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Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Mega Man, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock.
— The Megas' mission statement.

The Megas are a Los Angeles-based band well-known for making vocal rock remixes of music from the Mega Man video game series. Unlike The Protomen, a similarly dedicated band, they directly remix songs from the games. The resulting songs generally have a closer feeling to the original work, giving each of the Robot Masters their own personalities as they sing about their lives as Mega Man breaches their defenses, and eventually defeats them.

Its members currently consist of "Reverend" Josh Breeding, Eric "E" Von Doymi, Greg "Gregatron" Schneider (formerly of punk-rock act Agent 51), Brian "The Double D" DiDomenico (joined 2011), and Church (joined 2012, replacing Mike "Mikey Hell" Levinson). Their debut album, "Get Equipped", which covers nearly every song in the Mega Man 2 soundtrack, was released January 2008. It's available for purchase on their website.


On August 24, 2009, the band, in conjunction with Entertainment System, released a 4-track EP called Megatainment, based on Mega Man.

On February 5th, 2010, they released "Get Acoustic", a largely acoustic version of Get Equipped, with the "Monsteropolis Orchestra" they created. Most of the songs are slightly slower and more somber, although this is not true universally.

On July 19th, 2010, they released the Sparked A War single, which contained the studio release of You've Sparked A War/Spark Man, a instrumental variation, an acoustic remix, and covers of both Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart and the Mega Man cartoon theme song, dubbed Super Fighting Robot.

On June 18th, 2012, the Megas released the "History Repeating: Blue" album, which covers several songs from Mega Man 3, and is the first of two albums. Noticeably, it lacked several songs they had already played live, such as "I'm Not The Breakman", and "Fly on A Dog", as those had been saved for "History Repeating: Red", which was released on May 14th, 2014.


On September 7th, 2016, they released an EP titled "The Belmonts", which they claim was sent to them on a cassette wrapped in parchment, sealed with wax, with the only words within it saying "Release me." It consists of three songs based on songs from the Castlevania series, and was also available in a limited run of 100 blood-red translucent cassettes alongside the digital edition.

On October 31st, 2018 (at the stroke of midnight no less) they released an EP titled "Skulls", which is branded as a collab project between The Megas and The Belmonts. It contains "Cracked Skulls", a cover of Skull Man's theme, a cover of "Burn" by The Cure, and two more Castlevania songs, Wicked Child and Vampire Killer.

On December 17, 2018, they released the single "Chill XMas", featuring a cover of Chill Penguin's theme and a cover of "Blue Christmas."

A short story by Matt Mowrer depicts the events of The Quick And The Blue. While not necessarily canonical, the story was featured on their website.

Not to be confused with the show Megas XLR.

The work of The Megas contain examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: In the original game, Fire Man and Ice Man had separate stages and boss fights, as with any other Robot Masters. Hell Has Frozen Over, on the other hand, combines their stage themes and describes them as working together in an "epic fusion," challenging Mega Man to a two-on-one fight.
  • Affably Evil: In Chill XMas, Chill Penguin might be devoted to the Maverick cause, but he's willing to call off the fight for Christmas and offers X nog, cookies and compliments X's dashing boots.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • Did Crash Man commit suicide to allow Mega Man to continue on, or did he get destroyed because he was trying to hold himself back during the fight? Only Crash Man himself knows and convincing arguments could be made for both.
    • Several of the songs in the History Repeating are ambiguous in that the band refuses to clarify who's singing — "Continue" is clearly about Mega Man, for instance, but the singer could be anyone. "Make Your Choice," they haven't said who's singing either point, leading to speculation that it's either Mega Man/Proto Man or Mega Man/Gamma.
    • Was the single gunshot at the end of "GeminEye" Mega Man shooting and killing Gemini Man, or Gemini Man shooting his alter-ego and killing himself? Which one it is doesn’t alter Mega Man’s progress, and either is plausible.
  • Arc Words: "I/You want to be the one".
    • To a lesser extent, "if it was up to me/you".
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Metal Man spends his entire song ranting about how unstoppable he is.
    • Top Man has the same feel in Can't Stop the Top.
  • The Atoner: Dr. Light builds Mega Man to make up for his mistake of working with Dr. Wily to build the Robot Masters.
    My sins, you'll fight / The wrongs that I made you will make right.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Megas are easily distracted.
  • Avenging The Villains: In Carved From Mighty Oak, Wood Man states he will avenge the other Robot Masters. Heat Man's voices seem to push him to this too.
    • There are a few; The Quick and the Blue for example.
  • Battle in the Rain: Mega Man vs. Crash Man.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Get Equipped ends with Mega Man defeating Dr. Wily, but the experience broke him.
  • Black Sheep: Bubble Man.
    I'm swimming in this bright blue ocean / (I'm drowning in the darkest emotion) / They call me useless, they call me weak / (They call me a flipper and snorkel geek)
    Out of the eight robots, of all of us / (My power is so ridiculous) / I realize something, as I stand here waiting / (That I'm the one who I'm really hating)
  • Blood Knight: The Quick and The Blue portrays Quick Man as having a bit of this in him.
    My circuits slow / I'm not scared anymore / This is the moment that we have been created for!
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Bomb Man.
  • Book-Ends: History Repeating: Blue begins with Mega Man singing "if it was up to me." The final track goes "if it was up to you."
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Deconstructed. Mega Man blows his way through all of the Robot Masters (except possibly Crash Man) but becomes consumed with guilt and regret because of it. Several songs involve Mega Man having to be convinced that he should keep going after all he's done.
    • Though it's implied that the battles(like the duels with Quick Man and Crash Man for example) are still tough, but Megaman, as the hero, naturally prevails.
  • Boss Banter: A lot of the songs.
  • Call-Back: Needle Man's song calls back to Air Man's.
    Air Man: Up in the sky, ten miles high, a man stands above the city he will destroy.
    Needle Man: Deep underground, ten miles down, a man stands below the city he will destroy…
  • Came Back Wrong: When Dr Wily resurrects Protoman
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Heat Man.
  • Combat Pragmatist: It is speculated by the fans that Mega Man used the Time Stopper against Quick Man (My circuits slow...), presumably to overcome the latter's superior speed. This is the only time it's even hinted that Mega Man used a robot master's weakness.
  • Companion Cube: Tourball.
  • Continuity Nod: Spark Man's song, You've Sparked a War, presents him as a revolutionary against human tyranny, just like his counterpart Elec Man's earlier song.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: The acoustic versions of the songs often change the tone significantly from aggressive to somber.
    • "The Annihilation of Monsteropolis" goes from a wrathful creed in the midst of a fight to a contemplative, simmering "calm before the storm". Where the bridge featured spoken word that devolved into screaming the background, the acoustic version keeps it calm, while chorals claim "They will fall, they will all fall!" like a voice urging Air Man's wrath on.
    • "The Quick And The Blue" doubles-down on the Western feeling from the original's intro and turns it into a tragic ballad.
    • "Carved From Mighty Oak" makes Wood Man's vow of revenge sound more like the wrath of nature itself rather than a violent personal vendetta.
  • Dance Battler: Metal Man's song, appropriately titled Metal Dance.
    • Top Man's song, as he considers the fight between Mega Man and himself a "legendary dance fight."
  • Darker and Edgier: Nothing close to the level of horror seen in The Protomen's songs, but a good number of the songs paint a decidedly darker picture of the Mega Man games. Roughly half of the Robot Masters are given sympathetic views, or at least a Freudian Excuse or two, and there are three seperate songs discussing the questionable moral ground that Mega Man stands on; Light, Wily, and Mega Man himself are all too aware that Mega Man is himself a robot built to kill, just like the robot masters that he defeats.
    • The Megatainment album in general has a darker, more cynical feel than Get Equipped, if only because of Beneath the Steel and Look What You've Done. It may take several listenings a back-to-back comparison to even recognize Bomb Man's theme (originally a rather cheerful song) in the former.
    • And History Repeating takes it up yet another notch. Compare "I Want to Be the One" and "Message from Dr. Light" to "History Repeating" and "One Last Time" just for the introductions. See Despair Event Horizon below.
    • The title of one of the last songs in History Repeating: Blue, (I Want to Be the One) To Watch You Die is a Darker and Edgier version of a previous song title, I Want to Be the One.
  • Dark Reprise/Ironic Echo: The Quick and The Blue. The ordinary chorus is:
    Quick on the draw! / In this town, I am the law! / Is what they say true? / Does Death wear blue? / Can he fall?
    • And at the end, the final lines of the song are:
      You're too quick on the draw. / Burn this town, there is no law. / What they say's true. / Death does wear blue. / He can't... fall...
    • What's the name of the MM3 Wily Stages 1 and 2 song sung by Dr Light? (I Want To Be The One)... To Watch You Die.
      • In "History Repeating"
      Now I can say when you want to be the One / What you start to realize is / You’re the only one
    • Used again in Gamma Unchained. The normal chorus ends with the line "I'll give you power, you'll take control". The final repetition of the chorus changes it to "What good is power if you're out of control?"
    • Make Your Choice echoes a recurring lyric from History Repeating Part 2, 'one last time':
      History will repeat / This could be the last time / One last time
    • In The Haystack Principle, one particular line in the chorus goes, "I can't see the way out this time." The last line of the song changes this to, "And now I see the way out this time."
      • On that note, part of the bridge also echoes a part of Air Man's spoken monologue in The Annihilation of Monsteropolis:
      Deep underground,
      Ten miles down.
      A man stands below,
      The city, he will destroy.
    • "I Refuse (To Believe)" carries fragments of the melody from "The Message from Dr. Light"
  • Death from Above: The Annihilation of Monsteropolis. "I will fly high above Monsteropolis / And I will rain terror down on the general populace..."
    • "Lives on this earth I grow tired of / Death from above / The annihilation of everyone you know and love..."
  • Death Seeker/Redemption Equals Death: An interesting example in Programmed to Fight.
    • Crash Man does not agree with Wily's ideals and wants to give his power to Mega Man, but he is "Programmed to fight to the very end" and must do battle with him. However, at the end of the song: "Victory was at hand, but in the end, his will overcame the program." Presumably, he blew himself up so that Mega Man could use his power.
      • Alternatively, he stopped himself from killing Mega Man long enough for him to make the last shot. One of the interesting parts of the Megas' music is that most of the songs can have Alternate Character Interpretation within the music itself, not just between the game and the songs.
    • Quick Man may have also been this, but it's ambiguous.
      "My circuits slow; I'm not scared anymore; this is the moment that we have been created for."
    • It's implied the Needle Man became this at the very end, realizing it was the only way to prevent himself from becoming an evil monster.
  • Deconstruction: Of the Excuse Plot of the Mega Man games and of Mooks and boss battles. However by the end of History Repeating: Red it moves into putting those same ideas back together
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The first few albums deconstruct the plot of Mega Man (as shown above), dealing with the unrelenting pressure and uncertainty being the sole person responsible for saving the world is, showing the Robot Masters as people, and even giving Dr. Wily a reason for his actions. The reconstruction comes in the form of the ultimate decision Mega Man makes in I Refuse (To Believe) where in pulling back Dr.Light and Protoman from the Despair Event Horizon, realizes that condemning Wily to death would be to say that no man or machine would ever be more than their mistakes, making the effort saving his father and brother worthless.
  • Demoted To Nothing/Long Song, Short Scene: Cut Man and Guts Man, despite being two of the more well known Robot Masters, don't show up at all in the Megatainment album. There's been talk of making a Megatainment Pt. 2, but there's the issue of how they're going to fill it with more than just the songs for those two.note 
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The NESsage From Dr. Light. An 8-bit track, remixed as a full fledged song, remixed as an 8-bit track.
    • Also, from The Annihilation of Monsteropolis:
    "A man stands above the city he will destroy. Built from airplane parts, his propeller spins as he thinks to himself 'I will destroy these people.'"
  • Despair Event Horizon: Dr. Light is singing (I Want To Be The One) To Watch You Die after seeing Proto Man fighting for Dr. Wily, which indicates he crossed this in a rather dark way.
    I've finally learned what torture means / You sent my first born back to me / And put a gun in his dead hand / Time to take an eye for mine old friend.
    I've sent a bullet with your name. / I want to finally end this game. / You are the one who wrote the end, / you wanted war, now I just want revengenote 
    The things I hope, the fading dream, / Has finally got the best of me / I wish that I could be there / I want to be the one to watch you die
    I thought I could bring the dead back / Broken shell rusted red with age / I gave him power, a new heart / It filled too quickly with his rage.
    • Mega Man crosses it in "History Repeating Part One", complete with a somber, weary take on the cheerful 3 title tune.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: In Harder than Steel, Hard Man goes into battle and doesn't surrender, choosing to go down fighting instead, because the alternative is to live as a washed-up relic. He dies, but wins the eternal support of the crowd.
  • Dramatic Wind: In The Quick And The Blue, just before the Showdown at High Noon.
    "Wait, now, there's too much at stake now, / a cold wind blows / He looked to the crowd and he cried / 'The moment of truth has arrived!'"
  • Driven to Suicide: The ending of Programmed to Fight seems to imply that Crash Man killed himself (via self-detonation?) so Mega Man could finish his quest for justice.
    • The last part of the song ("Down falls Crash Man... Down falls Crash Man... Doooooooown"), along with the sudden bass boom which ends the song and the fact that Crash Man's stage requires Mega Man to travel mostly vertically by climbing ladders, implies Crash Man jumped or fell off the edge after refusing or failing to kill Mega Man.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After spending most of History Repeating in a downward spiral since the end of Get Equipped, Mega Man breaks himself out of it, pulls Dr. Light back from the Despair Event Horizon, gets Protoman to commit a Heel–Face Turn, destroys Gamma, and defeats Dr. Wily.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Parodied in "Scent Blaster"
  • Face Death with Dignity: Quick Man.
    My circuits slow / I'm not scared any more / I join the ranks of my brothers that have fallen before.
    • Hard Man as well. He chooses to go down fighting against Mega Man rather than surrender the match.
    • Crash Man also chooses to go down fighting against Mega Man because his weapon is needed to defeat Dr Wily, though in his case, it's not that he chose to fight, as he was programmed to fight until the very end, but that he chose to go down in spite of his programming.
  • Film Noir: Gemini Man is framed in this style but with a unique twist; the fearful client and the private eye hired for protection and aid are his split personalities.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Heat Man's depraved ranting in "Man On Fire" has him potraying his stage as this. He's not far off, actually.
  • For the Evulz: Heat Man, unlike Air Man, doesn't actually seem to have a reason for why he wants to cause death and destruction.
  • For Great Justice: "I want to be the one who fights for justice"
  • Foregone Conclusion: Any of the songs that focus on a fight itself will obviously end with the Robot Master's defeat.
  • Freudian Excuse: A few of the robots, Air Man, Bubble Man, Heat Man and Flash Man in particular. See their respective entries on this page for more info.
  • Fun with Acronyms: According to their mission statement, The Megas are Mike Eric Greg And Josh.
    • Which works even less well since they've added keyboardist Brian DD to their roster in 2011.
    • And fell apart entirely with Mike Levinson left to return to college in 2012.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Mega Man sees himself as a hero. Wily's robots see him as a menace who is slaughtering their brothers. "Lamentations of a War Machine/End Song" has Mega Man tormented by doubts over whether or not what he has done was right.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: By Programmed to Fight, it seems that Crash Man may be the only one who knows his story.
    • It's explicitly evoked with the line "My end has come and I welcome glory / no one will know the truth to this story."
  • Gone Horribly Right: Gamma is a machine created to keep the peace. When Wily activates him in Gamma Unchained, it comes to a horrible conclusion.
    System Activation. Peacekeeping Calculation. Solution: Extermination.
  • Hailfire Peaks: Considering that Fire Man and Ice Man were working together, and that their song is called Hell Has Frozen Over, it's not unreasonable to think their level was like this.
  • Hearing Voices: Possibly Heat Man, given the line "In my mind, I hear the voices cry / I've made them a promise that Mega Man dies!"
  • Heartbroken Badass: Magnet Man.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Crash Man wanted to do one of these, but his programming wouldn't let him. Well, until the end at least.
  • He's Back: After two albums of questioning his purpose and humanity, Mega Man comes to the conclusion that though he is a machine, he still has a soul and can make choices of his own, forgiving Dr. Light, spares Wily, and gives Protoman a Breaking Speech.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Fire Man and Ice Man. Maybe.
  • History Repeats: History Repeating
  • Humans Are Flawed: The song's Melody of the Past's basic message. "Do not hate Father for he is only a man."
  • Hypocrite: Dr Wily lambastes Light for having his robot destroy his own kind, even though he's the one sending robots out to create murder and mayhem amongst humans despite being one himself.
    • Also, his song Look What You've Done implies that he's fighting to free robots from human tyranny (as do Evolution of Circuitry and You've Sparked A War.) Now compare this to Programmed to Fight, which reveals that Crash Man is still a slave to his programming...
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: In Programmed To Fight, Crash Man wants to let Mega Man win and kill him so Doctor Wily will fall, but, as the title suggests, his programming will not allow it.
  • I Let You Win: Listening closely to the Crash Man song lyrics, the end suggests Crash Man was actually winning before he finally was able to throw the fight.
  • Implacable Man: Quick Man's song has him wondering if Mega Man's one of these.
    Is what they say true? / Does Death wear blue? / Can he fall?
  • Insistent Terminology: Several Robot Masters refer to their levels as towns.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The Message from Dr. Light:
    I made you in my image
    I built your heart
    I gave you eyes
    I gave you power
    A sense of justice beyond any compare
    I gave you hands, a child's face
    I gave you hair (ROBOTIC HAAAAIR)
    • History Repeating: Blue consists mostly of awesome rock songs. The last song on the album is a soft ballad based on the Game Over song.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Air Man is driven mad by his loneliness due to being rejected by everyone. He works with Wily to take revenge.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "Continue" from History Repeating: Blue.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In Annihilation of Monsteropolis, Air Man is portrayed as a loner tortured by the fact his only power is "to push others away", and goes as far as outright stating: "For if I can't walk among them / Then I will walk the world alone".
    • Although in this case, perhaps it should be "Freaks Are Loners", as it's implied that the fact that humans rejected his abnormal appearance might be a major factor for his hatred of humanity.
    No one in this world can understand / Who I am. / That is why I'm my own biggest fan!
    • Needle Man has the same problem. Only unlike Air Man, his hatred is aimed inward.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Lots:
    • The cheerful ending theme from Mega Man 1 is set to Dr. Wily vowing to return and destroy the people's future. And he won't stop.
    • Programmed to Fight may also have this. For one of the most cheery themes in Mega Man 2, the relatively dark explanation of how Crash Man knows his fate creates a contrast between the lyrics and the melody.
    • Evolution Of Circuitry is a upbeat, snappy song about Elec Man wanting to incite a robot revolution. You've Sparked A War is similar only even more dissonant; Spark Man is singing about how humankind is a virus that must be wiped out.
    • Metal Dance is a hyper song about Metal Man being a Blood Knight ranting about how he'll kill Mega Man.
    • Quick And The Blue is a song about Quick Man trying to fight fate and becoming increasingly doubtful. The end has him calmly accepting his death as Mega Man kills him possibly with the Time Stopper.
    • Walk Away From Light is a rather smooth song considering that it's about Snake Man trying to corrupt Mega Man into a villain and accusing him of being Not So Different.
    • Afraid of the Dark has Shadow Man's rather happy-sounding music set to lyrics of how terrified he is of succumbing to the evil which is slowly corrupting him.
    • Cracked Skulls is a fairly upbeat rock theme set to lyrics of Skull Man chewing out Mega Man for killing thousands of robots and how he is their vessel of revenge.
  • Lyric Swap: "The Quick and the Blue" and "Gamma Unchained"; see above under Dark Reprise/Ironic Echo.
  • Magitek: Skull Man believes himself to be a container for the spirits of the dead Robot Masters in Cracked Skulls.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Evolution of Circuitry", Elec Man's song, is quite possibly one of the most cheerful and optimistic songs by The Megas, despite the reasons for the optimism. "Beneath the Steel", Bomb Man's theme, is one of the darkest, rivaled only by "Look What You've Done". They're right next to each other on the album.
    • The Mega Man 1 album is full of mood whiplash in general. The first song is "Evolution of Circuitry", followed by "Beneath The Steel" as mentioned. That is followed by "Hell Has Frozen Over", a much lighter song focusing on the teamwork of Ice Man and Fire Man, and then you get hit by "Look What You've Done".
    • Speaking of Bomb Man, anyone who remembers how cheerful his theme was in the game will probably get hit by this.
      • By that token, compare Crash Man's theme to Programmed to Fight, and then, of course, there is the fact that the cheerful ending theme to Mega Man 1 is overlaid with Dr. Wily promising a never-ending war for Mega Man and Dr. Light.
    • "Fly on a Dog" is one of their darkest songs, involving Mega Man grimly contemplating his purpose. It also features a chorus about how awesome flying on a dog is. But at the end, Mega Man bemoans that despite all these amazing things Rush can do, the one thing Rush can't do is give Mega Man a shoulder to cry on.
    • History Repeating: Blue, has most of the tracks as awesome rock tracks, each about the Robot Masters declaring their purpose and desire, or Mega Man and Dr Light regretting their actions. It ends on "Continue", a rather soft, almost ballad-like song, about how Mega Man would choose to continue, no matter what, but still sounds incredibly regretful and pained. Not surprising, since it is the game's Game Over screen.
    • "Harder Than Steel" carries heavy elements of a song you'd hear in an 80s training montage. However, since the guy training is the Robot Master, it doesn't end well.
    • "Don't Mess with Magnet Man" has quite possibly the most upbeat melody of any song on either History Repeating album, but the lyrics are about a guy loving a girl on the opposite side of a war, getting rejected by her, and her brother coming to kill him.
  • Mook Horror Show: Quick Man's song increasingly becomes this as it progresses.
    • Wily's song has shades of this, specifically when he starts begging Dr. Light to call Mega Man off.
    • Gemini Man's song too, as he (they?) becomes increasing frightened throughout the song, seeing Mega Man as a hitman out for blood whom he's trying to protect himself from.
  • Moral Myopia: So, it's okay for Wily to program destructive machines and set them loose to kill and maim, but if Light sends his robot out to stop him, Light is a coward and Mega Man is a murderer?
    • He has no compunctions sending robots to kill and maim humans in general, but when one of his creations specifically intends to hurt Dr Light in particular, it is somehow different.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "ROBOTIC HAIR!"
  • My God, What Have I Done?: By Lamentations of a War Machine, Mega Man's enthusiasm for the fight has given way to the realization that he, too, was built to kill. He's reduced to begging Doctor Light to tell him why he fought, why all this had to happen.
    If it was up to me
    I'd rewrite history
    And change my destiny
    One last time.
    • The first verse of The Message from Dr. Light. "My mistakes / And my sins; what have I done?"
  • Mythology Gag: Many of the songs have some sort of reference to the original game somewhere in them, sometimes alluding to a quirk in the character's behavior in game.
    • "Crash Man paces back and forth..."note 
      • "To break Wily's walls you will need my power." The Buebeam Trap. That is all.
    • "Take the first shot, Mega Man, let's put it to the test."note 
    • "My circuits slow..."note 
    • "The strongest of all of the other robots is me!"note 
    • "When the leaves fall, so will you."note 
    • Dr. Wily's speech near the end of Look What You've Done when the music transitions to the ending theme is taken word for word from the end of the first game.
    • "He removed his helmet, dropped it into the soft grass..." Figures the song based off the ending would include a reference to the last shot of the game.
    • "I dodge bullets when I'm spinning."note 
    • "You can fight these cats 'til you get your fill."note 
    • "My heart is gone, there's only fire."note 
    • The title of the song History Repeating may be taken from a line in the intro of Mega Man 4; "history repeats itself"
    • "I am magnetically drawing my death to me"note 
      • "She tells me, 'I'm sorry, I've gotta roll'"note 
    • "Hi Rock, my weapon is hot"note 
    • Proto Man went by the codename Break Man in MM3. Since Mega Man doesn't know who he is yet, neither name is used in History Repeating: Blue, but part 2 of the title track sneaks in "He's the prototype man of Mega Man", and the live track "I'm Not The Break Man" (presumably to be included in Red) suggests a meaning for his codename.note 
    • "I can feel my hands turning into fists."note 
    • "Turning off the sun, running through the night" note 
      • "I am a knife in the gunfight." note 
    • "I think it's time I go my separate ways" note 
    • "I can fly on a dog / jump high on a dog / drive in a dog (underwater!)", these are the different Rush modes in MM3.
    • "[The spirits] encircle me." note 
    • "Hey killer boots / But could you leave them in the entryway?"note 
    • "Stop the fighting, how dare we shotgun ice / When we can chill and be merry?" and "But when the holiday is done / I'm gonna get my ice shotgun"note 
    • "But tonight we wait for the hologram of Santa Claus!"note 
  • Noir Episode: Gemini Man's song GeminEye is one, with themes and vocabulary drawn from noir-style detective stories.
  • Not So Different: Both Wily and Light build innocent robots into killers, just for different reasons. Wily calls out Light on this in Look At What You've Done.
    • Walk Away From Light has Snake Man accuse Mega Man of this in order to tempt him to evil.
    • Throughout most of History Repeating, Mega Man and Wily's motivations both boil down to preventing history from repeating - Mega Man is tired of repeatedly having to kill his fellow robots, and Wily is tired of Mega Man repeatedly thwarting his plans to create a robot utopia.
  • Obliviously Evil: Spark Man is clearly convinced that he's the good guy.
    We are the chosen, we are the pure / They are the virus, we are the cure.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Bomb Man's song paints him as one.
    Fire in once lifeless eyes / motivated by their cries / Obliteration/ The humans' chance has passed.
    There'll be a fire in the sky / And your doom will rain down! / THERE WILL BE A TOMBSTONE WITH THE PLANET EARTH ENGRAVED ON IT!
  • Reconstruction: After song after song picking apart the Mega Man storyline, morality, and characters, Repeating History: Red ends with Mega Man realizing that he is a hero and regaining his will to fight while both Dr. Light and Proto Man realize their own mistakes and make amends.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Elec Man is portrayed as a radical revolutionary fighting against "human cruelty" in Evolution of Circuitry.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: If you don't attribute Heat Man's song to For the Evulz, and lean toward Hearing Voices. This goes hand in hand with the Ax-Crazy. Also can be a Freudian Excuse.
    • "Gamma Unchained" and "I'm Not the Breakman" also hint that Protoman's on one of these, albeit downplayed. He's not out to kill his makers (though the line of "I hear the red song again, he wants revenge" in "Gamma Unchained" indicates some fear on Wily's part), but Proto is pissed that he was replaced and is gunning for Rock as a result.
      • Alternately, he specifically wants to destroy Dr Light, his abusive "father".
  • Rock Opera Plot: Flipped around and somewhat deconstructed. Wily and his Robot Masters are rebelling against society in the style of such a plot, but they're the villains (albeit ones who have good intentions). The protagonist is Mega Man who serves and protects the society that would normally be the antagonist figure in such plots.
  • Screw Destiny: Quick Man tries to do this. He fails.
    • Crash Man, however, succeeds in resisting his programming and losing to Mega Man.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Mega Man starts to develop into this. By Lamentations he's wondering why he ever bothered to fight in the first place.
  • Shout-Out: See Something Completely Different.
    • Harder Than Steel has the line "You got back the touch, you got back the power".
    • The Haystack Principle has Needle Man claim "I'm not a bad guy, I'm just designed that way".
    • For two tunes that were extremely similar to begin with, which in this case are Journey's Faithfully and Elec Man's theme from Mega Man 1, The Megas take it a step further in Evolution of Circuitry by having the last verse sound almost lyrically identical the second verse of the Journey song.
      • From Evolution of Circuitry:
      Journey starts, it all ends tonight
      I'll send the spark of war along the wire
      • And from Faithfully:
      Restless hearts, sleep alone tonight
      Sending all my love along the wire
    • You've Sparked A War has Spark Man comment that "They are the virus; we are the cure."
  • Showdown at High Noon: Quick Man's battle with Mega Man is framed as one of these.
  • SkeleBot 9000: Proto Man, according to the cover art of History Repeating: Red. Aside from his face (or what can be seen of it), his body is mostly exposed mechanical frame, either due to years of disrepair or simply being gutted for parts over time.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Shadow Man.
  • Stealth Pun: A bit of this with The Annihilation of Monsteropolis:
    No one in this world can understand / Who I am. / That is why I'm my own biggest - - cue chorus overlapping the word "fan".
    • From "The Haystack Principle":
    Wait. Get to the point.
  • Something Completely Different: Super Fighting Robot and their cover of Sunglasses at Night have nothing to do with Mega Man 3 or Spark Man, but they're on the Sparked a War single anyway.
    • The inclusion of Sunglasses at Night is most likely an allusion to Proto Man.
    • Likewise, the Fly on a Dog single includes the titular track, followed by a Badass remix (Just Another Machine). This is then followed up by a cover of Real Life's Send Me An Angel, a likewise Badass cover of the German intro to the cartoon show (Super Fighting Robot (MeGerman)) and keyboardist Brian "Double D" Domenico's instrumental take on the password screen from Mega Man 2 (I Want to B42A5D54E2 the C531).
    • "The Belmonts" is based on Castlevania, rather than Mega Man like the band's other releases.
  • The Song Before the Storm: While "History Repeating" and "One Last Time" are two separate songs both based on Mega Man 3's title theme, the former is the softer lead-in to the latter.
    • "Make Your Choice" may qualify as well, given it is a soft, but darker melody that comes right before the penultimate song on History Repeating: Red, "I Refuse (To Believe)", based on the Wily Boss music from Mega Man 3.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": One of the lines from History Repeating, I rock. Fire up. I'm fired up. which has sparked many a Flame War.
    • It has since been confirmed to be Proto Man greeting his brother, the line being "Hi, Rock".
  • Split Personality: Gemini Man has two personalities that personify as a weak, cowardly client and a brave, hardboiled detective. The former is scared of Mega Man and is begging for the latter to protect him (notably, the voices portraying the personalities switch throughout the song).
  • Spontaneous Crowd Formation: A crowd gathers to watch Mega Man and Quick Man fight.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Magnet Man and Roll in Don't Mess With Magnet Man.
  • Suicide By Mega Man: Crash Man and Needle Man.
  • Tempting Fate: During "Look What You've Done," Dr. Wily scoffs when Mega Man is sent out to fight, telling Dr. Light that "he'll just disappoint you." The very next lyrics go straight into Mook Horror Show territory.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: at the end of I Refuse to Believe.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Crash Man may have been more motivated by a hatred of his creator than by sort of sense of justice.
  • Villain Song: Most of the songs are sung from the viewpoints of the Robot Masters the songs are associated with. Look What You've Done and Gamma Unchained deserve special mention as they are both sung from the perspective of Dr. Wily himself.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Hard Man in Harder than Steel is beloved by the crowd who watch his battle with Mega Man.
  • We Can Rule Together: Snake Man makes this pitch.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Look What You've Done portrays Dr. Wily as one of these.
    Call me wrong? / The future needs us / Your answer's death? / You end us, bleed us.
    Can you not feel / That we could have a life forged in steel. / I only ask that you see what I see. / This is the answer. / Why won't you believe?
    How can there be peace / While two sides stand?
  • The Western: The Quick and the Blue has a feeling similar to this.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Despite the fact that many of the robots claim to have free will and be people, several songs imply that the world treats robots as slaves or worse; Heat Man's song (probably) takes place in a scrapyard that he literally thinks is Robot Hell, where he claims that the robots are conscious and screaming as they are being melted down. No wonder many of the robots are furious about their mistreatment.
    The countless flames scream out in searing pain. / Their souls and their ashes are all that remain.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Wily calls out Dr. Light many times in Look What You've Done.
    And who is this that you send?
    One of them?
    While you cower, far from harm.
    He'll just disappoint you.
    ..."And how quick you had him dispatch his brothers.
    You call this murderer a savior."
    "I see his hands, covered in my children's blood... and his eyes do not waver."
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Bubble Man wants this to make this happen by killing Mega Man:
    There's one thing for which I long
    And that is to prove them all wrong!
    I promise you
    I won't rest until I have defeated you
    They will all see
    The strongest of all of the other robots is me.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Annihilation of Monsteropolis presents Air Man this way:
    Do you know what it's like to be built this way?
    With only the power to push others away?
    I will destroy these people... For if I cannot walk among them... Then I will walk the world alone.
  • Written by the Winners: Top Man's song opens with a reference to this idea. "I'm the one on top, I'm the one who writes history." Wily also references this in Look What You've Done, saying that he knows history won't be kind to all involved.
  • Yandere: Flash Man could be one. It's definitely Foe Yay, but depending on how far one interprets the lyrics...
  • You Keep Using That Word: Mega Man and Proto Man argue from different definitions of free will, and Proto Man at one point accuses Mega Man of being disingenuous or outright self-deluded:
    What you call free will / I call a ruse.


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