Support Animals are animal-like characters introduced in the Blaster Master Zero trilogy. While broadly resembling biological animals in a throwback to Fred's role as a runaway pet in the original Blaster Master, they are actually recon drones created by the people of Planet Sophia to help Metal Attacker crews combat the Mutants. Support Animals are made to blend in with the assigned planet's wildlife and ecosystem, though it's unclear if the camouflage is installed during initial manufacture or aboard its assigned Metal Attacker en route to a target planet. Each Support Animal is further modified to feature ancillary abilities not already covered by its Metal Attacker, or its pilot and Support Droid.
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Fred is based on an Earth frog, and features a mostly froglike body with a larger, tadpole-like tail. Actual frogs are stated by Inti Creates in side media and tweets to have gone extinct by Jason Frudnick's time, leading to Fred being described as a "Mysterious Animal" in-universe instead. Originally featuring a green exterior, Fred's skin turns gray as the series goes on for unknown reasons.
Abilities and Characteristics
- Warp Hole: Fred is capable of generating and traveling through wormholes of moderate size. In the intro cinematic of Blaster Master Zero, Fred's escape from captivity as Jason's pet culminates in him going through such a hole but leaving a trail that leads Jason to SOPHIA III. From Blaster Master Zero 2 onward, this becomes a gameplay feature, allowing quick return to the Metal Attacker in Side-Scrolling Mode, and marking completion of each Top-Down Mode segment with a wormhole to quickly return to Side-Scrolling Mode.
- Not Actually Amphibious: Despite his skin having a good approximation of an amphibian's properties, Fred cannot safely submerge in water due to the risk of exposing his mechanical innards. Artwork to commemorate 110,000 downloads of Blaster Master Zero on the BMZ Official Site depicts Fred piloting the submersible exo-suit "E-7ka", created by Jason to resolve the duality of Fred's exuberance for and vulnerability to water; it ultimately does not factor into subsequent games.
Tappy is based on a dragonfly, and supports the Kuebiko team.
- Bamboo Dragonfly Mode
- Triple Mode
Yacopu is based on a rabbit, and supports the Eir team. It is furthermore a reference to the playable character of Sunsoft's Trip World.
- Pharmacology: Yacopu is capable of ingesting plants, herbs, and other matter on Planet Stranga (including items grown inside Kanna's flowerpot head), and rapidly spitting back out usable medicines and other chemical compounds.
- Punching Attack: Mr. Mug can deliver a punch capable of damaging other Metal Attackers.
|Protagonists||Earthlings: Jason · Roddy · Elfie · Alex|
Sophians: Kane · Jennifer · Eve · Eva
Extraterrestrials: Gonbei · Tae · Kanna · Kenwood · Stein · Tesset
|Antagonists||Plutonium Boss · Underworld Lord · Lightning Beings · Kaiser · Leibniz|
See Also: Bosses
|Sophia||Sophia 3rd · 4th · J-7 · S.O.P.H.I.A. · Zero · Gaia|
See Also: Metal Attackers
|Pets||Fred · Plutarch · Tappy · Jao · Yacopu · Mr. Mug|
See Also: Support Animal
|Guest Characters||Gunvolt · Ekoro · Shantae · Shovel Knight · Copen · Empress|
|Blaster Master Zero 3|
|Areas||Sophia: Sophia Force Base · Sophia Metropolis · Mass Driver Facility · NORA Satellite Zone · Forbidden Sector|
Elsewhere: Planet Stranga · Area ???
|Upgrades||Mobility: Hover Pack · Multi Leg · Wall Drive · Gaia System · Recoil Jump · Dive Gear · Counter-Barrier|
Stock/Defense: Capsule · Life Up · Main SP Up · Sub SP Up · Life Energy Guard α/β
Cannon: G-Crusher Shot · G-Crusher Shot+ · Anti-SF Ammo · Rain Cluster
Jason: Gun · Blast Launcher · Unchained Effector · IX Shredder · Graviton Eraser · Elemental Blaster · Reflex Striker · Rushing Attacker · Spinning Reflector
Mods: VRV System · Vivid Sensor · Spin Balancer
Key Items: Eve's DNA · Unauthorized Access Key · Disguise Tag · Access Key E · Nu-Nasae Herb · Security Key (1 · 2 · 3 · 4)
|Sub-weapons||Warhead Missiles · Homing Laser · Ignition Spark · Aqua Shift · Phantom Solid · Final Acceleration Blast|
|Metal Attackers||Gaia-SOPHIA SV · Metal Attacker · Kuebiko · Garuda · Eir · Atom|
|Characters||MA Pilots: Jason · Kane · Gonbei · Leibniz · Kanna · Stein|
Support Droids: Eve · Tae · Lucia · Kenwood · Tesset
Support Lifeforms: Fred · Tappy · Jao · Yacopu · Mr. Mug
Supporting Characters: Jennifer · Eva
|Bosses||Top-Down: Goez R · Evil Eve · Dual Kirkal · Spark Salamander G/C · Mantipede · Hock-Ropper · Metal Cerbeboss · Bloodstained Planade-G · Gonbei|
Side-Scrolling: Metal Attacker · CIRQ SP-1000 · Albino Dig-Rawler/King Dig-Rawler · Dual Kirkal · Bullet Kahn-I/II · Adminator Z-21 · Mantipede · Metal Cerbeboss · Kahn-Forbidden · Bloodstained Planade-G · Eir · Atom · Rising Garuda · SOPHIA-J1
|Other Topics||Achievements and Trophies · Music (Original Soundtrack · Arrangements & Medleys)|