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Personal Profile: There is one word you can use to describe Galvatron, CRAZY!  This guy was the king of the nut cases.  He had absolutely no control over his mad personality, he was just a psycho nut who spent more time blasting his own troops than he did blasting Autobots.  Despite being crazy, he still managed to be leader of the Decepticons.  If it wasn't for the amazing blind loyalty of his second in command Cyclonus, Galvatron's troops would have overthrown him and followed a new leader.  He was "forged in the fires of Unicron" along with Cyclonus, Scourge and the original Sweeps.  His former personality was the great Decepticon leader known as Megatron.

Episodes appeared in: Transformers: The Movie, Five Faces of Darkness parts 1-5, The Killing Jar, Chaos, The Ultimate Weapon, Flight or Flee, Thief in the Night, Starscream's Ghost, Ghost in the Machine, Nightmare Planet, Webworld, Carnage in C-Minor, The Quintesson Journal, The Big Broadcast of 2006, Dweller in the Depths, Grimlock's New Brain, Call of the Primitives, Face of Nijika, The Burden Hardest to Bear, Dark Awakening, The Return of Optimus Prime parts 1 and 2, The Rebirth parts 1-3.

Cartoon Bio: Galvatron first appears in Transformers the Movie when Unicron says, "Behold, Galvatron."  He was made out of what was left of Megatron.  Megatron made a deal with Unicron that said he would destroy the Matrix of Leadership for Unicron if Unicron provided Galvatron with a new body and new troops to command.  Not only did Unicron give Galvatron a new body, he also gave him a new personality.  When Galvatron went to Cybertron to reclaim leadership of the Decepticons, the first thing he does is blow Starscream to ashes, something Megatron never did.  The Decepticons all saw his power and declared him to be their new leader. When Unicron destroyed one of Cybertron's moon bases Galvatron protested.  Galvatron then learns that Unicron has a mind link to him that gives Unicron the power to torture Galvatron's mind.  This means Unicron cane make Galvatron do whatever he wants.  Galvatron hates the idea of being a slave and decided to get the Matrix so he can use it to destroy Unicron.  When Galvatron destroyed Ultra Magnus he went back to Unicron and attempted to open the Matrix and use it to destroy Unicron.  He was unable to open it and Unicron become so angry that he decided to destroy Cybertron.  When Galvatron saw that Unicron intended to attack Cybertron he screamed "No", showing that he still cared for his home planet like Megatron had. During the battle Galvatron was "eaten" by Unicron and fell inside his body.  Inside Unicron he encountered a young Autobot named Hot Rod.  At first he wanted to join with Hot Rod but when Unicron used his mind link to torture him, he was forced to attack the Autobot.  The two fought until finally Galvatron had Hot Rod's throat in his hands and was about to kill him when Hot Rod opened the Matrix.  Hot Rod became Rodimus Prime and threw Galvatron outside of Unicron's body and into outer space.  Galvatron landed in a lava pit on the planet of Thrawl. While Galvatron was in the lava pit something happened to him.  He became insane and unpredictable, all traces of the once great Decepticon leader Megatron were gone.  Galvatron was now a viscous tyrant.  It may have been because spending so much time in a lava pit could have fried his logic circuits and made him go insane.  Another theory is that when Unicron was destroyed, his mind link to Galvatron stopped and it is possible that the mind link was what was keeping Galvatron sane.  When Unicron was destroyed, part of Galvatron's mind could have been destroyed too. Galvatron was awakened from his "plasma bath" by his most loyal troops, Cyclonus, Scourge and the Sweeps.  He immediately blasted them and then destroyed the entire planet of Thrawl.  When they got back to Charr all Decepticons excluding Blitzwing were gone and Blitzwing told them that the Decepticons had joined the Quintessons.  Galvatron traveled to Goo and met with the Quintessons and made a truce with them believing they will lead him to the Decepticon Matrix. Galvatron and the Decepticons attacked Cybertron and during the battle Blitzwing found out that the Quintessons were planning to freeze all the Transformers in space.  The Quintessons were stopped by Blitzwing and Rodimus Prime but Galvatron pushed the switch believing it would lead him to the Decepticon Matrix.  When Spike Witwicky freed the Transformers, Galvatron attacked the Quintessons and claimed he would "rip their tenticles from their bodies".  After he wanted to resume fighting but the fight was called of by Blitzwing, Galvatron took offense to one of his troops questioning his authority and claimed that Blitzwing will "never be welcomed among the Decepticons again," and that he would "suffer unimaginably."

Galvatron ruled the Decepticons Empire from Charr.  He didn't care about anything but revenge on the Autobots and would have destroyed Cybertron just to get at the Autobots.  Sometime later another triple-changer, Octane, became a trouble.  Octane stole Trypticon and was using him to make a deal with an Earth ruler named Abdul Fakadi.  Galvatron learned of Octane's plans and was pleased at first because the energon Octane received from Abdul Fakadi was super powerful.  However, the Decepticon's plans were thwarted by Metroplex and the Autobots and Galvatron became so enraged that he ordered his Decepticons to capture Octane and bring him in. When Galvatron's troops brought Octane back, Cyclonus had somehow been possessed by the ghost of Starscream.  Starscream tried to get revenge on Galvatron by making a deal with Unicron to get his old body back.  Starscream possessed Scourge after he had been removed from Cyclonus' body.  He awakened Unicron.  Unicron no longer had his mind link to Galvatron and was unable to control or torture him.  This may be because the components Unicron had needed for the mind link were destroyed with his body or it could be that Galvatron's components for the mind link were destroyed when he was in his "plasma bath."  Galvatron blasted Starscream into outer space before Unicron could get a new body.  It is unknown whether or not Unicron was still online. Soon after Galvatron's madness had become more and more apparent.  His actions in battle proved to his troops that he wasn't stable.  Even his most loyal troops, Cyclonus and Scourge, realized he was crazy.  They decided to trick him into going to the "webworld", a world that had "therapists" that Cyclonus believed would cure Galvatron's madness.  Galvatron proved to be too crazy for even the "therapists" to cure and when they tried to wipe his personality Cyclonus and the Decepticons saved him and they chose to follow Galvatron, even if he was a psycho. Galvatron led the Decepticons through many events after that.  They faced enemies like the Autobots, Quintessons and even Primacron's energy absorbing monster Tornatron.  Galvatron even possessed the Autobot Matrix of Leadership for a short time, but he couldn't use it.  Scourge used it to give him more power and tried to take over leadership of the Decepticons.  Galvatron eventually put Scourge back in his place. When the hate plague attacked the universe Galvatron's Decepticons became infected.  Galvatron had to fight them off and was saved by a group of Autobots including Optimus Prime.  Galvatron was forced to work with the Autobots but later became infected and tried to infect them.  Galvatron was later cured when Optimus opened the Matrix.  He shook Optimus' hand and said "there will be no fighting this day."Galvatron stole the key to the plasma energy chamber and tried to use it.  He sent a group of his soldiers to the planet of Nebulos to get back the key when the Autobots stole it back.  When the Decepticons came back they had "binary bonded" with the Nebulons and this infuriated Galvatron.  A fight broke out on Cybertron and Galvatron and his Decepticons were blown in to the deepest corners of space.  He claimed he would get revenge but was never seen again.

Comic Biography: In the US comics, Megatron had never been shown being turned into Galvatron.  However Galvatron still appeared in the comics in when Unicron pulled him out of a parallel universe to the world of the comics.  Galvatron was taken from the year 2000 and was just on the brink of conquering Earth when he was pulled into the comic universe by Unicron.  He was filled with rage when this happened because he thought his deal with Unicron was over.  He didn't know that the Unicron who pulled him out of his universe was a different Unicron from a different universe. Unicron told Galvatron that he would be used to attack Cybertron.  When Galvatron attacked Cybertron he found Emirate Xaron deep within Cybertron and tried to warn him about the danger Unicron was to Cybertron.  Galvatron was confronted by Unicron's servants Hook, Line and Sinker, they tried to take him to Unicron but Galvatron destroyed them. Galvatron didn't show up again until Unicron had made his full attack on Cybertron.  The Aubotots and Decepticons who were defending Cybertron weren't fighting with everything they had.  Galvatron attacked Unicron by himself.  Unicron dealt with Galvatron very easily and Galvatron was believed to be dead.  His attack inspired the other transformers to not be afraid of the planet eating monster. After the war with Unicron, Galvatron had found his way to the Ark.  Starscream and Shockwave tried to steal it and take it to Earth.  Galvatron was planning to stow away when he was confronted by non other then Megatron!  The two fought each other until Starscream, Shockwave and Ratchet joined the battle.  They all crashed on Earth somewhere in upper Canada.  Shockwave and Ratchet were killed.  Galvatron was able to walk away from the crash but he wasn't prepared to fight Fort Max and was killed by the Autobot Headmaster.  Megatron and Starscream later went back online in Generation 2. In the UK comics, Galvatron played an important role.  He wasn't the same Galvatron as the Galvatron in the US comics.  He came from the year 2006 and was very similar to the Galvatron of the cartoon.  In Target 2006 time traveled back to 1985 to try and make a giant weapon that he could use in the future to destroy Unicron.  He met the Megatron of the past and defeated him easily.  He also took on Autobots such as Jazz, Jetfire and others, but they were no match for him.  Ultra Magnus was the only one who even came close to challenging Galvatron's power, but even Magnus wasn't strong enough to battle Galvatron.  Eventually Galvatron was sent back to 2006 by Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr who also traveled back in time. Galvatron traveled back in time again, this time with the intentions of staying in the 1980's to rule the world of the past.  He made a bid for leadership of the Decepticons who were being led by Shockwave at the time.  Not all the Decepticons were ready to follow him yet.  Cyclonus and Scourge attacked Shockwave and Cyclonus was killed during the battle.  This sparked the beginning of the Time Wars. In Time Wars the fact that Galvatron, Scourge and Cyclonus were in the past caused a time rift.  Galvatron aligned himself with Megatron.  The two were almost unstoppable together.  They fought against the Autobot Wreckers led by Springer and the Decepticon Mayhems led by Carnivac.  Galvatron and Megatron were victorious against them but Rodimus Prime and other Autobots had traveled back in time to confront Galvatron.  Rodimus wasn't successful and eventually Optimus had to stop Galvatron.  Galvatron was killed and time was fixed.

Galvatron; Quotes:

"Coronation Starscream?  This is bad comedy."
"Here's a hint! ...Will anyone else attempt to fill his shoes?"
"I, Galvatron, will crush you just as Megatron crushed Prime."
"Unicron my master, with this I will make you my slave."
"Come out Autobot, we all must die sometime."
"First Prime, then Ultra Magnus, now you.  It's a pity you Autobots die so easy, or I might have a sense of satisfaction now."
"Ah Cyclonus, how wonderful to see you again.  Decepticons, your leader has returned.  Long live the Empire!  Long live Galvatron!"
"Beg for your life!"
"I hate Autobots.  But I hate disloyalty more.  And even more than either, I hate failure."
"The humans?  You fear the humans?  They are weaklings!"
"Prepare, Autobots, to die in darkness!"
"Deceivers, betrayers, five faced slime of the nebula!  I will rip your tentacles from..."
"So Scourge is helping Starscream voluntarily, and you four were unable to stop them.  Well all I can say is bwaaaaaa!" (Shoots them)
"I hate the Autobots, I hate Cyclonus, and I'm not to fond of you either."
"They have all gone mad.  This is no place for me."
"There will be no fighting today Optimus Prime, you have earned my respect."

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