Bumblebee was one of the coolest Transformers despite being voted most likely to be driven by Blossom.
Bumblebee (known as Bombini bombus to entomologists) is the annoying younger brother character in the Transformers universe. He's not annoying, you say? Well, that's because when you were first introduced to him you were the annoying younger brother character in real life. Go back and watch him now, and you'll understand.
Bumblebee is one of the first characters that we're introduced to in the original series. He's carrying out a mission to capture some small energy conductors in order to aid the Autobots in their war against the Decepticons. That's right, the whole Transformers universe started in a war over sources of energy.
Early concept art of Megatron
During the course of the war, a contingency of the Autobots hop onto The Ark, a large (and unfortunately non-transforming) spaceship that carries them away from planet Cybertron so that they can find new sources of energy to win the war against the Decepticons. They crash on Earth and are awakened four million years later, only to find the Decepticons have followed them to Earth and the war still rages on on Planet Cybertron.
So you're probably fucked
After regaining consciousness, the Autobots adopted new forms so that they could blend in to their new surroundings. They then proceeded to continually shift out of these forms in order to have huge robot battles in the middle of densely populated cities and industrial complexes. We here at Cracked don't deny that subterfuge is an effective tactical option, but given the quick nature with which these artifices were dropped, it might have been a better to adopt a form of slightly more strategic advantage than the VW Beetle.
Like the VW Thing
Bumblebee then proceeded to get himself kidnapped in almost every episode. This includes capture by some British dude named Cholmondeley, whom, according to Wikipedia, is pronounced Chumley (we're pretty sure it's stuff like this that let us win the war). After being held, brainwashed, and presumably waterboarded, the Bee then proceeded to escape and save the day. This taught a generation of children that the best way to become a hero and save Optimus Prime was to get into the van of the man with the candy.
Bumblebee is one of the few characters who made it through almost all incarnations of the Transformers TV show, including the much more awesome Japanese series. He is the director of espionage for the Autobots. His rank is 7, whatever the hell that means (we presume it is either one more or less than rank 6). His mottos include "The least likely can be the most dangerous", "To know others you must know yourself first", and "Data is power".
We told you everything was much more badass in Japan
He also went on to inspire some of the greatest creators of our generation: