Hot Spot (Transformers)

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Hot Spot is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers series. The original Hot Spot was introduced in 1986 as leader of the Protectobots and was voiced by Dan Gilvezan in the Transformers animated series. The second Hot Spot was a Micromaster who was sold in Japan under the name Neo-Wheel.

Transformers: Generation 1

Hot Spot
Transformers character
Generation 1 Hot Spot box art
Created by

Voiced by

Dan Gilvezan
Aliases Hot Zone
Species Transformer


Alternate mode

Mitsubishi Fuso Fire Truck/repair bay/emergency car carrier,
Cybertronian Fire Truck (War Within)

Protectobot Leader

"Rust never sleeps and neither do I."

Blades, First Aid, Groove, Scattorshot, Silverbolt and Streetwise.

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Generations

Legends, Protectobots, Voyagers
Tech specs

ST09 IN07 SP04 EN09

RN07 CO09 FB07 SK06

Hot Spot, sometimes called Hot Zone, is the leader of the Protectobots.[1] An energetic warrior and leader who leads by example. Always active and wants his troops to be active too. [2]

Hot Spot combines with the other Protectobots to form Defensor.


The [email protected] podcast for March 12th, 2009 selected the Titanium Hot Zone toy as one of the New Picture Picks.[3]

Fictional biography

Profile: Hot Spot likes to be where the action is. Whether he's trying to put out a fire or win a war, as long as he's surrounded by a swirl of movement he's happy. He fights with a fluid instinctiveness that seemingly overrides any carefully measured analysis within his logic circuitry. His leadership is charismatic and inspiring; the other Protectobots can't help but perform beyond their abilities when in his company. However, sometimes they have difficulty keeping up with his non-stop pace. His philosophy is to be maximally operational every moment of his life. Or, as he likes to phrase it, "There are always junkyards for those who rust!"

Abilities: In his fire truck mode, Hot Spot can travel at 90 mph and has a range of 600 miles. His hose line can shoot streams of high-pressure water (and other non-corrosive fluids, such as oil and alcohol) an effective distance of 1200 feet. In robot mode, he possesses incredible strength: he can press 60,000 pounds. He uses a fireball cannon, which can shoot bursts of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit blue flame a distance of 1.5 miles. A special vanadium-steel alloy shields him from temperatures of up to 5000 degrees Fahrenheit. He combines with his fellow Protectobots to form the giant robot known as Defensor.

Weaknesses: Hot Spot's ladder sometimes jams, locking into position when extended. His fireball cannon often backfires, releasing large amounts of the flammable liquid that powers it. Hot Spot himself is invulnerable to the liquid's effects, but the liquid can cause considerable fire-damage to anything around him.

Animated series

The Transformers

Hot Spot first appeared in the US Transformers television series in episode #63, "The Revenge of Bruticus" with no explanation as to where he or the other Protectobots came from.

Interestingly, they were the only group of Autobots to have a base away from the Ark, they resided in a converted building in a nearby city. Throughout the second and third season, the Protectobots were utilized mainly for assisting human civilians during battles or crisis caused by the war between the Autobots and Decepticons.

They often were engaged in battle as well both on Cybertron and Earth, including a trip to Unicron's severed head to investigate its reactivation by the ghost of Starscream.

The Protectobots were last seen supporting Ultra Magnus in a last ditch effort to stop Galvatron in the fourth season. They failed and were gunned down in "The Rebirth Part 3".

Transformers: The Headmasters

Hot Spot appears in episode #27 of the Japanese Headmasters series, called "The Miracle Warriors - The Targetmasters (Part 1)." Spike orders the Protectabots, Technobots and Trainbots to destroy the abandoned Decepticon headquarters on Earth. Combined into Defensor, Computron and Raiden the Autobots quickly demolish the building.

Hot Spot would appear several more time in the Japanese exclusive Headmasters television series, last appearing in episode #34, "The Final Showdown on Earth Part 1".


3H Enterprises

Hot Spot appeared in a flashback sequence in the Transformers: Universe - Wreckers comic series. He worked with the Autobot Targetmasters against an army of Nightbird robots.

Dreamwave Productions

Around 6.5 million years ago, a test of the experimental space bridge matter-transport system on Cybertron (the metallic world that housed the essence of Primus) liberated the Fallen from his prison, and he materialised on Cybertron, where he quickly recruited the Chaos Trinity, three mystically-inclined Decepticons - Bludgeon, Mindwipe and Bugly - into his employ. Abducting Transformers that he identified as possessing "genetical potential" within their sparks - Grimlock, Blitzwing, Jetfire and Hot Spot - the Fallen planned to use their energies to awaken Primus from his self-imposed slumber, thereby alerting Unicron to his location, allowing the world-eater to renew hostilities with his old enemy. An attack from combined Autobot and Decepticon forces led by Shockwave and Prowl disrupted his plans.

In issue #2 of the third Generation One series, titled "Black Sunshine", the Protectabots were ordered by Prowl to investigate the energy anomaly created by Sunstorm escaping Shockwave's abandoned secret lab. When they arrived they discovered the hole left in the roof by Sunstorm and the deactivated Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck. Streetwise reported back to Prowl as First Aid repaired the Decepticons.

IDW Publishing

In Spotlight: Wheelie, some time before Cybertron was abandoned, Hot Spot was a dispatch officer, searching for viable soldiers to fill out the ranks. When he needed a volunteer for a deep space exploration mission, he reluctantly chose the tiny supply-bot known as Wheelie for the assignment.

Hot Spot in Spotlight: Bumblebee

In Spotlight: Bumblebee Hot Spot went on to aid in the search for the Decepticon forces hiding on Earth, but their lack of success and the fact that nobody really saw him as a leader got Bumblebee down. Hot Spot tried to cheer him back up, but was left behind when Bumblebee chose to deal with things on his own.

In Windblade Vol. 2 #2 Superion fought Devastator, but Starscream feared the Autobot combiner wouldn't be enough, so he used the Enigma of Combination to create another. Hot Spot, the other four "Protectobots," and Rook, who had wandered into the group, were all combined into the mighty Defensor.

The Autobot Primal Council in Transformers: Dawn of the Predacus

Hot Spot appeared the IDW Publishing BotCon 2016 story Transformers: Dawn of the Predacus. In this story Hot Spot served as a member of the Primal Council after the death of Optimus Prime. When Prowl suggested the Decepticons get a chance to surrender after the death of Galvatron, Hot Spot questioned what to do if the Decepticons ran.

Marvel Comics

Hotspot and the Protectobots first appeared in issue #63/64 of the Marvel UK Transformers comics, as a dream message from the Creation Matrix to Buster Witwicky observed by Optimus Prime, Shockwave and Soundwave. This issue also saw the introduction of the Stunticons, Comabaticons and Aerialbots.

Hot Spot and the Protectobots appeared in issue #24 of the Marvel Transformers comics, where it is assumed they were built on Earth by the Autobots and given life by Optimus Prime using the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. [4]

Jetfire, Perceptor, Blaster, Hot Spot, Ratchet and Silverbolt decide on a new Autobot leader

In issue #27, "King of the Hill!", Perceptor summoned his fellow Autobots Blaster, Hot Spot, Jetfire, Omega Supreme, Ratchet and Silverbolt in order to decide who should take leadership of the Autobots. After an attack by the giant Decepticon Trypticon the leader was chosen - Grimlock.

He last appeared in issue #47 of the regular comic series, but then turned up in the prelude to the Generation 2 comic series by Marvel, as part of a strike team formed to stop Megatron. Hot Spot would be one of two survivors from that battle.

Hot Spot in Transformers: Generation 2 by Marvel Comics

Hot Spot would later appear in the Generation 2 series, attacked by COBRA, who were after the technology inside him after learning the technology Megatron gave them in exchange for his new body had been rendered useless. Badly hurt by their assault, Hot Spot took the ultimate measure to ensure his technology would not be used by evil hands; he self-destructed.

TFcon comics

Hot Spot appeared in the TFcon 2009 voice actor play prelude comic Game Face.

Hot Spot, voiced by Dan Gilvezan, appeared in the TFcon 2009 voice actor play Bee for, Bee now.[5]


  • Generation 1 Protectobot Hot Spot (1986)
Hot Spot was sold by himself as well as in a gift set with the four other Protectobots.[6]
Hot Spot was repainted as Fire Chief, a Japanese exclusive and part of the Guard City set in 1992.
  • Universe Classic Series Legends Autobot Hot Zone (2008)
This toy is a recolor of Cybertron Legends Optimus Prime. He is renamed Hot Zone for trademark reasons. Part of a Target store exclusize 5-pack of Legends.
  • Universe Titanium Series 6 inch Hot Zone (2009)
A recolor of the 6 inch Titanium Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime. A Target store exclusive. Pictures of this toy first appeared on the internet in March of 2009. [7]
  • Generations GDO Voyager Hot Spot (2012)
A remold and recolor of Universe Inferno.[8]
This toy was repurposed into Shattered Glass Hosehead.
  • Transformers Protectobots Evac Squad (2014)
A two pack of Hot Spot and Blades.
  • Generations Voyager Hot Spot (2015)
A new mold.
Hot Spot was remolded into Generations Voyager Onslaught and Timelines Voyager Bludgeon, as well as Combiner Wars Pyra Magna and Unite Warriors Megaempress.
  • Generation 2 Protectobot Hot Spot (unreleased)
Although there were plans for Generation 2 recolors of the Protectobots, they were never released, although a few prototypes were made. These rare figures are highly collectable. [9]


Transformers: Universe

Transformers character
Universe Hot Spot
Name Hot Spot
Series Transformers: Universe
Alternate modes Lamborghini Diablo
Gender Male
Sub-group Micromasters, Protectobots

Hot Spot is a member of the Protectobots. He is the team warrior turns into a yellow car.

3H Enterprises

This version of Hot Spot appeared only in his combined form of Defensor in issue #2 of the Transformers: Universe comic as one of the Transformers escaping Unicron's captivity.

Fun Publications

According to the Fun Publications Ask Vector Prime stories this Hot Spot comes from Aurex 1104.30-DB Zeta, part of the Unicron Trilogy series. Defensor was born from Doctor Brian Jones's attempts at reverse-engineering Maximus combiner technology and applying it to Mini-Con anatomy. Superion, Defensor, and Rail Racer fought Devastator in the Combiner Wars during the Unicron Singularity crisis.


  • Universe Micromaster Hot Spot (2004)
Hot Spot is the US name of former Japanese exclusive toy Neo-Wheel. A Kaybee toy store exclusive. He comes with a fist and the gun of Defensor.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

"Ask Vector Prime" revealed that the Defensor mentioned in Megazarak's tech spec for the Transformers: Universe line was in fact an alternate Hot Spot granted greater power by the Matrix of Leadership. Having lost his teammates to the evil Megazarak, Hot Spot became the Last Autobot, and as Defensor fought against the tyrant before eventually defeating him. [10]


  1. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 44. ISBN 0764313649. 
  2. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 67. ISBN 1405304618. 
  3. Vangelus (March 12th, 2009). "[email protected]". (Podcast). TFW2005. 
  4. "Transformers" #24 (January 1987)
  6. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Japanese and International Transformers. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 23. ISBN 0764312820. 
  9. Transformers Generation 2:, by Karl Hartman, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 3

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