- Primus (Transformers)
Primus is the "benevolent" godlike entity in the fictional Transformers comic universe who fought against the Chaos-Bringer
Unicron. The Lord of the Light, Primus is the being who created the Transformers to help him defeat Unicron.
Transformers: Generation 1
name = Primus
caption = Primus as depicted in Transformers: The Ultimate Guide
affiliation = None/Autobot
function = Lord of Light and Order
God of Good
alternatemodes = Planet Cybertron
(Japan exclusive prize item)
Tesshō Genda() The first clash between Unicron and Primus came when his brother Unicron succeeded in his goal of consuming the universe. As he slumbered in the void it was revealed that he hadn't been thorough enough — tiny fragments of the universe remained, and reacted with each other, leading to the creation of the current universe. The universe grew around Unicron, and when he awoke, he did not question it, merely began to consume it again. The sentient core of the universe responded by creating a guardian to battle Unicron—and this was Primus. The infant universe shook and quaked from the ferocity of their battles, and Primus was eventually forced into a desperate gamble. He shifted the battle to the astral plane, where he fared no better, and then returned them to the physical universe—but instead of allowing them to materialize in their energy forms, he entrapped both Unicron and himself in two metallic asteroids. Unicronwould not be stopped, psionically shaping his asteroid into a massive metal world, and then into a gargantuan robot. Primus, however, elected to create a race of guardians to defend the universe against Unicron, transforming his own asteroid into a metal world - Cybertron, and on that world, he gave birth to the Transformers, bestowing the race with his distilled genetic Matrix. So Primus slumbered, shutting himself down to hide the world from Unicron, until the time came.
The time came in 1991, when Primus was briefly awakened by a stray laser blast in the middle of a battle at the planet's core. He screamed once, before falling back to sleep, but the scream echoed across existence, reaching Unicron's ears. Unicron headed for Cybertron, sending his herald,
Galvatronahead of him, but Galvatron proved treacherous, and awakened Primus, who possessed the body of Emirate Xaaronand brought all the Transformers to Cybertron before Unicron destroyed him. Subsequently, Optimus Primeused the Matrix to destroy Unicron.
Revisions and additions
The above is the story of Primus as related in the United States in
Marvel Comics, but the story was originally told in British comics. The Primus story is recounted three times under Simon Furman- in order: Transformers UK #150, Transformers US #61, and US #74 - and while the Primus/Unicron battle and ultimate solution are always the same, the background to their fight differs in each telling.
The first (told by Unicron) has Primus and Unicron leading armies of similar beings at the dawn of the universe; the second (told by the Primus chamber's Keeper) had the two as the last of their respective pantheons, and Primus needing to stop Unicron before he could pass on from this realm; the third (told by Primus) has Unicron destroying the previous universe and trying to end the current one, with Primus being formed by the "sentient core" of this universe to stop him.
By the third re-telling, the idea that Unicron and Primus were related to similar entities had been dropped and was not picked up again.
Original Thirteen Transformers
As detailed in the comics released exclusively through the Transformers convention,
BotCon, before going on to create the Transformer race, Primus experimented with a group of twelve robots known as the Covenant. Based on the zodiac, these twelve robots were: Leonicus (leader of the group), Aries, Piscor, Libras, Scorpius, Aquator, Taurotron, Cancix, Geminator, Sagittarii, Virgoland Capricurn.
Dreamwave Productionsheld the license to produce Transformers comics, the concept of the Covenant inspired the idea that, when he began to create the Transformer race, Primus began with a group of thirteen Transformers. The subsequent expansion of the Primus/Unicron creation myth to apply to the entirety of the multiverse means that this is the basic, communal origin for Cybertron and the Transformers across all continuities. Like Primus and Unicron, it is possible that each of the Thirteen may be multiversal singularities - one entity existing simultaneously throughout reality.
Not all thirteen have been identified - the only Transformers explicitly named as part of the group are Prima, the very first Transformer, Vector Prime, who became the guardian of the fabric of space and time, The Fallen, overseer of entropy, who ultimately betrayed his twelve brothers and sided with Unicron, and the as-yet-unnamed combined form of , , Breakaway, and one further unidentified robot.
Hinted members of the Thirteen include the
Liege Maximo(identified as one of the 13 in the unofficial convention story, "Alignment," but not in any canon material), the Last Autobot(claimed to have existed since the planet's creation), Maccadam(a bartender on Cybertron popularly rumored among Transformers to be one of the 13). Numerous other ancient Transformers exist, such as Alpha Trionand Boltax, but none are considered to be among the ranks of the Thirteen.
Although Primus was never mentioned in the original U.S. Transformers television series, the writers of "
Beast Wars" included Primus to the television mythos with mention of Primus by the Transformers in that series, and the creation of the Covenant of Primusin the series finale. Also throughout the series, the characters makes reference to him like humans do with God. Examples:
* "By Primus, NO!"
* "Primus help us all..."
* "By the code of Primus."
.The expanded fiction of the
Botconand OTFCCcomic books suggest that Primus experimented with a small planet before actually transforming himself into Cybertron. This world, named Protos, was where he created the first 12 Transformers, each of them themed after an animal of the zodiac.
Primus appeared with
Alpha Trionin the "Transformers: Universe" comic, bringing back Optimus Primaland guiding him in his battles against Unicron allied Decepticons.
Unicron's original form resembled a humanoid version of himself, Primus' original form resembled a humanoid version of Rodimus Prime. This is likely in reference to (and perhaps in prophecy of) their conflicts throughout the Marvel UK comic series, as well as in "".
", went on to feature a character named Primus, who dwelled at the core of Cybertron. Portrayed as an incandescent sphere of light, Primus is given no origin or explanation in the series, beyond apparently being the sentient energy core of Cybertron. Historical precedent would suggest a similar origin to the Marvel Comics, with the abandoned Primus somehow becoming Cybertron.
Primus's first noted act in "Energon" was to imbue the young Chad "Kicker" Jones with the ability to sense Energon (presumably, this was to enable the Autobots to find the mineral, but seems like a very callous and self-serving act, which is in-line with the Marvel incarnation of Primus, but not how the Energon version of the character would go on to act). Subsequently, he bestowed upon the Autobots of this universe the "Spark of Combination", giving them the ability to
Powerlinktheir bodies together for enhanced strength in the face of the attacks by Alpha Qand his Terrorcons. When these battles eventually led to full-scale Decepticon attack upon Cybertron, Primus's chamber was infiltrated by Terrorcons who began to drain his energy. When the Autobots successfully repelled them, Primus reconstructed the injured guard, Wing Dagger, as Wing Saber, who joined the battle, which resulted in a fissure being torn in space, hurling the Autobots far from Cybertron.
In this new region of space, the Decepticons succeeded in restoring and reanimating Unicron. Primus guided Kicker's father, Doctor Brian Jones, to a subterranean temple on Cybertron, where they awoke the legendary
Omega Supreme, who Powerlinked with Optimus Prime into "Optimus Supreme" to aid in fighting Unicron. Primus then transmitted the entirety of his energy across the gulf of space, enhancing the armor and power of Hot Shot, Jetfire, Ironhide, Cliffjumperand Landmine, and allowing Optimus Supreme to grow to a colossal height, to battle and best Unicron one-on-one.
With Unicron defeated, the Autobots were afforded a brief moment of relaxation, but another Decepticon attack launched upon Cybertron soon shattered that. Having expended his energy, Primus was in "sleep mode", and had to be forcibly awakened by an infusion of Energon from the
Omnicons, only to find himself forced to use all his power to once again enhance Optimus Supreme so that he could stop the Decepticon-induced movement of Cybertron. The Omnicons quickly re-energized him with Super Energon from the reservoir beneath the planet's surface, while Optimus Prime struggled with a Unicron-possessed Galvatron. Primus merged himself with the reservoir of Super Energon, creating a foundling sun, into which Galvatron plunged himself, preferring to be destroyed, rather than manipulated by Unicron any further. With this act, the sun ignited, as Primus and Unicron together breathed new life into the stars.
For an unexplained reason, at the mid-point of the English language version of the "Energon" series, much of Primus's presence and influence is written out. His lines are given to other characters, usually Rad or Dr. Jones, and he is often referred to as "the core", rather than by name. However, this is never consistent, as he would again eventually speak a line or perform an action, and by the show's final story arc, this strange trait had disappeared.
In "", it is learned that Primus returned to
Cybertronafter the Energon sun collapsed into a black hole due to Megatron's interference. He was the one who created the Cyber Planet Keys, which awakened him after Optimus Prime absorbed their power to stop Megatron. Using the Mini-ConJolt as a medium, he revealed the true nature of the black hole that threatens Cybertron and eventually the universe itself as a disruption of the natural order & balance of the universe caused by the collapse of the Energon sun. Unfortunately, Primus grew weak since Starscream stole most of his spark power. He needed all the Cyber Planet Keys in order to return to true consciousness. Even with three Keys, Primus astonished everyone when he suddenly moved his hand and used his weapons. When the Autobots traveled to Gigantion, the Giant Planet, Primus tried to slow down the black hole until they could find the last key. Yet Primus fought against an even larger Starscream. Primus kept the black hole from expanding while the Autobots went looking for Gigantion. When the Omega Lockand Planet Keys reunited with him, all of his Spark becomes restored to him, making him strong again, and used the Ark's (called "Noah" in Galaxy Force) main cannon to destroy the black hole. Considering this as a final victory for him and the Autobots, Primus then turned back into Cybertron, reforming into a much more healthier place to live by both Transformers and humans.
Primus has been made into a toy for the Cybertron toyline, with pictures of his initial look in both planet and robot mode having shown on various websites and an initial release date of 2006 for the toy itself. Since the toy's announcement, it was strongly hinted that there would be a change made between the American and Japanese figures that "would make fans want to buy both versions". Recently, that change has been made public; in its initial release, the American version of Primus will have a sculpt of a battle-damaged Unicron head [http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=news&newsid=91F183F6-D56F-E112-4FA6CE763BA05454] . However, despite the inclusion of the
Unicronhead accessory, the toy had no differences otherwise from the Japanese release. The only part exclusive to the Japanese release was the packaging itself, which was designed to mimic the look and layout of a G1 toy box. When the toy was released, many fans found that their local shipments of Primus did not include the Unicron head, despite being the first received in their area. This led to many fans ordering Primus with Unicron head from Hasbro Toy Shop.
The Ultimate Guide
Dorling Kindersleypublished "Transformers: The Ultimate Guide", the concept of Primus and Unicron as brother heralds created by an extra-dimensional entity, as per the "Armada" trading card, was again referenced. Additionally, however, the book claimed that there was one, singular Unicron and Primus across all dimensions, retroactively adding these elements to the original Marvel Comic origin. This revised origin concept is now treated as the official take on the character by Hasbro, and has formed the core of the story in the "" comic book exclusive to the Transformers Collectors Club.
The popularity of the idea is not universal within the Transformers fandom, and it notably flies in the face of the original animated show's version of events, where there was no Primus, and the Transformers were created by the
Quintessons. An earlier convention-exclusive comic merged the two storylines in explanation; Primus created the transformers but then went to sleep; later the Quintessons invaded and conquered the planet and split the Cybertrons into two races. Worker/Builders (Autobots) Warrior/Soldier (Decepticon). This concept has been adopted by the majority of fans but is still met with mixed opinions by some.
The book also features an image of Primus as a transformed, robot-mode Cybertron (originally drawn by Don Figueroa for
Dreamwave Productions' "War Within" comic book series), which received such positive reaction that the idea of a transforming Primus/Cybertron eventually made it into toy form for the "" toyline.
IDW Publishing/2007 Movie Lack of Primus
Simon Furman, creator of the Primus backstory for Transformers, has stated there will be "no Primus. No Unicron" in the IDW Generation 1 comics, and that if Cybertronian prehistory is featured it will be different from previous takes; [http://forum.idwpublishing.com/viewtopic.php?t=2850] IDW's publisher confirmed there will be a story featuring Transformer prehistory. [http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=12209] While a character exclaims "Primus!" in "Megatron Origin" #4 (by a different writer), Furman stated in his blog comments "doesn't necessarily mean it's G1 Primus. There are still no plans to do feature [sic] Primus (as was)". He does say it is possible a different being called Primus could have existed. [http://simonfurman.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/all-this-and-devastation-4/]
A further retcon of the concept can be seen in the 2007 Transformers movie, where Cybertron and its population are created by an object called the
Allspark, replacing Primus .
In both instances, though, it does not necessarily mean that Primus does not exist, simply that he acts in a different manner, or will not be seen acting directly.
*Cybertron Primus:Only one toy of Primus was ever made, released in the "Cybertron" toyline as described above. It is actually a
triple-changer, transforming not only into Cybertron's planet form and Primus' robot form, but also into a large world-ship, a spaceship the size of a planet. Many of its parts can only be moved using the included Omega Lock, which must be used to move the upper half of the planet mode out of the way so the lower half can transform. The Omega Lock has 4 slots of the Cyber Planet Keys included with other toys and has a small light that turns on when the Lock is inserted into any of the ports on the figure. A key hole is also located on each of Primus's arms and activates two non-firing blasters on the toy's wrists. [http://www.seibertron.com/toys/gallery.php?id=918&size=0&start=0] :While the figure is identical in both its Japanese and American releases, the Japanese package comes in original style packaging, and the American also included a battle-damaged Unicron head in its initial release. The Unicron head has half of the face removed, exposing a skull-like vestige underneath. Later releases of Primus were sold without the Unicron head, and the last versions of Primus instead included four Mini-Cons who were planned to be parts of the Cybertron line, but were late and so were included as bonus figures. These four Mini-Cons would later appear as Mini-Cons in the Transformers Classics line. Although the four Mini-Cons had no personal biographies, they would get some characterization on the Transformers Collectors Club web site. Knockdown, a robotic triceratops, is a ranger from Beast Planet. Nightscream, a jet, was a courier from Giant Planet. Offshoot, a motorcycle, was a female racer from Speed Planet. Strongarm, a police car, is an investigator from Earth. (Upon being released in Transformers Classics, Nightscream is renamed Thunderwing -- Nightscream now being the name for a European winged dragon in Thunderwing's Clear Skies Team, Offshoot is renamed Dirt Rocket, of the Dirt Digger Team. Knockdown and Strongarm would retain their names, and each be placed on 3-packed teams similar to themselves.)
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