Kirby: Super Star Ultra artwork
|Copy ability||Backdrop, Suplex, Sword (anime only)|
|“||Hahaha. That's one ugly bug! Now go get Kirby, Beetle Boy!”|
|— King Dedede • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
Bugzzy is a recurring foe in the Kirby series.
Bugzzy, as his name implies, is an enormous insect, and usually towers over Kirby. He is based off a stag beetle and uses his large mandibles to pick up and slam whatever he can grab.
Bugzzy appears to be based on a stag beetle, having enormous mouth parts with which it can grab and slam Kirby. He has four limbs with gloves on his hands and shoes on his feet. Bugzzy is also capable of flight, behavior common among beetles, but much unlike them, his wings are almost always exposed, even when he rests.
Bugzzy's main tactic is to dash toward Kirby in a straight line in an attempt to grab him with his mandibles. Once Kirby is in his grasp, Bugzzy slams him into the ground. During the battle Buggzy may also fly into the air and hover in pursuit of Kirby, and will ensnare him if he gets close enough. Bugzzy supplies ammunition to use against himself in the form of two tiny beetles that he releases into the air. These bugs slowly flutter and home in on Kirby. Luckily, the bugs are frail; Stars spit at them will penetrate through them the same way Double Stars usually pass through regular enemies. The charge-up time for his grab attack is much shorter than in the later game, Kirby Super Star, and can catch inattentive players off guard.
Bugzzy is faced as the tenth challenger in the Avalanche tournament and is a part of the Harder tier of enemies. He is fought after Lololo and Lalala and before Paint Roller. His dialogue with Kirby is below.
- Bugzzy: "ROOAAAAAAARRR!!!!!"
- Kirby: "Oh, I'm so scared!"
Bugzzy returns as a mid-boss. His actions remain the same as his initial appearance, though his size is no more twice the size of Kirby now. The main change though is that both himself and the Stars he kicks up from his attacks now Suplex instead of Backdrop.
Bugzzy also is the Helper for the Suplex ability. As an ally, his color sceme is changed to a purple exoskeleton and a blue body, which has since become his main coloration in the series. As a Helper, he has access to the same attacks Kirby uses. Along with Bonkers, Buggzy is the largest Helper and stands twice as tall as normal ones.
In the 2008 remake, Bugzzy appears in Helper to Hero. He has an orange shell and purple belly.
Bugzzy appears in the anime as a Demon Beast purchased from Nightmare Enterprises by King Dedede in the episode Kirby's Duel Role, after he discovers that Kirby is no good at swordplay while observing his "duel" with Meta Knight. This version of Bugzzy doesn't attack with his pincers or the throwing techniques his game counterpart use. Instead, this Bugzzy brandishes a large curved sword in battle, along with a giant club. Kirby initially tries to inhale Bugzzy entirely, but to no avail (a reference to the fact that in the games Kirby cannot inhale mid-bosses until they are defeated). But with Meta Knight's help and Tiff's instruction, Kirby inhales Bugzzy's sword and gets the Sword ability. Angered, Bugzzy focuses his power and creates two even larger swords which he then brandishes against Kirby. Sword Kirby begins to futilely fight Bugzzy until Meta Knight reminds him to focus his power, at which point he falls asleep. Just before Bugzzy lands the decisive blow, Kirby wakes up and uses the Sword Beam attack. Bugzzy tries to block it, but the beam shatters his swords and cleaves him in half.
Bugzzy was one of the few game enemies to come into the anime and not give an ability it is associated with (in this case, Sword). It is worth noting though that the abilities that Bugzzy usually give, Backdrop and Suplex, do not appear in the anime.
- While Bugzzy can use his wings to fly as a mid-boss, he cannot use them as a helper.
- Bugzzy appears in the English commercial for Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. In it, he uses his anime design along with the rest of the characters.
- In Kirby Super Star, Bugzzy moves his fists up and down when dashing. This was changed in the remake.
- The appearance of Hornhead, a mid-boss in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, pays tribute to Bugzzy.