History Characters / TransformersGeneration1Decepticons

2nd Jan '17 7:53:22 AM Ma35tro
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** Subverted in the original comics. Megatron's not the leader of the Decepticons for very long, and when he is, things don't usually go very well. Shockwave, Scorponok and Ratbat last longer in the job than he did.

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** Subverted in the original comics. Megatron's Megatron was just one of many warlords on Cybertron, and he's not the leader of the Decepticons on Earth for very long, and when he is, things don't usually go very well. Shockwave, Scorponok and Ratbat last longer in the job than he did.



* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. Upon Optimus Prime's [[DeathIsCheap initial death]] in the Marvel comics, Megatron (rightfully so) believed Prime to be still alive and blew up the Space Bridge while he was riding it. [[spoiler:Except he was faking some of it. The space bridge exploding wasn't part of the plan, though, instead leading to LaserGuidedAmnesia.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. Upon Optimus Prime's [[DeathIsCheap initial death]] in the Marvel comics, Megatron (rightfully so) believed Prime to be still alive and blew up the Space Bridge while he was riding it. [[spoiler:Except he was faking some of it. The space bridge exploding wasn't part of the plan, though, instead leading to LaserGuidedAmnesia.]]
14th Dec '16 10:23:11 AM Mdjj1996
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* CatsAreMean

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* CatsAreMean
CatsAreMean: Pounce's alternate mode.
* FeatheredFiend: Wingspan's alternate form.



* ArmCannon: Averted.

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* ArmCannon: Averted. The ladder for her vehicle form acts a weapon of her choice, however.
14th Dec '16 10:10:20 AM Mdjj1996
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* DumbMuscle: Menasor is an idiot like nearly every other combiner, made worse by the fact that since ALL five components absolutely ''hate'' each other, he is a ''self-loathing and criminally insane'' idiot.

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* DumbMuscle: Menasor is an idiot like nearly every other combiner, but he is made worse by the fact that since ALL five components absolutely ''hate'' each other, he is a ''self-loathing and criminally insane'' idiot.


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* TheParanoiac: Breakdown is this because he thinks everyone and everything, living or nonliving, is out to get him.
8th Dec '16 7:49:05 AM Scorntex
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* BewareMyStingerTail: He turns into a giant scorpion.



* LargeAndInCharge: How large and how much in charge he is though [[DependingOnTheWriter varies]].

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* LargeAndInCharge: How large and how much in charge he is though [[DependingOnTheWriter varies]].varies]], but something that's consistent is that he's pretty big for a Cybertronian.



* AliensStealCable: His attempts at contacting the other side have only succeeding in picking up old TV shows. Not that Mindwipe minds so much. He actually likes "My Mother, The Car".



* CoDragons: In "The War Within: The Dark Ages", with Bludgeon and Bugly, for The Fallen.




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* TheParalyzer: He carries a gun that can freeze a 'bot for a good thirty minutes.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: He once tried hypnotising Grimlock, figuring the big guy would be an easy target. Grimlock just ignored it and decked him.


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* BuffySpeak: He refers to his gun as a "Soften Up" gun rather than its given name, because he can't pronounce it.
* CharacterTics: Grinding his teeth together in crocodile mode.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Grax, Skullcruncher's headmaster partner, tried getting him to eat his business rivals. It worked, but Skullcruncher didn't like organics (not very filling).
* DumbMuscle: He's tough, and he's strong, but he's incredibly slow and stupid


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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: When bonded to Monzo he is, forgo his weapons in favour of wrestling he does, because able to let go of his past Monzo isn't.
* InASingleBound: Capable of leaping eight miles in a single go, he is. According to his Universe profile, at least.
* TalkativeLoon: Occasionally blows his cover by [[CallingYourAttacks announcing his presence before pouncing]].
7th Dec '16 9:24:52 AM blastermax12
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!!Megaempress
!!!Function: Leader

Created out of spare parts from Megatron's construction, Megaempress (メガエンプレス Megaenpuresu) leads the Female Decepticons as the self-proclaimed "Empress of Destructicon". She has a special team of vassals, the 4 Guards, to serve as her ever-present bodyguards. She's still a force to be reckoned with, though, as her power is comparable to Megatron's own and she can use her rail fusion cannon and Judge Pickel weapons to wreak destruction across the land. She has the "special ability" to seduce any male Transformer to do her bidding.

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* ArmCannon: Averted.
* BigBad: She and the 4 guards were this for Megatronia chapter but were replace with Baldigus and later unicron.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Tries to use her power to make Optimus Prime her slave, is shock when he use her Judge Pickel to pierce himself to break her control as he states Elita One name.
* EvilOverlord: leads the Female Decepticons as the self-proclaimed "Empress of Destructicon". You do the math.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Tries to take over the entire decepticon faction
* LargeHam
* PowerfulPick: Her Judge Pickel is this
* SealedEvilInACan: Shockwave put her and Flowspade in stasis after her failed coup. She would be freed millennia later in 2021 when her remaining followers realized the devastation of Cybertron broke the seal and rushed Shockwave's facility to wake their empress.
* VillainousFriendship: Seems to have one with Flowspade.
21st Nov '16 1:03:55 PM kyojikasshu
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* CoolPlane: His F-15 form.

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* CoolPlane: His iconic F-15 form.form. Though he's had other jet forms as well, especially in the IDW continuity.



* InformedAttribute: His treachery was this in the original G1 comics; Though he did speak of overthrowing Megatron in the early issues, he never acted on those thoughts, and his critical injuries at the hands of Omega Supreme put him out of commision for a long time. It wasn't until the Underbase saga that Starscream finally got the chance to showcase his most famous trait, betraying both Decepticon factions for his own benefit.

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* InformedAttribute: His treachery was this in the original G1 comics; Though he did speak of overthrowing Megatron in the early issues, he never acted on those thoughts, and his critical injuries at the hands of Omega Supreme put him out of commision commission for a long time. It wasn't until the Underbase saga that Starscream finally got the chance to showcase his most famous trait, betraying both Decepticon factions for his own benefit.
21st Nov '16 12:37:45 PM kyojikasshu
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** Then, in ''Regeneration One'', he is focusing on Optimus once again, wanting one final showdown ToTheDeath on Earth. Either he kills Prime, or Prime kills him, and his failsafes launch Earth's remaining nuclear arsenal.

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** Then, in ''Regeneration One'', he is focusing on Optimus once again, wanting one final showdown ToTheDeath DuelToTheDeath on Earth. Either he kills Prime, or Prime kills him, and his failsafes launch Earth's remaining nuclear arsenal.
21st Nov '16 12:35:41 PM kyojikasshu
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** Subverted in the comics. He tries enforcing this on Shockwave, only for it to get turned on him pretty damn quickly.

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** Subverted in the comics. He tries enforcing this on Shockwave, only for it to get turned on him pretty damn quickly. Though, as he was still recovering from injuries, it could be counted as a case of WorfHadTheFlu, as two issues later he's recovered enough to handle the Dinobots.



** The comic version is just a bad boss in general, shooting or hitting his soldiers for talking back, ''including'' Soundwave. In one instance of insanity, he crushed Brawl's head.

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** The comic version is just a bad boss in general, shooting or hitting his soldiers for talking back, ''including'' Soundwave. In one instance of insanity, he crushed Brawl's head. His emotional instability is why Shockwave regularly challenged him.



* BodyHorror: In the comics, he and Ratchet end up fused together after an accident involving a teleporter and some bombs.

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* BodyHorror: In the comics, he and Ratchet end up fused together after an accident involving a [[TeleFrag teleporter and some bombs.bombs]].



** He was especially formidable against human forces, particularly in the comics. About the only chance they could have against him without help from the Autobots is if he ran out of energy and shut down.



** Then, in ''Regeneration One'', he is focusing on Optimus once again, wanting one final showdown ToTheDeath on Earth. Either he kills Prime, or Prime kills him, and his failsafes launch Earth's remaining nuclear arsenal.



* WarriorPoet: Was used to be this in the IDW comics, even after founding the Decepticons.

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* WarriorPoet: Was used Used to be this in the IDW comics, even after founding the Decepticons.
20th Nov '16 2:59:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: In the Japanese Headmasters series.
29th Oct '16 12:14:25 PM Scorntex
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: If him taking on Devastator, Astrotrain, Blitzwing and Starscream for Decepticon leadership and '''winning''' in "Triple Takeover" is anything to go by.
* BadBoss: In the Sunbow cartoon, he mistreats his henchmen. It's also implied in "The Secret of Omega Supreme" that he brainwashed most of them into servitude with the Robo Smasher.

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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: AsskickingEqualsAuthority:
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If him taking on Devastator, Astrotrain, Blitzwing and Starscream for Decepticon leadership and '''winning''' in "Triple Takeover" is anything to go by.
** Subverted in the comics. He tries enforcing this on Shockwave, only for it to get turned on him pretty damn quickly.
* BadBoss: BadBoss:
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In the Sunbow cartoon, he mistreats his henchmen. It's also implied in "The Secret of Omega Supreme" that he brainwashed most of them into servitude with the Robo Smasher.Smasher.
** The comic version is just a bad boss in general, shooting or hitting his soldiers for talking back, ''including'' Soundwave. In one instance of insanity, he crushed Brawl's head.



* BigBad: He's the Decepticon leader (well, one of them, but he's the most famous), and Optimus Prime's ArchEnemy. Generally, he's only ''not'' this when [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]] or The Fallen are about.

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* BigBad: BigBad:
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He's the Decepticon leader (well, one of them, but he's the most famous), and Optimus Prime's ArchEnemy. Generally, he's only ''not'' this when [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]] or The Fallen are about.about.
** Subverted in the original comics. Megatron's not the leader of the Decepticons for very long, and when he is, things don't usually go very well. Shockwave, Scorponok and Ratbat last longer in the job than he did.



* BodyHorror: In the comics, he and Ratchet end up fused together after an accident involving a teleporter and some bombs.



* DrivenToSuicide: Upon Optimus Prime's [[DeathIsCheap initial death]] in the Marvel comics, Megatron (rightfully so) believed Prime to be still alive and blew up the Space Bridge while he was riding it. [[SubvertedTrope It didn't work, however]], instead leading to LaserGuidedAmnesia.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. Upon Optimus Prime's [[DeathIsCheap initial death]] in the Marvel comics, Megatron (rightfully so) believed Prime to be still alive and blew up the Space Bridge while he was riding it. [[SubvertedTrope It didn't work, however]], [[spoiler:Except he was faking some of it. The space bridge exploding wasn't part of the plan, though, instead leading to LaserGuidedAmnesia.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: "Peace through tyranny."

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: The IDW version. Not so much any other. "Peace through tyranny."



* DirtyCoward: He wouldn't shoot Megatron in the face if you held a gun to ''his.''

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* DirtyCoward: DirtyCoward:
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He wouldn't shoot Megatron in the face if you held a gun to ''his.''''
** It's also a plot point in the comic. Megatron has Ratchet revive him after the Underbase incident, as a BlankSlate, but Ratchet makes sure Starscream's personality will take over the minute he's badly hurt. Sure enough, the minute it happens, Starscream grovels and pleads to be spared, screwing up Megatron's plan.



* HeroKiller: In the comics, he manages to kill over ''thirty'' Autobots in the space of a single issue, thanks to absorbing the power of the Underbase.



** Meanwhile, in the comics, Starscream manages to do incredibly damage to both sides, taking out some of the most hardened badasses both sides possess.



* InexplicablyAwesome: In the comics, Soundwave survives everything (being poisoned, the Underbase, ''Unicron'') with nary a scratch, becoming the ''only'' Decepticon to last all the way through the entire series, despite lacking any particular gimmick.



* OutOfFocus: Despite having the "Spy" function and being packaged with Soundwave, most tie-in media (mainly the cartoon) ignored him in favour of Laserbeak (obstensively because so long as Soundwave was advertised, so was Buzzsaw, so he didn't need to appear as much). Somewhat averted in the comics, where he got roughly equal time with Laserbeak up until Buzzsaw was among Omega Supreme's victims, but even Laserbeak fell out of focus after that, despite escaping that battle intact.

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* OutOfFocus: Despite having the "Spy" function and being packaged with Soundwave, most tie-in media (mainly the cartoon) ignored him in favour of Laserbeak (obstensively because so long as Soundwave was advertised, so was Buzzsaw, so he didn't need to appear as much). much).
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Somewhat averted in the comics, where he got roughly equal time with Laserbeak up until Buzzsaw was among Omega Supreme's victims, but even Laserbeak fell out of focus after that, despite escaping that battle intact.



* BigBad: In comics only, but he shows he's a much better Decepticon leader than Megatron. Recently, he's the one for ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]]''.

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* BigBad: BigBad:
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In comics only, but he shows he's a much better Decepticon leader than Megatron. Recently, he's the one for ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]]''.Cybertron]]''.
** Also, for Dreamwave's comics. Pretty much everything that happens beyond "The War Within" series is his fault.



* LaserGuidedKarma:
** Shockwave spends the whole of the comics betraying other Decepticons and acting on his own agenda to be in charge. Then, at the finale of the series, he runs into Megatron ''and'' Galvatron, who've just decided to work together.
** He also crippled Josie Beller, causing her descent into violent obsession and transformation into Circuit Breaker. During the second Decepticon Civil War, she finally spots him, and unleashes everything she has. Cue a blasted Shockwave dropping out of the sky.



* HeroKiller: The Marvel US version helped Unicron destroy Cybertron, and by the 21st century, pretty much every Autobot's dead (including Rodimus Prime, whose corpse has been strung up between the ruins of the World Trade Center).
* IHatePastMe: Marvel US version actually tries to beat an insensate, just-revived Megatron to death when they meet, thinking it will cure his madness.

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* HeroKiller: HeroKiller:
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The Marvel US version helped Unicron destroy Cybertron, and by the 21st century, pretty much every Autobot's dead (including Rodimus Prime, whose corpse has been strung up between the ruins of the World Trade Center).
** The UK comic version killed several of the Wreckers when they fought him.
* IHatePastMe: Marvel US version actually tries to beat an insensate, just-revived Megatron to death when they meet, thinking it will cure his madness. His UK version's first order of business was usurping Megatron and burying him alive.
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