|“||At long last... MEGATRONUS, STANDS TRIUMPHANT!!!||„|
|~ The Fallen after his entrance.|
Megatronus, also known as The Fallen, is a major antagonist in the Transformers Aligned Continuity. He was one of the original Thirteen Primes created by Primus, before he was banished after killing Solus Prime and sealed in another dimension.
He is mentioned throughout the Aligned universe; he was the namesake for the Decepticon leader Megatron and his fall was depicted in The Covenant of Primus. Megatronus later appeared as the overarching antagonist of the Season One of the 2015 TV series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, being the one responsible for the crash of the Alchemor and later enlisting Steeljaw and his pack to serve as his lieutenants.
He was voiced by Gil Gerard in Robots in Disguise.
The Covenant of Primus
Molded after Prime, Megatronus was his dark opposite. He was the most complex of all the Primes, caught between warring impulses of immense passion that never allowed him to have inner peace. While dedicated to Primus, but felt like an outsider when faced with Primus' nature on a daily basis, as well as Prima's emulation of it. His ruthlessness, ambition, conviction, and ability to take any course of action gave him near-limitless potential. His personal artifact was crafted for him later by Solus Prime at his request and design, the almighty Requiem Blaster.
At the same time, Megatronus felt these qualities earned him the disfavour of the other Primes, with them feeling he was too close to Unicron. Haunted by feelings of unworthiness, feeling he took on the darkness so the others could be assured of their rightness. He was too proud to recognize how vulnerable this left him, as he could never admit any weakness. He covered his fears with zealotry. Ever with those closest to him - Maximo, Micronus, Onyx, and even his lover Solus - he could blow hot or cold depending on how his paranoia fared.
Eventually he was manipulated by Liege Maximo and something snapped inside Megatronus. Consequentially during a murderous rage, he accidentally killed Solus Prime with the Requiem Blaster. The blast was so powerful that Solus disintegrated but not before she vowed undying love for him. After a battle between the remaining Primes, Megatronus banished himself to the stars out of shame for his actions and forever dubbed himself "The Fallen".
Megatronus Prime is mentioned as one of the original thirteen Transformers. Megatron is shown originally calling himself Megatronus, after this particular Prime, and is a gladiator, who then takes the name Megatron after the name is shortened by cheering fans at one of his matches. Megatronus, though the namesake of the Decepticon leader Megatron in the book, holds no sway over Megatron, who took the name simply because he had none of his own and wished to be associated with power and grandeur.
According to the book Transformers: Exiles, Megatronus Prime commissioned Solus Prime to create the Requiem Blaster. Later, Megatronus murdered Solus, triggering the first breaking among the Thirteen.
The Fallen is briefly mentioned in the episode "Partners" when Starscream tells the Autobots that he wishes to join them. Bulkhead jokes by saying that he was "lobbing with The Fallen". In the episode "One Shall Rise", the Thirteen Primes were mentioned, as one of the Primes who vanquished Unicron. It is implied that the Fallen was one of these. According to Ratchet, Megatron named himself after the Fallen's original name: "Megatronus".
Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015)
At some point, Megatronus was imprisoned in another dimension, and held both Earth and Cybertron responsible for his defeat. He still could affect his native universe, and was able to influence the prison ship Alchemor to crash on Earth, allowing the Decepticon prisoners to escape. After some time, in Lockout, Megatronus contacted Steeljaw, the leader of the Earthbound Decepticons, who had just been humiliatingly defeated by Bumblebee's Autobots. Introducing himself as "the first Decepticon", Megatronus persuaded Steeljaw to ally with him, claiming that if he freed him from his prison, Steeljaw could have the Earth.
- Like Megatron in the modern toy designs, The Fallen also transforms into a tank.
- In Transformers: Prime continuity, Megatron in the said series even claimed that his new name was taken from The Fallen's real name due to him being a Prime that he greatly admired.
- Megatronus vaguely resembles G1 Galvatron & Megatron in Transformers: Cybertron in Robots in Disguise.
- While the Covenant of Primus depicts Megatronus as a tragic figure, in Robots in Disguise he seems to be truly evil and in no way misunderstood or repentant. Alpha Trion and Nexus Prime's references to the Fallen in Exodus lean towards the unsympathetic, evil depiction of Megatronus.
- It is possible Megatronus fell even further into corruption in his imprisonment.
- The tragedy of Megaronus and Solus would be used for his IDW and Prime Wars Trilogy counterparts.