The movie forever changed the villains of the franchise
Transformers: The Movie introduced a new enemy with Unicron; However, his appearance also represented a massive change in the villains of the franchise.
One of the biggest changes to The Transformers: The Movie, released 35 years ago this week, revolves around sending violent to most of the characters in the first two seasons of the animated series. Aside from the death of Optimus Prime, a percentage of Decepticons have received the Mechanical Boot, including their leader. Megatron has been the primary antagonist of the Autobots for two seasons, but with the introduction of Unicron, the status quo has changed dramatically.
The introduction of the massive transformer sent shock waves through the barrel that are still felt today. Now, Megatron is not the biggest enemy, as there are even more powerful forces at work. However, thanks to one movie, its new era of villains changed the way the franchise looks at enemies, each in their own way.
In The Transformers: The Movie In the first few minutes, Unicron is shown as a massive spherical object swooping down on an inhabited planet. The beautifully animated scene shows that the great mass is actually alive as it devours the planet. During those few minutes, viewers see the massive power of Unicron and why he is a more dangerous threat than enemies like Megatron. The film doesn’t explore his story, but it does present him as an unstoppable force that can only be beaten by Rodimus Prime and Matrix of Leadership. Since his introduction, his story has developed, revealing that he is a God-like being as old as Primus and that he acts like a devil to his angel, making deals with those who are willing to do what. he wants.
After a fierce final battle with Optimus Prime, Megatron is gravely injured. Rather than heal him, Starscream throws him into the void of space. There he meets Unicron, who gives him the tools to obtain the Leadership Matrix. However, that means he is now a slave to the massive planet. Galvatron is even more powerful than his previous form and much more focused, even though he actively hates responding to another. Galvatron survives to be the main enemy of the third and fourth seasons of the animated series.
Along with Megatron, other classic G1 Decepticons have been left adrift in space. However, when Megatron accepted Unicron’s offer, they were also reformatted into new minions for Galvatron. One of Starscream’s researchers, Thundercracker, becomes Decepticon’s hunter, Scourge, while two Insecticons, Shrapnel and Kickback, become his subordinates known as Sweeps. Scourge is the third commander and a much more capable Decepticon than many in Megatron’s army. Nonetheless, he survives with Galvatron to continue as one of his highest officers.
Along with Scourge and Galvatron, a third servant is created by Unicron called Cyclonus. The Insecticon Bombshell is transformed into a Decepticon warrior while another Seeker, Skywarp, is part of his armada. Cyclonus is a warrior and second in command of Galvatron, who flies him in jet mode. He’s also a brilliant warrior who only lives to stop the Autobots. Due to his skills and ability to take orders, he survives The Transformers: The Movie join Scourge and Galvatron in terrorizing the Autobots in the later seasons of the series.
As the Quintessons first appear in The Transformers: The Movie, they have been around since the beginning. In the film, Hot Rod and Kup undergo a trial run with the Quintessons and feed their minions, the Sharkticons. However, the duo manage to escape (thanks to the Dinobots) and fight against the Sharkticons and Alicon guards. After surviving the movie, it is explained in the cartoon that the Quintessons are the creators of the Transformers, but they misdirected the Autobots and Decepticons, leading to rebellion and their hatred of both factions. Almost every appearance in the series reveals them as antagonists with an endless hatred for their “children.”
Every villain in The Transformers: The Movie does more than introduce a new line of collectible toys for kids. They forever changed the way the franchise viewed villains. Through Unicron and the Quintessons, the tradition spread, establishing creators and transformers at the level of God. However, Galvatron and his subordinates showed how the Decepticons learned from their past to become a more powerful team. The Transformers: The Movie proved that while classic villains are great, there’s always something more dangerous looming.
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