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Scourge was an Autobot protoform that was reprogrammed by Megatron to be the leader of the Decepticon subgroup. While scanning his alt mode, Scourge inadvertently scanned Optimus Prime as well, turning him into a dark duplicate of Prime. Scourge's cunning and ruthlessness makes him a far more dangerous opponent than Sky-Byte's Predacons.
Scourge, as he would become known as, was originally the leader of a group of Autobot protoforms sent to reactivate legendary battle station Fortress Maximus. He was equipped with the ability to detect the unique energy signatures of the O-Parts, the Cybertronian components that held the key to reawakening Maximus. When the team's craft malfunctioned and crashed on Earth in the mid-20th century, the six Autobots were entombed in their crashed ship.
Becoming a Decepticon
In the 21st century, Scourge and the Autobots were unearthed by Megatron, after extracting the location from archeologist Dr. Onishi's mind. Stealing the six protoforms, Megatron took them to a nearby military base to scan vehicle modes for them, infusing them with a part of his own spark energy to turn them his side. The first five became the Commandos, but when Megatron targeted a tanker truck to scan as the alternate mode of the final protoform, Optimus Prime leapt into action in order to save the truck's human driver, and as a result, the tanker, Prime and the human were all scanned. With an infusion of Megatron's spark energy to complete the concoction, Scourge was born, emerging from his pod as a dark twin of Optimus Prime, who asserted his loyalty to Megatron. Appointing himself leader of the new "Decepticons", he quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
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- The toy release of Scourge is a repaint of the Generation 2 Laser Optimus Prime figure.
- While he uses the name Scourge, he is very much the template of Nemesis Prime, the evil clone of Optimus Prime.