Early Decepticon soldiers are a type of Decepticon in the cartoon portion of the Generation One continuity family.
Early decepticon soldier

The face is supposed to look like a 17th-century Japanese samurai half-mask... but this is often lost in translation.

This type of non-transforming early Decepticon soldier formed the backbone of Decepticon forces in the generation prior to Megatron and Optimus Prime.

This model first appeared during the brief period of Autobot-Decepticon harmony following the Quintesson departure from Cybertron 11 million years ago. With both groups free to pursue their own interests, the Autobots took up interpretive dance while the Decepticons practiced parade-drills and organized marching. Perhaps inevitably this got boring and the Decepticons decided to conquer the planet. These soldiers formed the bulk of that army.

Decepticon soldiers carry a semi-automatic energy rifle with a single rocket mounted on top. They also sometimes use laser-guided rocket launchers for striking against fortified structures.

The Decepticon soldiers remained in service until the invention of Transformation rendered them largely obsolete, a period of almost 2 million years. Five Faces of Darkness, Part 4

This type of soldier saw wide service prior to the Golden Age of Cybertron. The subsequent invention of flight technology resulted in the Seeker taking its place as the base unit of Decepticon military forces. War Dawn

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