- Weapon: Energo-Sword
Function: Dinobot Commander
Alt. mode: Tyrannosaurus Rex
Weapons: Energo sword, double-barreled rifle, self loading rocket launcher
Height: 38ft / 11.59m
Quote: “Among the winners, there is no room for the weak.”
Tech Skill: 05
Profile: Grimlock’s origins are shrouded in some mystery. His heavy and bulky form tends to indicate he was involved with security or manual labor at some point. Grimlock himself has never been forthcoming on the details.
What is known is that Grimlock made a name for himself in the same underground gladiatorial matches where Megatron rose to power. He quickly became one of the more popular combatants due to his brutal style and showmanship. He maintained a perfect record in matches, his number of victories second only to that of Megatron himself. He was present at Megatron’s final rally before the war broke out.
The warrior surprised many on both sides when he quickly signed up for service in the Autobot military. With his dislike of authority and attitude of the strongest should rule most expected him to join the Decepticons. Perhaps it is due to the challenge of fighting for the underdogs, or finally being pitted against the other great gladiator in Megatron. Maybe deep down Grimlock sees the abject cruelty and mercilessness of Megatron’s way and finds his own beliefs more in line with those of the Autobots. No one but Grimlock knows for sure.
Grimlock proved himself to be a powerful warrior for the Autobots, his strength and skill in battle matched by few. Unfortunately for his superiors he did not take well to any form of authority. He regularly disobeyed or outright ignored any orders he disagreed with up to the point of assaulting his superiors on more than one occasion. He found himself going in and out of the brig depending on his infractions and the need for him on the frontlines.
It was during this time that he would hit upon the idea of creating his own specialized unit. They would operate outside the traditional Autobot hierarchy and rules. Not having to follow the standard Autobot rules would allow them to be a more brutal, savage and effective unit, at least that was his thinking. He recruited four like minded Autobots into a team that would eventually be known as the Dinobots.
The Dinobots proved a highly effective team, scoring victories against the Decepticons on a regular basis. Their unbeaten record was broken when Shockwave destroyed a cache of energon the Dinobots had been hoarding, causing them severe energon burns and equally severe humiliation. They swore revenge on the Decepticon. So, against orders from Optimus Prime, they followed Shockwave when he left Cybertron to conduct experiments on other worlds. When Shockwave reached his first destination—Earth, at the end of the last Ice Age—the Dinobots destroyed his ship.
Unfortunately the group had not come prepared for the high levels of raw energon on the planet’s surface as Shockwave had with personal shielding. They came up with the idea of using the local lifeforms as templates for new alternate modes and covering themselves with synthetic flesh to protect themselves from the high levels of energon radiation. After searching through the fossil record of the planet Grimlock found an acceptable alternate mode in the form of a tyrannosaurus rex. The other Dinobots followed suit with other dinosaur alternate modes.
On teleporting down to the planet's surface to confront Shockwave, they gained an initial advantage, as Shockwave's logic was unable to comprehend the effort and risks they had taken for their revenge. The Decepticon was quick to take advantage of their lack of shielding to the energon radiation and successfully burnt off their organic protective layers, forcing them into stasis lock. Unable to accept another defeat, Grimlock transformed to robot mode and fought against his imminent stasis lock to no avail.
However, before leaving the Dinobots' ship, he had enabled a "dead man's switch" designed to take Shockwave with them if they were defeated. When he entered stasis lock, this failsafe activated, firing on a nearby dormant volcano and causing an eruption which buried Shockwave and the Dinobots under ash and lava.
Thousands of years later the Dinobots and Shockwave were dug up by an archeological team. The dig was quickly seized by the American Government. The Transformers were then transported to Area 51 where they were experimented on by human scientists. Eventually, the Dinobots and Shockwave were awakened and finally freed from their captivity, after which they returned to service with their respective factions.
Grimlock is a frighteningly effective warrior and an efficient commander who is utterly dedicated to those under his command. He has considerable battlefield experience and is more than willing to make difficult and ruthless military decisions. Grimlock constantly flouts any authority, and that attitude is reflected in his troops, who act more like a gang than a military unit.
Some Autobots wonder why Grimlock is even on their side. His disposition is much more suited to the Decepticons. After all, he values power and strength over wisdom and compassion, and furthermore, he doesn't really get along with most Autobots. When faced with a problem, his usual responses are to slice it with his energo-sword or tear it to pieces with his bare hands. These things, coupled with his dislike of Optimus Prime, have led to a defection or two on Grimlock's part. He'd have no problem offing the Autobot leader if he thought he could get away with it, though.
What the Autobots don't realize is that the only thing he hates more than weakness is those who abuse their strength, meaning when push comes to shove, Grimlock will always fall in on the right side of the fence.
Abilities: Grimlock is an intelligent and skilled military commander; his courage is second to none. He is the most powerful of all the Dinobots, each of whom is a powerhouse. Some say Grimlock is as strong as Optimus Prime or Megatron. In dinosaur mode, Grimlock’s teeth are capable of cutting an armored Transformer completely in two in one bite. In robot mode, he remorselessly wields an energo-sword, a double-barreled rifle or a self-loading rocket launcher that fires both explosive plasma and shrapnel rounds.
Weaknesses: Grimlock’s arrogance sometimes affects his judgment, putting him in over his head. Aside from a lack of speed in dinosaur mode, Grimlock has no physical weaknesses. A recurring viral glitch in Grimlock’s vocal processors often gives him a characteristic speech impediment; this may actually be a benefit as this and his impulsive nature make opponents underestimate his intelligence.