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The hero of the story is Bolt Crank, a Badass dude who has the ability to eat anything, then re-create it, whole and functional, from his arm. This is, more often than not, a ridiculously large gun of some kind. He typically travels the world, righting wrongs and spending a surprising amount of time helping young couples get together despite enormous odds. An anime adaptation was made in 1997, animated by Studio DEEN and directed by Koichi Mashimo.
This series contained examples of:
- Acrofatic (Roberto Silvka)
- Aloof Big Brother (Leon, who acts like one at least)
- Attractive Bent Gender (Dean Wolfstar, a shapeshifter)
- Awesome McCoolname (Bolt. Crank.)
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Grandpa (Nick, AKA "The Genius Explorer." Despite being long retired and way past his prime, he still manages to do more damage to Bolt in a one-on-one fight than anyone else in the series.)
- Bolt himself may count, as he's implied to be a immortal being who creates universes.
- BFG (So very, very, very many examples, most of them wielded by Bolt. One handed.)
- BFS (The Boer Sword deserves a special mention for having a length that's about twice its wielder.)
- Become a Real Boy (The point of Leon's Xanatos Gambit is to turn Stella into a real girl. Not that it works, mind you.)
- Bishie Sparkle (Bolt, As seen in Amy-Vision.
- By Wall That Is Holey (Invoked by Bolt here.
- Catch Phrase ("I don't care if you believe me or not!")
- And to a lesser extent, "Ate it" and "Complete!"
- Chekhov's Gun (Series MVT. Typically when Bolt is first introduced, he'll be chewing a gear or a widget or something. Expect that to turn out to be the final piece of some massive Wave Motion Gun.)
- Lampshaded at one point when Bolt actually panics after (not quite) losing a tidbit. Its purpose is never revealed, though.
- Cloning Blues (Leon)
- Crazy Prepared
- Evil Twin (Leon. I know, if the series bothered to take itself seriously, this would probably induce a few Epileptic Trees.)
- Exact Words (Bolt sometimes takes jobs from very shady or outright evil people, and being a professional, never breaks his contracts. Every single time though, he will interpret the contract extremely literally and end up screwing his contractor.)
- Hard, possibly inspired by seeing Bolt in action, tries to pull this during the Eurydice arc. It almost doesn't work.
- Extreme Omnivore
- Exactly What I Aimed At (Bolt throws a sword in Stella's direction. She thinks he missed... Until the guy coming at her from behind picks it up and cuts her in half.)
- Facial Markings
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome (The cure for Future's memory loss/mental regression in the Big Generator Arc.)
- Fun with Acronyms (Moving Of Limited End point.)
- Generation Xerox
- Gentle Giant (Bolt is more inexpressive than stoic and is shown to be very kind and considerate.)
- Heroic Sacrifice (Several times during the MOLE arc.)
- Hope Spot (During the MOLE arc, Macus has his legs cut off and is set adrift in Zero G. Bolt pulls out the yo-yo that he ate earlier and flings it in Macus' direction... But the string isn't long enough.)
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl seemingly every single Girl of the Week Bolt encounters. played with in the first chapter
- Humongous Mecha (Garron)
- Hyperspace Arsenal (Bolt's is both justified and of a particularly epic nature)
- Implacable Man (Bolt never fails to come back and finish his job even after he starts getting visibly injured. He was Immune to Bullets (or at least impossible to hit) earlier in the series, as well)
- There was a point where he survived getting hit by a missile which failed to explode and became embedded into his chest thanks to a train he ate. Seriously.
- In Name Only: The anime adaptation had little to do with the story and only featured the main character.
- Insane Troll Logic (Hard was hired by Stella to bring Eurydice back to her sister. Later, after Stella replicated herself and Bolt hired Hard to help out, Eurydice asks him to finish the job to bring her to her sister. His logic in refusing to do so is that Stella was the one to hire him to do that, now that there are "so many Stellas" it's "Only logical to finish what Bolt hired me for first."
Eurydice: "What kind of logic is that!?"
- Ironic Echo ("You said you would have a "go" with me, right?" As well as "They're from a different world.")
- Meaningful Name (Bolt's favorite foods are bolts and cranks. Some old work companions gave him the name because of that, since he lacked one before.)
- More Dakka: One of Bolt's many BFG's managed to entirely pulverize the walls around one floor of a tower. It's a machinegun.
- Multiple Choice Past
- The Quiet One (Bolt rarely ever talks and changes his expression even less often, though this is more of a personal quirk rather than due to any form of psychological issues. He's simply quiet.)
- The Nicknamer
"I'm the captain of this volunteer squad, Macus. I'm the one that gave them these cool nicknames."
- Razor Floss (Mark's weapon of choice. He's good enough to use it to bisect incoming bullets.)
- Bolt himself uses it during the "My Adventure" arc.
- The Reveal (Bolt apparently created the series universe using his ability. He makes a new one at the end and it is implied that he will continue Walking the Earth after going there)
- The Rival (A few, some self-proclaimed only and others who are at least a bit credible. Bolt has apparently inspired many explorer wannabes to follow in his footsteps as well, and all of them have a strange desire to take his title)
- Robot Girl (Stella, among many others)
- Rule of Cool
- Scarf of Asskicking (Silvaka)
- Shout-Out (Silvaka's outfit looks a lot like that worn by Kamen Rider.)
- Soul Cutting Blade: One issue has Bolt consume and produce the blade of a sword created by a blacksmith who didn't create swords to harm people's bodies, but to cut their souls.
- Soylent Green: The "special dish." Not exactly people, but mushroom which grow on corpses.
- Spot the Imposter (Bolt will occasionally have Chuck act as a decoy, but Chuck has a vastly different personality -- Warren realizes that he's an impostor when he sees "Bolt" laughing and chatting it up with a bunch of ladies. It does not help that "Muwahahaha" is practically his catchphrase.)
- The Stars Are Going Out (Referenced in the Big Generator arc as something that the Big Generator is capable of doing.)
- Stealth Hi Bye (Subverted at the end of the Gargoyle arc. Wanda turns to find that Bolt is gone, and runs off looking for him... But it's revealed that he accidentally fell down a a pit trap, just like he did at the beginning of the arc.)
- The Stoic (Bolt, although he is largely inexpressive rather than cold.)
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill (In the Misha/Mira arc, Bolt is stabbed through the heart - with a missile. He lives.)
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works (Subverted. See "Exactly What I Aimed At" above. And then it's played perfectly straight during the Gargoyle arc.)
- Walking the Earth
- Wave Motion Gun
- Wig, Dress, Accent (How Chuck impersonates Bolt, minus the accent.)
- Winged Humanoid (Mana, but only briefly. Also, the titular entities of the Angel and Demon arc.)
- Wrong Genre Savvy (Warren. He hears that Mana controls a superweapon, and he knows that Mana is holding onto the last bolt of a device for Bolt to eat. He makes the logical assumption. He's wrong.)
- Xanatos Gambit (Teromea's plan. Works.)
- Xanatos Roulette (Leon's plan. Doesn't work.)
- You Just Told Me
Ommu: "You'll never find where the workshop is, this complex is huge..."
Chuck: "The third building from the West, in a basement... the workshop is there! "
Ommu: "...How did you find out?"
Chuck: "Muwahahaha! I was just guessing!"
- Zero-G Spot (Alice offers this to her fiance during the MOLE arc. He doesn't take her up on it.)