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Techrat is first introduced at the end of Issue #7, when he is approached by Eric Raymond with a job offer. At first, Techrat is uninterested, noting that Eric's jobs are often 'boring', but changes his mind when Eric tells him it's to hack the Holograms.
He is next seen in Issue #8, where it is revealed he is struggling with hacking the Holograms. While he is unaware of Synergy's existence, he likens the nature of the Hologram's computer system to an A.I. due to it rewriting itself faster than he can hack. He informs Eric that the job would be easier if he were on site.
In Issue #9, Techrat joins The Misfits in crashing the Holograms house party. He is shown arguing with Pizzazz over their costumes, expressing annoyance at his cumbersome shower cubicle costume. He later ditches the costume to sneak into the Holograms' studio but is forced to flee when Synergy triggers an alarm, accidentally knocking Jetta into the pool as he does so. Later, he explains to Eric that the Holograms' computer is an A.I. with technology so advanced that is beyond his capabilities, but he was able to determine that there was something wrong with it.
Cartoon IncarnationCharlie Adler, and first appeared in the episode The Music Awards Part 1 in 1986. In the cartoon, Techrat was a technical engineering and computing genius who worked for The Misfits, on behalf of Eric Raymond. He built and coded his gadgets in a garage. He specialised in creating devices to directly sabotage Jem and The Holograms by disrupting their electronics, or indirectly by helping The Misfits to cheat in competitions. He was extremely agoraphobic and touch averse, and became very angry at anyone who touched either him or his possessions.
In her original concept, Christy Marx designed Techrat with Boy George in mind, who is the androgynous lead singer of the band Culture Club. Inspired by the New Romantic movement, Marx wanted Techrat to be completely androgynous, and for the viewer to be unable to determine if he was male or female. Marx's design was rejected by Hasbro, because they weren't willing to deal with a concept so controversial. IDW Techrat's physical appearance is strongly influenced by Marx's original concept, with a much more androgynous appearance featuring considerably longer hair, painted nails, and a mix of traditionally masculine and feminine wardrobe pieces. Although Techrat's gender identity has not been explicitly stated in canon, he appears to still to use he/him pronouns.
IDW Techrat is still employed by Eric Raymond to take down The Holograms, but does not interact with The Misfits are often as he does in the cartoon. Rather than working out of a garage, Techrat has his own monochrome-themed apartment. IDW Techrat is less engaged with simply creating gadgets, and is instead a hacker investigating The Holograms' A.I., Synergy, because Synergy is more advanced than any known current technology. Through his investigation, he is the first person, outside of the Benton family, to be aware that The Holograms are utilising an A.I. This is a huge departure from the cartoon canon - in the cartoon, the only people who know about Synergy are Raya Alonso and the President of the United States.
- ↑ Kelly Thompson on Tumblr
- ↑ Christy Marx, Truly Outrageous JEM Mailing List v.1 #12, July 2, 1996
- ↑ Christy Marx at Starbright: A Truly Outrageous Celebration of Jem and The Holograms
- ↑ Sophie Campbell Deviantart - IDW Techrat Official Bio.
- ↑ JEM Episode #30 - The Talent Search Part 1
- ↑ JEM Episode #29 - The Presidential Dilemma
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