Optimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. As the current Matrix of Leadership bearer, Optimus Prime is the de facto leader of the Autobots, the Autobots are constantly waging civil war against a rival faction of transforming robots called Decepticons. According to Bob Budiansky, co-writer of the Transformers series, Dennis ONeil was responsible for his name, in the Transformers, Covenant of Primus, it was established that Optimus Prime was the last born of the original Thirteen Transformers. It was his unique spark and his inspiring reassurance that All are One that allowed the Primes to rally and this brings a Great War to their planet of Cybertron. Optimuss origins and personality can vary depending on which universe hes seen in and this origin is the most consistent between the various incarnations. Further differences are listed in the sections below. The first generation Optimus Prime transforms into a Kenworth K100 cab over truck, within his chest is a mystic talisman, known as the Autobot Matrix of Leadership or the Creation Matrix, carried by all Autobot leaders. When Optimus transforms, his cab disconnects to become a sentient robot, the combat deck supports a mobile battle-station and command headquarters armed with assorted artillery and beam weapons that fire automatically. The combat deck can also serve as an antenna for battlefield communications between the autobots. The combat deck also included Roller, a mobile scout buggy meant to scout behind enemy lines, when Roller is deployed, Optimus can see and hear what Roller sees and hears. Injury to one component is felt by each of the others, if the combat deck or Roller were to be destroyed, Prime could survive. However, despite the degree of autonomy they possess, the combat deck. In the animated series, Optimus is able to fire short-range optic blasts, project holographic maps, in the animated series, Optimus was also given the ability to retract his right hand unit and replace it with a glowing axe. Across the assorted continuities of the original Transformers universe, there have various interpretations of Optimus Prime. One of Primes most notable characteristics over all continuities his unswaying commitment to leadership by example, the animated seriess version of Optimus Prime is depicted as a straightforward, wise, and upbeat battlefield general. Additionally, the animated version of Optimus dislikes rap music, putting him at odds with music-loving characters like Blaster. In the Marvel Comics series, in addition to characteristics, Prime is secretly plagued by self-doubt. Originally, Optimus Prime was created as the Autobots leader, though it is if he was created or his origins
Optimus Prime box art showing his original G1 toy design
Optimus Prime in the Transformers Animated series
A Peterbilt 379 used in Transformers to portray Optimus Prime's alternate mode.