Serial Number: DWN-020
Designer: Dr. Light & Dr. Wily
Weapon: Hard Knuckle
The concept behind Hard Man is an interesting one. In the Mega Man universe, there's a special alloy called ceratanium. This metal is extremely durable, making it a preferred material for armor. However, it's also quite rare, with only five known uses in the Mega Man Classic series. The most well-known use was Mega Man's own armor plating, which explains his famous blue coloration. Hard Man's body is also made from ceratanium, though there's considerably more of it in him than in Mega Man. This is one of the first times that Dr. Wily is shown specifically attempting to use Mega Man's technology against him ( Copy Robot notwithstanding ).
Hard Man also features something that is commonly seen in super robot anime -- the famous Rocket Punch technique. This is the first time this move appears in the Mega Man franchise.