- Motto: "I can totally prove that I'm not a zombie! Just lean over hear, and let me take a little nibble out of your brains."
- Weapon: Double Barrelled Shell Launcher
Alternate Modes: Tow Truck
Weapons: Wrist-mounted cannon, missile launcher.
Special Abilities:Head-mounted, multi-function full-spectrum scanner
Height: 26 ft/ 7.92 m
Quote: "You have to be rolling before you can be fighting."
Tech Skill: 9
Holomatter Avatar: An overweight, middle-age man with dark brown hair and a mustache. He wears blue jeans and a plaid shirt.
[From the Personal Datatracks of Grapple, Autobot Architect]
I must say that I have nothing but the highest level of respect for Hoist. He was one of the best construction engineers in the business on Cybertron, and his assistance made some of my greatest work possible. But what I admire most isn't his technical skill; its his positivity and strength in the face of adversity. When the war broke out, Hoist easily shifted his thorough attention from commercial engineering to aiding the Autobot resistance- all because he believed their cause was just. Through it all, he has maintained his cheerful, upbeat disposition. Although Hoist doesn't usually fight on the front lines, his exacting maintenance schedule keeps the Autobot warriors functioning at peak efficiency. He knows that everyone has to be in prime condition to win the war, so he accepts no excuse for missing a regular check-up. He also accepted no excuses for my initial complacency about the war. I credit Hoist's bravery and conviction with opening my optic sensors fo the evil of the Decepticons. I am proud to call him my friend.
Hoist is skilled in engineering and construction, and has become an expert in performing diagnostics on Transformer physiology. His painstaking attention to detail during exams ensures that he'll find any potential problem an Autobot might have. His head-mounted, multi-function full-spectrum scanner can determine the composition, density, tensile strength, and energy level of a target at a range of up to 1,200 yards. In vehicle form, Hoist can pull wounded Autobots of other cargo weighing up to 40,000 lbs. As a robot, he's terribly strong and can fire laser blasts from his optional wrist-mounted cannon. He can also launch missiles with a range of 4.5 miles from his wrist sockets.
Sadly, Hoist is very slow in his vehicle mode and has poor fuel efficiency.