The Robot Masters are a group that appear in the Mega Man comic series, and the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, published by Archie Comics. They are a type of highly advanced robot originating from Mega Man's World. They were created by various human scientists, the two most notable being Dr. Thomas Light and Dr. Wily.
Originally made for the greater good of humanity, Dr. Wily sought recognition and would use the Robot Masters for world conquest. Fortunately, Robot Master Rock took up the mantle of Mega Man to stop the rogue Robot Masters while helping them to a better life.
In the conflict resulting from the second Genesis Wave, in which Drs. Eggman and Wily reshape both their universes and their associated histories, the Robot Masters fell into one of two groups: the Light Robot Masters or Wily and Eggman's Robot Master Army. Thanks to the unstable time-space properties of the Skull Egg Zone, Wily was able to time-clone all his Robot Masters from different points in time in this new reality to use in his and Eggman's Robot Master Army, who tried but failed to stop Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and their allies advancements. At the climax of this conflict, the whole Robot Master Army fought Mega Man and Sonic's resistance group, while the Light Robot Masters were called upon to help the heroes. With the defeat of the villains, Super Armor Mega Man was able to restore all the Robot Master to their proper places in reality.
Some time later, the Robot Masters would again be pulled into a conflict involving multiple worlds, this time due to the machinations of Sigma. Mega Man was abducted from his world and transformed into M'egga Man of the Roboticized Masters, and sent to attack Mobotropolis while the similarly transformed Sonic Man attacked Mega City. The original Light Robot Masters attacked Sonic Man but failed to defeat him, which forced Dr. Light to call upon several Wily Robot Masters under the leadership of Flash Man who had opted to abandon their destructive purposes. Joined by Quake Woman, they attempted to halt Sonic Man but were defeated, but escaped greater damage due to the timely arrival of Break Man. Sadly, despite saving both groups of Robot Masters, Break Man was similarly outmatched by the Robian, who managed to activate one of Sigma's Unity Engines. This led to the fusion of Mega Man's World with Sonic's World, and the Robot Masters found themselves teamed up with the Freedom Fighters. After Sonic and Mega Man were restored, the united group-joined by the Maverick Hunters and Team Sticks-boarded the Sky Patrol to challenge their adversaries.
It was not long before the Robot Masters and their allies discovered that their merged worlds were in danger of being completely destroyed. They were then joined by an unexpected trio of allies against Sigma: Wily, Eggman, and robot-hating terrorist Xander Payne. With intel provided by the three villains, the Sky Patrol set course for the Lost Hex, Sigma's new base and home of his mind-controlled minions, the Deadly Six. The Robot Masters and their allies battled Sigma's Mechaniloid army and did well, only to be taken control of by the inherent abilities of the Zeti. They and the other mechanical allies thus found themselves compelled to attack their organic teammates. They were freed by the Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon, only to come under attack from the Maverick army Time-Cloned by Sigma. Defeated, they watched as most of the villains scattered to various worlds, while a handful were left behind to finish them off. They were then saved by heroes from the world of Street Fighter, and then split into teams with the heroes of Mobius to pursue the Mavericks.
After facing the Mavericks and joining forces with new allies from various worlds, the Robot Master joined in the massive final attack on Sigma. Sadly, their attack on his giant form proved to be the destruction of a mere shell, which broke apart to reveal Sigma's ultimate form. The Robot Masters and their allies were decimated, and it fell to Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man to defeat him. Xander Payne's actions resulted in the conflict being erased from history, returning the Robot Masters to their world with little or no memory of these events.
- The Robot Masters are the largest group of named characters to be featured in either the Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man comics.
- Prior to the reports of Proto Man fighting the Roboticized Masters, Dr. Light was preparing to create Bond Man, whom he planned to construct during the original line. Bond Man was a robot planned for inclusion in the original Mega Man, but omitted due to limitations.
- ↑ Mega Man #24, "When Worlds Collide Part One: Kindred Sprits"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 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"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Mega Man vs Deadly 3"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #274, "Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills"
- ↑ Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #78, "Worlds Unite Part Nine: Infinite Possibilities"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #10, "Worlds Unite Part Ten: Justice Across Worlds"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #275, "Worlds Unite Part Eleven: Killing the Giant"
- ↑ Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"