Man-Bot Tribute! From the Vault

by IG.Admin on April 22 2010

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This month’s From the Vault is a tribute to the Man, the Bot, the Legend:  Man-Bot.

Man-Bot is one of the most beloved characters from the Freedom Force games.  Struck by an errant bolt of Energy X, the erstwhile playboy Ted Taylor had no choice but to don a steel suit in order to contain the massive surges that would otherwise devastate all those around him.  Thus was the Man-Bot born – a metal-plated warrior and tragic hero for the ages.

The Original Man-Bot

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Robb Waters tells the story behind this inking:

“The black and white Man-Bot picture is the first I ever drew of him.  I drew this before I even started at Irrational.

“Way back in 2000, I cold-called Irrational when I was looking to get back into the industry, to see what project they were working on.  I spoke to Ken and he told me they were making an original superhero game called Freedom Force. He rattled off a few names of potential characters he had in mind to give me the flavor of the game.  When he said “Man-Bot” I instantly envisioned this guy in a metallic  Snuffleupagus suit and faxed the drawing over along with my resume.  Ken loved it.  I think seeing my take on the character and potential vibe of the project secured me a seat at Irrational.  Of course I cringe looking at the drawing now, but the design of the character ended up more or less the same.”

Man-Bot Inking

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This image of Man-Bot is a combination of hand-inking and watercolor work.   The purple and black outline indicates the explosive potential of the Energy X always building inside his body.

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This classic Freedom Force image shows Man-Bot in his in-your-face pose of the pugilist.  No tribute to the long sufferin’ man in steel would be complete without it.

Lil’ Man-Bot

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Drawn jokingly by Robb, this piece could have been the inspiration for an adorable sequel,  Freedom Force vs. Chibi Preschool Happy Fun Time. “For Freedom …and Juice Boxes!”

Unmasked

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Don’t all tragic superheroes need a moment where they take off the mask and reveal their all-too-human faces?

The Final Sacrifice

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This image is taken from Freedom Force vs The 3rd Reich. Once again the ravages of a superhero’s life have caused Ted Taylor to doff his mask at the risk of cataclysm (and note the effulgent Energy X glowing through the cracks in his armor).   Man-Bot is older here, and sporting a beard remarkably unsinged, given the circumstances.

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  • drewjamicks | April 22, 2010 3:01 pm

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    Long live Man-Bot! Its interesting, looking at the pics of Man-Bot I can see a similarity between him and the daddies, one in particular being the circular plates on the hands. Very cool.

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  • perfectdarkling | April 22, 2010 3:03 pm

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    LOVE IT. That’s so crazy how Man-Bot was envisioned before Freedom Force. It’s awesome how Robb got to use his idea in the game. Turned out to be one of the most memorable Irrational characters too!

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  • katherine | April 22, 2010 3:33 pm

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    I am loving these “from the vault” segments.
    The evolution of Man-Bot is fascinating. I am so glad that Mr. Waters made that cold call to Irrational! It is also great to see a bit of the artists’ sense of humor with chibi-man-bot :)

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  • NomarDll769 | April 22, 2010 4:31 pm

    Great entry! I love that we can see how you guys conceived Man-bot. Just pure awesomeness!!!

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  • latrine | April 22, 2010 8:44 pm

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    I love Man-Bot. His story arc in the original game is what catapulted it from being simply a great party based tactical RPG in a superhero setting to one of the best games ever made in terms of both gameplay and story. Not many video games end tragically, but Freedom Force did and did it spectacularly.

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  • April 22, 2010 9:19 pm

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  • gilbert | April 22, 2010 9:47 pm

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    Great great tribute to Man Bot guys! What this i hear? A Freedom Force sequel?!
    Chibi Man Bot? Hmmm. Interesting…tell me more. :)

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  • Vengeful | April 23, 2010 12:51 am

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    I’m also glad Robb cold-called or else we wouldn’t have had the awesome characters he helped create! Please more from the vault, I love reading / seeing these types of posts.

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  • buckybit | April 23, 2010 9:50 am

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    Man-Bot deserves a Twitter-page like @DRUNKHULK

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  • Rye0077r | April 23, 2010 10:32 am

    Awesome! Methinks I need to track down this game!

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  • danielmaxshaw | April 24, 2010 2:03 am

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    I was just playing the second game tonight.
    Irrational, when are we getting the third game ?

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  • phantomeyebrow | April 25, 2010 7:08 pm

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    Loving all the FF nostalgia, it’s two of my favorite games of all time! That’s some awesome artwork there too!

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  • jasonwilliford | April 26, 2010 10:11 am

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    I’ve never played this game, but I really like the retro artwork.

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  • freedomforce3 | April 28, 2010 11:28 am

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    I hope we can say that “To Be Continued…” (In the third game) :D

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  • May 2, 2010 12:09 pm

    Really cool website irrationalgames.com!…

    It would be nice if there was a mobile friendly version of this site as I use my iPhone a lot to surf and browse….

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  • skirby4 | May 11, 2010 6:45 pm

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    Man Bot ruled. I was a big El Diablo fan though!

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  • blkcasanova247 | June 24, 2010 11:45 pm

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    Man Bot was my second Fave…Minute Man was where it was at!

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