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Dust Man (ダストマン Dasutoman?) is a Robot Master with a built in vacuum cleaner, originally created by Doctor Mikhail Cossack to be used for sanitation, being able to inhale any type of garbage smaller than him. His powerful suction power got Dr. Wily's attention and he was modified into a combat robot to fight against Mega Man in Mega Man 4. Dust Man's Special Weapon is the Dust Crusher, a bomb encased in compacted scrap metal that can launch debris in several directions upon impact. He can also pull opponents towards himself with his vacuum.
Dust Man, while a good sanitation robot, often overestimates the amount of garbage he can handle, and thus his vacuum jets often get jammed due to the mass amount of garbage he can end up inhaling, which requires him to be cleaned out. He enjoys spring cleaning, but suffers from bad breath and a pollen allergy, and has an evident dislike of mice and other rodents. His weakness is the Ring Boomerang, which can jam his vacuum and render it inoperable.
Video game appearances
Dust Man is one of the eight bosses. He has two main means of attack. He'll shoot his Dust Crusher at Mega Man. This block splits into four debris each flying diagonally, which Mega Man can avoid by jumping over it and standing in place so the four debris also miss Mega Man. Dust Man's other attack is enabling his vacuum feature. Once activated, Mega Man will be sucked toward him, attempting to collide with him, and he is invincible while doing so. Sliding away from this is the easiest way to avoid running into Dust Man. He may also jump really high, enough to reach half screen. If he is about to land on Mega Man, he can avoid it by moving out of his way.
Dust Man is one of the six bosses from the "Mega Man 3~5" course. The same basic strategy from Mega Man 4 can be applied to Dust Man. Simply avoid his Dust Crusher when it splits, and slide away from him when he tries to suck Mega Man in or when he jumps. He is weak to Plant Barrier.
Playable characters may temporarily transform into Dust Man under certain conditions. If the Dust Man player stops on the building of other player, he will suck money from the owner.
Dust Man is a player that runs slowly, but has a strong kick and defense. A team of eight Dust Mans is one of the eight bosses in the Capcom Championship mode, and one Dust Man joins Mega Man's team after his defeat.
In Tournament mode his team is formed by three Dust Mans, Bomb Man, Air Man, Gemini Man, Top Man, and Toad Man. In League mode his team has three Dust Mans, two Air Mans, two Snake Mans, and one Dr. Wily.
- Dust Man appears in Rockman ×over as Battle Memory.
- Dust Man appears in the Sega game Dragon Coins.
Translation: (approximate) An automatic compression disposal robot that can inhale various garbage. His powerful suction power got Wily's attention and he was modified for combat. Special weapon is Dust Crusher.
Enemies in Dust Man's Stage in Mega Man 4, a waste disposal with a large press machine:
Enemies in Dust Man's stage in Mega Man III (Game Boy):
Damage Data Chart
Amount of damage in units that Dust Man receives from each Special Weapon in Mega Man 4.
|Mega Man 4|
|Mega Buster||Flash Stopper||Rain Flush||Drill Bomb||Pharaoh Shot||Ring Boomerang||Dust Crusher||Dive Missile||Skull Barrier||Wire Adaptor|
*For the Mega Buster and Pharaoh Shot, the first digit is when the weapon is fired normally and the second is when it is fully charged.
Dust Man appeared in the episode Incredible Shrinking Mega Man from Ruby Spears' Mega Man animated series voiced by Terry Klassen. His weapon is dramatically different in animated series-instead of the bomb, Mega Man copies the vacuum itself. He uses this to suck in bolts and shoot them out at high speed, reflecting Cut Man's Rolling Cutter back at him. His appearance also changes. His head is now in front of the vacuum instead of directly under it, and he has a red button on his forehead. Also, he retains his arm cannon, which he actually uses. However, instead of being a plasma cannon like Mega Man's, it seems to be a heat ray more along the lines of Pharaoh Man's cartoon weapon.
In the manga, Dr. Cossack developed Dust Man as a possible solution to the increasing waste management issues plaguing the city. Dust Man is equipped with a powerful vacuum duct which he uses to suck up the waste and fine metal particles that are produced in industrial areas. He is then able to crush all of the collected garbage and dust inside his body to form a tightly compact mass which reduces the amount of space taken up by industrial waste. Dust Man's combat modifications allow him to compress air as well as waste using his Dust Crusher, and he uses this pressurized air to launch junk out of his body towards his enemies.
Dust Man first appeared in "The Grim Reaper of Resurrection", which happens after the events from Mega Man 4. Dust Man, Drill Man and Pharaoh Man were captured by Skull Man in his attack on Dr. Cossack's Citadel, and they are reprogrammed by Wily to attack Mega Man and the other robots created by Dr. Cossack. Ring Man defeated Dust Man during the battle, and he is later repaired by Bright Man.
Dust Man appears briefly in the story "The Strongest Enemy to Date" as one of the participants from the robot competition, and he is attacked by Mr. X's robots.
He also appears in Mega Man Gigamix vol. 3 to help Mega Man and the other robots.
- Dust Man has a cannon on his right arm, but he has never been seen using it in a game, instead pulling the Dust Crusher from his "mouth", before throwing it. He did however, use it in other media. In the Mega Man cartoon and Rockman 4 manga, it fires a normal projectile. In the Rockman World 3 manga, Dust Man fires the Dust Crusher from his arm instead of his vacuum.
- Dust Man is considered to have bad breath because the scents of the garbage he inhales remain in his "mouth".
- While the concept of a Robot Master that uses dust may seem to be a strange concept, in actuality dust can actually overheat electronics.
|Mega Man III|
| Gemini Man • Snake Man • Spark Man • Shadow Man |
Drill Man • Dust Man • Dive Man • Skull Man
|Giant Suzy • Punk • Wily Machine|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
| Gemini Laser • Search Snake • Spark Shock • Shadow Blade|
Drill Bomb • Dust Crusher • Dive Missile • Skull Barrier • Screw Crusher
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet|
|Damage Data Chart • Enemies • Wily Castle • Wily Station|
|Mega Man: The Power Battle|
|Mega Man • Proto Man • Bass|
| - Mega Man 1~2 -|
Cut Man • Guts Man • Ice Man • Crash Man • Heat Man • Wood Man
- Mega Man 3~6 -
Magnet Man • Gemini Man • Dust Man • Gyro Man • Napalm Man • Plant Man
- Mega Man 7 -
Freeze Man • Junk Man • Cloud Man • Slash Man • Shade Man • Turbo Man
- Dr. Wily -
| Rolling Cutter • Super Arm • Ice Slasher • Crash Bomber • Atomic Fire • Leaf Shield|
Magnet Missile • Gemini Laser • Dust Crusher • Gyro Attack • Napalm Bomb • Plant Barrier
Freeze Cracker • Junk Shield • Thunder Strike • Slash Claw • Noise Crush • Scorch Wheel
|Damage Data Chart • Script|