|“||Bumblebot not hide from Wasp. Wasp swears he find Bumblebot. Wasp make Bumblebot pay for RUINING WASP'S LIFE!||„|
|~ Wasp swearing revenge against Bumblebee.|
Wasp, later known as Waspinator, is a minor antagonist in Transformers Animated. He is a mentally unstable former Autobot recruit who is obsessed with getting revenge on Bumblebee for outing him as a (false) Decepticon spy and destroying his life as a result.
He was voiced by Tom Kenny in the episode "Autoboot Camp" and by Bumper Robinson for the rest of his appearances.
Wasp served as a cadet in the same group as Bumblebee, Bulkhead, Longarm and Ironhide (the latter he would develop a strong friendship with). Right away, he took an immediate disliking to Bumblebee, and would continue to bully and harass him and Bulkhead alongside Ironhide. Even so, the group's drill sergeant, Sentinel Minor, took a liking to Wasp, whom he dubbed as such for his accuracy with his stingers, while he gave Bumblebee his title for "bumbling" while trying to compete with Wasp.
Eventually, Bumblebee came across one of the cadets in a hanger secretly communicating with Megatron, as they had been sent to infiltrate the Autobots. Seeing Wasp exit the hanger soon afterwards, Bumblebee suspected that he was the traitor. Bumblebee turned to Longarm in order to get assistance in exposing Wasp, and the two manage to discover a Decepticon communicator within Wasp's locker right before Sentinel Minor. Wasp was immediately detained and stripped of his Autobot insignia as a result, protesting his innocence and swearing revenge on Bumblebee as he was wheeled away.
Many years later, Wasp escaped the Autobots' custody and seemingly eluded Sentinel Prime by jumping through a space warp. In truth, Wasp had hid under the bridge until Sentinel left. Noticeably left mentally unstable and unhinged from his imprisonment, Wasp swears to find Bumblebee and make him pay for ruining his life.
Wasp later arrived on Earth being wanted by Sentinel Prime and his group, still thinking he's a spy. During this time he somehow gone less sane and talks in third person and his eyes gone purple. He assumed a earth vehicle form similar to Bumblebee and later arrived at the Autobot base when Bumblebee was alone. Bumblebee then tried to explain the whole situation that Shockwave framed him, but Wasp didn't care and assaults him to then swift helmet and paint job to take his place. The autobots arrived back at the base and believed that Wasp was Bumblebee and when Sentinel ordered his men to arrest Bumblebee (disguised as Wasp), he failed as Bumblebee escaped while the other Autobots followed. While they were gone again, Wasp tried to do the same activities but didn't go well and he then tried to get Bumblebee's memories. Eventually, the Autobots arrived back to check who is who after Bulkhead found out that Bumblebee is just disguised. Sentinel still suggested to arrest whoever it's Wasp or not until Bulkhead suggest to have a test, playing the videogame. After realizing he can't play, Wasp revealed himself and takes Bumblebee hostage, stating he was always a good bot. But Bulkhead tells him he was always mean to him and Bumblebee and was never a good bot. Enraged, Wasp shut off the lights and escapes, shredding his disguise.
Wasp was still on the loose but escaped during a argument between Optimus and Sentinel. He was then brought in to Blackarachnia for an offer which he accepted. He was placed into a machine to combine his DNA with a real wasp. But when Sentinel arrived, a mutated Wasp burst out of the malfunctioning machine, now calling himself Waspinator. When he was finally tracked down by Bumblebee, who apologized to him and wanted to be his friend, he decided that while "Wasp" forgave his former accuser, "Waspinator" preferred violent revenge. Before Waspinator could deliver the final blow, he overheard Blackarachnia admitting to the Autobots that she only viewed her new "friend" as another experimental attempt to cure her own organic infection. Irate at yet another betrayal, Waspinator started attacking everybody—and if that wasn't scary enough, his transwarp energy became unstable. Just as Waspinator reached critical mass, Blackarachnia sealed them both within a cocoon of her energy webbing, containing the explosion of transwarp energy.
However, they survived the explosion and Waspinator, who was blown apart, was seen starting to repair himself, declaring he has plans.