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Rodimus is the name of five fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Rodimus was one of the names used by the 1986 Transformers character more commonly known as Hot Rod.


Transformers: Energon

Transformers character
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Energon Rodimus on card
Name Rodimus
Autobot
Japanese name Rodimus Convoy
Series Transformers: Energon
English voice actor Paul Dobson
Japanese voice actor Ryotaro Okiayu
Information
Alternate modes Truck-hot rod hybrid
Function Deputy Supreme Autobot Commander
Gender Male
Motto "I can take down any Decepticon without getting a scratch." (Energon), "Destiny is something to build yourself." (Superlink)
Partner Optimus Prime
Rank 9
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Rodimus is a great military commander and a superior warrior, yet strives for peace and freedom. First at odds with Optimus Prime for his conduct of the war against the Decepticons, Rodimus eventually became Optimus' right-hand man and defacto commander of the Autobots when Optimus himself was unavailable.

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.

Comics

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 Publications

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

  • Transformers Energon Rodimus (2004)
Rodimus transforms into a rocket-powered Cybertronic long-nose truck cab. He can also form the top or bottom half of a larger robot mode, compatible with any Energon Combat- or Mega-class Autobot combiner robot. He comes with a large flame-cannon with spring-loaded "flame" missile. His design is a homage to Rodimus Prime from Generation 1; it was later reused for the Transformers: Timelines and Shattered Glass versions of Thunderclash.
  • Deluxe Black Rodimus Convoy (2004)
An exclusive black and red version of Rodimus was made available as a mail-away from TV Magazine in Japan, sent out in September 2004. This was a companion piece to the "Fire SL Grand Convoy" exclusive offered by the same magazine that was released a month earlier. Lucky Draw versions in gold and silver chrome were released in Japan.


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
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Shattered Glass Rodimus in robot mode
Name Rodimus/Rodimus Prime
Autobot
Series Transformers: Timelines
Information
Alternate modes Sports Car
Function Warrior
Motto "To the victor go the profits."
Rank 8
Sub-group Convention Exclusives, Deluxe Vehicles

Timelines Rodimus is a BotCon 2008 exclusive recolor of Classic Rodimus in black that is based on Black Rodimus. An evil alternate version of the Generation 1 character, according to the comic writers his personality is based on Vinnie Barbarino from the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, using variants of Vinnie's famous put-downs. His new appearance has 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 to 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.

Comics

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.[1]

Rodimus appeared in the text-based fiction Dungeons & Dinobots as one of the Autobots who attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. 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 (a reference to one of the original Rodimus' melee weapons in The Transformers: The Movie).

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

Rodimus gained the help of the criminal Witwicky 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.[2]

Toys

  • Timelines Voyager Megatron with Divebomb and Deluxe Rodimus (2008)
Shattered Glass Rodimus was a black/purple recolor of Classic Rodimus available only at BotCon 2008. He came packaged together with Shattered Glass Megatron and Divebomb.


Aligned Continuity

Books

Rodimus was featured as a character in Transformers: Retribution, where he was similar to his Hot Rod incarnation but presumably called Rodimus for copyright reasons.

Games

Transformers Cinematic Universe

Transformers character
Name Rodimus/Rodimus Prime
Autobot
Series Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Information
Alternate modes Car

Fun Publications

The bio for the Botcon 2015 version of Megatron reveals that he comes from an alternate reality where Megatron achieved victory during events similar to Dark of the Moon and killed both Optimus and Sentinel Prime. However, Rodimus Prime then arose to challenge him, facing him in a battle that Megatron ultimately chose to flee, resulting in him ending up in the Axiom Nexus.

See also: Hot Rod

Toys

  • Dark of the Moon Legion Class Rodimus (2011)
A redeco of the Universe Legends Rodimus. On the United States market, he is only available as a Walmart exclusive, as the "Bonus" figure in a pack with Bumblebee and Soundwave, as "Bumblebee / Soundwave with Rodimus" 3-pack

References

  1. Pete Sinclair & Benson Yee (w), Don Figueroa (p), Don Figueroa (i), Espen Grundetjern (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Shattered Glass" Transformers Timelines v2, 3 (Botcon 2008), Fun Publications
  2. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (May 1, 2009). Eye in the Sky. Fun Publications. 

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