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Bokkun (ボックン?), designated Messenger Robo (メッセンジャーロボ Messenjā Robo?),[2] is a character from the anime series Sonic X and its comic series published by Archie Comics. He was built by Dr. Eggman to send messages to Sonic that come in the form of explosive televisions.

Appearance

Bokkun is a short and humanoid black robot. He has a round head and stout body, with small arms and legs. He also wears a jetpack, white gloves, a belt with a large yellow 'M' in the middle, and red boots.

Bokkun also has small, round, yellow eyes with irises, and a blue tongue. His ears are likewise large and protrude from the side of his head and are pointed on the ends.

History

Anime

Past

Bokkun with a Television Bomb.

Bokkun was apparently built at some point by Dr. Eggman to serve as a messenger, delivering exploding television sets to the intended recipients.

New World Saga

After Knuckles' manipulation at the hands of Dr. Eggman turned out successful, Bokkun was tasked with messaging Sonic at the Thorndyke Mansion about the fight with Knuckles. He does so, and he manages to aggravate Sonic by exploding a Television Bomb upon him while flying away in laughter.[4] Bokkun was then tasked visit Station Square Elementary School to remind E-51 Intelligente of his role of brainswashing the students to admire Dr. Eggman, only to realize that Intelligente made the students admire himself rather than the doctor which Bokkun warns him about the doctor threatening to dismantle Intelligente into the scrapyard. However, he was tearfully mesmerized by Intelligente's emotional gratitude for the school students.[5]

After the Thorndyke Mansion's television signal has been cut off, Bokkun would arrive in the mansion's lounge, prompting Sonic and Chris to quickly hide behind a couch to which Bokkun calls them out for. He then plays Eggman's message which highlights the doctor's plans of using E-90 Super Sweeper to suck up the satellites on the Earth's stratosphere but at the end of the message, Eggman mentions the possiblility of Bokkun being obsolete which prompted Bokkun to burst into tears. Chuck would try to toss Bokkun out of the mansion, only for Bokkun to detonate an explosive and fly away while Chuck returns, covered in soot.[6] When Eggman broadcasted his takeover of Emerald Coast as Eggman's Scream Park on television, Bokkun shows up in the mansion's lounge and gives Sonic a "personal invitation" to the park while telling him that Chris is located there. Bokkun then departs but not without leaving a bomb which detonates on Sonic and Chuck.[7]

Bokkun later barges into the mansion while Sonic and his friends were having dinner, playing a message from Dr. Eggman who informs them of the light emitted by Chaos Emeralds over at Diamond Stadium and challenges them to a game of baseball over there. Bokkun then proceeded to throw numerous pitches at them until Ella appears and throws him out of the mansion.[8]

Chaos Emerald Saga

While out in vacation, Bokkun was tasked by Eggman to give Sonic and his friends a message but only found Cheese on their boat. Disappointed, Bokkun returned back to the Egg Fort and instead gave the Television Bomb to Eggman while playing out the doctor's message. Afterwards, the Television Bomb detonates on Eggman, Decoe and Bocoe.[9] At Oriental City, Bokkun flew over to Knuckles the Echidna to play back a message from Eggman where the doctor orders Knuckles to quickly head over to New Town if he wanted to see his friend Hawk who the doctor held hostage. Bokkun then tried to attack Knuckles while imitating karate moves and quoting battle lines, not realizing that he missed Knuckles.[3]

After Sonic defeated Eggman's E-65 Gorru-Gaooh at a savannah, Bokkun arrived and played a message from the doctor who commanded Bokkun to perform a tap-dance, much to Bokkun's embarassment.[10] Bokkun later arrived at the Thorndyke Mansion just to say hello but realized that nobody was at home except Ella. When Bokkun broke down crying over how there was nobody at home, Ella forewent her attempt to ridicule him and tried to comfort him. In return, Bokkun gave a gift to Ella. However, this was a ruse, as Bokkun's gift turned out to be a bomb that blew up in her face. With that, Bokkun took off laughing. His little prank soon came back to bite him though when Ella, now enraged, chased Bokkun all the way back to the Egg Fort II in the X Tornado and was able to send the Egg Fort II and a whimpering, frightened Bokkun flying into the horizon with a Cyclone Kick.[11]

Bokkun kissed by Chu Mor.

When Sonic refused to race against Sam Speed, Bokkun arrived at the Thorndyke Mansion to force Sonic to race by unleashing Chu Mor on him, who chased Sonic around the balcony attempting to kiss him. While Bokkun was laughing hysterically at this, Sonic finally decided to accept the race and jumped off the mansion's balcony, while dodging Chu Mor who ended up kissing Bokkun. Back at the Egg Fort II, Bokkun then complained about this incident while Decoe and Bocoe tried to comfort Bokkun.[12] Bokkun would then visit Eggman, Decoe and Bocoe who were bushwalking in Japan and points out that Sonic's friends were wandering nearby.[13]

Chaos Saga

After Eggman launched a missile at Station Square, Bokkun arrived to announce a message from the doctor who announced to the public that the missile would detonate within two minutes, with Bokkun counting down as the message ended. When Tails succesfully defused the missile though, Bokkun shook hands with Tails before leaving and angrily told the fox that he'd inform Eggman about this.[14] Bokkun would then meet up with Sonic in surprise when the hedgehog invaded Eggman's Final Egg, carrying a message from the doctor who invited Sonic to a confrontation while ordering Bokkun to show Sonic the way, much to Bokkun's disappointment.[15]

Shadow Saga

Bokkun was apparently trapped from the Station Square flood incident only to be rescued by Sonic, much to each other's surprise. While Bokkun ungratefully snapped at Sonic for rescuing him, Sonic simply returned his thanks before taking off.[16] During Eggman's celebration party following Sonic's arrest, Bokkun would arrive with a message to the doctor from Rouge who wanted to meet and discuss with the doctor. After the message ended however, the Television Bomb ended up detonating on Eggman, Decoe and Bocoe.[17]

Bokkun unveils the Egg Golem.

Bokkun was seen directing police officers who were chasing after Sonic. Bokkun would then be present at Eggman's pyramid base where he summoned the Egg Golem when Sonic and his friends visited the base. With it, Bokkun fought both Sonic and Knuckles, and despite giving them trouble initially, the heroes managed to take the Egg Golem when Cream managed to grab the controller and made the Egg Golem chase after Bokkun.[18] Bokkun would later cheer on Super Sonic and Super Shadow as they fight the Bio Lizard in an attempt to save the planet from complete destruction.[19]

Egg Moon Saga

When Decoe and Bocoe were ready to film their advertisements about Eggman's Sunshine Balls, Bokkun arrived with a message from the doctor who sincerely placed his faith on Decoe and Bocoe though he threatened the two robots if they messed up, with Bokkun wondering why the doctor would place his faith in Decoe and Bocoe. Later onwards, after answering phone calls, when Eggman mentioned that consumer demand for the Sunshine Balls was greater than expected, Bokkun suggested that they ask the President for help.[20]

Emerl Saga

Bokkun discovers Emerl.

Having avoided imprisonment, Bokkun activated Emerl from the remnants of Eggman's fortress as part of a plan to break Eggman out of jail. Soon after this, he started fighting Sonic near Station Square, driving a tank with Emerl contained within it. However, Sonic was able to defeat Bokkun and his tank. Bokkun told Sonic that their fight was a distraction to allow a robot that would free Dr. Eggman from prison before fleeing. Eventually though, Bokkun ended up in prison, reuniting with Dr. Eggman, Decoe and Bocoe who were now glaring furiously at Bokkun although Bokkun insisted that he was not the reason why Eggman is still in jail.[21] Later on, Bokkun takes part in the Chaos Emerald Championship to try and obtain the Chaos Emerald for Dr. Eggman. His opponent was Amy, and he tried pulling his typical crocodile tears trick to soften Amy up before attacking her. This backfired when he called Amy a liar, however, and she quickly proceeded to eliminate him with her hammer.

Later, Bokkun is responsible for breaking Dr. Eggman out of jail, along with Decoe and Bocoe. Because of this, Dr. Eggman tracks down Sonic at the championship and causes him to “forfeit” from the match against Amy.

Homebound Saga

Metarex Saga

Early in Season 3, Rouge the Bat blackmailed Bokkun with a locket of his that contained a picture of his secret crush, Cream. He did tasks for her such as drugging Eggman's drink, leaving Rouge unsupervised to conduct her plans.

Archie Comics

Bokkun has many more appearances in the Sonic X comics than in the anime. His love for sweets and food is highly exaggerated; one instance had him going on a week-long sugar rush and attempting to take over the world (volume 26-27).

Personality

Bokkun enjoying Ella’s pies.

Bokkun is very childish and immature and loves explosions and desserts. He is slightly sadistic and loves to pull pranks which often involve explosions. His primary job is delivering messages, but he also completes the occasional odd job such as breaking Eggman out of prison or piloting mechas. Bokkun often tries to get Decoe and Bocoe to be his subordinates, which they have not ever gone along with. He even activated Emerl with the intention of bossing him around.

Bokkun has a boiling point temper. Despite his loyalty to Eggman, he sometimes puts his own needs and desires above his job. For instance, he sometimes delivers messages for Sonic and his friends in exchange for pastries or helps Rouge in an attempt to steal a Chaos Emerald so she doesn't spill his secret. When embarrassed or angry, Bokkun will begin to yell "Baka", the Japanese equivalent of 'stupid' or 'idiot'.

Bokkun seems to be a bit of a black sheep among his fellow robots. On a few instances he interacts with Decoe and Bocoe as though they were his friends, but generally, he's rude to them and tries to make them angry.

Bokkun is easily gets upset (though sometimes they are crocodile tears for a prank) when he embarrasses himself, like when Eggman told him to dance after a message played and he didn't know how to dance, or when he was accidentally kissed by a robot that Eggman sent to bother Sonic.

In the comics, Bokkun turns power crazy and delusional when he has too much sugar, taking on the identity of "The Cape". Eggman had to get the help of Sonic to stop him from trying to take over the world and in the end he had to pin Bokkun down until he crashed and fell asleep. He is a lot gutsier in the comics—one Eggman plan involved Bokkun dressing up as him while the real Eggman was elsewhere, and when Eggman tried to return home, Bokkun did not stop playing the role and activated the bases defenses to kick him out so he could keep shirking work to eat junk food.

Powers and abilities

Bokkun can fly using a jet-pack attached at his belt. He is not otherwise known for his strength, but he was able to heavily injure Black Narcissus with a single kick.

Bokkun is also shown to have some knowledge with tanks, as he once drove the Bomb Tank.

Relationships

Dr. Eggman

Bokkun is very loyal to Dr. Eggman, whom he treats like a father or creator. Bokkun sometimes appears to be Eggman's favorite of the trio, as he has complimented Bokkun several times and rarely ever seems mad at him. In the English version of "The Volcanic Venture," Eggman even sides with Bokkun (he'd claimed that he might get eaten by a snake if Eggman sent him) and sends Decoe and Bocoe to find food instead.

Ella

Ella and Bokkun in Ep.20.

Ella and Bokkun’s relationship is quite unstable, as Ella is not fond of the robot at all. At first, Ella believed Bokkun to be a robot of innocence who just wanted to be loved. However, after he exploded a bomb in her face, her views of the robot shifted in a different direction, and even took the X Tornado out on her own, just to get her revenge on Bokkun.

Although his joy for explosions may get in the way of their relationship, Bokkun actually likes Ella somewhat, and enjoys the sweets that she makes.

Rouge the Bat

Bokkun is scared of Rouge, as shown during the Metarex wars. To spy on Dr. Eggman, Rouge blackmailed Bokkun in exchange for not revealing his secret crush to anyone else. Later, Rouge continued to tease and blackmail Bokkun, even causing him to poison Dr. Eggman.

Cream the Rabbit

Bokkun has a long-standing crush on Cream the Rabbit as evidenced by a picture of her inside a heart-shaped locket he possesses that Rouge used to blackmail Bokkun with.

Friends/allies

Neutral

Enemies

Trivia

  • Bokkun appears to dislike his designation name "Messenger Robo": in the Japanese version of "The Beginning of the End", when Chris calls him "Messenger Robo," he angrily replies, "I told you my name is Bokkun!"
  • The M on Bokkun's belt could possibly stand for Messenger Robo, although it is never stated as such.
  • Despite his name indicating that he is a robot, Bokkun's face is capable of displaying a range of organic emotions, and he is depicted eating and drinking like a living organism would.
  • Bokkun can be summoned by Bocoe and Decoe's "Bokkun Beacon". This is only used in "The Beginning of the End", when Chris asks them to take him to Eggman. However, in "Agent of Mischief", Eggman uses another way to activate Bokkun's eyes as an emergency signal.
  • Former Sonic the Hedgehog writer Karl Bollers originally planned for Bokkun to appear in the main Sonic comic following Sonic the Hedgehog #134.

References

  1. Masaki, Hiro; Houjou, Chinatsu (19 February 2005). "Prize Fights". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 45.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:Bokkun.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shiraishi, Masahiko (24 January 2004). "The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 17.
  4. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (4 October 2003). "Cracking Knuckles". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 5.
  5. Urasawa, Yoshio (11 October 2003). "Techno-Teacher". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 6.
  6. Shiraishi, Masahiko (25 October 2003). "Satellite Swindle". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 8.
  7. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (1 November 2003). "The Last Resort". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 9.
  8. Mikuni, Mutsumi (8 November 2003). "Unfair Ball". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 10.
  9. Hōjō, Chinatsu (17 January 2004). "Depths of Danger". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 16.
  10. Masaki, Hiro (31 January 2004). "The Dam Scam". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 18.
  11. Masaki, Hiro (14 February 2004). "Cruise Blues". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 20.
  12. Urasawa, Yoshio (21 February 2004). "Fast Friends". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 21.
  13. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (28 February 2004). "Little Chao Lost". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 22.
  14. Urasawa, Yoshio (9 October 2004). "Heads Up, Tails!". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 30.
  15. Shiraishi, Masahiko (16 October 2004). "Revenge of the Robot". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 31.
  16. Masaki, Hiro (30 October 2004). "Project: Shadow". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 33.
  17. Masaki, Hiro (6 November 2004). "Shadow Knows". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 34.
  18. Masaki, Hiro (20 November 2004). "Shadow World". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 36.
  19. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (4 December 2004). "Showdown in Space". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 38.
  20. Masaki, Hiro (18 December 2004). "Sunblock Solution". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 40.
  21. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (29 January 2005). "A Date to Forget". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 42.