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Bumblebee is one of Optimus Prime's most trusted lieutenants. Although he is not the strongest or most powerful of the Autobots, Bumblebee more than makes up for this with a bottomless well of luck, determination and bravery. He would gladly give his life to protect others and stop the Decepticons.
Badly damaged in battle, Bumblebee lost the ability to speak verbally, though he can still communicate over inter-Autobot frequencies (in a fashion that seems somewhat akin to instant messaging, a usable but more distant and less personal means of interaction).
- Chinese name (Taiwan): Dà Húang-fēng (大黃蜂, "Bumblebee")
- Hungarian name: Űrdongó ("Space-bumblebee")
IDW prequel comics
Bumblebee commanded the Autobot forces at Tyger Pax attempting to hold the Decepticons off while the All Spark was launched off-planet. He succeeded, but Megatron crushed his voice box, and he lost his ability to speak in the process. Ratchet has been having trouble fixing it ever since.
Later he was the first to track the All Spark to Earth, making planetfall in 2003. Here, he learned to express his emotions by tuning in appropriately emotive music on his car radio.
Though Sector 7 tracked his descent and secured the area in Virginia where he landed, his quick assumption of a local alternate mode disguise allowed him to escape via Interstate 64.
Bumblebee's search for the All Spark began in St. Louis, Missouri, where he used a remote link to a coffee shop computer to search Shwiggle for any signs of extraterrestrial sightings. There, he discovered the legend of the Ice-Man, and the story of Captain Archibald Witwicky.
Bumblebee's quest took him to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Captain Witwicky had been committed. First he visited the ruins of the long-abandoned Psychopathic Institute for the Long-Term Insane, Witwicky's final home. From there, Bumblebee headed into downtown, where he scanned the records of Captain Witwicky from an unnamed asylum. This action unfortunately put Sector 7 onto his trail.
The Baton Rouge clues led Bumblebee to Springfield, Missouri, in search of Witwicky's son Clarence. En route, he evaded the first of several attacks by Sector 7. In Springfield, he found records of Clarence's descendants, and started out to track them down.
The oldest son, Ben, had resided in Denver, Colorado, but the trail ended there. En route to his next stop in Tucson, Bumblebee was again attacked by Sector 7, evading their helicopters by blinding them and rocketing off at high speed. Not long after, he was attacked by Barricade in the desert.
Damaged and smoking, Bumblebee stopped by the roadside to rest and recover. Suddenly detecting a burst of All Spark energy, he continued onwards out of Colorado.
In New Mexico, as he approached the source of the All Spark energy, he came under attack once again from Barricade. Other Decepticons, meanwhile, attacked the energy source and found it to be a Sector 7 ruse. Bumblebee managed to escape Barricade again, though unbeknown to him the Decepticons let him go so that they could track him.
- Voice actor: Mark Ryan
Optimus Prime entrusts Bumblebee with the secret that the AllSpark will be sent into deep space to prevent Lord Megatron from possessing and corrupting it. Just after the launch, Megatron attacks Bumblebee in his rage at losing the AllSpark, and shatters his voice capacitor beyond repair.
Bumblebee arrives on Earth and, sensing the AllSpark is near, takes on local camouflage to search for the artifact. He immediately attracts the attention of Sector Seven agents and Decepticons.
"Flight of the Bumblebee" online game
At some point in time Bumblebee was trapped in a canyon with several Decepticons, among them Brawl, Barricade, Wreckage, and Scorponok. He valiantly fought through them all to make it to the other side. He did it without even bending a fender.
Ghosts of Yesterday prequel novel
Between Tyger Pax and his arrival on Earth, Bumblebee and the rest of the Ark crew encountered some humans in deep space and got their first clues to where Megatron and the All Spark rested. He also had to be saved from giant, metal-eating worms by Optimus Prime.
Transformers (2007) film
- Voice actor: Mark Ryan (English), Hiroshi Iwasaki (radio voice) Akio Kato (Japan), Helmut Gauß (German)
Bumblebee, having made his way to a second-rate car dealership, became Sam Witwicky's first car. Sam's father promised his son a car if Sam paid half of the money and achieved three A's in school. After doing so with the help of his genealogy project, Sam rode with his father to a car lot with an exceedingly long name. Following them to the lot, Bumblebee quietly placed himself among the other cars. To prevent Sam from having to choose another car, he used a high-frequency sound wave to blow out the windows of every other car in the lot, leaving Bobby with no choice but to sell Bumblebee to the Witwickys.
The next day, Sam and his friend Miles drove Bumblebee down to the lake in a misguided attempt to impress the popular girls at a party. Observing the exchange of thinly veiled insults between Sam and the football jocks, Bumblebee decided to help out Sam when the boy noticed Mikaela Banes walking home after a falling-out with her now ex-boyfriend. Playing "Drive" on his radio, Bumblebee inspired Sam to kick Miles out and drive Mikaela home. As the two awkwardly chatted, Bumblebee suddenly turned off his engine when they neared a romantic spot overlooking the city, this time playing "Sexual Healing" and "I Feel Good". Not knowing his car has a mind of its own, Sam misinterpreted this as a breakdown. Mikaela attempted to fix Bumblebee with her mechanical know-how, only to leave after Sam asked her why she tolerated jerks like her ex-boyfriend. Trying to help as much as he could, Bumblebee allowed Sam to start up his engine as she walked away, this time playing "Baby, Come Back". Arriving at Mikaela's house, Sam advanced a step towards her by stating that he didn't believe her to be shallow at all, that there was "more than meets the eye" with her. After she left, Sam quietly enthused that he loved his car.
Later that night, Bumblebee drove off by himself with Sam in hot pursuit, believing it to be a car theft. Unwittingly leading his human owner to a junkyard, Bumblebee transformed and activated his communications beacon, requesting assistance from Optimus Prime and the other Autobots. Unknown to him, Sam had seen his robot form and run off, and was now being pursued by the junkyard's two guard dogs. Bumblebee came to Sam's aid, scaring off the dogs, but had to escape when the police (whom Sam had previously summoned when Bumblebee drove away from his house) arrived to arrest Sam for breaking into the junkyard.
The next day, Bumblebee drove back to the Witwicky house sometime after Sam had been bailed out by his dad. Frightened and confused, Sam rode away from what he dubbed "Satan's Camaro", ending up in the city and encountering Mikaela in front of a Burger King. Bumblebee followed Sam towards an industrial area, not realizing that the Decepticon Barricade was stalking the boy, intent on finding glasses belonging to Sam's ancestor, which Sam had been selling on eBay. Sam ran away from the attacking Decepticon and literally ran into Mikaela after she had followed him. As Barricade bore down on the pair, Bumblebee suddenly appeared, knocking the Decepticon off his feet, then drove the humans away as Barricade gave chase.
Racing through dilapidated factories and warehouses, Bumblebee eventually arrived at a deserted chemical plant on the outskirts of town. There he waited until Barricade's back was turned before dumping Sam and Mikaela out of his passenger side door, then transforming into robot mode to protect his friends. Barricade transformed and attacked, hitting Bumblebee with his tire spikes and knocking the Autobot into a chemical tank. In retaliation, Bumblebee grabbed Barricade and threw him into an electrical substation, seriously damaging the Decepticon and putting him into stasis lock. After Sam and Mikaela took care of Frenzy, Bumblebee introduced himself to them entirely through the use of his radio, explaining that it was the only way he could communicate, that he was an alien, and that Sam had witnessed him calling to his friends the previous night. Transforming back into vehicle mode, Bumblebee invited his friends to enter (which they did after a brief hesitation) and began to drive them to nearby Griffith Observatory.
On the way, Mikaela (who had refused to sit in the driver's seat, as Bumblebee was driving), rhetorically asked Sam that if Bumblebee was a super-advanced robot, why did he turn into a piece-of-crap Camaro? Mildly insulted, Bumblebee stopped in the middle of a packed tunnel and forced the humans out, then drove away. As Sam lamented the fact that "four thousand dollars just drove away," Bumblebee passed another car and scanned it, driving back to the pair as a sleek and shiny 2009 Camaro. Amazed and impressed, Sam and Mikaela got back in, and Bumblebee continued their journey to the observatory. Arriving, the humans observed as the other Autobots entered the Earth's atmosphere and crash-landed in various parts of the city, Jazz in a baseball field, Ironhide in a suburban pool, Ratchet in a warehouse and Optimus in a nearby field (Which Sam and Mikaela witnessed).
Bumblebee then took his friends to a secluded alleyway, where Sam and Mikaela met the other Autobots. Introducing themselves, Sam learned that Bumblebee was his guardian and that the Autobot's vocal processors had been damaged in battle. Ratchet was still working on them as he fired a regenerative plasma beam at the damaged area. Optimus Prime explained that their mission was to find the AllSpark, and that Sam Witwicky was the key due to his grandfather discovering Megatron on an Arctic voyage.
Arriving at the Witwicky residence, Bumblebee attempted to convince his comrades to remain out of sight while Sam was talking to his father. When Sam and Mikaela were captured by Sector Seven, Bumblebee helped rescue them. The interrogation of Agent Simmons went nowhere, however, and Bumblebee became so annoyed with his attitude that he released lubricant onto the agent. Soon, Sector Seven reinforcements arrived, intent on recapturing the kids and any "N.B.E.s" they could get their hands on. Optimus Prime tried to protect Sam and Mikaela as they hid under a bridge, but both almost fell to their deaths when they slipped. Bumblebee raced forward, transforming and catching them in mid-air. Unfortunately, this also gave Sector Seven a clear and obvious target for them to attack. Firing harpoon cables from helicopters, the clandestine human organization dragged Bumblebee to the ground, and its soldiers began to freeze the helpless Autobot, who reached out to Sam. The boy broke free from an agent's grip, pushing the soldiers aside until he was tackled by several agents and taken away. Though Jazz objected to allowing Sector Seven to leave with their friend, Optimus Prime ordered his troops to stand down, as there was no way to save the prisoners without incurring human casualties.
Taken to Hoover Dam, Bumblebee was continually doused with cryoblasts to keep him docile and inert as Sector Seven performed experiments on him. Sam and Mikaela (with some armed persuasion from Captain Lennox) convinced Sector Seven to release Bumblebee. Upon his release, Bumblebee converted to battle mode and almost lashed out at his human oppressors until Sam calmed him down, informing him of the presence of the All Spark and Megatron in the facility, and that the Decepticons were coming for both. Following the humans to the All Spark's chamber, Bumblebee hesitantly reached out to the life source of his people and reformatted it, shrinking the cube until it was a size that the humans could manipulate. Bumblebee and a military escort fled to Mission City, meeting the Autobots en route.
Soon after they arrived at the city, Starscream appeared. Recognizing the Decepticon, Ironhide and Bumblebee lifted up an abandoned truck in order to shield the humans from any collateral damage Starscream's attack would inevitably bring. One of the Decepticon's missiles struck the truck, sending both Autobots flying, with Bumblebee landing in a store front. The attack tore off Bumblebee's legs left him barely functional, as Sam discovered to his horror when Bumblebee crawled from the wreckage. Soon, the other Decepticons arrived, followed by Megatron himself, and the remaining Autobots were engaged. Mikaela and Sam hoisted Bumblebee onto an abandoned tow truck, but refused to leave his side. The Autobot silently handed his friend the All Spark, trusting the fate of his people into the boy's hands, and urged him to run while he still could. As Sam ran off, Mikaela drove Bumblebee away from the fighting to relative safety.
However, she was soon overcome with guilt for leaving Sam and the battle. With Bumblebee's assent, she turned the truck around and headed back in. As Mikaela drove down the street in reverse, Bumblebee activated his weapon systems, then fired his plasma cannon and missiles at Devastator, who was pinning down Captain Lennox and the rest of the combined Ranger/Sector Seven soldiers. His contribution was the deciding factor, confusing Devastator enough for the soldiers to counterattack, and the Decepticon was destroyed at last when Bumblebee's final cannon blast pierced his spark. Bumblebee was rather pleased with himself, and Mikaela complimented his shooting.
After the destruction of Megatron and the AllSpark, Bumblebee (who had regained his voice) requested permission to remain with Sam, to which the young man agreed. After his legs were repaired, he allowed Sam and Mikaela to make out on top of him as the other Autobots watched.
It was the best day ever. Well, maybe not for Jazz.
In the aftermath of the battle of Mission city, Bumblebee is having his legs repaired by Ratchet. Bumblebee and the other Autobots joined forces with Sector 7 to keep Earth safe from the Decepticons, and after Sector 7 is given one month to study the remains of the fallen Decepticons, escort the remains as they are taken to be disposed of. Midway, Optimus has doubts about leaving the AllSpark back at the Sector 7 facility, and sends Bumblebee with Ironhide doing his best to keep up back to the base. Optimus' fears are well founded, as the AllSpark fragment reawakens N.B.E 3, Wreckage, who proceeds to destroy the facility looking for the doctor who preformed experiments on him. The situation is further complicated by the appearance of Starscream. Bumblebee arrives, well ahead of Ironhide, and while defending the humans, takes a blast in his newly repaired vocal processors, yet again rendering him speechless. Sometime later, Bumblebee and the others are seen training with the newly formed N.E.S.T. group, and Bee has gone back to using the radio to express his emotions. N.E.S.T receives it's first mission, two Decepticons have been spotted in San Francisco. Lennox rides with Bumblebee. Prime kills Dead End by smashing into him, and Bumblebee chases Swindle over a bridge and confronts him. Swindle appears to have the upper hand at first, but Bumblebee takes him down with a shot to the back. Afterwards, Prime and Lennox are discussing their worry over Sam, and the decision is made to send Bumblebee back to protect the boy. As he departs, Prime reminds him that the position is only temporary...
In an alternate reality, it was the crappiest day ever because Sam failed and was killed, and Megatron went on to conquer much of the Earth (making it an even worse day for Jazz). Bumblebee liked to believe that there was a universe out there in which Megatron lost.
Bumblebee and Mikaela went on to become old comrades in guerrilla warfare, and in 2008 went on a mission to rescue Optimus Prime from a Decepticon bunker in Denver. Bumblebee, now with missile launchers in car mode and increased physical strength, took out the bunker guard, Swindle, (nearly crushing Mikaela by accident—"My bad.") and found Prime...or what was left of him. Now stuck in the base, Bumblebee was being hunted by Megatron , and baited into revealing himself when the tyrant threatened to kill Mikaela. Bumblebee made a desperate attack, only to be beaten aside with ease.
Despite his defeat, he remained defiant to the end and refused to beg for mercy. Luckily the Autobot reinforcements arrived; unluckily, they couldn't stop Megatron; luckily again, Mikaela had revived Optimus Prime to save them power vacuum...and arrived with Phase Two of their plan, a Sector Seven nanovirus that targeted All Spark energy. Plugging it to himself, Bumblebee charged at the super-powered Megatron and forcibly uploaded the nano-virus, killing the tyrant once and for all. Not that he patted himself on the back over this, for he knew too well that this just left a
Still partnered with Mikaela near the Savannah, Georgia refugee camp post-occupation, Bumblebee appeared frustrated with how the humans were frightened of him and, to be listened to, Mikaela had to do the talking for him. They went back into battle again to end a NATO bombardment of the Autobots in Savannah, running a gauntlet of tanks and Thundercrackers before freeing the NATO field commander from Decepticon mind control. During the course of the battle he roasted a drone with fiery exhaust.
Following this battle, Bumblebee was involved in many clashes with Decepticons to protect human infrastructure, including leading a small group to protect an oil pipeline in Alaska. Armorhide did not follow orders well.
Transformers: The Game
(No voice actor, considering the fact that his voice box got blown before. DUH!)
- Autobot campaign
Bumblebee landed in Tranquility while being briefed by Optimus Prime on his mission to find clues on the All Spark. While on Earth, he took the form of a beat-up 1977 Chevrolet Camaro in possibly a dump or a demolitions bay. Some Decepticon drones were also in Tranquility at a nearby construction site, so Bumblebee confronted and destroyed the drones before any civilian casualties could ensue. Prime detected a Cybertronian code matching that on an artifact owned by a boy named Sam Witwicky, who was reported to be buying a car at Bobby Bolivia's. Unfortunately, some more drones heard of Prime's report, so Bumblebee had to get involved in a high-speed car chase and defeat the drones.
With Sam buying Bumblebee, disguised as a Camaro, the first phase of finding the All Spark was complete. The next day, Prime warned Bumblebee that the Decepticon named Barricade was also on Earth and threatening to take Sam and his new female friend, Mikaela. So the Autobot had to incapacitate the arm-spinning, spike-punching, tantrum-throwing Decepticon while the humans escaped. Now that Bumblebee knew of the Decepticons' growing involvement in finding the All Spark's location, he obviously needed help. The only problem now with the Autobots' landing was their radar systems. The Decepticons had built radio towers throughout Tranquility to mess up any aircraft radar. Naturally, Bumblebee went to the scene and destroyed the towers. With the Autobots having landed, it was time to find the All Spark.
Optimus Prime explained to Sam and Mikaela about the All Spark, the importance of the glasses, and Humanity's fate. Before moving on the matter at hand, Mikaela questioned Bumblebee's alt-mode being such a beater. The mildly insulted Autobot then copied a more current version of the Camaro (2009 Concept). Later, a government group called Sector 7 went after the Autobots with their helicopters and cars. After Jazz's successful distraction, Sector 7 then switched their sights to Bumblebee, who got captured and carried away despite the efforts of Prime.
Sector 7 sent Bumblebee to Hoover Dam. The Autobot immediately saw the All Spark and a frozen Megatron. After a mysterious blackout, Bumblebee got free and started to shut down the power faster by ripping out the mainframe, blowing up the cooling fans, and removing nuclear canisters from their generators. The All Spark was his, but he had to wait for it to shrink while fending off Sector 7 troops, a lot of Energon drones, and a defrosting Megatron. (Oy!) Eventually, Sam and Mikaela got to the dam and fled with Bumblebee to Mission City before Megatron could get his huge, pointy clutches near the cube.
The Autobots' first priority was then keeping the cube from Megatron. Unfortunately for Bumblebee, he crashed into a building due to interference from energon drones generated by the cube's radiation. Ironhide came in and helped. While the rest of the Autobots fought the Decepticons, Bumblebee had one final showdown with Barricade. After a lot of punches, blasts, and car chases, Barricade finally went down for good. Megatron then went to the scene and incapacitated the wounded Autobot with one shot from his fusion cannon. Bumblebee urged the two humans to take the cube to Optimus for he could not go on any longer.
After the battle was won by the Autobots, Bumblebee struck a pose with the other remaining four as they listened in on Prime's final speech.
- Decepticon campaign
Bumblebee was pursued by Barricade across Tranquility, and got killed, and to add insult to injury, his lifeless body was likely captured by Sector 7 for study. And man did he get the slag kicked out of him. Twice!
Bumblebee arrived in Tranquility to meet up with Create-A-Bot, and after a short discussion created from radio sound clips, instructed Create-a-Bot to scan a number of vehicles, the last of which was a Decepticon. After a short battle, Bumblebee then used Create-a-Bot's mad h4x0r skills to break into the internet and find the location of Archibald Witwicky's glasses, which turned out to be conveniently in Tranquility. Going to retrieve them, Bumblebee arrived at the Witwicky house to find Barricade, who then blew up a car and ran, blaming the explosion on the yellow car now chasing him down the highway. Police were lined up in different positions and opened fire on Bumblebee. But that red health energon or whatever healed Bumblebee. Meeting on a bridge, they fought. Once Bumblebee won, Barricade once again ran.
Later, Bumblebee received a mission to destroy several Sector Seven turrets designed to shoot down the reported N.B.E.s seen around the city. Afterward, he served as a distraction, driving to various markers to fight off the police while the other Autobots did their thing. Once that task was completed, he got captured by S7 forces and taken to Hoover Dam, where he had to be rescued by the others. Once free of his restraints, he searched the base for the All Spark, finding it in the deepest part of the dam. Upon being discovered, the All Spark turns the site's computers into mechanical scorpions...to defend itself. From the good guys. After retrieving the All Spark, Bumblebee had to escape in under 30 seconds to avoid getting locked in. After a quick getaway down the highway with Optimus providing cover fire from checkpoints with S7 military waiting at every Barricade and a bot that resembled Shockwave were waiting for a two-on-two battle, in which Prime had to keep both Bumblebee and himself alive. Eventually, Prime ordered Bumblebee to go to Tranquility while Prime went for Megatron.
Finally, Bumblebee's last mission once again took place in Tranquility. All Spark in hand, he had to run to meet up with the Autobots, avoiding as many Decepticons as possible, within a time limit. Blackout was gunning for him the entire time, and lots of Decepticons were in the way. Once there, Create-a-Bot needed to keep Bumblebee from being blasted into slag as they raced to meet up with Optimus.
After sending troops to slow down Barricade and the Decepticon Create-A-Bot, Bumblebee showed up in person to take care of business himself, serving as little more than a distraction. After running away, Bumblebee later acquired the All Spark, transporting it across Tranquility while Starscream gave chase. Stopping in the suburbs, Starscream pounded Bumblebee's face to custard and pried the All Spark from his cold, non-functioning fingers.
Revenge of the Fallen: The Game
- Autobot Campaign
He is a playable character in this campaign, and isn't really important to any missions, except for the one mission where he kills the massive Devastator. Go figure.
- Decepticon Campaign
When The Fallen sends out Megatron to destroy all the Autobots left in Cairo, Bumblebee and Jetfire show up. After you kill him, he falls, amidst mixed radio signals
Revenge of the Fallen film
- Voice actor: Mark Ryan
Bumblebee is living in Sam's garage and is called upon Sam to deal with the appliance bots. Bumblebee destroys them all, but also does a lot of damage to the house and is upset as he knows he's in trouble. Bumblebee still can't speak well and uses the radio to talk. He's excited at first at the thought of going with Sam to college, but is upset when Sam tells him he can't go. Sam says goodbye and tells him to go back to the other Autobots which he does.
After the Allspark shard is stolen and the government wants to have the Autobots leave Earth, Bumblebee is dispatched by Optimus to get Sam for a meeting so Optimus can get Sam's help in dealing with the government. Bumblebee arrives at the party Sam's at and parks on the lawn, @#!*% the frat boys off and inadvertently saving Sam from Alice's advances. Sam tries to take off in Bumblebee (who his roommate Leo is impressed by), but Alice joins him and continues to hit on him. Bumblebee severely disapproves of her actions and plays dirty music and lubricates all over her, ultimately causing her to leave. Bumblebee takes Sam to Optimus where Sam refuses to help them anymore, wanting a normal life.
Later, when Sam, Mikaela and Leo are captured by a resurrected Megatron, Bumblebee and Optimus rescue them and Bumblebee takes Leo and Mikaela to safety while Optimus takes Sam. Bumblebee contacts Ironhide and rallies Autobot reinforcements to help Optimus, but they arrive too late, just minutes after Optimus is killed by Megatron. Bumblebee, Sam, Mikaela, Leo, and the Twins, Skids and Mudflap, end up hiding in an abandoned prison while all of the rest of the Autobots return to an air force base and are taken captive by the government.
After seeing The Fallen's broadcast and learning that the government is after him, Sam falls into a depression and Bumblebee tries to snap his friend out of it and convince him not to turn himself in. With Mikaela's help he ultimately succeeds. When the group decides to go to Leo's rival RoboWarrior for help, Bumblebee acts as the group's mode of transport (and does so for the rest of the movie although Sam seems to drive most of the time). After uniting with RoboWarrior, who turns out to be their old "friend" Simmons, Bumblebee transports the group, now including Simmons, to the Smithsonian where the group revives Jetfire and recruits him to help. Jetfire transports them to Egypt via a space bridge and explains the history of The Fallen and the Dynasty of Primes, which is something that the Twins and Bumblebee are unaware of. The group leaves Jetfire behind and takes off to find the Matrix of Leadership to resurrect Optimus with.
The group spend the night at the Great Pyramids of Giza and the next morning head to Petra when Sam figures out where the Matrix is. After tracking down the right tomb and finding nothing, the Twins start to fight, and Bumblebee, annoyed, bangs their heads together and tosses them out of the tomb. The two's antics reveal Cybertronian glyphs and Bumblebee blast a hole in the wall into the room where the Matrix is held. He is as disappointed as everyone else when it crumbles to sand, but goes along with Sam's assertion that it will still work.
On the way, the group is attacked by Megatron and Starscream and Sam sends Bumblebee and the Twins to distract them. Leo and Simmons go with the Twins while Bumblebee goes by himself and Sam and Mikaela head out to reunite with the soldiers.
Bumblebee loses his pursuers and heads into town to find Sam's parents held hostage by Skipjack and Sam in a tight spot. Sam is the only one who spots him and distracts Skipjack and maneuvers him closer to Bumblebee who attacks, blindsiding Skipjack, the two entering a brutal close quarters fight. Bumblebee dominates the fight, although he was ambushed by Ravage. Bumblebee immediately killed Ravage, and finished off Skipjack. Bumblebee reluctantly takes Sam's parents to safety on Sam's orders.
Later, Bumblebee returns during the battle with Sam's parents when Sam is killed and is visibly devastated by Sam's death. He is shocked but happy when Sam is resurrected by the Dynasty of Primes and witnesses Sam resurrecting Optimus with the Matrix which he earned. He witnesses The Fallen's return and Jetfire's sacrifice to help Optimus.
Dark of the Moon film
Bumblebee no longer lives with Sam and now goes on missions with the other Autobots. On one such mission, he travels to the Middle East with Que, Dino and Sideswipe where they dismantle a secret nuclear facility.
When Sam shows up at N.E.S.T. base, he tries to call for Bumblebee on one of the soldiers radios and apparently Bumblebee gets the message as he shows up to diffuse the situation, defending Sam and confirming his clearance. Sam berates Bumblebee for not even visiting him anymore to which Bumblebee apologizes for and says he feels bad about. Bumblebee leads Sam, Carly, Wheelie and Brains into the building and witnesses the revival of Sentinel Prime. Afterwards, due to Laserbeak's attack against Sam, he's assigned to protect him again. Sam and Bumblebee are happy to be reunited, and Wheelie expresses relief at having Bumblebee to protect them from Decepticon attacks.
When Sam decides to investigate the Decepticons plot, Bumblebee agrees with his choice. In order to get the information he needed, Sam made a deal with Bruce Brazos to be given the data in exchange for him meeting Bumblebee. Brazos takes on an aggressive stance towards Bumblebee and Bumblebee is annoyed with him and pulls out his cannon which just amuses Brazos before Simmons kicks him out. He gets startled and flustered when Carly comes in and he breaks a chandelier, causing him to pull down his mask in embarrassment. When the group decides to travel to Atlantic City to meet up with two former Russian cosmonauts, Bumblebee calls in Dino and Sideswipe for back-up before an annoyed Carly shows up and leaves.
The group travels to Atlantic City where they learn that the Decepticons have hundreds of space bridge pillars on the moon and need Sentinel to operate them. Bumblebee, Dino and Sideswipe quickly begin to escort Sentinel back to base, but are attacked by the Dreads on the freeway. Bumblebee manages to protect Sam from harm, and, with Dino's assistance, kill Hatchet before being joined by Ironhide near the base who kills the other two. At the base, Bumblebee is shocked when Sentinel murders Ironhide and barley avoids being killed himself before Sentinel steals the pillars. Although he attempts to fight Sentinel alone and rescue Ironhide, he is over-matched and forced to retreat.
After a failed attempt by the Autobots to stop Sentinel on the National Mall ends in hundreds of Decepticons arriving through the space bridge and Sentinel gives the UN an ultimatum, the Autobots are ordered to leave Earth in the Xantium. Bumblebee says a sad goodbye to a tearful Sam before leaving in the Xantium. Starscream proceeds to destroy the Xantium as its launching, apparently killing Bumblebee and the other Autobots.
In truth, the Autobots secretly abandoned ship before it was destroyed and made their way to Chicago in time to save Sam, Epps and their team from being killed by a Decepticon fighter. Sam comes up with the plan for him and Bumblebee to fly the fighter to Dylan Gould's penthouse to rescue Carly even though Bumblebee was only "so so" sure he could fly it. Despite a rocky start, the two reach the penthouse and Sam enters it to rescue Carly. Laserbeak attacks Sam and flings him out the window, but Bumblebee catches him on the fighter and rises back to the penthouse where Carly jumps to the fighter and climbs into the cockpit while Sam struggles with Laserbeak. During the struggle, Bumblebee lost control of the fighter and started to spin around. The fight with Laserbeak ended when Sam managed to hold his head in front of one of the fighter's guns and had Bumblebee fire, decapitating and killing Laserbeak. The fighter crashed, but Bumblebee, Carly and Sam were unhurt.
After heading off to fight the Decepticons with the other Autobots while the humans attempted to shoot down the Control Pillar and failed, Bumblebee arrived in time to catch Sam and Lennox after Lennox cut them free from a cable connecting them to Starscream. Bumblebee pulled them out of the way as Sam's boom stick detonated, decapitating and killing Starscream. Bumblebee then carried Sam and Carly to a bridge at the end of the river and left them to gather the other Autobots.
Bumblebee, Ratchet, Que and Dino are captured by Soundwave and after talking to Dylan Gould, he decides to kill them. Bumblebee is forced to watch as Que is executed by Barricade and sadly says goodbye to his friend. Bumblebee is next and Sam, who is nearby, tries to help, but his second boom stick shorts out. Bumblebee is about to be executed in front of Sam and Carly when Wheelie and Brains cause a bunch of Decepticon fighters to drop on their position, distracting the Decepticons and allowing Bumblebee to break free and attack. Bumblebee leads the charge on their captors, and after a fierce battle, Bumblebee single-handedly kills one Decepticon protoform, before dealing a lethal blow to Soundwave, uppercutting through his chest and blasting his head off with his cannon.
Bumblebee transports Sam and Carly to where NEST and Epps' team are and enters the battle against Sentinel and the remaining Decepticons. Bumblebee attacks Sentinel alongside Optimus and the other Autobots, aggressively engaging the rogue Prime while Optimus held back the incoming fighters. Wounded by the attacks from both the human and Autobot forces, Sentinel calls in the remaining Decepticon fighters, forcing the Autobots and humans to turn their attention to them and allowing Sentinel to flee, although Optimus chases him down. After Sam kills Gould, who reactivates the space bridge bringing Cybertron to Earth, he calls for help and Ratchet and Bumblebee respond. After Ratchet shoots the Control Pillar, Bumblebee crashes through it, destroying it. This causes the Decepticon fighters to get sucked up into the half-formed Cybertron which collapses upon itself and is destroyed.
After Optimus kills Megatron and Sentinel, Bumblebee reunites with the rest of the humans and Autobots. After Sam and Carly admit they love each other, Bumblebee drops a bunch of gaskets to use as engagement rings and plays some wedding music though Sam tells him that's taking it too fast. Bumblebee responds that he was "just trying to help." As the Autobots stand around, Ratchet compliments Bumblebee's performance in the battle.
Dark of the Moon game
Bumblebee first appears in Chapter 1, in which he stops a Decepticon plan in South America.
- According to an article on Edmunds.com, the filmmakers wanted Bumblebee's original Earth form to be the 1976 iteration of the Camaro because it was the worst Camaro possible that also had chrome bumpers.
- The same article indicates that the 1976 Camaros used in the film were all purchased via online auction for under $6000 each, one for less than $2000. That one didn't run.
- One of the 1976 Camaros was sold on eBay. The bidding ended on July 18, 2007; the final price was $40,100.01.
- The Bumblebee computer-generated model consisted of 7608 individual parts, 1,511,727 polygons, 19,722 rig nodes, and 8094 texture maps. The volume of all the pieces came to 1069.01 cubic feet.
- Bumblebee stands approximately 16 feet tall, according to the official game strategy guide
- Bumblebee's character animation is based on the performance of Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future movies.
- The 2008 Concept Camaro used for Bumblebee was built by Saleen in 30 days, using a heavily modified 2006 Pontiac GTO body as the basis. The '08 Camaro was not in production at the time that the film was being made, hence an identical mock-up was needed to fill the role.
- A weapon considered for Bumblebee was a pair of arm-mounted electrical "stingers". The idea was ultimately abandoned for the movie, but influenced other media.
- Speaking of weapons, for someone whose main job is being subtle, Bumblebee is quite well armed, with a cannon powerful enough to rattle Brawl and a ring-shaped light missile launcher in either shoulder.
- He is also a capable close-combat fighter, as seen in his fights against Barricade, Skipjack, Ravage, and Soundwave. He is extremely agile and sturdy, able to stand up to enemies much larger than himself. Even helped give Sentinel Prime a hard time.
- In the films, despite having weapons, Bumblebee seems to prefer hand-to-hand fighting, only using his weapon to aid him or land a finishing blow. In Revenge of the Fallen, Bumblebee was able to kill both Ravage and Skipjack without firing a single shot and fought Soundwave mostly hand-to-hand, while in contrast, Soundwave mostly relayed on his weapons. One of the only times he has been shown to rely on his weapons rather than his fighting skills was when he killed Brawl but he had his legs blown off so he wasn't able to fight hand-to-hand.
- Another note is that this Bumblebee is one of the few bots to have gone up against Megatron in close quarters and survived.
- According to the prequel comic by IDW Publishing, Megatron ripped out and crushed Bumblebee's voice capacitor during the battle at Tyger Pax back on Cybertron. In the film itself, Ratchet only states to Sam that Bumblebee's "vocal processors were damaged in battle" and he was "still working on them" after firing a single plasma beam at Bumblebee's throat; by the end of all the conflict (the climax of the film proper), Bumblebee has regained his ability to speak. Although it was not confirmed on-screen, screenwriter Roberto Orci did confirm off-screen that Ratchet's (regenerative) beam was indeed the reason. It could be that the doc didn't have enough time/resources, what with all the war and inter-stellar space travel, to fully perfect the healing plasma early enough. And even if he did, Bumblebee took off for the Cube after only a marginal amount of repairs were performed on him after his encounter with Megatron, so a vial of even faster-acting plasma could be sitting in Ratchet's lab back on Cybertron, if the Decepticons didn't trash it of course ...they did.
- Just as well, Roberto Orci also admitted that Bumblebee's brief contact with the All Spark would be an equally valid (and an even more "in-continuity") explanation.
- In the film (2007), Bumblebee scanned a working, drivable Camaro—with the same paint job—that won't be released until some time later this year (2009). However, it is possible that the Camaro in question was being road-tested by GM engineers, like they are doing in the real world.
- In the online virtual world simulation/game Second Life, there is a full replica of the Sector Seven base which contains a giant discussion room where Michael Bay held a question board. This room contains a giant frozen Megatron replica and free avatars of both Bumblebee and Barricade. Both freebies are non-transforming. Also, the Bumblebee avatar has his battle mask down and it can't be raised. However, some sellers have created a transforming version.
- Strangely, after Sam asks Bumblebee if Sector Seven hurt him, there is a something that sounds like: "YES. THEY. HURT. ME.". In this scene, even more strangely, the sounds he makes sound almost suspiciously like a Decepticon.
- According to the Hasbro, Barricade is Bumblebee's arch-enemy.
- Starscream seems to particularly dislike Bumblebee, blasting his legs off in the first movie and ambushing him in the second while the Autobot transported Sam and the other human protagonists. The feeling is most likely mutual.
- It's been said Bumblebee can still talk. When Sam tells him to get in the garage, he made a sound that says "Whatever!'. When ambushing and kicking Skipjack in the face he made a loud "YEOW!" sound, then after killing Skipjack, he made a "Yeah!" sound. and when Sam's mom screams at him it sounds like he is saying " @#!*% "
- His license plate reads "4NZZ454" in the first and second movies, in dark of the moon it reads "900 STRA".
- In the Revenge of the Fallen video game, Bumblebee can talk freely. Bumblebee talks throughout the radio so any channel that is on he can say.
- In humanoid mode, Bumblebee's alt mode doors resemble wings. Also, on ROTF's official site, when clicked on Bumblebee, he flaps them like wings and raises up in the air (true, for a short time, and a low lift-off).
- Bumblebee, before each and every successful kill in the movie series, emphatically lowers his mask. Bumblebee's mask tends to be a warning signal for when he intends to bring the pain.
- Before shooting Brawl, he snaps it down.
- Before tearing apart Ravage and Rampage, he looks into the camera and snaps it down.
- Before turning the tables on Soundwave and killing him and two Protoform troops, he faces the camera and snaps it down.
- In Dark of the Moon, Bumblebee is seen with a spoiler on his trunk for the first time.
- Despite being the only mute Autobot (or perhaps because of this), Bumblebee is the most emotional and expressive of the Autobot team, emphatically pointing, shrugging, and even waving his hands and acting as if he's speaking while he uses the radio to communicate. He likely does this to make himself better understood despite not being able to speak properly.
- Apparently, this "language barrier" between Bumblebee and Sam might be inspired by the interaction between ET and Eliot in the movie E.T., whose director, Steven Spielberg, was also the executive producer of the live action Transformers movies.
- Bumblebee can be short tempered. He has been seen threatening soldiers many times, and even pointed his cannon at a man annoying him in the third film.
- Despite having a huge gun sticking out of the right side of his roof while in Stealth Force mode, the interior appears the same with Bumblebee's shoulder cannons on the back trunk. This can be seen in the highway chase seen in the movie that shows Sam's point of view while Bumblebee is in Stealth Force mode.
- Despite his heavy handed combat prowess, Bumblebee is apparently a master at handling humans, catching them in mid-air, transforming and tossing them to avoid lethal collisions, and generally getting them out of harm's way. He even pulled Sam inside of one of his seats, while transforming.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Post-movie Q&A with screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
- ↑ Although this was not necessary as the humans were indestructible in this game.
- ↑ Robertson, Barbara (2007). Heavy Metal. Computer Graphics, 30(7), 12-17.
- ↑ Cinefex magazine, issue number 111, published October 2007.
- ↑ Saleen article about the construction of the Barricade and Bumblebee vehicles