Groove (Transformers)

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Groove is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Generation 1 Groove on card
Name Groove
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generations
English voice actor Frank Welker
Alternate modes Police Motorcycle, Cybertronian Motorcycle
Function Scout
Motto "War is always a problem, never a solution."
Partner Blades, First Aid, Hot Spot and Streetwise
Rank 6
Sub-group Protectobots

Groove is one of the Protectobots, a scout who turns into a police motorcycle.[1]

Groove is often depicted as part of a combiner team. He helps form Defensor, Sky Reign and White Convoy Grand Prime.

Fictional biography

Profile: A full fuel tank, clear skies, and open road - that's all Groove wants out of life. He's relaxed and easygoing, the kind of robot that is typically happy no matter where he is or who he's with. He doesn't like staying in any one place too long, so his attachments are short-lived. But he considers every new experience enriching, so he'd just as soon move on to the next one anyway. Although he's basically a loner, Groove never forgets he's an essential member of the Protectobots team in their struggle against the Decepticons. But he detests violence of any sort, and often finds it difficult to reconcile his pacifist beliefs with his sense of responsibility to his comrades. Certain that war is not the answer, he endlessly roams Earth's highways, hoping to find out what is the answer.

Abilities: In motorcycle mode, Groove can reach speeds of 140 miles per hour, with a range of 800 miles. He's extremely maneuverable. He carries twin vaporators, which shoot fine mists of various oxidizing, freezing, and corrosive liquids. The mists are emitted in a concentrated beam, so that Groove can target the vaporators on particularly vulnerable areas, such as joints and circuit connections, to disable his prey. In robot mode, Groove uses a photon pistol that shoots light bursts with the equivalent brightness of 5,000-watt light bulbs, enough to temporarily blind all but those whose optical sensors are the most heavily shielded. He combines with his fellow Protectobots to form the giant robot known as Defensor.

Weaknesses: When under attack, Groove is often reluctant to fight back as he seeks a non-violent response. This sometimes puts him in considerable danger.

Animated series

The Transformers

Groove first appeared in the Transformers television series in episode #63, "The Revenge of Bruticus" with no explanation as to where he or the other Protectobots came from.

In the episode "B.O.T." Groove displayed the ability to shoot liquid nitrogen from his wrist, which he can use in fire fighting.

Groove had no significant roles in the animated series and served as merely another foot-soldier and a limb for Defensor. The most screen time he ever got was in the episode, "Ghost in the Machine", where he was sent to Unicron with Hot Spot, Ultra Magnus and Springer, to investigate Unicron's reanimation.

Transformers: The Headmasters

Groove appears in episode 27 of the Japanese Headmasters series, called "The Miracle Warriors - The Targetmasters (Part 1)." Spike orders the Protectabots, Technobots and Trainbots to destroy the abandoned Decepticon headquarters on Earth. Combined into Defensor, Computron and Raiden the Autobots quickly demolish the building.


Dreamwave Productions

The Protectobots are featured in their Cybertronian forms in the second installment of the War Within comic series. In this chapter of Transformer history (which takes place long before contact with Earth), the Protectobots are a vigilante squad of peacekeepers. While loosely affiliated with the Autobots, they are a splinter group (as are most other special teams). Here, they featured in trying to aid the Wreckers in stopping Devastator, to prevent the war between the various factions from dragging in other Combiner teams.

In issue #2 of the third Generation One series, titled "Black Sunshine", the Protectabots were ordered by Prowl to inventigate the energy anomaly created by Sunstorm escaping Shockwave's abandoned secret lab. When they arrived they discovered the hole left in the roof by Sunstorm and the deactivated Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck. Streetwise reported back to Prowl as First Aid repaired the Decepticons. Although not depicted, it is assumed Groove was looking around the lab at the time.

Marvel Comics

Groove's role in the comics was minor. In issue #24 "Afterdeath", Optimus Prime, Groove and the other Protectobots were engaged in a virtual game against Megatron and the Combaticons. The Protectobots defeated the individual Combaticons and sacrificed themselves to destroy Megatron, allowing Prime to win the game. However, their efforts were spoiled when Megatron used a cheat code to reenter the game. Prime defeated Megatron, however he forfeited the game after realizing his actions caused innocents to die. Thus, as per their agreement, Optimus Prime ordered Ethan Zachary to destroy him.

Afterwards, during the reign of Grimlock, the Protectobots turned from rescuers to bounty hunters. They had been ordered by Grimlock to hunt the rebellious Blaster and Goldbug. After finally capturing Blaster in issue #35, they end up letting him go after Blaster rescues several human children from the Decepticons.

Groove made no more significant appearances, other than a cameo in the Transformers: Generation 2 issues, after this.

TFcon comics

Groove appeared in the TFcon 2009 voice actor play prelude comic Game Face.

Groove appeared in the TFcon 2009 voice actor play Bee for, Bee now.[2]


  • Hasbro Generation 1 Groove (1986)
The Generation 1 Groove toy came with either a gold or silver chest. This toy was recolored into Sparkride.
  • Hasbro Generation 2 Groove (unreleased)
Prototypes of recolors of all the Protectobots were released for the Generation 2 toy line, but they never made it to general release. The few that were produced are considered highly collectable.
  • Shapeways Sunlink Groove Gun (2012)
A 3d printed gun for Deluxe Groove with a 5mm peg handle.
  • Hasbro Generations Protectobots Emergency Response (2014)
A three-pack of figures.
Groove is a recolor of Prime Cyberverse Arcee. Comes with two guns.
  • Hasbro Generations Legends Groove (2015)
A new mold. Serves as armor for Defensor.
Groove was remolded and recolored into Generations Legends Wreck-Gar and Rust Dust.
  • Takara Unite Warriors Guardian (2016)
A five-pack of toys which combine into Guardian.
This Groove figure that can serve as a limb for Guardian. He was recolored and remolded into Unite Warriors and Generations Afterburner.
  • Hasbro Generations Deluxe Groove (2016)
A minor recolor of the Deluxe Groove figure from the Unite Warriors Guardian box set.

Transformers: Universe

Transformers character
Universe Groove on card
Name Groove
Series Transformers: Universe
Alternate modes Police Motorcycle
Sub-group Micromasters, Protectobots

A Micromaster Protectabot named Groove was released in the Transformers: Universe line in 2004. He was a redeco of Generation 1 Glide.

3H Enterprises

This version of Groove appeared only in his combined form of Defensor in issue 2 of the Transformers: Universe comic as one of the Transformers escaping Unicron's captivity.

Fun Publications

According to the Fun Publications Ask Vector Prime stories this Groove comes from Aurex 1104.30-DB Zeta, part of the Unicron Trilogy series. Defensor was born from Doctor Brian Jones's attempts at reverse-engineering Maximus combiner technology and applying it to Mini-Con anatomy. Superion, Defensor, and Rail Racer fought Devastator in the Combiner Wars during the Unicron Singularity crisis.


  • Universe Groove (2004)
Groove is the US release of the Japanese exclusive toy Glide Micromaster. A Kaybee toy store exclusive.

Transformers: Superlink

Transformers character
Superlink Groove in car form
Name Groove
Series Transformers: Superlink
Alternate modes Police car/gun
Sub-group Micron Boosters

Groove is a Mini-Con from Micron Booster wave 2.


  • Takara Transfomers: Superlink Micron Booster Groove (2004)
A recolor of Armada Prowl. Turns from robot to police car or gun.

2011 Shattered Glass

Groove is an evil Autobot who turns into a Cybertronian motorcycle.


  • Cybertron Scout Ransack GTS (2006)
Hasbro made Ransack a toy-line specific "upgrade" called "Ransack GTS", much like how they released Override GTS and Brakedown GTS.
The Ransack GTS toy came with a Cyber Key with the code s2w5 on it. When typed in on the official Transformers web site this code reveals that, rather bizarrely, he is a keen stand-up comedian trying to get on "Velocitron Idol", looking at this as a way to stop his life of war. He seems determined not to let the fact that he isn't any good put him off.
In 2006 a special edition of Ransack GTS was available in Walmart stores which contained a DVD with the episode "Cybertron" as a promotional item - despite the fact that he wasn't in that episode as Ransack GTS.
This toy was later repackaged as part of a 3 pack of Cybertron Scouts for the Universe line.
This toy was repurposed as Shattered Glass Groove.


  1. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 44. ISBN 0764313649. 

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