Frozen in Antarctic ice for hundreds of years, Megatron is finally free, and his might will make the Earth quake, and the stars fall from the sky. As one of the most dangerous Transformers ever to stalk the galaxy, he has no known weaknesses and only one purpose - to capture the Allspark and rule the Universe. Nothing, neither the humans' armies or his ancient enemy Optimus Prime can stand in his way!
Rebuilt with parts cannibalized from other Decepticons, Megatron rises once again to lead his army. Though the Allspark destroyed him once, he can now feel its power coursing through his circuitry. It calls him to seize his rightful place as ruler over the puny planet which on he was imprisoned and destroyed, and from which he will launch his conquest of the universe. Optimus Prime is all that stands in the way of victory, and the Autobot leader has done a poor job of hiding himself. At long last, Megatron knows exactly where his enemy is, and he has enough power to destroy him.
Megatron has lost battles, but he has never been truly defeated. Even after his near total destruction by the Allspark, he returned. This latest loss is nothing to him. He has plans thousands of years in the making that are finally coming to fruition. This time, nothing will stop him from annihilating the Autobots completely
After the events of the Revenge of the Fallen film, Megatron goes into hiding, orchestrating the events from Soundwave getting into NEST headquarters to Lockdown being pursued by Ratchet. Megatron finally reveals himself in Cyber Missions 4, when Optimus and Sideswipe track his spark's signal, which leads them to an abandoned warehouse. The two realize that Megatron is always one step ahead of them, and Megatron slashes at Sideswipe from behind. Megatron starts dueling Optimus, then Sideswipe joins in with him. Realizing that he is outnumbered, Megatron transforms into tank mode and shoots the roof, which collapses on Optimus and Sideswipe. Megatron gets away, but he leaves a trail of tank tread marks that lead out of the warehouse.
Megatron returns 8 episodes later in Cyber Missions #12, where he and Starscream scheme in the Arctic. He reveals to Starscream that he is aware of his ambitions and will punish him if he ever shows it again. Optimus Prime, who tracked them, soon arrives and combats them. When the rest of Optimus' team arrive, Megatron orders Starscream to take care of them, which Starscream agrees to, but not without complaint. Megatron and Starscream are simultaneously defeated, and the Decepticon commander flees after Optimus grants him mercy.
Most of the Decepticons return for the final mission, Decepticons Attack. After receiving a signal from Soundwave emitting from a bullet train, Megatron arrived on the other side of the tunnel the train was emerging from, and derailed it. Ripping open one of the cars, Megatron berated Soundwave for being captured so easily, until it was revealed it was simply a hologram of his communications officer. Megatron declared it a trap, to which Optimus replied that it was a moment later. The Autobots and Decepticons battled for one last time, with Optimus telling Megatron that his alliances were made out of fear, not friendship. The Decepticons are then cornered by the human troops. Optimus Prime then demands that all Decepticons leave Earth. All of the Decepticons, including Megatron, leave Earth, but not before the commander declares that he will return.
Megatron appears in the prequel novel Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday, where it is revealed that reverse-engineering of his body has produced a spacecraft called Ghost-1. The spacecraftt is sent into space in 1969, where the humans on board encounter Megatron (here referred to throughout as the "Ice Man"), who is briefly reanimated in the middle of a battle between the Americans and the Soviets. However, he is placed in cryo-stasis once again.
The children's book Transformers — Meet The Decepticons by Jennifer Frantz has a slightly different ending than the movie. This book has all six Decepticons leaving Earth together after being defeated by the Autobots, instead of having most of their numbers die.
The novelization for Transformers: Dark of the Moon ends with Megatron laying down his weapons and calling for a truce in earnest. Optimus Prime spares him and the Decepticons leave Earth to rebuild Cybertron.
In the novel, comic and video game adaptations of Revenge of the Fallen, the slightly different ending gives more depth to Megatron's relationship with The Fallen. As The Fallen prepares for the final battle with Optimus Prime, it is revealed that The Fallen's promises of power to his apprentice were lies. Out of anger, Megatron betrays the Fallen and allows Optimus to kill him for good. He then flies back aboard the Nemesis to take command of the remaining Decepticon army. In the novel version of Dark of the moon, Optimus and Megatron work together and defeat Sentinel Prime. Though a fight was teased, Megatron reveals to Optimus he is tired of fighting, and is sueing for peace. He declares he will work to restore Cybertron to its previous glory, and will send for the autobots, so that they may rebuild their planet, as brothers.
The back story of Megatron is told in both Transformers: Defiance and issue #1 of the Transformers: Movie Prequel comic. In the comics, Megatron is revealed to have co-ruled Cybertron together with Optimus Prime, serving as Lord High Protector. Megatron and Optimus learned of an alien force coming to their planet for the All Spark, just as a mysterious artifact was unearthed. Megatron is gravely injured, but the artifact (containing the Fallen) awakens and heals him, swaying him with promises of power. Megatron soon desires power over the All Spark, and under the Fallen's influence, forms the Decepticons, sending the bulk of his soldiers in a craft, the Nemesis.
The Autobots attempt to hide the All Spark, but Megatron sees through the ruse and launches a full-scale attack, during which the All Spark is launched into space. Megatron almost catches up with the All Spark as it lands on Earth. In his reckless desire to possess it, Megatron pursues it right into Earth's atmosphere and falls into the icy waters, resulting in his being frozen in stasis lock. In the late 19th century, Captain Archibald Witwicky discovers the Decepticon during an Arctic expedition. At the turn of the 20th century, a crew of men later take his body — dubbing him the "Ice-man" - and keep him in storage up until the present day, eventually relocating him to Hoover Dam in Nevada.
All events that take place in the alternate reality where Megatron won the battle at Mission City are in italics.
In Titan Magazines U.K. Transformers magazine, the U.K.-originated strips (written by Simon Furman) reveal Megatron's actions between issues #1 and 2 of the IDW comic. Pursuing the All Spark into space following the events of Movie Prequel #1, Megatron is delayed in his pursuit by a tractor beam from Cybertron. Breaking free and attacking the culprits — Jazz, Ratchet and Ironhide - Megatron realizes that if he engages them, he would be delayed further. Summoning Devastator to deal with them, he resumes his pursuit — but the desperate gamble works and he (temporarily) loses the All Spark's trail.
The character profile the magazine provided sheds a little more light on Megatron's desire to possess the All Spark. He believes that while Cybertronians could already transform into other forms via a scanning process, the All Spark could allow Transformers to simply imagine the form they want and change accordingly. Interfacing with the Allspark directly, Megatron gains his deadly jet mode and now began his plans to obtain it permanently.
In "Twilight's Last Gleaming" part 3, Bumblebee attempts to take on Megatron in the Sector 7 base as Mikaela attempts to free Optimus Prime, but she is attacked by Frenzy. In part 4, Mikaela frees Prime and freezes Frenzy just as Autobot reinforcements arrive and assist Bumblebee in fighting Megatron.
An alternate version of film Megatron was later featured in Transformers: Cybertron's Most Wanted as leader of a crime syndicate in Axiom Nexus. According to his tech spec, an alternate version of Dark of the Moon's events saw Megatron inexplicably teleported to safety during his final confrontation with Optimus and Sentinel Primes, enabling him to kill them both and cement his control over Earth and Cybertron. However, a version of Rodimus Prime then arose to challenge him and defeated, leaving him helpless near a Space Bridge. Rather than accept his demise, Megatron released his grip and was thus drawn into the Space Bridge, which took him to Axiom Nexus.
Megatron appears in Transformers as the main antagonist. Several years after being discovered by Captain Archibald Witwicky, Megatron's frozen body is transported from the Arctic Circle to Hoover Dam to be guarded by Sector 7, a secret government organization that studies Non-Biological Extraterrestrials (N.B.E.'s), as well as other alien-related activities. Sector 7 Agent Seymour Simmons explains that the Earth's magnetic field may have interfered with Megatron's telemetry, causing him to crash during the Ice Age. He also explains that his technology was reverse-engineered, producing the world's modern technology. Megatron's location, as well as the All Spark's, is located by a group of Decepticons led by Starscream. After sneaking into Hoover Dam Frenzy thaws out Megatron, who escapes outside and learns from Starscream that the humans and the Autobots have taken the All Spark. Megatron pursues the Autobots and their allies to Los Angeles, where he quickly disposes of Jazz before battling Optimus Prime. He defeats Optimus and then pursues Sam Witwicky up a condemned building, attempting to taunt and threaten the human into giving him the All Spark. Sam declines, prompting Megatron to knock the boy off the roof of the building with his flail. Optimus saves Sam and battles Megatron again. Towards the end of the battle as Megatron and Optimus are fighting, Blackout attempts to help Megatron kill Optimus Prime however, Blackout is killed by Captain Lennox and his team, Megatron attempts to seize the Allspark once again, only to have it shoved into his exposed spark chamber by Sam, killing him. Megatron's body is then dumped in the Laurentian Abyss with the other deceased Decepticons.
Megatron returns in the sequel film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as one of the secondary antagonists of the film. In the film, he is revealed to be The Fallen's disciple, and the second commander of the Decepticon armies, as The Fallen is the true commander of the Decepticons. Megatron is revived by Scalpel and the Constructicons with an All Spark shard and now takes on the form of a Cybertronian winged tank. He then flies to the Nemesis, where he is greeted by Starscream (whom he briefly pummels and berates for deserting him on earth). He then reunites with The Fallen, telling of the All Spark's demise before being told by his master that its knowledge (which has been passed on to Sam) is the key for providing Energon, which is needed by the Decepticons in order to awaken their protoform armies. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes and his dorm mate Leo Spitz are abducted by Grindor into an abandoned factory where Megatron meets them. Pinning down Sam, threatening to torture him after acquiring what he needed, Megatron orders Scalpel to extract the Energon information from Sam's brain (ordering him to actually remove his brain), but they are quickly stopped by Optimus Prime. Megatron and Prime have a brief fight in the warehouse and then have a major battle in a forest, with Starscream and Grindor joining in. The fight ends with Megatron killing Prime by stabbing and shooting him with his fusion cannon, but then being forced to escape due to the intervention of Autobot reinforcements. Megatron then declares to Starscream that the Decepticons must reveal themselves to the humans in order to flush out Sam, and assists The Fallen in ordering the world's humans to find Sam and bring him to the Decepticons. Megatron and Starscream soon arrive in Egypt, and he commands his Decepticons (including several Constructicons and Starscream) to prevent Sam from getting the Matrix of Leadership to Optimus and retrieve it for The Fallen's machine. He then summons Devastator, who destroys the top part of the Great Pyramid of Giza, revealing the Star Harvester. The Fallen soon arrives after Devastator's destruction (see Devastator for more info.), and takes the Matrix of Leadership from a recently revived Optimus. Megatron then greets him, but is blown away by an upgraded Optimus Prime (using the parts of Jetfire to fly). Megatron and his master then battle Optimus. In one brutal move, Optimus grabs Megatron's arm cannon and forces it to fire on Megatron's face, destroying half of it, and then tears off his right arm and shoots him through a wall with Jetfire's afterburners. After seeing The Fallen defeated, Starscream advices that they should retreat, and Megatron vowed that it wouldn't be over.
Megatron returns in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as a secondary antagonist. Michael Bay described Megatron's vehicle mode as the demented version of Optimus Prime. In the three years since Revenge of The Fallen, Megatron has been hiding out in African jungles healing his wounds. In the film Megatron allies himself with Sentinel Prime in an attempt to revitalize Cybertron. He hides out in Africa, recovering from his wounds while taking care of some of the hatchlings by giving them what Energon he can. Soundwave and Laserbeak inform him of the Autobot's discovery of the Ark ship on the moon, and orders them to kill their human allies. When Sentinel reveals his true intentions to the Autobots, Megatron arrives in Washington D.C. to meet with him. After blasting the statue of Abraham Lincoln and using it as a throne, he witnesses Sentinel activate his Space Bridge to bring his Decepticon forces to Earth. During the invasion of Chicago, Sentinel demoralizes Megatron after Megatron makes a suggestion of how they will rule Cybertron together after it has arrived through the Space Bridge, who realizes he's no longer in charge. When Cybertron appears in Earth's atmosphere, Megatron shows a rare example of sadness and regret. Towards the end of the battle, Megatron is convinced by Carly that Sentinel will take all of the power and credit for revitalizing Cybertron for himself. Megatron turns on Sentinel, declaring that Earth is his planet to rule, and severely damages him, allowing Optimus to finish him off. As Cybertron's trip through the Space Bridge fails, Megatron proposes a truce to Optimus, so long as he remains in charge of the Decepticon forces. But the Autobot leader, knowing what Megatron has in mind, denies the offer and attacks him. Megatron proves to be too slow, as he misses a shot with his gun, allowing Optimus to pin him to the ground and embed his Energon axe in his face. Optimus rips Megatron's head off, and drops it to the ground, finally killing him. Shortly after, Optimus uses Megatron's shotgun to execute Sentinel.
Megatron returns in Transformers: Age of Exctinction as Galvatron. See Galvatron (movie)
Megatron returns in Transformers: The Last Knight as the main antagonist. At some point, under undivulged circumstances, Galvatron fell under the sway of the the alien sorceress and supposed Cybertronian "goddess" Quintessa, took on a new jet alternate mode, and returned to using his true name. Quintessa charged him with recovering the staff stolen from her by her guardian knights, which she sought to use to drain the lifeforce of Earth in order to restore the ruined Cybertron. Learning from his new ally that Earth was, in fact, Cybertron's ancient enemy Unicron, Megatron surveyed each of the six mountainous "horns" that had begun to emerge from its surface in preparation for Cybertron's arrival, but the first breadcrumb on the staff's trail was not found until Barricade witnessed a dying knight giving Cade Yeager a talisman connected to the staff. Megatron was angry at his subordinates failure to obtain it, but Barricade salvaged the situation with a plan to use the Transformers Reaction Force to do the work for them. Requiring additional Decepticon reinforcements to take on Yeager's Autobot protectors, Megatron kidnapped two CIA officers, offering to trade them for the release of a squad of Decepticons of his choosing from TRF custody. Meeting with William Lennox in the desert, Megatron secured the release of Mohawk, Dreadbot, Nitro Zeus, and Onslaught (only settling for the latter after his first choice, Berserker, was refused). The Decepticons tracked Yeager to his South Dakota junkyard hideout, but their quarry had already escaped to a nearby town. Among the refuse, Megatron discovered the head of Starscream, and mused to his traitorous former lieutenant that his victory was near, pitying that Starscream hadn't lived to see his victory. He was then attacked by Hound but he dispatched the Autobot with a blast of his fusion cannon. Megatron's team followed the autobots, but all they could find in the town was the ramshackle little Autobot Sqweeks. Megatron was disgusted by the human scent he could smell upon the tiny 'bot... whereupon Sqweeks's friend and guardian Izabella emerged from hiding, furiously ordering the Decepticon leader to put Sqweeks down. Yeager and the other Autobots broke cover and sprung an explosive trap. As battle with the Autobots raged, Grimlock arrived to join the fight. The Decepticons were quickly overpowered and after Dreadbot and Onslaught fell, Megatron called a retreat, escaping with Nitro Zeus and Barricade but leaving Mohawk behind to perish. TRF then stepped in to take over the chase for Yeager. When Yeager and Bumblebee went to England to meet with Sir Edmund Burton, Megatron and his remaining forces followed, knowing Yeager would lead them to the Staff. Yeager was subsequently joined by Viviane Wembly, and successfully located Quintessa's staff in the knight's ship at the bottom of the ocean. Quintessa had, in the intervening time, also placed Optimus Prime under her control and sent him to obtain the staff, but when Bumblebee helped Prime break her control, Megatron seized his opportunity, streaking in, blindsiding the disoriented Prime, and snatching the staff away. He proclaimed to his nemesis that he had turned his back on Cybertron for the last time, and would watch earth die. As Cybertron arrived in Earth orbit, the Decepticons headed for Stonehenge, where Megatron activated the portal through which Unicron's energy would be drained. When Burton and the British military attempted to stop them, Megatron slew Burton with a single blast. The Decepticons proceeded to relocate to Cybertron, where Megatron delivered the staff to Quintessa and led the defense of her ignition chamber against the joint forces of the Autobots, humans and Dragonstorm. His forces held the line until Sqweeks destroyed their gun emplacment and Optimus arrived and slew Infernocus. He and Nitro fell back as the Autobots broke through the defenses and arrived to thwart their plan, and soon engaged all the Autobots together. As he prepared to deliver a killing blow to Hound, he was briefly frozen by Hot Rods time slowing gun and blasted by Hound. He was then tackled by Bumblebee and when he prepared to blast the small Autobot, Optimus Prime intervened, slicing his fusion cannon arm off. Megatron, despite his injury, managed to subdue Optimus and attempted to sway him by reminding him of how they had once been "brothers", but Optimus retorted that it had indeed only been once, and kicked him through the ignition chamber wall, sending him plummeting through the air. Quintessa was defeated and her plans foiled, but what happen to Megatron is unknown, and it's not clear whether he survived flying out from ignition chamber or not.
Megatron appears in the first film's video game adaptation, Transformers: The Game.
- In the Autobot Campaign, Megatron appears at the last cut scene on level three being released from Hoover Dam in the Autobot campaign. He later appears as the final boss and is killed when Optimus Prime shoves the Allspark into his Chest.
- In the Decepticon Campaign, Megatron is freed by Starscream and Blackout at the last cut scene when he goes on a rampage through the city looking for Optimus Prime, Sam and the All Spark. He is also playable on the last mission where Optimus Prime is fought as the final boss. At the end, Optimus appears dead, but is then seen sneaking up towards the All Spark. Megatron stops him in his path and kills him with his flail. He then appears in the last cut scene where he rules Earth and orders Barricade, Starscream, Blackout and Brawl to kill off the rest of the human race.
Megatron is among the playable characters in the 2009 Revenge of the Fallen video game by Activision. In the game, he has two modes, Megatron (tank mode) and Megatron Flight (jetpack mode), the latter of which is only used in his fight against The Fallen after being betrayed.
Megatron is among the characters who appear in the TRANSFORMERS CVBERVERSE Battle Builder Game.
- Transformers Legends Megatron (2007)
- A simple, small-sized version of Megatron from the first movie. It transforms into his Cybertronian jet mode. This figure was later re-painted with blue parts as "Ice Megatron".
- Transformers Jollibee Megatron (2007)
- A kids meal toy promotional item available at Jollibee restaurants in the Philippines from June to July 2007. This toy was a slightly enlarged and simplified version of the Movie Legends mold.
- Transformers Fast Action Battlers Fusion Blast Megatron (2007)
- A Deluxe class toy with a simplified transformation for younger children. This toy is 15 centimeters tall. With movie Megatron's official height of 35 feet (1,067 centimeters), that makes this toy about 1/71 scale.
- Transformers Voyager Class Megatron (2007)
- This medium-sized version of Megatron features several "ice chunks" attached to the figure. The wings of Megatron's jet mode appear to be made out of translucent ice as well. The toy was repainted and re-released several times, often with other figures.
- Transformers Leader Class Megatron (2007)
- The largest version of Megatron from the first movie's toyline. The toy features "Advanced Automorph" technology exclusive to the Leader-class toys, which incorporates lights and sound along with mechanical movement during transformation. Megatron features a flail and fusion cannon in robot mode. This toy was re-released in a movie-accurate "Premium Series" version, with its mechanical screeching sounds replaced with the transformation sound effect from the original TV series.
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Megatron (2009)
- An all-new mold of the Legends figure.
- Revenge of the Fallen EZ Collection Battle Damage Megatron (2009)
- A Japan-exclusive redeco of the Legends figure with battle damage effects.
- Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Cannon Blast Megatron (2009)
- A new Deluxe Class toy for younger children that transforms into a tank. Due to the transformation, unlike with the other toys, Megatron's head is not visible in alternate mode.
- Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Megatron (2009)
- An all-new Voyager toy of Megatron, painted greenish gray rather than silver. This color scheme depicts Megatron awakened from the bottom of the ocean, wherein the greenish color represents the corrosion and ocean sediments on his body. Unlike the Leader Class toy, this Megatron has wings in his alternate mode, increasing his accuracy to the final film design. A new "MechAlive" feature consists of visible moving gears in the upper torso and a blade that automatically extends when the right arm is straightened from the elbow. The left arm, which forms the tank's barrel, can fire a projectile. Images of an alternately colored, bright green version of this toy have been leaked; it is unknown whether this is a prototype or a recolored version to be released at some point. Green is not the colour for Megatron.
- Revenge of the Fallen Gathering at the Nemesis Voyager Class Megatron (2009)
- A Toys "R" Us exclusive gift pack, featuring a silver redeco of the 2007 Voyager Megatron figure with Voyager The Fallen and Deluxe Soundwave (blue redeco).
- Revenge of the Fallen Leader Class Megatron (2009)
- An all-new toy of Megatron. In contrast to his Cybertronian jet mode from the first film, this Megatron transforms into a Cybertronian tank that features lights and sounds. His right arm is a cannon that fires projectiles and that also features a flip-down claw with a spring-loaded sword. The figure yells, "I am Megatron!" when a lever on the chest is pressed down. This figure was was repainted in purple and black and resold in late 2012 as a Transformers: Dark of the Moon Asia-exclusive figure by Takara-Tomy, labelled as "Dark Energon Edition" Leader Class Megatron.
- Revenge of the Fallen Leader Class Shadow Command Megatron (2009)
- A black/silver redeco of Leader Class Megatron. The phrase, "There is no command but mine!" replaces the recorded phrase of the original figure.
- Revenge of the Fallen Unite for the Universe Voyager Class Megatron (canceled)
- A movie-accurate silver redeco of the 2009 Voyager Megatron figure. Takara Tomy canceled the figure before it hit production. However, it appears that this variant will eventually resurface in the Megatron Rising gift set.
- Transformers: RPMs Battle Chargers Megatron (2010)
- A toy tank with pull-back action. When it hits an object, the top portion pops open and transforms into the robot's upper torso.
- Transformers Activators Megatron (2010)
- A Deluxe-sized toy designed for younger children that features instant transformation at the push of a button. This sub-line replaces both the Fast Action Battlers and Gravity Bots from the movie toy lines.
- Transformers The Victory of The Fallen Legends Class Megatron (2010)
- A Kmart Exclusive 5-pack, featuring A silver/gray redeco of the Legends figure. Bundled with other Legends figures of Fallen, Starscream, Optimus Prime and Jetfire.
- Transformers Megatron Rising Voyager Class Megatron (not yet released)
- A movie-accurate silver/gold redeco of the 2009 movie Voyager figure. bundled with Legends Class Constructicons Long Haul, Mixmaster, Rampage and Scrapper.
- Dark of the Moon Burger King Flip Out Megatron (2011)
- A BK Kids meal toy available at Burger King restaurants in the U.S. The toy consists of a detailed head that opens to reveal a small robot body, giving the overall figure a Bobblehead look. It also has a battery-operated sound feature, wherein the transformation noise plays at the push of a button.
- Dark of the Moon Robo Power Activators Megatron (2011)
- A small transforming toy of Megatron aimed at younger children. This toy automatically transforms from truck to robot when placed upright, as a button on the rear end deploys the robot parts when pressed against a flat surface.
- Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Commander Class Megatron (2011)
- A new Commander Class (formerly Scout Class) mold of Megatron.
- Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Commander Class Megatron with Blastwave Weapons Base (2011)
- A gift set that includes Commander Class Megatron and a tanker trailer. The trailer can unfold to become a weapons base with a missile launcher and two laser cannons. In addition, the trailer can also transform into a jet pack that attaches to Megatron's back.
- Dark of the Moon Voyager Class Megatron (2011)
- An all-new Voyager Class mold for Megatron, featuring his alternate mode as a Mack tanker truck. His Mech Tech weapon is a Fusion Cannon formed from the front end of the tanker trailer, with a retractable claw as its gimmick. The figure also comes with a rubbery "cloth" that acts as Megatron's cloak in robot mode and a tarp in vehicle mode.
- Timelines Cybertron's Most Wanted (2015)
- A BotCon 2015 exclusive boxed set. Megatron is a remold and recolor of Prime Arms Micron Voyager Breakdown.
- Comics Continuum
- Transformers Allspark Battles: Battle Jazz Vs. Ice Megatron - Product Detail
- ToyNews - Shadow Command Megatron
- TFW2005.com - Cyberverse Commander Megatron
- MovieWeb.com - Transformers: Dark of the Moon Megatron Toy Photos
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