The being known as Megatron started out as a nameless worker who took the name Megatronus (after a "mythical" character in Cybertronian history) during his days in the Gladiator ring. His name was shortened to simply Megatron by the chanting crowds at one match, and he took it as his own unique name.
Megatron is leader of the main group of Decepticons in the 2010 computer animated series Transformers: Prime. He believes that Earth-style forms are beneath him, preferring to hold onto his frequently-changed Cybertronian forms. After infusing dark energon in his system, Megatron's eyes flicker between red and purple.
Megatron replaced his arm with that of a dead Prime so that he could wield the Force of Solus, which he used to make the Dark Star Saber.
Megatron was a regular character in the Transformers: Prime animates series. As portrayed in the Exodus novel, Megatron was once the gladiator-turned-political revolutionary Megatronus, who was a mentor to the young archivist Orion Pax. However, when the High Council favored Orion's peaceful ways over Megatron's violent intentions, Megatron severed ties with Orion and officially started the Great War with his Decepticons, Soundwave being a chief follower. Megatron's actions eventually corrupted Cybertron, rendering the planet uninhabitable for life. After many failed attempts to kill Orion - who eventually was bestowed with the Matrix of Leadership - including a failed assassination attempt from Skyquake, Megatron vowed that only he would be the one who would slay Optimus Prime. After a skirmish on Earth with Optimus, Megatron leaves the planet for a deep-space mission, and is not heard from for three years, leaving Starscream in command.
As the series opens, Megatron returns to Earth thanks to Soundwave and Starscream, bringing with him a crystal made of the fabled Dark Energon and using it on the lifeless body of Cliffjumper to test its ability to revive the dead. Later, bent on obtaining a means of controlling the dark energon's power, Megatron risks his own life by stabbing himself with a shard of it. Now imbued with his new-found power, Megatron tests the dark energon at a burial site of Cybertronians in preparation of his master plan: using the rest of the Dark Energon on Cybertron via a Space Bridge, turning the planets' Cybertronian dead into an army of Terrorcons to help him defeat the Autobots and take over the Earth. Occasionally, his eyes change colors from red to purple. Though he succeeds in seeding Cybertron with Dark Energon, the Autobots manage to destroy the Space Bridge.
However, Megatron barely survived thanks to the dark energon before his life signal was detected by Soundwave and Starscream was forced to investigate. Finding Megatron, Starscream removes the shard to allow Megatron to die of his injuries, only to be forced to have him medically evacuated when Ratbat appears. Though he gets Knock-Out as a medic to keep Megatron stable, Starscream bribes him into convincing Soundwave to euthanize their leader. By then, to find a cure for Cybertronic Plague to save Optimus' life, Bumblebee enters Megatron's subconscious mind to find the cure. However, Bumblebee unknowingly made Megatron aware of his condition while he was living his fantasy of killing Optimus Prime. Though he agrees to give the Autobot the cure so he can kill Optimus in the real world in return for being restored, Ratchet scanned the cure as the plug is pulled off by Arcee. Though Starscream was forced to plug Megatron back in at Soundwave's demand, the Deception's body was rendered brain-dead as his consciousness escaped into Bumblebee. Soon, Megatron was able to use Bumblebee to find a shard of Dark Energon (the same one used to create the Terrorcons) and use it to revive his original body, and used the cortical psychic patch used by Bumblebee to enter his mind to transfer it back. The process, though briefly interrupted by Ratchet and Raf, was a success, and the Decepticon leader returned to service, but not before beating Starscream, confining him to the same operating table that he once lie on.
Megatron later reveals that he left Starscream alive because he found the traitor's antics (via watching from Soundwave's video recordings) amusing, but by "Rock Bottom" decides to end the charade, as he no longer finds it amusing. However, an encounter with the Autobots causes a cave-in, trapping Megatron under rubble. Megatron at one point encourages Jack Darby to kill him and seize the glory of the act, but the boy refuses. Megatron eventually frees himself, and coldly watches the similarly trapped Starscream beg for his life once more. With Starscream having been taught his place the hard way, Megatron frees him and allows him to live, but eventually Starscream is abandoned by Airachind. It is here that another reason Megatron allowed Starscream to live becomes apparent: Megatron is furious that his second-in-command is missing, because for all his flaws and treason, Starscream is still a vital part of the Decepticons' war effort. Though initially believing Starscream to be a captive of the Autobots, Megatron eventually promotes Airachnid to Starscream's position and tells his troops to take Starscream into custody if he should ever return.
In the season 1 finale, as his space bridge nears completion, Megatron is plagued by visions of Unicron and Dark Energon. Believing these to be signs of his destiny as the "rising darkness" of a prophecy from the Covenant of Primus, Megatron finds a volcano that he saw in his visions. Megatron then is challenged to a final deathmatch by Optimus, but just as Optimus is to deal the killing blow, Dark Energon erupts from within the volcano, giving Megatron the energy needed to promptly defeat Optimus in turn. Optimus is rescued by the Autobots, but Megatron has the Decepticons harvest the Dark Energon erupting from the volcano. As it becomes apparent that Unicron himself is awakening within the volcano and the Earth, Megatron places Airachind in command, and speaks to Unicron within the volcano, believing he will be employed by the Chaos Bringer since he apparently revived the deity. Unicron reveals that Megatron had no part in his return, and rejects the Decepticon leader's offer. Enraged, Megatron allies himself with Optimus to journey to the Earth's core, where Unicron's Spark lies. Thanks to the Dark Energon within him, Megatron is able to lead them to their destination, and though he is possessed by the Chaos Bringer, Optimus uses the Matrix of Leadership to defeat Unicron for good. However, Optimus has lost his memories and reverted to his Orion Pax persona, and Megatron takes him aboard the Nemesis as a fellow Decepticon.
Megatron reassumes his role as the kind mentor to Orion Pax he was before the start of the Great War, and puts Orion to work on Project: Iacon, to find various ancient Cybertronian relics and artifacts on Earth. Megatron lies to Orion, stating that the leader of the tyrannical Autobots, Ratchet, destroyed Cybertron and that the Decepticons are the benevolent faction. However, Orion begins to see through Megatron's facade after Starscream - who Megatron informed him was dead - plants seeds of doubt into the archivist's mind. Megatron resorts to threatening violence against Orion if he does not complete Project: Iacon, and goes to retake control of his Space Bridge, where the Autobots are working to retrieve the lost wisdom of the Prime's from Vector Sigma. Megatron easily crushes the collective Autobot team in battle, as well as Orion who comes to challenge him, and assumes that Arcee has the restored Matrix with her. However, it is this assumption that costs him Orion Pax when he is too late to stop Jack from restoring Orion Pax to Optimus Prime, much to the Decepticon leader's horror and rage.
In "Alpha: Omega", Megatron and Dreadwing go to Cybertron where Megatron claims the arm of an unidentified Prime so that he could use the Forge of Solus Prime to create his own version of the Star Saber which he calls the Dark Star Saber (forged from a shard of Dark Energon). Megatron's Dark Star Saber proves to be powerful enough to break Optimus Prime's Star Saber. Before Megatron can finish off Optimus Prime, Smokescreen arrives and claims the first Omega Key as he and Optimus Prime escaped through the ground bridge.
The Autobots decoded the locations of the Omega Keys and got the first key. Then Knock Out and Starscream got the second and third keys. The fourth and final one was inside Smokescreen the whole time. After the Decepticons kidnap him, Knock Out uses the phase shifter to get it out of him. After finding out the purpose of the keys, by using the cordical pyschic cordial patch on Smokescreen. When Megatron leaves Knockout alone with him, Smokescreen and Knockout fight over the phase shifter. He sticks Knockout in a wall and leaves him there. He takes the one the Decepticons had and his and escaped the ship, starting a free fall battle. After, he went back to the base. Starscream them went to steal the three the Autobots had. Starscream, now with all 4, uses them as a piece offereing to rejoin the Decepticons and Optimus was pretty angry about it.
Dreadwing, angry that Megatron allowed Starscrean to rejoin the Decepticons, give Optimus the Forge of Solus Prime, and attempts to kill Starscream but is killed in the process, by Megatron. Knockout and Starscream use the keys and findout the location of the Omega Lock, Optimus already knew its location and turns the Goundbridge into a spacebridge, and reforges the Star saber. They go to Cybertron, fighting off the Decepticons with relics, take back to keys and kill all the Vehicons. They go to the Omega Lock. Sadly, it's a victory short lived, as the Decepticon force them to give them back the keys, or they will expose Jack, Miko, and Raf to Cybertron's toxic atmosphere. The Autobots give them the keys, with Megatron uses to rebuild the Hall of Records, then he opens a space bridge, and tries to terraform Earth into a new planet called New Kaon. Optimus takes his Star Saber and cuts off Megatron's arm and destroys the Omega Lock, leaving Cybertron in its liveless state forever. They retreat back to Earth, only to find that Jasper, Nevada has now been changed into a gaint fortress. The Nemesis lands there, and Optimus discovers they gave found there base. Vehicons start attacking the base. Wheeljack and Agent Fowler try and hold off the new Vehicons. Optimus has Team Prime split up to different parts of the country. Ratchet was last asking Optimus where he would go, Optimus said he would stay behind and destroy the groundbridge, so the Decepticons would not find them. Outside, Wheeljack's Jack Hammer is shot down by Starscream. The Decepticons blow up the base with Optimus inside. Agent Fowler and June Darby watch in horror. Megatron and Starscream go the remains of the base. Laughing about their victory, as the screen pans over to see Optimus's arm sticking out off the rubble.
As the Decepticons were unable to find any corpses in the rubble, Megatron ordered worldwide surveillance. He got the opportunity to test his new citadel's fusion cannons on some foolishly attacking humans, and contacted Agent Fowler, claiming to want to co-exist peacefully with humanity. With the continuing failure of Starscream to get any information out of the captive Wheeljack, Megatron sent Knock Out to Cybertron to search for the relics lost during the Omega Lock battle. He was pleased when Knock Out returned with the long lost Shockwave. Megatron appointed Shockwave his first lieutenant in charge of science. With failures mounting, including an aborted attempt by Starscream to track down the Autobots by freeing Wheeljack with a tracking device attached, Megatron's anger grew, leading Shockwave to bring to Earth a Predacon he had cloned. Scattered The beast was dispatched, but to Megatron's disappointment it returned empty-handed. Megatron was furious when Starscream scattered their troops in pursuit of phantom Autobot signals, shortly before Darkmount itself was attacked. The Decepticon leader cut short Ultra Magnus's attempt to assault the fusion cannon control room, and ordered the Autobots executed. Before this could be done, Optimus Prime turned up, comprehensively beating up Megatron and throwing him into the fusion cannon power core. Despite his protests, the other Decepticons dragged Megatron back to the Nemesis before the Autobots brought the citadel crashing to the ground.
Instead the Decepticons turned their attentions to cloning, with Megatron ordering the creation of more Predacons. When the existing Predacon returned, Megatron ordered Starscream to take command of it. He later dispatched the beast and his first lieutenant to Scotland when a team searching for fossils there failed to report in. Megatron was displeased when it turned out Starscream had lost the Apex Armor, and was even less impressed when Starscream caused damage to the communications dish. Knock Out, at least, did not disappoint the Decepticon leader when he returned with another Predacon fossil. After some near-missteps in gathering the fossils required, Megatron hinted Shockwave should restrict himself to working in the laboratory in future. Megatron discovered that Knock Out and Starscream had been experimenting with Synthetic Energon and had accidentally created a zombie-like plague. After the situation resulted in Airachnid being freed and the loss of the Insecticons, Megatron gave Knock Out orders to turn all of his experiments over to Shockwave, and reserved a special punishment for Starscream. During a visit to Shockwave's off-site laboratory, Megatron was shocked to learn that the Predacon could transform and was intelligent enough to speak. Though Predaking affirmed he was loyal to Megatron, the Decepticon leader suspected that once Predaking discovered that the Predacons were superior to ordinary Decepticons, he would turn against them. The Decepticons quickly realised they'd need to terminate Shockwave's cloning process, and Starscream came up with a plan to pin it on the Autobots which succeeded splendidly.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the Decepticons discovered that the Synthetic Energon stored in the lab had created Cybermatter. With this discovery in mind, Megatron put Shockwave in charge of perfecting the Synthetic Energon formula, however they quickly realized that the Omega Lock would needed to be repaired to allow for its targeted delivery, and that Ratchet would be needed to complete the formula. Megatron told Shockwave he had decided that Earth and Cybertron were two halves of the same coin, and he intended to rule both. As the Autobots continued to interfere in their plans, Megatron had Predaking take part in protecting the Vehicons, though he insisted it be done with the Predacon in beast mode. After the Decepticons captured Ratchet and failed to extract the information they needed via cortical psychic patch, Megatron turned on the charm. Once he showed Ratchet the Omega Lock they'd reconstructed, the Autobot reluctantly agreed to help them. Despite several missteps which he encouraged his men to correct, Megatron was pleased when the Synth-En formula was perfected, and promptly rewarded Ratchet by giving the Autobot to Predaking as a chew toy. Unfortunately Ratchet turned Predaking against him, and Megatron found himself facing the Predacon in combat. With some help from Starscream, Megatron defeated Predaking and expelled him from the ship, however the Decepticons then found their warship under attack from the Autobots. Megatron intercepted Optimus Prime, damaging the Autobot's jet pack, and proceeded to duel with his foe atop the Omega Lock, all the while giving orders to Shockwave to prepare the Lock for firing. When Bumblebee attempted to pass Optimus the Star Saber, Megatron blasted the scout, killing him. He prepared to finish off Optimus as well, but Bumblebee was restored by the Omega Lock and ran Megatron through with the Star Saber. Megatron's lifeless body fell from the Omega Lock and plummeted Earthward.
Later Megatron's body lay at the bottom of the ocean until it was revived and restructured by Unicron. Megatron found himself a prisoner in his own body, tortured by his new master and unable to do anything other than observe. Unicron returned to Cybertron, intending to destroy the planet and end Primus. Megatron tricked him into fighting Predaking, reasoning that if their shared body was damaged enough, Unicron would leave it, however Unicron managed to beat Predaking and raised an army of Predacon Terrorcons with which to attack Cybertron's core. Megatron was only finally freed when Optimus tricked Unicron, drawing the dark god's anti-spark into a suitable container. Though Starscream believed Megatron would once again lead the Decepticons, Megatron had tasted oppression and no longer wished to inflict it, declaring the Decepticon movement dead and flying off.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015)
Megatron was a regular mentioned in the Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) animates series.
In episode "Pilot, Part 1", though Megatron was no where to be seen, a statue of him was erected on the reborn Cybertron.
In episode "Freedom Fighters", it turned out that after Cyclonus's Decepticon cell had taken over the High Council, they began making preparations for Megatron's return, either unaware of, or unwilling to believe, the former gladiator renouncing conquest.
In episode "More than Meets the Eye", as he had "helped save the universe from Starscream, Megatron, and Dark Energon," Bumblebee refused to be defeated by Bisk.
In episode "W.W.O.D.?" Fixit once thought a map looked like Megatron's face.
In episode "Battlegrounds, Part 2", during their battle, Drift mistook Megatronus for Megatron.
In episode "Portals", Megatron was "light years away" by the time Soundwave managed to escape the Shadowzone.
As the High Council's plans neared completion, they genetically engineered a quartet of Activator Mini-Cons to help free Soundwave from the Shadowzone, with the intent that the communication chief summon Megatron so he could lead the Decepticons back to glory. The Bee Team thwarted Soundwave however. Upon confronting the High Council, the Decepticons combined into Galvatronus who decided that the Decepticon Empire would be reborn and thriving for whenever Megatron returned.
Megatron appears in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. In the Decepticon Campaign, Megatron fights to return Cybertron to his version of the "golden age" by any means necessary. He discovers a source of all-powerful dark energon guarded by Starscream in a research station in orbit. Despite warnings from Starscream and his partner Jetfire that dark energon destroys all those who come into contact with it, Megatron obtains it and immerses himself in it. He can now spread dark energon anywhere he wants.
With this new power Megatron plans to infect the core of Cybertron with dark energon as a means of destroying all who resist his rule. For this plan to succeed, Megatron launches a full-scale attack on Iacon, the autobot capital looking for an item called the "Omega Key" which unlocks the gates to the core. They learn that autobot leader Zeta Prime has placed the key under his personal guard. Megatron's forces enter his chambers and defeat him in battle, taking him prisoner. Zeta Prime tells Megatron that the Omega Key is not actually the key, but the means to activate the true key: a giant autobot known as Omega Supreme. Upon activation, Omega Supreme chases and attacks Megatron and his minions relentlessly. Megatron, realizing his impending peril, hatches a plan to lure Omega Supreme to a rooftop defended with heavy turrets, where Omega Supreme is ambushed. Omega Supreme sustains heavy damage and plummets into Cybertron's lower levels.
The Decepticons follow Omega Supreme and engage him in a lengthy final battle, in which Omega Supreme is finally defeated and captured by the Decepticons. Megatron forces Omega Supreme to open the door to Cybertron's core and travels there with his minions. Upon arrival, Megatron infects the core of Cybertron with dark energon, corrupting all of Cybertron.
In the Nintendo DS game War for Cybertron: Decepticons Megatron and Brawl are the initial two characters playable in the game.
Megatron appeared in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
Megatron appears as one of the Hub Carolers in a Christmas themed commercial for The Hub.
- Generations Deluxe Class Cybertronian Megatron (2010)
- A new mold, based on his appearance in the War for Cybertron video game. Transforms into a Cybertronian tank with launching missile. Has two vehicle modes: one as a hovercraft, the other as a tank with treads. This toy was picked at the 6th best toy of 2010 by Topless Robot.
- Generations Rage Over Cybertron (2011)
- A 4-pack with recolors of Generations Megatron, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. A Toys-R-Us store exclusive.
- Prime Deluxe Optimus Prime vs. Megatron Entertainment Pack (2011)
- A gift set that includes the Deluxe Optimus Prime and Megatron figures, plus figurines of Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai and Raf Esquivel and a DVD of the first episode of Prime.
- Prime Voyager Powerizer Megatron (2012)
- A new Voyager Class mold of Prime Megatron. The figure's main gimmick is a fusion cannon that changes into a sword that lights up.
- Prime Voyager Megatron (2012)
- Arms Micron Voyager Megatron with Gora and Hades (2012)
- A Takara exclusive recolor of the US version of the toy that comes with twin Arms Microns, Gora and Hades.
- Prime Cyberverse Commander Megatron (2012)
- A new mold. Early releases of this toy included a Mini-DVD with the episode of Transformers: Prime called "Masters and Students".
- Transformers Prime episodes #1-5 "Darkness Rising Parts 1-5"
- Transformers Prime episodes #6 "Masters and Students"
- Transformers Prime episodes #13 "Sick Mind"
- Transformers Prime episodes #14 "Out Of His Head"
- MTV.com - Learn How Bumblebee Lost His Voice in This Short Story from Exodus Author Alex Irvine
- Topless Robot.com