First Comic Appearance: Transformers #84
"My actions speak louder than words."
Profile: Hot Rod is the all-American-boy Autobot. Not too sweet, not too sharp,
not too snotty... not a goodie-goodie, but basically a typical adolescent who
has dreams of doing great stuff and being as heroic and important as Optimus
Prime and other famous and revered top Autobots. He tends to follow rules until
they bug him- and he sometimes learns, to his regret, that disobeying wasn't
exactly smart. And he often acts without thinking in an effort to do the right
thing- and this gets him and sometimes his friends in trouble. But he's not
afraid when trouble does arrive and is a brave and honorable fighter and friend.
He is especially close to Kup, the grizzled old mentor of an Autobot, although
he sometimes resents hearing "wisdom." And he likes Daniel, the Earth
kid, a lot. (In a way, Hot Rod is big brother to Daniel -a role model- and Hot
Rod knows it and takes the responsibility seriously.) In robot or automotive
mode, Hot Rod is sometimes hot-headed, but always a well-meaning, admirable
"lad" and popular with all who know him.
Abilities: He carries two photon lasers that temporarily electro magnetize an
enemy robot's microcircuits. Speed: 120 mph. Range: 4 miles.
Weaknesses: Hot Rod's impulsive actions often get him into trouble.