10 Optimus Prime Powers & Abilities He’s Still Missing After 7 Transformers Movies

Summary

  • Optimus Prime has a wide range of powers and abilities beyond what is shown in the Transformers movies, including field reconnaissance gadgets and unique alt-modes.
  • His non-lethal powers, such as the power stream and various hand tools, prove to be highly effective in non-combat situations and can prevent damage to the environment and property.
  • Optimus Prime’s unique offensive powers, such as the gyro strike and rocket punch, catch Decepticons off guard and demonstrate his intelligence and fighting skills.


In the Transformers movies, Optimus Prime utilizes a wide variety of unique powers and abilities to dispatch his rival Decepticons, but the Autobot leader is capable of doing so much more than what the films have shown. In the Michael Bay-produced Transformers movies, Optimus Prime is seen using his enhanced strength, speed, and durability, flight, expert marksmanship, and hand-to-hand combat skills, and master leadership skills to guide his fellow Autobots to victory on the battlefield. Despite the movies receiving mixed reception throughout the years, Optimus Prime is one of the best things about the Transformers movies.

Furthermore, each successive film in the franchise has seen Optimus use an array of new melee and ranged weapons, as well as eventually joining forces with the legendary Dinobots. However, Optimus Prime’s power and abilities are far more creative than just the standard offensive maneuvers that he’s primarily seen using throughout the movies. As a master tactician, Optimus Prime has often used many complex gadgets for field reconnaissance, unique alt-modes to pass through lines of scrimmage with relative ease, and even more potent offensive powers that have allowed Optimus Prime to go toe-to-toe with some of the universe’s most dangerous Decepticons.

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10 Fire Truck Alt Mode

Used in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001)

Optimus Prime uses his Fire Truck Alt Mode to traverse through the city in Transformers Robots in Disguise

Transformers: Robots in Disguise is an anime that sees Optimus Prime and the Autobots defending Earth from Megatron and the combined forces of the Decepticons and the Predicons. In the anime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Optimus Prime uses his scanning ability to scan a firetruck to use as his alt mode, as it still retains his icon red and white finish typically seen in other media. Not only does the fire truck alt mode better assist Optimus Prime in blending in with civilization, but its ladder component also transforms into a useful weapon in fights.

9 Power Stream

Used in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001)

Optimus Prime using his power stream to attack an off screen foe in Transformers Robots in Disguise

Despite its name, Optimus Prime’s power stream isn’t often used for lethal means, as the move is too predictable and easy to see coming. However, it is still one of his most useful powers as it tends to be highly effective in non-combat situations. On the rare occasion Optimus Prime’s power stream hits a Decepticon, it proves to be devastatingly powerful and effective and would make for an interesting addition to the live-action franchise. In an instance where a building or part of a forest were to catch on fire, Optimus Prime could use his power stream to prevent severe ecological and property damage with relative ease.

8 Rocket Punch

Used in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001)

Optimus launches his rocket punch at a winged foe in the middle of a destroyed city in Transformers Robots in Disguise

In addition to being an excellent leader, Optimus Prime is also a highly skilled fighter, and he is often seen going out of his way to defend his fellow Autobots, thus giving audiences some of the best action scenes in the Transformers franchise. In Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Optimus Prime combines his fighting prowess with his high intellect and delivers a devastating rocket punch-like blow to enemies that are way out of punching range. The move tends to be successful as it often catches Decepticons off guard, and Optimus has even used it on occasion to help transport civilians out of harm’s way while maintaining his presence on the battlefield.

Used in Transformers: Animated (2007)

Transformers: Animated centers around the Autobots as they crash-land on Earth and inadvertently cause a technological revolution while evading Starscream’s desperate attempts to steal the Autobots’ AllSpark. Throughout the series, many of the powers and abilities that have become staples for Optimus Prime in the live-action movies are seen on full display. However, Optimus Prime is seen on occasions using non-lethal hand tools such as safety nets and ripcords to rescue his fellow Autobots. Why Optimus has yet to use these abilities in the Transformers movies is a mystery, but their inclusion would lean more into Optimus’ tactical mind than what is typically shown.

6 Gyro Strike

Used in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001)

Optimus Primes uses his gyro strike ability to dispatch an off screen Decepticon in Transformers Robots in Disguise

Optimus Prime’s gyro strike is one of the most unique powers as it’s one of the rare moves in the Autobot’s arsenal that sees him utilizing his wheels in combat. Additionally, Optimus Prime can use his gyro strike defensively to increase his speed and mobility while engaged with a particularly tough opponent. However, Optimus is more apt to using the gyro strike to launch unpredictable attacks on unsuspecting Decepticons. If the live-action Transformers movies were to ever include Optimus’ gyro strike, they could benefit from using it both as another means of displaying Optimus’ speed, and a way to innovate his offensive maneuvers.

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5 Super Fire Convoy Form

Used in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001)

Optimus Prime transforms into his super fire convoy form in Transformers Robots in Disguise

Optimus Prime’s super fire convoy form grants Optimus the ability to detach certain parts of his body and reconfigure them for more defensively sound measures against greater threats and opponents. The Transformers movies have seen Optimus Prime use his mouthguard and Energon Axe in ways that have given him a boost in his defense, but the inclusion of his super fire convoy form would make for an interesting upgrade. Not only would it show how far Optimus has evolved as a fighter, but it would also establish to viewers how great a threat must be for Optimus to rely on his rarely-used power.

4 Blizzard Storm

Used in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001)

Optimus Primes uses his blizzard storm powers to quell a rampant volcano in Transformers Robots in Disguise

As seen in the Transformers: Robots in Disguise episode, “Volcano,” Optimus Prime is seen using the ladder in yet another unique and unexpected way. After the Decepticons attempt to locate and steal a valuable power source by causing a volcano’s eruption, it is up to the Autobots to figure out a way to prevent the disaster from claiming innocent lives. Thinking quickly, Optimus Prime uses his blizzard storm ability to quell the molten lava from doing any significant damage. A similar use could be applied in a live-action context, or it could be used to stop Decepticons in their tracks during another one of their Earthly invasions.

3 Optimus Prime Super Mode

Used in Transformers: Armada (2002)

Optimus Prime pointing his index finger while in his Super Mode in Transformers Armada

Transformers: Armada sees the Autobots and Decepticons engaging in war once again, only this time, they’re fighting over the fate of the mini-cron transformers, as they grant their user an immense boost in power and strength. The series is also unique in that it’s one of the more prominent examples of one of Optimus Prime’s strongest forms, the prime super mode. Optimus Prime’s prime super mode allows him to combine forces with Sparkplug, his mini-cron, Jetfire, and Overload to turn him into a near-indestructible force of good. While Optimus obtained a jetpack in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it didn’t include the other upgrades as seen in Transformers: Armada.

2 Laser Vision

Transformers (1984)

Transformers introduced audiences to Cybertron and its iconic factions, the Autobots and Decepticons, as they engage in a war for either peace or destruction. Transformers is renowned for its storytelling and great characters, but it also stands out because it was one of the earliest displays of the sheer amount of powers and abilities that Optimus Prime possessed. One of Optimus’ powers that the movies haven’t shown is the Autobot’s laser vision. In one of Optimus and Megatron’s earliest fights, Optimus Prime uses his laser vision to disorient and defeat his iconic nemesis. The move could be used lethally or as a stun technique in the live-action movies.

1 Omnipotent Communication

Used in Transformers: Prime (2010)

Transformers: Prime sees the Autobots living in harmony with the humans as the Decepticons mount yet another attack on planet Earth. One of Optimus’ newest abilities in the show is the ability to communicate with his fellow Autobots irrespective of his proximity to them, and he utilizes it after exiling himself because of his perceived failures as a leader. This allows Optimus to stay in contact with them, thus giving them the motivation and inspiration they need, while also strengthening himself. Optimus Prime is one of the most powerful Transformers in the live-action movies, but the inclusion of more powers and abilities would make him unquestionably the strongest of them all.

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