Bean the Dynamite, (Japanese: ビーン・ザ・ダイナマイト Bīn za Dainamaito), while a hero in the game, is a recurring, yet minor, antagonist in the Sonic the Hedgehog series by Archie comics. He is an insane green duck with the unexplained ability to summon and set off bombs at will. In most of his appearances, he is partnered with Fang the Sniper and Bark the Polarbear.
Bean also appears in the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-off comic series. He first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog #160 where he attacked Sonic on his birthday. During the fight, Bean jumps out of a window after Fiona Fox's keys and is later knocked out by Shadow the Hedgehog. Like Bark, he used to be part of a mercenary band led by Nack the Weasel.
When a Sol Emerald appeared on Mobius, Bean, Bark, and Nack went after the emerald as Team Hooligan, stealing the Emerald and briefly kidnapping Cream during a battle between Team Rose and Team Dark. However, the Team was intercepted by the Babylon Rogues and it's revealed that Bean knows Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow and Storm the Albatross. When the team tries to drop missiles onto the Team in order to kill them, Bean saves his friends by making the missiles explode prematurely. During the ensuing battle with the Rogues and Teams Rose and Dark, Blaze the Cat tricks Bean into defeating himself and Team Hooligan by making him bring out his biggest bomb and igniting it.
Bean with the rest of Team Hooligan.
He is one of the three characters (along with Fang the Sniper and Mephiles the Dark) to have a title that does not refer to his species. Dynamite refers to his expertise in explosives.
When Sonic Riders was published in Nintendo Power, many fans and reporters, jokingly, mistook Jet the Hawk for Bean due to their similar appearances.
Bean made one more appearance than Bark the Polarbear in Virtua Striker 2.
Bean was the first playable bird character in any Sonic game.
Bean makes a cameo on the cover of Sonic X #34 as a pool floaty Tails has on. It should also be noted that there is a Sonic the Fighters logo on the Bean floaty.