Bean the Dynamite (ビーン・ザ・ダイナマイト Bīn za Dainamaito?) is a playable character in Sonic the Fighters. He is anthropomorphic woodpecker who competed in a fighting tournament for the Chaos Emeralds and the right to destroy the Death Egg II. In battle Bean is capable of throwing endless amount of bombs for his amusement and defense.
Concept and creation
Bean the Dynamite is based on characters Bin and Pin from the 1988 arcade game, Dynamite Dux developed by Sega AM2, where the aforementioned ducks attempt to rescue a girl called Lucy from the evil Sorcerer, Achacha. "Bean" is close to the Japanese pronunciation of "Bin". Bean is near identical to Bin and Pin, except for his green feathers and attire. In his first appearance in Sonic the Fighters, Bean was most likely designed by Masahiro Sugiyama, the character designer of the arcade game.
Sonic the Fighters
In Sonic the Fighters, Bean had been entrusted to safeguard one of the Chaos Emeralds to keep Dr. Robotnik from abusing it. Eventually though, Dr. Robotnik constructed the Death Egg II, which he used to deploy hordes of robots to lay the world to waste with. Soon after, Bean joined the fighting tournament held to decide which one among the Chaos Emerald guardians was the strongest. If Bean could defeat all the contestants, he would earn the right to use all the Chaos Emeralds for Tails's single-seat Lunar Fox and travel to the Death Egg II and destroy it.
At the end of the tournament, the victor used the Chaos Emeralds to go to the Death Egg II and made it self-destruct moments after escaping it.
Other game appearances and cameos
Bean makes a cameo appearance in Sonic Mania. Right before the start of Mirage Saloon Zone Act 2, he, Fang the Sniper or Bark the Polar Bear (depending on the random pattern) can be seen standing on a Badnik while throwing a bomb towards the Tornado, making the biplane crash to the ground. Like in Sonic Generations, he is also seen on wanted posters through the Zone.
Bean also appears during the boss battle of Mirage Saloon Zone Act 2, where he is revealed to be one of the illusions created by the Heavy Magician. During the battle, Bean has a pattern consisting of throwing a couple of bombs and then hopping backwards or forward. Hitting him will make the Heavy Magician reveal herself.
Bean made an appearance as an unlockable character in Fighters Megamix, a beat'em-up game released on the Sega Saturn in 1996. Bean plays like any other Virtua Fighter character except he still has the ability to throw bombs. He is unlocked after defeating the 'Muscle' submode of the arcade mode and his alternate costume is blue recolor with shorter fringe and bow on his chest, who is in fact Bin from Dynamite Dux. His home stage is South Island instead of the Dynamite Plant (probably to avoid confusion with Grace's stage, Big Factory).
Virtua Striker 2
Bean is the mascot of F.C Sega, a secret team in Virtua Striker 2, the second installment in Sega's popular arcade soccer series released in 1997. As well as appearing on the goalkeeper's shirt, he can also appear as a substitute player after certain conditions are met.
Shenmue and Shenmue II
Most of Bean's personality is hard to define, though he is characterized with rapid and erratic movements, suggesting that he is either hyperactive or highly eccentric. He loves sports and is particularly good at soccer. Supposedly, he is also considered dangerous.
Powers and abilities
Bean, as his moniker implies, is an explosion expert who primarily attacks with bombs. It is unknown where he gets them from, but he seems to be able to produce them whenever needed, similar to how Amy pulls out her Piko Piko Hammer; his bombs however, are weak and can backfire if they explode too close up to Bean. In addition, Bean is very agile, rivaling the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog.
In combat, Bean is a flurry and strong fighter, capable of going up against experienced fighters like Sonic and Knuckles. His combat style revolves around heavy utilization of his bombs, either throwing or kicking them into opponent. Apart from the use of bombs, Bean's secondary weapon is his beak which he can use to deliver a rapid flurry of jabs to his opponents.
In other media
Bean appears in the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-off comic series where he is a mercenary with an undefinable past. He first appeared to attack Sonic along with his partner Bark, but was driven off by the Freedom Fighters and their allies. After serving Mammoth Mogul for a while, Bean and Bark joined Nack as Team Hooligan to find a Sol Emerald, but they eventually had to give up the hunt after facing too much opposition.
- According to Bean's Japanese bio in  The difference in species, Bin being a duck but Bean being a woodpecker, is not explained. , Bin (the main character from the 1988 arcade game, Dynamite Dux, who Bean as a character is based on) is his father.
- Bean is one of the three characters (along with Fang the Sniper and Mephiles the Dark) to have a title that does not refer to his species. Dynamite refers to his expertise in explosives.
- According to an interview on Sonic Central, Sonic does not know the whereabouts of Bean, Ray the Flying Squirrel, Bark the Polar Bear, Nack the Weasel, Chaos or Tikal.
- The cover of Sonic X #34 features Tails in a swimming pool with a Bean the Dynamite themed inflatable ring. The inflatable ring also has the Sonic the Fighters logo printed on it.
- ↑ Playing as Tails and Knuckles in Sonic Mania - Kinda Funny Plays. YouTube (26 October 2016). Retrieved on 26 October 2016.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 SoftBank (24 February 1997). "Bean". ファイターズメガミックス オフィシャルガイド (in Japanese). p. 208. ISBN 978-4797302127.
- ↑ Dynamite Düx. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
- ↑ The staff team of Sonic the Fighters listed on the GHZ.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 (June 1996) "Sonic the Fighters" (in Japanese). Gamest. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
- ↑ Sonic Museum - Cameos & Related Games
- ↑ Official Virtua Striker 2 webpage, on Amusement Vision's official website (Japanese). Retrieved on 17 February 2018. “Amusement Vision: FC SEGAにビーン登場 FC SEGA側が負けているか同点、かつのこり時間が半分をきっている時に、スローイン、ゴールキック、フリーキックのいずれかでメンバーチェンジが行われます。 この時、残りタイム30秒をきっていると、ビーンが出現します。 CPU戦で50回FC SEGAまで勝ちすすんだ筐体のみでみられます。 ちなみにビーンを使うことはできません。”
- ↑ File:Bean and Bark.png
- ↑ Sega of America. Sonic Q and A. Sega of America. Archived from the original on 13 June 2004. “Stephen F. (a.k.a Sonic's number 1 fan.): Will Ray the Flying Squirrel, Bean the Duck, Chaos, Nack, Tikal, and Bark reappear? P.S: COOL SITE!!! / Sonic: Actually, I don't know exactly where they are…but we do have some old faces from the past that will be with me in Sonic Heroes…make sure to check 'em out!”
- ↑ Bean's height is taken from the official Japanese guide for Fighters Megamix, in which it was comparable to the human characters in the game. This appears to be inconsistent with his height in Sonic the Fighters, which was relative to the rest of the playable characters (for reference, Sonic stands at 100 cm).