Convoy is an Autobot and Maximal rank of leadership throughout many Japanese series. It is similar in many ways to the American rank of "Prime". The rank was named in honor of Convoy (the Japanese name for Optimus Prime).
Unlike those in the American fiction with a rank of "Prime", a Convoy isn't the Supreme Commander of the Maximals as a whole (that job belongs to the Convoy Council). Virtually any high ranking Maximal General is a Convoy, and they are instead the Supreme Commander of a crew of Maximals. They typically possess their own Matrix, most often an Energon Matrix.
Whether it's a requirement of the rank or just bizarre coincidence, many Convoys share quite a few common design elements, generally based on the original Optimus Prime/Convoy.
- Convoy / Covobat / Burning Convoy / Metals Convoy / Powered Convoy/ Beast Convoy
- Convoy / Lio Convoy / Flash Lio Convoy
- Big Convoy
- Great Convoy
- Joe Convoy
- Beast Wars Neo manga
- Crow Convoy
- Longrack and his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-...well, a LOT of his ancestors.
Micron Legend/Super Link
- Convoy/Magna Convoy/Jet Convoy/Magna Jet Convoy / Grand Convoy / Wing Convoy / Omega Convoy
- Rodimus Convoy
- ↑ Figure-Oh No. 114