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Hook
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Continuity: The Transformers
Japanese Name: Gren
Affiliation: Decepticons
Subgroup: Constructicons

The snob of the Constructicons, Hook considers himself an artist. He looks upon the rest of the Decepticons almost as peasants, beneath him to a degree. Though full of himself, Hook is a master craftsman, having truly earned his insufferable ego. His high standards that he holds himself and others to means he takes extra care to ensure even the most simple of jobs is completed to the nth degree of perfection. Although Megatron acknowledges Hook's incredible skill, he gets impatient with the time it takes Hook to finish his work. Hook cannot understand the frustration at the delays this causes, he just sees it as doing the job right.

Hook condescends to join his fellow Constructicons in forming Devastator.


Japanese name: Gren (グレン, gu-re-n)[1]
Chinese name (Taiwan): Hook (虎克 Hǔ Kè)
French name (Canada): Toubib ("Doctor")
Hungarian name: Horog ("Hook")
Italian name: Rostro ("Rostrum")
Portuguese name (Brazil comic): Gancho
Portuguese name (Portugal cartoon): Gancho
Portuguese name (Portugal comic): Anzol ("Hook")
Russian name (TV): ??? (Ковш, "Scoop")

Fiction

Cartoon continuity

Voice actor: Neil Ross (US), Yoku Shioya (Japan)
HookG1

I am the very model of a modern major general.

He believed that Soundwave is an uncharismatic bore and that nobody would follow him. Rumble did not take kindly to his comments. Transformers: The Movie

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I cannot remain in this unacceptable operational status!

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Marvel Comics continuity

Generation One

Note: Events from the UK-only comic stories are in italics.
Constructiconsbornmarvel

Hook is the green and purple one.

Early in the Transformers' war on Earth, Shockwave used the stolen power of the Creation Matrix to give life to the first of a new generation of Decepticon warriors, the Constructicons. Hook and the other Constructicons were immediately given a mission upon their coming online -- construct a communications tower to transmit a message to Cybertron. A truckstop was raided for raw materials, which attracted the ire of trucker Bomber Bill, who, with the aid of the Autobots, managed to destroy the tower Hook and the other Constructicons had built. The Next Best Thing to Being There!

Hook and the Constructicons, after troubleshooting their union as Devastator, were sent by Shockwave to abduct Buster Witwicky. Their attack was called off to regroup when Soundwave discovered Buster held the rest of the Creation Matrix in his head. Devastation Derby!

After Megatron's retaking of Decepticon command, Hook and the other Constructicons were charged with building perimeter defences around their headquarters located at the base of a coal strip mine in eastern Wyoming. Devastator's services were again required when the Autobots staged a surprise attack, but they retreated once they had what they needed. Command Performances!

When Galvatron came back in time to 1986, he summarily dispatched Megatron and forced the Constructicons to help him in constructing a massive energy cannon which would be useful to him in the future. Despite working on his project, Hook and the others showed no other loyalty to Galvatron, and remained out of the fighting until the future Decepticons returned to their own time. Target: 2006

During Ratbat's command, an attack was ordered on the combined Autobot forces on Earth's moon while Blaster and Grimlock dueled for leadership. Under cover of battle, Hook and the other Constructicons retrieved the remains of several fallen and captured Decepticons. Totaled!

Earthforce
Note: These stories do not fit into the normal Marvel continuity. See Earthforce for details.

With Soundwave in command, Hook joined a massive Decepticon offensive against the Autobot Earthbase. Their goal was to kill some Autobots, while also distracting them as Starscream looted a human oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico. Both goals proved fruitless, and the Decepticons were driven off. Divide and Conquer!

Note: First depicted rather late in the series, it is unknown whether Hook served Megatron or Shockwave before the coup merged the Decepticon factions.
Marvel UK future timelines

When the Decepticons were forced into a suicidal assault on Autobase by Scourge and Cyclonus in 2008, Hook was among the many Decepticons seen in combat with the Autobots. The Legacy of Unicron!

Generation 2

Hook was seen onboard the Warworld among the Decepticons rallied by Megatron against Jhiaxus's Cybertronian Empire. New Dawn

Timelines Classics comics

Note: The Classics comics continue from the Marvel G1 comics, but disregard G2 and Marvel UK.

Both Hook and Mixmaster were curiously absent from the Constructicons, with the enigmatic Hightower in their place. It's unclear why this was, but Hightower himself joked about stripping enough spare parts off of Grimlock to "build a new Hook." Crossing Over: Part 6

Dreamwave comics continuity

Nine million years ago, Hook and the Constructicons were helping Megatron in his plot to turn Cybertron into a mobile juggernaut, raging throughout the universe. The War Within Sometime later, he and the Constructicons were the first to break the Crisis Intervention Accords during the Dark Ages, joining up with Ratbat and the Ultracons in their Devastator form, and doing battle with Defensor and the Wreckers in the Tagan Heights. The War Within: The Dark Ages

When the Decepticons reawoke in 2002, Hook was part of the initial assault on San Francisco along with the rest of the Constructicons as Devastator. After defeat at the hands of Optimus Prime, his remains were collected by the Earth Defence Command, for purposes unknown. Prime Directive

(Note: The EDC's true intentions were never revealed as Dreamwave went Bankrupt.)

Devil's Due G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers continuity

The ruthless terrorist organization known as Cobra dug dozens of Autobots and Decepticons out of their four-million-year resting place and began rebuilding them into a Cobra-controlled army. However, with Wheeljack and Bumblebee's help, the mind-controlled Transformers were awakened, and the very cheesed-off Constructicons, including Hook, descended upon their previous captor, Dr. Mindbender.

Their surroundings were soon under attack by Autobot and G.I. Joe forces, requiring Hook and the other Constructicons to combine into Devastator. Ultimately, Devastator was brutally defeated after Devastator fatally wounded Hound, sending the Autobots' friends into a berserker rage. G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers

IDW comics continuity

After the Senate cut back significantly on the need for sentient workers in the realm of manual labor, Hook and the Constructicons found themselves out of work. They found new employment, however, in the underground gladiator tournaments of Kaon. Instead of personally participating in the death sports, the Constructicons maintained the arena itself, creating a new stadium at random locations just hours before each match began, using nothing more than the raw materials at hand. Megatron Origin issue 2

As Megatron's plans moved from gladiatorial combat to insurrection, Hook and the Constructicons turned their talents from arena building to weapon modifications. When the Seekers joined Megatron, Hook modified them to possess onboard weaponry. Megatron Origin issue 3

Hook and his pals were eventually called to Earth and had fun stomping on New York City. After mysteriously failing to recognise Frenzy, whom he'd met yonks ago, Hook joined the other Constructicons in forming Devastator and attacking the city's tunnels. All Hail Megatron issue 2

Toys

Generation One

  • Hook (Constructicon, 1985/1986)
    • Team ID number: 4
    • Japanese ID number: 33
    • Accessories: Laser pistol, Devastator's head, Devastator's head laser (all of which can attach to Hook's vehicle mode)
Hook turns into a crane.
  • Constructicon (Constructicon, 1992)
    • Accessories:
This European exclusive version of Hook was yellow, but with the darker purple from the original toy instead of the lighter Generation 2 shade, and came with no Devastator parts. It also lacked the peg used to connect with Bonecrusher. This toy was not officially named, as he came on a card shared by the other Constructicons.

Generation 2

  • Hook (Constructicon, 1993)
    • Team ID number:
    • Accessories: Laser pistol, Devastator's head, Devastator's head laser
Hook, like all of the Generation 2 Constructicons, was released in both yellow and orange versions. The orange version was much rarer and tends to command a premium on the secondary market.

Notes

  • Hasbro apparently lost the trademark to the name "Hook" some time ago, as it has not been used since 1993 despite several Constructicon-homage teams appearing after that point. "Hightower" has become the new default crane-bot name.

References

  1. Hook's Japanese name is written グレン, gu-re-n. This appears to be a "Rhinoxization" of the word "crane", which is rendered クレーン, ku-ree-n in katakana. This type of thing is not uncommon in Japan.

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