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The Clones are, as their name suggests, imperfect clones of the original Peregrine Falcon and S.P.A.R.R.O.W.S soldiers. These grotesque aberrations of nature are created by the Mars People. They serve as the final regular enemies of Metal Slug 3.

Information

In Metal Slug 3, after the General Morden on the Hi-Do is revealed to be an imposter, the Mars People kidnap Player 1's character and take them and the real General Morden deep into the Rugname. A substitute character is sent via Astro Slug to infiltrate the Rugname to rescue the kidnapped soldier alongside the Rebels.

After destroying Rootmars' control center (which causes the Rugname to slowly break apart), the player will be swarmed upon by an army of green clones mass-produced to the same likeness as the kidnapped soldier. Fighting through these clones, the player will happen upon a stasis chamber holding the kidnapped soldier in suspended in a spherical tank of unknown fluid. The clones continue to attack the player until at last, the stasis membrane of the chamber is shattered, freeing the soldier and disintegrating the now hostless clones.

Not all the clones died so simply, however, with most of the surviving clones being corrupted into zombies in the process. They, along with the remaining normal clones, attempt to impede the soldiers' escape from the rapidly deteriorating Rugname. Upon opening the ship's bay doors, both forms of clones are pulled into the vacuum of space, where they presumably perish.

Combat

Clones typically survive no more than three rounds each, making them extremely frail. To compensate, they often pack heavy weaponry normally used by the player, such as Heavy Machine Gun or Flame Shot. Much like the player, clones also carry knives for close combat and grenades.

The clones in the hallway after facing Fake Rootmars always drop a rotten egg when defeated. These are worth zero points and can make a player fat by collecting too many of them.

Zombie clones don't fire their weapons, preferring to use their vomit attacks periodically. They are substantially stronger than regular clones, requiring six melee strikes to kill whereas regular clones take only one. Zombies take time to turn around, meaning jumping over their heads can buy time to take them out before they can strike.
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Variants

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Clone Marco: A cloned variant of Marco Rossi. In Metal Slug Attack, a zombie variant also appears after being defeated in its clone form.
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Clone Tarma: A cloned variant of Tarma Roving. In Metal Slug Attack, they're separated into two units - an actual clone and a zombified version. The clone version uses a shotgun, while the zombified version uses a pistol and blood pukes.
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Clone Eri: A cloned variant of Eri Kasamoto.
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Clone Fio: A cloned variant of Fio Germi. In Metal Slug Attack, they're separated into two units - an actual clone and a zombified version.
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Clone Abby: A cloned variant of Abigail. Appears to be more mechanical than clone based.
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Clone Betty: A cloned variant of Beatriz. Similarly to her sister model, she is more mechanical than clone based.
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Clone Trevor: A cloned variant of Trevor Spacey following his brief abduction by the Martians during the second summer event in Metal Slug Attack. They utilize their Two Machine Guns and spiked boots to attack enemies with nimble speed.

Trivia

Early designs of the Clones

  • The clones are a reference to the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • All of the Clones (including Zombie Clones) uses the respective character's death sound when as a Zombie.
  • The clones' death animations (excluding zombie clones) are almost identical to animations used when the characters are struck by acid. An additional animation is added upon death of the clones where they break down physically into puddles of liquid.
  • Strangely, for the Eri and Fio clones, they re-use the Acid death animation when being hit in the air. which is slightly censored. They will hit the ground but will simply disappear in green liquid, instead of where they land with their rear facing the screen and their shorts melt off, revealing their butt. The sprites exist but are not seen in-game. The on-ground death (where their shirt melts off and reveals their chest) remains unchanged.
  • Tarma's clones lack the trademarked sunglasses. Oddly, the zombie Tarma clones still retain the sunglasses.
  • In Metal Slug 6, the brainwashed soldier encountered just prior to the final boss has the same sprites as a clone, only with their regular color scheme instead of all green.
  • Clone Fio in Metal Slug Attack uses a palette swap of regular Fio instead of her clone sprites.
Metal Slug 3
Heroes Marco Rossi | Tarma Roving | Eri Kasamoto | Fio Germi
NPCs POW | Rumi Aikawa | Madoka Aikawa | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | President | Utan | Scientists | Survivors | Donald Morden | Allen O'Neil | Rebel Army | Division 6 | Martians | Rootmars | Fishman
Enemies Rebel Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Rebel Rifleman | Mortar | Gatling Soldier | Marine Diver | Japonese Infantry | Mummies | Mummy Generator | Dog Mummy | Chariot | Zombies | Tar Man | Bat | Huge Locust | Chowmein-Conga | Ohumein-Conga | Enormous Moray | Jellyfish | Flying Killer | Man Eater | Maggot | Giant Caterpillar | Big Snail | Sensor Mine | Supervisory Camera | Patrol Robot | Mars People | Mini-UFO | Mars Satellite | Tiny UFO | Utom | Hopper Mecha | Mars Walker | Clones
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | M-15A | T-2B Melty Honey | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | LV Armor | Parachuetruck | M34 3-Ton Truck | Landseek | Rebel Van | R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | TM-1 Missile | Hammer-Yang | U25U | Mini-Sub 88 | Japonese Tank Soldier | Null Fighter
Bosses Huge Hermit | Monoeye UFO | Jupiter King | Sol Dae Rokker | Rootmars

Monoeye | Hairbuster Riberts | Hi-Do | Rugname | Fake Rootmars | Clone Incubator

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Flame Shot | Enemy Chaser | Laser Gun | Iron Lizard | Super Grenade | Drop Shot | Grenade | Fire Bomb | Thunder Cloud | Mobile Satellite | Armor Piercer | AA Machine Gun
Slugs SV-001 (Metal Slug) (SV-001 Type-R) | Slugnoid | Slug Flyer | Slug Mariner | Borobune Slug | LV Armor | Drill Slug | Slug Copter | Astro Slug | SV-Camel | Elephant Slug | Ostrich Slug
Missions A Couple's Love Land | Wandering at Midnight | Eyes Over the Waves | Tombstone of Sand | All About Love
Other Fat Island | Storming the Mothership | Transformations | Environmental Objects | Items
Pachinko Sophia Greenville | Margaret Southwood | Navel | Slug Gunner | Golden Slug
Enemies
Infantries Rebel Infantry | Arabian Infantry | Japonese Infantry | Pirates | Scientists | Amadeus Infantry | Ptolemaic Infantry | Natives | Hunters | Future Rebels | Believers
Soldiers Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Rebel Rifleman | Mortar | Gatling Soldier | Rocket Diver | Marine Diver | Cannon Diver | Hazmat Soldier
Undead Mummies (Mummy Generator) | Dog Mummy | Mutated Soldiers | Zombies | Tar Man | Clones | Relentless Zombie Army | Mummy Cat | Mummy Warrior | Bonenoid
Robotic Sensor Mine | Supervisory Camera | Patrol Robot | Morden Robot | Amadeus Robot | Wall Drone | Units | Mole Missile | Laser Drone | Pods | Rebel Walker | Valerian Bears
Mutant Chowmein-Conga | Ohumein-Conga | Enormous Moray | Jellyfish | Flying Killer | Man Eater | Huge Locust | Sasquatch | Maggot | Big Snail | Giant Caterpillar | Squid | Huge Ivy | Assaultpeng
Alien Mars People | Monoeye | Ring Laser Mecha | Hopper Mecha | Mars Mecha | Tiny UFO | Mars Satellite | Mini-UFO | Tripod | Mars People Rangers | Invader Infantry | Winged Invader | Flying Parasite | Hunter Walker | Giant Hunter Walker | Space Mole Cricket | Crab-Tank | Vanguard | Smasher | Invader UFO | Flying Shelt | Flying Core
Misc. Watchdog | Bat | Chariot | Bees | Octopus | Bear