Alias: Bo Abobo
M.O.: Stubby little kicks; vicious head claps
First Appearance: Double Dragon (Tradewest, ARC)
Known accomplices: Roper, Williams, Linda, Chintai
Weaknesses: The ol’ Elbow Smash

Profile by Jeremy Parish? | January 31, 2011

According to Wikipedia, Abobo is “a northern suburb of Abidjan and urban commune of this city in Côte d’Ivoire. Abobo is one of the most populated communes in the country with about 1,500,000 inhabitants in an area of 9,000 ha (90 km2), a density of 167 inhabitants per hectare.” This is remarkable in that it is the one time on Wikipedia that looking up a video game-related term will bring up more information on a real-world object or location than on the game term.

I can’t think of a more damning statement about how far the Double Dragon series has fallen from grace.

It’s not Abobo’s fault, though. And by “Abobo,” I mean the massive, sometimes-mustachioed strongman, not the town in Côte d’Ivoire. The beefiest mainstay of the Double Dragon series is a total trooper, joining the action and gamely taking a beating to help further the careers of the Lee brothers in all his myriad forms. Sometimes he’s a giant Caucasian, sometimes he’s an afro-wearing black man, sometimes he’s inexplicably green -- once he even wore red slacks and a white button-down shirt. The man has class.

As the beat-em-up genre faded to irrelevance, Abobo did his part to keep Double Dragon’s star untarnished. He’d punch through stone cave walls with his bare fists, or agree to insane split-screen special effects to allow him to appear as a pair of himself. He gamely took part in the disastrous Hollywood adaptation of the game, allowing himself to be presented as a bumbling villain who ended up grotesquely mutated—a painful real-life procedure that took years to recover from. Top that, De Niro.

Abobo’s one notable absence was, perhaps not coincidentally, the utterly irredeemable Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones. Even the most loyal man has his breaking point, after all.

After years of participating in the declining franchise, Abobo’s last appearance was in series swan song Double Dragon Advance, where he gamely performed a dozen different roles, ever a standout even amidst that masterpiece’s remarkably expanded cast.

With Advance’s failure to resuscitate the series, Abobo decided to retire -- not coincidentally, to the suburbs of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. After years of taking the fall for others, the big guy felt he deserved a chance to live somewhere he could feel important.

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