Nemesis Prime

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Nemesis Prime (often called Black Convoy in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. He is usually depicted as an evil Decepticon who is a black version of Optimus Prime. He should not be confused with Robots in Disguise Scourge, a similar character.

Transformers: Armada

Nemesis Prime
Transformers character
Nemesisprime-armada-carded.jpg
Armada Nemesis Prime in box
Created by

Hasbro
Japanese name

Scourge
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Truck
Function

Mass Destruction Soldier
Motto

"Scorched earth follows in my wake."
Partner

Run-Over
Series

Transformers: Armada
Sub-group

Deluxe vehicles
Tech specs

ST10 IN09 SP10 EN10

RN05 CO10 FB10 SK10

Nemesis Prime was introduced in 2003 as part of the Armada line. He has a Mini-Con partner named Run-Over.

Animated series

In "Puppet" in the Armada series, Nemesis Prime was a monstrous Transformer, controlled by Sideways, sent to kill the Autobots and Decepticons while they were on their way to Cybertron. It scanned the minds of the Transformers that landed on the planet it was waiting on to ambush them and took the form of Optimus Prime as he was the most powerful and respected in all their minds. As a duplicate of Optimus Prime, Nemesis had all of Prime's strength and power - in addition to his ability to reconstruct himself. Nemesis Prime subsequently attacked and decimated the two sides, leaving most of the Transformers heavily damaged. However, they were then restored and their abilities enhanced by the powers of their Mini-Cons, and Nemesis Prime was subsequently destroyed by the power of Optimus Prime (powerlinked with Overload) and Galvatron, the newly reformatted form of Megatron.

Nemesis Prime wielded the Dark Saber, a twisted clone of the Star Saber, and had a Mini-Con partner named Run-Over. Run-Over was only seen alongside Nemesis Prime in the Linkage DVD comics released in Japan. Here, he was used in gun mode, to help Nemesis Prime create an artifact called the "Doomstone," made of the death agonies of their victims. The Doomstone is an artifact of immense power, capable of destroying a soul-dimension such as the Linkage. If destroyed, the energy released could also wipe out all life on a plane

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers: Armada Deluxe Nemesis Prime with Run-Over (2003)


Transfomers: Universe

Nemesis Prime
Transformers character
Nemesisprime-universe-box.jpg
Universe Nemesis Prime in box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Mammoth, Nissan GT-R
Series

Transformers: Alternators
Transformers: Generations
Sub-group

The Convoy, Legends, Voyagers
Tech specs

ST10 IN10 SP09 EN10

RN10 CO10 FB09 SK10

Nemesis Prime of the 2004 Universe line is the form taken by Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime after being defeated by Megazarak and tortured by Unicron. He later took on the name Black Convoy. In Japan he is known as Convoy Super Black.

Fun Publications

Set free by the black hole created by Unicron's death in Transformers: Cybertron, Nemesis Prime and Ramjet journeyed to the nearly deserted Cybertron. Attacking Alpha Trion, Vector Prime and their dimensionally displaced ally Sentinel Maximus, their sinister plan was soon revealed - they intended to use the Dead Matrix to drain the lifeforce of Primus himself and use it to revive their master Unicron.

Using the undead Dark Scorponok as a weapon against the damaged Alpha Trion and manipulating Skyfall to their side, Ramjet and Nemesis Prime led an attack on Primus' Spark chamber, only to be confronted by Sentinel Maximus and Vector Prime. As Ramjet and Vector Prime duelled high above Cybertron, Nemesis Prime entered the Spark chamber of Primus, only to be confronted by a very unexpected foe - Omega Prime, who stopped him draining all of Primus' lifeforce. Prime then split into Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus, with Magnus battling and defeating the Herald of Unicron, forcibly putting him into stasis, while his brother attended to Primus. With Ramjet defeated and exiled to another dimension by Vector Prime it seemed that the Heralds' quest was a failure. But unbeknownst to all the Dead Matrix was stolen by Soundwave, who tossed it into the Unicron-created black hole. There what energy it had been able to siphon from Primus reacted with the dead spark of Unicron, and the Chaos-Bringer was born again.[1]


Toys

  • Universe Ultra Nemesis Prime (2004)
A recolor of Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy.
  • Alternity A-01 Convoy Super Black (2009)


Transformers: Generation 1

Nemesis Prime
Transformers character
Nemesisprime-alternators-boxed.jpg
Alternators Nemesis Prime in box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Truck, semi-truck cab
Partner

Spinister
Series

Transformers: Alternators
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Generations
Sub-group

Legends, Voyagers
Tech specs

ST10 IN08 SP06 EN09

RN03 CO09 FB08 SK05

The Nemesis Prime of the Generation 1 portion of the Transformers series was introduced in 2006 as Alternators Nemesis Prime; in Japan he is known as Black Convoy. An unrelated Transformers: Generation 1 character named Nova Prime has also had the name Nemesis Prime applied to him.

Fictional biography

Universe Nemesis Prime: Broken by a nightmare eternity of torture at the hands of Straxus, Nemesis Prime does not remember what he was before he was this. He is the culmination of a grand plan never realized by Straxus before his destruction; a lowly warrior reconstructed to be the very image of Optimus Prime. Imprinted with memory engrams and combat algorithms recovered from hundreds of sources, he possesses much of the knowledge of the Autobot leader, but without any framework by which to organize it. Despite his incredible power, he is deeply unstable, a threat to Decepticons and Autobots alike. He cowers in the shadows of Cybertron, living only to stalk and destroy his fellow Transformers.
Generations Nemesis Prime with Spinister: The silent assassin Spinister is more intelligent than most Decepticon lackeys. Subtle enough to keep his personal agenda a secret from his superiors, he was last seen traveling to Cybertron in the company of Nemesis Prime, dark clone of Optimus Prime and servant of the World Eater Unicron. Although the purpose of their alliance remains a mystery, their success can only spell disaster for the Autobots and their allies on Earth.

Toys

  • Alternators Nemesis Prime (2006)
  • Universe Nemesis Prime (2008)
  • Masterpiece Black Convoy (2013)
  • Generations Legends Nemesis Prime with Spinister (2014)


Transformers: Animated

Transformers: Animated - The AllSpark Almanac featured a version of Nemesis Prime who was created as a clone of Optimus Prime following the defective attempt that produced Toxitron.

Transformers: Prime

Nemesis Prime
Transformers character
Nemesisprime-armsmicron-boxed.jpg
Arms Micron Nemesis Prime in box
Created by

Hasbro
Release number

AM-25
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Semi-truck cab
Function

Virtual Soldier
Partner

Giza
Series

Arms Micron
Tech specs

ST10 IN05 SP07 EN10

RN03 CO10 FB09 SK08

Animated series

Nemesis Prime appears in his self-titled episode of Transformers: Prime. Nemesis Prime is a clone of Optimus Prime created by M.E.C.H. as the prototype of "Project: Chimera" complete with Cybertronian technology, a supply of Energon, and Starscream's Transformation Cog. Nemesis Prime's color scheme is the same as Optimus', but with duller coloring. He also has yellow optics.

Nemesis Prime first appears where he tries to bump Agent Fowler off the road. This caused Agent Fowler to think that Optimus Prime has gone rogue. Arcee, Bulhead, and Bumblebee arrive and save Agent Fowler while Arcee pursues the lookalike until she was blindsided. The real Optimus Prime returns to the Autobot base upon returning from a subterranean Energon mine. Nemesis Prime later breaks into a military base and delivers a message where he attacks Alden Military Base. The Autobots arrive and Nemesis Prime flees causing the military to attack the wrong Optimus Prime who issues a retreat. Ratchet deduces that M.E.C.H. is behind this. Meanwhile, Nemesis Prime returns to M.E.C.H. where Silas states that the test is complete. The Autobots and Miko name the clone Nemesis Prime as they remain in vehicle form to evade attacks from the military. When Bumblebee comes near one of M.E.C.H's base, Silas activates Nemesis Prime who tries to trick Bumblebee only for Bumblebee to see through the ploy. Then Nemesis Prime takes down Bulkhead and Arcee. Ratchet then tries to use the com-link to track down where Silas and Nemesis Prime are. Optimus Prime then meets Nemesis Prime as Silas speaks through Nemesis Prime. While Optimus Prime fights Nemesis Prime, Agent Fowler makes his way towards the control frequency to disable it. Nemesis Prime manages to injure Optimus Prime while Agent Fowler deals with Silas. This gives Optimus Prime the opportunity to finish off Nemesis Prime who ends up falling on Silas.

In "Grill," it is revealed that Nemesis Prime's inactive body is in military storage.

Toys

  • Arms Micron AM-25 Nemesis Prime with Giza (2012)
A recolor of Prime Voyager Optimus Prime. Comes with Giza, who turns from robotic shark to sword.


Transformers: Go!

In the Transformers: Go! toyline, a new Nemesis Prime is featured, though he has no role in the animated series.

Toys

Hunter Nemesis Prime
A repaint of Beast Hunters Optimus Prime.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers character
Nemesis Prime TLK.jpeg
Optimus as Nemesis
Name Optimus Prime/Nemesis Prime
Quintessa's team
English voice actor Peter Cullen
Information
Alternate modes Western Star 4900 Phantom Custom semi-truck
Motto "For my world to live, yours must die."
"I will fight anyone who stands in my way."
Partner Quintessa, Megatron
Sub-group Voyager, Leader

Nemesis Prime appears in Transformers: The Last Knight. In this version, Nemesis Prime is the identity Optimus Prime assumes after into being Quintessa brainwashed he and made him villain. He reverts to his original personality and Autobots after hearing Bumblebee's voice.

Toys

  • The Last Knight Voyager Dark Optimus Prime (2017)
A redeco of Voyager Optimus Prime features a darker shade of plastic, and an extensive paint applications to resemble his on-screen appearances in The Last Knight, with purple eyes and sword. His shield is completely unpainted for some reason.
  • The Last Knight Leader Shadow Spark Optimus Prime (2017)
A redeco of the Age of Extinction Leader Class Optimus Prime, featuring dark grey plastics, weathered deco patterns, and some opaque plastic which was recast from transparent plastics. He features a scratched Autobot insignia on the right side of his sleeper-cab, and a Cyberglyphic on the left side of the front hood. Some weathered parts does not match well with some other parts (the fenders, for example).
  • Movie the Best Leader Nemesis Prime (2018)
A redeco of the TakaraTomy exclusive Calibur Optimus Prime figure, with darker paint and plastic, and bright, metallic, purple eyes, and the mark of Quintessa on his face.


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  1. Forest Lee and Dan Khanna (w), Forest Lee (p). Transformers: Cybertron: Balancing Act 1 (April 2007), IDW Publishing