Megatron has always been seen getting made at Starscream but his right hand man soundwave always seems to get the old 'excellent soundwave'. Do you know of any times that sound wave has gone against Megatrons will
Great question! In Soundwave’s original profile, he was described as a backstabber and a blackmailer who all the other Decepticons hated, who was all about advancing his status in the eyes of Megatron. Though that side of him didn’t make it into the G1 cartoon and doesn’t appear much in comics, it’d logically mean that if Soundwave acts boldly or speaks out of turn, it’d normally be in pursuit of something that will benefit to Megatron and the Decepticon cause, so Megatron, knowing Soundwave’s loyalty, would be okay with it in the end run. And if Soundwave looks better in the process, hey, what a happy coincidence, right? ;)
Early in the Marvel comics, for instance, the Decepticons split into two groups, one led by Megatron, one by Shockwave. Soundwave moved between the groups, engineering a meeting between the two leaders in hopes they could reconcile and the Decepticons could get back on track. Unfortunately, the pair started fighting, at which point an annoyed, impatient Soundwave was not afraid to actually step out of line and give them a proper bawling out:
Suitably embarrassed (look at Shockwave kicking dirt like a kid who’s been told off my his mom!), the pair saw the wisdom of Soundwave’s words and agreed. Future comic stories would show Soundwave seamlessly transitioning from leader to leader (from Megatron to Shockwave to Ratbat to Scorponok), loyal to the cause rather than purely to any one leader.
On the other hand, if Soundwave does something solely in his own interests, he’s smart enough not to get caught! Take this example from the latter-day UK comics, when Shockwave and Megatron were at it again, and Soundwave decided he could play both sides. After he provided Shockwave with information on Megatron’s movements, Megatron came to suspect there was a traitor in his ranks, and he put Soundwave to work mind-reading the ‘Cons to find them. Soundwave remorselessly framed Wildrider for the deed:
Starscream would later use knowledge of this to blackmail Soundwave into working with him to dethrone both Megatron and Shockwave and take control of the united Decepticons together - but Soundwave, realizing Shockwave and Megatron’s constant fighting was ultimately detrimental to the Decepticon cause, quickly took to the idea:
Ousted, Megatron and Shockwave recruited bounty hunters to target Starscream, knowing that Starscream would suspect Soundwave was responsible, attemping to have him killed so he could take leadership for himself. Soundwave managed to convince Starscream this wasn’t the case - and then the UK-original comics ended. Quite a way for Soundwave to go out, as leader of the ‘Cons, never having got his comeuppance!
Of course, Soundwave can also straight-up mess something up and earn Megatron’s ire that way, like when he tripped and dropped the Key to Vector Sigma in “The Key to Vector Sigma, Part 2,” leading Megatron to snap that he was a “CLUSMY FOOL!” –
–but even then, dropping the key was what activated its secret power, so Soundwave came out a winner in the end!
And of course, Soundwave didn’t take Megatron’s turn to the Autobot side well in IDW comics for a while and got pretty bummed and angry about it, but he’s feeling a lot better about that sort of thing these days.