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The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight

“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.

18 thoughts on “The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight

  1. I was really drawn to this class as well during my brief time in the Alpha. Really a lot of fun- that they are nerfing them isn’t surprising as they did a ridiculous amount of damage.

    They really reminded me of what I wanted the Engineer to be in WAR (but never was).

    If I was still playing Rift the Saboteur would be my class-du-jour!

  2. I use the “And so he says, I don’t like the cut of your jib, and I go, I says it’s the only jib I got, baby!” line pretty regularly. By far my favorite bit character in history! You’ve probably just made me log in to Rift tonight.

    All his lines in one youtube video!

  3. Along with the Chloromancer, I found this to be one of the more creative souls in RIFT. And during my visit to Telara I enjoyed the class. It was obvious, however, from visiting the forums that the fun wouldn’t last too long with all the crying over them in PvP.

    Oh well, enjoy blowing stuff up while you can!

  4. We are in agreement on this one for sure, best cartoon ever!

    I still keep it on the pc to watch in the background when doing crafting tasks in an MMO or something like does not require complete attention.

    The live action series… now that was another story.

  5. I totally know what you mean about the playstyle and personality shift when playing a sab. It’s ridiculously fun! My guildmates laugh at how goofy I get when I swap to that role. I want to macro yelling “BOOM!” to my detonate key.

  6. How are they nerfing them? Even though my main is a rogue I’ve never really gotten into the Saboteur lifestyle (Riftstalker ftw) but I’ve encountered enough of them in PvP to know they’re extremely dangerous. But the main issue is their mechanic — if they crit on a Detonate it’s like getting 6 crits in a row, all at once. Which results in massive spike damage that very few opponents can deal with. I don’t know how they can change that without fundamentally breaking the class.

  7. From what I understand, the biggest changes are reducing the range that they can throw, and by calculating denotation charges separately (so five different numbers that can crit individually vs. one that can crit for massive amounts).

  8. I do remember The Tick. We used to have it on while playing Third Reich or ASL on Saturday mornings. TEMBWBAM also jumped into my mind when trying out the saboteur soul.

  9. @Syp, ahh, I guess that would work. Be nice if they could leave it the way it is for PvE but change the mechanic for PvP. I can’t imagine anyone cares that Saboteurs can get massive crits in PvE 😛 In my opinion that’s the benefit of having to wait to deal your damage all at once.

  10. shhhhhh don’t promote the saboteur!! <<favorite soul
    let people stick with their stealthers.. and rangers..

  11. Charge Booster is also getting nerfed from being passive to being an active ability with a 90 second cooldown.

    I’m happy that Land Mines aren’t being touched. It’s so much fun to kite mobs or players onto the mines.

  12. I have Sabotuer as the zero-point soul for my Ranger/Marksman. I use the basic stack-five-and-detonate ability all the time in Warfronts and Rifts.

    In Warfronts I like to stack all five charges on someone as fast as possible then wait for their health to spike down. Boom, instant kill. Very satisfying.
    In Rifts the same ability seems to register on anything, regardless of level difference, unlike my arrows, which just bounce off elites a few levels higher than me.

    I’m going to do a build with Sab as the main soul, but I’ll wait til the nerfs are in so that I don’t know what I’m missing!

  13. I only use saboteur as a 2 point soul in my rogue’s “special ops” build (which is mostly assassin and bladedancer), it gives me the frag bomb for a bit of area effect damage and the option of blast charges and detonate if someone tries kiting me. Although I have had great fun stealthing behind the enemy line and stacking charges on people who are busy casting.

    The saboteur is great fun for PvP because enemy players typically have one of two reactions. Either they don’t notice the charges being placed on them until you get detonate and they go “AARGH! WTF WUZTHAT?!”, or they DO notice the charges building up in their debuff bar and panic, running around and probably yelling “SAB ON ME! GET IT OFF ME! GET IT OFF ME!!!” As a psychological weapon, the saboteur soul is a thing of beauty and I commend Trion for creating it 🙂

  14. The best character in The Tick had but a single line in the first episode.

    “This looks like a job for Bi-Polar Bear! But I just… can’t get out of bed…”

  15. Maurice LaMarche was the vocal genius behind The Midnight Bomber. He’s done so many great voice over characters throughout his career he deserves a Hollywood star.

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