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

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


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

Scruples? You'd sell your own motherboard to the highest bidder.
~ Megatron to Swindle

Fall of Cybertron

The money machine is on the move!
~ Swindle
After Megatron was crushed into bits and Starscream took over his former master's position, he tasked the Combaticons with intercepting an Autobot transport. Onslaught tasked Swindle with patrolling the area to take out any scouts who might give away their operation. Though they successfully destroyed the bridge, the diverted transport still had plenty of anti-air defenses to keep Starscream's aerial forces at bay, and as such Swindle was sent in. Driving underneath, he demolished the transport's wheels before taking on a pair of titans. The transport converted to a flight mode, so Swindle grappled on board and started taking out the transport's anti-aircraft cannons by blowing up their ammo. Working his way around to the other side of the ship, he discovered that the Autobots had destroyed the controls for the shields so he couldn't blow them up, triggering him to instead join the other Combaticons on their drop ship so they could take it out.

The team combined into barbaric Bruticus and stormed through the rest of the Autobot defenses, though in the process they damaged the transport so badly that it crashed, making the enraged Starscream have the Combaticons' arrested. Swindle and the Combaticons were later freed when Megatron was resurrected and kicked a defeated Starscream into hiding. They were aboard the Nemesis, a permanently transformed Trypticon flagship, as it pursued the Autobot's Ark. Swindle took part in the assault on the Autobot ship's engines as part of Bruticus. The giant took out many Autobots before he was taken down by the combined efforts of Jazz and the Aerialbots, the thwarted barbian flying into a mysterious black hole along with the rest of his Autobot and Decepticon peers alike.



  • 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.


            TransformersTitle Villains

Generation Two
Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Bludgeon | Onslaught | Swindle | Blast Off
Cybertronian Empire
Liege Maximo | Jhiaxus | Mindset

Beast Era
Megatron | Scorponok | Waspinator | Blackarachnia | Terrorsaur | Tarantulas | Inferno | Quickstrike | Rampage
Megatron | Tankor | Thrust | Obsidian and Strika

Unicron Trilogy
Megatron | Starscream | Demolishor | Cyclonus | Thrust | Tidal Wave | Terrorcons | Scorponok | Shockblast | Six Shot | Bruticus Maximus | Constructicon Maximus | Thundercracker | Scourge | Ransack and Crumplezone | Thunderblast | Ancient Decepticons
Sideways | Nemesis Prime | Soundwave | Unicron

Megatron | Starscream | Blitzwing | Blackarachnia | Shockwave | Soundwave | Laserbeak | Ratbat | Starscream Clones | Slipstream | Lockdown | Swindle | Waspinator
Scrapper | Mixmaster
Colossus Rhodes | Prometheus Black | Nanosec | Professor Princess

Prime Wars Trilogy
Starscream | Overlord | Megatronus Prime | Rodimus Cron

            TransformersTitle Generation One Villains

Megatron/Galvatron | Soundwave | Shockwave | Reflector | Blitzwing | Astrotrain | | Cyclonus | Scourge | Sweeps | Octane | Trypticon | Runabout & Runamuck | The Fallen
Seekers: Starscream | Thundercracker | Skywarp | Acid Storm | Sunstorm | Thrust | Dirge | Ramjet
Mini-Cassettes: Laserbeak | Ratbat | Frenzy | Rumble | Ravage | Buzzsaw | Slugfest | Overkill
Constructicons: Scrapper | Long Haul | Bonecrusher | Mixmaster | Scavenger | Hook | Devastator
Combaticons: Onslaught | Brawl | Vortex | Swindle | Blast Off | Bruticus
Stunticons: Menasor | Motormaster | Breakdown | Drag Strip | Wildrider | Dead End
Insecticons: Shrapnel | Bombshell | Kickback
Predacons: Razorclaw | Rampage | Divebomb | Tantrum | Headstrong | Predaking
Terrorcons: Hun-Gurr | Blot | Cutthroat | Rippersnapper | Sinnertwin | Abominus
Headmasters: Scorponok | Weirdwolf | Skullcruncher | Mindwipe | Apeface | Snapdragon
Targetmasters: Misfire | Triggerhappy | Slugslinger | Spinister
Seacons: Snap Trap
Pretenders: Skullgrin | Carnivac | Snarler | Thunderwing

Lord Zarak | Vorath | Grax | Monzo | Spasma | Krunk | Aimless | Blowpipe | Caliburst

Unicron | Quintessons | Doctor Arkeville | Shawn Berger | Lord Chumley | King Nergill | Ali | Nightbird | Jero | Old Snake | Primacron | Tornedron | Dweller | Mark Morgan | Gregory Swofford | Circuit Breaker | Scraplets

           Studio 4C logoVillains

Tweeny Witches
Special Task Force | Warlocks (Grande | Sigma | Tiana | Luca | Jestor) | Lennon | Ice Witch | Black Tohma

Transformers: Animated
Decepticons (Megatron | Starscream | Blitzwing | Lugnut | Blackarachnia | Shockwave/Longarm Prime | Soundwave (Laserbeak & Ratbat) | Starscream Clones (Slipstream) | Lockdown | Swindle | Wasp/Waspinator) | Constructicons (Scrapper | Mixmaster | Dirt Boss) | Strika | Oil Slick | Blackout | Cyclonus | Spittor | The Angry Archer | Bat-Monster | Colossus Rhodes | Headmaster | Meltdown | Master Disaster | Nanosec | Professor Princess | Seafood Louis creature | Slo-Mo

ThunderCats (2011 TV series)
Mumm-Ra | Leo | Tygus | Kaynar | Addicus | Ancient Spirits of Evil | Grune | Slithe

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc
Zodd the Immortal | Adon Coborlwitz | Count Julius | Gambino | The Torturer | God Hand (Void | Slan | Ubik | Conrad | Femto)

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