We have previously developed TNF prodrugs comprised of a N-terminal scFv targeting, a TNF effector and a C-terminal TNFR1-derived inhibitor module linked to TNF via a MMP-2 motif containing peptide, allowing activation by MMP-2-expressing tumor cells. To overcome the known heterogeneity of matrix metalloprotease expression, we developed TNF prodrugs that become processed by other tumor and/or stroma-associated proteases. These TNF prodrugs comprise either an uPA-selective or a dual uPA-MMP-2-specific linker which displayed efficient, target-dependent and cleavage sequence-specific activation by the corresponding tumor cell-expressed proteases. Selective pharmacologic inhibition of endogenous uPA and MMP-2 confirm independent prodrug processing by these two model proteases and indicate the functional superiority of a prodrug containing a multi-specific protease linker. Processing optimised TNF prodrugs should increase the proportion of active therapeutic within the targeted tissue and thus potentially enhance tumor response rate.