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This article is about the anime character. For his video game counterpart, see Bass.EXE. For other uses, see Bass (disambiguation).
"I'll give you a choice. Either you wander the UraNet for eternity, or I delete you right now! (...) Begone! (...) If Earth continues to exist, we will meet again...Rockman."
―Bass.EXE’s final words, episode 51, Rockman.EXE Stream

Bass.EXE, known as Forte.EXE (フォルテエグゼ Forute Eguze) in Japan, is a Solo NetNavi that was created from the remaining data of PharaohMan. He is an immensely powerful Navi who has complete control over darkness and corrupted data, and has appeared as an enemy and ally of MegaMan and desires his and ProtoMan‘s Ultimate Program to merge with his own. Later, he becomes the main enemy of Slur, who initially overpowers even Bass, before Bass absorbs Nebula Gray.

Overview

At first, Bass was an empty husk, seeking out something he was missing. Upon scanning MegaMan's memories, Bass learns of his origins as a being born from the residual data of PharaohMan, and having been "awakened", Bass begins absorbing data to become the strongest being on the planet to conquer the cyberworld. Bass becomes a maniacal and power-hungry being, but retains his rational thought, and even teams up with his nemesis MegaMan on occasion to save the cyberworld or stop a mutual threat. Despite Bass's affinity for darkness, Bass refuses the advances of others such as Nebula.

Due to PharaohMan's hatred of humanity due to his sealing by Tadashi Hikari, Bass in turn also hates mankind, and after possessing Kid Grave's body begins to observe the human world, deeming it worthless. However despite not caring what happens to humankind, Bass defends the world itself from all threats such as Duo and Slur, as the world homes the cyberworld.

History

MegaMan NT Warrior

Bass debuts when MegaMan spots him standing on the edge of a building in NetCity with a blank expression absorbing data with his hand. MegaMan watches him as he walks off the edge of the building and vanishes. NetCity!

Some time later, Bass floats above NetCity silently before detecting the presence of the Grave Virus Beast absorbing an IPC NetNavi. When the Virus Beast begins running amok and attacks the battle and overpowers MegaMan, ProtoMan, and absorbs ThunderMan, Bass appears before the beast before he can absorb MegaMan. The two stare Each other down silently for a moment before Grave leaves, followed shortly by Bass. The VirusBeast!

Kid Grave and Mr. Wily later monitor the mysterious NetNavi, where Wily names him "Bass" and Kid Grave deems him a threat to their plan, ordering FreezeMan to delete him. Later MegaMan feels his presence and confronts him before the two are attacked by FreezeMan. FreezeMan shoots three icicles into Bass, but Bass’s eyes glow red and crumbles the roof beneath FreezeMan and the icicles shatter, having done no damage. FreezeMan ices over the entire building they're on along with Bass and boasts about how easy it was to beat the Solo NetNavi, but Bass, encased in ice, levitates the entire building into the air. FreezeMan is distracted by the arrival of HeatMan and MegaMan makes his way to confront Bass again, who whisks MegaMan away. Lan and his friends track MegaMan to the ruins of the World Three's base, where Bass has put MegaMan in a lucid state and is scanning his memories, where he learns of his origins. Given a purpose and a hatred for humans, Bass is confronted by MegaMan's friends and the World Three Navis, where he finally speaks and states that he has "awakened" before disappearing with a burst of light. Grave (episode)[1]

Bass confronts the Grave Virus Beast, who tries to crush him, but Bass easily pushes the beast back. Wily explains that Bass and Grave are like brothers, and that Bass was born from PharaohMan's data and is seeking his Ultimate Program, which is inside Grave, and that Bass learned of all this by coming into contact with MegaMan. Bass smashes a building into Grave and attempts to absorb the beast to take back the Ultimate Program, but is unable to contain the power, and is seemingly obliterated as Grave reforms. Bass (episode)

Mr. Famous explains that when Bass came into contact with MegaMan's Ultimate Program, it resonated with Bass, and birthed a bug into MegaMan due to Bass’s origins. After Grave is finally destroyed, Bass, who had survived the ordeal and recovered his Ultimate Program, inhabits Kid Grave’s lifeless robotic body and vows to conquer the world in manic laughter as Wily curses him. The End of the End!

MegaMan NT Warrior Axess

Bass reappears in the second half of Axess where he reveals that he, in Kid Grave's body, has been observing the human world, and deems it to be useless. He also reveals himself to be the creator of Allegro, his "little brother"; a robot that can create Dimensional Areas at will. Unsatisfied with Allegro's childish personality, Bass removes Allgero’s brain and crushes it. Dark ProtoMan offers Bass a place in Nebula, to which Bass simply tells Dark ProtoMan to "be gone", and de-materializes the Dimensional Area and disappears. Allegro (episode)[2]

Bass observes the Darkloid attack on the NetPolice HQ in Kid Grave's body before going to a nearby computer and jacks himself in. He appears before a mourning BubbleMan and resurrects ShadeMan, who asks who Bass is. Bass brushes him off and simply states that he sees a future in the Darkloids before leaving. The Great NetPolice Battle!

He later watches in silence as ShadeMan prepares to face off against Dr. Regal. Dark VS Dark Upon ShadeMan's defeat, Bass leaves quietly. Dr. Regal’s Rampage[3]


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Rockman.EXE Stream

Forte, in Kid Gospel's body, watches C.F. Rockman and C.F. Blues delete a giant Metool that has materialized in the the real world. He redirects Rockman away from his PET when he and Netto un-fuse, sending him to a remote location in the cyberworld where Rockman accuses him of sending the Metool, which he denies. He tells Rockman that the world is facing a danger unlike any it has ever seen, and while he does not know or care what will happen to humanity, it is a danger to Earth's cyberworld as well. Rockman questions what the danger is but Forte teleports behind him and grabs him, stating he need Rockman's Ultimate Program to become powerful enough to face the threat. He attempts to fight Forte, but Forte merely dodges his attacks before surrounding Rockman with several copies of himself. Rockman tries to find the real one to no avail, and his Ultimate Program activates. Forte defeats Rockman and prepares to absorb his Ultimate Program. Duo (episode)

Before Forte can take Rockman's Ultimate Program, Blues attacks him. Forte tells him to leave and that he will deal with him later before remembering that he needs Blues' Ultimate Program as well and settles on taking his before Rockman's. Blues creates a distraction and escapes with Rockman, but Forte catches up with them. He overpowers Blues and begin absorbing his Ultimate Program, but Rockman wakes up and distracts Forte long enough for Netto and Enzan to get within range of the fight to send Battle Chips. Forte fights Blues and Rockman briefly before retreating.

Later, Forte in his robotic disguise breaks into the Ministry of Science where he plugs himself in to reach Duo's Comet. Forte quickly approaches Duo's Comet before colliding with Slur, the resulting explosion frying the Kid Gospel body, destroying it. Forte attacks Slur and announces his plans to delete Duo and take his power as his own, and uses his most powerful attacks on the extraterrestrial Navi, but it doesn't even phase her. Slur materializes cords around Forte's body and banishes him to the UraNet. Earth Erasure

Rockman.EXE: Hikari to Yami no Program

This film takes place between episodes 22 and 29 of Stream. Episodes 29 and beyond are summarized after this section.

Floating aimlessly in a half-sleep in the UraNet, Forte awakens to an immense energy appearing before him. A face appears in the dark energy that Forte curses before a demonic creature grabs him.

Later, when Rockman tries to break into the TRINITY Brain Tower's network to shut down Spectrum, he is ambushed by Forte, who's eyes and helmet crystal had a deep purple glow. Forte attacks Rockman, who shoots him through the chest with Search Soul, but Forte vanishes and attacks him from behind and attempts to finish Rockman off before Colonel intervenes. Forte and Colonel fight as Rockman continues to destroy the Tadashi Hikari Program. The two drag the fight to where Rockman was where Colonel breaks Forte's possession, and Forte explains that after his confrontation with Slur and his subsequent banishment to the UraNet, he encountered Nebula Gray. Watching demon rise, Forte retreats with Colonel and Rockman as Nebula Gray wipes out the surrounding net area.

Forte reappears when Rockman confronts Dr. Regal on KA-222 and fires large energy blasts at him, enraged at having been manipulated by a human, and he and Rockman attack Dr. Regal in vain. When Regal tries to finish his evolution, Forte blasts a hole into his pod and follows him, who is then followed by Rockman, but the two are rapidly overcome by Nebula Gray's wires who begin to get dismantle and absorb Rockman and Forte. Rockman urges Forte to absorb his Ultimate Program, just as he has always wanted, which Forte does so after a bit of hesitation. However, Forte is unable to control the program, and instead the two merge into Forte Cross Rockman. As Forte Cross Rockman, they annihilate Nebula Gray, but Dr. Regal opens a wormhole to the UraNet. The two separate as they are sucked in, but Forte saves Rockman by blasting him forcing him to plug out, laughing manically as he returns the UraNet.

Stream continued

Forte arrives to get revenge on Slur in the Space-Time Tower's network during the climax of Stream as the final battle against Duo begins, promising he is not the same as before and it was time for Slur to be banished to the UraNet. Slur scoffs and the two engage in a destructive battle. Colonel Barrel

Their battle starts to cause massive damage to the Past Tunnel. Slur catches Forte in her cords again and taunts Forte, but he laughs and reiterates he is not the same being he once was and breaks free. The two battle more as Slur questions where Forte obtained such power, and he states he absorbed many powerful bug fragments in the UraNet as the silhouette of Nebula Gray rises from him. He tells Slur that thanks to Duo, he may now even go into the cyberworld of space and obtain new kinds of power, but he must first delete Slur. The two clash once more, causing more damage to the Past Gate. Forte blows through a damaged and exhausted Slur's chest with his hand and gives her an ultimatum: Wander the UraNet for all eternity or be deleted right then and now. Slur curses Forte, who clutches Slur's face and deletes her instantly. He ominously promises that if Earth survives its fight against Duo, that he and Rockman will meet again as he leaves into the cyberworld of space. Toward a New Future


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Powers, Abilities, and Equipment

Bass's abilities in the anime are a conglomerate of the abilities he has in the games, though unlike his video game counterpart, he does not seem to be able to take actual abilities from his targets, merely their power. Bass also seems to be able to transfer his power to others, such as when he resurrected ShadeMan.

Data Absorption

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Bass absorbing MegaMan's Ultimate Program.

Bass is able to absorb any and all data, even those that are bugged or evil, obtaining its power. Unlike the games, he does not seem to take his targets abilities, but merely adds their strength to his own. Two notable instances is when he absorbs MegaMan for his Ultimate Program, and later when he absorbs Nebula Grey and adds his power to his own.

Genius Intellect

While not outwardly apparent, Bass seems to have large amount of intelligence, as he was able to create Allegro, a robot with the ability to generate Dimensional Areas at will, before anyone else. He is also an expert in fighting and is able to hold off and even beat the likes of ProtoMan and Colonel, two particularly strong and skilled Navis, in conventional combat.

Ultimate Program

Like MegaMan and ProtoMan, Bass possess and Ultimate Program, giving him immense power and potential. Originally PharaohMan's Ultimate Program, Bass recovered the program from the Grave Virus Beast after absorbing it. Bass seeks to merge his program with MegaMan and ProtoMan's, making him the ultimate being.

Kid Grave body

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Bass inside of Kid Grave's body.

After the defeat of the Grave Virus Beast and the fall of the NetMafia, Bass claimed the lifeless Kid Grave body for himself. Bass used the body to observe and wander the human world, deeming it useless. He had the ability to jack himself in through the body, and superhuman strength. The body would later be ruined during the climax of Stream when Bass fought Slur, though Bass left Earth to go into space's cyberworld, leaving the broken body behind.

Allegro

Main article: Allegro
Allegro

Allegro, Bass's "younger brother".

Bass built Allegro, his “younger brother”, with the capability create Dimensional Areas at will. Curiously, Bass never actually used this ability, and instead continued to use Kid Grave's body even within Allegro's Dimensional Area. Bass destroyed Allgero when he was dissatisfied with his childish behavior.

Nebula Gray

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Nebeula Grey's silhouette appears above Bass when he shows Slur his new found powers.

After Nebula Gray's defeat in Hikari to Yami no Program, Bass absorbed his data, gaining Nebula Gray's power. During his fight with Slur, Bass declares he is no longer than same as he was before as Nebula Gray's silhouette forms above him, and he uses the monster's power to overcome and delete Slur.

Attacks

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Bass using Hell's Rolling against Slur.

One of Bass's most used attacks. He throws several purple bladed wheels of energy at his opponent.

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Bass using Darkness Overload against Dr. Regal.

Bass shoots a massive beam of dark energy at his target. He can also throw smaller balls of energy at enemies that explode on impact.

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Bass using his Dark Arm Blades against MegaMan.

Bass summons a purple blade made of dark energy to fight with.

Bass fires a yellow ball of energy from his buster.

Bass forms a volatile ball of energy he uses to smash into his enemies, causing an explosion.


Bass throws a yellow ball of explosive energy at his opponent.


Weaknesses

Due to his immense and still-growing strength, Bass has very few apparent weaknesses, and can take on most any Earth NetNavi or threat. However, as seen twice, once when trying to absorb the Grave Virus Beast, and again when absorbing MegaMan's Ultimate Program, Bass seem incapable of absorbing too much power at once, and doing so seemingly nearly deletes him, though he survived both encounters. Bass's arrogance has also gotten the better of him, the sole time truly being when he first fought Slur and he had assumed he had defeated her, only for her to banish him to the Undernet. He is also susceptible to mind control if the force is strong enough, such as when he was possessed by Nebula Gray.

List of appearances

Other appearances

Forte appears as the secret final boss of the Boss Rush mode in Rockman.EXE WS that unlocks after one beats the game twice, where he will appear immediately after the player defeats Gospel. After being defeated, he will simply teleport away and the player is ranked on how well they did.

Trivia

  • Bass's origins in the anime are completely different from his video game counterpart. Rather than a creation of Dr. Cossak that felt he was betrayed by humanity, Bass was born from the residual data of PharaohMan.EXE.
  • Bass’s relationship to Slur is like his video game counterpart’s relationship with Serenade.EXE: They are both incredibly powerful genderless Navis that Bass fought and lost to after a long battle, though Bass would eventually return and defeat Slur, whereas it is not revealed if he ever came back and re-challenged Serenade.

See also

References

  1. In the dub, Wily simply says that Bass is his name, rather than that is what Wily has named him as he states in the Japanese version.
  2. In the dub, the scene where Bass reaches into Allgero's head and removes his brain is edited so that the light that was being produced from the action was more pronounced, blurring out the actual action of Bass reaching into his head. In the Japanese version, Bass can clearly be seen reaching into Allgero's head. Curiously, the scene of Bass destroying Allgero’s actual brain was not censored.
  3. In the dub, Bass scoffs that the “Darkloid has failed” while leaving.


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