King Bob-omb

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King Bob-omb
Big Bob-omb - Mario Party 9.png
King Bob-omb's official artwork for Mario Party 9.
Full Name King Bob-omb
Species Bob-omb
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)

“I can't lose to these puny brats. I'm a king! I... I have a mustache! Oh. Right. So do they.”
King Bob-omb, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

King Bob-omb (formerly known as Big Bob-omb) is the king of the Bob-ombs. He is mostly recognized for being the first boss fought in the game Super Mario 64 and its remake. Guarding the Power Star, which Bowser entrusted him with, he will not give it up without fighting the player. After his debut, King Bob-omb became a recurring boss in later games, specifically spin off games such as Mario Party 9 and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. King Bob-omb, like other certain bosses, takes pride in his royal status.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

Big Bob-omb fighting Mario.

King Bob-omb first appeared in Super Mario 64, under the moniker of the Big Bob-omb. In the game, Mario merely has to run around to the back of him, pick him up, and toss him three times. Only then will he give up the Power Star. If he is thrown off the mountain, he will accuse Mario of cheating and he will have to start over. He will also accuse Mario of cheating if Mario baits him into walking off the mountain.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Big Bob-omb's game model from Super Mario 64 DS.

In the remake, Super Mario 64 DS, the Big Bob-omb is fought twice. The first time is as Yoshi, and instead of picking him up, Yoshi had to grab the Bob-ombs thrown at him with his tongue and spit them back at him before they explode in Yoshi's mouth. Yoshi can also lead a Bob-omb to explode next to him. After being hit by three Bob-ombs, he will be defeated. The second time, he can only be defeated by one of the three unlocked heroes and by using the same strategy as in Super Mario 64.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 2[edit]

In Mario Party 2, a statue of King Bob-omb appeared in the background of Mystery Land, stuck in a sinkhole.

Mario Party 5[edit]

King Bob-omb made a cameo appearance in Mario Party 5 in the minigame Defuse or Lose, where the players had to defuse wires leading to him by Ground Pounding them.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Big Bob-omb in Mario Party Advance.

In Mario Party Advance, King Bob-omb is known as Big Bob-omb like in Super Mario 64. He is the leader of the Bob-omb Mafia which protects Shroom City, and lives in the basement of Mushroom Condo. When the player encounters him, he will be sitting on a throne, two Bob-ombs next to him. He will then challenge the player to the dice game, where the player and Big Bob-omb roll dice blocks, and the one with the higher number three times wins. If the player wins, they get the Gaddget Stress Press. The ending states that he retired and moved to the jungle, Bob-omb being his replacement.

Mario Party 8[edit]

King Bob-omb, once again known as Big Bob-omb, made a reappearance in the Mario Party 8 minigame called You're the Bob-omb. He blows up when the right wire is detonated (or in this case the wrong wire, as doing so will cause the player to lose the game).

Bombard King Bob-omb.

Mario Party 9[edit]

In Mario Party 9, Big Bob-omb is the stage boss of Bob-omb Factory. He appears in the minigame Bombard King Bob-omb, where four players have to throw Bob-ombs at him.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

King Bob-omb next appears in Mario Party: Island Tour as the fourth boss of the Bowser's Tower mode (being faced off against on the twentieth floor). His boss minigame is King Bob-omb's Court of Chaos.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Big Bob-omb in Mario Kart DS.

In Mario Kart DS, Big Bob-omb is a boss in Mission Mode. Similar to Super Mario 64 DS, the player has to pick up Bob-ombs and throw them at him as Wario three times to defeat him. However, his move set is altered to fit Mario Kart DS. He is battled in Mission 5.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, King Bob-omb is a non-playable character and appears in Bowser Factory course.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

King Bob-omb appears in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour on a golf course in Peach's Castle Grounds. Hitting him will cause him to get up and flee from the course instead of exploding. In Ring Attack, the golfer must hit a ring that is circling him to complete the hole successfully.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

While King Bob-omb himself does not appear in Mario Golf: World Tour, one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard is "King Bob-omb".

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

King Bob-omb is an item in Mario Superstar Baseball in the minigame, Bob-omb Derby. When a player smacks and get a homerun with him, he causes large fireworks and around 400-500 points for the player.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, King Bob-omb is a stage obstacle on the Bowser Castle stage, which he throws Bob-ombs down onto the field. He rides a vehicle similar to the Koopa Clown Car. He can also interfere with the player's hit. Once again, in the minigame Bob-omb Derby, he plays the same role he had in Mario Superstar Baseball.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
King Bob-omb
MLPJKingBobomb.png
Location(s) Mount Brrr
Level 32
42
HP 1744
2312
Power 273 (240)
442 (400)
Defense 259 (200)
385 (300)
Speed 198
285
Experience 5500 (5495)
Coins 990
Item Drop Ironclad Wear
Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.
King Bob-omb ominously threatening to self-destruct in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

King Bob-omb appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as the boss of Mount Brrr, making his official Mario & Luigi series debut and first appearance in an RPG overall. He is placed in charge of the paper terrain operation on Mount Brrr, and retains his voice clips and regal demeanour from Super Mario 64. When King Bob-omb finds that the Mario Bros. have discovered his operations, he threatens to self-destruct, forcing the trio to battle him.

King Bob-omb's boss fight is unique in that it involves a special countdown timer, similarly to Pi'illodium. If King Bob-omb is not defeated within the strict time limit of four minutes (three in the Boss Battle Ring), he will self-destruct and cause a game over if no one survives. He attacks by throwing Bob-ombs at the trio, attempting to pick up Mario or Luigi before throwing them at Paper Mario, or by rallying a large red bomb at Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario in a sequence. If the trio successfully counter the red bomb rally, King Bob-omb's timer can occasionally be set back by a minute, to King Bob-omb's shock; most likely due to his unbalanced state afterwards. However, this is not always the case, as the timer can sometimes remain untouched. All of King Bob-omb's attacks have a high chance to give a Dizzy status if not counter-attacked. Due to the timer in the battle, Boo Biscuits cannot be used, due to his crown, he is immune to Jump attacks.

Interestingly enough, King Bob-omb retains all of his attacks from Super Mario 64; throwing Bob-ombs as well as picking up and throwing one of the Bros. His only new attack is the red bomb rally. Additionally, he is one of the few bosses in the game to not feature a chase attack in his moveset. In the Battle Ring, the timer is cut to three minutes.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

King Bob-omb has a circular, explosive body. The color of his body is black just like in the first games, but is sometimes shown in a dark purple tint like in Mario Party Advance. His large eyes and body shape are identical to a Bob-omb's, although he has no visible wind-up keys or fuses (as he wears a bejeweled crown), and he has a large white mustache. Originally, he was depicted with yellow spheres as hands and smooth shoes, but this was changed to white gloves and pointed shoes. His method of attack, which involves throwing his opponents, is like that of Chuckya, an enemy similar in appearance; he is also defeated in a similar way.

Personality[edit]

King Bob-omb is an antagonist, but acts in a regal, gentleman-like manner and is not afraid to admit defeat and compliment the player in Super Mario 64. He even briefly gives tips on how to defeat Bowser and reselect completed missions, and Mario Party Advance implies that he actually leads the society of the Bob-omb Mafia to protect Shroom City. In Super Mario 64 DS only, he is very critical and acts patronizingly towards everyone he believes is of lower class. He, along with Chief Chilly, is proud of his mustache, leading him to act condescending to those without a mustache or to criticize mustaches he sees as inferior. He even seems to equate mustaches with strength, claiming that the bare-faced Yoshi has no chance against him. When he returns in Big Bob-omb's Revenge, he mentions that he has restyled his mustache, as though this could assist him. Also, despite insulting Mario and Luigi for having inferior mustaches, he seems to view Wario's mustache as dignified.

In Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, King Bob-omb retains the regal aspect of his personality, but is now more stolid, using as few words as possible. He acts like a perfectionist, going as far as to initiate his own self-destruction to protect the secrets of his operation. He still believes in mustaches as signs of power, with his incredulity upon defeat only sated when he realizes that the Bros. also sport fine mustaches of their own.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
King Bob-omb KingBobOmbTrophy3DS.png The Bob-ombs are soldiers, and King Bob-omb is their general. Not only does he have a magnificent mustache, a shiny crown, and no key in his back, he also has two arms perfect for winding up his Bob-omb troops. Someone has to do that, right? The ruler of all Bob-ombs. What makes him different from his explosive subjects is his size, his moustache and the fact that he has a crown. He also doesn't have a wind-up key on his back. Instead, he's got two arms, which he presumably uses to wind up his subjects...And now you know who does that job!

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario 64 Boss 1996 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 2 Non-Playable Character 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Non-Playable Character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Non-Playable Character/Cameo 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Boss 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Party Advance Non-Playable Character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Mario Superstar Baseball Non-Playable Character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart DS Boss 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 8 Non-Playable Character 2007 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Non-Playable Character 2008 Wii
Mario Party 9 Boss 2012 Wii
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Non-Playable Character 2013 Arcade
Mario Party: Island Tour Boss 2013 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour Name mentioned 2014 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy/Cameo 2014 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Boss 2015 3DS

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:King Bob-omb.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボムキング
Bomu Kingu
Bomb King
Spanish (NOA) Rey Bob-omba King Bob-omb
Spanish (NOE) Gran Bob-omb Big Bob-omb
French Roi Bob-omb
Gros Bob-omb
King Bob-omb
Big Bob-omb
German König Bob-omb King Bob-omb
Italian Boss Bob-omba
Re Bob-omba
Boss Bob-omb
King Bob-omb
Portuguese Rei Bob-bomba King Bob-omb
Russian Царь-Бомба
Tsar-Bomba
Tsar is the title for Eastern European monarchs. Tsar-Bomba is a powerful nuclear bomb designed by Soviet engineers.
Korean 킹폭탄
King Poktan
King Bomb
Chinese 炸弹国王
Zhàdàn Guówáng
King Bomb