Optimus Prime

optimusprimefilmTimes for the robots! Finally, we got our first trailer of Transformers: Age of Extinction during Super Bowl, getting a lot of peeks at some of the main characters. While many are still to be identified (it’s not so easy when you’ve got so many look-alikes in a franchise), we can start with the protagonist, Optimus Prime, once again voiced by Peter Cullen. Prime appeared in every movie of the series, always as the wise leader of the good faction of alien robots, the Autobots. He battled the archenemy Megatron in the first one, the resurrected Fallen in the second, and the traytor Sentinel Prime in the third one, always emerging victorious (and acting as a vehicle for pretty Republican ideals, but that’s another story). He’ll be back in the fourth installment, and this time he’ll deal with the extinction of the human race by the hands of his peers. No other detail is revealed yet, but we can see who Optimus is in the comics.

Optimus Prime was born more than 4 million years ago on Cybertron, a remote planet on which the dominant species was a race of sentient mechanical beings. During the Golden Age of Cybertron, Optimus was a regular civilian, who seldomly demonstrated some skills with firearms during sport competitions. Then, one day, the Great War started: the militaristic faction known optimusprimecomics1as Decepticons, a group of war-thirsty conqueror-wannabes, started a riot and challenged the planet’s government. The Council of Elders gathered the army to confront the Decepticons, forming the Autobots, a group of soldiers fighting for freedom and the safety of Cybertron. Optimus was a soldier in the Autobots ranks, and proved his value more than once; when Megatron, the new appointed leader of Decepticons, tried to steal the Underbase (a database containing the cumulative knowledge of every being on Cybertron), Optimus, unable to stop him, threw the Underbase into open space, thus preventing Megatron or whoever else from claiming it for himself. After this episode, the Council regarded Optimus as a wise Autobot, and when the High Councilor Traachon resigned, wanting to leave the rank to somebody from the military, Optimus was chosen as the supreme leader of the Autobots, a honor which had never been given to any soldier.

Prime was given the Matrix of Leadership, a powerful artifact held by every Autobot leader, containing the essence of the creator god Primus. He proved to be the right person for the job, but the war between Autobots and Decepticons lasted other decades, and the planet itself suffered from it, to the point the explosions made it leave its original orbit, putting it on the trajectory of a lethal meteor swarm. Optimus took a great risk to save optimusprimecomics2his planet, and gathered some of his most powerful warriors on the Ark, a massive spaceship. The warriors on the Ark intercepted the asteroids and destroyed them, but the Decepticons now had the perfect chance to kill their worst enemies while they were weakened: in the following battle, Optimus decided to destroy the Ark, so that Megatron wouldn’t have been able to get Auntie, the ship’s sentient computer containing vital informations for the Autobots’ cause. Prime searched a deserted planet and sent the ship with both Autobots and Decepticons onboard on a suicide crash. The planet happened to be prehistorical Earth. The crash didn’t kill the aliens, but it put them all on suspended animation for millions of years. Only in 1984 a volcanic eruption awakened Auntie (who had gone mad after the crash), and she in turn reactivated both Autobots and Decepticons. Much to his regret, Optimus Prime had only managed to bring the civil war from a planet to another, with the Decepticons trying to steal Earth’s natural resources and to start their conquering campaign all over again. With his fellow Autobots, Optimus decided to protect the young planet, hiding in plain sight using their mimetic powers to assume the shape of terrestrial vehicles. The war was all but over, and the Autobots still needed their leader.

Optimus Prime is a honorable warrior and a wise leader, a soldier who seeks peace but understands when war is necessary. Since he’s been a soldier before being high councilor, he fully understands the horrors of battle, and suffers for every single casualty, being it human or alien; he never shows his feelings to his underlings, however, and he bears the weight of leadership alone. As an Autobot, he possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability, and he’s quite big in size; he can turn into a truck, thus gaining some speed. He’s a capable hand-to-hand combatant, a fine swordsman and a nearly-infallible sniper, and has access to a vast arsenal. Extremely powerful but compassionate towards any form of life, Optimus is the perfect leader during a war that has lasted far too much.

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  1. […] Scrounge’s memory data, however, he discovered that long lost leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, was still alive and well after five million years, and  that he was fighting against his nemesis […]

  2. […] enemy, an amoral force who only sought conquer and destruction. The emergency forced Megatron and Optimus Prime to forge an uncomfortable alliance, and the respective teams had to cooperate to gain victory. In […]

  3. […] He arrived on Earth in the first movie, and was referred to as the medical officer in Optimus Prime‘s team. In the second one he was cast aside for most of the time, returning only for the […]

  4. […] was betrayed and killed by Sentinel Prime. In the comics, he’s alive and well, and one of Optimus Prime‘s most trusted friends and allies. Let’s see […]

  5. […] the eternal battle between Autobots and Decepticons seemed to finally reach an end, as Optimus Prime was finally able to defeat and kill his nemesis Megatron. Unfortunately, somebody else had other […]

  6. […] yet another character barely seen in the new Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer: when Optimus Prime gathers his forces, a blue Autobot with a samurai-like mask and helmet can be seen right next […]

  7. […] one of the original Dinobots. In the movie, he’ll be one of the ancient Transformers that Optimus Prime will call in aid against the new batch of man-made Transformers, but it seems he’ll have […]

  8. […] he replaced his lost arm with a hook. His business suffered a major drop when both Megatron and Optimus Prime went missing after a space battle: on Cybertron, the war continued with new leaders and factions, […]

  9. […] was also a peaceful soul, who grew tired of combat after years and years of continuous war. When Optimus Prime, the Autobots’ leader, formed a taskforce to destroy a meteor swarm threatening to hit […]

  10. […] acted as the main villain in the first movie, voiced by Hugo Weaving: he battled his nemesis Optimus Prime, but ended up being killed by puny human Sam Witwicky. In Revenge of the Fallen he was […]

  11. […] Crosshairs sided with the first ones, putting his many talents at the service of Optimus Prime‘s cause. He became renowned because of his nearly infallible aim, and his knowledge of […]

  12. […] Strafe allied himself with the first ones, and put his talents at the service of Optimus Prime, the wise leader of the Autobots. Strafe was essentially a scientist, but the horror he witnessed […]

  13. […] trailer of Transformers: Age of Extinction. Probably, the best part of the trailer is when you see Optimus Prime breaking off some stone fortress riding what appears to be a mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex: that […]

  14. […] the violent and war-thirsty Decepticons with his peers. He met a valiant comrade in arms in Optimus Prime, a soldier ready to sacrifice himself for the cause. When Prime became the new high councilor, […]

  15. […] received a transmission from Goldbug, another Autobot, who informed him that the Autobot leader Optimus Prime was on a faraway planet, still fighting the war with the Decepticons, and needing help. […]

  16. […] combining with them to form Bruticus, an extremely powerful warrior. Unbeknownst to Buster and Optimus Prime, who were witnessing the vision, they were being spied on by Shockwave, that time leader of the […]

  17. […] Quintessa will belong to the robotic race that created the Transformers, and she’ll capture Optimus Prime while he’s travelling in space…and apparently she’ll brainwash him and turn him […]


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