| Wood Man|
Wood Man, from Mega Man #9.
|Alignment and character traits|
Wood Man, or known by his serial number DWN-016, is one of the Robot Masters created by Doctor Albert Wily in the Mega Man comic series published by Archie Comics. Wood Man first appeared in Mega Man #8, as one of the second wave of Robot Masters–Bubble Man, Heat Man, Crash Man, Air Man, Metal Man, Flash Man, and Quick Man–that were sole purposely created to destroy Rock "Mega Man" Light.
Wood 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. Wood Man was completed in an unknown time period during the post-Time Keeps Slipping event at the currently-constructed-Wily Castle 2. Wood Man and his brothers–Bubble Man, Heat Man, Crash Man, Air 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, Wood Man was the first Robot Master that Mega Man encountered, in which Mega Man found Wood Man at the North Gardens area just by the Titanium Park. While Mega Man tried to reason with Wood Man, the Robot Master had rejected Mega Man's idea on having Dr. Thomas Light, Mega Man's creator, to reprogram [Wood Man] for the greater good. With Wood Man's rejection, the two robots began to brawl. Mega Man's Mega Buster shots were not effecting Wood Man thanks to Wood Man's Leaf Shield Master Weapon, thus Mega Man tried to contact Dr. Light. Mega Man was then forced to charge up his Mega Buster shot to destroy Wood Man, as the Robot Masters made in Wood Man's line were solely programmed to destroy Mega Man. Despite Mega Man's refusal to destroy a robot, Mega Man then charged a Mega Buster shot and fired it right at Wood Man's face, thus destroying the Robot Master. (MM #9)
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. Wood 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 Wood Man's line had the same side-effects as Wood 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. Wood 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 world, Wood Man and the Robot Masters have no reconnection to these memories. (WC #1, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12)
Having a humanoid appearance like most of the Robot Masters in both his line and the original Robot Master line made by Dr. Light, Wood Man is a Robot Master covered in brown wood with black arms and legs. Being a "husky"-sized Robot Master, a tree stump is shown for his helmet, having a small tree branch on the left side of his helmet.
Wood Man is a gentle Robot Master that loves and tends to nature rather than destroy it. In fact, he hates the idea of nature being destroyed. Many of the robots at the North Gardens seem to treat Wood Man as their master. Wood Man has a habit of being fickle. Wood Man loves to hike, and he has an interest of sumo wrestling.
- Main article: Leaf Shield
Wood Man's Master Weapon, the Leaf Shield, is the exclusive move used by Wood Man that is used to surround the user with several green leaves that can be also used to shoot at opponent(s). Mega Man can also use the Leaf Shield attack, as it works the exact same way as how Wood Man uses the Leaf Shield. It should be noted that the Leaf Shield is the most used Master Weapon during the The Return of Dr. Wily story arc, as it appears in every chapter of the arc excluding in Mega Man #12.