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Bomb is a character in the Angry Birds series of games created by Rovio Entertainment. He was introduced in 2009 as a member of the core flock. After his first appearance in Poached Eggs, he has appeared in multiple installments of the series as a prominant character.

Personality

Bomb's Description in Angry Birds Birdsonality (modified):

Bomb is a doer. While other people get tied up with theories and rules, he's out there getting things done. Sociable and exciting, he loves being the center of attention and entertaining people with his antics.

Despite his fearsome, bomb-like appearance (hence his name), Bomb is actually a very gentle and kind bird. He is very sincere and genuine in his actions, and is willing to put himself in conflict or danger to help out the other birds in his flock.

However, like the rest of the birds, Bomb does have a temper that can be triggered. He can be angered, and goes into an uncontrollable rage when others set him off.

Bomb is also very sensitive, and reacts explosively (quite literally) when his emotions are heavy, or when he is physically handled rougly. Many things can set him off, such as simple stretches to a surprise birthday party. This is a part of Bomb that he himself does not appreciate, though he eventually learned to somewhat control it.

Bomb loves and devotes himself to the other members of the flock, who take care of his unpredictable behavior. (especially Matilda, who is the most involved in helping Bomb with remedies, teas, or anything to control his mood) He is also a very avid fighter, and loves being a destructive part of battles.

Bomb's Involvment in Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Bomb makes his first debut in the original game, as the fourth bird introduced and as a member of the core flock. After his first appearance in Poached Eggs 2-5, he becomes a playable character in all of the following themes. (excluding The Big Setup, which was entirely based off of Hal and Terence, though you can use him as the shockwave powerup).

In early versions of the game, Bomb had a white spot on his forehead. This appeared in his original plush toy, as well as promotions and animations. However, it has since been removed. The reasoning behind why Rovio was so sudden in removing this part of him from the character is unknown.

A very prominant appearance of Bomb is Short Fuse, where he is the center character. The entire episode focuses on him and his ability change.

Gameplay

Bomb is a very strong character, being considerably the strongest when the game was first released. He was the only bird at the time that could effectively destroy stone himself, though Matilda's egg bombs can as well.

Bomb's ability works just like a bomb, hence his name. He explodes a couple seconds after he hits a surface, or when the player taps the screen. The closest objects near him are almost instantly shattered/damaged to the point of breaking, where the further objects around him are forcefully pushed away.

It is suggested that the player uses his ability with the right timing, and not wait for him to explode manually. It is only a rumor that he will explode with more force if he does it at will, and it is possible for him to roll away or bounce off the structure the player intends to destroy.

In the theme Short Fuse, Bomb is introduced with an entirely different ability named "Shockwave", which he obtains when he fiddles with the pigs' scientific equipment. This ability is much more powerful than his original, and works in a similar way. It can be activated when the player taps the screen or a couple seconds after he hits a surface. When his ability is activated, he sends out a growing circle of electricity to the objects around him, damaging and forcefully pushing them away, where most of the blocks are then completely obliberated. Rather than his original ability, which just breaks the closest bricks, the shockwave damages the blocks, racking up the players' scores significantly higher.

Though the shockwave ability is exclusive to the theme, it can be used as a powerup in all themes of the game. (the player will need to either spend coins, purchase, or watch advertisements to get the powerup)

Angry Birds Seasons

Bomb appears from the very start of the game, when it was first known as Angry Birds Halloween. After his first appearance in Trick or Treat, he is then on a playable character in all of the themes that follow.

Unlike all of the other installments of the Angry Birds series, Seasons keeps the characters' original designs, so Bomb is in his classic appearance. 

Once again, Bomb's spot on his forehead is removed. However, just like Chuck's Red-like appearance, Bomb can be seen with his spot in multiple promotions for the original Angry Birds Halloween game. This includes the trailer, and early cutscenes for the game which have since been removed. However, it has been proved through these cutscenes that Bomb's spot was actually light being shined off of him, as the spot appears in a different part of his body depending on the way he is positioned. Because of this, it can be assumed that the spot was removed because Rovio wanted Bomb to be more bird-like with feathers, rather than made like an actual bomb.

Like all of the other characters, Bomb has costumes that can be unlocked by the player.

Bomb, like all the other characters, can at times appear as a main character in specific themes for the game. (this happened in Ham Dunk, where he appeared in the cover art alongside Bubbles and Jay, Jake, and Jim)

Gameplay

Bomb has the same ability to explode as before, and not much is changed about his size, strength, or speed.

In Piglantis, Bomb reacts pretty normally to water logic. However, it can be noted that if he hits a structure the second he resurfaces, the player should instantly activate his ability, as once he hits the blocks he will bounce off of them and go back into the water.

Angry Birds Rio

Bomb does not appear early on in the game, but rather in the Beach Volley theme. He is not captured with Red, Chuck, Jay, Jake, and Jim, but it can be assumed that he travelled there in order to help them. This is the first time that Bomb isn't introduced when the game is first released, but through updates.

After his introduction level, he appears in all of the themes that follow.

Bomb and the other members of the flock manage to defeat Nigel and free all of the rare birds, and hijack the plane and go back to Piggy Island, where they arrive just in time to save the eggs from being stolen by the pigs once again.

Bomb and the other birds later on travel back to Rio to visit their friends Blu and Jewel, beginning the Rio 2 segment.

In this portion of levels, Bomb recieves a different design like all the other characters. He is modeled after his Toons appearance, recieving slightly changed features in his beak, eyes, and eyebrows, and gets better shading and different outlining.

Gameplay

Bomb bears the same ability that he has in the previous two installments. No changes are made to his speed, strength, or size.

High Dive introduced water features to Rio, and work the same way that they do in Piglantis for Bomb.

It is notable that caged birds/dolphins and marmosets are much more tougher than the poppable pigs, so Bomb cannot destroy the targets as easily as he can with the pigs.

If the player activates his ability near Luis in Beach Volley, then the dog will fly off into the air, and can destroy blocks and enemies with ease. This is a good strategy to use during the level, but the player must note that he will go after the beachballs, not the structures.

Angry Birds Space

Bomb, along with a few other birds, were teased in early 2012 as part of a new project. This soon revealed to be Angry Birds Space, the fourth installment of the series. Bomb appeared with the other birds in their space counterparts, based off of comic book characters.

In the game's story, Bomb and the other birds were taking care of the eggs when suddenly, a portal opened up in the sky with Ice Bird and his eggsteroid flying through. Out with them came a robotic arm, grabbing the eggsteroid and the flock's eggs. They sling themselves into the portal in pursuit of the eggs, and begin to change while in the portal. They shoot out of the vortex in their costumes into the final frontier, beginning the events of the game.

Bomb is known as "Firebomb Bird", and is based off of the comic book superhero Firestorm. His fuse is now lit with fire (though it is normal in-game) and his chest feathers are now red. He also wears a ring around his body, with an eggsteroid emblem on his chest.

Bomb, along with all of the other members of his flock, recieved promotional videos for their characters, which can be found on youtube. They also had their own Space-themed merchandise.

He has a corpse sprite that can be found if the player hacks into the game's files, but it is not used in-game.

Gameplay

Firebomb Bird has the same basic ability as the regular Bomb. However, his ability is much more "firey", emitting a ring of fire around his body when he explodes.

His ability is commonly used to cause debris to fly off into structures, such as stacks of stone bricks or boulders floating in space.

If the player slings Bomb very weakly into zero-gravity, then he will slowly decrease in speed, stop, and disinegrate without exploding.

Bad Piggies

Bomb makes a very small appearance in Flight in the Night, where he appears asleep next to Red in one level. Even if the player attempts to land near him or wake him, he will not move and remain asleep. Though he appears in this level, he does not make an appearance in the rest of the levels or any of the other levels as an enemy.

Angry Birds Star Wars

Bomb is the in-game counterpart of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a main character in the original and prequel trilogys of the Star Wars universe.

Known as "Obi-Wan Kaboomi", he saves Red Skywalker and plans to teach him the ways of the force. They set out to save Princess Stella Organa with the help of Chuck "Ham" Solo and Terebacca the wookie. He battles with Darth Vader while they are on the Death Star, and though canonically in the original storyline, Kenobi does die here, Bomb remains a playable character. (though he does eventually become a ghost at the end of the game)

He and the other characters recieved character promotional videos that can be found on youtube, along with plush toys and merchandise.

Gameplay

For the first time, Bomb has a different ability than his one in the original games. Kaboomi uses the light side of the force to push away objects nearby him in whichever direction the player taps to. 

Kaboomi himself is not very strong, destroying a few to a couple bricks.

This is the first time Bomb's corpse sprite can be seen in-game.

In Death Star level 2-25, Kaboomi recieves a character upgrade, and his force ability is made even stronger than it was before. This upgrade can be used in all levels of the game including ones previous to the upgrade, and cannot be removed.

It is also notable that the birds' abilities can be used for a short period of time after they hit any surface, so the player can use this to their advantage as they please.

Trivia

  • Bomb is the first bird not to have a corpse sprite (before the Star Wars version).
  • Originally, Bomb had a white spot on his head, most likely to denote a shiny spot on his round form. The spot has been removed on most artwork. Early versions of the plush toy included it but it was removed later.
  • Bomb is the only bird who does not display a tail in-game. This has since changed in some instances, such as the movie.
  • Bomb is accidentally called "Bob" in the Angry Birds Space comic, a typo made by Rovio.
    • Before it was confirmed that it was a typo, fans were convinced that it was his official name, as most of the birds' names weren't as widely used or confirmed.
  • In the Google+ "Teamwork" level selection menu, pictures of Angry Birds Trilogy, and in some (but not many) instances, two gray dots are added below Bomb's left eye.
  • In the games, Bomb disappears when he explodes, but in the animations and comics, Bomb can explode without disappearing.

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