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The titular hero and his ANNOYING space patrol squad.
Kapitan Bomba (lit. Captain Bomb) is a Polish Vulgar Humor cartoon series about the titular captain and his crew, who are defending the galaxy from aliens. Many creatures, planets or even weapons in the series are shaped after genitals; some species even smell like crap for no known reason. Characters are speaking in a Cluster F-Bomb way, of course - at one point, Bomba eventually punishes his soldiers for being polite, and forces them to use foul language. He also refers to them as "dumb dicks" (tępe chuje); fallen enemies are also insulted that way.

Unsurprisingly, the series was strongly attacked by Moral Guardians (and not only them) for big amount of vulgarity during its premiere; now, however, it has reached cult status among many Poles.

Some episodes have been translated into English.

The cartoon generally features:

  • Aerith and Bob: A humorous example: aliens typically have regular, run-of-the-mill Polish names but a single episode features an alien inexplicably named "Gwach'Qar".
  • All Just a Dream: The Kutang Klan three-episode arc, which turns out to be Bomba's dream after overworking out, and nearly the entire second movie, which is similarly Bomba's dream after being knocked out in a fist fight.
  • Always Lawful Good: Humans. They can have dumb or superstitious examples, but we never see an outright evil one throughout the series.
    • Some are pretty racist... like the farmer who borrowed money to a killer alien and was perfecly willing to send his child to die. Still, the Star Fleet humans are somewhat more tolerant - they actually allow aliens some democratic representation in their government, unlikely the other rulers in the universe.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Kapitan Bomba is implied to be one.
    Seba: Let's see. You don't have a girlfriend. You're overly interested in the military and war. You get mad when someone calls you a fag. You call everyone and everything a faggot - and it's only a small step between homophobia and faggotry. As I see it - poorly disguised homo.
  • Ass Shove: The Captain's method of dispatching aliens which involves inserting the gun barrel into an alien's rectum and pulling the trigger. It even becomes a plot point, when the heroes confront an alien, who doesn't have a rectum in the usual place and is therefore virtually unkillable. As it turns out, it's in his mouth. The method is so effective that's it actually taught to the soldiers by the Starfleet.
  • Big Damn Movie: Two of them - the first one deals with an invasion from beyond the borders of space, the second one deals with a Sealed Evil in a Can that takes over the galaxy.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: All the alien races apply. The most notable is the kurvinox reproduction method: the male eats the female after having reproductive sex - to produce enough poo to cover the fertilized eggs for protection. Men who refuse to eat their wives are ostracized.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The Alien Sultan likes holding public executions for his archenemies. They vary from hangings to Roman-styled Gladiator Games and give the victims enough time to prepare and escape. However, he succeeded in killing the original Starfleet Admiral, but not before losing all of his gladiators to him.
  • Camp Straight: Torpedo may fill the stereotype by wearing a pink combat armour, speaking in high-pitched voice, and generally appearing to be effeminate and naive, but there is no evidence in the series that he is indeed a homosexual. Which doesn't stop Captain Bomb from mockingly calling him Torpedo-fag.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Alien Sultan, being a Fat Bastard, speaking quasi-italian gibberish with a menacing Evil Laugh. He also holds public executions on his homeworld - the aptly named Planet of War. He prefers to be called Sancti Magistri or Sancti Padre by his minions.
  • Characterization Marches On: The main characters start as really dumb soldiers, Bomba included. It took him several dozen episodes to become the savvy Sociopathic Hero he is known today. It doesn't stop him from reverting to idiocy in some cases. The personalities of his two subordinates are also more fleshed out in the later episodes.
  • Cloudcuckooland: The show's universe, with its wacky alien and human inhabitants, and its weird laws. You can breathe in space, the interstellar highways are full of holes and bullets are unaffected by wind, unlike laser beams. Not to mention the official Starfleet method of killing aliens.
  • Death from Above: Bomba's team rarely uses weapons other than guns and grenades, but on few occasion they got issued a mortar with several different types of ammunition.
  • Deus ex Machina: How Bomba and his crew escape the Sultan the first time they're caught. They are fed to a gigantic alien, who swallows them whole, and find a functioning starship in his stomach. Even the Captain is surprised.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The duel between Starfleet Admiral and Alien Sultan. It starts as a Gladiator spoof, with the Admiral fighting despite being fatally poisoned. He wins but just before dealing the fatal blow, freezes with pain. He still manages to explain that the poison must have been accelerated by his esperal implant before dropping dead.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first several dozen episodes are vulgar shorts with hardly any plot at all. Multi-episode story arcs and parody elements start with episodes 51, 54 and 55 (Święto Dupy trilogy). The characters also sounded a bit different earlier on.
  • Energy Weapon: The laser gun is the standard personal weapon of most alien races, in opposition to the Star Fleet troopers who only use ballistic weapons.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The Alien Sultan, the series' main villain, sincerely loves his mom and keeps her portrait in his private chamber.
  • Expy: The main candidates in the election arc are expies of the real life candidates in the 2010 Polish presidential election.
  • Fantastic Racism: Drives the main conflict between the Starfleet and the aliens. Different alien races are also often prejudiced against each other.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Kurvix Galaxy is this to Poland, while the Kujwdubie Galaxy is this to Germany.
  • Flying Car: The most common type of a spaceship - typically modelled after cars popular in communist-era or late 1990s Poland, like Żuk and Nysa vans or Daewoo Lanos hatchbacks. Bomba's twin brother Modest however owns a large flying RAM 1500.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The Alien Sultan and his closest minions are subtitled - their actual speech is pseudo-Italian gibberish (although it is gramatically correct).
  • Gatling Good: In a few episodes Bomba has a minigun.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Captain Torpedo sounds like this, especially in comparison to Captain Bomb. This is yet another reason for Bomba to accuse him of being homosexual.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Kilobot from the second movie - the majority of the plot involves finding a resource with enough energy to power it. And unlike most mechas, its pilot cockpit is not in its head, but in its dick.
  • Idiot Hero: Bomba is sometimes portrayed as this. Not surprisingly, given the universe he lives in.
    Kapitan Bomba: [firing an automatic rifle at an alien monster] The bullets aren't harming him, only pissing him off! KEEP FIRING!
  • Improbable Infant Survival: In one episode, an alien blasts a kid with such force, that his only recognizable remains are his calves and feet. The Captain brings the "boy" to a hospital and after half an hour he's as good as new, apart from a hand in a sling. Then, after seeing his medical bill, the boy attempts suicide, putting the Captain's gun in his mouth. He fires a burst of automatic fire offscreen, we see blood splatter and... it's revealed that he somehow missed, and the blood splatter was caused by his allergies.
  • Kick the Dog: The heroes regularly slaughter Villains Out Shopping.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Humans prefer to use regular firearms, as opposed to lasers used by aliens. Justified because in Bomba's universe the bullets are actually unaffected by the wind (as opposed to lasers).
  • The Last Dance: A group of aliens barricaded in a disco decide to spend their last moments partying like crazy and then shoot themselves, rather than face Bomb's squad waiting outside. By the time they did, the heroes had long grown bored and left.
  • Offscreen Afterlife: Alien characters often mention the Celestial Beach of Skurwoala as the place of eternal rest. As shown in one episode, it actually exists and looks exactly as described by the believers. It's a sandy beach with warm, flat beer aplenty.
  • Only Sane Man: The Alien Sultan, in a way. He knows perfectly well that he's Surrounded by Idiots so he plans his schemes accordingly.
  • Phrase Catcher: Whenever Mkbewe appears, there will always be someone who says "oh fuck, a devil".
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: On a closer look, Kapitan Bomba is actually a Designated Hero (of the Sociopathic Hero variety). He slaughters innocent civilians (mostly aliens), including women and children, and is still treated as The Hero (by the humans, of course).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Torpedo surprisingly becomes one, during his tenure as the Starfleet Admiral.
  • Recoil Boost: Mkbewe after he's turned into a cyborg gains the flying ability by shooting his laser towards ground.
  • Required Secondary Powers: One episode plays with this in regards to force fields. An alien is using a force field to protect himself which does fine against bullets, however he's killed once a rocket hits the force field solely due to impact tranferred by it.
  • Retro Rocket: Many spaceships are shaped after this, with the exception of "Orzeł 1" ("Eagle 1") in later episodes, which looks more like a WWII bomber than a space rocket.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The Starfleet Admiral election arc. It's a parody of the events after the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash [1], in which the President of Poland was killed. If you think that one of the main candidates being the identical twin brother of the deceased President, or someone throwing a jar of poo at a commemorative plaque are just examples of the show's silly gags - you're wrong. It actually happened.
  • Show Within a Show: Kapitan Dupa (lit. "Captain Ass") - an alien-made cartoon that plays on main characters, where they are parodied as homosexuals.
  • Space Is Cold: Averted, as the characters seem to be completely immune to outer space.
  • Space Police:
    • Bomba and his squad themselves.
    • There is also an actual Space Police. In one episode, when stranded in enemy territory, the heroes broadcast some insults towards them figuring that pissed-off policemen will get there faster than any actual rescue mission. Unfortunately, due to Fun with Acronyms their insult is misinterpreted and instead they Summon Bigger Fish.
  • Super-Toughness: Kutanoid's power. Can be killed only by putting a grenade into his rectum. Which is in his mouth.
  • Voodoo Shark: Played for Laughs - it is explained that all the crossovers with the other GIT Produkcja show Generał Italia do not make use of Time Travel in that both shows actually take place parallel, and that time flows faster in the Kurvix Galaxy so while it's 1941 on Earth, it's 1997 in Kurvix. And yet it still doesn't add up.
  • The Theocracy: Subverted. The Kujwdubie galaxy is ruled by the Alien Pope and his congregation of cardinals, but despite their titles and clerical clothing they wear, religious matters are never discussed.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Ensign Michał Głuś, the Allied Alien crewmember of the Star Fleet. Bomba hates him and has a special bullet just for him... but saves his life a couple of times. To be fair, 6% of Star Fleet population are aliens, and not all aliens serve the Sultan. Not that Bomba cares.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Some of the aliens scheming to kill the Captain. They usually end up Hoist by His Own Petard, even without any outside intervention. The Captain is aware of their stupidity and acts accordingly.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Many times, when the Captain kills alien children without remorse (and sometimes even without realizing he's shooting children).