Warpath (Transformers)

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Warpath is the name of six fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first Warpath was introduced in 1985, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer in the Transformers animated television series. He is always an Autobot with a gun mounted in his chest. He is often depicted as being loud, a bit gun-happy and having a speech impedioment, throwing in comic book exclamations into his speech. Since his original appearance in the first Transformers series, a number of different versions of Warpath have appeared in later Transformers lines.

Transformers: Generation 1

Warpath
Transformers character
Warpath-boxart.jpg
Generation 1 Warpath box art
Created by

Hasbro
Voiced by

Alan Oppenheimer (English)[1]
Takurô Kitagawa (Japanese)
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

M551 Sheridan light tank
Function

Warrior
Motto

"A good shot is worth more than a good intention."
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Henkei
Transformers: Generations
Transformers United
Transformers: Combiner Wars
Sub-group

Deluxe vehicles, Legends, Mini-Bots
Tech specs

ST09 IN05 SP02 EN08

RN05 CO09 FB07 SK10

Warpath's biography indicated that due to his M551 Sheridan tank based alternate mode, he is more impressive than his fellow Autobots, and has no problems letting them know it. However, he is also quite egotistical, and hates damage to his body - especially his big gun.

When under development Warpath was initially called Hot Shot.

Animated series

As characterized in The Transformers series, Warpath had an overly excitable personality, spoke with a Texas drawl and showed a tendency to make verbal onomatopoeia such as BLAM! or POW! in the heat of battle.

Warpath first appeared in the second season episode "Dinobot Island Part 2".[2]

His most prominent appearance was in the episode "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court." Warpath, Hoist and Spike were battling Starscream, Ramjet, Rumble and Ravage in England. Low on power, the Autobots and Decepticons discovered a magical stone formation called the Dragon Mound and were transported back to the year 543. Although Starscream attempted to take over a castle and build a new empire with himself as lord, the help of local knights and a wizard refueled the Autobots, who defeated the Decepticons. After defeating a dragon who nested in the Dragon Mound the Autobots and Decepticons are returned to their own time where they rejoined the fight in modern day England.[3][4]

Although he did not appear in The Transformers: The Movie, he continued to make minor appearances in the television series after the movie up until episode #82, "Ghost in the Machine". [5]

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Transformers: Generation One #3 by Dreamwave Productions

Following the liberation of Cybertron from Shockwave’s rule, Bumblebee was placed in command of the Autobot supply shuttle Orion, with Powerglide, Warpath, Seaspray, Cosmos, Cliffjumper, Bumper and the Powerdashers assigned to him. Their mission was to aid the Autobots on Earth. Upon arriving in the Earth system from transwarp space, they witnessed the arrival of Sunstorm (Transformers: Generation One III #1). However, they encounter a more immediate problem than Starcream and the Combaticons - Starscream's mad clone Sunstorm. Warpath is one of those who battle against him, but is deactivated by his energy powers. He did not reappear before the end of the ongoing comic, when Dreamwave fell into bankruptcy.

Devil's Due Publishing

Warpath reappeared in the third G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover series from Devil's Due Publishing as part of the combined Autobot/G.I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime. [6]

Fun Publications

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

In Tranformers Invasion Warpath is among the Autobots at the Autobot Ironworks base who is wounded in battle with Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus.[8]

Warpath appeared in Another Light where he was among the mixed Autobot and Decepticon team stationed at the Ironworks base on Classicverse Earth. He evacuated on a shuttle commanded by Grimlock when the planet was attacked by Shattered Glass Primus.[9]

IDW Publishing

In the time before the war, Warpath worked under Prowl as part of the Security Services. He attended the joint funeral of Bumper and Fastback after the pair had been killed by early members of the Decepticon faction.

Warpath made his first IDW Publishing appearance in the Spotlight issue on Galvatron. Appearing as part of Hound's unit on Cybertron guarding Thunderwing's body, Warpath was called on to use his firepower to stop Galvatron, managing to actually knock him back - before Galvatron eliminated Hound's entire unit with one blast from his transformed cannon mode.

Warpath appeared in Spotlight: Doubledealer where he was among the Autobots fighting Thunderwing on the planet Corata-Vaz.

Guarding the Firecons after their imprisonment in The Transformers: Punishment #4, Warpath saw their calls for "justice" and "rights" as a typical example of Decepticon hypocrisy. His callousness bothered Windblade, and so did the aggressive nature of his name.

Marvel Comics

Warpath was originally part of an Autobot group in the "Dead End" region of Cybertron. He was part of the group that went to save the captive scientist Spanner. Accompanying the others to blow up the Decepticon base, they were horrified to discover that the Decepticons had built Spanner into the Space Bridge itself. Destroying the Bridge as a mercy-killing, Warpath and his comrades (Beachcomber, Blaster, Cosmos, Perceptor, Seaspray and Powerglide), with no chance of escaping to Cybertron, crossed the bridge to Earth.[10]

After an attack by Megatron, they were then captured by Circuit Breaker and her Rapid Anti-Robot Attack Team, taken to her lab and then dissected. After capturing the Aerialbots she encountered a new problem - the Decepticon Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck were causing mayhem across America. Using the parts from all the captured Autobots she created a giant Autobot with herself in control, striking a deal with them that if they would co-operate she would let them go. Circuit Breaker then used them to battle the two Decepticons, who were attacking the Statue of Liberty. After defeating the Decepticons with Circuit Breaker the Autobots were released.

After a side-adventure in the UK comics in which they encounterd (and were almost killed by) the future Decepticon Galvatron. Warpath's group linked up with the main Autobots. In the 1985 UK Annual he had a brief adventure alongside Optimus Prime and Prowl, where they battled Ravage and the Insecticons to protect US President Ronald Reagan.

Later, Warpath was injured by the giant Decepticon Trypticon, after destroying Trypticon's sonic scrambler missile. When Grimlock's regime became ever more tyrannical, Warpath was one of those who welcomed Blaster back to the fold.

Although Warpath was not seen to be deactivated during the Underbase powered Starscream's rampage, he did not appear again in the comic.

TFcon comics

Warpath appeared in the TFcon 2009 convention poster by Alex Milne in the form of his Universe Legends toy.[11]

Toys

  • Generation 1 Mini-Bot Warpath (1985)
This toy was later redecoed into the ehobby exclusive Decepticon Treds.[12]
  • Universe Generation 1 Series Legends Warpath (2009)
This new mold becomes a Cybertronian tank.[13][14]
  • Henkei Warpath
A recolor of Universe Legends Warpath. This version of Warpath appeared in the 2009 TFcon poster.[15]
  • Generations Deluxe Warpath
A new mold.
  • United Deluxe UN-24 Warpath
A recolor of Generations Warpath.[16]
  • Combiner Wars Legends Warpath (2015)
A remold of Generations Legends Megatron.

Gallery


Transformers

Transformers character
Warpath-movie-box.jpg
Transformers Warpath toy
Name Warpath
Autobot
Series Transformers
Information
Alternate modes Truck
Gender Male
Sub-group Scouts

Warpath is the name of an Autobot who turns into a 4wd truck and likes "beating down" Decepticons.[17]

According to the biography printed in the collected Reign of Starscream books he is insubordinate and doesn't follow orders well.

Comics

In Transformers: Defiance issue #1, back on ancient Cybertron Warpath is among Optimus' crew at an excavation site near the temple at Simfur where an artifact was uncovered.[18] In issue #2 Warpath helps in the recovery effort after the attack on Cybertron. He later sides with Optimus Prime against Megatron's orders to counter-attack their invaders.

In "Reign of Starscream" issue #4 Elita One, Grindcore, Signal Flare, and Warpath are captured by the Decepticons and forced to build a new Allspark at Simfur. In issue #5 Starscream sacrifices the sparks of Crankcase, Elita One, Grindcore, Signal Flare, and Warpath to bring his new Allspark Cube online, but it fails to function.

The appearance of Warpath is modified in the IDW Publishing stories so that his head more resembles movie's style than the movie toy and (presumably) he has a Cybertronian alternate mode.

Games

Warpath, now in the form of a red tank, appears in the Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game.

Toys

  • Transformers Scout Warpath (2008)
Warpath is a red and black recolor of Cybertron Overhaul. He is a Target store exclusive. This toy was also used as the basis for Shattered Glass Crosshairs. [19][20]


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Warpath-sg.jpg
Shattered Glass Warpath
Name Warpath
Autobot
First appearance Do Over by Fun Publications
Information
Alternate modes Tank
Gender Male

Warpath is a mirror universe duplicate of the Generation 1 character. He is one of Optimus Prime's evil Autobots, but is later revealed to be loyal to Rodimus.

Comics

Warpath appears as a member of the Autobots in the story Do Over by Fun Publications. He is among the Autobots left on Cybertron after Rodimus left on the Ark with troops who were only loyal to himself. During the story he is a member of Remote Patrol Six under the command of Kup, who is taking radiation readings when they discover a signal coming from zone Y-AT. Kup sends Downshift to investigate.[21]

In Reunification Kup leads Warpath, Camshaft and Hound in an attempt to assassinate Optimus Prime. Optimus uses Ricochet as a shield to block a blast from Warpath, grabbing Warpath and throwing him into Hound.

Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Name Warpath
Autobot
English voice actor David Kaye
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian tank
Function Security
Gender Male
Motto "A good shot is worth more than a good intention!"
Rank 7
Sub-group Elite Guard

Warpath is a homage to the Generation 1 character. He is a member of the Autobot Elite Guard. Warpath has a cannon on his chest, a homage to his original Generation 1 character. He has a very grumpy personality. He is shown to be a larger Autobot, much like Bulkhead. Like his G1 counterpart, he utters words like "Bam" and "Pow", but they do not dominate his speech patterns.

His tech spec appeared on a lithograph sold at Botcon 2011.[22]

Animated series

Warpath first appears in a flashback in the episode "The Five Servos of Doom." Warpath was responsible for bringing Prowl to Master Yoketron's dojo. He informed Master Yoketron that Prowl wasn't exactly willing to learn at first and that he should take him to the stockade.[23]

Warpath appears in a flashback to the end of the Great War in the episode "TransWarped", where he was depicted as being wounded.

He appears in the present day in "Decepticon Air", among a crowd of Autobots celebrating Sentinel Prime's capture of several Decepticons.[24]

Warpath is also among the cheering crowd when Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron with Decepticon captives in "Endgame Part II."

Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Warpath-wfc.jpg
War for Cybertron Warpath
Name Warpath
Autobot
English voice actor Jamieson Price
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian tank
Gender Male
Sub-group Heavy

Warpath is one of the playable Autobots in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. He, along with Optimus Prime and Ironhide, races toward the core of Cybertron to liberate it from the dark energon infected upon it by Megatron. Warpath assists in freeing Omega Supreme from Decepticon captivity prior to reaching the core.It is said that he was killed by Megatron.[25][26][27]

In the game he speaks with the same verbal tics as he did in the 1984 Transformers animated series. [28]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

In concept art by Josh Nizzi one of the Wreckers from Transformers: Dark of the Moon was called Warpath, but this character eventually became Roadbuster.[29]

References

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