FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 4
can hit targets unreachable to bullets."
Making a spectacular descent from the sky, Swoop watches
with unhidden glee as his enemies scatter in terror
before his looming presence. And that's just the way he
likes it because he knows fear is a more effective weapon
than any equipment he carries. Fear is also his greatest
friend. His ability to cause it in others is the sole
comfort he derives from the form generally considered the
most horrifying of all the Dinobots. Even his comrades
shy away from him. And that is Swoop's tragedy. Four
million years ago, when the Ark adapted his Autobot body
to resemble that of a pterodactyl's, he gladly accepted
the disguise as his contribution to the Autobot cause.
Little did he know back then that the good-natured, kind
mechanoid that he was - and still is - would be disguised
In flying mode, Swoop can soar up to 250 mph. Under each
wing he carries an air-to-air missile launcher. Each
missile is the equivalent of 5000 lbs. of TNT. Although
the missiles have a range of 8 miles and are very
accurate, Swoop's specialty is swooping down to low
altitudes and releasing them virtually point blank at
their targets, and then speeding away. In Autobot mode he
can also use the launchers, as well as a thermal sword,
which, by heating up to temperatures of 4000 degrees
Centigrade, can slice through most materials by melting
through them as it passes.
Although he's extremely maneuverable and has great
endurance due to low fuel consumption, Swoop is
vulnerable to enemy firepower due to the relatively
fragile nature of his wings.