- The Fallen is a multiversal Transformer singularity.
At the dawn of time, Primus created the Thirteen original Transformers to crew his planetary form into battle against his eternal nemesis Unicron. One of the Thirteen, Megatronus Prime, turned against his siblings and his creator and betrayed them all.
As Vector Prime was constructed to safeguard time and space, Megatronus' function was to oversee the primal force of entropy, the aging and dissolution of order in this universe as presage to a new creation. However, this guardian of entropy became obsessed with the darker side of chaos and death, and in the black place these urges led him, the traitor found a new master, more suited to his nature. He turned against Primus and became The Fallen.
Now he is a being of power, darkness, and absolute dedication to Unicron. At the end of the first battle between the two beings, for his treachery, The Fallen was sealed into extradimensional limbo along with Unicron.
The War Within: The Dark Ages
Approximately 7 million years ago, Optimus Prime and Megatron were lost in a space bridge accident. This accident weakened the barrier between reality and the dimension in which The Fallen was trapped, allowing The Fallen to eventually break free and return to Cybertron. He was intent on initiating "The Unbinding," which would break the Seal of Primus and herald the Second Coming of Unicron.
To accomplish this task, he recruited a trio of Decepticon outcasts, Bludgeon, Mindwipe, and Bugly. As per The Fallen's instructions, the recruits were to round up four Transformers with "unique Sparks," Hot Spot, Jetfire, Blitzwing, and Grimlock. When the recruits faltered, The Fallen stepped in, singlehandedly abducting Blitzwing from his well-guarded holding cell and besting the powerhouse Grimlock.
The four, dubbed enigmatically the "Angels of Dissolution," awakened strapped to a four-paneled apparatus deep within the core of Cybertron, the Well of All Sparks. Though a combined army of forces from several factions penetrated The Fallen's operation, his defeat came only when Primus was roused from his slumber and condemned his wayward creation to an explosive demise.
Fun Publications Cybertron comic
All that is known of the Fallen in this continuity is that his silhouette is seen standing behind Vector Prime, another of the first 13 Transformers.
- Fallen (6-inch Cybertron Heroes, 2007)
- Accessories: Display stand
- This toy was first announced at BotCon 2006.
- Instead of being based on his comic appearance, he's loosely based on Don Figueroa's design for pre-Earth Megatron as seen in Infiltration and Stormbringer, though obviously with The Fallen's head and deco. He transforms into a Cybertronic tank. Sadly his tank form doesn't hold together well, nor does he have actual hands, just blocks with holes in them. He wears a faction symbol of his own effigy. So far, The Fallen is, by a fraction of an inch, the tallest (and the bulkiest) of the 6" Titanium Series figures.
- The Fallen's design was created by Pat Lee, his first (and only) original Transformers character. (Simon Furman created the concept, see next item.) The early design concept not only lacked The Fallen's characteristic mouthplate, but differed incredibly from the final product. Envisioned as a medieval, ancient-looking Transformer, he glowed like a furnace, though he was not depicted as being perpetually on fire until Andrew Wildman penciled his appearances in The Dark Ages and the colorists caught on.
- When questioned about him constantly being aflame, War Within writer Simon Furman stated that The Fallen is always on fire "because it looks cool".
- The Fallen's altmode, a tank, though designed, was never used in-fiction.
- Very little of The Fallen's backstory is given in his actual fictional appearances, leaving much of The Dark Ages somewhat confusing on its own. Helpful inserts from the More Than Meets the Eye profile books and DK's Transformers: The Ultimate Guide, published around the same time, spelled out more. Eventually, the packaging profile printed on his Titanium figure gave the rest.
- The proper treatment of his name, with its capital-T "The", is established both in the comics and the Ultimate Guide. The one dissenting source is his on-package bio, which simply calls him "Fallen" (as in, "Fallen forgot his real name long ago"). The reason for this awkward treatment is unknown, though the usual culprits behind toy-name oddities are trademark issues. A transcription of the bio can be found in the TFU.info link below; however, the transcriber erroneously inserted a "The" before the first instance of "Fallen". (A misprint of a misprint. Way to go.)
- The Fallen can speak Spanish. "Estoy en fuego!"
- Hasbro has said that the Fallen's original name was "Megatronus Prime".
- Steve-o Stonebraker's OTFCC 2004 Notes
- Fanclub-exclusive Mini Mayhem strip, March 19, 2007