Hey everyone. Some of you might remember that a week back I started a thread with my list of the top 25 Beast Wars characters. Here's that list again, but posted into the thread. What are all of your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? How would you rank them differently? What makes such and such a better character than so and so? I'll spread them out over a few posts, so it's not too long. On a whim I decided to do a little write-up thing for the Top 25 Beast Wars characters, ranked from 25 up until 1. This not a list of the characters in order of favoritude - some of my least favorite characters are in the top 10, and some of my favorites are not. It's ranked instead in terms of impact, importance, characterization and significance to the overall show. Also included in their profiles are tech specs. Since a lot of the toy ones are flagrantly inaccurate in comparison to the show, I've rewritten them in a way that I think suits them better. So... without further ado... #25. Starscream Played by: Doug Parker (1997) First Episode: #1.21 (Possession) Last Episode: #1.21 (Possession) Key Episodes: #1.21 (Possession) Protoform: Decepticon Affiliation: Predacons (briefly) Form: Basic Beast Mode: Wasp Role: Predacon subcommander/usurper Strength: 8 Intelligence: 9 Speed: 10 Endurance: 10 Rank: 9 Courage: 5 Firepower: 9 Skill: 9 Status at End of Series: Floating through space Notes: Obviously Starscream ranks as one of the all-time greatest Transformers characters of all time, but this list is looking strictly at Beast Wars itself, and in this case all Starscream has is a one episode appearance. It's a fun episode - a good one if not necessarily a great one - but it doesn't leave a lasting impression on the show in general. In fact, after his appearance, that any of them ever met Starscream is never mentioned again. And for some stupid reason they decided to make their Starscream played by Doug Parker, who played Terrorsaur (the Beast Wars Starscream clone) in basically the same voice, which is just plain confusing and kind of limits Starscream's impact because it makes him seem analagous to Terrorsaur, when he's much more competent. Really, honestly, Starscream's inclusion is pretty much just because I needed someone to make it an even 25 and my only other option was Jak and Una. Starscream's a great Transformers character, but as a Beast Wars character he's obviously fairly forgettable. #24. Scorponok Played By: Don Brown (1996-1997) First Episode: #1.01 (Beast Wars, Part 1) Last Episode: #2.01 (Aftermath) Key Episodes: God, I dunno.... Gorilla Warfare maybe? He didn't have much. Protoform: Predacon Affiliation: Predacon Form: Basic Beast Mode: Scorpion Role: Predacon Second-in-Command Strength: 5 Intelligence: 4 Speed: 5 Endurance: 5 Rank: 9 Courage: 7 Firepower: 7 Skill: 6 Status at End of Series: Deceased Notes: One would think that the original second-in-command of the Predacons would be a fairly interesting and important character in Beast Wars, but one would be wrong. From the get-go, Scorponok was plagued by a decided absence of personality, and whatever personality he had couldn't be settled on. Sometimes he was portrayed as a smart tech-guy developing technologies such as his cyberbees and the virus that turned Optimus into a ragemonkey. Most other times, he was portrayed as an idiot, and occasionally he spoke in monosyllabic first-person like the Hulk. Of the original Predacons, Scorponok was given by far the least to do, and is perhaps the only character to have really no episodes devoted to him. His only real consistent personality trait was that he was loyal to Megatron, and when Inferno showed up showing even more intense, slavish loyalty to him as well, but with an added jolt of personality and awesomeness, the writing was on the wall that Scorponok was clearly now redundant and obsolete and he died without ceremony or comment in the second season premiere. It's well known by now that originally it was going to be Scorponok and Waspinator, not Terrorsaur, who died until the writers intervened and saved him. But clearly everybody agreed Scorponok needed to go. #23. Tigerhawk Played By: Blu Mankuma (1999) First Episode: #3.11 (Other Victories) Last Episode: #3.13 (Nemesis, Part 2) Key Episodes: Other Victories, Nemesis (Part 2) Protoform: Vok Affiliation: Maximal Role: Vok Emissary/Maximal Warrior Form: Vok Beast Mode: Tiger/Falcon Strength: 10 Intelligence: 7 (10 when Vok-influenced) Speed: 10 Endurance: 10 Rank: 8 Courage: 10 Firepower: 10 Skill: 9 Status at End of Series Deceased Notes: I'm not against the idea of Tigerhawk, per say. Rushed though it was, Tigatron and Airazor's abduction did need to be addressed and wrapped up before the end of the series - and as randomly as it was handled, I still prefer that to them just not giving closure to those characters at all. And, the idea of Tigerhawk - of two characters being merged into one, and the complexities of two sparks and distinct personalities having to deal with being part of one whole now - is actually pretty interesting. Tigatron and Airazor are now part of perhaps the most intense marriage of all time. Plus, on top of everything, Tigerhawk was just really cool looking and badass. But the issue, of course, is that there was just. no. time. Tigerhawk appeared in the third-to-last episode of the series. All he had to establish himself was his introductory episode (most of which he spent as a vessel for the Vok), the following episode (where so much was going on that Tigerhawk barely had a chance to do anything) and the final episode (where he died almost immediately). The death was done in a cool way, but not nearly enough attention was given to it - new though he was, Tigerhawk was still, ultimately, Tigatron and Airazor, and they were two important members of the Maximals and friends to those still remaining. It's hard to blame the writers - Tigerhawk was foisted on them at the eleventh hour and they needed to rework the final episodes in order to include him, so there was clearly no real role for him to play. But he still was an incredibly wasted opportunity. At the very least, I wish he'd been kept alive at the end so he could have played a role in Beast Machines. #22. Tripredacus Council Played By: Ramhorn (Lee Tockar), Sea Clamp (Ian James Corlett), Cicadacon (Scott McNeil) (1998) First Episode: #2.11 (The Agenda, Part 1) Last Episode: #2.11 (The Agenda, Part 1) Key Episodes: #2.11 (The Agenda, Part 1) Protoform: Unknown Affiliation: Possibly Predacon Role: Predacon Elders and behind-the-scenes puppetmasters Strength: ?? Intelligence: 9 Speed: ?? Endurance: ?? Rank: 10 Courage: 5 (they operate in the shadows, are afraid to fight Maximals openly, and let others do their dirty work) Firepower: ?? Skill: ?? Status at End of Series: Unknown Notes: No characters on this list appeared as briefly as the Tripredacus Council. Not only did they appear in only one episode, it was just one scene of one episode. Still, in that scene, and in the fallout of their actions, they made quite an impact on the series - stopping the transwarp wave from reaching Maximal censors and allowing the characters rescue, sending Ravage and kicking off the events of the Agenda, and who knows what else. What exactly the deal with them is has become a bit of a mystery. Originally they were fairly clearly established as being the Predacon leadership from whom Megatron was rebelling because he didn't like that they bided their time, cowed before the Maximal Elders and didn't declare all out war on the Maximals. However, the fact that they employed Tarantulas as a spy for their organization seemed to get tangled with Tarantulas' other origins and agendas - namely the destruction of both Autobots and Decepticons alike - and so the Tripredacus Council got included in apparently not being real Predacons at all, which doesn't seem to fit with what was previously established about them. The fact that they were used as this kind of catch-all mysterious puppetmaster group maybe have muddied their role in the show a little bit, but it still went to show how much power and mystique was behind the name of this only briefly witnessed council. #21. Ravage Played By: Lee Tockar (1998) First Episode: #2.11 (The Agenda, Part 1) Last Episode: #2.13 (The Agenda, Part 3) [Seen as corpse in Optimal Situation] Key Episodes: The Agenda (1-3) Protoform: Decepticon Affiliation: Predacon Form: Basic presumably Beast Mode: Strangely he never got one, though one assumes it would be a lion or panther or something Role: Covert Agent for Tripredacus Council Strength: 7 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 7 Endurance: 7 Rank: 9 Courage: 8 Firepower: 8 Skill: 8 Status at End of Series: Deceased Notes: Ravage's role would initially appear to be simply the active onscreen manifestation of the Tripredacus Council. This, and this alone, would actually probably rank him below the Council, as he would be a mere foot soldier following the Council's orders and protecting their interests on Ancient Earth. But there was more to him than that. As a former Decepticon from the Great War, Ravage has his own identity and role, and though he pledged allegience to the Predacons, who (as a people) were behaving in a far more understated, subtler way than their Decepticon ancestors did, he was still, at heart, a Decepticon. And Decepticons want war. When Megatron managed to convince Ravage that his Golden Disk could lead to the Decepticons, and thus Ravage himself, winning the Great War after all, Ravage became a loyal soldier to a Megatron once again, and when this led, shortly after, to his destruction, Ravage went out with a blaze of glory. "Decepticons forever!!!!" Ravage was pretty cool, fairly interesting and fit in well enough with the canvas during the three-part Agenda storyline but because of how limited his appearance was, just three episodes, he simply didn't have a chance to become a more beloved, prominent character in the series - hell, we don't even know what his Beast Mode was, if he had one, although judging by who he is, we can probably take a guess. One wonders why it was decided to kill Ravage off so quickly - they could have simply included him as a member of the Predacons after the events of The Agenda were completed, but at the end of Season 2, when it appeared as if quite a handful of Predacons had been killed off, only Ravage's death stuck.