Grapple (Transformers)

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Grapple is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He was a regular character in the original The Transformers animated series, voiced by Pete Renaday. His name is sometimes spelled Grappel.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Box art of Grapple
Name Grapple/Grappel
Japanese name Grap
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Reveal the Shield
Transformers United
English voice actor Pete Renaday
Japanese voice actor Kenyu Horiuchi
Alternate modes Crane
Function Architect
Gender Male
Motto "Beauty is in everything except war."
Rank 7
Sub-group Autobot Cars, Voyagers

On Cybertron, his buildings are considered works of art. On Earth, his ideas are limited by war. Takes pride in his work, prone to severe depression if they're destroyed in battle. As crane, can lift up a 35-ton object and position it with precision and grace. As robot, has high-temperature arc-welder rifle... can launch rockets 4.5 miles from wrist sockets. Prone to breakdown in vehicle mode.[1]

Fictional biography

Profile: Back on Cybertron, Grapple's building designs were considered works of art. He realizes that now, in an alien environment on Earth, his ideas are limited by the necessities of war. Nevertheless, he still takes enormous pride in what he does and strives for beauty and quality in all his creations. His problem is that he cares too much; he often succumbs to severe depression should one of his constructions be destroyed in the course of battle.

Abilities: In vehicular mode, Grapple can lift up to 35 tons and position massive objects with uncanny precision and grace. In robot mode, he uses a high temperature arc-welder rifle that shoots a stream of concentrated infrared energy as it slices through and/or fuses its targets. He can launch explosive rockets a distance of 4.5 miles from the hand socket in each of his wrists.

Weaknesses: Grapple's extreme artistic sensitivity often results in moodiness and depression, diminishing his value to the other Autobots. He doesn't adapt well to his vehicle mode which often results in mechanical breakdowns.

Animated series

Grapple's first appearance in The Transformers, like many other 1985 Autobots, was "Dinobot Island pt 1".

Grapple (known as Granite in Russian version) would receive a turn in the spotlight in the later season 2 episode "The Master Builders". Here, he teamed up with his friend Hoist to design a solar tower that would provide unlimited energy. However, he was denied by Optimus Prime in case the Decepticons obtained the technology. Grapple and Hoist were then approached by a surprising source — the Constructicons. They told the two Autobots they wanted to leave the Decepticons and were willing to help Grapple and Hoist build their tower to prove it. Grapple and Hoist accepted the offer, and the tower was built — just as Megatron arrived and took them prisoner. The Autobots arrived and eventually rescued the two. Prime put them to work clearing up the mess as punishment for their mistake. [2]

In the episode "Prime Target" the big game hunter Lord Cholmondeley captured a secret Soviet jet, leading to panic of possibly war. Cholmondeley then set his sights on the ultimate trophy, the head of Optimus Prime. In order to lure Optimus in, Cholmondeley captured the Autobots Tracks, Bumblebee, Jazz, Beachcomber, Grapple, Blaster and Inferno. Windcharger and Huffer were able to avoid being trapped. When Cosmos learned of the location Cholmondeley was keeping the captured Autobots, Optimus Prime accepted Cholmondeley's challenge to meet him alone. Although interrupted by the Decepticons Astrotrain and Blitzwing's attempt to ally the Decepticons with Cholmondeley, Optimus defeated the big game hunter and freed the Autobots. Cholmondeley and the stolen jet were handed over to the Soviets by the Autobots as punishment for his actions.


Ladybird Books

Grapple appears in the 1986 Ladybird Books story Decepticon Hideout by John Grant.[3]

Grapple appears in the 1986 story book Galvatron's Air Attack by Ladybird Books.[4]

Marvel Books

Grapple appears in the 1985 Marvel Books story Battle for Earth by Max Z. Baum.[5]

Grapple appears in the Marvel Books 1986 story and coloring book The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp by Pat Brigandi.[6]


Dreamwave Productions

Grapple participated in the preparations to evacuate the Autobots to leave Cybertron shortly after Optimus Prime was given the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

Grapple was not among the Autobots on board the Ark in this series, but remained on Cybertron until the return of Optimus Prime and his crew, who led the overthrow of Shockwave.

Grapple was among the Autobots brought back to Earth under the command of Prowl who started construction of Autobot City in Alaska.

Fun Publications

Grapple appears in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[7]


Grapple appears in the Generations 2011 issue #2 "The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos" where he is depicited as being at Autobot City on Earth suffering from a nano-virus. In this comic he appears in the form of his United toy.[8]

Marvel Comics

Four million years ago, Grapple was one of five Autobots who agreed to have their sparks transferred to crystal storage in case the Autobots needed extra troops during the mission of clearing a path for Cybertron through an asteroid belt. In 1985, the Autobots were suffering heavy casualties and the five Autobots were activated in the issue "Rock and Roll Out" (U.S. #14). However, while the others ended up battling Decepticons at a rock concert, Grapple was tasked to stay at the Ark to employ his building talents. Optimus Prime had a very special job for him — the creation of Omega Supreme. After this, Grapple began to appear less with the influx of new characters. He appeared as one of the spectators to the duel between Grimlock and Blaster on the moon. He was not shown among the casualties from Starscream's Underbase powered rampage, albeit he did not appear again after this.

TFcon comics

Grapple appeared in the TFcon 2008 voice play "Primitive Recall."[9]


Grapple could be seen fighting in the background in The Transformers: The Movie during the battle of Autobot City (most notobly seen fighting alongside Preceptor), but he didn't have any lines. His fate is unknown at the end of the movie, and is not seen at all in season 3.


  • Hasbero Transformers Grapple (1985)
Grapple (Grappin in France, Gancio in Italy) was remolded from the Inferno toy; itself originally a Diaclone mold. He was later recolored as the eHobby exclusive toy named "Road Hauler". [10]
  • Hasbro Transformers Commerative Series Grapple
A rerelease. [11]
  • Hasbro Transformers Reveal the Shield Voyager Solar Storm Grappel (2011)
A remold of Universe Generation 2 Series Inferno.[12] This is the first toy of the character to use the new spelling of his name.[13]
  • Takara Transformers United Voyager Grapple (2011)
A recolor of the Reveal the Shield toy released in Japan by Taraka Tomy.
  • Takara Transformers Masterpiece Grapple (2017)
A remold of Masterpiece Inferno.
  • Hasbro Transformers Generations Earthrise Voyager Grapple (2020)
A new mold.

Transformers: Armada

Although no character named Grapple appeared in the Armada line, the Japanese name for the Autobot Smokescreen was Grap, an obvious homage to Generation 1 Grapple, as his alternate mode was an orange crane.


  1. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 26. ISBN 0764313649. 
  2. Transformers Season Two Box Set, Part 1 by Brian Cirulnick, February 2003
  3. Grant, John (1986). Decepticon Hideout. Ladybird Books. ISBN 072140989X. 
  4. Galvatron's Air Attack. Ladybird Books. 1986. ISBN 0721409881. 
  5. Baum, Max (1985). Battle for Earth. Marvel Books. ISBN 0871350629. 
  6. Brigandi, Pat (1986). The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp. Marvel Books. ISBN 0871351021. 
  8. Simon Furman (w), Guido Guidi (p). "Generations 2011" The Fierce Fighting on Planet Nebulos 2 (2011), Japan: Takara Tomy
  10. Gallery
  12. - 2010 Grapple
  13. - Naming Rights to Be Damned - Images of Solar Storm Grappel

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