My thoughts Despite his popularity, I don't really enjoy him very much. He often got beat up and what he does is far less and interesting than the others like Optimus and Ironhide. Him teaming up with Spike to form a crime fighting duo after the war is just weird and does not do it for me.
I always sees Chapter 6 of War for Cybertron as Bumblebee's origin of joining the team. I also like the personailty in it far more than any version of him. At one point, Bumblebee is captured and tortured by the Decepticons and became a mute. This is how I view the story: Bumblebee was leading a scout squad but was ambushed by a Constructicon named Gravedigger. He was sent to Kaon and was interrogated by Soundwave. He refused to talk and of course, there goes Bumblebee's voice chip.
This pretty much sums up my first transformer thoughts. Next up for No. 2-- Cliffjumper!!!!!!!