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: Not to call you a coward, master, but sometimes, cowards do survive... Megatron
: This isn't over.
: [entering the Nemesis starship
] Starscream, I'm home. Starscream
] Lord Megatron, I was so relieved to hear of your resurrection... Megatron
: [squeezing Starscream
] You left me to die on that pathetic insect planet! Starscream
: Only to help spawn our new army! The Fallen decrees it! After all, in your absence, SOMEONE had to take command...
[Megatron slams Starscream against the wall containing protoform sacks
: So disappointing... Starscream
: [gasping for air
] Hatchlings! Hatchlings! Careful, fragile! Megatron
: Even in death, there is no command but MINE!
: My master, I failed you on Earth. The Allspark is destroyed and without it, our race will perish. The Fallen
: Oh, you much have much to learn, my disciple. The Cube was merely a vessel. It's power, it's knowledge, can never be destroyed. It can only transform. Megatron
: How is that possible? The Fallen
: It has been absorbed by the human child. The key to saving our race now lies within his mind. Megatron
: Well, then, let me strip the very flesh from his body! The Fallen
: And you will, my apprentice, in time. For millennia, I have dreamed of my return to that wretched planet where I, too, was once betrayed by the Primes I called my brothers. Only a Prime can defeat me... and now, only one remains. Megatron
: Optimus... he protects the boy. The Fallen
: Then the boy will lead us too him, and revenge will be ours. Megatron
: Yeesss... Starscream
: The boy will not escape us! We have him in our sights! Starscream
: [watching a hatchling die
] Without the energon, the hatchlings will keep dying.
[after the forest fight
: That went well. Starscream
: We've lost the boy, master. The Autobots must be shielding their signals... Megatron
: I can't even rely on you to swat a simple insect!
[Megatron thwacks Starscream with his own arm and kicks him
: One insect, among seven billion...? Megatron
: [steps on Starscream
] SHUT UP! Starscream
: He could be anywhere! Megatron
: Then we will force them to find him for us! It's time for the world to know about our presence. No more disguises. NO MERCY! The time has come for my master's arrival.
[arriving at the Pyramids
: Master, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the soldiers brought the body of Prime. Megatron
: The boy must have the Matrix... we cannot let him reach Optimus! Decepticons! Begin our assault!
[Sam and Mikaela run through pillars
: Rampage, spring the trap.
[Rampage unloads Ron and Judy
[Grindor and Starscream enter the forest
: [snaps tree down as he's landing
] Come here, boy!
: Found the boy!
: Decepticons: boy's location detected. Starscream
: Starscream in pursuit.
: Thought you were working for us, BOY?
[Sam fires his grapple at Starscream
] My eye! My eye! I can't see! I can't see!
[starts flailing around
: [trapping Sam and Carly
] What a treat! You and me, alone!
[at the Lincoln Memorial
: Oh, my master, such a brilliant scheme! So when Sentinel left Cybertron, it was to defect! Megatron
: He was meant to rendezvous with me here on Earth, before fate waylaid us both. The only way to revive him: we needed Prime and his Matrix.
[blasts the Lincoln statue
: Excellent strategy! Igor
: [chomping Lincoln's head
] Mine! Mine! Starscream
: So, he is now your partner. Megatron
: He is my greatest triumph. Starscream
: So impressive!
: Oh, my poor master. How it pains me to see you so wounded, so weak... Megatron
: Spare me, you gaseous sycophant! You know what you are told, which is nothing!
: You can't hide, boy!
[Sam and Carly duck into a bus, Starscream shreds the top with his buzzsaw
: I love it when your little insect feet try to run!
: [a boomstick stuck in his eye
] I'm going to kick you. I am going to kill y...
[boomstick explodes, blowing up Starscream's head
: [moments after Lennox and Sam falls off from the grappling wire after being cut
] I'll kill you...
[his head explodes and his chest, killing him
[Predaking returns to the Decepticon ship
: How did it find us? Shockwave
: Predacons possess precise homing instincts. Megatron
: And astounding resilience... Starscream! Assume command of my beast! Starscream
] ME, Master?... I-I mean, I wouldn't dream of stealing such an honor from its very creator...
: [draws his claws
] You DO know I vanquished Cliffjumper, don't you? Miko Nakadai
: Big woof! I snuffed Hardshell!
: You miserable beast, I am your commanding officer! And I order you to crawl into your kennel, now!
[Predaking snorts and looks away
: I said go already!
[hits Predaking with a prod, Predaking burns him
: [in the Apex Armor
] What's the matter, Screamy? Can't pick on someone your own size? Starscream
: [looks above Miko
] What do you know? It DOES fetch...
[Predaking returns with a Predacon optic
] Miko Nakadai
] Starscream, status report! Starscream
: Master, we have secured the bone, and our Predacon is dealing with the Autobots and human as we speak. On MY command, of course... Megatron
: I will not risk losing a precious commodity to your arrogance! Have the beast return with my prize immediately! You can stay behind, and finish the Autobots! Starscream
: Yes, master...
: Assuming I can coerce the brainless brute into...
[Predaking tackles him, then flies off with the Predacon component
: [to a prone Miko
] Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk. Even the strongest armor can't protect the weakest of creatures... Miko Nakadai
: [grabs him
] It protected YOU, didn't it?
[Starscream appears before Predaking in the Apex Armor
: Okay... now in you go!
: Do your worst! The Apex Armor is virtually...
[Predaking grabs him in its jaws and worries at him
: NO! RELEASE ME!
[Starscream gets hurled into a wall
] Starscream! Are you with the beast? Starscream
: Yes, master! We've been reviewing attack maneuvers! He's doing quite well... Megatron
: One of the excavation teams has failed to report in. Starscream
: I shall assemble my Seeker armada immediately, and... Megatron
: I would prefer that you lead our newly returned asset on this mission, so that we may see how the Predacon is adept at hunting bones, as it is at hunting Autobots.
: [Opening lines
] I have been a fool. Made mistakes. Monumental ones. I now realize I was never destined to be leader, or even an equal partner. And, I am at peace with that. I have gained a clear understanding of my place in the universe. Of who I am. Of who I was always meant to be. Starscream: second in command, humble servant to Lord Megatron. Thank you for listening, Soundwave.
: Lord Megatron, please excuse Airachnid's impertinence. Now... what was it that I allegedly failed to mention? Megatron
: The Harbinger. Starscream
] W-what about it? Airachnid
: Eons ago, a Decepticon transport crash landed on this planet. Megatron
: Oh please, common knowledge. I scouted the crash site when we first arrived on Earth. Airachnid
: Then I presume you recovered the experimental weapon prototype the Harbinger had been transporting? Starscream
: [Starscream is taken back by the question
: Where is the crash site? Airachnid
: It was never logged into your ship's database. Megatron
: You failed to record the coordinates of a Decepticon transport? Starscream
] An oversight, master. But I've noted it's exact location. Megatron
: Then you can lead Airachnid there, so she can retrieve the prototype for me. Airachnid
: My personal native guide. How delightful.
: I will reveal the exact location of the Harbinger when you tell me exactly what we're looking for. Airachnid
: That information is need to know, and right now, you don't. Starscream
: Oh, you would do well to respect me, Airachinid. Before I joined Megatron, I was Air Commander of a squadron of Energon Seekers. Airachnid
: On Cybertron, and how many eons ago was that? Starscream
: Just recently, I personally vanquished one of Optimus Prime's fiercest warriors. Cliffjumper. Airachnid
: You snuffed an Autobot? Starscream
: Yes I did. Without mercy. Airachnid
: Ooh... even Megatron showed you mercy when he planned to terminate you at the mine. Starscream
: What? He told you about that? Airachnid
: We talk.
: I'm not really soo bad, you know. Megatron, he's the evil one. Arcee
: Tell it to someone who cares. Starscream
: Like whom? Airachnid? What I wouldn't do to get my hands around wretched throat. Arcee
: So we can agree on one thing. Starscream
: Oh, you have no idea. She showed up one day, and the next thing you know, she's acting like she runs the place. She whispers lies into Megatron's ear, maneuvered to rob me of my rightful place. Arcee
: Well, she terminated my partner. Starscream
: What? She's taking credit for scraping him now too? That was my doing! Arcee
: ...What? You won't there. Starscream
: Uh, of course I wasn't! I don't know what I was thinking. Arcee
: Who were you talking about? Starscream
: No one, who were you talking about? Arcee
: Tailgate. Starscream
: Ah... who's Tailgate? Arcee
: ...You were the one. You extinguished Cliffjumper!
: You're tougher to scrap than your former partner, at least the one I scrapped. Was Tailgate weak like Cliffjumper? Arcee
: Just keep talking Starscream.
: [Closing lines
] I have been a fool. Made mistakes. Monumental ones. But I have gained a clear understanding of my place in the universe. Of who I am. Starscream: aligned with no side; servant, to no one.
: [Captured by the Autobots
] No need to use force. I'll tell you anything you want to know. Bulkhead
: Is that right? And what do you want in return? Starscream
: I want to be... on your side.
[the Autobots pause for a moment
: On our side? Haha, yeah right! And I've been lobbying with the Fallen! Arcee
: You wouldn't betray the Decepticons. Starscream
: Wouldn't I? What have they done for me lately, besides humiliate me, spy on me, demote me? Megatron tried to extinguish my spark in cold blood, then all but replaced me with that traitorous wretch Airachnid! She abandoned me! Left me for scrap! So why not rat them out?
[Optimus, Bulkhead and Arcee move away from Starscream to talk in private
: He's telling the truth about Megatron trying to scrap him. I saw it with my own eyes. Bulkhead
: You're not saying you actually trust Starscream? Arcee
: Trust him? Never. But this may be the one time our objectives align. Optimus Prime
: You're right to be weary, Bulkhead. But I agree with Arcee.
: I have to tell you, Starscream, you're giving space debris a bad name. Starscream
: Optimus. We've been impetuous. Surely we can work something out... Blackarachnia! Destroy him and we can still triumph together! Blackarachnia
: Are all your dreams in technicolor?
[ignites a small cache of energon underneath Starscream
: Energon? You've betrayed me! Blackarachnia
: I studied with the master.
[With a scream, Starscream's spark is disgorged from Waspinator's body
] Optimus Primal
: Hasta la vista, Starscream!
: What is this? "Program does not respond!" Waspinator does not understand! Starscream
: [taking over Starscream's body
] I'll bet Waspinator seldom does! But try not to let it depress you, bug-face...
: [through Waspinator's body
] Allow me to present myself: Air Commander Starscream of the Decepticon Battle Fleet!
[Starscream lulls Optimus Primal into meeting him alone
: Good. Now, you reap the appropriate reward for your trust and good faith...
: Disarm him, force him to transform, and then chain him in the hold or somewhere!
: You're nothin' but a schemin' snake in the grass! Starscream
: Ah, flattery will get you flattened, vermin...
: [floating in space
] I'll be back! Even if it takes a thousand years, I'll be revenged on you all!
: Problems, Rumble? Is the big bad ice too tough for ya?
: All is proceeding on schedule, Megatron. Locating the crystal shaft leading to the Earth's core was the hard part, but pumping the heat energy out is simplicity itself. Megatron
: Soon, this entire planet will freeze into an icy tomb, and we will return to Cybertron with enough energon cubes to dominate the universe!
: You knew him? Starscream
: His name is Skyfire. Observe his history as it was recorded before his icy imprisonment. Skyfire and I were both explorers from Cybertron. Megatron
: That must have been shortly before our final falling-out with the Autobots. Starscream
: Yes. Skyfire and I were exploring what was an uncharted planet at that time. This one. Earth. We detected no intelligent life on the surface, but Skyfire insisted we look closer. A polar windstorm came up suddenly and Skyfire and I were separated. I circled half the globe searching for him, but he was gone. Megatron
: And now, millions of Earth years later, you have found him.
] What happened? Starscream... it's you. You have... rescued me. But where am I? This is not Cybertron. Starscream
: No. This is Earth, where you crashed many years ago. Megatron
: I am Megatron, Skyfire. Supreme leader of all Decepticons. We are on this planet to collect the energy we need to revive Cybertron and conquer the universe. And the Autobots are now our enemies.
: Those years under the ice diminished your loyalty coefficiency, Skyfire, but because of our old friendship I shall be generous. You may have the pleasure of melting down these Autobots. Skyfire
: But I'm a scientist, not an executioner! Starscream
: I am your superior. I order you to terminate them! Skyfire
: No. I will not. They have done no wrong. Starscream
: But you have, traitor!
[Starscream blasts Autobot prisoners to parts
] Farewell, Autobot parts! As for you, Skyfire, consider yourself fortunate that you did not end up like your friends.
[Starscream leaves. The Autobots reveal themselves to be alive
: Uhh... But... I saw him... destroy you! Ratchet
: Heh heh, an illusion, Skyfire. You and Starscream saw one of Hound's holograms. Skyfire
: Then you are... functioning. Good.
: Yeah, we're functioning. I sure hope we'll be able to say the same for you. Ratchet
: Let's get him behind some cover and start working.
: Soon, Starscream, soon, Scrapper's invention will give me the power to defeat the Autobots once and for all! Starscream
] Forgive me, but I believe your boast sounds vaguely familiar. Megatron
: We've failed before through no fault of mine! But this time, I shall not be denied. This device will enable me to strike at the Autobots through Optimus Prime's only weakness: his over-developed sense of honour
[Megatron laughs viciously
[after Optimus Prime accepted Megatron's challenge, Megatron returns to Decepticons' base to proceed with his scheme. The Constructicons finished assembling the power-trasnfer machine, using the stolen energy disk components. All the Decepticons are gathered. Megatron is hooked to the machine
: Your invention is completed, Scrapper, and we are ready. So proceed with the strength transfer. Scrapper
: As you order, master Megatron.
[Scrapper activates the machine. The furnace begins to glow
: Now, Decepticons, each of you must contribute a power chip rectifier to the exchange furnace. Starscream
: [approaches the furnace
] But I need my power chip rectifier. Besides, the Cybertron code of combat requires each warrior to fight as he is, without additional reinforcement. Starscream
] You wouldn't want to cheat, would you, Megatron? Megatron
: I will win by any means, at any cost! Even if it means terminating you, Starscream!
[Megatron points his arm-cannon threateningly at Starscream
: I was only raising a legal point...
[reluctantly, Starscream opens his chest-lid, removes his power chip rectifier and throws it into the furnace
: I am not concerned with technicalities! Only victory interests me!
[one by one, the Decepticons throw their power chips rectifiers into the furnace
: The critical temperature has been achieved, Megatron. Megatron
: Then let the strength transfer begin! Yes! More! More! Give me all your power! Allll!
[as Megatron receives the powers, he glows with blinding red light rays, so the other Decepticons turn their heads and back off
: The strength transfer is a success! I now possess all your powers in addition to my own. Optimus Prime and the Autobots are finished!
[Megatron laughs viciously
: I now have the strength of all my Decepticons. Starscream
: The Autobots' computer, Teletraan 1 - if it detects your deception, it will alert Optimus Prime. Megatron
: It won't! Scrapper, you and the others have your orders. Constructicons, transform!
[the Constructicons transform and leave to preform the next step in Megatron's scheme - digging a tunnel to the Autobots' headquarters
: While all the Autobots are assembled to watch my combat with Optimus Prime, my Constructicons will tunnel their way beneath those headquarters, then enter the control room and destroy Teletraan 1! Optimus Prime won't know what hit him!
[Megatron laughs viciously, purple light bolts emerging from his clenched fist
[the battle begins. Optimus Prime and Megatron advance toward each other
] Optimus Prime
: One-to-one combat, Megatron! Megatron
: With the vanquished and his army exiled to deep space forever.
[Optimus offer handshake. Megatron, treacherous as ever, takes advantage of this friendly gesture. Optimus Prime shivers as he suffers electrical shock. Smiling viciously, Megatron pulls his hand up and backward, throwing Optimus to the other side of the arena. The Autobots react disappointedly with "Oh no!" "C'mon!" calls
] Optimus Prime
: [heavily struggles to his feet
] Uhh... never knew he was... that strong.
[Before Optimus can recover, Megatron shoots and hits him in the chest, sending him down
: [to Skywarp
] My power chip gives him the use of my cluster bombs.
[Optimus blocks Megatron's next shot with his left arm, and shoots a ball of fire from his right palm, hitting Megatron in the chest. Megatron shivers in pain, nearly falls. The Autobots cheer, thinking that from now on Optimus gains the upper hand
] Sparkplug Witwicky
: Go, Optimus! Spike Witwicky
: All right, Optimus! Zap him good!
[Megatron quickly recovers. From his right loin, gun barrel protrudes, shooting at Optimus. Optimus is hit and collapses
: And the use of my null ray, too.
[using Rumble's power, Megatron hits the ground, creating a ravine which stretches to under Optimus' feet. Optimus falls into the ravine. Rumble points himself proudly. Optimus climbs out of the ravine, grabs huge boulder and throws it at Megatron. Megatron teleports himself. The boulder falls at the spot where Megatron was a moment ago and splits. Megatron re-appears behind Optimus
: You should see ME do that when I've got my power chip! Spike Witwicky
: Optimus, behind you!
[Optimus hears Spike's warning and starts to turn back, but it is too late. Megatron shoots Optimus in the back. Optimus falls on his knees
[Optimus Prime, severely damaged, strains to keep figthing while the Autobots encourage him
] Chip Chase
: Optimus Prime! Spike Witwicky
: Get up, Optimus! Sparkplug Witwicky
: You can beat him, Optimus!
[Optimus Prime shoots and hits Megatron. The Autobots cheer for him
: Way to go, Prime! You're not down yet!
[Optimus Prime charges at Megatron, grabbing him by the waist. Megatron flies upward, dragging Optimus Prime with him, laughing viciously
] You cannot blast what you cannot see!
[flashes of light burst out of Megatron's chest, blinding Optimus Prime temporarily, forcing him to let go of his opponent. Optimus Prime falls to the ground with heavy thud, to the dismay of the Autobots, who exclaim "Oh no!". Before he can recover, Megatron uses another of his borrowed weapons
] Nor what you cannot hear!
[Megatron unleashes high-frequency soundwaves. Optimus Prime drops his gun and tries to cover his ears from the deafening sound, writhing in agony on his knees
: [to Skywarp
] Reflector and Thundercracker must be proud, or rather their power chip rectifiers must be...
[Megatron lands and shoots Optimus Prime in the back. Optimus Prime collapses
: You were good, Optimus Prime, but not good enough to fight Megatron! And so the battle ends!
[Megatron shoots Optimus Prime, who is so damaged that cannot fight anymore
: [Decepticons ambush Autobots on board shuttle
] Megatron? Decepticons! Megatron
: Die, Autobots! Megatron
: [Decepticons kill Autobots on board shuttle except Ironhide
] This was almost too easy, Starscream! Starscream
: Much easier, almighty Megatron, than attacking the real threat; the Autobots' moonbase! Megatron
: You're an idiot, Starscream. When we slip by their early warning systems in their own shuttle and destroy Autobot City, the Autobots will be vanquished forever. Ironhide
: No! Megatron
: Such heroic nonsense!
[blasts Ironhide's head off, killing him
: Who disrupts my coronation? Galvatron
: Coronation, Starscream? This is bad comedy. Starscream
: Megatron? Is that you? Galvatron
: Here's a hint!
[Galvatron transforms and shoots Starscream. Starscream crackles and falls to dust
: [crushing Starscream's fallen crown under his foot
] Will anyone else attempt to fill his shoes? Rumble
: What did he say his name was? Galvatron
: Galvatron! Uninjured Decepticons
: Long live Galvatron! Galvatron!
: [Megatron has been gravely injured in his fight with Optimus Prime
] How do you feel, mighty Megatron?
[Starscream kicks Megatron
: Astrotrain, transform and get us out of here! Megatron
: [in a very weak voice
] Don't leave me, Soundwave. Soundwave
: As you command, Megatron.
[Astrotrain transforms into his train mode
: [the last of the Decepticons load into Astrotrain
] Astrotrain, take off!
: [chasing after Arcee and Springer who are closing themselves inside Autobot City
] Pathetic fools! There's no escape!
: [struggling to free his trapped foot. He decides to blast his foot free before being crushed
] Oooh! My foot!
[said with smirk on his face
: Oh, how it pains me to do this! Megatron
: Wait! I still function! Starscream
: Wanna bet?
[Starscream lets Megatron's body drift from the open shuttle door into space
: Starscream!... argh!...
[Megatron's crumbled body disappears into space
[after Swindle sold the parts of the other Combaticons in black markets around the world, he dumps the worthless parts in a junkyard
] City junkyard attendant
: What's goin' on? Swindle
: [glares at the attendant
] I'm unloading some junk. You got a problem with that? City junkyard attendant
: [stammers in fear
] Uh, n-n-no, sir.
[Starscream and Skywarp, who were looking for the Combaticons, notice Swindle in the junkyard
: So that's where all the parts are! I think that sleaze is up to something!
[Swindle transform to vehicle and drives away, but Starscream grabs him and takes him to Decepticons' base
[Swindle is brought before Megatron. Megatron is furious to hear what Swindle did, because he needs Bruticus for his current scheme
: [on his knees, caught in fear
] It's... it's not my fault, Megatron! This greed is built into my personality component!
[Starscream and Skywarp roughly grab Swindle and drag him backwards
: I want Bruticus reassembled, and I want it now! And as an extra added incentive, Soundwave is installing a bomb in your head.
[Soundwave finishes installing the bomb in Swindle's head
: [smiles nastily
] And if you haven't reassembled Bruticus in 15 hours, it will go off!
[Swindle takes by force the parts which he sold earlier, and assembles them into the other Combaticons
: Very good, Swindle! Your head will continue to keep your body company. Transform to Bruticus!
[the Combaticons gather closely, but oddly Brawl just stands still. Swindle pulls him
: Something is definitely wrong...
[the Combaticons try to combine into Bruticus, but fail, and fall on the floor with heavy thud
: [yells in fury
] Swindle! Swindle
: [gets on his feet
] Megatron, I-I-I couldn't find Brawl's personality component! I didn't think it would matter... Megatron
: 'You didn't think it would matter?' Well, think about this! The bomb still ticks! Bring back the personality component in time, or disintegrate trying!
[the Decepticons approach the Autobots' headquarters and place the orbital disruptor cannon on a hill, unaware that the Autobots have been forewarned of their scheme
: Combaticons, transform to Bruticus!
[the Combaticons combine into Bruticus. Then the Autobots emerge from their hiding places and open heavy fire on the Decepticons. Bruticus is hit again and again, but strangely he does not fire back, just trying akwardly to shield himself with his arms
: [to Megatron, pointing angrily at Bruticus
] Your stupid warrior is just standing there! Megatron
: Bruticus! Transform back to the Combaticons!
[before Bruticus can comply, a direct hit in his chest forces him to separate back to the five individual Combaticons, all scattered around
: [transforms into jet
] I'll show those putrid louts how to fight! Streetwise
: [transforms into robot
] Hey, Screamer! Your pilot's license just expired!
[Streetwise shoots at Scrascream, scoring direct hit. Starscream is forced to retreat
: What the... EMP? Stasis cuffs? Come back here and fight like Decepticons!
: Hey! You call this a fight? I'll rust before someone wins, and I'm in a vacuum! Lockdown
] Will you keep quiet!
: No! No, please! Leave me alone! Lockdown
: Maybe it's me, but that doesn't sound like the Starscream I know...
: Well, if it isn't my favorite band of plucky little Autobots! Optimus Prime
: Autobots, prepare for battle! Starscream
: Wait, you misunderstand. Noble Optimus Prime, wise Ratchet, stealthy Prowl and mighty... eh... Bulkhead
: Bulkhead! Starscream
: Ooh, that's too bad.
: Did you really think I would offer so little a challenge? I allowed you to capture these clones to fulfill my plan to eliminate you all! Especially you, MegaFOOL! Mwa-hah-ha-ha-ha! In moments you will be blown to bits, and I will become the Supreme Leader of ALL DECEPTICONS!
] Starscream Clone
: [shot in the chest, weakly
] You... knew I would attempt to terminate you. Starscream
: [clutching his own chest
] Aah, I feel your pain. Really, I do.
[POV of clone, Starscream fires a second, close-range missile. Screen goes dead-black
: Aaaaaah! *Scrap*, that hurt!
: [to Bulkhead
] Why is it that every time I return to my old stomping ground, I find an Autobot roaming the halls?
: [to clones
] Esteemed members of my armada, you now stand on the very precipice of glory, to meet the destiny *I* have worked so tenaciously toward: Starscream Clone 3
: Dynamic leadership of the Decepticons! Starscream
: Eh, uh, I am... delighted to hear we are on the same page. Heh. Starscream Clone 5
: We are as one, Commander. Starscream Clone 2
: We share your memories... Starscream Clone 3
: Your very feelings... Starscream Clone 1
: Even your insatiable quest for power. Starscream
: [clears throat
] I see.
[experiencing his first clone's death at the hands of Bulkhead
: Aah! Ow! Ow! My genetic code provides my clones with a T-Cog I no longer possess and all I get is their *agony*?
: Lord Megatron, I can explain! Megatron
: Explain what? That you've been hoarding a supply of Energon for your personal use? Starscream
: No! Not exactly... You see I... Megatron
: DO NOT TAKE ME FOR A FOOL, STARSCREAM! I have been wise to your transgressions from the beginning. Not only did you pluck the Dark Energon from my chest, in a failed attempt to snuff my Spark, but you tried to raise your own undead warrior with it. It's no secret that you lost an arm in the process, which you've since had replaced. Starscream
: You know about that? Megatron
: Soundwave is quite competent at surveillance, I can assure you. The fact is Starscream, despite your treachery, I've allowed you to carry on this long because I took a certain delight in following your string of failures. But you've finally become tiresome, predictable... you've hit rock bottom.
: [Having escaped the cave in
] Hahahaha! "Predictable", Master? Is that what you called me? Well now who has hit rock bottom?... What's that? I'm sorry, I can't hear you beneath all that rubble! Hahahahaha! Farewell, Lord Megatron! May you rust in peace!
[Starts to walk away but stops
: ...But you have survived much worse... If you managed to free yourself, you would blame me for your setback! And there is nowhere that I could possibly escape from your wrath. Or worse yet, your mindless followers would come looking for you, and take credit for your rescue. Credit that could rightfully be mine! RAAAGH! MEGATROOOON!
: If you think I'm going to beg for mercy, Starscream, forget it! Starscream
: Er, yes, begging for mercy would be quite pathetic, wouldn't it? Well, you're much more valuable to me alive. Imagine Megatron's appreciation when I not only rescue him, but deliver an Autobot. I believe that would restore my stature quite nicely.
[a parade is held in honor of the Decepticons; the town people cheer the Decepticons, who march in front of their fans
: Why waste time? Let's take the city now! Megatron
: I have my reasons... which are far beyond your meager understanding.
[Megatron and Starscream are touring the power plant
: Have you ever seen so much energy, Starscream?
[Soundwave's sensors detect danger
: Warning! Strong energy transmissions detected. Megatron
] Of course, from these generators, Soundwave! Soundwave
: Negative, Megatron. From primitive jet engines.
[an Air Force group heads for the power plant. Hearing Soundwave, the prisoners are filled with hope for rescue
] Sparkplug Witwicky
] Jet engines? Megatron
: Starscream, go and... Starscream
: I anticipated your order, Megatron!
[Starscream transforms into airplane and breaks through the ceiling
: Decepticons, transform!
[Blitzwing, Thrust, Dirge, Ramjet, Thundercracker and Skywarp transform and join Starscream in attack formation. As the Air Force closes in, the Decepticons jets open fire, destroying several of the approaching jets. The surviving aircrafts retreat, without having fired even one single shot at the Decepticons during the battle
: [yelling after the retreating aircrafts
] Any further rescue attempts... will result in the termination of this city!
: Decepticons, assemble for battle! Optimus Prime
] Autobots - transform!
[the Autobots transform into robots mode, pointing their weapons
: And let's show 'em a little reality... Megatron
: No missing!
[the Decepticons open fire. The Autobots hesitate for a moment, then return fire. Optimus Prime shoots at Starscream, severely hits him. Starscream yells in agony and collapses
: Keep firing! Don't leave an Autobot standing! Ironhide
: Come on, guys! Let's wrap this package of Decepticon garbage!
[Spike, Sparkplug and Chip get close to the hole in the wall
] Chip Chase
: Who's winning, Spike? Spike Witwickey
] guess... Starscream
: [struggling to his feet
] It's no use... we're outnumbered.
[once again, Starscream is shot and collapses. Megatron looks back and sees that nearly all the Decepticons are down, severely damaged, unable to fight
: We've lost the advantage!
[Megatron, as always, is the first to flee. The other Decepticons transform and follow their leader in shameful retreat
: 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!
[Starscream transforms and tries to bail out, but Megatron grabs him and hurls him against the 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!
[grabs Starscream and drags him into the Nemesis
: No! No, Master! NOOOOOO!
: Yes! I love it when a plan comes together!
[about to bombard Optimus
: Megatron's greatest mistake was ever allowing you to live, Prime!
[Megatron swoops and smashes into Starscream
: [sees Megatron explode
] Yes! Okay, solemn face, solemn face.
: This is a dark day in Decepticon history. May the legacy of our fallen leader Megatron live in our memory cores for all eternity. As I appoint myself new leader, I solemnly pledge to... Where's everybody gone?
] As usual, Blackarachnia, your demeanor is as unpleasant as zat cursed organic mode of yours. Blackarachnia
: Blow it out your actuator, Three-Face! Blitzwing
: [switches to Hothead
] Ze name is Blitzwing, insect! Remember it! 'Cause it's the last thing you vill ever hear before I... Blitzwing
: [switches to Random
] ... express my feelings in song, hahaha! Ze Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up ze water spout... Blackarachnia
: You wanna battle it out here and now, Blitzwing? Starscream
: Can't you broken malfunctions keep it down?
: I live to serve you, Lord Megatron... Megatron
: Where is the Cube? Starscream
: The humans have taken it! Megatron
: You fail me yet again, Starscream... GET THEM!
: This is Starscream: All Decepticons, mobilize. Barricade
: Barricade en-route... Devastator
: Devastator reporting... Bonecrusher
: Bonecrusher rolling... Blackout
: Blackout incoming... All hail Megatron!
[Starscream arrives at Hoover Dam
: Go, go, go!
: Skywarp, I have created a steel alloy suitable for our weapon frame. Leave Starscream and Thundercracker to watch the crystal and come immediately! Starscream
: How dare you assign me to guard duty, Megatron! I am Starscream the mighty! Skywarp
: Have a good time playing crystal nurse, Screamer! Byyyye!
: Decepticons! Retreat! Thundercracker
: What's the matter, fearless leader? You and Starscream look real geeky! Maybe the Autobots aren't such wimps afterall! Starscream
: Does he have to make that awful thunder noise? I've got a headache. Megatron
: [to Himself
] And they call themselves "Decepticons". I shall be avenged, Autobots! I shall return!
: Agh! Unhand me!
: You cannot harm me while Dark Energon flows through my veins!
: But... but plasma energy is unstable! No one has been able to tame it since... since... the GOLDEN AGE! Megatron
: Then stand back, Starscream, and watch me tame it, as I have tamed you.
: I've long waited for the day I could fight all of you myself, and to prove my worth to Megatron!
: Bring me the AllSpark! Optimus Prime
: I have no idea what you're talking about. Starscream
: Then I'll just have to destroy these puny creatures for no good reason!
: I got it! Starscream
: Fool! Did you really think you could keep the AllSpark out of the hands of -
[Bulkhead's wrecking ball hits him in the gut
: oof! Bulkhead
: I said, I got it.
: FASTER, YOU MALINGERING PEASANTS!
: What is this joint, anyway? Starscream
: Our Tomb.
: Surely, Lord Megatron, the Autobots are up to something. Megatron
: Reeeally, Starscream?
[Starscream shows a frightened grin. Megatron deploys his army of drones
: Crush them!
: Decepticons! It is with deep sorrow that I note for the log... Megatron's Spark has been extinguished. All... hail... Starscream.
: Someday, I'll be giving the orders, Rumble. You'll do what I say. Rumble
: Look Starscream, Megatron is strong. He's merciless. He can't be beaten. And you'll never be our leader. Starscream
: I will find a way. Everyone has a weakness.
: We did it, Megatron! The energy is ours, we can go back to Cybertron! Megatron
: You fool, Starscream! This is but a small fraction of the energy we need. We must suck this planet Earth dry.
: Unruly beast, you dare to roam freely without permission?
[hits Predaking with a rod, Predaking roars at him and transforms to robot mode
: What? Predaking
: Strike me again, and I will bury that rod in your spark!
: The moment our 'Royal Highness' realizes that his army possesses greater might than what currently remains of the Decepticons... Starscream
: Evolution will give way to REvolution.
: Where'd you go? I can't tell the difference between one insignificant human and the next. Oh well, no matter, there's much more Decepticon fun to come!
: Bow before Megatron! Now that I am lord of Cybertron, I return to Earth to exterminate all organics once and for all! Starscream
: Especially those machines who have chosen to become organics! Blitzwing
] Why would ze Autobots chose to be human? Blitzwing
] Not for ze fashion sense, I can tell you that! Hahaha! Blitzwing
] Who cares? I will crush them into human meat-pies! Megatron
: No. Destroy them last. So they can watch their pitiful, adopted world perish before their eyes.
: Ah, never before have I seen a more impressive group of lethal fighting machines. And pretty good looking, if I don't say so myself. That pompous, bag of bolt Megatron won't know what hit him! He'll be crushed in our wake! Skywarp
: Us? Against Megatron? Are you insane?
: Ah, I think I just sprang an oil leak... Thundercracker
: Silence, you fool! Megatron is a worthless pile of scrap metal compared to my genius. Sunstorm
: Brilliant observation! Brilliant! But your genius pales in comparison to the genius of our leader, the original Starscream. Starscream
: Mmm, I could listen to this one all day! Ramjet
: What are you talking about? I am the original Starscream! Starscream
: Liar! I am the original Starscream. Ramjet
: I never said I was the original Starscream. Starscream
: You just did right now. Ramjet
: No, I didn't. Starscream
: Yes, you did. Ramjet
: No, I didn't. Starscream
: Yes, you did! Ramjet
: No. I. Didn't. Slipstream
: Ohh, haven't you figured it out yet? He's a pathological liar. Each of us clones represents one aspect of your personality.
[points to each clone in turn
: He's a coward... he's an egomaniac... he's a suck-up... he's a liar. Ramjet
: I am not! Starscream
: So, which part of me did you come from? Slipstream
: Don't ask. Starscream
] This is going to be a long orbital cycle.
: The time has come to purge the universe of that accursed Megatron! And forever seal my destiny as the one true ruler of the Decepticons! Thundercracker
: You second rates clones aren't even worthy to breath my exhaust fumes!
[Thundercracker and the other clones blast off towards Earth
: I must be a bigger pain in the gearshaft then I thought. Slipstream
: Well, well, well... Look who just got to the party! Starscream
: Don't start with me, woman!
: Stop staring at me. Starscream
: No. You stop staring at me! Megatron
: Do you think I actually want to spend the rest of eternity gazing at your unsightly visage? Starscream
: Trust me: your visage is no picnic either. And your face is ugly too! Megatron
: Oh, someone just take me offline now... Starscream
: What do you think I've been trying to do for the last four million stellar cycles? AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It's funny, really, when you think about it. Tragic, but funny! AHAHAHAHAHA! Megatron
: Oh, shut up.
: It's not like you to hide behind an Autobot! Megatron
: But it's completely like YOU to hide behind an army of cheap knockoffs.
: No worries, herr commandant. Starscream
: It is "Lord" to you! Knock Out
: Only if Megatron takes a nosedive. Starscream
] The day our master emerges from stasis, I will graciously relinquish the title. But I believe that outcome is unlikely - something to do with the quality of medical care around here! So continue buffing. We do want Megatron looking his best for the memorial.
[Starscream leaves the room
] Knock Out
: [flips Starscream off
] Buff THIS.
: Knock Out, was I not clear? You have defied my orders yet again! Knock Out
: My mistake, Commander Starscream. But I've learned my lesson, and paid the price! Starscream
: It is LORD! And you have paid when I SAY you have paid!
[extends a claw
: Do not worry, your punishment shall be merely... cosmetic. Knock Out
: No, not the finish! Anything but the finish! NOOOO!
[on Dinobot Island, it becomes more and more unstable as the Decepticons continue to plunder the energy sources - the volcanos erupt and the earth shakes constantly. The Decepticons already accumulated large pile of energon cubes - but this is not enough for Megatron
: More energon cubes! More, I say! Starscream
: No! We have violated this island with cataclysmic results! We must leave now before the entire island explodes!
[a volcano erupts near them, and earthquake occurs, but Megatron does not care
: I don't care if the entire Earth explodes! We can always relocate!
[as the heat increases, it vaporizes the tar in which the Dinobots drowned earlier. They are still pinned to the ground and partially covered by small patches of dried tar. Slag uses his fire breath to remove the tar off the other Dinobots, but gets tired before finishing
: Ohhh... Slag tired.
[the Dinobots continue trying to release themselves, and Swoop manages to. He gets out of the pit and shoots at the others, removing the tar without harming them. When he finishes, Snarl gives him the same treatment
: Good! Tar off! Good!
[Swoop tranforms into robot. The other Dinobots climb out of the pit and tranform into robots too
: [raises his hands in victory pose
] Ahh, free! Me Grimlock, everybody free! But Dinobot Island in danger.
[the near volcanos erupt and the ground shakes
: Aaahh... maybe Decepticons do bad stuff to island. Slag
: [clutches his fist
] Then we do more badder stuff to Decepticons! Melt them down! Grimlock
: Yes, yes, yes! Wreck Decepticons now!
[the Dinobots fly toward the Decepticons
[the Autobots arrive at Dinobot Island. Behind bushes, they watch the Decepticons
] Optimus Prime
: If that stolen energy is taken from this area, this entire galaxy could crumble! Ironhide
: Yeah, try tellin' that to them...
[Optimus Prime and Ironhide come out. Megatron turns to face them
: You were a fool to come here, Optimus Prime! And fools pay a heavy price!
[Megatron shoots and hits Optimus Prime. Optimus Prime collapses, but immediately recovers
: Prime! Optimus Prime
: I'm okay. Repair systems already compensating for damage. Ironhide
: Great! Then let's make the Decepticons Decepti-crumbs!
[Ironhide shoots at the Decepticons. Megatron and Starscream recoil, evading the shot. The other Autobots come out and open fire
: Resist! Terminate them! Reduce them to Lithium litter! Starscream
: Attack... from the sky!
[Starscream transforms into jet, and flies. Thundercracker, Skywarp, Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust follow him, and bomb the Autobots from above. Warpath and Perceptor return fire
: ZOWIE! WHAM! BANG! I'll blow 'em out of the blue, Perceptor! They don't call me Warpath because I'm gentle, ha-ha-ha!
[Warpath hits Thundercracker and Skywarp. Starscream shoots null ray at Warpath and Perceptor, and they both collapse
: Boisterous clown! You won't hit anything with your circuits nullified! Perceptor
: [groans in pain
] Ohh! Null ray... disrupting... electron flow!
[the Decepticons clear a path through the dense jungle on their way to their spaceship, carelessly destroying the vegetation
: Nice scenery. Scavenger
: Yeah! Let's waste it! I hate nice things.
[Starscream shoots at trees, but misses to his disappointment
: He-he-he, good shot, Starscream! Starscream
: [angrily pointing his arm-cannon at Rumble
] Shut up or I'll blast you, punk!
[Starscream does not notice that huge python is about to drop on top of him
: [notices the python
] Hey, hold that pose! I wanna remember you that way!
[the python drops on top of Starscream, wrapping itself around him
: Uhhh! Help! Get this thing off me! Oh-oh-uhh!
[the Decepticons burst out laughing at Starscream's predicament
: [laughs nastily
] I think it looks stunning on ya! He-he-he!
[a leopard attacks Ravage. Using his weapons, Ravage fights it off
: Enough of this! Let's fly! Uuh!
[at last, Starscream manages to shake off the python
: No! We must remain on the ground to avoid satellite detection.
: It was the Triplechangers, they tricked me! Megatron
: You're either lying or stupid. Starscream
: I'm stupid! I'm stupid!
: What are you laughing at? Megatron
: I'm laughing at a coward, a gutless wonder, a wimp-who I trained to be a warrior. But you could never cut it, Starscream. No matter how big you become, you're still the same pathetic wannabe! Oh yes... you're the king alright. The king of fools! Starscream
: Ever notice how much noise an insect makes, buzzing and clacking, until you crush it underfoot? That's what you are Megatron-a bug with a big mouth! Megatron
: We'll see-when I knock that crown off your head!
: [Has Dr. Archevil hooked up to an energy-siphoning device
] There's not enough energy from your puny brain to fill even one energon cube! I need my own energy source if I am to have any hope of taking over leadership of the Decepticons. Megatron
: That's mutiny, Starscream! Starscream
] Megatron! Megatron
: [Aims his massive cannon at him
] And the penalty for mutiny is termination.
[as they're shot by Smokescreen while flying over him
: Hey, my circuits electric blew just out! Thrust
: Too mine! I'm blind flying! Starscream
: Away move before collide we!
[they crash into a rock face
: This is what the humans call "The Information Superhighway"? A trillion gigabytes of data and none of it useful!
: We'd better call it a night. You're a lousy dancer anyway! Optimus Prime
: That's a sober suggestion coming from one of Megatron's lackeys! Starscream
: I'm not Megatron's lackey! I BOW TO NO-ONE!
: Have a nice trip, Megatron. Hot Shot
: We'll see you in the fall.
: [as Megatron drops the planet cup
] Oh, no! He dropped the planet cup. Aaaaahhhh! Override
: I'll take that, thank you very much.
[override skids in between Starscream's legs and recaptures the planet cup before Starscream does
: Give me that. Megatron
: You will pay for this.
[Megatron and Starscream flee with Sideways following close behind
: Do you not see that you are vastly outnumbered? Wheeljack
: I see fellas who might vastly enjoy watching me pound some dents into you.
: [At the entrance of Dr. Arkeville's lab
] I, Doctor Arkeville, genius of science, say... OPEN SESAME! Starscream
: How original.
: It's time for a change, Megatron! It's time for action, not words! I am the leader of the future! Megatron
: You couldn't lead ant-droids to a picnic. How can you pretend to lead the Decepticons?
: It's like shooting dynametal ducks in a beryllium barrel.
: You scratch my back, I scratch yours.
: Why, if it isn't Megatron, and his merry mechanical men! Starscream
: Why you rust encrusted cockroach!
: 'Scream. Been a while.
[coughs up "oil"
: So. Where's your master? Starscream
: Never mind him! I am my own master.
[Starscream thrusts his blade-like fingers into Cliffjumper's chest, causing him great pain
: Any more questions?
["Oil" starts leaking out of Cliffjumper's wound, and he lifelessly falls to the floor
: [to the drones
] Clean that up.
: This is not quite how I envisioned my rise to the throne, but since Megatron all but surrendered it to me, I will gladly revive the Decepticons in my name.
[the Predacons arrive
: ...though, perhaps, the throne is more befitting of an actual king? Predaking
: I am not here to seize thrones, Starscream... but to settle scores!
: Whoever he is, he's brilliant for a flesh creature. Starscream
: Especially since he has done more in two days than you have in two years.
: Did you see that? Thundercracker
: You mean that creepy looking thing that just jumped over the side? Skywarp
: Yea Thundercracker
: Nope I didn't see anything Starscream
: I should have left you two on the station
: Say uncle or I'll shove your nose in your afterburner! Starscream
: Uncle, UNCLE! Sideswipe
: Gee, I didn't know Decepticons had uncles!
] Hot Shot
: I can't believe this, Jetfire. I can't believe we're abandoning Cybertron. Jetfire
: You can't think like that, Hot Shot. We'll come back and beat this thing. Hot Shot
: But how? Hey, NOW what's it doing?... LOOK OUT! Starscream
: [opens fire
] Target practice!
: Oh, all hail the broken down junk pile of our failed leader.
: Soundwave, did Shockwave make a joke back there? Soundwave
: Affirmative. Starscream
: Was it intentional? Soundwave
: Affirmative. Starscream
: You know Soundwave, you've become quite the conversationalist. Soundwave
: What is your excuse, Megatron? You let the enemy get away!
[Megatron smacks Starscream away before grabbing him by his neck
: Cross me again, Starscream, and I'll reduce you to titanium fragments. Starscream
: But we had the Autobots disoriented. We could have eliminated them. Megatron
: We'll do that at our leisure when our more important work is done. You have had the only warning I intend to give.
: [shoots down Powerglide
] What goes up must come down! And the harder, the better!
: It's about time, Knock Out. I do not enjoy being kept waiting! Knock Out
: Ah, it was a long drive, Starscream. I'm still picking bugs out of my grille. Starscream
: Yes, right, you're one of *those*. Knock Out
: Come again? Starscream
: Never understood why any self-respecting Decepticon would choose 'automobile' as his vehicle mode when he could have flight! Knock Out
: I like the way I look in steel-belted radials.
: Dirge, report. Dirge
: [over radio
] Can't move or transform. Megatron
: [turns to Starscream
] I should have you disassembled for this! Starscream
: Me? But what did I... Megatron
: Man, whatcha reckon this Omega Lock thing looks like? Where exactly are we headed? Gotta picture of it? Starscream
: Oh, quit whining and keep searching! Thundercracker
: Aww, whining? I'm THINKING! Out LOUD!
[Starscream accelerates away
: Hey, I was talking to you!
: [to Rainbow Dash
] I am going to kill you! Rainbow Dash
: [flies up and taps Starscream
] Tag! You're it!
[turns into his jet form and takes off after her
: Of the Energon deposits we have located while you were away, Lord Megatron, this one is by far the most significant. The drones have been mining without pause during your absence, and have amassed quite a stockpile. You there! Fetch me a sample! Megatron
: Starscream! Now that I have returned, I will issue the commands. Starscream
: I... understand, Lord Megatron. Then, as your humble servant, shall I ready the space bridge to bring forth the Decepticon army you have surely gathered during your three years in space? Megatron
: My army will come, but my time away has yielded a more... intriguing means of materializing them.
[Megatron pulls out a glowing purple crystal
: The solidified form of the matter the ancient texts refer to as "The blood of Unicron". Starscream
: Unicron the Destroyer? But it is said his blood is the anti-Spark. Megatron
: Plucked from cosmic shores, gaze upon... Dark Energon! Starscream
: Legend tells that it holds the power to... revive the dead. Megatron
: We require only a cadaver to be certain.
[Looks over at Starscream
: Are you willing to make the ultimate sacrifice? Starscream
] Heh, heh heh... That... may not be necessary. if I may, Lord Megatron.
[Starscream points over to Cliffjumper's lifeless body
: Consider it a welcome home present.