One of the more annoying subplots (if you can call it that) of AOE and TLK is the mentions of Bumblebee becoming Autobot leader in Optimus' absence. The thing is, we never see it happen, we just hear of it. Hell, the first time we hear of it, Optimus has already resumed command, so we never see Bumblebee as a leader. When Optimus is captured by Lockdown, it's really Hound kinda leading the charge till they find him. Later during the Hong Kong battle, Hound once again is doing everything until Optimus gets back. Then tie in material for TLK started trying to play Bee up as leader. In the film, once again, Bee never actually leads anything. It's really Cade in charge of the junkyard crew. Bee runs off to England and Crosshairs takes charge. Not that we see Crosshairs leading, mind you. I think a lot of this is due to two factors: 1. He doesn't speak in either AOE or 99% of TLK. Therefore we can't hear him giving orders or anything when he plausibly could be in, I dunno, Cybertronian texts like in the 2007 DS games. 2. Hasbro just wants to pimp him as usual. One man franchise and all. I dunno. I don't even like the idea of him being second in command to Optimus. He's no BM Cheetor, for sure. Just here to share my thoughts on the failed attempts to present Bee as the new leader whenever Optimus isn't around.