Prowl


 

 

 

G1 Cartoon

Prowl is an Autobot who was very loyal to his leader, Optimus Prime.  He was listed as a strategist, but that specialty was rarely ever used.  Prowl was a police sports car in vehicle mode and looked very similar to Bluestreak and Smokescreen.  There were actually several episodes where there were animation errors that Prowl turned into Bluestreak and Bluestreak turned into Prowl.  They even had the same voice actor.  Most of the time in the cartoon, Prowl was relegated to a minor background character.


On Cybertron, Prowl and Trailbreaker stay with Optimus Prime while Optimus gets a report from Jazz.  When Optimus Prime plans to leave Cybertron with the Autobots, Prowl helps prepare the Ark.  On the Ark, Prowl monitors the sensors.  He reports to Optimus Prime that the Autobots are being followed by Megatron and the Decepticons.  The Autobots and Decepticons have a brief fight on the Ark, and the Ark crashes onto Earth.  Prowl and the rest of the Transformers remain in stasis lock for millions of years.  Prowl is part of the battle group Optimus Prime and Jazz organize to stop the Decepticons, after all of the Transformers are repaired.   


After returning to the Ark with Spike, Prowl is instrumental in capturing the Decepticon spy Ravage.  Prowl and Jazz use their arm attachments to fire a net like cage around Ravage.  Prowl then joins Optimus Prime when the Autobots attempt to defend Sherman Dam.  


Prowl is part of the unsuccessful trap that Optimus Prime and Hound make for the Decepticons.  Hound makes a fake rocket base with a hologram and the Autobots try to ambush the Decepticons.  Megatron saw through this and only sent junk drones.  While the Autobots were trying to ambush the Decepticons, they were at a different site getting the energy they needed.  After the Decepticons steal enough energy to travel back to Cybertron   Prowl, like all of the Autobots, freely volunteers to attack the Decepticons.  Sparkplug rides to the battle inside of Prowl.  The Autobots arrive at the same time that the Decepticons are boarding their ship.  During the battle, Spike hits Starscream’s blaster with a rock, knocking it off of his arm.  Prowl drives over it, destroying the blaster.  During the battle, The Autobots have the upper hand in the battle, but the Decepticons retreat to their space cruiser.
After months of peace, the Decepticons resurface and attack a solar power plant.  Optimus Prime organizes a team of Autobots to stop them.  Prowl is included in the team.  The Autobots crash into the power plant and fight the Decepticons.  The Decepticons plan their escape, but Ratchet and Prowl fire on Starscream.  Starscream disarms both Autobots with his blaster.  The Decepticons escape with their Energon.  Later, Prowl is part of a rescue party to save Spike from the Decepticons. .  Inside of a cave, the Decepticons trap the Autobots inside, and attack.  Prowl fires on Megatron, but is cold cocked by Skywarp.  The Decepticons retreat back to the Space Bridge with the Autobots stuck in the cave. Together, the Autobots fire on the rocks which are keeping them trapped in the cave.


Now that Starscream is leader of the Decepticons, they are not as well organized as they were under Megatron’s leadership.  After an unsuccessful mission to create Energon Cubes, Prowl and Bluestreak fight Soundwave.  The Decepticons attempt to retreat and Optimus Prime sends Bluestreak and Prowl to follow the Decepticons.  Prowl and Bluestreak catch the Decepticons trying to repair themselves.  The two Autobots are quick to fire first on the Decepticons.  Prowl is shot by Starscream in the chest.  Ravage then attacks Bluestreak, Prowl saves his friend when he shoots Ravage.  Prowl is shot again, this time by Soundwave and is severely injured.  He uses his internal wifi (not called that in the show though) to link up with another computer.  That computer winds up being Chip Chase’s computer.  Chip takes control of Prowl to fight the Decepticons.  Chip controls Prowl very successfully.  Using a fighter jet’s missiles, Prowl and Chip are able to make the Decepticons retreat.


When the Dinobots are created, they are too wild and attack the Autobots.  Prowl is injured by Slag, who uses an electrical attack with his horns.
Ratchet and Wheeljack have Prowl, Bluestreak, Sideswipe, and Ironhide test the two new Dinobots.   Swoop flies down and carries Bluestreak away.  Prowl fires at Swoop and he drops Bluestreak.


When Sparkplug is kidnapped by the Decepticons, Prowl creates a strategy to get him back.  Prowl is one of the Autobots who swims in the ocean to attack the Decepticon base.  While underwater, Megatron attacks the Autobots.  Prowl’s plan was successful Cliffjumper, Brawn and Windcharger save Sparkplug.  Before the Autobots can catch their breath, Megatron leads the Decepticons to attack them again.   After the Autobots learn that Megatron has constructed a massive Space Bridge, Prowl goes with the Autobots to stop the Decepticons.  When they reach the Space Bridge, Megatron orders the mind controlled human workers to attack the Autobots.  He knows that Optimus Prime won’t allow the Autobots to harm a human.  The Decepticons are successful in activating the Space Bridge.  It brings Cybertron to Earth and causes numerous natural disasters across the globe. The Autobots are forced to retreat when Soundwave uses a sonic attack to clear the area.


Prowl and the Autobots travel on surfboards on the ocean.  There is a massive tidal wave approaching them.  The Autobots use the momentum of the tidal wave to travel to Megatron’s base on Earth.  The Autobots arrive just in time to see Megatron escape on a starship filled with Energon Cubes.  The Autobots track Megatron to a tropical island where he is using slaves to put Energon Cubes in his ship.  Once the mind controlled slaves are out of harms way, the Autobots attack.  The Autobots are pinned down by the Decepticons and Prowl tells Optimus Prime that the Autobots should retreat.  Optimus Prime refuses to retreat.  .  The Autobots are about to be defeated when Skyfire arrives with reinforcements.   The Autobots destroy Megatron’s ship, and the explosion caused by the Energon Cubes inside of it knocks Cybertron out of Earth’s orbit.
When the Autobots learn that Megatron is alive, the Autobots follow the Decepticons to Dr. Arkeville’s lab. Optimus Prime and Megatron work together to save the Earth and the Autobots return home.


When Sparkplug decides to attempt to make his own Autobot, named Autobot X, it is mindless and starts smashing the Autobot headquarters.  Prowl, Trailbreaker, and Ironhide briefly battle the creature.  Prowl subdues it with acid pellets and Autobot X is soon deactivated.  Prowl quickly goes back into battle when the Decepticons attack an Air Force Base.    Spike is injured in the battle and is in a coma.  Sparkplug, Wheeljack, and Ratchet put Spike’s mind into a robot body.  Autobot Spike can’t think clearly and is violent.  He winds up joining the Decepticons and Prowl helps the Autobots fight the Decepticon forces.  Of course, Autobot Spike regains clarity and is turned back into a human.
Prowl joins the Autobots when they seek out the Decepticons to recover the Immobilizer.   The Autobots are victorious when Ironhide smashes the Immobilizer.
When time portals are opening up, Prowl is sent with Jazz, Inferno, and Red Alert to keep the peace.  Old West bandits came out of a time portal and were fighting bikers.  The bandits point their guns at Prowl, and he shoots the guns with his acid pellets.


After Cliffjumper discovers where the Decepticons may be hiding a piece of stolen energy creating equipment, Prowl joins the Autobots on a mission to recover it.  The Autobots reach the Decepticon base in a desert valley and transform into robot mode.  Laserbeak discovers the Autobots and they leap into the valley to battle the Decepticons.  During the battle, Shrapnel hits the Electro Cells with his blaster accidentally.  They start to explode.  The Autobots retreat so the Electro Cells won’t be in further jeopardy of destroying the Earth.
Prowl and the Autobots travel to Japan at the request of Dr. Fujiama.  The Autobots are tasked to guard an advanced robot named Nightbird.  Of course, the Decepticons attack to steal the robot and Prowl is the first to leap into battle.  With Mirage, Prowl battles Rumble and Frenzy.  He is damaged when Laserbeak swoops down and shoots him.  The battle ends when Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp rip the ceiling off of the building and steal Nightbird.  Once Nightbird is stolen, the rest of the Decepticons retreat.


Prowl shows up battling the Decepticons in the desert when Megatron creates a clone of Optimus Prime.


When the Decepticons ally themselves with the undersea nation of Atlantis, they invade Washington DC.  Prowl travels with the Autobots to liberate the city.  The Autobots arrive in time to make it into the city before the Atlantean force field is activated.  Prowl teams up with Hound to fight the Decepticons.  They are chased into the reflecting pool by the Washington Monument.  They try to make sure that the monuments aren’t damaged by the invaders.  Prowl and Hound fight Thundercracker and Skywarp.  Brawn and Optimus Prime join the fight and Thundercracker crashes.   King Nergil immobilizes the Autobots with his magnetic weapon.  Eventually, Grimlock gets the magnetic weapon and destroys it.  Once the weapon is destroyed, the Autobots regain their mobility and the Decepticons retreat.  After repairing Washington DC, the Autobots travel to Atlantis again to confront the Atlanteans and Decepticons.  The battle is brief and ends when the Atlantean King sets off explosions in the city.


Prowl follows Optimus Prime when the Decepticons attack the Ark.  Thundercracker fires his blasters at a mountain causing an avalanche.  Prowl transforms into robot mode and leaps over the rocks, but is attacked by Laserbeak.  Prowl attaches a snare to his laser and ties up Laserbeak.  The Decepticons suddenly retreat and the Autobots return to base.  The next day, the Autobots receive a warning from Teletran 1 that a rocket is being attacked by the Decepticons.  .  The Autobots plan to go to defend the rocket but they start to become evil.  Megatron and Starscream snuck into the Autobot base and altered their recharging station to turn the Autobots evil.  Optimus Prime, Prowl, and Brawn attack a rocket base to get the satellite.  They burst through the barrier and continue to the runway.  The three Autobots transform and search the tarmac for the rocket with the satellite.  Together, they start to damage the jets on the base.  Prowl’s mind is restored by Hound.  After all of the Autobots are restored, they travel inside of Skyfire to stop the Decepticons from leaving Earth with an energy gathering satellite.  The Autobots are victorious, again.


Prowl goes on a mission with the Autobots to save the staff of Quantum Labs.  Megatron reprogrammed a powerful computer called Torq III.  Torq III has complete control of the lab and confined the workers inside.  The Autobots are quickly attacked by the automated defenses which are being controlled by Torq III.  The Autobots draw their weapons and rush into the compound.  They are met by a squad of tanks which are also under Torq III’s control.  Wheeljack rips the turret off of a tank and Prowl destroys it with his blaster.  Once the Autobots realize that they are being attacked by computer controlled drones, they don’t hold back.   The Autobots are surrounded by tanks and the automated cannons start to target them.  Instead of retreating or commanding the Autobots to destroy the vehicles, Optimus Prime orders the Autobots to disable the vehicles by shooting the tire.  The tanks overwhelm the team of Autobots, but they are saved by the Dinobots.  The Autobots try to approach Torq III’s control room, but the door is locked.  Optimus Prime blasts it open with his rifle.   Torq III uses an automated machine emerges from the control room to attack the Autobots.  This machine has a large purple claw and it grabs Prowl and tries to crush him.  Before the life can be crushed from Prowl, he gets a hand loose and shoots an acid pellet inside of the machine.   After all of the machines are destroyed, Optimus Prime leads the Autobots into Torq III’s main building.  Torq III has altered the building to become a maze.  Optimus Prime leaves the rest of the Autobots at the entrance of the maze so they can’t get lost.   Prowl knows Optimus is walking into a trap, but can’t stop him.  After Optimus Prime successfully deactivates Torq III, the Autobots use one of Quantum Labs’ hydrofoils to reach the Decepticon oil platform.  The Autobots get to the oil platform just as Hound, Spike, and Skyfire disable the force field that is protecting it.  The Autobots and Decepticons battle, and everyone is shooting wildly.  Megatron runs away and sets explosives to go off on the platform and the Decepticons retreat. The Autobots board their boat and escape safely.
Megatron creates a plan to discredit the Autobots.  The Autobots are given a trial and found guilty.  They are exiled from the Earth, but Megatron alters the flight plan to send the Autobots into the sun.


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.  


Megatron steals a device from a scientist and uses it to disrupt all communications on Earth.  Because motorists in a mountain range didn’t know snow was coming, they are trapped on the snow filled road.  Prowl and several other Autobots rush to save them.  They use a snow tire function in vehicle mode to reach the motorists. Prowl lifts cars out of the snow to rescue the drivers.  As the Autobots finish rescuing all of the motorists, they are attacked by Ramjet and Thundercracker.  Prowl tries to throw himself in the way of the Decepticons’ weapons and Trailbreaker uses his force field to protect everyone.  The Decepticons fire on a mountain and cause an avalanche.


Jazz leads Gears, Ironhide, Prowl, Sunstreaker, and Mirage on a recon mission.  They were notified of strange Decepticon activity.   Sunstreaker realizes that something is wrong when the river they were driving to is missing.  The Autobots follow the dried up river and discover that the Constructions made a dam to divert the river for the Decepticons.  They transform and follow the dried up lake to a waterfall.  They lose track of the Constructicons at a waterfall.  They eventually catch up to the Decepticons, but they are greeted by Devestator.  Prowl tries to call the Ark for reinforcements, but Devestator throws a rock at the Autobots and they fall off a cliff.    Devestator leaps off of the cliff to engage the fallen Autobots.  He quickly uses his eye lasers to attack the damaged Autobots and they fly into a rock wall.  Jazz distracts Devestator and the Autobots are able to escape.


Prowl participates in the Autobot race for charity. The race ends with no clear winner because the Autobots kicked up so much dust, no one could tell who won. The Decepticons show up with their new device and use it to trap the Autobots in vehicle mode.  The Autobots learn they are trapped in vehicle mode when the Decepticons attack.  The Decepticons subdue the Autobots by shooting out their tires and overheating their engines.  The Autobots are captured and brought to Megatron’s ghost town. Before Megatron can accomplish complete Autobot destruction, Wheeljack, Ratchet, Brawn, Huffer, Bumblebee and their human friends arrive with a grenade that restores the Autobots’ ability to transform.
Prowl stays inside of the Autobot headquarters while most of the Autobots go on a rescue mission to save Cosmos.  Prowl stands with Perceptor while he studies Morphobot spores.  Perceptor confirms that the spores are truly Morphobots and Prowl says that he thought they were extinct.  Prowl touches them and they continue to grow.  Later, Prowl and Perceptor contact Optimus Prime about their findings.


Prowl leads a team of Autobots consisting of Tracks, Skids, and Bluestreak to stop Blitzwing from attacking a nearby city.  The team of Autobots heads to a football stadium that Blitzwing has turned into his base of operations.  Scrapper notices them approaching and wants the Constructicons to open fire on the Autobot caravan.  Blitzwing orders Scrapper and the Constructicons to allow the Autobots through so then can get lost in the highway maze that the Constructicons built for Blitzwing.  The Autobots have a treacherous time navigating through the maze.  They are unable to avoid crashing into the walls.  Prowl and Skids crash into each other and explode.  Blitzwing races towards them in plane mode.  When he reaches the two damaged Autobots, he transforms into tank mode and crushes their already damaged bodies.  Blitzwing turns all of the defeated Autobots into a throne.  Off camera, Prowl is restored and brought back to life.


The US Government develops a super fuel and Optimus Prime plans to test it for the government on the Autobots.  Prowl is part of the security detail that guards the tanker trucks while they deliver the super fuel.  Prowl assumes that the Decepticons have no knowledge of the super fuel.  Of course, the Decepticons strike from the air to gain possession of the super fuel.  The Autobots have the tanker trucks stay behind while they engage the Decepticons.   The Autobots guide the tanker trucks into a canyon which impedes the air based Decepticons from following.  Dirge and Thrust crash into the canyon walls, but Ramjet continues to chase the Autobots.  Optimus Prime guides the Autobots towards a tunnel to evade Ramjet.  Ramjet crashes into the mountain.   The Autobots emerge from a tunnel and Megatron points his cannon at the tanker trucks carrying the super fuel.  Megatron threatens to destroy the super fuel unless the Autobots hand it over to him.  Optimus Prime and Prowl transform in preparation of a battle.    Optimus Prime and Prowl approach Megatron with their weapons lowered.   He doesn’t think Megatron is willing to kill himself to destroy the Autobots and the super fuel.  Megatron prepares to fire his cannon, but Smokescreen speeds towards Megatron and unleashes a cloud of smoke.  This gives Optimus Prime and Prowl the opening they need to safely fire their weapons at Megatron.  Megatron is damaged and leaves the battle.


After Megatron captures Perceptor to cure his Cosmic Rust, Megatron is willing to release Perceptor back to the Autobots.  Perceptor is infected with Cosmic Rust and is attached to a bomb.  Prowl goes with the Autobots to save Perceptor.  The Autobots are infected with Cosmic Rust.  Megatron wants the Statue of Liberty destroyed so the Autobots can’t make more Corrostop and cure their Cosmic Rust.    Before Menasor can destroy the Statue, the Autobots reveal themselves. Prowl and a few other Autobots were hiding on the Statue.   Optimus Prime opens fire and the rest of the Autobots follow his lead.   The Autobots are able to replicate the Corrostop and cure their cosmic rust.


After Powerglide discovers Jazz and Cliffjumper restrained in a power station, Prowl goes with the Autobots to save them.


Optimus Prime leads Sideswipe, Prowl, and Tracks to a destroyed city to protect the survivors from the Insecticons.  The Autobots rush into the remains of the city to battle the Insecticons.   Prowl fires on the Insecticons with a blaster from his vehicle mode.  The Insecticons try to hide by digging holes in the ground.  Optimus Prime can’t fight the Insecticons with so many fragile humans around, so he calls the Protectobots to help evacuate the city.  The Protectobots are able to clear out all of the people from the city.  Optimus Prime and the other Autobots start to battle the Insecticons now that the humans are safe.   The Autobots continue driving through the city and shooting Insecticons out of the sky. Prowl would rather squash the Insecticons instead of wasting ammo on them.  The Autobots go to the Space Bridge to go to Cybertron.  Shrapnel removed the control panel and buried it.  Prowl helps Optimus Prime track down the Insecticons to recover the stolen Space Bridge control panel.  The Insecticons are found in a garage eating some of the cars. They are too late, when they get to the Insecticons, the control panel is already chewed up  Perceptor is able to repair the damage.  Prowl joins the Autobots and Decepticons when they go to Cybertron to stop the Combaticons from making the Earth fall into the Sun.  The Decepticons and the Autobots use the Space Bridge to go to Cybertron. The Combaticons attack both forces.   Optimus Prime tells Prowl and Sideswipe to cover him.  They shoot Blast Off out of the sky.  The  Combaticons are surrounded, so they merge into Bruticus.  Starscream reveals that when he built the Combaticons, he gave Bruticus a weakness in case he rebels.  Optimus Prime runs behind Bruticus and fires on the three spots.  The Earth is saved but after the Autobots leave Cybertron, Megatron reprograms Bruticus.  

Prowl was killed in 2005 when Megatron and the Decepticons hijacked an Autobot Shuttle that Prowl was on.

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel G1 Comic

 

Prowl was a little more prominent in the G1 comic book than in the cartoon.  He was Optimus Prime’s second in command and early on they focused a lot on the fact that he was a being of logic.  When The Decepticons invaded the Ark, Optimus Prime wanted to crash the spacecraft into Prehistoric Earth to wipe out Megatron and the Decepticon invaders, and Prowl advised against it.  4 million years later, when Optimus was debating if the Autobots should reveal themselves to the humans, Prowl was the first after Optimus to acknowledge the fact that Humans were lifeforms as well as the Cybertronians.


At one point, Prowl was made acting leader of The Autobots, Shockwave was holding Optimus Prime’s sentient head hostage.  Jazz suggests that they introduce themselves as friends and protectors to GB Blackrock, Prowl does agree to this, in a move which was very diplomatic.  Blackrock becomes an ally to the Autobots and when Jazz brings him to the Ark, Prowl is the one to show him around.  The Autobots learn of a Decepticon plot, using The Constructicons to build a device able to contact Cybertron.  Prowl leads a team of Autobots to investigate and is one of the first Autobots to fight Devestator.


Prowl is much less reactive than Optimus Prime.  Blackrock lets Prowl know that he has listening devices all over the factory that Shockwave is using as a base of operations.  Instead of attacking, he simply continues to listen and hope for the best.  Through the eavesdropping devices, they find out that not only has Optimus Prime transferred The Creation Matrix to Buster, but Shockwave knows this.  He sends Bumblebee and Bluestreak to protect Buster.  


Prowl then leads the Autobot forces into a trap.  Shockwave learns of the listening devices in the factory and lures the Autobots to a swamp where Jetfire drops Optimus Prime’s head into the water.  He reunites Optimus’ head with his body, and Optimus attacks!  They quickly realize that this is not the real Optimus Prime.
Prowl isn’t seen for a very long time, he is laid up in the medical bay in a coma until after Optimus Prime dies.  When The Mechanic sneaks onto The Ark to get more Cybertronian technology, Ratchet reactivates Prowl and uses him to scare off The Mechanic in his police car mode.

 


Prowl remains part of the crew of the Ark even after Grimlock is made leader of The Autobots and takes The Ark into space.  When Grimlock and Blaster have their fight to the death on the moon, it is disrupted by the Decepticons.  Prowl jumps back into his previous leadership role and tries to take command of the Autobots in battle.
At one point, Prowl dies in battle but is resurrected by Grimlock when he pumps Nucleon into Prowl’s stasis pod.  Prowl is brought back to life in time to help the unified Autobot/Decepticon alliance in fighting Unicron on Cybertron.


In the aftermath of the battle with Unicron, The Autobot/Decepticon alliance attempts to continue.  Prowl is part of the group of Transformers who find Optimus Prime’s damaged body.  He dies in Prowl’s arms after giving Prowl a message for Grimlock. He names Grimlock the new leader of the Autobots with Prowl as his second in command.  Prowl finds it increasingly difficult to work with Grimlock.  During a meeting with the Autobot/Decepticon Alliance, Prowl is the only one who is trying to maintain the peace while Grimlock and the Decepticons are fighting among themselves.  The group learns that without Primus keeping the planet together, it is about to fall apart.  Prowl wants Grimlock to make a speech to help organize the evacuation of Cybertron, but Grimlock refuses.  Instead, Grimlock tracks down Fangry and they continue their fight.  Grimlock is too powerful for Fangry and even after defeating him in battle, Grimlock continues to beat Fangry with his fists until Prowl pulls him off.  Bludgeon was watching the entire time and threatens to end the alliance.  Prowl tries to be as diplomatic as possible and tries to save the alliance.  


The alliance ends when Cybertron starts to self destruct and the Decepticons steal all of the ships to evacuate themselves.  Luckily, millions of years ago, before the Ark left for Earth, Grimlock and the Dinobots stole and hid a small fleet of Decepticon warships.  They use the ships to go to the planet Klo which the Decepticons are trying to conquer.  Prowl stays at Grimlock’s second in command and when Grimlock leads the Autobots into defeat, Prowl starts berating Grimlock for not using any strategy.  Eventually, the Autobots defeat the Decepticons when Optimus Prime returns to life and the Decepticons retreat into space.

In an alternate future, Prowl is shown as a member of the Autobot resistance on Earth.

 



IDW Re-Generation One

In  the Regeneration One book, Prowl is part of the Autobot leadership like he was at the end of the G1 Book.  


When Bludgeon invades Cybertron, Hot Rod (who was named the new Autobot leader by Optimus Prime) was missing, and Ultra Magnus was occupied fighting Galvatron.  Prowl organizes the Autobots in defending Cybertron and creates a strategy with Kup and Perceptor.  When Perceptor figures out that Bludgeon’s War World is controlling Bludgeon’s battle drones, Prowl awakens Omega Supreme to help defend Cybertron.


Prowl remains in the background of the book, never making a large impact until the last issue when he is part of Kup’s away team to Earth.  Prowl is the first Autobot attacked by the Human Resistance (using GI Joe vehicles).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abilities

Prowl is described as being more intelligent than the average Autobot.

Wacky Facts

It is hinted that Beast Wars Transmetal 2 Prowl is the G1 Prowl rebuilt.
In the early planning stages of Transformers, Prowl was meant to be the leader. This is why the Autobot logo resembles Prowl.

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