|Percentage of vote:||17.5%|
Ah, Bumblebee. Within the span of three live-action movies and a fourth coming out at the time of writing (as well as a massive amount of tie-in materials), Bumblebee has become, as Another TF Fan put it, a "highly merchandised new face of the franchise". Whatever people may say about the Michael Bay movies, all but the staunchest of G1 purists will agree that Bumblebee was handled well. Well enough, in fact, that he beat a significant amount of older characters to earn himself this spot in our little poll.
And it's not just starring in movies and making all sorts of funny antics either. Michael Bay's first movie in the 2007 breathed new life into the franchise, causing an explosion in popularity never seen since its heyday during the first generation, as well as the influx of a new generation of fans, yours truly included. And no small part, I think, is due to Bumblebee. Unlike many other similar archetypes, Bumblebee was never kiddified to the extent of acting like a big, stupid child. Sure, he's got his antics, he's got all those funny scenes, but they weren't painfully childish like many kid-appeal characters are. Bumblebee proves himself to be as capable in battle as any one of his brethren, doubly so when protecting Sam Witwicky.
Those involved in making the movie made really sure that the new face of the franchise is a likeable one to a wide range of consumers, and despite his relative newness compared to many other characters Bumblebee has endeared himself to a significant portion of the fandom. To the generation that joined the fandom thanks to the Bay Movies, Bumblebee has certainly become the character that first captured our hearts and imaginations.
I think I'll just close this little thing with the reason I voted for this him:
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