Kickback is an Insecticon. His sycophantic tendencies leave him open to being taken advantage of by more intelligent Decepticons who aren't afraid of using him as much of a pawn as he intends to use them.
Kickback worked with every criminal on Cybertron and was one of the prisoners aboard the Alchemor when it crashed, freeing him from stasis. After escaping, he tried to join up with Steeljaw's gang, only for the Decepticons to tie him up and use him as bait to lure the Autobots away from their scrapyard base. The Autobots freed him from his restraints, prompting the toadying Kickback to ask if the Autobots needed a new sidekick. When they refused his offer, Kickback used his side kick to escape from his captors, whereupon he immediately transformed and drives away out of sight.
In Metal Meltdown, Kickback had already encountered another group of Decepticons as they were located in a swamp with the back end section of the Alchemor as their base. He was sent by Scorponok and Glowstrike to scavenge some items that they listed for him to retrieve. He managed to gain some required junk and checked off some of the times (which he also had a My Little Pony toy in his list that he wanted to get) in a garbage area where Steeljaw has approached him. Kickback immediately backed away and recognized Steeljaw as the guy who used Kickback as bait to lure the Autobots. Steeljaw attempts to apologize to Kickback about that ordeal as he extended his hand to Kickback, but Kickback declines Steeljaw's apology. Steeljaw then attempts to recruit Kickback in a different team, though Kickback revealed that he is already in a team as they "appreciated" Kickback from the start. Kickback knocks Steeljaw in the air as he drives away. Unwittingly, Kickback led Steeljaw to the Alchemor with the other Decepticons. On his way into the ship, a number of various Decepticons passed him and caught up with two Chompazoids who were guarding the door leading to Scorponok and Glowstrike's room. When Kickback was called in, Saberhorn deliberately bumps Kickback on his left shoulder as he passed by him. Kickback presented his junk to his bosses, who were somewhat unimpressed at his competence. Kickback had asked if he gets some sort of reward, which Glowstrike merely shoots at Kickback to make him leave the room.
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- He also tends to repeat words at the end of sentences, as Shrapnel did in the original cartoon. But whereas Shrapnel's was a sort of echo, Kickback's is a psychotic repetition.
- What with Hardshell and (supposedly) Sharpshot's deaths, Kickback is apparently the last surviving member of the original Insecticons.
- The original Kickback takes the form of bot and grasshopper.