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Personal Profile: Rodimus Prime is like no other Autobot that came before him. He is unique and there never will be another Rodimus Prime. He was formerly known as Hot Rod, a smart mouth punk among the Autobots. But he was destined to be something more, something better. He was the chosen one, the "Autobot who would rise from our ranks and use the power of the Matrix to light our darkest hour." Rodimus did just that and went on to be leader of the Autobots after the great Optimus Prime passed on. He would always live in Optimus' shadow though. Eventually he would have to step down for Optimus' return. He wasn't like Optimus in many ways. He didn't always have full confidence in himself and he often turned to his advisors for help. He was a character who didn't always believe he could do things, but when he had confidence he could do anything. He was a great role model for young kids and taught them that if they put their mind to it, they could do anything.
Episodes appeared in: Transformers the Movie, Five Faces of Darkness parts 1-5, The Killing Jar, The Ultimate Weapon, Flight or Flee, Thief in the Night, Starscream's Ghost, Ghost in the Machine, Surprise Party, Madman's Paradise, Nightmare Planet, The Quintesson Journal, The Big Broadcast of 2006, Dweller in the Depths, Only Human, Grimlock's New Brain, Call of the Primitives, Face of Nijika, The Burden Hardest to Bear, Dark Awakening, The Return of Optimus Prime parts 1 and 2.
Cartoon Bio: We first see Rodimus Prime when Hot Rod opens the Matrix of Leadership and we hear Optimus Prime's familiar voice saying "Arise Rodimus Prime". Rodimus then proceeds to beat the crap out of Galvatron and then uses the power of the Matrix to destroy the planet eating monster Unicron. After the Movie he became the official leader of the Autobots. When Galvatron formed an alliance with the Quintessons he traveled within the Matrix and found out that the creator of the Transformers are the Quintessons. He also learned about how the war started between the Autobots and Decepticons. He found time to also help other planets in their struggles. He led the Autobots in battle against the Decepticons and still managed to help other peoples in the galaxy get along. He was turned into a human being of flesh for a short time along with Springer, Arcee and Ultra Magnus. They along with Seaspray are the only Transformers in history to know what it's like to be human. Even though he was a great leader he began to have doubts about himself. He missed the old days when he was Hot Rod and he could do things without having to worry about the consequences of his actions. On a drive one night he lost the Matrix to two of the Stunticons and he went back to being Hot Rod. Scourge ended up using the power of the Matrix, but Hot Rod out smarted him and took it back to become Rodimus Prime again. Soon after Rodimus Prime became comfortable with his leadership role Optimus Prime reappeared. Rodimus gave up the Matrix as soon as he saw Optimus, but he didn't know that Optimus was really being controlled by the Quintessons. Hot Rod had to get it back and Optimus used the last bit of free will he had to send his ship into the sun. Before his ship could crash Optimus was rescued by two humans. He was taken to their lab and they used him as bait to lead Rodimus and the Autobots into a trap. Ultra Magnus, the Aerialbots and the Throttlebots were infected and they soon started to infect others, Autobots, Decepticons and Humans alike. Ultra Magnus seemed to be obsessed with infecting Rodimus. He finally cornered him at Autobot City but Wreck-Gar stopped him. Ultra Magnus then infected Wreck-Gar and Wreck-Gar in turn infected Rodimus. Optimus was rebuilt by a Quintesson and he took the Matrix from an infected Rodimus. When Optimus used the Matrix to cure everybody Rodimus was Hot Rod again.
Rodimus Prime; Quotes:
"This is the end of the road Galvatron."
"Now light our darkest hour."
"Autobots, transform and roll out."
"Till all are one!"
"Why did I have to be the chosen one?"
"We have looked into the face of our creators, and have seen the face of an enemy."
"What is it? Fight or flee?"
"Why do I keep seeing you in my dreams Optimus? Are you trying to tell me I'm not the leader you were? I already know that."
"Nobody is innocent!"