If there is ever a sequel to both the Mega Man X series and the Mega Man Zero series, Stephanie Sheh will voice Iris.
Power and Speed "RP" RatingA reploid's Power and Speed are measured in an odd, unexplained unit called "RP." Say that "RP" stands for "Reactor Power," and the two scores added together add up to a reploid's maximum energy output, labeled "Reactor Output." For example, in X3, Vile's Power score is 9200, and his Speed score is 7200. If his Reactor Power (RP) scores are added together, he has a maximum Reactor Output (RO) rating of 16400. The reploid's RO rating would be a general indication of their strength. A reploid like Crystal Snail would be very weak, with a RO rating of only 7300, while a more powerful reploid like Bit has an RO rating of 27400. Seeing as X was meant to have limitless potential, his RO rating is unmeasurable, leading to the "????" score he gets for Power and Speed.
Person(s) responsible for creation of "Day of Sigma" are huge fans of G Gundam US dub.See above. And Sigma is Master Asia too.
It was supposed to be Wily that repaired X in the end of X5In Inafune's original plan where X5 was the finale, Wily repaired X, uploading corrupted data into him, thereby making him go nuts by Mega Man Zero.
The main reason why X decided to stop fighting in the seventh game.
The Maverick/Zero Virus is based off the Evil Energy in Mega Man 8.Think about it. When Bass used the evil energy, it gave him a bright purple aura and gave him a major power boost. When Zero turned Maverick in X5, he was surrounded in a bright purple aura that gave him a major power boost, as well as actually giving him energy. Although Wily lost the original source of the Evil Energy, he created a digital form of it and used it for the power-base of his greatest creation.
X's design is was inspired by Duo.Compared to Mega Man's design, X is far more advanced in both specs and abilities, to the point that he was super-advanced even a century in the future. Where did this major technological leap come from? The answer is when Doctor Light helped repair the highly-advanced alien robot Duo in 8. Although he wouldn't be able to understand everything, he understood enough to repair Duo with all his strength and powers. Doctor Light was heavily inspired by what he managed to reverse-engineer while repairing Duo and applied the same techological advances when creating X.
There is no Maverick Virus in Maverick Hunter X.The Maverick Hunters act more like reploid police in MHX; conducting investigations, tracing hackers, doing raids on hide-outs, and so forth. The game intro even says that the Hunters were created to control illegal reploid activity, not berserk reploids. There's also the fact that every Maverick had an actual motivation to join Sigma, or made it clear that they were forced to do so. And finally Sigma, the big bad of the game, had a very concrete reason to go Maverick and never has his little "I'll be back" message after the credits. From the way the game is presented, you could take out the virus completely and nothing would change. Considering that the MHX series was supposed to how Inafune wanted to envision the series, and the virus revelation was only thrown in on the third game, it's possible that there's no virus in the game at all.
The Maverick Virus was originally a lot more subtle.As an alternative to the above. Dr. Wily was all about sabotaging Dr. Light's work. He'd already done the reprogramming thing in 1 and 9, taking over the Robot Masters who had certain hard-coded aspects to their personalities, both making them his own and making them look dangerous. But X and the Reploids? That would never do. They had complete freedom to grow and change psychologically based on their experiences and decisions. So, the virus he built into Zero was designed to subvert that, to find any motivation they might have for turning against humanity and amplify it, burning in the back of their minds, until they made the decision "freely". This only changes at the end of X2, when Sigma merges completely with the virus in himself, becoming first a free-floating precursor to the Cyber-Elves, then spreading as an "upgrade" to the virus when that is destroyed. His desire for followers causes it to act far more suddenly and dramatically from then on.
X's true unlimited potential is that he can spontaneously evolve.We already know that X can copy the abilities of others and constantly alter his own body/weapons to accomodate new weapons and armors. However, Maverick Hunter X heavily implies that X has a much greater potential than that — Doctor Light says he named X after the variable that symbolizes unlimited potential, to learn and grow far beyond his original specifications. MHX gives us the perfect example; X had been taken by surprise and critically injured by Sigma, had lost his buster arm, and was in serious danger of being killed. What did his systems do? Found an alternate solution. Faced with certain death, his systems spontaneously altered themselves so his other hand could become a weapon and then pushed itself into overdrive so he could overcome his damage long enough to fight back. Basically, X gained a new weapon on the spot without any outside data. The implications of this are huge — a robot that can constantly change and gain new abilities without any outside interference, a new independent being and the first of a true species.
Zero failed at taking out the enemies in front of Sigma's fortress in X1 because the enemies respawned behind him.Think about it. He says he's going to keep the defense force busy, and then two seconds later, you're fighting for your life against those goddamned turtles. It could be argued that he's taking on something worse, but he just went in that direction like five seconds ago! You'd think he would bother to take out the bloody things for the sake of X's sanity.
The Face Room boss from X1 is, in fact, the android recreation of Face, Nick Jr.'s old host.WMG, destroying your childhood one day at a time.
Repliforce was an attempt to create a loyal fighting force that backfired.Now that the world knows of the Maverick Virus, the council wants to expand anti-Maverick measures to keep the peace. But many of the Mavericks from the previous three uprisings have been Hunters, and the council are worried about expanding a fighting force that have had so many defections. The answer? Make a new fighting army without such a problem. They create Repliforce instead, giving them flashy 'uniform' designs, a bold logo, and deeply-programmed beliefs in honor and warrior pride so they'd never betray their brethren. The council believes that this heavily unified and loyal group will be better at hunting Mavericks. Except that when the government accuse them of being Mavericks, the very design they were given caused them to over-react and rebel rather than allow their great name to be tarnished. Even those who were against the coup eventually gave in and followed them, just like Iris. The council's attempts to make a 'Maverick-proof' army instead made the very worst one to date.
Reploids are not really robotsReploids have DNA, can bleed, often are said to be hard or impossible to tell from humans in some games (particularly later post-X series; ZX Advent, for example, has a reploid and human main character who are more or less exactly the same). In adidtion, X himself is referred to as a Reploid even if he is the first. I speculate Reploids are grown in capsules with nanomachines, and the name Reploid refers to the fact they replicate living organisms, though most also have robotic parts or armor.
Repliforce was the reason humans started being so quick to label Reploids as MavericksWhen told to stand down, disarm, and come in for questioning, The Colonel, representing Repliforce, basically told X and Zero to piss off because of his and his troops' pride. Yeah, being forced to disarm is demeaning, especially if you're a bunch of Proud Warrior Race Guys, but they're an army. They're not supposed to tell their superiors to piss off. Maybe if he said X and Zero didn't have the authority to bring them in, if he said he's going to check with their superiors, something more reasonable than a robotic dick waggling (I'm assuming they refused to come in even after they told X and Zero to piss off, when the top brass told them to cut the crap and come in). Once it became clear Reploids would not do what they're told, even when they agreed to, humans became increasingly paranoid.
The Repliforce refused to come in for questioning because General was covering his ass.He ordered his troops not to come in for questioning (citing their unflinching pride as an excuse), because he didn't want to admit he was secretly meeting with a 15-foot tall shadowy figure that espoused violent revolution against humanity. The kind of thing a sensible officer would investigate or at the very least report to superiors. Granted, he didn't take up Sigma's offer, but he must have realized an investigation might have revealed these meetings and his lack of action, causing him to be court martialled. Because Repliforce's pride is so extensive, he couldn't face that indignity, especially in the face of his own troops, so he launched a military coup, causing numerous deaths and the destruction of his own army, just so his incompetence could be kept secret.
Zero has multiple clones of himself.It would sure explain a lot.
The Light Holograms are actually maintained by someoneI'm throwing out a personal idea that someone, likely of the Cossack dynasty, is secretly helping X, scattering his armors far and wide where X would appear and making new ones. However, they are guided by a sentient Light Hologram. They don't reveal themselves because there are a number of uncomfortable questions they don't want to answer, and they really don't want to turn themselves into targets for the Mavericks.
Not only is Dr. Wily still around, the series will end with him winning.Tatsunoko vs. Capcom revealed that he was around post X7, at least, since Axl was in the ending. Since X, Zero, and Axl don't know enough about him, they won't be alerted to his presence until it's too late. While Sigma dropped hints in X5 that let the viewers know who Wily was, the heroes are still clueless.
Wily is everywhere.In X5, Sigma scattered the Virus all over earth. If, as Capcom said, Wily's consciousness is in the virus, that would mean he is everywhere.
Everything after X5 is a Lotus-Eater Machine dream X is having......And in the inevitable X9, it will have 16-Bit graphics... But then it switches to 32-Bit in inopportune moments, and X is the only one that notices. The reason I say X is in a Lotus-Eater Machine is that (while I haven't played the games...) there's a few contradictions or bad quality in X6 to X8, but why would these contradictions keep happening? And why did Zero come back to life? Simple, X refuses to believe his friend is gone, therefore he's trying to keep himself in a world where he feels like he's with his best friend, and Axl, he's never known him, he's just a spy thrown in the Lotus-Eater Machine to make sure X doesn't catch on, and when it's revealed Axl is the final boss and you get to kill him in a One-Winged Angel, X will finally wake up, finally accepting that Zero, his long time friend, is no longer here...
Dr. Light knows Wily made Zero, but refuses to tell him.I blame his pride. Zero seems to be a stronger combatant than X, but Light refuses to accept that Wily could one-up him and thus won't inform the robot of his creator.
Dr. Light's hologram is the first Cyber-elf.Light figured out how to upload his consciousness to a computer, which allowed him to build the capsules for X. As of the end of X5, Light has upgraded himself to the point that he no longer needs capsules to manifest physically, and he later expanded on this technology to create the Cyber-elves to help fight the Mavericks.
X's father is actualy Kenny from South Park.No matter what, in every game it is impossible not to die. Yes, you would have a fluke or two, but c'mon? On every level, there has to be a time where you encounter an event and then you die. To compare with Kenny, they both die easily when they encounter an enemy, a death hazard, or just come in countact with anything that's seemingly harmless. To include, they both RARELY remove their head gear. I think there should be a family reunion, or else Sigmas will summon out more mechanical walking birds to pick out X's pixelated eyes.
There is only one capsule.I mean, really, what would make more sense? For there to be over 33-49 (calculated guesses for X-X5 and X-X8 for the number of capsules, respectively) capsules that just happen to be in areas that end up being outposts of the Mavericks (especially places built after Light could have placed the capsules); or for there to be but one capsule, that can find X (or Zero in X5) and give him what he needs as he needs it, and then move on (ever notice how the capsule disappears after you use it)? One capsule would also render hologram!Light's sapience feasible, and also explain how the later armors can keep on par with and even supersede recent robotics. (There is a good bit of dormant time as a capsule, after all.) (Except for those two arm ones in X4; they are probably different though, as they stick around.)
There were initially only maybe four or five capsules. However, they replicate themselves through nanomachines. Furthermore, the Light Holograms themselves are the ones who create new armour upgrades.I think this makes the most amount of sense. The capsules themselves can't be all that complicated to make, considering how many there are. Dr. Light probably created a mechanism that allowed his capsules to constantly replicate and spread throughout the world. The armors are all probably created in a similar fashion. If the Dr. Light Holograms truly are sentient, they could theoretically create new armours for X as time goes on. This would make sense, since if X truly has unlimited potential, he should reach a point where new armour upgrades are unnecessary. Since the Light Holograms constantly create new weapons and armour depending on the time and advancements in technology, it would mean that X would always have the latest and best arsenal at his command. This is further backed up by how the Dr. Light Hologram was able to create an upgrade for Zero. The capsules are all probably connected to X in some way. When X was sent out on an infiltration mission in Command Mission, the capsules created an armour that would be best suited for sneaking missions, and reformatted X on their own.
Light's Hologram was built into X the whole time; the capsules are just maintenance terminals that any reploid can use.X5's ending seems to indicate that Light doesn't need a capsule to appear. Going with some of the above WMG's, X has the ability to create entirely new weapons rather than simply copying them like the original Mega Man. Perhaps Light's hologram is a representation of that ability, passively gathering small pieces of tech data and occasionally assembling it into an upgrade that X can use, usually (but not always) by hijacking and overclocking a nearby capsule to provide the upgrade. As for why Zero can also see him from X4 onwards, maybe the Light program copied itself over to Zero after spending so much time with X, like a benevolent version of the Maverick virus. It couldn't create upgrades for Zero until it could study his hardware from the inside out; hence the lack of upgrades for him up until X5.
Copy Zero's (i.e. the hero in MMZ) "buster" is Axl's gunAs there's no MMZ WMG page, here it is. Axl will go nuts due to Lumine's parting gift, and X and Zero will put him down. Then, Zero will get sealed, and his "original" body will be appropriated by Weil to make Omega. When Copy Zero is built to host Zero's programming, he doesn't have an arm cannon, so they give him Axl's old gun to go with his beam saber.
Taking the above theory one step further: Copy Zero's body was originally Axl's.For whatever reason, Lumine and Omega awaken at around the same time, and X will have to face both of them alone. After defeating Lumine, Axl will take back his body long enough to tell X to wipe his memory clean and use his body to save Zero. Through some tweaking, Axl's body takes on a form that seems to be a cross between him and the original Zero (red-on-black instead of red-on-white).
The X series is an alternate future for the classic series.There's a radical change in tone between the classic and X series. The classic series is bubbly and happy while the X series has people dying left and right. Dr. Wily is significantly more malevolent as far as the X series is concerned compared to his portrayal in the classic series. The X series is basically a "bad future", an alternate timeline that branches off from the classic series. Furthermore, the Zero series is also an alternate future, allowing the X series to continue on and on like the franchise zombie that it is while the Zero series branches off somewhere along the line.
The entire X and Z series take place in X's head while in his "30+ years" of stasis.Dr. Light programmed a series of recurring challenges based on his own experience with Dr. Wily — that, or the simulation was only supposed to run once, but X wasn't satisfied with how the first game ended, so each sequel was an attempt at a Fix Fic that went horribly wrong for whatever reason. Eventually he goes insane from the effort and (still in the simulation, mind you) decides that Humans Are Bastards... except he can't bring himself to go through with it and has "Zero" take up the reins in his place.
The entire Mega Man series takes place in X's head while in his "30+ years" of stasisWhen Dr Light created X, he decided that X needed to be ready for every scenario. Each game represents a different lesson for X, so he can awake as a matured individual.
The X series calendar is hexatridecimal (Base 36)When it reads that X was constructed by Light in the year "20XX", it doesn't mean "some unknown year in the 21st century." It means, literally, 20XX: the year 94533 on the Gregorian calendar. 200X, the year Protoman was created, would be the Gregorian year 93345..."a mere" 1,188 Gregorian years before. By this distant day, humans live as long as, if not longer than, Biblical characters such as the Antediluvian peoples, ~1,000. The reason humanity is not ridiculously far out into the galaxy or beyond is because of 1) the rise and fall of civilizations occuring at a rate just as often as previous human history, 2) there being no such thing as Star Trek/Star Wars "warp" or "hyperspace" travel, of at least the kind that wouldn't crush biological matter into tiny particles; i.e., think Orson Scott Card's Enderís Game, and 3) outer space is mind-shatteringly gigantic. Actually, to tell the truth, there is no evidence whatsoever to prove that the events in question do not take place on a planet called Earth, but completely different in all but name from our own. In fact, if the story given by The Protomen were to be taken at face value and then further elaborated on, "Reploids" might very well have been the term the planet's inhabitants used for their version of the Cylons, and the whole planet is in fact the nuclear wasteland Thirteenth Colony that was encountered by the Caprican/Cylon refugee ships as they searched for a new home, a hundred thousand years before the present day... which of course reminds one once again of numbers such as 93345, and 94533. Who's to say that the recurring cycle isn't a lot older than the Capricans (nevermind Terrans) thought it was?
Zero never came back to life after X5.This one's related to one of the above WMGs, but without the Lotus-Eater Machine. Instead, X fulfills both his and Zero's role, imagining Zero doing the things he believes he isn't strong enough to do himself. Consider that when Zero "comes back", he supposedly has a new saber of his own, and a completely different fighting style. This doesn't make sense, unless it's really X all along, using a saber fighting style of his own. This also explains why all of the plot threads related to Zero's past suddenly drop off for the rest of the X series. It's also possible, that Zero's essence literally exists within X via the Saber. Note that in Zero, Zero's memories only start to come back when Cyber-X returns the saber to him. Obviously, the all-important control chip, or at least a back-up unit, is housed within the Saber. Now, the only question remaining is how Zero's copy body is made. Simple: At some point between X8 and The Elf Wars, X realizes that he and Zero "have been the same person" all along, either by the inconsistencies becoming too numerous to ignore, or by accepting the truth that he is a hero in his own right, and that he must stop relying on Zero if his own strength is to flourish. And then Weil digs up Zero's body and turns him into Omega. X realizes that he and Axl alone aren't enough to combat this threat (especially if Axl has fallen in battle by this point), so he has Alia, a known expert reploid designer, apply all of her skills towards building a new body for Zero, utilizing whatever new technologies have been developed since X5 to make "Copy Zero" a match for Omega in combat, with the added bonus of being completely virus-free. He then returns the Z-Saber to Copy Zero, essentially restoring Zero to life. They fight the Elf War, and at the end, defeat and seal up Omega. Weil is tried and exiled into space, along with the dormant Omega. Zero decides he should be sealed back up, not because of spreading the virus, but because his mere living seems to bring conflict. Giving the saber to X once again, Copy Zero is sealed in the underground lab, leaving the world in X's hands... until X is forced to sacrifice his body to seal the Dark Elf.
The Mother Elf was designed to end the Maverick Wars, not by killing Sigma, but by erasing his DNA from the copy chips of all the New-Generation reploids.Word of God has confirmed that X8 is canon, which creates a massive plot hole with The Mother Elf's role in ending the Maverick War. Unless, of course, one remembers that Sigma's DNA is in every single Copy-Reploid, and even if they discontinue manufacturing them, there were enough of these reploids to build an elevator into space. And many may not be inherently evil, and given the Repliforce debacle, justifying the destruction of all these reploids is impossible. However, the fact remains that any of them could conceivably become Sigma at any time, so a way needs to be found to remove the DNA from their copy chips.
Lifesaver was killed by Zero in X5.He's completely absent from X6, and the last time he's seen in X5 is when he's with X at the Zero vs. X fight. Either he was killed by Zero in a maverick-induced rage, or indirectly killed as collateral damage when fighting X. It continues the cycle of Zero attacking and killing his teammates.
The Zero Nightmare is the fake Zero built by the X-Hunters in X2.Although it was destroyed, Gate rebuilt and used parts of Zero's DNA to make it more life-like and effective. However, the Zero Nightmare is weak to the Z-saber, just like how the fake Zero in X2 was instantly killed by Zero.
The entire Repliforce in X4 were Mavericks.General's last line in X4 is "Sigma blinded me to the truth...". General has never seen Sigma on-screen; X didn't say who he was either. General has clearly been dealing with Sigma prior to the events of the game, but to the extent is unknown. After the Sky Lagoon falls, Colonel refuses to disarm because they were actually responsible, NOT because of fanatical loyalty. The loyalty part was just a cover. All the events of the game done by Sigma/Sigma's mavericks were actually planned. That suggests that Magma Dragoon, Cyber Peacock, and Split Mushroom were not any "more" maverick than the rest of Repliforce. After Iris's defeat, she claims she wants a world for reploids. So does Sigma. In the Memorial Hall mid-stage, Colonel actively tries to kill X, unprovoked. Typical maverick behavior, but importantly, Repliforce really has no justification for having a satelite weapon besides that they're terrorists.
The many definitions of a MaverickTrying to sum it all up:
Had the Maverick Hunter X series continued...Zero wouldn't have been the last creation of Dr. Wily. Instead, he would've been a normal reploid, discovered by the X-Hunters to be just clinging to life, and overhauled by Serges after the X-Hunters found some leftover tech of Wily's. Zero's nightmares would be revealed to be incomplete false memories to brainwash Zero, with various references to Wily being attempts by Sigma to manipulate X and Zero into fighting each other to see who was the best. After fighting off the anti-virus from X3, Sigma would've been so damaged that even he believed the fake story. Even after X6 and Inafune was involved again, he didn't really try to bring Wily up again, not even in the Zero series.
X is still a B-Class hunter by choice.This is the guy who iced Sigma more than once, something even Zero wasn't able to do until at least X4. You'd think he'd deserve at least an A rank by now. The reason he doesn't want anything more than a B rank is that he doesn't want the other hunters to feel like they have to compete with him, or he doesn't think he should be rewarded for causing all the kinds of violence that he was created to stop.
Animal Reploids are on an even lower social class than humanoid ReploidsWe know there are humanoid Reploids with immense power, so why bother building something as impractical as a ten foot mammoth or a dragonfly one when you make a normal-sized human one with the appropriate equipment? The answer is to make a subordinate class of Reploids, reflecting the relationship between humans and animals. That's why the first bosses are always animal types; they know they're on the low end of the totem pole and believe that if they defeat the heroes, they'll move into a higher station. And given the villains' collective "evolution" mindset, it's also why they throw them at the heroes first: they're weeding out those they think are too weak for their new world.
Reploids face their own interspecies discrimination(Inspired by above) Considering what we've seen in the series so far, reploids are capable of being smug assholes as much as anyone else, and there seems to be a running theme of 'evolving' or being a superior reploid. It therefore seems likely that there is tension between class distinctions of reploids. For example, powerful elite reploids made in special labs probably think themselves better than mass-produced reploids, who in turn think the elites are Mavericks waiting to happen. Scientist reploids who make other reploids tend to treat their creations like tools and monuments to their genius, rather than people. Humanoid reploids think that all animaloid reploids are just Maverick time-bombs while animaloids think human-like reploids are 'suck-ups' to the humans. X's dream of creating a world where humans and reploids co-exist isn't just about repairing relations between species, but stopping discrimination among reploids themselves.
Sigma is John McCain in disguise.That, or McCain cyborgized himself and used the codename "Sigma". Well, he's "the Original Maverick", you know.
How Sigma can possibly come back.Since he's dead on the moon in X8, he has no machines to corrupt there. But then his virus will get in a dormant state (like real viruses do) before, possibly, a Reploid dude wants to [[visit the moon for some reason]]. Then he'll infect said dude and, when he [[goes back to Earth]], he will wreck chaos and/or rebuilt a new body for Sigma.
Axl really did die in X8.Lumine did a final attack on Axl that knocked him out - really, Axl was killed by Lumine, which explains his absence in Zero. The Axl in Command Mission is either a clone, or the game was set before X8.
Lumine wasn't the Man Behind the Man.It was Sigma. After countless Death Is Cheap moments, Sigma began to realise that he would soon be Deader than Dead. Not wanting to simply die, Sigma manipulated the Copy Chips. This way, the New Generation Reploids would at least contain his soul and ambitions-not even total death would stop his goals. Lumine was designed as a sucsessor, someone to order his legacy. Lumine was but an Unwitting Pawn, blissfully unaware that his ideals were Sigma's.
Alternatively, Lumine really was the Man Behind the Man.No where is it even so much as hinted at that Sigma manipulated the Copy Chips. Besides, if Sigma used Lumine, then how did the latter have full awareness of almost everything that was happening? Especially when you take into consideration how Lumine used X and the gang to do most of his dirty work for him, it's painfully obvious that Lumine really is the evil genius that he's built up to be.
The countless battles are why X was planned to be the main villain in Zero.Infuane did mention he planned for X to have a Face-Heel Turn instead of an Evil Knockoff. In this original timeline, X went mad from having to retire hundreds of Mavericks, and countless humans dying. Over time,he went mad, and abandoned the belief that peace could exist between the two. Despite this,he organised a copy,designed to be a more heroic and idealized version of him. The true X now believes that humans will only be protected if Reploids are crushed out of the equation.
Dr Wily Came Back Wrong.From what is implied, it seems Wily has changed a lot from when we last saw him. A Mad Scientist with the standard world domination plan, becoming an Omnicidal Maniac bent on razing the world with Zero. This is because the process of becoming part of the virus has screwed around with his mind. Similar to how Sigma became more and more obsessed with killing his enemies, not to mention the Motive Decay, so did Wily turn into a warped version of himself. All that's left of his personality is a revenge-filled maniac, who wants the world to burn because he lost. This is why Omega is so Ax-Crazy.
Vile is a rebuilt Bass, after the raid of Wily's lab.Vile's habit of property damage and torture may stem from the fact that his suffering circuit was attached to something that was simultaneously outdated and made for war, he could have trouble trying to understand the signals, or actually remove them. We can't see his face, so they could have repaired his body armor by using a spare Sniper Joe. Not to mention he has a a thing for X, which means he needed an expanded backstory for X besides blind Ax-Crazy tendencies to "always" hate him. Wrap it up with his Ride Armor to get his Combining Mecha fix as his replacement for Treble, and there you go.
Ciel is Zero's version of Roll Classic.Note the golden hair, blue eyes, and pink outfitting. They both serve as the important female characters of their respective series. Also, as in Legends's Roll Caskett, Ciel is a talented mechanic, having built Copy X at a young age.
Similarly, Zero is X's version of Proto Man.They both have red in their armor. Also, like Proto Man, Zero is disobedient and independent. After first awakening from the capsule Wily seals him in, Zero acts like a Maverick, killing those who enter Wily's lair. Proto Man began as an antagonist (albeit inadvertently), serving under Wily as Break Man. Eventually, like Zero, he joined the good guys.
Zero is a Manchurian Agent.It seems odd that, after Sigma beats him, Zero has a Heel-Face Turn. The truth is...he didn't. Dr Wily had the raw power of Omega, but he didn't have the skills or intelligence. This is why Zero exists: to gain all the intelligence and pragmatism needed to destroy all enemies from within. After all, what's more dangerous than the Axe Crazy Omega? An Axe Crazy Omega who's scheming, intelligent, and Dangerously Genre Savvy. The Maverick Zero you see in the bad ending is this. The reason why Omega remains a puppet of Dr. Weil is because the Zero personality is gone.
Alternately, Zero "turned good" because his programming, like his body, is based on X's.Wily started with a stolen copy of X's source code and made his own adjustments, thinking that it would be ideal for a new robot master since X wasn't hard-coded with the Three Laws. And it worked; without the morality training that X received, Zero became the ultimate war machine. However, after a while, the latent parts of X's programming (namely those annoying "free will" and "empathy" routines) started rebelling against Wily's modifications, culminating with the aftermath of the Sigma fight, where Zero's X-based programming took over, creating Zero's heroic persona.
Zero DID really die in X5.Here's what really happened at the beginning of X6: Gate finds Zero's DNA and shares discovery with Isoc. After creating High Max and the Nightmare, Gate is satisfied - Isoc is not. Isoc returns to the crash site and finds Zero's body, or the largest remaining amount of it. He reconstructs any missing parts and infuses Zero with Nightmare Souls, attempting to have Zero at his command. And it succeeds - at first. There's still too much Maverick Virus lingering around from the Eurasia crash, which triggers Zero's maverick virus symptoms, and the Maverick virus battles the Nightmare Virus for control of Zero. This explains why his pre-battle dialogue is so bipolar - when he speaks normally, the Nightmare Virus is in control (when he tries to join or trick X). When he speaks in all caps ("BLUE LIGHT KILL KILL") the Maverick Virus is in control. Realizing his puppet has run amok, Isoc gives the speech about "Zero's Ghost" as a cover-up. Isoc DOES tell Gate he's seen Zero in private, before Zero's "return". Isoc knows "everything about Zero" - if he's the one who zombified him, him paralyzing Zero after Zero defeats High Max (with purple energy) can be seen as Isoc using the Nightmare virus in Zero's system to hold him in place. X only finds Zero in X6 after defeating the Zero Nightmare, or at the end of the game after defeating Sigma (and at this point, it can be assumed that the Nightmare system has been destroyed). When X attacks the Zero Nightmare with Zero's Z-Saber, the Saber's impact causes Zero to remember more of his non-virus memories - causing him pain, as now three personalities are clashing. When the Zero Nightmare is defeated, THEN Zero goes and hides while he repairs himself! Possibly survival instinct (run and hide), or being wary - if X knew that Zero Nightmare was in fact Zero, he might have regret attacking him, or paranoia that Zero is now a Nightmare Virus carrier, and would require all sorts of scans - see X's approach in X5 - both responses Zero doesn't want to cause. After this brief repair period, both virus personalities have been subdued enough that the main Zero is in control. Zero is partly amnesiac, due to the Nightmare system corrupting most of his memories. He doesn't remember any part of being the Zero Nightmare, as he doesn't remember being revived by Isoc. He doesn't remember any of the events before X5 - which is why Wily, Iris, and other plot points are never brought up again, and also forgot most of his fighting style (resulting in the change in ex skills). Being partly amnesiac takes some of the edge off his hot-headed personality (he speaks with a great deal of ellipses), although he starts to get over his missing memories in the later games.
In X6, Isoc attempted to enter Sigma's body.Given that he's not shown to have any fighting abilities, once X/Zero defeats Gate he realizes he's trapped. When Sigma first appears, he speaks normally and acts in-character. After he kills Gate, Isoc ejects his consciousness/program/etc. into Sigma and attempts to control him with the Nightmare Virus. He's unsuccessful, and the Sigma Virus then proceeds to Mind Rape both personalities, causing Sigma's insanity to develop during the time before the final boss. Suggested by Isoc's original body having "no response" and similar to the erasure incident.
Douglas and Lifesaver's disappearance from future games is because...They're either gone Maverick or were Killed Off for Real. One does not expect a war where The Virus is rampant and not experience a few casualties, you know. Consider this, as well....Lifesaver was a normally obedient Reploid, only to blatantly go against orders from Signas and instigate a fight between X and Zero, and even following X to an incredibly virus-infected arena to confront Zero! As for Douglas, I'd assume that he was a casualty from getting into contact with an infected Reploid (as he was the mechanic of the group.)
Zero houses the consciousness of the Evil Robot from Mega Man 8.Zero's malevolent super form and original berserker attitude are influenced by the Evil Robot, and every single act of hatred and destruction on the planet Earth since his crash-landing has been precipitated indirectly by him so that it could breed Evil Energy and restore him to life. It's possible when Wily made Zero, the Evil Robot used him as a replacement body, but was never strong enough to fully take over, putting Zero in a deranged state of bloody incoherent madness. Wily put the restrain program on him not just as a means of keeping him from betraying him, but because he knew from analysis and use of the Evil Energy that the Evil Robot was a million times more deadly than any of his other creations combined, even Bass, and if it gained control of Zero, it would be anarchy. Wily somehow tried to "shelve" the Evil Robot's personality but failed, and put a fail-safe mechanism on Zero's capsule so that in case he died, Zero would continue his mission of revenge in his stead. However, Zero grew so bellicose that he would attack everything and everyone- all because the Evil Robot needing him to stir up carnage to rejuvenate his remains. Sigma punched a protective cover on Zero's helmet, which caused his fist to make raw contact with the Evil Robot and either transfer to him like a parasite and erode his mind, or steal his power while the robot went all but dormant in Zero. However, in X5, contact with the Maverick Virus gave the Evil Robot new life until Zero was defeated. He could've been implanted in Omega from there, or Lumine, Weil, any number of villains, really. In the end, the Evil Robot will somehow procure a new body and attempt to exterminate all of planet Earth, forcing the current Mega Man to do battle with a nigh-unstoppable evil force. Finally, the Evil Robot could've been a scientist or machine created by some unknown force for evil and rebelled, a robot that experimented/was infused with Evil Energy and became power-mad, suffered exposure to it, or is out to kill everything out of fear of a universe-ending crisis a la Spiral Nemesis-style. Okay, mind: shut off now. This is getting crazier by the second!
In Maverick Hunter X, Sigma was not infected by the Maverick Virus.He didn't seem to show any irrational signs, and is more of a Visionary Villain. Not to mention that the Mavericks that appear have genuine reason beyond "lol crazy with the virus". It would fit. As for why he survives in the credits, Sigma is probably smart enough to implant the ability to Body Surf via wireless transmitter and back-up bodies.
Any Viral Maverick can come back to the dead, not just Sigma.All they need to do is replicate themselves during death, and transfer to another body. The reason why Sigma is the only one to do it on a regular basis is because of the emotional trauma of death. They return only due to loyalty to Sigma, and that can only last one death. The pain of getting killed, even if they explode afterwards(which is probably to make it hurt less), plus the seperation from their body makes them want to retreat into cyberspace. Sigma is able to come back due to his sheer fortitude and being a virus, while Vile is so Axe Crazy he doesn't notice the pain/is a Combat Sadomasochist. With Sigma, he probably died on the Moon because the pain of dying. Lumine was doing what he wanted anyway, and he felt he wouldn't be useful due to the progression of the virus.
"Zero is Wily's creation" is just Sigma's ploy.The flashback scene was merely Zero's Fake Memories implanted in X2, where Serges tampered with his schematics (where else did Zero get his Z-Saber?) The real story may be that Zero was a reploid just like Vile, with only a small defect to make him berserk. The real story on how Sigma discovered Wily's presence was that the warehouse merely set the stage, and after defeating Zero and noticing his surroundings, just wanted to discover who this "X" guy really is. He reads up upon Wily's profile and life before Reploid creation, and goes out on a slight. Come X2, he was rebuilt by the X-Hunters, who were really lead by Serges. Considering "Wily is Serges" above is true, he informs Sigma about his own plan, and reveals his plan to make Zero a Manchurian Agent. They set up the events of X2, and give Zero the perception that he remembers X and Cain. Come X5, where fake Zero dies off, original Zero and his Double Agent self "split" into the Zero Nightmare and Omega. So, come slightly before the Elf Wars, Zero seals himself off, not knowing that Omega, Serges' work, is biding his time, sleeping as a Cyber-Elf.
Vile/VAVA is not a Reploid, but a cleverly disguised Human+ test subject.We have never seen his face, has humanlike proportions, a mecha in X1 and X3 is included in a Cargo Ship, and most of his weapons on the exterior. Perhaps Reploids aren't that mechanical after all.
The entire X and Z series takes place in X's head while in his "30+ years" of stasisDr. Light programmed a series of recurring challenges based on his own experience with Dr. Wily — that, or the simulation was only supposed to run once, but X wasn't satisfied with how the first game ended, so each sequel was an attempt at a Fix Fic that went horribly wrong for whatever reason. Eventually, he goes insane from the effort and (still in the simulation, mind you) decides that Humans Are Bastards... except he can't bring himself to go through with it and has "Zero" take up the reins in his place.
Most instances of the so-called "Maverick Virus outbreak" weren't actually caused by the Virus at all, but by the "Mavericks" asserting their simulated free will as thinking, "feeling" individuals.There is no evidence whatsoever that the Mavericks in the first Mega Man X game were actually infected by the Virus, and in fact, a few of them seemed really reluctant to follow Sigma's lead and join the rebellion. In fact, the only games that had any real solid connection to their Mavericks being infected were X3 and X5; the rest were either renegades in their own right (such as the criminals released by Red Alert in X7) or labeled Maverick by the Hunters without justification (as with RepliForce in X4). It's also been established that, while not having true free will as X and Zero do, all Reploids have a close approximation, and they've shown to have their own unique likes, dislikes, personality, and interests. Since humans naturally expect robots to serve their every whim, no matter what, and they are constantly in fear of a robot rebellion (which was the entire point behind Gate's Reploids going "Maverick" in X6), it's likely that most cases of "Mavericks" running loose are just paranoid propaganda created by the humans to curb Reploid autonomy.
Zero dies for real at the end of X5. The guy in X6 through the Zero series is a copy created by Gate.His body definitely is, anyway. His true AI may have been contained on that piece of him that Gate found. As for the real Zero, his remains were gathered up by Dr. Wily (then inhabiting the body of Isoc) & later given to Dr. Weil (who isn't Wily, but may have been possessed by him at one point), who built Omega as an incubator that would facilitate its resurrection by infusing it with Evil Energy in the form of the Dark Elf. Unfortunately, the fake Zero still had a key part of the real Zero's AI with him, so Weil convinced him he could remove the remaining traces of the Maverick virus from him by putting him into stasis, but instead of getting rid of it, he siphoned it back into the original Zero inside of Omega (a process similar to the one used to create IX/MaX in the manga) and left the fake Zero to rust untill Ciel found him.
X is a reprogrammed BassX and Bass have similar shaped armour and both of them hold their buster with their other hand to prevent recoil. Sometime after the classic series, Mega Man managed to incapacitate Bass and take him to Dr. Light, who rebuilt Bass to look more like a Light robot and reprogrammed his mind to be a blank slate, inputting false memories of discussions while he was half built. The 30 year morality testing was to ensure that Bass's mind had been fully overwritten and to process a realistic false personality. Along those lines...
'Copy' X is actually the real XThe conflict in personality between Bass's destructive nature and the fake personality cause X to make the decisions he did. The hologram of X is actually Hologram Dr. Light taking a form that will allow him to manipulate Zero into subduing his friend. Note that the first time you see "X", it is only as a symbolised X on a computer screen - Light was buying time reformatting his hologram into a suitable form. Ciel is not actually a human but a robot built by hologram Light to feed Zero and the resistance lies to make them fight X. X's "body" sealing the Dark Elf is a fake built by Ciel in order to further the belief in anyone close to discovering the truth that X is a copy.
The Hadouken and Shoryuken capsules in the first two X games are canon.X had Dr. Light abandon further development after X2, however, to prevent Sigma from eventually escalating up to the Shun Goku Satsu.
Axl existed, but X had to kill him.At some point during the elf wars, Weil used the Dark Elf to possess the supporting cast of the X series and force X to be the one to kill them. The psychological trauma clearly got to him, and he decided to seal himself before fully becoming He Who Fights Monsters. This doesn't end very well.
Elysium caused the Cataclysm, Zero did not.Think hard about this, Zero was confirmed to not be responsible for the Cataclysm, this was probably even before Reaverbots was created, but it was confirmed in many of the games that there are indeed alien robots, such as the Stardroids and Duo, so the conclusion comes to the fact Elysium could have destroyed everything, in fact, one city is all that's needed to be destroyed in order for national chaos, so Elysium destroyed the city where the main cast lived, which was possibly the original Kattleox Island's location, the Cataclysm was caused by war because Elysium destroyed one city, causing several countries to turn against each other.
X would eventually go on to become an Omnipotent being.Maybe after the Zero series, he managed to ascend, becoming omnipotent, having become this way, he tries to preserve the timeline, even if it means sacrifice to some innocent beings, he manages to prevent Wily from probably making the worst mistake of his life (releasing Zero and possibly leaving several areas uninhabitable), but had to instigate several incidents, such as the events of the Zero series.
Light's motivation for building X.Mega Man and Roll, two of his creations, eventually came to serve as his surrogate family. But the fact is they weren't human. He always knew they had no real will or emotions. That stayed in the back of his mind, and spending too much time around two beings from the Uncanny Valley took its toll on his sanity until he thought of a solution; create something that was indistinguishable from a human. Not the best solution, but half-crazy people aren't known for their rationality. It wasn't until a good ways into the project that he realized safely completing it would take longer than he could probably live, but he decided that he was too close to give up.
Zero was made from Raiden, and fully transhumanized.Seeing Raiden's Sanity Slippage from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, he will meet his end nearly pulped up. But surely this could be the edge Wily would need to defeat Mega Man, no? So he takes this legendary corpse to his lab, transfer it into a transistor brain, and plop it into one of his existing robot designs. Just one problem: nanomachines, still within his corpse, infect the current body. And so, Jack the Ripper still lives...as the Zero Virus.
X is based on Zero.Not only do the two robots have similar capabilities, but X can use Zero's buster, and Light's hologram (itself possibly based on whatever Wily used to become Serges in the future) can upgrade and possibly repair Zero as well. We're shown that Wily has blueprints for Zero in the Classic era via one of the Mega Man arcade games, whereas nothing of the sort has yet shown up for Light and X. So let's say that, sometime after Wily died/was captured, Light came into possession of all of Wily's data, including blueprints for Zero. He likes the idea, so he uses them as a template to build X while adding a number of improvements and fixing many of Wily's mistakes, such as making X undergo ethical testing to make sure he doesn't go berserk and kill everything.
X7, X8, and Command Mission are an alternate timeline to the Zero series.Getting creative enough, you can reconcile X6 with the Zero games, but where would New-Gens fit in there? In those three games, it seems increasingly like Sigma and his virus die off on their own, without any Mother Elf shenanigans. And Command Mission even takes place in 22XX, like MMZ! Not to mention that all the damage from Eurasia seems to be restored in X7 and 8, though it's implied to endure in MMZ. Clearly, the timeline split in two after X6, forming (at least) two branches.
The entire series takes place in the final years of Dark Age of Technology.X is the first being of what would be in the history known as the Men of Iron. The Maverick Virus is not a virus at all, but rather the possession of Chaos - which they manage relatively easily since reploids do not have much psychic resistance at all, with the exception of X, who acquired a measure of skill in defending his mind from the 30+ years in confinement. Eventually, so many reploids are possessed that they bring the golden age of man to an end, are destroyed entirely by humans, and cause the entire concept of true robot intelligence to be outlawed. it's a side effect. The main difference is actually multiplying the data that can be stored in a robot, which can be used for virtual reality training, keeping track of events for centuries, referencing depth perceptions and objects in context, and have the Suffering Circuit be more than just a shock collar. Theoretically, the data would be stored on synthetic cells on the "head" of the machine, functioning as brain cells without as much metabolism. However, this puts the Maverick Virus in a whole new light - it may be an organic virus (potentially airborne) almost with the lethality of the T-virus. Speaking of lethality... at a dangerous cost. For a fitting analogy, think of a dual-boot BIOS - if one overclocked setting causes his systems to become corrupt, he can switch to the "Robot Master" OS in times of stress. However, Dr. Wily couldn't implement it properly, so he left a half-baked robot in the oven and left it be. This explains a couple things:
The actual Sigma died in X1.Which is why he suffered Motive Decay afterwards. The Maverick Virus that Sigma was infected by simply replicated his memories, thus becoming the Sigma Virus: an entity who's mind and some of its personality was the original Sigma, but who's soul was the corrupting, insane virus that Zero was built with. The same goes for any Maverick in a boss rush: they're a copy of the original's memories, and they have to compensate by trying to recreate their personality. The more deaths a viral Maverick suffers, the less and less are left of them until they're nothing but an Empty Shell. Sigma managed to step up the game in X5 because he was at peace with the knowledge of his viral nature. The reason for some examples of characters not suffering from Motive Decay when revived are a result of not having their resurrections butchered. For X4, Repliforce may have been Genre Savvy enough to have back-up files for their members, and the only non-Repliforce members are Flame Dragoon(who's not really that complex to begin with), Split Mushroom can clone himself and since Cyber-Peacock is a hacker fought in Cyberspace, it's doubtful you could kill him. With X6, Gate was basically trying to bring his children back, and one of them has the power to bring people back from death. Finally, X8 has Copy Chips built into the New Gen Reploids, meaning they probably have Joker Immunity as a power.
Sigma, in his attempts to avert Reploids being dismantled at being disobedient, ended up creating the world he sought to avoid.In X4, Sigma had more or less told General that humans would be quick to scrap reploids who were being disobedient. Sigma (whether he truly believed it deep down, or it was a corruption cause by his infection) sought to prevent that from happening by doing in humanity first. Unfortunately, thanks to the efforts of the Maverick Hunters, his ultimate plans were thwarted. Unfortunately, he was able to cause a massive amount of damage, killing countless people in his efforts, and painting reploids as untrustworthy and dangerous, given how prone they were to viral infections and just plain normal malicious or stupid behaviour. By the Zero timeline, humans just got so sick of reploids starting things up that any act of disobedience was seen as dangerous.
Double was an early model New Generation ReploidThe manual claims he was built by Dr. Cain, but why would Dr. Cain include all those combat modifications, and why would it surprise anyone that he'd have them? It's because the Double you meet in the game is not the Double Cain built. Sigma replaced him with a shapeshifter. Considering he calls the Mavericks, Hunters, and Repliforce all idiots. Isn't he one of the Mavericks? Or is he some sort of fourth party?
Mega Man X is immune to the Maverick Virus.X has been personally dealing with Mavericks almost his entire life, and lives with the robotic version of Typhoid Mary. Dr Light's hologram knows Zero and hints at knowing where he came from-perhaps Dr Light was aware of Dr Wily making a Zero Virus, or simply learned from Mega Man's experience with Evil Energy and Robeneza. To prevent somebody from reprogramming X again, Dr Light gave X the biggest protocol in all of programming. This may be part of what the 30 years of ethical testing utilized.
Sigma chose his 3 Mavericks in X4 for a reasonNamely, to Invoke Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors on Repliforce, enabling X to defeat them backing Repliforce further into a corner.note
Sigma told Split Mushroom to reveal his actual allegianceIt was all part of Sigma's plan to discredit Repliforce (even further) by hinting at a more direct connection between him and the Rebellion. Doubly so because General rebuffed his advances prior to the fall of Sky Lagoon.