Mega Man (1994 TV series)

This article is about the 1994 TV series. For the upcoming 2017 TV show, see Mega Man (2017 TV series).
Mega Man

Mega Man title card with Mega Man and Rush.
Genre Science fiction
Based on Mega Man
by Capcom
Directed by Hiroyuki Yokoyama
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Voices of Ian James Corlett
Scott McNeil
Jim Byrnes
Terry Klassen
Robyn Ross
Garry Chalk
Composer(s) Tom Keenlyside and John Mitchell
Country of origin Japan
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27
Producer(s) Kenzo Tsujimoto
Akio Sakai
Jun Aida
Daniel Kletzky
Scott McNeil
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Capcom
Ashi Productions
Ocean Productions
The Summit Media Group
Distributor ADV Films (former)
Discotek Media (2013–present)
Original network first-run syndication
Original release 11 September 1994 (1994-09-11) – 10 December 1995 (1995-12-10)
(reruns till 19 May 1996 (1996-05-19))

Mega Man (also known as Ruby-Spears Mega Man) is a Japanese-American animated television series multi-produced by Capcom Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions, Ashi Productions, and Ocean Productions and is based on the game series of the same name. The TV series began on 11 September 1994 and ended on 10 December 1995 and was aired on many syndicated stations at the time. Two seasons were produced with a third season planned, but the show was cancelled due to budget constraints.


Dr. Light and Dr. Wily were brilliant scientists in the field of robotics, who worked together in a laboratory trying to advance the science. One day, they finished an extremely advanced prototype, but shortly after being activated, it started destroying the laboratory. Dr. Light immediately believed that the prototype's guidance system, which Dr. Wily had personally programmed, was the source of the problem and concluded they would start over again. Angered, Dr. Wily attempted to steal the plans later that night, but Dr. Light catches him. Wily is able to steal the plans after knocking Dr. Light down, and goes off to what is apparently an abandoned area, and modifies the old robot prototype into Proto Man.

Later, Dr. Light builds Rock and Roll, advanced robots with personalities, along with Ice Man, Guts Man, and Cut Man. Dr. Wily and Proto Man go and steal the robots, reprogramming the latter three robots as henchmen. Dr. Wily attempts to reprogram Rock and Roll at his lab later, but Rock decides to trick Dr. Wily. He tells Dr. Wily that Dr. Light also built "super warrior robots", and that if Rock and Roll are let go, he'll tell him how to defeat the robots. Rock uses this lie (Dr. Wily believing robots can't lie) to cause a distraction and escape with Roll. Dr. Light decides to reprogram and reoutfit Rock into Mega Man, who from then on keeps the world safe. This tale is told in Episode 1, "The Beginning".

Throughout the episodes, Mega Man thwarts Wily's various schemes, in a similar fashion to that of the "Super Friends", usually ending with Rush acting in similar vein to Scooby Doo.


Mega Man starred in a Saturday-morning style cartoon that premiered in 1994. Ruby-Spears, one of the producers of the show, redesigned the characters from the Mega Man video games to varying degrees. The show had a budget of 300,000 dollars per episode.[1]

Despite consistent high ratings, the show was cancelled after 2 seasons. The decision to end the cartoon was handed down from Capcom, most likely due to merchandising pressures from toy-partner Bandai, which cut several other popular toy lines at the time short due to not meeting sales expectations (including The Tick, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball).. The show's animation director Kenichiro Watanabe went on to direct Power Stone, based on another Capcom franchise.

Episodes were released on VHS by Sony Wonder beginning in January 1995.[2]

The Fox Family network (now ABC Family) briefly aired reruns of the series in the late 1990s.

DVD release

The entire series was released on 2 DVD sets by ADV Films in 2003. Both sets are now out-of-print. In 2009, ADV Films re-released the 1st half of the series, but was shut down in 2009. Discotek Media released the entire series on September 30, 2014.[3][4]




Minor characters


Season 1 (1994)

# # Title Written by Airdate
11"The Beginning"Mark JonesSeptember 11, 1994
The first episode of Mega Man. Wily attacks New York's Kennedy Airport and Mega Man is crushed by a falling object, leaving him in need of repair. While Mega Man is being fixed, Dr. Light reveals his past history working with Dr. Wily and how it led to the events that happened that day.
22"Electric Nightmare"Jeffrey ScottSeptember 18, 1994
Dr. Wily takes over the power grid with a device that allows him to control machines through electricity. He then proceeds to attempt to take over the city with things like rampaging soda machines and runaway monorail cars and only Mega Man can stop his plans.
33"Mega-Pinocchio"Jeffrey Scott (story) & Michael Maurer (teleplay)September 25, 1994
Dr. Wily cons Mega Man into trying to become human, which he then uses to his advantage to reprogram the blue robot.
44"The Big Shake"Richard MerwinOctober 2, 1994
Dr. Wily has found a way to create earthquakes and demands the city surrender or be destroyed. Mega Man must go out in search of his new machine, while Dr. Light attempts to find a way to counteract Dr. Wily's earthquakes.
55"Robosaur Park"Jeffrey ScottOctober 9, 1994
A de-evolution serum that only has an effect on robots is released. Now Dr. Light has to find an antidote so he can change back Mega Man and the other robots, before they destroy the city.
66"Mega Man in the Moon"Jeffrey ScottOctober 16, 1994
Mega Man goes after Dr. Wily, who wants to gain control of a giant laser on the moon.
77"20,000 Leaks under the Sea"Martin PaskoOctober 23, 1994
Dr. Wily attacks an underwater mining operation, then tries to get rid of Dr. Light and Mega Man with a fake laboratory that turns out to be a mobile prison.
88"The Incredible Shrinking Megaman"Gary GreenfieldOctober 30, 1994
Dr. Wily steals three gems from a museum and uses them to shrink major cities and Mega Man.
99"Bot Transfer"Richard MerwinNovember 6, 1994
Dr. Light, Mega Man, Roll, and Rush fly to a conference and encounter Dr. Wily’s robots on the airplane along the way. Turns out Wily has built transport chambers capable of somehow transferring circuits from one robot to another. Mega Man gets swapped into Snake Man’s body and has to save the world in that form.
1010"Ice Age"Jeffrey ScottNovember 13, 1994
Dr. Wily steals a super freeze technology from Zero Refrigeration Company to create a giant glacier and freeze cities, drive out their leaders, and replace them with his robots (and that’s in his words). Ice Man, however, decides he’s being replaced by Air Man and double-crosses the evil scientist.
1111"Cold Steel"Michael Maurer & Matt UitzNovember 20, 1994
Dr. Wily's robots disguise themselves like a rock band to unleash a mind controlling music. Only Mega Man, Roll, and a young deaf girl remain unaffected.
1212"Future Shock"Michael MaurerNovember 27, 1994
Mega Man is accidentally booted to the future by Dr. Light’s new time machine, where he discovers that because he wasn’t in the past to stop Dr. Wily, the evil scientist has taken over the planet. Mega Man must find his way back to his own time so that he can reverse this horrible future.
1313"The Strange Island of Dr. Wily"Richard MerwinDecember 4, 1994
Due to a malfunction in Dr. Wily’s newest invention, the scientist and his bots get stranded on an island with none other than Dr. Light, Mega Man, and Roll. With no other alternative, the good guys and the bad guys team up in an attempt to get off the island alive. Of course, Dr. Wily is using the truce as a way to get his invention back.

Season 2 (1995)

# # Title Written by Airdate
141"Showdown at Red Gulch"Micheal O'MahonySeptember 10, 1995
Dr. Wily finds a meteor with crystals that can super-powered his robots. However, the crystals also have a nasty side effect of overloading the circuits of the robots using them after a random period of time.
152"Terror of the Seven Seas"Matt UitzSeptember 17, 1995
Dr. Wily labors to create a sea fort, stealing navy battleships for parts. His plan works for a while but when Mega Man comes to investigate he soon learns of Dr. Wily's plot and puts a stop to it.
163"Mega Dreams"Richard Merwin & Cheryl BiggsSeptember 24, 1995
After seeing his new device can transfer his robots into dreams and then hypnotize humans in their sleep, Dr. Wily plots to use it to take control of the planet.
174"Robo-Spider"Michael MaurerOctober 1, 1995
Dr. Light creates a supercomputer that can defend military bases. Dr. Wily wants to destroy the supercomputer and take over the military bases. He uses a robot spider to drain the city of all its energy, to destroy the supercomputer.
185"Master of Disaster"Matt UitzOctober 8, 1995
Dr. Wily frees a genie, trying to use his magic for world domination. Mega Man goes after Wily and tries to steal the magic chest, eventually having to fight the genie to stop Wily.
196"Night of the Living Monster Bots"Doug MolitorOctober 15, 1995
Dr. Wily unleashes horror movie monster robots, which attack everything in sight. He films it as a threat to come if people don't pay to watch. Mega Man has to fight these monster robots and even his family and friends under their curse.
207"Curse of the Lion Men"Gary GreenfieldOctober 22, 1995
Dr. Wily's robots discover humanoid lion creatures who use their strange powers to turn people into lions and make robots obey them. Both Dr. Light and Dr. Wily are transformed and it's up to Mega Man to change them back.
218"The Day the Moon Fell"Richard MerwinOctober 29, 1995
Dr. Wily has pulled the moon out of its orbit and closer to Earth, creating widespread disasters. Dr. Light now has to figure out a way to put the moon back into its correct orbit, while Mega Man must destroy Dr. Wily's device.
229"Campus Commandos"Michael MaurerNovember 5, 1995
Light creates a college to school robots in various subjects, not the least of which is how to build his newest invention: an anti-gravity device. Dr. Wily on the other hand decides he wants the device for himself and attacks the school to get it, reprogramming many of the students to help him accomplish this task.
2310"Brain Bots"Mark JonesNovember 12, 1995
Mega Man must prevent Dr. Wily from stealing Dr. Light's new robot, Brain Bot. He is too late and Dr. Wily gets his hands on the robot, but thanks to Mega Man he doesn't have time to make any adjustments and the robot ends up helping Mega Man.
2411"Bro Bots"Evelyn GabaiNovember 19, 1995
Proto Man supposedly switches sides and Dr. Wily plots to replace city officials with robots. Mega Man is wary of Proto Man and has him watched at all times. He then overhears Proto Man talking to Dr. Wily about his plot and stops the whole thing.
2512"Bad Day at Peril Park"Michael MaurerNovember 26, 1995
Dr. Wily's amusement park, Fun World, is really a front to hypnotize the visitors into robots.
2613"Mega X"Michael Maurer & Richard MerwinDecember 3, 1995
The evil Mavericks, Vile and Spark Mandrill have arrived from the future and the two of them quickly prove far too powerful even for Mega Man. He is saved by Mega Man X who's in hot pursuit of the two Mavericks. Mega Man doesn't know what to make of everything but helps X anyway. They work together to stop both Dr. Wily and the Mavericks.
2714"Crime of the Century"Craig RubyDecember 10, 1995
Dr. Wily reprograms a bunch of dolls and other toys to perform robberies all over the city. However, it's all just a diversion so Wily can get his hands on something much more valuable: a giant black pearl. Mega Man has to figure out his plan and stop Wily's final plot, once and for all.


At one time, Mega Man was placed as the number one weekly syndicated children's show in the Nielsen ratings.[5]


The theme and background music was composed and produced by John Lee Mitchell and Tom Keenlyside at Anitunes Music. An official soundtrack was also released with songs by artists such as Sugar Ray. The cover of the soundtrack is from an early promotional image. Nearly all of the show's background music was reused in the early 2000s Westwood Media dub of Dragon Ball Z, which covered episodes 108 to 276.

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