Doctor Albert W. Wily is the primary antagonist of the Mega Man comic series published by Archie Comics. He is a villainous robotics engineer and scientist from an alternate Earth in the year 20XX. Formerly a partner to Dr. Thomas Light, Wily grew jealous of his colleague who surpassed him in both skills and overall recognition. Having lost his credentials for unethical robot experimentation, Wily sought revenge against his former partner and world domination, reprogramming the Robot Masters they had created together into weapons. However, Albert's ambition's were thwarted after Rock, Dr. Light's robotic assistant and "son," became a fighting robot named Mega Man. Over time, Mega Man has thwarted several of Wily's schemes, which has only made Albert more determined to triumph over his foes.
Dr. Wily is an elderly human male, balding and gray-haired with a hairstyle that almost resembles wings sprouting from the side of his head and a mustache that is similar in arrangement to his hair, though not quite as long or spread out. For attire, Wily usually wears a white shirt with a tie, brown shoes and belt, and blue jeans, the only unconventional part of the outfit being his lab coat. During his time at the Lanfront Ruins, he wore khaki shorts with a matching shirt and boots.
Sometime after Dr. Wily set up base in the Lanfront Ruins with several Robot Masters and the alien supercomputer Ra Moon when Flash Man returned with a strange gemstone he found while on patrol, which Wily eagerly scanned. Plugging it into his computer for analysis, Wily inadvertently opened a communications link to the planet Mobius, specifically the Death Egg Mark 2. His transmission enraged Dr. Eggman, who accosted Wily for pirating his signal, which prompted Wily to retort and extol himself as the greatest robotics genius on Earth. Analyzing what Wily had told him, Eggman apologized, and proceeded to educate Wily on the concept of alternate universes. Fascinated, Wily began to build a rapport with Eggman as the two realized how much they had in common. Deciding that it was essential that they meet, the pair combined Eggman's knowledge with Wily's resources to create the Skull Egg Zone, a dimension that linked their two universes. Meeting each other their-and briefly debating what to name their new world-the pair set about their joint plan to take over their worlds. With Wily's Robot Masters and Ra Moon working in tandem with the forces of the Eggman Empire-and taking advantage of the altered laws of time in the zone-the two had soon completed a battle station, which after some argument they dubbed the Wily Egg.
While Proto Man, who at that point went by the name Break Man, was attacking Mega Man, Wily left through the Interdimensional Gateway to join Eggman aboard the Wily Egg. With the Chaos Emerald providing power to their Cosmic Reset Button, the pair launched the second Genesis Wave across both their realities.
Act I: Kindred Spirits
Due to their presence in the Skull Egg Zone, Wily and Eggman remembered the timelines before and after their alteration, giving them a distinct advantage in their designs against both Mega Man and Eggman's nemesis, Sonic the Hedgehog. The second stage of their plan involved creating minions who could pass freely between their worlds, which prompted the pair to dispatch Bass and Metal Sonic to capture Sonic's friend Tails. By combining Robot Master technology with Eggman's Roboticizer, the pair transformed Tails into the first of their Roboticized Masters, Tails Man. Pleased with their success, they quickly stumbled onto the idea of creating even more, and dispatched Bass and Metal Sonic to capture more of Sonic's friends.
With a team of Roboticized Masters at their disposal, the doctors entered the next stage of their gambit. They dispatched Wily's recreated Copy Robot to Mobius, where he captured four more of Sonic's friends for the Roboticized Master program. Their current Masters-Tails Man, Shadow Man, Knuckles Man, and Rose Woman-were dispatched to Mega City on Wily's Earth to collect the gray Chaos Emerald, which was one of only two that the doctors had not yet acquired. Sonic and Mega Man quickly became involved, just as the doctors had hoped; luring Mega Man through a Warp Ring to Mobius by having Metal Sonic attack him, they had Metal Sonic and Copy Robot lead the heroes to each other. Each mistaking the other for their attacker, the blue heroes began battling, much to the delight of the depraved scientists, who observed the battle thanks to footage transmitted by Tails Man. The other Roboticized Masters returned with the Chaos Emerald, which Eggman offered to let Wily place; Wily agreed, but suggested that they wait until the battle was settled. Much to their surprise, another Warp Ring opened, which Mega Man used to take the fight back to Earth. Wily quickly identified his old rival, Dr. Light, as the culprit, and while assuring Eggman that he was not on their level, he did acknowledge that he was a threat. He determined that Light should be dealt with, and Metal Sonic and Bass volunteered to take the assignment.
Unfortunately for the doctors, Sonic and Mega Man eventually started talking, and the two realized that the discussion might lead to an alliance between their foes. Eggman ordered Tails Man to attack, and after hearing his reasoning on the matter, Wily wholeheartedly agreed. The plan failed, and Tails was unexpectedly restored to his normal form; however, Metal Sonic and Bass accomplished their mission and brought Dr. Light back to the Wily Egg.
Act II: Into the Warzone
As the heroes-joined by Proto Man and Mega Man's dog Rush-entered the Skull Egg Zone-Wily dispatched the Copybot and the Genesis Unit to deal with the invaders. Wily and Eggman observed the battle, but Eggman did not share Wily's hopes for the Genesis Unit, and dismissed them as an inferior power when Silver Man and Blaze Woman-two more Roboticized Masters-arrived with the last Chaos Emeralds. The two evil scientists briefly argued over which of them had contributed more, but eventually agreed that whichever of their nemeses managed to survive longest would prove his world's superiority. With the Genesis Unit defeated and the Chaos Emeralds gathered, the pair decided upon a new use for their Roboticized Masters: to have them attack Sonic and Mega Man's party.
Observing the battle between their enslaved creations and the heroes, the two doctors celebrated their mutual genius. However, Proto Man refused to participate in their proposed "tournament", and took off to find Dr. Light and catch up with the Wily Egg. To Wily's surprise, Eggman ordered most of the Roboticized Masters to pursue him, leaving only Vector Man, Espio Man, and Charmy Man to face Sonic, Mega Man, Tails, and Rush. At Wily's urging, the pair then returned to the Wily Egg in order to better coordinate their defense. Shortly thereafter, the trio were restored to normal, much to Eggman's dismay, though Wily remained confident due to their ability to time-clone the various Robot Masters he had previously created. Eggman then suggested deploying Shadow Man against them, temporarily confusing Wily as to whether he meant their Roboticized Master or Wily's Robot Master of the same name; inspired, the pair decided to send both. Recalling Silver Man and Blaze Woman, the pair then set off to build a new attack vehicle, and Wily expressed his confidence in their ability to defeat Mega Man given Dr. Light's status as their prisoner. The pair subsequently visited their prisoner to gloat, only for Orbot to arrive and inform them of the defeat of the Shadow Men.
With the subsequent restoration of Silver Man and Blaze Woman, Wily quickly came to the conclusion that his scheme with Eggman was in danger of failing. Contemplating the matter, he determined that if they were thwarted, he would escape back to Earth with the Wily Egg and leave Eggman to the heroes. The pair continued work on their Egg-Wily Machine X, while also preparing their Robot Master army and the Genesis Reactor. During an argument over the configuration of their joint battle robot, the two were informed of the restoration of Knuckles Man and Rose Woman, as well as the presence of Rouge the Bat aboard the Wily Egg. Closing in on her position, they found her and Metal Sonic in the grip of their Chaos Devil, whom they had created by fusing a Devil Core with Chaos. Encouraged by the success of their creation, the doctors had Metal Sonic and Bass take Rouge away for Roboticization so that she could serve as part of their Robot Master army.
Act III: Chaos Clash
As the army engaged the heroes-including all the restored Roboticized Masters-Wily and Eggman confronted Dr. Light once again, only to be presented with an impassioned plea to stop. Wily refused, claiming that Light had always been jealous of him and that he and Eggman were in complete control, only for Light to remind him of his failure to control Ra Moon and various other menaces from their altered reality. Wily and Eggman left to observe the battle, but Eggman left Wily's presence with a sinister purpose: to throw Light from the Wily Egg and eliminate him as a threat once and for all.
Eggman's actions did not go unnoticed, and Wily was furious with him for attempting to murder Dr. Light. Their friendship dissolving, the pair of doctors quickly resolved to eliminate each other at the first opportunity. Despite this, they remained determined to slow down the heroes long enough to accomplish their plan, and dispatched the Mega Man Killers, the Chaos Devil, and the team of Bass, Metal Sonic, and Treble to accomplish the task. The arrival of Duo put a hitch in their plans, as his battle with the Chaos Devil threatened to tear the Wily Egg apart and disrupt the Genesis Wave. However, the fight also kept him too occupied to face the doctors directly, which they took advantage of by completing the Egg-Wily Machine X. Using the machine, they captured the weakened Sonic and Mega Man and imprisoned them in the Genesis Reactor chamber, where their mutual respect for each other was briefly rekindled as they explained their plan: to use the power of the Chaos Emeralds to fire a Super Genesis Wave that would allow them to rewrite reality according to their every desire, whereas the first wave had been limited.
Exulting in what they believed to be imminent godhood, the pair remained hostile to each other, particularly when Eggman revealed something to Sonic that he hadn't mentioned to Wily: that their tampering with the laws of reality had damaged their home universes to the point of near collapse. He quickly calmed Wily by explaining that all the damage would be undone by the Super Genesis Wave, but the pair were then faced by another problem: the sudden intrusion of Proto Man, Dr. Light, and Sonic's friend Knuckles the Echinda. While Light freed Sonic and Mega Man, the red heroes attacked the doctors, forcing them to make a desperate run for the Egg-Wily Machine X. As Wily powered the vehicle up, he was warned not to draw too much power from the reactor, prompting him to point out that Eggman had ascribed limitless power to the Chaos Emeralds. As the assault continued, each doctor discovered that the other had sabotaged his personal defense systems, forcing them to work together to undo the damage. The two agreed to a temporary truce, though each was still planning to eliminate the other, just as the Super Genesis Wave activated. However, the pair were then forced to contend with Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man, which prompted them to unleash all their firepower. After an intense-and insult riddled-battle, the doctors were defeated, and the heroes prepared to restore their worlds. Wily, feeling utterly bested, decided that it was best just to give up, and wondered if he would even remember the events of his alliance with Eggman. His partner, nowhere near so calm in the face of defeat, managed to get a piece of their vehicle working and attacked Super Sonic. Unable to interfere, he could only watch as Eggman took off to attack Sonic, and was caught up in Super Mega Man's efforts to restore their world to its previous state.
After Mega Man's world was restored through Chaos Control, Wily got back at Lanfront Ruins with no memory of finding the Chaos Emerald and all succeeding events, and was left only with a violent urge to "Stomp on a carton of eggs". Wily would go on to be betrayed by Ra Moon, and then set out on further attempts to defeat Mega Man once and for all.
Act I: Deadly Fusions
Wily was later abducted from his world through a Genesis Portal by Sigma, who "recruited" him to assist Dr. Eggman in building up Sigma's new empire. Since Wily had previously forgotten about his first team-up with Eggman, Wily was surprised when Eggman seemed to have knowledge of-and contempt towards-him, but also possessed his dislike of Mega Man. After they created armor for the Deadly Six and converted Eggman's Badnik factory into a Mechaniloid assembly line, the pair hit upon a scheme to overthrow Sigma by enslaving their respective nemeses and getting them to blame Sigma for the affront.
As they prepared to transform the heroes into new Roboticized Masters, Eggman's dislike of Wily got on his nerves to the point that he confronted Eggman about it. As a result, Eggman learned that Wily had no memory of their previous alliance, and took advantage of the situation to restore their previous relationship by retelling the story about their past alliance, but lied that Dr. Light had ruined it by spreading a lie that Eggman tried to kill him. Wily was somewhat astonished that Light would have pulled such a trick, but was quickly convinced that he had done so out of jealousy. The pair then transformed the heroes into M'egga Man and Sonic Man using Sigma's advanced technology while the Maverick leader watched.
After succeeding in their task, the malevolent doctors watched eagerly as their creations attacked Mobotropolis and Mega City. Wily noted that he had adapted Quick Man's processor for use in Sonic Man, and complimented Eggman's genius in combining his Egg robot designs with Mega Man. The pair then watched eagerly as Sonic Man engaged the Light Robot Masters, and proved to be more than a match for them. They then joined Sigma in watching the ensuing battles between the newest Roboticized Masters and the Freedom Fighters, several of Wily's Robot Masters who had been restored by Dr. Light, Knuckles, Break Man, Quake Woman, and Gemerl. The defenders proved unsuccessful, and the corrupted heroes succeeded in setting up two of Sigma's Unity Engines. As the two worlds began to merge together, their power was fed into Sigma's Master Engine, which in turn fed it into Sigma. This realization terrified Wily, though Eggman tried to assuage his worries by reminding him of their contingency plan: secondary programming in their enslaved nemeses that would cause M'egga Man and Sonic Man to attack and cure each other. Their plan was to set the two heroes and their allies on Sigma; unfortunately, the arranged battle took place off of the Lost Hex. The pair were thus forced to retreat, only to find themselves pursued by three of the members of the Deadly Six.
Act II: Broken Bonds
As they were hiding from their hunters, the pair were unexpectedly greeted by an unlikely-and in Wily's eyes unwelcome-ally: Xander Payne, an anti-robotics terrorist. While Wily was convinced that Xander had only his demise in mind, Xander surprised the pair by opening a Genesis Portal and leading them through it. They wound up on the Sky Patrol, the Freedom Fighters' mobile base and the temporary residence of all the allied heroes. After being briefly astonished by Wily's survival, Mega Man joined the others in placing the three intruders in the brig, where Wily and Eggman admitted to having turned them into Roboticized Masters but blamed the idea on Sigma. They then informed them of the Maverick leader's whereabouts on the Lost Hex, but would only agree to provide information if they were freed from the cell. The pair were then given access to the technology aboard the Sky Patrol, and while watching Tails work on the various robots, Wily noted that Zero of the Maverick Hunters looked like something he would build. He also learned that Shadow Man had only joined the Wily Numbers allied with Dr. Light in preparation for a future betrayal, which Wily advised him to hold back on until later. He and Eggman then set to work on a weapon to aid in the battle against Sigma while the heroes engaged Sigma's waiting army of Mechaniloids.
Wily and Eggman continued working with Sally Acorn urging them on, and eventually had their Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon operational. Just in time, they employed it against the Maverick Hunters, Gemerl, and the Robot Masters, who had turned against their comrades by the Deadly Six's abilities. The weapon overheated immediately after firing its first shot, but succeeded in freeing the robots and destroying the mind control armor on the Zeti. Unfortunately, Sigma soon revealed his massive new body and his latest minions: an army of Time-Cloned Mavericks. Before Eggman and Wily could get their weapon working again, it was destroyed by Tornado Tonion, and Wily found himself being carried to safety by Mega Man of all beings. When questioned, the hero responded that he had failed to save Wily during their last meeting and wanted to make up for it. Wily accused him of simply acting according to the Laws of Robotics, but Mega Man asserted that it was something he wanted to do. Most of the Mavericks soon dispersed to other worlds while a handful remained behind to finish off the weary heroes, but a group of allies from the world of Street Fighter soon arrived to aid them. While the heroes prepared to disperse to other worlds and Eggman contacted Metal Sonic to bring his Chaos Emerald to be united with those of the Freedom Fighters, Wily and Eggman schemed as to how they could get to the Master Engine. The answer, once again, proved to be Xander Payne, who escorted the doctors through a Genesis Portal.
Act III: Allied Forces
The trio found the Master Engine while the Unified Army faced Sigma in a final battle, and managed to cut off his connection to the Master Engine. However, Sigma's actions had already left reality dangerously unstable, but the doctors believed they could correct it using the Master Engine's power and recreate reality in their own image. However, Xander forced the pair to move away from the device, and used some of its power to open one of his Genesis Portals to the moment in Sigma's time right before he had traveled back to the present. Wily and Eggman tried to warn him of the potential consequences of altering history, but Xander felt it worth the risk and destroyed Sigma's virus form, preventing his trip back in time. The events of his attempt to conquer the multiverse were thus reversed, leaving Wily back in Mr. X's facility. Retaining some memories of his involvement in the aborted timelines, Wily realized the identity of his "employer" and swore revenge. He also was determined that if he and Eggman ever met again, they would achieve victory over their nemeses.
Dr. Wily is arrogant, self-obsessed, treacherous, and immensely proud of his own genius and his mustache. Despite numerous experiences with attempting to control powerful forces beyond his understanding, he is constantly attempting to bend such forces to his will.
While he enjoys watching his creations bring about destruction and mayhem in his name, Wily prefers to humiliate his enemies-at least in the case of Dr. Light-rather than cause them any physical harm, whereas Eggman is all too willing to take lives. Wily also enjoys having minions with personality and free will, and did not care much for the mindless obedience of the Roboticized Masters. Despite having numerous minions to perform tasks for him, Wily prefers to work on his most cherished projects personally, disdaining the idea of letting a machine do the work for him. Perhaps the greatest separation between the two villains was that Albert is willing to accept defeat, finding no shame in having been bested by a superior force, while Eggman was determined to do what damage he could even with his plans thwarted.
Wily's jealousy of Dr. Light is one of his greatest weaknesses, such that he is willing to believe just about anything negative about his old rival. He also shares the opinion with Eggman that building devices of conquest for someone else takes the fun out of it and makes the task grueling and tiresome.
Powers and abilities
Dr. Wily is a mechanical genius. A skilled inventor, designer, and technician, he rivals Eggman in terms of his proficiency with robots and weapons design. He is also a pilot of some skill, operating both his personal saucer transport and the Egg-Wily Machine X with great proficiency.
Due to their shared narcissistic viewpoints, trouble with heroes stopping them at every turn, and ideology, Wily established a well-defined friendship with Dr. Eggman. However, while these qualities formed the basis of their friendship, it also led to conflict between the two. Furthermore, there existed a number of differences between the pair that proved to be the breaking point between them. Most of all, Albert in time came to realize that Eggman's rather extreme methods were not in harmony with his own somewhat dubious code of conduct.
Wily subsequently had his quarrels with Eggman erased from his memory due to the restoration of his world, so when he met up with Eggman again, where the doctor, having viewed Wily's memory loss as an opportunity to rekindle their relationship, lied about their last encounter, thus reestablishing the friendship and fine-tuned thinking they had before discord arose among them.
- Dr. Wily's first name is most likely a reference to famous German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. His last name is based on the word "wily" which means crafty or cunning.
- Prior to appearing in the Sonic Universe and Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, Wily is mentioned by Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog #247 as "Albert".
- Similarly, Wily does the same to Eggman in Mega Man #23, referring to the latter as "Ivo."
- Wily has the tendency to make references to well known inventors such as Henry Ford.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mega Man #24, "When Worlds Collide Part One: Kindred Sprits"
- ↑ Sonic/Mega Man Free Comic Book Day 2013, "For the Bot Who Has Everything"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #51, "When Worlds Collide Part Two: Mistaken Identities"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #248, "When Worlds Collide Part Three: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Mega Man #25, "When Worlds Collide Part Four: Through the Looking Glass"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #52, "When Worlds Collide Part Five: The Advance Guard"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #249, "When Worlds Collide Part Six: Friends or Foes"
- ↑ Mega Man #26, "When Worlds Collide Part Seven: Evening The Odds"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #53, "When Worlds Collide Part Eight: Liberation"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #250, "When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!"
- ↑ Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #54, "When Worlds Collide Part Eleven: Worst of the Worst"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- ↑ Mega Man #28, "The Return: Prelude to Ra Moon"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
- ↑ Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Worlds Unite Battles: Sonic Man vs The Robot Masters"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Unite Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted"
- ↑ Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #77, "Worlds Unite! Part Five: Everybody in the Same Boat"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #274, "Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills"
- ↑ Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #275, "Worlds Unite Part Eleven: Killing the Giant"
- ↑ Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"