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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Rodimus Prime with sound clips and images.

Created by Foxwolf on Sun Apr 19 2009, 26 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to OptimusSolo, NCZ for additional sound clips.
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Hot RodJudd Nelson
Judd Nelson
Transformers (1984)
Rodimus PrimeDick Gautier
Dick Gautier
Transformers Energon (2004)
Rodimus PrimePaul Dobson
Paul Dobson
Transformers Animated (2007)
Rodimus MinorJudd Nelson
Judd Nelson
Transformers (1984)
Rodimus PrimeTed Schwartz
Ted Schwartz
The Transformers
Rodimus PrimePeter Von Gomm
Peter Von Gomm
Hot RodFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
Hot RodTravis Willingham
Travis Willingham

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said at 9:23 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5 (Rodimus):

1) Gautier
2) Nelson
3) Schwartz
4) Dobson
5) Von Gomm

My Top 5 (Hot Rod):
1) Gautier
2) Nelson
3) Welker
4) Willingham
5) Von Gomm
said at 8:37 AM on Mon Jul 21 2014
If Rodimus ever appears in the next future Movies, do you guys think Judd should come back to do Him?
Polyester Funk
said at 1:19 AM on Sun Mar 30 2014
Judd Nelson I guess cuz he was the original. Ted Schwartz sounded a lot like him. I was gonna ask why they didn't keep him, but it's probably because they wanted Rodimus to sound older and more seasoned which Dick Gautier does.

I know he was a totally different version, but Paul Dobson seemed way too deep for Rodimus. It was a little weird to hear. He was good as the old, legendary warrior version, but as I said I didn't expect him to sound like that.
said at 6:01 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
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I think Judd Nelson was great as Rodimus, for the future I think Josh Keaton or Will Friedle would do Rodimus.
Polyester Funk
said at 1:20 AM on Sun Mar 30 2014
@30Rockefeller Yeah, either of those two would be great. I was leaning towards Josh at first, but now I'm more to Will.
said at 5:42 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
I like Dick, Ted, Judd, and Paul in that order. Travis doesn't have a big enough clip IMO.
said at 4:29 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
Gautier is both HOT ROD and RODIMUS PRIME!!! He really digs deep into Rodimus' doubts and weaknesses, and that's what made Rodimus a nice character for me. I loved the fact that Gautier's Hot Rod voice is higher and more arrogant sounding than Rodimus' voice (especially in the Rebirth), yet making him a very loyal and friendly character, despite his arrogant sound. Very likeable character.
said at 5:59 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
O-o....what did travis willingham say!?!?! it sounds so...wrong!

nelson's got my vote btw
said at 8:37 PM on Fri Sep 7 2012
@Bombermanp He said "With my luck, I'll get paired with Kup". Because he really hates being paired with Kup XD
said at 1:57 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
1: Dick Gautier
2: Judd Nelson

Judd sounds so different in Transformers Animated (2007)....then he did in the Transformer's animated movie 1986. sounds like he did two different voices between the two cartoons.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 5:42 PM on Thu Nov 7 2013
@Patrick Well, he probably sounds different because one is a 27 year old Judd and the other is a nearly-fifty year old Judd.

Plus the fact that they're not the same Rodimus Prime. Different interpretations of the character.
twiztid rodimus
said at 10:15 AM on Fri Jun 15 2012
Thugh, Dick's voice was amazing
twiztid rodimus
said at 10:14 AM on Fri Jun 15 2012
Judd IS rodimus.
said at 4:08 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
Again I'm going with the classics and give this one to Judd Nelson, though I do think that Dick Gautier, Travis Willingham, and Ted Schwartz were also good.

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said at 8:08 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
guillermo (Guest)
said at 7:45 PM on Mon Aug 9 2010
My Thoughts:

1) Dick Gautier: For me, he was great and pretty memorable as Rodimus.

2) Judd Nelson: Impressive performance as Roddy, but like Robert Stack, his well-known actor status made him appear only in the movie as a special guest actor. At least he returned for Animated, which was awesome news at first, but then I figured out he was only in the Season 3 premiere. :(

3) Ted Schwartz: He was great, but his lines were only because of a technical error. Ted Schwartz was unlucky in Transformers. He was cast as Rodimus only to be replaced by a better VA. He didn't had much luck with Tailgate either.

4) Peter Von Gomm: Impressive, he actually seems to put a lot of effort on his performance.

5) Paul Dobson: Great. He delivers his voice with degrees of toughness which make him memorable.
logan (Guest)
said at 1:11 PM on Thu Feb 11 2010
it looks like animated forgot to make judds voice metalic when compaired to his voice in the movie clip.
jrcarter (Guest)
said at 8:40 PM on Fri Jan 22 2010
I actually like Schwartz as Rodimus. He sounds somewhat like Judd Nelson.
said at 7:07 AM on Sat Nov 28 2009
I like Judd and Gautier the best. Schwartz just doesn't sound right in the Rodimus role.
1ike (Guest)
said at 7:05 AM on Sat Nov 28 2009
It was the Season 3 Premiere Transwarped that Nelson reprised Roddy
maximaladyb (Guest)
said at 1:49 AM on Sat Nov 28 2009
WHAT?!?!? Nelson was Rodimus' voice in Animated? I missed that memo? What episode was that in? :::whimpers:::

~Lady B
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:09 AM on Thu Aug 27 2009
Keldor, added the Ted Schwartz voice clip - Can't seem to find a picture of him at this point though...
Keldor (Guest)
said at 4:04 PM on Sun Jul 26 2009
Trouble is most of Paul Dobson's voices all sound the same, that's the problem.

My list.

1. Judd Nelson
2. Ted Schwartz (the original post movie voice of Rodimus, he should be included here)
3. Dick Gautier (the second post movie voice of Rodimus/Hotrod)
4. Paul Dobson.
thomas (Guest)
said at 9:14 PM on Sat Apr 25 2009
I actually think Ted Cole would have been a much better Rodimus Prime than Paul Dobson.
willow (Guest)
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Apr 20 2009
Judd Nelson. I can't see anyone else being Rodimus (or Hotrod) except him.

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Who do you think has been the best from these Rodimus Prime voice actors?
Judd Nelson
Dick Gautier
Paul Dobson
Ted Schwartz
Peter Von Gomm
Frank Welker
Travis Willingham