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{{disambig2|the Generation 1 Autobot|the Energon Autobot|Rodimus (Energon)}}
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{{disambig2|the episode of the Robots in Disguise television series|the Autobot member-select program|Battle Protocol}}
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:''Hot Rod is an Autobot in the [[Generation 1]] continuity family. He has also been known as '''Rodimus Prime''', '''Rodimus''', and '''Rodimus Major'''.''
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[[Image:Megatron hand.jpg|thumb|Would you like a hand with that?|250px]]
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{{Episodenav|RiD|1|next=An Explosive Situation}}
   
[[Image:DVDbox3d1.jpg|right|301px|thumb|Opening the Matrix gives you wrinkles.]]
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The [[Predacon (RID)|Predacon]]s appear on [[Earth]] and kidnap [[Doctor Onishi]].
   
'''Hot Rod''' is brash and headstrong, with an overwhelming self-confidence that borders on arrogance. [[Kup]] has assumed the role of mentor and advisor to the impetuous young Hot Rod, offering him wisdom and advice when he needs it (though Hot Rod rarely feels that he does, much to Kup's annoyance). [[Arcee (G1)|Arcee]], a female Autobot, also serves as a calming influence on Hot Rod, and tends to either worry about him when he is not around, or deride and tease him when he is. Their relationship is antagonistic, but friendly. Exactly how deep Hot Rod's feelings for Arcee might run is unknown, whether they be friendly, romantic, or otherwise.
 
   
In contrast, his '''Rodimus Prime''' persona - while still headstrong and stubborn - seems to suffer from a severe lack of confidence, often doubting his own decisions and expressing distress over his position as an Autobot leader. Of course, much of this comes from having immediately succeeded leadership from [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]], and shoes-to-be-filled don't ''get'' much bigger than that.
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==Detailed synopsis==
   
One thing that both sides of this Autobot's identity have in common is their impatience - neither Hot Rod nor Rodimus Prime can stand to wait around when they could be doing something instead. He is also very self-reliant, rarely sending others to do anything when he could be doing it himself.
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A trio of fire vehicles head towards a house fire. But instead of following them, we linger on a house they pass, the house of [[Koji Onishi]].
   
His [[Targetmaster]] partner is [[Firebolt (G1)|'''Firebolt''']].
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Koji is awakened by his alarm clock, realizing he’s late. He falls out of bed in his haste, grumbling that this always happens. He throws on his robe and rushes out the television. He wants to catch his father on TV!
   
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While it’s the middle of the night in Japan, it’s day in America, and New York is hosting the first International Scientific Symposium, for the world’s most brilliant minds in all their fields to meet and share their research to benefit the whole human race. The first speaker is Dr. Onishi, noted archaeologist and the world’s foremost expert on energy and natural resources.
   
''Japanese names:'' '''Hot Rodimus''', '''Rodimus Convoy'''<br>
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Dr. Onishi believes that the greatest danger facing the Earth today is the inefficient and improper use of energy. However, he may have to eat his words because just then, a building explodes, raining debris upon the crowds celebrating the opening ceremonies, and [[Megatron (RiD)|Megatron]] appears!
''French-Canadian name:'' '''Météorite'''<br>
 
''Italian name:'' '''Folgore'''
 
   
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The [[Predacon (RID)|Predacons]], Megatron explains, want energy. And since Dr. Onishi is the world’s foremost expert on different energy sources, they want him!
   
==Fiction==
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Koji tried to call his father on his cell phone, but the call is cut off as Dr. Onishi tried to tell Koji something important. Instead, a mysterious robot appears on the phone, telling Koji to meet him at [[Metro City|Metro Park]], and they’ll rescue his father.
===Generation 1 cartoon===
 
:''Voice actors:'' [[Judd Nelson]] → [[Dick Gautier]] (US); [[Hiroya Ishimaru]] (Japan)
 
   
[[Image:HotRodFishing1.jpg |right|200px|thumb|"I'm tellin' you, Daniel, you HAD to [[Kiss Players|kiss]] me to activate my fishing rod. STOP crying!"]]
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Back at the house fire, hearing that the fire is now under control, one of the firetrucks pulls away under its own power, without a driver! Minutes later, it's this empty firetruck that arrives to pick up Koji.
   
Hot Rod was one of the many Autobots based in [[Autobot City]], on [[Earth]]. He was close friends with the young human [[Daniel Witwicky]], and seemed to have a reputation for being something of a trouble-maker, judging from a few of Kup's comments to him at the time. Realising that the Decepticons were invading, Hot Rod opened fire on their stolen shuttle and exposed their ruse before Megatron could enter the city. Although this did give the rest of the Autobots time to begin transforming Autobot City and raising their defences, it also left Hot Rod trapped outside with Kup and Daniel. After defeating the Decepticons [[Blitzwing (G1)|Blitzwing]] and [[Shrapnel (G1)|Shrapnel]] with some help from Kup, Hot Rod managed to find a way inside the fortress city and took part in its defense. During [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime's]] battle with [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]], Hot Rod intervened in an attempt to help, but succeeded only in giving Megatron the chance he needed to mortally wound the Autobot leader.
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Once inside him, Optimus Prime explains that he’s a robot from the planet [[Cybertron]]. He swears Koji to secrecy before showing him the secret of the [[Space bridge|Global Space Bridge]], the high-speed transport network that will allow them to drive from Japan to New York in minutes.
   
After Prime's death, Autobot City was attacked again - by [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]]. While escaping, Hot Rod and Kup (and the [[Dinobot (G1)|Dinobots]]) were seperated from the rest of the Autobots and crashed on the planet [[Quintessa|Quintessa]]. There, Hot Rod met the Quintessons, an enemy who would haunt him for some time later. After escaping their sadistic trial and attempted execution (as well as meeting [[Wheelie (G1)|Wheelie]]), Hot Rod went on to the planet [[Junk]], where he was just in time to stop [[Wreck-Gar (G1)|Wreck-Gar]] from destroying the rest of the Autobot City refugees with a timely use of the [[Universal greeting]]. Together, they all travelled to [[Cybertron]] to stop [[Unicron]] before he could eat more than just its moons.
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Arriving in New York, Optimus Prime transforms and fights Megatron. Seeing that his friend is a robot just like Megatron, Koji fears they’re the same. Optimus Prime explains that though they may seem the same, Autobots and Predacons could not be more different.
   
[[Image:RodimusPrimeMovie1.jpg |left|200px|thumb|"Oh no you DI'INT!"]]
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Megatron summons the trio of Predacons, [[Slapper (RID)|Slapper]], [[Gas Skunk]] and [[Dark Scream]] to handle Optimus while he goes after Dr. Onishi.
   
Inside of Unicron, Hot Rod was seperated from the rest of his team when their ship crashed (something which happens to Hot Rod a lot). Alone, he found himself facing [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]] in a battle to the death over the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Claiming the Matrix, Hot Rod evolved into "Rodimus Prime", an older, larger, and more powerful version of himself, and used the power of the Matrix to destroy both Galvatron ''and'' Unicron once and for all (supposedly).
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Optimus activates [[T-AI]] back at the base, who initiates a [[Battle Protocol]], summoning the [[Autobot Brothers]], who’re in the same quadrant.
   
Peace reigned on Cybertron for at least long enough to put up some of the more important buildings, and Rodimus Prime began to ease into his role as the new Autobot leader. When Ultra Magnus and Spike Witwicky were kidnapped during a peace celebration, it was Rodimus who spied on the Decepticons with [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]] to determine if they were the ones who had done it. The way Rodimus had it figured, the Decepticons were usually behind everything anyway, so they seemed like a good enough place to start. After getting caught and severely beaten by the Decepticons (who were innocent of the kidnapping, but not really fans of his anyway), Rodimus was able to interface with the Matrix and learned about the origins of the Transformer race. He also learned that his old enemies, the Quintessons, were back and looking to destroy every Transformer in existence. Making things worse, Galvatron soon returned as well, and the war that everyone had assumed was safely over quickly started up again.
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X-Brawn is serving as the car for a woman named [[Kelly]], who is driving to New York for breakfast. He apologizes, but he’s gonna need to make this trip on his own- and fires an ejection seat.
   
During this period, Rodimus Prime's greatest achievements both revolved around his predecessor, [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]]. While fleeing from a Decepticon attack, Rodimus and several other Autobots took refuge in a massive Autobot crypt and discovered that their former leader seemed to have returned to life. Perhaps a little too trusting of Optimus (and possibly eager to relieve himself of the burden of leadership), Rodimus quickly passed the Matrix back to Optimus and, much to his glee, reverted back into Hot Rod. His happiness was short-lived, however, as Optimus was quickly revealed to be nothing more than a puppet of the Quintessons, sent to trick the Autobots into an ambush from which none of them would escape. With no other choice, Hot Rod was forced to do battle with Optimus Prime for the fate of the Autbots. Although their duel was clearly in the favour of the more powerful Optimus, Hot Rod was able to re-awaken the true spirit of his leader. Returning the Matrix to Rodimus, Optimus then piloted his ship into the heart of the ambush and sacrificed himself to save them all.
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Sideburn is flirting with red sportscars, and being chewed out by his brother Prowl. All 3 of them make their way to the Global Space Bridge.
   
[[Image:HotRodReturnOfOptimusPrime1.jpg |right|200px|thumb|"Does my thumb look infected to you?"]]
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X-Brawn emerges just in time to save Koji from a crumbling building. He and his brothers pair up, Prowl fighting Gas Skunk, Sideburn fighting Dark Scream, and X-Brawn against Slapper. Optimus slips away in the fray to fight Megatron.
   
Or so it had seemed at the time. As was so often the case for Rodimus, things did not quite wrap up as tidily as he might have hoped. Far from being destroyed, Optimus had been retrieved by a team of human scientists who were hoping to use him (again) as a weapon against the Autobots - this time as the bearer of a malignant "Hate Plague" that would cause them to destroy each other. When he learned of this, Rodimus swiftly formed a rescue party and led them to retrieve Optimus' body so that their former leader could rest in peace. When all of the rest of the Autobots with him were exposed to the Hate Plague, only Rodimus was able to escape unharmed - and with the still uninfected body of Optimus. Returning to Autbot City, Rodimus ordered [[Sky Lynx (G1)|Sky-Lynx]] to find a Quintesson to repair Optimus, then risked his life to shut down [[Metroplex (G1)|Metroplex]] before the Plague could spread to it. Attacked by Ultra Magnus and Wreck-Gar in the process, he succumbed to the plague and became infected with hate. In order to stop the Plague, the resurrected Optimus had to defeat the crazed Rodimus and forcibly extract the Matrix from him, changing him back into Hot Rod once more. This time, as Optimus had decided to stick around, the change was somewhat more permanent. ''Somewhat''.
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Megatron transforms into his bat mode, attacking Optimus Prime, greatly weakening the Autobot Leader. Koji emerges, calling Megatron a coward, which distracts him long enough for Optimus to target him with the weapons in his trailer.
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[[Image:Bp yoko.jpg|thumb|Yoko Ono has '''much''' to answer for.]]
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Megatron tried (half-heartedly) to appeal to Optimus Prime’s logical side. They could '''share''' the planet’s resources. But Prime refuses to see the Earth transformed into a lifeless husk, as Megatron has done to so many other worlds.
   
===="Rebirth" miniseries (America-only)====
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Megatron transforms to jet mode, finally grabbing Doctor Onishi in the process, and escapes. The Predacon trio rushes to follow, still pursued by the seeking missile Sideburn launched after Dark Scream.
   
Even after losing his position as Autobot leader, Hot Rod was not the sort to rest on his laurels. Among other things, he was instrumental in championing the idea of human/Transformer binary bonding, a technique that later resulted in the [[Headmaster|Headmasters]] and [[Targetmaster|Targetmasters]]. Hot Rod himself became one of the latter, bonding himself to a [[Nebulos|Nebulan]] named [[Firebolt (G1)|Firebolt]].
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Koji is left holding his father’s broken glasses. Optimus Prime tells Koji he will keep the promise to resce his father- they will get him back.
   
====''The Transformer'' manga====
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==Stats==
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'''Original airdate:''' Saturday, September 8, 2001
   
Rodimus Prime faced numerous bizarre challenges within the pages of the Transformer manga. In one instance, Rodimus and his troops were taken under siege by a horde of Megatron clones calling themselves the [[Megatron Military]]. The Megatron Military made short work of Rodimus, leaving him to wonder how he could defeat a whole horde of the baddy, when Optimus Prime could barely deal with ''one''. Rodimus eventually realized that Galvatron was secretly controlling the clones and singled him out. With Galvatron defeated, the Megatron Military ceased to function.
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'''Written by:''' [[Tom Wyner]]
   
During another battle, he was forced to team with his arch-nemesis, Galvatron, to defeat the all-powerful [[Guiltar]]. Guiltar was a creation built by the [[Quintesson]]s utilizing the powers of both Optimus Prime and Megatron. Together, Rodimus and Galvatron defeated their foe (who it turned was being controlled by the ghost of [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]]) and called off the truce.
 
   
====''Headmasters'' cartoon (Japan-only)====
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===Featured characters===
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(''Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
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{|border=5 cellpadding=5 cellspacing=5 align=center style="border:#800000"
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! style="background:#FFEEEE" | [[Autobots]]
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! style="background:#EEEEFE" | [[Decepticons]]
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! style="background:antiquewhite" | [[Human|Humans]]
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! style="background:#FFEEB8" | Others
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*[[Optimus Prime (RiD)|Optimus Prime]] (4)
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*[[T-AI]] (8)
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*[[X-Brawn]] (9)
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*[[Side Burn (RID)|Side Burn]] (10)
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*[[Prowl (RID)|Prowl]] (11)
   
''(The Headmasters anime skips the events which occurred in the 3-part "The Rebirth" story arc)''
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| style="background:#EEEEFE" valign="top" |
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*[[Megatron (RiD)|Megatron]] (3)
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*[[Slapper (RID)|Slapper]] (5)
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*[[Gas Skunk]] (6)
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*[[Dark Scream]] (7)
   
[[Image:DoubleConvoy1.jpg |left|200px|thumb|"Race ya to the Matrix!" "Yer on!"]]
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| style="background:antiquewhite" valign="top" | '''Regulars'''
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*[[Koji Onishi]] (1)
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*[[Kelly]] (10)
   
After the events of "The Return of Optimus Prime", Hot Rod maintained a high-level position among the Autobots as well as a new sense of duty and responsibility. After [[Vector Sigma]] was under threat of explosion, Hot Rod raced all over Earth trying to find the [[Matrix]], which was still being repaired after its confrontation with the Hate Plague. Hot Rod eventually found the Matrix in a hiding place on Earth and rushed it back to Cybertron. Racing down to Vector Sigma, he met up with Optimus Prime and the ghost of [[Alpha Trion (G1)|Alpha Trion]]. Alpha Trion repaired the Matrix fully and Hot Rod transformed back into Rodimus Prime. Together, Optimus and Rodimus fought side-by-side to defeat Galvatron and his goons. However, to save Vector Sigma, Optimus Prime sacrified his life by merging with the super computer.
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'''Guests'''
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*[[Doctor Onishi]] (2)
   
Rodimus became Autobot Supreme Commander once more and continued to lead the Autobots against the Decepticons. However, once again, Vector Sigma came under threat of destruction. However, he was unable to save it this time but managed to evacuate all of Cybertron before it was destroyed. In search of a new homeworld, Rodimus, [[Kup (G1)| Kup]] and [[Blurr (G1)| Blurr]] left the planet. [[Arcee (G1)|Arcee]] asked if she could go, too, but Rodimus made her stay behind because she's a girl, and girls can't do anything but stand around and worry and make coffee for the men.
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====''Headmasters'' manga====
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[[Image:Ep14.jpg|right|150px|thumb|He's so dreeeaaaaamyyyy.]]
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==Quotes==
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"Optimus Prime, as I live and breathe!"
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:-- '''Megatron''', when Optimus Prime arrives.
   
In the concluding chapter of the Headmasters manga, issue number 8, Rodimus Prime returned from his journey in space. During his quest, he faced many dangers and hardships and learned a new admiration for the human race and the planet Earth. His trials also increased the power of the Matrix, which he had taken with him on his journey.
 
   
====''Battlestars: Return of Convoy'' (Japan-only)====
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"I'd forgotten how ugly the Predacons are!"
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:-- '''Sideburn''', upon seeing the Predacon trio
   
Rodimus would not appear again until [[Battlestars]], where he was shown to have reverted back to Hot Rod and now been converted into a [[Micromaster]]. As a Micromaster, Hot Rod took up residence in [[Optimus Prime (G1)#Battlestars: Return of Convoy (Japan-only)|Star Convoy's]] chest, boosting his Supreme Commander's power.
 
   
''('''Note''': Hot Rod's Micromaster body leaves fans to believe that the new homeworld he went searching for ended up being [[Planet Micro]], which was featured prominantly in [[Victory (television series)|Transformers Victory]].)''
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"42 feet, 3 inches, that's impressive!"
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:-- '''Slapper''', measuring his own tongue
   
===Marvel Comics continuity===
 
====Generation 1====
 
   
''('''Note:''' Events from the UK-only comics are in italics, and are flippin' convoluted.)''
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"It's amazing how a nice day can turn into such a bummer."
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:-- '''Gas Skunk''', on fire.
   
''When [[Fortress Maximus (G1)|Fortress Maximus]] made the decision to leave Cybertron and its civil war behind and travel to a new, peaceful planet, he dispatched Hot Rod and [[Blurr (G1)|Blurr]] to search for suitable worlds. The pair discovered the planet of [[Nebulos]], but on their return trip to inform him, they ran afoul of some unpleasant aliens who captured Blurr and pursued Hot Rod through space. While fleeing, Hot Rod crossed paths with the Autobot war veteran, Kup, living a nomadic existence wandering through space at the time, and the youth's bravado re-ignited Kup's fighting spirit. After saving Hot Rod and helping him to rescue Blurr, Kup joined the pair in returning to Cybertron.'' {{storylink|Kup's Story!}}
 
   
Having delivered his report to Fortress Maximus, Hot Rod was among the contingent of Transformers who accompanied him to Nebulos. The Autobots' arrival on the planet immediately stirred civil unrest, however, which lead to the Decepticons being brought to the planet, and the war continuing on a smaller scale. Technological advancements developed during the conflict saw Nebulans being bio-engineered into [[binary bonding|partnerships]] with the Transformers - Hot Rod became a Targetmaster, and was bonded the Nebulan sharpshooter, Firebolt, who transformed into his gun. Eventually, the Autobots determined to move their war away from Nebulos, and followed a signal sent by [[Goldbug]], recieved by Hot Rod, to the planet [[Earth]]. {{storylink|Brothers in Armor!!}}
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==Other notes==
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* This is easily one of the most boring episodes of Robots in Disguise. So much so that even the dub’s producers commented on it, there was a limit to how much they could ''do'' with such a boring episode.
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* The entire episode takes place over a period of about 10 minutes, so very little actually... ''happens'', For most of the second half, Megatron is walking down the street towards Dr. Onishi, who is about 100 yards away.
   
Hot Rod's role in the war on Earth was, in contrast to his nature, a small, quiet one, as he served under Fortress Maximus, and then the resurrected Optimus Prime, with little to no notable actions performed for a prolonged period of time. Eventually, however, he began playing larger roles again when he turned the tide of battle with [[Pretender]] [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] after he succeeded in injuring the villain, {{storylink|Skin Deep}} and made a particularly stupid move when he tried to snap Optimus Prime out of a funk by creating a mock threat with a [[Guardian|Guardian Mark V battle droid]]. The robot proceeded to malfunction and truly endanger the Autobots, but Hot Rod's plan worked when Prime saved the day and defeated it. {{storylink|Yesterday's Heroes!}} He later participated in the battles against [[Thunderwing (G1)|Thunderwing]], {{storylink|All Fall Down}} Unicron (speeding into the conflict on a jet-sled), {{storylink|On the Edge of Extinction!}} and the Decepticon forces on the planet [[Klo]]. {{storylink|End of the Road!}}
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===Animation and/or technical glitches===
   
''Hot Rod rose to greater prominence in the alternate future timeline of [[Earth-120185]]. In 1990, he, Kup and Blurr were captured by Megatron; although rescued by a double-agent named [[Warmonger]], Hot Rod was recaptured and bore witness first hand to Megatron's mercilessness when he executed Warmonger. Then, in 1991, he was part of a unit that escorted the captive [[Scorponok (G1)|Scorponok]], only to lose the Decepticon leader when forced to defend a human settlement against an attack by the [[Air Strike Patrol]].'' {{storylink|Aspects of Evil!}} ''In 2003, he and Blurr were given "Ark duty," assigned to stand guard over the [[Ark|Autobots' spaceship]] while construction on [[Autobot City]] began. Kup was apparently instructed to deliver the plans of the city to the American government, and when Hot Rod saw him being jumped by the [[Stunticon]]s, he disobeyed orders and sped out to the rescue, only to find that the tape had been a dummy.'' {{storylink|Ark Duty}} ''When the city was completed in 2004, [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave]] attacked it on its opening day, and Hot Rod repelled him by attacking in a wildly illogical manner, tackling him down a mountain repeatedly.'' {{storylink|Aspects of Evil!}}
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===Continutity errors===
   
''In the year 2006, when the new Decepticon leader [[Galvatron]] travelled back in time to 1986 as part of a plan to free himself from the control of Unicron, the chaos-bringer used his mental powers to plan knowledge of Galvatron's plan into Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr's minds and transported them to Cybertron, where they used Galvatron's equipment to follow him into the past. There, with help from the present-day incarnation of Ultra Magnus, they were able to convince Galvatron that he had, in fact, travelled back in time to a parallel universe, where his actions would have no effect on the future. Believing this, Galvatron returned to his own time, and after setting any remaining wrongs to right, the trio of Autobots also returned to 2006.'' {{storylink|Target 2006}} ''Back in his native timeline, Hot Rod was subsequently involved in a battle with Galvatron inside Unicron's body, during which he opened the sacred Autobot talisman, the [[Creation Matrix]], and was transformed into Rodimus Prime. With this new strength, he hurled Galvatron through Unicron's hide and opened the Matrix, destroying the planet-eater.'' {{storylink|The Transformers: The Movie}}
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===Transformers references===
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* In Japan, this episode took place around the year 2000 celebrations in New York. The American episodes (which aired a year later) re-cropped the shot which included the year to obscure it, and the millennial merry-making is reimagined as a scientific symposium.
   
[[Image:Rodimusprimerequestdenied.jpg|left|thumb|300px|Rodimus learned the wrong lesson from Optimus' death.]]
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[[Image:HeinradAlarmClock1.jpg |right|200px|thumb|2am! Time for Sake!]]
   
''As the new Autobot leader, Rodimus re-established Autobot control of Cybertron, and proved to be a fairly ruthless leader when it came to dispensing mercy. When Galvatron did not reappear, however, he grew concerned, and rashly placed a bounty on the Decepticons' head. What Rodimus did not realise, however, was that Galvatron had time-jumped again, travelling back to 1987.'' {{storylink|Wanted - Galvatron Dead or Alive}} ''In 2007, when the freelance peace-keeping agent [[Death's Head]] pursued Galvatron back to the 80s, Rodimus was informed of this fact by an Autobot double-agent named [[Nautilus]], and, dismayed at the danger he had unleashed on the past, promptly headed back in time himself to stop the dual threats.'' {{storylink|Burning Sky!}} ''Once again teaming up with the present-day Ultra Magnus, Rodimus and his team tracked Galvatron down to [[Mount Verona]], where he was attempting to harness the volcano's molten energy. While arguing with Death's Head, Rodimus and the bounty hunter were both attacked, but when Ultra Magnus opened fire on his power siphon, Galvatron was distracted long enough for Rodimus to escape.'' {{storylink|Hunters!}} ''Rodimus then arranged a plan that saw the Autobots capture Galvatron's time-jump mechanism, in order to have [[Wreck-Gar]] re-engineer it to return all the time-travellers to their point of origin. Rodimus engaged Galvatron in a protracted battle to buy Wreck-Gar time, but when the device was activated, Rodimus, Death's Head and the other Autobots were returned to 2007 - but Galvatron was left behind.'' {{storylink|Fire on High!}}
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* Koji’s alarm clock is shaped like the time-manipulating [[Maximal]] [[Heinrad]] from [[Beast Wars Neo]]. This is an in-joke, as Heinrad’s toy was actually a functioning clock.
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* Reporter [[Dorie Dutton]] makes her first of several appearances.
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* Though Megatron professes to kidnap Dr. Onishi for his expertise on energy, in actuality, it is later revealed in the series that he specifically abducted him for the knowledge he had amassed on [[Fortress Maximus (RiD)|Fortress Maximus]].
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* Optimus Prime is Unit Six in the Metro City Fire Department. He promises to return to the station after his mission is done.
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* [[Kelly]], the ill-fated recurring character for ''Robots in Disguise'' first appears here as X-Brawn’s owner. She is never named onscreen - her name comes from a ''Robots in Disguise'' casting list shown online shortly before the series premiere.
   
''Some time later, a disgruntled Death's Head accepted a contract from the Decepticons on Rodimus Prime's head, and ambushed him while he was inspecting Autobot lines. Their battle subsequently went underground, where [[Cyclonus (G1)|Cyclonus]] and [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]] intervened, downing Death's Head in hopes of being the ones to defeat Rodimus, in order to reclaim their lost standing in the Decepticons ranks. Rodimus was able to lead Death's Head through the underground tunnels, right into the heart of the Autobot camp, where he offered him advance payment for a different contract - on Cyclonus and Scourge.'' {{storylink|Headhunt}} ''Death's Head proceeded to track the two Decepticons for the remainder of the year, until the three of them fell under the mental control of Unicron when they discovered his disembodied head on the planet of [[Junk]] in the early days of 2008. Under his control, they assassinated Decepticon leader Shockwave and reignited the stalemated Cybertronian civil war in order to keep the Autobots busy while Unicron worked on rebuilding his body. Rodimus, however, learned of the situation thanks to [[Smokescreen (G1)|Smokescreen]], and lead a small Autobot force to Junk, where Death's Head fought against Unicron's control long enough to project Rodimus's mind into a battle with the demi-god on the astral plane. During the battle, explosives planted by Wreck-Gar destroy Unicron's head, and his mind is sealed within the Matrix.'' {{storylink|The Legacy of Unicron!}}
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===Real-world references===
   
[[Image:Targetmaster-nomore.jpg|thumb|right|"''I'm'' not being melodramatic, ''you're'' being insensetive!"]]
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===Miscellaneous trivia===
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* This episode first aired September 8, 2001, shortly before terrorist attacks would render it (featuring collapsing buildings in New York) in bad taste. It later re-aired in an edited form. The UK DVD set has the original version.
''Later in 2008, the alien Quintessons targeted Cybertron for colonisation, and attacked the Autobots with a two-pronged assault on both Cybertron and Earth. When [[Arcee]] shirked her guard duty at Autobot City, the Quintessons were given an opening that allowed them to take over the city, and when she returned, they gunned her down as bait for a trap for Rodimus Prime. Arriving at the city, Rodimus discovered the injured Arcee and opened his chest compartment to heal her with the Matrix, only to have it yanked from his grasp by the Quintesson general, [[Ghyrik]], causing him to revert to Hot Rod. Liberating [[Blaster]]'s cassettes for back-up, Hot Rod and Arcee proceeded to fight their way through the Quintessons to Autobot City's control room, where Hot Rod activated [[Metroplex (G1)|Metroplex]] to smash the alien threat. In battle with Ghyrik, Hot Rod duped the Quintessons with a bit of amateur ventrioloquism and reclaimed the Matrix; transformed back into Rodimus Prime again, he routed the Quintessons.'' {{storylink|Space Pirates!}}
 
 
''Unbeknowst to Rodimus, the Quintessons had sought to colonise Cybertron because their own homeworld was being destroyed by a rift in space and time caused by the Transformers' repeated time-travel. The rift continued to grow in size until it threatened both Earth and Cybertron at the beginning of both 2009 and 1989. To put an end to the threat, Rodimus and a squad of Autobots travelled back to 1989, only to wind up mass-displacing Optimus Prime (since the Matrix could not exist in two time periods at once) and a group of other Autobots to [[limbo]], leading to a brief violent misunderstanding with the present-day Autobots. Optimus Prime was able to stabilise the situation by communicating with all involved through the power of the Matrix. Subsequently, Autobots and Decepticons from both the present and future teamed up to battle Galvatron and [[Straxus|Megatron]], but one by one they fell, until Optimus Prime used the Matrix to return himself to reality for a final showdown. After absorbing Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge, however, the rift was sealed by Shockwave, and Rodimus and the other future Autobots returned to 2009, vowing to destroy their time machines to prevent this ever happening again.'' {{storylink|Time Wars}}
 
 
''As it transpired, however, things would not be that easy. In the wake of the massive chronal damage caused by the rift, time had attempted to heal its wounds, but reality was no longer as it had been. The future that Rodimus and the other Autobots came from no longer existed - in its place was a world where Galvatron had never travelled back in time, and had conquered Cybertron after Unicron's destruction. Rodimus quickly established a rebellion, but when Galvatron tracked down their headquarters, he goaded Rodimus into a ferocious battle in hopes of corrupting the Matrix within him. Rodimus realised what he was doing, however, and ended the fight before more damage could be done.'' {{storylink|Aspects of Evil!}}
 
 
''At the beginning of 2010, Rodimus and the Autobots escaped to Earth via hyperspace, only to find that their craft's guidance systems had been damaged. During the flight, Rodimus Prime vanished'' {{storylink|The Void!}}, ''and Kup discovered that he was the saboteur,'' {{storylink|Edge of Impact}} ''deducing that he had been corrupted by an evil force from within the Matrix.'' {{storylink|Shadow of Evil}} ''Inside the Matrix, Rodimus battled with the essence of Unicron, trapped there since the events of 2008, until Kup wrenched the Matrix from his chest, freeing from the chaos-bringer's influence. But now, Rodimus knew that the evil of Unicron will be waiting for him within it...'' {{storylink|White Fire}} ''and later that year, Unicron's essence succeeded in taking over Rodimus's body, transforming it into a duplicate of his own and attacking Cybertron once more, until Rodimus was able to defeat him from within and re-seal him within the Matrix.'' {{storylink|Aspects of Evil!}}
 
 
''Centuries later, in the year 2356, Rodimus, his body withered and weakened from the continuous harmful influence of Unicron from within the Matrix, lectured a young Autobot student on the nature of evil, unwittingly setting the youth on the path towards villainy himself.'' {{storylink|Aspects of Evil!}}
 
 
''In an unidentified timeline in the year 2510, a healthy Rodimus Prime was overjoyed to announce that the Cybertronian war was finally over, and planned to step down as leader to allow [[Springer]] to take over. The sole remaining Decepticon, a double-agent named [[Triton]], spoke out against the decision to cause dissention, and succeeded - as Rodimus could only watch in dismay, arguments escalated into conflict, and the war was born again as Autobot fought Autobot.'' {{storylink|Peace}}
 
 
Additonally, in one futher alternate future timeline - a world in which Unicron succeeded in consuming Cybertron - Rodimus led the Autobot/human defense of Earth when [[Galvatron II|that timeline's Galvatron]] attacked and eventually conquered it. Rodimus perished during the conflict, and his body was strung up between the ruined towers of the World Trade Center. In the year 2009, Galvatron returned to Manhatten to survey its devastated landscape, and fired upon Rodimus's corpse, demanding to know how many times he would have to kill him to erase his legacy. {{storylink|Rhythms of Darkness!}}
 
 
====Generation 2====
 
 
===Dreamwave comics continuity===
 
 
Hot Rod joined an underground Autobot cell led by [[Kup (G1)|Kup]] after [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave's]] takeover of [[Cybertron]]. Among the members of the cell was [[Arcee (G1)|Arcee]], who Hot Rod became attached to.
 
 
From the [[Wastelands]], Hot Rod, [[Blurr (G1)|Blurr]], and [[Springer (G1)|Springer]] observed an incoming Decepticon shuttle carrying the [[Dinobot (G1)|Dinobots]]. Shortly afterwards, the cell rescued [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] from [[Runamuck (G1)|Runamuck]] and [[Runabout (G1)|Runabout]], and took him to their base. After awakening, Prime attacked [[Gnaw (G1)|Gnaw]], Blurr, and [[Wheelie (G1)|Wheelie]], forcing Hot Rod (who didn't recognize him) to hold him at gunpoint. After being admonished by Kup, Hot Rod apologized.
 
 
After Shockwave unleashed the [[Guardian Robots]] on [[Iacon]], Prime organized the resistance cell and other Autobot forces on the planet in an assault on Shockwave's citadel. Fighting alongside the Autobot leader, Hot Rod was amazed that the stories Kup had told him about Prime's courage and heroism had all been true. As an injured Prime breached the citadel, Hot Rod, Ironhide and [[Springer (G1)|Springer]] provided cover fire, taking down a number of Guardians in the process. Along with the rest of Iacon, they witnessed the divine light of the [[Matrix of Leadership|Autobot Matrix of Leadership]] when Shockwave activated it.
 
 
As Prime and [[Ultra Magnus (G1)|Ultra Magnus]] battled Shockwave within the citadel, Hot Rod and [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]] took down [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]] and [[Blitzwing (G1)|Blitzwing]]. Immediately afterwards, they were confronted with the looming threat of a remaining Guardian Robot - a threat that was soon neutralized by the arrival of the [[Wreckers]], the [[Autobot High Council]], and [[Defensor (G1)|Defensor]]. The unified Autobot group soon breached the citadel.
 
 
Some time later, Hot Rod ran a simulation combat scenario against Kup, and won using tactics that, in Kup's opinion, would have killed them both had it been real. Only after his victory did Hot Rod remember that he'd promised to take Arcee to see an [[Earth]]-bound shuttle launch - a duty Springer was happy to relieve him of. Soon afterwards, he was assigned to perimeter guard duty at [[Autobase]] with Gnaw and Wheelie, separating him from Arcee.
 
 
===''Universe: The Wreckers''===
 
[[Image:Hotrodg1.jpg|right|thumb|150px|Undergoing the [[Maximal Upgrade]] mostly involves applying your stickers.]]
 
 
A few months after the destruction of [[Unicron]] in 2005, Rodimus Prime spearheaded an effort to establish multiple recon posts to watch for advancing threats... even though some of his scientists said he shouldn't. When only two of the five launched ships were ever heard from again, Rodimus felt like a schmuck. Guy can't catch a break. {{storylink|Betrayal}}
 
 
After the Great Wars ended and the [[Pax Cybertronia]] was signed, he changed his name to simply "Rodimus" and decided to check out the new "[[Maximal]] upgrade". His relationship with [[Arcee (G1)|Arcee]] effectively ended shortly after, as the latter went through dark gripping emo depression over the death of [[Daniel Witwicky]] and vanished.
 
 
Rodimus joined the [[Wreckers]] at some undetermined point afterwards. After [[Megatron (BW)|Megatron]] took over Cybertron with his [[Vehicon]] drones, Wrecker leader [[Apelinq]] got stranded on prehistoric [[Earth]], leaving Rodimus in charge. True to form, he ditched leadership duties to [[Primal Prime]] as soon as possible.
 
 
After Primal Prime got his marching orders from the [[Oracle]], he met Rodimus deep inside Cybertron's caverns, where an even more gothy-emo Arcee --in a new Maximal body-- lurked and stewed in her depression. Realizing he couldn't convince her to give a damn about anything, he left, rejoining the main Wrecker force in battle. Making it onto an ancient Autobot shuttle, the Wreckers blasted off.... with late-arrival Arcee. {{storylink|Departure}}
 
 
Rodimus recognized the homing beacon emitting from [[Archa Nine]] as one of those missing exploration parties mentioned before. When the shuttle landed, Rodimus stayed behind to help repair the damage the ship had suffered. The entire Wrecker team later gathered in an [[Akalouthan]] village, where Rodimus was reuinted with [[Glyph]], who took them to see the artifact known as the [[Divine Light]]. The Wreckers' analysis of the item was cut short, as it was stolen by the traitor [[Cyclonus (G1)|Cyclonus]]. Rodimus saw the back-in-his-old-body [[Devcon]] off, who was sent to chase after Cyclonus, while the Wreckers made for their next destination... even though several of them were now leery of the visions Primal Prime had been getting. Because they've really done ''so well'' by the Wreckers so far. {{storylink|Betrayal}}
 
 
Upon landing on the frozen planet, Rodimus was part of the search party immediately dispatched to look for... something. Primal Prime wasn't too sepcific. They came across [[Al-Badur]], an exiled [[Quintesson]], who gave them a little history lesson. They were then promptly attacked by a school of [[Sharkticon (G1)|Sharkticons]], but the Wreckers made short work of them. they made their way back to the ship, with Al-Badur in tow, and made for their next destination... {{storylink|Disclosure}}
 
 
''('''Note''': As the comic series ended prematurely here, it is unknown how things went. The Wreckers ''series'' was intended to end shortly afterwards and tie directly into the ''[[Universe]]'' comic, but it never happened.)''
 
 
===''Teletraan Go! Go!'' mini-comics===
 
[[Image:Hotrod-micro.jpg|left|150px|thumb|This isn't the last time he'll work with a creepy-looking girl.]]
 
 
Hot Rod (in his [[Micromaster]] form) rescued [[Teletraan 15]] from a strange mechanical monster, a [[Great Novaroid|Novaroid]]. Teletraan 15 noted that Hot Rod was considerably smaller than she remembered him.
 
 
Irked, Hot Rod laid the blame for the [[transwarp]] holes in space-time on 15. It was through these holes that this future/alternate version of Hot Rod and the Novaroid had arrived in Teletraan 15's time.
 
 
Things probably turned out allright from that point.
 
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===IDW comics continuity===
 
[[Image:Spotlight03HotRod.jpg|thumb|WHEEE]]
 
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Hot Rod goes on a suicide run to save a friend he though was dead-[[Doubledealer|Dealer]].
 
 
===''Kiss Players''===
 
'''Voice actors:''' [[Ryōtarō Okiayu]] (Japan)
 
 
Following the death of [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] and the defeat of [[Unicron]], Hot Rod became [[Rodimus Prime]], the new leader of the [[Autobot]]s. However, when his defeat of [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]] led to a [[Tokyo|calamitous disaster]] on [[Earth]], he gave up the [[Matrix]] to [[Ultra Magnus (G1)|Ultra Magnus]], reverted to Hot Rod once more and returned to the [[human]] homeworld.
 
 
Damaged by the E.D.C.'s [[anti-electron]] field, Hot Rod [[ParaSitech|fused]] with a [[Legion]] and was reformatted into a Ford GT body by a kiss from the former [[Earth Defense Command]] [[Kiss Players|Kiss player]] [[Shao-Shao Li|Lǐ Shāo-Shāo]]. Now, partnered with the kung-fu mistress, he travels around [[Japan]] battling the E.D.C., Legion, and the resurrected Optimus Prime.
 
 
Hot Rod is cocky and confident in his speed and sharpshooting skills, and weathers his human partner's complaints that he's slacking off on his hand-to-hand combat training. He would much prefer to practice kissing, and the resulting fusion grants him Shāo's considerable martial arts skills as well as the ability to wield his firearms as [[wikipedia:tonfa|tonfas]]. In return, he steals underwear for her.
 
 
He enjoys fishing and carries a customized rod that can be converted into a forearm-mounted weapon called the "Exhaust Eliminator". Shāo-Shāo doesn't like working with him after a fishing trip due to the smell, but she secretly wishes that he would take her with him anyway. Hot Rod is also suspicious of Optimus Prime, and claims that he is not the ''real'' Optimus, presumably because he still believes his former commander to be dead following the battle of Autobot City.
 
 
Hot Rod has the distinction of being the only known robot with a Kiss Player partner to have lips. This may contribute to Shāo's feelings of excitement when she kisses him, though the rest of the time she's a bit outraged that a robot would have the audacity to talk to her like a person.
 
 
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==Toys==
 
===Generation 1===
 
[[Image:Rodimusmajor.jpg|125px|right|thumb|This is totally what automobiles will look like in the far-flung future of 2005.]]
 
 
* '''Hot Rod''' (Autobot Car, 1986/2000/2002)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''C-78'''
 
 
: Hot Rod was one of the first toys designed specifically for the ''Transformers'' toyline, versus being an imported pre-existing toy. Designer [[Floro Dery]] created Hot Rod for the animated film and then the toy was created from his model sheet. (The model sheet would be altered further after the toy was completed.) Hot Rod transforms from a robot into a "futuristic" hot rod sportscar. The toy comes with two rifles. There are two versions of this toy; initial releases have die-cast (unpainted) metal feet, while later shipments use black plastic.
 
 
: In 2000, [[Takara]] re-released the Hot Rod toy, having had to retro-[[retool]] it from the [[Targetmaster]] release. In 2002, [[Hasbro]] released it as part of the Toys 'R' Us [[exclusive]] [[Commemorative Series]] line as '''Rodimus Major'''. Both versions use die-cast metal for his feet.
 
 
: The same mold is used by [[Black Rodimus (G1)|Black Rodimus]].
 
 
* '''Rodimus Prime''' (Autobot Hero, 1986/2004)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''C-77'''
 
 
: Rodimus Prime was designed in much the same way as Hot Rod. Rodimus transforms from a robot and battle platform into a futuristicky Winnebago camper. The toy comes with a "Photon eliminator" rifle and two blast shields to attach to either side of his battle platform's cannon. (The yellow spoiler was also to be removed and replaced during transformation.) Like Hot Rod, there are materials variations; initial releases have metal toes with rubber tires, while latter shipments replaced both with black plastic.
 
 
: The metal-toes/rubber-ties version of the toy saw re-release in both Japan and the US in 2004.
 
 
: This mold is also used by [[Primus]].
 
 
* '''Hot Rod w/ Firebolt''' (Targetmaster, 1987/2004)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''C-110''', '''TFC-13'''
 
 
: Hot Rod was re-released with his new [[Nebulan]] [[Targetmaster]] partner [[Firebolt (G1)|Firebolt]] a year after the original release. The toy was [[retool]]ed to have larger pegholes in his fists and his engine block so the Targetmaster gun would fit. Latter versions of this toy retooled his lower legs to minimize the scraping of his thigh decals.
 
 
: Takara reissued Targetmaster Hot Rod in 2004 as sort of an "ultimate" version, with metal toes (the original versions all used plastic) and the twin rifles from the non-Targetmaster version.
 
 
*'''Crystal Rodimus''' (Autobot Car, 2001)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''C-78C'''
 
 
: One of the earliest [[e-Hobby]] exclusives, "Crystal" Rodimus uses the reissue Hot Rod mold, but cast almost entirely in transparent plastics. He was availbale only in a set with the evil clone [[Black Rodimus (G1)|Black Rodimus]].
 
 
===Battlestars===
 
[[Image:Hotrodmicromaster.jpg|100px|right|thumb|Shrinkage!]]
 
* '''Star Convoy w/ Hot Rodimus''' (Autobot, 1991/2005)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''C-372'''
 
 
: Available only with [[Optimus Prime (G1)#Battlestars: Return of Convoy (Japan-only)|Star Convoy]], Hot Rod's [[Micromaster]] form is a simplified version of his original toy, transforming into the same futuristic race car. In 2005, Star Convoy was re-released with several deco changes; among them, the decals used on Hot Rod were changed to [[paint applications]].
 
 
===Classics===
 
*'''Rodimus''' (Deluxe, 2006)
 
[[Image:Rodimusclassics.jpg|100px|left|thumb|This is maybe what cars will look like in 2026? Who knows.]]
 
 
: ''[[Classics (2006)|Classics]]'' Rodimus is a sleeker, more streamlined version of the original, now transforming into a heavily-altered Dome Zero, a [http://www.supercarnet.jp/File/File-Japan/File-Dome.htm futuristic race car from 1978]. His rear-mounted thruster engine becomes a hand-held weapon in robot mode, launching a spring-loaded missile. His left arm also hides a flip-out "comm unit" that is clearly supposed to be the buzzsaw he used for a brief period in [[The Transformers: The Movie (1986)|the Movie]].
 
 
: In a twist of delicious buttery fandom irony, Classics Rodimus has elements that were introduced in his [[Rodimus (Energon)|''Energon'' namesake]], making him a somewhat backwards-[[homage]]. His face also appears to take visual cues from how he was drawn by [[Derek Yaniger]] in the [[Generation 2 (Marvel comic)|''Generation 2'' comic book]].
 
 
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===Titanium Series===
 
*'''Rodimus''' (3-inch Robot Masters, 2006)
 
[[Image:TitaniumRM_Rodimus.jpg|right|thumb|120px|"Three-inch Rod" is its own joke.]]
 
 
: ''Titanium'' Rodimus is a 3 inch tall, non-transforming, die-cast metal figuerine. He has limited articulation, localized in his head, shoulders and waist. His gun (which looks an ''awful'' lot like Firebolt) is also removable. Excitement!
 
 
*'''Rodimus Prime''' (6-inch Cybertron Heroes, 2007)
 
[[Image:TitaniumHeroRodimus_toy.jpg|left|thumb|Winnebago... ''of the '''future'''!!!'']]
 
 
: ''Titanium Cybertron Heroes'' Rodimus Prime is a mostly die-cast metal transforming toy based loosely upon the original ''Generation 1'' Rodimus Prime toy. He features much greater articulation and bulkier body proportions.
 
 
: Unlike the original toy which separated into a robot and a battle station, the entire vehicle mode of the 6-inch ''Titanium'' version transforms into the robot mode. As with ''[[Classics (2006)|Classics]]'' Rodimus, ''Titanium'' Rodimus Prime takes some visual cues from the ''[[Energon (franchise)|Energon]]'' version of the character in addition to the original toy and the animation model... ''and'' the actual ''Classics'' Rodimus toy, such as the engine-block dickie.
 
 
===Kiss Players===
 
*'''Hot Rodimus X SyaoSyao''' (Kiss Players, 2006)
 
[[Image:KPHotRodimus.jpg|125px|left|thumb|The fishing rod turns into arm blasters. The girl eats dumplings.]]
 
 
: ''[[Kiss Players]]'' Hot Rodimus is a retool and redeco of the [[Alternators]] [[Mirage]] toy, transforming into a red Ford GT. His engine becomes a pair of pistols that double as tonfa weapons, and his fishing rod can be taken apart and reassembled to create a triple-barreled arm-mounted blaster reminiscent of the original Hot Rod's exhaust pipe weapons. His new head sculpt includes a retractable visor patterned after the one used in the movie. The toy also included a PVC figurine of the character's "Kiss Player" partner Shaoshao Li and a bamboo dumpling steamer.
 
 
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==Merchandise==
 
===Mega Super Collection Figure===
 
*'''Rodimus Convoy''' (2002)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''Mega SCF-06'''
 
[[Image:MegaSCFRodimus.jpg|right|thumb|90px|''YOU!'' Yeah, you! Say that again ''to my face'', you son of a--!]]
 
 
''Mega SCF'' Rodimus Convoy is a 5 inch tall non-transforming, articulated PVC action figure based upon the cartoon model. He comes with four sets of hands and a 'Photon Eliminator' rifle.
 
 
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==Trivia==
 
 
[[Image: Pinkrod.jpg|right|thumb|What do you want to do tonight, Brain?]]
 
 
* The original Hot Rod toy was initially cast in a pinker plastic similar to the color of his animation model. For unknown reasons, this was later changed to a decidedly less [[show-accuracy|show-accurate]] red before release, but the earlier version of the toy is visible in the original 1986 Hasbro toy catalogue, and the televised [[Sharkticon]] toy advert.
 
 
[[Image:TFGRodimus.jpg|left|100px|thumb|"I fight fire with fire, baby!"]]
 
 
* A new Rodimus Prime was devised for the 1991-1992 lineup, however this one did not leave the drawing board. He was to be a fire truck, apparently with a design in the spirit of [[Optimus Prime (G1) #Battlestars 2|Star Convoy]] and with transformation scheme similar to [[Inferno (G1)|Inferno]].
 
 
* Hot Rod might be the ''Transformers'' character with the most names in the US. From "Hot Rod" to "Rodimus Prime", to "Rodimus Major" to just plain "Rodimus". Varieties of "Rodimus" appear to be how he will be for a while, as Hasbro appears to be unable to secure the [[trademark]] on "Hot Rod".
 
 
* Aside from the ''[[Energon (franchise)|Energon]]'' namesake character, Hot Rod has also been [[homage]]'d twice (or possibly thrice depending on how you look at it) in the [[Unicron Trilogy]]. For ''[[Armada]]'', the "[[Powerlinx]]" upgrade of [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]] was given a very Hot-Rod-inspired deco. In ''[[Cybertron (franchise)|Cybertron]]'', [[Takara]] made a redeco of Hot Shot (well, "Exillion") with Hot Rod deco as a DVD-pack-in [[exclusive]]. [[Hasbro]] then took this deco, altered it, and released it in the US line at mass retail as the new character [[Excellion]].
 
 
* One of the first concepts for Classics Rodimus was based around the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagani_Zonda Pagani Zonda]] super car, before the [http://www.supercarnet.jp/File/File-Japan/File-Dome.htm Dome Zero] design was decided upon.
 
 
* At [[Botcon 2002]], Dick Gautier "confirmed", jokingly, that Rodimus Prime is gay.
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.tfu.info/1986/Autobot/HotRod/hotrod.htm Hot Rod at TFU.info]
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* [http://www.ridforever.info/transformers-transcripts/rid-episode-01-battle-protocol.php Battle Protocol transcript on RiDForever.com]
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* [http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/index.php?act=view&char=Hot_Rod Hot Rod's Universe profile at NTFA.net]
 
 
* [http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/index.php?act=view&char=Rodimus_Prime Rodimus Prime's profile at NTFA.net]
 
 
 
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The Predacons appear on Earth and kidnap Doctor Onishi.


Detailed synopsis

A trio of fire vehicles head towards a house fire. But instead of following them, we linger on a house they pass, the house of Koji Onishi.

Koji is awakened by his alarm clock, realizing he’s late. He falls out of bed in his haste, grumbling that this always happens. He throws on his robe and rushes out the television. He wants to catch his father on TV!

While it’s the middle of the night in Japan, it’s day in America, and New York is hosting the first International Scientific Symposium, for the world’s most brilliant minds in all their fields to meet and share their research to benefit the whole human race. The first speaker is Dr. Onishi, noted archaeologist and the world’s foremost expert on energy and natural resources.

Dr. Onishi believes that the greatest danger facing the Earth today is the inefficient and improper use of energy. However, he may have to eat his words because just then, a building explodes, raining debris upon the crowds celebrating the opening ceremonies, and Megatron appears!

The Predacons, Megatron explains, want energy. And since Dr. Onishi is the world’s foremost expert on different energy sources, they want him!

Koji tried to call his father on his cell phone, but the call is cut off as Dr. Onishi tried to tell Koji something important. Instead, a mysterious robot appears on the phone, telling Koji to meet him at Metro Park, and they’ll rescue his father.

Back at the house fire, hearing that the fire is now under control, one of the firetrucks pulls away under its own power, without a driver! Minutes later, it's this empty firetruck that arrives to pick up Koji.

Once inside him, Optimus Prime explains that he’s a robot from the planet Cybertron. He swears Koji to secrecy before showing him the secret of the Global Space Bridge, the high-speed transport network that will allow them to drive from Japan to New York in minutes.

Arriving in New York, Optimus Prime transforms and fights Megatron. Seeing that his friend is a robot just like Megatron, Koji fears they’re the same. Optimus Prime explains that though they may seem the same, Autobots and Predacons could not be more different.

Megatron summons the trio of Predacons, Slapper, Gas Skunk and Dark Scream to handle Optimus while he goes after Dr. Onishi.

Optimus activates T-AI back at the base, who initiates a Battle Protocol, summoning the Autobot Brothers, who’re in the same quadrant.

X-Brawn is serving as the car for a woman named Kelly, who is driving to New York for breakfast. He apologizes, but he’s gonna need to make this trip on his own- and fires an ejection seat.

Sideburn is flirting with red sportscars, and being chewed out by his brother Prowl. All 3 of them make their way to the Global Space Bridge.

X-Brawn emerges just in time to save Koji from a crumbling building. He and his brothers pair up, Prowl fighting Gas Skunk, Sideburn fighting Dark Scream, and X-Brawn against Slapper. Optimus slips away in the fray to fight Megatron.

Megatron transforms into his bat mode, attacking Optimus Prime, greatly weakening the Autobot Leader. Koji emerges, calling Megatron a coward, which distracts him long enough for Optimus to target him with the weapons in his trailer.

Bp yoko

Yoko Ono has much to answer for.

Megatron tried (half-heartedly) to appeal to Optimus Prime’s logical side. They could share the planet’s resources. But Prime refuses to see the Earth transformed into a lifeless husk, as Megatron has done to so many other worlds.

Megatron transforms to jet mode, finally grabbing Doctor Onishi in the process, and escapes. The Predacon trio rushes to follow, still pursued by the seeking missile Sideburn launched after Dark Scream.

Koji is left holding his father’s broken glasses. Optimus Prime tells Koji he will keep the promise to resce his father- they will get him back.

Stats

Original airdate: Saturday, September 8, 2001

Written by: Tom Wyner


Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans Others
Regulars

Guests

Quotes

"Optimus Prime, as I live and breathe!"

-- Megatron, when Optimus Prime arrives.


"I'd forgotten how ugly the Predacons are!"

-- Sideburn, upon seeing the Predacon trio


"42 feet, 3 inches, that's impressive!"

-- Slapper, measuring his own tongue


"It's amazing how a nice day can turn into such a bummer."

-- Gas Skunk, on fire.


Other notes

  • This is easily one of the most boring episodes of Robots in Disguise. So much so that even the dub’s producers commented on it, there was a limit to how much they could do with such a boring episode.
  • The entire episode takes place over a period of about 10 minutes, so very little actually... happens, For most of the second half, Megatron is walking down the street towards Dr. Onishi, who is about 100 yards away.

Animation and/or technical glitches

Continutity errors

Transformers references

  • In Japan, this episode took place around the year 2000 celebrations in New York. The American episodes (which aired a year later) re-cropped the shot which included the year to obscure it, and the millennial merry-making is reimagined as a scientific symposium.
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2am! Time for Sake!

  • Koji’s alarm clock is shaped like the time-manipulating Maximal Heinrad from Beast Wars Neo. This is an in-joke, as Heinrad’s toy was actually a functioning clock.
  • Reporter Dorie Dutton makes her first of several appearances.
  • Though Megatron professes to kidnap Dr. Onishi for his expertise on energy, in actuality, it is later revealed in the series that he specifically abducted him for the knowledge he had amassed on Fortress Maximus.
  • Optimus Prime is Unit Six in the Metro City Fire Department. He promises to return to the station after his mission is done.
  • Kelly, the ill-fated recurring character for Robots in Disguise first appears here as X-Brawn’s owner. She is never named onscreen - her name comes from a Robots in Disguise casting list shown online shortly before the series premiere.

Real-world references

Miscellaneous trivia

  • This episode first aired September 8, 2001, shortly before terrorist attacks would render it (featuring collapsing buildings in New York) in bad taste. It later re-aired in an edited form. The UK DVD set has the original version.

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