What is the origin of Optimus Prime's japanese name?

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  1. tomboland

    tomboland Well-Known Member

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    As the title says. why do they call him "Convoy"?

    "Prime" means "First" in latin and "Optimus" means "Excellent" in latin (so i assume thats why we call him what we call him).

    So why "Convoy"?
     
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    Because convoy means something in English:

    -The act of accompanying or escorting, especially for protective purposes.
    -An accompanying and protecting force, as of ships or troops.
    -A group, as of ships or motor vehicles (i.e. trucks), traveling together with a protective escort or for safety or convenience.
     
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    It's what the toy was called before it was absorbed into Transformers.

    As for why the Diaclone folks called him that, I doubt that its anything more then dudes with a loose grasp of english arbitrarily picking a word associated with trucks.
     
  4. Optimus Sledge

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    before transformers came around, prime was called battle convoy, so takara just removed the battle for the japanese name of optimus prime
     
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    Because it sounds cool.

    And this:

     
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    I find Optimus Prime to be a much cooler name than Convoy.
     
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    if optimus prime wasnt and never was autobot leader, convoy would be a cool name. but he is leader so he gets a powerful name.
     
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    In my own twisted little fan-version of TF history, "Convoy" was Optimus Prime's name before he became a Prime, back when he was a simple, free-spirited transport engineer, who spent his days roaming every inch of Cybertron, learning of it's customs and people and forming his core belief that freedom is the right of all sentient beings.

    Screw that "Orion Pax" noise! :) 

    zmog
     
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    he should of been named supertron.


    we would have megatron and supertron dukeing it out in every series



    see who is the best Tron
     
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