History Characters / TransformersGeneration1Decepticons

23rd Aug '16 6:32:20 AM FictionFan101
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* BigBadWannabe: Averted in the original 80s cartoon. Despite being a laughably incompetent GeneralFailure, Megatron lacks the necessary competition to fall fairly into this trope. He retains the role of BigBad simply because there is no other villain to put him in his place. The only competition he has is Starscream, whoís even more inept than he is. This all changes in the film when [[KnightOfCerebus Unicron]] shows up.
20th Aug '16 6:28:49 PM BNSF1995
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Shows up in the first episode of the cartoon.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Shows up in the first episode of the cartoon.cartoon, well over a year before his toy was released.
20th Aug '16 6:28:04 PM BNSF1995
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Rarely if ever featured after Season One, he was only used in Season One of the cartoon to boost the Decepticon ranks. He was banned from usage in the comics and from the cartoon once the second wave of Transformers started showing up on the show.[[labelnote:Why?]]This is because [[MerchandiseDriven his toy wasn't sold at retail - instead being given away as a mail-in order in 1986]]. Interestingly, the episode "Heavy Metal War" had Teletraan I show various Decepticons with their toy's respective product number - Reflector included. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Talk:Reflector_%28G1%29 He was planned for retail at one point, but was deemed to be "too boring" in both modes for it to be successful there]].[[/labelnote]]

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Rarely if ever featured after Season One, he was only used in Season One of the cartoon to boost the Decepticon ranks. He was banned from usage in the comics and from the cartoon once the second wave of Transformers started showing up on the show.[[labelnote:Why?]]This is because [[MerchandiseDriven his toy wasn't sold at retail - instead being given away as a mail-in order in 1986]]. Interestingly, the episode "Heavy Metal War" had Teletraan I show various Decepticons with their toy's respective product number - Reflector included. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Talk:Reflector_%28G1%29 He was planned for retail at one point, but was deemed to be "too boring" in both modes for it to be successful there]]. In Japan, though, he was a general-retail item.[[/labelnote]]
14th Aug '16 3:21:23 PM CaptainTedium
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* {{Badass}}: Pretty much the main qualification one needs to be Decepticon leader.



* {{Badass}}: To the point where he survives at the end of the G1 cartoon.



* {{Badass}}: He doesn't fight often, but when he does, RUN.



* {{Badass}}
9th Aug '16 1:58:58 AM XDiakos
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** Also a meta example: Nautilator was excluded when the team was sold as a multi-pack.

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** Also a meta example: Nautilator was excluded when the first time the team was sold as a multi-pack.multi-pack. Later multi-pack releases ''do'' include him.



* TheLoad: The rest of the Seacons feel this way about Nautilator, since they've repeatedly had to fish his chassis out of the depths whenever he gets himself lost. Whenever they form Piranacon, the Seacons always make Nautilator serve as their weapon, rather than let him form a body part. As Snaptrap says, if Nautilator didn't occasionally find something useful when he got lost, they would have left him to rust a long time ago.

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* TheLoad: The rest of the Seacons feel this way about Nautilator, since they've repeatedly had to fish his chassis out of the depths whenever he gets himself lost. Whenever they form Piranacon, the Seacons always make Nautilator serve as their weapon, rather than let him form a body part.part, so that they don't have to mentally merge with him. When Nautilator ''is'' allowed to form one of Piranacon's limbs, the gestalt's performance is noticeably impaired. As Snaptrap says, if Nautilator didn't occasionally find something useful when he got lost, they would have left him to rust a long time ago.
21st Jul '16 5:34:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Despite being an infamous GeneralFailure, Megatron could still prove to be DangerouslyGenreSavvy and formidable, losing to the Autobots by an inch (eg. he instantly reversed around Mirage's attempt to turn them and the Insecticons against each other and also managed to steal or outmatch some of Wheeljack's gadgets such as the Immobilizer and the Dominator Disc).

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Despite being an infamous GeneralFailure, Megatron could still prove to be DangerouslyGenreSavvy and formidable, losing to the Autobots by an inch (eg. he instantly reversed around Mirage's attempt to turn them and the Insecticons against each other and also managed to steal or outmatch some of Wheeljack's gadgets such as the Immobilizer and the Dominator Disc).



* AdaptationalBadass: In ''Dark Cybertron'', he's a DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] and a MagnificentBastard.

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* AdaptationalBadass: In ''Dark Cybertron'', he's a DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] and a MagnificentBastard.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Whisper knows he's surrounded by people who'd be only too pleased to stage a coup against him, but he also realises he's stuck with a quiet schemer, a lazy ass kisser, and an unsubtle moron. He's smart enough to know who to worry about, so he keeps a close eye on Tailwind, downplays Nightflight's accomplishments to their commanders, and just lets Storm Cloud keep shooting himself in the foot.
15th Jul '16 4:00:21 PM Psi001
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* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly regarding Megatron or his comrades' incompetence. Often escalates into a very shrill ObnoxiousSnarker however.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly regarding Megatron or his comrades' incompetence. Often escalates into a very shrill ObnoxiousSnarker however.
15th Jul '16 3:58:53 PM Psi001
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* CassandraTruth: Starscream often knows when a plan of Megatron's is not going to end well, but Megatron never takes his advice.

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* CassandraTruth: Starscream often knows when a plan of Megatron's is not going to end well, but Megatron never takes his advice. Expect merciless shrieking and gloating when things inevitably ''do'' go wrong.



* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly regarding Megatron or his comrades' incompetence. Often escalates into a very shrill ObnoxiousSnarker however.



* VoiceOfTheLegion

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* VoiceOfTheLegion
VoiceOfTheLegion: A quirkier, more nasally example than most, but Astrotrain has a much louder reverb than the other Decepticons.
14th Jul '16 2:53:43 PM Scorntex
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* AxCrazy: In the third season, he becomes so unstable that Cyclonus and Scourge take him to a planet designed to deal with psychotic people, but Galvatron ultimately ends up demolishing the planet.

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* AxCrazy: AxCrazy:
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In the third season, he becomes so unstable that Cyclonus and Scourge take him to a planet designed to deal with psychotic people, but Galvatron ultimately ends up demolishing the planet.planet.
** Meanwhile, the UK comic version starts off as relatively composed. However, it soon becomes clear he's holding back a great deal of madness, and circumstances keep pushing him over the edge.



* BadBoss: Whereas Megatron was genuinely respected by his warriors, Galvatron was feared and hated for his erratic tendency to suddenly kill them for the most insignificant of slights.

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* BadBoss: BadBoss:
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Whereas Megatron was genuinely respected by his warriors, Galvatron was feared and hated for his erratic tendency to suddenly kill them for the most insignificant of slights.slights.
** In his first appearance, the Marvel US version threatens to kill Wildfly for bad-mouthing him, then actually ''does'' kill Cyclonus for being overpowered by an Autobot.



* TheCaligula: After his being submerged in a lava pit on the planet Thrull, he went into a more insane state after his "sanity chips" had suffered from being in a "plasma bath" that long.

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* TheCaligula: TheCaligula:
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After his being submerged in a lava pit on the planet Thrull, he went into a more insane state after his "sanity chips" had suffered from being in a "plasma bath" that long.long.
** The Marvel US version clearly had a few screws lose, talking, yelling at and shooting Rodimus' corpse.



* HeroKiller: The Marvel US version helped Unicron destroy Cybertron, and by the 21st century, pretty much every Autobot's dead (including Rodimus Prime, whose corpse has been strung up between the ruins of the World Trade Center).
* IHatePastMe: Marvel US version actually tries to beat an insensate, just-revived Megatron to death when they meet, thinking it will cure his madness.



* OneManArmy

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* OneManArmyOneManArmy: Comic Galvatron is usually capable of plowing through anything thrown at him.



* TheRival: Not Rodimus, but Ultra Magnus. The two frequently pair off against one another.



* TheStarscream: Ironically for a character usually born of Starscream's treachery, Galvatron tends to betray Unicron the first chance he gets.



* DumbMuscle: The Marvel UK version, who is even dumb enough to tell Shockwave that he and Scourge would help kill him one day.



* FlatCharacter: Invoked by his Transformers Universe profile, which states he has no personality beyond being a ferocious warrior. Averted pretty much everywhere else, where he usually has some kind of personality.



* OffWithHisHead: His Marvel UK version gets his head torn off by Megatron.



-->Sweep: "My guidance system is hit! Galvatron, save meeee!"
-->Galvatron: "Please, meet your end with dignity! I ''despise'' [[TheStarscream whiners]]!"

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-->Sweep: -->'''Sweep:''' "My guidance system is hit! Galvatron, save meeee!"
-->Galvatron: -->'''Galvatron:''' "Please, meet your end with dignity! I ''despise'' [[TheStarscream whiners]]!"



* PutOnABus: Lampshaded. In the IDW continuity, after the Chaos event, the Dead Univers Transformers are all accounted for, Galvatron is temporarily dead, Cyclonus has pulled a HeelFaceTurn, kinda, and Jhiaxus has gone to cause trouble in space, but Scourge has disappeared. In the first issue of MTMTE, Cyclonus is seen searching for him, before leaving, and Skye-Byte mentions that a Sweep head looks like someone he knew.

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* PutOnABus: Lampshaded. In the IDW continuity, after the Chaos event, the Dead Univers Transformers are all accounted for, Galvatron is temporarily dead, Cyclonus has pulled a HeelFaceTurn, kinda, and Jhiaxus has gone to cause trouble in space, but Scourge has disappeared. In the first issue of MTMTE, Cyclonus is seen searching for him, before leaving, and Skye-Byte mentions that a Sweep head looks like someone he knew. Editor John Barber eventually confirmed he was considered dead.



* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Marvel comics, killed alongside his fellow Triple Changers against Starscream.]]

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* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Marvel comics, killed alongside his fellow Triple Changers against Starscream.]]
8th Jul '16 8:29:55 PM siamesecatman444
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* AdaptationalBadass: The IDW version of Devastator is the most dangerous despite being a prototype. In ''Combiner Wars'', it took '''three combiners''' working together to beat him.
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