Tantrum is loads of fun. He's all violence and no patience. Give him a can of Kremzeek™ energy drink with the tab pulled off, and he'll quickly devolve through frustration to crazed screaming to smashing the recalcitrant can to a splattered soup of oily drink and metal shavings. Such outbursts are common, and they usually end with a pile of smoking rubble, and Tantrum in the middle, with a happy, smiling face, the calmest and coolest of Decepticons, for a very short while, until next time the fit takes him.
The Decepticon command, in their infinite wisdom, have augmented the swordfighting, electrostatic-discharging, and fuel-carrying abilities of this walking Internet with a catalytic carbine rifle. This can be good for a lot of laughs when it converts the metal in a target to enjoyably dangerous isotopes for Blot to snack on and Mixmaster to play with.
- French name (Canada): Coléro
- Italian name: Torox
Marvel Comics continuity
As Megatron's paranoia reached its peak, Soundwave suggested that they enlist the help of the Predacons to flush out Optimus Prime, allowing Megatron to finally defeat him. However, Shockwave called them from Cybertron, and gave the Predacon leader Razorclaw secret orders to turn on Megatron at a crucial moment. The Predacons successfully hunted down Optimus, and when Megatron arrived, as Shockwave ordered, they turned on him. After learning of Shockwave and the Predacons' betrayal, Megatron summoned a space bridge to Cybertron to escape, but Prime flung them both through the bridge before it had fully materialized.
Fortunately for Tantrum and the other Predacons, Megatron lost his memory of this incident when Straxus attempted to take over his body.
Tantrum and the others were later summoned back to Earth by Shockwave to once again hunt Megatron. They attacked him disguised as Autobots but even their forming Predaking failed to give them the edge. However, the experience was enough to tip Megatron over the edge and cause him to blow up the space bridge and himself. Tantrum and the other Predacons joined up with Shockwave on Earth and amused themselves by scaring the humans at a circus. They found even more amusement when they stumbled across a fight between Divebomb and Swoop and ended up battling the Dinobots.
After Ratbat took charge of the Earthbound Decepticons, he took Tantrum and the other Predacons with him to attack the base of RAAT, who had supposedly executed the Throttlebots. On discovering the Throttlebots' brain modules had been transplant into toy car, Tantrum and the others set out in pursuit but proved surprisingly ineffective during a chase through a shopping centre. Tantrum was among the many Decepticons who participated in the attack on the combined forces of Grimlock and Fortress Maximus' Autobots on the moon.
When Scorponok's Decepticons got in the way of Ratbat's plans to obtain the power of the Underbase, Tantrum took part in the Decepticon vs Decepticon melee that followed. He and Razorclaw double teamed Scorponok himself, only for Tantrum to be ripped in half. He was repaired in time to join the alliance between the two Decepticon factions and Optimus Prime's Autobots against the Underbase-powered Starscream, only to be among the many deactivated in the subsequent battle.
Tantrum was probably a member of Shockwave's faction on Earth, like his fellow Predacons, although this isn't entirely clear. When the Enclave broke out into total carnage due to an Autobot trick, Tantrum was right in the thick of it, probably enjoying every moment of chaos. He later joined Soundwave and the Decepticons in attacking the Autobot Earthbase.
One day, Tantrum was having some harmless fun slaughtering humans and causing massive property damage.
That killjoy Optimus Prime ran full-tilt into him in truck mode, obliterating Tantrum into chunks. Some people can't take a joke.
- Voice actors: Philip L. Clarke (US), ? (Japan)
Tantrum and the Predacons were created during an alliance between the Decepticons and Quintessons. They were sent to Io to stop Blurr and Wheelie from recovering Metroplex's transformation cog, leaving the Autobot city helpless against the coming attack of Trypticon. Tantrum charged Wheelie like the bull he resembles, but the nimble Autobot leapt out of the way and Tantrum crashed into Rampage instead. The battle was kicked up a notch when the Predacons combined into Predaking and had their first fight with Sky Lynx. Tantrum was sure they'd obliterate him, but after they got knocked into separate components again, Razorclaw began to retreat and Tantrum was forced to flee as well.
On the planet Dredd, the Predacons were overseeing construction of a massive cannon which would allow Galvatron to destroy Cybertron with a huge blast of death crystals. An Autobot strike team landed on the planet while the Preds were patrolling, and the Decepticons engaged the scouts, Kup and Blurr. While Razorclaw and Rampage kept Kup busy, Tantrum and Headstrong rammed Blurr into quickmud, and watched him sink. He would've been obliterated, but Sky Lynx came looking for his Auto-buddies and pulled the motormouth free. The cocky Tantrum was sure they'd obliterate Sky Lynx, but his delusions of adequacy were quickly shattered as the Predacons were forced into a retreat.
During an attack on Rodimus Prime on Cybertron, Tantrum and the Predacons became the unwilling subjects of a Quintesson reality-altering effect, where a dream machine was turning Daniel Witwicky's nightmares into tangible threats and screwing up the environment. After Razorclaw and Springer were hauled off by a flying dragon, Rodimus Prime suggested a cease fire so that the Autobots and Predacons could work together and find their friends. Tantrum made a counter-offer, and suggested he wouldn't obliterate the Autobots right that moment if they stayed out of his way. He did manage to blow up a giant plant with the electro-blasts from his horns, so maybe Tantrum didn't need help after all.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Tantrum and the Predacons were only ever identified as long lost "warlords" who had apparently been exiled from Cybertron in the distant past. It was not made clear if they were particularly warlike Decepticons, or had been warriors who actually predated Megatron's rise to power. Whatever the case, they had ended up on the planet Beest and, by modern times, had descended into feral beast modes, operating purely on animal instinct.
Megatron, who was similarly in exile at the time, challenged their leader Razorclaw and defeated him in battle. He then reprogrammed the Predacons to be loyal only to him, and gave them the combiner form of Predaking. Tantrum and the others then helped Megatron resume control over the Decepticons, ousting Shockwave and Starscream from command of their respective splinter armies.
Devil's Due G.I.Joe Vs. Transformers continuity
IDW comics continuity
Tantrum fought for Megatron in the illegal gladatorial deathmatches held in the Forge. He and the future Predacons also became some of the first Decepticons, turning the fighting towards the public and launching an insurrection in Kaon against the Senate, under Megatron's command.
After the first defeat of Thunderwing in a cataclysm during the war that followed, Tantrum and the other Predacons led the attack against the beleaguered Autobot positions soon after the Autobot morale-booster Blaster was taken out by his assassin.
In modern times, he served with the rest of the Predacons aboard the Thanatos, and joined Headstrong in leading a ground envoy onto Cybertron's surface to help the Wreckers battle the resurrected Thunderwing. Their aid helped turn the tide, so Razorclaw didn't have to use the ship's starblitz torpedoes to obliterate the entire planet. That makes the Predacons heroes! (Say that again, though, and Tantrum will make sure you get obliterated.)
After the end of the Great War, the Predacons (or those of them surviving) founded the new Predacon faction. Years later, now in a reformatted technorganic body, Tantrum was once again plotting with his old team mates.
IDW Beast Wars comic
A group of five symbols appeared on the walls of a room containing a transwarp shunt device on Cybertron. The five symbols seemed to represent a lion, a bird, a bull, a rhinoceros, and a tiger.
- Tantrum (1986)
- Team ID number: 5
- Japanese ID number: D-76
- Accessories: Gun, Sword, Double-barreled gun which becomes one of Predaking's feet.
- Tantrum transforms into a bull.
- Predaking (1986)
- Japanese ID number: D-78
- Predaking (3" Robot Masters, 2006)
- Accessories: Display stand, sword
- Technically Predaking's right leg is Tantrum. Saw off this leg and you have "Actionmaster Combiner-mode World's Smallest Titanium Tantrum". (No refunds).
- Although a bull, Tantrum's beast mode, can be dangerous, it is not a predator. It eats grass like all herbivores instead of meat.