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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.