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Sentinel Prime is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes.

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Transformers: Generation 1

Sentinel Prime
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Sentinel Prime passing the Matrix to Optimus
Autobot
Sub-group Primes
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Truck
Series Transformers: Marvel Comics
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Marvel Comics

Sentinel Prime originates from the original Marvel Comics Transformers series. Sentinel is the immediate predecessor of Optimus Prime, and was killed in battle on Cybertron. He is glimpsed in issue #150 of the UK comic, passing the Autobot Matrix of Leadership on to Optimus Prime. It was not made clear in this continuity who or what caused his death. His appearance resembles Rodimus Prime.

His name is taken from issue U.S. #65 (UK #290) in which all the past Matrix holders are listed and he precedes Optimus Prime.

Dreamwave Productions

Sentinel Prime died during the early stages of the civil war on Cybertron, supposedly killed by Megatron in single combat. In this continuity, at the time of his death, Sentinel Prime was not in possession of the Matrix. (Ref: Transformers: The War Within Vol. 1, Issue 1).

Little else is known about this Autobot leader — the only image of him is a yellow hand as seen in the first issue of Dreamwave Productions' The War Within. When Megatron later battled Optimus Prime for the first time, he states that Sentinel tried to talk him out of his evil ways.

IDW Publishing

Sentinel Prime receives a bit more history in the IDW Publishing's 4-issue miniseries, The Transformers: Megatron Origin. After Megatron's attack on an Autobot senator and subsequent escape, current Autobot leader, Sentinel Prime vowed to hunt them down, despite his lack of concern over the senator's fate. Sentinel took a direct interest in the underground bloodsports that Megatron was involved in, determined to shut them down and declared that Megatron "will hang". Megatron's followers were eventually captured by Sentinel's forces and Sentinel taunts Megatron before imprisoning him. However, the apprehension of the Decepticons turned out to be part of Megatron's ruse. Starscream and Soundwave killed the Autobot Senate, and a full scale revolution erupted in Kaon. Desperate to stop them, Prime donned Apex armor and confronted Megatron, but was defeated and beaten to within an inch of life by the Decepticon leader. Note: Sentinel's name was initially spelled as Sentinal Prime, later revealed to be a mis-print introduced at the lettering phase.

A glimpse of Sentinel Prime was also seen in The Transformers: Spotlight issue featuring Optimus Prime. He is again the Matrix-holder preceding Optimus Prime, and succeeding Nova Prime. In bonus art following the story, Sentinel's alternate mode was revealed as a yellow and orange Cybertronian truck. In Spotlight: Blurr (November 2008), it is revealed in-between Sentinel and Optimus, there was a Prime named Zeta.

Transformers: Animated

Sentinel Minor/Sentinel Prime/Sentinel Magnus
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Sentinel Minor, before his days as a Prime, Magnus later
Autobot
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Elite Guard
Function Autobot Elite Guard Captain, Police Officer
Rank 10
Motto "Without law, all is chaos."
Alternate Modes Cybertronian Truck, Snowplow Truck
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Townsend Coleman

In the series Transformers Animated, Sentinel Prime is a hotheaded member of the Cybertron Elite Guard. Sentinel's main weapon is a shield that is able to generate force fields and can be used offensively when thrown. He also wields a laser lance, and can activate a battle mask when needed.

In December 2007 drawings were leaked on the Internet of Sentinel Prime's vehicle appearance in the Transformers Animated television series. He turns into a snow plow truck.[1] Derrick Wyatt stated that the character was originally meant to be named Rodimus Prime, after Optimus Prime's G1 Succesor. However, the idea of Rodimus being portrayed as arrogant and rude was dropped in favor of Sentinel Prime. An interesting note is that Sentinel's robot mode looks a lot like The Tick, which was a result of Townsend Coleman (the voice of the animated Tick) being cast in the role.

Animated series

Once known as Sentinel Minor, he was the drill sergeant training Bumblebee, Wasp, Bulkhead, Longarm and Ironhide, who were recruited into the Autobots. When it appeared that Wasp was a secret Decepticon spy Sentinel Prime arrested the innocent Autobot, not realizing it was Longarm who was the traitor. It was also revealed that he didn't like Ultra Magnus because of the recruits he is forced to train and was friends with Cliffjumper.

Sentinel Prime and Optimus Prime have been rivals since they attended the Autobot Academy together with Elita-1 (whom Sentinel had feelings for) as seen in a flashback in "Along Came a Spider." Things changed when Sentinel brought the others to an organic planet to find a lost Decepticon warship, only to be attacked by giant alien spiders that inhabited the planet and the ship exploded during the confrontation. In spite of Sentinel's pleas, Optimus was forced to leave Elita-1 on the notion that she was killed in the explosion, both unaware of her transformation to Blackarachnia. Since then, Sentinel never forgave Optimus for the incident and developed a racial fear of organics, believing that they'd all be the same as those spiders. During the inquiry, in which both he and Optimus were accused of going to an unauthorized organic planet, Optimus took full responsibility as the senior cadet, which led to his expulsion from Autobot Academy and barred from assuming any Elite Guard position. Sentinel on the other hand, who denied being the one who caused the chain of events, wasn't punished for his involvement and later rose to prominence in the Elite Guard.

At the beginning of the series, when Optimus tried to contact Autobot High Command, Sentinel refused to allow him to see Ultra Magnus until Optimus showed him the Allspark.

Sentinel Prime (alongside Ultra Magnus and Jazz) arrived on Earth to look for the Allspark. He had Prime's crew "decontaminated" from organic infestation. He didn't believe Prime's stories about the Allspark being destroyed or their encounters with Decepticons. He did end up attempting to fend off the Dinobots on Dinobot Island when he provoked them. After the incident at one of the factories owned by Isaac Sumdac (in which the fragment of the Allspark was the cause of this), Sentinel Prime threatened to make sure Optimus was charged with treason for destroying the Allspark, however Optimus had grown tired of Sentinel's arrogance and reminded him despite being an Elite Guard washout, he and Sentinel still shared equal rank and told him he was on "his turf now". Ultra Magnus stated to Sentinel Prime that he can learn a lot of things from Optimus Prime, such as loyalty.

In "Return of The Headmaster", Sentinel Prime got a lesson in humility after his body was taken by the Headmaster and he was forced into a partnership with Optimus to get it back.

In order to improve morale, Sentinel tried to force Optimus Prime to declare that they hadn't encountered any Decepticons, but Optimus refused to do so. Sentinel then tried to bribe him with re-entry into the Elite Guard; when he didn't comply, he placed Optimus into custody. Sentinel later refused to believe that Ultra Magnus and Jazz were walking into a Decepticon trap, so Optimus tricked him into a pair of stasis cuffs in order to save the day. Sentinel soon learned Prime was telling the truth when Starscream fell from the sky. It was shown that he choked up under pressure and fear at the sight of a Decepticon.

He appeared again chasing Wasp in space, even though it seems that he may have forgotten all about Wasp. It is also shown that since he can still use his Cybertronian vehicle mode while chasing Wasp. Unfortunately, he let Wasp get away when he fell off the suddenly activated Space Bridge.

Later, during the episode "Where Is Thy Sting?" he had Jetfire and Jetstorm following his orders to find Wasp. His dislike for the planet Earth and organics increases, as he finds himself unable to adapt to driving in the rain. He kept ignoring Optimus when he said that Longarm was the real traitor until Wasp confessed that he and Bumblebee switched appearances.

In "Five Servos of Doom" he had seemingly captured Sunstorm, Blitzwing, Lugnut, and Swindle (though he admitted that since Swindle was trapped in vehicle mode he simply had to pay a fine and have him towed) by himself. Optimus, Jazz, and Prowl were extremely doubtful that he could have accomplished such feats, and set out to find how he did it. After following Sentinel Prime it was revealed that it was Lockdown who was capturing the Decpticons and trading them to Sentinel for Autobot upgrades. After being betrayed by Lockdown, who was working for Ramjet, Sentinel ended up becoming the Clone's hostage and shield, taking most of the Autobots attacks on himself and ending up face-first in the ground. Optimus covered for Sentinel when reporting to Cybertron, giving credit for the captures to Prowl, but he assured Sentinel that they would "talk it out" when the crisis was over.

In "Predacons Rising" Bumblebee, Jetfire, Jetstorm, Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime chased Wasp, but lost him to Swoop while bickering about what to do with him. Following Swoop to Dinobot Island, Sentinel encountered Blackarachnia, learning the truth about what happened to her as Elita-1. Disgusted by what had happened to her, Sentinel refused to accept her as the Elita he knew and attempts to kill her before Wasp (newly changed into Waspinator) intervened. After Blackarachnia sacrificed herself to save the Autobots from a transwarp energy-overloaded Waspinator, Sentinel expressed regret for what had happened to her, even taking blame for what had happened that day, and burying the hatchet with Optimus. Sentinel and the Elite Guard returned to Cybertron soon after, with Sentinel having to take command in the wake of Shockwave's attack on Ultra Magnus.

In "Decepticon Air" Sentinel interrogated the captive Decepticons for information concerning the recent Space Bridge attacks. Sentinel's ego and recent rise in ranks gets the better of him. In order to get back to Cybertron quickly so he can take over as the new Magnus, he ordered Jazz to take the ship through an ion storm. The resulting energy discharges free Swindle from his locked vehicle mode, which allowed the other Decepticons to take over the ship. Sentinel was forced to call for help, specifically for Optimus with a secret Academy code. The Decepticons were defeated and recaptured, though Swindle and Lugnut escaped. In gratitude, Sentinel offered Optimus the Eite Guard position he would have to vacate in order to become Magnus, but Optimus declined his offer, stating that there was still work to do on Earth. So he drops him off back to Earth, salutes to him then departs. On his return to Cybertron, Sentinel paraded the remaining Decepticons in front of the citizens before assuming command as the new Magnus.

In "This is Why I Hate Machines", Sentinel had apparently spread his hatred and fear of organics to all of Cybertron, as when Ratchet and police captain Fanzone arrive, nearly every Autobot who sees Fanzone is terrified. When Omega Supreme (piloted by Megatron, Starscream and Lugnut) transwarped to Cybertron, Sentinel ordered a full-scale assault on the colossus, only for the Autobot Council to deliberate whether to strike and possibly destroy Cybertron with it (as Ratchet had pointed out) or possibly miss a chance to end the Decepticon threat. Sentinel ignored the council's wishes to wait and prepared for a strike, claiming that as acting Magnus, he had to be prepared. However, he is chastised by Alpha Trion and Perceptor when his attack missed Omega, who had transwarped elsewhere. When Ratchet and Fanzone returned to Earth with the Magnus hammer, Jazz pretended to give pursuit, but instead chose to stay with the Earth team as Sentinel's bureaucracy had finally gone too far for him.

He was last seen in the third season finale, "Endgame, Part II", looking on at Optimus, Sari, the Autobots, Omega Supreme, the captured Megatron, Shockwave, and Lugnut, and Arcee with a jealous expression on his face.

Toys

  • Animated Deluxe Sentinel Prime (2008)
A Deluxe class figure that transforms from snow plow truck to robot. Includes Energy Shield and Lance.

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