There were far too many submissions to “Make Prime Speak” for me to list them all here, though the Transformers Wiki has an exhaustive catalog. The alternatives ranged from fitting to ridiculous; it’s clear that some people were taking the poll seriously and some weren’t.
“There’s a thin line between being a hero and being a memory” — that’s a warning that Prime gave to his fellow Autobots in the original series pilot miniseries, “More Than Meets The Eye.” Since the line comes from Cullen’s early days as Prime, he said it with a lighter, less solemn pitch than he’s become known for.
Naturally, some quotes from the 1986 “Transformers” movie were also among the submissions, such as, ”Now all we need is a little energon … and a lot of luck” and “Megatron must be stopped, no matter the cost.”
Not all the quotes were plucked from “Transformers” history — there were some totally fan-invented ones. However, they do feel like something Optimus Prime might say.
“The burden of leadership is its heaviest when you lead those you care about, but they help to bear the burden with you.”
“I see the evils that men do. I am not blind. It’s what they could do that I fight for.”
“Humans have a myth about a man called the Ferryman, Megatron. You’re about to meet him.”
Then there were the joke entries, mostly lines cribbed from unrelated media: “Do a barrel roll!”, “I’ll be back”, or “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” “Barrel roll” actually received the most votes, though the filmmakers exercised some editorial oversight in picking “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings” instead.