As the story goes, Wily and Dr. Light, the greatest minds in the field of robotics, had two very distinct philosophies towards the future of machine. Wily saw robots as mere tools with specific directives and purposes, while Light believe they had the capacity to be equal to man -- they could be our friends and family.
This, as Tony Ponce points out, is Dr. Light's big mistake....
"What would happen when these new lifeforms, possessing not only complete logic but complete emotions as well, grew tired of judgment from the segment of the population that never accepted machine independence?
His pleas fell on deaf ears. Rather than scrutinize Light's research, the community questioned Wily's motives. It wasn't hard to build a case against Wily -- though his skills were on par with Light's, it was the latter who earned all the accolades. It was concluded that Wily was acting out of pure jealousy and carried intent to sabotage Light's work. Thus, he was blacklisted and forced into seclusion."
Wily foresaw a robot uprising, apparently; an uprising One driven by the very elements that made Light's robots so human. In an effort to downplay the public's opinions on friendly, helper Robots, Wily took action:
"Wily thought, what if there was a way to sow distrust, to turn public perception of robots completely around? Nothing short of a global calamity would do the job. But how to regulate it while minimizing collateral damage?
Wily was fortunate enough to discover Light's lost first creation. By studying Proto Man, Wily was able to learn much about how the Robot Masters AI operated. He could then capture the robots and rewrite their code to only follow his commands. No one would believe his actions were just, so he'd have to conceal his true intentions behind a global domination ruse."
That is just the tip of the iceberg of this theory. Tony's article certain puts Wily's antics in a new light, one that, really, seems quite plausible.
You can read the full post over at Destructoid. Afterwards, feel free to sound off in the comments. It'd be interesting to hear your thoughts on this one; has this changed YOUR perspective on Wily?