|Alias|| One good eye |
One eye Freak
|Rank|| 1st Lieutenant of Scientific Endeavors |
|First appearance|| Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (games) |
Out of the Past (TV series)
|Voiced by|| Steve Blum (video games)
David Sobolov (tv series)
Shockwave is a Decepticon scientist and tends to be "logical" at times. Shockwave had created ancient incredible Cybertronian technology that was found to be very useful against the Autobots. He was a skilled fighter, which he used in self-defense against anyone who dare to attack and kill him. Shockwave was responsible for many scientific endeavours, such as Space Bridges, the Dinobots, ressurection of the Predacons, construction of the Omega Lock 2.0 and, with Ratchet, the completion of Synthetic Energon. Shockwave himself was totally devoted to logic and science and didn't get along well with Starscream.
Shockwave was last seen convincing his Predacon creations to join the Autobots in the battle against Unicron but was not seen again, leaving his exact fate unknown. However as he was never seen abandoning his cause or getting killed, Shockwave may currently be the only known remaining Decepticon on Cybertron.
Prior to the creation of Predaking, Shockwave had experimented and cloned several Predacons and had them micro-chipped so that he could track them at all times. Under the orders of Megatron, he had sent his creations and experiments to Earth to offline the Autobots stationed there and secure any energon they could find.
As the Dark Energon began to shut down all of Cybertron's systems, Shockwave found ancient data on Space Bridge technology. He used an ancient bridge to locate the world where the Predacons were sent. He saw the native creatures' ferocity and dreamed of creating a soldier with such power. Using captured Autobot prisoners, he created the Dinobots. When the Autobots broke out of the testing areas, he thought of this as a test and sent hundreds of Vehicons to their deaths to test his creations, mocking Grimlock along the way. He was setting the Space Bridge for a Decepticon expedition to Earth, when Grimlock confronted him. The Dinobot, bit off his right arm and swatted him away.
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 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.
Shortly after Cybertron went dark during the Great Exodus, Shockwave stayed there collecting energon for a Space Bridge. When Starscream's command troopers successfully captured both Arcee and Cliffjumper, he used a Cortical Psychic Patch, an invention of his own design, to find an encrypted message Optimus Prime sent to all Autobots giving the location of the planned 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 only to have his single Optic Lens damaged, leaving him in the Space Bridge as it exploded around him.
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 lifeform 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.
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 did so as well.
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 cords of 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 cybernucleic acid with the Synthetic Energon to create Cyber-Matter, the basic building block of all life on Cybertron. This would give the Decepticons the opportunity not only to restore Cybertron, but also to cyberform 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 Cybertron.
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 heading 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 cloning 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 Megatrons' 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 Megatrons' 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 both. Unicron revived the dead Predacon bones and have made his army. Starscream flees in terror and Shockwave was seeminlgy ripped apart by the undead Predacons in his vehicle mode.
After the battle of his creations, Shockwave informed 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.
Shockwave's overall personality would be considered as cold and calculating, with logic as its fundamental basis. 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.
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 entire left arm 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 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 also makes it difficult for him to engage in close-combat. Despite the fact that Ultra Magnus only had one good hand and a clawlike appendage, he managed to beat Shockwave to his knees and the scientist would have surrendered if not for the Predacon.
Shockwave served under Megatron before the Decepticon arrived on Earth. Despite staying apart, Megatron was happy to see the Decepticon still alive after the group perceived their members 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.
Starscream and Shockwave do not like each other, with both viewing the other as an objective 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 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.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 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 labratory/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 rerturned 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Shockwave invented the Cortical Psychic Patch, which he used on Arcee to learn of the encrypted coordinates to Earth, where Optimus Prime was stationed.
- 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.
- Shockwave's experiments on Grimlock are similar to The Professor's experiments on Wolverine from Marvel Comics. Both were adminstered 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 desgin is based heavily on his G1 and Dark of the Moon counterparts.
- Shockwave is the only Decepticon left unacounted for and thus could potentially start the war anew in a sequel series to Transformers Prime.
- Shockwave is the second Decepticon who dones't have an Earth based vehicle form.
- Out of the Past (First appearance)
Season 3: Beast Hunters:
- Darkmount, NV (Cameo)
- Project Predacon
- Chain of Command
- Plus One (Mentioned only)
- Thirst (Not seen)
- Minus One
- "I invented the cortical psychic patch. I am familiar with its idiosyncrasies."
- "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 nero-net."
- "Lord Megatron."
- "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 woke 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 instrument detected a surge of unidentified energy. I travelled 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 yielded any new information on the where abouts 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 bone 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."
- "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."
- "A sample of energon from Wheeljack. Spilled during the Autobot's failed interogation."
- "Lord Megatron, I accept that military considerations our outside of my command. But perhaps it is once again time to release the Predacon."
- "Your mission was most illogical."
- "Soundwave, I require a groundbridge."
- "Which I am logically able to extract their very C.N.A."
- "You are not suggesting that I would send my creations to a distant planet without first having them microchipped?"
- "We have all that we need."
- "I shall leave the fetching of bones to Starscream and confine myself to my laboratory in order to accelerate results."
- "The Predacon clones have almost fully evolved and will be combat ready within three solar cycles."
- "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 reasoning 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 youself...."
- "Pure Cybertronian Cyber Matter. Not like that which once existed upon our homeworld."
- "Yet, the Cyber nucleic acid alone can not account for these Cyber forms."
- "All possible logic points to the presence of one unexpected variable, synthetic energon."
|Airachnid | Breakdown | Dreadwing | Makeshift | Megatron | Knock Out | Shockwave | Skyquake | Soundwave | Starscream|
|Vehicon (Decepticon Miner) | Insecticon | Terrorcon|
|Hardshell | Laserbeak|
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