Prowl (Transformers)

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Prowl is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers series. "Prowl" is one of the most re-used American names in the assorted Transformers series, and its use has become almost synonymous with Autobots who possess a police car alternate mode. An Autobot named Prowl was one of the main heroes in both the Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Transformers: Animated series.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Prowl
Autobot/Maximal
Information
Sub-group Autobot Cars, Action Masters, Basic Beasts, Basic Vehicles, Deluxe Vehicles, Spy Changers
Function Military Strategist and Analyst, Security
Rank 9
Partner Ironhide & Silverbolt
Motto "Logic is the ultimate weapon."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Car, Nissan Fairlady Z (Datsun 280ZX) police car, Formula 1 racer, Cobra Firebat, Lion, Chevrolet Impala SS police car, Honda Integra/Acura RSX police car, Nissan 350Z police car
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Machine Wars
Beast Wars
Transformers: Alternators
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Reveal the Shield
English voice actor Michael Bell
Japanese voice actor Toshiro Ishii

Prowl (Cervo in French Canada, Pantera in Italy) is an Autobot of many virtues - he is quiet, competent, loyal, and possessed of almost endless patience. When Optimus Prime appoints Prowl a task, he can be guaranteed that it will be completed to the best of Prowl's ability. Prowl is not given to speculation or estimation - the only realm in which he will work is that of the proven fact; if he cannot explain it, he will not believe it. He hates doubt, and strives to make a situation as simple and logical as possible, purging excesses of concern from his mind by going to Optimus Prime for assurance. Prowl is friendly, but only as a listener; as a talker, he is not so sociable, entering a conversation usually only when someone makes an unreasonable remark, and demanding an explanation.

Prowl's logic center is unquestionably the most powerful of all the Autobots', giving him the ability to analyze any combat situation almost instantaneously and then advise on the optimal course of action - a skill that makes him eminently suited to his role as the Autobots' military strategist and analyst. For example, he can compute the paths of movement of 800 separate moving objects and determine the proper countermove in half a second. In robot mode, he is armed with a pair of shoulder-mounted cannons which fire wire-guided incendiary missiles, and a semi-automatic rifle that shoots pellets filled with a highly corrosive acid. He transforms into a police car version of a Datsun Fairlady 280ZX.[1][2]

Prowl's straightforward mind means that non-linear thinking is one of his biggest weaknesses. Irrational situations and thought processes can sometimes scramble his circuits to the extent that his mind will briefly shut down.

Reception[edit]

Prowl was one of the favorite Autobots of IGN.[3]

Animated series[edit]

The Transformers[edit]

Strangely, although his toy tech specs placed him as second-in-command of the Autobots, in the animated series, both Jazz and Ironhide seem to share this duty with him in certain cases. Jazz was in charge of special operations, Ironhide security and Prowl tactics.

A regular member of the battle units assembled to combat the assorted threats the Decepticons posed to Earth, Prowl's primary solo adventure saw him pursue Starscream, Thundercracker and Soundwave alongside Bluestreak after a botched raid, only for injuries sustained in the ensuing battle to knock his battle computer offline. Unable to mobilize himself without its functions, Prowl reached out electronically and interfaced with the nearby computer of Chip Chase, who manipulated Prowl's body and fended off the Decepticons.

Beyond that, however, Prowl's role as a strategist put him firmly in the background of the Transformers' ongoing adventures on Earth, participating in many battles but playing key roles in few; among some of his roles in conflict involving him orchestrating the plan to invade the Decepticons' underwater base, devising security measures to prevent Megatron from stealing super-fuel from an Autobot convoy and leading the attack against the Triple Changer Blitzwing's fortress when he separated from the Decepticons, only to wind up built into a throne by Scrapper, after being smashed and defeated by Blitzwing's tank mode.

In the year 2005, when the Autobots had been forced off of Cybertron and were based out of Autobot City on Earth and two orbiting moon bases, Prowl, Ironhide, Ratchet and Brawn were dispatched to Earth to collect a shipment of energon cubes that would power the Autobots' subsequent strike at the Decepticons. Getting wind of the plan, Megatron and his forces attacked their shuttle, and a single direct hit from Scavenger's weapon penetrated Prowl's armor, melting his internal workings, which ended his life. He and the others were killed in the line of duty. His recovered body was laid to rest in the Autobots' deep-space mausoleum, which was later destroyed.

Prowl continued to appear in the toy line, and even made the occasional appearance in the animated segments of the toy commercials.

Transformers: The Headmasters[edit]

Despite the fact Prowl died, he appears in episode 1 and 3 of the Japanese exclusive Headmasters series. He is among the Autobot forces on Earth.

Books[edit]

Prowl appeared in the following books:

Comics[edit]

3H Enterprises[edit]

The first Beast Wars Prowl made appearance in Transformers: Universe #3 as part of Magnaboss. In this comic Optimus Primal pleads with Magnaboss and the Maximal High council (which oddly includes Bantor, Air Hammer, Corahda, Torca and Battle Unicorn) to take the threat of Unicron seriously, but they doubt his claims. Optimus Primal is detained, but Snarl breaks him out of the detention center.

Devil's Due Publishing[edit]

In this reimagining of the original series story, The Ark was discovered by the terrorist Cobra Organization, and all the Transformers inside were reformatted into Cobra vehicles remotely controlled by the Televipers. In this storyline Prowl turned into a Cobra Firebat jet.

He reappeared in the third crossover series as part of the combined Autobot/G.I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime. His body resembles that of the traditional Generation 1 look, indicating his alternate mode is once again a police car.

In the fourth series Prowl was in command of a unit (consisting of Sideswipe, Eject, Skids and Cosmos) working with former G.I. Joe leader Hawk to stop the spread of Cybertronian technology on Earth. After almost catching the arms dealer Destro, the unit relaxed on their ship - unaware the whole thing had been a set-up by the Unicron aligned snake cult Cobra-La, leading the Monster Pretenders right to them. Prowl was badly damaged, but was later seen being repaired.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

In Dreamwave Productions' 21st Century reimagining of the original universe, Prowl was also portrayed in a position of command. Before The Great War on Cybertron, Prowl lived in the city of Praxus, but when the war broke out, he soon joined the Autobots and quickly rose in rank. After Autobot leader Sentinel Prime was killed by Decepticon leader Megatron, Prowl was appointed advisor to the new leader, Optimus Prime, and aided in the defence of Iacon's capitol against an attack by a Decepticon force under the command of Shockwave.

When Prime and Megatron vanished in an early space bridge experiment and were believed dead, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into several smaller factions. Prowl remained with the faction that chose to continue calling itself the Autobots, acting as commander, and leading Cliffjumper, Gears, Jazz, Skids and Sideswipe on a mission to investigate a new Decepticon mobile fortress at Praetorus Wharf, which turned out to be Trypticon.

Prime and Megatron eventually returned, and four million years ago, Prowl was second-in-command aboard the Ark when it crashed on Earth, entombing all aboard in stasis until they were reawakened in 1984.

Subsequently, after nearly twenty years of war on Earth, the Autobots defeated the Decepticons and headed back to Cybertron aboard the new spaceship, the Ark II, only for it to explode as it left Earth's atmosphere in 2001.

Prowl was among the deactivated Transformers recovered by the terrorist known as Lazarus, who put them under his control, intending to sell them on the black market. To display their power during an auction, Lazarus had a group of Transformers including Prowl attack the Smitco oil refinery, killing the human workers there. Also among the controlled, however, was Megatron, who soon broke free in the midst of the auction and initiated his own plan, part of which involved the creation of a virus that would reformat the Earth into a new Cybertron; Lazarus's other Autobot captives, including Prowl, were used as a source of power to generate the virus, but were later rescued and restored.

The following year, Shockwave and his forces arrived from Cybertron, intending to capture Prime, Megatron and their forces as war criminals, as Shockwave had succeeded in unifying the warring factions on their home planet. Staying behind with a small group to monitor Shockwave's movements while Prime returned to base, Prowl was shocked to be confronted by Ultra Magnus, and willingly entered his custody to learn more about the situation. Returned to Cybertron, Prowl and several other Autobots fell in with an underground rebel group opposing Shockwave's rule, who were then mobilized by Optimus Prime into striking back. Prime was seriously wounded in his ensuing confrontation with Shockwave, and while he recuperated from his injuries, Prowl assumed the mantle of leadership again.

In issue #2 of the third Generation One series, titled "Black Sunshine", the Protectobots were ordered by Prowl to investigate the energy anomaly created by Sunstorm escaping Shockwave's abandoned secret lab. When they arrived they discovered the hole left in the roof by Sunstorm and the deactivated Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck. Streetwise reported back to Prowl as First Aid repaired the Decepticons.

The balance of peace on Cybertron fell into disorder once again, and Prowl began an attempt to train new warriors to bolster the Autobots' forces, without much success. Trying his hand at public speaking, Prowl found himself unable to handle the deluge of questions from the crowd before him, and it fell to Ultra Magnus to step in. After investigating Vector Sigma and Sunstorm with Perceptor, Prowl, feeling that Cybertronians would not accept change easily, elected to go somewhere that the Autobots were needed more - back to Earth, where he oversaw the beginning of construction on Autobot City.

Although Dreamwave clearly had more stories to tell of Prowl, their bankruptcy and closure means that for now, those tales will go untold.

IDW Publishing[edit]

His earlier career was also touched upon in The Transformers: Megatron Origin, where it was revealed he served directly under Sentinel Prime. Head of the Rapid Response unit, Prowl was seemingly Prime's second-in-command, overseeing the capture of Megatron's gladiators, but when Prime was killed he took the decision to abandon Kaon.

In IDW Publishing's new The Transformers: Infiltration mini-series, Prowl is in command of an infiltration unit consisting of Ratchet, Ironhide, Wheeljack, Jazz, Bumblebee and Sunstreaker. His vehicle form is that of a Nissan Z-car police variant (like his original G1 form) - this time the latest 350Z.

He first appears saving Ratchet from Thundercracker. Although he is furious with Ratchet for breaking cover, he is at least willing to allow Ratchet to get the data from the humans. Once notified of Megatron's presence on Earth, he leads the entire unit to the Decepticon base and saves Bumblebee from Runabout. This version of Prowl is a much stricter leader, incensed with Ratchet for blowing his cover and unwilling to tolerate the presence of the humans, albeit for reasons of their own safety.

In the sequel series The Transformers: Escalation Prowl, acting on orders from the newly arrived Optimus Prime, sends the humans home - only to lose Sunstreaker in a Machination ambush. Later, Prowl discovered the whereabouts of Megatron in the breakaway Soviet state of Brasnya and alerted Prime - over the objections of Ironhide, who wanted to locate Sunstreaker, prompting a confrontation between him and Prowl. Prowl then accompanied Prime to Brasnya to confront Megatron. With the facsimile escaping due to the intervention of Skywarp and Astrotrain, Prowl attempted a suicide run to capture it, being saved from Astrotrain by the newly arrived Hardhead in the process, only to nearly collide with Hot Rod, who had been attempting the same thing. Despite some bickering the two managed to capture the facsimile, forcing the Russian troops to stand down. However, realizing his troops were confronting Megatron, Prowl raced to join them. On Prime's orders, he and his unit focused fire on Megatron long enough for Prime to recover and drive off the Decepticon leader. Prowl then communicated with Nightbeat, and was told the facsimile had been killed.

Prowl also made a brief appearance in the Spotlight issue on Kup, where he argued with Springer over bringing Kup back despite the fact he had killed several of his fellow Autobots already. Prowl agreed to keep Optimus Prime off Springer's back, but criticized Springer for the loss of life it could cause.

Prowl has appeared as leading the Autobots on Cybertron in All Hail Megatron. He now appears to have a form based on the Universe Classics Series Prowl toy.

Optimus Prime leads Bumblebee, Drift, Kup, Prowl, Ratchet and Wheeljack in Las Vegas when a Cybertronian ship crashes containing Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge and an infestation of zombies from another universe. Galvatron attempts to take command of the Autobots, and after fighting them explains his mission to stop an undead infestation. Wheeljack sets up an energy shield around the city to keep the infestation contained, but it will only last for 24 hours. Kup recognizes a Decepticon named Bayonet in Galvatron's command as not being right, and she is revealed to be the extradimensional vampire Britt.[8]

According to an early post on the message board at IDW Publishing, the writers of their Beast Wars comics plan to make a profile of this Prowl in their comics which will give the character a background. This was later changed to make this Prowl and same as the original. Profile book writer Ben Yee later confirmed that this Prowl is indeed a later incarnate of the Generation 1 era character.

Prowl was shown in the second volume of the Beast Wars: The Ascending miniseries to be part of the Maximal Imperium along with Silverbolt and Ironhide. With civil unrest on Cybertron reaching a peak they called in Big Convoy to find out why.

Prowl had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[9]

Bumblebee, Jazz, Optimus Prime, Prowl and Ratchet appeared in the New Avengers/Transformers crossover by Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing in 2007.

An alternate version of Prowl would appear in IDW's Hearts of Steel. Here he likewise seems to be in nominal command of the Autobots, recommending to Bumblebee and Ratchet that they not reactivate Optimus Prime. However, when Starscream's plan is discovered Prowl followed Bumblebee's lead in following the Decepticon train convoy, and was present at their defeat. Following this, he and the other Autobots went back into stasis.

Fun Publications[edit]

Prowl has been depicted in numerous stories by Fun Publications in different continuties. He has appeared in their Classicverse, Wings of Honor and TransTech settings.

Classicverse[edit]

Although Universe Classics Series Prowl did initially appear in any Fun Publications Classicverse fiction, he was mentioned in the biography for Optimus Prime. It says that after winning the Great War and returning to Cybertron Optimus put Prowl in charge of assigning jobs to the Autobots and Decepticons returning to their home world.

Side Burn impersonated a member of the Autobot Elite Guard in order to impress Road Rage. Prowl later took him to meet the new Autobot Leader Optimus Prime.[10]

Prowl appears in "Beast Wars Shattered Glass Chapter One: Shattered Time" by Fun Publications. In this story Ultra Magnus and the Autobots aboard the Graviton battle Megatron and the Decepticons aboard the Talon. Both ships are pulled through a vortex into the past of a Shattered Glass Earth. Crashing they discover that dangerous energon readings outside the ship will place them in stasis lock. The Autobots devise organic alternate modes to protect them from the energon. The Decepticons create energon-absorbing armor for protection. Prowl takes on the alternate form of a lion (his Beast Wars toy).[11]

Wings of Honor[edit]

Prowl is among the Autobots present when Megatron attacks Iacon with his new weapon, Devastator.[12]

TransTech[edit]

Machine Wars Prowl appeared in Withered Hope by Fun Publications. He was a member of the Axion Nexus Security Administration and was one of the investigators looking into the death of a mech named Comet.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Events specific to the Marvel UK storyline are presented in italics.

Prowl was second-in-command of the Autobots in Marvel Comics' ongoing Transformers comic book series. Following the Autobots' reactivation on Earth in 1984, Prowl led the first mission into nearby Portland. At first thinking that the Earthly vehicles were the planet's dominant life form, a battle with the Decepticons soon revealed to Prowl the existence of humans, and he ordered the Autobots to return to the Ark to report the new development to Optimus Prime. He participated in the battles that followed immediately, and was among the majority of injured Autobots who gave their energy to the most healthy five for the deciding clash against the Decepticons. Although the Autobots appeared to claim victory, their hopes were dashed by the arrival of Shockwave, who deactivated all the Autobots and strung them up in the Ark.

Thus did Prowl remain for a short period, until surviving medical officer Ratchet repaired and restored them - save for Optimus Prime, decapitated by Shockwave, who was draining the energy of the Creation Matrix from him to create new Decepticons. Prowl proceeded to head up the plan to save Prime, but Shockwave manipulated his headless body to attack the Autobots. Although many were badly damaged before Prime regained control of his form and defeated Shockwave, Prowl was not among them - although not an immediate contributor to any following conflicts, he was seen in several group shots in the Ark.

A little later, across the Atlantic, in the United Kingdom's exclusive Transformers title, Prowl's hawkish, warlike tendencies were explored in the Crisis of Command story arc. He proposed the use of the Creation Matrix to animate dedicated war machines, to tip the balance of the war in favor of the Autobots. Jazz's party disagreed, saying that such machines would be abominations. Prowl's ideas were popular for a time until Optimus Prime decisively re-asserted his authority and ruled against the use of the Creation Matrix 'to destroy'.

However, Optimus Prime readily delegated the strategic authority for the Dinobot Hunt to Prowl. At the climax, Decepticon interference resulted in a dangerous battle between the rampaging Sludge and Grimlock; Prowl and Optimus Prime intervened personally and Prowl's use of his shuttlecraft to electrocute the combatants saved Optimus Prime from being caught between the two.

Around this time he even met Ronald Reagan in a story in the 1985 Marvel UK. Transformers annual, during he was badly damaged by the weaponry of Shrapnel

This served as explanation for Prowl's condition when he next appeared in the United States issue #26 "Funeral for a Friend" - stored within one of the Ark's stasis pods in a badly damaged but surviving state (with no explanation offered). Under attack by the human known as the Mechanic, Ratchet played upon his fear of the police by successfully reactivating Prowl, who transformed and sent the human fleeing. Though seen sparingly, Prowl remained active for the remainder of Grimlock's leadership of the Autobots, and was deactivated by the Underbase-empowered Starscream (not shown on-panel in the U.S. series, but later revealed posthumously in the UK title).

However he came to suffer it, deactivation was Prowl's fate for the extended future, until, in 1990, the Dinobot commander Grimlock pumped the Ark's stasis pods full of the life-restoring fuel, Nucleon, reactivating Prowl, who participated in the epic battle with Unicron, and immediately fell into the trusted role of second-in-command again, only this time, his commanding officer was Grimlock himself, having been appointed leader by the dying Optimus Prime. Prowl's logical approach to things immediately clashed with Grimlock's gruff, unrestrained, unmoderated behavior, but Grimlock played it Prowl's way by agreeing to a truce with the Decepticons in order to evacuate a seemingly doomed Cybertron. Prowl was left eating his words when the Decepticons sabotaged the Autobots' ships, leaving them to their fates, and almost had a breakdown in the face of his impending demise until Grimlock swooped in to the rescue with Decepticon shuttles he had previously commandeered. The Autobots subsequently tracked the Decepticons to Klo, where they routed them with the help of the reborn Optimus Prime, and they then returned to Cybertron; rather than destroying itself, Cybertron had been restoring itself to its former glory.

Although the effect did not seem to overtake Prowl before the end of the series, Nucleon's side-effect saw it rob Transformers' of their ability to transform into vehicle mode. Consequently, Prowl would have become an Action Master - no coincidence, since just such a figure of him was released in the 1990 toy line, equipped with a transforming Turbo-Cycle vehicle.

Prowl was also the leader of the few surviving Autobots in the alternate 2009 seen in the story "Rhythms of Darkness", where Unicron had destroyed Cybertron (seemingly in the equivalent of Transformers: The Movie) and Galvatron and the Deceptions had gone on to wipe out Rodimus Prime and most of the Autobots and effectively conquer Earth. (The survival of Prowl, whose death predated the creation of Galvatron in the regular timeline, was unexplained.) At the climax of the story, the Autobots are, for the moment at least, victorious but with Prowl, along with Jazz and Inferno, seemingly the only survivor.

Prowl proceeded to put in brief appearances in Marvel's Transformers: Generation 2 comic book, although no figure of him was released in the accompanying toyline.

In 1990, in the previously mentioned UK-exclusive comics, a branching storyline began that was separate from the events of the regular U.S. continuity, and broke away into its own ongoing series of stories. Prowl was among a small group of Transformers awakened from stasis, not by Nucleon, but by the mental probings of the time-traveling Galvatron - but the world that Prowl woke up to was distinctly different to the one he remembered. Transformers were no longer as simple as they were in his day - surrounded by Pretenders, Headmasters, Micromasters, Powermasters and more, Prowl and his fellow old-schoolers longed for the old days, and when Grimlock suggested the creation of a proactive Earth-based Autobot force, they were quick to volunteer to join, that they might recapture some of their glory days in a simpler conflict than what the larger war had become.

As a member of the Earthforce, Prowl performed such feats as traveling back in time to prevent Megatron from removing troops from the past to use in the present, and having to actually break into the Autobots' own base when Wheeljack activated the defenses with everyone outside.

Issue #279 of the Marvel UK. Transformers comic featured a story called "Divide and Conquor!" where Soundwave lead the bulk of the Decepticon forces on Earth against the Autobot Earthforce headquarters while Starscream attacked an oil tanker. Sent into battle by Prowl, the Dinobots routed the main Decepticon forces while Springer lead the Autobot Survivors, Broadside, Inferno, Skids, and Carnivac to defeat Starscream.

TFcon comics[edit]

Prowl appears in the TFcon 2012 live script reading prelude comic. In this story he appears on future Cybertron as a Maximal leader and refuses to let Depth Charge go after Protoform X.[13]

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Autobot Car Prowl (1984)
The original Prowl toy, formerly released as part of the Japanese Diaclone series by Takara, was released in the first year of the Transformers toy line in 1984, and shares the same mold with Bluestreak, which was later slightly modified into Smokescreen. The face of the toy was the direct inspiration for the design of the Autobot symbol. The livery and cherry lights are that of the National Police Agency of Japan but without the kanji side lettering of the various forces and is replaced by Westernized lettering all around the car.
This toy is done at a scale of about 1:37 to the actual car. Although portrayed as one of the larger Autobot cars, the Datsun that Prowl is based on is very tiny, and he would only stand just over 13 feet tall in robot mode if he was made to scale.
Reissued in 2002 as part of the G1 Commemorative Series IV line.
  • Generation 1 Decoy Prowl (1986)
A small, non-poseable rubber plastic replica of Prowl, sold randomly along with other characters in Transformers toy packages.
  • Generation 1 Action Master Prowl (1990)
Included a Turbo Cycle which turns into a battle station.
  • Beast Wars Basic Lion Prowl (1997)
Packaged together with Beast Wars Ironhide and Beast Wars eagle Silverbolt.[14]
  • Machine Wars Basic Prowl (1997)
Alongside Prowl's "return" in Beast Wars, the small toy line called Machine Wars was released exclusively in KB Toys stores in 1997, and featured a new Prowl figure with a spring-loaded transformation and a racing car alternate mode. The toy used for Prowl was an unused Generation 2 mold, and was shared by Machine Wars Mirage. He was later re-decoed into Robots in Disguise Skid-Z.
Machine Wars Prowl was recolored into Mirage (or Rijie) for the Japanese-exclusive Robot Masters toyline.


  • Universe Spy Changer Prowl (2004)
A re-deco of Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Prowl II, in the color scheme of the original Prowl (right). Two packaging versions of this toy existed—a K•B Toys version which did not attribute the toy to Universe packaged in vehicle form, and a Universe version for discount stores packaged in robot mode. Turns into a 1/64 scale Impala.
  • Smallest Transformers Prowl (2004)
A micro-sized replica of the original G1 toy.
  • Binaltech BT-15 Prowl (2005)
In contrast to other incarnations, this Prowl does not share the same mold with Silverstreak and Smokescreen (both of which use the second-generation Subaru Impreza). Instead, Prowl transforms into a Honda Integra with Japanese police car livery. The engine cover transforms into his gun, and he is also armed with a nightstick.[15]
Binaltech Prowl is among the various characters to appear in a simple flash fighting game available on the Japanese Honda web site.[16]
  • Alternators Prowl (2005)
As with all Alternators figures, the Hasbro version of the Binaltech Prowl lacks the diecast metal parts. In addition, the kanji lettering is replaced with Westernized markings, faithfully recreating the original G1 livery. In keeping with the domestic automobile market, this figure was marketed as a replica of the Acura RSX.[17]
The mold for this figure was also used for Autobot Camshaft, which was painted in silver minus the police lights.
  • Attacktix Prowl (2007)
Series 2 of the Transformers Attacktix figures included a Generation 1 Prowl figure.
  • Transformers 3D Battle-Card Game Prowl (2007)
Produced by Wizards of the Coast, wave 2 of their Transformers 3D Battle-Card Game included a Prowl card, who was a redeco of Barricade from wave 1.
  • Titanium 6 inch Prowl (2008)
A recent catalog of the Titanium line shows Prowl listed as a figure. Later photos on the Internet showed this Prowl to be a 6-inch transforming War Within figure. In December 2006, Hasbro announced this figure would not be released. However, at BotCon 2008, Hasbro announced this figure would be packaged with War Within Grimlock as a Toys R Us store exclusive.
  • Universe Classic Series Deluxe Prowl (2008)
A modern re-creation of the Prowl figure, faithfully keeping his form as a Nissan Z police car while incorporating the detail and articulation technology of current Transformers toys. Like the original toy, he comes with a gun and two shoulder-mounted missile launchers.[18]
As with the original G1 toy, the mold of this figure was also used for Silverstreak and Smokescreen.
  • Henkei! Henkei! Deluxe Prowl (2008)
The Japanese version of the Universe figure by Takara Tomy has the rear spoiler, gun and missile launchers molded in chrome silver. In addition, the red light bar on the roof is rounder and missing the silver paint applications of the Hasbro version.[19]
  • Mighty Muggs Prowl (2010)
A San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive Mighty Muggs doll of Prowl with gun and removable wings.
  • Transformers Kabaya Gum Prowl (2010)
Part of Wave 2 of Kabaya's Transformers candy toy line. The package comes with an easy-to-assemble robot kit and a stick of gum. The Prowl toy in this line is a simplified version of the Universe/Henkei figure.[20]
  • Reveal the Shield Legends Prowl (2011)
An all-new Legends-sized mold of Prowl.
  • Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (not yet released)
Set for release on September 2013, Masterpiece Prowl is a faithful redesign of the original G1 Nissan Fairlady Z patrol car toy with modern articulation and details.[21]
The mold for this figure is also used for the upcoming Masterpiece Bluestreak and Smokescreen figures.


Beast Wars[edit]

Prowl
Autobot/Maximal
Information
Sub-group Alternators, Transmetal II
Function Military Strategist
Rank 6.5
Motto "Logic is the ultimate weapon."
"Logic provides the structure to be filled by the soul of creativity."
Alternate Modes Transmetal II Great Horned Owl, Honda Integra/Acura RSX police car
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Beast Wars
Voiced by Michael Horton

This Prowl's biography is distinctly familiar, being almost identical to that of the original Prowl, including his function as a military strategist, and even his motto. He strives to find logic and reasoning in everything. A listener, not a talker, he has the most sophisticated logic center of all the Maximals, which enables him to analyze and advise on complex combat situations almost instantaneously. He fires highly corrosive acid pellets, and is equipped with a cybernetic eye and frontal lobe, which interact with his wing-mounted ion orbs to supply him limited telekinetic power. He is afflicted with ironic, dry sense of humor. Believes himself to have been a great military strategist in a former life.

Although neither of these two Beast Wars Prowls puts in an appearance on the CGI-animated Beast Wars series, the original Prowl does: showing up briefly in flashbacks to the previous era and among the deactivated bodies littering The Ark.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Prowl appeared in the 2006 IDW Beast Wars: The Gathering comic series. He was among the Maximal protoforms from the Axalon which was recovered by Magmatron's Predacons and infected with a Predacon shell program. Unbeknownst to Magmatron, his technical expert Razorbeast was a Maximal double-agent and had managed to modify the program so a significant number of those infected emerged as Maximals. He has no apparent connections with his original Beast Wars toy. He appeared among a flock of Maximal flyers along with Air Hammer, Nightglider and Sonar. After the defeat of Magmatron's Predacons the united group of Maximals awaited rescue from Cybertron.

He appears among the Maximals on the cover of the first issue of the sequel Beast Wars: The Ascending. In the beginning of Beast Wars The Ascending Razorbeast speaks to Prowl and Wolfang about how he feels there is no rescue mission coming for them from Cybertron as Grimlock hunts in the nearby woods. In Beast Wars: The Ascending #4 Prowl was among the Maximals and Predacons returned to Cybertron to battle Shokaract.

Prowl had a biography printed in the Beast Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing.[9]

Binaltech[edit]

Although the Alternators toys have no supporting fiction, the Binaltech series tells a new storyline that branches out of the Generation One animated series in the early 21st Century. In it, much of the Autobots' earth-based force had been rendered inactive due to a biological warfare attack by the Decepticons, using Cosmic Rust, necessitating the construction of new bodies in joint partnership with human car companies. Prowl was not one of the injured, based as he was on Moonbase One at the time, but thanks to manipulations of the timeline by Ravage, Prowl became aware of his own impending death in 2005. An attempt was made to alter the course of time by transferring Prowl's laser core into a new body built by Honda, but rather than wait for him to come to Earth, a subspace transfer was arranged, only for a Decepticon attack on the shuttle to disrupt the process, causing Prowl's laser core to be lost in subspace. This loss caused Chip Chase to make a great sacrifice - having already interfaced with Prowl's body and controlled it before, he chose to upload his own mind into the body, fusing it with Prowl's own knowledge and personality, already uploaded into the body, giving it life.

Fun Publications[edit]

The black transmetal II Prowl appeared in Withered Hope by Fun Publications. He was a member of the Axion Nexus Security Administration and was one of the investigators looking into the death of a mech named Comet. He worked with the X-Dimension Mini-Con Prowl and Machine Wars Prowl.

Toys[edit]

  • Beast Wars Transmetal II Prowl (1999)
The second Beast Wars Prowl, a transmetal II great horned owl released in 1999.[22]
  • Beast Wars Transmetal II Prowl Redeco
It was also released later in a black variant (dubbed "Smokescreen" by some fans in a callback to the shared mold of the original two characters).
  • Binaltech BT-15 Prowl (Honda Integra Type R) (2005)
A blue redeco of the Binaltech figure as a civilian vehicle instead of a police car. Instead of the police lights, this figure is equipped with a rear spoiler similar to the one used on the real Honda Integra Type-R.[23]


Transformers: Robots in Disguise[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Autobot Brothers
Deluxe Vehicles
Function High-Speed Chaser
Rank 8.0
Partner Sideswipe
Motto "You can run, but you can't hide!"
Alternate Modes Lamborghini Diablo police car, Chevrolet Impala SS police car (Spy Changer)
Series Robots in Disguise
Transformers: Universe
Voiced by Wankus (English)[24]
Takayuki Kondo (Japanese)

The first new character in a distinctly alternate universe to bear the name of Prowl, this character was known as Mach Alert in Car Robots, the original 2000 Japanese version of 2001's Transformers: Robots in Disguise toyline and animated series. As the middle Autobot Brother, Prowl is the most intelligent of the three, and transforms into a Lamborghini Diablo police car. He is equipped with a double-barrelled flame-thrower which can serve as booster jets for high-speed pursuits. Prowl can use his electronic systems to jam radios or hack into systems, and his ultra-sensitive scanners can detect the hum of an enemy circuit from clear across a city, and he will not give up until he's got his man.[25] In his role posing as an ordinary human police car, Prowl has become a model officer dedicated to the preservation of law and order - even when it occasionally conflicts with his duties as an Autobot. He also frequently clashes with his brother Side Burn, whose reckless and care-free attitude contrasts sharply with Prowl's discipline.

Animated series[edit]

With the appearance of Megatron's forces on Earth, Prowl was forced to emerge from hiding alongside his brothers, X-Brawn and Side Burn, to engage the villains in a series of battles. As the most level-headed of the Autobot Brothers due to his police training, he was the one who rarely got himself involved in solo battles, instead fighting as part of a team for maximum effect. Prowl's authoritarian attitude shapes much of who he is and what he does - he spent a lot of time keeping Side Burn in line, often catching him breaking the rules of the road in his pursuits of red sports cars, and imparted those same rules to Tow-Line, who followed them with even greater zeal than Prowl himself. So entrenched in his role as a police car, Prowl at one point was even unwilling to disguise his "uniform" so that he could save Side Burn from a Decepticon trap.

When Ultra Magnus, came to Earth and forced Prime into a combination that allowed him to share the power of the Matrix, Magnus's link to the Matrix resulted in him inadvertently channelling its energy in the midst of a battle. That energy involved Prowl, Side Burn and X-Brawn, "supercharging" them into newly colored, more powerful bodies. After a brief amount of training, Prowl and the others were soon able to control this new ability, shifting to "Supercharge Mode" when an extra power boost was needed in battle. Their supercharged modes afforded them no advantage in their final battle with Galvatron, however, as they were strung up and had their energy drained by the villain, until Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus challenged him to a final battle at the Earth's core, and defeated the power-hungry maniac.

During the course of the show, the vehicle based Autobots wear license plates with their Takara serial numbers on them (in Mach Alert's case "C-003"). When "supercharging" in car mode, his front license plate is seen changing from "C-003" to "C-025" (Super Mach Alert's serial number) without explanation.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

The character also put in a brief appearance in one comic book story in the Dreamwave Summer Special, presented as being in-continuity with the animated series. RiD lost a contest between itself and Beast Wars to gain a mini-series, but before that mini-series, or any further RiD stories, could be published, Dreamwave went out of business.

Prowl would make one further surprise appearance in Dreamwave's Transformers: Armada series. With Optimus Prime having disappeared to an alternate dimension devastated by Unicron the Autobots attempted to locate their leader. As Jetfire attempted to locate him through Spacebridge links to other dimensions, one of these clearly shows RiD Optimus Prime and Prowl.

Collectors Club comics[edit]

In the comic story found in issue 8 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine Cybertron/Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime told the story of the last battle he was in, set in the Transformers: Universe storyline. Alongside 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal they attacked the last of Unicron's forces when Unicron suddenly disappeared, and they barely escaped. Among the Autobot forces were Universe Fireflight, King Atlas, Universe Night Slash Cheetor, Universe Longhorn, Universe Prowl, Universe Repugnus, Rhinox, Universe Side Burn, Sideswipe, Universe Silverbolt, Sunstreaker, Tap-Out, Trailbreaker, Cybertron/Robots in Disguise Ultra Magnus and Universe Whirl. Among the Decepticons were Universe Blackaracknia, Nemesis Strika, Universe Obsidian, Universe Razorclaw, Reptilion and Universe Skywarp.

Prowl 2[edit]

Additionally, although the character did not feature in the animated series, the Robots in Disguise toyline featured a Spy Changer figure named Prowl 2, based on a previously unreleased mold originally intended for use in Generation 2. Prowl 2 transforms into a 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS police interceptor (ironic, because the 1994-96 Impala SS itself is an upgraded civilian version of Chevrolet's Chevrolet Caprice 9C1 Police Interceptor). Later, in 2004, this figure was recolored to resemble the original Prowl, and released in an unnamed sub-line of Spy Changers along with several other similar figures, which were later made part of the Transformers: Universe line. This figure was also recolored a second time, this time bearing the colors of Autobot Security Director Red Alert (his robot mode features remained the same as ones for his G1 Prowl homage). However, the homage of Red Alert is called Prowl.

Wankus[edit]

Wankus at KSEXradio in 2005.

Wayne C. Lewis (who uses the on-air name Wankus) is a name he used also in mainstream when he played the part of Prowl in the Fox hit, Transformers: Robots in Disguise. [2] [3]. Wankus was fired from the station publicly while on-air in May 2007.[26]

Toys[edit]

  • Car Robots Deluxe Mach Alert (C-004) (2000)
The original Japanese release of the Deluxe-sized toy. Transforms from a Lamborghini Diablo patrol car to robot. Decorated in black and white Japanese police markings with silver-colored wheels.[27]
  • Car Robots Deluxe Super Mach Alert (C-026) (2000)
A repaint of Mach Alert to depict his "supercharged" mode. Decorated in a more western-style police paint scheme in blue and white with gold-colored wheels.
  • Car Robots Kabaya Gum Mach Alert (2000)
The Kabaya Car Robots gum toy series consists of a stick of gum and an easy-to-assemble kit. The completed robot is non-transformable, but is fairly poseable and has translucent plastic parts.[28]
  • Robots in Disguise Deluxe Prowl (2001)
Similar to Mach Alert, only with the addition of the Autobot insignia on the hood.[29]
  • Robots in Disguise Deluxe Super Prowl (2001)
Similar to Super Mach Alert, only with the addition of the Autobot insignia on the hood.[30]
This figure was remolded (without his roof lights) and repainted into the Sideswipe and Sunstreaker toys available exclusively at BotCon 2003 (as their original incarnations also transformed into Lamborghinis). This altered version of the mold was later repainted again in the color scheme of the original Red Alert (another Lamborghini) for Transformers: Universe, but was released in the line under the name of Inferno.
  • Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Prowl 2 (2001)
A smaller figure of Prowl that transforms into a Chevrolet Impala police car, based on an unused Generation 2 Go-Bots figure. Bundled with Spy Changer Side Swipe.
  • Universe Deluxe Prowl (2004)
A slight repaint of Deluxe Prowl, with added red decals and a larger Autobot symbol. This character appeared in the BotCon 2004 voice actor play.

Transformers: Armada[edit]

Prowl
Mini-Con
Information
Sub-group Emergency Team
Function Search
Partner Makeshift, Terradive, Magna Stampede, Stockade, & Firebot
Motto "If it exists, I'll find it."
Alternate Modes Police Cruiser/Gun
Series Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Universe

The alternate universe of Transformers: Armada, introduced another Prowl in 2002, this time a member of the diminutive Mini-Con faction and one third of the Emergency Team, alongside Makeshift and Firebot. This Prowl naturally transforms into a police car, and possesses the additional ability to transform into a gun and be wielded by larger Transformers.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Prowl appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.

Prowl did not appear in the animated series, but eventually received characterisation when Dreamwave Productions crafted a profile for him. Prowl fills in the "search" role of the Emergency Team's search and rescue missions, using his acute senses and radar capabilities to locate survivors in the aftermath of battles. Prowl enjoys the act of helping others, but at the same time, he is somewhat vain about his abilities and is particularly fond of using them to discover things that others might miss. He fancies himself an expert detective, and spends his free time on Earth reading the planet's crime novels.

Toys[edit]

  • Armada Prowl
Armada Prowl was is a transparent blue, white, and orange police car, he also converted into an Ion Blaster in weapon mode. He was later recolored in white, red and maroon as the Japanese-exclusive figure, Kingbolt, a member of the "Hazard Team" available exclusively with the eleventh DVD volume release of the series. Further Japanese-exclusive recolors of the mold included the white and translucent green Groove and the grey and black Quasar. Transformers: Cybertron has also featured another repaint of this toy named Checkpoint.
  • Superlink X-Dimension Prowl
A redeco of the original Mini-Con available in Japan. This toy was redecoed into Timelines Nightstick.
  • Armada Prowl Redeco
Prowl's toy was later recolored into the color scheme of original Smokescreen.
  • Universe Mini-Con Prowl
Armada Prowl was later repainted for the Universe line and packaged together with the Autobots Magna Stampede, Stockade and the Mini-Con Terradive.


Transformers: Energon[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Function Head of Security
Rank 7
Motto "You can run from justice, but it'll catch you!"
Alternate Modes Formula One style Police Cruiser
Series Transformers: Energon
Voiced by Alistair Abell

Despite occurring in the same universe as Transformers: Armada and its Prowl, Transformers: Energon introduced its own Prowl (known in Japan as Red Alert). This Prowl is head of security for several strategic bases, and in both robot mode and in his alternate mode as a formula one style police car similar to G1 Mirage, he is faster than any of his comrades. His hand weapon fires twin beams of energy which act like restraining cables, wrapping around an opponent and immobilising them. Endowed with the Spark of Combination, Prowl can "Powerlinx" with other, similarly enabled Autobots, becoming either a torso or legs, allowing for the best configuration in any given his situation. Prowl is a true team player, but his suspicious nature prevents him from completely trusting any of his teammates: with the exception of his most frequent Powerlinx partner, Rodimus.

Animated series[edit]

Prowl was among the Transformers who departed Cybertron under Rodimus's command ages ago, voyaging through space. Even after many of their companions settled on another world and became the Omnicons, Prowl stayed by Rodimus, along with Landmine, and eventually, they encountered Alpha Q, and learned of his plan to use the power of Energon to reconstitute all that had been destroyed by the planet-eater, Unicron. They pledged themselves to Alpha Q's plan, and returned to Earth, clashing with Optimus Prime and his Autobots there after an initial misunderstanding, and later, Optimus's own wariness over Alpha Q's plan. Rodimus and his team put themselves under Optimus's command when his misgivings proved accurate, and an Energon reaction caused by Megatron tore open a rift in space through which several Transformers, including Prowl, Powerlinked with Hot Shot, were pulled. In this new region of space, Alpha Q's plan had come to fruition, and all the worlds Unicron had destroyed were recreated, but soon had to be defended against the Decepticons, and the reactivated Unicron himself. With the destruction of Unicron's body, the battle seemed over, but one more challenged stood in the way as Megatron was possessed by Unicron's mind and upgraded into Galvatron. In order to defeat the Unicron-possessed Galvatron, all the Autobots, including Prowl, took Powerlinking to the ultimate extent, using their Sparks of Combination to transform into energy and fuse with Optimus Prime, who battled Galvatron before he shook off Unicron's control and plunged himself into the sun in sacrifice.

Pack in comics[edit]

In the second Transformers: Energon pack in comic Prowl, Inferno and Landmine discover some hills on Earth that are rich with energon and call in to Optimus Prime that they should put an energon tower up. Optimus warns the Autobots that Decepticon activity has been scanned nearby. Megatron attacks with a horde of Divebomb Terrorcon clones. The Autobots attempt by fight back by having Mirage and Inferno Powerlinx while Landmine goes into brute mode, but they are overwhelmed when Insecticon Terrorcon hordes join in the attack. The Autobots retreat and Megatron takes the energon for himself.

Fun Publications[edit]

Ultra Magnus appeared in the text story from Fun Publications called Force of Habit. This story explained where he was during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus was the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. He also served as captain of the Iron Hope which was crewed by Bonecrusher, Grimlock, Ironhide, Knock Out, Overcast, Prowl, Quickstrike, RipTide, Skyblast, Smokescreen, Swoop, Wreckage and the Sky Scorcher Mini-Con Team.

Toys[edit]

  • Energon Deluxe Prowl (2004)
A new mold, which transforms into a racing car in police livery. He can combine with Energon Rodimus into a larger robot, with him forming either the upper torso or the lower legs.

The Transformers: Energon toyline also contained two additional toys bearing the Prowl name, which did not appear in the animated series:

  • A black and white redeco of the Energon toy, one half of a SWAT Team along with Checkpoint (a similarly redecoed Rodimus).
  • A redeco of the Transformers: Armada Red Alert toy, in Energon Prowl's color scheme.

Whether or not these two figures are intended to represent alternate versions of the main Energon Prowl is unclear. Some fans consider these toys unofficially part of the Transformers: Universe line.

Transformers: Universe (Spy Changer)[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Spy Changers
Partner Optimus Prime
Alternate Modes Chevrolet Caprice Fire Chief Car
Series Transformers: Universe

The multiple-universe-spanning Transformers: Universe 2004 line has featured several different Prowls from assorted universes. While most of these Prowls were based on previously seen characters with that name, the version of Prowl which was a Spy Changer who turned into a fire chief car seemed to be an original character.

This character also appeared in the 2004 BotCon voice play.

3H Enterprises[edit]

2004 Voice actor play plot: Rhinox has built a device to deflect Unicron's attempts to pull victims from other dimensions with his tractor beam. The Autobots deflect two attempts and the victims end up on a frozen planetoid instead of with Unicron. Maximals Rattrap and Silverbolt and the Predacon Waspinator are sent to help the victims, but Reptilion, Sunstorm, Ruination and Perceptor are sent to get them for Unicron. As a side effect of the device Rhinox built, a vortex opens which sucks in an Autobot shuttle from the past piloted by Bumblebee, Tracks and Cosmos. Thrust attacks the Maximal ship, but they are saved by being transported to the Autobot shuttle. The Autobots and Maximals then go to the planet where they save the victims from the Decepticons. On the planet are two groups of Autobots. One is from the Robots in Disguise story, with Landfill (Wal-Mart recolor), Side Burn (Universe recolor) and Prowl (Universe recolor). The other is from another parallel world with Spy Changer Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Prowl and Ironhide. They all fight off the Decepticons. The Autobot shuttle is sent back to its own time.

Toys[edit]

  • Universe Spy Changer Prowl (2004)
A redeco of Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Prowl 2, in the color scheme of the original Red Alert. Packaged together with an Optimus Prime Spy Changer. They were a Walmart store exclusive.

Transformers Universe (Micromaster)[edit]

Prowl
Autobot/Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Micromasters, Protectobots
Alternate Modes Police Car
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe

A Micromaster bearing the name - a Western release of the figure formerly exclusive to Japan from 1992, known as Road Police. This Prowl naturally transforms into an Honda nsx police car, and combines with the other Micromaster Protectobots to form Defensor (SixTurbo in Japan). Although he has no U.S. tech spec, his Japanese tech spec describes him as the leader of his team with a strong sense of justice. He is also a collector of Earth guns and a quick draw expert. This Prowl appeared in Transformers: Universe comic #2 as part of Defensor.

According to the story for Reverse Evolution Sixturbo, a computer virus briefly turned the Sixturbo team into Decepticons.

3H Enterprises[edit]

This version of Prowl appeared only in his combined form of Defensor in issue 2 of the Transformers: Universe comic as one of the Transformers escaping Unicron's captivity.

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Road Police (1992)
He came package with the Sixturbo team. A Takara exclusive.
  • Generation 1 Road Police reissue (2002)
Blind packaged reissue, with stickers changed to paint applications. A Takara exclusive.
  • Generation 1 Reverse Evolution Road Police (2002)
A black redeco of Road Police as a Decepticon. A blind packaged chase figure. A Takara exclusive.
  • Universe Prowl (2004)
Prowl is the U.S. name of former Japanese exclusive toy Road Police. A Kaybee toy store exclusive.


Transtech[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Transtechs

Transtech Prowl had a biography printed by Fun Publications.[31]

Fun Publications[edit]

Prowl appeared in Invasion Prologue by Fun Publications.[32]

Prowl appears in "A Flash Forward Epilogue" by Fun Publications. He discusses the recent dimensional problems with Rhinox.[33]

Transformers[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Alternate Modes 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe, Cybertronian vehicle
Series Transformers, Transformers 4

Producer Tom DeSanto stated that Prowl was part of the original lineup pitched for the Autobots in the live action Transformers film, along with Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ironhide, Jazz, Ratchet, Wheeljack and Bumblebee.[34] He was featured in the script, but as the writers loved the subversiveness of a Decepticon police car (which became Barricade), he was removed.[35] As of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he is the only Autobot character intended to appear in the original lineup that has not made a film appearance.

He has a red V-shaped object on his forehead like his Generation 1 self.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Prowl appeared in the Transformers: Defiance series by IDW Publishing. In issue #2 he sided with Optimus against Megatron's order to counter-attack Cybertron's invaders. In issue #3 Optimus, Jazz and Prowl broke into Megatron's quarters while he was away looking for clues as to his current unusual behavior. What they found was an ancient artifact recently uncovered that Megatron had restored.[36] When Megatron learned that Optimus has broken into his room he sent Bumblebee, Camshaft, Cliffjumper, Jazz, Prowl and Smokescreen to arrest Optimus for treason. Optimus demanded to speak directly to Megatron, but when the group was traveling to Megatron's location they were ambushed by Barricade, Brawl, Crankcase, Frenzy, Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker who had orders to kill the lot of them. Smokescreen was able to cover Optimus and his group's retreat in the confusion of an explosion. In issue #4 Prowl aided Optimus in choosing the location for their new base, then was present when Ironhide joined the Autobots.

Prowl is among the Autobot forces who witness the launching of the Decepticon ship Nemesis.[37]

Prowl appears in his Cybertronian form in Transformers: The Reign of Starscream in a flashback before the events of the first film. In the story Optimus is blaming himself for the loss of the Allspark, but Prowl tells him they still have a fighting chance thanks to the decisions Optimus made.

Transformers Animated[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Cyber Ninjas, Deluxe Vehicles, Micro Vehicles
Function Ninja, Spy
Rank 7 (Hasbro), 8 (Takara)
Partner Ratchet
Motto "Through stillness you will find the truth."
Alternate Modes Police Motorcycle, Cybetronian Hoverbike
Series Transformers Animated
Transformers: Universe
English voice actor Jeff Bennett
Japanese voice actor Koji Yusa

Unlike most previous Autobots who used the name Prowl, who mostly became police cars, this character's earth alternate mode is a police motorcycle. On Cybertron, Prowl's alternate mode resembled a motorcycle but was longer and seemingly backwards. Despite the difference in appearance, Prowl's antenna on his forehead is similar to that of his G1 predecessor. Prowl appears in the Transformers Animated series in 2007-2008 as a skilled ninja. Prowl is very self-reliant, and often makes decisions without consulting his commander: Optimus Prime. However, he does care for the other Autobots and the creatures on Earth, but does not show that he does very often.[38]

He is a master of Circuit-Su: the Cybertronian-based form of martial arts. He can project a holographic driver in vehicle mode as well as multiple holographic projections of himself during battle. Prowl is an expert in camouflaging himself. He can turn virtually any object into a weapon, but carries a pair of shuriken, too. He also has keener senses than the other Autobots. He has a retractable face plate which he sometimes uses in combat. Prowl has jets on his shoulders he can use to assist him in leaps or so seemingly fly for short distances, particularly useful in low gravity situations. It is also revealed in "Home Is Where the Spark Is" that Prowl is talented at playing Twister. He can also turn his legs into wheels to move quickly in robot mode over flat surfaces. His appearance in armor from the episode "A Fistful of Energon" makes him look like a samurai; in vehicle mode with his armor as a sidecar, he looks exactly like Kamen Rider Kaixa's Side Basshar[39] His armor grants him increased strength, agility, and power, jump jet boosters, a sonic staff and arm shields among its powers. While he discarded the suit after realizing how it easily tempted him, Prowl takes full possession of another version of the armor as of "Five Servos Of Doom", along with the helmet of his mentor Yoketron.

Prowl is very reserved in nature, but does care for his teammates. Even when they think he's gone totally insane or vice-versa. Still even his reserved nature doesn't stop him from making an occasional joke or accusation. Like his fellow Cyber-Ninja Jazz, Prowl is fascinated by human culture and the simple, yet complex nuances of organic life. In "Human Error" Parts One and Two, Prowl's human form is basically the driver he projects in vehicle mode, a forty-year-old Caucasian male. He is the first to break Soundwave's control, and pretends to remain under the mind control during the final battle, possibly to test Sari. At the end, when Sari realizes that Prowl could've been helping her, she scolds him with "you, you big faker." Prowl responds with "I wasn't just faking."

According to art director Derrick J. Wyatt the early designs for Prowl had him colors more like Generation 1 Prowl, but they wanted to move him away from the white colors, since Ratchet was also primarily white. Instead, they used colors inspired by the motorcycles in CHiPs television series.[40]

Animated series[edit]

Originally a hot-headed Autobot who protested the war, Prowl was sent to the Autobot stockade for draft-dodging, and would have remained there were it not for Circuit-Su master Yoketron. In spite of Prowl's outlook, Yoketron explained that by saving Prowl he has done something for him, and then said that if Prowl can make it to the door without being caught he was free to leave. After failing to leave, Prowl became Yoketron's student and learned mostly everything from him, save for the complex and advanced "ninjabotsu discipline" of "processor over matter". Yoketron then explained to Prowl that the mission of the CyberNinja is to protect a vault of Autobot protoforms, sending Prowl on an "optics quest" in the hopes of him fully mastering "processor over matter". While Prowl was away, Lockdown led a Decepticon raid on the vault and fatally injured his former mentor. Prowl tried to use the last remaining protoform to house Yoketron's spark. Disappointed that his prized student would sacrifice the future to hold on to the past, Yoketron died voluntarily. It was while going under another optics quest that Prowl encountered the Space Bridge repair group under Optimus Prime. With his ship accidentally destroyed by a cube of Energon exploding after Ratchet dropped it, a distraught Prowl agreed to help the group in their work for a ride back to Cybertron, only to get caught up in the chaos that followed when they found the Allspark.

In episode 1-3,"Transform and Roll Out", Prowl severed Megatron's right arm during the Autobots' melee with the Decepticon leader aboard their ship. After arriving on Earth, Prowl took on the alternate form of a police motorcycle. Prowl was badly injured in his initial heroic actions on Earth and became the first Autobot to be healed by Sari's Key.

In episode 6, "Blast from the Past", Prowl took Bulkhead to a remote island in order to train him in the hope that this will instill more self-control and coordination in the large Autobot. After the Autobots subdued the Dinobots, Prowl freed them and, with the help of Bulkhead, but without Prime's knowledge, relocated them to a secluded island off the coast of Detroit.[41]

In episode 12, "Survival of the Fittest", after Lugnut and Blitzwing arrived on Earth, Prowl attempted to teach Sari self-defense before she was kidnapped by the Dinobots. Prowl and Bulkhead headed to Dinobot Island to investigate - with a highly suspicious Captain Fanzone on their tail. After discovering that the Dinobots were being forced to kidnap the Sari by the criminal scientist Meltdown, Prowl helped capture Meltdown while realizing that Sari may need not his training as he had thought. In this episode Prowl proves the fact that, though he gets easily frustrated with her, he does care for Sari.

In episode 14, "Nature Calls", Prowl, Bumblebee and Sari got more than they bargained for when they headed out to the remote woods to investigate a mysterious energy signal, which turned out to be space barnacles that assimilated with a construction vehicle to become a techno-organic monster. Even though he and Bumblebee destroyed the space barnacles, they were infected but were saved by Sari, who sprayed hot water on them through a fire hose.

In "Megatron Rising Part 1", Prowl revealed to Optimus that he had relocated the Dinobots away from civilization. He then took Optimus and Bulkhead to Dinobot Island for Optimus to ask the Dinobots for assistance against the upcoming Decepticon threat, to which the Dinobots rejected.

One of the most prominent episodes with Prowl's "starring" is the episode 23, "A Fistful of Energon". Here he goes off on his own to capture Starscream, who had escaped from Autobot Elite Guard custody. While pursuing the runaway Decepticon, he lands on the Moon. There Prowl discovers and handcuffs Starscream in the wrecked Decepticon spaceship, but also he finds competition in the form of Lockdown, who is going for the bounty set by Megatron on his former "right hand". The two tough transformers engage in battle with each other meanwhile their prisoner succeeds in releasing his stasis cuffs and in running away. After that, agreeing to a temporary alliance, Prowl is given by Lockdown an armour upgrade, which transforms into a sidecar for his bike mode. So they set off in pursuit of Starscream and soon spot him on Earth (actually one of his clones). Thanks to the extra power and agility his upgrades give him, Prowl brings Starscream down easily and handcuffs him again. But when he gets to know Lockdown's intention to hand Starscream over to Megatron, he makes a strong protest. However, Lockdown binds Prowl and tows his "prize" away, promising to return and "try their discharges on each other". The other Autobots find Prowl and set him free. But, much to their surprise, Prowl becomes increasingly arrogant and reckless, until he accidentally destroys a bird's nest during a battle with a second Starscream clone, regaining his composure as he sacrifices his armor to launch two self-destructing Starscream clones away from Detroit.

In "A Bridge Too Close", it was revealed that Prowl did not complete his cyber-ninja training and was trying to master "Processor Over Matter", which was thought to be used only by a fully trained cyber-ninja. Despite that, he managed to break out of his stasis cuffs and free Optimus during the melee between the Decepticons, Starscream's clone army and the Autobots.

During the events of "Transwarped", after hearing Isaac Sumdac's story of how he found Sari, Prowl snuck into Sumdac Tower to perform his own investigation that led him to confirm Sumdac's story and Sari's Cybertronian origin. He then had to save an upgraded Sari from herself and then battle Omega Supreme. To save Omega, went inside him and battle Megatron, and then Starscream on the virtual level.

In "Five Servos of Doom", Lockdown captured several Decepticons and traded them to Sentinel Prime in exchange for parts of the Autobot Elite Guard ship. All throughout the episode, Prowl had flashbacks of his past as a hotheaded Autobot undergoing cyber-ninja training. Learning the truth behind his mentor's death, Prowl demanded that Lockdown return Yoketron's helmet, which he wore during his deal with Sentinel Prime. Lockdown complied, but revealed that he booby trapped the helmet to capture Prowl. Prowl managed to use "processor over matter" to free himself from the helmet's constricting ribbons and defeat Lockdown with a copy of the sidecar armor he lent him during their last encounter. Lockdown managed to escape but Prowl kept the armor and helmet, with Jazz commenting that he looks good in it.

Jazz later joined the earth Autobots, helping Prowl to complete his cyber-ninja training. In the series finale "Endgame", Prowl was able to materialize an Allspark fragment from out of thin air. Prowl later repeated this act with Jazz's aid to reassemble the entire Allspark during Megatron's attack on Earth. But unable to gather all the pieces in time, Prowl sacrificed his own spark to complete the Allspark. He sadly smiled at Jazz before dying. His spirit becoming a part of it as his final action saved Optimus from being contained with Megatron and the detonating Supreme clone. Soon after the fight, Prowl's sparkless body was brought to Cyberton for a proper burial.

If the fourth season had been produced, Prowl would've returned in one episode as a ghost.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Set shortly after the events of "Total Meltdown" was the Transformers: Animated comic issue #2 by IDW Publishing. In it Bumblebee and Prowl apprehended the Angry Archer as the villain attempted to steal money from a used car salesman. In doing so they revealed the holographic trickery of the Detroit super hero known as The Wraith. With the secret of his power revealed The Wraith lost much of the respect he used to command in Detroit. The Wraith attempted to stop Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes from escaping prison, but was unable to fool the villain now that the secret was public, forcing the Autobots to stop the Rhodes and making The Wraith look foolish. The Wraith then attempted to discredit Bumblebee at a college football game by trapping the Autobot with a car boot and using his holograms to make a fake Bumblebee attack the stadium. Bumblebee eventually escaped and the other Autobots helped capture The Wraith and he was placed in a mental institution.

Toys[edit]

  • Universe Animated Series Legends Prowl (2008)
A Micro class toy released in the Universe Legends line.[42]
  • Animated Legends Prowl (2008)
Almost identical to the Universe toy. The only difference is that it features a silver Autobot symbol instead of a red one. This figure was bundled with Deluxe Rescue Ratchet and Legends Starscream.[43]
  • Animated Deluxe Prowl (2008)
The toy comes with two robot-styled shuriken which are stored on the outer side of his lower legs, and a traffic light on a string (which Prowl never actually used; instead, Bulkhead used it as an improvised weapon once in the series).[44][45] This figure was sold later in a Walmart exclusive 2-pack with Deluxe battle damaged Megatron.
  • Animated Deluxe Samurai Prowl (2009)
First seen in the second season episode "A Fistful of Energon", this figure is a complete remold of Deluxe Prowl with more points of articulation and a sidecar that transforms into his samurai-themed armor. The sidecar's wheel transforms into a sword/shield combo. Unlike regular Prowl, Samurai Prowl's shuriken do not have retractable blades.[46]
  • Animated TA-05 Deluxe Prowl (Takara Tomy) (2010)
The 2010 Japan version by Takara Tomy sports a red Autobot emblem and chrome silver painted headlights.[47]
Also bundled with TA-13 Voyager Blitzwing.
  • Animated EZ Collection Translucent Prowl (Takara Tomy) (2010)
A Japan-exclusive remold of Universe Legends Prowl in clear smoke plastic. Offered at APiTA stores with the purchase of TA-01 Voyager Optimus Prime or TA-06 Voyager Megatron.[48]
  • Animated TA-34 Deluxe Samurai Prowl (Takara Tomy) (2010, not yet released)
Set for release in Japan on August 2010.[49]
  • Animated TA-05 Deluxe Elite Guard Prowl (Takara Tomy) (2010)
A Tokyo Toy Show exclusive redeco in white and gold.[50]

Transformers: Prime[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Cyberverse
Function Tech Specialist, Police Enforcer
Alternate Modes Police car
Series Transformers: Prime

A Transformers: Prime design has been made for Prowl, but it has yet to be seen or mentioned in any episodes.

Books[edit]

Prowl appears in the novel Transformers: Exodus, its sequel Transformers: Exiles, and will appear in the upcoming novel Transformers: Retribution.

Video games[edit]

Prowl is mentioned to appear in the online game Transformers Universe.

Toys[edit]

  • Transformers: Prime Cyberverse Legion Prowl with Justice Hammer (2013)

Kre-O Transformers[edit]

Prowl
Autobot
Information
Alternate Modes Police car
Series Kre-O Transformers

Prowl is an Autobot and is based on the Generation 1 version of the character.

Fictional biography[edit]

If we can dispense with all the "jokes" and "fun," and simply concentrate on doing our jobs, everything will get done much more quickly and pleasantly. Now please excuse me. I have a number of algorithms to calculate, and I’m too excited to wait any longer.

Biggest Fear: Shapes that aren't bricks. They just don't make sense!

Personal Hero: Block Samson – the best cybercop I ever met!

Most Prized Possession: My graphing calculator.

Animated series[edit]

Kreon Prowl appeared in the animated short "Last Bot Standing."[51]

Kreon Prowl appeared in the animated short "Bot Stars."[52]

Kreon Prowl appeared in the animated short "The Big Race."[53]

Games[edit]

Kre-O Prowl appears in the flash video game Kre-O Transformers Konquest. In this game Kreon Optimus Prime attempts to avoid bombs and collect parts to rebuild Kre-O Ratchet, Mirage, Prowl, Oprimus Prime and Bumblebee.[54]

Toys[edit]

  • Kre-O Transformers Prowl (2011)
A Lego-like building block kit of Prowl with 174 pieces to assemble in either car or robot mode. Comes with 2 Kreon figures of Prowl and a human.


External links[edit]

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