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->''Bomberman, Bomberman''
->''Mass destruction across the land.''
->''Makes a bomb, any size.''
->''And he's yours, to customize.''
->''Look out! Here comes the Bomberman!''
-->-- ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-06yRkXgDTA Bomberman 64 commercial]], [[FilkSong sung to the tune of]] {{Spider-Man}}''

To put it plainly and simply, the ''Bomberman'' series is about a deceptively cute-looking robot guy in a white helmet who can produce an endless supply of bombs, and use them to destroy things. Originally, his M.O. was to escape from a bricks-and-mortar dungeon where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything was trying to kill him]], but his quest has since evolved into one of saving the galaxy from another race of rogue bombers.

Since its creation by HudsonSoft back in the mid-1980s, it's become almost synonymous with multiplayer madness, as up to four, eight, or even TEN (''Saturn Bomberman'') players can compete against each other and blow each other up. The Bomber's [[SeriesFranchise legacy]] ([[IThoughtItMeant not]] [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic the Blue one, BTW]]) lives on even to this day, as his games have been ported to almost every platform imaginable.

Since HudsonSoft was bought out by {{Konami}}, Bomberman has been virtually unheard of, as the most recent Bomberman project for the 3DS has been cancelled.

The individual games' pages need more tropes.
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!!Games in this franchise include:
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' (1983) - MSX, ZX Spectrum, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ-700, FM-7; (1985) - NES
** ''VideoGame/BombermanII'' (1991) - NES
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Bomberman93}} Bomberman '93]]'' (1993) - [=TurboGrafx-16=]
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Bomberman94}} Bomberman '94/Mega Bomberman]]'' (1994) - [=TurboGrafx-16=], Sega Genesis
* ''Hi-Ten Bomberman'' (1993/1994) - custom hardware (believed to be based on the PC-FX)
* ''VideoGame/SuperBomberman series'' (1993 - 1997) - Super NES
* ''VideoGame/BombermanGB series'' (1994 - 1996) - Game Boy [[note]]The first game in the series was released in America as ''Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!''.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/SaturnBomberman'' (1996) - Sega Saturn
* ''VideoGame/AtomicBomberman'' (1997) - PC
* ''VideoGame/NeoBomberman'' (1997) - Neo Geo
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman 64}}'' (1997) - Nintendo 64
** ''VideoGame/Bomberman64TheSecondAttack'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/BombermanHero'' (1998) - Nintendo 64
* ''VideoGame/BombermanWars'' (1998) - [=PlayStation=] (Japan-only)
** ''VideoGame/BombermanWorld'' (1998) - [=PlayStation=]
* ''VideoGame/BombermanFantasyRace'' (1998) - [=PlayStation=]
* ''VideoGame/BombermanQuest'' (2000) Game Boy Color
* ''VideoGame/BombermanMax'' series (2000 - 2002) - Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance
* ''VideoGame/BombermanLand'' series (2000 - 2008) - [=PlayStation=] (Japan-only), [=PlayStation=] 2 (Japan-only); Nintendo DS, Wii, Playstation Portable
* ''VideoGame/BombermanOnline'' (2001) - Dreamcast, PC (Asian countries only)
* ''VideoGame/BombermanTournament'' (2001) - Game Boy Advance
** ''VideoGame/BombermanStoryDS'' (2007) - Nintendo DS (Japan and PAL regions only)
* ''VideoGame/BombermanGeneration'' (2002) - Nintendo Gamecube
* ''VideoGame/BombermanJetters'' (2002) - Nintendo Gamecube, [=PlayStation 2=] (Japan-only)
* ''[[VideoGame/BombermanDS Bomberman]]'' (2005) - Nintendo DS
* ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'' (2006) - Xbox 360
* ''[[VideoGame/BombermanLive Bomberman Live/Ultra]]'' (2007) - Xbox 360, [=PlayStation=] 3
** ''Bomberman Live: Battlefest'' (2010) - Xbox 360
* ''VideoGame/BombermanBlitz'' (2009) - DSiWare

!!Anime in this franchise includes:
* ''Anime/BombermanBDamanBakugaiden'' (1998-1999)
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' (2002-2003)
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!!The original ''Bomberman'' game provides examples of:
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: ''Eric and the Floaters'', the ZXSpectrum version of Bomberman. Thank goodness this name didn't catch on; amongst other things, it would have meant that the hero's name is "Eric", which is far less cool than "Bomberman". And the "floaters" are presumably the balloon enemies, but just try and NOT think of the potential toilet humor.
* ContemptibleCover: The U.S. release for the first [=TurboGrafx=] ''Bomberman'' had [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/31/Bomberman_(TurboGrafx-16)_boxart.jpg this]] as its cover.
* ContinuityReboot: ''Bomberman'' for [=TurboGrafx-16=], which gave us the Bomberman we now know and love.
* {{Expy}}: Bomberman himself is based on the enemies from NES version of ''VideoGame/LodeRunner'', appearance-wise. The game acknowledges it at the end of the first NES game; and in the latest remakes by Hudson, the enemies resemble Bomberman even more.
* GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed: As seen in the box art. Then it was adapted as a default version, and the original one didn't see the light again until ''Act Zero''.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The NES ''Bomberman''. [[GameBreaker Firewalking]] buff meant you could endlessly chain your bombs to wipe out the entire level and never lose a life again.
* PinocchioSyndrome: The original "plot" was Bomberman's quest to escape the bomb factory, thereby becoming human.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot[=/=]FullyAbsorbedFinale - kinda.. more of a Very Well Disguised And Absorbed Prequel. At the end of the original ''Bomberman'', he becomes human - particularly the protagonist from ''Lode Runner''.
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!!The overall franchise provides examples of:
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: ''Anime/BombermanBDamanBakugaiden'', which was only cosmetically based on the games, and ''Anime/BombermanJetters'', which was a much more faithful adaptation of the games.
* ArcNumber: 5656. Entering it as a password in the various 16-bit Bomberman games almost always had an effect, though what it did varied depending on the game.
* BadassAdorable: Very good example, especially since his face looks like (n n) whenever he's happy.
* {{BF|G}}B: As if Bomberman's bombs weren't big enough, he can pump them up to jumbo size in ''Bomberman 64'' and ''The Second Attack!'' while holding them. This is actually required to kill some enemies-not from the bigger explosion, but by ''crushing them with the Pumped-Up Bomb''.
** ''Saturn Bomberman''[='s=] intro sequence is notable for including some truly '''gigantic''' bombs being thrown at Bomberman that are several times his size. This doesn't stop him from grabbing and flinging one back to his assailants, but overshooting and having it fall into a volcano. Cue MassOhCrap over the next few seconds as the camera zooms out, the planet starts bulging, and then ''turns into a planet-sized CartoonBomb'' before {{e|arthShatteringKaboom}}xploding.
** Bomberman can do this in ''Generation'' and ''Jetters'' as well.
* BigOlEyebrows: Thunder Bomber from Bomberman Online and Bomberman Jetters has a rather impressive pair of eyebrows.
* BossGame: ''Bomberman Quest''.
* BossOnlyLevel: Common in most of the 3D games.
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler:{{B|igBad}}agular]] at the end of ''Super Bomberman 3''. He continues like this in ''Super Bomberman 4''. [[spoiler:He gets his body back in Bomberman Hero.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Max]] in ''Bomberman Tournament''.
** [[spoiler:Nitros]] in ''Bomberman Hero''
* CaptainErsatz: Almost every major character in ''Bomberman Hero'' is a CaptainErsatz to a ''Franchise/StarWars'' character. For instance:
** Millian: Leia;
** Bagular: Darth Vader
** Pibot: R2-D2
** Pommy is an expy to both {{Kirby}} and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]].
* CartoonBomb: The main character's WeaponOfChoice.
* CheerfulChild: Bomberman; he is even called Cheerful White in the ''Land'' series.
* CollisionDamage: 2D games kill you on contact with enemies. The 3D games tend to just stun you for a few seconds instead if you walk into them instead of killing you outright, but the stun could easily be long enough for the enemy to deal a killing blow.
* CombiningMecha: The Five Bad Bombers from ''Super Bomberman 3'' enter into/become a large mecha for Bagular to ride after entering a vortex.
** Combine-3 from ''Bomberman Max 2''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvXKL7Ei--s CONSTRUCTOOOOOOOOOOR X]] in ''Generation''.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard
* ContinuingIsPainful: When you die, you lose all your powerups. Some versions only reduce bomb count and explosion size, but the other major powerups are lost.
** ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!'' gives you three continues that preserve your powerups, {{avert|edTrope}}ing this trope nicely.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Red Mountain in ''Bomberman 64'' and Nature Planet Neverland in ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!''. ''Bomberman Hero'' plays with it a bit for the first couple of levels near lava, where you must enter cooling capsules to refill your health as you gradually take damage from the heat.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Skull item will sometimes give you almost uncontrollable speed and fast fused bombs, as "diseases".
* {{Crossover}}: ''VideoGame/{{Wario|Land}} Blast'' for the Game Boy (which is actually a [[DolledUpInstallment dolled-up localization]] of ''Bomberman GB'').
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Double-tapping the bomb button in ''Bomberman 64'' or ''The Second Attack!'' does a stationary Bomb Kick. The very same action in ''Bomberman Generation''[='s=] Battle Mode or ''Saturn Bomberman'' will Line Bomb instead (unless you change the configuration for the latter to one specific setting that puts Line Bomb on Z instead of C).
* DarkChick: Artemis in ''Bomberman 64'', Natia (from Devils of Garaden) from ''Bomberman Hero'', Beauty Bomber from Crush Bombers in ''Bomberman Generation'', Mermaid Bomber in ''Bomberman Online'' and ''Bomberman Jetters''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Bomberman: Act Zero'', a prime example of how this trope can be misused.
** ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!'' is also this to a lesser extent.
* DeadCharacterWalking: In most of the newer Bomberman games, there's usually an option to allow defeated players to harass the living ones by riding around the edge of the stage in a hovering vehicle and throwing bombs at them. In some of the games, managing to directly kill one of the players this way could also revive you and let you resume playing normally, hopefully not getting killed in turn by the same player who you just offed.
* DestroyableItems: Practically all games in the series. In some games, only good items can be destroyed by accident-the Skull just gets blasted across the arena!
** In some games, destroying a powerup results in a swarm of enemies!
* DolledUpInstallment: ''Wario Blast'' was originally ''Bomberman GB'' in Japan. Wario was added when it was ported, making it a Dolled Up IntercontinuityCrossover.
* DoubleKnockout: Mass-mutual [=KOs=] are common in multiplayer, due to the hectic pace of battle.
* ElementalPowers: Done liberally in ''The Second Attack'', ''Generation'' and ''Jetters''.
** PlayingWithFire: Baelfael, Bomberman's bombs' basic element.
** AnIcePerson: Bhemos, the ice bombs.
** MakingASplash: Mermaid Bomber, the water bombs.
** BlowYouAway: Ashtarth, the wind bombs.
** ShockAndAwe: Zhael, Thunder Bomber, the thunder bombs, and Max's plasma bombs.
** MagmaMan[=/=]DishingOutDirt: Molok.
** LightEmUp[=/=]HolyHandGrenade: Zoniha, [[spoiler:Mihael!Lilith, The Angel of Light and Shadow,]] the light bombs.
** CastingAShadow: Regulus/Bulzeeb uses both solidified shadows and the gravity type.
** PowerOfTheVoid[=/=]BloodMagic: [[spoiler:Rukifellth.]]
* EnemyMine: Bomberman and [[spoiler:Regulus]].
** Bomberman and Max in the ''Jetters'' game, due to Max's nature in the anime the game was based on.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: ''Saturn Bomberman''. They're [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable]] and [[PowerupMount give you a ride]], along with a charging or jumping ability. Also ''Bomberman Fantasy Race'', where they're an optional alternative to the rooeys. Different dinosaurs also show up early on in ''Super Bomberman 4'' as generic enemies... until you blow them up and they turn back into eggs. The first one you walk over hatches back into the same dinosaur and gives you a ride, while any extra ones follow you around like Yoshi eggs.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Let's see, {{Mooks}}, fish, kid mice holding balloons, pandas, walking bombs, dragons, dinosaurs (unless they hatch from giant eggs when you walk over them), snowmen, giant spiders, tornadoes, [[LightIsNotGood a mystical sorcerer]], a male sphinx, a crazy cat, ''GIANT'' robots, and [[LongList many other things, on top of your own bombs and the villains...]]
* EvilLaugh: Bagular in ''Hero'', Rukifellth and Zoniha in ''The Second Attack!'', [[spoiler:Sirius]] in ''Bomberman 64''.
** Thunder Bomber has a decent one when using his special attack in Bomberman Online, and he has a hilariously narmy one in Bomberman Jetters.
* EvilTwin: Black Bomber.
** [[HeelFaceTurn For a while, at least.]] He's become one of the White Bomber's good friends.
* FiveBadBand: The Five Dastardly Bombers:
** BigBad: Plasma Bomber/Brain Bomber
** TheDragon: Magnet Bomber/Plasma Bomber
** EvilGenius: Brain Bomber
** TheBrute: Golem Bomber
** DarkChick: Pretty Bomber
* HeelFaceTurn: Black Bomber. Originally the antagonist in ''Bomberman II'' up through about ''Bomberman '93''. After that, he's portrayed as a sidekick, companion, and perhaps rival to White Bomber when Max isn't taking that role instead, to the point where he's the second player character in co-op.
** [[spoiler:Plasma Bomber almost did]] in ''Super Bomberman 2''.
** [[spoiler:Regulus (a.k.a. Bulzeeb)]] twice, [[spoiler:though his latter appearance portrays him more as a neutral rival than an enemy.]]
* {{High Heel|FaceTurn}} [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Face Revolving Door]]: Pretty Bomber. She is either one of the bad guys in the main games, or one of the good guys in the spin-offs.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The player can very easily do this if (s)he's not paying attention, especially in multiplayer. You're probably lying if you say you haven't blown yourself up at least once.
* HumongousMecha: Several robotic bosses fall into this trope.
** Special attention goes to [[LargeHam Constructor X]], who qualifies for SuperRobot-hood with:
*** A [[ThisIsADrill Drill]] RocketPunch.
*** Drill hand opening up to reveal a LaserBlade which, when swung, spontaneously causes explosions for no apparent reason (other than [[RuleOfCool it's cool]]).
*** [[CallingYourAttacks Calling Out Attacks]]. Some of them are almost incomprehensible, but the fact still stands.
*** It's formed by two talking construction vehicles who're brothers or have pilots that are brothers. The combination sequence ''reeks'' of SuperRobot.
* HundredPercentCompletion: The N64 and GameCube games, most notably.
* IdleAnimation: Can be seen more easily in ''Super Bomberman 3'''s battle mode when riding a Rooey or otherwise.
* IntercontinuityCrossover:
** ''Wario Blast'' for the Game Boy, which is a typical ''Bomberman'' game with VideoGame/{{Wario|Land}} starring alongside the bomber.
** Bomberman is also a playable character in the {{Konami}}[=/=]HudsonSoft[=/=]Takara MascotFighter ''Dream Mix TV: World Fighters''. Yes, that means he can fight [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]], [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Simon Belmont]], AND [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], among others.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: Started showing up with ''Bomberman '94''[=/=]''Mega Bomberman'' and have practically become a mainstay since then. They're [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter even more adorable]] and [[PowerupMount also give you a ride]], and for whatever reason, [[WhaleEgg hatch from giant eggs.]]
* LargeHam: Mujoe [[NoIndoorVoice (especially him)]], Machbom, Thunder Bomber, Gold Bomber, and Constructor X.
* LightIsNotGood: The final boss of ''Bomberman 64''.
** At least 2 bosses from ''The Second Attack!''
* LoadBearingBoss: Nearly every final boss in the whole franchise.
* ManOnFire[=/=]InfernalRetaliation: One of the skull effects in ''Bomberman 64'' and its sequel set the player on fire, which would force him to use his body to kill off everyone else before the fire killed him.
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Bomberman Tournament'' is known as ''Bomberman Story'' in Japan. It's a more fitting title, since "Tournament" would imply more emphasis on online multiplayer with singleplayer that boils down to "multiplayer with bots". However, this game is more "''Bomberman'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' with a side of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''" in terms of the singleplayer, not that some people even bother with singleplayer in a ''Bomberman'' game.
** ''Bomberman 64'' can refer to TWO different games. The one we know is known as ''Baku Bomberman'' in Japan. The Japanese ''Bomberman 64'' is actually a 2D game [[NoExportForYou that never got exported]].
** ''Dyna Blaster'' and ''Atomic Punk''.
** ''Eric and the Floaters'' for the ZXSpectrum.
* MercyInvincibility: A very generous amount is given to you at the beginning of every level in the first ''Super Bomberman'' game, so much that a trick could be used to take advantage of it. Lay a bomb, and wait for it to explode, then keep tapping the A button to lay more bombs which will immediately explode because they are within an explosion. Walk around the level while doing this and you can get a very nice head start.
** You are also invincible for a short amount of time after getting hit if you have a heart powerup in many games.
* {{Mon}}: The Charaboms/Karabons.
* MonsterClown: The boss of the second world in ''Super Bomberman'' is a giant clown head.
** A recurring enemy in ''Bomberman Hero'', first appearing in [[MeaningfulName Clown Valley]].
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: The piercing bombs and the manually thrown bombs.
** In ''Neo Bomberman'', Piercing and Remote. Using cheats to force these to stack results in ''invisible'' bombs.
** ''Super Bomberman 5'' also has Land Mines and Pursuing Bombs. Even though Pro Action Replay codes could let you combine Piercing and Remote, those other two still won't stack with Remote.
** Also, if a game has both Bomb Kick and Bomb Walk abilities (again, ''[=SB5=]''), they may not be able to overlap either.
** The first ''Super Bomberman'' averts this by letting you have both piercing (colored red instead of having spikes like in later games) and remote bombs at the same time without cheats. They'll just be red remote bombs, and have both powers at once. Remote and red Ultra bombs can be combined in ''64'' to a similar effect.
** And of course you can only ride one PowerupMount at once (though you can use most of your other powerups while riding them).
* NoMouth: 90% of the cast lacks any facial features besides eyes.
* OhCrap: In the multiplayer modes of ''VideoGame/BombermanGeneration'' and ''VideoGame/BombermanJetters'', the characters will say some things when they realize they're stuck between bombs, like:
-->Oh no!!!
-->AAAAHHHHHH!!!
** In ''Super Bomberman 3-5'', they would yell [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseStockPhrases "Shimatta!"]] and do special OhCrap animations when trapped. ''Saturn Bomberman'', ''Bomberman Tournament'' and perhaps others also had special OhCrap animations.
* OneBulletAtATime: Without powerups, you can only have one bomb placed on the screen at a time.
* OneHitPointWonder: In the early games, getting caught in explosions or [[CollisionDamage colliding with enemies]] meant instant explodey death. Grabbing the Heart power-up granted you one hit of MercyInvincibility (although you can pick it up again after it's blasted out of you in some games). Later games just give you a heart-based health meter a'la Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda, complete with {{Heart Container}}s either purchased from shops or hidden in the game world.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The majority of the franchise' monsters don't make any biological sense. The Hige Hige Bandits might be the most normal enemy they've had.
* PoisonMushroom: The Skull item, which inflicts a random disease to Bomberman, such as reducing blast power to 1 temporarily or giving you, err, bomb diarrhea. ([[AllThereInTheManual Well, at least that's how its referred to in the ''Mega Bomberman'' booklet.]])
** ''(Baku) Bomberman 64'' featured an "Evil" item, which activated a stage-wide effect potentially affecting all players. Some effects include a tornado, maxing out everyone's bomb count and explosion size, shuffling the positions of all players, and an "evil disco light" that saturated the screen with bright colours, making it hard to see the action.
** The Geta/Clog sandal item reduces your speed by one level.
* PokemonSpeak: The Charaboms/Karabons, depending on which game it is. Sometimes they can only say their name or some sort of roar and other times they're perfectly capable of speech, but occasionally throw their name into sentences like a VerbalTic. In ''The Second Attack!'', Pommy seemed to fit somewhere between these two lines by being a ThirdPersonPerson.
** Rui-Rui is also prone to this in ''Anime/BombermanBDamanBakugaiden''. Other B-Darons don't necessarily repeat their given names, but do have a VerbalTic and don't actually speak.
* PowerupMount: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Louie/Rooey]] the kangaroo/rabbit thing in some games, dinosaurs or miscellaneous critters in others.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The "Five Bad Bombers" from ''Super Bomberman 2'', the "Crush Bombers" from ''Generation'' and whatever "_____ Bombers" squad appears in the other games.
** The 'Four Demons of Garaden' in ''Bomberman Hero'', which were the catfish-esque robot, Endol, the annoying big bird, Baruda, the sphinx-like Bolban, and the lusty catgirl Natia with her pet robo-spider Chronus.
* RecurringRiff: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNB8V1NPYc0 The gameplay music]] from the original ''Bomberman'' [[http://soundcloud.com/junechikuma/super-bomberman-3-bgm1-cuban-lo tends to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mo50X1UqCE reappear]] [[http://soundcloud.com/junechikuma/saturn-bomberman-no-1-funky a lot]], to the point that people just think of it as "The Bomberman Theme". Possibly a BootstrappedTheme.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pommy, first introduced in ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!,'' and frequently seen thereafter as a Charabom/Karabon. For that matter, just about ''every'' Charabom/Karabon.
** The cute rabbit/kangaroo-like critters Bomberman [[PowerupMount can ride on]] from the 3rd ''Super'' game and on. The official U.S. name is "Louie"... Or at least that was the name of the one Bomberman got to ride in ''Bomberman Hero''.
** The dinos in ''Saturn Bomberman'' are also quite adorable. Then there's most of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rlyLUCO_6s B-Darons]] in the ''Anime/BombermanBDamanBakugaiden'' anime/manga SpinOff, ESPECIALLY Rui-Rui, who causes a lot of CutenessProximity reactions. [[spoiler:And then gets dumped by some high school girls when they find something ''even cuter''.]] ''The Second Attack!'' has various adorable critters to represent AI players in Battle Mode. And, hell, how about the cute-looking things in each stage that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou kills you on contact?]] Let's just say that there's enough of these in the ''Bomberman'' franchise to give someone a CutenessOverload.
* RuleOfFun
* ShoutOut: Rather numerously as of late, but also in the past. The opening and intro to ''Online'' show Bomberman wearing an orange suit similar to [[DragonBallZ Goku's]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Up until ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!'', there were few females.
** ''Bomberman 64'' has just Artemis (a female sidekick to Altair) and Mantis (A giant spider and the boss of White Glacier), with the latter being tougher than the first. ''Bomberman Hero'' goes off with the DamselInDistress Princess Millian and the token female villain Natia, with Millian being [[SaveThePrincess the important part of the plot]] and Natia being just some big help to the BigBad.
** And before the 64 games the series female cast was Pretty Bomber and Lady Bomber. The former of the two would go on to fulfill this role by appearing in future Bomberman games as the only female character.
** In ''Neo Bomberman'', Honey (who appears only in the battle mode) is the only female character, or at least the only obvious one.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Bagular/Buggler/Bagura, the recurring BigBad.
** "[[{{Mon}} Charaboms]]" in ''Bomberman Max'', then "Karabons" in ''Bomberman Tournament'', then back to "Charaboms" in ''Generation''.
** Louie/Rooey, the kangaroo-like critters you ride. The eventual decision seems to be that the species is named "Rooey", while the specific one that appeared in ''Bomberman Hero'' is named "Louie".
* SpinOff: The ''Bomberman Land'' series, which shifts the focus to bomb-based {{Mini Game}}s.
** Another is ''Bomber King'', which was developed by Hudson and then [[MarketBasedTitle retitled]] ''Robo Warrior'' in North America when Jaleco acquired the publishing rights.
** ''Bomberman Wars'' on the SegaSaturn, which is more of a strategy JRPG.
** ''Anime/BombermanBDamanBakugaiden'', which actually kickstarted the whole ''B-Daman'' line of toys.
** ''Bomberman Fantasy Race'' on the [=PlayStation=]. As you'd expect, it's more like ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', except everyone's riding a Rui or dino. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9o0A8s7CNo Here's some video footage.]] There's a later Japan-exclusive game called ''Bomberman Kart'' and its remake ''Bomberman Kart DX'' that's even more shameless about its inspirations.
* SpotlightStealingTitle: When the first Bomberman game got released in the US, it got Wario as a playable character. [[SpotlightStealingSquad True to his character]], the game was renamed to ''Wario Blast Featuring Bomberman''.
* StuffBlowingUp: This speaks for itself.
* SuperTitle64Advance: Bomberman probably has more examples than any other series (including Mario). ''{{Super|NintendoEntertainmentSystem}} Bomberman'', ''[[SegaGenesis Mega]] Bomberman'', ''{{Neo|Geo}} Bomberman'', ''{{S|egaSaturn}}aturn Bomberman'', ''Bomberman [[{{Nintendo 64}} 64]]''...need I go on? It helps that practically every game console and computer OS has a version of ''Bomberman'' released for it.
* SuperDrowningSkills: This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!'' [[NeverLiveItDown multiple times]] in the form of Pommy's taunts to the main character for his inability to swim down to noticeable underwater ruins in Aquanet, as well as his fear of crawling through a pipe filled with running water.
** Especially irritating in ''Bomberman Hero'', where MercyInvincibility does not protect Bomberman from losing a block of health from falling in water and then leaping back out...and then it's {{averted|Trope}} with the Marine Bomber gear in certain levels.
* TechDemoGame{ [[http://forums.lostlevels.org/viewtopic.php?t=2543 Hi-Ten Bomberman]]. It was developed by Hudson Soft to show off their HD-TV technology (becoming [[OlderThanTheyThink the first HD videogame]]) and only appeared twice for contests in 1993 and 1994. Supporting up to 10 players, it's credited with inspiring the SegaSaturn version. See Website/{{YouTube}} footage of it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KVoPogwVts here]].
** At a 1984 computer show, Hudson used an AmstradCPC version to demonstrate their new Bee Card (memory card) technology. What a pity that neither game nor card-reader were released.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Again, Altair's robot guardian in ''Bomberman 64''.
** It even states in the instruction booklet that he is in fact, [[LampshadeHanging quite obsessed]] with overkill.
** Assault Bomber from ''Generations'' seems to love this trope, from his psychotic attack patterns, to his entrance in which he enters the arena in a ''giant meteor'' that crashes into the center of the arena then explodes.
** You ''fart bombs.'' There ''IS'' no other kind of kill.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Bomberman himself, of course, along with numerous other characters.
* TimedMission: All of the classic 2D games which don't play like "''Bomberman'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''" have a timer. If Bomberman doesn't complete the stage in time, he spontaneously dies for no logical reason. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in all of the 3D games, for the most part.
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Sirius]] in ''Bomberman 64''.
** In ''Super Bomberman 2'', Plasma Bomber's doomsday device fulfills this role quite surprisingly by [[spoiler:killing Plasma Bomber just before he could complete a HeelFaceTurn then attacks Bomberman]].
** [[spoiler:Evil Bomber]] in ''Bomberman Hero''.
** Dr. Mechadoc in the ''[[VideoGame/BombermanJetters Jetters]]'' game.
** In ''The Second Attack!'', the true final boss is ''God''.
** The Chaos Bomber in ''Bomberman Quest''.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Most Bomberman games have the "power-up" style of this; if you're good enough to stack up a few good power-ups before dying, you have a much easier game ahead of you.
* VerbalTic: Pommy's tendency to add "myu" to sentences.
** Rukifellth's EvilLaugh might also be a Verbal Tic.
** The Black Bomber, or Cool Black as he is also known as, says "dude" quite often in the ''Land'' games.
* WhaleEgg: The kangaroos/Rooeys hatch out of these in most games as a powerup.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The special attack of Honey in Neo Bomberman is that she can turn the bombs she has laid into little hearts which bounce around for a short while before exploding. The idea of course is to catch the opponent(s) by surprise, but at least half the time she ends up killing herself instead.
* WorthyOpponent: Regulus in the N64 games. Especially in ''The Second Attack''.
* YetAnotherStupidDeath: One of the first things you should learn is how to not [[HoistByHisOwnPetard blow yourself up by accident]].
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