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Predaking is the name of four fictional characters in the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Name Predaking
Decepticon/Predacon
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Titanium
English voice actor Bud Davis
Information
Alternate modes 5 Predacons
Function Warrior
Motto "Destroy first, ask questions later."
Rank 7
Sub-group Predacons

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.

Components

The Predacons Predaking consists of are:

  • Razorclaw
    Predacon Leader
    He transforms into a lion.
    He forms the head, massive torso and thighs of Predaking.
    The leader of the team, who despises the unnecessary expenditure of energy and resources.
    He is preternaturally patient, always waiting for the best moment to strike.
    Voiced by Joe Leahy.
  • Rampage
    Gunner
    He transforms into a tiger.
    He forms the right arm of Predaking.
    He is a little more than a raging psychopath, in a constant state of anger that leaves even the other Predacons afraid of him.
    Thankfully, there is one way of keeping Rampage under control; he is easily distracted by mindless television entertainment.
    Voiced by Laurie Faso.
  • Divebomb
    Aerial Assault
    He transforms into an eagle.
    He forms the left arm of Predaking and his wings also become Predaking's wings.
    He is a loner by nature.
    He only combines with his teammates when he has no other option.
    On his own, he amuses himself by destroying objects from the air for the sheer joy of it.
    Voiced by Laurie Faso.
  • Tantrum
    Fueler
    He transforms into a bull.
    He forms the left lower leg of Predaking.
    The fueler of the Predacons, always using brute force to see things through, even when it is not called for.
    In reality, he has severe anger problems and releases his anger by destroying anything unlucky enough to get in his way.
    Voiced by Philip L. Clarke.
  • Headstrong
    Ground Assault
    He transforms into a rhinoceros.
    He forms the right lower leg of Predaking.
    He is unbelievably stubborn and does not take advice from anyone.
    However, he is probably the weakest of the team, and extremely insecure about it.
    Voiced by Ron Feinberg.

Animated series

The Transformers

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 500 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 500 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.

The Predacons made their debut in the year 2005, as the Decepticon/Quintesson alliance began its attack on the Autobots on both Earth and Cybertron. 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 2006, 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. Having penetrated Cybertron's defenses for an unspecified mission, the Predacons attack Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus and Springer. 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, 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.

Transformers: The Headmasters

Predaking fights the Throttlebots Freeway, Chase, Searchlight and Goldbug in Transformers: The Headmasters

The Predacons continued to put in short appearances in 1987's Japanese-exclusive spinoff series, Transformers: The Headmasters, usually fighting alongside and against the other combiner teams in various battles. Most often he would face off with his newest rival, Raiden, combined form of the Trainbots.

Transformers: Zone

In 1990's Transformers: 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).[1]

Comics

Devil's Due Publishing

The Predacons would return in the third Devil's Due Publishing crossover between G.I. Joe and the Transformers. Without Megatron or Shockwave's steadying influence, the Decepticons had fallen apart in a series of internecine conflicts. One such was the Predacons taking on the Seacons. Hunting Nautilator, the Predacons were unable to prevent him calling for backup - Piranacon. The Predacons merged into Predaking and defeated their foe. Preparing to finish him off, Predaking was interrupted by a strange, tiny figure: Serpentor, a human military cyborg built with Megatron's memories. Using these memories to convince both combiners to join him, they then participated (along with the Stunticons) in the ambush that killed Bumblebee. They were then Serpentor's principal weapon, along with Piranacon and Menasor, in the attack on Capital City, where the three of them defeated Omega Supreme. They were among the Decepticon reinforcements that countered the G.I. Joe/Autobot jailbreak. Rampage was taken out by Grimlock. Razorclaw and Motormaster were the ones who stopped Prime's attack on Serpentor, beating him to near death. They were then slain by the Cobra Commander-controlled Serpentor.

Dreamwave Productions

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. The five team members were once warlords on Cybertron who were cast into exile in space. Settling on Planet Beest, home of the Battle Beasts, the Predacons sank into a feral state and lived as inhabitants of that world for untold years, until Megatron arrived. Having been jettisoned into space by Starscream and restored from the brink of death by Wreck-Gar, Megatron now had his sights set on reclaiming the Decepticon leadership, and required the Predacons to bolster his army. Abandoning his personal weaponry, Megatron pursued Razorclaw through the jungle and soundly defeated him. Subsequently, he re-engineered the Predacons to give them the ability to combine into Predaking. Taking the Predacons to Cybertron, Megatron put Shockwave in his service again while the Predacons dealt with his Triple Changer minions; Razorclaw was forced to destroy the resistant Blitzwing. The group then headed to Earth to deal with Starscream, where Predaking defeated Bruticus. The players were now all assembled... but Dreamwave's bankruptcy and cessation of publication left future stories of the Predacons untold.

IDW Publishing

Megatron commands Attack Squad 3 in Transformers: Dawn of the Predacus

Predaking appeared the IDW Publishing BotCon 2016 story Transformers: Dawn of the Predacus. In this story Predaking appears under the command of Megatron at the end of the Great War. Megatron's forces attack Autobot Unit-2 under the command of Tigatron, destroying most of them. Later Predaking is confronted by Predacus, who kills Predaking, making it look like he committed suicide out of guilt for all the sparks he had extinguished.

Manga

In the Transformers Manga #5 Galvatron and his Decepticons attacked the Prime Energy Tower. Galvatron ordered the Decepticons to form Menasor, Devastator and Bruticus and attack. Rodimus Prime counted this move by ordering in Superion, Omega Supreme and Defensor. 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.[2]

Marvel Comics

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.S. title. Here, the Predacons were summoned to Earth in 1987 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.S. title, and appear they did, shortly after Optimus Prime perished in a virtual duel with Megatron. 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.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Predaking (1986)
A new mold. Released in 1986, 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.[3]
  • Generation 1 Predaking Reissue (2010)
A reissue of the original G1 Predacons gift set by Takara Tomy to commemorate the Transformers 2010 series (season 3 of the original series) in Japan. The set was released in late november 2010.[4]


Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Name Predaking
Decepticon
Series Kre-O Transformers
Information
Alternate modes 4 Decepticon Hunters
Function Kreon Beast Combiner
Sub-group Predacons

Predaking is part brick, part four different jungle animals. A creature of instinct, there's almost nothing he likes more than the hunt. Almost, because the only thing he enjoys more is catching his prey and then messing with them by putting their legs on backwards and watching them run around. He especially hates Trailcutter, because Trailcutter cares about nature and Predaking doesn't. Sometimes he is also known as Predicus.

Toys

  • Kre-O Transformers Predaking w/ Razorclaw, Torox, Headlock, and Divebomb Kreons
One of the first Kreon Microchanger combiner sets. The four component Kreons can be rebuilt into their alternate modes. They can also be rebuilt into Predaking by taking them apart and combining their pieces.


Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Name Predaking
Predacon
Series Transformers: Prime
English voice actor Peter Mensah
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian dragon
Function Predacon Overlord, Ultimate Autobot Hunter

Predaking appears in the 3rd season of Transformers: Prime entitled "Beast Hunters". In this incarnation, he resembles a Cybertronian dragon and was bred in Shockwave's laboratory and cloned from fossilized remains. He was the first Predacon cloned in present day and is the leader of the Predacons, according to the toyline. He did not transform into robot mode or spoke outside of animal-like sounds until the episode "Evolution". Though the other Decepticons had believed he was an unintelligent creature, especially Starscream, Predaking had shown signs of intelligence when he was able to memorize how to bypass the Nemesis's satellite's security measures by watching Starscream operate the device.

Animated series

Originally referred to as the Predacon, Predaking is formerly introduced when Shockwave brings him to Earth in "Prey." After explaining Predaking's origins to Megatron and a shocked Starscream, Shockwave sends Predaking to hunt down Wheeljack when he escapes capture by the Decepticons. This leads Predaking to confront Wheeljack when he regroups with Bulkhead and Miko (who mistakes him for a dragon, much to the Autobots' confusion) and chases them relentlessly until they are saved by Ultra Magnus's ship. Wounded from the resulting aerial combat, Predaking returns to Megatron's fortress with Shockwave tending to his wounds while growling at Starscream's insults towards him. In "Rebellion", Predaking is unleashed again as he is tricked into a Space Bridge to the arctic where he freezes before freeing himself in "Chain of Command" and returns to the Nemesis with Starscream placed as his keeper.

Starscream tries to get Predaking to go into his kennel and ends up nearly burned. Starscream tries to use the Apex Armor to get Predaking back into the ship which doesn't go well, with Predaking humorously beating Starscream around like a chew toy. Starscream is then ordered by Megatron to lead Predaking to one of the Decepticon excavation sites when the Vehicons there haven't reported back. Predaking attacks Bulkhead, Wheeljack, and Ultra Magnus at the excavation site. While Miko climbs to safety, Ultra Magnus, Bulkhead, and Wheeljack fight Predaking until an attempt by Wheeljack to bomb him goes horribly awry. Predaking escapes out of the rubble and finds a sphere that is a Predacon fragment, which he brings to Starscream after experiencing a suppressed memory. Megatron then orders Starscream into having Predaking bring him the Predacon fossil while Starscream deals with the Autobots. Predaking then leaves to deliver the Predacon fossil to Megatron.

In "Plus One," Predaking had damaged the communication system where Knock Out was unable to get through to Megatron on getting a Ground Bridge for him. While Starscream attempts to repair the damage, Predaking watches intently quickly learning how the Decepticon computers work. Predaking is then seen accessing some controls on the deck of the ship to look into the Project Predacon files, revealing his growing sentience. By "Evolution," arriving to Shockwave's laboratory without being summoned, Predaking reveals his sentience while transforming to halt Starscream's attempt to use the rod on him. Though Predaking declares his loyalty to him, Megatron feared the Predacons may be too powerful to control and thus uses the Autobots to take out the lab while informing Predaking of it in hopes that to both sides destroying each other. Surviving the explosion while attempting to kill Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus, crushing the latter's right hand, Predaking is stunned by Optimus Prime as the Autobots fall back. Predaking later visits Megatron who tells him that the Autobots will pay for what they did to the Predacons.

In "Minus One" and "Persuasion," stating to Megatron that he should resurrect the Predacons from the fossils they have, Predaking is sent to Antarctica to attack the Autobots as they attempt to thwart a Decepticon raid. In the fight that follows, Predaking manages to overwhelm Optimus Prime before being called back once the mission is a success. Upon learning of Ratchet's presence on the Nemesis, Predaking is promised the right to personally destroy the Autobot once he outlives his usefulness in perfecting the Synthetic Energon formula needed to restore Cybertron. However, during the events of "Synthesis" when he gets his chance to rip Ratchet to bits, Predaking learns the truth behind his fellow Predacons' destruction and goes berserk in the Nemesis before finding Megatron. Upon Megatron admitting his role in the event, Predaking battles Megatron before the Decepticon opens the airlock to shot the Predacon out of the Nemesis. However, as revealed in "Deadlock", Predaking latched on to the warship until witnessing Cybertron's restoration and leaves to live on his newly restored homeworld.

Predaking returned for the finale movie "Predacons Rising".

Toys

  • Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Predaking w/ Cybervenom Rocket (2013)
  • Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Predaking (Predacons Rising) (2013)
  • Prime: Beast Hunters Voyager Class Predaking w/ Hydrafire Blasters (2013)
New Voyager Class figure which shares similar orange and black coloration to his G1 counterpart. Can attach missile launchers to dragon mode to form a third hydra mode slightly similar to Cybertron Scourge.
  • Prime: Beast Hunters Voyager Class Cryofire Predaking (2013)
A blue recolor of Voyager Class Predaking, possibly a homage to Cryotek.
  • Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Predaking (Predacons Rising) (2013)
Recolor of Cyberverse Commander Predaking, homage to "Robots in Disguise Megatron/Gigatron".
  • Prime: Beast Hunters Ultimate Class Beast-Fire Predaking (2013)
New, giant sized figure with 3 foot long wingspan.


Shattered Glass

Predaking
Transformers character
Nightscream-classic-robot.jpg
Classic Nightscream toy
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Dragon
Series

Transformers: Classic
Sub-group

Micromasters, Predacons

Shattered Glass Predaking is a Micromaster who turns into a dragon.

Fun Publications

The Predacons, including Predaking, were present at the battle of Decepticon City. They fought with Generation 1 Grimlock against Shattered Glass Superion.[5]

Toys

  • Robots in Disguise Classic Mini-Con Clear Skies Team (2007)
Contains Nightscream, Steel Wind and Thunderwing.
Nightscream was repurposed into Shattered Glass Predaking.


References

  1. Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (July 22, 2008). Transformers: The Ark II. IDW Publishing. pp. 196–198. ISBN 978-1-60010-180-9. 
  2. http://www.tfarchive.com/comics/japanese/trans155.php
  3. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Japanese and International Transformers. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 23. ISBN 0-7643-1282-0. 
  4. TFSource.com - 2010 Predaking Boxed Set Reissue
  5. Another Light Part Three: Memory's Splinter