|First appearance||Transformers: Cybertron|
|Voiced by|| Richard Newman |
|Partner|| Safeguard |
The Thirteen Primes
|Alternate modes||Ancient Cybertronian Spacecraft|
Vector Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers: Cybertron toyline, animated series and comics. In fiction he is an ancient Autobot, one of the first ever created, with powers over time and space, and turns into a spaceship.
He was voiced by Sho Hayami in the Japanese anime series Transformers: Galaxy Force, and by Richard Newman when the show was dubbed into English as Transformers: Cybertron. He was also the central character in the early Transformers comics by Fun Publications.
A singular entity within the multiverse, Vector Prime is one of the Original Thirteen Transformers created by Primus to combat the threat posed by his eternal foe, the Chaos-Bringer, Unicron. He is an old and wise Autobot.
The creation of Vector Prime was no easy task. Born from the living material of the very multiverse itself, Vector Prime was appointed the guardian of space and time by Primus, and is uniquely attuned to its flow. Within his clockwork frame hum the subtle mathematics that govern all that is, from the spin of galaxies to the movement of sub-atomic particles. Vector Prime possesses the power to control, with some exertion, the flow of time, displaying the ability to wind it back and alter events, but he rarely activates his Cyber Key Power.
Vector Prime's perceptions are not limited to one linear pathway in time – thanks to a temporal mechanics analyzer, he is able to observe all possible pasts, presents and futures within his sensor range, giving him the opportunity to select optimum courses of action. He wields the mighty sword Rhisling (called the "Cyber Caliber" in his instructions), constructed from ethereal supermatter and shaped to an edge so sharp that it can slice open the fabric of reality, opening portals to anywhere in time, space, or other dimensions. He transforms into an ancient Cybertronian spacecraft, armed with gauss cannons and a "probability torpedo," a weapon that disrupts causality when it detonates, causing a target to experience the varied effects of differing realities. He is partnered with the Mini-Con Safeguard ("Roots" in Japan), who transforms into a small blaster/ship that mounts to Vector Prime's nosecone or arm, and is also the guardian of the Mini-Con Team, who he encountered on his dimensional travels.
Appearing in the skies over Cybertron, Vector Prime immediately made contact with Optimus Prime and his Autobot team, making them aware of the Cyber Planet Keys and how they could stop the black hole. As Vector Prime then synchronised his map of the keys’ locations to the current arrangement of the cosmos, he was approached by the evil Megatron – unfortunately, Vector Prime's nature as a Transformer who originated from an era before the division of the race into Autobots and Decepticons (coupled with his diminished memory of the events he had seen across the multiverse due to his advanced age, as specifically noted in his Fun Publications bio) and Megatron's own smooth charisma led to him handing the map over the Decepticon leader, realising his mistake too late. As the Autobots attempted to fend off Megatron and his lieutenant Starscream, toughened Autobot Landmine was caught in the black hole's gravitational pull and Vector Prime opened a portal to save him, transporting him to Earth.
Vector Prime joined with Optimus Prime's Autobots in relocation to Earth in pursuit of Landmine, who had been befriended by three human children. Upon meeting these humans, Vector Prime recognised a symbol decorating the T-shirt of the female, Lori, as the pattern of the Omega Lock, the device that focused the power of the Cyber Planet Keys, and deduced that it lay in hiding somewhere on Earth. Further studies of duplicate patterns around the world failed to locate it, but did yield the co-ordinates of Velocitron, the Speed Planet, resting place of the first Cyber Planet Key.
It was around this time that Vector Prime returned to Cybertron, as seen in the Fun Publications comics. His return accelerated the search for the Omega Lock, which appeared to come to a head when the lock was apparently discovered buried in the desert; the battle had catastrophic consequences when a Decepticon attack killed the Mini-Cons, and Vector Prime drew on his powers for the first time in ages to rewind time and save their lives. The lock in question was proven to be a fake, but the genuine article was soon discovered and acquired by Vector Prime, the Mini-Cons and the humans aboard the Atlantis – an ancient Cybertronian spaceship that had crashed on Earth and inspired the legend of the sunken continent.
Vector Prime subsequently journeyed to Velocitron to observe Hot Shot win the world's Cyber Planet Key in a racing tournament, and then to the Jungle Planet, where he counselled Optimus Prime in his battles with world leader Scourge, leading to the acquisition of the second Cyber Planet Key. The third key, from Earth itself, was soon discovered, and then all three keys and the Omega Lock were stolen by Starscream. Megatron promptly stole them from his traitorous second-in-command, but was beaten in combat by Optimus Prime within his own pocket dimension, and Vector Prime used his portal-generating abilities to collapse the dimension in upon itself, apparently destroying Megatron. Megatron's Unicronian armor sustained him, however, and he returned to Cybertron just as the Omega Lock was put in place and the planet transformed into Primus's robot mode.
Vector Prime's studies eventually revealed the location of the fourth Cyber Planet Key, on the Giant Planet of Gigantion, which had slipped through a space/time vortex into another universe. Both the Autobots and Decepticons raced for the key, but the Decepticons ultimately prevailed thanks to Megatron's transformation into Galvatron, leaving the Autobots stranded on Gigantion. The vortex would not open again for a year, and despite the protestations of his friends and allies Vector Prime made the decision to use his powers to rewind time and open the vortex again – even though a feat of such magnitude would end his life. Before performing this decisive action, Vector Prime passed on to the young human Bud his planet map, and parted from Safeguard to spare him his fate. As the Autobots passed through the vortex, Vector Prime's overexerted body dissolved, and he became one with time.
From behind the veil of time, Vector Prime's spirit reached out to bolster Optimus Prime in his moment of need within the black hole, as he finally reacquired the Cyber Planet Keys and Omega Lock, enabling Primus to finally seal the threat. Galvatron, however, was not yet defeated, and during his final one-on-one duel with Prime, Vector Prime appeared before Optimus once again to assure him that he would always watch over him, and bestowed upon him a gift – Rhisling, with which Optimus Prime defeated and destroyed Galvatron once and for all.
He re-appeared for a final time as a ghostly image as Optimus Prime and his team while departed on a new Space Bridge construction project, as a reminder and encouragement to Optimus to not give up his cause and mission.
In the montage of images that fill the closing credits of the final episode, Vector Prime is seen beyond time, battling the spirit of Galvatron, a symbol that the conflict between good and evil will always go on.
Vector Prime has notably broken the fourth wall of Cybertron’s fiction by "appearing" on Hasbro's Transformers website to answer viewer questions about the show and toys. In this short-lived section of the website, dubbed "Ask Vector Prime," he has attested to have once held the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, and often offered comedic remarks, such as his comment on the existence of a disco-ball Mini-Con. The series would later receive a Facebook page, in which Vector Prime continued to share insights into the Transformers mythos. These included the Thirteen manifesting themselves as the gods of ancient Greek myth and additional info about Vector's history, including his service as a Matrix bearer in an alternate reality. This occurred after he helped Nexus Prime's components conceal themselves and locked away memories of his time as one of the Thirteen. After fighting for the liberty of one universe, he was called upon by the Chronarchitect to help battle other threats, and led a team of Transformers into battle against a great foe.
Vector eventually perished during this conflict, but was subsequently revived by his fellow Primes and had his true memories restored, before rejoining the battle and gaining Rhisling. The Vector Prime who held the Facebook Q&A sessions was identified as one native to the Axiom Nexus, who disappeared to join the other Thirteen and later reappeared following the events of a Transformers: Timelines story arc involving them. As a result of this arc, the various dimensions of the multiverse had been more thoroughly separated from each other, and the Thirteen's various manifestations across reality have become separate entities as opposed to a multiversal singularity. The Axiom Nexus version of Vector Prime subsequently relocated to Nebulos as an undercover observer, taking an alternate form to conceal himself while exploring the planet using a holo-avatar reminiscent of the Third Doctor from Doctor Who. He was accompanied in this role by a Nebulan codenamed Safeguard-after Cybertron Vector Prime's Mini-Con partner-and Scorpia, a Transformer who is revealed as Vector Prime's love interest.
In the fiction Beast Wars: Reborn, Vector Prime appeared in the same role he had in Cybertron, appearing to investigate the unexpected revival of Optimus Primal and Megatron following the events of Beast Machines. He soon encountered the mastermind behind these events, and was stunned to recognize him as Logos Prime, a being whom Vector knew as a former comrade.
Transformers Cinematic Universe
Vector Prime made a cameo in Revenge of the Fallen, where he and the other Primes were betrayed by the Fallen, but steals the Matrix of Leadership from him and made of Tomb of the Primes with his own body, killing him.
Transformers Aligned Continuity Series
In this continuity, Vector Prime is also one of the Thirteen Primes. His associated artifacts were the Blades of Time, which allowed passage into a pocket universe into which he withdrew, growing tired of the endless warfare among his brothers.
Vector Prime appears briefly in Transformers: Robots in Disguise voiced by Troy Baker. When Megatronus/The Fallen makes his way to Earth, the other members of the Thirteen send Optimus Prime to confront him. He, Micronus, and four other unnamed Primes also contributed portions of their Sparks to Optimus to grant him additional strength.