Real name: Optimus Primal Other known aliases: Bigbot, Boss Monkey, Bossbot, Convoy (name of release in Japan), Fearless Leader,
Gorilla Guy, Optimal Optimus. Occupation: Maximal General Current group affiliation: Maximals Rank: 10 Past group affiliations: None Major enemies: Predacons First appearance: Convention Comics 1997 (comic series), Beast Wars Part 1 (television series). Origin: Beast Wars Part 1. Description: Optimus Primal is a 10 foot tall grey and blue robot who turns into a gorilla. Before being reformatted he
turned into a monster truck.
40 STR 20
20 DEX 30
25 CON 30
12 BODY 0
20 INT 10
20 EGO 20
22 PRE 12
10 COM 0
16 PD 10
15 ED 10
4 SPD 10
12 REC 2
50 END 0
41 STUN 1
Characteristics Cost: 155
Powers and Skills
10 EC (10),"Transformer powers"
26a) 12/12 Armor
11b) 9" Flight,"Primejets",x16 Non-Combat,Only in robot form.
7c) 2 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END
23d) 18" Running,1/2 END(+1/4) 2
8e) Shape Shift,"Gorilla",Incantation(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1) 0
51 MP (90),"Weapons",Only in appropriate form.(-1/4),OIF(-1/2)
3u 3D6+1 HKA,"Swords",vs physical defense,OAF(-1/2),0 END(+1/2) 0
3u 3D6+1 HKA,"Mace",vs physical defense,OAF(-1/2),0 END(+1/2) 0
4u 6D6 RKA,"Wrist Blasters",Gestures(-1/4),13-16 Charges(0) 0
4u 4D6 RKA,"Missiles",9-12 Charges(-1/4),Explosion(+1/2) 0
1 Life Support, only needs half food intake.
19 Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in
heat/cold,immune to aging
3 Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)
4 1 BODY Regen,recovery rate: per hour,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape
3 +0" Running,x4 Non-Combat,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape Shift." 0
10 40 STR,1/2 END(+1/4) 0
3 Acrobatics 13-
3 Climbing 13-
3 Computer Programming 13-
3 Electronics 11-
3 13- Fast Draw
18 6 Levels: with Weapons Multipower.,tight group
3 Navigation 11-
3 Systems Operation 13-
5 Tactics 14-
2 TF,Space Vehicles
4 WF,Common Melee,Small Arms
Powers Cost: 240
Base Points: 250
15 Accidental Chg,"To beast form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
5 Distinctive,"Talking gorilla-bot.",easily concealable,minor
15 Hunted,"By anti-Maximal forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
15 Psych Lim,"Always looks for the peaceful solution first.",
15 Psych Lim,"Honorable",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Protective of friends.",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing humans.",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Keeps his word.",common,strong
5 Rep,"Heroic alien robot.",occur 8-
10 Rivalry,"with other Maximal warriors.",professional,PC rival
10 Vuln,"to high energon attacks in robot form.",uncommon,x2
10 Watched,"By Maximal leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
Disadvantages Total: 145
Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 395
Explanation of the conversion: The incantation to activate his jets has changed over time, he's sued
"Primejets on!", "Primaljets on!" and "Optimus Primal flight mode!"
History: Optimus Primal was leader of the crew of the Maximal ship called the Axalon, an exploration and colony
ship. His crew consisted of Rattrap, Cheetor and Rhinox, as well as a
stasis hold filled with Maximal protoforms meant to colonize and study new planets. The Axalon was also charged with
disposing of the murderous criminal called
When the Predacon criminal Megatron II fled through transwarp space after the theft of the
Golden Disc, the Axalon was sent in persuit, being the only ship available which could follow it. The
Maximals and Predacons crashed on prehistoric Earth, where high energon levels threatened to destroy the crew unless they
adopted organic alternate modes. Optimus Primal was given the form of a gorilla. The Predacon Dinobot, having
left Megatron II decided to find the Maximals and challanged Optimus Primal to a battle for leadership (Beast
Wars Part 1).
''I would never give an order I would not be willing to do myself.'' - Optimus Primal
Optimus won the fight, and decided to keep Dinobot as a member of his team (Beast Wars Part 2).
The Maximals planned to use an explosive and a series of survey posts to blow up the Predacon base without destroying the
Predacons in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage over them. Optimus Primal wanted to chart the area for energon
deposits before trying anything, which couldn't be done until an energon storm passed. Dinobot disagreed, wanting to act
quickly and convinced the eager Cheetor to set up the relays anyway. While setting up the relays, a chain reaction of
lightning, energon, and the survey posts created a teleporter between the Maximal and Predacon comm rooms and placed
Cheetor in the Predacon base. As Terrorsaur was teleported to the Maximal base, he and Dinobot made a brief alliance that
ended when Dinobot cast him out the Maximal ship. Dinobot then told Optimus of the teleporter and how they could place the
bomb into the Predacon base now, without mentioned that Cheetor was there. Primal placed the bomb reluctantly, but on the
other end, Cheetor discovered that an underground vein of energon connected the two bases, and any explosion in one would
destroy both bases. Cheetor managed to disarm the bomb and get back, destroying the teleporter in the process (Equal
When it appeared that Optimus Primal was killed by an alien probe Dinobot attempted to sieze command of the Maximals, but
Rattrap was appointed second in command by Primal when he contacted the Maximals from inside the probe (Chain of Command).
The Axalon's cargo of Maximal protoforms in stasis pods had been launched into orbit before the crash, but eventually
Tigatron's pod fell to Earth in the northern sector. Both the Maximals and Predacons observed the landing. Optimus Primal
decided to fly alone in an attempt to get to it first, but Dinobot warned of an ambush. Primal insisted
on going and was attacked by Waspinator and Terrorsaur who disabled Primal. Primal was placed in the cryo-regeneration
chamber by Dinobot as Rhinox, Cheetor and Rattrap raced to get the pod. Realizing the Maximal base would be nearly
unguarded, Megatron II sent his flyers to get the pod while the rest of the Predacons attacked the Maximal base. As the
Predacon flyers were outpacing the Maximals to the pod, Megatron II arrived at the Axalon where he attempted to entice
Dinobot into returning to the Predacons, but Dinobot refused. He used the automated defenses of the Axalon to ward off
Megatron II, Scorponok II and Tarantulas. Using the moon to reflect a laser pulse communication, the Primal and
Dinobot were able to send a signal to the pod to activate. The pod than scanned a nearby white tiger, and Tigatron emerged
as a tiger himself greeted the animal.
Megatron II raced to get to the pod himself as Primal emerged from the cryo-regeneration chamber and
placed Dinobot in it. When the Predacon flyers arrived at the pod they didn't realize it was already
empty and they worked to open it. The Maximal ground party and Megatron II arrived at the pod. Megatron II threatened to
destroy two nearby tigers if they Maximals didn't back off. Opening the pod the Predacons found it empty and one of
the tigers revealed himself as Tigatron. As the fight joined by Optimus Primal the Predacons were chased off. Tigatron
was invited to return to the Maximal base, but he felt with his identity circuits damaged, he prefered to be with the
tigers. He agreed to act as scout for them and the Maximals returned to base (Fallen Comrads).
Blackarachnia's pod fell to Earth. Optimus Primal and Dinobot attempted to retrieve the pod, but it was taken by Scorponok
II, Terrorsaur and Waspinator. Captured by the Predacons, the protoform was infected with a Predacon shell program and
given the alternate mode of a black widow spider by Tarantulas. Megatron II welcomed the new Predacon. Noticing that the
Predacons were one step ahead of them, Optimus Primal convinced Rattrap to act like he betrayed the Maximals. Rattrap was
sent to scout energon in a dangerous sector. The Predacons, having broken the Maximal transmission codes with a recovered
Maximal communications chip, sent Terrorsaur to attack Rattrap. Rattrap let Terrorsaur defeat him so he could ask to
switch to the Predacons. Terrorsaur returned to base and attempted to take over the Predacons by having Rattrap ambush
Megatron II and disable his servoes. Although Scorponok II remained loyal to Megatron II, Blackarachnia and Tarantulas saw
no loyalty to their old leader. Both Rattrap and Megatron II were placed in cells in the lowest levels of the Dark Side,
but they each promptly escaped. Optimus Primal, Rhinox, Dinobot and Cheetor waited outside the Predacon base to attack.
Rattrap discovered the chip being used overhear the Maximal transmissions, stole it, and after a run-in with Tarantulas,
signaled Optimus Primal to being the attack. During the fight Megatron II allowed Terrorsaur to lead to prove what an
incompetant leader he was. Rattrap joined the battle seemingly on the Predacon side but then shot Terrorsaur and left with
the Maximals. Megatron II firmly took back the leadership of the Predacons. At the Maximal base Optimus explained
how Rattrap's ruse allowed him to gain access to the Predacons ship and recover the Maximal chip (Double Jeopardy).
Megatron II had Scorponok II create a viral-mine in the form of one of his cyber-bees. The virus in it was intended to
reduce the courage of it's victim, making him afraid of everything. The bee also kept the target from transforming and was
set to kill it's victim and explode if removed. Scorponok II ambushed Optimus Primal and Dinobot while they were on a
scientific mission and used it on Primal. Although Dinobot returned Primal to the base where Rhinox placed Primal in a
cryo-regeneration chamber and diagnosed the damage. Rhinox discovered the virus was flawed and it made Primal
hyper-aggressive instead of cowardly. Primal bashed his way out of the C.R. chamber, but was subdued and locked in a
holding cell. Dinobot hoped to use Primal as a weapon, but Rattrap worried this would get him killed. Believing Primal had
his rage under control, Cheetor freed him from the cell, but soon the rage took over and Primal blasted his way out of the
base intent on destroying the Predacons. Cheetor attempted to negotiate for the cure with the Predacons, but
failed. Upon arriving at the Dark Side, Primal penetrated the hull and defeated Tarantulas, then Waspinator.
Rhinox, Rattrap, Cheetor and Dinobot attacked the Predacon base in an attempt to help distract the Predacons as Optimus
attacked, while Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia mounted a defense. In Scorponok II's lab Primal found Megatron II holding
the anti-virus, and offering to allow Primal to join the Predacons, but Primal refused. Ripping the bee off his chest, he
threw it Megatron II, just as Cheetor made it in time to inject Primal with the anti-virus and save him from shutting down.
The bee then exploded, damaging Megatron II, Scorponok II and the ship as the Maximals made their escape. Back to the
Axalon, Primal healed from his wounds (Gorilla Warfare).
Airazor's pod fell to Earth inside Predacon controlled terratory. The pod was spotted by the Tarantulas and
Megatron II, as well as by Rhinox and Cheetor. Cheetor told Tigatron to contact base with the news. Blackarachnia and
Scorponok II were sent by Megatron II to retrieve the pod. Rhinox was the first to arrive at the crash site and
discovered the pod was damaged and the protoform was dying. Cheetor then arrived to help Rhinox save the protoform. On his
way back to base, Tigatron discovered Scorponok II and disabled him, but was in turn ambushed by Blackarachnia. Rhinox
replaced the damaged locking chip in the protoform with one donated by Cheetor. Cheetor confronted Blackarachnia, keeping
her from getting to Rhinox and the protoform. Cheetor then tried to lure Waspinator and Terrorsaur away from the pod, but
Terrorsaur got the best of him. Rhinox had to run the sequencer program for the protoform through his own processor to
keep it alive. This knocked Rhinox into stasis lock, but started the DNA scanners for the stasis pod. The protoform was
formatted to the form of a falcon which was flying overhead just as Terrorsaur arrived. The newly born Airazor was able to
defeat Terrorsaur. Rhinox took her back to the Axalon, introducing her to Optimus Primal and the other Maximals (The
Rhinox conducted tidal research on the planet and discovered that one of the moons seemed to have too low a mass, as if it
was hollow. Tigatron made his weekly radio report to Rattrap at the Maximal base when he was attacked by Terrorsaur and
Waspinator. During the battle the three stumbled across a flying island with a weapons system tower which nearly destroyed the
Predacons. Optimus Primal checked out the scene of the fight, but found nothing. Terrorsaur and Waspinator limped back to
base where they reported on the island to Megatron II. Airazor then reported to the Maximals that she saw the Predacons
flyers return to base severely wounded. As Megatron II sent Scorponok II and Blackarachnia to find the island, Airazor
followed them. Tigatron discovered the island had traps and that the weapons system fired at any use of energy weapons.
Scorponok II found the island using one of his cyber-bees, although Tigatron captured it. Blackarachnia used her line gun
to get them up to the island. Discovering they were being watched, Scorponok II shot Airazor from the sky. Tigatron found
Airazor and reprogrammed the cyber-bee to return to the Maximal base with a message. Cheetor found the cyber-bee. In the
message he warned the Maximals of the island and it's potential power to destroy them if it fell into Predacon hands (The
Trigger Part 1).
As Blackarachnia and Scorponok II discovered the secrets of the island, Airazor and Tigatron worked to get to the
weapons system first. Optimus Primal took Rattrap and flew to the island, but they were intercepted by Terrorsaur and
Waspinator. During the battle Rattrap was able to capture Terrorsaur and ride him to the island. Tigatron and
Airazor triggered a booby trap on the island, but narrowly escaped. The Predacons got to the weapons system first.
Blackarachnia used Terrorsaur to distract the weapons system and blast her way in. She planned to use the weapons
system to destroy the Maximals and rule the Predacons. As Scorponok II attempted to subdue her he fell victim to another
booby trap. Blackarachnia took control of the island from it's command center and set course for the Maximal base.
Optimus Primal ordered Cheetor, Rhinox and Dinobot to evacuate the base.
Before she was able to bring the island within range, Tigatron fought his way into the weapons system and
fired on it's power-core, causing the island to crash. After being destroyed, the weapons system tower sent
a signal a similar tower on the moon, which sent another message into deep space. This turn of events worried the
Maximals, as they wondered who built the island and how they would react to its destruction (The Trigger Part 2).
Inferno II's pod fell to Earth. Blackarachnia uncovered Tarantulas' lair. Tarantulas' wanted to get a hold of an intact
stasis pod so he could make a ship capable of leaving Earth, and his computer system discovered a falling pod. He
sabotaged both the Maximal and Predacon computer systems so neither side would know of the pod, but Tigatron also spotted
the falling pod. Tarantulas and Blackarachnia were the first to the pod and Inferno II was infected with a Predacon shell
program. Although Tarantulas attempted to format the protoform as another spider, he was too late and it had already
scanned a fire ant. As Tigatron closed in on the pod's landing site he was attacked by Waspinator, but saved by Airazor.
Tigatron sent Airazor off to get the pod as quickly as possible. Inferno II emerged as a Predacon fire ant with a
violent personality dominated by his ant nature. Inferno II attacked Tarantulas and Blackarachnia as invaders and set to
protecting his colony, the stasis pod. Inferno II then attacked Airazor. Blackarachnia played along and convinced Inferno
II she was sent by the royalty of the colony. Tarantulas went after the stasis pod while they were occupied. Noticing the
pod was gone, Inferno II hunted down Tarantulas. Airazor went for help as Tigatron tracked the Predacons.
Megatron II's equipment came back online and he sent Scopronok II to bring Tarantulas and his finds back to base. Tigatron
caught up with Tarantulas and destroyed the pod so it wouldn't fall into Predacon hands, but then he was attacked by all
the Predacons. Inferno II vowed to destroy Tigatron and all his kind for the destruction of his colony, but he was
seriously injured when Optimus Primal and Airazor arrived to save Tigatron. Scoponok II then returned Inferno II to the
Predacon base for repairs (Spider's Game).
Optimus Primal was pulled through space and time to the planet Gaea where he teamed up with Lio Primal in defeating a Predacon plot. Informing the other Maximals of the his crew's
wearabouts, Optimus Primal was returned.
Optimus Primal died trying to save the planet from an alien doomsday device (Other Voices Part 2).
Due to the unusual circumstances of Primal's death Rhinox was able to contact his spark before it returned to the Matrix
and implanted it into the body of a blank protoform Maximal. This reformatted Optimus Primal into a transmetal form. The
Maximals were joined by the Maximal Fuzor Silverbolt III (Coming of the Fuzors Part 2).
Upon discovering the Autobot ship the Ark burried on Earth, Megatron II attempted to kill Autobot leader Optimus Prime who lay in
stasis lock, hoping to change the history of the Great War. Optimus Primal and the Maximals were able to save Optimus Prime.
Blackarachnia switched sides out of fear that changing history would erase her existance. In order to save Optimus Prime,
Primal carried his spark, and because of it was reformatted into his Optimal Optimus form.
''It's time to transform and roll out!'' - Optimus Primal
Protoform X's stasis pod eventually landed and he was forced to join the Predacons by Megatron II, under the name of
The Maximals were joined by Depth Charge, who was hunting for Protoform X.
Using a cyber-dart created by Tarantulas, the Predacons were able to override control of the body of Optimus Primal.
They controlled it using the a suit of armor piloted by Quickstrike. Using Optimus to infultrate the ark, Megatron II
was able to steal the spark of the original Megatron. Although Tarantulas and Quickstrike attempted to use the opportunity
to kill Megatron II, he survived and became even more powerful than before (Master Blaster).
The Maximals were joined by Tigerhawk.
''And a might warrior came down from the sky. And a rainbow was upon his head. And his feet as pillars of fire. And the great dragon was cast down onto the earth. And his followers were cast down with him.'' - Optimus Primal
Eventually Optimus Primal and the Maximals were able to capture Megatron II. After returning the stolen spark they pinned
him to the outside of the Autobot shuttle Omega Delta from the Ark, and left for Cybertron (Nemesis Part 2).
''In the spark of an enemy there will be salvation, and in the darkest hour there will be a light.'' - Optimus Primal quotes the Coventant of Primus.
On the way back to Cybertron Megatron II escaped into transwarp space, and arrived on Cybertron years before the Maximals.
Megatron II used technology he took from Cryotek and conquored Cybertron and when the Maximals arrived he captured
Silverbolt III and Rhinox and removed their sparks. Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia escaped, but were
infected with a transformation blocking virus which stripped them of their transmetal enhancements and left them
glitching in beast mode, suffering from memory loss. Fleeing deep within Cybertron Optimus Primal was contacted by
Vector Sigma and was reformatted into a techno-organic form. He then reformatted his companions (The Reformatting).
In an attempt to learn what had happened on Cybertron the Maximals raided the Cybertron Archives, but found it empty.
Megatron II's diagnostic drone continued to remove the organic elements from Megatron II's body, however it continued to
fail. Blackarachnia started to have visions of Silverbolt III when she was in robot mode. Frustrated with how the Maximals
were eluding his drones, Megatron II used the sparks of Rhinox, Silverbolt III and Waspinator to create the Vehicon
Generals Tankor, Jetstorm IV and Thrust III. Rattrap and Blackarachnia first encountered the three Vehicon Generals when
looking for their ship, the Autobot shuttle Omega Delta, at a spaceport. Rattrap discovered that the Vehicons could only
track the Maximals in robot mode. When Blackarachnia accessed the shuttle records in an attempt to learn what happened
when the arrived on Cybertron, Megatron II attempted to read her memories and learn the location of the Maximal base, but
Rattrap saved her from revealing the information. Cornered by the Vehicon Generals, Optimus Primal and Cheetor
rescued their comrades as the shuttle was destroyed (Fires of The Past).
The Optimus' band of Maximals were joined by a survivor the discovered on Cybertron, a bat-bot named Nightscream. Optimus
reformatted him into a techno-organic form (Survivor).
After the defeat of Megatron II the planet Cybertron was left reformatted into a techno-organic world (Seeds of the Future).
On the reformatted techno-organic Cybertron Cheetor, Rattrap, Silverbolt III and Blackarachnia were interviewed by the
Autobot reporter Rook. They then welcomed the Autobots
Roulette, Shadowstriker, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker and Trailbreaker back to Cybertron. Buzzsaw III, Quickstrike II and Rockbuster were also present. The returning Autobots along with Blackarachnia and Silverbolt
III were then abducted via teleportation beams and taken to Unicron. Tap-Out, Megatron IV, Brawn, Grimlock and Snarl III were also abducted from various timelines.
Silverbolt III, Blackarachnia, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker were forcibly reformatted by Unicron. Taken captive by Razorclaw
IV, Reptilion, Obsidian III, Tankor II and Striker, the Autobots were forced to fight one another. They witnessed
Smokescreen III kill Smokescreen, whose spark was absorbed by Unicron. Sensing the need for a champion Primus and Alpha
Trion brought Optimus Primal back to life (Transformers: Universe #1).
Snarl III aided Optimus Primal in his talks with the High Council (Transformers: Universe #3).
Trivia: On the Beast Wars television show, the voice of Optimus Primal
is played by actor Gary Chalk. The toy of Optimus Primal was released in
different colors for the Transformers: Universe line. In the first year Optimus Primal was also released as a toy which turned
into a bat. There were knockoffs of Optimus Primal which were smaller in size than the original.
Powers: Optimus Primal is energy efficient and has massive strength, toughness and reflexes. He is highly
intelligent and skilled. He is an accomplished leader and pilot. In robot form he has access to shoulder mounted missiles,
wrist-mounted blasters, twin swords and a mace. He also has access to his ''prime jets'' which allow him to fly. He
converts into a gorilla form. He recovers from damage quicker in beast mode and is better protected from high energon levels as well.
When expecting heavy combat, Optimus Primal has been known to carry a blast shield for protection.
Weaknesses: Optimus Primal is perhaps too caring, willing to sacrifice himself for others. He is a Maximal of
his word, something his enemies have exploited in the past. In beast mode he lacks ranged weapons and cannot fly. High
energon fields can adversely effect Optimus Primal if he stays in robot form for too long. His animal form is protected
from high energon levels.
Links to other Optimus Primal pages:
Character created by Hasbro.
Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - email@example.com.
Last Updated - December, 2005