Scorponok is the leader of the Decepticon Headmasters and a major antagonist in the Transformers franchise. He appears as one of the main antagonists in the three part "The Rebirth" finale of the original G1 Transformers series (along with Galvatron), and the main antagonist of the Japanese-exclusive Transformers series The Headmasters. He later reappears as a major antagonist in the sequel series Super God Masterforce after being revived as BlackZarak.
Scorponok has two origins depending on the series. In the original Transformers series, he is the Nebulan leader Zarak bound to the head of a Decepticon while in Japan, he is a Transformer bonded to a Transector.
He was voiced for one line in the Sunbow cartoon by Stephen Keener. In the Japanese dub he was voiced by Eiji Ito. In the anime sequels The Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce he was voiced by Banjo Ginga, who also voiced Gihren Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam. In the Transformers Zone OVA, he was voiced by Hirohiko Kakegawa.
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Note: All material exclusive to the UK comics will be in italics.
Scorponok began as a Decepticon commander on Cybertron, who was a rival of Fortress Maximus. At some point, as seen in The Legacy of Unicron he gained Cyclonus and Scourge, two Decepticons from 20 years in the future, as minions.
In Ring of Hate, Scorponok led his troops in a raid on an Autobot city on Cybertron, levelling the city and leaving it in ruins. The captives taken from the battle were marched to their doom in the smelting pool, and Scorponok took a sadistic glee in ordering them to move faster or feel his sting. He wasn't so gleeful when Fortress Maximus led an ambush on his squadron; his troops were overwhelmed by the Autobots' righteous fury, and Scorponok ordered a retreat so that they might live to fight another day.
As seen in Broken Glass, Fortress Maximus and his followers quit the war and left for Nebulos. Scorponok invaded the Autobots' abandoned base, but found nothing, not even a trap, which Scorponok expected. They were contacted by Lord Zarak on Nebulos, who informed them of the Autobots' arrival there and requested their help. Scorponok happily led his troops there, vowing to conquer the new planet.
Upon reaching Nebulos, Scorponok bullied Zarak into revealing the location of Fortress Maximus. Scorponok bullied Zarak into revealing the location of Fortress Maximus. Learning that Maximus had surrendered himself and four of his followers, Scorponok decided to attack Koraja first, where the Autobots were being held. Scorponok and his troops laid siege to the capital city, demanding the Autobots surrender and blasting away at its newly erected defensive walls when they were refused. It seemed the Decepticons would capture the city, until the gates opened to reveal the Autobots. The Autobot had become Headmasters, and with their enhancements, they overwhelmed the Decepticons. During the battle Scorponok was blasted by Brainstorm and Chromedome. Faced with this unexpected development, Scorponok ordered a retreat.
In Love and Steel, Scorponok and his troops began investigating ways to dispose cleanly of the Nebulans, such as dumping them into space inside anti-gravity-powered polymer alloy bubbles. In the midst of this research, Apeface and Snapdragon returned from a failed mission, defeated by two of the Autobot Headmasters, and Scorponok punished them. When the captive Lord Zarak suggested that they ought to ally, Scorponok attacked him too, before conceding that perhaps sharing power might be in his best interest.
Along with five of his troops, Scorponok underwent the Headmaster process, with Zarak becoming his binary-bond partner. Using Zarak's daughter Llyra as bait, the Decepticons lured the Autobots into a trap. During the ensuing battle, the Decepticons encased a group of Nebulans inside the floating polymer bubbles. Scorponok began feeling conflict from Zarak's personality, due to Llyra being in danger. The Decepticon personality won out, and plan went forward and the Autobots were captured.
As seen in Brothers in Armour, Scorponok continued to gain increased influence over Zarak's personality, driving him to a battle lust at the Mercury Gardens of Melanossus, and again at the Nursery. During each conflict, the might of Zarak and Scorponok wrought about massive destruction, ruining irreplaceable Nebulon wonders. Zarak broke free of Scorponok's influence long enough to free the captive Autobots, but the Nebulan was soon back atop his partner, urging his troops onward to destruction. When Galen decided to leave Nebulos for Earth, Scorponok and his forces again followed, leaving the war-torn Nebulos behind.
Arrival on Earth
In Trial by Fire, Scorponok led the Decepticon Headmasters down to Earth where they located the site of the Earth Autobots' spaceship, the Ark, although it had in fact already left Earth. There they threatened Spike Witwicky but Fortress Maximus arrived with the Autobot Headmasters to renew the conflict. Scorponok caused a rockfall that killed Galen but Spike took his place as Fortress Maximus' Headmaster partner and led the Autobots to victory.
In Pretender to the Throne, Scorponok's troops produced another new innovation: Decepticon Pretenders, equipped with armoured shells that allowed them to disguise themselves as giant monsters. Highbrow and Brainstorm were able to adapt the technology to create Autobot Pretenders and lure the Decepticons into an ambush. During the encounter, Scorponok entered a virtual reality simulation and fought legendary Autobot leader Optimus Prime for the first time.
In Monstercons from Mars, Scorponok sent Skullgrin to establish a base for the Decepticons on Earth and set up a fuel depot.
In Ca$h and Carnage, Zarak set up a group of human bounty hunters known as the Roadjammers to fight the Autobots for them, having three Autobots, Fizzle, Sizzle and Backstreet, sent from Cybertron as a test run. The Roadjammers began to realise the truth and used the equipment they had been given to turn three new Decepticon Headmasters against Scorponok, forcing him to deactivate the equipment.
In All in the Mind, Scorponok and Mindwipe captured Highbrow and attempted to brainwash him in an attempt to analyse the Headmaster process. However, Highbrow managed to shake off the hypnotism thanks to the work of his Nebulan partner Gort and snatched Scorponok's head from his shoulders, short-circuiting the Headmaster process and leaving him inactive.
Scorponok was finally brought back online by his Decepticons just in time to see most of them shunted into limbo by the arrival of a group of Decepticons from the future. Between them, Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime managed to convince everyone present that the Autobots and Decepticons of both eras needed to work together to defeat Galvatron, whose presence in the past was damaging the timeline.
The alliance went to confront Galvatron and his allies. While Soundwave decided to keep his future Decepticons in reserve and leave most of the fighting to the Autobots, Scorponok insisted on confronting Galvatron directly but Galvatron used him as a shield and he was hit by friendly fire from Ultra Magnus. His troops carried him clear.
In Cold War, Scorponok brought his Decepticon faction to meet the main Earth Decepticon faction led by Ratbat but was unaware that the two groups were being manipulated by Starscream who deliberately gave away the fact that Ratbat was searching for the legendary Underbase. This led to a battle between the two Decepticon factions.
In Dark Star, the arrival of the Autobots led to a truce and the realisation that Starscream had been keeping them busy while he gained the power of the Underbase himself. The three groups joined forces to try and stop him but failed and were left to try and defend Earth from his attacks. Scorponok led the defence of Tokyo alongside Grimlock, but returned to the Ark when he realised Optimus Prime was heading for the Underbase. Scorponok killed Ratbat and tried to gain the Underbase himself, but Optimus Prime knocked him aside and they watched together as Starscream absorbed the full force and was destroyed. Scorponok was left as sole Earth Decepticon Commander.
Scorponok was tricked by Doubledealer, who posed as a Decepticon called "Dealer" in order to sell him Autobot plans and then directed the Autobots to attack him. Scorponok set up base on Earth, where he first sent the Pretenders to trigger and absorb the energy of an electrical storm, which would have destroyed New York if not prevented. He then set up a wrestling bout between Roadhandler and Storm Cloud to try and ruin the good publicity the Autobot Micromasters had been cultivating.
Scorponok led a squad of Decepticons to MacDill Air Force Base to aid the Air Strike Patrol, who had ended up in a confrontation with the Autobots without Scorponok's authorisation. However, it became clear more was going on when the Air Strike Patrol slipped away from the battle and most of the Autobots were recalled after an attack on the Ark. Optimus Prime convinced Scorponok that someone was manipulating both of them, shortly before they came under attack from Starscream, who had been reprogrammed and rebuilt as a Pretender by Megatron. However, when Starscream's original personality reasserted itself, he quickly pledged his loyalty to Scorponok. Scorponok allowed Starscream to join his faction, preferring to have him where he could see him, but the decision was opposed by many of his troops, especially when Starscream promptly deserted.
Scorponok regained lost ground when Optimus Prime surrendered his entire command to him, ostensibly in order to discuss an alliance against Unicron, who was threatening to attack Cybertron. Scorponok was unsure whether or not to keep his word, and an attempt by Optimus to force the issue was interrupted by an attack from a rogue Decepticon faction led by Shockwave and Starscream. The fight between Scorponok and Shockwave threatened to spill into a human settlement, forcing both the Autobots and the human superhero group the Neo Knights to step in. After Shockwave was taken out of the battle by Circuit Breaker, Scorponok agreed to stand down.
Minutes later, all the Transformers on Earth were transported back to Cybertron in order to combat Unicron. Scorponok had grown to respect Optimus Prime, accepting him as leader of the combined army and helping him fight a group of Unicron cultists. When the battle with Unicron finally began and Optimus Prime was injured, Scorponok accepted his request to take command, charging Unicron, but was felled by one of Unicron's eye blasts and died with Optimus Prime at his side.
Scorponok appears in the finale to the US original show. He is shown to be highly malevolent, agreeing to aid the Decepticons in exchange for his minions being allowed to bond with the Decepticons. After retrieving the key, Scorponok departs and aids Galvatron against the remnants of Autobot resistance. He is able to convince the reluctant Galvatron to talk and shortly afterwards hands Galvatron the key to the plasma energy chamber, he battles Fortress Maximus, and is ultimately defeated and flees into space. Zarak then bickers with Galvatron and when Galvatron states he will rule the galaxy, Zarak simply states "We will see" hinting he intends to become Decepticon leader, though the series ends, leaving it up to debate.
Scorponok's involvement in the Wings Universe comics produced by the Transformers Collectors Club act as a sequel to the cartoon.
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Scorponok in the Headmasters is much more different than in the Rebirth. In Japan, he is a diminutive Transformer who fled Cybertron to planet Master with several other Transformers. He eventually became involved in the Headmaster program, but disgruntled with Fortress's leadership, orchestrated a rebellion against him. Scorponok was banished, but made contact with Galvatron in 2011( as opposed to 2007 in the US) and joined forces. Scorponok's soldiers joined in several of Galvatron's schemes, but their master stayed in the shadows, supplying Galvatron with the technology to revive Soundwave as SoundBlaster and also arranging for parts of his Transtector to be built on Planet Beast.
He eventually emerged to confront Fortress on planet Praum and attempted to drown them in sand. When they managed to get out, he fled and left his minions and Galvatron to be beaten by the furious Autobot Headmasters. He later questioned Galvatron about the need to seize the new alloy, to which Galvatron furiously voices his power. Sixshot later informs Scorponok that Galvatron will banish him once he has the new alloy and Scorponok, fearing for his life, has his soldiers plant bombs in Vector Sigma's chamber, which destroys Cybertron, the new alloy, and also presumably killing Galvatron, enabling him to seize leadership.
He then had the Decepticons move ahead with the construction of his Transtector by stealing a satellite and powered it up with solar energy, alerting the Autobots to the construction facility. Scorponok then decides to force the Headmasters to focus on Earth as heavily as possible to keep them from uncovering the facility. A volcanic eruption he engineered through unknown means, succeeded and was able to delay survey of the facility. An attempt to use a giant plant was similarly successful, but he was shocked to see Fortress transform into a massive robot (his reaction indicates that he assumed that Fortress did not have a similar Transtector) and was forced to take this into consideration. He also became obsessed with the power of plasma energy unleashed in Cybertron's destruction.
Determined to gather more plasma energy to make the Decepticons more powerful, and deciding to defeat Fortress for good, Scorponok decided to blow up Mars. He engineered a plan to force Fortress to come to Mars in person and subsequently managed to succeed when the plasma energy cancelled out Fortress's own energy. He then revealed his true form and merged with his Transtector in a spectacular ceremony, and went to Charr before heading to Mars. After easily crushing the Headmasters, he emerged into a giant robot form and began to pummel the helpless battleship. He eventually departed when Mars was blown up, but was aghast to learn that Fortress had assumed his giant form and cleaved his shoulder, and Scorponok was forced to retreat. Scorponok was nevertheless pleased, for despite his injury, Mars was destroyed and Scorponok's plan was successful.
Scorponok then attempted to declare himself emperor of the Decepticons, but when Galvatron returned, he was reduced to a insulting transport mode when Galvatron subsequently went on a planet hopping expedition for energon to fufill his master plan. On planet Darhos, Scorponok learned that the Beastformer Tekna, who had discovered the Transector's weak spot while working on it, was on the planet, having been imprisoned on Galvatron's orders and feared that he might give the secret to the Autobots anyway since the Autobots were hot on their heels. He immediately informed the Decepticon Headmasters to kill Tekna to ensure his weakness was kept a secret. Tekna was killed by Weirdwolf, presumably to Scorponok's relief, unaware that Tekna had given them encrypted microfilm that gave them the information.
Upon their return, Scorponok decided to seize leadership again, and planned to force Galvatron to fight the Autobots in person. Sixshot then informed Scorponok that Galvatron planned to incorporate Earth into his body and become another Unicron. Although Scorponok had already figured it out, Sixshot informed him that Galvatron would need parts from elite soldiers and Scorponok realized that his Transtector would be one of those elite soldiers. He revealed his knowledge of the plan, and a struggle with the Autobots ensued, during which Galvatron was killed and buried under the icebergs. Scorponok was forced to retreat, but happily took advantage to declare himself "Emperor of Terror" and immediately ordered the planting of bombs in areas of volcanic idea in an attempt to harness its plasma energy. Fortress arrived to confront him, but was unable to transform into robot form and Scorponok hurled into a volcano. This enabled Fortress to transform into his robot form by siphoning the energy form the lava. Scorponok probably would have won had Chromedone, who had just discovered that Scorponok's weakness was his Decepticon symbol on his chest, not arrived and revealed it. Aghast and horrified, Scorponok attempted to protect his chest, but Fortress plunged the Master Sword deep into the symbol. Critically wounded, and realizing he could not fight Fortress with his weakness revealed, Scorponok fled Earth with many soldiers of his army.
Scorponok then head to Master, his adopted homeworld, in an attempt to create a shield powerful enough to defeat the Master Sword. He kidnapped one of the scientists, but upon learning only Fortress knew of the secret, subsequently established an arms factory in an area rich in G metal. His Headmaster minions assumed that the metal would be an instant win against Fortress Maximus, but Scorponok warned them not to be naïve for the while the G metal was strong, the Master Sword was massively stronger. He kidnapped Wheelie and ransomed him for the secrets and began to create the Zarak Shield, and despite intervention from the Autobots, managed to successfully construct it. The construction of the Zarak Shield had badly drained their energon supplies, so Scorponok decided to blow up Earth to compensate. He launched a devastating attack on the city and in a duel with Fortress Maximus, managed to defeat his foe, but spared him as he now departed to blow up Earth.
Nevertheless, on the return journey, tensions between him and Sixshot flared when they approached an asteroid belt, and rather than take a detour, decided to recklessly go straight in. When one asteroid knocked him out of the pilot position, Sixshot angrily reprimanded him, and Scorponok furiously stated he had had enough of him and kicked him, driving tensions between the two up. He subsequently abandoned Sixshot, but when the ninja returned, decided to kill both him and Chromedome whom the latter had challenged to a duel. Scorponok presumably succeeded in killing Sixshot, though in reality the ninja had survived.
Returning to Earth, he arranged for the mining and refinement of crysmagmetal from Lemuria, and after a brief confrontation with Fortress in Egypt, departed for Lemuria to confirm the Death Towers and the satellite he had launched were in position. He was then confronted by the living Sixshot, much to the latter's horror. After briefly showing shock, he feigned happiness and revealed his plan to the ninja. Sixshot then announced that he had come to bid farewell. Scorponok angrily accused Sixshot of planning to betray him know that he knew the secret and attempted to kill Sixshot, but only managed to hit one of his holograms. Infuriated, Scorponok vowed to destroy everyone on Earth. In a duel at the North Pole, he fought Fortress Maximus one last time, and once the satellite was in position, fled his Transtector and waited for the destruction of Earth. However though, thanks to Sixshot, the Autobots united and used their combined energy to power up Fortress, enabling him to destroy the satellite, much to Scorponok's horror and shock. Fortress then destroyed his Transtector along with the Zarak Shield, and Scorponok was forced to abandon the Earth.
Scorponok returns as BlackZarak, having been revived and given a new body by Devil Z. BlackZarak eventually became possessed by Devil Z, who sought to use his host's strength to amplify his own powers so he could purge all organic life from planet Earth. In the final battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, BlackZarak was destroyed and reduced to dust by God Ginrai, but Devil Z managed to survive.
ZoneBlackZarak was brought back by Violen Jiger as one of his Nine Great Demon Generals and sent across the universe to obtain the Zodiac and Energon Z the New Emperor of Destruction needed for his goal of creating a Decepticon Zone.
As depicted in The Headmasters, Scorponok is the manipulative, power-hungry, megalomanical and dictatorial leader of the Decepticon headmasters. He has a fierce lust for power, as shown when he attempted to rebel against Fortress and by his desire to become leader of the Decepticons. Scorponok is extremely intelligent and charismatic, as shown by his ability to incite an uprising against Fortress, and easily managing to convince the Decepticons that he was receiving orders from Galvatron and again when he claimed leadership after Galvatron's death.
Before the creation of his Transtector, Scorponok genuinely relied on technology, and also was highly capable of creating plans that would take out all of his enemies. His skill at manipulation is further shown by goading Fortress into rash confrontations, showing his skill in psychological warfare. Nevertheless, he is somewhat cowardly, as he does not possess the physical strength of his minions, and has a tenacity to overestimate his foes.
When combined with his Transtector, he possesses brutal strength and also easily could turn his opponents weakness to his advantage. He is also very cruel and sadistic, especially shown during the finale, when he lets the Autobots live to let them watch their beloved Earth die. He is also highly strategic and tactical, preferring strategy and more cautious methods over Glavatron's hot headed approach.
His cruelty is shown when he blows up Cyberton, Mars, and almost managed to destroy Earth, an act that likely killed thousands of humans, if not more and also shown by ordering his minions to kill Tekna simply because the Beastformer knew his weakness. He is also shown to be treacherous, as shown when he blew up Cybertron, and presumably killed Galvatron, and betrayed Sixshot despite owing the ninja his leadership, and possibly his life, twice.
Nevertheless, Scorponok also has some errors, the most obvious ones being arrogance and overconfidence. His arrogance has made him make reckless decisions, such as when he ordered the Transtector to fly through an asteroid belt, and his overconfidence was shown during his destruction of Mars and the finale, in the belief he had defeated Fortress and the Autobots. These traits prove to be his downfall as Fortress managed to destroy his satellite, forcing him to flee Earth for good.
- Scorponok's Headmaster partner, Zarak, along with the Hive, are the most evil and dangerous group in the Transformers series.
- Zarak is the evil scientist like Dr. Arkville. However, unlike Arkville, he is the most dangerous one. For example, Zarak enslaved and killed his people on his planet and tortured the Decepticons when Scourge refused his offer.