All 78 ‘Mega Man’ Robot Masters

The classic Capcom franchise has the coolest video game bosses ever. Also, some of the lamest.

In the pantheon of video game icons, Mega Man is always in the shadow of cultural behemoths like Mario, Sonic, Link and Snake.

Maybe it’s because the Mega Man games were too hard. Maybe it’s because nobody could ever settle on whether it’s “Mega Man,” “MegaMan” or “Megaman.” Or maybe it’s because Mega Man was never as memorable as the specialized bosses he faced.

The groundbreaking and super cool thing about the original game was that when you defeated each Robot Master, you acquired his special weapon, like an 8-bit Highlander. Across 10 titles over nearly 30 years, Mega Man has faced 78 of these quirky enemies. Here they are in all their badassery.