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Robert Svane, more commonly known as Bobo Del Rey, was the leader of the Revenants and the lover of Willa Earp, before he was sent back to Hell.

Biography

Robert Svane was a close friend of Wyatt Earp. Svane was fatally wounded by Peacemaker in a duel between Wyatt Earp and the demon Bulshar Clootie. During the duel, Clootie had seized Svane to use as a human shield. Svane told Earp to take the shot; Earp did, killing both Svane and Clootie with the same bullet.

Svane was an innocent who sacrificed his life to stop Clootie's demonic reign over Purgatory. However, the Earp Curse, cast by Clootie, nonetheless damned Svane to go to Hell and resurrect as a Revenant. One of Bulshar's brides, Constance, also known as the Stone Witch, offered Del Rey a deal: either trick Doc Holliday into giving him the ring — which was also the third seal to Bulshar's entombment — that would grant him immortality, thus saving him from the curse, or rescue him from the well Constance had thrown Doc in. Svane, jealous of Wyatt's loyalty to Doc, chose to leave him in the well when Doc wouldn't give him the ring.

In his dying moments, Svane unknowingly met Wynonna, one of Wyatt's descendants and an Earp heir from the future, who was witnessing the past through a vision quest initiated by Juan Carlo, as seen in No Future in the Past. Svane had been catching glimpses of her and believed her to be his angel. When Wynonna, whose body was dying in a burning church in the future, began to fade in the past, Svane asked for her name. Wynonna instead gave him her sister's name, Waverly, and Svane swore to never harm his angel, Waverly.

When Svane returned to Purgatory in his demonic form, he took the name Bobo del Rey. His decades in Hell and constant resurrection changed him. Eventually, Bobo met Waverly Earp, the stepdaughter of that generation's heir, Ward Earp. Bobo befriended the young Waverly, leading her to believe that he was her imaginary friend.

He then struck a deal with one of the heirs: Ward Earp, who agreed to cross the Ghost River Triangle border with him in exchange for his family's safety. The plan did not go as planned as Ward's second daughter, Wynonna, picked up Peacemaker and accidentally shot Ward. Bobo and the Revenants then took the next heir, Willa, and kept her in a tree house. Bobo came to be Willa's protector, defending her from the Revenants who wanted to hurt her, and the two became lovers. They planned to cross the border once Willa turned 27 and officially became the heir, but Constance took Willa and forced Bobo to dig beneath the city and gather the bones of his sons in exchange for Willa's return.

History

Season 1

In Keep the Home Fires Burning, he meets up with Doc and punches him, putting his boot on his head as Doc tries to broker a deal with him. Bobo eventually accepts, telling Doc to get a personal belonging of the Earps and he'll give him the revenge he wants so desperately. After Red is killed by Wynonna, Levi tells Bobo about it and he tells Levi that revenants can't hold Peacemaker, beating him repeatedly. Doc later comes back to his trailer where Bobo is waiting for him and asks about how his mission is going.

After Wynonna sends Killer Miller to Hell, Bobo is confronted by Doc near the edge of the Ghost River Triangle, letting the gunslinger know that he's somewhat gained his loyalty. He shows him Levi, who told Wynonna some valuable information and didn't bring her head to him. He wants Doc to drag Levi over the line and chain him up as a way to prove he wants to be in. He watches as Doc drags Levi away and takes his coat off, showing the huge mark on his back as he speaks to the revenants. He tells them they'll stick to the plan they've had for 15 years and walks to Doc, telling him he can deliver the woman who changed him as he's a man of his word, to which the two shake hands in agreement.

In Leavin' on Your Mind, he draws a circle on a map and is confronted by Doc, who tells him that he is leaving the trailer park as a way to distance himself from Bobo. Bobo looks around his people as Doc tells him that some are itching to wander out, but he tells Doc that the only way out is with him. He says he knows that Doc is looking for the Stone Witch and mentions that she is close. He tells Doc he has her name and wants him to get close to Wynonna so she can trust him, then he'll give the name, but they are interrupted when Waverly receives a call, caught spying on them in the process.

In The Blade, he walks out of a trailer and greets Wynonna and Xavier Dolls. While exchanging a few hostile comments with Wynonna, Dolls asks if they have a talk with Robert Malick. He tells them that they can, but if something were to happen to Malick, the two would be met with consequences by gun wielding trailer park residents. He says that as Malick didn't believe in cleanliness, they'll find his tent by way of smell.

In Diggin' Up Bones, he is visited by Wynonna and Doc as they gained a search warrant for the trailer park. Bobo makes sexual remarks towards and being annoying in general so Dolls asks an officer to escort Bobo out. After some more remarks and hostile stand off, Dolls arrests Bobo and takes him to the police station. He talks to Waverly, who walks into the holding cell and tells her chose her because she has a darkness in the depths that either one of them knows fully about. Wynonna soon walks in, tells Waverly to get out and turns off the camera. She closes the window and while he makes more sexual remarks, she threatens him with Peacemaker, but he uses his magnetism ability to take it out of her hand and tells her if she thinks her shoulders are heavy now, then it won't amount to what's going to happen later. After an officer and Bobo's lawyer, Miss Stone, arrives to the cell, Bobo is escorted out as he is free to go. He is then confronted by Miss Stone, who is revealed to be Constance Clootie, the witch who had cursed Doc. Later, he confronts Constance in an abandoned building as she looks at the skeletal remains of her sons and says he wants the lead she promised him. He also notices that she wants to get out of the town as he knows she's terrified of Doc.

In Constant Cravings, he and his men do more digging to search for more remains of Constance's sons. He and Doc argue about the witch, with the two threatening each other until they both back off. After Doc leaves, Bobo asks Torque where the others are and thinks they need a little motivation, using his power to raise the nail gun to Torque's face, and injures the revenant in the process.

In Bury Me With My Guns On, he confronts Constance at the county bridge and stops her from crossing, using his power to destroy the engine of her car. He asks her about the lead, but tells him she doesn't have it and that it's somewhere in the Triangle. He gets angry and briefly goes in pain as Drek screams until he grabs a flamethrower and sets the remaining bones that Peeper poured out on fire, thereby destroying the bones, but Drek as well. After Doc arrives and confronts Constance, Bobo walks out from the nearby bridge and confronts the gunslinger as well. The two exchange hostile words and a standoff begins as Wynonna arrives. Bobo gives Constance to Doc to do whatever. Walking past Wynonna, he tells her he has a surprise for her. It's later revealed that he bought Shorty's and with the rest of the revenants, celebrates as they party.

In She Wouldn't Be Gone, he greets Wynonna and Waverly as the two walk into the bar to fetch a few of their belongings. He uses his power to take Willa's necklace from Waverly and bids them bye as they walk out. He talks with Jock and Hui about their worry about being out of the trailer park considering Wynonna will be coming after them. He assures them they are protected, but is interrupted by Cal running in, letting Bobo and the others know that Lou has returned. Bobo becomes angry at this and grabs Cal, who is having issues with his tooth, and drags him across until they reach to the boot that Waverly tried to grab earlier. He discovers she placed a device on it and through it, tells Dolls that Doc has been having sex with Wynonna. He also finds Jim tied up and says he wants him to give information that he wants out.

In Landslide, he converses with Cryderman about the Poker Spectacular and asks about the objects he has been wanting. He is given a bunch of green crystals and tells the judge he's going to need more. Jolene and Cora come up to him, seductively saying that don't like him on how he feels and begin giving him a good time. He later looks at the video a bar patron had taken of the Earp sisters, crushing the phone as he says there's three of them. He saves Willa from an assassin, crushing the man's skull with a rock until Wynonna comes up to them. He begins to back away as Wynonna has Peacemaker. Willa shoves her down, letting Bobo escape. He has Hui bring Cryderman in and asks about the assassination mission he ordered. He tells the judge he knows that he'll ask for anything and says he wants him to throw a party.

In House of Memories, he and Cryderman are getting their faces shaved as they discuss the party arrangements. After threatening the judge once more, he tells Big Bubba to take the dial down a little with the poison, licking a little bit of blood left by the woman who was peeling part of her face off. At a fence, he comes near Willa and tries to communicate with her until Waverly interrupts him with a shotgun, and he backs off. He later shows at the party he's supposed to be hosting and offers two different types of news to the guests. He says the champagne they have been drinking is poisoned and anybody who brings him Wynonna, dead or alive, will receive the antidote. As the guests begin to come near Wynonna, he meets up with Willa on the street and they walk hand in hand.

In I Walk the Line, as he and Willa cross the gate, Bobo is consumed by pain and it's revealed that Peacemaker was traded for an ordinary gun. As he goes to the treehouse to wait for Willa, he is confronted by Juan Carlo, who reminds him of what will happen if he crosses the boundary with an heir that has hatred in their heart. Bobo then tells him to step aside as he knows that he can't interfere with what is happening. He then enters the treehouse to find Waverly. After giving the history with Willa and telling Waverly that she’s not an Earp, he goes with Willa to retrieve the gun from her sisters. Together, they return to the gate. They are interrupted by Doc and Wynonna. Using his ability to move metal, he deflects Doc’s bullets and pulls Wynonna’s weapon from her hands, oblivious that it had a live grenade attached. The explosion knocks all to the ground. While Wynonna and Willa face off, Doc comes to Bobo and he tells the gunslinger to go after the "old one". Upon his and Willa's defeat, Bobo is captured by the Black Badge Division, to be subjected to torture and experimentation. He is killed by Wynonna Earp in an act of mercy as he deals with pain after crossing the border.

Season 2

In No Future in the Past, Wynonna learns of Bobo's past through a vision quest. Bobo is then resurrected when Wynonna died briefly.

In Gone as a Girl Can Get,

In I Hope You Dance, Bobo, determined to never return to Hell, decides to ally himself with the rising Bulshar and relinquish his oath to never harm Waverly. Bobo watches as Bulshar's two wives bickered over what to do with the demon. Later, Bobo is "changed" by Bulshar. Knowing that Bulshar would need a new bride with the death of his original three, Bobo offers up Waverly.

Season 3

In Jolene,

In If We Make It Through December,

In Undo It,

In The Other Woman,

In Daddy Lessons,

In War Paint,

Relationships

Willa Earp

Relationship: Lover; Deceased
Bobo saved Willa from The Seven and other revenants at the time of Ward Earp's death. They eventually fell in love over the 16 years they spent together. Their relationship came to an end when Constance Clootie freed Willa and wiped her memories. Wynonna eventually brings Willa back to Purgatory and she later gets her memories back (including those of Bobo). They restart their plan of crossing the Ghost River Triangle together to free the revenants and be together. Wynonna ends up shooting both of them with Peacemaker, effectively ending their relationship.

Waverly Earp

Relationship: His "Angel"
Bobo befriended Waverly when she was a child, but Waverly thought he was her imaginary friend. He instructed her to bury a talisman on the Earp Homestead that allowed the revenants to come onto the land. In No Future In the Past, it is revealed that Bobo viewed Waverly as his angel because he thought she was Wynonna.

Constance Clootie

Relationship: Frenemy; Deceased
When Robert was still human, he teamed up with Constance and Juan Carlo to seal away Bulshar Clootie. Robert was accidentally shot by his friend Wyatt Earp, causing him to become a revenant. Hurt by the betrayal, Robert reluctantly made a deal that if he collected the bones of Clootie's sons, she would help break the curse by giving the lead to him.

Abilities

  • Magnetism (the ability to move metal), like when he used his power to stop Constance Clootie's car. He also was able to use this power to take Peacemaker from Wynonna Earp.
  • Ability to sense nearby metal, as seen in I Hope You Dance when he knew that Jeremy had metal in his body.
  • High tolerance for pain, exhibited in his ability to hold Peacemaker for an extended period of time, even though it burns him.

Physical Appearance

Bobo is of tall stature and has black hair styled with an undercut. Both of his eyebrows and beard feature patches of white hair. Bobo has blue eyes and commonly wears a large fur coat and jeans paired with a T-shirt and boots. His revenant mark covers a large portion of his back.

Personality

Robert was an honorable man that sacrificed himself for the greater good. This is likely why he is not a total degenerate like many others. He is educated, eloquent and a persuasive leader. It seems that after being sent to hell, he has developed more self-serving interests - he does what he must to survive. It is unclear how many times he has resurrected, but he has become amoral, calculating, callous, and hedonistic, among other negative qualities. Even as a revenant, he does have good qualities - he kept his promise to protect Waverly.

Appearances

Season One appearances: 10/13
Purgatory:
Absent
Keep the Home Fires Burning:
Appears
Leavin' on Your Mind:
Appears
The Blade:
Appears
Diggin' Up Bones:
Appears
Constant Cravings:
Appears
Walking After Midnight:
Mentioned only
Two-Faced Jack:
Mentioned only
Bury Me With My Guns On:
Appears
She Wouldn't Be Gone:
Appears
Landslide:
Appears
House of Memories:
Appears
I Walk the Line:
Appears
Season Two appearances: 3/12
Steel Bars and Stone Walls:
Absent
Shed Your Skin:
Mentioned only
Gonna Getcha Good:
Absent
She Ain't Right:
Absent
Let's Pretend We're Strangers:
Absent
Whiskey Lullaby:
Absent
Everybody Knows:
Absent
No Future in the Past:
Appears
Forever Mine Nevermind:
Absent
I See a Darkness:
Absent
Gone as a Girl Can Get:
Appears
I Hope You Dance:
Appears
Season Three appearances: 6/12
Blood Red and Going Down:
Mentioned only
When You Call My Name:
Absent
Colder Weather:
Absent
No Cure For Crazy:
Absent
Jolene:
Appears
If We Make It Through December:
Appears
I Fall To Pieces:
Absent
Waiting Forever For You:
Absent
Undo It:
Appears
The Other Woman:
Appears
Daddy Lessons:
Appears
War Paint:
Appears

Trivia

  • Bobo revealed in The Blade, that he had friends in Maldito (the town that Black Badge bombed prior to the pilot episode).
  • His human last name, Svane is of Norwegian descent, meaning Swan. Michael Eklund, who plays Bobo is of Norwegian descent on his paternal side.

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