Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time

Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 5:02pm CDT

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Empire magazine had a poll asking its reader to create the defining list of 100 best movie characters in all cinema history. While Transformers started out (and is still) as a presence on the television, it seems they are now a true staple of cinema since Optimus Prime (the movie version, mind you) was chosen as the 98th greatest movie character of all time. On the list, he beats out Edna Mode from the Incredibles and Randle McMurphy from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He also technically beats every single movie character ever except for 97 of them.

Here is his entry:

098

Optimus Prime

APPEARANCE: The Transformers series (2007-2014)
CREATOR: Denny O’Neil, Jim Shooter, Bob Budiansky
PERFORMER: Peter Cullen (voice)
DEFINING MOMENT: Riding high on a mecha dinosaur in Age Of Extinction.
FASCINATING FACT: He has his own Mr. Potatohead, called Optimash Prime (“More than meets the fry”).


Here was the top 10 to those who are curious:

1. Indiana Jones
2. James Bond
3. Han Solo (Star Wars)
4. Batman
5. Ellen Ripley (Alien)
6. The Joker
7. John McClane (Die Hard)
8. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
9. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
10. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)

Credit(s): Empire


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Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720025)
Posted by RhA on August 22nd, 2015 @ 5:34pm CDT
1. It's cool Optimus is considered.
2. There are more deserving characters on this list.
3. Prepare for internet-poopstorm.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720027)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on August 22nd, 2015 @ 5:39pm CDT
DEFINING MOMENT: Riding high on a mecha dinosaur in Age Of Extinction.

RhA wrote:3. Prepare for internet-poopstorm.

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Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720028)
Posted by william-james88 on August 22nd, 2015 @ 5:40pm CDT
RhA wrote:1. It's cool Optimus is considered.
2. There are more deserving characters on this list.
3. Prepare for internet-poopstorm.


Does it make a difference that this time it was the Internet who chose this? I discovered this while listening to the Empire Podcast and the critic talking about it was totally against Prime being there. haha!
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720031)
Posted by Burn on August 22nd, 2015 @ 5:54pm CDT
Indiana Jones huh? Not who I would have put for #1. Expected Darth Vader to be a little higher though. Great to see The Dude make the top 10!
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720033)
Posted by william-james88 on August 22nd, 2015 @ 5:57pm CDT
Burn wrote:Indiana Jones huh? Not who I would have put for #1. Expected Darth Vader to be a little higher though. Great to see The Dude make the top 10!


That's the one that really surprised me. How popular is that film?!
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720034)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on August 22nd, 2015 @ 5:59pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Burn wrote:Indiana Jones huh? Not who I would have put for #1. Expected Darth Vader to be a little higher though. Great to see The Dude make the top 10!


That's the one that really surprised me. How popular is that film?!


Check it
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720035)
Posted by Burn on August 22nd, 2015 @ 6:00pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Burn wrote:Indiana Jones huh? Not who I would have put for #1. Expected Darth Vader to be a little higher though. Great to see The Dude make the top 10!


That's the one that really surprised me. How popular is that film?!


Film popularity doesn't really come into it, The Dude is just, The Dude. There is no other like him.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720039)
Posted by Madeus Prime on August 22nd, 2015 @ 6:28pm CDT
Well, no surprise that he's at the bottom of the barrel. All I can say is at least Bumblebee wasn't on there.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720042)
Posted by SlyTF1 on August 22nd, 2015 @ 6:54pm CDT
He should be number one, no questions asked. Not only is he my favorite movie character of all time, but movie Optimus is THE greatest fictional character of all time, period.

As it stands, 98 out of a billion isn't bad and I'm going to bake Optimus a celebratory cake, regardless.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720053)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 22nd, 2015 @ 7:51pm CDT
How on Earth are the Minions better characters than NORMAN BATES?!! >:oP
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720054)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on August 22nd, 2015 @ 7:52pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:How on Earth are the Minions better characters than NORMAN BATES?!! >:oP

People don't squee over norman bates. People are dumb sometimes.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720058)
Posted by dragons on August 22nd, 2015 @ 7:59pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
DEFINING MOMENT: Riding high on a mecha dinosaur in Age Of Extinction.

RhA wrote:3. Prepare for internet-poopstorm.

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No one had problem when wheelie did it in animated movie, but when jazz and blaster talk in rhyme no one complained but people complained about wheelie talking in rhyme.

Should be great ful m. Bay made this series into popular movies bay made transformers more popular all over again g1 series didn't never made much sense, same with g1 comics scorponok being same size as grimlock scorponok is city transformer head master and he is same size as Dino bots in g1 comics but unicron and combines are not,.

If we had new director taking over number three film will it be successful and make sense new directors took over for tim burton for batman sequels gave batman and robin bat nipples on costumes made goth,a city colorful gigantic castle city with dark circus lights, and director with Brandon Ruth superman returns man of steel turned out better and exciting than superman returns
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720067)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 22nd, 2015 @ 8:16pm CDT
I am happy Optimus made the list. He really has become an icon in the movieverse and despite what people say about him, he is a great character. Surprised Bee didn't make the list too, but we must also consider some of the big names on there and the ones that aren't :BOT:
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720071)
Posted by jaws on August 22nd, 2015 @ 9:02pm CDT
Only #98? Wrong in my opinion.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720080)
Posted by william-james88 on August 22nd, 2015 @ 9:23pm CDT
jaws wrote:Only #98? Wrong in my opinion.


Well technically this means he beats every single character from harry potter except Harry himself, as well as Princess Lea, Darth Maul, every single Liam Neeson character, every single gary oldman character, as well as every character played by Peter Lore and Vincent Price, all the movie monsters, Ben Hur, Sparticus, King Leonidas, Spock, Tintin, marry poppins, Bishop from Aliens, Dr Allen Grant, Santa Clause, Hulk and Thor himself.

I think his presence on this list instead of any of those above pissed way more people than any of us pissed Optimus isnt any higher.

Personally, I am super surprised Patrick Bateman is so high on this list and that Captain Mal Reynolds beats both Star Lord and Captain Kirk.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720083)
Posted by Noideaforaname on August 22nd, 2015 @ 9:31pm CDT
"Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!"
What a bizarrely nonsensical statement. I mean, a silly reader-voted poll pretending to be fact is a given, but implying I have to go to one specific site to find out my own personal favorites? Pffft HAHAH!!



I'm rather amused GotG managed to get two entries in there -- and neither of them Rocket! The other franchises that did that are obvious mainstays like Star Wars and Batman.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720085)
Posted by william-james88 on August 22nd, 2015 @ 9:40pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:"Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!"
What a bizarrely nonsensical statement. I mean, a silly reader-voted poll pretending to be fact is a given, but implying I have to go to one specific site to find out my own personal favorites? Pffft HAHAH!!



I'm rather amused GotG managed to get two entries in there -- and neither of them Rocket! The other franchises that did that are obvious mainstays like Star Wars and Batman.


Oh and I realize Superman didnt make the list. So just think of all the Superman fans out there who see that Optimus Prime beat him, HA!
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720090)
Posted by Noideaforaname on August 22nd, 2015 @ 10:15pm CDT
I'd think Superman fans (or fans of anything else that didn't make the list) would be far more annoyed at Minions beating their favorites than Optimus Prime. Optimus at least turns into a truck and rides fire-breathing dinosaurs, Minions... say "banana" funny.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720096)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on August 22nd, 2015 @ 11:26pm CDT
Indiana Jones as number one? How random. I thought Darth Vader would have made it as number one.
Re: Optimus Prime chosen as one of the best Movie Characters of all time (1720097)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 22nd, 2015 @ 11:28pm CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:Indiana Jones as number one? How random. I thought Darth Vader would have made it as number one.
Vader's pre-Sith past obviously affected the way people view him now. :-P

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