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Ultra Magnus
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Vital Statistics
Alias Leader of the Wreckers
One handed Autobot (by Shockwave)
Commanding Officer
Magnus
Shoulder pads
Sir (by Arcee and Miko Nakadai)
Captain
Commander
Chief
Optimus's key lieutenant
Species Cybertronian
Rank Second-in-Command
Commander
Lieutenant
Wrecker Leader
Status Online
Production details
First appearance Transformers: War for Cybertron (games)

Scattered (tv series)

Voiced by Jamieson Price (War for Cybertron)
Michael Ironside (Prime)

"Ratchet didn't think this new hand he built for me was good enough, but I'll tell you what truly isn't good enough, giving up" - Ultra Magnus

Ultra Magnus is the Autobot first commanding officer, leader of the Wreckers and former leader of the Elite Guard. Ultra Magnus is the last Autobot to arrive on Earth, where he served as temporary leader of the Autobots, when Optimus Prime was gone. Later on, Optimus returns in his new upgraded body and rescues Magnus from being killed by Megatron. During the war on Cybertron, Magnus served as Optimus Prime's second in command and is described as a very "by the book" kind of Autobot. Despite Ultra Magnus' trying to use the Elite Guard ways, it didn't have a good effect on Team Prime at all. Ultra Magnus has grown more adapted to Team Prime's ways and eventually became a part of their family. Ultra Magnus has also reformed the Wreckers unit since arriving on Earth. His team consist of Bulkhead, Wheeljack and Miko now a subdivsion of Team Prime. Ultra Magnus currently works on his team's side against any threat that comes their path.

History

The Great War

During the war on Cybertron, Ultra Magnus served as one of Optimus' key lieutenants and one of the best military strategists. He was also a member of the Elite Guard. When the war began to wane, Magnus took the role as commander of a special Autobot faction called the Wreckers after being assigned by Optimus Prime himself, whose members included Bulkhead and Wheeljack. His leadership resulted in Wheeljack leaving the unit. As the Ark left Cybertron, Ultra Magnus and his team opted to stay behind on Cybertron to buy the Autobots time to escape from the invading Decepticons. Once the Ark was clear and through the space bridge portal, Ultra Magnus, like so many Autobots, took to traveling the stars alone in his own ship. Over the years, Ultra Magnus would search for other survivors but would have minimal luck; most times those he did find would just have little time to see them die at the hands of the Decepticons. When "Orion Pax" was recruited by the Decepticons to work on Project IaconSoundwave concealed the truth about Optimus Prime behind images of Ultra Magnus.

Arrival on Earth

During his travels, Ultra Magnus detected the energy burst from the Omega Lock caused by Optimus Prime and Megatron's battle on Cybertron and headed to it's target, only to find Earth. He detected five Autobot energy signals and went to investigate. Upon arriving, he learned that Optimus Prime's team had scattered and their base was destroyed in the Decepticon invasion of Jasper. He also found Arcee and Jack Darby and greeted them.

When Jack said his name in amazement, Ultra Magnus told Arcee to have Jack watch his tone, while addressing him as the native. Arcee told Jack that Ultra Magnus was very by the book and to merely play along. After those authority reminders, Ultra Magnus told the two that he had detected Autobot life signals. After eyeing Jack for not referring to him as sir, Ultra Magnus told him and Arcee that he had detected five, with Arcee's being closest.

Elsewhere, Autobots Wheeljack and Bulkhead were attacked by the Predacon. As the two were on the verge of losing against it, Ultra Magnus was able to strike the beast down while in his ship long enough for the two to get aboard. After Arcee referred Bulkhead and Wheeljack to thank Ultra Magnus for their rescue, Ultra Magnus merely referred to them as soldiers much to their surprise. After Bulkhead told him that it was an honor, Ultra Magnus corrected him by reminding him to address him as "sir." As the Predacon fired at Ultra Magnus and the others aboard his ship, he told the Autobots and humans to brace themselves before he continued to pilot the ship.

Ultra Magnus was unable to destroy Predaking, but he was able knock the Predacon off the ship by using the sides of a cliff. Ultra Magnus and the Autobots travel to the remains of the Harbinger and there they reunite with Ratchet, Bumblebee, and Raf. After explaining details about communications and the Groundbridge in the Harbinger, Agent Fowler and June Darby arrive in Fowler's V-tol and reunite with everyone. After discovering that Optimus and Smokescreen are unaccounted for, Magnus takes command of the Autobots and shows the team his arsenal of weapons.

Assault/ Optimus Prime returns

Ultra Magnus addressed the Autobots, telling them that they remained vastly outnumbered and despite their ammunitions, did not currently possess the firepower necessary to infiltrate the Decepticon citadel of Darkmount. After Fowler told him that the military did, but could not get involved due to Megatron having lasers pointed at Washington, he concluded that the Autobots must infiltrate Darkmount, in order to nullify it's fusion cannons. When Wheeljack suggested that the Autobots would have to sneak past enemy lines Wrecker-style, Ultra Magnus told him that he could not deal with Wrecker-style back on Cybertron and that he refused to deal with it there.

Ultra Magnus plan

Ultra Magnus told the Autobots that they required a means of thinning the Decepticons' ranks to even the odds, especially if they were to have any hope of completing the mission or surviving it.

Their plan was to have their human allies use their telecommunications to have the Decepticons come to their location while they GroundBridged back to the Autobot base, thereby removing them from Darkmount. Ratchet planned for Jack to use his voice and pretend to be one of the Vehicons reporting that they were under attack. After Jack spoke with no response from the Decepticons, Ultra Magnus told Ratchet that he remained unconvinced. Following their success in getting many Vehicons away from Darkmount, Ultra Magnus saw the Autobots off as they prepared to GroundBridge to the Decepticon citadel. While piloting his ship, Arcee reported to him regarding the numbers of the Vehicons still inside, telling him that security was tighter then expected. Ultra Magnus told her to keep them busy as he arrived on Darkmount himself, shooting down two Vehicons in charge of controls. Just as Ultra Magnus defeated the Vehicons, Megatron dropped in on him, shooting his cannon out of his hand with his own and venturing that he had intended to disarm his fusion cannons by disabling their power core. Ultra Magnus confirmed his suspicion and told him that he was standing in his way as he drew his blasters and began shooting. Ultra Magnus was soon defeated, Megatron stating that Ultra Magnus was "No Optimus Prime."

Following his defeat, Ultra Magnus was taken to the top of Darkmount, dragged by Megatron and thrown by him as well while the Decepticons rallied up the remainder of the captured Autobots. Megatron asked him where Optimus Prime was after being told by Starscream that he was not among the captured Autobots before the Autobot leader appeared before them, flying and in a new body as he attacked Megatron. In all the commotion, Ultra Magnus easily defeated Starscream and greeted his leader, telling him that he was looking rather robust before telling him that it was paramount that they disable the fusion cannons below. After Optimus flew off to do just that, Ultra Magnus reported to the Autobots and their human allies that Optimus was alive and well, causing much praise and joyfulness among the team.

Following the destruction of Darkmount, Ultra Magnus retreated with the other Autobots to the military base, which would serve as the new base for the team. After receiving a thank you speech from Agent Fowler, Ultra Magnus told Optimus that he would gladly relinquish command of the Autobots to him. Optimus in turn welcomed him to Earth and to Team Prime, the Autobots stationed on Earth.[1]

Predacon remains

Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack were sent to search through the rubble of the Autobot base. After returning from this mission, Ultra Magnus told Bumblebee, Arcee, Bulkhead and Ratchet that the two did not find much else in the rubble of their former base before Wheeljack came through the GroundBridge and questioned what he meant by not much before throwing his old lobbing ball at Bulkhead, whom was unprepared to catch it and avoided it, with the ball nearly hitting Miko. Immediately afterwards, Ultra Magnus questioned what Wheeljack was thinking before Wheeljack told him that he expected Bulkhead to catch it. Ultra Magnus told Wheeljack that as Optimus Prime's second-in-command, he had no intention of tolerating Wrecker behavior before Wheeljack lamented that somethings never changed, referencing their past together. Ultra Magnus tried to remind him that Optimus Prime assigned him to command him and the other Wreckers back on Cybertron and to get the loose cannon Wreckers under control. He continued by stating that an effective combat unit began with discipline before telling him that if he would not accept that, he was free to chose merely walking away, referencing him previously doing so on Cybertron. Wheeljack told him that if his ship were not destroyed, he would do that before walking off. While being stared at awkwardly by the other Autobots, Ultra Magnus asked if they had received any word from Optimus. Smokescreen later returned to the Autobot base, where he sported a new paint job and was asked by Ultra Magnus where he had been.

After Smokescreen revealed that he had been scanning for new paint jobs, Ultra Magnus told him that he could now look his best while stacking the empty cubes he had. Optimus Prime returned from his mission, bringing back the fossilized remain of a Predacon. After Optimus told the group they would need to divide their resources, Ultra Magnus was tasked with leading Bulkhead and Wheeljack. After being told of a upcoming mission in Scotland by William Fowler, Ultra Magnus asked what a kilt was after Fowler told them not to forget packing theirs. After asking Optimus, he called Bulkhead and Wheeljack by their names and told them to roll. As he walked away from the two, he saw the Forge of Solus Prime. He told his commander Optimus that he was aware of the many emotions tied to it and told Optimus that he would be honored to put it to practical use after Optimus gave him the okay to use it.[2]

Predacon return

Ultra Magnus departed on his mission with Wheeljack and Bulkhead. While the ship began to place the three on the ground, Ultra Magnus told the two that according to their intel the Decepticons should be excavating for Predacon bones directly beneath them. After Wheeljack told Ultra Magnus that he was on it and began to roam, Ultra Magnus questioned Bulkhead if Wheeljack did not comprehend the chain of command previously established and continued by telling him that he did not authorize Wheeljack to advanced without proper cover. After Wheeljack charged at a Vehicon and managed to destroy it on his own, Ultra Magnus stayed close to his teammate before a multitude of Vehicons came out of the cave and attacked him, causing Ultra Magnus to retaliate and smash a few to the ground with the Forge of Solus Prime.

After taking out the Vehicons, Ultra Magnus cited their previous experience as a reason of why the Autobots wait for cover. After his statement, he soon discovered that Miko Nakadai had been brought along for their mission and questioned Wheeljack on what could have compelled him to bring her before questioning if his circuits were impaired. Wheeljack reasoned that Optimus had told him to lead the Wreckers on the mission and had assumed that he had meant all of them. This caused Ultra Magnus to question if he was mocking his commanding officer.

Ultra Magnus fights Predaking

Wheeljack denied this and told Ultra Magnus of when Miko had saved his life from an Insecticon, causing Ultra Magnus to assume that they were outside of standard protocol. Ultra Magnus soon found himself searching for the Predacon bone, being asked by Miko if what she was holding was it before telling her that it was rock and continuing to walk. The group soon began to feel a quake around them, as rocks imploded around and they discovered the Predacon had returned, causing Ultra Magnus to tell the two to roll as he transformed into his vehicle mode and the three proceeded to drive away as the Predacon chased them, nearly being hit by a flamethrower before getting out of the tunnel. Though the Predacon was trapped, Ultra Magnus knew it would not be trapped forever and told his teammates that they would have to contact the base and seek reinforcements, prompting Wheeljack to recite the Wrecker motto. Though Bulkhead wished for Miko to get away from the team under the dangerous circumstances they found themselves in at the moment, she refused and told him that she wanted to help, causing Ultra Magnus to tell her that she would before stating that her mission was to climb to the top and reach his ship so that the group could contact the other Autobots. After Bulkhead began to mutter in confusion on their next action, Ultra Magnus told him that they would make their stand, here and now. Ultra Magnus participated in fighting the beast, landing the Forge of Solus Prime on the Predacon after it attacked Bulkhead and caused it to hit up against the wall. While it planned to retaliate against him with it's tail, Bulkhead grabbed it and kept a grip on the tail before being lunged at Ultra Magnus, colliding into him.

Though the two laid vulnerable, Wheeljack distracted it before launching a bomb that the beast quickly pushed away and soon landed near Bulkhead and Ultra Magnus, causing an explosion that trapped the three under rumble as the Predacon went after Miko. Ultra Magnus and the others got out of the rumble before Wheeljack told him that his bombing did not go as plan. Ultra Magnus told him angrily that it was because any first cycle cadet knew not to use a bomb in a confined space. Ultra Magnus told him that his actions continued to be one step away from getting the three killed and soon gave Bulkhead permission to rescue Miko, who was fighting the Predacon. After Wheeljack asked if he could have permission to provide Bulkhead with back-up, he and Wheeljack joined their ally in locating Miko and their ship, where they watched as she defeated several Vehicons and Starscream.

Ultra Magnus concluded that perhaps he was wrong about her after seeing her skills and came to join her in defeating the Decepticons, causing Starscream and the Vehicons to retreat. After seeing her defeat the Vehicons, Wheeljack told her that she had brought her A-game and that he wanted to remember them just like that before the rust set in, he said staring at Ultra Magnus, who he drove away from along with the others and watched as he went on his own.[3]

Uncovering Shockwave's lab/Hand loss

Ultra Magnus approached Ratchet as he worked, questioning the progress of his Synthetic Energon experiments. After Ratchet told him that he was doing the best he could with the limited technology at his disposal, Ultra Magnus asked him if he realized that a alternative energy source might be essential to their survival. With Ratchet attempting to assure him that no one was more acutely aware of the stakes than him, Ultra Magnus took his word for it and questioned Bulkhead, Smokescreen, Bumblebee and Arcee as to why they were not scouting for Predacon bones. The group explained that they had just come back from the search, which Ultra Magnus suited as a acceptable excuse. As Wheeljack walked back inside, Ultra Magus told him that he did not remember giving him permission to leave the base.

After Wheeljack told him it was because he did not, the former questioned why his hands were smeared with grease before he explained that he was recalibrating his ship's engine and he could expect more from it. Optimus Prime returned, being greeted by the other Autobots. While giving his update on Decepticon activity, he noticed Ultra Magnus standing by himself. Being confronted by Optimus over what had been troubling him, Ultra Magnus related that he feared his command style was having a negative effect on the other Autobots. While Optimus told him that the Autobots on Earth were not the Elite Guard, Ultra Magnus stressed that things had changed since the war for Cybertron. Though Optimus tried to tell him what the Autobots had become, Ratchet interrupted him with the news that their scanner had detected more energon. Ultra Magnus accompanied the Autobots to the energon and found some Vehicons along the way, of which he fought with his teammates and even smashed his hammer directly into one.

Optimus Prime ordered that the stealth team take the energon back while the Wreckers went into the mine. Heading into the cave, Ultra Magnus went with Wheeljack in a opposite direction of Smokescreen and Bulkhead after he told the group to pair off. He and Wheeljack stumbled upon the lair of Shockwave, which housed Predacon clones. He told Wheeljack that Megatron's cloning operation seemed further along then they had anticipated. Noticing Shockwave, the two began to blast their weapons at him as he took for cover. Shockwave ordered a immediate GroundBridge back to base by Soundwave, who obliged him and allowed him to escape. With Shockwave gone, Ultra Magnus noticed that the Predacon tanks had began to lose the liquid inside, seemingly indicating that they would be released soon. Wheeljack asked him if he could apply a grenade and allow it detonate on the beasts. In response, Ultra Magnus allowed him, citing that he could blow them back to the rust age if they were all that stood between humanity and those creatures reaching humans.

With Wheeljack throwing the energon grenade, the two began to flee and transformed into their vehicle modes. Though they successfully detonated the bomb and killed the Predacons there, the escape they planned was a failure, as Predaking had just arrived on the scene and blocked them from escaping with his entry. The latter alluded to having previously fought them and allowed them to live, just as Ultra Magnus realized that he was the Predacon they had fought not very long ago.

Magnus and Jackie

Soon after, the explosion from their blast literally caught up with the two, causing Wheeljack to push Ultra Magnus down to take cover. This angered Predaking, who questioned the two as to what they had done to his brethren while they took battle stances before being attacked by him. During the battle, Wheeljack went down after being plunged into a wall. Predaking began to smack him as he laid immobile, which Ultra Magnus stopped by hitting him from the back with the Forge of Solus Prime. The event and action earned him a fight of his own, one which Ultra Magnus carried out by slamming him repeatedly until he finally began to gain some more anger. At this point, the battle resulted in Ultra Magnus being separated from the Forge of Solus Prime as he plugged across the cave and landed on his face as he was struck by his own weapon by Predaking. Ultra Magnus was soon assisted by Wheeljack, who had recovered from his attack and combined their weapons to harm him. Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack batted Predaking around and soon blasted the roof profusely, succeeding in having it come down on him. Soon withdrawing his gun, he was hit by the impact of Predaking's return and the ceiling moving with him. Noticing the defeated Wheeljack, Ultra Magnus tried desperately to reach for the Forge of Solus Prime, but instead had his hand stepped on by Predaking. As Predaking prepared to finish them off, Wheeljack told Ultra Magnus that he was starting to tolerate him and Ultra Magnus told Wheeljack that it had been a honor serving beside him. Predaking came up to him and split the Forge of Solus Prime in two as he told him to prepare to perish.

Optimus Prime arrived, knocking Predaking away as he picked the two up and jetted away. Waking up at the Autobot base, Ultra Magnus noticed Ratchet repairing his hand and gazed at the destroyed part of his body. Ultra Magnus reminded Optimus of when they had spoken earlier and questioned him as to what could be greater than a army, learning that it was the human group called a family.[4]

The Claw

MinusOne-UltraMagnus

The Clllaaaaaawwww...

Working with what parts he could scavenge, Ratchet constructed a new, claw-like appendage to replace Ultra Magnus' lost hand. As a result, the commander was briefly detained from active duty, as Ratchet required that he undergo therapy before testing his new hand in combat.

However, upon learning of the Decepticon attack on a research station at the south pole, Ratchet agreed that Magnus could go at Wheeljack's insistence. As Optimus ended up battling Predaking, Ultra Magnus led the rest of the team-with the exception of Ratchet, Smokescreen, and Bulkhead, who had remained back at base while they engaged the Decepticons.  When the Predacon showed up Optimus engaged it while Magnus led the rest of the troops against the Decepticons.

Ultra Magnus personally fought Shockwave head on. He punched at Shockwave and Shockwave delivered a few blows as well. Ultra Magnus was able to overpower the decepticon scientist with the claw and brought Shockwave to his knees. Ultra Magnus would of won the day, if it wasn't for the Predacon coming in to dispatch Magnus, Arcee, Bumblebee and Wheeljack. The Predacon escaped with the device and Shockwave in hand.

When the Autobots returned to base, they found out that Ratchet had been taken by Soundwave. Magnus and Bulkhead looked for clues. Ultra Magnus told Smokescreen to cheer up when Smokescreen had shot off a piece from Laserbeak was the only clue they had. When Ratchet transmitted the coordinates of the Nemesis, Ultra Magnus led the troops for the final battle.

Final Battle

The Wreckers were ordered to take the bridge of the Nemesis. When they got there Soundwave Ground Bridged them to the brig. They escaped, killed almost every Vehicon and when they returned to the bridge found that Miko and Jack had secured the bridge. Ultra Magnus flew the Nemesis to Cybertron so they could put the Omega Lock to good use. After they used the cybermatter to restore Cybetron, they returned to base where Optimus was giving a speech on how they will miss their human friends/family. Ultra Magnus shared a mutual salute with Agent Fowler, Smokescreen and Wheeljack. He left with the team to go back home while Ratchet remained on Earth with the kids as consultants.

Skylynx and Darksteel's emergence/Unicron's return

Ultra Magnus was with the team, minus Ratchet, for a ceremony near Kaon. This ceremony promoted Bumblebee, for killing Megatron, from Scout to Warrior. Optimus tells his team that he must retrieve the Allspark in order for life to be restored on Cybertron. Ultra Magnus was assigned to hunt down Starscream and Shockwave and take charge of Cybertron while Optimus searched for the AllSpark. With everyone else assigned to other assignements all he had as backup was Smokescreen. When the two found Predacons, Skylynx horribly beat up Magnus. Smokescreen barely got him to safety using the Phase Shifter. He was kept in the Nemesis sick bay and his injuries were so severe that Ratchet had to return to Cybertron to tend to him. Ultra Magnus was recuperating while the Autobots investigate about the Predacons. When Unicron attacked the Autobots, Bumblebee tells Ratchet that without Optimus being to there, they needed Ultra Magnus' guidance. Ratchet tells Bumblebee that they have witnessed scouts and even field Medics rise to their limits. Magnus and Ratchet were dropped off in Iacon when the Autobots engaged Unicron.

Ultra Magnus was well enough that he could witness Optimus' sacrifice and to witness the sparks flying out of the well, along with Optimus' spark. 

Personality

Ultra Magnus is a firm, but fair leader. He prefers to follow exact protocol as he even required Jack to call him "Sir." Despite being in charge of the Wreckers, he does not approve of their loose cannon lifestyle which brings him into conflict with Wheeljack. Since being on Earth, Ultra Magnus is less "by the book" and has adapted more to Team Prime's command style. After battling Predaking, Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack now have respect for each other. Wheeljack would often look out for Magnus and Magnus would do the same in return. Team Prime now respects Ultra Magnus and treats him like a family member.

In Predacons Rising, Ultra Magnus referred Smokescreen as "kid" than Soldier, which indicates that he can be warm-hearted

Powers and Abilities

Ultra Magnus is incredibly strong being able knock out Starscream with a single punch and lift the Forge of Solus Prime with ease. He also managed to easily dispatch Shockwave, even with just one hand. Megatron, however is out of Ultra Magnus' range, having been unable to beat him one on one. He is also a skilled pilot being able to fly his ship and the Nemesis. It has been shown he is a brilliant military tactician as planned an sneaky assault on Darkmount, which succeded in getting rid of the Predacon before it attacked. His plan failed as he had underestimated the size of the Decepticon army and the fury with which it would fight. Though Magnus has been able to beat almost every Decepticon he has come across, he seems to struggle with Predacons as Predaking crushed his hand and Skylynx severely crippled his body and left him in a hospital bed.

Relationships

Wheeljack

"It's been an honor serving beside you soldier" - Ultra Magnus to Wheeljack.

"Magnus fought like a Wrecker." - Wheeljack about Ultra Magnus in battle.

Ultra Magnus & Wheeljack

Ultra Magnus & Wheeljack

Of the Autobots, Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus had the hardest time adapting to one another. Originally meeting during the war for Cybertron, Wheeljack left the Wreckers[5] after Ultra Magnus was assigned as leader by Optimus Prime.[6] They would see each other again years later on Earth when Ultra Magnus arrived to find the Autobots in hiding and bring them together again.[7] When Ultra Magnus scheduled his assault on Darkmount, Wheeljack and Bulkhead expressed delight in preforming their actions Wrecker-style, something Ultra Magnus told him that he could not deal with on Cybertron and could still not do so at that point either.[8]

Their past would be brought up after the two returned to the Autobot base after having searched through the ruins of the former one and Wheeljack proceeding to throw his and Bulkhead's old lobbing ball at the latter, which he failed to catch and in doing so, allowed it to hit around the room before finally landing in front of Agent Fowler's room. Ultra Magnus told him that he would not tolerate Wrecker behavior, with Wheeljack telling him that some things never change and Ultra Magnus reminding him that Optimus had set him as the leader of the team. While offering him the chance to walk away again, as he had done before, Wheeljack told him that he would if the Jackhammer had not been destroyed before walking off steamed.[9] They would again butt heads when going on a mission with Bulkhead after Optimus assigned him in charge of the Wreckers. First, Ultra Magnus angrily scolded Wheeljack for the decision to have Miko Nakadai accompany him on the mission and even bickered with him over his choice to use a bomb against Predaking in a confined space. Ultra Magnus watched as Wheeljack left the Autobots angrily[10] and soon saw him again at the Autobot base.[11]The two would later find Shockwave's Predacon laboratory. Putting aside their differences the two destroyed the lab only to be met by Predaking. The two Autobots using their weapons and wits got the better of Predaking and seemingly defeated him. However, in his rage Predaking relaunched his attack, subdued Wheeljack and crushed Ultra Magnus' hand. They were rescued by Optimus and now have a mutual respect for one another. Wheeljack helped Ultra Magnus with his new replacement hand and Wheeljack persuaded Ratchet to let Magnus go on their mission. Ultra Magnus now respects Wheeljack as a soldier and family member.

Ultra Magnus is like an older brother figure to Wheeljack.

Optimus Prime

Rebellion screenshot Ultra Magnus with Optimus Prime

"Sir you're looking... robust." Magnus to Optimus.

"Your service is most welcome old friend, but this is not the Elite Guard." - Optimus to Magnus.

Optimus consoles Ultra Magnus

Ultra Magnus respects Optimus Prime greatly and views him as excellent leader. He was surprised and glad when it turned out Optimus survived the Decepticon attack and saved his life. Optimus later gave him advice on how to better function with Team Prime. After destroying the Predacon clones and fighting Predaking, Ultra Magnus asked what Optimus meant by something greater than an army. Optimus replied that it was a human concept he had learned since coming to Earth: Family. Ultra Magnus was able to go with Optimus to stop a Decepticon raid in the South Pole, despite his right hand being damaged by Predaking last time. The team failed in stopping the Decepticons from getting the device and returned to base, where they discovered that Ratchet was kidnapped by the Decepticons. They worked on getting their medic/friend back with the aid of Rafael. Later, they found from Ratchet's message that Megatron was planning to cyberform Earth with a newly built Omega Lock. This turned out to be the teams' final battle against the Decepticons. The Wreckers were able to blast the vehicons but didn't pass against Soundwave' space bridge trick. Though they were aided by Jack and Miko who sent Soundwave in the Shadowzone. Optimus passed on the message of Megatron's death. Optimus told Ultra Magnus to set course for Cybertron. After the team used the Omega Lock's energy on Cybertron, they said their goodbyes to their human friends/family.

In Predacons Rising, Optimus held a little ceremony for Bumblebee where the team gathered to honor him for ending the life of the Decepticon leader. Unicron revived Megatron's body for his own desire, to destroy Cybertron. Optimus put Ultra Magnus in charged of finding their fugitive Decepticons and Predacon. Magnus and Smokescreen were attacked by two new Predacons. It resulted in Ultra Magnus being terribly injured. Smokescreen was able to get them both out of harms' way. Ratchet came aboard the warship to aid Ultra Magnus' wounds. Due to his injuries, Ultra Magnus couldn't lead the team while Optimus was searching for the Allspark with Wheeljack. Bumblebee said with Optimus gone, the team really needed Ultra Magnus' guidance. Ratchet stated that they have witness warriors, scouts and even field medics rise above to their limits. During the final battle against Unicron's army, the team left Ultra Magnus and Ratchet back on the construction site to avoid any danger. Later after Optimus returned and defeated Unicron, by trapping him in the Allspark's container. Megatron had lost his taste in inflicting pain on others, as Unicron did the same to him. He stated to Starscream that the Decepticons are no more. Knock Out became a part in the team while Optimus was making his final speech to his fellow Autobots. He dumped the Allspark into the Matrix of Leadership inorder to secure Unicrons' defeat. Despite finishing his quest, Optimus stated that he must go into the Well of Allsparks to restore Cybertron's life. Optimus told his team that they have acted as Primes, including Ultra Magnus. Before flying into the Core, Optimus told his team to keep fight the noblist of fights. Bumblebee tells Optimus that they will keep the peace in Optimus' memory. As Optimus flew into the Core, his team watched their leader in deep sadness. Optimus flew into the Core and stated that this was not the end. Suddenly sparks flew out of the Well and into the Sky. The team watched in astonishment as they saw Optimus' spark shine out. 

Ultra Magnus has a brother to brother relationship with Optimus.

Bulkhead

"To log in our field reports as a part of your protocol commander Magnus, sir." - Bulkhead to Ultra Magnus.

Bulkhead & Ultra Magnus

Bulkhead and Ultra Magnus

On Cybertron, Bulkhead knew Ultra Magnus as the leader of the Wreckers and highly respected him. The two reunited when Ultra Magnus saved both him and Wheeljack from Predaking, where Bulkhead said it was a honor to see him, Ultra Magnus corrected his statement saying "its an honor, Sir".

Ultra Magnus planned an attack on Darkmount, Bulkhead accompanied him with the new weapon he acquired from his ship, unfortunately they were captured, to their luck they were rescued by Optimus in a upgraded form which they then managed to escape the destructing Citadel, at Unit:E, Ultra Magnus placed his hand on Bulkhead's shoulder as a sign of friendship. Ultra Magnus took Bulkhead and Wheeljack on a mission to recover a Predacon bone. When Wheeljack's recklessness annoyed him, he questioned Bulkhead whom insisted that wheeljack was keen to prove himself to his old commander. Wheeljack brought Miko along, which Ultra Magnus argued about bringing her on the mission. He let her stay as Wheeljack told him that Miko saved his life once, despite not being in combat. Futher on, they searched for the bone in the cave, when suddenly the Predacon returns and chases them. They managed to escape for the moment. Ultra Magnus sent Miko to his ship to contact Optimus, while they handle the Predacon. Their attack worked well, until the Predacon overpowered Bulkhead and Ultra Magnus. Wheeljack tried to throw his grenade into the beast's mouth, but it didn't work. The grenade exploded and covered them with rocks. The Predacon was able to break free and returned to Starscream. It attacked Miko, who was in the Apex Armor. When the Predacon left, Miko began attacking Starscream and his two soldiers. As the Wreckers climbed out, they were impressed and surprised, mostly Bulkhead. After the Decepticons escaped, Wheeljack made his way from the group. Bulkhead was worried about Wheeljack after he left. Though he returns after a pep talk from Arcee.

In the final battle, Ultra Magnus went with Bulkhead and Wheeljack, who now respects him, to attack the Decepticon Warship. Soundwave bridged them from getting control, but Jack and Miko (in the Apex Armor) was able to seize control after sending Soundwave to the Shadowzone. When the team heard of Megatron's death, Bulkhead and Wheeljack jumped up in excitement. Optimus told the Wreckers a good job of securing the bridge, but Ultra Magnus said it was the humans who deserve the credit. 

Ultra Magnus is like an older brother to Bullkhead.

Miko Nakadai

"Point is I can handle myself, sir." - Miko to Ultra Magnus.

Ultra Magnus was surprised when Wheeljack brought Miko along on their mission to hunt for a predacon bone. Wheeljack tells Ultra Magnus that despite Miko's size, she saved him from an insecticon. Bulkhead hesitated a little and Miko explained that she can take care of herself. Miko refers to Ultra Magnus as "sir" which shows she knows how to regard him as such. During their mission, Miko picks up a rock and asks Ultra Magnus if it was a bone. He said it wasn't and it was just a rock. Suddenly, the Predacon returns and attacks the group. They fled and escaped for a short time. Ultra Magnus told Miko to reach his ship to contact Optimus. She listened to him and went to his ship. After facing the Predacon and surviving the rock fall, Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack and Bulkhead climbed out. They saw Miko, who was in the Apex Armor, fighting Starscream and his soldiers. Ultra Magnus was impressed at Miko. He told Wheeljack that he wasn't wrong about Miko. 

When Ultra Magnus's right hand was being repaired, Miko was worried as she and the others watched Ratchet repair his hand with some spare parts. This shows that Miko deeply cares for Ultra Magnus.

In the final battle, Ultra Magnus went with Bulkhead and Wheeljack to secure the bridge. They killed a few guards but couldn't get pass Soundwave's relocation trick. Jack went with Miko, who was in the Apex Armor, to trick Soundwave into the Shadowzone, with the aid of Raf. After Megatron was killed, Ultra Magnus told Optimus that the humans deserve the credit for taking over the ship.

Ultra Magnus is like another role model and friend to Miko. Miko cares about Ultra Magnus and refers to him as "sir". 

Arcee

"Commander. Objective secured." - Arcee to Ultra Magnus.

Magnus and Arcee

Arcee and Ultra Magnus

Ultra Magnus met up with Arcee on his first arrival to Earth. He reminded her about the military protocols, even though they weren't on Cybertron. Arcee addressed Magnus as "Sir". Ultra Magnus explained his journey of meeting with Autobots and seeing them perish at the hands of the Decepticons. Arcee told him that he must of detected the Omega Beam and followed it to Earth. Ultra Magnus said she was correct and they went to find the others. Later on, they went and reunited with the team after being attacked by a strange beast. The only ones that were unaccounted for was Optimus and Smokescreen. Ultra Magnus told them that they must stop Megatron with or without Optimus Prime. Ultra Magnus took charge of the team for a while when they attacked Darkmount. Their mission was starting off good, until they got captured. Megatron was about to terminate Ultra Magnus when Optimus flew to the citadel, in his new body upgrade. Optimus saved his team and they all fled from the destruction of the citadel. Despite Ultra Magnus using the Elite Guard ways on team prime, it didn't help them at all. Soon Ultra Magnus adapted to their teams ways and became a part of their family. Arcee became close friends with Ultra Magnus.

Ultra Magnus is like a older brother to Arcee.

Bumblebee

Ultra Magnus & Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee helping Ultra Magnus

"We could sure need some of Ultra Magnus' counsel" - Bumblebee

Ultra Magnus and Bumblebee have had very few interactions however it can be assumed that Bumble Bee respects Ultra Magnus who in turn sees potential in Bumblebee. When Ultra Magnus returned from searching the remains of the former base Bumblebee picked up the empty Energon cube he had found. Bumblebee did not seem to appreciate Ultra Magnus command style on Team Prime, but as time went on he grew accustomed to his team's family way. The two appear to be good friends.

Ratchet

Rebellion screenshot Ratchet and Ultra Magnus

"Ultra Magnus!" - Ratchet to Magnus on their first encounter.

"Doctor." - Magnus to Ratchet.

Ultra Magnus met up with Ratchet in Prey where Ratchet was greeted by Magnus and reunited with the other members of Team Prime except Smokescreen and Optimus. In Rebellion, Ultra Magnus and Ratchet reunited with Optimus and Smokescreen in their new base after Optimus was revived in a new body to destroy the Decepticon citadel. In Evolution, Ultra Magnus reminded Ratchet about an alternative energy source for their survival and Ratchet told him that he was already working on it. When Magnus's right hand was destroyed by Predaking, Ratchet worked on repairing Magnus's hand with a mechanical claw. Despite not being able to make a fist with his new hand, Ultra Magnus was thankful for Ratchet repairing his hand, which shows that he respects Ratchet. In Predacons Rising, Ratchet was helping Magnus after he was horribly injured by Skylynx. Ratchet is like a brother is Ultra Magnus.

Smokescreen

"Cybertron will populate in time kid. You have to remember refugees could be returning from light years away." - Ultra Magnus to Smokescreen.

"Hang on chief! I'm getting you out of here!" - Smokescreen trying to save Ultra Magnus.

Smokescreen met up with Ultra Magnus in Rebellion. Eventually, they began to hang out in their new base. In Project Predacon, Magnus wondered where Smokescreen went and Smokescreen told him that he was scanning new war paint. Magnus told him he can look his best while stacking a bunch of cubes, which prompted Smokescreen to follow his order. In Persuasion, Ultra Magnus told Smokescreen to cheer up when he was feeling out of sorts. In Predacons Rising, Ultra Magnus and Smokescreen drove around Cybertron in the Sea of Rust. They talked about how Cybertron would be when after it was fully restored and refugees come back. Suddenly, they encounter two Predacons named Skylynx and Darksteel. During the fight, Smokescreen saved Ultra Magnus from being killed by Sklynx.

Smokescreen respects and sees Ultra Magnus like a noble commander/family member.

Enemies

Megatron (formerly)

"Ultra Magnus. You are no Optimus Prime." - Megatron to Ultra Magnus.

Magnus vs Megatron

Ultra Magnus fought Megatron in the Autobot assault on Darkmount. Ultra Magnus bravely fought against him having being able to hold his own, however the Decpticon leader gained the upper hand and dispatched him, after which he taunted him by comparing him to his leader. Megatron then dragged the wounded leader to the top of Darkmount where he angrily questioned the whereabouts of Optimus Prime but Ultra Magnus simply refused to comply, to which Megatron then ordered his execution. Suddenly, Optimus returned and managed to save Magnus from near death.

After the events of Predacons Rising, Ultra Magnus might have forgiven Megatron's previous actions.

Predaking (formerly)

"Prepare to perish." - Predaking to Ultra Magnus.

Predaking & Ultra Magnus

Predaking & Ultra Magnus

Ultra Magnus encountered the Predacon when he rescued Bulkhead, Wheeljack and Miko from being almost killed by it. Magnus evaded the beast by piloting his ship however it eventually caught up. He managed to trap the Predacon onto a collapsing boulder and prevented the Predacon from pursuing them. Ultra Magnus devised a plan where he lured the Predacon with his ship through a cleverly timed Groundbridge activated by Ratchet to the Arctic which the beast frozed swiftly.

After some time, the Predacon had thawed out from the ice and returned back to the Nemesis. When Ultra Magnus was sent to Scotland to retrieve a Predacon bone accompanied by Bulkhead and Wheeljack, the three were chased by the Predacon and were eventually trapped. Ultra Magnus and the wreckers boldly fought the creature, with the help of the powerless Forge of Solus Prime. Ultra Magnus managed to strike the beast, but when Wheeljack deployed a grenade, the four were caught in the rubble and some time the Predacon came out to retrieve the bone.

After Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack had destroyed the Predacon clones, the two evaded the explosion until Predaking arrived and revealed his identity as the Predacon whom they had previously fought. Predaking was enraged at the sight of his brethren's demise where he quickly fought the two. After a prolonged battle, Predaking got the upper hand where he viscously crushed Ultra Magnus' right hand. Predaking came close to killing them until Optimus arrived to save both him and Wheeljack.

After the events in Predacons Rising, Ultra Magnus may have forgiven Predaking and Predaking may have forgiven Magnus as well.

Shockwave (formerly)

"I'll take one bum hand over one good eye any day" - Ultra Magnus bantering with Shockwave.

Ultra Magnus & Shockwave

Ultra Magnus & Shockwave


Ultra Magnus encountered Shockwave during the Autobot's investigation of a supposed Energon mine which ultimately turned out to be Shockwaves laboratory. When he and Wheeljack encountered Shockwave, the scientist opened fire which Ultra Magnus returned until Shockwave retreated via Groundbridge after activating the Predacon clones on them.

Ultra Magnus fought Shockwave again in Persuasion. During their fight, Shockwave mocked Ultra Magnus about the loss of his hand. Ultra Magnus brushed him off stating it was better than having one eye. Though Shockwave did put up a good fight, Magnus was able to bring him to his knees. Ultra Magnus then offered Shockwave a chance to surrender, but Predaking intervened and escaped with Shockwave and the device in hand.

After the events in Predacons Rising, Ultra Magnus may have forgiven Shockwave, even though Shockwave disappeared during the movie.

Trivia

  • Ultra Magnus and Optimus Prime may be the only ones who don't say the word "scrap" in situations.
  • Ultra Magnus' Prime design has many similarities to Optimus' design- his arms, built-in arm guns and his height. This is likely due to the fact that his mold was modified from Optimus Prime's, as has been the case with several versions of Ultra Magnus; various continuities have suggested that the pair are "brothers."
  • In Orion Pax part 2, Orion searches for "Optimus Prime." His research shows a picture of Ultra Magnus instead of Optimus. Very shocking...
  • With the exception of Optimus in his upgraded form, Ultra Magnus is the tallest Autobot in the Prime series.
  • In Exodus, Alpha Trion stated that Ultra Magnus' primary weapon was an EMP hammer. Magnus has yet to wield the hammer in Prime.
  • When Ultra Magnus deploys his cannon from his arm in Rebellion, it makes the sound of a face plate closing instead of a transforming a hand to cannon or vise versa.
  • In Chain of Command, Ultra Magnus has the holder for the Forge of Solus Prime, like Optimus for the Star Saber and Megatron for the Dark Star Saber
  • When Michael Ironside voiced Ultra Magnus, he used the same voice when he voiced Sam Fisher. Ironically Ironside often portray an character that loses one or both arms as Magnus got his hand injured.
  • Since his arrival, Ultra Magnus has mainly battled against Predaking and Shockwave. In Rebellion, He faced against Megatron, but failed to win the fight. 
  • Before his arrival, most fans were either expecting or hoping that Ironhide would appear in the series, yet since Ultra Magnus has appeared, everyone has been quiet.
  • Ultra Magnus questioned Optimus on what was a kilt when the Wreckers were being deployed to Scotland. This shows that he is still getting used to Earth customs. 
  • Ultra Magnus is like Wheeljack, Bumblebee, and Smokescreen in that he doesn't have built in melee weapons, whether blades-like Optimus, Arcee, or Ratchet-or wrecking ball fists-like Bulkhead. However, he was shown to be quite proficient in using a hammer in battle and in hand-to-hand combat.
  • In Predacons Rising he didn't participate in the battle to Unicron because he was injured in the movie by Skylynx. Though he was well enough to see Optimus' sacrifice in giving the Allspark to the Well. Optimus' spark shined out with the others as they fly into the sky.
  • Ultra Magnus is primarily based on his IDW counterpart. His leading the Wreckers recalls his Marvel Comics counterpart while his use of a hammer as his personal weapon recalls his Animated counterpart.

Quotes

  • "Soldier, we may not be on Cybertron, but military protocol still remains."
  • "Advise the native lifeform to watch its tone as well."
  • "As for your broader question. My story is that of all Autobots since the Exodus. I wandered the spaceways in search of others, reuniting with some, often losing some at the hands of the Decepticons."
  • "If you are referring to the massive energy burst originating from Cybertron, that would be affirmative. Upon my arrival it became evident that this plant has been invaded. My scanners also detected Autobot life signals, yours being in closest proximity to my position."
  • "It's an honor Sir."
  • "Doctor."
  • "The indigenous population of this planet, do they all display the same disregard for authority?"
  • "We must stop Megatron with or without Optimus Prime."
  • "Autobots! Take your pick."
  • "Autobots. We remain vastly outnumbered, despite our munitions, do not currently possess the firepower necessary to compromise the Decepticon citadel."
  • "Then we must infiltrate Darkmount in order to nullify its fusion cannons."
  • "I couldn't deal with "Wrecker style" back on Cybertron and I refuse to deal with it here."
  • "Now, we require a means of thinning the Decepticon ranks to even the odds, if we're to have any hope of completing this mission. Or surviving it..."
  • "I remain unconvinced."
  • "Ultra Magnus to stealth team. Status report."
  • "Keep them occupied."
  • "Indeed Megatron *transforms hands into guns* and you are standing in my way."
  • "If I knew I wouldn't tell you."
  • "Sir your looking.....robust."
  • "It is paramount that we disable the fussion cannons below."
  • "We didn't find anything in the rubble of the former base."
  • "What were you thinking soldier?"
  • "As Optimus Prime's second in command I have no intention of dealing with Wrecker behavior."
  • "So, any word from Optimus?"
  • "Yes Optimus. Uh......What's a kilt?"
  • "Does Wheeljack not comprehend the chain of command? I didn't authorize him to advance without proper cover."
  • "That's why we wait for cover."
  • "No, that is a rock." Ultra Magnus to Miko
  • "We make our stand. Here and now."
  • "Open fire!"
  • "Perhaps you weren't wrong about the human after all."
  • "You do realize that an alternative energy source may be essential to our survival."
  • "Soldier, I don't recall giving you premission to leave the base."
  • "Why are your hands smeared with coolant?"
  • "I fear that my command style might be having a negative effect on unit morale."
  • "Megatron's cloning operations seems further along than we anticipated."
  • "He's the Predacon."
  • "It's been an honor serving beside you soldier."
  • "Optimus when we spoke earlier what could be greater than an army?"
  • "Let's roll."
  • "Ratchet didn't think this new hand he built for me was good enough. But I'll tell you what truly isn't good enough: giving up."
  • "We have no choice but to play this old school. Split into teams for maximum coverage."
  • "You heard our leader, we're going in and were going in heavy. Gear up."
  • "Secure the bridge."
  • "Ultra Magnus to all units, we will be delayed. Soundwave pulled one of his relocation tricks."
  • "It wasn't us sir, credit belongs to the humans."
  • "Sir, may I ask why?"
  • "Cybertron will populate in time, kid. You have to remember refugees could be returning from lightyears away."
  • "Movement! Due contacts at point eight o' four."
  • "Approach with caution."
  • "My name is Ultra Magnus. Are you Autobot or Decepticon?"
  • "Predacons!!" 

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