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Mega Man
Megaman
Mega Man is the greatest hero in the universe.
First appearance

Mega Man (1987)
Super Smash Brothers
Super Jump Punch! comics #1

Appears in
(games)

All classic Mega Man games

Appears in
(other media)

Super Smash Brothers
Super Jump Punch! comics

Creator
(real-world)

Capcom

Artist

Keiji Inafune

Voice actor(s)
(English)

Ruth Shiraishi

Voice actor(s)
(Japanese)

Ai Orikasa

Also known as

Rockman
Knuckle Kid
Battle Kid
Mega Boy (by Mario)

Species

Humanoid robot?

Gender

Male

Height

4'11"

Weight

55 lbs.

Creator

Dr. Light

Birthplace

Japan

Age

10

Color scheme

Blue

Hair

Black

Skin

Tan

Eyes

Blue

Attire

Suspended armor, helmet, the gun replacing the left arm

Family

Dr. Light (father)
Roll (sister)
Proto Man (brother)
Cut Man (brother)
Guts Man (brother)
Ice Man (brother)
Fire Man (brother)
Bomb Man (brother)
Elec Man (brother)
Time Man (brother)
Oil Man (brother)
Concrete Man (brother)
Splash Woman (sister)
Tornado Man (brother)
Hornet Man (brother)
Plug Man (brother)
Galaxy Man (brother)
Magma Man (brother)
Jewel Man (brother)

Alignment

Good

Likes

Animals

Dislikes

Dr. Wily, careless, things that disturb peace

Skills

Immense strength, telescopic extending limbs, flight via rocket boosters, laser cannon in left arm, metal working, force-field generator, receiving power from other robots

Mega Man, known as Rockman (ロックマン, Rokkuman?, from the phrase "Rock 'n Roll") in Japan, also known as Mega or Rock in his original form, is a video game character created by Keiji Inafune and is the title character of what has been referred to as the "Classic" Mega Man series developed by Capcom since 1987. Since then, he has become one of the company's primary original characters and continues to be one of the video game industry's most recognizable icons. Having appeared on many gaming systems since the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mega Man has had a wide gaming audience, and his games continue to evolve with the ever-changing hardware demands of modern gaming systems. Mega Man's fictional universe can be divided into seven categories, each featuring different variations and incarnations of the same robotic boy hero. Although "Mega Man," or "Rockman," is usually the name used to describe only the original Mega Man from the classic series, it can also be used less specifically to describe the Mega Man series of fictional works, or the group of adherently named main characters within.

Several spin-off series have emerged over the past few years, each one continuing the Mega Man mythos in some unique way, including but not limited to the Mega Man X, Mega Man Legends, MegaMan StarForce, and MegaMan Battle Network series. A resulting animated series was also produced originally in the United States as well as a number of toys, comics, and collectibles available both in and outside of Japan.

Mega Man's role in the original story is to battle the mad scientist Dr. Wily and his ever-growing army of robots, and stop them from taking over the planet by using their own special abilities against them. Utilizing his special Mega Buster arm cannon, and his ability to copy a defeated robot's special weapon, Mega Man must travel the world and traverse harsh environments in order to bring Wily's menace to an end. With the help of his creator Dr. Light and his assorted robotic companions, Mega Man's eventual goal is to one day achieve "everlasting peace".

Although originally the names "Battle Kid" (バトルキッド, "Battle Kid"?), "Mighty Kid" (マイティーキッド, "Mighty Kid"?), "Knuckle Kid" (ナックルキッド, "Knuckle Kid"?), "Rainbow Warrior Miracle Kid" (レインボー戦士 ミラクルキッド, "Rainbow Warrior Miracle Kid"?) and "The Battle Rainbow Rockman" (ザ・バトルレインボー ロックマン, "The Battle Rainbow Rockman"?), were proposed, Capcom eventually settled on "Rockman" as Mega Man's Japanese moniker. The word "Rock" in Rockman is a reference to the music genre rock and roll, and is meant to work in tandem with his "sister" robot, Roll. Such music-themed naming conventions are present in a number of Keiji Inafune's other character designs, such as Blues. In addition, the original Mega Man titles intentionally incorporated a "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game play mechanic into defeating certain enemies. In parts of the English speaking world, some people call Mega Man "The Blue Bomber" because of his blue armor and high fighting capabilities.

In Super Jump Punch! comicsEdit

Mega Man's easygoing nature has also carried over to the comics. Even Bomberman and a few others outside of his initial group seem to respect Mega Man and enjoy his company. Mega Man's quiet and insightful ways have made him something of an unsung hero in the war, working in the background instead of the front lines.

Mega Man is currently helping his friends any way he can, and was acting as a mentor to Professor Oak as well, helping him become acquainted with his new life. Unfortunately, this relationship came to an end after Oak's Pokémon, Pidgeot, was enslaved by T.Y.R.U.S., resulting in his death under the guns of the Koopa Kastle. Mega Man was also one of the victims taken by Bowser during the destruction of Netfree, though quick action by the survivors of the attack resulted in a successful rescue mission. However, injuries to his back due to time spent in the Megaton Chamber left him unable to participate in Power Fighter activities for some time afterwards. Instead, he was elected a member of the new Council of Mushroom, a group of six elected members and Princess Daisy established to bring about some much-needed political changes in the Kingdom. Rather than get a break from the stress of combat, however, Mega Man found himself in the middle of an even more dangerous situation: Bomberman's lover, the jewel powered entity called Violet Bomber, had been reborn thanks to the machinations of the scientist Dr. Wily and was now intent on conquering Mubix.

In the animeEdit

In the Super Smash Brothers animated series, Mega Man's background isn't touched on too much although it is revealed that he's been friends with Mario and the rest for a long time. Mega Man met Mario, Peach, and Kris as well as Link later on. Mega Man's calm and friendly temperament made them friends quickly, and his intelligence served the gang of misfits quite a bit as well. He stole Sonic's liking to building.

This happy life was not meant to last however. Sometime after meeting his best friends, Bowser's coup of Mubitropolis occurred and the children were forced into hiding in the city sanctuary of Netfree. From here, the liberation group known only as the Power Fighters started. This group, thanks to the incredible talents of Mario, as well as Princess Peach's leadership and strategy, Kris the Mew's half cybernetic strength, and Mega Man's own strength as well as the combined talents of many others proved effective against Bowser, leading to his eventual downfall and subsequent events.

Mega Man seems to be on good terms with just about everyone throughout the series. He has rarely had a confrontation of any kind with any subordinate. This stability seems to be something his fellow Power Fighter comrades and best friends cherish during times of change and confusion.

TriviaEdit

  • In Japan, Rockman and Roll's names are a pun of Rock 'n Roll. This pun was lost in English versions.
  • Mega Man has recently made a cameo appearance in Nintendo: Inflation Go! fanart #206's Off Panel, "Jessie! And Her Amazing Magic Hat!" In it, Jessie proclaims that she will pull a toy robot out of her magic hat. She actually does so after saying, "Abracadabra!", and pulls out Mega Man, who then asked if he's in the fan art now.
  • Mega Man was one of the ten characters featured in the McDonald's commercial, the others obviously being Mario, Lugia, Shadow Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kris the Mew, Bomberman, Shadow Articuno, Shadow Zapdos, and Shadow Moltres.
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