Transformers - Soundwave

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Transformers - Soundwave
Soundwave is one of the most recognizable characters from the original Transformers line due to his unique alternate mode, a microcassette recorder, and his distinctive, monotone, computerized voice.

Soundwave can detect and jam radio transmissions all across the energy spectrum, a talent that makes him naturally suited to his position as Decepticon Communications Officer. Soundwave also possesses the ability to monitor electrical impulses within brain circuitry - i.e. he can read minds. Additionally, he has a photographic memory thanks to the vast data storage capacity of the magnetic disks in his chest compartment, and he is armed with a shoulder-mounted radio wave sensor and hand-held concussion blaster. Soundwave is physically strong compared to most Transformers. He transforms, shrinking as he does so, into an Earthly microcassette deck, and in the tape compartment, which becomes his chest in robot mode, he stores the Decepticon spy cassettes Ravage, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ratbat, Rumble, Frenzy, Slugfest, Overkill, Squawktalk, and Beastbox who are under his command in the original television series. His original profile described Soundwave as secretly having a hateful, arrogant, and vengeful personality, despite his seemingly personable and low-key persona.

The relationships among Soundwave and his counterpart cassettes are only briefly touched upon in the animated series and comics. However, there are indications the relationship is much like a family, with the cassettes quick to defend and protect Soundwave during a crisis. Soundwave seems to care deeply for his cassettes, making him one of the few (if not the only) Decepticons to actually care for someone. The "animal" versions of the cassettes such as Buzzsaw, Laserbeak, and Ravage appear to relate to Soundwave much like a pet relates to its owner. The exceptions to this were in the Marvel and Dreamwave comic book series, which portrayed Ratbat as an independent-minded Decepticon who had risen to a position of power. In the Marvel series, Ratbat even had authority over Soundwave within the leadership of the Decepticons' forces. Even in this situation, Soundwave showed himself to be loyal to Ratbat in the same way that he was loyal to Megatron. In the Dreamwave comics, Ratbat led the Ultracons faction, while Soundwave remained with the Decepticons led by Shockwave, although this was before Ratbat became a cassette.

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