OKAY! So, you know how on Earth, on the race tracks when Bee and KO bump into each other the first time, Bee is like “Oh it’s Knock Out!” and Raf translates that to others and they say like “Who is that?” “Sounds like a decepticon” Nobody else knew who KO was. So you would think that it means, Bumblebee must have known who Knock Out is before either of them came to Earth. And this’s why i have few ideas how Bee knew KO before Earth and here’s 2 of my favourites.
1. They met in a race. Simple and easy to think why. They’re both grounders, both into racing, both young and kinda free souls they love fun stuff, they’d drive around anyway. So they met in a race and they wanted to find out who this other fast racer was. The only thing that i’m not sure of is did they ever talk to each other. KO was pretty chill when he and Bee were talking in Predacons Rising, like he has heard Bee’s actual voice before but idk. Also KO was designed specifically to be a fast car foe to Bumblebee so!
2. This one is like deep and i think i like it more So because Bee is the scout, The spy he would be off on missions all the time, it’s his life. So what if he was on a mission where his task was to get info on these new cons who had came around or any suspicious activities overall and possibly take them out. And he went but when he got there the place was already run down or bombed or something. So he walks around the wreckage trying to find clues of what happened when he hears that there’s someone else and is ready to attack, turns around and is face to face with Knock Out. Neither of them say anything or does. Bee is taken by him KO’s been the one who can really catch bee off guard, so BB lowers his guns which says that KO doesn’t need to fight either. And KO never had a visible decepticon logo and BB is like the last bot who’d judge someone by looks only. So they just stare each other for hot minute until someone checks on BB like hey what’s taking so long? Did you take out the cons? And when Bee looks up again KO is already making his leave because he’s being paged with like a walkie talkie thing what BB can hear too and that’s how Bee learns his name. Knock Out transforms and drives off with Bee kinda longingly looking after him because i don’t think he has seen many young racers like himself around. And a curious bot that Bee is he finds out who KO is but doesn’t find that much only that he’s a con but that’s enough to make him remember Knock Out. Pretty much all Bee had to know was what KO looked like, he was fast and his name and these two make those happen