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Hound
Transformers character
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First appearance Transformers: Generation 1
Voiced by Ken Sansom (Television series)
John Goodman (films)
Daniel Ross

(Transformers: The Game)

(Japanese) Kenyu Horiuchi (Television series)
Ken Narita ("Attack of the Autobots" and "Day of the Machines")
Naomi Kusumi
Information
Affiliation Autobot
Partner Optimus Prime
Bumblebee
Hot Rod
Drift
Crosshairs
Leadfoot
Ironhide
Ratchet
Trench
Brains
Trailbreaker
Slash
Cade Yeager
Tessa Yeager
Shane Dyson
Izabella
NEST
Alternate modes Cybertronian Carm Mitsubishi J59 Military Jeep, Power Scoop, Jeep Wrangler, Cybertronian Truck
Jeep, Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle, Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Hound is a fictional alien robot character from the Transformers robot superhero franchise. He is sometimes referred to as Autobot Hound for trademark purposes.

Transformers: Generation 1

The toy that was to become the Autobot Hound was originally released as part of the Japanese Diaclone series by Takara.

A first-generation Autobot, Hound (Destino in Aguascalientes, Dépisteur in Quebec and Canguro in Italy) was released into Transformers' first year - 1984 and was one of the smallest of the standard-sized Autobot cars. Hound's alternate mode is that of a 4X4 military jeep, and comes with three different weapons - a Missile Launcher, a Machine Gun and a Hologram Gun.

Hound is known for his love of the planet Earth, his tracking skills, and the ability to project highly realistic holograms. He secretly wishes to be human.

Animated series

During the first season of the cartoon, Hound served as the Autobots' primary scout and recon soldier, a role which suited him well because he quickly grew to love the varied natural landscapes of Earth. Hound was also instrumental in the creation of the original three Dinobots, as he captured holographic images which served as rough blueprints for construction of Grimlock, Slag, and Sludge. However, after a spurt of early appearances, Hound became increasingly absent from the show, showing up only when his holographic powers were necessary.

Hound's first appearance came in "More Than Meets the Eye", a three-episode pilot created to launch the toyline onto television. Oddly enough the role of Spike Witwicky's companion was filled by Hound in these episodes rather than Bumblebee. Hound was the first to introduce Spike to the concept of "transforming" and also gave Spike a tour of the nearby desert while beguiling him with tales of Cybertron. Hound would also fight Rumble in a flooding river, and end up being rescued by Spike, who nearly drowned in the process of saving him. While resuscitating Spike on the shore, Hound makes the mistake of thinking that the human Spike had "flooded his engine". Hound would be among the main cast of the pilot, almost playing as large of a role as Optimus Prime himself.

This changed when the show moved into its regular season. Bumblebee became Spike's companion, and Hound's appearances became less frequent.

In "Heavy Metal War", Hound is responsible for providing a hologram of a large, menacing robot designed to intimidate Devastator. This helped turn the tide in the battle against the Decepticons in that episode.

The episode "City of Steel" featured another major role for Hound. He and a few other compatriots were charged with tracking and collecting the missing parts of Optimus Prime. These parts had been disconnected and used in various parts of Megatron's reconstruction of New York.

Hound made a brief cameo appearance in The Transformers: The Movie where he, along with Sunstreaker, stood next to Optimus Prime as reinforcements before Prime confronted Megatron.

Hound was last seen in Takara's Japanese-only Transformers: The Headmasters series, that included archive footage of the aforementioned movie. The Autobot also has some lines in the first episodes.

Transformers: Energon

Although there was no character named Hound in the Energon series, the Mini-Con Rollbar was repainted in this series as a homage to Generation 1 Hound, as was the green repaint of Ironhide.

Transformers Cinematic Universe

Hound appears in the video game and toy line related to the Transformers film series.

Video game

Hound is a playable character in the PSP version of Transformers: The Game (2007) voiced by Daniel Ross. Also in the game there is a billboard advertisement sign that spells his name.

Hound and his partner Trailbreaker are asked by Optimus Prime to implant a virus on a satellite that the Decepticons Thundercracker and Shockwave send to call in Decepticon drones. Hound's mission is to find a dish to transmit the virus while protecting Trailbreaker. They find a dish, but it is easily destroyed by the drones. They find and repair another dish. Because a wave of Decepticons is coming, Hound decides to stay and hold the satellite in position while Trailbreaker transmits it. They successfully transmit the virus, which destroys all of the Decepticon drones, but Hound is electrocuted in the process.

Film series

Hound appears in Transformers: Age of Extinction as an Oshkosh tactical defense vehicle and seem to have replaced Ironhide as the weapons specialist . He first appears when he shoots the skies trying to signal the Autobots to that Optimus Prime has arrived. He then appears when Optimus introduces the Autobots and is happy to see the gang back together. Then, when Cade hacks into a KSI drone, Hound sees footage of humans killing Leadfoot. Hound seemed the saddest one. He's then seen when the Autobots destroy the KSI laboratory in Chicago. Hound also helps save Optimus from Lockdown's ship along with Bumblebee, Crosshairs, and Drift. He was about to shoot Crosshairs in the head because he wanted to retreat. Hound then looked at an alien trapped in one of Lockdown's pods, which spit its green goo at him, so Hound killed it. Hound is then seen in Hong Kong fighting alongside Bumblebee and then he goes commando, using all his weapons to fight the KSI drones, including a two-headed drone, and is able to avoid enemy fire. He's then ordered to leave the city to protect Joshua, who has the seed, from the KSI drones that want it. Optimus later orders him to protect the Yeager family before he departs to space.

Hound returned as a Unimog military ambulance in Transformers: The Last Knight, and while he is still the Autobots' weapons specialist, he has also replaced Ratchet as the Autobots' medic.

Transformers: Timelines (Shattered Glass)

A mirror-universe version of Hound appeared in the Transformers: Timelines fiction. He is one of the evil Autobots and has the ability to project hallucinations in his targets. He also hates/fears dirt and organic life.

Aligned Continuity

Hound appears in the "Aligned" continuity family as an Autobot sentry before the great Exodus from Cybertron.

Exiles

Hound is one of the Autobots aboard the Ark. During the great Exodus, he was attacked by Makeshift, who knocked him out and proceeded to impersonate him. His fate is left unknown.

Robots in Disguise

Regardless of what happened in the novels, Hound was among the Autobots blacklisted by the new High Council for being a supporter of Optimus Prime following Cybertron's restoration after the great war.

Video Games

Hound was featured in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, where he appears in the multiplayer campaign.

Transformers: Timelines

A version of Hound-known as Sergent Hound-appeared in the Timelines fiction associated with BotCon 2015, where he was a subordinate of General Optimus Prime, the two being based on unreleased Transformers: Generation 2 toys. An Autobot scout in his home reality, Sgt. Hound and General Optimus were brought to the world of Axiom Nexus and the Transtech by an explosion that destroyed the Decepticons of their own world while opening a tear between universes.

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