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The Hairbuster Riberts is the second boss from Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001. It also appears as a mini-boss in the last stage of Metal Slug 3, and as the second boss of Metal Slug Mobile 3.


The Hairbuster Riberts is a prototype heavy bomber created by the Rebel Army and is equipped with several forms of armaments, such as guided missiles and bouncing bombs, making it a versatile weapons platform capable of quickly adjusting to the situation. Over a hundred of these units were produced, all in their testing phase. General Morden attempted to escape from the Regular Army troops in Ronbertburg City on board a Riberts, but it was shot down by the Peregrine Falcons Squad. Unfortunately, Morden still escaped, caught in mid-air by a Flying Tara.

Boss Synopsis

The players fight the Hairbuster Riberts on train wagons, with it flying at the same speed as the train. The wagons itself has three lifts that individually rise and lower. The flashing light below each lift flash to signify that the respective lift is about to rise up.

The Hairbuster Ribert's main attack method is to launch propelled missiles from the hidden mechanical arm, which have a number of patterns, such as going straightforward or making loops, from the bottom. It will also fly to the top-right corner of the screen, where it will drop a large amount of bombs that bounce on the train randomly, making them a little difficult to dodge. There is a retractable cabin located at its side from which a Rebel soldier will appear in a turret that fires homing missiles. After the Riberts sustains a high amount of damage, General Morden himself will appear at the cabin, firing rockets from his bazooka constantly.

In Other Games

Metal Slug 3

The Hairbuster Riberts makes an appearance in Metal Slug 3's final mission as the first mini-boss. The battle takes place during a flying segment, which makes dodging the Riberts' attacks somewhat easier, but it also makes returning fire somewhat harder. In addition, Morden is replaced by Allen O'Neil, who will use his trademark attacks instead: throwing grenades when the player is below the craft, firing his M60 when the player is at Allen's level, and using his knife when the player gets too close.

Metal Slug SV-001

The Hairbuster Riberts appears as the second boss. It is piloted by Corporal Vasser Gutenschiff (ヴァッサー・グーテンシッフ). Unique to this game is that the homing missiles now explode in the middle of the screen with the area of effect applied to the entire floor.[1]

Metal Slug Defense

The Hairbuster Riberts was introduced in the 1.24.0 update. It costs 400 medals, the same cost as the Hi-Do. It costs 600 AP to deploy, which makes it tied with the Metal Rear. However, its movement speed is very fast, making it the fastest deployable boss unit in the game.

It has two attacks. Its long range is firing a missile from below its body. Its special is randomly deploying either a Rebel with a missile launcher, Allen O'Neil with his grenades, or Donald Morden with his bazooka.

Metal Slug Attack

The Hairbuster Riberts was originally introduced as a Medal/VIP Crank unit. Nowadays it can be obtained via Battle Monthly Reward, specific Cranks, or by the Shops. Its AP cost is reduced to 500 (400 on platinum). It' new ability is to do a suicide attack when destroyed (requires Skill 2) which does a large deal of damage on a wide area. New variants are introduced.


  • Hairbuster Riberts: The original prototype heavy bomber. In Metal Slug Attack, it and its variants provide a last-ditch explosion attack onto enemy units once destroyed.
  • Hairbuster Riberts (Amadeus): A Riberts sporting a purple and gold color scheme created by the Amadeus Syndicate. Cyborg Allen attacks from the cabin and can drop out of the exploding aircraft to fight on his own.
  • Dynamite Rebirth Jr.: A small, blue and gold Riberts that is part of El Dorado's collection. He calls one out to drop onto his enemies.
  • Hairbuster Riberts MK II:  A red and black Riberts designed for carrying Allen O'Neil. Allen attacks alongside the aircraft.
  • Naomi's Hairbuster Riberts: A dark-grey Riberts with Naomi commanding on the cabin.



  • The final retro-futuristic design of Hairbuster Riberts appears to be inspired by a number of 20th century flying boats, however not necessarily biplanes:
    • Tail and canopy design bear resemblance to the Japanese H6K.
    • Rear-rotor top-mounted single-engine configuration strongly resembles the Soviet MBR-2 or the German Do-15
    • The biplane wing configuration is reminiscent of aircraft seen in WWI.

Early concept of Hairbuster Riberts

  • An early design of the Hairbuster Riberts would have used its jet engines as a form of attack, but it was unused due to the fact that it was impossible to keep this plane flying over the train at low speed.
  • The earlier version of this boss may have resembled a Consolidated PBY-Catalina, which is a WWII armored aircraft and convertible vehicle and the Grumman G21 Goose and the Grumman Mallard.


Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001
Heroes Marco Rossi | Tarma Roving
NPCs POW (Names) | Donald Morden | Allen O'Neil | Rebel Army | Parker | Gerhardt City Civilians | Satiko Suzuki | Sophia Greenville | Rumi Aikawa | Chris Key | Alexander Suvorov | Gunforce II Troop
Enemies Rebel Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Mortar | Rocket Diver | Cannon Diver
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | T-2B Melty Honey | Girida-O | Bull Chan | Iron Iso | Dararin Dara Dara | Turrets | R-Shobu | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Hammer-Yang | Landseek
Bosses Tetsuyuki | Hairbuster Riberts | Tani Oh | Shoe & Karn | Iron Nokana | Hi-Do

Mini-Bata | Allen O'Neil

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Flame Shot | Grenade | AA Machine Gun
Slugs SV-001 | Middle-Son 1986
Other Combat School (Dialogue) | Super Devil Mode | Another Story | Items | Environmental Objects | Middle-Son 1999
Unused Content Phil Gene | Michiko Nakajima | KT-21 | SV-002 | Nazca Logo | Regular Soldier
Pachinko Fio Germi | Eri Kasamoto | Margaret Southwood | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | Madoka Aikawa | Sosuke N Kagamihara | Vasser Gutenschiff | Leta Kanikoja | Sagan Gail & Logan Gail | Mars People | Slug Flyer
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 | Japanese 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 | UFO | Tiny UFO | Ring Laser Mecha | Hopper Mecha | Mars Mecha | Clones
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | M-15A Bradley | T-2B Melty Honey | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | LV Armor | Parachuetruck | 3-ton Utility Truck | Landseek | Rebel Van | R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | TM-1 Missile | Hammer-Yang | U25U | Mini-Sub 88 | Japanese 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 (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
Metal Slug Tetsuyuki | Hairbuster Riberts | Tani Oh | Shoe & Karn | Iron Nokana | Hi-Do

Mini-Bata | Allen O'Neil

Metal Slug 2/X The Keesi II / Iron Nokana MK II (X) | Aeshi Nero | Dragon Nosuke | Big Shiee | Hozmi | Rugname

Mosque Artillery | The Keesi II (X) | Karn (X) | Allen O'Neil | Dai-Manji

Metal Slug 3 Huge Hermit | Monoeye UFO | Jupiter King | Sol Dae Rokker | Rootmars

Twin Ohumein-Conga | Monoeyes | Hairbuster Riberts | Hi-Do | Rugname | Fake Rootmars | Clone Incubator

Metal Slug 4 Brave Guerrier | Toschka Dalanue | The Iron | Big John | Sea Satan | Amadeus Mother Computer

Mecha Allen O'Neil

Metal Slug 5 Metal Rear | Shooting Ray | Screamer | Sand Marine | Avatar of Evil

Black Hound | Stone Turtle (unused) | Gaia Elephant | Ptolemaios (unused)

Metal Slug 6 Bull Drill | Iron Sentinel | Brain Robot | Elder Centipede | Invader King

Invader Controller

Metal Slug 7/XX Worm Mecha | Crablops | Destroyed Crablops | Fall Mecha | The Union | Rebel Gigant | Kraken

Scrap Tower | Big Gate

Metal Slug: 1st Mission Rebel VTOL | Rebel Train | Macba | Rebel Zeppelin | Electromagnetic Crane | Weapons Port Boss | Hilde Garn

Facility Elevator | Macba | Rebel Truck

Metal Slug: 2nd Mission Big Bertha | Terrain Carrier | Rebel Reactor | Macba | Rebel Submarine | Tani Oh | Wired | Rebel Airplane | Hilde Garn's Slug | Rocket UFO

Power Generators | Rebel Rocket | Hyakutaro

Metal Slug Advance Formor | Emain Macha | Kaladgolg | The Keesi III | Cabracan

Allen Jr.

Metal Slug 3D Parachuetruck | Mosque Artillery | Spider-Bot | Underground Cruise Missile | Morden's Battleship | Morden's Castle | Allen O'Neil | Lugus | Lieu
Metal Slug Attack Pharaoh's Arc | Ptolemaios | Ball Slug | Great Mother | Mars Gigantalos | K-O3 Coupled Armored Vehicle | Land Blowfish | Cyclobster | Slug Square | Zoni Doloma | Quadro Jumper | Denturion | D-Gu | Fortmeranian | Rock Mole | Giant Copter | Et A Omnis | Vortex | Digger Base | Crusty Legs | Armored Crawler | Queen Big Snail | 7000 Class Locomotive | Riviere Hyll | Metal Fusioner No.223
Mobile games Rocket Control Room | Unknown Alien | Hellfire | Spiderbot | Cyclops | Mega Laser Turret | Mars Battle UFO | M-32 Water Carrier Plane | Kourai | Alien Floating Structure