The trouble with Bodal is that Bodal is troubled
Bodal is an OverWorld Caretaker and the head Logistics Manager of his Tribe.
Bodal, originally called Bodla, from the Bengali Badalā (বদলা), means Revenge, a cliché widely known as motivator of butlers revealed as perpetrators in mystery writings — a concept commonly attributed to Mary Roberts Rinehart with her 1930’s novel The Door — fitting Bodal’s original attribution as the weakling butler, janitor and personnel at Castle Bodhran.
Conspiracy theorists might go down this road even further saying his name could then also come from the union of the Old English words boda, meaning messenger, envoy, herald, apostle, angel, with al, meaning fire. A theory that gets interesting if cross-referencing with an alternative Hindi translation for his name, badal (बदल), meaning change, or, as an idiomatic synonym, understudy, in the way of a person who learns another’s role — or grimaces — to act as substitute, and then we have the little one as an undercover UnderWorld agent — remember that Chaor just “happened” to know about the OverWorld’s new Battlegear, forcing him to invade Kiru City in person during the events of the two-part Episodes aired Chaor’s Commandos.
If the way he’s depicted in the Animation please you most, he could then be an UnderWorlder deserter who abandoned his Tribe, to become an Overworlder.
Bodal resembles a small and very skinny bright green alien with an elongated head, slightly flattened on the sides with a small lump on top of it, a very prominent maxilla and chin and no lips. He’s bald, with three deep-blue jewellery, vertically aligned in his big forehead, similar to a Hindi Bindi (बिंदी), two curved eyebrows, round eyes with small dark-red iris and heavy lids in deep ocular cavities, very exposed cheekbones leading to a sunken cheek and a small, almost smashed nose.
He’s always elegantly dressed in a high-collared, golden embroidered and ornamented regal blue T’ai chi ch’üan-style clothes, longer on his back in a cutaway style, Sangria red baggy trousers and jester-like pointy shoes with golden soles.
In the Animation, starting with the M’arrillian Invasion, Bodal’s appearance becomes closer to the concept of his Card Art, less exaggerated and more proportional, with a smaller but slightly more flattened head, without the lump on the top, skin with soft-green tonality and smaller jewellery in his now also reduced forehead. His ocular cavities are far less deep, the tiny iris of his eyes now have a dark rose colour, his nose has a better shape and his maxilla has been increased, becoming long just enough to match a new pair of lips green as peas, having a moderately wide, sapphire-blue strip vertically painted on his chin as finishing touch.
His clothing changes a little bit too, as now he seems to wear a decorated tabard-like piece underneath the main piece.
Personality & Behaviour
Bodal is an extremely important, though extremely underappreciated servant of the OverWorld leader, Maxxor, from whom he always awkwardly tries to get some attention. With a… charming personality, he’s exceedingly cocky and tremendously talkative, and if you accidentally happen to give him the chance, Bodal will certainly detail you every single aspect, however small, of his job as the Logistics Manager of the OverWorld Arsenal, the largest depot of Battlegears in the OverWorld. Blabbermouth by nature, because of this… communication talent of his, crucial information is often unnoticeably leaked in an unrestrained torrential speech.
Egocentric for his superior intellect, Bodal is haughty and bossy with those under his command, like his assistant Olkiex, from whom he often takes credit from, and doesn’t admit under absolutely no circumstances being contradicted by those he considers less reputable, dependable, respectable, pragmatic and meticulous than himself, even when he is indeed wrong, as seen during an arguing he had with Tom Majors, an, until then, refugee, working for him in the Arsenal, during the events of A Rare Hazard.
Regardless, one has to agree that he’s good at what he does — or, at least, what he orders others to do — after all, without keeping the Battlegears working, there would be no battles, just slaughter.
Bodal may not seem to be a combat material but, looking through the deception of his Disciplines, the little one may indeed cause quite a havoc. Because he doesn’t have any Elemental affinity, he often does better with Attacks like Viperlash whose damage can be boosted even further if he’s carrying his personal dagger. But as the Logistics Manager of an Arsenal, Bodal has at his disposal a wide variety of Battlegears to boost his battling capabilities, like the Sandstorm Shroud that would allow him, for example, to take the most out of a Turbulence Funnel; or, maybe, an Orchis Undin that would allow him to freeze almost any enemy with a Supercooled Rain.
And if everything else fails, his apparent battle ineptitude is also some sort of last hope, as with a bit of a Lucky Shot Bodal can put even the mightiest form of Aa’une, the Avatar seen during the events of Legions of Aa’une, on his knees — well, if had knees.
Besides that, the usually supportive role of the OverWorlders applies the other way around to Bodal, having him benefiting himself of his Tribesmen’s battle savviness instead of providing any real assistance.
- 125 lbs
- Dark Rose
- Mountain Meadow Green
In the Animation, during the events of Raznus Returns, right before Raznus and Odu-Bathax accidentally burst into the OverWorld Arsenal with a small army of Mandiblors on their survivability mission to find a new homeland for the Danians — since the M’arrillians had poisoned the waters of the Mount Pillar Reservoir — Bodal and his assistant Olkiex were working in an enormous Battlegear capable of breaking the molecular bonds of any solid compound. As the obviously self-imposed leader of the project, comes into play, the Flamedrill Researcher.
Weaker, slower and less resilient, at first glance the Flamedrill Researcher seems to be an even worse Creature. However, once again, it’s all a matter of perspective, because now this Overworld Hero completely maximizes his Battlegear management expertise.
Even though he hardly can do anything by himself, while among companions capable or willing to provide the Elemental affinity needed to power-up and fine-tune his massive creation in a collaborative effort, Bodal is capable of disarming opponents as well as rearming squadmates in a virtually indefinitely way. Albeit not an easy undertaking, with the right setup, it’s a very resourceful — and sometimes considered overpowered — ability, especially if he has an almighty Droskin stashed somewhere in his Arsenal.
This unexpected battle prowess of Bodal’s was demonstrated from a different — and less convincing — angle during the events of The Thing About Bodal in which he, impersonated by Tom Majors, defeated Agro999’s Tangath Toborn by quickly moving across Kiru City through its underground tunnels complex, beating his opponent little by little, one minor Attack at a time.
Bodal also indirectly helped Tom finding Maxxor, hidden in the Gloomuck Swamp, during the events of Fallen Hero. A rendered service without which, perhaps, unaware of the situation, Najarin couldn’t have come up with a plan to intercept his friend in the Labyrinth of Linsic, which could greatly endanger the OverWorld — or not, since Lord van Bloot ignorantly didn’t even know how exactly the Decomposition Mugic he cast on Maxxor would work.
Bodal appears, in Perim or in Chaotic, in the following episodes: