I can hardly wait for the surprise.
~ Shadow Man in the Mega Man & Bass CD data

Shadow Man (or Shadōman in Japan) is one of the 8 Robot Masters and main antagonists of the NES video game Mega Man 3  as well as one of the 4 Robot Masters and main antagonists of the Gameboy game Mega Man III. Unlike most of the Robot Masters throughout the Mega Man series, Shadow Man was not originally created by Dr. Light. Rather, Dr. Wily found Shadow Man deactivated before he reactivated and turned him into one of his 8 robot masters.

Biography

Before Mega Man

While not much is known about Shadow man's origins, it should be noted that he is implied to have been initially created by some sort of extraterrestrial society. The "metal" on his body has been stated to not be composed of any material found on earth. While it has never been explicitly stated where Dr. Wily found Shadow man, the former did so regardless immediately sensing the latter's potential.

Mega Man 3

After reprogramming and repurposing the recently discovered Shadow Man into a combatative Robot Master, Dr. Wily assigned him to a respective base of operations along with 7 other reprogrammed androids, Shadow Man being unlike them in the sense that the other 7 were stolen and originally created by Dr. Light to be reprogrammed by Dr. Wily into the Robot Masters in question presumably following his defeat after the events of Mega Man 2. Mega Man infiltrates Shadow Man's said base to defeat him and take one step closer to defeating Dr. Wily. If the player has defeated Top Man and acquired his titular Top Spin, Mega Man would have an advantage against Shadow Man due to the Top Spin being Shadow Man's weakness. The Top Spin is Shadow Man's weakness possibly because during the attack the player would be moving rapidly enough to keep up with the former and could also possibly be taking him off guard. Ultimately, Mega Man defeats Shadow Man and obtains his Shadow Blade, with Shadow Man never appearing for the rest of the game.

Doc Robot

After Mega Man defeats all of the Robot Masters, Doc Robot takes over 4 out of the 8 Robot Master's bases including Shadow Man's. In this stage, Shadow Man is replaced by Doc Robot assuming the form of Wood Man, in addition to Doc Robot taking on the role of Heat Man. However, Doc Robot/Heat Man is weak against Shadow Man's Shadow Blade, as well as Shadow Man's weakness, Top Man's Top Spin.

Mega Man III (Game Boy)

Shadow Man returns as one of the 4 main antagonists of Mega Man III. Shadow Man's role is almost identical to his role in Mega Man 3, the only notable difference being that Shadow Man's weakness in this title is actually Gemini Man's Gemini laser. The weakness change is because Top Man isn't in this game, but also possibly because the laser would be able to keep up with Shadow Man's speed. Just like before however, Mega Man defeats Shadow Man for the latter to never appear for the rest of the series as an in-game boss although he would go on to appear in non-canon titles. Canonically speaking though, Shadow Man is presumably defeated for good.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Shadow Man appears as a support spirit that grants the user a Killing Edge at the beginning of the battle. His spirit battle is a stamina battle against three Greninja on the Battlefield form of Norfair with increased power to their Water Shuriken special.

Trivia

  • Shadow Man has the ability to conjure robotic frogs. This is possibly a reference to the mythological ninja Jiraya, who could manipulate frog magic.
  • Shadow Man is the only Robot Master in Mega Man 3 (aside from Doc Robot/Heat Man) to take damage from all special weapons in the game, with different weapons doing various amounts of damage respectively.
  • Shadow Man is one of the only bosses throughout the Mega Man series to be able to slide. The others being Saturn, Copy Mega Man, and Copy X.

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Mega Man Classic

Acid Man | Aqua Man | Astro Man | Air Man | Bass | Blast Man | Blizzard Man | Block Man | Bomb Man | Bounce Man | Bright Man | Bubble Man | Burner Man | Burst Man | Centaur Man | Charge Man | Clown Man | Cloud Man | Cold Man | Commando Man | Concrete Man | Cossack Numbers | Copy Mega Man | Crash Man | Crystal Man | Cut Man | Dark Man | Devil Series | Dive Man | Doc Robot | Dr. Cossack | Dr. Wily | Drill Man | Dust Man | Dynamo Man | Elec Man | Evil Robot | Fire Man | Flame Man | Flash Man | Freeze Man | Frost Man | Fuse Man | Galaxy Man | Gamma | Gemini Man | Genesis Unit | Gravity Man | Grenade Man | Ground Man | Guts Man | Hard Man | Heat Man | Hornet Man | Ice Man | Impact Man | Jewel Man | Junk Man | King | King Army | Knight Man | Light Numbers | Magic Man | Magnet Man | Mega Man Killers | Mettaurs | Metal Man | Napalm Man | Needle Man | Nitro Man | Oil Man | Pharaoh Man | Plant Man | Plug Man | Pirate Man | Quick Man | Ra Moon | Ring Man | Robot Masters | Search Man | Shade Man | Shadow Man | Sheep Man | Skull Man | Slash Man | Snake Man | Sniper Joes | Solar Man | Spark Man | Splash Woman | Spring Man | Stardroids | Star Man | Stardroids | Strike Man | Stone Man | Sunstar | Sword Man | Terra | Tengu Man | Time Man | Toad Man | Tomahawk Man | Top Man | Torch Man | Tornado Man | Tundra Man | Turbo Man | Wave Man | Wily Numbers | Wind Man | Wood Man | Yamato Man

Mega Man X

Mavericks: Sigma | Vile | Armored Armadillo | Berkana | Bit | Boomer Kuwanger | Bubble Crab | Byte Chill Penguin | Cyber Peacock | Dark Dizzy | Double | Duff McWhalen | Dynamo | Flame Mammoth | Flame Stag | Gareth | Geemel | Grizzly Slash | Izzy Glow | Launch Octopus | Magma Dragoon | Magna Centipede | Mechaniloids | Metal Shark Player | Morph Moth | Nightmare Phenomenon | Overdrive Ostrich | Spark Mandrill | Spider | Split Mushroom | Squid Adler | Sting Chameleon | Storm Eagle | Wheel Gator | Wire Sponge | X Hunters | Zain
Doppler Army: Dr. Doppler | Blast Hornet | Crush Crawfish | Gravity Beetle | Toxic Seahorse | Tunnel Rhino | Volt Catfish
Repliforce: General | Colonel | Web Spider | Storm Owl | Slash Beast | Frost Walrus
Nightmare Investigators: Gate | Isoc | High Max | Blaze Heatnix | Ground Scaravich | Rainy Turtloid
Red Alert Syndicate: Red | Soldier Stonekong | Splash Warfly | Flame Hyenard | Wind Crowrang
New Generation Reploids: Lumine | Bamboo Pandamonium | Burn Rooster
Rebellion Army: Epsilon | Colonel Redips

Mega Man Zero

Copy X | Craft | Crea & Prea | Dark Elf | Dr. Weil | Eight Gentle Judges | Einherjar | Elpizo | Fefnir | Four Guardians | Mutos Reploids | Omega

Mega Man ZX

Aeolus | Atlas | Master Albert | Model W | Pseudoroids | Serpent | Siarnaq | Thetis

Mega Man Legends

Birdbots | Bola | Bonne Family | Glyde Loathe | Klaymoor | Lex Loathe | Megaman Juno | Mistress Sera | Reaverbots | Servbots

Mega Man Battle Network

AirMan.EXE | Alpha | Bass.EXE | BeastMan.EXE | BlastMan.EXE | BlizzardMan.EXE | BowlMan.EXE | BrightMan.EXE | BubbleMan.EXE | BurnerMan.EXE | CircusMan.EXE | ClockMan.EXE | CloudMan.EXE | ColdMan.EXE | ColorMan.EXE | CosmoMan.EXE | Count Jack Zap | CutMan.EXE | Cybeasts | Darkloids | DarkMan.EXE | Dark MegaMan.EXE | Dark ProtoMan.EXE | DesertMan.EXE | DiveMan.EXE | Duo.EXE | DrillMan.EXE | Dr. Regal | ElecMan.EXE | ElementMan.EXE | FireMan.EXE | FlameMan.EXE | FlashMan.EXE | FreezeMan.EXE | Gospel | GravityMan.EXE | HeatMan.EXE | Higsby | JapanMan.EXE | JudgeMan.EXE | KnightMan.EXE | LaserMan.EXE | LarkMan.EXE | Life Virus | Lord Wily | MagicMan.EXE | MagnetMan.EXE | Magnus Gauss | MistMan.EXE | Mr. Match | Ms. Madd | NapalmMan.EXE | Nebula | Nebula Grey | NumberMan.EXE | PharaohMan.EXE | PlanetMan.EXE | PlantMan.EXE | Princess Pride | Professor | QuickMan.EXE | Serenade.EXE | ShadeMan.EXE | SparkMan.EXE | StarMan.EXE | StoneMan.EXE | SwordMan.EXE | VideoMan.EXE | World Three | Zero.EXE

Mega Man Star Force

Andromeda | Apollo Flame | Cancer | Cepheus | Chrys Golds | Condor | Corvus | Crown | Cygnus | Dealer | Diamond Ice | Dr. Vega | Dread Joker R | FM-ians | Gemini | General Auriga | Gerry Romero | Harp Note IF | Hollow | Hyde | Jack | Jammers | Joker | Laplace | Le Mu | Libra | Mr. King | Omega-Xis Copy | Ophiuca | Patrick Sprigs | Plesio | Queen Tia | Rich Dotcom | Shaman | Sirius | Solo | Taurus | Virgo | Wolf

Non-Canon

Constellation Droids | Dimensions | Dr. Wily (Mega Man TV Series) | Proto Man | R-Shadow | Robosaur Park Dinosaurs | Slur | Vespor Woman

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Subspace Army
Ancient Minister | Bowser | Bullet Bills | Duon | False Bowser | False Diddy Kong | False Peach | False Samus | False Zelda | Galleom | Ganondorf | Goombas | Hammer Bros. | King Statue | Koopa Troopas | Master Hand | Petey Piranha | Primids | Rayquaza | Ridley | Porky Minch | Shadow Bugs | Tabuu | Wario

World of Light
Crazy Hand | Dharkon | Dracula | Galeem | Galleom | Ganon | Giga Bowser | Master Hand | Marx | Rathalos

Playable Characters
Bowser | Bowser Jr. | Dark Pit | Dark Samus | Donkey Kong | Enderman | Ganondorf | Incineroar | King Dedede | King K. Rool | Koopalings (Larry, Roy, Wendy, Iggy, Morton, Lemmy, Ludwig) | Mario | Meta Knight | Mewtwo | Piranha Plant | Ridley | Wario | Wolf O'Donnell | Zombie

Bosses
Crazy Hand | Dark Emperor | Dharkon | Dracula | Duon | Galeem | Galleom | Ganon | Giga Bowser | Marx | Master Hand | Master Core | Metal Face | Petey Piranha | Porky Minch | Rathalos | Rayquaza | Ridley | Tabuu | Yellow Devil

Assists Trophies/Poké Ball Pokémon
Andross | Arceus | Black Knight | Burrowing Snagret | Chain Chomps | Chef Kawasaki | Darkrai | Deoxys | Devil | Dr. Wily | Entei | Elec Man | Ghirahim | Giratina | Ghosts | Gray Fox | Hammer Bros. | Klaptrap | Knuckle Joes | Kyurem | Lakitu | Metroid | Meowth | Mimikyu | Lord Nightmare | Mother Brain | Palkia | Phosphora | Shadow the Hedgehog | Skull Kid | Spinies | Starman | Unown | Waluigi

Trophies/Spirits/Stickers
Acro | Affinity | Agahnim | Air Man | Akuma | Alraune | Albert Wesker | Andrew Oikonny | Antasma | Aparoids | Aparoid Queen | Arlon | Ashnard | Baba | Baby Bowser | Babylon Rogues (Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow, Storm the Albatross) | Balrog | Banzai Bills | Bass | Big Boss | Bio Rex | Birdo | Black Shadow | Blood Falcon | Bokoblins | Blippers | Bloopers | Bombers | Bomb Man | Bonkers | Boos | Boom Boom | Boom Stompers | Box Boxer | Boxy | Broom Hatters | Bugzzy | Bumpety Bombs | Bulborbs | Burt the Bashful | Byrne | Cackletta | Calamity Ganon | Camus | Cappys | Captain Syrup | Carmilla | Chandelure | Chaos | Chaos Kin | Chargin' Chucks | Claus | Clubberskulls | Colonel Pluck | Cragalanche | Crash Man | Creepers | Count Bleck | Count Cannoli | Cranky Kong/Donkey Kong (Arcade) | Cut Man | Daphnes | Dark Man 4 | Dark Matter | Dark Mind | Darknuts | Daroach | Deadly Six (Zavok, Master Zik, Zeena, Zomom, Zazz, Zor) | Death | Deathborn | Demise | Demon King Arzodius | Diggernaut | Dimentio | Dive Man | DJ Octavio | Don Bongo | Donkey Kong Jr. | Dragaux | Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik | Drill Man | Dry Bones | E-123 Omega | Edelgard | Eggplant Wizard | EggRobo | Emerl | Ender Dragon | Erazor Djinn | Father Balder | Fawful | Fiery Blowhog | Fire Man | Flages | Flash Man | Fortitudo | Fynalle | Gaius | Gangrel | Galacta Knight | Galactic Fiend Kraken | Galaxy Man | Guardians | Garon | Gengar | General Guy | Geese Howard | Gharnef | Ghasts | Ghosts | Gleeok | Goda | Gold Bone | Golems (Kirby) | Golems (Dragon Quest) | Gomorrah | Gooper Blooper | Gordos | Goro Akechi | Gravity Man | Great Reaper | Grief | Gruntilda | Guts Man | Hades | Hard Man | Hawke | Helmaroc King | Hewdraw | Hooktail | Hoopa Unbound | Hot Heads | Ice Man | Igor | Infinite | Ing | Inspired | Iori Yagami | Iridescent Glint Beetle | Iron Face | Jade Face | Jeanne | Julius | Juri Han | Kalypso | Kamek | Kammy Koopa | Kanden | Karate Kong | Kass | King Bob-omb | King Boo | King Dice | King Dodongo | King Hippo | King Knight | King Olly | Kip | Kludge | Knight Man | Kracko | Kraid | Kritters | Kyle Merkulov | Leon Powalski | Lethiniums | Liquid Snake | Loptr | Lord Fredrik | Lurchthorns | Lyon | MB | M. Bison | Magolor | Mahvas | Majora | Malladus | Master Belch | Mecha Ridley | Medeus | Medusa | Megontas | Meta-Knights (Axe Knight, Javelin Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight, Blade Knight) | Metal Man | Metal Sonic | Metroid Prime | Mimicuties | Moblins | Mockiwis | Moley | Monoeyes | Mouser | Mr. Frosty | Mr. L | Mr. Sandman | Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright | Mugly | Nabbit | Napalm Man | Natah | Necrozma | Nihilego | Nightmare | Ninja Kong | Noxus | Nruffs | Nutskis | O'Chunks | Octoman | Octoroks | Ornes | Pandora | Panther Caroso | Paper Bowser | Parasite Queen | Paz Ortega Andrade | Peckish Aristocrabs | Phantom Ganon | Pico | Piglins | Pigma Dengar | Pigmasks | Plague Knight | Plasma Wisps | Plasm Wraith | Pom Pom | Pompy | Poppy Bros Jrs. | Princess Shroob | Quaggled Mireclops | Queen Metroid | Queen Sectonia | Quick Man | Rabbid Kong | Rabbids | Raphael the Raven | Reapers | Redd | Rhea | Revolver Ocelot | Risky Boots | Rockys | Rodin, the Infinite One | Roger the Potted Ghost | Rouge the Bat | Ryuichi and Ryuji | Sagat | Scarfies | Scurvy Crew | Shadow Beasts | Shadow Man | Shadow Queen | Shaft | Shake King | Sheegoth | Shield Knight | Shotzos | Shroobs | Shy Guys | Sidesteppers | Sigma | Sir Kibbles | Skeletons | Skull Man | Skuttlers | Slash Man | Slimes (Dragon Quest) | Slimes (Minecraft) | Smoky Prog | Snake Man | Snowmads | Solidus Snake | Space Pirates (Kid Icarus) | Space Pirates (Metroid) | Spark Man | Specknoses | Specter Knight | Spire | Squeakers | Starmans | Stu | Sword Man | Swooping Snitchbug | Sylux | Tacs | Tatanga | Thanatos | Tharja | The Devil | The Skull | Therion | The Three Mage-Sisters (Francisca, Flamberge, Zan Partizanne) | Tiki Tak Tribe (Kalimba | Gong-Oh | Maraca Gang | Wacky Pipes | Cordian | Banjo Bottom | Xylobone) | Tiki Tong | Top Man | Trace | Turret Tusk | Twinbellows | Twinrova | Ultimate Chimera | Vaati | Validar | Vega | Viridi | Viruses | Vivian | Vorash | Waddle Dees | Waddle Doos | Walhart | Walkys | Wart | Weavel | Wheelies | Whispy Woods | Whomps | Wigglers | Wind Man | Wollywog | Wood Man | Xord | X-Parasites | Yaldabaoth | Yuga | Yveltal | Zangief | Zant | Zero | Zingers | Zoda | Zurees

Others
Billy Kane | Dr. Coyle | Heihachi Mishima | Ryuji Yamazaki | Solon | Spiders | Springtron | Team Rocket Grunts | Travis Touchdown | Yiga Foot Soldiers

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