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A sprite of Bruce from Paper Mario
Species Bob-omb
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
“My love for Bombette is deep like the southern sea! Bomb! Even being dumped constantly won't discourage me! Ba-bomb!”
Bruce, Paper Mario

Bruce is a blue Bob-omb from Paper Mario. He is first encountered alongside several other friendly Bob-ombs in the prison cell of Koopa Bros. Fortress, where Mario first meets Bombette. Like the other Bob-ombs, Bruce used to work in the fortress. When the Koopa Bros. took over, they began working him and the other Bob-ombs as slaves, displeasing them. After Bombette attacked the Koopa Bros. in protest, they imprisoned her, Bruce, and the other Bob-ombs. Using Bombette, Mario eventually allowed Bruce and the other Bob-ombs (as well as his own party) to escape Koopa Bros. Fortress. Afterward, Bruce moved into Koopa Village and took residence in Kooper's house with two friends.

Bruce is madly in love with Bombette, although their one past relationship would appear to have ended unsuccessfully due to Bombette's inability to return his love. Despite this, though, Bruce continues to love Bombette to an obsessive point, which seems to simply annoy Bombette and the other Bob-ombs.

Bruce plays a part in one of Koopa Koot's favors, which involves Mario having to keep him from exploding as to earn three Star Pieces from Koopa Koot. He also writes two love letters to Bombette through the Toad Town Post Office.

Bruce later appears at the end of the game as he stands next to an unnamed Koopa Troopa after Mario defeats Bowser. He refers to Bombette as a "coldhearted, cruel girl".


  • "He's a Bob-omb. He was jailed at Koopa Bros. Fortress. He probably came here after escaping. The kind Koopa Troopas welcomed him with open arms. How neighborly! He must be overjoyed."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブルース
Pun on "Bruce" and "blue"; shared with Marl

Chinese (simplified) 布鲁斯[1]

French Bruce
German Bruce
Spanish Bruce