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Bugly is a fictional character from the various Transformers series. He is a Decepticon Pretender.


Transformers character
Generation 1 Bugly in box
Name Bugly
Series Transformers: Generation 1
First appearance "Pretender to the Throne", The Transformers #40 by Marvel Comics
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet
Function Strategist
Gender Male
Motto "The greatest power is the power to control."
Rank 7
Sub-group Chaos Trinity, Pretenders

Bugly is Decepticon Pretender, released as a toy in 1988.

Fictional biography

A deadly warrior with pinpoint maneuverability in the air. Intense, mystical, and very cruel. Practices the deadly martial art of Circuit-Su, which channels energy into one powerful electric blast. Electro-stingers in helmet deliver 3,000 volt charges that paralyze on contact. Also armed with 2 photon rifles. Transforms to lasered, hover jet with built-in, forward-thrust turbo boosters. Also able to pilot outer shell by remote control.


Bugly is unusual for a Transformers because of his mysticism.[1]


Dreamwave Productions

Bugly was one of the members of the Chaos Trinity in the second War Within series.

When Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a Space Bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Bludgeon became leader of the Chaos Trinity, which was composed of him, Bugly, and Mindwipe. The Chaos Trinity was devoted to expanding its members' knowledge of the mystic arts. The Chaos Trinity acted as master manipulators, tricking others into doing their work for them. For instance, when Shockwave's faction developed Trypticon, the Chaos Trinity tipped off the Autobots under Prowl where it was being tested. The Chaos Trinity came into the service of the Fallen, an ancient Transformer who betrayed Primus and was now an agent of Unicron. The Fallen promised to expand their mystic powers in return for their loyalty, after threatening to kill them if they didn't join him. Attacking a meeting between Jetfire and Shockwave, hypnotising the former and incapacitating the latter, they were then beaten by Grimlock, who had come because he believed that Jetfire was betraying them. However, this was all part of a bigger set-up by the Fallen, who easily defeated the Dinobot leader. Then battling the Protectobots and kidnapping Hot Spot, the Trinity took him to the Fallen for an arcane ritual. However, they were attacked by Shockwave's Decepticons. Shockwave personally gunned down Mindwipe, with Bugly falling to a combined barrage. Bludgeon fled, but was blasted by a teleporting Skywarp.

IDW Publishing

Bugly appeared amongst Bludgeon's acolytes The Transformers: Stormbringer, as he and his followers kidnapped Jetfire and the Technobots, hoping to dissect them and use their parts to replicate the same grafting process that created Thunderwing, giving them their own Pretender shells. Hacking into the monster's mind Bludgeon implanted a subconscious suggestion for Thunderwing to seek out and destroy entire planets, believing their sacrifice would enable Cybertron to be reborn, before unleashing the monster on Nebulos. However, their plans were stopped by the Wreckers, who took out his cult. In desperation, Bludgeon underwent the grafting process only to find out, far too late, that the shell hadn't been neuro-aligned; the psychic backlash destroyed his mind.[2]

Bugly and the Decepticon Pretenders seen here have completely different robot forms to their toys and bear resemblance to the original toys' Pretender shells.

1984 Marvel Comics

Bugly and the other Decepticon Pretenders were presumably with the Scorponok's Decepticons through The Transformers: Headmasters series, but were not depicted. His first appearance was in issue 40 of the U.S. comic in a story called "Pretender to the Throne", where Scorponok created the first six Decepticon Pretenders.[3]

Bugly continued to appear after this as one of Scorponok's troops. Bugly appeared in issue #49, "The Underbase Saga Part 3: Cold War!" In this story he was a member of the Decepticon forces under Scorponok's command. They were tricked into fighting the Decepticon forces under Ratbat's command by Starscream, who used the battle to steal Scorponok's ship and get to the Underbase.

Bugly appeared in issue #50, "The Underbase Saga Part 3: Dark Star".

Bugly appeared in issue #54, "King Con!" In this story the Decepticon Pretenders were assigned to protect a power converter Scorponok was building in the meadowlands of New Jersey.

His last appearance in the U.S. Marvel series was in issue #55, "The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!"

Transformers: Mosaic

Bugly appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "Nightmare Project" by KrisSmithDW[4]


  • Hasbro Transformers Pretender Bugly (1988)
This Decepticon Pretender came with a shell shaped like a bug-like humanoid. Bugly was not released among the Pretenders in Japan.[5][6][7]

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Name Bugly
Gender Male

One toy concept for a BotCon 2011 was Shattered Glass Bugly made from Beast Wars Jetstorm.[8]


  1. Bellemo, Mark (2007). Transformers Identification and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-89689-445-7. 
  2. Simon Furman (w), Don Figueroa (p). The Transformers: Stormbringer 1-4 (July–October 2006), IDW Publishing
  3. Bob Budiansky (w), José Delbo (p). The Transformers 40 (May 1988), Marvel Comics
  4. http://www.deviantart.com/art/MOSAIC-Nightmare-Project-163204531
  5. http://www.tfu.info/1988/Decepticon/Bugly/bugly.htm
  6. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 75. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  7. Jon & Carl Hartman (February 1996). "The Transformers: 1988 - Part 2". Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review 1 (40): 68–69. 
  8. https://www.facebook.com/unicroncom/posts/-petes-robot-convention-2017-report-part-1-well-folks-this-is-pretty-late-coming/10154931409254912/

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