Bumblebee is a sentient alien robot from Cybertron. He journeyed to Earth with the other Autobots to protect it from the Decepticons
Originally created for the toy line of Transformers, Bumblebee made his first appearance in the Transformers Miniseries in 1984. This was soon thereafter followed by a monthly series of the same name
Major Story Arcs
Marvel Comics Continuity
When the Autobots and the Decepticons awoke on Earth in 1984, Bumblebee was one of the first to explore this new planet.
Eager to see the new lifeforms called humans, Bumblebee was unfortunately injured by a Decepticon and became stuck in car mode. He was found by a human called Buster Witwicky who took him back to his father's garage and repaired him. He was shocked to see the little car transform into a robot, but the two became good friends.
Bumblebee was targeted by the Decepticon leader Shockwave as the weakest of the Autobots. He was forced to take refuge in a old car lot and was stolen by two teenagers. He saved them from the Decepticons and was saved himself by other Autobots.
G.I. Joe mistook Bumblebee for a Decepticon and destroyed him, but with Ratchet's help he was able to reconstruct Bumblebee and renamed him Goldbug.
Goldbug's body was destroyed by the rapid anti-robot assault team, but his brain components were placed in a toy car.
His body was reconstructed by the Autobot headmasters resurrected Optimus (who had recently died).
Goldbug was deactivated by Starscream and then reactivated by Ratchet along with Jazz and Grimlock.
Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock were transported to the center of Cybertron and found Primus, their god. Unicron began his decent to Cybertron, and Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock went to the third moon of Cameron to search for the Creation Matrix, the only thing strong enough to stop Unicron. Thunderwing claimed the Matrix for his own, but Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock were saved by the Autobots.
The Two Goldbug Origins
In the US Marvel comic, G.I. Joe and the Transformers, Bumblebee was destroyed by G.I. Joe and rebuilt as Goldbug by Ratchet. This crossover story hadn't been reprinted in the UK and so not to confuse the readers with the sudden unexplained appearance of Goldbug a new origin was written. In The Transformers #114 the new origin story Bumblebee is now destroyed by Death's Head and rebuilt by Wreck-gar.
See Hot Shot
Devil's Due crossovers
IDW Comics Continuity
Bumblebee is met by Ratchet and the humans when Ratchet returns to base for help. After Ratchet gets chewed out by Prowl for breaking protocal he meets up with the humans and discusses the threat of the Decepticons on Earth. Bumblebee overhears the conversation and agrees to help out in any way. When The team get to the abandoned Decepticon base the human are the only ones small enough to get in through the only visible entrance. Ratchet and Bumblebee stand guard.
While on guard Decepticons Blitzwing and Skywarp come to destroy the old base as ordered by Starscream. During the attack Ratchet orders the humans to evacuate. One, Verity, gets out last after running into Megatron on the ship. Unscathed she gets out as the place falls in on itself. When she reveals who was in there Ratchet and Bee decide this is the proof that is needed for the Autobots to get involved with what is going on with the Decepticons.
Ratchet heads back to basee with the humans. Bumblebee stays behind to see what unfolds at the destroyed base. Megatron rises from the ashes and destroys Skywarp for attacking th base. On of them gives up that they were only following Starscream's orders. Megatron is furious at this and heads back to the active base to face Startscream for his treason.
Bumblebee gives his location to the rest of the team and when they show up is about the same time Megatron gets to the base and calls out Starscream for his betrayal. Starscream is defeated and the Autobots see no reason to intervene in the fight for power on the opposing team. They head back to base and find that the humans are still present and that Optimus Prime is now present and ready to take control.
Bumblebee is the acting leader for the Nails, Autobots and Decepticons on the wold of Cybertron since the calling of Vector Sigma. Rodmous and his group left in search of a historic group of Cybertronians who left the world before the great war. Bumblebee has to deal with the power of the Decepticon and their rasp for power and the growing problems of the Nails and their lack of trust in an Autobot or Decepticon.
Thinking Rodmous and his closest friends possibly dead or gone forever he must handle important growing issues with attacks on his life and the growing fears and ideals of the ones closest to him.
Transformers: Bumblebee made his way to the car lot, where he became Sam Witwicky's first car. Bobby Bolivia, the owner of the car shop wouldn't sell the car to the Witwickys for $4000, but Sam Witwicky's father didn't agree.
Preventing Sam to choose another car, he used high-frequency to blow out the windows of the other cars. Bobby finally agreed and sold the car to Sam. The day after, Sam and his best friend Miles have driven down to the lake where a party was hold to impress Mikaela, the girl who Sam loves. After Sam realizes that she dumped Trent, he wants Miles to get out from the car to drive her home. Not knowing that the car has his own "mind" the car stops at a place. Than the radio turns on and began to play songs like "Sexual Healing" and "I feel good". Mikaela tries to fix the car, but she didn't know whats the problem so she says she walks home. Sam enters the car and he's praying not to let Mikaela go home like that, and the car suddenly stars, with the radio now playing "Baby, come back". Sam then drives Mikaela home.
Later that night, Bumblebee goes to a secret meeting place to summon the Autobots. Sam follows him, but he gets arrested. In the morning Bumblebee returns, Sam takes his mother's bike and runs away with Bumblebee going after him. Sam meets up with Mikaela again saying her that his car is possessed and chasing him. Sam enters a garage where he finds the police, but the car transforms into the Decepticon Barricade and he's looking for Ladiesman217, which is actually Sam's username on eBay. Sam escaped but Mikaela arrived. Sam warned her to run, but she didn't. Finally they both were saved by Bumblebee, who after a hot pursuit defeated Barricade. They learn that Bumblebee is an alien robot too, but speaks with audio clips through his radio. Mikaela and Sam were driving through a tunnel where Mikaela called Bumblebee a "piece of crap Camaro". Bumblebee hearing this dropped them out from the car and took the form of a shinny 2009 Camaro. Sam Mikaela and Bumblebee meet up with the Autobots, explaining their mission to find the Allspark before Megatron does and that Sam's grandfather has the location of it imprinted into his glasses and Bumblebee was given the job to watch over Sam until the other Autobots arrived.
Bumblebee was captured and tortured by Sector 7 after he tried to save Sam and Mikaela from them for wrong accusations.
Taken to the Hoover Dam, the main base of the Sector 7, he learned that Megatron is kept there frozen. Bumblebee was set free by Sam who gained the trust of the others and went to Mission City to protect human life from the invasion. He was damaged badly during the fight. He survived and stayed with Sam Witwicky as his guardian.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee is living in Sam's garage and is called upon to help Sam 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, angering the frat boys and inadvertently saving Sam from Alice's advances, who happens to be a Decepticon Pretender. 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 sprays coolant 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 arrives just in time to save Sam from Megatron, but not before Optimus is killed. 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 Rampage and Sam in a tight spot. Sam is the only one who spots him and distracts Rampage and maneuvers him closer to Bumblebee who attacks. During the fight, Ravage attacks him too, but Bumblebee kills Ravage by ripping out his spine, then finished off Rampage. 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.
See Hot Shot
Bumblebee appears as one of the main characters in the Transformers Animated series set in Detroit 50 years in the future. In this all-new series, he takes the vehicle form of a futuristic yellow compact with black racing stripes (similar to his live-action movie counterpart). Instead of a gun like his previous incarnations, this Bumblebee is armed with electric stingers in his hands which can project powerful bursts of electricity. He later gets equipped with turbo boosters which allows him to move at lightning-fast speed in both robot and car mode. He is best friends with the Techno-organic human girl Sari Sumdac (the first human the Autobots encountered) and fellow Autobot member Bulkhead. Bumblebee is voiced by Bumper Robinson throughout the series.