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Tomba!, known as Tombi in the UK and Europe and Ore! Tomba in Japan, is a cult-favorite adventure series composed of two games starring a pink-haired jungle boy. Tomba must fight the Evil Swine, who have turned the world into a much darker place through the power of their own evil magic, using platforming skills across a fairly large game world.

The game is notable for its quest structure, in which you receive points for every objective completed, instead of just simply going from one point to the next as is the case with many platformers. Also, the plethora of hidden objectives made this a kind of Platformer-RPG fusion.

Two games were released for the Play Station:

  • Tomba!
  • Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return (known as Tombi 2 in the UK and Europe and Tomba: The Wild Adventures in Japan)

The series contains examples of the following tropes:

 Quick! Tabby went missing! She was captured by the Evil Pigs because they wanted her necklace for no reason whatsoever! You've got to save her by capturing them in colored purses! You may also deviate from your objective to do ridiculously unnecessary quests that add nothing to the story whatsoever, like transporting cement in a trolley, washing oversized chickens up, and guiding a worm through a series of booby-trapped seesaws so it can eat a leaf!

  • Eyepatch of Power: Yan's father wears one.
  • Fat Bastard: The Earth Pig in the sequel is really fat compared to his colleagues.
  • First Town: The Fisherman Village.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Inverted. Somehow in the second game, Tomba forgets that he can swim!
    • In the opening cutscene, he jumped in the ocean & almost drowned. Tomba may have been traumatised by this and was afraid to swim again
  • Gentle Giant: Gran.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In both games there's one or more naked Cupid-like angels peeing on a fountain.
    • Also "the peach flower" and its "gas" in the first game.
  • Gold Fever: Gold powers the magic of the Evil Pigs. In both games the final arena where the True Evil Pig is fought is made of/full of gold.
  • Green Hill Zone: The Forest of All Beginnings in the first game.
  • Guide Dang It: Some of the sidequests will require this.
    • Some of the sidequests are so obscure that even FINDING them is enough of a hassle.
    • Two words from the first game that make everyone flinch, "Seven Friends". This is one of the last and mandatory quests in the game. The required friends are in random places all over the world, and when you find the first six, you might go crazy looking for the last friend only to find out that it's actually Baron.
    • The Evil Pig Gates may also count.
  • Gusty Glade: Phoenix Mountain uder the Evil Pig Curse in the first game.
  • Heroic Dog: Baron again, although defying the Evil Pig all by himself didn't work out well.
  • Heroic Mime: For some reason, Tomba seems to be fairly able to understand what people say, but he's unable to talk. In the second game, his Non-Human Sidekick is there to do the talk for him, and to serve as Mr. Exposition.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Hidden Village fits this trope exactly to the point where it actually is almost impossible to find.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Something Tomba is terribly guilty of, by stocking countless items, including living creatures and objects bigger than him, inside of his stomach!
  • Incendiary Exponent: The Jewel of Fire in the first game let's you do this. It also gives you the appropriate hair color.
  • Interchangeable Antimatter Key
  • Jungle Japes: Masakari Jungle in the first game.
  • Just Add Water
  • Lean and Mean: The Yellow Evil Pig in the first game.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The inside of Phoenix Mountain in the first game.
    • Also the Great Underground Mine under the Evil Pig Curse in 2
  • Lost Forever: Break the Spiked Barrel on the first game and that's it! The event involving that Barrel will never be fulfilled! Goodbye, One Hundred Percent Completion.
    • You're bound to miss a lot on your first playthrough due to this trope, and during your second playthrough (If you aren't using a guide) you're going to be scared to even touch anything that isn't plot-related.
    • Make sure that you have every sidequest you want to do completed in Tomba 2, because once you enter the door with the Evil Pig Gate, time will stop and you can only finish the main story.
  • Luck-Based Mission: All the boss battles in 1 are this. Essentially, you have to toss the pig inside the giant, rotating bag in order to seal it away.
  • Making a Splash: The Water Pig in 2
  • Meaningless Lives: On the first game. Was thankfully averted on the next one.
  • Mercy Invincibility
  • Mega Manning: In the sequel, defeating one of the evil pigs grant you a cloth with the powers of said pig.
  • Messy Pig: The Evil Pigs, led by the Seven Evil Pigs (or Five Evil Pigs in the second game).
  • Minecart Madness: One of the hardest sidequest in the second game.
  • Metroidvania
  • Mood Motif: In the second game, the music playing during a conversation or cutscene usually depends on the situation. For example, during a normal situation, peaceful music will play. Also, during a emergency or a serious situation, really frantic music will play.
  • Mooks: The different types of pigs found in both games, of course.
  • Mr. Exposition: Zippo takes the throphy, although there are a few others serving this purpose as well.
  • Ninja: Yan.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Zippo in the second game. Baron could also count.
  • Old Master: The first game has four of these! And they go up in age - from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 to the Million-Year-Old Man.
  • Old Save Bonus: Several of the quests in the second game are only available if you complete a series of quests and have a save file from the first game (at the Grapplejack point or later).
  • Playing with Fire: The Fire Pig in 2
  • Plot Coupon: The Evil Pig Bags to...
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Judging by the dialogues in 2, it seems like the True Evil Pig is this. He even refers to his battle with Tomba as a "play".
  • Puzzle Boss: Besides the Evil Pigs, a few normal enemies also count.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The five evil elemental pigs in 2, including the Fire Pig, the Ice Pig, The Ghost Pig, The Eath Pig and the Water Pig.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of the pigs in the first game wore pink and was male.
  • Remixed Level: Every level becomes one when it is lifted from the Evil Pig Curse.
  • Revenge of the Sequel
  • Rose-Haired Girl: The mermaids in the first game.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Win's machine in the second game.
  • Running on All Fours
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: What Tomba does to the Evil Pigs.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "It's a fire hammer. It's a hammer with the power of fire."
  • Shout-Out: Possibly coincidential, but an early task in the first game requires the rescuing of seven dwarves.
  • Smurfette Principle: Only one of the evil pigs in the first game is female, and no it's not the Pink Pig. It's actually the Navy Blue one. I bet you didn't see that coming.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Kujara Ranch under the Evil Pig Curse in 2
  • Speaking Simlish: Arguably in the first game. The second game was fully voiced.
  • Super Drowning Skills: The second game
    • Tomba also starts with these in the first game, but after doing a couple of missions they become Super Not-Drowning Skills.
  • Talking to Himself: ALL minor NPCs in the second game are voiced by the same person.
  • The Chosen One: Tomba is said to be this by the Millon Year Old Man.
  • Time Stands Still: What the second game's final antagonist does to the rest of the world before the final confrontation. It's rather creepy...
  • Vocal Dissonance: Apparently, the voice actor for the Water Pig in 2 didn't realise that she was female, even if she refers to herself with feminine pronouns and has a clearly female-shaped body and lipstick.
  • Underwater Ruins: The Water Temple in 2
  • Warp Whistle: The Wings and, later, Baron.
  • Wild Man: Tomba, our hero.
  • Wutai: The Hidden Village.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone comments on Tomba's pink hair. It was even part of the ad campaign.
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