troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
YMMV: Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Bobobo-Bobo-Bobobo. Is he a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, a Cloudcuckoolander Genius Ditz or is it Obfuscating Stupidity and that only acts silly to let his enemies guard down in order to deal with them easier. This is best shown in episode 16, where he looks at the Hair Hunt recruit agency with a stern look, only to go back to his silliness. However, it turns out that he was looking for Battleship and knew he would be there.
    • Another example is in the defeat of Halekulani, when he avoids giving the defeated foe a straight answer, letting him come to his own conclusions instead.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a weird one, to say the least.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire series is like this, but one incident stands out: during the fight in Z-block base, Beauty suddenly snapped and started going along with the series insanity, scaring the crap out of Heppokomaru. Eventually, when Bobobo and Don Patch finally got back into the screen, she went back to normal. This was never mentioned again, nor did it ever happen again.
  • Complete Monster - Czar Baldy Bald/Tsuru Tsuruina III, he led a Badass Army to conquer the world in a matter of days in which he ruled with tyranny to which is referred as the darkest period of the empire and is only stopped by an even more insane madman and the Hair Kingdom. His immediate action after reawakening is destroy a city for amusement. He is not played for laughs, being extremely serious despite the comical things happening to him and has no hint of a redeeming trait. His fight with Bobobo starts off with the former immediately trying to kill him with his staff, and only spared him for last after realizing he had the Hair Ball he coveted. He then orchestrated an roulette attack that would kill the cast one by one, earning Bobobo's wrath when it targets Beauty. He then spends the rest of the fight trying to sadistically kill Bobobo, and/or weaken him enough to take the Hair Ball. And when that failed, he absorbed him. Aside from this Hair Ball obsession, he desires the extinction of the human race because he finds them inferior, and being an android doesn't help matters. Even the Narrator in the dub finds him irredeemable, and the soundtrack in his fight involves a lot of moments which there is a low organ that plays during his Lack of Empathy moment instead of the Leitmotif of the usual Chrome Dome elites.
    • He gets even worse after getting Bibibi's Hair Ball, using its power to create an even more powerful empire. He orchestrated a school to teach the youth to be Hair Hunters, had soldiers humiliate the shaven even further by adding ramen on top of their heads, develop drugs to make them pure evil and forced the former members into slavery only to be executed once it was completed
  • Crack Pairing: Softon and Torpedo Girl even more crack with her Gender Bender transformation to the obviously masculine and not romantically interest OVER.
  • Crazy Awesome: THE ENTIRE SERIES!
    • Especially the fusions, whose ridiculousness are Up to Eleven with what normally qualifies for this trope.
  • Critical Backlash / Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Very, very unfortunately...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Say BIMBIM macho-de! (O-way o-way) GONGON e-tonay! (O-way-o-way-o)
    • Absolutely EVERY song from the Japan-only PS2 game, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: Hajike Matsuri, in which you fight off enemies with your nose hair to the beat. Yes, it's a MUSIC GAME based on the Bobobo franchise and it rocks. Hear for yourself.
    • Terrifying Margarita Empire, the Leitmotif of the Chrome Dome Empire, it is legitimately threatening and sinister piece.
  • Ear Worm - BAKA SURVIVOR.
    • "Shiawaseeeeeeeeee, shiawase! Itsu made MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, shiawaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..."
    • "...everybody say HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HIP! POP! STEP! JUMP!note "
    • Wild Challenger is one, too.
      • SAY WHAT? BOBOBO.
    • "Coming Of The Hair Hunters", the leitmotif of the bad guys,
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pickles, who appears in the first chapter and is not fondly liked by Bobobo. He topped a Supporting Characters character poll.
    • Don Patch himself has topped all of the character popularity polls in Japan. The show referenced/parodied this.
      • He even got his own spinoff in Saikyo Jump called Fuwari! Don Patch.
    • And in Shinsetsu, we have Namero and Pokomi, the former an eternally stoic Deadpan Snarker who eventually becomes the newest emperor of the Neo Maruhage Empire, the latter being a lolita-bait, bubbly magical girl and Gasser/Heppokomaru's younger sister.
      • Arguably, Gasser is one as well; he topped second in the character popularity polls, despite him barely doing anything in the show.
      • Don't forget Rice. He's in about four episodes, and yet is insanely popular in the fandom.
      • We also have Jelly Jiggler. Originally appeared once in the beginning for a joke, but was liked so much he was given status as the Big Bad of a Story Arc, then pulled a Heel-Face Turn and became one of the show's main trio.
      • Gunkan/Captain Battleship, despite being shafted after his defeat, he's very much significant in the anime as he's promoted into more significance into Bigger Bad categories with his presence more apparent, added to the first opening's character roster and even the Big Bad of the Ps2 video game. Being voiced by Ryūzaburō Ōtomo/Paul St Peter helps.
  • Evil Is Cool: Battleship, OVER, Halekulani, J, Hanpen, Hydrate, etc....
  • Evil Is Sexy - LOVE's Dark Fist of Sexy is based on this. Subverted in her One-Winged Angel form.
    • Shinsetsu's villaness Princess Chinchiro also qualifies: large breasts and ridiculously short kimono and all. Pokomi, being a lolicon magical girl, could be interpreted as this also.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: One possible reason for why this show was well-received in America was that it's basically the kind of thing Jay Ward would write if he did LSD; the dub just increased this.
    • Mainland Spain absolutely loves this series, possibly as much as Japan itself does. Two types of dubs (Spanish and Galician) exist there, even, and the Spanish one is commonly described as one of the best Spanish anime dubs ever made.
  • God-Mode Sue: Pokomi.
  • Memetic Mutation - All of it; the entire thing
    • "Call me Bo-bobo. But it's Bobobo-bo BO-BOBO!!!!!"
    • "And that's because...I'M A TORPEDO!"
    • ___ Shinken Ougi ("Super Fist of the ___")
    • Anything the title character says; ANYTHING.
    • ANY of his Bo-bobo fusions
    • "Puu-puu, puu-puu! Ii niyo-i, ii niyo-i! Puu-puu, puu-puu! Ii niyo-i, ii niyo-i! (Honk honk, honk honk! Smells good, smells good! Honk honk, honk honk! Smells good, smells good!...)"
    • Beauty, whenever she screams at the others for their ridiculous stunts, which is ridiculous (and kind of ironically insane) at how loud she screams.
    • And so, SO many others...
  • Moral Event Horizon - Bi-bibi is the one who caused the Hair Hunt in the Hair Kingdom because Bo-bobo was about to become the next king! Later in the battle, he used his true power, Kegari Shinken (Fist of Hair Hunt), to pluck out the Hair Balls out of Be-bebe, Bu-bubu, and Hatenko; and Bo-bobo engages him in a sword duel while protecting them. However, Bu-bubu's Hair Ball was broken when Bi-bibi stabs it and she dies. Then Bi-bibi took this opportunity and stabs Bo-bobo in the body, destroying the Hair Ball and killing him. But Bo-bobo came Back from the Dead thanks to Landmine Dandy replacing his Hair Ball with the Landmine Ball and defeats Bi-bibi with the help of the power from his allies. After Bi-bibi is defeated, he is spared because despite his evil ways, he's actually a good father to his daughters.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Giga, full stop. Especially when we find out just exactly where he gets his art pieces... He uses a clay voodoo doll of his opponent to mold their bodies- while they're clearly in pain- into abstract positions and shapes, then turns them to stone.
    • His Nightmare Face when he's on a high of overconfidence in his Super Form
    • Gunkan's life draining nosehair and the look he does beforehand isn't exactly welcoming
    • Byakko's surgery dolls and his overall Ax-Crazy-ness
    • Bobobo's Freak Out at seeing Gasser's Baby state, the camera is shaking and closing in & out does not help.
    • From the same episode, Don Patch being extremely calm despite often going on an instant rage almost always, hints that he might be angrier than usual
    • "CHURROS"!!!
  • Sequelitis: Many fans on both sides of the pond find Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo to have this for various reasons. Sadly, this plays out when Sawai was forced to end the manga after 73 chapters due to demand from Shonen Jump's staff and loss of interest from fans in general.
  • Stupid Sexy Don Patch: As Beauty in the first opening actually looks feminine. Bo-bobo looks disturbing, but Don Patch..... yeah.
    • This goes for almost anytime Don Patch dresses up like a woman in general.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In Den-bo(-chan)'s first appearance, she sings really cutesy songs, and in her second appearance, she is reading aloud a strange childrens book she wrote.
  • Tear Jerker: Despite its comedy, there are some genuinely sad scenes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Gunkan/Captain Battleship was a fellow Nosehair user and promoted as a major character in the first opening, yet is shafted after his arc
    • Same for Kitty-Poo, despite being built up as one of the four Arc Villain leaders, he's unceremoniously defeated by Don Patch and unlike Battleship plays no significant role afterwards
    • Most of the villains except The Third, OVER and Halekulani get little prominence after their defeat
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Duuude... are those squirrels in his Afro? And they're on a date! And so on. And that's just the first episode.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It's not completely accurate, since Bobobo and the group are indiscriminate to who they hit, but girl villains tend to be Easily Forgiven, as in the case of Rem and especially Pokomi.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs??
  • The Woobie: Jelly Jiggler gets the worst treatment of the group and little to no respect for anything he does for them
    • Battleship and Rem also count
  • Woolseyism: Much of the humor was untranslatable and based off Japanese pop culture. The dub basically rewrote the whole script. They even poke a bit of fun at that fact.
    Bo-bobo (sobbing): "I can't read this — It's in JAPANESE!!"
    • Also, it should be noted that the English VAs were not allowed to ad-lib nearly as much as one would expect according to Bobobo's VA.

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
27568
25