Terraformars (テラフォーマー, Terafōmā) are evolved humanoid cockroaches who live on Mars. They possess physical traits and skills that greatly surpass those of normal humans. They also appear to be somewhat intelligent and have a natural hatred for humans; much like how humans hate cockroaches.
The Terraformars are human-sized Martian cockroaches with humanoid bodies. They bear a physical resemblance to Homo erectus.
They are animalistic, adaptable, and bent on survival. They are descendants of cockroaches and seem to bear a sort of instinctive hatred for humanity. . There are many types, and their exact behavior can vary depending on the individual, but they usually keep an emotionless expression on their faces. They don't appear to have much of a society, but the Evolved Terraformars do display a degree of leadership, rallying their brothers into a capable fighting force. Under an Invoker's influence they have sense of community but to them there's is no difference in attachment to their parents than a roadside flower. They also appear to be somewhat intelligent. All Terraformars also have a great work ethic, and since they can't feel pain or exhaustion they're quite liable to literally work themselves to death. These things only serve to help a project an Evolved Terraformar wishes to accomplish.
They prioritize their targets when attacking humans. The first pick is anyone who's holding something (weapons). The second are those who are alone. The third is anyone who's injured and the fourth are female targets.
They still posses cerci and antenna from their roach ancestors. Under their carapace on their back, they have wings, which grants them the ability to fly. (Although Terraformars who bulk up by eating insect protein are too heavy to do so) The Terraformars breathe using trachea all over their body. They can burn amylose polysaccharides for a massive burst of energy. Because they are human-sized, they've evolved lungs which enables them to absorb oxygen more efficiently. Their central nervous system is unchanged, and the body is controlled by the subesophageal ganglion located in the chest, rather than the head. Due to this, a Terraformar can still move even after being decapitated, as long as the subesophagael ganglion is intact and there is an open passage to the lungs.
Their diet used to just consist of the moss seen growing on mars but added in silkworm moths after BUGS 2. On earth it's shown they can eat curry and rice as well as seal meat. Some of them also take vitamin supplements such as crustacean or mollusks types in order to boost their abilities. It's also shown terra formars eat each other when they die as to avoid wasted nutrients.
Little more than 500 years ago, cockroaches together with some moss were sent on Mars, in order to start a Mars Terraforming Project. 500 years later, when the humans revisited Mars, they saw how much the cockroaches have evolved and now have a human like appearance. Due to their massive strength and numbers, they quickly eliminated all of the BUGS1 crew. Due to an endless downpour of space radiation and -80C temperatures, this harsh environment has finally forced the cockroaches, who have not changed their shape in 300 million years to evolve.
Using the BUGS1 spacecraft, a group of Terraformars managed to land on Earth and create a beachhead, unbeknownst to the governments of Earth who believed to have destroyed the craft in orbit. Later when another group of Terraformars arrived on Earth in the Pacific the Nippon-America Alliance attempted to wipe them out using nukes, however before the payload could be launched from a ship at sea, Terraformar infiltrators from the first wave of Terraformars hijacked a civilian plane, crashing it into the ship. Later the Terraformars went underground, after the survivors from the Annex returned, the Terraformars had been responsible for kidnappings all across Japan.
It seems that they have formed an alliance with China and the Newton Clan, in gathering human specimens for breeding purposes and as of yet unexplained experiments.
When first seen the Terraformars didn't seem to have a leader or a social structure. All of them had an identical appearance and behavior.
That changed after the appearance of the first Evolved Terraformar at the end of the BUGS2 mission. The normal Terraformars obey him from when they first meet him and follow his orders to the letter. They have been seen to bend to their knees in his presence as a sign of obedience.
With his guidance, the Terraformars developed a structure and a social order and eventually started evolving themselves.
The Evolved Terraformars are on the top of the social structure followed by the Bugs Surgery Terraformars then followed by normal Terraformars. Under the guidance of their leader, the Terraformars are seen learning, organizing, deconstructing and reconstructing pyramids, farming moths for food, silk harvesting, organizing big scale attacks and ambushes, taking apart satellites and using weapons to help in the creation of the Bugs Surgery Terraformars.
It should be noted that after the death of the Evolved Terraformar in Mars 20 years later, it took the unorganized Terraformars only a week to reorganize and continue upgrading their social structure. After his death, the Bugs Surgery Terraformars raised young normal Terraformars and taught them how to do the Bugs Surgery by observation and repeat alone, succeeding this way to create more that one Bugs Surgery Terraformars from a stolen corpse. They solved the problem of their leader dying by raising more than one. That shows initiative and mind evolution.
Later, one of those young Terraformars can be seen fully grown leading a group of Terraformars as their leader.
He has his forehead painted with the same marks that the Evolved Terraformars have from birth, and he wears necklaces of various stones, instead of wearing the characteristic silk clothes that the Evolved and Bugs Surgery Terraformars wear.
Powers and Abilities
Having retained the abilities of the cockroaches they evolved from, they possess heightened agility, strength, toughness, and a sturdy carapace, making them incredibly difficult to kill. They have adapted to high temperature and fire, and also possess humanlike intelligence, learning how to use advanced weapons left by BUGS1 crew. Terraformar's are stated to be able to move up 320 km/h in a single leap and have strength comparable, albeit slightly lower, than a Rhinocerous Beetle (which can lift 50 times body weight).
When they are killed, they lay eggs containing all of their genetic information, effectively attempting to clone themselves. Just like cockroaches, they can survive without their heads or their necks broken and still fight well like that for a substantial time.
But their greatest strength is that they are united and undivided, driven by their hatred for mankind which makes them a truly deadly and powerful force to be reckoned with. Unlike the humans who are divided by discrimination and political desires for power and land, the Terraformars are unified for the common purpose of surpassing and destroying mankind as a whole.
Their power and abilities have been increased a hundredfold, due to them having access to the tools of mankind's weapons and technology, their knowledge on how to perform the surgery giving them the abilities of the insect and animal kingdom at their disposal, access to the mankind's internet and learning multiple fighting styles from the opponents they fought and killed, long range communication, master infiltration and expert disguising, all which the Evolved Terraformar known as Invoker put to very good use against their hated enemy, Man.
- Evolved Terraformar
Evolved Terraformars were born in BUGS2 from eggs. They were immune to Victoria's sting ability and she couldn't control them. They were also even more similar to humans in appearance, and were much more agile than a normal Terraformar. They also seemed more intelligent and even showed leadership ability, having given order to a Terraformar to not move while BUGS2 escaped pod was leaving.
Evolved terraformars fight using martial arts, and they are intelligent enough to perform Bugs surgery to other Terraformars using severed limbs or other body parts of slain humans who have undergone Bugs surgery. Moreover one evolved terraformar was able to attach Shoukichi's arm and got a hornet stinger.
Also, when an evolved Terraformar hatches from an egg, he is usually immune to the cause of his predecessor’s death, further evidence of their genetic memory and rapid evolution.
They have scar like patterns on their foreheads resembling dots and lines. They wear silk robes and the normal terraformars follow them blindly from the moment they see them.
- Human-Terraformar Hybrids
Two so far have been shown, they are a cross between humans and terraformars that also seem to have high social status, as one wore a miniature robe and the next was a pilot.They also speak human languages, but the smaller one speaks in their native tongue.
- Emerald Wasp Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Victoria Wood. These terraformars are able to insert their larvae into the abdomen of their victim and to mind control them. The larvae eat the insides of the helpless victim until they become an adult terraformar that kills the host coming out from its body.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew God Lee. They are able to generate and combine hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone from the holes in their palms releasing a spray of extremely hot benzoquinone creating a huge explosion.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Tejas Viji. Thanks to the little holes in their back that vigorously discharge gas similar to jet propulsion making them able to move at incredible speed and take the enemy by surprise with lethal attacks.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew John Welthork. They are specialized for underwater fights where they are strong and fast, but once on dry land they are sluggish and defenseless. they are often assisted of chicken terra formars on land to get from one place to the next.
- Desert Locust Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of BUGS2's crew Thien. They have incredibly powerful legs that make them able to do great jumps and very strong kicks. There are a lot of these types.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Akita Nanao. Their body is covered in white fur. They are incredibly agile and are able to produce from their hands strings both flexible and resistant, but far from the near-unbreakable strings of the Bagworm Moth.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Jaina Eisenstein. Their enormous strength combined with the hardness of their entire body, that from the exoskeleton to even the eyes is incredibly difficult to damage, makes them both coriaceous and fearsome foes.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Maria Viren. They are able to use their iridescent exoskeleton to reflect the light and camouflage extremely well when the area around then is set ablaze, so well that they appear invisible. Being stag beetles, they also have enormous strength, a hard exoskeleton, and sharp blades on their arms.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Yang Huwan. They are able to dig tunnels underground very fast thanks to their great claws and strong arms that can even block one of Alex K. Stewart's fast balls.
- Demon Dragonfly Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Toshio Blight. They have "dynamic vision" that allows them to instantly discern how far and in which direction an object is moving even if it moves very fast. Moreover they are able to fly with incredible speed, rivaling even Kanako Sanjo. They are also extremely agile, being able to make tight turns and change directions in a split second even when confined indoors. Keiji Onizuka had a hard time hitting it despite having the fastest punch of a mantis shrimp. These are among the most common types and there are thousands of them.
- Paraponera Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the captain of the BUGS2: Donatello K. Davis. A terrifying foe, this Terraformar is astonishingly strong, being able to resist to a direct punch from Michelle K. Davis and even contain the explosion caused by her explosive fluid through sheer muscle power.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the BUGS2's crew Redon Bergsmuller. They are able to produce large amounts of corrosive acid, which is harmful to human beings and it is able to break down Akari's threads. Also, they are able to release acid from their legs in order to melt the ground beneath them and produce a smokescreen.
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the Annex I's crew Marcia. They are able to shoot jets of water through one of their hands (that has the same pattern as an Archerfish's scales), that are able to pierce a human body from an extremely long range. However to use that ability they must carry a supply of water with them.
- Cone Snail Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of a member of the Annex I's crew. They posses a radula tooth in place of a tongue, which is coated in a potent nerve toxin that causes immediate paralysis.
- Honey Badger Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of a member of the Annex I's crew. They share the aggressive temper and resiliency of a honey badger as well as its tough fur which serves as a great protection against impacts, even against something like Keiji Onizuka's mantis shrimp punches or Xi Chun-Li's martial arts.
- Short-beaked Echidna Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of a member of the Annex I's crew, Peggy Fortie. They can dig underground at high speeds as well as use their back spikes for offense.
- Tasmanian King Crab Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of the member of the Annex I's crew, Sylvester Asimov, via recovering his dismembered arm. It has terrifying strength and is covered in a thick, hard shell and can regenerate lost limbs.
- Stag Beetle Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of a member of the Annex I's crew, Alexander Asimov.
- Paintpot Cuttlefish Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole the abilities of a member of the Annex I's crew, Xi Chun-Li.. It can camoflague just as well and can also regenerate it's limbs.
- Electric Catfish Terraformar
A Terraformar that Obtained the abilities of an electric catfish.
- Whale-type Terraformar
A number of Terraformars that stole the abilities of various kinds of whales on Earth in order to provide a fleet for the invading Terraformars. These ones are intelligent and aware of everything that's happeniing
- Scaly-foot Gastropod Terraformar
A Terraformar that obtained the abilities of a Scaly-foot Gastropod. Its iron sulphide scales create a suit of natural armor, and are hardly damaged by blows, lightning strikes, and bullets. Also, both its hands and feet can tear through any metal like a sharp blade. It's cerci are like long tentacles due it being a mollusc.
- Hagfish Terraformar
A Terraformar that obtained the abilities of a Hagfish. Its whole body is covered with mucus, which can reduce damage from enemies. It is also possible to snare and immobilize enemies by spewing this mucus.
- Jumping Cholla Terraformar
A Terraformar that obtained abilities adapted from the folkloric depiction of the Jumping Cholla. The Jumping Cholla was formerly said to be a dangerous intelligent cactus that would fire its spines as weapons, though this is not true. By adapting these abilities, a Terraformar is able to attack at range by launching a volley of thorns in a widely spread pattern.
- Dung Beetle Terraformar
A Terraformar that stole abilities from a Dung Beetle. It can roll mud or offal into a large boulder, then launch it into enemies with a solid kick.