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Devil Z is an super-energy being from the Masterforce portion of Generation One.
It's the Magic Cyst of Devil Z!

The origins of the self-styled "Decepticon God" Devil Z (pronounced "zed"[1]) are shrouded in mystery. Seemingly lacking any corporeal form, he exists purely as a pulsating globe of iridescent energy and is only ever identified as a "super-energy being" hailing from the far reaches of the galaxy. As the "Führer of Darkness" (闇の総統 Yami no Sōtō), he commands the Earth-based Decepticons and their human Godmaster and Headmaster partners.

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Super-God Masterforce cartoon

Voice actor: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese)

Precisely how Devil Z came to be involved in the Transformer war is left untold, but after learning of the sentient robots and humankind, he formulated a scheme that would combine the two to orchestrate the creation of the ultimate super-robot lifeform. Devil Z stole a set of eight Transtectors—lifeless Transformer bodies, one of which was intended to be used by legendary Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, from a region of space known as the G Nebula, rich in the energy known as "Tenchōkon" (the power of the heavens). Transporting them across space to Earth, where the seven smaller ones were scattered across the planet, Devil Z lay in waiting alongside the eighth, largest Transtector, buried deep in an ocean trench. As time passed, the hidden Transtectors soaked up "Chichōkon", the power of the Earth. The final stage in Devil Z's plan was to have human beings merge with the Transtectors, thus adding "Jinchōkon", the power of Man, to the equation, and giving the resultant lifeforms—the Godmasters—power over the three "Chōkon Powers", the primal energies of the universe.

In the year 2011, when the current Decepticon leader, Scorponok, was defeated by Fortress Maximus, Devil Z saw his opportunity. Scorponok had a new body constructed for himself, dubbed "BlackZarak", but before he was able to connect to it, Devil Z was able to capture him by unspecified means and succeeded in brainwashing him, putting Scorponok and, by extension, the entire Decepticon army under his control. BlackZarak returned to the main Decepticon force, battling the Autobots in space until Devil Z would require him.

The final step in Devil Z's plan for the Transtectors came when two humans named Giga and Mega came into contact with the villain and were merged with the largest Transtector, creating Overlord. Serving Devil Z as his "Ambassadors of Destruction", they were instructed to locate the remaining Transtectors and soon found two, which became bonded to a pair of German brothers named Buster and Hydra. Seeking to bolster his forces until more Godmasters could be created, Devil Z used his powers to liberate the three Decepticon Pretenders who had been sealed away on Earth for thousands of years by their Autobot counterparts. Their awakening and subsequent rampage drew the Autobot Pretenders out of hiding, and the conflict began to escalate as both sides recruited three human teenagers into their ranks, converted into Headmasters through the power of the Masterforce.

My God...it's full of stars!

Devil Z united his two sets of minions in the search for the Transtectors, but what Devil Z had failed to realise was that all the remaining Transtectors he had stolen had been intended for Autobot use. Consequently, the human beings who merged with them all allied with the Autobots, thwarting his attempt to increase his army. Failure did not sit well with Devil Z, who summoned BlackZarak back to Earth, only to have him forced back into space by God Ginrai, mightiest of the Autobot Godmasters. However, during this additional stay in space, BlackZarak mastered localised gravity manipulation, allowing him to create black holes which he used to teleport himself directly to Earth, where he and the other Decepticons rampaged.

When the Autobots invaded the Decepticon base, an outraged Devil Z played his trump card, merging himself with BlackZarak and putting himself in control of the Decepticon's body, but with vastly enhanced powers. During the fusion, Devil Z professed that he was assuming his "true form", and the image of a bizarre, embryonic creature was briefly seen before the villain completed the combination. Subsequently, the BlackZarak/Devil Z hybrid used its powers to wreak havoc across the Earth, planning to exterminate mankind completely. His contempt for flesh was even shared by Hydra and Buster, who abandoned their humanity when they requested that Devil Z merge them entirely with their Transtectors so that they could become purely robotic lifeforms.

In truth, however, it soon became apparent that rather than simply loathe humans, Devil Z genuinely feared the untapped potential for Jinchōkon power that lay within mankind and sought to exterminate it by destroying humanity. This was a creed that Overlord could not accept; although Mega and Giga had willingly served Devil Z and supported the decimation of the planet, rather than seek to erase their humanity as Buster and Hydra had done, they celebrated the power of the flesh, seeking to prove its worth to Devil Z by battling God Ginrai hand to hand with their own strength and willpower, rather than through the use of weapons. Devil Z did not accept this, and when Overlord moved against him, he purged Giga and Mega from the Transtector and brought it to life, along with those of the Decepticon Headmaster Juniors and the Godmaster Doubleclouder. Devil Z then squared off against God Ginrai for the final battle, in which God Ginrai successfully decapitated BlackZarak's body, only to have it assume a new transformation: the form of a twin-headed hydra, which he was able to destroy with the power of his God Fire Guts. Devil Z was released from within BlackZarak and issued empty threats toward God Ginrai, who, boosted by the Chōkon Power of his fellow Autobots, destroyed the villain with his almighty Final Fire Guts attack.

With the destruction of Devil Z—responsible as he was for the bond between the humans and their Transtectors—the Godmasters' current state of life ceased, and their human partners were separated from them. Instead, through their partnerships, the Transtectors had evolved into true super-robot lifeforms, who then departed Earth, pursuing the remaining Decepticons back to the larger battle in space.

Super-God Masterforce comic

When Devil Z bonds with BlackZarak, he actually assumes a position between the Transtector's shoulders as a Headmaster, hidden beneath BlackZarak's helmet. Additionally, it is implied that Mega and Giga came into contact with him when they drowned at sea, and Devil Z discovered and reanimated their bodies. The death of Devil Z causes Mega and Giga's death by extension.

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BlackZarak was revived as one of the Nine Great Demon Generals by Violen Jiger. Devil Z may have been revived, as well.

Trivia

  • Devil Z holds the…unique honor of being the only Decepticon big bad to have a song dedicated to him: "Uchū no Shihaisha—Devil Z" (宇宙の支配者・デビルZ "Ruler of the Universe—Devil Z"). This "image song" was originally sold on a Masterforce soundtrack disk in 1988, and was recently re-issued on both the Transformers History of Music 1984–1990 and Transformers Song Universe 5-disk sets. The song was performed by Toshiya Igarashi, who also performed the intro and ending songs for Masterforce. If you can read Japanese, the lyrics are here. Just in case you weren't clear on how evil he was, it opens with a screaming refrain of "BAD BAD BAD!" Because…y'know, he's bad.

Note

  1. Devil Z's name is pronounced with the Commonwealth "zed", rather than the American "zee". Or if you were feeling particularly weeabooish, you could pronounce it "zeddo". or "zetto"

This article uses material from the "Devil Z" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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