Character Of The Week – Bomberman

Hudson Entertainment yet again brings us this episode of Character Of The Week another great series of games. ‘Splosion Man takes a page or two from this weeks character he had to some how learn from an experienced explosives expert. Our character is one that has been around for a few years and knows his way around bombs. 1983 would be the birth of a great video game icon starring in 60 different games.  10 million units of games sold makes him a top tier star and worthy of a mention as Character Of The Week the series. Thanks to our character we now have games that are multi-player considering his games were credited with starting a multi-player revolution. If you have not yet guessed it yet say hello to our Character Of The Week.


Bomberman has his humble beginings in a galaxy known as the Bomber Nebula, on Planet Bomber. (Weird right?) Created as a justice keeper by Dr. Mimori he was only a prototype but knew his duty and accepted it hole heartedly. Bomberman dons a white suit to distinguish himself from others that may try to immatate his style. Many eneimes come to face him but soon become his ally, such as black suit bomber man. Bomber Man Land sees Bomberman becoming cheerful white being paired with the likes of Bookworm Green, Kid Blue, Cute Pink, Giant Gold and Cool Black.

Our character’s mission is straightforward kill enemies while also destroying obstacles to reach the next level. Bomberman has to be cautious of how he uses his weapon damage can be caused to himself, power ups in the level or anger the exit which will spawn more enemies to face. Bomberman also allows friends to join up in the mayhem as they try to destroy each other by being a master bomber. Puzzles have points to trap friends or enimes as you try to stay alive making sure to collect any power-ups possible.

Characters for the series are as follows:

Bomberman, also referred to as “White Bomberman”, “White Bomber”, “Cheerful White” in (Bomberman Land Touch!), “Bomber John” (in Bomberman Touch), and (in Japan) Shirobon, is the hero of the series. In the standard games, he is the protagonist and player-character. He is usually portrayed as the heroic yet cheerful type, often saving his home planet from disaster. Like all Bombermen, he has the ability to generate bombs in his hands. In later games, such as Bomberman Max and Bomberman Tournament, he is shown to be part of an interplanetary police force stationed at Bomber Base. The White Bomberman also made appearances in other games, such as Wario Blast, a Bomberman game featuring Nintendo mascot Mario’s rival, Wario (although that was not the case in Japan). He also appears in DreamMix TV World Fighters—a Hudson fighting game with characters from Hudson Soft, Konami, and Takara. He even make a giant playable appearance in Star Parodier, a spoof of the Star Soldier series, which is also developed by Hudson Soft. He has been featured in three animeseries; Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden and Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden Victory are based on the marble shooting game B-Daman while Bomberman Jetters is inspired by the video game of the same name.

Bagura (Bagular in the West) is the main villain in many of the games. He resembles a blue and white, large, elderly man with a bushy white beard, a monocle and a cape. He first appears as the main villain of Bomberman ’94, in which he attempts to run a comet-disguised ship into Planet Bomber after throwing it into chaos. He later appears in several games, including Super Bomberman 3, Super Bomberman 4, Bomberman Hero, Bomberman World and Neo Bomberman. In some odd appearances, he is reduced to a brain that wants to rebuild an empire and wants revenge on Bomberman. In the anime, he is the true leader of the Hige Hige Bandits, with Mujoe as his second-in-command. Dr. MechaDoc also serves the group by creating technology, such as the Hige-Hige Bandits, small robotic minions who are very weak and serve under Mujoe.

The Fiendish Bombers (a.k.a the Five Dastardly Bombers)are a gang of five recurring boss enemies in several games of the series. Magnet Bomber sports a scarf-like cape and has a magnet shape attached to his helmet, and uses bombs that are attracted to his enemies. Golem Bomber is much larger than the others and he utilizes fire bombs. Pretty Bomber is distinguished from her male counterparts by her pink skirt, yellow neckerchief, and the large yellow heart attached to her helmet. She also appears as a close friend to Bomberman in several games, where both White and Black Bomber are attracted to her. Brain Bomber is the engineer of the group, who wears a cloak and has the symbol of a crown on his helmet. He is shorter than the other characters and sometimes floats above the group. Plasma Bomber is the leader. Plasma Bomber wears a neckerchief and has a lightning bolt attached to his helmet that can create electric currents.

Black Bomberman (Cool Black in Bomberman Land Touch!) looks identical to Bomberman, only he is colored black. In many of his first appearances, he was shown to be the main rival of Bomberman, often performing acts such as robbing banks to fight him. He eventually becomes a gradual friend of Bomberman, and acts as the second player in the two-player story modes of the games. Hudson has given him a cool and collected personality in the later games. He also leads Red Bomber, Blue Bomber, Green Bomber and Yellow Bomber.

Max first appears in Bomberman Maxas one of the main characters. He is some what competitive and arrogant, as shown in that despite the urgency of the mission, he challenges Bomberman to a contest to who can gather the most karabons. Max wears a black suited armor with a helmet that completely hides his face. He is also a playable character in the game Bomberman Jetters, where he joins Bomberman in the fight against the Hige Hige Bandits again, and he is an unlockable character in Bomberman Generation. He is also unlockable in Bomberman 2 DS.

Dr. Einis a scientist who assists Bomberman. He is eccentric and doesn’t seem to show many emotions. He is fat, has white spiky hair, and glasses with spirals covering the lenses. Despite never having a playable appearance, one of the customization sets in Bomberman Livelets Bomberman wear Dr. Ein’s lab coat and glasses.

Karabonare small creatures that help Bomberman progress by granting him abilities. First appearing in Bomberman Max, each game featuring Karabon feature a unique set of them. Bomberman often find Karabon trapped in cages, and he can partner with one to use its ability. He can also fuse them together and battle them against others. Pommyis a recurring Karabon, who first appears in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, where he is a loyal, but cowardly sidekick and a mimic. He is capable of shooting lightning and taking on many different forms.

Louie (also known as Rooi) are kangaroo-like animals with rabbit ears who help Bomberman by letting him ride on their backs. In Super Bomberman 4, they were replaced by various animals, and in Saturn Bombermanby the dinosaur-like Tirra.

Character info comes from Wikipedia’s Bomberman article

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  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    I have never played a Bomberman game, ever. I can’t believe it! O_O

  • I randomly found this article through Google.
    Excellent article!
    Bomberman is best!