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Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
Sub-group Primes, Leaders, Voyagers, Legends, Cyberverse Commanders
Function Autobot leader
Rank 10
Partner Arcee, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Camshaft, Jazz, Jetfire, Comettor, Ironhide and Sentinel Prime
Motto "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Entry Mode Protoform, Peterbilt 379 semi-truck
Series Transformers film series
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers (2010)
English voice actor Peter Cullen (films, toys, video games)
Eric Eowards (Cyber Missions)
Michael Dorn (Revenge of the Fallen toy Commercials)
Japanese voice actor Tesshō Genda

The character Optimus Prime appears in the live action films Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon as the leader of the Autobots and one of the main protagonists of the three films. In these movies, Optimus Prime is able to transform into a conventional Peterbilt 379 cab, rather than the cab over design of his original Generation 1 body. In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he regains his first generation trailer. Also straying from the G1 design, Prime's vehicle mode is now decorated with red flames painted onto a blue body à la Rodimus Prime, his Generation 1 successor. The reason for the change was due to Director Michael Bay's decree that mass displacement does not occur when they transform, requiring Optimus's vehicle form to have more mass to achieve the desired size in his robot form.

Although the character was redesigned to some extent, like the other characters in the film, many classic design elements remain in his robot mode including a predominantly red torso, primarily blue legs, the presence of windows in his chest, smoke stacks on his shoulders, and a head design influenced by the original, featuring the iconic faceplate and ear finials. The faceplate is able to retract to reveal a mouth. His weapons include his iconic ion blaster stored in the form of the fuel tanks on his back, and a shell cannon stored on his back, two retractable energon blades that extend from both forearms, which is a homage to Prime's energy axe in the Generation 1 animated series, two retractable energon hooks on both of his forearms, and bladed knuckles. The trailer contains an energy axe, a shield, and flight gear. In the later IDW comics, he displays the ability to produce a holographic driver.

At San Diego ComicCon 06, it was announced that original Optimus Prime voice actor, Peter Cullen, would reprise his role for the third film. Cullen has commented that Prime is basically the same in the third film as the previous two, and retains the same basic personality.

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