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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).
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 comparisons with his former commander Optimus Prime—and let's face it, shoes-to-be-filled just don't get much bigger than that.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. As Rodimus Prime, his vehicle sometimes splits between his robot and Mobile Defense Bay.He has also been known as Rodimus, Rodimus Major, Hot Rodimus, and Rodimus Imhotep.During the Hate Plague outbreak in 2006, Optimus Prime was brought back to life and Rodimus gave up his rank of Prime, becoming Hot Rod once more.
He would live to see the next Cybertronian Golden Age.
Initially serving under Fortress Maximus on Cybertron, Hot Rod travelled to Nebulos where he became a Targetmaster and then on to Earth where he joined Optimus Prime's forces aboard the Ark.
At some point before 2005, Hot Rod became stationed at Autobot City and so was present during the Battle of Autobot City.
This was a turning point in the life of the turbo-revving young punk, because the Matrix of Leadership chose him as its next bearer following the death of Optimus Prime.
As Rodimus Prime, his first accomplishments were the defeat of Unicron and the return of Cybertron to the Autobots.
During his time as Prime, Rodimus not only had to deal with the Decepticons and their new leader, but also the political complexities of the planetary alliance Cybertron joined, the return of the Transformers' cruel masters from long ago, the Quintessons, the possible revival of Unicron and the arrival of Unicron's "little brother" Tornedron.