Bumblebee is an assertive, highly skilled, and cocky former H.I.V.E. Academy student, who had really enrolled to infiltrate and discover all of their motives and secrets for Aqualad. She had been keeping track of the H.I.V.E long before Cyborg posed as 'Stone'. Bumblebee was able to resist Brother Blood's mind control powers eventually the first time. Her abilities as a H.I.V.E. student entrusted her to Brother Blood, but Blood was shocked to find that she was also a spy when she assisted Cyborg in stopping Brother Blood's latest plan.Her spiecies is really Half bee and half human.
Blood escaped to Steel City, where he was followed by Bumblebee and Aqualad. While in Steel City, Bumblebee and Aqualad formed Titans East with Speedy and Más y Menos. Cyborg soon followed and helped the team build their tower, but Blood entered with his new Cyborg copies and beat the Titans East whom he then placed under mind-control to attack and capture Cyborg, whom Blood wanted to examine. However, Bumblebee displayed some resistance to the mind control, which was quickly dissipated by Blood. Cyborg then battled Blood and won, freeing the Titans East. He then decided to return to his fellow Titans and appointed Bumblebee as the new leader of Titans East.
During the episode For Real, Bumblebee, along with her fellow Titans East members, arrived in Jump City to watch over Titans Tower because the Teen Titans were in Siberia. The Titans East defeated Andre Le Blanc without trouble. However, they later encountered Control Freak, who had escaped from prison. Bumblebee was forced to participate in Control Freak's challenge, which required her to stop a subway car with a bomb on it while remaining at her small stature. She managed to deactivate the bomb that was attached to the subway and, along with the rest of her team, defeated and captured Control Freak.
Bumblebee was targeted by the Brotherhood of Evil and was overpowered by Punk Rocket and Angel when they attacked her in "Calling All Titans!". She somehow got rescued by Starfire and joined the Titans' assault on the Brotherhood of Evil's base. She subsequently socialized with the other assembled Titans in Titans Tower and participated in the recapture of Doctor Light after he robbed a bank.
Bumblebee has made a few appearances in the Teen Titans Go! comic book series (#20, 25, & 29). She also appears in issue #39 and is in love with Herald, similar to the mainstream comics.
The animated Bumblebee is able to shrink to tiny size and electric blasts from a pair of hand-held weapons, as well as fly like Marvel Comics' Wasp. The size manipulation may also be a nod to the change in Bumblebee's physiology in the comics. Unlike her comic incarnation, she does not wear a mask or goggles.
She made an appearance on Young Justice and is attending Happy Harbor High school as a cheerleader and friend of Megan. The school's cheerleading team is called the Bumblebees, which seems similar to Bee's costume.
Bumblebee is one of the most "cockiest" characters. She can be a little bossy to her teammates but deeply cares for them. Also, Bumblebee is extremely intelligent and she tries too hard. She is observant, kind, gentle, and very open-minded. Bumblebee made the strongest bond with Aqualad first, but they always fight less than she does with Speedy. She is cooperative and patient. Bumblebee as a very independent and cocky personality, and a very confident and out-going attitude. Being very independent, she doesn't like being told what to do, such as when Cyborg tells her what to do in "Wavelength". In a more comical note, Bumblebee's pigtails tend to react to her emotions, sometimes going erect when annoyed, and shooting upwards when surprised. Mas y Menos are also shown hiding in the pigtails in the episode For Real, when Control Freak surprises them in the Ops as soon as they arrive.
Powers and Abilities
In the comics, Karen Beecher was a scientist who created a super suit with a bee theme in order to show the Teen Titans that her boyfriend and later husband, Mal Duncan aka Herald, was worth being on the team. In the continuity of Teen Titans, however, Karen's wings and powers appear to be a natural feature.
- Shrinking Size: Bumblebee can shrink into size like a bee and it helps her fly with more speed and agility and it is hard for enemies to bring her down. She can even dodge projectile-based attacks. While shrunken, Bumblebee retains her full size voice and strength.
- Flight: Bumblebee is able to fly using the insectoid wings growing from her back.
- Stingers: Bumblbee carries a pair of "B" shaped weapons that she referrs to as her "Stingers." These weapons are used to discharge incredibly powerful blasts of electricity that can be fired in both short bursts and long streams. She is also able to use them to conduct electricity and move it from one source to another without harm to herself.
- Hand-To-Hand Combat: Karen is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combat. She was able to fight on par with both Cyborg and Brother Blood, and was able to defeat the former in one episode. Her shrinking and flight abilities make her incredibly agile and allow her to dodge attacks with ease.