Starscream (Movie)
Appeared in Sector Seven
The Real Effing Deal
Status Deceased
Alive (in some continutys)
Gender Male
Actor Charlie Adler
Daniel Ross
Steve Blum
Bronco D. Jackson

Starscream is a hero on the wrong side. Over the centuries he's come to believe both Optimus and Megatron have lost sight of what is best for the Cybertronian race, and simply pursue their own agendas. At some point, he came to the decision that, for the good of the species, a new leader must emerge, and he would be that leader. However, over time, he became as corrupt in his own way as Megatron, although he prefers subtlety and deception to Megatron's brute force. Now, what may once have been noble goals are buried under layers of self interest, transforming Starscream into that which he supposedly despised.


Sector Seven continutyEdit

Starscream 1982

Disguised as an F-15 Eagle fighter jet, Starscream was active on Earth in 1982, with documented sightings of jets sporting his unique colors on several continents before he was caught on camera transforming to robot mode in California. This sighting (and its subsequent leak) was the direct impetus for Hungry Dragon 1.

Later, during late April/early May of 2007, Sector Seven intercepted two sound clips through Agent Cod3x and another source (currently unknown). Apparently, Starscream wanted to make his presence known and left a message announcing that he would have the All Spark, and that Agent Powers would be the one to hand it over. These messages were somewhat garbled, as they were apparently received over a SETI@home system. So far, only these two "blips" have been analyzed
(the second still needing work), but more may come in the near future. Sector Seven

Leo Spitz posted blurry pictures of Starscream attacking a power station on the same day as the Mission City incident.

On December 21, 2008, Starscream was seen moving in front of some fireworks. The Real Effing Deal




  • Starscream's film design was initially conceptualized by designer Feng Zhu.[1]
  • The card back of Protoform Starscream's packaging features a completely different, earlier head sculpt. What's more, this head design is featured on his protoform body in IDW's movie prequel comics. It's since become Starscream's standard "pre-Earth" face, likely out of consistency.
  • His protoform was not the only design to get a new head. The earliest concepts of Starscream's head were more skull-like and oblong in shape. This was, of course, redesigned to look more "like a samurai helmet." Unlike the redesigned head of Megatron, Starscream's earlier face only shows up in one piece of media: the book Look and Find Transformers.
  • Starscream's final head design was one that was rejected for Megatron.[2]
  • It has been suggested that, following his attack on the F-22 squadron over the city, Starscream was able to hide among the survivors and take part in the attack on Megatron shortly thereafter. This theory is speculative; While it fits the character of the Generation 1 Starscream, there is nothing on the screen to suggest it. (Roberto Orci was asked, but refused to give a definite answer.)[3]
  • Starscream's bio for his Deep Space figure mentions that he re-energized himself at a power plant after the Mission City battle. Whilst this was not seen in the film, it appears others caught notice of it; [1].
  • The Sector Seven online ARG used the "Masterpiece" version of Generation 1 Starscream to represent the "real" Starscream who had infiltrated Earth. A lot of Generation 1 cameos were made in this manner. Make of that what you will.
  • The downloadable content for the Revenge of the Fallen game on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 gives Starscream another form and a repaint of it. Because of this, Starscream ends up with the most alternate skins of any character.
  • Hasbro mentions that his arch-enemy is Megatron.
  • His rivalry with Megatron was only shown in IDW comics, but was never shown in the three films, with the only hint for his desire of leadership was pathetic excuses for leaving him behind dead on Earth in Revenge of the Fallen, along with obviously sarcastic comments and sinister hand rolling in Dark of the Moon.
  • He and Barricade are the longest living Decepticons until they are killed in DOTM through out the three films.
  • The card back of Protoform Starscream's packaging features him with a completely different, earlier head sculpt. What's more, this head design is featured on his protoform body in IDW's movie prequel comics.
  • He is the first Starscream whose death scene was used in an official advertising commercial (the Chevy vehicle commercial for Dark of the Moon). His death scene was even seen in the trailers for Dark of the Moon. He even gets more bad luck than dying.
  • He appears to spit a lot when he talks.
  • Starscream seems to be able to fly while out of his jet form, using the F-22's engines on his back. Whether this is his actual robot form or a form between his robot and jet forms isn't known, though it appears the latter is true, as seen when he attacks the other F-22s (see picture above). However, in the sequel, after telling Megatron that cowards survive, he uses his "jetpack" to fly away, while in humanoid mode.
    • It is possible that he just extends the thrusters away from his body so that he doesn't burn himself. He is seen able to achieve escape velocity so it is definitely possible for him to propel his body when not in vehicle mode.
  • On-screen in the first movie, Starscream has only one short conversation with Megatron and a total screen time of less than 10 minutes. However, during those ten minutes, he blows up a power plant, blasts Bumblebee's legs off, pounds the slag out of Ratchet and Ironhide, blows up a helicopter, AND takes on a squadron of F-22's. It's like he KNEW he wasn't going to get much screen time...
  • The Sector Seven online ARG used the "Masterpiece" version of Generation One Starscream to represent the "real" Starscream who had infiltrated Earth. A lot of Generation One cameos were made in this manner. Make of that what you will.
  • Even though Starscream has only two lines of dialogue in the first movie, José Sant'anna, who played the G1 character in the Brazilian dub of the original cartoon, was re-cast to play the role in the movie. However, his voice was so heavily modulated that only someone with a really good ear could recognize him. Go figure.
  • Speaking of two dialogues, most of his lines are Cybertronian and in vehicle mode at the same time. He begins his role with speaking Cybertronian and ends it with saying another Cybertronian line that isn't subtitled. That's all he got to say.
  • In the game Transformers: Decepticons for the DS, when Megatron defeats Starscream, he says "You are guilty of the one most unforgivable crime. FAILURE!". This is the same line Gobulus said to Cobra Commander just before Golobulus turned Cobra Commander into a snake in the film G.I. Joe: The Movie.
  • Megatron stomps on his groin in Revenge of the Fallen when they fly to the helipad in New York (which is actually shot in Los Angeles). He also gets hit with HIS OWN ARM.
  • He's the only Starscream who wants to get rid of Megatron for the good of his species rather than out of any personal hatred (okay, maybe a little personal hatred).
  • Probably the only Starscream who is actually competent enough to be a good Decepticon leader Template:M- possibly even a better one than Megatron. (Let's face it, the crushing defeats the Decepticons suffered at the end of each movie didn't happen on Screamer's watch.) After all, he did take charge during the countless centuries while Megatron was absent and the two years he was dead. Not to mention that he seems to grasp a couple of essential concepts that Megatron does not, such as the tactical retreat and the art of strategy beyond blind aggression.
  • For some reason, only Michael Bay knows, Starscream now has tribal tattoos. According to the voyager class Revenge of the Fallen toy, Starscream got his tattoos from Cybertron because of the wars he won. However, that doesn't really help the whole "robots in disguise" thing. Other sources suggest that the tattoos are the Cybertronian symbols of revenge, which Starscream was supposed to wage on Revenge of the Fallen, but never did.Template:Fact
  • He is the only Decepticon having fought in both wars and to survive both live-action films. Barricade survived the first film but never showed up again in Revenge of the Fallen. He did say, sometimes, cowards "DO" survive.
    • He does not, however, survive in "Dark of the Moon.
  • His rivalry with Megatron was never shown in the three films, with the only hint for his desire of leadership was pathetic excuses for leaving him behind dead on Earth in Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Starscream obviously hates Sentinel Prime because he replaced Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons. Instead of waiting for Sentinel Prime to be attacked so he can kill him, Starscream was interested in capturing Sam Witwicky, who no longer serves any purpose in the war in Dark of the Moon.
  • In the second film, Starscream's voice seems to be higher, more snivelling than in the previous film, probably to sound more like his Generation One counterpart. In an unusual twist, the Revenge of the Fallen game has him using the original voice.
    • Starscream's different voice in the second film sounds nearly identical to that used by his voice actor, Charlie Adler, for Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Resolute, likely as a homage to the Decepticon Air Commander and the leader of Cobra having the same voice.
  • Starscream has two additional forms in Revenge of the Fallen game: Generation One Starscream is downloadable only on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game; Starscream in Generation One color is only unlockable on the Xbox 360,PS3 and PC versions of the game. He is playable in all versions of the game, along with Megatron and Sideways. In the PS3, XBox360, and PC versions, he has to destroy a museum (The museum Sam Witwicky entered to bring Jetfire back to life).
  • In the PS2 and WII versions of Revenge of the Fallen, he frees Megatron from the Laurentian Abyss to not disappoint the Fallen, and wounds Bumblebee and Jetfire.
  • He was the only Decepticon who was able to get extremely close to killing Sam Witwicky in all three films.
    • In the first movie, he jumped onto the ground where Sam was which caused numerous cars to fly into the air.
    • In Revenge of the Fallen, he was the one who cut up the car Sam was trapped in and close enough to spit on him. Also, he was almost close to killing Sam during the forest battle.
    • In Dark of the Moon, after showing up near a bus where Sam and Carly were, Sam Witwicky climbed on top of Starscream and stabbed his eyes before giving the final blow to Starscream's dignity.
  • Starscream seemed to have a great dislike of, possibly mild obsession with Sam Witwicky for some unknown reason.
    • In Revenge of the Fallen, he growled and spit at him upon meeting him for the first time, and said "Come here, boy" with a menacing low tone while pursuing him in the forest.
    • In Dark of the Moon, he gleefully chased him and Carly when he could've focused on wiping out Epps' team, stating with pleasure "What a treat! You and me, alone!", taunting Sam all the while and calling him "boy" in the same condescending tone. This ultimatly led the least dignified death in the history of The Transformers at Sam's hands when he pushed Sam into battle with him.
    • Starscream's fixation on Sam might stem from his failure to kill Megatron permanently; sure, the kid killed him, but he didn't stay dead, even though this was not his fault, he could just be projecting his anger on Sam.
  • Why didn't Starscream just take the All Spark from Sam when he had the chance?
    • Probably he actually was going to but was attacked by Ironhide and Ratchet, or he wouldn't dare let Megatron decide to kill him for doing so.
  • He obviously didn't learn from Megatron's first death at Sam's hands about how dangerous Sam can be when backed into a corner and he, for some reason, apparently wasn't greatful for Sam killing Megatron the first time given his hatred of Sam despite him doing Starscream a favor.
  • When Starscream's lifeless body falls of a building, you can see that his arm was blown off by the explosion that killed him.


Foreign namesEdit

  • Japanese: Starscream (スタースクリーム Sutāsukurīmu)
  • Cantonese: Sing Sing Giu (星星叫)
  • Hungarian: Üstökös ("Comet"), Csillagsikoly (Titan comics, "Starscream")
  • Mandarin: Tīen-wáng Hsīng (Taiwan, 天王星, "Uranus"), Hong Zhi Zhu (China, 紅蜘蛛, "Red Spider")
  • Ukrainian: Zorekryk (Зорекрик, "Dawnscream")


  2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Blu-ray gallery
  3. Roberto Orci refusing to comment on the possibility of Starscream attacking Megatron during the final battle

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