Transformers Animated: Optimus Prime (Voyager Class) Earth Mode

Affiliation: Commander of a space bridge repair team, now stranded on Earth

Alternate mode: Semi Truck
Weapon: Axe, grappler cables

First cartoon appearance: Transformers Animated, intro movie, Transform and Roll Out

"While I function, Earth is under my protection."

We would like to extend a special thank you to Cartoon Network PR Dept for providing with official character bios and information.

OPTIMUS PRIME (Voiced by David Kaye)

OPTIMUS PRIME is 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.

Vehicle Mode Appearance: Fire Truck.

Character description from package "tech spec":  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.

Galactic Powers and Abilities:
> Supplementary battle armor
> Rocket assisted axe
> Grapnel launcher in arm

Other appearances: If you're reading this page, then you know, there have been a great many Optimus Prime characters throughout the Transformers toy and fiction.  Here are is a sample of this evergrowing list!

* 1984 the classic Generation 1 original
* 1987 Powermaster Optimus Prime (Sorry, no character page yet!) and the decoy.
* 1990 in Action Master form
* 1993 G2 form red cab w/ black recolor trailer.
* 1994 G2 air power rocket launcher
* 1995  'laser rod' Optimus Prime and the considerably less cool "gobots" version.

The Beast Wars began in 1996. And with it, a character many fans related to Optimus Prime, called Optimus Primal.  Although their sparks were temporarily merged, Primal and Optimus Prime were defined by the story authors to be different individuals.  

* 1997 "Machine Wars" Optimus Prime
* 2000 " Primal Prime." 
* 2001 Robots in Disguise an "alternate universe" Optimus Prime
"Unicron Trilogy"
* 2002, TF: Armada Optimus Prime
2003 a deluxe Armada Optimus Prime and recolored "Final Battle" Optimus Prime
* 2004 Energon Optimus Prime and  "Masterpiece" Optimus Prime
* 2005 Cybertron Optimus Prime
* 2006 Galaxy Force Optimus Prime
* 2007 Optimus Prime... wow, lots of versions associated with the Transformers live action Movie, Deluxe, Leader Class, Fast Action Battler, Titanium...
* 2008 Animated in Cybetron mode (deluxe) the 2-pack deluxe packed with Cybertron Mode Megatron, Voyager Earth Mode, and Supreme class Roll Out Command
* 2009 ... T.B.A. ...  

Bibliography of significant appearances: The leader of this small band of Autobots, stranded on Earth, Optimus Prime is heavily featured in the cartoon series in virtually every episode.  He is especially prominent in the  Transformers Animated Movie introduction, " Transform and Roll Out" parts 2 and part 3, Home is Where the Spark Is, Thrill of the Hunt, Megatron Rising part 1 and part 2, Return of the HeadmasterMission Accomplished, Black Friday and A Bridge Too Close parts 2.

Affiliation: Decepticon
Function: Decepticon Leader // Tyrant

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Alternate modes:
Cybertronian Star-Fighter Jet

First cartoon appearance: Transformers Animated, intro movie, " Transform and Roll Out."

First Comic Appearance: Transformers Animated: Arrival #1

"The Allspark will be mine, and Cybertron will tremble at my eet."

Bibliography of significant appearances: In this form, with his Cybertronian Alternate mode, he made only a few appearances, most notably in the Transformers Animated movie introduction: Transform and Roll Out.  Of course, it was this form's decapitated head which featured so prominently in the series until his return with Earth mode helicopter. 

We wish to extend a special thanks to Cartoon Network PR Department for providing us with official character bios and information.

MEGATRON is a fierce, unyielding despot who sees himself as a freedom fighter. He sees the DECEPTICONS as an oppressed race suffering under the tyranny of the AUTOBOTS. The DECEPTICONS must survive by any means necessary. He takes extreme pleasure in the suffering of even a single Autobot. And MEGATRON does not care at all for the collateral damage known as humans who might happen to stand in his way. He has the zeal of a fanatic and demands the unquestioning loyalty of those who serve him. 

Robot Mode Power: MEGATRON begins the series with only one power: the power to lie and manipulate Sumdac to repair and reconstruct him. Over time, the MEGATRON head will develop into a powerful psychokinetic who can control any machine. While the Cybertronian minds are too advanced to succumb to this ability, MEGATRON can control virtually any robot on Earth and the automated plants that construct them. In addition to this power, MEGATRON’s eventual robot body will be equipped with an assortment of laser cannons, sonic missiles and pulse blasters. 

Vehicle Mode Appearance: Cybertronian Gunship. 

Character description from package "tech spec":  Back on Cybertron, when it's late at night, and very dark, robots tell each other stories of war.  they spin stories about the deeds of Megatron, and though robots don't feel cold, the listeners shiver.  The only ones who done enjoy a scary Megatron story are the old ones, the ones who were there.  Those old Autobtos remember the real Megatron.  Many of them bear scars sustained in the heat of his fusion cannon, or dents delivered by his powerful swords.  To those old robots, Megatron is no monster; he's a warrior so vicious and terrible that monsters pale in comparison

Galactic Powers and Abilities:
>  No known weaknesses.
> Scientific, strategic and engineering genius.
> Fusion cannon can disintegrate up to 40 feet of solid steel.

Other appearances: Take a deep breath because this could take awhile!  Whether you consider Animated Megatron to be connected to any of the previous incarnations or not, there is no disputing, there are few other persona names more reused throughout Transformers mythology.

* 1984 his original toy form so bad@$$ it is now an illegal toy in the U.S. as an exact replica of a real firearm, the Walter P-38 pistol.  Since he was reformatted into Galvatron by Unicron, he made few other appearances in the G1 series.
* 1987 as a decoy.
* 1990 in Action Master form
* 1993 G2 green and purlple tank, surprisingly, it was his first vehicle form!.
* 1994 G2 air power rocket launcher
* 1995  a very uncool "gobots" version.
* 1996 Beast Wars Alligator and the more well known purple T-rex.
* 1997 in Machine Wars form!
* 1998 in Transmetal form (my personal favorite!)
* 1999 as a Transmetal 2
* 2000 in Beast Machines.
* 2001 as 6-changer RID Megatron
* 2002 as Armada Megatron and Megabolt Megatron, (a Beast Machines version toy in R.I.D. packaging! Go figure!
* 2004's Energon Megatron. In this year he was also released as a toy gun accessory for Masterpiece Optimus Prime!
* 2005 a very popular Cybertron Megatron (Leader Class) and Legends Class.
* 2006 his first reappearnce as a gun in 22 years: Classics Megatron.  Plus several titanium versions, Beast Wars 3", Cybertron 3", GIJoe comics version of Megatron 6"
* 2007 many toy forms relating to the Movie: Legends Class, G1 Real Heroes, Movie Real Heroes, Fusion Blast (FAB) Megatron, Robot Replicas, Robot Heroes vs. Pack, Voyager Megatron (frozen), Voyager Megatron (metallic) Megatron Unleashed, the definitive Megatron toy of the year Leader Class.  Then Titanium 3" movie, 6" War Within Megatron.
* 2008 Voyager Megatron Cybertron Mode, 2-pack Deluxe, Leader Class Animated Megatron...

...undoubtedly, there will be many more to come!


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