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Unicron. The villain from Transformers The Movie. When we went to see it we already knew Prime dies and Megatron became Galvatron somehow but we weren't prepared for a Transformer the size of a planet that eats other planets! Why the hell haven't we heard of this before? Already Unicron has our respect simply by his size. That and the fact he is voiced by Orson Welles!
But I think there is more to Unicron than just a large hungry villain. He seems at first quite stupid. The only thing in the universe that can hurt him is the Autobots Matrix of leadership so he lets everyone know this and tells them to get it for him. If he'd have kept quiet he could have gone on munching quite happily.
No there's more going on here than seems apparent at first. In fact....There's more than meets the eye...(The punmeister returns!).

Let's just look at one of the main things he's remembered for other than eating.

That's right he turned Megatron into Galvatron. I guess after eating so many planets and other robots he must have had lots of spare robot parts inside him with which to fix a dying Megatron. Quite lucky he remembered to put a Decepticon icon on him as well.
Once he had made Galvatron he had him seek out the Matrix for him. Occasionally Galvatron would deviate from his mission or decide to try and betray Unicron. Whenever this happened Unicron would cause a blinding pain to be sent to Galvatron's forehead. But how? Well it remeinded me so much of when Tripitaka used to do the same thing to Monkey I figured Unicron probably did it in the same way. By chanting a Buddhist mantra.
That's when it hit me. Unicron isn't really a villain at all. He's actually on a Buddhist spiritual quest! Perhaps the fact that Galvatron's head is shaped like Tripitaka's head gear is supposed to be a subtle clue as to what is really going on here.

That's right. Now some histories of Unicron have him down as some sort of Demi-God. I'd say he was more of a Bodhisattva. He wasn't evil as such, just misguided. He saw the big picture. He realised the pursuit of material gain would distract most people from enlightenment. So he devoured their possesions and loved ones.
Another way to look at it is that he decided to show everyone that nothing is fixed or permanent and change is always possible.
He showed them this either by devouring their planets or by transforming himself from a planet to a robot (or Megatron to Galvatron). Depending which strain of the belief you choose to follow.

It is thought that the path of enlightenment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom.
Now he has already shown development of morality by stopping Galvatron's naughty thoughts with the previously discussed head pains. The meditation and wisdom he can be seen striving to develop and show to others by his prolonged journey through space as a large planet. He is all cooped up within himself...contemplating. That's what I like to believe.

"I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach", declared the Buddha 2500 years ago.
That's pretty much all Unicron teaches us in 1986 too. He makes everyone suffer, he is the origin, the Autobots' matrix of power is the cessation and to join together amidst adveristy, to all try to stop Unicron is the path to understanding.
So Unicron we salute you. You weren't really a villain but a sage trying to enlighten the World (albeit through fairly violent and controversial means). Either that or you really are just one gutty bitch. But that's cool too. Chow down big guy!