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''Mega Man NT Warrior'' is the anime and manga adaptation of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series (''Battle Network Rockman.EXE'' in Japan, and later just ''Rockman.EXE''). Specifically, it's Viz Media's Western title for the anime and manga, referred to as Rockman EXE in Japan. The manga had 16 volumes and the anime had 5 series (Rockman EXE, Axess, Stream, Beast, and Beast+) along with a movie, though only EXE and Axess got an official English release. Despite all being under the same label and sharing the same basic concept, both the anime and the manga are separate entities from the original GameBoyAdvance games.

The chief conceit is the series' famous ForWantOfANail: In the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic classic verse]], Drs. Light and Wily saw incredible advances in the field of robotics, though Wily's jealousy at Light's more immediate success with the general public saw his arguably greater intellect twisted to petty theft and then increasingly devastating assaults on the world itself. In the Battle Network verse, however, Dr. Light (here named ''Hikari Tadashi'')[[note]]A pun on the Japanese-English L/R confusion in romanisation - the name translates out to ''Right Light''[[/note]], turned his mind to the world of computer networking and carried the population of the world with him anyway, leaving Wily, who was left with his robotics to stew in misery. In the present, or rather, the far, far future of [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 20XX]], the world has seen mind-boggling advances of technology, each and every bit of it connected through the vast cybernetic sea of the internet. Everything -- cars, refrigerators, schools, the weather, you name it -- [[EverythingIsOnline everything is]] ''[[EverythingIsOnline literally]]'' [[EverythingIsOnline online.]]

This has gotten to the point where the internet the internet has become its ''[[AnotherDimension own dimension]]''. In order to easily navigate this massive dimension, humans created a series of Artificial Intelligences, roughly human in form, called Network Navigators, more commonly known as "Net Navis" or just "Navis". Net Navis each have their own personalities and assist humans with the normal internet stuff: shopping, web surfing, interacting with friends, searching for information, defeating the wild viruses roaming around with their built-in weapon or [=BattleChips=], [[BreadEggsMilkSquick illegal Net Battles between Navis]]...

However, nothing is ever ideal. The internet is under [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed almost constant threat]] from a number of villainous entities, most notably the [=WWW=] (pronounced "World Three"). The son of Dr. Light, 10-year-old Lan (Netto) Hikari and his partner, [=MegaMan.EXE=] (Rockman), find themselves dealing with everyday life ''and'' taking down said villainous entities that threaten to destroy the Net and the world along with it. They won't just be fighting online; when malevolent entities strike, the machine system connected to that part of the hardware will often malfunction dangerously which means Lan will have to take as much initiative offline to stop threats as [=MegaMan=] does in Net Battles. For example, Lan's and [=MegaMan's=] introduction to the world of crimefighting has the pair take down an arsonist who set housefires using electronic ovens.

However, following that moment, the various adaptations diverge wildly.

* In the Anime, Lan and his [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest childhood friend/love interest]] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Maylu]] (eventually joined by [[TheBully schoolyard bully]] [[BoisterousBruiser Dex]], [[{{Fiction500}} insanely rich]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Kinglish]] [[ForeignExchangeStudent transfer student]] [[SpoiledBrat Yai]], and quiet but loyal ally [[AscendedExtra Tory]]) find themselves caught up in the various strikes and counter-strikes between the [=WWW=] and a small group of Net Agents led by the mysterious Commander Beef. The Commander and his Net Navi [=SharkMan=] will often spend time giving Lan and [=MegaMan=] subtle guidance on how to grow, or outright enable them to succeed when given no other choice. Also standing in the boys' way are the enigmatic [[TheRival Chaud Blaze]] and [[AloofAlly ProtoMan.EXE]], the absolute best of the best.
** The first portion of the anime consisted of two seasons consisting of a loose and then tighter and then loose again ([[FreudWasRight what?]]) [[AnimeOfTheGame Anime of the first two]] ''[[AnimeOfTheGame Battle Network]]'' [[AnimeOfTheGame games]], ending on a relatively satisfactory note with the end of the Gospel arc...before tripping over a series of {{Filler}} episodes at the end in March 2004. However, that October saw the airing of the new [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo Rockman.EXE Axess]], which [[SubvertedTrope abandoned the straight adaptational approach]] in favor of introducing the concept of [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield Dimensional Areas]][[note]]A dimensional convergence between the cyberworld and the real world that turns a set area into its own phantom zone.[[/note]] and [[HenshinHero Cross Fusion]] along the way. The series continued, cycling uninterrupted through ''Rockman.EXE Stream'' and ''Beast'' before the airing of ''Beast+'', whose episodes were shortened to only ten minutes and officially came to an [[NoEnding abrupt and unyielding halt]] on September 30, 2006.[[note]]The ten minute episodes would also be inherited by the AnimeOfTheGame of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]][[/note]]''
* The Manga released to North American shores, by Ryo Takamisaki, is a loose adaptation of the main [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork six games]] set across 13 volumes. Notable for both avoiding {{Filler}} ''and'' for adapting various side stories only vaguely mentioned in the games, including [[spoiler:Bass' origin story and his legend-spawning fight with Serenade]]. The very first chapter sees the popular, skilled, and rather wayward Lan have Mega Man fight off a serial arsonist and his Navi when the local elementary school is targeted going so far as to outright delete the threatening [=TorchMan=][[note]]Deletion was held off to the end of the first season of the anime, by comparison.[[/note]], and the next has the freshly backup-restored [=TorchMan=] II[[note]]Who makes a point of distinguishing himself from his "previous me".[[/note]]. [=TorchMan=], along with his operator, the fierce Mr. Match) invite Lan to put his Net Battle skills to use against the people who deserve it by participating in a [[TheCracker crack run]] on the ''board of education''. A third attack by the [=WWW=] sees Lan fall into a short coma, and when he wakes up, it is revealed that he has a special talent indeed -- Lan and [=MegaMan=] can share a state of perception called ''[[{{Synchronization}} Full-Synchro]]'', which allows Lan to shorten the time lapse between himself and [=MegaMan=] to nigh instantaneous speeds. With this knowledge comes the special license, enabling Lan and [=MegaMan=] to participate in otherwise forbidden Net Battles, but this time, in the service of good.
* The second manga, [=Battle Story Rockman.EXE=] by Jun Keijima and Miho Asada, saw European release starting in 2006. By 2007, all four volumes had been translated to French.

Has a [[WMG/MegaManNTWarrior WMG page]].

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[[folder:More than one of the adaptations contain examples of:]]
* AbortedArc: A few in the anime, but the one that sticks out the most is Bass' arc. Towards the end of Axess, he made it quite clear that he was very slowly planning on making his own play for power and was shaping up to be a major villain in the next arc. In Stream, however, he's banished to the Under Net by Slur and not heard from again until the movie. And then he only shows up in the final episodes of the arc [[spoiler: to finish off Slur]] and then is never seen again.
** The Takimisaki manga spent very little time on filler, and if one paid attention, various hints about Lan's and [=MegaMan's=] relationship would crop up. And then...nothing. [[LeftHanging Not a thing]]. [[spoiler:In the games, [[BrainUploading Mega Man]] is identified as Lan's twin brother Hub, who supposedly died from a heart disease in infancy, but nothing of the sort is ever mentioned in the manga, despite noticeable buildup. Miyu even identifies [=MegaMan=] as having a ''human soul'', but no.]]
* AdaptationExpansion: On the flip side, the anime has a few new things to show us, such as the inventor of the Copyroids, Meijin's ex-girlfriend. Other characters such as Tory, Laika, Dingo, and Ms Yuri
** Being only a loose adaptation, there's not much in the main story of Takamisaki's manga, but there are a number adapted sidestories that could quite easily fit into proper [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork main game]] {{Canon}}.
* AdultsAreUseless: Although they provide a lot of support, it's the kids that wind up saving the world time and time again. In the anime, Stream averts this, introducing adult members of the team. Also, from the beginning, Commander Beef and his squad.
** In the manga, Lan and [=MegaMan=] are given unofficial invitations to an [=anti-WWW=] task force filled with [=NetNavis=] piloted by competent adults picked specifically to take down Wily's organization. After everyone [[TheWorfBarrage gets in a hit against the Life Virus]], [[GenreBlindness they celebrate]]...and [[RedshirtArmy then get annihilated]], leaving only [[ConservationOfNinjutsu Mega Man and Proto Man]].
* AlternateHistory: In the original 'verse, robot technology is the way of the future; in ''NT Warrior'', it's networks. Carrying over from the games, [[ForWantOfANail Tadashi Hikari chose to study network technology instead of robotics like Wily did]]. Most of the Robot Masters from previous Mega Man titles appear in this series as [=NetNavi=] programs with different personalities.
* BigDamnHeroes: Every main character and most of the secondary cast gets a couple of these. Netto/Lan usually has at least one an episode, especially once Axess starts. Enzan/Chaud has some truly awesome ones mid-Axess, [[spoiler:probably to make up for having to turn his Navi evil a few episodes later.]]
** [=MegaMan=] saves [=ProtoMan=] this way (and vice versa) at least once in the Manga, most notably when ProtoMan is about to bite it under attack from Gospel. He immediately starts grousing for [=MegaMan=] to back off, and [=MegaMan=] [[CasualDangerDialog teases him for taking himself so seriously]].
* ChekhovsClassroom: The episode 'Robotic Fish Gone Wild!' revolves around this. Did you know that jellyfish are 90% water? So are Jellyfish Viruses! Water conducts electricity! ELECTRO-SWORD!!!!
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the manga, where [=MegaMan=] reminds Lan of a history lecture that went awry when it broke off into "sensationalist tripe" about hyperadvanced prehistoric civilizations after Dex asked about [[{{Atlantis}} Atlantis and Mu]] and gets laughed down for it.[[note]] [[HilariousInHindsight Ohhhhh,]] [[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce the irony.]] Lan has a good reason [[SubvertedTrope for not remembering]] - [[AsleepInClass he slept through the whole thing]][[/note]].
* ChildProdigy: Enzan/Chaud, Vice-President of a major corporation (and in the manga, top-flight Official). It's implied that he's been VP since he was a little kid.
** Lan, barring a couple of necessary defeats in the beginning, catches up to and later surpasses Chaud's skill. A major case of BrilliantButLazy.
* {{Cyberspace}}
* DarkerAndEdgier: In general, Axess compared to the original series, with villains far closer to the MoralEventHorizon than the more comical WWW.
** Lan is not a "good guy" by any definition in the earliest portion of Takamisaki's manga until the police hire him. ( Mr. Match actually convinced him to contribute to an attack on the Board of Education).
** ProtoMan gets a vicious KickTheDog when he [[spoiler:slays a helpless navi after he begs for mercy]].
* DiscardAndDraw: The anime and manga had to justify Mega's sudden shifts in SuperMode availability, most prominently the switch from Style Change to Double Soul. In the anime, Mega loses the Style Change [[HandWave explicitly as a result]] of gaining Cross Fusion capabilities (and Double Soul naturally tags along); in the manga, he only had Hub Style, which was [[PowerNullifier negated and absorbed]] by Dark Power, but didn't get the Double Soul ability [[spoiler: until Serenade snuck it into his system]]. Neither really makes use of the Cross System when it becomes relevant, instead focusing only on [[SealedInsideAHumanShapedCan Beast Out]], though a few Cross Beast forms appear in ''Beast+''.
* EagleLand: Amerope (The anime's English tends to be phonetic, so you may see "Ameroppa" instead), known as Netopia in the games, is an amalgamation of America and Europe as a whole (as you may have guessed); in the anime, Lan visits it as part of his Championship Tour in the early second season. In the manga, he visits it [[spoiler: to try and collect [=MegaMan=], who's on the run from military detention.]]
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Pretty common.
** Anime: [[spoiler:Bug Style in season 2, Full Synchro in Axess, Forte Cross in the movie, and Beast Style in Beast.]]
** Manga: [[spoiler: Proto Soul in the fight with Bass GS, which is kept later on; Bass Cross [=MegaMan=] and then Beast [=MegaMan=] against Nebula Grey; Super Beast [=MegaMan=] against the Super Cyber Beast. Hub Style is DieOrFly, yes, but occurs ''in between'' the [=WWW=] and Grave arcs, so it doesn't count.]]
* EverythingIsOnline: ''Everything''. Even doghouses and hospital beds.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Subverted with anime![=SharkMan=], who's actually a pretty nice guy. However, followed to a T in one scene of the episode with Yai/Yaito and Chaud/Enzan trapped in the underwater restaurant.
** Not to mention the episode Lan/Netto and his friends [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and Masa)]] were chased all over the city by an out-of-control giant mechanical shark.
** In the Manga, [=SharkMan=] is, well, much less plot-significant, and more of a {{Jerkass}} than his Anime [[TheAce counterpart]]; then again, Dex and Gutsman didn't help things by lying to him and Masa about their abilities.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Both Higsby and Mahajarama. [[spoiler: Funnily, Mahajarama has to impersonate Higsby during the tournament at one point]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Naturally by virtue of [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman being data]] Navis can get blown up, impaled etc., with impunity. Special mention must go to Searchman dismembering Shadowman in Axess before deleting him by blowing a hole right through his chest, echoed by Shademan's brutal deletion at the hands of R-Laserman at the season's end.
** The manga's even worse. Lan winds up bleeding and badly beat up on more than one occasion, and due to the fact that it lacks the animation constraints of the anime, Navi wounds look a lot more like, well, ''open wounds.'' [=MegaMan=] even ''tears Shademan apart.'' LITERALLY!
* FreeRangeChildren: Netto/Lan and his friends take this to ridiculous levels, even before he becomes a Net Savior. This is more often than not due to Yaito/Yai having her own Personal Jet and ''ROCKET SHIP''.
** Not as bad in Takamisaki's manga, since most of the exotic locales are digital, but Lan still wanders about without much parent supervision. One arc sees him put in the employ of the Netopian army. In [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Netopia]]. (Technically, he brings Chaud with him, but they get separated when Lan gets taken for a helicopter joyride...and then shot at by military choppers).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Netto/Lan winds up doing this for Enzan/Chaud [[spoiler: after Blues/Protoman is corrupted by the dark chip.]] Chaud gets meta return points for trying to get Lan back on his feet in the manga.
* ImprobableAge: Enzan/Chaud, Vice-President of a major corporation. It's implied that he's been VP since he was a little kid.
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: Sorta: Lan's control isn't total (it varies between incarnations), and it's based in part on teamwork and empathy.
* [[LargeHam Large Ham]]: Plenty, but Count Zapp, Masa and Commander Beef stand out. Higsby, too, when he's motivated.
--> "I am '''the...Number One Net-Battler Instructor!! Known far, wide, and handsome as...Mr. Famous!!'''[[note]]And he's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown got the chops to prove it.]][[/note]]
* MagneticHero: Lan and Mega know how to make friends.
* LimitedWardrobe: In both the anime and manga, it's notable if a character is seen in more than one or two outfits. It's more notable in the manga, in which Lan is seen sleeping in his usual outfit, and is shown to have worn that same outfit way back when he was ''five'' and first got [=MegaMan=].
* {{Mons}}: The Navis, with a dash of BondCreature. The viruses, too.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The manga is loaded with characters and viruses that defer to Takamisaki's personal style rather than the original games. Mostly averted in the anime, but there are a few instances of really strange looking viruses.
* OpenMindedParent: Lan's mother, Haruka. Lan flies all over the world and has even gone into ''outer space'' on several occasions. He saves the world on a regular basis. Not once have we seen Haruka act nervous about her son going on all of these dangerous adventures.
** Several of these adventures are actually encouraged by the father, and she's been [[JustifiedTrope putting up with him for years]].
** Lampshaded in the manga. During the third major arc, [=NetNavis=] materialize in the real world, and Haruka ends up hosting for Tohru and [=KingMan=] (the latter of whom is an eight-feet-tall chess piece). She mentions offhandedly that she's not as calm as she looks.
* PowerGlows: Program Advances, Style Changes, Soul Unisons. The first episode of Axess indicated that Cross Fusion sequences appeared this way from the outside, too. Also, [[spoiler:Full Synchro R-Rockman in the Axess finale.]] Hub Style in the manga is interesting, as it a) doubles as a [[PlotRelevantAgeUp visual age up]], and b) makes it seem as though the power is leaking out through [=MegaMan's=] helmet.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: This gets a big send-up during the final battle of the N-1 Grand Prix, with Lan as its representative. This is also [[spoiler: what brings Mega Man back after he was deleted]] near the end of the first season of the show.
** Soul Unisons are a more blatant example later on. Also, Cross Fusion is said to rely on the 'synchronization rate' of the Navi/Operator pair; while friendship isn't the only factor, it still seems to be a key one.
** The manga focuses specifically on a small number of relationships: Lan and [=MegaMan=], Lan and Chaud, [=MegaMan=] and [=ProtoMan=], [=MegaMan=] and Bass. Lan and [=MegaMan=] see this trope in action the most.
** {{Synchronization}}: An early power in the manga. One of the requirements for Cross Fusion in the anime.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Everyone is usually in character, the storylines are true in spirit to the games (though not taken from them), and quite a lot of thought went into designing a society around the games' play mechanics.
* RedOniBlueOni: Plenty.
** Lan is the Red to [=MegaMan's=] Blue.
** And the red to Chaud's blue. And let's throw Lan vs. Laika in here, though technically they all form a PowerTrio.
** [=MegaMan=] plays double duty by being the more generally cheerful contrast to [[TheStoic ProtoMan]] and [[ColdSniper SearchMan]].
*** Inverted with the Lan[=/=]Chaud and Mega[=/=]Proto relationships, since the Hikari brothers have associations with the color of blue and the other pair are associated with reds.
** [[BlueBoyPinkGirl Roll]] can generally be counted on to be far more perky than [=MegaMan=]. Averted with Lan and Mayl, who are more [[BelligerentSexualTension Jerk and Tsundere]].
** Anime-specific example: Saloma and Miyuki. [[LampshadeHanging A nod to the trope]] appears when Saloma and Miyuki are "working" (read: [[BeachEpisode lounging and sun-bathing]]) in [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Jawaii]]: Saloma is sporting a red bikini and Miyuki is relaxing in a light blue one-piece.
* TheRival: Chaud, aka Enzan and in the anime Laika/Raika also
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Forte-Cross Rockman.
* {{Tsundere}}: Yai can be quite prickly before you get to know her.
** Maylu also develops a fair few Tsundere tendencies, especially Axess on. (Ironically, her game counterpart was originally explicitly meant to be one, but this was thwarted by the higher-ups).
** She [[CharacterExaggeration already had them]] in the manga. And then some - it's quite a feat watching how quickly she and Lan will swap between mutual cheer, angry shouting, and even [[BelligerentSexualTension outrighting brawling on the floor]].
* TransformationSequence: Style Changes in the original, Soul Unisons and Cross Fusion in Axess and Stream, Beast Out and Beast Cross in Beast, Cross in Beast+.
** In the manga, the time delay during Style Change effectively puts it out of the fight. [[NoSell Not that it's any use against the Dark Power.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: '[[ExtyYearsFromNow 200X]].'
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: While the battles in which the bad guys are in a completely separate building than the Net Savors are justifiable, WWW and Regal would have won ''long'' ago if they were willing to, oh, I don't known, ''punch Lan and co'' while they're busy with their PET units? This is sometimes averted in the manga, in which Lan and Chaud take on any injuries Mega Man and Proto Man sustain due to their synchronization. The Darkloids even manage to separate Lan and Mega Man at one point, and then directly attack Lan.
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* AffablyEvil: The WWW henchmen and their Navis have a strong family-like relationship among themselves, which prompted them to perform the occasional good deed.
* AnimeThemeSong: [[ReplacedTheThemeTune Several]], all well loved by the fans. Some were disappointed ''Futatsu no Mirai'' never came out with a non TV Size version.
** AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English Dub instead settled for Techno Lite beeping and had a couple voice modulated "Mega Man: NT Warrior!"s thrown in for good measure, and then [[ReplacedTheThemeTune replaced]] ''that'' with a new set of [[RunningGag Techno Lite beeping]] for the Axess dub. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome And they're pretty awesome for an English opening.]]
** The German version plays with this, re-dubbing the English anime (well, they did that for the Ruby Spears cartoon). Still, they took the original English theme and gave it actual music, which is an all-around improvement.
* AscendedExtra: Hikawa Tohru (Tory Froid) in the games is a one-shot character with a generic sprite. Hikawa Tohru in the pre-Axess anime got an original design, is Iceman's operator (instead of his father), and becomes a part of TheTeam. In Axess on, he stays as a recurring character with Ms. Mari, and Rush, (to be fair, Dex and Yai were DemotedToExtra) [[SubvertedTrope but afterwards later he's just abandoned wholesale.]] An episode in Beast+ is basically [[LampshadeHanging devoted to]] how bizarre it is that he and [=IceMan=] became significant again.
** Rush, as well. A random virus in the games; Roll's pet in the anime, though rather independent.
** From Axess onward, Laika/Raika. Was one of the many possible scenarios in the 4th game and the second to last Team Proto Man/Blues member acquired in the 5th. In the Anime he becomes a member of the main cast, more involved in the plot than just about any other character in 4 and 5, barring the characters that were already main characters in the games. Heck, by Stream he's gotten more focus than a good deal of them! By Beast, he's a full member of the PowerTrio with Lan and Chaud.
** [[spoiler: Yuriko, so much.]] A palette-swap in the first game. [[spoiler:TheDragon of Axess, and a member of the squad in Stream]].
* AdaptationalHeroism[=/=]AdaptationalBadass: Mr. Higsby was a member of WWW Three in the first game. Here, he wouldn't even want to be associated with them. He's the same as he was in the games post HeelFaceTurn, but he has his moments of hilarity and heartwarming, not awesome.
** Maysa, Miru, and Sal were optional bosses. In the show, they're awesome Net Agents, and during the first series, they had a lot of awesome moments and BigDamnHeroes moments too. Even in the second series, after most of the cast were DemotedToExtra, they had a brief return and they were awesome. Plus in Beast, they had their own Beyondard counterparts who were heroic like them.
** Suprisingly [=Bass.EXE=] was this (the heroism part, we all know he's {{Badass}}). In the second season, he actually saved Megaman's life, fought against Grave's top member, and even fought the Grave Virus. He didn't do much in Axess and was a AntiVillain in Stream & TheMovie, but he did the awesomest thing at the end of Stream. '''HE KILLED... er DELETED SLUR!!!'''
** Maylu and Roll were heroes already, but they increased in badass in the show. In season 1, they helped Lan fight battles against World Three and they beat Tory AND ''Maddy'' during the [[TournamentArc N1 Grand Prix]][[note]]In the games, Ms. Madd nearly kills Mayl in an urban terrorism attack and [=ColorMan=] spends some of his time torturing Roll[[/note]], even making it into the semi-finals of the tournament. She still helped in season 2 and didn't do much in Axess, nut in Stream, she and Roll actually managed to [[spoiler:Cross Fuse]]. [[AffirmativeActionGirl And they said anime girls couldn't be badass. They were wrong.]]
* BalloonBelly: Lan, Mayl, Dex and Chisao in episode 54.
** Yuika and Blackbeard in ''Beast+'' episode 9.
** Tends to show up whenever somebody eats a whole hell of a lot; various instances abound throughout the whole series, especially with Dex (Dekao)
* BaseballEpisode: A later filler episode in the second season (not Axess) has Netto and company going out of their way to cheer up the OneShotCharacter. For some reason it wasn't dubbed.
* BenevolentBoss: Oddly, Shademan is this. When his minions fail, he simply gives their chance to someone else, never destroys able Darkloids, and he lets Bubbleman, the most incompetent, annoying Darkloid ever follow him around like he's his older brother.
* BigFancyHouse: Yaito/Yai's family lives in a GIGANTIC mansion on a sprawling estate. The Mansion [[TransformingMecha can even turn into]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity A]]'' ''[[HumongousMecha GIANT]]'' ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha ROBOT]]''.
* BigNo: Lan, on [=MegaMan=]'s deletion in episode 22.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Roll gets an episode of this during the [[TournamentArc N-1 Grand Prix]]. Proto Man/Blues gets an entire story arc of this during ''Axess''.
* ButtMonkey: Yamitaro Higure/Mr. Higsby and Masa/Maysa. Usually in the butt of ''each other's'' actions due to their feud over Mariko-Sensei/Ms. Mari.
* CainAndAbel: Count Zap and Gauss Magnus is one villainous example. Also, Ms. Mari and [[spoiler:Ms. Yuri]].
* CerebusSyndrome: The final arc of each of the first two seasons is by far the darkest of each, but ''Axess'' is much darker and more ominous in general -- the first episode involves the mass kidnapping of almost every Navi in Cyber City, and there's an entire episode that counts as a Big Lipped Alligator Moment... in part because EveryoneDies.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: [=JunkDataMan=]. He lives in an abandoned space station and uses it to collect space debris for his collection. He once tried to "collect" Yai's space shuttle and space station, until [=MegaMan=] and the gang showed him what he should collect.
* ConspicuousCG: [=StoneMan.EXE=] and [=GravityMan.EXE=] are the only navis that are never shown in the regular, hand-drawn, cel-shaded animation style. Also, the [=RockCube=] battlechip and every explosion dust-cloud in the series.
** The Cybeasts in Beast are both in CG; it shows up a lot in Beast and early Beast+.
** Nearly every scene in Beast where there's an ungodly amount of viruses charging at the heroes, the viruses themselves will just be CG duplicates of one another. Used sparingly, probably for budget reasons.
** Aki-chan the IdolSinger is this, too. Lampshaded and justified on the grounds that she's constructed from a different type of program than the Navis, so she can't properly interact with them.
* ContinuityNod: Despite not using a FillerVillain (yes, Regal is the bad guy), the ''Stream'' [[TheMovie movie]] could be considered totally [[NonSerialMovie Non-Serial]] with the exception of Baryl's PET getting nearly crushed--the cause of that weird crack across its face all series--and Bass getting left alone with the Nebula Grey (that nod doesn't show up until ''Stream'''s ending, when Bass shows up with newly-absorbed powers from the Nebula Grey).
** For a more [[RunningGag comical example]], in Rockman.EXE we have Aki-Chan's hit single ''Install Your Heart''. Ever since the episode that first introduced Aki-Chan, any time any character starts singing, whether it's on stage or just a character singing to himself while he works, it will be that song. It got so bad that the fansubbers stopped translating it, instead putting text saying (I think we all know what this means by now.).
*** Well, that only happened once. What fails to be remembered is that this particular instance occurs when '''[[BoisterousBruiser Hinoken]]''' is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny singing the song]].
** Another humorous example is Enzan/Chaud and Raoul's disco outfits. Used once in Axess as a disguise in order to hide their identities from Netto/Lan, thought to never be seen again after that due to how ridiculous they looked and how out of character it was for Enzan/Chaud to wear something like that. Until Stream that is, when they use them to do some undercover work. HilarityEnsues.
** There's an episode in which [[spoiler: Mega Man is severely damaged, so Lan is used as a base in order to help rebuild his body. The process is not pleasant for Lan, but it works.]] This is most-likely an allusion to the fact that in the games [[spoiler: Mega Man was based off of Lan's deceased twin brother, who died as an infant.]]
* CuteKitten: Why else would there be a BizarroEpisode where all of the Navis become cats?
** Perhaps as a ShoutOut to the infamous Lion Men BizarroEpisode in [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan the original Mega Man cartoon.]]
** Also, a cute little feline tends to make the rounds in Axess and Stream. In Axess, it stays with Maylu for a bit, which makes Rush jealous. In Stream, Yuriko takes care of it for awhile.
* DemotedToExtra: Neo-WWW members Rei Saiko and Sunayama barely get any screentime in Stream, and when they do appear, it's always as second fiddle to either Inukai or Narcy. At least Sunayama got a single episode all to his self. Saiko was not so lucky, a shame considering he was voiced by NobuyukiHiyama. Also, AscendedExtra Tohru, from Axess on.
* TheDitz: Our hero has a few moments. For example, in the N-1 Grand Prix, Enzan is shocked to see Netto and Rockman putting up a fight, given their chances were infinitesimal. Netto proudly responds that ''math is his worst subject''.
* DontCallMeSir: Mr. Famous is [[RunningGag constantly reminding people]] to call him "Just Famous." In the original Japanese, his refrain is "-san wa iranai," ("the [[JapaneseHonorifics -san]] isn't needed"); at one point he complains that he's not even over 30, suggesting the formality makes him feel old.
* DubNameChange: Doubles with InconsistentDub in reference to the BattleNetwork series. Dubbed names from the anime deviate from the preestablished names in the video game canon, and the fans tend to find them obnoxious. [=FireMan=] became [=TorchMan=], [=ColorMan=] became [=WackoMan=], and then the anime hit us with [=SavageMan=] ([=BeastMan=]), [=HeavyMetalMan=] ([=MetalMan=]), and [=JunkDataMan=] ([=JunkMan=]).
* EvilSoundsDeep: The BrainwashedAndCrazy Roll sounded like [[WesternAnimation/StormHawks Master Cyclonis]].
* EyeScream: In TheMovie, Dr. Regal kidnaps Yuuichirou to subject him to eye surgery. ItMakesSenseInContext, though that context is ''not pleasant at all.''
* {{Fanservice}}: Rare, but when it happens, there's plenty of it for the boys, girls, [[ParentService moms, and dads]] to enjoy. Expect the basic swimsuit scenes to have the male characters mostly [[ShirtlessScene topless]] while the girls generally use the [[LimitedWardrobe same swimsuits]].
** BeachEpisode:
*** A pair in the second season, although the second one is more about dressing the cast up in relatively skimpy IdolSinger outfits.
*** A late ''Stream'' episode was ostensibly about putting almost every member of the female cast in swimwear (everyone except Lan's mom). None in Beast, Beast+, or Axess, but that's because they use...
** HotSpringsEpisode:
*** Beginning in Axess. [[DemotedToExtra Tohru]], Mariko, Chisao, and Rush form a Hotspring Appreciation Society of sorts. This at least once sees a selection of the characters in a ModestyTowel apiece[[note]]Lan, Chisao, Mayl, Mariko, Tohru...and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Chaud]]![[/note]] [[BloodKnight Tamako]], who appears in episodes that do have hotsprings, is too busy trying to pick a fight with Lan [[SubvertedTrope to waste time looking sexy]].
*** The Beach Episode in Stream ends with everyone in a local hot spring.
*** Shows up again late in Beast+. Mariko, Yuriko, and [[DoubleSubverted Tamako]] all appear in a hotspring moment for all of half a second near the end of Beast+; and a few episodes before that, we got a [[ShesGotLegs nice]] [[MaleGaze long]] [[HotSpringsEpisode shot]] of [[MsFanservice Tamako]] on her own; primarily to demonstrate [[spoiler: that since the real [=MetalMan=] is currently hanging out with her in the hot spring, the one attacking Net City is fake.]]
*** Even Laika and Dingo get one in Beast, in [[http://www.rockman-exe.com/rockman/screencaps/beast/17/64.jpg the smallest towels imaginable]].
** PoolEpisode:
*** Midway through Stream, an episode opens in a posh Health Spa, where Lan and Mayl are hanging out. Mayl's sporting a one-piece unique to the episode.
*** An episode midway through Beast+ sees Lan and friends relaxing at a local water park, unaware that a malevolent weatherman (Vic, from Battle Network 6) is out to misuse [[PokeThePoodle miniroid technology]] to make them rue the day they laughed at his [[EpicFail Weather Predicting Fail]].[[note]]Meiru, Shuuko, Mariko ([[FunnyBackgroundEvent at one point using Dekao as a raft]] when the pool turns into a whirlpool).[[/note]]
** WorkoutFanservice: The Pool Episode from Stream is actually about [[FairCop Manabe]] (see MundaneUtility below), who rocks a sweatshirt and a pair of [[WhoWearsShortShorts tight shorts]] during an exercise montage.
* FightingFromTheInside: Subverted in Roll's example above; Mega Man/Rock Man tries to use ThePowerOfFriendship to try to get her to snap out of it. It seems to work for a few seconds...but it turns out that she was just trying to get him to let his guard down.
** Enzan/Chaud gives the trope new meaning when [[spoiler: he crossfuses with Dark Blues/Protoman in order to get in and drag him out.]].
* {{Filler}}: Most of Stream, but every season has a couple of these here and there.
* FiveBadBand: WWW a.k.a. World Three in season 1:
** BigBad: Dr. Wily [[spoiler: Who mangaes to capture [=PharaohMan.EXE=] at the climax of the last episode of the first season]].
** CoDragons: [=StoneMan.Exe=] and [=BlasterMan.Exe/BomberMan.Exe=]
** TheDragon: Wily's original/human Dragon, Yahoot and [=MagicMan.Exe=].
** TheBrute: [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Mr. Match]] and [=FireMan.Exe/TorchMan.Exe=].
** EvilGenius: Count Zap and [=ElecMan.EXE=].
** DarkChick: Maddy and [=WackoMan.Exe=]
* {{Flanderization}}: Meiru grows increasingly, ah... ''expressive'' as the series goes on, which is generally accompanied by a growing tendency to behave immaturely. In the early seasons, she was more or less the OnlySaneMan of the crew (stuck in a group with Lan, Dex, and Yai), and generally much CloserToEarth than Lan. With the major genre-shift that happened in Axess, she was assigned a bundle of extra cutesy character traits that became more and more exaggerated with each season. Near the end of Beast+, she actually breaks down crying over a bag she just bought when the bow falls off -- pre-Axess Mayl would've simply sowed the bow back on without any fuss.
** Roll is treated no better; she essentially acts as though she's Mega's one-and-only from Axess on. Her own personality is also heavily simplified and has more whiny behaviors.
** Also, during his introductory arc in Axess, Laika is much nastier to Lan than in the games[[note]]And by "in the games", we mean that this is the guy who ''punched Lan in the stomach'' after meeting him[[/note]]; he is consistently and unendingly condescending about Lan and his abilities (and is just fine taking all the credit for a successful mission in which Lan and Mega nearly died against [=VideoMan=]), and even after Lan and Mega Man save the day, he still refuses to allow for any contribution Lan makes, instead only acknowledging to Mega's impressive ability to Double Soul. This gets fixed eventually, but ''damn''. ''{{Jerkass}} alert''.
** Lan caught this smack in the face in Axess too (a lot of that Axess-itis going around, you notice?). While certainly no supergenius, Lan was competent and aware of his surroundings and nearly managed to piece together Commander Beef's true identity during the N-1 Grand Prix (though no one believed him and Miyu bailed Masa out, anyway). Come Axess, Lan became a massive Idiot Hero with an ego that repeatedly limited his effectiveness... and he suddenly had ''[[PlotHole absolutely no idea]]'' that Masa and Commander Beef were the same person (which [[{{Retcon}} everybody else suddenly knew]] as obvious fact, just as they knew Black Rose and Miyu Miyu were Saloma and Miyuki).
* GRatedDrug: The Dark Chips. The way Darkloids and Humans crave them is criminal, and they always feel that they can get along by using them all the time, even worse when Flash Man and Desert Man have the effects.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Occasionally. A memorable example from "Net City."
--> ''Mega Man and Roll are watching the concert of virtual pop diva Aki.''
--> Mega Man: "She sure is great isn't she..."
--> Roll: "She's ok I guess. Her voice isn't really that hot, though. What are you seeing that I'm not seeing?"
--> ''Cut to Aki's'' ''{{Gainaxing}}'' ''chest.''
* GradeSchoolCEO: 12-year-old Enzan Ijuuin is the vice-president of the IPC hardware company.
* GratuitousEnglish: Count Elec's speech in the original Japanese is peppered with this, mixed with his habitual NoIndoorVoice.
-->IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!
* HesBack: Several moments.
** Roll, after she's freed from the Devil Chip near the end of episode 19.
-->'''Roll''': ''[thinking]'' Good to be back... to my old self again.
** Who could forget [[spoiler:Mega's restoration during the [=PharaohMan=] arc]]?
* HeelFaceTurn: Arguably, the WWW minus-Dr. Wily became this in the middle of season two of the original series, though Mr. Match, [[spoiler: since Grave/Gospel's [=FreezeMan.EXE=] deleted [=FireMan.EXE=] ]] and Count Zap [[spoiler: because Grave's [[TheDragon Dragon is his arch-nemesis brother]] ]] stand out in particular.
* HulkSpeak: [=GutsMan=]
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Dark Blues and Enzan in Axess episode 49.]]
** Attempted in a first season fight where Roll is turned into an evil ''dominatrix'' by a corrupted chip. It fails miserably. Roll is only restored by purging the chip from her system manually.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The ''Salamander'' Battle Chip wraps its user in a dragon ''made of fire'', which not only does damage, but enables them to fly -- naturally this is used only for climactic moments of awesome. It's so awesome that Lan and Mayl feel Yai is misusing it when she uses it merely to wipe out some smallfry viruses.
** Apparently it provides some kind of shielding as well; Crossfusion!Lan uses it to follow [=BurnerMan=] into the [[LavaIsBoilingKoolAid pool of magma]] ''beneath an active volcano'' because it will let him "get hotter than the magma." The best part? [[Awesome/MegaManNTWarrior '''IT WORKS'''.]]
* JerkAss: Chaud Blaze and Protoman were like this to Lan and Mega Man in the original series. Laika TookALevelInJerkass over his Game incarnation, and trust us, ''that's saying something''.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: On the other hand unlike in the games, Chaud and Protoman eventually began to warm up to their rivals much earlier. Even to go as far as to [[spoiler: save Mega Man not only once but twice]]. In Axess however, Chaud became friends with Lan.
** Same can be said for Dex except he was already a jerk with a heart of gold earlier on before Axess.
* JustAKid: Arashi said this about being defeated by Lan.
* LightningBruiser: [=SkullMan=] in the anime. Lan and [=MegaMan=] only win [[spoiler: when Miyu forfeits.]]
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: In the episode where all the Navis are turning into cats, their minds are at risk into becoming what they are.
* MundaneUtility -> BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Asteroid [=NetNavis=] can translate their power into the Real World with devastating ease. They are also used for some of the most hideously banal things in the history of superpowers... until they break off from their operators (usually after the Dimensional Chip is used for the first time).
** [[GreenThumb PlantMan]] helps his chosen Operator avoid having to eat his vegetables...eventually ruining Japan's homegrown agriculture, and then its international commerce to keep edible vegetation out of the country.
** [[GravityMaster GravityMan]] is used by a pair of lowlife crooks to give [[FairCop Manabe]] weight issues. (They went so far as to have Gravity Man drag a submarine down to the bottom of the ocean in the plot -- again, to ''[[IdiotBall give Manabe weight issues]]'').
* MustHaveCaffeine: If you see Enzan/Chaud consuming anything, chances are that it's coffee.
** Apparently he also puts [[SweetTooth ten sugars]] in, according to a mid-season Axess episode. That explains how he manages a schedule like that, anyway...
* NoEnding: Beast+ (and with it, the entire anime) just ends. We never find out what happens to the characters, and we never see the fallout of Cache's plot. All we are left with are a string of questions and subplots that are never going to be answered since EXE is pretty much dead.
* PostScriptSeason: The original anime was just TheAnimeOfTheGame, for Battle Network and Battle Network 2 (and a [[ExplosiveOverclocking little]] [[EleventhHourSuperpower bit]] of 3). ''Axess'', which builds on the original two seasons, but significantly branches out, is this by definition. This carried through until the end of ''Beast'', which ended rather satisfactorily. ''Beast+'', which came after, ended up resorting to culling leftover characters, plots, and powerups from the games, most notably the [[GaidenGame Gaiden Games]] ''Network Transmission''[[note]]A side-scrolling Platform game set between Battle Network 1 and 2 that introduced us to the Battle Network version of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]]''.[[/note]] and ''Phantom of Network''.[[note]]A [[NoExportForYou Japanese Only]] cell-phone game.[[/note]] And then [[NoEnding the screen went dark]].
* NonIdleRich: Enzan/Chaud is the vice president of a major company, the son of the president of the aforementioned company, REALLY rich. Yet he works for the Net Police as a Net Savior.
* RichBitch: Yai/Yaito, even though she's one of the heroes. Also Ms. Millionaire/Ms. Millions, who combines MysteriousWoman with TheVamp. [[spoiler: Her Beyondard version is actually dirt poor.]]
* ShipTease: There was plenty of this between Lan and Maylu and, likewise, Mega Man and Roll (Axess even through Lan and Maylu into a date at a theme park). By 'Stream', the ShipTease shifted towards Laika and Pride, though by the end of the series, there was major ShipSinking between the two as nothing came out of their relationship.
* ShoutOut: Axess reveals that Laika has, or at least is fairly close with, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika a dog]]. Who looks exactly like the picture provided, is one of Sharo's national heroes, and might have been left to die by military officials before Laika disobeyed orders to save her. Minor example of HeartwarmingInHindsight.
** Sometimes, a character would express shock or terror by imitating [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream The Scream]].
* TournamentArc: When not fighting good or evil to the death, Navis often fight each other in controlled settings. This in particular is the second to last arc of the original anime, and [[BigBad certain individuals]] have a keen interesting in bending the outcome to their purpose. However, the events happen before they were anticipated, and the Final Arc of the first season is damage control taken UpToEleven.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Lan/Netto loves Curry to the point where WWW uses it to lure him into a trap.
** Also Yai/Yaito's love for Strawberry Milk.
* WackyRacing: A filler episode late in the second season features the main cast getting involved in a Cyberworld race to advertise Gabcom's new cyber-car software. [=ProtoMan=] joins in -- uninvited and on a ''[[BadassBiker motorcycle]]'' -- to advertise [[TheRival IPC's new cyber-car software]]. This would be almost a Bizarro Episode, except Proto [[ContinuityNod brings the bike back]] during the Gospel arc [[BigDamnHeroes to save a little girl-Navi]] from getting deleted.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Dr. Regal]] briefly offers this to Lan during the final battle, saying that "he wants him by his side." Lan refuses.
* TheWorfBarrage: Yai likes to demonstrate her wealth (her ''father's'' wealth, mind you) by throwing down incredibly rare and proportionately powerful Battle Chips for kicks. Because she has no battle sense whatsoever, this can lead to absolutely ''humiliating'' defeats, such as when she has Glyde deploy a Paladin Sword against Number Man, lose to a ''Barrier'', and then proceed to lose the fight.
* VagueAge: Laika. He's apparently a Lieutenant and can pilot aircraft, yet looks like he could be 18-years-old at the most.
** Chaud has a little bit of this, too. He's treated as older than Lan, but by how much isn't clear.
* VisualPun: Late in the second season, during [=HeatMan's=] debut, his body is in a "sealed" form, not fully ready to be Operated. The seal takes the form of a binding chain... so, [=ChainedHeatMan=]?
* WritersCannotDoMath: In one episode of Axess, Numberman, the Navi who loves math above all else, is tied to a virtual bowling pin while an evil Navi is knocking down pins one at a time. Numberman calculates the odds that each ball launched will hit his pin - ''and gets the math wrong''. Even assuming that the ball will only knock down one pin, and that each pin is equally likely to be that one (a generally invalid assumption when bowling), the odds would be 1 in 10, followed by 1 in 9, 1 in 8, etc, or 10%, 11.1%, 12.5%, 14.3%...The numbers that Numberman come up with are 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%...
* XMeetsY: ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' meets ''AngelicLayer''
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[[folder:The ''[=Rockman.EXE=]'' manga contains examples of:]]
* ArcWelding: Dark Power is involved in the the third, fourth, and fifth games' arcs, and retroactively involves itself in the second's [[spoiler: since whoever turned Sean into [[{{Brainwashed}} Kei Yuki]] was after the same information Sean was looking into when he was studying Dark Power in Netopia.]]
* ArtEvolution: Dramatically, especially after Volume 7. It's also present in the earlier parts of the Manga, even across ''[[UpToEleven a single volume]]''.
* BashBrothers: [=MegaMan=] and [=ProtoMan=], often. Sometimes [=MegaMan=] and [[spoiler: Bass]].
** BattleCouple: Roll helped out with some virus busting efforts early in the manga.
* BattleAura: The activation of [[spoiler:Full Synchro]] will give us a brief flash of this.
* BedmateReveal: A variant. The arc in which Navis begin to appear in the physical world begins with Lan waking up, getting out of bed, then looking back at his bed to find that Mega Man laying there, also half-asleep and just getting up.
* BerserkButton: Attack Lan and Mega Man will ''rip you to shreds.''
* BeyondTheImpossible: Explicit in the ''fifth chapter'' of Takamisaki's manga, [[spoiler:regarding how quickly Lan and Mega Man achieve [[{{Synchronization}} Full-Synchro]].]]
--> ''I'll be...You've just '''redefined''' what's '''possible!!!'''''
** There's an ''implicit'' BeyondTheImpossible if the Epilogue, where [=MegaMan's=] and [=ProtoMan's=] fight is dubbed "Tera-class". Those familiar with [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork the series]] should recognize the fact that the series [[PowerLevels Battle Chip Tiers]] don't go beyond Giga.
* BigNo: Mega Man does this when the Darknoids threaten to [[spoiler: murder Lan]] in volume 8.
* BladeBrake: Briefly seen in the bigass FightScene from the Takamisaki Manga between [=MegaMan=] and Bass GS -- who, for reference, [[ItMakesSenseInContext are flying through the airspace of the real world]] (Dark Power has formed something of an impromptu Dimensional Area). At one point, Bass punches [=MegaMan=] so hard he plummets straight down; [=MegaMan=] catches himself by sticking his sword into the side of a building, and then rockets back up to meet [[HeroKiller Bass]]...only to once again get the snot beaten out of him. Again.
* CanonForeigner: Inspector "Slick Daddy" Oda, Lan's and Mega's liaison with law enforcement. He's a significant figure for the first half of the manga, but disappears [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse without a trace or a mention]] once the Darkloids arrive.
* CheapCostume: Lan tries to hash together an imitation of [[SuperMode Hub Style]] for the gang, but he can only vaguely depict it. His friends, [[TemptingFate who had asked to see it]], laugh him off... and in only a few hours, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Hub Style]] is rampaging through the Cyber World.
* ConflictBall[=/=]FightingYourFriend: The final arc of the manga could readily be described as "[=MegaMan's=] Friends All Suck At Friendship." [[spoiler:After being invited to the tournament meant to find the ultimate [=NetNavi=], [=ProtoMan=], [=SearchMan=], and [=Tomahawkman=] all try to [[GoodIsNotnice turn Mega Man "ruthless"]] to fight the Cybeasts. [[SarcasmMode Because that's how its worked every other time]].]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Hub Style is this at first. It puts Lan in a critical condition, with all of his vitals maxed out, and Mega Man goes into an unstoppable rampage. Later on they manage to get Mega Man under control--somewhat--but it still amplifies the injuries Lan sustains.
* DayOldLegend: In the Manga, [[spoiler:Bass Cross Mega Man]] is called the "Legendary Berserker". He first showed up, like, thirty seconds before his christening.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork the source]]. Lan starts off as a delinquent, enjoys FightClubbing, and there's plenty of {{Deconstruction}} going around. [[DeconstructorFleet Lots]], actually. Lan and [=MegaMan=]'s bickering can get downright ''nasty''. Lan's {{Delinquent}} tendencies urge him to accept when invited to attack the ''board of education'' for some thrills. {{Synchronization}} isn't unambiguously positive like in the later games, such as when [=MegaMan's=] first SuperMode and Lan's broken [=PET=] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity put the latter in a coma]]. [=ProtoMan=] [[spoiler:''kills a [=NetNavi=] in cold blood'' after it begs to be spared]]. Chaud grows incredibly jealous of Lan's [[TheGift skills and potential]]. Bass exploits Lan's and [=MegaMan's=] desires ToBeAMaster [[spoiler: so he can later feed on their growth]]. The Ameroupan Army [[spoiler:puts [=MegaMan=] on its Criminals At Large list for his ability to FusionDance]]. [=ElecMan's=] pre-programmed abiding loyalty to WWW grates on his Operator's nerves so much he gets disowned.
** The manga also takes advantage of the Net Navi's being made mostly out of data, which means more violent fights. Indeed, most of the battles in the latter half of the manga are downright ''brutal''.
** LighterAndSofter: Over time. The uplifting nature of the {{Shonen}} genre seeps its way into the manga, usually through the brighter, cheerier ArtEvolution and increasingly common [[PlayedForLaughs gags]]. A famous one is when Lan and Chaud first get to Netopia, Lan immediately ignores Chaud's warnings t be careful and drags him around in search of food...eventually deciding on the biggest hamburgers he can find.
* DieOrFly: There lies a temple at the apex of the Undernet, guarded by [=PharaohMan=], in which great power may be unlocked. The challenge is that the power must be unlocked ''during combat'' against four warriors who appear in the challenger's image, but are individually enhanced by the [[SuperMode Style Change]]. Most people who fight them... tend to not get back up again. Lan and [=MegaMan=] not only succeed at the challenge and unlock a Style Change, they manage to unleash the ''Grandaddy'' of them all: Hub Style.
* FaceOfAThug: Raoul's[[note]]:A student of Mr. Famous.[[/note]] face is so terrifying Lan and [=MegaMan=] immediately assume he's a villain (and are quite stunned when [[BerserkButton he suggests they guess again]]). Takeo Inukai, however, beats him at his own game...in more ways than one.
-->'''Ahh!!''' That face!! '''Scarier''' than '''Raoul's !!!'''
-->'''Say what?!'''
* FightClubbing: [=NetBattling=] Licenses are only available to individuals over the age of eighteen. [=ACDC=]'s youth have a damn good time nonetheless. Lan enjoys something of a reputation in this crowd, [[spoiler:especially after he and Mega Man defeat Bass.]]
** One early scene has Roll clear the house by raising a false alarm about a Net Battle Raid. Clearing the various Net Navis out allows her to deliver an e-mail from Mayl to Lan and to flirt with [=MegaMan=].
* FingerLickinEvil: [[spoiler: Evil!Mega Man]] sticks his tongue out, licks his lips, or one of his fingers in just about every other panel he's in.
* FusionDance: A variation. [=MegaMan's=] later power-ups via the Double Soul ability extracts everything but the barest dregs of a given [=NetNavi's=] data, leaving them as entirely vulnerable shells prone to attack. At one point [=BubbleMan=] has to grab[=ProtoMan=] and run away from the blast zone, bonking his head on the ground a number of times, much to Chaud's chagrin.
** In the final arc, [=MegaMan=] can assume a Beast form modelled on Greiga after extracting a portion of its power. Of course, that's assuming he can [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity get a handle on it]].
** Right before the premier of Beast [=MegaMan=], we're given a brief glimpse of [[spoiler:Bass Cross [=MegaMan=]]], who's so powerful his body [[ExplosiveOverclocking can't actually handle it]] and [[HeroicRROD starts breaking down]].
* {{Keet}}: [[ChildProdigy Kei Yuuki]]. [[spoiler:Sean Obihiro, post-mind control]].
** IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: One of the first clues something's up with [[MeaningfulName Kei Yuuki]] is when he demonstrates his LackOfEmpathy by taking a ''scientific interest'' in Lan's coma.
* TheKindnapper: In the first chapter of Volume 3, [=SkullMan=] kidnaps [=MegaMan=] so he ([=SkullMan=]) can have a friend (his Operator's disposition [[JustifiedTrope kinda scares people away]]) and to keep him safe from the dangers of the [=UnderNet=]. He offers freedom to [=MegaMan=] if [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he can]] [[SchmuckBait defeat SkullMan]].
* LightningBruiser: Plenty. [=BeastMan=] is notable for claiming prowess due to being a "beast-type" Navi...until [=ProtoMan=] cuts him down to size.
* MeaningfulName: Kei Yuuki is japanese for "False Courage".
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The manga gives us a few primarily of the RedBaron class.
** "The Black Shadow" and the "Messenger of Darkness" for [[spoiler:Bass.]]
** "The Legendary Berserker" for [[spoiler:[[FusionDance Bass Cross Mega Man.]]]][[note]]One might question the "Legendary", considering he's appeared a grand total of twice, both for very modern threats.[[/note]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Lan's not dumb. Lazy and unmotivated, certainly, but a damn good fighter nonetheless. When presented a free helicopter ride (see UmpteenthCustomer below), he immediately gets psyched up and goes along with it before Chaud can even finish telling him to be careful. [[spoiler: And the [=ProtoMan=] gets an email about how Lan knows what he's doing.]]
** Early on, Lan deliberately plays up the idea that he's an emotional nutcase to pull out of the limelight after [[spoiler:news reports identify him as one of the two child prodigies who saved the world together.]]
*** Even before that, Lan comes to school only to find the gates locked. Two men tell him that school's been canceled for the day, so he runs off, elated. Then he comes running back and manages to jump the gates, realizing that something was up. Turns out he was right.
* PennyAmongDiamonds: The climax of the Grave arc sees Class 5A invited aboard Gauss Magnets' [[UpToEleven ridiculously]] [[CoolBoat luxurious yacht.]] Which comes complete with [[LockedInAFreezer arctic simulation air control]].
** PrincessForADay: Mayl, Yai, and Mari all seized the opportunity to fancy themselves up when the class got that cruise line invitation. Yai and Mari were out to look pretty, whereas Mayl was out to look pretty ''for [[IdiotHero someone]]''.
* PowerHigh: The problem with Hub Style is that it feels ''so damn good'' to go [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity overboard]].
* PrayerIsALastResort: Inspector Oda, during the battle against the Life Virus.
-->'''Oda:''' ''I'm not a praying man... but may these kids find favor with the almighty!''
* RecurringExtra: Whenever the local Navis (especially the guys Lan and Mega go Fight Clubbing with) are running around, look to see a lot of familiar faces.
* RuleOfCool: While the entire premise of the EXE franchise is basically this, the manga takes it UpToEleven. Most of the battles from Volume 5 onward reach DragonBallZ levels of over-the-top.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Each new BigBad exceeds the last by a good order of magnitude.
* SuperMode: The earliest was [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Hub Style]], though it was quickly discarded because Dark Power [[PowerNullifier negated it]]. Later [=MegaMan=] is granted the [[FusionDance Double Soul]], which gives him access to his Beast Mode, which itself gets a [[NextTierPowerUp further extension]] in Super Beast Mode.
** Style Change in general is considered to be this in-universe -- a [=NetNavi's=] skills spontaneously evolve to better take advantage of their Operator's fighting style. Lan and [=MegaMan=] managed to get their hands on the greatest of them all. [=ProtoMan=] gets a unique "style" [[spoiler:when Serenade grants him the [[DesperationAttack Muramasa]].]]
* SuperWeight: [=MegaMan=], [=ProtoMan=], and [=Bass=] are basically on a track of constant ascent, mostly so they can have more kickass fights with each other. By the end of the series, each of them is easily level 4, possibly level 5.
* TaremeEyes[=/=]TsurimeEyes: Normal Style [=MegaMan=] has the former. Hub Style [=MegaMan=] has the latter.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Happens ''a lot'' between [=MegaMan=] and Bass in the manga. [[LampshadeHanging Usually lampshaded.]] After their third big fight they made a promise (while Bass ''was on fire'', having [[TakingTheBullet taken a bullet]] for [=MegaMan=]) that they'd go at it again someday, and that the other had better stay alive till then. This leads to one saving the other a few times, usually followed by a reference to said promise:
--> '''Bass:''' ''Until the day... I bring you down...stay in the game! Show me... you can '''survive'''... And one day I will '''KILL''' you!! This is...'''what unites us!!!'''''
** Needless to say, they both take this promise to the extreme sometimes; with [=MegaMan=] and Lan charging an enemy stronghold to rescue Bass and later letting [=MegaMan=]'s EvilTwin land hits in an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight manner to wake Bass up, while on Bass's side we see him initiate a FusionDance with [=MegaMan=] to save his life, despite socking him not even a minute ago for merely ''suggesting'' the idea in the first place. Not to mention all the times Bass [[EnemyMine helps]] fight the BigBad of whatever arc he decides to show up for.
*** Bass even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his reason for doing so:
--> '''Bass:''' [[LittleNo No...]] I won't let you go... without my permission! '''I'll''' be the one to kill you!!! Don't forget that, [=MegaMan=]!!! Don't forget [[WorthyOpponent our bond!]]
* TheWorfEffect: In full force in the manga. Its particularly bad since the stories had a tendency of introducing new bad guys literally ''just after'' the last ones were defeated, with the heroes saved only by a new set of allies arriving on the scene. Why these allies have never bothered to show up before hand is '''never''' explained.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Like it says above, new villains are almost constantly cropping up after the old one falls. The biggest time breaks between arcs never exceed a few months...so TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed for maybe a whole year, at most.
* TournamentArc: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], interestingly enough. It's not that Lan and [=MegaMan=] are trying to stick to FightClubbing, it's that they're avoiding the extra publicity -- [=SharkMan=] is ''not'' particularly happy that they won't showing up.
** The arc that corresponds to the 6th game is ostensibly a "tournament", though its more of a [[BossRush Free-For-All]]. [=MegaMan=] does not take kindly to being forced to [[FightingYourFriend fight his friends]] and ESPECIALLY not to the fact that they suddenly all have absolutely no problem [[FaceHeelTurn with killing him]].
** Later, in the epilogue, [=MegaMan=] actually ''loses'' during the preliminary rounds of the newest tournament - everyone who watches assumes he's trying to give the weaker participants a boost, Lan himself wonders if Net Battling's worth getting excited about anymore, but [=ProtoMan=] shows up and calls him out on how he's been given a lot of credit for heroism when he just lost like a chump. Finally presented with a fight [[SpiritedCompetitor worth getting excited about]], Lan and [=MegaMan=] prove [[IAmNotLeftHanded exactly how much badass they've been holding in reserve]]. The crowd approves so heartily they actually invent the ''Tera-Class'' specifically for the fight.
* TricksterMentor: Mr. Famous [[InvokedTrope revels in it]]. He deliberately antagonizes Lan and Chaud to ensure they're itching to prove themselves when they cross Serenade's path. Serenade [[{{LampShaded}} teases]] Mr. Famous about it.
* UmpteenthCustomer: There's a scene in the manga where Lan is told he's the one millionth customer of a restaurant, so he won a free helicopter ride from the Ameroupan Charlie as a prize. At this point, he and his friend Chaud are on the run from the government because of Mega Man's new powers, which they fear. Once Lan goes up in the helicopter, he [[SubvertedTrope reveals]] that he [[ObfuscatingStupidity knows]] that this whole "millionth customer" was a sham, and that this is an attempt to kidnap him and draw Mega Man out, but he's willing to do it so that he'll see Mega Man again. And then Charlie wonders [[DoubleSubverted what the hell he's talking about.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: [[IdiotHero Lan]] and [[FieryRedhead Mayl]]. [[UpToEleven A LOT]]. Early chapters see them arguing furiously with each other, and even brawling on the floor. Of course, Mayl's a fair bit more developed in the romance department then he is, so it turns into BelligerentSexualTension every now and again, like when she deliberately attempts to [[SheCleansUpNicely get Lan's attention]] on the cruise ship, only for him to tease her about wearing frilly stuff in cold weather. She takes a moment to stretch his face out.
** Also Lan and Chaud, especially in the early parts of their partnership. They actually spent most of their first encounter with Bass fighting each other more than they were fighting him because of this. It trickles down to Mega Man and Proto Man too, but aside from when Lan is in Full Synchro with Mega Man it's mostly on Protoman's end due to both [[NotSoStoic him and Chaud having a shorter fuse than their game and anime counterparts.]] Later during the Nebula Arc this also develops between Lan and Dingo.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Both Hub Style and Beast [=MegaMan=] are troublesome to get a handle on. The first one, being based on [[{{Synchronization}} Full Synchro]], effectively puts Lan in a coma.
* WouldHurtAChild: Whereas the anime mostly averts this, with the non-human Mega Man doing most of the fighting, the manga has a lot more scenes of Lan getting severely injured. This is mostly because the synchronization means that an injury to Mega Man spreads over to Lan, and Lan can also enter the network at times as well. Darkman even directly attacks Lan at one point. Needless to say, Mega Man is NOT pleased when this happens.
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