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Real Identity: Karen Beecher
Affiliation(s): Happy Harbor High School, The Team, and Ivy University
Appearances: Targets, Failsafe, Secrets, Misplaced, Happy New Year, Alienated, Beneath, Depths, Satisfaction, Darkest, Before The Dawn, Cornered, True Colors, War, The Hunt, Intervention, Summit, and Endgame
Appearances (Comics): Players Chapter One, Players Chapter Two, Players Chapter Three, Players Chapter Four, Players Chapter Five, and Players Chapter Six
Powers/Skills: Size-Changing and Flight
Voiced By: Masasa Moyo
Karen Beecher was a student at Happy Harbor High School and member of the Bumblebee cheerleading squad. At the time, she was 15 years old and was the girlfriend of classmate, Mal Duncan. On October 31st, Beecher dressed as a bumblebee for Halloween. After high school, Beecher became the lab assistant and protege of the Atom. She later joined the Team as Bumblebee and was assigned the designation B-17. She continued to date Duncan. As of February 16th, Team Year Five, Bumblebee and Lagoon Boy were on special assignment.
On December 1st, Team Year Five, Bumblebee was assigned to Beta Squad and watched over Noor Harjavti in Metropolis. Things took an unexpected turn when Kylstar teleported several heroes and villains from Earth. To make matters worse, a space ship appeared above the city and a force field soon enveloped it. Bumblebee determined the field descended into the Earth and there was a slight curvature. She concluded the city was trapped inside a sphere, not a dome. Bumblebee and Beast Boy escorted Noor Harjavti to Bibbo's Diner for asylum then left to help take down the sphere. Bumblebee shrunk down and entered the probe with Beast Boy, transformed as an insect. Under Batgirl's command, they began tampering with the probe. Their actions forced The Collector of Worlds to disengage his reduction beam. After The Collector spoke with the Justice League, it decided to restore Metropolis to normal. At 22:03 EST, Bumblebee and Beast Boy vacated the probe and returned to Bibbo's Diner to check on Harjavti, unaware she and Bibbowski were replaced with two Kroloteans.
On January 1st, Bumblebee was assigned to Delta Squad and participated in a mission to track down Clayface in Gotham City. After the mission, she rushed off to make an appointment with Palmer much to Duncan's dismay. On January 4th, she was assigned to Beta Squad with Batgirl and Wolf. They engaged two Kroloteans in Vlatavastok. On January 5th, 17:09 EST, Bumblebee and Blue Beetle failed to capture a Krolotean posing as Bibbo Bibbowski. She did manage to hit one of its shoudlers before it escaped. On February 19th, Bumblebee was part of an all-female Apha Squad sent to Bialya to search for alien technology matching the one from Malina Island. On March 23rd, Beecher worked with Dr. Palmer in his Ivy University lab for several hours on an experiment testing something against the white dwarf fragment. On April 1st, Bumblebee was present in the Hall of Justice and wasn't so keen on Duncan moving in with her. Despero and L-Ron soon invaded. She was unable to revive Zatanna, breach the alien field or put a dent in Despero. Despero eventually neutralized her with telepathy but one of her stinger blasts inadvertently hit his third eye. Despero almost stomped Bumblebee but Mal Duncan intervened. Miss Martian took custody of Bumblebee and tried to revive her, Billy Batson, and Zatanna.
On April 7th, Bumblebee assisted the Atom in attempting to separate the Scarab from Jaime Reyes. They were forced to abort the mission when the Scarab generated a large amount of antibodies. On May 26th, Bumblebee was assigned to Gamma Squad with Guardian and Super-Cycle and tasked with disabling the Warworld power core. During the mission, she was surprised to hear Guardian gripe about their relationship. Bumblebee was unable to disable the core because the power kept rerouting. Based on Guardian's desperate plea, Bumblebee came up with an idea to use the core to overload the helm. As a result, Mongul was electrocuted and severely weakened. At the end of the mission, Bumblebee admitted to taking Guardian for granted and they reaffirmed their love for each other. On May 30th, after the Team was rescued, Bumblebee confronted Arsenal on his rash choice to open the airlock to stop Blue Beetle. On June 19th, Bumblebee took part in the Santa Prisca mission.
On June 20th, Bumblebee was assigned to Kappa Squad with Guardian in the coordinated strikes on the Magnetic Field Disrupters. On July 4th, she was assigned to Beta Squad with Tigress, Kid Flash, and the Guardian to find proof LexCorp was rereleasing the Reach soft drink under a new name.