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->''Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Mega Man, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock.''
-->-- The Megas' [[http://themegas.com/about.html mission statement.]]

[[http://themegas.com/main/main.html The Megas]] are a Los Angeles-based band well-known for making vocal rock remixes of music from the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' video game series. Unlike Music/TheProtomen, a similarly dedicated band, they directly remix songs from the games. The resulting songs generally have a closer feeling to the original work, giving each of the Robot Masters their own personalities as they sing about their lives as Mega Man breaches their defenses, and eventually defeats them.

Its members currently consist of "Reverend" Josh Breeding, Eric "E" Von Doymi, Greg "Gregatron" Schneider (formerly of punk-rock act Agent 51), Mike "Mikey Hell" Levinson (also of Agent 51), Brian "The Double D" [=DiDomenico=], and Church. Their debut album, "Get Equipped", which covers nearly every song in the Mega Man 2 soundtrack, was released January 2008. It's available for purchase on [[http://themegas.com/store.html their website.]]

On August 24, 2009, the band, in conjunction with Entertainment System, released a 4-track EP called ''Megatainment'', based on ''VideoGame/MegaMan1''.

On February 5th, 2010, they released "Get Acoustic", a largely acoustic version of Get Equipped, with the "Monsteropolis Orchestra" they created. Most of the songs are slightly slower and more somber, although this is not true universally.

On July 19th, 2010, they released the ''Sparked A War'' single, which contained the studio release of ''You've Sparked A War/Spark Man'', a instrumental variation, an acoustic remix, and covers of both ''SunglassesAtNight'' by Corey Hart and the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon theme song, dubbed ''Super Fighting Robot''.

On June 18th, 2012, the Megas released the "History Repeating: Blue" album, which covers several songs from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'', and is the first of two albums. Noticeably, it lacked several songs they had already played live, such as "I'm Not The Breakman", and "Fly on A Dog", as those had been saved for "History Repeating: Red", which was released on May 14th, 2014.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the show ''{{WesternAnimation/Megas XLR}}''.

!!The work of The Megas contain examples of:

* AmbiguousSituation: Did Crash Man commit suicide to allow Mega Man to continue on, or did he get destroyed because he was trying to hold himself back during the fight? Only Crash Man himself knows and convincing arguments could be made for both.
* ArcWords: "I/You want to be the one".
** To a lesser extent, "if it was up to me/you".
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Metal Man spends his entire song ranting about how unstoppable he is.
** Top Man has the same feel in ''Can't Stop the Top''.
* TheAtoner: Dr. Light builds Mega Man to make up for his mistake of working with Dr. Wily to build the Robot Masters.
-->My sins, you'll fight / The wrongs that I made you will make right.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdzo2elvJ5w The Megas are easily distracted]].
* [[AvengingTheVillain Avenging The Villains]]: In ''Carved From Mighty Oak'', Wood Man states he will avenge the other Robot Masters. Heat Man's [[HearingVoices voices]] seem to push him to this too.
** There are a few; ''The Quick and the Blue'' for example.
* BattleInTheRain: Mega Man vs. Crash Man.
* BlackSheep: Bubble Man.
--> ''I'm swimming in this bright blue ocean / (I'm drowning in the darkest emotion) / They call me useless, they call me weak / (They call me a flipper and snorkel geek)''
--> ''Out of the eight robots, of all of us / ([[BubbleGun My power]] is so ridiculous) / I realize something, as I stand here waiting / ([[TheWoobie That I'm the one who I'm really hating]])''
* BloodKnight: ''The Quick and The Blue'' portrays Quick Man as having a bit of this in him.
--> ''My circuits slow / I'm not scared anymore / This is the moment that we have been created for!''
* BombThrowingAnarchist: [[CaptainObvious Bomb Man.]]
* BookEnds: ''History Repeating: Blue'' begins with Mega Man singing "if it was up to me." The final track goes "if it was up to you."
* BoringInvincibleHero: Deconstructed. Mega Man blows his way through all of the Robot Masters (except possibly Crash Man) but becomes consumed with guilt and regret because of it. Several songs involve Mega Man having to be convinced that he should keep going after all he's done.
** Though it's implied that the battles(like the duels with Quick Man and Crash Man for example) are still tough, but Megaman, as the hero, naturally prevails.
* BossBanter: A lot of the songs.
* CallBack: Needle Man's song calls back to Air Man's ("Deep underground, ten miles down, a man stands below the city he will destroy…" and "Up in the sky, ten miles high, a man stands above the city he will destroy.")
* CardCarryingVillain: Heat Man.
* CombatPragmatist: It is speculated by the fans that Mega Man used the Flash Stopper against Quick Man (''My circuits slow''...), presumably to overcome the latter's superior speed. This is the only time it's even ''hinted'' that Mega Man used a robot master's weakness.
** Actually, in History Repeating: Red, The Red Song/I'm Not the Breakman, based off both Proto Man Whistle Concert and the "Get Equipped" theme for Mega Man 3, the shifting metal sounds could imply that Mega Man is changing weapons to deal with a robot master, but YMMV.
* CompanionCube: Tourball.
* ContinuityNod: Spark Man's song, ''You've Sparked a War'', presents him as a revolutionary against human tyranny, just like his counterpart Elec Man's earlier song.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: The acoustic versions of the songs often change the tone significantly from aggressive to somber.
** "The Annihilation of Monsteropolis" goes from a wrathful creed in the midst of a fight to a contemplative, simmering "calm before the storm". Where the bridge featured spoken word that devolved into screaming the background, the acoustic version keeps it calm, while chorals claim "They will fall, they will all fall!" like a voice urging Air Man's wrath on.
** "The Quick And The Blue" doubles-down on the Western feeling from the original's intro and turns it into a tragic ballad.
** "Carved From Mighty Oak" makes Wood Man's vow of revenge sound more like the wrath of nature itself rather than a violent personal vendetta.
* DanceBattler: Metal Man's song, appropriately titled Metal Dance.
** Top Man's song, as he considers the fight between Mega Man and himself a "legendary dance fight."
* DarkerAndEdgier: Nothing close to the level of horror seen in Music/TheProtomen's songs, but a good number of the songs paint a decidedly darker picture of the Mega Man games. Roughly half of the Robot Masters are given sympathetic views, or at least a FreudianExcuse or two, and there are ''three'' seperate songs discussing the questionable moral ground that Mega Man stands on; Light, Wily, and Mega Man himself are all too aware that Mega Man is ''himself'' a robot built to kill, just like the robot masters that he defeats.
** The ''Megatainment'' album in general has a darker, more cynical feel than ''Get Equipped'', if only because of ''Beneath the Steel'' and ''Look What You've Done''. It may take several listenings a back-to-back comparison to even recognize Bomb Man's theme (originally a rather cheerful song) in the former.
** And ''History Repeating'' takes it up yet another notch. See DespairEventHorizon below.
** The title of one of the last songs in ''History Repeating: Blue'', ''(I Want to Be the One) To Watch You Die'' is a DarkerAndEdgier version of a previous song title, ''I Want to Be the One''.
* DarkReprise / IronicEcho: ''The Quick and The Blue''. The ordinary chorus is:
-->''Quick on the draw! / In this town, I am the law! / Is what they say true? / Does Death wear blue? / Can he fall?''
** And at the end, the final lines of the song are:
--->''You're too quick on the draw. / Burn this town, there is no law. / What they say's true. / Death ''does'' wear blue. / He can't... fall...''
** What's the name of the [=MM3=] Wily Stages 1 and 2 song [[spoiler:sung by Dr Light]]? ''(I Want To Be The One)... '''To Watch You Die'''''.
**** In "History Repeating"
--->'' Now I can say when you want to be the One / What you start to realize is / You’re the ''only'' one''
** Used again in ''Gamma Unchained''. The normal chorus ends with the line "I'll give you power, you'll take control". The final repetition of the chorus changes it to "What good is power if you're out of control?"
** "Make Your Choice", as the second confrontation between Protoman and Megaman, echos lyrics from their first encounter, "History Repeating Part 2".
--->'' History will repeat / This could be the last time / One last time''
** In ''The Haystack Principle'', one particular line in the chorus goes, "I can't see the way out this time." The last line of the song changes this to, "And now I see the way out this time."
*** On that note, part of the bridge also echoes a part of Air Man's spoken monologue in ''The Annihilation of Monsteropolis'':
--->''Deep underground,''
--->''Ten miles down.''
--->''A man stands below,''
--->''The city, he will destroy.''
** "I Refuse (To Believe)" carries fragments of the melody from "The Message from Dr. Light"
* DeathFromAbove: ''The Annihilation of Monsteropolis''. "I will fly high above Monsteropolis / And I will rain terror down on the general populace..."
** "Lives on this earth I grow tired of/ [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Death from above]]/ The annihilation of everyone you know and love..."
* DeathSeeker / RedemptionEqualsDeath: An interesting example in ''Programmed to Fight''.
** Crash Man does not agree with Wily's ideals and wants to give his power to Mega Man, but he is "Programmed to fight to the very end" and must do battle with him. However, at the end of the song: "Victory was at hand, but in the end, his will overcame the program." Presumably, he blew himself up so that Mega Man could [[MegaManning use his power.]]
*** Alternatively, he stopped himself from killing Mega Man long enough for him to make the last shot. One of the interesting parts of the Megas' music is that most of the songs can have AlternateCharacterInterpretation within the music itself, not just between the game and the songs.
** Quick Man may have also been this, but it's ambiguous.
--->"My circuits slow; I'm not scared anymore; this is the moment that ''we were created for''."
** It's implied the Needle Man became this at the very end, realizing it was the only way to prevent himself from becoming an evil monster.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the ExcusePlot of the ''Mega Man'' games and of {{Mooks}} and boss battles. However by the end of ''History Repeating: Red'' it [[DeconReconSwitch moves into]] putting those same ideas back together
* DeconReconSwitch: The first few albums deconstruct the plot of ''Mega Man'' (as shown above), dealing with the unrelenting pressure and uncertainty being the sole person responsible for saving the world ''is'', showing the Robot Masters as people, and even giving Dr. Wily a [[{{Transhumanism}} reason]] for his actions. The reconstruction comes in the form of the ultimate decision Mega Man makes in ''I Refuse (To Believe)'' [[spoiler:where in pulling back Dr.Light and Protoman from the DespairEventHorizon, realizes that condemning Wily to death would be to say that no man or machine would ever be more than their mistakes, making the effort saving his father and brother worthless]].
* [[DemotedToExtra Demoted To Nothing]] / LongSongShortScene: Cut Man and Guts Man, despite being two of the more well known Robot Masters, don't show up at all in the ''Megatainment'' album. There's been talk of making a ''Megatainment Pt. 2'', but The Megas have expressed a desire to finish the ''Mega Man 3'' album before they get to work on that, and there's the issue of how they're going to fill it with more than just the songs for those two.[[note]]Time Man and Oil Man were considered, but Entertainment System wasn't all that fond of their songs.[[/note]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''[[http://inversephase.bandcamp.com/track/the-nessage-from-dr-light The NESsage From Dr. Light]]''. An 8-bit track, remixed as a full fledged song, remixed as an 8-bit track.
** Also, from ''The Annihilation of Monsteropolis'':
--> "A man stands above the city he will destroy. Built from airplane parts, his propeller spins as he thinks to himself 'I will destroy these people.'"
* DespairEventHorizon: Dr. Light is singing ''(I Want To Be The One) To Watch You Die'' after seeing Proto Man fighting for Dr. Wily, which indicates he crossed this in a rather dark way.
-->"I've finally learned what torture means/ You sent my first born back to me/ And put a gun in his dead hand/ Time to take an eye for mine old friend."
-->"I've sent a bullet with your name./I want to finally end this game./You are the one who wrote the end,/you wanted war, now I just want revenge"[[note]]This implies that while Wily wants war on humanity, Light just wants him dead.[[/note]]
-->"The things I hope, the fading dream,/ Has finally got the best of me/ I wish that I could be there/ I want to be the one to watch you die"
** Mega Man crosses it in ''History Repeating'', complete with a somber, weary take on the cheerful ''3'' title tune.
* DoomedMoralVictor: In ''Harder than Steel'', Hard Man goes into battle and doesn't surrender, choosing to go down fighting instead, because the alternative is to live as a washed-up relic. [[ForegoneConclusion He dies]], but wins the eternal support of the crowd.
* DramaticWind: In ''The Quick And The Blue'', just before the ShowdownAtHighNoon.
-->"Wait, now, there's too much at stake now,/ a cold wind blows/He looked to the crowd and he cried/'The moment of truth has arrived!'"
* DrivenToSuicide: The ending of ''Programmed to Fight'' seems to imply that Crash Man killed himself (via self-detonation?) so Mega Man could finish his quest for justice.
** The last part of the song ("Down falls Crash Man... Down falls Crash Man... Doooooooown"), along with the sudden bass boom which ends the song and the fact that Crash Man's stage requires Mega Man to travel mostly vertically by climbing ladders, implies Crash Man jumped or fell off the edge after refusing or failing to kill Mega Man.
*** The brass boom could also be a crash bomb (self?) explosion, or thunder (the end of the stage is in a storm). But again, "[[RiddleForTheAges No-one will know the truth to this story.]]"
* EvilSmellsBad: Parodied in "Scent Blaster"
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Quick Man.
-->''My circuits slow/I'm not scared any more/I join the ranks of my brothers that have fallen before.''
** Hard Man as well. He chooses to go down fighting against Mega Man rather than surrender the match.
* FilmNoir: Gemini Man is framed in this style but with a unique twist; the fearful client and the private eye hired for protection and aid are his split personalities.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Heat Man's depraved ranting in "Man On Fire" has him potraying his stage as this. [[NintendoHard He's not far off, actually.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Heat Man, unlike Air Man, doesn't actually seem to have a reason for why he wants to cause death and destruction.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation That is one way]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge to look at it.]]
* ForGreatJustice: "I want to be the one who fights for justice"
* ForegoneConclusion: Any of the songs that focus on a fight itself will obviously end with the Robot Master's defeat.
* FreudianExcuse: A few of the robots, [[LonersAreFreaks Air Man]], [[BlackSheep Bubble Man]], [[HearingVoices Heat Man]] and [[FoeYay Flash Man]] in particular. See their respective entries on this page for more info.
* FunWithAcronyms: According to their mission statement, The Megas are '''M'''ike '''E'''ric '''G'''reg '''A'''nd Jo'''s'''h.
** Which works even less well since they've added keyboardist Brian DD to their roster in 2011.
** And fell apart entirely with Mike Levinson left to return to college in 2012.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Mega Man sees himself as a hero. Wily's robots see him as a menace who is slaughtering their brothers. "Lamentations of a War Machine/End Song" has Mega Man tormented by doubts over whether or not what he has done was right.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: By ''Programmed to Fight'', it seems that Crash Man may be the only one who knows his story.
** It's explicitly evoked with the line "My end has come and I welcome glory/no one will know the truth to this story."
* GoneHorriblyRight: Gamma is a machine created to keep the peace. When Wily activates him in ''Gamma Unchained'', it comes to a horrible conclusion.
--> ''System Activation. Peacekeeping Calculation. Solution: [[KillAllHumans Extermination]].''
* HailfirePeaks: Considering that Fire Man and Ice Man were working together, and that their song is called ''Hell Has Frozen Over'', it's not unreasonable to think their level was like this.
* HearingVoices: Possibly Heat Man, given the line "''In my mind, I hear the voices cry/I've made them a promise that Mega Man dies!''"
* HeartbrokenBadass: Magnet Man.
* HeelFaceTurn: Crash Man ''wanted'' to do one of these, but his programming wouldn't let him. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Well, until the end at least.]]
* HesBack: After two albums of questioning his purpose and humanity, Mega Man comes to the conclusion that though he is a machine, he still has a soul and can make choices of his own, forgiving Dr. Light, [[SwordOverHead spares Wily]], and gives Protoman a BreakingSpeech.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Fire Man and Ice Man. [[HoYay Maybe]].
* HistoryRepeats: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin History Repeating]]''
* {{Hypocrite}}: Dr Wily lambastes Light for having his robot destroy his own kind, even though he's the one sending robots out to create murder and mayhem amongst humans despite being one himself.
** Also, his song ''Look What You've Done'' implies that he's fighting to free robots from human tyranny (as do ''Evolution of Circuitry'' and ''You've Sparked A War''.) Now compare this to ''Programmed to Fight'', which reveals that Crash Man is still a slave to his programming...
* ICannotSelfTerminate: In ''Programmed To Fight'', Crash Man wants to let Mega Man win and kill him so Doctor Wily will fall, but, as the title suggests, his programming will not allow it.
* ILetYouWin: Listening closely to the Crash Man song lyrics, the end suggests Crash Man was actually winning before he finally was able to throw the fight.
* ImplacableMan: Quick Man's song has him wondering if Mega Man's one of these.
--> ''Is what they say true?/Does Death wear blue?/Can he fall?''
* InsistentTerminology: Several Robot Masters refer to their levels as towns.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: ''The Message from Dr. Light'':
-->I made you in my image
-->I built your heart
-->I gave you eyes
-->I gave you power
-->A sense of justice beyond any compare
-->I gave you hands, a child's face
-->I gave you hair (ROBOTIC HAAAAIR)
** ''History Repeating: Blue'' consists mostly of awesome rock songs. The last song on the album is a soft ballad [[spoiler:based on the Game Over song]].
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Air Man is driven mad by his loneliness due to being rejected by everyone. He works with Wily to take revenge.
* LonersAreFreaks: In ''Annihilation of Monsteropolis'', Air Man is portrayed as a loner tortured by the fact his only power is "to push others away", and goes as far as outright stating: "For if I can't walk among them/Then I will walk the world alone".
** Although in this case, perhaps it should be "Freaks Are Loners", as it's implied that the fact that humans rejected his abnormal appearance might be a major factor for his hatred of humanity.
--> ''No one in this world can understand/Who I am./That is why I'm my own biggest [[StealthPun fan]]!''
** Needle Man has the same problem. Only unlike Air Man, his hatred is aimed inward.
* LyricalDissonance: '''Lots''':
** The cheerful ending theme from ''Mega Man 1'' is set to Dr. Wily vowing to return and destroy the people's future. And he won't stop.
** ''Programmed to Fight'' may also have this. For one of the most cheery themes in ''Mega Man 2'', the relatively dark explanation of how Crash Man knows his fate creates a contrast between the lyrics and the melody.
** ''Evolution Of Circuitry'' is a upbeat, snappy song about Elec Man wanting to incite a robot revolution. ''You've Sparked A War'' is similar only [[UpToEleven even more]] dissonant; Spark Man is singing about how humankind is a virus that must be wiped out.
** ''Metal Dance'' is a hyper song about Metal Man being a BloodKnight ranting about how he'll kill Mega Man.
** ''Quick And The Blue'' is a song about Quick Man trying to fight fate and becoming increasingly doubtful. The end has him calmly accepting his death as Mega Man kills him with the Flash Stopper.
** ''Walk Away From Light'' is a rather smooth song considering that it's about Snake Man trying to corrupt Mega Man into a villain and accusing him of being NotSoDifferent.
** ''Afraid of the Dark'' has Shadow Man's rather happy-sounding music set to lyrics of how terrified he is of succumbing to the evil which is slowly corrupting him.
* LyricSwap: "The Quick and the Blue" and "Gamma Unchained"; see above under DarkReprise[=/=]IronicEcho.
* MoodWhiplash: ''Evolution of Circuitry'', Elec Man's song, is quite possibly one of the most cheerful and optimistic songs by The Megas, despite the [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters reasons for the optimism]]. ''Beneath the Steel'', Bomb Man's theme, is one of the darkest, rivaled only by ''Look What You've Done''. They're ''right next to each other'' on the album.
** The Mega Man 1 album is full of mood whiplash in general. The first song is ''Evolution of Circuitry'', followed by ''Beneath The Steel'' as mentioned. ''That'' is followed by ''Hell Has Frozen Over'', a much lighter song focusing on the teamwork of Ice Man and Fire Man, and ''then'' you get hit by ''Look What You've Done''.
** Speaking of Bomb Man, anyone who remembers how cheerful his theme was in the game will probably get hit by this.
*** By that token, compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxXHVNIwGSw Crash Man's theme]] to Programmed to Fight, and then, of course, there is the fact that the cheerful ending theme to Mega Man 1 is overlaid with Dr. Wily promising a never-ending war for Mega Man and Dr. Light.
** ''Fly on a Dog'' is one of their darkest songs, involving Mega Man grimly contemplating his purpose. It also features a chorus about how awesome a flying dog is.
** ''History Repeating: Blue'', has most of the tracks as awesome rock tracks, each about the Robot Masters declaring their purpose and desire, or Mega Man and Dr Light regretting their actions. It ends on ''Continue'', a rather soft, almost ballad-like song, about how Mega Man would choose to continue, no matter what, but still sounds incredibly regretful and pained. Not surprising, since it is the game's Game Over screen.
** ''Harder Than Steel'' carries heavy elements of a song you'd hear in an 80s training montage. However, since the guy training is the Robot Master, [[ForegoneConclusion it doesn't end well]].
* MookHorrorShow - Quick Man's song increasingly becomes this as it progresses.
** Wily's song has shades of this, specifically when he starts begging Dr. Light to call Mega Man off.
* MoralMyopia - So, it's okay for Wily to program destructive machines and set them loose to kill and maim, but if Light sends his robot out to stop him, Light is a coward and Mega Man is a murderer?
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "''ROBOTIC HAIR!''"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXBTM6viIU Scent Blaster]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: By ''Lamentations of a War Machine'', Mega Man's enthusiasm for the fight has given way to the realization that he, too, was built to kill. He's reduced to begging Doctor Light to tell him why he fought, why all this had to happen.
** ''If I've a heart made of steel / [[DoAndroidsDream Then does that mean I cannot feel?]] /Remorse for everything I've done / [[ArmCannon My hand's a smoking gun!]]''
*** The intro to the Mega Man 3 album implies that he's still not over it.
--> ''If it was up to me\\
I'd rewrite history\\
And change my destiny\\
One last time.''
** The first verse of ''The Message from Dr. Light''. "My mistakes/And my sins; what have I done?"
* MythologyGag: Many of the songs have some sort of reference to the original game ''somewhere'' in them, sometimes alluding to a quirk in the character's behavior in game.
** "Crash Man paces back and forth..."[[note]]In the original Mega Man 2, there is a flaw in the AI where if the player does not shoot first, Crash Man will not throw a Crash Bomb.[[/note]]
*** "To break Wily's walls you will need my power." The Buebeam Trap. That is all.
** "Take the first shot, Mega Man, let's put it to the test."[[note]]Metal Man won't attack you unless you attack him first.[[/note]]
** [[TimeStandsStill "My circuits slow..."]][[note]]Quick Man's weakness is the Flash Stopper, which stops time.[[/note]]
** "The strongest of all of the other robots is me!"[[note]]The Bubble Lead, Bubble Man's weapon, is the ''only'' weapon the final boss is weak to.[[/note]]
** "When the leaves fall, so will you."[[note]]Describes one of Wood Man's attacks which causes leaves to fall from the top of the screen.[[/note]]
** Dr. Wily's speech near the end of ''Look What You've Done'' when the music transitions to the ending theme is taken word for word from the end of the first game.
** "He removed his helmet, dropped it into the soft grass..." Figures the song based off the ending would include a reference to the last shot of the game.
** [[SpinToDeflectStuff "I dodge bullets when I'm spinning."]][[note]]When Top Man winds up for his charge attack, Mega Man's shots will bounce off of him.[[/note]]
** "You can fight these cats 'til you get your fill."[[note]]Referring to the giant feline minibosses from Top Man's stage.[[/note]]
** "My heart is gone, there's only fire."[[note]]In canon, Proto Man went to Wily to have his imperfect solar energy core repaired after running away from Light Labs. Wily opted to replace it with an unstable but more reliable [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear core]] instead.[[/note]]
** The title of the song ''History Repeating'' may be taken from a line in the intro of Mega Man 4; "history repeats itself"
** "I am magnetically drawing my death to me"[[note]]One of Magnet Man's abilities is to use magnetism to pull Mega Man to him.[[/note]]
*** "She tells me, 'I'm sorry, I've gotta roll'"[[note]]The woman Magnet Man is serenading is all but said to be Roll, Mega Man's sister.[[/note]]
** "Hi Rock, my weapon is hot"[[note]]"Rock" was Mega Man's name before Light upgraded him, and in Japan he's known as "Rock Man".[[/note]]
** Proto Man went by the codename Break Man in [=MM3=]. Since Mega Man doesn't know who he is yet, neither name is used in ''History Repeating: Blue'', but part 2 of the title track sneaks in "He's the prototype man of Mega Man", and the live track "I'm Not The Break Man" (presumably to be included in ''Red'') suggests a meaning for his codename.[[note]]The intended meaning is still unknown, so The Megas' interpretation -- he was literally broken -- may actually be right. Other theories include that his goal is to "break" Mega Man (either literally or in the sense of testing him) and that it's just another music reference, this time to breakdancing.[[/note]]
** "I can feel my hands turning into fists."[[note]]Actually, Spark Man has huge electrical prongs instead of hands. Fans often poke fun at this particularly blatant Robot Master deformity.[[/note]]
** "Turning off the sun, running through the night" [[note]]Shadow Man's stage has devices that turn the rooms completely black until destroyed.[[/note]]
*** "I am a knife in the gunfight." [[note]]The Shadow Blade is a short-ranged weapon due to it's boomerang-like properties,[[/note]]
** "I think it's time I go my separate ways" [[note]]Gemini Man literally splits in two versions of himself in the game.[[/note]]
** "I can fly on a dog/jump high on a dog/drive in a dog (underwater!)", these are the different Rush modes in MM3.
* NoirEpisode: Gemini Man's song ''[=GeminEye=]'' is one, with themes and vocabulary drawn from noir-style detective stories.
* NotSoDifferent: Both Wily and Light build innocent robots into killers, just for different reasons. Wily calls out Light on this in ''Look At What You've done''.
** ''Walk Away From Light'' has Snake Man accuse Mega Man of this in order to tempt him to evil.
* ObliviouslyEvil: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS-TEoDPops&feature=related Spark Man]] is clearly convinced that he's the good guy.
-->We are the chosen, we are the pure/They are the virus, we are the cure.
* OmnicidalManiac:
** Bomb Man's song paints him as one.
-->Fire in once lifeless eyes / motivated by their cries / '''[[KillEmAll Obliteration]]'''/ The humans' chance has passed.
** And then there's Air Man, here a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who goes steadily crazier over the course of his song.
--> There'll be a fire in the sky / And '''your doom will rain down!''' / '''THERE WILL BE A TOMBSTONE WITH THE PLANET EARTH ENGRAVED ON IT!'''
* {{Reconstruction}}: After song after song picking apart the ''Mega Man'' storyline, morality, and characters, ''Repeating History: Red'' ends with Mega Man realizing that he ''is'' a hero and regaining his will to fight while both Dr. Light and Proto Man realize their own mistakes and make amends.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Elec Man is portrayed as a radical revolutionary fighting against "human cruelty" in ''Evolution of Circuitry''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: If you don't attribute Heat Man's song to ForTheEvulz, and lean toward HearingVoices. This goes hand in hand with the AxCrazy. Also can be a FreudianExcuse.
* RockOperaPlot: Flipped around and somewhat deconstructed. Wily and his Robot Masters are rebelling against society in the style of such a plot, but they're the ''villains'' (albeit ones who have good intentions). The protagonist is Mega Man who serves and protects the society that would normally be the antagonist figure in such plots.
* ScrewDestiny: Quick Man tries to do this. [[YouCantFightFate He fails]].
** Crash Man, however, [[SubvertedTrope succeeds]] in resisting his programming and losing to Mega Man.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Mega Man starts to develop into this. By ''Lamentations'' he's wondering why he ever bothered to fight in the first place.
* ShoutOut: See SomethingCompletelyDifferent.
** ''Harder Than Steel'' has the line "[[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie You got back the touch, you got back the power]]".
** ''The Haystack Principle'' has Needle Man claim "[[WhoFramedRogerRabbit I'm not a bad guy, I'm just designed that way]]".
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Quick Man's battle with Mega Man is framed as one of these.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: Shadow Man.
* StealthPun: A bit of this with ''The Annihilation of Monsteropolis'':
--> ''No one in this world can understand/Who I am./That is why I'm my own biggest -'' - cue chorus overlapping the word "[[IncrediblyLamePun fan]]".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''[[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Super Fighting Robot]]'' and their cover of ''SunglassesAtNight'' have nothing to do with ''Mega Man 3'' or Spark Man, but they're on the ''Sparked a War'' single anyway.
** The inclusion of ''Sunglasses at Night'' is most likely an allusion to Proto Man.
** Likewise, the ''Fly on a Dog'' single includes the titular track, followed by a Badass remix (''Just Another Machine''). This is then followed up by a cover of Real Life's ''Send Me An Angel'', a likewise Badass cover of the German intro to [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan the cartoon show]] (''Super Fighting Robot ([[IncrediblyLamePun MeGerman]])'') and keyboardist Brian "Double D" Domenico's instrumental take on the password screen from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' (''I Want to [[PasswordSave B42A5D54E2 the C531]]'').
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: One of the lines from ''History Repeating'', [[strike: I rock.]] [[strike: Fire up.]] [[strike: I'm fired up.]] which has sparked many a FlameWar.
** It has since been confirmed to be Proto Man greeting his brother, the line being "Hi, Rock".
* SplitPersonality: Gemini Man has two personalities that personify as a weak, cowardly client and a brave, hardboiled detective. The former is scared of Mega Man and is begging for the latter to protect him.
* SpontaneousCrowdFormation: A crowd gathers to watch Mega Man and Quick Man fight.
* StarCrossedLovers: Magnet Man and [[spoiler:Roll]] in ''Don't Mess With Magnet Man''.
** StalkerWithACrush: Unless it's more one-sided.
* [[SuicideByCop Suicide By Mega Man]]: Crash Man and Needle Man.
* TemptingFate: During "Look What You've Done," Dr. Wily scoffs when Mega Man is sent out to fight, telling Dr. Light that "he'll just disappoint you." The very next lyrics go straight into MookHorrorShow territory.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Crash Man may have been more motivated by a hatred of his creator than by sort of sense of justice.
** Then there's, you know, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elec Man's]] ''entire song'', calling out for robots to throw off [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human oppression]] and revolt.
* VillainSong: Most of the songs are sung from the viewpoints of the Robot Masters the songs are associated with. ''Look What You've Done'' and ''Gamma Unchained'' deserve special mention as they are both sung from the perspective of [[BigBad Dr. Wily]] himself.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Hard Man in ''Harder than Steel'' is beloved by the crowd who watch his battle with Mega Man.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Snake Man makes this pitch.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Look What You've Done'' portrays Dr. Wily as one of these.
--> ''Call me wrong?/The future '''needs''' us/Your answer's death?/You end us, '''bleed''' us.''
--> ''Can you not feel / That we could have a life forged in steel. / I only ask that you see what I see. / This is the answer. / Why won't you believe?''
** Elec Man can qualify too, as [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters he sees human control of robots as slavery.]]
*** Spark Man's attitude is basically the same as Elec Mans, save for possibly being angrier about it.
** ''Gamma Unchained'' makes this even more clear, as Wily invokes UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans (almost word-for-word) and activates the giant peacekeeping robot Gamma to end the fighting. Gamma quickly calculates that the best way for there to be peace is [[FinalSolution if there's nobody left alive to make war.]]
* TheWestern: "The Quick and the Blue" has a feeling similar to this.
* WhatTheHellHero: ''Wily'' calls out Dr. Light many times in ''Look What You've Done''.
-->''And who is this that you send?\\
One of them?\\
While you cower, far from harm.\\
He'll just disappoint you.''
-->..."And how quick you had him dispatch his brothers.\\
You call this murderer a ''savior''."
-->"I see his hands, covered in my children's blood..."
* WhosLaughingNow: [[BlackSheep Bubble Man]] wants this to make this happen by killing Mega Man:
-->There's one thing for which I long\\
And that is to prove them all wrong!\\
I promise you\\
I won't rest until I have defeated you\\
They will all see\\
The strongest of all of the other robots is me.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: ''The Annihilation of Monsteropolis'' presents Air Man this way:
-->Do you know what it's like to be built this way?\\
With only the power to push others away?\\
I will destroy these people... For if I cannot walk among them... Then I will walk the world '''alone'''.
* WrittenByTheWinners: Top Man's song opens with a reference to this idea. "I'm the one on top, I'm the one who writes history." Wily also references this in ''Look What You've Done'', saying that he knows history won't be kind to all involved.
* {{Yandere}}: Flash Man could be one. It's definitely FoeYay, but depending on how far one interprets the lyrics...