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Black Turtle is a Beastformer in the Generation One continuity family.


Black Turtle is one of the many Beastformers who joined the insurgent army under Alligatoron raised by Galvatron in order to aid his Decepticons in conquering the formerly-peaceful planet Beest. His role in the Decepticon-allied Beastformer forces is amphibious infantry. When his arms and legs are drawn in, he can withstand even a missile attack. However, being a turtle he is slow on land.

Black Turtle gives the appearance of being a placid individual, but he is actually a cruel person! In particular, he likes to pick on fellow soldier Badshark. Black Turtle holds the rank of Emperor of Halas Island, where he was born, under King Bonga... who fights on the opposite side in the war. Okay then.

English name: Hardtop Tortoise


Cartoon continuity (Japan-only)

Headmasters anime


He loves being a turtle.

Great Decisive Battle of Planet Beest manga



  • Black Turtle (Beastformer, 1987)
Beast ID number: 17
Black Turtle is an anthropomorphic black turtle (dur-hey) in high-tech orange and light green armor. His left hand has been replaced with a prosthetic clamp. He comes with his "Black Spark" trident. He has one of three rubsigns on his chest, revealing the elemental power of fire, water, or wood.


Later in 1987, Black Turtle was reissued in the third wave of Beastformers, in new packaging with no Transformers logos or insignia. His bio card still featured the Decepticon symbol.

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