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|“||Now, the world is MINE!||„|
|~ Dr. Wily's famous quote.|
|“||Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. The name's Wily... The one and only, the brilliant scientist, Dr. Wily! It may seem rather sudden to you, but I've decided I'd like to take over the world! Nuhah! Nuhahahaha! Ahem! Anyway, to begin... Dr. Light! I'll be taking your precious robots!||„|
|~ Dr. Wily|
Dr. Albert W. Wily, better known as Dr. Wily or Doctor Wily, is the main antagonist of the Mega Man franchise. He is the main antagonist of the classic Mega Man series, the overarching antagonist of the Mega Man X series, and a posthumous antagonist in the Mega Man Zero, ZX and Legends series.
He is a knowledgeable and intellectual scientist and the former college friend and rival of Dr. Light, who strives to conquer the world and the arch-nemesis of Mega Man. In almost all of his appearances, he does this through enlisting an army of Robot Masters to assist with his plans, which are always foiled by Dr. Light's creation, Mega Man.
He was voiced by Scott McNeil in the Ruby Spears Mega Man cartoon, Dean Galloway in Mega Man: Powered Up (who also voiced Chill Penguin in Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X), and Keith Silverstein in Mega Man 11. The latter also voiced Hawk Moth from Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir and HUNK from the Resident Evil series.
Dr. Wily is an archetypal villain who is as cruel and as he has an incredibly cunning personality. He is a skilled liar and manipulator, shown in him convincing a group of Dr. Light's own robots to work for him in Mega Man 9, and having persuaded his enemies into thinking that he has reformed or is on their side multiple times, only to inevitably betray them. He is consistently portrayed in a cowardly light as well, as, after most of his defeats, he typically grovels, begging for forgiveness while claiming he will change his ways, although these claims never seem to hold water, as he always either back-stabs his enemies, takes the opportunity to escape, or returns to villainy one way or another.
While clever and a genius, Wily is ignorant and arrogant to a fault. He never seems to recognize why his plans fail and is incredibly overconfident in his success, even knowing how many times Mega Man and his allies have defeated him. He is also persistently confident that Bass will one day destroy Mega Man for him, ignoring the fact that Bass is disloyal to the point of interfering with his own plans to destroy Mega Man and attacking him on numerous occasions. Naturally, Wily's rampant tendency to overlook faults in his plans and creations consistently leads to his defeat or other failures—something seen perhaps most tragically in his final creation Zero, who both immediately turned on him and would, ironically, later go on to help Dr. Light's creation X and reject his legacy. In the opening of Mega Man 11, it is implied that his constant defeats by Mega Man in the past have given him recurring nightmares that have left him insomniac.
Despite his villainy, Wily occasionally shows that he does, in fact, possess the capacity to be genuinely nice and friendly. In Super Adventure Rockman, Wily shows legitimate concern when Mega Man decides to use two Mega Busters to defeat Ra Moon in spite of the danger it poses to him, and also mentions that he loves his creations. In Mega Man 10, Wily leaves behind a stockpile of medicine to cure the robots infected by his Roboenza virus, presumably out of gratitude towards Mega Man for saving his life. Also, despite his hatred for and rivalry with him, Wily does not want Light to be hurt by his plans and does not try to harm him even when given the opportunity, like when he kidnapped him in Mega Man 5 and when he had Bass only steal his plans in Mega Man 7. This particular trait is shown frequently in the Archie Comic series, where Dr. Wily rages at Dr. Eggman for trying to kill Light using Metal Sonic during the "Worlds Collide" arc, and when he deliberately lets both Light and Roll live when Light Labs is destroyed during the "The Ultimate Betrayal" arc.
Mega Man X series
In the Mega Man X, taking place hundreds of years later, Wily, now existing as a AI integrated with the Maverick Virus, has a different personality likely due to his hatred hardening his heart. Having cast aside the prior scruples and restraints of his past self, Wily is remorseless and cold-blooded, he is perfectly willing to kill millions with a virus simply to see his goals come to fruition.
Hundreds of years later, Wily is a much more hands off and enigmatic character, in every appearance, he manages to escape justice due to his ability to abandon his current vessel. Nevertheless, his hatred of Light is still clear, this can be seen when Wily breaks down in rage after X survives the doctor's attempts on his life in X2 (as Serges; Japanese version only) and X6 (as Isoc).
Dr. Wily's iconic fortress, the Wily Castle, is his ominous base of operations that appears at the end of every classic Megaman game. A final gauntlet of sorts, Wily's Castle is opened after the corrupted Robot Masters have been defeated, and is usually split into four difficult sections, sometimes with a boss at the end of each section (ex. the infamous Boobeam Trap in Mega Man 2). At the end of the run, Dr. Wily is fought in one of his mechas, and upon his defeat the castle is prone to explode. It is always rebuilt, with the iconic skull-like motif always present in each design.
In Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, Wily Castle is a playable stage. At the upper-left hand corner, platforms will appear from time to time. At some point, the Yellow Devil will land on the stage and shoot at the characters. After a while, he will go away. He also switches sides of the stage from time to time, like he does in the Mega Man series. His weak point is his eye. If he is hit there enough, he'll erupt into a giant explosion, and the fighter who defeated him can hit the other fighters into the explosion for massive damage, possibly even One-hit KOing them.
- Dr. Wily has other nicknames which are "Dr. Willy", "Dr. Wahwee", "Dr. Wiley", and "Dr. Waily".
- Dr. Wily's middle name was never revealed, though some claimed it could be "Willis" but that has never been proven.
- Wily was originally set to appear in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph as one of the members of the Bad Guys Anonymous club; however, due to licensing issues with Capcom, he was cut from the film and replaced with an unnamed ninja.
- In a way, Wily succeeded in proving he was a superior scientist to Light as his greatest creation, Zero outlived Mega Man X, Light's greatest creation by a hundred years.
- Ironically for all the troubles that Wily and his creations caused to humanity, it was ultimately his robot, Zero that saved humanity in Mega Man Zero 4 by stopping Dr. Weil from destroying the earth.