My problem with Steeljaw is he never really got to shine as a villain in his own right. The closest might be Decepticon Island where he outplays everyone and achieves incredible power but he usually ended up being a pawn for someone bigger and badder. Which is a shame as I was interested in them going JG1 and having a lead Decepticon who wasn't Megatron.
Steeljaw was someone I could see fitting into the Decepticon ranks but not a leader himself. Doesn't help most of the show's Decepticons felt like jokes or that the term Decepticon had come to be applied to anyone criminal or insane. What was the angle in that if we assume the council has always been Con plants?
Is Steeljaw one of your fave characters?