Transformers: Generation 1
|Alternate Modes||Shark monster|
|Series||Transformers: Generation 1|
The ravenous Sharkticons, the most famous and deadly of the Quintessons' slaves, are rotund robots capable of transforming into ferocious, amphibious creatures. They carry out the Quintessons' sentences, consuming victims dropped into their pit, and are also used for performing commando style raids and missions, though their limited intelligence meant that tasks entrusted to them were generally simple.
A Sharkticon action figure was released under the name "Gnaw" that same year, nominally categorized as a Decepticon. The character Gnaw appeared in Dreamwave Productions's Transformers comic in 2004, as a companion of Wheelie. His origins, most likely those of a defected or reprogrammed Quintesson advanced agent, were left up to speculation.
In The Transformers: The Movie, Gnaw was the given individual name of an army of Sharkticons seen on the planet Quintessa that captured Hot Rod and Kup. He was intended to be a generic Sharkticon soldier. As minions of the Quintessons, the Sharkticons served as "executioners" in Quintessa's high court, devouring whatever being falls into their pit after the Quintessons declare them "innocent". When the Quintessons sentenced Hot Rod and Kup to the Sharkticon pit, the two Autobots managed to defeat the Sharkticons by transforming into their car modes and creating a whirlpool in the pit. Further intimidation by Grimlock influenced the Sharkticons to revolt against their Quintesson masters.
The Sharkticons would frequently appear throughout Season 3 of the series as the Quintessons' henchmen. Their final appearance was in part one of the two-part episode "The Return of Optimus Prime", where they were shown to be infected by the Hate Plague. Sky Lynx had to rescue one of the Quintessons from a pack of infected Sharkticons and remove him from the planet.
While being a Decepticon, the Gnaw in the Dreamwave Productions comics is an Autobot ally. Gnaw's first appearance in fiction was in the Dreamwave Productions Generation 1 series. In the continuity, Gnaw is a friend of Wheelie. They were part of a rebel group led by Kup, Rodimus and Optimus Prime, and Gnaw participates in the battle against Shockwave. However, Dreamwave's closure means that more stories of Gnaw cannot be told. Also, although they are called sharks, they seem to have a stronger resemblance and behavior to Piranhas.
Gnaw can be seen in the cover page of Transformers Spotlight on Galvatron.
Sharkticons are among the troops under the command of Clench on Earth.
- Generation 1 Gnaw (1986)
- A new mold that transforms into a robotic shark.
|Motto||"If I don't grind you to shreds, I'll blast you to bits."|
The name Sharkticon was given to an individual Decepticon in the Transformers: Energon toyline in 2004. He transformed into a shark-shaped submarine with a color scheme similar to the Robots in Disguise Predacon, Sky-Byte. His bio indicated that he was recruited by Scorponok for space recon, but quickly proved more useful in underwater combat, where his sadistic methods of destroying his enemies instill fear in even his fellow Decepticons, including Megatron.
Sharkticon appeared in the Dreamwave Productions' Transformers: Energon comics. He was one of the Terrorcons under Mirage's command who had been sent to retrieve Kicker. While Mirage and Slugslinger were sent to distract Kicker's protectors, the Omnicons, Sharkticon was to kidnap the human. However, Kicker was able to charge up the defeated Omnicons with raw Energon and the Terrorcons were forced to flee.
Sharkticon also appeared in the Transformers Summer Special. In the future, Megatron had retaken command of the Decepticons and sent Snow Cat, Slugslinger, and Sharkticon on missions to steal copies of the plans for Omega Supreme from the Autobot's Ocean City. Each of the three attempted to break in, but all were defeated. Sharkticon was nearly scrapped by the city's underwater defenses and was then defeated by Kicker and the Energon Saber Mini-Cons. The three each made up stories as to their failure and Megatron appointed Slugslinger as his lieutenant, as his lie was the most impressive.
Sharkticon also appeared in the Transformers: Energon #3 promotional comic where he was taken out by Omega Supreme.
In 2005, Energon Sharkticon was repackaged in Transformers: Universe packaging, but the toy was unaltered from his Energon toy.
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