Scavenger has appeared in multiple continuities to include Comics, Cartoons and Movies. Scavenger's alt-mode is an Excavator. He is one of the Decepticons know as Constructicons and forms the right arm of the Combiner Devastator. Scavenger shovel has the unique ability to detect raw materials needed by the Decepticons.
Scavenger was created by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions for The Transformers (1984) Cartoon. He was first seen in 1986 Marvel Comics' The Transformers issue #10 by writer Bob Budiansky and editors Jim Shooter.
Major Story Arcs
Generation 1 Continuity
During 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. Scavenger and the other Constructicons were immediately given a mission to construct a communications tower to transmit a message to Cybertron. A truckstop was raided for raw materials, attracting trucker Bomber Bill, who, with the aid of the Autobots, managed to destroy the tower the Constructicons had built.
After Megatron took back command of the Decepticons, Scavenger and the other Constructicons were charged with building perimeter defenses around their current base of operations at a coal strip mine in eastern Wyoming. Devastator's services were again required when the Autobots staged a surprise attack, but the Decepticons retreated once they had what they needed.
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, Scavenger and the other Constructicons retrieved the remains of several fallen and captured Decepticons.
Scavenger 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.
Scavenger has not yet appeared in Regeneration One.
After getting laid off due to the Senate "reforms" being championed by Ratbat, Scavenger and the other Constructicons sought out work with Megatron. The Constructicons were given the unique and challenging job of building a new arena from scratch before every battle, using only the scrap and other materials on-site. They also worked with repairing Megatron and other injured gladiators after their battles.
The Constructions battled against the Autobots when they made an assault on the Citadel. As the war began between the Autobots and Decepticons, the Constructicons remained loyal followers of Megatron.
The Constructicons were stationed on Varas Centralus with Swindle and Sky-Byte, the atrocities they committed caused Sky-Byte to abandon the Decepticon cause.
Back on Cybertron, Scavenger was part of a convoy along with Ramjet, Octane and the other Constructicons bringing energon to the war effort. They were intercepted and captured by Optimus Prime and Ironhide.
All Hail Megatron
The Constructicons joined Megatron's Earth forces, where they used their new ability to combine into Devastator against the Autobots. With the Autobots defeated, Scavenger joined in the attack on New York City.
Scavenger joined Starscream's during the Seekers rebellion against Megatron. They attacked Megatron in the form of Devastator, and would have killed him if they hadn't been interrupted by the arrival of European fighter jets. Devastator started swatting the jets out of the sky, only to be attacked by Omega Supreme when the Autobots returned to the planet. The Constructicons were defeated when Omega blasted a hole straight through their combined mode.
Following the Decepticons' defeat, Scavenger was separated from the other Constructicons who were captured by Skywatch. He had successfully avoided capture for two years by painting himself in less conspicuous color (brown) and tried to sneak aboard a cargo ship going out of the country. However, he was found by Bumblebee, who wanted the Autobots and Decepticons to work together in order to prove to the humans that they were equals. This enraged Scavenger, who strictly considered humans lesser beings to be ruled over, and attacked Bumblebee. As the Autobot fled, Scavenger went back into hiding.
Megatron would later use space bridge technology built into in his new body to summon Scavenger and the rest of the Decepticons to Cybertron. While battling the Autobots, the other Constructions combined into Devastator. Because Devastator's combined form was incomplete due to Scrapper's death, they eventually lost because their right leg was paralyzed. They were then mind-controlled by D-Void and combined with Galvatron's army and formed a monster construct.
Robots in Disguise
After Cybertron's rebirth, the remaining Decepticons were captured by the Autobots. However Ratbat organized them and made plans to rise up and take control by assassinating Autobot leader Bumblebee. Scavenger worked in a Decepticon factory and joined his fellow Constructicons coming to the aid of Bombshell when he was being chased by the Autobots Arcee and Prowl. They then tried to kill Prowl who threatened to detonate their I/D chips, but soon realized the Constructicon's chips were already disabled. Prowl then had to use Wheeljack's pass-code to override the chips and destroyed all the Constructicons.
Powers & Weaknesses
Scavenger can use his alt-mode's shovel has magnetic, ionic, electrical, and gas sensors that are invaluable in detecting fuels, materials. He can detect materials in a 500 yard radius. He can also use sonic charges to analyze echoes and can determine with 80% accuracy their composition up to 1.2 miles deep. He carries a missle launcher in vehicular mode and in his robot-mode he uses a laser pistol to incinerate his enemies. When combined with the other Constructicons he forms the right arm of Devestator. Scavenger's abilities are deluted by his poor judgement and causes him to squander large amounts of his fuel. He is also prone to overtaxing his power shovel, causing it to break from metal fatigue. Scavenger self esteem is so low he'd do just about anything to get the approval of the others.
- Allegiance: Decepticon
- Sub Group: Constructicons
- Function: Scout/Scavenger; Mining & Salvage
- Alt-Modes: Excavator, Terex O&K RH400
- Color Schemes: Green/Purple (G1, IDW), Brown (IDW), Purple/Green (Universe), Red (Movies)
Scavenger was seen on board the Warworld among the Decepticons rallied by Megatron against Jhiaxus's Cybertronian Empire.
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
The terrorist organization known as Cobra found the Autobots that had crashed to earth four-million-years ago. They dug them out and began rebuilding them into a Cobra-controlled vehicles. With Wheeljack and Bumblebee's help, the mind-controlled Transformers were awakened, and the Constructicons, including Scavenger, attacked their captor, Doctor Mindbender.
Soundwave stopped them from killing the doctor, because he was needed for other purposes. The Constructicons were ordered to protect the SPS Satellite controls from the attacking Autobot and G.I. Joe troops. To do so, Scavenger combined with the others to form Devastator, but the giant was soon defeated by the attackers.
Scavenger was part of Hook's team when Megatron ordered the creation of Devastator.
Scavenger is one of the six Micromaster Constructicons who combine into Devastator, Scavenger forms his right arm.
In another Multiverse Scavenger is one of four Decepticons who combine into the mighty Constructicon Devastator. In this Universe his colors are inverted to purple and green.
For the Autobot from the Armada/Energon Series see Scavenger
Scavenger was involved in the early days of the Decepticons, and Megatron's plan to turn the planet into a cosmic dreadnought. He defended the project from Autobot invaders, until Ironhide shot him in the face. He and the other Constructicons later created the combiner process, giving them the power to merge into Devastator. After the technology was widely distributed to both Autobots and Decepticon factions. Eventually the Crisis Intervention Accord was passed banning the use of Special Teams as they were too dangerous. The Constructicons were the first to break the Accords during the Dark Ages, joining up with Ratbat and his Ultracons. They attempted to seize control of the Tagan Heights from the Wreckers, but ran into the Protectobots who merged to form Defensor. Devastator was taken down by the Protectobots who caused him to unmerge into their individual components.
Generation 1 (2002)
The Constructicons made their way to Earth in order to serve with Megatron and the lost crew of the Nemesis. Like all Transformers, they vanished after the destruction of the Ark II, but were reactivated by Lazarus. Scavenger and the Constructicons formed Devastator and began attacking California after regaining their free will, but were ultimately destroyed when Optimus Prime shot Devastator in the head.
The pieces of Scavenger and the Constructicons were taken by Earth Defense Command, and were held in their Roswell facility for study.
Scavenger was part of Alpha Trion's insurrectionist organization.
Scavenger and Mixmaster repaired Galvatron after his battle with Omega Doom.
In Other Media
Scavenger's exact origins are unknown. He was alive on Cybertron several million years ago, where he helped create Megatron. According to Omega Supreme, Scavenger and the Constructicons were good once, and built Crystal City. This changed when Megatron attacked the Constructicons with his Robo-Smasher, reprogramming them into Decepticons.
- Heavy Metal War
- City of Steel
- The Autobot Run
- The Core
- The Master Builders
- Desertion of the Dinobots, part 1
- The Secret of Omega Supreme
- Trans-Europe Express
- Starscream's Brigade
- Five Faces of Death, part 1, 2, & 4
- Carnage in C-Minor
- Fight of Flee
- The Burden Hardest to Bear
- The Rebirth, part 1
Transformers: The Headmasters (1987) (Japan)
Scavenger and the Constructicons were stationed on Earth, under the command of Sixshot. They attempted to prevent Ultra Magnus from sending reinforcements to Cybertron to help the Autobots fend off Galvatron's siege on Vector Sigma. Mixmaster and his squad were ganging up on the Trainbots until Metroplex arrived and caused them to retreat with his superior firepower. Having failed to stop the Autobot reinforcements from departing, the Constructicons followed them to Cybertron. As Devastator, they tried to shoot Superion in the back, but Optimus Prime foiled their aim, making them hit Abominus instead. Devastator was involved in a combiner shootout on Cybertron until the Battleship Maximus arrived and annihilated the Decepticon combiners.
Mixmaster and the Constructicons were guarding the Decepticon space bridge on Earth, but failed miserably when Twincast single-handedly fought them off and stole a ride on the bridge.
- Four Warriors Come out of the Sky
- The Mystery of Planet Master
- The Great Cassette Operation
Transformers: Energon (2004)
Steamhammer was never referred to by name, nor was he ever presented as an individual being. Most of his appearances were as the torso of Constructicon Maximus.
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
In preparation for the Decepticon assault on Autobot City, the Constructicons helped Megatron and Starscream board an Autobot shuttle. Prowl, one of the crew members, attacked Scavenger, who returned fire and killed him with a single shot. And he still gets no respect. The Decepticons subsequently flew the shuttle to Autobot City, where the Constructicons wrecked things both separately and as Devastator until Megatron was defeated and Starscream called for a retreat. On the train ride home, a fight for leadership broke out, but the Constructicons didn't win. Instead the victory went to Starscream, and Scavenger and his comrades were content with playing horns at his coronation. However, Starscream was soon killed by Galvatron, a reborn Megatron who immediately took back control of his troops. Scavenger followed Galvatron to the planet of Junk to hunt down Ultra Magnus, but ended up being knocked over by Daniel Witwicky alongside Shrapnel.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
During the climactic battle in Egypt between the Autobots, their human allies and The Fallen's Decepticons, Scavenger appeared in a quarry with the other Constructicons before merging and creating the torso of Devastator to attack Seymour Simmons, Leo Spitz, Skids and Mudflap. As Devastator made its way to the Great Pyramid of Giza after beating Skids and Mudflap, where Simmons ordered the United States Navy to fire upon the giant Decepticon. The U.S.S. Kidd fired her experimental rail gun, smashing one of his arms to pieces and destroying Devastator.