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This article is about the Mega Man Battle Network character. For his anime counterpart, see Lan Hikari (anime).
"Jack in, MegaMan! Execute!"
―Lan Hikari, Mega Man Battle Network

Lan Hikari, known as Netto Hikari (ひかり 熱斗ねっと Hikari Netto) in Japan, is the human protagonist of the Mega Man Battle Network series. His NetNavi is MegaMan.EXE. During the first half of the series, he is 11 years old and a 5th grader at ACDC Elementary School, but enters the 6th grade during the epilogue of Mega Man Battle Network 3 and has his 12th birthday around that time. His birthday is June 10th. [7]

Lan is the son of the world-renowned scientist Dr. Yuichiro Hikari and his wife Haruka Hikari, as well as the grandson of Tadashi Hikari. For most of the series, Lan's greatest wish is to become a famous NetBattler, though at the end of the series he decides instead to become a Net Researcher like his father before him. Despite his connections to the Electopian government and SciLab (through his father), Lan still counts as a civilian, and his activities in the series cause him to clash with Net Battler Eugene Chaud, who initially treats him as an interference in Official NetBattler affairs.

Together, Lan and MegaMan are a powerful operator and Navi Virus Busting duo. They battle against various global criminal organizations, including the net-mafia Gospel, the Dark Chip syndicate Nebula, and the various incarnations of the terrorist organization World Three.


Lan stands at 142.8 cm and has brown eyes and untidy brown hair, which he keeps out of his face with a bandana bearing the Hikari family mark. His upper-body attire consists of a white long-sleeved shirt with black squares on the elbows under an orange vest. From the waist down, he wears black shorts with yellow stripes on the sides, black ankle-socks, and orange shoes with black stripes. He carries detachable roller blades that allow him to instantly modify his shoes. He will often be seen with his backpack.

He almost always carries his PET with him, and the later versions usually come with a pouch or a strap to carry it with.


Lan is outgoing, headstrong, and has a strong sense of justice, though he is often lazy, often sleeping in causing him being late to prior engagements (even if he is the one who set them up), and is a poor student in school, much to Ms. Mari's frustration and despite MegaMan's nagging, though he has the highest grades in Virus Busting. Lan enjoys sports such as soccer and inline skating, which is shown in his preference to skate wherever he goes. He is shown to have a large appetite, often indulging when food is around.

As an operator, Lan is able to concentrate in a way he cannot bring himself to do in other situations, and is quick to jump into action to save the day while others panic, even at his own risk. He has a keen sense of deduction, though he often has a simplistic way of looking at things. Despite his aptitude for Net Battling, Lan's ego and arrogance often lead to him making careless mistakes which sometimes put people he cares about in danger.

His simple outlook on life also leads to several other problems, such as his emotional vulnerability, which has been exploited. Late in the third game, his vanity and then his trust are both abused in succession, and he is left believing that he is guilty for putting thousands of lives in danger, including his father's, causing him to fall into depression. When he finally arises, his worldview is tempered with a better understanding of evil.


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Lan was born little more than a decade prior to the events of the Mega Man Battle Network series to Yuichiro Hikari and Haruka Hikari, along with his older twin, Hub. However, Hub suffered from a fatal heart condition known as HBD, and died early on in life before Lan would know of him, though he would live on, unbeknownst to Lan, as MegaMan.EXE. His grandfather, Tadashi Hikari, also died early on, though Lan knew of him.

Mega Man Battle Network

11 year old Lan Hikari was going on his normal life with his NetNavi, MegaMan, but found himself involved in multiple dangerous incidents. He and his friends were pitted against the evil secret society, WWW, who are bent on destroying Net Society. They learn the leader, Wily, has a grudge against the Hikari family due to his grandfather. In a twist of events that resulted in MegaMan's near-deletion, Lan learns a secret that his father has kept from him for years; MegaMan is Lan's deceased twin brother, Hub. Afterwards, with the duo restored and stronger than ever, they stop Wily and the hacking activities have been eliminated.

Mega Man Battle Network 2

It is the summer after WWW's defeat, Lan tried to enjoy his vacation and do his summer homework, but found himself fighting the Net Mafia Gospel, who are attempting to clone the SuperNavi Bass. He also participates in obtaining a City NetBattler license, going up the ranks to get more Net traveling privileges. When he gets involved in Official NetBattler affairs, he obtains a passport and travels abroad for the first time to Netopia. The many unfortunate incidents of going abroad led to him and MegaMan to have a big fight, but the two quickly made up. During their final battle against Gospel, Lan and MegaMan perform Full Synchro for the first time and stop the SuperNavi clone project.

Mega Man Battle Network 3

A few months after Gospel's defeat, school starts up again and Lan found himself going against a revived WWW, who are attempting to resurrect the primal Internet, and the real Bass. Lan and friends are also invited to join the N1 Grand Prix tournament. After discovering the tournament was a sham, a set of circumstances led him to befriend Mamoru Ura, who has the same disease that his brother had, HBD. In their final battle against WWW, Lan was forced to abandon MegaMan and left him trapped in the primal Internet's destructing body. This left Lan having to live his life without MegaMan. Many months later, Lan's Dad was miraculously able to save MegaMan and the two are reunited.

Mega Man Battle Network 4

Sometime after the revived WWW's defeat, Lan learns about the many tournaments being conducted around this time. He and MegaMan participate and succeed in Den City's regional tournament, then the Electopian national tournament, and finally invited to the world tournament in Netopia. At the same time of these tournament, Lan found himself in incidents created by the mysterious Dark Chip Syndicate, Nebula. The tournaments was a device to find the greatest NetBattler in the world to help stop the incoming Duo's asteroid. The leader of Nebula, Dr. Regal, tried to get in Lan and MegaMan's way, but the duo was able to stop Regal and save the world from Duo's asteroid.

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Rockman.EXE Phantom of Network

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Mega Man Battle Network 5

A month after Nebula's apparent defeat, Dr. Regal and his organization returns, kidnapping Lan's father as well as the PETs of his friends, and claim the land of many areas on the Internet. Lan is recruited into Team ProtoMan/Team Colonel to help liberate the Internet areas by operating other Navis and to stop Nebula. At one point, MegaMan is also kidnapped and corrupted to the Dark Power, forcing him to use another Navi as his main navigator, but they later manage to get MegaMan back. Along the way, he learns the past of his grandfather and Wily through notes left by Gramps, Past Vision, and Gow. He also learns Regal is Wily's son. Lan and his team were able to crush Nebula with the help of the mysterious Baryl and Colonel.

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Mega Man Battle Network 6

Some time after Nebula's defeat, Lan moves to a new town, Cyber City's Central Town, due to his Dad's job, and battles a third iteration of the WWW. Along the way he befriends a mysterious girl named Iris, and gets involved with the awakening of the dangerous Cybeasts, Gregar and Falzar. The WWW threat forced Lan to get more inventive and jacks MegaMan in CopyBots to solve dangerous tasks, he also discovers his former allies, Baryl and Colonel, are now part of the WWW. He joins in a contest and wins, making MegaMan the mascot of Cyber City's pavilion. The expo however was a cover for Wily's newest base, who succeeds in putting Gregar and Falzar in giant CopyBots. Lan learns Iris is a NetNavi, then him, MegaMan, Baryl, Iris, and Colonel all work together to stop Wily and the Cybeasts.

In the series epilogue, Lan achieves his goal of becoming a scientist from SciLab. He marries Mayl, and lives with her in his old house in ACDC Town; together they have a son named Patch.

Other appearances

Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge

Lan is one of six playable characters in Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge, a non-canon game in the series.

Mega Man Star Force 2

Lan makes an indirect cameo in Mega Man Star Force 2 when a Battle Network game is inserted in the W Slot of the Nintendo DS, which will unlock a bonus sidequest that will send Geo Stelar and Omega-Xis around the world collecting Lan's diary entries, which refer to events following the series epilogue in the sixth game including Lan's marriage to Mayl, his son Patch, and Patch's Navi MegaMan Junior.

In one of Lan's diaries, he mentioned his bond with MegaMan, and how it has granted them an "almost miraculous power" that helped them pull through hard times. Lan puts forth his research on this power at SciLab and calls it the "Link Hypothesis". He believes that bonds contain an incredible power and that it will benefit the world. Lan also holds true to the belief that future generations will be able to use it to create an even brighter future for all. This is a reference to Geo making good use of this power to its full potential, known in the Star Force games as Link Power.

Mega Man X DiVE

Lan appears talking to MegaMan through the PET screen when MegaMan is selected as the player character.

Rockman Xover

Lan appears as a Battle Memory in Rockman Xover.

Onimusha Blade Warriors

Lan appeared alongside MegaMan in Onimusha Blade Warriors.

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Rockman EXE Battle Chip Stadium

"He has saved the Cyberworld many times in a pinch, along with Rockman. He has a strong sense of justice and never overlooks any evil."
―Netto's description, Rockman EXE Battle Chip Stadium Official Full Guide Ver. 1 Version
"Me and Rockman are the strongest duo ever!"
―Netto Hikari, Rockman EXE Battle Chip Stadium Official Full Guide Ver. 1 Version

Netto appears as Rockman's operator in the game.

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Lan in the anime.

Main article: Lan Hikari (anime)

Lan, alongside MegaMan, is the protagonist from the anime MegaMan NT Warrior, which loosely adapts the events of the video games with large deviations. In the MegaMan NT Warrior Axess and later, he gains the ability to merge with MegaMan using Cross Fusion and become Cross Fusion MegaMan to fight Navis in the real world.


MegaMan NT Warrior

Main article: Lan Hikari (MegaMan NT Warrior manga)

Lan is also the protagonist of the manga, again with MegaMan.

Battle Story MegaMan NT Warrior



Main article: Lan Hikari/Gallery


  • Netto and Saito are puns on the words "Net" and "Site", which are loanwords used in Japan for the internet and individual websites. Lan and Hub's English names are references to "Lan" and "Hub", which are both networking terms.
  • "Hikari" is the Japanese word for "light". Lan's Last name, as well as the Hikari family as a whole, is a parallel to Dr. Light from the classic series, though Dr. Light himself appears as Tadashi Hikari.



Art of Lan eating Chinese-style style fried rice and hamburger.

  • Lan's blood type is B, and his favorite food is Chinese-style fried rice (Choina-style?) and seasoned nori (dried seaweed). He hates white spring onions and the mysterious sweets his mom sometimes makes [8].
    • In the Japanese version of Mega Man Battle Network 4, Lan proclaims himself as a curry enthusiast [9]. He samples Flave's five-star curry and manages to insult the chef by declaring he prefers his mother's. When interrogating JunkMan while he's impersonating MegaMan, he asks "what is his favorite food", where he reveals it's Katsu Curry (Curry with chicken cutlets) [10]. The English version mistranslates the former with him not liking curry [11]and replaces the latter with hamburgers [12].
    • In the MegaMan NT Warrior manga (Ryo Takamisaki), Lan's favorite food is his mom's Curry Rice.
  • As a character, Lan is distinguished by the three firsts for the MegaMan franchise: he is the first human protagonist, the first character to share protagonist status with another (in this case with the eponymous MegaMan.EXE), and the first protagonist to be a non-combatant, though this final distinction is dispensed with in the anime adaptation, where Lan is given the ability to use Cross Fusion and personally enter combat himself. In the games and manga, Lan is strictly MegaMan's operator, and his role is combat-support.
  • In the English Mega Man Network Transmission manual, Lan's last name is mistakenly spelled as "Hikaru", which is another word for light.


  2. Yuichiro: “Lan,you're growing up son! Already 11! Ha-ha...” -Mega Man Battle Network 2, after ShadowMan
  3. Rockman EXE no Himitsu pg.84
  4. Yuichiro: “The program I created 12 years ago so that I could install Hub's DNA data into MegaMan... the memory expansion program,"ExaMem"...” -Mega Man Battle Network 6
  5. Lan: “Has it really been 20 years?” -Battle Network 6
  6. Spanish Mega Man Network Transmission manual
  7. Rockman EXE no Himitsu, page 84:
  8. Rockman EXE no Himitsu, page 84
  9. Netto:" じゃ、じゃあオレも!! むかしから カレーには 目がなくてさ!!"
  10. Netto: "あー、そういや オレの だいこうぶつって なんだっけ?" -スキヤキ -コロッケ +カツカレー "そうそう、あげたてのカツに トロっとカレーがかかってるのが サイコーなんだよ"
  11. Lan: "Me too! I never did like curry,too!"
  12. Lan: "All right,what's my favorite food?" -Steak -Hotdogs +Hamburgers
    "Yeah, with extra mayo and ketchup! Now I'm hungry!"