Swoop for Champions (300+150)

"Fear can hit targets unreachable to bullets." - Swoop

Real name: Swoop
Other known aliases: Swarp (Japanese release name), Reptilo (name of release in Italy), formerly Divebomb.
Occupation: Dinobot Bombardier
Current group affiliation: Autobots/Dinobots
Rank: 5
Past group affiliations: Lightning Strike Coalition, Dynobots, The Primitives.
Major enemies: Decepticons, particularly the Constructicons and Predacons.
First appearance: G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers II #4 (Devil's Due Comics), Transformers: Generation One Volume II #2 (Dreamwave comics), Transformers #4 (Marvel comics), War of the Dinobots (television series).
Origin: Transformers #4 (Marvel comics), War of the Dinobots (television series).
Description: Swoop is a 24 foot tall silver, red and gold robot who turns into a mechanical pterodactyl. Before being reformatted Swoop turned into a heavy Cybertonian combat jet.


52	STR	12
14	DEX	12
24	CON	28
16	BODY	 0
12	INT	 2
14	EGO	 8
16	PRE	 6
 8	COM	-1
13	PD	 9
14	ED	 9
 4	SPD	16
10	REC	 2
52	END	 2
41	STUN	 2
Characteristics Cost: 107

Powers and Skills

10	EC (10),"Transformer powers"	
35a)	15/15 Armor	
33b)	6 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END	
	 Persistent(+1)                                              0
36c)	3 1/2D6 RKA,"Missile Launchers",vs physical defense,OAF(-1),	
	Explosion(+1/2),x25 Increased Max Range(+1/2),5-6 Charges	
	 (-3/4)                                                      0
 7d)	Shape Shift,"Pterodactyl",Concentrate(-1/4),Cannot change	
	 form if he takes over half BODY.(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1) 0
12	0" Flight,"Wings",x64 Non-Combat,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape	
	 Shift.",OIF(-1/2)                                           0
19	Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in	
	 heat/cold,immune to aging	
52	MP (52),"Movement"	
 5u	20" Flight,1/2 END(+1/4)                                     2
 1u	15" Gliding	
 4u	20" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                    2
57	MP (100),"Weapons",Only in appropriate form.(-1/4),OIF(-1/2)	
 4u	4D6+1 HKA (Fire),"Thermal Sword",OAF(-1/2),0 END(+1/2)       0
 5u	4D6+1 HKA,"Bite",vs physical defense,No Knockback(-1/4),0	
	 END(+1/2)                                                   0
 5u	6 1/2D6 RKA (Light),"Eye Lasers",No Knockback(-1/4),13-16	
	 Charges(0)                                                  0
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
13	52 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                         0
12	+8 Telescopic Sense,Sight Group	
 3	Combat Piloting 12-	
18	6 Levels: with Weapons Multipower.,tight group	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 3	Survival 11-	
 1	TF,Large Spaceships	
 2	WF,Swords,Rocket Launchers	
Powers Cost: 343


Base Points: 300
15	Accidental Chg,"to robot form when stunned.",common,occur
20	DNPC,"Humans in need of saving.",incompetent,appear 11-
20	Distinctive,"Giant Robot",not concealable,major
15	Hunted,"By anti-Autobot forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
10	Physical Lim,"no hands in animal form.",infrequently,greatly
15	Psych Lim,"Hates his new form.",very common,moderate
10	Psych Lim,"Likes to frighten opponents.",common,moderate
15	Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing humans.",uncommon,total
 5	Rep,"Heroic alien robot.",occur 8-
10	Rivalry,"with other tough Autobots.",professional,PC rival
 5	Unluck,1D6
10	Watched,"By Autobot leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
Disadvantages Total: 150

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 450

Explanation of the conversion:

History (Devil's Due comics): In 2004 Swoop was among the Autobots under the leadership Optimus Prime who attempted to take back the planet Cybertron from the Decepticon tyrant Shockwave. After an accident with the teleportational systems of the supercomputer Teletran-3, Swoop found himself sent back in time and on the planet Earth. He was reformatted in the form of an Earth dinosaur with several other Autobots. A group of humans were able to bring the new Dinobots back to Cybertron and they helped overcome Shockwave (G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers II #4).

History (Dreamwave comics): When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron 8.7 million years ago between the Autobots and Deceptions, Swoop joined the Autobot cause.

When Autobot leader Optimus Prime and Decepticon leader Megatron disappeared in an accident with the space bridge 7.4 million years ago, the Autobot and Decepticon forces broke up into factions. Swoop joined up with the Lightning Strike Coalition under the command of Grimlock.

Grimlock lead L.S.C. members Ironhide, Kup, Slag, Sludge, Snarl, Swoop and Wheeljack in stealing a shipment of energon from Starscream and the Predacons at the Moon Alpha Space Port (Transformers: The War Within - The Dark Ages #1).

Ultra Magnus reunited the Autobot factions, with Grimlock working as one of his advisors. Swoop became a member of the Dynobots, a special Autobot unit directly under Grimlock's command.

The Dynobots were assigned to security at the peace talks between the Autobots, Decepticons and Ultracons 6 million years ago. It was their actions which saved the participants from being blown up in a sneak attack by Starscream and his Predacons (Transformers: Age of Wrath #1).

Swoop After Optimus Prime and the crew of the Autobot ship the Ark were lost in space 4 million years ago, the Dynobots formed a search party to recover them. They tracked the Autobot ship to the planet Earth, where the Dynobots were reformatted into mechanical dinosaurs, and Swoop gained his current form. The Dynobots were ambushed by Decepticons Kickback, Shrapnel and Bombshell, and left in stasis lock until they were discovered by Prime and his crew in the 1980's. Because of their new alternate forms they were renamed the Dinobots.

History (Marvel comics): Swoop started out as an Autobot named Divebomb, where he served as an one of the elite flying Autobots. A Predacon defeated him in battle and decided to take Divebomb's name. The Predacon nearly killed the Autobot in their second encounter, but he was saved by his commander, Optimus Prime. Wishing he had been killed by the Predacon, the Autobot came to resent Optimus for saving him. The Autobot choose a new name for himself and became Swoop.

Swoop was among the Autobots who came to Earth with on board the Ark under the leadership of Optimus Prime. When the Ark crash landed on Earth it reformatted Swoop in the form of one of the Earth's native creatures, a pterodactyl.

Swoop was among the united Autobot and Decepticon forces who opposed Unicron's assault on the planet Cybertron in 1991 (Transformers #75).

Making a spectacular descent from the sky, Swoop watches with unhidden glee as his enemies scatter in terror before his looming presence, and that's just the way he likes it because he knows fear is a more effective weapon than any equipment he carries. Fear is also his greatest friend. His ability to cause it in others is the sole comfort he derives from the form generally considered the most horrifying of all the Dinobots. Even his comrades shy away from him, and that is Swoop's tragedy. Four million years ago, when the Ark adapted his Autobot body to resemble that of a pterodactyl's, he gladly accepted the disguise as his contribution to the Autobot cause. Little did he know back then that the good-natured, kind mechanoid that he was - and still is - would be disguised as well.

Starscream attacks the Dinobots in Transformers #50

Trivia: On the Transformers television show, the voice of Swoop is played by actor Michael Bell.

Swoop Powers: Swoop is a very tough Autobot. In pterodactyl mode, Swoop can soar up to 250 mph. Under each wing he carries an air-to-air missile launcher. Each missile is the equivalent of 5000 lbs. of TNT. Although the missiles have a range of 8 miles and are very accurate, Swoop's specialty is swooping down to low altitudes and releasing them virtually point blank at their targets, and then speeding away. In robot mode he can also use the launchers, as well as a thermal sword, which, by heating up to temperatures of 4000 degrees Centigrade, can slice through most materials by melting through them as it passes. Swoop can fire powerful lasers from his eyes in pterodactyl mode.

Weaknesses: Although he's extremely maneuverable and has great endurance due to low fuel consumption, Swoop is vulnerable to enemy firepower due to the relatively fragile nature of his wings.

Links to other Swoop pages:
  • http://home.no.net/transfor/autobots/swoop.php
  • http://tfu.info/1985/Autobot/Swoop/swoop.htm
  • http://www.cobraislandtoys.com/tf/1985/swoop.html
  • http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/Swoop.htm
  • http://www.seibertron.com/database/character.php?char_id=73

  • Character created by Hasbro.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - mathewignash@comcast.net.
    Last Updated - April, 2005

    - Back to Matt's Champions Page.-

    Made on Amiga