In Dark of the moon, in the beginning we see what looks unmistakeably Optimus's face in the wreck of The Ark when the Apollo astronauts are investigating the wreck site ! enter image description here

Then how is it that later in the film he says

"I watched it escape Cybertron myself."

Then how can he be ON The Ark if he watched it escape the planet?

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    It's pretty clear he's not on the ship, as he investigates the ship IIRC – The Fallen Feb 18 '14 at 2:45
  • I was talking about the 1960's scene, not the present day scene. The scene where the astronauts are investigating the wreck site. – Stark07 Feb 18 '14 at 2:46
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    Ahhhh...right. I don't think it's him, though. Maybe just looks like him (to be honest, it doesn't look totally like him anyway, just a little similar) – The Fallen Feb 18 '14 at 2:48
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    I don't think it looks like him, to be honest. – FoxMan2099 Feb 18 '14 at 3:32
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    That is not Optimus Prime. For brevity's sake, let's say it's Ultra Magnus. – Omegacron Feb 18 '14 at 13:17

It is much more likely that you've spotted an Autobot in its protoform state.

In the movie continuity, all Autobots share the same protoform design (the Decepticons share a different design).

Autobot Protoform mode

As TF Wiki explains

In the rare case they are not actively practicing their natural proclivity for chameleon-like disguise (usually only when engaged in interstellar travel), Transformers shed their exo-structure and return to their protoform state. This protoform is capable of transforming into its transition form: an armored, cometary shape capable of interstellar travel. Upon landing on a new world and transforming back into a protoform, the Transformer immediately begins trans-scanning for new alternate forms to adopt. When one is chosen, the protoform draws on its own ultra-dense substance and any extraneous matter nearby to generate a new exostructure disguise.

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    Ugh. Horrible design is still just... horrible. – Omegacron Jun 24 '15 at 19:31

Are you mistaking optimus prime for sentinal prime ? !sentinal in the ark

  • NO. This is in no way similar to the one in the image before. – Stark07 Feb 18 '14 at 8:33

It's not Optimus, that guy is Roller, an action figure sold with the Ark toy!

Roller appeared in the cartoon and was also spotted in the videogame Transformers: War for Cybertron, as a lieutenant of Zeta Prime (the game version of Sentinel).

I think that Sentinel left him at the control desk and he died in the crash.

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  • Thanks. Valorum like The Chancellor? – Simonus prime Jun 9 '16 at 19:37

According to me this is just a mere cybertronian, which is a little like the helmet of Optimus Prime if you look at the classic G1 series will find that a lot of Transformers are like this, they are extraterrestrial robots, and as organisms they can sometimes be a family or a single, like Ultra Magnus, who is also quite similar to Optimus

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