List of Primes and Matrix holders

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Concept art of Prima, a member of the original thirteen Primes, designed by artist Ken Christiansen.[1]

This is a List of Primes and Matrix holders in the Transformers universe. "Prime" is a fictional rank in the Transformers toy and entertainment franchise created by Hasbro and Takara Tomy. The title is usually given to the leader of the Autobots and bearer of the Matrix of Leadership though there are a few exceptions, the most notable of these was in Transformers Animated, where Prime was not a title, but a commanding rank amongst the Autobots, as indicated by Optimus to Sentinel, and second only to that of Magnus. In Japanese translations of Western Transformers fiction, as well as original Japanese fiction such as Beast Wars II, the equivalent to the Prime rank is "Convoy". For example, "Rodimus Prime" would translate as "Rodimus Convoy" in Japanese, while "Lio Convoy" would translate as "Leo Prime" in English.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Japanese name American name Description
Ancient Robot Primon Primon (Alpha Prime in Dreamwave Productions) is one of the oldest known bearers of the Matrix. As he predated Prima, who is characterized as the first Transformer created on Cybertron, it is conceivable that he predates the planet itself. He is an early robot seen by Rodimus Prime during his journey through the Matrix.
Powerful Robot Prima Described as a warrior of light, and the "First Made", Prima is the first Transformer created by Primus, the original holder of the Matrix of Leadership, and wields a legendary sword called the Star Saber. He first appeared in the Marvel Transformers comic books in 1989.
Brooding Robot Nova/Nemesis Prime Nova Prime (Prime Nova in Marvel Comics) was the holder of the Matrix before Sentinel Prime. According to Omega Supreme, Nova Prime wanted to expand the Cybertronian race and influence the course of cosmic events. He believed that the Transformers were above other lifeforms and that the universe should be molded in their image. Nova Prime was aboard the first Ark when it disappeared into the Dead Universe. He would later resurface as "Nemesis Prime".
Pre-Transformer Guardian Prime Though originally referred to as the Pre-Transformer, he was retroactively named Guardian Prime.
 ? Nominus Prime Nominus Prime assumed office sometime after the disappearance of Nova Prime into the Benzuli Expanse. Under his rule, Cybertron was a planet full of corruption, social apartheid, and general oppression: a Cybertronian citizen's role in life was determined by the body he was built in.
New Narrator Zeta Prime Though originally referred to as the New Narrator, he was retroactively named Zeta Prime.
U-Haul Robot Sentinel Prime The UK G1 comic series shows a flashback (as recalled by Optimus) of Sentinel Prime dying in the arms of Optimus Prime and passing the Matrix on to him. This is not to be confused by the earlier UK Annual story 'State Games' where Optimus has gone for help leaving an Autobot Leader named Overlord (not Sentinel Prime) who then dies watched by an unhelping Megatron and Sentinel's ex-bodyguard, Ravage.
Alpha Trin Alpha Trion There are no accounts of Alpha Trion ever officially holding the Matrix in the role of Autobot leader - the only certainty is that he kept it safe between the death of the most recent Autobot leader, and the appointment of Optimus Prime. His presence within the Matrix when Optimus Prime consults its wisdom to stop the Hate Plague would suggest otherwise, but later expansions on the fiction of the Matrix illustrate that it is not merely Autobot leaders who inhabit it, but all deceased Transformers, explaining Trion's presence.
Convoy/Star Convoy/Battle Convoy Optimus Prime The first archivist to become Autobot leader. As Megatron besieged the Autobot capital of Iacon, the Council of Elders prepared to surrender to the Decepticons. Councillor Xaaron suggested that High Councillor Traachon step down and allow a military officer to assume Autobot leadership. Traachon then used his powers of veto and effectively elected himself out of office, allowing Optimus Prime to assume supreme command of the Autobots.
 ? Buster Witwicky Prime briefly transferred the Matrix to Buster's mind to prevent Shockwave's use of it.
Black Shadow Thunderwing While the above possessed the Matrix at one point or another, not all became a part of the Matrix. The Matrix was shown to have its own "consciousness" of sorts during the Matrix Quest, where it referred to itself in plural. Prior to the evil being purged from the Matrix, it "spoke" its "contributors": "We are Primus. We are Prima. We are Prime Nova. We are Sentinel Prime. We are Optimus Prime. We are Thunderwing."[2]
Starscream Starscream Similarly, in the short-lived Marvel Generation 2 series, Starscream stole the Matrix and took it as a part of himself. The Matrix began turning Starscream away from evil and toward good. It was so powerful that Starscream gave the Matrix back to Prime in order to keep from becoming good and losing his evil nature.
Reverse Convoy/Rebirth Megatron Megatron/Galvatron In the short-lived Marvel Generation 2 series, Megatron took the Matrix from Prime, but he never used it. Following his transformation into Galvatron, he has briefly been able to steal the Matrix on occasion, but has consistently failed to harness its power.
God Magnus Ultra Magnus Showed no ability to open the Matrix or use its power in the movie, but in Robots in Disguise he could access its power.
Rodimus Convoy Rodimus Prime UK Marvel Comics included Rodimus Prime in their stories, and he once lost the Matrix to a Quintesson General, Ghyrik.
Scourge Scourge Scourge displayed amplified physical powers when he held the Matrix for a short period, suggesting an affinity for it. However, Scourge's physical structure was monstrously mutated when he was filled with the Matrix's power.

Beast Era[edit]

Japanese name American name Description
Convoy/Beast Convoy/Metals Convoy/Powered Convoy Optimus Primal/Optimal Optimus Like his ancestor Optimus Prime, whose name he took in reverence, Optimus Primal was not originally a warrior. He transformers into a silver back Gorilla.
Lio Convoy Leo Prime Leo Prime, also known as Lio Convoy, is a Maximal commander who leads The Pack. His alternate modes are a White Lion, Mechanical White Lion, and Mechanical Lion. Originally a brave and noble Maximal commander, after his ship was attacked by a group of Predacons led by Galvatron, Convoy was dispatched to pursue the Predacons and bring them to justice.
Big Convoy Optimus/Nemesis Prime A One-man-army who became the teacher of the Maximal cadets. Beast-mode is a wooly mammoth with a tank-like mode.
Great Convoy Godbomber Convoy Great Convoy was apparently the Supreme Commander of the Council of Convoy, and in the Beast Wars II manga it is he who appoints Lio Convoy to go after the Predacons.
Crow Convoy Skywarp Member of the Council of Convoys. The Council of Convoys is actually the Maximal Council of Elders: the Maximal Equivalent of the Tripredacus Council during the Beast Wars era, specifically the Japanese-exclusive 1999 anime Beast Wars: Neo .
Primal Prime Primal Prime Written into a special edition comic book was a character by the name of Primal Prime. Appearing only in this book, he is a side character to the Beast Machines story and was later written into the toy lines of both Beast Machines and Transformers: Universe.
Soundblaster Logos Prime In Beast Wars: Reborn, a text story set after the events of Beast Machines, a new character known as Logos Prime was introduced. Abducting Optimus Primal and Megatron, he let them wander his temple in the hopes that one of them would prove a worthy successor to his power. He was subsequently confronted by the arriving Vector Prime, who recognized Logos as a former comrade.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise[edit]

Japanese name American name Description
Fire Convoy Optimus Prime Leader of the Autobots, bearer of the Matrix and brother to Ultra Magnus, Optimus Prime transforms into a truck. The forward portion of the truck transforms into Prime himself, while the rear portion can form a mobile weapons platform/communications array/recharging station, or combine with Prime as additional armor and weapons in Super Mode.
God Fire Convoy Omega Prime When his brother, Optimus Prime, was chosen to carry the Matrix, Ultra Magnus felt passed over, and was left carrying a grudge against his brother that eventually exploded into violence when he arrived on Earth with the intention of taking what he believed was rightfully his- by force, if necessary.[3] Severely injuring Prime, who refused to fight back, Magnus tracked him to a desert island, where he pretended to offer him the hand of friendship, only to attempt to absorb the Matrix for himself, forcing the brothers into the powerful combined form of Omega Prime.
Black Convoy Scourge Scourge was originally one of six unidentified Autobots sent to Earth to reactivate Fortress Maximus. In present time, Megatron came to Earth with the intent of harnessing Maximus's power and steals the six protoforms, taking them to a nearby military base to scan vehicle modes and infusing them with a part of his own spark energy to transform them into Decepticons. Scourge was born when Megatron scanned a tanker truck, Optimus Prime, truck driver Kelly, and an infusion of his own spark energy.
God Magnus Ultra Magnus Ultra Magnus, known as God Magnus in the Japanese 2000 line, Transformers: Car Robots, owed his name and alternate mode to Ultra Magnus (and also to Godbomber, an earlier character from the G1 "Super-God Masterforce" anime, who disassembled to form armor for his Prime-styled partner, Ginrai), so when the series was released in the US, the name change was obvious, and Ultra Magnus returned to TV screens for the first time since the G1 series. Ultra Magnus transforms into a car carrier capable of transporting other Autobots such as the Autobot Brothers.

Unicron Trilogy[edit]

Japanese name American name Description
Convoy/Monster Convoy/Jet Convoy/Magna Convoy/Magna Jet Convoy Optimus Prime The Transformers: Armada incarnation of Optimus Prime has the ability to transform into a semi-truck as well as combine with Jetfire, Overload or both to form power-up modes.
Scourge Nemesis Prime Nemesis Prime only ever appeared in one episode called "Puppet" as an evil clone of Optimus Prime created by Unicron.
Grand Convoy/Wing Convoy/Omega Convoy Optimus Prime The Transformers: Energon incarnation of Optimus Prime has the ability to transform into a semi-truck as well as combine with Wing Saber or Omega Supreme to form power-up modes.
Rodimus Convoy Rodimus Rodimus is a great military commander and a superior warrior, yet strives for peace and freedom. First at odds with Optimus Prime for his conduct of the war against the Decepticons, Rodimus eventually became Optimus' right-hand man and de facto commander of the Autobots when Optimus himself was unavailable.
Galaxy Convoy/Liger Convoy/Sonic Convoy Optimus Prime The Transformers: Cybertron incarnation of Optimus Prime has the ability to transform into a semi-truck as well as combine with Leobreaker or Wing Saber to form power-up modes.
Nitro Convoy Override Long-time ruler of Velocitron, Sonic Commander Override's life is dominated by racing, to the extent that she would not impart information, or even hold a conversation with anyone if they did not face her in a race.
Flame Convoy Scourge Scourge is the brutal and very powerful ruler of the Jungle Planet. He views any display of kindness, compassion or generosity as weakness, and he hates weakness.
Live Convoy Evac Guardian of Earth's Cyber Planet Key, Aerial Commander Evac has existed secretly on the planet for many years, repeatedly switching alternate modes and aiding humans in danger.
Megalo Convoy Metroplex Metroplex is the leader of the Gigantion, where Transformers are much bigger than traditional sizes and the main way of life involves constructing new cities on top of the old ones.
Vector Prime Vector Prime A singular entity within the multiverse, Vector Prime is one of the Original Thirteen Transformers created by Primus to combat the threat posed by his eternal foe, the Chaos-Bringer, Unicron.[4] He is an old and wise Autobot.[5]

Thirteen Original Transformers[edit]

Character name Description
Prima Described as a warrior of light, and the "First Made", Prima is the first Transformer created by Primus, is the original holder of the Matrix of Leadership, and wields a legendary sword called the Star Saber. He first appeared in the Marvel Transformers comic books in 1989. In the Aligned continuity Prima is the leader of the Thirteen, and continued to defend Cybertron even after the group separated.
Vector Prime The guardian of time and space, and interdimensional traveler. He wields a sword named "Rhisling", and is able to travel across time and between dimensions. He first appeared in the animated television series Transformers: Cybertron in 2005. His artifact in the Aligned Continuity is the Blades of Time, by which he traveled to a pocket dimension in order to escape the turmoil of the main universe..
Alpha Trion An archivist who writes down historic and future events in a book called the Covenant of Primus with the Quill. He first appeared in the second season of The Transformers in 1985, and for many years was portrayed merely as a wise and elderly Autobot with no connection to the Thirteen. This was until Hasbro retroactively made him a member in 2010, for the Aligned Continuity.
Solus Prime The only female member of the Original Thirteen. She is a weapon-smith who crafted many of the groups weapons, and wields a mystical hammer called the Forge of Solus Prime, which is capable of crafting weaponry and Transformer body components from basic machinery. While Solus' only appearance in fiction as of 2013 is in Transformers: Exiles, the Forge features prominently in the second and third seasons of Transformers: Prime. The Covenant of Primus stated that she was accidentally murdered by Megatronus, with whom she had shared a romantic relationship.
Micronus Prime The first Mini-Con, and known as "the Catalyst". His artifact is the Chimera Stone.
Alchemist Prime Known as "the Elemental", his artifact was the Lenses. As of 2013, Alchemist Prime has not appeared in any Transformers toy line or fiction, and all that is known about the character is detailed in Transformers: Exiles. In the novel, Alpha Trion reveals he and Alchemist oversaw the development of early civilization on Cybertron, but Alchemist eventually left the planet to track down Liege Maximo for his crimes.
Nexus Prime The First Combiner, capable of separating his body into several smaller Transformers which can function individually from each other. He first appeared in the Fun Publications Transformers comic books in 2009, and later appeared as a major character in Transformers: Exiles. In the Fun Publications comic books, Nexus' components are called Heatwave, Skyfall, Landquake, Topspin and Breakaway, while in Exiles their names are Clocker, Pinion, Cannonspring, Chaindrive and Mainspring. His artifact is the Enigma of Combination, and he wields several swords, including the Omni Saber and the Chaos Edge.
Onyx Prime Known as the Spirit Warrior, he was the first Transformer to transform into a beast. His artifact is the Triptych Mask, which he would later use to give form to new Transformers as they emerged from the Well of All Sparks.
Amalgamous Prime Known as "the Shape-shifter", since he is the first Shifter, a rare type of Transformer able to transform into anything. His artifact is the Transformation Cog, which later T-Cogs would be modeled after.
Quintus Prime Known as "the Experimental Dreamer" and a scientist, he was the creator of the Quintessons. While Quintus himself has yet to appear in any Transformers toy line or fiction, the Quintessons first appeared in The Transformers: The Movie in 1986, and featured as recurring villains in the third season of The Transformers. His artifact is the Emberstone.
Liege Maximo Also known as "the Manipulator", he was considered to be the ultimate evil and a natural counterforce to the heroic Prima, Liege Maximo plotted against the Thirteen and tried to overthrow them, but he failed and was cast out. He first appeared in Marvel's Transformers: Generation 2 comic books in 1994, in which he was the original Decepticon. In the Prime continuity, there are conflicting stories as to his demise: the Covenant of Primus indicates that he died during the War of the Primes on Cybertron, while Exiles indicates that he fled into space and was eventually hunted down by Alchemist Prime. His artifact was the Liegian Darts.
Megatronus/The Fallen Described as the guardian of entropy and a warrior of darkness. Like Liege Maximo, there are conflicting accounts in the Prime continuity with Exiles stating that Megatronus was cast out of the group after murdering Solus Prime, and afterwards was referred to as "The Fallen". Meanwhile, in the Covenant of Primus, he is portrayed as an arrogant and misunderstood warrior who was secretly ashamed of his inner nature and exiled himself while adopting his new name in penance for the unintended death of his beloved, Solus Prime. The Fallen first appeared in the Dreamwave comic book series Transformers: The War Within in 2002, and later appeared as the primary villain in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. His artifact was the Requiem Blaster.
Optimus Prime The thirteenth and final member of the group created by Primus. He is described as a great motivational speaker and Visionary, who kept the Original Thirteen together as a group and settled internal disputes. He would later be reborn as Orion Pax and regain his memories of being Optimus Prime with the Matrix of Leadership.

Live-action film series[edit]

Character name Description
Megatronus Prime/The Fallen One of the original Thirteen Primes created by Primus, Megatronus betrayed his creator by siding with Primus' dark twin, the malevolent planet-eater Unicron. In the final battle between Primus and Unicron, Megatronus fell victim to the same fate as his master, sucked through a black hole into another dimension.he's brother the Liege Maximo and he are dedicated as the first decepticons similar to the symbol the Decepticons insignia. The Fallen appears as the main antagonist in the second live action film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen voiced by Tony Todd.[6]
Optimus Prime Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots he is portrayed as Orion pax to science division from cybertron before he serves as a prime.

[7] who comes to Earth to destroy the All Spark in order to end the war.

Dynasty of Primes The Dynasty of Primes are the first wielders of the Matrix in the live action film and used it to power a Sun Harvester. After learning that Earth contained intelligent life, they refused to use it and The Fallen fought them over it. He was too powerful for them so seven Primes stole it and sacrificed themselves to hide it. Sam Witwicky found it but it crumbled to dust in his hands. However, in a vision, the Dynasty gave it to him to wield as he proved worthy of it, telling him that the Matrix is something that must be earned not found. He used it to revive Optimus, but The Fallen took it before it completely healed Optimus. Used to power the Sun Harvester, it survived and was given back to Optimus after he destroyed the harvester.
Sentinel Prime The leader of the Autobots before Optimus Prime. In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the Matrix made a reappearance when it was used to revive Sentinel Prime. Optimus later offers Sentinel the Matrix as he was, during the war, the rightful leader of the Autobots, and asks him to lead them again. Sentinel, however, declines and returns Optimus the Matrix, stating that in a new world he knows nothing of (Earth), Optimus is now his teacher.
Sam Witwicky Sam Witwicky is a human character portrayed by Shia LaBeouf in the first three films of the Transformers film series. According to Roberto Orci, the character of Sam was written as a "2007 version of Marty McFly".[8]

Transformers Animated[edit]

Character name Description
Longarm Prime/Shockwave Shockwave has the ability to change his body, using this power to assume the guise of Longarm in order to creep up the Autobot ranks and serve Megatron incognito.
Optimus Prime Instead of being leader of the Autobots, Prime was actually a washout from the Elite Guard. Despite no longer being a member, he maintains his military ranking of "Prime".
Rodimus Rodimus Prime/Minor is a character who appeared in season 3 of the Transformers Animated series. He is an homage to the Generation 1 version of the character Hot Rod.[9]
Sentinel Prime Sentinel Prime is a hotheaded member of the Cybertron Elite Guard. Sentinel's main weapon is a shield called the Skyboom Shield, that is able to generate force fields and can be used offensively when thrown. He also wields a laser lance, and can activate a battle mask when needed.[10]

Transformers: Prime[edit]

Japanese name American name Description
Hunter Optimus Prime/Optimus Exprime Orion Pax/Optimus Prime Optimus Prime (formerly Orion Pax) was a veteran military commander and second in command who wields an ion blaster and a double bladed energon axe. He became the leader of the Autobots after Zeta Prime fell in battle, but is not certain he wants the responsibility. The war with the Decepticons was going badly, and it looked like there was no end in sight. He vowed to himself and to the warriors under his command that he would never surrender, never retreat, and never stop fighting until the Decepticons were defeated.
Hunter Smokescreen Smokescreen A former member of the Elite Guard and briefly a Wrecker, Smokescreen is a young Autobot and the newest recruit of Team Prime. He was chosen by the Matrix to lead the Autobots after Optimus's demise, however Smokescreen used the Forge of Solus Prime to revive Optimus return the role of leadership to him.
Sentinel Prime Sentinel Zeta Prime Sentinel Zeta Prime, who appeared Transformers: War for Cybertron and Transformers: Exodus, is Optimus Prime's predecessor as Autobot Commander and bore the sigil of Vector Prime. He was portrayed as the former Autobot leader in the game, however in the book, he wasn't an Autobot at all. His death would lead to Optimus becoming the Autobot leader.
Thirteen Primes Thirteen Primes The Thirteen Original Transformers were created by the Transformer creator God Primus to aid him in his battle against Unicron. They later went on to become the foundation of life on Cybertron. The story concept of the Original Thirteen, as well as three of their members (Prima, Liege Maximo and The Fallen), were created by comic book writer Simon Furman. Optimus Prime is one of them.
Hunter Nemesis Prime Nemesis Prime Nemesis Prime appears in his self-titled episode of Transformers: Prime. Nemesis Prime is a clone of Optimus Prime created by M.E.C.H. as the prototype of "Project: Chimera" complete with Cybertronian technology, a supply of Energon, and Starscream's Transformation Cog. Nemesis Prime's color scheme is the same as Optimus', but with duller coloring. He also has yellow optics. In GO!, Hunter Nemesis Prime is an evil version of Optimus from an alternate universe.
Jack Darby Jack Darby A 16 year-old human boy who is allied with the Autobots on Earth, who was entrusted with the Key to Vector Sigma, and ultimately the Matrix of Leadership by Optimus Prime.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://badflipblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/prima-of-13-primes.html
  2. ^ "We are Primus. We are Prima. We are Prime Nova. We are Sentinel Prime. We are Optimus Prime." - "We are THUNDERWING!" (from Marvel US issue 65, pages 25 (panel 5) & 27 (panel 1))
  3. ^ TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Returns! Hasbro Launches Product Line Based on Original '80s Theme; Fox Kids Series to Debut September 8th. Business Wire September 5, 2001
  4. ^ http://www.seibertron.com/database/character.php?view=&char_id=3195
  5. ^ http://www.mastercollector.com/neat/toyfair05/hasbro/transformers.cfm
  6. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-04-01-transformers-first-look_N.htm First look: Robo-brawlers big, small in new 'Transformers' By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
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  8. ^ Orci and Kurtzman Questions: Post movie - Page 2 - TRANSFORMERS message board
  9. ^ Transformers Animated.com - First Images of Animated Rodimus, Strika, Blackout and Spittor
  10. ^ Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster (August 15, 2009). Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac. Idea & Design Works Llc. pp. 34–35. ISBN 978-1-60010-487-9.