I have so many feels for Pipes and it hurts
He was just trying his best. He was just a soldier who wanted a life after war. He just wanted to be useful, to keep busy, to make friends, to LIVE because what kind of life was he allowed to have while he had to partake in a 4 million year long war? But damn, he was the unluckiest mech ever.
He wanted to visit alien worlds, but his first touchdown on one was a fluke because he had been sucked out of the Lost Light and crash landed, unconscious. The second alien planet he visited, he caught the Red Rust and almost died. Fort Max beat the shit out of Pipes because of Max’s mental/emotional instability. Brainstorm accidentally shot Pipes with his new ennui gun. The poor mech had survived a war only for fatality to haunt him at every turn. But did that stop him? Nope. He kept upbeat, as we saw during his message to Hubcaps. Granted, we also saw mechs who seemed to think that Pipes was a loser, and maybe he was. Maybe he was annoying to some mechs.
Pipes wasn’t an extraordinary character. He was average. He was kind of lame. But he had hopes and dreams and still kept trying his best.
At this point, I almost considered him lucky because he had survived all of the trauma thrown his way.
Because Overlord happened.
How many wondrous hopes and terribly mundane dreams did Pipes have before he was crushed underfoot? Did he even understand who smashed his spark chamber? Did he hope, even for a split second, that maybe he’d come out of this alive just like he had survived so far?
Pipes was an average mech, but he saved more people than have been addressed.
Clutching his spark to his chamber as it slipped out of his chest, Pipes pulled the alarms. If not for that, then Ratchet wouldn’t have had time to prepare the medbay for lockdown. He would’ve been at ease and unarmed. He would’ve died. The patients would’ve been defenseless and at Overlord’s mercy.
Even if the alarms had been pulled eventually, even if the battle had continued like it did in canon, there still would’ve been so many more casualties.
But Pipes pulled the alarm. He saved numerous lives with his last, futile struggle. Sometimes I can’t bear the anguish I feel when I think that his deed has been forgotten. He was an average mech, but he still deserves to be remembered.