Serving as the Decepticons’ Military Operations Commander, Shockwave approaches warfare both scientifically and brutally. His ambition to ultimately overthrow Megatron as the Decepticon leader is based in the latter’s frequent disregard for cold logic. In flight-capable laser gun mode Shockwave discharges a variety of beams including gamma rays, x-rays and infrared rays. Shockwave’s only exploitable weakness is his inability to reconcile irrational thinking on the part of his adversary. In his quest to avert planetwide stasis lock, Shockwave utilizes ancient Space Bridge technology with the intention of siphoning energy from new planets such as the Prehistoric Earth. Observation of the planet’s dinosaur population prompts Shockwave to reconfigure five captured Autobots into the Dinobots.