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Mega Man and Protoman
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, Make Your Choice, 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!
- Armor-Piercing Question: Asks these to Proto Man in Make Your Choice and I Refuse To Believe. In both, he's effectively making Proto Man question if he's really the unfeeling, purely programmed machine he says he is, or if there's more to him than that.You say you donít care at all / But if he died tell me would you feelIs your song just lines of code or something that you heard?
- Big Brother Instinct: Don't Mess With Magnet Man suggests he's somewhat protective towards Roll.Still, her words echo in my head / "Watch yourself, my brother wants you dead."
- Broken Ace: After Lamentations, he's still the ultimate badass, too strong for any Robot Master to oppose, but now he's an emotional wreck who no longer really believes in his cause.
- 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.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: (I want to be the one who fights for justice!)
- 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."
- The Dreaded: Among some robot masters.
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Fly on a Dog has him going through this.I've been built to make a choice/ Sent to war without one, let's destroy.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: As a Robot Master who has to destroy other Robot Masters. Several characters make mention to this in several songs, most frequently the villains.Dr. Wily: ...And how quick you had him dispatch his brothers.Snake Man: You're a man's metal son the same as every one of us!Proto Man: Killing your own won't make you human!
- Hurting Hero: By the end of the second game. Gets worse by the third.
- Ironic Echo: In Make Your Choice, the first chorus has Proto Man saying, "You're a machine that calls himself a man," to tell Mega Man that he's just a machine who's fooling himself. The last chorus has Proto repeat the first half of the line, with only Mega Man shouting the second half — pointing out that Proto also "calls himself a man," so either he thinks Mega Man is right, or he's a hypocrite.
- Jumped at the Call: Starts as this. By Lamentations and History Repeating, his enthusiasm is mostly gone. By Fly on a Dog he's barely motivated to keep fighting at all.
- Last-Second Chance: His lines in Make Your Choice and I Refuse To Believe have him offering Proto Man a chance to put aside his rage and join with Mega Man. Rarely for this trope, Mega Man gets through to him.
- The Messiah: What Doctor Light wants him to be to humanity. The sheer pressure of this and the weight of his actions nearly destroys him.
- Mood Whiplash: In I Want to Be the One, Megaman is determined to stop Wily. By Lamentations, he wonders why he fought at all.
- Fly on a Dog has Megaman hitting his lowest point, seeing humanity at its worst, all the while proclaiming how awesome it is flying on a robot dog.
- My God, What Have I Done?: By Lamentations of a War Machine, Mega's become quite disillusioned with the whole "saving the world" shtick. He's still not over it by the time 3 rolls over either.If it were up to me / I'd rewrite history / And change my destiny / One last time...
And now it's up to me / To go make history / And meet my destiny / One last time!
- Though, by the final chorus, the lyrics change, indicating a desire to at least complete this fight, or perhaps resignation.
- Red Baron: Quick Man likes to refer to him as Death.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Lamentations and onward.
- Take a Third Option: While being pressured to kill Dr. Wily or side with Gamma, Mega Man decides that he'll try to save everyone.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: I Refuse has him giving this kind of speech to Dr. Light, Proto Man, and even himself — reminding the doctor that he has a dream to help humanity, that Proto Man is only being held back by his rage, and that he himself is more than a machine.
Proto Man- Parts of History Repeating Pt. 2 (One Last Time), The Red Song, I'm Not The Break Man, Make Your Choice, Melody From the Past
- They lost me, forgot me. Made you from parts of me. If you're the one—my father's son—Then what am I supposed to be?
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this in I'm Not the Break Man, where he rages that he was simply discarded by Dr Light
- Came Back Wrong: In Gamma Unchained, it is implied Wily simply wished to bring him back to life- before realising that he is simply driven by hate and rage... All directed at Doctor Light.I thought I could bring the dead back / A broken shell, rusted red with age / I gave him power, a new heart / It filled too quickly with his rage.
- The Corrupter: Though unlike Snake Man, he adds in the things Mega Man has been depressed about throughout History Repeating.
- Hannibal Lecture: Parts of "I Am Not The Break Man," and "Make Your Choice" have him calling Mega Man out for his use of violence.
- HeelĖFace Turn: Melody From The Past, which is him forgiving and accepting Mega Man as his replacement, as well as forgiving Doctor Light for his flaws and asking Mega Man to do the same.
- Ironic Echo: Towards the end of his song, he includes allusions and lyrics from Mega Man's History Repeating and One Last Time.You've been here before (How can there be peace)/ you know what's in store (You're just a machine)/ man kind is obsolete. (You're dreaming.)/ History will repeat / this could be the last time / one last time.
- Not Quite Dead / Back from the Dead: As stated in Gamma Unchained, to have effectively been brought back by Dr Wily.
- The Messiah: What Doctor Light wanted him to be. Proto Man later realizes he would've been wrong for the role:''If I was standing where you are I think I would've done what father wants, but now I know what I'd become..."
- Parental Abandonment: Feels abandoned and betrayed by Dr. Light and/or Dr. Wily.I've met my maker and the man's a liar.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Beside the color of their respective armor, his song is certainly a lot more driven and wrathful than Megaman's.
- Replacement Goldfish: Sees Mega Man as one of these for him.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!:You fight for a dream / that can't ever be / your arguments are noise / it's time to make your choice!
- The Fatalist: Shows some shades of this in One Last Time.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.
Hi, Rock!/My weapon is hot, It's time to throw down/Show me what you got.
- 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.
- We Can Rule Together: Like Snakeman, Proto Man offers Mega Man the choice to side with him.
Dr. Light and Dr. Wily
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"
- Despair Event Horizon: The chorus in (I Want To Be The One) To Watch You Die"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.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: In (I Want To Be The One) To Watch You Die"I finally know what torture means, you've sent my first born back to me. You put a gun in his dead hand, it's time to take an eye for mine old friend."
- Revenge: Outright stated to be a pretty big motivator in I Want To Be The One to Watch You Die.
- Robo Family:This world gave me no child so I built one.
- Robot Master: Built both Proto Man and Mega Man, among others.
Dr. Wily~ Look What You've Done, Gamma Unchained
- Can you not feel that we could have a life forged in steel? I only ask that you see what I see. This is the answer, why won't you believe?
- Big Bad
- Evil Former Friend: To Dr. Light.Our paths diverged upon a road / You chose a darker plain to sow / I watched you turn from friend to foe / It had to end like this, I finally know...
- Green-Eyed Monster: Tell me why I'm the one that they fear / and for him they cheer.
- Heel Realization: In part during Gamma Unchained, but he still continues on.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!)
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Gamma Unchained, the ending lyrics for from "I'll give you power you take control" to "What good is power if you're out of control", hinting that Wily has realized too late what he has done.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Light for hiding behind Mega Man.
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!"
- Blow You Away: Whether he likes it or not.
- Blessed with Suck: He seems to have this view of his power, with lines like ''Do you know what it's like to be built this way? With only the power to push others away?"
- Loners Are Evil Freaks: His song implies that his evil is due to being built "with only the power to push others away," and "no one in this world understanding who [he is]."
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He laments being built "with only the power to push others away," and decides that "If I can't walk among them... then I will walk the world alone"
Metal Man~ Metal Dance
- Welcome to my level, my name is Metal Man. I throw metal blades from my metal hands. I dance around with style and finesse. Better watch out for these blades, or you'll end up headless.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He spends the song telling Mega Man how awesome he is.
- Bring It: "Take the first shot, Mega Man, let's put it to the test."
- Dance Battler
- Department of Redundancy Department: Metal Man throws Metal Blades from his metal hands.
- With a metal dance, in his metal cave. He really likes that word.
- He's JUST THAT METAL...
Wood Man~ Carved From Mighty Oak
- (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.
- Avenging the Villain: His motivation is to avenge his fallen brothers.
- Green Thumb: Master of nature and the birds and the bees.
- For the Evulz: Though he originally says his motivation is revenge, he still states that "[He] would, if [he] could, destroy all that's good."
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Implied by his lines referencing the countless others Mega Man has killed.
Bubble Man~ Promise Of Redemption
- There's one thing for which I long... And that is to prove them all wrong!
- Black Sheep: He's aware of it, too.
- Joke Weapon: Out of the eight robots, of all of us/(My power is so..ridiculous...)
- Making a Splash
- Who's Laughing Now?: Wants to make this happen by killing Mega Man- "I promise you/I won't rest until I have defeated you/They will all see/The strongest of all of the other robots is me"
Heat Man~ Man On Fire
- Can you feel the fire? (The fire) Can you see the cities burn? (Those cities burn...) From the depths of hell I call your name! (Megaman!) Can you feel the heat?
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Seems to think his stage is this.
- For the Evulz: The song implies he enjoys burning everyone and everything for the hell of it.
- Hearing Voices: "In my mind, I hear the voices cry—I've made them a promise that Mega Man dies"
- Hot-Blooded: You are the HERO! I am the FIRE! This is the MELTDOWN! Of your DESIRE! Your fight for justice turns to ashes, MEEGAAA MAAAAAANNN!!
- Playing with Fire
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "In my mind, I hear the voices cry—I've made them a promise that Mega Man dies"
- Say My Name: ME-GA-MAN!
Flash Man~ Blue Like You
- 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.
- Stalker With a Crush
- Stepford Smiler: "What Mega Man and my brothers don't know is this flash is all for show/'Cause inside, there's nothing there and there's nothing to me, I'm empty and I'm hollow."
- "This flashy suit and this flashy stage, I use only to hide/The fact that I am lonely and I need somebody like Mega Man by my side."
- Time Stands Still
Quick Man~ The Quick and the Blue
- 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?"
- Mook Horror Show: Quick Man's lyrics indicates he knows just how screwed he is.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As mentioned above, he refers to Mega Man as Death. And he acts like he'll beat him. Yeah Quick Man's in heavy denial.
- Screw Destiny: "The fate that he would defy/A Mega Man is coming to die!" Um, yeah, about that...
- The Sheriff: Fitting with his song being played as The Western, Quick Man is portrayed as the town's sheriff. "Quick on the draw. In this town, I am the law."
- Showdown at High Noon: In addition to the song itself having a western feel, the fight with Megaman's framed as one of these.
- Super Speed
- Villainous Valour: Despite knowing he has no chance against Mega Man, who he sees as Death himself, Quick Man refuses to back down.
My circuits slow
- He also is the only Robot Master that the songs give a hint that Mega Man used another Robot Master's power on. Perhaps his boasting wasn't for nothing
Crash Man~ Programmed to Fight
- Closer draws the final hour. To break Wily's walls you will need my power. But to your aid an unlikely friend, programmed to fight 'til the very end.
- Blood Knight: Against his will. He was programmed to fight after all.
- Driven to Suicide: It's implied he kills himself at the end after gaining enough will to overcome his programming
- Suicide by Cop: He has to fight. But he doesn't have to win.
- 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 Cannot Self-Terminate: Until the very end, at least.
- 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.
- Shock and Awe
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: How he comes across, partly due to his song being the cheeriest one on this page.
Bomb Man~ Beneath the Steel
- You've lit a fuse inside me, and now my instincts guide me through... To what I must do! (CUE: EXPLOSIONS!) Now I know why they made me. Something has changed beneath the steel! The robot can feel!
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Bomb Man's AI develops what he believes are real and true emotions... and just so happens to become a psychopath as a result.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist
- Darker and Edgier: Hard to believe one of the darkest songs ever made by The Megas came from Bomb Man's theme, isn't it?
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Fire in once lifeless eyes / Motivated by their cries!
Fire Man and Ice Man~ Hell Has Frozen Over
- 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.
- Darker and Edgier: Like Elec Man before him, he sings about a future were robots rule. Unlike Elec Man, he wants to Kill All Humans to make that happen.
- 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").
- Putting on the Reich: There are certainly paralels with Those Wacky Nazis. Spark Man views humans as a blight on the world and an overall inferior race while robots are superior in every way, not to mention the album version of the song begins with the sound of a a robot army marching before we hear Spark Man talking to them, invoking a Nazi rally.
- Shock and Awe
Magnet Man~ Don't Mess With Magnet Man
- 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.
- Heartbroken Badass: He was pretty much outright rejected by the girl he loves. Maybe.
- 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.
- Memetic Badass: Invoked in the comedy/demo version version of the song, "Don't Fuck With Magnet Man".
- Selective Magnetism: Averted. He wishes he had this, as his lack of it draws Mega Man to him.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Roll.
Top Man~ Can't Stop the Top
- Their chances are thinning. I dodge bullets when I'm spinning. New plans are just beginning. I've hit the top!
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Dance Battler: "Don't shoot me while I'm dancing."
- Dodge the Bullet: "I dodge bullets when I'm spinning."
- Everything's Better with Spinning
- Mundane Made Awesome: Tells Mega Man "this dance fight will be legendary".
- Right-Hand Cat: The cat enemies from his level are mentioned.
- Smug Super
Snake Man~ Walk Away From Light
- 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
- The Corrupter: Tries this on Mega Man. It doesn't work.
- Not So Different: Points this out near the beginning of the song and in the chorus.The lines are blurring between wrong and right! / You're getting closer to the other side!
- Smug Snake: He's convinced Mega's listening to him despite having no evidence.
- Sssssnake Talk: Seen more in live performances, where the Megas hiss on the S's.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries to tempt Mega Man into disobeying Light and joining him, much like a certain other snake in mythology.
Hard Man~ Harder Than Steel
- Steel of the champion / Your legend will live on / Our sons will sing your song / Harder than steel!
- Anti-Villain: Has no ill will towards Mega Man, and fights him just to prove his strength to his people and stay their ruler. As noted below, he's beloved by them, and he seems to care for them, as well.
- Blood Knight: He desires to fight Mega Man to prove himself, and fighting itself seems to be his way of life.
- Cool Old Guy: The lyrics of the song imply Hard Man is older than the rest of the 3 robots, likening him to an older boxer or wrestler.
- Death Seeker: Overlaps with Glory Seeker. If he can't have a thrilling victory, he'll settle for going down swinging.
- Foil: To Bubble Man. Both are driven to fight and prove themselves against Mega Man, and take great pride in their strengths, but where Bubble Man is motivated by the resentment he feels for his brothers, who see him as a joke, Hard Man desires to prove to his people that he's as great as he ever was, and stay with them as their champ and ruler.
- Glory Seeker: Wants to prove he hasn't lost his edge by fighting Mega Man.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone in his town seems to adore him.
- Token Good Teammate: Compared to the rest, he seems to be the most honorable and benevolent, and lacks the uncontrollable anger or drive to kill even the most sympathetic Masters, such as Needle and Shadow Man have. A fair fight is how he handles challengers to his rule, and is presumably how he became ruler, as well. Also, when the townspeople speak of him "getting soft", does he get mad, punish them? Nope, he decides to prove to them that he's still got it, and give 'em a hell of a show.
- Villainous Valour: "They say throw in the towel, but that you won't accept.""You stand to lose everything you see, unless you stand up for what you believe."
Gemini Man~ GeminEye
- 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.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: "I looked to the stars and I swore, if we were both taking the big sleep, I'd take the rat out myself!" *revolver cock* *BOOM*
- Identity Amnesia: "I forget my name. (It's all the same.) So I'm taking yours. (Of course of course.)"
- Private Detective: He (or at least one of his personalities) is a tough private eye who's hired to figure out who wants his client dead.
- 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.
- Talking to Themself: His entire song is a duet with himself in the style of a Noir Episode.
- Taking You with Me: He vows to do this at the end. It doesn't work.
Needle Man~ Haystack Principle
- 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.
- Anti-Villain: Feels remorse for the harm he's caused, and honestly tries to be good, fighting against the violent rage the programming instills in him. In the end, he lets himself die rather than stay alive and risk hurting anyone else.
- 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.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Just read the lyrics above.
- Possibly subverted. While Needle Man initially insists that he's "not a bad guy," he admits that he has and continues to "hurt those close to me," and can't see a way out of that destructive cycle. He's not exactly misunderstood: he is evil, or at least, has committed many acts of evil. That he's filled with horror and remorse over his actions doesn't change that. The song ends not by validating his innocence, but by forcing him to stop making excuses/feeling sorry for himself and finally acknowledge his responsibility to "fight who I am."
- 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!
- Badass Boast: "I am the knife in a gunfight!"
- 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 Bomb Man. Both undergo a radical change and respond in opposite ways, with Shadow Man the sympathetic one of the two. Bomb Man gained emotions as a result of Wily's reprogramming, and is thrilled by the new sensations he feels as well as the death he causes, and uses his new emotions to guide him in his mission of bloodshed and destruction, the terror and death only motivating him further. Shadow Man, in contrast, is terrified by what's happening to him, and is losing himself, piece by piece as the killing becomes an addiction taking him over.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Shadow Man is aware that this is happening to him and that he's near the final stages, but he's unable to slow his descent into total darkness.Say goodbye to the light / the darkness grows / I'm in league with the shadow. / I can feel the good in me is dying slow.
- Split Personality: Another voice starts singing to him near the end of the song. Considering what the song's about, it's most likely this.
Gamma~ Gamma Unchained, Make Your Choice
- All systems online. RRRRAGH! GAMMA!
- The Corrupter: If Make Your Choice is from his point of view then he's very clearly trying to persuade Mega Man and Proto Man into joining him in genocide.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice, used in Gamma Unchained and parts of Make Your Choice.
- Kill All Humans: Gamma ultimately comes to the conclusion that the only way to stop the conflict between machine and man is to erase the weaker element.