- Brawl is a Decepticon from the live-action movie continuity family. He is sometimes referred to as Devastator.
To say Brawl is a warrior is like calling Cybertron a hunk of metal. Brawl does not just enjoy fighting, he is consumed by it. Tearing Autobots apart is embedded into his very core, and every fiber-optic cable of his being is obsessed with wild, unyielding combat. The only thing he enjoys, or even cares about, is the fury of battle. And he loves a good explosion. Particularly if it's one he created, and if it was an Autobot that is exploding.
- Alternate name: Devastator
- Other working names: Demolisher
Brawl (here named "Devastator") was known as Megatron's "pet weapon of mass destruction". He follows a single guiding principle - "keep it stupid... simple!".
Megatron threw him at the Autobots so he could reach the AllSpark, and had armed him with a foldspace warhead. When the Autobots pointed out that at this range, the warhead would take him out as well, he replied "Eh. So?" and fired anyway. He loves a good explosion that much.
Devastator ended up warped to an uninhabited world covered with cities, and out of sheer boredom went around smashing a lot of it before he realized he should try getting off the planet. The mysterious Flame, a power source that drove the planet's inhabitants to murder, tried to influence his mind towards rampaging until his fuel ran out; as he got nearer to it, it created apparitions of the other Decepticons that taunted him for his stupidity and attacked him. This failed to influence him as it would require Devastator to have introspection and care about being stupid - instead, he simply carried on to the Flame and left the planet, showing no interest in anything beyond doing his job.
In issue 7, following his death in the film, Starscream will make "decidedly unconventional use" of his remains to create a militia.
Transformers Movie Prequel (Target)
While Starscream's forces assaulted the Autobots at Tyger Pax, Brawl bashed his way past faltering Autobot defenders, bringing news that Megatron knew where the All Spark was. When Starscream excited declared that he must go to the cube, Brawl questioned his loyalty, prompting Bonecrusher to threaten the latter with violence lest he not take the group to Megatron. After witnessing Megatron leave Cybertron to chase after the escaping All Spark, the Decepticons followed.
Crash-landing on Earth many years later, the Decepticons were detected by a nearby US air base, which sent an armoured personnel carrier to investigate. Brawl took the words right out of Bonecrusher's mouth, remaking that at last there was something to kill. Wreckage assumed the form of the carrier vehicle, destroyed it, then led Starscream's unit to the base. Brawl trans-scanned a nearby human tank and joined the others in leveling the base.
Note: In the panel were the Decepticons react to the arrival of the armoured personnel carrier, it is likely that Bonecrusher's speech bubble regarding the military base was actually meant for Wreckage (as the latter was the one who tracked the base location), and that Brawl was incorrectly given Bonecrusher's own speech bubble about killing things.
Ghosts of Yesterday novel
Transformers The Game (console)
- Voice actor: David Sobolov
Brawl arrived in Mission City shortly after Jazz took down Starscream, Blackout and a pair of Dreadwings single-handedly. The Autobot's victory was short-lived... and so was the Autobot, as Brawl punctured Jazz's chest with his claw, extinguishing his spark. Ironhide arrived just in time to witness the killing, and fought through a horde of Decepticon units to destroy Brawl.
Brawl, Bonecrusher and Starscream were hiding out in a human military installation in the desert when they received word that Frenzy and Barricade had discovered the location of the AllSpark. When the three Decepticons mobilized, the two ground-based machines were assaulted by tanks designed to fire holding beams of electrical energy, forcing Starscream to back-and-forth babysit the two Decepticons as they tried to escape.
Brawl later stood by Megatron's side in Washington D.C. after they had retrieved the AllSpark from the destroyed Autobots and had decimated pretty much everything in their path.
- (Note: Brawl was not a playable character in the console versions of the game.)
Brawl appears at the Hoover Dam after successfully defusing several bombs intended to free Megatron. As Optimus Prime attempts to rendezvous with the other Autobots, Brawl blocks his only path — a hidden Air Force hangar tunneled into the canyon. During the fight, Brawl produces a pair of Tank Drones that regenerate when destroyed. He fights with his claw and multitude of guns, and when he's taken enough damage will retreat into his shell, a la tank mode. Here he becomes nearly invincible, with his only weakness being the drones scattered around the arena.
Transformers (2007) film
Brawl (also named "Devastator" here) was lying in wait at a military depot when Starscream contacted the Decepticon infiltration team, informing them that the All Spark had been found and they were to move out. Devastator acknowledged that he was in transit and rolled out of the depot. He met up with Barricade and Bonecrusher and hit the highway, though Devastator separated from the group before Barricade and Bonecrusher got on the freeway and met up with Autobot/human convoy.
Arriving at Mission City in the aftermath of Starscream's opening attack on the Autobots and their human allies, Devastator fired shells from his main gun, narrowly missing several targets before running over vehicles abandoned by human bystanders. As the American soldiers fanned out in search of cover, the Autobots charged Devastator. He focused his attacks on Ironhide, who was forced to somersault over his shells. This distraction allowed the Autobot Jazz to jump on top of Devastator and point his cannon away from the humans. Devastator managed to transform and throw the smaller Autobot off him, but not before Jazz destroyed his left side rocket launcher pod.
Damaged, but not down, Devastator fired two rockets from his remaining launcher, missing the heavily armed Autobot as he somersaulted over the missiles. Ironhide and Jazz managed to fire several shots at Devastator, disorienting him. Ratchet followed up by using his buzzsaw to slice off Devastator's left arm. The humans then fired a volley of sabot rounds while Ratchet supported with suppressive fire, knocking Devastator to the ground. The only thing that saved him was the Autobots and humans' retreat at the arrival of Megatron. Eventually, Ironhide and Ratchet disengaged from the battle as they left to protect ladiesman217, who was escaping with the All Spark, while Jazz took on Megatron. Now with fewer targets to deal with, Devastator sprayed heavy machine gun fire at the remaining humans, whose leader remarked that the battle was not going well.
Devastator continued to pin down the soldiers until the damaged Autobot Bumblebee suddenly attacked while on the back of of a tow truck driven by Ladiesman217's female companion. With Bumblebee's plasma cannon being the deciding factor, the human soldiers rallied and fired more sabots, piercing Devastator's armor until a final shot from Bumblebee struck Devastator's spark and killed him. Devastator died as he lived...destroying things, for his chassis crashed into the building the human soliders had taken refuge in.
Devastator's body was dumped into the deepest part of the ocean along with his fellow Decepticons, in the hopes the intense pressure and cold will destroy whatever remained.
- Decepticon Brawl (Deluxe Class, 2007)
- Japanese ID number: MD-03
- Deluxe-class Brawl transforms into a heavily modified fictional tank based upon an M1A1 Abrams, fitted with angular reflective armor, a mine plow and external spare fuel canisters. Mounted upon the turret is a smaller sub-turret housing two anti-aircraft cannons and rocket launchers. The spring-loaded main cannon fires a translucent red projectile.
- In robot mode, Brawl faithfully replicates his movie design, with the only major divergence being that his main gun does not split into smaller guns (although the guns ARE on the back half of the cannon, which is situated on a slider and can be spun around). He is reasonably articulated, with ball and swivel joints in his arms and legs. Thanks to Automorphing, pushing down on the front of his tank during transformation raises the front of the treads and his head up into position for his robot mode, and vice versa for the tank mode. He is armed with his spring-loaded main gun on his right arm and a flip-out blade on his left.
- There is a design flaw in the way Brawl's arms attach to his torso - the rhombic peg and socket system used does not provide a tight enough fit, and thus the arms have a tendency to detach at the shoulder when moved. There have also been some reports of the gears for the treads crack easily and no longer function properly. At least you can reenact that part in the movie where Ratchet saws off Brawl's arm.
- Double Missile Decepticon Brawl (Fast Action Battler, 2007)
- Decepticon Brawl (Leader Class, 2007)
- The larger, more heavily armed version of Brawl, this figure is more accurate to the character's CGI model, but with a somewhat inaccurate transformation. It features Brawl's smaller, four-gun turret on his right arm, plus the gatling gun and claw combination on his left arm. The only major diversion in his design is the main turret now resting near his right hip, a la Armada Megatron. It features more articulation and weapons than the Deluxe-class figure, as is to be expected.
- While having no firing missiles, it does feature a number of Automorph gimmicks. First, pressing the button on the front of the tank causes his head and chest pieces to move into position. A scoop/claw has been added to the front of the tank, probably to make the lever to push his head back down stand out less. Second, pressing the headlights on either side of the front end causes the paneling to swing back into place. Finally, by pulling the cannon on the left arm back, the claw swings forward.
- Other features include lights and sounds, activated by pushing back on the main cannon or turning the upper turret. A pair of blades can also swing down from the legs. Although taken from Brawl's concept art, they aren't implemented particularly well; the art shows them jutting forward at a 45-degree angle from the legs, but nothing on the toy impedes the blades from swinging straight down to the ground, right into his feet. They're completely undocumented anywhere on the box or instructions, probably out of embarrassment.
- Due to the shape of his feet and the weight of the parts on his back, Brawl is not very stable whilst standing on smooth surfaces. A way to rectify this is to transform his feet only partially, folding out the toes and heels but leaving the other parts alone in their block-like configuration.
- Possibly due to safety reasons or just the desire on the part of the designers to not see fragile parts break, the main cannon and anti-aircraft guns on Brawl's turrets detach from their mounting points rather easily.
- Decepticon Brawl (Cyber Slammer, 2007)
- Cyber Slammers Brawl is an amazingly cute tank that transforms into an amazingly cute sentient machine of mass destruction. 'Slam' his robot mode down into tank mode and he rolls along, slowly transforming back up into vehicle mode. Like most Cyber Slammers, Brawl manages to cram most of his vehicle mode's major details into a compact, super-deformed version of that mode.
- Rescue Ratchet Vs Decepticon Brawl (Legends multi-pack, 2007)
- Released as part of the AllSpark Battles line refresh alongside a repainted Ratchet in his Rescue Ratchet colours, this Legends class two-pack contains Brawl who transforms into a tiny tank and features limited articulation. Along with the upcoming Ironhide, Brawl completes the Legends class line-up of the movie cast.
- Deep Desert Brawl (Leader Class, 2008)
- An extensive redeco of Leader Class Brawl in desert colours, as part of the AllSpark Powered refresh of the Movie toyline. His vehicle mode comes with battle damage carbon scoring as well as Autobot 'kill' markings. His clear plastic parts are cast in bright translucent blue, along with the bright blue paint seen on his robot mode, a color accent he has in common with the rest of the AllSpark Powered toys.
- Deep Desert Brawl (Fast Action Battler, 2008)
- Decepticon Brawl ( 3-inch Robot Masters, 2007)
- Titanium Brawl is a die-cast metal and plastic figurine, with an accurate sculpt based on the CG model (or the concept designs) owing to the fact he doesn't need to transform. Being a figurine, he only has articulation in his shoulders and waist. Brawl comes with a Movie-style Decepticon sigil display stand.
Protoform Jazz vs. Decepticon Brawl
3D Battle Card Game
- Brawl (2007)
- Card number: 17
- Brawl is a 41-point "Rare" piece in the 3D Battle-Card Game. Constructed of punch-out pieces from plastic cards, he can be assembled into his tank mode, or a sort of representation of his robot mode. Oddly enough, he does not actually have his movie-model head; rather, he uses a recolored version of Barricade's noggin slapped on the Brawl body.
- He uses the same construction as the Wreckage card.
- During the movie, Brawl identifies himself as "Devastator" in a subtitle, an early working name for the character. When queried at the Australian press conference, director Michael Bay said he had always preferred the name "Devastator". Writer Roberto Orci confirmed that he and his co-writer Alex Kurtzman considered this an "error", which they had pointed out in the editing room twice. In addition, at Botcon 2007 Hasbro representatives stated they consider "Devastator" a "continuity glitch", and as far as they are concerned, the character's name is "Brawl". Despite rumors to the contrary, he is not credited in the film under either name.
- According to Picture Vehicle Coordinator Steve Mann, the filming prop of Brawl was a redress of a tank prop made for another movie.  Specifically, it was the 'stealth tank' seen in the film XXX: State of the Union.
- The name 'Brawl' was previously a working name for the character now called Barricade.
- A wallpaper on Hasbro's Transformers web site labels Brawl as "Demolisher", one of several working names for this character.
- Brawl, under the name Devastator appears in the second issue of the Titan's published Transformers magazine/comic, where he takes over from Megatron in fighting Ratchet and Ironhide.
- Jazz' move of racing-transforming-boarding Brawl is not completely unlike the scene in The Transformers: The Movie where Kup does the same thing with Blitzwing. The DVD's special features confirm this was the inspiration.
- Brawl is the Transformer in the movie seen with the most number of weapons, followed by Blackout.
- ↑ Australian fan griffin-of-oz reporting from the Australian press conference, citing director Michael Bay stating that "to him it is Devastator and always meant to be".
- ↑ Roberto Orci confirming the name "Devastator" as an "error" at the official movie boards.
- ↑ Picture Vehicle Coordinator Steve Mann confirming Brawl/Devastator to be a redressed tank prop from another movie.