|This article is about the regular enemy. For the airplane mid-boss in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, see Bombar.|
|“||This walking bomb has a skull on it. When it starts blinking, run!”|
|— Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
Bomber is an enemy in the Kirby series. He is a weak, accident-prone missile-type enemy with legs and a skull painted on either side. His metallic-looking exterior is actually really delicate, so one wrong move and he shatters, leaving his highly flammable insides to erupt out of the cracks in his damaged body, creating an explosion and instantaneously taking out Bomber in the process. This explosion KOs all enemies on-screen, though it will only hurt Kirby if he gets too close. Bomber is often perched dangerously close to the edge of a platform and then falls off promptly after Kirby comes on-screen.
While this is the most common way for the explosion to occur, he may also explode if Kirby gets in his way.
Bomber first appeared in Kirby's Adventure and in its remake. In these games it perches on the edge of a platform and then falls off promptly when Kirby comes on-screen. When inhaled, it gives Kirby the Crash copy ability.
Bomber reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake, having the same behavior as in Kirby's Adventure.
Bomber also appears in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, serving the same role as in previous games.
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, outside of the main game they appear in the Paint Panic sub-game where they chase Kirby as he moves through the stages. If the lead Bomber touches Kirby, it will explode, cause damage, and subtract points.
Because of the yarn whip, Bomber's actions are changed in Kirby's Epic Yarn and its remake, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. Bombers are often regenerated and usually follow a set path. If it falls to the ground or is unraveled, it will land on the ground upside-down and explode afterward. If Kirby touches it (even on the sides) it will flatten and explode.
If rolled up, Bomber will turn into a small bomb with a lit fuse. When the fuse runs down, the bomb explodes.
Defeating two different sets of Bombers in Castle Dedede will reveal pull tabs which are used to collect Bonus Stars and the Castle Dedede music.
Bomber returns in Kirby: Planet Robobot, acting the same way as in previous games.
Bomber appears in Kirby Star Allies and acts exactly the same as previous games.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Bomber appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Bomber's signature skull pattern also appears on the bomb King Dedede uses in Dedede Burst, his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Bomber appears as an explosive item. Upon spawning, Bomber will stand in place for a few seconds before walking around the stage. Fighters can pick it up and activate Bomber by pressing the A button. This will cause the user to stand in a pose for 1.5 seconds before Bomber denotates into a massive explosion, dealing damage and knockback to anyone caught in the explosion except the user. However, if the user does not activate Bomber within a short time, Bomber will explode on his own damaging everyone in the blast radius including the user. Attacking Bomber as he is walking across the stage will also trigger him to explode.
Bomber also appears as an Advanced-class Support spirit. When applied to a fighter, the fighter will have a Bomber equipped.
|“||One dangerous dude-as evidenced by the skull drawn on his body. Bomber walks around on two legs, but whenever he falls from stairs or other high places, he hits his head and explodes, covering a significant blast radius. Kirby can suck him up to learn the Crash ability, the ultimate weapon for wiping out every last enemy on the screen. Use it once and it's gone!”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|“||If you think a bit of mystery is the spice of life, you'll be disappointed here. If it looks like a bomb and explodes like a bomb...it's a bomb! A cute bomb, though, I admit. If he falls or bumps into something, he'll explode. With the right timing, you can throw him at enemies and do loads of damage!”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|“||Hold the Bomber up with the A button and a massive explosion will occur in 1.5 seconds. You will take less damage by moving away from the center of the explosion, so if you are about to get caught in it, try to get away!”|
|— Official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website|
|“||Hold it high to set it off. Enemies caught in the blast will take a ton of damage.”|
|— Bomber • Official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website|
|“||The power of the Bomber decreases the farther you are from the center. Even if it's just about to go off, you're better off trying to get as far away as possible.”|
|— Tips • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
- In the sub-game Kirby on the Draw in Kirby Super Star Ultra, if Kirby shoots Bomber, it will still blow up despite supposedly being an artificial piece of wood with Bomber's image on to it. This may, however, be an actual Bomber on a stick, as no wooden cutout is visible behind it.
- In the Paint Panic sub-game in Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby has to escape Bombers by having the player draw Paint Roller's picture with the stylus. If they catch Kirby, they will blow up and he will take damage.
- There is a glitch involving Bomber in the Peanut Plains area of Dyna Blade in Kirby Super Star Ultra. If Kirby has Suplex, he has to grab Bomber as it falls off its ledge, and right before he hits the ground, press A or Y. This will cause the game to glitch up, freezing the game (but not permanently).
- In Kirby's Epic Yarn, a Bomber that Kirby touches is flattened, even if hit from the side.
- In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, it can be seen that when a Bomber lands, its face grins almost maliciously.