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Multiple Acts Dr. Thomas Light The Atoner: By the time of "Light Up The Night," he tries to fix his mistakes. He fails. He later tries again by building Protoman to fight Wily. This also fails. Badass Beard: This trait is seen in the games, posters, booklet art, and fan art, and is the subject of "Beard's Going Nowhere." Because I Said So: He tells Megaman not to fight. There's not much he could do to stop him from leaving. The Hero: In Act II. Hero with Bad Publicity: In Act II. By the time of Act I, it's implied Wily kept him around because he still made for a good scapegoat. Humans Are Special: Light believes this. Unfortunately, this only seems to be true for a few individuals. It's All My Fault: "They will punish me for what he did to you/but either way, it's all my fault/because I made the man who laid his hands on you..." Knight in Sour Armor: After Protoman dies, he outright says that "Mankind deserves the hell that they have brought upon themselves." However, this doesn't stop him from building another son and leaving inspirational words on Protoman's grave. Made of Iron: In "Father of Death," he breaks his arm in a fall... and apparently walks it off, as it's never brought up again. My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction in "Father Of Death," and again in "Funeral For A Son." Nice Guy: He built his machines in order to help ease the workload of his companions. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Breaks things repeatedly in Act II by activating the robots, then sending Joe to blow up the tower. The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He stops Joe from killing the Sniper, finishing the job himself. Tragic Hero: Light's passion for saving the city and its people made the entire plot possible, including the deaths of Emily and Joe, Wily's takeover, and Protoman and Megaman's disillusionment with the City. Voice of the Resistance: Along with Joe, in Light Up The Night. What Happened to the Mouse?: Between the releases of the Acts, it was never established if he died with the crowd or if he somehow escaped. The lyrics in "Hold Back The Night" and Panther's testimony show that he left before the slaughter. Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes in the good of people. However, he underestimates the power the media has over the people, and since Wily takes advantage of this, it leads to his downfall. Dr. Albert Wily Big Bad: Across the whole series. Charm Person: He convinces the entire City to go along with his words, including trying to kill Dr. Light. The Chessmaster: Some kid on a bike attacking the control tower? It's no problem; you have another one. Protoman attacking your complex? No problem, send out all the Robot Masters to attack him at once. Megaman attacking, this time getting to the fortress gates and possibly threatening you? Send out Protoman to deal with him. Consummate Liar: He admits as such.
It doesn't matter where you hear it from; whether truth or lies, it gets said all the same!
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He built another control tower in case the one he was using was attacked, and then used that as an excuse to declare martial law. He then sent all the robots out at once to attack Protoman, then sent him out against his brother. Emperor Scientist: Rules the city and possibly the world, and is a roboticist. Evil Is Petty: One of his reasons for killing Emily was because she wouldn't be with him. Humans Are Flawed: Wily believes this. He's mostly right. If I Can't Have You: The reason he kills Emily. That, and she caught him stealing Light's stuff. Kick the Dog: A band member revealed that he later called the Sniper robots "Joe", like in the games, for an extra jab at Light. Kill 'em All: His order to the army of robots at the end. In some live performances, he actually says the line. Large Ham: Throughout Act II, but especially in The Hounds. Non-Action Big Bad: Throughout both Acts. It's lampshaded in Act I. Wily had no power on a field of battle. Suddenly Voiced: He had no spoken lines until Act II. The Unfought: Light never gets to the part of the plan where he confronts him, and Megaman abandons the City before he reaches him. Villain with Good Publicity: In Act II, everyone loves him and believes his every word. Visionary Villain: Most of his lines in Act II drip with this sort of behavior, as the man has his ambitions. The Voiceless: In Act I. You Can't Fight Fate: In The Hounds, he states that he and Light were destined for their paths in life; it had been building from the moment they met. Megaman Badass/ One-Man Army: He manages to put a sizable dent in Wily's forces singlehandedly. Beige Prose: Somewhat, in Vengeance. Bring It: "All you wounded, those of you who can, pick yourselves off the ground, hurry back, tell your leader you need more men!" Despair Event Horizon: After killing his brother, he turns his back on humankind as well. In some live performances of the song, he's the one that shouts the line "Kill them all!" The Hero: In Act I. Hope Bringer: He actually drives the crowd to cheer him on, rather than just watch his demise. Hot-Blooded: If only in The Will Of One and Vengeance — the latter pretty much consists of him screaming for the enemy to fight better. Jade-Colored Glasses: After being forced to kill his brother, he shares Protoman's viewpoint on humanity and leaves the City to die. Replacement Goldfish: For Protoman, who Light retroactively saw as a son. Ridiculously Human Robot: He's capable of crying, and the liner notes describe his heart hurting under the weight of what Dr. Light told him about Protoman. Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After killing Protoman, he turns his back on the city and leaves its people to their fate. Voice of the Resistance: In Act I. He's also the only resistance. Wide-Eyed Idealist: He thinks that he can turn Protoman back to his side by getting the crowd's help at first. They then tell him to kill his brother. Humanity In General The Alcoholic: Once Wily takes over, they crowd the bars. Angry Mob: They try to lynch Dr. Light at Wily's behest. Apathetic Citizens: In all Acts. Despair Event Horizon: Their response to Megaman abandoning them is to simply wail "We Are The Dead" as the robots slaughter them all. Taken even further in Act III. In "Hold back the Night", they outright say "No one will come... The City is dead." From Bad to Worse: Their mindset gets worse as time goes on. Gullible Lemmings: They believe Wily's lies and attempt to lynch Dr. Light when the courts find him innocent. Humans Are the Real Monsters: The crowd establishes that, by the end of Act I, they're almost as bad as the forces supressing them. Spontaneous Crowd Formation: They gather to lynch Dr. Light, and crowd around Joe's body after his Heroic Sacrifice in Act II. In Act I, they gather at Protoman's assault on Wily's fortress, when Megaman reads the words on his brother's grave, and when Megaman attacks the fortress. Too Dumb to Live: Yes, growing up in a police state does tend to mess with the heads of the populace, but all the same, what could possibly make them think that telling their single, superpowered defender, currently mourning his brother who he just killed on their behalf, that said brother deserved to die is a good idea? Torches and Pitchforks: In Give Us The Rope. Act I Protoman Back from the Dead: Post Hope Rides Alone, Wily brought him back to serve as his commander. Broken Pedestal: For Megaman. Dark Messiah: The Stand goes over this pretty thoroughly. Protoman sings about how man once looked to him as their "hero", but they really only cared about martyrs. Death Seeker: May have become this; if the crowd stood and fought like he told them to, they'd have to kill him. Died in Your Arms Tonight: His death in The Sons Of Fate, at least outside of live performances. The Dragon: To Wily in Act I, post Face-Heel Turn. Evil Laugh: In live performances, at least. Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep robotic voice in both albums and live shows. Face-Heel Turn: After "dying" in Hope Rides Alone, he changes sides and decides that if humanity deserves to live they should fight for themselves. Fallen Hero: Changed sides after his death, when his beliefs were crushed. The Fatalist: Subverted in that, while he's a fatalist, he desperately wants not to be and is constantly fighting to have his philosophy proven wrong. It's too bad that every time he does, the crowd's actions just reinforce it. I Call It Vera: His latest arm cannon is named 'Life Ruiner'. Large Ham: Live, at least. A couple of times he imitated pro wrestler Rick Flair. Machine Monotone: His lines in The Stand begin to be consumed by one as he goes from talking with his brother to trying to kill him. By the time The Sons Of Fate begins, his voice is deeper and more hateful. Never Found the Body: Only his helmet was recovered after his death. No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Hope Rides Alone, the cause of his "death". The Paragon: He intended to fulfill this role, but ultimately failed. Warrior Poet: Some stuff he says in The Stand is fairly poetic. Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's turned his back on the people he was meant to protect. Sadly, with good reason. The Robot Army Adaptational Badass: Could apply to any one of the re-imagined characters in the rock operas, but if the music video footage of 'Hope Rides Alone' is to be believed, the Robot Masters have become terrifying figures; Elec Man in particular. Kill 'em All: Wily tells them to kill the crowd at the end. Killer Robot: All of them. Losing Your Head: Cutman gets his head cut off in the music video. Mecha-Mooks: The Snipers. Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Robot Masters 'kill' Protoman. Probably helped that, unlike the games, they attacked at once. Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Robot Masters, like in the games. Shock and Awe: Elecman electrocutes Protoman's face in the video. Skull for a Head: Elecman in the music video. What Happened to the Mouse?: The Robot Masters disappear after Hope Rides Alone, the first song on the album. Only time will tell if they make an appearance in Act III. According to the music video footage, Cutman appears to have been killed via a bad case of headlessness, Bomb Man seems to have exploded, and Ice Man was taken out by a powershot. Act II Emily A. Stanton Dead Woman Writing: Via her letter to Dr. Light. Determinator: She rebukes Wily, telling him that Light's the better man. Dying Alone: Underscored by her funeral, which no one attended. Historical In-Joke: On the Father of Death wanted poster, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War for the Lincoln Administration, vows to bring her murderer to justice. The poster itself was an altered version of the one about Lincoln's assassination. Killed Mid-Sentence: In "Father of Death".
"No matter how dark this City gets, there will be—"
Meaningful Name: The name Emily means someone who is earthy, strong-willed, and a hard worker. Emily can also mean 'rival', or trying to equal or excel. It still fits rather well, considering what got her killed. Original Character: Doesn't have a game counterpart. The Other Darrin: Was voiced by Ellen Aim on the vinyl and live a couple times, the Merchant live once, and the Gambler live most times and on CD. Slashed Throat: This is how she dies. Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Emily was an unambiguously good person to the end. Tragically, it's also what got her killed. Tragic Funeral: No one attends, and the priest's words are drowned out by Wily's broadcast. We Hardly Knew Ye: We hear her in the middle of Father Of Death, just in time for her to be faced with Death by Origin Story. Wrench Wench: According to the liner notes, she worked in the factory.
"The one I love, she works so hard, she works her fingers till they bleed. Some of the pain that she endures would bring a strong man to his knees. I only want to help."
Joe The Alcoholic: Possibly, given that we first hear him in a bar and everyone else seems to be Drowning Their Sorrows. And Now for Someone Completely Different: Shows up as a viewpoint character in the latter half of Act II when before the story had focused on Dr. Light. Cool Bike: Has a motorcycle inherited from his father. Fingerless Gloves: Panther wears these as him in live shows, and fan art has Joe wearing them too. Hot-Blooded: Shouts at a literal killing machine to come out and face him, armed with a lead pipe. Improvised Weapon: Tries to fend the Sniper off with a pipe. Kiss of Death: The second meaning, as his hours are numbered. Large Ham: He has a bit of this in Breaking Out, in which he declares he's getting the hell out of dodge to a girl that he barely knows, and then kisses her. Loveable Rogue: Even though he's part of the riff-raff, he's easily the most admirable person we meet in the post-takeover generation. Only One Name: His last name is never revealed. Original Character: He has no game counterpart, though his name is taken from the Joe robots in the games. Parental Abandonment: They were killed. Senseless Sacrifice: His sacrifice in "The Fall" only makes things worse. Voice of the Resistance: Tragically, at the time he and Light were the only members of the resistance. The Sniper/Light's Monster The Girl in the Bar Act III Act III Female Lead
Current Members Panther Ascended Meme: Did a mostly-Wood Man Due Vendetta, then promised to do an all-Wood Man one another time. Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Panther wears Western-style clothing, has Cool Shades, and an NES Zapper Gun in his holster. Back from the Dead: Panther was dead for weeks when the robots infected him with strep throat, but came back. Cats Have Nine Lives: A possible explanation for the above. Cloud Cuckoolander: Co-writes the Newsletters with Commander, which are amazingly off the rails. Compelling Voice: Fans have done many things because he tells them to. Cool Shades: Wears these a lot. Drives Like Crazy: This destroyed their first tour bus. Fingerless Gloves: He wears these as Joe. The Hero: He's the leader of the band. Heroic Mime: He became this when he lost his voice due to fire-throwing ninjas stealing his growl. Hot-Blooded: Plays Megaman and Joe, and is this in real life. Mushroom Samba: According to some sources, some very special cookies found their way to Panther at Nerdapalooza. He subsequently missed a full show that night. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and Turbo Lover accidentally wrecked their tour bus, Jesse Christine. Panthera Awesome: In his codename, and KILROY described him as a dangerous jungle cat. Perma Stubble: He can't grow a beard, so when he doesn't shave, he has this. Super Reflexes: Caught a Megabuster being tossed directly at his head from stage right. Voice of the Resistance: Briefly had it stolen by Ursula the Sea Witch. Commander K.I.L.R.O.Y. Murphy Weller Beware the Nice Ones: It takes a lot to make him angry, but if you do, you're dead. Grumpy Old Man: According to KILROY, he's this, but it's closer to Cool Old Guy. The Nick Namer: He named the Nightwalker and Ringo Segundo. Older than They Look: According to his Facebook page, he's 100 years old. He doesn't look a day over 90. Shout-Out: His name is a reference to ; specifically, the character, Alex Murphy, and his actor, RoboCop Peter Weller. Voice of the Resistance: He handles PR, selling merchandise. The Gambler Sir Robert Bakker Ringo Segundo Turbo Lover Ascended Extra: Was a rarely-seen chorus member before voicing Wily. Compelling Voice: There's a reason he plays Wily. Dyeing for Your Art: He once grew a moustache. As it was rather light and thus barely visible, he dyed (or at least painted) it black. He has since shaved it off. Evil Is Petty: At a Halloween show, he remarked that it was his favorite time of the year... and that he hoped the crowd would get cavities. Heel-Face Brainwashing: The band kidnapped Dr. Wily from the past and brainwashed him to sing about his own deeds. This is the end result. Mean Character, Nice Actor: When not acting as Wily he's quite the nice guy to hang around with. Mr. Fanservice: Sometimes unbuttons his jacket, as well as wearing a spandex leotard. Nice Hat: He wears a fedora. He's also one of the only band members to have an actual hat as opposed to a bandanna or helmet. Shirtless Scene: During covers of "Death On Two Legs". He also strips his jacket down to a unitard. Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the song "Turbo Lover" by Judas Priest. Time Paradox: See Heel-Face Brainwashing, above. Token Evil Teammate: He plays Dr. Wily. He helped wreck their tour bus. This has not gone unnoticed by fans. Not only that, when Panther lost his voice, he took over his lines. Theories have spawned about him wanting to take over the world, or the band. Villainous Cheekbones: Has these both as Wily and as a chorus member. Reanimator Lovejoy Past Members Doug Fetterman Robobot The Merchant Demon Barber Badass Beard: Had this as well as very long, curly hair. The Cameo: While officially listed as a casualty, his spirit has been known to frequent the band's shows in Nashville, participate in the songs, and sign autographs. Heroic Sacrifice: He saved his disco records from the burning Thundercon at the cost of his own life. Kill It with Fire: This is how he died. Prehensile Hair: His hair was so fluid it was practically alive. Real Person Fic: One can be found here detailing his experience as a P.O.W. (He was listed as such before being declared R.I.P.). Note that this was written before Act II was released, and before his cause of death was made known. Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Sweeney Todd. The Keeper Badass Beard: Notably, he was the one who told the rest of the band about Whiskerino. The Repeater The Replicant The Dragon The Keymaster Ellen Aim Scartoe Gleason An Odd Place to Sleep: Scartoe is famous for sleeping in odd places. Among other things, he slept under the band's merchandise table. The Quiet One: Didn't talk much in interviews. Warrior Poet: When he did talk he was often very prolific. Master Blaster Back from the Dead: Returned to play a show in Baltimore, and shows where the Nightwalker isn't around to play trumpet. No Name Given: At first he didn't have a codename. Murphy gave him one. Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the duo Master and Blaster, from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. They are usually referred to as Master Blaster in the film. Heath Who Hath No Name Cobra T. Washington Badass Beard: At his first show. He shaved soon after. Fan Nickname: 'Jesus Guitarist', due to him having a Jesus-like beard at his first show and nobody remembering his name. Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the Sylvester Stallone action flick . And Booker T. Washington. Cobra The Ringer Ascended Fanboy: A fan called upon to play keyboard onstage. Badass Bystander: He was an audience member called into service by KILROY to play keyboard on The Stand. Born Lucky: Admit it, you wish this had happened to you. Heroic Bystander: Helped the band out when Panther was struck down. Steve The Gunslinger The Nightwalker Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member and played instruments. Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A mix of blonde and brunette. Phantom Thief: Averted; she may break into places, but she never steals. She just breaks in for the sake of being there. Stealth Expert: Known for breaking into houses for the sake of it, without anyone being the wiser. Lazer Crusher Sector Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member at the Act I vinyl release show. '80s Hair: Like Crusher, had a fabulous eighties hairdo. Annabel Panda Objects Of Note The Thundercon Jesse Christine Base on Wheels: The Protomen used her as their mobile base. Cool Car: Almost literally; the bus had no heat. Going to Detroit in February almost destroyed the band. Darkest Hour: The back of the bus was eaten by a Graboid from Tremors. Soon after, she broke down completely, and was recently replaced with The Skyhammer. Last Of Her Kind: She was the last of the V8 Interceptors. My Car Hates Me: She seemed to break down at the worst possible times. Luckily, she also made a handy barricade when the band was attacked by Killer Robots. The Skyhammer Base on Wheels: Used as the Protomen's second mobile base. Cool Car: 26 passenger bus with several beds and seats that don't place you five inches from the person in front of you. According to the band she also has a bowling alley. Last Of Her Kind: The last of the Super V8 Interceptors. My Car Hates Me: Attempted to kill the Protomen by blowing an expensive tire on her way out of Ohio. The Skyhammer once got in a wreck, then lost a tire; fortunately no one was injured. The truck that hit her, on the other hand, was vaporized. At the very start of part 2 of their 2010 tour, the Skyhammer blew another tire, lost a trailer fender, and broke her fuel pump, leaving the band stranded in Texas. Replacement Goldfish: For Jesse Christine. The ThUnderHAUL