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    Megatron (Michael Bay pentalogy)

    Megatron
    "Oh, so unwise." - Megatron's reaction when the writers flanderized him in the Michael Bay pentalogy.
    Gender: Male
    Type: The Dark Side of Megatron
    Pathetic punching bag (As of "Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen")
    Generic doomsday villain (As of "Transformers: The Last Knight")
    Age: Immortal
    Species: Cybertronian
    Portrayed by: Hugo Weaving (Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon)

    Frank Welker (Age of Extinction and The Last Knight)

    Status: Unknown
    Media of origin: Transformers


    Megatron is the main antagonist of the Michael Bay Pentalogy of Transformers, since Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, he was simply just an antagonist as The Fallen for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Sentinel Prime for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, Lockdown for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, and Quintessa for Transformers 5: The Last Knight took the role of main antagonist in their respective films.

    Weak and Puny Qualities

    1. Starting from Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron was unfortunately given a badass decay as he wasn't given much of a good spotlight compared to in the first film and he was treated as mostly a punching bag in the fight scenes (Although in Age of Extinction, he does put up a good fight against Optimus Prime in a short fight scene). However, this could be because the creators wanted to make room for other villains (such as the Fallen, Sentinel Prime, Lockdown, and Quintessa). Still, the creators could have given Megatron more because he still feels wasted and underutilized.
    2. Speaking of his new name "Galvatron" in the 4th movie, he doesn't stay faithful to that name, and his personality doesn't feel similar enough to how he was portrayed in the first 3 movies. Plus, in Transformers 5: The Last Knight, he became "Megatron" again.
      • We never even get to find out how he became Megatron again.
    3. While Megatron's designs aren't bad by themselves and they have some pretty interesting elements to them, they drew a divisive response from old-school Transformers fans.
      • Some fans say that Megatron is too detailed and alien-like compared to the simplistic and straightforward nature of the designs seen in the animated shows.
      • Of course, there are fans who wish Megatron looked like his G1 design, though to be fair, this version of Megatron isn't based on the G1 version of the character and is based on Megatron in general (the toys and the entire franchise as a whole).
    4. He died multiple times and was brought back after nearly every death. This can appear excessive and a poor attempt at keeping Megatron a recurring villain.
      • This is a similar problem that the Unicron Trilogy Megatron suffered from.
    5. In Revenge of The Fallen, he is pathetically manhandled by Optimus Prime, being sent flying by Optimus' Ion Blasters, getting taunted, getting parts punched out, and getting his leg mutilated. He needed Starscream and Grindor to help him out. The only reason why he won was that he ambushed him (Though to be fair, Megatron was redesigned in this movie after being severely damaged in the first movie and his new body works very differently compared to his old one and the weapons are completely different so it's possible that he's not used to how it works yet, and it's not like he can fix those problems immediately because as soon as he was resurrected, he had to go up against Prime).
      • He doesn't fare that well in the final battle either, as he gets part of his head shot off by his weapon after Optimus severs it from his arm, and is soon sent flying by his afterburners.
    6. In the Dark of The Moon movie, he unfortunately gets anti-climatically killed by Optimus Prime in a matter of seconds, which isn't as good as the one in the novel where he and Optimus choose to make peace between the Autobots and Decepticons.
      • In the movie however, Megatron does offer a truce but Optimus just ruthlessly kills him, which is out-of-character (especially compared to his portrayal in the first movie).
    7. In Age of Extinction, he lost his entire army of KSI Drones, including Stinger, to the combined alliance of Autobots and Dinobots just over a Seed when he only had 50 of them which he could have at least many more to his army and then cowers off in anger when it doesn't go his way. To be put straight, he throws a tantrum over the Autobots defeating his army and just runs off leaving the rest of his army to die.
    8. The part where he was present in the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 makes no sense, as he is supposed to be frozen in Antarctica.
      • This is one of the many problems in the sequels where they keep retconning things from the first film, making the continuity inconsistent.
    9. He was downgraded into a generic doomsday villain in the fifth movie when he randomly trusts Quintessa to end Earth just to rebuild Cybertron.
    10. He was meant to appear in a post-ending scene with him being frozen, but it was deleted. Thus, he never made a return to redeem himself in Knightverse's films, which sadly wastes Megatron even more.
    11. Like most of the Transformers characters in the films, he lacks screen time since the movies (the sequels in particular) are needlessly long and the human subplots are focused more so than the robots which is unfortunate.
      • In the first movie, we can forgive that we only see him in action in the third act because the impact is better, and since the movie is the beginning of the franchise and it's trying to build up the relationships between the humans and the robots while explaining the fictional universe of it. Plus, the entire story made sense and the movie still treated Megatron as a very important character. Still, in the sequels, Megatron needed more, especially for the impression he made in the first movie.
    12. For all the reasons above, this Megatron sadly wasn't given the treatment he truly deserves in the sequels, especially for how much potential he has. He isn't a bad character himself, but he was ultimately wasted in the sequels (even having his personality flanderized in the last 2 films of the series).

    "I am Megatron!" Qualities

    1. He was handled better outside of the Michael Bay Transformers franchise, was actually given a proper spotlight in Transformers (2007), and redeemed himself outside of the Michael Bay trilogy of Transformers franchise.
      • While great in Transformers (2007), he was also great in the video game adaptations as well as being handled better in the other video game adaptations of the later two movies.
      • Despite being less competent in the 2nd and 3rd movies, Megatron's personality is mostly the same as in the first film and he is more tolerable (not to mention more like the classic Megatron) than in movies 4 and 5. Not to mention, he's more entertaining and charismatic in the first three movies.
        • Speaking of the video game adaptations, he has a badass villainous role in the Autobot Campaign and a great protagonist villain role Decepticon campaign in the PS2/PC version and the 2.0's mod, including the DS adaptations which proves how much of a magnificent villain he can be in the video games which would be something that neither the Fallen (sans his motives in the video game adaptations of the second movie), Sentinel Prime or even Quintessa could ever do.
        • He also has quite the best moments in the video game adaptation of Transformers: Dark of The Moon such as how he single-handedly defeated Optimus Prime on his own.
        • He also actually transforms into a tank in the Xbox 360/PS3/PC adaptation of the second film.
      • He was also much better in the book versions of the first trilogy of Michael Bay's Transformers movies.
        • There are good moments that Megatron has in the book versions such as how he was able to raise an army of Decepticons at the Nemesis and offers a truce with Optimus Prime with peace between Autobots and Decepticons after Sentinel Prime's demise.
      • He definitely isn't as bad as the so-called protagonist of the film.
        • Compared to him, at least Megatron wasn't ruined nearly as badly and it's more of the script and story writing's fault than the actual character.
        • Megatron is definitely a better written character than most of the Decepticons in the films, as he does have more personality and motivation.
        • This version of Megatron is also more competent and feels more like a threat than the Kre-O, Construct Bots, and Hero Mashers versions of the character, who treated Megatron as a joke, even if those versions of Transformers were meant to be more humorous than cool.
        • He is also a more entertaining main antagonist compared to The Fallen, Sentinel Prime (who has a forced villain twist), and Quintessa.
    2. Despite W,PQ#3, a lot of effort has been put into all of Megatron's designs in the movies.
      • In addition, he's the only Transformers character in the film series whose design changes in every film in the series, which is interesting.
      • A lot of G1 fans think his design in The Last Knight is cool and more ornate than the previous one with some parts looking more accurate to G1 Megatron.
    3. Kids may still love him as a villain.
    4. While he did become an incompetent villain in the 2 movies of the original Transformers trilogy, at least there are actual reasons that are understandable, such as his lack of experience with his body in Revenge of the Fallen (as mentioned above) and of course, he was severely damaged and weakened during the events of Dark of the Moon, which explains why he can't fight as much in the movie and has to recover from everything he went through before.
      • Despite not being as competent as he was in the first movie, at least he's still pretty determined to succeed in his goals.
    5. He became much stronger in the last 2 films of the series:
      • In Age of Extinction, his new high-tech body by KSI allows him to be more agile and skillful than before and the Transformium technology (even though it can upset some fans for not being the typical way Transformers change modes) prevents him from getting any parts chopped off. Besides his grenade launcher and the blades under his forearms for robot mode, he also has missile launchers in his truck mode which are effective.
        • The hole in the chest can also disintegrate anything that passes through it. In his short fight with Optimus, Galvatron grabs Prime's Energon blade and shoves it into the hole in his chest, destroying it.
        • As mentioned above, he managed to fight Optimus pretty well using this new body and he pulled off more dangerous stunts than before.
      • In The Last Knight, he was a capable fighter even after losing his arm.
        • He almost managed to slice Hound in half before being briefly immobilized by Hot Rod.
        • Right before Megatron blasts Bumblebee, Optimus Prime cuts off his arm with his sword, but he still fights even without his fusion cannon by grabbing the blade and then headbutting him right before chocking him to the ground briefly using Prime's blade.
          • It also contrasts with how in Revenge of the Fallen where he didn't know what to do after Prime sliced off his fusion cannon arm and left him without any weapons for combat. This means that he learned from his experience and is now more prepared.
    6. He does a fair amount of cool and epic stuff in the movies, particularly in the fight scenes.
      • Transformers (2007)
        • The part where he awakens after Frenzy helps him escape is pretty terrifying and he starts attacking many humans before transforming into his Cybertronian jet mode and escaping.
        • He's also shown to be pretty terrifying and formidable in the final battle, even managing to kill Jazz by ripping him in half.
        • There is also a part in the final battle where he chases Sam and almost kills him which is pretty scary.
        • Megatron managed to gain the upper hand on Optimus Prime multiple times in their fight in the first movie.
      • Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
        • His resurrection scene is pretty cool and him breaking a submarine with ease using his brute strength is undeniably pretty epic (which also kills the people in the submarine).
        • Right after that scene, the part where he has chemistry with Starscream and the Fallen is pretty nice and it does give him some development.
        • The parts where he punishes Starscream were made for the die-hard fans because that's something he had in the original series. Megatron does this because of Starscream's incompetence and he knows that he secretly wants to overthrow him as the leader of the Decepticons.
        • While Megatron wasn't able to fight Optimus Prime too well because of his lack of experience with his new body, he was still able to successfully end Prime by impaling his chest with his blade before blasting the wound with the fusion cannon and the scene is somewhat shocking.
        • In the third act, we do see Megatron fighting alongside the other Decepticons and chasing Sam again which is scary. It's also cool watching him withstand the military's weaponry and use his fusion cannon on his enemies.
          • There is also a brief but sick scene where he fires a chain of laser blasts on the ground and causes a lot of explosions.
          • The part where he blasts Sam and manages to kill him temporarily is pretty shocking and somewhat epic.
        • Though he was easily defeated and damaged badly in the final fight against Jetpower Optimus Prime, it was cool that he tried using some tactics to help The Fallen in the fight (Even with his lack of experience and training, he still tried to fight against a more armed Optimus Prime, proving his determination). After separating Prime from The Fallen using his back thrusters and his strength, Megatron managed to land a sword slash and a fusion cannon blast before Prime gained the upper hand on him.
      • Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)
        • The wide shot of Megatron in Africa does look menacing and his brief interaction with some of the other Decepticons (including Starscream, Soundwave, Laserbeak, and Igor) is nice.
        • Him using his fusion shotgun to destroy the Abraham Lincoln statue before sitting on the chair like it's his throne is cool (despite the slight error with the back of his foot clamping onto the stone of the chair).
        • The part in Dark of the Moon where he attacks and brutally weakens Sentinel Prime makes sense for the character as he's not the kind to let someone else have all the power.
          • After a short conversation with Carly, Megatron realizes that if he does nothing, Sentinel will be one ruling and having all the power instead of him.
    7. He does say a lot of cool stuff such as:
      1. Transformers (2007)
        • I AM MEGATRON.
        • NO, I WANT TWO!
        • JOIN THEM IN EXTINCTION!!!
        • IS IT FEAR OR COURAGE THAT COMPELS YOU, FLESHMATE?... GIVE ME THE ALLSPARK AND YOU MAY LIVE TO BE MY PET... OH, SO UNWISE.
        • NO, IT'S JUST ME, PRIME!
        • YOU STILL FIGHT FOR THE WEAK; THAT IS WHY YOU LOSE!
      2. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
        • EVEN IN DEATH, THERE IS NO COMMAND BUT MINE.
        • THEN LET ME STRIP THE VERY FLESH FROM HIS BODY.
        • COME HERE, BOY... CLOSER... SHUT UP! (HITS SAM WHICH MAKES HIM FALL TO THE GROUND)... YEAH. YES. YES. IT FEELS GOOD TO GRAB YOUR FLESH. (RESTRAINS SAM)... I'M GOING TO KILL YOU, SLOWLY, PAINFULLY, BUT FIRST, WE HAVE SOME DELICATE WORK TO DO. HOW I COULD SNAP YOUR LIMBS OFF.
        • THE BOY MUST HAVE THE MATRIX. WE CANNOT LET HIM REACH OPTIMUS. DECEPTICONS, BEGIN OUR ASSAULT!!!
      3. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)
        • ALL HAIL MEGATRON.
        • HE WAS MEANT TO RENDEZVOUS WITH ME HERE ON EARTH BEFORE FATE WAYLAID US BOTH. THE ONLY WAY TO REVIVE HIM, WE NEEDED PRIME AND HIS MATRIX.
        • THIS IS MY PLANET!
        • NO... WE NEED A TRUCE; ALL I WANTED WAS TO BE BACK IN CHARGE. BESIDES, WHO WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT ME PRIME?
      4. Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (2014)
        • I AM GALVATRON!
        • MY BROTHERS, TODAY, I GRANT YOU YOUR FREEDOM, AND FROM NOW ON, YOU ARE COMMANDED BY ME. RISE UP! GO FIND MY SEED... DETONATE THE SEED IN THE LARGEST CITY.
        • THAT IS WHY I HAVE NO FEAR! YOU DIE!!
        • WE SHALL MEET AGAIN PRIME, FOR I AM REBORN.
      5. Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)
        • THE END IS NEAR, MY OLD TREACHEROUS FRIEND. WHAT A SHAME YOU'LL BE UNABLE TO SEE IT.
        • I KNEW YOU COULDN'T DO IT. YOUR TIME IS OVER, PRIME. YOU FAILED. YOU TURNED YOUR BACK ON CYBERTRON. NOW, YOU WILL WATCH EARTH DIE.
        • I'VE LIVED FOR THIS. I'VE LIVED TO KILL A PLANET. FOR OUR WORLD, I ACTIVATE THIS PORTAL... (ROARS)
        • WE WERE BROTHERS ONCE!
    8. Hugo Weaving and Frank Welker did a great job voicing him.
      • Frank Welker still gave an amazing voice performance as Megatron, just like in the original G1 cartoon and Transformers: Prime.
      • While Hugo Weaving didn't enjoy his experience playing the character, he was still a good casting choice to play Megatron and even G1 fans appreciate the fact that he gave Megatron a very savage and demonic voice. Many say that Hugo has the most evil Megatron voice.
    9. The toy versions of him are nice.
    10. This is the first version of Megatron who had a brother-like relationship with Optimus Prime which is interesting and some of the later versions of Transformers used this idea as well.
      • Along with that, this version of Megatron became the inspiration for the Animated, Prime, War for Cybertron, and Fall for Cybertron versions of the character, which were great versions of the character and it shows what movie Megatron could've been if he was given a proper treatment in the sequels.
      • This Megatron did improve some things from G1 Megatron, such as having a more fleshed-out backstory and motivation.
        • His backstory (revealed in Transformers: Beginnings and in the prequel comics) explained his origin more, and even fleshed out his character more.
    11. The firing sounds of his fusion cannon are pretty satisfying to hear.
    12. Despite not appearing in any of the Knightverse films, he is set to make his redemption in the upcoming 2024 Transformers film Transformers: One.

    Trivia

    • In Transformers (2007), he was originally going to be a tank with a G1-esque appearance. The tank appears in Megatron's design in Angry Birds Transformers.
    • He was supposed to appear in a post-credits scene in the Bumblebee movie.

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