A little something i've wondered about the original G1 Autobot Matrix of Leadership and the various matrixes carried by all Convoys/Primes later on. The first Matrix was described as a source of accumulated wisdom by Optimus Prime himself and he seemingly delved into its stored knowledge in "The Return of Optimus Prime" eps. But the most common representation of all Matrixes is as a source of great power that is used to 'light the Autobots' darkest hour'. Usually Primes use it when faced with their biggest threats. So i am questioning the nature of the Matrix. What is it really? Is it meant to be a source of knowledge or great power? Or both? Does it grant Primes/Convoys power and wisdom? It seems to me that it is more often than not just a mystical device of great power, but what are the capabilities of its power? Can it do more than just form powerful weapons? Is it a back-up source of power that kicks in if its bearers are weakened? Can it heal? Can it provide carriers with connections to other divine sources? Can it give Primes other powers and abilities? Does it make them stronger physically and mentally? And i wonder about the extent of wisdom that it may impart on its bearers. Perhaps it subtly guides the courses of action that Autobot leaders take as well as potentially giving them access to knowledge from time before them? A couple of interesting uses of a Matrix might be observed in the BW2 and Neo series. Lio Convoy and Big Convoy possessed 'energon matrixes' which i always thought of as Maximal 'replicas' or 'pieces' of the original Matrix of Leadership given to all Convoys. Lio Convoy's in-built matrix apparently gave him the power to purify and absorb the energies of the planet Gaia. Big Convoy's matrix linked him to Cybertron's God Computer Vector Sigma, who would use Big Convoy's body as a vessel through which to impart its wisdom to others (which was not something Big Convoy particularly liked initially).