|First appearance||Transformers: Armada|
|Voiced by||Corey Burton|
|Occupation||Mechanic, Sniper, Warrior, Security Officer|
Autobot boot camp member, Head of Autobot Intelligence.
|Partner||Red Alert |
|Alternate modes||Crane |
GMC Topkick, Ford F-350 Tow Truck, Cybertronian Entry Mode Protoform
Longarm is the name to four different fictional characters in the Transformers robot superhero franchise.
Longarm (Hook in Japan) is the Mini-Con partner to Red Alert. He turns into a crane. He was later recolored into a Powerlinx form along with Red Alert. His vehicle mode is not the size of an actual crane, it is too small for a person to ride inside but is able to perform all the functions of an actual crane.
Longarm appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.
Longarm is a Mini-Con that whom Red Alert resuscitated from near-terminal stasis lock. The new Longarm still retains the same goodnatured personality circuits and compulsions of the original, but his memory banks are now in a blank slate. Possessing a logic-centric mentality, Longarm serves as Red Alert's "second brain." He is able to greatly enhance Red Alert's already impressive cognitive abilities during the Powerlink process, allowing the Autobot to "muiti-task" in the truest sense of the word. While Longarm is able to analyze and diagnose technical problems, Red Alert can simultaneously solve other issues or perform completely separate tasks.
The name Longarm was reused for a member of the Giant Planet Mini-Con Team allies with the Decepticons. This Longarm also turned into a crane. He has not appeared in any fiction.
The Giant Planet Mini-Con Team are portrayed as three independent Mini-Cons from the planet Gigantion who refuse to work with the larger Transformers of that planet.
Longarm is the name of an Autobot tow-truck in the 2007 Transformers movie toy line who just wants to help out. He is proud of being an Autobot, because he just wants to help others, saving lives, and protecting the weak. He just doesn't understand the Decepticons at all.
Although the first release of Longarm as a toy doesn't mention his part in the Transformers film, the second toy, which is more movie-accurate, clearly states that he is the tow truck that saved Bumblebee, brought to life in the final battle for the Allspark.
Conversely the novel The Veiled Threat depicts Longarm as being an experienced Autobot from Cybertron who came to Earth in response to Optimus Prime's signal.
In the 2007 feature film Transformers, Longarm's alternate mode was the tow truck that saved Bumblebee due to losing his legs to Starscream, along with Mikaela. While the tow truck in the movie and Longarm are similar looking, the truck in the film is a GMC, while the Longarm toy is a similarly designed Ford.
In Transformers: The Game, Longarm acts as solid-fighting drones for the Autobot and Decepticon armies (generally Decepticon). Autobot versions are white & blue, Decepticon versions are white & yellow. Both drones can unleash a spinning tow-cable attack which can only be stopped by throwing an object at them - only at appropriate time.
Longarm is a playable character in the PSP version. Instead of an Autobot, Longarm is a Decepticon with the lens-head.
According to Shockwave's toy bio, Longarm was the name of a historical Autobot who fought in the Great War. His identity was stolen by Shockwave. Shockwave acquired this alternate identity to infiltrate Cybertronian Intelligence. As Longarm, he given the rank of Prime.