Tropes Associated With The Rebels
- Art Shift: The characters will go from their normal faces to an extremely realistic face at times, especially with Jelly Jiggler and Don Patch when they go Oh, Crap
- Calvin Ball: How the group usually fights like, completely without rhyme or logic
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The only sane ones are Beauty, Gasser and Softon, but even they have their moments.
- Five-Man Band
- Fusion Dance: Bobobo can do this with Don Patch, Jelly Jiggler and Dengakuman as well as Torpedo Girl near the finale of part 1 to become Bishōnen characters that bear no resemblance to their fusees, (though Patchbobo resembles Don Patch in eyes and hair)
- Heel-Face Turn mixed with Defeat Means Friendship, only three members excluding Gasser who was initially associated with the group till the sequel had never been members of the Hair Hunters at any point of the series.
- Idiot Hero: Only Softon, Beauty and Gasser come up as the most mature and sensible people of the group most of the time.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While they are united by friendship, so much is hidden by the fact, they constantly humiliate, ridicule and often abuse each other for little to no reason. Bobobo himself, is the biggest offender.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: An blonde afro man with nose hair, a star like thingy, his key powered lackey, a poo-I mean ice cream headed man, a living jelly, a cute "dog", a torpedo and two kids; not the usual group to go against the forces of evil
- Reality Warper: The main fighting portion, but usually it's Bobobo or Don Patch that turns the fight into a random Calvin Ball-style brawl
- True Companions: In a really screwed up way.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: An extremely messed up example, they are constantly being abused by each other both inside and outside of fighting, often for no reason. Bobobo himself is extremely guilty of being like this.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: The main cast, sometimes Dengakuman as well, act and dress femininely for no reason other than comedy
The master of Fist of the Nosehair, he travels the world in order to destroy the Hair Hunt Troops. He is originally accompanied by Beauty
until Don Patch
come along on his nonscencial adventures. He is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander
incarnate, being almost absolutely incomprehensiable and there are so many weird things about him that even his own allies are preplexed by him, when he's not using them as shields
. Bo-bobo is the youngest of five siblings who are masters of bodily hair-based fighting styles, and he is the chosen heir to rule the Hair Kingdom. One of his older brothers, Bi-bibi, responds by starting the Hair Hunt conflict in the first place out of jealousy. Even after getting murdered by Bi-bibi, Bo-bobo triumphs in the end, and he does the same during the Neo Maruhage Empire's reign in Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
- Afro Asskicker: To the point that his afro will sometimes be part of his attack.
- Ambiguously Brown: Is he a light-skinned black guy with blond hair, or a white guy with a tan?
- Made more ambiguous with his siblings being obviously Caucasian, as well as Bishōnen and Bishoujo respectively.
- Anti-Hero: Type III, while he does have a strong sense of moral code, he's very merciless to his teammates for little to no reason, except Beauty.
- Badass: Goofy and immature as he may be, Bo-Bobo has been able to defeat several powerful enemies with the power of sheer insanity.
- Bare Your Midriff: A male example.
- Berserk Button: He may act like an idiot most of the time, but if you try to hurt Beauty then he will get serious.
- Chaotic Stupid: Practically nothing he does makes any amount of sense. His entire being is driven by Rule of Funny.
- Clothes Make the Superman/Next Tier Power-Up: In the beginning of the Former Chrome Dome Empire arc, he gains a new jacket, which endowed with new abilities turning him into Super Bobobo.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A poster boy for this trope, almost everything coming from his mouth is Insane Troll Logic by the truckload.
- Cross Dresser: Has a female personality regularly called Bo-boko (or "Bo-bobette" depending on which version you're watching).
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Again, is he a white guy with a tan, or a light skinned black guy with blond hair?
- Dark and Troubled Past: Being abused by two horribly abusive brothers, then surviving the onslaught of his entire home caused by one of his brothers.
- Disney Death: Gets stabbed in the chest by Bi-bibi during their final battle, but resurrects a la the power of Hajike/"Wiggin' Out"
- Expy: He's pretty much a goofy parody of Kenshironote .
- Green-Eyed Monster: Temporarily becomes one after the results of a character popularity poll come in, and he's only number six, despite being the star. He then goes on a rampage against everyone ranked higher than him (Don Patch, Gasser, Jelly Jiggler, and Dengakuman). He stops once he gets to Beauty, who he just can't bring himself to harm.
- Hammer Space: His afro. And his nostrils.
- The Hero: Of this story, despite what Don Patch thinks....
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Every other second he isn't bringing the hurt on the bad guys, he's using his allies as shields or attacking them for no reason. All except Beauty.
- Hypocritical Humor
Bobobo (To Halekulani): Ya still don't get it, do ya? Everything in my boring life fuels my source of power! Everyone I see and meet, all my nearest and dearest friends, they give me my strength and power! You should realize that money is worth less than the paper you use to go to the toilet! I've been holding back on ya, but ya really wanna know what the most important thing in the world is, cause I got the answer! IT'S MONEEEEEY!
- Subverted in the anime, as he provides Hidden Depths by saying that Halekulani must figure out the answer for himself
- He also has a tendency to use his allies as shields, weapons or just beat them up randomly, and then turn to his opponent and inform them that he "Won't forgive what they did to his friends".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite all the physical abuse he gives to the group except Beauty, especially to Jelly Jiggler and Don Patch, he cares about them.
- Large Ham: Though most of the things he says make no sense.note
- Man Child: He acts pretty immature most of the time, except to protect his friends (when he's not being overly weird).
- The Mentor: Acts as this towards Heppokomaru/Gasser, initially, it becomes less apparent as the series goes on.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: So much in Shinsetsu could've been avoided if Bobobo had just killed the Third instead of just defeating him.
- Prehensile Hair: Nose hair is supposed to be his main fighting style, but it gets lost as Bobobo uses weirder and weirder techniques.
- The Stoic: 10% of the time, when a fight gets serious, in fact is usually a Perpetual Frowner when not goofing off
- Not So Stoic: 90% of the time, when he's acting dumb or ridiculousnote
- Sunglasses at Night: The only time we ever see his eyes is during flashbacks to when he was a kid. The second time, he's dead at the hands of Bibibi. He got better.
- Triangle Shades
Beauty is an ordinary young girl who comes across Bo-bobo during his attack on the Maruhage Empire's G-Block Unit in a small village. Feeling the need for adventure, she becomes the first companion to join him. She is unable to fight back, but shows signs of boldness on occasion, and it's her who serves as a motivator
- Audience Surrogate: She's the one who comments on how random everything that happens around her is.
- Bare Your Midriff
- The Chick/Tagalong Kid (by default)
- Cool Big Sis: After Heppokomaru/Gasser's sister Pokomi has her Heel-Face Turn, she comes to view Beauty as this. She protects Beauty, and Beauty cheers her up when she gets upset.
- Distressed Damsel: Beauty is regularly put into danger, and Bobobo has to save her.
- Expy: Lin
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Side materials note that she's good at cooking.
- Only Sane Girl: She is without a doubt the sanest member of the group. Even then, she has been known to occasionally accept the insanity of the show, and on very rare occasions, get involved.
- At the end of the sequel manga, she tells Heppokomaru/Gasser that she actually loves all of the antics that Bo-bobo does, and they were the reason why she joined him again.
- Morality Pet: To Bo-bobo and Softon.
- Ship Tease: With Heppokomaru/Gasser.
- Team Normal
- Took a Level in Badass: A non-power involved one, during the Empire Playoffs Arc, after she gets fed up of the group's antics, she decides to fight herself. She finds HALEKULANI and is actually willing to fight him, although he refuses.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers.
- Unfazed Everyman: Beauty can't really do anything besides look at the battles from the sidelines. Or get captured.
- Wild Take: She does this so much that it might as well be her default facial expression.
Don Patch/Poppa Rocks
An orange shaped...sun...thing that leads a gang against the Hair Hunt Troops, he is "beaten"
at his own game by Bo-bobo and since then became his sidekick
, in destroying the empire. He's mostly a Butt Monkey
in the fights, but does manage to defeat some of his enemies on his own. He's arguably more of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Ambiguously Gay: With literally most of the people, he comes across as this as Patches. Which is why he doesn't notice Bububu's feelings towards him.
- Adding to this, his apparent "worst nightmare" is being surrounded by a group of beautiful young girls in Playboy Bunny outfits. On the other hand, he doesn't look at all displeased with what's going on, and his reasoning for this being his "worst nightmare" is that one of them isn't cute. Or so he says.
- Attention Whore: Regularly attempts to steal the spotlight from other characters, because he believes that he is the actual star of the show. He even goes so far as to attack Beauty occasionally, if she gets too much attention.
- Butt Monkey: Like most of Bobobo's allies, Don Patch gets some really bad treatment during battles, from being used as a shield, to simply being attacked by Bobobo for no reason.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Definite one of the series.
- Cross Dresser: Has a female persona named Patches. Patches is known to carry around with her a doll called Ya-ya that is treated like a child.
- Dub Name Change: His name was changed to "Poppa Rocks" in the English manga. Odd, considering the English dub calls him by his original name.
- Idiot Ball: Has the ability to summon a literal one. However, whoever is hit with it becomes the best student in their class...but it's a class where all the other students are stuffed bears.
- He can also inject you with an Idiot Serum, which causes you to eventually think like him. Beauty finds this terrifying.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses leeks, of all things!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Lancer: To Bobobo, being the second most effective fighter of the whole group in his Super Patch form.
- Large Ham: The anime took this Up to Eleven
- Pie-Eyed: He's sometimes drawn this way.
- Super Mode: Becomes Super Patch in the battle against Halon Oni.
- Ted Baxter: Big time. He believes himself to be the show's real star, and constantly demands more speaking roles. In fact, sometimes his overinflated ego seems to give him more power.
- This also extends to his female personality, who despises Beauty and wants to be the show's main heroine. Sometimes he'll even attack Beauty over this, earning him a beating from Bobobo.
- The Power of Hate Professional Patch's source of power
- White Gloves: Has this for some reason
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Don Patch interchanges between being boyish and girly in almost every scene he's in.
A boy from a village destroyed by the Hair Hunt Troops led by (Captain) Battleship
, he joins Bo-bobo to both train and to avenge his hometown. While a competent fighter at first, he is soon demoted to the sidelines
as the enemies grow out of his league. He and Beauty also develop a small mutual attraction to one another.When the manga ends, he decides to keep on training. Ultimately, a sticky situation forces him to join the Hair Hunt Troop, and he becomes the Neo-Maruhage Empire's Neo A-Block Commander in Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. Bo-bobo manages to defeat him, and he spends most of the time recovering in a hospital (and training more) until he returns to the group for good. At the end of Shinsetsu, he and Beauty are seen traveling together.
A former member of the C-Block Troop, he is the first enemy to force Bo-bobo to go serious against. After his defeat, he is convinced by Bo-bobo to help him defeat Battleship who's kidnapped Beauty. After that, he does nothing to aid the group until the Halekulani Arc where he helps in one fight and does nothing till the Giga Arc, where he has to fight his Evil Counterpart
, J whom which he loses to.
He plays a larger role near the end of Part 1, where it's revealed that he is Beauty's older brother.
He returns in the sequel manga during the fight with Usui, but retains a minor role.
- Adaptational Dye Job: His ice-cream head is chocolate brown in the manga, it was changed to strawberry pink in the anime because the production staff thought leaving it brown would make it resemble poo.
- Almighty Janitor: During his stay at C-Block, he was either an extremely strong, unranked member within the group or The Dragon of Geha the Gale.
- Aloof Big Brother: He's Beauty's missing older brother. There are some very subtle hints peppered throughout that say so, but one has to squint to see them.
- Badass: The biggest after Bobobo
- Biseinen: How he really looks under the ice cream mask.
- Brought Down to Normal: When he gets captured in the Hair Kingdom arc, he encounters another warrior with the same powers as he does. By the power's law, since she is the stronger opponent, he loses all of his powers and is rendered helpless. Given the established nature of how the Fist of Babylon works (no two people with the Fist of Babylon may coexist at one time), Softon (and Icen) might have originally been a normal, non-powered human being.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite the most professional of the group, even he gets bizarre at times
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Not as obvious, but it's there
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Literally. The color of his head was changed from brown to pink in the anime, to make it look like strawberry soft serve ice cream instead of, well poop.
- Heel-Face Turn: Was once a member of C-Block (likely The Dragon), but only joins after being needed to defeat Battleship.
- James Bondage: In the Hair Kingdom arc, leading to The Reveal that he his Beauty's sibling.
- Only Sane Man: Other than one instance in the Pomade Ring arc, Softon is completely sane and focused virtually a hundred percent of the time. While his methods of fighting and dialogue can be bizarre, he usually saves face, unlike Beauty and Gasser.
Softon: I want stars in my eyes!
Gasser: SOFTON, YOU'VE LOST IT! I thought he was supposed to be the normal one.
- Perpetual Frowner: Usually, but 90% compared to Bobobo's 10% that he isn't goofy
- The Smart Guy: He's the group's informant prior to Hatenko's entry into the group.
- The Stoic: Rarely changes his expression to something odd.
- Worthy Opponent: To J. In fact, J bestows his powers over the black sun to Softon after he manages to defeat J.
Tokoro Tennosuke/Jelly Jiggler
The former not the one from a hundred years ago
leader of the A-Block Troop, he is the first victim of the Fusion Dance
technique of Bobobo, and has since being the guinea pig of Bobobo's and Don Patch's impulsive behaviors.
- Ascended Extra: His first appearance was just for a throwaway joke, but fans liked him so much that Sawai descided to make him one of the main characters.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Back when he was the A-Block Leader, his soldiers looked past his silliness because he was the strongest person there. Despite Katsu appearing to be more threatening
- Till Wobble reaffirms this by easily defeating him
- Butt Monkey: Bobobo's allies often get treated badly, but Jelly gets the worst of it. He often gets beaten badly during battles by Bobobo and is often the first to be attacked by the villains.
- Iron Butt Monkey: After joining Bobobo's group, he gets beaten by an inanimate piece of gum, and it gets worse from there
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not as much as Don or Bobobo, but he has his moments.
- Crossdresser: Not at the same frequency as Don Patch or even Bobobo, but it does happen on several occasions. It usually only happens during battle when Don Patch is doing it.
- Heel-Face Turn: Joins Bobobo's group to beat Battleship but from his usual treatment, you'd think he was better off as being a bad guy
- Large Ham: He is voiced by Jamieson Price after all.
- Loser Protagonist: He doesn't hold much power in the group, is constantly beaten up, often neglected, and to top it all off, he is often the first to be attacked by the villains.
- Redemption Demotion: Oh gosh yes! He commanded far more respect as a villain than he ever did as a protagonist.
- The Stoic: Sometimes. On some occasions when he goes along with Bobobo and Don Patch's weird antics, he'll act completely stone faced.
Don Patch: (As a lemon themed Magical Girl)
A lemon as strong as a kiss, Lemon Princess!
Bobobo: (As an anthropomorphic strawberry) A strawberry with the sweetness of love, Strawberry Princess!
'''Jelly Jiggler: ...And then me, Melon Girl.
- Trauma Conga Line: Not only kicked out of the Empire after his defeat, returning to the shop he hated, but he gets arguably the worse treatment out of the entire Five-Man Band
- The Worf Effect: He often loses the most out of the fighters, especially against the Arc Villain. Though he makes up for it by managing to defeat two of the Cyber Knights and Katsu
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Especially in Shinsetsu, where tried to make amends with his fellow Hair Hunt colleagues; but everyone has bad blood with him, especially OVER and Giga. Suzu is nice enough to teleport away.
Don Patch's right hand man, he comes across as an Aloof Ally
to the group, providing information about the Hair Hunt Troops, he is also a survivor of the Hair Kingdom genocide.
The former again not from a hundred years ago
leader of the Z-Block Troops, after being beaten by Bobobo, his only major roles in the series is getting the gang out of a cage and his Fusion Dance
- Butt Monkey: Dengakuman is often subject to punishment during battle, and after the fight is won, he is often left behind. Bobobo in particular has a penchant for using him as a projectile.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In Japanese.
- Expy: Dengakuman has a notable resemblance to a white Chao from the Sonic Series.
- Informed Ability: He's the leader of Z-Block base, the supposed most powerful of the Hair Hunt bases. One would assume him to be incredibly powerful, but he can simply be stopped by holding him back at arms length.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: According to him, he's a puppy.
- Team Pet: A puppy lacking a nose, tail, ears, and with a weird growth on his head.
An anime only character, he's the narrator of the series who often gets as Cloud Cuckoo Lander
as the rest of the cast.
- Gag Dub: In the Japanese version, all he does is narrate, while in the dub, he's given his own character, with problems such as his shrinking salary, and he even interacts with the on-screen cast.
- The Faceless: Except the recap episode
- Interactive Narrator: He speaks directly to the cast at many points, mostly to Beauty after she criticizes for not doing his job properly.
- Narrator: Obviously
- Unreliable Narrator: Sometimes, he recaps things from the previous episode that never happened, much to the annoyance of Beauty, and sometimes he just can't get his job done because his personal problems get in the way.
- The Voice: Except for the recap episode where he appears a man in a business suit...with an "N" for a head