G1 Cartoon

Grapple was introduced in Season 2 of G1 with no background of where he came from.  Basically he wasn’t there one day and the next day he was there.  Like many of the Season two additions, Grapple was given just a little more character development than some season one characters.  He was a warrior, but he was a builder first.  Grapple seemed to care more about his creations than the other Autobots.  He also complained often.  Grapple transformed into a yellow crane (that oddly looked a lot like Inferno).  Contrary to many fans’ misconception, Grapple was NOT in the first arc of episodes of G1.  The Autobot which many people think is Grapple was actually a one off character named Hauler.

Grapple was first shown with Tracks, Huffer,  Mirage, and Optimus Prime.  Together, they were monitoring Bumblebee and Powerglide as they flew across the ocean to investigate strange energy.

Grapple shows up after the Autobots were defeated to bring the injured back to the Ark.

Grapple and Hoist design a solar tower together.  They build a model and predict that if it is built, it will help both the Autobots and the planet Earth. Grapple complains that if Optimus Prime won’t let him build it, he will be utterly depressed.  Hoist helps Grapple propose the plans to Optimus Prime.  They bring the model to Optimus and Hoist tries to start explaining it to him.  Grapple gets insulted and takes over the presentation of the solar tower.  Optimus Prime thinks it is a great design, but won’t let Grapple build it.  Optimus feels that it is too vulnerable to Decepticon attack.  As Grapple is finishing his presentation, Teletran 1 alerts the Autobots that Powerglide has been attacked.  Grapple and Hoist react by transforming into vehicle mode to help their friend.   Hoist and Grapple find Powerglide and repair his battle damage.  Grapple complains that he isn’t a mechanic, he is an architect.  After they repair Powerglide, they transform and travel back to the Ark.  Grapple continues to try to convince Hoist that the solar tower was a good idea, but Hoist already agrees with him.   Grapple suggests to Hoist that they build the solar tower themselves.  Hoist doesn’t want to disobey Optimus Prime.  Hoist finally talks Grapple out of the project when he explains that the two of them don’t have the strength, man power, or energy supply to build it.  Grapple reluctantly agrees.  The two Autobots get ready to return to their base when they notice they are being spied on by the Constructicons.  They transform to escape, but Scavenger blocks the opening of the canyon with a large boulder.   Hoist and Grapple try to back up through the canyon to escape, but Mixmaster pours concrete into the canyon.  Scrapper leaps on top of the boulder with his arms in the air.  He tells Grapple and Hoist that he doesn’t want to fight.  Hoist and Grapple don’t believe him and fire missiles at him.  He dodges the missiles and the rest of the Constructicons come to his aid.  Bonecrusher creates a landslide and the two Autobots are restrained.  Scrapper leaps into the canyon again.  He promises that the Constructicons don’t want to harm them.  He assures them that Megatron has no knowledge of this meeting.  Hoist frees his blaster arm and is ready to attack Scrapper, but Grapple tells him not to.  Grapple is curious to see what Scrapper has to say.  Scrapper tells Grapple that the Constructicons always admired his work on Cybertron.   Scrapper proposes and alliance with the two Autobots to build the Solar Tower together.  Grapple is skeptical about the alliance, but Scrapper frees both Autobots and the Constructicons fly off to prove their honesty about an alliance.   Later, Hoist and Grapple meet with the Constructicons.  They reveal that Long Haul is carrying a significant amount of Megatron’s Energon Cubes.  The two Autobots believe that the Constructicons want an alliance.  Grapple and Scrapper supervise Hoist and the Constructicons during the building process of the Solar Tower.  When it is near completion, Grapple wonders where he will sign his name (he’s kind of a pompous dick).  The Constructicons get Grapple to do more work on the Solar Tower by pretending they aren’t skilled enough to do the work.  The Solar Tower is almost completed, one more part needs to be added to the tower and it will be operational.  Grapple can’t figure out how to raise the solar collector to the top of the tower.  Scrapper is able to solve the problem.  The Constructicons merge into Devestator and attach the final component.  Grapple is overjoyed with the completion of his Solar Tower.  Right after the Solar Tower is completed, the Constructicons show their true colors.  Megatron attacks Grapple and Hoist to take control of the tower.  The Solar Tower is destroyed in the battle between the Autobots and Devestator.  After the battle, the Autobots search the wreckage for Hoist and Grapple.  When they are found, they apologize to Optimus Prime and he forgives them.  Grapple is depressed that his creation was destroyed.  Optimus Prime punishes the two Autobots by making them clean up the debris by themselves.

When the mayor of Central City declares an Autobot Day holiday, Grapple is part of the parade in vehicle mode.

After the Autobots were exiled from Earth, Cosmos guides the Autobot spacecraft away from Earth.  The ship is destroyed and the world thinks the Autobots are dead.  They survive when Trailbreaker surrounds the Autobots with a force field and links it to Cosmos.  Cosmos guides the Autobots back to Earth.

Grapple joins the Autobots when they go to a rocket base to test a new weapon called the Negavator.   The Negavator is a tank like vehicle which a Transformer can ride inside of that has the power to vaporize mater.  In it’s first test, the Autobots vaporize a space rocket.  Grapple congratulates Wheeljack for his successful design.  It is unclear if Grapple had any part of the design or building of the Negavator.  Grapple jokingly asks Wheeljack not to point the weapon at anything he created.  All of a sudden, Red Alert’s early warning system goes off, alerting the Autobots that Decepticons are approaching.  Optimus Prime orders the Autobots to transform into vehicle mode to engage the incoming Decepticons.  The Autobots try to exit the compound, but they are ambushed by Rumble, Frenzy, and Ravage.  The three small Decepticons are unleashing a torrent of laser fire on the Autobots.  Optimus orders the Autobots to transform out of vehicle mode and fight the Decepticons.  Ravage fires a rocket at the entrance of the bunker.  It significantly damages the building and Grapple starts complaining that another one of his structures is damaged. Then,  Ravage fires a missile at the door of the bunker.  The explosion prevents the Autobots from being able to leave to protect the Negavator.  Hoist and Grapple work together to clear the rubble from the door so the Autobots can escape.  Grapple makes yet another complaint that something he built was damaged by the Decepticons.  Once Hoist and Grapple clear a path for the Autobots to escape the bunker, they see the Decepticon cassettes trying to get to the Negavator.  Grapple wants revenge on the Decepticons for damaging the bunker be built.  Grapple and Ironhide fire their blasters at Buzzsaw and Frenzy.  The two Decepticons are able to dodge the assault and fire back.   Inferno is forced to short out the Negavator to save Optimus Prime.  Between the Negavator being shorted out and the small team of Decepticons being outnumbered and outgunned, Soundwave orders a retreat.  The Autobots transform into vehicle mode and travel through a desert canyon back to the Ark.  They are ambushed by the Decepticons when Rumble uses his pile drivers to create an avalanche.  They transform into robot mode, but boulders continue to fall on them.  Starscream, the Seekers, and the Coneheads swoop down from the air in jet mode and start unleashing a fury of weapons fire on the Autobots.  Grapple and Hoist work together to dig out the trapped Autobots.  They deploy huge grabber claws to remove the rocks.

Grapple’s design talents were used often because the Autobots took part in repairing damage that the Decepticons caused.  After an airport is damaged from a battle between the Dinobots and Decepticons, Grapple, Ironhide, and Powerglide work as a team to repair the facility.  Grapple loads bricks into Powerglide’s cargo hold and he flies into the air.  Ironhide lays a layer of concrete onto the foundation and Powerglide drops the bricks.  They continue this process until the building is rebuilt.  Optimus Prime arrives just as the Autobots are completing their project and Grapple is putting the roof on the building.  Optimus Prime tries to help Grapple, but Grapple is too pompous to let him.  As Grapple releases the roof, the entire structure crumbles.  Grapple is mortified that he miscalculated.  He is the first Autobot to realize something is wrong.  Grapple follows Optimus Prime to a power plant that the Decepticons are trying to control.  As the Decepticons are making Energon Cubes, the Autobots arrive to fight.

Grapple’s skills develop overtime to be more than just a builder and designer.  He helps repair damaged Autobots (but he probably doesn’t enjoy it as much as Ratchet or Wheeljack because he thinks so highly of his own creations and this takes away time from creating).  After a small team of Autobots are defeated in battle by the Insecticons, Grapple performs repairs on Huffer.

Grapple joins the Autobots when they watch a soap opera called “As the Kitchen Sinks” on Teletran-1.  The show is interrupted by a special bulletin reported by Hector Ramirez . Grapple is very  disappointed that his favorite show was preempted.  A top secret Soviet jet was stolen, and the Soviet Union is blaming the United States.  Optimus Prime is worried that Tracks and Bumblebee haven’t reported in after leaving the Autobot headquarters to go on a supply run.  Grapple and the Autobots transform to search for the two missing Autobots.  Grapple searches a construction site for Tracks and Bumblebee.  When he enters the site, he transforms into robot mode and asks a crane operator if he saw the two missing Autobots.  The crane operator is actually a big game hunter named Lord Chumley.  He has been capturing Autobots to lure Optimus Prime to his castle so he can hunt Optimus Prime.  Lord Chumley drops a cage made of steel beams onto Grapple and takes him as a prisoner.  Lord Chumley loads the cage onto a cargo ship.  Lord Chumley keeps Grapple trapped in his lair under a large boulder.  Optimus Prime overcomes all of Chumley’s traps and frees Grapple and the other Autobots.  

Wheeljack picks up the Stunticons energy signatures near the Autobot base.  The Stunticons have split up to gather three items for Megatron.  Grapple is deployed with other Autobots to stop the Stunticons before they return to the Decepticon base.  While Breakdown and Wildrider are driving recklessly to the meeting point, they are intercepted by Hoist, Grapple, and Inferno.  Wildrider speeds up so he can ram himself into the three Autobots. The Autobots hold their ground and prepare themselves for the impact, but Wildrider drives around them.  Breakdown sprays oil onto the road to make the Autobots slip.  Grapple ignites the oil with his blaster and is thrown back.  Breakdown catches on fire and Inferno speeds towards him in fire truck mode.  Inferno shoots a pink fire retardant at Breakdown and the fire is put out.  Both Stunticons are disabled and the Autobots capture them.  Hoist, Grapple, and Inferno guard the jailed Stunticons.  Breakdown launches himself at full speed into the energized bars which were trapping him.  He shatters them and attacks Grapple, Inferno and Hoist.  With one shot, Breakdown deactivates all three Autobots.  Grapple and the other Autobots are injured and Menasor returns to the Decepticons to expose the disguised Autobots.

Grapple goes on a rescue mission to a power plant with the Autobots.  They want to save Cliffjumper and Jazz who were captured earlier.  While the Decepticons are fighting each other, Grapple frees his kidnapped friends.

Grapple doesn’t show up at all after Transformers the movie, so it is assumed that he died during the Battle of Autobot City.

Marvel G1 Comic

After Optimus Prime was restored and regained The Creation Matrix, he created several new Autobots.  Grapple was one of them.  All of the new Autobots, EXCEPT Grapple are taken out by Bumblebee to learn about Earth.  Moments after Grapple was “born” he was tasked with an important job by Optimus Prime, design and build Omega Supreme.

IDW Re-Generation One

Grapple continued designing new structures and equipment for the Autobots in the decades long peace on Cybertron.  One of his crowning achievements was The Hall of Silence.  A building which doubled as a vault which housed the remains of Thunderwing.  The security system which Grapple designed was created to sense sound, but Soundwave broke into it.  Hot Rod and Grapple debate on if they should blow up the Hall of Silence to prevent Thunderwing’s (See Thunderwing’s profile to see why his remains are so dangerous)  remains from falling into Decepticon control.

Grapple is one of the few Autobots who aren’t changed into Decepticons, and he helps Grimlock defeat Scorponok.

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Grapple was a very talented designer and engineer.

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