''Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race'' is a fanfic that acts as a retelling/continuation of the Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, written by [=MegaBauer=].

Rather than being a straight adaptation of the show, it blends the games and the cartoon and features original characters and plotlines. It also mixes episode orders and excises infamous ones, such as Curse of the Lion Men, entirely.

After Episode 5, it features stories set after the end of the show, acting as a story-driven continuation to the open-ended cartoon.

It can be found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7267136/1/Mega_Man_Defender_of_the_Human_Race here]], and the author's Twitter can be found [[https://twitter.com/MMDefender here]].

While many spoilers are hidden, '''some will be unmarked'''.

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* AbusiveParents: Wily's father.
* ActionGirl: Roll, as in the show, and also Lynn Wersching.
* AdaptationExpansion: The story elaborates on the episodes, has original ones, and continues far beyond them.
* AdaptationalHeroism: [=ProtoMan=] is a more heroic character than his RS-self.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Dr. Wily and several Robot Masters are far more villainous than in the show.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Ballade]], who makes a not-quite heroic sacrifice in order to save a little girl trapped where he was ordered to detonate explosives.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In Episode 8, Wily takes over the Civil Defense Tower and locks it down in order to prevent anyone from [[spoiler: stopping Drill Man from flooding the tower with lava by way of the Earth's core.]]
* AlmostKiss: This happens to [[spoiler: Mega and Kalinka in Episode 10... twice]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Dr. Cossack felt Light beat him in everything, though he changes his tune later on.
* AmplifierArtifact: Wily used his protocol disruptor's signal inducer for Splash Woman, enhancing her brainwashing powers.
** The Jadous Sphere [[spoiler:and its shards]] can greatly power up robots.
* AntagonisticOffspring: George Cochran is an honest politician who believes in equality for robots, but his son William is a fervent anti-robot racist.
* AntiHero: As of Episode 11, [[spoiler: [=ProtoMan=] after turning on Wily and destroying the Mad Grinder.]]
* AntiVillain: [=ProtoMan=] has a policy to not kill, and it's clear that Wily's programming is what makes him unable to defy the doctor. He was also ''very'' conflicted over the HeelFaceMole part of "Brothers."
** [[spoiler: Ballade]] turned out to be one, as he realized that being the robot Wily's most proud of meant others will fight for the spot, and while he showed respect to his enemies he got no respect from comrades. In the climax of Episode 10 [[spoiler: he sacrifices himself because continuing with the plan would endanger an innocent human life]].
** Mr. Black was revealed as this as more of his back story came to light, as well as his guilt and bad luck with the missions he's assigned. [[spoiler:Which is why he was being targeted by the Conduit's other associates]].
* AnywhereButTheirLips: [[spoiler: [=ProtoMan=]'s first kiss to Nomad is on her forehead.]]
* AscendedExtra: Doc the Metool, who only appeared in the first episode of the show, is here a more prominent character who bonds deeply with Roll.
** Newswoman Bree Ricotta gets a lot more screentime, as do other cartoon-exclusive humans.
** Oneshot crook Ms. Lapierre returns in Episode 7, having stolen Knight Man.
** In a non-show example, the Mad Grinder from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' appeared only in the game's intro, serving as a warmup boss. [[spoiler: In the fanfic, the Mad Grinder is Project G-2, and is as tall as he was in the intro cutscene]].
* AscendedFangirl: Kalinka eventually becomes Mega Man's girlfriend.
** Tron Bonne ''wants'' to be this, but she doesn't know about Kalinka.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Drill Man]], [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=]]], and [[spoiler:Mr. Black]].
* AxCrazy: Dr. Wily, and several of his Robot Masters.
* BadBoss: Wily. Also Vickers to a lesser extent.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Tiesel Bonne has to look after his rambunctious baby brother... who pilots a mech suit.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 13 takes place while the Lights and Bonnes are on vacation, and both Kalinka and Splash Woman act a bit sensually towards Mega Man. The girls are also in swimsuits.
* BerserkButton: Wily's is being called out on his mental instability.
** [[spoiler: Bass's]] is hurting Roll or intending to hurt her.
* BigBlackout: Episode 12 involves one.
* BigDamnHeroes: [=ProtoMan=] borders on this when [[spoiler: he saves Mega Man from Bass]] in Episode 7. Also [[spoiler: Bass inadvertently saves Mega Man from the Killers in Episode 10, restating his claim that he is the only one that is going to kill Mega Man.]]
** [[spoiler: Bass]] does this again in Episode 11, saving [[spoiler:Roll from a collapsed building]].
** In Episode 11, chapter 11, [[spoiler: Mr. Black saves the President from Wily's execution]].
** Also in Episode 11, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] saves Mega Man and the world]] by [[spoiler: turning on Wily and detonating the Mad Grinder]].
* BikerBabe: Miss T.
* BloodKnight: [[spoiler: Punk]] seems to be this.
** There's also [[spoiler: Bass]]. In Episode 11 he comments that he loves the sounds of war, and the only thing better is silence before victory.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Aside from examples from the show, Splash Woman's song does this to Mega Man, Rush, and Plum, as well as sharkbots and other mechanical fish.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 13, which involves the Lights on vacation in Hawaii. Wily still attacks, though.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Mega Man and Roll. As of episode 11, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] is also included]].
* TheBully: A couple Robot Masters, as well as [[spoiler:Punk]].
* ButtMonkey: Drill Man and Tiesel Bonne, though both instances are played for drama.
* CameBackWrong: Dark Man was given a new memory core after death, and became, essentially, a zombie. The author stated that this was like putting a new soul in the same body, and why Dr. Light didn't just give Doc a new memory core. Wily, on the other hand, had no such moral difficulty.
* TheCameo: Plenty at the Vick-Tek ball, including Keiji Inafune.
* CannotTellALie: Robots generally can't lie, except for ones with advanced programming, like [=ProtoMan=]. [[spoiler: As of Episode 7 this also includes Guts Man, Cut Man, and Magnet Man]].
* CanonImmigrant: The leader of the Mega Crew is revealed to be Tiesel Bonne, from the ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' games. Later, his siblings appear, and the Bonnes become supporting characters.
* CerebusSyndrome: Post Episode 5, the characters' morale and the tone of events in the story have taken an increasingly dark turn. This is best exemplified by the Episode 10 epilogue, which is a nonstop string of tragic events.
** Episode 11 is the darkest one yet, but has hopeful moments that become most prominent in chapter 11.
* ChaseScene: Episode 12 has a chase between the heroes and Mr. Black. [[spoiler:It ends with Mr. Black getting captured]].
* ChekhovsGun: Many things, but a specific kind of head pain is a recurring one, happening to [=ProtoMan=] upon activation, Mega Man due to the scrambler chip, and Nomad upon activation.
** Chapter 1 states that robots can't self terminate at the behest of humans. [[spoiler: This saves Drill Man in Episode 8]].
** In Episode 12, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] stealing Roll's [=SkyCycle=] led to it running out of fuel at a crucial time]].
* CheshireCatGrin: Wily's grins are often described as this.
* ChessMotifs: Mr. Black has an unfinished chess game in his hideout. [[spoiler: It's one with his wife that he never finished]].
** These return for [[spoiler:Mr. Black's interrogation]] in Episode 12, and the conclusion of his story arc.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: A recurring motif with Janet, a young girl who shows up late in Episode 10.
* CliffHanger: A lot of chapters end on this.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Wily inflicts this on Ice Man early on, and an innocent Metool in Episode 7.
** In Episode 10's epilogue, [[spoiler: he inflicts this on ''[=ProtoMan=]''.]]
** Episode 13 has a captive Mega Man being tortured with electricity, courtesy of [[spoiler:Bass]].
* CodeName: The Conduit and his/her/its associates all have code names.
* CombatPragmatist: [=ProtoMan=], and even Mega Man at times.
* CompellingVoice: Splash Woman's powers let her brainwash almost anyone and tell them what to do, though they weaken the more time they spend away from her.
* ContractOnTheHitman: [[spoiler: Two of the Conduit's associates, Miss T. and Mr. Wire, make plans to deal with Mr. Black]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Marcus Vickers as of Episode 7; before then he was mostly ineffectual.
* TheCracker: Mr. Wire, as well as Tiesel.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Bass]] tends to deliver these to his opponents.
** In Episode 11, chapter 7, [[spoiler: the Mad Grinder delivers one to the Robo-Commandos and US Army, killing everyone except Mega Man]].
* CurseCutShort: In Episode 1, Dr. Light charges at Wily while cursing, but Fire Man's flames interrupt him before he can finish.
* CuteMachines: Metools and Servbots, even in-universe.
* CutenessProximity: Everyone, from the characters to the readers, squees over the cuteness of Peekaboo.
* DarkActionGirl: Wily brainwashes a cosmetics robot to attack and humiliate Roll, and sics Doris the maid on Dr. Light.
** Nomad ''would'' have been this if she had stayed with Wily.
** Splash Woman is also this; in addition to her brainwashing powers, she packs a plasma staff.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Captain Tallarcio had a shady past with Governor Deacon.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the show; Wily in particular is a much darker, twisted character, and the stakes of every battle are serious. The emotional toll war takes on people is also examined in detail.
** In the cartoon, Metal Man was a camp if effective oneshot Robot Master. In Defender, he's a sadist who takes pleasure in destruction and has appeared multiple times.
* DarkestHour: The series has had a few of these.
** Episode 11, chapter 8, is one, as is most of Episode 11, chapter 9.
** Episode 11, chapter 12, is this as [[spoiler:Mega Man is critically injured]]. The entire chapter is everyone reacting to it and trying to help.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episode 8 is Roll-centric; she even saves the day at the end.
** Episode 9 is [=ProtoMan=]-centric, as he's in command of Wily's army [[spoiler: until the finale]].
** Episode 12 focuses on Mr. Black.
* DeaderThanDead: In a world where robots can usually be repaired even if severely damaged, Metal Man is [[spoiler: vaporized by Galaxy Man's Black Hole Bomb]].
* DeadpanSnarker: [=ProtoMan=] often makes snarky comments about Wily's plans or new 'bots he's building.
* DeathTrap: Wily turns the Civil Defense Tower into this for those both inside and outside.
* DefiantCaptive: Both Roll and Kalinka are this when captive, as they try to impede Wily's plans or talk his robots down.
* DeflectorShields: [[spoiler: Bass]] has these, stemming from gems on his forehead and chest. They absorb attacks rather than deflect them, which can cause him to power up.
* DespairEventHorizon: [=ProtoMan=] crosses this post Episode 10 [[spoiler: due to torture]], becoming a shell of his old self.
** Mega Man crosses it in Episode 11, chapter 8.
* DiscontinuityNod: Towards "those three episodes" of the Mega Man cartoon; a producer offers to make a Mega Man cartoon and gives those episodes' plot synopses. Mega politely dissuades him.
** Another one to "Curse of the Lion Men" happens in a flashback in Episode 8.
** One to "Master of Disaster" appears in Episode 9.
** One to "Night of the Living Monster Bots" happens in Episode 11.
* DistressedDude: Mega Man is captured for the latter half of Episode 13, and Roll, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=]]], and Kalinka set out to rescue him. Tron Bonne also tags along, unbeknownst to the other characters.
* DividedWeFall: By Episode 13, tension between [[spoiler:Roll and [=ProtoMan=]]] has hit a breaking point, and they may fight soon if not stopped.
* DoNotCallMePaul: [=ProtoMan=] hates being referred to by his birth name, Blues.
* DownerBeginning: Episode 11 starts with one.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Episode 10]].
* DramaticIrony: [=ProtoMan=], who doesn't want to kill Mega Man anymore, [[spoiler: is forced to train the Mega Man Killers, who are made to kill Mega]].
* DramaticPause: There are a few pauses in the narration and sometimes in dialogue that are used for effect.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: [=ProtoMan=] calls Mega out on this in Episode 11; despite the heroic things he's done, he gets no respect and little trust for it.
** Doubly so after [[spoiler: he turns on Wily]], though this time it's from the population of New York.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Galaxy Man from Episode 9 debuted in one of the author's side stories.
* EarpieceConversation: A non-comedic example. It's seen early in Episode 11, as [[spoiler: Wily coaches [=ProtoMan=] in a conversation with Mega Man]].
* {{Egopolis}}: [[spoiler:Punk]] plans to rename the Hawaiian islands [[spoiler:"Punkatopia"]].
* ElectricTorture: Wily inflicts this on Ice Man early on, and in Episode 13, [[spoiler:Bass]] does this to Mega Man by way of the Torment Generator.
* EnemyCivilWar: Wily's Robot Masters have a habit of competing with each other, and they sometimes jeopardize changes at victory because of it. This becomes even more pronounced when [[spoiler:Bass and Splash Woman]] are created.
* EpicFail: Early Vick-Tek robots engage in these, especially Toby, until [=ProtoMan=] fixes him.
* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler: The result of Operation: Badlands Strike in Episode 11.]]
* EvilVsEvil: [[spoiler:The Conduit's plan to take out Wily; their forces get into a fight in Episode 12]].
* TheFaceless: Mr. Black, at first.
** The Conduit is this as well.
* FallenHero: Mr. Black, who was once a top FBI agent.
* {{Fangirl}}: Kalinka is one to Mega Man, and so is Tron Bonne.
* FantasticRacism: William Cochran led an anti-robot group.
** [=ProtoMan's=] not too fond of humans.
* FieldPromotion: [=ProtoMan=] talks Wily into putting him in command of the Robot Masters and operations in the interlude to Episode 9.
* FightingFromTheInside: Mega Man tries to resist Splash Woman's brainwashing by thinking of Kalinka.
* FinalSolution: [[spoiler:The Conduit's plan is to destroy every single robot's memory core, killing them all]].
* {{Foil}}: Dr. Light and Dr. Wily contrast in every way, from personality to backstory.
** Mega Man, [=ProtoMan=], and [[spoiler: Bass]] all qualify too.
** Kalinka and Tron Bonne; both have an attraction to Mega Man but only one is love. Also, Roll and Tron both care for their robot companions, but Tron is more willing to bend the law.
** Pretty much any major sibling relationship contrasts with Mega and Proto's.
** George Cochran is an honest politician who believes in equality for robots, but his son William is a fervent anti-robot racist.
* ForcedToWatch: Mega in Episode 11, chapter 7, as [[spoiler: the entire army is slaughtered]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Plenty.
** [=ProtoMan=] mentions in Episode 4 that if the ion bomb had been any bigger they'd all be dead. In Episode 6 a much bigger ion bomb is seen, and it's in danger of exploding.
** Blueprints for Splash Woman are seen in the interlude to Episode 8, and she's seen in Episode 13. Wily also mentions a Project G-2, which appears in Episode 11.
** Chapter 1 states that a robot cannot self-terminate at the behest of a human. [[spoiler: This saves Drill Man in Episode 8]].
** In Episode 7, [=ProtoMan=] stops Wily in the middle of testing a pain program on a Metool. [[spoiler: The whisper in Wily's head comments that he should use it on [=ProtoMan=]]]. In the Episode 10 epilogue, [[spoiler: he does]].
** In Episode 11 the Conduit mentions a third, female associate. She is seen later on, as is a fourth associate.
* ForeverWar: Mega Man is worried the war with Wily will be one.
* FreudianExcuse: Subverted; while Wily does have an abusive father who colored his outlook on life, the story takes pains to show that Wily himself is a horrible man who deserves punishment.
* FromBadToWorse: Episodes 10 and 11 have this; just when you think things can't get any worse for the characters' morale, something bad happens.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In Episode 9, Quick Man was still running when the black hole shut down, resulting in him crashing through a wall with EfficientDisplacement.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Roll does this to Mega in Episode 11, slapping him and lecturing him back to his senses--though it takes more than that to fully convince him.
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: Lampshaded in the final battle of episode 13, which is titled "Girls Night Out, Parts 1 and 2" and features Roll, Kalinka, and Tron Bonne versus Splash Woman. Another battle takes place at the same time, but the main focus is on the girls.
* GloriousMotherRussia: Dr. Cossack believes this at first, but changes his tune when Mega helps save him and Kalinka.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Gamma and the Civil Defense Tower. Both were projects meant to stop Wily, but he hijacked them both, causing a lot of destruction and terror.
* GoodCopBadCop: Seen briefly in Episode 12, though it doesn't get them anywhere.
* GoodFeelsGood: [=ProtoMan=] realizes this in regards to [[spoiler: caring for Nomad]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Wily's jealousy of Light led to their falling out.
* HateSink: Dr. Wily is written like this on purpose, as the author likes having villains that readers root against. Several other villains also qualify, such as Metal Man and the Conduit, but the biggest example aside from Wily is anti-robot racist William Cochran.
* HearingVoices: Wily hears whispers in his head that drive him to do ''very'' evil deeds.
* HeelFaceMole: [=ProtoMan=] is forced to be this in Episode 5.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Drill Man]] in Episode 8.
** [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] in Episode 11, chapter 11]].
** Episode 12, chapter 2 has [[spoiler:Mr. Black]].
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: Bass]], who inspires fear in Mega Man and manages to give both him and [=ProtoMan=] a good thrashing before barely losing or leaving due to outside circumstances.
** Wily later builds [[spoiler: Enker, Punk, and Ballade, the Mega Man Killers]]. They live up to their name; in-fighting is the only reason they ''don't'' succeed in their first encounter with Mega Man.
** Later those two forces fight. [[spoiler: Bass wins]], and Mega Man is even more afraid.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: As of Episode 11, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=]]].
* HeroicBSOD: Mega's been in the throes of one since about Episode 6, and it's only gotten worse over time--especially with the fallout from Episode 10. He recovers from it late in Episode 11.
** [=ProtoMan=]'s in one too as of the Episode 10 epilogue; he recovers from it midway through Episode 11.
* HeroicResolve: Memories of his loved ones let [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=]]] do this in Episode 11, [[spoiler:fighting Wily's fear programming and turning on him]].
* HeroicSacrifice: In Episode 3, Doc the Metool does this to save Roll.
** QN-60 and Dr. Cossack ''almost'' do this to save people, but Mega Man saves them.
** In Episode 10, [[spoiler: Ballade]] does this.
* HeroicWannabe: The Mega Crew.
* HeroicWillpower: Mega Man is able to resist Splash Woman's powers enough for her to become annoyed and give up on seducing him at the moment.
* HesBack: Villainous variant with [[spoiler: [=ProtoMan=]]] in Episode 11.
** Heroic version with [[spoiler:Mega Man]] one chapter later.
* HiddenVillain[=/=]HiddenAgendaVillain: Mr. Black combines the tropes; he's initially seen as faceless, but eventually his face, backstory, and name are slowly revealed, as well as his motivations and target.
** Also, the Conduit, as well as his/her/its associates.
* HitmanWithAHeart: [[spoiler:Mr. Black.]]
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Erickson. Sadly, he's also a YesMan.
* HopeSpot: In Episode 11, chapter 7, everyone is geared up for a fight against Project G-2. There were heartwarming scenes before the battle, everyone is confident Mega will do his best, and he has the full support of the Robo-Commandos and the US army. [[spoiler: And then ''everyone but Mega Man is killed'']].
* HumongousMecha: Gamma.
** Project G-2, AKA [[spoiler:The Mad Grinder]].
* HurtingHero: Mega Man as of Episode 6, as his doubts over himself and his abilities grow.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Elec Man behaves this way towards Roll and Bree Ricotta. It's extra creepy with Bree as he ''knows'' she's married.
** Splash Woman behaves this way with everyone she seduces, particularly Mega Man.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Mega Man.
* IceQueen: Miss T.
* IfICantHaveYou: Splash Woman blows up her underwater hideout after losing, saying that if she can't have Mega Man no one will.
* IfIDoNotReturn: Roll gives such a speech in Episode 8.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Wily has one in the Episode 11 epilogue as he realizes [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] leaving]] was his fault. Then he decides it can't be ''entirely'' his fault and rages at Dr. Light.
** Tiesel has one in Episode 13 when he feels guilty for what the Conduit is making him do, but suppresses his guilt when he remembers the Conduit's threats against him.
* InSeriesNickname: "Nomad" for the female Robot Master.
** "Headless Joe" for the headless Sniper Joe.
** Bree Ricotta is called the Cheese Woman because of her PunnyName.
* InternalReveal: In Episode 11, chapter 6, [[spoiler: Wily finds out about [=ProtoMan=]'s betrayal, courtesy of Bass]].
** In the same chapter, Mega Man finally sees the full video of [=ProtoMan=]'s activation.
** Episode 11, chapter 11, has [[spoiler: the reveal that Mr. Black is on the heroes' side]].
* IntrepidReporter: Bree Ricotta is a heroic version, in contrast to her RS-Mega Man personality. Her nasty comments from the Ruby-Spears episode "Mega-Pinocchio" were passed on to a reporter named [[MeaningfulName Dick]].
* IronLady: Police Captain Talia Tallarico is stern, tough, and unwilling to compromise.
* {{Irony}}: The Special Edition of Episode 1 has Wily applying for a job at Vick-Tek. In Episode 7, [[spoiler: Wily tricks Vick-Tek into funding him to make Bass]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Splash Woman is vain and self-centered; her powers could, if she wanted, make everyone idolize her. She gets annoyed when Bass interrupts her time alone, calling it her "Just Splash Time."
* ItsPersonal: Roll has a personal vendetta against Wily for killing Doc.
** Mr. Black has one [[spoiler: against Wily for killing Tonya]].
** As of Episode 11, Wily has one against Dr. Light running even deeper than before.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Averted in [[spoiler:Mr. Black's interrogation]], as human rights laws mean they can't do him any harm.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Mr. Black has this mindset.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even though he's a bad guy [[spoiler:until the Episode 11 finale]] and is not fond of most humans, [=ProtoMan=] has demonstrated acts of kindness, especially to Nomad, Mega Man and Roll.
* {{Jerkass}}: Miss T is the most coldhearted of the Conduit's associates, and threatens Tiesel frequently.
* JustAMachine: Wily sometimes has this view on robots, and [[spoiler:the Conduit]] ''definitely'' does.
* KickTheDog: Wily does this ''a lot'', especially to his own robots.
** In the Episode 9 epilogue, he [[spoiler: demoted [=ProtoMan=] in front of all the other robots when it was ''Wily's'' fault the plan failed, and made it so he can never leave the fortress without permission again]].
** Metal Man decapitates a Sniper Joe in Episode 9, though it isn't killed.
** Centaur Man gets one in Episode 11 when he [[spoiler: imitates a heartbroken Mega Man]] while he's relaying information to Wily.
** In Episode 11 Wily demotes [=ProtoMan=] to the lowest rung yet, prevents him from going on missions, and [[spoiler: weaponizes a PetTheDog moment with Bass to further hurt him]]. Then, in a later chapter, he [[spoiler: burns [=ProtoMan=]'s photograph of himself and Mega Man together]].
** Episode 12 has Miss T [[spoiler: ripping apart Tonya's wedding dress]].
* KilledOffForReal: Seen a couple times.
** Episode 3 has Doc.
** Episode 9 has [[spoiler: Metal Man]].
** Episode 10 has [[spoiler: Ballade]].
* KneelBeforeZod: In Episode 13, Wily fantasizes about making everyone grovel before him--or, if he chooses, killing them while they're on their knees.
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* LandslideElection: Mitchell Deacon wins his seat as governor by a landslide, and it's predicted former governor George Cochran will easily win his bid for President.
* LikeAGodToMe: Metal Man sees Wily as a god. It is not played for laughs.
* LiteralChangeOfHeart: To cement his character development, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] offers his own internal regulator/heart to save Mega Man]].
* LoopholeAbuse: [=ProtoMan=]'s fond of exploiting these in regards to his programming.
** [[spoiler: Drill Man]] does likewise in Episode 8.
* LosingYourHead: A Sniper Joe in Episode 9 has its head cut off by Metal Man, but just picks it up and wanders off. He loses it again later on, with the same reaction.
* LossOfIdentity: Sometimes Mega Man is so busy being Mega Man that he forgets he can be Rock.
* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler: Mr. Black's wife, Tonya Coupe-Barton]].
* LoveRedeems: In Episode 11, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan's=] love for his family and Nomad is what enables him to turn on Wily]].
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Wily, and [[spoiler:Bass]].
* MauveShirt: Headless Joe, a Sniper Joe who befriended [=ProtoMan=] after losing his head.
* TheMole: Metal Man in Episode 9 is this, spying on [=ProtoMan=] for Wily.
** In Episode 13, the police and FBI suspect the Conduit may have planted a mole within their ranks. It turns out they're right.
** Splash Woman brainwashes Plum and has her spy on Roll, Mega Man, and their friends.
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:Bass]] interrupts Splash Woman attempting to seduce Mega Man several times.
* MomentOfWeakness: Mega has one in Episode 8 when he presses Wily's BerserkButton while trying to negotiate with him and Drill Man; he regrets it almost immediately.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Dr. Light's reaction to the Gamma ordeal, and [[spoiler: Vickers's when he learns the truth about Bass and his creator]].
** Roll gets this in the Episode 3 interlude after she brutally dispatches the cosmetic robot from "Electric Nightmare."
** Dr. Wily gets this briefly in the Episode 11 epilogue, but soon his rage outweighs the guilt.
* NeverMyFault: Wily has this problem big-time, blaming everyone for failures except himself.
** He finally (and rightfully) blames himself for [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] leaving]] in the Episode 11 epilogue.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Played straight most of the time, but averted in Episode 11 where Wily decides to repeat a semi-successful plan in the hopes of hurting Mega more.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Wily's foiled a couple of his own schemes, and Vickers ruined a potential deal with Cossack.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In Episode 12, [[spoiler:Mr. Black is brutalized by Bass, getting beat up and having his neck snapped]].
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Lampshaded in Episode 12 where [[spoiler:Mr. Black survives having his neck broken]], though it's realistic in that he'd die ''very'' quickly if not treated. He ends up barely surviving.
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler: Ballade]].
* NotHimself: [=ProtoMan=] post Episode 10; the other characters begin to notice midway through Episode 11.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: With most of his crazy plots from the show carried over, and how he had a tendency to foil his own schemes, Wily was generally seen as a foolish, if evil, old man by the readership. Even given his villainous breakdowns, rants, and increasingly dangerous plots, he didn't threaten the characters personally much post Episode 4... until the Episode 10 epilogue, where [[spoiler: he personally and mercilessly tortures [=ProtoMan=] in cold blood. It ends with [=ProtoMan=] ''begging'' him to stop]].
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Post Episode 5, nothing is necessarily safe, as it continues beyond where the show left off. The interlude to Episode 8 exemplifies this, with tons of new plot developments appearing.
** Episode 11 has major changes in the status quo; even its title is "Things Change." The biggest one is [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] leaving Wily]].
* OCStandIn: The Bonnes' parents, here named [[AlliterativeName Don Juan and Bonnie Bonne]].
* OhCrap: Seen a couple times across the series.
** Episode 6 has everyone's reaction when [=ProtoMan=] accidentally shoots an ion bomb and makes it go critical.
** Episode 8 has Mega Man's reaction to realizing [[spoiler: Roll is locked in the Tower as it's going to flood with lava]].
** Episode 10 has Governor Deacon's reaction to his Sky Car being broken into, but more importantly [[spoiler: about the lab access code in the glove compartment]].
** Episode 11 has the President's reaction to Wily wanting nuclear weapons.
** Episode 12 has the FBI's reaction when Mr. Black mentions the Jadous Sphere.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [=ProtoMan=] is like this towards Mega for a good while.
** [[spoiler:Bass]] is also this to a much more frightening degree.
* OriginalCharacter: Marcus Vickers, Lynn, Castor, the Conduit, and Mr. Black are just a few. There's also a ground-based female Robot Master who the author had in mind before the Archie Comics' Quake Woman.
* OverprotectiveDad: Dr. Light was this to Roll at first, and Dr. Cossack is this for Kalinka.
* PaperThinDisguise: Wily's "Mr. X" outfit; possibly even ''worse'' is [=ProtoMan's=] alias, "Pro T. Mann."
* ParentalNeglect: The Bonnes' parents are on constant vacations and check in infrequently via communicators.
* PersonalityPowers: Splash Woman is vain and self-centered, and her powers make robots enamored with her. If she wanted she could have everyone worship her.
* PetTheDog: [=ProtoMan=] does this more and more as the series goes on.
** Even Wily gets one in a twisted way when he attacks an hallucination of his father after it threatens [=ProtoMan=].
** Wily invokes and ''weaponizes'' this in Episode 11, [[spoiler: using a hug with Bass to hurt [=ProtoMan=]]].
* PokemonSpeak: Beat the robo-bird can only say his name.
* ThePowerOfHate: Dr. Wily's rage and anger fuels his creativity at times.
* ThePowerOfLove: A frequent theme, particularly between Mega Man, his family, and Kalinka.
** In Episode 11, chapter 8, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] uses his love for Nomad to gather the courage to restore his old self]]. Two chapters later, [[spoiler: he calms Nomad out of her destructive programming and pain]].
* PowerTrio: [[spoiler: Enker, Punk, and Ballade]].
** As of Episode 11, [[spoiler: Mega Man, [=ProtoMan=], and Roll]].
* PrecisionFStrike: [=ProtoMan=] drops the fic's single f-bomb upon seeing [[spoiler: Dark Man 2]].
* PunBasedTitle: Episode 12, called "Fade to Black," focuses on the character of Mr. ''Black''.
** Episode 13, "A Big Splash," introduces ''Splash'' Woman.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Vickers, Erickson, and Ferguson]] at the end of Episode 7.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: Seen in text format for Evelyn Ray's latest horror flick.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Governor Cochran and Governor Deacon, as well as President Henry, have helped and are helped by Mega Man at times.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Mr. Black's hostile actions towards Mega Man were meant to make readers think Mega was a target. In reality it was Wily]].
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Happens with [[spoiler: Drill Man]].
* RescueRomance: In Episode 13, Tron hopes Mega Man will fall in love with her if she rescues him.
* {{Retcon}}: The Special Edition Episode 1 makes it clear that the company Wily failed to get a job at was Vick-Tek; in the original it was an unnamed company and mentioned in passing.
** It also has Lynn Wersching and AL-05 appear earlier as they investigate Wily's home.
* TheReveal: Mr. Black's real name is [[spoiler: Jonathan Barton]].
** Project G-2 is [[spoiler: the Mad Grinder]].
** [=ProtoMan=]'s weakness post Episode 10 was partly due to [[spoiler: Wily literally removing his positive traits]].
** Mr. Black's target is [[spoiler: Dr. Wily]].
** Project G-2 is powered by [[spoiler:Bassinium]].
** Episode 12 has the reveal of the Conduit's master plan, which involves [[spoiler:a virus to destroy ''all'' robots' memory cores]].
** Episode 13 reveals that Nomad will [[spoiler:try to kill Mega Man on sight]] due to Wily's programming.
* {{Revenge}}: Roll wants revenge on Wily for killing Doc.
** Tiesel Bonne wants revenge on Mega Man for dissolving the Mega Crew and perceived humiliation.
** Mr. Black [[spoiler: wants revenge on Wily for killing his wife and leaving him paralyzed]].
** As of Episode 11, Wily wants revenge on Dr. Light for perceived involvement in [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] leaving Wily and turning good]].
* RousingSpeech: [=ProtoMan=] gives one in the interlude to Episode 9 as Wily gives him command of the battle operations.
* RunningGag: The author asking fans to point out any continuity errors big enough to [x], with [x] usually being something near-impossible, such as breaking a Met's hardhat.
* SacrificialLion: Doc the Metool, who dies in episode 3 after several scenes of bonding with Roll.
* SadisticChoice: Wily is fond of offering these, especially to those in power.
* SecretKeeper: [=ProtoMan=] is this for the fact that Nomad's alive.
** Cut Man, Guts Man, and Magnet Man are this for [[spoiler: [=ProtoMan=] meeting with Nomad]].
* SerialEscalation: It's noted in-story that Wily's plots keep getting bigger.
** Project G-2, AKA [[spoiler: The Mad Grinder]], is even more dangerous than Gamma.
** Episode 12 reveals the Conduit's plan [[spoiler:of robot genocide]], which is a threat to Dr. Light ''and'' Wily.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Mega Man, starting around Episode 6.
* ShoutOut: To FanFic/MegaManRecut's "It's not a banana!" meme.
** One to Film/TheDarkKnight with the Mega Crew, vigilante Mega Man wannabes.
** There are several references to ''Series/TwentyFour'' scattered throughout the episodes. One noticeable one is a reference to the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) in Episode 9.
** [[spoiler: Punk's]] personality is a reference to wrestler Wrestling/CMPunk.
** There are a couple shout outs to Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan, such as the no-win scenario and Mr. Black's choice of books.
** Episode 11, chapter 8's title is one to a very famous ComicBook/SpiderMan story, specifically "Spider-Man No More."
** Tiesel originally wanted to be known by the codename Creator/MrT.
* SirensAreMermaids: Splash Woman can enthrall robots of any gender and brainwash them.
* SmugSuper: [[spoiler: Enker and Punk]].
* TheSpeechless: Nomad, due to botched programming.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [=ProtoMan=] is one word with two capitalizations. In this 'verse, it's a shortening of Wily's suggested "Prototype Man" name.
* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler: Bass, to Roll]].
* StatusQuoIsGod: Played for drama in Episodes 5 and 9; [=ProtoMan=]'s HeelFaceTurn and promotion are temporary, but have lasting effects on him and other characters. [=ProtoMan=] even leaves Episode 9 in ''worse'' shape than when he started.
* StayInTheKitchen: Seen in early episodes, but faded when Roll confronted her family about it.
* StrappedToABomb: Played for drama in Episode 6 when Kalinka is shackled to a city-destroying ion bomb.
* SuperSenses: [[spoiler:Bass]] has highly advanced senses that can scan through walls and detect human heartbeats.
* TakeAThirdOption: In Episode 11 the President decides to ''stall'' Wily until Mega Man can arrive.
* TakeMyHand: Seen in Episode 9 between [=ProtoMan=] and Metal Man.
* TakingYouWithMe: In Episode 9 [[spoiler: Metal Man tries to do this to [=ProtoMan=]]].
* TeamRocketWins: In Episode 9, Cut Man, Guts Man, and other Robot Masters defeat Mega Man.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In Episode 11 [[spoiler: Rock quits being Mega Man for about 1 chapter]]. It's played very well, and he himself notes that he may have been hasty.
* ThatManIsDead: Mr. Black claims this about who he used to be. [[spoiler:In the end it's reversed, with John Barton declaring Mr. Black dead]].
* ThouShaltNotKill: [=ProtoMan=] has a strict policy to not kill. [[spoiler: He breaks this vow in Episode 9]].
* ThunderboltIron: The meteor fragments from Red Gulch, as well as [[spoiler:Bassinium/Quadirium]].
** The Jadous Sphere is also this.
* ToThePain: Dr. Wily likes to do this.
** In Episode 1, Wily described the reprogramming process to Rock and Roll in detail, terrifying them even more.
** In the Episode 10 epilogue, Wily describes the torturing program in excruciating detail.
* TragicVillain: [=ProtoMan=]. He was stolen and reprogrammed early in life. As a result, he can't defy Dr. Wily's orders even when he ''really'' wants to, such as being a HeelFaceMole or abandoning a life-threatening situation.
** As of Episode 10, [[spoiler: Ballade]]. He realized that being the robot Wily's most proud of meant others will fight for the spot, and while he showed respect to his enemies he got no respect from comrades.
* TrainingFromHell: [=ProtoMan=] puts the Robot Masters through this in Episode 9.
* TrapDoor: Vickers has one in his office; once he ejected ''himself''.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Governor Deacon's adviser, Newkirk, didn't have well-laid plans. While not outright treacherous, he showed little to no concern for public safety. This got Newkirk fired.
* UltimateUniverse: For the ''Mega Man'' cartoon and the games.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Nobody expected the Mega Crew leader to be Tiesel Bonne.
* UnknownRival: Tron Bonne sees herself as a rival for Mega Man's affections, but both Mega Man and Kalinka don't even know who she is.
* UpdatedRerelease: The Special Edition of Episode 1, which tightens continuity, streamlines paragraphs, and fixes a lot of typos.
* VacationEpisode: Episode 13.
* TheVamp: Splash Woman brainwashes and seduces Mega Man, and forces him to promise not to tell anyone about her. Even thinking about Kalinka doesn't free him from her control, and ''Rush'' is enthralled by her powers.
* VerySpecialEpisode: A secondary arc of Episode 7 involves Lynn finally dealing with her brother Castor's severe drug abuse, with some helpful advice from Mega Man. [[spoiler: Castor is seen suffering drug withdrawals and is reluctant to recover. But, in the end, Castor breaks down in his sister's arms and finally agrees to seek treatment]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler: Bass]], at least at first.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Splash Woman muses that while she could destroy Mega Man, part of her would love to have him to herself and under her control.
* VillainousBreakdown: Ever since Episode 4 and the Gamma ordeal, Wily's been slowly losing it.
** Mr. Black's been losing it as well, especially given [[spoiler: his replacement, Tiesel Bonne]].
* TheVirus: [[spoiler: A memory core destroying virus is the crux of the Conduit's plan]].
* WarIsHell: A clear theme of the series; despite his many victories over Wily, the battles he's fought and losses suffered affect Mega Man greatly.
* WashingtonDCInvasion: [=ProtoMan=] plans this in Episode 9, but it doesn't happen due to Wily's interference. [[spoiler: Wily then steals his idea to use in Episode 11]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: As in the show, [=ProtoMan=] wants Mega Man to join him. In this continuity he extends the offer to Roll as well, and would be happiest with both on his side.
** [[spoiler: Bass]] wants Roll to rule at his side.
* WeNeedADistraction: The plot of Episode 13 is Splash Woman causing havoc in Hawaii so Wily can pull off a bank robbery in Hollywood.
* WeaponizedLandmark: The Civil Defense Tower.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Drill Man just wants to make Wily proud of him. This backfires horribly in Episode 8.
* WhamEpisode: Quite a few over the story's run.
** Episode 3 has one in Doc's death. This event colored the entire tone of the series and gave Roll a personal vendetta against Wily.
** Almost the entirety of Episode 4 is one, with [[spoiler: Gamma being activated and defeating Mega Man]]. The fallout from this episode greatly affected later ones, even if Mega won the day.
** Episode 7 has a ''huge'' one with [[spoiler: the introduction of Bass and Treble]].
** Episode 9 is this, with ''super'' intense battles on both sides, the Robot Masters becoming stronger, implications that [=ProtoMan=] is doing a much better job leading than Wily, Metal Man being a mole, and the title of one chapter is "A Good Day to Die." [[spoiler: Not only does Metal Man die... [=ProtoMan=] kills him]]. The epilogue also introduces [[spoiler: the Mega Man Killers]] and has [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] demoted from Wily's second-in-command]].
** Episode 10 has Mr. Black [[spoiler: invading the Lights' home while Mega, Roll, and Rush are fighting the Killers]], a very back and forth fight between the latter groups, and [[spoiler: ''Bass'' interrupting the Killers when they gain the upper hand]]. The next chapter has Mr. Black ''blackmailing the Conduit'', [[spoiler: Kalinka being kidnapped to force Mega to fight the Killers]], and in the climax [[spoiler:Ballade]] dies. The epilogue has the confirmation that [[spoiler: Janet is paralyzed]], ''many'' events go from bad to worse, and [[spoiler: [=ProtoMan=] is tortured by Wily]].
** Episode 11 promises major changes in the status quo; its title is "Things Change." As of chapter 6, Mega Man saw the full video of [=ProtoMan=]'s activation, Roll had a talk with [[spoiler:Bass]] and at least ''tried'' to change his ways, [[spoiler: Bass is back with Wily]], and [[spoiler: Wily knows that [=ProtoMan=] betrayed him before]]. Then, we have an invasion of Washington DC, Mega Man [[spoiler:temporarily giving up]], and the full reveal of Mr. Black's intentions. Then, [[spoiler:Mr. Black establishes himself as a good guy by saving the President]], it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Mad Grinder is powered by Bassinium]], and [[spoiler: Bass is decisively defeated]]. And ''then'', at the very end of chapter 11, [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] turns on Wily]].
** Episode 12 reveals the Conduit's master plan, which is a threat to the entire world, including Light and Wily. In chapter 4, [[spoiler:Mr. Black is captured by the police thanks to Mega Man, Roll, and [=ProtoMan=]]]. And in Chapter 5, the Conduit casually mentions that there are ''two'' Jadous Spheres. The climax of the episode has [[spoiler:the first Jadous Sphere shattering and Bass breaking Mr. Black's neck--though he lives]]. The epilogue has [[spoiler:Mr. Black letting go of his hatred and vowing to honor Tonya's memory by helping others, starting with helping Janet]].
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Seen in Episode 10 with Bon Bon's mecha. Things go ''very'' wrong.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: The Bonnes' parents.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The female Robot Master in the beginning of Episode 8 is activated by mistake, feels pain almost immediately upon waking, is unable to speak, overhears Wily talking about ''wiping her memory'', and doesn't get a name before running off. She also has a mean shockwave that demolishes parts of Skull Fortress.
* YesMan: Scott Erickson, Vickers' second in command.
** Tiesel Bonne becomes this to the Conduit.
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