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A voracious and fearless robot. Though he originated as just another Sharkticon, Gnaw seems to be loyal only to the one who fed him last, be they Quintesson, Decepticon, or even Autobot. He has a voracious appetite. In recent times he's befriended the young Autobot Wheelie and seems fairly loyal and devoted to the boy.
- French name (Canada): Fringalo
Dreamwave comics continuity
During the Great Shutdown, the Quintessons sent swarms of Sharkticons to Cybertron for an unknown purpose, possibly to infiltrate and conquer the planet (again). Some of them encountered the revived Shockwave and Scourge, Unicron's chief agent. Gnaw was damaged, presumably in battle with these two, and was abandoned on Cybertron when the other Sharkticons were called home. Following the great revival, an amnesiac Gnaw came across the young Autobot named Wheelie, and the two formed a strong bond. Gnaw later followed Wheelie in joining the resistance movement alongside Hot Rod, Kup and several others.
He saved Optimus Prime from the Battlechargers in his own... unique style (Tastes great! Less filling!). Gnaw took Prime to his resistance group, but when Prime awoke, his first sight was Gnaw, who he thought was trying to eat him, and attacked. Wheelie took this poorly, and bit Prime's foot. Obviously the little guy and the Sharkticon have been hanging around each other for too long. Gnaw was last seen working with Wheelie under Ultra Magnus' command on Cybertron.
- Gnaw (Decepticon, 1986)
- Accessories: Tail, "Maceration Laser"
- Gnaw transforms into something that looks like a cross between a shark and a frog. A frark, perhaps. His tail separates to become a mace for his robot mode. There is a minor variation to the toy. In some releases, his beast-mode legs are held together by three screws, where others are held together by two.
- Some releases of Gnaw also came with one of four pieces to a The Transformers: The Movie poster with glow-in-the-dark elements.
- Gnaw/Sharkticon was barely released in Japan. At first, he was a promotional item as part of a Beastformer giveaway. He was later made available in limited quantities, seemingly in US packaging, as a mail-away item during 1988's Masterforce series.