Classic Timeline

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The basic story of the series revolves around the robot engineer Dr. Thomas Light, his robotic "children", Rock/Mega Man (a lab-assistant) and Roll (a housekeeper), and their struggle against Dr. Albert W. Wily. The series is set in the early-21st century.

Games

Main games:

  • Mega Man (Rock became Mega Man on May 25, 200X[1])
  • Mega Man 2 (June 9, 200X[1])
  • Mega Man 3 (20XX, at least 6 months after the events of Mega Man 2)
  • Mega Man 4 (one year after Mega Man 3)
  • Mega Man 5 (20XX, about two months after Mega Man 4)
  • Mega Man 6 (one year after Mega Man 5)
  • Mega Man 7 (six months after Mega Man 6)
  • Mega Man 8
  • Mega Man & Bass
  • Mega Man 9
  • Mega Man 10

Game Boy games:

The exact time those games take place in the story is unknown, but they happen sometime between the games listed in parentheses due to elements present in them.

  • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge (after Mega Man 2)
  • Mega Man II (after Mega Man 3)
  • Mega Man III (after Mega Man 4)
  • Mega Man IV (between Mega Man 5 and Mega Man 6)
  • Mega Man V (20XX, between Mega Man IV and Mega Man 6)

Arcade games:

  • Mega Man: The Power Battle (after Mega Man 7)
  • Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters (six months after Mega Man 8)

Licensed games:

  • Rockman & Forte: Mirai Kara no Chousensha (between Mega Man & Bass and Mega Man 9)

Official Timeline

Prior to Mega Man

  • Thomas Light meets Albert Wily.
  • Tired of being one step behind Dr. Light, Dr. Wily creates a giant robot factory and begins plans for ruling the world.
  • Dr. Light completes Proto Man, albeit with a defective Solar Reactor.
  • Proto Man flees Dr. Light's Lab fearing that fixing his power source will change him.
  • Dr. Light completes Rock and Roll along with six industrial robots.
  • Dr. Wily steals the six industrial robots and begins his scheme to take over the world.

Mega Man - Mega Man 4

May 25, 200X: Rock volunteers to be upgraded into a Super Fighting Robot, becoming Mega Man.

AD 200X: The events of Mega Man occur. Mega Man defeats the six stolen Robot Masters and Dr. Wily.

June 9, 200X: The events of Mega Man 2 occur. Dr. Wily unleashes 8 Robot Masters for revenge upon Dr. Light and Mega Man for stopping his earlier scheme. He is defeated once again by Mega Man.

After Mega Man 2: The events of Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge occur.

Prior to Mega Man 3: Dr. Wily claims to have reformed. He and Dr. Light together develop a giant peace-keeping robot named Gamma.

AD 200X; at least six months after Mega Man 2: The events of Mega Man 3 occur. Proto Man reappears under the alias "Break Man". Dr. Wily is defeated and presumed dead.
*(According to Rockman Character Collection, Dr. Wily stole Gamma on August 28.[1])

One year after Mega Man 3: The events of Mega Man 4 occur. Dr. Cossack challenges Dr. Light to prove he is better. Dr. Wily reappears.

After Mega Man 3: The events of Mega Man II occur. Dr. Wily steals the Time Skimmer from the Chronos Institute and travels 37.426 years into the future. He returns with a reformatted Mega Man named Quint.

After Mega Man 4: The events of Mega Man III occur.

Mega Man 5 - Mega Man 8

AD 20XX; about two months after Mega Man 4: The events of Mega Man 5 occur. Dr. Cossack completes Beat.

After Mega Man 5: The events of Mega Man IV occur.

AD 20XX, after Mega Man IV: The events of Mega Man V occur.

After Mega Man 5: The World Robot Alliance is organized in order to counteract Dr. Wily's ambitions of world domination.

One year after Mega Man 5: The events of Mega Man 6 occur. Backed by scientists from around the world and Mr. X, the First Annual Robot Tournament is held. Mr. X attempts to take over the world with the eight strongest robots and reveals himself to be Dr. Wily in disguise. Dr. Wily is defeated and subsequently arrested.

Before Mega Man 7: Dr. Wily completes Bass.

Six months after Mega Man 6: The events of Mega Man 7 occur. Robots hidden in Dr. Wily's lab activate and help Dr. Wily escape from prison.

After Mega Man 7: The events of Mega Man: The Power Battle occur. Dr. Light begins the idea of a robot being able to discern between wrong and right on their own, and that research on more advanced AI is needed, setting up the concept eventually known as X.

AD 20XX: The events of Mega Man 8 occur. Evil Energy is found by Dr. Wily and used to power up his robots.

Six months after Mega Man 8: The events of Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters occur. Dr. Wily reveals plans for Zero who is currently in development.

Mega Man & Bass - Mega Man 10

About a year after Mega Man 8: The events of Mega Man & Bass occur. Dr. Wily is stated to be 57 years old.

After Mega Man & Bass: The events of Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future occur. Mysterious robots known as "The Dimensions", led by Rockman Shadow, appear from the future timeperiod that Dr. Wily arrived at when he stole the Time Skimmer in Mega Man II.

AD 20XX; prior to Mega Man 9: The government imposes expiration dates for robots to be decommissioned after a certain period of time.

AD 20XX: The events of Mega Man 9 occur.

AD 20XX: Outbreak of Roboenza virus

One month after Roboenza outbreak: The events of Mega Man 10 occur.

Fangame Timeline

After Mega Man II: The events of Quint's Revenge occur.

AD 20XX, after Mega Man & Bass: The events of Mega Man Revolution occur.

AD 20XX, after Mega Man 10: The events of Mega Man Rock Force occur.

Unknown Future period: The events of Quint's Revenge 2 - War of the Gems occur.

Timeline Theories

With the amount of games within the Mega Man canon, the inclusion of time travel has caused two major theories to come up to explain the overall timeline. Both have to deal with Quint's role with the future of Mega Man.

Multiverse Timeline Theory

The Multiverse Timeline Theory states that there are splits within the timeline due to actions done in the past. The prevalent thoughts with this theory is the original prime line had Dr. Wily reforming from his world domination plans (possibly through genuine with his actions that are depicted in Mega Man 3. This is the future that is described in the Mega Man II story. The split occurs when Dr. Wily chooses to steal the Time Skimmer and travel to the future. Once he returns to the past with Quint, the timeline has shifted onto a different path. This path constitutes a more ambitious Dr. Wily who never truly reforms and continues his personal arms race with Dr. Light. With this skewed path, which we know as the official, canon timeline depicted through the games, the future described in Mega Man II will never come to fruition.

Proof supporting the Theory

  • Dr. Wily has never shown that he will ever truly reform his ways. The closest this came was Mega Man 3 where he worked alongside Dr. Light to construct Gamma.
  • The group of Robot Masters who attack Symphony City in Rockman & Forte: Mirai Kara no Chōsensha are called "The Dimensions". As they were from a different timeline's future, they would have had to cross through dimensions to reach the now-prime timeline.

Proof debunking the Theory

  • When R-Shadow visits from the future during the events of Rockman & Forte: Mirai Kara no Chōsensha, he is aware of Quint being defeated by Mega Man. If he was from a different timeline, one that Quint was never brought back to, he would not be aware of Quint's defeat in the past as it would've happened in an alternate universe.

Cyclical Timeline Theory

The Cyclical Timeline Theory states that in the future, Mega Man is destined to be reprogrammed into Quint by Dr. Wily who visits this future time period during the events of Mega Man II. This is the primary basis of the "Quint is a Paradox" joke where Quint, being Mega Man from the future, could never actually defeat his past self as it would cause a temporal paradox in the universe. Therefore, Mega Man becomes trapped in an endless loop of becoming Quint, then losing to his past self, who eventually becomes Quint, and so on...

Proof supporting the Theory

  • When R-Shadow visits from the future during the events of Rockman & Forte: Mirai Kara no Chōsensha, he is aware of Quint being defeated by Mega Man, even though he is from the future.

Proof debunking the Theory

  • Dr. Wily is stated to have been reformed in the future visited during Mega Man II. Unless this was a front, Dr. Wily was working on Zero as his final and ultimate robot. If he was fully dedicated to completing Zero, he likely wouldn't have had the ability to assist his younger self in capturing the retired Mega Man and reprogramming him into Quint to change the past.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Reploid Research Lavatory: From the Journal of Thomas Right, Rockman Character Collection.