Mega Man, alternatively written as Megaman and MegaMan, known as Rockman (ロックマン Rokkuman) in Japan, is a video game franchise from Capcom, starring the robot character Mega Man, or one of his many counterparts. Mega Man, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, began a series of over 50 games on multiple systems. As of December 31, 2010, the series has sold approximately twenty-nine million copies worldwide, making it Capcom's most prolific franchise.
If you're not familiar with at least one incarnation, you're doing life wrong.
Varies depending on incarnation.
Original: Based around stopping Dr. Wily from taking over the world with 9 new RobotMasters each game
X Series: Set in the future, this series follows the story of Mega Man's successor, Mega Man X, a new, advanced robot that has complete free will over his actions, thoughts and feelings. This character—often referred to as simply "X"—is also a creation of Dr. Light, put into suspended animation and uncovered 100 years in the future by a researcher named Dr. Cain.
Battle Network: An alternate timeline where instead of robotics, technology in virtual reality and the Internet progressed rapidly. This series features a Net Navi called MegaMan.EXE. Net Navis act as virtual assistants to Operators, such as the protagonist Lan, an elementary school student and future hero who uses his Net Navi to help battle computer viruses and other Internet-based threats
StarForce: The Star Force games are very similar to the Battle Networkgames, and also takes place roughly 200 years later in the timeline. Network technology has progressed with electromagnetic wave technology to connect the world via radio waves. The series stars a timid boy named Geo Stelar and an extraterrestrial EM-wave being named Omega-Xis who can merge into an EM-Human known as "Mega Man," allowing the player to explore both the real world and the EM-world. Although each title has a different set of antagonists, they are usually EM-beings that are able to merge with humans to create new threats.
Standing and PowersEdit
Also varies on incarnation. Most MegaMen are about multi city block level hypersonics, and the following enemies and allies follow suit.
However, with the addition of StarForce, it gained a great powerup, with basically every character being FTL and city level being the low point, and with heavy hitters such as ApolloFlame who can lifewipe and destroy a planet casually, the sure weapon Andromeda that eats worlds, and Sirius who literally lives inside and controls a black hole.
Another example of power would be BattleNetwork, in which that MegaMan can become a potential universe buster with certain power ups.
- Tiers based off individual series, original will not connect to StarForce, otherwise every Starforce would be top tier*