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The name or term Scourge refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Scourge (disambiguation).
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Scourge is Galvatron's implacable tracker and leader of his own cadré of huntsmen, the deadly Sweeps. He was created by Unicron from the remains of Thundercracker. Immensely powerful like all the Unicronian Decepticons, arrogance is his only true weakness. Despite being quite powerful in his own right, Scourge generally acts as a near subordinate to Cyclonus, and, despite his leadership of the Sweeps, is generally content to take orders from others. Scourge tends to grumble and complain a bit (a habit sometimes shared by his Sweeps).

But then again, you'd also complain if your boss spent so much time beating you up, wouldn't you?


What kind of Decepticon are you, ugly?
The ultimate kind!

Kup and Scourge, "The Burden Hardest to Bear"

Note: In most timelines Scourge is a creation of Unicron as described above, but there are exceptions where his origin is seemingly unconnected to Unicron, Galvatron, or Cyclonus.


French-Canadian: Fléo
Italian name: Sheriff
Hungarian name: Ostor (meaning Scourge)
Hungarian movie name, first dub only: Korbács (also meaning Scourge)
Hungarian movie name, second dub only: is rather hard to interpret from the dialog, sounds like "Scrooge"
Czech name: Bič (Whip)


Fiction

American cartoon continuity

The Transformers cartoon

Voice actors: Stan Jones (US); Shimaka YutakaMasaharu Satō (Japan)
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Van-Dyck of destruction.

Following the Battle of Autobot City in 2005, Scourge was created from the remains of Thundercracker by Unicron. Scourge was designated commander of his legion of huntsmen, the Sweeps, and traveled with his new leader, Galvatron, back to Cybertron. Galvatron, Scourge and Cyclonus then returned to Autobot City and sent the remaining Autobots fleeing into outer space.

Note: In earlier iterations of the script for The Transformers: The Movie, a battle for leadership in the Decepticon Hall of Heroes on Cybertron caused the essence of Megatron and other ancient Decepticons leaders (whose "Life Sparks" were enshrined in the giant statues decorating the Hall--one of which resembles Scourge even in the final film) to drift into space, where they were found by Ingestor (the early version of Unicron). Ingestor turned Megatron into Galvatron, and used the Life Sparks of the ancient Decepticon leaders to create Scourge and the other new troops. This story element was dropped in the final version in favor of giving Galvatron new troops and killing off older characters all at the same time by having Unicron use those Decepticons on the movie production's "kill list" as raw material.


After blasting their ship, the Decepticons believed the Autobots dead. Unicron sent a painful message to Galvatron, informing him he was wrong. Galvatron argued the point until Scourge reminded his leader "we belong to him". The Decepticons then tracked the Autobots to the Planet of Junk where Scourge and the Sweeps dismembered Ultra Magnus and stole the Matrix of Leadership. Unicron learned of Galvatron's intended rebellion and attacked Cybertron. Whether Scourge, who was vocally loyal to Unicron, fought to protect Cybertron is unknown. The Transformers: The Movie

After the Decepticons were sent packing to Chaar, Cyclonus and Scourge went on an expedition to track down their lost leader, Galvatron, who hadn't been seen since Unicron went kablooey. They found Galvatron soaking in a lava pit on Thrull, and much to their disappointment, discovered their leader had gone totally nuts. Galvatron was set to plow his way through his minions before Scourge took to bended knee and appealed to Galvatron's ego to stop. Five Faces of Darkness

Scourge continued to serve the Decepticon cause, though his effectiveness was debatable. Scourge would prove to be a very poor leader, with his followers, the Sweeps, constantly ignoring his orders (though they were scared to death of Cyclonus). Thief in the Night He was later possessed by the disembodied ghost of Starscream, though this eventually became a mutual partnership. Starscream intended to help Unicron turn Cybertron into his new body in exchange for a new body of his own. Scourge began to have second thoughts about this until Unicron reminded him that "what I have given you, I can also take away". Scourge eventually left Unicron and rejoined the Decepticons. Why Galvatron accepted his return instead of, oh...reducing him to composite particles is unknown. Ghost in the Machine
GhostMachine Starscream Scourge Unicron

Up up and away!


Matrix burden 2

If that's "the touch," you don't want to get it!

At one point, Autobot commander Rodimus Prime was separated from the Matrix of Leadership by Galvatron. Galvatron, who was haunted by the spirits within it, instructed Scourge to dispose of the Matrix. Scourge decided to use the power of the Matrix to his advantage and installed it within his chest. Very bad idea. The Matrix proved incompatible with Decepticon programming, causing Scourge to morph into a hideous freak with the power driving him mad. Scourge attempted to seize control of the Decepticons until Hot Rod took back the Matrix. Scourge was left at the mercy of a very unhappy Galvatron, but somehow beat the reaper yet again. The Burden Hardest to Bear

In 2007, Scourge journeyed to Nebulos with his fellow Decepticons while following the Autobots. The Decepticons formed an alliance with the Hive, and Scourge was binary-bonded to Fracas, becoming a Targetmaster. The Rebirth, Part 1

Japanese cartoon continuity

The Transformer manga

The Headmasters cartoon

Both Scourge's and Cyclonus' intelligence seemed to have evaporated by the year 2011, leaving Galvatron's once right-hand men nothing but a pair of bumbling oafs.

At one point they attempted to prove their worth by stealing Trypticon and using him to hunt down a mysterious sixchanger. However, that plan failed miserably when that sixchanger turned out to be their own ally, Sixshot. Both Scourge and Cyclonus ditched Trypticon in battle, leading to the Decepticon city's destruction (though he was eventually repaired). Scourge and Cyclonus did little of anything noteworthy after this. Terror! The Six Shadows

Marvel Comics continuity

Note: Events from the UK-only comic stories are in italics.


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Following Unicron's consumption of Cybertron's moons, Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge traveled back in time from 2006 to 1986 as part of a plan to free themselves from Unicron's control by constructing a massive cannon that would destroy him upon their return to the future. The three Unicronian Decepticons proved themselves almost invincible in the face of the Autobots' attacks, but were finally defeated when Galvatron was duped into believing he was trapped in a temporal paradox, and returned to his own time to live out the remaining events of 2006. Target: 2006

Note: 2006 was the original date for the movie, amended to 2005 after the production of a treatment which was the only available research when the comics were penned.

Following the destruction of Unicron at the hands of Rodimus Prime and the Matrix, Galvatron transported himself back in time to 1987, leaving Cyclonus and Scourge in the future, under Shockwave’s command. The duo were attacked by the freelance peace-keeping agent, Death's Head, who was seeking the bounty on Galvatron’s head, and Cyclonus revealed Galvatron’s whereabouts to him. Wanted - Galvatron Dead or Alive Later, Shockwave hired Death’s Head to kill Rodimus Prime, but Cyclonus and Scourge interfered with the job as they sought to kill Rodimus first, in order to reclaim their lost standing amongst the Decepticons. Headhunt This did not please Death’s Head, and consequently, he willingly accepted a contract from Rodimus to hunt down Cyclonus and Scourge, eventually tracking them down to the planet of Junk as 2008 dawned. Before he could finish the job, however, all three of them fell under the mind-controlling influence of Unicron, whose disembodied head had survived the destruction of his body and had landed on the planet, where he was having the native Junkions construct a new body for him.

Under Unicron's control, Cyclonus and Scourge killed Shockwave and became Decepticon leaders, reigniting the stalemated Cybertronian war to a furious degree to cover Unicron's actions. Death's Head, however, was able to fight the mind control and work with the Autobots long enough to stop the chaos-bringer's plan. As explosions destroyed Unicron, Death's Head tackled Cyclonus and Scourge, pushing them through a time portal Unicron had built, promising to kill them another time. The two Decepticons were hurled into the past of Cybertron by the portal, where they came under the command of Scorponok. The Legacy of Unicron!

Traveling to Nebulos with the rest of Scorponok's forces, they became Targetmasters and then traveled to present day (1988) Earth. Brothers in Armor!Once there, they sought out Galvatron, and, no longer willing to serve him, instead demanded that he hand over his time travel device so that they could return to the future and their position as Decepticon leaders. The confrontation was disrupted by the sudden appearance of the Autobot commando squad, the Wreckers, who drew the ensuing battle away from the human settlement it was taking place in by professing to have stolen Galvatron's time jump mechanism, when in reality, the Decepticon no longer even had it for them to take. Wrecking Havoc

Having met with failure again, Cyclonus and Scourge decided to cut their losses and team up with Shockwave's present-day Earth-based Decepticon forces.

Note: At this point in time, the comic book personalities of Scourge and Cyclonus had been well-established, and distinctly different from the cartoon - here, Scourge was the intelligent, scheming brains of the duo, while Cyclonus was the dull-witted brawn, and that personality trait remained as strong as ever.

Unfortunately, Cyclonus accidentally let slip that they would kill Shockwave in the future. Naturally wanting to ensure his continued existence, Shockwave unleashed a brainwashed Megatron clone upon the two. As Megatron killed Nightstick and grappled with Cyclonus, Scourge took aim at the clone...but stopped. He realized that killing Megatron in 1988 would likely prevent Galvatron's creation in 2006, and possibly his own as well. Unwilling to take the chance, he abandoned his comrade and fled. Dry Run!

Cyclonus and Scourge’s displacement into the past had circumvented the normal mass-replacement method used by time-travel, and had hence unbalanced the space-time continuum, causing a rift to appear in the fabric of space and time. Cyclonus' death, twenty years before he was even created, proved to be the final straw, accelerating the rift, which soon threatened to consume Earth and Cybertron. Realizing that the only way to stop it was to return himself, Galvatron and Cyclonus to their original time, Scourge attempted to recover Cyclonus’ body from Shockwave, only to be attacked by the deranged Decepticon, who had lost his mind due to the illogical nature of the situation, and had strung Cyclonus' remains up like a twisted trophy. Scourge staggered back to the time rift and allowed it to take him, hoping that that would have some effect on the situation. It didn't. Ravage, however, succeeded where Scourge had failed, and was able to bring Shockwave back sanity enough for him to deposit Cyclonus’ remains after Galvatron and Scourge, and then seal it with an x-ray blast. Scourge was not seen again after this, and it is unknown exactly what happened to Scourge after he entered the rift. Time Wars

An alternate version of Scourge later made a brief appearance, inhabiting an alternate future world of 2009 where Cybertron had been destroyed and Galvatron ruled Earth. With only seven Autobots left alive, Scourge battled Getaway, Chainclaw and Guzzle during the Autobots' last desperate raid on the Decepticon Powerbase. He was killed off-panel by the combined might of these warriors. Rhythms of Darkness!

Dreamwave Generation One comics continuity

Scourge, arriving on Cybertron, managed to reactivate Shockwave for the purpose of observing him, but Shockwave was soon attacked by Sharkticons. Scourge managed to destroy a number of Sharkticons and drive off the rest. As a way a saying thank you, Shockwave shot Scourge in the back, took him prisoner, dissected him, and rebuilt the Unicronian Transformer.

Shockwave has a very weird sense of gratitude. War and Peace

Dreamwave Armada comics

A version of Scourge from an unknown Generation One time line served as one of Unicron's heralds, along with versions of Thunderwing, Bludgeon, Dirge, and Galvatron. Worlds Collide, Part 1 He was blown up when Jetfire detonated the Decepticon headquarters that they had taken over. Worlds Collide, Part 4

IDW Hearts of Steel continuity

Scourge appears as a blimp which drops bombs on the Autobot freight. Sideswipe (or possibly Ironhide) pops his airbag, and he crashes, then explodes. Hearts of Steel issue 4

Note: There is no sign of Galvatron or Unicron in the story, and thus Scourge's origin may be quite different from that in mainstream G1 continuities.


Toys

Generation One

G1Scourge Toy1986

Where are my bat wings and my claws?

  • Scourge (Decepticon Jet, 1986)
    • Japanese ID number: D-71
    • Accessories: "Disintegrator Ray", "Laser Blaster"
Scourge transforms into a Cybertronic hovercraft, for some reason labeled as a plane in those catalog posters that are no longer made (those were the days). On early releases, the blue on the center of Scourge's alt mode was paint. This was changed to two stickers for later releases. The stickers on his ankles tend to get damaged through normal transformation.
Some releases of Scourge came with a piece of a four-part The Transformers: The Movie poster with glow-in-the-dark elements.
  • Scourge (Targetmaster, 1987)
    • Accessories: "Fracas" Targetmaser "Incendiary Cannon", "Rocket Booster"
A retool of the original Scourge toy, Targetmaster Scourge's hand-holes and head hole were widened, as was the peg for his "Rocket Booster" (the same piece called a "Disintegrator Ray" in the previous version). His handgun was replaced with Fracas.


Titanium Series

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Accept no imitations.

  • Scourge (6-inch Cybertron Heroes)
Scourge once again transforms into a retro-futuristic hovercraft, this time with a more accurate sculpt to his animation model and significantly improved articulation. While not 100% accurate, the wings in particular are now hinged in the middle to allow them to open wider, and the legs have a much more closely detailed design. But man does he have a big forehead.


Timelines

  • Scourge (Botcon Exclusive, 2009)
This version of Scourge is made from the Cybertron series Sideways with a new headsculpt and hailing from an earlier point in the Great War.
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Back in blue!

Items of Note

  • It's not known how much (if any) communication there was between Marvel's US office and the UK offices where Simon Furman was churning out his behind-the-scenes stories, but regardless, Cyclonus and Scourge completely disappeared from the US book after Headmasters -- leaving Furman free to send them off to find Galvatron. Wrecking Havoc

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