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[[caption-width-right:317:[-[[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore This version of Mega Man is hardcore]].-] ]]

->''"MEGA MAN, THE SUPER HERO OF THE 21ST CENTURY!\\
Super Fighting Robot, MEGA MAN!"''

An [[TheAnimeOfTheGame animated adaptation]] of Creator/{{Capcom}}'s beloved {{mascot}}...[[LegacyCharacter more specifically]], the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic classic version]]. Created by Creator/RubySpears Productions, this series ran from 1994 to 1995.

The overall plot of the cartoon is pretty much like the video games it was based on, with Mega Man having to foil the schemes of MadScientist Dr. Wily, who wants nothing more than to TakeOverTheWorld. It is somewhat like the [[WesternAnimation American]] ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter cartoon]] in that the plots of the individual episodes would tend to get kinda screwy, but was nonetheless good for a usually unintentional laugh. The voice work was provided by TheOceanGroup who would later dub ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp''.

In a strange move, despite the cartoon getting fairly solid ratings, it was canceled before a third season could get off the ground. [[http://siphersaysstuff.tumblr.com/post/8519989554/joerubbyinterview An interview]] with Joe Ruby has shed light on production of the show. [[http://www.asmzine.com/geekly-rewind/2011/08/05/from-the-lost-asm-archives-a-little-qa-with-joe-ruby/ Concept art]] has also resurfaced.
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!!''Mega Man'' provides examples of:

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* TheAbridgedSeries: It has one on Website/YouTube, which is approaching the finale.
* ActionGirl: Roll. Despite being a housekeeping robot, she was able to incapacitate Cutman. ''With a toaster gun that shot out delicious toasted bread''.
* ActionHoggingOpening: The opening is more fluidly animated than the show and is almost nonstop action.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: While rather tame compared to other female characters like that in the show, Roll had a body of a fairly curvy young woman rather than the little girl she normally is in the franchise.
** There's also Mega Man himself, and Proto Man.
* AdaptationalBadass: Unlike in the game, Pharaoh Man can punch you in the face.
** Roll shows us how dangerous kitchen utensils are, and occasionally wields things like axes and buzzsaws.
* AdaptationalHeroism: A Metool, an enemy from the games, was in the first episode as Roll's partner. There was also a heroic Pipi enemy in the episode "Ice Age."
* AdaptationalVillainy: Proto Man has a HeelFaceTurn and becomes a frequent ally to Mega Man in the games, if still [[AloofBigBrother aloof]] at times. In the series, he is a straight up villain with no redeeming qualities and an obsession with defeating Mega Man himself.
* AdaptedOut: Some Robot Masters never made an appearance in the cartoon.
* AdorableEvilMinions: The Battontons, and the Pipis in the opening.
* AgonyBeam: Wily used one in "20,000 Leaks Under The Sea" to incapacitate Roll, Rush, and, oddly, Dr. Light.
* AllMythsAreTrue: The legend of Lotos is right on the money.
* AlternateDVDCommentary: Diabetus of WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} did a great [=MSTing=] of the BizarroEpisode "Curse of the Lion Men."
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: This Mega Man is a muscle-bound teen while his Classic self is a little boy. This also extends to Roll.
* AmplifierArtifact: Lightanium rods could convert small amounts of plasma into enough energy to power the entire city. Wily wanted to use them to power his Super Blaster gun.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Fun World in "Bad Day at Peril Park."
* AnAxeToGrind: One of Roll's Utility Arm weapons is an axe.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Of the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic classic series]].
* AnimationBump: The first and last episodes had very good animation, as did some scenes in other episodes; even "Night of the Living Monster Bots" had good use of light and shadow.
* {{Animesque}}: The series was co-animated by a [[Creator/ProductionReed Japanese company]] and thus, has moments of this.
** Some of the {{Wild Take}}s the characters (mostly the Robot Masters) [[http://www.randomhoohaas.flyingomelette.com/rah/megaman/2-3/soanime.JPG sometimes do]].
** Sometimes the characters' eyes, particularly Roll's, take on an anime look.
** In "Crime of the Century", the rich women at the party look ''very'' animesque.
** More than one publication has even mistaken the show for an anime. This included the PlayStation2 version of ''Mega Man Anniversary Collection'' and the Fox Family channel, which aired the show on their Anime Hour.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Mega sees Roll as this at times.
* ArtisticAge: Mega Man looks 21 and (for the most part) acts like it, but a good deal of promotional material gives the impression that he's only 15 or so...and all of that despite the fact he's a robot who was built, at most, a handful years before the series starts.
* AscendedExtra: Dark Man, the robot posing as Proto Man in ''5'', gets two major parts in two episodes, a pretty cool voice, an awesome power, and he's even competent to boot!
* AscendedFanboy: The Karate Bot from "Campus Commandos" admires Mega Man and wants to be a fighter like him. Despite hindering Mega at times, he manages to take down Cutman.
** Annie from "Future Shock" is a human, female example.
* AuctionOfEvil: "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man" had Dr. Wily shrink entire American cities - specifically, New York, Washington, and Chicago - and then encase them in glass before auctioning them off to the highest bidder. One scene of the Robot Masters driving around in their van also had Guts Man mention that Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Los Angeles were next on the list.
* AxCrazy: Both Protoman and Wily show signs of this.
* BackToSchool: Roll attends Light's robot college; Mega's there too, but just to keep an eye on things if Wily's around.
* BadBadActing: Seen on two separate occasions when Mega and Roll try to fool Wily. (You can also tell which of Roll's voice actresses voices her by this--Robyn Ross doesn't do this, while Kathleen Barr does.)
* BadFuture: The one in "Future Shock", in which Wily has nearly taken over the entire world in the span of thirty or so years.
** In a sense, X's appearance implies that the future of the VideoGame/MegaManX and VideoGame/MegaManZero games still comes to pass, meaning the world is in for quite a bit of fighting until things settle down for a bit with VideoGame/MegaManZX.
* {{Badass}}: Pharaoh Man had a great design compared to many robot masters in the series, was competent, had a [[BadassBaritone deep voice]], no puns and punched Megaman in the face after having his weapon stolen.
* BadassCape: Pharaoh Man sports one.
** In the one VHS cover that Protoman is on, his scarf looks more like one of these.
* BadassInDistress: Mega Man's been captured more than once, but breaks himself out every time.
* BalefulPolymorph: Seen a couple times across the series.
* BeachEpisode: "Curse of the Lion Men" had the heroes on vacation in Hawaii. Several fanservicey girls were seen, both in human and lioness forms.
* BerserkButton: Don't hurt Roll or Rush, lest you want Mega to ventilate you.
** Don't give Roll a bad facial or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm4trjOb5r4 haircut]]. She will destroy you.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mega Man qualifies for this, but Roll does too, especially when she [[spoiler: finds out that Top Man was just using her and pretended to like her.]]
** One time Gutsman kicked Rush into the ocean, so Mega shot him about 6 times in a row. Normally in the show it only takes 1 or 2 shots to down a Robot Master.
* BigBrotherBully: Protoman is this quite a bit...
** BigBrotherInstinct: ...though occasionally he does help Mega, unintentionally or not.
* BigDamPlot: Wily used this in "Mega X", with assistance from Vile and Spark Mandrill, to flood a plasma plant.
* BigEntrance: Pharaoh Man can open a double door like no other.
* TheBigGuy: X is about a foot taller than Mega--and almost every other character in that episode, for that matter.
** Tar of the Lion Men's pretty tall, too.
* {{Bishonen}}: Mega Man, sort of.
** Proto Man qualifies too.
* BittersweetEnding: The ending of "Bro Bots". Wily's plan was foiled and everyone was saved, but Protoman was faking his HeelFaceTurn. He left to rejoin Wily, leaving Mega alone.
* BloodKnight: Proto Man, so very much. Helps that [[PsychoPrototype he might be insane.]]
* BlowYouAway: Air Man did this, as did Roll's various Utility Arm fans.
* BondVillainStupidity: Dr. Wily's had his moments. One that comes to mind was in "20,000 Leaks Under the Sea". After pulling off a clever {{plan}}, he managed to trap our heroes in a fake laboratory building that was in fact an enormous robot which then took them underwater. We later find out that he had a self-destruct for the building that he could've just used right at the start and kill them all before they even realized anything was wrong. Instead, he trapped them in an AgonyBeam while gloating about his plan, eventually leaving them to their fate, enabling them to make their escape. Not only that, but he apparently left some tools behind that Dr. Light was able to use to help them escape.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Happens quite a few times across the series to both humans and robots.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Proto Man seems to do this in "Bot Transfer" where he asks the audience:
-->'''Protoman:''' What's the world coming to when you can't trust your own brother?
* BriefAccentImitation: Mega does this while under Wily's control in "Mega-Pinocchio".
** In a meta example, Protoman's disguise in "Bot Transfer" sounds like he's doing his best impersonation of Dr. Wily. They both had the same voice actor.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Sounds like it in the pilot. Rarely again, however.
-->'''Mega Man:''' She's pretty!
-->'''Dr. Light:''' Yes. ''(quickly)'' [[MomentKiller And you can think of her as your sister.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam: Mega Man and Roll.
* TheBrute: Guts Man, Hard Man, and Spark Mandrill.
* ButtMonkey: Cut Man, considering he's almost always the first one to be defeated, or to take the most pain in the episode.
** Taken to ridiculous heights [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZdEZSsIZIs here]]! You really feel sorry for the guy.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Cut Man, Guts Man, and Proto Man as hooded figures in "Mega Dreams" (in Proto Man's case, it's the reflection of his sunglasses).
* CainAndAbel: Proto Man and Mega Man. Proto's only "Cain" [[WeCanRuleTogether half of the time.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Mega Man tends to shout "Plasma Power!" when activating his Mega Buster to beat down some robot masters.
* CannotTellALie: Dr. Wily ''thinks'' this in the first episode, but Rock proves him wrong. In other episodes, Roll's capable of lying as well.
* CanonForeigner: The humans besides Light and Wily, and the cartoon-exclusive robots.
** The Lion Men and Lotos the Genie, too.
* CanonImmigrant: Fake Man, the police robot from ''9'', is pretty clearly based off of the cartoon police-bots.
* CaptainObvious: Wood Man.
** Dr. Light has plenty of these moments as well.
* CardCarryingVillain: Wily becomes this, ironically having plans that are somewhat more original than the games. ''Somewhat''.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Mega's "Sizzling circuits!"
** Cut Man had "I'll cut you down to size" and "I'm on the ''cutting'' edge".
*** One other semi-common one "I'm going to make paper dolls out of you."
* CatFight: In ''Electric Nightmare'', when [[DesignatedGirlFight Roll is fighting with the cosmetics bot]], there's a quick cut to Mega Man, staring with an... [[GirlOnGirlIsHot interested]] look on his face.
* CatFolk: The Lion Men.
* CatSmile: Protoman [[http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/4203/protomancatface.png has this]] in "The Beginning."
* CatsAreMean: The Lion Men.
* ChainedToARailway: Happened to Mega on at least two occasions, though he was electrified to it rather than tied.
* TheCheerleader: Averted with the Cheerbots in "Campus Commandos", all of whom are nice. A specific one befriends Roll, and helps out when Wily invades the campus.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The giant squid]] in "20,000 Leaks Under the Sea."
* TheChessmaster: Wily took this role in "The Big Shake" thanks to a microtransmitter; Dr. Light noted how he was always one step ahead of them.
** It could be said he took this role in "Mega X", coming up with the plan to flood the plasma plant and have the Mavericks do the work, and getting to use the lightanium rods before Vile and Spark Mandrill tried to bring them to the future.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Expect any EnemyMine situation to have Wily betraying the heroes.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Mega Man. Guess it's that strong sense of justice.
* CoDragons: When Tar of the Lion Men took over, Wily and Light briefly became his dragons.
* ConceptArt: Among other things, Protoman had a belt, Roll's shirt and pants were red and white, and Rush's muzzle was white.
* ConquerorFromTheFuture: Vile and Spark Mandrill, though they weren't around to stay, instead intending to obtain a valuable resource from the past and take it back to Sigma. Destroying that era's protectors was just a bonus.
* CombatPragmatist: Proto has a moment of this near the end of "Terror of the Seven Seas"; he and Mega engage in what's supposed to be a straight fistfight. Once it's apparent that he's going to lose, he changes his mind about not using his arm cannon and shoots Mega. All this earns him is a running punch to the head.
** In "Robo-Spider", he attacks from below, uses Gutsman as a shield, and damages Mega's blaster while he's off-guard.
** In "Campus Commandos", he shoots Mega's Arm Cannon while he was distracted, breaking it for about half the episode.
* ContinuityNod: During an EnemyMine situation, Wily comments on how nice it is that he and Dr. Light are working together again. This happened in both the games' backstory and the first episode of the show.
** Mega fails to break open the bathroom door in "Electric Nightmare" and the gigantic Robo-Spider in "Robo-Spider". Both are explicitly stated to be constructed out of titanium.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In "Electric Nightmare", Roll is strapped to a chair and receives... a bad facial.
* [[CoolBigSis Cool Little Sis]]: Roll definitely qualifies for this.
* CoolOldGuy: Played straight with Dr. Light, but averted with Dr. Wily.
* CoolShades: Protoman wears these. They're also the preferred method of stopping Bright Man's attacks.
* CreepyMonotone: Protoman engages in this in "Curse of the Lion Men" when Tar reprograms him and the other robots.
* CulturalTranslation: Generally what people tend to think about this series. As this show was mostly a western production, the character designers would go with the style what was the ''it'' thing in other western cartoons of its time: muscles. This had the side effect of making Mega Man/Rock and his "sister" Roll look more like teenagers, as opposed to their child-esque appearances in the games. Other than that, most of the characters resembled their video game counterparts, only on 'roids, with the exception being a completely redesigned Roll.
** The action was also firmly grounded in the United States (most of the time), with one episode featuring Mega Man taking a plasma shot from Proto Man to protect the statue of [[AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]].
** In another episode, Wily proclaims that [[BigApplesauce New York City]] is his, presumably talking about "the city" that most episodes take place in.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Lion Men's curse nearly led to them taking over the world with the ability to change others into lions.
* CuteBruiser: Roll.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: It's mentioned sometimes that Wily (and Sigma, in the VideoGame/MegaManX crossover episode) needs funding to continue his evil schemes. So naturally he sends the robots out to steal stuff.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Roll gets captured a couple times, but escapes on her own more than once. When unable to escape, she usually manages to make trouble for her captors--and she's an ActionGirl in combat.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In "The Big Shake", Wily discovered Light and Mega Man were working on a device to stop his earthquake machine. His response was to direct a maximum-powered earthquake directly at Light's lab in an attempt to kill them all, or at the very least wreck the machine.
** In "Campus Commandos", Protoman shot Mega's ArmCannon while he was distracted, breaking it for about half the episode.
** In "Future Shock", Wily is aware that if Mega Man makes it to the time machine, his conquest of the future will end. So he orders Protoman to rig it to explode.
** Catch phrases may be a [[TalkingIsAFreeAction free action]], but PowerCopying is not, as Pharaoh Man will happily demonstrate by punching Mega Man in the face.
** A couple of Wily's death traps were fairly genre-savvy; the robots have attempted to kill Mega while he's weakened or unconscious, and in "Brain Bots" Mega Man was handcuffed to the floor as a spiked ceiling descended on him.
** This occurrence in "Robo-Spider":
-->'''Wily:''' I've got to turn up the power...Wait, what am I worrying about? There's no way Mega Man can stop my Robo-Spider!
-->'''*pause*'''
-->'''Wily:''' I'm not taking any chances. '''*turns up power*'''
** Upon discovering Dr. Light made an antidote to his retrograde virus in "Robosaur Park", Wily immediately decides to destroy it. After Mega intervenes and they play keep-away with the antidote, it ends up back in Wily's hands. Wily then hops in the Skullker to fly away from the heroes, and destroy the antidote someplace where they can't interfere.
** Tar of the Lion Men avoided an EvilVsEvil scenario by frisking Wily for his reprogramming device and brainwashing the Robot Masters, Roll, and ''Protoman'' with it.
* DarkActionGirl: A cosmetics robot, Doris the maid, Ms. Lapierre, and a brainwashed Evelyn Ray have all fought Mega Man and Roll at points. The park attendant from Fun World was also evil, but she didn't fight.
* DaydreamSurprise: "Electric Nightmare" opens with Wily attacking a power plant, Mega Man coming to stop him, and Wily seemingly destroying Mega. It turns out that this is just a "game" Wily and his bots are playing to prepare for the real attack.
* DeadpanSnarker: Protoman, and Vile in "Mega X".
* DeathTrap:
** "Campus Commandos" has Mega, Roll and Rush tied to clock tower gears to be crushed between them.
** In "Brain Bots", Wily places Mega Man in a Death Trap consisting of a Descending Ceiling with spikes. Mega was bound to the floor as it descended.
** Another episode has Mega's legs trapped as a rocket is wheeled over him, the point being to fry him when the rocket lifts off.
* DefiantCaptive: Even when captured, Roll tries to cause trouble for Wily and Protoman.
* DemotedToExtra: Crash Man had only seven seconds of screen time.
** While some got their own episodes, many of the Robot Masters were little more than cannon fodder throughout the show.
* DesignatedGirlFight: "Electric Nightmare" had Roll attacked by a female cosmetics robot who gave her a bad facial. Mega Man gave the robot an equally bad facial with a tube of makeup, and offered to fight her, but Roll insisted she handle it.
* DestructiveSavior: Mega Man X.
* DisabilityImmunity: Mary, a hearing-impaired girl, is immune to Wily's mind-control music.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Mary's reading of Dr. Light's lips told Roll and Rush where Wily's base was. And made sense of Rush's yammering for her to tell Roll that Mega Man was hurt and at the bottom of the sea.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "Electric Nightmare", Roll was attacked by a female cosmetics robot that strapped her to a chair and gave her a bad facial. Mega Man's response was to throw a tube of makeup at the robot, giving her an equally bad facial. Roll's response when freed was to cut her in half, then vacuum her face off.
** May not be so disproportionate; see Fridge Horror.
* DistressedDamsel: Fittingly, B-movie star Evelyn Ray.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: So this cosmetics bot is under Dr. Wily's control, and straps Roll to a chair. Roll tells the robot to let her go, but Wily gives her a ''creepy'' look and goes "Not before I give you the beauty treatment!" Then the robot produces an oversized powderpuff from her chest area (really) and tries to smush it in Roll's face. Roll acts like this is the worst thing in the world that could happen to her.
** And let's not forget the final fight scene in "Bro Bots".
* DoorJudo: Mega Man pulls this off in "Terror of the Seven Seas" with a pursuing Guts Man. While running down a hallway, he sets it up by ''closing'' several doors in Guts Man's face before opening the final door that leads to a maintenance shaft.
* DramaticIrony: Protoman and Wily reveal the former's faking being good about three minutes into "Bro Bots", but Mega and company don't find out until much later.
* DrillTank: Dr. Wily used one to help create earthquakes in the episode "The Big Shake".
* DumbMuscle: Guts Man, who is so incompetent in battle against Mega Man that one of the few times he is able to actually hit Mega could be considered an accomplishment.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot has Doc the Metool as Roll's helper, who was never seen again, and Protoman copying Gutsman's power, neither of which happened again. It also has the ambiguity surrounding the prototype robot who may or may not have become Protoman. Also for one short scene, Protoman's plasma is red as he melts the wall of Light's lab.
* EarthquakeMachine: Wily used one in "The Big Shake".
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: Roll carries Dr. Light and the governor this way in "Bro Bots", one in each arm.
* EliteMook: Dark Man was pretty competent for a regular Robot Master, as was Pharaoh Man.
* EnemyMine: "The Strange Island of Dr. Wily" had Wily and the heroes call a truce to escape Stone Bots.
* EscortMission: Mega Man and Roll had to escort Brain Bot to California. Wily got in the way.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: This exchange in the first episode.
-->'''Dr. Wily:''' You remember, I built you, Protoman! And ''you will obey me''...
-->'''Protoman:''' You're right, Dr. Wily. I'll obey you--when ''I'' want to.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Quick Man, Shadow Man and Dark Man are shocked when Wily intends to pull the moon out of orbit, resulting in major natural disasters. Too bad they're programmed to do his bidding regardless.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding[=/=]OncePerEpisode: Most episodes ended with Rush doing something silly a la Franchise/ScoobyDoo and the good guys, well, laughing.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Top Man for Roll, [[spoiler: or so she thinks until he reveals that he was using her the whole time.]]
* EverythingIsOnline: Seen in "Electric Nightmare", even with things that weren't electronic at all.
* EvilDetectingDog: Occasionally, Rush's ears would hear the villains up to no good.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Wily thought he could use Tar to help him conquer the world. [[BalefulPolymorph He was wrong]].
* EvilLaugh: Although this is a general trait of practically every version of Dr. Wily, the laugh possessed by this incarnation is notably awesome thanks to the vocal talents of Creator/ScottMcNeil.
* EvilPlan: Wily has one an episode, though the big one is destroying Megaman.
* EvilVsEvil: Tar avoids this scenario in "Curse of the Lion Men" by brainwashing Wily's robots.
* {{Expy}}: The cop bots in "Future Shock" seem to be based off of Sniper Joes, and a different kind seem based off of Dark Man.
** Rush is obviously based off of Franchise/ScoobyDoo in this incarnation.
*** Actually, according to [[http://siphersaysstuff.tumblr.com/post/8519989554/joerubyinterview this article]], Rush was supposed to be as different from him as possible, but he still wound up that way.
* EyeBeams: The Lion Men used these to turn humans into lions.
* EyeCatch: In the syndicated run before and after commercial breaks, with one of the characters announcing something to the effect of "''Mega Man'' will be right back after these messages" or "And now back to ''Mega Man''!" Images used during these bumps include Mega Man in a dynamic action pose, Roll throwing a mean karate kick, and Roll giving Rush a Battery Biscuit while Mega watches in amusement.
* FakeOutOpening: In the beginning of the episode "Electric Nightmare", Mega Man is battling Wily's robots and winning. Then electrical cables get wrapped around him and fry him. Mega Man dead. Or not; in an interesting variation of the trope, it was Wily doing a runthrough of his latest scheme with action figures.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] depending on the episode. At the very least, the guns ''looked'' realistic.
** "Robo-Spider" averts this when the police use guns with bullets against the Robo-Spider, which fail to even dent it.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Since the characters were mostly robots, the writers/animators could get away with dismembering or otherwise mutilating them.
** In "Crime of the Century", Protoman fires into a room of ''humans'', who don't move or get up afterward.
* FandomSpecificPlot: Plots with Ruby-Spears Bass or Protoman leaving Wily for another reason are fairly common, as are stories where Wily treats Proto terribly.
* {{Fauxshadowing}}: In "Master of Disaster", Professor Ramuh comments how in the legend, Lotos was banished by tricking the rajah into wishing he'd never found the golden chest. Mega apparently plans to try the same thing on Wily, but ends up just defeating Lotos.
* FinaglesLaw: "Bot Transfer" is a Murphy's Law episode for both sides; ''everything'' goes wrong for both Wily and Mega Man.
* [[FiveBadBand Four Bad Band]]:
** TheBigBad[=/=]EvilGenius: Dr. Wily.
** TheDragon: Protoman.
** TheBrute: Guts Man.
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Cut Man]].
* ForTheEvulz: Wily's motivation seems to be this.
** The pilot episode plays with this a bit. During the flashback, Wily appears to be bitter that Dr. Light seemed to be blaming him for the failure of of their robot prototype and felt that he simply wanted to take all of the credit for their work. Later we see him constructing Protoman while spouting off a HumansAreFlawed MotiveRant complete with FreudianExcuse. All of this is dropped after this episode, however, and is never brought up again in the series. A later episode even shows that Wily had double-crossed Light as far back as when they were in college, so indeed ForTheEvulz seems to be the more likely motive here.
** In "Bot Transfer" he goes out of his way to antagonize Mega Man when he could just steal the money he wants from banks while Mega Man's in Geneva.
* FragileSpeedster: Quickman.
* FreakyFridayFlip: A villainous example in "Bot Transfer"; Wily's goons force Mega Man to switch bodies with Snakeman, with an appropriate, panicked reaction from the former.
* FreudianExcuse: Subverted. In "The Beginning", Wily mentions having a hard childhood, not even having toys like the other kids--then goes right on to working on Protoman, expounding on a different subject. The show never brings it up again, implying that Wily's bid to take over the world is simply ForTheEvulz.
* GRatedDrug: The meteorite fragments at Red Gulch.
-->'''Megaman:''' I felt great at first, but then I got really weak...
* GadgeteerGenius: Roll did all her modifications to her Utility Arm herself. This includes, among other things, a vacuum, a circular saw, a blender, and ''a baking sensor that detects earthquakes''.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of "Night of the Living Monster Bots" implies that [[spoiler: the entire episode was one of Evelyn's movies]].
* GeniusBruiser: Pharaoh Man and Crystal Man.
* GeniusDitz: Dr. Light has his moments, such as when he wonders aloud "why anyone would bar the outside of a bathroom door" [[FridgeLogic before realizing]] something bad is brewing.
** Not to mention just ''standing'' there as Dr. Wily welded a door shut, and once he left, trying to ''punch'' his way out.
** One-shot character Brain Bot counts as well; he tampers with everything tamperable, oblivious as to whether or not it actually needs to be "fixed" (such as the jet).
* GenreBlind: Most robot masters doesn't realize that they can still fight after having their main weapon stolen. Famously averted with [[GenreSavvy Pharaoh Man]] though.
* GetIntoJailFree: Mega Man decided the best way to get to Dr. Light and Roll in the Wily-run future was to get himself arrested, so he hit a copbot over the head with a lamppost. It worked.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Say what you will about [[AccidentalInnuendo some other incidences,]] but there is ''no way in hell'' that Ruby-Spears ''couldn't'' have known what they were doing with this line:
-->'''Proto Man''': (in response to a lame pun on electricity) Yeah. Whatever [[DoubleEntendre turns you on,]] Doc.
** In "Robosaur Park", Mega Man and Roll are de-evolving into cavebots. Dr. Light opens them up to see if there's anything he can do to fix them. The panel he opens on Roll? ''Her breasts''. And it's ''not'' hollow inside.
** Roll calls Wily ''something'' over the sound of a drill in the first episode. People have heard "Dr. Dickhead", "Deadhead," "Denthead," "Dinghead," and "Diskhead," with no official version given.
** Dr. Petto from Mega-Pinocchio is a reference to [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Gepetto]], but almost everybody pronounce his name as Dr. Pedo. The only one who gets his name right is Dr. Wily, but his German accent makes us think that he meant 'd' instead of 't'.
** Rush's sexy pose in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAWL6GdQ2pE this commercial break.]]
* GiantSpider: The titular "Robo-Spider". Its webs could drain electricity from the city, and Mega Man could copy the webs' power like a Robot Master.
* GiantSquid: Seen in "20,000 Leaks Under the Sea."
* GigglingVillain: Cutman, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext Snakeman in Mega Man's body]].
* GlassCannon: Elecman. He can floor Mega Man with one hit, but so can Mega. And Roll.
** Also Cut Man.
* GoneToTheFuture: Mega Man in "Future Shock".
* GratuitousJapanese: The Bubble Bats are referred to as "Battontons", their original name--which is admittedly less ridiculous.
* HairstyleMalfunction: Happened to a one-off crook in "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man."
* HandbagOfHurt: In "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man," Ms. Lapierre swats at a shrunken Mega Man with her purse.
* HartmanHips: Depending on how small their waists are drawn, Mega Man, Roll, and Proto Man.
* HeelFaceMole: Protoman in "Bro Bots".
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Megaman and Dr. Light in "Mega-Pinocchio."
* HeroicBSOD: Mega briefly loses it after switching bodies with Snakeman; he gets it together just long enough to distract the police chasing him.
** He suffers a more protracted one in "Mega-Pinocchio."
* HeroicBuild: Mega Man and Proto Man both have this.
* HeroicSacrifice: Non-fatal example; Rush let Mega borrow some of his energy to save the day in "Robo-Spider."
** Mega Man himself has had his share.
-->'''Proto Man''': Ha! I knew you'd [[TakingTheBullet risk yourself to save Mr. Lincoln]]!
* HerrDoktor: Wily has a German-sounding accent.
* HilarityEnsues: Some of the episodes delved into this, particularly "Electric Nightmare" and "Bot Transfer."
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Wily and his robots stopped the Lion Men from being defeated by Mega Man...and were later mind controlled by them.
** Megaman will often defeat a robot master with his own weapon if he didn't do so before copying it.
* HollywoodHacking: The episode "Electric Nightmare".
* HotPaintJob: Unlike in the games, Fire Man has a flame pattern on his blasters.
* HowWeGotHere: The first episode, "The Beginning," explores Rock's origins and his conversion into Mega Man through flashbacks.
* HurricaneOfPuns: There isn't a minute in a battle scene where epic punnage '''isn't''' being dropped between the good and evil characters.
* ICanStillFight: Mega Man does this in "Bro Bots". Despite suffering from an unknown (to him) condition that shocks him, he still goes to protect everyone when he sees Wily's robots on the news.
* AnIcePerson: Ice Man, and one of Roll's weapons was a fan that fired ice.
* IfIDoNotReturn: In "Campus Commandos," Roll hopes Dr. Light will remember to recycle her should they not escape Wily's trap.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Roll uses household appliances both in and out of combat.
** The cosmetics robot from "Electric Nightmare" used a hairdryer and oversized razor as weapons, as well as an oversized powderpuff.
*** In the same episode, Mega Man even manages to break the spy-bot into parts by ''twirling a broom.''
* InHarmsWay: Protoman isn't happy unless he's destroying things or fighting Megaman.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The episode imaginatively named "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man." In it, Wily's world domination scheme of the week involves using jewel-powered shrinking rays to shrink cities (''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime Hyperstone Heist]]'', anyone?). As you would expect by looking at the title, Mega Man is a victim of the shrinking ray.
* InformedAttribute: Brain Bot is supposedly a genius robot but makes several stupid decisions. He tries to modify an aircraft in the middle of a flight, nearly causing a crash. When captured by Wily, he gives his captors advice on how to make his bonds more effective. Finally, he fires a homing missile and causes it to [[TooDumbToLive lock on to himself]].
* InsufferableGenius: Brain Bot. A RunningGag in his episode is Team Wily shouting "Quiet!" at him.
* IntrepidReporter: Bree Ricotta is an antagonistic version in "Mega-Pinocchio."
* InvisibilityCloak: Mega Man's Stealth Suit, though sometimes it malfunctioned.
* {{Irony}}: Mega Man is voiced by Ian James Corlett, who voiced Dr. Wily in ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.
** In "Mega-Pinocchio", Roll spends the entirety of the episode wanting to fight Wily's bots. Instead she had to fight a mental battle against her own brother.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Tar, leader of the Lion Men, insists on being the only one to rule the world.
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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Played with in at least one episode. Mega Man interrogates Dr. Wily and holds his arm cannon up to the doctor's face, saying that it should help to jog his memory.
* JustAMachine: Wily seems to hold this view of robots, except for Protoman.
** At the beginning of "Ice Age", the kids that Mega Man is tasked with supervising say that he can't help them, since all of his actions are pre-programmed (except they're not).
* JustAStupidAccent: This incarnation of Dr. Wily has what sounds like a German accent, although it's never elaborated on where he's from.
** Doris the robo-maid seemed to have a Russian accent.
* KarmaHoudini: In "Bad Day At Peril Park", the corrupt park attendant is never found out as working for Wily, and she isn't defeated or punished.
* KickTheDog: Wily yelling at his own robots. Among other things, he's called them "nothing but heaps of useless chips!" And Protoman was one of the 'bots he was yelling at.
** In "Mega-Pinocchio", his plan was to con Mega into believing he was human so he could plant a chip in him, controlling his mind. However, rather than act on it right away, he spent time toying with Mega Man's mind and giving him existential crises before exerting full control.
** Iceman does this literally in "Ice Age", kicking Rush and breaking him into pieces.
** Gutsman also kicks Rush away from him in "Bad Day at Peril Park" when he kidnaps Bobby.
*** And again in "Terror of the Seven Seas", [[BerserkButton this time getting a]] [[BeamSpam pummeling]] by Mega for his efforts.
** In "Robo-Spider," Dr. Wily's Robo-Spider kicks both Mega Man and Rush into a building.
** Rush went to pieces again in "Mega X". Mega, Roll and Rush head out to confront "two weird bots" - and run straight into a blast from Vile's shoulder cannon. Mega and Roll are perfectly fine, Rush is in many pieces and inoperative.
* KillSat: In "The Mega Man on the Moon," Wily hijacks a moon laser, points it at Earth, and starts making demands.
* KnightTemplar: X. He shows little, if any regard to the collateral damage he causes while fighting Vile and Spark Mandrill, and he outright states that he doesn't care if he brings Vile back dead or alive.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Megaman and Roll are fans of movie actress Evelyn Ray; Roll even asks for an autograph.
* LargeHam: Dr. Wily. Period.
** The mayor of the city is one too, though to a lesser extent.
* LightningBruiser: Appropriately, Elec Man.
** Also Quick Man.
** Mega Man himself is one.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: One of Wily's miniature robot spiders.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: Wily threatens Light with this in "The Beginning", saying that if he tried anything, Iceman would freeze him and Cutman would ''slice him up''. They demonstrated with a chemistry table.
* TheLongList: Roll used a ''lot'' of Utility Arm attachments over the show's run. [[note]]She's used a vacuum, a blender, a reverse vacuum, a lengthened vacuum, several fans, an ice-shooting fan, a garbage disposal, three different circular saws, a hockey stick, an ice pick, a microwave, a hair dryer, a net, a nail file, a small pair of scissors, a corkscrew, polisher, a ball-shooting cannon like in amusement parks, a toaster gun, a frying pan, a faucet, a lightbulb, a mop, a cake mixer, a plunger, a plumber's snake, an axe (yes, really), a spatula, and a baking sensor that detects earthquakes.[[/note]]
* LosingYourHead: At the beginning of "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man", Mega says "don't lose your head" to a disassembled Roll.
* MacGuffin: The black pearl from "Crime of the Century."
* MadeOfPlasticine: Doris the robo-maid, who was torn to pieces by a wooden broom.
* MakeupIsEvil: "Electric Nightmare" had a corrupt cosmetics robot who gave Roll a bad facial.
* MassHypnosis: Used in "Cold Steel" and "Bad Day At Peril Park", with Wily hypnotizing the masses to act as robots.
* MeaningfulName: Otto Raptor likes dinosaurs.
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Mega Man and Proto Man Are About to Shoot You]]: In the intro, although it does happen a few times in the series proper.
* MerchandiseDriven: This series had a respectable amount of merchandising for a syndicated children's cartoon, such as a soundtrack album (featuring songs that were crammed into the end credits, but none of the score) and a potential deal with {{Marvel}} to adapt the cartoon into a comic (which fell through), but at the center of the merch was the toyline from Bandai. As a nod to his [[PowerCopying mimicry ability]], the Mega Man figure's Mega Buster could be switched with other weapons. Bandai apparently had some creative input on the series, such as by having the producers introduce a vehicle for Mega (the Land Blazer) so they could make a toy out of it. But with sales below expectations, Bandai got fussy with Capcom, and as a result, Capcom canceled both the toyline ''and'' the series. Of the action figures, the Bomb Man figure is the rarest as it was pulled out of stores shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing. Due to its rarity, you can expect it to be very expensive if you find it anywhere.
* MightyGlacier: Hardman. Also Gutsman to a slightly lesser extent.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: Dr. Wily's initial goal in "Terror of the Seven Seas" was to steal enough ships, so that he could assemble them into one of these.
* MindControlDevice: Wily has a handheld reprogrammer that can also turn off robots. This gets a CallBack in a later episode when Tar of the Lion Men uses it to reprogram Protoman, Roll, and the rest of Wily's robots to serve him.
* MindControlMusic: Used by Wily in "Cold Steel", the titular band being made up of Gemini Man, Gyro Man, and Spark Man.
* MindScrew: The ending of "Night of the Living Monster Bots" implies that [[spoiler: the entire episode was one of Evelyn's movies]].
** There's also the possibility that [[spoiler: the heroes recovered the battle footage Wily intended to release as a movie, and they released it instead.]]
* MisterMuffykins: Ms. Lapierre, a criminal affiliated with Wily, had a poodle named Fluffy.
** A robo-poodle named Lady Silicon appeared briefly in "Bad Day At Peril Park". Rush tried to impress her.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Doris the maid]] in "Electric Nightmare," Otto Raptor in "Robosaur Park," Top Man in "Campus Commandos," and Protoman in "Bro Bots".
* {{Mondegreen}}: Roll's lines when yelling at Wily in the first episode and a cosmetic robot in the second episodes are hard to make out as they're over the sound of a drill/oversized powder puff. The latter line is commonly misheard as "Go powder your own snatch," when she said "snout", and the former has no apparent correct version.
* MonsterMash: The whole point of "Night of the Living Monster-Bots". Dr. Wily creates a bunch of classic horror movie-inspired robots to terrorize the English countryside; a {{Mummy}}, a [[WolfMan Werewolf]], a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]], and a [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankenstein-esque monster]].
* MoodWhiplash: "Mega-Pinocchio", odd premise aside, was one of the most serious episodes of the show, involving Wily besmirching Dr. Light's name, Mega Man having existential crises, and an attack on the White House. It ends with Rush doing something silly.
** "Bro Bots" likewise, though it could be argued that it was to cheer Mega (and the audience) up.
* [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]]: One of Wily's ingenious schemes involved using a contraption to pull the moon out of orbit and ram it into Earth, which would apparently make the rest of the Earth's citizens get down on their knees and beg Wily to fix the planet following the devastation.
** Not quite. Wily's plan wasn't to crash the Moon into the Earth, it was to bring the Moon close enough to the Earth that the resulting gravitational shift would send the Earth's climate into chaos. The human race would still be wiped out, save for maybe a few survivors -- who, Wily hoped, would submit to his power after that.
* MoreDakka: In "Terror of the Seven Seas", Wily uses every gun, missile launcher, and laser-shooting satellite dish on ''several'' battleships to try and destroy Mega. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy They all miss]].
* MotorMouth: Quick Man, who also sounds a little like a stereotypical 50's movie mobster.
* MultiarmedMultitasking: Dolores the robo-nanny can feed babies and change diapers at the same time, as she has multiple arms.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Dr. Wily never repeats a plan. Sometimes {{justified|Trope}} by Dr. Light coming up with a counter to whatever he had tried.
** In "Cold Steel" he ''tried'' to recover his device so he could start the plan over later, but Mega Man stopped him.
* NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture: Averted. X is able to [[PowerCopying copy Snakeman's weapon]] just fine. It would've been [[FridgeLogic interesting to see]] what would happen if Mega Man had tried to copy Vile or Spark Mandrill. Would it simply fail, or would the process take so long that he'd get clobbered before it was finished?
** Most likely he would have failed, since Vile and Mandrill were so advanced. For X, copying Snake Man's power was a piece of cake because Wily's tech is a lot simpler.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Cutman's voice is an impression of PeterLorre.
** Evelyn Ray was likely a ShoutOut to Fay Wray.
* NoNameGiven: The mayor. Especially jarring when oneshot and recurring characters get names.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: X, in his own continuity? Roughly even with Mega Man. Back in the original's time? Superpowered. Ditto the villains.
* NoSell: Vile and Spark Mandrill are completely unaffected by the present-day tech.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Protoman to Mega Man, especially when pretending to be good.
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: In the games, Mega Man sank in water (except for ''8'', where he could swim for some reason), [[SuperNotDrowningSkills but had no problem]] staying under, being a robot. In the series, Mega Man experiences rapid loss of energy when underwater.
** Bonus ouch points: It's mostly limited to him.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Bright Man had a rare moment of competence when he decided to first blind Mega Man, then run him over with a tank.
* ObviouslyEvil: Wily, in both the present day and his college-aged self.
* OffModel: A promotional image for the cartoon featuring Mega and Rush [[AssKickingPose looking like they're ready to kick some Robot Master ass]]; what is supposed to be Mega's abs instead looks like a lumpy EldritchAbomination on his stomach.
** Almost everyone in "Curse of the Lion Men" was this.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Played with. A number of episodes revolve around Wily attempting to acquire money to finance his plans or stealing technology or resources, but he still has the resources to build his usual Wily Machine style mechs.
** Vile and Spark Mandrill also avert this in their appearance, as they came back to steal Lightanium rods for Sigma, which are worth a ton in the future.
* OneEpisodeWonder: Quite a few Robot Masters.
** Especially Pharaoh Man in Electric Nightmare, who retaliated after having his weapon stolen during the climax.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Only Protoman is allowed to defeat Mega Man, and he'll gladly remind you of this fact if you [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim try to simply shoot Mega.]]
** In a meta example, nobody but Mega Man could defeat Protoman--when Roll encountered him, she was always defeated.
** Protoman seems to have gone back and forth on this, ultimately straying from this over time. In the first season he would often directly disobey Wily playing this trope straight. By the second season he didn't do this as often, and was more willing to go along with Wily's plots, whether Mega Man dies by his hand or not.
* OnlySaneMan: In a way, Protoman was the most sane out of Wily's robots; he was a BloodKnight, but even he demonstrates better decision-making than the BigBad.
** Dr. Light is this in general; he's also the only character to not make puns.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Dracubot in "Night of the Living Monster Bots" can hypnotize people into turning into vampire robots, turn into a bat, and shoot lightning from his fangs. While hypnotized, Evelyn Ray could do the same.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Wolfbot only transforms under a full moon and is a butler otherwise, and can shoot his claws to turn people into werewolves.
* OutsideContextVillain: The Lion Men.
* OverclockingAttack: In "Robo-Spider", Wily attempts to use this to fry Dr. Light's supercomputer by flooding it with stored electrical current.
* PercussiveTherapy: At the end of "Campus Commandos", Wily starts smashing his control panels in a rage when he realizes Mega's saving City Hall. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments This causes the Skullker to lose control and fly everywhere]].
* PetTheDog: The episode "Bro Bots." In it, Protoman fakes [[HeelFaceTurn going straight]] to implant an inhibitor chip into Mega to keep him from stopping Wily's scheme of the week. Even though he was faking it, he is genuinely surprised when Mega says that he "always wanted a real brother relationship" with him.
** In "Brain Bots", he compliments Mega's shooting skills even as Wily's vehicle goes down.
* PinocchioSyndrome: The plot of "Mega-Pinocchio," where an eccentric scientist named Dr. Petto offers to turn Mega into a human, which Mega for some reason wants to become. Unsurprisingly, Petto is actually a robot created by Wily, and instead of turning Mega human, he instead implants a mind-controlling device to make Mega do his bidding.
* PlayAlongPrisoner: In "Future Shock", Mega Man decides that the best way to get into prison to rescue Roll and Dr. Light is to get himself arrested. He promptly does so, and soon breaks out to free them.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Quite a few episodes have these. In "Bro Bots", to name one example, Proto Man implants a chip into Mega Man that causes him to suffer these.
** In "Campus Commandos", Protoman shot Mega's arm cannon, leaving it broken for about half the episode.
** If the episode takes place near or in water, expect Mega Man to suddenly run out of power at a critical moment.
* PluckyComicRelief: Rush.
* PoliceAreUseless: This goes for the human police and the robots.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Certain broadcasts of the series would edit out instances of "'bot" being used in place of "butt" (ie "'bot-heads", "kick some 'bot", etc.), replacing them with silence instead.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "Mega X," which was an obvious launching pad for a ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' cartoon, but it never came into fruition.
* PortraitPaintingPeephole: Seen in "Night of the Living Monster Bots."
* PowerCopy: Happens regularly, though Protoman did it only once in the pilot. Also it is different from the video game version in that Mega Man doesn't have to defeat a Robot Master to duplicate their powers. All that is required is for Mega to concentrate for a few seconds while touching a Robot Master. This cartoon-exclusive loophole was played with in an episode where after Mega copies Pharaoh Man's powers and spouts his catchphrase, Pharaoh knocks him away with a punch to the face.
** He was also able to analyze the schematics of Wily's giant robot spider, an AgonyBeam, and a bomb.
* PragmaticAdaptation: While the show has its fair share of detractors, it's often considered to be one of the better [[AnimatedAdaptation Video Game based animated shows]] around. At least when it came to the [[WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}} 3]] [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter 90's]] animated shows based off of Capcom Video games, the Mega Man series is usually considered to be the best one of the 3 here.
** There was also the decision to change Proto Man from Mega Man's AloofBigBrother Mysterious Ally to his WorthyOpponent on Wily's side. Given that Dark Man, Proto's impersonator from the fifth game, shows up in the series, it's more likely this was a conscious decision in order to give Mega Man an appropriate rival (Bass from the seventh game didn't exist yet).
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Several robot masters; Cutman (DependingOnTheWriter), Metalman, Quickman (only in "The Day the Moon Fell"), Shadowman, and Ringman.
* PretendToBeBrainwashed: Mega Man does this when freed from Wily's control in "Mega-Pinochio" to fool Wily's robots.
* ProjectileToast: One of Roll's Utility Arm attachments was a toaster gun that did this.
* PsychoPrototype: Protoman. He's [[PsychoticSmirk almost always smirking]], and [[BloodKnight isn't happy unless he's destroying things or fighting Mega Man.]] In fact, in "Future Shock", he didn't want Wily to finish conquering the world because it would mean less opportunities to kill people.
* {{Pun}}: All over the place.
* PunnyName: News reporter Bree Ricotta's name is a reference to two types of cheese.
* RapidFireTyping: Wily and Light engage in it occasionally.
* RedShirtReporter: Newswoman Bree Ricotta, on the scene of Wily's attacks in three separate episodes.
* ResetButton: In "Future Shock", the reason the future turned out badly is because Mega Man wasn't around to stop Dr. Wily in the past. Both he and Wily are [[GenreSavvy aware]] that if he makes it to the time machine, Wily's conquest of the future will end. Sure enough, Mega Man makes it and the BadFuture is erased.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Doc the Metool, the Battontons, Pipi, and Eddie. Rush, too, in his cuter moments.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Just about every robot on the show.
* RobotMaid: One was featured in "Electric Nightmare", with a {{Meido}} uniform even. At one point, she rips off her uniform to reveal herself as a NinjaMaid. Not to mention Roll was originally designed for household chores.
* [[MonsterOfTheWeek Robot Master of the Week]]: Most of the robot masters worked in this manner, except for [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Cutman and Gutsman]]. Some, like Snakeman and Brightman, would be brought back multiple times, others would [[OneShotCharacter never be seen again]].
* RunningGag: Rush biting Gutsman's leg, and usually being kicked off of him.
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* ScienceFantasy: In episodes with fantastical elements, such as Lotos the genie.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Lion Men, Lotos the Genie, and the Stone Bots.
* SelfParody: Keiji Inafune, the most famous person associated with Mega Man, helped make some of the episodes, possibly evoking this Trope.
* SelfRestraint: One episode had Mega Man get arrested by humans who, thanks to Wily, thought he was behind the evil scheme of the week. As he didn't want to harm the humans he let himself be handcuffed. Soon after his name was cleared, he snapped the cuffs like they were nothing.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Brain Bot.
* ShoutOut:
** In 'Future Shock', Roll calls enemy robots [[VideoGame/BlasterMaster Blaster Masters]].
** Rush is a robotic expy of Scooby Doo.
** The mobile prison in "20,000 Leaks Under the Sea" bears a resemblance to an [[StarWars AT-AT Walker]].
** In "Cold Steel," Mega called Spark Man [[RocketKnightAdventures Sparkster]].
** In "Mega Dreams", Roll walks out of a theater advertising ''Film/TheLastDragon'', which is an actual movie. She even comments how she loves kung-fu movies, which it is.
** The revival of the classic series have their own shout-outs to the animated series:
*** ''9'' references the plot of "Mega Pinocchio", with Wily reprogramming Dr. Light's robots in an effort to tarnish his name. Also, the design of Fakeman was clearly influenced by the police-bots that are common in the series.
*** ''10'' makes a clear reference to "Robosaur Park". Specifically, Mega Man and Roll are both infected with TheVirus, Roll is offered the (experimental) vaccine first, but she declines, saying that Mega Man is the only one who can stop Wily, so he should take it instead.
** Probably a coincidence, but [[VideoGame/MegaManX Command Mission's]] plot involving supra force metal is quite similar to the episode "Showdown at Red Gulch".
* ShownTheirWork: While the show isn't accurate by ''today's'' standards, Ruby Spears included several Robot Masters from the games with designs mostly unscathed. While there are exceptions (Air Man, Roll), overall the looks are usually accurate.
** Look at 00:09 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRb1OZv_7j4 this video]], specifically Annie's hand. She's ''clearly'' doing the [[http://www.themmnetwork.com/2010/03/18/the-great-mega-man-finger-phenomenon/ Mega Man hand thing]]. Ruby-Spears clearly paid great attention to the artwork, at the very least.
*** Dr. Wily does the hand thing in "The Strange Island of Dr. Wily" when commanding the giant Stone Bots.
** The Battontons? Yeah, that's their original Japanese names.
** Before he became Mega Man, his name was Rock.
** Mega Man uses a holographic projector in "The Day the Moon Fell" that looks similar to the Wily alien holographic projector in ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''.
** The writers watched the subbed ''Anime/MegaManUponAStar'' [=OVAs=] to get a feel for Wily's vocal characterizations, citing that in the raw footage Wily spoke Japanese with a German accent.
** In "Mega Dreams", Roll walks out of a theater advertising ''Film/TheLastDragon'', which is an actual movie. She even comments on how she loves kung-fu movies, which it is.
* SinisterShades: Protoman wears these. A couple times, Mega Man is reflected in them when Proto's about to take him by surprise.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Napalm Man appears for a split-second during the opening credits, but never appeared in any episode.
* SmokeOut: Eddie does one in "Robosaur Park", letting Mega and Dr. Light get to safety.
* SmugSnake: Wily a fair amount of times, and Tar of the Lion Men. Vile might also count too.
* SouvenirLand: Fun World, which has standard rides and even offers souvenir rings. [[spoiler: The rings brainwash people to think like robots]].
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Rush, much like you know who.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In "Mega X", Sigma's name is spelled on-screen as "Cigma".
* SpringCoil: The cosmetics robot in "Electric Nightmare" had springs built into her ankles.
* SssssnakeTalk: Snakeman, natch. And it's evidently ''programmed in'', rather than something he does out of habit; see "Bot Transfer".
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Averted with Roll. When she was captured, she was usually grabbed by her waist. In one instance when the 'bots were on the moon, she was lifted by her shoulder.
** Played straight, oddly, with Protoman. While he wasn't rendered helpless, Wily's hand on his upper arm was enough to stop him from going after Mega Man.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The PetTheDog moments in "Bro Bots" are simply that, as by the end of the episode, after being found out, Protoman is back to being Wily's [[TheDragon dragon]].
* StayInTheKitchen: Despite Roll being a more than capable fighter, Mega insists on her staying at Dr. Light's lab. However, this only happens in early episodes, and she still goes out to fight in spite of it. By the fourth season 1 episode, it's never brought up again.
* StockFootage: Mega Man's PowerCopying sequence, which begins with a close-up of Mega's face while a wire frame of the ability's chip appears for a few seconds, and ends with Mega feeling rather satisfied as he looks at his ArmCannon.
** There's another bit of stock footage where Mega Man jumps back and fires a weapon. If you see SpeedStripes instead of a proper background behind Mega Man as he looks at his ArmCannon during his PowerCopying sequence, you'll know this particular one is about to occur.
* TheStoic: X. With the Mavericks he has to hunt down, it's no wonder. ([[NotSoStoic So what was with all that screaming at the end?]])
** Pharaoh Man, Shadow Man, and Crystal Man, for the baddies' side.
* StopHelpingMe: In-universe. Brain Bot's "help" ranges from merely annoying (trying to give Rush wheels, elaborately stating the obvious) to life-threatening (trying to adjust a jet's gyro-stabilizer in mid flight so that it could operate at peak efficiency). About the third time he tries to "help", Mega Man briefly snaps and yells at him to not touch anything.
* StoryBreakerPower: The games will limit you to one power at a time, but "Cold Steel" shows, near the end, that Mega Man can ''stack'' his abilities and use two at the same time.
** Mega Man X, Vile, and Spark Mandrill are immensely overpowered compared to the main cast, as they're from the future.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Dr. Wily does this to Rock (not yet Mega) and Roll in the first episode.
* StuffBlowingUp: The intro features a swarm of Killer Bullets flying into skyscrapers and blowing them up. This scene was edited out of post 9/11 broadcasts of the series because people thought it would be in bad taste, but it can be found on the DVD-sets.
* SurferDude: Ringman was like this.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Wily holds this opinion about all of his robots, to be fair, who wouldn't say this? Protoman occasionally says so as well.
* SwissArmyAppendage: Roll's Utility Arm.
* TagalongKid: Several humans, notably Bobby and Annie.
* TakeOverTheCity: If Wily can't TakeOverTheWorld, he settles for this.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Wily's primary goal.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: In-universe. Roll has this reaction to a park attendant's overly sugary demeanor and voice.
-->'''Roll:''' Talk about sweet. I could throw up!
* TeamRocketWins: While his primary goal wasn't achieved, Wily made off with the money from robbing the citizens in "Crime of the Century" and the money from selling a shrunken Washington D.C. in "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man". If you want to get technical, he also got all the money from selling Fun World tickets.
* TearOffYourFace: Roll does this to a cosmetics robot in "Electric Nightmare".
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The EnemyMine in "The Strange Island of Dr. Wily" has a lot of this.
* ThemeNaming: Mega Man's original name was Rock and his sister's name is Roll.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Mega and Brain Bot end up briefly sharing a bed (Roll took the other one), [[HoYay in rather close proximity.]]
* TheyCalledMeMad: Dr. Wily says this a couple times. Once, it's followed up by a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comment]] from Protoman.
-->'''Wily:''' The world called me mad! Insane, Proto!
-->'''Protoman:''' Sounds right to me.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Eddie. He's also incapable of saving Mega Man in a dignified manner.
* ThisIsReality: Said when Mega Man is angered at some delinquent kids who were just standing around as Wily attacked.
-->'''Mega:''' This isn't some video game!
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Gutsman and Cutman are rarely seen apart. Bombman and Elecman frequently team up, as well.
* TooDumbToLive: Mega Man leaping in front of a shot meant for... a statue of President Lincoln. Then again, the repercussions of just standing there and not trying to neutralize the shot somehow wouldn't be pleasant.
** Otto Raptor from "Robosaur Park" believes mankind should've gone extinct, not the dinosaurs. ''Otto's a human''. And dinosaurs went extinct 61 millions years before the first ancestor of humans even appeared.
*** Presumably, he meant that the dinos should've stayed around long enough to pick off the humans. That bit of idiocy ''does'' fit him, however.
*** ''Is'' he a human? Look at him closely and you can see he has claws and what looks like scaly skin. He seems like some kind of lizard-man who believes HumansAreBastards. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Maybe if the series explored his character more]]...
** Tina [=McIntyre=] stowed away on a space shuttle to see her astronaut dad. While that was silly at best, she crosses into this when seeing her father threatened by Wily and the Robot Masters for a password...and she runs out and is promptly held hostage.
*** What really brings this scene into IdiotBall territory was the fact that ''Mega Man was winning'' against Wily's robots when she ran out and became a hostage.
** Evelyn Ray, who had no idea Dr. Wily was bad news until she was hypnotized. She even met with him willingly, despite him trying to take over the world about 17 times by then.
** Frankenbot was so dumb he blew himself up with his own turret, despite there being only one that Mega fixed to point straight down.
* TooPowerfulToLive: Vile and Spark Mandrill, who having come back from the future are presented as being invincible against everything but X, who also fits the trope.
* TookALevelInBadass: Top Man went from being an easy boss with an oft-mocked acquired weapon to a smooth-talking womanizer capable of defeating Mega Man unaided.
** Pharaoh Man somehow became even ''more'' awesome, punching out Mega Man after his power had been copied.
** Ice Man defeated Mega Man about 3 times in one episode. And broke Rush. Then again, in the games he could kill you in 3 hits.
** Metal Man was ''always'' awesome, but in the cartoon he had a spectacularly hardcore moment. After pinning Mega Man under a metal pipe, he ''tried to saw his head off''.
** Woodman's Leaf Shield became somewhat practical by being an actual shield. He used it to defend Protoman from attack, and was one of the few Robot Masters to threaten Dr. Light.
** Roll got captured a lot earlier in the series, but in "Terror of the Seven Seas", she infiltrated Dr. Wily's Ship of Doom, defeated Cutman, outsmarted and escaped from Elecman and Bomb Man, transferring the ship's blueprint to Megaman and got away safely. You go, [[ActionGirl girl]]!
* TookALevelInDumbass: A lot of Wily's Robot Masters in which this had its fair share of LampshadeHanging (usually from Proto Man).
** Quick Man is arguably the most difficult robot master in MegaMan2, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdDaz1bDZo8 but not in this episode.]]
* TotallyRadical: Usually averted; when the trope did happen, Roll was the usual offender. Ring Man engaged in this, too, though he may have been a parody of it.
* ToxicPhlebotinum: The meteor fragments in "Showdown at Red Gulch" increase the power of their users tenfold, but will soon overload said users. Mega Man uses one anyway, since it's the only way to stand up to Wily's superpowered robots. It ends badly.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Battery Biscuits for Rush.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: The [[http://i.imgur.com/uWE2eMi.png cosmetics robot]] in "Electric Nightmare."
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: The Lion Men grasp technology fairly well, despite thinking planes are giant silver birds.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: "Bad Day at Peril Park". {{Subverted|Trope}} in that the humans are only brainwashed to think like robots.
** After being hypnotized by Dracubot, Evelyn Ray is somehow able to turn into a robot vampire bat.
* VacationEpisode: "Curse of the Lion Men" had Mega and company on vacation in Hawaii. Then Tar and Wily attacked.
* VanillaEdition: The [=DVDs=] of the show have all the episodes... and nothing else. No concept art, interviews, or anything.
** Oddly enough, Ruby-Spears concept art ''was'' featured in ''ComicBook/NovasAventurasDeMegaman''.
* VillainousBreakdown: Wily suffers one at the ends of "Cold Steel" and "Campus Commandos".
* VillainousCrossdresser: Ice Man in the opening of "Ice Age".
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Wily had one in his college days.
** Dracubot and vampire!Evelyn have this too.
* VocalDissonance: A couple Robot Masters have raspier voices than you'd think, and Bright Man has a very camp voice.
* VoicesAreMental: Averted in "Bot Transfer." Snake Man in Mega Man's body sounds just like Mega Man, and vice versa.
* WasOnceAMan: The Lion Men used to be human before they were cursed to become lion men.
* WashingtonDCInvasion: Wily does this in "Mega-Pinocchio".
* WaveMotionGun: Wily spends "Mega X" trying to build this.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Proto Man ''really wants'' Mega Man to defect to Wily.
* WeaponizedLandmark: The Statue of Liberty in "Master of Disaster".
* WeaponsThatSuck: Roll's vacuum cleaner attachment.
* WeatherControlMachine: Dr. Light briefly experiments with one in "The Strange Island of Dr. Wily."
* WeirdMoon: Used twice; once with Wily taking control of a laser on a moon base, and the second with him pulling the moon out of its orbit.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Doc the Metool only appeared in the first episode, as a helper to Roll.
** Odd single-episode example: After Proto takes a Hard Knuckle to the chest in "Bad Day at Peril Park", he isn't seen or heard from for the rest of the episode. In the same episode, the corrupt park attendant is never even found out, much less defeated or punished.
* WhenTreesAttack: Magically animated trees attack in "Master of Disaster".
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Evelyn Ray describes Wily's plot in "Night of the Living Monster Bots" as the worst movie she's ever heard. This episode is generally regarded as having one of the worst plots.
* YesMan: Wily in his college days.
* YouFightLikeACow: These sorts of insults happen very frequently.
* YouShallNotPass: Mega and Roll try this on Brightman to let Rush BringNewsBack in "Robo-Spider". Though since he was about to run them over with a tank while they were blinded, it was more trying not to die.
* {{Zeerust}}: In the future, the {{r|idiculouslyHumanRobots}}obots are the only ones not mired in the 1990s.
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