Ironhide is the weapons specialist of the Autobots in the G1 Transformers cartoon. He is voiced by Peter Cullen (who also voices Optimus Prime in G1, the live-action films and the Transformers: Prime series) and speaks in a surly, redneck accent. He transforms into a motor van.


Transformers: The Movie

In the animated Transformers film based on the cartoon, Ironhide is ordered by Optimus Prime to take a shuttle to Earth to obtain new supplies of energon for the war effort against the Decepticons. Unfortunately, his shuttle is attacked by Megatron's forces and the entire crew is gunned down. Ironhide barely survived the hail of lasers and grasped at Megatron's leg as he lay dying. Megatron finished him off by blasting his head off with his fusion cannon.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

In Michael Bay's Transformers trilogy, Ironhide maintains his position as Optimus Prime's weapons expert. He is voiced by Jess Harnell in these films, with a more British-sounding accent. He seems to dislike humans at first, thinking that they are primitive, excessively violent and hardly worth saving. His attitude toward Earth and its people mellows over time, though in battle he still prefers to shoot first and ask questions later. Ironhide meets an unfortunate end in Dark Of The Moon when former Autobot leader Sentinel Prime reveals his betrayal and shoots Ironhide in the back with his "cosmic rust cannon", which reduces him to dust in seconds.