Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod



G1 Cartoon

Hot Rod was introduced in Transformers the Movie, living on Earth and a friend of Daniel Witwickey (son of Spike).  He is young for a transformer and has the personality of a Human Teenager.  He was the first to realize that The Autobot Shuttle coming from the Autobot base on one of the moons of Cybertron was filled with Decepticons.  After fighting in the war of Autobot city, he became witness and participated in the final battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron.  At one point, he saw Megatron was reaching for a blaster while pretending to surrender and in the process was taken hostage.  Because of this, Megatron was able to fire on Optimus, mortally wounding him.  Hot Rod felt responsible for Optimus’ death.  Ultra Magnus was named the new leader of the Autobots and Hot Rod was part of the evacuation party when Galvatron came to rip the Matrix out of Ultra Magnus’ chest.  Hot Rod, Kup, and The Dinobots crashed on Quintessa where they were forced into a kangaroo court of the Quintessons.  The Dinobots and Wheelie saved Hot Rod and Kup and soon after, all of the survivors of Autobot City were reunited on the planet of Junk where they went to fight Unicron.  Galvatron was eaten by his master Unicron and inside of Unicron, Hot Rod and Galvatron fought for the Matrix.  Hot Rod retrieved the matrix from Galvatron, defeating him and was both reformatted into Rodimus Prime as well as destroyed Unicron.  After this, the Decepticons went into hiding.

Rodimus Prime became the new leader of the Autobots in this new era of peace with Ultra Magnus as his advisor.  Rodimus quickly became overwhelmed, he went from teenager to adult, soldier to general in the course of minutes.  In the beginning he missed his old carefree life but he eventually adjusted to it.  Rodimus lacked Optimus Prime’s patience.  When the Quintessons kidnapped Ultra Magnus, Kup and Spike, he vowed to “trash” every Decepticon he could find until they were brought back.  He sent Arcee and Springer to track down the Quintesson mercenary who sabotaged the Galactic Olympics where Ultra Magnus, Spike and Kup were kidnapped.   Went to Charr with Grimlock thinking that the decepticons were involved but found out they were too weak to do anything.  Despite their lack of Energon, they attempted to beat Rodimus and Grimlock to death until they were saved by Springer and Arcee.  Rodimus was knocked unconcious.  While unconscious, his spark retreated into the matrix briefly where he saw visions of the Quintessons, learning that his comrades were kidnapped by the Quintessons.  Despite Springer wanting to take Rodimus back to Cybertron for repairs, Rodimus ordered the small group of Autobots to go to Quintessa.  At the nick of time he saves his comrades and is backed up by an assault force of the Aerialbots.  After saving Kup, Ultra Magnus, and Spike, they escape in the nick of time before Quintessa is destroyed by The Quintessons.  The destruction of Quintessa destroys the Autobot ship sending them through space to A planet of Goo (there are more than one), where the Autobots are trapped.  A custodian droid mistakes the autobots for garbage and Springer is thought to be destroyed.  The droid’s next target is Rodimus who uses the planet’s goo to destroy the droid.  While on the Goo Planet, the Decepticons (who are under leadership of the Quintessons at this time) attack, Galvatron comes and attacks the decepticons for treason and under Galvatron’s leadership, the Decepticons leave.  Rodimus finds out that the goo planet is maintained by The Jukions. When Galvatron returns, this time alone, the Junkions save the Autobots.  While on the Planet of Junk, Rodimus deactivates himself to commune with the past Autobot leaders in the matrix.  He learns that Cybertron at one time was a factory run by The Quintessons.

The Quintessons formed a very strained relationship with the Decepticons, mainly giving The Decepticons information about the Autobots.  When they alerted Galvatron about where Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Kup, Arcee, Daniel and Spike were traveling, it caused the Autobots to fly into an asteroid belt.  Their ship was destroyed, but they escaped in an escape pod.  Unfortunately, they were marooned in space and Ultra Magnus estimated that it could take months for them to be found.  In hopes of finding supplies and air for Daniel and Spike, they dock in a mysterious structure the size of a large city.  The structure turns out to be an Autobot tomb.  Daniel goes off by himself exploring and finds a severely damaged Optimus Prime.  The Autobots are skeptical that Daniel actually saw Optimus, Rodimus leads the Autobots to Optimus’ tomb, still skeptical that Optimus is alive, thinking that The Matrix would’ve told him that Optimus is alive again.  When they open the coffin, they see that it is empty.  The autobots are then immediately attacked by The Decepticons who entered the tomb.  Rodimus’ brash attitude causes him to run directly at the invading force, not thinking about the consequences.  His mind for leadership quickly returns after Arcee is shot in the leg and orders his comrades to retreat into the tomb,  The Autobots are defeated, and as Galvatron is about to fire the death blow, The Autobots are saved by Optimus Prime who both physically defeats the Decepticons and scares them to leave.  Mentally, Rodimus immediately reverts to Optimus’ subordinate, deferring to Optimus to see what he should do.  Optimus implies he wants the matrix back, but Ultra Magnus makes the point that Optimus is too damaged to be a successful leader at this specific moment.  Optimus reveals that he built an escape ship out of parts in the tomb.  Rodimus takes this as proof that Optimus is competent and goes to give him The Matrix.  Being in close proximity to the matrix causes Optimus pain but be puts the matrix inside of him, causing Rodimus to turn back into Hot Rod.  Optimus then turns on the Autobots, firing on them.  A confused Optimus escapes in the escape pod and sets the self destruct to detonate in the tomb.  Hot Rod still has full faith in Optimus, saying that he knows Optimus has a plan.  The Autobots fashion a spacecraft out of the materials in the tomb to escape and return to Cybertron where Optimus mobilized the entire Autobot Force to lure them into a Quintesson trap.  Hot Rod finally accepts that this isn’t the Optimus Prime that he knew and looked up to, he rushes to fight Optimus.  Hot Rod breaks open the blast doors to the bridge of the ship and calls out Optimus.  Optimus is in pain and in a moment of clarity asked what took Hot Rod so long to come to reclaim command.  The Matrix is rejecting him and he reveals that his resurrection was a Quintesson plot.  Optimus looses control and fires on Hot Rod, begging Hot Rod to stop him.  Hot Rod has a hard time doing that because The Matrix makes Optimus very powerful.  In the end, it is The Matrix that saves Hot Rod, it rejects Zombie-Optimus causing him to return it to Hot Rod, reformatting him again to Rodimus Prime.  Zombie-Optimus in a last moment of clarity sacrifices himself to save all of the Autobots.

Rodimus is next seen in the episode introducing Starscream’s Ghost. Rodimus was leading the Autobots in battle against Cyclonus (possessed by Starscream) and the Sweeps.  They were on Cybertron trying to capture Octane who tried to quit being a Decepticon.  Rodimus granted Octane amnesty and protection.  The possessed Cyclonus and Octane manipulate Galvatron into a trap where Rodimus fights Galvatron hand to hand and defeats him.  Galvatron is captured by very quickly escapes.


Rodimus sends Perceptor to investigate a temporal anomaly in space with Wreck Gar, Blurr, Blaster, and Blaster’s cassettes to protect Perceptor.  The group is attacked by the quintessons and Rodimus comes as reinforcements with Superion.  The mere sight of Superion causes The Quintessons to leave their time window experiment.  The Quintessons brought from the past the leader of the Transformer revolt from when the Quintessons ruled Cybertron.  Rodimus learns that as long as the Time Window is open, the laws of time and physics across the universe are being altered and the universe is in danger of destroying itself.  Rodimus talks to the time displaced A-3 who believes that Rodimus is a Quintesson spy.  Suddenly the Quintessons attack from air with their warships and by ground with their Sharkticons to destroy the Time Window.  Rodimus orders defensive postures and orders the Aerialbots to again merge into Superion.  Rodimus is injured and Kup takes command.  Rodimus is repaired and receives a transmission from the Quintessons asking to form a temporary alliance to prevent time from destroying the universe.  Rodimus slowly begins to trust the Quintessons and accepts their instructions to repair time.  A-3 now trusts Rodimus completely, he volunteers to go into the time window to find the time displaced Autobots and send them to their proper time.  As the time displaced Autobots return to their proper time, Rodimus closes The Time Window and time self corrects itself.

During another diplomatic event, Rodimus scolds Daniel for being rude to an alien diplomat.  By this time, Rodimus is really coming into his own as a leader and political figure.  When Carly notices Daniel is missing, Rodimus is the first to try to calm her down.  He sends Ultra Magnus, Blaster, and Blaster’s Cassettes to search for Daniel.

Sometime after Superion lost Cyclonus and Scourge in a black hole, a rocket emerges from it.  The rocket is broadcasting a distress call, so Rodimus Prime sends Springer and Blurr to investigate.  Sandstorm is saved and Rodimus has Kup interrogate him.  Sandstorm tells Rodimus Prime that Paradron is a hidden Autobot colony and that the Decepticons found it and took it over.  Kup doesn’t believe Sandstorm, but Rodimus Prime does.  Rodimus organizes a strike force to liberate Paradron.  Rodimus Prime uses a decoy shuttle, which was shot out of the sky, as distraction to sneak onto Paradron.  Rodimus teams with Springer and Sandstorm to liberate the enslaved colonists.  Other Autobots attack the Decepticons.  Rodimus Prime gives the colonists weapons to help fight against the Decepticons, but the colonists are pacifists.  Rodimus Prime and Sandstorm inspire the colonists to fight for their freedom.  Ultra Magnus is ordered to take control of the Energy supply of the colony.  Ultra Magnus is outnumbered and calls Rodimus Prime for back up.  The Autobot numbers are spread too thin and Rodimus cant afford to give him any back up.  He orders Ultra Magnus to blow up the Energon supply.  Sandstorm tells Rodimus that will cause the entire planet to explode.  Rodimus Prime knows this, but he has to sacrifice Paradron to protect the universe from the Decepticons.  Rodimus offers Cybertron as a new home to the colonists and organizes a mass evacuation with Sandstorm.  The planet is destroyed and the Decepticons are defeated.  Cybertron gains a lot of new refugees that are never mentioned again.

On Cybertron, Rodimus pieces together a series of events which involve Starscream’s Ghost returning and causing havoc.  Starscream and Scourge steal Metroplex’s eyes and install them into Unicron.  This causes Rodimus Prime and several other Autobots to go to Unicron’s head.

One day on Cybertron, Rodimus was managing Springer as he was installing a new Power Core Converter.  Galvatron and several Decepticons sneak onto Cybertron, wanting to steal the power core, Rodimus sends Ultra Magnus and several other Autobots to investigate.  Eventually, an ancient energy absorbing creature is set free and heads towards the power core, in it’s path, it is absorbing all of Cybertron’s energy.  Ultra Magnus briefs Rodimus on what happened with the Decepticons and the energy vampire form of Scourge, a few Sweeps, Cyclonus, Kup, Wreck Gar, and Springer attack.  Perceptor restores them and the Decepticons escape.  Rodimus Prime tells Perceptor to shoot the power core into Outer Space and that removes the creature from Cybertron, forced to be adrift in Space for eternity.  The creature eventually winds up feeding on a number of Quintessons.

Even though Rodimus was the leader of the Autobots, he still tried to maintain the relationship he had with Daniel that he had when he was Hot Rod.  One night when Daniel was having nightmares, it was Rodimus who came to his bedside to console him.  Daniel was having reoccurring nightmares about a giant Galvatron, and Rodimus Prime tells him that the next time he has the nightmare, to imagine Rodimus Prime fighting Galvatron.  After leaving Daniel, Rodimus joins Ultra Magnus and Springer, while they investigate a strange electromagnetic reading.  The Predacons stalk the trio of Autobots and attack them.  Headstrong, in his beast mode, over powers Rodimus, knocking him to the ground.  Rodimus eventually out thinks Headstrong, he uses Headstrong’s momentum against him and throws him into the ground.  The Autobots are able to defend themselves against the larger Predacon force, but then, the Preadacons merge into Predaking.  Before the battle can continue, both sides are attacked by monsters (actually the classic Universal Studios monsters, Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, Mummy, and some others).  A large purple dragon soon joins the fight and captures Razorclaw and Springer.  A witch appears and Rodimus orders both sides to cease fire.  The witch summons a giant to attack who captures Ultra Magnus and Divebomb.  Rodimus again uses his intellect instead of brute force to defeat the giant.  He gets the witch to attack the giant, and turns it into a toad.  Rodimus Prime figures out that the Transformers have no power over the monsters, but the monsters can hurt each other.  A bucket of water appears out of nowhere, and Rodimus throws it on the witch, causing her to melt (There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home).  When Ultra Magnus asks how Rodimus Prime knew that would work, Rodimus explains that he spent a lot of time with Wreck Gar talking TV.  Next, a Hydra creature attacks the Transformers!  They are saved by a World War I era plane that drops a bomb on the Hydra, which slithers off into a hole.  Rodimus sees that the pilot of the biplane resembles Daniel Witwicky!  The Predacons and Autobots make a tentative truce to they can save their captured friends.  On their way to save Springer and Razorclaw, the Autobots and Predacons are attacked by a mutant Venus Fly Trap and giant alien clowns.  They retreat into a fun house where they are attacked by distorted mirror images of themselves.  They then encounter a giant Galvatron, and Rodimus realizes that they are being attacked by Daniel’s subconscious when a giant Rodimus Prime saves the day.  Rodimus calls out to Daniel, who has been captured by the Quintessons.  The Quintessons were trying to understand the human mind better and the experiment caused all of the really fucked up strange shit to happen.  Rodimus frees Daniel and the Quintessons are defeated (for the moment).

On Earth, Rodimus Prime and the Protectobots watch various news feeds and wonder why the humans are always fighting with each other (Honestly, isn’t this a bit hypocritical since the Autobots and Decepticons have been at war for what, MILLIONS of years???).  Rodimus chastises the Protectobots for waiting for an invitation to help the authorities.  The Protectobots help the local authorities and Ultra Magnus asks Rodimus why he was so hard on the Protectobots.  Rodimus again is starting to feel overwhelmed by his role as leader.  Ultra Magnus tries to convince Rodimus that he is doing a great job as leader, and compares him to Optimus Prime.  This makes Rodimus even more confused on how he is leading the Autobots.  When Galvatron and the Decepticons attack the Protectobots, Rodimus Prime takes Ultra Magnus, Ramhorn, and Steeljaw to protect the Protectobots.  Rodimus doesn’t understand why Galvatron is targeting that specific area, but before he can find out, Galvatron fires on a building, the rubble buries Rodimus.  Galvatron then briefly mentions plans for an Ultimate Weapon, but retreats with the rest of the Decepticons.  The whole battle was a diversion so Swindle could steal Metroplex’s transformation cog.  When Rodimus returns to Metroplex, First Aid explains he tried everything he could to protect the cog, but he is a medic not a warrior.  Rodimus tries to make First Aid value his use as a medic, but First Aid quits being an Autobot.  This makes Rodimus Prime doubt his ability as a leader even more.  Trypticon starts a destructive journey to destroy Metroplex and Rodimus Prime leads several Autobots to slow down Trypticon.  Menasor attacks a one armed Defensor, Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus save Defensor.  Rodimus then sends the Aerialbots to impede Trypticon.  The Aerialbots damage Trypticon enough where he is forced to retreat.  The battle is over, but the war is far from over.  They still need to recover the transformation cog and Rodimus Prime needs First Aid to install it.  Hot Spot volunteers to try to talk to First Aid about rejoining the Autobots.  Rodimus and Ultra Magnus give themselves new paint jobs and try to sneak onto the dam where the Decepticons are attempting to repair Trypticon.  The two Autobots are forced to reveal themselves to save Daniel.  Rodimus disables Vortex and Ultra Magnus saves Daniel.  Galvatron and the Stunticons approach the dam, Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus plan to occupy the Decepticons while Spike and Daniel attempt to steal Trypticon’s transformation cog.  Their mission winds up being very successful and they return to Metroplex with Trypticon’s pilfered transformation cog.  First Aid restores Metroplex and Metroplex defeats Trypticon.  Galvatron arrives holding a small remote control.  He threatens to use his “Ultimate Weapon” unless the Autobots surrender.  Rodimus starts to believe in himself again and realize that Galvatron is bluffing.  There is no ultimate weapon.  Galvatron flies away in defeat.

 In the universe, there were two planets which were warring against each other.  Their war became so savage that they both predicted that if it didn’t stop, within a generation both societies would be extinct.  Rodimus Prime hosted a delegation to try to broker peace with Ultra Magnus and Spike as his diplomatic envoy.  While several Autobots are on a mission to recover a Quintesson journal, Rodimus does everything he can to work for peace between the two planets.  No matter what he does, the diplomatic parties of each planet can’t seem to agree on anything and actually resort to a physical fight.  After the leaders of both species calms down, Rodimus grabs both of them so he can sit them down and make them talk.  Unfortunately, there is too much hatred between the two races, both diplomatic parties pull out weapons and start shooting at each other (why weren’t they searched before the meeting started????).  Rodimus gets fed up he fires his blaster into the air and lets the warring aliens fight one another (I don’t think Optimus, or even Sentinel Prime would’ve done that).  Sky Lynx bursts into the room and shows the ambassadors the Quintesson Journal.  The ambassadors realize they have been manipulated for years so the Quintessons could make money off of them.  An uneasy peace treaty is formed when Rodimus and Ultra Magnus prevent Quintesson ships from destroying both of the alien planets.

Rodimus spends most of his time on Cybertron.  He delegates Ultra Magnus to oversee the construction of a new energy device.  When Rodimus goes to check on the status, he is very bored.  Magnus reminds him that sometimes leadership isn’t very exciting.  The two Autobots are interrupted by Sky Lynx, who reports to Rodimus Prime that he was attacked by Junkions.  Rodimus Prime sends the Aerialbots to investigate.  The Aerialbots are damaged in battle, and Sky Lynx returns them to Cybertron in their combined form of Superion.  Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and First Aid greet them as they arrive.  Before he passes out, Superion tells Rodimus that the Quintessons are involved.  Rodimus Prime decides to personally investigate.  He brings Ultra Magnus, Kup, and Blaster to investigate, and they use Omega Supreme to travel.  Before they arrive on the Planet of Junk, they are attacked by a group of Decepticons.  Omega Supreme crashes on an asteroid, and the Decepticons continue their attack.  Rodimus Prime, Kup, and Blaster lead the Decepticons away from Omega Supreme as Ultra Magnus works to repair him.  Cyclonus wants to personally hunt Rodimus Prime.  Rodimus runs from Cyclonus, and at the right moment, he attacks, damaging Cyclonus’ leg.  Ultra Magnus repairs Omega Supreme, and this causes the Decepticons to retreat.  The Autobots board Omega Supreme and resume their trip to Junkion.  When they arrive, they find an interstellar war above Junkion.  The Decepticons cause Omega Supreme to crash again.  Rodimus and Galvatron come face to face with each other, for the first time in a long time, and the two leaders are quick to battle with one another.  Galvatron’s madness makes him the better fighter.  He savagely beats Rodimus Prime, throwing him around like a rag doll.  He is about to destroy Rodimus, once and for all, but Rodimus deflects the blast to a Quintesson ship.  This exposes the Quintesson manipulations and all of the conflicts end when Blaster neutralizes the subliminal signals.

When a group of criminals bombed a city to create a diversion for their nefarious plot to steal Newtronium, the Autobots helped the authorities with rescuing civilians.  Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus engage the criminals who are at the harbor of the city.  The criminals try to attack the two Autobots, but their weapons are not powerful enough.  Rodimus recovers the Newtronium, but the leader of the criminals shoots the canister, causing it to explode.  Rodimus is sent flying into Ultra Magnus and they fall into the water.  This gives the criminals the opportunity to escape.. These criminals allied themselves with a former terrorist named Old Snake (Aka Cobra Commander from GI Joe), to separate the minds of Springer, Arcee, Rodimus Prime, and Ultra Magnus from their bodies.  The minds were put into synthoids, human replicas, and the bodies were used as weapons.  Rodimus and the human Autobots escape, but Rodimus gets captured again.  He learns that the criminals want to use the blank Autobot bodies as a Trojan Horse so they can destroy Metroplex.  Eventually, after a short experience of being a human, Rodimus is restored to his regular form by Perceptor.

Perceptor creates a new power generator which would provide the Autobots on Cybertron enough energy to last them, well forever.  Rodimus Prime seemed to be bored with the unveiling, so he allowed Ultra Magnus to lead the ceremony.  Before the ceremony, Rodimus tried to teach Grimlock how to activate the generator, by flipping one switch.  During the ceremony, Grimlock couldn’t remember how to do it and Rodimus was very frustrated.  Eventually, Grimlock flips the wrong switch and the generator starts to malfunction.  Rodimus rushes to save Grimlock from himself.  Rodimus reaches the control room and shows Grimlock again what to do.  Finally, the generator is activated.  Right after the generator is activated, Rodimus Prime watches Sky Lynx and Cosmos crash onto Cybertron.  He rushes to their side with several other Autobots.  Rodimus finds out that the generator is malfunctioning and that the Autobots need to go to the planet core to repair it.  The underground tunnels of Cybertron are like one big labyrinth, and Perceptor gives Rodimus an electronic compass to help him navigate the tunnels.  Grimlock wants to examine it, but Rodimus is afraid that Grimlock will break it.  Grimlock childishly takes the compass away from Rodimus and accidentally breaks it.  Grimlock storms off, and Rodimus orders Kup to follow him.  Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus stay together and try to find the power generator.  When Rodimus and Ultra Magnus get close to the generator, Rodimus starts to loose control of his transformations.  He switches between modes uncontrollably and has to retreat back into the tunnels.    Ultra Magnus and Rodimus Prime continue to travel through the tunnels, but the automated defenses attack them.  They are saved by Grimlock, who through an accident, now is super intelligent.  Grimlock simply opens the door and Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus are saved.  Grimlock figures out that Anti-Electrons are what caused all of the transformation malfunctions, and that Unicron’s brain still has a lot of them in it.  Grimlock tells Rodimus Prime that they need to go to Unicron’s head to prevent anyone from harvesting any more Anti-Electrons.  Rodimus, Kup, Perceptor, and Grimlock head to Unicron’s head (which is still orbiting Cybertron as a moon), but are attacked by the Decepticons using an Anti-Electron weapon.  The Autobot shuttle crash lands into Unicron’s head and Galvatron sends the Terrorcons after the survivors.  Inside of Unicron’s head, Rodimus again loses control of his transformation functions, this time, oddly transforming into Hot Rod’s vehicle mode.  The Terrorcons are too powerful for the small Autobot team and take on a lot of damage.  Rodimus Prime and the small team of Autobots are about to be destroyed by the Decepticons (and Terrorcons!).  At the last minute, the newly created Technobots arrive and save the Autobots.  The Autobots celebrate their victory, as well as the new Technobots AND the fully functioning generator back on Cybertron.

Rodimus Prime eventually returns to Earth and winds up leading the Autobots in a very large battle against Galvatron and the Decepticons on the moon.  He still has parts of Hot Rod’s personality show once in a while.  During the battle, he makes fun of the Decepticons for not having any guts.  At once, the all of the Decepticons attack the Autobot beachhead.  Rodimus orders the Autobots to rush into battle, abandoning their position.  Two Sweeps wind up attacking Rodimus, but he transforms into vehicle mode to escape.  The Autobots are holding their own, but they are outnumbered.  Rodimus Prime calls for Sky Lynx to help, and orders the Autobots to hold their ground until Sky Lynx arrives.  Suddenly, all of the animal based transformers, both Autobot and Decepticons stop fighting.  They are summoned to unite to fight Tornedron.  The Decepticons fly away and soon after, the Autobots are attacked by Tornedron and their energy is absorbed.  Rodimus Prime is brought back to life after Grimlock defeats Tornedron.

Rodimus Prime stays on Earth and provides combat assistance to Defensor in Japan.  Rodimus Prime takes a quick scan and finds no one was injured.  Sky Lynx then tells Rodimus that he is receiving a transmission from the Japanese government.  They want to meet with Rodimus Prime.  The Japanese government is very unhappy with Transformers, especially the Autobots.  They are tired of all of the damage caused to the country by the constant battles between the two warring factions.  Rodimus, partially being sarcastic, says that he’ll leave protection of Japan to the Japanese.  Rodimus is starting to feel overwhelmed (again) as leader of the Autobots.  He hopes for better days, but they aren’t coming.  Kup tries to cheer up Rodimus, but Rodimus simply has too many responsibilities for him to do.  The next thing they know, Marissa Fairbourne arrives and tells Rodimus that the EDC needs his help.  This is the last straw for Rodimus Prime, he is tired of being the chosen one and storms off in vehicle mode.  He tries to let off some steam by driving on a curvy Japanese road, but Captain Fairbourne tries to catch up with him to cheer him up.  They are attacked by Stunticons Wildrider and Dead End!  Rodimus tries to out drive them and is reveling in the fun of it.  He almost feels like Hot Rod again.  The Stunticons release an oil slick, causing Marissa Fairbourne to loose control of her car.  Rodimus goes to save her, but before he can, Wildrider slams into him, knocking him off a cliff.  He is severely damages, and the two Stunticons take the Matrix from him, causing him to revert back into Hot Rod.  Hot Rod is actually pretty happy to be Hot Rod again.  No longer does he have the responsibility of leadership.  Ultra Magnus wants to lead the Autobots to recover the Matrix, but Hot Rod would rather be a kid again.  Even if the Autobots recover the Matrix, Hot Rod doesn’t want it back.  He transforms into vehicle mode and storms off.  He winds up at a Japanese dojo looking for enlightenment.  The Sensei gives Hot Rod lessons in how to think and ultimately plants the seeds for Hot Rod to accept leadership again.  Scourge leads the entire Decepticon army to attack Earth.  Scourge for some reason focuses on trying to kill a random man and old woman.  Scourge corners them in an alley, but they are saved when Hot Rod drives into Scourge!  Hot Rod sees the Matrix inside of Scourge.  He realizes that the Matrix has corrupted Scourge and that he has the obligation to take it back from the Decepticon.  He fires on Scourge, only damaging him slightly, and Scourge returns fire.  Hot Rod is too agile for the mutated Scourge to hit.  Hot Rod is able to get a good shot off on Scourge.  Scourge is knocked to the ground and Hot Rod takes the Matrix back.  Scourge returns to his regular, un-mutated form, and Hot Rod becomes Rodimus Prime again.  Now fully accepting his role.  The Decepticons retreat after Galvatron and Cyclonus arrive and Scourge is defeated.

Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Perceptor,  and Blurr are traveling through space inside of Sky Lynx.  Sky Lynx’s sensors pick up an unusual reading and the Autobots investigate.  They come across a strange disc shaped, glowing, metal object in space.  Galvatron and the Quintessons approach to investigate themselves.  The Decepticons and Quintessons start to fight, and when the Autobots arrive at the disc, the Quintessons attack them too.  Rodimus orders the Autobots to leave Sky Lynx, and the three factions start to battle.  The battle is very brief, Sky Lynx proves to be more powerful than the two Decepticons and the Quintessons.  The disc winds up being another Quintesson device.  The Quintessons open it to lure both sides of Transformers into it.  The Quintessons use their ship to fly into the opened disc, their wake pulls the Autobots and Cyclonus into it.  The disc is a warp gate and the Transformers and Quintessons are transported across the universe, they wind up crash landing on a remote planet.  The remote planet is at a technological level of the dark ages.  It resembles culturally the era of Genghis Khan.  Rodimus, Magnus, and Blurr are separated from Perceptor.  When they crash, the inhabitants of the planet think they are devils.  Blurr injures his leg in the crash, and Rodimus helps him get around.  The three Autobots search for Perceptor.  Blurr asks to be left behind so he won’t impede Rodimus and Magnus.  Rodimus is hesitant to leave his friend behind, but Ultra Magnus convinces him to.  Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus travel on a mountain road in vehicle mode to find Perceptor.  They hope that Perceptor is functional enough to instruct them on how to repair him.  On their way, Rodimus and Ultra Magnus are intercepted by a group of alien marauders with melee weapons.  The marauders strike Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus with their weapons causing Rodimus to start to fall off of a cliff.  Rodimus finally tips off the cliff when one of the aliens hits him with a large hammer.  He tumbles down the mountainside, finally slowing his fall by transforming into robot mode.  The aliens try to do the same to Ultra Magnus, and when one of them throws a mace at Magnus, Rodimus destroys it with a missile.  This scares the marauders off.  Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus reach the village where Perceptor made his last transmission from.  They find him, in microscope mode, missing his Autobot insignia.  Behind the insignia was vital parts, without those parts, Perceptor is inert.  They start to look for the missing parts.  They arrive in the city to find Cyclonus has allied himself with the Quintessons and that they have taken the parts they needed from Perceptor.  Blurr has been repaired and has stormed the Quintesson ship.  Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus rush to help Blurr battle Cyclonus and the Quintessons.  Rodimus Prime then rescues the hostage blacksmith from the Quintessons and orders the Autobots to leave the ship.  Cyclonus and the Quintessons escape.  Sky Lynx then arrives on the planet and takes the Autobots home.

Rodimus Prime starts to have dreams and visions of Optimus Prime.  He thinks that from the great beyond, Optimus Prime is trying to tell him that he isn’t a good enough leader for the Autobots.  Ultra Magnus approaches with Jessica Morgan, a scientist who helped recover Optimus Prime’s dead body.  She thanks the Autobots again for helping her walk again, and Rodimus Prime looks at the act as a very ordinary event.  It is part of him to do the right thing and help others.  She tells Rodimus that her father and boyfriend have Optimus Prime’s body.  Rodimus organizes the Autobots to reclaim Optimus.  She tells Rodimus that it is a trap, but Rodimus still wants to retrieve Optimus.  Rodimus and the Autobots head to the lab with Jessica as his passenger.  When they reach the lab, Rodimus Prime breaks up the large Autobot force into smaller teams.  Rodimus and Jessica enter through the front door to try to make a peaceful arrangement.  Rodimus Prime and Jessica find Optimus’ body, but they are forced to watch in horror as Ultra Magnus and his team walk into a trap.  Ultra Magnus, the Aerialbots, and the Throttlebots are infected by the hate plague.  Rodimus Prime and Jessica transport Optimus Prime’s body away in time to be attacked by Ultra Magnus.  Even though Rodimus doesn’t have the agility in vehicle mode that he had as Hot Rod, he is about to outrun the bulky Ultra Magnus.  Jessica helps Rodimus navigate through the lab to escape.  They encounter Jessica’s father who throws a bottle of hate spores at Rodimus, but Rodimus is able to dodge it.  They get to the loading bay, but before they can escape the laboratory, Bruticus and a number of other Decepticons attack.  The Decepticons are infected, and Rodimus Prime tells Galvatron to avoid anyone glowing red, or he will be infected too.  For some odd reason, Rodimus brings Optimus Prime’s body to Wreck Gar, hoping Wreck Gar can bring him back to life (why not Perceptor?).  Wreck Gar and the Junkions are unable to, and Jessica asks who created Optimus Prime.  Rodimus remembers that the Quintessons did and hopes one of them can bring Optimus back to life.  He contacts Sky Lynx to bring him a Quintesson.  After Sky Lynx agrees, Rodimus realizes he has to deactivate Metroplex, or the plague can spread even faster.  An infected Ultra Magnus arrives and wants to battle Rodimus.  As Rodimus deactivates Metroplex, he sees Ultra Magnus in the reflection of a monitor.  Rodimus does everything he can to avoid his second in command from touching him.  He throws a console at Ultra Magnus, giving him the few moments he needs to finally deactivate Metroplex.  Rodimus is able to escape, but Ultra Magnus chases him.  Ultimately, Rodimus does escape from Magnus and Wreck Gar helps him restrain Magnus.  Ultra Magnus is able to infect Wreck Gar, who infects Rodimus Prime.
Rodimus Prime becomes feral.  He battles some car based Transformers (it is unclear if it is the Throttlebots or the Stunticons) and then Optimus Prime arrives.  Optimus Prime is covered in an alloy which protects him from the virus.  Rodimus is happy to see Optimus, but gives into his rage.  For a moment, it seems like Rodimus is going to overcome the virus, but he starts firing on Optimus.  The two Autobots start to battle.  Rodimus transforms into vehicle mode and speeds off to an automated car factory.  Optimus follows him.  Optimus Prime tries to convince Rodimus to give him the Matrix, but Rodimus is too crazed.  He fires on Optimus until Optimus restrains him with some of the machinery in the factory.  Optimus approaches Rodimus Prime to take the Matrix back, but Rodimus kicks him and frees himself.  He opens up a vat of molten metal, hoping to kill Optimus with it.  Sky Lynx saves Optimus from a bad fall, and Rodimus grabs onto Sky Lynx, infecting him.  Optimus hides in the assembly line, and ambushes Rodimus Prime.  He takes the Matrix back, causing Rodimus to turn back into Hot Rod.  Optimus Prime then uses the Matrix to cure the entire universe from the hate plague.

Hot Rod is very happy to return to being Hot Rod and not have the responsibility of leadership anymore.  In the short peaceful time after Optimus returns, Hot Rod returns to Cybertron.  He often shows off his speed, one day, racing Blurr.  He even resumes his friendship with Daniel Witwicky, something he was rarely able to do as Rodimus Prime.  Hot Rod and several other Autobots follow Scourge, who was looking for the Plasma Energy Chamber.  Hot Rod suggests that they use a shuttle to catch up to him.  When they reach the Plasma Energy Chamber, a bolt of Plasma Energy hits the shuttle, sending it to the distant planet of Nebulos.  They crash into water and the shuttle explodes after the Autobots are able to get to safety.  Hot Rod suggests that they look for a used ship dealer on the planet.  The Autobots are attacked by a group of Nebulan rebels, who think that the Autobots were weapons sent by The Hive to destroy them.  The rebels attach magnetic bombs on the Autobots.  As the rebels are about to activate the explosives, the Decepticons arrive.  Through very little effort, Spike is able to convince the rebels that the Autobots can help them.  The rebel leader sets the Autobots loose to battle the Decepticons.  Hot Rod is damaged in the battle, and the Decepticons take him as a hostage when they retreat.

The captive Hot Rod watches as Scourge tries to interrogate Kup and Blurr.  Scourge starts to torture Kup, and Hot Rod tells Scourge to torture him instead of Kup.  Hot Rod and the other captive Autobots are saved by the newly created Autobot Headmasters.  They are brought to the rebel base where they try to plot out their next action.  Hot Rod acts as a lookout at the base.  The next thing they know, Hot Rod is notifying the Autobots that the Decepticons are about to attack.  The Decepticons are able to defeat the Autobots now that they have bonded with Nebulans themselves.  The Decepticons recover the key to the Plasma Energy Chamber and retreat to Hive City.  Hot Rod then becomes a Targetmaster himself, bonded with the Nebulan sharpshooter Firebolt.  Optimus Prime then arrives on Nebulos and meets the enhanced Autobots.  Optimus Prime leads the Autobots to Hive City, hoping to reclaim the key from the Decepticons.  Blurr and Kup follow Hot Rod into battle, and the Autobots are able to recover the stolen key.  Before they can make their way back to Cybertron, Scorponok rises from the ground and attacks the Autobots.

Scorponok kidnaps Arcee and Daniel as Hot Rod and the Autobots watch.  Scorponok transforms into city mode and flies to Cybertron, with the rest of the Decepticons.  Hot Rod and the Autobots follow using Optimus Prime’s shuttle.  When they reach Cybertron, they find that it isn’t there anymore!  Hot Rod disturbs a vision that Optimus Prime is having, but the vision leads the Autobots back to Earth..  When the Autobots reach Earth, they find that Cybertron is orbiting it.  After exploring Cybertron, they find many deactivated Autobots.  The Autobots who are Headmasters and Targetmasters are some of the last Autobots who are functioning.  They want to destroy the key to the Plasma Energy Chamber so Galvatron can’t harness it’s energy, but Optimus Prime won’t allow it.  When Optimus reveals that he merged with Vector Sigma and spoke to Alpha Trion, Hot Rod starts to worry about Optimus Prime.  Hot Rod continues to follow Optimus Prime though.  He and the rest of the Autobots are captured when they try to stop the Nebulan rebels from attacking Scorponok to destroy the key.  Before Hot Rod is executed, Fortress Maximus appears and the captive Autobots are saved momentarily.  Hot Rod and the rest of the captured Autobots are freed by Cerebros and Spike.  





Hot Rod's Targetmaster Partner

Marvel G1 Comic


He never became Rodimus Prime aside for a one off storyline which took place in a possible future.  He served under Fortress Maximus and was binary bonded with Firebolt.

Hot Rod was a young Autobot who was a member of Fortress Maximus’ unit on Cybertron.  When Fortress Maximus decides to leave Cybertron for Nebulos, Hot Rod follows him.  After a few conflicts between the Autobots and Nebulans, The Autobots are hated on Nebulos. To show his commitment to peace, Fortress Maximus surrenders himself, pulling his head off, to the Nebulan government.

Hot Rod is part of the commune which is led by Kup in the Nebulan forest.  He doesn’t help build the new city, but he continues to monitor the stars for Decepticons, hoping they won’t come to the new home of the Autobots.  The Decepticons ultimately come to Nebulos and Hot Rod refuses to battle.  He stays in the peaceful Autobot Commune in the Nebulan wilderness, after he surrenders all of his weapons.  After living for several months in the commune, the Decepticons wind up taking over Nebulos.  Hot Rod receives a message from Earth and a debate is started if these Autobots should leave Nebulos for Earth, some want to, but others realize they made trouble on Nebulos and they have to solve it.  Also they realize they can’t run away from the Decepticons because The Decepticons will just follow them.  One day a group of Nebulan Freedom Fighters go to the commune to ask for help and offer to be Binary Bonded with several Autobots to become their new weapons, Hot Rod is one of the Autobots who agrees and they become the first group of Targetmasters.  Their first mission is to ambush Scorponok who attacks the Autobots and thinks they are weaponless.   The Autobot Targetmasters battle the Decepticon Headmasters who are under powered, but the garden starts to get damaged.  The Autobots retreat so they can save the garden.

After Fortress Maximus returns from captivity, Hot Rod tells him of the transmission he received from Earth.  This causes Fortress Maximus and his group of Autobots to leave Nebulos for Earth.  Soon after he arrives on Earth, Hot Rod, the other Autobot Targetmasters, and Fortress Maximus attack a Decepticon base to save Buster Witwicky from the Decepticons.  Hot Rod and the other Targetmasters are damaged and Fort Max starts his solo attack on the base and winds up getting severely damaged in the process.

Some time later, Hot Rod contacts a restored Fort Max that he has found Grimlock and The Ark.

Hot Rod isn’t shown for a considerable amount of time.  He just shows up one day after The Underbase Saga acting as a communications officer on the Ark.  He notifies Optimus Prime that a group of Decepticon Micromasters have attacked a military base which was unveiling a new, experimental plane.  When the Decepticons try to overwhelm Optimus Prime, Hot Rod tries to save Optimus.  But Optimus is too powerful for the Decepticons and doesn’t need help.  Optimus calls for a truce, but Hot Rod still wants to attack the Decepticons.  Optimus doesn’t let him.

The Autobots and Decepticons call for a tentative cease-fire when Optimus and Scorponok realize that they are being manipulated by a third party.  That third party reveals itself when, Starscream, newly rebuilt as a Pretender, appears and claims loyalty to Megatron (who was thought to be dead at the time).  Starscream attacks both factions, Autobot and Decepticons, damaging both.  Hot Rod finds out that if he attacks the Pretender Shell, it will cause the robot Starscream to feel pain.  This gives Scorponok the opening he needs to defeat Starscream.

In the aftermath of that battle, Hot Rod and Kup notice that Optimus is becoming depressed and considering giving up fighting.  They know that can’t happen or the Decepticons will win.  Hot Rod makes a remote control for a warrior robot (a sparing mech not a sentient Transformer) and plans to make it look like it is going crazy so Optimus will swoop in and destroy it, giving Optimus the confidence he needs.  Against Kup’s advisement, Hot Rod activates the robot and looses control of it, causing it to go crazy and hurt numerous Autobots.  Kup is the first target of the droid and after damaging Kup, the droid attacks several other Autobots.  The droid also cuts off Hot Rod’s hand and grabs onto him, planning to kill him.  Before the droid can further damage Hot Rod, Optimus snaps back to himself and saves Hot Rod.  Hot Rod’s plan works, even though it was incredibly risky.  Optimus regains what he felt his lost and has a renewed sends of self worth.

When Thunderwing attacks the Ark, now powered by the Matrix, Hot Rod is one of the first to attack Thunderwing, and he is one of the first to be defeated.  In the aftermath of the battle, Hot Rod helps round up Thunderwing’s soldiers, now prisoners of the Autobots.

Hot Rod soon becomes a prisoner himself.  Without the Matrix to combat Unicron, Optimus Prime surrenders to Scorponok, hoping he can form an Autobot/Decepticon alliance.  Scorponok imprisons all fo the Autobots.  When Optimus escapes, Hot Rod and Kup are the first Autobots he frees.  Hot Rod and Kup quickly attack Scorponok and Bludgeon.  Hot Rod pretends that he is going to kill Zarak, bu ripping him apart,  unless the Autobots are freed.  Zarak commands Scorponok to crush Kup’s head unless Hot Rod puts Zarak down.  Optimus Prime enters the room and orders Hot Rod to end the bluff so he can make a plan of attack with Scorponok.   Optimus and Scorponok create a true alliance but are attacked by Shockwave and Starscream.  

Scorponok’s headquarters is destroyed, both sides have many injuries but Hot Rod survives.  After the battles between Autobot vs Decepticon, and Decepticon vs Decepticon, and Decepticon vs Neo-Knight, Hot Rod is among the group of Transformers teleported to Cybertron by a newly awakened Primus.

Years later, after Unicron is destroyed and the Decepticons are defeated, Hot Rod remains a loyal soldier for Optimus Prime.  When Bludgeon and the Decepticons resurface, Hot Rod helps Optimus Prime fight them off on an alien world.  During this specific battle, Hot Rod leaves the battle to look for an alternative method of fighting the Decepticons, but the Decepticons are scared off by one of the guardian aliens.

Hot Rod joins Optimus Prime and Kup to a meeting with Grimlock.  But before Grimlock can get there, Decepticons attack the Autobots.  The Autobots easily defeat the nameless Decepticons and then Grimlock arrives.  He takes them to an abandoned Decepticon fortress to show Optimus that the Decepticons have been expanding their empire.  Jhiaxus, the newest leader of the Decepticons, attacks the abandoned fortress from orbit and Hot Rod is among the Autobots captured.  Grimlock and Optimus are the first to free themselves and then they save the rest of the Autobots.  The newly freed Autobots steal several Decepticon shuttles and escape.

Optimus Prime temporarily leaves the Autobots and puts Grimlock in charge.  Hot Rod takes advantage of the downtime to do some training.  He challenges several Aerialbots and Protectobots to war games and defeats them in mock battle.  Groove gets the best of Hot Rod, but then he is rescued by the Dinobots, who ambushed the team of Aerialbots and Protectobots.  As much as Hot Rod enjoyed winning, he feels that they shouldn’t be wasting their time with war games and should be out in the universe defeating the Decepticons.  He storms off in a temper tantrum.  


Rodimus Prime was shown in two stories in the G1 Marvel book.  First was a retelling of the Season 3 episode “The Big Broadcast of 2006” (I never understood why they adapted a random episode of the cartoon in the comic book).  The other time he was shown was in a story which took place in a possible future where Galvatron and the Decepticons defeated the Autobots and took over Earth.  Rodimus was kept prisoner, tied up between two skyscrapers.  Eventually Galvatron executes Rodimus.

IDW Re-Generation One

Decades after The Last Autobot restored Cybertron to a new golden age, Hot Rod is rumored to be “The Chosen One” and studies with Optimus Prime.  He craves contact with other Transformers and is excited when one day Kup and Ultra Magnus come to visit.  Hot Rod has grown tremendously in the last twenty years, he is more thoughtful, diplomatic, and less headstrong.  

Hot Rod is Optimus Prime’s primary contact to the outside world and not only learns about being a better Autobot, but learns about Optimus Prime as a fellow Transformer, not the flawless leader that everyone assumes that Optimus Prime is.  Ultra Magnus interrupts that particular lesson with important news, the Wreckers are on Earth and need back up.  Optimus takes a force of Autobots to save Earth, but leaves Hot Rod on Cybertron in command of the Autobots.  Optimus mentions that he senses true greatness in Hot Rod.  Hot Rod wonders if Optimus is planning to die on Earth.  

After Optimus leaves for Earth, Hot Rod has a vision where he is the sole inhabitant of Cybertron. In the vision, he is attacked by savage Cybertronian wolves. Hot Rod quickly wakes from this vision, unsure of what it meant.  Almost immediately, Blur approaches Hot Rod and tells him that the Decepticons have attacked the Hall of Silence.  Hot Rod quickly deduces that they are going after Thunderwing’s remains.  Hot Rod leads the investigation to find out who broke in and how they broke out.  Hot Rod continues to ask himself what Optimus Prime would do in this situation.

Hot Rod and Grapple are locked out of the Hall of Silence, and they debate if they should destroy the Hall to prevent any Decepticons from accessing Thunderwing’s remains.  The remains hold the last bit of Matrix Energy, and can be turned into a weapon.

Hot Rod orders a team of Autobots to explore the tunnels leading to the Primux chamber, which hasn’t had anyone inside of it since Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock encountered Primus decades earlier.  He is hoping to find Primus and use his energy.  Crosshairs then goes to Hot Rod to tell him that Grimlock has returned from Nebulos.  Hot Rod takes a security force with him to the spaceport to “welcome” Grimlock back to Cybertron.  But Grimlock is considered a renegade now and has an arrest warrant in his name.  Hot Rod orders Crosshairs to arrest him.  Once Grimlock is in a holding cell, Hot Rod wants Perceptor to examine him to see how he purged the Nucleon from his system.  

Hot Rod sets up a temporary council of Autobots to govern while he investigates the Primus chamber.  While he is searching for Primus under Cybertron, the planet is being ravaged by Scorponok.  Scorponok found a way to change Autobots into Decepticons.  While underground, he encounters the same Proto-Cybertronians  which he saw in his vision.  He begins to fight them but is outnumbered.

He escapes into the tunnels and finds two Cybertronian artifacts; a sword and a golden disc, The Sword of Primus and The Covenant of Primus respectively.  He takes both and has another vision, this time showing him that the Proto-Cybertronians were some of Primus’ first creations.  Once he takes both artifacts, the Proto-Cybertronians stop attacking and start to bow down to Hot Rod.  Hot Rod leaves the catacombs to travel back to the surface of Cybertron.

While Hot Rod was exploring the catacombs of Cybertron, Scorponok almost conquered the planet with a device that transformed Autobots into Decepticons.  Hot Rod was one of the few who wasn’t effected by this device.  He meets with a council of Autobots to make a plan for the future of the race.  Perceptor explains that not only did most of the Autobots become Decepticons (temporarily), but some of them actually enjoyed it and there are going to be a lot of Autobots with psychological issues they will need to deal with.  
Hot Rod wants to integrate the Cyber Wolves into Autobot population.  He finds out that they were one of the first life forms which Primus created.  He also wants more Autobots to help him explore the catacombs under Cybertron.  Hot Rod walks through Iacon with Kup.  He tells Kup that he has been having visions of the future of Cybertron and will need Kup’s guidance more in the future.  When Hot Rod tells Kup that he wants to reveal his prophetic visions to the Autobot population, Kup advises him that it is too soon.  He continues to tell him that the Autobots are too vulnerable from almost being turned into Decepticons and they need to heal more.  Hot Rod continues to walk through Iacon and addresses the Autobots.  He receives criticism almost immediately from the crowd, they feel he should’ve prevented Scorponok from attempting to alter all of the Autobots into Decepticons.  He tells the crowd that he wants to incorporate the Proto-Cybertronians into the population of Autobots.  The crowd is against this and someone throws a grenade at Hot Rod.  Kup protects Hot Rod, but a riot starts.  Kup helps Hot Rod to safety.  

Hot Rod is almost disgusted at how violent the Autobots have become in the aftermath of Scorponok’s invasion.  Kup tells Hot Rod that he thinks Optimus Prime made a mistake in giving command of the Autobots to Hot Rod and it would be a good idea to give command to Ultra Magnus.  Hot Rod goes to contact Ultra Magnus when the Dinobots approach him.  They tell Hot Rod that they think Grimlock is still alive.  Their faith in something good restores Hot Rod’s morale.  He orders Ultra Magnus to spearhead the reconstruction of Iacon while he is away with the Dinobots.

Hot Rod takes the Sword and Covenant of Primus, and travels with the Dinobots to the catacombs of Cybertron to search for Grimlock.  They wind up in the Primus Chamber where Primus is remaining dormant (or possibly dead).  Hot Rod starts having a surreal out of body experience, feeling like he has been there before.  Hot Rod has a vision of numerous versions of him (Energon, Combiner Wars, Animated, and several other continuities in the Transformers Multiverse) standing in the chamber.  Hot Rod is awakened from his vision by Swoop narl who tells Hot Rod that they are surrounded by Proto-Cybertronians.  Hot Rod and the Dinobots make a tactical retreat, battling their way through the catacombs.  They eventually do find Grimlock in a mass grave of Proto-Cybertronians, but he is changed, he has been possessed by Primus.

Hot Rod talks to Grimlock-Primus, who explains to him that Primus cannot be killed and is above their perceptions.  He also tells Hot Rod that he is more than just “The Chosen One” but he is a Prime.  Primus’ time in Grimlock is limited, and he opens up a time portal which sucks Hot Rod into it.  Hot Rod disappears and Primus leaves Grimlock’s body.

Hot Rod travels through time, experiencing various battles and milestones which featured different corruptions of the Matrix and it’s energy.  He witnesses Jhiaxus in the Golden Age of Cybertron, going to Boltax and the creation of the Underbase.  He sees Jhiaxus kill the other creators so he can absorb the Underbase’s knowledge for himself.  He continues his voyage through time and sees the fate of Buster Witwicky and his girlfriend Jesse on Earth.  Buster and Jesse are killed by Megatron’s Zombie-Decepticon Ratbat.  He shifts through time again, now witnessing an alternate future where he was Rodimus Prime fighting Galvatron.  In this time, Ultra Magnus, Arcee (in her only Marvel G1 continuity appearance), Kup, and Springer were killed by Galvatron.  Rodimus Prime attempts to kill Galvatron in retaliation for killing his friends, but he is attacked by Scourge and Cyclonus before he can deliver the final blow. Galvatron recovers and kills Rodimus, causing his Matrix to fall to Hot Rod’s feet.

During Bludgeon’s invasion of Cybertron, Kup and the Wreckers infiltrate War World to disable Bludgeon’s battle drones.  Bludgeon attacks the Wreckers and is about to kill Kup.  Kup is saved by a familiar, yet different face, Rodimus Prime.  Hot Rod arrived on War World after traveling through time, but has merged with the Matrix of the future, becoming a Prime.  Rodimus battles Bludgeon hand to hand, and he is able to best the Decepticon master of martial arts.  Bludgeon asks Rodimus to kill him and Rodimus throws him through a window of War World, causing Bludgeon to burn up upon reentering Cybertron’s atmosphere.  Now that Bludgeon is defeated , Starscream attacks War World with the Ark.  War World takes significant damage and Rodimus Prime orders Kup and the Wreckers to leave.  He needs to pilot the massive warship away from Cybertron or the explosion will destroy Iacon, and all of the Autobots in it.  Rodimus Prime gets War World to a safe distance and escapes, saving Iacon and the Autobots.  The new Prime is then welcomed and accepted as the leader of the Autobots.

Rodimus Prime tours Iacon to see the damage.  Powerglide finds Bludgeon, still functioning, and brings Rodimus to him.  Bludgeon asks Rodimus to kill him, and Rodimus refuses.  He decides that since Bludgeon wanted to die in glory, it would be a fitting punishment to let him live.  Rodimus starts to take command of the Autobots and orders a number of different Autobots with different tasks to restore Iacon.

Rodimus calls a meeting with several Autobots to try to analyze the images he saw while traveling through time; Galvatron in the future, Jhiaxus in the past, a dark matrix creature, and Spike.  He names Bumblebee the leader of the team meant to investigate, and calls the team Zero Unit.  Peace doesn’t last very long, the next potential threat to the Autobots and Cybertron quickly emerges, Jhiaxus.  He arrives in Cybertron’s orbit and radios the Autobots that he comes in peace.  

Rodimus isn’t sure if he should trust Jhiaxus, so he has a meeting with Jhiaxus on his terms.  Rodimus also has Sureshot and Crosshairs (both Targetmasters) guarding him with sniper rifles.  Jhiaxus arrives to the meeting with his soldiers.  Rodimus Prime and Jhiaxus commune to Nova Point, the palace where Optimus Prime used to live.  Rodimus Prime isn’t the diplomat that Optimus was, he quickly and bluntly asks where Jhiaxus has been and why Primus would think that Jhiaxus is a threat.  Jhiaxus explains that for the last several million years, while the Autobots and Decepticons were fighting, he has been creating other Cybertrons in a more efficient way than Primus did.  He has been making a small empire and calls it “The Hub”.  Jhiaxus offers to bring the Autobots and Cybertron into The Hub, but Rodimus has a spark of insight.  He asks how many worlds that Jhiaxus cyberformed had life on them.  Jhiaxus asks him to define life.  Rodimus is disgusted, not only has Jhiaxus perverted the teachings of Primus, but Jhiaxus has taken innocent life.  Rodimus goes to attack Jhiaxus, which causes the cold Cybertronian to grab Rodimus Prime, threatening to kill him.  Jhiaxus tosses Rodimus Prime around the room of Nova Point, causing Bumblebee and several other Autobots to enter the room to help Rodimus.  Jhiaxus shoots Bumblebee, injuring him.  Jetfire flies into the room and he is shot as well.   Jhiaxus retreats to his flagship and the Autobots dig Rodimus Prime out of the rubble.  Nightbeat tells Rodimus that he was able to hack Jhiaxus’ data files and thinks he may have a way to destroy his soldiers.  Rodimus Prime says that next time he encounters Jhiaxus he will be prepared, and that he is going to take the fight to Jhiaxus.

Rodimus takes the Autobot fleet to The Hub and leads an attack on it.  He sends Ultra Magnus to lead the ground assault, but when they arrive, it looks like the planet is deserted.  Jetfire tells Rodimus that they underestimated how big The Hub actually is.  Rodimus starts to commit more Autobots to the attack, hoping he can get Jhiaxus’ attention and neutralize him..  Rodimus Prime has Nightbeat make a plan to separate the planets of The Hub.  It is unsuccessful and Jhiaxus watches them the entire time.  When they fail, Jhiaxus orders his forces to attack the Autobot Fleet.  The Fleet is no match for Jhiaxus’ soldiers.  They attack faster than the Autobots can react.  Jhiaxus’ fleet is overwhelming the Autobots, and Rodimus Prime surrenders.

After the Autobots are locked away, Jhiaxus demands Rodimus be brought to him.  Rodimus expects Jhiaxus to make him bow to the ancient Cybertronian, but instead, Jhiaxus asks Rodimus to rule with him.  Jhiaxus wants Rodimus to join him willingly, but threatens to either kill or reprogram all of the Autobots in captivity.  Before Rodimus can answer, The Hub falls victim to explosives triggered by The Wreckers.  Jhiaxus demands Rodimus orders the Wreckers to stand down, and kills two Autobots in front of him.  Rodimus tells Jhiaxus that he can’t, the Wreckers are an autonomous group that will only stop when they either complete their mission, or they die.  The Wreckers continue to fight all over The Hub and kill many of Jhiaxus’ soldiers.  Jhiaxus realizes that Rodimus Prime will never join with him and plans to kill him, and then take the Matrix Energy to create a new army.  Several of Jhiaxus’ soldiers take Rodimus to be harvested, but Rodimus shows that he was merely feigning defeat, he attacks and kills the group of soldiers who were supposed to take Rodimus to his doom.  He then frees the Autobots in captivity and tells Kup that when they return home, they will “have words”.  The Autobots leave The Hub as it is exploding, and they return to Cybertron.  On the way back to Cybertron, Rodimus Prime has a feeling that something bad is about to happen, and Primus is responsible.

On the approach to Cybertron, Blaster tells Rodimus Prime that there are no signals at all coming from the planet.  They arrive on Cybertron to find it looking corrupted and aged.  Kup knows that Rodimus has some idea of what has happened, and finally, all of the visions which Rodimus (even when he was Hot Rod), start to make sense.  He realizes that Primus has become somewhat corrupted and even possibly replaced by an evil entity.  He figures out that Jhiaxus was a pawn of a greater plan to have the Autobots leave Cybertron and now, it may be too late.  Suddenly, an evil creature, composed of dark Matrix energy (much like the creature that corrupted Thunderwing), attacks the Autobots, killing Slingshot and Hosehead.  Using his sonic abilities, Blaster captures one of the creatures, and Perceptor studies it.  They realize that the dark creatures are all altered Transformers, specifically the ones who remained on Cybertron when Rodimus Prime took the Autobot fleet to attack The Hub.  Rodimus quickly realizes that the only way to defeat these creatures is with The Sword of Primus.  He orders his fastest flier, Jetfire, to retrieve it for him.  The Autobots are outnumbered by the Dark Creatures, but are saved by Grimlock and the Dinobots.  Grimlock is immune to the Dark Creatures because he was inhabited by Primus earlier.  Rodimus stops Grimlock from killing the Dark Creatures, hoping they can be restored to their previous forms.  Jetfire then returns with The Sword of Primus.  Using the sword, Rodimus is able to project a force field which chases the dark creatures away.  He then starts his journey through Cybertron to get to Galvatron.  Galvatron is at the Space Bridge control room, making sure that the bridge between Earth and Nebulos stays open.  Rodimus attempts to fix the problem, and sends Ultra Magnus with the rest of the Autobots to fight Galvatron.

Rodimus heads into the multiverse stream into Zero, the place that took him on a journey through time and gave him the Matrix.  He encounters the corrupted Matrix Creature (the same one that corrupted Thunderwing) who reveals that it needs a Matrix to thrive and destroy the multiverse.  The Dark Matrix creature explains to Rodimus Prime that he has been waiting silently, planning, since right before Unicron was destroyed.  It inhabited one of the Cult of Unicron who fought against Optimus Prime and Scorponok and wound up slowly creating an army.  He stayed dormant until Scorponok killed The Last Autobot and became powerful again.  The Dark Matrix Creature realized that, to get all of the power he wanted, he had to conquer the multiverse.  The Dark Matrix Creature manifests three different Optimus Primes, Original, Powermaster, and the rebuilt by The Last Autobot versions.  The Dark Matrix Creature knows that he can only be stopped by a Prime and has the trio of Optimuses fight Rodimus, since the best way to defeat a Prime is with another Prime.  Rodimus defends himself, but is overwhelmed by the trio of Primes.  He doesn’t want to kill them because he knows that will feed into the Dark Matrix Creature’s plans.  He sends the Covenant of Primus into the multiverse so other versions of him can use it.  Rodimus continues to fight for his life against the trio of Optimus Primes, but he is barely holding on.  At the last minute, he is saved by an army of Rodimuses, (led by More than Meets the Eye Rodimus) from throughout the multiverse.  The Army of Rodimuses (or is it Rodimi?) coax the Dark Matrix Creature into battle as the main Rodimus Prime confers with Optimus Prime.  Optimus tells Rodimus that the Dark Matrix Creature cannot be destroyed, only contained, and Zero is the best place to contain it.  Rodimus plunges the Sword of Primus into the Dark Matrix Creature and contains it.  He and Optimus are transported to the Primus Chamber where Optimus dies (for real this time).  Rodimus sends the Autobots to live on Nebulos along with the survivors on Earth, but Rodimus remains on Cybertron so the Dark Matrix Creature will finally be contained and will never be a threat to anyone ever again.  He closes the multiverse portals, allowing each Rodimus to live up to their own destiny and lives out the rest of his years in solitude.

IDW Transformers

Hot Rod was around since the beginning of the Autobot/Decepticon war on Cybertron.  Zeta Prime sends Orion Pax to track Hot Rod down, thinking he was an ally of the Decepticons who was using bombs for terrorism.   Hot Rod is hiding in the Acropolex in Nyon.  When Orion Pax’s team of Autobots reach the building, Hot Rod ambushes them.  Ironhide retaliates by firing a bazooka at Hot Rod.  He misses.  Hot Rod lures the Autobots into a room filled with Energon tanks.  He intentionally chose that room because he knows that the Autobots won’t be able to fire their weapons without potentially harming themselves.  Orion demands that Hot Rod surrenders.  Hot Rod shows the Autobot team the masses of Nyon who had their Energon drained by Zeta Prime.  Hot Rod tells Orion that he knows a lot about him and has admired him.  He knows that Orion would be a better leader than Zeta Prime. Hot Rod tells Orion that he needs to either arrest him or stand with him.  Hot Rod’s plight inspires Orion Pax to stand up against Zeta Prime.  Orion Pax and the Autobots create a diversion so Hot Rod and the energy depleted transformers can escape.  Hot Rod is overwhelmed by the amount of damage being caused to Nyon.  Hot Rod feels he has to use his final option, he planted explosives all over the city years ago.

Hot Rod confers with Orion Pax.  The Decepticons took them in, but neither of them trust the Decepticons.  Zeta Prime is defeated and Megatron betrays Orion Pax.

Hot Rod is brought to Megatron.  Megatron wants Hot Rod to pledge allegiance to him.  Hot Rod refuses and attacks the Decepticons.  Despite Megatron claiming he wants peace, Hot Rod knows that Megatron is worse than Zeta Prime was.  Hot Rod frees several other Autobots and escapes.

In the battle of Iacon, Hot Rod watches Optimus and Megatron battle.  He gets involved but unlike Transformers the Movie, Optimus doesn’t die

Hot Rod enlists and graduates from the Autobot Academy.  He is now an official Autobot warrior.  Hot Rod is walking through the streets of a Cybertronian city and meets a former friend, the Transformer named Slinger.  Slinger blames Hot Rod for the destruction of Nyon and tells him that being an Autobot is a disgrace to the memory of everyone who died.  Slinger walks into the light and Hot Rod sees that Slinger is now a Decepticon.  Slinger walks away and tells Hot Rod to watch his back because the Decepticons are going to destroy all of the Autobots.  Inside of Metroplex, Kup joins Ultra Magnus when he is watching Ratchet and Wheeljack work on purging the feral Energon from Grimlock.  Hot Rod enters and Kup scolds him for being late.    Hot Rod walks up to Grimlock and tells him that he looks forward to working with him.  Grimlock looks down on Hot Rod for going to the academy and tells the young Autobot that just because they are both Autobots doesn’t mean that they are friends.  Grimlock tells Hot Rod that if he wants the Dinobot’s respect, he has to earn it.

Hot Rod and Grimlock fly inside of Sky Lynx to the city of Harmonex to see the new Mega-Refinery.  The new refinery is working well and has solved the energy shortage on Cybertron.  Grimlock is very rude to Hot Rod and Hot Rod asks why.  Grimlock explains that this is where he lost his best friend and became a monster.  When they arrive at their destination, they find that the lifeless body of Trypticon is gone.

Hot Rod attends a briefing with Optimus Prime.  There is a large object in lower orbit of Cybertron.  Optimus asks if it is the Transformers who left Cybertron.  Bumblebee says that it it is too big and they realize it is Trypticon.  Hot Rod suggests that they shoot Trypticon out of the sky, but Bulkhead replies that if Trypticon crashed on Cybertron, it would devastate much of the planet.  After Metroplex is defeated, Megatron’s siege begins with Junkions resurrected as Decepticons.  Hot Rod.helps defend Iacon.  Iacon is about to be flooded with coolant.  When the coolant mixes with the Cybertronian atmosphere, it makes toxic acid rain.  The acid rain makes a perfect environment for Megatron’s second wave of attack, Sharkticons. Hot Rod uses his arm blasters on the Sharkticons.   The Autobots defeat the Sharkticons and Megatron sends in his armored division to attack.

Hot Rod tries to call for help but his signal keeps breaking up.  Onslaught singles Hot Rod out and attacks him.  Before Onslaught can harm Hot Rod Slinger, saves him.  Slinger regrets joining the Decepticons.  Slinger is torn apart in front of Hot Rod by the Predacons.  The Predacons prepare to pounce on Hot Rod, but he is saved when the Dinobots back him up.  As the Predacons start to focus on the Dinobots, Hot Rod stands behind Razorclaw and shoots him with his arm cannon.

Hot Rod is a very out of the box thinker.  When someone says that something can’t be done, Hot Rod almost takes that as a challenge and comes with a way to solve the problem.  Hot Rod has to get to the surface of a moon without being shot down, so he hops from meteor to meteor and gets to the surface.  Hot Rod also becomes the Transformer equivalency of an adrenaline junkie.  Hot Rod reaches the surface of the moon and lands in a pile of snow.  While Hot Rod is running a diagnostic in the snow, he starts to think about the first time he had a strike team of his own.  One of the members of the strike team was Doubledealer.  They are driving on the planet of Kil-Aleta in vehicle mode.  When they reach a village they transform to explore.  They reach the Omega Bunker and Hot Rod gives all his team specific jobs to do.  Hot Rod regrets that he caused his team to die.  Back in the present, Hot Rod approaches his target, the Decepticon Prison called Styx.  He uses a device to hack into the surveillance system to hide his approach.  He runs though the yard of the prison and stays in the shadows.  He evades sensors and Decepticons.  Hot Rod starts to think about the mission on Kil-Aleta again, trying to replay the mission in his head to figure out what went wrong.   Sentinels made of rock guard the Omega Bunker in Kil-Aleta.  The Autobot team uses Holographic Avatars to help them evade the Sentinels.  Inside the bunker, they find a device that they need to recover so the Decepticons don’t get it.  Outside, the holographic generator malfunctions and one of the Sentinels kills the Autobot called Gizmo.  Next, Download is killed.  Back in the present, Hot Rod gets deeper and deeper into the prison.  The alarm goes off and Hot Rod uses a hologram to disguise himself as a Decepticon.  Hot Rod finds who he was looking for, his former subordinate Doubledealer, the only survivor of the mission on Kil-Aleta aside for Hot Rod.  Hot Rod rescues Doubledealer by covering him with a hologram that makes him look like a Decepticon as well.  The two Autobots escape.  Hot Rod takes Doubledealer to his ship, which is being examined by Decepticons.  Hot Rod reveals himself and shoots one of the Decepticons with his arm blasters.  Later, Doubledealer is repaired and the two Autobots resume their friendship.  Hot Rod has no idea that Doubledealer is actually a Decepticon who caused the other members of Hot Rod’s team to die.

Aboard the Ark-32, Nightbeat receives a message from Earth that Optimus Prime needs help.  Nightbeat, Hot Rod, and Hardhead travel to Earth.  Hot Rod is very excited to be able to fight.

After the battle already started, Hot Rod and Hardhead teleport to the nation of Brasnya.  Hot Rod tells Hardhead to help the other Autobots.  Hot Rod transforms into his vehicle mode (a Cybertronian roadster) and attempts to the Decepticon facsimile of the Brasnyan Koska.  Hot Rod speeds through the snow, but he almost crashes into Prowl.

Wheeljack contacts Prowl to ask him if he captured the facsimile.  Prowl blames Hot Rod for his failure .  Hot Rod says that he will get the facsimile, but Prowl doesn’t have faith in the young warrior. Hot Rod gets close to the facsimile but the Bratvian army is about to open fire.  Prowl transforms and scares them off.

Hot Rod and Prowl learn that Megatron has defeated Optimus Prime in battle.  The other Autobots are battling Megatron.  Hot Rod wants to join the fight.  Prowl tells Hot Rod not to join the fight because someone has to bring the facsimile of Koska to Nightbeat.  Hot Rod is disappointed, but understands his responsibilities after Prowl explains the chain of command.  Prowl transforms and drives to the other Autobots.  Hot Rod contacts Nightbeat to help him.  Nightbeat is surprised because he never knew Hot Rod to back down from a fight.  Before Nightbeat can arrive, Skywarp and Thundercracker teleport near Hot Rod in jet mode.  They open fire with all of their weapons.  Optimus returns to life and shoots Megatron in the head, causing a big explosion.  Hot Rod crouches down to prevent damage as Nightbeat teleports him to the ship.

When Hot Rod realizes that he will be on Earth for a while, he adopts an Earth vehicle mode (that looks like RID Super Sideburn).  Hot Rod and Wheeljack learn from Ratchet that Ironhide is in a salvage yard.  The two Autobots race on a highway in vehicle mode to save Ironhide before he is destroyed.  Ratchet stays in contact with them and tells the pair that at 8am Ironhide is scheduled to be scrapped.  Hot Rod feels that they have plenty of time because it is only 5:17.

The two Autobots continue to travel to save Ironhide.  Hot Rod remembers reconnecting with Doubledealer before he left.  Hot Rod wants to bring Doubledealer to Earth to help the Autobots.  In the present, Wheeljack reminds Hot Rod to activate his digital avatar so the humans won’t suspect that Hot Rod is a Transformer.  The next thing they know, they are surrounded by several Sunstreakers!  The Machination is controlling the Sunstreakers.  All of them stay in vehicle mode and deploy rocket launchers from their rear.  All of the fake Sunstreakers open fire on Hot Rod and Wheeljack.  Wheeljack wants to get away from the Sunstreakers and rams himself into one.  Hot Rod wants to fight back, so he shoots out fire from his exhaust pipe.  Wheeljack tells Hot Rod that they can’t fight because one of them may be the real Sunstreaker.  Hot Rod and Wheeljack continue to race away from the Sunstreakers.  Hot Rod wants to fight back but Wheeljack continues to not let him.   Hot Rod knows that he can out drive the fake Sunstreakers, Wheeljack follows his lead.  They evade two of the fake Sunstreakers, but three remain.  The two Autobots lead the fake Sunstreakers to an isolated area.  With no humans around, they transform to battle.  Wheeljack wields a pistol and Hot Rod has his arm blasters.  The two Autobots prepare for battle.  The remaining three Sunstreakers surround them.  They reveal that they are able to transform as well, and they are Headmasters.

The Sunstreakers prepare to fight, Hot Rod stalls them.  Wheeljack fires his Gyro Inhibitor into the air and shorts out the Sunstreakers.  The two Autobots escape and start driving to save Ironhide.

Hot Rod and Wheeljack get to the scrap yard minutes before Ironhide is scheduled to be scrapped (Seriously?  They have an actual schedule of which cars get crushed?  And that schedule is on the internet for the Autobots to hack into??? seems a little more contrived that giant robots from another planet who transform into cars).  Both Autobots hope that they lost the fake Sunstreakers.  Hot Rod uses a magnetic device to pull the chains off of the gates of the junkyard.  As they drive into the junkyard, Wheeljack tells Hot Rod that he doesn’t pick up Ironhide’s GPS.  They start the tedious task of starting the search for Ironhide.  As they continue the search, Wheeljack intercepts a call that the junkyard owner made to the police about someone breaking in.  Wheeljack makes it seem that police are on the way.

Wheeljack and Hot Rod split up to cover more ground.  Hot Rod has the good idea (why didn’t they do this to begin with?!?) to stake out the compactor which will be compressing Ironhide into a cube.  Wheeljack tells Hot Rod that he will meet him at the compactor.  Before Wheeljack can get too far, a pile of junked cars fall on him.  The fake Sunstreakers found Wheeljack and want to continue their fight.  A single fake Sunstreaker corners Hot Rod and tells him that he is isolated from Wheeljack.  Since Wheeljack isn’t there to hold Hot Rod back, Hot Rod decides to use all of his strength against his enemy.  Hot Rod and the fake Sunstreaker drive at full speed towards each other.  The Fake Sunstreaker shoots missiles at Hot Rod, but he dodges them.  The fake Sunstreaker blows out his tire and crashes and is destroyed.  Hot Rod is then attacked by the other two fake Sunstreakers.  Hot Rod is able to outmaneuver them so they crash on their own.  A fake Sunstreaker is about to open fire on Hot Rod, but Hardhead arrives and destroys the car.  Hardhead tells Hot Rod to come with him, but Hot Rod feels he has to save Ironhide.  Hot Rod tells Hardhead that the only way he’ll go back to the Autobots is if Hardhead physically removes him.  Hardhead lets Hot Rod go on his journey.

Doubledealer meets with Hot Rod on Earth. Optimus Prime wants them to go into space to find a device called “The Magnificence” which can answer any question.  Optimus wants to use it to find out about Nova Prime.  Doubledealer convinces Hot Rod to go with him so he can use the Magnificence to find Sunstreaker.  Hot Rod leads him to another planet to get the device.  Hot Rod and Doubledealer go to Ki-Aleta to get the Magnificence.  They find themselves at the Omega Bunker.  Hot Rod remembers the failed mission on the planet and wonders how it went so bad so fast.  Hot Rod leads Doubledealer to a large stone pillar to reach the magnificence.  Doubledealer asks if they can fly there, but Hot Rod says there is too much atmospheric interference to fly.  During the climb, Hot Rod addresses the questions he had about the mission years ago.  He wonders how the Decepticons knew that the communications were unsecured.  He wonders how a brand new holographic projector simply explodes.  He also wonders why Doubledealer was taken captive when the Decepticons killed everyone else.  Hot Rod asks the Magnificence if Doubledealer betrayed the Autobots.  The device says yes.  Before Doubledealer can kill Hot Rod, Hot Rod shoots him with his wrist blasters and Doubledealer falls to his death.  Hot Rod contacts Ultra Magnus and tells him that a Nega-Core was found in the cave that Cyclonus escaped from.  There are two others on other planets.  One is guarded by Monstructor, one by Sixshot.

Hot Rod winds up in Dallas Texas at a Machination base led by Scorponok.  Scorponok is beating the crap out of Hot Rod.  Scorponok tells Hot Rod that he doesn’t plan to kill him, and if he did, he would’ve killed him already.  Scorponok is enjoying beating Hot Rod.  Hot Rod is alive but disabled.  Scorponok has two Headmaster Sunstreakers take Hot Rod away.

Hot Rod is forced to watch with Scorponok as the Machination tries to take over the Earth.  One of Hot Rod’s legs is severely damaged and he has a hard time standing and walking.  Hot Rod criticizes Scorponok’s plan and calls it “mundane”.  Scorponok’s plans fail and Hot Rod laughs at him.  Scorponok has two Headmaster Sunstreakers carry Hot Rod out to kill him.  Hot Rod ignites himself and the Headmasters fall down.  Hot Rod limps away from the husks of the Headmasters.

Hot Rod makes it out of the building, but more fake Sunstreakers are close by.  The REAL Sunstreaker saves him.  Hot Rod is still in no condition to fight.  He tries to convince Sunstreaker not to go in alone.  Sunstreaker tells him that he will just blend in.  Sunstreaker walks into the Machination base.  Hot Rod rewires his communication systems to call for help.  This causes him massive pain.  His call is answered by the Dinobots.

Slag goes to Hot Rod and offers to take him with them.  Hot Rod says he needs to see how this plays out.  Slag tells Hot Rod that he is too damaged to do anything.  Hot Rod meets Hunter in the Machination base and they find Scorponok’s original head.  Hunter tells Hot Rod that if he destroys the head, then it may defeat the Headmaster Scorponok.  Back in the Machination base, Scorponok plans to crush Hot Rod’s head.  The Dinobots join the fight.  Hot Rod tells the Dinobots to destroy the separated head of Scorponok.  Swoop flies to it and cuts the power chords with his wings.  Scorponok’s robot body freezes up.  Ultra Magnus quickly arrives to arrest Scorponok and purge the Machination facility of any Cybertronian technology.  

Hot Rod makes it back to Cybertron and adopts his G1 Cartoon form.  He spies on Wheeljack and Bumblebee.  Cliffjumper finds him and punches him, making Hot Rod fall out of the shadows.

After he is found, Hot Rod tells the Autobots his story.  Hot Rod, Blaster, Kup, Springer, Blurr, and Drift (The Wreckers) were on an Autobot space craft that was hunting a Decepticon ship called the Torment.  Perceptor prepares to fire their weapons at the ship.  Blaster detects that the Torment is about to do a Quantum Jump and escape. Kup thought that they disabled the Torment’s quantum drive.  Blaster projects that their destination is Cybertron.  Springer assumed that Cybertron was off limits to anyone.  When they reach Cybertron, they find themselves surrounded by Decepticon warships.  The shields and navigation systems are malfunctioning.  The Decepticons open fire and the Autobots are left defenseless.  The Autobot ship crash lands on Cybertron.  Back in the present, Hot Rod tells the Autobots that he assumed that the Autobots who found him on Cybertron heard his beacon.  Once Hot Rod finds out that the Autobots on Cybertron are allies, Kup reveals the Wreckers to them.  

The Insecticon swarm starts it’s attack on the Autobots.  

When the Autobots get to safety, they gather to make a plan for their next move.  Morale is at an all time low.   Mirage says they can make a last stand, but there is no point.  Drift says that they are Autobots and they have to continue fighting.  Bumblebee reminds Drift that he once was a Decepticon.  Hot Rod reprimands Bumblebee for not being respectful to Drift.  Bumblebee doesn’t trust Drift and says he doesn’t have any right to be an Autobot.  Hot Rod and Bumblebee are about to start fighting, but Blaster breaks it up.  Sideswipe enters the room and tells everyone that Sunstreaker is dead.

The battle continues as the Autobots fight to survive. The Autobots are about to lose, but they are saved by Omega Supreme.  Omega Supreme stomps a lot of Insecticons and then fires his blaster at them.  Optimus asks how Omega Supreme knew they needed help.  Hot Rod tells Optimus Prime that he signaled Omega.  Omega Supreme transforms into rocket mode and the Autobots escape back to Earth.

Hot Rod remains on Earth, but the Autobots stay in hiding since Skywatch is hunting them.  He is fed up with the constant hiding and is tired of them always fighting Skywatch.  Optimus Prime tells him that the Autobots need to stay on Earth because it is vulnerable to Decepticon attack.  Hot Rod points out that attacks rarely happen by the Decepticons.  Hot Rod accuses Optimus Prime for feeling he has to protect everyone and everything, but not dealing with the actual issue.  Ironhide tells him to be respectful to Optimus.  Hot Rod tells Optimus that they know where Skywatch has brought the fallen Autobots.  Hot Rod wants to attack, but Optimus only will approve a covert mission.  The mission is a failure despite the fact that they rescued Prowl.  Skywatch fights the Autobot team with all of their weapons.  Hot Rod helps Prowl get to safety.

After Optimus Prime surrenders to Skywatch, Hot Rod wants to leave the Earthbound Autobots.  Brawn thinks he is weak for wanting to leave.  Hot Rod and several other Autobots leave the Autobot base.  They go to Omega Supreme to try to leave Earth.  Omega says that he doesn’t have enough Energon to get back to Cybertron.  Hot Rod and the other Autobots are willing to give Omega Supreme some of their Energon so they can go to a new planet.  Omega Supreme refuses to leave Earth unless Optimus Prime comes with him.  As Omega Supreme is rejecting Hot Rod’s request, he detects several Decepticons about to attack.  Hot Rod orders the Autobots to fight back.  Before the first shot is fired, everyone decides to talk to each other.  Hot Rod and Swindle agree that it doesn’t make sense to fight anymore because the war is over.  Prowl doesn’t want to ally himself with Decepticons.  Hot Rod suggests everyone votes.

The new and shaky alliance of Autobots and Decepticons make a temporary base of operations in an abandoned Army Hangar.  Jetfire complains that he wants to leave Earth.  He feels everything moves too slowly on Earth, especially the transfer of data.  Hot Rod wants Jetfire to reverse engineer Skywatch technology so Skywatch can’t use the inhibitor bolts anymore.  Hot Rod wants to rescue all of the captured Autobots.  Jetfire is having trouble reverse engineering the Skywatch technology.  Hot Rod has faith in Jetfire, but Jetfire tells Hot Rod that he isn’t an engineer.  Jetfire thinks of himself as a scientist.

Hot Rod and Swindle oversee the construction of a spacecraft so they can leave Earth.  Swindle isn’t satisfied with the progress and suggests to Hot Rod that they liberate a few more Constructicons from Skywatch.  Hot Rod does not agree to attack Skywatch, even though he is very happy that Swindle is trying to make peace with the Autobots.  Even though he won’t attack Skywatch, Hot Rod is unhappy that there are deactivated Transformers in Skywatch’s custody.  Swindle suggests that they find other Stunticons to help since they are good at heavy labor.  Hot Rod is on the fence about it.  Swindle tells him that a lot of the Transformers who want to leave Earth have started to call him Rodimus Prime.  Hot Rod is flattered, but uncomfortable at the same time.  Swindle convinces Hot Rod to let him liberate more Stunticons.  Swindle’s flattery starts to grow on Hot Rod and he starts going by Rodimus Prime now.  Before they free more Stunticons, Dead End and Motormaster stand watch at the building site of the ship.  Motormaster sees that Ultra Magnus is approaching.  Hot Rod, Prowl, and Sandstorm greet Ultra Magnus.  Hot Rod tells Ultra Magnus to refer to him as Rodimus Prime.  Ultra Magnus is confused, but he does refer to him as Rodimus.  Ultra Magnus wants to talk to Rodimus about Ironhide’s death since Rodimus was the leader of the mission.  He also reminds Rodimus that he is a deserter and doesn’t have authority to build a spaceship.  He demands that Rodimus dismantles the spaceship.  Ultra Magnus also tells Rodimus that he is not in line to be leader since Prowl is second in command.  Prowl explains that he gave up his right to be in charge since he felt Rodimus would do a better job.  When Ultra Magnus sees Swindle, he takes out his blaster and starts firing.  He wants to arrest Swindle.  Rodimus calms Ultra Magnus down and holds him back from harming Swindle.  Ultra Magnus demands that Rodimus and the other Autobots return to the Autobase or be declared treasonous.  Prowl tells Magnus that the war ended, so there are no sides for him to betray anymore.  Prowl reveals that he is the one who contacted Ultra Magnus to come to Earth.  Ultra Magnus transforms to return to the Autobase.  Swindle thanks Rodimus for standing up for him.

At the rocket site, Bluestreak complains to Rodimus that the Stunticons and Swindle aren’t working hard enough.  Swindle has been repairing Breakdown for the last 3 hours.  Rodimus explains that they are only 6 hours away from launch and they will have to be sensitive that the Stunticons want to be united.  Under Ultra Magnus’ command, an Autobot strike force goes to Rodimus’ spacecraft.  Ultra Magnus demands that Rodimus surrenders.  He has deputized the other Earth bound Autobots to be his police force.  Rodimus tries to explain that he isn’t a traitor and he is working for peace with the Decepticons.  Rodimus asks Bumblebee for his opinion.  Bumblebee tells Rodimus that he is fine with him leaving Earth, but he is a little troubled by his alliance with Decepticons. Swindle tells Rodimus that he will handle this.  Swindle and the Decepticons betray Rodimus and the alliance.  Ultra Magnus tries to make Swindle see that the Decepticons are outnumbered.  Swindle reveals his new “invention”.  The combiner Menasor.  

After the battle, Ultra Magnus plans to arrest Rodimus, but Rodimus escapes by stealing Ultra Magnus’ ship.

Rodimus stays in Space inside of Ultra Magnus’ ship.  The ship has state of the art tracking abilities and a full arsenal of weaponry.  He flies to the Decepticon asteroid.  He is soon discovered and the Decepticons open fire with a massive cannon.  Rodimus anticipated this and goes into a safe to survive the destruction of the ship.  Rodimus emerges from the safe and gathers weapons to fight the Decepticons.  Soon, Acid Storm and Shrapnel go to the crash site to see if they can salvage anything.  They are joined by Bombshell.  From the shadows, Rodimus opens fire and shoots Shrapnel in the back.  Acid Storm is shot next.  Bombshell throws a Cerebro Shell at Rodimus, but Rodimus has a panel of the safe as armor, so he isn’t effected.  Rodimus disables Bombshell by shooting him.  Razorclaw watches Rodimus defeat the Decepticons while being patient in Beast Mode.  Razorclaw pounces on Rodimus and tries to eat him.  Rodimus puts the Cerebro Shell in Razorclaw’s mouth.  Razorclaw is under Rodimus’ control now.  Razorclaw walks into Starscream’s throne room and Starscream asks what he wants.  Razorclaw tries to pounce on Starscream.  Starscream disables him and Rodimus walks in with guns pointed at Starscream.  Starscream realizes that Razorclaw was under Rodimus’ control.  Rodimus insists that Starscream gives him the Matrix.  Starscream refuses to.  He tells Rodimus that in the last 3 years he has faced so many assassination attempts that he was forced to reinforce his armor.  Rodimus threatens to destroy the Matrix if Starscream doesn’t give it to him.  Rodimus shoots the matrix and Starscream is disabled by a bolt of feedback from the Matrix.  Rodimus takes the matrix and tries to find a ship to escape the Decepticon asteroid from.  He dodges being detected by Astrotrain.  Rodimus walks into a large figure.  It is Megatron in a brand new body.  Rodimus grabs the Matrix and holds it in front of him to shield himself.  Megatron fires and the energy blast goes right through the Matrix and hits Rodimus.  Rodimus is launched off into space.

Rodimus drifts through space with the Matrix (now un-destroyed) around his neck.  As he approaches a planet, the gravity sucks him to the planet where he crashes in a fireball.  He Is quickly discovered by two aliens named Codder and Garnak.  They want to harvest Rodimus’ armor to make other things made of metal.  They try to take the Matrix, but the Matrix has fused itself onto Rodimus.  Rodimus suddenly snaps back to life, scaring the aliens.  They plan to bring Rodimus to their leader, another alien named the Admiral.  They don’t know what the Matrix is, but they know it is something that is important.  Rodimus is repaired, but restrained.  The Admiral takes Rodimus and locks him in his spacecraft which is marooned on the alien planet.  The Admiral wants to use parts of Rodimus to repair his ship and leave the planet.  The Admiral turns out to not be evil, he wants to try to repair Rodimus and leave the planet, but if he can only do one, he will let Rodimus die so he and his crew can get home safe.  Rodimus uses his arm blasters to free himself.  The Admiral takes out a weapon and starts firing at Rodimus.  Rodimus jumps out of the crashed spacecraft and transforms into vehicle mode to escape.  The Admiral had no idea that Rodimus could transform.  The act of transforming caused Rodimus extreme amounts of pain.  Rodimus drives into a rock and it causes him to fly into the air.  In midair he transforms and crashes into the ground.  The planet has acidic rain and lots of large angry animals.  Rodimus encounters one of the beasts in a cave.  The beast swipes at Rodimus with his claws.  Suddenly, Rodimus hears music and the beast slows down.  Rodimus takes advantage of the moment and shoots the beast in it’s eye.  Wheelie appears and shoots the beast in the eye with his energy slingshot.  Rodimus thanks him and Wheelie says that he is dumb and he drew out the animal.  Rodimus quickly recognizes Wheelie as his lost friend.  Wheelie tells Rodimus that they have to get to safety because more beasts will come soon.  Rodimus has trouble transforming, so Wheelie transforms and drags Rodimus.  Wheelie is still living in the Decepticon ship from the Wheelie Spotlight..  Rodimus asks if everyone on the planet lives in an abandoned Spaceship.  Inside, Wheelie reveals he doesn’t remember Rodimus at all.  Rodimus tries to job his memory but it doesn’t really work.  Wheelie works on repairing Rodimus.  One of the Admirals aliens, Garnak, either Codder or Garnak,finds the pair of Autobots and wants to bring them to the Admiral so they can finally get off the planet.  Rodimus opens fire but the alien has a shield tuned to the energy signature of Rodimus’ weapons.   Wheelie knows the opponent out with a large piece of machinery.  Wheelie ties up Garnak and later, we get exposition about the Admiral.  Basically all you need to know is, he’s a dick, he crashed on the planet 3 years ago, and he isn’t really an admiral.  The Admiral and Codder go to Wheelie’s lair to get Garnak back.  But Rodimus and Wheelie made Garnak believe that they can all work together to get off the planet.  The Admiral doesn’t want to do that and draws his gun on the two Autobots.  Rodimus transforms and drives over Codder.  Wheelie summons one of the beasts.  The Admiral and Codder run away.  Rodimus uses his power core to repair Wheelie’s ship.  Rodimus has to be knocked out to operate the space craft.  Wheelie, Rodimus, and Garnak escape the planet.

Rodimus wakes up and sees that the Matrix is no longer fused to his chest.  Garnak tells Rodimus that Wheelie was able to remove it and is using it to power the spaceship.  Rodimus asks how long he has been knocked out for, but Garnak has no conception of time, so he doesn’t know if it is days, hours, or even years.  Rodimus goes to the bridge of the ship and asks Wheelie what is going on.  Wheelie says that he thought it would be best to let Rodimus rest.  Before Rodimus can learn how long he has been unconscious for, Wheelie says they are approaching a planet.  That planet is Cybertron.  Rodimus tells Wheelie that they can’t land on Cybertron.  Since Wheelie has been missing, Cybertron has become inhospitable.  Rodimus tells Wheelie that there are worse creatures on Cybertron that Wheelie can’t stop with his slingshot and a song.  But it is too late, they already landed on Cybertron.  The engines of the ship aren’t working anymore because the Matrix refuses to give the engines anymore power.  Rodimus tries to get the Matrix to give them more power for the ship, but it won’t.  The alarms go off and there is an intruder on the ship.  It is Ironhide.   Ironhide bursts into the ship with guns drawn assuming they are Decepticons.  Rodimus is shocked to see Ironhide because he thought Ironhide was dead.  Ironhide gives Rodimus a big hug.  Rodimus then sees Sunstreaker, who he also thought was dead.  Rodimus thinks he died and is in the afterlife.   Ironhide and Sunstreaker are shocked to see Wheelie, who has been missing for a very long time.  Rodimus points at Sunstreaker and asks what he has on a leash.  Sunstreaker domesticated one of the Insecticon swarm and named him Bob.  Garnak doesn’t know that Rodimus and Wheelie are friends with Ironhide and Sunstreaker, so he opens fire on Ironhide.  The attack does no damage to Ironhide.  Rodimus wants to find out what happened to Ironhide, but Sunstreaker doesn’t want him telling Ironhide that he died before.  Rodimus wants to look outside at Cybertron, and Wheelie stays inside with Ironhide and Sunstreaker.  Sunstreaker goes outside with Rodimus.  Rodimus learns that Alpha Trion saved both Sunstreaker and Ironhide, and now Rodimus knows that the ancient Autobot is real.   Sunstreaker tells Rodimus that he wants to atone for all the things he did wrong to the Autobots.  Wheelie joins them and continues to speak in his annoying rhyming.  Sunstreaker asks Rodimus why Wheelie speaks like that and Rodimus has no idea.  Rodimus asks what the story with Bob is.  Sunstreaker tells Rodimus that Bob helps them track the Insecticon swarm.  Suddenly, the Autobots are attacked from the air.  Sunstreaker tells Rodimus to attack their enemy before he reports that there are more Autobots on Earth.  Rodimus has no idea what is going on, but he transforms and Wheelie rides on top of Rodimus’ roof.  Wheelie shoots the attacker with his energy slingshot.  The attacker crashes to the ground.  Rodimus and Wheelie follow.  From cover, they spy on the attackers.  Rodimus asks Wheelie for his binoculars, but Wheelie doesn’t want to share.  He ultimately does and the two Autobots see that they weren’t attacked by Insecticons, they were attacked by Sweeps.  Rodimus and Wheelie return to Ironhide and Sunstreaker and tell the two Autobots they should leave Cybertron.  Sunstreaker says that the Matrix is refusing to give them energy.  Rodimus wants to use the fuel cell which Alpha Trion gave Sunstreaker and Ironhide to escape.  Before they can, they are attacked by a fleet of Sweeps.   The Autobots are able to escape before the Sweeps reach them.  They go to Earth

The Autobots gather and see that Rodimus is back.  Rodimus is wearing the Matrix around his neck again.  Ironhide also returned to Earth with Sunstreaker and Wheelie. Rodimus quickly asks Bumblebee where Optimus Prime is.  Bumblebee has no idea what is going on. Beachcomber directs Rodimus to Optimus Prime  Rodimus gives the Matrix back to Optimus.  Optimus Prime officially renames Hot Rod.  He is permanently known as Rodimus now.  Optimus Prime tells the Autobots that Cybertron is habitable again, but Galvatron is out there forming an army.  Optimus plans to go back to Cybertron inside of Omega Supreme and tells the Autobots that he will take whoever wants to go with him.  All of the Autobots aside for Bumblebee plan to go back to Cybertron.

After Optimus speaks to Megatron, he gathers the Autobots.  Optimus knows that they have to try Megatron for his crimes, but he doesn’t know how Megatron can get a fair trial.  Ultra Magnus suggests that they have Tyrest be the arbiter.  Everyone thinks that Tyrest is dead, but Magnus says he isn’t.  Rodimus reveals that he was listening in on Optimus Prime’s conversation with Megatron.  Optimus forces all of the Autobots out of the room in anger.

Optimus Prime goes to Rodimus.  He asks Rodimus how it felt when he was bonded to the Matrix.  Where it was painful for Optimus, it was pleasurable for Rodimus.

When the Autobots land on Cybertron, Optimus Prime splits them up.  Optimus has Drift and Rodimus go with him.  Optimus Prime also decides to take Sunstreaker and Ironhide since they have spent the most time on Cybertron in recent times.  Optimus Prime has Cliffjumper stay behind to organize the landing party of reinforcements.  Optimus Prime wants Omega Supreme to stay in orbit and not to fight unless he is needed.   .  Galvatron tells Optimus Prime and the Autobots that he doesn’t want to fight them and he plans to give them Cybertron when his mission is completed.  Galvatron refuses to tell the Autobots what his plans are for the future.  Optimus asks who Galvatron is preparing an army to fight.  Galvatron tells the Autobots that it is something that can destroy them all.  Rodimus doesn’t believe that Galvatron isn’t going to harm them, especially since Galvatron attacked him recently.  Galvatron actually apologizes and tells Rodimus that he had no control over his soldiers and was forced to attack Rodimus.  Ironhide doesn’t trust Galvatron at all.  Optimus declines the alliance, but tells Galvatron that he doesn’t want to fight.  Galvatron points his cannon at Optimus and tells him that if the Autobots aren’t going to ally themselves with him, they will be destroyed.  Before Galvatron can fire, Ironhide tackles him.  Galvatron orders the Sweeps to attack the Autobots.  The Sweeps attack the Autobots in force.   Rodimus fires with his wrist blasters.   Drift is attacked by a Sweep and Rodimus rushes to him to make sure his friend is okay.  Galvatron knocks Rodimus down and prepares to destroy him.  Ironhide smashes Galvatron with the body of a dead Sweep, saving Rodimus.  Ironhide prepares to shoot Galvatron, but Cyclonus strafes the battlefield in jet mode.  Galvatron grabs Cyclonus and escapes.   After the battle, Optimus gathers the Autobots.  He tells them that he doesn’t trust Galvatron   The next thing the Autobots see is the Kimia Outpost in Cybertron’s orbit

As the Kimia Outpost arrives in Cybertron’s orbit, it deploys its main cannon to attack the surface.  All of the Autobots dive to cover.  Optimus Prime sends the Autobot fliers, including the Aerialbots and Powerglide, to do recon.  Optimus Prime rallies the ground troops for different taskRodimus wants to go into space, but Optimus Prime is skeptical.  Rodimus explains to Optimus that he can provide a better perspective of the battle from inside Omega Supreme.  Optimus Prime is a little surprised that Rodimus had such a good idea and sends Trailbreaker to join him.  Trailbreaker asks Rodimus what he needs him to do, and Rodimus hopes that he doesn’t need Trailbreaker’s help at all.  When the Kimia Outpost fires, Rodimus has Trailbreaker shield the Autobots.  The blast creates a massive crater on Cybertron.  Rodimus contacts Optimus and says that they need to destroy the outpost before it destroys Cybertron.  Both Optimus and Rodimus are aware that there are Autobots aboard the outpost who may die.  Rodimus plans to ram Omega Supreme into the Kimia Outpost.  The Kimia Outpost is destroyed.

Optimus Prime, Drift, Rodimus, and Ironhide maintain their pursuit of Galvatron and his forces.  Optimus’ team knows that the Decepticons have joined the fight (to help the Autobots against Galvatron).  Optimus, Drift, Rodimus, and Ironhide wind up at the crater which was created when the Kimia Outpost fired on Cybertron.  There is now a massive hole on Cybertron which digs deep into the center of the planet.  Optimus knows that Galvatron is under the surface of Cybertron.  Rodimus asks how, and Optimus Prime explains that the Matrix is connected to Galvatron somehow and the Matrix is guiding Optimus to him. Alone, Optimus climbs into the hole.  Optimus Prime’s team trusts Optimus and they follow him.  Almost right away, they encounter Galvatron.  The Autobots train their weapons on Galvatron.  Galvatron starts ranting that “It is almost here!”

Under Cybertron’s surface, Optimus Prime and his group are trying to come up with a plan.  Rodimus is tending to Drift, who is clinging to life.  Optimus Prime wants to get back to the fight, but Rodimus tells him that without repairs, Drift will die.  Rodimus realizes what D-Void and Galvatron’s plan is.  The two evil entities want to use the Heart of Darkness to corrupt Vector Sigma.  At virtually the same time, Optimus and Rodimus realize how to defeat D-Void, use the Matrix (to light their darkest hour).  Rodimus asks Optimus if the Matrix can heal Drift, and Optimus tells him that it can’t.   Optimus Prime and Rodimus enter the chamber of Vector Sigma and open fire on Galvatron.  Optimus using his Ion Cannon, Rodimus using his wrist lasers.  The two Autobots are too late.  Galvatron has already opened the Heart of Darkness and is using it to corrupt Vector Sigma.  Suddenly, the Autobot Shuttle which was carrying the survivors of the Kimia Outpost crashes into Galvatron.  Galvatron emerges from the wreckage and the Autobots open fire on him.  Rodimus tells Optimus Prime to use the Matrix.  Optimus is apprehensive to do it.  Vector Sigma is lost, Cybertron may be lost.  Optimus wants to hold onto the only thing they have left.  Rodimus is optimistic that they can save the day and not lose the matrix.  Optimus Prime is conflicted.  Galvatron shoots Optimus Prime.  Galvatron monologues and tells Optimus that he has won and he will be the rightful ruler of Cybertron.  Suddenly, from behind Galvatron, Cyclonus attacks Galvatron with his bare hands.   Before he can attack his opponents, Galvatron starts to fade away.   Optimus Prime uses the Matrix to destroy the Heart of Darkness.  The Autobots have won, but the Matrix has fused into a ball of metal that is now inert.



Hot Rod is a brash impulsive young Autobot, but he is also very powerful for someone so young and inexperienced.  He is armed with 2 photon cannons, each wrist has 3 blasters, one hand can transform into a saw, and the other can transform into a welding torch.  He also can employ binoculars.  After becoming binary bonded with Firebolt, his firepower was also improved.  In vehicle mode, he is one of the fastest Autobots.

As Rodimus Prime, it is unknown if he kept his “hand tools” and binoculars.  He was armed with one large rifle and kept the wrist blasters.  He was able to transform into a winnebago whose trailer transformed into a battle platform.  He also had the Matrix of Leadership housed in his chest which increased his intelligence and enhanced his leadership abilities

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