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"Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. The name's Wily... The one and only, the brilliant scientist, Dr. Wily! It may seem rather sudden to you, but I've decided I'd like to take over the world! Nuhah! Nuhahahaha! Ahem! Anyway, to begin... Dr. Light! I'll be taking your precious robots!"
―Dr. Wily, Mega Man: Powered Up
"You forget, Megaman. Robots cannot harm humans..."
―Dr. Wily, Mega Man 7
"Your objections wouldn't stifle me forever! I have perfected my design! And now we'll see who was right all along!"
―Dr. Wily, Mega Man 11

Doctor Albert W. Wily (Dr.アルバート・W・ワイリー Dokutā Arubāto W Wairī) is the main antagonist of the original Mega Man series, appearing in every game as the antagonist but not necessarily always as the final boss. In the past, he and Dr. Light used to be friends, but Wily turned against his former friend because Dr. Light wanted his creations to have sentience and thought. In the Mega Man series, he resembles a stereotypical mad scientist as he schemes to take over the world, creating several robots to help him. Though Wily's schemes were stopped time and time again, this did not stop him from being recorded in history as a legendary mad scientist, his legacy continuing even into the next century. He even appears consciously active long after the demise of his mortal body, playing a significant role in the Mega Man X series.



At one time, Dr. Wily was a colleague of Dr. Light's and studied with him at the Robot Institute of Technology. When young, Wily was responsible for the Double Gear System that got shut down in light of severe risks posed to taking robots beyond their limits. The end of his project made him angry with Light due to the latter's role in it getting shut down, ending their friendship. After they graduated, Wily and Light became bitter rivals during their professional lives. Though Wily won many awards in his time, he was consistently upstaged by Dr. Light, and this wounded his pride. Tired of always being one step behind Dr. Light, Wily moved to the Pacific Ocean, created a giant robot factory, and went missing, secretly plotting to take over the world.

Meanwhile, Dr. Light completed Proto Man, the first humanoid robot with feelings. However, Proto Man had a defect in his Solar Reactor, and he left Dr. Light's lab fearing to be changed, wandering around the world on his own. Dr. Wily came across Proto Man (who is presumed to have fallen unconscious or broken) and modified him, giving him a new nuclear core and additional equipment.[1] Unfortunately for Proto Man, a defect still existed in his reactor. Dr. Wily continued with his plans to conquer the world, while Dr. Light continued creating robots to help humanity. After an unknown time, Wily enacted his evil scheme: exclaiming he would achieve this by stealing six (eight in Mega Man: Powered Up) of Dr. Light's industrial robots and reprogramming them.

Mega Man

During the events of Mega Man, Dr. Wily used Dr. Light's robots to take over the world. One of Dr. Light's robots which Wily saw no potential to be stolen and reprogrammed asked to be changed into a combat robot to stop Wily's evil scheme, and he was transformed into the super robot Mega Man. Mega Man stopped Wily's robots and defeated him in his hideout, where he used the Wily Machine 1 in combat.

Note: In the North American instruction manual of the game, it is said that Dr. Wily was Dr. Light's assistant and the game takes place in the city Monsteropolis. This was something the localization team made up at the time as the Japanese version made no mention of any particular place.

Mega Man Powered Up

Dr. Wily appeared in the remake for Mega Man for the PSP. Overall, his role is the same as in the original, although there is an intro sequence that shows him taking Dr. Light's robots while announcing world domination (the actual speech implied that he merely decided to take over the world on a whim). He also mocks Light after all eight Robot Masters are defeated by saying his creations were junk before "inviting" Mega Man (or other character) to challenge him at his main base. After his defeat, he begs for mercy and promises to change his ways, presumably being allowed to leave to start his life anew.

Mega Man 2

Dr. Wily returns in the second game trying to get revenge, this time creating eight of his own robots to defeat Mega Man, but his plans are foiled once again, with his robots being defeated. When the Wily Machine 2 is destroyed by Mega Man in the Wily Castle, Wily attempted to trick Mega Man into thinking that he is an Alien, but after causing enough damage, Mega Man realizes that it is an hologram and Dr. Wily surrenders.

Mega Man 3


Dr. Wily working with Dr. Light.

Dr. Wily pretends to have changed his ways and helps Dr. Light build Gamma, a giant robot meant to bring world peace. But, he secretly reprograms the eight new Robot Masters (which he co-built with Dr. Light) to battle Mega Man, as well as creating the Doc Robot(s). During the conflict, Dr. Wily steals Gamma and the Energy Elements and tries to defeat Mega Man. In the end, a block of debris from the Wily Castle falls onto Wily, supposedly killing him, but his flying saucer can be seen in the distance during the last scene.

Mega Man 4

Dr. Wily managed to kidnap Kalinka, daughter of the scientist Mikhail Cossack. Dr. Cossack was blackmailed into using his elite robots to fight against Dr. Light and Mega Man. However in the middle of Mega Man's battle with Cossack, Proto Man teleports in with Cossack's daughter, Kalinka. The girl begs Mega Man to stop fighting her father and elaborating that Dr. Wily had kidnapped her and forced her father into building an army of robots. With Wily's plan undone by Proto Man's betrayal, he steps out from the shadows, first to yell at Proto Man for betraying him and then to retreat to his newly-built Wily Castle. Mega Man pursues his nemesis there and fights his way through, defeating Wily in his Wily Machine 4 and Wily Capsule, but Wily manages to escape in the end.

Mega Man 5

Dr. Wily tries to get revenge on both Proto Man and Dr. Light. He creates Dark Man, a robot with the ability to disguise himself like Proto Man to frame him. Dark Man kidnaps Dr. Light and lures Mega Man out to his doom. Unfortunately for Dr. Wily, the real Proto Man reveals that the other is a fake, and Mega Man defeats him. After defeating Wily, Mega Man frees Dr. Light and Wily's fortress begin to collapse. Mega Man holds the ceiling to avoid him and the two doctors being crushed, and Wily uses the opportunity to escape. After playing his short whistle tune, Proto Man helps Mega Man and Light escape.

Mega Man 6


Dr. Wily arrested.

Dr. Wily dons the persona of a billionaire named Mr. X (possibly having lived under the pseudonym for a long time). As Mr. X, he sponsors the First Annual Robot Tournament for the World Robot Alliance. He then reprograms the eight finalists and tries to use them to take over the world. When Mega Man defeats Mr. X in the X Foundation headquarters, he reveals he was Dr. Wily and retreats to his Wily Castle. Mega Man goes after Wily and he is thwarted as usual, this time resulting in Mega Man sending him to jail.


On a side note, after being defeated by Mega Man, while he's still claimed as Mr. X (by Mega Man) he suddenly says, "My scheme for world domination, has faild! But I still have enough to destroy you!" on the moment he was done, he suddenly revealed himself causing Mega Man to bounce back 3 times in shock due to not knowing he was Dr. Wily the whole time. This typo was fixed in Mega Man Anniversary Collection.

Mega Man 7

Dr. Wily knew he would eventually be imprisoned, so he had built four robots to search for him if they went without input for six months. He also built Bass and Treble sometime before his imprisonment. He was freed from prison by these robots and used Bass to get close to Mega Man, having him steal plans that are used to allow Bass to combine with Treble like Mega Man and Rush.

Wily was defeated once again in his new fortress. At Mega Man's feet, he says "Ok, I give up. Sorry for all the trouble. I'll go quietly...". Mega Man then charges his buster at Wily while saying: "I don't trust you, Wily! I gonna do what I should have done years ago!!". Wily replies, in fear: "You forget, Mega Man. Robots cannot harm humans...". Mega Man stops his buster charge. In the North American version, he replies infuriated: "I am more than a robot!! Die Wily!!". In the Japanese version, he hesitates.[2] The building starts collapsing and a pile of scrap falls on Wily. Mega Man slowly approaches Wily, just before Treble teleports in front of him and escapes with Wily. Bass then appears to tell Mega Man "He who hesitates is lost! We shall return!" just before escaping. The collapsing becomes more violent and Mega Man is forced to retreat.

Mega Man 8

Dr. Wily recovered 'Evil Energy' from a robot that fell from space. He used this energy to power his robots. Duo, another extraterrestrial robot hunting for the Evil Energy, helps Mega Man defeat Dr. Wily. Interestingly, when the Evil Energy starts infecting Mega Man, Dr. Wily actually seems shocked and horrified at what's happening, which implies that he didn't plan on the Evil Energy infecting Mega Man, but that he probably meant to surrender. Wily uses the opportunity to escape.

Mega Man & Bass

Wily was preparing his comeback, but was ousted from his new fortress by the robot King. Bass and Mega Man work together to defeat King, and it is later revealed that Wily created King, which was working according to his plans. After King's defeat, Wily recovers his fortress, but is defeated again. In Bass' ending, Bass is angry that Wily deceived him, but Wily tells him that he now believes Bass is the strongest robot, and reveals plans for a King II, asking Bass to join King II to make them invincible and be able to defeat Mega Man. However, Proto Man appeared and destroyed the evil plans.

Mega Man 9

Dr. Wily is shown in a flashback begging for mercy, apologizing for all the wrongdoings he has done in the past. In the present, he claims to have changed his ways for the good, yet mentions that Dr. Light has become a bad guy because Dr. Light's robots are causing havoc to the city, and shows a video proving that Dr. Light is the one responsible. Wily also states that he is willing to create robots to combat Light's evil robots, in exchange for donations. Dr. Light is sent to jail due to the accusations. However, after defeating the eight bosses, Mega Man finds proof that Dr. Wily persuaded the eight robots by telling them that they are on their expiration date and will be dumped, and offered to repair them, using the opportunity to reprogram the robots. Dr. Wily steals the proof and goes to his Wily Castle, and Mega Man goes after him.

After Dr. Wily's defeat, Mega Man recovers the proof and uses Rush to show nine of Wily's previous defeats. It is revealed that Wily used a fake Dr. Light robot to create the video and frame Dr. Light, and Wily tricks Mega Man into thinking the robot fake was the real Light. The fake Dr. Light electrifies Mega Man and Wily sets his base to self-destruct with Mega Man inside, but Proto Man appears and saves Mega Man. The ending states that Dr. Wily was nowhere to be found after the destruction of his base, and Dr. Light is freed. In the credits, Concrete Man is chasing Wily outside his base.

Mega Man 10

When the Roboenza strikes most of the robots, including Roll, Dr. Wily goes to Dr. Light's lab and says he had discovered the cure, but the robots stole it and asks for help. After Mega Man got the cure, Dr. Wily got away with it and said he'd only give the cure for those who serve him. He also revealed that he had actually created Roboenza and infected the robots. He and his decoy were defeated in space, but he almost died because he was ill with human influenza, and had a fever. Mega Man got Wily to a hospital, where he disappeared after his recovery and left just enough medicine to cure all of the robots (In the Bass version of the game, Bass after defeating Wily left him to die from his infection from human influenza in order to "make him suffer," although it is implied that Mega Man managed to find Wily and take him to the hospital regardless. Similarly, Proto Man in the Proto Man version also left Wily to his fate, citing it as "poetic justice", although it is nonetheless implied that Mega Man did the same as the other two stories above.).

Mega Man 11


During an unknown period of time after Mega Man 10, Dr. Wily dwelled on his previous defeats at the hands of Mega Man as he remained in hiding until he suddenly remembered the Double Gear System research from his youth. Planning to use it in yet another bid for world domination, Dr. Wily would later complete the research and resurface with eight new Robot Masters to the world but not before delivering a 'message' to Dr. Light as he made his return.

After Mega Man used the Gear System against him and defeated the eight stolen Light robots, Wily hacked into Light Labs denouncing them as having stolen "his" invention and personally challenged Mega Man at his castle, even delivering the coordinates to the Gear Fortress he was using as his headquarters. After a climactic battle, he cynically attempted to beg for mercy, only for Mega Man to make it clear he was not fooled. However, Wily claimed he was not defeated since while he did lose, it was against his own Double Gear System, which if anything proved his genius. Dr. Light then explained that both their respective geniuses created Mega Man, a robot hero who wielded the power of the Double Gear System intelligently and responsibly, and attempted to get Dr. Wily to give up his evil ways.  However, Wily refused, swore his revenge, and left the castle, which self-destructed shortly afterward.

Mega Man X series


Wily in Zero's nightmare from Mega Man X4.

Though Dr. Wily had died in between the Mega Man and Mega Man X series, he lives on through the Maverick Virus.[3] It is revealed in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters that he created Zero to be a powerful robot that would be able to destroy Mega Man and Bass (and possibly even X). After the creation of Bassnium, the energy he accidentally created while creating Bass, Wily studied it and obtained new knowledge that enabled him to create a more powerful robot, Zero. Zero was programmed with an urge to kill, and this program found its way into Sigma, becoming a virus. However, the plot summary from Mega Man Zero Collection's official site revealed that Wily never got a chance to use Zero, having been forced to seal Zero away due to a programming glitch within Zero that made him uncontrollable and violent.

  • In the Japanese instruction manual from the first Mega Man X game, Dr. Wily was mentioned by Dr. Light in his warning message.
  • In Mega Man X2, Wily is indirectly mentioned by Sigma.
    • The Japanese version of X2 actually hints that Serges is Dr. Wily.[4] In the Japanese script, Serges (or Sagasse as he is known in the Japanese version) mistakenly refers to X as Rock before correcting himself ("Rock... e..X..."). After he is beaten, Serges says he regrets being "defeated by the robotic memento of Light." Furthermore, Serges is in charge of repairing Zero in the game that first hints Zero is a creation of Dr. Wily. In fact, in the Japanese version Sigma says that Zero "was.. the last of... Wi.. num.. bers....". (In the English version Sigma only says Zero is the last of "the doctor's" creations.). On a similar note, if the player managed to successfully repair Zero, Sigma when Zero destroys his copy, claims that he knows Zero's secret and thus is destined to work under him, with it being heavily implied that the "secret" involved Zero's origins as one of Wily's robots. It is unclear how Sigma knows this - unless Wily was there to tell him.
    • The manga also hints that Serges is actually Wily.
  • Keiji Inafune planned on Mega Man X5 being the last in the series. The references to Dr. Wily and how Sigma met him in Mega Man X5 are vague, although an interview revealed that he was integrated into the virus.[3] In any case, it is known in Mega Man X5 that Dr. Wily somehow contacted and taught Sigma about the virus and Zero, as well as giving Sigma two new bodies to inhabit. This allows one to infer that Wily either designed the virus, or was aware of it.
  • Another Dr. Wily-esque character appearing in Mega Man X6, Isoc, is also believed to be Dr. Wily, which is supported by the fact that he is voiced by Takeshi Aono, the same Japanese voice actor of Dr. Wily. The dialogue in Mega Man X6 could also verify that Isoc was Wily: after Zero defeats Gate and discovers that Sigma has been revived, a voice seemingly emanating from Isoc's deactivated body exclaims, "G...go, Zero! You're the strongest robot!".

Other appearances


Dr. Wily in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Mega Man Game Boy games

In the five Mega Man games for Game Boy, Dr. Wily is still trying to conquer the world with his robots and destroy Mega Man, but is defeated in the end. In three of them, Wily created a 'Mega Man Killer', a special series of robots designed to destroy Mega Man, having Enker in Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Punk in Mega Man III, and Ballade in Mega Man IV. In Mega Man II, Wily travels into the future and kidnaps Mega Man, reprogramming him as Quint. In Mega Man V, Wily tries to use the extraterrestrial robots Stardroids to combat Mega Man. Wily is the final boss in the first four games and the penultimate boss in the fifth. The Game Boy games take place between Mega Man 2 and 6, but their precise placement in the story are debatable.

Mega Man: The Wily Wars

Wily is the final boss in the Wily Tower game from Mega Man: The Wily Wars.

Mega Man Game Gear

Wily is the final boss in the Mega Man game for Game Gear.

Mega Man: The Power Battle

Wily is the final boss in the fighting game Mega Man: The Power Battle.

In Mega Man's ending, Wily was mentioned to have gotten away, to Mega Man's disappointment.

In Bass's ending, Wily demands to know why Bass attacked him, with Bass replying that he simply was trying to prove he was capable of defeating Mega Man, informing Wily he no longer needs to make "Junk Robots." Wily then points out that Bass was beaten by Mega Man before, only for Bass to reply that he's ready now. Wily then informs him that he was developing a robot capable of beating both of them, although Bass dismisses the robot as a junk robot and tells him to do as he pleases and presumably leaves him behind.

Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters

Just like in the previous installment, Wily acted as the main antagonist and final boss in the sequel, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters.

Wily had conducted a raid on Dr. Light's lab to steal a strain of the Evil Energy as well as experimental parts meant for research, with Roll also being abducted in the process.

Although Wily was the final boss in all scenarios, he only directly appears in two of the three character endings (not counting the immediate aftermath of defeating Wily), the Mega Man ending, the Mega Man and Proto Man ending, and the Bass ending.

In Mega Man's ending, Wily proceeds to call Mega Man a "metallic hypocrite" due to his destroying Wily's robots in his pursuit of peace between Robots & Humans, and mentioning they are too similar to each other. This accusation manages to cast Mega Man enough self-doubt on his actions to give Wily an opportunity to escape, calling Light, Roll, and Auto's comforting Mega Man a "cheap show."

The Mega Man and Proto Man ending is similar to the Mega Man ending overall, although Proto Man also comforts Mega Man as well.

In Bass's ending, he scolds Bass for his treachery, only to be rebuked by the latter for making him strong in the first place and getting in the way of his directive of defeating Mega Man. Wily then admitted that creating Bass, and by extension, Bassnium, was an accident in the first place, and unveiled plans to create a robot to be stronger than both Mega Man and Bass, as well as alluding to another project being in development alongside the robot that would guarantee his dominion of the world.

Wily & Right's RockBoard: That's Paradise

Wily is a playable character in the board game Wily & Right's RockBoard: That's Paradise. He wants to build an evil laboratory to help him achieve world domination.

Mega Man's Soccer

Dr. Wily (using a robotic armor) is the last boss from the Capcom Championship in Mega Man's Soccer, where Mega Man's team faces eight Dr. Wilys in his fortress. As the last boss, Wily is the fastest and strongest player from the game, and is immune to special shoots. However, he can't be used by the player by normal means (although he was planned to be an unlockable character[5]), with the exception of him being a member of the Elec Man and Dust Man teams in League mode. His team in Tournament mode is formed by three Wilys, Ice Man, Bomb Man, Flash Man, Gemini Man, and Toad Man. The cut ending also had him begging for mercy, but then escaping from the collapsing lair.

Mega Man: Battle & Chase

After the player defeats all opponents in the Grand Prix from the racing game Mega Man: Battle & Chase, Wily appears to steal the prize money, and the player must race against him in his fortress to recover it. He drives the Skull Machine XX. After completing the Grand Prix mode, Wily will be available in the Versus and Time Attack modes.

Super Adventure Rockman


Dr. Wily in Super Adventure Rockman.

In Super Adventure Rockman, Wily had reformed and is now working with Dr. Light. Wily asks Light to let him investigate an ancient ruin that was emitting a strange electromagnetic field, saying it would be his chance to prove that he has really changed for good. Inside the ruins, Wily discovers the alien super computer Ra Moon, which revives his robots from Mega Man 2 and 3. With his robots and Ra Moon, Wily plans to conquer the world, and begins the creation of a new robot called Ra Thor while the electromagnetic field increases and begins to stop machines around the world. In the end, it is revealed Ra Moon was using Wily to reach its goals, which includes destroying all life on Earth, and attempts to kill Wily. Mega Man stops Ra Moon and Wily escapes.

Rockman Strategy

In Rockman Strategy, Dr. Wily encounters a group of alien robots led by Apollo and Luna who have come to Earth seeking a means of revitalizing their world's dying vegetation. Promising them help, Wily instead tricks them and takes control of all the robots, and sends them to various points across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Ocean. Mega Man's team eventually confronts the doctor himself in his latest Wily Machine in a lab in Saudi Arabia; following his defeat, they pursue him to Dimensional Space and defeat his Wily Capsule as well. In these battles, Wily is aided first by Flame Man, Frost Man, Spark Man, and Metal Man, and later by Sword Man, Skull Man, Bomb Man, and Aqua Man.

Mega Man DOS games

Dr. Wily is the last boss in both, Mega Man (PC) and Mega Man 3 (PC) (No Mega Man 2 (PC) was made). In both games, Dr Wily is using the reprogramed CRORQ supercomputer to control robots all around the world.

Mobile games

Dr. Wily appeared in the mobile phone games Chokkan! Rockman, Mega Man Pinball, and Mega Man Rush Marine.

Puzzle Fighter

Dr. Wily was one of the last playable character to appear in the game. Wily used Air Shooter, Leaf Shield, and Rolling Cutter on his default attacks, the Wily Machine 7 on his special moves, and the Wily Capsule as his super skill.

Panic Shot! Rockman

Wily is in the pinball game Panic Shot! Rockman.

Capcom quiz games


Dr. Wily is the second boss from the quiz arcade game Adventure Quiz: Capcom World. In its sequel, Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2, he appears as the first boss from the Beginner Course and as an enemy in other courses.

Wily also appears as the last boss of the Rockman map in the Game Boy game Capcom Quiz: Hatena? no Daibouken. The player must answer _ questions to defeat him.


  • In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Wily appears in Dormammu's ending. Dr. Wily is also a card for the free DLC mode, Heroes and Heralds. His primary and secondary abilities involve increasing the user's strength in correlation to the amount of Hyper Combo Gauges filled.
  • Dr. Wily appears Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as a collectable trophy, depicted in his infamous begging position after being defeated. One of the game's maps also takes place outside one of the Wily Castles.

Mega Man Zero 3

Wily's name appears in Mega Man Zero 3. In the very beginning of the Area X-2 stage, the bottom of the warning sign on the wall says: "Dr. W. No.∞".

Mega Man Through the Ages

Wily briefly appears at the end of the trailer proper, where Mega Man enters the area he is at, with Wily then proceeding to beg for mercy as usual before taking his leave.

Cancelled appearances

Wily would have appeared in the cancelled games Mega Man Universe and Rockman Online.

Other media

Mega Man (Ruby-Spears)

"I hate MegaMan. He ruins everything."
―Dr. Wily, Episode 1: The Beginning

Dr. Wily in the cartoon show.

Dr. Wily appears in every episode from Ruby-Spears' Mega Man animated series, where he served as the main antagonist and is voiced by Scott McNeil. Wily speaks with a German accent and is prone to fits of maniacal laughter.

In the cartoon, Wily worked as Dr. Light's assistant for years. When they created a robot prototype that malfunctioned, Light asked Wily to destroy the plans for the industrial robots and start from the beginning. However, Wily stole the plans and ran away, stating that Light sabotaged his work to gain all the credit. He used the plans to create Proto Man. Three months later, Wily and Proto Man invaded Dr. Light's laboratory and stole his robots. He reprogrammed Cut Man, Guts Man and Ice Man, but Rock and Roll manage to escape. Rock is then modified into the super fighting robot Mega Man to stop Dr. Wily's attempts to conquer the world.

Captain N: The Game Master


Dr. Wily in Captain N: The Game Master.

In Captain N: The Game Master, Wily works for the Mother Brain and is one of the main antagonists. He looks very close to his game counterpart, except dwarfed, has a deformed head, and wheezes when he talks. He is voiced by Ian James Corlett, who ironically voiced Mega Man in the Ruby-Spears cartoon.

While being the second most frequent Mega Man character to appear, he is absent from several episodes and is present in the following:

  • Season 1
    • "How's Bayou"
    • "The Most Dangerous Game Master"
    • "Videolympics"
    • "Mega Trouble For Megaland"
    • "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain"
    • "Nightmare On Mother Brain's Street"
    • "Metroid Sweet Metroid"
  • Season 2
    • "Gameboy"
    • "Queen of the Apes"
    • "The Big Game"
    • "The Invasion of the Paper Pedalers"
  • Season 3
    • "A Tale of Two Dogs"

Several of his creations exclusive to the show included a robotic cat made to lure Kevin/Captain N and Duke to Bayouland ("How's Bayou"), a robotic replica of Kevin's rival Mike Vincent ("The Most Dangerous Game Master"), a freeze gun ("Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain"), a deep sleep potion ("Nightmare On Mother Brain's Street"), a brain swapper ("Queen of the Apes") and a hypnotic ink made from Kongoland tree sap ("The Invasion of the Paper Pedalers").

Mega Man: Upon a Star


Dr. Wily in Mega Man: Upon a Star.

In Mega Man: Upon a Star, Wily is a video game character, still functioning as a primary antagonist. This time, he is voiced by Kenichi Oogata rather than Takeshi Aono.

Yuuta, a young Japanese boy, was playing Mega Man 5 until midnight, and fell asleep while fighting against the Wily Capsule, pausing the game and leaving his video game on, and Mega Man could not move. Wily jumps out of his damaged Wily Capsule and says that as he can't conquer the world in the video game, he may have better luck in the real world. He jumps out of the TV and begins to create robots to conquer Japan. After awakening in the morning, Yuuta unpaused the game and Mega Man jumped to the real world to stop Wily. Mega Man is successful at stopping Wily's robots, but when he was going to take him back to the video game, Wily puts on a ninja costume, and with a declaration of "I'm a Ninja!", he uses a smoke grenade to escape. Later, Mega Man found Wily hidden inside Mount Fuji and manages to take him back to the video game with the help of Yuuta, Proto Man, Rush and Beat.

In the second episode, Yuuta had gotten to the last stage of Mega Man 5 again, and was giving trouble to go to the room and commemorate the New Year's Eve. His sister tried to pull him out during the fight against Wily and they accidentally hit the console, sending Mega Man to the real world and Wily to Dr. Light's laboratory, where he discovers Dr. Light created a time machine. Wily stole the time machine and kidnapped Roll. Mega Man manages to rescue Roll, but Wily escaped with the machine and uses his space station to shoot meteorites on Earth in the Tanabata. Mega Man, Proto Man, Rush and Beat travel to space and stop Dr. Wily. After the battle, Wily is unable to return to Earth, and Mega Man has to take him back inside the damaged time machine.

In the last episode, Yuuta and Akane call Mega Man and Roll for a festival, and they forgot to turn off the video game. Wily manages to escape to the real world and begins a new plan to destroy Japan with typhoons. Dr. Light repaired the time machine and Mega Man uses it to discover what Wily is planning, and manages to stop him once again with Proto Man's help. Before taking Wily back to the video game, Mega Man makes him distribute presents at Christmas as punishment.

Mega Man (Dreamwave Productions)

Dr. Wily (named "Dr. Wiley" in the comic) was Dr. Light's assistant, but left to start his own business and is behind the wave of robotic attacks against Dr. Light's inventions. He is the uncle of the Boltz Brothers. When he first appears in issue three he appears to be friendly and is with his usual appearance. In the last issue he is sarcastic and is with his Mega Man 8 outfit.

Mega Man (Archie Comics)

Mega Man Megamix


Dr. Wily in Mega Man Megamix

In the Mega Man Megamix manga series, former schoolmates Dr. Wily and Dr. Light acknowledge each other as rivals. In some ways, it can be said that Dr. Wily is in fact smarter than Dr. Light, but his unique and altogether unusual ideas had always bewildered their school teachers. Due to this lack of understanding from his teachers, Dr. Wily had always been forced to endure the shame and unbearable pain of being second best. For Dr. Wily, who is very prideful, being confined to second place under Dr. Light was more than just a little insulting. Over the years, he came to hate the humans who did not seem capable of understanding his true genius, and this led to his obssession with robots. Dr. Wily has come in second place of the LIT Manual Design Contest for four years in a row, was presented with the World Engineer Silver Medal, and was nominated for the Nobel Physics Prize. His favorite pastime is table tennis.

Dr. Wily became an evil scientist who is intent on taking over the world. Having developed numerous robots himself, Dr. Wily is constantly coming up with new ways to conquer the world. Having a rather unique outlook and philosophy, Dr. Wily never really had anyone in his life who truly understood him. In some ways, Dr. Light was the only one who was willing and able to understand Dr. Wily. Unfortunately, Dr. Light's natural genius and overwhelming success in life had always driven Dr. Wily to view him as a rival more than a friend. In what could be considered a bitter twist of fate, it was the very same Dr. Light and his robots who would eventually come to stand in the way of Dr. Wily and his dark ambitions.

Other appearances

Wily appeared in Shigeto Ikehara's Rockman manga series and in Rock'n Game Boy, in Kōji Izuki's Rockman 8, Rockman & Forte and Rockman 10 -Extra F- manga, in Rockman 4Koma Dai Koushin, Rockman Battle & Chase, Rockman X4 and the Novas Aventuras de Megaman.

Wily, or a man that resembles him, has a brief appearance in UDON's Street Fighter II comic, issue 9, where he is one of Shadaloo's scientists.[6]

Dr. Wily was originally set to make an appearance in the 2012 Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph as part of the Bad-Anon villains support group; however, he was cut in the final version and replaced by M. Bison.[7]

Physical appearance


Front, side, and rear view of Wily.

In Mega Man, Wily's character artwork depicts him as having a curly, balding hairstyle, as well as a curly thick moustache and being slightly pudgy with a white lab coat, a blue dress shirt and green tie, dark blue pants, and gray loafers. The design eventually evolved over time to have his hair stylized in his more trademark bat-wing-like style, as well as having a more lean appearance. However, his 8-bit sprites generally depicted him with his original design. In general, he is depicted in artwork, and to a certain extent his game sprite for Mega Man 7, as possessing gray hair and moustache, a cleft chin, as well as a white dress shirt, a red tie, blue pants, brown loafers, and a white lab coat.

In Mega Man 8, he wore a more elaborate outfit, with a purple knot tie, dark pants with a brown belt possessing a skull belt buckle, and his coat possessed pink inner linings as well as a raised collar and a cape. Likewise, in Super Adventure Rockman, he is depicted as wearing a beige coat, a green T-shirt and, very briefly, an explorer cap and a green backpack, mostly due to his travels in the Amazon during that time. His design in Mega Man Powered Up is largely similar to his default design, although the only notable difference besides the Chibi-style and angular design is that he wore a pink dress shirt instead of his usual white dress shirt and having dark blue pants instead of standard blue pants. In Mega Man 11, Wily wears a black dress shirt and red tie as well as dark pants with a belt buckle prominently displaying his logo, alongside his usual lab coat, which possessed purple inner linings similar to his outfit in Mega Man 8.

In Hitoshi Ariga's Megamix series, Wily appears much taller and lankier than his game design, with heavily wrinkled skin and wild jagged hair along with spiked sideburns. This version of Dr Wily often wears single-piece sunglasses to hide his eyes, and wears a tie covered with a skeleton motif.

His younger self varied between mediums. In Mega Man 11 and Mega Man Megamix, Wily was depicted with a full-head of spiked hair and sideburns (as well as being blonde in the former). In Archie Comics, Wily was depicted as largely similar to his current day appearance, only instead of his bat-wing like hairstyle, it is tied in the back into a large ponytail, as well as a slightly smaller moustache reminiscent in overall appearance to a bat wing.


Dr. Wily

Dr. Wily in Mega Man 8.

As the main antagonist of the classic series, Wily has many notable traits and characteristics of an archetypal villain, being cruel and yet incredibly cunning. Wily is well-versed in the art of manipulation, as shown in Mega Man 9 when he manages to convince Dr. Light’s own robots to let him "repair" them. He cleverly deduces that Mega Man would not dare shoot at him at the conclusion of Mega Man 7, and his prediction holds merit when Mega Man hesitates upon firing his buster when it is fully charged.

Wily, though a genius in his own right, has shown to be ignorant and opinionated at times. He has attacked the world many times, with his motives varying from world domination to revenge, only to see his plans foiled time and time again by his arch nemesis Mega Man. In addition, Wily is persistently hopeful that his creation Bass could one day dispose of his greatest enemy, despite knowing that Bass is disloyal and even goes as far to attack him, as shown in Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Mega Man & Bass and Mega Man 10.

He has also shown himself to be very shameless in his manipulations. While his trademark action after being defeated is to grovel and beg for mercy, Mega Man 11 and his trophy description for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U indicate that this isn't true cowardice, as it's completely insincere and is more a last ditch attempt to manipulate Mega Man. In the former game he cynically states that he's been forced to resort to "Plan B" before taking his usual begging pose. When Mega Man makes it clear he's not fooled, Wily quickly drops the act and briefly monologues how he had ultimately still won, as Mega Man had been forced to utilize his own technology to defeat him. His willingness to utilize such tactics indicates that he's more than willing to briefly set aside his pride if it will give him an advantage.

Wily is also implied to have had some interest in continuing his work posthumously, as revealed in an interview with Keiji Inafune,[3] when Wily attempted to be “brought back” after death by the original programming of Zero’s- programming that would later evolve into the Maverick Virus.

As diabolical as he may be, Wily has exhibited rare moments of decency and goodness in his character. In Super Adventure Rockman, Wily shows concern for his arch enemy when Mega Man chooses to use two Mega Busters to win a battle despite possibly expending all of his power. He also tells Ra Moon that he loves his creations.[8] In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Wily speaks to Zero in the deep recess of the latter’s mind during his ending. Wily appears as a father figure to his last creation, giving him words of encouragement and going as far as to call him his “son” (though this could be argued that Wily was simply trying to cajole Zero into completing his yet unnamed “task”). In Mega Man 10, he even leaves a huge amount of medicine to cure the Roboenza virus, presumably out of gratitude that Mega Man saved his life. In Mega Man 11, it was also revealed that one of his earliest motives for acting as a robotics scientist was ultimately a desire to do good, and that his Double Gear System proposition was largely an attempt to allow even robots to be heroes, but the sting of rejection by Dr. Light as well as the scientific community led to him becoming very bitter and more extreme in his thinking, which ultimately made him a fairly tragic character. In addition, despite Wily's hatred for Dr. Light, he does not wish to injure him, never attempting to cause harm despite having the opportunity, like capturing him in Mega Man 5 and having Bass only steal his plans in Mega Man 7.

This also extends to other media. In the final part of Worlds Collide, Dr. Wily during the final battle even attempted to stop Dr. Eggman from trying to attack Sonic and Mega Man trying to save the universe from being destroyed via their misuse of the Super Genesis Wave, and was also noticeably horrified when he learned that Eggman was perfectly willing to destroy the universe with them simply because he was capable of it, indicating that even he wouldn't dare try to risk universal destruction for its own sake (although in that case, it also may have been due to a desire of self-preservation since he realized the implication it would have destroyed him as well). On a similar note, when learning Ra Moon's true goals of destroying the world and its inhabitants via shutting down all technology, he was genuinely horrified by this plan and even went to measures in an attempt to stop the mad alien AI. In Issue 54, although technically not an actual act of decency due to claiming otherwise in order to force him to kidnap Kalinka Cossack, Dr. Lalinde when revealing the truth about the nature of Dr. Wily's new, and malfunctioning, nuclear core in Break Man states that the core actually had a casing around it that was secure enough that the only danger to Break Man regarding it was if it burned out, implying that even he would not go as far as to ensure it would remotely detonate in a population area. In Issue 27 of Archie's Mega Man comic, Wily was angered at Dr. Eggman for trying to murder Dr. Light in Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 250, although Eggman rekindled their friendship in Worlds Unite. Similarly, in Issue 45, even after having thoroughly humiliated Dr. Light, he implies to Proto Man that he deliberately made sure Light was spared after obliterating the lab upon stealing Gamma, citing that, vengeful as he may be, he was still "not a monster." This may vary in different media, with the reverse being true in the Dreamwave Productions comic, where Dr. Wily attempted to kill Dr. Light, and he actually did it in the comic Novas Aventuras de Megaman by launching a nuke on his lab. Any desire to preserve Light's life may be more of a selfish desire to make sure Light sees him win, rather than actually caring about Light's well-being. The Mega Man Megamix version of Dr. Wily also shows a minor amount of sympathy towards robots, appearing genuinely depressed at the sight of discarded recycled robots in a junkyard, and taking pity on a toy robot whose brain still functioned, resulting in the Yellow Devil MK-II.

In Mega Man X4, Wily states that his rivalry with his nemesis (presumably Dr. Light and his creations) is what gives him motivation in life. It's assumed that as time passed, Wily became more and more interested in having Zero defeat X to prove that his last creation is superior to the one created by his rival rather than conquering the world.

In all, Wily is a dynamic character. Though he is usually shown as seemingly pure evil, even he is not without a few reputable traits. Indeed, prior to the first Mega Man, before his descent towards insanity, Wily was shown to be an ordinary, yet diligent scientist. In addition, he was shown to be genuinely helpful to Dr. Light, though he still harbored a tinge of jealousy towards his former friend and colleague.



Wily talking with Gravity Man about his past in the 4Koma manga

Dr. Wily holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Robert University of Technology. He is the five years consecutive runner-up of the LIT Manual Design Contest, has won the silver prize at the World Technology Award and was a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Physics.


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Translation: A evil scientist who plans to take over the world. Wily and I were colleagues at the Robert Institute of Technology.

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SSB3DSTrophyDrWily Dr. Wily
A mad scientist from the Mega Man series who develops deadly robots to try and take over the world. He's not above stealing the robots made by other scientists and modifying them for his own evil ends, either. Dr. Wily has a tendency to beg for forgiveness when Mega Man inevitably defeats him; those tears don't look all that genuine, honestly...




  • Wily's first name, Albert, is taken from "Albert Einstein", opposite to Dr. Light's first name, Thomas, taken from "Thomas Edison". However, unlike Dr. Light, Wily has somewhat of a resemblance to the person he is based on. Although Einstein was a good man, he was referenced as an antagonist because he created the formula that led to the development of the atomic bomb that destroyed Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and inadvertently began the nuclear arms race, including the events of the Cold War and the fear of all out global nuclear war.
    • On a similar note, several succeeding Capcom villains who acted as scientists/doctorates usually had the first name of "Albert", including Master Albert of Mega Man ZX Advent (who was himself an homage to Dr. Wily), Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil franchise, and Albert Contiello from Dead Rising.
  • Dr. Wily's views towards robots are paradoxical at first glance.  On the one hand, he uses Robot Masters as tools to help him acheive world domination and prefers to replace Robot Masters that failed in the past with better and more advanced versions (examples: Metal Man is an improved version of Cut Man, Frost Man was designed to be the best ice Robot Master after the failures of Ice Man, Blizzard Man and Freeze Man, Wave Man was designed to be a better water Robot Master than Bubble Man and to replace him).  He also has no qualms about reprogramming Robot Masters to serve him, which is most obvious in Mega Man 11 and the original Mega Man. On the other hand, in Super Adventure Rockman Dr. Wily revives old creations of his and tells Ra Moon that he "loves" his robots, he does not alter Proto Man's programming after finding him prior to the events of Mega Man 3 (and even replaces Proto Man's damaged core), and in Mega Man 10 he leaves the cure to Roboenza in the hospital he was boarding in to save the world's remaining infected robots once it's clear that his plan for world domination has failed.  Other instances of Dr. Wily demonstrating compassion towards robots include giving all of his Robot Masters unique personalities, tolerating Bass despite his disobedience and aggression towards Wily, and "saving" several Robot Masters who were past their expiration date and therefore due to be scrapped in Mega Man 9. Fascinatingly, in a flashback to his youth in Mega Man 11 during which time Dr. Wily researched at Robot University, he expresses concern to a young Dr. Light that robots will never be treated as equals by humans in society even if robots become sentient. Taking all this information together, Dr. Wily's views about the proper relations between robots and humans, and whether robots having free will like humans do is a good thing or not, are interesting and complex.
  • Wily possibly lied to Bass when he said that he created King to test Bass's abilities; the truth is that Wily may have created King to replace Bass (besides other reasons) because Wily became tired of his numerous defeats to Mega Man. This could be one of the reasons that Wily built his more advanced robot, Zero (to replace Bass), which Wily even claimed to be the case when confronted Bass on his betrayal in both Power Fighters titles.
  • Although having no direct role in the Zero series, Dr. Weil is said to be his far off descendant.
  • Wily's name is misspelled as Dr. Willy, Dr. Wiley, Dr. Wylie, and Dr. Waily in some sources, such as early instruction manuals, the NES version of Mega Man 3, the SNES version of Mega Man 7 and in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS. In the English version of Mega Man 8, Dr. Light pronounced his name as "Dr. Wahwee".
  • In the Ruby-Spears TV series, Wily claims to have been "always misunderstood" and ridiculed as a child by other children. He also laments that he had no toys as a child, implying he may have grown up in poverty. This is one of the few references made in any media to Wily's life before meeting Dr. Light.
  • According to the American manual for the first Mega Man, Dr. Wily was Dr. Light's assistant and worked on his DRN series of robots. Though this story was reinforced by the Ruby-Spears cartoon and later the PAL version of Mega Man Powered Up, it is not canon to the Japanese version of Wily's backstory.
  • In an article on PC World, Wily was voted as #39 of the top 47 "most diabolical video game villains of all time".
  • Most of the time, Dr. Wily is seen wearing a simple white lab coat, a white collar shirt, red tie, sometimes a gold tie clip, blue jeans, and brown shoes. In instances like Mega Man 8, Mega Man & Bass, and Mega Man: Battle & Chase, Wily is seen wearing a more evil outfit, wearing a white cape instead of a lab coat, black trousers with a skull-shaped belt buckle, and a purple ribbon instead of a red tie. His hair has also changed somewhat, giving it a resemblance to bat wings, further emphasizing his evil. Ever since the release of Mega Man Powered Up, he is once more seen wearing his regular outfit, but his hair is still bat-wing-shaped. From Mega Man 9-onward, he has reverted to his pre-Mega Man 8 design, which changed to a black collar shirt and gray slacks in Mega Man 11.

Dr. Wily costume in Dead Rising 2: Case West.

  • In the English version of Mega Man 8, Dr. Light humorously mispronounces Dr. Wily as Dr. Wahwee. This has become a famous Internet meme.
  • Ironically, in his appearance in Captain N, Wily is voiced by Ian James Corlett, who voiced Mega Man in the Ruby-Spears cartoon (where Wily was voiced by Scott McNeil, who also voiced Proto Man in the same series).
  • Pro wrestler Kenny Omega has a finishing maneuver called The Dr. Wily Bomb.


  1. The Reploid Research Lavatory: Monday Blues
  2. The Cutting Room Floor: Mega Man 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Q6) What happened to Dr. Wily in Rockman X series? Are Dr. Wily and Dr. Weil the same person? Were they ever supposed to be?
    "KI: A large amount of time has passed between the classic series and Mega Man X. Dr. Wily had died in the interim but was brought back by the virus. Dr. Wily and Weil are not the same person. It is ironic though, because Dr. Wily created Zero, and Dr. Weil used Zero, but ultimately it was a copy of Zero's original body with a different mind that defeated him." --Keiji Inafune, 2008. Capcom-unity - Inafune-san Answers Your Questions!
  5. The Cutting Room Floor: Mega Man's Soccer
  6. "Dr. Wily: Shadaloo Scientist" The Mega Man Network, on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  7. Go Nintendo: Wreck-It Ralph features multiple video game cameos
  8. Super Adventure Rockman-Cutscenes with english subtitles.

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