- Motto: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum."
- Weapon: Twin Concussion Blasters
Going with the Marvel comics version of G1, I always thought Fortress Maximus would have been great. Personally, he was my 2nd favorite character after Grimlock. I would have loved to see Grimlock be a true leader, as he was towards the end, but as it's been pointed out, he was a bit of a hardass. (OK, that might be understating it.) I always thought Optimus was too preachy and whiny (no wonder he died so many times) even if he was deemed the "greatest." But Grimlock might have been too much in the opposite direction. Anyway, back to Maximus. He was (before, and after the Headmaster process) level-headed, compassionate, selfless, physically superior to both his allies and enemies, and very smart. He would have made a really good successor, probably even better than Magnus. I almost picked up iDW's MTMTE series, until I found out they turned him into a pu**y. I like Overlord's total badassery, but I always thought Maximus could have beat him. Hopefully in ReGeneration 1 he returns just like Scorponok did, and has a fitting place in the overall story instead of being that emo douche Spike's toy.
My other choice (also from the Marvel G1 comics, along with DW's mini-series) would be Jetfire. He was kind of abandoned in the story, especially later by Furman, but what we saw of him, he had leadership qualities. He was a formidable fighter, a flyer, and he was also compassionate and selfless. Too bad his personality was never really explored more, I would have liked to see that scientist personality come out that he had glimpses of in the cartoon. And the DW mini-series with Sunstorm in it? That's all the argument anyone should need to make for his leadership skills.