Galvatron is one of the main antagonists of the transformers franchise.He served as the secondary antagonist of The Transformers: The Movie, the main antagonist of The Transformers TV series in Seasons 3 and 4, and a major antagonist of Marvel's the Transformers comics.
He is Megatron's more powerful upgraded form, created by Unicron himself, with a significantly different personality. At first, he was made to serve Unicron and destroy the Matrix of Leadership, but he rebelled against his master. He regained leadership over the Decepticons and continues to battle the Autobots. In the Transformers Marvel UK comics, Galvatron is depicted as a time traveler from 20 years in the future.
In various post Generation 1 stories, such as Robots in Disguise (2001), the Unicron Trilogy, and the 2014 film Transformers: Age of Extinction, the name Galvatron is given to an upgraded Megatron, albeit with no change in personality or portrayal. In some versions, Galvatron was a separate entity from Megatron like the in IDW comics and aligned continuity.
In the 1986 film, he was voiced by the late Leonard Nimoy, who also played Sentinel Prime in Dark of the Moon. In the cartoon, he was voiced by Frank Welker, who also played his original form Megatron.
Becoming GalvatronAfter Megatron was severely injured by Optimus Prime and was tossed out of Astrotrain, by Starscream, he and the other badly injured Decepticons were floating in space. As they were floating in space, they eventually came across Unicron. Because of his success in killing Optimus, Megatron was demanded by Unicron to destroy Optimus' Matrix of Leadership, which was passed down to their new leader; Ultra Magnus. In return, Megatron was offered a new body and new troops to command, along with a ship for transportation, and that Unicron would let him live. Megatron initially declined the offer as he did not want to be a servant towards anyone. However, Megatron quickly accepted Unicron's terms after Unicron attempted to kill him. Megatron was then fully repaired with a new body and transformation, and was renamed, Galvatron. Upon acquiring his new henchmen; Scourge, the Sweeps, and Cyclonus, as well as acquiring a new ship, Galvatron departed for Cybertron to be proclaimed as the true leader of the Decepticons, and to kill Starscream as well. When Galvatron reached Cybertron, interrupting Starscream's coronation, Starscream asked if he was Megatron. But Galvatron replied by transforming into a cannon, and shooting a powerful energy beam into Starscream, killing him. After he killed Starscream, all of the Decepticons declared him as their new leader.
Assault on the Autobots
Shortly after being declared the Decepticons' true leader, Galvatron witnessed Unicron devouring both of Cybertron's moons. Galvatron cursed Unicron for destroying Cybertron's Moons, stating that they rightfully belonged to him. Unicron responded by torturing Galvatron's mind with a powerful telepathy. After being tortured, Galvatron, along with a few other Decepticons, went to Earth and attacked the Autobots. Galvatron chased the Autobots into space and attempted to destroy their ships. He managed to destroy the ship that contained Hot Rod, Kup, and the Dinobots inside. To prevent the other Autobots from being destroyed by Galvatron, Ultra Magnus used the Emergency Separation. This caused 3/4th of the ship to separate from the main part of the ship. Not suspecting a thing, Galvatron destroyed the lower portion of the ship, believing that both the Autobots and the Matrix were destroyed. But Unicron knew that the Autobots, and the Matrix, were still alive and intact, so he tortured Galvatron with another powerful telepathy for failing.
Acquiring the Matrix
When Galvatron asked why he was being tortured, Unicron told him that the Autobots are alive and are currently hiding on the Planet of Junk. After getting the information, Galvatron, along with a small army of Decepticons launched an assault on the Autobots while they were repairing their ship. Ultra Magnus attempted to open the Matrix, but it wouldn't open. After being denied the Matrix, Galvatron commanded the Sweeps to kill Ultra Magnus. Upon Magnus' death, Galvatron acquired the Matrix, and decided to use the Matrix to enslave Unicron.
Knowing that Galvatron had betrayed him, Unicron transformed into his robot mode and decided to slowly destroy Cybertron while Galvatron witnessed the destruction. Knowing that Cybertron was about to perish, Galvatron decided to join the fight and attacked Unicron, but was grabbed and eaten. When the Autobots managed to get inside Unicron, Hot Rod got separated from the others and eventually encountered Galvatron.
Fighting Hot Rod
A=t first, Galvatron wanted to help the Autobots destroy Unicron, but Unicron tortured Galvatron's mind again and told him to destroy Hot Rod and then the Matrix. Hot Rod decided to use speed and stealth to fight Galvatron, but was grabbed and nearly choked to death. Galvatron gloated to Hot Rod about how pitifully easy Autobots died; first Optimus Prime, then Ultra Magnus (though he did not know that Ultra Magnus was repaired and revived), and finally Hot Rod. It seemed that Galvatron was about to kill Hot Rod, but Hot Rod grabbed the Matrix, and was transformed into Rodimus Prime. He was proven to be more than a match for Galvatron and proceeded to throw Galvatron out of Unicron. Rodimus then uses Matrix to eradicate Unicron, finally killed him while Galvatron himself still hurling somewhere to the outer space.
Now leaderless and forced off Cybertron by the Autobots, the Decepticons retreated to the ruined world of Chaar, where they bickered and fought amongst each other over their limited energon resources. Galvatron's Unicron-created lieutenants, Cyclonus and Scourge, set out to find their leader. Using the information stored in Unicron's memory banks, they traced Galvatron to the planet Thrull. They found him immersed in a pool of lava-like plasma, and rescued him only to discover that the plasma had seeped into Galvatron's head casing and the heat had permanently damaged his "metaprocessor", causing him to go irreversibly insane. Upon regaining his freedom, he thrashed Cyclonus and Scourge and blew up Thrull.
Galvatron led the Decepticons on many adventures against the Autobots throughout 2006, though his insanity would usually lead to each mission ending in failure. During this period, Galvatron was faced with Starscream returned in the form of a ghost. By the time of Webworld, his derangement became so severe, Cyclonus had to trick Galvatron into taking therapy sessions on Torkulon. After nearly murdering an attendant during a word-association session and somehow building a gun in arts and crafts, Galvatron was deemed incurable by conventional methods. The doctors attempted to use living extensions of the planet to give him a lobotomy, but Galvatron broke free and murdered the sentient organic core of Torkulon. After that, he razed the entire planet's civilization, leaving them so broken it would take centuries to rebuild. That being said, from this point onward, Galvatron was slightly more mentally stable.
In The Burden Hardest to Bear, Galvatron was pleased when Dead End and Wildrider gained the Matrix of Leadership from Rodimus Prime. Galvatron tried to load the Matrix into his particle cannon as a power source, but it summoned the ghosts of departed Autobot leaders. They scared Galvatron into getting rid of the Matrix, but Scourge claimed the Matrix for himself and managed to magnify his power. Scourge used his newfound might to overthrow Galvatron and Cyclonus, temporarily claiming control of the Decepticons. Galvatron and Cyclonus eventually recovered and came to Earth just after Scourge lost the Matrix back to Rodimus. After blasting him, Galvatron soon accepted Scourge back into the Decepticons.
When the Hate Plague began to sweep the universe, Galvatron was able to avoid infection initially, teaming up with the resurrected Optimus Prime in order to recover a protective alloy that would shield the user from the plague's effects. Somewhat ironically, when Galvatron first saw the effects of the Plague at the Morgans' lab, he uttered that the infected Autobots and some of his fellow Decepticons had "all gone mad," and that said lab with the infected Transformers was no place for him. However, he became infected in the process of recovering the alloy, but was eventually cured along with all of the other victims of the plague when Optimus Prime unleashed the power of the Matrix. It also seemed that Galvatron may have actually been cured of his own inherent insanity, as he refused to continue the conflict there and then, he walked towards Prime which made him to refuse Swofford and Morgan's apology and shook Prime's hand, saying that he had earned his respect.
A year later in 2007, however, the short truce ended as Galvatron formulated a new plan. Although appearing quite coherent throughout the scheme, it was truly his most insane yet - rejecting notions of conquest, Galvatron now sought the utter destruction of both Cybertron and Earth. To this end, he dispatched his troops to Cybertron, in order to recover the key to the Plasma Energy Chamber. Failing to do so, a plasma energy explosion sent the Autobots — possessing the key — and his Decepticons to the planet Nebulos. While the Cyclonus-led Decepticons sought to reclaim the key and return to Cybertron, he led the main attack force on Cybertron. Victorious on Cybertron, Galvatron had a colossal rocket engine constructed on the planet's surface, which propelled Cybertron into Earth's orbit (for the second time during the Transformers television series). His troops soon returned from Nebulos with the key, but in their absence, they had become binary-bonded to the planet's organic inhabitants as Headmasters and Targetmasters - a union which Galvatron thoroughly objected to, threatening to destroy the Nebulons immediately. However, the Nebulon leader known as Lord Zarak was able to stay Galvatron's hand, as he now possessed the Plasma Energy Chamber key. Galvatron then used the key to open the chamber, releasing the energy with the intent of driving the Earth's sun supernova, destroying both planets. Galvatron and the other Decepticons then attempted to flee inside Scorponok, but a tendril of plasma energy struck the giant craft, sending the Decepticons hurtling off into deep space. Spike Witwicky and the Autobot-allied Nebulons were subsequently able to foil Galvatron's scheme and use the excess solar energy to re-energise Cybertron, restoring its Golden Age, but Galvatron was not finished yet, and began his plans for the future, proclaiming that the Decepticons would build a more powerful planet and use it to rule the galaxy. However, as this was the end of the American cartoon series, Galvatron's future plans never came to light.
Including both the US and UK Marvel comics, there were at least two different time travelling Galvatrons, the first coming from the future of The Movie, which due to time travel became an alternate future. Aside from the adaptation of the Movie, the original Galvatron exclusively appeared in the Marvel UK comics.
In The Planet Eater, Megatron, critically wounded after his last battle with Optimus Prime, was cast out of Astrotrain on the journey back to Cybertron in 2006. He was found by Unicron and recreated as Galvatron, along with Cyclonus and Scourge. In Judgement Day, Galvatron killed Starscream and reclaimed leadership of the Decepticons. After witnessing Unicron consume one of Cybertron's moons, Galvatron reprimanded Unicron for eating one of his moons, to which Unicron psychically tortured him, and he was ordered to attack Autobot City on Earth.
However, Galvatron istead decided to free himself from Unicron's shackles, by timejumping back twenty years. Galvatron intended to create a device that would be powerful enough to destroy Unicron in 2006. Galvatron brought Cyclonus and Scourge with him, and as an effect of time-travel, displaced the Autobots Prowl, Ratchet, and Optimus. Seeking to ally with his past self, Galvatron travelled to the Decepticon base, and explained himself to Megatron, without mentioning he was his future self. Megatron did not believe him, but failed to best him. Galvatron deposed his past self as Decepticon leader and put the Constructicons to work building a massive laser cannon which he would then hide on Earth and unleash on Unicron when the time was right. However, after hearing that the 1986-era Ultra Magnus would be arriving, Galvatron had to alter his plan.
Capturing the spying Jazz, Galvatron lured the Autobots into a battle which he used to prove his superiority. The Autobots and Megatron briefly formed an alliance to stop the three future Decepticons, and Hot Rod, Blurr and Kup came from the future to help. Present-day Ultra Magnus kept Galvatron occupied as the future Autobots set-up a trap. Galvatron duelled and defeated Ultra Magnus, returning to his laser cannon only for it to be destroyed in a huge explosion. Galvatron emerged from the wreckage to see what he thought was Starscream (but was an unconscious Skywarp in disguise), and in a fit of anger, blew him up. After a second he realised that if he destroyed Starscream in the past, then he couldn't destroy him in the future. Figuring that he was in an alternate past, and he could not affect his future, Galvatron and his troops returned to their proper time.
Now returned in the 21st century, as seen in Judgement Day, Galvatron and his minions attacked Ultra Magnus's Autobots as they attempted to make their way off-planet. They were waylaid when the Autobot commander triggered a domino effect within an asteroid field to jam the Decepticons' sensors, a trick Galvatron remembered being used against him when he was Megatron. Galvatron caught up to his prey, and began blasting the Autobots' ships. Ultra Magnus tricked Galvatron into believing he had succeeded in destroying his vessel.
In The Final Battle, Galvatron learned that the Autobots had survived, and followed them to Junkion, where he managed to retrieve the Matrix. Galvatron then tried to use it's power against Unicron, but found he was unable to open the talisman. Unicron consumed Galvatron for his treachery, and, within the chaos-bringer's body, Galvatron confronted Hot Rod. During their fight, Hot Rod reclaimed the Matrix and was transformed into Rodimus Prime, then used his new strength to hurl Galvatron through Unicron's hide and into the void of space.
Marvel's the Transformers (UK)
At the moment of his defeat, however, Galvatron used the time jump device to return to the 20th century, on a more permanent basis. Arriving in 1987, Galvatron crashlanded into Earth like a meteor, damaging his mental state. This caused Galvatron to believe the Cybertron Seven, a group of Autobots who had noticed his arrival, were Rodimus Prime, and easily bested them. After this, Galvatron them faced the Dinobots. However, a group of Shockwave-led Decepticons discovered him, and Shockwave, having discovered how dangerous Galvatron is from Soundwave, ordered them to aid the Autobots. The combined efforts of the Decepticons and the Dinobots, with the remote help of Professor Morris, managed to be a match for him. Galvatron retreated, not wishing to harm the Decepticons, who he wished to command.
Rivalry with Shockwave
Aspects of Evil
According to the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page, this version of Galvatron was created from a Megatron by Unicron, along with his own Cyclonus and Scourge. They helped destroy their home reality and several more, before Cyclonus was decapitated by a Megatron attempting to defend his home universe. The Bludgeon of this reality joined the Heralds, and they were eventually joined by Dirge and Thunderwing.
Armada: Worlds Collide
Galvatron and his four fellow heralds travelled into the Dreamwave Armada universe to prepare the way for Unicron. While the others defeated the Decepticon forces on Cybertron and took control of the space bridge Nexus, Galvatron was headed to Earth to track down Over-Run, a Mini-Con refugee from a Cybertron that Unicron had consumed, as Over-Run carried the Mini-Con Matrix, which contained the essence of the Mini-Cons from his reality, so was a possible threat. When Galvatron arrived in San Francisco, he was distracted by several Transformers, including Starscream, Hot Shot, and Thrust, but easily defeated them. However, they managed to distract him long enough for Over-Run to escape.
When the Megatron of this reality launched his attack on the Autobots on Earth, Galvatron arrived to destroy him, declaring that he had killed "many" Megatrons in other realities. Despite his putting up a struggle, Megatron was pummelled within an inch of his life, but before Galvatron could finish him off, the Air Defense Mini-Con Team intervened, forming the Star Saber. This allowed Megatron to overwhelm and eventually destroy Galvatron, hacking his corpse to pieces.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
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Transformers IDW Comics
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Galvatron appears in the IDW comics as a separate entity from Megatron and the main villain of phase 2 of the series.
While Megatron does not rename himself "Galvatron" in Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising, Unicron does reformat Megatron into a new form which somewhat resembles the original incarnation of Galvatron as well as Unicron himself, but is never referred to as such in the movie itself. Additionally, the new form is not a separate character and is controlled entirely by Unicron until he was exorcised from Megatron, allowing Megatron to control his body once more.
A version of Galvatron is also mentioned in the backstory of the Aligned Universe as a leader of a cult of chaos in Cybertron's distant past.
Transformers Cinematic Universe
Prime Wars Trilogy
While Galvatron does not appear in the Prime Wars Trilogy, it is revealed that Megatron was once reformatted by Unicron, presumably in a similar manner to The Movie, to act as his Herald. At some point, however, Galvatron would be returned to his old self.
Many years later, Unicron would try and use the Matrix of Chaos to reformat Megatron back into Galvatron, to act as his host. Refusing to be controlled, Megatron allowed Optimus Primal to kill Unicron and himself with the Requiem Blaster before he could be transformed.
|“||I will rip open Ultra Magnus, and every other Autobot until the Matrix has been destroyed. To Cybertron!||„|
|~ Galvatron's first words.|
|“||I, Galvatron, shall crush you just as Megatron crushed Prime!||„|
|~ Galvatron to the Autobots.|
|“||First, Prime. Then, Ultra Magnus. And now, YOU!! It's a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction!||„|
|~ Galvatron suffocating Hot Rod.|
|“||Before a society can move forward, all must agree on the rules. Now kneel!||„|
|~ Galvatron, Fight or Flee|
|“||Does your pathetic Autobot Code demand sacrifices? Must I destroy you to stop you?||„|
|~ Galvatron when fighting Ultra Magnus.|
|“||For all their supposed omnipotence, even gods can be conned!||„|
|~ Galvatron II, on manipulating Primus.|
- Galvatron was voiced by the late Leonard Nimoy in the Transformers: The Movie, and by Frank Welker in the third season of the animated series Transformers: Generation 1. Apparently, despite the movie being set before the show's third season, the later began production before the motion picture was finished. By the time Nimoy was casted, Welker already recorded the voice of Galvatron for the first episode arc Five Faces of Darkness. This explain why Galvatron's voice and personality are completely different from the movie. Later, the author added an out-of-universe explanation saying that Galvatron suffered from brain damage after his defeat at the end of the first movie.
- Frank Welker also provided the voice of Galvatron in Transformers: Age of Extinction albeit with a much different voice akin to his portrayal of Megatron in the Transformers Prime animated series.
- In The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2 he played a larger role alongside with Optimus Prime as an anti-hero. For his heroic roles: he and Optimus battled the infected Transformers on Chaar, he guided Optimus to the throne room filled with metallic alloy that the Terrorcons had stolen and he walked towards Optimus which made Optimus to refuse Swofford and Morgan's apology (because he was angry at the scientists for releasing the spores across the galaxy and he and Optimus didn't trust them as well).
- While Target 2006 doesn't specify at when precisely during The Transformers: The Movie Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge travel back in time. However, it's mentioned Unicron has tortured Galvatron at least once, and Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr are still on Earth when they go back in time. Many, including the TFWiki, place it before Galvatron's attack on Autobot City.
- Given that Galvatron treats the Straxus-created Megatron clone as his future self, and remembers events from his perspective, it is possible that he was created from the clone of Megatron, rather than the original Megatron.
- Given that the clone was created due to the events of the Prey arc, when Straxus made his first attempt to possess Megatron, which only happened due to the events of Target 2006, it is very possible that during the events of the Movie, Galvatron was created from the one and only Megatron. Due to the consequences of his trip through time, Galvatron unknowingly rewrites his own history so that the Megatron clone took the place of the original, and became Galvatron.
- In Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001 cartoon) and throughout the Unicron Trilogy, "Galvatron" is voiced by the same actors who voiced Megatron, Danial Riordan and David Kaye respectfully. This is because the Galvatron in both these series is Megatron having taken on a different name.
- This was so that Hasbro could not lose the trademark on the Galvatron name.
- The G1 Galvatron who appeared as a Herald of Unicron in Dreamwave's Armada comics, was included due to being a favourite of Simon Furman's, who wrote both the Armada comic, and Galvatron's appearances in the Marvel comics.
- Despite the comic being set in a version of the Unicron Trilogy, the concept for the Heralds is that they were from numerous different G1 universes that were consumed by Unicron, and were recruited by him.
- Megatron in the second live action Transformers film was originally going to be named Galvatron after his resurrection. He kept his original name, however, to avoid any confusion.
- However, he was eventually named Galvatron in the fourth movie, as he eventually gained a powerful new body thanks to the humans who used his spark to make an artificial transformer that they called Galvatron, effectively reviving/evolving him in process much like Unicron did to Megatron in other versions.
- Unused concept art of Galvatron in Dark of the Moon was created by Massive Black artist Bruno 'Nox' Gore. It is unknown if he was intended to be an upgrade of Megatron, or a separate character.
- Galvatron's portrayal in the film series is more similar to that of Nemesis Prime's, though his physical appearance is hybrid between Optimus Prime and Megatron's original appearance.
- Most incarnations of Galvatron are either silvery white and purple with some exceptions. His design may be a reference to Megatron's original design or Galvatron's original color scheme in the first toyline release (see first picture above).
- In the original G1 Transformers cartoon, however, Galvatron was intended to be depicted as silvery white and purple instead of being purple but was altered to match the same color scheme as his henchmen Cyclonus and Scourge, particularly to show he was a reformatted servant of Unicron. This colour scheme of his is still used in some of the comic adaptations, as well as his later incarnations. It is also possible his color altering in the G1 cartoon may have to do something with Megatron's original ability to transform into a pistol gun.
- In the video games, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, one of R.O.B.'s alternate costumes is based on Armada Galvatron's color scheme.
- His truck form is later used for the Sonic The Hedgehog Movie, only with a black and red color scheme as opposed to gray and blue.