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Villain Overview
My clock is indicating the approach of sunset. Pikmin waiting beneath the Dolphin and Onions will probably enter the Onions on their own, but if I don't call the stragglers and add them to my group, they may not be able to get back. I am sure that the Pikmin still planted are safe, but I am somewhat concerned about leaving Pikmin to fend for themselves in the darkness.
~ Captain Olimar

The Grub-Dogs, Amphitubers, Snavians, and many more types of monsters are the main antagonists of the Pikmin video-game series, being indigenous life-forms that reside in planets inhabited mainly by the Pikmin, and are organized by families (although some do not have a known family, they may be related in some way). There are 84 types of hostile species throughout the Pikmin franchise.

They are encountered mainly in the surface and underground caves on PNF-404, but can also be found on the planet featured in the videogame Hey! Pikmin, a spinoff of the series.

Also, mechanical versions of them appear as the minions of Dark Monita in the Nintendo Land minigame Pikmin Adventure; while protoplasmic clones of them appear as the minions of the Plasm Wraith/Mysterious Life Form in the Formidable Oak area from Pikmin 3.

Defeating hostile species constitutes a major part of gameplay in all Pikmin games in the series.

Behavior

Despite the majority's motivations (eat or kill Pikmin) are out of pure predatory instincts rather than true evil, some of them can be considered as true villains because of their behavior, because they appear to display human-level sapience and also because some of them do not attack for feeding like a true predator; much like the Puffstool (who turns Pikmin into Mushroom Pikmin to turn them against the player and other Pikmin), the Burrowing Snagret (who appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), the Empress Bulblax (whose motivations are similar to the Queen Metroid from the Metroid series, by giving birth to Bulborb Larvae and use them against the player, and also attacking by herself), the Segmented Crawbster (whose motivations are similar to Rollodillo from Super Mario Galaxy 2), the Smoky Progg, the Careening Dirigibugs, the Man-at-Legs, the Waterwraith, the Titan Dweevil, all the enemies and bosses from Pikmin Adventure, the Plasm Wraith, the Armurk and the Leech Hydroe (those who want to kill the Pikmin and their leaders for being evil, or brainwashed in Leech Hydroe's case).

For the most part, every enemy is its own entity, interacting only with the Pikmin and leaders. However, some enemies have passive or active interactions with the environment, other enemies, or miscellaneous objects.

Environment interactions

  • In Pikmin 3, most enemies will be unable to detect Pikmin and leaders if they are hiding under tall plants.
  • In Pikmin 2, if an Emperor Bulblax gets close to a bomb-rock, he will eat it without needing to be coaxed into doing so.
  • The fire on a Fiery Bulblax or a Pyroclasmic Slooch's back will be put out should it go into water. Both creatures reignite once they leave the water.
  • If a member of the Mandiblard family touches water, it will steadily lose health, and if it is near a wooden bridge and not in pursuit, it will begin deconstructing it.
  • Wogpoles and Puckering Blinnows will start flailing around if they're on dry land, but they are able to swim freely if they're underwater.

Cooperation

Bulbmin and young

Young Bulbmin following an adult one.

Some creatures keep a bond with others. To maximize the chances of survival, some enemies can be seen next to others, normally of their own species, and oftentimes interacting with them when a fight for survival is taking place. Dwarf Red Bulborbs, Dwarf Bulbears, etc. are often found next to larger enemies of the same species or of the species they are mimicking. When under attack in Pikmin, they may scream in order to wake up their larger allies.

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Queen Shearwig alongside her minions.

Other creatures choose to follow a leader, normally of their own family. An example is the Bulbmin, who lose all sense of control should their leader perish, the Scornets, who obey the command of the Scornet Maestro, and the Shearwig, which can be found under the control of the Queen Shearwig, and are otherwise independent.

Hostility

Hostility between enemies is non-existent, but cases of enemies damaging each other are not. Some enemies may, if inadvertently, hurt others. This normally happens when they try to kill Pikmin or leaders. Not many enemy attacks are made to hurt others, but the following are:

  • The Empress Bulblax can kill her young by rolling into them.
  • A Gatling Groink can damage other enemies with its shots (including other Groinks), but not itself.
  • Most lithopods with boulders can harm other enemies or even the launcher itself.
  • The Beady Long Legs, Raging Long Legs, and Baldy Long Legs can stomp on and kill other enemies, particularly on the Angle Maze and Tropical Forest, respectively.
  • In Pikmin 3, Yellow Wollywogs can kill or injure other enemies if they land on them.
  • In Pikmin 3, Skutterchucks can harm and kill other enemies if their crystal nodules land on them. They can even kill themselves.
  • The Man-at-Legs can hurt other enemies with his gun. This is impossible to see without hacks, since the creature never appears alongside other enemies.

Gender

Although most do not have a specific gender, some do seem to have:

  • Emperor Bulblax (male, for having the word "Emperor" in his name)
  • Empress Bulblax (female, according to her Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy, for having the word "Empress" in her name and for giving birth to larvae)
  • Man-at-Legs (male, for having the word "Man" in his name)
  • Waterwraith (male, for the sounds it emites and for his scientific name "Amphibio sapiens")
  • Segmented Crawbster (male, according to a Youtube user)
  • Raging Long Legs (female, for releasing Mitites upon her defeat)
  • Titan Dweevil (male, according to the Spanish Pikmin wiki)
  • Scornet Maestro (male, for having the word "Maestro" in his name and for having mustaches)
  • Plasm Wraith (male, according to another Youtube user)
  • Armurk (male, according to the Spanish version of Hey! Pikmin)
  • Queen Shearwig (female, for having the word "Queen" in her name)
  • Luring Slurker (male, according to the Spanish version of Hey! Pikmin)

Other Media

WarioWare

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves and WarioWare Gold, one of the microgames involves the Empress Bulblax controlled by the player, where they must crush all Pikmin onscreen to win.

Nintendogs

A Red Bulborb toy appears in the background of the shop, sitting on one of the shelves.

The Amazing World of Gumball

In the episode "The Fury", during a retailing scene of a fighting tournament, a cloudy kid contestant kicks a crab resembling a Peckish Aristocrab.

Mad

In the skit "Pikmin Pest B Gone", a farmer has Olimar release a hoard of Red Bulborbs from the S.S. Dolphin to eat the Pikmin eating his crops.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

A Bulborb can appear from the right side of the Distant Planet stage, where it can open its mouth to catch any players that land in it, causing an instant KO. Bulborbs also appear in Olimar's Final Smash "End of Day", where after Olimar enters his ship and flies off to avoid the Bulborbs that deal about 47% damage to everyone on the stage who are not at the top of the screen.

A Red Bulborb appears as a sticker that increases Olimar's Pikmin attacks by 34 points.

Trophies
  • Red Bulborb
  • Creepy Chrysanthemum (unlockable by collecting all fighter trophies)
  • Empress Bulblax
  • Careening Dirigibug
  • Fiery Blowhog
  • Burrowing Snagret
  • Iridescent Flint Beetle
  • Wollywog
  • Swooping Snitchbug

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U

On the Garden of Hope stage, a Peckish Aristocrab can appear and charge through the stage to attack the fighters, signaling its arrival with bubbles. The Aristocrab will charge through the entire stage unless the bridge in the middle is broken. A Red Bulborb may also appear, but it will simply spectate the fight without attacking.

In "Smash Run" on the 3DS version, a Red Bulborb appears as a powerful enemy that has resisted knockback, attacks that deal heavy damage and knockback, and drops multiple powerups when defeated. An Iridescent Glint Beetle may appear as a rare enemy, dropping gold when it is attacked before escaping. In "Smash Tour" on the Wii U version, an Iridescent Glint Beetle may appear on the board. Should any player catch it before it can escape is awarded a new fighter.

Trophies

While all of them appear in the Wii U version, only the Red Bulborb and Iridescent Glint Beetle appear in the 3DS version.

  • Red Bulborb
  • Iridescent Glint Beetle
  • Peckish Aristocrab
  • Yellow Wollywog
  • Iridescent Flint Beetle
  • Swooping Snitchbug
  • Burrowing Snagret
  • Quaggled Mireclops
  • Plasm Wraith

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Both the Distant Planet and Garden of Hope stages return, with the Bulborbs and Aristocrab doing the same as they did in the previous games. A Burrowing Snagret appears as an Assist Trophy that emerges from the ground to peck at other fighters that approach it. It will then burrow underground to emerge elsewhere on the stage.

Spirits
  • Red Bulborb: Advanced shield primary type that is fought in a timed Stamina battle against a giant red Yoshi with increased attack power. It can be enhanced to the Empress Bulblax spirit at level 99.
  • Empress Bulblax: Legend shield primary type that boosts stats after eating. Obtainable by enhancing the Red Bulborb spirit.
  • Emperor Bulblax: Ace support type that prevents the fighter from slipping on ice floors. Fought in a Stamina battle against a giant King K. Rool with super armor.
  • Burrowing Snagret: Ace attack primary type that reduces speed. Summable using the cores of Raphael the Raven and Rattly, or fought against a giant blue Charizard that summons the Burrowing Snagret Assist Trophy.
  • Plasm Wraith: Ace neutral primary type that reduces speed. Only obtainable by summoning using the cores of Hakkun, Eddy, and two random neutral cores.
  • Fiery Blowhog: Novice attack primary type that boosts fire attacks. Fought against three silver Charizards that favor using Flamethrower.
  • Smoky Progg: Novice support type that starts the battle equipped with an Unira, and the first spirit fought in World of Light. Fought against Mario who can occasionally turn metal.
  • Swooping Snitchbug: Novice support type that decreases lag upon landing. Fought against four Pits that are distracted by Boss Galaga items.
  • Iridescent Glint Beetle: Advanced support type that prevents the fighter from getting stuck in sticky floors. Fought in a timed Stamina battle against a gold Squirtle that runs away from combat.
  • Yellow Wollywog: Advanced support type that makes the fighter resistant to strong winds. Fought against three King Dededes that favor up specials.
  • Peckish Aristocrab: Advanced shield primary type that increases the damage taken from electric attacks. Fought in a Stamina battle against a giant Ridley that favors side specials.
  • Mockiwi: Novice shield primary type that is fought in a Stamina battle against a giant Pac-Man while Olimar is an ally.

Trivia

  • Some of them, like the Wogpole or the Skitterleaf, are harmless for the Pikmin, but not for the captains (because when shaking Pikmin off, they can damage the captains if they are near).
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The Sheawigs doing the instant-kill attack, under the command of the Queen.

  • The Scornet Maestro and the Queen Shearwig are true evil because they appear to display human-level sapience when they command their minions to attack, when the Scornet Maestro becomes frustrated when his Scornet army's attacks fail, and when the Queen Shearwig shrieks excitedly when Olimar become vulnerable to her One Hit K.O. attack.
  • A Fiery Blowhog and a Red Bulborb act as antagonists in the "Pikmin Short Movie" called Occupational Hazards.
  • In the European versions of the games, some of the enemies are renamed to avoid British slang that would be seen as offensive, including the Wollywogs being renamed "Wollyhops", and the Beebs from Pikmin Adventure being renamed "Baubs".

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