Someone asked on Twitter a while back why so many mice in Japanese games, etc. drop or throw bombs.
I looked into it SUPER briefly and I read on some Japanese sites that fake rats were used as bombs during WWII in Europe. But I don’t know if that’s the reason for this pattern. I get a hunch that it’s similar to other patterns in that some big/important piece of entertainment did it once, and then everything else sort of referenced it after that. But I haven’t looked into that yet.
If anyone has any ideas and/or examples of this happening in Japanese stuff, share it here!