FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 1
tech circuitry is no replacement for guts."
"Go chew on a microchip," is Ironhide's calling
card. Never the sort who likes to be told what to do, he
prefers action to words. He refers to what he considers
excessive talking as "leaking lubricant." He's
the oldest Autobot, probably the toughest, most
battle-tested and certainly the orneriest. Due to his
defensive capabilities, he is usually in charge of
safekeeping anything or anyone of importance, and sort of
acts as Commander Optimus Prime's personal bodyguard. His gruff
exterior hides his kind inner soul; his concern for the
protection of life, whether mechanical or biochemical,
extends to the lowliest gasketroid or smallest sparrow.
Ironhide's skin is made of a trithyllium-steel alloy
impregnated with irradiated carbon fibers, giving him
immunity to most forms of artillery and electromagnetic
attacks. He is the most nearly invulnerable of the
Autobots. His main weapon is what he playfully calls his
"water gun." It can shoot a stream of any
number of liquids up to 1,000 feet. His choices include
supercooled liquid nitrogen, superheated liquid lead, and
a petro-chemical fluid that ignites upon contact. He also
has sonar, radar, and a radiowave detector.
Ironhide is the slowest Autobot. Due to his advanced
years, he breaks down the most. His presence breeds
dissension among some of the younger, less compassionate
Autobots who consider him an antiquated old heap whose
contributions do not outweigh his liabilities. Optimus
Prime does not
share their view.