Take a look below for our list of 10 of the best and strongest Mega Man Robot Masters.
1. Metal Man
Metal Man is a Robot Master from Mega Man 2. He was the first Robot Master built by Dr. Wily, created specifically for combat for his revenge against Mega Man. Wily based Metal Man’s design on Cut Man. His Special Weapon is the Metal Blade, which are large, razor-sharp, circular saw blades made of ceramic titanium that he can throw at a high speed with deadly accuracy. His lightweight design also grants him high agility, but because of a design flaw, Metal Man is particularly vulnerable to Mega Man’s Mega Buster and to his own Metal Blades.
Metal Man is most infamous amongst players for being killed with two hits (one hit on the Normal difficulty) from his own weapon when fighting him for the second time in Mega Man 2, which was added as a secret trick to make the game more captivating. Also, a glitch in the Game Boy game Mega Man II can leave Metal Man stuck in the walls, making him harmless and rendering his battle unlosable.
2. Snake Man
Snake Man is a Robot Master with a snake motif created by Dr. Wily and Dr. Light to investigate narrow areas and survey topography on uninhabited planets marked for development. With his quick and lightweight body, Snake Man was well-suited for work on any kind of terrain. However, this caught the attention of Dr. Wily, who stole him, reprogrammed him into a combat robot, and sent him to work in order to fulfill his schemes. Snake Man is also the first Robot Master to have an animal-themed design.
His Special Weapon is the Search Snake, serpentine missiles that can move swiftly along the ground and even climb up walls. In Super Adventure Rockman he is shown to be able to dig underground to stay out of sight and ambush opponents, or to avoid their attacks.
3. Shadow Man
Shadow Man is a mysterious, stealthy, and powerful ninja-themed Robot Master. He first appeared in Mega Man 3. While little is known about his past, Shadow Man is rumored to have been a robot created by an extraterrestrial civilization. Further evidence comes from the fact the metal on Shadow Man’s body did not match any material found on Earth. His deactivated body was then rediscovered by Dr. Wily, who then remodeled and reprogrammed him for combat. Shadow Man’s Special Weapon is the Shadow Blade, a large hira shuriken coated with a deadly substance capable of deranging the function of robotic mechanisms.
Shadow Man is a skilled martial artist and a master of ninjutsu magic — his abilities include being able to temporarily create duplicates of himself to distract or attack his foes, create smoke screens, and summon frog robots of varying sizes – including a giant frog robot to ride on or smaller ones to check areas for him. Shadow Man can also use the Kawarimi no Jutsu, a ninja technique that replaces the body of the user with an object, usually a piece of log, as defense in his battle in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters and Super Adventure Rockman, as well as when he loses a race in Mega Man: Battle & Chase.
4. Ice Man
Ice Man is a Robot Master from the original Mega Man . He was created by Dr. Light to perform human-like tasks under extreme climate conditions. This can be done due to the fact he is impervious to chilling sub-zero temperatures. Ice Man is also capable of functioning in hot environments, though he is less powerful there. His Special Weapon is the Ice Slasher, a sharp ice blade launched from his mouth that can freeze anything with its temperature of 200 degrees below zero. Freeze Man greatly respects him.
5. Cut Man
Cut Man is a Robot Master created by Dr. Light to be a timber-felling robot. Cut Man debuted in the first Mega Man game, where he was reprogrammed by Dr. Wily to help him conquer the world.
His Special Weapon is the Rolling Cutter, an extremely sharp circular pair of scissor-like blades that can be thrown like boomerangs to attack from a distance. They are made of highly resistant “ceramic titanium”, allowing them to slice through most materials effectively. Cut Man was designed with a lightweight chassis that grants him fast and agile movement, even in strong rain and wind, as well as the ability to jump against horizontal surfaces to reach great heights.
6. Fire Man
Fire Man is a Robot Master from the original Mega Man. He was built by Dr. Light to work in an incinerator at a waste management facility and is able to wield flames that can reach 7000-8000 degrees. Fire Man can melt or burn through almost anything with his Special Weapon, the Fire Storm, whose weapon system excellently combines offense and defense. Fire Man’s and Bomb Man’s development began at the same time, and despite being warned by Rock that working with both explosives and fire could be dangerous, Dr. Light went on believing that Ice Man could handle the situation in case anything happened. A few flash fires did occur, but Ice Man ran away saying he doesn’t like saunas.
7. Elec Man
Elec Man is a Robot Master from the original Mega Man. He was created by Dr. Light to control the voltage of nuclear power plants. At the time of his creation, Elec Man was often hailed as Dr. Light’s greatest creation and boasts razor-sharp judgement, as well as a physical agility that would not be matched until the creation of Quick Man, who is in turn based on his design. His Special Weapon, the Thunder Beam, fires off devastating bolts of very high-voltage electrical energy in multiple directions, with sufficient power to go through multiple enemies with one shot and even break through solid rocks.
8. Pharaoh Man
Pharaoh Man is a Robot Master designed as an ancient Egyptian pharaoh that resembles Tutankhamun. He was originally created by Dr. Cossack with high resistance, agility, and adaptability to the dark to explore pyramids and other ancient ruins. When Dr. Wily forced Dr. Cossack to work for him, Pharaoh Man was modified to have extra attack power for his battle against Mega Man in Mega Man 4. His Special Weapon is the Pharaoh Shot, a sphere that is charged with solar energy.
In the game Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Pharaoh Man has new powers, being able to levitate, create a giant eye-shaped shield for additional defense, summon Astro Zombiegs that help him, and release waves of solar energy in two directions with the Pharaoh Wave.
9. Skull Man
Skull Man is a Robot Master created specially for combat with balanced offense and defense by Dr. Cossack while he was working for Dr. Wily in Mega Man 4. He attacks with shots from his arm cannon, and can generate a skull-shaped energy shield called the Skull Barrier for protection. Skull Man only moves or attacks when Mega Man does the same; however, he doesn’t move if Mega Man only jumps, instead firing his buster. His weakness is the Dust Crusher.
10. Gemini Man
Gemini Man is a Robot Master from Mega Man 3, created by Dr. Light and Dr. Wily. He is capable of creating holographic copies of himself, and uses that power to confuse and overwhelm opponents as he attacks them. He only uses one copy in most of his appearances, but in Super Adventure Rockman, Gemini Man is shown to be able to produce up to four copies of himself at once to confuse his opponent. However, even without his clones helping him, Gemini Man is a very tricky opponent to deal with, especially with his Special Weapon, the fast and reflective Gemini Laser.