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The Mega Man Monomyth

Mega Man (and a little bit of X) Heroic Formula:

• A crisis of some sort is initiated, often times involving a heist, jailbreak, or decimation of a city.

• The Hero, initially a normal young person, is born through his commitment to or association with a wise and kindly Old Man. This Old Man possesses the capability to lend The Hero great power, however he is hesitant to do so as he has vowed to dole out this power only for the sake of all things good and decent. Impressed with the young Hero’s purity of heart, he imbues The Hero with great power to combat evil. One of these powers includes the ability to call upon the aid of enchanted animal companions, some of which have the ability to change their shape or form to assist The Hero.

• The Hero arrives on the scene and puts a stop to the ensuing mayhem, only to find that this was merely the beginning of a much bigger ordeal.
• The Hero again enlists the aid of the Old Man, this time to inform him of the nature of, and location of the forces of evil.
• It is revealed that the Old Man is somehow affiliated with the leader of the evil organization, typically in the form of a former colleague. As a result, both the Old Man and the Villain possess similar powers to imbue and/or create beings of great power, though their intent in the use of this power is where they differ most.
• With his forces spread across the land, it is revealed that the Villain has divided up his conquered lands into 6-8 geographically unique territories, each headed by a powerful guardian or chief possessing a singular magical, mechanical or elemental power. Each region is also crawling with clone armies of enemy soldiers, manifested or enlisted with the intent of hindering or overwhelming The Hero, with none possessing the strength to best The Hero alone.

• For whatever reason, the Villain’s fortress proves to be unreachable and/or located in an unknown region, forcing The Hero makes the difficult decision in choosing which chief to tackle first on his long crusade to rid the land of enemy forces.
• The Hero then embarks on his first mission, eventually reaching and slaying his first chief, whereupon it is revealed that, among the powers given to him by the Old Man, he was also given the power to absorb the powers of each of the guardians upon their defeat at his hands.

• On his next sortie into enemy territory, The Hero utilizes his newly acquired power on the next region’s chief. Going by the region chief’s name, which serves as a clear label of his elemental, mechanical or magical ability, The Hero selects his next opponent by matching his new power with the chief who’s power would fare weakest against, I.E. fire vs. ice. This formula proves largely effective, though there may be occasions when The Hero is simply stumped or confused by the logic of his opponent’s weaknesses. On occasion, The Hero may also discover items that have the power to replenish his energy in time of need. These items possess capabilities including but not limited to: instant use life-restoration, instant use power/weapon energy restoration, as well as extremely potent energy reserves of both varieties that can either be replenished indefinetly via the acquisition of surplus energy restoration items, or used as single use reserves. These extra potent items are seemingly hidden, intended to be accessible, but not without employing special efforts to acquire. In general, one can assume that all of the instant use restoration items are composed of the life force of fallen enemies, as they often emerge from fallen foes.

• After having dispatched exactly half of the Villain’s guardians, The Hero is alerted by the Old Man to the emergence of a previously minor or unknown evil force. This evil is typically a retainer or general of the Villain’s, either that or a neutral and possibly misunderstood third party. Nevertheless, The Hero rushes to the scene, combating the evil as he would any other. As fate would have it however, the battle comes to a premature halt, in most cases with the opposition revealing that they were merely testing The Hero, inevitably leading to their declaration that the two of them will meet again. In the case of a neutral third party being the source of the disturbance, The Hero and this new character will come to an understanding of sorts, agreeing to either come to terms with, or fight alongside one another.

• Following this episode, The Hero gets back to slaying chiefs.

• Finally, with all of the chiefs defeated, The Hero is given the location of the Villain’s headquarters by the Old Man. The Hero then proceeds to raid the Villain’s fortress in stages, starting with the front gate then working his way to the interior in 2-3 successive raids.

There is a possibility that The Hero will return back home in between each raid, presumably to receive a debriefing of sorts from the Old Man. Regardless, at the conclusion of each raid, The Hero is faced with a bizarre and distinctly inhuman monstrosity that possesses great strength and no visible weaknesses. Through trial and error though, The Hero manages to discover that the creature does in fact possess a weakness in the form of one of his previously acquired powers.

• Once The Hero has reached the section of the fortress just prior to the heart, he is once again confronted by the character whom opposed him at the halfway point of his chief slaying adventure (if such a character is incorporated into the story). At the outset of, or shortly after combat, it is revealed that the fiend has either acquired new powers since their previous encounter or has chosen to reveal their true strength. In either case, the battle is hard fought, but eventually The Hero is victorious, though in some cases a comrade may intervene, sometimes resulting in their death.

• Upon reaching the heart of the fortress, The Hero is confronted with a hall lined with 7 or 9 transporters, with all but one, usually the one in the center of the room, activated. In entering any one of these transporters, The Hero finds himself transported to a room inhabited by one of the previously defeated chiefs! Using his intimate knowledge of his former foes abilities, The Hero dispatches these resurrected fiends with relative ease.

Upon re-dispatching each successive chief, The Hero is transported back to the transporter hall, with the small “reward” of his fallen foes life energy in between battles as a means of keeping himself replenished. Eventually, The Hero succeeds in clearing every transporter, leaving only the final, previously inactive transporter…
• Proceeding through the transporter, The Hero is whisked away to a great hall in which he is confronted by a gigantic war machine housing the Villain. Being frail and slight of build, as well as elderly, the Villain has used his great power to create/summon this awesome tool of destruction as a personal final option for use in combating The Hero. As the two duke it out, The Hero once again employs the logic of trial and error in regards to his arsenal against the great behemoth. Eventually, The Hero discovers the weakness of the great monstrosity, often times finding that the most esoteric and seemingly useless of weapons proved to be the only effective means of damaging his opponent. With the outer shell destroyed, the Villain deploys his final weapon, a tiny vehicle housed within his once awe-inspiring, now smoldering, ultimate weapon.

This vehicle proves to be exceedingly agile, yet severely lacking in firepower. Unfazed, The Hero grounds the flying machine before the Villain can escape. Realizing his situation, the Villain cowtows before The Hero, begging for mercy. Being the pure-hearted soul that he is, The Hero scolds the Villain for his actions, then promptly carts him off to prison.

• With that, the world is given the gift of a new champion and enjoys a period of peace and harmony. Inevitably though, the Villain will escape from prison to cause more mayhem, (occasionally under the guise of new, assumed identities) though The Hero will always be there to stop him.

• The Old Man may exist merely as a spirit guide to The Hero, awakening powers within them progressively as a means of cultivating greatness through various trials.

• Within the various exotic regions the chiefs occupy, The Hero may discover or be given various tools or armors that serve to improve his capabilities. In some cases, some of these tools or armors may be required to bolster The Hero’s abilities as a means to defeat the Villain’s ultimate weapon.

• The Hero may have sibling(s) that lend support and/or shadow him throughout his adventure. Typically, if they have a sibling seemingly operating in opposition to them, The Hero will discover that they are merely testing them, not genuinely possessing evil qualities or motivations.

• At some point in the journey, The Hero may be inclined to revisit regions which he had presumably cleared some time earlier. His reasons for doing this vary to some extent, ranging from: collecting recovery items to hold in reserve for future battles, or searching for hidden items or tools that he may have missed.

Some of you may have read this awhile back, but oh well, hope you enjoyed it the second time around!


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