fenrir72 wrote:To Sledge, that would have been option #1. As to the following other options I raised, I am viewing it as if we the viewers are mere observers of the unfolding conflict, kinda like in a secondary perspective.
Comapring Peter Parker and Dart Vader is well kinda loopy though. The Sith Lord and Web Slinger come from waayyyyyy different universes, while Orion and Optronix are both one and the same characters.
That's exactly the point I'm making. Optronix and Orion are differently-named characters, with different jobs. What makes you think they're the same character? They both end up as a character called Optimus Prime, but the two Primes have radically different experiences. I haven't read any of the comics since the classic Marvel stuff, but I'm willing to bet the comics Prime is quite different from his cartoon counterpart. Yes, there's a baseline in that they're both good guys and Autobot leader. Similarly, Parker and Vader both start out as good kids and a twist of fate changes their lives radically. But these similarities don't mean the characters are the same.
The bottom line, and only real answer to your question, is they are different characters, in different realities, written by different people. The various TF continuities aren't compatible with each other, no matter how hard you try. Even if you resolve the Prime question, you're left with a multitude of others. "How come in the cartoon, Shockwave and Soundwave are loyal to Megatron, but in the comics Shockwave is Megatron's rival and Soundwave is a self-serving blackmailer?" "How can Unicron attack Cybertron for the first time in 2005, when Optimus Prime destroyed him with the Matrix about ten years before?" Etc, etc.