Autobot prophecy spoke of a Chosen One who would claim the Matrix and rise to defend Cybertron in its darkest hour. No one ever suspected it would be Hot Rod. While no one doubted his courage, his recklessness occasionally put other Autobots in danger. Few Autobots were as fast, however, or as smart, and even fewer could have expected to survive the twisting, diabolical pathways within the body of Unicron, or a confrontation with the mighty Galvatron.
Survive he did, however, and became Rodimus Prime. Yet even after the destruction of Unicron and the defeat of Galvatron he was plagued by self-doubt. The power of the Matrix was his to command, and the wisdom of past Autobot leaders lived within him, but he lived always within the shadow of his mentor and idol Optimus Prime. Leadership weighed heavy on his shoulders, and though he never faltered, he dreamed often of a simpler life.