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The Breadbug family is a family of creatures in the Pikmin games. The first members of this family were seen in Pikmin, but the actual family was not mentioned or named until Pikmin 2. Along with those listed below, a Vanilla Breadbug is mentioned by Olimar in his notes for the Dwarf Red Bulborb. They have a range of lifestyles depending on the particular species, from scavenging for second-hand kills to actually preying on smaller creatures. It is interesting to note that each member of this family can be defeated or at least damaged by throwing Pikmin onto its back.
The family is named after the Common Breadbug, which resembles a bread roll in appearance.
Dwarf Red Bulborb
Dwarf Red Bulborbs are small, common enemies in all of the Pikmin games. They perfectly resemble Red Bulborbs in appearance, but with greatly diminished size. They are also diurnal, being active during the day, as opposed to the Bulborbs they mimic.
They were mistaken to be the actual offspring of Bulborbs prior to Pikmin 2, where Olimar revealed they are simply mimicking the Bulborb.
Dwarf Orange Bulborb
The Dwarf Orange Bulborb is an enemy in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3. It mimics the Orange Bulborb, but, like all other Breadbug family members, it is diurnal, unlike the nocturnal Orange Bulborb.
It is just as edgy, noticing the player or Pikmin at throwing range. Other than that, they are very similar to the normal Dwarf Red Bulborbs.
Breadbugs, the "mascot" of the family, are found in the first two Pikmin games where they are the beasts after which the Breadbug family is named. Oddly, the Breadbug does not reappear in Pikmin 3 whereas some other members of its family do. They are unable to cause harm to Pikmin directly, though one can do so by pulling objects away into its dwelling. If any Pikmin are carrying an object while it is sucked underground in this manner, they will die. But if there are enough Pikmin carrying the object, they will pull the object to the Ship's Research Pod or to the Onion, thus causing severe damage to it. The beast is heavy with thick blubber, making it immune to most attacks, rendering a direct hit the only other way to damage it. They are found much more commonly in Pikmin 2 than Pikmin.
The Giant Breadbug is a boss in Pikmin 2. Unlike other Breadbugs, this one is large and has a more cubical shape, looking like a whole loaf of bread. It is by far the largest species in the Breadbug family, but at the same time is considered by many players to be the easiest boss in the game; the boss theme music is not even played when this creature is around, though an exclusive tune is played only in the specific cave sublevel. The more recognizable habitat is located on the last sublevel (6) of the Glutton's Kitchen and consists of only two other Breadbugs, electric nodes, and Anode Beetles.
The Snow Bulborb only appears in Pikmin 2. They are another subspecies of Dwarf Bulborb, these particular ones resembling hairless, miniature Hairy Bulborbs. They are as similar to the beast they endeavor to copy as any other Dwarf Bulborb, and defeated in much the same way. Their most common location is in the vicinity of one or more Hairy Bulborbs, or in cave terrain of snow or ice.
- Every member of the Breadbug family, excluding the Giant Breadbug, have received a figurine in the real world.