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The Bugger (把妖虫 バッカー Wa Yōchū Bakkā?, lit. "Demon Insect Guard Bugger") is a recurring enemy in the Contra series. They are newborn aliens which quickly scurry along the floor or ceiling.

Description

Buggers are scorpion-like alien critters that incubate and hatch from living ovums known as Eggrons. When facing intruders, they will either leap at them, pounce diagonally from the ceiling or floor, or just continue their way, bumping into any enemies that happen to be on their path.

Appearances

Contra

First appearance of this enemy in the series. Buggers only appear in the final stage, Alien's Lair. They are the only ground-based enemies found in this level and only make their entrance just a few steps before the final boss. This makes this area arguably easy, as the player only has to watch out for Wadders and Gels for the majority of time.

During the final confrontation against Gomeramos King, while some Buggers will just rush past and ignore the player, others will intentionally make an attempt to kill them.

Super Contra

Buggers make their return in both versions of Super Contra, although they appear in different stages.

Arcade

Buggers appear in the third stage, Jungle, ambushing the player by either dropping from the top of palm trees or by leaping from the ground, often semi-concealed by trees in the foreground that block the player's view.

NES

Buggers are continuously spawned from Eggrons in Stage 7 as the player makes their way to the deep bottom before reaching Dethgerbis. As expected, the only way to stop their reproduction is by destroying the Eggron hatching them. This variant is considerably faster than that from the arcade version, although the player will often have the opportunity to destroy the Eggrons from a safer position on the floor above.

Operation C

Buggers are found contained inside large glass tubes in a laboratory, from which they break out and scurry toward the player. This implies that they were either captured and being studied upon, or perhaps even being artificially created.

Contra III: The Alien Wars

Buggers are once again encountered defending Gomeramos King, just as they did in the first game, and follow the same attack patterns. They appear in the last stage, Alien's Main Base, in a faithful recreation of that fight, as part of a gauntlet of minibosses from previous installments that are fought in that level.

Neo Contra

An alien that infinitely springs out from the Eggron. Often known to have parasitized larger aliens, it may also spring up from the bodily fluids of other aliens.
A Backer that has grown significantly over the years. The behavioral pattern is not much different from that of newborn specimens, but physical strength is increasing.

There are two variants of this enemy in this game:

  1. Newborns that spring out infinitely from Eggrons. They can also be spawned from a pink substance that spews out of Kimkoh's rear end, which is able to produce seemingly unlimited amounts of offspring. These creatures are also created from Kimkoh's moth form, which can also spray a liquid from which the Buggers emerge.
  2. The second variant has grown bigger and stronger, and can even spew out acidic venom out of their mouths (presumably similar to a spider reducing their prey to liquid). This suggests that these two variants represent a different stage in the creatures' life cycle.

Contra ReBirth

A totally different enemy appears in this game which instead resembles a one-eyed brain (similar to a miniature version of Searle) that moves around through the use of long tentacles. Nonetheless, this enemy follows an almost identical behavior to the Buggers from previous installments, likely being a replacement for them in this game. Further supporting this theory is that they can be seen being born from Eggrons in the game's alien hive stage, where they also act as Gomeramos King's main method of attack, behaving pretty much the same way as the common Buggers did during previous counterpart encounters, by incessantly hatching from Eggrons attached to the ground and ceiling (composed of columns in this case) and scurrying along the room's surfaces.

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Trivia

  • Maksurion from Gradius II.

    The Maksurion, an enemy from Gradius II (also by Konami), looks and behaves almost identical to a Bugger.
  • The shape and manner these enemies behave, as well as the type of organic hatches they are born from, are a direct reference to the facehuggers and ovomorphs from the Alien franchise.
    • Furthermore, the word "Bugger" is phonetically similar to "Facehugger".

See also

  • Alien (Hard Corps) - Much like the Buggers in Operation C, these enemies are also initially found contained within glass tubes in the background and attack similarly, by breaking out from their containers as the player approaches.
  • Eggron
  • Gomeramos King
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