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Submarauder is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first Submarauder is an evil Decepticon Pretender introduced in 1988. The second Submarauder is a minor villain in the Transformers Animated series introduced in 2008. The third Submarauder is the heroic mirror-universe counterpart of the original, who is a Micromaster. The original Submarauder should not be confused with Gilmer, who has an identical toy but is considered a different character.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Submarauder box art
Name Submarauder
Series Transformers: Generation 1
First appearance "Pretender to the Throne", The Transformers #40 by Marvel Comics
Alternate modes Cybertronian submarine
Function Undersea Warfare
Gender Male
Motto "Conquer the seas and the rest will fall!"
Sub-group Pretenders

Submarauder is a Decepticon Pretender.[1]

Fictional biography

Biography: Submarauder is a reclusive intellectual who likes to ponder the mysteries of the sea in total solitude, making other Decepticons wonder exactly what he finds so fascinating down there. Hovering in the darkest depths of the ocean, Submarauder is content to observe the undersea creatures he so respects as they swim with and around him. Despite his quiet, scholarly demeanor, it doesn't take much to activate Submarauder's hair-trigger anger; just seeing an Autobot penetrate his watery domain is usually enough to make him explode with hatred and rage. Submarauder is a diabolically clever warrior, known for appearing suddenly and silently among his prey. He attacks with a blind fury, rending and blasting his foes before composing himself and floating off to return to his lonely undersea travels.

Weapons/Abilities: Subject has great strength and intelligence as well as overall endurance. He is and expert in marine science; there is also some evidence that he can communicate with and command some sea creatures. His outer Pretender shell is armed with a proton cannon, deflector shield, and an organic-steel sword that eats through metals. Inner robot can use all of the shell's armaments and can also transform into a deep sea attack submarine armed with the proton cannon.

Weaknesses: Subject sometimes stays in the water too long, neglecting to refuel. He is also extremely protective of marine creatures and will even confront fellow Decepticons who carelessly threaten them.

Animated series

Although the US Transformers animated series was canceled before Submarauder was brought out, his Japanese counterpart Gilmer appeared in the Masterforce anime series. Submarauder's only appearance in animation was in early commercials for the Pretender toys. [2]


Condor Verlag

In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Submarauder is one of those he displays to the Autobots.[3]

In a story called "Memories of Bumblebee" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #15 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Bumblebee views a recording of Optimus Prime where he identifies Autobots and Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Submarauder is among those he displays.[4]

Dreamwave Productions

Submarauder was a member of Ratbat's Ultracon faction in the third War Within series from Dreamwave Productions. He was pre-Pretender. Submarauder appeared as a Pretender in the Dreamwave More Than Meets The Eye biography series.

IDW Publishing

A non-Pretender Submarauder appeared in IDW Publishing Transformers: Robots in Disguise #12. After the Chaos War, Submarauder was one of the Decepticons who started rioting on the streets of Cybertron in celebration of Megatron's return.

Marvel Comics

Submarauder made few appearances in the Marvel adaptation. He debuted with the rest of the Decepticon Pretenders in issue #40 "Pretender to The Throne." He made only cameo appearances throughout the remainder of the series.

Submarauder appeared in issue #54, "King Con!" In this story the Decepticon Pretenders were assigned to protect a power converter Scorponok was building in the meadowlands of New Jersey.

Submarauder served as Lord Zarak's personal transport when he was leaving New York City to the secret undersea Decepticon base to devise a plan to defeat the Autobot Micromasters.

Transformers: Mosaic

Submarauder appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "History Repeats" by Franco Villa.[5]


Submarauder fires Skalor in twin-barreled corrosive slime-shooter mode
  • Generation 1 Pretender Submarauder (1988)
A new mold. Turns from robot to submarine. Comes with shell, rifle, sword, shield and belt.
This toy is identical to the Gilmer toy.[6][7]
  • Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Prime Master Alchemist Prime with Submarauder

Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Name Submarauder
First appearance Transformers Animated episode "Survival of the Fittest"
Alternate modes None
Gender Male

In the Transformers Animated episode "Survival of the Fittest", one of the villain Meltdown's mutated humans bears a resemblance to Submarauder's Pretender Shell but with a crab claw and tentacles for hands. The mutant first appeared in "Survival of the Fittest" and later "Black Friday".

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Name Submarauder
Series Transformers: Timelines
Alternate modes Submarine
Gender Male
Partner Astrotrain, Fasttrack, Stonecruncher & Tailwind
Sub-group Micromasters

Submarauder is one of the Micromaster partners to Astrotrain. He is a heroic Decepticon.

Fun Publications

Submarauder appeared in the fiction Dungeons & Dinobots, a text based story from Fun Publications. Astrotrain and his Micromasters were used to transport supplies and energon rods from the Arch-Ayr fuel depot to the Deception base at Darkmount.[8]

Submarauder appeared in the story Do Over by Fun Publications. He among the crew of the Nemesis, which followed the Autobot's Ark to Earth. When the Nemesis was unable to close in on the Ark Astrotrain and his partners were sent to disable its weapons.[9]

In Eye in the Sky the Decepticons lamented the fact that they did not know where Astrotrain and his Mircomaster partners had gone down on Earth. The Decepticons could use their help in defeating a human militaty satellite the Autobots had gained control of and were using to take over the Earth.

In Blitzwing Bop the Decepticons recover Astrotrain after he is found frozen in the Antarctic.


  • Timelines Ultra Astrotrain with Astro-Hook, Astro-Line, Astro-Sinker and Starcatcher (2007)
A recolor of Armada Jetfire.
This toy was repurposed into Shattered Glass Astrotrain with Fasttrack, Stonecruncher, Submarauder and Tailwind.[10]


  1. Mark Bellomo (2007). Transformers: Identification and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 204. ISBN 978-0896894457. 
  3. Robert Mann (w). "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" Transformers Comic-Magazin 12 (December 1990), Condor Verlag
  4. Robert Mann (w). "Memories of Bumblebee" Transformers Comic-Magazin 15 (June 1991), Condor Verlag
  6. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 75. ISBN 0764313649. 
  7. Jon & Carl Hartman (February 1996). "The Transformers: 1988 - Part 2". Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review 1 (40): 68–69. 
  8. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2008). Dungeons & Dinobots. Illustrator Evan Gauntt. Fun Publications. 
  9. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2009). Do Over. Illustrator Yuki Oshima. Fun Publications. 

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