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Character Name: Soundwave
Canon Name: Transformers Prime
Canon Point: In this mirrored, magical Shattered Glass AUniverse, Soundwave is at about the equivalent point in canon where everyone is on an easter egg hunt a mission to find all the six magical maguffins to restore the mushroom kingdom.

I mean find the Cybetronian artifacts.

OC, AU, or CRAU Info: Soundwave was one of the last few Cybertronians created before Cybertron went dark. While not exactly the very last, he's still quite young. For a neigh eternal race of sentient giant robots. He was quickly recognized as being brilliant from a very young age, easily memorizing complex lines of mathematics and numbers, hacking seemingly secure frequencies with little trouble, creating viruses (and cures for them) just to pass the time, with a photographic memory and a strange knack for guessing what was running through a mechs mind.

He was born into a relatively higher caste, but that hardly meant that he spent his entire life being professors favorite in the academy. Not because he was Too Cool For School, but because he got so easily bored, loved attention, and had a vast network of things to play with. For a short time, he sold his skills as a hacker to anyone who wanted to pay the credits for it, spending money for mods and upgrades to his frame. He was sparked with the tentacles, but the mask came at a late point in his life, a creation of his own imagination. On the off chance that his processor would ever lag or forget something, the visor would simply act as a backup to that, and as a sort of USB for more data, constantly linked up to his own cerebral units. The ability to create ground bridges at will was also added around this wild hacking era, and he got very good at learning how to make an entrance.

To be young and dumb.

The first mech that ever managed to out-think Soundwave was Megatron, his maths professor in the last vorn of his time at the academy. It was not for lack of trying, Soundwave pulled out every stop to try and pull one over on him. Every attempt at a hack was met with a more complex series of numbers to decode, every motion to pick through his processor was just met by a greater firewall. He was the first mech ever to be truly unpredictable to Soundwave. And rather than be galled by it, he was astounded. He'd never thought he'd meet an intellectual equal. When he graduated from the academy, he promised Megatron that if he ever needed his skills, he'd have them.

And as it turned out, shortly after he left the academy, they were needed. Thrown headfirst into war with no idea how to fight or use a gun, he was forced to spend his credits on kitting himself out with a sword at first, then begrudgingly and fearfully allowing his minis, Laserbeak, Ravage, Frenzy and Rumble, to have weapons of their own. They were close to his ember, and he was at loathe to ever send them out, so most of the time they'd remain on the ship and hack signals from there.

But not everything could be done from a distance. Though Laserbeak was fine for flyovers, he eventually had to let Ravage, Rumble and Frenzy in to obtain necessary intel. He was so sure that since they were so small, they'd go unnoticed. They were barely past eight feet at their biggest, surely no one would ever notice them?

But war is Hell. One day, the minis didn't come back from a mission. Soundwave had to be forcibly kept in the Nemesis for his own safety, as he would most certainly go tearing after them blindly. Something the Autobots fully expected. And when the expected delivery of one spy master never happened... The Nemesis started getting deliveries.

They'd find things. At first just fingers. Then legs and arms. A piece of chassis here and there, an optic over here. When Rumble's head was sent back, Soundwave finally managed to break free of the Nemesis, wild and desperate to save any mini that might be left. Instead, he was captured. No one quite knows what happened inside Iacon during the days Soundwave was locked there. There was a massive attack to free him, and when the finally did, the only mini Soundwave had left was Laserbeak. During an interrogation, Ratchet had nearly muted the Decepticon Communications Chief, and the resulting injury and repairs left his voice sounding warped. His attempts to fix it left it sounding modulated and autotuned, but honestly, he'd take the autotune over sounding like... that.

It's been a few million years since then, and now that the Decepticons are stations on earth, Soundwave rarely leaves the ship for any reason.

Recently, out of dire necessity, he left to gather intelligence at a point near a factory. This is where he'll be taken from.

Personality: He literally, honestly, seriously never shuts up. And you wouldn't either, if you were constantly hooked up to the internet. He runs his mouth twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, to anyone that will listen to him. Mostly it's Megatron, who finds his young third's energy and intelligence to be charming, but everyone else is either annoyed by his constant chatter (Knock Out) or amused by it (Starscream). Since he lost most of his minis, he gets lonely very, very often, and since he's usually the only one on the ship, save for their medic, Knock Out, he usually doesn't have a lot of people to talk to.

He's very high energy, constantly moving from place to place. Since he's so committed to memorizing every detail of everything, in case it might be useful later, he has to at least touch everything once. This has earned him an on and off ban from the medbay, so he's usually left to terrorize the bridge.

When he isn't playing around online on various websites and pretending to be a twenty one year old hipster dude from New York, he's working. Actually he does both at the same time, because if he was only doing one or the other, he'd get bored. He constantly has to be occupied with something, and for someone with an intelligence as powerful as Soundwave's, with an energy level as high as Soundwave's... well... boredom leads to terrible things.

like projecting a Max Headroom holo across human TV and talking gibberish for two minutes

He's very socially awkward, however. He isn't shy at all, but he simply has no idea how a normal mech would act. He spent most of his life hacking frequencies alone with his minis for company, or sitting inside a classroom. He had almost no real life friends before the war, despite being friendly. He's just... awkward, and makes awkward jokes and awkward laughs, and awkward movements and everything about him is just painfully awkward. He's not even that particularly graceful, as he frequently gets distracted by his work and is moderately well known for walking into walls and other mechs.

He also is well aware that he's brilliant, and is slightly arroga-Very arrogant. Not to the point of being a prick, but he'll definitely jump any any chance to prove that he's a genius. After all, when you're called a genius your whole life, you start to believe it. However on top of this, he's arrogant with a side of low confidence, which ends up magnifying the amount of confidence he likes to portray outwardly to make up for the fact that he's actually sort of winging it for a lot of things. He's likely to get flustered, upset and insulted if his work either fails to reach the high expectations he put on himself, or if someone else questions his own ability and competence in it, and likes to cover this up with attempting to provoke a similar reaction from the person who triggered this particular insecurity, though if called out for it, his brain catches up with his mouth, and he's usually very quick to also apologize.

Soundwave is somewhat bothered by the fact that he's so much more different than the average Cybertronian. No one else sports tentacles, or possesses the same telepathic power he does, and sometimes he'll let slip, mostly in an effort to appear dangerous and frightening, that he's a 'freak'. He's modified several parts of his own frame as well, either for cosmetic reasons or for more work related reasons, including something of an 'external hard drive' for his brain, increasing the amount of data he can store and energy he can contain, but sort of giving him a big easily smackable, damageable weak point. He's also not really the strongest Con on the ship, and lacks a lot of the battle experience most of the other members there have. This is a little thorn in his side, and he's very desperate to prove that he can be just as useful in a firefight as he is on the ship hacking computers.

He's also deeply sensitive about his voice, and in moments of high emotion, his voicebox will malfunction and short out, causing either mechanical squealing or static. Talking about any dead mini will usually illicit such a response from him, and he'll become very, very upset if the subject cannot be changed.

Otherwise, he's a ridiculously upbeat, hyper, eager 'Con, and even though his fighting may not be top notch, he's still dead certain he's irreplaceable on the team.



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