Optimus Minor is an upbeat and lively warrior. He has a tendency to make jokes even when the situation is rather grim and not to always think things through in advance, but he's always up for a mission, even when the odds of success (or even survival) are low. Sounds like fun.
A result of Megatron's cloning experiments, Optimus Minor possesses many traits commonly attributed to monkeys: agility, speed, intelligence, and a superior ability to climb stuff. His animal instincts serve him well in battle, where he is a savage fighter. However, like many Transmetal 2's, he has rage issues and trouble controlling the resulting violent urges.
Dreamwave Summer Special
Optimus Minor, Bonecrusher, and Wolfang rescue Rattrap from Dinobot 2. Minor says that they cannot return with Rattrap. Although they were "once" Maximals, they now have a purpose which does not include fighting.
IDW Beast Wars comics
Razorbeast is ordered by Magmatron to wake the remaining Axalon stasis pods on prehistoric Earth as Predacons. Thankfully for Optimus Minor, Razorbeast is working undercover and inserts a viral code into the protoform-awakening process. This virus causes many of the protoforms to retain their Maximal status. This includes Optimus Minor, who is among the first to join up with Razorbeast. Razorbeast and Minor are responsible for fouling Magmatron's attempt to send Megatron back to the Tripredacus Council. The Maximals thwart Magmatron's plans to conquer Cybertron, but they are now stranded on ancient Earth.
When Razorbeast was infected by Rartorata with Angolmois, Minor stuck with him, encouraging his friend to fight the madness-inducing effects of the poisoning. But in the end, Optimus Minor was forced to shoot Razorbeast in the head to prevent him from turning the Angolmois-rage on other Maximals. Minor was deeply distraught at this turn of events, and was consoled by B'Boom.
- Optimus Minor (Basic, 1998)
- Transforms into a Transmetal 2 monkey by changing his legs into arms, and his arms become legs. In robot mode his tail becomes a whip, grabbed by a pin in his right arm.