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Example of a Short Circuits segment.

Short Circuits is a section at the end of the Archie Comics issues of Mega Man based on the Off Panel sections of the Sonic the Hedgehog series that serve a similar purpose. Here the characters are free to partake in comical actions that would otherwise be too silly or distracting from the storyline. Almost anything goes within these panels.

During the Worlds Collide crossover, the Off Panel section in the Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe comics featured Mega Man characters, while the Short Circuits in the Mega Man comics featured some Sonic characters. The Off Panel section for Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 252, immediately following the aforementioned crossover, had Sonic discovering Bunnie Rabbot-D'Coolette, Mecha Sally, Ixis Naugus, and the still-comatose Antoine D'Coolette waiting for him in a sinister manner when he was to return to his book, causing Sonic to plan to sleep at Mega Man's place on the couch.

Mega Man and Sonic characters would later interact in humor strips again during the Worlds Unite crossover. Afterwards, Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 276 included a mention of every Mega Man character from the crossover, with Sonic expressing interest in another crossover, only to be told that it wouldn't happen. This was most likely a reference to the hiatus that the Mega Man series went on after Mega Man Issue 55.

List of Short Circuits

While the Short Circuits are untitled in the issues they appear, starting in Mega Man 2: Time Keeps Slipping, they have a title in the graphic novels.

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