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To eliminate the need for soldiers and the possibility of any new threats. And eventually, the complete destruction of all structured society... In any structured society, there are strict morals. However, to annihilate an enemy, we must conveniently forget those morals. This hypocrisy is deplorable. If we had society's foolish morals, we could never become ultimate soldiers... Our goals don't involve morals, they involve winning wars! That is the reason for our existence.
~ Master Contra

Master Contra is the main antagonist of Neo Contra. He is the founder and leader of the eponymous Neo Contra military group.

He is later revealed to be the result of the second research branch of "Project C", a scientific project that had the goal of creating the ultimate war machine from Bill Rizer's consciousness.


You and I are products of a project that started ten years ago. It was a master plan to stop the many conflicts on this planet. It was the ultimate weapons project, designed for complete genocide. The model for the project was the legendary and ultimate soldier, Bill Rizer. There were two different paths of research in the plan. One was to clone and recreate the ultimate soldier, Bill Rizer. You are the result of that plan. The other was to take Bill Rizer's consciousness and implant that into a weapon, which resulted in ME...
What is Bill Rizer? It is just a name of a single entity who has been gone for centuries. Bill Rizer is now a symbol. He is the never-ending desire for conquest, aggression incarnate. Power that exceeds all, pure destruction. And I am the original one. No, I have far surpassed the original. I am the ultimate form of Bill Rizer!
~ Master Contra to Bill's clone

Master Contra was the result of one of two branches of "Project C", a project created with the objective to end all conflicts on Earth. By implanting Bill Rizer's consciousness into a weapon's AI program, Master Contra was created, claiming himself to be the real Bill Rizer, or to have even surpassed him. Master Contra is a large construct in space that has the power to vaporize an entire planet. He also appears as an android made in the likeness of Bill Rizer when interacting with other human beings. He wants to get rid of structured society, since it gives up on all morals when wars come along.

Master Contra created Neo Contra, a military organization which takes over Earth (now nothing more than a prison planet) and eventually attempts to take over other colonized planets. The allied planets send in the other test subject of Project C, an actual clone of Bill Rizer, along with Genbei "Jaguar" Yagyu, a soldier from the planet Oh Edo, to take down Neo Contra and destroy Master Contra. The two soldiers fight the Neo Contra forces on Earth and receive the help of a mysterious soldier who identifies himself as "Mystery G". After the Four Elite of Neo Contra are defeated, Master Contra confronts the Bill Rizer clone and almost kills him, but Mystery G intervenes and saves him at the cost of his own life, revealing himself to be the real Bill Rizer.

Master Contra leaves the clone and Jaguar with the intention of them dying when he blows up the Earth, but the heroes are faster and travel to the space construct/weapons facility which is Project C, where Master Contra reveals their past. They then confront the AI in various robotic forms, but they ultimately defeat him. With his destruction, the space construct blows up, signaling the end of Neo Contra.

Personality and characteristics[]

Master Contra was an incredibly cunning individual who placed himself on a pedestal but also commended others when it was fit to do so. After Frontline Base 985 was destroyed during an assault, he decided to toy with Bill Rizer, calling him 'entertaining' at least twice throughout the game. He then referred to Rizer's effort as 'valiant'. He used Rizer to 'pass the time while the final preparations were completed' and gave orders to 'follow them closely'. Believing not in morals but in wars, he attempted to eventually 'eliminate the need for soldiers and the possibility of any new threats'. He also wanted to destroy 'structured society', for they were bound by 'strict morals', and he called the hypocrisy 'deplorable' - his endgame being to become 'ultimate soldiers' without society's 'foolish morals'.

Master Contra was also exceedingly greedy, lusting for what he called a symbol - Bill Rizer himself. He called the original Rizer the 'never-ending desire for conquest' and 'aggression incarnate'. He believed he had 'far surpassed the original' and had considered himself as the 'ultimate' form of Bill Rizer.


First phase[]

This is the first of three fights against Master Contra, although it is a pretty standard phase. He has three attacks, the most basic of which is to launch a stream of fire at you from his gigantic sword. While he is fairly stationary when doing this, he can also teleport near you and does so while swinging his blade. He will also jump straight up and create small shockwaves underneath him. This usually happens after he teleports, since he'll only jump when you are within the range of his waves.

The sword-swipe can be avoided simply by moving to the side, since it is narrow and does not track you. You'll want to keep your distance from him to avoid all of his attacks, and the further you're away from him, the more time you'll have to react to the incoming fire. His teleportation attack is fatal if you're standing around when he materializes because the sword swing comes almost immediately. Once you see him disappear, start moving along the edge in a wide circle and don't stop. Keep moving as he materializes to regain distance from him. If you are near him (which you'll be after he materializes), he will use his shockwave attack.

This part is not that hard - just keep your distance and keep firing. Compared to other bosses, there are relatively few things on the ground at any given time that can kill you. It will take quite a few hits to end this part, but overall, it's not much of a challenge.

Second phase[]

After you do enough damage to him, he will slow down and instead of swinging the sword, he will throw it across the room at you. Once it hits the wall it will split into three spinning swords, and each one will fly around the room, and in turn, split into two, creating a total of six blades. For the most part, Master Contra remains stationary during this time. After a while, he will recall all of the blades, move somewhere else, and then start the process again.

There really isn't a specific defensive strategy for this part, just avoid the blades to the best of your ability. They are bright purple, so you'll be able to see them quite easily. They do move quickly and erratically, plus there are six of them, so it can be hard to keep track of them. It is usually best to focus on the area nearby to your character and move whenever a blade comes into that zone. Don't bother trying to track all six blades while trying to line up a shot at Master Contra; simply point in his general direction and keep firing. As you move out of the way of the blades, you'll get your hits in.

Your offensive tactics are the same as during the last part - just keep firing heavy weapons and he'll eventually go down. If you have the Katana (especially the flaming variant), use it. Since he is stationary and the weapons aren't coming from him, he is essentially a sitting duck. Once you see an opening, move in and swing fast.

Third phase[]

The toughest part of the final battle against Master Contra is that the area you can move around is very restricted; probably about a third of what it was in the last two phases. At this point, four decoys will appear (as was the case with Lucia), equally spaced apart. All five will remain stationary and only have one attack: the sword-swing flame from the first phase. The difficulty increases due to not knowing which of the five is the real one - you simply have to guess.

The sword swings are still easy to avoid, except that now two or three Contras will attack simultaneously. Once you see which ones are going to attack, move closer to one of the Master Contras that aren't attacking. This is the only attack pattern, so you don't have to worry about any surprises.

When you hit a Master Contra, he will flash yellow if fake (but not die) or red if he's the real one. As soon as you find the real one, keep slamming him with your heavy weapon (you can't get close enough to use the Katana this time) until he either dies or disappears. After a certain period of time has past, the five will disappear and then immediately reappear in the same spots, except which one is real will have changed.

Official Data[]

Neo Contra instruction booklet
The head of Neo Contra, the sinister organization that threatens the very existence of humankind. In less than a year, he quickly marshaled a powerful army from the hardened criminals that survived the dog-eat-dog world of Earth, the prison planet. Gifted with immeasurable charisma and leadership, his motives and identity are utterly unknown.






  • During certain cutscenes, the head of Master Contra's android form bears visible silver metallic parts as the "flesh" is damaged. This strongly resembles the T-800 endoskeleton from Terminator series. Coincidentally, the Terminator (character) was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the primary inspiration for Bill Rizer.
    • In one of the game's ending, the android head is shown to be lifeless for a few moments before its eyes glow red (possibly running on backup power). This mimics some scenes from the Terminator films where the T-800 "revives" itself or resorts to using its backup power.
  • In the cutscene after the android form's battle, the head's right side is severely damaged with peeling artificial skin. However, in one of the game's endings, the left side of the head is shown to be damaged with removed artificial skin (see Gallery section above).

See also[]

Neo Contra
Bill Rizer (clone) • Jaguar
Neo Contra
Guerilla ContraPlant ContraPheromone ContraAnimal ContraSearleMaster Contra
Gigamech • GegebonneMagnusMystery GEarth DragonGeroikaDograTarakoid SLand Worm • Beam Frame Mech • Drone Frame Mech • Tarakoid MKimkohGirongaGava
Frontline Base 985Stage 2BaseAircraft CarrierNeo Contra Research FacilityMaster C BaseSpace
Neo Contra Original Soundtrack