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The many Mega Men...And Zero.

Mega Man 1's ending.

Capcom's official line on their Japanese website.

Insanely popular and long-running video game franchise created by Capcom in the 1980's. Known as "Rockman" / "ロックマン" in Japan.

There are actually a bunch of different series that share the name (in chronological order):

  • The Mega Man series (sometimes called "Original" or "Classic"), which started the franchise, starring Rock, the creation of Dr. Light, fighting against the forces of Dr. Wily in the year 200X20XX from the third installment on. (1987);
  • Mega Man X, set 100 years after the original series, and starring X, the last creation of Dr. Light fighting Sigma and the Mavericks (1993);
  • Mega Man Legends (Rockman DASH in Japan), set at least 4,400 years after the ZX series with a new, seemingly-human Mega Man, bearing the ridiculous sounding name "Mega Man Volnutt." (1998)
  • Mega Man Battle Network (aka Rockman.EXE) series, which occupies an Alternate Continuity of 200X where Dr. Light (here known as Dr. Hikari, Japanese for "light")'s network research won out over Dr. Wily's robot research; (2001)
  • Mega Man Zero, set 100 years after the "Elf Wars" which appears to be 100 years after the end of the X series. This stars the Ensemble Darkhorse Zero, now a freedom fighter trying to free the last remaining Reploids against a tyrannic government; (2002)
  • Mega Man ZX, set 200 years after the Zero series, where mankind has been fully merged with Reploids. The problem of Mavericks is still a threat, although the cause for the outbreaks is entirely different. Otherwise normal Humanoids use Biometals to take the form and powers of heroes of old; (2006)
  • Mega Man Star Force (in Japanese, Ryuusei no Rockman or Shooting Star Rockman), a series that takes place 200 years after the Battle Network games, where Cyberspace and the human world are even more intertwined via Wi-Fi radio. (2007)
  • Rockman Online (Korea only, for now at least), set at an unspecified point in the future. After an era of peace, enemy robots based on Classic series Robot Masters and X series Mavericks suddenly attack. The government of this time period, the United Continent Association, responds by reproducing the heroes of these series (X, Zero, and Duo for starters) to combat the threat, which originated from a separatist organization called the Ultimate Reploid Association. (Future Release)

All of these series have the same basic style of gameplay (Mega Man moves through a level, defeating a boss at the end and gaining a new weapon), but the first three series are more Platformers, Legends is a cross between a Third-Person Shooter and an Adventure Game, Battle Network and Star Force are RPGs with a very unique combat system, and Online is a Two and a Half D side-scrolling action RPG. Each game has its own unique merits and flaws. Additionally, Mega Man characters have a tendency to show up in the Capcom vs. Whatever titles which tend to be fighting games with some rare exceptions.

There have been several TV shows based on the games - a cartoon based on the originals, an anime based on Battle Network and dubbed as Mega Man NT Warrior, and a limited-release OAV from the early 90s, also based on the original series. There was also another anime based on Star Force which has a dubbed version as well.

Mega Man was also featured as part of the heroic ensemble in Captain N: The Game Master, although he was presented as having a Verbal Tic, saying random words with the prefix "mega-".

The Mega Man Megamix manga, also based on the original series, is finally available in the US. There's no news on whether or not the new material for the ninth and tenth games will be translated, though.

It should be noted that the various series could be Alternate Universes of one another. While there are still numerous hints that they are connected (except for Battle Network, which is definitely an Alternate Universe), there are also discrepancies.

A live-action, no-budget, full-length fan movie has been released. Reactions to the trailer have been promising.

A comic book series by Archie Comics was released in spring 2011.

Tropes used in Mega Man include:
  1. I fight for Rock Man of the peace!