Sunday, December 6, 2009

Where'd The Nickname 'Blue Bomber' Come From Anyway?

Often, fans and non-fans alike refer to Mega Man as the "Blue Bomber", a nickname that's stuck with the character for many, many years. Yet, most of us remain unaware of the origin of the title.

So, where did we get the alias, "Blue Bomber" from?  I direct you to the following product...


Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.

Though never officially stated, Mega Man's nickname, the "Blue Bomber", likely stemmed from the ever-popular game from Mattel toys.  More specifically, the red robot's opponent - The Blue Bomber.

(Guess that would make Proto Man the "Red Rocker"?) 


Now that we've got the possible origin of the name, who popularized it?

According to TVtropes, the nickname made its debut in the seventh issue of Nintendo Power wherein Mega Man 2 was the cover story.  After that, the title made its way around the fanbase and, sure enough, Capcom eventually recognized it as the character's official nickname, going so far as to include it in commercials,  and even within some of the more recent games like Mega Man 9 and Star Force 2 (MM9 had an achievement named after it, and dialogue in SF2 references the title).


Pretty cool bit of trivia, wouldn't you say?

9 comments:

  1. so im assuming people will start calling Protoman the Red Rocker?

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  2. @anonymous don't they do that already? also, i fail, if you were just being sarcastic LOL!

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  3. Here's some trivia for you: that commercial is also the origin of the expression "knock your block off"!

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  4. @Anon 1: Should have been the name of Proto Man's Battle and Chase car!

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  5. The name was mention during SF1 to. During the play I think.

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  6. Well I'll be damned. Seriously. Damned.

    I am also marveling at how someone would still have that commercial footage, lol. Teh interwebz has it all...

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  7. it was also stated in the first starforce game

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  8. Oh man, it was YEARS ago when I first saw this. Lol, never thought it'd pop back up later during my Megaman years.

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  9. Not to burst your bubble, P-Dude and Anon1, but "Red Rocker" has been Proto's nickname for at least the past 5 years or so. Spend more than ten minutes at RPM or another popular Rockman forum and you'll hear it at least once.

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