Prowl is the combat strategist for the Autobots in the G1 Transformers cartoon. He transforms into a police car and fights using a rifle loaded with acid pellets. In the 1986 Transformers movie based on the cartoon series, Prowl has no major role and is killed off early in the film. When the Decepticons attack the Autobot shuttle bound for Earth, Prowl is gunned down by the Constructicon Scavenger. Smoke pours from Prowl's mouth as his circuitry combusts after he is blasted.
It was implied later in the Transformers cartoon that Prowl's remains, along with some of the other deceased Autobots' remains, were placed in the Autobot Orbital Mausoleum.