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|Alias|| The 'Con without a face |
Megatron's communications chief
|Rank||Communications Officer/ Surveillance Lieutenant, Former Kaon Gladiator|
|Status||Online (In Shadowzone)|
|First appearance||Darkness Rising, Part 1|
|Voiced by||Frank Welker|
Soundwave is Megatron's Communications/Surveillance Chief of the Decepticons. Soundwave is cold and almost completely devoid of emotion. Soundwave can speak, but chooses not to, preferring to communicate through replayed Cybertronians' voice recordings, including humans. Soundwave is very skilled in combat and will not hesitate to finish off his opponents. Soundwave and his little pet, Laserbeak, will do whatever it takes to accomplish their assigned mission. Megatron is usually seen talking with Soundwave in the show. Soundwave is capable of using GroundBridges to his advantage, which is useful at times.
Throughout the season, Soundwave was always in the background, not really doing much and only playing things back via his visor. He acted as a restraint for Starscream, stopping him from terminating the prisoners. Soundwave was used to hack the Satellites in Texas to lock onto Cybertron so the Spacebridge could be activated. He succeeded and retreated at the arrival of the human children. Soundwave helped Starscream bring online Skyquake in a canyon. He monitored the fight between Optimus Prime and him. Starscream ordered the Communications Officer to download Wheeljack's form into Makeshift so he could infiltrate the Auitobot base. Soundwave fled with Starscream when the fake "Wheeljack" exploded on the top of the Nemesis. The silent con aided Knock Out and Breakdown in retrieving the Energon Harvester by sneaking round the back and taking off in his jet mode. Soundwave also made sure that Starscream kept Megatron online while he was in stasis.
Season 1 Season Finale
Soundwave was in charge of monitoring Megatron's signal while he escorted the Autobots to Unicron. The Con was present when Airachnid suggested abandoning Megatron and taking command of the Decepticons. Soundwave decided to take charge and question Airachnid's authority. The two high ranking Commanders fought on the bridge of the Nemesis with Airachnid throwing the first blows. He blocked all of her shots and lifted her into the air then throwing her across the ship. He deployed Laserbeak to assist by stunning her. He put his foot down on her and held her down. She then gave Soundwave control over the Decepticons for the time being. He picked up Megatron's life signal after thinking he was offline and was present when the Decepticon leader returned and stepped down as acting leader.
Soundwave was in control of making sure Orion Pax did not come across Decepticon information while decoding the Iacon Database. He was ordered by Megatron to make sure Arcee was 'escorted' of the ship before she could find the location of the Autobots' missing leader. He used his ground-bridge technology to bridge her off the ship. Soundwave informed Megatron of Airachnid's disloyalty by playing back her planning to leave Megatron on Earth. Soundwave was on the bridge when the Nemesis was taken over by Dark Energon. He took action by trying to regain control of the vessel by hacking into the systems. However he was zapped into stasis before he could regain control. Soundwave was sent after the 3rd Iacon relic. He attacked Wheeljack and Ratchet by deploying Laserbeak and used him as a distraction. He found the relic before the Autobots but he was attacked by Wheeljack.
The two bots fought, each landing attacks until Wheeljack got the upper hand. Soundwave was at Wheeljack's mercy until he used the relic against him. The con left Wheeljack to return to Laserbeak's SOS signal. He picked up Laserbeak and returned to the Nemesis with the relic. A grenade was discovered in Soundwave and once disposed of he returned to work. Soundwave used Laserbeak to locate Smokescreen and once he did Soundwave groundbridged in and captured him. Soundwave broke into a communications bulding to gain control of a laser satellite, he had control but failed to stop the humans from hacking and retreated in jet mode before the Autobots arrived.
Season 2 finale
Soundwave took Raf hostage in exchange for an Omega Key. He arrived on Cybertron with the other Decepticons with the humans as hostage. He traded the human for a key with Bumblebee. He also witnessed the activation and destruction of the Omega Lock. He returned to Earth with the cons and saw the destruction of the Autobot Base.
Soundwave deployed Laserbeak to find the humans and Autobots who were scattered. He tried to fix Laserbeak to recover footage and also Spacebridged Shockwave to Earth. Soundwave figured out before Starscream that the Autobots were trying to get the Decepticons to seperate their army. Soundwave aided Shockwave in Texas, while in jet mode he took on Optimus and shot him down using Laserbeak. Soundwave Groundbridged a Predacon Bone to Megatron and retreated. With the infection outbreak on the ship Soundwave was in charge of clean up duty. He took a team of Decepticons and saw the destruction of the infected cons. He saw that the traitor Airachnid was free from her pod and Spacebridged her back to one of Cybertron's moons along with her Insecticon army.
The Autobots tried to get several Vehicons that were getting away with their spoils. Emerging from the sky in his alternate mode, he prepared a GroundBridge for the Vehicons in front of the retreating Vehicons. Soundwave soon dispatches Laserbeak, preparing for a rematch with Optimus Prime. Despite wanting to defeat him, he himself was taken out when Optimus used his missile launcher and took him out. While Laserbeak escaped, Optimus and the rest of the Autobots brought Soundwave in for questioning. Optimus asked him for information on Megatron's then-upcoming plans. However, Soundwave found his interrogation as a joke and replayed Optimus and his voice set to a musical tone and remix, before showing a smile emoticon on his front screen. While Optimus threatened to subject him to harsher means if he doesn't cooperate, Soundwave broadcasted a sonic pulse that caused the Autobots and humans alike to gain pain in their ears. Ratchet soon suggested opening Soundwave up to obtain his information, knowing that he kept all of the Decepticon plans he had been informed off in his personal archive. However, those plans came crashing down when Soundwave merely deleted all of his data directly from their drives. In a stunning act, he finally broke his vow of silence when he told the Autobots that he was superior and that they were inferior. Deciding that he would be unable to keep the charade up, Soundwave's visor blacked out as he went off-line, slumping on the table. Soon after, Laserbeak used the surveillance records that Soundwave had on the Autobots' human allies to track down and follow Agent Fowler, with the intent of getting to the Autobot base with his use. This plan succeeded, Laserbeak arrived at the Autobots' new base and soon reunited with Soundwave, having him come online and soon attacking the Autobots. Despite Smokescreen lunging at him, Soundwave easily disposed of him by grabbing him with his tentacle and did the same for Bulkhead. Agent Fowler tried to get involved as well, but failed to defeat him, being easily shoved aside as Soundwave approached Ratchet with his tentacles.
Soundwave was present when Megatron was convincing Ratchet to help the Decepticons. The Communication Chief picked up Laserbeak's signal even though he was on his chest.
Season 3 Finale
Soundwave was stationed on the bridged duing the assault of the Decepticon war ship. The Wreckers stormed the bridge of the Nemesis. As they charged on toward Soundwave he opened a GroundBridge sending them to a Vehicon platoon. When Ultra Magnus reported this, Jack had a plan to get rid of Soundwave using his "relocation trick" against him. He Groundbridged to the Nemesis bridge where four Vehicons aimed at him. Miko then jumped through wearing the Apex Armor, killed them and charged at Soundwave. He opened a GroundBridge with his fingers, but she stopped before entering. He then walked towards her trying to push her in. Raf then opened a Bridge behind Soundwave. The Decepticon was caught within the two portals feeding off each other. Jack was nearly pulled in before Miko caught him, as her newfound mass was seemingly immovable. As the portals disappeared, Soundwave charged at the two humans. To his surprise, he phased right through them. He could hear and see everything but could not be heard or seen. He was forced to watch as Jack and Miko took over the ship helplessly. He was forever trapped in the Shadowzone with Laserbeak (likely).
Predacons Rising Movie
It is presumed that during the TV movie Soundwave, was still trapped in the Shadowzone with Laserbeak. None of the Decepticons showed any concern about the whereabouts of Soundwave at all as none of them were present at his fate so they may just think he escaped on his own.
Up until his capture, Soundwave's most defining characteristic was his silence; he could speak but choose not to. His equally defining characteristic was his unquestionable loyalty and devotion to Megatron, who in turn trusted Soundwave fully and completely, possibly more so than any of his other minions and showing him considerable favor. His loyalty drove Soundwave to maintain a constant vigilance on the Nemesis for any potential conspiracies against his master and alert him of the would-be traitors. Soundwave himself apparently did not trust any of his fellow Decepticons, particularly Starscream and Airachnid, keeping a constant watch on the former (who continuously plotted to take over leadership of the Decepticons) and later enlightening Megatron that Airachnid was not to be trusted. Soundwave diligently followed his orders without question or hesitation, and often succeeded in all his efforts, rewarding him with praise and further trust and favor from Megatron. Soundwave used his silence to his advantage in maintaining an air of mystery and intimidation that helped keep some of his cohorts in line, particularly Starscream.
After being blasted down by the Autobots, he was captured by the Autobots and taken to their base for interrogation. Soundwave continuously gave them a run-around, refusing to cooperate or spill any information, mocking them and even using a sonic pulse when he was threatened with "less civil forms of interrogation". Only when Ratchet threatened to "open up" Soundwave and look at his drives did Soundwave take drastic measures in erasing his drives of sensitive data and then breaking his silence by telling them, in an ominous voice, 'Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior.' He then crashed his own drives, fully preventing the Autobots from interrogating him further. His words to them clearly expressed that he feels superior to them, although (for some reason) he addressed himself in third-person, possibly a sign of narcissism. However, these drastic measures show the full-extent of Soundwave's complete devotion to Megatron and the Decepticon cause, that he is willing to risk his own destruction if it means his last act is for the benefit of his master.
In Robot-Mode, Soundwave sports stifle-jointed legs, his wings double as his arms, making them, along with his fingers, very thin, and his face is a visor that functions like a computer screen, displaying various frequencies he picks up, radar, maps, etc. It is also capable of snapping photographic images.
On his chest he wears his surveillance drone Mini-Con Laserbeak.
Soundwave's alt-mode is an MQ-9 Reaper, an unmanned aerial vehicle that is listed in the Hunter-Killer program. He can shoot lasers from his vehicle mode and also deploy laserbeak while in mid flight. He sometimes uses his jet mode to fly undetected.
Soundwave and Megatron first met in the pits of Kaon, where they fought as gladiators. When they were matched against each other, Soundwave became noteworthy for being the closest to ever come to beating Megatron even though he still lost. The match forged a bond of mutual respect between them. Megatron himself has never questioned Soundwave's loyalty, and clearly has full confidence in him, having shown him favor multiple times. Soundwave himself shows nothing less than total devotion to Megatron, with unquestioning obedience, and always complies with Megatron's orders, as well as alerting him to possible traitors or signs of disloyalty.
Laserbeak is Soundwave's only remaining Mini-Con following the events on Cybertron. He is mostly used for scouting mission. When his live footage had crashed, Soundwave didn't have much of a reaction, but then again, he never does. Even so, he sensed when Laserbeak was in danger, and passed up the chance of killing Wheeljack to save his drone.
Soundwave and Starscream have interacted in ways that suggest Starscream fears the silent Communications Chief, as Soundwave has kept a close watch on Starscream, constantly being an obstacle in Starscream's schemes, which Starscreams irritably acknowledged to Knock Out once before. Soundwave clearly does not trust Starscream, seeing as how he sent Laserbeak to make sure Starscream brought the critical Megatron back to the Nemesis.
There is not much interaction between the two Decepticons, Soundwave just provides groundbridges for him when necessary. Soundwave did arrive to assist Shockwave in battle in Project Predacon (episode). Both cons worked well together to take down Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Smokescreen and securing the Predacon bone.
Skills, Weapons, and Abilities
Despite his thin and angular build, Soundwave proved to be a deceptively dangerous warrior, skilled in unarmed combat, as well as utilizing his tentacles to overcome his foes.
Soundwave was a gladiator in the arenas of Kaon and was the sole warrior who came closest to defeating Megatron in battle. He uses his slim arms as blades and to block attacks, as he did against Airachnid and Wheeljack. Soundwave can extend two tentacles from his sides, using them to fight or to hack computer terminals. They are shown to be very strong as they are capable of throwing around Autobots such as Wheeljack and Bulkhead. The tentacles are capable of shooting red lasers from them, generating electricity to zap opponents, and the claws at the end can rotate and be used as drills, as he did to escavate an Iacon relic.
Soundwave is a walking database, contained, as revealed in Minus One, in his hard drives, in which he stores vast amounts of data. He is capable of hacking computers, intercepting transmissions and communications, and monitoring communications on a planet-wide scale, all of which can be displayed on his visor.
Most commonly known, on Soundwave's chest he can deploy Laserbeak which is used for aerial battle or to stalk. Laserbeak also contains a full backup of Soundwave's information. So if Soundwave's information gets erased, he can reboot it all back via Laserbeak. Lately, it has been shown that Soundwave, possibly, has the ability to open Ground-Bridges anywhere, on or off the Nemesis, dubbed by Ultra Magnus as his "Relocation trick". Unfortunately, this trick was used against him, leaving Soundwave trapped forever in the Shadowzone.
- Soundwave was a champion fighter in the Kaon pits, next to Megatron.
- Throughout the series Soundwave spoke once, but the Decepticons do not know this as it was a last act, though Soundwave thought he was not going to come back online.
- It was not revealed why Soundwave did not speak until Season 3 in Scattered, when Starscream mentioned his 'Vow of silence'.
- Soundwave only fought Optimus Prime in season 3. With the exception of Soundwave blasting at Optimus in Darkest Hour.
- Soundwave has been offline once in the series, however he was reactivated later on. Both by his own doing.
- Soundwave never failed a mission in the series. He managed to complete all missions assigned to him giving a total of 9. Although he got shot down in Minus One, the mission was a success before hand.
- Some fans believed that Soundwave did have a face and that the visor is just a mask.
- Soundwave can activate Spacebridges without the aid of a gigantic structure.
- Soundwave was meant to look like a Ninja, which is why he did not speak and hardly went into battle.
- This if the first version of Soundwave to only have Laserbeak as his Mini-Con.
- Soundwave is shown to be a very skilled fighter. Managing to take down Airachnid, Bulkhead and Smokescreen with very little effort.
- In Predacons Rising, no Decepticon (not even Megatron) seems concerned about Soundwave's fate at all.
- "Soundwave superior. Autobots inferior." - Soundwave's first and only words in the show.
|Airachnid | Breakdown | Dreadwing | Makeshift | Megatron | Knock Out | Shockwave | Skyquake | Soundwave | Starscream|
|Vehicon (Decepticon Miner) | Insecticon | Terrorcon|
|Hardshell | Laserbeak|
|[] | []|