This article is about the original Robot Master. For others, see Fire Man (disambiguation).
"Get closer to me and ya'll get burned!"
―Fire Man's database CD, Mega Man & Bass

Fire Man (ファイヤーマン Faiyāman) is a Robot Master from the original Mega Man. He was built by Dr. Light to work in an incinerator at a waste management facility and is able to wield flames that can reach 7000-8000 degrees.[1] Fire Man can melt or burn through almost anything with his Special Weapon, the Fire Storm, whose weapon system excellently combines offense and defense. Fire Man's and Bomb Man's development began at the same time, and despite being warned by Rock that working with both explosives and fire could be dangerous, Dr. Light went on believing that Ice Man could handle the situation in case anything happened. A few flash fires did occur, but Ice Man ran away saying he doesn't like saunas.[2]

A hot-blooded and charismatic, albeit hot-tempered individual, Fire Man sees himself as something of a hero, obsessed with fire and the ideals of justice, often referring to himself as the "Flame of Justice". He enjoys camping in the summer, but has a particular dislike for rainy days and the cold, particularly from his weakness, the Ice Slasher.

Physical appearance

Fire Man is a medium height robot with blue eyes and a silver suit with red pieces of armour. His helmet ressembles as much a knight medieval helmet as a torch which emanates a flame fire, also holding a piece covering his mouth, he also has both of his forearms as red arm cannons which he shoots his Fire Storm, matching his red chest plate.

Video game appearances

Mega Man

Dr. Wily reprogrammed Fire Man and Dr. Light's other industrial robots to help him conquer the world, appearing as a boss. Mega Man fights against Fire Man and defeats him.

Strategy

Fire Man's only attack is a blast of fire which stalls after being shot then promptly blazes forward, leaving a flame on the ground as it crosses Mega Man's vertical position. He will only attack from a specific distance (about 1/2 of screen width) or in counterattacking, which means that if one keeps close enough to him he will keep retreating, changing direction only after reaching a wall, attacking only if hit and allowing the player to calculate his own attacks and subsequent jump dodges. Following this method guarantees a no-damage fight, as long as one does not get greedy near walls.

Mega Man Powered Up

As a remake of the first game, Fire Man appears as a boss, but he becomes a playable character if he is defeated by Mega Man using only the Mega Buster. He can use his Fire Storm whenever he wants, but if he runs into water, he will lose the ability to launch waves of fire (though he will still be able to summon a fiery sphere around him) until he comes back into contact with lava or fire.

Strategy

In New Style mode, the Fire Man boss fight is considerably easier compared to his original counterpart in that his Fire Storm projectiles don't stall and the ground does not ignite from below the player. In Hard difficulty, he will also jump and shoot mid-air. In both Normal and Hard difficulties, Fire Man gains a new attack which he sends a wave of fire that travels slowly along the ground and disappears after reaching a wall (in Hard difficulty, after reaching a wall the fire wave continues travelling in the other direction and will disappear after reaching the other side). He uses this attack when his health is down by half in Normal and in Hard difficulty, he can use this at anytime.

Dialogues (Mega Man Powered Up) As a Boss

If Playing as Mega Man

Fire Man: Fiiiiire! Burn! Burn! My justice burns hotly! Evil beware!

Mega Man: Fireman?! Why are you...? I haven't done anything to you!

Fire Man: By the fire of justice, I am certain you are evil!! Fiiiiiire!!

Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge

Fire Man is one of the four bosses available in the beginning of the game.

Wily & Right's RockBoard: That's Paradise

Fire Card

The Boss Card Fire Card (ファイヤーカード) can be used to summon Fire Man, who will incinerate (discard) one of the opponent's cards of the player's choice.

Mega Man's Soccer

Fire Man is a balanced player. In the Capcom Championship mode, a team formed by eight Fire Men in one of the eight team bosses. One Fire Man joins Mega Man's team after his defeat.

In Tournament mode, his team consists of three Fire Men, Ice Man, Bomb Man, Air Man, Gemini Man and Top Man. In League mode, his team contains three Fire Men, two Bomb Men, two Flash Men and Enker.

Super Adventure Rockman

If Mega Man is defeated by Crash Man, Fire Man will appear to save him, giving the player the chance to fight against Crash Man again.

Chokkan! Rockman

In the mini-game Isoge! Rousoku Ignition (急げ!ろうそくイグニッション "Hurry up! Candle Ignition"), Fire Man skies down a "Rockman 20th Anniversary" cake while lighting candles to gain more time and taking strawberries for extra points.

Rockman ×over

Fire Man is one of the four bosses from World 3. He also appears in Battle Memory.

Rockman Strategy

Fire Man is a recurring enemy in this game, first appearing during the Opening Stage in Japan along with Cut Man. He also appears in Sagitarius' Magma Inferno stage in Northwest Africa with Burst Man, and can become a member of the player's party.

Other appearances

Mega Man loading screen in Mega Man Anniversary Collection

Data

Mega Man & Bass CD data

Fire Man CD data card


Rockman Complete Works data

やく8000どの火をあやつる、はいきぶつしょりロボット。ファイヤーストームはよけにくいので、弱点武器で攻撃しよう

Mega Man Legacy Collection text: A waste disposal robot who controls flames reaching temperatures of around 8000 degrees. His Fire Storm is tough to dodge, so be sure to attack with a weapon that plays on his weakness.

Stage enemies

Enemies in Fire Man's stage:

Enemies in the Game Boy version of Fire Man's stage:

Damage Data Chart

Displays the amount of damage in units that Fire Man will receive from each special weapon from the original Mega Man.

Mega Man
Mega Buster Rolling Cutter Super Arm Ice Slasher Hyper Bomb Fire Storm Thunder Beam
2 2 0 4 1 1 1

Other Media

Fire Man in the Ruby-Spears Mega Man TV series.

Mega Man (Ruby-Spears)

Fire Man makes an appearance in the intro to the Ruby-Spears Mega Man animated series, as well as an appearance in the first episode. He had no lines and was taken out near effortlessly by Roll's vacuum. He did not appear in the series again. He strongly resembled his game counterpart, but his armor had a very muscular appearance and his joints were red, and he had flames painted on his arms.

Mega Man: Fully Charged

Fire Man's appearance in Mega Man: Fully Charged

Fire Man is a bulky robot that worked as a welding robot until he lost his temper, being recruited by Sgt. Night to help him start a war between humans and robots. He is the first robot fought by Mega Man.

Captain N: The Game Master

Fire Man appeared along with the rest of the Robot Masters from the first Mega Man game in the fifth episode. He looked nothing like his game counterpart aside from flamethrower arms and a flame on his head.

Mega Man (Archie Comics)

Fire Man is a Robot Master created by Dr. Light to be a waste disposal robot, but he was reprogrammed by Dr. Wily to help him conquer the world. After Dr. Wily's defeat, Fire Man's programming is restored and he now works as a disposal robot and occasionally assists Mega Man.

Mega Man Megamix

Fire Man was created by Dr. Light as a waste management robot that uses his flames to burn away the world's waste, which is piling up on a daily basis. He is in charge of the worker robots who take care of more simple tasks at the waste management duties himself. His Fire Storm burns at 7000 to 8000 degrees celsius, and it is capable of burning through just about anything. His body is covered with a fireproof material, and his internal components are also heat resistant. The metal components of Fire Man's body are used to launch his flames. His personality is better described as a quietly burning flame, rather than a chaotic and rampart wildfire.

In Mega Man Megamix, Fire Man was reprogrammed by Dr. Wily to help him conquer the world, but he is stopped by Mega Man and Dr. Light repairs him. Dr. Light's robots are considered dangerous and are set to be disposed, but Dr. Wily sends Wood Man to retrieve them and give a chance to join him again and avoid destruction. Fire Man refuses and assists Mega Man against Dr. Wily's robots, fighting against Air Man, Metal Man, and Crash Man alongside Cut Man, Guts Man and Bomb Man. Due to the heroic actions from Dr. Light's robots, the orders to destroy them is cancelled and they return to their works.

In their day off, Dr. Light's robots go to an amusement park and have fun until Bass appears and starts causing trouble. They attempt to stop Bass, but are no match for him and are heavily damaged. They are later repaired by Dr. Light, but Proto Man damages them before they leave Dr. Light's lab to avoid their interference in the battle between Mega Man and Bass. When Mega Man declares that humans are his enemies, Dr. Light and his robots are temporarily placed under arrest, but Ring Man assists them to escape so they can help prove Mega Man's innocence.

In Mega Man Gigamix, Fire Man gives assistance in the battle against the Stardroids.

Other appearances

Fire Man appears in Rockman 4Koma Dai Koushin, Rockman wo Tsukutta Otokotachi - Rockman Tanjou Densetsu, and Rock'n Game Boy.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Fire Man is the only Robot Master from the original Mega Man to have the same weakness in all of the games he appears in.
  • Fire Man is the first Robot Master in the original Mega Man series not to have any hands. It is also the first Robot Master to have at least one arm cannon.
    • In Mega Man Megamix however, Fire Man can turn his cannons into hands, like Mega Man (see Gallery above).
  • Fire Man is the second least utilized member of the original six Robot Master bosses from the original Mega Man game, notably being absent from Mega Man: The Power Battle. Additionally, he appeared with less frequency than any of the other Robot Masters in the first fifty or so issues of the Archie Comic, and never unaccompanied by his fellows except during his battle with Mega Man.
  • Fire Man is also the first Robot Master ever to not have a visible mouth. However, in Mega Man Megamix he can open his face plate.

References

  1. Mega Man Powered Up US game manual. 2006. pg.26. Retrieved on December 3, 2011.
  2. The Reploid Research Lavatory: Weird Science


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