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This article is about the Brawl from the 2007 movie. For the Combaticon Tank, see Brawl (G1).

Brawl is a Decepticon from the live-action movie continuity family. He is sometimes referred to as Devastator.
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Maybe he was talking to Devastator earlier and got confused.

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.

"These things just don't die."
William Lennox on Brawl's durability[[Transformers| [src]]]


Alternate name: Devastator
Other working names: Demolisher


Fiction

Titan Magazines

Brawl (here named "Devastator") was known as Megatron's "pet weapon of mass destruction". 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. Transformers Comic issue 2

He ended up warped to an uninhabited world covered with cities, and out of sheer boredom went around smashing a lot of it before he realised 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 apparations 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. Transformers Comic issue 4

He follows a single guiding principle - "keep it stupid... simple!".

Ghosts of Yesterday novel

Brawl was oddly absent from events surrounding the Ghost 1 discovery. Whether he was aboard the Nemesis and otherwise indisposed or joined up with Starscream at a later date is unknown.

Transformers The Game (console)

Voice actor: David Sobolov
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I have many, many guns; I can call myself whatever I want! From now on, you will all refer to me by the name...Betty

Autobot campaign

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.

Decepticon campaign

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.)

Transformers: Autobots

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: Decepticons

Transformers (2007) film

Spoiler jazz

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.


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'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. Transformers (2007)

Toys

Transformers (2007)

  • Decepticon Brawl (Deluxe Class, 2007)
Japanese ID number: MD-03
Movie Deluxe Brawl toy

Don't let them know about my arm problem or they won't buy me

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)
Movie FAB Brawl

Do not taunt Happy Fun Brawl

  • 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, Brawn 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)
Movie CyberSlammers Brawl

I'm Bwawl, an' I'll bwow you up good!

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.
  • Desert Attack Brawl (Leader Class, 2008)
An extensive redeco of Leader Class Brawl in desert colours, as part of the AllSpark Power refresh of the Movie toyline.


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Titanium

  • Decepticon Brawl ( 3-inch Robot Masters, 2007)
Movie TitaniumRM Brawl

Hey! I look smarter and cooler that way!

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.

Merchandise

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.


Trivia

  • 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".[1] 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.[2] 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. [3] 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.

Footnotes

  1. 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".
  2. Roberto Orci confirming the name "Devastator" as an "error" at the official movie boards.
  3. Picture Vehicle Coordinator Steve Mann confirming Brawl/Devastator to be a redressed tank prop from another movie.


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