The Bugmaster is a villainess from the animated series Darkwing Duck. Her real name is Bianca Beakley, a former newscaster and Gosalyn's role model. To boost ratings, Bianca became a villain and started to commit crimes by controlling insects. She is voiced by April Winchell.
Bianca Beakley was a popular journalist who wanted to boost her ratings by interviewing Darkwing as he fought the city's fiercest villains. Unfortunately, the Supervillain Convention in Florida left St. Canard crimeless. Beakley decided to create her own super villain persona, "The Bugmaster" to create news coverage. She kidnapped merriweather, the cockroach mime and stole a golden Egyptian scarab. At this point, Bianca decided she liked being a villain and planned to eliminate Darkwing Duck. Gosalyn discovered that Beakley was really the Bugmaster, who convinced Gosalyn she was only doing this to make DW look good. Gosalyn became the Bugmaster's sidekick, the Grub, and helped her dip Darkwing, Launchpad, and Merriweather in hot beeswax. But when Gosalyn realized the Bugmaster was serious about killing Darkwing, she turned on her and rescued the three. After a fight, Darkwing was able to snare the Bugmaster in her own webbing, defeating her.
Crisis on Infinite Darkwings
The Bugmaster was the first supervillain to publicly reappear after the fall of Quackwerks. Darkwing defeated her, tied her up and hung her from a lamppost.
She reappeared as a member of Suff-Rage's League of Barely Remebered Supervillains. The Bugmaster attacked Darkwing by controlling a swarm of bugs to attack him. She and the rest of the League were defeated when Darkwing and Launchpad wrapped them up in a curtain, only for Suff-Rage to reveal that the Bugmaster and the others were only illusions.
The Bugmaster possessed several different bug themed weapons, such as the Wasp's Sting, which fired sting bursts of electricity, the Sonic Cricket's Chirp, which fired blasts of sonic energy, stinkbug gas bombs, a cobweb-shooting belt buckle, and a beetle-shaped jetpack. It's unknown where she obtained theses weapons.
Bianca also had her unnamed camera man and boom mike guy act as her henchmen, as weel as duping Gosalyn into becoming her sidekick, the Grub.
- A few fans of the show wondered why Bianca did not call herself "Bugmistress" as the word "Master" is sometimes uses in villains' names and not villainess' names.
- It's interesting to note that the illusion of the Bugmaster could control bugs, whereas the real Bugmaster could not. It's possible Suff-Rage assumed Bianca had this ability given her name.