This is the best character in any cartoon series ever
How do people form an attachment to him
I'm not a little kid and there's not a strong focus on any character in geewun from what I see watching it in the background, so he just seems kind of flat. Just a really striking design because Kawamori
I remember I rented the 1986 movie when I was a kid. Didn't know shit about Transformers except a few scenes from Armada. But even then I could tell that Optimus dying was a pretty big deal.
Optimus died so that Duke could live.
Hate would have kept him going, and he didn't croak immediately like Prime, so he would have made it.
At least one of the older drafts killed Megatron, and explained why he was forced to work for him.
Pathetic fools there is no escape!
Where the fuck did the crown come from? Did he just make it himself.
Coronation, Starscream? This is bad comedy.
Reminder that the first 32 minutes of the Transformer movie are the absolute best thing of the entire franchise
in G1 3 times?
the movie, the quintessons, and
oh, being dropped in a vat of 'acid' on cybertron.
elita-1 saved him.
unless there's another time he died.
i do remember him getting injured and having to send someone to cyberton to get a part.
He's a father figure.
Voice actor tells the story that he based the voice on his older brother after he got back from Vietnam. The brother left a typical young man but when he got back he was much more mature and responsible and commanding. When the VA got the audition and learned that Optimus Prime would be a leader type, and that it was a cartoon for young boys, he channeled what he had thought of his brother.
Because of that, all the little boys with absentee fathers bonded to him and looked up to him as a role model. It's the one common thing that the VA hears every time he talks to his fans.
G1 Cartoon (US): 2 times
G1 Marvel and G2 comics: 3 times
G1 Japan: He dies a third time in Headmasters, and kind of dies in G2, but I don't like to count that one.
Beast Wars: Once
Beast Machines: Once
Unicron Trilogy: Armada, and surprisingly enough, he never dies again
Animated: Once, just to get it out of the way
Prime: Didn't watch, but I heard he also died in it.
When the Quintessons briefly brought him back to life the first time.
You might also count his death as Orion Pax as another death, so it would bump it to 3 in US, and 5 for Japan.