Colors for a Shockwave convention print!
Character line art by the always excellent Dan Khanna
Colors and background by me!
Transformers (C) Takara Tomy/Hasbro
I wonder if that trustworthiness and high regard actually translated into factional rank, though. Shockwave was powerful in combat but served most potently in the 'soft' aspects of war like strategy, logistics, and research. Both of them would have understood that he was wasted or an inferior choice in some other roles, ones that required a very high post in the chain of command. When it was necessary, Megatron could grant Shockwave authority over Decepticons who would otherwise outrank him.
The Senate, fearing that Senator Shockwave would perpetuate a rebellion, sent two officers to arrest him.
Despite protests from Orion Pax, Shockwave turned himself in and was subjected to mind-altering Shadowplay by the Senate, removing his emotions.
However, out of pure spite, they also performed empurata on the Senator, replacing his hands with claws and his head with a one-eyed cube. He would later note that the experience actually made him feel LIBERATED, as he came to believe that emotions were a weakness.