Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: Soundwave

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is seeing its release date move closer and closer. To get you prepped for the film and help you identify which characters are in the movie not named Optimus Prime, Brandon and Tedd will be bringing you Autobot and Decepticon profiles each week up to the film's release. Expect one Autobot and one Decepticon each week. And the good thing about these profiles is that they will be Baysplosion free. Original Debut: Transformers #1 (1984), Marvel comics Transformed Vehicle: Soundwave’s alternate mode is a handheld microcassette deck. In this mode, Soundwave can monitor and jam radio transmissions of almost any kind. He can also monitor electrical activity in the human brain- essentially allowing him to ‘mind read’. The tapes in Soundwave’s deck-mode are actually Soundwave’s memory encoded into a recordable form. Soundwave has perfect recall of his experiences then-he only has to bring up the right tape and play it. In addition, the tapes can detach and form secondary, autonomous units. Often, these units transform into ferocious, animal-like minions- like Ravage (jaguar) and Lazerbeak (bird of prey). Comparison: Soundwave’s depiction in the upcoming Michael Bay movie is a matter of debate among Transformer’s fans. Ostensibly, Bay has worked to make the scale of each transformers alternate mode on a par with their robot mode- so it’s unlikely that Soundwave will transform from a full-sized robot into a small boombox. It’s possible that Soundwave will be depicted as smaller in size, or that he’ll have a new alternate mode. Background: One of the most memorable transformers from the original lineup, Soundwave’s most distinguishing feature has gotta be his monotone, emotionless voice and personality to match. In almost every incarnation, Soundwave is a Decepticon-leader's righthand-man. Loyal and thorough, Soundwave usually works closely with a ranking Decepticon to design and implement complex strategies. He is intensely loyal and will follow orders without question- even illogical and inhumane ones. He’s a little bit like the Gestapo for the Deceptictons. From his tech readout: “It is said Soundwave can hear a fly sneeze. Uses anything he hears for blackmail to advance his status. Opportunist. Despised by all other Decepticons.” Quote: “Cries and screams are music to my ears.” On a side note, I find this fan-made “Inside the Actor’s Studio” featuring Soundwave a pretty poignant and hysterical example of the character’s popularity: Check out the other profiles from the Autobots and Decpticons featured in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. And be sure to check out the film in theaters and IMAX June 24. Arcee Bumblebee Demolishor Devastator Ironhide Jetfire Megatron Optimus Prime Ravage Sideswipe Scorponok Starscream