Bubsy

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Bubsy
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"What could paws-ibly go wrong?" Everything. Just... E V E R Y T H I N G.
Gender: Male
Type: Insufferable 'Jokester'
Species: Bobcat
Portrayed by: Brian Silva (Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind)
Rob Paulsen (Bubsy’s Pilot, Bubsy 2 and Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales)
Lani Minella (Bubsy 3D)
Doug Erholtz (2017-Present)
Status: Alive
Media of Origin: Bubsy


"What could pawsibly go wrong?"
Bubsy T. Bobcat


Bubsy T. Bobcat is the main protagonist of the platformer game franchise of the same name, Bubsy. Created by Michael Berlyn, Bubsy served as the mascot for Accolade during the 90s. He is infamous for talking way too much and starring in one of the worst video games of all time, Bubsy 3D. He also came back in Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, and in Bubsy: Paws on Fire. Some of the other characters returned from the failed 90s pilot.

Why He Always Makes Things Go Wrong

  1. He was only conceived to cash in on the 90's mascot craze, being jump-started by the success of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  2. He has an incredibly grating and nasally voice; not only does he have a lisp, but in the original games he never once shuts up.
  3. His jokes, wisecracks, and cat puns as a 'comedian' in the original games are very cringe-inducing and horribly written (if hit-or-miss at best). Bubsy 3D took this element WAY too far and as a result, this made Bubsy look a whole lot more obnoxious and completely devoid of anything witty or genuinely funny.
  4. He often says unfunny things that can get annoying fast.
  5. He is also way too hyperactive, smug, and sassy, which can also get annoying.
  6. He is the playable character of many mediocre to terrible platform games, including the infamous Bubsy 3D, only known for being one of the worst games in existence. Especially when that game killed his very existence for a while.
    • Especially for how much damage he can get through fall damage in the first game and just about anything can hurt Bubsy, which leads to cheap kills that further shows how weak and frail Bubsy really is.
  7. In the pilot of his failed television show, Bubsy is extremely unlikable. He is downright annoying, egotistical, infuriating, selfish, and constantly abuses his roommate, Arnold the Armadillo, who wants nothing to do with him and Bubsy treats him like a "sidekick" when he makes things worse for poor Arnold. He, worst of all, has on repeated occasions constantly said the "What could pawsibly go wrong?" catchphrase in the most aggravating ways possible.
    • He is also a lazy jerk, as shown in the pilot, where he would rather watch TV than celebrate his niece and nephew's birthdays.
    • He is also highly moronic as well, as he begins to treat Arnold like an inanimate object to the point that he even mistakes him for a wrench in one scene and is still blind about his actions due to his carelessness and mindless behavior.
  8. He believes himself to be a 'hero' despite usually making things worse or sometimes fixing issues by mistake (making his catchphrase much more ironic), out of his sheer obliviousness most of the time. He is rather generic when he does something heroic as the protagonist.
  9. While some people can find his fallible ego charming, he always tries way too hard to act cool and hip to such an excessive degree that he usually comes out as a desperate and complete dork.
  10. In Paws on Fire, his cocky and sassy demeanor is still not endearing. In fact, he becomes a whole lot more unfunny and unlikable than in the previous title The Woolies Strike Back, and he gets excessively annoying with both facts in particular, which is saying something due to how infamous Bubsy already is.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. His characterization as a bobcat with the ability to glide is kinda interesting (if silly and bizarre), but is executed poorly due to the reasons mention above.
  2. Since he can break the fourth wall, he openly mocks players and the developers themselves (who totally deserve it by the way).
  3. In Bubsy 3D, his cartoonish buffoonery was hilarious, surreal, memorable before and after it was memetic, engaging & rather interesting to watch.
  4. In The Woolies Strike Back, there is a meter that controls how often Bubsy talks. At zero, he shuts up! With that said, some of his jokes can be hit-or-miss at best.
    • Speaking of that game, some of his one-liners here can range from being either mediocre and/or decent, to being rather charming and pretty funny.
  5. There were times when he can be a bit tolerable in Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind.
  6. As stated in WHS#10, some people can find his fallible ego charming or comedic.
  7. His design is overall passable as it looks quite close to what an actual bobcat looks like, especially compared to Bonkers.

Reception

Bubsy has received largely negative reviews from gamers alike, and is considered by many as one of the worst video game mascots for talking way too much and making unfunny jokes. His franchise consisted of six games that were ranked from mediocre to horrible (while Bubsy: Paws on Fire! was well-received and considered by fans as the best game in the series), and his franchise has been considered to be one of the worst video game franchises of all time (that is, when Bubsy 3D was released).

Trivia

  • Bubsy and his death scenes became internet memes when his death animations in Bubsy 3D were very memorable.
  • Bubsy was originally going to wear green tennis shoes in early concept art. It is likely these were removed as to not make Bubsy seem too similar to Sonic.
    • In Bubsy: Paws of Fire, the concept of him wearing shoes has been included into his redesign.
  • Bubsy was originally going to wear pants, but Michael Berlyn wanted him to have a Donald Duck styled appearance.
  • He was one of Rob Paulsen's least favorite voice-over roles along with Coconut Fred, another character Paulsen hates, voicing him in Bubsy II, Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales and the aforementioned failed pilot.

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