Bantor is a strange robot. Most of the time he's meticulous, patient and stealthy. He's a mêlée-warrior by preference, quite adept at carefully planned ambushes and stalking his prey slowly and silently through the jungle. Yet occasionally and without warning his careful stony patience just shatters and he bursts into a loud, uncontrolled, wild frenzy, becoming a berserker who'll attack anything in reach until he can regain control.
Other than mêlée-combat, his specialties are demolitions, explosive traps, and snares.
IDW Beast Wars comics
Bantor was one of the protoforms jettisoned from the Axalon on prehistoric Earth. He was activated and put in chronal phase by Razorbeast at Magmatron's request, but was protected from Magmatron's Predacon shell-program by Razorbeast's viral code.
Soon after awakening, he joined up with K-9, Noctorro, Stinkbomb, Armordillo, and Torca. During their journey to meet up with Razorbeast, Torca got stuck in some mud, and Bantor and the others helped free him. After following Razorbeast's signal for days, and picking up more Maximals along the way, Bantor and the rest rushed into battle against Magmatron's Predacons, where he plucked the wings of Scourge (see picture above). The Maximals won that altercation, and awaited rescue from Cybertron.
Subsequent battles were not favorable for Bantor. A later Predacon assault led by Ravage left many Maximals and Predacons injured. When Lio Convoy arrived to take as many soldiers as possible back to Cybertron, Ravage discovered the threat of Shokaract, and there wasn't enough room on Lio's ship to take everyone back. Bantor was one of the Transformers who had to stay behind. The arrival of the Blendtrons only made things worse. After Cybershark convinced everyone to help Razorbeast, everyone entered the fray. It appears that Bantor and Manta Ray were crushed to death by Drancron. They would not go unavenged. Lazorbeak and Spittor saw to that.
3H Universe comics
- Bantor (Basic Fuzor, 1998)
- Bantor's beast mode is a combination of mandrill and tiger.