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** Metal Man/Cut Man is also popular given that Metal is Cut's [[EvilCounterpart stronger predecessor.]]

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** Metal Man/Cut Man is also popular given that Metal is Cut's [[EvilCounterpart stronger predecessor.successor.]]


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Commonly done by fans, which isn't surprising considering the borderline [[ExcusePlot excuse plots]] of the games. One of the most common is [[RonTheDeathEater interpreting Mega Man as a]] {{serial killer}}-esque character.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Commonly done by fans, which isn't surprising considering the borderline [[ExcusePlot excuse plots]] of the games. AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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One of the most common is [[RonTheDeathEater interpreting Mega Man as a]] {{serial killer}}-esque character.



** Bad Boxart Mega Man, based on his baffling appearance on the front cover of the American version of the first game. When fans looked back on it at first, it became one of the most iconic cases of CoversAlwaysLie. As people dove deeper into it over time, it became pretty funny. Then Capcom caught on and started making nods to it, making the Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 'box arts' very much in a tongue-in-cheek style reminiscent of the first game. Gradually, it started getting run into the ground, the climax of that being his appearance in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', depicted as a fat, washed up loser. This appearance solidly broke the base's opinion on it between "pretty funny joke" and "tired one-note joke." It didn't help that in 2011, this was about the ''only'' thing that wasn't straight up cancelled in the Mega Man franchise. His later appearance in reference in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Remake'' split opinions further.

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** Bad Boxart Mega Man, based on his baffling appearance on the front cover of the American version of the first game. When fans looked back on it at first, it became one of the most iconic cases of CoversAlwaysLie. As people dove deeper into it over time, it became pretty funny. Then Capcom caught on and started making nods to it, making the Mega ''Mega Man 9 9'' and Mega ''Mega Man 10 10'' 'box arts' very much in a tongue-in-cheek style reminiscent of the first game. Gradually, it started getting run into the ground, the climax of that being his appearance in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', depicted as a fat, washed up loser. This appearance solidly broke the base's opinion on it between "pretty funny joke" and "tired one-note joke." It didn't help that in 2011, this was about the ''only'' thing that wasn't straight up straight-up cancelled in the Mega Man ''Mega Man'' franchise. His later appearance in reference in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Remake'' split opinions further.



** In the Japanese version of ''7'', [[http://www.rockmanpm.com/?p=original/rockman7/labtalk/rightot these]] events happen, courtesy of Auto. [[HurricaneOfPuns Complete with puns]] and a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Strider}} Hiryu!''

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** In the Japanese version of ''7'', [[http://www.rockmanpm.com/?p=original/rockman7/labtalk/rightot these]] events happen, courtesy of Auto. [[HurricaneOfPuns Complete with puns]] and a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Strider}} Hiryu!''VideoGame/{{Strider}} Hiryu!



** Megaman Legacy Collection 1 and 2. Parts of the fandom complain about Capcom splitting the games in two collections instead of launching a single collection, like the Anniversary. And the lack of other classic games like ''Mega Man's Soccer'', ''Mega Man: The Wily Wars'', ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'', ''VideoGame/MegaManThePowerBattle'', and ''VideoGame/MegaMan2ThePowerFighters'' is another issue pointed by the critics. Others think it was an interesting idea splitting the collection into the classic [=NES=] era and the SNES/PSX/Saturn era and this made possible the release of the first half to [=3DS=].
** Be ''very'' careful when bringing up the topic of [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] amongst classic fans. Especially if you suggest that he should appear in the classic games [[spoiler: since he's a creation of Wily's and was intended to be the original Mega Man's ultimate enemy/challenge.]] While some fans would like this plot point expanded upon in the classic games, others dislike how the tone of it clashes with the LighterAndSofter classic series and point out how WordOfGod specifically denied that [[spoiler: Zero ended up destroying the original Mega Man.]]

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** Megaman Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2. Parts of the fandom complain about Capcom splitting the games in two collections instead of launching a single collection, like the Anniversary. And the ''Anniversary Collection'' did. The lack of other classic games like ''Mega Man's Soccer'', ''Mega Man: The Wily Wars'', ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'', ''VideoGame/MegaManThePowerBattle'', and ''VideoGame/MegaMan2ThePowerFighters'' is another issue pointed by the critics. Others think it was an interesting idea splitting the collection into the classic [=NES=] era and the SNES/PSX/Saturn era and this made possible the release of the first half to [=3DS=].
** Be ''very'' careful when bringing up the The topic of [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] amongst is contested among classic fans. Especially if you suggest that fans, especially with regards to whether he should appear in the classic games [[spoiler: since [[spoiler:since he's a creation of Wily's and was intended to be the original Mega Man's ultimate enemy/challenge.]] enemy/challenge]]. While some fans would like this plot point expanded upon in the classic games, others dislike how the tone of it clashes with the LighterAndSofter classic series and point out how WordOfGod specifically denied that [[spoiler: Zero [[spoiler:Zero ended up destroying the original Mega Man.]]Man]].



%%** Though Shadow Man's MysteriousPast has lead to in-universe speculation that he's a modified robot from space, nothing ever outright confirms if that's the case or not. Yet the idea of it being an absolute fact has ingrained itself in the minds of many fans, to where even the Archie comic depicted Shadow Man as unambiguously having been an alien robot. \\
%% The idea that Shadow Man is a modified robot from space actually comes from his Rockman Battle & Fighters data entry.



** The Mega Man Killers. Combat-specialized Robot Masters with unique designs that are built with [[LaserGuidedTykebomb the sole purpose of defeating Mega Man]]? Pure, concentrated awesome. As if the fangasmic explosion of cheers when they were revealed as {{Bonus Boss}}es in ''10'' wasn't enough of a hint. Inafune himself considers Punk to be one of his favorite characters from the Classic series, and drew up the design for the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' incarnation of the character.
** If Dr. Cossack (and/or his daughter Kalinka) appears in any adaptation, especially outside of the game he actually was in, the fans WILL cheer.
*** Double points if Kalinka finds her way into a work based around ''VideoGame/MegaManX''. Triple points if she builds [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Axl]].
** Splash Woman is quite popular. [[MsFanservice We think you]] [[TheSmurfettePrinciple know why]].

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** The Mega Man Killers. Combat-specialized Killers were always fairly obscure due to originating from Minakuchi Engineering's Game Boy ''Mega Man'' titles, but their role as combat-specialized Robot Masters with unique designs that are built with [[LaserGuidedTykebomb the sole purpose of defeating Mega Man]]? Pure, concentrated awesome. As if the fangasmic explosion of cheers when they Man]] is unique and well-liked. Fans were revealed very happy to see them appear as DLC {{Bonus Boss}}es in ''10'' wasn't enough of a hint.''10''. Inafune himself considers Punk to be one of his favorite characters from the Classic series, and drew up the design for the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' incarnation of the character.
** If Dr. Cossack (and/or his only appeared in ''4'', ''5'' (only as part of the backstory and the ''Complete Works''' Navi Mode), and the ''[=RockBoard=]'' spinoff, but is popular for being one of the only other robot scientists seen in the classic series. His daughter Kalinka) appears in any adaptation, especially outside of the game he actually was in, the fans WILL cheer.
*** Double points if
Kalinka finds her way is even less present but just as popular, frequently getting a place in fan works that extend into a work based around ''VideoGame/MegaManX''. Triple points if she builds [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Axl]].
the ''Mega Man X'' continuity.
** Splash Woman is quite popular. popular for being an [[MsFanservice We think you]] attractive]] female Robot Master, and currently being the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple know why]].only female boss]] in the classic series.



*** Out of all the Robot Masters, Guts Man and Cut Man are easily the most well-known, mostly due to appearing in almost every episode of the cartoon show(though with the former it definitely helps that the Metall enemies share his design motif, bosses designed off of him keep popping up in later games, and, thanks to MemeticMutation, [[https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gutsmans-ass his ass]] has become the [[{{Pun}} butt]] of many jokes).

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*** ** Out of all the Robot Masters, Guts Man and Cut Man are easily the most well-known, mostly due to appearing in almost every episode of the cartoon show(though show. Cut Man [[VideoGame/MegaMan8 frequent]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX8 returns]] as a BonusBoss in later games; Guts Man's design motif is shared with the former it definitely helps that the recurring Metall enemies share his design motif, enemies, bosses designed off of after him keep popping up such as the Guts Dozer and Guts Man R appear in the fortresses of later games, and, thanks to MemeticMutation, [[https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gutsmans-ass his ass]] has become the [[{{Pun}} butt]] of many jokes).jokes.



** [[MemeticMutation I CAN'T DEFEAT AIRMAN!]]
** [[VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp Time Man]] is far more popular than Oil Man. When it was announced he'd appear in [[ComicBook/MegaMan the Archie Comics adaptation]], there was much rejoicing.
*** Oil Man is also fairly popular, just not to the extent of his buddy. The fans rejoiced when he was announced to be appearing in the comics, too, with a slight redesign that made him look cooler.

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** [[MemeticMutation I CAN'T DEFEAT AIRMAN!]]
Air Man's (semi-undeserved) reputation for being ThatOneBoss thanks to fan music makes him a popular choice for fights and in-jokes in fan games.
** [[VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp Time Man and Oil Man]] is far more popular than aren't part of the official DWN line of Robot Masters due to only appearing in a poorly selling remake, but they're both fan favorites for being new additions to bring the first ''Mega Man'' game's boss roster up to eight. Time Man has a leg up on Oil Man. When it was announced he'd appear Man (Oil Man has a controversial design and is [[TierInducedScrappy one of the weakest characters in the game]]), but people were happy to see both of them return in [[ComicBook/MegaMan the Archie Comics adaptation]], there was much rejoicing.
*** Oil Man is also fairly popular, just not to the extent of his buddy. The fans rejoiced when he was announced to be appearing in the comics, too,
comic series]], with the latter getting a slight redesign that made to make him look cooler.better.



** People keep trying to link the Evil Energy in ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan8 8]]'' and the Roboenza virus in ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan10 10]]'' to both each other, and ''VideoGame/MegaManX''[='s=] [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]].

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** People keep trying to link the Evil Energy in ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan8 8]]'' and the Roboenza virus in ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan10 10]]'' to both each other, other and ''VideoGame/MegaManX''[='s=] [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]].



** ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' is considered one of the textbook examples in gaming history. It took everything that was great about [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the first one]] and improved upon it, and took out the things that didn't work or didn't matter. It was also less difficult, providing a difficult but not frustrating challenge.

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** ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' is considered one of the textbook examples in gaming history. It took everything that was great about [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the first one]] and improved upon it, and took out the things that didn't work or didn't matter. It was also less difficult, providing a difficult challenging but not frustrating challenge.experience.



** [[EpilepticTrees Theories]] abound for what happened to the classic characters before the ''X'' series, the most popular (and {{Jossed}} by a [[AllThereInTheManual Japanese sourcebook]] and WordOfGod) being that Zero [[KillEmAll killed 'em all]]. Other fanon includes Mega Man being [[IdiotHero an idiot]] and Dr. Light being an alcoholic. All three of these (particularly the latter two) originate with the WebComic ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. There's even a [[http://megamanfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Mega_Man_Fanon_Wiki Fanon Wiki!]]

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** [[EpilepticTrees Theories]] abound for what happened to the classic characters before the ''X'' series, the most popular (and {{Jossed}} by a [[AllThereInTheManual Japanese sourcebook]] and WordOfGod) being that Zero [[KillEmAll killed 'em all]]. Other fanon includes Mega Man being [[IdiotHero an idiot]] and Dr. Light being an alcoholic. All three of these (particularly the latter two) originate with the WebComic ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. There's even a [[http://megamanfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Mega_Man_Fanon_Wiki Fanon Wiki!]]Wiki]]!



** Many fans disregard all the entries not produced in the 8-bit style (meaning ''7'', ''8'', and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManAndBass Mega Man & Bass]]''). Some of the more hardcore fans prefer to think that Dr. Wily got fatally crushed in ''3'' and so ignore everything from ''4'' onward.

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** Many fans disregard all the entries not produced in the 8-bit style (meaning ''7'', ''8'', and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManAndBass Mega Man & Bass]]''). Some of the more hardcore fans prefer to think that Dr. Wily got fatally crushed in ''3'' and so ignore everything from ''4'' onward. The mentality mostly faded away by the time ''11'' released, though the NES style are still the most popular choice for fan content.



** Just ''try'' to tell some fans that Quint isn't a Copy Robot like they insist.

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** Just ''try'' Due to tell Quint being [[AntiClimaxBoss ridiculously weak despite his backstory]], some fans that Quint isn't a pass him off as just being another Copy Robot like they insist.rather than a future version of Mega Man.



* FridgeBrilliance: The Wily Capsule schtick. Just think back to what ''almost'' happened to him at the end of ''3''.



** [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Mega Man]]/the Robot Masters is inevitable. Thanks to Music/{{Hyadain}}, the most popular of those are Mega Man/Crash Man, Mega Man/Flash Man, and Mega Man/Quick Man. One of the most popular non-Robot Masters ship is Mega/[[TheRival Bass]].

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** [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Mega Man]]/the Robot Masters is inevitable. Thanks to Music/{{Hyadain}}, the most popular of those are Mega Man/Crash Man, Mega Man/Flash Man, and Mega Man/Quick Man. One of the most popular non-Robot Masters ship ships is Mega/[[TheRival Bass]].



* GoodBadBugs: A glitch in earlier games allowed you to make specific enemies [[labelnote:*]]ones that had a set pattern of movement in which it would move, turn around, move some more, and turn around again[[/labelnote]] disappear by aligning the place where they turned around at the edge of the screen. Very handy with those GoddamnBats that moved across the ground quickly when you were level with them and were too short to be hit by the peashooter.

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* GoodBadBugs: GoodBadBugs:
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A glitch in earlier games allowed you to make specific enemies [[labelnote:*]]ones that had a set pattern of movement in which it would move, turn around, move some more, and turn around again[[/labelnote]] disappear by aligning the place where they turned around at the edge of the screen. Very handy with those GoddamnBats GoddamnedBats that moved across the ground quickly when you were level with them and were too short to be hit by the peashooter.



* GoddamnedBoss: Many fans will agree that all of the Wily Capsule fights introduced in almost all the games after VideoGame/MegaMan4 are just plain annoying. All the fights are very similar and can be easily summarized: Wily teleports to a random spot in the arena, shoots Mega Man, then teleports away, waits a moment, then continues. The fact that Wily spends so much of the fight invulnerable and can appear near the top of the arena where [[DenialOfDiagonalAttack Mega Man can't hit him]] can drive some people up the wall.
** All of the "___ Devil" bosses, too. They also follow a closely related attack pattern: assemble itself from goo, eye opens and shoots, disassemble goo, rinse and repeat. Like the Wily capsule fights, the annoying bit about Devil bosses is that most of the fight is spent with them invincible: the eye is the only vulnerable part of it, and it's only open for a second after each cycle of the attack, and this drags out the fight quite a bit. Not helping is most of them also disassemble and reassemble themselves from goo in the exact same pattern every time, leading the fight to just being about monotonous memorization. And if you thought that wasn't nasty enough, [[spoiler:''11'' equips it with the Speed Gear with each of ''nine'' mini Devils hopping and running about to harass Mega Man, meaning if you don't keep up with it, you're going to eat a lot of damage]].

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* GoddamnedBoss: GoddamnedBoss:
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Many fans will agree that all of the Wily Capsule fights introduced in almost all the games after VideoGame/MegaMan4 ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' are just plain annoying. All the fights are very similar and can be easily summarized: Wily teleports to a random spot in the arena, shoots Mega Man, then teleports away, waits a moment, then continues. The fact that Wily spends so much of the fight invulnerable and can appear near the top of the arena where [[DenialOfDiagonalAttack Mega Man can't hit him]] can drive some people up the wall.
** All of the "___ Devil" "Devil" bosses, too. They also follow a closely related attack pattern: assemble itself from goo, eye opens and shoots, disassemble goo, rinse and repeat. Like the Wily capsule fights, the annoying bit about Devil bosses is that most of the fight is spent with them invincible: the eye is the only vulnerable part of it, and it's only open for a second after each cycle of the attack, and this drags out the fight quite a bit. Not helping is most of them also disassemble and reassemble themselves from goo in the exact same pattern every time, leading the fight to just being about monotonous memorization. And if you thought that wasn't nasty enough, [[spoiler:''11'' equips it with the Speed Gear with each of ''nine'' mini Devils hopping and running about to harass Mega Man, meaning if you don't keep up with it, you're going to eat a lot of damage]].



** Thanks to the OneSteveLimit by issue of DubNameChange, fans used to speculate that Drs. Wily and [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Weil]] are one and the same person. Now, with the most recent Classic games, the developers are trying hard to make sure that Wily is characterized a ''lot'' differently from Weil.



** There was a scrapped form for Rush in VideoGame/MegaMan3 called [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes Rush Drill]].

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** There was a scrapped form for Rush in VideoGame/MegaMan3 ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' called [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes Rush Drill]].



** "Who is Proto Man again?" If you're asking yourself that, why are you on this page in the first place?

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** "Who is Even people who haven't played ''Mega Man 3'' are likely to be aware that Proto Man again?" If you're asking yourself that, why are you on this page in the was Dr. Light's first place?robot and thus Mega Man's brother.



* JerkassWoobie: Bass. He was created to do one thing specifically (Kill Mega Man), but he's done nothing but fail and get effectively disowned by his father. He has Proto Man's independent spirit, alienating him from his creator, but because of his HotBlooded nature and obsession with killing Rock, he can't find any sort of absolution with Light either. Wily even calls [[spoiler:Zero]] his greatest creation ''to Bass's face'', making him TheUnfavorite. As a Robot Master and not a Reploid, it's InTheBlood for him to want to fight Mega Man without much he can do about it. It's hard to have any sympathy for him at times, but he's very high on the list of characters that need a really, really big hug.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Some people are only interested in the Mega Man series because they like the Robot Masters, whether it be because of their colorful designs and personalities or because [[YaoiFangirl they're a large cast of shippable male characters.]]

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* JerkassWoobie: Bass. He was created to do one thing specifically (Kill (kill Mega Man), but he's done nothing but fail and get effectively disowned by his father. He has Proto Man's independent spirit, alienating him from his creator, but because of his HotBlooded nature and obsession with killing Rock, he can't find any sort of absolution with Light either. Wily even calls [[spoiler:Zero]] his greatest creation ''to Bass's face'', making him TheUnfavorite. As a Robot Master and not a Reploid, it's InTheBlood for him to want to fight Mega Man without much he can do about it. It's hard to have any sympathy for him at times, but he's very high on the list of characters that need a really, really big hug.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Some people are only interested in the Mega Man series because they like the Robot Masters, whether it be because of their colorful designs and personalities or because [[YaoiFangirl they're a large cast of shippable male characters.]]characters]].



** [[VideoGame/MegaMan7 Spring Man]] is a distant third due to the inherent goofiness of his concept, which was brought to many a fan's attention in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcHR3HizRTA this fan animation.]] Said video, on the other hand, also managed to turn Spring Man into [[TheChewToy a strangely endearing character]] because of how silly his design is.

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** [[VideoGame/MegaMan7 Spring Man]] is a distant third due to the inherent goofiness of his concept, which was brought to many a fan's attention in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcHR3HizRTA this fan animation.]] animation]]. Said video, on the other hand, also managed to turn Spring Man into [[TheChewToy a strangely endearing character]] because of how silly his design is.



** [[MemeticMutation Yo,]] [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/megaman/images/a/aa/Helmetless_Protoman.png Proto Man,]] we put sunglasses under your sunglasses so you can wear sunglasses while you wear sunglasses.



... And Rush Jet

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... And Rush JetJet[[labelnote:Explanation]]The "Get Equipped With" screens seen while receiving a Robot Master's weapon are popular for parodies.[[/labelnote]]



* MisBlamed: A lot of fans chastise Capcom for "running out of ideas" for later Robot Masters, without knowing that ''Capcom didn't make most of them''. They're fan designs chosen by Capcom. If the fans have anyone to blame for the odd Robot Master choices, it's themselves. Though depending on what all designs were there, some might still be able to make a case for Capcom not choosing better designs.
* {{Moe}}: As a rare male example, Mega Man ''himself'' qualifies, along with [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/megaman/images/4/4d/MM11Roll.png/revision/latest?cb=20180908121008 Roll]] and many others. Justified because the series ''is'' inspired by ''Anime/AstroBoy'' from story to design, of course.

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* MisBlamed: {{Misblamed}}: A lot of fans chastise Capcom for "running out of ideas" for later the Robot Masters, without knowing that ''Capcom Capcom (and other developers who've worked on the series) didn't make most of them''. They're them. From ''2'' all the way to ''8'' (except Astro Man and Tengu Man), they're fan designs submitted for contests, chosen by Capcom. If the fans have anyone to blame for the odd Robot Master choices, it's themselves. Though depending on what all designs were there, some might still be able to make a case for Capcom not choosing better and slightly modified for their in-game designs.
* {{Moe}}: As a rare male example, Mega Man ''himself'' qualifies, along with [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/megaman/images/4/4d/MM11Roll.png/revision/latest?cb=20180908121008 Roll]] and many others. Justified because the series ''is'' is inspired by ''Anime/AstroBoy'' from story to design, of course. course.



** The [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance GBA]] port of ''& Bass'' made Bass's dash far more difficult to perform due to the lack of a dedicated dash button.

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** The [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance GBA]] port of ''& ''Mega Man & Bass'' made Bass's dash far more difficult to perform due to the lack of a dedicated dash button.button and suffers from a lot more ScreenCrunch.



* SelfFanservice: Several fan artists (namely [[YaoiFangirl the ones who mostly draw Robot Master yaoi]]) not only portray the Robot Masters as [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots so close to human]] that them being robots may as well be an InformedAttribute, but they also make them [[{{Bishonen}} significantly prettier]].

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* SelfFanservice: Several fan artists (namely [[YaoiFangirl the ones who mostly draw Robot Master yaoi]]) not only portray the Robot Masters as [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots so close to human]] that them being robots may as well be an InformedAttribute, but they also make them [[{{Bishonen}} significantly prettier]].



* ThatOneBoss: ''[[ThatOneBoss/MegaMan It has its own freaking page]]''!

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* ThatOneBoss: ''[[ThatOneBoss/MegaMan [[ThatOneBoss/MegaMan It has its own freaking page]]''!page]].



** [[VideoGame/MegaManII The second Game Boy game]]: Doctor Wily stole a ''time machine,'' travels thirty years into the future, kidnaps the future Mega Man, and reprograms him into Quint. What does this brilliant paradox-causing plan amount to? His boss fight consists of him jumping around on a pogo stick/jackhammer and not being particularly effective at it. With no given explanation as to what happens after you defeat him, although he shows up briefly with the rest of the Killers in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManV V]]''. Although there is some good fan fiction speculating on whether this is an alternate timeline that was changed, or part of what caused all the Classic characters to disappear for the ''X'' timeline.
** [[MissionControl Navi Mode]] in the ''3'' and ''4'' remakes. Not so much the concept, but rather the execution. The beings used as MissionControl for those two games each induce a LateArrivalSpoiler. [[spoiler:Proto Man in ''3'', who you fight on 4 occasions, and Kalinka in ''4'', who's been kidnapped. How'd she get to the radio room?]] Though it's kind of hard to have someone different in ''4'' [[spoiler:due to the fact that Proto was rescuing Kalinka. The only option left would be Roll reprising from ''2'']].\\
But what makes Navi Mode in ''3'' a wasted feature is the person that ''could've'' been MissionControl. [[spoiler:None other than the supposedly-reformed Dr. Albert Wily. Phase 1: He genuinely wants to secure the crystals, but his robots have secured them. Still, it's better to side with Mega Man here to keep Dr. Light's trust. Phase 2: With his 2nd batch stalling Mega Man, he still gives helpful messages to stall for time while he ''personally'' secures the crystals. Phase 3: Now that the plot is ripe, Dr. Wily could engage in EvilGloating due to the fact that he still has Mega Man's comm frequency... and perhaps a key distraction here and there...]]

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** [[VideoGame/MegaManII The second Game Boy game]]: Doctor Wily stole a ''time machine,'' travels thirty years into the future, kidnaps the future Mega Man, and reprograms him into Quint. What does this brilliant paradox-causing plan amount to? His boss fight consists of him jumping around on a pogo stick/jackhammer and not being particularly effective at it. With There's no given explanation as to what happens after you defeat him, although he shows up briefly with the rest of the Killers in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManV V]]''. Although there is some good fan fiction speculating on whether V]]'' (though likely as a copy). The only other game to address anything related to this is an alternate timeline that was changed, or part ''VideoGame/RockmanAndForteMiraiKaraNoChosensha'', one of what caused all the Classic characters to disappear for most obscure games in the ''X'' timeline.
classic series.
** [[MissionControl Navi Mode]] in the ''3'' and ''4'' remakes. Not so much the concept, but rather the execution. The beings used as MissionControl for those two games each induce a LateArrivalSpoiler. [[spoiler:Proto Man in ''3'', who you fight on 4 four occasions, and Kalinka in ''4'', who's been kidnapped. How'd she get to the radio room?]] Though it's kind of hard to have someone different in ''4'' [[spoiler:due to the fact that Proto was rescuing Kalinka. The only option left would be Roll reprising from ''2'']].\\
But what makes Navi Mode in ''3''
There was also a wasted feature is missed opportunity to use [[spoiler:the supposedly reformed Dr. Wily]] as the person that ''could've'' been MissionControl. [[spoiler:None other than the supposedly-reformed Dr. Albert Wily. Phase 1: He genuinely wants to secure the crystals, but his robots have secured them. Still, it's better to side with Mega Man here to keep Dr. Light's trust. Phase 2: With his 2nd batch stalling Mega Man, he still gives helpful messages to stall MissionControl for time while he ''personally'' secures the crystals. Phase 3: Now that the plot is ripe, Dr. Wily could engage in EvilGloating due to the fact that he still has Mega Man's comm frequency... and perhaps a key distraction here and there...]]''3''.



** To be fair, at least Mega Man art is funny-ugly, not scary-ugly as most UncannyValley examples are. And seriously, how can you not laugh at Mega Man smiling mischievously while shooting out an enemy's genitals?
*** Then again, Capcom does need to consider effects on sales when designing boxes. You can find genuine NightmareFuel in [[http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=4263921 certain fan art.]] You need to register to see that; there is no known way to unsee it.



** Some take note of Hard Man's strong resemblance to a beer keg.
*** The character's costume, along with his name, gives him rather phallic undertones.
** Bass could be considered this, because the fandom has taken him [[EvilIsSexy the wrong way]].
** And then there's Oil Man, who originally resembled a blackface stereotype from the 1920s before his colors were changed overseas to hide it.
* WhatAnIdiot: ''Mega Man 9'' has the Blue Bomber tricked by Dr. Wily where he believes that Dr. Light has fallen ill. Proto Man appears and flat out tells Mega Man that the Dr. Light in the cell is a robot. What does Mega Man do? He ''ignores Proto Man's warning'' on the assumption that the robot ''may'' be the real Dr. Light. Mega Man gets electrocuted as a result while Dr. Wily escapes and sets the castle to self destruct.
** Proto Man also gets this as he watches all this happen and refuses to lift a finger, just to make a point.

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** Some take note of Hard Man's strong resemblance to a beer keg.
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keg. The character's costume, along with his name, gives him rather phallic undertones.
** Bass could be considered this, because the fandom has taken him [[EvilIsSexy the wrong way]].
** And then there's
Oil Man, who Man originally resembled a blackface stereotype from the 1920s before his colors were changed overseas to hide it.
* WhatAnIdiot: ''Mega Man 9'' has the Blue Bomber tricked by Dr. Wily where he believes that Dr. Light has fallen ill. Proto Man appears and flat out tells Mega Man that the Dr. Light in the cell is a robot. What does Mega Man do? He ''ignores Proto Man's warning'' on the assumption that the robot ''may'' be the real Dr. Light. Mega Man gets electrocuted as a result while Dr. Wily escapes and sets the castle to self destruct.
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destruct. Proto Man also gets this as he watches all this happen and refuses to lift a finger, just to make a point.



** Dr. Light as of ''VideoGame/MegaMan11''. The poor man just wanted to create truly intelligent robots, but thanks to a single moment of callousness towards Wily's Double Gear system, he's now the series' ultimate UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, and every single bad thing that happens throughout the franchise (ultimately culminating in [[spoiler: the extinction of mankind at some point before ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'']]) can be traced back to him.

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** Dr. Light as of ''VideoGame/MegaMan11''. The poor man just wanted to create truly intelligent robots, but thanks to a single moment of callousness towards Wily's Double Gear system, he's now the series' ultimate UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, and every single bad thing that happens throughout the franchise (ultimately culminating in [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the extinction of mankind at some point before ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'']]) can be traced back to him.

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** Splash Woman/Dive Man has its fans, too. Out of all the water-themed Robot Masters, Dive Man is arguably the most "handsome" with a buff, manly build, and his sailor motif compliments Splash Woman's mermaid motif well. While Dive Man may not be as much of a woobie as Bubble Man, he does get motion sickness rather easily, so he's not without sympathetic qualities. It helps that he's one of Dr. Cossack's creations, which adds a level of inherent coolness on top of the whole submarine design.


** Bad Boxart Mega Man is swiftly becoming this. First he was one of the iconic "what were they thinking" cases of CoversAlwaysLie. Then people started thinking it was funny. Then Capcom started making nods to it. Then it got progressively less funny. His appearance in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' seems to have finally broken the base between "a bit of harmless comic relief" and "hasn't been funny in about six years."

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** Bad Boxart Mega Man is swiftly becoming this. First he was Man, based on his baffling appearance on the front cover of the American version of the first game. When fans looked back on it at first, it became one of the most iconic "what were they thinking" cases of CoversAlwaysLie. Then As people started thinking dove deeper into it was over time, it became pretty funny. Then Capcom caught on and started making nods to it. Then it, making the Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 'box arts' very much in a tongue-in-cheek style reminiscent of the first game. Gradually, it got progressively less funny. His started getting run into the ground, the climax of that being his appearance in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' seems to have finally broken ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', depicted as a fat, washed up loser. This appearance solidly broke the base base's opinion on it between "a bit of harmless comic relief" and "hasn't been "pretty funny joke" and "tired one-note joke." It didn't help that in 2011, this was about six years."the ''only'' thing that wasn't straight up cancelled in the Mega Man franchise. His later appearance in reference in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Remake'' split opinions further.


* HolyShitQuotient: Bass's ending in ''The Power Fighters 2''; Wily gloats to Bass about a robot he's working on that will surpass Bass and destroy Mega Man, and lowers the blueprints for Bass to see. [[spoiler:It's [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]].]]


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* ShockingMoments: Bass's ending in ''The Power Fighters 2''; Wily gloats to Bass about a robot he's working on that will surpass Bass and destroy Mega Man, and lowers the blueprints for Bass to see. [[spoiler:It's [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]].]]

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** While Mega Man's art-style was heavily inspired by ''Anime/AstroBoy'', the claims that the original game began life as a licensed game based on it are untrue. In reality, [[http://shmuplations.com/megaman/ the team behind the original game were inspired by their love for all kinds of television and manga heroes of the day]] (such as ''[[Anime/NeoHumanCasshern Casshern]]'' and ''Series/KamenRider'').


** Proto Man/Kalinka is very popular due to the former's role as the latter's actual rescuer in '''VideoGame/MegaMan4'''.

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** Proto Man/Kalinka is very popular due to the former's role as the latter's actual rescuer in '''VideoGame/MegaMan4'''.''VideoGame/MegaMan4''.

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** Proto Man/Kalinka is very popular due to the former's role as the latter's actual rescuer in '''VideoGame/MegaMan4'''.


* ThatOneBoss: ''[[ThatOneBoss/MegaMan It has its own freaking page]]''! The single most infamous one is without a doubt ''THE YELLOW DEVIL'', who has destroyed many a player's childhood.

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* ThatOneBoss: ''[[ThatOneBoss/MegaMan It has its own freaking page]]''! The single most infamous one is without a doubt ''THE YELLOW DEVIL'', who has destroyed many a player's childhood.page]]''!


* FanPreferredCouple: Mega Man and Roll are supposed to be siblings, but you wouldn't know that going by all the [[BrotherSisterIncest romantic (or worse) fanart involving them]]. Capcom [[RelationshipWritingFumble has never helped themselves with this]], portraying Roll as [[IncestSubtext very clingy and a bit too fond of her brother]] in certain games and materials (''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'' being a major offender) while also making Mega Man and Roll actual couples in separate universes where they aren't related (''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', although ''Legends'' has the same problem of NotBloodSiblings). It's common for the incest angle to be downplayed by certain fans due to both characters being robots with no actual genetic connection, although it ignores the fact that Dr. Light, their creator/father, views them as brother and sister.

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Mega Man and Roll are supposed to be siblings, but you wouldn't know that going by all the [[BrotherSisterIncest romantic (or worse) fanart involving them]]. Capcom [[RelationshipWritingFumble has never helped themselves with this]], portraying Roll as [[IncestSubtext very clingy and a bit too fond of her brother]] in certain games and materials (''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'' being a major offender) while also making Mega Man and Roll actual couples in separate universes where they aren't related (''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', although ''Legends'' has the same problem of NotBloodSiblings). It's common for the incest angle to be downplayed by certain fans due to both characters being robots with no actual genetic connection, although it ignores the fact that Dr. Light, their creator/father, views them as brother and sister.sister.
** Though Splash Woman [[LauncherOfAThousandShips has been shipped with numerous characters]], she is most commonly shipped with Bubble Man, a fellow aquatic Robot Master. Perhaps it's because both of them are more suited for water than land. Perhaps it's because Bubble Man is a [[TheWoobie Woobie]], and thus, it feels like he [[ThrowTheDogABone deserves]] to find someone who loves him. Or perhaps it's the idea of them being an underwater BattleCouple. Either way, Bubble Man/Splash Woman is very popular with the fandom, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who dislikes it.



** Despite the fact that Gemini Man canonically hates snakes and is weak to the Search Snake (or perhaps because of it), Gemini Man/Snake Man remains one of the most popular ships in the fandom.

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** Despite the fact that Gemini Man canonically hates snakes and is weak to the Search Snake (or perhaps because ''because'' of it), Gemini Man/Snake Man remains one of the most popular ships in the fandom.

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* ThemePairing: Given how fond the fans are of shipping Robot Masters with each other, this is a given. Some notable examples:
** Quick Man x Elec Man, because both of them are confident and speedy- not to mention Quick Man was canonically based on Elec Man.
** Wood Man x Plant Man, since they're both plant-based Robot Masters.
** Bubble Man x Splash Woman, since they're both aquatic Robot Masters that are more suited for water than land (Bubble Man can only move on land by jumping, and Splash Woman can't move on land at all due to being a mermaid).

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* JustHereForGodzilla: Some people are only interested in the Mega Man series because they like the Robot Masters, whether it be because of their colorful designs and personalities or because [[YaoiFangirl they're a large cast of shippable male characters.]]


** [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Mega Man]]/the Robot Masters is inevitable. One of the most popular non-Robot Masters ship is Mega/[[TheRival Bass]].

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** [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Mega Man]]/the Robot Masters is inevitable. Thanks to Music/{{Hyadain}}, the most popular of those are Mega Man/Crash Man, Mega Man/Flash Man, and Mega Man/Quick Man. One of the most popular non-Robot Masters ship is Mega/[[TheRival Bass]].


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** Despite the fact that Gemini Man canonically hates snakes and is weak to the Search Snake (or perhaps because of it), Gemini Man/Snake Man remains one of the most popular ships in the fandom.


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* SelfFanservice: Several fan artists (namely [[YaoiFangirl the ones who mostly draw Robot Master yaoi]]) not only portray the Robot Masters as [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots so close to human]] that them being robots may as well be an InformedAttribute, but they also make them [[{{Bishonen}} significantly prettier]].


*** The "Unstoppable" achievement, which puts you in a massive BossRush against every Robot Master from all six games... [[NoGearLevel with only your Mega Buster]]. Good luck trying to take down [[ThatOneBoss Elec Man, Ice Man, and Shadow Man among others]]. Fortunately, if you die, you just restart at the current Robot Master... except however, DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist is completely averted; [[FromBadToWorse the whole thing is on a]] '''[[TimedMission time limit]]''', something the ''Mega Man'' franchise rarely uses. Run out of time, and you have to ''start all over and your effort is for naught''. Try not to lose to the Robot Masters from ''4'', otherwise you'll lose too many seconds due to ''4'' having the slowest-filling boss energy bar (it doesn't help that [[MostAnnoyingSound it has the most grating energy-filling sound in the series]]).

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*** The "Unstoppable" achievement, which puts you in a massive BossRush against every Robot Master from all six games... [[NoGearLevel with only your Mega Buster]]. Good luck trying to take down [[ThatOneBoss Elec Man, Ice Man, and Shadow Man among others]]. Fortunately, if you die, you just restart at the current Robot Master... except however, DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist is completely averted; [[FromBadToWorse the whole thing is on a]] '''[[TimedMission time limit]]''', something the ''Mega Man'' franchise rarely uses. Run out of time, and you have to ''start all over and your effort is for naught''. Try not to lose to the Robot Masters from ''4'', otherwise you'll lose too many seconds due to ''4'' having the slowest-filling boss energy bar (it doesn't help that [[MostAnnoyingSound it has the most grating energy-filling sound in the series]]).series).


** ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' brings us [[SoBadItsGood "classics"]] such as Dr. Light's [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome speech patterns]], Mega Man [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY being unable to pronounce Bass correctly]][[note]]he says "bass" (as in the fish) instead of "base" (the musical instrument)[[/note]] as he [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle puts emphasis on the wrong syllables]], and, of course, '''[[MostAnnoyingSound JUMP JUMP! SLIDE SLIDE!!]]''' [[note]]Frost Man's stage and Wily Tower 1 feature [[UnexpectedGameplayChange auto-scrolling snowboard segments]] [[ThatOneLevel that are loathed by many a player]].[[/note]]

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** ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' brings us [[SoBadItsGood "classics"]] such as Dr. Light's [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome speech patterns]], Mega Man [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY being unable to pronounce Bass correctly]][[note]]he says "bass" (as in the fish) instead of "base" (the musical instrument)[[/note]] as he [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle puts emphasis on the wrong syllables]], and, of course, '''[[MostAnnoyingSound JUMP '''JUMP JUMP! SLIDE SLIDE!!]]''' SLIDE!!''' [[note]]Frost Man's stage and Wily Tower 1 feature [[UnexpectedGameplayChange auto-scrolling snowboard segments]] [[ThatOneLevel that are loathed by many a player]].[[/note]]



* MostAnnoyingSound:
** The death sound: ''Pow pow pow pow pow!'' [[NintendoHard You will hear it a lot.]]
** The soundtrack for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy version of ''VideoGame/MegaManII'' suffers from excruciatingly high-pitched instrumentation in just about all of the background music. It's proven to be a popular subject for remixes over the years, and most of these have actually been very well-received by fans, with the common consensus being that while the game's composer might have known what he was doing from a musical standpoint, he did an absolutely terrible job of executing it.

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