Gilmer (Transformers)

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Transformers character
Gilmer in robot and monster forms in Masterforce
Name Gilmer
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Japanese voice actor Masaharu Sato
First appearance Transformers: Masterforce episode "Rise Up!! Pretenders"
Alternate modes Cybertronian submarine
Function Torpedo Attack Staff
Gender Male
Rank 6
Sub-group Pretenders

Gilmer is a fictional character in the Transformers series introduced in 1988. He shouldn't be confused with Submarauder, whose toy is identical, but is protrayed as a seperate character.

Transformers: Generation 1

Gilmer can use undersea volcanoes against Autobot warriors using the magma to attack them. He can control all cruel undersea life such as sharks and orcas. He was imprisoned in Atlantis.[1]

In the Masterforce series, Pretenders don't split from their shells, but transform from semi-organic beings into robotic ones. Gilmer's shell is designed to resemble a humanoid fish monster and he can change size from slightly larger than a human to full size. He is strongest in the water but is able to hover over land in vehicle mode.

Animated series

In the Japanese Masterforce series Gilmer was one of the three Decepticon Pretenders that served under Mega and Giga. [2]

Gilmer and Blood attempted to draw out the Autobot Pretenders by attacking a cruise ship off the coast of Canada. [3]

Gilmer, Dauros and Blood are normally the Decepticons front line soldiers, but their usefulness soon diminishes with the arrival of the Powermasters. [4]

Gilmer last appears in episode #42 "A Battle... and Then..." where the Decepticon Pretenders flee an enraged Black Zarak.[5]


  • Generation 1 Pretender Gilmer (1988)
This toy is identical to the Submarauder toy, but the characterization on the box was completely original.


  1. Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (July 22, 2008). Transformers: The Ark II. IDW Publishing. p. 129. ISBN 978-1600101809. 
  3. "Rise Up!! Pretenders". Writer Hiroyuki Hoshiyama. Transformers: Super-God Masterforce. April 12th, 1988. No. 1, season 1.
  5. "A Battle... and Then...". Writer Yoshihisa Araki. Transformers: Super-God Masterforce. February 28th, 1989. No. 42, season 1.

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