Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race is a fanfic that acts as a retelling/continuation of the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon, written by MegaBauer.Rather than being a straight adaptation of the show, it blends the games and the cartoon and features original characters and plotlines. It also mixes episode orders and excises infamous ones, such as Curse of the Lion Men, entirely.After Episode 5, it features stories set after the end of the show, acting as a story-driven continuation to the open-ended cartoon.It can be found here, and the author's Twitter can be found here.While many spoilers are hidden, some will be unmarked.
Alas, Poor Villain: Ballade, who makes a not-quite heroic sacrifice in order to save a little girl trapped where he was ordered to detonate explosives.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: In episode 8, Wily takes over the Civil Defense Tower and locks it down in order to prevent anyone from stopping Drill Man from flooding the tower with lava by way of the Earth's core.
Almost Kiss: This happens to Mega and Kalinka in Episode 10... twice.
Always Someone Better: Dr. Cossack felt Light beat him in everything, though he changes his tune later on.
Anti-Hero: As of Episode 11, ProtoMan after turning on Wily and destroying the Mad Grinder.
Anti-Villain: ProtoMan has a policy to not kill, and it's clear that Wily's programming is what makes him unable to defy the doctor. He was also very conflicted over the Heel Face Mole part of "Brothers".
Ballade turned out to be one, as he realized that being the robot Wily's most proud of meant others will fight for the spot, and while he showed respect to his enemies he got no respect from comrades. In the climax of episode 10 he sacrifices himself because continuing with the plan would endanger an innocent human life.
Mr. Black is revealed as this as more of his back story comes to light, as well as his guilt and bad luck with the missions he's assigned. Which is why he's being targeted by the Conduit's other associates.
Ascended Extra: Doc the Metool, who only appeared in the first episode of the show, is here a more prominent character who bonds deeply with Roll. And then he dies.
Newswoman Bree Ricotta gets a lot more screentime, as do other cartoon-exclusive humans.
Oneshot crook Ms. Lapierre returns in episode 7, having stolen Knight Man.
In a non-show example, the Mad Grinder from Mega Man 7 appeared only in the game's intro, serving as a warmup boss. In the fanfic, the Mad Grinder is Project G-2, and is as tall as he was in the intro cutscene.
Big Damn Heroes/Big Damn Villains: ProtoMan borders on this when he saves Mega Man from Bass in Episode 7. Also Bass inadvertently saves Mega Man from the Killers in Episode 10, restating his claim that he is the only one that is going to kill Mega Man.
Bass does this again in Episode 11, saving Roll from a collapsed building.
In Episode 11, chapter 11, Mr. Black saves the President from Wily's execution.
Also in Episode 11, ProtoMan saves Mega Man and the world by turning on Wily and detonating the Mad Grinder.
There's also Bass. In episode 11 he comments that he loves the sounds of war, and the only thing better is silence before victory.
The Bully: A couple Robot Masters, as well as Punk.
Butt Monkey: Drill Man and Tiesel Bonne, though both instances are played for drama.
Came Back Wrong: Dark Man was given a new memory core after death, and became, essentially, a zombie. The author stated that this was like putting a new soul in the same body, and why Dr. Light didn't just give Doc a new memory core. Wily, on the other hand, had no such moral difficulty.
The Cameo: Plenty at the Vick-Tek ball, including Keiji Inafune.
Cannot Tell a Lie: Robots generally can't lie, except for ones with advanced programming, like ProtoMan. As of episode 7 this also includes Guts Man, Cut Man, and Magnet Man.
Cerebus Syndrome: Post episode 5, the characters' morale and the tone of events in the story have taken an increasingly dark turn. This is best exemplified by the episode 10 epilogue, which is a nonstop string of tragic events.
Episode 11 is the darkest one yet, but has hopeful moments that become most prominent in chapter 11.
Chase Scene: Episode 12 has a chase between the heroes and Mr. Black. It ends with Mr. Black getting captured.
Chekhov's Gun: Many things, but a specific kind of head pain is a recurring one, happening to ProtoMan upon activation, Mega Man due to the scrambler chip, and Nomad upon activation.
Chapter 1 states that robots can't self terminate at the behest of humans. This saves Drill Man in episode 8.
In episode 12, ProtoMan stealing Roll's SkyCycle led to it running out of fuel at a crucial time.
He's Back: Villainous variant with ProtoMan in episode 11.
Heroic version with Mega Man one chapter later.
Hidden Villain/Hidden Agenda Villain: Mr. Black combines the tropes; he's initially seen as faceless, but eventually his face, backstory, and name are slowly revealed, as well as his motivations and target.
Also, the Conduit, as well as his/her/its associates.
Hope Spot: In episode 11, chapter 7, everyone is geared up for a fight against Project G-2. There were heartwarming scenes before the battle, everyone is confident Mega will do his best, and he has the full support of the Robo-Commandos and the US army. And then everyone but Mega Man is killed.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though he's a bad guy until the episode 11 finale and is not fond of most humans, ProtoMan has demonstrated acts of kindness, especially to Nomad, Mega Man and Roll.
Just a Machine: Wily sometimes has this view on robots, and the Conduitdefinitely does.
Kick the Dog: Wily does this a lot, especially to his own robots.
In the episode 9 epilogue, he demoted ProtoMan in front of all the other robots when it was Wily's fault the plan failed, and made it so he can never leave the fortress without permission again.
Metal Man decapitates a Sniper Joe in Episode 9, though it isn't killed.
Centaur Man gets one in episode 11 when he imitates a heartbroken Mega Man while he's relaying information to Wily.
In Episode 11 Wily demotes ProtoMan to the lowest rung yet, prevents him from going on missions, and weaponizes a Pet the Dog moment with Bass to further hurt him. Then, in a later chapter, he burns ProtoMan's photograph of himself and Mega Man together.
Episode 12 has Miss T ripping apart Tonya's wedding dress.
Not Himself: ProtoMan post episode 10; the other characters begin to notice midway through episode 11.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: With most of his crazy plots from the show carried over, and how he had a tendency to foil his own schemes, Wily was generally seen as a foolish, if evil, old man by the readership. Even given his villainous breakdowns, rants, and increasingly dangerous plots, he didn't threaten the characters personally much post episode 4...until the episode 10 epilogue, where he personally and mercilessly tortures ProtoMan in cold blood. It ends with ProtoMan begging him to stop.
Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Post episode 5, nothing is necessarily safe, as it continues beyond where the show left off. The interlude to Episode 8 exemplifies this, with tons of new plot developments appearing.
Episode 11 has major changes in the status quo; even its title is "Things Change." The biggest one is ProtoMan leaving Wily.
Episode 6 has everyone's reaction when ProtoMan accidentally shoots an ion bomb and makes it go critical.
Episode 8 has Mega Man's reaction to realizing Roll is locked in the Tower as it's going to flood with lava.
Episode 10 has Governor Deacon's reaction to his Sky Car being broken into, but more importantly about the lab access code in the glove compartment.
Episode 11 has the President's reaction to Wily wanting nuclear weapons.
Episode 12 has the FBI's reaction when Mr. Black mentions the Jadous Sphere.
Original Character: Marcus Vickers, Lynn, Castor, the Conduit, and Mr. Black are just a few. There's also a ground-based female Robot Master who the author had in mind before the Archie Comics' Quake Woman.
Overprotective Dad: Dr. Light was this to Roll at first, and Dr. Cossack is this for Kalinka.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Wily's "Mr. X" outfit; possibly even worse is ProtoMan's alias, "Pro T. Mann."
Pet the Dog: ProtoMan does this more and more as the series goes on.
Even Wily gets one in a twisted way when he attacks an hallucination of his father after it threatens ProtoMan.
Wily invokes and weaponizes this in Episode 11, using a hug with Bass to hurt ProtoMan.
Status Quo Is God: Played for drama in episodes 5 and 9; ProtoMan's Face-Heel Turn and promotion are temporary, but have lasting effects on him and other characters. ProtoMan even leaves episode 9 in worse shape than when he started.
Stay in the Kitchen: Seen in early episodes, but faded when Roll confronted her family about it.
Strapped to a Bomb: Played for drama in episode 6 when Kalinka is shackled to a city-destroying ion bomb.
Super Senses: Bass has highly advanced senses that can scan through walls and detect human heartbeats.
Take a Third Option: In episode 11 the President decides to stall Wily until Mega Man can arrive.
Take My Hand: Seen in episode 9 between ProtoMan and Metal Man.
Updated Re-release: The Special Edition of Episode 1, which tightens continuity, streamlines paragraphs, and fixes a lot of typos.
Very Special Episode: A secondary arc of Episode 7 involves Lynn finally dealing with her brother Castor's severe drug abuse, with some helpful advice from Mega Man. Castor is seen suffering drug withdrawals and is reluctant to recover. But, in the end, Castor breaks down in his sister's arms and finally agrees to seek treatment.
Almost the entirety of episode 4 is one, with Gamma being activated and defeating Mega Man.
Episode 7 has a huge one with the introduction of Bass and Treble.
Episode 9 is this, with super intense battles on both sides, the Robot Masters becoming stronger, implications that ProtoMan is doing a much better job leading than Wily, Metal Man being a mole, and the title of one chapter is "A Good Day to Die." Not only does Metal Man die... ProtoMan kills him. The epilogue also introduces the Mega Man Killers and has ProtoMan demoted from Wily's second-in-command.
Episode 10 has Mr. Black invading the Lights' home while Mega, Roll, and Rush are fighting the Killers, a very back and forth fight between the latter groups, and Bass interrupting the Killers when they gain the upper hand. The next chapter has Mr. Black blackmailing the Conduit, Kalinka being kidnapped to force Mega to fight the Killers, and in the climax Ballade dies. The epilogue has the confirmation that Janet is paralyzed, many events go from bad to worse, and ProtoMan is tortured by Wily.
Episode 11 promises major changes in the status quo; its title is "Things Change." As of chapter 6, Mega Man saw the full video of ProtoMan's activation, Roll had a talk with Bass and at least tried to change his ways, Bass is back with Wily, and Wily knows that ProtoMan betrayed him before. Then, we have an invasion of Washington DC, Mega Man temporarily giving up, and the full reveal of Mr. Black's intentions. Then, Mr. Black establishes himself as a good guy by saving the President, it's revealed that the Mad Grinder is powered by Bassinium, and Bass is decisively defeated. And then, at the very end of chapter 11, ProtoMan turns on Wily.
Episode 12 reveals the Conduit's master plan, which is a threat to the entire world, including Light and Wily. In chapter 4, Mr. Black is captured by the police thanks to Mega Man, Roll, and ProtoMan. And in Chapter 5, the Conduit casually mentions that there are two Jadous Spheres. The climax of the episode has the first Jadous Sphere shattering and Bass breaking Mr. Black's neck—though he lives, it remains to be seen if he'll stay alive.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The female Robot Master in the beginning of episode 8 is activated by mistake, feels pain almost immediately upon waking, is unable to speak, overhears Wily talking about wiping her memory, and doesn't get a name before running off. She also has a mean shockwave that demolishes parts of Skull Fortress.
Yes-Man: Scott Erickson, Vickers' second in command.