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Apeface is a strong presence in any situation. He's loud, rude, obnoxious, and intimidating to everyone he meets. He dominates those around him with his attitude and fearsome countenance. There's some debate among his fellow Decepticons about how much of his behavior is an act, a gruesomely effective psychological tactic to control others and force them to fold under his demands. Others just think he was built that way. Whatever's going on inside Apeface's cerebral-circuitry, he's not saying. The only one he really gets along with is Snapdragon.
- French name (Canada): Gorillo
- Italian name: Tagor
- Hungarian name: Majompofa
- Latin American name: Wimpus
American cartoon continuity
- Voice actor: Dick Gautier
Apeface appeared to be the leader of the "animals" under Cyclonus and Scourge's command. Or at least their spokesperson. Not that it matters, since when Apeface balked at a command to rip off his own head, Cyclonus shot him and said "You will do as I say, or you will die!" Not way up there in the Decepticon hierarchy, Apeface is.
Accompanying the Decepticons to Nebulos, Apeface was binary bonded to Spasma, who warned him not to get out of line. "We'll see who's boss" was Apeface's reply.
Japanese cartoon continuity
The Headmasters (Japan-only)
- Voice actor: ???
Marvel Comics continuity
On Cybertron, Apeface was among Scorponok's crew of Decepticons. When their Autobot foes left for the planet Nebulos, the Decepticons followed.
Not long after their arrival, Apeface and his pal Snapdragon were having fun terrorizing the natives in the city of Splendora, until they were easily dispatched by two Autobot Headmasters. Though Scorponok berated the two for their failure, this latest defeat proved enough for him to reconsider the merits of the Headmaster process. Soon, Apeface was one of six Decepticons who underwent binary-bonding with the organic Nebulans to become a Headmaster.
He and the others continued to terrorize Nebulos until the Decepticons left for Earth, pursuing Fortress Maximus's Autobots yet again.
During the battle between Scorponok and Ratbat's crews, Apeface learned a valuable truth about himself: while he isn't quite willing to rip off his own arm and beat someone to death with it, he's also not one to ignore an opportunity when it presents itself. Rampage learned that the hard way.
Apeface was quite amused by Optimus Prime's surrender to Scorponok on Earth, considering it a regular comedy show.
Apeface was teleported to Cybertron along with countless other Transformers, where he somehow found a tasty banana to keep himself occupied while some stupid Autobot yammered on about dark gods and creators and stuff.
When the aforementioned dark god showed up at Cybertron a short while later, Apeface wasn't so amused. Like countless others, he fled in a panic.
After the apocalyptic battle, Apeface's ruined form was seen among the dead.
Blackthorne Transformers in 3D continuity"Ape Face" (as it is spelt in the comic) was one of the last few Decepticons remaining behind on Tau-Ursa when the Autobots arrived. He was investigating a crashed spaceship when he found a voice recording. Deducing that if the tape spoke it must be important, he resolved to take it to Scorponok.
At this moment he was attacked by Blurr and Hot Rod who were intent on keeping him from escaping with the information. The triple changer loudly declared his intention to smash them (with a mighty cry of "GRUUUNK!"), and after knocking them to the ground similarly announced he was transforming into jet mode. He was too slow however, and Blurr seized his arm, prising the tape from his hand before escaping. This made him mad.
Apeface is one of countless "offworlders" residing in Axiom Nexus... enjoying a nice banana.
- Apeface with Spasma (Headmaster Horrorcon, 1987)
- Japanese ID number: D-101
- Accessories: Gun, shield, Spasma Headmaster partner
- Apeface turns into both a cybertronic jet and a robotic gorilla. Unlike Snapdragon, Apeface's fighter jet mode only looks vaguely like an Earth jet, with his robot limbs hanging off the back of the vehicle in an obvious fashion. His Headmaster partner, Spasma, can ride inside the jet's cockpit. He can mount guns on either side of his vehicle mode, but for some reason only comes with one gun while Snapdragon came with two.
- As Apeface is a triple changer, Spasma similarly has triple functions, forming both the robot mode face and the gorilla mode face. This beast mode has a relatively wide range of articulation for a Generation One beast, but has some minor problems with balance, which limits poses. Apeface's gorilla mode can be placed on all fours, but that results in his head staring at the ground.
- In robot mode, like all Headmaster toys, Apeface has a flip-down panel on his chest which covers a spring-loaded mini-Tech-Spec-meter which gives readouts for Speed, Strength and Intelligence. The tumblers are activated when Spasma (or any other Headmaster unit) is plugged into his neck socket. Apeface is very back-heavy due to most of the fighter jet mode ending up on his back. The jet's vertical stabilisers detach to form a shield that can be held in Apeface's hands or attached to his shoulder.
- In the Japanese Headmasters series, Spasma does not exist as a separate entity from Apeface; like all Headmasters, the large robot is just a lifeless Transtector body controlled entirely by the head unit. However, Apeface's head unit is still called "Spasma" when separated from the larger robot body, even though it's the same guy!