->''"My name is Optimus Prime, and I send this message: Though we did not choose to be of Earth, it would seem that we are here to stay. If you approach this planet with hostile intent, know this: We will defend ourselves. We will defend humanity. We will defend - our ''home''."''

''Transformers Prime'' is a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise. The series tells the story of a skeleton crew of Autobots left to defend Earth in case the Decepticons return, which, of course, they do.

Accidentally caught up in the action are three humans: Jack, Rafael and Miko, who befriend the Autobots. They act mostly as {{Naive Newcomer}}s as they watch the robots battle it out, though they do prove useful in their own way due to the limited number of Autobots.

The first season details the renewal of the Autobot-Decepticon war, while the Autobots bond with their new human friends. Meanwhile, [[TheStarscream Starscream's]] life falls apart as he continuously fails to usurp the recently returned [[BigBad Megatron]]. A shocking revelation in the season finale forces Optimus and Megatron to work together, and the reprecussions launch an arms race throughout the second season over relics from Cybertron. The second season has a literally explosive ending and a major [[WhamEpisode upheaval of the show's status quo]], and the third season, subtitled ''Beast Hunters'' deals with three arcs - resolving the reprecussions of the second season finale, a plot by Megatron to clone a new army of [[EliteMooks Predacons]], and a final struggle over the fate of Cybertron. The series would conclude with a GrandFinale three-part "movie", in which the lingering threads of the MythArc are resolved and the [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines seeds of the future]] are planted.

The show is animated in CGI but carries a bit of a [[ForTheCelOfIt 2-D flair]]. Here is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVu67D2hXyA the opening sequence]] for the series. The overall look and tone of the show follows closely with the [[Film/{{Transformers}} live-action films]] (with Optimus, Bumblebee and Megatron having similar designs) while it continues to take inspiration from many other Transformers incarnations, and it has inspired a new MMO game, ''TransformersUniverse''. Though criticized for its' plotting and generous use of [=MacGuffins=] and StatusQuoIsGod, the show has nevertheless accumulated not only good ratings, but has become one of the most highly-praised incarnations of the franchise for its high production standards in both writing and animation.

[[WordOfGod According to Hasbro]], ''Prime'' is a part of a greater continuity called the Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse and is intended to link up with other Transformers fiction such as ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''. Because it is being worked on by different creative organizations, the individual works are are considered to be part of a "continuity family" in much the same way as the G1 [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]] and comics series share the same themes but not a strict line of continuity.

''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'', a sequel series, has been announced to air in 2015 which will combine Prime's artstyle with that of [[WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots Rescue Bots]].

See also:
* [[Recap/TransformersPrime Recap page]]
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/TransformersPrime Best Episode Crowner]]
* VideoGame/TransformersPrimeTheGame
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BiggestComplaint/TransformersPrime Vent any complaints here]]
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* TransformersPrime/TropesAToC
* TransformersPrime/TropesDToF
* TransformersPrime/TropesGToR
* TransformersPrime/TropesSToZ
->''"Above all, do not lament my absence. For in my spark, I know that this is not the end, but merely a new beginning. Simply put, another transformation."''