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We are Primus. We are Prima. We are Prime Nova. We are Sentinel Prime. We are Optimus Prime.

Prime is a rank of highest distinction in many Transformers continuities. Typically, it is used as the identification for the leader of the Autobots, something that is bestowed only on those that carry the Matrix of Leadership within them. It is retroactively derived from Primus, the creator of the Transformers.

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime

Holders of the Matrix

The Transformers

The evidence for "Prime" being a rank in the cartoon is weaker than elsewhere, but the case can still be made. Though many Matrix-Bearers are seen, and all are by definition Autobot Leaders, only four are ever named; 2 Primes, 2 not: Alpha Trion, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Rodimus Prime. Without knowing any other names it is hard to make a concrete case here for "Prime" being a title given only to Matrix-Bearers. It is of note though that if it were, then "Prime" in this continuity would be a military/political title (since it is the "Matrix of Leadership"), rather than the religious title of the Marvel Comics. In the All-Spark Almaniac, "Prime" is a title/rank similar in use to Marvel Comics. There is a nearly complete linage of Matrix of Leadership bearers taking the rank. They are: Primon, Prima, Prime Nova, Guardian Prime, Zeta Prime, Sentinel Prime, and Optimus Prime.

History

Cartoon continuity

The evidence for "Prime" being a rank here is weaker than elsewhere but the case can still be made. Though many Matrix-Bearers are seen, and all are by definition Autobot Leaders, only four are ever named; 2 Primes, 2 not: Alpha Trion, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Rodimus Prime. Without knowing any other names it is hard to make a concrete case here for "Prime" being a title given only to Matrix-Bearers.

It is of note though that if it were, then "Prime" in this continuity would be a military/political title (since it is the Matrix of Leadership), rather than a religious title.

OOC Notes

In a Lil Formers strip included in "Spotlight: Wheelie", Alpha Trion reveals that Erector is 7660th in the line of succession to be Prime, just after Wheelie, but before Chip Chase. So, one huge bot-killing spree would give us an Erectimus Prime.[1]

Shattered Glass

The title of Prime is not an honorary rank but the title of the diabolical leader of the Autobots. Optimus Prime stands as the current Prime. For now. Elita-One, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus or Thunderclash may very well usurp the title and position in the future.

References

  1. Erector @ Tfwiki
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