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The name or term Shockwave refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Shockwave (disambiguation).
The name or term Longarm refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Longarm (disambiguation).
The name or term Prime refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Prime (disambiguation).


Shockwave is a covert agent in service to Megatron. This size-changing master of disguise has infiltrated Autobot security apparatus at the highest level: his cover persona is Longarm Prime, head of Cybertron Intelligence, reporting directly to Ultra Magnus himself. This puts Shockwave in the perfect position to undermine and mislead the Autobots while feeding strategic information to his true master. To establish his credibility, "Longarm" attended the Autobot boot camp alongside Bumblebee, Wasp, Ironhide, and Bulkhead. And set up Wasp to take the fall for him during Autobot boot camp in order to stay undercover and continue reporting to Megatron.

Befitting a double agent, Shockwave is highly secretive and fearful of detection. Befitting a cartoon villain, he can confidently give those secrets away if he thinks he's winning.

Everything is going as planned, o great one.

—Shockwave, the competent Lugnut, "A Bridge Too Close, Part I"

Fiction

Animated cartoon

Note: Events from IDW Publishing comic books are in italics.
Voice actor: Corey Burton (English), Helmut Gauß (German), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese)
TFA Longarm

Why am I wearing a scuba mask? My lack of oxygen-requiring organs makes this highly illogical.

Shockwave was recruited by Megatron because his mass-shifting abilities allowed him to effectively mimic a wide variety of Transformer shapes and sizes, making it difficult for Autobots to track him accurately during missions of infiltration and sabotage. It was these traits which led to Megatron sending him to enlist in the Autobot armed services as a means of climbing the ranks and eventually taking the organization down from within.

TFA Shockwave DoubleAgent

So, does that mean he's Shockwave Prime? Illogical.

Disguising himself as a young cadet named "Longarm", Shockwave enrolled in Autobot boot camp, but slipped up in the early days of training and was overheard reporting to Megatron by the black sheep recruit, Bumblebee. Although Shockwave managed to avoid detection right away, Bumblebee was tipped off to the presence of a traitor in the camp and suspected fellow recruit Wasp, whom he spotted leaving the building shortly afterward. Bumblebee turned to the espionage-savvy Longarm for advice, and Shockwave used the opportunity to divert attention away from himself by suggesting that the young Autobot refrain from telling their commander, Sentinel Minor, so that 'Bee could take all the credit when he exposed the traitor himself. Unfortunately, all of Bumblebee's efforts only got him in worse trouble, and his fellow recruits began to bully him, with Longarm being the only one to stick up for him. After several failures on Bumblebee's part, Shockwave took matters into his own hands during a training exercise and switched the firing equipment to live ammo in an attempt to offline the Autobot and keep the whole matter of a traitor a secret. Luckily for Bumblebee, this plan was foiled by Bulkhead.

TFA Shockwave

My awesomeness is logical.

Eventually, Shockwave found out that Sentinel Minor intended to conduct a surprise inspection, and he contrived to set up Wasp to take the fall himself. After planting a Decepticon communicator in Wasp's locker, Shockwave, as Longarm, informed Bumblebee of the upcoming inspection, telling him that it was his last chance to find the evidence he needed. Using one of his extensible limbs to trip up Wasp, Shockwave allowed Bumblebee to palm Wasp's locker key as 'Bee helped him up, allowing him to find the communicator and show it to Sentinel. In the end, Wasp was dragged off to prison, and Longarm commended Bumblebee for his deductive work.

Subsequently, Shockwave graduated boot camp and became a member of the Cybertron Elite Guard. Now "Longarm Prime", he became head of Cybertron Intelligence and remained in this position, hiding in plain sight, for the fifty stellar cycles that Megatron was lost on Earth. Autoboot Camp

After Optimus' ship was lost, Longarm pressed Sentinel to continue the search for the ship's crew, the AllSpark and Megatron. His pleas fell on deaf ears. The Arrival issue 1

Anim shockwave pinchy

Pinchy pinchy!

After Megatron succeeded in restoring himself and the Decepticons were assembled on Earth, he re-established contact with Shockwave on Cybertron and initiated a plan to construct a space bridge that would allow the Decepticons to conquer the planet from within. Mission Accomplished When Megatron's captive, Isaac Sumdac, attempted to alert the Autobots to the existence of the double agent by bouncing a transmission to their base, Bumblebee immediately suspected Wasp, who had just recently escaped from prison. He reported the news to Longarm Prime on Cybertron, but of course, that accomplished nothing. Autoboot Camp

TFA bridge too close Longarm Prime

My Decepticon counterpart is not close by.

When the completed space bridge failed to function, Megatron contacted Shockwave and instructed him to locate the top space bridge specialist on Cybertron to help correct the problem. Shockwave was surprised to discover that the specialist was already on Earth; it was Bulkhead! A Bridge Too Close, Part I Bulkhead was subsequently captured by Megatron and forced to perfect the space bridge. The other Autobots arrived too late to stop him, and they were defeated by the Decepticons and strung up to watch as the bridge was activated. Shockwave revealed his alter ego of Longarm Prime to the Autobots, disclosing that he had already given Megatron an appropriate access code and forcing Bumblebee to feel the shame of sending an innocent Wasp to prison. When Megatron tried to test the space bridge by sending Optimus Prime through it, Shockwave assured his master that he awaited the "test subject" on the other side. Unfortunately, an attempt by Megatron to boost power caused the space bridge to overload, deleting the access code and setting the space bridge to random coordinates. A Bridge Too Close, Part II

TFA TransWarped Shockwave

Shockwave is totally faceless.

Megacycles later, Shockwave came into contact with Team Chaar who were assault an Autobot base with a space bridge with the intention of using it to gate to Cybertron. When Strika asked for permission to begin the assault, Shockwave denied her request stating that they had to wait for Megatron to which an annoyed Strika stated that he was supposed to be there megacycles ago. Shockwave, as Longarm once more, then attempted to assure Ultra Magnus that the Decepticons would not be able to reach the Cybertron Space bridge nexus but this simply resulted in the Elite Guard increasing security and eventually cutting power to the space bridge nexus when it became clear that the Decepticons were attempting to invade Cybertron.

Blurr sponge

"Please take this sponge which I assure you is NOT Blurr"

At this point, Agent Blurr arrived and attempted to report to Longarm that Wasp was not a traitor and that a double agent was still on Cybertron. His intention was to consult the Cybertron Intel database to find the real spy. A nervous Longarm then inquired from Blurr if he shared his findings with anyone else, to which Blurr responded by saying he did not and reported straight to the head of Cybertron Intelligence. He then attacked Blurr and attempted to eliminate him before his secret was revealed, but the fast Autobot escaped. However, Shockwave then activated traps within the facility which cornered and later crushed Blurr into a cube. Then as Longarm he took the remains of Blurr to Cliffjumper to be disposed of. Cliffjumper, having no idea it was Blurr he was throwing away tossed him into the garbage. TransWarped

TFA Shockwave with non responsive computer

Aww nuts! Stupid Rain!

Distressed by Sentinel Prime's arrival on Earth in pursuit of Wasp, Shockwave tried to protest in his guise as Longarm. Again, he insisted that all communication with earthbound Autobots be filtered through him. When this failed, and he feared that his discovery was imminent, Shockwave attempted to contact Megatron. Unable to reach the Decepticon leader, he instead left a message stating that he would be taking matters into his own servos.

After being informed that Longarm/Shockwave was the traitor, Ironhide marched through the Elite Guard's headquarters in order to apprehend him. Instead, he discovered a nearly-offline Ultra Magnus. Shockwave had managed to attack him, rob him of his hammer, and disappear. Where Is Thy Sting?

TFA Shockwave accessing arcee

What we have created is...... nothing.

After his hideout had been discovered by Ratchet and Captain Fanzone, Shockwave attacked them with the Magnus hammer, hoping to get the activation codes for Omega Supreme from Ratchet's processor. Later deciding that it was much safer to go after the original source of the codes, Shockwave tracked Ratchet and his organic friend to the med bay of Agent Arcee. Ratchet fought valiantly to protect Arcee and managed to not only save Ultra Magnus from going offline, but he also retrieved the Magnus hammer. However, Shockwave was able to kidnap Arcee during the fight and reunited with Megatron on board Omega Supreme, now under his "true colors", literally. This is Why I Hate Machines While Shockwave was on the moon, he ran into Bumblebee, Ratchet, and Bulkhead. He fought Bumblebee and Bulkhead, and ultimately lost (Great job, Ultra Magnus). He was arrested and brought to Cybertron. Endgame, Part II

Toys

Shockwaveanimatedvoyager

Now all I need is the tail...

Longarmanimatedvoyager

My altmode is me doing a pushup... nice job, Hasbro!

  • Shockwave (Voyager, 2008)
  • Accessories: a crane that morphs into a cannon
Representing his double nature in the cartoon, Animated Shockwave represents both the Autobot Longarm and Decepticon Shockwave, and features four distinct modes. In "Infiltration Mode," the shorter, stockier Autobot Longarm transforms into a four-legged crane platform. In "Spy Mode," he stretches and manipulates himself into the taller, lankier Decepticon Shockwave, as the crane portion of Longarm's body converts into a hand-held cannon. The symbol on his chest flips between Autobot and Decepticon symbols. Both chest symbols are vacuum metalized, with very shiny silver and gold used. Shockwave's horns and claws are made of a softer rubber so you don't poke your eye out, or snap them when you're playing, or something else.
Awesomely, if you pose Shockwave with Longarm's crane on his back, he looks JUST like a robotic demon, with his horns, claws, hooves, and with the crane, that little tail thing.
Curiously, while the rotating faction symbols on his chest use the usual "Classic" designs, the tampographed Decepticon symbol on his cannon/crane is in the movie style, in silver, rather than the usual gold for Animated Decepticons.
It's like four toys in one in some way.


Shockwavepurplebumblebeetoys

Why wasn't I purple in the FIRST place?! Oh yeah, right.

  • Shockwave VS Bumblebee (multipack)
Shockwave is a purple redeco of the Voyager mold packaged with Activators Bumblebee in a Target-exclusive multipack. His purple coloring resembles someone we all know...
Like the original action figure, this Shockwave also has his Longarm Prime identity, only he has gold eyes instead of blue. The purple Longarm did make an appearance at the end of final season, but his eyes were still blue instead of gold like the ones shown on the toy.


Notes

Shockwave goodside

I hear this is my good side...

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  • Shockwave's body appears to be largely patterned after Armada Megatron; he transforms into an "H-tank", and the front treads end up on his shoulders. He retains the classic Shockwave window-chest and face that is little more than a single, round optic. He does not appear to have a gun as a left hand in-show (yet anyway). As a toy, he can hold his crane-gun in either hand.
    • Additionally, Shockwave's vehicle mode appears to be loosely based on one of the Transtech sketch designs for Megatron, with the high angled treads and turret.
  • As Longarm, Shockwave's alt-mode is a futuristic rough terrain crane.
    Shockwave

    Shockwave's true colors

  • Actor Corey Burton reprises the role of Shockwave from Generation One, reusing precisely the same British-accented, David-Warner-inspired voice for the character. When disguised as Longarm, though, Shockwave's accent changes to an American one. He still can use his real accent in Longarm mode when interacting with his Decepticon team. In a recent interview he revealed Shockwave's inclusion in Season 2 arose from a between scenes conversation he had with the production team, regarding how little the original Shockwave actually had to do. However, both Shockwave and Longarm's voices are identical, although Longarm actually sounded a lot younger.
  • Shockwave has been entrusted to remain on Cybertron with the mission to prepare a place for Megatron's return. Déjà vu?
  • Despite not having a face, Shockwave still manages to have a chin.
  • Shockwave is a Decepticon who pretends to be Autobot. Sound familiar?
  • According to his bio, he got his cover identity from the Cybertron record files. So Longarm is a real person.

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