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  • Hi, I'm Andrew and I really wish Capcom would just make a new Mega Man game already.

  • This series deserves some new blood, and Z-grade knockoffs aren't gonna cut it.

  • But re-releases like the new Legacy Collection do make the wait a little easier.

  • If you need a quick refresher before you go tackle some Robot Masters in the fight for everlasting peace,

  • We've put together a handy-dandy Mega Man Timeline for you.

  • As always, there's gonna be spoilers throughout.

  • And sorry 'Battle Network' fans, we're sticking to the main timeline for this one.

  • We'll do a whole video on it once they announce 'MegaMan 11' for Switch.

  • And I hope we do, because 'Battle Network is really dope.'

  • So let's begin with Mega Man Classic.

  • It all started in the year 200X, when Dr. Thomas Light changed the world with his robot revolution.

  • Which isn't something you can say for most mall Santas. I mean look at the guy he looks drunk. All the time.

  • Mega Man! You must go after him! We don't know who he is, and it's dangerous to leave him alone.

  • Light wasn't satisfied building industrial machines.

  • He was more interested in robots that could think and feel.

  • His first experiment was an android named Proto Man, who escaped from the lab before he was completed.

  • Next, Light built a brother and sister pair of robots named Rock and Roll.

  • Hi! My name is Rock! Who are you?

  • I'm Dr. Light. I built you.

  • Are you my father?

  • These two were way more chill, and they all lived like a happy family for a while.

  • Meanwhile, Light's old colleague Dr. Albert Wily was still salty about being passed up for that Nobel Prize.

  • He reprogrammed six of Light's industrial droids to conquer the planet for him.

  • Earth's governments quickly cowered before the terror of a little metal man with scissors on his head.

  • That's Cutman. And he's kind of a pain unless you beat Gutsman first.

  • Seeing his father's work perverted for evil, Rock volunteered to be converted into a fighting robot and take them on himself.

  • Light wanted a peaceful life for his weird robot son/housekeeper, and I totally get it.

  • I'd be worried sick if my Roomba enlisted in the Marines.

  • But Rock was mankind's only hope.

  • So he welded a bigass gun and some blue armor on the little guy and turned him into Mega Man.

  • Super fighting robot... Mega Man!

  • Honestly there's not much story progression in the original series. It's kind of just one big game of rock, paper scissors. No pun intended.

  • Wily is the main antagonist in literally every game, even when Capcom tried to fake us out.

  • The closest thing to character development we get is in 'Mega Man 7' for SNES.

  • After stopping Wily for the zillionth time, our hero is so fed up he considers murdering his nemesis in cold blood.

  • It's definitely a Batman/Joker kind of moment.

  • I'll break you in two!

  • Oh, Batman. If you had the guts for that kind of fun you would have done it years ago!

  • And it's about as deep as the original series got.

  • There's no definitive ending to the classic era, so let's jump forward 100 years to the era of Mega Man X.

  • In the year 21XX, no one really knows what happened to the original Mega Man.

  • Maybe he went to the robot retirement home with Johnny 5 and Paulie's butler from Rocky IV.

  • You know, "Happy Birthday, Paulie?"

  • Doctors Light and Wily are long gone, too.

  • But before he died, Light completed one last robot:

  • An advanced prototype named Mega Man X.

  • X was a fully intelligent, self-aware android.

  • He's so advanced he makes Mega Man classic look like a lawnmower.

  • But Light didn't want another Proto Man incident on his hands, so he sealed X away in a pod to learn the difference between right and wrong.

  • Doctor...

  • Farewell, X. You are the world's one true hope.

  • Wily built a next-gen robot too.

  • Zero is basically everything a hyperactive nine-year-old thinks is cool.

  • He's got a stylish ponytail, badass 'tude and, oh yeah, a f*cking LIGHTSABER.

  • Total edgelord.

  • But he went berzerk the first time he was activated, so Wily locked him away to chill for a while.

  • 100 years later, an archaeologist named Dr. Cain discovered X's capsule.

  • The technology inside was so advanced that Cain used it as the basis for a new generation of robots, called Reploids.

  • It goes as well as you'd expect for A.I.s designed by a guy who digs up fossils for a living.

  • An evil virus made the Reploids go haywire.

  • My fate is sealed. I have no choice.

  • It even infected Sigma, the leader of the peacekeeping Blade Runners-- I mean, Maverick Hunters.

  • He escalated the conflict in a full-blown rebellion, and X and Zero spent eight games shutting him down.

  • The battle may be over, but the war is just beginning!

  • It's later implied that the virus was actually Dr. Wily's disembodied consciousness, so he's still kind of the main antagonist.

  • And his final creation Zero was the original carrier.

  • He's the focus of the next entry in the timeline, Mega Man Zero.

  • At the end of the 'X' series, Zero handed himself over to the government so they could find a cure.

  • They came up with little programs called Cyber-elfs to eradicate the virus and put an end to the Maverick uprising.

  • But they were corrupted by Dr. Weil, yet another mad scientist who tried to conquer Earth in the bloody and unfortunately named Elf Wars.

  • X sacrificed himself to seal away the Dark Elf overlord, and then for a while the humans and Reploids lived in harmony in a supercity called Neo Arcadia.

  • They even slapped together a clone of X to run the place, but without Dr. Light's morality training he went off the deep end.

  • The Copy X started killing off innocent reploids, so in the year 22XX the robot Resistance reactivates Zero in a brand new body.

  • He destroyed the copy, defeated the Dark Elf and put a stop to Weil at the cost of his own life.

  • 200 years later, all that's left of Zero is a tiny biometal artifact containing his soul.

  • Because of course robots have souls. How else could Robot Hell exist?

  • Here ya go!

  • Wow! That was pretty brutal even by my standards!

  • The two annoying kids in the short-lived Mega Man ZX series use Zero's power to fight an evil corporation, and honestly?

  • I'd rather talk about Mega Man Legends.

  • This series takes place at the very end of the timeline, thousands of years after ZX.

  • No one's sure about the exact year, so let's just call it XXXX A.D.

  • 'Cause that rolls off the tongue. We'll just call it...

  • Earth has been flooded, and tiny islands are the only surface left.

  • Kind of like 'Wind Waker.'

  • Also? Humanity no longer exists.

  • They fled to a space station called Elysium before mysteriously going extinct.

  • Sound familiar? Did they just bite a whole plot from Mega Man?

  • The dominant life form on the planet are artificial humans called Carbons.

  • They're made of organic material, but they can swap out their body parts for mechanical replacements.

  • The total fusion of man and machine.

  • But energy is scarce in the new world, so a lot of Carbons find work scrounging up technology left behind by the ancient humans.

  • It's a decent living, even with pain in the ass pirates like Tron Bonne flying around.

  • Our hero is Mega Man Volnutt, a digger with a dark past.

  • Before he got reformatted, he used to live on Elysium with the Master, the last living human.

  • I remember now... I came here, I came to Terra with the Master... Then...

  • When the Master finally died, it activated a failsafe plan to exterminate all the Carbons and clone a new generation of humanity to take their place.

  • It's really scary.

  • Mega Man stopped the purge, but the last 'Legends' game ends with him stranded in space with no way home.

  • And... that's it.

  • That's where the series ends chronologically, on a huge cliffhanger that set us up for a game that never came.

  • Anyway, I wonder how Mega Man's doing? We have to get this thing working so we can go get him!

  • Keiji Inafune's 'Red Ash' is supposed to be a spiritual successor, but given the disaster of 'Mighty No. 9,' I'm not gonna hold my breath.

  • Seriously, just try to play 'Mighty No. 9.' It is a disaster.

  • For now, in the year 2017, the Mega Man Legacy Collections are the best we've got.

Hi, I'm Andrew and I really wish Capcom would just make a new Mega Man game already.

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