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Dr. Thomas Light
Portrayed by: Steve Olson, Adam Griffith (young) ("Light Up the Night" music video)
Dr. Albert Wily
Portrayed by: Joel Nagle ("Light Up the Night" music video)
- Big Bad: He's the main villain across the whole series and instigates the plot.
- Charm Person: He convinces the entire City to go along with his words, including trying to kill Dr. Light.
- The Chessmaster: Some kid on a bike attacking the control tower? It's no problem; you have another one. Protoman attacking your complex? No problem, send out all the Robot Masters to attack him at once. Mega Man attacking, this time getting to the fortress gates and possibly threatening you? Send out Protoman to deal with him.
- Consummate Liar: He admits as such.
It doesn't matter where you hear it from; whether truth or lies, it gets said all the same!
- Crazy-Prepared: He built another control tower in case the one he was using was attacked, then used that as an excuse to declare martial law.
- Emperor Scientist: Rules the city and possibly the world, and is a roboticist.
- Evil Is Petty: One of his reasons for killing Emily was because she wouldn't be with him.
- Humans Are Flawed: Wily believes this. He's mostly right.
- If I Can't Have You...: The reason he kills Emily.
- That, and she caught him stealing Light's stuff.
- Kick the Dog: A band member revealed that he later called the Sniper robots "Joe", like in the games, for an extra jab at Light.
- Kill 'Em All: His order to the army of robots at the end. In some live performances, he actually says the line.
- Large Ham: Throughout Act II, but especially in The Hounds.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He sends all the robots out at once to attack Protoman, then sends him out against Mega Man when his army falls.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Throughout both Acts. It's lampshaded in Act I.
Wily had no power on a field of battle.
- Not Good with Rejection: Implied. One of the reasons he kills Emily is because she rejects his offer. Another indicator would be earlier when he angrily tells Dr. Light to not turn his back on him.
- Suddenly Voiced: He had no spoken lines until Act II.
- The Unfought: Light never gets to the part of the plan where he confronts him, and Mega Man abandons the City before he reaches him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In Act II, everyone loves him and believes his every word.
- Visionary Villain: Most of his lines in Act II drip with this sort of behavior, as the man has his ambitions.
- The Voiceless: In Act I he has no spoken lines.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Dr. Light.
- You Can't Fight Fate: In The Hounds, he states that he and Light were destined for their paths in life; it had been building from the moment they met.
- Beige Prose: Somewhat, in Vengeance.
- Bring It: "All you wounded, those of you who can, pick yourselves off the ground, hurry back, tell your leader you need more men!"
- Despair Event Horizon: After killing his brother, he turns his back on humankind as well. In some live performances of the song, he's the one that shouts the line "Kill them all!"
- Foreshadowing: Even though he's a Wide-Eyed Idealist he never refers to the people of the city positively, referring to them as "fools" during The Will of One and during The Sons of Fate has no illusions that the crowd will actually rise to help him.
- The Hero: In Act I.
- Hope Bringer: He actually drives the crowd to cheer him on, rather than just watch his demise.
- Hot-Blooded: If only in The Will Of One and Vengeance — the latter pretty much consists of him screaming for the enemy to fight better.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: After being forced to kill his brother, he shares Protoman's viewpoint on humanity and leaves the City to die.
- One-Man Army: He manages to put a sizable dent in Wily's forces singlehandedly.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Protoman, who Light retroactively saw as a son.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: He's capable of crying, and the liner notes describe his heart hurting under the weight of what Dr. Light told him about Protoman.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After killing Protoman, he turns his back on the city and leaves its people to their fate.
- Voice of the Resistance: In Act I. He's also the only resistance.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He thinks that he can turn Protoman back to his side by getting the crowd's help at first. They then tell him to kill his brother.
Humanity In General
- The Alcoholic: Once Wily takes over, they crowd the bars.
- Angry Mob: They try to lynch Dr. Light at Wily's behest.
- Apathetic Citizens: In all Acts.
- Broken Pedestal: To Mega Man after they pressure him into killing Protoman and show no remorse. As a result he decides they aren't worth saving anymore.
- Despair Event Horizon: Their response to Mega Man abandoning them is to simply wail "We Are The Dead" as the robots slaughter them all. Taken even further in Act III. In "Hold back the Night", they outright say "No one will come... The City is dead."
- From Bad to Worse: Their mindset gets worse as time goes on.
- Gullible Lemmings: They believe Wily's lies and attempt to lynch Dr. Light when the courts find him innocent.
- Hate Sink: The crowd of humans are the most cowardly individuals in both albums. In Act I, they watch as Proto Man seemingly dies and do nothing, before demanding the revived Proto Man be killed for insulting them and degrading his memory. In Act II, they happily allow Dr. Wily to take over the city and demand the death of the innocent Dr. Light.
- Holding Out for a Hero: Their main mindset in Act 1; they've become so cowed they completely give up on doing anything themselves to save the City. Act III implies they will finally stand up and fight, but they still seek Megaman to lead them.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The crowd establishes that, by the end of Act I, they're almost as bad as the forces suppressing them, and certainly worse than the heroes trying to save them.
- Spontaneous Crowd Formation: They gather to lynch Dr. Light, and crowd around Joe's body after his Heroic Sacrifice in Act II. In Act I, they gather at Protoman's assault on Wily's fortress, when Mega Man reads the words on his brother's grave, and when Mega Man attacks the fortress.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yes, growing up in a police state does tend to mess with the heads of the populace, but all the same, what could possibly make them think that telling their single, superpowered defender, currently mourning his brother who he just killed on their behalf, that said brother deserved to die is a good idea?
- Torches and Pitchforks: In Give Us The Rope they form a lynch mob to kill Dr. Light after he's found not guilty.
- Back from the Dead: Post Hope Rides Alone, Wily brought him back to serve as his commander.
- Broken Pedestal: For Mega Man, at least until he dies.
- Dark Messiah: The Stand goes over this pretty thoroughly. Protoman sings about how man once looked to him as their "hero", but they really only cared about martyrs.
- Death Seeker: May have become this; if the crowd stood and fought like he told them to, they'd have to kill him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: His death in The Sons Of Fate, at least outside of live performances.
- The Dragon: To Wily in Act I, post FaceHeel Turn.
- Evil Laugh: In live performances, at least.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep robotic voice in both albums and live shows.
- FaceHeel Turn: After "dying" in Hope Rides Alone, he changes sides and decides that if humanity deserves to live they should fight for themselves.
- Fallen Hero: Changed sides after his death, when his beliefs were crushed.
- The Fatalist: Subverted in that, while he's a fatalist, he desperately wants not to be and is constantly fighting to have his philosophy proven wrong. It's too bad that every time he does, the crowd's actions just reinforce it.
- I Call It "Vera": His latest arm cannon is named 'Life Ruiner'.
- Large Ham: Live, at least. A couple of times he imitated pro wrestler Rick Flair.
- Machine Monotone: His lines in The Stand begin to be consumed by one as he goes from talking with his brother to trying to kill him. By the time The Sons Of Fate begins, his voice is deeper and more hateful.
- Never Found the Body: Only his helmet was recovered after his death.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Hope Rides Alone, the cause of his "death".
- The Paragon: He intended to fulfill this role, but ultimately failed.
- Rousing Speech: He tries to give one to the people of the city during Sons of Fate, telling them that if they don't rise up and stand for themselves they'll never have another hero or another chance to be free. They instead just sit back and call out for Megaman to kill him.
- Warrior Poet: Some stuff he says in The Stand is fairly poetic.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's turned his back on the people he was meant to protect. Sadly, with good reason.
The Robot Army
- Adaptational Badass: Could apply to any one of the re-imagined characters in the rock operas, but if the music video footage of 'Hope Rides Alone' is to be believed, the Robot Masters have become terrifying figures; Elec Man in particular.
- Kill 'Em All: Wily tells them to kill the crowd at the end.
- Killer Robot: All of them.
- Losing Your Head: Cutman gets his head cut off in the music video.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Snipers.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Robot Masters 'kill' Protoman. Probably helped that, unlike the games, they attacked at once.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Robot Masters, like in the games.
- Shock and Awe: Elecman electrocutes Protoman's face in the video.
- Skull for a Head: Elecman in the music video.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Robot Masters disappear after Hope Rides Alone, the first song on the album. Only time will tell if they make an appearance in Act III.
- According to the music video footage, Cutman appears to have been killed via a bad case of headlessness, Bomb Man seems to have exploded, and Ice Man was taken out by a powershot.
- Whole Costume Reference: In the music video, Bombman is basically a robotic Wez. For◊ comparison◊.
Emily A. Stanton
Portrayed by: Laine Rettmer ("Light Up the Night" music video)
- Dead Man Writing: Via her letter to Dr. Light.
- Determinator: She rebukes Wily, telling him that Light's the better man.
- Dying Alone: Underscored by her funeral, which no one attended.
- Historical In-Joke: On the Father of Death wanted poster, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War for the Lincoln Administration, vows to bring her murderer to justice.
- The poster itself was an altered version of the one about Lincoln's assassination.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: In "Father of Death".
"No matter how dark this City gets, there will be—"
- Meaningful Name: The name Emily means someone who is earthy, strong-willed, and a hard worker. Emily can also mean 'rival', or trying to equal or excel. It still fits rather well, considering what got her killed.
- Original Character: Emily doesn't have a game counterpart.
- Slashed Throat: This is how she dies.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Emily was an unambiguously good person to the end. Tragically, it's also what got her killed.
- Tragic Funeral: No one attends, and the priest's words are drowned out by Wily's broadcast.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We hear her in the middle of Father Of Death, just in time for her to be faced with Death by Origin Story.
- Wrench Wench: According to the liner notes, she worked in the factory.
"The one I love, she works so hard, she works her fingers till they bleed. Some of the pain that she endures would bring a strong man to his knees. I only want to help."
- The Alcoholic: We first hear him in a bar and everyone else seems to be drowning their sorrows. Fanon has him as this to an extreme degree. Fittingly, his first words in the "Light Up The Night" video are him asking if Light has anything to drink.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Shows up as a viewpoint character in the latter half of Act II when before the story had focused on Dr. Light.
- Cloudcuckoo Lander: Has a rousing speech in a bar, speaks intimately to a girl who's all but paying attention to him, steals a kiss from her for good luck and rides off into the night, his blood ignited.
- Cool Bike: Has a motorcycle inherited from his father.
- Fingerless Gloves: Panther wears these as him in live shows, and fan art has Joe wearing them too.
- Hot-Blooded: Shouts at a literal killing machine to come out and face him, armed with a lead pipe.
- Improvised Weapon: Tries to fend the Sniper off with a pipe.
- Kiss of Death: The second meaning, as his hours are numbered.
- Large Ham: He has a bit of this in Breaking Out, in which he declares he's getting the hell out of dodge to a girl that he barely knows, and then kisses her.
- Loveable Rogue: Even though he's part of the riff-raff, he's easily the most admirable person we meet in the post-takeover generation.
- Only One Name: His last name is never revealed, though The Cover Up implies it's Wilson.
- Original Character: He has no game counterpart, though his name is taken from the Joe robots in the games.
- Parental Abandonment: They were killed.
- Senseless Sacrifice: His sacrifice in "The Fall" only makes things worse.
- Voice of the Resistance: Tragically, at the time he and Light were the only members of the resistance.
The Sniper/Light's Monster
The Girl in the Bar
Act III Female Lead
- The Bus Came Back: If she is the girl in the bar, as speculated.
- Dare to Be Badass: Hold Back the Night is all about this, as she tries to rouse the people of the city and Dr. Light to action.
- Fingerless Gloves: The Gambler wears these as her.
- Hot-Blooded: The one song we know of featuring her is full of passion on her end.
- The Paragon: While she's still holding out for a hero like the rest of the city, she's the exact kind of person Protoman hoped would come forward all the way back in Act I. She shows through her released songs that she understands that while a hero is needed to galvanize a movement that no man is an island and that everyone has to fight together to finally defeat Wily.
- Voice of the Resistance: "Hold Back the Night" has her talking to Dr. Light to try and spark a movement, and "Calling Out" has her do the same to Megaman.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even after everything, she holds out hope that the City can be saved, and entreats humanity, Dr. Light, and Megaman to follow her and finally defeat Wily.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The other meaning of her lines in Hold Back the Night is that the People are ultimately the only ones who can free themselves.
Act III Lead: You've been fed what they wanted to feed you, you've been bled of the will to survive! Now you stand just as long as they need you, but you're the only one that keeps you alive!
- Ascended Meme: Did a mostly-Wood Man Due Vendetta, then promised to do an all-Wood Man one another time.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Panther wears Western-style clothing, has Cool Shades, and an NES Zapper Gun in his holster.
- Back from the Dead: Panther was dead for weeks when the robots infected him with strep throat, but came back.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: A possible explanation for the above.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Co-writes the Newsletters with Commander, which are amazingly off the rails.
- Compelling Voice: Fans have done many things because he tells them to.
- Cool Shades: Wears these a lot.
- Drives Like Crazy: This destroyed their first tour bus.
- Fingerless Gloves: He wears these as Joe.
- The Hero: He's the leader of the band.
- Heroic Mime: He became this when he lost his voice due to fire-throwing ninjas stealing his growl.
- Hot-Blooded: Plays Mega Man and Joe, and is this in real life.
- Mushroom Samba: According to some sources, some very special cookies found their way to Panther at Nerdapalooza. He subsequently missed a full show that night.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He and Turbo Lover accidentally wrecked their tour bus, Jesse Christine.
- Panthera Awesome: In his codename, and KILROY described him as a dangerous jungle cat.
- Perma-Stubble: He can't grow a beard, so when he doesn't shave, he has this.
- Super Reflexes: Caught a Megabuster being tossed directly at his head from stage right.
- Voice of the Resistance: Briefly had it stolen by Ursula the Sea Witch.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It takes a lot to make him angry, but if you do, you're dead.
- Grumpy Old Man: According to KILROY, he's this, but it's closer to Cool Old Guy.
- The Nick Namer: He named the Nightwalker and Ringo Segundo.
- Older Than They Look: According to his Facebook page, he's 100 years old. He doesn't look a day over 90.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to RoboCop; specifically, the character, Alex Murphy, and his actor, Peter Weller.
- Voice of the Resistance: He handles PR, selling merchandise.
Sir Robert Bakker
- Awesome McCoolname: His name is awesome.
- Replacement Goldfish: Subbed for Ringo post-Warped Tour, and took over as Wily once Turbo Lover in "Father of Death". Panther takes over for "The Hounds."
- Gentle Giant: Taller than pretty much everyone else in the band, yet is very soft-spoken on the occasions he sings.
- Shock and Awe: Much like Lazer, his facepaint features a solitary black bolt over one eye.
- Prehensile Hair: He's fond of showing this off while playing.
- Badass Beard: Had this as well as very long, curly hair.
- The Cameo: While officially listed as a casualty, his spirit has been known to frequent the band's shows in Nashville, participate in the songs, and sign autographs.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He saved his disco records from the burning Thundercon at the cost of his own life.
- Kill It with Fire: This is how he died.
- Prehensile Hair: His hair was so fluid it was practically alive.
- Real-Person Fic: One can be found here detailing his experience as a P.O.W. (He was listed as such before being declared R.I.P.).
- Note that this was written before Act II was released, and before his cause of death was made known.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Sweeney Todd.
- Badass Beard: Notably, he was the one who told the rest of the band about Whiskerino.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: Scartoe is famous for sleeping in odd places. Among other things, he slept under the band's merchandise table.
- The Quiet One: Didn't talk much in interviews.
- Warrior Poet: When he did talk he was often very prolific.
- Back from the Dead: Returned to play a show in Baltimore, and shows where the Nightwalker isn't around to play trumpet.
- No Name Given: At first he didn't have a codename. Murphy gave him one.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the duo Master and Blaster, from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. They are usually referred to as Master Blaster in the film.
Heath Who Hath No Name
Cobra T. Washington
- Badass Bystander: He was an audience member called into service by KILROY to play keyboard on The Stand.
- Born Lucky: Admit it, you wish this had happened to you.
- Heroic Bystander: Helped the band out when Panther was struck down.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member and played instruments.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A mix of blonde and brunette.
- Phantom Thief: Averted; she may break into places, but she never steals. She just breaks in for the sake of being there.
- Stealth Expert: Known for breaking into houses for the sake of it, without anyone being the wiser.
- Action Girl: Sang as a chorus member at the Act I vinyl release show.
- '80s Hair: Like Crusher, had a fabulous eighties hairdo.
- Ascended Extra: Was a rarely-seen chorus member before voicing Wily.
- Compelling Voice: There's a reason he plays Wily.
- Evil Is Petty: At a Halloween show, he remarked that it was his favorite time of the year... and that he hoped the crowd would get cavities.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: The band kidnapped Dr. Wily from the past and brainwashed him to sing about his own deeds. This is the end result.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: When not acting as Wily he's quite the nice guy to hang around with.
- Mr. Fanservice: Sometimes unbuttons his jacket, as well as wearing a spandex leotard.
- Nice Hat: He wears a fedora. He's also one of the only band members to have an actual hat as opposed to a bandanna or helmet.
- Shirtless Scene: During covers of "Death On Two Legs". He also strips his jacket down to a unitard.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the song "Turbo Lover" by Judas Priest.
- Time Paradox: See HeelFace Brainwashing, above.
- Token Evil Teammate: He plays Dr. Wily. He helped wreck their tour bus. This has not gone unnoticed by fans.
- Not only that, when Panther lost his voice, he took over his lines. Theories have spawned about him wanting to take over the world, or the band.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Has these both as Wily and as a chorus member.
Objects Of Note
- Base on Wheels: The Protomen used her as their mobile base.
- Cool Car: Almost literally; the bus had no heat. Going to Detroit in February almost destroyed the band.
- Darkest Hour: The back of the bus was eaten by a Graboid from Tremors. Soon after, she broke down completely, and was recently replaced with The Skyhammer.
- Last Of Her Kind: She was the last of the V8 Interceptors.
- My Car Hates Me: She seemed to break down at the worst possible times. Luckily, she also made a handy barricade when the band was attacked by Killer Robots.
- Base on Wheels: Used as the Protomen's second mobile base.
- Cool Car: 26 passenger bus with several beds and seats that don't place you five inches from the person in front of you.
- According to the band she also has a bowling alley.
- Last Of Her Kind: The last of the Super V8 Interceptors.
- My Car Hates Me: Attempted to kill the Protomen by blowing an expensive tire on her way out of Ohio.
- The Skyhammer once got in a wreck, then lost a tire; fortunately no one was injured. The truck that hit her, on the other hand, was vaporized.
- At the very start of part 2 of their 2010 tour, the Skyhammer blew another tire, lost a trailer fender, and broke her fuel pump, leaving the band stranded in Texas.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Jesse Christine.