|Rank|| 10 Second-in-Command|
|First appearance||Loose Cannons|
|Voiced by||Tony Todd|
Dreadwing was a Decepticon soldier and twin brother to Skyquake. He was the third second-in-command of the Decepticons forces and the most loyal of the three. He also had a strong sense of honor unlike the rest of the Decepticons. He was later executed by Megatron for disobeying orders during a vengeful personal dispute with Starscream. Unlike most Decepticons, Dreadwing was portrayed as more of an anti-hero than a villain. Before his death, he gave the Forge of Solus Prime to the Autobots in hopes of avenging his brother. Optimus offered Dreadwing a chance to join their team, but Dreadwing declined his offer and stated that betraying his kind won't be the same as joining them.
Dreadwing and Skyquake were brought to life from two halves of the same lifeforce, allowing each other the sense each other across the galaxy. Dreadwing felt his brother's death, and headed for Earth in his ship to investigate if it's true, so he could discover his twin's murderer. When traveling through the galaxy, Dreadwing came across two Wreckers: Wheeljack and Seaspray. Attempting to kill both with a proximity bomb, he managed to kill Seaspray, but Wheeljack got away.
Arriving on Earth
Wheeljack eventually tailed Dreadwing to Earth. Dreadwing briefly fought Wheeljack before flying off as Wheeljack continued to shoot at him and when several more Autobots started to arrive. Dreadwing managed to later bait Wheeljack into coming. He was unaware that Wheeljack brought along fellow Autobot Bulkhead, due to the two's history as Wreckers.
Dreadwing managed to defeat the two and take Bulkhead as captive. Dreadwing watched as Wheeljack arrived alongside Optimus Prime.
He shot at Optimus several times and chased him around the area while Bulkhead was trying to stop the bomb from going off on himself. After being trapped to the ground, Dreadwing refused to disarm the bomb until he was convinced to after realizing the Autobots were prepared to go down with him.
Airachnid assassination attempt
Megatron assigned Dreadwing the task of ridding them of Airachnid, offering him the second-in-command post if he succeeded. Dreadwing took Breakdown along on the mission with him as backup. Unfortunately Breakdown's temper resulted in Airachnid attacking them and webbing Dreadwing to a tree. When he finally caught up with Breakdown, he only found his shredded remains, for Airachnid had slaughtered him. With the apparent loss of Breakdown and no sign of his remains or Airachnid, Dreadwing returned to the Nemesis to face a disappointed Megatron. When Airachnid goaded Megatron to finish the job himself, Dreadwing offered to accompany him, but Megatron ordered him to remain behind. However Dreadwing followed him with a squad of Vehicons, and after a standoff, was able to rescue his leader from the Autobots after giving his word not to shoot if they released their leader. However Megatron did not give his and had his troops open fire on them as he and Dreadwing made their getaway. Though Dreadwing had disobeyed his orders, Megatron noted that he would make a fine second-in-command.
Iacon Relic hunt
Dreadwing headed to Antarctica with four Vehicons in search of a relic. After capturing and taking Starscream prisoner, he discovered that the relic had already been taken from its location, and assumed the Autobots were responsible.
However Optimus Prime arrived demanding the relic, and during the inevitable battle, Dreadwing was left buried under tons of ice thanks to Prime. He eventually dug his way out and tracked down Optimus and the traitor to a human facility that had taken possession of the relic. But while he battled with Optimus, Starscream donned the Apex Armor and attacked them. Forced to team up with Prime, Dreadwing attempted to destroy the Armor with one of his explosives, which failed, before Prime gave him an idea, and planted explosives around Starscream, which on detonation sent him falling through the ice. With the loss of the relic, Dreadwing opted to return to the Nemesis, vowing to finish Prime another day.
Construction of the Dark Star SaberDreadwing was on the Nemesis bridge when Optimus attacked the warship with the Star Saber. While he was keen to take on the Autobots, he instead accompanied Megatron on a trip through the space bridge to Cybertron. There, the pair broke into a tomb and retrieved the arm of a Prime. After the arm was grafted on to Megatron, Dreadwing watched his leader use the Forge of Solus Prime to create the Dark Star Saber.
Break from the Decepticons
After losing their Omega Keys to the Autobots, Dreadwing conferred with Megatron about locating the Autobot's base, when they found Starscream on the Nemesis bridge. His first instinct was to pull out his gun, but Megatron motioned for him to lower it. As Megatron considered Starscream's request to rejoin the Decepticons, he ordered Dreadwing to remove Knock Out from the wall so that they could use a cortical psychic patch to interrogate Starscream. Dreadwing later arrived and stopped Knock Out from prematurely disconnecting the link. He watched Starscream's memories, and learned that Skyquake was not lying in peace, but Starscream had turned him into an undead zombie and was wandering around in a alternate dimension. Shaken by the revelation of Skyquake's fate, and Megatron's decision to allow Starscream to return, Dreadwing stepped outside the ship to scream at the sky.
Autobot contact and death
Disillusioned with the Decepticon cause, Dreadwing stole the Forge of Solus Prime and delivered it to Optimus. As the Autobots arrived, Dreadwing was quick to explain his unwillingness to fight and instead only wanted to deliver the hammer. Upon being asked of what he would want in return, Dreadwing merely stated that he would want the Forge of Solus Prime to be put to good use. After Arcee asked him what became of the Omega Keys, Dreadwing stated that they were in Megatron's possession, confirming to the group that Starscream had indeed returned to the Decepticons.
After Optimus asked him why he was giving the Autobots the hammer, Dreadwing stated that the Decepticons had disgraced themselves in his eyes and he no longer wished to be affiliated with them. Optimus walked up and for the second time, tried to get him to join the Autobots. Dreadwing merely stated that betraying the Decepticons would not be the same as joining the Autobots before leaving the scene. As he arrived on the Nemesis, Megatron approached him and stated that he had been searching for him before Dreadwing exclaimed that he was at his service. Megatron explained that while he understood Dreadwing's feelings over Starscream's return being remnants of his sadness over the loss of Skyquake under his command, Megatron preferred the Decepticons put it behind them, stating their only chance of winning would be if they were united.
Dreadwing claimed to have understood his leader, even ushering that he would personally reach out to Starscream. Which he did, dropping in on the Decepticon and Knock Out after the latter repaired his Transformation Cog and quickly claiming that the Decepticon would not live long enough to fly again as he pulled out his cannon. Initially missing the Decepticon, Dreadwing moved in closer and switched over to a sword after Knock Out ran away from the two. As Starscream assumed that the two had put Skyquake's death behind them, Dreadwing exclaimed that he believed the two had and quickly swung at him with his sword. Though Starscream claimed to Dreadwing that Skyquake had died with honor and grace, Dreadwing reminded him that he had previously risen the Decepticon after he was deceased from the dead and disgraced his supposed glorious death.
As Starscream believed there was something that Dreadwing could accept in return, Dreadwing exclaimed his spark would do before Megatron arrived. While the latter ordered him to stand down, Dreadwing uttered his belief that the Decepticon would have to pay for his actions. Megatron ordered Dreadwing to stand down one final time before the latter told him that he could not follow it and was shot dead in the chest by his own blaster.
After the destruction of the Autobot base, the Decepticons ransacked it's remains and found the Forge of Solus Prime. Unaware that Dreadwing had in fact betrayed them, Megatron madly demanded an explanation for this development, but got nothing. Dreadwing's actions would have more than one reward including Optimus Prime's body upgrade.
Physical AppearanceRobot Mode
In his robot mode, Dreadwing is the spitting image of his brother Skyquake, albeit with a different color scheme. He has a yellow face and two yellow horns sticking out from both sides. The cockpit of his vehicle mode sticks out and is a very dark shade of gray. Like many of the other Decepticons, Dreadwing has red eyes. He has dark blue arms, with tiny gold fins on the bottom, in a similar fashion to Arcee.
His jet mode is exactly like his brother's, abeit with a different color scheme. Ironically however, Dreadwing scanned the exact same jet that Skyquake scanned, which belonged to Agent Fowler.
Personality and Traits
Dreadwing like his brother valued loyalty and honor, however Dreadwing most of the time was better at keeping his temper in check. Though his loyalty to Megatron is strong, his loyalty to his brother proved stronger as Dreadwing was willing to disobey orders to avenge him more than once. Dreadwing also shows logic towards combat situations, even letting the Autobots escape to save the Decepticon cause.
Though he desired to kill Optimus Prime for his assistance in killing Skyquake, Dreadwing did seem to respect him as a commander and soldier as he was quick to join forces with him to defeat an Apex Armored Starscream in the Arctic and even handed over the Forge of Solus Prime to Optimus which allowed him to go to Cybertron and stop Megatron from cyberforming the human planet.
Dreadwing was a high ranking Decepticon Seeker who was very loyal to Megatron, though in his last moments where he chose his vengeance for his brother over his loyalty to his master, Megatron was forced to kill him. Though Megatron was killed by Bumblebee, he avenged everyone who was killed by Megatron including Dreadwing.
Dreadwing wasn't very fond of Optimus, learning that it was him and an Autobot scout who killed his brother, he swore vengeance upon them. After learning from the Cortical Psychic Patch that Starscream dishonored his brother Skyquake's death by turning him into a Terrorcon, he had given the Autobots the Forge of Solus Prime in hopes it would avenge him. He seems to respect Optimus greatly as an adversary and Optimus likewise. Even though Optimus tried to let him join their team, Dreadwing said "betraying my kind, is not the same as accepting yours." Meaning that turning away the Decepticons wouldn't be the same as becoming an Autobot, though his efforts in giving the Forge to the Autobots will never be forgotten.
Behind the Scenes
He is voiced by Tony Todd who previously voiced Megatronus Prime (The Fallen) in the second live action movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
- Loose Cannons (First appearance)
- Grill (Flashbacks only)
- Flying Mind
- Triage (Cameo)
- Hurt (Cameo)
- Legacy (Cameo)
- Hard Knocks
- Inside Job (Cameo)
- Patch (Cameo)
- Regeneration (Killed)
- He has the same body-type as Skyquake. This makes sense, as they are twin brothers.
- Although he is the third Second-in-Command, Megatron seems to trust him more than he ever trusted the other two.
- Dreadwing has the Decepticon Seeker insignia on his torso
- Dreadwing's overall design is very reminiscent of Beast Wars' Depth Charge.
- He lost both Iacon Relics he went to retrieve to Starscream, the Apex Armor and the third Omega Key.
- Unlike the other Decepticons who are villains, Dreadwing is shown to be more of an Anti-hero.
- In Thirst, most fans hoped Dreadwing's body would become a zombie, but his body was not in the Warship.
- When Bumblebee killed Megatron with the Star Saber, he avenged every cybertronian that Megatron killed, including Dreadwing.
- Depite Dreadwing's death, Predaking seems to have passed down Dreadwing's traits.
|Airachnid | Breakdown | Dreadwing | Makeshift | Megatron | Knock Out | Shockwave | Skyquake | Soundwave | Starscream|
|Vehicon (Decepticon Miner) | Insecticon | Terrorcon|
|Hardshell | Laserbeak|
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