When it comes to the Transformers universe, few names carry as much weight as that of the mighty Megatron. An intergalactic despot of incalculable ambition, the leader of the Decepticons is known far and wide for his mechanized malice, rivaled by no other. And of all the remaining Cybertronians, it is Megatron who is by far the most infamous.
However, the name of the Transformers’ greatest villain is far more than just a catchy moniker. A look back at the Decepticon’s origin even reveals a secret meaning to the name that would one day be feared throughout the galaxy. And it’s just as destructive as fans would expect.
Megatron’s Name Teased His Violent Future
The Transformers #22 by James Roberts and Alex Milne shines a light on the early days of the eventual Decepticon back when Megatron was a simple laborer advocating for pacifistic revolution against the ruling elite of Cybertron. After being wrongfully imprisoned, he’s eventually freed by his soon-to-be rival, Optimus Prime before being escorted out of the precinct by a Cybertronian officer. As the officer bids him farewell, Megatron takes the time to correct the Cybertronian cop who had misunderstood the origin of his name earlier, saying to him “The ‘tron’ is from neutron – as in bomb,” before ultimately forsaking his pacifist ideals.
The fact that Megatron’s name is literally inspired by a gigantic bomb says a lot about the Decepticon tyrant. After all, Megatron is well known for his destructive tendencies as he’s carved a devastating path of destruction across the universe all in the name of Decepticon supremacy. Very rarely does he leave survivors in his wake, as if Megatron takes his name’s inspiration quite literally.
Megatron Was Destined For Destruction
There are few destructive forces capable of rivaling that of a neutron bomb, so it’s only natural that the same could be said for the Transformer who shares its name. Megatron is without a doubt one of the most dangerous Decepticons of all time, but with a namesake like this, it would’ve been even more surprising if he’d ended up a hero instead. And while he may have ultimately begun his journey as a pacifist seeking revolution, it’s clear that he was always fated to be a force of Decepticon destruction.
Megatron is one of the deadliest Transformers out there. And with a name literally derived from one of the most explosive forces in existence, it’s not hard to see why. But no matter how hard Megatron strives to control the galaxy, their fellow Transformers, the Autobots will always raise the battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.