|“||All hail Starscream!||„|
|~ Starscream takes leadership of the Decepticons|
Starscream is the second-in-command of the Decepticons and the secondary antagonist of the Transformers: Prime series. He initially seeks to usurp control of the Decepticons from Megatron, but eventually learns his place and becomes content with being second in the Decepticon hierarchy.
He appears the main antagonist of the Darkness Rising arc of season 1 until Megatron returns and re-assumes leadership of the Decepticons. In Season 2, he goes rogue and competes against both the Autobots and Decepticons in the hunt for Iacon Relics before rejoining the Decepticons towards the end of the season and becoming the secondary antagonist at the end of Season 2 and for the entirety of Season 3, as well as the series finale, Predacons Rising.
He later reappears as the main antagonist of the third season of Transformers Robots in Disguise, the sequel to the Transformers Prime series.
He was voiced by Steve Blum on TV who also played Vilgax from the Ben 10 series, Smytus from My Life as a Teenage Robot, Dehaka from StarCraft 2 and Makucha in The Lion Guard. In the "Cybertron" games, he was voiced by Sam Reigel.
War for Cybertron
At some point, Sky Commander Starscream was demoted, and forced to guard the ancient Trypticon station, capable of producing Dark Energon. He served as a neutral when the Great War broke out, though he was forced to answer to Zeta Prime. After a thousand years of servitude, the station was attacked by Megatron and the Decepticons, seeking the Dark Energon. The station's force of neutrals were no match for Megatron's forces, and Starscream and Jetfire's repeated warnings that no one could control Dark Energon fell on deaf ears. Instead, Megatron tempted Starscream with knowledge of his past, reminding him of his demotion, and offered to let him join the Decepticons, something Starscream initially scoffed at.
Starscream attempted to destroy the station's stock of Dark Energon before Megatron could reach it, but failed, and watched, mocking Megatron when he entered the storage chamber, and was shocked when Megatron infused himself with the substance and gained control of it. Starcream quickly volunteered to join the Decepticons, causing Jetfire to label him a traitor, and went to warn Zeta Prime. Megatron sent Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp to reconnect the Energon Bridge to generate more Dark Energon. During the mission Starscream fought his way through legions of Autobots, annoyed at Megatron's impatience, and bickered with the cautious Thundercracker, and the unintelligent Skywarp.
Starscream led the Decepticons aerial squadrons during the Battle of Iacon City. When Megatron's squad met with Brawl, leading the ground assault, Starscream refused to send in Dark Energon Bombers, as he did not want Brawl to waste his ships, to which Megatron swiftly overrode his refusal. Later, when Starscream believed Megatron to have been killed by Omega Supreme, he immediately declared himself to be Decepticon leader. Shortly after, Megatron managed to communicate with Starscream, ordering him to attack Omega Supreme as a distraction. When Megatron's group headed for the Autobot turrets, Starscream was ready to retreat, to which Megatron overrode by threatening execution to any deserter. After Megatron defeated Omega Supreme, Starscream witnessed the corruption of Cybertron's Core.
As the Battle of Iacon continued, Starscream fought Jetfire, now having officially joined the Autobots, and Silverbolt, and attacked Optimus's group in the Decagon. However, the Air Commander was injured by Optimus's Energon-axe and forced to retreat.
Rise of the Dark Spark
Fall of Cybertron
Under Megatron's orders, Starscream and the Combaticons ambushed and captured Optimus Prime under the ruins of Iacon during the assault on the Ark. However, Megatron was soon crushed by Metroplex, leaving Starscream the new leader of the Decepticons. At the urging of Prime and Metroplex, Starscream ordered the Decepticons to retreat.
Starscream's used most of the Decepticon energon and supplies to further his own ego and cover the Decepticon bases with effigies of himself and constantly broadcasted self glorifying speeches to his troops. Anyone who wasn't on board with Starscream's reign was thrown into the prisons of Kaon. The prisons were full as few Decepticons had any faith in their new leader. When the Autobots acquired the entire energon supply the Decepticons kept in the Sea of Rust, Starscream sent the Combaticons to stop the transport. When the transport was out in the open, Starscream ordered an assault on it, despite the fact the anti-aircraft gun were still functional. As the Decepticons suffered heavy losses, Starscream aborted the mission and ordered a full retreat. The Combaticons ignored the order and brought the transport down, at the cost of half the energon on board. Despite the fact that the Combaticons had saved the mission he had abandoned, Starscream accused them of failing and had them arrested.
Later, Starscream decided to have a coronation for himself. However, the newly rebuilt Megatron crashed the event and took his crown back from the would-be king. He escaped Megatron's wrath, swearing revenge. Seeking the means to get back at Megatron, Starscream made his way to Shockwave's lab, killing a pair of guards. He came across Grimlock and promised to free him and his team if they would serve him. The Dinobot refused the offer by throwing him into the control panel, freeing himself. This apparently knocked Starscream out as he didn't get back up. Presumably at some point after, Starscream apologised to Megatron and rejoined the Decepticons, since most of Decepticons that might have arrested him were cut to pieces by a rampaging Grimlock.
Note: the offical prequel to Transfomers Prime, and Out of the Past seem to be two different tellings of the same story. Thus, this article will try and align them as much as possible. The Prime prequel will be in italics.
When the Decepticons arrived of Earth, Starscream was with them, but was ordered to scour the galaxy for remnants of space bridge technology. Starscream and some Vehicons returned to their dead homeworld and Starscream allied with Shockwave to construct a space bridge.
In Out of the PastStarscream intercepted a coded Autobot transmission and managed to trap Arcee and Cliffjumper. When his interrogation methods failed to extract anything he could use to decode the transmission, he took them to Shockwave, who used a cortical psychic patch on Arcee and revealed the transmission to be from Optimus Prime on Earth. Upon being questioned by Cliffjumper of his lack of bravery, Starscream tried to kill the Autobot only to be captured by Arcee. Upon being threatened by Arcee, he cracked and revealed Shockwave's plan; to build a space bridge under Kaon. Starscream was then knocked out but regained contentiousness and pursued the two Autobots to the space bridge.
Following them through the space bridge moments before it was destroyed, the dazed Starscream initially confused a bunny rabbit for a human. Scanning a fleet of jets flying overhead, he found Cliffjumper and Arcee driving on a road and launched a missile at them. He picked up Arcee's blown off arm and started battering Cliffjumper with it, but the Autobot blew up the rock formation above them and crushed Starscream with the rubble. Having received Starscream's signal, Breakdown came to his rescue, and the duo pursued and overwhelmed the Autobots. Just as Starscream was about to send them back to the AllSpark, Optimus jumped and landed on him, while gunning Breakdown away. As Starscream greeted his opponent, Bumblebee tapped him on the shoulder and sent him flying. Optimus opted not to finish the job, allowing Starscream to escape as he got Cliffjumper and Arcee to base.
Starscream was first seen aboard the Nemesis gazing at energon when, two Vehicons came aboard the ship, with Cliffjumper in hand. When Cliffjumper asked where his master was, Starscream angrily struck his hand into Cliffjumper's chest, causing the Autobot to bleed to death.
Soundwave then reported to Starscream and played a recording of Arcee's voice to inform him of the other Autobots. Starscream instantly knew it was her and expressed interest in killing her as well. Starscream later received another report from Soundwave informing him of Megatron's return. In response, Starscream had him to open a Space Bridge for their leader.
Starscream assisted Megatron in his quest revive an army of Terrorcons on Cybertron using Dark Energon and bring them to Earth using a Space Bridge. After Megatron's apparent death, however, Starscream gleefully took up leadership of the Decepticons.
Seeing that his underlings had become ill-motivated after Megatron's death, Starscream sought to find stronger warriors to serve the Decepticons, eventually finding Skyquake. However, Skyquake chose to continue following the orders Megatron had given him rather than accept Starscream's leadership, and the Decepticon was later killed by Bumblebee.
Starscream later recovered Megatron's body from space, removing a shard of Dark Energon from Megatron's chest to make his condition worsen. However, when the Nemesis Crew Members began to fear for Megatron's life, Starscream summoned his fellow Decepticons, Knock Out and Breakdown, as the former was a medic.
Megatron later managed to return and reclaimed leadership over the Decepticons, though not without giving a Starscream a beating for his treachery. Soon after Starscream decided to use some of the leftover dark energon on both himself and the deceased Skyquake, making him (apparently) invulnerable (directly before one of his arms is blown off) and bringing Skyquake back from the dead. Starscream flee's and tells the vehicon operator of the Ground bridge to keep his mouth shut before yanking the dark energon out of his torso. He goes to Knock Out, covering that his arm "Just fell off." Knock Out is unsucessful in persuading him to try a new weapon arm, Starscream angrily exclaiming he just wants his old arm back.
Starscream was later paired up with Airachnid, though after the spider-like Decepticon betrayed him, Starscream formed a temporary alliance with the Autobots. However, the alliance soured when Starscream unintentionally let slip that he had killed Cliffjumper. After this, Starscream chose to become rogue.
Starscream mostly acted as a wild card in Season Two, competing against both the Autobots and Decepticons for Iacon Relics. In the first episode, his T-Cog (The organ allowing Cybertronians to transform.) is removed from him, preventing him from flying. Starscream succeeded in recovering the Apex Armor which he later used to fight against the Autobots for Red Energon. Though Starscream lost the Armor, he succeeded in recovering a chunk of Red Energon, blasting the rest to prevent the Autobots from using it. Starscream later radioed the Autobots requesting a deal. However, when the Autobots opened up a ground bridge to his location, Starscream, infused with Red Energon, rushed into the Autobot base and stole the four Omega Keys, without the Autobots noticing until too late. Starscream then used the Omega Keys to bargain his way back into the Decepticons. At the same time, he replaced his T-Cog.
After the army of Vehicons Megatron brought with him to Cybertron was defeated, Starscream appeared alongside Soundwave and Knock Out holding the Autobot's human allies hostage, threatening to kill them unless the Autobots handed over the Omega Keys. Starscream and the others placed the Keys into the Omega Lock, with Megatron announcing his intention to use the lock, not just to revive Cybertron, but to cyberform Earth. However, Optimus used the Star Saber to destroy the lock and cut off Megatron's arm.
After the destruction of the Autobot's base, Starscream was put in charge of hunting the scattered Autobots. Starscream became envious of Shockwave when he was also given the position of second-in-command after rejoining the Decepticons.
When the Autobots succeeded in destroying the Decepticon's base, Darkmount, Starscream retreated alongside the other Decepticons. Megatron then announced that they would be reviving Project Predacon, a plan by the Decepticons to assemble an army comprised of clones of the ancient Predacons. Starscream was put in charge of caring for Shockwave's first Predacon clone, Predaking.
However, after discovering Predaking's intelligence and capability to transform, Megatron cancelled the project and questioned what they should do with the Predacon clones they were already developing. Starscream suggested they trick the Autobots into doing the job for them. Taking Starscream's advice, the Decepticons lured Autobots Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack to Shockwave's underground laboratory, where the two destroyed the Predacon clones in stasis.
Also as a result of Starscream's plan was the Decepticons discovering the formula for pure cybermatter, which they used to rebuild the Omega Lock.
When Predaking discovered the Decepticons' role in the destruction of his brethren, Starscream aided Megatron in fighting the beast, opening the airlock so Megatron could kick him out.
Starscream later participated in the final battle with Autobots, who were seeking to stop the Decepticons from using the Omega Lock to cyberform Earth. After Megatron was killed by Bumblebee, Starscream attempted to avenge his master, but was dragged away by Shockwave. The two abandoned the ship in an escape pod, with Starscream complaining about the lack of space in the pod.
Starscream assisted Shockwave in his second attempt at Project Predacon, retrieving Predacon bones that Shockwave used to clone the Predacons Skylynx and Darksteel. Starscream later came across the Predacon burial grounds and called Shockwave to see his discovery. However, Unicron in Megatron's upgraded body also arrived. When Unicron revived the whole burial ground using Dark Energon, Starscream fled, leaving Shockwave to defend himself against the zombie Predacon hoards. Starscream boarded the Nemesis and freed Knock Out and several Vehicons, announcing to them that they were to take the ship. Starscream and the Decepticons then stormed the bridge and held the Autobots hostage with the Immobilizer at them. However, his attempt failed and Starscream was knocked out by Knock Out using the Phase Shifter. Starscream was then thrown in a prison cell. However, Starscream escaped his prison cell when the undead Predacons attacked the ship and made it crash. After Megatron was freed from Unicron's control, Starscream rushed over to him and claimed that his new body armor would "take things to the next level." However, Megatron announced to Starscream that he was disbanding the Decepticons before flying away, leaving Starscream briefly shocked.
Starscream flew to Darkmount and stated that he would rebuild the Decepticons in his name. However, he was confronted by Predaking, Darksteel and Skylynx, who were seeking to get revenge on Starscream for his abuse of them. As the three Predacons approached him, Starscream cowered in fear.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
When the Predacon trio confronted him, Starscream fled deeper into Darkmount and came across a cache of weapons which he triggered into killing Skylynx and Darksteel. Starscream later discovered a group of Minicons in stasis. Discovering that the Minicons could grant him power greater than that of a Prime, Starscream freed them and vowed to take revenge on Megatron for abandoning him and the Decepticon cause. However, when he freed them, the Minicons escaped, and thus, Starscream hired a team of bounty hunters to assist him in capturing them.
Starscream later united all seven Minicons and became immensely powerful before dueling Optimus Prime and losing, being taken back to Cybertron to stand trial.
|“||You never learn, Starscream. Your arrogance will trump your wits every time.||„|
|~ Megatron declaring Starscream's greatest weakness will always be his boundless arrogance.|
Starscream is also a despicable sadist who shows no concern in mistreating or respect for others, like Predaking, Skylynx, Darksteel, a pair of troopers guarding Shockwave's lab, Shockwave himself, and the Autobots. He appeared remorseless for desecrating Skyquake's burial place by reviving the deceased Decepticon as a dark energon terrorcon that was trapped in the Shadowzone and when Megatron killed Dreadwing, who wanted to seek vengeance on Starscream for desecrating his brother Skyquake by raising him from the dead. He even gleefully taunted and crippled Arcee by telling her about how he killed Cliffjumper in a gruesome way, resulting in her nearly killing him had Bumblebee not interfered.
Compared with Megatron himself, even though that he was less competent than the latter, Starscream is also more merciful. He managed to find other ways of punishing his warriors like scratching Knock-Out's finish when he disobeyed orders.
- 1 Starscream clone
- 4 Starscream clones
- Leland Bishop / Silas
- Airachnid (Presumed)
- Numerous counts of unnamed Autobots
- Numerous counts of unnamed Vehicons
- Numerous counts of unnamed Insecticons
- Numerous counts of unnamed Predacons
- It is the second incarnation of Starscream who leaves the Decepticons and then comes back to them. Armada Starscream being the first.
- It is the first incarnation of Starscream not to have died in a Transformers Series.
- The original incarnation was killed by Galvatron before returning like a ghost and then being resurrected by Unicron.
- The Starscream of the Unicron Trilogy perished while trying valiantly but in vain to shoot down Unicron.
- The Starscream of Animated had his Spark extinguished by Megatron for betraying him but a fragment of the Allspark kept him alive until they were removed from him, definitively ending his life.
- The Starscream of Combiners Wars was killed by Megatron but came back to life without explanation.
- The movie incarnation was beheaded by a bomb stuck in the eye.