Mega Man

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Mega Man
Mega Man from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Full name DLN-001 Mega Man
Species Robot
First appearance Mega Man (1987, Mega Man series)
Captain N: The Game Master (1989, Super Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Rockman X DiVE (Ver.1.3.1) (2020)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Super Mario-related media)
“The Blue Bomber”
Boxing Ring nickname (PAL version), Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Mega Man is a robot created by Dr. Light and the titular protagonist of the Mega Man video game series. Originally created to be Light's lab assistant, Dr. Wily taking over most of Light's robots led Mega Man to be converted into a battle robot to fight Wily, and stop him from taking over the world as well as achieve everlasting peace.

In the Super Mario franchise, Mega Man has made appearances in the Club Nintendo comics and cameos as unlockable costumes that his amiibo can unlock. Additionally, he is a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

Captain N: The Game Master
Mega Man (left) next to Kid Icarus (right).

Mega Man appeared as a recurring character in the American television series, Captain N: The Game Master. Unlike in his canonical appearances, Mega Man had a green design with a visor, as well as a deep, raspy voice.

Club Nintendo comics[edit]

Mega Man, Dr. Light and Mario trying to catch Wario, from the Club Nintendo comic "Super Mario: Die Verwandlung".
Mega Man, Dr. Light and Mario trying to catch Wario in "Super Mario: Die Verwandlung"

Mega Man's first appearance alongside Mario is in the German Club Nintendo magazine comic "Super Mario: Die Bescherung". The comic shows him with several other characters at Mario and Luigi's Christmas party.

His first and only major appearance was in the 1993 comic "Super Mario: Die Verwandlung", where he serves as Dr. Light's assistant. Toward the beginning Mega Man is the one that lets Mario into Dr. Light's home and guides him to his lab, making fun of Mario wearing a plastic bag to cover his pixelated head. Later, when Dr. Light confuses Mario's pixels for pimples, Mega Man appears and recommends "Oil of Mega Man". Finally, when Wario breaks out of the lab, Mega Man is the one driving the car they are chasing him in.

Mega Man is also mentioned in the comic "Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland". When Mario and Toad meet Kirby, the latter explains that he wants to see the wizard so that he can wish to look like Mega Man.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

The Mega Man series emblem, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. fighter
Mega Man
Mega Man from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Metal Blade
Side:  Crash Bomber
Up:  Rush Coil
Down:  Leaf Shield
Final Smash:  Mega Legends
Battle entrance
Mega Man teleports onto the stage in a similar manner to the Mega Man games.
SmashWiki article: Mega Man (SSB4)
“Mega Man Joins the Battle!”
Introduction, "Mega Man Joins the Battle!" Trailer
Screenshot of the game Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Mega Man and Mario facing each other in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Mega Man's first appearance in first-party Super Mario-related media is as a playable guest character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as well as the third third-party character to be confirmed as a playable character in the series.

Mega Man's appearance and aesthetics in this game are based on his appearance in the NES titles, possessing a moveset centered around shooting at his opponents; he can use the Mega Buster to fire multiple single shots as his standard attack, which can be used while both walking and jumping, and use the Charge Shot as a side smash attack. His only direct attacks are the slide as his strong down attack, which made its debut in Mega Man 3, and the Mega Upper as his strong up, a move introduced in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters which later appeared in Marvel vs. Capcom.

Much of Mega Man's moveset is based around the special weapons (referred to as the "Variable Weapon System") obtainable from the various Robot Masters in the classic Mega Man series.[1] His special moves include Metal Blade, Crash Bomber, and Leaf Shield from Mega Man 2 as his standard special, side special, and down special respectively, and Rush Coil from Mega Man 3 as his up special. His dash attack is the Top Spin, a move from Mega Man 3 which can hit multiple times. His up smash is the Spark Shock and his down smash is the Flame Blast, from Mega Man 3 and Mega Man 6, respectively. His aerial attacks include Slash Claw from Mega Man 7 as his back air, Flame Sword from Mega Man 8 as his front air, Air Shooter from Mega Man 2 as his up air which sends a tornado into the air that pushes opponents up, and Hard Knuckle from Mega Man 3 as his down air which acts as a meteor smash. His grab is the Super Arm from the original Mega Man. His Final Smash is Mega Legends, which involves the other incarnations of the Mega Man character appearing alongside this one to blast opponents all at once.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Mega Man (SSBU)

Mega Man returns as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His Final Smash now incorporates Proto Man and Bass, but otherwise functions the same as before. His Mega Buster can fire farther than the previous installment, improving some of his moves.

Mega Man benefits from universal changes: his mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, he can directionally air dodge, and he can use any ground attack out of a run and any aerial attack on a ladder.

Classic Mode route[edit]

Unlike most other routes, the Bonus Game in Mega Man's Classic Mode route takes place between Rounds 5 and 6.

Variable Weapons System: Online!
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Ice Climbers Summit (Ω) Ice Man Stage
2 Samus Coliseum (Ω) Metal Man Stage
3 Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle (Ω) Wood Man Stage
4 Captain Falcon Gamer (Ω) Quick Man Stage
5 Mega Man ×6 Horde Battle Wily Castle Mega Man 2 Medley
6 Galleom Guts Man Stage
Final Dr. Mario
Wily Castle (Ω) We're Robots (Dr. Wily Stage 2)
Mega Man 2 Medley

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mega Man Mii racing suit from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mega Man suit in Mario Kart 8

By scanning the Mega Man amiibo on the GamePad or the right Joy-Con / Nintendo Switch Pro Controller's NFC reader while playing Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe respectively, a special Mii racing suit designed after the character will be unlocked. A sample of this suit is shown right next to a picture of Mega Man on the Mii Racing Suits screen, which is located in the main menu of the game; thus, Mega Man makes his first cameo appearance within a Super Mario game. In Mario Kart 8, this costume is only available as of version 4.0.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Mega Man Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World

Players can unlock a Mega Man amiibo design for Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World by scanning Mega Man's amiibo.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Mega Man amiibo Costume, from Super Mario Maker.

Mega Man's amiibo can be used to unlock a Mega Man costume for use as Costume Mario in Super Mario Maker. His sprite is similar to his 8-bit sprite from the Mega Man series, but scaled down to fit the size of Small Mario. As with all other Costume Mario costumes, it can only be used in the Super Mario Bros. graphical style.

Mega Man's transformation sound is the level select sound from Mega Man 2, and while he has no jumping sound effect, his landing and death sounds are the ones throughout the Mega Man series, and pressing up on the d-pad causes him to hold out the Mega Buster, which also plays the sound for firing a shot in the Mega Man series. Finally, his level clear song is from Mega Man 2. His running and jumping animations are based on those used in the Mega Man series, and his stopping sprite is based on his sliding sprite first seen in Mega Man 3.

Profiles and statistics[edit]


Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
American English description British English description
Mega Man MegaManTrophy3DS.png
NES Mega Man (12/1987)
NES Mega Man 2 (07/1989)
The main hero from Capcom's 1987 action game, Mega Man. He travels from stage to stage, defeating Robot Masters to obtain new weapons. He uses this vast arsenal in Smash Bros. in a variety of ways. Metal Blades, for example, can be fired in eight directions and picked up off the ground! In 1989, Capcom's new action hero, Mega Man, arrived in Europe! He made his way through levels, defeated bosses and took their weapons. He's got plenty of weapons in this game, too. His Metal Blade, for example, can be thrown in eight directions and goes right through foes! If it sticks in the ground, though, anyone can pick it up.
Mega Man trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(Wii U)
Mega Man (Alt.) MegaManAllStarTrophy3DS.png
NES Mega Man (12/1987)
NES Mega Man 2 (07/1989)
Mega Man has more than 10 different weapons at his disposal. His forward air attack, Flame Sword, affects a wide area and doesn't leave much of an opening, making it useful in a variety of situations. His Leaf Shield special spins four leaves around him to deflect projectiles or hurt foes. He can also fire the leaves forward. Mega Man has more than ten different weapons at his disposal. His forward air attack, Flame Sword, affects a wide area and doesn't leave much of an opening, making it useful in a variety of situations. His Leaf Shield special spins four leaves around him to block attacks and projectiles. He can also fire the leaves forwards.
Mega Man trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(Wii U)

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Viridi: Hey, look! It's Mega Man!
  • Pit: Is that really him? It is really him! WOW!
  • Viridi: I hope he busts out his Mega Buster!
  • Pit: I wanna see his Charge Shot!
  • Palutena: Flame Blast!
  • Viridi: Leaf Shield!
  • Pit: Rush Coil!
  • Palutena: Metal Blade!
  • Viridi: Spark Shock!
  • Pit: Air Shooter!
  • Palutena: Crash Bomber!
  • Viridi: Slash Claw!
  • Pit: Flame Sword!


  • The main hero from Capcom's Mega Man series. An advanced humanoid robot created by Dr. Light, Mega Man was modified from a general-purpose lab assistant into a fighting robot. Fitted with a powerful arm cannon and the ability to gain skills from defeated enemies, Mega Man serves to thwart the evil plans of Dr. Wily and protect the peaceful coexistence between robots and mankind.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • Mega Man's standard and special moves use weapons copied from the bosses he's fought throughout the Mega Man series, so he has more projectiles than any other fighter. His Final Smash now features Proto Man and Bass!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロックマン
Rockman (meant to reference rock paper scissors, as well as the music genre, rock and roll)

Chinese 洛克人

Finnish Megamies
French Megaman
German Mega Man
Italian Mega Man
Korean 록맨

Portuguese Mega-Man
Russian Мегамен
Mega Man

Spanish Mega Man


  • Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune took some level of inspiration from the Super Mario games when designing this series.[2][better source needed]
  • Mario appears in a French commercial for Mega Man 2.[3]
  • In the character's backstory, the housekeeping robot was originally named Rock before being converted into the super fighting robot, Mega Man, as stated in the introduction to Mega Man 4; however, in the American English version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Dr. Light's trophy description instead suggests that he was formerly known as Mega, a nickname initially used for his fighting robot form in the Mega Man animated series produced by Ruby-Spears, and later for the housekeeping form in the PlayStation Portable remake Mega Man Powered Up. The latter instance is considered a localization error as Mega does not match his sister Roll (as in rock and roll), and is corrected to Rock in the British English version.

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