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Brawl is the name given to several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. He is sometimes called "Decepticon Brawl" in the toy line for trademark purposes.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Name Brawl
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Universe
English voice actor Tony St. James
Japanese voice actor Masashi Ebara
Alternate modes Leopard 1 tank, Cybertronian tank, Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard
Function Ground Assault
Motto "I was built to be wild."
Partner Onslaught, Swindle, Blast Off, and Vortex
Rank 5
Sub-group Combaticons, Elite Guard, Scouts

Brawl originally appeared as a group of five Decepticons, known as the Combaticons, who could combine to form a larger robot known as Bruticus. As a basic-sized combiner limb, Brawl could function as the arm or leg of any similar combiner Transformer, but he usually became the left leg of Bruticus. Also becomes part of Scramble 7.

Animated series

In The Transformers animated series, Brawl was originally a Decepticon criminal whose personality component was extracted by Shockwave. In Starscream's Brigade, he was exiled from the Decepticons after one clash too many with Megatron, and was later one of five personality components recovered by Starscream. In order to create his own loyal troops, Starscream installed the personality components into wrecked World War II battle vehicles left on Guadalcanal, giving rise to the Combaticons and Brawl, who had the alternate mode of a Leopard 1 tank. After a series of attacks on both Autobots and Decepticons, they were defeated by Menasor and exiled to space.

In The Revenge of Bruticus, the Decepticons, no longer under Starscream's command, attempted to conquer Cybertron. They successfully defeated Shockwave's army, but when they attempted to destroy Earth by sending it towards the sun, they were stopped by Optimus Prime, Megatron and Starscream, and ultimately put under Megatron's control.

While Brawl's appearances were mostly as part of the Combaticons, the episode "B.O.T." spotlighted Swindle and Brawl. After a gestalt-on-gestalt battle between Bruticus and Defensor, the Combaticons' combined form was demolished, with only Swindle remaining intact. The ever opportunistic Swindle sold his comrades' parts - much to the fury of Megatron. Megatron recovered all the parts except Brawl's personality component and recreated the Combaticons, fitted with a bomb to give them extra "motivation". Eventually he located Brawl's personality component installed in a high school science project called B.O.T. (which had gone on the rampage due to Brawl's influence). With Brawl's personality components the Combaticons merged into Bruticus, but were stopped by Defensor, forcing them to flee.

Brawl would continue to appear in a limited capacity throughout the third season.


Brawl appeared in the 1986 Ladybird Books story Decepticon Hideout by John Grant.[1]


Devil's Due Publishing

Brawl would appear in the third G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing as part of the Decepticon force trying to hold back the combined Autobot/G.I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime.[2]

Dreamwave Productions

Dreamwave Productions' 21st century re-imagining of the Generation 1 universe took its inspiration for the Combaticons from the original animated series, casting them as Decepticon prisoners who were reduced to protoform stasis because they were too dangerous to be released.

Onslaught, Brawl, Blast Off and Vortex originally appeared as part of Shockwave's attack on Iacon in the first War Within series.

Later, when Optimus Prime led a rebellion against Shockwave's domination of Cybertron in 2003, Starscream took the opportunity to form a power base. He took the protoform Combaticons to Earth and outfitted them with new alternate modes taken from an abandoned military base, then lead them in an attack on the Ark in order to acquire parts to make the Decepticon space cruiser, the Nemesis, space worthy. Confronted in battle by Brawn, Bruticus was caught in an explosion as Ratchet self-destructed the Ark, but he survived the conflagration, only to be knocked out by artillery fire from an incoming Autobot shuttle. After a battle with the evil clone Sunstorm, Brawn opted to work out some of his stress on Bruticus's unconscious body, punching him about the head until his comrades yelled at him to stop. Bruticus would return, battling Sky Lynx for Starscream's amusement - until the Predacons appeared in their combined form of Predaking. The two gestalts battled as Starscream fled and Bruticus lost. The ultimate fate of the Combaticons in the Dreamwave universe was not revealed, due to the company's closure.[citation needed]

Fun Publications

On Cybertron, nine million years in the past, Brawl is assigned to the Autobot Elite Guard Combaticon unit designed to seek out and stop the leadership of the Decepticon forces.

The Elite Guard Alpha Team and Strike Team did battle against a horde of ferrovorous bugs in one of Cybertron's city-states. Magnum then ordered the Strike Team to escort the Alpha Team to Space Port Bravo for their next mission. The Strike Team then reported to Magnum and Sentinel Major, who introduced them to the new Elite Guard Special-Ops Team, also called the Combaticons.[3]

While on patrol, Onslaught told Metalhawk the story of how his Elite Guard team captured Thunderwing. Metalhawk then told Onslaught about how his team captured Blue Bacchus. The teams of Elite Guardsmen then came across a Decepticon who was separated from his group. Brawl was able to get the location of a Decepticon base from the captive before he went offline. The Guard teams surrounded the base and were able to kill Shadowcaster, the base's leader. Metalhawk's team reported to Magnum, but the Combaticons stayed to investigate, Onslaught thinking their victory was too easy. They were captured by Decepticons.[4]

Metalhawk and his Strike Team were searching for Decepticons when they ran into a crazy "empty" who ranted about the coming of the "brute". They received a distress signal from Sentinel Major ordering all Elite Guard units to return to base. When Metalhawk's team arrived at the base Ricochet told them of a Decepticon attack. Among the attackers were the Combaticions, but when Sentinel Major ordered them to surrender, they combined into Bruticus and crushed Sentinel Major.[5]

Most of the members of the Autobot Elite Guard were wiped out when they confronted Bruticus, who killed most of the Guard. Dion was able to blind Bruticus, forcing it to separate into the Combaticons, but the Combaticons finished off most of the remaining Guard, including Metalhawk, who was killed by Onslaught. This left only Dion alive, buried in the rubble, and Thunderclash's team, which was off planet at the time.[6]

IDW Publishing

Banzai-Tron, Gutcruncher, Axer and the Combaticons help Arcee attempt to recapture Monstructor.[7]

Marvel Comics

According to the original character biography, Brawl is noisy, belligerent, irritable, and has a hair-trigger temper, and a resistance to most conventional artillery.

The Combaticons first appeared in issue #24 of the US Marvel Comics series The Transformers. Their origins were unexplained, however the audience can assume they were created in the same way as the Stunticons were — through Bombshell's cerebro-shell, which was attached to Optimus Prime, tapping the energies of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

The company Energy Futures Industries was a hydrothermocline plant which the Decepticons wanted to steal for their own energy resources. Megatron and the Combaticons launched an assault only to encounter the Protectobots and Optimus Prime. With both teams now combined into Bruticus and Defensor, the human Ethan Zachary offered a solution — that the two teams battle inside a computer program. Not wanting to destroy what they had come to steal, Megatron agreed. The Combaticons' blood lust was turned against them as their disregard for the programs sentient beings led First Aid to destroy Swindle and Brawl. However, the Decepticons still won as Optimus Prime felt he had cheated by endangering innocent life in the game and destroyed himself. Shortly after this Brawl made the mistake of questioning Megatron's belief that Prime was still alive. The increasingly deranged Decepticon leader crushed Brawl's head with his bare hands.[8][9]

Brawl would continue to make sporadic appearances throughout the US and UK comics, clashing twice more with the Protectobots as Bruticus and attacking the Autobot leadership contest between Grimlock and Blaster. Although it was not shown in the G1 comic, it is likely that the Combaticons were deactivated by the Underbase powered Starscream.

Brawl made an appearance in the Decepticon forces under the command of Megatron in issue #7 of the Marvel Generation 2 comic series, in a story called New Dawn. Megatron lead his Decepticons against Jhiaxus's second generation Cybertronians near the moon of Tykos. The Decepticons were defeated and Megatron left injured, presumed dead, but swearing revenge.[10] Bruticus is later seen battling Starscream and his splinter group of Decepticons, who presumably kill Bruticus and by extension, Brawl.


  • Generation 1 Combaticon Brawl (1986)
This toy could form any arm or leg of any of the Scramble City style combiners, but usually formed the left leg of Bruticus.
This toy was later redecoed as Robots in Disguise Armorhide.
  • Generation 1 Kabaya Gum Brawl & Vortex (1986)
This toy was part of the original gum toy series by Kabaya and bundled with Vortex. Two additional packs (Onslaught and Blast Off & Vortex) are needed to complete Bruticus. Each package comes with a stick of chewing gum and an easy-to-assemble kit. The completed robot looks and transforms almost the same as the larger, original Takara version.[11]
  • Generation 2 Combaticon Brawl
The original Brawl toy was recolored in military camouflage colors for the Generation 2 toy line.[12]
  • Universe Generation 1 Series Scout Brawl (2009)
This toy was a recolor of Energon Kickback and Blight, and was only sold as a Universe toy in some foreign markets. It was sold as Revenge of the Fallen Brawl in the United States.
  • Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Bruticus (2012)
This was an SDCC 2012 exclusive Bruticus gift set. The Brawl in this set was repurposed into Generation 1 Brawl in the IDW comics.

Transformers: Energon

In 2005 Brawl was the Japanese name of a Destructicon combiner limb who was able to combine with the other four Destructicons to become Bruticus Maximus. In the U.S. he was called Kickback. The character was a clear homage to Generation 1 Brawl.

Transformers (2007)

Transformers character
Name Brawl
Series Transformers film series
Transformers (2010)
English voice actor David Sobolov (video game)
Alternate modes Cybertronian Tank
Modified M1 Abrams Tank
Flakpanzer Gepard
Function Loudmouthed Artillery Gunner
Motto "I go by one guiding principle - keep it stupid."
Partner Onslaught, Vortex, Blast Off, Swindle, Bonecrusher, Starscream, Barricade,
Rank 5
Sub-group Cyber Slammers, Deluxe Vehicles, Fast Action Battlers, Leader Vehicles, Micro Vehicles, Scouts, Combaticons

Brawl appears in the live-action film, though he does not appear in the trailers (except for a very brief shot of his tank mode). He is the most heavily armed Transformer seen in this continuity. His appearance (especially that of his head) greatly resembles Tankor, the Vehicon Tank Drone commander from Beast Machines.

According to Picture Vehicle Coordinator Steve Mann, the filming prop of Brawl was a redress of a tank prop made for another film [2] (the M1 Abrams 'stealth tank' seen in the film XXX: State of the Union).

He has two tank turrets on his back (evoking his G1 persona), 4 missile launchers on each shoulder, two Ripper Blades and a Gatling gun on his left arm (both he never got the chance to use) , and a long tank turret coming to his right arm. He wasn't able to scan the just fit object for him on Earth — he was a bit large. Thus, when he scanned a mine clearing blade (MCB)-fitted M1 Abrams, he ended up in a form different from the scanned object.

Name change

Early leaked versions of the script gave the name "Brawl" to the Decepticon police car, but that character was later changed to Barricade, with the name Brawl being given to a tank character more fitting to his Generation 1 namesake.

There is some mix-up over his name: the toys and video games list his name as Brawl, but in the film itself, and the official movie novelization, his name is Devastator. He refers to himself as Devastator in the movie subtitles. According to Roberto Orci, one of the writers of the movie, and Hasbro's Transformers team, "Devastator" is the mistake, and that the character is supposed to be named Brawl. The official names of all the Transformers seen in the film were confirmed in August 2006, nearly a year before the film's North American release date. However, director Michael Bay was not fully aware of these names and sometimes referred to some of them by their "on-set names". (He said in an interview, that he often referred to Frenzy as "Soundbyte".) Thus, on-set he would refer to the tank Decepticon as "Devastator". Somehow, the name made its way into the final cut of the film. Director Michael Bay favored the name Devastator, as he felt that it sounded more threatening than Brawl. [3] The early leaked script Prime Directives had him named Devastator, as does the Titan U.K. magazine. Concept art for the character named him "Demolishor", as the name Brawl (in concept art) went to Barricade. In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the name "Devastator" is given to the robot created from the combining Constructicons, as is the case in previous Transformers continuities.


The book Transformers - Meet The Decepticons by Jennifer Frantz had a slightly different ending than the movie. This book had all six Decepticons leaving Earth together after being defeated by the Autobots, instead of most of their numbers dying. In this book they used the name Brawl for the character.


IDW Publishing

In Transformers: Defiance the planet Cybertron is invaded by aliens from the Eshems Nebula and Brawl is among the defenders in the city of Metrotitan, near the temple at Simfur. In issue #3 Brawl was among the troops under the command of Starscream ordered by Megatron to bring in Optimus and kill his companions.

Brawl appeared among the Decepticons under the command of Starscream in the second Transformers movie prequel comic, printed by Target stores. After Megatron left in pursuit of the Allspark, Starscream, Bonecrusher, Brawl, Blackout, Barricade (presumably with Frenzy), Scorponok and Wreckage followed, eventually arriving on Earth. Landing in Afghanistan, took on Earth vehicle forms. Presumably, Devastator went into hiding as a tank until he was called on by Starscream in the film.

During Captain Archibald Witwicky's vision of the future, he was in tank mode, firing at the Autobots.

In Transformers: Alliance #2 the bodies of Brawl, Blackout and Megatron are seen being loaded onto trucks at the Nevada desert for disposal in the ocean.

Titan Magazines

Information in italics occur in the alternate storyline where Megatron won the battle for the Allspark.

Brawl appears in the second Titan Transformers Magazine strip. Summoned by Megatron to deal with Ratchet, Jazz and Ironhide after they waylay his pursuit of the Allspark, Brawl attacks them full on. Impervious to the Autobot firepower, he then deploys a foldspace warhead. Oblivious to his own fate, Brawl seemingly eliminates all of them.

Issue #4 picked up on Brawl's fate, establishing him as marooned on a devastated world and low on energy. Despite this, Brawl was even more aggressive than normal, randomly annihilating large chunks of the city. This was due to an energy field created by the previous inhabitants of the planet that caused them to annihilate themselves. Homing in on the energy source, Brawl seemingly encountered Starscream, Barricade and Bonecrusher. They attacked him and he seemingly killed them. He then tapped into the energy field and left the planet.

Brawl appeared in issue #7 of the Transformers Titan Magazine in a story called "Starscream's Militia". He was seemingly brought to life by Starscream using the sparks of Allspark mutations. He was immediately killed again by the Autobots.

Brawl attacks Baltimore issue #23 of the Titan Transformers Magazine series in a story called "Revolution Part 1"


Brawl(known as devastator in the film) is first seen in the film rallying with the other Decepticons to Starscream's call, disguised as a M1 Abrams tank. He is in the highway chase with Barricade and Bonecrusher. He is later seen during the final battle, announcing his arrival by firing at the Autobots and US soldiers in the streets. Ironhide attacks him with his missiles while performing a Helix twist dodge maneuver, while Jazz leaps onto his frame, pulls on his main cannon causing him to miss, and tears off his right shoulder missile launchers, forcing Brawl to transform. With his sheer strength, Brawl pulls Jazz off with one hand and throws him against a building. Ironhide distracts Brawl, while Ratchet leaps in and attacks Brawl, cutting off one of his arms before the human soldiers and Ratchet blast him repeatedly. Brawl collapses, seemingly beaten (although the most likely assumption is that he was just stunned, as he was not shot by Ratchet or Captain William Lennox and his team in his most vulnerable part—the chest), minutes later, Megatron lands in a nearby alley. Brawl quickly recovers and rises again when Megatron enters the battle. Brawl continues to mercilessly engage the human forces, until Bumblebee attacks Brawl, still attached to the tow truck driven by Mikaela. Bumblebee shoots him several times in the chest with the last hit getting him in the spark, killing him.

A Decepticon with Brawl's body form but with a desert camouflage color skin was among the Decepticons that crossed over from the Moon to Earth when Autobot traitor Sentinel Prime and Megatron opened the Space Bridge.

This Decepticon took part in the Chicago takeover but was the first con to go down during Optimus Prime's magnificent mile long rampage that left several Decepticons dead.


Brawl appears in the video game tie-in. He appears as a boss faced by Ironhide in the Autobot campaign, as the one that killed Jazz as opposed to Megatron in the movie (in the Decepticon campaign, it was Barricade that killed Jazz). In the Decepticon campaign he appears as an ally who has to be escorted out of human military. His deluxe toy is among the 'bonus features' pictures in the game. In the Nintendo DS and PSP adaptation of the game Brawl is a playable character. In the Decepticon campaign he appears in a cutscene with Megatron in the throne room (which was once the Lincoln Memorial) with also Starscream while being requested by saying "Finish this planet, we are done here" while Barricade walks. In Transformers: Decepticons, Brawl has a childlike personality.[13]


  • Transformers Legends Decepticon Brawl (2007)
A Legends class figure with a new mold. Sold in a 2-pack with Legends Class Rescue Ratchet.[14]
  • Transformers Cyber Slammers Decepticon Brawl (2007)
A Scout Class toy designed for younger children, with a very simple transformation and a pull back motor. The upper portion of the vehicle pops up into robot mode when it hits an object.
  • Transformers Fast Action Battlers Double Missile Decepticon Brawl (2007)
A Deluxe-class transforming toy designed for younger children.
  • Transformers Fast Acton Battlers Deep Desert Brawl (2008)
A redeco of Fast Action Battlers Brawl.[15]
  • Transformers Deluxe Class Decepticon Brawl (2007)
A well detailed version of Brawl. It had universal problems with shoulder pegs not properly fitting onto the body.[16]
This toy was sold individually in general retail, and in a special 3-pack at Sams club which included Movie Deluxe Bonecrusher, Brawl and Jazz.
A real M1 Abrams tank is 366 centimeters wide, while this toy is 6 centimeters wide. This makes it about 1/61 scale.
In late 2007 a special bonus pack was sold with Ultimate Bumblebee packaged together with Deluxe Decepticon Brawl and Scorponok.[17]
  • Transformers Deluxe Decepticon Brawl Repaint (2008)
A Target exclusive, packaged in robot mode and inside a clear, cylindrical package. Features light blue highlights on parts of the robot's body to simulate the Allspark's effects.
  • Transformers Leader Decepticon Brawl (2007)
A highly detailed version of Brawl in the same class Optimus Prime and Megatron that appears after the film's debut. Features Advanced Automorph technology, as well as light and sound effects on his turret and missile launchers. Unlike Optimus Prime (whose head is limited to side rotation) and Megatron (whose head is fixed), Brawl's head is connected to his body via ball joint, which gives a wider range of head articulation.[18]
A real M1 Abrams tank is 366 centimeters wide, while this toy is 10.5 centimeters wide. This makes it about 1/35 scale. He would stand about 26 feet tall.
  • Transformers 3D Battle Card Game Decepticon Brawl (2007)
Brawl is among the characters which appeared in the 1st wave of Transformers 3D Battle Card Game by Wizards of the Coast.
  • Transformers Leader Deep Desert Brawl (2008)
A redeco of Leader Class Brawl in tan with blue highlights. According to his bio, he manages to survive his battle with Bumblebee and goes into hiding in the Middle East. "Saturated with power from the AllSpark and freed from the influence of MEGATRON, DECEPTICON BRAWL disappeared into the rugged land around the Hoover Dam. Making his way over the course of months to the most troubled spot on Earth, he adapted his vehicle mode to the new environment, went to ground and waited. Hiding in the deep desert, he soaks up energy from the blazing sun, and emerges only to satisfy his hunger for destruction by attacking and annihilating human convoys and armored columns. He is a ghost in the desert, attacking randomly and without reason, and disappearing before human air power can arrive to track him. To those living in the region, he is a myth, but to those few who survive his attacks he is a monster.".
  • Hasbro Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Deep Desert Brawl (2009)
A recolor and remold of the 2007 Deluxe Brawl toy in desert camouflage colors. Comes with a missile.
This toy was repurposed into the GoBot Defendor.[19]
  • Revenge of the Fallen Titanium 3 inch Off Road Ironhide vs. Deep Desert Brawl (2009)
A Toys "R" Us store exclusive. Redecos of the Ironhide and Brawl figures, which are non-poseable and non-transformable.[20]
  • Revenge of the Fallen Scout Decepticon Brawl (2009)
Part of the target combiner set for Bruticus Maximus. A repackage of Universe Brawl.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Robot-Powered Machines Decepticon Brawl (2009)
A non-transformable diecast tank the size of a Hot Wheels car. Bundled with Autobot Jazz.
  • Transformers Desert Ruins Brawl Deluxe Decepticon Brawl (2010)
A gift set featuring a yellow camouflage redeco of Deluxe Brawl and a silver redeco of Legends Jolt.

Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Name Brawl
Series Transformers: Generations
English voice actor Nolan North
Alternate modes Cybertronian Tank
Function Ground Assault, Soldier, Weapons expert
Partner Blast Off, Onslaught, Swindle, and Vortex
Rank 5
Sub-group Combaticons, Deluxe Vehicles


Brawl appears as a playable character in the 2010 game Transformers: War for Cybertron, taking the form of a tank. He is playable in the first level of the Decepticon campaign, Dark Energon, and makes a non-playable cameo later in the game, during the Iacon Destroyed level. In multiplayer mode players can set their custom decepticon soldier to look like, and have the same alternate form, as Brawl. He is also a playable character in the escalation gamemode. [21]

Brawl appears among the rest of the Combaticons in the 2012 video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.


  • Generations Deluxe Brawl (2012)
A new mold.[22]
  • Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Bruticus (2012)
An SDCC 2012 exclusive Bruticus gift set. Colored to match be more Fall of Cybertron game accurate in colors than the retail release. The Brawl in this set was repurposed into Generation 1 Brawl in the IDW comics.


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  2. "SMC> G.I. Joe vs the Transformers (V1)". BW Media Spotlight. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  3. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Frank Milkovich (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 2" The Transformers Collectors Club 32 (April/May 2010), Fun Publications
  4. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Frank Milkovich (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 3" The Transformers Collectors Club 33 (June/July 2010), Fun Publications
  5. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 5" The Transformers Collectors Club 35 (Oct/Nov 2010), Fun Publications
  6. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 6" The Transformers Collectors Club 36 (Dec/Jan 2011), Fun Publications
  7. Spotlight: Sideswipe by IDW Publishing
  8. "Transformers" #24 (December 1987)
  9. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Companion, 11th Edition, Page 257, by Robert M. Overstreet, 2010
  11. - Kabaya Gum Bruticus
  12. Brereton, Erin (2006). Transformers: The Fantasy, The Fun, The Future. Triumph Books. p. 22. ISBN 1-57243-983-1. 
  13. "Next Two Characters Revealed: Transformers War for Cybertron". IGN. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  14. First Look at Legends Brawl vs Rescue Ratchet 2-Pack (Already in Philippines!) *UPDATE NEW PICS*
  15. FAB Desert Camo Brawl?
  16. TRANSFORMERS Movie Deluxe: DECEPTICON BRAWL- Product Detail 12, 2007/ Archived August 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. Ultimate Bumblebee bonus pack with Deluxe Scorponok and Deluxe Brawl found!
  18. TRANSFORMERS Movie Leader: DECEPTICON BRAWL- Product Detail 14, 2007/ Archived October 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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