Mega Man fans are sad, this we know. But I had no idea that Mega Man himself was “imbued with sadness” by his creator.
The team used Cut Man as one of the monster-of-the-week villains and designed a protagonist inspired by a character from the Time Bokan anime, Tanpei—a genius boy sporting a blue jumpsuit and helmet equipped with cupcake-shaped cones. Despite the general silliness of this image, Kitamura sensed true sadness at Mega Man’s core.
He then adds:
In the backstory I wrote, Mega Man alone is equipped with the functionality to turn himself off. That very fact imbues him with a sadness. The other robot masters were made for some kind of specific job or work, so there’s no need for them to have an “off switch” they can control. However, a robot helper like Mega Man can make his own judgements, and therefore can decide whether he’s needed or not...the sadness of being a robot is having this inorganic existence.
You can grab a copy of the book here if you want to be even more bummed out.