"Ohhh, what a drag..."
—Hard Man, Mega Man & Bass database

Hard Man (ハードマン Hādoman) is a Robot Master created by Dr. Light and Dr. Wily, making his debut appearance in Mega Man 3. He has a hard, durable body made of ceratanium, which makes his body highly resistant to attacks and grants him remarkable defense. However, it also makes him very heavy, with his weight being three tons, and affects his movement speed considerably.

His Special Weapon is the Hard Knuckle, which allows him to detach his fists and attack from afar with rocket-powered punches, and also has a compact rocket booster built into himself that allows him to jump high into the air. He can utilise his jumping ability in combination with his excessive weight to attack by leaping up and diving down onto his opponents to crush them, or to smash the floor and cause tremors that can stun nearby foes.


Whilst generally known to be a man of few words, Hard Man is a fair-minded individual who prefers to fight his opponents on equal terms, which puts him at odds with the much more pragmatic Snake Man. Due to his weight, he is very lazy and complains quite often. He enjoys Sumo Wrestling, a sport in which he can put his weight to good use, but dislikes swimming because the weight of his metal exterior causes him to sink.

Video game appearances

Mega Man 3

Hard Man is one of the eight bosses. In battle, he will start shooting two Hard Knuckles at Mega Man, which then will boomerang back at him if he avoided them. The best way for the player to avoid them is to jump over the first knuckle so the second knuckle fires in the air above Mega Man, then jump over the first knuckle again so the second one goes through the air, missing Mega Man. Hard Man will then jump at Mega Man's location and stomp the ground, causing an earthquake and paralyzing Mega Man even if he is in mid-air. The player has to get out of the way to avoid it. Hard Man will repeat the pattern over and over.

His weakness is the Magnet Missile, which is able to hit him better when he jumps to cause the earthquake. He is also weak to his own weapon, the Hard Knuckle, but it can only be tested on him on the rematch in the Wily Castle, like the other Robot Masters. Any of his weakness defeats him in seven hits.

Mega Man II

Hard Man is one of the four bosses fought in the Wily Castle. He acts in the same way as Mega Man 3.

Yamato Man

Super Adventure Rockman

Hard Man was one of the robots revived by Ra Moon in the Lanfront Ruins, appearing as the second boss of Episode 3. When Rockman enters a garden-like place in the Temple of the Moon, Hard Man drops from the ceiling and attempts to crush Rockman. However Hard Man missed and gets his head stuck in the ground, and the player must defeat him. After the battle, he falls to pieces and acid begins to flood the room, melting Hard Man's parts.

Hard Man is later revived by Ra Moon again, but Wily is betrayed by Ra Moon and his robots are attacked, collapsing. They are apparently destroyed alongside the Temple of the Moon.

Rockman Strategy

Hard Man and Cut Man serve as Libra's bodyguard, and Hard Man later joins Freeze Man in attacking Blues.

Yamato Spear

Other appearances

Hard Man in Capcom World 2.


Mega Man & Bass CD data


Rockman Complete Works data


Mega Man Legacy Collection text: He has a special body reinforced with ceratanium. He weighs three tons. Dodge his Hard Knuckle at the edge of the arena.

Stage enemies

Hard Man's stage concept art.

Enemies in Hard Man's stage.

Damage data chart

Amount of damage in units that Hard Man receives from each Special Weapon in Mega Man 3.

Mega Man 3
Mega Buster Needle Cannon Magnet Missile Gemini Laser Hard Knuckle Top Spin Search Snake Spark Shock Shadow Blade
1 0 4 1 4 0 0 0 0

Other media

Mega Man (Ruby-Spears)

"Let me give the little twerp a HARD time!"
―Hard Man, Bad Day at Peril Park

Hard Man in the Mega Man cartoon show.

Hard Man appeared in the episode Bad Day at Peril Park from Ruby Spears' Mega Man animated series voiced by Terry Klassen. Hard Man proves to be much more durable than his game counterpart, able to deflect Mega Man's buster shots off his body except for his vulnerable face. Mega Man defeats Hard Man by shooting his mouth, causing Hard Man's body to burst from inside, leaving nothing behind in his spot barring a pile of scrap metal. He also likes to make jokes involving the word "hard". He doesn't use his Hard Knuckle, instead relying on punches and throws, but Mega Man uses it himself to fight Proto Man. Hard Man has very few changes to his design other than getting a visible nose, just like Gemini Man.

Mega Man (Archie Comics)

In the comic, Dr. Wily used Ra Moon to create Hard Man during the story arc Spiritus Ex Machina. Hard Man was designed by Wily and Dr. Light but not built until that point in time.

Mega Man Megamix and related works

Hard Man is a land leveling robot. Similar to Guts Man, Hard Man's external armor is made of a Ceratanium super-alloy. His body is shaped like a cylinder, which allows him to withstand a greater amount of impact than even Guts Man. His main weapon are the Hard Knuckles attached to his arms, which are launched from his elbows via rocket booster, and fly towards the intended target by relying on signals from Hard Man himself. He also has boosters on his lower waist as well as the bottom of his feet, which lift his three-ton body into the air. Hard Man is a robot built for pure power who uses his solid body and great weight for both offensive and defensive purposes.

In the story Asteroid Blues, Hard Man assists in the attack to the transport with Gamma to gather alien technology to Dr. Wily.

In Metal Heart, Dr. Wily sends Hard Man and the other robots from Mega Man 3 to recover Yellow Devil MK-II. During the pursuit, he is accidentally taken down by Magnet Man when trapped in a small room with security robots.

When a white alien robot invaded Wily's hideout, Hard Man, alongside the robots from Mega Man 3 and 7 (minus Shadow Man and Shade Man) work together to take down the intruder, but they are defeated. He is later repaired and assists Mega Man and the others during the attack of the Stardroids.

Other appearances

Hard Man appeared in the manga Rockman World 2, Rockman: Yomigaeru Blues, and Rockman 4Koma Dai Koushin.






Hard Man's boss submission.

  • Hard Man's submission to the boss character contest was named “Press Man” before being renamed Hard Man.
  • Officially, it is unknown what he was built for.
  • Bit Man's mugshot from the PC version of Mega Man 3 is an edit of Hard Man's mugshot.
  • Hard Man and Top Man were the only two Robot Masters who did not appear in the Mega Man 3 handheld by Tiger Electronics.
  • Hard Man and Gemini Man are the only two Robot Masters from Mega Man 3 to not have a NetNavi counterpart.
  • The reason why Hard Man dislikes swimming according to his Mega Man & Bass CD data, is because he is so heavy that if he tried to swim, he would immediately sink straight to the bottom.
  • In Rockman Strategy, Hard Man's map sprite has eyes and a white face, while his battle sprite has no eyes and has a purple face.
  • Hard Man is the only Robot Master whose shockwaves Mega Man is susceptible to in the air.