Characters: Bob and George
This is a list of characters and related tropes in the influential webcomic, Bob and George. Unmarked spoilers ahead.
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The main character before the introduction of Bob and George. A robot created by Dr. Light to be his lab assistant. While not fighting Robot Masters, he is an idiot, as per his secondary function. When carrying out his primary function to fight Robot Masters, he is cunning and intelligent.
- Achievements in Ignorance
- Arm Cannon
- Contractual Immortality: Before the introduction of Bob and George.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's deadly when fighting Robot Masters. When he's not, he's an idiot. He's programmed that way.
- Deadpan Snarker: Only in the video game adaptions though due to his primary programming.
- Indy Ploy: Some of his weapons.
- Power Copying: Obviously, given that he was the former Trope Namer. Though he uses it more creatively than in the games.
- Too Dumb to Live: Played with. He actually seems to be too dumb to be killed.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream
Mega Man's older brother and the prototype Robot Master. In contrast to Mega Man's stupidity, Proto Man is more or less this comic's version of Batman.
- Arm Cannon
- Badass: Out of the Mega Man characters, he is the most skilled and badass.
- Cool Shades
- Crazy-Prepared: His contingency plans for the final battle up to least "Plan R".
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually towards Mega Man.
- Genre Savvy: He reads the comic so he knows what to do next.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: They provide enhanced vision. And they look cool.
- I Call It "Vera": Calls it his "baby".
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Uses his Proto Shield to deflect just about anything.
The Author of the comic. An all-powerful being who directly interacts with the characters on many occasions.
A superhero from the hand-drawn comic world. He has Lightning powers and crippling self-esteem issues. Trapped in the Mega Man universe as part of a ploy to trap Bob there instead. Makes friends with the cast and lives at Dr Light's lab. The entire arc of the comic gives him Character Development, in contrast to the most other characters.
- Ascended Fanboy: Grew up playing the Mega Man games in his home dimension.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: It takes the whole comic, but George eventually realizes that shooting Bob with his until-then-unused Arm Cannon is the only way left to stop him. The other reason being he is the only person who can't figure out how to activate it.
- Berserk Button: Others not liking ice cream.
- Cain and Abel: With Bob.
- Code Name: Blitz.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets really good at this during the events of the comic.
- Distressed Dude: Captured several times.
- Forgot I Could Fly: Hangs from Dr Wily's ceiling for months because he forgot he could just use his powers to escape.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is a succubus. Her father is Satan.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: He gets more and creative with his powers as time goes on, even managing to teleport using them in a manner just as effective as Dr. Light's robots.
- Shock and Awe: He also uses his powers to attack.
- Chain Lightning: Used by the time of The Attack of Non-Alternate Mynd, he is able to destroy entire armies of mooks by himself.
- Nice Guy: Albeit a little dim sometimes and very snarky.
- One-Man Army: Is notable for being one of the only people who can reliably destroy entire armies of ninjas singlehandedly.
- Palette Swap: A light-blue and gray recolor of The Author with blonde hair. Which itself is a recolor of Mega Man sans helmet.
- Plot Armor: Invokes this on several occasion, sure a contrived Plot Device will save him.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!It's called the conservation of energy, bitch!
- Took a Level in Badass: The reason why he and Bob became characters in the comic due to his mother's Batman Gambit. It works out magnificently.
- To clarify, when George first appeared in the comic, he wasn't very useful in combat since he couldn't use his suit's blaster. Then he revealed his lightning powers and gradually became one of the most powerful characters in the comic by taking down the Helmeted Author before he assumed his true form, took out N.A.Mynd by fusing with Chadling, stopped X's assimilating everyone and foiled Bob's plans to wipe out the entire comic's universe. This ended with George finally being able to use his blaster and almost used it to kill Bob to stop him for good as a last resort.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ice Cream.
George's younger brother. He was an aspiring supervillian in his home dimension. He initially tries to continue that in the comic, but eventually gets fed up and retires to Acapulco. Until the Author pulls him back in. He doesn't take that very well.
- Above Good and Evil: Bob claims he and George are this. George doesn't agree.
- Arm Cannon: The most powerful one shown. He only charges it once. It blows up a fortress. Its regular setting is enough to defeat most foes instantly. It becomes damaged beyond repair when he accidentally causes the Cataclysm in the Rock Man Universe.
- Badass: Arguably one of the biggest in the comic.
- Big Bad: Ultimately he's the final foe.
- Burning with Anger
- Cain and Abel: With George.
- Code Name: Napalm. He briefly changes it to Darth Volcanus at one point.
- Cool Shades
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deflector Shields: His "plastic wrap shielding".
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: It takes an insult about his mother to distract him during one battle.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally.
- Final Boss: For the comic.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: The same as Proto Man's. He uses them to adjust his visual frequency at one point to see a hologram of Mega Man who is yelling at George.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: He has them, and they claim his mother sent them.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is a succubus. Her father is Satan.
- I Work Alone: He gives as a reason not to join Mynd.
- Jerk with a Heart of Bronze: He's an egocentric prick out for himself, but he does care about his big brother George and has bailed him out of trouble quite a few times with no ulterior motives.
- Kill It with Fire: In the later half of the comic, he mostly just shoots fire out of his hands.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: He rarely uses it, but it is there. He can also use a fire shield.
- Palette Swap: A grey and black Proto Man recolor, justified due to Bob's outfit being scorched black by Protoman during his introduction. He loses the helmet in the final story arc.
- Playing with Fire
- Psychopathic Manchild: Has shades of this at times. His becoming the Big Bad is basically him throwing a massive tantrum against The Author.
- Rage Against the Author
- Bob the Dark Lord: His supervillain persona is called Napalm, but everyone calls him Bob anyway. Doesn't make him less terrifying though.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from an incredibly powerful Anti-Hero / Villain Protagonist to the Big Bad of the entire comic.
A robot built by Dr. Wily to defeat Mega Man. He spends most of his time at Dr. Light's lab hanging out with him instead.
- Always Someone Better: Built to be this to Mega Man in every way. Including stupidity.
- Arm Cannon
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Combining Mecha: With Treble.
- The Ditz: Even more so then Mega Man ever was.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Whenever he's not fighting Mega Man, he usually hangs out with him and the two try to find something stupid to go do.
- Ship Tease: With Roll.
Mega Man X
Built as Mega Man's replacement, Dr. Light took no chances, wishing to make him the ultimate lab assistant by giving him personality traits that would make him unable to fit in with any other robot. His future self appears as part of several Time Travel arcs.
The ultimate weapon built by Dr Wily, responsible for the Cataclysm that killed the cast of the original games. His future, heroic self appears with X in several Time Travel arcs.
The creator of most of the robots and a mean drunk. His lab is the primary setting, inhabited by what he describes as "ungrateful robots" and "freeloaders". And Mike.
- The Alcoholic
- Jerkass: You can't blame him though, his lab is full of freeloaders and robots who don't seem all that grateful.
- Mr. Exposition
- Parental Favoritism: Towards X.
- Pet the Dog: No matter how pissed off he gets about the robots getting beat up and damaged, he always repairs them.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Alternates between being completely drunk and slurring his words to delivering long strings of technobabble.
Mega Man's sister, a foul-mouthed little spitfire in stark contrast to her depiction in the games.
- Arm Cannon: Unlike in the canon games, she fights alongside the rest of the cast on several occasions.
- Cool Shades: In her battle armor.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Distaff Counterpart: Is more less this to Proto Man when she fights, and is definitely this in personality.
- Little Miss Badass
- Ship Tease: With Mike.
Originally a Yellow Devil that attempted to kill the cast. After his defeat, Dr. Light rebuilds him with another personality and he participates in several battles in defense of his new friends.
- Arm Cannon: He has one, though he rarely uses it.
- Blind Without Them: His "power crystal" is his giant pair of glasses. He's near-sighted.
- Fusion Dance: With Proto Man and Bass, to become "Protean" and "Bate", respectively. Helmut tries to force Nate to do this, but it doesn't stick.
- Leet Speak: His official designation is N4-T3.
- Talking with Signs: Communicates via this.
- The Speechless: Has no mouth. During a "Freaky Friday" Flip, he's able to speak normally while in Mega Man's body.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can alternate between his "human" and Yellow Devil forms at will.
One of Mynd's minions, who can alternate between a Slash Man form and a Purple Devil form.
- Fusion Dance: With George to become Charge. And Non-Alternate Mynd against his will.
- Heel-Face Turn: Betrays Mynd and joins the rest of the cast later, living at Doctor Light's lab.
- Leet Speak: His official designation is C1-14D-L1N6.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Under Mynd's control.
- Palette Swap: Of Slash Man, though that character doesn't actually appear in the comic.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream.
- Voluntary Shape Shifting: Can alternate between his "human" and Purple Devil forms at will after Mynd's control is gone.
- Wolverine Claws
Mynd's other minion. Mike is human unlike most of the cast.
- Butt Monkey: The rest of the cast gives him no respect, even when he's seriously hurt.
- Calling Your Attacks: He does so, though they are nonsensical.
- Cyborg: Dr. Light gave him robotic limbs after he's rescued. This becomes a plot point during X's arc.
- Disney Death / Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Though he falls off a cliff and breaks his limbs, he survives by getting squirrels to bring him food.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being rescued, sometime after his defeat.
- Highly Visible Ninja
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Or using his cybernetic arms to create a shield by moving them really fast.
- Malicious Misnaming: Hates being called "Ninja Ned", which is Roll's nickname for him.
- Palette Swap: A red and black one of Mega Man, with Proto Man's shield.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. He's an evil minion, but defects to the heroes' side once Mynd loses.
- Ship Tease: With Roll.
- Token Human: Of the heroic fighters, he's the only human. Not that he's usually all that competent.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Discussed even after his Heel-Face Turn.
A robot built by Kalinka, the daughter of Dr. Cossack. Built from such cheap Soviet parts that a single blow from anything kills him.
- Arm Cannon: A borderline Wave Motion Gun.
- Ascended Fanboy: A meta version. The character is based on an actual person's online persona (also named Ran). Many of Ran's qualities (the character sprites, the communist bent, the constant death/respawn) derive from this persona, though Dave Anez did flesh out some of the previously unexplained details.
- Body Backup Drive
- Calling Your Attacks: COSSACK BUSTER!!!
- Death Is Cheap: Cheaper than fixing him, apparently.
- Glass Cannon: Ran dies when hit by anything. His Cossack Buster is the most powerful Arm Cannon in the comic.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Dies if hit by anything. Even a strong breeze.
- Running Gag: His death.
- Spirit Advisor: For Mega Man during his drug-induced hallucinations.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Ran has a generator pod that automatically beams a new body in for him any time he dies.
- Weaponized Exhaust: Of a sort. His Recoil Boost is so powerful that he can be used as a cannonball.
- Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell
Dr. Light's rival and the Big Bad of the Mega Man games.
- Civillain: By the fourth game, he lost interest in world domination and is trying to get on with his life. Fate, however, always gets him involved somehow.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The reenactment of the first game went Off the Rails towards the end when he realised that with his old resources restored, he could easily Take Over the World, and attmepts to kill the Author.
- Faking Amnesia: Does this after Bass beats him up at the end of the Mega Man 2 story arc. The only person who knows the truth is X, who decides not to tell anyone for the sake of the timeline.
- Right Behind Me: In a Running Gag, Dr. Wily has a habit of announcing his plans without noticing anyone within earshot.Dr. Wily: God Damn It!! How many times are going to do this stupid joke?!?
A world conqueror from another universe that Bob visits. He decides to attack the primary Mega Man universe because he's bored.
- Affably Evil: He's usually pretty civil and polite.
- Badass: He can take out the entire cast with no difficulty outside of Bob and George.
- Crazy-Prepared: He read the Evil Overlord List.
- Invincible Villain: He can take out almost any character who has appeared in the comic and is Nigh Invulnerable thanks to his shields. Outside of his first encounter with Bob and then Bob and George using their Ultimate Attack, nothing has even come close to stopping or hurting him.
- Worthy Opponent: Non-Alternate Mynd.
The Mynd from the universe the comic is set in, sent to kill Mike on orders from his master.
- Affably Evil: He's usually pretty civil and polite, he repeatedly gives George and Proto Man the chance to step aside and let him kill Mike.
- Badass: He took out Mega Man, Proto Man, Protean, Nate and Chadling.
- Berserk Button: He hates being stepped on.
- Invincible Villain: Averted, but it took George fusing with Chadling to defeat him.
- Taught by Experience: How to take out Demons.
- Worthy Opponent: Alternate Mynd.
Edward the Destroyer
The Mike of the main universe, except with a different name. The leader of the ninjas in the main universe and N.A.Mynd's master.
- Affably Evil: Very straight to the point and civil.
- Badass: He's a ninja leader and he was able to cause some real trouble for Bob.
- Bad Boss: He kills a few to keep them in line, but this stops working in the final story arc and lets George fry them.
- Enemy Mine: He works with the heroes to regain control of his ninja forces.
An Author from another dimension who the Author was forced to allow into his universe due to union rules, but with heavy restrictions. He seeks to destroy the universe.
- Badass: He's an Author.
- Bigger Bad: While Bob becomes the Big Bad, the Helmeted Author is a much larger threat and had a huge part in Bob's becoming Big Bad.
- Big "NO!": When the Author inflicts a Fate Worse Than Death on him.
- Crazy-Prepared: He sent the heroes off on a wild goose chase just incase Proto Man survived so he wouldn't have backup.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has the Helmeted Author segments just to show off how snarky he is.
- I Lied: Sort of. While he is an Author from another universe, removing the helmet doesn't kick him out of the universe like he said it would.
- Oh Crap!: When George uses the Conservation of Energy against him.
- Power Limiter: The helmet stops him from using his full powers as an Author.