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It's... it's not my fault, Megatron! This greed is built into my personality component!
~ Swindle, B.O.T

Swindle is a greedy con-artist Decepticon and is a major antagonist that appears throughout the Transformers franchise. Though his loyalties lie with Megatron, he is known for being a neutral weapons dealer who uses the war between the Autobots and Decepticons to his advantage by selling arms to both sides. He is also a Combaticon.

Generation One

Wings Universe

Swindle's involvement in the Wings Universe comics produced by the Transformers Collectors Club act as prequels to the cartoon.

Season 2

Swindle was among a group of five renegade Decepticons whose personality components were rescued by Starscream as part of his latest scheme to overthrow Megatron. Swindle's personality component was put in a Willys Jeep, one of several abandoned World War II vehicles. Starscream called them "Combaticons" and announced their names as they transformed, but they did not recognize him. Starscream only guaranteed their loyalty though having given them bodies bereft of energy absorbers, so they would be dependent upon him to refuel. While they were initially sucessful, the Stunticons' intervention meant the brigade's defeat, and Megatron exiled all six to a remote asteroid.

The Combaticons later escaped the asteroid and attacked Cybertron together as Bruticus. After being defeated again, Swindle and the Combaticons were reprogrammed to be loyal to Megatron.

Season 3

The Rebirth

Marvel's the Transformers

Generation 2

IDW Comics

Main article: Swindle (IDW Comics)

Transformers Cinematic Universe

Transformers the Game

In the game Transformers, Swindle serves as a main antagonist in the Autobot campaign. This version of Swindle is actually more of a mindless army of drones, being several enemy squads of nameless, characterless foot soldiers used simply as a nuisance to stop the player from advancing.

There were Autobot counterparts used to battle the player in the Decepticon campaign as well, and both sides were voiced by Fred Tatascoire (grunts only).

Transformers: Animated

Main article: Swindle (Transformers Animated)

Aligned Universe

Main article: Swindle (FOC)


Trivia

  • Swindle is voiced by Johnny Heymer in the G1 cartoon, Fred Tatascoire in the games, Fred Willard in Animated,  and Steven Blum in Fall of Cybertron.

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