Flash Stopper (フラッシュストッパー Furasshu Sutoppā) is Bright Man's Special Weapon. This is not to be mistaken as Flash Man's power, Time Stopper. Unlike Time Stopper, the Flash Stopper emits an intense light that activates a safety device in the camera eyes of robots, blinding them for a short period, which makes them unable to move and open for attacks. However, when used in the games it appears to freeze time, being able to stop projectiles and enemies without eyes such as Super Ball Machine Jr. and Pakatto 24. Flash Stopper does no damage to enemies directly, but it has a bonus effect: It can allow Mega Man to attack shielded enemies, like Shield Attacker and Skeleton Joe, without the Mega Buster shots being deflected or doing no harm.
This weapon is Pharaoh Man's weakness, as when it is activated, he cannot move. Pharaoh Man will also take damage faster when Flash Stopper is activated, as he does not flash while it is active and consequently does not have the brief invincibility period. Although the stopping effect itself does not damage him, he can be held in place with it, before firing away at him. No Robot Master besides Pharaoh Man are frozen by this weapon if it is used against them.
In Mega Man (Game Gear), it is called Bright Weapon, and the weapon now damages all enemies on the screen.
Damage Data Chart
Damage values in units in Mega Man 4.
- *For Flash Stopper, Pharaoh Man is the only boss that is vulnerable to it, thus more damage can be inflicted on him with this weapon than on other bosses.
The Flash Stopper uses 4 units of weapon energy in Mega Man 4 and 3 units in Mega Man IV, even if less energy is available. With the weapon energy gauge full, it can be activated a total of 7 times in both Mega Man 4 and Mega Man IV. Neither version requires energy to fire the Mega Buster when activated.
Bosses weak against Flash Stopper
- Pharaoh Man: Mega Man 4 and Mega Man IV
- Napalm Man: Mega Man (Game Gear)
- Star Man: Mega Man (Game Gear)
Flash Stopper is used by Mega Man in the Mega Man animated series and in the Rockman 4 manga. In the cartoon, Mega Man uses it like Bright Man does by protruding a light bulb from his buster and shining a continual bright light, unlike the brief flash used in the games. Humorously, Mega Man also manages to use sunglasses to block the Flash Stopper's optic disabling effect.
The Flash Stopper made its debut in Issue 40 of the Mega Man Archie Comics serial, where Bright Man was modified by Mega Man on Dr. Wily and Dr. Cossack's orders (the latter being extremely reluctant to have him undergo the modifications). Upon the modification's completion, he used its full power to halt the Wily Walker in its tracks. The ability, however, caused some damage to Pharaoh Man, requiring that his creator inspect him.
|Time and Space Weapons|
|Mega Man Classic series||Astro Crush • Black Hole • Black Hole Bomb • Centaur Flash • Copy Vision • Flash Stopper • Gravity Hold |
Star Crash • Time Bomb • Time Slow • Time Stopper • Time Switch
|Mega Man X series||Dark Hold • Gravity Well • Soul Body • Squeeze Bomb • Twin Dream|
|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 • Wily Station • Wily Battleship|
|Mega Man (Game Gear)|
|Bright Man • Stone Man • Star Man • Napalm Man • Wave Man • Toad Man • Dr. Wily|
|Mega Man's Weapons|
|Mega Buster • Flash Stopper • Power Stone • Star Crash • Napalm Bomb • Water Wave • Rain Flush|
|100 Watton • Apache Joe • Asteroid • B Bitter • Baby Metall • Bomb Thrown • Bounder • Changkey Maker • Dachone • Daidine • Dompan|
Gas • Giree • Gyotot • Hirarian 427 • Irucan • Jet Bomb • Lyric • Metall Cannon • Metall Mommy • Minoan • Mizzile • Mousubeil
Power Muscler • Puyoyon • Rackaser • Ratton • Rider Joe • Rock Thrown • Rolling Drill • Scworm • Sniper Armor • Space Metall
Springer • Swallown • Subeil • Sumatran • Taban • Tatepakkan • Teckyun • Tondeall • Toss Machine • Totem Polen
Twin Cannon • Yudon • V
|- Sub-bosses -|
|Escaroo • Octoper OA|
|Extra Life • Life Energy • Weapon Energy • Energy Tank • Mystery Tank|
|Battan • Bottomless Pit • Force Beam • Spikes • Mega Man (Game Gear) Damage Data Chart|