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Mega Man Dies at the End is a parody series of Mega Man made by Lowbrow Studios, who is known for making Sonic for Hire (and now, Morty Kombat). The series has a similar premise to Sonic For Hire, as Mega Man visits various video games. He's also washed up as well, but its for a different reason other than screwing around with money. He has been trying to find Roll (His sister), and after defeating Dr. Wily fifteen years ago, he started slowly disappearing and moving to the countryside with his Robot Dog Rush. In the present, a mysterious robot visits Mega Man and tells him that "he's up for one last job" and that they know information about Roll, along with offering him a huge reward. The mysterious robot turns out to have Guts Man work for him too, who serves as Mega Man's guide for the missions. Guts Man tells him to get power-ups that will help him with a really big job.

Unlike Sonic in Sonic for Hire, Mega Man doesn't screw up his jobs.

After a hiatus near the end of 2012, the series returned for a special three part Series Finale, ending on March 23rd, 2013.

Mega Man Dies at The End provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: The setting of "The Fugitives." As it turns out, Wily had been using the sewers as "getaway tubes" whenever Mega Man fought his original 64 master robots.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Mega Man always called Samus 'Cindy'. She's only corrected him on this once, however...
  • Aesop Amnesia: Mega Man deliberately prevents himself from becoming a better person, and interprets what Ghost Guts Man tries to teach him incorrectly in order to become a bigger asshole.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Mega Man goes through an air vent in "The Big Job" making a lot of noise. One guard notices but just continues to read a porn magazine.
  • Animated Shock Comedy: Much like Sonic for Hire, Mega Man Dies At The End features a lot of bloody violence, sexual content, and uncensored cussing.
  • An Ice Person: Popo.
    Popo: "Alright everyone, stay cool."
  • Beard of Sorrow: Mega Man, first episode. Subverted in that his beard is actually a fake that he wears to show that he is sad.
  • Big Bad: For Season 1, the mysterious robot who set Mega Man up in the first episode by telling him that they knew where Roll was. Turns out that mysterious robot was Roll all along, who wanted her revenge on Mega Man and Dr. Wily.
  • Big Brother Bully: Mega Man to Roll, Proto Man to Mega Man.
  • Black Comedy: Not as rampant as Sonic For Hire but it still pops up every now and then.
  • Brick Joke: In Episode 1, Mega Man aimed a gun at the mysterious robot, asking him to give him the cash reward. In Episode 2, the bartender aims a gun at Mega Man, telling him to pay an obnoxiously huge fee.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Bass, Proto Man, X, Zero, Hard Man, Stryker, Guts Man
  • Cool, but Inefficient: In their first mission, Mega Man and Guts Man get to fly in sophisticated jets, but the target is Balloon Man. They fly so fast that they keep going past him, and the barrage of missiles mostly miss him. Mega Man eventually gets so frustrated that he ejects for a more direct attack.
  • Company Cross References: Sonic for Hire featured one friendly version of Bomberman that offers to take Sonic to a taco stand after work, only for him to be immediately blown up and killed. The Bomberman in this series is a bad guy, and it turns out the two related — Bad Bomberman's final words are him lamenting how he'll be meeting his brother to "get hammered at that great taco stand in the sky."
  • Crossover: Mega Man meets Battle Toads, Balloon Fighter, Samus, and Bomberman. The Bomberman he encounters is the brother of the Bomberman from Sonic for Hire.
    • In one episode, Sonic and Gilius Thunderhead appear as part of a story arc continuation from their series. They escape from the same prison facility. Wily uses them as a distraction, saying that Gilius is having gay sex with Sonic.
    • One episode of Sonic for Hire was actually about Mega Man and Sonic meeting up with each other. The crew accidentally foil Sonic's attempt of robbing a gas station because Guts Man caused the gas station to explode.
    • The crossover is reciprocated, when Sonic and Eggman come back for the Megaman Dies at the End Finale, to kill the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X, Zero, and Mega Man.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the original games, very much so. Compared to Sonic for Hire as well, being much more serious than the aforementioned series.
    • Lighter and Softer: On the other hand, the characters aren't as foul-mouthed as Sonic For Hire and a lot of the humor is pretty tame.
    • Denser and Wackier: Season 2 is also a lot less serious compared to season 1.
  • Down the Drain: Mega Man, Gutsman, and Dr. Wily escape the prison via sewer.
  • Downer Ending: Mega Man is offhandedly killed by Sonic after everything he went through. Just to top it off, he already lost his only chance at redemption, having interpreted it as a sign that he needs to be an even bigger asshole.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: This is Guts Man's final fate after he fails to help Mega Man change for the better.
  • Enemy Mine: As of episode 9, Mega Man and Wily have to work together to get to safety. They also work together to find out who set Mega Man up. The one who set Mega Man up was none other than Roll..
    • Depending on whether or not one considers Guts Man a good or bad guy in the games, him too.
  • Everything Explodes Ending: The Season 1 finale. After Fake Man catches up with Mega Man and Wily, Wily warns the robot cop that his castle is loaded with bombs. Mega Man insists that they'll go peacefully if Fake Man lowers his gun. Cue to Wily's castle exploding. However, it later turns out that the real cause of the explosion was the police opening fire on Bomb Man, who they mistook for Wily due to dressing up as him. Mega Man and Wily actually escaped from the castle previously after Wily launched them through the roof via a spring loaded floor.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title card...and what supposedly happens to Mega Man at the end.
  • Expy: Bomberman's voice and personality are based on the Joker in The Dark Knight. In fact, at the beginning of "Men Who Have Bombs", he even has similar lips because he's drinking red Kool-Aid.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One
    Mega Man: "So where are we now, you ugly fat-headed wet blanket alcoholic piece of shit?
    Guts Man: "Wet blanket? You son of a bitch!"
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Of Bomberman's many evil deeds, the one that seems to upset the other characters the most is the fact that he uses the metric system.
  • Foreshadowing: Listen to Wily when the Killbot in "The Showdown" appears. He says "Holy Scheisse on a Kaiser ... roll ... um ... like the bread." Roll is the pilot of the Killbot.
  • From Bad to Worse: This scene in the final episode:
    (Bass is shooting at them)
    Guts Man: I can't lose them!
    Mega Man: How can this get any worse!?
    Fake Man: (standing on top of a bridge) I failed. (He jumps off and just so happens to land on top of the Ghostbuster's van, proceeding to start punching through the roof. Naturally, both Mega Man and Gutsman start screaming.)
  • Great Escape: Mega Man breaks Wily out of prison.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: At one point, Guts Man gets "caught up in the moment" and forgets he is supposed to be Mega Man's friend.
  • Hope Spot: We all know how the ending is supposed to go. However, just when the Series Finale is nearly over, the antagonists all dead, Sonic pushes Megaman to his death for Megaman wanting to co-star in Sonic For Hire.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Mega Man treating Roll like crap.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Guts Man.
    • Bomb Man is definitely this.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Series Finale has two occurrences. The first one is where Zero tells Mega Man "I've gotta hand it to ya!" (He took his hand) and when Zero and Mega Man X dies by falling on spikes, Mega Man says "Spike to meet you!". Sonic, Eggman, and Wily find them really lame and the first time, they allow Zero to fix it and the second time they come up with their own pun attempts.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Mega Man is on the receiving end of two of these
  • Jerkass:
    • Guts Man. He usually bails out on Mega Man whenever he does something, saying that he has "priors".
    • Mega Man himself. Although he wasn't much of one throughout Season 1, flashbacks have shown that he was a pretty huge asshole in the past (primarily towards Samus and Roll. The latter of whom became the villain of Season 1 to get revenge on Mega Man for his behavior.
    • X, Zero, Proto Man, and Bass all decide to kill Mega Man out of boredom.
  • Machinima: Of course it's one of the shows offered in the channel.
  • Mad Bomber: The Bomberman, who, judging from the dialog and reference, is the brother of the other Bomberman featured in Sonic for Hire.
  • Made of Iron: Wily has been shown to survive extremely long falls and although he is injured, he's usually okay though. In Sonic for Hire, he was thrown to a wall and he was the only one that survived, before promptly getting arrested again.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Mega Man realizes in his trip to his memories that the best times of his life was when he acted like a gigantic asshole to get what he wanted. This is the opposite of what the trip was supposed to do, since it was supposed to help him become a better person.
  • Off with His Head!: Roll, after turning out to have been the true Big Bad of Season 1, is executed via guillotine.
  • On the Next: Every single episode from Season 1 ends with these, showing a clip of what's going to happen the following week. However, "The Big Job" had a completely fake one. Season 2 stopped using them after the third episode. The second episode was more of a "meanwhile" type deal.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Mega Man provides these a few times with puns:
    • Against Balloon Fighter: "Do you want to know what my favorite season is? Fall!"
    • Against the Battle Toads: "You're Toadst!"
    • Against Samus: "Knife to meet you!"
    • Against the Masked Figure/Roll: "Are you ready to Rock?"
    • Against Stryker: "We were just talking about what you have in common with bananas and ice cream, covered in whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry on top. You both SPLIT!"
  • Post-Mortem One-Liner
    • Against Bomberman: "Like my diarrhea, that was pretty... EXPLOSIVE." Then Mega Man immediately gets diarrhea afterwards.
    • Against the Masked Figure/Roll, despite not being dead: "It never pays to get stoned on the job."
  • Prison Rape: Subverted when Dr. Wily complains about the showers in the prison... because they've only got bar soap, and it dries his skin. Double subverted when he reveals that he also gets raped.
  • Recognition Failure: Confronting Bomberman, Mega Man mistakes him for Bomb Man. Then the actual Bomb Man shows up, but Mega Man has no idea who he is.
    Bomb Man: C'mon, I was in the first game!
    Mega Man: Cut Man? You've aged horribly.
  • Running Gag: Bomberman's affinity for the metric system. It culminates when he threatens to blow up Mega Man if he moves "2.54 centimeters" note .
    • Guts Man ditching Mega Man (and Wily later on) whenever he says that he has prior convictions, usually when he feels like he's broken the law or maimed/killed somebody. His appearance in Sonic for Hire shows him blowing up a gas station!
  • Sacrificial Lamb: To showcase Mega Man's newfound assholishness during Season Two, he kills Popo for disagreeing with him during a Seinfeldian Conversation.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • In "Mega Villains", Wily, Proto Man, and Bass express annoyance at the amount of Pulp Fiction references in the second season.
      Mega Man: Aww, what the hell guys?! We're trying to do Pulp Fiction over here.
      Dr. Wily: A lot.
      Proto Man: Yeah, we know.
      Bass: We're not into it!
    • In the very next scene, Proto Man, Bass, X, and Zero get into a argument over whether Mega Man is too much like Sonic or not enough like Sonic.
      Bass: Either way, I think we can all agree here that Sonic is great, Mega, if it's your thing.
      (The four nod in agreement)
      X: Nailed it, exactly.
      Mega Man: Waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait, come on guys! I've had my moments!
      Bass: what?
  • Shout-Out: Oh so many. Top Gun, The Dark Knight, Sonic for Hire and such are just a few examples.
    • Season 2 has been putting out a lot of Pulp Fiction references. Some fans aren't really too big on that though. Which is why for the last three episodes, they decided to flat-out screw the Pulp Fiction references, much to Mega Man's disappointment.
    Mega Man: Come on guys! This isn't fair! Can't we just do another Pulp Fiction reference?!
  • Spikes of Doom: How Mega Man's Dad, prom date, Mega Man X, Zero, and Mega Man himself dies to.
  • Spoiler Title: Mega Man Dies at the End
    • He kinda does at the First Season Finale, it is found out it was just a trick by the creators.
    • Double Subverted. Sonic offhands him to a pit of spikes during the series finale, and at the credits, Mega Man seems to "live at the end" ... until a spike ceiling comes through.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Sonic for Hire. A character from an old series travels through other games doing odd jobs for various reasons. While its Mega Man has a very different attitude than Sonic, that is one of the few non-aesthetic differences.
  • Take That!: The entirety of "The Po Po Situation" appears to have been pretty much a huge jab towards Aquaman.
  • The Hero Dies: Mega Man dies... at the end. Twice!
    Sonic: I don't share the spotlight.
    • He does seem to die at the end of Season 1, but Season 2 reveals that the explosion happened long after Mega Man and Wily already escaped.
    • Trailers Always Spoil: The title itself says that he dies.
  • This Cannot Be!: Mega Man's reaction to learning his big mission it's rescuing Wily.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Dr. Wily ends up being concerned about using bar soap, preferring to have moisturizer while he is being raped. Later, he ends up being excited over Stryker sexually assaulting him only to be disappointed when Fake Man is picked instead.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Guts Man lives, much to Mega Man's relief and brief confusion.