POWERMASTER HUMAN COMPONENT: HI Q
FUNCTION: AUTOBOT COMMANDER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS #1 (HI Q--TRANSFORMERS #42)
"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
Profile: Sage, scholar, soldier -- Optimus Prime is all this and more. To peace-loving beings across the galaxy the revered leader of the Autobots is the living symbol of freedom -- a beacon that shines against the forces of darkness. To his followers he is a bottomless well of inspiration and courage from which they draw their strength. And to the evil Decepticons he is the one force in the universe who can shatter their dreams of galactic conquest. He has dedicated his existence to the protection of all life forms -- mechanical, organic, and otherwise. His wisdom and compassion are legendary. Although fate and has set his course on a path of destruction and strife, his greatest desire is to bring peace and harmony to all inhabited worlds everywhere.
Optimus Prime is binary bonded to Hi Q, a humanoid whose genius in computer programming and design was renowned on his home planet of Nebulos. There he ran the Hi Q Industrial Research Complex, a facility that produced many of the technological innovations that had over the past few decades dramatically improved the quality of life for his people. While trying to help several Autobots rebuild Optimus Prime, he made the decision to join the Autobots and defend Nebulos against a Decepticon attack. to do so, he and several of his employees underwent the Powermaster process, which through bio-engineering, gave them the ability to transform into the engines that their Autobot partners required to power their fight against the Decepticons. Hi Q was paired with Optimus Prime. So far their collaborative efforts have met with great success.
Abilities: Optimus Prime is the strongest (second to Fortress Maximus) and most intelligent of all the Autobots. His strategic, logic and programming have no equal among Transformers. He splits into three components. The "Optimus" module is the robotic sentient being that is the storehouse of his vast knowledge and strength and is most commonly referred to as Optimus Prime. He can lift 4,000,000 lbs. and exert a force of 12,000 lbs. per sq. inch with a single punch. He carries a laser rifle and can burn a hole in the nosecone of a Decepticon jet fighter at a distance of 30 miles. And with his outstanding visual acuity, he rarely misses. His "Prime" module, also known as Roller, is a cart-shaped device that he uses to unobtrusively slip behind enemy lines. He can maintain radio control over it at distances up to 1200 miles. Having Roller present somewhere is like being there himself. He can operate by remote-control his Combat Deck module up to a distance of 1500 feet. The Auto-Launcher mounted on the Deck can use a variety of artillery and radiation beam weapons, including most of those used by his fellow Autobots. The Launcher also includes a highly dexterous grapple-arm which allows it to load itself and change its weaponry. The communications disk antenna mounted on the launcher provides a link between Optimus and all his fellow Autobots within a radius of 50 miles. It can be adapted to a satellite hook-up that increases its effective range tenfold. In robot mode, he can combine with his trailer module and more than double his size and quadruple his strength.
Traditionally, the elders of the Transformers race have bestowed upon an individual of great courage and wisdom the Creation Matrix, an intricate program encoded in light patterns within a crystal. The Matrix grants its bearer the amazing ability to help create new life within the lifeless shell of a newly constructed Transformer body. Since the beginning of the Autobot-Decepticon war, an Autobot has typically possessed the Matrix. The most recent Autobot leader to be so honored was Optimus Prime.
Weaknesses: Although Optimus Prime can function as three independent modules injury to any one of the modules is felt by the other two. Roller is particularly vulnerable, especially in the behind-the-lines work in which he specializes. However, the Optimus module is by far the most important component of the trio. Although he could survive without the other two, they could not survive without him. Otherwise, the only weakness he could be accused of having is being too compassionate and concerned about the safety of others. He would be a more effective military commander if he were more ruthless, but then he wouldn't be Optimus Prime.
Strength: 10 Intelligence: 10 Speed: 8 Endurance: 10 Rank 10 Courage: 10 Firepower: 8 Skill: 10
Personal Note: 1. In Japan, Optimus Prime is Convoy. Powermaster Optimus Prime is a different character altogether named Jinrai.
2. I have recently found out what Jinrai (Powermaster O.P.'s Japanese identity) really means. It translates in English to mean thunderclap. For those Transformers fans who've been paying attention, America's Machine Wars Optimus Prime is known as the Turbomaster Thunderclash in Great Britain. This incites major confusion for the reason that in Japan, the Powermaster (Godmaster) version (Jinrai) is NOT the same robot as Convoy, the original (1984) version of our Optimus. This could simply mean that Thunderclash was meant to be the UK's Jinrai. However, once again he came across an ocean to be Optimus.
3. In Japan, the transtectors (or actual Transformers of a binary-bonded pair) were named after their "pilots". For example, Lightfoot, or Rev in USA, transformed into the engine of "Lightfoot" (Getaway in America). Because of this, Jinrai is difficult to describe. To put it simply, truck driver Jinrai transforms into the engine of "Jinrai" (the small, cartoon-like Optimus robot). Jinrai combines with his trailer to become Super Jinrai (the large robot, seen in (US) Marvel Comics' Transformers issues 42-73). Super Jinrai combines with a tandem (2nd) trailer named Godbomber (if produced in USA, Powerbomber) to become God Jinrai. 4. As of 2002, God Jinrai in the U.S. is now officially called "Powermaster Optimus Prime with Apex Armor". When the original God Jinrai set was released in 2003, carrying the Super Jinrai variant of Optimus Prime and Godbomber, the tandem trailer's Hasbro-given name is now Apex Bomber. (More odd is that Nebulan Hi-Q is now called Jinrai.) 5. People have mistaken Super Jinrai for God Jinrai in America often. God Jinrai's name is a case like Slamdance, a 2-cassette Autobot whose name is made up of its parts, Grand Slam and Raindance. His personality is the same in all 3 robot forms, similar to the 2-Autobot combinations of Transformers: Energon in which the Autobot who chooses the dominant portion of the transformation (Hot Shot + Wheeljack = "Powerlinx Hot Shot" or "Powerlinx Wheeljack", depending on who becomes the head and upper body).
Optimus Prime in truck mode.
Doesn't Thrust remind you of a dragonfly in the middle of a highway?
Of course, this wouldn't have happened had he (and Shrapnel, and Thundercracker, and Blitzwing, and Soundwave...) followed Autobot City traffic laws!
"My good old friend, Ironhide."
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