Unlike Tigatron and Airazor, Silverbolt did not seem to feel that the Earth was his home or place of birth. His fellow fuzor, Quickstrike, once vowed that they would have an all out brawl some day, but it never came to pass. Some of his early episodes portrayed Silverbolt as an extremely cheerful, almost happy-go-lucky Maximal who was always eager to undertake assignments.
His first real mission with the Maximals was when he and Rattrap tried to stop Predacons Blackarachnia, Tarantulas, and his Quickstrike from creating refueling station. When the cave, in which the station was supposed to be in, exploded (which was done by Tarantulas to make a new lair) he proposed to Rattrap that they won and should leave, in which Rattrap happily agreed. This is also the start of his relationship with Blackarachnia, when he refused to shoot her when she was down because she was a lady.
In the episode "Bad Spark", Optimus spoke of the "dark secret of Axalon's voyage", which was to dump the stasis pod containing Protoform X - Rampage - on a barren world so that he could cause no more destruction. When it was revealed that Rampage did survive when his stasis pod crashed, Optimus, Cheetor, Silverbolt, Blackarachnia, and Waspinator tried to subdue the rampaging Transformer, only to have him captured and forced to join the Predacons by Megatron. It was here that Silverbolt's relationship with the Predacon Blackarachnia really started. They were separated by their own teams and had to join forces to escape from the jungle and from Protoform X. But Silverbolt was able to defeat Rampage (with the help of Optimus) and saved Blackarachnia from falling into a chasm. Silverbolt would continued to have a secret relationship Blackarachnia for most of the season.
Silverbolt's unerring compassion would be demonstrated when a new stasis pod fell to Earth. When the pod was revealed to contain the transmetal mutant Transmutate, Optimus Primal deemed that the slow-witted but powerful mutant should be forcibly put back in stasis, Silverbolt furiously protested and tried to befriend the mutant robot. This was complicated by the fact that Rampage, seeing a fellow tortured and rejected soul, was trying to do the same (against Megatron's orders to destroy her). The two fought each other to keep her free and join their sides. Unable to bear seeing her friends fighting over her, she terminated herself, much to the sorrow of both combatants.
Later Silverbolt's tentative relationship with Blackarachnia flowered into a cross-faction affair. Silverbolt would ferry her things she needed to build a hover ship in a series of clandestine meetings, although at this point Blackarachnia was using him more than anything. After failing to stop her escaping during a battle, Optimus Primal confined him to quarters. Silverbolt escaped and joined with Blackarachnia. As Silverbolt doggedly tried to convince her to become a Maximal (being rewarded with a bolt in the leg for his troubles) Blackarachnia revealed her true intent: to uncover the The Ark. The two were then jumped by Megatron, who forced Blackarachnia to cooperate by threatening Silverbolt's life. Megatron then shot the stasis-locked body of Optimus Prime in the head, causing a time storm that threatened to destabilize all of history.
Silverbolt's role in season three was rather minor, as he acted mainly as a guard for the entrance to the Maximal base. Most of the time, he ended up getting damaged and taken out of action early on in episodes; this led to a running gag in which Waspinator would regularly take cheap shots at Silverbolt and gloat before being taken out himself (such as when Optimal Optimus smashed him with his bare hands in "Master Blaster").
The third season featured a minor antagonism between Silverbolt and Cheetor over Blackarachnia, as they both had feelings for her. Outside of this, Silverbolt took part in the Maximals' failed attempt to recover the Sentinel guard unit from the Axalon, where he had a brief argument with Depth Charge over Depth Charge's loyalty, and battled the transmetal clone of Dinobot. It also showed Silverbolt at his most brutal during the episode "Crossing the Rubicon", when Blackarachnia was temporarily killed, due to the meddling of Tarantulas, an enraged Silverbolt attempted to murder Tarantulas, almost succeeding but for the intervention of Rampage. Happily, his love was soon resurrected as a transmetal 2 (with her Predacon programming purged) - just in time to save an ambushed Silverbolt from Rampage.
Silverbolt did have one very heroic save in the finale, "Nemesis", where he dove on a booby trap bomb left by Megatron at the entrance to Tarantulas's Nemesis worksite. The force of the bomb completely shredded Silverbolt, causing him to have to return to base for repairs; however it protected Optimus and Depth Charge who were then able to chase after Megatron.
Silverbolt (to Optimus): Sir, I'll be fine! I can-
Blackarachnia: Shut up and obey your commander, bone-brain!
Silverbolt: Yes, dear...
In the second part of the finale, however, Silverbolt has but a single line. After Megatron's finale defeat, Silverbolt returned to Cybertron with the other Maximals.
In a contrast to Silverbolt trying to sway her from the side of evil in Beast Wars, Blackarachnia now tried to reawaken the good in Silverbolt. She had many setbacks, including when Jetstorm managed to extract her Spark and present it to Megatron, only being foiled by the timely intervention of Nightscream. Eventually Rattrap invented a device which combined a spark extractor with a DNA scanner he planned to use to restore transformers into their bodies. Blackarachnia stole this device and together with the organic core of Cybertron and a nearby fossil reformatted Jetstorm into Silverbolt, now a technorganic condor.
Unfortunately, Silverbolt's mind had been fully aware and conscious whilst Jetstorm was active, and the fact that he'd been able not only to commit such atrocities but also enjoy them had left him with a darker personality, no longer as close to his beloved as he had originally been out of mixed-guilt. Furious, Silverbolt would attempt to kill Megatron after the megalomaniacal dictator tried to sway him back to his side, with the Blackarachnia having to knock him out to get him away. After this Silverbolt was willing to do whatever was necessary to defeat Megatron.
His return to the Maximals was not a smooth transition, as his changed personality caused him to clash with the rest of the team on several occasions, particularly the impetuous Nightscream, who distrusted the former Vehicon general. Silverbolt also refused to resume his relatinoship with Blackarachnia, claiming he wanted to end the conflict with Megatron first. This greatly annoyed Blackarachnia, who had to go through many dangers to bring him back. Silverbolt also distrusted the new second-in-command Cheetor, stating that he "did not take orders from children." However, despite his rough reunion with the Maximals, Silverbolt proved to be a valiant addition to the team, adding much strength during battles with his former Vehicons, and even mediating the Maximals after they were they succumbed to the Hate Plague. After Megatron's final defeat, Silverbolt's old, chivalrous personality seemed to reassert itself and he finally rekindled his romance with Blackarachnia.
Already a controversial series, the change in Silverbolt's character angered a number of fans, who felt that his personality had been changed into a copy of Dinobot and Depth Charge, losing much of his previous charm. However, in the series finale he seemed to regain his old personality. In the audio commentary on the Beast Machines DVD, this change was said to have been inspired by the evolution of Batman's persona. The campy Batman's change into his current dark portrayal was used as a template for the evolution of Silverbolt. The creators stated that part of this reason was due to how much the Beast Wars Silverbolt reminded them of Adam West’s Batman. Scott McNeil, the actor who voiced Silverbolt, was quoted in interviews saying that he did not like the change in Silverbolt's personality. Strangely enough, when Silverbolt's persona first re-emerged while inside Jetstorm's body, he appeared to be the same chivalrous, knight in shining armor type character he had been in Beast Wars, poetically addressing Blackarachnia as "dark poison of my heart" (he has called her this during the beast wars after he thought she was about to die in optimal situation) and seemingly unaware of his deeds as Jetstorm or even aware of his Jetstorm identity, although he seems to have acknowledged Waspinator as Thrust. Perhaps it was after this event that Silverbolt become aware of what he was doing as Jetstorm.
The appearance of Beast Machines Silverbolt is based on concept art provided to Hasbro by Draxhall Jump.
Silverbolt also appeared in the 2004 BotCon voice actor play. When Rhinox's attempts to stop Unicron pulling victims from alternate realities resulted in two groups of dimensionally-displaced Autobots being marooned on frozen planetoids, Silverbolt was sent alongside Waspinator and Rattrap to help. They ended up battling Unicron's minions alongside a crew of timelost Autobots (Bumblebee, Cosmos and Tracks) and the two groups of Autobots they had been sent to help (both from the RiD universe), and, with Rhinox's help, sent them back to their own times and realities.