Transformers Cyberverse just killed off one of the original Transformers; the noble Autobot died sacrificing himself in battle to save Optimus Prime.
Transformers: Cyberverse just killed off one of the franchise’s most popular characters – the no-nonsense Autobot, Prowl. After sneaking their way back onto Cybertron, the Autobots and Decepticons engaged in a running firefight for control of their depleted home planet. Shadow Striker aimed a shot at Optimus Prime, but Prowl jumped in front of the Autobot leader to take the fatal blow, dying in Prime’s arms.
Prowl’s death would be the catalyst for the final phase of the battle, when Optimus vowed that no others would fall because of Megatron’s scheming. Cyberverse’s Prowl was something akin to an army sergeant, much more likely to be barking orders at underlings than cracking jokes. Still the loss hit the Autobots hard, as Prowl was one of Optimus Prime’s top lieutenants. It’s also the third major death in Cyberverse, after Blurr was eradicated by Cosmic Rust, and the Decepticon seeker Slipstream was stabbed to death by the Decepticon ninja Bludgeon.
Prowl was one of the original Transformers that debuted in 1984, and is almost always portrayed as a black and white police car who ranks highly within the Autobots. He also has a tendency to meet an unfortunate end; like in Cyberverse, the original Prowl met his maker at the hands of the Decepticons, blasted to death on a shuttle run to Autobot City in the 1986 feature film The Transformers: The Movie. Prowl belching smoke as his eyes light up with fire is one of the more enduring images in the franchise’s history. The Marvel comic book version of Prowl would fare a bit better, making it all the way to the end of the book’s run in 1991, a begrudging lieutenant to Autobot leader Grimlock.
Both Cyberverse and the original Generation 1 versions of Prowl were portrayed as stern, largely humorless soldiers who were utterly devoted to Optimus Prime and his cause. The 21st century would give us more complex versions of the character, like Transformers: Animated’s version, who was a zen master ninja who turned into a police motorcycle. This version would also meet his end in the series finale of Animated, sacrificing himself to save Sari Sumdac and the Autobots.
But the most enduring and popular version of the character in recent years comes from the IDW comics. Rather than a loyal lieutenant, this version of Prowl was an amoral schemer, often subverting the wishes of Optimus Prime to carry out his own, mysterious agenda. He would even go on to briefly be a part of the Decepticon Constructicon team, with whom he could combine to form a dangerous new version of Devastator.
The Transformers: Cyberverse version of Prowl never really got to make much of an impression. A minor character at best, he was usually only around to bark orders at some of the sillier Autobots like Bumblebee and Hot Rod. But even if he was never a major player in the series, Cyberverse’s Prowl is part of the character’s rich, 36-year legacy, and he died a hero saving Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots.
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