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Lesser creatures are the playthings of my will.
~ Megatron
Why throw away your life so recklessly?
~ Megatron to Optimus Prime
Peace through tyranny!
~ Megatron's Motto
Do as I COMMAND!
~ Megatron

Megatron is the founder and leader of the Decepticons and the primary antagonist of the Transformers franchise as well as the original 1984 cartoon. He serves as the arch enemy of Optimus Prime and all of the Autobots.

History

Generation One

Megatron is the commander of the Decepticons, traditional enemies of the heroic Autobots and the main villain of the entire Transformers franchise - in almost all variations of the cartoon, comic books and movies Megatron is depicted as one of the Autobot's most powerful and relentless opponents. In many ways Megatron could be considered an evil-version of Optimus Prime and sees humans as weak at best and worthy of destruction at worst - unlike most Transformers he has a variety of forms instead of a default one, though he seems to favor tanks and jets in most of the media, though in his original appearances he would often transform into a Modified Walther P38.

Megatron can be seen as a ruthless military leader and unlike many villains he was not originally depicted as insane or anarchic in nature - simply being overly aggressive and power-hungry but always having a reason behind his actions (even if others often couldn't understand them).
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Megatron in his G1 form

Like many archenemies Megatron and Optimus Prime have an odd sense of respect for one another despite fighting each other to the death.

There have been times where the two leaders have acknowledged (at least to themselves) that if it wasn't for their differences in ideology they could of been friends -  a fact that saddens Optimus Prime but is actually seen to be rather amusing to Megatron. (This is in fact very similar to the relationship between Magneto and Professor Xavier.)

The Transformers: The Movie

Megatron is the secondary antagonist of the film. Taking several years after the cartoon, Megatron wages a full-scale, geniusly orchestrated assault on Autobot City, crippling the Autobot's ranks and killing several high ranking warriors. When Optimus Prime arrived to the battle, he gunned down almost every Decepticon singlehandedly before taking on Megatron himself. Though Optimus got the upper-hand and was readying to execute his nemesis, the Autobot Hot Shot jumped in the way when he noticed Megatron was reaching for a firearm. Megatron managed to incapacitate Hot Shot and mortally wound Optimus before the latter punched the Decepticon commander off the peak of Autobot City. Prime later died from his wounds. Soundwave recovered his fallen leader when the Decepticons began to retreat, but Starscream eventually threw Megatron's wounded body into space to rust before taking the place as the Decepticon leader. Floating in the voids of space, Megatron was summoned by the omnicidal chaos god Unicron where the former was forced to become the latter's apprentice and enforcer. In return, Unicron gave Megatron a new body and titled him as Galvatron.

Beast Wars

The original Megatron appears in Season 2 of Beast Wars, where it is revealed that the current Megatron was acting on his predecessor's orders.

Later on, the original Megatron makes a physical appearance in Season 3, where the Predacon Megatron takes the original Megatron's spark, making the newer Megatron obtain his dragon form. However, in a deleted scene, in the series finale, the original Megatron's spark is placed back into his body.

Megatron also has another form in the G1 series named Galvatron, a new body given to him by Unicron.

All Hail Megatron

See article: Megatron (All Hail Megatron)

All Hail Megatron is an alternate-reality that was modeled after Generation One, published as a series of comic books. In this reality, Megatron and the Decepticons won quickly after defeating the Autobots back on Cybertron. The U.S. Military is unable to handle the situation with the Decepticons. All Autobot attempts to resist Megatron failed, leading to evil winning over justice.

Trivia

  • In every Transformers variations, he is the Decepticon leader. However, in the live-action films, The Fallen is the true ruler as The Fallen is founder of Decepticons. But Megatron still has control over the Decepticons.
  • He is the most powerful Transformer and considered the most challenging Decepticon, except in the first Transformers series and the Unicron trilogy of Energon, Armada, and Cybertron, where Unicron is considered the most powerful Transformer.
  • He is the arch-enemy of every Autobot, especially Optimus Prime.
  • His leadership of the Decepticons is often challenged in the Generation One series and the show Transformers: Animated by the traitor Starscream. In the G1 series' first TV show, Megatron trusted Starscream for the first two seasons, but in the G1 movie, he was transformed into Galvatron and destroys Starscream, but he returns as a ghost and torments Galvatron.
  • Megatron will search for a prized possession if it plays a sole purpose in a Transformers show. In the G1 series, he looks for the Matrix of Leadership, which is extremely powerful and can destroy any Transformer (also a fact of the Matrix of Leadership not important to Megatron is that it marks who the leader of the Autobot is). In the Unicron trilogy, in the show Cybertron, he looks for the four Cybertronian keys so that he and the Decepticons will conquer the universe. In the live-action movies and the Animated TV show (which aired on Cartoon Network), he looks for the All Spark, in both shows, the All Spark is a cube that both has information of Cybertronian history and one piece of the All Spark will bring a dead Transformer back to life.
  • In Generations 1, Megatron's primary alt mode is a pistol gun. In many later & modern versions, his alt mode has been turned into a tank or a Cybertronian jet or even a triple changer. This method also happened to his loyal follower Soundwave, who in modern versions either transforms into a jet or a van & Shockwave, who also like Megatron, transforms into a tank or oftentimes as jet or helicopter.
    • Megatron's alt mode being changed throughout the years is due to the gun ban law as his pistol mode greatly resembles an actual gun.
  • A lot of Megatron's goals resemble Adolf Hitler's goals. Both are supremacists believing that only the race they control is the only superior race, order massive massacres of several people, attempt to steal energy or natural resources, and battle against their own species.


 
Transformers Villains

Generation One
Decepticons
Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Ravage | Laserbeak | Ratbat | Frenzy | Rumble |Thundercracker | Skywarp | Shockwave | Reflector | Thrust | Ramjet | Dirge | Devastator/Constructicons (Long Haul | Bonecrusher | Scrapper | Mixmaster | Scavenger | Hook) | Bruticus Maximus/Combaticons(Brawl | Vortex | Blast Off | Swindle | Onslaught) | Menasor/Stunticons(Breakdown | Drag Strip| Wildrider | Dead End | Motormaster) | Insecticons (Shrapnel | Bombshell | Kickback) Acid Storm | Sunstorm | Galvatron | Cyclonus | Scourge | Sweeps | Predacons/Predaking (Razorclaw | Rampage | Divebomb | Tantrum | Headstrong) | Terrorcons/Abominus (Hun-Gurr | Blot | Cutthroat | Rippersnapper | Sinnertwin) | Runabout & Runamuck | Trypticon | Scorponok | Weirdwolf | Skullcruncher | Mindwipe

Others
Unicron | Quintessons | Doctor Arkeville | Shawn Berger | Lord Chumley | King Nergill | Ali | Nightbird | Jero | Old Snake | Primacron | Tornedron | Dweller | Mark Morgan | Gregory Swofford

Beast Wars
Predacons
Megatron | Scorponok | Dinobot | Waspinator | Blackarachnia | Terrorsaur | Inferno | Dinobot II

Unicron Trilogy
Decepticons
Megatron (Unicron Trilogy) | Starscream | Thundercracker Ransack & Crumplezone | Thunderblast | Mudflap

Other
Unicron | Sideways | Alpha Quintesson


Movie
Decepticons
The Fallen | Megatron | Starscream | Barricade | Blackout | Bonecrusher | Dispensor | Scalpel | Driller | Dreads (Crankcase | Crowbar | Hatchet) Sentinel Prime | Stinger

Cemetery Wind
Harold Attinger | James Savoy

Others Theodore Galloway | Dylan Gould

Animated
Megatron | Starscream | Lugnut | Slipstream | Lockdown

Others
Nanosec | Slo-Mo

Aligned
Decepticons
Nemesis Crew: Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Shockwave | Knock Out | Breakdown | Airachnid | Dreadwing | Skyquake | Vehicons | Insecticons

Humans
M.E.C.H. ( Silas | Nemesis Prime) | Doctor Thaddeus Morocco

Shattered Glass
Autobots
Optimus Prime | Goldbug | Grimlock Sir Wulf | Victor Drath |

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