Decepticon Aerospace Commander
First Comic Appearance: Transformers #2
"Conquest is made of the ashes of one's enemies."
Profile: Starscream makes no secret of his ambition to overthrow Megatron
as Decepticon Leader. He is ruthless, cold-blooded and cruel. In that sense the
two rivals are very much alike. But he has a vain side that clearly
distinguishes him. He considers himself the most sophisticated and handsome of
the Decepticons. He exudes a high-class, urbane air that provides a certain
irony to his murderous tendencies. He looks down at Megatron for being
antiquated in his military strategy. Starscream believes the Decepticons should
rely more on guile and speed rather than brute, destructive force to defeat the
Autobots. Megatron overlooks the potential threat Starscream represents for one
very good reason: Starscream is very good at his job.
Abilities: Starscream is one of the fastest flyers of the Decepticons,
reaching speeds up to Mach 2.8. He can climb to sub-orbital altitudes of 52
miles and nose-dive down to near ground level in mere minutes. This makes him
particularly effective in surprise attacks and hit-and-run actions. He can shoot
cluster bombs a distance of 40 miles, each of which can level an area 10,000
feet square. His null-ray rifle can interrupt the flow of electricity in any
circuitry it hits for periods of up to two minutes, effectively preventing the
operation of many machines dependent on those circuits during that period.
Weaknesses: Starscream overrates himself sometimes, and finds himself in
situations that are more than he can handle. His nose-dives often overload his
gyro-circuitry leaving him disoriented briefly. But, overall, he is a very tough
nut to crack.