It’s been a long month and we’re winding down the year Transformers fans!! Your resident Cybertronian is here to continue the 30th Anniversary celebration of our beloved robots in disguise. There have been several leaders of the Autobots bearing the title of Prime. Optimus Prime is the most recognized and decorated leader. One thing a good leader needs amongst his soldiers are one he can trust with all his spark. There are a several Autobots who fit the bill but a few who rise above the ranks. Here’s a look at the Top 5 Autobots I think have helped out Optimus a lot.
The key to a good army is survival. Dead troops do not fight as well as live ones. And it’s thanks to this medic that the Autobots have been able to continue the fight. Taking his place at number 5, Ratchet has served with the Autobots for a long time, repairing servos and keeping sparks from being extinguished. Always a medic first, but a warrior nonetheless. Ratchet can hold his own on the battle field though he at times prefers to be on the sidelines keeping his fellow Autobots healthy. In the original animated series, he often worked alongside Wheeljack creating and repairing other Autobots. They are both credited for creating the Dinobots to bolster their ranks in order to compete with the Decepticon forces, most notably the Constructicons and their combined form Devastator. Ratchet has a kind demeanor, is compassionate and thoughtful, often protecting the Autobots human allies. However, in later series, most recently “Transformers: Prime”, Ratchet’s attitude was changed to resemble Kup. This Ratchet is oftentimes grouchy and expresses little love for humans. But he performs his duties nevertheless and has gone above his base programming to assist Optimus Prime and the Autobots. A little known fact: Ratchet was originally intended to be female since being named after Nurse Ratched from the film “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Thankfully, Hasbro rejected the idea.
When it comes to having a bot with the cast iron manifolds to face the tough odds without so much as blinking an optic, look no further than Ironhide, the Autobot who holds the number four spot. Ironhide is the oldest Autobot still in active duty, second to Kup who retired and was reinstated later. He gets his name because of the extra armor plating he has, allowing him to take more damage and continue fighting. One prime example of this is in the original animated “Transformers” movie when he along with Ratchet, Prowl and Brawn were attacked by the Decepticons aboard their space shuttle. The other Autobots were killed easily while Ironhide continued to function despite suffering severe damage. He manages to grab Megatron’s leg and protest the diabolical leader’s assault on the Autobot base on earth. Sadly, Megatron ended his cycle with a point-blank blast from his fusion cannon. A fan favorite, Ironhide returned for the “Transformers” movie franchise and the “Transformers Animated” series. In the current films, he is still the Autobots weapons specialist and a formidable fighter. Despite his size and bulk, Ironhide managed to perform a helix twist over a screaming woman in the street at high speed while firing both wrist mounted weapons, and was seen engaging and withstanding assaults from Brawl, Starscream, Blackout, Bonecrusher and Crowbar. Because of this, it’s no wonder the Autobots trust in Ironhide when they need someone to deliver the hurt.
He’s big! He’s massive! He’s who the Autobots call upon when the chips are down! He’s Metroplex and he’s got spot number three on the list. Metroplex is the largest Autobot in existence, dwarfing several Combiners and the former guardian robot Omega Supreme. He rose out of the ruins of Autobot City after the Battle of Autobot City in the original animated movie’s climatic opening battle. During that attack, he was seen transforming from city to battle station by manual control. During the fighting, his Transformation Cog was destroyed. After the battle, he received a new Cog with the help of Sky Lynx, Wheelie, Blurr, and Marissa Faireborn, and it was installed by Pipes. Metroplex has come through for the Autobots on numerous occasions especially against the Decepticon’s battle station Trypticon. He wasn’t seen much during the original series third season but when he did show up, the clash between him and Trypticon was epic always resulting in Metroplex being the victor. However, the big guy saw more action in the Japanese series “Transformers: Galaxy Force” (known as Transformers: Cybertron in the US). In this series, he’s a futuristic strip miner instead of a city and acts somewhat like a foreman on Giant Planet. Metroplex plays the role of protector to the Autobots and even succeeds in defeating, and nearly destroying, Megatron. A fan favorite, Metroplex returned to his city size status for the 2012 video game “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron”. Optimus Prime awakens Metroplex to aid in the fight against the Decepticons during Cybertron’s final days. He turns the tide of the battle by defeating, and nearly destroying, Megatron, the same as he did in “Transformers: Cybertron”. Currently, there are rumors speculating the possible return of Metroplex in the Transformers film franchise. Sadly, a lot of these rumors are fan induced. Then again, anything is possible.
Known for his great strength and greater courage, Omega Supreme is the Autobots’ last line of defense against the Decepticons. He will stand unwaveringly against overwhelming odds, and although outwardly grim, he is known by those with enough insight to actually relish the importance of his task – Omega knows that if he falls, it is unlikely there will be any remaining Autobots to take his place, but he would not have it any other way. In robot mode, Omega Supreme has incredible strength, able to shatter a mountainside with a single blow and lift 300,000 tons with his clawed arm. This immense strength is very useful when he’s stomping out Decepticon threats or clashing against the powerful Devastator. Omega also provides space travel for the Autobots whenever the fight switches from Earth to Cybertron. When he transforms, Omega splits his body into three components – his body becomes a laser cannon tank, which acts as perimeter patrol for the rocket base formed by his legs and backpack, which is in turn capable of launching his third component, a rocket formed from his arms, into planetary orbit. Even he has immense strength, his rocket mode is very fuel inefficient. He needs to refuel each time between trips. Omega Supreme has remained relatively unchanged throughout each Transformers series featuring him, always remaining a space ship of some kind. His dedication to his duty and his Autobot comrades earned him second place on the list. By the way, did you know Omega was a magician? It’s true. Omega Supreme’s rocket would blast off, leaving the rest of him behind. And when his rocket reaches its destination, his rocket would land. The rocket’s landing would of course cause a lot of smoke to appear. And once the smoke clears, the rest of him would mysteriously be there. Sha-Pow!! Magic!
“One day an Autobot shall rise above our ranks.” Those words were spoken by Optimus Prime as he was dying from his injuries in the single saddest moment of an 80’s kid. The line may have been in reference to Hot Rod who later became Rodimus Prime but given his growth over the years, it can also apply for the number one Autobot on the list. Bumblebee is the “kid brother” amongst the Autobots, always looking up to his peers especially Optimus Prime. He is kind and understanding. He is quick to befriend Spike Witwicky. Young and impulsive, he has a knack for getting himself into tough situations a lot of times with Spike in tow. But Bumblebee will stay by Spike’s side until help arrives. His demeanor and fondness towards humans remains unchanged through his appearance in following Transformers series. His development into maturity came about with the recent Transformers films and in Transformers Prime where it is more prominent. Bumblebee started out as the impetuous scout he is known to be. As the Transformers Prime series progressed, there have been a several moments when Bee rose to the challenge, such as taking down the powerful Decepticon Sky Quake, battling Starscream alone after the Seeker Commander stole his T-cog rendering him unable to transform and taking on Knock Out in a high speed chase despite not being able to convert to vehicle mode. Bumblebee’s goal in the series is to be promoted to warrior class, as he first states in “Masters & Students”, however, Optimus does not believe him to be worthy of promotion at such a young age. Nevertheless, Bumblebee shows he is still a capable warrior, able to fight the likes of Breakdown and Shockwave. When questioned by Smokescreen in “Project Predacon”, Bumblebee admits he is holding back so that he can one day be promoted to warrior class on Cybertron. This stated fact shows that Bumblebee has far more capabilities than he displays. His shining moment comes when he is killed by Megatron while retrieving the Star Saber for Optimus Prime and falls into the Omega Lock which repairs him. Afterward, Bumblebee takes up the Star Saber and stabs it through Megatron’s spark, killing him and ending the war. Due to his actions, Optimus promotes Bumblebee to warrior status in the series finale “Transformer Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising.” The scout turned warrior tests his mettle when the Chaos Bringer Unicron arrives on a revived Cybertron. He handles the situation well and proves his worth a warrior and Prime candidate. Bumblebee headlines the next Transformers series “Robots in Disguise” where he leads a ragtag team of Autobots against a new Decepticon threat. Bumblebee was also inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame by Hasbro at BotCon 2010. Because of this, the Autobot scout turned warrior earns the number one spot as the top Autobot whom Optimus Prime relies on the most.
Check out my previous entries in this awesome 30th Anniversary celebration!!
Top 5 Soundwave’s Minions
Top 5 Decepticons
Beast Wars Review
Beast Wars Review: Maximals
Beast Wars Review: Predacons