Quote: “I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. I am that which is, which was, and is yet to come... and you will know my name is Megatron when I lay my vengeance upon you!”
Megatron does seem like a typical villain at first. But in fact he has a deeper character the more I study him (I ignore the Bay movies because their characterization fragging sucks). His philosophy is one that has been tried by many people in history. “Peace through tyranny.” Megatron is incredibly traditional. He believes that Transformers (Cybertronians) have a heritage of war and their destiny is to rule a great empire in order to bring order to a chaotic universe.
Indeed all versions of Megatron’s past involve gruesome bloody battles. Megatron is a part of Cybertron’s oppressed working class, sometimes he is a miner, sometimes he is a gladiator (sometimes both). As either a miner (known as D-16 originally) or a gladiator Megatron comes to realize that the Golden Age of Cyberton is nothing more than a corrupt government taking control of its overloaded and downtrodden citizens. Megatron takes the name Megatronus (a name given to the greatest of the thirteen primes) and speaks out against the caste system. He draws the attention of Orion Pax who will later become Optimus Prime. (Transformers: Prime).
When the two end up speaking in front of the council Megatron demands that the council step down or he will force them to and take the mantel of Prime. Orion then makes an impassioned plea that softens the hearts of the council.
Furious Megatron gathers his followers, the Transformers of the working class, who become Decepticons and go to war for his cause. Megatron believes that Optimus’ peaceful solutions cause Cybertron to become weak and begins a war that will last for over a millennia, eventually destroying their home planet of Cybertron. (Transformers: Prime).
Megatron does end up with an unhealthy obsession with destroying Optimus Prime (mentally, emotionally, and physically) to the point of hurting his cause, and his followers. In “Fall of Cybertron” Megatron blasts Starscream before he can terminate Optimus after capture. Instead of killing the Autobot leader he kills autobot warriors one after the other in front of him.
Megatron though temperamental and harsh is incredibly charismatic. His followers (with a few notable exceptions *cough*Starscream*cough*) are incredibly loyal. He has no problem with destroying those he deems to be in his way, worthless, or incompetent. Though hating to loose, he has no problem with a strategic retreat.
He isn’t just one of the strongest fighters, but an excellent strategist. Megatron represents the epitome of the fallen hero. The more he gains the more he is corrupted. But don’t believe that Megatron thinks he’s doing evil. He firmly believes that his path is the right one, the good one, and the only one.