in life optimus was the kind of inspirational person and leader that believed in each of his teammates and friends human and autobot ally alike. one that inspired and motivated them to beleive in their selfes and to go beyond thier own personel limitations over time. when it comes to optimus primes character over the years its quite clear that he is very much the inspirational person at heart in his way as a fighter, as a leader, and as a warrior and philosopher sure the guy has his self doubts at times and even his fair share of emotional crises's over time but hes always struck me as being the kind of guy tht just seems to be so full of will power, self confidence , and courage, guts and fighting spirit that were he actually human it would literally be oozing out of every single pour of his entie body his words just always have a way of taking a straight path to your heart over time . to make you genuinely beleive for yourself that you could do anything you put your mind to if you had the determinatio fighting spirit courage guts and self confidence to beleive in yourself and the will power and desire to make the impossible possible through sheer force of will and deetrmination in death he would become a more powerful being then he had ever been n life basicly the whole idea would be to use optimus primes death to make the autobots and their human allies even stronger over time. for each member of the team their personel living memory of optimus prime as the person he was in life would in its way make it possible for optimus to literally live on beyond the grave in optimus prime representing that persons fighting spirit and that persons inner self as well but with all of this actually being optimus primes living legacy over time to be honest i could actually see this serious approach to the matter work over time i could even see the dead optimus prime himself continue to exist in the world for a time in the role of the ghost soldeir slash spritual advisor/guide assuming the series transformers prime were to explore his death and legacy in a serious long term manner over time. i think this could really be the best way to go about handling the matter over time to be honest i believe it would be best to handle the matter in such a serious way that though prime has died in a permanent manner, his character would literally live on through the living memories of his friends and followers both autobot and human alike. to the point that in each individual member of the team both human and autobot alike optimus primes legacy would be that he literally represents in each of them their own personel fighting spirit but with the dead optimus primes own spark/soul existing in the lving world in such a way that as a physically disimbodied ghostly being he is literally the teams fighting spirit and guide as a ally of a entirely supernatural nature. i believe a good example of that role could be found in jaggas character and role from the 80's thundercats series. but with it being optimus prime himself in the role and continueing to exist in the living world as a ghostly spiritual advisor to his appointed succesor and to his still living friends and allys.