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Megatron (Movie)
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Status Deceased
Living (in some continuties)
Gender Male
Actor Hugo Weaving
Frank Welker
Tony Gialluca II
Fred Tatasciore

Megatron was not always the viciously powerful and brutally direct leader of the Decepticons: he was once brothers-in-arms with Optimus and a student of Sentinel Prime, appointed to be Cybertron's Protector and commander of its Defense Force. But Megatron resented his comrade, knowing he was a Prime and therefore Sentinel's favored son. This anger allowed The Fallen to ensnare him and led to the revival of the Decepticons. Even without The Fallen though, it's not hard to imagine Megatron would have erupted Cybertron into war to rid himself of Optimus.

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 chased after the AllSpark alone, and spent centuries entombed in the Arctic. 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. Like his master, Megatron feels a violent hatred towards humans and views them as only slightly above bacteria, a feeling exacerbated by spending decades as their prisoner.

FictionEdit

Sector Seven continutyEdit


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Appearances/ActorsEdit

  • Sector 7 canon (1 appearances)

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NotesEdit

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  • The prototype photographs on the back of Leader and Voyager class Megatrons' packaging show him with a completely different head based upon an earlier version of CGI design (seen on the right) that was dropped after much negative fan reaction.
  • 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.
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  • The earliest concept designs of Megatron gave him a look very much inspired by his Generation One counterpart. Unlike the Cybertronic jet seen in the first movie, this Megatron was intended to transform into an army tank.
  • According to The Quest for the AllSpark paperback's opening paragraph, "...Most revered were Optimus and Megatron. They were twin brothers of the Prime dynasty." (This implies that Megatron may have also had the surname "Prime" at one time.) Similarly, in the Autobots version of the same DS game, it is noted that Megatron "took the spark" of his and Optimus' father. However, in the twelfth issue of Titan's Revenge of the Fallen comic, "Barricade" informed readers that Megatron and Optimus weren't related, the term "brother" was just because they'd known each other for so long.
  • 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 novelisation 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.
  • Despite his undeniable hatred of humans, Megatron is the only Decepticon in the 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".
  • Detroit Lions American football player Calvin Johnson has earned the nickname Megatron, due to his large stature and unstoppability. Since he got the nickname around the same time as the movie was in theaters, we assume he was named for this Megatron. Johnson has worn a hat with the Decepticon logo on it. [1] Nike came out with a limited edition line "Megatron" styled sports gear for the 2012 Thanksgiving day game.[2]
  • 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.[3]
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  • The Milton Bradley Transformers Battling Card Game depicts a couple of unique attacks for Megatron's original form; one card gives him a pair of forearm-mounted blades as an "Arm Sword", and another shows him firing a swarm of missiles from his chest in a "Missile Attack".
  • It was decided that Megatron would not be renamed Galvatron in Revenge of the Fallen for the sake of the general audience.[4]
  • While Revenge of the Fallen: The Movie Universe and the comic adaptation create the idea that Megatron is a Triple Changer that alternates between his robot, jet, and tank modes, there is absolutely nothing to support this in the movie. Throughout the entire film, he only transforms into a winged tank portrayed by the Voyager figure and is more than capable of flying in said mode. Of course, whether or not his flying tank mode is considered a third mode is up to interpretation.
  • According to his bio on the Hasbro sticker sheets, Revenge Megatron weighs in at 5.7 metric tons, is 35 feet tall, uses an 'Ion-fused chain whip' for his primary weapon, has a 'Strength power level' of 10, and changes into an 'Interstellar jet.' The mention of a chain whip and a jet mode seem to indicate the card's stats were based on his original form, rather than his Revenge of the Fallen tank mode. The card also surmises that Megatron's might will 'make the Earth quake, and the stars fall from the sky.' The two-disc special edition of the Revenge of the Fallen DVD also gives him a height of 35 feet.
  • In the Revenge of the Fallen: The Movie Universe, it states Megatron possesses an internal self-regenerating dark matter power core which is possibly of alien origin.
  • His weatherbeaten Mack tanker truck mode and Cybertronian sawed-off shotgun as seen in Dark of the Moon are fairly straightforward nods to the 1981 film Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
  • The whole notion of him even being a tanker truck in Dark of the Moon in the first place might be a nod to executive producer Steven Spielberg's first movie, Duel, where a similar truck is the main "bad guy".
  • Early concepts for his Dark of the Moon design called him Cyclonus in an attempt to curb leaks and spread misinformation.
  • Megatron's story was altered significantly twice during development of Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon: the climax of the second film would have revealed Megatron served The Fallen under the pretense of becoming a Prime, which Optimus exposes a lie, explaining Primes are born, not made. An angered Megatron refused to aid The Fallen in his final battle, and returned to the Nemesis via The Fallen's space bridge to raise an army of hatchlings. In the film he is removed from the battle by having Optimus disfigure him with his own cannon, forcing him to hide as a truck in Africa. Megatron would have survived Dark of the Moon, with Optimus accepting the truce after helping kill Sentinel, with Megatron returning to Cybertron and leaving the possibility open to a fourth film. On screen, Megatron's offer comes across as less than sincere, allowing Optimus to finally tear his head off.
  • Although Megatron uses Fusion Cannon in both previous films, in Dark of the Moon Megatron's weapon changes to a Fusion Shotgun.
  • Megatron is the only character to have appeared in all three movies to have received a distinctly different body design and alternate form for each film. Each subsequent change having an in-story reason as well (brought back from the dead and repaired in Revenge of the Fallen, and being forced into hiding due to injuries he sustained at the end of the former-mentioned film in Dark of the Moon). This trend even follows into Transformers: The Ride – 3D, wherein Megatron appears in his DOTM body, but with the ROTF "Murder arm".

Foreign namesEdit

  • Japanese: Megatron (メガトロン Megatoron)
  • Mandarin: Megaton (Taiwan, 密卡登 Mìkǎdēng), Wēi Zhèn Tīan (China, 威震天, "Extremely Prestigious", literally "Heaven-shaking Might")

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Calvin Johnson now rocks a Megatron Transformers hat
  2. Nike Calvin Johnson ‘Megatron’ Collection
  3. Robertson, Barbara (2007). Heavy Metal. Computer Graphics, 30(7), 12-17.
  4. Roberto Orci answers fan questions on the TFW2005 boards.