
During the early days of the war against the Autobots, Barricade was part of the bridge crew of a Decepticon Star Cruiser under the command of their leader, Megatron, serving alongside Brawl. Megatron planned to steal the last remaining supply of Dark Energon from an orbiting relay station guarded by the neutral Sky Commander Starscream. After gaining entry into the station (by ramming the ship into the station), Barricade accompanied Megatron and Brawl into the station so that Megatron could use the corrupted, highly dangerous energy source to 'save' Cybertron. Yeah, it wasn't a very good plan. While fighting through the station, and hordes of Starscream's soldiers, Barricade expressed doubts that Dark Energon was everything Megatron believed it to be, and also that the station was totally old and decrepit, noting in particular the large number of cubic crates. Strange he never noticed that fourth wall... Anyway, Megatron said he had plans to upgrade the station. Barricade further asked him what made him so certain he could control the Dark Energon, to which Megatron explained that only the strong could control such a power, and he was the strongest. Okay, so the invasion of Normandy, this really was not.
Megatron was getting annoyed by this point, and told Barricade not to question him again. Barricade obeyed, and despite his skepticism, helped Megatron secure the supply of Dark Energon. It would seem his skepticism about the Dark Energon was silenced when Megatron infused him with its power. Barricade then journeyed with Megatron and the rest of the Decepticons to Cybertron's core, watching as Megatron corrupted the core and cowered from falling debris.
Barricade often sparred with other Decepticons in Kaon Stadium. When Soundwave discovered the location of Trypticon Space Station, Barricade was part of the crew of Megatron's ship during the attack. He was very concerned when the station defenses reduced the ship's shields to 15%, and told Megatron it was a big risk to take over a legend. Despite Barricade's worries, they took the station and obtained Dark Energon. Following tests, Barricade asked Soundwave what happened to the failed test subjects, but Soundwave's reply didn't reassure him. He reluctantly submitted to an infusion of Dark Energon at Soundwave's hands. Starscream discovered the existence of the Energon Bridge, which they could use to repower Trypticon station, but they would need all of the Dark Energon they had left to reach and reactivate it. Barricade was skeptical that they should risk everything on Starscream's word, but went along with the plan anyway. They reactivated the Energon Bridge, but the Autobots severed the link to the core, and secured it with the Omega Key. As the Decepticons attempted to track the Key down, Barricade expressed doubt that anyone would follow Starscream, but the Air Commander was convinced his time would come. They found the key, but to Barricade's alarm, it merely activated Omega Supreme, who kicked all of the Decepticons out of Iacon. Barricade was convinced they should retreat, but at Megatron's urging, the Decepticons moved forward and managed to defeat the giant. They subsequently infused the core of Cybertron with Dark Energon.
Barricade earned his name by bashing through Autobot roadblocks.
- "War for Cybertron" (Debut)
- "War for Cybertron (DS)" (Unlockable Character)
- "Cybertron Adventures"
- "Transformers: Universe"
- In the map of Cybertron from the "Binder of Revelation" included in Transformers Vault, Barricade is listed as having lived in Iacon!
- Barricade's War for Cybertron game design is based on his Generation 1 counterpart while borrowing some design cues from the live-action film version. In Exodus, he's described as essentially being the film version, having a black and white colour scheme and ruby-red optics. His Universe design is purple but has film design cues again such as the placement of the wheels on his arms and police lights.
- In Cybertron Adventures, Skywarp and Thundercracker make fun of his inability to fly by stating he likes to hold his arms out to the side and say "VROOM!" when he is by himself.
- Barricade is the only male character from the console War for Cybertron game to not return for Fall of Cybertron, even as a multiplayer chassis. Nonetheless, one of the pieces of loading-screen trivia lets us know that Barricade is the most skillful Decepticon driver and got his name from plowing through Autobot roadblocks.
- Not only is Barricade's pack-in partner a namesake of one of Soundwave's minions, Barricade's bio indicates his former partners were also named after cassettes. This is either an incredible coincidence or a consequence of Barricade being partly based on the Movie Barricade, who was partly based on G1 Soundwave.
- Barricade was to be included in the game Transformers Universe as his concept art was released alongside Prowl's in 2012. However instead Switchblade took his place leading the Decepticons. Barricade's game model can be found in the files, however he was never officially released and many of his abilities are missing within the game files, indicating he was still being developed.