Jolt (Transformers)

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Jolt is the name of five fictional characters in the Transformers series in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. The original Jolt was a Decepticon hot rod with a sword who was introduced in 1994. Portrayed in a variety of incarnations, the most recent version of Jolt is a Superheroic Autobot who appeared in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Transformers: Generation 2[edit]

Transformers character
Affiliation Decepticon
Japanese name Hotlaw
Sub-group Laser Rods
Function Sneak Attack Specialist, Warrior
Rank 3
Motto "Live fast, ride hard, and leave a great looking chassis!"
Alternate modes Hotrod

The original Transformer Jolt was a Decepticon who turned into a hot rod. He was a member of the sword-wielding Laser Rods team. He was also released under the name Hotrod in the UK, but is unrelated to the Autobot of that name.[1]


Fun Publications[edit]

Jolt appeared among the various characters on Transtech Cybertron in the "Transcendent Part 4" by Fun Publications.

Jolt was among the characters to appear in the 2010 Transformers: Timelines comic "Generation 2 Redux", where he was one of the Decepticons under the command of Clench.[2]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Jolt appeared in the Marvel Generation 2 comics.

Bludgeon, current leader of the Decepticons planned to create an army of Decepticons, so he constructed the bodies of the Rotor Force and Laser Rods. When Megatron killed Bludgeon and took back leadership of the Decepticons, one of his first actions was to steal the Matrix from Optimus Prime. The Matrix was then used to bring the new Decepticons to life.

Ransack first appeared in issue #6 as one of the lifeless Decepticon bodies. In issue #7 Rotor Force (Leadfoot, Manta Ray, Powerdive and Ransack) and the Laser Rods (Electro, Jolt, Sizzle and Volt) were sent to steal Rheanimum, a potent substance Megatron intended to use in his quest for power, from the planet Tykos.

They would appear again in the Autobot-Decepticon alliance, battling against first the forces of Jhiaxus, and then the Swarm.


  • Generation 2 Laser Rod Jolt (1994)
A new mold that came with a sword accessory.[3]

Transformers: Armada[edit]

Transformers character
Affiliation Mini-Con
Rank 5
Partner Hot Shot
Motto "There's no "I" in team."
Alternate modes Helicopter

Another version of Jolt is a Mini-Con who turns into a helicopter and partner to the Autobot Hot Shot.[4]

Animated series[edit]

Jolt appeared as the sidekick of the Autobot Hot Shot in the animated series Transformers: Armada, where he spoke only in electronic beeps.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Jolt appeared in the Dreamwave Productions comic book series for Transformers: Armada where he was given a much fuller character than in the animated series. Jolt appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.


Jolt is among the characters appearing in the 2004 Transformers video game for the PlayStation 2.[5]


  • Armada Mini-Con Jolt (2002)
Jolt was initially released in red with Hot Shot in 2002.
  • Armada Mini-Con Powerlinx Jolt (2003)
The original Armada Jolt was released in yellow in 2003 with Powerlinx Hot Shot.
  • Armada Built to Rule Hot Shot with Jolt
A building block set with Hot Shot and Jolt.[6]
  • Universe Mini-Con Jolt (unreleased)
There were plans to release a repaint of Armada Hot Shot called Smokescreen with Mini-Con Jolt, a homage to Generation One Smokescreen in the Universe line, but although prototypes were seen, the toy was never released.
  • Universe Mini-Con Jolt (2009)
When a new Universe line consisting of original molds (based on classic characters) was developed, Hot Shot and Jolt were included. Instead of simply releasing their original tooling (as had been done with Armada's Unicron), a new tooling was made for both the Autobot and his Mini-Con partner. Both look very similar to their original Armada incarnations. As with the original, Universe 2.0 Jolt is bright red in color. Very few were released before the cessation of the Universe to make way for Revenge of the Fallen toys.

Transformers: Cybertron[edit]

Transformers character
Affiliation Mini-Con
Sub-group Recon Team
Partner Reverb and Sixspeed
Alternate modes Helicopter

A new Mini-Con helicopter named Jolt came out in the Cybertron line.[7]

Jolt (Hop in Japan) is the leader of the Recon Mini-Con Team. He has a childlike sense of wonder and curiosity - possibly a bad thing when he is with his human friends. He refers to Bud as "Master Bud" in a manner reminiscent of a butler, until Bud has him amend (so he changes it to the less formal, if awkward, "Bud-dude.") He is very loyal to his team and friends, and of all the Autobots in this series, he is the closest to the human characters.

In Japan, the Galaxy Force series is an original continuity, distinct from Micron Legend (Armada) and Super Link (Energon), so it is very unlikely that he was originally intended to be the same character as Armada Jolt.


  • Cybertron Jolt (2005)
Packaged with Reverb and Sixspeed.[8]
  • Cybertron Shadow Jolt
A transparent blue redeco of Jolt. Packaged with Shadow Reverb and Sixspeed.

Transformers Cinematic Universe (2007)[edit]

Transformers character
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Rank 2
Alternate modes Bugatti Veyron

In December 2007 images appeared on the internet of a redeco of Cybertron Crosswise in purple and silver. The character was named Jolt, although according to its designer it was originally a homage to the Generation 1 Decepticon Micromaster Road Hugger, but when that name was unavailable from the legal department, they named him Jolt instead.[9]

According to his biography Jolt was brought to life in the final battle for the Allspark, and subsequently sought help by Barricade, who beat him up.[10]

Jolt is one of the lowest ranking Decepticons ever made, with a rank of 2 out of 10.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Oddly a robot called Dead End appeared in the IDW comics Transformers: Alliance who resembled Jolt in vehicle mode, but his origin completely contradicts the biography on the toy. His robot mode is never seen.


  • Transformers Deluxe Jolt (2008)
Jolt is a redeco of Cybertron Crosswise/Smokescreen. This toy is a Walmart store exclusive.[11][12]
The toy of Jolt is 13 cm long in vehicle mode, whereas a real Bugatti Veyron is 447 cm long, so the toy is at a scale of about 1:34. The toy stands about 14 cm tall, which means Jolt would stand about 481 cm or 15 feet 10 inches tall.
According to Hasbro officials at Botcon 2008 the Walmart exclusive redeco toys were originally to be sold under the Transformers: Universe label, but Walmart requested its exclusives be part of the movie toy line, so they were repackaged in movie style packaging.

Transformers Cinematic Universe (2009)[edit]

Transformers character
Affiliation Autobot
Sub-group Fast Action Battlers, Deluxe Vehicles
Partner Sideswipe, Ratchet, Bumblebee
Alternate modes Chevrolet Volt

The latest version of Jolt is also an Autobot who appeared in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He turned into a blue Chevy Volt.[13][14][15]

Jolt is armed with a pair of electric whips, befitting his electric car alternate mode.[16] He was a last-minute addition to the cast as General Motors, the film's car supplier, wanted to promote the Volt. The writers had already wanted to include the car in the script before the Writers Guild strike, so they had to work out a character that would fit well within the Autobot team afterwards and convince Bay to approve the addition.[17]

The car that portrayed Jolt appeared at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.[18][19]


Jolt is seen driving in vehicle mode on a highway with Ratchet and Optimus Prime. He is also seen mourning over Prime after the battle in the forest. He is in the final battle, fighting alongside his fellow Autobots to fend off the incoming Decepticons, and helps Ratchet connect Jetfire's remains with Optimus. He uses his "electro whips" to surge power from Jetfire to Prime so they can combine in the final battle.

Jolt's head was seen in The Last Knight at Cade's the junkyard, next to Wheelie, confirming his death.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Jolt appears in Transformers: Nefarious #1, set months after the events of the 2009 film. Bumblebee, Breakaway, Jolt, Knock Out and Dune Runner are sent to investigate spark fragments detected at Kingdom Petrochemicals. Arriving first Breakaway is warned by Soundwave to leave, but unwilling to give in the Autobot is swiftly defeated. Bumblebee and his team fire on Soundwave, who escapes.

Jolt appears in Transformers: Rising Storm. He learned that Bumblebee was defending Sam Witwicky from a Decepticon attack all alone, and was eager to get out there to help him. To his disappointment, Optimus Prime instead ordered him, Knock Out and Dune Runner to remain on Diego Garcia and keep an eye on the captive Fearswoop along with a number of confused Autobot refugees liberated from Carter Newell's control. Jolt took to guarding Fearswoop, but while he was making himself busy telling the prisoner off and reading comic books, the corpse of Knock Out suddenly crashed through a wall, courtesy of Shockwave. He prepared to take the intruder on with his electric whips, but Shockwave was unimpressed and shot him down. Jolt desperately tried to contact Optimus Prime for help, but his message failed to get through and he was killed by Shockwave.


  • Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Jolt (2009)
Pictures of this toy leaked onto the internet in December of 2008.[20]
  • Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Jolt (2009)
Deluxe class Jolt transforms into a blue Chevrolet Volt with translucent blue plastic windows. His car mode is very conspicuously split where his arms and legs separate during transformation. In robot mode, he has light blue "electro whips" in each arm which are deployed by turning a small knob on his wrist. His head features blue light-piping for his eyes, but there is a gray protrusion behind his head which completely prevents light passage. This protrusion also prevents his ball-jointed head from turning other than in the slightest of angles. Turning his waist activates his MechAlive feature, which consists of moving gears inside his translucent upper chest.[21]
  • Transformers Desert Ruins Brawl Legends Jolt (2010)
A gift set featuring a yellow camouflage redeco of Deluxe Brawl and a silver redeco of Legends Jolt.
  • Transformers Deluxe Electrostatic Jolt
A redeco of Deluxe Jolt with electric bolt decals on the side panels.[22]
  • Dark of the Moon Deluxe Mechtech Jolt (2011)
Come with a Mechtech weapon.[23]
  • Age of Extinction Deluxe Jolt (2014)
A part of TakaraTomy's Lost Age: Advanced Line, this is a redeco of Dark of the Moon Jolt in his blue Revenge of the Fallen color scheme. Replacing his MechTech blaster, he comes with two electro-whips that plug via 5mm post.

Transformers Cinematic Universe (2014)[edit]

Jolt is a Micron from the Age of Extinction toy line. He might be pals with Hot Shot from Age of Extinction toy line.


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