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TwinBee is one of the main fighters that first appeared in the TwinBee Series, then later on in the Parodius series. His weapon set is based on his own games, consisting of bell powers of Twinbee-fame being translated into Gradius-weaponry.


Backround

TwinBee joined Tako's Star Fighter team in Parodius Da! to help him defeat Tako's father Golgado Tako. Twinbee was made look like his "female" counterpart Winbee from original Twinbee for arcades: this've been due the Twinbee's design not being so known before he got his modern appearance in Detana Twinbee. After then Twinbee was included in two more Parodius-games, joined by Winbee. Both were replaced by Ace in Sexy Parodius.

According to Parodius DA!, Twinbee is 17 years old.

Winbee and Gwinbee

  • Winbee - Twinbee's sister. She helps save the galaxy on almost as regular a basis and has appeared in nearly all the games. Piloted by Pastel. She normally plays second fiddle to Twinbee, but she's capable in her own right, despite seeming rather shy. She can combine forces with her brothers to significantly increase their mutual firepower.
  • Winbee appears in Parodius-series alongside with Twinbee. At first she was the second player avatar in Gokujyo Parodius, but was playable fully in Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius with a little modified weapon set.
  • Gwinbee - The third and youngest of the Bees, Gwinbee is also rather more boisterous than his siblings. He's responsible for looking after Mint, who also pilots him. He's the most marginalised team member, generally appearing as a 3rd Player, or even simply as a mere power up.
  • It has been rumored that Gwinbee makes an apperance in Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius in the ending- the method to pull this off is to have your score ending at following digit "700" while defeating the final boss in Round/Loop 2.



Weapon Set

Twinbee Weapon Set Gif

Missile, "Rocket Punch"

Untitled-1 copy Twinbee

Twinbee, armed with his trusty punching gloves!

Description:Twinbee's strongest weapon. Twinbee launches his rocket gloves (or earlier in Parodius Da!, hands) forward so far to hit the other side of the screen: after then they return back at him. This can go through weak enemies, and if hit walls or damaging a strong enemy, they burst into nothing. Rocket Punch has much more impact area than usual missiles, but might be hard to use against ground enemies.

Origin: In most Twinbee-games, when Twinbee's hand would be hit, he would lose it. Losing both hands again made him unable to launch down any bombs. To prevent this, an ambulance would be called to repair Twinbee and give him new pair of hands.

In Parodius Da!, when Twinbee uses Rocket Punch, he would launch his hands off, much to refer to his games where his hands were detachable and vulnerable. Punching would become his one of the staple moves he would use in later games in his series, like Pop'n Twinbee and it's spinoff, Rainbow Bell Adventures . Starting from the last regular Twinbee-game, Twinbee Yahho, one of the chargable moves you can choose in the game are red punching gloves, which let Twinbee launch flurry of punches at his enemies.

Twinbee would also appear as a playable character in Dream Mix Tv: World Fighters, a massive crossover fighting game developed by Hudson, Konami and Takara. One of Twinbee's standard attacks is Rocket Punch, which lets him launch off his hands in a similar fashion to Parodius-games. The gloves were kept white, though.

In Otomedius, Madoka's default missile is the Rocket Punch, which behaves the same way, expect slower.

Double, "Tail Gun"

Description: Exactly the same tail gun from Gradius II: a regular shot is given a second bullet which is fired out the tail of the ship instead.

Origin: While it seems to omit the Twin Cannon from Twinbee-series, it might have been opted to give Twinbee more defense behind.


Laser, "3-Way Blaster"

Description: Twinbee's cannon is upgraded by giving his usual shot two more bullets that fire 45 degrees diagonally, one up and one down.

Origin: 3-Way was originally acguired from a small bell, an uncommon powerup found by bombing enemies. Depending on the game Twinbee would acguire it by using bells as well.


Twinbee's Option, "Funshin"

Description: This option will act exactly like the Funshin options from Twinbee-series, which retracts to your main fighter's position when you stop the movement, making it less useful than normal option. Additionally, you can just eguip three of them.

When used by Winbee in Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius, these don't retract, instead they act like the usual Shadow Options. This is intentional, though: in Pop'n Twinbee, Winbee's Funshin don't retract in that game. It's quite a difference.


Origin:Throughout Twinbee-games, when Twinbee would acguire a Green Bell, he would be given three shadowy offshoots that were attached at him. These could imitate Twinbee's movements and gave him extra firepower and evem mimic the upgraded weapons from him, depending on the game. These also could attack the ground enemies with bombs, but when the arms of the player are blown off, the offshoots lose their arms also.

In early Twinbee-games the Funshin-power would give out transparent versions of Twinbee: this is used as their design in Parodius Da!. Starting from Pop'n Twinbee, the Funshin would become smaller solid copy's of Twinbee, a design to be used for the rest Parodius-games. Their design were borrowed from the Shippo Barrier-powerup from Detana Twinbee game, which came year before Pop'n Twinbee.

Shield, "Field Barrier"/ "Shippo Barrier"

Description: A circular huge barrier is attached to your ship. When you are hit several times by bullets or collisions, the Barrier gets smaller until it's lost. In Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius, this would become Barrier, a bubble-like shield covering Twinbee entirely, and acting like Force Field from Gradius II.

Origin: When Twinbee would acguire a Red Bell in Twinbee-series, he would be given a Field Barrier, usually called as Barrier. In most Twinbee-games this was a circular force field, which would protect him from bullets or collisions between walls. The radius of Field Barrier was quite large, making the powerup somewhat easy to be deplenished, despite it being able to absorb five hits. This kind of barrier was used in Parodius Da! and Gokujō Parodius!.

In Pop'n Twinbee, the Field Barrier was improved by reducing the radius and making it an orb that covered Twinbee entirely.The Barrier though was now slightly weaker since it could now take four hits, but it made up for it by being not so likely to be gone fast due to it's small size. This kind of barrier would be used again in Twinbee Yahho!, which gave Barrier a more bubble-like apperance but was again made weaker by deplenishing off after three hits: In Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius Twinbee would replace the Field Barrier with Barrier from Twinbee Yahho!.

When used by Winbee in Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius, these instead give out Shippo Barrier, which upgrades her Funshin into an invicible shield. These can take any bullet and attack without damage, and never seem to run out their invulnerability, so try your best to avoid things which might strip your shield off (like different-colored bells.)

Shippo Barrier's origin is from Detana! Twinbee's purple bell power, which gave the same power in the same manner as the green bell. It is much harder to use, though, since Twinbee had to move all about to make the barriers cover him successfully.


Trivia

  • It should be noted that Twinbee's and Winbee's pilots Light and Pastel don't appear in Parodius-series in any form, expect as a visual reference at Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius: Forever With Me.
  • Twinbee, Winbee, and Gwinbee make a cameo appareance in Otomedius Gorgeous if you beat the game using Madoka.
  • Twinbee is an unlockable aircraft in Airforce Delta Strike if you beat the game with any pilot from 2nd Element.

See also

Parodius Da!
Characters TakosukeVic ViperPentaroTwinBee
Stages Island of PiratesLas Vegas CircusCandy LandDuck's Theme Park (NES) • JapanMoai BattleshipPinballBubbleIce WorldNight of the Living DeadBath Houses (SNES) • Zeo's Fortress
Bosses Cat BattleshipCaptain Penguin Nohusuki IIIChichibinta RikaEagle SabuHot LipsButa ShioYoshikoViva CoreHoneyPuuyanKarakasaYoshiwara DayuuShower CageGolgado Tako
Port Exclusive Moai PirateDuck CaptainToka FuroPenguin BombBrain FreezePenguin ConducterPinwallPenguin Green MantleManjiri KunSuper DX Emperor Penguin
Gokujō Parodius! ~ Kako no Eikō o Motomete ~
Characters Takosuke and BelialVic Viper and Lord BritishPentaro and HanakoTwinBee and WinbeeHikaru and AkaneMambo and SambaMichael and GabrielKoitsu and AitsuGoemon and EbisumaruDracula-kun and Kid DraculaUpa and Rupa
Stages Circo Porto HarborlandCat Battleship ForeverCandy LandHigh Speed CityCore Ship ParadeMoai BattleshipRabbit MoonPenguin DiscoShooting Memories
Bosses Anna BaburowaCat Submarine MK IIElizaDecoration CoreCrazy CoreCapsule Monster CappuccinoYoshikoKaguya PrincessChichibinta RikaBig OctopusPentaro X
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius
Characters Takohiko and BelialVic Viper and Lord BritishPentaro and HanakoTwinBee and WinbeeSue and MemimMike and RanSoitsu and DoitsuUpa and RupaDracula-kun and Kid Dracula
Stages Hip Hop DiscoSchoolDonburi FieldsEdoSweet LandHigh Speed PatrolFiesta BasePolygon Space (Omake 1) • Grand Prix (Omake 2)
Bosses Mirror BallZiyudeeEnormous Hikaru and AkanePenguin's Mardock Ship (SNES) • Warumon's Flaghship (PSX) • Black TwinBeeBo WinbeeGoemon CompactDecoration Core MK IIKitty TrainHoro Temple Ghost (SNES) • Big Baron Bee (SNES) • John Wan Jirou (PSX) • Fighting Penclaw (PSX) • ShogunFish WallChichibinta RikaBakuteriyaRobot Wall

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