Prime (Transformers)

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The title Prime is a rank in the Transformers franchise, typically found among the Autobots or Maximals. The most famous holder of the title in various media is Optimus Prime, usually depicted as the heroic leader of the Autobots. In some versions of the series it is synonymous with the title of Convoy, though this is not always the case.


Generation 1

Animated series

Optimus Prime was the first Prime to be introduced, though its usage as a title was not established until The Transformers: The Movie; previously it was readily used as a name for Optimus. The title did not pass to Ultra Magnus when Optimus passed the Matrix of Leadership to him, and only after the Matrix passed to Rodimus Prime did it become recognized as the title of the Autobot leader and bearer of the Matrix. Additional Matrix bearers also appeared in the series but were not known to carry the title of Prime according to show dialogue.

Marvel Comics

The Transformers series from Marvel Comics later expanded on the Prime lineage, revealing that Optimus' predecessors also bore the title of Prime.

Fun Publications

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Unicron Trilogy


Transformers: Animated

Animated series

Transformers: Animated departed quite drastically from the usual tradition regarding the title of Prime; here it was a military ranking subordinate to the rank of Magnus, which signified the Supreme Commander of the Autobots.

Transformers: Timelines

Shattered Glass

Among the evil Autobots of the Shattered Glass universe, the title Prime is also given to the leader, though how long this has been the case is unknown. Optimus Prime is the first holder of the title, with Rodimus Prime later taking on the title after assuming leadership of the Autobots on at least two occasions. Optimus retained the title after being reformatted into Nova Prime, leader of the Knights of Unicron.

Known Primes

Generation 1

Robots in Disguise

Unicron Trilogy



Aligned Continuity