G1 Optimus Prime based on Abraham Lincoln?

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  1. Sideswipe80

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    I remember years ago reading an article that he was based on him. That true?
     
  2. E. C. R. Former

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    I'm not sure if he was outright based on him but here's Prime's extended bio:

     
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    That must be the reason he is hiding his teeth...
     
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    That would explain the energy axe :lol  Abe Lincoln was in spliting things inhis youth.
     
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    No that was George Washington. Optimus is really based on Abraham Lincoln maybe that why Megatron never shot him in the head.
     
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    i remember that quote it is a really good one i'm glad you brought it up.
     
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    Source?

    I immediately thought of this when I read the title.

    YouTube - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
     
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    Mostly. I mean, they can't have Prime share Lincoln's views on expatriation...
     
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    Abe Lincoln split rails in his youth which requires either and Axe or a sledge hammer and wedge.
     
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    His voice in G1 seemed to be very John Wayne influenced, though yeah, I could see aspects of Lincoln in Prime's personality, although I must say they're pretty superficial.

    I guess if you're going to look for inspiration for a respectable leader during a period of civil war, Lincoln's not a bad choice.
     
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    John Wilkes Booth was Megatron's Pretender form.
     
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    Sideswipe80, you're not imagining things. Optimus Prime's personality is based, at least in part, on Abraham Lincoln. When I read your thread title, I also recalled this from some quasi-official source. But I didn't remember reading it. I remembered hearing it.

    A few minutes later, I remembered where I heard it: the interview with David Wise that appears on the Rhino release of Transformers G1 Season 3 Part 2. At about the 5:45 mark, Wise starts talking about his love for Optimus Prime and recalls talking to Bryce Malek (Transformers story editor) very early in the development process, and Malek told him about bringing in a famous animation writer named Jeffrey Scott who characterized Optimus Prime as being Abe Lincoln-ish. The idea caught fire, and this is likely where every other Prime-is-Lincoln analogy comes from.

    So there's the ultimate Transformers trivia question: Who was responsible for creating a major part of Optimus Prime's Abraham Lincoln-ish characterization? Answer: Jeffrey Scott. A guy who never wrote a single episode. A guy 99.9% of Transformers fans have probably never heard of, and don't associate him with Transformers if they have heard of him. We're talkin' Final Jeopardy here, people.

    I'm gonna go watch the rest of that interview now. Good stuff.
     
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    That would mean based on the idealized myth of Lincoln, not the man himself.

    So he's honest Abe with John Wayne's voice.
     
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    So, was Megatron based on Hitler, or possibly just a soldier of that sort?
     
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    "Sic Semper Tyrannus" was actually someone mishearing Megatron saying "Pacis per Tyrannus!"
     
  17. Sideswipe80

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    Wow I have the Rhino sets and not once have I watched an interview. I may have to do that now!
     
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    David Wise is, clearly, a geek. His tale of writing "The Rebirth" is more fun than the episode itself.
     
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    Abraham Lincoln never underwent the Powermaster process...
     
  20. Coeloptera

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    So this would make Ironhide US Grant? I can kinda see that.

    The Lincoln thing was referenced recently in IDW's ongoing #5 by Spike.

    He was driving in a modelocked Breakdown and rhetorically asked if he took the dampers off would he sound like Abraham Lincoln too.

    - Coeloptera
     

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