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Book in Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

Book (ブック Bukku), also known as Bocke Lee Temjin and Wonder Boy, is the protagonist from Wonder Boy in Monster Land and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, and the only playable character to appear in more than one game from the series.

Note that the English Master System manual of Wonder Boy in Monster Land, says that Book is the same character from the first Wonder Boy game, Tom-Tom ("Bock Lee Temjin"), eleven years older. While they are similar, it is unclear if they actually are the same person.[1]

StoryEdit

Book is a young habitant of Monster Land that wanted to return peace to the land, so he set out to finish the dragon leading the monsters. After a long journey, he reaches the monster's castle and defeats the dragon, but unbeknownst to him, the dragon was actually a robot from space. Despite its power, Book manages to defeat it thanks to the legendary equipment he obtained.

In the sequel Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, the Mecha Dragon is shown to have the power to invoke curses on his enemies and turns Book into a Lizard-Man. After escaping the collapsing castle, Book tries to undo the curse by journeying across the land to obtain the Salamander Cross, which is said to be able to lift his curse. After defeating other dragons, Book finally obtains the Salamander Cross from the Vampire Dragon, returning to normal.

In Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, Book appears to be the final boss, being above the dragon High Baroom and attacking with the Hurricane spell from the previous games. After the dragon's defeat, it is revealed that he isn't the real Book, but an alien that got the legendary equipment that Book used to defeat the dragon.

FormsEdit

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Book's forms in Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

In Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap / Dragon's Curse, Book has six different forms:

FormBase
AP
Base
DP
Notes
Hu-Man / Human10055Book's true form, only available in the beginning of the game (unless special passwords are used). Has no special moves other than being able to crouch, but has the highest stats.
Lizard-Man / Lizardman00The first form available, obtaining when the Mecha Dragon curses Book. Can't use swords and shields (they still give AP and DP when equipped), but is able to crouch and release fire from the mouth, being the only form with a long range attack.
Mouse-Man / Mouseman6020Small form that can easily avoid attacks. Can cling and move on checkered yellow blocks.
Piranha-Man / Piranhaman5040Can swim.
Lion-Man / Lionman (SMS/GG)

Tiger-Man (TG-16)

9050 Has a wide sword slash that can hit above and below him. Has the best stats after Hu-Man.
Hawk-Man / Hawkman 3010 Can fly. Takes damage on water.

Except for the Human form, Book can change between his obtained forms in special rooms found around the land. With the Kashmir / Tasmanian Sword equipped, he can transform into any form (including Human) in any place by using a command. In the Game Gear version, hold the Up and Attack buttons while falling and Book will change when he lands. In the Master System version, hold Button 2 on controller 1 and Button 1 on controller 2 while falling.

Other versionsEdit

Wonder Boy in Monster LandEdit

In Bikkuriman World, Book is replaced by Head Rokoko (ヘッドロココ), and Super Zeus gives him the task to defeat the evil Jura.

In Saiyūki World, Book is replaced by Son Gokū.

In Mônica no Castelo do Dragão, Book is replaced by the Monica's Gang character Monica (Mônica), and his sword becomes her blue plushie rabbit Samson. In the story, the Monica's Gang villain Captain Fray (Capitão Feio) plans to pollute the world, having many monsters to assist him, including a powerful dragon. Defeat results in Monica becoming one of Captain Fray's monsters.

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's TrapEdit

The Brazilian game Turma da Mônica em O Resgate starts where Mônica no Castelo do Dragão ended. After many battles, the tired Monica is captured by Captain Fray after her battle against the dragon. To rescue her, the scientist Franklin (Franjinha) creates a teleporter to send her friends to Monster Land, but it can send only one person at a time. Book's transformations are replaced by Monica's friends:

  • Lizard-Man: Chuck Billy (Chico Bento), a kid with a fireball-shooting shotgun.
  • Mouse-Man: Blu (Bidu), Franklin's blue dog.
  • Piranha-Man: Jimmy Five (Cebolinha), a boy in a green shirt.
  • Lion-Man: Maggie (Magali), a girl in a yellow dress.
  • Hawk-Man: Angel (Anjinho), the guardian angel of Monica's Gang.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hardcore Gaming 101: Interview with Ryuichi Nishizawa