Transformational Leadership

Transformers Cybertron Starscream

Michael Black asked:

Transformers Cybertron Starscream is a Decepticon that frequently

appears in many of the Transformers series. He sometimes takes the

role as leader of the flying Decepticon Seekers and other times he’s

known to be second in command under the almighty Megatron. In

various instances he manages to seize complete control of the

Decepticons when Megatron is killed by Optimus Prime. However

Megatron always gets back to him in one way or another to regain his

rightful position as leader of the devilish crew.

Starscream’s only true ambition is to tackle Megatron’s leadership of

the Decepticons rather than follow orders. His cruelty and superior

intelligence actually makes him a real threat to Megatron, but his

inferior strength always leave him defeated. He thinks himself of being

more modern than Megatron and often takes pleasure in critizicing him

for his old-fashioned ways. Starscream obsession for speed-tactics

makes him think that Megatron’s brute strategy of sheer force and

destruction inferior. Verbal and physical rivalries are not a rarity

between the two, but these often end up with Starscream being

ridiculed in front of other Decepticons.

In the animated series Transformers Cybertron Starscream was

actually an Autobot who worked with Skyfire as scientists during the

Golden Age. The two went on to explore planet earth and Skyfire

mysteriously disappeared. When Starscream returned to Cybertron

they were in plain civil war, and he decided to join the Decepticons

because he thought destruction was much more exciting than his old

scientific pursuits. Starscream was one of the Transformers who were

trapped and frozen in earth for million years. However, thanks to a

volcanic explosion the Decepticons were miraculously reactivated,

Starscream along with them. Starscream mistakenly shook the

Autobot base with one shot causing the Autobots to also reactivate

thus the endless war between the Autobots and Decepticons


In the 2007 Movie the writers agreed that Starscream would maintain

his negative attitude and rivalry against Megatron. Although

Starscream selfishly escapes when he notices the Decepticons had

been demolished by the Autobots, the movie doesn’t do a good job of

showing the rivalry between the two. Following Transformers tradition,

Starscream can turn into a full powered jet. In this case he turns into a

modified F-22, being bigger than the average Decepticon.

Transformers Cybertron Starscream’s Jet characteristics give him the

ability to make huge jumps when he’s in robot mode. He can also use

any of his two wings as deadly swords against his enemy.

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