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Groove is a free spirit, man. A full fuel tank and an open sky above him is all this chopper needs to mellow out and enjoy whatever good vibrations the open road brings his way. One relaxed, easy-going dude, Groove is also a bit of a loner in his soul. He doesn't make a lot of attachments to others, preferring the freedom of an empty highway, but he is always sure to be there with the love when his Protectobot teammates need his help. Groove doesn't like combat or conflict in general, and is always ready to give peace a chance.
Groove combines with his fellow Protectobots to form Defensor.
- French name (Canada): Le Sillon
- Italian name: Chips
- Voice actor: Frank Welker (US), ? (Japan)
When the Insecticons attacked an inhabited city on Earth, Optimus Prime called upon the Protectobots to evacuate the civilians caught in the crossfire. Later, as Earth's orbit was diverted to the Sun by the Combaticons, Streetwise and Groove commandeered a meat locker to keep the overheated humans cool. Groove was worried that the humans would freeze in there, but Streetwise assured him that given the constantly rising temperatures outside, the humans would be fine.
Groove, as part of Defensor, totally blew up Bruticus. Afterwards, he was with the Protectobots when they helped save some window-washers from a burning skyscraper, Groove extinguishing the flames with his liquid nitrogen. Later still, Groove and the other Protectobots were ordered to help defend Autobot Headquarters from a Decepticon attack. They merged into Defensor and activated his useless force field, which almost immediately deactivated, allowing the Decepticons to blast Defensor back into his component parts.
In the year 2006, Metroplex's eyes were stolen under unusual circumstances at Autobot City, and so Rodimus Prime had Cybertron on high alert. When the Decepticon Astrotrain began brazenly flying into their air space, Rodimus ordered Groove and Hot Spot to man the defensive laser batteries and blow him out of the sky.
The pacifistic Groove's response? "Locked and loaded!"
After pummeling Astrotrain with laser fire, the Autobots realized the stolen eyes weren't for Galvatron, but Unicron. Groove joined Ultra Magnus and a squad of Autobots who traveled aboard Sky Lynx to investigate their artificial moon. Unicron awakened while they were inside him, however, and unleashed an electron storm which blasted the Autobots out into space.
Back on Earth, the Autobots were asked to help the Dutch authorities deal with French rebels. After dispersing the human aggressors by driving at them in a scary fashion, Groove and the other Autobots defended the human civilians and covered First Aid, who was carrying the downed Blades back to Metroplex. Later, it turned out the battle was only a diversion to allow Swindle to steal Metroplex's transformation cog. First Aid left the Autobots when he failed to stop the theft. Unfortunately, just as First Aid left, the Autobots were called upon to deal with a rampaging Trypticon. Hot Spot ordered the remaining Protectobots to combine into Defensor without First Aid, and they still successfully saved a train full of civilians.
Later in 2006, the Protectobots arrived at the aftermath of the battle between the Technobots and Terrorcons at Mark Morgan's laboratory. They transported the injured Jessica Morgan to County General Hospital and watched over her as the doctors restored her ability to walk with an exo-skeletal structure, enraging the robo-phobic senior Morgan. This had negative consequences. What a jerkface.
Marvel Comics continuity
Streetwise and the other Protectobots were created on Earth by Wheeljack and the Autobots after they stole a recording of Devastator's combiner transformation sequence and modified it (and after Optimus Prime and Buster Witwicky shared a Matrix-induced vision of the future with the Special Teams in it) .
After being brought on-line by Optimus Prime, Groove and his team went on a mission to intercept the Decepticons before they could steal the hydrothermocline from a human industrial plant. Both sides ended up agreeing to do battle in a virtual landscape maintained by the powerful computer system at the plant, so that the Decepticons wouldn't damage their prize and the Autobots could insure the safety of innocent lives. Patrolling the computer-generated area of Multi-World known as the Cloud-Steppes, Groove and Blades were attacked by Combaticons Blast Off and Vortex. When the Decepticon fliers severed the floating roadway Groove was driving on, he shouted at Blades to let him save himself and instead catch the Cloud-Steppers who fell with him. In gratitude, the humanoids unleashed a cloud cover which distracted the Combaticons long enough for Groove to blast them with his photon pistol.
Many months later, Groove happened to put the mode-locked Autobot Blaster down in a storm drain. This simple act set in motion a chain of events that led to words like "Spacehikers" and "Cosmic Carnival". It is Groove's secret shame.
Groove returned to working with the Autobots after Prime and Grimlock uncovered the Cybertronian army and their threat to the universe. He participated in Grimlock's ill-fated sabotage attempt on the Liege Centuro's warships. Later, he joined the Aerialbots in a training exercise against Hot Rod and the Dinobots.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Groove, despite his freewheeling ways, stuck with his team during the Dark Ages and took part in the battle against Devastator. Groove was the go-between bot for First Aid and Streetwise, taking pride in his great speed. As a team, they toppled the giant. Later, to his credit, Groove was the last Protectobot to be defeated by the Fallen's acolytes, with the exception of Hot Spot, whom they were not targeting.
In modern times, Groove and the Protectobots were damaged while battling Menasor as Defensor and had to be rescued by Ultra Magnus and the Wreckers.Defensor later joined the united Autobot forces in overthrowing Shockwave's control of Cybertron. In the aftermath, Groove and the Protectobots processed the forensics at one of Shockwave's labs, where a mysterious energy discharge had disabled the Battlechargers and shot out into the sky.
- Groove (Small Protectobot, 1986)
- Team ID number: P2
- Japanese ID number: C-74
- Like all Scramble City-style combiner limbs, Groove was sold on a carded package. He was available in 1986 and 1987. He is one of the most incredibly simplistic Transformer toys ever released, with only his front wheel/handlebar/windshield assembly, his head, and his seat moving during the conversion to robot mode. He has virtually nothing recognizable as legs, only the seat halves split apart to form his feet. His arms are formed from the chrome engine pieces on his sides, which swing up from the shoulder and would otherwise not be recognizable as arms.
- This mold was also used to make Sparkride.
- Groove (Unreleased)
- Team ID number: P3
- A redeco of his Generation One toy was planned, but was canceled after a few production samples were made.
- Sometimes First Aid likes to steal Groove's pacifism and run off with it.