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Anonymous asked: Your character analysis on Optimus Prime was absolutely wonderful. He's such a complex, multi-leveled character that gets reduced to a single plane far too much. I really love when people understand a character completely! uvu

Aw shucks, I’m all a flush (◍•ᴗ•◍)

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Some more Age of Extinction thoughts…

The March 4th trailer sets up that Cade gets inducted into the Transformers’ story by purchasing Optimus Prime as a beat-up wreck and restoring him, presumably gaining Optimus’ friendship or at least gratitude in the process. While the concept of “human ally-character unknowingly buys/gets into/brings home a Transformers in vehicle mode” has been done before as a story premise, this is one of the rare times its been utilized with OP himself.

Optimus may be the flagship character of the Transformers megabrand, but he’s not usually positioned as “your friend” in the same way… say… Bumblebee is. Because Optimus is supposed to be the powerful, dependable father-figure. You admire and emulate Optimus, but there’s still a level of distance. Bumblebee takes up the role of Spike’s car, Rad+Carlos+Alexis meet/befriend the Minicons before anyone else, Sam buys Bumblebee from a used car lot, Sari gets in Bumblebee, Jack hops on Arcee, Cody slides down the firepole when he hears Heatwave complaining, etc. The human’s introduction to the world of giant robots is often facilitated through a character who is not Optimus, and who is characterized by being youthful/having-youth-associated-problems. Thereby, again, being more relateable to the audience (Arcee is an interesting exception to this, but she’s still written as more emotionally open and accessible than Optimus initially is).

But in Age of Extinction, our main human character (an adult and father) is connecting with Optimus first and foremost. Not to mention the added intrigue of our first shots of the “powerful and indomitable” Optimus being mud-caked pile of scrap shot full of holes and unable to even drive under his own power. Of course, this is all just trailer based speculation, we’ll all have to wait for the film to properly come out to see just how this ends up packaged. But still, I’m very intrigued by this shift in perspective.

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urbanefox:

nabulos:

draqua:

See, I love Smokescreen because he honestly did become “just like Optimus”.

His greatest contributions were all based around rescuing others, gathering essential items, and providing assistance when the chips were down. He never became an Prime/alternate titles, and…

And Fetching the Star Sabre in the last Ep of the show.

Exactly, another great example.

Plus, that was a good bookend to the Star Saber’s original appearance in “Legacy”, and how Smokescreen wanted to retrieve it in order “to make Optimus proud”. Whereas in “Deadlock”, it’s all about getting Optimus a weapon for utilitarian purposes, not ego/image bolstering.

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See, I love Smokescreen because he honestly did become “just like Optimus”.

His greatest contributions were all based around rescuing others, gathering essential items, and providing assistance when the chips were down. He never became an Prime/alternate titles, and never really received any overly indulgent praise/alternate titles for his work, but seemed nevertheless happy that he was a valued member. Smokescreen became someone who could always provide unconditional support to those in need without any concern for how it elevated himself, all while retaining his youthful vigor.

It’s not always about being “the one”, sometimes it’s just about being there for everyone.

Filed under smokescreen maccadam tfp transformers prime beast hunters optimus prime he became everything Optimus valued while never giving up his right to a childhood IE: everything Optimus fought for It's not about the battles you win or the titles you acquire but the love and compassion you share the bonds you make versus the bones you break Smokescreen is great!

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Smokescreen:
Dad, I'm hungry!
Optimus:
I am so sorry, I know there isn't much energon right now. Please help yourself to my daily ration. Even in these trying times, if nothing else, at least I can provide the youngest of Cybertron's remaining populace with enough fuel to face each day. It kills me to know that the war I propagate takes from you this basic necessity. Please, please forgive me.
Smokescreen:
O-oh...

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Fall of Cybertron Grimlock and Optimus Prime

>grimlock discussing tactics Does grimlock even know what this map isDoes he even know what the word ‘tactics’ means

What this??! Battle for ants?? 

Actually, FoC Grimlock was the only Grimlock characterization I’ve seen (haven’t read IDW, maybe it’s similar there) that I liked.  Because he wasn’t there for comic relief, nor was he just stupid.  He’d been pulled apart and experimented on.  He was a leader and tactician who’d had parts of his processing power TAKEN AWAY.  In watching FoC, I really got the sense that he KNEW things.  He could REMEMBER how to do the things he wanted to do.  He knew he SHOULD be able to think hard and come up with solutions.  And sometimes he was obviously so frustrated that he COULDN’T ANYMORE.  
IIRC, the idea was that Shockwave swapped out some of his brainpower for more battle prowess/power?  So my thought is that he can totally still be a tactician…just not in battle.  He can plan like a mofo.  But once it’s battletime, he might not be able to remember the plan or follow it, and if something goes wrong (like it always does), he’ll go on pure instinct.  Which doesn’t work out so well.
I bet he hates that.

I adore this headcanon, as I loathe the trope of dense-as-rocks Grimlock only slightly less than creepy rapist Megatron. I’ve not watched through FoC, but IDW Grimlock most certainly does have a proper head on his shoulders. He’s arrogant and single-minded and he doesn’t always listen to his team, but he’s far from a fool. I absolutely recommend the comics if you enjoy his character, especially Maximum Dinobots (though apparently liking those issues is considered a sin in some circles). You really get a sense of how much Grimlock cares about his team.

:)  You’ll probably like FoC, then.  Grimlock spends a lot of his time specifically looking for and rescuing his team.  :D  The dinobots are so much team, that game can’t even hold ‘em.  :D

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jeffgodlike:

Fall of Cybertron Grimlock and Optimus Prime

>grimlock discussing tactics
Does grimlock even know what this map is
Does he even know what the word ‘tactics’ means

What this??! Battle for ants?? 

Actually, FoC Grimlock was the only Grimlock characterization I’ve seen (haven’t read IDW, maybe it’s similar there) that I liked.  Because he wasn’t there for comic relief, nor was he just stupid.  He’d been pulled apart and experimented on.  He was a leader and tactician who’d had parts of his processing power TAKEN AWAY.  In watching FoC, I really got the sense that he KNEW things.  He could REMEMBER how to do the things he wanted to do.  He knew he SHOULD be able to think hard and come up with solutions.  And sometimes he was obviously so frustrated that he COULDN’T ANYMORE.  

IIRC, the idea was that Shockwave swapped out some of his brainpower for more battle prowess/power?  So my thought is that he can totally still be a tactician…just not in battle.  He can plan like a mofo.  But once it’s battletime, he might not be able to remember the plan or follow it, and if something goes wrong (like it always does), he’ll go on pure instinct.  Which doesn’t work out so well.

I bet he hates that.

I adore this headcanon, as I loathe the trope of dense-as-rocks Grimlock only slightly less than creepy rapist Megatron. I’ve not watched through FoC, but IDW Grimlock most certainly does have a proper head on his shoulders. He’s arrogant and single-minded and he doesn’t always listen to his team, but he’s far from a fool. I absolutely recommend the comics if you enjoy his character, especially Maximum Dinobots (though apparently liking those issues is considered a sin in some circles). You really get a sense of how much Grimlock cares about his team.

:)  You’ll probably like FoC, then.  Grimlock spends a lot of his time specifically looking for and rescuing his team.  :D  The dinobots are so much team, that game can’t even hold ‘em.  :D

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swan2swan:

Clark Kent gets to be super special and have his awesome superpowers. Brilliant. To achieve that narrative feat his whole planet gets blown up just to send him to Earth and our planet’s supervillain count starts increasing at an exponential level just to give him more adversaries to face in order to satisfy the audience

Optimus Prime gets to be the super special Last of the Primes and have awesome Matrix related powers. Brilliant. To achieve that narrative feat, his whole lineage and robot planet’s population/culture gets wiped out of the storytelling just to get him to earth for the sake of emotional poignancy for the audience.

Heck, you could do this for the Rescue Bots too!

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