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The name or term Megatron refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Megatron (disambiguation).
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Continuity: Live-action film series
Affiliation: Decepticons

Megatron, the former Lord High Protector (so much for that) and co-ruler of Cybertron, is vicious and extremely powerful, single-minded in his goals, straight forward and brutally direct in his attempts to seize those goals. He is all "blunt force" in contrast to Starscream's penchant for deceit and trickery. On the downside, Megatron tends to become so obsessed with the object of his desires that he can ignore "secondary" matters, glaring flaws in his plans (otherwise, he likely wouldn't have melted into ice-cold arctic water after being white hot from falling through Earth's atmosphere, and spent 10,000 years frozen), and even crippling injuries in pursuit of the coveted item. Trying to talk Megatron out of blindly going for his goals is useless. He will risk his world, his troops, and even his own spark to achieve his goals. These things do not matter to Megatron. Even the destruction of the Autobots is a secondary concern. In Megatron's cerebral processor, all that matters is the All Spark.

While some merely dislikes or disregards organics (since they have a tendency to get in their way), Megatron feels a violent hatred towards them and seems to view them as only slightly above a virus, with him as the cure. This may be due to having spent decades as their prisoner, but his hatred is still very extreme. If there was no All Spark, it is not that big a stretch to think he'd have come here anyway, just to cleanse one more planet of its infection.

Is the future of our race not worth a single human life?

—Megatron to Optimus Prime, Revenge of the Fallen

Fiction

IDW Transformers movie comics

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Prime Directive prequel comic

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Megatron once ruled Cybertron side-by-side with Optimus Prime. For generations, the two ruled in peace. Megatron was firm, but Prime was fair, creating a nice, even balance. Sadly, he got a jonesing for the All Spark and the war started. Megatron formed an army of separatists, the Decepticons, while Prime formed his own army, the Autobots. Megatron's forces, while less noble, were more ferocious warriors. Prime eventually made the decision to launch the All Spark into deep space. When Bumblebee stalled Megatron long enough for it to be launched into space, he tore off Bumblebee's arm and crushed his voice box, then took off into space after the All Spark. Prime Directive (IDW) issue 1


Transformers Movie Prequel (Target)

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During an assault on the Autobots personally led by Megatron and his minion, Blackout, Megatron crushed an opponent's spark before casually tossing his corpse over his shoulder. Megatron declared that the All Spark would be his, to which Blackout assured his leader that he would make sure of it. Megatron was pleased by his minion's loyalty, but dispatched him to assist Starscream's unit in preventing Optimus Prime's reinforcements from entering Tyger Pax. He then left to meet his destiny, but it slipped from his grasp. Planetfall

Note: Megatron's response to Blackout's pledge is mistakenly given to the latter Decepticon.

Transformers: Beginnings

Voice actor: Frank Welker


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The All Spark had not been blindly launched into space, however - its trajectory was leading it directly towards the Alkaris Anomaly, a wormhole that could potentially transport the cube to any one of an infinite number of locations in the universe. Megatron was fully capable of catching up to the cube before it would enter the wormhole, but as he passed Cybertron's moon, he found himself ensnared by an Autobot tractor beam of remarkable strength that pulled him down to the moon's surface. Enraged by the ignominy of it all, Megatron turned his weapons on the Autobots responsible, but quickly calmed down enough to realize that this was only playing into their hands, and instead ordered Brawl to take his place in the battle. Megatron swooped back into space, hot on the All Spark's heels, but was unable to stop the cube from falling through the anomaly. Determined to have the All Spark's power, Megatron chose to enter the wormhole himself, only to be spat out in some far-off star system, with no trace of the All Spark. Prelude: Megatron

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In another reality, he defeated Optimus at Mission City, killed Sam Witwicky and took control of the All Spark. He was fully linked to it and drew on its power - "It is me and I am it!" - giving him greater might and the ability to heal any wound. Transformers Comic issue 12

After conquering an unknown chunk of Earth (including the entire United States of America) with Dropkick as his second-in-command, he used the All Spark's power to start turning Earth from an organic world into a new Cybertron. Optimus Prime lay frozen in the old Sector Seven base, Autobot resistance was scattered, and NATO's threat to use nuclear weapons on occupied America was hardly much of one. The only thing bothering Megatron was those rebels breaking into Hoover Dam... Transformers Comic issue 9Megatron personally arrived to face Bumblebee and hunted for him, trying to bait him into appearing. Transformers Comic issue 10

Realizing the Autobot must have come with a human ally, he deliberately threatened to go after the human and thus got an emotional Bumblebee to make a defiant attack... at which point he backhanded Bumblebee into the wall and prepared to eviscerate him. Transformers Comic issue 11He gave the Autobot a chance at a swift death if he begged for mercy, and was quite impressed when Bumblebee merely asked "that all you got?", but was less impressed when Autobot reinforcements, about 111, arrived. He effortlessly smashed them aside and was about to kill Skyblast when a new challenger arrived: the revived Optimus! Transformers Comic issue 12

Optimus Prime got the snot beaten out of him, every attack he landed on Megatron being repaired by All Spark power. However, he distracted Megatron long enough for Bumblebee to hit him with the other thing they'd broken into the Dam for: Sector Seven's greatest weapon, a nanovirus that targeted All Spark operation frequencies. Infected, the tyrant was consumed from within by his own power and collapsed dead. Transformers Comic issue 13

Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday

When Megatron came online, it was obvious that some time had passed. Not only was he encased in a primitive transport, but there were lifeforms fighting over him. Before Megatron could properly exterminate them, another crude transport crashed into his, causing a massive (but not spark-threatening) explosion. Megatron would have been pleased to know that the fire only added to his terrifying visage in the eyes of the maggots. Regaining his composure, Megatron noticed Phillip Nolan standing near him. As Megatron reached out to grab it, Thomas Kinnear, this one terminally damaged, began firing crude projectiles which his body armor easily deflected. Waiting until after the creature had expended its ammunition, Megatron grabbed it in his hand, only to discover that it had packed itself with explosives, which threw Megatron to the ground when they detonated. Then, the aforementioned first insect began spraying liquid nitrogen on Megatron, causing him to go back into stasis. Unable to escape, Megatron screamed a dark vengeance upon his captors. Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday

Transformers film

Voice actor: Hugo Weaving (English), Koutarou Nakamura (Japan), José Santacruz (Brazil), Hans-Jürgen Wolf (German), Daniel Dítě (Czech)
Humans don't deserve to live!

—Megatron finally confronts Optimus in the battle.

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Megatron eventually succeeded in tracking the All Spark to Earth, where he rather embarrassingly crash-landed in the Arctic Circle and was frozen solid for thousands of years. In 1897, some 100 Earth-years before the arrival of the other Transformers, he was discovered by an explorer named Archibald Amundsen Witwicky by an accident. Captain Witwicky accidentally activated Megatron's navigation system and caused the coordinates of the All Spark to be etched onto the explorer's glasses. Megatron remained imprisoned in the Arctic, until the 1930s, when he was dug out by the United States government and moved to a secret Sector Seven stronghold inside Hoover Dam. In the years that followed, many modern devices (by Earth standards) were supposedly reverse-engineered from his frozen body.

In the present day, having searched the galaxy for the All Spark and being drawn to Earth, the remaining Decepticons learned of Witwicky's glasses. Through the Internet, they determined the location of both Megatron and the All Spark inside Hoover Dam. Frenzy infiltrated the dam and shut down the power systems, while Starscream attacked the external powerlines, resulting in Megatron's thawing out. Once again online, the leader of the Decepticons informed the worthless insects of his true name, shouting "I am Megatron!" (to clear up all that N.B.E.-01/Ice Man nonsense), randomly killed a few of them while destroying his former prison with his mace, then transformed and flew off after the All Spark again. He met up with Starscream on the outside, and, never one for pleasantries, demanded to know where the Cube was. Upon learning that the humans had moved the All Spark, Megatron berated Starscream for yet another failure.

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After Starscream and Devastator's opening attacks in Mission City, Megatron arrived. The Autobots were so panicked by the sight of their long lost nemesis that Jazz called for a temporary retreat, foolishly facing Megatron alone despite a human's cries for him to fall. When the diminutive Autobot shot at him, hurting and angering him, Megatron blasted him back. Since the Autobot's armor was too strong, Megatron decided to finish him off with his bare hands, throwing him into the air before crushing him on top of a tower with his clawed talons. Jazz vainly fought on, asking if Megatron wanted a "piece", but doing little damage to Megatron. The Decepticon leader killed the Autobot by tearing him in half, callously declaring that he wanted "two".

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As the human boy ran off with the All Spark, Megatron ordered the Decepticons to attack. Brawl attacked the "armed insects", while Starscream and Blackout fought Ironhide and Ratchet for the All Spark. At that moment, Optimus Prime appeared and challenged Megatron. Millennia in the ice had done nothing to lessen the animosity Megatron felt for his brother, however. Barely managing to growl out Prime's name, he transformed and flew at Prime at full speed. The Autobot leader leapt and grabbed a hold of Megatron, who slammed him into a building before flying right through a skyscraper. Both leaders landed in the middle of an intersection, but Megatron was the first to recover and leaped upon his brother, snarling that the humans were undeserving of life. Optimus Prime replied that they had the right to choose for themselves before he threw his brother off.

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Megatron declared that if Prime wished to defend them, he should "join them in extinction", forming his fusion cannon. Before he could fire, the Autobot leader drew his ion blaster and fired, hitting Megatron. The Decepticon leader shrugged off this attack, spun around from the momentum and fired his cannon, throwing Optimus Prime into the side of a building.

Megatron pursued the young human who had removed the All Spark from Hoover Dam, destroying everything that stood in his way. The boy ran to a dilapidated building that was the designated coordinates for a human military evacuation team, and Megatron smashed his way through, yelling that he could smell the human maggot. Starscream destroyed the helicopter intended to take the All Spark, and Megatron burst through the floor, inquiring if it was courage or fear that compelled him. Finally cornering him on a ledge, Megatron offered that if the human gave him the All Spark, the boy might live as his pet. The Decepticon leader relished the human's defiant refusal and destroyed the ledge the human was standing upon, sending the boy tumbling to the ground.

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Unfortunately, the human was caught by Optimus Prime, who then tried to escape down the side of the building before Megatron tackled him and sent all three slamming into the pavement. As a nearby human bystander attempted to run, the Decepticon expressed his disgust at the insect's proximity and flicked it away. Protecting the young boy, Prime declared that their war would end here and it was now just between the two brothers. Though lusting for the All Spark, Megatron decided to indulge his brother's obvious death wish, declaring that only he was in this fight. Despite Optimus Prime's best efforts, Megatron was relentless, matching the Autobot leader with blow after devastating blow until he collapsed. Adding insult to injury, Megatron informed Prime that his defense of the "weak" was the real reason he lost.

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The Decepticon leader turned his attention back to the human boy, but was suddenly attacked by the human fighter jets and Captain Lennox's ground soldiers firing sabot rounds. Optimus took this chance, striking Megatron and knocking him down, knocking off his left leg. His armor a damaged, shattered mess, Megatron ignored the punishment and focused on the human boy, growling that he would kill the boy and that the All Spark was his. As Optimus Prime ordered the boy to place the All Spark into his chest, Sam instead pushed it into the now-exposed spark in Megatron's chest, overloading him with energy and extinguishing the Decepticon's life force. As Optimus Prime stood over Megatron's lifeless shell, watching the light flicker out of his brother's optics, he remarked somberly, yet remorsefully, that Megatron had left him no choice, and removed a shard of the All Spark from his brother's spark cavity.

Megatron's body was dumped into the Laurentian Abyss at its deepest point, along with the remains of the other Decepticons, where the extreme pressure and near-freezing temperatures would -- hopefully-- crush and entomb them forever. Transformers (film)

That didn't work out too well.


Revenge of the Fallen film

Voice actor: Hugo Weaving (English)
Is the future of our race not worth a single human life?

—Megatron, along with Starscream and Grindor, rounds up Optimus during their battle in the forest

It is revealed that Megatron was not searching for the AllSpark for himself but rather for his master The Fallen. However, after the destruction of both Megatron and the cube, Fallen began to look for the Matrix of Leadership to use the Star Harvester and had the cons look for cube shards to revive Megatron.

Two years after his death, the leader of Earth began to think that the Decepticon's remanied on Earth to seek revenge on the Autobot's for Megatron's death. However, Optimus knew better and knew that it was more than that.

At one point, shortly after stealing the last official All Spark Shard, Ravage, Long Haul, Rampage, Mixmaster, and Scrapmetal go to the ocean to locate Megatron's corpse. They succeed in reactivating their fallen leader by the hand of Scalpel, who orders to kill Scrapmetal and uses his parts to repair the damages. He also recieves a new alternate form of a Cybertronian flying tank and the death-lock pincer.

After being revived, he then leaves the Ocean, taking out a Ballistic Submarine in the process, and flies straight to one of Saturn's moons which has the shipwrecked Nemesis sitting on its surface where he sees Starscream for the first time since his Death. Despite Starscream's apparent loyalty to Megatron and joy at his return, Megatron was not too happy about Starscream leaving him for dead and angrily beats him down for it, despite Starscream's rationale that he did it to help Megatron assemble the Decepticons to Earth. Afterwards, he bows down to his master, reporting that he failed to retrieve the All Spark, and that it's destroyed. The Fallen forgives Megatron though, and reveals that the All Spark wasn't actually destroyed. As a matter of fact, it transformed and took the host of Sam Witwicky. Megatron request permission to rip the information from the flesh of his body to avenge himself, Fallen tells him that he will in time. Fallen also tells Megatron that only a Prime can kill him, and there is only one left. Megatron told Fallen that Optimus protects the boy, however Fallen was not concerned and noted that the boy would lead them to Prime and revenge would be ours.

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Tremble with fear... BEHOLD GALV... — oh wait, I'm still Megatron... never mind!

Later, Megatron, with Grindor and Starscream, manage to capture Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Leo Spitz. With The Doctor, he tries to get a map to an Energon source reading out of Sam Witwicky using Scalpel and his assistants. Optimus Prime and several of the Autobots then manage to save them and escape. However Megatron followed Optimus into the woods and battled him. Optimus proved to be to much for Megatron and ordered Grindor and Starscream to assist and to find Sam. After receiving a heavy beating, Prime engaged them and proved that his is basically the robot Chuck Norris and also killed Grindor. Megatron however managed to stab Optimus Prime behind the back when the Prime let his guard down and shot him with his cannon and destroying his spark, thus allowing his master to enact his plans without fear of being killed. After the battle, Megatron and Starscream attempt to get the boy but are forced to retreat due to the reinforcements. Despite successfully killing Optimus Prime, Starscream failed to capture Sam, resulting in another beatdown from Megatron, this time with Starscream's own arm. Starscream scariedly said that the boy could be anywhere. Megatron then said it was time for the world to know of their existence and thus the Fallen and a squad of Decepticon's arrived to Earth and revealed themselves. With Megatron's help, Fallen was able to broadcast his demands for the boy across the world.

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Megatron and his Decepticon's headed to Egypt after learning of Sam's location. Starscream informed Megatron that N.E.S.T troops had brought Prime's body. Megatron realized their plan and ordered all Decepticon's to attack before Prime could be revived.

Megatron managed to kill a few N.E.S.T. soldiers during the Egypt battle. Despite the aerial bombarding of his entire Decepticon squad, Megatron makes it through, and blasts Sam Witwicky, mortally wounding him during an intense bombing raid. After Optimus Prime's revival, Fallen himself teleported into in Egypt and took the Matrix from Prime's body and crushed some of his chest in. Megatron and Fallen meet on the pyramid and activated the machine. N.E.S.T's tanks attempted to stop them but Fallen revealed his power's and lifted them off the ground with out touching them and dropped them. However his former follower Jetfire sacrificed himself and merged with Optimus Prime to give him to power of flight. Optimus flew up to the pyramid and grabbed Fallen. Fallen managed to teleport a few inches away from Optimus but the Autobot leader destroyed the Star Harvester which also caused Megatron to be thrown off. Fallen and Optimus battled on the ground, Megatron tried to assist but gets his right arm bent backward by Optimus Prime, his bayonette gets snapped off, and half of his face blown away by his own fusion cannon on the same arm, then gets his right arm sliced off by Prime's energy blades and is finally blasted away by Prime's jet engines through a tomb, all which leads to Megatron calling out Starscream. The Fallen eventually got his face ripped off and his spark crushed, much to Megatron's horror. Starscream told Megatron that he recommended a "tactical retreat". Megatron vowed that the battle between him and Prime was not over.

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Note: The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen novelization and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comic adaptation, based on early drafts of the script, has Fallen promise to Megatron that he would make him a Prime for his services, something Optimus exposes as a lie during their final battle, as one can only be born a Prime, leading Megatron to abandon his teacher.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Dark of the Moon film

Voice actor: Hugo Weaving (English), Koutarou Nakamura (Japanese)
This is my planet!!!

—Megatron viciously turns on Sentinel Prime, Dark of the Moon

It was revealed that During the war on Cybertron, before the AllSpark was lost to Earth, Autobot leader Sentinel Prime made a deal with the tyrant. Once the war left Cybertron in ruin, Megatron would arrange to bring an army to a Earth with Sentinel's space bridge pillar's to enslave its population to rebuild Cybertron together. Sentinel was to meet with Megatron (who was searching for the cube for the Fallen) using the spaceship known as the Ark; however due to Megatron falling into stasis in the Arctic and Sentinel Prime being lost to space and eventually crashing into the moon, this plan was abandoned. In between 2009 and 2012, while Megatron was repairing himself, he decided to reactivate this plan. As he knew the Matrix of Leadership could revive dead Transformers and it was in Optimus Prime's possession after the Fallen's death, Megatron simply needed Optimus to revive Sentinel so the tyrant and the Autobot traitor could continue their plan.

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Three years after "Operation: Firestorm" and the death of the Fallen, Megatron adopted an Earth form — a M915 Line-Haul. The ex-tyrant hid out in the plains of Tanzania, Africa in exile. Still visibly bearing the scars of his latest battle with Optimus Prime, he covered himself with a cloak and seemed to have lost his ability of flight. Due to his wound, he was also too weak to fight. Megatron set up a Decepticon refugee camp with a throne all composed of junk that they were able to find, with only Starscream, Soundwave, Laserbeak, and the diminutive Igor to command. Having lost his fusion cannon in his previous battle with the Autobots, Megatron now wielded a shotgun. Megatron regularly went out to find food for the Hatchlings that lived in a collection of oil drums at the camp, occasionally scaring the local wildlife with his roaring and bellowing.

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Megatron returned after a hunting trip to feed the Hatchlings that he had stored in containers. There, Megatron met with Starscream, Soundwave and Laserbeak after scaring off animals grazing. His second-in-command expressed his concern, but Megatron told him to stick it in his hard drive and to remember what he was told. Laserbeak returned after observing Shockwave's fight with Optimus and told Megatron that the Autobots had discovered a fuel cell from the Ark, which had been thought lost. Megatron congratulated Soundwave for tracking the ship to the moon and for protecting its secret. Megatron then announced that the humans that were working for him had served their purpose, and ordered Laserbeak to summarily execute them. One of the executed was Jerry Wang.

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After Sentinel Prime revealed his true color to the Autobots and killed Ironhide, Megatron rendezvoused with him on the National Mall and destroyed the statue of Abraham Lincoln in order to have a throne as he watches Sentinel use the space bridge to bring a Decepticon force to Earth from Moon. He also witnessed Optimus in vain attempt to stop him. Megatron explains to Starscream that he and Sentinel made a deal to rebuild Cybertron together and were supposed to meet on Earth before they were both waylaid. However, after seeing that the Matrix was able to revive Optimus three years earlier, Megatron simply need Optimus to revive Sentinel as only a Prime or someone who earn's the respect of them can use the Matrix. Megatron triumphantly witnessed the arrival of the Decepticon invasion force and proclaimed "Here we are, fight us now".

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Megatron met up with Sentinel in Chicago and helped to set up the space bridge. He ordered their human operative, Dylan Gould, to be gone as his purpose was served, Dylan agreed but muttered to Carly, who he took hostage, "He's such a dick". Megatron then ordered the Decepticons to attack at the request of Sentinel. The Decepticons succeeded in occupying Chicago, Megatron began to gloat about the victory with Sentinel, however Sentinel felt that his partner was getting too chummy and attacked him and told him that he's working with Megatron, not for him before releasing him.

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Dylan later shouted to Megatron that the Autobot's were in fact alive and in the city (after believing them to be dead after Starscream blew up the shuttle). Megatron ordered the Decepticon's to defend the pillar's and had all bridges raised.

Megatron watched the arrival of Cybertron from an alleyway and stayed out of the battle until Carly Spencer told him that Sentinel planed to rule alone and that Megatron will be "his bitch". Megatron, enraged that a puny fleshling would refer to him as such, attempted to kill Carly, but realizing that she's right, stopped just before he hit her, leaving her to interfere with Optimus's fight against Sentinel.

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As Optimus was about to be killed, Megatron blasted Sentinel three times with his shotgun and kicked his helmet off. Megatron then ripped off part of Sentinel's chest armor, but before he could finish him off, Megatron was horrified to see Cybertron destroyed after the space bridge was deactivated and he asked Optimus for a truce, saying that all he wants was to be in charge of the Decepticons again, and asked Optimus "Who would you be without me Prime?" As Sentinel was kneeling, Optimus responded with "Time to find out!" and attacked Megatron. Sentinel was pushed to the side and Megatron prepared to fight. Even one-armed, Optimus proved too much for Megatron and chopped his head with the battle-axe before ripping off Megatron's head and spine in less than 10 seconds. Optimus then used Megatron's gun to kill Sentinel as he begged for mercy, ending the war.

Optimus looked over the bodies of both his enemies and threw down his weapon in disgust.

Note: In an earlier draft of the movie's script, it was made clear that Megatron was sincere when he offers Optimus Prime a truce at the end. Optimus accepts, and Megatron and the remaining Decepticons leave Earth to rebuild Cybertron (which wasn't destroyed). This ending is used for the novelization and the comic adaptation.

Dark of the Moon

Age of Extinction film

Megatron was not dead in the battle of Chicago, he was just not functioning. He wanted the Seed. Knowing that KSI, Cemetery wind and Lockdown has the Seed, he decided to bide his time. Soon, he influences KSI to build a new body and he was called 'Galvatron'. Joshua Joyce wanted it to look like Optimus Prime, but it looked more terrifying. KSI then deployed Galvatron and Stinger to go after the Autobots. In a field, Optimus Prime, while fighting with him, realizes that Galvatron is a reborn Megatron. Brains knew about this earlier, but whenever he spoke out (because he was captured by KSI), he is tortured.

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Age of Extinction

Games

Transformers The Game

Voice actor: Frank Welker

Autobot campaign

After arriving at Hoover Dam, Bumblebee saw Megatron and the All Spark being held in the same room, which was guarded by lasers. After bringing down the lasers, Bumblebee managed to shrink the All Spark, while

under fire by Megatron. Following the Autobots to Mission City, Megatron ignominiously "flicked" Bumblebee away, then tried to grab the All Spark from Sam. Optimus Prime arrived and the two fought in the Mission City park. After Prime believed that he had destroyed Megatron, Sam handed the All Spark to Prime, but Megatron jumped into the air with his flail, making one last attempt at nailing Prime. Prime caught the flail in its path and yanked Megatron towards him, shoving the All Spark into his chest.

Decepticon campaign

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After learning Megatron's location, Blackout and Starscream sabotaged the dam's power, allowing Megatron to thaw out and awaken. After Megatron emerged, Starscream and Blackout bowed before their master, who declared that they had much to do. After the Decepticons dispatched the Autobots, Megatron, hoping to draw Prime out, went on a rampage in Mission City, declaring that the city would burn beneath his feet (this means toastie toes, but he's willing to make that sacrifice). Megatron and Prime played a game of cat and mouse, with Megatron tracking Prime and Sam, until Megatron finally destroyed Prime, then merged the All Spark with his spark, becoming even more powerful in the process (Wait, what?). After decimating Earth, Megatron took the Lincoln Memorial as his throne, then ordered Starscream, Brawl, and Barricade to finish the planet, before going on to conquer the galaxy.

Transformers: Autobots (DS)

Having landed on Earth some thousands of years ago, Megatron is thought to be frozen somewhere in the Arctic. As the Autobots look for clues as to his location, they eventually arrive in the frozen desert long enough to realize the humans have found him, as well as the AllSpark (sic). Once they hack into the communications array at the base, they find documentation leading to the Hoover Dam, where the Autobots and Decepticons race. Some wishing to free him, most hoping to destroy him, the Transformers fight over the base until the Decepticon leader is finally freed. Once out of cryo-storage, Megatron proceeds to steal the AllSpark from the Autobots and begin a destructive rampage through Tranquility, until he is finally defeated by Optimus Prime and Create-A-Bot.

Transformers: Decepticons (DS)

With Megatron frozen in the Hoover Dam, the Decepticons fight to free their leader. However, as is quickly made apparent, Starscream and his young protégé, a Create-A-Bot, seek to eliminate their leader. This quickly changes, as Create-A-Bot is convinced by Barricade to free their commander, as Starscream is a back-stabbing bureaucrat while Megatron is a truly zealous leader. Even though both would kill you in an instant, Megatron would at least do it to your face so you could see it coming.

Once free, Megatron quickly takes the time to wipe out Jazz, who has been left at the bridge to help get rid of Megatron. After a fairly short battle, Megatron smashes Jazz into the dirt, leaving him to die. Back in Tranquility, he chases after Starscream, only to be blocked by Optimus Prime. Once the sibling rivalry is finished, Prime is left in pieces in the streets of Tranquility.

Arriving in the Casino Strip, Megatron finds Create-A-Bot damaged and Starscream flying away. Giving chase, he attacks his traitorous second-in-command, nearly destroying him despite his awesome All Spark driven powers. Starscream uses his last breath to insult Megatron before being killed by the tyrant. Returning to Create-A-Bot's side, Megatron takes a moment to call him a weakling and a failure, completely forgetting about the fact that Create-A-Bot saved him, led him to Starscream, destroyed the Autobots, and served him more loyally than most of his other followers. Taking a moment to let this sink in, Megatron went on to tell him that the weak are made to serve the strong, then ripped the young Decepticon apart and ate his Spark. Megatron then took off into the sky with intentions unknown.

Revenge of the Fallen: The Game

Voice actor: Frank Welker
  • His weapons in humanoid mode for Megatron, Megatron (Flight), and Gold Megatron are all the same. His primary weapon is a lightning gun. His secondary weapon is a dark matter beam. Gold Megatron and Megatron's vehicle form weapon is a single blasts from their tank. Megatron (Flight) does not have a vehicle weapon. Their special ability is a single shot from his fusion cannon, which kills whoever it touches, except for Optimus Prime, Gold Optimus Prime, G1 Optimus Prime, and Powered-Up Optimus Prime, when their special is activated.
  • In the game, Megatron has three additional forms: Generation one Megatron, a multiplayer exclusive character downloadable only for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game; Gold Megatron, a multiplayer exclusive character obtainable only by pre-ordering the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions at Gamestop and the PC for entering a cheat code; Megatron (Flight) is a playable character only for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions. He flies without changing form, and has awesome mini-wings, wait, what?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticons (DS)

Megatron was resurrected at Deep-6 after the destruction of the naval fleet guarding his body. The Decepticons were all honored to have him back, except of course, for Starscream, who openly vowed to re-take his position as Decepticon leader. Megatron dismissed Starscream's defiance, and consulted the Fallen, who ordered him to recover the Matrix of Leadership. Megatron then informed the ignorant rookie what the Matrix was and why it was necessary to recover.

Megatron later entered Area 51 to get some target practice on NEST. Later, he deployed to a Decepticon communications base in Arabia to protect it from being captured by the Autobots. Megatron later went to Cairo, Egypt, for the final battle. The player's character recovers the Matrix of Leadership, and then killed Optimus Prime. After Create-a-bot delivered the news of Prime's death, the Fallen berated Megatron for his failure to kill Optimus, and replaced him with the rookie as his apprentice. Megatron was helpless to intervene, and Starscream laughingly seized leadership of the Decepticons.

Dark of the Moon: The Game

Voice actor: Fred Tatasciore

Megatron is the player in Chapter 6. He has to evacuate his base because Autobots are invading it. He escapes and sets Shockwave free, as well as confronting Optimus Prime.

Notes

  • According to The Movie Guide, Megatron is one of the few Transformers capable of space travel without reverting to a Protoform. This explains how he was capable of chasing the AllSpark immediately after its launch.
  • In Dark of the Moon, Megatron's alternate mode is a Mack Granite tanker truck, his first Earth disguise. This mode was chosen to put him on parrallel with, and as a twisted joke on, his arch-nemesis — Optimus Prime's Peterbilt semi-truck alt mode.
    • When the Dark of the Moon game was announced, it was said that Nemesis Prime would be in multiplayer. This was just a cover up for Megatron's DOTM character model.
  • In Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron claimed, "Even in death there is no command but mine", however, his next line of dialogue was "My master...", immediately responding that he accepts the Fallen as his commander. This is an absolute paradox as you already know. Why would Megatron state he's the absolute ruler while still at the same time accepting someone else as his master?
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Megatron drains the spark out of an Autobot.

  • Albeit undergoing extensive repairs, Dark of the Moon is the first film in which Megatron is operational at the beginning of the movie.
  • In Dark of the Moon, Megatron is noticeably less aggressive, and undergoes a very strange mood swing when Cybertron is brought to Earth. He simply sits in an alleyway, avoiding the final battle to intently watch Cybertron teleport into Earth's atmosphere. He does not attempt to harm Carly as she crawls up next to him, only asking her in a half-menacing tone "Have you come to surrender?". Megatron is only angered after Carly calls him Sentinel Prime's "bitch".
    • Previously, Megatron would have been at the center of any major battle and would have slain any pathetic human that came within range of his weaponry. And he certainly wouldn't have offered Optimus Prime a truce.
      • His change in mood and lack of action may have been due to the fact that he was severely weakened and his head had been damaged; not to mention the fact that Sentinel probed his skull with his hand minutes earlier.
      • It could be due to his knowledge that if by any chance he harmed a human, Optimus Prime would not spare him. Once he got wounded by Optimus and killed by Sam. He ALMOST got killed by Optimus. He did not want to die this third time.
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  • Megatron has apparently become a bit more sensitive about his appearance in Dark of the Moon and uses a hooded cloak to cover his damaged face.
    • It is possible that the cloak also serves a dual purpose of protection. Since Megatron has taken up residence in the hot arid climate of Africa, it makes sense that he would cover his open wound from the sand blown in.
  • In the novelization of Dark of the Moon, Megatron is in worse state than seen in the film. A third of his face is missing, including his mouth (which is replaced by "Pure Energon"), which leaks Energon, and it takes him over a full minute to transform from vehicle to humanoid mode.
  • According to "The Quest For the All Spark" paperback's opening paragraph, "...Most revered were Optimus and Megatron. They were twin brothers of the Prime dynasty."
  • Early script drafts and a children's picture book featured Megatron consuming the sparks of his fallen foes, but this didn't make it into the final film due to time constraints. The novelization of the movie, on the other hand, sees him chow down on Jazz in the final battle; similarly, although not outright stated in dialogue, his animalistic pouncing on the fallen bodies of various characters (including Optimus Prime, Starscream, Jazz and the Decepticon Create-A-Bot) in the Movie Nintendo DS games, following by what appears to be rooting around in their innards, seems to suggest he's doing the same there.
    • Similarly, in the Autobots version of the same DS game, it is noted that Megatron "took the spark" of his and Optimus' father. Presumably, this is a reference to both his cannibalistic practices as well as the fact that both he and Prime are in fact brothers, at least in the Cybertronian sense.
  • Despite his undeniable hatred of humans, Megatron is the only Decepticon in the first movie who doesn't speak Cybertronian for the majority of his dialogue. In fact, he speaks fluent English upon reviving, despite the fact that Modern English came into existence around the Sixteenth century, when he was presumably still frozen in the ice. This could suggest that he still was somehow conscious when he was studied by Sector Seven (which he also overtly states upon awakening in the IDW comic adaptation). This would explain why his first action after thawing was declaring his name - imagine being frozen for generations being referred to as "N.B.E. 1", or even worse: "Mega-man" and "Ice-man".
  • The Megatron computer generated model consisted of 2411 individual pieces, 433,949 polygons, 8924 rig nodes, and 1437 texture maps. The pieces combined gave a volume of 10,325 cubic feet. Way too small isn't it?[1]
  • There are some problems with Simmons' statement about various technologies being reverse-engineered from Megatron. Cars came about in one shape or form at about the turn of the century, and spaceflight technology was pioneered by German and Soviet scientists. (This is possibly what they want you to think.)
  • His navigation system is on his finger.
  • Two of the nicknames Megatron is referred to by are Mega-man and Ice-man. These could be references to the Mega Man videogame series.
  • It was decided that Megatron would not be renamed Galvatron in Revenge of the Fallen for the sake of the general audience, lest the change confuse them.[2] A good decision.
  • In the intro movie of Revenge of the Fallen: The Game, Megatron's head is the rejected design from the first film. D'oh!
  • Megatron's tank mode in Revenge of the Fallen slightly resembles the Transtech Megatron's alt mode. It also resembles the Global Defence Initiative Predator tank, from the game Command and Conquer 3, especially in the layout of tracks up front. However, Predator is about the size of the Abrams and has a fully functional turret, and it's tracks actually consist of four blocks: one is the frontal half, the other trolley is the rear half, and like that on both sides.
  • Interestingly enough, This is the only other Megatron that has a mace.
  • In the first film, Megatron is killed and loses his left arm. In the sequel, he has half his face blasted off and loses his right arm. In the third movie, he is killed again and loses his head and spine. Seems like he never got lucky on Earth.
    • Since he came to Earth to get AllSpark, the AllSpark became a 'Cube of Ill-Omen' for him.
  • Megatron's death in Dark of the Moon has caused discontent amongst some fans, seeing as it made him look very weak. Having attacked and severly wounded Sentinel Prime, who had just beaten Optimus to near death (removing one of his arms in the process), one would have believed that Megatron stood a decent chance against Optimus. Not so. Megatron was quickly decapitated (or de-spined) by Optimus in less than 10 seconds, resulting in the shortest fight in the entire movie trilogy. Many Megatron fans have felt he deserved a bigger battle and much more epic death, considering his role throughout the series.
    • However, he did take Sentinel by surprise and was probably still weakened from the penultimate Revenge of the Fallen battle and didn't expect Optimus to attack him. Still...
      • To be fair, Optimus was rather pissed at that moment.
        • Yet again, Optimus was beaten to a similar state during the forest battle in Revenge of the Fallen and still managed to temporarily overwhelm Megatron, Starscream and Grindor and according to the movie universe, his power level is at a level 5 while Optimus has a power level of 10.
          • If one looks closely enough, in the scene where Sentinel rams Megatron's head into a wall, one can see Sentinel remove something from Megatron's wound. This could have possibly caused extra damage; at least explaining Megatron's odd mood swings.
              • Or it's possibly that it wasn't in the budget. And yet they had enough money for the Driller, Igor, Shockwave and many other Decepticons who didn't prove to be very effective.
  • Probably as a result of losing his fusion cannon arm in Revenge of the Fallen, he now carries a Gears of War Gnasher Shotgun or Lupara-esque rifle. It still has the power of his previous fusion cannon — at least sound for that matter. It does severly incapacitate Sentinel Prime, creating large wounds in his chest.
  • According to some of Josh Nizzi's concept art, Megatron's vehicle mode from the first film may not be an "Alien fighter of unknown origin". It may well be based on a Decepticon fighter craft, or vice versa.
  • In Dark of the Moon, Megatron finally gets a real hand rather than the weird uneven claw he had before. Only one though.
    • This is most likely due to having to replace his arm that was lost in ROTF with whatever was available rather than a true replacement.
  • Megatron was the only main antagonist in the movie series that wasn't a Prime.
  • In an earlier draft of Dark of the Moon script, Megatron is sincere when he offers Optimus Prime a truce at the end. Optimus accepts, and Megatron and the remaining Decepticons leave Earth to rebuild Cybertron (which wasn't destroyed). This ending is used for the novelization and the comic adaptation.
  • It can be noted that in the first two film's, Megatron fought in any and almost every battle, but in Dark of the Moon, Megatron fought only once — even though it wasn't even a fight.
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Megatron at Universal Studios

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Concept Art

References

  1. Robertson, Barbara (2007). Heavy Metal. Computer Graphics, 30(7), 12-17.
  2. Roberto Orci answers fan questions on the TFW2005 boards.


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