A first-generation Autobot, Hound was released into Transformers' first year - 1984 and was one of the smallest of the standard sized Autobot cars. Hound's alternate mode is that of a 4X4 military jeep, and comes with three different weapons - a Missile Launcher, a Machine Gun and a Hologram Gun.
Hound is known for his love of the planet Earth, his tracking skills, and the ability to project highly realistic holograms. He secretly wishes to be human.
During the first season of the cartoon, Hound served as the Autobots' primary scout and recon soldier, a role which suited him well because he quickly grew to love the varied natural landscapes of Earth. Hound was also instrumental in the creation of the original 3 Dinobots, as he captured holographic images which served as rough blueprints for construction of Grimlock, Slag, and Sludge. However, after a spurt of early appearances - perhaps most notably in relaying the pilot's backstory to Spike - Hound became increasingly absent from the show, showing up only when his holographic powers were necessary. Hound's first appearance came in "More Than Meets the Eye", a three episode pilot created to launch the toyline onto television. Oddly enough the role of Spike's companion was filled by Hound in these episodes rather than Bumblebee. Hound was the first to introduce Spike to the concept of "transforming" and also gave Spike a tour of the nearby desert while beguiling him with tales of Cybertron. Hound would also end up being rescued by Spike, who nearly drowned in the process of saving him. While resuscitating Spike on the shore, Hound makes the mistake of thinking that the human Spike had "flooded his engine". Hound would be among the main cast of the pilot, almost playing as large of a role as Optimus Prime himself. This changed however when the show moved into its regular season. Bumblebee became Spike's companion, and Hound took a backseat. However he was not without his notable appearances. In Heavy Metal War, Hound is responsible for providing a hologram of a large, menacing robot designed to intimidate Devastator. This helped turn the tide in the battle against the Decepticons in that episode. City of Steel featured another major role for Hound. He and a few other compatriots were charged with tracking and collecting the missing parts of the Optimus Prime. These parts had been disconnected and used in various parts of Megatron's reconstruction of New York. Hound made a brief cameo appearance in The Transformers the Movie where he, along with Sunstreaker, stood next to Optimus Prime before Prime confronted the Decepticon forces.
Marvel's the Transformers
Early battles on Earth
Hound was onboard the Ark when it was sent to deal with an asteroid field, and was knocked offline when the Ark crashed onto Earth after a battle with the Decepticons. Revived in 1984 four million years later, Hound marvelled at the planet's lifeforms, andwas very enthusiastic about exploring their new planet. Optimus Prime cautioned him, reminding Hound that their primary purpose was to spare Earth's inhabitants from the Decepticons. Hound was part of the first field expedition into the world under Prowl's command, and his new surroundings overwhelmed him. His sensors alerted them to a drive-in movie theatre, a serene scene that quickly turned into a battle when the Decepticons arrived. Hound was able to divert Ravage, though Hound worried more about Bumblebee's whereabouts, as the small scout had gone missing.
The New Order
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Transformers Cinematic Universe
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War for Cybertron Trilogy
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- Hound is sometimes referred to as Autobot Hound for trademark purposes.
- In the cartoon pilot, Hound serves the role of "Kid Appeal Character" more associated with Bumblebee.
- In Generation 2 , Hound is part of the "Firestormers" group, but unlike the others, namely Grimlock, Blades, Broadside, and Sideswipe, he is far less violent and bloodthirsty. Given how he protests at Blade's callousness, he seems to act as the conscience of the group.
- In the video games, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, one of R.O.B.'s alternate costumes is based on Hound's colour scheme.