Submarauder

Name in Japan:  Gilmer
Affiliation: Decepticon
Sub-group: Pretenders

Function: Undersea Warfare
Alternate mode: Deep Sea Attack Submarine 
Weapons: Organic-Steel Sword, Proton Cannon

First cartoon appearance: None, though his shell did (sort of) appear 20 years after the toy's release in 2008 episode of Transformers Animated (see below)

First comic appearance:
Transformers (Marvel) #40

"Conquer the seas and the rest will fall."

Profile, Abilities and Weaknesses description is from The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, comic series published by Dreamwave Comics in 2003.

BIO
Submarauder is a reclusive intellectual who likes to ponder the mysteries of the sea in total solitude, making other Decepticons wonder exactly what he finds so fascinating down there. Hovering in the darkest depths of the ocean, Submarauder is content to observe the undersea creatures he so respects as they swim with and around him. Despite his quiet, scholarly demeanor, it doesn't take much to activate Submarauder's hair-trigger anger; just seeing an Autobot penetrate his watery domain is usually enough to make him explode with hatred and rage. Submarauder is a diabolically clever warrior, known for appearing suddenly and silently among his prey. He attacks with a blind fury, rending and blasting his foes before composing himself and floating off to return to his lonely undersea travels.

WEAPONS/ABILITIES
Subject has great strength and intelligence as well as overall endurance. He is and expert in marine science; there is also some evidence that he can communicate with and command some sea creatures. His outer Pretender shell is armed with a proton cannon, deflector shield, and an organic-steel sword that eats through metals. Inner robot can use all of the shell's armaments and can also transform into a deep sea attack submarine armed with the proton cannon.

WEAKNESSES
Subject sometimes stays in the water too long, neglecting to refuel. He is also extremely protective of marine creatures and will even confront fellow Decepticons who carelessly threaten them.

Bibliography of significant appearances:
* Transformers (Marvel) #40 - Decepticon Pretenders created by Scorponok
* Submarauder makes a cameo appearance as a member of Scorponok's forces in (Marvel) Transformers #49
* Transformers (Marvel) #54

* In a strange twist of fate, Submarauder and fellow Decepticon Pretender Bomb-Burst, ~sort of made a appearance (well, an homage to them, at least) 20 years later in the cartoon series: Transformers: Animated.  Lead writer Marty Isenberg explained, "we needed a good, "B-list villain" for the episodes Survival of the Fittest and Black Friday.  Derrick Wyatt made the suggestion, I liked it, and that's how we rolled!

Other Appearances:

To date, there has been only one character with the name in the Transformers Universe.

- 1988 - series 1 Decepticon Pretender Submarauder

 

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