Growing up I used to love watching Transformers on TV, but in my youthful ignorance I never realised that many of the characters had names which were based on Latin. With the recent release of the Transformers movie (which I haven't yet seen, and probably won't) I thought it would be appropriate to share just a few of them.
Optimus Prime was of course the leader of the good guys; his name means 'the best and the first' (an optimist always assumes the best; primary school is your first school). His name echoes that of the god Jupiter who had the title optimus maximus- 'the best and the greatest'.
Rodimus Prime became leader when Optimus died. He started off as 'Hot Rod', and I assume that the creators of Transformers thought 'Rodimus' would be a good way of making his name sound a bit more serious. They probably didn't know that rodimus also means 'we gnaw/peck' in Latin.
Ultra Magnus to tell the truth I have no memory of this character, but his name means 'beyond great', so I thought I'd include him too.