|“||I am the strongest!
I am just a small portion of the Empire Bacterian!
|~ Gofer's last words in Gradius II|
Gofer (ゴーファー Gōfā ) is the primary antagonist and final boss of Gradius II. He also appeared in Nemesis 3 as the last boss of the game. In Gradius IV, a seed of Gofer destroyed in Gradius II grew up and lead to his revival, making him the game's final boss again.
In Gradius IV
When Gofer was destroyed in Gradius II, a piece of him landed on a distant planet and then mutated into a large battleship similar to the Xaerous Fortress from Gradius. It then changed its form into his new form shown in Gradius IV. He claims that every piece of him spread across the universe will be reborn as copy of himself when he is destroyed again.
In Gradius II Arcade and Gradius IV, Gofer does nothing, but in Gradius II NES and Nemesis 3, he can spew energy balls (which can be destroyed) or lightning bolts from his mouth.
In all games (except for the NES version) it is destroyed by shooting the tissues above him (a bit similar to the Xaerous Brain). In the NES version, the tissues are part of the background and are indestructible, in this case, Gofer needs to be shot in the eye/mouth.
Gofer appear in the third and final episode of the Salamander anime series. Here, Gofer is a gigantic construct of flesh created by Paula, though since he was still incomplete he appears in a demented state. Paula kidnaps Stephanie intending to turn her into a Cyber Brain and fuse it with Gofer, so that he would become the Bacterian's ultimate weapon. After Dan and Lord British rescue Stephanie, Paula fuses herself with Gofer, as the two transform into the Phoenix.
Although Gofer may be a part of Bacterian, the Salamander anime implies that Gofer is an organic weapon made by Bacterian, which has the ability to grow up and change the whole universe into the reign of Bacterians, gathering the intelligence from other creatures. However, currently the anime trilogy is considered as non-canon in the Gradius saga.
- His name was chosen in reference to a gofer, a term used to refer to a errand boy, to give the implication that Gofer was just a underling following someone else's orders. At the same time, the game's subtitle, "Gofer's Ambition", was chosen to imply him as having his own agenda.
- Much like Xaerous Brain who had his own parody in the Parodius series, Gofer was also parodied as well.
|Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō|
|Stages (arcade)||Artificial Sun • Alien • Crystal • Volcano • Revenge of Moai • High Speed Maze • Boss Rush • Gofer Ship Interior|
|Port-exclusive stages||Volcano - Crystal (NES) • Enemy Base (NES) • Gofer's Lair (NES) • Temple (PC-E)|
|Bosses||Phoenix • Big Eye • Giga (NES) • Crystal Core • Death MK II • Jumping Moai • Big Moai • Desert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK II • Zub Rush • Big Core • Golem • Tetran • Gaw • Intruder • Zelos Force (NES) • Covered Core • Demos • Crab • Gofer|
|Gradius IV: Fukkatsu|
|Stages||Liquid Metal • Plant • Bubble • Magma • Moai • Cell • High Speed • Boss Rush • Final Fortress|
|Bosses||Yorogaton Chimera • Dendrodium • Bubble Core • Gillador • Alpha/Omega • Berial • Rolling Core • Vanishing Core • Big Core MK III • Covered Tetran • Berserk Core • Planet Core • Bloody Gate • Crab-II • Gofer|
|Characters||James Burton (Metalion) • David Burton (Vixen) • Gaudie • Venom • Venom's Aides • Lars 17th • Wreek|
|Nemesis 2 stages||Colossus Planet • Plant Planet • Ancient Planet • Floating Continents • Planet of Fire • Living Planet • Sin • Asteroid Belt • Water Planet • Venom Mothership|
|Nemesis 3 stages||Sun • Plant • Gravity • Past-Boss • Moai • Hell • Sand • Cell • Factory • Gofer Ship|
|Nemesis 2 bosses||Sodd • Riot Warship • Misfit Warship • Big Core X10 • Mayhem Warship • Doom • Sinar • Abaddon Warship • Venom|
|Nemesis '90 Kai exclusive bosses||Lizard Core • Laser Core • Big Core MK II Kai • Beta Core|
|Nemesis 3 bosses||Geezer Butler • Hans Naughty • Tetran • Abaddon Warship • Misfit Warship • Big Core • Armored Saint • Lynyrd Skynyrd • Triumph Kicks • Killer Dwarf • Crab Warlock • Queensrÿche • Gofer|
|End bosses and major enemies|
|Major Recurring Foes||Gofer • Bacterian • Dr Venom • Zelos Force (Zeros) • Lars Empire|
|Minor Enemies||Xaerous Brain • O.V.U.M. • Eleos Brain • Mother Computer Z • Guardian Core • Central Server • Genocide Core • Metal Slave • Zelos Barrier • Doom|
|Episodes||Episode 1: Salamander • Episode 2: Paula's Meditation • Episode 3: Gofer's Ambition|
|Characters||Ike Lord British • Dan • Stephanie McBain • Eddie Evans • Doromo • Ministers • Lee McBain • Paula • Gofer|
|Enemies||Rugal • Sharp Cross • Golem • Giga • Zelos Force • Intruder • Tentacle • Big Core MK I • Moai • Xaerous Brain • Fire Dragon • Death Hand • Big Eye • Dee-01 • Phoenix • Amoeba • Nucleus|