Villain Overview
All hail Starscream!
~ Starscream takes leadership of the Decepticons
I have been a fool. Made mistakes monumental ones, but i have gained a clear understanding of place in this universe, of who i am. Starscream, aligned with no side, servant to no one!
~ Starscream chose to go it alone.
The Dark Star Saber... It was forged by Megatron. How appropriate. With the Mini-Cons I can take the revenge I seek on my old master, but with this as well, I can conquer galaxies.
~ Starscream claims the Dark Star Saber in Robots In Disguise

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 who also played Vilgax from the Ben 10 series, Smytus from My Life as a Teenage Robot and Dehaka from StarCraft 2.


Transformers: Prime

Season 1

Starscream was first seen aboard the Nemesis gazing at energon when, two Vehicons came aboard the ship, with Autobot 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.

Season 2

Starscream mostly acted as a wild card in Season Two, competing against both the Autobots and Decepticons for Iacon Relics. 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.

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.

Season 3

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.

Predacons Rising

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

Starscream and his Henchmen

Starscream and his crew

Starscream returns in season 3 of Transformers Robots in Disguise as the main antagonist, leading a new team of Decepticons composed of Roughedge (a former Autobot), Razorhorn and Shadelock.

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 encountered Clawtrap and the Scavengers, taking possession of the Dark Star Saber from them and using to knock them off the boat they were on.

Starscream later united all seven Minicons and became immensely powerful before dueling Optimus Prime and losing, being taken back to Cybertron to stand trial.


Starscream was ruthless, cruel, conniving, selfish, cunning, and above all arrogant. As mentioned before he is traitorous on occasion. When he does something, it is usually for his own personal benefit. His greatest weapon is his cunning and resourceful nature. Despite his cunning nature, Starscream is shown to have some sense of honor as he will repay his debts to those who helped him; this was shown when Arcee saved Starscream from being killed by Megatron, and Starscream returned the favor by saving Arcee from being killed by Airachnid. Like most of his incarnations, Starscream is a coward who often relies on dirty tactics to win and acts arrogantly when he's winning. But when the tables are turned, he either flees in terror or begs for mercy.

Starscream is also a despicable sadist who shows no concern in mistreating or respect for others, like Predaking, Skylynx, Darksteel, Shockwave, 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.


  • Cliffjumper
  • Darksteel 
  • Skylynx 
  • 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 


No one could have survived this. As I suspected. Faulty sensors. The last thing I need now are rumors that Megatron is still... [Find an injured Megatron] Megatron. But how? Ah, dark Energon. Everyone believes you are deceased. Who am I to disappoint them,Master? [Tear off the dark Energon from Megatron's spark] And this time, stay dead!
~ Starscream betrayed Megatron.
Lord Megatron...You Are...You're healed! Praise the Allspark. It is a miracle! (Megatron : Oh, it will be a miracle all right, Starscream, if you survive what I have planned for you!) [Try to run away but Megatron catches him and throws him on the other side of the Nemesis] But the autobots? Optimus? Right there, waiting for you. (Megatron: My greatest mistake? I've made a few. But there is one I do not intend to make again!) [Megatron drags him by the head] No, master! NOOOOOO!!!
~ Starscream about to pay for his betrayal.
Be reasonable, Prime! This cold will freeze both our actuators. (Optimus: The current temperatures are not extreme enough to affect our biology. You'll be fine.) Fine but miserable. And I cannot believe that you take our alliances for granted. After all I have done for the Autobots helping to restore your memory, saving Arcee's life. (Optimus: While you have at times proved beneficial to us, it has been only to further your own interests.) Well, we can't all be as selfless as you.
~ Starscream as an Optimus Prime captive in the Antarctic.
Why do I feel a Shockwave plan coming on? [Shockwave grabs him by the arms] (Shockwave: Do not think for a moment, Starscream, that it has gone unnoticed that you left me at the mercy of the Autobots.) Master? Are you going to allow one Lieutenant to harm another? Master? (Megatron: I'm thinking.) [Shockwave push him next to a metal stake, grips his head and begins to advance towards the stake] (Shockwave: I am tempted to force you to share my perception of things.) No! I only did what I thought was best for the mission, but I do feel compelled to add that it was my very error in judgment that made this happy accident possible! If I recollect, you were seeking to purge your laboratory of sensitive materials before the Autobots arrived, were you not? (Shockwave: Your argument is logical.)
~ Starscream almost blown away by Shockwave.
Lord Megatron! No! [...] I will avenge you, master! (Shockwave: Starscream! Do not be a fool!) Curse you and your logic!
~ Starscream devastated by the death of Megatron, before escaping the Nemesis with Shockwave.
Praise the Allspark! Master! You're alive! (Megatron: Indeed.) Your new battle armor will take things to the next level, my liege. Together we will reunite all Decepticons and once again grind Cybertron under your mighty heel! (Megatron: No!) What? Why? (Megatron: Because I now know the true meaning of oppression... and have thus lost my taste for inflicting it.) Uh, you've clearly been traumatized, master. A good power-down and a stroll around the smelting pit will put you back in touch with your inner warlord. (Megatron: Enough! The Decepticons are no more, and that is final.)
~ Starscream delighted to see his resurrected master but is then confused when Megatron reformed and declared that the Decepticons no longer existed, also their last conversation before Megatron went into exile.
This is not quite how I envisioned my rise to the throne, but since lord Megatron all but surrendered it to me, I will gladly revive the Decepticons in my name. [Predacons arrives] Though perhaps a throne is more befitting of an actual King. (Predakin: I am not here to seize thrones, Starscream...but to settle scores.)
~ Starscream wanting to take the place of leader of the Decepticons before the Predacons arrives to take revenge for his abuses towards them.
Hello, Bumblebee. Nice to see me, isn't it? (Bumblebee: Starscream? But we thought you were...) Yes, I'm sure you did. Your Mini-Cons are with me, and they're functional. For now. (Bumblebee: What do you want?) You. Lay down your weapon and surrender to me. Or your Mini-Cons will pay the price.(Bumblebee: I can't let he Mini-Cons suffer.) Oh, so noble. They'll sing songs about you when you're gone, Bumblebee. Come, now.
~ Starscream meets Bumblebee for many years since their last meeting and forces him to surrender if he does not want his Mini-Cons friends to suffer the consequences.
Comfortable? I want to be sure you have a good seat from which to observe my ultimate triumph. (Bumblebee: Oh, is going back to your old body style supposed to make the difference this time?) [Insecticon kick Bumblebee]. Heh, heh. Oh, no. After I disposed of the Predacons back at Darkmount, I simply thought it best to adopt a look as powerful as I was feeling. (Bumblebee:How did you get rid of the Predacons? And what's so important about the scavengers' Mini-Cons?) Glad you asked. I've been waiting to recount this thrilling tale. Allow me to set the scene. [First Flashback] I had been cruelly abandoned by my ungrateful master, Megatron. And at his fortress, Darkmount, I was confronted by revenge-crazed Predacons. Bravely, I faced them! I lured them deeper into the Fortress. In an inner chamber, I found just what I'd been hoping for. Weapons hoarded by Megatron, capable of destroying even Predacons! [Back to Present] With the Predacons vanquished, I wondered what else I might find in Darkmount. Perhaps something with which to exact revenge upon my former master for his many crimes against me. [Second Flashback] In a lab, I found seven peculiar Mini-Cons, unlike any I'd ever seen, in experimentation tubes. Megatron's records said that the Mini-Cons had been captured in their youth, and genetically modified. These Mini-Cons could connect to Autobots and Decepticons, and provide a power surge to their new hosts. Further, they could take command of their hosts' motor functions. But Megatron had a theory, which he apparently never tested, that if all seven Mini-Cons were to powerlink with a single host, that host would surge in power to a level beyond that of a Prime! [Back to Present] With such power, I could destroy Megatron for all he did to me, and then succeed where he didn't, and claim the galaxy as my own! I freed the Mini-Cons, but they escaped. Clever little toasters. (Bumblebee: So you hired bounty hunters and tracked the Mini-Cons to Earth.) Ugh, how I hate this place. But on arriving here, I did find the Dark Star Saber. Though it fights me. Apparently, it thinks I'm not totally worthy of it! (Bumblebee: Shocking.) But with you off the board, and your teammates helpless without your leadership, I can resume my search for the Mini-Cons.
~ Starscream tells to Bumblebee how he survived the Predacons (By exaggerating things) and what he plans to do with the fugitive Mini-Cons.


  • It is the second incarnation of Starscream who leaves the Decepticons and then comes back to them. Armada Starscream being the first.


            TransformersTitle Prime / RID Villains

Nemesis Crew


Steeljaw's Pack

Glowstrike's Crew


Starscream's Crew

Starscream and his Henchmen


High Council

Other Decepticons



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