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Characters: The Megas

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!
  • 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."
  • 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!
  • Hurting Hero: By the end of the second game. Gets worse by the third.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    • Though, by the final chorus, the lyrics change, indicating a desire to at least complete this fight, or perhaps resignation.
    And now it's up to me / To go make history / And meet my destiny / One last time!
  • Red Baron: Quick Man likes to refer to him as Death.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Lamentations and onward.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The second half of I Refuse To Believe is his rebuttal to Make Your Choice with Rock defiantly stating he's not a machine and pointing out Proto Man's nearly let himself be consumed with rage.

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
    ''I want to finally end this game/You are the one that wrote the end/You wanted War/Now I just want revenge
  • Robo Family:
    This world gave me no child so I built one.
  • Robot Master: Built both Proto Man and Mega Man, among others.

Proto Man- Parts of History Repeating Pt. 2 (One Last Time), The Red Song, I'm Not The Break Man, 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.
  • Heel-Face 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.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: Feels abandoned and betrayed by Dr. Light.
    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.
  • 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 track 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...

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.

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.
  • 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?

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.
  • Villainous Valour: Despite knowing he has no chance against Mega Man, who he sees as Death himself, Quick Man refuses to back down.
    • 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
    My circuits slow

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
  • 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!

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.

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".invoked
  • 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!

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.

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 only fights him to prove his strength. As noted below, he's beloved by the people of his town.
  • Blood Knight: All he wants to do is fight Mega Man.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Valour: "They say throw in the towel, but that you won't accept."

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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.
  • 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: His evil side sings to him at around 3 minutes in, asking if he's afraid.

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...
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Light for hiding behind Mega Man.


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