Bean the Dynamite (ビーン・ザ・ダイナマイト Bīn za Dainamaito?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an 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 an endless amount of bombs for his amusement and defense.
Concept and creation
Bean the Dynamite is based on the characters "Bin" and "Pin" from the 1988 Sega AM2 arcade game, Dynamite Düx, where the aforementioned ducks attempt to rescue a girl named Lucy from an evil Sorcerer known as "Achacha the Great". It should be noted that "Bean" is close to the Japanese pronunciation of "Bin". Bean is near identical to Bin and Pin, except for his green feathers, attire, and species of woodpecker instead of duck. In his first appearance in Sonic the Fighters, Bean was most likely designed by Masahiro Sugiyama, the character designer of the arcade game.
Bean is a green anthropomorphic woodpecker with black eyes, a yellow beak and legs, two spiky tufts of feathers protruding from his head, and two tail feathers. For attire, he wears a red neckerchief around his neck, white gloves with cuffs, and red flat shoes with gray soles, each with a white stripe over it.
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' 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
In Sonic Mania and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Bean makes a cameo appearance. 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 an Armadiloid while throwing a bomb towards the Tornado, making the biplane crash to the ground. Like in Sonic Generations, he is also seen on several 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 forwards. Landing an attack on him will make the Heavy Magician reveal herself.
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. Supposedly, he is also considered dangerous. He has also been stated to be a sports enthusiast.
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 pecks to his opponents.
In other media
Books and comics
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs by Archie Comics, Bean 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.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Bean is a wacky mercenary from another dimension set in the recent past who works closely with his associates Fang the Sniper and Bark the Polar Bear.
A plush toy of Bean was made as part of a line of plush toys for Sonic the Fighters in Japan, which could only be won from claw machines.
- 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 Düx, 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 with explosives.
- According to an interview on Sonic Central from 2004, Sonic "does not know the whereabouts of Bean, Ray, Bark, Fang, 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.
- Bean being referred to as a "sports enthusiast" is most likely a reference to his cameo appearance as a Soccer mascot in Virtua Striker 2.
- 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).
- Playing as Tails and Knuckles in Sonic Mania - Kinda Funny Plays. YouTube. Kinda Funny Games (26 October 2016). Retrieved on 26 October 2016.
- "Bean" (in Japanese). ファイターズメガミックス オフィシャルガイド. SoftBank. 24 February 1997. p. 208. ISBN 978-4797302127.
- Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Arcade Classics". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 20. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Bean the Dynamite - He's a wild sports-enthusiast woodpecker who can seemingly generate explosives from thin air. He attacks with wild abandon, but always with an impish smile on his face."
- Dynamite Düx. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
- "Sonic the Fighters" (in Japanese). Gamest (173). June 1996. Archived from the original. Retrieved on 15 July 2018.
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- 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!"