- "Why don't you go first..."
- ―Splash Woman, Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide
Splash Woman (スプラッシュウーマン Supurasshu Ūman) is a Robot Master from Mega Man 9 that Dr. Light created to rescue swimmers from sinking ships, being an expert swimmer (due to her design as a mermaid) but having very poor land mobility. She possesses a beautiful voice and is fond of karaoke, but it is rumored that she has turned down numerous invitations to enter the world of show business, possibly having a dislike of large crowds. Splash Woman attacks by singing to call fish robots, tackling with her trident, and using her Special Weapon, the Laser Trident, which can emit a laser capable of penetrating tough surfaces such as shields and the hulls of ships.
Video game appearances
Splash Woman is one of the eight Robot Masters whose period of use had expired and was scheduled to be scrapped. Dr. Wily pretended to be concerned by offering to repair them, reprogramming the tricked robots to help him conquer the world.
In battle, Splash Woman will first call three groups of robot fishes to charge into the player that can be dodged by extended jumps. Then, when she is at the top of the area, she'll move around the room shooting the Laser Trident and finally try to tackle Mega Man with her trident.
Her weakness is the Hornet Chaser. The bees will fly around and can easily demolish the fish, and damage Splash Woman as she goes to the top of the screen. Take into account that after a bee kills fishes, it will continue until none are remaining and won't attack Splash Woman. However, they can still damage her if she is lured into them before they fly offscreen.
In the end credits picture, she is seen at the beach having her picture taken by Auto, having been rebuilt after the events of the game.
Damage Data Chart
Displays the amount of damage in units that Splash Woman will receive from each Special Weapon in Mega Man 9.
|Mega Man 9|
|Mega Buster||Proto Buster||Concrete Shot||Tornado Blow||Laser Trident||Plug Ball||Jewel Satellite||Hornet Chaser||Magma Bazooka||Black Hole Bomb|
- *For Proto Buster and Magma Bazooka, the first digit is the damage done when the weapon is fired normally; the second digit is damage done when the weapon is charged up.
Splash Woman's stage has a vertical bubble puzzle similar to the one from Wave Man's stage in Mega Man 5, which involve deadly spikes and Trophishes. There are also some puzzles which include more spikes and temporary platforms moving horizontally in either direction.
Appearance in other media
- Splash Woman, along with Roll, Kalinka and Plum are the only female main characters in the video games of the entire classic Mega Man series so far. She was the last of these to be introduced in the Archie Mega Man comic, following the introduction of exclusive characters Roslyn Krantz, Dr. Noele Lalinde, Quake Woman and Vesper Woman.
- Her male design, "Ocean Man" looks similar to Neptune.
- Splash Woman is the first and thus far only fightable female Robot Master.
- During development, Hornet Man was set to be the female Robot Master, named Honey Woman, while Splash Woman was designed as a male Robot Master named Ocean Man (オーシャンマン Ōshanman).
- In the Credits of Mega Man 9, Splash Woman is at a beach posing on a rock, getting her picture taken by Auto.
- Her interest in karaoke (the same as Guts Man) may be based off old stories that tell of sirens (often depicted as mermaid-like creatures in some folklore) singing so beautifully that young men would be lured to their doom.
- Splash Woman, along with Quick Man, Break Man, Galaxy Man, Sheep Man, and Tundra Man are the only Robot Masters whose design extended out of the stage select mugshot.
- Her Laser Trident is the Special Weapon that deals the most damage to Mega Man in Mega Man 9.
- Splash Woman is the only boss in Mega Man 9 that takes two bars of damage from the Mega Buster. Every other Robot Master in the game takes one. However, she does make up for this by remaining out of its range for most of the fight.
- Splash Woman is one of two Robot Masters to have an attack that involves other enemies, Hornet Man being the other. Some fortress bosses, including Big Pets from Mega Man 5, also produce additional enemies to help them fight.
- Splash Woman is one of the few Robot Masters to have non-humanoid legs. Some of the others include Centaur Man, who had four robotic hooves; Astro Man and Cloud Man, who hover in midair and did not have legs; Blizzard Man, who is attached to skis; and Napalm Man and Dark Man 1, who have caterpillar treads in place of feet.
- Ironically, Ocean Man has humanoid legs, as seen in his concept art.
- Splash Woman is the fourth Robot Master to be based on a mythical creature (mermaid). The others include Centaur Man (centaur), Tengu Man (tengu), and Shade Man (vampire).
- Her in-game sprites give her a vague resemblance to Leviathan (element, attacks and tendency to flood the room to distort the player) and Pandora (costume, attacks and the fact she floats, although outside water).
- Splash Woman's appearance and occupation make her very similar to the Rockman X manga's Marty, a mermaid-like Reploid created as a rescue worker, who also wields a spear weapon.
- Perhaps by coincidence, the fish that she summons bear a striking resemblance to Flounder from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid which was also adapted into a NES game by Capcom.
- The music used in the stage samples part of the "Hidden Character Theme" from Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.
- Splash Woman’s weakness to Hornet Chaser is a reference to women having a fear of bugs (specifically hornets) in pop cultureand in real life.