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World Three (ワールドスリー Wārudo Surī?, abbreviated as WWW) is a NetCrime organization created by Dr. Wily in the Mega Man Battle Network series of video games and MegaMan NT Warrior anime and manga. The name World Three is a nod to the acronym for the World Wide Web.
Formed by Dr. Wily to take over the real world and cyberworld, the WWW is an organization that makes reoccurring appearances throughout the series, constantly met with defiance from Lan Hikari (Netto Hikari) and MegaMan (Rockman). Initially trying to conquer the internet by constructing the Life Virus (Dream Virus), Wily was forced to disband WWW's members and go into hiding after Lan and MegaMan foiled his plans. A former WWW member, the Professor, would resurrect the Life Virus as Life Virus R, while his servants spread the Zero Virus.
Wily and the WWW eventually resurfaced, aiming to steal the Tetra Codes, which would allow them to gain access to the SciLab network and claim the Alpha (Proto) network program, which had gone haywire years prior, causing devices connected to it to malfunction. Attempting to synchronize with Alpha once it was finally obtained, Wily was absorbed into its body along with Bass, though his consciousness was retrieved following the incident. It was revealed that Wily was manipulating Net Mafia Gospel's leader, Sean Obihiro, behind the scenes in order to create a proper Bass copy to break the protection program on Alpha, though this failed, becoming the Gospel Multibug Organism. Wily succeeded in recruiting the real Bass instead.
The WWW was revived one final time at the series' end, with Wily's goal being destruction of both worlds with the aid of giant Copybot (Copyroid) versions of the Cybeasts (Cyber Beasts), Gregar (Glaga) and Falzar (Falzer). Members of the WWW in this game were divided into two factions later in the game: one loyal to Lord Wily (Baryl and Joe Mach), and the other opposed to how Baryl led the organization, wanting to gain the Cybeasts for their own criminal purposes. The latter faction was funded by Mayor Cain, who was somehow linked to the Cybeasts' incident.
In the anime, WWW serves a similar purpose to its game counterpart, breeding terror and chaos throughout society via the net whilst searching for the "Ultimate NetNavi," later revealed to be PharaohMan. Unlike the events of the game, the original WWW members, and even Wily himself, align themselves with the protagonists instead of starting anew in the end.
In Rockman.EXE Stream, however, WWW is revived by Tesla Magnus (Tesla Magnets) as Neo WWW. The original and newer groups often come into conflict with one another due to tensions over which is more powerful. Dark MegaMan (Dark Rockman) and his Darkloid servants would take over after Neo WWW's last scheme, with the memories of its lower-ranking members erased.
Mega Man Battle Network
- Dr. Wily - Leader
- Mr. Match (Kenichi Hino) - His NetNavi is FireMan who he uses to commit arson.
- Ms. Madd (Madoi Iroaya) - Her NetNavi is ColorMan who she used to cause malfunctions.
- Count Zap (Count Elec) - His NetNavi is ElecMan who he used to hack into the city's power plant.
- Yahoot (Mahajarama) - Dr. Wily's right-hand man. His NetNavi is MagicMan
- Mr. Higsby (Yamitaro Higure) - A former member of WWW. His NetNavi is NumberMan
- Dr. Froid - Dr. Froid was blackmailed into aiding WWW by freezing the water system. His NetNavi is IceMan.
- StoneMan - An Solo NetNavi that works for Dr. Wily.
- BombMan - A Solo NetNavi that works for Dr. Wily.
Mega Man Battle Network 2
Mega Man Battle Network 3
- Dr. Wily - Leader
- Mr. Match - Mr. Match now uses the NetNavi FlameMan.
- Anetta - An ecoterrorist who was tricked into participating. Her NetNavi is PlantMan.
- Takeo Inukai - A zookeeper. His NetNavi is BeastMan.
- Rei Saiko - His NetNavi is FlashMan.
- Noboru Sunayama - A television producer of DNN. His NetNavi is DesertMan.
- BubbleMan - A Solo NetNavi who is DrillMan's "cousin."
- DrillMan - A Solo NetNavi who is BubbleMan's "cousin."
- Bass - He was tricked into participating.
Mega Man Battle Network 6
- Dr. Wily - Leader
- Mayor Cain - The Mayor of Cyber City who is the benefactor of World III. Leader of the Split Faction.
- Baryl (Barrel) - His NetNavi is Colonel.
- Joe Mach - The teacher of Central Town School. His NetNavi is BlastMan.
- Blackbeard (Captain Kurohige) - An animal trainer. His NetNavi is DiveMan.
- Vic (Tsuyuharu Nyuudo) - His NetNavi is ElementMan.
- Prosecutor Ito (Satoru Roppou) - A court prosecutor. His NetNavi is JudgeMan.
- Yuika (Chirol) - Her NetNavi is CircusMan.
Mega Man Network Transmission
- Professor - He was the acting leader of WWW at the time when Dr. Wily was in hiding.
- Dark Miyabi - He was hired by the Professor to work for WWW. His NetNavi is ShadowMan.
- Mr. Wily - Leader
- Mr. Match - His NetNavi is TorchMan and later HeatMan.
- Count (Jack) Zap - His NetNavi is ElecMan.
- Maddy - Her NetNavi is WackoMan.
- Yahoot - His NetNavi is MagicMan
Neo WWW (anime-exclusive)
- Tesla Magnus - The leader of Neo WWW and the daughter of Gauss Magnus. Her NetNavi is MagnetMan.
- Takeo Inukai - A former animal trainer. His NetNavi is Asteroid BeastMan.
- Noboru Sunayama - His NetNavi is Asteroid DesertMan.
- Rei Saiko - His NetNavi is Asteroid FlashMan.
- Viddy Narcy (Narcy Hide) - His NetNavi is Asteroid VideoMan.
- Professor - His NetNavi is Zero.
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