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When Optimus Prime crashed to Earth with the rest of the Autobots, he didn't really know what it meant to be a hero. He spent most of his time in space dreaming of glory, but it wasn't until he was first faced with the terrible decisions that inevitably come with leadership that he finally understood. He became a true hero - a being who does what he does not for glory and fame, but because no-one else can do it.
* Supplementary battle armor.
* Rocket-assisted axe.
* Grapnel launcher in arm.
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A young (by Cybertronian standards) commander of a ragtag and largely inexperienced group of misfit AUTOBOTS. He’s a born leader, a natural tactician, a dedicated never-say-die fighter and a master of improvisation in the face of adversity. Unassuming, humble, friendly and cheerful, Prime comes across as “The Bot Next Door.” He takes his mission and his men with the utmost seriousness, but is still able to relate to them as a regular guy. He’s not the kind of leader who needs to bark orders to command respect (besides, he’s got RATCHET to do that for him). He does have some confidence issues and sometimes questions if he is cut out to be a hero, especially during "Megatron Rising" and "Endgame".
Optimus cares deeply for his crew, and spends time trying to get to know them better. For example, he spends time trying to get Ratchet to open up about his past. He's not the most firm or take charge of leaders, sometimes needing prompts from Ratchet, and sometimes making bad calls. He's also got some problems controlling his team at first, who all tend to do their own thing regardless of what he says. By the third season, the team have melded into a true fighting force in the face of growing Decepticon opposition, though not as disciplined as full-time soldiers. However, their flexibility with the command structure is probably one of the reasons they are able to keep pulling off wins against seemingly impossible odds.
Optimus has a fear of spiders, from the disastrous incident in which he was forced to leave Elita-1 behind on a world full of giant spiders. He deeply regrets not spending time looking for her afterwards, and leaving her behind in the first place. This is brought to the fore when Elita faces off against him in her new form as Blackarachnia years later. Blackarachnia holds a grudge against Optimus for leaving her behind, and Optimus completely blames himself for the whole mess – the full extend is made clear in “Endgame Part 1”, although hinted at long before – Optimus took the full blame for the whole incident and was as a result expelled from the Autobot academy and debarred from ever serving with the Elite Guard. However, Ultra Magnus recognised Optimus Prime’s conscience and pulled some strings, getting Optimus assigned to his own ship and the now-familiar crew of Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Ratchet (Prowl joined later after his ship was accidentally destroyed by the crew). Optimus felt his destiny had been twisted beyond recognition, which helped him form a bond with the frustrated young cyber ninja Prowl when he joined the crew.
In Megatron Rising, faced with an increase in Decepticon activity due to Lugnut and Blitzwing on Earth, and the reappearance of Starscream, Optimus has to make some tough decisions. First was his decision that letting Sari keep the Key was a risk, so he had Ratchet take it away from her, upsetting Sari (and unknown to Prime, leading to her being captured by Blackarachnia), as well as making Bumblebee storm out in pursuit of Sari, calling Optimus a bad leader in the process.
Optimus then learned from Bulkhead and Prowl that the Dinobots were still alive on their island. Less than satisfied that they had kept this from them, he still tried to make contact and ask for their help, although his refusal to let Prowl handle the negotiations meant that they ended in failure. When Optimus then heard from Ratchet that the Decepticons Lugnut and Blitzwing had got their hands on the Key, Optimus began to doubt himself. He felt that Bumblebee was right, and that every decision he had made was the wrong one. His day was about to get worse, though, as he arrived at Sumdac Tower in time to witness the resurrection of an enemy who he thought was dead... Megatron! Naturally, Megatron made short work of Optimus and the other assembled Autobots before departing to claim the Allspark.
Wounded, Optimus fell back to Isaac Sumdac's lab, where the Allspark charged machinery helped to get the Autobots fighting fit again. Optimus learned the truth about Megatron there, as well as mending his friendship with the other Autobots.
After an attempt to lead the battle off world ended in the Ark being shot down, Optimus faced off against Megatron himself. Again, Optimus was no match for the Decepticon leader. Refusing to admit defeat, Optimus fought his way back to his feet, only to be pushed back by a wave of intense energy. Megatron had gained the Allspark and was using it as a weapon! At the last moment, Sari threw her Allspark Key to Optimus, which Optimus used to deliver an Allspark powered punch to the Allspark in Megatron's chest, causing it to disperse explosively, defeating Megatron in the process.
After the battle, Optimus handed the Allspark Key back to Sari, telling her that it was now one of the most powerful artifacts on Earth with the Allspark gone.
In The Elite Guard, Optimus shows a new side to his personality when he is reunited with Ultra Magnus and Sentinel Prime. For much of the episode, Optimus Prime accepts Sentinel Prime's criticism, as it is against regulation to talk back to superior officers, which Sentinel technically is (although as revealed later in that episode, Sentinel and Optimus are both of the "Prime" rank, even though Optimus washed out). Optimus puts up with a lot of Sentinel's generally overbearing behaviour, until he endangers Sari on insisting that Optimus stand down, at which point optimus stands up for himself, and his abilities in the field are acknowledged by Ultra Magnus "even though he is a little rough round the edges".
Optimus' rivalry with Sentinel Prime came to a head in Return of the Headmaster. Sentinel Prime forever talked down to Optimus, treating him like a lower-class robot not worthy of speaking in his pressence without permission. Optimus mostly took this, although not happy about it. He mentioned an incident in the past when it seems he took the blame for something he and Sentinel had done - probably related to Elita-1's disappearance. The two do not see eye to eye at all, so Optimus took great pleasure in beating up on the Headmaster-controlled Sentinel Prime when they confronted the Headmaster on his freight-liner hideout. However, when it came to explaining to Ultra Magnus what happened, Optimus helped Sentinel to save face, recognizing how much Sentinel Prime wanted to keep his reputation intact. The experience brought the two closer together, although some rivalry remains, with Sentinel trying to convince Optimus to bend the truth in Mission Accomplished to get his career going again. The scene implies very much that Optimus Prime is not good at lying, or at least does not hide the truth very often, sometimes at personal cost. That same episode also shows how Optimus is not above a little gloating when he is proved right.
Optimus' feelings for Elita-1, now Blackarachnia, come to the fore in Black Friday, where he once again meets Blackarachnia. For her, he bends his usual upstanding persona to intimidate Porter C. Powell into handing over a genetic modifier Blackarachnia wants in return for an antidote to a Cyber Venom infecting Bumblebee and Prowl (although, this could also be down to Prime's own dislike of Blackarachnia). In that same episode, Optimus also continuously warns the Dinobots of how Blackarachnia is using them, even though he himself is used. Optimus also shows how he believes that Blackarachnia still has some shred of goodness in her and can someday be redeemed.
Optimus Prime with the other Autobots and the Elite Guard Member Blurr faced off against Megatron's Decepticons and Starscream's Clones in the second season finale, A Bridge Too Close. The emergence of Starscream as a mutual foe led to Optimus and Megatron fighting side by side, briefly - before Megatron decided to use Optimus as a human shield. Later, Megatron intended to use Optimus as a guinea pig for his Spacebridge, prior to leading his armies through. Optimus managed to get loose thanks to some help from Prowl, and in the end, slipped some Stasis Cuffs on Megatron, causing Megatron to go tumbling into the out of control Spacebridge for parts unknown.
Unfortunately, Megatron remembered his defeat, even though he did not remember Optimus Prime's name. During "Transwarped" Optimus and Megatron faced off against each other once again, this time though Megatron was not armed, giving Optimus Prime a chance to fight against Megatron with a slight advantage (as he had all his own weapons). Megatron was still in a class of his own and easily defeated Optimus after a brief battle.
Also in "Transwarped" Optimus Prime demonstrated how much he disliked the gap that had opened up between Sari and her father, and he worked to bridge the gap (by arranging for them both to meet at Burgerbot) and later on, bringing Isaac Sumdac to the Autobot's base, deciding that there would no longer be any secrets between Sari and her father.
In "Where is Thy Sting?" Optimus once again butts heads with his old rival Sentinel Prime. This time the two are fighting over who gets to track down the traitor Wasp, with Sentinel blindly assuming that the green robot who sounds like Wasp must be Wasp (In fact, Wasp had traded places with Bumblebee). When Prowl and Bulkhead worked out that who they had thought was Wasp was actually Bumblebee, Sentinel assumed that all three were traitors and decided to arrest the lot of them and let Ultra Magnus sort them out. Optimus instead saw it for what it really was and trusted his team, underscoring that this trust was something that Sentinel lacked. Thanks to this trust, Optimus was able to prove Bumblebee's innocence, although Wasp still got away.
Optimus and Sentinel's relationship and tendency to butt heads was also present in "Five Servos of Doom". Optimus was naturally suspicious of Sentinel Prime's sudden success in capturing Decepticons, which was not helped by Sentinel's standoffish attitude. In the end though Optimus covered up Sentinel Prime's dirty dealings with the bounty hunter Lockdown, and put the true credit where it was due, with Prowl. Optimus told Sentinel in that moment that there are more important things than Sentinel's power trips, but that when the smoke clears, he would have it out with Sentinel.
The general dislike between the two Primes carried on through "Predacons Rising" where their arguing over how to handle Wasp meant that Wasp was able to slip away from a situation where he was all but caught, which led to Wasp being picked up by the Dinobot Swoop. Sentinel took off in hot pursuit, with Optimus realizing that Sentinel was about to confront Blackarachnia - who was once Elita-1, but Optimus had never told Sentinel Prime, so Sentinel was about to find out the hard way.
Optimus Prime and Bumblebee made their way to Dinobot Island, and along the way, Optimus advised Bumblebee, who'd been trying to get through to Wasp, to try apologizing rather than making excuses. After the two Autobots arrived at Blackarachnia's lair, Bumblebee fought Wasp, now reborn as Waspinator, while Optimus Prime rescued Sentinel from Blackarachnia. The two had a brief exchange before learning Blackarachnia's real plans for Waspinator. This enraged Waspinator, who was by now malfunctioning thanks to an instability in the Transwarp mutation process that created him. Blackarachnia fled, closely followed by Waspinator. Optimus, with Bumblebee's help, carried Sentinel Prime to safety, in time to avoid a huge Transwarp explosion that took out a large part of Dinobot Island and took Waspinator and Blackarachnia with it.
Afterwards, Optimus took his own advice, and apologized to Sentinel Prime for keeping the truth about Blackarachnia from him, and the two mended their broken friendship a little.
In "Human Error" Optimus learned what it is to be human, including the pain that can come with it. One Christmas morning, after drinking some bad “oil nog” tainted by Soundwave, Optimus and the other Autobots awakened to find that they had become 100% human. In spite of his assertion that there must be some rational explanation, Ratchet was unable to find one, and Optimus could not contact Sari, either. Optimus and the others quickly proved that they were still heroes, robot or human, by rescuing a woman and her child from a burning building caused by a massive Decepticon attack, but in the process, Optimus broke his leg. However, this would prove to be the key to unmasking the truth behind the Autobot's humanity - because when Optimus was able to stand on his broken leg normally, he proved that none of it was real - it was all a virtual reality created by Soundwave. Optimus was then able - while still in human form - to take down Megatron, using Megatron's own severed arm, no less! However, the Autobot's control of the virtual reality was short lived, as Soundwave soon reasserted control and reprogrammed the Autobots, forcing them to fight against Sari and her rag tag band of substitute Autobots - Wreck Gar, Scrapper and Snarl. Even after the other Autobots were defeated, Soundwave retained control of Optimus Prime and tried to use him to finish off Sari, but Prowl (who had by now escaped Soundwave's control thanks to Processor over Matter) hit Prime with his shurikans and brought Optimus back to normal. Optimus proceeded to grab Laserbeak, force him into guitar mode and use Laserbeak to unleash a sonic attack to cancel out Soundwave's own, before using Laserbeak, rock star style, to smash Soundwave in two.
While working on Bulkhead and Isaac Sumdac's Spacebridge in "Decepticon Air", Optimus Prime received a message from Sentinel Prime. The message was "Broken Lance", a code they used to use in their academy days when Sentinel was in trouble and needed a bailout. With some help from Sari, the Spacebridge was configured to allow Optimus Prime to transwarp directly onto the Elite Guard ship.
On arrival, Optimus discovered that Sentinel Prime, Jazz, Jetfire and Jetstorm had been captured by the Decepticon prisoners that they were transporting. Worse, the prisoners, Lugnut, Blitzwing, and two of Starscream's clones, were right in front of Optimus. And the other end of Optimus' spacebridge? That had connected directly to the private transwarp frequency used by Swindle to access his warehouse of exotic weapons. In a tight spot, Optimus ignored Sentinel's orders for an immediate rescue and instead transformed, ran over Swindle, and made his way to the ship's Energon store. There, he destabilized the Energon, loaded it back into the elevator, and cut the cables, dropping the whole thing explosively onto Lugnut and Blitzwing. Optimus proceeded to crawl through the ventilation shafts of the ship to get back to where the other Autobots were being held and free them at once. However, Sentinel Prime's attitude caused Optimus to lose his cool a bit, and Jazz had to pull the two Autobots apart.
The Decepticons caught up to the Autobots, and Optimus asked Jazz to head to the bridge and reconfigure the decontamination chamber to freeze whoever was inside it, intending to use it to trap the Decepticons. At the same time, he sent a message in code by flashing his Autobot symbol. Optimus then cut a coolant cable to create a diversion and allow Jazz to get away, but Lugnut used his POKE to blow a hole in the side of the ship, and suck the remaining Autobots and Decepticons out into space. While Jetfire and Jetstorm took care of the two Starscream clones, Optimus (with some unwilling help from Sentinel who felt he should be giving the orders) was able to take down Lugnut. However, Blitzwing grabbed Sentinel Prime and demanded everyone surrender. Optimus told Jetfire and Jetstorm to do as he said. Blitzwing, who could not retrieve Lugnut, threw the Autobots into the decontamination chamber and mocked Optimus for saying his plan out loud - but the joke was on him when everyone outside the chamber was frozen instead! Optimus revealed that he had sent Jazz a coded message to set the chamber up that way, and the Decepticons had fallen for it. Impressed at Optimus' heroism, Sentinel Prime grudgingly offered Optimus his spot on the Elite Guard, but Optimus turned it down, saying that he still had work to do on Earth.
In preparation for the final battle, in “Endgame”, Optimus Prime asked Ratchet, Isaac Sumdac and Sari to construct a rocket pack for him, realizing his ambition to learn to fly in “Transwarped Part 3”. The first test flight was a hilarious failure, although the second was much more successful – at least until the Female Starscream shot Optimus down. Optimus is also offered the Magnus Hammer by Ratchet, prompting Optimus to question his worthiness to wield the mighty weapon, and he initially refuses (flashing back to his dismissal from the Autobot Academy), until the appearance of Megatron and his trio of “Lugnut Supremes” prompts Optimus to prepare for battle with his new wings, and the hammer in his hands.
Taking to the air with Prowl, Optimus takes on the Lugnut Supremes, but initially has some trouble using the Magnus Hammer. Before long, though, Optimus is able to master the hammer and uses it to generate a storm to blow the three Lugnut Supremes all the way to Dinobot Island. One of the three is totally disabled by this, and the other two lose their flight capability - but this barely slows them down as they get up again and wade through Lake Erie back toward New Detroit. Megatron - who was commanding the battle from within the third, disabled Lugnut Supreme - also takes to the battlefield and goes after Optimus Prime. In an awesome moment in the confrontation between the two, Optimus shouts "My name is Optimus Prime!" prompting Megatron to finally acknowledge Optimus as an opponent rather than some insect to be crushed, and the two began their final battle even as the Lugnut Supremes were revealed to have been booby trapped by Starscream to self destruct and destroy Megatron, along with everything else in a 150 mile radius. Optimus had little time to deal with that, though - the enraged Decepticon leader decided to make sure Optimus would not live to see the explosion, even as Omega Supreme arrived on Earth to destroy the second Lugnut Supreme, and Prowl (with Jazz) used their Processor Over Matter to restore the Allspark in an attempt to contain the explosion. In the last moment, after Prowl heroically sacrificed himself to contain the exploding Lugnut Supreme - trapping Optimus and Megatron within the forcefield - Optimus was rescued by the ghost of Prowl. There was an almighty explosion as the final Lugnut Supreme blew up.
Optimus Prime awoke on the highway below where the explosion occurred, surrounded by the Autobots, and with them, he mourned the death of Prowl. His reflection was cut short when Megatron blasted him, having somehow survived the explosion. Ratchet threw Optimus the Magnus Hammer, and with one final blow, Optimus Prime brought down Megatron. Megatron told Optimus Prime to finish him off, but Optimus refused, instead smashing Megatron's fusion cannon. Decorated with a medal that resembled the Matrix from past Transformers series, Optimus Prime returned to Cybertron a hero, with Megatron - plus Shockwave and Lugnut - as prisoners. Some of the Protoforms that were stolen from the Cyber Ninja in "Five Servos of Doom" were recovered, and Omega Supreme was restored. At long last, Optimus Prime was a hero. Powers and Abilities
Optimus Prime possesses a wide variety of skills and abilities. His main one are his arm mounted grappling hook launchers, which Optimus can use to swing through the air, or to reach things a distance away from him. The launchers can also shoot out bolas to tie up the legs of his opponents, fire retardant foam, and low friction gel.
Optimus wields a rocket powered axe. The axe can transform from a small hatchet into a full sized battle axe, and the handle can extend even further to allow Optimus to pole vault when needed. The rocket engine assists with swings to lend more power to attacks.
Optimus also exhibited an ability to tap into phone and radio signals in Return of the Headmaster, using an antenna built into his "ear piece". In the same episode, he also demonstrated an ability to track signals back to their origin.
In “Endgame” Optimus Prime receives the ultimate upgrade – a rocket pack! These jet engines allow Optimus to fly at high speeds to compete with Decepticons on their own ground, although as he is not a natural flyer Optimus is not as experienced in aerial combat as the Decepticons are.
On top of all this, Optimus Prime has extensive Autobot Academy training. In addition to his agility and Elite Guard-class skills, he has the tactical knowledge that comes with the role, such as tricking Headmaster into transforming and crushing his Headmaster unit in Transwarped.
To top it all off, in the final battle Optimus Prime wields the Magnus Hammer, which can call down blasts of thunder and generate storms. There's just no stopping him! Appearances Transformers Animated01 Transform and Roll Out Part 102 Transform and Roll Out Part 203 Transform and Roll Out Part 304 Home Is Where the Spark Is05 Total Meltdown06 Blast From the Past07 Thrill of the Hunt08 Nanosec09 Along Came a Spider10 Sound and Fury11 Lost and Found12 Survival of the Fittest13 Headmaster14 Nature Calls15 Megatron Rising Part One16 Megatron Rising Part Two17 The Elite Guard18 Return of the Headmaster19 Mission Accomplished20 Garbage In Garbage Out21 Velocity22 Rise of the Constructicons23 A Fistful of Energon24 S U V Society of Ultimate Villainy25 Autoboot Camp26 Black Friday27 Sari No Ones Home28 A Bridge Too Close Part One29 A Bridge Too Close Part Two30 Transwarped Part 131 Transwarped Part 232 Transwarped Part 333 Threes a Crowd34 Where is Thy Sting35 Five Servos of Doom36 Predacons Rising37 Human Error Part 138 Human Error Part 239 Decepticon Air41 Endgame Part 142 Endgame Part 2
Optimus Prime Comic Book Information IDW Overview
The Arrival #1 gave readers a chance to get inside Optimus' head. While in stasis for those 50 years, his "dreams" were plagued by memories of his confrontation with Megatron, and his narrow victory. And also, of how he was the only thing that stood between Megatron and the Allspark.
Later, when Starscream attacked, once again Optimus found himself the sole vanguard against the Decepticon threat. He acknowledged the strength of his team, but he found a void between them. They were repair bots, he was Autobot Elite Guard Academy trained. He felt that, ultimately, it was all down to him.
Issue #5 of The Arrival featured a story from Optimus Prime's academy days. As a cadet, Optimus was on a routine survival exercise on a deserted planet, with activities such as synthesizing his own Energon, finding his way without a GPS, basic stuff any rookie should be able to do.
The mission turned out to be anything but simple, however, when Megatron himself appeared six megacycles before the rescue ship was due to arrive. In a fight for his life, Optimus had to rely on all his skill and instincts to survive against the leader of the Decepticons. However, Megatron was too much for Optimus. Megatron overpowered him and ran Optimus through with his sword, piercing Optimus' spark. Everything went dark...
...and Optimus awoke at the academy headquarters. The whole thing had been a simulation. Sentinel Prime mocked Optimus' poor performance, but was reprimanded by Ultra Magnus - Optimus Prime had managed to last longer against Megatron in the simulation than any other cadet up until that point. Ultra Magnus went on to say he had great expectations of Optimus Prime.
Additional Optimus Prime Resources Notes
Optimus Prime's flight pack, used in "Endgame", is heavily inspired by the wings and gauntlets of Masterforce's God Ginrai. The initial, wingless, design takes some cues from Classic series Jetfire's fastpacks and the rocketpack lent to Optimus Prime by Sideswipe in the first episode of Transformers Generation 1, "More than Meets the Eye".
Optimus Prime appears in every episode of Transformers Animated, with the exception of "This is Why I Hate Machines", giving him the most appearances of all the regular cast members. Official Cartoon Network Press Release Bio
A young (by Cybertronian standards) commander of a ragtag and largely inexperienced group of misfit AUTOBOTS. He’s a born leader, a natural tactician, a dedicated never-say-die fighter and a master of improvisation in the face of adversity. Unassuming, humble, friendly and cheerful, Prime comes across as “The Bot Next Door.” He takes his mission and his men with the utmost seriousness, but is still able to relate to them as a regular guy. He’s not the kind of leader who needs to bark orders to command respect (besides, he’s got RATCHET to do that for him).
Robot Mode Power: OPTIMUS PRIME has the ability to change any part of his robotic body into a tool or gadget. His arsenal includes a jet-powered axe, grappler and fire extinguisher. Original bio posted on Hasbro's Transformers Animated site
OPTIMUS PRIME is the young commander of a ragtag inexperienced group of AUTOBOTS. He’s a born leader, a never-say-die fighter, humble, friendly, and cheerful. OPTIMUS PRIME is not the kind of leader who needs to bark orders to command respect. He is usually the first to join the fight and the last to leave it putting himself before any member of his team.
ROBOT MODE POWER: "Battle Axe"
OPTIMUS PRIME'S main weapon is his battle axe. It is an ENERGON-based weapon that has multiple purposes. The axe blade can modify into a laser blade, it can also grow to cut large objects. The handle can grow in length for a pole-vault style attack, and the back of his axe has a built-in thruster for added lift and boost of great speeds.
OPTIMUS PRIME is a walking multi-utility knife with ability to convert any part of his robotic body to into a tool or gadget. His arms and legs can hyper-extend, he can whip grapples and swing his way around Detroit. OPTIMUS PRIME can also "spike" into any computer or machine to control it. AXE? SOMKESCREEN? HANG GLIDER? FIRE EXTINGUISHER? He has all of these tools and much more; but he isn’t just stocked with tools, he is clever about how he uses them.
* Can cut reinforced steel.
* Advanced fire-fighting systems.
* Trained at AUTOBOT Academy. Other Comic Information Titan UK
Optimus is among the Autobots when Starscream and his clones attack the Autobot base in Transformers #17, and is helpless to escape until Grimlock and the Dinobots show up to save the day.
Optimus also appears in Titan's Transformers Animated #1, where he battles with the Quake-Maker and tries to get humans clear from the battle scene. Optimus is the only Autobot not immediately won over by the Autobot Afterburn who shows up during this battle, in part because Afterburn dodged a rock which went on to hit Optimus, but mostly because Afterburn seemed to have all the leadership qualities that Optimus himself feels he lacks.
This initial rivalry was never developed, however, due to the cancellation of Titan UK's Transformers Animated comic at issue #3. Appearances
Titan UK Transformers #17
Titan UK Transformers Animated Comic #1 - Burnout Contributors:
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