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Character Information
*Character Name: Slipstream, Air Sub-Commander (2nd Class)
*Character Canon: Transformers Animated (in-universe Universal Stream designation Malgus 1207.26 Alpha)
*Age: (estimated) six Earth months or as much as half a stellar cycle
*Race: Cybertronian
*Timeline/Pull Point: post "Endgame"
*History: TF Wiki entry and protoform entry.

Stellar cycles ago, on Cybertron, Megatron hired Lockdown, a former Cyber-ninja, to steal a quantity of protoforms from Master Yoketron and the Cyber-ninja Corps who guarded them. Lockdown's mission was successful. Megatron later took these protoforms with him on his warship, Nemesis, when he departed to search for the AllSpark. The protoforms were still intact in their stasis pods, when Starscream crashed the Nemesis onto Earth's moon. But, without the AllSpark, or a suitable mega-computer, the protoforms could not be granted both moulds and the spark of life. That was, until Starscream ended up with a fragment of the AllSpark itself imbedded in his head.

Slipstream is a clone of Starscream, created by him on Luna (Earth's Moon), using one of the stolen protoforms, and his knowledge of Decepticon cloning technology previously developed by Scalpel. Slipstream was granted individual personality and life by a fragment of the AllSpark, broken from the one sustaining her creator's life. She would seem, based on her early activity and observations of her fellow clones, to be the eldest of the surviving Starscream clones. She's also got some curves the others don't; same body-type, but her proto-matter filled-out the mould with a little difference. Like the other clones, Slipstream evidently came online possessing some pre-installed data from her creator, knowing what she needed of the factions to go into battle; it's likely this was transferred via the AllSpark fragments, which were broken from the larger fragment already imprinted by Starscream.

Slipstream was the one to conclude that Starscream's clones each exhibited an aspect of his personality, although, notably she avoided saying what hers might be. Quick to point out the flaws in others, Slipstream nevertheless joined Starscream as part of his attack force.

Slipstream first became known to the Autobots and Megatron's Decepticons at the battle in the Carbon Mines, outside Detroit. She distinguished herself by evading Bulkhead's attempt to capture her; putting him in his own pair of stasis cuffs. She disarmed Megatron of his sword with a well-placed shot from behind. And, as soon as it seemed Starscream's side was certain to lose, she switched allegiance to join Megatron. Slipstream then devised effective strategy in the sortie against Omega Supreme, commanding others to use the gigantic bot's size against him by aiming for his legs. Though she ultimately suffered a direct hit from the Omega Sentinel, Slipstream skillfully evaded multiple shots during the battle.

After the battle, in which Megatron and Starscream, among others, were accidentally thrown through an active space bridge, and the mines collapsed, Slipstream evidently remained in the Detroit area. It was over the city that she later shot Optimus Prime out of the sky; though she only pursued him thinking he was Starscream. Slipstream seems to have a literal tendency to see red when it comes to her creator.

Slipstream continued to prove herself capable of avoiding notice and evading capture, while other Decepticons were picked-up by the bounty hunter Lockdown, or members of the Autobot Elite Guard.

It's also suggested that she was seeking additional AllSpark fragments during this time. (She was going to revive Starscream with one, later.)

When her creator, Starscream, died (again), as result of his own AllSpark fragment being summoned through Prowl's Processor over Matter technique, Slipstream was one to discover his deactivated body. (And was, potentially, to use one of her AllSpark fragments to revive him.)

*Personality: Out-of-Universe, we're told that the whole gag about Slipstream's personality trait is "we're not supposed to know". In-universe, Slipstream does have an air of mystery about her. She doesn't reveal much about herself. In fact, when Starscream asked directly about her 'trait', she evaded the question by saying "Don't ask!" As much as she hides about herself, she's happy to offer her observations on others, usually in derisive tone.

Still, her nature is evident, from her biting humor, used to divert notice from her true thoughts, to her bitter rants, which deflect attention onto others.: she will not be pinned down. Slipstream can't or won't commit to an answer, or even a particular side in battle. Slipstream's thoughts and movements are fluid. She will chose the most efficient path to her goal, the path of least resistance; but should anyone restrict her movement or options, she and all her repressed emotional subroutines will explode with the violence of a dam-bursting flood.

Slipstream's nature is evident also in in her strategy and tactics. If there's a solution other than brute force or direct confrontation, she'll take it. When Bulkhead attempted to capture her, she used his own momentum to launch them into a roll, during which she turned his cuffs on him. Shots fired on Megatron and Optimus Prime were primarily from behind. Against Omega Supreme, she dodged all but one shot from his cannons, and perceived the advantage in felling the giant by weakening his legs.

When faced with multiple obstacles, she will go with the one that seems to her the least of evils, or the winning side. This was shown when she quickly switched allegiance from Starscream to Megatron. If faced with something she cannot avoid, Slipstream demonstrates a volatile temper. This seems to be the case in her association with her creator, to whom she cannot help but be linked, yet in whom she is clearly disappointed.

Slipstream does have self-awareness, secrets, and true emotions; she simply makes every attempt not to show them. Some of her feelings can be inferred from her rants, as she's not thinking as logically when she's angry. Slipstream knows that she's near incapable of interacting with others in a straightforward manner. It should be no surprise, considering how all the clones take after Starscream: a bot who lies, flatters, cowers, and brags to disguise his own greed, and envy of what others have.

Slipstream, having all of Starscream's physical ability, keen intellect, deceptive and evasive nature, and less of everything her brother's got, is potentially better suited to be any leader's Second-in-Command. She's able to see the advantage of the position - the power behind the throne - without hindrance of ego. Yet, Starscream's leering at her, instead of noting her intelligence; and Megatron's failure to include her in his plans upon return to Detroit, frustrate her with her faction's leadership.

She's just as hungry for acknowledgement as her creator, yet ill-suited to communicate her goals, except to rant about what she doesn't want. As she would say, Slipstream doesn't "exist to sweep up the ashes of conquest". She's more than meets the eye a copy with a few extra curves, and determined to avoid making Starscream's mistakes.

Slipstream is aware of her status as a clone, and is aware, through the information transferred from Starscream, that Autobots blew-up two older clones. Though it's arguable whether the older clones had true individual life, their swift destruction and misuse by Starscream gives Slipstream cause to question whether others view her as expendable or more weapon than person. It's one more reason she's disappointed in Starscream, and all the more motivation for her to seek acknowledgement of her skills. It becomes almost tragic that she's so good at escaping notice.

As she grows, Slipstream becomes less a copy of Starscream and even more an individual.

*Powers/Abilities: Like many Cybertronians, Slipstream has the ability to transform from a root robotic form (sometimes confusingly called proto-form) to an alt-form or alt-mode. Specifically she transforms into a 'futuristic' fighter jet with forward-swept wing design (vaguely similar to a Sukhoi SU-47, though having a shorter fuselage). It's assumed in this form she has all the standard abilities of a modern fighter jet, such as thrust vectoring, super-sonic flight, radar, etc. She's capable of interplanetary (she could travel between Earth and Luna under her own power) as well as atmospheric flight. She can operate in vacuum of space, atmosphere, or under water (other characters are shown operating under water). Slipstream can also fly in her robot form, using thrusters on her feet and the wings on her back for guidance.

Her weapons include arm-mounted guns, which have variously been identified (conflicting canon between toy bios and other promotional material) as null rays or sonic shock blasters, plus a pair of basic laser blasters concealed in each gauntlet (Starscream toy info). She can also use thruster burn from her heels offensively, if needed. And the digits of each hand are sharply pointed, acting alike to metal talons. As seen in battle, she is agile, for a bot of her size and mass, and can perform evasive maneuvers, such as rolls on the ground.

In the air, Slipstream is highly capable in aerial combat. It's inferred that, as with many other Cybertronians, her name is meaningful, such that she actually has a fair grasp of fluid dynamics and can perform drafting techniques such as riding another craft's slipstream to conserve fuel.

It's likely she inherited Starscream's particular ability with escaping Elite Guard restraints (he escaped imprisonment on the Steelhaven, by some accounts shorting out a pair of stasis cuffs). She's really, really good at evasive maneuvers; Bulkhead couldn't get her in cuffs, and even Omega Supreme only got a direct hit on her once, and he has a lot of guns. (It's also true Ramjet careened into her, once, but I think that speaks more to his propensity to collide; and the energy of the impact was expended through a cartwheeling motion.)

As a Cybertronian, Decepticon Sub-Commander, and one who has lived on Earth, Slipstream can work with fairly high-level data encryption. She's by no means Soundwave-level, but she's skilled with use of computer-based devices related to Earth or Cybertronian technologies. Cybertronians from her Universal Stream also have some ability to enter Cyberspace - a virtual space within or between the systems of Cybertronian minds. It's perceived as a visual representation of hacking or diving. Hardline connection is required.

She may have some knowledge of bomb-making and cloning from Starscream, but she's not likely to use this knowledge, as she find's Starscream's use of these inefficient.

Slipstream's greatest weaknesses are her lack of formal close-quarters weaponry, and her volatile temperament. She's just not designed for close-range combat, and is instead suited to aerial operation, basic surveillance, or quick hit and run missions. She's relatively lightly armored, for a Decepticon, and relies on speed and agility to avoid injury. If one does manage to pin her in close quarters, anger and frustration at being restrained will inhibit her even further.

Bitter and snarky as she is herself, she can be goaded into a rant, and again, her temperament can get the better of her.

Damage to her wings, flight control surfaces, or thrusters will also greatly reduce her mobility, though she does self-repair quickly (see below).

Much of her Cybertronian circuitry appears to be optical in nature. (Other characters from her series are show without armor and have glowing circuitry patterns of various colors, often in the form of ports for mod attachment.) But it's possibly dielectric gas could halt any peripheral electrical systems enough to disable her sensors.

There's no obvious indication that cold or moisture bothers her, but since it does Cybertronians in other Universal Streams, it's possible it could have some effect. Probably used in conjunction with other restraints it could be more effective.

Technical Specifications (scale of 1-10): Strength 7, Intelligence 8, Speed 9, Endurance 7, Rank 8, Courage 8, Firepower 7, and Skill 7.

The AllSpark Fragment: Slipstream, her brother clones, and a few other Cybertronians in her Stream lack either spark or ember (variously charged types of Cybertronian life-forces) and instead have fragments of the AllSpark within them. The AllSpark, is the Cybertronians' sacred, life-giving artifact. It is capable, when whole, of granting new sparks. During a time it was fragmented, various fragments exchanged hands. Starscream had one imbedded in his head, which made him immortal. It was this fragment he split to give his clones life. And, having this fragment, within her, comes with benefits and risks to Slipstream.

The fragment is like super-concentrated spark energy to the point of being a solid. It's powerful enough to sustain Slipstream's life, and even to resurrect her from damage that ordinarily would cause final deactivation, and speed her own self-repair systems. However it also gives off a very distinct energy, making the elusive clone rather easy to trace, if one knows to tune sensors to seek the particular frequency/signature.

The AllSpark fragment is effectively her soul, but it's solid and crystalline. If it is dislodged or removed, her shell and protoform will deactivate and turn gray. But, the fragment itself will retain her imprint, which is itself an alteration of Starscream's imprint, such that attempt to place it in another device will possibly give Slipstream control over the machine. Putting it back into her spark chamber will revive Slipstream entirely.

It is also possible that because her fragment is part of the AllSpark, that any entities who are one with the AllSpark may use it to temporarily possess her body.

*Inventory:
-A Powell brand Sound Wave toy that sings, dances, and probably runs on batteries. It's completely harmless, unless a Soundwave figures out the signal to turn it into a drone. Even then it doesn't do much but run around, carry tiny items, and spy.
-basic personal maintenance kit of Earth-made products, including waxes, touch-up paint, polishing compounds, powdered graphite, oil, engine coolant, water, rag, chamois.
-All built-in components, including the AllSpark fragment that sustains her life.

*Starting Polarity: Nexus Prime (for change and adaptability)

Writing Samples
*First Person Sample:

[It's Slipstream, Malgian Seeker with a light-teal and violet deco. And she's attempting to sound pleasant, though probably not doing a good job of it.]

Anybot found an exceptionally charming, handsome, egotistical, suck-up of a Seeker? Don't even start on how contradictory that sounds! If he's not a pile of scrap waiting to be recycled, he's probably making a nuisance of himself!

You might say he looks something like me. [She gestures to those parts of her own body corresponding to what she describes.] Extra-broad shoulders. Strong- jaw. [chinstroke.] Amber canopy.

There's some chance he's extra-pointy. [Sharp digits make a flourish toward one wingtip. She's uncertain how to describe 'Cybertron mode' without revealing her experiences on Earth.]

Silver and magenta? Though, he probably says 'red'.

[Slipstream crosses her arms over her cockpit canopy. Lip components press together in something near a frown.]

Let's say I might be willing to take him off your servos. It's not like he's useful or anything.

*Third Person Sample:

Slipstream onlined in unfamiliar surroundings. Standing cozily in alt-mode, perched on three-point landing gear, as if she'd been hiding in plain sight; she didn't have so much as a blip on radar. There were no proximity alarms active. Nothing but an expanse of rocky terrain and a larger expanse of unknown skies, above, on visual scans.

She transformed on the ground - ki-ko-ka-ko-ko - hands dropping from her undercarriage to touch the ground, aft section disengaging to become a pair of legs. She pushed herself up, wings, cockpit and nose folding along hidden seams, until she was at her full robotic height of slightly over 9 mechanometers, give or take the position of her wingtips.

The wings at her back were high, as if in attempt to look more intimidating, but the control surfaces shifted needlessly with nervous energy. Slipstream didn't like lacking for data. It made options more difficult to weigh, and calculations imprecise.

The air didn't taste like Detroit. But its composition didn't seem so different as to be toxic to organics she had encountered. She pivoted on the points of her thruster-heels, to look around. Organics could be difficult to detect with their weak energy signatures and low profiles, but they were easily detected in the infrared. At least, the so-called warm-blooded ones were.

She fired thrusters and rose from the ground, in attempt to get a better view. Where were the cities? She wondered. The reflective surfaces of the lakes? The networks of highway? The haze and glow of artificial illumination? The vegetation?

There wasn't so much as a farm - organic or otherwise - or the discolored tracks of surface vehicles that might signify mining operations.

It seemed she was alone, but it wasn't the most logical assumption. She wasn't equipped with a built-in transwarp navigation system. She didn't even have her own tachyon transmitter. So she couldn't have come here on her own, or hailed transport from outer rim outposts. She wasn't in jail, so that ruled-out the Elite Guard. She wasn't stripped of parts, so that ruled out the usual bounty hunter or weapons dealer. And this all seemed pretty lackluster to be the Well of All Sparks.

Something had transported her.

"So where the frag am I?" She asked aloud, then heard her own voice echo back from the rocks.

Good question, she thought. For all she knew she could find allies within basic comm range, but she might as easily find enemies. But, as much as she didn't wish to bring enemies to her position, it seemed logical to seek allies.

So Slipstream determined it best to both stay on the move, and send an encrypted transmission in hopes of reaching somebot in the faction, though most of the ones she knew were offlined, lost, or captive.

Ko-ko-ka-ko-ki - She transformed in midair and set a course by dead reckoning of landforms below. The transmission went out as she accelerated, "Decepticons monitoring, respond now."

Final Notes: She's only in three episodes, but I've done my best to extract every bit of info about her I can from those eps., the series, the AllSpark Almanacs, her Botcon tech specs, and word of god. If anything looks really wrong or its source isn't clear, let me know. I tried to give sources, where relevant in the app.

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