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Mega Woman (Rollwoman) by BleuVII Mega Woman (Rollwoman) by BleuVII
NES-Style Sprite Sheet Here: (bleuvii.deviantart.com/art/Meg…
Protowoman/Rythm Here: bleuvii.deviantart.com/art/Pro…

After a full Mega Man Classic playthrough, I got bothered by how much of a non-character Roll was. She went from being a playable character in the original plans for the game to... a robot housewife. Lame. But what if she had been playable? What would she look like? That's where this picture was born. Here are the design notes:
1. SIMPLE DESIGN - Roll was created as Rock's counterpart, and should share the design. Mega Man had only two tones to his outfit, and Roll needed to share that. I also needed to make sure the design fit with the NES/Famicom's 6-color sprites.

2. NOT IDENTICAL - It was difficult to make her look like Mega Man, but not make her identical. My main option for variance was the helmet. I went through 3 different helmets before finally arriving at this one. The main goal here was...

3. RESEMBLES ROLL.EXE - Mega Man Battle Network was the only game where a Roll character saw some action. When designing this, I set up three pictures: Mega Man Classic (Inafune style), MegaMan.EXE, and Roll.EXE. I designed Mega Woman so that it could look like Roll.EXE was based on this design. That is why she has the lateral helmet embellishments.

4. NOT CUTESY OR SEXY - Many who came before me have tried to give Roll some battle gear. The designs fall into two traps: hearts and miniskirts. For hearts... just... no. Mega Woman is a battle robot, not a walking valentine. For miniskirts... for the love of God people, Roll is supposed to look like a child. Cut it out!

5. ONE MAIN GAMEPLAY DIFFERENCE - I settled on the Mega Saber, so that she could play a bit like Zero from the Megaman X/Zero/ZX series. It does the same damage as a charge shot (which Mega Woman doesn't have), but trades off range for zero charge time. It really brought this picture together and made it amazing.

From there, I designed a story in my head to get Roll into the fray. If any fangames are interested in this, please let me know. I'd love to help you develop more.
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Dr.Light is working on his ultimate creation: Project X. The good doctor has powered down Rock/Mega Man in order to copy parts of Rock's personality to the new robot. He has also powered down Rush in hopes of adapting the Rush Super Adaptor into armor. Blues/Protoman is guarding the lab, and Roll is assisting Dr.Light.

Suddenly, there is a loud sound outside, and Protoman stumbles in, badly damaged, to warn Dr.Light and Roll that there are 8 robots led by a mysterious new sword-wielding female. She barges into the lab and silences Protoman, introducing herself as Rhythm. She and the 8 Robot Masters steal Project X, Mega Man, and Rush. Wily hopes to incorporate the design into his ultimate creation.

Dr.Light is astounded to see Rhythm, aka Protowoman. He and Wily designed her alongside Blues, but never finished her due to the flaw in design present in Blues. He surmises that Wily found her in the scrapyard and balanced the flaws with his new Bassnium alloy.

With Protoman unable to fight, Dr.Light tries to call on Bass and Treble for help, but they will not respond. In a desperate move, Roll begs Dr.Light to transform her into a fighting robot, as he once did with Rock, so that she can rescue her friends. Mega Woman is born.

Dr.Light outfits her with a new type of Mega Buster that can shoot normal shots, but also concentrate energy into a short beam. He sends Mega Woman out with Tango, assuring her that he will be upgrading Tango as she fights.
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Tigerman354 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student Writer
Cool!
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NeoduelGX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Student General Artist
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BleuVII Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a great contest. You can enter this image (plus the spritesheet) if you would like. 
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NeoduelGX Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Uh, it's no contest and I'm not sure if the image and sprite sheet count according to the challenge conditions and the reference pic.
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Webspidrman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Kickass Roll kicks ass! ^_^
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NeosTH2001 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2015
I feel like there should be a Tango Adaptor.

Something like these: img01.deviantart.net/cfdd/i/20… [Tango Adaptor: Non-Upgraded Roll], pre12.deviantart.net/0850/th/p… [Tango Adaptor: Ground Mode], and pre02.deviantart.net/6340/th/p… [Tango Adaptor: Dash Mode]
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BleuVII Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've actually sprited this, but haven't uploaded the new file yet. I'll see if I can get to that soon.
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WhatsIt-ToYou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
You probably knew this already, but a lot of Combat Roll designs have hearts somewhere on them because of the combat Roll's design in the obscure OVA, "Mega Man:  Upon A Star"—in which her chest-piece had a heart-shaped insignia upon it.
And personally, I don't feel a combat Roll design has to look like Mega Man's—Proto Man's is very similar, yes, but looking back at Robot-building history, nearly all the MM1 RMs shared a similar body type, and looking at MM9's shows that by then Light was experimenting more.

As for this Roll design...I'm not personally very fond of laser swords, and even if I did make one, I would make sure it came to a point; as it appears here, it just looks oddly like a lightsaber (Which may have been the intention, but I don't think it works very well for something that's supposed to be a slashing weapon).  That, and the helmet just looks strange—I get that you were trying to draw a parallel between hers and Mega Man's helmet design, with his having a vertical stripe and hers having a horizontal stripe, but it doesn't really come across as some ornamental attachment to the helmet; it just strikes me as silly.  Then again, Roll.exe's helmet looks silly to me too.

Red on pink was a nice color choice, though; worked well on Roll's BN counterpart, works pretty well here.
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BleuVII Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am aware of Mega Man: Upon a Star. I have a hard time taking that as the "official" design for Roll though. I personally think it looks terrible, and I'm sad that Mega Girl R has taken that as the official one.

Thanks for the feedback on the helmet. I had a tough time making a design that would translate well to an 8-bit sprite. Anything more complicated than what I did wouldn't have been able to reach that degree of simplicity.
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Keytee-chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can i make HQ version of this pic? I would like to see it with look like an official mega man artwork ^__^
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BleuVII Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of Course! I'd love that. What you see is pen on paper scanned in and colored.
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Keytee-chan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here it is ^__^ Mega Woman - Rollwoman for bleuVII by Keytee-chan
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small-myth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
That sounds like an interesting story and I would definitely play that game if it came out for the PS3 or for the Nintendo 3DS Nod 
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Keytee-chan Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's Red and uses the saber.
Hm... You know, one of my friends first Mega Man game was X4, and he played without music and voice acting. And he thought that Zero is a girl.
Maybe Zero is Roll captured by Wily?! O___O
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supercyber220 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the idea and story but can you remake her design a little bit though.
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BleuVII Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can remake the design if:
1) You are working on a game that you would like to add Rollwoman to.
2) It doesn't include hearts or sexualization of this little-girl robot.

Unless those two conditions are met, I designed it this way for a reason and plan to keep it this way.
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supercyber220 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OK thanks i reply you if i can
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mariochiefsonic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Finally! a drawing of armored roll that a. isn't called mega roll and b. looks like mega man. Never thought of a sword for roll makes sense though in Powered Up she swung her broom like the z-saber
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AirSharkSquad Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
^.^
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danwind Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Awensome Idea!, I loved it
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ZeoZentnights Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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