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Welp, now that that's settled, time to knock on the door. And by "knock", I mean "liberal use of high explosives."

— Bean the Dynamite, Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special

Bean the Dynamite[1] is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is a wacky green woodpecker from another dimension set in the recent past who works as a mercenary with Fang the Sniper and Bark the Polar Bear.


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.[1]


Seasons of Chaos

Bean, along with Bark and Fang, was hired by Dr. Eggman to locate the Chaos Emeralds for him. Having tracked one to Summer Falls Zone, Bean and his associates arrived there in to acquire it, only to encounter Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, who were also searching for the Chaos Emeralds. Springing into action, Bean distracted Sonic with his bombs, while his teammates handled the others. Despite eventually getting a clear shot at Sonic, Bean refrained from throwing his bombs so as not to hit the Emerald he was carrying. This lead to the Emerald falling off a cliff, prompting Bean and his teammates to retreat to Autumn Forest Zone in search of another. Bean used this opportunity to roast a marshmallow over one of the Marvelous Queen's boosters.[1]

Upon arriving at Autumn Forest Zone, however, Bean and his teammates faced resistance from Mighty, Ray, and Amy, all of whom were searching for the Emeralds. Bean subsequently threw several of his bombs at Ray, one of which managed to hit, blasting him and Amy to the ground, and allowing Bean to take the purple Chaos Emerald. Unfortunately, his victory was short-lived, as he was soon knocked out be Metal Knuckles, who took the Emerald. Bean and the others then pursued Metal Knuckles, only to find Sonic Tails Knuckles, and a defeated Eggman. After listening to Eggman's explanation of Heavy King's betrayal, Bean teamed up with Eggman and the heroes to assault his former fortress in Winter Caverns Zone. Arriving at the gates to the fortress, Bean and his group were attacked by Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles, both of which were still under the Heavy King's control. Bean attempted to fight back using his bombs, only for Metal Knuckles to slice them in half, barely missing Bean. However, due to Tails and Eggman's help, both were neutralized, and put back under Eggman's control, prompting Bean to attempt blowing up the gate to enter the fortress, only to be dissuaded by Fang.[1]

Bean and the others then entered the fortress, and were attacked by Heavy King, who was empowered by all seven Chaos Emeralds. Bean, however, enjoyed watching all the explosions created by his power, and assisted Sonic's plan by taking the green Chaos Emerald from Heavy King's stage. The plan succeeded, leaving Heavy King powerless, and allowing Bean and the others - excluding Eggman and his robots - to escape the fortress. With their mission done, Bean and his associates left Winter Caverns Zone in the Marvelous Queen, having been granted the purple Chaos Emerald for their efforts.[1]

Amy's New Hobby

Bean would later come to Amy's house to read some of Amy's self-made comic books. While there, he got shoved aside by Sonic when he came to see what this commotion was all about.[2]


Bean casually talking to Metal Knuckles, despite the situation, from Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special.

Bean possesses a very wacky and non-serious personality, rarely showing fear, even when fighting against the likes of Metal Knuckles or Heavy King. In spite of his goofy demeanor, Bean can be quite vicious, emotionally fickle and violent, with Amy describing him as a "jerk" and "mean, rude, and cruel". Despite this, Bean does appear to have a compassionate side, as he was moved to tears by Eggman's story of Heavy King's betrayal. Additionally, Bean has a deep love for watching explosions, which he considers to be "beautiful".[1]

Powers and abilities

Bean possesses the unique ability to generate small black bombs seemingly out of nowhere. He also possesses great agility, being able to perform flips and make great leaps with ease.[1]


Fang and Bark




See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Bean's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.
  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).