I know a lot of people hated Hot Rod/Rodiimus for having Optimus killed. I think Rodimus did a great job as a leader Under the circumstances he was in. He was the humbled inexperienced leader, he had Ultra Magnus and Kup around, that was a plus. Even Ultra Magnus once told him to have a little faith and trust himself more and in time he will be just as great Optimus once was. Rodimus, wasn't a softy soft as Optimus, he wasn't rude either, he cared about his fellow Autobots. He's being too hard on himself and that has to do with living with guilt of having Prime killed. When the writers decided to bring back the Great Optimus, everybody joyced at the idea of him coming back to life. That didn't help Rodimus's character development. Instead of having Optimus Prime come back and be leader again, he should have been Rodimus's mentor and guided him, just like Alpha Trion once did with Optimus when he first became leader.