Alternate History: Up to Issue #21, the comic is set in the year 200X like the first game. The comic began in 2011.
Androids Are People, Too: Mega Man and the other Robot Masters are treated as people by Light and his companions. Rosie likewise treats Rock and Roll like people, but Gil just finds Light's behavior towards his creations ridiculous.
Androids and Detectives: Mega Man ends up working with Agents Krantz and Stern on several occasions. Rosie is able to get along just fine with Rock. Gil, being old-fashioned, not so much.
Animesque: Given the source material, this isn't a surprise.
Anti-Hero: Blues. He has a good heart and does want to do the right thing, but his issues with Dr. Light leads him to make terrible decisions like attacking his own brother on his birthday. Not to mention he does not know how bad Wily is.
As Dr. Wily made Ra Thor from Ra Moon's technology, Ra Moon made the Ra Devil from Dr. Wily's design of the Yellow Devil. It's much stronger than Ra Thor.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Quick Man qualifies, given that he spent the entirety of the third story arc trolling Mega Man and mocking him for being weak. When Mega Man confronts him for the final time, Quick Man is defeated without even knowing what happened.
Artistic Age: All the Robot Masters run into this given that the oldest of them is at most a couple of years old and the youngest being a month at the most, yet they act like young adults to children.
Art Shift/Off Model: Happens when Chad Thomas or Ryan Jampole (to a lesser extent) pen the artwork, as their art styles are noticeably different from Spaz's, Bates's and Hill's in some ways.
Bad Boss: Wily boarders on this. Although Cossack claims that even a monster like Wily loves his robots, he had no problem sending the Mega Man 2 Robot Masters out to get slaughtered by Mega Man so they could effect him with their tainted weapons.
Bag of Spilling: Justified. After his power corruption in issue #3, Mega Man avoids holding onto weapons longer than needed to prevent it happening again.
Becoming the Mask: Played with. Wily fakes a Heel-Face Turn as part of his newest plan after Ra Moon is defeated, but his inner monologue reveals that he's starting to doubt himself and is considering calling it all off. Ultimately he subverts it completely and just goes through with the plan.
Big Bad Friend: Dr. Light's relationship with Wily can best be described as this trope. Even after Wily reprogrammed his Robot Masters and tried to kill his son, he still wanted to work things out with Wily before he went to prison. He also tells old stories about the good times Wily and him had and how he missed his friend. When Wily told his story about Ra Moon controlling him, Dr. Light is more than willing to believe him and lets Wily live at his house during probation.
Mega Man slowly becomes this as he downloads pieces of Wily's malaware.
The Mega Man 3 Robot Masters in the Ra Moon story arc.
Wily wants everyone to believe that he was brainwashed by Ra Moon.
Break the Haughty: Ra Moon did this to Wily in spades. He betrayed Wily and took his Robot Masters (at least half of them). To add even more insult to injure he takes control of Wily's ace, Ra Thor, and made an improve version of the Yellow Devil. By the end of the story arc, Wily was begging Mega Man for help and apologizing for allowing all of this to happen.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: When Mega Man was fighting Ra Moon, he destroyed both of his busters along with his body (nearly killing him) to defeat the supercomputer.
Blatant Lies: Wily claimed that Ra Moon was controlling him the entire time, forcing him to start the first two Robot Rebelling.
Along with the robot reporters from Battle and Chase, Neige is present at Dr. Light's speech.
Likewise, the Kattelox police and KTOX news reporter from Mega Man Legends show up in issues #5 and #1 respectively.
As Mega Man downloads Heat Man's weapon data, there's a picture of circuitry in the shape of Mr. Match's emblem, HeatMan.EXE's operator.
Continuity Nod: In "Spiritus Ex Machina" Flash Man is shown to still hold resentment towards Quick Man after he stabbed Flash Man in the back of the head so he could fight Mega Man back in "The Return Of Dr. Wily".
In the short "Cold Feat", Guts Man tries to impede the movement of, or otherwise destroy, an entire glacier after Ice Man had asked him for help (which of course did NOT involve either one of those actions). Later in "For the Bot Who Has Everything," Guts Man mentions that Ice Man has been blocking his calls.
In issue #38, while traveling through time, Xander sees Mega Man under attack by a mysterious robot and aided by a talking animal as he's going back in time.
Cool Key: Mega Man is awarded the key to the city. Up until Break Man blasts it to pieces. Like everything else Break Man damaged, it has probably been restored post-crossover.
The Robot Masters in the first few issues are taken out in one hit each, as is Wily. This continues on into the Megaman 2 arc, even though the Robot Masters (mostly) get hits in on Mega Man.
Any time the Emerald Spears attempt a direct fight against Mega Man.
Mega Man versus Ra Devil. He was so unstoppable that Mega Man couldn't directly beat him.
Cyber Cyclops: Several. Big Eyes appear on the first page of the first issue and the iconic Yellow Devil shows up soon after on page five. The equally iconic Sniper Joe appears on page four of issue 2. There is also the Chaos Devil in the cross over.
Ra Devil counts since he is an upgrade of the Yellow Devil.
The Cynic: Gil's core personality, especially when it comes to robots and humans living in harmony.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Dr. Wily manages to display this in the third story arc. He deliberately installed bits of malware in his Robot Masters' weapon data, in order to slowly corrupt Mega Man. By the time he reaches Wily's castle, Mega Man will have fallen under his control.
Darker and Edgier: The Curse of Ra Moon arc. The global blackout at the end of the prelude causes, among other things, ships to become stranded at sea, motor vehicles and planes to crash, and hospital power to fail in the middle of surgery. And the instigator Ra Moon? It's doing all this For the Evulz.
And then there the backstory of Ra Moon coming to Earth and manipulating a primitive society to worship and even kill for him before destroying said civilization when it wasn't suiting his needs fast enough. As well as the flashback of Dr. Light's friend who was exploring the ruins where Ra Moon was with other explorers. The EMP field crashed their helicopter resorting in many deaths and said friend losing an arm.
Deconstruction: This adaptation takes a more realistic approach to the Classic series' events and shows its consequences:
In the first game adaptation and his first combat situation, Mega Man grows proud, power-hungry, and insists that That Man Is Dead when asked to show leniency.
There's also Dr. Lalinde and Tempo, which shows how someone might think seeing robots as children is terrifying.
The second arc follows up what would happen in the aftermath of a robot rampage, with a Federal agency investigating Dr. Light.
Decon-Recon Switch: The comic viciously deconstructs the plot, characters, and ideas of the Mega Man series, examining the morality of machines having sentience and of using robots as weapons, the stress/bigotry between humans and robots, and the dangers inherent in Mega Man's powers. However it's also a reconstruction; in the end Mega Man and his allies are still heroes who's courage, idealism, and friendship carry them through the day, Wily and his minions are still the wacky bad guys trying (and failing) to Take Over the World, and the comic makes a point of showing that even if there are hardships, humans and robots can still coexist as equals and overcome problems through their cooperation.
The Spiritus Ex Machina arc is all about this, including a fairly straw-free debate on the morality of machine sentience. Issue #22 features a Symposium-like discussion, with Dr. Light and Agent Stern debating if robots can feel love (and deal with the consequences), while Agent Krantz and Dr. Lalinde drink wine.
This seems to be an over-riding theme in the series. Should robots be given sentience and emotions? Could they handle such concepts? Is it morally right to give robots these things? It's heavily debated and various characters feel differently about it (Dr. Light, Agent Krantz, and Lalinde think it's fine. Agent Stern and Emerald Spears think it isn't right. And some others like Dr. Wily view the robots as simply tools with no sentience at all).
The Worlds Collide crossover has Dr. Wily help Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, who seems to have come to the conclusion that they are Alternate Universe Counterparts, then turns Tails into a robot called Tails Man. He then complains Tails Man has no personality while Eggman responds by saying that that way there's no sass or possibility of an ignored order. Dr. Wily responds by saying it's not really one of HIS designs, showing he might on some level believe robots should have some form of sentience.
Drunk on the Dark Side: In the first arc as Mega Man continues on to Elec Man, Ice Man and Fire Man. He begins to grow overconfident, thinking no robot can oppose him, and he mercilessly fights the remaining three robot masters. When Roll isn't too happy about this, Mega Man breaks down in tears.
Dumbass Has a Point: Though Harvey comes off as kind of a stoned hippie, pretty much everything that happens from the X through Legends series vindicates nearly everything he's saying. This point was even raised by Gil Stern in issue #22:
Gil Stern: I'm not sayin' the Spears' methods were right. They're criminals, wackos and morons. I'm glad you two [Dr. Light and Dr. LaLinde] came out okay and that those mooks are behind the bars... But they weren't wrong about the dangers of science advancin' too fast. What happens when the line between robots and humans get fuzzy? Like that "love" thing we were talking earlier. What if some virus turns 'em crazy and makes them run wild?
Short Circuits #4 has Bass, Treble, Rush, and Proto Man demanding their turn in the comic.
In issue 2, Dr Light mentions a name, "Blues", when he sees a Sniper Joe. We later see Blues'/ Proto Man's face during Light's "story" in issue 3.
Pharaoh Man, Dr. Cossack, and Kalinka are major players in the "Spiritus Ex Machina" storyline, which is set even before the events of Mega Man 3, much less 4.
Concrete Man appears in issue #17, and Splash Woman in #19. It's justified in that the Mega Man 9 Robot Masters have to be around early enough to warrant their decommissioning later.
In the 1st issue, a member of the crowd that came to see Dr. Light's presentation of the Robot Masters has Neige hidden in it, a whole two hundred years before she even existed.
Plant Man from Mega Man 6 is seen in issues #28 and #29. At that point, the comic had yet to reach the Mega Man 3 storyline. Centaur Man, from the same game, is seen in issue #31.
Pump Man from Mega Man 10 is seen in issue #32, helping out after the blackout.
Easily Forgiven: Averted and played straight. Dr. Light forgives Wily for everything he has done (partly because he believed Wily's story about being controlled by Ra Moon), but the citizens of Mega City have not.
Mega Man and Roll are split down the middle. Roll doesn't trust Wily despite believing in his story. Mega Man is weary of Wily despite defending him in court.
Egopolis: A subversion in that when the city is renamed Mega City in honor of Mega Man, it isn't his idea. In fact, he's rather embarrassed by the whole proceeding.
Elite Mooks: Sniper Joes are shown to be a relatively more serious threat in the comics than they often are in the games, which makes sense as they were developed for military purposes. The implication is that the primary difference between them and the robot masters in terms of threat level is the fact that the Joes have much less complex AIs.
Emotionless Girl: Horrifyingly deconstructed. Quake Woman is emotionless at first because after she was injured in a cave-in, Lalinde was terrified by the fact that she was starting to consider a robot a daughter so while making repairs she destroyed Tempo's personality. This failed to remove her empathy towards Tempo and only caused her to become plagued with guilt. After "Spiritus Ex Machina" she restores Tempo's emotions, when she realizes this though unfortunately she wasn't the same Tempo compared to what she previously was as revealed in issue 35.
Enemy Mine: Rock manages to talk the MM 2 Robot Masters into a temporary alliance when he mentions what Ra Moon is really doing. The MM 3 robot masters might have joined him too, but they're susceptible to Mind Control by Ra Moon. Flash Man lampshades it.
Even Evil Has Standards: Wily and his Robot Masters are horrified when they learned Ra Moon wanted to kill everything on the planet through his black-out.
In the crossover, Wily is beyond pissed when Eggman attempted to murder Dr. Light.
Everybody Laughs Ending: Issue 20. Even though Light himself confirms that Mega Man has just had several sectors of his memory go poof for some unknown reason.
Fatherly Scientist: Dr. Light is so emotionally attached to his creations that he sees them as his own children. Dr. Wily (during their early years as partners) sees this as a distraction/hindrance to their work and so after the Blues fiasco happened he convinced Light to create less human-like robots (the robot masters line) so he'll be able to continue their work without the "distractions".
Motherly Scientist: Dr. LaLinde has the same level of emotional attachment towards her own creation Tempo/Quake Woman. It was this emotional attachment that lead her to disable Tempo's personality/emotions so that she'll forget that attachment and never again feel the brokenheartedness that she has felt when Tempo was hit by a tragic accident.
Flash Man appears at first to do this, but he is really stopping time.
Flawed Prototype: Because of a malfunction in his power core, Blues was slowly shutting down and would eventually die if his core wasn't replaced. Because he feared of losing his personality if his core was repaired, Blues ran away and spent several years slowly dying before Wily found him and repaired him.
First Name Basis: Dr. Light and Dr. Wily remain on this even after they become enemies.
As Dr Light explains to Mega Man how the prison system works, he tells him that, unfortunately, neither Mega Man nor any other robots from his generation have true free will. He hopes to one day capture that X Factor...
On top of that, as he says this, his reflection in the window beside him is seen. One day, a transparent image will be all that remains of him...
Pharaoh Man comments in issue #13 that he's not sure what he'd do if Wily reprogrammed him.
Issue #19 has a pretty awesome moment of this as Oil Man checks out a box. This box contains Splash Woman who mentions that Oil Man "broke the street date."
Issue #20 is basically a whole issue of Foreshadowing showing future events and characters that haven't shown up yet. The first page indicates the death of Time Man at some point in the future.
The Wily Walker refused to attack Zero at first.
Xander's time travel also foreshadows many events, including him being the reason behind all the weirdness in Issue 20.
Toward the end of issue #40, Sigma admits he agrees that Reploids are superior to humans in many ways. While he says it's why they need to protect humans, it darkly hints at his destiny as the leader of the Mavericks later on.
Force Shield: The Magnet Beam generates these. Dr. Light uses it to contain Mega Man when he's gone power mad from absorbing the six original master weapons and it holds up without so much as a flicker. It is also capable of supporting Mega Man's weight in mid-air with no trouble.
The ending of issue 34 strongly implies that one of the first Mavericks goes rogue by murdering his abusive boss with a cleaver.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Happens in the end of the Return of Dr. Wily arc. During the battle, Wily spouts random nonsense of using technology "From Beyond the Stars". After his craft is destroyed, Wily reveals he's really an alien, plotting the invasion of Earth! Ultimately subverted, as it turned out to be a hologram that the mad doctor was controlling on the sidelines.
Girls' Night Out Episode: Issue #19 focuses on Roll, Quake Woman, and Splash Woman, though Oil Man gets his fair share of time as well.
Heel-Face Turn: Wily fakes one of these after the ordeal with Ra Moon, seeing it as a chance to drum up sympathy while he plots.
Heroic BSOD: Mega Man briefly has one after he made Roll cry when he was having a tantrum where he unleashed all his acquired powers.
In the first issue, Dr. Light suffers one of these after he sees not only was his Robot Masters stolen and wrecking the city, but his partner and friend Wily was behind it. He broke down in tears from the revelation.
Heroic RROD: What Mega Man experiences after using two Mega Busters to destroy Ra Moon.
Blues had a prolong version of this given that he was slowly dying for years because of his flawed power core.
Heroic Sacrifice: Mega Man pulls one of these at the end of the Ra Moon arc. Thankfully, Wily was there to keep him alive until he was brought back to Dr. Light for repairs.
I Have This Friend: Break Man's conversation with Tempo in issue #35 plays out a bit like this, insisting he's questioning her choice of trusting Dr. Lalinde rather than fishing for justifications regarding his own actions towards Dr. Light and his siblings. She sees through it completely, which only serves to aggravate Break Man.
Implacable Man: It took all of Mega Man's weapons energy to take Ra Thor down.
Improvised Weapon: The original Robot Masters were meant to aid research and resource management. With a few tweaks by Dr. Wily, they became tools of world conquest overnight. Wood Man references this in the "Return of Dr. Wily" arc. Mega Man may have defeated "tools", but Wood Man notes he was designed for combat.
In Medias Res: Several of the story arcs start this way, including the first one.
Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Thoroughly averted. Despite the level of complexity the various robots show in their personalities, all of the AIs depicted were deliberately developed to possess and/or develop the intelligence and emotional range they show in the comic.
Invincible Hero: Mega Man was this when he fought the original six Robot Masters, as fans complained about him not being scratched at all (given how the source games were supposed to be difficult to beat). This got subverted during his battles with the MM2 Robot Masters, as he suffered more and more damage, culminating into Dr. Wily gaining full control of him via a malware program he planted. Even then, though, some robots were still taken out in one hit.
Effectively defied as of issue 23, where Mega Man is thoroughly beaten by Break Man despite having Bomb Man, Cut Man, and Guts Man as backup. And then defied again at the end of issue 28 when, despite having all his wounds from issue 23 restored due to Cosmic Retcon, he's taken out by a globalEMP from an enemy he's never even met.
Jerkass Has a Point: Though he was being a jerk about it (and really just trying to justify himself), Lalinde seems to relent that Break Man had a point about what she did to Tempo being unforgivable (despite the fact that Tempo has forgiven her).
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gil may be brass and cynical, but his heart is always in the right place. Best seen when he took Rosie out to dinner after her date cancelled on her.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Xander. In a span of a story arc, he went from someone who wanted to protect humans from robots, to being willing to kill innocent people to advance his cause.
Just Friends: Mega Man and Quake Woman decide this at the end of issue 22.
Kick the Dog: Poor Rush. Xander shoots Rush in issue #16, and then gets blasted by Break Man later.
Kick Them While They Are Down: After defeating Heat Man and taking his weapons, Mega Man shots him point-blank in the face with a huge smirk on his face. This clued Dr. Light and the others in that somethings was very wrong with Mega Man.
In the same issue, he blew up the building where Crash Man laid defeated.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: The comic assumes you're a fan of the games already, with several Early Bird Cameos in the Short Circuits comics. The Worlds Collide crossover especially dumps a lot of future characters on you and assumes you'll know them. Issue #20 has several flash forwards, referencing several games that haven't happened yet.
Loophole Abuse: The first Robot Masters manage to overcome Wily's programming to "Destroy Mega Man" by following it... by destroying the Mega Man Copy Robot.
Love Makes You Evil: While discussing the topic of Love and robots, Gil points out the ugly side of the emotion. His years in law enforcement, Stern has seen plenty of people do stupid stuff because of it.
Mad Bomber: Crash Man to a 'T'. In his first fight against Mega Man, he blew himself up along with the building he was fighting on.
Gil is worried that this will result as robotics will advance too fast for humanity to cope. Dr. Light counters that the conflict is not inevitable, and that he's working so both man and machine could live together.
In a straight fight, the Emerald Spears versus the Robot Masters. The Spears get defeated easily.
Matter Replicator: A rather large number of the Robot Master weapons are shown to be some variation of this, differing only by material and shape.
Mechanical Monster: The Yellow Devil, which confronts Rock in the "Let the Games Begin!" arc.
The aftereffects of issue 20 where Mega Man time travels. Although he loses his memory of the event, little thought is given to the problem since the real time loss was negligible (just enough for a short circuit) and didn't match the memory loss.
The whole world after the Cross Over due to undoing the Cosmic Retcon. Mega Man has several hours of blank memory and his first thought is whether or not the world is okay, but otherwise he has no memory of the events that just took place. Dr. Wily feels like he's lost at least a month of memory and has a strange desire to stomp on eggs, but quickly drops the matter.
Mr. Exposition: During first and third arc, Dr. Light explains to Mega Man what all the robots do.
Dr. Astil is the one who gives the backstory on Lanfront Ruins and the EMP field.
Morality Chain: Roll is this to all of Light's Robot Masters, especially Rock and Blues.
Mugged for Disguise: The Emerald-Spears group manages to infiltrate the A.R.T.S. by replacing the security guards.
Mundane Made Awesome: A rather large portion of anything Dr. Light builds or Dr. Wily weaponizes. CWU-01P, which takes the combined powers of Cut Man, Ice Man, and Mega Man to destroy, is basically a water filter.
Issue 2's has Dr. Wily using Cut Man for various unimpressive purposes, to his annoyance.
Issue 7: Time Man as an alarm clock and Guts Man as the snooze button.
Issue 10: Air Man as a fan and Wood Man as a post to tie his hammock to.
In the comic proper, the weapons of the robot masters built by Dr. Light and Dr. Cossack are shown/implied to be an inversion in that their mundane utilities were weaponized.
My God, What Have I Done?: A mild example; This type of reaction can be seen in Break Man's eye when he inadvertently shoots Roll while she got in the way, during his fight with Mega Man.
Dr. Lalinde is racked with guilt over basically lobotomizing Tempo and destroying her emotions, not for Tempo's sake but to make herself feel better. After "Spiritus Ex Machina" she realizes the full extent of her actions and restores Tempo's personality as best as she can anyway.
The Short Circuits in issue 20 has Police Man, a dead ringer for Fake Man from Mega Man 9 (save for the lack of a blaster).
Merely trying to install a leg upgrade to give Mega Man the ability to slide caused Dr. Light much frustration. He just couldn't figure out why it stopped working at modes nine and ten.
Any time Roll is seen in a different outfit than usual, it's probably one of her unlockable outfits from Mega Man: Powered Up.
Near Villain Victory: Despite losing his Robot Masters in the third story arc, Wily came very closed to winning. He only lost because he underestimated Dr. Light's fast-thinking and didn't take into account the original Robot Masters.
Ra Moon came very close to wiping out humanity. His big mistake was splitting his power to make Ra Devil invincible.
Neon Sign Hideout: Wily's Skull Fortresses come pretty dang close to this. And he seems to have a pathological need to personalize his other hideouts even when a low profile would serve him better. Elec Man says it best.
Elec Man: "The man is as subtle as a blown transformer."
Although in the above case, he wanted to be found by Light's robots so he could reprogram them again.
Never Say "Die": Averted in regards to human death as of the Spiritus Ex Machina arc, though thinly veiled euphemisms are still used at times.
No OSHA Compliance: At Wily's Skull Castle, one can see a Blader speed through the background. The robot is carrying a load of unsecured blocks on a unstable platform, with some of the load falling off.
No Sell: Mega Man didn't even make Ra Devil flinched when he shot him with a fully charged super shot. This clued Wily in that Ra Moon had tilted his hand.
Before then, Mega Man's buster had no effect on Ra Thor.
Not Me This Time: Played with. When Mega Man and the other Light robots saw Wily's Robot Masters, they assumed that he was behind the black-out. They are right in that Wily did wanted to cause a black-out, but much more limited and not one that would wipe out humanity.
Obviously Evil: Even if you knew nothing about the Mega Man series, Wily was obviously bad news just by looking at him in issue one.
Xander also courts. He wears an eye-patch of all things.
Ra Moon was trouble by the first page of its introduction.
Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Played with. The first two arcs had Dr. Wily reprogramming local robots and reusing old factories for his fortresses. By the third arc, he's got his own fortress, robot minions and Robot Masters. The fourth arc has him acquire supplies by using Ra Moon.
Overclocking Attack: What Mega Man nearly succumbs to after using two Mega Busters at once to defeat Ra Moon.
Override Command: The Robot Masters can issue these to other robots as part of their function.
Permadeath: Made possible for the robot characters due to their IC Chips, which contain the robot's memories and personality. If the IC chip is destroyed than the robot's personality is essentially gone and the robot is, for all intents and purposes, dead. It won't matter if the robot's body is repaired and given a new chip, since it will just be a new robot's mind inside the body. For this reason Mega Man makes sure to hold back when fighting Robot Masters so that he doesn't inadvertently destroy one of their IC chips and thus kill them.
Personality Chip: IC (Integrated Circuit) Chips are the source of a Robot's personality. When confronted by Break Man in Issue #23 Mega Man begs him not to destroy the IC, lest he breaks Dr. Light's heart.
Pet the Dog: Wily saving Blues after his Robot Masters found him unconscious outside the ruins.
Best part, he managed to save Blues without wiping out his personality.
Even if it was self-serving, Wily taking Mega Man back to Dr. Light, fulfilling Mega Man's final request to him.
Wily putting his grudge for Dr. Light aside and working day and night trying to repair Mega Man.
Before he turned evil, him cheering Dr. Light up after Blues ran away from home.
Reality Ensues: The second arc has Dr. Light being investigated by the government after Wily's first rampage. As it turns out, someone using robots you built to destroy half the city and the person in question is a well-known colleague and friend of yours, it doesn't exactly make you look innocent.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Though a cold and distant, the military brass are quite reasonable with Dr. Light. With a few conditions (a simpler combat model), they're still willing to fund Light's research even after Blues malfunctions during a demonstration. The fact that Blues was effectively dominating the test as a One-Man Army until his power core malfunctioned probably helped the decision.
Replacement Goldfish: Proto Man thinks that Rock and Roll are this. While he does have something of a point, it's clear that his accusations are born from his resentment and jealousy rather than how Dr. Light treats his surrogate-children.
Revenge Through Corruption: Wily did a version of this after he corrupted Mega Man with a virus, turning Mega Man into his servant. After several text of gloating, he yelled, "How do you like that, Thomas!"
The Rival: Quick Man sees himself as Mega Man's rival.
Robo Family: In several flavors. Rock, Roll, and Blues were designed to be Dr. Light's children, and so it is only natural that they see each other as genuine siblings. The other Robot Masters apparently refer to each other as 'brothers' to others of the same series or made by the same creator, but their bond is apparently more camaraderie and close friendship than actual family ties. As such, Ice Man sees nothing wrong with crushing on Roll despite both being built by Dr. Light.
Robot Cargo: As human as the robot masters act, they are still seen being stored and shipped in crates. None of them seem to view this as unusual.
Robot Hair: Rock's hair gets commented upon occasionally. In the first arc, Dr. Light affectionately notes with a bit of a chuckle that he gave his robot creation hair. Later, Flash Man is actually shocked by Mega Man's hair.
Robot Kids: So far, four of the robots in the series have been shown or implied to have been explicitly designed to act as their creators' children. Rock, Roll, and Blues for Dr. Light and Tempo/Quake Woman for Dr. Lalinde.
Robot Masters: No, not those. In addition to Dr. Light and Dr. Wily, who are arguably two of the most well known examples of this trope ever, there's enough people who fit this description for them to have their own convention. It's effectively an entire world full of Robot Masters! note And we still don't mean the mechanical ones!
Robot War: Played with - while the robots are the ones doing most of the fighting, it's Dr. Wily who programs the robots to conquer the world. Mega Man (and later, the rest of Light's Robot Masters) are often the only ones who could fight back.
Robotic Reveal: Dr. Wily's hologram gets one, but otherwise this has been effectively averted so far. Blues actually subverts the trope by displaying his robotic abilities in front of humans who have never seen a Ridiculously Human Robot before without any of them seeming to catch on to the fact that he's not really human.
Shipper on Deck: Roll for Mega Man and Quake Woman in issue 22 to Ice Man's annoyance.
Ship Sinking: Thankfully, neither Mega Man nor Quake Woman want an intimate relationship, as they're both uncomfortable with the idea (especially given that the former is physically and mentally 10 years-old).
Shown Their Work: In an interview, Ian Flynn said that he did plenty of research on the Mega Man series, from reading the wiki to seeing gameplays. He even manages to insert Fire Man's southern accent from Powered Up.
Shows Damage: The comic artists have put forth quite a bit of effort to display damage on characters consistently with how much they are injured.
The Singularity: X being uncovered by Dr. Cain in the future results in humanity hitting a major tech boom, resulting in the creation of the Reploids. X fears that things may be advancing too fast for everyone's own good.
Single Tear: As Rock laid on a table being repaired from his battle with Ra Moon, he hears Roll wishing that she was the one who volunteered to be weaponized so Rock wouldn't have to suffer. This made Rock shred a single tear (unknown to Roll and Auto).
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The comic does a good job showing both the benefits and the danger of having thinking robots. In the spirit of the Classic series, however, the tone remains largely idealistic.
The Smurfette Principle: Possibly why Quake Woman, an OC Robot Master, was introduced, as the only classic female characters are Roll, Splash Woman, Kalinka, and Plum. The latter is from an obscure title that wasn't released in English until fairly recently and the former two are Megaman's siblings; Kalinka is a human eight-year-old.
So Much for Stealth: Once the Spears report Rock is using his civilian form to trick them, Mega Man changes into his armor right away.
Sole Survivor: Dr. Astil when his group went to investigate the Lanfront Ruins.
Swiss-Army Weapon: Mega Man's buster arm can reproduce any projectile gained from the Robot Masters. This includes, but is not limited to, fire, ice, lightning, bubbles, leaves, whirlwinds, missiles, bombs, boomerangs...
Swiss Cheese Security: Dr. Wily manages to break into Light Labs and reprogram the Robot Masters pretty easily. Justified, seeing as how Light and Wily were coworkers and friends at the time. In addition Wily could also disarm the security anyway; it is partially his lab, after all.
Tap on the Head: Xander knocks out Harvey with a boot to the head when he gets fed up with him being a hippie. It such a severe blow, it leaves Harvey on the ground for the rest of the arc (Hell, with the accompanying "KRACK!", the way Harvey's head was twisted by the kick, and being out for the rest of the arc, many readers thought Harvey was dead).
Technical Pacifist: Mega Man utterly despises fighting and tries his hardest to avoid it, but is perfectly willing to fight if need be (like if a Robot Master is threatening innocent people).
Dr. Light is much the same. He hates fighting and calls himself a man of peace. But he will fight and build weapons if he believes that what needs to be done to save people.
X is very much like his older brother. He hates fighting, but he also want to protect people.
Dr. Light has these programmed into his robots, with a slight twist. It's apparently acceptable for robots to attack humans if it's to save others. When the Emerald-Spears start attacking people along with the robots, that allows Mega Man and the others to start fighting back.
Slightly lampshaded when Elec Man says he actually wants Dr. Wily's programming back because it would let him attack the Emerald-Spears. He's a three laws compliant robot wishing he wasn't.
Teleporters and Transporters: Dr. Light has one to rapidly transport Rock from location to location. While robots can use the device, humans are unable to.
Theme Naming: Mega Man's real name is Rock and his sister's name is Roll, and Proto Man's real name is Blues.
Time Bomb: In one of the one-shots, Xander planted a bomb what would go off at midnight on New Years.
Time Master: Time Man and to a much greater extent Flash Man who can outright stop time.
Time Travel: Xander breaks into the Chronos Institute in an effort to change the past, preventing the creation of robots. He instead ends up in the future.
In "Rock of the Ages" this is foreshadowed as one of Wily's future plans.
Tragic Villain: Proto Man, though he eventually develops into a Tragic Anti-Hero instead.
Truly Single Parent: This is Dr. Light towards his robot creations especially towards Rock, Roll and Blues. He sees them as his "children" and even calls them "son" or "daughter".
The same could also apply to some of the other scientists who have created robot masters of their own that have appeared in the comic. Most prominently Dr. LaLinde and her creation Tempo/Quake Woman who also sees her creation as her daughter.
Underestimating Badassery: Throughout the first and second story arcs Wily never took Mega Man seriously, even after he defeated all of the reprogrammed Robot Masters.
Undisclosed Funds: The suitably impressive research grant Dr. Light received to make Sniper Joes for the military.
A younger Dr. Wily: "Egad! Is this check for your research grant?!"
The Unfought: Due to the allocated space, not only are many bosses from the games given shorter battle scenes, some are not shown at all. The first fortress boss to be skipped over entirely was PicoPico-Kun.
Ungrateful Bastard: Mega Man saves Wily from the wreckage of his machine in issue #4. The moment he's sees the Robot Masters, he orders them to kill Mega Man.
Subverted. When Mega Man resorts to Explosive Overclocking to save the world from Ra Moon, Wily pushes his genius to its limits to keep Mega Man alive and get him home. And it wasn't just a plan to look good either - he had no idea what to do when the police finally showed up.
Played with/double subverted when a later issue reveals that it was actually part of a plan. While he was trying to make himself look good and pin all of his villainy on the now-deceased Ra Moon, he actually did feel gratitude towards Rock and later found himself questioning if he should go through with his newest scheme.
Mega Man: So if you're so advanced, where are your hands?
Crash Man: Where are my...? Why would I need...? (Looks at the drills replacing his hands.) ...A pretty astute question, actually.
This becomes a Brick Joke when the equally hand-less Needle Man arrives and is told to help with the heavy lifting. Crash Man empathizes with him.
Enters fridge logic territory when you consider that multiple Robot Masters; such as Mega Man, Quake Woman, Pharaoh Man, and Proto Man (the prototype Robot Master); can switch between their hands and their weapons as a free action.
Waxing Lyrical: An unusual example, as Dr. Light does this in issue 3... to a song by The Megas that's supposed to be sung by him.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Emerald-Spears. They make several good points about robots advancing too far and may become a threat to humanity. They also have a point about humans becoming too depended on robots. However, they were willing to kill innocents to advance their cause along with robots who did no wrong, including those robots who fought to protect humans.
Wham Episode: How do you top Worlds Collide?How about Ra Moon initiating a world wide EMP wave that shuts down everything save for the robots it built or rebuilt. Including Proto Man/Break Man. And having Break Man watch as the entire world goes into complete chaos as his younger brother and sister are functionally dead. This happens right after Break Man accidentally shot Roll in the gut.
Xander's time-travelling shenanigans during "Dawn of X" reveals not only was his time warping at least partially to blame for the bizarre events of Rock of Ages, but the Worlds Collide crossover is part of the comic's canon future. Even worse, after his arrest, we see a quite clearly unhinged Xander carving several symbols into his prison wall...
Wham Shot: ...including an X, an infinity sign (representing Zero's DWN designation), as well as the faces of Mega Man, Bass...and Sonic.
Roll getting shot by Break Man, along with the immediate aftermath of Ra Moon's world-devastating EMP.
You Fight Like a Cow: In the third story arc, Quick Man was very fond of given these kinds of insults towards Mega Man.
Zeerust: In the comic's version of the world of 200X, the overall look and technology is more based off the games than the real world Turn of the Millennium.
Zeroth Law Rebellion: More of a loophole - during the A.R.T.S. Arc, when the Emerald Spears start shooting, thereby putting other humans still in the convention hall in danger, Mega Man and the other Robots now have reason needed to fight back.