Series 5 Issue #5 - Busted!

It's a fine morning as the Mechanical Maniacs return from a semi-successful trip to a Japanese bookstore......

Needlegal: What a successful trip! I got a nice set of Chobits mangas for cheaper than I've ever seen them!

Snakeman: ...... but you can't read them.

Needlegal: I don't need to read them! I just wanna look at the pretty pictures!

Shadowman: The trip was semi-sussessfull. I didn't find the Rockman Remix manga I was looking for ...... but this set of X2 mangas are a nice consolation prize.

Snakeman: ........ But you can't read those either!

Shadowman: Who needs to read them? I already know the story and there are pictures to help me along!

Snakeman: Argh!

Topman: Hm. I'm kinda hungry, guys.

Geminiman: Well, there's a Mc Donalds ahead. Let's go order something.

(And so the Megaman 3 team enter the Mc Donalds. Little do they realize what horror awaits them!)

Cashier: Alright, that'll be $20.39

Hardman: *whispers* do we have enough?

Shadowman: *whispers* Relax! Everything is a breeze with my........ (whips out device) counterfeit money machine!

(Using his small device Shadowman instantly comes up with the cash.)

Cashier: Alright, then.....

Shadowman: Hm......... Wonder what that machine does.

(The cashier swiped the money through the machine and instantly a small alarm goes off!)


Shadowman: Hm. Well THAT shouldn't be. Uh....... hm. Try this one..... (Shadowman hands the cashier another twenty, which also sets off the machine.)


Shadowman: Hm ...... well, this has never happened before. What shall we -

(Shadowman grabs the food!)

Shadowman: RUN!!!

(The Mechanical Maniacs bolt out the door and down the street as fast as their legs could carry them!)

Shadowman: What ...... *pant* ...... was that! *gasp!*

Topman: It looked like some *pant* counterfiet-detector device!

Shadowman: W-what!?

Magnetman: Yeah, I guess it detects counterfeit money.

Shadowman: Yeah, what was your first clue? The fact that it's the "counterfeit money detector device" or the fact that alarms went off when it scanned my counterfeit money!?

Magnetman: Yeesh.

Shadowman: This isn't fair! This device is hard to make!

Needlegal: Calm down. Not EVERY store can have one!

Shadowman: True ...... true. Heh. Wacky McDonalds. We'll just eat at Harvey's!

(And so the Mechanical Maniacs venture to Harvey's ........ with similar results.)

Shadowman: GGGGGYAAAHH!!!

Snakeman: Geez, pull it together. You're a ninja. You're supposed to be above this.

Shadowman: Yeah, well I'm a ninja and I'm not.

Snakeman: ... What!?

Shadowman: You know.


Snakeman: Well, it isn't that much. Couldn't you just pay for it normally?



Shadowman: What?

Geminiman: Uh, you're new here. So you may not know ........ we don't pay for things.

Sparkman: Let's just go home, guys.

(And so the 'Maniacs return to their home, The Ark, to find it covered in graffiti!)

Sparkman: What ...... what happened?

Geminiman: This all seems familiar somehow.....

(Shadowman activates the auto clean.) *

(*This refrences the Secret Epilogue! On the very Secret Page!)

Shadowman: Wait! It's ....... them.

Hardman: Who?

Shadowman: You know. Them.

Hardman: I'm lost.

Magnetman: Me too.

Geminiman: Wait ....... you mean ...... them?

Needlegal: They wouldn't dare show their face here again ....... would they?

(And so......)

Shadowman: Admit you did it, twerp!

"Him": Ow! I didn't! I didn't! "ow"!

(Shadowman continues to pummel "him")

Shadowman: Oh sure, you didn't! I suppose it was 'Gaiden!


"He" begins to break down into tears."


Shadowman: Hm. Maybe ...... they weren't involved after all......

"Him": I wasn't.....

Shadowman: No one was talking to you.

(Shadowman chucks a Shadowblade at "His" head knocking "him" into unconsciousness)

Shadowman: Well ...... if it wasn't him ..... who was it?

(The following day the mechanical Maniacs are having Energon Cubes Cereal for breakfast when the doorbell rings.....)

Sparkman: I'll get it!

(But when Sparkman gets to the door, the person has run off.....)

Sparkman: Hm........

Needlegal: Something is definitely up.

Shadowman: yeah, well, don't worry. I have "people" on him. They'll tell me wherever the attacker goes. heh heh heh. Soon I will have my REVENGE!

Needlegal: *tsk* you and you're revenge....

Shadowman: He spray-painted my home he pays!

(Suddenly Shadowman's beeper rings.)

Shadowman: Ah-HAH! It worked! Follow me!

Shadowman: Let's go!

(The Mechanical Maniacs pursue the intruder, who's dressed in a trench coat across town and finally into an old apartment building.)

Topman: He went into that room!

Hardman: Alright! With most of our enemies dead, this guy will give us some much-needed fun!

Snakeman: *sigh*

Magnetman: Let's go already!

(The 'Maniacs open the door and they are suddenly encased in a net!)

Sparkman: What!?

Snakeman: Who in the world would do this!

The person: Sur-priiiiiseee!

(The person rips off his coat to reveal his true identity!)

Shadowman: TORCHMAN!?

Torchman: That's right!

Needlegal: But you're dead!

Hardman: No fair! Dead people can't come back to life, it's against the rules!

Sparkman: Who cares? This loser is just one guy against the eight of us!

Torchman: Oh, but I didn't come "back" really! Heh heh heh.......And who says I was alone?

(From out of nowhere the rest of the MM PC 3 robot masters emerge!)

Sharkman: Surprise!

Bitman: You've come back, but so have we!

Oilman: Your reign of terror end HERE, 'Mechs!

Needlegal: Say, WHAT!?

Snakeman: Sharkman? Didn't you reform and become Shakman.EXE on Viral Infection?

Someone: Oh he did. But I made him see the ...... error of his ways.

Shadowman: CRORQ!

Crorq: Wha? Oh ..... curses! You are not supposed to know my name!

Shadowman: I see what's going on........ Wily re-created you. And you're a not-quite-so-super computer designed to take over robot masters* so you took over Sharkman over there and rebuilt Torchman from, what I can only imagine, from some sort of ..... saved file made before he was blown to bits.**

(* Which is the plot behind Megaman PC 1 and 3 for those of you who don't know these obscure games.)

(** Torchman died in a temporal explosion way back in Series 3 #24)


Waveman: Uh ...... I think we're in trouble here, guys.

Shadowman: The only question I have is ..... when exactly were you copied, Torch? Are you pretty recent or were you copied right until you were blown up?

Torchman: Uh .... I ..... that is to say, um .....


Torchman: Now THAT is a SECRET!

Shadowman: *tsk* FINE!

(The 'Maniacs rip free of the net!)

Torchman: *GASP!*

Blademan: But how?

Crorq: That was no normal net! It was made of steel!

Hardman: Yeah, and we can rip through puny steel cords.

Sharkman: So ...... what's the plan now, boss?

Torchman: Hmmmmmm ..... WE RUN AWAY!

(The PC team runs out the Window and across the street!)


Sparkman: Well, that was unexpected.

Snakeman: Well, at least we didn't have to actually fight those idiots.

Topman: Come-on, let's go get some victory Energon Cubes!

(And so, in a minor bit of triumph, the Mechanical Maniacs head over to the local Energon Cube restaurant. The Autobar!)

Wheelie: Wheelie get money right away, and then fresh energon is on it's way!

(Needlegal makes a move for her wallet, but Shadowman stops her.)

Shadowman: I got this.

Wheelie: With three fifty as your expense you get ten dollars and fifty cents! Heh. heh heh heh!

(Suddenly alarms go off!)

Needlegal: What?

(Suddenly, Xelloss appears!)

Xelloss: It looks like Mister Shadowman tried to pay with Counterfeit money ..... again.


Wheelie: If counterfeit money you try to pay, a sound beating is on it's way!

Xelloss: Oh my, the situation seems to be deteriorating.

Needlegal: Wait! I got money too! I can pay!

Wheelie: Pay you will, but pain's on the bill!

Snakeman: And who's gonna be giving us pain, pip squeak? you?

(Suddenly, Dinobot steps out from the back!)

Dinobot: For trying to deceive the Autobar ..... you shall pay with your LIVES!!! WRRRROOOOWWW!

(Dinobot leaps into attack and the 'Maniacs run away!)

Shadowman: This sucks!

Xelloss: So, you're running away? Where's that Mechanical Maniac spirit that beat Extant?

Shadowman: Shut up! Just shut up!

Snakeman: Well, I guess things turned out all right...

Magnetman: I guess...

Needlegal: And we learned something today too...

Sparkman: I'm glad, then this adventure won't be a complete waste!

Needlegal: We learned that honesty is the best policy!

Shadowman: I HATE THAT MORAL!!!

Dinobot: Come back here, COWARDS!!

Xelloss: My, my, my that Maximal is a quick one!

Needlegal: Feel free to help anytime!

Topman: So until Wheelie catches us, we are ..... The Mechanical Maniacs!

The End


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