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One of the signature weapons of Starscream, the null-ray is capable of stopping any electrical device with one shot, be it human or Transformer.

Except Megatron. All a blast from the null-ray does is make him angry. It doesn't work on the Dinobots either, but they were already pissed at Starscream and the jets.

History

Pre-Toon MUX History

Starscream invented the Null-ray. The design was subsequently stolen by Widget and installed in Illarion, and later stole again by Hubcap and installed in Whirl.


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. More than Meets the Eye, Part 1 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. More than Meets the Eye, Part 2

After being discovered by Bumblebee, Starscream shot him with the null-ray, allowing the Decepticons to modify his memory circuits to lead the Autobots into a trap. Transport to Oblivion

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. Heavy Metal War

Starscream zapped Gears with the null ray so Megatron could extract the Autobot's special circuit. Changing Gears

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. Enter the Nightbird

When Starscream partnered up with the (more than usually) paranoid Red Alert, Starscream fired his null-ray at Red Alert, causing his unstable logic circuits to stabilize. Auto Berserk

Later, Starscream was shown firing the null-ray from his nose while in vehicle mode. Megatron's Master Plan, Part 1. Later still, he was shown firing it through his finger. Megatron's Master Plan, Part 2

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. The Transformers: The Movie

Notes

  • 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).

Foreign names

  • Italian: Raggio Zero (The Transformers second dub, "Zero Beam"); Raggio Nullo (Prime, "Null-ray")
  • Polish: Miotacz promieni Zero (War for Cybertron, "Zero ray rifle")

References

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