Villain Overview
Increase efficiency or be terminated.
~ Soundwave to his human slaves.

Soundwave is a Decepticon in the Transformers franchise. He was Megatron's most loyal minion and transforms into a cassette player. Unlike the most other Decepticons, he is emotionless, but probably due to his more "robotic" character traits.

In the original cartoon, the Michael Bay films, and Prime, he was voiced by Frank Welker. In the Cybertron games, he was voiced by Issac C. Singleton Jr., and was voiced by Jeff Bennett in the animated series.

Generation One

As you command, Megatron.
~ Soundwave, loyal to the end.

Soundwave is the most loyal Decepticon to Megatron, fitting comfortably in the highest Decepticon ranks. Like Starscream and Shockwave, he is one of the most important and powerful Decepticons, but only he completely obeys Megatron's commands while Shockwave is individual (or at times alert Megatron if a situation occurs) and Starscream tries to secretly replace Megatron. He has several minions similar to G1 Autobot Blaster, and his Decepticon followers are Ravage, Laserbeak, Ratbat, and Rumble. In the film, he had a very minor role where he was fighting the Autobots at the beginning, and then quarrelled with the other Decepticons over leadership on who gets to succeed Megatron (badly damaged from his battle with Prime) after Starscream threw Megatron out the airlock. Soundwave specifically picks on the Constructicons (Devastator) first for leadership disputes. Supporting sources claim that Soundwave fought to become leader so that he can force Astrotrain to turn around and go retrieve Megatron. 

Soundwave was forced to ally himself to his bitter enemies to destroy Unicron at the end of the movie. He then again was a loyal Decepticon to Megatron, who was now rebuilt into an even more powerful megalomaniac named Galvatron

Unicron Trilogy

Main article: Soundwave (Transformers: Cybertron)


Soundwave TA
Main article: Soundwave (Transformers: Animated)

Soundwave is also in Transformers: Animated. Soundwave was created by Megatron, who tells his creation that humanity is now depending on robots as modern conveniences in their lives. In a similar way of the Matrix series episode, "The Second Renaissance", he controls all the robots in Detroit, Michigan to eliminate the Autobots and the humans, but Soundwave was defeated by Autobot Bulkhead and the controlled robots were back to normal. He returns again in the third season and steals the Autobots' bodies to replace them with human bodies so that he can control the Autobots and turn them into Decepticons. However, when Autobot Prowl broke free of the control, he freed the other Autobots and Optimus Prime destroyed him with his own minion Laserbeak.

Transformers Film Series

Main article: Soundwave (Transformers Film Series)

Soundwave is a major antagonist in the live-action movie series, debuting in Revenge of the Fallen.

Aligned continuity

Main article: Soundwave (Transformers Prime)


Main article: Soundwave (Cyberverse)


  • As aforementioned, Soundwave is usually portrayed by Frank Welker, who voiced an uncountable amount of characters and animals, some of which are villainous, such as Megatron and Doctor Claw.
  • Another notable fact is that Welker voices Soundwave the exact same way he portrays the just mentioned Doctor Claw, however the voice is modified with a vocoder. This can be seen in certain errors of the show where Soundwave speaks without it and sounds identical to Claw. The Live-Action movies' Soundwave also speaks without the vocoder.
  • Though Soundwave has been portrayed as emotionless, in almost all incarnations, he has been proven that he somewhat loves and cares for his Minicons, as he's lovingly petted Laserbeak and Ravage several times.
  • His voice actor in the Animated series, Jeff Bennett also played the Jew Producer and the Joker in The Brave and the Bold.
  • If the planned fourth season of Animated would have been made, Soundwave would once again rebuild himself and-together with Laserbeak-would join Megatron's Decepticon army, playing a significant role in the episode "S.T.E.A.M.".


            TransformersTitle Villains

Generation One
Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Ravage | Laserbeak | Ratbat | Frenzy | Rumble | Thundercracker | Skywarp | Shockwave | Reflector | Thrust | Ramjet | Dirge | Devastator/Constructicons (Long Haul, Bonecrusher, Scrapper, Mixmaster, Scavenger & Hook) | Bruticus Maximus/Combaticons (Brawl, Vortex, Blast Off, Swindle & Onslaught) | Menasor/Stunticons (Breakdown, Drag Strip, Wildrider, Dead End & Motormaster) | Insecticons (Shrapnel, Bombshell & Kickback) | Acid Storm | Sunstorm | Galvatron | Cyclonus | Scourge | Sweeps | Predacons/Predaking (Razorclaw, Rampage, Divebomb, Tantrum & Headstrong) | Terrorcons/Abominus (Hun-Gurr, Blot, Cutthroat, Rippersnapper & Sinnertwin) | Runabout & Runamuck | Trypticon | The Fallen | Scorponok | Weirdwolf | Skullcruncher | Mindwipe | Skullgrin | Carnivac | Snarler | Thunderwing
Unicron | Quintessons | Doctor Arkeville | Shawn Berger | Lord Chumley | King Nergill | Ali | Nightbird | Jero | Old Snake | Primacron | Tornedron | Dweller | Mark Morgan | Gregory Swofford | Circuit Breaker | Scraplets

Generation Two
Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Bludgeon | Onslaught | Swindle | Blast Off
Cybertronian Empire
Liege Maximo | Jhiaxus | Rook | Mindset

Beast Wars/Beast Machines
Megatron | Scorponok | Waspinator | Blackarachnia | Terrorsaur | Tarantulas | Inferno | Tankor | Obsidian and Strika | Thrust

Unicron Trilogy
Megatron | Starscream | Thundercracker | Thunderblast | Ancient Decepticons
Unicron | Sideways | Nemesis Prime

Megatron | Starscream | Blitzwing | Lugnut | Blackarachnia | Shockwave/Longarm Prime | Soundwave (Laserbeak & Ratbat)| Starscream Clones (Slipstream) | Lockdown | Swindle | Wasp/Waspinator
Scrapper | Mixmaster | Dirt Boss
Team Chaar
Strika | Oil Slick | Blackout | Cyclonus | Spittor
The Angry Archer | Bat-Monster | Colossus Rhodes | Headmaster | Meltdown | Master Disaster | Nanosec | Professor Princess | Seafood Louis creature | Slo-Mo

Prime Wars Trilogy
Starscream | Overlord | Megatronus | Rodimus Cron

           Studio 4C logoVillains

Tweeny Witches
Special Task Force | Warlocks (Grande | Sigma | Tiana | Luca | Jestor) | Lennon | Ice Witch | Black Tohma

Transformers: Animated
Decepticons (Megatron | Starscream | Blitzwing | Lugnut | Blackarachnia | Shockwave/Longarm Prime | Soundwave (Laserbeak & Ratbat) | Starscream Clones (Slipstream) | Lockdown | Swindle | Wasp/Waspinator) | Constructicons (Scrapper | Mixmaster | Dirt Boss) | Strika | Oil Slick | Blackout | Cyclonus | Spittor | The Angry Archer | Bat-Monster | Colossus Rhodes | Headmaster | Meltdown | Master Disaster | Nanosec | Professor Princess | Seafood Louis creature | Slo-Mo

ThunderCats (2011 TV series)
Mumm-Ra | Leo | Tygus | Kaynar | Addicus | Ancient Spirits of Evil | Grune | Slithe

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc
Zodd the Immortal | Adon Coborlwitz | Count Julius | Gambino | The Torturer | God Hand (Void | Slan | Ubik | Conrad | Femto)

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