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    SWN.001 Bass (Forte) 
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Voiced by: note 
A robot created by Dr. Wily himself in 7 specifically to rival Mega Man in every aspect. He has a robot wolf named Treble, with whom he can fuse to gain new powers in a similar manner to Mega Man and Rush.
  • All There in the Manual: Supplemental sources give him the codename SWN (Special Wily Numbers). He's apparently the first in the series, although it remains to be seen if there is (or will be) more.
  • Anti-Hero: In Mega Man & Bass, both arcade games, and as DLC in 10. While certainly not a "good guy" by any means, he nevertheless is not nearly as heartless as his Mega Man X successor Vile.
  • Animal Motifs: His helmet is shaped like a Cobra.
  • Badass Cape: In the Rockman Online trailer, he seems to have taken on his Battle Network counterpart's sense of style. It also recalls Zero's longcoat from Mega Man Zero 2.
  • Bag of Spilling: He left his Double Jump somewhere near Mega Man's slide and charge shot just in time for 10. Also, his high jump became a long jump instead (although that follows basic Newtonian physics).
  • Blood Knight: His sole purpose is to prove himself as the strongest robot, so naturally he can't turn down a fight against an allegedly-stronger opponent.
  • Bratty Teenage Son: To Dr. Wily.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: When X and Zero players get their hands on a copy of GBA & Bass for the first time, his dash control will seem...obscure (unless you've played Mega Man X8, at least).
    • In 10, Bass' dash is performed the same as Proto Man's slide (Down and jump), rather than double tapping a direction.
  • Denial of Diagonal Attack: Averted in & Bass (both the original and the Wonderswan games) and 10 DLC.
    • Played straight in the Power Arcade games, where he was meant to be comparable to Mega Man and Proto Man.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He was built to be The Rival to Mega Man and his original appearance had him more or less function like a carbon copy of him, and his incarnations in Power Battle and Power Fighters mostly followed suit. He wouldn't get his signature Double Jump, rapid fire, or aimable buster until Mega Man & Bass, with the latter two abilities carried over into 10.
  • Dub Name Change: He is known as Forte in Japan, and Bass in the west.
  • Do Not Run with a Gun: In the Mega Man & Bass games and the 10 DLC, Bass must stand still while firing his Bass Buster.
    • This does not apply to his original appearance or the Power games, as his Buster was more akin to Mega Man's.
  • Double Jump: His trademark in & Bass. Preceded his "little brother".
  • The Dragon: Wily's righthand robot in 7.
  • Driven by Envy: Is jealous of Mega Man's status as a world champion, and wants to eliminate him for that.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all his arrogance, he does have some respect for humans since robots owe their existence to them. This is part of his motivation for opposing King's war against humanity.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mega Man.
    • Made more explicit in 9 (his outline appears in Dr. Wily's monitor in the ending) and 10, where his sprites closely resemble Mega Man's.
  • Expy: Born fighter who's almost obsessed with defeating the series' hero and proving himself the greatest fighter alive. He's not afraid to help his rival out in order to eventually beat him himself, either. The hero is his to defeat. Are we describing Bass or Vegeta here?
  • Facial Markings: Which, along with the design of his helmet, makes him look like a cobra.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Whenever he gives a Slasher Smile, he gives off one of these.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Pride.
  • Fragile Speedster: In Mega Man & Bass. He has the ability to dash and double jump, making him far more mobile than Mega Man. Combined with his rapid fire buster that can aim in any direction, this makes him much better at clearly platforming sections. However, he's at a disadvantage against bosses, where his mobility is less useful and his rapid fire buster is useless thanks to the bosses' Mercy Invincibility.
  • Freak Lab Accident: How Dr. Wily discovered Bassnium, the powerful energy used to create Bass.
    • According to that same Power Fighters ending, it is said by Wily that Bassnium won't be the strongest energy on earth for long, implying that Wily found a superior energy source.
  • Fusion Dance: With Treble.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Bass' only priority is defeating Mega Man and proving himself as the "strongest robot". Since this doesn't specifically require helping Dr. Wily, or even obeying him, this has a tendency to backfire on the good doctor. Bass' whole heroic turn in & Bass was just him proving that he was stronger than King.
    • Despite reinforcing his resolve in the above game's ending, he seems to have mellowed out on his threat to eliminate Mega Man... at least, for the time being.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is jealous of Mega Man's status as a world champion.
  • I Have Many Names: A meta example, for in addition to the Dub Name Change above, he is known as "Slasher" in the Brazilian comic.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "Bass" is pronounced like the musical instrument, not the fish. Except in the eighth game, where it is pronounced incorrectly.
  • It's All About Me: And HOW.
  • Jerkass: When he's not hunting down Wily himself, he's being an egotistical brute who badmouths anyone that he sees as weak.
  • Jerk Jock: A robotic version.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much more an emphasis on the "Jerk" part, but there are some important moments worth mentioning. Duo mentions to Bass (in The Power Fighters) that there is good in him, even though Bass denies it. Case in point, he was able to use Evil Energy without dying and he is very caring when it comes to his pet Treble. Doesn't even have a single known case of Human-related murder in his name (although he does attack his own creator Dr. Wily in anger periodically), likely because of his respect towards the humans for creating the robot race he is a part of (as Bass mentions to King after defeating him for the first time in Mega Man & Bass). Furthermore, he never tries to kill any robot that isn't specifically a combatant, such as Roll or Auto, nor has he ever shown a desire to, and while he's not above stealing powerups made for Mega Man, he'll still opt to face him in single combat, rather than use underhanded methods. Lastly, he made a point of sparing King after their initial battle, only fighting further when forced to when Wily brainwashed King a second time.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Like the "Megaman Killers", Wily created him to destroy Mega Man.
  • Leitmotif: His Boss Battle theme in 7 and 8.
    • It pops up as Bass' shop theme in 10.
  • Meaningful Name: His name in Japan, "Forte", means "strong" in several Romance languages. As a musical term, it means something is to be played powerfully. Sure enough, he's obsessed with proving himself to be stronger than anyone else (particularly Mega Man).
  • Mini-Boss: Despite being created to defeat Mega Man, to the point that they use nearly the same specifications, he has never been a boss in the Classic games.
  • The Mole: Introduced as an ally, but is actually trying to get in the good graces of the good guys to steal the Super Adapter blueprints for Dr. Wily.
  • More Dakka: His Spam Attack.
  • Narcissist: Thinks VERY highly of himself.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Although for the sake of the music pun, it's generally agreed upon that Bass is pronounced like "base" and not the fish, despite what 8 says.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Obsessed with proving his superiority over Mega Man, and won't let anyone else fight him. This appears to have subsided in later appearances, however.
  • Power Copying: He shares Mega Man's abilities to mimic other Robot Masters' weapons.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • In Mega Man 7, nobody expected that Bass could say "Damn!" Thankfully, in the following re-releases this was replaced with "Darn!"
    • Much more extreme in the case of the fan-translated SNES version of Mega Man & Bass, where he outright calls Wily — his creator — "a dirty son of a bitch".
  • Pride: Is extremely arrogant.
  • Psycho Prototype: In The Power Fighters, Wily tells Bass that he's planning to create a stronger robot by improving on the material he used to make Bass. It was meant to be an aversion, as said robot was supposed to turn the world into an apocalyptic hellhole, but it's ultimately played straight, as he is firmly on the side of good.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Shows off this once in a while.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Any post-7 appearance. In 7 (perhaps due to sprite limitations), Bass' eyes were brown, possibly to convey him as a new ally. Yeah, right.
  • The Resenter: Resents Mega Man due to his strength.
  • The Rival: To Mega Man.
  • Secret Character: Like Proto Man in 9, he's Downloadable Content in 10.
  • Slasher Smile: He often does this. Comes with Fangs Are Evil.
  • Smug Snake: And his helmet resembles a cobra head. He grows out of this after 7, becoming more of an Anti-Hero.
  • Spam Attack: Fires a stream of bullets in rapid fire to attack his enemies.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Resembles a teenager, and is a narcissistic jerk who's driven by envy.
  • Theme Naming: He and Treble are named after the bass and treble clefs, obviously. Their Japanese names, Forte and Gospel, are apparently Japanese nicknames for the clefs as well (if it helps make it more understandable, the bass clef is also known as the "F clef", and the treble clef "G clef").
  • The Unfavorite: Wily once told his greatest creation that he was proud of him and even called him his son, which is more than he ever did for Bass.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His methods are seriously messed up (blow up all of your siblings?), but it's made clear he wants Wily to admit that he is his masterpiece. It's kind of sad that he's wrong, too.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In 7, he fakes injury in order to get to Dr. Light's lab and steal the enhancements for Mega Man and Rush. On the other hand, he really is weak to Shade Man's weapon...
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    Treble (Gospel) 
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A robotic wolf created by Dr. Wily to help Bass the same way that Rush helps Mega Man. He can morph into a jet pack and fuse with Bass to let Bass fly for a limited time.

    Gamma 
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A giant robot built by Dr. Light and Dr. Wily for the purpose of peacekeeping and enforcement. Naturally, Dr. Wily had other plans...
  • Background Boss: Thanks to his sheer size.
  • Final Boss: Of 3.
  • Humongous Mecha: All that was seen (when fought, anyway) was from the torso up, and it still dwarfs most other robots in the series.
    • To give a good example, compare the sprite used by Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch to a sprite of Mega Man himself. Using a pixel to centimeter ratio and stacking Mega Man's sprite to match Gamma's height, Gamma is 36.025 meters tall!
  • One-Hit Kill: Being punched by its spiked fists is instant death. The Top Spin puts it on the receiving end, however.
  • Spikes of Villainy: An unintentional example, considering it was originally supposed to be a peacekeeper.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Can be instantly killed by Top Spin in its second form.

    Dr. Mikhail Cossack 
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A brilliant Russian robotics scientist that Dr. Wily blackmailed into attacking Mega Man by kidnapping his young daughter Kalinka. Once Proto Man saved Kalinka, he was willing to help, going so far as to build Beat for our hero.

Robot Masters designed by Cossack sometimes have the serial number DCN-XXX (Doctor Cossack Number), though due to Wily's involvement, they may be given DWN serial numbers instead.

    Reggae 
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Voiced by: note 
A robotic bird created by Dr. Wily. His most notable video game appearance was in the Japanese-only Party Game Rockboard.
  • Continuity Cameo: In 7, his visage appears if you've entered the wrong password. In 10, he manages Bass' shop.
  • Feathered Fiend: And is even a general annoyance to anyone.
  • Theme Naming: Reggae is a music genre, as per the usual naming scheme of the characters.

    Duo 
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Voiced by: note 
An extraterrestrial police robot from outer space that searches for "Evil Energy" to destroy it. He's just as powerful and capable as Mega Man himself.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: A mini-level finishes with a quick battle with Duo before a misunderstanding can be cleared.
  • Light Is Good: His original design before Dr. Light rebuilt him.
  • Power Copying: Has done this in The Power Fighters, one of the arcade games.
  • Power Fist: An oversized hand he uses to attack.
  • Right Hand of Doom: His left hand is quite oversized.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is, rather hilariously, "Dio" in Rockman Strategy.
  • Theme Naming: Duo? As in a musical composition or piece between two performers (alternatively known as a duet)? It continues with Duo.EXE, whose Dragon is named Slur, yet another musical reference.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Duo is supposed to have Badass Baritone at best, not a teenager's voice!
  • World's Strongest Man: Or rather, "Off-World's Strongest Man", because this doesn't just apply to the classic series — but to the Mega Man timeline as a whole. As the carrier of "Justice Energy", the only equal to Evil Energy (recall, this is the substance heavily implied to be the base of the Zero/Maverick Virus) when he clashed with its former carrier, the force was enough to do damage on a cosmic scale. Nothing else in the series outside the virus has been shown to be capable of reaching this level.
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