Bugly functions only to control and dominate others. As a strategist, he relishes in giving orders and commanding his fellow Decepticons to carry out his bidding. He is also one of the few known modern practitioners of Circuit Su, which teaches martial artists of the Allspark that connects all energy in Transformer life-sparks, and how to tap into that energy. Bugly believes in the conservation of energy principle -- by drawing greater amounts of power from his spark through discipline, he thinks that this is limiting the amount of energy available for all other Cybertronians. This is the ultimate form of domination for Bugly, and he works tirelessly to cultivate his mental abilities at the expense of others'.
Marvel Comics continuity
After commandeering a genetics research lab on Earth, Scorponok was able to recreate and perfect the science of Pretender shells using synthoplasmic chambers constructed by him and Vorath. Bugly was one of six Decepticon volunteers transformed by the process into new Pretenders.
When Scorponok's Decepticons were forced into combat with Ratbat's crew, Bugly found himself facing off against Skywarp. The teleporting Seeker proved a difficult target until Bugly concentrated on predicting the pattern of his "jumps", and caught Skywarp with a blast of photon fire while he was re-materializing.
Later, Bugly got the job (along with Bomb-Burst) to fly Iguanus away from a skyscraper, in a clichéd plot by Scorponok to gain energy by channeling lightning. The Micromaster Off-Road patrol foiled the plan and Iguanus was toasted, so Bugly let him plummet to his doom and fled.
Bugly was seen again as a background character throughout the Decepticon Civil War and the battles against Unicron. Whether he survived through these events is uncertain, as he was not seen again.
Dreamwave comics continuity
During the Dark Ages, Bugly was part of the Chaos Trinity alongside Bludgeon and Mindwipe, seeking to expand their personal power through dark rites and mysticism. They were contacted by The Fallen, who offered the Trinity great power in exchange for their servitude. Bugly used electro-stingers for weapons, and even managed to paralyze Shockwave with them. He assisted the Fallen in acquiring the four unique sparks known as the Angles of Dissolution for a dark ritual, but was shot by Shockwave's troops while defending the Fallen's base of operations. He was the first of the Chaos Trinity to fall.
- Bugly (Pretender, 1988)
Accessories: Shell, belt, guns (left and right) antennae (x2)
- Bugly transforms into something that might sort of be a hoverjet. His twin guns can be attached to each side of his alt-mode.
His outer Pretender Shell resembles a huge bipedal insect, with large compound eyes.
- Bugly was not released in Japan as part of the Super-God Masterforce toyline.