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Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race has so many heartwarming scenes they're called "Defender Moments."

  • Rock and Roll's activations; they connect to Dr. Light and each other immediately.
  • The Lights learning the "unknown feeling" is love at the end of Episode 1.
  • Roll bonding with Doc; he becomes her closest companion and can always find a way to cheer her up.
  • After Roll is grounded, Doc helps her feel better by being silly. Later, they bake together, and Doc makes a gingerbread man and then a gingerbread Met.
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  • In episode 3, after a couple anti-robot protests led by William Cochran, Mega Man helping out and Governor Cochran giving a stirring speech is enough to get most of them to reconsider, apologize, and abandon the protests.
  • Doc saving Roll from Wily at the cost of his own life.
  • Rush comforting Roll after Doc's death by sleeping next to her when she goes to bed.
  • The flashback to Doc's activation has Roll coaxing him to come out of his hardhat, starting the bond between them.
  • Mega Man and ProtoMan's conversation in the park in Episode 5, where Mega admits that despite how they fight he does want a real relationship with his brother.
  • Mega and Proto save each other's lives in the climax of Episode 5.
  • In Episode 6, Roll reminds Mega that they're a team and he can always talk to her if he needs to.
  • A lot of Episode 6's moments with Kalinka and Mega Man, particularly their first kiss.
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  • Lynn saving her brother, Castor, against all odds.
  • ProtoMan calming down a Met that Wily had tortured and letting it escape with Roll.
  • Roll's interactions with Mets, especially Doc and Peekaboo. She also helps reprogram other Mets that Wily had put under his control, restoring their natural programming.
  • Roll meeting Captain Fallout and the Atom Smashers, her favorite band, and getting their autographs, sunglasses, and a guitar. Becomes meta when you learn the author based it on the interactions The Protomen have with fans.
  • Roll adopting the Met refugee and naming him Peekaboo.
  • Tron's interactions with Servbots, especially her favorite, Number 1.
  • ProtoMan letting Nomad go and lying to Wily about it, saying she was destroyed so he wouldn't look for her.
  • Drill Man's redemption in Episode 8. Roll convinces him to not follow Wily's orders, and he listens.
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  • Roll showing Peekaboo Doc's tree. Boo thanks him for saving Roll, and at that moment a gentle breeze picks up.
  • In Episode 9, upon hearing ProtoMan being attacked by Bass, Mega Man was willing to drop everything to rescue him in spite of everything he'd done. Their conversation immediately beforehand was sweet, too.
    • Similarly, ProtoMan not wanting the police to get slaughtered by Bass.
  • Episode 9's initial battle with Galaxy Man has Mega pulling out all the stops to save his family, even at the expense of his own energy.
  • The interlude to Episode 10 had Mega and Roll calming down Peekaboo after he was scared of an incoming soccer ball. Roll even pointed out that he made a good goalie.
  • Mega Man's preparation for his date with Kalinka in Episode 10.
    • In the same chapter, Roll mentioning Doc is an angel watching over them when Kalinka compares Peekaboo to an angel.
  • Mega Man's actual date with Kalinka in Episode 10. This includes both of them saying that they like each other for who they are inside; as Mega confesses that he fears Kalinka won't like him after the war with Wily is over, and worries that people see him as only Mega Man and not Rock, she affirms that she always will.
    Because he trusted her with his feelings, she decided to help make him feel better by making a request. "I know you have to keep armor on, but... please, take off your helmet," she requests.
    Mega looks surprised at first, but Kalinka explains, "Tonight, you do not have to be Mega Man... we're just two friends named Rock and Kalinka tonight."
    • Then they almost kiss.
  • Episode 10 has ProtoMan meeting with Nomad and helping her out; the narration comments that he feels a true sense of purpose for the first time.
    • It's doubly heartwarming in that he entrusted Cut Man, Guts Man, and Magnet Man with the secret.
  • Episode 10 has even more heartwarming with Mega and Kalinka confessing their doubts and insecurities to each other, Kalinka placing flowers at Doc's tree, and Roll being informed of some of the good things ProtoMan's done.
  • The second conversation between ProtoMan and Mega Man in Episode 10. Proto comes clean about manipulating Mega, apologizes to him for doing so, and tells him about Project G-2, the Mega Man Killers' weaknesses, and even offers a tip about Bass.
  • Mega Man and Kalinka's second kiss in Episode 10.
  • The climax of Episode 10 has Roll staying home with Peekaboo to ensure he feels protected, trusting Mega Man to save Kalinka.
  • In Episode 10, Mega Man and ProtoMan avoid a conflict to save an innocent girl caught up in the carnage. It becomes heartbreaking when they later learn she's paralyzed, possibly for life.
  • Even after a direct order from Wily during an interrogation, ProtoMan refuses to sell Nomad out and avoids mentioning her.
    • After ProtoMan's torture, Guts Man, Cut Man, and Magnet Man carry him back to his bed and try to comfort him.
  • Episode 11's first chapter has Mega Man telling Brain Bot of the good Proto did; he recommends Mega talk to him.
  • Everyone trying to help Mega out of his depression in the third chapter of Episode 11, and the Robot Master trio trying to comfort ProtoMan.
  • Mr. Black remembering his wife, Tonya, even if it ends up tragic.
  • The fifth chapter of Episode 11 has Bass saving Roll and resisting the urge to just run off with her because it's not what she would want.
  • Episode 11, chapter 7 has Roll and Dr. Light reassuring Mega that he's still a hero, and he reflects on those who he's helped and believe in him. And then the ensuing battle goes horribly wrong.
  • Episode 11, chapter 8. ProtoMan finds the strength to redownload his courage and confidence because he knows Nomad needs him.
  • Episode 11, chapter 9, has Roll literally slapping some sense into Mega Man after he tries to quit fighting Wily. Then he reviews the footage and memories of all of Wily's prior attacks so he has a clearer mindset of what he's fighting against... and the humans he's fighting for.
  • Episode 11, chapter 10, has Roll explaining to Boo why she fights, and he understands.
    • ProtoMan admitting he loves Nomad, calming her destructive programming and lessening her pain.
  • Episode 11, chapter 11, is full of this in the endgame.
    • First, there's Mega's concern for his family, the police, and others, letting them get to safety if things become too dangerous.
    • Then there's Mr. Black deciding to not kill Bomb Man, as his true target was Wily, even though Bomb Man caused Tonya's death.
    • Finally, there's the big moment. ProtoMan is forced to kill Mega Man via the Mad Grinder, and seems helpless to do so due to Wily's override command. But memories of his brother, Nomad, and Mega Man never doubting that he loves ProtoMan enable him to turn his back on Wily, saving his brother's life and the world.
  • Episode 11, chapter 12, has everyone from the Bonnes, the President, Governor Deacon, the New York police, and Kalinka Cossack reacting to the news of Mega's condition.
    • It also has ProtoMan literally giving Mega Man his heart to help save him.
    • Roll has her first talk with ProtoMan as siblings.
    • When Peekaboo comes in to see Roll, he recognizes ProtoMan and gives him a big hug. ProtoMan carries him warmly and with care. This makes Roll realize ProtoMan means it about leaving Wily.
    • The chapter ends with happy tears, as Mega Man wakes up, remembers his family, and gives ProtoMan a real, brotherly hug.
  • The epilogue to Episode 11 has Peekaboo giving Mega Man a balloon to cheer him up, Mega calling Kalinka to tell her that he's alright, ProtoMan having a real talk with Dr. Light, Dr. Wily finally regretting some of the things he's done even if it doesn't last, and the chapter ends with ProtoMan and Nomad sharing a happy moment together.
  • Part 1 of the interlude to Episode 12 has the entire Thanksgiving scene, where everyone declares thanks for tons of things... and especially for ProtoMan coming home.
  • Part 2 of the interlude to Episode 12, has the Christmas scenes. There's Peekaboo's gift from Roll, Mega and Kalinka's scene, and ProtoMan and Nomad's first kiss.
  • Episode 12, chapter 4 has a brief scene where Mega Man admires a photograph of Kalinka and remembers good times they shared.
  • In Episode 12, Mr. Black makes a vague mention of Nomad, causing ProtoMan to feel protective towards her.
  • The climax of Episode 12 has Mega Man calling the ambulance to help a possibly fatally-wounded Mr. Black even after the latter betrayed him.
    Mega Man: I promised to defend the human race...even him.
  • The Episode 12 epilogue has everyone celebrating ProtoMan's birthday. The entire sequence is made of heartwarming, especially with his presents.
    • The same chapter has Proto's conversation with Nomad, and he offers to take her sightseeing if possible.
  • The Episode 12 epilogue has the final scene, involving Mega Man and Mr. Black. Barton lives, and Mega Man convinces him to let go of his hatred and desire for revenge and help people. He agrees to, starting with Janet, and admits that thanks to Mega Man, he's changed his views on robots. To fully let go of his quest for revenge, he finishes the chess game he and Tonya were playing before she died—and has her piece win the match.
  • In the interlude to Episode 13, Dr. Light starts work on a project heavily implied to be Mega Man X, and continues working on it in subsequent episodes. Having learned his lesson from the Gamma incident, he wants this creation to be something special, like his children.
  • The Lights deciding to take a vacation in the interlude to Episode 13, with Mega even pulling some strings so Kalinka can come along.
  • Episode 13, chapter 1 has Roll and Peekaboo packing for vacation.
    • ProtoMan staying behind at the lab, meaning he can bond with Dr. Light and be with Nomad.
    • Proto's goodbye to Peekaboo as they leave.
    • Kalinka saying she'd go around the whole planet to see Rock again.
  • In Episode 13, Tron smuggles Servbot #1 into Hawaii with her because he wants to be with her.
  • Roll wanting Mega to have as much fun as he can while on vacation.
  • Mega letting Roll win during a jet ski race; Peekaboo cheers for her.
  • Dr. Light and ProtoMan having a real conversation in Episode 13, chapter 2.
  • ProtoMan seeing the full video of his activation in episode 13 and using the information he learned from it to help Nomad.
  • Roll and Peekaboo swimming in a swimming pool together, and Roll talking with Kalinka about how as long as she has family she's fine. Plum also returns, and Roll is happy to see and talk with her.
  • Ash Rose being a voice of reason for Captain Tallarico and saying that they can't let their hatred of Wily consume them.
  • Roll and Kalinka's concern for Mega Man and Rush in episode 13.
  • In episode 13, ProtoMan and Nomad attempt to spend a normal night out together, with Proto promising to help her in any way he can.
  • Bass is so determined to keep Roll safe he tells her Splash Woman's entire plan and how to stop her brainwashing frequency.
  • Roll takes Splash Woman's capture of Mega Man and endangerment of Plum personally and is set to defeat her for hurting her family and friends.
  • Kalinka refuses to stand by and do nothing when Mega Man is captured, and she helps save Mega and Rush from Splash Woman's control.
  • In the Episode 13 epilogue, Mega Man and Kalinka spend time together alone after their ruined vacation, and kiss once more.
  • In the Episode 13 epilogue, Roll meets Nomad and bonds with her, embracing her skeletal hand and reassuring her that things will be okay.
  • In the interlude to Episode 14, Peekaboo asks Roll if Mega and Kalinka will get married one day.
  • The interlude to Episode 14 has Roll admit to her family that she trusts ProtoMan, even if she can't tell them the real reason why.
  • At the start of Episode 14, Dr. Light realizes he hasn't spent much time with Mega Man and Roll even as their birthdays approach, and resolves to make it up to them.
  • Wily taking pride in seeing Bass evenly matched with the Stardroids is strangely heartwarming.
  • Brain Bot creates Tango to help ProtoMan combat the Stardroids. While a bit aloof at first, Proto warms up to the cat and pets him in the last scene.
  • While waiting for Brain Bot's upgrades, ProtoMan takes time to contact Nomad, tell her about the situation, and also say that he loves her.
  • Duo's entrance on Earth is a major source of hope for both the heroes and the readers, as he promises to help Mega Man and his family fight the Stardroids.
  • Before the big fight against the Stardroids, Mega Man is able to help Roll and Duo out, convincing Roll to fight the Stardroids and that Duo can find purpose once they're defeated.
  • When Roll is surrounded by the Stardroids and in danger of dying, Bass rescues her and realizes he genuinely cares for her, staying to fight them off rather than escaping.
  • In episode 15, Nomad has her destructive programming removed and spends time with ProtoMan, playing the flute, wearing his jacket, and is asked to stay him with if she wants.
  • Episode 15 has a sweet moment where Nomad communicates with Peekaboo using hand signals and boops where his nose would be. ProtoMan also finally gets Tango's name right, making the cat pretty happy.
  • Episode 15 has an epic moment for Dr. Light, as he firmly tells Captain Tallarcio that he will not hand Nomad over without a warrant for arrest, and that he believes in her as much as Mega Man and his family.
  • Chapter 7 of episode 15 has Proto and Nomad having a moment to themselves for the first time in a while, with ProtoMan playing the flute for her as he thinks back on his life and the family he has now.
    • Dick Ferguson realizes his mistakes and gives the FBI as much information as he can before dying, and Agent Grimmie sees it as him truly reforming at the end.
    • Deacon's chief of staff, Rehnquist, believes Mega Man's story and advises him about Deacon and Tallarcio's past, making it clear that once Deacon is separated from her his relations with Mega Man should improve.
    • Everyone's utter relief when Nomad is saved, especially ProtoMan's. In a meta moment, the author revealed her survival was due to how much the fans had come to like her.
  • The tail end of episode 16 has Tron talk with Roll and see Mega Man and Kalinka talk, joking around and telling each other they love them. This makes Tron finally see how much Mega Man and Kalinka love one another; she realizes how selfish she's been and sincerely apologizes for it, and admits that the best thing for her to do is let Mega Man go and focus on saving Tiesel.
  • Servbot 1 worries Roll will be angry at him if she dislikes Tron, but she tells him he's too adorable to be angry at.
  • After all that happened, Episode 16's epilogue is full of this:
    • Mega Man finally wakes up and makes a full recovery, much to the relief of everyone.
    • For all their bickering, the Bonne siblings truly love and care for each other, and their experiences made them come out as better people once they learned their respective lessons.
    • Dr. Cossack gives Kalinka his blessing on her relationship with Mega Man, much to her joy.
    • The crowner, of course Soprano's fate. Dr. Light manages to get all charges against her dropped, and she gets the chance to start a new, happy life. Moreover, while she lost most of her memories, she still remembers the song Proto taught her, meaning that the Nomad he met and loved is still there.


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