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Bonus-kun was originally a lifeless punching bag belonging to Rowe, a man who had trained many fighters. For unexplained reasons, Bonus-kun came to life (possibly because a fighter puts their soul into their fist and after being punched enough with so much soul he developed one of his own?) and afterwards Rowe trained him. After this, he began travelling the universe looking for strong opponents.
Bonus-kun appeared in two games from Sunsoft: Galaxy Fight and Waku Waku 7. In the original Galaxy Fight, he was completely worthless. He only appeared as a bonus stage half way through the game (hence his name) and almost all he could do was throw tiny fireballs (whose sprite looked exactly like Ryu's fireballs from Street Fighter II).
He later reappeared in Waku Waku 7, a game that was originally intended to be a sequel to Galaxy Fight. After you win 3 fights in a row without dying, Bonus-kun falls from space to test your skill. Bonus-kun is a much stronger opponent than he was last time, perhaps as an inside joke to Galaxy Fight fans. He now sports a full move roster based entirely off of Ryu's moveset from Street Fighter and he fights without a difficulty limiter. If he beats you, as he probably will the first time he fights you, the game continues still and your next opponent is only slightly stronger. If you do manage to beat Bonus-kun, however, then your next opponent will be much stronger due to an increase in difficulty level. This was an excellent way to provide a challenge in Waku Waku 7 without having the same problems Galaxy Fight had with it's difficulty level.
- All of Bonus-kun's alternate colors in Waku Waku 7 are based on other "shoto" characters, like Ryo or Ken. One of his colors is even a parody of Evil Ryu and his headband even has the "Ten" kanji (the same one that appears on Akuma'a back during his win pose) on it.
- Bonus-kun's theme in Waku Waku 7, "Gently Forgiving", begins sounding near identical to Ryu's theme. This is even more apparent in the Saturn release.
- Bonus-kun's victory poses are also a parody of Ryu...but at this point, what about Bonus-kun ISN'T a parody of Ryu?