As are all the Autobots on earth, Optimus Prime is an electromechanical being from Cybertron, a robot that strives to prevent Decepticon domination of the universe. This incredibly powerful alien may also be from another time period, making him doubly out of place on earth.
Cybertronian Physique: like his fellow Autobots, Optimus Prime is a robotic entity of Cybertronian origin. As such, the Autobots' leader has, by his very nature, the use of a large variety of abilities that reflect this. His very body gives Optimus Prime these super-human powers:
* Body Armor (s): like most Cybertronians, Optimus Prime was built (or formed) with a reinforced steel frame, one that offers him intensity 8 (+2) resistance to injury. This, along with his great Strength, makes him virtually immune to most human assault.
* Growth (a): Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Optimus Prime, for instance, stands at about eighteen feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at intensity 4 as a general matter of course.
As such, the Autobots' leader has a +4 size factor. This grants him a +4 bonus to damage he inflicts on normal sized foes, while theirs suffers a -4 against him. Conversely, he suffers a -4 penalty to strike standard sized enemies in the first place, while they gain a +4 to hit him.
* Invulnerability to Disease and Toxins (s): like all robots, Optimus Prime is highly resistant to diseases and poisons that would kill organic beings. He also possesses intensity 30 (+7) resistance to more chemically creative forms of disease.
* Microscopic + Telescopic Vision (w): all Transformers can alter their visual sensitivity where distance is concerned. Functioning at intensity 2, these powers let them see objects up to a mile distant with ease, as well as allowing them to read items on microfiche.
* Radio Transceiver (i): as are most Transformers on earth, Optimus Prime is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other Cybertronian within a wide radius of his person, having intensity 7 range (100 miles).
Blaze Blasters (a): these powerful energy emitters, mounted on Optimus Prime's back (they're his emergency lights) can be used to devastating effect in battle. They can fire twin laser beams capable of inflicting Prime's Agility +5 in Armor Piercing Energy damage when used in concert.
Blizzard Blast (a): one of two streams he can emit from his fire hoses in ultimate mode, this attack allows Optimus Prime to spray super-chilled water at an opponent, which instantly freezes on impact to inflict intensity 15 stunning force damage (and acts to contain a foe at like intensity).
Corporeal Gestalt (a): Optimus Prime is an extremely powerful warrior in his own right - there is little that can stand in his way. However, when even his might is not enough, he can combine with Ultra Magnus, to form Omega Prime!. This is an intensity 20 power.
Fists of Steel (s): in his basic mode, Optimus Prime can summon forth his ultimate form's fists from his base platform, allowing him to inflict additional damage in melee combat. When he dons his steel fists, Optimus Prime can use them to inflict +2 bashing damage.
Flying Fists (a): alternately, Optimus Prime can fling forth his ultimate form's fists from his base platform as a powerful ranged attack, thanks to a built-in catapult. When used in this fashion, these oversized fists inflict intensity 18 damage per heavy-handed strike.
Headlights (i): to better emulate earthen vehicles (and since they come in handy in the dark), Prime is equipped with a set of convenient headlights. These twin lamps can be used to generate intensity 8 illumination, which make driving at night no problem.
Power Stream (i): the usual fire hose weapon he wields in his ultimate mode, Optimus Prime's power stream consists of an irresistible jet of water that he can use to quench fires - or foes. The power stream can apply up to intensity 17 force to a person, place, or thing when necessary.
Pulse Blaster (i): in his ultimate mode, Optimus Prime can fire twin blasts of energy from the two antenna on each side of his head. He rarely uses these weapons, possibly saving them for surprise attack tactics. He can use them to inflict intensity 15 energy damage per strike.
Rotary Strike / Gyro Strike (s): in his ultimate mode, Optimus Prime can strike an opponent with the spinning wheels that are placed on his knees, with multiple effects. These can be used to inflict +2 physical damage or, if charged with power, a like amount of energy damage.
Shape Change (a): whenever he wishes to, Optimus Prime can initiate an intricate transformation between one of several functional modes. He can either drive about as a Japanese Hino Brandlier fire truck, or transform into both a humanoid form and a stationary battle platform.
However, when he needs a bit of extra firepower, Optimus Prime can merge his humanoid and base platform modes into a sort of 'ultimate' configuration. Both of these transformations are, of course, voice-activated ('Optimus Prime, Transform!', 'Optimus Prime, Battle Mode!').
Optimus moves with intensity 3 speed in his fire truck mode.
When he combines his humanoid and base platform modes into his ultimate form, Optimus Prime becomes approximately twenty-four feet tall, raising his growth to intensity 6. This applies an additional 2 point modifier to all the changes listed above, under his growth power.
Furthermore, this grants him the ability to utilize his gyro strike, power stream, blizzard blast, and pulse blaster attacks. Finally, it seems that he can only use his Matrix-enhancements in his ultimate mode.
Strafe Attack (i): when in his normal humanoid mode, Optimus Prime can draw forth twin, shoulder-mounted missile launchers from his base platform. With these, he can fire a very large salvo of miniature rockets at an opponent, which (as a whole) inflict intensity 16 damage per volley.
Telescoping Ladder (a): one capability that Optimus Prime has in only his fire truck mode, this allows him to stretch the ladder he wields on top of his form an incredible length if necessary. This function operates at intensity 9, allowing him to reach heights within far missile distance.
Transparent Vision (w): another optical power of Optimus Prime's is his ability to peer through solid matter to see what's inside it - or on the other side of a barrier, for instance. This power functions at intensity 20, meaning very little can escape his watchful eyes.
Compression Pistol (i): though his body is armed to the proverbial teeth with attack forms, Optimus Prime nonetheless carries a blaster with him in his normal humanoid mode. Stored in subspace when not in use, this weapon can be fired to inflict intensity 18 concussion damage per blast.
the Matrix (w): the Matrix is an incredibly powerful computer meta-program that can be used by its chosen wielder for various purposes. The current bearer of the Matrix, Optimus Prime, has demonstrated but a few uses of its nigh-irresistible power thus far, as he hasn't really needed to.
Currently, he has used the Matrix to attain 'penultimate power' in battle when he was driven to the point of manic rage by Scourge and Ruination. When he taps the Matrix thus, all of his ability and power scores are raised by +2 - and he is surrounded by a spectral green glow.
Of course, this is but the clumsiest use of the Matrix's power. In the past, it has done everything from controlling electronic and mechanical devices to granting life to lifeless electromechanical matter, and even destroyed the planet-eater, Unicron, at the moment of its triumph!
In other words, the Matrix can do a great many things, but most of these are shrouded in mystery. In game terms, Optimus should only use his 'penultimate power' under the most sparing of conditions, otherwise he only wields the Matrix when giving lifeless robots their very own Spark.
This entails creating life from the lifeless - making Cybertronian (or other, sufficiently advanced) robots truly living, sentient beings. When such a being is created, Optimus can hold some sway over what personality may emerge, but ultimately the Matrix decides what life it will create.
Advanced Guns (a): supplementing his already impressive dexterity, Optimus Prime is a very good marksman, and rarely misses his target. Whenever he's wielding any sort of advanced weaponry, such as his compression pistol, he may do so at a reduced difficulty level.
Leadership (w): more than anything else, Optimus Prime is a leader renowned throughout the entire cosmos. Whenever a group of people (or robots) are following his leadership, they receive a +1 on all their actions; if they lose this leadership, this transforms into a -1 penalty.
Military (w): in addition to his leadership skills, Optimus Prime is also a competent soldier with thousands of years of combat experience under his belt. He is a master of battle tactics, and can usually outwit most any foe with a good plan given enough time to conjure one up.
It may go without saying, but as the beloved leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime can readily rely upon the assistance of any Autobot on earth - much less the galaxy - should he need it. He is also on very good terms with most human authorities, and both Dr. Onishi and Koji Onishi.
Protector, with a secondary calling of Exemplar: it's no secret that Optimus Prime is a highly skilled and experienced warrior, but that's not what he's all about. No, Optimus Prime lives to serve and protect others, and strives to be a shining example to his fellow Autobots.
In his vehicular mode, Optimus Prime looks just like a red Hino Brandlier fire truck, one with blue-tinted windows, red emergency lights, and a silvery ladder. In his normal humanoid mode, he appears to be a robot built from the various parts of a fire truck - with blue trim in places.
In his ultimate humanoid mode, Optimus Prime still appears to be built from the parts of a futuristic fire truck, albeit one with said parts being arranged in a different configuration. This form looks much more noble in nature, and is adorned with more blue and silver trim throughout.
While he is a seasoned warrior and a legendary leader, Optimus Prime longs for the time when his talents are no longer necessary. He has a deep-seated love for all life, no matter what form it manifests in, and will do absolutely everything he must to protect it from evil.
Real Name: Optimus Prime
Occupation: Autobot leader, warrior
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron with no known criminal record
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Autobots
Height: 18' (approximately)
Eyes: golden (in ultimate mode)
Weight: 20 tons (approximately)
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Optimus Prime is composed of a strong alien metal that is primarily red in hue (with blue, silver, and gold trim in places).
Optimus Prime has a long, long list of accomplishments behind him. He was a hero of the Cybertronian civil wars way back when, and his heroism was so great that he was awarded the Matrix by the one and only Vector Sigma as a result - and thus leadership of all the Autobots.
While he is a great warrior, Optimus longs for nothing but peace, and wishes to spare all life from violence and tyranny. As such, when Optimus Prime learned that Megatron and his despicable Predacon flunkies were en route to earth, he leapt into action with his own subordinates.
Arriving years in advance of Megatron's Megastar, Optimus Prime and his fellows went about preparing for their enemies' presence. While his build team constructed a global space bridge network, one that would allow the Autobots access to anywhere on earth, the rest blended in.
Optimus Prime himself took to working as a simple fire truck in a Tokyo fire station, doing his part to put out fires and save lives as he waited for Megatron's arrival. When this occurred, he and his most trusted followers, the Autobot Brothers, leapt into action against the Predacons.
Though they won in their very first earth-bound conflict, the Autobots couldn't prevent Megatron from kidnapping an expert on earth-based energy sources: Dr. Onishi. Though he failed in this, Optimus vowed to his son Koji, and to the rest of the world, to save him from the Predacons.
And to rid the earth of the Predacons once and for all! To this end, Optimus slowly began to call more and more Autobots into the fight, some already on earth in a less martial role and some directly from Cybertron - though the situation on earth became more harrowing over time.
This because Megatron reprogrammed several stasis-locked Autobots into his new, Deception army on earth, and later Ultra Magnus, his own estranged brother, arrived on earth in a bid to seize the Matrix. Through all this, Megatron's schemes grew increasingly deadly as time passed.
While Optimus did manage to see Dr. Onishi rescued, no thanks to the bumbling of Sky-Byte, things took a turn for the worse when Megatron was seemingly slain. Returning as an undead Decepticon calling himself Galvatron, the villain revealed his ultimate goal at long last.
Wanting to seize control of the mighty Fortress Maximus, an Autobot sent from the far future to rest in a cave beneath Tokyo, Galvatron pulled out all the stops in his bid to command this ultimate warrior and all his power - and may well have won if Optimus didn't finally reconcile with Magnus.
The two combining to form their gestalt, Omega Prime, they did battle with Galvatron in the very core of the earth. Though it took everything they had, Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus managed to defeat their intransigent foe once and for all, capturing the wily fiend at long, long last.
Locking him up in Fortress Maximus along with all of his minions (save for Sky-Byte, who got away), Optimus sent Ultra Magnus home in command of the behemoth Autobot while he and a few of his fellows removed the advanced technology they'd left scattered across the earth.
Once they were done, Optimus and company followed Magnus home... to Cybertron!
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