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Both Acts

Dr. Thomas Light

  • The Atoner: By the time of Light Up The Night, he tries to fix his mistakes. He fails. He later tries again by building Protoman to fight Wily.
  • Badass Beard
  • Because I Said So: He tells Megaman not to fight. There's not much he could do to stop him from leaving.
  • The Hero: In Act II.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In Act II. By the time of Act I, it's implied Wily kept him around because he still made for a good scapegoat.
  • It's All My Fault: "They will punish me for what he did to you/but either way, it's all my fault/because I made the man who laid his hands on you..."
  • Made of Iron: He breaks his arm in a fall... and apparently walks it off, as it's never brought up again.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction in Father of Death, and again in Funeral for a Son.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He stops Joe from killing the Sniper, finishing the job himself.
  • Tragic Hero: Light's passion for saving the city and its people made the entire plot possible, including Emily's death, Joe's death, Wily's takeover, and Protoman and Megaman's disillusionment.
  • Voice of the Resistance: Along with Joe, in Light up the Night.

Dr. Albert Wily

  • Big Bad
  • But for Me It Was Tuesday: How much he cares about killing Emily.
  • Charm Person
  • The Chessmaster: Some kid on a bike attacking the control tower? It's no problem; you have another one. Protoman attacking your complex? No problem, send out all the Robot Masters to attack him at once. Megaman attacking, this time getting to the fortress gates and possibly threatening you? Send out Protoman to deal with him.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He built another control tower.
  • Emperor Scientist
  • Evil Is Petty: One of his reasons for killing Emily was because she wouldn't be with him.
  • If I Can't Have You: The reason he kills Emily.
    • That, and she caught him stealing Light's stuff.
  • Kick the Dog: A band member revealed that he later called the Sniper robots "Joe", like in the games, for an extra jab at Light.
  • Kill'Em All: His order to the army of robots at the end. In some live performances, he actually says the line.
  • Large Ham: Throughout Act II, but especially in The Hounds.
  • Non-Action Big Bad
  • Suddenly Voiced: He had no spoken lines until Act II.
  • The Unfought: Light never does get to the part of the plan where he confronts him, and Megaman abandons the City before he reaches him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity
  • The Voiceless: In Act I.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In The Hounds, he states that he and Light were destined for their paths in life; it had been building from the moment they met.

Humanity In General

Act 1


  • Broken Pedestal: For Megaman.
  • Dark Messiah: The Stand goes over this pretty thoroughly. Protoman sings about how man once looked to him as their "hero", but they really only cared about martyrs.
  • Death Seeker: May have become this; if the crowd stood and fought like he told them to, they'd have to kill him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: His death in The Sons of Fate, at least outside of live performances.
  • The Dragon: To Wily, post Face Heel Turn.
  • Evil Laugh: In live performances, at least.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Face Heel Turn: After "dying" in Hope Rides Alone, he changes sides and decides that if humanity deserves to live they should fight for themselves.
  • Fallen Hero: Changed sides after his death, when his beliefs were crushed.
  • The Fatalist: Subverted in that, while he's a fatalist, he desperately wants not to be and is constantly fighting to have his philosophy proven wrong. It's too bad that every time he does, the crowd's actions just reinforce it.
  • I Call It Vera: His latest arm cannon is named 'Life Ruiner'.
  • Large Ham: Live, at least. A couple of times he imitated pro wrestler Rick Flair.
  • Machine Monotone: His lines in The Stand begin to be consumed by one as he goes from talking with his brother to trying to kill him. By the time The Sons of Fate begins, his voice is deeper and more hateful.
  • Never Found the Body: Only his helmet was recovered after his death.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Hope Rides Alone, the cause of his "death".
  • The Paragon: He intended to fulfill this role, but ultimately failed.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni
  • Warrior Poet: Some stuff he says in The Stand is fairly poetic.


The Robot Army

  • Adaptational Badass: Could apply to any one of the re-imagined characters in the rock operas, but if the music video footage of 'Hope Rides Alone' is to be believed, the Robot Masters have become terrifying figures; Elec Man in particular.
  • Kill'Em All: Wily tells them to kill the crowd at the end.
  • Killer Robot
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Snipers.
  • Not So Harmless: The Robot Masters 'kill' Protoman. Probably helped that, unlike the games, they attacked at once.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Robot Masters, like in the games.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Robot Masters disappear after Hope Rides Alone, the first song on the album. Only time will tell if they make an appearance in Act III.

Act 2

Emily A. Stanton

  "No matter how dark this City gets, there will be--"

  • Historical In-Joke: On the Father of Death wanted poster, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War for the Lincoln Administration, vows to bring her murderer to justice.
    • Incidentially, the poster was an altered version of the one about Lincoln's assassination.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Emily means someone who is earthy, strong-willed, and a hard worker.
    • Emily can also mean 'rival', or trying to equal or excel. It still fits rather well, considering what got her killed.
  • Slashed Throat
  • Tragic Funeral
  • Wrench Wench: According to the liner notes, she worked in the factory.

  "The one I love, she works so hard, she works her fingers till they bleed. Some of the pain that she endures would bring a strong man to his knees. I only want to help."


The Sniper/Light's Monster

The Girl in the Bar

 So kiss me fast cause there's no time to lose/I promise someday I'll come back for you/And if I die, don't blame yourself; we all do what we think is right!

The Protomen

Current Members




Murphy Weller

The Nightwalker

The Gambler

Sir Robert Bakker

Ringo Segundo

Turbo Lover

Reanimator Lovejoy

Past Members

Doug Fetterman


The Merchant

Demon Barber

  • Badass Beard
  • The Cameo: While officially listed as a casualty, his spirit has been known to frequent the band's shows in Nashville, participate in the songs, and sign autographs.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He saved his disco records from the burning Thundercon at the cost of his own life.
  • Kill It with Fire: This is how he died.
  • Prehensile Hair: His hair was so fluid it was practically alive.
  • Real Person Fic: One can be found here detailing his experience as a P.O.W. (He was listed as such before being declared R.I.P.).
    • Note that this was written before Act II was released, and before his cause of death was made known.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Sweeney Todd.

The Repeater

The Replicant

The Dragon

The Keymaster

Ellen Aim


Master Blaster

  • Back From the Dead: Returned to play a show in Baltimore, and shows where the Nightwalker isn't around to play trumpet.
  • No Name Given: At first he didn't have a codename. Murphy gave him one.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the duo Master and Blaster, from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. They are usually referred to as Master Blaster in the film.

Heath Who Hath No Name

Cobra T. Washington

  • Fan Nickname: 'Jesus Guitarist', due to him having a Jesus-like beard at his first show and nobody remembering his name.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to the Sylvester Stallone action flick Cobra. And Booker T. Washington.

The Ringer


The Gunslinger




Objects Of Note

The Thundercon

Jesse Christine

  • Base on Wheels
  • Cool Car: Almost literally; the bus had no heat. Going to Detroit almost destroyed the band.
  • Darkest Hour: The back of the bus was eaten by a Graboid from Tremors. Soon after, she broke down completely, and was recently replaced with The Skyhammer.
  • Last Of Her Kind: She was the last of the V8 Interceptors.
  • My Car Hates Me: She seemed to break down at the worst possible times. Luckily, she also made a handy barricade when the band was attacked by Killer Robots.

The Skyhammer

  • Base on Wheels
  • Cool Car: 26 passenger bus with several beds and seats that don't place you five inches from the person in front of you.
    • According to the band she also has a bowling alley.
  • Last Of Her Kind: The last of the Super V8 Interceptors.
  • My Car Hates Me: Attempted to kill the Protomen by blowing an expensive tire on her way out of Ohio.
    • The Skyhammer recently got in a wreck, then lost a tire; fortunately no one was injured. The truck that hit her, on the other hand, was vaporized.
    • At the very start of part 2 of their 2010 tour, the Skyhammer blew another tire, lost a trailer fender, and broke her fuel pump, leaving the band stranded in Texas.
  • Replacement Goldfish: For Jesse Christine.

The ThUnderHAUL

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