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YMMV: The Protomen
  • Crazy Awesome: Joe. No sane person attacks a base by flying in with a motorcycle armed with bombs.
  • Earworm: Every song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Murphy, Turbo Lover, Heath Who, the Keymaster, and Cobra T. Washington. The latter two are notable as they had short tenures with the band.
  • Even Better Sequel: Although both acts are agreed to be good, opinions are split over which one is better. Act I is liked for its balls-out rocking, and Act II is liked for flowing better.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Turbo Lover, AKA Dr. Wily. He wears a 50's style suit, tie, fedora, and a 'W' on his face.
    • The Sniper, a Cyber Cyclops Cold Sniper who singlehandedly terrifies an entire city into submission.
  • Face of the Band: Panther's the lead singer, and voices everyone but Wily and Emily. (And Protoman in live versions of the Sons of Fate, for obvious reasons.)
    • KILROY is seen in most promotional pictures and some posters.
  • Foe Yay: Some between Light and Wily, especially in live shows.
    • Ditto for Megaman and Protoman.
  • Funny Moments: They have their own page.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The entire song "Funeral For A Son" in light of Act II. In particular, this excerpt from the liner notes:
    Light notices a tear streaming down the dorsum of his hand and feels a breathtaking weight in his chest. What is this? Frustration? Humiliation? Hatred? Certainly, these are there too.
    But no, this is more than that. These emotions are his life. He has lived with them for so long that they no longer affect him. Over the years he has learned to fight them, then to ignore them, and finally channel them into his work, his creation, his machine, his son.
    • Light's impassioned "YOU ARE ALL THAT I HAVE LEFT", from 'Unrest in the House Of Light', in light of Act II, becomes even more chilling.
      • As does "They have chosen their own end."
  • Heartwarming Moments: They have their own page.
  • Iron Woobie: Dr. Light.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Wily. Gains dominance over the public mind by pinning a murder he committed on his only plausible rival, check. Embraces villainy in the process, check. Sounds awesome doing it? Double check.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Light Up The Night" is almost synonymous with the "Stu Makes Chocolate Pudding at 4 A.M." meme.
  • Memetic Sex God: Rock Stars dream of having a sex like like Gene Simmons, Gene Simmons dreams of having a sex life half as good as Turbo Lover.
  • Moment Of Awesome: They have their own page.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The crowd gets one in Act I for making Megaman kill his brother, right after he tells them all to grow a pair and fight back. Then, after Protoman is killed, the crowd asks Megaman why he's crying for his death and then proclaim that "You are our hero!"
    • Wily crosses it in Act I when he orders the deaths of hundreds of his citizens just for watching. However, this is not actually his Moral Event Horizon, since Act II establishes that he crosses the line much earlier: he ordered the machine that he built to kill Emily, watching her die simply because she chose Light over him. As if this wasn't enough, Wily further cements his status as an irredeemable villain by pinning Emily's murder on Light, and taunting him for his inability to escape his fate. He even admits there's no turning back in The Hounds.
  • Narm Charm: A reckless teenager suddenly trusting a homeless middle-aged man and plotting to save a city sounds like something that should be ridiculous. It isn't. It's awesome.
  • Nightmare Fuel: They have their own page.
  • Older Than They Think: According to an interview with a former member, Due Vendetta was created and recorded before the band was even formed.
  • Signature Song: "Light Up The Night" and "The Stand".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The band never quotes music from the original games note-for-note, but certain melodies are very similar.
    • They did quote a few riffs from the games, most notably Wood Man's stage's drumline in "Hope Rides Alone," and a segment of Flash Man's stage theme in "The Will Of One."
    • The second album features "Breaking Out", which has an opening similar to the title-screen music of Mega Man 2. Its piano breakdown is reminiscent of Elec Man's stage from Mega Man as well.
  • Tear Jerker: They have their own page.
  • Too Cool to Live: Joe and Protoman.
  • The Woobie: Dr. Light. Seriously, after listening to Act II, one can get a sense that, useless as it may be, the old man needs a hug. He's been betrayed twice so far in the story (Wily framing him for murder, Protoman joining Wily), lost his girlfriend, his city, and his son(s) (depending on Mega's fate and whether Joe counts). At least one member of the official forums pointed out that with the way things have gone for him, the next bowl of cereal he pours will probably just burst into flames.
    • Protoman, as the City watched him die trying to save them, did nothing to help him, and when he told them to stand for themselves they ordered him dead.
    • The band is a Woobie, especially as you learn more about the members and how it was created—when they started out, they weren't expecting to be liked.
    • If anything negative ever happens to Panther, people will start crying and wish to give him hugs.
    • In one interview, KILROY offered the interviewer a high five. He ignored it. You can see the poor robot's face fall.
    • Cobra T. Washington was in 2 other bands and had to learn all the songs and cover songs in under 2 months. And he lived in Mississippi, far from the band's home base in Nashville, which meant he had to drive up for every show.

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