Galvatron

GalvatronPlenty of new trailers for Transformers: Age of Extinction, and this time we get our first, full catch at the movie’s main villain, the man-made robot Galvatron. Voiced by Frank Welker, Galvatron will be the result of human experiments over Megatron‘s dead body: needless to say, he’ll wake up even nastier and more powerful than the original leader of the Decepticons, and he’ll take back his predecessor’s business up where he left them. Despite not being a man-made Transformer in the comics, Galvatron has a similar connection to Megatron, even if, depending on the versions (and time paradoxes, and parallel realities etc.) he’s sometimes a further evolution of the Decepticon, or an independent being. Let’s see together.

In 2006, the eternal battle between Autobots and Decepticons seemed to finally reach an end, as Optimus Prime was finally able to defeat and kill his nemesis Megatron. Unfortunately, somebody else had other plans for the Decepticon leader. Unicron (the galvatroncomics1Transformer god of death and destruction), wanting to create another, powerful tool to use against his hated brother Primus (the Transformer god of life), resurrected Megatron, increasing his power beyond any imagination, modifying his character and personality to make him more similar to the Dark God himself, and made him one of his most loyal and deadly servants: Galvatron, bringer of destruction. Galvatron’s power proved to be the first mistake from Unicron, since his new servant was quite unhappy to execute his orders, preferring to take his own course of action during the missions the Dark God entrusted him. After taking back the leadership of the Decepticons, Galvatron continued the war he was fighting as Megatron, but was unable to score a definitive victory, despite his augmented powers. Finally, Unicron ordered Galvatron to destroy the Matrix, the embodiment of Primus’ essence, the source of creation and the only artifact the Dark God actually feared; Galvatron, however, had to destroy it in the past, when it was weaker. Along with two of his most trusted men, Cyclonus and Scourge, Galvatron used a superior technology to travel back to 1986, taking the place (thanks to a time-travel rule according to which the same ammount of matter had to occupy the same time) of Optimus Prime, Prowl and Ratchet.

The first thing Galvatron did in the new epoch was to overthrow his past self, Megatron, as leader of the Decepticons: when Megatron tried to attack him, bot him and Soundwave ended up buried under falling debris. Witnessing this exhibition of galvatroncomics2strength, Starscream and the other Decepticons accepted Galvatron as their leader (Starscream unaware that his future self had been killed by Galvatron himself), and helped him and his two subordinates to build a giant laser to annihilate the Autobot forces. In the meanwhile, Ironhide had freed Megatron from the debris, and Autobots and Decepticons had forged an alliance to face the future Transformers. Even their combined forces proved to be insufficient, as Galvatron easily took care of them. To aid the present Autobots and Decepticons, the super-Autobot Ultra Magnus intervened, as well as future Autobots Hot RodKup and Blurr; intrigued by Ultra Magnus’ power, Galvatron accepted to fight him, while the three future Autobots took care of Cyclonus, Scourge and the weapon. Galvatron managed to defeat Magnus, but ended up being hit by the huge explosion of his sabotaged cannon. In rage, when he freed himself from the ruins, Galvatron killed what he believed to be Starscream (actually a disguised Skywarp). Since he had killed future Starscream, Galvatron understood he was in front of a paradox: Starscream wouldn’t have been able to be killed by him in the future if he was dead in the past, yet he retained the memory of the event. Believing to be in an alternate timeline, where his actions wouldn’t have had any influence over his present, Galvatron came back to his time with Cyclonus and Scourge…quite a fortune for the present Transformer, as none of their abilities or plans had proven to be enough to scratch the powerful future Decepticon.

Galvatron is pure evil and violence incarnate, an embodiment of destruction that will stop in front of nothing to achieve his goals (that usually are the total annihilation of his enemies). Extremely strong and durable, Galvatron is virtually indestructible, and has a firepower superior to most of the Transformers ever existed. A tactical genius, Galvatron is a warrior feared by both enemies and allies, since in his rage he’s capable of erasing from existence Autobots and Decepticons alike. With no regard at all for life, unstoppable and cruel, Galvatron is the most serious threat Cybertron has ever faced since Unicron walked on its surface.

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5 Comments

  1. […] hand may be a hint in this sense). In the movie, he’ll appear as a Decepticon following Galvatron‘s new lead, but he’ll probably start as a bounty hunter as his comics (and animated […]

  2. […] under Optimus Prime’s shadow wasn’t enough, the time was indeed a dread one, as Galvatron had assumed the leadership of the Decepticons, and seemed more than intentioned to end the war […]

  3. […] but he wasn’t tasked with delicate missions anymore…until he was dispatched to kill Galvatron, a Decepticon would-be leader. The team travelled inside the volcano Galvatron was trapped in, but […]

  4. […] time. Failure after failure, Starscream finally allied himself with a time-travelling Decepticon, Galvatron, who offered him a chance to get rid of both Megatron and Shockwave…not knowing that he was […]

  5. […] and even a Cybertronian from an alternate future in which he had triumphed over his brother, Galvatron. The latter, however, was a leader of his own, and wasn’t happy to serve under a master whose […]


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