Bonecrusher is a Transformer that can be described with one word: Hate. While other Decepticons get by on greed, ambition, or just their fondness for dispensing chaos, Bonecrusher is fueled by sheer, unrelenting hate. He hates everyone and everything, be they Autobot, Decepticon, or anything in-between—he even hates himself, revolted by his misshapen, hunchbacked robot mode, which he considers a reflection of all the ugliness and malice inside himself. This full force of this vicious cycle of hatred finds release in explosive frenzied bursts of psychotic brutality, as Bonecrusher takes out the full force of his bitterness and self-loathing on anyone who looks at him sideways. He also hates Megatron, but would hate being terminated (literally) by the Decepticon leader more, so, he sticks around.
On Cybertron, Bonecrusher was actually quite a skilled tactician—dedicated to the art of war, a fast thinker who could plough into battle while others were still mapping out strategy, and, most importantly in Megatron's eyes, a masterfully dirty fighter. However, Bonecrusher's skills left him consigned to a supervisory position and kept him off the battlefield, what he hated. Naturally, this only helped to increase his already epic levels of frustration and misery at his lot in life, until he became what he is today. So intensely pent-up that he is willing to take on an opponent of any size (the bigger the better!), Bonecrusher wouldn't hesitate to confront Optimus Prime head on (or off), if he could.
- Hungarian name: Csonttörő
- Chinese name (Taiwan): Hǔei-mìeh Chě (毀滅者, "Annihilator" or "Devastator"... uh-oh...)
Ghosts of Yesterday
Bonecrusher was aboard the crew of the Nemesis, led by Starscream, who were searching for Megatron, who was lost thousands of years ago, along with the All Spark. He hated the Nemesis, but would hate trying to walk home more. He also hated the All Spark, but Megatron wanted it, so he decided not to complain. Finally, he hated Starscream, but all the other Decepticons do as well, making it something he has in common with his fellow Decepticons.
When Starscream left to go destroy an alien vessel, Bonecrusher eagerly joined Blackout's plan to attack the Ark against Starscream's orders, as there was nothing else to attack. Bypassing Optimus Prime, he headed straight for the Ark. However, Jazz and Ironhide were waiting, and unleashed hell upon him. When Blackout ordered a withdrawal, Bonecrusher reluctantly complied.
Shortly afterwards, Barricade picked Bonecrusher to lead another assault on the Ark. His only response to the command was a growl, but he disliked being in charge, as his only strategy in combat is to violently charge at the enemy and rip them apart with his bare hands. After Blackout had his exhaust port handed to him for challenging Starscream, Bonecrusher had to drag him back to the Nemesis. During the subsequent fight, Bonecrusher had to fight Ironhide, and managed to dent his armor. However, Bonecrusher does demand answers from Starscream when Blackout demands information on why the Decepticon leader wanted to destroy the alien ship. Bonecrusher was forced to drag Starscream back to the Nemesis when he was injured by the alien ship.
Bonecrusher is known and has feared by Autobots for never giving up. He almost killed Jazz once and pursued him and his comrade Clocker for ages - because Bonecrusher DESPISES nice-looking shiny robots (or nice-looking anythings) and deliberately destroys them. As he says, "I figure, why should they look so nice... when I look like this!", showing he hates even himself. Clocker covered Jazz's retreat and embarrassed himself by trying to fight Bonecrusher, who laughed at this and ripped him to shreds.
In an alternate reality where the Decepticons won, Bonecrusher was surprisingly still alive and is in charge of security at the Decepticon's All Spark holding facility. Although he's happy that he has his arm and head reattached, he is melancholy for having this job, as he's just a glorified drone director, and not able to kill anything himself. Thus, when he learned that Ironhide and Ratchet were trying to get into the facility, he decided to let the two Autobot infiltrators in, just so he could personally confront and kill them. So he not only dislikes his job, he's also not very good at it. His fists hated on Ironhide's face before Ratchet stepped in, tearing the Decepticon up with offensive weaponry. Arcee's team arrived to take out the Swindles, leaving Ironhide and Ratchet free to bash up Bonecrusher ; you'd think he'd hate this and want it to stop, but when the Autobots got pinned down by Payload drone fire, Bonecrusher tore apart his own troops to reach and kill the Autobots. He fought Ironhide again and this time lost, and may have been blown up with the All Spark.
Transformers Movie Prequel
Bonecrusher was a member of Starscream's unit that was keeping Optimus Prime's reinforcements out of Tyger Pax. When Brawl arrived with news of Megatron and the All Spark, Bonecrusher insisted that they move on as they had already killed all the Autobots in the area. He then demanded that Brawl take them to Megatron or he would kill them all. Witnessing the launch of the All Spark, Barricade commented that Cybertron would die, but Bonecrusher replied that they should let it die, and that Barricade should join it in death. After Starscream and Blackout settled their differences, the group headed after Megatron.
The Decepticons made planetfall on Earth in Afghanistan, quickly attracting the attention of a nearby US military base, which sent out an armoured personnel carrier to investigate. Bonecrusher declared his satisfaction in finally having something to kill, but this chance was snatched away when Wreckage scanned the vehicle and destroyed it. He hated when that happened. Hitting the US airbase, Bonecrusher easily killed the humans before scanning a Buffalo mine-clearance vehicle. Bonecrusher hated the notion of "disguise", but hated standing out more. After scanning, he complained that there weren't enough lifeforms to kill.
Transformers The Game
- Voice actor: Daniel Riordan
While hiding in a military base, Bonecrusher came under attack by the humans twice, and required assistance from Starscream to escape.
He is another one of those guys who mysteriously disappeared at one point or another in the Decepticon campaign.
Transformers (2007) film
- Voice actor: Jimmie Wood (English)
Bonecrusher was hiding out in the motor pool of a military base when he received a communiqué from Starscream ordering the Decepticons to mobilize and converge on the location of the All Spark. Leaving the base, he reported that he was "rolling out". Sometime after this, he rendezvoused with Barricade and Brawl, and the three Decepticons headed off together to intercept the Autobots and their human allies who had the All Spark in their possession.
Brawl wandered off somewhere, so Bonecrusher and Barricade continued their pursuit on the freeway. Barricade activated his sirens to clear the traffic and allow them more maneuvering room. Unsatisfied with Barricade's less conspicuous method, and since he despised waiting in rush-hour traffic, Bonecrusher, with his strength, used his mine-scoop to flip cars out of his way. Surprisingly, the Autobots didn't find this out of the ordinary, and only reacted when ladiesman217 recognized Barricade and warned the Autobots. Optimus Prime, Ironhide, and Ratchet aligned to block the Decepticons from Bumblebee, who had the All Spark and the fleshlings.
After Barricade pulled over to the side of the road, Bonecrusher transformed while still moving and skated towards the Autobots. Optimus Prime transformed and slid into position to block his path. Seeing the Autobot he really hated (and that's saying a lot), Bonecrusher smashed through a bus, and tackled Optimus Prime, pushing him off an overpass tumbling and falling off the edge, dragging the Autobot leader down with him.
When they landed, he sucker-punched Optimus Prime, who then hit Bonecrusher so hard one of the Decepticon's optics popped free from its socket. The two played a little cat-and-mouse along the overpasses. After Prime jumped down to ground level, Bonecrusher swung his claw wildly at the Autobot leader, all the while screaming incoherently. This gave Optimus the opportunity he needed to get his sword ready... which the Autobot leader used to cleave Bonecrusher's right arm and run through the Decepticon's neck, severing it. Optimus then wrenched Bonecrusher's head from its neck and tossed it aside, making his chances of doing just about anything zero.
Still functional after his battle with Optimus (despite being beheaded), Bonecrusher managed to escape and went to hide out in the South American jungle. And while he was in the jungle, his version of relieving stress was ripping apart trees and destroying South American military convoys.
Transformers: The Ride
Bonecrusher shows up after Evac manages to escape Devastator the first time in Shanghai, China. Sideswipe arrives in stabbing Bonecrusher. Evac then gets his hand out using his gun to shoot Bonecrusher in the head two times quickly killing him.
Legends Class toys
- Autobot Jazz vs. Bonecrusher (Legends multi-pack, 2007)
- As part of the AllSpark Battles refresh of the Movie toyline, a Legends-class Jazz with altered paint applications is repacked in a Versus two-pack with an all-new Legends class figure of Bonecrusher. In Europe and New Zealand, he was packaged individually. This figure features a rotatable claw on the right side of the vehicle and has four rolling wheels instead of six(the last two wheels don't spin like the spare tyres).
- Bonecrusher (Legends, 2008)
- An individually packaged release of the Legends class toy, released in Europe and New Zealand.
Deluxe Class toys
- Bonecrusher (Deluxe, 2007)
- Japanese ID Number: MD-09
- Bonecrusher transforms into a Buffalo mine-protected vehicle, with an articulated "mine-fork" good for removing mines, cars, other Transformers, or unsuspecting buildings from his path. The fork can change from its packaged "Grabber claw" configuration into a more fork/shovel like configuration, a fact not stated on the instructions. He has six rolling wheels in this mode, and two sculpted, non-functional spare wheels.
- In robot mode he has elements resembling both his 2005 design and the final design used in the movie, though a major deviation to both designs is that the entire front shell halves of the vehicle mode are mounted upon his arms. His arms have limited articulation due to this kibble, but can extend out into really long arms. His legs fare better, with ball jointed hips, swivel knees and ankles, but his hips can often detach from the codpiece holding them together. The mine-fork splits to form a grabber-claw, which can snap onto victims with a geared slider Automorph mechanism. He is surprisingly okay with these little tools of death. As a side-note, his head pops off very easily; allowing you to recreate his big moment from the movie.
- He is named "Bonescrusher" on the Canadian cross-sell.
apparently he is so popular than he was during the movie's release.(one of his toys was over fifty dollars used).
- Deluxe three-pack (Costco exclusive multi-pack, 2007)
- This Costco exclusive three-pack contains an unchanged Deluxe Class Bonecrusher together with equally unchanged Deluxe Class Decepticon Brawl and Autobot Jazz toys. It also comes with a nifty poster depicting all three toys in a standoff scene. Not so nifty is that the box accidentally places Brawl and Bonecrusher's bios underneath each other.
- Jungle Bonecrusher (Deluxe, 2008)
- Finally, the big guy gets a redeco, in deep forest green and olive green, as part of the "All Spark Power" refresh line. the claw arm now has a habit of popping off with little force, while the original did not. Reviewer Benson Yee pointed out that this interferes with the automorph trick, as the arm can now pop off while sliding that lever.
- Transformers Tournament Set (2007)
- Available exclusively in this set, this Attacktix playing piece of Bonecrusher is funnily enough one of the most accurate pieces of merchandise he has. The set also includes unique playing pieces of Optimus Prime, Megatron and Bumblebee. everybody else has guns, and he has to use a claw.
- Ironhide vs Bonecrusher (2007)
- Bonecrusher comes packaged with the impressively-armed Ironhide. He is depicted lunging forward on his roller-skate feet, presumably to deliver an extremely enthusiastic hug. This figurine is notorious for not actually being able to stand up on its feet very well, usually requiring one of its hands to be used for balance. he's got some kind of a sneering grin, making him look almost happy, even if it's an evil, hate-filled happy.
- The real Buffalo mine-sweeping vehicle hasn't in fact, such a huge fork. It is only 14 inches (35 cm) wide. The image that inspired Bonecrusher's design was actually a photoshopped image put on the official Force Protection company's site to make it look more impressive. A 10-foot-wide (3m) appliance had to be fixed on Bonecrusher's arm for the movie.
- Force Protection really, really loves Bonecrusher and that he has picked their Buffalo as its alt mode. They are actually quite proud of it.
- Bonecrusher from the Beast Wars series transforms into a buffalo. An interesting coincidence given that the vehicle he transforms into in the movie is called the "Buffalo" as well.
- Bonecrusher's toy was used as a prop for a CNN Headline News report demonstrating the real Buffalo vehicle's mine-sweeping arm. He hates the Lincoln Memorial.
- Bonecrusher is Michael Bay's favorite character from the film, despite his limited screentime— so much so that Bay named his new dog after him. Although the Decepticons are generally cat people, Bonecrusher is still quite flattered.
- Bonecrusher is never discussed or mentioned in the Transformers: The Movie Guide.
- According to the DVD commentary, Bonecrusher's sequences were particularly difficult for ILM to do at first. The solution came from videotaping employees rollerblading at high speed in the parking lot, and a pair of fighting experts going through the motions wanted for Bonecrusher and Prime, then using that footage as references.
- Bonecrusher's movements seem to be heavily inspired by several types of sports including hockey (his running movements) and American football (his tackling on Optimus Prime).
- Apparently, since Bonecrusher is just a bit shorter than Optimus Prime, and Optimus Prime is (supposedly) just a bit taller than Starscream, Bonecrusher is the same size as Screamer — yet the picture above seems to contradict this.
- As seen in the "A Gathering Force" level of the game, if one destroys all the turrets holding Bonecrusher too fast, he will reach the final checkpoint before Brawl does. Unfortunately for him, the turrets can't take damage unless Brawl transforms first, so you can do nothing until Bonecrusher drops dead.
- In the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen the Game, there is a trophy/achievement called "Bonecrusher", which can be got by reaching the top 1000 on the leaderboards.
- In Revenge of the Fallen film, a Buffalo MPV is present among the Decepticons. This Buffalo MPV Decepticon looks astonishingly like Bonecrusher, even sporting the same head design. Interestingly, Bonecrusher's corpse is not seen in the Laurentian Abyss, and the Jungle Bonecrusher toy bio depicts him as surviving the first film. However, due to the lack of any further official information, it's unknown if the Buffalo MPV Decepticon is Bonecrusher or not.
- When Bonecrusher gets close to Optimus he says "Behind you," however no line is listed in that part.
- When Optimus is prepared with his blade, Bonecrusher seems to be saying " I hate you!"
- Just before he parts with his head, he also seems to say "Bloody hell".
- During the transforming, he says "Op! Ti! MUUUUUUS!!!"