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Hard Man

This article is about Hard Man in the Mega Man comic book series by Archie Comics.

History

Spiritus Ex Machina

Dr. Wily used Ra Moon to create Hard Man and other Robot Mastets during the story arc Spiritus Ex Machina; Hard Man was designed by Dr. Wily and Dr. Light, but not built until that point in time.

Worlds Collide

He and his fellow Robot Masters were later employed by both Wily and Dr. Eggman to battle Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and their allies in the crossover event. After a massive battle involving numerous Robot Masters, Hard Man was knocked over by Sonic the Hedgehog, causing him to fall on top of Top Man, preventing both from continuing to fight. Shadow the Hedgehog, however, who had been fighting the two, expressed irritation at Sonic's interference, saying that he didn't need help, with Sonic admitting he mostly did it to get Shadow angered. Eventually, Hard Man and his brothers were returned to their proper places in reality when the Genesis Wave was undone by Super Mega Man.

Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon

Due to being created first by Ra Moon, Hard Man was susceptible to the computer's controlling influence and was forced to fight Dr. Wily's first line of Robot Masters and a team led by Mega Man. He was one of the few standing in the end of the battle, and when he is about to finish Break Man, Ra Moon is destroyed by Mega Man, freeing Hard Man and his brothers from its control.

Redemption

Now back under Wily's control, Hard Man and his brothers are tasked to recruit Shadow Man as well, with Hard Man's great strength and weight proving highly effective in subduing the ninja robot. After building a new Wily Castle in tandem with Wily's first line of Masters, Hard Man and his brothers appeared to steal the Energy Elements designed to power Gamma, a powerful crisis-managing robot created by Dr. Light. He aided in the theft by holding open Gamma's mouth to allow Snake Man to steal the elements; his partner remarked that it was "Like taking candy from a baby" to which Hard Man responded "Which you would totally do."

Legends of the Blue Bomber

With four of his brothers, Hard Man scattered to various locations on Earth, and Mega Man defeated the four who had fled into space and two of Hard Man's fellow Earth-based Robot Masters before challenging Hard Man himself. After being alerted to his approach by a Returning Monking, Hard Man surprised Mega Man by offering him an E-Tank with which to recharge before their battle. Mega Man then attempted to convince the honorable Robot Master to give up peacefully, as he suspected a guiding hand that he felt Hard Man shouldn't have to obey. However, Hard Man was quick to attack, his desire to be fair in no way diminishing his dedication to fighting Mega Man on Dr. Wily's orders. Hard Man initially gained the upper hand, demonstrating superior strength and absorbing Mega Man's blows with ease. However, Mega Man switches to the Magnet Missile and sends a barrage of them at Hard Man, who due to his large exterior is unable to dodge them and is defeated. Before shutting down Hard Man is told by the Blue Bomber that his I.C. Chip will be salvaged and he'll be re-built, which causes the durable titan to smile and say that Mega Man has lived up to what the legends say.

Prisoners of War/Worlds Unite

Hard Man is later rebuilt by Doctor Light and offered a second chance, being reprogrammed and given back his original purpose. Hard Man happily accepted the offer, though sadly a group led by Quick Man chose to be shut down instead. Sadly, Hard Man and his remaining brethren led by Flash Man would soon face other difficulties, as Sonic Man of the Roboticized Masters arrived to set up one of Sigma-1's Unity Engines. Joined by Quake Woman, the eight Robot Masters battled Sonic Man only to find themselves outmatched, and only the timely arrival of their old ally Break Man saved them from greater damage. The subsequent fusion of their world with that of the Freedom Fighters led to an alliance between the two groups, and Hard Man and his teammates boarded the Sky Patrol along with the Maverick Hunters and Team Sticks.

Short Circuits

Hard Man appears in some of the humor strips for the series, beginning in Issue 47 where he retrieves some E-Tanks from a refrigerator and then shuts it behind him, leaving Magnet Man stuck to the door. He then appeared in Issue 48's strip watching TV, and attempted to use his Hard Knuckle to retrieve the remote from atop the TV without getting up, only to ruin the television and put a hole in the wall.

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