Bobby the barbarian


At age eight, Bobby is a mite small for his age. But what he lacks in stature, he more than makes up for in spunk. A little kid with a big voice, he's always been the kind of boy who gets into trouble because he refuses to act like a little kid. He'll take on any opponent, no matter how huge. In the world of D&D, he is The Barbarian, thanks to the unwieldy club that he wields. It gave him the animal pelt suit and horned helmet he wears. The club also gives him incredible strength but only in conjunction with the club. If a boulder is thrown at them, he can bat it miles away or shatter it into a zillion pieces. He can smash a hole in the side of a mountain or make the earth quake by beating his club on the ground.

Now, Bobby's problem is that he doesn't like taking orders -- not from his big sister, Sheila; not from anyone. He listens to Hank because Hank's the boss and he pays attention like a good soldier. But he sometimes doesn't hear Hank's commands and goes charging off against the Cyclops Monster. The kid is absolutely fearless, is never intimidated by anyone and, therefore, is often getting them into trouble. He's not quite as smart as the others so it's ironic that he's been entrusted with the greatest strength of all. And, since he always doesn't use it wisely, he can cause more problems than he solves.

He is constantly playing David to an endless array of Goliath-like opponents they come across. Villains laugh at his size, unaware of the great power he wields. He gets along great with Diana (possibly even better than with his own sister; Sheila's too timid for his tastes). He respects and (usually) takes orders from Hank. He thinks Eric is a stuck-up snob (he's right) and Eric responds with a W.C. Fields-like dislike for children, especially this one. Bobby doesn't understand Presto and is the most impatient with his botched-up tricks -- while Presto's inferiority complex is done no good by the knowledge that an eight year old is far more powerful than he can ever dream of being. Frequently, however, Bobby's youthful impetuousness gets them into a jam and even the eight-year-old has to admit that he maybe has a lot of growing 

Biography copied from Series Bible.

4 comments:

  1. I always got the feeling bobby wasn't the most popular character in the series. To me though he was a good character by the way he always trys to be more grown up that he really was,i think everyone did that as a child right? D&D writers got it right with bobby in my opinion.

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  2. Couldn't agree more. Bobby was my favorite as a kid, probably because I could relate to him best (or he was the Barbarian, which is cool!) But as an adult, he's still my favorite. He wants to prove he's grown up like the big kids, which makes his breakdown in The Dragon's Graveyard all the more powerful. His undying loyalty to his sister and willingness to defend her and stick up for her (and vice versa Sheila for him) is a really nice testament to what siblings should strive for. (which I can relate to with 4 brothers and sisters). At the end of the day Bobby is by far my favorite character. :)

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  3. Agree, I love to watchthe way Bobby treats Uni and the respect and love he has for that little one. I have to say sometimes I feel like cry just to see how emotional bond they have between them. He is a sensible loyal kid with a heart of gold, although he makes big effort to show the opposite!

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