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Dr. Wily
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Dr. Wily as he appears in Mega Man 10.

Universe Mega Man
Debut Mega Man (1987)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Resident Evil 3 (cameo, 2020)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Human
Gender Male
Article on Wikipedia Dr. Wily

Dr. Albert Wily (Dr.ワイリー, Dr. Wily) is a character from the Mega Man series by Capcom, serving as the main antagonist of the classic series games.


Dr. Wily piloting the Wily Capsule in Mega Man 7.

Dr. Albert Wily is the antagonist of the main series Mega Man games. Formerly a respected scientist and colleague of Mega Man's creator Dr. Thomas Light, the two had a falling out after his inventions and experiments were deemed unethical and dangerous. Years later, a vengeful Wily would reprogram six of Dr. Light's robots, which Mega Man eventually fought and defeated. Since then, he has created his own robots and built many fortresses, where he acts as the final boss. As a running gag throughout the classic series, Dr. Wily always ends up on his knees and begs Mega Man for mercy after he is defeated, although most of the time he manages to escape. His creation of Zero and the virus within him also makes Dr. Wily indirectly responsible for the events of the Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero series, as well as the Mega Man ZX series to a lesser extent.

An alternate universe version of Dr. Wily exists in the Mega Man: Battle Network series, named Lord Wily. Originally best friend and rival to the late Tadashi Hikari (this universe's version of Dr. Light), they had a falling out after Wily's robotics research was pushed aside in favor of Hikari's computer science research, which eventually led to advancement of the internet into a functioning Net Society. A vengeful Lord Wily then devotes his life to creating viruses that would corrupt and destroy the Net Society. However, all of his attempts were challenged and thwarted by Hikari's grandson, Lan Hikari, and his personal NetNavi MegaMan.EXE. Wily's villainous career would reach a climax in Battle Network 6, as he witnessed side characters Colonel and Iris sacrifice themselves to save Net Society. Moved by these acts of selflessness, Wily denounces his evil past and vows to use his genius only for the better of Net Society. These efforts would advance the internet even further and would eventually lead into the Mega Man: Star Force series.

Dr. Wily's first appearance inside the Wily Capsule was in Mega Man 4, and since then, it has been part of his final battle in all main series games (with the exception of Mega Man 11), using different designs and attack patterns. The Wily Capsule he uses for his Assist Trophy role in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is specifically the one from Mega Man 7. Much like in Ultimate, he attacks by teleporting to random spots in the stage and firing four elemental orbs, which spread around Mega Man before flying towards him, as well as launching electricity downward that spreads across the ground. Unlike in Ultimate, he does not have a spinning ram attack. The elemental orbs can use fire, electricity, or ice; while electric orbs merely damage Mega Man, fire orbs cause him to temporarily burn in place and take constant damage, and ice orbs freeze him. The Wily Capsule in Mega Man 7 is notably one of the most difficult bosses in the Mega Man series, as it is only vulnerable to a few weapons, all of which deal minimal damage, while its elemental orbs deal high damage to Mega Man and are very hard to dodge.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Dr. Wily appears as a trophy in both versions of the game.


Dr. Wily's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Dr. Wily
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS A mad scientist from the Mega Man series who develops deadly robots to try and take over the world. He's not above stealing the robots made by other scientists and modifying them for his own evil ends, either. Dr. Wily has a tendency to beg for forgiveness when Mega Man inevitably defeats him; those tears don't look all that genuine, honestly...
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U A mad scientist from the Mega Man series who develops deadly robots to try to take over the world. He's not above stealing the robots made by other scientists and modifying them for his own evil ends, either. Dr. Wily has a tendency to beg for forgiveness when Mega Man inevitably defeats him, but those tears don't look all that genuine, honestly...
NES: Mega Man (12/1987)
NES: Mega Man 2 (07/1989)
PAL A mad scientist from the Mega Man series who develops deadly robots to help him take over the world. He's also not above taking robots made by other scientists and modifying them for his own evil ends. Dr. Wily has a tendency to beg for forgiveness when Mega Man inevitably defeats him, but somehow he never learns.
NES: Mega Man (12/1989)
NES: Mega Man 2 (12/1990)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Wily Capsule on Mario Galaxy.

Dr. Wily appears as an Assist Trophy in the form of the Wily Capsule (ワイリーカプセル, Wily Capsule), specifically the form present in Mega Man 7. When summoned, he teleports to random spots above the stage and spreads four orbs around himself, which track opponents' movements before flying towards them. Each orb randomly uses one of three elements, from fire, electricity and ice, with the latter two paralyzing and freezing opponents respectively. Dr. Wily also fires electricity towards the ground, which splits into four orbs that travel alongside it, and rams into opponents while spinning, dealing high damage and knockback. If the Wily Capsule is destroyed, instead of being KO'd immediately, Dr. Wily falls to the ground and begs for forgiveness before despawning. Dr. Wily can't appear in Mementos and King of Fighters Stadium.


Dr. Wily appears as a Legend class support spirit and appears as part of the Wily Capsule spirit.

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, Dr. Wily is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. Dr. Wily's spirit is located in the Base sub-dungeon of The Light Realm.

Dr. Wily's Spirit Battle uses a Dr. Mario puppet fighter and is fought on the Wily Castle stage. He is fought along eight Metal Mega Man puppet fighters. During the stamina battle, the player must defeat the eight Metal Mega Man fighters before fighting Dr. Mario, referencing the rematches against the eight Robot Masters near the end of most Mega Man games, where defeating all of them will lead up to the final boss battle against Dr. Wily.

During the Wily Capsule spirit battle, the player must fight a Giant Metal R.O.B. puppet fighter, representing Wily Machine 7, and is fought on the Wily Castle stage's Ω form. During the battle, the Wily Capsule appears as the Assist Trophy enemy.

Primary spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
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Wily Capsule
★★★ 3 2683 8071 1073 3228 1610 4843 No Effect Mega Man Series

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
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Dr. Wily ★★★★ 2 Jam FS Charge Mega Man Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ワイリーカプセル, Wily Capsule
UK English Wily Capsule
France French Capsule Wily Wily Capsule
Germany German Wily-Kapsel Wily Capsule
Spain Spanish Cápsula Wily Wily Capsule
Italy Italian Capsula del Dr. Wily Dr. Wily's Capsule
China Chinese Wily Capsule
South Korea Korean 와이리 캡슐, Wily Capsule
Netherlands Dutch Wily-capsule Wily Capsule
Russia Russian Капсула Уайли Wily Capsule


  • Although Dr. Wily has a trophy on both the 3DS and Wii U versions, he is one of the few non-playable characters in Super Smash Bros. 4 to have different poses in both versions. Wily's 3DS trophy depicts his pose when surrendering at the endings of the original Mega Man games after being defeated, while his Wii U trophy is posed identically to his official Mega Man 9 artwork.