Rodimus is the name of a fictional character in the Transformers universes, formerly known as Hot Rod. Hasbro has used the name Rodimus and Rodimus Major as a replacement for Hot Rod due to trademark issues with that name. As Hot Rod, he is portrayed as energetic, yet brash and headstrong; with an overwhelming self-confidence that borders on arrogance. As Rodimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, he is significantly more mature, physically powerful and instilled with the wisdom of the previous holders of the Matrix. Regardless of this, Rodimus is plagued by lack of confidence and often doubting his own decisions, often feeling he is in the shadow of previous leader Optimus Prime.
Hot Rod's tech specs list him as a Autobot Cavalier while as Rodimus Prime, he is listed as an "Autobot Protector" - unlike Optimus Prime's, which directly states "Autobot Commander" despite the two having the same rank. A commercial for the toy hinted at his ascension but pitted him against Cyclonus and Scourge instead of Galvatron who was his chief adversary in the animated series.
Hot Rod and Rodimus have displayed the ability to shoot lasers out of his forearms as well as having a retractable saw blade.
Hot Rod first appeared in the Headmasters limited series as one of the Autobot crew led by Fortress Maximus. He became a Targetmaster in the fourth and final issue of the series. However, his Targetmaster partner is called Sparks, instead of Firebolt (though the UK comic would occasionally call him Firebolt). Hot Rod made sporadic appearances, with a few UK stories starring him as the lead but most of them were set in the past or future. Kup's Story revealed the first meeting between Kup and Hot Rod, and how Hot Rod's influence shook Kup out of depression; and Ark Duty starred Hot Rod and set up the creation of Autobot City. Hot Rod debuted in the main continuity after the loss of many warriors to the Underbase powered Starscream as part of Fortress Maximus's group. He served as an eager soldier who idolized Optimus. However, he was killed during the Decepticon ambush on Klo in the last issue of the Marvel G1 comic, only to be resurrected by Prime and the Last Autobot.
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