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The Predacons are usually depicted as antagonists in the fictional universes of the Transformers storyline and related comics and cartoons. Usually, they have a relation to the Decepticons , the more prominent antagonists of the series, be they a subgroup, their successors, or even their creators. They are the enemies of the Maximals and even sometimes their predecessors, the Autobots , depending on the continuity. They are typically represented by the facial insignia they all wear.
The one exception to this naming convention is Car Robots , where the overall name of the Robots in Disguise villain faction is Destronger. In the original series , the Predacons the Animatrons in Japan are a team of five fearsome Decepticon hunters , able to transform into wild beasts and combine their bodies and minds into the giant robot, Predaking.
Released in , the Predacons became a popular seller, and came in two variants - entirely plastic, and with die-cast metal parts, the latter version being the most sought after. Unlike the other combiners released that year, Predaking was substantially larger and did not follow the same basic so-called " Scramble City " design which allowed his component limbs to be swapped freely; each arm and leg could be interchanged with each other, but an arm could not form a leg, and vice versa.
Illustrating this point are the various depictions of Predaking's limb arrangement - his instructions and toy box art depict Divebomb as the left arm, Rampage the right arm, Headstrong the left leg and Tantrum the right, while his cartoon and comic book appearances perform a straight swap of this. Although most of the combiners are little more than lumbering brutes who use sheer force to obliterate their enemies, Predaking is different.
Where some of the other combiners have trouble thinking due to the mismatched minds of their components, all the Predacons are focused on the thrill of the hunt. Because of this, Predaking moves with increased speed and grace rare for a being his size, merely reacting to threats rather than actually thinking about it, no matter how small.
He seems to act almost on pure instinct, which often manifests as sheer overpowering brutality. As a warrior, he has no equal. As a weapon, there is no defense against him.
However, despite this, he suffers many defeats in the animated series often called on to defeat very large and powerful enemies as well as in the Marvel comics. As seen later in the Beast Wars toyline and animated series, the Predacons are descendants of the Decepticons with new smaller, more energy-efficient bodies. Though the Decepticons and Predacons share many similarities, several important differences exist, such as leadership and ideals: It is not completely known as to how the faction gained predominance over all the other various Decepticon factions, although the comic book miniseries Beast Wars: The Gathering has provided hints that their heritage may be found in the original combiner team Predacons , hints confirmed by the subsequent Timelines: Dawn of Futures Past , which confirmed that Razorclaw, Divebomb and the other Predacons had been working behind the scenes.
Like the untamed forces of nature, the Predacons are ferocious animal robots who lash out with fury. Swift, savage and always relying on animal instinct, the Predacons explode into action. There's Divebomb, the eagle who can spot a target from a mile up in the sky, Rampage, the tiger who can leap feet, Headstrong, the rhino whose horn can puncture 8 feet of solid rock, Tantrum, the buffalo who loves to use brute force, and there's the Predacon commander, Razorclaw, whose claws can rip through steel.
Together, they combine into a hair-trigger horror, the giant robot Predaking. As a warrior, Predaking has no equal. As a weapon, he has no known weaknesses. He can lift tons without even straining a circuit. With the help of the Predacons, no planet is too wild or untamed for the Decepticons to conquer. The Autobots are forced to find new defenses against the mechanical menace, Predaking.
In the first episode of the five-part episode series "Five Faces of Darkness", Tantrum, being the only Predacon seen in the episode, makes his first appearance, as a cameo. The Autobots Blurr and Wheelie and the human Marissa Faireborn are stranded on Io , one of Jupiter 's moons while attempting to deliver the transformation cog that would allow the Autobot battle station, Metroplex , to fight and transform as needed.
Communications officer Blaster attempts to contact Cybertron for reinforcements, revealing his allies' plight. The transmission is intercepted by the Quintessons, however, and upon learning the location of the cog, they dispatch the Predacons to Io to ensure it will not reach Earth.
After an initially poor showing in their individual robot and animal modes, the team merges to form Predaking. They are confronted by the massive Autobot Sky Lynx and bested, leading to an enmity between the two. The Predacons are in their element for their first mission in , operating in the wilds of the planet Dredd, where they again battle Sky Lynx and several other Autobots.
They are defeated when they are buried in an avalanche created by the planet's native Chaos monster. Later, they participate in the invasion of Paradron , with Divebomb pursuing escapee Sandstorm and Razorclaw co-ordinating the shooting down of the Autobot reinforcement vessel he returns with.
Later the Quintessons strike at the Transformers by animating the dreams of Daniel Witwicky. Soon the whole group are attacked by monsters conjured from Daniel's subconscious. All on scene are forced to work together to survive. Razorclaw and Springer are captured by a dragon and are forced to team up to defeat the creature and escape, while the others face the threat of a giant Galvatron who injures Headstrong.
With Daniel rescued, the damage sustained by Headstrong prevents the team from combining into Predaking, forcing them to flee. While en route to Chaar at a later date, Predaking intercepts an unusual Quintesson signal and tracks it to a jungle planet, where the team comes upon a group of Autobots who have done the same and discovered an electronic journal recording Quintesson military transactions.
The team merges into Predaking, who immediately targets Sky Lynx among the group, seeking revenge for his past defeats; Sky Lynx outmaneuvers the Decepticon, but, rather than best him in combat, has to get his fellow Autobots to safety. When the Decepticons then acquire the journal, Predaking is reluctant to retreat until having finished off Sky Lynx, but stands down in the face of Galvatron 's wrath. When the ancient genius Primacron unleashes his energy-absorbing creation, Tornedron , on the universe, Primacron's assistant seeks to foil his former mentor by amassing a team of "Primitives" - Transformers with animal instincts that can hopefully thwart Primacron's complexities.
The Predacons are among the Transformers summoned from a battle on Earth's moon to a dead world at the center of the universe, where Tornedron confronts them. Refusing to run from him, the Predacons form Predaking and battle Tornedron, who takes the shape of a giant warrior, absorbing all energy Predaking throws at them until he has been drained of life. Of all the Primitives, only Grimlock survives, and is subsequently able to stop Tornedron and Primacron, restoring the Predacons and the others to life.
After participating in the Decepticon attack on Japan, the Predacons are among the Transformers infected when the madness-inducing Hate Plague sweeps the universe. The animosity bred by the plague does not prevent the Predacons from combining into Predaking and pursuing the uncontaminated Galvatron along with Cyclonus , Scourge , and the Sweeps , however, only to be forced to retreat by a squad of uninfected Autobots led by Optimus Prime.
When Prime subsequently releases the power of the Matrix , the plague is cured. The Predacons continued to put in short appearances in 's Japanese-exclusive spinoff series, Transformers: Headmasters , usually fighting alongside and against the other combiner teams in various battles.
Zone , Predaking was one of the nine Decepticon generals in the service of the mysterious insectoid Violenjiger , and met his end when Autobot leader Dai Atlas cleaved his body in two somewhat bizarrely revealing what appeared to be an organic brain within him.
As this show is not exactly canon with the first Beast Wars show, it is unclear whether Galvatron was a renegade like Megatron, or whether he was operating with the Council's tacit approval, but Galvatron also recruited his own army of followers, including his "brother" Megastorm. Again it is unclear whether Magmatron had gone rogue at this time, although if the events of The Gathering are set in continuity with Beast Wars Neo it is likely. Magmatron had a rivalry with Big Convoy and engaged in open warfare with his Maximals.
However, after Unicron was reborn Magmatron joined with the Maximals. On the planet Cybertron, some time before the departure of Optimus Prime and Megatron's crews and their subsequent four-million-year exile on Earth, the Dinobot -to-be Swoop went by the name "Divebomb," but when he was defeated in battle by an aerial Decepticon ace, the villainous victor claimed the name for his own - now, this Decepticon was Divebomb, and he eventually became a member of the Predacons.
This particular piece of back story, however, would not be revealed until after the Predacons made their Marvel Comics debut, in the United Kingdom 's exclusive Transformers comic, which interspliced its own unique material between reprints of the U. Here, the Predacons were summoned to Earth in and fitted with animal modes by Megatron in order to hunt Optimus Prime. Prime went against the Predacons alone separated from the Autobots as part of a plan of his own to test their ability to function without him , using all his skill and ingenuity to survive, but as Megatron watched, the Predacons attacked him, having been ordered to do so by Megatron's rival for power, Shockwave.
The Predacons then absconded, leaving Prime and Megatron to finish each other, but when Megatron transported them both to Cybertron, Shockwave dispatched the Predacons to find them.
The team arrived back on Cybertron a little too late, as Megatron and Prime had returned to Earth, but an encounter with the Cybertron local Decepticon commander, Lord Straxus , had left Megatron with amnesia, unable to remember the Predacons' treachery.
The stage was set for the Predacons' appearance in the U. Megatron himself had begun to descend into paranoid insanity, and Shockwave summoned the Predacons back to Earth and had them pose as Autobots, planning to have them hunt Megatron as part of a scheme to once again seize command of the Decepticons from Megatron the UK comic rewrote some of the dialogue in its reprint of this issue to make it appear to be the Predacons' second trip to Earth.
The plan did not go smoothly, however, as Megatron defeated them all, even in their combined form of Predaking. Realizing that Shockwave was to blame, Megatron was about to kill him when he revealed that he had duplicated his mind to disc to guide the Predacons in their mission.
Believing accurately as it turned out that this was how Optimus Prime had survived, Megatron apparently killed himself by blowing up the interdimensional spacebridge while standing on it. Shockwave was left as Decepticon commander, and the Predacons were absorbed into his Earth-based Decepticon army. Divebomb himself was growing disenchanted with the lack of challenges on Earth, so when Swoop ambushed him, he relished the chance to have a battle that tested him.
Neither he nor Swoop, however, were particularly pleased when the other Predacons and Dinobots intruded on their private conflict, but when Grimlock almost killed Divebomb, Swoop stopped him and allowed the Predacons to go, so that when they next met, it would be on his terms.
The Predacons and Constructicons were soon dispatched to collect rocket fuel and raw materials with which the Constructicons converted the Decepticons' island base into a spaceship. Not long after, the government organization the Intelligence and Information Institute I. In response to intensive Predacons raids ordered by Shockwave, I.
Not realizing that their captives were in fact enemies of the attacking robots, the I. Decepticon co-commander and fuel auditor Ratbat led the Predacons on a mission to inspect the corpses.
Discovering that the Throttlebots brain modules had been placed in toy cars by Triple I's sympathetic operate, Walter Barnett, the Predacons pursued them, demolishing a mall in the process. Later, when the treacherous Decepticon Starscream manipulated Ratbat's Decepticons in fighting the forces of Scorponok , the Predacons were at the forefront of battle, with Rampage taking on Apeface while Tantrum was scrapped by Scorponok himself.
But when Starscream's scheming resulted in his acquiring the cosmic power of the interstellar databank, the Underbase , the Predacons aided in the defense of Tokyo , but were among the legions of Transformers deactivated by the villain. The Predacons remained deactivated for the remainder of the U. Generation 2 a short time later. Although the Predacon toys were not re-released for the Generation 2 toyline, the characters were functional again for the comic book series - although that did not last long for some of them.
Tantrum was destroyed in a head-on collision with Optimus Prime, while Razorclaw - attempting to kill Decepticon-turned-Autobot Manta Ray - was destroyed by his fellow defector, Leadfoot. Generation 2 , would reveal the origins of the group as a splinter faction that had arisen after the death of Galvatron in battle with Optimus Prime.
Seemingly even in the absence of an outright defeat this faction argued that a peace with the Autobots, then destroying them from within was the only way to win the war. Although the group was regarded as an annoyance, events beyond their control proved their way was the only way. The Liege Maximo and his second generation Transformers attacked the Decepticon homeworld, forcing a resurrected Megatron to destroy the world itself.
The subsequent battle to destroy the Maximo cost them so many resources, as well as Megatron himself, that the Predacon solution became the only way that the Decepticons and their descendants could win. However, this tale may not be canonical with the overall Transformers universes.
Galvatron ordered the Decepticons to form Menasor, Devastator and Bruticus and attack. Galvatron then ordered in Predaking, knowing that Sky Lynx was elsewhere and couldn't counter them. Rodimus ordered the Omnibots to attack Predaking's legs. Tripping up the giant he fell into the other Decepticon giants, winning the day for the Autobots.
Dreamwave Productions ' 21st century re-imagining of the Generation 1 universe had little time to focus on the Predacons before the company's closure. With the exception of Tantrum, who made a brief appearance as part of Shockwave 's attack on Iacon, the Predacons would not make an appearance in Dreamwave's Generation One Universe until late in the series.