Normally, asking which of two beloved characters with rabid fanbases is a way to rile people up, to start up a spirited debate. Kirk vs. Picard is the classic example of this kind of question: there’s no right answer, which is why it’s fun to talk about.
It’s Optimus Prime, by a mile. And honestly, after we rewatched the speeches people posted in the replies, it’s hard not to agree. It might not be fair—he’s a massive robot after all—but he has more gravitas than Cap. There’s also the fact that the Transformers stories present plenty of opportunities to talk about the future of the human race and that, in the Avengers films at least, Cap is one of dozens of characters competing for screen time.
As a refresher, here is one of Optimus Prime’s best speeches from the Transformers films.
Optimus Prime all day🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/GKxafSIFbZ
— stressed depressed lemon zest (@lordophil) December 20, 2019
And here’s one of Cap’s, from Winter Soldier.
If you need a moment to wipe away those tears, we understand. Once you’re ready, you can check out some of the clever replies fans posted in response.
Optimus Prime could convince me that my mama was a Decepticon https://t.co/an7ZdAOwjU
— Addis (@ABedilu) December 19, 2019
Bruh I’ll go to war behind Optimus prime. Ten toes down
— Jeaux🇯🇲 (@JawaunTheMack) December 19, 2019
Me after Optimus Prime gives an epic speech pic.twitter.com/1FRuvMXiAp
— MHA SZN (@thebigo713) December 20, 2019
Optimus Prime: I’ll take you all on!!! 9 year me: GOD DAMN! 😳 pic.twitter.com/HinrMHMbL5
— Obito Uchiha (11-3) (@Obito29600104) December 20, 2019
This one is cool because you get to see Peter Cullen, the voice actor who absolutely kills it as Optimus.
Prime had us thinking humans might not be trash after all, I love Cap but Peter Cullen wins this by a mile 😭😭😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/mQbrkHZsFN
— 9AM (@_MulumbeniPhiri) December 19, 2019
But it wasn’t unanimous, and Cap still has his defenders.
Captain America once inspired a tree, a racoon, a god and a billionaire to fight on the same team in battle. It's not a debate
— Rory Gunnz☠️ (@zodiak_frank) December 19, 2019