- "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
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.
Hard Man is one of the four bosses fought in the Wily Castle. He acts in the same way as Mega Man 3.
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.
- Hard Man appears in the CD database from Mega Man & Bass.
- Hard Man appears in Battle Memory from Rockman ×over.
- Hard Man is an enemy in the arcade game Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2.
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.
Enemies in Hard Man's stage.
- Mid-boss: Proto Man (not present in Game Boy version)
- Bikky (not present in Game Boy version)
- Hammer Joe
- Metall DX (not present in Game Boy version)
- Returning Monking
- Pickelman Bull
- Have "Su" Bee (with Chibees)
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|
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.
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 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.
- 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.
|Mega Man II|
|The eight bosses|
|Metal Man • Air Man • Crash Man • Wood Man • Needle Man • Magnet Man • Hard Man • Top Man|
|Quint • Wily Machine II|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Metal Blade • Air Shooter • Crash Bomber • Leaf Shield • Needle Cannon • Magnet Missile • Hard Knuckle • Top Spin • Sakugarne|
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet • Rush Marine|
|Damage Data Chart • Enemies|
|Super Adventure Rockman|
|Mega Man • Beat • Rush • Dr. Light • Roll • Proto Man • Dr. Wily • Ra Moon|
Cut Man • Guts Man • Ice Man • Bomb Man • Fire Man • Elec Man
|Metal Man • Bubble Man • Heat Man • Flash Man • Quick Man • Shadow Man|
Wood Man • Air Man • Crash Man • Snake Man • Needle Man • Gemini Man
Magnet Man • Hard Man • Top Man • Spark Man • Ra Thor • New Yellow Devil
|Metal Blade • Bubble Lead • Atomic Fire • Time Stopper • Quick Boomerang • Shadow Blade|
Leaf Shield • Air Shooter • Crash Bomber • Search Snake • Needle Cannon • Gemini Laser
Magnet Missile • Hard Knuckle • Top Spin • Spark Shock
|Enemies • Energy Tank • Information Card • Item Box • Lanfront Ruins • Proto Shield|
|Mega Man • Beat • Rush • Dr. Light • Roll|
Proto Man • Duo • Auto • Eddie • Fan • Dr. Wily
|Aries • Taurus • Gemini • Cancer • Leo • Virgo|
Libra • Scorpio • Sagittarius • Capricorn • Aquarius • Pisces
Bass • Treble • Apollo • Luna • Wily Machine α • Wily Capsule α
|Fire Man • Cut Man• Bomb Man • Flame Man • Ice Man • Frost Man|
Guts Man • Metal Man • Elec Man • Spark Man • Cloud Man • Heat Man
Napalm Man • Bubble Man • Freeze Man • Hard Man • Yamato Man • Tomahawk Man
Pharaoh Man • Burst Man • Dive Man • Aqua Man • Stone Man • Astro Man
Knight Man •Sword Man •Skull Man
|Characters and Enemies • Screws • Dr. Light's Laboratory • Items • Script|