Hi all, I write a Gen 1 fiction called Maelstrom...and I need help with Soundwave. Basics about the story - Maelstrom isn't posted here for mature content - as in violence and things like that - not slash. It is based solely off the Gen 1 cartoon series, but if you have ideas from other sources I'll take them into consideration. OK...what I need to decide is what EXACTLY is the foundation of Soundwave's motivation for being part of the Decepticons in general and at least somewhat loyal to Megatron in particular. During the cartoon I always saw Soundwave as the most likely 3rd in command. Does that seem right to everyone? He gets very little character development, really. There are a few moments where he laughs (usually at Starscream getting humiliated), a few where he shows some concern for his cassettes, and that's about it. The rest of the time he stands next to Megatron relaying messages and beating up on Autobots like a good little Con should. Then comes the Movie. Megs gets bashed up nicely after the tussle with Optimus and asks Soundwave not to leave him. Do we suppose that is merely because Soundwave was close enough to hear him or do we think there was some particular reason he thought Soundwave WOULD help him? Next scene...it all unravels when Starscream dumps Megatron out the door. Soundwave does nothing to stop it, but nominates himself as a replacement. OK...to get down to the nitty gritty. Does Soundwave follow Megs in the first place because: A.) He's got the most fire-power? I do see Decepticon society as sort of a wolf pack mentality. IE...we respect our boss as long as he can hold our respect, but we are all trying to advance ourselves all the time, and there's no mercy for weakness. B.) Megatron has the best mind for the job? I do think Soundwave is intelligent and probably respects intelligence. If one assumes he is a telepath, as is hinted once in a while, then he would be well aware of who is most likely to get the job done. C.) Megatron is the most ruthless bastard of the lot and is most likely to feed Soundwave's sadism? D.) Some other reason? (If your other reason is he's in love with Megatron please don't bother. I don't disrespect people's ideas in that sense but I never saw any evidence of that in the cartoon and it has no place in my story. Of all of them, Soundwave reminds me the most of a serial killer. Cold. He is smart, and tough, and evil to the core.) If A is right, then why did he pick Megatron up? If B or C is right, why did he let Starscream throw Megatron out? Is it some more general loyalty - "The Decepticon Cause?" Is he simply trying to advance in Megatron's standing by helping him, and then turning away because he thinks Megatron is a lost cause? My story actually takes place well after The Return of Optimus Prime, and Soundwave has been following the Galvatron/Cyclonus combo. I think Cyclonus is mostly the brains and Galvatron is mostly the muscle. Soundwave's loyalties are about to be truly tested and I need to know if he thinks in terms of short term goals like his own advancement, or if he is capable of looking over the larger picture of species survival. Could he be counted on to help Cyclonus deceive Galvatron for the good of the whole? Would he assist an Autobot commander in manipulating the Decepticons to keep them from being eradicated? Or would his ambition and pride see an opportunity to bring Cyclonus down? Any thoughts or insights will be considered and deeply appreciated. I can usually get well into the heads of my characters but Soundwave is a tough nut to crack.