- "The dark side of hope is it's vacancy when it is lost, taken from you when you need it the most."
Blackfire hailed originally hailed from Polyhex, along with his two brothers, Draikig and Tankred, but unlike most of the city-state’s inhabitants, they didn’t worship either Primus or Unicron, instead following a belief they had encountered on their travels throughout the galaxy, the belief of the Christians of Earth.
They each took upon themselves the task of representing one each of the three prominent virtues; Love, Faith and Hope. Blackfire, as the youngest of the three brothers, was left with the virtue of hope. Like his brothers, he dedicated himself entirely to his virtue. No matter how desperate the situation, he always held onto hope that it would be alright in the end, even during the sandstorm on Vertox Quintus, he never lost the hope that they would survive the fight.
The finding and corruption of the three swords
He and his brothers also signed on as mercenaries to the Decepticon faction, and participated in many military actions which eventually caused them to catch the eye of Straxus, the Governor of Polyhex, who inducted them into a unit he was soon going to give to a prominent transformer of Polyhex.
After the incident of Vertox Quintus, the three brothers, were drawn back to Earth, and the city of Chicago. Here, they found three swords, a broadsword, a katana and a sabre. Blackfire picked up the sabre, Esperacchius, and as he did so the blade emitted a white glow. Feeling the inherent power the holiness of the blade he held, he and his brothers took the swords to Unicron’s head. There the virtues represented by the swords, and the transformers were changed, made darker, yet stayed the same virtue.
After that meeting, and the changes brought about by it, Blackfire still retained his hope, but he used the sword that once gave hope to those who needed it the most, to take it away from them, causing those people to feel the soul-crushing agonising pain of despair.