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For the video games, see Contra: Hard Corps and Hard Corps: Uprising.
For other uses, see Hard Corps (disambiguation).

The Unified Military Special Mobile Task Force K-X, more commonly known as the Hard Corps (taking its name from the heroes who saved the planet during the "Alien Wars"), is a special team of elite troops set up by the Government.

The team was originally introduced in the 1994 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game Contra: Hard Corps, and since then several incarnations of it have appeared throughout the many installments that comprise the Contra series. However, only the team from Contra: Hard Corps is considered to belong to the main series' original canon, with all the other versions instead taking place in their own alternate timelines and/or universes.

Appearances[]

Contra: Hard Corps[]

The original version of the Hard Corps task force was introduced in this game, with all of its four members being playable characters: Ray Poward, Sheena Etranzi, Brad Fang and Browny, each equipped with their own specific set of weapons. Under direct orders from their commander, the team is initially sent to stop an attack on the city caused by rampaging robots. However, this turns out to be only a diversion, with the purpose of keeping them occupied while a new rebel group raided the research facility where an alien cell retrieved during the "Alien Wars" was being studied upon in order to steal it.

After following the trail of this new hostile organization and dealing with some of their lieutenants, it is revealed that their main leader was none other than Colonel Bahamut, a former hero of the Alien Wars, who wanted to depose the current Government. In addition, it's also revealed that the head researcher of the alien cell project, Doctor Geo Mandrake, was secretly working with Bahamut in return of the latter allowing him to gain full control over the alien cell program.

Nonetheless, the Hard Corps, throughout many arduous battles and direct confrontations with their commanders and most powerful units, manage to put a stop to Bahamut and his nefarious plans.

Vehicles[]

The following vehicles have been known to be associated with the Hard Corps. Overtime, these vehicles are called in to help assist the main heroes in their travels. None of the vehicles appear to be armed offensively, relying solely on the soldiers that ride them for retaliation attacks:

Vehicle Description
Hard Corps (Organization) Vehicle
A militaristic heavily armored van. The soldiers of the Hard Corps pilot this through the city, bashing through wave after wave of enemy robots. This vehicle becomes damaged and unusable as it crashes headfirst into a damaged parked car.
Motoroid (Standard)
Motoroids are called in when the Hard Corps need to use Highway travel to reach their destination. The organization seems to have many to spare, as they are destroyed multiple times throughout their missions, but always return when need be.
Contra Hard Corps Boat
This large sea vessel is utilized for overseas routes. This ship isn't too heavily armored, as a powerful attack from an enemy robot easily decommissioned this sea-faring vehicle.

Weapons[]

The soldiers of the Hard Corps utilize the most state of the art weaponry, able to take on a variety of different level threats:

Weapon Description
Hard Corps Machine Gun
A standard issue Machine Gun, wielded by many if not all of the members of the Hard Corps. Comes with basic infinite, rapid fire capabilities. Can be upgraded with a variety of more powerful weaponry with the assistance of flying item pods. Some enemies have been seen wielding similar firearms, but they never use them and it is unlikely the enemy's guns possess the same or greater firepower than the Hard Corps's.
Hard Corps Vulcan Cannon
A vulcan cannon assigned specifically for the use of one of the strongest members of the Hard Corps, Brad Fang. This one of a kind firearm has identical traits to the basic Machine Gun, but specifically built to suit the wielder's raw strength. The special weapons it can be equipped with maximize on heavy strength and close range firepower.
(See each character's weapons page for a more detailed list of individual weapons)

Contra: Legacy of War[]

The Hard Corps team reappears in this game, once again commanded by Ray but this time featuring three new members: Tasha, CD-288 and Bubba.

This version of the team takes place in its own continuity and does not form part of the main canon, only sharing this timeline with C: The Contra Adventure.

C: The Contra Adventure[]

The Hard Corps send Tasha in a solo mission to infiltrate and investigate a mysterious meteorite crash near a South American Mayan temple, but all contact with her is lost. Ray is called back from retirement in order to look for her whereabouts, which eventually takes him and the rest of the team stopping another alien invasion.

Likewise, this version of the team takes place in its own continuity and does not form part of the main canon, only sharing this timeline with Contra: Legacy of War.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Canonically, it is unknown what became of the Hard Corps organization after the year 2642 A.D., post-hypermagnetic weapon malfunction incident. Because it is stated that 80% of Earth was left uninhabitable, it is unclear if the organization or any of its members were known casualties of this incident, as they are never brought up in Shattered Soldier or Neo Contra (excluding the Hard Corps recap in the former game's Database).

See also[]

References[]

Contra: Hard Corps
Organizations
Hard Corps
Ray PowardSheena EtranziBrad FangBrownyCommander Doyle
Under Bahamut
Alien Mounted MissileBahamut OverdriveBig MagnumColonel BahamutCrab the JoeDeadeye JoeDoctor Spider
DustmanEvil SnowmanFinal Count GunFour-legged RobotGebolienGomeramos KingHuge Robot
Stages
City BattleHigh Speed FightAir CombatJunkyardJungleBattle ArenaTrap
Military TrainSea StruggleSpace StationAlien SpaceBig BattleMissile
Soundtrack
Contra Chronicle Vol.1 coupling with Hard Corps: UprisingContra: Hard Corps
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