What’s Wrong with Bodhi Crocodile?

Bodhi is a gentle, mute man who carries a stuffed toy crocodile wherever he goes. We first meet him wandering the streets in search of someone, like a big kid in a grown man’s body, and he doesn’t even know how to tie his own shoes. So, what’s wrong with him?

This is a question I get asked quite often, and the answer is: nothing.

Bodhi represents the childhood innocence we all once had, free of sin and corruption. Any lawyer will tell you that to retain this virtue, it’s best to keep your mouth shut. If Bodhi began his journey on the streets, engaging in everyday conversations, you might not relate to him as easily. I’m no psychiatrist, but common sense tells me this timid feature is what connects us to him immediately.

As the story unfolds, Bodhi’s involvement with his newfound friends (and their problems) introduces him to a dangerous world, much like how we grow from children to adults. Over time, those who sheltered him throughout his life disappear, leaving him to adapt on his own. In fact, the entire Bodhi Crocodile series is one big character arc, from unlikely hero to anti-hero, while he maintains that lovable personality we have captured in our hearts.

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