I’ve always thought of Megatron’s alt form as a deliberate check. He can be as ruthless and destructive as he wants, but he still needs at least ally willing to pull the trigger (up to and including Optimus Prime himself on occasion).
Galvatron didn’t need a teammate for his alt form… and that kinda explains everything, for me – he’s a lunatic, and he scares the cra- the bricks out of everyone in both forms. The Decepticons under him are the Cybertronians who would rather be _behind_ him when he fires.
Megatron = Galvatron.
The only difference is he got abandoned by his team, transformed by a planet-eating transformer, and then failed at betraying said planet-eater.
One of the great mysteries of my childhood is why Starscream never took advantage of this.
Seems he could easily have waited for Megatron to transform, do the little flip back into Starscreams hand, and then Starscream could just toss him to Prime and say “Here”, or stomp on him, or throw him into a lava pit or something.
Or engage the safety catch. If whoever is responsible for Megatron’s alt-form was stupid enough to require that it be aimed and fired by someone else, they were probably dumb enough to include a safety catch.
As I understand it, that form was chosen because all other Decepticons, even if they became a war vehicle, still transformed into something capable of fulfilling a purpose without killing. Becoming a gun meant all Megatron could do was kill, he served no possible purpose beyond destruction.
Of course, whoever came up with that didn’t think very far on the fact that a gun doesn’t really have a purpose at all if no one is around to pull the trigger…
That form was chosen because the first Transformers toys were recycled Japanese toys from various pre-existing lines.
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