The Beheaded Bomber is an enemy that has made an appearance in several Serious Sam games.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Beheaded Bomber is an executed Sirian soldier that has been raised from the dead by Mental with the use of cyber-zombie technology. They have been implanted with a life control unit and vocal synthesizer.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

  • In most of his appearances, the Bomber appears as a man in a green shirt and holds his head in one hand, and produces pocket bombs from the other.
  • In Serious Sam HD and Serious Sam VR, the Bomber's head is impaled on a pike protruding from his neck, and carries a bag of grenades in his right hand.
  • In I Hate Running Backwards, the Bomber wears a yellow shirt.

Occurrence[edit | edit source]

In Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Beheaded Bombers are generally rare enemies, albeit slightly more common than Beheaded Firecrackers. Bombers are either found at ground level with Beheaded Rocketeers or on places on elevated positions such as low pillars and rooftops. They are normally found in smaller groups of other beheaded enemies. Bombers are a lot less common in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, often being replaced by Zorg Mercenaries, particularly in later levels (save for a few instances).

Attacks and stats[edit | edit source]

The Bomber's only attack is to throw grenades at the target. These grenades make slight whooshing sounds once they are tossed, until they hit the ground or the player, detonating. Bomber grenades have a smaller splash damage radius compared to the MK III grenades. When killed, the Bomber will explode soon after their death. They will also explode when gibbed with a shotgun or explosive weapon. Unlike Beheaded Firecrackers and Beheaded Rocketeers, Beheaded Bombers do not melee the player when they get too close to them.

In I Hate Running Backwards, instead of throwing bombs, Bombers will throw C-4 explosives at the player. Upgraded Bombers are able to use stun bombs, with each tier upgrade increasing the chances of them using the bombs. If the player is hit by a stun bomb, it won't cause any damage, but this will impede the player's movement for a short period of time.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • Small and large groups should be dealt with in haste, as their explosive bombs are more powerful than a Rocketeer or Firecracker missile.
  • The Bomber's grenades can be shot in mid-air, should consequences be dire.
  • Melee attacks are not recommended, as the Bomber can still throw grenades at a short distance when approaching. If the player is close to the death explosion, being caught in the radius can take off a bit of health, especially on higher difficulty levels. However, this is not as powerful as a Beheaded Kamikaze's death explosion.
  • Bombers are not immune to their own grenades, which can lead to clever tactics of causing one to kill themselves or another Bomber or beheaded enemy, such as Kamikazes.
  • It is not recommended to use a shotgun, the grenade launcher or rocket launcher at close range against a Bomber, as they will explode upon death, which can cause moderate damage to the player if they are within the blast radius.
  • Like Firecrackers, Bombers can be dangerous if mixed in with other enemies. When this occurs, Bombers are usually perched on high spots where they can rain down grenades without the player noticing until an explosion is heard, or if the grenade collides. If left unchecked, Bombers can inflict a large amount of damage while the player is fighting more dangerous threats.
  • Because the bombs have such small blast radius, the player can consistently avoid Bombers' grenades by strafing continuously in a single direction, even at close range.
  • On Hard or Serious difficulties, the bombs thrown by the Bomber can deal even more damage than they would on lower difficulties. As such, they should be treated as medium to high-priority targets.

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

  • Like other weak enemies in, Bombers are a rather basic enemy with low health and can be easily killed with any weapon, even on higher tiers.
    • This does not mean that the Bombers should be underestimated, however, as they are always placed far into the back of the playing field and use enemies in front of them as meat shields, meaning it may take some time before the player has a clear shot at the Bombers.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • An early Alpha shot of the Bomber reveals that they were supposed to have a chainsaw and a spike on the stump of their necks. The spike was eventually added back to the Bomber in Serious Sam HD, but with their decapitated heads being stuck into it. This design was similar to the Firecracker from the Alpha version, both would appear to have pikes in their necks, holding red inhuman heads in one hand, and a chainsaw in the other. The difference between the two enemies being the clothing attire, where the Bomber would sport a green t-shirt with a strange pattern embedded on it, and white pants.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The bomber's grenades appear identical to the bombs used by the Kamikaze.
  • Like the Firecracker, the Bomber in I Hate Running Backwards uses Herobrine's head, a popular Minecraft community icon.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Retail[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Double D[edit | edit source]

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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