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  • 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.
  • Awesome Ego: Don Patch. Always claiming to be the main character on the show, always the most voted in official character popularity polls.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: Quite a few fans in the West felt cheated when the anime version had to be cut short.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Invoked. The bizarre tale of a rebel who fights with his nose hair to save the world from an Evil Empire who wants to shave everyone head.
  • Better On Dvd: Despite the fact that the S'more Entertainment box sets completely lack any subtitles whatsoever making watching the Japanese version a pain, they do have all the episodes completely uncut in English with all of the scenes that were either cut for being too risqué or time constraints on Toonami intact.
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  • 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.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Softon and Torpedo Girl even more crack with her Gender Bender transformation to the obviously masculine and not romantically interest OVER.
    • Both bombs and ice cream know a thing or two about how to make a Fat Man.
  • Crazy Awesome: THE ENTIRE SERIES!
    • Especially the fusions, whose ridiculousness are Up to Eleven with what normally qualifies for this trope.
  • Ear Worm: BAKA SURVIVOR.
    • "Shiawaseeeeeeeeee, shiawase! Itsu made MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, shiawaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..."
    • "...everybody say HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HIP! POP! STEP! JUMP!note "
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    • Wild Challenger is one, too.
    • "Coming Of The Hair Hunters", the leitmotif of the bad guys,
    • From the never-released outside of Japan PS2 game: Bo bobobo bo bo, bobobo bo, bo bobobo bo bo.
    • "The farmer starts to smell, the farmer starts to smell, hi ho cover your nose, the farmer starts to smell..."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Pickles, who appears in the first chapter and is not fondly liked by Bobobo. He topped a Supporting Characters character poll.
    • 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.
    • 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 become a Breakout Character and an Arc Villain, 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 Greater-Scope Villain 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 Ryuzaburo Otomo/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:
    • Spain absolutely loved the series, possibly as much as Japan itself did. Two different dubs were made there, Spanish and Galician, and the former, to put you in perspective, is commonly described as one of the best adaptations ever made in the country. The charisma of the anime itself, the presence of both gleeful hamminess and surprising professionalism in the voice acting, and on top of everything, the brilliant translation of the original language puns (along with the more ethereal fact that you could tell the dubbers had the blast of their lifes while doing the work) turned the series into such a hit that even today it is considered some of the best Japanese stuff ever come to Spain.
    • The UK has its love for the show as well, with it being described as a Monty Python-esque anime and because of this how it appeals to a certain bizarre British mindset.
  • Memetic Mutation: All of it; the entire thing
    • "Call me Bo-bobo. But it's Bobobo-bo BO-BOBO!!!!!"
    • "I'm trying really hard to fill out this entry form. Buuuut.... IT'S IN JAPANESE!!!"
    • "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.
  • 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 Flanders: Almost anytime Don Patch dresses up like a woman. The most noticeable example is when he dresses up as Beauty in the first opening.
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: All of it.
  • The Woobie: Jelly Jiggler gets the worst treatment of the group and little to no respect for anything he does for them
  • 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: "I'm trying really hard to fill out this entry form — Buuuuut 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.


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