Bass, known as Forte (フォルテ, Forute?) in Japan, is a character from the original Mega Man series of platform games. First appearing in Mega Man 7, Bass is a robot designed by series villain Dr. Wily; he was constructed based on research conducted on protagonist Mega Man with the intention of matching his power in.
Wily makes mention of discovering the energy that powers Bass, Bassnium ("Forutenium" in Japanese), the most powerful form of energy on Earth, entirely by mistake.
Despite being created by Wily, Bass frequently rebels against his creator when he feels Wily is standing between him and defeating Mega Man.
Bass's weapon is the powerful Bass Buster, which originally functioned similarly to the Mega Buster, albeit with slightly different shots. As of Mega Man & Bass, however, the Bass Buster has lost its ability to charge its shots in favor of a drastically increased rate of fire, as well as the capacity for upgrades that may make the shots stronger or pierce walls.
Like Mega Man and Proto Man, Bass can also copy the weapons of Robot Masters, his body changing colors to reflect the weapon currently equipped. He can also combine into a Super Form with his lupine companion Treble, allowing Bass to take flight and shoot more powerful projectiles from his buster.
Bass is the "brother" of Zero, since they share the same creator.
- Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
- Mega Man Battle & Chase
- Rockman Strategy - (China-only)
- Mega Man 9 - (cameo)
- Mega Man 10 - (DLC)
- Street Fighter × All Capcom
For more of this character, see their gallery.