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Before the beginning, there was Primus and there was Unicron. One the incarnation of creation, the other of destruction. For eons, Primus and Unicron battled. The balance of power shifting between them more times than could be counted. Only by creating the thirteen, the original primes that proceeded me, was Primus able to defeat Unicron, and cast him out. Primus became one with the very core of our planet, creating life through the Well of All Sparks, while Unicron was never to be heard from again… until now.
~ Optimus Prime tells the legend of Unicron and Primus, not knowing about their true origin.
Now know me as Unicron, your destroyer!!
~ Unicron as he confronts Optimus Prime.

Unicron is the overarching antagonist in the Transformers Aligned Continuity. He is the overarching antagonist of the television series Transformers: Prime, serving as the main antagonist of the season 1 finale One Shall Rise, as well as the primary antagonist of the television film Predacons Rising.

Known as the Chaos Bringer and Planet Eater, Unicron was one of the two oldest Transformers in existence, alongside Primus, who he sought to destroy, alongside Earth, Cybertron and spread chaos throughout the entire universe.

He was voiced by John Noble, who also played Scarecrow in Batman: Arkham Knight, Mallus in DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Walternate in Fringe, Brainiac in Superman: Unbound, and Henry Parrish in Sleepy Hollow.

History

Background

War with Primus

When the universe began to form, the only living beings (at least in their part of space) were two siblings called Primus and Unicron on the uninhabited planet Cybertron. Legends say that Unicron was the embodiment of destruction and Primus the embodiment of creation, but this is not the case; they were both actually two halves of an omnipotent being. As both Primus and Unicron developed their own views and feelings towards the universe, Primus saw that all life created on viewpoint should be deserved to be treated as equal to his own existence, thus becoming associated with creation. However, Unicron despised all life in the universe as he found them to be pointless and beneath himself, and dedicated his entire existence to wiping out countless worlds for his own amusement, thus becoming associated with destruction. Upon seeing the havoc that Unicron has brought, a furious Primus battled against Unicron for the fate of the universe with neither getting an advantage for long. According to Optimus, the tide was turned more times than it could be counted. Eventually, Primus created the original Cybertronians (known as the Thirteen Primes) to fight with him. With these additional warriors, Unicron was defeated and cast out into deep space. 

While Primus sacrificed his life by merging into Cybertron's core to give life to more Cybertronians, Unicron drifted, and in slumber, space debris began gathering around him due to his gravity field. Eventually, he was caught in the third orbit of a sun, and became the very core of the planet Earth in the Milky Way galaxy. Through Unicron's time adrift in space, he bled Dark Energon, which itself went adrift. The Covenant of Primus unveils a prophecy that foretold Unicron's awakening on Earth, though the details failed to mention that it was actually referring to Unicron and Earth. On Cybertron, stories were told of Unicron's defeat, and he became a feared figure. But over time, as society marched forward, the Cybertronian people dismissed the Chaos Bringer as nothing more than a legend. 

At some point, the Cybertronians found some Dark Energon and experimented with it in a space station commanded by Starscream. Eventually, when the Great War came about, Megatron used this very substance to poison Cybertron's core, which lead to the planet's shutdown and the Great Exodus.

During the war on Earth, Unicron was mentioned when Dark Energon was in play and was often referred to as the "Blood of Unicron." Unicron's Dark Energon was used to create an Terrorcon army of fallen Autobots and Decepticons to invade Earth, and was later used to revive Megatron's damaged body and create a Terrorcon Skyquake. 

Transformers: Prime

Awakening

Unicron in Transformers Prime

When the time of the planetary alignment was coming, Megatron saw an image of Unicron's fate which guided Megatron to an Earth volcano where he battled Optimus Prime until the volcano was erupting Dark Energon. A series of natural disasters soon followed as Unicron was emerging from slumber. Megatron took advantage and took the Dark Energon from the volcano and filled their warship's cargo hold with it. Later, Megatron flew to the volcano where he met Unicron through the volcano's gas. Megatron wanted Unicron to accept him as his humble servant, trying to obtain more power, but Unicron refused his offer. Unicron then sensed the presence of the Matrix of Leadership inside Optimus Prime and decided to kill off Prime himself instead of waiting for Megatron to do so, since he felt that Megatron would of destroyed Optimus when he had the chance. Back at Autobot base, Optimus was at an area covered in epicenter. Ratchet, who was monitoring Earth signals, discovered that Unicron is responsible for Earth's creation, thus also creating Earth's biological life forms aka the human race.

Later when Optimus was investigating the Earthquake sightings, Ratchet informed him that he detected that Unicron's spark was rapidly active. Unicron managed to manifest himself into a wall of the epicenter and asked Optimus if he knew him. Surprised by his appearance, Optimus recalled him and Unicron engaged Optimus with multiple copies of himself. Though Optimus tried to appeal to Unicron for the safety of human kind, Unicron dismissed them as parasites and vowed to destroy them too. Optimus then singled handly engaged many copies of Unicron but is soon overpowered. Fortunately, Bulkhead, Bumblebee and Arcee arrived to help him get to safety. However Unicron returned instantly, this time with a 200 feet copy of himself which easily overpowers the Autobots and almost kills Optimus by crushing him with his giant foot, but was destroyed by Megatron. Soon after Unicron revived himself and created two more giants of himself which Megatron engaged until leaving through a portal.

Return to slumber

As the natural disasters and the human death toll rose, Optimus, Bulkhead, Bumblebee, Arcee and Megatron teamed up and journeyed to Earth's core to put the giant to sleep, as destroying him would destroy Earth too. However, on the way Unicron attacked the Cybertronians with his antibodies until eventually trying to use Megatron to kill them.

However, Optimus and Megatron made it into his spark chamber. Eventually, Unicron possessed Megatron and tried to kill Optimus, but the Prime used the Matrix of Leadership to put Unicron back to rest, thus seizing the natural disasters that was happening around Earth. However, the price that Optimus took was losing his own memories and reverting back to his original self, Orion Pax.

Predacons Rising

Primus' awakening sent out an echo throughout space. Unicron heard this and woke up. He desired to get to Cybertron and destroy Primus. However, his physical body was inert and only his energy form survived. He needed a new body, seeing Megatron's body, he revived the Decepticon leader and told him of his intentions. He also revealed that Megatron was unable to join the AllSpark because Dark Energon runs through his veins. Unicron then used the Dark Energon to restore him back to life and take over his body, reformatting Megatron into a fusion of himself and Unicron (often referred to as Galvatron by most viewers) in the process. He flew to Cybertron where he informed Megatron that he would not rule Cybertron, but destroy it. He arrived at Darkmount and faced off against Smokescreen, Bulkhead, Arcee and Bumbblebee. He used his godly powers to attack them. However, the Autobots' small size and speed allowed them to escape through a Ground Bridge back to base. Unicron however decided that his new form was weak and he needed a new instrument of destruction. He then saw a fire beacon and went to investigate. The beacon originated from Pedaking who Megatron claimed was a loyal warrior. Unicron soon discovered Predaking loathed Megatron with a passion. Megatron hoped Predaking could damage his body enough to drive Unicron out. Unicron punished Megatron and easily defeated Preaking while looking into his mind and finding the resting sight of many hundreds of deceased Predacon bones.

Unicron then flew to the Predacon cemetery where he silenced Starscream and easily defeated Darksteel and Skylynx. He gave life to the undead Predacons as his own army of Terrorcons and rode one to the Well. Unicron first used his Terrorcon legion to trample Shockwave and marched them towards the Well, though Shockwave survived the assault and convinced Predaking, Darksteel and Skylynx to join forces with the Autobots to stop Unicron. As he gets close to the well, Unicron orders his Terrorcons legion to swarm into the well. While the Terrocons flew to the core, Unicron faced off against Optimus, who brought the Allspark and intends to free Megatron from Unicron's control. However, Unicron knocked Optimus back and was about to finish him, Bumblebee used the Polarity Gaundlet to hold him back. Eventually, he broke free and flew after the Prime. Unicron seized the AllSpark's vessel, but realizes too late that it was a trap set by Optimus Prime. The vessel sucked out Unicron's energy form from Megatron's body and trapped him in the AllSpark vessel, locking him in the vessel seemingly for good and severing the link, allowing Megatron to regain control of his body. This also allows the Terrorcons to dissipate into dust before they could reach the core, saving all of Cybertron. Optimus says it was necessary to dump the container's contents into the Matrix of Leadership to trap Unicron and protect the AllSpark. As a result of Unicron's constant torturing, Megatron had lost his passion for war mongering and abandoned the Decepticon cause for good, even several other Decepticons (such as Shockwave, Knock Out, the Predacons and several Vehicons) agreed to put aside their differences with the Autobots to ensure Cybertron's survival.

Following Megatron's self-exile, Optimus sacrifices himself and the Matrix of Leadership into Cybertron's core to ensure new life on the planet and secure Unicron's defeat for good.

Posthumous

Though Unicron was still imprisoned by the events of Robots in Disguise, the traces of his anti-spark that left behind in Earth's core later revealed still remains, and nearly used by Megatronus Prime to destroy both Earth and Cybertron in revenge for his exile.

Quotes

The past shall consume the future, the dead shall consume the living, and chaos shall reign supreme!
~ Unicron.
Yes, disciple of Primus… on this very day. For Unicron may be one… but we all are Unicron!
~ The several life forms resembling Unicron who have the same soul as the real Unicron.
You dare to deceive me and have both of us destroyed?! (Megatron: Perhaps not destroyed… just damaged enough that our shared form will no longer be of use to you and force you to abandon what remains! For regaining my free will, even over a mangled and inefficient frame, is preferable to enduring awakening life AS YOUR SLAVE!!) For your insolence, I will only make you endure greater suffering!!
~ Unicron torturing Megatron for trying to rebel against him.
Now… let us learn more of these… mighty legions of which you spoke… by peering directly into your mind! (scans through Predaking's memories) Ahhhhh… I know now what I require to tear this world asunder. And where might I find them?
~ Unicron learning of ancient Predacon corpses after defeating Predaking, as he plans to revive them for his needs.
I do not wish to conquer this world, I wish to eradicate it! (Starscream: Apologies, Lord Megatron. I can't say that I'm following.) SILENCE!! Your master is under MY control! I am the Destroyer of Worlds, the Bringer of Chaos, and the Lord of the Undead!
~ Unicron revealing to the Decepticons that he's possessing Megatron, much to their shock.
My legion… arise and purge this world WITH YOUR DRAGONFIRE!!
~ Unicron using his power to revive the dead Predacon bones as his own Terrocon army.
Resistance. (Megatron: From my warship.) Demon horde… take flight and EVISCERATE THEM!!
~ Unicron ordering his army of Terrocons to destroy the Decepticon warship Nemesis.
My legion… the time is upon us. Destroy Primus with your dragonfire!!
~ Unicron ordering his Terrocons to poison Cybertron's core.
What? A familiar resonance… pure energy, not unlike Primus. One I have not yet encountered since ancient days… (realizes something)… the ALLSPARK!!
~ Unicron sensing the Allspark in Optimus's possession.
Thank you, Prime, for delivering the Allspark, so that I may ERASE it from existence! (Optimus: Not while I stand before you, Unicron! Megatron, you and I once united to save a world from Unicron! WE MUST DO SO AGAIN!!) Megatron may hear you… but he cannot HELP YOU!!! For he is enduring ETERNAL SUFFERING!!! Your efforts to protect Cybertron's most sacred relic are FUTILE!! My legion is within reach of Primus… your planet's very core. And we both know that the Allspark cannot thrive… IN A POISONED WELL!!
~ Unicron gloating his plan while beating up Optimus and torturing Megatron's body.
I shall devour your Allspark whole! (realizes something wrong) What?! A TRICK!! NOOOOO!!!!!
~ Unicron's last words as he's being pulled into the Reliquary of the Primes, thus leading to his final defeat.

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Trivia

  • As the original Unicron was said to be a "Multiversal singularity", i.e. he was the same being in different universes, being able to move into different timelines, the "Aligned" Unicron was explicitly said to be a different version of Unicron. In 2015, the concept of Multiversal singularities was written out, to give creators more freedom in how characters like Unicron were depicted.
  • Unicron is arguably the most evil and vile character in the Transformers Aligned series (even far more malevolent than Airachnid and Silas combined), due to his desire of creating chaos by devouring worlds after deeming all life beneath himself; even willing to destroy all Autobots and Decepticons (including Optimus Prime and Megatron), as well as humankind, out of spite against Primus for defeating him eons ago.

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