The 1980s were a historic decade for television shows based on children’s toys reaching the mainstream. For instance, “Masters of the Universe” and “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” became small screen favorites practically overnight, working in tandem with merchandise lines that took over toy aisles across the world. Of course, any discussion of toy-TV synchronization would be incomplete without mentioning the Transformers — a race of sentient robots capable of transforming into familiar vehicles that starred in their own cartoon from 1984 to 1987.
Much like countless other ’80s properties, the Transformers have received the comic book, TV show, and movie treatment on many occasions over the years. As a result, several names have been granted the opportunity to keep up appearances and are now regarded as must-haves for any “Transformers” production. Notable examples come from both sides of the moral coin, such as the villainous Decepticons Megatron and Starscream, as well as the heroic Autobots Bumblebee and Wheeljack.
Be that as it may, none can hold a candle to the legacy of Optimus Prime. From the moment he was introduced to audiences, it became crystallized that he was the poster boy of the “Transformers” IP with no true equal. To this day, he remains one of the most popular fictional characters in history with a massive fanbase — one that knows what it wants out of its favorite Autobot. Here are the essential rules Optimus Prime needs to follow at the movies should the filmmakers behind him seek to do him justice.