Hot Rod will forever be my favorite Transformer. I liked his bravado, his confidence...sometime arrogance, his love for Daniel, and his thirst for improvement. Though, I think many would disagree with me. Many downright hate Hot Rod. Why? I know he was responsible for the death of OP. But it wasnt his intention. He lived up to his name and yes, it got Prime killed. But he was also instrumental in bringing Prime back to life and later in Headmasters, it was OP who once again bestowed the matrix to Hot Rod. As Rodimus Prime, it seemed like he lost his iron will and confidence. When it was time for him to lead, he leaned on Ultra Magnus and questioned almost every decision he made. He constantly compared himself to OP and felt he wasnt living up to Prime. The glimpses we did see of Rodimus being confident quickly turned into cockyness and anger. He would snap at other Autobots or do things recklessly, that as Hot Rod was one thing, but as the Autobot leader should not have been done. I almost feel Rodimus and Hot Rod were 2 different people. It seemed like Rodimus was haunted deep down inside. The episode that most demonstrates this inner turmoil the most and is a personal favorite of mine is The Burden Hardest To Bear. When Rodimus loses the Matrix, he seems to not revert back to Hot Rod, but to a reckless and careless version of Rodimus. Yes, the weight had been lifted. But every other autobot seemed to understand the importance of the matrix. Hell, how can he be fit to be leader if at any point he would think the matrix being in the decepticon hands was ok. I would love to hear other's opinions, feelings and whether or not they liked Hot Rod and whether they see the 2 different people of Hot Rod and Rodimus as well.