Colonel.EXE is an E-rated representation of a hermaphrodite.First, look at his appearance. Not only does Colonel wear semi-feminine attire, Colonel also has, what appears to be, breasts and hips. Now, here's the second piece of evidence: Iris, Colonel's emotion data and "sister". Now, this may seem non-canon to you, but Iris isn't his sister, because, unlike the Mega Man X counterpart, Iris was actually inside of him. Colonel's personality change without Iris is actually symbolism for what an outwardly male hermaphrodite has to do in order to fit in: act completely male in order to fit in. The manga holds some evidence, too: the first with Colonel stating that he and Iris were the same people, and him saying that Serenade was "the only one who could understand him". Since Serenade is also hermaphrodite, Colonel might be saying that most people don't know what it's like to feel like you're born in a different body. The reason people call Iris Colonel's "sister"? The Western fans feel uncomfortable with the issue of hermaphroditism, so they just portray Colonel and Iris as siblings.
MMBN takes place in a dystopian world with no Internet freedoms.MMBN takes place in a dystopian future/alternate reality, where the RIAA wins and torrents are punishable with thousands of e-dollars in fines. The law is upheld so fiercely that the mere mention of downloading a chip, subchip, .MP3 or .txt file is met not necessarily with outright deletion, but incredibly heavy and imposing restrictions or fines, since everyday life has become so ingrained to the internet that even the stove is online. This is why individual homepages are blocked by those security blocks - PC privacy is still upheld as a law, so only the most trusted of friends can enter their homepages, which prevents the Officials from searching their hard drives without a valid warrant. The Undernet is the only reliable place to download illegal wares, and as such, it is artificially dangerous - it's a security measure to keep the Officials from snooping around their servers. The Undernet is seen as a lawless hive for the most degenerate of users, but in fact it's actually the only remaining place in the entire internet that still shares information freely and without limits or fear of persecution. Mamoru, bless his weak heart, is the only person with enough gall to make a stand for the freedoms the internet is supposed to represent. Those GMD's that sometimes contain virii? Those are "bait" programs specifically left there by Officials, much like how a cop performs a sting operation in the real world. The Secret area, where Serenade hides, is the core of the Undernet, and by extension, the ideology of the internet "personified" into a three-room private server. The Officials know of it, and have been trying to get to Serenade - and, by extension, Mamoru - ever since they found it. This is why Dark Man has so many kills to his name: he's been fending off Officials, who have been desperately, obsessively trying to shut down the last safe place for torrents and illegal filesharing, for the last year. But the Undernet's virus security, coupled with the Navi and their Operators determined to protect the last safe haven on the net, have made it drat near impossible. tl;dr Mega Man and Lan are jerks.
Alternately, MMBN takes place in a utopian world where most of today's internet crimes are rendered unnecessary.Given that currency is given as a reward for killing viruses, a task that ranges from hard to cakewalk depending on preparation, the need for piracy eventually diminishes.
Lan will join/become leader of the WWW or some other villainous organization.He and Mega Man are already the most powerful team on the Net. Soon, Lan will end up with NOTHING to do after having done everything on the Net except take it over.
Freeze Man is Sean/Shun's navi in BN 2.He's the last boss fought in the game prior to the Boss Rush and the Final Boss. He's also on the Kotobuki Net, which is the cyberspace counterpart of Kotobuki, where Sean and Gospel's HQ are at the time. His operator is never stated, although Freeze Man claims to have none. What makes this implausible? The only other "rogue" navi in the series is Bass, who was revealed to have an operator previously in BN 3, is largely spiteful toward everyone, walks the Earth, and in brief moments where he cooperates for evil he only does so when something's in for him.
Mega Man's power is the forming of the battlefield.It seems that every custom navi have their own powers in and out of battle except for Mega Man. But this is because Mega Man's ability is to form the battlefield you see, allowing him to put a set limit on how much punishment the opponent can take before he/she goes down as well as restrict movement. This is why you can even defeat enemies like Alpha, Bass, and Serenade. This is also why other navis are so much more powerful outside of battle; Mega Man also sets how much damage they can do to him. Finally, this is why Lan always shouts "Battle Routine, set! Execute!", because that's how the battlefield program is activated.
Roll is at least one of the sources of viruses.This is for the games, since I only saw the anime up to the second or third season. She summons viruses to aid her in battle. It's possible that some viruses might escape. Considering she's not much of a fighter, she probably wouldn't be able to stop a lot of viruses she summoned during training.
Going by the above, Roll is a villain.The viruses are intentional, either to slow down Mega Man and others, or to cause havoc all over the internet.
4, 5, and 6 are all non-canon to the EXE timeline.After all, they are Post Script Seasons.
Sean fell into a Plot HoleWhy else would the friggin leader of GOSPEL not be mentioned again? The same thing probably happened to Ms. Madd, Count Zap, and Yahoot.
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Dr. Regal is a cyborg.He somehow survived being a living conductor for electricity from a high-voltage cable without being fried, then jumped from the building in BN 4, and in BN 5 he is alive enough to be Big Bad. Then during the finale of BN 5 he somehow got last 10 years of his memory wiped by overload of emotion data from Soul Net (with Wily's personal help in Team Colonel version). Given how his father - Dr. Wily was extremely antisocial and thus unlikely to have a real child (except for Regal's adoptive stepbrother - Baryl, and any possible mother for Regal is never mentioned) and he was a robotics expert, it makes too much sense.
If a BN 7 is ever made, Splash Woman.EXE will be a badass Poseidon typeBecause it would be cool to make what is unargueablly the most girly robot master after Clown Man into the most mascline Net Navi.
Dr Regal exists in the original Mega Man universe.Self-explanatory. Dr Regal would've been born prior to split that led to the Alternate History. Logically, this means that a version of him would exist in both realities. Who knows, that version of Dr Regal may have turned out decent. That, or he became the ancestor of Dr Weil.
Dr. Hikari either removed Hub.Bat during the transition to Battle Network 2 or his hypothesis was incorrect.. It was explained that hub.bat could cause Lan to take damage that also happens to Mega Man because now they have 100% of the same DNA. However, Mega Man is borked a couple times throughout the series yet Lan doesn't appear to be suffering any ill effects that can't be linked to something happening in real life. Maybe he either removed it so that they wouldn't "sync", or it didn't do anything adverse.
Lan's grandfather is alive.How could all that info relating to Gow and the Vision Bursts stay the same after 10 years? Especially with technology rapidly advancing? Lan's grandfather is not only alive, but put them there himself. He also sent Lan the info on Chaos Unison.
Mega Man Battle Network went through a Mega Man X phase before heading into Star Force, much like the original did.So far, three X characters have appeared in Battle Network: Zero, Colonel, and Iris (the latter two from X4). The creation of Zero.exe even paralleled normal Zero's creation in the original timeline. Plus, Star Force is set far enough into the future for a minor "update" to occur. Therefore, much like the original begot X begot Zero begot ZX, Battle Network begot an X version before begetting Star Force.
Mega Man Battle Network has ties to several other universes with Cyberspace, and Net Navis were not originally created in their current form.Digimon is an alternate universe of it during the late 90s and early 00s, and the Apps from TRON were adapted into Net Navis sometime between 199X and 200X. Reboot's binomes are the ancestors of Mr. Progs, and Apps/Sprites/Net Navis are all one evolutionary chain. Mega Man Star Force supports this by continuing the progress to the point where Net Navis can and do run the internet without human guidance. In response, humans have once again learned to do things manually. Or at least as manually as it gets when you only need to push a button. However, not every Cyberspace ties into this, especially VR. .hack, for example, is completely unrelated to this guess.
Lan is actually a high-ranking official, who does most of his work undercoverThis explains all the questionable continuity between the battle network games, along with his ridiculously implausible combat skill for a "civilian". Everything in a previous game did happen, and the people he fought or fought alongside remember him, but he tries to sweep his influence under the rug so the general public doesn't know how many times he's saved the world. He usually just lets his partner Chaud take the credit for his victories, which is why Chaud is idolized so much while Lan is forgotten. The reason he's so powerful, of course, is that thanks to his dad; he has access to all the latest technology months before it hits the market, not to mention his Navi being customized by the man who is in-universe recognized as possibly the best in his time in developing Navis. The reason he maintains his cover is so that he can enter the undernet without raising all sorts of alarms, which he has to do frequently (both while saving the world and in his between-time missions), not to mention being able to attend certain events like Net Battle competitions without raising eyebrows (which he does to supervise and to ensure no foul play, as they provide the perfect cover for villainous operations). In BN 5, his past accomplishments are all a matter of record for Baryl/Chaud, high ranking officials, and are what gets him on the liberation team, but most low-ranking official navis aren't even allowed to know about him, which is why they still sometimes prevent him from going some places. In three, his cover was getting weak so he made sure Chaud was physically there alongside him both during the tournament arc and when he entered the Wily base; in six, his cover was completely blown in ACDC net and it became necessary to move to a new area where he wouldn't be recognized, which coincidentially hosted an event the officials suspected of gross sabotage. This theory
Lan's Dad is the Operator of 'Copyman.EXE' from Mega Man Battle Network 3There are actually two different theories from this, though both are related. In Battle Network 2, Lan had to battle several Navis from data collected by his father, the 'Navi Master'; Dr. Hikari Jr. being the creator of the modern-day Navis. Theory 1: What MegaMan.EXE fought was actually Copyman.EXE, which later was fought in the 3rd game as a ranked Undernet combatant under the guise of Gutsman.EXE. Dr. Hikari made Copyman out of the battle data from other Navis; in order to keep this a secret, he never shows anyone his Navi directly (hence why you never see Lan's dad's Navi in any of the games). Lan's dad worked his way up the ranks of the Undernet ranking for the sake of research; the Heel Navi henchmen are either three of his assistants, or three Undernet Navis impressed with Copyman's skill. But, when he found out Lan was going up the ranks, he uses Copyman, under the guise of Gutsman, to test his son(s). Satified with their skill, he gave them his rank and let them continue, rather than changing to another form to try and wear Mega Man out. Theory 2: There is no actual Copyman.EXE; Dr. Hikari simply uses the battle data of various Navis to make it look like there is one. Likewise, Copyman's three Heel Navi henchmen are simply pieces of battle data collected over the years. Since Gutsman.EXE showed up when he was ready to test Mega Man, he chose to use the battle data of Gutsman, calling itself Copyman, to challenge Mega Man. Dr. Hikari has had no need to test his son after these events, hence why Copyman is never seen again.
Battle Network and Star Force are NOT a separate timeline; rather, they're the far future of Legends.Following the Elder System's reactivation (and subsequent deactivation, whenever Legends 3 comes out), the Ancients are finally convinced that the Carbons have proven themselves the true humans of Terra, and assist them in rebuilding the old world while turning their own attentions to the stars. Evacuating the remnants of the Systems into deep space, they leave humanity to its own devices. It is After Carbon Renewal 20XX. Faced with the decision between Wily's robotics technology and Tadashi Hikari's next-generation computer networking, the public unanimously votes "not this shit again." Television programs such as "Caskett Kids" and "The Bonne Bunch" are considered historical fiction; accounts of the exploits of Legends' main players have been muddled by time. As for the predilection towards the ancient Robot Masters as NetNavis, only a madman like Wily would bother dredging up memories of the old, bitter wars by basing a Navi off a Reploid. Similarly, the Zero Virus (later Zero.EXE) is a derivative of the X-series version, only recently adapted to the Battle Network internet by the unhealthily obsessed Professor.
Battle Network navis actually have rigidly defined "in" and "out" of combat states.The combat system was originally designed as a specific additional function of the Navis, intended to be used to remove viruses, and is completely separate from normal functioning. The abilities one has within and without have only cosmetic (if any) bearing on each other. Most custom Navis have some nifty custom abilities for out-of-combat use, such as creating bubble walls or flight, and most have some level of out-of-formal-combat attack. Mega Man happens to be optimized solely for combat, so while he is invincible in combat, outside he can't even break down a simple door or pop bubbles without help from a less specialized ally (ANY ally), as his chip attacks are as unavailable to him as they are to us. Nor can he fight multiple opponents, even though even a weakling like Gutsman can take out three in one attack in number three. Protoman, on the other hand, is probably more deadly outside formal combat than inside. This is, to be frank, the only way we can possibly justify things like Videoman's ability to "pause" Mega Man or Proto Man's numerous one-hit-defeats.
Yai's, Maylu's, and Dex's net navis were created from the recessed parts of the other one's personalityDex, Yai, and Maylu decided to sign up to give away some of their personality so they could receive perfect Netnavis. Dex's hidden nice personality went to create Glyde.EXE, Yai's hidden hot personality went to Roll.EXE, and finally Maylu's hidden tough personality went to create Gutsman.EXE. Then finally when it was done, the netnavis that were created went to the person that their personalities came from. Glyde.EXE for Dex, Roll.EXE for Yai, and Gutsman.EXE for Maylu. Then the trio traded netnavis cause they were unhappy with the ones they received.
Proto Man.EXE is Proto ManOr at least he was based off of the blueprints Dr.Hikari/Light's son found. Dr.Hikari/Light's son would no doubt keep blue prints he found after his father died. Chaud, being an Offical Net Op ,would see these blueprints and programmed his own Navi based off of them,while keeping the name Proto Man.
The Dark Chips are solidified forms of the Classic series' Evil Energy.We know that both the Classic and BN universes had the same history up until the government decided to fund Light's network research instead of Wily's robotics; that was the point the timelines diverged. Since Evil Energy is ancient, it should logically exist in the BN universe. Regal discovered the Evil Energy and manufactured it into Dark Chips. Related to this, Duo.exe is the same being as Classic!Duo since he also existed before the split, but he's adopting a different form - one more fitting for a network world than a robotic one. And he's much more harsh about his methods because the Evil Energy/Dark Chips are more plentiful in the BN universe than in the Classic series.
The Lord of Chaos is the reason we have the Battle Network 4 and 5 games.Dr. Regal didn't digitize man's evil soul and turn it into Nebula Grey, he somehow managed to interface with Murkland/Nebula Area (it's been called Murkland at LEAST since BN 3 - just ask Serenade) with Laser Man (or without, no me importa), where he encountered the raging monstrosity called the Lord of Chaos, who granted him a concentrated form of his power in the form of the creature called Nebula Grey (either an extension of the Lord of Chaos, or his little brother, no me importa). The force we call Dark power is actually Chaos, which is not inherently evil but is just to much for most Navis to control, and it eventually overrides them until they become wraiths under his control. Regal, brilliant as he was, was powerless against the Chaos, to the point where it's now acceptable for him to be such a Card-Carrying Villain. Fill in the details.
Lan is Dr. Light as a kidBeing the year 20XX doesn't really explain any sense of continuity, hikari means light in Japanese, and the counterpart has no real connection to Dr. Light other than looks, and being Lan's grandpa, Lan will likely look like him in his later years. After the whole Star Force thing is over, Lan starts building robots and bases one off his brother's net navi form, and while his former colleague starts wreaking havoc, then Mega Man starts coming to the rescue.