[[quoteright:200: http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/iamboom.GIF]] [[caption-width-right:200:The battle with Dr. Wily (short version)]]

->'''Dr. Wily:''' ''Mega Man... Astonishing! Quite astonishing. I would have never guessed that Thomas knew how to make such a battle robot. Though like the lumber robot and the lab assistant, you too were built using the Proto body... perhaps Thomas used a spare body, just as I did to program my own Mega Man? You've surpassed my expectations, Mega Man... As of right now, you are the second-most dangerous robot-''
->'''Mega Man:''' ''[[ShutUpHannibal Dr. Wily, you know what? Be quiet.]] I wasn't given any combat AI. [[IndyPloy I've been making it up as I go.]] And you're really BORING. [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay Now, get out of that machine or I'll tear it apart and get you myself!]] (Dr. Wily begins to fire) ''HARD WAY IT IS!!''
-->-- The first battle between Mega Man & Dr. Wily.

A SpriteComic on the ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' Web site that retells the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' storyline, incorporating obscure characters from the Game Boy, PC and UsefulNotes/WonderSwan games as well as original characters. It starts from the beginning collaboration between Wily and Light, details the creation of two prototypes (only one of which is [[SuperPrototype Super)]] and Mega Man's battles to bring down Wily.

It features various flash forwards to possible futures, and [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man, the un-super prototype's SplitPersonality may be a Stardroid from one such future. The series is memorable for showing an Alternate AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Mega Man as a rapidly learning robot, rather than an ice cream loving dumb-bot. It's also notable for showing all sides in the conflict as having a rather good learning curve. The second storyline likewise has a worldlier feel as various factions of {{Red Shirt}}s and world governments try to take steps to reverse engineer and use the robot technology, all while Wily gains some impressive technological advantages of his own and Mega Man and Dr. Light struggle to keep pace.

The humor is based on the character's idiosyncrasies: be it Heat Man's laziness, Ice Man's [[TheDitz playful ditziness]], or the RedShirtArmy's utter (and GenreBlind) expendability. It also lapses into author commentary by [=DisgruntledFerret=] ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS no space]]), and POV pieces of minor bit characters like "Brave Core", an awakened Sniper Joe who thinks he's Brave Heart... for robots!

Has absolutely no relation to MSPaintAdventures.

Can be found [[http://ferretcomic.com/index.php here]]

The character sheet can be found [[Characters/MSPaintMasterpieces here]].
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!!'''This Web comic has examples of the following tropes:'''

* AchillesHeel: [[spoiler: Enker's spear.]]
** [[spoiler: The Harmony Support Units (And the robots they take over) are weak to Cut Man. Which leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him; he fires the Rolling Cutter and gets blasted by Mega Man, but uses the Rolling Cutter's BoomerangComeback effect to hit Mega Man anyway and break him free of the Harmonies.]]
* {{Acrofatic}}: Wood Man.
* AdaptationDistillation
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: [[spoiler: Big Bad Blue Boss]]
* AGodAmI: Electric Man. [[spoiler: Good thing he's a good guy.]]
* AffablyEvil: Wily and Quintet which is not really surprising, considering who Quintet [[FutureMeScaresMe used to be]].
* AlternateUniverse: A number of alternate timelines are shown as side-stories. [[spoiler: As X explains in filler, there's only one ''actual'' timeline, and when you mess with time travel, you destroy the projected one, which is what Wily's up to between the first and second games.]]
* AltText: Well, sorta. There was never text to begin with (he used filler for that), but then Dave set up DisguntledFerret's comic with a text function starting on #958 (it is only viewable if the comics are displayed one at a time).
* AnachronicOrder: A few climactic fight sequences (Mega Man Vs. Dr. Wily, Mega Man Vs. Spike Man, [[spoiler: Atlas VS. Crash Man]]) are skipped over to be recapped later.
* AndIMustScream: Played for laughs for a few strips in the second game adaption when Reset Man's AI is placed in a storage device.
* AnimatedActors: Used in [[NoFourthWall Fourth Wall breaking]] fillers with [=DisgruntledFerret=] interacting with the cast. Hilariously done with Metal Man [[spoiler: [[HostileShowTakeover taking over the strip]] from [=DisgruntledFerret=]]] in a massive show of hubris.
* AnyoneCanDie: And does. [[spoiler: Even Mega Man.]]
** Though to quote the author, robots can just kind of get over death like a bad hangover as long as they have a robotics scientist handy.
* ArcWords: The phrase "happy ending" makes multiple appearances throughout ''No Future''.
** It's used [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic321.png here]], [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic539.png here]], [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic866.png here]], [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic1000.png and here]].
* ArtEvolution: [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic003.png It started like this.]] [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic891.png Now, it kind of looks like this.]] Later it looks like ''[[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic973.png this]].''
** Took a minor back step thanks to [=DisgruntledFerret=]'s [[http://ferretcomic.com/1093 hard drive crash]]. But still head and shoulders above most sprite comics based on Mega Man.
-->'''[=DisgruntledFerret=]:''' [[http://ferretcomic.com/1094 That]] isn't my best explosion, but I've lost most of my ready explosion graphics. That's the worst tragedy of all, I think.
* ArtisticLicenseLogic: [[http://ferretcomic.com/1004 Metal Man.]]
-->'''Metal Man:''' Peace without fail, because we're justice! And therefore we are completely blind!
* AscendedExtra: [[strike: All]] ''Most'' of the Robot Masters get bigger roles than they did in the original games, but Electric Man got this the most.
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:Heat Man.]]
-->"Now, you die. Soon, everyone dies. Bummer. You shouldn't have gotten me mad, dude, HA HA HA! I'm Chernobyl in a box!"
* BadassGrandpa: Dr. Light, oh so very much.
* BadassInDistress: Small and temporary example when [[spoiler: Flash Man tries to kidnap Dr. Light. Being a squishy human, Dr. Light still needs help, but is still able to contribute to his escape.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: [[MauveShirt Fodder Force]] [[NoNameGiven Redheaded Guy]], Cut Man, and [[FailureKnight Enker]]]]; due to Doctor Light's attempt at changing the timeline.
* BagOfSpilling: Subverted everywhere. Mega Man, GenreSavvy enough to realize this might happen, attempts to keep his weapons from the first game by saving them on a computer, but Dr. Light finds out and deletes them just before Wily attacks. Then Mega Man loses some more of his abilities when he [[spoiler: dies.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: ''[[PostMortemOneLiner "Don't threaten Dr. Light!!"]]''
** Bears noting that that is one of ''many'' instances. Mega Man is the nicest guy you could meet, but if you threaten ''any'' innocent people, or worse, actually kill people, he will '''fuck you up'''.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ice Man and Electric Man, after Mega Man gets nearly killed by Quintet. Ferret's Commentary notes [[InvokedTrope Electric Man would have arrived sooner, but was waiting for the proper dramatic moment.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: Mega Man in [[http://ferretcomic.com/1040 this strip]].
* BlatantLies: All of Dr. Wily's machines are for mining. Really.
** Semi-Subverted? Wily's bots ARE for mining, to Quote the evil doctor "Yes, Mining...ALL MINE-ING."
* BondOneLiner: Many.
** Subverted on one occasion, when a badly-damaged Mega Man tries to do one after delivering the fatal blow, but passes out before he can finish.
* BoringButPractical
-->'''Electric Man''': Yeah, turned out I couldn't use the Thunder Beam to escape, so I just punched the glass.
* BloodKnight: Quick Man.
-->'''Reader:''' Excited when we lose, grumpy when we win. That's Quick Man.
** Allegro, the eponymous Greatest Killer, also falls into this.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Wily snuck in virus type programming into all the original robot master's to get them to defect. The POV comics with Cut Man's desperate struggles to remain himself are... disturbing and heartbreaking. Then you have the likes of Ice Man jumping headfirst into it and helping to spread the MindControl.
** Also, [[spoiler: anyone under Quintet's MindControl or using one of his support units.]]
* BrickJoke: Quintet asks Enker if he'd like some popcorn as they watch Mega Man fight his way through a building. Weeks worth of comics later, Enker decides to see if its even possible for him to eat popcorn, being a robot.
* BuffySpeak: [=DisgruntledFerret=] likes to play around with grammar and tenses. The page picture is an example.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dr. Lowe was apparently close to this trope. He is regarded as one of the top robot scientists in the world, but his ideas are often... odd, like wanting to replace a robot's brain with a gold fish (it is unknown if he means the brain of a gold fish or just literally the whole fish). However his designs were apparently good enough to allow him the leeway to work on the Time Skimmer and he was wasn't fire until his nativity let him bring Enker to the operational center of the project and got any where from 5 to all 7 of the leading scientists captured. He seems to be obsessed with fish and fish robots, but his ideas for AI are... lackluster and shortsighted (the goldfish idea, though goldfish are smart, they aren't THAT smart).
* ButtMonkey: [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man and Dr. Lowe as well as anyone unfortunate enough to be part of the [[MeaningfulName Fodder Force or Redshirt Brigade.]]
* CallForward: Dr. Wily utilizes custom microchips to reprogram robots and bring them under his control, warping their personalities along the way; this is a precursor to his eventual Maverick Virus as seen in the X series.
** A few future Lightbots showed the ability to "Dark Morph" and gain the abilities/appearance of other Robot Master models; some have speculated this to be a reference to the Doc Robot (of Mega Man 3) and Dark Man (of Mega Man 5).
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: One tends to forget that the wise and badass Dr. Light started the comic as somewhat [[http://ferretcomic.com/30 incompetent]], [[http://ferretcomic.com/54 inattentive]] and [[http://ferretcomic.com/4 alcoholic]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Guts Man was stated, several hundred comics ago, to have been kidnapped with Electric Man and Fire Man, and hasn't been seen since he was destroyed several years before ''that''. He finally shows up in comic #1001.
* TheChewToy: Metal Man. He deserves it, though, considering his trash-talking.
* CloningBlues: Copy-Mega Man becomes quite violent when others imply he's not the "real" Mega Man. He was assembled from field data acquired by Enker, so he possesses some combat skill. He lacks the drive of the original, though.
** He also doesn't know that Mega Man is the battle mode of Rock, likely due to Wily's ignorance of that fact.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ice Man, most definitely. Bubble Man, too.
** Harmony-infected robots are rather like this as well. [[strike: Metal Man]] Blade Man is like this in spades, as he will alternate between HotBlooded and NonSequitur at the drop of a hat.
** This seems to be true of Harmonized robots in general. As observed in the comic:
-->'''Heat Man''', [[http://ferretcomic.com/764 regarding Harmonized Fire Man]]: Wow. On the retard scale of 1 to 10, this guy's a J.
*** FridgeBrilliance on that quote; J is the 10th letter of the alphabet.
** [=DisgruntledFerret=] himself offers this little insight into Harmony's effect on robots:
-->[[http://ferretcomic.com/1016 I like to think of the Harmonized robots' attitude as around the same range as someone that donates corpses to charity. Sure it's technically for a good cause, but you're being stupid and terrifying.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Dr. Light. [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] in the making, practices [[StreetFighter martial arts]] [[strike: in his spare time]] to stay fit, and shot [[TheDragon Enker]] in the face.
* CoolShades: Employed by Quintet, Reader, Writer, Allegro and Dr. Wily.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: While Mega Man didn't have that hard of a time with some of them the first time around, when Wily creates an army of the first-generation robot masters, he cuts through them like butter.
** When most of the second-generation robots and Enker attempt to dog pile Mega Man, he manages to fend them off, while later on, Quick Man and Crash Man manage to give him a lot more trouble individually. Justified, since Quick Man didn't care enough to try at first, and Crash Man is geared toward just annihilating everything in his vicinity, but had to hold back to keep from destroying his partners.
* CosmicPlaything: Reset Man.
-->'''[=DisgruntledFerret=]:''' Reset Man looks so happy that the creepy robot is getting what's coming to him. I don't like Reset Man being happy.
** Mega Man, too.
-->'''[=DisgruntledFerret=]:''' It's kind of irritating that at this point I can blow off Mega Man's arm and he's barely even annoyed. I like torturing characters, and he's taking away my fun here.
* CranialProcessingUnit: Averted. At one point, Crash Man and Heat Man discuss this trope when it's revealed that Crash Man's CPU is in a different location than the head (which was reserved for [[MoreDakka More Explosives]]). Guess what happens, or rather, ''doesn't'' happen when Mega Man slices off Crash Man's head.
** Played straight earlier, where a future Rock kills Allegro by stabbing him in the face. He then {{Lampshade| Hanging}}s it, saying if ''he'' made robots, he'd put the brain someplace else, like in the butt.
* CurbstompBattle: Several, usually when the Robot Masters fight humans, but [[http://ferretcomic.com/812 Electric Man versus Metal Man]] stands out.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Quint.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Cut Man.]]
-->[[spoiler: Cut Man]]: '''Point'''less? That's some bad choice, log guy. I, [[spoiler: Cut Man]], am never ever, ever, ever, ever, '''EVER''' pointless!
* {{Determinator}}: Crash Man is able to continue fighting [[OffWithHisHead without his head]] or arm.
** Atlas can shrug off being buried under tons of rubble [[spoiler: and take Crash Man's weapon barrage until his energy shield is broken]].
*** His minions don't give up either. They have self-preservation with their basic combat instincts, but will keep fighting if they think they can save Atlas or just purely out of spite.
--->'''E1:''' (while fighting and failing to wound Spike Man) ''Conclusion: cannot retreat. Keep firing out of spite.''
** Subverted with Mega Man's first fight against Metal Man and Quick Man.
-->'''Mega Man:''' [[spoiler: '''Yahoo!''' I died and I '''still''' won!]]
** Quintet's weakness is that, compared to Mega Man, [[AvertedTrope he]] ''[[AvertedTrope isn't]]'' [[AvertedTrope this.]]
* DumbMuscle: [[http://ferretcomic.com/491 According]] to Gate in a filler comic, "protoreploids" were strong enough to replace armies, but were also incredibly stupid.
-->'''Guts Man''': I are the dumb protoreploid.\\
'''Mega Man''': Me are also that.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler: During Heat Man's fight with the Guts Dozer we see Wily working on what looks like Punk, the second Mega Man Killer.]]
** It's implied he's [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic1049.png been around a lot longer.]]
** The Greatest Killer side-story saw the brief appearance of Rush, albeit an orange version. [[ShootTheDog Allegro severely damages him.]]
* EliteMooks: The Red Sniper Joes. [[spoiler: Mega Man almost gets killed the first time he fights them.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Quintet refuses to attack his creator [[spoiler: Dr. Light.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Allegro. Discussed and lampshaded [[http://ferretcomic.com/554 here.]]
* FailureKnight: Enker, in the second major arc.
* {{Filler}}: [[http://ferretcomic.com/archive.php?comic=431 DF likes to take this trope to]] SerialEscalation [[http://bobandgeorge.com/paint/461 levels]]. Notably "Full Metal Recolor".
* FlatWhat: The response Dr. Light initially gives Mega Man when he asks if humans can transform into slime.
* ForeverWar: The future according to Quintet.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Oodles of it. Proper list forthcoming.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Quintet.
* GambitRoulette: Quintet's plans. This is rather fitting, considering his counterpart’s [[IndyPloy approach to things.]]
* GeneralRipper: Captain Fodder.
* GenreSavvy: Rock/Mega Man. Attempts to avoid the BagOfSpilling (That [[ButThouMust occurs anyway]]) and a frequent source of LampshadeHanging throughout the comic.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Played with. Mega Man is so [[IncorruptiblePurePureness good]] that he has two good angels on either side in his internal monologue. Lampshades it by asking [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/paint/749 'Aren't one of you supposed to be an evil conscience?']]
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Intentionally used when Mega Man and Ice Man start goofing off. Mega Man claims Ice Man almost got a hole in one - while they were hitting a basketball with a baseball bat.
* GroinAttack: Mega Man to Quick Man.
-->'''Quick Man:''' "Damage to my last name aside, that was pathetically easy."
* HamToHamCombat: The battle between Electric Man and Air Man. Both literal and figurative combat.
* HandsomeLech: Zero, as a running gag in the Filler strips.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler: Electric Man]]
** [[spoiler:[[http://ferretcomic.com/1065 Cut Man]]]]
* HeroicWannabe: Cut Man.
* HighClassGlass: Referenced by [[SmugSuper Electric Man.]]
-->"If I were any classier I'd need a monocle."
* HotBlooded: A side effect of using [[spoiler: Quintet's support units.]]
** Lampshaded in [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/966 this]] title. [[BadassGrandpa Doctor Light]] shows us how it’s done [[ThisIsADrill old school]].
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt: The Red-Haired Fodder Member tried activating Atlas after Crash Man blew his door open (the remote only worked if the door to the charging station was open). His teammate leader asked him later how he knew Atlas wasn't destroyed in the explosion. He didn't.
* HumongousMecha: [[http://ferretcomic.com/964 Daidigger D. is a memento from Dr. Light's youth.]] Unsurprisingly, he went for intelligent robots instead of giant ones because of how he wanted to help society, not make war weapons.
** The Mecha Dragon of ''Mega Man 2'' fame has arrived on the scene.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: One of the Fodder Force: Uber Team claims to have "Stormtrooper Syndrome," and says it's the reason he isn't out fighting. It's given a CallBack in the next story arc when the same redhead states that he's "a lousy shot." We never actually see him try to shoot anything, though.
* IndyPloy: Mega Man's plan for ''everything''. The fact that one robot decimated his armies with this tactic is the final nail in the coffin for Wily's VillainousBreakdown.
* InformedAbility: Reader states that [[BloodKnight Quick Man]] is the strongest of Wily's 8, but we only ever see him fight Mega Man (not counting the soldiers he massacres, as well as [[spoiler: the last member of the Fodder Force]]). We do, however, see Crash Man leveling entire military bases and buildings due to the [[MoreDakka sheer volume of his firepower]], not to mention the fact that [[spoiler: he manages to defeat Atlas twice]].
* InsaneTrollLogic
-->'''Mega Man''': When I fight, the ones who take damage are me and the enemy. If I've ''already'' taken damage, that means the enemy has to take ''more'' for things to balance out.\\
'''Dr. Light''': [[{{Facepalm}} I... that... Just go back to the lab, Mega Man]].
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic1019.png Quintet has a dragon!]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: There are [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/381 Wild Ninja Colonies]] in [[TheVerse Ferret-verse]] with the enemy ninja sprites from LiveALive. Don't forget your [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/670 Ninja Repellent]].
* JediMindTrick: A secondary function of the Thunder Beam.
** Quintet is also capable of doing this to the Robot Masters of the Wily 8. It's possibly a sign that he helped Wily construct them, using his knowledge of more advanced future robotics.
* {{Jerkass}}: Colonel Fodder. The cast page even lists him as LawfulEvil.
** Metal Man and Flash Man are arrogant douches as well, as evidenced by the fact that they're the only ones who swear on a regular basis.
** Ferret has shades of this too, along with SmugSnake. Odd, seeing as he's the AuthorAvatar.
** Mega Man is fond of calling Enker a "big, dumb jerk", which is a pretty apt description of the guy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dr. Rely and Dr. Jeff Mason are both assholes to each other, but Rely was really upset that Jeff was imprisoned like he was.
* TheJuggernaut: Atlas.
* JustAMachine: Dr. Wily subscribes to this school of thought.
* KickTheDog: A number, most notably Wily berating Enker for asking WhyDontYouJustShootHim, Allegro killing an alternate version of Rush, and [[spoiler: Quick Man casually killing the last of the Fodder Force Uber Team.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Fire Man, [[spoiler: after being defeated in Harmony Mode and short-circuiting in water.]]
* LargeHam: It's easier to mention who ''isn't'' this in this comic. Everyone gets their moments of this. Even ''Dr. Light''.
** ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Especially]]'' [[HumongousMecha Dr.]] [[BadassGrandpa Light]].
* LaserBlade: Allegro.
* LazyBum: Heat Man is the personification of this trope.
-->"A job where I do nothing all day long? I approve."
** Quintet's [[MindControl hostile takeover]] of his brothers Wood Man and Flash Man in [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic1003.png Comic #1003]], [[ThisMeansWar he may no longer]] [[LetsGetDangerous be as lazy]].
-->'''Heat Man:''' It's just '''too much work''' to do stuff for Quintet's personal agenda.
*** It's established that [[JustifiedTrope The reason for his laziness is an unstable power core]] [[IncendiaryExponent that, upon over-exertion, sets himself and anything nearby on fire.]]
*** Not just any old power core - ''he's powered by an [[spoiler: unstable nuclear bomb.]]''
* LovableCoward: Reset Man.
* MadScientist: Dr. Albert Wily
** [=DisgruntledFerret=] also considers Dr. Light to be a "good Mad Scientist".
* MauveShirt: All members of the Fodder Force Uber Team.
* [[PermissiontoSpeakFreely May I Speak Freely]]: [[http://ferretcomic.com/874 "Nah."]]
* MindScrew: [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man's corrupted data, and the mini-arc "Dumb Nonsense."
* MoodWhiplash: The sorry state of Enker in the "Too Serious" side-story is just [[http://ferretcomic.com/316 ''depressing''.]]
* MoreDakka:
** Crash Man's entire Modus Operandi.
** Mega Man becomes a force to be reckoned with once he gains several Robot Master weapons.
** Quick Man's boomerangs are even accompanied by a "dakka" sound.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Crash Man is called "the Destroyer", and for [[BeamSpam good]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre reason]].
* NeverSayThatAgain: The chief scientist working on the ATLAS project does not like the term [[http://ferretcomic.com/877 "bootleg AI".]]
* NewEraSpeech: Also counts as IncrediblyLamePun, considering he was fooling Light at first by passing off his original plans as mining robots. Even the Wily Machine.
-->'''Wily:''' Everything will be Mined. All Mined.
* NoodleImplements: Did you know you could build a DeathRay with little more than a [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic1003.png cell phone and a paper clip]]?
** To be fair, while Dr. Light is pretty badass in this story, and IS probably smart enough to scrap something together, this is probably exaggeration to get the point of Taking Dr. Light Seriously across.
* NonActionGuy: [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man
* NoNameGiven: The fourth member of [[WeAreTeamCannonFodder The Fodder Force: Uber Squad]]
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Completely averted. After the first major arc, several other organizations are reverse engineering their own robots, including their own Robot Masters.
* NotWorthKilling: Quick Man lets a deactivated Mega Man live under these reasons. When he finds out the Blue Bomber ''is'' worth killing, [[BloodKnight his reaction is quite positive.]]
* [[BreakingTheFourthWall Nuking The Fourth Wall]]: The Atomic Dragon's attack in [[http://ferretcomic.com/1031 this comic]] is so powerful it vaporizes the comic's boundary frame between the third and fourth panel.
* OffWithHisHead: Crash Man in "Live and Learn"[[note]]It doesn't stick[[/note]], and more fatally, [[spoiler: Roll]] in "Too Serious".
* OneManArmy: Mega Man fits this until the second game kicks in. Crash Man is a definite example, reminding Wood Man that he had enough ammunition to level the city in a blind and deaf rage. Blind and deaf due to ''[[ImplacableMan missing]]'' ''[[OffWithHisHead his head]]'' at the time.
* OnlyMostlyDead: When a robot is destroyed, it can be rebuilt without much trouble, so long as the memory chip is intact.
* PaperThinDisguise: When sending robots into the field, the military just gives them a hat for disguise or in Atlas' case, a hat and a BadassLongcoat.
* PetTheDog: Wood Man's guilt over killing humans, and Quintet coming to Enker's defense.
* PsychoForHire: Allegro.
* PsychoSerum: The Harmony support units.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Thanks to a fatal [[http://ferretcomic.com/1093 computer crash]], Ferret lost much of his sprite work and ended up having to speed-up and change much of Story 2's final act.
* RecurringCharacter: A somewhat HotBlooded Sniper Joe that Mega Man reprogrammed with Thunder Beam by the nickname of "Bravecore" occasionally shows up.
* RedOniBlueOni: Column and Row, with colors to match.
* RedShirt: Oh so many, but the thing is all the characters start off with the same characterization curve, so it's hard to identify them until they die, [[spoiler: unless they are named "Fodder Force" (Captain/Colonial Fodder and "red haired guy" not included) or "Red Shirt Brigade".]] This is not helped by having most characters having unique sprites.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted. Early "Ferret-vision" comics aside, Dr. Light's genius and affinity with robotics are very obvious ''and'' beneficial to the heroes. He first helped out the US army during the first major finale (the siege on Skull Castle), which would later come round to bite him in the arse. Since then he's been an even bigger asset to Mega Man, re-building him more than once, inventing his new Support Unit, revamping and bringing in a good-old [[HumongousMecha giant mecha]] into battle and ''rewinding time''.
* ResistanceIsFutile: Said by Quintet [[http://ferretcomic.com/1003 here]].
** And by Robot Maker 1.0's BSOD as early as [[http://ferretcomic.com/2 this]].
* RetCon: In Ferret vision, there was Polka. Now that [=DisgruntledFerret=] is paying attention, there is Reset Man. Proto Man also no longer goes by the name Blues anymore.
** More generally, everything involving Light and Wily from the early, silly strips was seemingly dropped from canon once the comic got serious and flashbacks now reveal rising tensions between the two (and Light's idiocy is completely dropped).
*** Interestingly, Dr. Wily mentions that Light made Wily Machine 1 for him in strip number 972.
* TheReveal: Reader [[spoiler: is Future Roll]].
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: General Spearcarrier initially mistakes Roll for a human girl, much as Lieutenant Gunnady mistakes Mega Man for a little boy. Also, the robots bleed. In Electric Man's case, they [[http://ferretcomic.com/208 bleed a lot]].
* RuleOfCool: Another favorite of [=DisgruntledFerret=]. Quote from commentary below:
-->'''[=DisgruntledFerret=]:''' (Regarding [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic958.png this comic]]) In the Game Boy game where Mega Man uses it, I think Mirror Buster is just a shield that can bounce shots, but instead I made it this thing that absorbs attacks and fires them back as some kind of converted blast. Why? [[StuffBlowingUp Because explosions.]]
-->'''[=DisgruntledFerret=]:''' [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic973.png These things are not about practicality. I daresay it might be exactly the opposite.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Colonel Fodder
* ScheduleSlip: Combined with loads and loads of Filler, and long story arcs. It'll probably be awhile before we get to Mega Man 3... but we're getting there.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Being the epitome of laziness, Heat Man [[http://ferretcomic.com/889 says something along these lines.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Air Man, but piss him off and he defaults to a ''much'' cruder way off speaking, meaning that he probably invokes this trope intentionally.
* ShootingSuperman: The military with regular weapons or the E1s against any of the Robot Masters.
-->"''Targets sustain no damage from shot. Calculating...''"
-->"''Conclusion: cannot retreat. Keep firing out of spite.''"
* {{Shoryuken}}: [[spoiler: Mega Man, err, [[PowerCopying Mega Mans]] Doctor Light's [[{{Shotoclone}} Shotokan Karate]] against [[CoolShip The Wily Machine]].]]
* ShoutOut: To ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' about once every 150 strips.
-->'''Mega Man:''' Whoa. [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam My hand is glowing with an awesome power.]]
-->'''Mega Man:''' Take ''this''! Your ammo, your energy, and all of your stupid hate!
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/1069 And the title of this comic.]]
** Also, the comic titles for the "Too Serious" arc reference other fan comics set in 21XX from the BobAndGeorge Forums.
*** 'Randomocity' is shouting out to ''Randomness''. 'A Misadventure' is from ''Plague’s Misadventures''.
** A recurring filler character is the AuthorAvatar the ''Randomness'''s author, iX.
** The resemblance is very loose, but [[spoiler: Dr. Light's HumongousMecha]] seems very [[GurrenLagann drill happy]]...
*** That might not be, but this definitely is:
-->'''Air Man:''' Even if Heaven itself forgives your shenanigans, I, Air Man, will not!
** Daidigger D is a Super Robot reference bonanza, like the Name Letter nomenclature on top of [[http://ferretcomic.com/1060 this commentary]]
-->With Daidigger D, [[MazingerZ you can become a god or a devil]]... of mining and construction.
** ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' gets one, too:
-->'''Enker:''' What is Electric Man? [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight A miserable pile of circuits.]]
** [=DisgruntledFerret=] made [[http://ferretcomic.com/1021 a filler comic]] that shows everyone from the BobAndGeorge forums who have made a cameo appearance.
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/890 Cut Man's viral/Harmony form]] appears to be directly lifted from [[http://www.cutstuff.net/ Mega Man 8-bit Deathmatch]] [[http://a.imageshack.us/img830/2410/zavie.png creator CutmanMike's avatar character.]]
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/747 I AM]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink ERROR]].
** Instead of being referred to as a "Mega Man Killer", Enker instead goes by the title of [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic162.png "Mega Man Hunter"]]. Possibly as a nod to the [[VideoGame/MegaManX X-Hunters and Maverick Hunters]], possibly just to sound less silly.
** In good anime fan tradition, [[http://ferretcomic.com/249 there's one]] for ''FistOfTheNorthStar,'' complete with the classic 'YouAreAlreadyDead' catchphrase.
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/898 A subtle one]] to Quick Man's unique stage select portrait, as mentioned below.
** Film/FullMetalJacket in this [[http://ferretcomic.com/537 comic.]]
-->'''Robot:''' What's your major malfunction?
* ShownTheirWork[=/=]MythologyGag: Ferret clearly knows his classic series Mega Man. Although the majority of humans are (probably) original, startlingly few of the ''robots'' aren't from an actual source.
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/507 This innocuous fellow]] is [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Dyna_Man Dyna Man]] from the awful Mega Man DOS game. Likewise, [[http://ferretcomic.com/516 the belligerent, electricity-spewing robot]] is [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Volt_Man Volt Man]]. The third Robot Master of the game ([[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_Man Sonic Man]]) is given [[http://ferretcomic.com/570 a brief cameo]] and it's implied that Bubble Man is created from his technology.
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/517 That Air Man lookalike]] that everyone believes turns into Air Man? [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Wave_Man_(PC) Wave Man]] ([[NamesTheSame Not THAT Wave Man]]) of the equally bad Mega Man 3 DOS.
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/938 That bizarre robot Metal Man turns into?]] [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Blade_Man_(PC) Blade Man from the same game.]]
*** [[http://ferretcomic.com/1014 Hey there]] [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Oil_Man_%28PC%29 Oil Ma-]], I mean, Flash Man.
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/530 These two guys?]] [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Compass_Man Compass Man]] and [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Konro_Man Konro Man]] from the [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Rockman_and_Forte:_Challenger_From_the_Future Wonderswan game]].
** [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/508 This guy]] in the last panel is [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Aircon_Man Aircon Man]], also from ''Challengers of the Future''.
** [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic567.png This Robot Master]] may or may not be [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Torch_Man Torch Man.]] He's seen [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic577.png doing some welding later on]]. His appearance seems based on the PC version's in-game sprite rather than the mug shot.
** Enker and Quint(et) from the Gameboy games could also qualify. Although significantly better known than the previous robots, they are still quite obscure.
*** Let it be known that Enker showed up in this comic long before(''years'' before even) he was revealed to appear in ''Mega Man 10''. Enker, who showed up in ''1 GB'', is introduced in the ''1 NES'' arc, and Quintet, who showed up in ''2 GB'', shows up in the ''2 NES'' arc. We may yet see Punk in the ''MM 3'' arc. Check the [[http://ferretcomic.com/cast.html official character page.]]
*** He's made his [[http://ferretcomic.com/1081 official debut]].
** The flying surfboard has a 2 on it for a reason. It's Ferret's interpretation of Item 2 from MM2.
*** Ferret also depicts all three "Items" [[http://ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic1019.png as a single device that can switch between multiple modes.]] It's also referred to as a [[CallForward Support Unit.]]
** [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan The Ruby Spears show]] certainly gets attention as well.
-->'''Mega Man:''' I'm a super fighting robot. I'm here to super fight.
** Heat Man being lazy? Yeah that's canon to the games.
** Crash Man's '' Mega Man and Bass'' quote:
-->''"I am the Destroyer!"''
** Quick Man's physique is a blatant reference to how Hitoshi Ariga drew the character, rather than the official MM2 art or sprite.
*** His status as Rock's rival (of sorts) harkens back to the character's original role as envisioned by Inafune:
-->'''Ariga''': When I was playing ''2'', I always felt like Quick Man got some preferential treatment. On the stage select screen, his horns were allowed to go beyond the actual frame of the portrait and, when he appeared in-game, his horns would shine.\\
'''Inafune''': All of those things were intentional. We were trying to give him a special role in the game, as Mega Man's main rival. I guess you could compare him to Bass and Proto Man in the more recent games.
** The Stardroids have been hinted at for the longest time via [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic078.png flashbacks]]. Or rather, the ancient alien race that Sunstar ''belonged to'' has been hinted at. [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic642.png They seem]] [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic643.png to demonstrate]] BlueAndOrangeMorality.
*** It's obvious that Reset Man's alternate personality is somehow one of these advanced alien robots, but no one knows quite how that works...
*** [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/archives/Comic641.png Dr. Wily's alien visage, Ra Moon and the space borne Evil Energy first seen in MM8 are also somehow involved]]. Previously none of these elements have ever been associated with one another.
** Metal Man, who is often mocked for being hilariously vulnerable to his own round, bladed weapon, is depicted as being weak to the Rolling Cutter, a round, bladed weapon.
** Cut Man's defeat to [[spoiler: Wood Man makes sense as he was (ironically) weak to his power in [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Cut_Man#Trivia Mega Man: The Power Battle.]]]]
** [[FridgeBrilliance An easy one to miss at first glance]]: in the Greatest Killer storyline, Rock refers to the Light Labs computer as "Crorkyputer", which is very similar to "CRORQ", the supercomputer from the PC games.
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: Played straight, and a major source of [[HeyYou insults]] between robots and by their controllers.
* SmugSnake: Metal Man. There's a reason he's the ChewToy.
* SmugSuper: Electric Man and Air Man, which has made the battle between their egos almost as fun to watch as their actual battle.
* SociopathicHero: Captain Fodder.
* SplitPersonality: [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: Greatest Killer turns out to be one of these for Quintet.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man's 'other' consciousness.
** Sort of. While ''much'' more competent then Reset Man, he's so handicapped by his poorly-designed body that he struggles to beat a Sniper Joe.
*** Speaking of the "other" guy, what happened to him? Will we see him again? What about those scenes we saw while he was around?
*** If Ferret ever covers ''8'' or ''5 GB'', we will. [[http://ferretcomic.com/78 This comic alone is proof of that]]. In it, you can see what is clearly supposed to be [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Sunstar Sunstar]] talking to a dragon guy robot thing, who also makes a clear reference to Duo. Furthermore, said dragon guy is later seen in another flashback with what is clearly supposed to be Evil Energy. The real question is whether or not the comic will ever [[ScheduleSlip get to that point.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaid: Rock and Roll were created to help Dr. Light in the lab and clean the house, respectively.
* SuperPrototype: Averted with [[strike: Polka]] Reset Man, who's barely able to defeat a Sniper Joe.
** Later played straight with Atlas.
* SuperRobot: More as tribute. Daidigger D is a remnant of Doctor Light's [[strike: misspent]] [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl well spent youth]].
* SurroundedByIdiots: Played straight in the first arc.
** Subverted in the second, where Wily's new minions are competent to the point of being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, but Wily still treats them like this.
** Showing that the abused always kick downwards, Enker treats his fellow Robot Masters like this.
** In the fillers where he appears, X is definitely this. Zero, iX, and Harpuia all manage to be not all there in some way or other.
-->'''X''': Oh hell, he raided the women's locker room for 'prizes' again. * Runs off-screen* You choose strange ways to die, Zero!
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/960 Crash Man shows why he's called The Destroyer.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Cut Man does this with Wood Man.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The Wily 8 do not really cooperate well with one another in battle, often getting in each others' way. Their general personalities also seem to clash.
** Likewise, Enker doesn't get along with any Robot Masters seen so far.
* TelescopingRobot: [[spoiler: Reset Man.]]
* ThemeNaming: Aside from the obvious musical-themed names (Rock n' Roll, Enker, Quintet, Allegro and Bass), there's also the support duo known as "Reader" and "Writer".
* TitleDrop: Of Story 2, by [[spoiler: Quintet]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Quintet]]''': It sounds like you(Dr. Light) know more about it than me, but how about a more convenient way to put it? "This is a robot with no past and no future."
* TheDragon: Enker to Dr. Wily. Despite his rank, battle prowess and intellect, he still takes severe flak from Wily.
* TheVoiceless: Atlas.
* UnsoundEffect: Telprot!
** Boom-shatter!
** [[http://ferretcomic.com/973 Drill-grapple! A whole lot of it!]]
** What's the sound of [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong history changing]]? [[http://www.ferretcomic.com/986 CHRONOOOOM!]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Wily suffered one at the end of the first major arc. He's gotten worse.
* WaterIsBlue: [[http://ferretcomic.com/7 see?]]
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: Parodied with the Fodder Force.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Quintet has an... ''interesting'' interpretation of the phrase, "everlasting peace".
* WhoDares: [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/paint/archive.php?comic=268 Almost a given at some point]].
* WorthyOpponent: Quick Man considers Mega Man to be one of these. Mega Man doesn't really care.
* XanatosSpeedChess: When Mega Man's [[SpannerInTheWorks more heroic nature]] comes into play, Quintet's had to pull some rather dodgy maneuvers. Lampshaded by Ferret himself:
-->'''[=DisgruntedFerret=]''': You ever get the feeling Quintet's flying by the seat of his robotic pants?
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