Ballade (バラード Barādo) is the third and last "Mega Man Killer" robot built by Dr. Wily. Ballade has great pride and believes he is the strongest robot. Ballade attacks with a powerful explosive called the Ballade Cracker, and has a second form that increases his strength.
Ballade's greatest strength is his love for taking on challenges, making him seem like a simplistic individual, though it is shown that he is capable of deeper thought. He often likes to boast about being the best, often proving himself by fighting robots that he thinks look strong, and dislikes opponents who have no competitive or fighting spirit.
Video game appearances
After defeating the first four bosses, Mega Man invades the Wily Station and fights against Ballade inside. Ballade escapes when he has 1 HP left. Later, after defeating the second four bosses, Ballade appears again and transforms into a more powerful form, but he is defeated and Mega Man obtains his Ballade Cracker. After losing twice to Mega Man, he realizes his mistake and sacrifices his life to save Mega Man in the game's ending by self-destructing to open the way for Mega Man from the exploding Wily Battleship.
Ballade is the fourth boss fought inside the Wily Star, copies of him being made alongside the previous 3 bosses (Enker, Quint, and Punk). He now has a weakness, in both the Bubble Bomb and the Photon Missile, and is only battled in his original form. After his defeat, there is a rematch against the Stardroids, except Terra.
Ballade is the boss of the downloadable Special Stage 3. He usually appears in his original form, although it may be a random chance of seeing him change to his alternate form. There doesn't appear to be any difference between his two forms, however. Because of this being rendered in NES-style graphics, this is also his first color appearance in a video game (not counting his database bio in Mega Man & Bass).
- Ballade appears in the CD database from Mega Man & Bass.
- Ballade appears as Battle Memory in Rockman ×over.
- Ballade was planned to appear as a boss in the cancelled game Rockman Online.
Damage data chart
|Mega Man IV|
|Mega Buster||Flash Stopper||Rain Flush||Pharaoh Shot||Ring Boomerang||Power Stone||Charge Kick||Napalm Bomb||Crystal Eye||Ballade Cracker|
|Mega Man V|
|Mega Buster/Arm||Grab Buster||Bubble Bomb||Photon Missile||Electric Shock||Black Hole||Deep Digger||Break Dash||Salt Water||Spark Chaser||Tango|
|Mega Man 10|
|Mega Buster||Triple Blade||Water Shield||Commando Bomb||Chill Spike||Thunder Wool||Rebound Striker||Wheel Cutter||Solar Blaze||Mirror Buster||Screw Crusher||Ballade Cracker|
He also appears in Worlds Collide, alongside the rest of the Mega Man Killers, to stop Mega Man, Sonic, Tails, and Rush from attacking Drs. Eggman and Wily. Mega Man's interactions with Ballade indicate that he had previously encountered Ballade and sacrificed himself similar to in Mega Man IV, although he soon realized the "Ballade" that is attacking him was from a prior timeline when Ballade expressed ignorance of saving Mega Man's life. Tails, Sonic, and Mega Man managed to finish him off, although not before he managed to significantly injure Tails with one of his Ballade Crackers.
Ballade appears in the three small side-stories of the Rockman & Forte manga. In one of them, Rockman Burning Shot, he fights against Bass to decide who will face Mega Man, and he is defeated. In the other two stories, Arigatou Rockman and Onore Rockman, Ballade is depicted as a rascal that tries to cause trouble for Mega Man, but all his attempts end in failure. He also causes trouble for Wily's other robots.
- "Ballade" is a one-movement musical piece with lyrical and dramatic narrative qualities, expanding the musical references so rife in the names of the classic series characters.
- Ballade is the only one of the Mega Man Killers to be fought twice in his debut game.
- Going by the character data given in Mega Man & Bass, Ballade is similar to Bass; they both have the same competitive mentality to be number 1, and dislike weak foes.
- It should be interesting to note that Ballade is one of only two Robot Masters that are fought twice, but not in the standard rematch with regular Robot Masters, instead acting as an End-Boss for a level. He shares this unique position with Buster Rod G.
- Ballade and Sunstar share similarities in terms of their character development. They were both combat robots who realized the error of their ways after their respective battles with Mega Man and helped the Blue Bomber escape from life-threatening situations as a final act of redemption.
|Mega Man IV|
|Bright Man • Toad Man • Pharaoh Man • Ring Man |
Stone Man • Charge Man • Napalm Man • Crystal Man
|"Satellite Cannon" • Ballade • "Bridge" • Hunter • Wily Robo Iron Golem • "Wily Capsule"|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Flash Stopper • Rain Flush • Pharaoh Shot • Ring Boomerang|
Power Stone • Charge Kick • Napalm Bomb • Crystal Eye • Ballade Cracker
|Mega Man's support items|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet • Beat|
|Damage Data Chart • Enemies • Script • Wily Station • Wily Battleship|
|Mega Man V|
|Mercury • Venus • Mars • Jupiter • Saturn • Uranus • Pluto • Neptune|
|Dark Moon • Terra • Skull Blazer • Enker • Quint • Punk • Ballade • L. Knuckle and R. Knuckle • Brain Crusher • Sunstar|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Grab Buster • Bubble Bomb • Photon Missile • Electric Shock • Black Hole • Deep Digger • Break Dash • Salt Water • Spark Chaser|
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet • Tango|
|List of enemies|
|Alabell • Armaroid • Baby Flies • Birdy • Bikky Bomb • Biree Spark • Biribaree • Boostun • Byouz • Cannon Roader|
Chainsoar • Chunco • Doncatch • Elecit • Fankurow • Feeber • Fooley • Fukuhorn • G.S.Q • Handoo • Hell Metall DX
Kamapot • La Jaba • Malmet • Metall Sniper • Monkikki • Nibul • Ou-Ou • Palm Hopper • Parocket • Pikashu
Piriparee • Shaboan • Shuhorn • Sibul • Soshi Breaker • Swim Ball • Tamp • Wandering Head
|- Mid-bosses -|
|Gundrill • Hyoey • T. Khamen • Tyhorn|
|Damage data chart • Script|