Hornet Man (ホーネットマン Hōnettoman?) is one of the Robot Masters from Mega Man 9 whose period of use had expired and was scheduled to be scrapped. Hornet Man was designed to manage a flower park. It was his job to pollinate the flowers using his vast knowledge of flowers from around the world, and he loves gardening. He attacks by releasing robot hornets from the honeycomb in his chest.
He walks to one side of the arena, flies up and shoots three Hornet Chasers, which follow the player; he then drops to the floor, runs to the other side, and repeats.
His weakness is the Magma Bazooka. Its diagonal fire blasts will destroy all the bees when the center shot hits the center Hornet Chaser. When charged, it will also blast through them toward Hornet Man. Another viable weapon is the Black Hole Bomb which, when positioned properly, will suck in all three Hornet Chasers as they move towards Mega Man, and will then damage Hornet Man as he runs through it to the other side of the room.
Appearance in other media
He has yet to make a direct appearance in the Mega Man Archie Comics series, but he did appear in Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 250 as part of the Worlds Collide crossover arc. In it, he fought Charmy Bee, causing the latter to panic and claim they're technically relatives.
- Mega Man 9's producer Hironobu Takeshita, revealed that early in the game's development, Hornet Man was originally intended to be a female robot named "Honey Woman" (ハニーウーマン?). But, when Keiji Inafune presented his idea of placing a female robot in the ocean as a mermaid (thus creating Splash Woman), Hornet Man's design went through many revisions, including being changed to a male. More earlier artworks of Hornet Man show a slimmer male robot with wings, antennae, and a stinger-like buster on his right arm. This design was called Sting Man (スティングマン?).
- The name Hornet Man was formerly used for a boss submission for Mega Man 2.
- In the credits of Mega Man 9, he is watering a flower field with a few bees and Beat.
- Hornet Man's attack pattern is somewhat similar to Blast Hornet's, as both move to the far sides of the room to fire their weapons.