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Fan Fic: Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race
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.


This fanfic contains examples of:

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  • Abusive Parents: Wily's father abused him when he was a child. Wily later paid him back for it.
  • Action Girl: Roll, as in the show, fights against Wily and his robots as much as she can.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The story elaborates on the episodes, has original ones, and continues far beyond them.
  • Adaptational Heroism: ProtoMan is a more heroic character than his Ruby-Spears self.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Dr. Wily and several Robot Masters are far more villainous than in the show.
  • 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.
  • Alien Invasion: Episode 14 deals with the Stardroids coming to Earth to conquer it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The Conduit's gender hasn't been revealed yet and they are always referred to as 'he/she/it.' It's implied that they may not even be human.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Wily used his protocol disruptor's signal inducer for Splash Woman, enhancing her brainwashing powers.
    • The Jadous Sphere and its shards can greatly power up robots.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: George Cochran is an honest politician who believes in equality for robots, but his son William is a fervent anti-robot racist.
  • 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 was revealed as this as more of his back story came to light, as well as his guilt and bad luck with the missions he's assigned. Which is why he was being targeted by the Conduit's other associates.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: ProtoMan's first kiss to Nomad is on her forehead.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Kalinka eventually becomes Mega Man's girlfriend.
    • Tron Bonne wants to be this, but she doesn't know about Kalinka until late in Episode 13.
  • The Atoner: Drill Man, ProtoMan, and Mr. Black after they each turn good.
  • Ax-Crazy: Dr. Wily, and several of his Robot Masters. Both Wily and Bass love the sound of screaming, and Splash Woman goes berserk after Roll attacks her and threatens to destroy the entire cavern to get rid of her enemies.
  • Bad Boss: Wily. Also Vickers to a lesser extent.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Tiesel Bonne has to look after his rambunctious baby brother... who pilots a mech suit.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 13 takes place while the Lights and Bonnes are on vacation, and both Kalinka and Splash Woman act a bit sensually towards Mega Man. The girls are also in swimsuits.
  • Berserk Button: Wily's is being called out on his mental instability.
    • Bass's is hurting Roll or intending to hurt her.
  • Big Blackout: Episode 12 involves a blackout set by Wily.
  • Big Damn Heroes: 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.
  • Biker Babe: Miss T is often seen on her motorcycle.
  • Blood Knight: Punk loves fighting and not much else.
    • 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Aside from examples from the show, Splash Woman's song does this to Mega Man, Rush, and Plum, as well as sharkbots and other mechanical fish.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 13, which involves the Lights on vacation in Hawaii. Wily still attacks, though.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Mega Man and Roll. As of episode 11, ProtoMan is also included.
  • 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.
  • Canon Immigrant: The leader of the Mega Crew is revealed to be Tiesel Bonne, from the Mega Man Legends games. Later, his siblings appear, and the Bonnes become supporting characters.
  • 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.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Wily's grins are often described as this.
  • Chess Motifs: Mr. Black has an unfinished chess game in his hideout. It's one with his wife that he never finished.
    • These return for Mr. Black's interrogation in Episode 12, and the conclusion of his story arc.
  • Children Are Innocent: A recurring motif with Janet, a young girl who shows up late in Episode 10.
  • Clear My Name: Mega Man is framed for Kalinka's kidnapping in Episode 6, and at the end of Episode 13, Chief Toombs is falsely accused of being a mole for the Conduit.
  • Cliff Hanger: A lot of chapters end on this.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Wily inflicts this on Ice Man early on, and an innocent Metool in Episode 7.
    • In Episode 10's epilogue, he inflicts this on ProtoMan.
    • Episode 13 has a captive Mega Man being tortured with electricity, courtesy of Bass.
  • Code Name: The Conduit and his/her/its associates all have code names.
  • Combat Pragmatist: ProtoMan, and even Mega Man at times. In early episodes, Proto was fond of bringing this side of his brother out.
  • Compelling Voice: Splash Woman's powers let her brainwash almost anyone and tell them what to do, though they weaken the more time they spend away from her.
  • Consummate Liar: Bass is scarily good at lying to serve his own ends.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Two of the Conduit's associates, Miss T. and Mr. Wire, make plans to deal with Mr. Black.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Marcus Vickers as of Episode 7; before then he was mostly ineffectual.
  • The Cracker: Mr. Wire, as well as Tiesel.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bass tends to deliver these to his opponents.
    • In Episode 11, the Mad Grinder delivers one to the Robo-Commandos and US Army, killing everyone except Mega Man.
  • Curse Cut Short: In Episode 1, Dr. Light charges at Wily while cursing, but Fire Man's flames interrupt him before he can finish.
  • Cute Machines: Metools and Servbots, even in-universe. Everyone finds them adorable, especially Roll and Tron Bonne.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Everyone, from the characters to the readers, squees over the cuteness of Peekaboo.
  • Dark Action Girl: Wily brainwashes a cosmetics robot to attack and humiliate Roll, and sics Doris the maid on Dr. Light.
    • Nomad would have been this if she had stayed with Wily.
    • Splash Woman is also this; in addition to her brainwashing powers, she packs a plasma staff.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Captain Tallarico had a shady past with Governor Deacon.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than the show; Wily in particular is a much darker, twisted character, and the stakes of every battle are serious. The emotional toll war takes on people is also examined in detail.
    • In the cartoon, Metal Man was a camp if effective oneshot Robot Master. In Defender, he's a sadist who takes pleasure in destruction and has appeared multiple times.
  • Darkest Hour: The series has had a few of these.
    • Episode 11, chapter 8, is one, as is most of Episode 11, chapter 9.
    • Episode 11, chapter 12, is this as Mega Man is critically injured. The entire chapter is everyone reacting to it and trying to help.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 8 is Roll-centric; she even saves the day at the end.
    • Episode 9 is ProtoMan-centric, as he's in command of Wily's army until the finale.
    • Episode 12 focuses on Mr. Black.
  • Deader than Dead: In a world where robots can usually be repaired even if severely damaged, Metal Man is vaporized by Galaxy Man's Black Hole Bomb.
  • Deadpan Snarker: ProtoMan often makes snarky comments about Wily's plans or new 'bots he's building.
  • Death Trap: Wily turns the Civil Defense Tower into this for those both inside and outside.
  • Defiant Captive: Both Roll and Kalinka are this when captive, as they try to impede Wily's plans or talk his robots down.
  • Deflector Shields: Bass has these, stemming from gems on his forehead and chest. They absorb attacks rather than deflect them, which can cause him to power up.
  • Despair Event Horizon: ProtoMan crosses this post Episode 10 due to torture, becoming a shell of his old self.
    • Mega Man crosses it in Episode 11, chapter 8.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Towards "those three episodes" of the Mega Man cartoon; a producer offers to make a Mega Man cartoon and gives those episodes' plot synopses. Mega politely dissuades him.
    • Another one to "Curse of the Lion Men" happens in a flashback in Episode 8.
    • One to "Master of Disaster" appears in Episode 9.
    • One to "Night of the Living Monster Bots" happens in Episode 11.
  • Distressed Dude: Mega Man is captured for the latter half of Episode 13, and Roll, ProtoMan, and Kalinka set out to rescue him. Tron Bonne also tags along, unbeknownst to the other characters.
  • Divided We Fall: By Episode 13, tension between Roll and ProtoMan has hit a breaking point, and they may fight soon if not stopped.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: ProtoMan hates being referred to by his birth name, Blues.
  • Downer Beginning: Episode 11 starts with many heroic characters in pain or worse, and Wily looking victorious.
  • Downer Ending: Episode 10. While Wily's plan is stopped, an innocent girl was harmed in the carnage, and Mega Man blames himself. And even worse, Wily tortures ProtoMan.
  • Dramatic Irony: Seen in Episode 10. ProtoMan, who doesn't want to kill Mega Man anymore, is forced to train the Mega Man Killers, who are made to kill Mega.
    • Brain Bot is overjoyed when he sees the Stardroids, not knowing that the invaders do not come in peace.
  • Dramatic Pause: There are a few pauses in the narration and sometimes in dialogue that are used for effect.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: ProtoMan calls Mega out on this in Episode 11; despite the heroic things he's done, he gets no respect and little trust for it.
    • Doubly so after he turns on Wily, though this time it's from the population of New York.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Galaxy Man from Episode 9 debuted in one of the author's side stories.
  • Earpiece Conversation: A non-comedic example. It's seen early in Episode 11, as Wily coaches ProtoMan in a conversation with Mega Man.
  • Egopolis: Punk plans to rename the Hawaiian islands "Punkatopia."
  • Electric Torture: Wily inflicts this on Ice Man early on, and in Episode 13, Bass does this to Mega Man by way of the Torment Generator.
  • Enemy Civil War: Wily's Robot Masters have a habit of competing with each other, and they sometimes jeopardize chances at victory because of it. This becomes even more pronounced when Bass and Splash Woman are created.
  • Epic Fail: Early Vick-Tek robots engage in these, especially Toby, until ProtoMan fixes him.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The result of Operation: Badlands Strike in Episode 11.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Conduit vs. Dr. Wily; their forces get into a fight in Episode 12, and the Conduit plans to kill Wily, who they see as an obstacle.
  • The Faceless: Mr. Black, at first.
    • The Conduit is this as well.
  • Fallen Hero: Mr. Black, who was once a top FBI agent.
  • Fangirl: Kalinka is one to Mega Man, and so is Tron Bonne.
  • Fantastic Racism: William Cochran led an anti-robot group.
    • ProtoMan's not too fond of humans.
  • Field Promotion: ProtoMan talks Wily into putting him in command of the Robot Masters and operations in the interlude to Episode 9.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Mega Man tries to resist Splash Woman's brainwashing by thinking of Kalinka.
  • Final Solution: The Conduit's plan is to destroy every single robot's memory core, killing them all.
  • First Contact: Episode 14 features the Stardroids, alien robots who do not come in peace.
  • Foil: Dr. Light and Dr. Wily contrast in every way, from personality to backstory.
    • Mega Man, ProtoMan, and Bass all qualify too.
    • Kalinka and Tron Bonne; both have an attraction to Mega Man but only one is love. Also, Roll and Tron both care for their robot companions, but Tron is more willing to bend the law.
    • Pretty much any major sibling relationship contrasts with Mega and Proto's.
    • George Cochran is an honest politician who believes in equality for robots, but his son William is a fervent anti-robot racist.
  • Forced to Watch: Mega Man is forced to watch in Episode 11 as the entire army sent to fight Project G-2 is slaughtered.
  • Foreshadowing: Plenty.
    • ProtoMan mentions in Episode 4 that if the ion bomb had been any bigger they'd all be dead. In Episode 6 a much bigger ion bomb is seen, and it's in danger of exploding.
    • Blueprints for Splash Woman are seen in the interlude to Episode 8, and she's seen in Episode 13. Wily also mentions a Project G-2, which appears in Episode 11.
    • Chapter 1 states that a robot cannot self-terminate at the behest of a human. This saves Drill Man in Episode 8.
    • In Episode 7, ProtoMan stops Wily in the middle of testing a pain program on a Metool. The whisper in Wily's head comments that he should use it on ProtoMan. In the Episode 10 epilogue, he does.
    • In Episode 11 the Conduit mentions a third, female associate. She is seen later on, as is a fourth associate.
  • Forever War: Mega Man is worried the war with Wily will be one.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted; while Wily does have an abusive father who colored his outlook on life, the story takes pains to show that Wily himself is a horrible man who deserves punishment.
  • From Bad to Worse: Episodes 10 and 11 have this; just when you think things can't get any worse for the characters' morale, something bad happens.
  • Funny Background Event: In Episode 9, Quick Man was still running when the black hole shut down, resulting in him crashing through a wall with Efficient Displacement.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Roll does this to Mega in Episode 11, slapping him and lecturing him back to his senses—though it takes more than that to fully convince him.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: Lampshaded in the final battle of episode 13, which is titled "Girls Night Out, Parts 1 and 2" and features Roll, Kalinka, and Tron Bonne versus Splash Woman. Another battle takes place at the same time, but the main focus is on the girls.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: Dr. Cossack believes this at first, but changes his tune when Mega helps save him and Kalinka.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Gamma and the Civil Defense Tower. Both were projects meant to stop Wily, but he hijacked them both, causing a lot of destruction and terror.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Seen briefly in Episode 12, though it doesn't get them anywhere.
  • Good Feels Good: ProtoMan realizes this in regards to caring for Nomad.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Wily's jealousy of Light led to their falling out.
  • Hate Sink: Dr. Wily is written like this on purpose, as the author likes having villains that readers root against. Several other villains also qualify, such as Metal Man and the Conduit, but the biggest example aside from Wily is anti-robot racist William Cochran.
  • Hearing Voices: Wily hears whispers in his head that drive him to do very evil deeds.
  • Heel Face Mole: ProtoMan is forced to be this in Episode 5.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Drill Man in Episode 8.
    • ProtoMan in Episode 11, chapter 11.
    • Episode 12, chapter 2 has Mr. Black.
  • Hero Killer: Bass, who inspires fear in Mega Man and manages to give both him and ProtoMan a good thrashing before barely losing or leaving due to outside circumstances.
    • Wily later builds Enker, Punk, and Ballade, the Mega Man Killers. They live up to their name; in-fighting is the only reason they don't succeed in their first encounter with Mega Man.
    • Later those two forces fight. Bass wins, and Mega Man is even more afraid.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: As of Episode 11, ProtoMan.
  • Heroic BSOD: Mega's been in the throes of one since about Episode 6, and it's only gotten worse over time—especially with the fallout from Episode 10. He recovers from it late in Episode 11.
    • ProtoMan's in one too as of the Episode 10 epilogue; he recovers from it midway through Episode 11.
  • Heroic Resolve: Memories of his loved ones let ProtoMan do this in Episode 11, fighting Wily's fear programming and turning on him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Episode 3, Doc the Metool does this to save Roll.
    • QN-60 and Dr. Cossack almost do this to save people, but Mega Man saves them.
    • In Episode 10, Ballade does this to save an innocent girl trapped where he was ordered to detonate explosives.
  • Heroic Wannabe: The Mega Crew, doubling as a shout out to The Dark Knight's Batman wannabes.
  • Heroic Willpower: Mega Man is able to resist Splash Woman's powers enough for her to become annoyed and give up on seducing him at the moment.
  • 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.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Mr. Black.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Erickson. Sadly, he's also a Yes-Man.
  • 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.
  • Humongous Mecha: Gamma, which was built to stop Wily for good.
    • Project G-2, AKA The Mad Grinder. Dr. Wily built it as a war machine.
  • Hurting Hero: Mega Man as of Episode 6, as his doubts over himself and his abilities grow. This continued to amplify until it reached a peak in Episode 11.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Elec Man behaves this way towards Roll and Bree Ricotta. It's extra creepy with Bree as he knows she's married.
    • Splash Woman behaves this way with everyone she seduces, particularly Mega Man.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Mega Man struggles with this throughout the story.
  • Ice Queen: Miss T is the most coldhearted of the Conduit's associates, and threatens Tiesel frequently.
  • If I Can't Have You: Splash Woman blows up her underwater hideout after losing, saying that if she can't have Mega Man no one will.
  • If I Do Not Return: Roll gives such a speech in Episode 8.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Wily has one in the Episode 11 epilogue as he realizes ProtoMan leaving was his fault. Then he decides it can't be entirely his fault and rages at Dr. Light.
    • Tiesel has one in Episode 13 when he feels guilty for what the Conduit is making him do, but suppresses his guilt when he remembers the Conduit's threats against him.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nomad" for the female Robot Master.
    • "Headless Joe" for the headless Sniper Joe.
    • Bree Ricotta is called the Cheese Woman because of her Punny Name.
  • Internal Reveal: In Episode 11, chapter 6, Wily finds out about ProtoMan's betrayal, courtesy of Bass.
    • In the same chapter, Mega Man finally sees the full video of ProtoMan's activation.
    • Episode 11, chapter 11, has the reveal that Mr. Black is on the heroes' side.
    • In the Episode 13 epilogue, Tron learns about Mega Man and Kalinka's relationship and Roll learns about ProtoMan's secret meetings with Nomad.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Bree Ricotta is a heroic version, in contrast to her RS-Mega Man personality. Her nasty comments from the Ruby-Spears episode "Mega-Pinocchio" were passed on to a reporter named Dick.
  • Iron Lady: Police Captain Talia Tallarico is stern, tough, and unwilling to compromise.
  • Irony: The Special Edition of Episode 1 has Wily applying for a job at Vick-Tek. In Episode 7, Wily tricks Vick-Tek into funding him to make Bass.
  • It's All About Me: Splash Woman is vain and self-centered; her powers could, if she wanted, make everyone idolize her. She gets annoyed when Bass interrupts her time alone, calling it her "Just Splash Time."
  • It's Personal: Roll has a personal vendetta against Wily for killing Doc.
    • Mr. Black has one against Wily for killing Tonya.
    • As of Episode 11, Wily has one against Dr. Light running even deeper than before.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Averted in Mr. Black's interrogation, as human rights laws mean they can't do him any harm.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Mr. Black has this mindset.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Miss T is the most coldhearted of the Conduit's associates, and threatens Tiesel frequently.
  • Just a Machine: Wily sometimes has this view on robots, and the Conduit definitely 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Seen a couple times.
    • Episode 3 has Doc.
    • Episode 9 has Metal Man.
    • Episode 10 has Ballade.
  • Kneel Before Zod: In Episode 13, Wily fantasizes about making everyone grovel before him—or, if he chooses, killing them while they're on their knees.

     L-Z 
  • Landslide Election: Mitchell Deacon wins his seat as governor by a landslide, and it's predicted former governor George Cochran will easily win his bid for President.
  • Large Ham: Centaur Man was disguised as a wrestling champion, The Centaur, for quite a while. He still retains that attitude.
  • Like a God to Me: Metal Man sees Wily as a god. It is not played for laughs.
  • Literal Change of Heart: To cement his character development, ProtoMan offers his own internal regulator/heart to save Mega Man.
  • Loophole Abuse: ProtoMan's fond of exploiting these in regards to his programming.
    • Drill Man does likewise in Episode 8.
  • Losing Your Head: A Sniper Joe in Episode 9 has its head cut off by Metal Man, but just picks it up and wanders off. He loses it again later on, with the same reaction.
  • Loss of Identity: Sometimes Mega Man is so busy being Mega Man that he forgets he can be Rock.
  • The Lost Lenore: Mr. Black's wife, Tonya Coupe-Barton.
  • Love Redeems: In Episode 11, ProtoMan's love for his family and Nomad is what enables him to turn on Wily.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Wily, and Bass.
  • Mauve Shirt: Headless Joe, a Sniper Joe who befriended ProtoMan after losing his head.
  • Mind Probe: In the Episode 14 interlude, Bass has his brain hijacked by the Stardroids, giving them access to his memories and knowledge of Earth so they can prepare for the invasion. Even scarier is that they did so through his power source, and someone who wasn't the Stardroids actually possessed him briefly.
  • The Mole: Metal Man in Episode 9 is this, spying on ProtoMan for Wily.
    • In Episode 13, the police and FBI suspect the Conduit may have planted a mole within their ranks. It turns out they're right. The mole turns out to be Captain Tallarico, AKA Miss T.
    • Splash Woman brainwashes Plum and has her spy on Roll, Mega Man, and their friends.
  • Moment Killer: Bass interrupts Splash Woman attempting to seduce Mega Man several times.
  • Moment of Weakness: Mega has one in Episode 8 when he presses Wily's Berserk Button while trying to negotiate with him and Drill Man; he regrets it almost immediately.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Dr. Light's reaction to the Gamma ordeal, and Vickers's when he learns the truth about Bass and his creator.
    • Roll gets this in the Episode 3 interlude after she brutally dispatches the cosmetic robot from "Electric Nightmare."
    • Dr. Wily gets this briefly in the Episode 11 epilogue, but soon his rage outweighs the guilt.
  • Near Villain Victory: Dr. Wily has come extremely close to winning the world and killing Mega Man at times. The most prominent example is Episode 11, where he would have won and killed him if not for ProtoMan turning on him. Even after Wily loses in that episode, Mega Man almost dies anyway because of the wounds inflicted on him.
  • Never My Fault: Wily has this problem big-time, blaming everyone for failures except himself.
    • He finally (and rightfully) blames himself for ProtoMan leaving in the Episode 11 epilogue.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Played straight most of the time, but averted in Episode 11 where Wily decides to repeat a semi-successful plan in the hopes of hurting Mega more.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Wily's foiled a couple of his own schemes, and Vickers ruined a potential deal with Cossack.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Episode 12, Mr. Black is brutalized by Bass, getting beat up and having his neck snapped.
  • No One Could Survive That: Lampshaded in Episode 12 where Mr. Black survives having his neck broken, though it's realistic in that he'd die very quickly if not treated. He ends up barely surviving.
  • Noble Demon: Ballade, who treated Mega Man with dignity while his allies didn't.
  • 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.
  • OC Stand In: The Bonnes' parents, here named Don Juan and Bonnie Bonne.
  • Oh Crap: Seen a couple times across the series.
    • 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.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: ProtoMan is like this towards Mega for a good while.
    • Bass is also this to a much more frightening degree.
  • 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.
  • Outside-Context Villain: The Stardroids, extremely powerful robot aliens that no one on Earth knew about before they invaded. Their mere presence en route to Earth enabled them to scan Bass's memories and even make him go haywire, when he was the most powerful robot in the series before they arrived.
  • 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."
  • Parental Neglect: The Bonnes' parents are on constant vacations and check in infrequently via communicators.
  • Personality Powers: Splash Woman is vain and self-centered, and her powers make robots enamored with her. If she wanted she could have everyone worship her.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon Speak: Beat the robo-bird can only say his name.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Punk is extremely sexist towards Roll, which infuriates her to no end.
  • The Power of Hate: Dr. Wily's rage and anger fuels his creativity at times.
  • The Power of Love: A frequent theme, particularly between Mega Man, his family, and Kalinka.
    • In Episode 11, chapter 8, ProtoMan uses his love for Nomad to gather the courage to restore his old self. Two chapters later, he calms Nomad out of her destructive programming and pain.
  • Power Trio: Enker, Punk, and Ballade are a villainous example.
    • As of Episode 11, Mega Man, ProtoMan, and Roll.
  • Precision F-Strike: ProtoMan drops the fic's single f-bomb upon seeing Dark Man 2.
  • Pretend To Be Brainwashed: Roll and Bass do this when Splash Woman tries to brainwash them. Roll does it to catch her off-guard, while Bass hides that he can resist her powers until it's too late for her to do anything about it.
  • Pun-Based Title: Episode 12, called "Fade to Black," focuses on the character of Mr. Black.
    • Episode 13, "A Big Splash," introduces Splash Woman.
  • Put on a Bus: Vickers, Erickson, and Ferguson at the end of Episode 7.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: Seen in text format for Evelyn Ray's latest horror flick.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Governor Cochran and Governor Deacon, as well as President Henry, have helped and are helped by Mega Man at times.
  • Red Herring: Mr. Black's hostile actions towards Mega Man were meant to make readers think Mega was a target. In reality it was Wily.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Happens with Drill Man.
  • Rescue Romance: In Episode 13, Tron hopes Mega Man will fall in love with her if she rescues him.
  • Retcon: The Special Edition Episode 1 makes it clear that the company Wily failed to get a job at was Vick-Tek; in the original it was an unnamed company and mentioned in passing.
    • It also has Lynn Wersching and AL-05 appear earlier as they investigate Wily's home.
  • The Reveal: Mr. Black's real name is Jonathan Barton.
    • Project G-2 is the Mad Grinder.
    • ProtoMan's weakness post Episode 10 was partly due to Wily literally removing his positive traits.
    • Mr. Black's target is Dr. Wily.
    • Project G-2 is powered by Bassinium.
    • Episode 12 has the reveal of the Conduit's master plan, which involves a virus to destroy all robots' memory cores.
    • Episode 13 reveals that Nomad will try to kill Mega Man on sight due to Wily's programming, and the epilogue reveals the identity of the mole on the police force.
  • Revenge: Roll wants revenge on Wily for killing Doc.
    • Tiesel Bonne wants revenge on Mega Man for dissolving the Mega Crew and perceived humiliation.
    • Mr. Black wants revenge on Wily for killing his wife and leaving him paralyzed.
    • As of Episode 11, Wily wants revenge on Dr. Light for perceived involvement in ProtoMan leaving Wily and turning good.
  • Rousing Speech: ProtoMan gives one in the interlude to Episode 9 as Wily gives him command of the battle operations.
  • Running Gag: The author asking fans to point out any continuity errors big enough to [x], with [x] usually being something near-impossible, such as breaking a Met's hardhat.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Doc the Metool, who dies in episode 3 after several scenes of bonding with Roll.
  • Sadistic Choice: Wily is fond of offering these, especially to those in power.
  • Secret Keeper: ProtoMan is this for the fact that Nomad's alive. In Episode 13, Roll also becomes this.
    • Cut Man, Guts Man, and Magnet Man are this for ProtoMan meeting with Nomad.
  • Serial Escalation: It's noted in-story that Wily's plots keep getting bigger.
    • Project G-2, AKA The Mad Grinder, is even more dangerous than Gamma.
    • Episode 12 reveals the Conduit's plan of robot genocide, which is a threat to Dr. Light and Wily.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Mega Man, starting around Episode 6.
  • Shout-Out: To Mega Man Recut's "It's not a banana!" meme.
    • One to The Dark Knight with the Mega Crew, vigilante Mega Man wannabes.
    • There are several references to 24 scattered throughout the episodes. One noticeable one is a reference to the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) in Episode 9.
    • Punk's personality is a reference to wrestler CM Punk.
    • There are a couple shout outs to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, such as the no-win scenario and Mr. Black's choice of books.
    • Episode 11, chapter 8's title is one to a very famous Spider-Man story, specifically "Spider-Man No More."
    • Tiesel originally wanted to be known by the codename Mr. T.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: Splash Woman can enthrall robots of any gender and brainwash them.
  • Smug Super: Enker and Punk are constantly boasting about their powers and bullying other robots.
    • Centaur Man was disguised as a wrestling champion, The Centaur, for quite a while. He still retains that attitude.
  • The Speechless: Nomad, due to botched programming.
  • Spell My Name with an S: ProtoMan is one word with two capitalizations. In this 'verse, it's a shortening of Wily's suggested "Prototype Man" name.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Bass, to Roll.
  • Status Quo Is God: Played for drama in Episodes 5 and 9; ProtoMan's Heel-Face 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.
  • Tabloid Melodrama: Mega Man has often been the subject of tabloid scrutiny, but this trope really takes effect in the interlude to Episode 14, where Tiesel Bonne gives the Conduit footage of Mega and Kalinka's kiss, which could result in it being leaked to the public.
  • 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.
  • Taking You with Me: In Episode 9 Metal Man tries to do this to ProtoMan.
  • Team Rocket Wins: In Episode 9, Cut Man, Guts Man, and other Robot Masters defeat Mega Man.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In Episode 11 Rock quits being Mega Man for about 1 chapter. It's played very well, and he himself notes that he may have been hasty.
  • That Man Is Dead: Mr. Black claims this about who he used to be. In the end it's reversed, with John Barton declaring Mr. Black dead.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: ProtoMan has a strict policy to not kill. He breaks this vow in Episode 9.
  • Thunderbolt Iron: The meteor fragments from Red Gulch, as well as Bassinium/Quadirium.
    • The Jadous Sphere is also this.
  • To the Pain: Dr. Wily likes to do this.
    • In Episode 1, Wily described the reprogramming process to Rock and Roll in detail, terrifying them even more.
    • In the Episode 10 epilogue, Wily describes the torturing program in excruciating detail.
  • Tragic Villain: ProtoMan. He was stolen and reprogrammed early in life. As a result, he can't defy Dr. Wily's orders even when he really wants to, such as being a Heel Face Mole or abandoning a life-threatening situation.
    • As of Episode 10, Ballade. 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.
  • Training from Hell: ProtoMan puts the Robot Masters through this in Episode 9.
  • Trap Door: Vickers has one in his office; once he ejected himself.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Governor Deacon's adviser, Newkirk, didn't have well-laid plans. While not outright treacherous, he showed little to no concern for public safety. This got Newkirk fired.
  • Ultimate Universe: For the Mega Man cartoon and the games.
  • Unexpected Character: Nobody expected the Mega Crew leader to be Tiesel Bonne.
  • Unknown Rival: Tron Bonne sees herself as a rival for Mega Man's affections, but both Mega Man and Kalinka don't even know who she is.
  • Updated Re-release: The Special Edition of Episode 1, which tightens continuity, streamlines paragraphs, and fixes a lot of typos.
  • Vacation Episode: Episode 13.
  • The Vamp: Splash Woman brainwashes and seduces Mega Man, and forces him to promise not to tell anyone about her. Even thinking about Kalinka doesn't free him from her control, and Rush is enthralled by her powers.
  • 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.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Bass, at least at first.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Splash Woman muses that while she could destroy Mega Man, part of her would love to have him to herself and under her control.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ever since Episode 4 and the Gamma ordeal, Wily's been slowly losing it.
    • Mr. Black went through this as well, especially given his replacement, Tiesel Bonne.
  • The Virus: A memory core destroying virus is the crux of the Conduit's plan.
  • War Is Hell: A clear theme of the series; despite his many victories over Wily, the battles he's fought and losses suffered affect Mega Man greatly.
  • Washington D.C. Invasion: ProtoMan plans this in Episode 9, but it doesn't happen due to Wily's interference. Wily then steals his idea to use in Episode 11.
  • We Can Rule Together: As in the show, ProtoMan wants Mega Man to join him. In this continuity he extends the offer to Roll as well, and would be happiest with both on his side.
    • Bass wants Roll to rule at his side.
  • We Need a Distraction: The plot of Episode 13 is Splash Woman causing havoc in Hawaii so Wily can pull off a bank robbery in Hollywood.
  • Weaponized Landmark: The Civil Defense Tower.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Drill Man just wants to make Wily proud of him. This backfires horribly in Episode 8.
  • Wham Episode: Quite a few over the story's run.
    • Episode 3 has one in Doc's death. This event colored the entire tone of the series and gave Roll a personal vendetta against Wily.
    • Almost the entirety of Episode 4 is one, with Gamma being activated and defeating Mega Man. The fallout from this episode greatly affected later ones, even if Mega won the day.
    • 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. The epilogue has Mr. Black letting go of his hatred and vowing to honor Tonya's memory by helping others, starting with helping Janet.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Seen in Episode 10 with Bon Bon's mecha. Things go very wrong.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: The Bonnes' parents are on indefinite vacations and check in very infrequently.
  • 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.
    • Tiesel Bonne becomes this to the Conduit.

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