|Species||Alien space squid|
|Health||One heart (Parasite), one hundred (NMD)|
|Level(s)||All (Parasite), 20 (NMD)|
|Game(s)||Parasite, Nitrome Must Die|
The parasite is described as a very small, brown cephalopod with one green eye. It has many small tentacles for a mouth, and two big tentacles that it uses for walking. It has the power to control creatures or objects by stabbing them in the head with its tentacle and is seen injecting something through it, making the creature change to a dark gray/green with green eyes with with green slime dropping out of the creature's mouth. When not possessing creatures, the action button (Z) makes the alien pass gas. When the alien is idle, it will use one of its tentacles to lick around Its mouth.
Academy of Evil
The space squid possibly took lessons at the Academy of Evil (probably to become evil) but it didn't take any swimming lessons, which it would later regret.
Run-in with the space bees
The space squid somehow got onto the space bees' hive planet, which it barely escaped. Ever since then, the space bees had been its biggest enemy.
Draining the Green Planet
The space squid flew down onto the Green Planet, in his Gasguzzler 9000. Its quest was to drain the planet. The space squid landed, happy to see its first energy mining machine was ready. It then got to work collecting big forest spirits to fuel it's mining machines, with the help of his energy radar arrow to guide him. While doing that it encountered tiny forest spirits, which he like to eat calling them "a sweet and tasty nibble".
It used its tentacle to enslave the planets creatures. When it came to water, it started to regret not taking swimming lessons at the Academy of Evil. Also on its quest it encountered happy gas, which it loathed and cannons, which it sarcastically said it had never had encountered except on every planet.
The parasite is a small being that roams the galaxy robbing innocent planets of its energy. The parasite walks at a medium pace, and can jump rather high. His main ability is to enslave animals by jumping on to their head and somehow, with its tentacle, stabbing it into the poor beings mind and somehow controlling them. This causes their eyes to turn green and their mouth to drool green goo.
All animals do not have the same health, some being stronger or weaker than others. The parasite literally uses corrupted animals as machines, making use of their abilities to pass obstacles or kill other enemies that cannot be enslaved.
Some enemies cannot be enslaved due to their vital organ - the brain - being shielded from being attacked. He can jump off enemies by pressing the X keyboard key will kill the enslaved creature the parasite is on, and give him a boost off it. When not controlling an enemy, it just causes him to pass gas.
Elite winged cats, snails, and beetles are examples of unenslaveable enemies, who must be killed to be passed or nimbly maneuvered through. The parasite will gain points for eating small forest spirits, and sets up energy-draining checkpoints when it passes a big forest spirit.
The parasite is very weak independently, as just a touch of any hazard makes him explode and his green blood splat onto the screen. The parasite seems to have not learned how to swim, as he also dies when he touches water. The parasite will jump into his Gasguzzler 9000 upon placing all checkpoints in the area.
His enslaving abilities seems to extend past living creatures, but also to inanimate objects. When using the out of order cannons, he can control make the cannon shoot out an acorn that he can control, and somehow kill enemies with it, even though the parasite is placed on the front. This may be possible because the parasite and acorn are travelling at high speeds, like a bullet.
The parasite appears in Nitrome Must Die on level 20, appearing as the boss for that level. The parasite has enslaved the moon and uses it to try to kill Austin Carter and Justin Bennet. The parasite serves as the weak point of the moon, having to be shot to damage the moon. The parasite will try to move the moon around as to try to not get himself near Austin or Justin.
- Snowman - The parasite appears jumping from a brute on to the cave girl's head, enslaving her
- Nitrome 2.0 - The parasite appears climbing Nitrome Towers, with Princess Nectarine in his hands. This situation is a parody of King Kong.
- The player can make the parasite pass gas by pressing Z while he is not on a character. Crudely, when on an enslaved animal, this gives him a boost off it and kills the animal.
- He may be a reference of the Dalek mutants, as both appear as small one eyed cephalopods.
- It is possible that the parasite is larger than he appears, as he is very large in the Nitrome 2.0 skin.
- The parasite is referred to as male, but its gender is actually unknown.
- The parasite resembles infecting aliens from various games, for example: the Zerg from Starcraft, the Necromorphs from Dead Space and the scrin from Command and Conquer.