| Metal Man|
Metal Man, from Mega Man #12.
|Alignment and character traits|
Metal Man, or known by his serial number DWN-009, is one of the Robot Masters created by Doctor Albert Wily in the Mega Man comic series published by Archie Comics. The equivalent of Cut Man in Wily's army, Metal Man first appeared in Mega Man #8, as one of the second wave Robot Masters–Wood Man, Bubble Man, Heat Man, Crash Man, Air Man, Flash Man, and Quick Man–that were sole purposely created to destroy Rock "Mega Man" Light.
Metal Man was created after the events of both Let the Games Begin and Time Keeps Slipping. Dr. Albert Wily, furious for losing the original line of Robot Masters, decided to created his own line of Robot Masters that were made only to destroy Mega Man. Based off of the designs of Cut Man, Metal Man was completed in an unknown time period during the post-Time Keeps Slipping event at the currently-constructed-Wily Castle 2. Metal Man and his brothers–Wood Man, Bubble Man, Heat Man, Crash Man, Air Man, Flash Man, and Quick Man–then had stand ready to take down Mega Man, but unbeknownst to any of the Robot Masters, Wily has another plan in store if all else fails. (MM #8)
Shortly after Mega Man was ambushed by Quick Man, Metal Man was the sixth Robot Master that Mega Man encountered in which Mega Man found Metal Man at the Industrial Processing Plant. Metal Man, however, was sneaky enough to ambush Mega Man to where Metal Man was able to throw a Metal Blade attack on Mega Man's foot. While Mega Man tried to remove the blade off of his foot instead of fighting Metal Man, Mega Man avoided an attack from Metal Man and switched to Crash Man's Master Weapon, the Crash Bomber. Using this, Mega Man set off an explosion which startled Metal Man. Mega Man then got behind Metal Man and fired a Crash Bomb at Metal Man's back while copying Metal Man's power, as well. Metal Man then fall to the ground, weak as he then threw several Metal Blades at Mega Man, but Mega Man then used Metal Man's Master Weapon against him, which then ends the fight. (MM #9, #10, #11)
With Mega Man defeating Dr. Wily's endgame in hand, Dr. Wily escaped to the Amazon Jungle during the course of the Spiritus Ex Machina story arc, where he would confront the Lanfront Ruins and the dark secret inside the said ruins: Ra Moon. However, Ra Moon would quickly steal Dr. Wily's laptop and scan all of the details within it. This then causes Ra Moon to rebuild Dr. Wily's original line of Robot Masters. Metal Man was given the memory and same integrated chip data as he had during the The Return of Dr. Wily event, but the other Robot Masters with Metal Man's line had the same side-effects as Metal Man, as well. (MM #13, #14, #15, #16)
- Main article: When Worlds Collide
While on patrol around the Amazon Jungle, Flash Man had found a blue mysterious emerald that he thought Dr. Wily could have used for something. However, Ra Moon mentioned the energy of the gem was powerful, giving a bit a curiosity to Wily as the scientist had scanned the gem. However, in another dimension, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik had decided to scan for his missing blue Chaos Emerald. Thus, Eggman and Wily had met each other, but Eggman berated Wily for stealing his Chaos Emerald and pirating his signal, while Wily declares that since he is the greatest evil genius on Earth, he should keep the emerald. This then made Eggman realize that Wily is from another dimension, and Eggman explained to Wily that both of their worlds are different dimensions, but have numerous similarities. This included a blue upstart that stops both of the scientist's plans. The two then realize that they both have numerous things in common, and that Dr. Eggman tells Dr. Wily to generate a new zone with the Chaos Emerald to have to two meet each other in person. (WC #1)
After Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily had met each other, they both reset their respective worlds with the Genesis Wave. Because of this, the world of Mega Man skipped years from its current timeline, resulting Dr. Wily to remember every Robot Master he's either built or modified from other doctors. Metal Man was among the many Robot Masters that Dr. Wily had revived, as Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman sent all of the Robot Masters (excluding the original Robot Masters) to take down Mega Man, Proto Man, Rush, and Sonic the Hedgehog with his friends. (WC #1, #8)
Metal Man appeared to race with Sonic along with Nitro Man, Turbo Man, Quick Man, Charge Man, and Slash Man. However, all of the Robot Masters were defeated thanks to Sonic's speed confusing the Robot Masters to hit and bump into each other. With Super Armor Mega Man restoring the timeline while Super Sonic distracted Eggman from stopping the heroes to restoring their worlds, Metal Man and the Robot Masters have no reconnection to these memories. (WC #9, #10, #11, #12)
Having a humanoid appearance like most of the Robot Masters in both his line and the original Robot Master line made by Dr. Light, Metal Man has a red, black, and yellow attire with a buzzsaw similar to the Metal Blades Metal Man uses on his helmet. He also has buzzsaw-decor on his shoulders. Yellow spikes on his helmet are in place instead of ears, and his helmet covers his face. At a glance, he can have an appearance similar to a doctor, in which when Wily first saw Metal Man, he commented that Metal Man was the "next-best dentist".
Metal Man is not shy when it comes to showing sharp powers of judgment. He will do the best "skilled" way to defeat any mission he is assigned. Metal Man enjoys the game frisbee, but it is said that Metal Man dislikes dogs for unknown reasons. Besides this, most of his personality remains unknown, considering he is not shown as much as the other Robot Masters.
- Main article: Metal Blade
Metal Man's Master Weapon, the Metal Blade, is the exclusive move used by Metal Man that are used to throw a buzzsaw at a nearby foe(s), aiming to cut right through them. Mega Man can also use the Metal Blade attack, as it works the exact same way as how Metal Man uses the Metal Blade. This is Metal Man's only line of offense that the Robot Master uses.
- It should be noted that Metal Man was defeated in Mega Man #11 by Mega Man using the Metal Blade against Metal Man. This is a reference to the Mega Man 2, where if the player plays Metal Man's stage again after acquiring the Metal Blade weapon, you can use the Master Weapon to defeat Metal Man in only two or three hits.