“And he says to me, he says to me, ‘You got style, baby! But if you’re gonna to be a real villain, you gotta get a gimmick!’ And so I go, I says, ‘Yeah, baby! A gimmick, that’s it! High explosives!’ Ah ha ha ha ha ha!”
Man, who remembers The Tick? Seriously, it was one of the best, most absurd cartoons ever broadcast and I loved every minute of it. It parodied and subverted superhero conventions before that was the “in” thing to do. The creators had such fun coming up with bizarre superheroes and villains, and one of my absolute favorite was the incomprehensibly named “The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight.”
No, I didn’t ever really understand his name, but that was part of his allure. He was crazy, he was psychotic, and he absolutely loved his bombs. Now mad bombers are one of those despicable things in real life, but in fiction they can be really hilarious and relatable. Like Crazy Harry from the Muppets. After all, many of us are quietly pleased by things going “BOOM” in controlled circumstances, from building implosions to fireworks.
This is why I’m developing a strong crush on RIFT’s Saboteur class. Yes, I know they’re slated to be nerfed with the next patch, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing it. Flinging bombs all willy-nilly? Pressing that button to detonate? Yes, please!
I was excited to try one in beta, but the explosive noises then were so muted as to make the class sound like it was stepping on mice (“oomph”) instead of blowing crap up. Now I crank my speakers and let the good times roll!
It’s kind of funny, because I can feel my personality and playstyle shift when I move into this role. With the Bard or Riftstalker I have a deliberate purpose, but with the Saboteur it’s all about being crazy and rushing headlong into danger. Fling fling fling, boom boom boom. If I get into a good pattern, I can detonate a number of spike charges on one guy, put a time bomb on him, and move on to the next mob while the first has half of its health, trusting that it’ll die before too long. It’s a wonderfully powerful rush.
So here’s to you, Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight. You knew the way to true explodey happiness long before I ever did.