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Tarantulas (pronounced TER-ANT-CHEW-LUSS in the series) is a Predacon in the Beast Wars series. Due to problems in trade-marking the name, later releases of the character were called Predacon Tarantulus by Hasbro. This article is about the use of the Predacons as the evil faction of Beast Wars and Transformers: Robots in Disguise. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Beast Wars

Transformers character

Tarantulus Box Art
Tarantulas
Affiliation Predacon
Sub-Group Deluxe Beasts
Transmetals
Function Ninja Warrior
(although he is a mad scientist and secret police officer in the series.)
Motto None officially, but has said ”You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend to be venomous.”
Alternate Modes Tarantula
Transmetal Tarantula / Motorcycle
Series Beast Wars
English voice actor Alec Willows
Japanese voice actor Yūichi Nagashima


The character of Tarantulas as seen on the television series was very different from how Hasbro originally depicted him on his tech specs. On the specs he was a stealthy ninja of average intelligence who liked to feed on humans, not a double agent or scientist. When Tarantulas was re-released in 2006 they changed his tech specs to more reflect the television series character. Ironically, while he seemed to be more of a scientist (and double agent, serving his own agenda as much as Megatron's), Blackarachnia was much more adept in the martial arts than he was. Transformers are fictional alien robots and the titular characters of a popular[1] Hasbro toy line and its spin-offs. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Tarantulas-boxart. ... The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Predacon_symbol. ... Diversity 113 genera, 897 species Genera Subfamily Acanthopelminae    Acanthopelma Subfamily Aviculariinae    Avicularia    Ephobopus    Pachistopelma    Tapinauchenius Subfamily Eumenophorinae    Anoploscelus    Batesiella    Citharischius    Encyocrates    Eumenophorus    Hysterocrates    Loxomphalia    Loxoptygus    Monocentropus    Myostola    Phoneyusa    Polyspina Subfamily Harpactirinae    Ceratogyrus    Coelogenium    Eucratoscelus    Harpactira    Pterinochilus Subfamily Ischnocolinae    Chaetopelma    Cratorrhagus    Heterothele    Ischnocolus    Nesiergus    Plesiophrictus/Neoplesiophrictus Subfamily Ornithoctoninae    Citharognathus    Cyriopagopus    Haplopelma... A variety of parked motorcycles A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... YÅ«ichi Nagashima (長島 雄一 Nagashima YÅ«ichi) is a seiyÅ« who was born on December 15, 1957 in Saitama. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Megatron is a fictional character, and the main antagonist, from the Beast Wars and Beast Machines animated series and toylines, part of the Transformers multiverse. ...


Megatron refers to Tarantulus in Nemesis part 1 as a ”treacherous spawn of Unicron”. According to the Beast Wars writers this is in fact proof that Tarantulas is not an ordinary Predacon. Writer Bob Forward has claimed that this was in fact meant to show Tarantulas was descended from Unicron himself. This explains his assertion that destroying The Ark wouldn't affect him, because the council and himself have different origins, although it is never in fact stated in the show that Tarantulas is descended from Unicron. The closest there has been to a confirmation of the link was in Transformers: The Ultimate Guide, where it was claimed he had dark science links dating back to the Chaos-Bringer, although whether this in fact means that Tarantulas is descended from Unicron is unknown. Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ...


Transformers: Timelines

Tarantulas checks in with his superiors.

Tarantulas was featured in the 2006 BotCon tale Timelines: Dawn of Futures Past. Much more of the background surrounding the theft of the Golden Disk artifact was revealed. After Megatron and his crew had stolen the Golden Disk Tarantulas was able to decode enough information from the Golden Disk to set a course through Transwarp space - all the while reporting his discoveries to his master on the Tripredacus Council member General Ram Horn. With a little help from Laserbeak and Buzzsaw (secretly sent by Divebomb to ensure Megatron's plan to change history succeeded) they destroyed one of their pursuers, and the newly christened Darkside fled into Transwarp space, with the Axalon in pursuit - thus beginning the Beast Wars. Art sketches by artist Marcelo Matere in the latter section of the comic indicate his pre-Earth mode was that of a multi-wheeled transport. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Display cases for upcoming Transformers at BotCon 2006 BotCon, briefly known as The Official Transformers Collectors Convention (or OTFCC), is an annual convention for Transformers fans and collectors. ... Megatron, as he appeared pre-Beast Wars in Dreamwave comics, stealing the Golden Disk. ... Beast Wars: Transformers: The Tripredacus Council The Tripredacus Council serves as the ruling body of the Predacon Alliance in this time. ... Laserbeak is the name given to four fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... Buzzsaw is the name of several characters in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Divebomb is the name of several characters in the in the Transformers series. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Season 1

Tarantulas was one of the original members of Megatron's Darkside crew who stole the Golden Disk artifact from the Cybertron archives. He has been known to attack enemies both physically and psychologically. He is often considered one of the most sadistic and treacherous of his peers, a mad scientist in his own right. He was the one who infected Blackarachnia and Inferno with Predacon shell programs (and once Rhinox as well). In the case of Blackarachnia, he reprogrammed her from a Maximal Protoform with the full intention of her being his mate and partner. He later developed an obsession with the "She-spider" (as he often called her), because of how much she rivaled him in skills. However, when he was consistently rejected by Blackarachnia, he then took to calling her "Witch". Another attempt to create a spider Predacon failed because the pod had already scanned a fire ant which resulted in Inferno. Megatron is a fictional character, and the main antagonist, from the Beast Wars and Beast Machines animated series and toylines, part of the Transformers multiverse. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Megatron, as he appeared pre-Beast Wars in Dreamwave comics, stealing the Golden Disk. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing, beaker with strange colored liquid — one popular stereotype of a mad scientist. ... Blackarachnia (Widow in Japan) is a fictional Transformer character from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers: Universe. ... Inferno is the name of four fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... Species More than 280 species and subspecies, see text For the species of fire ant common to the Southern U.S. see Red imported fire ant Fire ants, sometimes referred to as simply red ants, are stinging ants of which there are over 280 species worldwide. ... Inferno is the name of four fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ...

Tarantulas: in his original incarnation.

Megatron often relied on Tarantulas because of his technological and strategic brilliance, but was always suspicious of his intentions and aspirations as well as his somewhat psychotic nature. He was well known for his frequent maniacal laughter. Megatron would eventually discover Tarantulus' role but, much to Tarantulas' amusement, could not afford to kill him as he still had need of his talents. Image File history File links Tarantulas. ... Image File history File links Tarantulas. ...


At points in the first season, Tarantulas would show to have abnormal levels of knowledge about the Vok (then simply called the “aliens”) and even knew in advance they planned to destroy the planet. He attempting to capture and modify a Maximal Stasis Pod so he could escape. Unfortunately for him, Megatron learned of this and sent Inferno to stop him. The arsonist Predacon torched Tarantulas with his flamethrower, seemingly disabling him. Despite his body being blasted, Tarantulas' managed to download his mind temporarily into Blackarachnia's body when she tried to access his datatracks. In Transformers history, the Vok were mysterious and powerful aliens who had evolved beyond the corporeal world. ...


Season 2

Tarantulas continued to influence Blackarachnia's body, forcing her to abandon a battle with the Maximals (much to Megatron's fury) to return his newly transmetalized body to the Predacon base. There, Tarantulas' mind was transferred back into his body but kept a psychic link to use Blackarachnia as his puppet, forcing her to attempt to gain information on Megatron's Golden Disks. However, Blackarachnia betrayed him, waiting until he was distracted by the Maximals to download the data for herself. Tarantulas retained the link until Blackarachnia forced him to break it by threatening to kill herself - and by extension take him with her. Transmetal Optimus Primal Transmetal Megatron Transmetals are a subgroup of Beast Wars in the fictional Transformers Universe, featuring toys with mechanical animal modes and techno-organic robot modes. ... Megatron, as he appeared pre-Beast Wars in Dreamwave comics, stealing the Golden Disk. ...

Quickstrike, Tarantulas, Megatron, Inferno and Waspinator in Season Two.

After that (and the resurrection of Optimus Primal as a transmetal), Tarantulas remained with the Predacons for a while, although he was always following his own agenda (even sabotaging a Predacon mission in order to gain a new lair). Tarantulas became a free agent after the discovery of the Vok ship that abducted Airazor and Tigatron in Other Visits, much to Megatron's fury. Image File history File links Predacons-s2. ... Image File history File links Predacons-s2. ... Optimus Primal (Convoy, later Beast Convoy to differentiate him from the original Convoy, Blackjack in some European markets) is a fictional character from the Transformers toyline, and the leader of the Maximal forces and the main protagonist in the Beast Wars television series. ... In Transformers history, the Vok were mysterious and powerful aliens who had evolved beyond the corporeal world. ... Airazor is the name of two fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... Tigatron Tigatron is a Transformer character from Beast Wars. ...


The two formed an alliance of sorts after, promising to share its' secrets. Megatron predictably pulled a double-cross, forcing Tarantulas (who had planned to do the same) to form a wary alliance with the Maximals to stop him returning to Cybertron with the ship, actually helping them to stop Megatron due to his hatred of the Vok. After this he was often seen helping Megatron if he had something to gain from it. The two never truly trusted each other, resorting to spying on each other and bugging the others' communications.


Tarantulas also attempted several schemes of his own, attempting to take Protoform X's pod for himself while forcing Blackarachnia to reveal her knowledge, only to get beaten up by Silverbolt and subsequently torn apart by the psychotic Protoform X. Later, when Ravage was sent to Earth, Tarantulas showed his true colors. Ravage identified Tarantulus as an agent of the Tripredacus council. Tarantulas then aided Ravage and the Maximals in capturing Megatron by disabling the defenses of the Darkside . When Ravage switched sides after seeing a recording of the original Megatron Tarantulas also switched sides, helping him to attack the Axalon . However their attack failed when Rattrap delivered a bomb onto Ravage’s ship in a daring solo assault on the vessel. Rampage is the name of two different fictional characters in the Transformers universes // Rampage was a member of the Predacons, the other members being Razorclaw, Divebomb, Headstrong, and Tantrum. ... Silverbolt is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Ravage is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... In the world of the animated television series Beast Wars, the Tripredacus Council serves as the ruling body of the Predacon Alliance in this time. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Beast Wars The Axalon (foreground) and Darkside (background) before crashing on prehistoric Earth. ... Rattrap (Rattle in Japan) is the name of a fictional character from the Transformers toyline that appeared in the Beast Wars and Beast Machines series. ...


Voice actor plays

Tarantulas as he appeared in the TransformersCon 2006 program comic.
Tarantulas as he appeared in the TransformersCon 2006 program comic.

Tarantulas appeared in the 2006 TransformersCon voice actor play. Voices in the play were performed by a variety of volunteers and the actual voice actors attending the convention. In this play various Transformers from different timelines and realities were swept up in a repeat wave and transported along with Unicron to Earth. The Transformers included original Tracks, Ariel, Cosmos and Megatron, Beast Wars Tarantulas, Robots in Disguise Sky-Byte and Beast Machines Tankor. Tarantulas was seemingly plucked from some time in early season two of Beast Wars. Unlike most of the Transformers present, Tarantulas immediately allied himself with Unicron, who sensed the spider as one of his servants. Eventually the Transformers were able to learn that the death of Unicron in 2005 was what created the repeat wave. They defeated Unicron by tricking him into Transforming and using up his power, then using the Key to Vector Sigma program (which Tankor had brought with him) to tap into the power of Vector Sigma itself, and through it the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. With Unicron severely drained the various Transformers faded back to their original timelines. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Convention Exclusive G1 Vol 3 issue #1 from TransformersCon 2004. ... Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ... Tracks (Le Sillage in Canada, Puma in Italy) is the name to a single character in the Transformers Universes. ... Elita One is the female Autobot commander on Cybertron trying to liberate the planet from the corrupt grip of the Decepticon guardian of Cybertron, Shockwave. ... Cosmos is the Autobots reconnaissance & communications specialist in space. ... Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Sky-Byte (Gelshark in Japan) is the name of a character in the fictional Transformers universes. ... Tankor is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers Universes. ... Vector Sigma. ... The Autobot Matrix of Leadership (or Creation Matrix) in the fictional Transformers universes, is a talisman of legend, passed down from Autobot leader to Autobot leader. ...


Season 3

Shown to be rebuilt by spider-like repair bots in Optimal Situation Tarantulas only appeared sparingly, working on his own agenda off-screen, though he appeared to have rejoined the Predacons. Megatron referred to him as “Lieutenant” and he appear to function as a squad commander on the Predacon mission to try and to kill Blackarachnia (now having defected to the Maximals) and Cheetor with the aid of cloned transmetal enhanced Velociraptors and on the Predacon mission to ensure Blackarachnia would die when her Shell Program was being tampered with. His hatred of the Vok was also made clear although the reason behind it remained a mystery. Cheetor is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers toyline. ... Binomial name Velociraptor mongoliensis Osborn, 1924 A model of a velociraptor Velociraptor, meaning roughly fast thief, is a genus of small, agile and slender dinosaurs with up-curved skulls and large sickle claws. ...


He finally cut all ties with the Predacons when he manipulated the gullible Quickstrike into using Optimus Primal (who Quickstrike could control via Tarantulus' control suit gadget) to kill Megatron, throwing him into a lava pit as he warred for control of the spark of his his namesake. With Megatron's seeming demise, Tarantulus attempted to destroy The Ark, setting it to self-destruct. However, his plan was foiled on both fronts - Megatron arose from the pit, mutated by the power of his ancestor into a massive new dragon form, one he quickly used to full effect on the traitor, first roasting him with blasts of fire then throwing him into the lava pit himself, telling him treachery required NO mistakes. Elsewhere, Blackarachnia used her knowledge of Tarantulus' methods to halt the self-destruct countdown Quickstrike is the name given to three fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... The Ark after it crashed to Earth The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ...


Badly damaged and forced into hiding after this, Tarantulas attempted to take over control of Tigerhawk from the Vok. Here he revealed that this was the plan of the Tripredacus Council, who were not descended from Autobot and Decepticon like the rest of the Cybertronians, and wanted the planet's current existence erased from the timeline (and hence would not have been affected by the destruction of The Ark). However, in doing so, he inadvertently attracted the direct attention the Vok influence and, as it tried to enter his own body, he accidentally vaporized himself with his own machinery. It is revealed in the two-part series finale "Nemesis", that Tarantulas had been repairing and restoring the crashed Decepticon warship, Nemesis , for his own use. This does not cite its references or sources. ... In Transformers history, the Vok were mysterious and powerful aliens who had evolved beyond the corporeal world. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Decepticon insignia from the 2007 Transformers movie The Decepticons (known as Destrons or on occasion Deathtrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the fictional universe of the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Nemesis is a Decepticon spaceship in the fictional Transformers Generation One universe. ...


Beast Machines

Tarantulas' corpse reappeared in the Beast Machines episode "Spark of Darkness". Megatron's depolarized Spark took control of a Transformer corpse. Although it was never identified or recognized as Tarantulas, the corpse had Transmetal Tarantulas' legs, arms, and torso. However, it lacked Tarantulas' spider legs, shoulder missile-launchers, chestplate and had a different head. This body was also considerably larger than the Beast Wars rendition as this version was a lot bigger than both Blackarachnia and Silverbolt. However, this was not quite possible as Tarantulas had been destroyed on prehistoric Earth during the events of the Beast Wars. As such, corpse should not have been on Cybertron.


3H Enterprises

In the Beast Wars: Primeval Dawn comic, it is revealed that Tarantulas' destruction was an elaborate ruse engineered by himself, in order to absorb the Vok who possessed Tigerhawk into himself. With the power of the Vok at his command Tarantulas now planned to destroy the rest of the Vok and refashion the timeline to his own desire. Reviving Ravage and adding Razorclaw, Spittor and Iguanus to his ranks, he sought to complete the task he had begun. However, he met opposition in the Vok's new avatar, Primal Prime, as well as with the returned Tigatron and Airazor. Ravage is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Razorclaw is the name of several characters in the in the Transformers series. ... Spittor is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... Iguanus is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... Primal Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers toy and story lines. ... Tigatron Tigatron is a Transformer character from Beast Wars. ... Airazor is the name of two fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ...

Tankor and Obsidian bring Blackarachnia to Tarantulas in the Transformers: Universe comics.
Tankor and Obsidian bring Blackarachnia to Tarantulas in the Transformers: Universe comics.

Although there would be no Tarantulas toy for the Universe line, Tarantulas (seemingly in the Vok-afflicted body from Primeval Dawn) appeared in the Transformers: Universe comic book series. Presumably after his defeat in the Primeval Dawn storyline, he joined forces with Unicron's Decepticons. He welcomed Blackarachnia back to the side of evil (Transformers Universe #2) and sent her on a mission against the Autobots (Transformers: Universe #3). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (640x772, 123 KB) Summary Transmetal Tarantulas appears in the Transformers: Universe. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (640x772, 123 KB) Summary Transmetal Tarantulas appears in the Transformers: Universe. ... Tankor is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers Universes. ... Obsidian is the name given to several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Blackarachnia (Widow in Japan) is a fictional Transformer character from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers: Universe. ...


Toys

  • Beast Wars Tarantulas
Tarantulas was a deluxe-sized toy released in the first wave of Beast Wars figures in 1996 by Hasbro. He shared a common mold with Blackarachnia, but in the television series they proportioned Tarantulas like the toy and used the mutant head from the toy, whereas Blackarachnia was given more female proportions and they used the robot head from the toy. This toy was later recolored into the unreleased Halloween Horricon Blackarachnia.
In early Beast Wars toy commercials, they referred to this character as Tarantula.
  • Transmetal Tarantulas
He was later reformatted as transmetal spider with attributes of a motorcross bike. In Japan this figure was sold seperately and also packaged together with transmetal Rhinox.
  • Fox Kids Transmetal Tarantulas
The transmetal toy was recolored for his Fox Kids release. These colors were used to depict Tarantulas in the Primeval Dawn and Universe comics.
  • 10th Anniversary Tarantulas (2006)
In 2006 the original Tarantulas toy was one of the toys selected for the Beast Wars 10th Anniversary toyline. He was repainted in more show-accurate colors. His name is indicated on packaging as Predacon Tarantulus, the spelling of his proper name changed for trademark reasons. He came packaged with one of the six pieces used to make the Transmutate toy. He also came with a DVD with the Beast War episode Spider's Game on it.

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Tarantulas just might be the scariest looking creature on the planet if we're not counting the cast of The Jeffersons.
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Tarantulas (Transformers) at AllExperts (1135 words)
Tarantulas was one of the original members of Megatron's Darkside crew who stole the Golden Disk from the Cybertron archives.
Megatron often relied on Tarantulas because of his technological and strategic brilliance, but was always suspicious of his intentions and aspirations as well as his somewhat psychotic nature.
Tarantulas turned out to be an agent of the Tripredacus Council, a lieutenant of their Secret Police force.
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