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|~ The most often spoken word by Megatron.
|~ Megatron ordering his minions to revert to their robot modes.
|“||So wretched. So misshapen. So… organic. I will destroy them.||„|
|~ Megatron's view on organics.
Megatron is the main antagonist of the Beast Wars saga of the Transformers franchise, serving as the main antagonist of both the TV Shows Beast Wars and Beast Machines.
He was a predacon. He eventually became the commander of the Darksyders, a gang of renegades, after Megatron found the Tripredacus Council too slow in their tactics for Galactic Conquest, intending to bring Predacon reign all by himself. After crashing onto Prehistoric Earth during one of his tactics of conquest, Megatron becomes archenemies with Optimus Primal, leader of a gang of explorers for the Maximals, the Predacons' archenemies, leading to an armed conflict on the planet called the Beast Wars, with both archenemies serving as the main figures of the war.
Before he can be truly defeated in the Beast Wars when strapped to the outside of an Autobot shuttle the Maximals use to return to Cybertron, Megatron grasps a final opportunity to win the Beast Wars by freeing himself during the transwarp sequence and jump off the ship, arriving in Cybertron earlier than them with no one expecting his return. Taking the opportunity, Megatron then uses a virus to infect the entire population of Cybertron and extracts their sparks, before using their bodies to construct mindless drones called the Vehicons that he programs to serve him. With this, Megatron intends to remake Cybertron into the perfect technosphere in which only he is the superior intelligence that controls the planet.
He was voiced by David Kaye, who would later voice Megatron in the Unicron Trilogy, Apocalypse in X-Men: Evolution, and The Stretch Monster in the 2nd season of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.
|“||Optimus Primal: Megatron! Don't! Their power is beyond what you can imagine! You can't control it.
Megatron: I AM power.
|~ Megatron showing how big an ego he really has.
Megatron is the ruthlessly pragmatic leader of the Darksyders. He is willing to sacrifice his own teammates to further his own agenda to conquer Cybertron. It is fitting that he has proven to be much more strategic and manipulative than his namesake, in which in his plans to succeed, he plays everyone in order to gain his victory. Whatever opportunity he has, Megatron takes it if it benefits him, like a chance to escape during the transwarp sequence of the shuttle he is strapped to. If anything proves to be a good asset, Megatron will make an effort to claim it, whether it be an alien probe or a powerful being like Protoform X/Rampage, being willing to reprogram Rhinox into a Predacon when knowing about his true strength.
Perhaps the best way to demonstrate how much of an excellent strategist Megatron is is by how well he incorporates his own minions' treachery. Both Tarantulas's status as the mole within his team and Blackarachnia's treachery were needed for Megatron to end up finding the Ark, and he specifically chose Rhnixo's spark to be housing in Tankor's body after knowing firsthand how deceptive and treacherous an evil Rhinox can be, allowing him to operate his own agenda to end up gaining the Key to Vector Sigma for him. There are other ways to show how manipulative Megatron is, rather than playing his own treacherous minions. Using the mentally unstable state of Inferno, he manages to spark undying loyalty from the insane fire ant Predacon, and using a useable piece of the destroyed Golden Disk, Megatron plays a transmission of the Decepticon Megatron to reign Ravage to his side in his quest to find the Ark, to which they both form a partnership.
Megatron is also highly egotistical. He blames the Maximals or his minions for mistakes, as his ego makes him believe he is perfect. His entire goal in Beast Machines is to remake Cybertron in his image where he is the superior intelligence that controls the entire planet. The very reason he became a renegade is that he viewed the Tripredacus Council's approach in galactic conquest as far too slow and that his methods are better, and his gloating occasionally led to the heroes getting the upper hand. It should be noted that, despite Megatron's immense ego, he has the skills to back it up, in which they seem more of him viewing his own skills rationally rather than overestimating them. This is demonstrated as he manages to use an opportunity to win the Beast Wars, but to conquer Cybertron itself much more quickly than the Tripredacus Council tried to, already being the more successful strategist. Also despite his big ego, Megatron is willing to accept some flaws or the advantages the heroes have and is willing to adapt to give himself the upper hand.
He also has an immense flair for the theatrical. Megatron talks to himself, engaging in "intelligent" conversations, with his entire transformation into a Transmetal II dragon having led to him being very prophetic, quoting multiple times from the Covenant of Primus when he was causing mass destruction using the Nemesis. He always speaks in a polite tone while engaging in his own activities, like spending time in the Energon tubs or brushing the teeth of his dinosaur head, and has a liking towards saying the word "yes", quoting the word frequently. He even gives Quickstrike an actual trial, in which he is even dressed properly as the judge to show how much he loves to indulge in theatricality. However, following his success in conquering Cybertron, he dropped many of his theatrical antics for most of the series, having a very cold and detached demeanor. However, by the end of Beast Machines, Megatron regains his theatricality.
In Beast Machines, he has somehow developed a deep hatred for organics. This is presumably due to the Decepticon Megatron's spark influencing him. He views them as filth that contaminates his project as he views them as the chaos that is beyond his control. With his desire to be in control of everything, Megatron wants to purge Cybertron of anything organic and replace it with technology as he knows technology is something he can control, and something that can fit his image in which he is the superior intelligence and the God of Cybertron that controls Cybertron to his machinations.
Megatron is largely uncaring towards anyone, viewing them as pawns he could dispose of. Even his own men are no exception, as he actively abuses his men to the point where some want to betray him, which won't matter as Megatron will know and will use it to his advantage. The moment there is no use for one of his henchmen for him, Megatron has them disposed of. When Quickstrike couldn't provide any need for Megatron, Megatron attempted to put the trial in a way Quickstrike would be sentenced to death as he is done being lenient to traitor, only sparing him when his usefulness was renewed when Tigerhawk attacked the base. And when Quickstrike and Inferno were present in the Anthropoid settlement, Megatron is quick to sacrifice them in the attack without any remorse.
Despite his multitude of negative traits and being devoid of positive traits by the time he dies, it doesn't mean Megatron never had positive traits in his entire life, which would anyway be subverted. Megatron was understandably hesitant to do such an act for some time, viewing it as a last resort. However, when he does, Megatron feels no remorse for the act despite the costs being the same. He strangely even honors Rattrap's deal, allowing him to leave alive with the weapons he promised him for guarding him for a night. However, even this trait was subverted with his scheme to destroy Cybertron and remake it in his image, in which he has even remorselessly murdered Rattrap to further his goal for rebirth, no longer caring about such honor.
Overall, Megatron proves himself to be a master manipulator and chess master who would aspire loyalty for some of his men and works his own minions' treachery for his own goals, having even succeeded in conquering Cybertron. However, not only is he much more manipulative and strategic than his namesake, he is even more ruthless, going to even bigger lengths and being a threat to time itself to secure his power.
Powers and Abilities
Megatron is one of the most powerful Cybertronians during Beast Wars, although his specific powers varied from Body-to-Body. He has shown, however, to be a cunning strategist and manipulator in all his incarnations, is the only one capable to lead the dysfunctional group of sociopathic Predacons, and he has successfully used Tarantulas' and Tankor's treacherous nature to his advantage. He is also one of the very few who can match Optimus Primal in hand-to-hand combat.
In his first body, Megatron is capable of turning himself into a purple Tyrannosaurus rex', but while physically strong, this form is impractical for disguise, and rather used to protect himself against the high levels of unstable Energon on prehistorical Earth. His robot mode keeps his beast mode head in place of his right hand, allowing Megatron to crush his opponents or to shoot powerful energy blasts from it.
After destroying a moon-sized death ray of the alien race known as the Vok, Megatron was exposed to an unusual form of quantum surge energy that mutated his body into a metal alloy known as Transmetal. Megatron's new Transmetal body is capable of flight and is very strong, enough to ram through several pillars of rock unscratched, and he has a prehensile tail that allows him to grab and manipulate objects with it. Also, thanks to his Transmetal body being a combination of his original Cybertronian body and the Vok alien alloy, not only is Megatron undetectable to the Vok's technology, but he is also capable of using it to an extent with the right tools.
After absorbing the original Megatron's spark, Megatron was thrown into a pit of lava and had gained a larger, red-dragon form that is capable of breathing fire and ice and is also absurdly strong, being able to best Optimus Primal's Transmetal-II body in battle twice, tanking magma and the combined assault weapons of the Maximals, and even survive a spare Autobot shuttle rammed into him at full velocity.
After returning back to Cybertron after tumbling in transwarp space, Megatron set out his plans in motion, after creating a powerful and devastating virus that he could unleash upon the populous, this virus has shown how powerful his mind is and how his intellect alone caused the downfall of the population, he also used his vast intellect to create Vehicon drones and a control harness that could control the Vehicons, the Vehicon drones would wipe out the survivors of the drones and then Megatron could rule in peace.
- Tigerhawk (Tigatron and Airazor)
- Inferno (reprogrammed into a Predacon and later killed when launching an attack on the protohumans)
- Quickstrike (killed along with Inferno when bombing a protohuman village)
- Tripredacus Council Generals Ram Horn, Sea Clamp, and Cicadacon (offscreen)
- All Cybertronians barring Optimus Primal (later revived when Primal and Megatron sacrifice their lives to restore Cybertron):
Megatron's Evil Laugh
- This version of Megatron is known to have a habit of saying "yes" a lot. Ironically, his last word before his death in the last episode of Beast Machines was "no".
- Megatron is killed three times, with the first time killed by Terrorsaur, the second killed by Tarantulas and Quickstrike, and the three and final time by Optimus Primal.
- Has appeared in comics.
- Megatron has the highest body count in the Beast Wars franchise.
- Megatron is one of two Predacons to survive at the Beast Wars, with the second being Waspinator. However, unlike Waspinator, Megatron died for good in Beast Machines.
- Throughout Beast Wars, and his first appearance in Beast Machines, Megatron had always had one actual arm on his left side. However, in his Transmetal II form, the actual arm was on the right side, while the dragon head become his left.
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