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Rodimus is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. The main article for Generation 1 Rodimus is on its own page, this page is for other incarnations of Rodimus.

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Transformers: Energon

Rodimus
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Autobot
Japanese name Rodimus Convoy
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Function Commander
Rank 8
Motto "I can take down any Decepticon without getting a scratch." (Energon), "Destiny is something to build yourself." (Superlink)
Alternate Modes Truck
Series Transformers: Energon
English voice actor Paul Dobson
Japanese voice actor Ryotaro Okiayu

Rodimus is the name of one of the Autobots in the Transformers: Energon series. [1]

Animated series

In the alternate universe of the 2003–2004 toyline and series, Transformers: Energon, Rodimus (lacking the "Prime" suffix in English, but still called Rodimus Convoy in Japan) was a great leader on Cybertron ages in the past and was viewed as a hero by many, including similar character Hot Shot. Desiring to escape the war that had consumed the planet, Rodimus departed Cybertron with a contingent of like-minded troops, most of whom settled on an alien planetoid and became the Energon-mining Omnicons. Still, Rodimus continued on his journey with Prowl and Landmine, carrying the "flag of peace" from world to world.

At some point, Rodimus learned that the world known simply as Planet Q was under threat from the world-devourer, Unicron, but arrived too late to prevent its destruction. Years later, however, he encountered the planet's surviving ruler, Alpha Q, and sided with him in his plan to use Energon to regenerate and restore all the worlds consumed by Unicron – a plan that put him in opposition with Optimus Prime when they encountered each other once again. When Megatron succeeded in reactivating Unicron, however, Rodimus relented and submitted himself and his troops to Optimus Prime’s command, and they were integrated into the main Autobot force as the battles continued to defend Alpha Q's successfully-regenerated worlds against the Decepticons.

Dreamwave Productions

Rodimus also appeared in the Dreamwave Energon Comic. In this continuity Rodimus's history in unclear, but he seems to be a veteran Autobot assigned to Earth. He acts as a mentor to many of the less experienced Autobots: for example he was the first to congratulate Ironhide when he overcame his fears to defeat Tidal Wave. He was one of the defenders of Toronto alongside Hot Shot, Red Alert, Hoist, Beachcomber and Thrust, battling against Divebomb and a swarm of Terrorcon clones before receiving help from a very unlikely source - Megatron, resurrected in a new body by Optimus Prime. The subsequent counterattack routed the Terrorcons.

Fun Publicatons

Rodimus appeared in the text story from Fun Publications called Force of Habit. This story explained where he was during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus was the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. Rodimus served as captain of the Longbow which was sent to Beta Aquarii.

Toys

  • Energon Deluxe Rodimus
A Deluxe sized Autobot. It was later redecoed into Energon Checkpoint, a K-Mart exclusive and Botcon Thunderclash.


Transformers: Timelines

Rodimus
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Rodimus in the Fun Publications comic
Autobot
Sub-group Convention Exclusives, Deluxe Vehicles
Function Warrior
Rank 8
Motto "To the victor go the profits."
Alternate Modes Sports Car
Series Transformers: Timelines

Timelines Rodimus is a BotCon 2008 exclusive redeco of Classic Rodimus in black that is based on Black Rodimus. He is an alternate version of Generation 1 Rodimus who is evil. His personality seems to be based on Vinnie Barbarino from the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter. His new appearance seems to have some inspiration from the facial hair of parallel universe Mister Spock from the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror".

Although Rodimus plays the part of the brash youth, he is actually very intelligent, and has no loyalty to Optimus Prime, only his own personal gain. According his his biography Rodimus used to be leader of the Wreckers, a mercenary group hired by Optimus Prime, but after the deaths of the other members he joined the Autobot Seekers under the command of Goldbug.

Fun Publications

Rodimus appeared as a member of Optimus Prime's forces in the Transformers Timelines story "Shattered Glass." When the Decepticons attacked the Ark launch site Blurr, Goldbug and Rodimus competed for who could destroy the most Decepticons, but thanks to Cliffjumper the Decepticons were successful.

Rodimus appeared in the fiction Dungeons & Dinobots, a text based story from Fun Publications. He was among the Autobots who attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. He was later sent to capture rogue Dinobots for the Autobots. He was part of the group that captured Swoop. Together with Blurr he then tracked Grimlock, but ran into competition with the Decepticon allies Sideswipe and Cliffjumper. After Grimlock bit off his left hand Ratchet replaced it with a circular saw.

In the story Do Over Rodimus stole the Ark and along with several Autobots loyal to him and took it to Earth. Fighting the Decepticon ship Nemesis on the way they wre shot down by the human military and crash landed in the ocean.

In Eye in the Sky Rodimus gained the help of the criminal Witwickey family, believing they would help him learn more about Earth. After fighting Goldbug for leadership of the Autobots he renamed himself Rodimus Prime. His first attack on the humans was to take control of the base controlling a human military satellite and use it to blackmail the humans into making him the leader of the world. The Decepticons were able to break into the base, where Heatwave used his ability to control machines to have the satellite fire on its own controls and then destroy itself.

Toys

  • Timelines Deluxe Rodimus (2008)
Rodimus is a black/purple redeco of Classics Rodimus available only at Botcon 2008. He was packaged together with Megatron and Divebomb. Like his depiction in the comic book, Rodimus has a goatee painted on his face.

Transformers: Animated

Rodimus Prime/Rodimus Minor
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Animated Rodimus Prime
Autobot
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Function Cavalier
Motto "My actions speak louder than words."
Alternate Modes Futuristic Muscle Car that is a cross between a 2008 Dodge Challenger and a 1969 Ferrari Daytona
Series Transformers: Animated
Voiced by Judd Nelson

Animated Rodimus Minor is a character who appeared in season 3 of the Transformers Animated series. He is a homage to the Generation 1 version of the character Hot Rod, but in G1 Rodimus' colors.[2] He wields an energon bow-and-arrow weapon of his own design.[3] On March 31, 2009, Derrick J. Wyatt, lead Transformers Animated Character Designer posted an image of Rodimus' vehicle mode, which is described as a futuristic muscle car that is mostly based on a 2008 Dodge Challenger with some elements of a 1969 Ferrari Daytona. This was revealed at the 2009 BotCon where Hasbro released an action figure under the name Rodimus Minor. It showed that the 2008 Dodge Challenger parts of Rodimus' vehicle mode were mostly based on the back, top, and sides of the vehicle, while the 1969 Ferrari Daytona parts were found in the front of the vehicle, most notably, the headlights.

Actor Judd Nelson, who originally voiced Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie reprised his role as this character.

Rodimus Prime leads an Autobot crew consisting of Red Alert, Ironhide, Hot Shot and Brawn.

Fun Publications

Rodimus Prime's biography was printed in issue #24 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine. He is described as a young prodigy, the "chosen one", who is expected to become the next Magnus in record time.

Animated series

Rodimus was seen in the season 3 "Transwarped" special, leading his team in defending a Space Bridge from Strika's "Team Chaar". His team was overwhelmed, and Rodimus is infected with Cosmic Rust, courtesy of Oil Slick, putting him out of commission. According to Derrick J. Wyatt, Rodimus is back on Cybertron de-rusting. He can later be seen on Cybertron cheering for Optimus Prime and his crew for defeating the Decepticons in "Engame, Part II".

Toys

  • Animated Deluxe Rodimus Minor (not released yet)
In March 2009, word leaked out from a Walmart store computer about an upcoming Deluxe Rodimus Prime toy.[4] It was revealed at the 2009 BotCon under the name, Rodimus Minor.


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Rodimus Prime is a fictional character from the various Transformers universes.

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Transformers: Generation 1

Template:Transformers character

Rodimus Prime

Although Rodimus speaks with the savvy voice of a seasoned veteran, in truth, at his heart, he is still Hot Rod, and bears the burden of leadership heavily, constantly second-guessing himself and feeling that he can never live up to the legacy of Optimus Prime. He can, on occasion, be hot-headed, tending to act first and ask questions later, but he has dedicated himself to the preservation of life in its myriad forms. He transforms into a futuristic recreational vehicle (resembling 1980 concept car, the Citroën Penthouse CX) and in robot mode, wields a photon eliminator that shoots high voltage electricity.

Rodimus Prime, like the other new characters created for The Transformers: The Movie, was designed for animation first, and had his toy and comic book design created based on these designs. However, as with the other characters, these two versions of the character were based on an earlier design, while his animation model underwent further modifications before being finalized; the basic differences between the two are the distribution of color around the body (notably, the toy/comic's red legs, which are grey in the cartoon), and the movie's use of dark magenta in place of red (although, in the third season of the cartoon series, Rodimus is usually colored maroon instead of the magenta seen at the end of the movie). In the same style as Optimus Prime’s toy, the Rodimus toy's trailer disconnects from the cab and unfolds into a battle station; in the animated series, this feature was not included, and the rear portion of Rodimus's vehicle mode is consistently (bar one anomalous instance) shown to unfold from his legs.

Animated series

In the year 2005, when the massive planet-eating robot Unicron attacked the Transformers' homeworld Cybertron, Hot Rod confronted the Decepticon leader, Galvatron (who used to be known as Megatron), within the giant’s body. In the struggle that ensued, Hot Rod seized the Matrix from around Galvatron's neck, and, bathed in its power, was transformed into Rodimus Prime, who easily picked up Galvatron and hurled him through Unicron's body and far into space. Hot Rod opened the Matrix as the voice of Optimus Prime is heard saying "Arise, Rodimus Prime". The power of the Matrix changed Hot Rod into Rodimus Prime, with a larger body, deeper voice, and different vehicle mode. It also destroyed Unicron's body, bringing the events of The Transformers: The Movie to a close with Rodimus Prime as the new Autobot leader.

Rodimus did not have time to rest on his laurels as commander, immediately finding himself and the Autobots targeted by the Quintessons, who lured him to their planet of Quintessa and detonated it in hopes of destroying the Matrix. Rodimus and the Autobots survived, however, and Rodimus proceeded to voluntarily short-circuit himself to allow his life-force to enter the Matrix, feeling that the answer to the mystery of the Quintessons' identity lay within it. His hunch proved correct – the Quintessons, he discovered, were the Transformers' creators, and Rodimus knew that the future would be a difficult time for the Autobots.

As 2006 rolled in, Rodimus and a group of Autobots were attacked by the Decepticons while on a space voyage, and were forced to set their damaged craft down in the massive space-borne mausoleum that housed the bodies of deceased Autobots, including Optimus Prime himself. However, much to everyone's shock, Prime appeared to be very much alive, and Rodimus gladly relinquished the Matrix to him, reverting to Hot Rod again. Alas, it was soon revealed that Optimus had been reanimated by the Quintessons to serve as a weapon to attack the Autobots; Hot Rod was forced to battle him, but when the Matrix overrode Optimus's Quintesson programming, he returned it to Hot Rod, making him Rodimus once more, before apparently sacrificing himself.


At this point in the future, the Autobots had become something of a group of peacekeepers among the many races in the galaxy, and Rodimus would attend many meetings, parties and conferences to this end, most notably chairing the peace conference between the planets of Xetaxxis and Lanarq. Despite the brave public face he wore at these events, his own doubts continued to plague him, and he was particularly fazed by Galvatron’s threat of an "ultimate weapon", though the revelation that this was a bluff stirred him to action. Later still, Rodimus was among the Autobots who had their minds transferred into synthetic human forms by crimelord Victor Drath, who used their Transformer bodies to commit crimes. While Ultra Magnus, Arcee and Springer tackled this problem, Rodimus returned to Drath's compound where he was aided by Drath's mole, Michelle, between whom a spark of romance seemed to bloom, until she betrayed him to Drath. Through a combined effort, however, Drath was brought to justice and the Autobots regained their bodies.


Rodimus was forced to face down his fears once and for all when the Decepticons began a series of attacks on Japan. Overwhelmed by the different responsibilities and directions he was being pulled in, Rodimus went joyriding and was attacked by the Stunticons, losing the Matrix in the ensuing crash, which was acquired by the Decepticon Scourge. While Rodimus became Hot Rod again – and was not eager to change back – Scourge was warped and enhanced by the Matrix and led another attack on Japan. Counseled by a martial arts master on giri – the burden hardest to bear – Rodimus realized that the Matrix was his burden, and that he had been chosen to bear it; battling Scourge, he recovered the Matrix and resumed his role as leader.

Some time thereafter, Rodimus began to experience disturbing dreams, filled with images of Optimus Prime, which again brought his leadership doubts to the fore. Discovering that two human scientists had recovered Prime's body just before his apparent sacrifice, Rodimus raced to their lab, only to discover that the Transformer-hating scientist, Mark Morgan, planned to infect them with hate-inducing solar spores. Rodimus was able to avoid immediate infection, recovering Prime's body and shutting down Metroplex to protect him, but was eventually hunted down by Ultra Magnus and Wreck-Gar and infected. Meanwhile, at Rodimus's earlier command, Sky Lynx acquired a Quintesson, who successfully restored Optimus Prime to life; coating himself in Morgan's heat-resistant alloy, Prime recovered the Matrix from Rodimus and used its energies to cure the plague, reverting him to Hot Rod once and for all. Optimus once again assumed command of the Autobots, which Rodimus was all too happy to give up.

In The Transformers: The Movie, Rodimus Prime was voiced by Judd Nelson, but as with all the feature's "celebrity voices", Nelson did not return to perform the character in the episodes that followed the movie. Ted Schwartz was originally cast to replace Nelson as Rodimus, but he in turn was replaced by Dick Gautier, who performed Rodimus (and Hot Rod) over the ensuing two seasons. It is apparent, however, that Schwartz recorded several episodes as Rodimus before being replaced, as some lines spoken by him are still evident in the broadcast version of Five Faces of Darkness.

Headmasters

In the Japanese exclusive Headmasters storyline (which replaced the Rebirth in Japanese continuity), Hot Rod appeared as part of Optimus Prime's inner circle. When Galvatron and his Headmaster warriors launched a devastating attack on Cybertron, Vector Sigma was damaged, and Hot Rod was sent to Earth to retrieve the Matrix. Recovering it, he returned it to Prime, only to be surprised when the ghost of Alpha Trion once again reformatted him into Rodimus Prime to help Optimus. After Optimus' death, Rodimus once again took command of the Autobots. However, when Scorponok destroyed Vector Sigma, Rodimus decided to leave the war, and left Fortress Maximus in command of that Autobots.

See Rodimus.

Transformers: Animated

Template:Transformers character Animated Rodimus Prime is a character who will appear in season 3 of the Transformers: Animated series. He is a homage to the Generation 1 version of the character Hot Rod, but in G1 Rodimus' colors.[1] He wields an energon bow-and-arrow weapon of his own design.[2] On March 31, 2009, Derrick J. Wyatt, lead Transformers: Animated Character Designer have recently posted an image of what is appears to be Rodimus' vehicle mode. His vehicle mode is described as a futuristic muscle car that is mostly based on a 2008 Dodge Challenger with some elements of a 1969 Ferrari Daytona. This was revealed at the 2009 BotCon where Hasbro released an action figure under the name Rodimus Minor. It showed that the 2008 Dodge Challenger parts of Rodimus' vehicle mode were mostly based on the back, top, and sides of the vehicle, while the 1969 Ferrari Daytona parts were found in the front of the vehicle, most notably, the headlights.

Rodimus Prime leads an Autobot crew consisting of Red Alert, Ironhide, Hot Shot and Brawn.

Fun Publications

Rodimus Prime's biography was printed in issue #24 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine. He is described as a young prodigy, the "chosen one", who is expected to become the next Magnus in record time.

Animated Series

Rodimus was seen in the season "Transwarped" special, leading his team in defending a Space Bridge from Strika's "Team Chaar". His team was overwhelmed, and Rodimus is infected with Cosmic Rust, courtesy of Oil Slick, putting him out of commission. According to Derrick J. Wyatt, Rodimus is back on Cybertron de-rusting.

Toys

  • Animated Deluxe Rodimus Prime (2009/not released yet)
In March 2009 word leaked out from a Walmart store computer about an upcoming Deluxe Rodimus Prime toy. [3] It was revealed at the 2009 BotCon under the name, Rodimus Minor.

References

External links








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