|First appearance||Transformers Generation 1|
|Voiced by||Peter Cullen |
Jess Harnell (Transformers (films), 2009 video game, 2011 video game)
Mark Ryan (2007 video game)
Bronco O. Jackson (Cyber Missions)
|(Japanese)||Sho Hayami |
|Partner||Optimus Prime |
|Alternate modes||Nissan Vanette, Cybertronian Armor Truck, GMC Topkick C4500, African Elephant |
Ford F-Series pickup truck
GMC Topkick C4500 Pick-Up Truck
Ironhide is a fictional robot superhero character in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. According to the original creator of the Transformers names, Bob Budiansky, Ironhide was named after the television series Ironside.
Transformers: Generation 1
Ironhide (Rhino in Canada, Falco (meaning "hawk") in Italy, Vasököl ("Ironfist") in Hungary, Bronevik in Russia) is portrayed as a strong and toughened old Autobot warrior who has seen his fair share of battle.
Despite being known for being part of the Autobot security detail, Ironhide was most often seen in the capacity of a warrior, often fighting in battle with or without Optimus Prime, or a specific work site/person/cargo to protect. He was also used as an officer, leading a team of Autobots just as would Prowl or Jazz. Ironhide seemed to develop a bond with the Autobots' human allies, such as Spike Witwicky and Chip Chase, engaging with them on a friendly basis as much as protecting them. Ironhide had a close relationship with the Female Autobot Chromia.
In the "More Than Meets The Eye" three-parter that launched the animated series, Ironhide was shown taking down Soundwave aboard the Ark before it crash landed on Earth and later assisting Bumblebee in stopping a Rumble-created flood. He quickly grew tired of the Autobots constantly being a step behind the Decepticons and impetuously took off after them - only to be brought back down to Earth with a bump by a teleporting Skywarp.
In "Transport to Oblivion" while battling Megatron at a power plant, Prime accidentally knocked the Decepticon leader into a generator giving him a temporary power boost. Megatron took complete advantage of this by knocking Prime down and temporarily stunning him. He then transformed into his gun mode, ordering Soundwave to destroy the Autobot leader. Ironhide leaping forward, took the shot himself saving Prime's life. Rather than pursue the withdrawing Decepticons, Optimus ordered the team back to base because of how badly Ironhide had been hit. The grouchy Ironhide was not at all pleased with needing some "R&R" (what Ratchet said was needed for one of his components "removed and rebuilt"). Ratchet humorously threatened to disconnect Ironhide's vocal circuits if he kept complaining. Ironhide made a full recovery and was available for duty soon thereafter.
Ironhide's most prominent appearance was in the second-season episode "The Immobilizer". Distracted by Spike Witwicky's friend Carly while on guard duty, Ironhide inadvertently allowed the Decepticons to steal Wheeljack's latest invention - a weapon that could freeze anything including Transformers. Guilt-ridden and believing himself to be too old to be of any further use, Ironhide resigned from active service, against the wishes of Optimus Prime. However, when Carly was captured by the Decepticons, the veteran Autobot went to her rescue and saved her from the Decepticon base. After being frozen and unfrozen by the Immobilizer (after Carly and Brawn sabotaged it) Ironhide personally destroyed the device and returned to active duty.
In "A Prime Problem", Ironhide took temporary leadership of the Autobots when they could not decide on which Optimus Prime was which, as Megatron had made a perfect clone of Prime to fool the Autobots into venturing down into a dangerous chasm.
In "The Search for Alpha Trion", Optimus Prime learned that the Female Autobots, believed to be destroyed by a missile strike during the Ark's launch four million years ago, were still alive on Cybertron, he returned to Cybertron alone to save Elita One, his female counterpart and old friend. Later, Ironhide leads Inferno and Powerglide after Prime. On Cybertron the Autobots are briefly reunited with Chromia, Firestar, and Moonracer to defeat the Decepticons.
In The Transformers: The Movie, Ironhide, along with Ratchet, Prowl, and Brawn were sent by Optimus Prime to travel to Autobot City on Earth for a supply run on Energon. Before the shuttle departed, Spike Witwicky asked Ironhide to tell his son Daniel that he misses him and that he will be coming home as soon as they kick Megatron's tail clear across the galaxy. Later, on the mission to Autobot City, Decepticon forces led by Megatron penetrated the hull of the shuttle, about to attack the Autobots. Brawn and then Prowl were killed, and Ironhide and Ratchet attacked the invading Decepticons together. Despite this, Ironhide falls as a result of a number of blasts from the Constructicons and shots to the chest from Megatron in his gun mode wielded by Starscream. When Megatron reveals to Starscream how he is going to attack Autobot City and wipe them out forever, a wounded, but not dead Ironhide clutches at Megatron's leg and yells, "No!!". Megatron responds with the now famous words: "Such heroic nonsense" and kills him offscreen with a point-blank blast to the head from his fusion cannon. A few scenes later, Ironhide appears to be involved in an aerial assault on Autobot City with the Decepticons, but this is actually a mis-colored Reflector error. His remains were entombed in the Autobot Mausoleum, where he is visited and mentioned dead by Spike's son Daniel in the season 3 episode "Dark Awakening".
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Ironhide is the strongest of the Spy Changers. Usually a peaceful intellectual until he gets pushed to the limit, then stay out of his way. He's an expert in materials transport and carries a shockwave rifle. Like the original this Ironhide has a Southern accent.
In the television series, the Spy Changers received little characterization - usually acting in a group to attack or perform whatever mission they had been assigned. Ironhide's best friend was fellow Spy Changer Mirage which was the basis of one particular episode called "Mirage's Betrayal". After an incident where Mirage, fearing collateral damage, allowed the Predacons to get away, the others on the team accused him of failure. A furious Mirage walked out, realizing the Predacons had put a bug on him. Ironhide attempted to talk him out of it, but snapped and punched him when Mirage threatened to join the Predacons (unaware he was just doing it for show). Later, Mirage called the Spy Changers to Megatron's latest weapon, having ostensibly joined the Predacons. He managed to communicate his true intentions to the other Spy Changers, and they destroyed the laser. A guilty Ironhide demanded Mirage hit him to even things out between them - but Mirage simply prodded his friend, claiming they were now even before challenging him to a race back to base.
According to the bio given in Dreamwave comics Ironhide was a supporter of the Mini-Cons joining the Autobots, and was joined with an Autobot warrior until he was killed by Terrorsaur. When Terrorsaur was taken by Unicron she was freed but felt an emptiness in her life and now misses him.
She is particularly strong and tough for a Mini-Con as well as being very smart. Her main weapon is her machine gun which fires armor-piercing rounds.
Ironhide is very emotionally needy.
Ironhide is a young, reckless Autobot who idolizes Hot Shot. Dreamwave went out of business before the end of Energon could be reached, so any further tales of Ironhide would remain untold.
Ironhide appeared in the text story from Fun Publications called "Force of Habit". This story explained where he was during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus was the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys.
A new version of Ironhide was created for the Transformers: Universe storyline. Oddly, his deco seems to be a homage to Generation 1 Trailbreaker.
Transformers Cinematic Universe
In the 2007 Transformers live action film, Ironhide appears as a modified GMC Topkick C4500 pickup truck, replacing Arcee in the cast list. Peter Cullen, who provided the voices for both Optimus Prime and Ironhide in the original animated series, does not voice Ironhide in the film. Instead, he is voiced by Jess Harnell, who gave the character a Mid-Atlantic accent.
According to an early interview with Michael Bay, Ironhide stands at 26 feet tall, but the scale of his Voyager class toy would suggest he stands closer to 21 feet tall. The official guide to the Transformers video game says he is 22 feet tall. The Transformers U.K. magazine states he stands 22 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 3.8 tons and can travel up to 180 mph. He has a California license plate number 4PCI382. Ironhide also possesses a retractable faceplate that he activates when he goes into combat to shield himself from injuries.
The weapons in Ironhide's CGI model have over 10,000 pieces each. According to an interview with Industrial Light and Magic, Ironhide's guns alone have more pieces than some of the other Transformers in the film (Optimus Prime has 10,108 pieces).
A new Ironhide appeared in the Transformers: Animated series. He first appeared in the episode "Mission Accomplished". Ironhide, again, briefly appeared at the end of "Where is thy Sting?"
Transformers: Timelines (Shattered Glass)
An evil mirror universe version of Ironhide appeared in the Shattered Glass universe. This version of Ironhide works for the evil Optimus Prime.
He appears in the novels Transformers: Exodus, Transformers: Exiles, and Transformers: Retribution, and is a playable character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron.
Robots in Disguise
In the episode Enemy of My Enemy, a picture of Ironhide was shown among the Autobots backlisted by new High Council for being a supporter of Optimus Prime following Cybertron's restoration after the Great War.