Optimus Prime, the most iconic Transformer of them all, has one of the coolest back stories of them all.
Before Optimus was a Prime, he was a clerk, in the Iacon Hall of Records named Orion Pax. As Orion learned of Cybertron's past, he became concerned with an inequality among the masses. He became inspired by the words of gladiator who named himself after one of the Thirteen original Primes, Megatronus. He demanded all Cybertronians be treated as equals.
He demanded all Cybertronians be treated as equals. Orion began to correspond with Megatronus, who became a mentor to him. As Megatronus left the gladiatorial arena for the political he saw fit to shorten his name. Megatron appeared before the high council, it was here where he showed his true nature. Proclaiming the need to over throw the old guard with force, and arrogantly demanding to be named the next Prime, but Orion intervened with his proclamation that violence was not a means of seeking justice.
The council's hearts (sparks) were moved by Orion's words, here for the first time since Cybertron's golden age stood someone worthy of being a Prime. An honor which could only be achieved threw the legendary Matrix of Leadership. His plans thwarted, Megatron cut off all ties with Orion and declared war on all who opposed him, with his growing army of followers called Decepticons.
Warfare poisoned Cybertron to its core. Orion journeyed their to reverse the ill-effects and found himself before Primus, the life giver of all Transformers. Primus sensed the unique nobility within Orion and bestowed the Matrix upon him. It was thus, that a surprised and humble Orion Pax became Optimus
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