Your Turn: User Nominations

Your Turn: Optimus Prime

From the Transformers franchise, created by the Takara and Hasbro toy companies
Nominated by Jennifer Kuntz

As a child of the 80s I learned that the best things in life were supposed to be big, powerful and manly. When it came to TV characters the biggest, most manly, most powerful robot was, of course, Optimus Prime. Mostly it was that voice. A slightly smoky baritone, strong and clear. He sounded like a hero. And he CARED about people. He would put himself in harm's way to protect others. You can call it hackneyed, but when I was 12 it was glorious.

Like Superman, Prime was a benevolent alien who reflected our best qualities back on us. But he had his own unique burdens. He had inadvertently brought his war to our world. He was always acutely aware of his responsibility for that act and he died to defend his adopted home.

For a lot of Gen-Xers Prime's death was the first real tragedy of our lives.



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I am so glad to see that Optimus Prime has been nominated. He has been an example to me of unflagging personal integrity (a rare and precious quality), and of benevolent, responsible leadership. I would really like to hear him spotlighted on the air.

Sent by Heather R. Smith | 11:35 PM | 3-21-2008

A shining example of a true leader, and father figure to everyone born in the 80's. *thumbs up*

Sent by Nightbird | 8:35 PM | 6-3-2008