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In this episode of Transformers History we’re kicking things off with the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime. He’s the warrior who stands for freedom, the Big Bot, the Big Budha AKA Robo Jesus. Similar to his earlier renditions such as the G1 Optimus, the movie universe’s Prime is depicted as have a strong moral character, excellent leadership, and sound decision making skills, and possesses brilliant military tactics, and powerful martial arts. Judging from all the iterations I’ve seen I’d have to say that this is probably the most emotionally charged Optimus we’ve bared witness to. At the start of the trilogy he a somewhat calm and collective Autobot but later down the line he becomes more angrier and more blood thirsty as the series progresses. Some say this somwhat hurts the core essence of what he stands for but I somewhat see it as a more realistic approach. Think of it as a veteran who’s constantly thrust into battle when he thinks he’s getting a break for a change, he goes through so even if he bares a spark instead of a soul, he’s still a being with emotions.
But all of that aside, Optimus Prime still has a strong sense of honor and justice, being dedicated to building peaceful and mutually beneficial co-existence with humans, the protection of life and liberty of all sentient species. Let’s take a look at his origins leading up to the events of the films. For my references I’ll be using the IDW comic such as the Transformers: Foundation and Transformers: Defiance issues which are part of the Revenge of the Fallen arc, and I’ll also be using the Transformers: Movie Prequel issues to further explore some of the smaller details. Optimus Prime was the last surviving descendant of the Primes, he would spend his early years as an orphan to keep his true identity a secret and hidden away from the evil of The Fallen. He grew up with no knowledge of who he was, and was eventually found by Sentinel Prime, who claimed to be a surviving descendant from Primus himself.