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Top 10 Mega Man classic series robot masters that best represent the great Midwest city of Chicago [top ten]
 
Toronto may be my new home, but Chicago ok fine the suburbs is where I was born, and I lived in various places around Chicagoland for over 40 years. It's safe to say that Chicago still holds a special place in my heart. So here is yet another top 10 spawned from my All 94 Mega Man classic series robot masters ranked! list, and you probably know by now that it won't be the last one!

And if you don't know much about Chicago, prepare to learn some things! This is probably my most educational list ever!

Ok let's do this, Chicago style.
12/15/23, 00:52    Edited: 01/22/24, 01:53
 
   
 
Wind Man (Mega Man 6)


Let's start with a simple one. You have probably heard Chicago referred to as "the Windy City" before. Many outsiders think this is because there is so much wind in Chicago. Chicago natives will rush to tell you that this is not because of the wind levels but because of our "windy" politicians. The truth is maybe a bit of both, as well as some other things.


Whatever the case, we actually do get a lot of windstorms. And Chicagoans have embraced the nickname, so the Windy City it is, now and forever.
 
Clown Man (Mega Man 8)


Bozo the Clown is one of the most famous clowns worldwide. And yes, technically many other cities had their own versions of Bozo, but Chicago's very own "Bozo's Circus" was a hugely popular show that was syndicated nationwide in America and became the face of Bozo.


Have I ever mentioned that I was on the Bozo show as a child? And I won a board game. Go me!
 
Concrete Man (Mega Man 9)


Concrete andÖ
 
Metal Man (Mega Man 2)


...metal. Two of the major components of skyscrapers. Chicago is known for its skyscrapers, and for a time (1973-1996, to be exact) it held the record for the world's tallest building with the Sears (now known as theÖ ugÖ "Willis") Tower.


The Willis Tower has been bumped down to #24 on the list in the years since it lost the title (Asia dominates the world's tallest buildings lists nowadays), but Chicago still has 5 of the 100 tallest buildings in the world. Just look at that skyline!


(And yes I know most skyscrapers use steel, which is an alloy not a true metal, but you can't make steel without metal, so shut it.)
 
Block Man (Mega Man 11)


If you ask a Chicagoan how far something is, you'll often get a response like "10 blocks". That's because Chicago streets were (more or less) built on a grid running exactly north / south and east / west with 8 blocks to a mile. Also, we can be very precise, because all of our streets have numbers. You're at 79th street trying to get to 95th street? Well, that's 16 blocks away, or 2 miles.


I know that Chicago isn't the only city that was built like this, but I can tell you a city that wasn't built like this: Toronto. It took me awhile after moving here to realize that street numbers could be just about anything, anything at all. Look at this and tell me that there is a god.


Why are you like this, Toronto?!
 
Charge Man (Mega Man 5)


You may or may not know that I like trains, but did you know that Chicago is the largest train hub in America? This tends to happen when most of your other largest cities are on the coasts.


Chicago is also know for the "L" (elevated) train, which covers much of the city and even a bit of the suburbs.


Speaking of the L, I made a pixel map of it for my game In Retrospect!


Go me!
 
Blizzard Man (Mega Man 6)


Ok this is another obvious one, but you may have heard that Chicago winters can be pretttttttty brutal. I can concur. I have spent many, many hours digging my car out after a particularly bad blizzard.


Because digging your car out is a long and laborious process, no one wants to come back from their drive and have to do it again in a new spot. This has led to the unofficial "dibs" system in the city, where Chicagoans on the go put out chairs, crates, whatever else they may have handy to hold their spot until they return again.


It's not strictly legal but everyone does it and if you try to park in a spot someone else dug out and placed dibs on wellÖ good luck! Let me know how that turns out.
 
Strike Man (Mega Man 10)


Sure, all of America loves baseball, but how many other cities have two MLB teams? (The answer is only two cities, if we want to be technical, and I do.) In Chicago it is very common to be asked whether you like the White Sox or the Cubs more, and this isn't just an innocuous question, your answer carries with it a hint at where you probably grew up (White Sox = southside, Cubs = northside). This in itself can carry a lot of (sometimes unwarranted) assumptions about class, blue collar versus white collar, etc. When the two teams play each other, the White Sox / Cubs rivalry (aka the Crosstown Classic) is one of the biggest sporting events in the city. Chicago baseball is serious business!


(To be honest I don't personally care about baseball at all, but it deserves a spot on the list.)
 
Jewel Man (Mega Man 9)


If you have never heard of Jewel-Osco, that is because you are not from Illinois, Northwest Indiana, or the one random place in Iowa that apparently has a Jewel.


Jewel-Osco may be largely unknown outside of Chicagoland, but with over 150 locations, it dominates the Chicago metropolitan grocery store market, beating out big names like Walmart and Costco to consistently be Chicago's #1 most popular grocery store.


(This doesn't mean it is the best grocery store though. It's mediocre and overpriced if you ask me.)
 
Fire Man (Mega Man 1)


Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Old Mother Leary left a lantern in the shed,
And when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said,
"There'll be a hot time, on the old town, tonight."
FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!


Do you recognize that song? If you're from Chicago you do, and were probably humming the tune while reading the words. Sure, Mrs. O'Leary was (eventually) exonerated, but the fact remains that in 1871 someone, (or something), started a fire that got out of control, ultimately destroying roughly one-third of Chicago, killing hundreds and leaving nearly 100,000 people homeless. It became known as the Great Chicago Fire.


We even named a sport's team after it! Because that is how you remember a tragedy, I guess.


Also there is this long-running TV show which I've never watched.


Suffice to say, the Great Chicago Fire is a monumental part of Chicago's history.
 
Deep Dish Pizza Man, make it happen Capcom!

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Zero said:
Deep Dish Pizza Man, make it happen Capcom!

I was gonna say the same thing!

I went to Chicago for the first time every a few months ago, actually. My first deep dish pizza lived up to the hype. I would describe it as... good pizza. It definitely wasn't a qualitatively different thing.
12/15/23, 01:24   
Chicago pizza ainít no pizza. That monstrosity is a freakiní casserole.

Another cool list. Since my wife watches Chicago Fire, *Iíve* seen the show, too. Itís not bad. Worth the watch, but no one should feel bad that they havenít seen it. Itís good TV, not GREAT TV.
12/15/23, 03:50   
Zero said:
Also there is this long-running TV show which I've never watched.


12/16/23, 10:53   
Edited: 12/16/23, 10:57
The "Windbag politicians" joke has become such a running gag over here that whenever people are discussing how ANYTHING got the name it has, SOMEBODY will pop in and say "Well, aksualy, it's because of the politicians."

GameDadGrant said:
Chicago pizza ainít no pizza. That monstrosity is a freakiní casserole.
Well, due to the fact that most Italians that immigrated to America went to Chicago, deep-dish is probably closer to authentic Italian pizza than whatever you chaps have in Michigan.
12/16/23, 19:01   
Edited: 12/16/23, 19:12
Detroit style pizza is alright but it feels like it is just deep dish that is afraid to commit to being deep dish.
12/16/23, 20:20   
@Stan McStanly

I love Detroit style pizza likely because thatís what I grew up with. But Iíll admit the super thin, super wide New York style pizza is hard to beat.

Beyond pizza, you know what Chicago got absolutely correct? The hot dog. That dill pickle spear is just *chefís kiss.*
12/17/23, 11:38   
@GameDadGrant I'm sorry, New York pizza is just a sin. But I'll stow that argument. For now. Regardless, the hotdogs are indeed superb.

And the Italian beef sandwiches. I keep forgetting those are mainly a Chicago/surrounding area thing. It seems like such a simple and raw combination, I'm surprised It isn't nationwide
12/19/23, 22:33   
Edited: 12/19/23, 22:34
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