Moment when I really wanted to punch him in the face, exhibit #002
Lmao he has the charisma of a 15 year old, complete with pass-aggro “wow um okays”.
It makes no sense to me why people follow this tool, particularly when his skillset doesn’t exactly compensate for his lack of charm. People die unnecessarily a l o t under his command.
Also, people do get medals for being in charge. Maybe I’m just getting this out of context, and all, and that’s actually “the joke”, but. People get the Medal of Honor for leading assaults and patrols and so on.
I think the joke is that people don’t give themselves medals for being in charge. :P
(It’s so funny how fandom works. XD He’s getting all this hate, but I’ve loved Hot Rod since the 1986 movie & his MTMTE incarnation is one of my favorites. Ha ha.)
But it’s talking about the actions specifically you’d earn a medal for, though. He’s not saying like “it’d be ridiculous to give myself a medal for being in charge”, even if he is actually saying giving it to himself, the focus is on the ACTION that deserves a medal, (carrying a sword, using a force field, being in charge).
I’d like to like him! I wish the text would make more of his being a self-absorbed tool so I could like him. But while it’s playing him off as an amazing dude who can do no wrong while doing and saying things that range from questionable to totally incorrect, I can’t like him. It’s the incongruity that gets me.
I’m pretty sure the joke was he thinks that leadership comes so naturally to him it’s like an innate talent (like the force field) or inextricable association (drift and his swords). The humor is that Rodimus reduced something that comes from a ton of experience and responsibility and effort to something that is just “his thing.” It’s making fun of how much of a leader he isn’t that he doesn’t even understand what it is or the weight it carries.
Maybe not intended, but it also works as a meta-joke, since Rodimus as Transformer character is a leader character and thus leadership IS his thing, like TB(TC)’s thing is forcefields. Roberts plays with characters going far beyond their character bios by making them more nuanced (TB being insecure, Rodimus being pretty horrible at leadership despite constantly managing a leader position) but lampshades their campy pasts. That’s the entire theme of Spotlight: TB.
Also if you think people follow him and truly regard him as a leader…you might want to consider rereading. It’s stressed more than a few times that most if not all of the Autobots on the lost light don’t give one shit about Rodimus and his journey, but are there because they didn’t want to face the reality of post-war cybertron, had other personal motivations, or just plain didn’t know what to do with themselves and didn’t want to stagnate with Bee’s gang. They follow him in battle simply because that’s what they *do* as soldiers, and they wouldn’t want to lose their place on the ship.
I don’t really see any incongruity with any of this tbh. There has been no point in this story where Rodimus has been shown to “do no harm.” …Really I’m kind of amazed anyone can even take away that message. Even before Roberts, IDW Rodimus’ entire character has been “hotheaded, arrogant fuckup” and it’s sort of reaching its peak here, and unless Roberts genuinely surprises me in a bad way, we’ll be seeing a character arc focusing on him addressing it at last sooner if not later.