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Wriggle Nightbug in Imperishable Night
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Wriggle Nightbug (リグル・ナイトバグ Riguru Naitobagu) is a firefly with the ability to control other insects. She likes using her ability to direct concerted performances for her own amusement. She also likes using it to attack humans who underestimate her significance or the importance of insects in general; she seems to take it personally when someone offends insects. According to an interview with ZUN, Wriggle could have made an appearance in Touhou Hisoutensoku, however, due to a lack of time, she was removed. 
Wriggle has blue eyes, teal hair, and bug-like antennae. She wears a white shirt with stylized short sleeves, a black cape with red lining, which is shaped to resemble insect wings, and baggy blue knee-length shorts.
Wriggle is a firefly youkai. Because fireflies are popular among humans for their beautiful appearance, humans are less likely to kill them, and it is much easier for them to "mature" into youkai. Just like a regular insect, however, she is weak to fire, cold, fumigation, and insect repellent.
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- Imperishable Night
During the events of Imperishable Night, Wriggle attacked a pair of travelers that looked like they would be easy targets, but the pair fought Wriggle off without breaking a sweat.
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Wriggle used her manipulation of insects in order to start an "Insects' News Service," which would send large numbers of bugs to make announcements and deliver messages for clients if they supplied plans and a specific time in advance. Wriggle organized the service with the intent of improving the social status of bugs, but soon got tired of it and stopped providing it.
When interviewed later, Wriggle does not remember the service, because insects discard information that is no longer in use.
- Wriggle's cape and infamous kick appear to reference sentai heroes such as Kamen Rider, who has an insect motif (a trait shared by many of his successors)
- Wriggle's appearance and name are both quite androgynous compared to other characters, so it used to be a point of some contention whether Wriggle was a male or female character before the release of full version, her wearing shorts certainly didn't help either.
- The full version's official profile declared that she is, in fact, female. However, with lack of male presence in the series she is sometimes portrayed as male in R-rated fan material, with both writer and readers being fully aware that she is officially a girl. Additionally, she is often made fun of in fan comics by being depicted as a crossdresser--either as a girl that dresses like a boy or actually being a boy who's just pretending to be a girl.
- Due to insects being near the very bottom of the food chain, Wriggle is sometimes portrayed as "food" in some fan comics. In particular, she is portrayed as food for Yamame Kurodani, a spider youkai, or for Mystia Lorelei, a night sparrow (who in turn is food for Yuyuko Saigyouji, a glutton).
- In fan works, she is often seen with other lower level, childish characters such as Cirno, Rumia, and Mystia.
- She is occasionally called or labelled as "G" (short for gokiburi, or cockroach). Another common nickname for Wriggle is 「りぐるん」 (Rigurin), or "Wrigglin", similar in style to "Yukarin" for "Yukari".
- Pairings of her with Yuuka have become common. This could be because bugs pollinate flowers, they have similar hairstyles, or maybe ANGELTYPE is to blame.
- The pairing's dynamic is either loving or S&M-based with Yuuka being the S.
- A few fan materials occasionally use a mother/daughter relationship, but this isn't too common compared to above, though she's rarely shown to be a mother figure for "Team 9" (a nickname for the Cirno, Rumia, Mystia and Wriggle group)
- In Imperishable Night, the player can go up to the top of the screen and focus to collect items without being at full power (the Magic Team doesn't even have to focus to do this). Inexperienced players are sometimes caught off guard in the middle of stage 1 while trying to collect point items, and lose a life when Wriggle makes her entrance from the top of the screen, colliding with the player. This sudden fly-in from Wriggle is sometimes referred to as the "Wriggle Kick" in the fandom, and is parodied in fanart and fangames such as Touhou Soccer and Touhoumon.
- In the multiplayer game "League of Legends," there is an item called "Wriggle's Lantern," which is named after Wriggle Nightbug. 
- On Pixiv, June 4 appears to be designated Wriggle day.
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- Nae Radio (September, 2009). "Interview on Nae Radio (September 2009)". http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Interview_on_Nae_Radio_(September_2009). Retrieved 2 September, 2011.
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