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Specifics: Cyrus Rhodes prior to Hulking up
Colossus Rhodes is a human in the Transformers Animated continuity family.

Paul Teutul is pissed. Again.

Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes is a biotech-enhanced human who works for Prometheus Black. He seems to have issues over being rather small and frail, so he uses the enhancements to transform into a giant that's as big as Bulkhead.

That's pretty fragging big.

Black boasts that Rhodes is one of his greatest successes in biotechnological enhancement.

"That's a human?"
"Must be a new model..."
Bulkhead and Prowl commenting on Rhodes' strange appearance[["Total Meltdown"| [src]]]


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Actor: Corey Burton (English)
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Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details for Total Meltdown follow.

Cyrus Rhodes first appeared as a combatant in a wrestling match staged by Prometheus Black to show off how effective biotechnology is. Though he seemed to be just a tiny, old man, pistons implanted in his back began pumping super-steroids that quickly made him more than a match for Bumblebee. He tossed the plucky little 'bot out of the ring, and then proceeded to make a mess out of him and most of the surrounding parking lot. He was then disoriented by the sounds of a nearby car alarm, giving Prowl a chance to disable the pistons that granted him his enhancements. Captain Fanzone was not impressed by Rhodes's crazed, berserker-like state and denied Black the coveted Detroit police contract.

Later, as Black attacked the Sumdac corporation as the villainous Meltdown, Rhodes was left to mop up the opposition outside. Prowl again tried to disable the freak's steroid pistons, but Rhodes commented that the "boss" had reinforced them. Ultimately, he became disoriented again when he accidentally tossed Optimus Prime against a church bell. Prowl correctly surmised that sonics were Rhodes's weakness, so Prime struck the bell repeatedly and forced Rhodes back into his normal, un-enhanced form. Total Meltdown


  • Colossus Rhodes's name is presumably a reference to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • His vulnerability to high-frequency sonic waves seems similar to the that of Marvel supervillain Venom, another joint trait being that their shared weakness is discovered by the accidental ringing of a church bell, as seen in Spider-Man 3.
  • This doesn't even touch on his thematic resemblance to DC Comics's steroid-pumped freak, Bane.
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