Ohio Man Changes Name To Optimus Prime

January 26, 2012 by staff 

Ohio Man Changes Name To Optimus Prime, FACT: No less than two Transformers fans have changed their names to those of characters in the series

In the early months of 2003, Ohio’s 5694th National Guard Unit received an unlikely new recruit: Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. Scott Edward Nall officially changed his name to Optimus Prime on his 30th birthday, as a present to himself.

According to Prime:

“My dad passed away the year before and I didn’t have anybody really around, so I really latched onto him when I was a kid…[the other guys] razzed me for three months to no end. They really dug into me about it.”

Until late 2003, Optimus Prime stayed in Iraq as part of a civilian firefighting unit. Honestly, who can blame the guy for the name change: if you were a soldier in Iraq, who would you rather watch your ass? Scott Edward Nall, or Optimus F***ing Prime?

Not to mention Jason Burrows, a guy who legally had his middle name changed from “Michael” to “Megatron.” On July 2nd, 2007, he walked into the King County District Court in the state of Washington as Jason Michael Burrows, and left a few hours later as Jason Megatron Burrows.

According to Burrows:

“I walked to the front, where she had me raise my right hand to swear that I would tell the truth, whole truth & nothing but the truth. She asked if my name change was to defraud creditors, I said no. She asked if it would be detrimental to anyone else, I said no. She Then asked if I was indeed changing my middle name to that of my childhood hero, I smiled & said “Yes Ma’am.” She said, “Then I do order & decree that your name be changed from Jason Michael Burrows to Jason Megatron Burrows” with a HUGE grin. There were quite a few chuckles from the courtroom… I was handed the paperwork & I split.”

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