What SHOULD Optimus Prime's Origins Be?

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  1. Rojixus

    Rojixus WE. ARE NOT. THE DECEPTICONS!!

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    We can have both.
     
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    I don’t mind whatever the creators of the fiction choose to make his origins as it’s not what you do that matters but how well you do it that truly counts.
     
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    The Matrix is literally the will of Primus, though.
     
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    Cop-out answer, but his origins should be whatever best serve the interest of that particular story.

    soldier who rises through the ranks?
    hero specifically built to take the mantle of leadership?
    mythological chosen one?
    total nobody who is thrown in the deep end and succeeds beyond expectations?
    pacifist or non-combatant who finds a reason to fight and the courage to stand up for his convictions?

    Any or all of these can work as long as they fit within what the story is about, where it came from, and what it's trying to accomplish. Optimus isn't Batman or Superman or the like where his origin is inexorably tied to the finished product of his character. Possibly because he quite literally didn't have an origin when he was initially conceived (at least one that we were privy to) so Optimus Prime the character is the sum of traits that were then back-engineered into any number of possible origins. And therein lies the flexibility, because each origin can contribute something to the fully realized Optimus while a well-written backstory can allow him to come across the other traits organically. And then in the end from a half dozen different starting points you can still end up with a final product that is more or less just as on point and on brand as any other iteration (with a few small exceptions that I'm not going to get into because it's not the point of this thread)
     
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    Rojixus WE. ARE NOT. THE DECEPTICONS!!

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    I don't care how the lore tries to explain it, I think its a dumb concept.
     
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    I find that to be depended on the continuity
     
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    Yeah, I acknowledge that lol. In American G1, it's merely the accumulated soul-stuff and wisdom of the Autobot leaders. Same diff, if you ask me.
     
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    I just prefer to think of him in his pre-Prime days as a humble bot working as a clerk as far away from the spotlight as possible with no dreams of greatness only to have leadership thrust upon him. I rather think of him of gradually having to learn the ins and outs of becoming a great leader instead of suddenly becoming a great one overnight.
     
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    I was talking about it being the “will” of anyone other then it’s own
     
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