|This page is about the Robot Master Bubble Man. To find information on his NetNavi counterpart, see BubbleMan.EXE.|
- "Go ahead! Fight your way though every robot I stationed here! Avoid every trap I so carefully laid out. I'll be waiting for you. I'll be here preparing your watery grave! And I'll say 'Welcome to Davy Jones' Locker!' "
- ―Bubble Man, Mega Man (Archie Comics)
Bubble Man (バブルマン Baburuman?) is the first aquatic Robot Master created by Dr. Wily for underwater combat. However, a defect in his system makes him unable to walk on land, being only able to move by jumping. After seeing this, Wily couldn't help but laugh at his way of moving. Despite this flaw, Bubble Man is at home in the water, being able to swim at remarkable speed.
Bubble Man attacks with normal shots from a Buster on his arm, and can fire his Special Weapon, the Bubble Lead, from both the aforementioned arm cannon and a special Bubble Gun on top of his head. Bubble Man can utilise the bubbles for several different purposes, including hitting opponents with bursts of small bubbles and blowing larger and more durable bubbles to either wrap opponents inside to trap them temporarily, or for Bubble Man himself to hide in as a shield.
Despite often being the butt of jokes due to his design flaws, Bubble Man is an affable and high-spirited individual, but has a bad habit of lavishly spending money when he has it. He enjoys bathing in hot springs in his spare time, but much like the later-introduced Wave Man, has a vehement dislike for water pollution, especially oil slicks.
Video game appearances
Bubble Man's battle takes place underwater, so Mega Man will be able to jump much higher than usual. The player must be careful not to jump too high, as there are instant-death spikes on the ceiling. When the battle begins, Bubble Man will shoot three Bubble Leads, then jump over to the other side of the room. The bubbles are avoided by passing under them when they are bouncing. He'll repeat this strategy several times. If Mega Man tries to jump, Bubble Man will shoot him down with his arm cannon. He is vulnerable to attacks when he shoots his bubbles or when he lands.
His weakness, the Metal Blade, eliminates the need of jumping to attack and deals considerable damage to him. It defeats him in four hits in Normal Mode and seven in Difficult.
An alternate weapon to this is the Quick Boomerang, but the player should be careful using it, as it is a close range weapon. It defeats him in seven boomerangs and fourteen in Difficult setting.
In Mega Man 3, the second Doc Robot in Gemini Man's stage copies Bubble Man's moves, and before the battle, Bubble Man has a cameo appearance as program data copied by Doc Robot. This Doc Robot is weak against Spark Shock and Shadow Blade.
Bubble Man is one of the four bosses from Mega Man 2 that appears in Dr. Wily's teleport system inside the Wily Castle. His actions are similar to Mega Man 2 and he is weak to Quick Boomerang.
Bubble Man appears in the Boss Card Bubble Card (バブルカード Baburu Kādo?).
Bubble Man is a balanced player that doesn't have his own team. In Tournament mode, he is a member of the Cut Man, Elec Man, Pharaoh Man, Skull Man, Enker, and Proto Man teams. In League mode, he is a member of the Mega Man and Cut Man teams.
- "You can't move once you're caught in Bubble Man's bubble. Attack with a sharp weapon that can cut through the bubble!"
- —Dr. Light
Sixteen of Dr. Wily's robots from Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 are rebuilt by Ra Moon, including Bubble Man. After Mega Man defeats the first boss, Metal Man, he will spot a river and the player must decide if he pass by the river or by the nearby mountain. If the player choose the river, Mega Man will be attacked and fall into a deep part of the river, where he will fight against Bubble Man. If the player loses to Bubble Man, the deactivated Mega Man sinks into an underwater crevasse, and will not be given the option to continue.
On the other hand, if the player choose the mountain, Mega Man will meet Guts Man on the other side, who says that he found Bubble Man defeated (apparently by Proto Man) and took his Bubble Lead to give to Mega Man, and Mega Man fights against Heat Man instead.
Near the end of the game, Dr. Wily's robots (except for Shadow Man) are revived, and Wily orders them to destroy the captured Mega Man. However, Ra Moon attacks the fifteen robots, revealing his true intentions, and when Wily orders the newly created Ra Thor to destroy Ra Moon, but he attacks Wily's robots. Mega Man is freed and he defeats Ra Thor, but Ra Moon reveals he created a robot called New Yellow Devil. Wily orders his robots to attack the New Yellow Devil, but their attacks cause no harm and it knocks down all robots. If the player is defeated, Mega Man can ask the robots to help him, and they will give their remaining energy to Mega Man and shut down. Their bodies are apparently destroyed in the explosion of Ra Moon's temple.
- Bubble Man appears in the CD database from Mega Man & Bass.
- Bubble Man is a boss in Mega Man Pinball.
- Metal Man is one of the five bosses present in the first version of Panic Shot! Rockman.
- Bubble Man appears in Battle Memory from Rockman ×over.
- Bubble Man would appear in the cancelled game Mega Man Universe.
Translation: The first underwater dedicated humanoid robot, in fact he can't walk due to the waterproof process, all movement underwater is done by jumping. When moving long distances, even Wily laughed a lot of its cuteness. Special Weapon is Bubble Lead.
Enemies in Bubble Man's stage, the first underwater stage from the series. It is filled with spikes in the ceiling, which are dangerous as Mega Man jumps higher due to the buoyancy.
Damage Data Chart
Amount of damage in units that Bubble Man receives from each Special Weapon in Mega Man 2.
|Mega Man 2|
|Mode||Mega Buster||Metal Blade||Air Shooter||Bubble Lead||Quick Boomerang||Crash Bomber||Time Stopper||Atomic Fire||Leaf Shield|
- *Any data with a "+" represents the weapon actually restoring the boss's health.
Bubble Man appeared in episode 20 of Captain N: The Game Master, where he and other robots play soccer against the main characters. This version has a round blue body and a tank of water on his head.
In the manga Mega Man Megamix, Bubble Man has his arm cannon on his right arm instead of his left arm; his arm cannon is a spear gun, he has screw propellers under his foot, and he has a "W" on his knees and belt. Bubble Man made a very short appearance in the story "Orders to Destroy R", where he's in the sea near the Wily Castle. He attacks Mega Man while he was approaching. Heat Man, who was pursuing Mega Man, was kicked into the water, making the water boil with his heat. Bubble Man had to swim away to avoid damage in the overheated water.
Mega Man (Archie Comics)
Bubble Man first appears in Archie Comics' Mega Man in issue #8, where he is built by Wily. In issue #9 he is the second of Wily's Robot Masters Mega Man has to fight. He becomes angry at the Blue Bomber for destroying the waste-management robots around his area that were weaponized to fight him. Feeling mocked, Bubble Man declares that he wait and prepare to destroy him. At that moment, Mega Man appears and asks Bubble Man if he's seen a dangerous Robot Master. Angered even more, Bubble Man shoots a Bubble Lead at him. Mega Man reacts by shooting a Leaf Shield at Bubble Man, destroying the aquatic Robot Master by slicing him to pieces.
Later, Bubble Man and the rest of Wily's Robot Masters were reconstructed by Ra Moon in the Lanfront Ruins. They subsequently worked under both Wily and Dr. Eggman during the Worlds Collide crossover event, in which they were pitted against not only Mega Man and his allies but also a team of heroes from another universe led by Sonic the Hedgehog. Bubble Man served as part of a large army of time-cloned Robot Masters, but was restored to his proper place in time after Mega Man undid the effects of the doctors' Genesis Wave. Thanks to Ra Moon's role in his rebirth, he was immune as the evil alien computer spread its EMP field across the planet. Unbeknownst to him and his brothers, Dr. Wily had been betrayed by the computer, who sought to dominate the Earth.
Bubble Man, alongside Heat Man, Flash Man, and Metal Man confronted the Blue Bomber alongside Guts Man, Cut Man, Bomb Man, and Rush. During the ensuing confrontation between the two factions of the Robot Masters, Bubble Man, while pouncing on Bomb Man and taunting them, almost let slip that they were actually serving Ra Moon instead of Wily, which resulted in Metal Man throwing one of his Metal Blades inches from Bubble Man as a subtle yet strict warning that he not tell them anything. After Mega Man copied Metal Man's powers under Bomb Man's suggestion, Mega Man disabled Bubble Man's Bubble Lead ability by cutting his tank, and then copied Bubble Man after Guts Man, on Mega Man's orders, punched him towards Mega Man. Later Bubble Man and the rest of the first line of Wily Robot Masters decide to team up with Mega Man, joining up together to fight Ra Moon and the second line of robot masters who are under his control. During the fight Bubble Man and his brothers' immunity to the electromagnetic wave of Ra Moon is taken away and they are shut down, but are reactivated after the supercomputer defeat.
Wily's first line of Robot Masters-Bubble Man included-soon departed to begin work on their master's new fortress while the new line of Masters-together with Break Man-set out to capture and recruit Shadow Man. Following the success of this mission, all of Wily's Robot Masters completed his base; the new line of Masters was subsequently dispatched to steal the Energy Elements from Gamma, Dr. Light's latest creation. Bubble Man and his brothers were then ordered to hand over their Integrated circuits and weapon data to Break Man for use in the Doc Robot, something they all protested but eventually submitted to. As a result, their personalities were all evident in the Doc Robot, with Bubble Man proving surprisingly aggressive and willing to turn the Bubble Lead against Roll despite Wood Man's apparent objections. After destroying Light Labs, the Doc Robot returned to Wily Castle, where Bubble Man's body and those of his brothers were placed in capsules by Break Man. Doc Robot later reported Mega Man's arrival to Wily and watched with him as Mega Man and Break Man did battle, with Bubble Man's voice admiring Proto Man's jumping ability before the gestalt was sent to prepare for Mega Man's intrusion if he defeated Break Man.
- His dislike for oil slicks could be a reference of how oil doesn't mix with water. This could also make a reference that he and Oil Man are rivals.
- Bubble Man and Flash Man were the only two Robot Masters from Mega Man 2 not to appear in the Ruby Spears cartoon series.
- In his sprite from Mega Man 2 and Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, his arm cannon appears on his left arm when he is looking to the right side of the screen. In Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, his cannon is on his left arm when looking to the left.
- Two of Bubble Man's names from his early designs were Water Man and Pump Man. The name Pump Man would then go-on to be used in Mega Man 10.
- Bubble Man's appearance in Captain N: The Game Master bears a small resemblance to Aqua Man from Mega Man 8.
- Due to limitations of the systems, in many of the games, the blue parts of Bubble Man's head instead appears as green.
- Despite being defeated by the Leaf Shield in the Archie comics, Bubble Man doesn't take any damage from it in the games. This was a deliberate decision by writer Ian Flynn, to show how lame Bubble Man is, as he admitted in an interview with Nintendo Power.
- Bubble Man, Heat Man and Wood Man are the only three robot Masters in Mega Man 2 to be healed by their own weapon.
- Bubble Man is weak to the Metal Blade because of how bubbles are easily popped by sharp objects.
|Mega Man 2|
|List of Robot Masters|
|Metal Man • Air Man • Bubble Man • Quick Man • Crash Man • Flash Man • Heat Man • Wood Man|
|Mecha Dragon • Picopico-kun • Guts Tank • Boobeam Trap • Wily Machine 2 • Alien|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Metal Blade • Air Shooter • Bubble Lead • Quick Boomerang • Crash Bomber • Time Stopper • Atomic Fire • Leaf Shield|
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Item-1 • Item-2 • Item-3|
|List of Enemies|
| "Acid" • Anko • Batton • Big Fish • Blocky • Changkey • Changkey Maker • Copipi • Claw • Fly Boy • Goblin • Kaminari Goro • Kerog|
Kukku • M-445 • Matasaburo • Mole • Monking • Neo Metall • Petit Goblin • "Petit Kerog" • Pierrobot • Pipi • Press • Returning Sniper Joe
Robbit • Scworm • Shotman • Shrink • Sniper Armor • Springer • Tanishi • Telly
|- Sub-bosses -|
|Game Script • List of Enemies • Damage Data Chart • Miscellaneous Data|
|Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge|
|List of Robot Masters|
|Cut Man • Ice Man • Fire Man • Elec Man • Bubble Man • Quick Man • Flash Man • Heat Man|
|Enker • Wily Machine World Number 1|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Rolling Cutter • Ice Slasher • Fire Storm • Thunder Beam • Bubble Lead • Quick Boomerang • Time Stopper • Atomic Fire • Mirror Buster|
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Damage Data Chart • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge Script • Enemies|
|Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters|
|List of Playable Characters|
|Mega Man • Proto Man • Bass • Duo|
|List of Bosses|
| - Search for Wily! -|
Shadow Man • Plant Man • Gyro Man • Centaur Man • Bubble Man • Heat Man
- Rescue Roll! -
Cut Man • Stone Man • Shade Man • Elec Man • Dive Man • Slash Man
- Recover the new parts! -
Guts Man • Pharaoh Man • Air Man • Quick Man • Gemini Man • Napalm Man
- Dr. Wily -
|List of Special Weapons|
| Shadow Blade • Plant Barrier • Gyro Attack • Centaur Arrow • Bubble Lead • Atomic Fire|
Rolling Cutter • Power Stone • Noise Crush • Thunder Beam • Dive Missile • Slash Claw
Super Arm • Pharaoh Wave • Air Shooter • Quick Boomerang • Gemini Laser • Napalm Bomb
|Rush • Beat • Treble|
|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|