Eject those human fools!
For today is the day
The motor vehicle rules!"
- Motor Head
TMNT Magazine Winter 1992
A human/car hybrid capable of mentally controlling motorized vehicles. He is a villain character in the TMNT universe.
Very little is known of Motorhead's origins. Judging from his appearance alone, it seems likely that a human being and a car were somehow fused together, possibly through the use of mutagen ooze. Motorhead is obsessed with the idea of leading a revolution to overthrow humankind, with the intent to replace them with cars, and other motorized vehicles, as the dominant 'life form' on planet Earth. The TMNT, and April O'Neil, driving in their van, first encountered this villain when they ran into a traffic jam, in downtown New York City, that was the result of Motorhead's activities.
Motorhead is able to mentally control motorized vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, buses, etc. There does not appear to be a numerical limit to the number of such machines he can control at once, although range is a factor. Generally, Motorhead uses these vehicles to run down or crush his opponents. He also possesses superhuman strength, enabling him to lift/press roughly 2 tons. When forced to fight in close quarter combat, Motorhead employs wrenches, tire irons, and other tools, that one would generally find in a car trunk, as weapons. Physiologically, Motorhead derives nourishment from the combustion of gasoline which he ingests by drinking. A chemical battery, located under his 'hood', provides a secondary, short-term, power source in emergency situations. If necessary, Motorhead can subsist on other combustible liquids (various oils, alcohols, etc) if gasoline is not readily available.
Motorhead's ability to control vehicles, while impressive, is limited in range (his effective sphere of influence measures approximately 200 feet away from his body). He cannot, for example, command every vehicle in a city at once (unless it was a really small city). Motorhead prefers not to fight directly, instead sending his vehicular 'minions' into battle in his stead. While this may at first appear cowardly, it is more likely that controlling said vehicles takes a great deal of concentration; focus that would be difficult to maintain if he was engaged directly in a fight. The mechanical and organic components of Motorhead's body have different properties that don't always complement each other. For example, his metal parts are very durable, but are prone to rusting and require periodic maintenance and lubrication in order to perform properly, while his organic components are more easily damaged and subject to physical fatigue. Motorhead fervently believes vehicles are sentient and that they should throw off the yoke of human oppression and take their place as the rightful rulers of the planet. However, despite his conviction, the fact remains that automobiles are inanimate objects incapable of feeling or expressing the ideas he champions. At best, he is deluded, at worst, insane.
1. 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine' Winter 1992
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