|Specifics: Other fictional appearances|
Warpath is the stereotypical tank commander: loud, boisterous, skilled, confident, devoted to his buddies, and probably a little deaf. His armor is tremendously thick; his skull no less. He loves to show off by splitting hex nuts a mile and a half away, and he has an endless variety of special munitions to load in his prized main gun: cryogenic, acid, thermal, and sonic. His most favorite, however, are the simple explosive shells that go off with a huge explosion, KABOOM!
His gun...how Warpath loves his gun. Prominent and useful in both modes, she has saved his life countless times, and she gets only the best in return. How he loves to line her sights up precisely on a barely visible target, and KAZOWY! blow it to shrapnel with a single well-placed shell. A dud annoys him; a miss is near-fatal embarassment. A mere scratch to his gun's barrel keeps him up, late into the night, polishing it away. When on occasion his gun is damaged seriously enough to impair her function, he is practically inconsolable for weeks.
- Preliminary name: Hot Shot
- Greek name: Ahtipitos (Αχτύπητος)
- Italian name: Boom-Boom
- Portuguese name (Brazil comic): Guerreiro
- Hungarian name: Hadiösvény (meaning Battlepath. HA! ... Okay, Warpath then.)
- Portuguese name (Portugal comic): Pe de guerra
- French name (Canada): Trajecto
Warpath (ZING!) had a habit of (BLAM!) interjecting his speech with (WHAMMO!) onomatopoeia. Whether this was a programming feature or personal choice is unknown. His fellow Autobots seemed to tolerate it.
Warpath appeared with no explanation for his arrival when Megatron created a remote-controlled duplicate of Optimus Prime to lead the Autobots to their doom. He did little more than get shot by a fake Starscream. He later accompanied Optimus Prime and the Autobots to Dinobot Island, where he first demonstrated his zest for combat and unique style of speech. He also had the first of several battles with his opposite number, the Triple Changer Decepticon tank, Blitzwing.
He was one of several Autobots who defended the Ark when the Heart of Cybertron-powered Megatron attacked. Warpath rolled toward the Decepticon leader in tank mode, firing his shells, but was blasted by Megatron's destructive energy lightning.
Accompanying Perceptor and Beachcomber on a geology expedition, Warpath managed to get in some (ZOW!) action when Blitzwing and the Coneheads staged a surprise attack. He and Blitzwing engaged in Tank Wars again, but the fighting got so furious they buried each other in sand for awhile. It was anyone's game until Thrust found a pool of electrum and became invincible. Even a hot and cold mix of Powerglide's thermal beam and Warpath's cryo-shells couldn't break the Decepticon warrior. Warpath was forced to reluctantly sound the retreat, tunneling through the mountainside to make their escape.
On one occasion, Warpath and Hoist were chasing a small group of Decepticons led by Starscream, and ended up passing through the Dragon Mound and into 542 AD. The Autobots and Decepticons took opposite sides with a pair of warring knights, and Warpath allowed the Red Knight to ride him in joust against Sir Wigend du Blackthorne's champions, Rumble and Ramjet. (HIYAH!) They successfuly rammed Ramjet, caving in his nosecone and forcing the Decepticons to fall back on the ol' "grab a hostage and run" trick, taking the Red Knight's daughter Nimue captive. Warpath led the charge against Blackthorne's castle and, with their siege tower destroyed by some of Starscream's gunpowder barrels, he and Hoist served as makeshift ladders for their allies to breach the castle walls. After thwarting Starscream's plans to rule the 6th century, they enlisted the aid of a local wizard to get back to the 20th century.
When the Morphobots took over a valley on Earth, Warpath and Ironhide did their best to blast through using a variety of shells and liquid, but it took (POW!) Blaster and some (COWBELL!) tunes to really get them out of the way.
Late in 1985, the Autobots plotted to capture the Stunticons to discover the reason behind their high-profile thefts. Tracks and Warpath were assigned to take down Drag Strip and Dead End on a beach. Warpath quickly disabled Drag Strip with a few well-placed explosive shells, while Tracks blinded Dead End with his black beam gun. Unable to see, Dead End drove right into Warpath, who (BAM!) crushed the Decepticon with a single punch that went straight through his roof.
In the year 2006, Warpath watched a broadcast of the first Galactic Olympics. He commented to Bumblebee that the Autobots sure had an unusual leader in Rodimus Prime when the young Autobot dispensed with making a long, stuffy speech at the games' opening ceremony.
As the Decepticons made their move on Earth, Warparth and Pipes commanded the team defending the Ark. The Autobots hid in a ravine and as Trypticon passed overhead, Warpath gave orders to fire, significantly damaging the Decepticon's rolling battle station mode. However, Trypticon quickly recovered and transformed into his massive dinosaur mode, forcing the Autobot Minicars to regroup and counter attack. Warpath fired a shell which Trypticon merely swatted away, then when the Autobot protested that he didn't (ZEEM!) believe what was happening, he was kicked for his troubles. Warpath ordered Teletraan I to activate the volcano's defensive cannons as Trypticon neared the Ark, but this had little effect on the Decepticon, who then destroyed the volcano. (WHACHA!)
Warpath was later seen stationed at Metroplex when Scourge and Starscream's ghost came by to steal the city-bot's eyes for Unicron. Being land-bound, poor ol' Warpath unfortunately missed out on most of the (BLAMMO!) aerial action.
Marvel Comics continuity
Warpath was a member of Perceptor's resistance cell on Cybertron. During the great raid on Darkmount, Warpath was in charge of setting the explosives which brought down the massive tower. The Autobots' secondary objective, however -- destroying the Space Bridge -- could not be completed, and instead Warpath and his team were forced to flee over the bridge to Earth. They were quickly taken captive by Circuit Breaker and RAAT forces, but were later set free after making a deal to help against the rampaging Battlechargers. Warpath and his group then ran afoul of Galvatron and got pretty banged up, but ultimately made their way to the Ark and joined up with Optimus Prime's team.
Later, after Prime's death, the Ark was put under assault by a sonic-scrambler missile fired by the Decepticon assault base known as Trypticon. Warpath destroyed this first missile, and the Autobots went hunting for their attacker. Trypticon would have proven to be too much for them, though, without the timely intervention of Grimlock and the Dinobots. As thanks, the Autobots named Grimlock their new leader.
The Autobots of Earth saw very little action after this, and Warpath slowly faded into the background, never to be seen again.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Warpath was first seen among Cybertron's population, observing anti-Autobot propaganda being pumped through the cortex by Shockwave to discredit Optimus Prime and his returning crew. Warpath, like most Autobots, recognized it as a load of BLAM! POW! ZOOM! and joined Tracks, Broadside and several other Mini-Vehicles in rising up along with the other Autobot insurgency cells to fight back against Shockwave's rule.
After the fall, Warpath travelled to Earth under Bumblebee's command aboard the supply ship, Orion. They crashlanded in the midst of a three-way battle between the Autobots and Decepticons of Earth and a lone super-powerful clone warrior known as Sunstorm. Things got more than a little hectic, and the Autobots were forced to make a deal with Starscream in order to gain his cooperation against (and he, their protection from) Sunstorm. As part of the deal, Starscream told them where he had stashed several Autobots his brigade had captured earlier, and Warpath and Bumper were sent out to retrieve them. On the salvage run, however, the pair ran into Earth Defense Command agents who made a forceful BOOM! suggestion that the Autobots accompany them back to their base.
The EDC were looking to conscript some Autobots to help them deal with an Insecticon problem, and Jazz agreed to help after being reactivated. He left Warpath behind, however, to watch over their comrades Wheeljack and Windcharger, who had not yet been revived. After dealing with the Insecticons, Jazz and his unit hooked back up with Warpath, and then all of them proceeded on to the future site of Autobot City, under construction at Prowl's direction.
IDW comics continuity
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Warpath was a member of Hound's Tactical Response Unit, guarding Thunderhead Pass, a lonely assignment watching over the deactivated form of Thunderwing and his cultists who rested in stasis lock. When Sideswipe broke comm silence to request a transfer to Earth, Warpath was witness to Hound's dressing down of the aggressive Autobot. The monotony was suddenly broken without warning when a mysterious, powerful transformer, arrived on Cybertron to claim Thunderwing for his master. Warpath and the squad were easily brushed aside by the ancient warrior.
Later, Optimus Prime informed Hound that his unit should make preparations to come to Earth as reinforcements. However, due to the extraction of prisoners from Garrus-9, Hound's unit, including Warpath was diverted there instead.
On the way, their ship, the Ark-12 was attacked by Cyclonus and Warpath took some slight damage. However, he would get his revenge later on the surface of Corata-Vaz, where he took down Cyclonus with a blast to the chest. Cyclonus escaped when Warpath and the others were temporarily distracted by Thunderwing.
- Warpath (Mini-Vehicle, 1985)
- Japanese ID number: 87
- Warpath transforms into a General Motors M551A1 Sheridan ARAAV tank. There is a notable paint variation on Warpath: while most releases have black-painted optics, some leave the optics unpainted yet cover his entire faceplate in black.
- In 1986, he was made available as a mail-away item (as he was no longer shipping to retail shelves) in the Digital Doom on the Highway to Destruction flier packed with most boxed Transformers toys. He cost $4 and one robot point.
- In Japan, he was made available only as a mail-away item, costing 500 yen and two robot points.
- Minibot Team (Multi-pack, 2004)
- Japanese ID number: TFC-12
- Warpath was reissued in a "Transformers Collection" six-pack with Bumblebee, Cosmos, Gears, Huffer and Powerglide. There are no notable differences between the original and the reissue versions, aside from a factory-applied foil Autobot sigil decal on his turret.
- Warpath (Universe Legends, 2009)
- Warpath (KA-ZOW!) is yet another G1 Mini-Vehicle character (SPLOT!) who gets the Hasbro update treatment (PLIN!). This time around (SKIDDOO!), he turns into a variety of Hasbro's trademark "H" Tank (SPON!), and his robot mode (GORT! KLAATU! BARADA! NIKTO!) features increased articulation in most places (JOINT!). Owing to his construction (WOKKA!), his turret/torso can only rotate from side to side by about a millimeter or so (POOT!), but now his cannon (GRUNT!) can extend and elevate (YOWZA!). Let the giggling (TEE HEE!) commence (STUPID ONOMATOPOEIA!).
3D Battle-Card Game
- Warpath (2007)
- A 35-point "common" character in the 3D Battle-Card Game's "Energon Wars" expansion, Warpath "transforms" into a red and grey tank. He uses the same parts layout as Movie Brawl and Wreckage.