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This article is about the robot Rush. For his Mega Man Battle Network counterpart, see Rush (program)

Rush (ラッシュ Rasshu?) is Mega Man's faithful robotic dog, created by Dr. Light to assist Mega Man in his travels.

Video game appearances

Mega Man series

Rush debuted in Mega Man 3. Initially, Rush was able to transform into a coil, a hoverboard, and a submarine. Since then, Rush appeared in most games related to the original Mega Man series. The Rush Coil and Rush Jet functions are available in most of the games he appears, from Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5 (Rush Coil being modified into the New Rush Coil), Mega Man 7, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Mega Man II to Mega Man V, and Mega Man: The Wily Wars.

In Mega Man 6, Rush was upgraded and gained the ability to fuse with Mega Man to turn him into Power Mega Man or Jet Mega Man. In Mega Man 7, his jet and coil abilities returned, but he now had Rush Search, an item detection mode. Also, both of his transformations were combined into one, turning Mega Man into Super Mega Man. In Mega Man 8, he has four new abilities, including a transformation into a motorcycle and healing abilities, and Mega Man uses Rush Jet in one part of Tengu Man's stage and the Wily Tower. He also appears in Rockman Strategy as a member of Mega Man's team.

Other games

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Rush next to Fox McCloud in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Rush also appears in crossovers featuring Mega Man, like Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. He appears as a card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash and SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2 Extend Edition, and has cameo appearances in Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix and Capcom World 2.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Rush appears with the inclusion of Mega Man becoming a newly featured playable character. He is part of one of Mega Man's moves.

In Otoranger, Rush, Tango, Beat, and Eddie can combine into Right Great.

Data

Mega Man & Bass CD data

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Functions

Rush Coil

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Rush Coil

Rushcoilsprite RushR&F2 Rush Coil (ラッシュコイル?) is a coil platform that emerges from Rush's body and propels Mega Man to a higher level. In Mega Man 3 and Mega Man II, the Rush Coil used three units of weapon energy per jump. In later games, it only used two units.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, he appears as Mega Man's up special move. Like in the original games, when Mega Man jumps over him, he gains a very high altitude upon jumping. However, unlike in the games, he can be used mid-air, so he can be used as a recovery move, and it doesn't leave Mega Man helpless upon using it. Bouncing off him a second time makes Mega Man jump higher. Opponents can also jump over him, even when mid-air. After a while, Rush teleports away, and can be used again. It acts similar to Sonic's Spring (his up Special move) from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.[1] It can be customized by swapping it out for two variants: Tornado Hold and Beat. However, they must be unlocked before it can be swapped out.

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New Rush Coil

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New Rush Coil (ニューラッシュコイル?) is a modification of the Rush Coil that only appeared in Mega Man 5. The coil appears below Rush, and Rush is propelled with Mega Man. Mega Man can leap off Rush to reach his target, allowing even higher jumps. Each jump uses four units of weapon energy.

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Rush Jet

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Rush Jet

RushJet Rush Jet MM8 Rush Jet (ラッシュジェット?) transforms Rush into a flying sled which Mega Man can ride. Its usage differs greatly from Mega Man 3 to Mega Man 4 and onward.

In Mega Man 3 and Mega Man II, Rush Jet will stay underneath Mega Man under any circumstances unless he hits a wall. He acts as more of a personal hover device instead of a jet, allowing Mega Man to move in any direction, or stand still entirely and Rush Jet will stay beneath him. Also, Rush Jet's energy will only deplete if Mega Man is currently standing on him. Because of this, if a player continuously jumps, large pits can be crossed while using little or no energy.

In Mega Man 4 and later games, Rush Jet becomes more of a jet, his energy continually drains, and he will continuously move in the same direction (it will make slight variations in vertical movement at the player's discretion), acting much more like Item-2 from Mega Man 2. This change was made because once Rush Jet was acquired in Mega Man 3, it could be used to bypass situations where Rush Coil or Rush Marine were required and did so more effectively and easily than they could. The jumping exploit was fixed by having him teleport out immediately after Mega Man jumps off.

When Rush appears in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, he will turn into Rush Jet and hit the boss when Mega Man uses a charged attack. Mega Man can also leap higher into the air should he jump on Rush's back (Rush Coil).

In Mega Man 8, there are two Rush Jet segments in total. The first one is seen in Tengu Man's stage and the last is seen in Wily's castle stage 2. During these segments, Rush Jet behaves similarly to how it acted in Mega Man 3, but lasts until the end of the section, turning gameplay into a shoot-em-up akin to Gradius. These sections also featured giant Party Balls which contain power ups; the list of character powerups is Beat, Eddy, Auto, and a cannon for Rush.

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Mega Man using Rush Jet in the Ruby-Spears cartoon

Mega Man 3 specifications:[2]

  • Length: 120 cm
  • Height: 48 cm
  • Max. speed: 300 km/h (1120 m/s in the manga Mega Man Megamix)

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Rush Marine

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Rush Marine

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Rush Marine (ラッシュマリン?) transforms Rush into a mini-submarine that can move freely in all directions underwater. It only functions in water, but is able to fire buster shots. In Mega Man 3, the Rush Marine can jump from the water and move on land by jumping continuously. Rush is unable to jump out of water in other games.

There is a bug with Rush Marine in Mega Man 4 that causes it not to move with the rising/falling action of the water in Dive Man's stage; however, this was accounted for by placing death spikes immediately following the section.

Mega Man 3 specifications:[2]

  • Length: 135 cm
  • Height: 65 cm
  • Max. speed: 80 knot

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Rush Space

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Rush Space from Rockman Carddass series

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Rush Space (ラッシュスペース?) is an adaptation of Rush used in some of the Game Boy games that allows Mega Man to quickly travel through space. In Mega Man V, Mega Man uses this version of the Rush Jet in the stage he goes to the Wily Star and fights against the Skull Blazer. Its appearance appears to be a combination of the Rush Jet and Rush Marine.

The Rush Space can charge shots and fire them like the New Mega Buster, and it can get a speed boost by pressing A. The speed boost count is unlimited.

In the Archie Comics series, Mega Man used the Rush Space function on Rush to reach an abandoned asteroid base that the renegade Wily/Light Robot Masters were presumed to be hiding at.

Adaptors

Rush Power Adaptor

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Rush junctions with Mega Man to become Power Mega Man. Power Mega Man is able to break blocks and penetrate enemy shields by charging punches. These punches act as energy projectiles that travel a short distance, with each form becoming more powerful the longer the FIRE button is held down (though stronger shots have less range). Power Mega Man can also push enemies back, penetrate the shields of Knight Man and Shield Attacker GTR, destroy otherwise-invulnerable enemies, and can even push blocks in certain stages. Mega Man cannot slide in this form, however.

There is a bug with the partially charged shot's damage value.  The partly-charged shot cannot pierce shields but deals more damage than either the fully-charged shot or the uncharged shot, and has the range of the uncharged shot.  It deals 3 damage to bosses that would otherwise take 2 from the fully-charged shot, including Blizzard Man and Knight Man.

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Rush Jet Adaptor

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Jet Mega Man

Rush junctions with Mega Man to become Jet Mega Man. Jet Mega Man is able to use weapon energy to fly, and the energy rapidly recharges when he touches ground. Mega Man cannot charge his Buster or slide while using this form.

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Super Adaptor

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Super Mega Man

The Super Adaptor (スーパーアダプター?) is a combination of the Rush Power Adaptor and the Rush Jet Adaptor. Its only appearance was in Mega Man 7, and is obtained by collecting the R, U, S, and H plates. They can be found in the stages of  the first 4 robot masters: Cloud Man, Junk Man, Freeze Man, and Burst Man. The Mega Buster is replaced by a flying fist attack, similar to the Rush Power Adaptor. The flying ability was removed, instead replaced by a double-jump using the rocket plates on the suit. Mega Man can't slide while equipped with this adaptor because it's too bulky. Proto Man also gives a hint about this adaptor in Turbo Man's stage.

There is an upgrade of the Super Adaptor called Hyper Rocket Buster that can be bought in Auto's shop after obtaining his Hyper Bolt, or found in Turbo Man's stage, use Rush Search in the platform where lies the third Trio the Wheel. Use Rush Search on the platform when the enemy isn´t there anymore in order to obtain the upgrade. The Hyper Rocket Buster allows Mega Man to shoot his arm with a homing effect.

Bass stole the plans of the Super Adaptor from Dr. Light, and Wily created a Super Adaptor for Bass.

Appearances:

  • Mega Man 7: Find the R, U, S, and H Plates. The Hyper Rocket Buster can be found in Turbo Man's stage or bought from Auto after finding his Hyper Bolt.
  • Although the Super Adaptor has not made an appearance in the Mega Man Archie Comics series proper, it played a vital part it the climax of the crossover arc Worlds Collide, where it bolstered Mega Man's energy reserves to allow him to confront Doctors' Wily and Eggman. Sonic the Hedgehog, upon hearing the phrase "Super Adaptor," got the idea to use the Chaos Emeralds powering the Genesis Wave Generator to undergo transformations into their super forms.

Damage Data Chart:

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Boss Damage
Freeze Man 2
Junk Man 2
Burst Man 0
Cloud Man 3
Spring Man 2
Slash Man 2
Shade Man 4
Turbo Man 2
Mash 3
Bass 6
Guts Man G 2
Bass and Treble 4
Gameriser 0
HannyaNED² 0
Wily Machine No. 7 1
Wily Capsule 1


Rush Search

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The process of Rush Search with some of the possible results

Rush Search (ラッシュサーチ?), also called Search Rush, teleports Rush in front of Mega Man's location and he digs for items.[3] If he is hit, he will teleport away, and sometimes he only finds garbage, such as apple cores, old boots, and even a rag doll. Several of the CDs in Mega Man & Bass can only be recovered using Rush Search, and the CD Finder upgrade helps locate them. In Mega Man 7, he will bark when close to a secret area. In Junk Man's stage, there is an easter egg; if Rush Search is used at the very beginning of the stage, he will dig up a Gameboy. This has been a source of much humour in the Mega Man franchise.

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Hidden Gameboy in Junk Man's stage.

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Rush Question

Rush Question (ラッシュクエスチョン?) makes Rush teleport to Mega Man's location and toss a random item to him.

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Rush Bike

Rush Cycle

Rush Bike (ラッシュバイク?) transforms Rush into a motor-bike. Mega Man can fire weak projectiles from Rush's mouth and the extra speed allows for longer jumps to be made. While riding Rush, Mega Man doesn't take damage, but Rush's energy gauge depletes when hit.

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Rush Bomber

Rush Bomber (ラッシュボンバー?) makes Rush bombard enemies while flying across the screen in Rush Jet form.

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Rush Charger

Rush Charger (ラッシュチャージャー?) makes Rush drop health items while flying across the screen in his Rush Jet form.

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Rush Vision

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Rush Vision (ラッシュビジョン?) is a holographic projector used by Rush in Mega Man 8 and Marvel vs. Capcom to enable Mega Man to communicate with Dr. Light. In Mega Man 9, Mega Man uses Rush's projector to show Wily his defeats from previous games.

Rush Roadstar

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Rush Roadstar

Rush Roadstar is Mega Man's vehicle in Mega Man: Battle & Chase. While not outright confirmed, it is hinted that this is a transformation of Rush, or at least a part of the car.[4] It is a balanced machine that can use the Mega Buster.

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Rush Roadstar also appears in the Mega Man ZX Area C-3 as a toy car (named Rush Roadster in the game), belonging to one of the two twins. The other twin is in possession of the Red Striker toy. In Mega Man ZX Advent, Rush Roadstar is one of the vehicles used by the player in the mini-game from the Highway.

In Mega Man Gigamix, Auto combined Rush and Item-2 into the Rush Roadstar to participate in the Battle & Chase. However, doing so left Mega Man without a transport, and as he was in a hurry, he took the Rush Roadstar.

Rush Drill

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Rush Drill (ラッシュドリル?) is a transformation used in Marvel vs. Capcom, where Rush takes the form of a drilling machine and run over enemies.

Rush Drill was originally planned to appear in Mega Man 3, but the idea was scrapped.[5]

Others

In the Mega Man animated series, Rush has new transformations that were not used in the games, including a personal water craft, a hang glider and a snowmobile.

Other media

Rush appeared in most media related to the original Mega Man series.

Mega Man

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Rush from the cartoon show

See also: Mega Man cartoon equipment#Rush

In the animated series, Rush looked like his game counterpart, but he was made more for comedic relief than for practical purposes. Still, he is able to help Mega Man and is mainly used as a transport, having several forms available. Rush loves to eat Battery Biscuits, which serve as a source of energy for him, and has a speech impediment, tending to pronounce most words as if they begin with an "R".

Captain N: The Game Master

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Rush from Captain N: The Game Master

Rush appeared in episode 32 of the cartoon. His design was similar to the game counterpart, though with a different color scheme.

Mega Man (Archie Comics)

Rush appears in the Mega Man comic series from Archie Comics in a role virtually identical to his game incarnation. Like a number of characters, he appears in the series before the adaptation of the game he appears in, showing up at the end of the Mega Man 2 story instead of in Mega Man 3. Rush accompanied Mega Man, Roll, Elec Man, and Dr. Light to the Advanced Robotics Trade Show, where he helped Mega Man contend with the terrorist group Emerald Spears. He later aided Roll on a rescue mission with Quake Woman and Splash Woman, and joined Mega Man in facing another Emerald Spears plot and an attack by Break Man.

He also appeared prominently in the Worlds Collide crossover event that featured the Mega Man universe meeting that of Sonic the Hedgehog. Rush appeared alongside Tango, Beat, and Eddie to help Mega Man battle the Hedgehog until learning that Sonic had been framed by his robot clone, Metal Sonic. Rush then accompanied the blue heroes, Proto Man, and Tails into the Skull Egg Zone to help rescue a kidnapped Dr. Light from Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman. Along the way he helped the heroes deal with CopyBot, the Genesis Unit, and the Roboticized Masters before facing a massive army of Robot Masters. The robot dog then accompanied Mega Man, Sonic, and Tails into the Wily Egg and helped them take on multiple threats, later taking Tails outside after the Fox was injured in battle with the Mega Man Killers. He later returned with Dr. Light, Proto Man, and Knuckles to help rescue Sonic and Mega Man, combining with his master before absorbing energy from the Chaos Emeralds to become Super Mega Man. Together with Super Sonic, the pair fought the evil doctors in their Egg-Wily Machine X, and Super Mega Man later used his power to restore his reality to normal.

As with most of the robots on Earth, Rush was knocked out by Ra Moon's EMP field, but was given a special protective coating that allowed him to function again. He then accompanied Mega Man, Guts Man, Cut Man, and Bomb Man to the Lanfront Ruins, where they engaged several of Dr. Wily's Robot Masters-acting on Ra Moon's orders-before teaming up with the Mega Man 2 units and Break Man to battle Ra Moon and the others. The group subsequently returned home with Mega Man in critical condition and Dr. Wily claiming that Ra Moon had manipulated him. Mega Man was eventually repaired, and Rush joined an expedition back to the ruins-right into the heart of the Temple of the Moon-to verify Dr. Wily's story. With the evidence seeming to support Wily's claims, the team returned home. He later attempted alongside Mega Man to thwart the third-generation Robot Masters' theft of the eight Energy Elements in Gamma, although he ended up injured by Hard Man's Hard Knuckle.

Mega Man Megamix

Dr. Light created Rush and gave him to Mega Man in the Mega Man Gigamix story Asteroid Blues. The canine support robot is capable of assuming multiple useful forms to assist Mega Man, including a jet form that Mega Man often uses to travel through the air. Though he was created to be a simple support robot, Rush became a cherished member of Dr. Light's family.

Other appearances

Rush appeared in the three episodes of the OVA Mega Man: Upon a Star, in most of Shigeto Ikehara's Rockman manga, Rockman 8 manga, Rockman & Forte manga, and Rockman 4Koma Dai Koushin.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Rush was named after the game Rush & Crash.[6]
  • Rush's character concept appears to be loosely based on Friender, a support unit of Neo-Human Casshern, a Tatsunoko character, since Friender has the same ability of transforming into various vehicles for Casshern. Friender can be seen transforming into a jet, a drill-tank, and a submarine similar to Rush.
  • In the Ruby Spears cartoon, Rush is modeled after Scooby-Doo, as is evident from his goofy antics, garbled English and his love of "Battery Biscuits" (the cartoon's equivalent of "Scooby Snacks") to coerce him into performing the tasks given to or pleaded of him by the characters. The series' first episode showed Rush possessed a wide variety of transformation abilities not seen in the games, although he rarely transformed into anything besides his jet form throughout the series. He is shown capable of removing his helmet, although this was not shown in full capacity. Rush also had his own theme music, which was considerably goofier compared to the rest of the show's soundtrack.
  • Rush Bike may have been inspired by Rush Cycle and/or Rush Cannon, two entries submitted in a contest for fans to design a Robot Master.[7]
  • One of the reasons why Rush Drill was removed from Mega Man 3 is probably because the player could skip most parts of the level using it.
  • In Mega Man: Upon A Star and the Ruby-Spears series, it is shown that Rush can speak and that he alternates between making typical dog sounds and speaking, but most of the time he only parrots other characters and also appears to have a limited ability for independent speech. This is possibly why in Rush's Mega Man & Bass CD data he has a quote, while Rush's counterpart Treble only says "Grrrrrrr".  This may be due in some part to the fact that dogs can be taught limited speech while wolves, the basis of Treble's design, neither have patience nor capacity to do so.
  • The preferred English spelling is "adapter", but the game manuals consistently use "adaptor", which is an acceptable alternate spelling.
  • In Mega Man Battle Network 6, MegaMan.EXE would say "No Rush Coil!" should the player attempt to use cheat codes in the game, a reference to the fact that Mega Man 6 was the only NES game without the utility. Oddly, he only says it in certain locations.[8]

References

  1. At 4:30 Wii U & Nintendo 3DS Developer Direct - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  2. 2.0 2.1 R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works
  3. Mega Man & Bass, Auto: "Rush will dig out a hidden item for you. Believe me, he is a good Digger!"
  4. "Iku zo, Rush!" (roughly "Here we go, Rush!"), one of Mega Man's quotes when selected in Versus or Time Attack.
  5. The Mechanical Maniacs: Megaman 3 Mysteries
  6. The Mega Man Network’s Interview with Keiji Inafune
  7. The Mega Man Network: Looking Back: Nintendo Power Covers Mega Man
  8. The Cutting Room Floor: Mega Man Battle Network 6

External links

  • Rush at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki
  • Rush at Sonic News Network


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