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Origin

Karen explains why she became Bumblebee
Karen explains why she became Bumblebee

Karen Beecher met Mal Duncan when he was in the Teen Titans original team. They worked together on developing the Gabriel Horn, and it was during this project that they fell in love.

Because Karen felt that the Titans did not appreciate Mal, she went back to the drawing board and came up with the Bumblebee's uniform and equipment. She broke into Titans Lair: a move which led the Titans to believe that she was an enemy.

Her true plan was meant to give Mal a chance to flex his powers and look good in front of the other titans, but Mal's teammates defended him, this ended when Bumblebee escaped, with her identity still intact. Karen learned how much Mal's friends respected and cared for him. Karen revealed her identity to Mal and also to the Titans, and she apologized for her actions. Eventually, Bumblebee joined the Teen Titans, she was a member until the group disbanded.

Karen took night classes in physics, computer technology and political science.

Creation

Post-Crisis costume
Post-Crisis costume

Karen Beecher was created by writer Bob Rozakis and artist Irv Novick. She is DC's first female black superhero.

Major Story Arcs

Karen retired from being a super heroine and married Mal Duncan. She received an offer to work at the San Francisco branch of S.T.A.R. Labs as a research technician.Bumblebee aided the Titans again during the Technis Imperative conflict. She was a member in Titans L.A was formed with that included Beast Boy, Flamebird, Herald, Terra, Hero Cruz, Captain Marvel Jr. and Bushido. Karen continued to work at S.T.A.R. Labs as an engineer and designer for non-lethal weapons.

She was part of Donna Troy's team of heroes for a space mission during the Infinite Crisis, along with Mal. During their mission, Bumblebee was irradiated with a strange kind of energy which caused her to shrink down to six-inch height. Trapped at this size, the diminutive heroine must take special medication to keep her tiny heart from going into cardiac arrest.

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Bumblebee and Vox decided to join the Doom Patrol. There, Karen became confident and friend of Rita Farr. Recently, she's helping her team to fight The Aristocrats. She remains with the team after Vox resigns, and is present during the fight with the Secret Six. She is nearly kept as a souvenir by Ragdoll, but Rita gets her back.

Powers & Abilities

Karen has no special powers, however she is a high intellectually gifted young woman. She designed and created a power-suit that grants her with a number of superhuman abilities. She has the ability to fly, as well as enhanced strength & durability. She can manipulation her size and project energy. It also allows her to create powerful sonic blasts. At times, she has used other bee-themed gadgets as well (honey entangles, electric stings, U-V vision, etc).

Other Media

Animation

Teen Titans (2004)

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In the Teen Titans cartoon series, Bumblebee is a member (and possibly the leader) of Titans East, originally seen working undercover as a member of Brother Blood's H.I.V.E. Academy. This version of Bumblebee can shrink down in size while growing wings for flight, and fires electrical blasts from two weapons shaped like the letter "B", giving her similarities to Wasp of Marvel Comic fame.

She initially has an antagonistic relationship with Cyborg, but the two later become friends. She makes her second last appearance in Season 5 episode Calling all Titans where she is captured by Punk Rocket and Angel. She then makes another appearance in the next episode, Titans Together alongside Starfire and Red Star, where it appears she has escaped and defeated Angel and Punk Rocket. Along with all the other Teen Titans, she goes into an ultimate showdown with the Brotherhood of Evil, which ends with the Titans winning. Later she is seen at the end of the episode among other Titans waiting to take down a very surprised Dr Light.

Young Justice

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We are introduced to Karen Beecher in episode 10 of Young Justice, 'Targets'. She appears to be a popular girl who is part of the cheerleaders who are coincidentally called the Bumblebees. We are led to believe that she is dating Mal Duncan. She was voiced by Masassa Moyo.

Young Justice: Invasion

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In the sequel series, set five years after the original, Karen is now an official member of the Team as Bumblebee. She is a student of the Atom, presumably explaining her shrinking abilities. She is now dating Mal Duncan and their relationship is shown to be somewhat strained, because of how busy she usually is with working. However, the two of them work out their differences by the end of the series.

Teen Titans Go!

Bumblebee in Teen Titans Go!
Bumblebee in Teen Titans Go!

Bumblebee make several appearences in the show.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters

Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Justice League: Gods & Monsters

Karen is part of the group of scientists responsible of the creation of the "Fair Play Program" meant to take down the Justice League in case they turn into a threat. She is first seen discussing with Will Magnus after the death of several members. After that she attends to a meeting with the surviving members where they are killed by the Metal Men. She is voiced by Kari Wahlgren.

DC Super Hero Girls

Bumblebee in DC Super Hero Girls
Bumblebee in DC Super Hero Girls

Bumblebee is one of the main characters in DC Super Hero Girls, voiced by Teala Dunn.

DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High

Bumblebee in DC Super Hero High: Super Hero of The Year
Bumblebee in DC Super Hero High: Super Hero of The Year

Bumble Bee is one of the main characters in the film, voiced by Teela Dunn.

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year

Bumblebee in Hero of the Year
Bumblebee in Hero of the Year

Bumble Bee is one of the heroes nominated to Hero of the Year. After her suit is damaged during a fight with Dark Opal, she stars losing power but manages to help to save the day. Later, she repairs her suit with Supergirl's crystal, and win the Hero of the Year Award. She is voiced by Teela Dunn.

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Bumblebee in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Bumblebee in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Bumblebee appears in a flashback five years prior the beginning of the story. She is shown with the original Titans (Robin, Beast Boy, Speedy and Kid Flash). She witnesses Starfire arrival to Earth, and helps her against some soldiers from her homeworld that are trying to capture her. After they defeats them, Starfire joins the team. She is voiced by Masasa Moyo.

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