If Brawl's on the battlefield and you can't hear him coming, it's time to check your audio receptors, because chances are you've gone deaf. Brawl's main distinguishing characteristic is VOLUME. No matter if he's talking (yelling), moving (clanking and rattling), or fighting (yelling, clanking, rattling, and blasting) you're sure to hear him doing it, as is anyone else in the county. As if that wasn't enough, he is also a ball of barely contained rage and violence with a hair-trigger temper. This makes even his comrades wary, but it does make him a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield... as long as the mission doesn't require stealth. Or zero casualties.
Brawl combines with his fellow Combaticons to form Bruticus.
- French name (Canada): Baggareur
- Hungarian name: Huligán
- Italian name: Bomber
- Serbian name: Brol
Marvel Comics continuity
On his first mission on Earth, Brawl was sent with the Combaticons and Megatron to retrieve the hydrothermocline plant. When they arrived, they faced Optimus Prime and the Protectobots waiting for them. Brawl combined with his team to form Bruticus, but before the giant got a chance to brawl with Defensor, a human suggested that they'd play a video game over the plant instead. Optimus Prime and Megatron both agreed, and Brawl was sent into the video game along with the other Combaticons, Protectobots, and faction leaders. Brawl teamed up with Swindle to destroy Streetwise and First Aid in the "Vineland" area of the game. However, they were tripped up by a bunch of vine creatures, crystallized, and blown to smithereens. Game over.
Unluckily for him, Brawl learned nothing about caution from this experience. A few days later, he mouthed off at Megatron, telling him to get over the fact that Optimus Prime had died by someone else's hands. Megatron proceeded to pop Brawl's head like a ripe melon and throw his lifeless body into a wall.
He got better.
Brawl was among the Decepticons preparing to charge into battle against the Cybertronian Empire. He was later seen with his fellow Combaticons attempting to defend the Warworld against borders. They didn't do so well.
Brawl was one of several Renegade Decepticons who went against Megatron and had his personality component removed and placed in storage. After Starscream was booted out of the Decepticons, he stole the personality components of the Combaticons, including Brawl, to create his own army against Megatron. He proceeded to place the components in several World War II-era human vehicles, which is how Brawl got his tank body. Brawl was less than grateful to his liberator, and threatened to pound him, until Starscream revealed that he had "forgotten" to install energy converters into them. The Combaticons, including Brawl, decided to bide their time. .
After failing to overthrow Megatron and being banished to an asteroid, the Combaticons managed to tow it to Cybertron and evict Shockwave. Brawl would have preferred just to shoot the hell out of the Decepticons and Earth, but Onslaught managed to rig the space bridge to drag Earth into the sun. However, the Combaticons were later attacked by mysterious aggressors. Although the Combaticons were confused by their appearance, Brawl figured that they should just annihilate them. As it turned out, the aggressors were holograms created by Starscream and Shockwave, whom the Combaticons captured. Once Megatron, as well as the Autobots, arrived, the Combaticons merged into Bruticus, but Optimus Prime deactivated him. The Combaticons were then reprogrammed to serve Megatron.
After the Combaticons were damaged by Defensor, Swindle sold their deactivated forms to El Presidente. Under threat of death by Megatron, Swindle stole back the parts of his unit. However, he was unable to find Brawl's personality component, preventing the Combaticons from merging into Bruticus. The component turned out to have been used by some kids to build a robot for a school project. Of course, this made the robot extremely violent, and it destroyed the school lab and fought some Autobots before Swindle found it and recovered the component. This whole ordeal does pose a question: why does Bruticus depend on the personality component of a loud, homicidal maniac to form?
When the Hate Plague was brought to Earth, Bruticus was infected by it via (a rather ineffective) punch from Ultra Magnus. He apparently split up later on, and Brawl was seen driving through and crushing a few stands at a human marketplace.
During the Decepticon attack on Paradron, Brawl teamed up with Razorclaw to capture Sandstorm, and together they managed to make him fall off a bridge. Later, he manned a defensive cannon alongside Headstrong, but the cannon was destroyed in an Autobot attack. At the same time, Brawl was also part of Bruticus, who was accompanying Galvatron.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Brawl participated in Shockwave's siege on Iacon. . As part of a combiner group, his actions were somewhat limited by the Crisis Intervention Accord; it is unknown how he occupied his time while the Accord was in place.
Millions of years later, when Sunstorm appeared on Earth, the battered Combaticons were ordered by Starscream to combine into Bruticus and deal with the crazed zealot. It did not end well.
The repaired Combaticons were brought to Guadalcanal where they could hone their somewhat lackluster combat skills and listen to Starscream's long-winded aspirations of glory. When Swindle commented on Starscream's mental state, Brawl agreed, stating that he'd like to pull the Air Commander's Cerebro circuits straight out of his faceplate so they could get a better look at them. Starscream overheard their conversation, but let it pass in order for them to fight the magnificent Autobot Sky Lynx. Unfortunately, the Combaticons did not fare well when the crafty Autobot split into his two forms, with Brawl and Onslaught nearly crushed by the Lynx's right paw.
This was the least of their troubles, however, as Predaking showed up as soon as Sky Lynx was deactivated. This encounter also did not end well.
Devil's Due G.I. Joe vs the Transformers comics continuity
IDW comics continuity
Brawl was a member of the Combaticon tactical unit and helped capture the Pretender Monsters. He loves killing things: "We aim to maim!"
- Brawl (Combaticon, 1986/1987/1990)
- Team ID number: C1
- Japanese ID number: D-67
- Accessories: Electron gun, Twin Sonic Cannon
- Brawl transforms into a green Leopard 1 main battle tank. In vehicle mode his armament is supplemented by a large dark gray anti-aircraft gun mounted of the back of the tank's hull. In robot mode Brawl is armed with a small dark gray gun.
- Early releases of Brawl used painted die-cast metal for his chest and leg-mounted tank treads. This was later replaced by color-cast plastic. The complete set of Combaticons were re-released in the European-market "Classics" line in 1990; these releases has the rubsign indent removed from the molding.
- Brawl normally operates as Bruticus' left leg, but as a Scramble City-style combiner, he can also act as any other limb for any other combination of robots who share the connection design.
- In 1987, Brawl also came with a randomly-packed Decepticon Decoy and accompanying mini-comic/checklist.
- This mold was redecoed as Operation Combination Sandstorm, Generation 2 Brawl, Robots in Disguise Armorhide (twice!) and finally Universe Armorhide.
- Brawl (Combaticon, 1994)
- Team ID number: C1
- Accessories: Pistol, double-barreled cannon
- For Generation 2, Brawl was redecoed with bright green and purple camo. Presumably this is so he can hide in the same green and purple forests as Megatron.
- Bruticus Maximus (Target Exclusive, 2009)
- Reborn from the Energon Blight/Kickback mold, This new-and-improved of Brawl gives the power-house two cannon barrels instead of one. Clever. He also shares his mold with an unexpected Combaticon: the arrogant loner astronaut Blast Off. As a Scramble City-type Combiner, he can either form an arm or a leg. Interestingly, he has letters and numbers on his hood (that form his feet) that says "7MJ9", and if you turn it upside down, it says "brWL", spelling out his name, as the other Combaticons do.
- The character models of the Combaticons are heavily... okay, heavily made-up. Brawl has a lot of extra bits, and his arms are completely different from the toy. Early models of the team which were a bit more accurate to the toys —except for the heads, oddly enough, where the show models are quite accurate— have shown up in various sourcebooks, though Brawl's is still off in some very odd ways.
- Brawl's animation model was used multiple times (in both robot and tank modes) as generic Decepticons in the Armada cartoon.
- At some point or another there were plans for a War Within version of Brawl planned for the 6" Titanium Series line as was seen in Wal-Mart computers. Plans of this item are unknown, now that the Transformers Titanium Series line is canceled.