You may not be aware of this, but the dynamic dragon duo known as Bub and Bob--or Bubblun and Bobblun, if that's how you roll--haven't always looked like they single-handedly inspired the "herp derp" meme.
Yes, they've always been a bit cross-eyed. And, yes, they've always had buck teeth. Still, Bub's and Bob's earliest designs (see flyer below) were pretty darn cute, if you ask me.
Sadly, they weren't that cute for long. In fact, Bub and Bob somehow caught a serious case of the duhs between the release of the Famicom version of Bubble Bobble and the NES version.
Bubble Bobble Part 2 wasn't any better, with Bub and Bob appearing the definition of "dorky" both on that game's box art and within its gameplay.
Things only got worse with the release of Bubble Symphony and Bubble Memories. Although both titles are a joy to play, I'd be hard-pressed to say the Bub and Bob sprites featured in this pair of sequels are a joy to behold.
All may not be lost for Bubble Bobble's color-coordinated protagonists, though. Case in point: The box art produced for the GameBoy Advance release known as Bubble Bobble: Old & New.
Sure, Bub and Bob are a bit generic-looking in this particular cover illustration, but they're also fairly cute--or at least I think so.
Anyway, all that said, where do you guys and gals stand on this tremendously important issue? Do you like the dweebs Bub and Bob have become, or do you wish Taito's crack team of designers would make them adorable once again?
See also: 'You say Bubble Bobble clone, I say Fairyland Story clone'