FUNCTION: SIEGE WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 40
who stand against me shall soon fall before me!"
When Skullgrin dons his synthoplasmic outer shell, he
becomes a monster in more than just appearance alone!
Where the robot Skullgrin is cold and logical in his
approach to warfare, the Pretender Skullgrin is a brutal,
uncontrollable engine of destruction who won't stop
attacking until everything is destroyed (or someone
manages to stop him). How and why is still a mystery, but
the theory is that his outer shell has a personality of
its own, and when Skullgrin is inside, he loses himself
in it. The other Decepticons aren't complaining, though.
It's well known that Skullgrin tends to get somewhat
distracted when he's on a mission or even in the middle
of a pitched battle. Earth fascinates him and he's eager
to sample the planet's delights, even if it means
neglecting his duty. He's also quite vain, liking
attention. The Pretender Skullgrin is usually quite the
opposite. He won't be stopped, won't be frightened off,
and can't be bargained with. When the job's done, when
all that remains of his foe is a few metal scraps, that's
when he will stop. Because his intelligence is somewhat
limited in Pretender mode, Skullgrin is always eager to
lead the charge into battle - and he never, ever
retreats. Needless to say, none of his fellow Decepticons
ever try to dissuade him from this course of action.
After all, as they say, there's gotta be someone dumb
enough to do it! At times, the Pretender Skullgrin's
behavior becomes quite erratic, even for him, possibly as
a result of the two disparate personalities trying to
interface on the same level. This could account for the
uncharacteristic lack of hostility and extreme vanity he
displayed when he briefly became a movie star. At times,
there can be something of a communication problem. When
he's in Pretender mode, Skullgrin often tends to
communicate in a series of snorts and snarls.
In Pretender mode, Skullgrin wields a terrorizing
slagmaker carbine - its heat beam capable of melting
metal up to four inches thick - and a metal-rending vibro
sword. The constantly changing energy field around the
sword means it can both cut and scramble circuits at the
same time. His outer shell is very strong, able to resist
artillery hits, and it enhances his strength tenfold. Out
of his shell, Skullgrin transforms into a
shrapnel-blasting assault tank. He can fire energy beams
or shells that explode in midair, firing deadly shrapnel
in all directions. As with all Pretenders, Skullgrin is
able to mentally control his outer shell when he is not
in it, literally splitting himself into two warriors.
Skullgrin has hardly any weak points when he's in his
outer shell. His only real weaknesses stem from his lack
of intelligence. Not only is it sometimes hard for him to
make himself understood, but he sometimes gets so carried
away in the heat of the battle that he's as much a danger
to his fellow Decepticons as he is to his enemies.