|This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Archie Comics continuity.|
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A Time-Clone is a character that appears in the Mega Man comic series, and the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, published by Archie Comics. It is a term used for a duplicate of an individual created by warping the fabric of space and time. The process is only known to be effective in creating duplicates of robots, most notably those from the reality of Mega Man's Earth.
Using the reality-bending properties of the Skull Egg Zone and the Wily Egg, Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily managed to create Time-Clones of the Wily Robot Masters, most of whom became the Robot Master Army. The Copy Robot and Genesis Unit were also Time-Cloned and sent to attack the party of Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Proto Man, Tails and Rush after they entered the Skull Egg Zone. Proto Man and Mega Man were the first to recognize that an unusual process was being employed, as robots from their world had only previously returned from complete destruction due to the power of Ra Moon. The Genesis Unit later returned as part of the army, who engaged the heroes and their expanded force of allies outside the Wily Egg. While the heroes managed to hold their own, it quickly became evident that the doctors could continue to create more Time-Clones to dispatch against them. As such, Sonic and Mega Man led a small party to invade the Wily Egg, where they were forced to engage Time-Clones of the Mega Man Killers.
Sigma later employed his own Time-Cloning process in his base on the Lost Hex, by combining the Genesis Portals with the Unity and Master Engine energy to create duplicates of fallen and future Mechaniloids and Mavericks. In the case of the latter, Sigma discovered that the process was not a perfect duplication, as the personality of the Mavericks did not remain intact. However, when it became clear that they retained their loyalty to him, Sigma proceeded to clone an entire army of Mavericks. The Mechaniloid Time-Clones faced the heroes and were defeated, but after a brief scuffle caused by the Deadly Six the heroes were forced to face the Maverick army. While Axl and his comrades recognized various old foes and friends amongst the enemy, Zero noted that there were absences, such as Colonel and Iris.
- The Time-Cloning process serves as a means of featuring numerous characters from the Mega Man and Mega Man X franchises in the Worlds Collide and Worlds Unite crossovers who would otherwise be unable to participate, due to either being destroyed or converted to peaceful purposes.
- ↑ Mega Man #24, "When Worlds Collide Part One: Kindred Sprits"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #52, "When Worlds Collide Part Five: The Advance Guard"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #250, "When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!"
- ↑ Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #77, "Worlds Unite! Part Five: Everybody in the Same Boat"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #274, "Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills"
- ↑ Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality""