|“||Autobots, Roll Out!||„|
|~ Optimus Prime's most famous quote - commanding the Autobots.|
Optimus Prime, originally known as Orion Pax, is the main protagonist of the Transformers franchise.
He is the leader of the heroic Autobots, sworn protectors of humanity and Cybertron, and battles against the menace of the Decepticons and their evil ruler Megatron. Optimus Prime's main disguise has tended to be a large truck and he is generally seen as one of the most powerful Autobots on Earth.
Optimus Prime is voiced by Peter Cullen who also voiced the character in the live-action film series and the character in the Transformers: Prime animated series. He has also been voiced by Garry Chalk and David Kaye in other incarnations.
In the cartoon, he was a normal civilian named Orion Pax, that was nearly killed by Megatron and resurrected by Alpha Trion, renaming him "Optimus Prime", with his new body he went on the mission to stop Megatron.
In the Marvel UK comics, he was a gladiator in Iacon that then enrolled into the Autobot army when the Decepticons declared war. Optimus Prime could transform into a Kenworth K1000 cab over truck. In his chest is a mystic talisman, also known as the Autobot matrix of leadership and the creation matrix, carried by all Autobot leaders. When Optimus transforms, his cab turns into an ion blaster and his trailer disconnects, forming a combat deck. This deck supports a mobile battle station and headquarters armed with assorted artillery and beam weapons that fire automatically.
The combat deck also serves as a radio antennae that can communicate with the other Autobots. The combat deck also included "Roller", a scout buggy meant to scout behind enemy lines. When Roller is deployed, Optimus sees and hears what Roller sees and hears. If the combat deck or Roller were eradicated, Optimus would survive. However, despite the slight degree of autonomy they possess, neither the combat deck or Roller would survive if Prime died.
Optimus is a very brave and strong leader who fights with equal compassion and power, valuing all life and unwilling to bow down to tyranny or terror. He had an undying commitment to leadership. He is straightforward, wise, and upbeat. He believed in the goodness in everyone, not looking down on humans and other beings as lesser, like Megatron did.
He also dislikes rap music, putting him at odds with other Autobots such as Blaster or Jazz. Optimus is secretly plagued by self-doubt and pacifism that makes him a reluctant warrior.
Being a Transformer, Optimus Prime can transform into what is usually depicted as a truck, whether it be an eighteen wheeler, firetruck, or Peterbilt. With this, he can go at extremely fast speeds. He usually wields an ion blaster, a rifle that can shoots lethal explosive rounds and/or a barrage cannon, another rifle that shoots warheads filled with 3,000 pounds of TNT. He also has several melee weapons, such as energon axes, dual retracting swords, and hooks. He can also lift over 2,000 tons.
|“||Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.||„|
|~ Optimus Prime expressing his beliefs in freedom and equality.|
|“||One Shall Stand! One Shall Fall!||„|
|~ Optimus Prime before battling Megatron.|
|“||There's a thine line between being a hero and being a memory.||„|
|~ Optimus Prime|
|“||Sometimes even the wisest of men and machines can be in error.||„|
|~ Optimus Prime|
|“||Until that day… till all are one.||„|
|~ Optimus Prime's last words.|
|“||As the earthlings say Fat chance fathead!||„|
|~ Optimus Prime in The Ultimate Doom|
- Total Film Magazine named Optimus Prime the 30th greatest movie superhero of all time.
- Optimus Prime is approximately 9 million years old, at least.
- Optimus has been mentioned very publicly in global affairs in recent years. A 2008 Canadian Armed Forces operation in Afghanistan was named “Op Timis Preem,” in (an obvious but not publicly admitted) homage to the Autobot leader. It was an extremely successful operation, taking out key Taliban leaders and some Taliban infrastructure. While the Canadian military didn’t directly cite Optimus Prime as a reference for their mission, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was much more blatant about his Optimus love in 2009. After speaking on the radio about toys his children received for Christmas, he said he hoped he could meet Optimus Prime because “he seems to be able to solve most of the problems.”
- There are huge statues of Optimus in China.