|Alias|| One good eye (by Ultra Magnus) |
One-eyed Freak (by Arcee)
|Species|| Cybertronian |
|Rank|| 1st Lieutenant of Scientific Endeavors |
|First appearance|| Out of the Past (Flashback) |
War for Cybertron (DLC)
|Voiced by|| Steve Blum (Video Games)|
David Sobolov (TV Series)
Shockwave is a Decepticon lead scientist and tends to be "logical" with his reasons, choices, or with his own experiments. Shockwave had created ancient incredible Cybertronian technology that was found to be very useful against the Autobots. He is a skilled fighter, which he used in self-defense against anyone who dare to attack and kill him. Shockwave is responsible for many scientific endeavors, such as Space Bridges, the Dinobots, resurrection of the Predacons, construction of the Omega Lock 2.0, and, with Ratchet, the completion of the Synthetic Energon formula. Shockwave was devoted to science and didn't get along well with Starscream.
Shockwave was last seen convincing his Predacon creations to join the Autobots in the final battle against Unicron but was not seen again, leaving his exact fate unknown. However as he was never seen abandoning the Decepticon cause or getting killed on screen. Shockwave may currently be the only active Decepticon left on Cybertron.
Shockwave was a member of the scientist caste in the industrial city of Kaon. In a reversal of the usual order, he was swayed by the ambitions of the former mining caste member turned gladiator Megatron. Serving as Megatron's "pet mad scientist" and second-in-command, he saw to the fighter's armament during his rise to prominence, all the while fantasizing on the prospect of mass producing such warriors. Thankfully, Megatron's more practical nature reined in Shockwave as the movement which became the Decepticons finally moved out of the shadows.
Shockwave was a scientist who lived on the fringes of Cybertronian society, admitting to Orion Pax he knew little of Iacon. He was one of the scientists whose innovations allowed the mass production of stressed-crystal material used to build Crystal City. There he began his combiner experiments, creating Bruticus Maximus, whose lack of intelligence in combined form made him a danger to friend and foe, and he was put in stasis lock. Shockwave moved to Kaon, becoming a surgeon for the gladiators, where he met Megatronus. He continued his combination experiments with the three Insecticons, whom Megatronus bested in combat: it was in this match that the crowd chanted a shorter name for the gladiator, Megatron. Megatron recognized two things about Shockwave: that he was bereft of any morality or ethics, and that while he was his most loyal ally aside from Soundwave, he would turn on him one day.
War for Cybertron
During the Autobot-Decepticon war, Shockwave perfected his experiments with the Constructicons, creating a Devastator which was unleashed on Crystal City. Shockwave set up a laboratory in the ruins but was ordered to take command of the newly conquered city state Tarn. Autobot sympathizers became fodder for experiments, while Shockwave's forces conquered Vos. He quelled dissent in both cities by requesting Vos' Air Commanders photon missile strike Tarn, for which he claimed the Autobots were responsible, and then had a photon missile strike (of supposedly unknown origin) ordered on Vos, killing the Air Commanders whose true loyalty lay with Starscream.
When the Decepticons captured Trypticon Station, Shockwave oversaw two of Starscream's scientists ingest Dark Energon: the powerful result activated a security gyro-inhibitor charge which rendered Shockwave unconscious. Shockwave later subjected the two subjects to a deprivation study, and found it necessary to muzzle them as the duo agonized as a result of Dark Energon's absence in their bodies. Shockwave also used the Sparks of those killed in the capture to turn Trypticon into a Decepticon, able to spawn drones and Minicons in its corridors.
Shockwave remained on Cybertron in command of the Decepticons, while Megatron left with his elite soldiers on the Nemesis to pursue the Autobot Ark. Shockwave promised Megatron that Cybertron would remain as he left it, the notion of which Megatron chastised. He ordered Shockwave to rebuild Cybertron and enslave the remaining Autobots. Exodus
Note: Shockwave was available as a downloadable content character.
Shockwave was at the Energon Purification zone when the Decepticons had used it for their stores of Energon. Shockwave challenged Megatron and his troops to a fight, saying if they beat him, he'd join their ranks. Shockwave was indeed defeated, and somewhat reluctantly joined the Decepticon ranks.
Rise of the Dark Spark
Shockwave was tasked alongside Soundwave and Starscream to locate and bring the Dark Spark to Megatron. As the trio searched for the Dark Spark, Shockwave split up from his allies and located Hardshell. After a brief fight, Shockwave defeats Hardshell and is attacked by Kickback and Sharpshot. After defeating the two of them Shockwave allows the trio a chance to live by joining the Decepticons. They accepted the offer and the four of them returned to Starscream, Soundwave, and Laserbeak. After the team located the Dark Spark, they are interrupted by Sideswipe and Ironhide who take the Dark Spark and retreat. After chasing the duo who regrouped with Optimus and Bumblebee, blew up the train they were riding. Shockwave attempted to engage Optimus in a fight but was stopped by Sharpshot who informed Shockwave that Optimus did not have the Dark Spark with him and that Ironhide had it. After Shockwave and Sharpshot beat Ironhide and take the Dark Spark they are attacked by Autobot forces. Luckily they regrouped with Vortex and Swindle, and Swindle was tasked by Onslaught to escort the duo to the rest of the Combaticons. After fighting waves of Autobot forces Shockwave and Swindle manage to regroup with the combaticons who form into Bruticus. After the battle Shockwave manages to give Megatron the Dark Spark and was present when Optimus attempted to retrieve the Dark Spark from Megatron. Shockwave and Megatron used the power of the Dark Spark to reanimate several dead Autobot soldiers to attack Optimus while Megatron engaged Prime in a duel. However Megatron lost the duel and attacked Prime with the Dark Spark to which Optimus attacked Megatron with the Matrix severely damaging Megatron and himself. Shockwave quickly rushes to Megatrons side and brings Megatron to safety as Optimus awakens.
Fall of Cybertron
When Cybertron was beginning to shut down after suffering years of war and devastation, Shockwave wanted to reboot it, but to do this, he needed an large energon supply. As he searched for one, he discovered an ancient technology in the Sea of Rust known as the Space Bridge. Using the observatories of the ancients that used to reside in the Sea of Rust, Shockwave began searching for new planets that he could suck the life out of, and found one rich in raw energy. He also began experimenting on several Insecticons which had started coming towards the planet's surface, and took three unusually intelligent Insecticons, Hardshell, Kickback and Sharpshot, under his command. He later used them to capture five Autobots, whom he gave new forms based on the large reptiles he saw on the planet.
After Megatron was killed during siege on the Autobot's Ark, Starscream took command of the Decepticons. The two argued over the use of a lake of Energon near the Space Bridge tower, and though Shockwave attempted to convince him of its potential usefulness, Starscream simply wanted to drain the lake. When Cliffjumper and Jazz disrupted the fuel line leading to the tower, Shockwave unleashed an army of Insecticons upon them while he attempted to rectify the problem. He failed to do so, but luckily he had already built a replica tower in Kaon. Following Soundwave's resurrection of Megatron, Shockwave went to Kaon to meet him and informed him of his discovery of the Space Bridge and the planet they could plunder. Megatron subsequently went to retrieve Trypticon's power core so that they could power a space vessel large enough to get them there, while Shockwave went to finalize the completion of the tower. Later, Starscream infiltrated Shockwave's facility and watched as Shockwave and his Insecticons torture one of the Autobots he had experimented on, before attempting to recruit Grimlock, which obviously failed and resulted in the Autobot being freed. Shockwave decided to consider the breakout as a test of Grimlock's new abilities, and monitored him closely as he fought his Insecticon minions, and proceeded to tear apart every one of them. Much later, Grimlock had attempted to attack Shockwave at the Space Bridge, but he was quickly restrained. Shockwave taunted Grimlock saying that he wouldn't create such a powerful weapon without a means to control it, calling him a pet, and contacted Megatron to let him know the tower was active and the portal was open. After Megatron assigned Shockwave to take charge of the Decepticons in his absence, Grimlock was enraged enough for him to transform into his Tyrannosaurus mode and attack Shockwave, biting his left arm off and swallowing it before knocking him away with his tail.
After this incident, it can be assumed that Shockwave replaced his arm with his signature cannon.
During this time Shockwave began to intently study the secrets of Ancient Cybertron. His studies eventually led him to the era of the Thirteen. Whilst researching the original Cybertronians he discovered Alpha Trion was a Prime. He developed a desire to use Alpha Trion's power to unlock many of Cybertron's secrets something that led to him becoming fast enemies with the Prime.
Rage of the Dinobots
As the bulk of forces left, Shockwave stayed as Decepticon leader of the remaining forces, opposite Ultra Magnus. During this time he clashed with Grimlock again, sadistically hoping to finish his experiment. He had now turned to fusing the CNA (Cyber-Nucleic Acid) of Predacons and ordinary Cybertronians, creating monsters such as Ser-Ket. At some point he changed his vehicle mode from jet to tank, which heavily upgraded his body, most likely to better fight Grimlock.
The Space Bridge Incident
Shortly after Cybertron went dark during the Great Exodus, Shockwave stayed there collecting Energon for a Space Bridge. When Starscream's troopers successfully captured both Arcee and Cliffjumper, he used a Cortical Psychic Patch, an invention of his own design, to plug into Arcee in order to find an encrypted message Optimus Prime sent to all Autobots giving the location of the target planet to meet up with him. Doing so successfully, he sent the coordinates to the Space Bridge. Fortunately, Arcee and Cliffjumper overloaded the bridge.
Shockwave came across the two as they prepared to depart to Earth. Shockwave in fury fought them both, only to have his single Optic Lens damaged by Arcee, leaving him blinded in the Space Bridge as it exploded around him.
Arrival to Earth
Shockwave was bridged back to Megatron alongside Knock Out and his scavenger party, both of whom were surprised to see him online. He explained that his assumed disappearance was premature: he actually survived the Space Bridge explosion on Cybertron, where he remained marooned and left to tend to his injuries before continuing his experiments. When Shockwave discovered the Omega Lock's power readings, he decided to investigate and was surprised to find Knock Out instead of Starscream. When questioned, he latter stuttered his reasoning why the scientist was abandoned (the power core chamber had collapsed, and no one saw him return from the portal), an explanation Shockwave found to be "logical", much to Starscream's obvious relief although Shockwave made it clear while he accepted it, he certainly didn't like it.
However, the resentment between the two Decepticons continued, from Shockwave's new position as first lieutenant to the interrogations on Wheeljack. When the Wrecker escaped, Starscream revealed he expected that and had decided to place a tracker on him, in the possibility of locating any remnants of Team Prime. Of course, that failed, so Shockwave brought a different solution to hunting the Autobots: a prehistoric Cybertronian life form which he referred to as the Ultimate Autobot Hunter, Predaking. After Wheeljack had managed to trick the Decepticons and destroy the tracker, Shockwave gave Predaking a whiff of Wheeljack's energon in hopes of finding him, only to return empty-handed and heavily damaged, which Shockwave looked over when his creation came back.
After the Decepticons continued to respond to Autobot distractions, Shockwave acknowledged to Megatron that while he was not in charge of military affairs, he suggested unleashing Predaking on the Autobots again. After being given permission by Megatron, Shockwave ordered Predaking on the Autobots, whom used a GroundBridge on it and sent it to the arctic, where it froze. After Predaking failed, Shockwave began to walk away, much to the enjoyment of Starscream.
Shockwave and the other Decepticons were attacked by the Autobots at Darkmount. During the assault, Shockwave succeeded in capturing Bulkhead and Wheeljack after subduing them while the Vehicons were successful in capturing Arcee and Bumblebee. Just as Megatron ordered Shockwave and the other Decepticons to execute their prisoners, Optimus Prime arrived in a new body and was soon followed by humans, who launched a series of missiles on the base. Despite valiantly fighting off the combined strength of Arcee, Bumblebee, Wheeljack and Bulkhead, Shockwave retreated to the Nemesis after the Autobots escaped from him.
After Bombshock returned to the Nemesis with the horn of a Predacon remain, Shockwave listened as Megatron recalled some of their previous involvements with the Predacons.
After Megatron related to him that the Predacons were lost to the Decepticons by the ravages of time due to his arrival on Earth being delayed, Shockwave in turn stated that their remains had not been lost and that he would be able to extract their CNA from it. However, Starscream questioned mockingly how logical it would be for the Decepticons to have to locate the dusty remains of all of Shockwave's former pets. However, Shockwave revealed to him that he had micro-chipped all of the Predacons for their convenience and questioned Starscream if he was suggesting that he would send his creations to a distant planet without doing so first.
Shockwave was deployed along with several Vehicons to get the first of their planned-Predacon remains, located in that of Texas. After most of the Vehicons fell at the hands of Autobots Bumblebee and Smokescreen, Shockwave approached the two. Though he fired remarkably well while holding the Predacon remain, his accuracy was off when his arm-cannon accidentally shot a crane, causing an explosion. Despite being seemingly engulfed in the explosion, Shockwave managed to get out, hovering over Smokescreen and Bumblebee and only having minor burns from the incident. While being chased by the two, he used his arm-cannon in vehicle mode to shot at them and was soon attacked by Optimus Prime, whom he shot at upon seeing. After taking a direct blast that sent him tumbling, Shockwave morphed back into robot mode and fell to the ground, dropping the Predacon remain as Smokescreen and Bumblebee arrived.
Aid came in the form of Soundwave, whom began to give Shockwave a form of backup while he dueled against Optimus Prime. After grabbing the Predacon fossil again, he tried to make his way through the GroundBridge that would send him aboard the Nemesis before being kicked in the back by Bumblebee and kicked in the stomach by Smokescreen, causing him to again fall. However, he would show retaliation again when Bumblebee tried to grab it from him, hitting the Autobot with his arm-cannon and causing him to fall. When Smokescreen attacked him head-on, he merely shot the Autobot once after Smokescreen pestered him with blasts. While he prepared to finish off Bumblebee, he was soon halted by Smokescreen, whom grabbed the ammunition belt on his back that allowed him to control his cannon. He proceeded to turn the tables on Smokescreen by throwing the young Autobot off of him and tried again to attack him before Smokescreen used the Phase Shifter and was able to get the other horn of the Predacon remain. While Smokescreen struggled, he was soon aided by Bumblebee, giving Shockwave an even greater disadvantage. Their struggle would result in the relic being broken, with a single horn falling off. This would be to Shockwave and Soundwave's benefit, as they only needed a small piece to have an adequate sample of a Predacon. After Soundwave GroundBridged the sample to Megatron, Shockwave and Soundwave both retreated to the Nemesis. After the encounter, Megatron deemed Shockwave as too valuable to risk in battle, and had him confined to the laboratory, while having Starscream and the others obtain the Predacon fossils.
Shockwave would eventually come within three days of completing Project Predacon, but was surprised to learn that the Predacon they had on hand, had evolved to the point of being able to transform into a robot form and displayed increased intelligence. When Megatron's voiced his concerns over the potential threat Predaking and his army represented, Shockwave agreed with the logic of having the Predacon clones and Predaking eliminated. Following Starscream's plan to have the Autobots discover the laboratory and therefore destroy the clones for them, Shockwave was in the process of purging his laboratory's computers, when he was suddenly confronted by Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack. Clearly surprised and angered that the plan was already in motion without him being notified, Shockwave barely managed to escape through a Groundbridge, while unleashing the restraints on the emerging Predacons to occupy the Autobots.
The plan fulfilled the objective of destroying the Predacon clones, though Predaking would survive and swear revenge against the Autobots. However, Shockwave would find an unexpected development among the remains of the Predacons. The explosion that destroyed the Predacons had combined their Cyber-Nucleic Acid with the Synthetic Energon to create Cybermatter, the basic building block of all life on Cybertron.
This would give the Decepticons the opportunity not only to restore Cybertron, but also to cyber-form Earth. While discussing the matter with Megatron, Shockwave would once again confront Starscream over his treachery of leaving him to the Autobots, with the normally calm scientist almost shoving Starsceam's face onto a sharp piece of Cyber-Matter. Starscream desperately pointed out the fact that Shockwave had planned to purge his computer of all information and were it not for the Autobots destroying the Predacons, this development would have never happened. Once again, Shockwave would find Starscream's argument to be logical and spared the backstabbing Decepticon from his retribution. Shockwave would later begin stealing Earth technology to repair the Omega Lock, though he questioned Megatron about the logic of cyberforming Earth as well as reviving Cybertron.
The fall of the Decepticons
Discovering that the Synthetic Energon Formula was incomplete, the Decepticons would capture the Autobot medic Ratchet in order to finish it. After convincing Ratchet that this was Cybertron's best hope of being restored, the Synthetic Energon formula was completed. However, Megatron would throw Ratchet to Predaking to eliminate him and begin his plan to cyberform Earth. However, his plans would come to naught. Predaking would first rebel after learning the truth about Megatron's plan to eliminate him and the Predacon race. Then the Autobots would storm the Nemesis, and Megatron would meet his end at the hands of Bumblebee and the Star Saber.
Without their leader, the remaining Decepticons would abandon the ship, with Shockwave being forced to share the last escape pod with Starscream. They were last seen in their confined pod as they headed toward the surface of Cybertron just prior to its resurrection by the Autobots.
Shockwave and Starscream worked secretly to clone an army of Predacons, which he had already cloned Skylynx and Darksteel. Starscream retrieved a bone and brought it back to Shockwave's top secret lab, where he was creating another clone. Despite the lack of time to evolve, this clone remained in it's tank. Shockwave informs Starscream on how their lack of time and trying to avoid detection from the Autobots have become major problems in the productivity. Starscream mentioned how the one beast that Shockwave had originally cloned, Predaking, named himself. Skylynx and Darksteel returned from their encounter with the Autobots. Starscream scolded them about how they are suppose to avoid all contact with the enemy. Despite the Autobots escaping like cowards, as Skylynx states, Starscream tells them that their scout was able to kill Megatron. Shockwave explains that they must clone an army powerful enough to conquer Cybertron, in Megatron's name.
Later on, the clones have located the burial ground filled with Predacon bones. As Shockwave, Starscream, Skylynx and Darksteel started to collect the bones, Unicron (in Megatron's body) appeared to see them. Seeing Megatron alive was, as Shockwave stated, "it defies logic." Unicron addressed his name and that Megatron is under his control. Skylynx and Darksteel attacked Unicron, but failed as the latter overpowered them. Unicron revived the dead Predacon bones and have made his army. Starscream flees in terror and Shockwave tries to hold them off when they advance on him by entering his vehicle mode and blasting them with his cannon but was seemingly ripped apart by the undead Predacons.
After the battle of his creations, Shockwave seemingly survived and was impressed by his creations performance. Shockwave convinced Predaking, Skylynx, and Darksteel to aid the Autobots in helping to defeat Unicron. Shockwave has not been seen since then. It's believed that he went back to his lab after Megatron officially disbanded the Decepticons but his exact fate is unknown (but it is highly presumed that he still roams Cybertron while keeping a low profile from the Autobots).
Personality and Traits
Shockwave's overall personality would be considered as cold and calculating, with logic as its fundamental basis. It is very difficult to gauge his emotions from looking into his single cold red eye, which comprises his face and head. Though he can be susceptible to moments of emotion, such as anger toward Starscream abandoning him to his fate or to the mercy of the Autobots, logic still dictates his actions overall. His loyalty toward Megatron was without question, despite the fact that he even challenged the logic of his leader's desire to cyberform Earth.
With the death of Megatron, Shockwave showed no outward emotion and even stopped Starscream from recklessly avenging his master's demise. His future actions and where his train of logical thought will lead him has yet to be revealed.
However according the Covenant of Primus he has a paternal side that he shows to his creations, thinking of them as his children. Another interesting fact is that the covenant claims that Shockwave's devotion to logic is not out of rationality, but more of a fetish. He was claimed to be more of a cultist in a cult rather than a truly logical individual. He also was revealed to believe that he was not cruel when in fact he was. He believed his tinkering with the Lightning Strike Coalition Force was merciful and kind. And he even held fatherly feelings for his Predacon creations Predaking, Skylynx, and Darksteel. He was deeply impressed by his specimens abilities in their little fight and persuaded them to aid the Autobots in defeating Unicron to save their home. Shockwave was also shown to be squeamish towards name-calling for some reason.
Shockwave naturally only serves his one true master: logic. He's willing to ignore petty squabbles and jabs at him, and will only do what he finds logical. Megatron is pleased by his dedication and his competence stemming from it, starkly contrasting with the egotistical and gloating Starscream. His passive nature to goings-on around him may paint him as apathetic, but whoever believes that is writing their death warrant. Shockwave is as brutal and fierce as any Decepticon warrior, and has the strength and durability to withstand everything from explosions to Autobot assault. He does not take well to attempts on his life or his experiments failing or being tampered with. Primus help those if who actually do break his seemingly eternal calm.
Another aspect of his personality is his complete and utter lack of any sort of ethics, morals, or scruples.
Physical AppearanceShockwave's vehicle mode is a tank based form. Shockwave has one right hand and one left arm cannon that never transforms into a hand. Shockwave currently has one large optic sensor and he has an ammunition belt attached from his back to his cannon.
He is one spooky Decepticon due to his single eye that doesn't seem to reveal his emotions or expressions.
Powers and Abilities
Shockwave is an accomplished scientist whose research and development projects have yielded powerful weapons and technology to the Decepticon cause, and indirectly to the Autobots and Cybertron itself. These include Project Predacon, the completion of the Synthetic Energon Formula, the Cortical Psychic Patch, the creation of cybermatter, and the restoration of the Omega Lock.
Though his main position is as Megatron's First Lieutenant in Scientific Endeavors, Shockwave is quite capable of holding his own in battle. His left arm, from the elbow down, is comprised of a powerful energy cannon, and his vehicle mode is that of a Cybertronian tank. He has been shown to hold off Bulkhead and Wheeljack , as well as go toe-to-toe with Ultra Magnus. Ultra Magnus proved to be a challenge to Shockwave when it comes to hand to hand combat.
If Shockwave has any weaknesses, it is his unwavering adherence to logic. Present him with an argument that is sufficiently logical, and Shockwave will agree to it, despite any emotional misgivings that he may have. This is how Starscream was able to avoid Shockwave's wrath twice. When faced with a situation or an opponent that upsets his calculations, Shockwave is put at a severe disadvantage. Damaging his one optic sensor can blind him completely. Having only one hand (the result of a battle wound) also makes it difficult for him to engage in close-combat. It also hampers his ability to complete tasks that require a lot of manual dexterity. Despite the fact that Ultra Magnus only had one good hand and a claw-like appendage, he managed to beat Shockwave to his knees and the scientist would have surrendered if wasn't for the Predacon.
Shockwave served under Megatron before the Decepticon arrived on Earth. He was quite happy to serve Megatron as the Decepticon leader allowed him to carry out any experiment that his spark desired. Despite staying apart, Megatron was happy to see the Decepticon still alive after the group perceived their member was dead. Megatron appointed Shockwave his Chief Science Officer, and head of all Decepticon scientific endeavors. Despite his loyalty to the dark lord, Shockwave does not seem to be totally devoted as he was quick to run rather than avenge his fallen leader when he was killed by Bumblebee. Shockwave may still respect Megatron but he seems to not follow him anymore.
Starscream and Shockwave do not like each other, with Starscream viewing Shockwave as a hindrance in the way of gaining attention from Megatron. Back on Cybertron, Starscream brought Arcee and Cliffjumper to Shockwave after he had a difficult time getting activation codes from the two. During Shockwave's preparation for his planned procedure on the Autobots, Starscream asked him if he was sure he could get the codes from the two before Shockwave testily reminded him that he was the one who invented the Cortical Psychic Patch. After the Autobots escaped while under Starscream's captivity, Shockwave remarked after finding them that he should have known not to leave them with him, whom he believed to have been incompetent.
Shockwave would again encounter Starscream when he arrived on Earth. After questioning why no one had tried to search for him, all attention turned to Starscream. While being displayed as terrified beyond belief, Starscream told Shockwave that the GroundBridge had closed down and that everyone believed him to have been killed. Although he clearly didn't like it, Shockwave deemed his response logical as Starscream sighed in relief. In Minus One, Shockwave was mad at Starscream for leaving him at the mercy of the Autobots. Shockwave was close to killing Starscream but he lets him go when he regrets his actions. After Megatron was killed, Shockwave and Starscream was forced to share the only remaining escape pod and have to deal the latter's complaining. Shockwave teams up with Starscream to create an army of Predacons when they were on Cybertron. Later, Starscream totally ditched Shockwave at the hands of undead Predacons, which Shockwave escaped with a few injuries, it is unknown how Shockwave felt about Starscream's presumed death at the hands of his cloned Predacons.
Shockwave arrived on Earth after detecting and finding Knock Out and the Vehicons on Cybertron. As the one who found him, Shockwave might have a sense of gratitude towards Knock Out, but their roles among the Decepticons clearly establish their relationship: As the Medical Officer of the Nemesis, Knock Out reports directly to Shockwave, Megatron's Chief Science Officer. Knock Out himself seems to have developed a dislike of Shockwave, as Knock Out used to be Megatron's science chief until Shockwave was found and brought back to the Nemesis. Shockwave himself treats Knock Out simply as a laboratory/research assistant.
Despite their similar names, Shockwave and Soundwave do not interact frequently other than Soundwave supplying him with ground bridges. Even so, the two share great devotion to their master, a lack of facial expression, and possibly mutual respect as they both are favored by Megatron as two of his three top lieutenants. Both Cons however seem to work well together as shown in 'Project Predacon'. When Soundwave arrived to assist Shockwave in battle and securing the Predacon bone. Both Decepticons completed their task with excellent results and returned to the war ship.
Shockwave engaged Optimus, along with Smokescreen and Bumblebee in Project Predacon. He was able to escape on the bridge with a Predacon Bone, only to be shot by Optimus from the sky, before getting away. After getting help from Soundwave, they managed to get a small bone directly into Megatron's hand and retreated back to the Nemesis. Megatron tells Shockwave that Project Predacon can't be completed without him, which he left the fetching of bones to Starscream while he stays in his laboratory. Shockwave never fought or mentions Optimus after that. Optimus may have forgiven Shockwave in Predacons Rising and it is unknown if Shockwave knew of Optimus' sacrifice.
Arcee was one of the two Autobots that Shockwave had captive after Starscream turned them over to him. She managed to escape and fought Shockwave alongside Cliffjumper. As he chased the two through the GroundBridge, Arcee dodged a blast of his and fired a direct shot at his eye, damaging it severely before she arrived on Earth. Due to this, she is indirectly responsible or at least partially for him being lost on Cybertron. They would again encounter each other on Earth after Shockwave arrived and became affiliated with the Decepticons on the planet. Shockwave fought Arcee with the other Autobots after they tried to assault Darkmount before retreating. Arcee may have forgiven Shockwave in Predacons Rising.
Cliffjumper was considered by him to be an annoyance. After Cliffjumper and Arcee arrived on earth, Cliff said he wanted a rematch. In reality Cliffjumper didn't get it considering Starscream killed him on the Nemesis before Shockwave would eventually be discovered by the Decepticons on Cybertron. Shockwave appeared to not care when Starscream informed him that the latter had killed Cliffjumper in Shockwave's disappearance, this could mean that Shockwave held no animosity towards Cliffjumper.
Bulkhead was one of the Autobots that Shockwave sent Predaking after. During the Autobots' attack on Darkmount, Shockwave succeed in capturing both Bulkhead and his fellow Wrecker, Wheeljack. After Optimus Prime arrived, Bulkhead attacked Shockwave alongside Arcee, Bumblebee and Wheeljack before they and the Decepticon retreated. Bulkhead may have forgiven Shockwave in Predacons Rising.
After Starscream failed to get Wheeljack to give him any type of information, Shockwave tried his invention the Cortical Psychic Patch on him. However, the tool proved unsuccessful and the Autobot escaped their captivity, only to later invade the base with the other Autobots and be captured again, by Shockwave this time. After Optimus Prime arrived, Shockwave fought Wheeljack, Arcee, Bumblebee and Bulkhead before the Autobots and Decepticons both retreated from the exploding Darkmount. Wheeljack may have forgiven Shockwave in Predacons Rising.
Bumblebee was one of the Autobots that Predaking went after per Shockwave's instructions. The two faced off against each other when Bumblebee attacked Shockwave with Arcee, Bulkhead and Wheeljack. Despite their combined strength, he and the other Autobots retreated after the fortress started to explode. Bumblebee may have forgiven Shockwave in Predacons Rising.
Shockwave fought Magnus in Persuasion where he and the latter engaged in a small but fierce combat. Magnus punched around Shockwave, despite Shockwave returning a few blows back. During their fight, Shockwave mocked on how Magnus should not be there because he only has one hand. Magnus replied by stating that he would rather have one bum hand than an eye any day after punching Shockwave. Magnus was able to bring Shockwave to his knees and told him to surrender. Shockwave would of surrendered but Predaking barged in and escaped with Shockwave in hand. In Predacons Rising, Magnus may have forgiven Shockwave.
Shockwave encountered Smokescreen during his hunt for the first of the Predacon remains. He attacked the young Autobot and soon retreated with the fossil, being followed by him. Though Optimus Prime tried to intervene in their fight, Soundwave arrived to aid him and distracted Prime. However, Shockwave would face difficulty against the two Autobots, whom double-teamed him. He engaged in a game of tug of war with Smokescreen and Bumblebee before succeeding in his task and departing. Smokescreen may have forgiven Shockwave in Predacons Rising.
When Shockwave discovered Alpha Trion was one of the Thirteen Original Primes he became fascinated with the archivist. He desired to exploit the Prime's powers to suit the needs of the Decepticons and build counterfeit versions of the Artifacts of the Primes, specifically the Matrix of Leadership. Alpha Trion was violently opposed to this and considered Shockwave a disgrace to all of Cybertron. Alpha Trion mostly considered Shockwave a nuisance albeit one with a large army and resources. Shockwave himself felt Alpha Trion was a Prime who had betrayed Cybertron by letting the Caste System rule them and proof of why Primes should be exterminated.
Along with Starscream, Shockwave was truly horrified when Unicron was using Megatron's body as a vessel to try to permanently eradicate Cybertron with an undead army of Predacons. Shockwave somehow survived after being attacked by Unicron's army when he tried to kill as many as he could and in self-defence and persuaded Predaking, Skylynx, and Darksteel to aid the Autobots in defeating Unicron, this showed that he was willing to do whatever it took to defeat Unicron.
- "War for Cybertron" (Debut/DLC)
- "War for Cybertron (DS)
- "Fall of Cybertron"
- "Rise of the Dark Spark"
- "Out of the Past" (Flashback)
Season 3: Beast Hunters
- "Darkmount, NV" (No Lines)
- "Project Predacon"
- "Chain of Command"
- "Minus One"
- Shockwave invented the Cortical Psychic Patch, which he used on Arcee to learn of the encrypted coordinates to Earth, where Optimus Prime was stationed.
- After Megatron, Shockwave appears to be the second most powerful Deception, as he is rarely seen losing a battle.
- Shockwave never adresses any Autobots by name, the one exception being Wheeljack in Scattered and this was in conversation to Megatron and not Wheeljack himself.
- Shockwave and Dreadwing both came close to killing off Starscream.
- Shockwave is never seen to laugh or tell jokes. Guess Shockwave prefers to stay calm, don't worry he's not alone.
- Shockwave was originally scheduled to die under the orders of Hasbro, but the show's writers petitioned heavily to keep the character alive. They succeeded and he was used in the show's third season.
- Ultra Magnus and Shockwave both have one hand that is normal and the other damaged or just a gun.
- Shockwave tends to use the word "Logical" in most of his sentences. He find most situations to be "Illogical."
- Shockwave never revealed why he has only one eye instead of two.
- Shockwave's experiments on Grimlock are similar to The Professor's experiments on Wolverine from Marvel Comics. Both were administered by a sadistic scientist on powerful, but unwilling, test subjects who came out more powerful, rebelled and bit/cut off the right hand of their captor.
- Shockwave's design is based heavily on his G1 and Dark of the Moon counterparts.
- Shockwave is the second Decepticon who doesn't have an Earth-based vehicle form.
- Shockwave's voice actor, David Sobolov, is also known for playing Depth Charge in the Beast Wars series.
- An interesting note is that Shockwave seems to be as tall as Megatron, as he towers over Starscream, in Out of the Past but in all subsequent appearances he is of equal height to the Seeker.
- "I invented the cortical psychic patch. I am familiar with its idiosyncrasies." (Out of the Past)
- "Do not worry. If her mind does not survive the procedure, you will be next."
- "You are no longer of use."
- "Your reasoning is hardly logical, but indulge yourself."
- "Only Starscream could fail to dispose of a helpless captive."
- "You have overwritten the energon containment protocols, haven't you? Clever, but not irreversible."
- "There is more than one way to nullify a neuro-net."
- "Lord Megatron." (Scattered)
- "Reports of my demise are greatly premature. A pair of Autobots infiltrated my facility on Cybertron, sabotaging my Space Bridge. I gave chase, but failed to accurately calculated the outcome. I awoke in the rubble, blinded. It soon became clear that I was marooned on our dead planet, with no means of communication. In time, I repaired my wounds, and resumed my experiments. The solitude enabled me to make tremendous advances in my research. Until one day my instruments detected a massive surge of unidentifiable energy. I traveled to investigate its origin at the edge of the Sea of Rust, where I encountered your salvage team and the smoldering wreckage of the Omega Lock. But this was not the search party I had anticipated so long ago. Leaving one unanswered question...."
- "Why was I left for scrap? Abandoned? Why?"
- "I find your reply to be.....logical."
- "Lord Megatron, surely our Autobot prisoner is a better source of information than this primitive data net."
- "I recommend a cortical psychic patch."
- "Trust me.....you in fact......can not."
- "The patch failed to yield any new information on the whereabouts of the Autobots."
- "Wheeljack is not the first prisoner to escape Starscream's care."
- "If I may Lord Megatron. During my exile on Cybertron, I resumed work on a long dormant project. One that I believe may provide the solution to our current problem."
- "You misunderstand. The subject has been fully cultivated and need only to be transported from my laboratory on Cybertron."
- "I present to you my liege. The ultimate Autobot hunter."
- "Indeed. But the specimen you see before you was bred in the laboratory. Cloned from fossilized remains, which I discovered on Cybertron."
- "The beast is completely under my control." (Prey)
- "A sample of energon from Wheeljack. Spilled during the Autobot's failed interrogation."
- "Lord Megatron, I accept that military considerations our outside of my domain, but perhaps it is once again time to release the Predacon." (Rebellion)
- "Your mission was most illogical."
- "Soundwave, I require a groundbridge."
- "Which I am logically able to extract their very C.N.A." ( Project Predacon)
- "You are not suggesting that I would send my creations to a distant planet without first having them micro-chipped?"
- "We have all that we need."
- "Only to secure the bone Lord Megatron."
- "I shall leave the fetching of bones to Starscream and confine myself to my laboratory in order to accelerate results."
- "Illogical. Though there appears to be an enormous mass upon the upper hull." (Chain of Command)
- "The Predacon clones have almost fully evolved and will be combat ready within three solar cycles." (Evolution)
- "I will determine it's value after Lord Megatron's Predacon army is ready for deployment."
- "The ability to transform is a fundamental part of Cybertronian biology. We simply possessed no evidence that the Predacon species ever reached that evolutionary stage since they became extinct in the great cataclysm."
- "Your conclusion is most logical, my liege."
- "Starscream, the Autobots have arrived. You did not inform me that your plan was already in motion."
- "I have yet to purge my lab of sensitive materials."
- "It is true, my liege. Project Predacon has been rendered null and void. At least I have been unable to recover any beast forms. However, there is something that you must behold for yourself...."
- "Pure Cybertronian Cyber Matter. Not unlike that which once existed upon our home world."
- "Yet, the Cyber nucleic acid alone can not account for these Cyberforms."
- "All possible logic points to the presence of one unexpected variable, synthetic energon."
- "Simply put; This combination of elements could allow us to cyberform entire worlds." (Minus One)
- "Do not think for a moment Starscream that it has gone unnoticed that you left me at the mercy of the Autobots."
- "I am tempted to force you to share my perception of things."
- "Your argument.......is logical."
- "Lord Megatron. Forgive my impudence. But what is the logic behind ruling two worlds?"
- "This is no place for a one-handed Autobot!!" (Persuasion)
- "A logical assumption. Were it not for....."
- "Extensive empirical evidence indicates the fundamental instability within the Synth-En formulation to be the cause." (Synthesis)
- "Yes. Quite an act of providence."
- "Shall we get back to work."
- "The formula is now complete."
- "The planet will not be harmed, only its indigenous lifeforms." (Deadlock)
- "Lord Megatron! The Omega Lock is fueled and ready."
- "Starscream! Do not be a fool!!!"
- "Do you intend to whine for the duration of the voyage?"
- "Starscream. Given our lack of infrastructure and frequent need to relocate to avoid detection it is not logical to expect any greater productivity at this point of time." (Predacons Rising)
- "Long. Explain to me why you have summoned in the middle of nowhere."
- "It defies logic."
- "It defies all science."
- "An impressive display from my creations. But would it not be more logical to employ your might elsewhere at this time?" - Last words in the Predacons Rising movie
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