| Air Man|
Air Man, from Mega Man #11.
|Alignment and character traits|
Air Man, or known by his serial number DWN-010, is one of the Robot Masters created by Doctor Albert Wily in the Mega Man comic series published by Archie Comics. Air Man first appeared in Mega Man #8, as one of the second wave of Robot Masters–Wood Man, Bubble Man, Heat Man, Crash Man, Metal Man, Flash Man, and Quick Man–that were sole purposely created to destroy Rock "Mega Man" Light.
Air Man's Master Weapon, the Air Shooter, allows him to launch strong windspeeds that appear as miniature tornadoes.
Air Man was created after the events of both Let the Games Begin and Time Keeps Slipping. Dr. Albert Wily, furious for losing the original line of Robot Masters, decided to created his own line of Robot Masters that were made only to destroy Mega Man. Air Man was completed in an unknown time period during the post-Time Keeps Slipping event at the currently-constructed-Wily Castle 2. Air Man and his brothers–Wood Man, Bubble Man, Heat Man, Crash Man, Metal Man, Flash Man, and Quick Man–then had stand ready to take down Mega Man, but unbeknownst to any of the Robot Masters, Wily has another plan in store if all else fails. (MM #8)
Shortly after Mega Man was ambushed by Quick Man, Air Man was the fifth Robot Master that Mega Man encountered, in which Mega Man found Air Man at the Sky Ridge area. After escaping several enemies, Mega Man finally comes up to Air Man's lair, where the Robot Master starts to doubt about Mega Man's strength. Mega Man then uses the Atomic Fire Master Weapon to defeat Air Man, but it was backfired, as Air Man used his Air Shooter at Mega Man to knock the Blue Bomber down. Air Man then tells Mega Man that no one can defeat him, but Mega Man then gets the idea of using his final ammo of the Leaf Shield on Air Man. Mega Man does so, and Air Man is then destroyed. (MM #9, #11)
With Mega Man defeating Dr. Wily's endgame in hand, Dr. Wily escaped to the Amazon Jungle during the course of the Spiritus Ex Machina story arc, where he would confront the Lanfront Ruins and the dark secret inside the said ruins: Ra Moon. However, Ra Moon would quickly steal Dr. Wily's laptop and scan all of the details within it. This then causes Ra Moon to rebuild Dr. Wily's original line of Robot Masters. Air Man was given the memory and same integrated chip data as he had during the The Return of Dr. Wily event, but the other Robot Masters with Air Man's line had the same side-effects as Air Man, as well. (MM #13, #14, #15, #16)
- Main article: When Worlds Collide
While on patrol around the Amazon Jungle, Flash Man had found a blue mysterious emerald that he thought Dr. Wily could have used for something. However, Ra Moon mentioned the energy of the gem was powerful, giving a bit a curiosity to Wily as the scientist had scanned the gem. However, in another dimension, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik had decided to scan for his missing blue Chaos Emerald. Thus, Eggman and Wily had met each other, but Eggman berated Wily for stealing his Chaos Emerald and pirating his signal, while Wily declares that since he is the greatest evil genius on Earth, he should keep the emerald. This then made Eggman realize that Wily is from another dimension, and Eggman explained to Wily that both of their worlds are different dimensions, but have numerous similarities. This included a blue upstart that stops both of the scientist's plans. The two then realize that they both have numerous things in common, and that Dr. Eggman tells Dr. Wily to generate a new zone with the Chaos Emerald to have to two meet each other in person. (WC #1)
After Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily had met each other, they both reset their respective worlds with the Genesis Wave. Because of this, the world of Mega Man skipped years from its current timeline, resulting Dr. Wily to remember every Robot Master he's either built or modified from other doctors. Air Man was among the many Robot Masters that Dr. Wily had revived, as Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman sent all of the Robot Masters (excluding the original Robot Masters) to take down Mega Man, Proto Man, Rush, and Sonic the Hedgehog with his friends. With Super Armor Mega Man restoring the timeline while Super Sonic distracted Eggman from stopping the heroes to restoring their worlds, Air Man and the Robot Masters have no reconnection to these memories. (WC #1, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12)
With the world restored after the events of When Worlds Collide, Air Man, his seven Robot Master brothern, and the third series of Robot Masters had been working on keeping the Lanfront Ruins a secret, as well as protecting Dr. Wily. The Robot Masters, along with the rest of the world, have no reconnection with the memories of When Worlds Collide. However, Ra Moon decided to use Dr. Wily's plan to use a generator to cause a blackout.
Air Man, having a humanoid appearance, is based off of a leafblower. His color design is mostly blue and yellow. Air Man has no head; instead, his head is combined with the model body. The center of his body is a giant fan. He also has a fan on his arm, which allows him to shoot out his Air Shooter Master Weapon.
Air Man is more or less a cocky Robot Master that tends to brag about his strength. He also mocks foes to where it insults them, and Air Man has a tendency of bragging that no one can beat him. Air Man loves to play the Japanese card game known as menko, only because the game involves flipping your opponents card via a breeze of wind. Air Man also hates the Fall season, as the falling leaves clogs up his fan blades.
Air Man has the ability of using his fan on his torso and blowing extreme high winds to force the opponent(s) to back away. The only known example of this is in Mega Man #11, when Mega Man uses the Atomic Fire Master Weapon, Air Man avoids it with his blowing torso-fan. Air Man also has the ability to fly in the air with a tornado-like current surrounding his lower torso, which has only been seen in Mega Man #30.
- Main article: Air Shooter
Air Man's Master Weapon, the Air Shooter, is an exclusive move used by Air Man to shoot out giant winds from his arm cannon on his arm that appear in the shape of miniature tornadoes to attack his enemies. Mega Man can use this Master Weapon, but it should be noted that, so far in the Mega Man comic series, Mega Man has never used the Air Shooter.
- In Mega Man #11, Air Man taunts Mega Man, stating that "You can't beat me." This is a reference to popular meme Air Man ga Taosenai, otherwise known as Can't Beat Air Man. The meme states that the player cannot beat Air Man, despite the said Robot Master is one of the easiest to face.