FUNCTION: MILITARY OPERATIONS COMMANDER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 4
of thought before rashness of action."
Of all the Decepticons, Shockwave's method of operation
is most characterized by the cold, brutal efficiency one
would expect of a purely mechanical being. He enters
every battle not with the bloodlust of his comrades, but
with a scientist's approach to solving a problem. The
problem is always the same: How can he use his abilities
to most effectively eliminate the greatest number of his
enemies, the Autobots? All too often he finds the answer.
He seeks Megatron's position of supremacy over the
Decepticons not because his ego demands it, but because
his logic-circuits dictate it. He feels Megatron's
all-consuming passion for conquest only hinders its
achievement. With smug certainty Shockwave believes the
reins of Decepticon power will inevitably be his - after
all, he reasons, it's only logical.
Among the Decepticons, Shockwave's power is second only
to Megatron's. His total command of the electromagnetic
spectrum allows him, in his ray-gun mode, to emit a
coruscating beam of energy in a wide variety of forms:
high-energy explosive gamma rays, x-rays that allow him
to see through almost anything, blinding visible light,
super-hot infrared rays and radio waves that can either
send messages or jam other radio signals are but a few of
the weapons in Shockwave's arsenal. Never having been
adapted by the Ark to an Earthly form, Shockwave remains
a size consistent with his robot mode when he transforms
to a ray-gun, that is, more than 35 feet long. He can fly
in either mode using powerful jet thrusters in his boots
(which become the handle in his ray-gun mode).
Shockwave's wave-emission power, as well as his flying,
is limited by his high fuel consumption. Although he uses
the same type of liquid fuel as his fellow Transformers,
he can also use radioactive fuels in the small nuclear
reactor within his torso, which substantially eliminates
his liquid fuel dependency problem. Although his logical
brain center is usually an advantage, more intuitive and
emotional thinking processes often confound him,
particularly when his adversary is human.