You can’t get much cooler than Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots in the Transformers series. Optimus was legendary in the series’ lore; he was a brilliant military tactician with leadership skills that rivaled those of history’s greatest. He was a childhood hero to anyone who grew u
in the ‘80s, and one of the biggest pop culture icons at the time. It’s hard to imagine the shock that was felt when he was killed off in 1986’s Transformers: The Movie. After a brutal battle against Megatron, Prime succumbs to his wounds, tragically passing away surrounded by his teammates.
The death of Optimus Prime was probably the most impactful thing to come out of Transformers: The Movie. The problem now, however, is that everyone wants to recreate this emotional impact. Since 1986 Optimus has died in every single incarnation of Transformers. He was stabbed through the chest in the second Michael Bay movie, blown up in the Beast Wars show, and sacrifices himself so many times it’s impossible to count in the various comic runs.
It’s gotten so bad that whenever a new Transformers comes out fans simply roll their eyes at the prospect of yet another Optimus Prime death scene. There’s even an entire page on the Transformers wiki that is (sarcastically) dedicated to the subject!