Sinnertwin wrote:If we use TFTM as an example (feel free to add/discuss any other fiction) he gladly assists Megatron, only to stand by idly and watch him get thrown out, then claim leadership for himself. Is this an aspect of Decepticon programming, so to speak?
It's probably 1 of the fundamental programs, 1 Starscream also posesses, probably even more effectively than Soundwave. Between Soundwave and Starscream, I've always identified with Soundwave much more. He's personality is a lot like mine. I've never been a fan of Starscream in ANY continuity, though he does have the coolest death scene in all TF fandom. Overall, I think Soundwave was much more useful (even if boring) to Megatron and Shockwave, while at the same time projecting a believable scenario that he could effectively replace either of them as leader. I never took Screamer seriously as a leader. I couldn't. He's too much of an egotistical screwup. Also, Soundwave is the only character to make it through the US Marvel comics from #1 to #80 (and even G2!) without getting killed or even deactivated. That's an admirable feat. Maybe ReGeneration will change that. Also, having an army of specially trained midgets at his disposal makes him more effective than Starscream.
To quote, "Soundwave superior..."
And Starscream is a douche. Maybe that's why fangirls love him so much.