Pre-Toon MUX History
The Transformers cartoon
Shortly after arriving at the oil platform with his fellow Decepticons, Starscream was ordered to fire his null-ray at some equipment, causing the machinery to freeze and cease from working. After causing a tidal wave at Sherman Dam, Megatron ordered Starscream to shoot three of the generators with blasts from the null-ray as part of their efforts to make Energon cubes.
Later, when Megatron had the power chip rectifiers of the Decepticons installed in him before his battle with Optimus Prime, Starscream lamented that he could no longer use the null-ray or his cluster bombs. A threat of termination from Megatron shut him up.
Starscream zapped Gears with the null ray so Megatron could extract the Autobot's special circuit.
Determined not to be replaced by the human-built Nightbird, Starscream used his null-ray to fritz her circuits. Naturally, Megatron wasn't too happy about the loss of his new female "companion" and immediately labeled Starscream a traitor. Again.
Later, Starscream was shown firing the null-ray from his nose while in vehicle mode. . Later still, he was shown firing it through his finger.
Starscream last used his null-ray at his own coronation as leader of the Decepticons. During the coronation, the Constructicons played trumpets, but Starscream, eager to get on with the ceremony, used the null-ray to slice the instruments in half.
- At least once Starscream's null-ray appeared to cause freezing. This could be a mere error.
- Clearly, Starscream never bothered to patent the null-ray. Bad enough a G.I. Joe agent's daughter used them, but so did Generation 1 Whirl.
- Due to the Armada cartoon's frequent translation and dubbing errors, Starscream's "Null Laser Cannon" was randomly referred to as the "Narrow Laser Cannon" (despite the visually obvious fact that the laser blast was anything but narrow).
- Italian: Raggio Zero (The Transformers second dub, "Zero Beam"); Raggio Nullo (Prime, "Null-ray")
- Polish: Miotacz promieni Zero (War for Cybertron, "Zero ray rifle")