Mega Man~ I Want To Be The One, Lamentations Of A War Machine, History Repeating Pt. 1, History Repeating Pt. 2 (One Last Time), Fly on a Dog, I Refuse (To Believe)
I want to be the one who fights for justice! I want to be the one. (I've got to be the one!) I want to be the one who fights against you, Dr. Wily! If I've a heart made out of steel, then does that mean I cannot feel? Remorse for everything I've done... My hand's a smoking gun!
Still, her words echo in my head / "Watch yourself, my brother wants you dead."
Character Development: Goes from a hot blooded idealist fully dedicated to his cause, to a rather jaded and broken warrior simply doing his job because he believes he has no choice, and finally a wizened but once again idealistic hero seeking to save his family from themselves.
Combat Pragmatist: Quickman's line "my circuits slow" could be interpreted as Megaman using Time Stopper to bring down the quicker opponent. This is the only time Megaman has even been hinted at using a robot master's weakness.
Determinator: Continue is most likely about him (though it's unclear who's singing), and basically says, "Even if you knew you would lose, you'd keep going."
Dr. Light~ The Message From Dr. Light, I Want To Be The One To Watch You Die
I made you in my image! I built your heart. I gave you eyes. I gave you power. A sense of justice beyond any compare. I gave you hands, a child's face. I gave you HAIR! (Robotic hair!) ...But the burning in your heart I did not put there...
Adult Fear: Has to watch his "son" go to war countless times, and has to help him do that.
Not to mention knowing one of the combatants on the other side is his other "son", driven by contempt against him.
The Atoner: He wants to use Mega Man to "Clear the name of Dr. Light"
"The things I hoped, the failing dream; has finally got the best of me."
Ignored Epiphany: Seems to realize that what he is doing (sending Mega Man to kill Wily) isn't that different at all from what Wily is doing. He then quickly decides it doesn't matter, Wily needs to die anyway.
And he says: "Why do you fight? / How can you say you know what's right? / What if we win? / What if we fall? / Will any choice that we make / matter at all?"
The Resenter: Hates Mega Man for a number of reasons—claiming he has free will while still obeying Dr. Light, replacing Protoman as Light's son, and perhaps most of all, being built from Protoman's remains.
I had a name, my father called me Blues / He tore my heart from my chest to give to you / I'm not broken, I'm not the Break Man / I was the first, I am the Proto Man!
Tranquil Fury: Despite how obviously enraged he is, the vocals of his tracks are kept low and sombre, only raised at the end for the Tear Jerker line above. In addition, Gamma Unchained implies the moment he was reactivated, he immediately was driven to anger.
In History Repeating, Part 2 (One Last Time), he casually greets Rock/Mega Man and challenges him to a fight, speaking in an almost friendly manner despite the hate he has for Mega Man.
Hi, Rock!/My weapon is hot, It's time to throw down/Show me what you got.
Air Man~ The Annihilation Of Monsteropolis
Do you know what it's like to be built this way? With only the power to push others away? You've a heavy role to bear, do you think you can carry it? I'll usher in the end upon my thunder chariot...
Badass Boast: has a few during the coda and throughout his song "There will be a tombstone with The Planet Earth engraved on it!"
(Carved from mighty oak!) Youíve come far, youíve destroyed many of the others. Iíll avenge the death of my robot brothers. (This is not a joke!) Understand Iím different than the robots youíve seen before. Iíve been born from nature and machines of war.
Mega Man is so powerful, I feel my end is near. (I wonder) If there's a chance I could change his mind, so he could join me here.
Depraved Homosexual: Though it may just be extreme Foe Yay, lines like "I've always admired Mega Man, and his flawless design/I wonder what he will think of my blue suit, and this helmet of mine" and "Hey Mega Man, join my side/And let me stop this moment in time/You'll be mine, forever!/This moment will last forever!/One last moment together!" strongly imply it.
Hero-Worshipper: Which wouldn't be as blatant if it weren't for the fact that the hero was hunting for his blood.
Quick on the draw. In this town, I am the law. Is what they say true? Does Death wear blue? Can he fall?
Face Death with Dignity: At the end Quick Man calmly accepts his end. "My circuits slow, I'm not scared anymore. I see the faces of my brothers who have fallen before."
Miles Gloriosus: His lines indicate that he's afraid of Megaman, and knows he's probably going to die, but he boasts to the crowd "A Megaman is coming to die!" and "The moment of truth has arrived!"
Most of all, though, he seems to be trying to convince himself of his victory, acting confident despite calling the Blue Bomber Death. The ending part can be viewed as him going from denial(What they said is a lie/The shots are heard as the bullets scream death as they fly.) to a form of acceptance(My moment has come/Your speed means nothing if it's Death that you're running from!)
When the crowd gathers for his fight with Megaman, though, it does say that "He knew he couldn't tell them / That he was the quickest of all / Would this be the day that he falls?"
Fighting from the Inside: Pretty much the only thing certain about Crash Man is that he doesn't want to kill Mega Man, but he is, as the song title goes, Programmed To Fight, and is trying to go against his programming, one way or another.
The Greatest Story Never Told: Though both of the above are popular theories, Crash Man himself says it best— "No one will know the truth to this story."
I Let You Win: It's also implied that he's trying to do this throughout the song, eventually overcoming his programming and allowing Megaman to kill him.
Title Drop: "But to your aid an unlikely friend./Programmed to fight 'til the very end!"
Turned Against Their Masters: Crash Man isn't shown to be rebelling due to any sort of sense of justice, but instead simply out of a hatred for his creator.
Elec Man~ Evolution of Circuitry
I say they owe us a debt. Today, it's time to collect. I have the ability to rectify.
Do Not Adjust Your Set: As the song ends, radio static followed by generic muzak is heard, implying the whole song was a hijacked broadcast.
Obliviously Evil: He's convinced he's the good guy, believing it's time to "Power Up The Revolution" to put an end to human cruelty against robots. Despite Wily reprogramming him to conquer on his behalf.
The impossible unity, the two of us make three. While everything's coming down, they will see, that we set them free, and they will believe that hell can freeze.
Blood Knight & Defrosting Ice Queen: Implied by the line- "Now that you've warmed up to me/My temper's at a lower degree/It feels like this dichotomy was meant to be"
Fusion Dance: Implied, but it's probably meant to be metaphorical. Still, lines like "Thus begins our epic fusion" and "Together we are The Chosen One" are sprinkled throughout their song. If it is literal, it seems like Fire Man is the dominant personality, since he seems to do all the talking.
Hell Freezes Over: He/They never thought that this fusion could be. A variation of this trope name is even the name of their song!
Long Song, Short Scene: Ice Man really got the shaft in this song. Namely, the fact that the entire second half of his theme is noticeably missing. Keep in mind that all the MM 2 robots had every part of their themes show up at some point.
Title Drop: The lines in the chorus are literally 2/3s "Hell Has Frozen Over" being repeated.
Spark Man~ You've Sparked A War
I feel my hands turning into fists. I see my brothers; they will be missed. We are the chosen, we are the pure. They are the virus, we are the cure.
Fantastic Racism: "We are the chosen, we are the pure. they are the virus, we are the cure."
Irony: He talks about his hands turning into fists... despite not having hands in the first place.
Obliviously Evil: Like Elec Man before him, he's convinced he's the good guy, this time fighting against humans because robots are superior ("We are the chosen, we are the pure, they are the virus, we are the cure").
So it's clear our folks don't get along. Now you fear what we had was wrong. Sure my dad wants to rule the world, can you let that get between us girl?
Affably Evil: To Roll, at least. He's certainly friendly enough to her, but there's no evidence that his friendly facade extends to anyone he's not actively trying to woo.
Anti-Villain: He genuinely seems to love Roll and only seems to be fighting Mega Man because of a combination of his power drawing Mega Man towards him and Mega Man coming to kill him. On the other hand, unlike some of the other robots (like Crash Man or Needle Man), he doesn't express any actual hesitation in working for Dr. Wily. He fears the confrontation with Mega Man because he expects to lose, not because of any regret related to his villainous cause.
Knife Nut: As depicted in an early version of the song (sung to the actual game audio music) that was released in 2010. The lyrics were different (Roll is not mentioned), and the whole thing is considerably less serious:
He's got a knife in his hand; don't fuck with Magnet Man. He'll probably stab you and take all your money, man.
Hey. What do ya say? You say "don't take their lives, they don't deserve to die." And who does? You think it's us? And what of the one who calls us sons, are you gonna kill him too? 'Cuz who are you? You're a man's metal son the same as every one of us! Become one of us. You can win this fight, but you gotta join our side.
Badass Boast: Delivers one to Megaman, an ultimatum to either join him or die.
You can fight for the steel / Or die beneath my heel, it's up to you
How could I be so blind? (Falling behind.) We're alike in mind. (Two of a kind.) But it's getting lost with the more you find.
I think it's time I go my separate ways.
Anti-Villain / Sympathetic P.O.V.: Neither of his personalities seem outright malicious, and from their perspective are only acting in self defense from a hired killer.
Identity Amnesia: "I forget my name. (It's all the same.) So I'm taking yours. (Of course of course.)"
Split Personality: Is both a client afraid for his life (Gemini) and the private eye he employs to protect himself (GeminEye). Possibly even a Literal Split Personality, since in canon he has two separate bodies. He doesn't appear to be aware of this until a good way into the song.
I'm not a bad guy; I'm just designed that way. No matter what I try, I can't help but hurt those close to me. And I can't see a way out this time.
Foil: To Air Man. Both are loners whose powers forced them into isolation. However, while Air Man takes out his anger on those who rejected him, Needle Man directs his anger on himself. The comparison is made explicitly when Needle Man starts reciting a mirrored version of Air Man's rant, but stops himself because he doesn't want to hurt anybody else.
Deep underground, ten miles down, a man stands below the city he will destroy — STOP
I'm Not Afraid Of You: When finally faced with the horror of what he is (and perhaps what he's done?), the song ends on this note:
If that's who I am, then I'll fight who I am!
Irrational Hatred: He feels this as a result of his programming (a form of Hate Plague). He's just aware enough to try to fight it (as seen in his mirrored version of Air Man's rant), but not strong enough to fully succeed.
Suicide by Cop: When Needle Man comes to terms with the fact that he can't change who he is, he decides that the only way out is to wait for Mega Man to come and kill him.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Throughout the song, there's a second voice (presumably either Mega Man or some other aspect of his own personality) that periodically interrupts Needle Man's ruminations (get to the point). In the final verse, Needle Man asks how he can overcome his anger and hatred, only for the voice to remind him that all of the things he professes to hate are inextricably parts of him (That is who you are).
Tortured Monster: Hates his monstrous body, as it causes him to accidentally harm everybody around him. His anger issues don't help on either front, making him both more dangerous and more monstrous in his own eyes and the eyes of others.
Shadow Man~ Afraid Of The Dark
The me that used to be here, has gone away but I can't say where. I think that I may have killed him... I'm so scared!
Blood Knight: Shadow Man is slowly transforming into this due to his corruption, and it terrifies him.
I feel it taking over / my past is quickly falling away. / Battle is what it craves now / kept at bay
Foil: To Snake Man. Whereas Snake Man plays the part of The Corrupter, trying to make Mega Man turn away from light, Shadow Man is somebody who has been corrupted and has fallen to darkness, slowly losing all traces of his identity except for a hunger for battle. His song acts as a warning of what Mega Man might become if he does decide to kill.
I've heard the names that they call me. Some sting, and some can't help but ring true.
Hypocrite: Makes a big deal about Doctor Light using Mega Man as a Hunter of His Own Kind, and yet he's programmed Crash Man to be a ceaseless fighting machine, made two others (Air Man and Needle Man) as weapons of mass destruction, one who ended up wanting to kill everything while the other who became severely depressed and suicidal, and finally caused one (Shadow Man) slowly but surely to lose himself to the reprogramming.
Just Think of the Potential: Wily sees something in the machines he creates, though admittedly as tools for conquest and replacing humanity.
One night, it was clear (what colors you gleamed) / These things I was building (blue, black, and machine) / Were not meant to serve (perfection in steel) / They were meant to conquer (a glorious future revealed!)
Pet the Dog: In Gamma Unchained, he doesn't seem to have had any ulterior motive for resurrecting Proto Man - he simply wanted to bring him back to life.
Robot Master: Of the villainous variety to... the robot masters.
Villainous Valour: "I've heard the names that they call me. Some sting, and some can't help but ring true. I have to live with what I've done, and find the strength to continue."
Visionary Villain: Believes robots are superior to humanity, and seeks to create a machine-dominated world.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sees himself as this, to an extent. He even outright says in Gamma Unchained that he has to make the end justify the means.