Snarl (/SLAG!)

"He'll always be Slag to me."
- Derrick Wyatt,
Art Director/Lead Character Designer for Transformers Animated

 "Snarl Smash!" 

Affiliation: Loosely associated with the Autobots, but his primarily loyalty lies with the Dinobots!

Dinobot Warrior
Alternate mode:  Triceratops

Weapon: flaming club and flame thrower breath

First Cartoon Appearance: episode 3 Blast From the Past

First Comics Appearance: None yet as 11/2008

We have not been provided with official character bio and description for Animated Snarl (/SLAG!)  What we have been told by Transformers Animated story writer Marty Isenberg (at Botcon 2008) is that he hopes fans think that Slag (and fellow Dinobot Swoop) does speak, but he (they) do so, "off camera!"  In truth, these two characters were not given speaking parts for budgetary reasons.  

Art Director Derrick Wyatt stated that his, "dream casting" for who would play Slag (/Snarl) would be Minnesota native comedian, Louie Anderson.  Imagine that!

These Dinobots provide the back-up for their leader, Grimlock if and when he bites off more than he can chew!  Like his G1 counterpart, we presume Snarl (/Slag) to be among the least intelligent, but most powerful of the Dinobots

Character bio from package tech spec:  
One of the first robots brought to life on Earth by the power of the AllSpark, Snarl has a lot in common with the dinosaur whose form he takes in beast mode.  He's almost impossible to hurt, firs of all, and he really likes smashing stuff with his tail or ramming it with the horns on his head.  He prefers his beast mode to his robot mode because he has more options for how to smash stuff as a triceratops.  He doesn't take delight in randome destruction the way some Decepticons do -he just really likes being strong, and breaking stuff seems like the best way to enjoy it.

Galactic powers and abilities:
> Strong enough to smash boulders to powder.
> Flame breath hot enough to melt a garbage truck.
> Horns fire powerful tri-lasers.

Other appearances: For those who may want to see both the Slag and Snarl characters throughout the Transformers mythology, I've compiled a complete list below:: 
* 1985 was the first Slag
and Snarl.
* 1990 as Action Master Snarl the only Dinobot to be made into an Action Master besides Grimlock.
* 1993 G2 Snarl in gray, green and red.
* 1997 Beast Wars Snarl (clearly a different individual with the same name.)
* 2000 Beast Machines Snarl, also a clearly different individual than the G1 Dinobot.
2003 The Transformers Dinobots Stegasaurus was Snarl as was the Universe lion Snarl.
* 2005 Transformers Cybertron Snarl, a wolf alt mode native of Jungle (/Beast) planet.
* 2007 a member of the Transformers Classics, Decepticon " Predator Attack Team."  Sadly, the Triceratops member of the Dinobots team of Minicons was named Knockdown!
* 2008 Animated deluxe Snarl/Slag and as a Minicon allied with the "heroic Decepticons" part of the Botcon 2008 "Shattered Glass" series.

Bibliography of significant appearances: As mentioned, Snarl (/Slag) plays a relatively minor role, a present but not speaking ("on camera") member of the Dinobots.  They are heavily featured in the following episodes:
03  Blast From the Past
09 Survival of the Fittest
12 Megatron Rising, part 1
13 Lead writer, Marty Isenberg has revealed in the Transformers collector comic that the Dinobots were originally going to be a part of Megatron Rising, Part 2.  However, when they, "got the animation back" they realized they, "couldn't use it."  He went on to hint that fans should be glad of this as the premise was that the Dinobots were going to show up and try to help the Autobots, but Megatron, in his new form effortlessly annihilated them!  Good deal.  Let's pretend that didn't happen! 
14 The Elite Guard
23 Black Friday

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