"All sentient beings are free to follow me.  Refusal means destruction."

Affiliation: Evil Autobots

Function: Emperor of Destruction

First cartoon appearance: none

First Comic Appearance: Botcon 2008 Exclusive, Convention Comic

Character description from "tech spec:
During Cybertron's Golden age of peace, an elite few served as the guardians of Cybertron's accumulated knowledge.  Among these data clerks was Optronix.  A low-level operator who sought to replace those above him, Optronix turned his research skills to finding methods of manipulation.  Eventually, he rose to prominence; however, when his activities were uncovered, he was removed from service and left purposeless.  Deep in his ember though, Optronix believed he was best fit to lead Cybertron.  He hungered for power and through his studies, he determined that military might was the only way to achieve his goals.  Preaching a philosophy of destruction and conquest, he eventually began re-engineering his body as well as taking on a new name: Optimus Prime.  He then began refashioning the bodies of his followers into weapons as well.  Armed with weapons and a uniting philosophy, he declared his warriors autonomous from the rest of Cybertron and thus named them the Autobots.

Bibliography of significant appearances: All characters of the Botcon 2008, "Shattered Universe" are personas existing in an alternate reality.  Their story was featured in the 2008 convention comic, several of the Transformers Collector Club comics and a few prose-only stories including "Dungeons & Dinobots." 

Other appearances:

- 1984 - the classic Generation 1 original
- 1987 - as a decoy.
- 1988 - G1 Powermaster Optimus Prime, God Ginri addition to Powermaster Optimus Prime
- 1990 - G1 Action Master Optimus Prime
- 1991 - Japan Only - Star Convoy
- 1993 - G2 red tractor, black trailer OP recolor
- 1994 - G2 missile launcher Optimus Prime
- 1995 - G2 Laser Rod Optimus Prime
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.
- 1996 - Beast Wars Optimus Primal (basic class: bat) and Optimus Primal (Ultra class gorilla)
- 1997 - Machine Wars Optimus Prime
- 1998 - Beast Wars Transmetal Optimus Primal, Super Class: Optimal Optimus, and Japan only Lio Convoy a Beast Wars 2 interpretation of Optimus Prime 
- 1999 - Japan only Big Convoy, another Beast Wars Neo interpretation of Optimus Prime.
- 2000 - Beast Machines Optimus Primal (deluxe), Primal Prime (Optimal Optimus Recolor) 
- 2001 - Beast Machines (mega) Blast Punch Optimus Primal, R.I.D. Optimus Prime
- 2002 - Armada Optimus Prime, R.I.D. minature Optimus Prime, Beast Machines Supreme figure in R.I.D. packaging Air Attack Optimus Primal 
- 2003 - Armada Deluxe Optimus Prime, Armada Final Battle Optimus Prime, K-Mart Exclusive Gold Optimus Prime with Jetfire set, Universe Optimus Primal 
- 2004 - Energon Optimus Prime vs. Megatron 2-pack, Energon Optimus Prime, Energon Optimus Prime with Overload 2-pack, MASTERPIECE OPTIMUS PRIME, Japan Only: Robot Masters Convoy (Optimus Prime), Robot Masters Beast Convoy,   
- 2005 - Cybertron Legends Optimus Prime, Cybertron Optimus Prime, Cybertron Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus 2-pack (RID recolors). 
- 2006 - Cybertron Legends Galaxy Force Optimus Prime, Cybertron Deluxe Optimus Prime (Armada deluxe recolor), Cybertron Jungle Planet Deluxe Optimus Prime, Cybertron Leader Class Galaxy Force Optimus Prime,  Classics Optimus Prime, Classics Ultimate Battle Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, Alternators Optimus Prime, Beast Wars 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal, Titanium 3" Optimus Primal, Titanium 3" War Within Optimus Prime, Titanium 3"(G1) Optimus Prime,  Titanium 6" War Within Optimus Prime, Titanium 6" Optimal Optimus, Sorry, but we won't cover the various Attacktix Optimus Prime figures here!
- 2007 - Movie Legends Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Unicron, Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Ravage, Robot Heroes set (Walmart Exclusive) includes Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Blackout, Cyber Slammers Optimus Prime, Fast Action Battlers Power Hook Optimus Prime, Movie Protoform Optimus Prime, Robot Replicas Optimus Prime, Robot Replicas Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, Movie Twin Blaster Optimus Prime, Movie Robo-Vision Optimus Prime, Movie CyberStompin' Optimus Prime, Movie Unleashed Optimus Prime, Movie Leader Class Optimus Prime, Movie Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet, Movie Optimus Prime Big Rig Blaster, Pepsi Optimus Prime, TFTM 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime, 3" Titanium Movie Optimus Prime,  Titanium 3" Movie 3-pack Optimus Prime, 3" Titanium G1 Battle Damage Optimus Prime, 6" Titanium RID Optimus Prime
- 2008 - Animated Activators Optimus Prime, Animated Bumper Battlers Nightwatch Optimus Prime,  Animated Bumper Battlers Optimus Prime, Animated (deluxe) Optimus Prime -Cybertron Mode, Animated (Voyager) Optimus Prime -Earth Mode, Animated Roll Out Supreme Optimus Prime,  Animated Optimus Prime Battle Blaster, Animated McDonalds Happy Meal Optimus Prime, Shattered Glass Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes Movie Optimus Prime vs. Scorponok, Fast Action Battlers Fire Blast Optimus Prime, Movie First Strike Optimus Prime, Movie Battle Damage Optimus Prime, Movie Nightwatch Optimus Prime, Movie Premium Optimus Prime, Universe Legends Animated Optimus Prime, Universe Robot Heroes Optimus Primal vs. Tarantulas, 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (G1 reissue)
- 2009 - 25th Anniversary 6" Titanium War Within Optimus Prime, Movie Legends Optimus Prime, ROTF Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Blackout, Fast Action Battlers Double Blade Optimus Prime, ROTF Gravity Bots Optimus Prime, ROTF Robot Replicas Optimus Prime, ROTF Voyager Optimus Prime, ROTF Leader Class Optimus Prime, ROTF RPMs Optimus Prime, Universe Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, Universe Hasbro Toy Shop Exclusive Optimus Prime, Universe Leo Prime.

Okay, I dare ya!  Tell me an Optimus Prime toy that I is missing from this list! :)

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