|Mega Man, as seen in Mega Man 10|
- "No, you're wrong! I only fight when I am forced to protect the world from those who would pit machines against man. I believe humans and robots can live in peace!""
- ―Mega Man, Mega Man V
Mega Man, known as Rockman (ロックマン Rokkuman) in Japan, also known as Rock in his original form, is the main protagonist of the Mega Man series. Built by Dr. Light to be a lab assistant, Rock volunteered himself to be upgraded into a Super Fighting Robot to stop the evil plans of Dr. Wily.
Mega Man's personality seems to stem from his creator, Dr. Light, whose intention may have been to design Rock based on his own interpretation of a real boy as if it were his very own son. Rock, who would later be upgraded into the super fighting robot known as Mega Man, demonstrates a wide range of emotions, similar to that of a prepubescent boy, not typical of other robots, thus making him unique.
Mega Man's primarily extremely courageous and just, choosing to become Mega Man and face the threat Wily posed because he wanted to help and do the right thing. This said he's also a pacifist and in the Mega Man Powered Up pre-boss cutscenes he always tried to find an alternative to violence. This trait was also, to a degree, shown in Mega Man 8 where he questioned Bass as to why they must fight. Along with these traits he's also kind, generous and polite.
However, Wily's frequent false repentances have become a constant frustration to Mega Man who appears to developing less patience with him, something that came to a head in the course of Mega Man 7 where he contemplated killing him, though ultimately decided against it. He further pointed out Wily's previous false repentances at the end of Mega Man 9, showing his diminishing patience, however he nonetheless assists him when he becomes ill in Mega Man 10.
In other media, Mega Man has also demonstrated strong leadership skills on the occasions where he works with a team. His siblings all notably look up to him and even Proto Man has occasionally shown he's willing to defer to his younger brother for orders.
Mega Man came into existence due to the following timeline of events. In the fictional and futuristic year 200X, the robotics expert Dr. Thomas Light worked to create a humanoid robot. This robot would demonstrate an advanced artificial intelligence program that would allow it to make decisions based on vague commands and directions.
Before Dr. Light ever constructed what would eventually become Mega Man, he first designed the robot known as "Proto Man" which similar to his name was designed as a prototype of his future creations. Dr. Light's achievement greatly exceeded his expectations, however, he found a critical problem on Proto Man's power reactor. He made plans to modify and repair him, but the robot ran away, fearing that he would lose his identity and become like a different person.
After the disappearance of Proto Man, Dr. Light decided to create another robot. He created two robots siblings around the same time to work as a pair. These robots were called "Rock" and "Roll". Rock was created as Dr. Light's lab assistant, and his "sister", Roll, was designed for housekeeping.
With the success of these two test-type robots, Light designed and built six industrial robots, mainly to be used in the construction and maintenance of public works. These robots were Cut Man, a timber felling robot; Guts Man, a construction robot; Ice Man, a robot designed for exploration in extreme freezing temperatures; Bomb Man, a land reclamation robot; Fire Man, designed for waste management; and Elec Man, designed to oversee and control atomic energy power plants. (Mega Man Powered Up introduced two more Robot Masters: Time Man, a time researcher robot, and Oil Man, an oil maintenance robot.) Each of these robots had full use of a human-like intelligence and reasoning potential. However, little did Dr. Light know that all of these robots, including the missing Proto Man, would later serve as the key to unlocking Rock's destiny.
|Make a Good Mega Man Level|
|List of Stage Bosses|
|Big Snakey • Weapons Archive • Gravity Machine • Birdo • Glass Man|
|Jolt Man • Dagger Man • Yoku Man • Justice Man|
|Ghost of Mega Man 3 • Changkey Master • Neon Glass Birdo on a Guts Lift • Shadow Morpher • Air Capsule • Trophy Machine • Wily Capsule • Zero|
|Metal Blade • Gemini Laser • Top Spin • Pharaoh Shot • Magic Card • Black Hole Bomb • Thunder Wool • Solar Blaze|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet|
|List of Enemies|
|- Sub-bosses -|
|Anko • Hot Dog • Big Snakey • Tama • Weapons Archive • The Moon • Ronrez|
|Napalm Man • Ice Man|
|Make a Good Mega Man Level 2|
|Mega Man • Proto Man • Bass • Roll • Dr. Light • Dr. Wily • Zero|
|List of Dev Kit Bosses|
| Cut Man • Guts Man • Metal Man • Crash Man • Pharaoh Man • Toad Man • Gravity Man |
|Milk • Ombuds Man • Door Man • Scorch Men (Sunrise & Zook Hero Z) • Lord Elewoofro • Cheat Man • Ghost of Christmas Future • Jet Man • Butter Nezumi|
|Flash Stopper • Slash Claw • Jewel Satellite • Hornet Chaser • Triple Blade • Wheel Cutter • Grab Buster • Sakugarne|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet • Wire Adapter • Super Arrow|
|List of Enemies|
|- Dev Kit Sub-bosses -|
|Anko • Hot Dog • Big Snakey • Tama • Penpen Maker • Giant Metall • Kabatoncue • Whopper • Escaroo|
|Scorch Man (Eternal)|
|Davwin Armanios • List of MaGMML2 Entry Bosses • Zero|