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This page deals with characters from the ''Mega Man'' franchise. More specifically, it refers to characters from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games. Beware of spoilers, '''which will not be hidden.''' Name differences between the English and Japanese versions will be pointed out by '''English Name/Japanese Name'''.

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This page deals with characters from the ''Mega Man'' franchise. More specifically, it refers to characters from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games. Beware of spoilers, '''which will not be hidden.''' Name differences between the English and Japanese versions will be pointed out by '''English Name/Japanese Name'''.
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[[folder:Mega Man X/Rockman X]]
::'''Mega Man X/Rockman X'''
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The first of a new breed of robot with the ability to think and feel, X was the last creation of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Thomas Light]]. Of course, Light had experience with about ten or so doomsday scenarios courtesy of one Albert Wily, and decided to give X a HyperspaceArsenal and an endless array of power ups in the expectation that, come the next one, X would become the world's new champion, and in spite of his own pacifistic leanings X did just that.
-->''Voiced by: KentaroIto (JP, X4), ShowtaroMorikubo (JP, X5-X7), TakahiroSakurai (JP, X8), MarkGatha (EN, X8)''

* ActorAllusion: X performs a [[GGundam Shining Finger]] like attack unto a foe.
* TheAestheticsOfTechnology: Played with. He has a simpler-looking design than most bosses, but he is literally described as having unlimited potential, and throughout his series, developed abilities that were previously seen after he picked up armor parts or health upgrades; it's like the concept of Weapon Copy was taken to its logical conclusion and turned into an Ability Copy. Justified, he's a SuperPrototype.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Defied. Being a robot with 100% free will, Dr. Light makes sure that this trope don't happen by sealing him in a 30-year morality testing to ensure that he would do the right thing.
* AsskickingPose: He always does this after he teleports into a stage.
* ArmCannon: The Mega Buster Mk. 17, aka the X-Buster.
* {{Badass}}: X's defining moment is the first scene in the series. He lands on a highway under attack, and everyone is driving away as fast as their cars can go. X runs through them towards the enemy. Throughout the series (with one ShockingSwerve in ''X7'') he only gets more badass.
* BadassBoast: To Sigma, at the end of ''X6''.
** And in ''Maverick Hunter X'', to Sigma: "I'll finish this! Right here, right now! ''[[ChewingTheScenery I WILL DEFEAT YOU, SIGMA!!]]''"
* BagOfSpilling: Unsurprising for the series, but it doesn't seem to be for lack of trying: he keeps his dash ability permanently after the first game, and both ''X5'' and ''X6'' feature watered-down versions of the previous entry's powerups, with the implication that battle damage has detracted from their effectiveness. ''X7'' and ''X8'' also see X respectively regaining the air-dash and super charge shots, which were once armor exclusive powers, for his base form.
** GameplayAndStorySegregation: One way or the other - a memorable boss fight in ''X5'' suggests at the very least that X can recover old maverick weapons somehow. The leading theory is that X doesn't ''want'' to have all that power, so he voluntarily gets rid of his weapons at the end of each game.
* BerserkButton: It's stated that his greatest strength and AchillesHeel is his emotional bond with his allies. There is logic behind this: X has a [[UnstoppableRage Berserker Mode]], and his allies are the button. Wail on it enough times, and...
--> '''Sigma:''' Hmm...I see a new clarity in your eyes. You are no longer troubled.
--> '''X:''' ''WHAT YOU'VE DONE IS UNFORGIVABLE, SIGMA!''
** ''Maverick Hunter X'' shows what happens when X has to deal with the loss of his friend. He goes from being a little detached from the conflict and reluctant to fight to full-on scary voice, angry eyes, and absolute lethal intent. The change is ''jarring''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Only in ''X8'', but there's an X on the sides of his helmet.
** The new basic armor he sports in ''Command Mission'' has a white X on the chest.
* CallForward: Zero's ''X7'' ending. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters "Eliminate the Mavericks.]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The Mavericks...eliminate..."]] Depressingly, this game marks the one time we see X actually try to escape his fate, so it packs a punch even though the writers [[{{Wangst}} botched]] [[ReplacementScrappy it]].
* CallingYourAttacks: In later games, and the remake of the first.
* TheCameo: Appears briefly in Zero's ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' ending.
* CarFu: In the opening of ''X2'', he jumps out from his speeding Ride Chaser, which then hits the Mechaniloid guarding the facility he's trying to infiltrate.
** Can be done in-game as well, in Overdrive Ostrich's stage, as well as in ''X4'' and ''X5''.
* CharacterDevelopment: Somewhat averted; his fall from the spotlight coincided exactly with the series' increased focus on characterization. However, ''The Day of Sigma'' and ''Maverick Hunter X'' do cover his journey from WideEyedIdealist to MartialPacifist, and it's generally assumed that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the scrapped remakes of X2 and X3]] would have followed up on this.
* CharacterTitle
* ChargedAttack: One of his main features.
* ClearMyName: The plot in ''X6'' starts with a PaletteSwap of Zero, called the Zero Nightmare, wreaking havoc. X decides to investigate the Zero Nightmare to clear Zero's name. For some reason, this is not part of the plot entirely, since defeating the Zero Nightmare is optional. And guess what? A SecretCharacter (not that Capcom was fooling anyone...) will be unlocked upon defeating it.
* ClimaxBoss: He'll do ''anything'' to prevent his friend from going Maverick. [[CaptainObvious Including]] ''[[CaptainObvious fighting him.]]''
* CoolLoser: As of ''X5'', Zero is his only friend. [[JustifiedTrope There might be]] [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies good reasons]], especially after what happened to Zero one game earlier. There might also be [[HoYay other reasons]], but that doesn't entirely cover it.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: The ''X3'' opening is entirely made of this trope. Blowing away two Bee Bladers in one shot? Dropping Launch Octopus's irritating miniboss on him, destroying both? Switching between the armor sets of the first two games at will while fighting Sigma? Awesome.
* CrossdressingVoices: In ''X4'', actually having the same voice actor as the original Mega Man in ''8''.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The horribly self-pitying loser of ''X7'' and the half-crazed macho warrior of ''Command Mission'' are the farthest extremes, but how willing he is to fight varies wildly from game to game. It generally remains constant within any given game; ''Maverick Hunter X'' is the exception that proves the rule, as his CharacterDevelopment actually matters for once. [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] being dead probably helped.
* DoomedByCanon: Attempts to stop the fighting in ''X7''...which came out while the [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero series]] was in full swing. FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* DualBoss: With Zero in ''Maverick Hunter X'''s Vile Mode.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite being the reason Reploids exist, and the one with the most potential power, X is a B class Hunter for most of the series, though those who know him realize this is ''entirely'' because he holds back and is reluctant to fight. By ''X8'' and ''Command Mission'', he's a Special A class hunter, having apparently gotten over those hangups.
* DullSurprise: He does this in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umYHweaJHZg opening cutscene]] to ''X8'', whether from shell-shock or bad animation. Facing down an army of shapeshifting reploids should yield a stronger reaction than, "did I leave the oven on?"
* TheEgo: In relation to his teammates Zero and Axl. Is usually the one who has deep thoughts about most things happening around. But on the other side, he's a pacifist who's quite emotional, especially about fighting, and frequently thinks about all the enemy he fights.
* EleventhHourSuperPower: In the 2nd X vs. Vile battle in the first game, after Zero's HeroicSacrifice to destroy Vile's [[MiniMecha Ride Armor]], all of X's energy is restored for some reason, ready to fight Vile on equal footing now. This was even {{lampshaded}}:
-->'''Vile''': What the-? Where did that energy come from?!
** In the ''Day of Sigma'' {{OVA}}, something similar happens, only X's attack looks [[ActorAllusion suspiciously like]] the ''[[GGundam Shining Finger]]''.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: His [[http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s158/clarklana05/megamanxbladearmor.jpg?t=1241052973 Blade Armor]] from ''X6'' resembles a samurai armor.
* EvolvingWeapon: Once you get a buster upgrade, every Maverick weapon counts as this. (Well, sort of. The second version counts as a ChargedAttack.)
* {{Expy}}: Of the original [[VideoGame/MegaMan Blue Bomber]]. [[ExecutiveMeddling He owes his existence to this status, in fact.]] He started the trend of having Expies in the SequelSeries.
* FacePalmOfDoom: Gives Sigma one in ''The Day of Sigma'', [[ShoutOut mimicking the]] [[GGundam Shining Finger]], no less.
* FanNickname: Referred to often as "The Blue Bomber of the 22nd Century" or the far pithier "The Azure Hunter."
** Sometimes, especially by fangirls, "[[GratuitousJapanese Ekkusu]]" is also used.
* FightingTheLancer: If you don't get to fight the X-Hunters (and thus, gaining Zero's parts) before the Sigma fortress stages are unlocked in ''X2'', you'll have X fighting Zero in one of the stages, although he was BrainwashedAndCrazy at the time.
** Played straighter in ''X5''; no matter which scenario you took, one will end up fighting the other in the third fortress stage.
* {{Flanderization}}: X goes from being a reluctant, yet willing fighter to become more whiny as the series goes. This becomes prominent in X7, where he pulls out a TenMinuteRetirement, so you started playing a ''Mega Man X'' game without playing as him.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In his ''X4'' ending, X asks Zero that if he (X) ever goes Maverick, Zero should be the one "to take care of him". Because of the ContinuitySnarl between the two series, it falls into {{Fauxshadow}}.
** When combined with the ending of ''X3'' stating that X will have to destroy Zero to protect mankind, this at least foreshadows that the two of them will fight in X5.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: X loses his memories of Zero in the bad ending of ''X5''.
* GameplayAndStorySeparation: In Vile Mode and ''Day of Sigma'', his Charge Shot was shown to be extremely powerful, the former instance resulting in Vile getting critically wounded and also receiving a ''gaping hole'' in his chest, and the latter being powerful enough to knock down and temporarily knock out a renegade Maverick. In gameplay, although the Charge Shot is definitely more powerful than regular buster shots, its somewhat weak.
* GoldenSuperMode: His Golden Armor hidden powerup in ''X3''.
* GoodIsNotDumb: X, a ReluctantWarrior who lives in an increasingly CrapsackWorld infested with TheVirus, capable of turning even his best friend against him. Often referred to as 'too trusting' in-universe and 'emo' outside of it because he doesn't like killing people. He's also an SealedGoodInACan SuperPrototype OneManArmy with lots of combat experience and what he can't handle his aforementioned best friend will. He also ends up ruling the world, basically because he's the only person that could manage it. There was talk of having him hit the DespairEventHorizon, [[KnightTemplar lose that compassion]] and become the BigBad of the [[VideoGame/MegaManZero sequel series]]. That would have been bad.
* GoodOldRobot: He's this, as he isn't technically a Reploid ("Replicated Androids"), but rather the original aricles all reploids are based from. Not just that, they are immune to TheVirus because of this status. Though he's just referred to as a Reploid altogether (in-story) to avoid confusion because of their basically similar mental capacities.
* GratuitousEnglish: Applied to CallingYourAttacks above, with...interesting results. Generally better in ''X8, Maverick Hunter X'', and ''Command Mission'', though YMMV.
* GunsAkimbo: ''X2'' and ''X3'' upgrades, sort of. By charging up enough, he fires a blast from one arm, then the other.
** The ''Command Mission'' version of the Ultimate Armor has {{BFG}} akimbo!
* HealingFactor: X gets one in the third game, with either the enhanced helmet parts or the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Golden Armor]].
* HeroicBSOD: He suffers a major one during Lumine's HannibalLecture speech. It got so bad that Axl actually had to shoot Lumine with his gun and remind X that Lumine is their enemy to get him to at least put it aside long enough to manage to defeat Lumine.
* HeroicResolve: In the fight against Vile in the first stage of Sigma's castle, X loses the fight much like he did in the beginning of the game, left paralyzed and with little health. Zero makes a Heroic Sacrifice and destroys Vile's mobile suit with his remaining energy. Vile still thinks he has won, to which X breaks his bonds and restores his meter to full.
** In the "Day of Sigma" animated-prequel in the PSP remake Maverick Hunter X, BigBad Sigma stabs X through the gut with his beamsaber. After a brief {{Flashback}} of X swearing to Doctor Light that he will always fight for hope and justice, he comes back online and charges Sigma, digging his glowing hand [[strike:[[GGundam with an awesome power]]]] into Sigma's face and giving Sigma his trademark eye scars before finally shutting down.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Zero. At one point in ''X5'', X claims Zero is not only his best friend, but his OnlyFriend.
* HeyItsThatVoice: As of ''X8'', [[GGundam his hand of his glows]] [[MarkGatha with an awesome power]]. No, really.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind
* HurtingHero: It's kind of his shtick. See TheWoobie entry.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: He taps into his unlimited potential out of sheer desperation in "The Day of Sigma".
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In the infamous X vs Zero battle in ''X5'', X tries to bring back the Maverick Zero to his, technically, "new self" (the "old self" is the Maverick Zero itself).
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The Shadow Armor in ''X6'', complete with CeilingCling ability. Like Gaea Armor of ''X5'', it provides immunity to [[SpikesOfDoom spikes.]]
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: X always feels grief and doubt about those who die in the Maverick Wars, even his own enemies, because he's at heart a MartialPacifist. It's even been argued that he deliberately does this so he always has sympathy for the enemy, because becoming callous is not the way to finding real peace. When he finally loses all sympathy centuries into the future, he retires.
* TheImmune: Played with. Most Reploids will become the chaotic, rampaging Mavericks upon TheVirus's infection. But X, with his Suffering Circuit inside him, will instead get hurt upon infection, as the circuit's trying to prevent him from being rampaging and genocidal.
* JackOfAllStats: In ''X8'', relative to the other playable characters. He can be nudged towards different skill sets depending on which armor parts you go with.
* [[KnightKnaveAndSquire The Knight]]
* LaserBlade: In ''X6''. Unlike Zero, he can only do a single slash, but with armor upgrades, its ability gets tweaked up.
** BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Blade Armor from the same game.
** SwordBeam: Its Giga Attack, which involves firing a crescent blade forward that does heavy damage. Shadow Armor's Giga Attack uses this differently, with 2 crescent blades that revolve around him, damaging everything in the vicinity.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: In the bad ending in ''X5'', Dr. Light erases all of X's memories of Zero, and installs a program that will "reject" any information regarding Zero.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: An impending fight between him and Zero has been hinted upon ever since X2. (Though in a non-canon process just before the final battle in that case.) It was again touched upon in X4 before finally taking place in X5, and by extension, X6.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: Aside from being a BlackBox, his name represents limitless potential. It also carries connotations of danger, leading Light to apparently seal him because TheWorldIsNotReady. Then again, he might have been lying about the last part to spare X's feelings.
* LevelMapDisplay: In ''X3'', the head upgrade gives X access to a (very rudimentary) map of the level, dividing it into small sectors, and showcasing the special items of the level.
* MagikarpPower: Really, X himself. No match for pretty much anything at the start of the first game, he is more or less a OneManArmy by the end.
** A more traditional example is Zero's saber in ''X6''. Oh, X can't wield it for crap (unlike in the third game, where it was ridiculously powerful and even useful at range in his hands), but the subsequently collected armors allow it to be used as a ChargedAttack, and [[EliteTweak a certain set of parts]] restore it to ridiculous levels of power.
* MeaningfulName: X stands for an unknown variable (a'la Algebra) that could have unlimited potential. This was elaborated upon in ''Maverick Hunter X''.
* MechanicalEvolution: He's apparently the key to this, if ''Maverick Hunter X'' is to be believed. He starts at RidiculouslyHumanRobot and tops out at RealityWarper (albeit with far fewer appearances), so not a bad run.
* MultiformBalance: the armors in ''X5''-''X6'', as well as Neutral Armor's upgrades in ''X8''.
** ''X5''
*** JackOfAllStats: [[{{Nerf}} Force]]
*** FragileSpeedster: [[VideoGameFlight Falcon]]
*** MightyGlacier: Gaea
*** SuperMode: [[GameBreaker Ultimate]]
** ''X6''
*** JackOfAllStats: [[{{Nerf}} Falcon]]
*** LightningBruiser: [[{{Samurai}} Blade]]
*** GlassCannon: [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Shadow]]
*** SuperMode: [[GameBreaker Ultimate]]
** ''X8''
*** MasterOfNone: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Neutral]]
*** FragileSpeedster: Hermes
*** MightyGlacier (or LightningBruiser): Icarus
*** SuperMode: [[GameBreaker Ultimate]]
* NamesTheSame: His Ultimate armor, X had about three different armors with the same name and similar abilities, the first one from X4 to X6, one in X8 and another in Command Mission; the one in CM not only looks different but its skill set serves for other situations entirely, making it more of a InNameOnly.
* OddFriendship: A pacifist becoming best friends with no-nonsense warrior? Not to mention that they're destined to fight each other...
* OneHitKill: Well, ''two''-hit kill, but Nova Strike from the Ultimate Armor (especially in X8) and X's Z-Saber in ''X3'' qualify.
* OneLetterName: In the early games, other characters would call him anything from his full name to just X. He's consistently called X from ''X4'' onwards.
** Also created a lot of confusion with people who thought his full name ''is'' Mega Man X. His full name is X. Mega Man is just an ArtifactTitle.
* OneManArmy: Especially in the first two games.
* OutOfFocus: After ''X3'', and [[ReplacementScrappy especially in X7]]. Axl even {{lampshades}} it in the intro stage of ''X8'', threatening to steal the spotlight from him. Too late, buddy.
* PowerCopying: His Variable Weapons System, directly lifted from [[VideoGame/MegaMan his big brother's]].
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Which one, Peyton or Eli?]][[hottip:*:This trope used to be called "Mega Manning", for obvious reasons.]]
* PowerCrystal: It blinks when his health is critical, projects the map in ''X3'', and when we see it glow full-stop in the OAV, he apparently develops NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.
* PoweredArmor: He has at least one per game. In X4, he gets two[[hottip:*:The Fourth and Ultimate Armor]], in X5[[hottip:*:The Fourth Armor (albeit damaged), Falcon, Gaea and Ultimate Armor]] and X6[[hottip:*:The Falcon Armor (albeit damaged), Blade, Shadow and Ultimate Armor]] he gets 4 each. All of them gives X different changes.
* PoweredArmor [[MechaExpansionPack Expansion Pack]]:
** The [[color:gray:Neutral Armor's]] (''X8'') gimmick. With the exception of the Ultimate parts, the armor pieces can be switched for different combinations. Equipping a complete set would grant a fifth ability exclusive to that armor.
*** [[color:red:Icarus]]: access to the [[LimitBreak Giga Crush]], [[SmartBomb a full screen-explosion attack]]. Its power and duration depends on the amount of energy in the Giga Crush meter.
---> [[CoolHelmet Head]]: [[UseYourHead an upward helmet attack]]\\
[[BulletproofVest Body]]: halves damage, and removes recoil\\
[[ArmCannon Arms]]: WaveMotionGun as a fully charged attack. Lesser charge attacks are one less level than normal. [[hottip:example:X's normal shots become Level-1 charged shots, and Level-2 charged shots become Level-3 charged shots. The maximum charged shot becomes a powerful laser]]\\
[[TrickedOutShoes Legs]]: [[InASingleBound increased jump height]]
*** [[color:blue:Hermes]]: access to the [[SuperMode Hyper Drive]], which will increase your movement and charging speed, as well as upgrading the SpreadShot into 5 shots. Its duration depends on the amount of energy in the Hyper Drive meter.
---> [[CoolHelmet Head]]: boosts weapon charge speed\\
[[BulletproofVest Body]]: Invincibility to weaker attacks\\
[[ArmCannon Arms]]: 3-way SpreadShot\\
[[TrickedOutShoes Legs]]: {{Invisibility}} while dashing, as well as increased movement speed
*** [[color:purple:Ultimate]]: the Nova Strike returns, which gives high damage to the opponent it crosses over, but unlike in the previous games, this attack can't be quickly spammed (one use will deplete its meter, and then the meter regenerates in a few seconds). Also, it's now a [[OneHitKill Two-Hit Kill]] to most Bosses.
---> [[CoolHelmet Head]]: enabling the {{Shoryuken}} move\\
[[BulletproofVest Body]]: same as Icarus Armor's\\
[[ArmCannon Arms]]: the multi-hitting [[SphereOfDestruction Plasma Shot]]\\
[[TrickedOutShoes Legs]]: combination of Hermes and Icarus Armor's leg parts (although you can't be invisible)
** Also, in X3, you can ask Dr. Light to insert a special chip to one of the armor upgrade when you get the access to the capsule. You can only do this to one part of the armor, though. But there's a secret way to get all of them, and it comes with a nice touch of gold color, too!
* PowerStrainBlackout: Immediately after scarring Sigma in the OAV. As the latter is far from defeated, this is really, really bad timing.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Most of his armors often give out this vibe.
* PromotionalPowerlessPieceOfGarbage: Despite the rarity of the card, he's effectively useless in the trading card game, having the same stats as Bass.
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem: Eventually he becomes this in the timeskip between this and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series, being the leader of Neo Arcadia.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: His potential is unlimited. This is read by Cyber Peacock and even his analysis shows that his potential cannot be measured.
* RegeneratingHealth: His X3 armor has an upgrade to his helmet that allows him to refill his health (and Tanks) by standing still and waiting.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The predecessor to all the sentient Reploids seen in the ''X'' series and beyond.
* RoboFamily: With [[VideoGame/MegaMan Rock, Blues, Roll, and Auto,]] but it's kind of moot because they never interact. Being the template from which all reploids are designed, however, he's kind of everyone's father. This never actually comes up, even with [[VideoGame/MegaManZero the Guardians]], who are built directly from his DNA, but it's a little weird.
* TheRuinsICaused: In the first three games, he always gets to watch the Sigma's fortresses going down from far away after he beats Sigma.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Gets one in ''Command Mission.'' It's not an actual scarf, but a device built into his back that projects a flowing, tattered scarf when he runs. It also comes in a variety of colors (depending on your game progress) and lengthens to a noticeable degree when he dashes. May or may not be a ShoutOut to "older brother" Proto Man and/or PS2 {{Shinobi}}.
* SchematizedProp: You can see X's full blueprint in the opening cutscene in X1.
* ScreamingWarrior: Spends much pre-fight dialogue yelling at bosses, especially after ''X7''. Reaches HamToHamCombat territory against [[LargeHam Sigma]].
** In ''Maverick Hunter X'', he starts off more or less calm and collected. When Zero dies, he goes into full-on UnstoppableRage, and he can't communicate in anything less than a shout.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: His death scream in ''X4'', thanks to the crappy voice acting, and being voiced by the same girly voice as Mega Man in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* SealedGoodInACan: More or less. He ends up being the template for all kinds of evil, but then his best buddy has it even worse there. TheyFightCrime, by the way.
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Sensitive Guy]]
* ShoutOut: His in-game attacks have included [[StreetFighter the Hadouken and Shoryuken]] (the latter twice), and in the OVA he seems to pull off [[GGundam the Shining Finger]]...[[ActorAllusion complete with shared]] [[HeyItsThatVoice voice actor!]]
** [[DeadRising Frank West's]] Mega Man armor is clearly a takeoff on X's look. This then became a MythologyGag in one of the ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' trailers, as West using said armor for a special attack alongside Zero made it look like the X/Zero combination might be together for the game after all...for all of half a second.
* SkilledButNaive: He's this, at first (especially apparent in The Day of Sigma OVA). He slowly loses his naivete over time, but is still apparently idealistic and pacifistic.
* StoryBreakerPower: He literally has unlimited potential. In fact the attempted reboot of his series, ''Maverick Hunter X'', has Dr. Light state that X can evolve as he fights, explaining how he retains certain powers and upgrades between games. The only reason he has problems in battle is his kindness causes him to hold back.
* SupportingProtagonist: Unless ''[[ContinuityReboot Maverick Hunter X]]'' is taken into account, as it gives X a good deal more focus.
** Given that [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] has all of his plot threads dropped post-X5, X may have regained a degree of prominence, in the sense that the other protagonists were dropped to his level, rather than him being brought back up to theirs.
* SuperPrototype: Though only because Cain did a really half-assed job duplicating his technology. Not that it's entirely his fault, mind you, Dr. Light was just that damn good, but basically the plot of almost every game is the result of his inferior skills.
* SwissArmyHero: In any game with multiple armor sets, but especially ''X5''. Drawing from the third game's opening, fandom sometimes takes this SerialEscalation and depicts him swapping through ''every armor set ever.''
* SwordAndGun: Some games have him using a saber alongside his buster, but he tends to fare more in the "Gun" department.
* TechnicalPacifist[=/=]ReluctantWarrior: He swings back and forth, depending on the game. ''X3'', ''X4'' and ''X7'' leaned more towards ReluctantWarrior, the others portrayed him as a TechnicalPacifist.
* TenMinuteRetirement: ''X7''. Fans were nonplussed. Of course, diplomacy never works in an action series, so he came back.
** [[HesBack And when he does,]] he becomes [[GameBreaker a complete ass-whooper.]] It really makes up for having yourself tortured by playing as [[ReplacementScrappy Axl.]]
* TransformationSequence: Going into a level, you'll usually see X summon his PoweredArmor before becoming playable (provided you've gotten it, of course).
** In ''X8'', even though he's already in the armor as he warps in, he performs the gesture anyway.
* TragicKeepsake: He keeps Zero's Z-Saber after Zero's death in ''X5'', up until ''X7''.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: More specifically his helmet, X is the ''only'' Mega Man not shown have some kind of synthetic/artificial hair, and one of the few who does not take off his helmet when the smoke goes down at the end of the adventure; this has led many to believe that X does not have hair, just a metal plate like {{Robocop}} without his helmet.
** In the manga Rockman X4 in the few last pages near the end of the manga, it hints that X may actually have hair. [[http://digitalmegamanworld.com/Rockman-X-Manga/RockManX4/vol3/page77 See for yourself]]
* UnconsciousObjector: In the OVA, he gets impaled with a light saber and given a HannibalLecture, he has a flashback, finds some courage to keep fighting, and reacts for a brief moment, enough to pass ''through'' Sigma's Saber and cause him his signature scar. When Sigma reacts and was going to attack, notices X is now immobile (he kind of stabbed him right into his energy generator or something like that) so he retires, satisfied as he witnessed the "Hidden Potential" Dr. Cain talked about.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: arguably the point of ''The Day Of Sigma'', and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen probably the entire]] {{Retool}}. To be fair, while he's already a badass at that point, he's still naive and hesitant.
** To some degree in the actual games too. Being a centuries-old "robotic relic" who is also a TechnicalPacifist, many reploids think he'd be a cinch to defeat despite the fact he's a famous Maverick Hunter. They're more than a little surprised when he destroys them.
* VideoGameFlight: His Falcon Armor from ''X5'' makes him able to do this.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: He had always tried to be a pacifist, but he quickly concluded (or at least, decided before the first game) that fighting was necessary to bring about peace, to the point that he states that he is not afraid to fight his best friend Zero to stop him from getting corrupted in X5, and his enemy Sigma if he keeps showing up to stop the reconstruction of the world in X6. Then he suddenly made a decision to become an ActualPacifist in X7, which everyone else (including the players) hated him for. Once you save enough reploids or beat all 8 mavericks however, X decides (again), that yes, Violence is necessary. Then he becomes playable.
** His reasoning is somewhat sound: he doesn't want to fight anymore because he's tired of killing (he's spent four of the last six games fighting without any direct correlation to helping people that he can see). Given his power, he's very good at killing, and he decides that his abilities and hesitance are better used in more of a leadership role (where he plays the devil's advocate more often than not, arguing that violence is not the answer). After you rescue enough reploids, he realizes there are a lot of people in the line of fire in what's essentially a custody dispute gone nuclear, and decides to fight to save them, not to stop the fighting (that's incidental).
* VocalDissonance: In ''X4'', he had the same voice actor as the original Mega Man in ''8''. The voice was already rather overdone for Mega Man, but for X, it just becomes plain unfitting.
* WaveMotionGun: On occasion. ''X8'' features one as a Buster Part ''and'' FinishingMove.
* WeakButSkilled: He's almost always smaller and less technically able than the opponents he faces, but he's goddamn unstoppable once he starts. Add the fact that every game still manages to have ThatOneBoss even after he gets his 'Ultimate' armor.
* {{Wimpification}}: Happens mostly to X in fan works, because he's a peace-loving ReluctantWarrior[=/=]TechnicalPacifist who has a moral conflict, and is quite {{angst}}y about it. Remember that, despite all of them, he's still have a strong will to defeat his enemies. It ''did'' happen in canon, however, in ''X7'', where he took a TenMinuteRetirement and during and afterwards, constantly whined about having to fight.
* XMakesAnythingCool: his name.
* YoureInsane: ''Maverick Hunter X'' has the titular Azure Hunter pointing out that Sigma has completely lost it to his subordinates. None of them deny it, but rather believe that Sigma, despite his insanity, [[MechanicalEvolution has a good point]], and people would rather ignore it than deal with the implications.
--> '''Sigma''': Our potential is limitless!\\
'''X''': You think you have potential?! You're insane, Sigma!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zero]]
::'''Zero (DWN-∞)'''
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The beloved EnsembleDarkhorse of the series, Zero has been described by the series creator as "the other main character who gets all the good scenes."
-->''Voiced by: RyotaroOkiayu (JP), Lucas Gilbertson (EN, X8), JohnnyYongBosch (EN, [[MarvelVSCapcom3 MvC3]])''

* AIIsACrapshoot: According to the Zero Collection's story, the reason he was berserk before he joined the Maverick Hunters was because a programming error occurred in Zero that caused him to become violent and uncontrollable, and it was for this reason why Wily had him sealed away (apparently he couldn't control him without risk of him being killed by him). Ironically, the Maverick Virus was the only reason Zero became somewhat pacified after being defeated by Sigma.
* AmnesiacDissonance: He was originally designed by a certain MadScientist for the express purpose of destroying all in his path before losing his memory. Come to think of it, what he currently does isn't much different...
* AntiAntichrist: Dr. Wily created him to wreak havoc on the entire world; he instead became one of the world's legendary defenders.
* ArmCannon: The Z-buster is always there. We just can't use it sometimes because...[[GameplayAndStorySegregation stuff]].
* AscendedExtra: Somehow pushed his way from MauveShirt status to the co-protagonist role - even after ''being killed!''
** TwoWords: PopularityPower: just read the trope entry.
* TheAtoner: one of the largest examples of the trope. [[BrokenAce It doesn't help that the original virus came from him by design.]]
* AxCrazy: Before his HeelFaceTurn. He even had a SlasherSmile!
** Not to mention his LaughingMad...
* BackFromTheDead: [[NeverLiveItDown Fans think he does this all the time, even though he's only done it twice.]]
* {{Badass}}: ''THE'' physical embodiment of awesome in the series.
** BadassBack: He pulled this out after teleporting in a stage, or after killing bosses. This is brought out to ''MarvelVsCapcom3.''
** BadassBoast: From ''X2'':
-->''"You should have read the blueprints closer. There is only'' one ''Zero!"''
** BadassInDistress: He was kidnapped by Vile as a bait for X in the first game. Then, after Vile gets his hands on X, Zero [[BreakingTheBonds breaks out of the cage]] and then he does the HeroicSacrifice to destroy Vile's Ride Armor.
*** Something similar happens in ''Maverick Hunter X'', where Zero is ''knocked out'' and Vile immediately captures him without battling him. Zero regains consciousness and then proceeds to do the aforementioned HeroicSacrifice.
** BadassLonghair: Oh ye of the mighty RapunzelHair!
** HeartbrokenBadass: Although the circumstances are different from the norm.
** OneManArmy: Yup, same as X.
** SealedBadassInACan: [[BookEnds Both at the beginning and the "end" of this series.]]
* BattleAura: In his SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** Also when X (or himself) is beaten in Vile Mode's DualBoss fight in ''Maverick Hunter X'', he (or X) would employ an aura, which tells the player that [[BerserkButton he's pissed.]]
* BerserkButton: Iris's death in ''X4''. After that, he didn't care ''who'' he was fighting [[HeroicBSOD until the end of the game...]]
* BigDamnHeroes: He manages to pull at least one ''per SNES game'', with the last marking his debut as a player character. The best example is his EstablishingCharacterMoment below.
* BigBrotherMentor: Towards X in ''X1''.
* {{Bishounen}}: Even {{lampshaded}} by Bass.[[hottip:*:Bass called him "too girly" to be the strongest robot, as Wily claimed it.]] See "EarlyBirdCameo" below.
* BlackBox: Same case as X, though not as pronounced.
* BloodFromTheMouth: The first game has him with blood/mech fluid/oil/some red substance running from the corner of his mouth after sacrificing himself to destroy Vile's Ride Armor. Notably, he does not bleed from anywhere else despite having been [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe torn in half]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Well, that was Wily's plan, anyway.
* BreakoutCharacter
* BringMyRedJacket: He's a red robot, and he mainly uses melee attacks, and he's a GlassCannon. Do the math.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: The stylized "Z" insignia on his shoulder(s). According to a certain {{flashback}}, Wily's own insignia can be found on his PowerCrystal.
* CallingYourAttacks: Started in ''X8'' to keep X company.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate]][=/=]ChasteHero: With Iris's tragedy still fresh in his mind, he believes he's not ready to have another romantic pursuit. This is seen with Layer, although he's ''also'' just plain [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to her advances.]]
* CharClone: WordOfGod confirms it.
* CharacterDevelopment: Post ''X4'', in spades. After Iris' death, his character changes dramatically. His carefree personality turns into a grim, serious, no nonsense one (as evidenced by his victory pose changing from a thumbs up to a simply head turn). He's still a good friend to X, but is less willing to hold his hand through tough situations and is more than willing to [[WhatTheHellHero call him out]] for his naivete and idealism as seen in ''Command Mission''. His originally witty humor becomes dry, biting and cynical. Even his ''theme music'' changes from energetic rock to slow, solemn, and even outright melancholic.
* ChickMagnet: One [[TheGwenStacy tragic girlfriend]], and ''two'' more "admirers". It doesn't seem impressive compared to other examples, until you realize that one of those admirers is ''[[InterspeciesRomance human]]''. There's also Ferham and Leviathan, who [[FoeYay really]] seem to [[{{Yandere}} enjoy]] fighting Zero, and Prairie, who loved Giro because he reminded her of Zero.
* ClimaxBoss: Alternative to the article that X also has above. It was all because of a little misunderstanding. [[EvilPlan Most of it went according to Sigma's plan, though.]]
** In the path to the Bad Ending, however, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the stakes are much, MUCH higher...]]
* ContinuityCameo: The Tenshouha from ''X8'' actually debuted in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'', and is pretty much useless aside from the nod - it actually drains ammo, keeps Zero in place, and unlike in that game, does not prevent CollisionDamage.
* CrutchCharacter: In his original playable appearance in ''X3'', Zero amounted to a potent MightyGlacier who, while incredibly useful early on, paled in comparison to a fully-upgraded X. In the RPG, ''Command Mission,'' he is the strongest member of your party early on, but leaves for a long stretch of the game. When he returns, however, he's still very strong.
* DeusExitMachina: Before he became a playable character, he was only around when the plot needed his power. And then, later, ''Command Mission'' also puts him out of commission for a good portion of the game.
* DistantFinale: Zero's ending in ''X6'' (where Zero seals himself to get rid of the virus within him) is stated to happen long after the end of the whole ''X'' series.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Following ''X3'', his buster was de-emphasized in favor of the melee-oriented gameplay most associate him with.
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Zero is the one who really takes it on the chin here; in several of the games, he puts away his Z-Saber after each attack or combo, and you can't move until he does this. (You also can't move until his ''ponytail finishes falling.'') The PS2 X games fix this by having him keep the saber out at all times, which looks silly but makes practical sense. In [[VideoGame/MegaManZero his own series]], Zero has a much smoother combat system that never pins him down.
* DoubleJump: In ''X4'' and ''X5'', Zero learns a move which allows him to do a double jump in mid-air (accompanied by the spinning attack mentioned below). He learns it permanently from ''X6'' onwards.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in Bass' ending in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters in Dr. Wily's blueprint.
* ElementalPunch: Some of his copied techniques involve giving an element to his saber.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: X getting his ass handed to him by the ''very first HopelessBossFight'' in the series? Cue the [[AwesomeMusic/MegaMan awesome]] ThemeMusicPowerUp, an ArmCannon [[TwangHello being charged]], and then Vile goes OhCrap.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: In ''X4'' and ''X5'', Zero learns a move which allows him to do a spin-slash in mid-air. By ''X6'' onwards, his normal air slash has been replaced by it. And in ''X6'', ''X7'' and ''X8'', he still gets more spinning moves.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Zero is supposed to be '''''the''''' Mega Man X, but was instead turned into the secondary character, replaced by an {{Expy}}. Another example: see FranchiseZombie below.
** According to the Official Complete Works, Inafune himself made the decision after he finished the design for the main character, deciding people would not relate him to Mega Man because he looked too different. So he had someone else design the main character, and instead presented his design as the "side character".
* {{Expy}}: [=ProtoMan=].EXE is half this, [[CompositeCharacter half the expy of Blues.]] Girouette and Model ZX are both this and the legacy-bearer of both leads.
** And Zero.EXE from ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Network Transmission]]'', who was made as a computer virus to infect other Navis and computer systems before being defeated by [=MegaMan.EXE=] (and becoming a purified Navi in the good ending).
** Zero himself, in the X series, was an expy of the Classic Proto Man in the first X game, and was even referred to as "a Blues like character" in early Japanese publications that came out before the game. But then he undergoes a CharacterDevelopment in ''X4'', and in ''X5'' onward, he becomes his own character (his cold, stoic, no-nonsense persona).
* FanNickname: "The Red Ripper" or "The Crimson Hunter." An odd inversion is that his popular fan "full name," Zero Omega, turned out to have a significant connection ([[ItWasHisSled which you should already know]]) to the SequelSeries.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Well, okay, he dies in the first game and is resurrected in the second, but he otherwise fits the trope entirely. It could be considered an example of the series taking on more and more JapaneseMediaTropes (Inafune has noted the influences often), except that this was apparently ''unplanned.''
* FlashbackNightmare: In the beginning of X4, Zero has a nightmare about the circumstances of his creation, as well as slaughtering several Reploids upon being reactivated. It's also implied that he's had this nightmare at least once before.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A subtle one from ''X5'': part of the opening music and start menu theme is actually Zero's death theme from the first game. Guess what happens at the end of the game...
* GlassCannon: He's a devastating fighter with his saber, and he takes lots of damage. Even more with his Black Zero upgrade in ''X8'', which doubles the damage he deals and takes. ''Even more'' with the Red Lotus Saber in ''Command Mission'', which adds his defense stats to his power stat, but sets the defense stats to zero.
** This stays true to his cameos in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' and ''MarvelVsCapcom3''.
** ''X3'' takes this UpToEleven. He's far more powerful than X to begin with, and still on par with X even after upgrades. However, if Zero dies even ''once'' in the game, whether from losing all his energy or falling into a BottomlessPit, he can't be used again unless you restart from scratch (or use a password generator to get him back).
* GoodIsNotNice: He tends to shoot first, ask question later when encountering Mavericks. What makes it worse is that those Mavericks sometimes [[StrawmanHasAPoint have a point about what they did.]]
* GoodOldRobot: Same deal as X.
* GratuitousJapanese: In the games where his Command Arts are not translated.
* GroundPound: In his [[SmartBomb Giga Attacks]].
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: In ''X5'', X vs Zero -- No matter what character you use and Zero's condition (being Maverick or not), your fight will end in a DoubleKnockout.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Due to MultipleEndings in some of the games.
* HeroicBSOD: Part of his CharacterDevelopment in ''X4'' is the ending where he anguishes himself over not being able to save and/or protect [[strike:all]] '''any''' of the people he ever cared about, and wondering why he should bother continuing the fight. Although the JerkassFacade seems noticeable from previous games, this is most probably where it came to a head.
** He does experience a relatively minor one in ''Command Mission'' when he learns that not only did Redips manipulate the entire events of the game to both get the Supra-Force metal and get rid of Epsilon, but that Redips also posed as Spider for an undeterminant part of the game. While the others are rushing off to chase Redips, Zero is hesitant to go with them, and then tells X "Spider was actually just Redips?! How badly have we been duped here?!" before X snaps him out of it by reminding him that Redips is going to use the Supra-Force Metal, and that they can't let him do so.
* HeroicResolve: In the end of ''X5'', after he got shot by Sigma while trying to defend X and loses his lower half, he retaliates and gives Sigma one final shot to kill him.
* HeroicSacrifice: If there's any story about Zero, this will ''always'' wind up happening to him. The two SequelSeries (''plus'' one [[AudioAdaptation drama track]], where Zero manages to pull off ''two'' sacrifices) can attest to that.
* HesDeadJim: After he accidentally killed Iris, he realized she was dead after calling her name and trying to shake her back to consciousness.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: And he is the ''original of his kind'', in fact.
* HumbleHero: In his ''X6'' ending, when he seals himself, he told the scientist who helped him in the sealing that his friend, X, will always be the better hero between them, and that the world would be fine with X still alive at the time.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Here are all of Zero's weapons in ''X7'' and ''X8'':
** [[BladeOnAStick D-Glaive]]
** [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang V-Hanger]]
** Sigma's [[{{BFS}} Blade]] made out of scrap.
** [[DropTheHammer T-Breaker]]
** [[PowerFist K-Knuckle]], with attacks that are {{Shout Out}}s to the StreetFighter series, again.
** [[PaperFanOfDoom B-Fan]], which somehow projects a BeehiveBarrier (after Zero got the appropriate power from one boss).
* IAmWho: Zero struggles with various levels of amnesia in the this series. He keeps getting flashbacks of his creator, Dr. Wily, but remembers nothing else from before Sigma captured him.
* IconicItem: His Z-Saber.
* IdentityAmnesia: We learn in X4 that he was an evil Maverick when Sigma first found him, and he lost his memory in the fight, waking up sane and sober. The bad ending of X5 shows us what would happen if his Maverick self ever resurfaced, and it ain't pretty.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: His fight against Iris, as he tries to bring her back in self-defense. Unfortunately, just after she's going back to normal, she dies because of her injuries. Cue Zero's infamous agonizing scream about his (lack of) reason of fighting.
* TheImmune: He takes it one step further: he's immune to the Maverick Virus, and he even becomes stronger the more the virus infects him, as shown in the gameplay. It has to do with Zero being not only the original source of the virus itself, but he is actually made to be able to use it as a power source.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Almost completely averted, since he doesn't let it bother him. He's not totally heartless, though - he just sees it from a different perspective. When a twin dies along with his BigBad brother (because they shared a CPU), he told the upset X that he knew the consequences and he should honor his sacrifice instead of bemoaning it. However, when his love interest Iris dies in a cruel and pointless war, [[HeroicBSOD he didn't take it well.]]
* ItsPersonal: Very much so in ''X8''. Seems like he's taken way too long to hate Sigma's guts - he's mainly angry about the events of ''X5'' (surprisingly, no mention of Iris) - but other than that, it makes perfect sense.
* JerkassFacade[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Deep down, he really ''is'' a very nice guy. Don't let his portrayal in ''Command Mission'' fool you.
** {{Lampshaded}} in the same game, when he actually apologizes for acting like a jerk at one point.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: In the official arts, his LaserBlade is often depicted in a katana-like form.
* KilledOffForReal: ''X5'' supposedly has this happen to him, to ''end the series''. Of course, {{Capcom}} [[ExecutiveMeddling didn't make it stick]]...
* [[KnightKnaveAndSquire The Knave]]
* TheLancer: While the ''X'' series has yet to form a distinctive FiveManBand (the {{secret character}}s of ''X8'' and the cast of ''Command Mission'' notwithstanding), Zero fits this archetype nonetheless.
* LaserBlade
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: His original purpose.
* LaughingMad: How he reacted when fighting Sigma in X4 (not to mention later [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Sigma to a bloody pulp]] when the latter was at his mercy.)
* LipLock: This is the reason for Zero's infamous "WHAT-AM-I-FIGHTING FOOOOOOOOOOR!" line in ''X4'', since his lip movements have his mouth open wide when he says it.
* LonersAreFreaks: Subverted, spit on, blown up, cut to ribbons, set on fire, and then subject to an epic ShutUpHannibal.
* MagnetHands: In the 3D games.
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Manly Man]]: Being the ''{{bishonen}}'' of the two, that's saying something.
* MasterSwordsman
** ImplausibleFencingPowers: One of Zero's recurring [[PowerCopying skills]] is an upgrade to his sword that can block projectiles.
* MeaningfulName: The games only give vague allusions to what Zero really stands for, although {{fanon}} speculated that it has a similar meaning to X, i.e. a fixed power that cannot grow, but is already beyond comprehension, neither positive nor negative. It can also mean limitless potential, just in a different way.
** Another possible meaning is "Multiple by Zero," which is to say, [[OmnicidalManiac turn everything to nothingness]].
*** Given how fond he is of [[CleanCut slicing reploids apart]], "Divide by Zero" is equally apt; meaning to destroy utterly.
* TheMentor: for ''X1''.
** MentorOccupationalHazard: He's watched over X from the beginning of the game, forcing Vile to retreat after X couldn't touch him. Obviously, he's the badass of the story, but he's not the title character, so he performs his HeroicSacrifice, leaving X to face Sigma alone, with no chance at a last second rescue. Incidentally, the placement of the Vile fight in the remake justifies the over the top dialogue X uses when he faces Sigma, as it happened at the end of the previous stage, and not at the start of the fortress, making X's fury still fresh. And even though Zero gets better, he's been surpassed by X by the time he returns, and they work as a team from ''X3'' to ''X8''.
* MoreHeroThanThou: In ''X5'', in order to stop the ColonyDrop, one of the heroes has to maneuver a shuttle into crashing into it. Zero volunteered himself, as he stated that, whether or not he (Zero) survives the crash, the world is still in danger, and X is needed more than he is.
* MultiMeleeMaster: In ''X7'' and ''X8'', where he can acquire other melee weapons.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After he beats Iris.
* MyHeroZero: [[TropeCodifier Duh.]]
* MysteriousPast: Even after all this time, all Zero knows of his "father" is a ''silhouette''; but that didn't stop him from learning that he is the cause of most of the hardships in the world up to that point.
** A rather popular Fan Theory is that he killed off the cast from the original series before he was sealed. This, however, has been jossed.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In the {{Flashback}} cutscene in ''X4'', in his fight against Sigma, at first it seemed like Sigma is controlling the fight, but Zero just keeps getting up, laughing, and finally winning a SingleStrokeBattle, ''fist to Beam Saber'', and then turns the tables completely. Zero is only beaten when his head crystal glows, causing him a headache, and then Sigma punches it, making his opponent unconscious.
* NotSoStoic: His freakout in ''X4'' after Iris' death.
* PatientZero: He (and arguably Sigma) was the very first robot to get infected by the Maverick Virus (stated to be leaking out from Zero's hibernation capsule). Subverted in that he's TheImmune (see said entry above), but he is indirectly the source of the other viral infections of the series. See also "TyphoidMary" below.
* PerpetualFrowner: After Iris dies, he not only stops smiling, practically at all, but loses essentially all of his [[{{BadassBoast}} Badass Boasting]] personality and becomes TheStoic.
** After X4, he no longer throws a thumbs up at the player after beating a boss either. He just turns away.
** Even his theme music has noticeable changes. Where his theme is X4 may have been the peak of giving the feeling that Zero is about to cut down everyone [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5h4luXEc_s in the level]], in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgsBH3zURt8 X5]] and onward, Zero's music becomes a lot more calm and serious sounding.
* PietaPlagiarism: In Iris' death scene, he carries the dead Iris this way.
* PillarOfLight: His Giga Attack in ''X8''. Before that, in ''X6'', he can summon screen-filling [[BeamSpam shower of beams.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* PowerCopying: His Command Arts.
* PowerGivesYouWings: The "[[AnIcePerson Absolute]] [[PunnyName Zero]]" armor from ''Command Mission''. He even resembles his brother's Treble Boost.
* PromotedToPlayable: In ''X3'' by pushing the L button on the pause screen.
* RapunzelHair
* RecurringBoss: ''X2'', ''X5'', ''X6'' ([[EvilKnockoff sort of]]), and ''Maverick Hunter X'' (Vile's route only, as a DualBoss with X), complete with SecretAIMoves.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]
* TheRival: Colonel.
* RoboFamily: Sigma, at least, considers Dr. Wily to be Zero's father. Making [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Bass]] a crappy big brother [[EarlyBirdCameo before he was even born]].
** His ending in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'' gives a nod to this, where Dr. Wily actually calls Zero his son.
* SacrificialLamb: In ''X1''. With the help of PopularityPower, he's [[BackFromTheDead revived]] in ''X2''.
* ScrewDestiny: One of the most important character themes for Zero is how he gives destiny the middle finger and defies it every step of the way.
** Or tries to, anyway. As Colonel and Iris (and very nearly X) demonstrate, he's still a threat to those close to him under the wrong circumstances - which Sigma is all too willing to provide. And lest we forget, Omega manages to successfully lay waste to most of the world - he has to show up with a new body and team up with first X and then the Guardians to stall and then destroy him, but the God of Destruction indeed fulfills his purpose.
* SealedEvilInACan
* SecretAIMoves: While ''X5'' and ''X6'' give him back the Z-Buster and the latter hands over a screen-clearing move, the iconic "[[GunsAkimbo twin busters]], then SwordBeam" combo never becomes available. [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Model OX]] gets some of them, at least, and one of them is a Super in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom.''
** ''Awakening Zero'' has plenty of these. The shots from his Buster combo become ''homing'', and he gets a OneHitKill attack that takes the SwordBeam UpToEleven.
** In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', he ''does'' get ''that'' SwordBeam as a level 3 hyper...except that it does a lot of damage instead of being an instant kill. The player also gets to let him use it in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''.
* ShellShockedVeteran
* ShoutOut: Several of his ''X8'' techniques are straight out of ''StreetFighter''. His staple rising sword uppercut is also based on the {{Shoryuken}}.
** In ''Command Mission'' Zero can gain a second, incredibly powerful Hyper Mode armor. It has black bat-like wings, adds smaller bat wings to his helmet, claws on his hands and dark armor on his body and legs. It's a nod to his predecessor Bass and his power armor upgrade, the Treble Boost.
* ShutUpHannibal: In ''Maverick Hunter X'':
-->'''Vile''': ''Hmpf...Zero...Why would someone as powerful as you align yourself with X? He's just a B-Class Hunter, nothing more!''\\
'''Zero''': ''Vile...You're nothing but a Maverick now.''
* TheSouthpaw: Cutscenes and official art consistently depict him wielding his saber with his left hand.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Inafune wanted him to be ''the'' main character. Even after [[ExecutiveMeddling Capcom forced him to change his mind]], [[WriterRevolt Inafune didn't change his plans.]]
* SpringJump: With an acquired ability in ''X6''. If he high jumps into the ceiling, [[CeilingCling he can cling to it]] and can [[AnIcePerson shoot icicles from his saber.]]
* TheSuperego: In relation to his teammates X and Axl. The coldest of the bunch, only concerned in missions, likes to take shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach. He's still a nice guy deep down, though.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: which, Sigma would like to point out, is his ''real'' self.
* TheStoic
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Z-Saber from ''X4'' onwards.
* SwordAndGun: Technically starting from ''X2'''s "bad" scenario where he's a boss, which gave birth to the famous "buster-buster-SwordBeam" combo of his. In the next game where he's playable, his buster is still more emphasized, with the saber only coming out for delivering a strong attack. On ''X4'' onwards, as a DivergentCharacterEvolution, the saber gets emphasized more.
* [[TakeUpMySword Take Up My Buster]]: After his HeroicSacrifice in ''X1''. A more literal version occurs in ''X3'' where the Z-Saber is an InfinityPlusOneSword ([[GuideDangIt if you meet the required conditions]]) and at the end of ''X5''.
* ThemeDeck: His {{Signature Move}}s, the Z-saber (triple slash) and Z-buster (two buster shots + SwordBeam) combos, stand out of all of his other Command Arts since they are present in some form in all games. However, the latter was never used again from ''X7'' and beyond. As a CallBack, though, ''Omega'' Zero uses both attacks again in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'' (and you can use it as Model OX in ''ZX'').
* TooLongDidntDub: Probably done for RuleOfCool, all of Zero's moves were left untranslated in X4, X6, X7 and X8.
* TyphoidMary: It is said that Zero unknowingly spread his virus around as he ventured around the globe. This leads to him sealing himself, to stop the spread, in his ending in ''X6''.
* VideoGameFlight: At least as a bug in ''X8''. Kinda funny, and it lets you bypass the worst parts of the final dungeon - could you ask for more? Oh, and Layer can do it too.
* TheVirus
* WeaponOfChoice: Post-X4, his Z-Saber becomes this. He actually receives the Saber in X2, but only uses single slashes in conjunction with Buster Shots until X4, where the Saber becomes his primary.
* WeCanRebuildHim: After he died in the first game, the second had the X-Hunters rebuild him, or at least the parts of it, which X had to steal for the Maverick Hunters to rebuild him.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Zero was originally intended to have his own Ultimate Armor in ''X4''. It was also implied that the design of the armor dealt with his connection to Dr. Wily. However, it was ultimately cut, replaced with the Palette Swap known as the Zero Armor/Black Zero.
* WhatTheHellHero: In ''Command Mission'', he chastises X for being so trusting all the time, stating that it's because of such naivete that Shadow managed to betray them.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: In his [[InfinityPlusOneSword Zero Armor]].
* WolverinePublicity: Aside from starring in two (arguably three) out of the 7 series, he was referenced ''and'' cameoed in two more (''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'', with the latter even including a Main/{{Captain Ersatz}}/{{Expy}}) and finally, appearing in a roster in [[strike:two]] ''three'' games of the ''CapcomVsWhatever'' series. ''Whew...''
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[[folder:Axl]]
::'''Axl'''
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A former member of Red Alert (a BountyHunter organization), turned Maverick Hunter; since the only difference is the government sanction, this hasn't really changed his outlook on life. The prototype of the next generation of reploid evolution, Axl's copy ability allows him to effectively become anyone.
-->''Voiced by: MinamiTakayama (JP), Jeffrey Watson (EN, X8)''

* AnimeHair
* BloodKnight: He tends to answer questions regarding his motive like this.
* BottomlessMagazines: In ''X8'', all of his weapons have this property.
* CallingYourAttacks: By the ''name of the weapon''.
* TheCameo: Appears briefly in Zero's ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' ending.
* ChargedAttack: He has one in his original appearance, but the BagOfSpilling takes it away as part of his later SuperheroSpeciation.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Blink and you'll miss it, but Sigma's plan in ''X7'' (before the whole GambitRoulette went OffTheRails) was to have Axl copy the data of X and Zero, presumably with the intent of hijacking him from there. This seemingly irrelevant plot point is eventually revisited in ''X8'' (specifically, where it's revealed that Axl is the prototype of the New Generation Reploids), in ''Command Mission'' (with final boss Redips and his officers in the far east Hunter division being the products of secretly restarted copy chip manufacturing) and (although Axl may or may not be personally involved) ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent''.
* CousinOliver
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Much like Bass from ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'', Axl in ''X8' can fire in multiple directions (including diagonally), but he can't run while doing so.
* DualWield: In ''Command Mission'' his Axl Bullets weapon is his default gun times two, and two other weapons are also dual guns. In ''X7'' one of the Maverick weapons lets him wield dual guns and attack two enemies at once GunsAkimbo.
* {{Expy}}: [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Mega Man Model A]], an expy of unclear origin. To a gameplay extent Axl himself might be considered one of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Bass]], minus the double jump.
* FireForgedFriends: Has to work ''hard'' to earn X and Zero's trust and friendship, specifically because he was ''an assassin'' for a group that are AmbiguouslyEvil. His own tendency to avoid answering questions, and the fact that Red Alert was more than happy to ''go to war'' with the Maverick Hunters to get him back didn't help him at all. By ''X8'', he has earned it.
* FlawedPrototype: His copy ability doesn't work on anything more massive than he himself is. He seems to have ironed this out by the time of ''Command Mission.''
** DisabilityImmunity: However, unlike the others, he apparently also lacked Sigma's DNA due to being a prototype. As such, he has no active compunction of going with Sigma's will (i.e killing humans) because of it.
* FragileSpeedster: A variant; there's nothing wrong with his defense, but his attack power is relatively low in ''X8.'' In ''Command Mission'' he has somewhat low health compared to X and Zero at the same level.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Good Scars]]: [[XMarksTheHero Shaped like an X]], to boot.
* GunsAkimbo
* HeroWorshipper: According to character data. Never adhered to anywhere else.
* TheId: In relation of X and Zero. Likes to get on X's and Zero's nerves, and is also very eager and interested in fighting and doesn't put concern of deep matters.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The White Armor from ''X8,'' which lets him remain airborne indefinitely while firing...and oddly enough, heals [[XMarksTheHero his scar]].
* MarkedChange: The red lines on Axl's body pulse when he's preparing to shapeshift.
* MoreDakka: When the GunsAkimbo don't entirely cut it, Axl pulls a gatling gun, a grenade launcher, frikkin laser beams, a Magnum that ignores walls...
* MultiRangedMaster
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: He does not join the uprising of the "pure" new generation Reploids in ''X8''. They, in turn, regard him with contempt and (occasionally) regret.
* MysteriousPast: He cannot remember anything from before his Red Alert days. [[AllThereInTheManual Sourcebooks]] give some hints - he retains certain responses, such as his hatred for Mavericks and admiration of X, but he cannot remember ''why'' he feels that way. Red (see SelfMadeOrphan below) refuses to talk about how they met.
* OneManArmy: Of course.
* PowerCopying: His Special Arms.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Pointed out amusingly [[http://glitcher.deviantart.com/art/Axl-and-Alia-koma-29802370 here]] (safe for work).
** And then we have [[http://www.drneko.com/scanlation/rmseries/rmx/koma/x7/index.php?Result_Set=12 this]].
* PsychoPrototype: Inverted. He is the prototype for the next-generation reploid line, but he himself is actually quite sane (even with his BloodKnight tendencies). It's the mass-produced versions, especially Lumine and Redips, who were very much insane.
* QuestForIdentity: Hinted at when he first appears in ''Command Mission.''
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: the actual line was not said, but he defected from Red Alert when they started killing people who weren't bad guys.
* SequelHook: Involved in a big one in ''X8.'' It [[LeftHanging hasn't been settled, yet]]; [[WildMassGuessing theories abound.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Red is his ''adopted'' father, at least...
* ShoutOut: Briefly acquires what is quite obviously the [[{{Metroid}} Morph Ball]] to solve one puzzle in ''X8.''
* ShutUpHannibal[=/=]TalkToTheFist: His most famous positive moment.
* SpamAttack
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: it's a small running gag in {{fanon}} whether or not Axl knows how to spell his own name...
* [[KnightKnaveAndSquire The Squire]]
* SuperheroSpeciation: Axl's "skillset" from ''X7'' is pretty much the same set that X will use after the end of his TenMinuteRetirement. Fortunately for Axl, ''X8'' fixed the problem by giving him a different set of skills.
** ''Command Mission'' also rectifies this by making Axl a [[SummonMagic summoner]] akin to the traditional {{RPG}}s (Well, what he did is transforming into a defeated boss and using one of its attack, but it generally has the same effect).
* SwissArmyHero: He's got data from all the bosses in ''Command Mission'' and can transform into any of them. ''Command Mission'' is not a platform game, and this amounts to only using an attack, but as stated above, his expy does much better in ''ZX Advent.''
* TagalongKid: in ''X7'' at least. He "grew up" before ''X8''.
* TookALevelInBadass: after ''X7''.
** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap
* TriggerHappy: On par with him being a BloodKnight, in contrast to X and Zero.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: In this case, it provides immunity to projectiles.
* UtilityWeapon: The various forms Axl takes using Copy Shot are mostly useful in overcoming obstacles.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's anyone's guess what became of him (or indeed, the entire supporting cast) between the last game and ''VideoGame/MegaManZero.'' His {{Expy}} in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' is obviously inspired from him in design and gameplay, but canonically doesn't ([[EpilepticTrees seem to]]) originate from him, which solves...absolutely nothing.
* XMarksTheHero: How he got the scars or why they are still there remains unknown. A [[http://www.drneko.com/scanlation/rmseries/rmx/koma/x7/index.php?Result_Set=10 4koma]] states that they're self-inflicted.
* YoungGun
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\n!Heroes\n\n[[foldercontrol]]\n\n[[folder:Mega Man X/Rockman X]]\n::'''Mega Man X/Rockman X'''\n[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/300px-Megaman3MHX.jpg]]\nThe first of a new breed of robot with the ability to think and feel, X was the last creation of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Thomas Light]]. Of course, Light had experience with about ten or so doomsday scenarios courtesy of one Albert Wily, and decided to give X a HyperspaceArsenal and an endless array of power ups in the expectation that, come the next one, X would become the world's new champion, and in spite of his own pacifistic leanings X did just that.\n-->''Voiced by: KentaroIto (JP, X4), ShowtaroMorikubo (JP, X5-X7), TakahiroSakurai (JP, X8), MarkGatha (EN, X8)''\n\n[[index]]
* ActorAllusion: X performs a [[GGundam Shining Finger]] like attack unto a foe.
[[Characters/MegaManXHeroes Heroes]]
* TheAestheticsOfTechnology: Played with. He has a simpler-looking design than most bosses, but he is literally described as having unlimited potential, and throughout his series, developed abilities that were previously seen after he picked up armor parts or health upgrades; it's like the concept of Weapon Copy was taken to its logical conclusion and turned into an Ability Copy. Justified, he's a SuperPrototype.
[[Characters/MegaManXVillains Villains]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Defied. Being a robot with 100% free will, Dr. Light makes sure that this trope don't happen by sealing him in a 30-year morality testing to ensure that he would do the right thing.
* AsskickingPose: He always does this after he teleports into a stage.
* ArmCannon: The Mega Buster Mk. 17, aka the X-Buster.
* {{Badass}}: X's defining moment is the first scene in the series. He lands on a highway under attack, and everyone is driving away as fast as their cars can go. X runs through them towards the enemy. Throughout the series (with one ShockingSwerve in ''X7'') he only gets more badass.
* BadassBoast: To Sigma, at the end of ''X6''.
** And in ''Maverick Hunter X'', to Sigma: "I'll finish this! Right here, right now! ''[[ChewingTheScenery I WILL DEFEAT YOU, SIGMA!!]]''"
* BagOfSpilling: Unsurprising for the series, but it doesn't seem to be for lack of trying: he keeps his dash ability permanently after the first game, and both ''X5'' and ''X6'' feature watered-down versions of the previous entry's powerups, with the implication that battle damage has detracted from their effectiveness. ''X7'' and ''X8'' also see X respectively regaining the air-dash and super charge shots, which were once armor exclusive powers, for his base form.
** GameplayAndStorySegregation: One way or the other - a memorable boss fight in ''X5'' suggests at the very least that X can recover old maverick weapons somehow. The leading theory is that X doesn't ''want'' to have all that power, so he voluntarily gets rid of his weapons at the end of each game.
* BerserkButton: It's stated that his greatest strength and AchillesHeel is his emotional bond with his allies. There is logic behind this: X has a [[UnstoppableRage Berserker Mode]], and his allies are the button. Wail on it enough times, and...
--> '''Sigma:''' Hmm...I see a new clarity in your eyes. You are no longer troubled.
--> '''X:''' ''WHAT YOU'VE DONE IS UNFORGIVABLE, SIGMA!''
** ''Maverick Hunter X'' shows what happens when X has to deal with the loss of his friend. He goes from being a little detached from the conflict and reluctant to fight to full-on scary voice, angry eyes, and absolute lethal intent. The change is ''jarring''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Only in ''X8'', but there's an X on the sides of his helmet.
** The new basic armor he sports in ''Command Mission'' has a white X on the chest.
* CallForward: Zero's ''X7'' ending. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters "Eliminate the Mavericks.]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The Mavericks...eliminate..."]] Depressingly, this game marks the one time we see X actually try to escape his fate, so it packs a punch even though the writers [[{{Wangst}} botched]] [[ReplacementScrappy it]].
* CallingYourAttacks: In later games, and the remake of the first.
* TheCameo: Appears briefly in Zero's ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' ending.
* CarFu: In the opening of ''X2'', he jumps out from his speeding Ride Chaser, which then hits the Mechaniloid guarding the facility he's trying to infiltrate.
** Can be done in-game as well, in Overdrive Ostrich's stage, as well as in ''X4'' and ''X5''.
* CharacterDevelopment: Somewhat averted; his fall from the spotlight coincided exactly with the series' increased focus on characterization. However, ''The Day of Sigma'' and ''Maverick Hunter X'' do cover his journey from WideEyedIdealist to MartialPacifist, and it's generally assumed that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the scrapped remakes of X2 and X3]] would have followed up on this.
* CharacterTitle
* ChargedAttack: One of his main features.
* ClearMyName: The plot in ''X6'' starts with a PaletteSwap of Zero, called the Zero Nightmare, wreaking havoc. X decides to investigate the Zero Nightmare to clear Zero's name. For some reason, this is not part of the plot entirely, since defeating the Zero Nightmare is optional. And guess what? A SecretCharacter (not that Capcom was fooling anyone...) will be unlocked upon defeating it.
* ClimaxBoss: He'll do ''anything'' to prevent his friend from going Maverick. [[CaptainObvious Including]] ''[[CaptainObvious fighting him.]]''
* CoolLoser: As of ''X5'', Zero is his only friend. [[JustifiedTrope There might be]] [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies good reasons]], especially after what happened to Zero one game earlier. There might also be [[HoYay other reasons]], but that doesn't entirely cover it.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: The ''X3'' opening is entirely made of this trope. Blowing away two Bee Bladers in one shot? Dropping Launch Octopus's irritating miniboss on him, destroying both? Switching between the armor sets of the first two games at will while fighting Sigma? Awesome.
* CrossdressingVoices: In ''X4'', actually having the same voice actor as the original Mega Man in ''8''.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The horribly self-pitying loser of ''X7'' and the half-crazed macho warrior of ''Command Mission'' are the farthest extremes, but how willing he is to fight varies wildly from game to game. It generally remains constant within any given game; ''Maverick Hunter X'' is the exception that proves the rule, as his CharacterDevelopment actually matters for once. [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] being dead probably helped.
* DoomedByCanon: Attempts to stop the fighting in ''X7''...which came out while the [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero series]] was in full swing. FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* DualBoss: With Zero in ''Maverick Hunter X'''s Vile Mode.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite being the reason Reploids exist, and the one with the most potential power, X is a B class Hunter for most of the series, though those who know him realize this is ''entirely'' because he holds back and is reluctant to fight. By ''X8'' and ''Command Mission'', he's a Special A class hunter, having apparently gotten over those hangups.
* DullSurprise: He does this in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umYHweaJHZg opening cutscene]] to ''X8'', whether from shell-shock or bad animation. Facing down an army of shapeshifting reploids should yield a stronger reaction than, "did I leave the oven on?"
* TheEgo: In relation to his teammates Zero and Axl. Is usually the one who has deep thoughts about most things happening around. But on the other side, he's a pacifist who's quite emotional, especially about fighting, and frequently thinks about all the enemy he fights.
* EleventhHourSuperPower: In the 2nd X vs. Vile battle in the first game, after Zero's HeroicSacrifice to destroy Vile's [[MiniMecha Ride Armor]], all of X's energy is restored for some reason, ready to fight Vile on equal footing now. This was even {{lampshaded}}:
-->'''Vile''': What the-? Where did that energy come from?!
** In the ''Day of Sigma'' {{OVA}}, something similar happens, only X's attack looks [[ActorAllusion suspiciously like]] the ''[[GGundam Shining Finger]]''.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: His [[http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s158/clarklana05/megamanxbladearmor.jpg?t=1241052973 Blade Armor]] from ''X6'' resembles a samurai armor.
* EvolvingWeapon: Once you get a buster upgrade, every
[[Characters/MegaManXMaverickBosses Maverick weapon counts as this. (Well, sort of. The second version counts as a ChargedAttack.)
Bosses]]
* {{Expy}}: Of the original [[VideoGame/MegaMan Blue Bomber]]. [[ExecutiveMeddling He owes his existence to this status, in fact.]] He started the trend of having Expies in the SequelSeries.
* FacePalmOfDoom: Gives Sigma one in ''The Day of Sigma'', [[ShoutOut mimicking the]] [[GGundam Shining Finger]], no less.
* FanNickname: Referred to often as "The Blue Bomber of the 22nd Century" or the far pithier "The Azure Hunter."
** Sometimes, especially by fangirls, "[[GratuitousJapanese Ekkusu]]" is also used.
* FightingTheLancer: If you don't get to fight the X-Hunters (and thus, gaining Zero's parts) before the Sigma fortress stages are unlocked in ''X2'', you'll have X fighting Zero in one of the stages, although he was BrainwashedAndCrazy at the time.
** Played straighter in ''X5''; no matter which scenario you took, one will end up fighting the other in the third fortress stage.
* {{Flanderization}}: X goes from being a reluctant, yet willing fighter to become more whiny as the series goes. This becomes prominent in X7, where he pulls out a TenMinuteRetirement, so you started playing a ''Mega Man X'' game without playing as him.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In his ''X4'' ending, X asks Zero that if he (X) ever goes Maverick, Zero should be the one "to take care of him". Because of the ContinuitySnarl between the two series, it falls into {{Fauxshadow}}.
** When combined with the ending of ''X3'' stating that X will have to destroy Zero to protect mankind, this at least foreshadows that the two of them will fight in X5.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: X loses his memories of Zero in the bad ending of ''X5''.
* GameplayAndStorySeparation: In Vile Mode and ''Day of Sigma'', his Charge Shot was shown to be extremely powerful, the former instance resulting in Vile getting critically wounded and also receiving a ''gaping hole'' in his chest, and the latter being powerful enough to knock down and temporarily knock out a renegade Maverick. In gameplay, although the Charge Shot is definitely more powerful than regular buster shots, its somewhat weak.
* GoldenSuperMode: His Golden Armor hidden powerup in ''X3''.
* GoodIsNotDumb: X, a ReluctantWarrior who lives in an increasingly CrapsackWorld infested with TheVirus, capable of turning even his best friend against him. Often referred to as 'too trusting' in-universe and 'emo' outside of it because he doesn't like killing people. He's also an SealedGoodInACan SuperPrototype OneManArmy with lots of combat experience and what he can't handle his aforementioned best friend will. He also ends up ruling the world, basically because he's the only person that could manage it. There was talk of having him hit the DespairEventHorizon, [[KnightTemplar lose that compassion]] and become the BigBad of the [[VideoGame/MegaManZero sequel series]]. That would have been bad.
* GoodOldRobot: He's this, as he isn't technically a Reploid ("Replicated Androids"), but rather the original aricles all reploids are based from. Not just that, they are immune to TheVirus because of this status. Though he's just referred to as a Reploid altogether (in-story) to avoid confusion because of their basically similar mental capacities.
* GratuitousEnglish: Applied to CallingYourAttacks above, with...interesting results. Generally better in ''X8, Maverick Hunter X'', and ''Command Mission'', though YMMV.
* GunsAkimbo: ''X2'' and ''X3'' upgrades, sort of. By charging up enough, he fires a blast from one arm, then the other.
** The ''Command Mission'' version of the Ultimate Armor has {{BFG}} akimbo!
* HealingFactor: X gets one in the third game, with either the enhanced helmet parts or the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Golden Armor]].
* HeroicBSOD: He suffers a major one during Lumine's HannibalLecture speech. It got so bad that Axl actually had to shoot Lumine with his gun and remind X that Lumine is their enemy to get him to at least put it aside long enough to manage to defeat Lumine.
* HeroicResolve: In the fight against Vile in the first stage of Sigma's castle, X loses the fight much like he did in the beginning of the game, left paralyzed and with little health. Zero makes a Heroic Sacrifice and destroys Vile's mobile suit with his remaining energy. Vile still thinks he has won, to which X breaks his bonds and restores his meter to full.
** In the "Day of Sigma" animated-prequel in the PSP remake Maverick Hunter X, BigBad Sigma stabs X through the gut with his beamsaber. After a brief {{Flashback}} of X swearing to Doctor Light that he will always fight for hope and justice, he comes back online and charges Sigma, digging his glowing hand [[strike:[[GGundam with an awesome power]]]] into Sigma's face and giving Sigma his trademark eye scars before finally shutting down.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Zero. At one point in ''X5'', X claims Zero is not only his best friend, but his OnlyFriend.
* HeyItsThatVoice: As of ''X8'', [[GGundam his hand of his glows]] [[MarkGatha with an awesome power]]. No, really.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind
* HurtingHero: It's kind of his shtick. See TheWoobie entry.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: He taps into his unlimited potential out of sheer desperation in "The Day of Sigma".
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In the infamous X vs Zero battle in ''X5'', X tries to bring back the Maverick Zero to his, technically, "new self" (the "old self" is the Maverick Zero itself).
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The Shadow Armor in ''X6'', complete with CeilingCling ability. Like Gaea Armor of ''X5'', it provides immunity to [[SpikesOfDoom spikes.]]
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: X always feels grief and doubt about those who die in the Maverick Wars, even his own enemies, because he's at heart a MartialPacifist. It's even been argued that he deliberately does this so he always has sympathy for the enemy, because becoming callous is not the way to finding real peace. When he finally loses all sympathy centuries into the future, he retires.
* TheImmune: Played with. Most Reploids will become the chaotic, rampaging Mavericks upon TheVirus's infection. But X, with his Suffering Circuit inside him, will instead get hurt upon infection, as the circuit's trying to prevent him from being rampaging and genocidal.
* JackOfAllStats: In ''X8'', relative to the other playable characters. He can be nudged towards different skill sets depending on which armor parts you go with.
* [[KnightKnaveAndSquire The Knight]]
* LaserBlade: In ''X6''. Unlike Zero, he can only do a single slash, but with armor upgrades, its ability gets tweaked up.
** BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Blade Armor from the same game.
** SwordBeam: Its Giga Attack, which involves firing a crescent blade forward that does heavy damage. Shadow Armor's Giga Attack uses this differently, with 2 crescent blades that revolve around him, damaging everything in the vicinity.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: In the bad ending in ''X5'', Dr. Light erases all of X's memories of Zero, and installs a program that will "reject" any information regarding Zero.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: An impending fight between him and Zero has been hinted upon ever since X2. (Though in a non-canon process just before the final battle in that case.) It was again touched upon in X4 before finally taking place in X5, and by extension, X6.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: Aside from being a BlackBox, his name represents limitless potential. It also carries connotations of danger, leading Light to apparently seal him because TheWorldIsNotReady. Then again, he might have been lying about the last part to spare X's feelings.
* LevelMapDisplay: In ''X3'', the head upgrade gives X access to a (very rudimentary) map of the level, dividing it into small sectors, and showcasing the special items of the level.
* MagikarpPower: Really, X himself. No match for pretty much anything at the start of the first game, he is more or less a OneManArmy by the end.
** A more traditional example is Zero's saber in ''X6''. Oh, X can't wield it for crap (unlike in the third game, where it was ridiculously powerful and even useful at range in his hands), but the subsequently collected armors allow it to be used as a ChargedAttack, and [[EliteTweak a certain set of parts]] restore it to ridiculous levels of power.
* MeaningfulName: X stands for an unknown variable (a'la Algebra) that could have unlimited potential. This was elaborated upon in ''Maverick Hunter X''.
* MechanicalEvolution: He's apparently the key to this, if ''Maverick Hunter X'' is to be believed. He starts at RidiculouslyHumanRobot and tops out at RealityWarper (albeit with far fewer appearances), so not a bad run.
* MultiformBalance: the armors in ''X5''-''X6'', as well as Neutral Armor's upgrades in ''X8''.
** ''X5''
*** JackOfAllStats: [[{{Nerf}} Force]]
*** FragileSpeedster: [[VideoGameFlight Falcon]]
*** MightyGlacier: Gaea
*** SuperMode: [[GameBreaker Ultimate]]
** ''X6''
*** JackOfAllStats: [[{{Nerf}} Falcon]]
*** LightningBruiser: [[{{Samurai}} Blade]]
*** GlassCannon: [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Shadow]]
*** SuperMode: [[GameBreaker Ultimate]]
** ''X8''
*** MasterOfNone: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Neutral]]
*** FragileSpeedster: Hermes
*** MightyGlacier (or LightningBruiser): Icarus
*** SuperMode: [[GameBreaker Ultimate]]
* NamesTheSame: His Ultimate armor, X had about three different armors with the same name and similar abilities, the first one from X4 to X6, one in X8 and another in Command Mission; the one in CM not only looks different but its skill set serves for other situations entirely, making it more of a InNameOnly.
* OddFriendship: A pacifist becoming best friends with no-nonsense warrior? Not to mention that they're destined to fight each other...
* OneHitKill: Well, ''two''-hit kill, but Nova Strike from the Ultimate Armor (especially in X8) and X's Z-Saber in ''X3'' qualify.
* OneLetterName: In the early games, other characters would call him anything from his full name to just X. He's consistently called X from ''X4'' onwards.
** Also created a lot of confusion with people who thought his full name ''is'' Mega Man X. His full name is X. Mega Man is just an ArtifactTitle.
* OneManArmy: Especially in the first two games.
* OutOfFocus: After ''X3'', and [[ReplacementScrappy especially in X7]]. Axl even {{lampshades}} it in the intro stage of ''X8'', threatening to steal the spotlight from him. Too late, buddy.
* PowerCopying: His Variable Weapons System, directly lifted from [[VideoGame/MegaMan his big brother's]].
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Which one, Peyton or Eli?]][[hottip:*:This trope used to be called "Mega Manning", for obvious reasons.]]
* PowerCrystal: It blinks when his health is critical, projects the map in ''X3'', and when we see it glow full-stop in the OAV, he apparently develops NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.
* PoweredArmor: He has at least one per game. In X4, he gets two[[hottip:*:The Fourth and Ultimate Armor]], in X5[[hottip:*:The Fourth Armor (albeit damaged), Falcon, Gaea and Ultimate Armor]] and X6[[hottip:*:The Falcon Armor (albeit damaged), Blade, Shadow and Ultimate Armor]] he gets 4 each. All of them gives X different changes.
* PoweredArmor [[MechaExpansionPack Expansion Pack]]:
** The [[color:gray:Neutral Armor's]] (''X8'') gimmick. With the exception of the Ultimate parts, the armor pieces can be switched for different combinations. Equipping a complete set would grant a fifth ability exclusive to that armor.
*** [[color:red:Icarus]]: access to the [[LimitBreak Giga Crush]], [[SmartBomb a full screen-explosion attack]]. Its power and duration depends on the amount of energy in the Giga Crush meter.
---> [[CoolHelmet Head]]: [[UseYourHead an upward helmet attack]]\\
[[BulletproofVest Body]]: halves damage, and removes recoil\\
[[ArmCannon Arms]]: WaveMotionGun as a fully charged attack. Lesser charge attacks are one less level than normal. [[hottip:example:X's normal shots become Level-1 charged shots, and Level-2 charged shots become Level-3 charged shots. The maximum charged shot becomes a powerful laser]]\\
[[TrickedOutShoes Legs]]: [[InASingleBound increased jump height]]
*** [[color:blue:Hermes]]: access to the [[SuperMode Hyper Drive]], which will increase your movement and charging speed, as well as upgrading the SpreadShot into 5 shots. Its duration depends on the amount of energy in the Hyper Drive meter.
---> [[CoolHelmet Head]]: boosts weapon charge speed\\
[[BulletproofVest Body]]: Invincibility to weaker attacks\\
[[ArmCannon Arms]]: 3-way SpreadShot\\
[[TrickedOutShoes Legs]]: {{Invisibility}} while dashing, as well as increased movement speed
*** [[color:purple:Ultimate]]: the Nova Strike returns, which gives high damage to the opponent it crosses over, but unlike in the previous games, this attack can't be quickly spammed (one use will deplete its meter, and then the meter regenerates in a few seconds). Also, it's now a [[OneHitKill Two-Hit Kill]] to most Bosses.
---> [[CoolHelmet Head]]: enabling the {{Shoryuken}} move\\
[[BulletproofVest Body]]: same as Icarus Armor's\\
[[ArmCannon Arms]]: the multi-hitting [[SphereOfDestruction Plasma Shot]]\\
[[TrickedOutShoes Legs]]: combination of Hermes and Icarus Armor's leg parts (although you can't be invisible)
** Also, in X3, you can ask Dr. Light to insert a special chip to one of the armor upgrade when you get the access to the capsule. You can only do this to one part of the armor, though. But there's a secret way to get all of them, and it comes with a nice touch of gold color, too!
* PowerStrainBlackout: Immediately after scarring Sigma in the OAV. As the latter is far from defeated, this is really, really bad timing.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Most of his armors often give out this vibe.
* PromotionalPowerlessPieceOfGarbage: Despite the rarity of the card, he's effectively useless in the trading card game, having the same stats as Bass.
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem: Eventually he becomes this in the timeskip between this and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series, being the leader of Neo Arcadia.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: His potential is unlimited. This is read by Cyber Peacock and even his analysis shows that his potential cannot be measured.
* RegeneratingHealth: His X3 armor has an upgrade to his helmet that allows him to refill his health (and Tanks) by standing still and waiting.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The predecessor to all the sentient Reploids seen in the ''X'' series and beyond.
* RoboFamily: With [[VideoGame/MegaMan Rock, Blues, Roll, and Auto,]] but it's kind of moot because they never interact. Being the template from which all reploids are designed, however, he's kind of everyone's father. This never actually comes up, even with [[VideoGame/MegaManZero the Guardians]], who are built directly from his DNA, but it's a little weird.
* TheRuinsICaused: In the first three games, he always gets to watch the Sigma's fortresses going down from far away after he beats Sigma.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Gets one in ''Command Mission.'' It's not an actual scarf, but a device built into his back that projects a flowing, tattered scarf when he runs. It also comes in a variety of colors (depending on your game progress) and lengthens to a noticeable degree when he dashes. May or may not be a ShoutOut to "older brother" Proto Man and/or PS2 {{Shinobi}}.
* SchematizedProp: You can see X's full blueprint in the opening cutscene in X1.
* ScreamingWarrior: Spends much pre-fight dialogue yelling at bosses, especially after ''X7''. Reaches HamToHamCombat territory against [[LargeHam Sigma]].
** In ''Maverick Hunter X'', he starts off more or less calm and collected. When Zero dies, he goes into full-on UnstoppableRage, and he can't communicate in anything less than a shout.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: His death scream in ''X4'', thanks to the crappy voice acting, and being voiced by the same girly voice as Mega Man in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* SealedGoodInACan: More or less. He ends up being the template for all kinds of evil, but then his best buddy has it even worse there. TheyFightCrime, by the way.
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Sensitive Guy]]
* ShoutOut: His in-game attacks have included [[StreetFighter the Hadouken and Shoryuken]] (the latter twice), and in the OVA he seems to pull off [[GGundam the Shining Finger]]...[[ActorAllusion complete with shared]] [[HeyItsThatVoice voice actor!]]
** [[DeadRising Frank West's]] Mega Man armor is clearly a takeoff on X's look. This then became a MythologyGag in one of the ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' trailers, as West using said armor for a special attack alongside Zero made it look like the X/Zero combination might be together for the game after all...for all of half a second.
* SkilledButNaive: He's this, at first (especially apparent in The Day of Sigma OVA). He slowly loses his naivete over time, but is still apparently idealistic and pacifistic.
* StoryBreakerPower: He literally has unlimited potential. In fact the attempted reboot of his series, ''Maverick Hunter X'', has Dr. Light state that X can evolve as he fights, explaining how he retains certain powers and upgrades between games. The only reason he has problems in battle is his kindness causes him to hold back.
* SupportingProtagonist: Unless ''[[ContinuityReboot Maverick Hunter X]]'' is taken into account, as it gives X a good deal more focus.
** Given that [[SpotlightStealingSquad Zero]] has all of his plot threads dropped post-X5, X may have regained a degree of prominence, in the sense that the other protagonists were dropped to his level, rather than him being brought back up to theirs.
* SuperPrototype: Though only because Cain did a really half-assed job duplicating his technology. Not that it's entirely his fault, mind you, Dr. Light was just that damn good, but basically the plot of almost every game is the result of his inferior skills.
* SwissArmyHero: In any game with multiple armor sets, but especially ''X5''. Drawing from the third game's opening, fandom sometimes takes this SerialEscalation and depicts him swapping through ''every armor set ever.''
* SwordAndGun: Some games have him using a saber alongside his buster, but he tends to fare more in the "Gun" department.
* TechnicalPacifist[=/=]ReluctantWarrior: He swings back and forth, depending on the game. ''X3'', ''X4'' and ''X7'' leaned more towards ReluctantWarrior, the others portrayed him as a TechnicalPacifist.
* TenMinuteRetirement: ''X7''. Fans were nonplussed. Of course, diplomacy never works in an action series, so he came back.
** [[HesBack And when he does,]] he becomes [[GameBreaker a complete ass-whooper.]] It really makes up for having yourself tortured by playing as [[ReplacementScrappy Axl.]]
* TransformationSequence: Going into a level, you'll usually see X summon his PoweredArmor before becoming playable (provided you've gotten it, of course).
** In ''X8'', even though he's already in the armor as he warps in, he performs the gesture anyway.
* TragicKeepsake: He keeps Zero's Z-Saber after Zero's death in ''X5'', up until ''X7''.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: More specifically his helmet, X is the ''only'' Mega Man not shown have some kind of synthetic/artificial hair, and one of the few who does not take off his helmet when the smoke goes down at the end of the adventure; this has led many to believe that X does not have hair, just a metal plate like {{Robocop}} without his helmet.
** In the manga Rockman X4 in the few last pages near the end of the manga, it hints that X may actually have hair. [[http://digitalmegamanworld.com/Rockman-X-Manga/RockManX4/vol3/page77 See for yourself]]
* UnconsciousObjector: In the OVA, he gets impaled with a light saber and given a HannibalLecture, he has a flashback, finds some courage to keep fighting, and reacts for a brief moment, enough to pass ''through'' Sigma's Saber and cause him his signature scar. When Sigma reacts and was going to attack, notices X is now immobile (he kind of stabbed him right into his energy generator or something like that) so he retires, satisfied as he witnessed the "Hidden Potential" Dr. Cain talked about.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: arguably the point of ''The Day Of Sigma'', and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen probably the entire]] {{Retool}}. To be fair, while he's already a badass at that point, he's still naive and hesitant.
** To some degree in the actual games too. Being a centuries-old "robotic relic" who is also a TechnicalPacifist, many reploids think he'd be a cinch to defeat despite the fact he's a famous Maverick Hunter. They're more than a little surprised when he destroys them.
* VideoGameFlight: His Falcon Armor from ''X5'' makes him able to do this.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: He had always tried to be a pacifist, but he quickly concluded (or at least, decided before the first game) that fighting was necessary to bring about peace, to the point that he states that he is not afraid to fight his best friend Zero to stop him from getting corrupted in X5, and his enemy Sigma if he keeps showing up to stop the reconstruction of the world in X6. Then he suddenly made a decision to become an ActualPacifist in X7, which everyone else (including the players) hated him for. Once you save enough reploids or beat all 8 mavericks however, X decides (again), that yes, Violence is necessary. Then he becomes playable.
** His reasoning is somewhat sound: he doesn't want to fight anymore because he's tired of killing (he's spent four of the last six games fighting without any direct correlation to helping people that he can see). Given his power, he's very good at killing, and he decides that his abilities and hesitance are better used in more of a leadership role (where he plays the devil's advocate more often than not, arguing that violence is not the answer). After you rescue enough reploids, he realizes there are a lot of people in the line of fire in what's essentially a custody dispute gone nuclear, and decides to fight to save them, not to stop the fighting (that's incidental).
* VocalDissonance: In ''X4'', he had the same voice actor as the original Mega Man in ''8''. The voice was already rather overdone for Mega Man, but for X, it just becomes plain unfitting.
* WaveMotionGun: On occasion. ''X8'' features one as a Buster Part ''and'' FinishingMove.
* WeakButSkilled: He's almost always smaller and less technically able than the opponents he faces, but he's goddamn unstoppable once he starts. Add the fact that every game still manages to have ThatOneBoss even after he gets his 'Ultimate' armor.
* {{Wimpification}}: Happens mostly to X in fan works, because he's a peace-loving ReluctantWarrior[=/=]TechnicalPacifist who has a moral conflict, and is quite {{angst}}y about it. Remember that, despite all of them, he's still have a strong will to defeat his enemies. It ''did'' happen in canon, however, in ''X7'', where he took a TenMinuteRetirement and during and afterwards, constantly whined about having to fight.
* XMakesAnythingCool: his name.
* YoureInsane: ''Maverick Hunter X'' has the titular Azure Hunter pointing out that Sigma has completely lost it to his subordinates. None of them deny it, but rather believe that Sigma, despite his insanity, [[MechanicalEvolution has a good point]], and people would rather ignore it than deal with the implications.
--> '''Sigma''': Our potential is limitless!\\
'''X''': You think you have potential?! You're insane, Sigma!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zero]]
::'''Zero (DWN-∞)'''
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The beloved EnsembleDarkhorse of the series, Zero has been described by the series creator as "the other main character who gets all the good scenes."
-->''Voiced by: RyotaroOkiayu (JP), Lucas Gilbertson (EN, X8), JohnnyYongBosch (EN, [[MarvelVSCapcom3 MvC3]])''

* AIIsACrapshoot: According to the Zero Collection's story, the reason he was berserk before he joined the Maverick Hunters was because a programming error occurred in Zero that caused him to become violent and uncontrollable, and it was for this reason why Wily had him sealed away (apparently he couldn't control him without risk of him being killed by him). Ironically, the Maverick Virus was the only reason Zero became somewhat pacified after being defeated by Sigma.
* AmnesiacDissonance: He was originally designed by a certain MadScientist for the express purpose of destroying all in his path before losing his memory. Come to think of it, what he currently does isn't much different...
* AntiAntichrist: Dr. Wily created him to wreak havoc on the entire world; he instead became one of the world's legendary defenders.
* ArmCannon: The Z-buster is always there. We just can't use it sometimes because...[[GameplayAndStorySegregation stuff]].
* AscendedExtra: Somehow pushed his way from MauveShirt status to the co-protagonist role - even after ''being killed!''
** TwoWords: PopularityPower: just read the trope entry.
* TheAtoner: one of the largest examples of the trope. [[BrokenAce It doesn't help that the original virus came from him by design.]]
* AxCrazy: Before his HeelFaceTurn. He even had a SlasherSmile!
** Not to mention his LaughingMad...
* BackFromTheDead: [[NeverLiveItDown Fans think he does this all the time, even though he's only done it twice.]]
* {{Badass}}: ''THE'' physical embodiment of awesome in the series.
** BadassBack: He pulled this out after teleporting in a stage, or after killing bosses. This is brought out to ''MarvelVsCapcom3.''
** BadassBoast: From ''X2'':
-->''"You should have read the blueprints closer. There is only'' one ''Zero!"''
** BadassInDistress: He was kidnapped by Vile as a bait for X in the first game. Then, after Vile gets his hands on X, Zero [[BreakingTheBonds breaks out of the cage]] and then he does the HeroicSacrifice to destroy Vile's Ride Armor.
*** Something similar happens in ''Maverick Hunter X'', where Zero is ''knocked out'' and Vile immediately captures him without battling him. Zero regains consciousness and then proceeds to do the aforementioned HeroicSacrifice.
** BadassLonghair: Oh ye of the mighty RapunzelHair!
** HeartbrokenBadass: Although the circumstances are different from the norm.
** OneManArmy: Yup, same as X.
** SealedBadassInACan: [[BookEnds Both at the beginning and the "end" of this series.]]
* BattleAura: In his SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** Also when X (or himself) is beaten in Vile Mode's DualBoss fight in ''Maverick Hunter X'', he (or X) would employ an aura, which tells the player that [[BerserkButton he's pissed.]]
* BerserkButton: Iris's death in ''X4''. After that, he didn't care ''who'' he was fighting [[HeroicBSOD until the end of the game...]]
* BigDamnHeroes: He manages to pull at least one ''per SNES game'', with the last marking his debut as a player character. The best example is his EstablishingCharacterMoment below.
* BigBrotherMentor: Towards X in ''X1''.
* {{Bishounen}}: Even {{lampshaded}} by Bass.[[hottip:*:Bass called him "too girly" to be the strongest robot, as Wily claimed it.]] See "EarlyBirdCameo" below.
* BlackBox: Same case as X, though not as pronounced.
* BloodFromTheMouth: The first game has him with blood/mech fluid/oil/some red substance running from the corner of his mouth after sacrificing himself to destroy Vile's Ride Armor. Notably, he does not bleed from anywhere else despite having been [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe torn in half]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Well, that was Wily's plan, anyway.
* BreakoutCharacter
* BringMyRedJacket: He's a red robot, and he mainly uses melee attacks, and he's a GlassCannon. Do the math.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: The stylized "Z" insignia on his shoulder(s). According to a certain {{flashback}}, Wily's own insignia can be found on his PowerCrystal.
* CallingYourAttacks: Started in ''X8'' to keep X company.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate]][=/=]ChasteHero: With Iris's tragedy still fresh in his mind, he believes he's not ready to have another romantic pursuit. This is seen with Layer, although he's ''also'' just plain [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to her advances.]]
* CharClone: WordOfGod confirms it.
* CharacterDevelopment: Post ''X4'', in spades. After Iris' death, his character changes dramatically. His carefree personality turns into a grim, serious, no nonsense one (as evidenced by his victory pose changing from a thumbs up to a simply head turn). He's still a good friend to X, but is less willing to hold his hand through tough situations and is more than willing to [[WhatTheHellHero call him out]] for his naivete and idealism as seen in ''Command Mission''. His originally witty humor becomes dry, biting and cynical. Even his ''theme music'' changes from energetic rock to slow, solemn, and even outright melancholic.
* ChickMagnet: One [[TheGwenStacy tragic girlfriend]], and ''two'' more "admirers". It doesn't seem impressive compared to other examples, until you realize that one of those admirers is ''[[InterspeciesRomance human]]''. There's also Ferham and Leviathan, who [[FoeYay really]] seem to [[{{Yandere}} enjoy]] fighting Zero, and Prairie, who loved Giro because he reminded her of Zero.
* ClimaxBoss: Alternative to the article that X also has above. It was all because of a little misunderstanding. [[EvilPlan Most of it went according to Sigma's plan, though.]]
** In the path to the Bad Ending, however, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the stakes are much, MUCH higher...]]
* ContinuityCameo: The Tenshouha from ''X8'' actually debuted in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'', and is pretty much useless aside from the nod - it actually drains ammo, keeps Zero in place, and unlike in that game, does not prevent CollisionDamage.
* CrutchCharacter: In his original playable appearance in ''X3'', Zero amounted to a potent MightyGlacier who, while incredibly useful early on, paled in comparison to a fully-upgraded X. In the RPG, ''Command Mission,'' he is the strongest member of your party early on, but leaves for a long stretch of the game. When he returns, however, he's still very strong.
* DeusExitMachina: Before he became a playable character, he was only around when the plot needed his power. And then, later, ''Command Mission'' also puts him out of commission for a good portion of the game.
* DistantFinale: Zero's ending in ''X6'' (where Zero seals himself to get rid of the virus within him) is stated to happen long after the end of the whole ''X'' series.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Following ''X3'', his buster was de-emphasized in favor of the melee-oriented gameplay most associate him with.
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Zero is the one who really takes it on the chin here; in several of the games, he puts away his Z-Saber after each attack or combo, and you can't move until he does this. (You also can't move until his ''ponytail finishes falling.'') The PS2 X games fix this by having him keep the saber out at all times, which looks silly but makes practical sense. In [[VideoGame/MegaManZero his own series]], Zero has a much smoother combat system that never pins him down.
* DoubleJump: In ''X4'' and ''X5'', Zero learns a move which allows him to do a double jump in mid-air (accompanied by the spinning attack mentioned below). He learns it permanently from ''X6'' onwards.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in Bass' ending in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters in Dr. Wily's blueprint.
* ElementalPunch: Some of his copied techniques involve giving an element to his saber.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: X getting his ass handed to him by the ''very first HopelessBossFight'' in the series? Cue the [[AwesomeMusic/MegaMan awesome]] ThemeMusicPowerUp, an ArmCannon [[TwangHello being charged]], and then Vile goes OhCrap.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: In ''X4'' and ''X5'', Zero learns a move which allows him to do a spin-slash in mid-air. By ''X6'' onwards, his normal air slash has been replaced by it. And in ''X6'', ''X7'' and ''X8'', he still gets more spinning moves.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Zero is supposed to be '''''the''''' Mega Man X, but was instead turned into the secondary character, replaced by an {{Expy}}. Another example: see FranchiseZombie below.
** According to the Official Complete Works, Inafune himself made the decision after he finished the design for the main character, deciding people would not relate him to Mega Man because he looked too different. So he had someone else design the main character, and instead presented his design as the "side character".
* {{Expy}}: [=ProtoMan=].EXE is half this, [[CompositeCharacter half the expy of Blues.]] Girouette and Model ZX are both this and the legacy-bearer of both leads.
** And Zero.EXE from ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Network Transmission]]'', who was made as a computer virus to infect other Navis and computer systems before being defeated by [=MegaMan.EXE=] (and becoming a purified Navi in the good ending).
** Zero himself, in the X series, was an expy of the Classic Proto Man in the first X game, and was even referred to as "a Blues like character" in early Japanese publications that came out before the game. But then he undergoes a CharacterDevelopment in ''X4'', and in ''X5'' onward, he becomes his own character (his cold, stoic, no-nonsense persona).
* FanNickname: "The Red Ripper" or "The Crimson Hunter." An odd inversion is that his popular fan "full name," Zero Omega, turned out to have a significant connection ([[ItWasHisSled which you should already know]]) to the SequelSeries.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Well, okay, he dies in the first game and is resurrected in the second, but he otherwise fits the trope entirely. It could be considered an example of the series taking on more and more JapaneseMediaTropes (Inafune has noted the influences often), except that this was apparently ''unplanned.''
* FlashbackNightmare: In the beginning of X4, Zero has a nightmare about the circumstances of his creation, as well as slaughtering several Reploids upon being reactivated. It's also implied that he's had this nightmare at least once before.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A subtle one from ''X5'': part of the opening music and start menu theme is actually Zero's death theme from the first game. Guess what happens at the end of the game...
* GlassCannon: He's a devastating fighter with his saber, and he takes lots of damage. Even more with his Black Zero upgrade in ''X8'', which doubles the damage he deals and takes. ''Even more'' with the Red Lotus Saber in ''Command Mission'', which adds his defense stats to his power stat, but sets the defense stats to zero.
** This stays true to his cameos in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' and ''MarvelVsCapcom3''.
** ''X3'' takes this UpToEleven. He's far more powerful than X to begin with, and still on par with X even after upgrades. However, if Zero dies even ''once'' in the game, whether from losing all his energy or falling into a BottomlessPit, he can't be used again unless you restart from scratch (or use a password generator to get him back).
* GoodIsNotNice: He tends to shoot first, ask question later when encountering Mavericks. What makes it worse is that those Mavericks sometimes [[StrawmanHasAPoint have a point about what they did.]]
* GoodOldRobot: Same deal as X.
* GratuitousJapanese: In the games where his Command Arts are not translated.
* GroundPound: In his [[SmartBomb Giga Attacks]].
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: In ''X5'', X vs Zero -- No matter what character you use and Zero's condition (being Maverick or not), your fight will end in a DoubleKnockout.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Due to MultipleEndings in some of the games.
* HeroicBSOD: Part of his CharacterDevelopment in ''X4'' is the ending where he anguishes himself over not being able to save and/or protect [[strike:all]] '''any''' of the people he ever cared about, and wondering why he should bother continuing the fight. Although the JerkassFacade seems noticeable from previous games, this is most probably where it came to a head.
** He does experience a relatively minor one in ''Command Mission'' when he learns that not only did Redips manipulate the entire events of the game to both get the Supra-Force metal and get rid of Epsilon, but that Redips also posed as Spider for an undeterminant part of the game. While the others are rushing off to chase Redips, Zero is hesitant to go with them, and then tells X "Spider was actually just Redips?! How badly have we been duped here?!" before X snaps him out of it by reminding him that Redips is going to use the Supra-Force Metal, and that they can't let him do so.
* HeroicResolve: In the end of ''X5'', after he got shot by Sigma while trying to defend X and loses his lower half, he retaliates and gives Sigma one final shot to kill him.
* HeroicSacrifice: If there's any story about Zero, this will ''always'' wind up happening to him. The two SequelSeries (''plus'' one [[AudioAdaptation drama track]], where Zero manages to pull off ''two'' sacrifices) can attest to that.
* HesDeadJim: After he accidentally killed Iris, he realized she was dead after calling her name and trying to shake her back to consciousness.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: And he is the ''original of his kind'', in fact.
* HumbleHero: In his ''X6'' ending, when he seals himself, he told the scientist who helped him in the sealing that his friend, X, will always be the better hero between them, and that the world would be fine with X still alive at the time.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Here are all of Zero's weapons in ''X7'' and ''X8'':
** [[BladeOnAStick D-Glaive]]
** [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang V-Hanger]]
** Sigma's [[{{BFS}} Blade]] made out of scrap.
** [[DropTheHammer T-Breaker]]
** [[PowerFist K-Knuckle]], with attacks that are {{Shout Out}}s to the StreetFighter series, again.
** [[PaperFanOfDoom B-Fan]], which somehow projects a BeehiveBarrier (after Zero got the appropriate power from one boss).
* IAmWho: Zero struggles with various levels of amnesia in the this series. He keeps getting flashbacks of his creator, Dr. Wily, but remembers nothing else from before Sigma captured him.
* IconicItem: His Z-Saber.
* IdentityAmnesia: We learn in X4 that he was an evil Maverick when Sigma first found him, and he lost his memory in the fight, waking up sane and sober. The bad ending of X5 shows us what would happen if his Maverick self ever resurfaced, and it ain't pretty.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: His fight against Iris, as he tries to bring her back in self-defense. Unfortunately, just after she's going back to normal, she dies because of her injuries. Cue Zero's infamous agonizing scream about his (lack of) reason of fighting.
* TheImmune: He takes it one step further: he's immune to the Maverick Virus, and he even becomes stronger the more the virus infects him, as shown in the gameplay. It has to do with Zero being not only the original source of the virus itself, but he is actually made to be able to use it as a power source.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Almost completely averted, since he doesn't let it bother him. He's not totally heartless, though - he just sees it from a different perspective. When a twin dies along with his BigBad brother (because they shared a CPU), he told the upset X that he knew the consequences and he should honor his sacrifice instead of bemoaning it. However, when his love interest Iris dies in a cruel and pointless war, [[HeroicBSOD he didn't take it well.]]
* ItsPersonal: Very much so in ''X8''. Seems like he's taken way too long to hate Sigma's guts - he's mainly angry about the events of ''X5'' (surprisingly, no mention of Iris) - but other than that, it makes perfect sense.
* JerkassFacade[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Deep down, he really ''is'' a very nice guy. Don't let his portrayal in ''Command Mission'' fool you.
** {{Lampshaded}} in the same game, when he actually apologizes for acting like a jerk at one point.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: In the official arts, his LaserBlade is often depicted in a katana-like form.
* KilledOffForReal: ''X5'' supposedly has this happen to him, to ''end the series''. Of course, {{Capcom}} [[ExecutiveMeddling didn't make it stick]]...
* [[KnightKnaveAndSquire The Knave]]
* TheLancer: While the ''X'' series has yet to form a distinctive FiveManBand (the {{secret character}}s of ''X8'' and the cast of ''Command Mission'' notwithstanding), Zero fits this archetype nonetheless.
* LaserBlade
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: His original purpose.
* LaughingMad: How he reacted when fighting Sigma in X4 (not to mention later [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Sigma to a bloody pulp]] when the latter was at his mercy.)
* LipLock: This is the reason for Zero's infamous "WHAT-AM-I-FIGHTING FOOOOOOOOOOR!" line in ''X4'', since his lip movements have his mouth open wide when he says it.
* LonersAreFreaks: Subverted, spit on, blown up, cut to ribbons, set on fire, and then subject to an epic ShutUpHannibal.
* MagnetHands: In the 3D games.
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Manly Man]]: Being the ''{{bishonen}}'' of the two, that's saying something.
* MasterSwordsman
** ImplausibleFencingPowers: One of Zero's recurring [[PowerCopying skills]] is an upgrade to his sword that can block projectiles.
* MeaningfulName: The games only give vague allusions to what Zero really stands for, although {{fanon}} speculated that it has a similar meaning to X, i.e. a fixed power that cannot grow, but is already beyond comprehension, neither positive nor negative. It can also mean limitless potential, just in a different way.
** Another possible meaning is "Multiple by Zero," which is to say, [[OmnicidalManiac turn everything to nothingness]].
*** Given how fond he is of [[CleanCut slicing reploids apart]], "Divide by Zero" is equally apt; meaning to destroy utterly.
* TheMentor: for ''X1''.
** MentorOccupationalHazard: He's watched over X from the beginning of the game, forcing Vile to retreat after X couldn't touch him. Obviously, he's the badass of the story, but he's not the title character, so he performs his HeroicSacrifice, leaving X to face Sigma alone, with no chance at a last second rescue. Incidentally, the placement of the Vile fight in the remake justifies the over the top dialogue X uses when he faces Sigma, as it happened at the end of the previous stage, and not at the start of the fortress, making X's fury still fresh. And even though Zero gets better, he's been surpassed by X by the time he returns, and they work as a team from ''X3'' to ''X8''.
* MoreHeroThanThou: In ''X5'', in order to stop the ColonyDrop, one of the heroes has to maneuver a shuttle into crashing into it. Zero volunteered himself, as he stated that, whether or not he (Zero) survives the crash, the world is still in danger, and X is needed more than he is.
* MultiMeleeMaster: In ''X7'' and ''X8'', where he can acquire other melee weapons.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After he beats Iris.
* MyHeroZero: [[TropeCodifier Duh.]]
* MysteriousPast: Even after all this time, all Zero knows of his "father" is a ''silhouette''; but that didn't stop him from learning that he is the cause of most of the hardships in the world up to that point.
** A rather popular Fan Theory is that he killed off the cast from the original series before he was sealed. This, however, has been jossed.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In the {{Flashback}} cutscene in ''X4'', in his fight against Sigma, at first it seemed like Sigma is controlling the fight, but Zero just keeps getting up, laughing, and finally winning a SingleStrokeBattle, ''fist to Beam Saber'', and then turns the tables completely. Zero is only beaten when his head crystal glows, causing him a headache, and then Sigma punches it, making his opponent unconscious.
* NotSoStoic: His freakout in ''X4'' after Iris' death.
* PatientZero: He (and arguably Sigma) was the very first robot to get infected by the Maverick Virus (stated to be leaking out from Zero's hibernation capsule). Subverted in that he's TheImmune (see said entry above), but he is indirectly the source of the other viral infections of the series. See also "TyphoidMary" below.
* PerpetualFrowner: After Iris dies, he not only stops smiling, practically at all, but loses essentially all of his [[{{BadassBoast}} Badass Boasting]] personality and becomes TheStoic.
** After X4, he no longer throws a thumbs up at the player after beating a boss either. He just turns away.
** Even his theme music has noticeable changes. Where his theme is X4 may have been the peak of giving the feeling that Zero is about to cut down everyone [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5h4luXEc_s in the level]], in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgsBH3zURt8 X5]] and onward, Zero's music becomes a lot more calm and serious sounding.
* PietaPlagiarism: In Iris' death scene, he carries the dead Iris this way.
* PillarOfLight: His Giga Attack in ''X8''. Before that, in ''X6'', he can summon screen-filling [[BeamSpam shower of beams.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* PowerCopying: His Command Arts.
* PowerGivesYouWings: The "[[AnIcePerson Absolute]] [[PunnyName Zero]]" armor from ''Command Mission''. He even resembles his brother's Treble Boost.
* PromotedToPlayable: In ''X3'' by pushing the L button on the pause screen.
* RapunzelHair
* RecurringBoss: ''X2'', ''X5'', ''X6'' ([[EvilKnockoff sort of]]), and ''Maverick Hunter X'' (Vile's route only, as a DualBoss with X), complete with SecretAIMoves.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]
* TheRival: Colonel.
* RoboFamily: Sigma, at least, considers Dr. Wily to be Zero's father. Making [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Bass]] a crappy big brother [[EarlyBirdCameo before he was even born]].
** His ending in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'' gives a nod to this, where Dr. Wily actually calls Zero his son.
* SacrificialLamb: In ''X1''. With the help of PopularityPower, he's [[BackFromTheDead revived]] in ''X2''.
* ScrewDestiny: One of the most important character themes for Zero is how he gives destiny the middle finger and defies it every step of the way.
** Or tries to, anyway. As Colonel and Iris (and very nearly X) demonstrate, he's still a threat to those close to him under the wrong circumstances - which Sigma is all too willing to provide. And lest we forget, Omega manages to successfully lay waste to most of the world - he has to show up with a new body and team up with first X and then the Guardians to stall and then destroy him, but the God of Destruction indeed fulfills his purpose.
* SealedEvilInACan
* SecretAIMoves: While ''X5'' and ''X6'' give him back the Z-Buster and the latter hands over a screen-clearing move, the iconic "[[GunsAkimbo twin busters]], then SwordBeam" combo never becomes available. [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Model OX]] gets some of them, at least, and one of them is a Super in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom.''
** ''Awakening Zero'' has plenty of these. The shots from his Buster combo become ''homing'', and he gets a OneHitKill attack that takes the SwordBeam UpToEleven.
** In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', he ''does'' get ''that'' SwordBeam as a level 3 hyper...except that it does a lot of damage instead of being an instant kill. The player also gets to let him use it in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''.
* ShellShockedVeteran
* ShoutOut: Several of his ''X8'' techniques are straight out of ''StreetFighter''. His staple rising sword uppercut is also based on the {{Shoryuken}}.
** In ''Command Mission'' Zero can gain a second, incredibly powerful Hyper Mode armor. It has black bat-like wings, adds smaller bat wings to his helmet, claws on his hands and dark armor on his body and legs. It's a nod to his predecessor Bass and his power armor upgrade, the Treble Boost.
* ShutUpHannibal: In ''Maverick Hunter X'':
-->'''Vile''': ''Hmpf...Zero...Why would someone as powerful as you align yourself with X? He's just a B-Class Hunter, nothing more!''\\
'''Zero''': ''Vile...You're nothing but a Maverick now.''
* TheSouthpaw: Cutscenes and official art consistently depict him wielding his saber with his left hand.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Inafune wanted him to be ''the'' main character. Even after [[ExecutiveMeddling Capcom forced him to change his mind]], [[WriterRevolt Inafune didn't change his plans.]]
* SpringJump: With an acquired ability in ''X6''. If he high jumps into the ceiling, [[CeilingCling he can cling to it]] and can [[AnIcePerson shoot icicles from his saber.]]
* TheSuperego: In relation to his teammates X and Axl. The coldest of the bunch, only concerned in missions, likes to take shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach. He's still a nice guy deep down, though.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: which, Sigma would like to point out, is his ''real'' self.
* TheStoic
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Z-Saber from ''X4'' onwards.
* SwordAndGun: Technically starting from ''X2'''s "bad" scenario where he's a boss, which gave birth to the famous "buster-buster-SwordBeam" combo of his. In the next game where he's playable, his buster is still more emphasized, with the saber only coming out for delivering a strong attack. On ''X4'' onwards, as a DivergentCharacterEvolution, the saber gets emphasized more.
* [[TakeUpMySword Take Up My Buster]]: After his HeroicSacrifice in ''X1''. A more literal version occurs in ''X3'' where the Z-Saber is an InfinityPlusOneSword ([[GuideDangIt if you meet the required conditions]]) and at the end of ''X5''.
* ThemeDeck: His {{Signature Move}}s, the Z-saber (triple slash) and Z-buster (two buster shots + SwordBeam) combos, stand out of all of his other Command Arts since they are present in some form in all games. However, the latter was never used again from ''X7'' and beyond. As a CallBack, though, ''Omega'' Zero uses both attacks again in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'' (and you can use it as Model OX in ''ZX'').
* TooLongDidntDub: Probably done for RuleOfCool, all of Zero's moves were left untranslated in X4, X6, X7 and X8.
* TyphoidMary: It is said that Zero unknowingly spread his virus around as he ventured around the globe. This leads to him sealing himself, to stop the spread, in his ending in ''X6''.
* VideoGameFlight: At least as a bug in ''X8''. Kinda funny, and it lets you bypass the worst parts of the final dungeon - could you ask for more? Oh, and Layer can do it too.
* TheVirus
* WeaponOfChoice: Post-X4, his Z-Saber becomes this. He actually receives the Saber in X2, but only uses single slashes in conjunction with Buster Shots until X4, where the Saber becomes his primary.
* WeCanRebuildHim: After he died in the first game, the second had the X-Hunters rebuild him, or at least the parts of it, which X had to steal for the Maverick Hunters to rebuild him.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Zero was originally intended to have his own Ultimate Armor in ''X4''. It was also implied that the design of the armor dealt with his connection to Dr. Wily. However, it was ultimately cut, replaced with the Palette Swap known as the Zero Armor/Black Zero.
* WhatTheHellHero: In ''Command Mission'', he chastises X for being so trusting all the time, stating that it's because of such naivete that Shadow managed to betray them.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: In his [[InfinityPlusOneSword Zero Armor]].
* WolverinePublicity: Aside from starring in two (arguably three) out of the 7 series, he was referenced ''and'' cameoed in two more (''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'', with the latter even including a Main/{{Captain Ersatz}}/{{Expy}}) and finally, appearing in a roster in [[strike:two]] ''three'' games of the ''CapcomVsWhatever'' series. ''Whew...''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Axl]]
::'''Axl'''
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A former member of Red Alert (a BountyHunter organization), turned Maverick Hunter; since the only difference is the government sanction, this hasn't really changed his outlook on life. The prototype of the next generation of reploid evolution, Axl's copy ability allows him to effectively become anyone.
-->''Voiced by: MinamiTakayama (JP), Jeffrey Watson (EN, X8)''

* AnimeHair
* BloodKnight: He tends to answer questions regarding his motive like this.
* BottomlessMagazines: In ''X8'', all of his weapons have this property.
* CallingYourAttacks: By the ''name of the weapon''.
* TheCameo: Appears briefly in Zero's ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' ending.
* ChargedAttack: He has one in his original appearance, but the BagOfSpilling takes it away as part of his later SuperheroSpeciation.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Blink and you'll miss it, but Sigma's plan in ''X7'' (before the whole GambitRoulette went OffTheRails) was to have Axl copy the data of X and Zero, presumably with the intent of hijacking him from there. This seemingly irrelevant plot point is eventually revisited in ''X8'' (specifically, where it's revealed that Axl is the prototype of the New Generation Reploids), in ''Command Mission'' (with final boss Redips and his officers in the far east Hunter division being the products of secretly restarted copy chip manufacturing) and (although Axl may or may not be personally involved) ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent''.
* CousinOliver
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Much like Bass from ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'', Axl in ''X8' can fire in multiple directions (including diagonally), but he can't run while doing so.
* DualWield: In ''Command Mission'' his Axl Bullets weapon is his default gun times two, and two other weapons are also dual guns. In ''X7'' one of the Maverick weapons lets him wield dual guns and attack two enemies at once GunsAkimbo.
* {{Expy}}: [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Mega Man Model A]], an expy of unclear origin. To a gameplay extent Axl himself might be considered one of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Bass]], minus the double jump.
* FireForgedFriends: Has to work ''hard'' to earn X and Zero's trust and friendship, specifically because he was ''an assassin'' for a group that are AmbiguouslyEvil. His own tendency to avoid answering questions, and the fact that Red Alert was more than happy to ''go to war'' with the Maverick Hunters to get him back didn't help him at all. By ''X8'', he has earned it.
* FlawedPrototype: His copy ability doesn't work on anything more massive than he himself is. He seems to have ironed this out by the time of ''Command Mission.''
** DisabilityImmunity: However, unlike the others, he apparently also lacked Sigma's DNA due to being a prototype. As such, he has no active compunction of going with Sigma's will (i.e killing humans) because of it.
* FragileSpeedster: A variant; there's nothing wrong with his defense, but his attack power is relatively low in ''X8.'' In ''Command Mission'' he has somewhat low health compared to X and Zero at the same level.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Good Scars]]: [[XMarksTheHero Shaped like an X]], to boot.
* GunsAkimbo
* HeroWorshipper: According to character data. Never adhered to anywhere else.
* TheId: In relation of X and Zero. Likes to get on X's and Zero's nerves, and is also very eager and interested in fighting and doesn't put concern of deep matters.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The White Armor from ''X8,'' which lets him remain airborne indefinitely while firing...and oddly enough, heals [[XMarksTheHero his scar]].
* MarkedChange: The red lines on Axl's body pulse when he's preparing to shapeshift.
* MoreDakka: When the GunsAkimbo don't entirely cut it, Axl pulls a gatling gun, a grenade launcher, frikkin laser beams, a Magnum that ignores walls...
* MultiRangedMaster
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: He does not join the uprising of the "pure" new generation Reploids in ''X8''. They, in turn, regard him with contempt and (occasionally) regret.
* MysteriousPast: He cannot remember anything from before his Red Alert days. [[AllThereInTheManual Sourcebooks]] give some hints - he retains certain responses, such as his hatred for Mavericks and admiration of X, but he cannot remember ''why'' he feels that way. Red (see SelfMadeOrphan below) refuses to talk about how they met.
* OneManArmy: Of course.
* PowerCopying: His Special Arms.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Pointed out amusingly [[http://glitcher.deviantart.com/art/Axl-and-Alia-koma-29802370 here]] (safe for work).
** And then we have [[http://www.drneko.com/scanlation/rmseries/rmx/koma/x7/index.php?Result_Set=12 this]].
* PsychoPrototype: Inverted. He is the prototype for the next-generation reploid line, but he himself is actually quite sane (even with his BloodKnight tendencies). It's the mass-produced versions, especially Lumine and Redips, who were very much insane.
* QuestForIdentity: Hinted at when he first appears in ''Command Mission.''
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: the actual line was not said, but he defected from Red Alert when they started killing people who weren't bad guys.
* SequelHook: Involved in a big one in ''X8.'' It [[LeftHanging hasn't been settled, yet]]; [[WildMassGuessing theories abound.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Red is his ''adopted'' father, at least...
* ShoutOut: Briefly acquires what is quite obviously the [[{{Metroid}} Morph Ball]] to solve one puzzle in ''X8.''
* ShutUpHannibal[=/=]TalkToTheFist: His most famous positive moment.
* SpamAttack
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: it's a small running gag in {{fanon}} whether or not Axl knows how to spell his own name...
* [[KnightKnaveAndSquire The Squire]]
* SuperheroSpeciation: Axl's "skillset" from ''X7'' is pretty much the same set that X will use after the end of his TenMinuteRetirement. Fortunately for Axl, ''X8'' fixed the problem by giving him a different set of skills.
** ''Command Mission'' also rectifies this by making Axl a [[SummonMagic summoner]] akin to the traditional {{RPG}}s (Well, what he did is transforming into a defeated boss and using one of its attack, but it generally has the same effect).
* SwissArmyHero: He's got data from all the bosses in ''Command Mission'' and can transform into any of them. ''Command Mission'' is not a platform game, and this amounts to only using an attack, but as stated above, his expy does much better in ''ZX Advent.''
* TagalongKid: in ''X7'' at least. He "grew up" before ''X8''.
* TookALevelInBadass: after ''X7''.
** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap
* TriggerHappy: On par with him being a BloodKnight, in contrast to X and Zero.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: In this case, it provides immunity to projectiles.
* UtilityWeapon: The various forms Axl takes using Copy Shot are mostly useful in overcoming obstacles.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's anyone's guess what became of him (or indeed, the entire supporting cast) between the last game and ''VideoGame/MegaManZero.'' His {{Expy}} in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' is obviously inspired from him in design and gameplay, but canonically doesn't ([[EpilepticTrees seem to]]) originate from him, which solves...absolutely nothing.
* XMarksTheHero: How he got the scars or why they are still there remains unknown. A [[http://www.drneko.com/scanlation/rmseries/rmx/koma/x7/index.php?Result_Set=10 4koma]] states that they're self-inflicted.
* YoungGun
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[[Characters/MegaManXSupportingCast Supporting Cast]]
[[/index]]




!Villains

[[folder:Villains in ''X1-X4'']]
::'''Dr. Wily'''

Thought to have been gone since the [[VideoGame/MegaMan Classic series]], the mad doctor himself seemingly takes a page out of Dr. Light's book, in that he actually might have ''come back to life''. His influence throughout the entire conflict can still be felt with [[TheVirus the Maverick Virus]] that he (possibly) created, and, of course, his '''masterpiece''', Maverick Zero. His plans have reached its peak at the ([[ExecutiveMeddling supposed]]) GrandFinale of the series, ''X5''.
-->''Voiced by: TakeshiAono (JP)''

* AbortedArc: Hinted to be TheManBehindTheMan in ''X5'', but after that we only get a few half-hearted follow-ups.
** Revisited in ''Tatsunoko vs Capcom'', where Wily seems to come to terms with Zero being a good guy, saying how proud he is of Zero and wishing him well and to never give up, though there is a small hint towards Zero's original dark purpose...
* BackFromTheDead: WordOfGod is that he returned to life for the events of ''X5'', something to do with the Maverick Virus.
** It's implied that the Virus is a creation of Wily, using the Evil Energy from Rockman 8, as a baseline. Doesn't help what with the Roboenza of Rockman 10 doing the SAME EXACT THING as the Irregular Virus.
*** It should be noted, that the Irregular/Maverick/Sigma Virus was created to fix the cognitive flaw in Zero's programming, as well to empower him to his true self. The element, which causes reploids and mechaniloids to go irregular/maverick, is based on X's Suffering Circuit, which also explains its use on Zero. The Roboenza Virus might or might not be part of the Irregular/Maverick/Sigma Virus, but it is more likely, that Wily created it with several purposes in mind.
** The Nightmare Investigator from X6, Isaac/Isoc, has the same voice actor as Dr. Wily's Japanese voice actor in other works, as well as a very too-detailed knowledge of Zero's systems. When found later on? Isaac is simply a dead Repliroid shell, his AI simply gone. It's implied that Dr. Wily exists as a formless AI (some fandom theorizes that Wily's mentality is part of the Irregular Virus).
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil
* EvilPlan: Even though [[SpannerInTheWorks Sigma]] got in the way of either destroying or corrupting X, he still got a century of war out of it. Heck, the next series starts with Zero out of commission and an evil X running the last of the destroyed world - while it's [[CloningBlues not the real thing]], he arguably ''won.''
* HijackedByGanon: If the series' conflict (through TheVirus and Zero) can really be attributed to him, he easily beats the TropeNamer hands down for the top contender...
* {{Irony}}: Go ahead and guess. Even after all the damage his creation(s) have done, who's the one who eventually ''ended it all?''
* TheManBehindTheMan
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SinisterSilhouettes Sinister Silhouette]]: ''Twice''. It occurs for the third time in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]''.

::'''Sigma'''
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The [[BigBad primary antagonist]] of the series. Bald, scarred and murderously insane; [[FaceHeelTurn the former leader of the Maverick Hunters]] now seeks nothing less than the destruction of the people he was built to protect.
-->''Voiced by: {{Mugihito}} (JP)''

* ArcWords: "Evolution requires sacrifice."
* ArcWelding: His evolution talk calls to mind later {{Big Bad}}s Serpent and Lumine. It's not clear where Inafune was going with this, as the remake series was canceled.
* {{Archenemy}}
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Most of the time, his second body's weak point is located on the head.
* BackFromTheDead: Again and again and again and again...at last count he's been killed ten times. Capcom swears he's dead for good post-''X8''.
** In the strictest sense, the only times where it seemed like his death might stick were in ''X3'', where he's first hit by a real anti-virus, ''X5'' where Zero destroys him after most of the Sigma Virus has been eradicated from the Earth, and ''X8'', where he is destroyed on the moon.
** And since the New Generation Reploids are eradicated inbetween ''X8'' and ''Command Mission'', there would be no Sigma imposter on earth. But is his virus left intact on the moon, or not? Nobody knows.
* BadassCape: ''X1'' and ''X5''. Subverted with his tattered form in ''X6'' and ''X7''.
** TheCoatsAreOff: Before his boss fight in ''X1'' and ''X5''.
* BaldOfEvil
* BatmanGambit: In X4 and X5 the plans rely on the personalities of General, [[HonorBeforeReason Colonel]], X, Zero and Maverick Hunter policy.
** This is turned [[UptoEleven way up]] in the manga rendition of X4, where he's relying on the Repliforce Coup (and was the setup of it thanks to Jello Man/Double), wherein all the Repliforcers are absolutely crazy (like the necromantic Web Spidus or the 'I'm going to kill my own troops' Slash Beastleo.
* {{BFG}} '''and''' {{BFS}}: Usually employs either one, but not at the same time. Special mention to ''X8's'' {{BFS}}.
** The animated opening to ''X3'' depicts the first game's saber as a BFS.
* BigBad
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: All the Mavericks [[HijackedByGanon directly]] [[DiscOneFinalBoss under]] Sigma would have his [[GratuitousGreek symbol]] somewhere on their person.
* CameBackWrong: Gate revived Sigma. Unfortunately, he apparently ruined his sanity in the process.
* ContinuityNod: His OneWingedAngel from ''X5'' is Gamma, the FinalBoss from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''. And it was given to him by [[SarcasmMode surprise, surprise]], Dr. Wily.
* DeaderThanDead: In ''X8'', as he died on the moon. This is somewhat confirmed with his absence in ''Command Mission''.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: In ''X8'', which served as a twist since usually Sigma was the one who was manipulating the supposed main bad guy, instead of the main bad guy manipulating Sigma.
* EnemyCivilWar: His ''X4'' plan is to set one of these up. It works perfectly because the Repliforce is...[[HonorBeforeReason not very bright]].
* {{Engrish}}: Used deliberately in ''X6'' to show how badly deteriorated his mind is after his imperfect resurrection.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: His ''X6'' form.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist: He follows the robotic version of this, especially in ''Maverick Hunter X,'' where he wants to see the hidden potential in Reploidkind. And...
-->'''Sigma:''' Evolution requires sacrifice.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilPlan: Its always to destroy the humans, somehow.
* EyeScream: Both Maverick Zero and X have gone for his eyes in the past. The latter inflicted burn scars in the process. Since Sigma's a robot, we are usually spared [[{{Squick}} the worst]] of this trope.
* EyesAreUnbreakable: The attack that gave him his trademark scars did nothing whatsoever to his actual eyes. Subverted when Maverick Zero does, in fact, gouge out one of his eyes along with half of his face.
* {{Expy}}: To Braiking Boss from NeoHumanCasshern and CasshernSins
* FaceHeelTurn
** FallenHero
* FightingAShadow[=/=]StayingAlive: Eradicate his current body, his viral self is still intact. Erase it, and a backup copy will pop up later in a new body. It takes killing him on the moon to finally destroy him, supposedly because his viral form will just fade away to nothing with no other robots to infect there.
* {{Flanderization}}: Sigma goes from being a inteligent schemer who nearly destroys the world several times to a robot zombie.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sigma, when trying to recruit General to revolt against humanity, claims that humanity will try to destroy anything that doesn't obey them completely. Come the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, as well as Weil's badass boast in ''Zero 3'', it turns out Sigma was ''right.'' [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Though it may have been due to constant, genocidal reploid revolutions that he personally helped caused]].
* GiantHandsOfDoom: In his second form in ''X1'', ''X5'', and ''X7''.
* GeniusBruiser
* GrandTheftMe: Tried to pull this on Axl!Red in ''X7'', but failed. Before that, he also attempted this on X in ''X3'', but either Zero or Doppler blasted him before he manages to.
* GrimReaper: His first form in ''X4'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic while orchestrating a massive civil war between two armies, and then trying to use a]] KillSat [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic to commit genocide]]. He even comes complete with an [[LaserBlade Laser]] [[SinisterScythe Scythe!]]
* HijackedByGanon: He succeeds Wily in this department. The list of his hijackees include the X-Hunters in ''X2'', Dr. Doppler in ''X3'', the Repliforce in ''X4'' (although this was {{Lampshaded}} by one of the bosses, and Sigma's involvement is strongly hinted at as early as the cutscene right after the intro stage), Gate in ''X6'', and the Red Alert Syndicate in ''X7''. Surprisingly, this doesn't happen in ''X5'' and ''X8''; ''X5'' has Sigma possibly acting out a plan made by Wily, which could mean he was Hijacked By Wily]], and in ''X8'' Sigma is Hijacked By Lumine.
** Sigma refers to Wily as his partner in X5, so it's likely that the two were working as equals.
* HiveMind: All robots who are infected with his virus are subject to his will.
** [[HiveQueen Hive King]]: And because Sigma is the controller of it, he's the center of the hive mind.
* HumongousMecha: his ''X5'' and ''X7'' forms are by far the largest Bosses in the series.
* IHaveTheHighGround: just before his duel with X in the ''X3'' opening.
* ILetYouWin: In ''X5'', the first boss fight is against Sigma in the form of a large floating head. After the player defeats him, a virus breaks through Earth, which was what he wanted. Zero clearly states "he lost to us on purpose!"
* IllKillYou: ''X6''. [[ItHasOnlyJustBegun THE BADDLE HAZ JUSD BEGUNN!]]
** IWILLSHOWYOUWHATATERRORISALLABOUT!!
** JUSDIE X!!
** [[SayMyName ZELLLLLLO!!!]]
* INeedYouStronger: Why he doesn't up and finish X at the end of ''The Day Of Sigma.'' He spares Zero either because [[UnderestimatingBadassery he doesn't know what he is]] or knows [[SealedEvilInACan exactly]] [[TheVirus what]] [[AmnesiacDissonance he]] [[ArtifactOfDoom is]].
* IronicEcho: In the OVA, Sigma tells X that there are times that X should never hesitate to pull the trigger as words of encouragement and also a lecture after an incident where Sigma had to get involved in decommissioning the Maverick due to X hesitating after it used a captured soldier as a reploid-shield. Sigma later says that exact thing when he is strangling Zero after becoming Maverick to taunt X, and unveiling that he's going to nuke Abel City to the ground as the start of his reploid rebellion.
* KillAllHumans: His goal, in order to lead the way for Reploid evolution.
* KilledOffForReal: In ''X8'', finally.
* LargeAndInCharge: Even before he goes OneWingedAngel.
* LargeHam: ''Especially'' at the end of the ''Day Of Sigma'' {{OVA}}. He's no slouch in the other games, either.
-->'''Sigma''': "Come and get me X! The time has come to prove your mettle against me. This fight will decide the fate of all Reploids! The battle may be over, but the war is just beginning! [[EvilLaugh MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!]]"
* LaserSword: His weapon of choice in ''X1'' and ''[[{{BFS}} X8]]''.
* LastBreathBullet: In ''X5'', Sigma starts it by shooting X and Zero at the same time with a back attack. Zero has enough power left to give a parting counterattack as he fades away, finishing Sigma off.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: A computer variant as described on the page after being once destroyed by Zero.
* TheManBehindTheMonsters: All of the humanoid Sigma's henchmen are all animaloid, save for his various [[TheDragon Dragons.]]
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative]][=/=]MagnificentBastard: Pre-[[VillainDecay decay]], anyway. However, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation some say]] that he's still this ''post''-decay.
* MeaningfulName: Along with Zero's name: [[WordOfGod Keiji Inafune]] [[http://www.capcom-unity.com/s-kill/blog/2008/09/05/inafunesan_answers_your_questions says]] that Sigma and Zero basically represent the idea that nothing is absolute. Sigma was a powerful leader of the Maverick Hunters but after Zero passed the virus to him, his allegiance changed. Circumstances can change anything, and nothing is absolute.
* MotiveDecay: Sigma was once a [[InformedAbility (probably) charismatic]] revolutionary. Upon turning Maverick, his initial goal was for the Reploids to reign over mankind (akin to {{Magneto}}) before he became obsessed with the defeat of the heroes.
* NeckLift: In the ''Day Of Sigma'' OVA, he did this twice, to Zero and then X.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The 1st part of the EvilPlan in ''X5'', where Sigma baits X and Zero [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning into fighting and defeating him at the '''beginning of the game''',]] spreading TheVirus all over the Earth]]. One should know that it's a trap, since your {{archenemy}} wouldn't have let himself get beaten ''that'' easily.
** In a bizarre twist earlier in the series, Sigma's battle with Zero pre-''X''. Sigma's actually TheHero in this scenario, and the whole battle (possibly when Sigma punches Zero's helmet crystal) was the cause of TheVirus passing onto him, triggering his FaceHeelTurn and, in turn, Zero's HeelFaceTurn.
*** Although, it could be that Sigma as a Maverick]] would be preferable to Zero ''remaining'' a Maverick.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Happens twice with Zero - one detailed in "NiceJobBreakingItHero" above, and another when he had the X-Hunters rebuilt Zero after he was destroyed in the first game.
** To a lesser extent, he does this to X in the OVA. After he taunts X by strangling Zero in front of him to make him a reploid-shield and telling X to try to shoot him (knowing that X would hesitate) and then gored Zero and throw him away, X goes into a brief shutdown...But then X snaps, and claws Sigma with his glowing hand, causing the trademark scars. It also triggered X's CharacterDevelopment.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: In ''X6'', (one of his forms is) a Robot Zombie.
* OneWingedAngel: And how!
** He's also a dumbass at this trope. According to the sourcebooks, ''none'' of the fortress bosses from the first game were working right, and his battle body wasn't finished. In X3, aside from just ''barely'' finishing the Kaiser body before starting the war, he didn't use it in a place where he could use the speed. In X5, he even says his giant body isn't finished. Finally, in X7, he never bothers to just smash the platforms you're on.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: He was a honorable commander of Maverick Hunters before he become a Maverick leader.
* PragmaticVillainy: Disapproves of Berkana's actions from ''Xtreme 2'', because she acted [[DragonWithAnAgenda for her own gain]] (rather than his).
* TheProfessor: He uses this title as an alias in ''X7''.
* ProperlyParanoid: When trying to convince General to go maverick, he explains that humanity intends to destroy any reploid that doesn't obey them perfectly. Come the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series, and especially with the character of Dr. Weil, and it shows that Sigma was pretty much spot on with his assessment.
** Ironically, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy this was probably due to Reploids constantly rebelling at the slightest provocation. Often due to viruses. Which he spread.]]
* PsychoPrototype: Sort of: He was the first Reploid created by Dr. Cain, and he was certainly one of the best and also finest Reploids and Maverick Hunters, until, that is, he got infected with Zero's Maverick virus.
* RightHandAttackDog: At the end of ''X1'', he sics his robot pet Velguarder on X before confronting him personally.
* ScarsAreForever: No matter what body he uses, the trademark scars over his eyes are left intact, which, according to "The Day of Sigma", he got from X scratching him over the eyes with a [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Shining Finger]]-like attack. Even when he gets entirely new bodies with new heads, he always retains these scars as a sort of trademark.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Sigma predicts that humanity will scrap any reploid that doesn't obey them perfectly so he launches numerous genocidal campaigns against the humans. Gee Sigma, maybe that had something to do with it?
* [[OrcusOnHisThrone Sigma On His Throne]]: He has rarely been directly involved during each "phase" of the Maverick War. The only exception to this was in ''X5''...and though it didn't stray Sigma off this trope too much, the consequences speak for themselves.
* SlouchOfVillainy: He does this in ''X8''.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Unwittingly defeats Wily's plan to have Zero wreck havoc on the world, in the process setting up Zero's HeelFaceTurn. However, it also leads to Sigma's own turn.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Added these to his armor after his FaceHeelTurn. They frequently adorn his armor in his later incarnations.
* TakingYouWithMe: He tries to take both Zero and X down with him in ''X5'' before Zero fires one last shot, completely destroying him. Sigma half-succeeded; he did mortally wound X, but X is then repaired by Dr. Light afterwards.
* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: Sigma in ''X3'' throws his shield like a boomerang once his health gets low enough.
* UnwittingPawn: If Lumine's words are to be believed, Sigma was actually being used by Lumine in X8.
* VillainOpeningScene: In ''X4'', X's story, a cloaked Sigma is having a discussion with the General about the Maverick Hunters, trying to convince him to fight against and destroy them.
* TheVirus[=/=]ContagiousAI: His true form (implied to be an evolution of whatever the Zero Virus was meant to do, as per X5's differing Sigma, Zero and Irregular Virii).
* WeaksauceWeakness: His OneWingedAngel forms tend to suffer this in one way or another. Worst possible contender? Splash Laser, a ''literal BubbleGun''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He becomes this in ''Maverick Hunter X'', where his motivations are more explicitly laid out compared to the original game. He's interested on X's unlimited potential and believes that all Reploids has the same potentials, and that humans are restraining them from finding that potential. See also "EvilutionaryBiologist" above.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Hoo boy...Aside from the GrimReaper OmnicidalManiac bit, there's also ''X8''. For starters, his ''X8'' form vaguely resembles the Devil [[hottip:*:the form is called Belial Sigma]], and then there's the very logical conclusion that he's weak to light-based weapons...
* WolverineClaws: Uses LaserBlade variants as his WeaponOfChoice for ''X2'' and ''Xtreme 2''.

::'''Vile/VAVA'''
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A former Maverick Hunter who was detained for [[BloodKnight use of excessive violence]], released by Sigma to act as his [[TheDragon second in command]] during the events of ''X1''. In ''[[VideoGameRemake Maverick Hunter X]]'', after being released Vile [[RetCon instead]] decides to take on ''both'' [[MeleeATrois X and Sigma]]. He is [[BackFromTheDead revived]] by Dr. Doppler in ''X3'' in order to defeat X. After a long absence from the series, he returns in ''X8'' to kidnap Lumine. He can be distinguished by his use of [[MiniMecha Ride Armor]], his [[{{BFG}} shoulder cannon]], and his [[StarWars Boba Fett-esque]] helmet.
-->''Voiced by: {{Mugihito}} (JP, X8), HiroshiShimozaki (JP, Maverick Hunter X)''

* AnotherSideAnotherStory: ''Vile Mode'' in ''Maverick Hunter X'', featuring him as a VillainProtagonist.
* ArmedLegs: In ''Vile Mode'', he can launch bombs from his knees.
* AxCrazy
* BackFromTheDead: In ''X3'', where he was revived by Doppler, and in ''X8'', when he just inexplicably appear.
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBoast: In ''X1'':
---> '''Vile''': You worthless piece of scrap metal, did you think you could defeat me?
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: the first game had the Maverick insignia on his helmet, while the third was Dr. Doppler's, and ''X8'' has none. ''Maverick Hunter X'', on the other hand, replaced both symbols with his own letter "V".
* TheCameo: Yes, he also appears in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'', but ''not'' in Zero's ending like all the other aforementioned cameos...Instead, he showed up in the ''[[LostPlanet PTX-40A pilot's]]'' ending.
** He also appears in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'' as a summoned illusion in one of Phoenix Magnion's attacks.
* DoNotRunWithAGun: In Vile Mode.
* TheDragon: {{Lampshaded}} by Zero:
---> '''Vile''': Don't you ever get tired of the whole "justice" thing?
---> '''Zero''': Don't ''you'' ever get tired of being Sigma's lapdog?
* {{Expy}}: Yes, his character design is based on Boba Fett. Why do you ask?
* TheFaceless: One wonders if there ''is'' a face underneath that helmet ''at all''...
* FinalBossPreview: the first game had him attack you in a MiniMecha at the end of the first level. You could with some skill get into a pattern of dodging his paralysing shot and returning fire, but the game won't continue until you get hit by it and force Zero to come help you. You can also accidentally die by touching him while low on health.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: In the original version, Vile was both [[UnwinnableBossBattle a scripted obstacle to be overcome]] and [[MauveShirt henchman to Sigma with an interesting design.]] The remake, ''Maverick Hunter X'', tries to rectify this a childish rivalry/jealousy with X, as well as [[AllThereInTheManual state that Vile's insubordination/Maverick tendencies stem from a defect in his suffering circuit, which allows him to follow any order he chooses.]] They eventually follow up on this in X8...yet he still shows up as an obstacle/plot device and not as a character.
* AGlassInTheHand: Vile, or rather, VAVA, did this to a glass of liquid in the manga adaptation, as a demonstration of how it matters little to him as to what's in the drink to X (he comments that Reploids can't tell the difference between bourbon or mud in a glass). Such was even given a MythologyGag with his upcoming D-Arts action figure, where it shows him with a glass of bourbon and even comes with it.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: ''Maverick Hunter X'' features this as the FinalBoss battle if you play as Vile. Beat X and Zero, and the following cutscene shows them seriously damaged. Then they pull themselves together, stomp you with ''one shot'', and leave you to die. Great reward.
** When you play as X, the intro-stage battle with Vile has been [[VideogameRemake changed]] from a HopelessBossFight to one of these. You have to do a certain amount of damage, but then Vile will simply waste you; Zero's entrance then proceeds on schedule.
* HopelessBossFight: The infamous intro boss fight with him in ''X1'' is this.
** WakeUpCallBoss: The intended effect of the above.
* IconicItem: His shoulder cannon. His helmet might also count, although it's already iconic to [[ShoutOut someone]] [[StarWars else]]. On that note, in ''X8'', his the colour of his armour/helmet is changed from purple to green, and he uses a jetpack during his encounters with the heroes.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Happens at the end of ''Vile Mode'', to X.
** Also at the intro stage of his mode, after you beat X, where he shoots the grounded X several times before Zero rescues him.
* LaughingMad: His reaction right after killing off his enemies.
** VoiceClipSong: Many fan videos use his iconic laugh as a song. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtLN61Ql1uA here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcvNenVssNc here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtLN61Ql1uA here.]]
* MiniMecha: It just wouldn't be Vile without his Ride Armor.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Thanks to a possible {{Woolseyism}}.
* PromotedToPlayable: In ''Maverick Hunter X''.
* RocketPunch: He can acquire these in ''Maverick Hunter X.''
* ShoulderCannon
* ShoutOut: To [[StarWars Boba Fett]] (see the IconicItem input above). The fact that the Japanese use "V" and "B" interchangably means that his original name could be translated as ''BABA'' kind of puts the icing on the cake.
** WordOfGod states that Vile's Japanese name was actually based on [[MadMax Bubba Zanetti]].
* SociopathicSoldier: Due to an irreparable shortcut in Vile's brain, Vile has a rather...disturbing way of dealing with Mavericks (he seems to not only intensely love destroying Mavericks, but also causing as much damage as possible), which was one of the reasons why he ended up branded a Maverick and placed in the brig before Sigma released him for his revolt.
* SpikedWheels: Wheel Gator's weapon in ''X2'' is just the wheel, with spikes strong enough to dig through earth.
* TheStarscream: {{Retcon}}ned into this in ''Maverick Hunter X''.
* WildCard: Even as far back as ''X3''. Although his bio in the original game implies that he was always a wild card (something about being rebellious towards his superiors).
** Lampshaded by himself in ''Maverick Hunter X'''s Vile Mode, in the intro stage:
--->'''Vile''': Sigma...I may be the wildcard you hadn't counted on!
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The reason for his DubNameChange.

::'''X-Hunters/Counter Hunters'''
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A trio of Mavericks [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who have dedicated themselves to defeating X.]] In ''X2'', they challenge X to one-on-one fights; with Zero's rebuilt body as the bait. Their members are '''Agile''', '''Serges/Sagesse''' and '''Violen'''.

* TheBrute: Violen.
* TheCameo: They all appear in ''X3'' and ''X5'''s openings. Agile also appears as one of Phoenix Magnion's summoned illusions from "Zero 2".
* DiscOneFinalBoss: At first there is no sign of Sigma.
* EpicFlail: Violen's weapon.
* LaserBlade: Agile's weapon; it can even fire out {{Sword Beam}}s.
* MadScientist: Serges.
* MeaningfulName: All three; Agile and Violen are obvious; Serges' original name, "Sagesse", is french for "wisdom", apt for a MadScientist.
* NiceHat: Serges.
* OneWingedAngel: Agile's rematch fight.
* PrehensileHair: Sort of. Remember where Violen's EpicFlail comes from?
* TheRemnant: They (along with their eight mavericks) were part of the original rebellion six months prior.
* ShrugOfGod: Regarding the Serges [[EpilepticTrees speculation]]:
--> '''Inafune''': "I get a lot of people asking me if Serges is Wily. I always give them the same answer, 'He might be...he might not be.' (laughs) I think this is one of those things that is best left without an official comment. As creators, one of the fun things we get to do is plant seeds of imagination in our players and let them come to their own conclusions."
** The X2 manga adaptation, dialogue implies that Sagasse/Serges ''is'' Dr. Wily
* SinisterSilhouettes: Their first appearance.
* TheStrategist: Agile's function in the group.
* TerribleTrio
** BigThinShortTrio
* ThemeNaming: The names were originally French words: Agile ([[CaptainObvious translating to Agile]]), ''Violent'' ([[BlindIdiotTranslation the ending 'T']] [[FunetikAksent is silent]]), and Sagesse, French for Wisdom.
* ThisCannotBe: What he says after getting defeated the second time.

::'''Dr. Doppler'''
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A Reploid scientist specialising in the field of computer viruses. Prior to ''X3'', he made an amazing discovery: Sigma was actually a virus that caused reploids to turn maverick. He developed an anti-virus that cured many mavericks and they formed a city called Doppletown around his lab. However, it turned out to be a placebo: Doppler himself was infected and had just formed a maverick army under the Hunters very noses. After he is defeated by X, the virus leaves him and he reveals that not only has he revived Sigma; he had also built a massive battle body for him. [[MultipleEndings Depending on whether Zero survives the game]], either Zero gets Doppler to install the real Virus program into his saber, or Doppler installs it into himself in order to save X from Sigma's Viral form. Unfortunately, in either ending Doppler is too damaged and is destroyed along with his lab.

* DiscOneFinalBoss
* {{Egopolis}}: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Doppletown/Dopplertown]].
* HeelFaceTurn
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* ShouldersOfDoom
* TheCoatsAreOff: Right before you battle him.
* WhatHaveIDone

::'''The Nightmare Police'''
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[[caption-width-right:328:Left: Bit, right: Byte]]

Made up of the fast '''Bit/Vajurilla FF''' and the strong '''Byte/Mandarilla BB''', the Nightmare police were the law of Doppletown before Doppler's rebellion. They can combine to make the powerful '''[[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080206223240/megaman/images/6/6f/X2GOI.jpg Godkarmachine O Inary]]'''.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Bit seems to have shades of this.
* TheCameo: Bit appears as a summoned illusion as one of Phoenix Magnion's attacks.
* FriendlyEnemy: What little characterization he gets paints Byte as one of these.
* FusionDance
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Byte's only attack. And it does obscene damage, to boot.
* LaserBlade: Bit
* LightningBruiser: Byte is damned fast for such a big guy.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Bit has one.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* RocketPunch
* ThemeNaming: In the [[{{Woolseyism}} translation]].
** Also in the Japanese, although it's an obscure [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Indian mythology reference]].
* ThoseTwoBadGuys

::'''The Repliforce'''
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[[caption-width-right:342:Left: Colonel, right: General]]

The Repliforce is a military group formed by Dr. Cain as support for the Maverick Hunters due to the increase in Maverick incidents. They are lead by '''General''' along with his [[TheDragon second in command]]; '''Colonel'''. During ''X4'', they are framed by Sigma for the [[ColonyDrop fall]] of the [[FloatingContinent floating city]] Sky Lagoon, and refuse to give up their honour by disarming to the Maverick Hunters. This causes them to be labeled Maverick and they decide to hold a military coup and flee to the [[KillSat space station]] Final Weapon.
-->''General is voiced by: RyuzaburoOhtomo (JP)''

* AloofBigBrother: Colonel.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: General is invincible, except for his head.
** ColossusClimb: The natural conclusion.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassBeard: It doesn't look exactly like a goatee, but Colonel has a red one.
* BadassMustache: General has one.
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: They inadvertantly started a friggin' ''war'' because they refused to disarm and come in for questioning when their troops and equipment were found at the scene of an atrocity.
** This is taken to GoodIsDumb heights in the X4 manga, though mostly because all of the Repliforce commanders that actually get page time are FREAKING PSYCHOPATHS, barring General, [[HonorBeforeReason Colonel]] and perhaps Jet Stingren/Jet Stingray.
* BlingOfWar
* BossOnlyLevel: The [[DuelBoss duel]] against Colonel in ''X4'', if you're playing as X.
* TheCameo: Colonel appears as a summoned illusion as one of Phoenix Magnion's attacks.
* ColonelBadass: [[CaptainObvious Colonel.]]
* CommissarCap: Colonel wears one. General wears a golden one.
* CoolChair: General is seen sits on one, before destroying it, leading to the boss fight.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Them Colonel and General]]
** Although being [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots reploids]] built for war, these are probably their actual names.
* EvilBrit: Colonel, at least in the English dub.
* GeneralBadass: General, arguably.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: General.
* HeroicSacrifice: General.
* HonorBeforeReason: The whole group suffers from this, ''especially'' Colonel.
* HumongousMecha: General himself could count as one.
* KillSat: Final Weapon.
* KnightOfCerebus: They effectively kickstarted the themes of how the term "Maverick" can be abused to truly horrific levels (though how much of it was earned due to the self-destructive idiocy of the Repliforce is up for debate), as well as giving us a firsthand look at the [[FantasticRacism tensions]] between Reploids and Humans, both of these themes playing a major role in future ''X''games as well as being ''the'' main theme of the ''Zero'' and ''ZX'' series.
* LargeAndInCharge: General.
* LaserBlade: Colonel.
* NotHelpingYourCase: The Repliforce as a whole, and Colonel in particular. See "RightForTheWrongReasons" below.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The intro cutscene shows them performing a salute very similar to the Nazi salute.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Particularly General.
* TheRemnant: The Skiver/Spiral Pegacion and [[TyrannosaurusRex Mattrex/Burn Dinorex]] in ''X5'', and Red in ''X7''.
* [[ManInWhite Reploid In White]]: Colonel.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Repliforce was definitely guilty, but not because of them plummeting the Sky Lagoon to the Earth's surface (they were framed for that, anyway, by Magma Dragoon/Magmard Dragoon) as the human government deem them as, but because they went against orders (they refused to strip down their arms for interrogation) and then tried to flee to the outer space. And yes, disobeying orders from the government is bad if you're a military and the orders aren't criminal.
* TheRival: Colonel to Zero.
* RobotRepublic: They were initially aiming for this, peacefully exiling themselves into space. Too bad about the "stripping down their weapons" part...
* RocketPunch: General's attack. It doesn't really help as X/Zero can just use them as stepping stones to reach his head.
* ShockAndAwe: On one of Colonel's attacks. See the StabTheSky below.
* ShouldersOfDoom: General.
* StabTheSky: One of Colonel's attacks involves him doing this, getting the saber struck by lightning in the process, and then doing a SwordPlant to spread the electricity to the ground.
* SwordBeam: Colonel's signature attacks.
* SwordPointing: Colonel does this to X in the flashback in X's ending [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1xqwFArReA (at 0:16)]]
* TeleportSpam: Colonel.
* UnwittingPawn
* WellIntentionedExtremist: General.

::'''Iris'''
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Designed as one half of the Ultimate Soldier project, along with her brother Colonel. The project was a failure as the caring nature of Iris and the fighting spirit of Colonel could not be resolved into one body. The two halves were split into two reploids who were considered brother and sister. She is introduced in ''X4'' as Zero's girlfriend who gets caught in the middle of the civil war between her brother fighting for Repliforce and her lover fighting for the Maverick Hunters. She initially helps Zero as his MissionControl (she once had to break up a fight between him and Colonel). After Zero [[DeadlyEuphemism retires]] her brother, she goes insane and installs her brother's combat skills, completing Ultimate Soldier and forming a ride armour like body around herself. She challenges Zero and he is forced to kill her in self defence. With her body consumed by the destruction of Final Weapon (not to mention her mind already being damaged due to incompatibility with her brother's fighting will), she is DeaderThanDead. This doesn't stop her, however, from appearing in the [[{{Prequel}} chronologically earlier]] ''Xtreme 2/Soul Eraser'' or having a cameo appearance inside Zero's memories during ''X5''. [[TearJerker During his dying moments, no less...]]
-->''Voiced by: YukoMizutani (JP)''

* AttackDrone: In her boss fight, ''every time'' you hit her, she will release drones that slowly home in on Zero and explode on him for good amounts of damage. Worse still, you ''have'' to hit her in order to expose the [[AttackItsWeakPoint crystal]] and to push her backwards.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* CommissarCap: Specifically, a beret.
** Which seems indicative of rank, as she does not have it in ''Xtreme 2/Soul Eraser'' official artwork.
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: In her boss fight, her Ride Armor-like body is invincible. Attack it enough times and its purple crystalline external core would appear. [[AttackItsWeakPoint Attack that core to inflict damage.]]
* [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Died In Zero's Arms Tonight]]
* DyingAsYourself
* EvilBrit: After her FaceHeelTurn.
* {{Expy}}: Along with Colonel, she gets one in the Battle Network series.
* FaceHeelTurn
* GoOutWithASmile
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Her death remains a huge factor in Zero's life/lives. WasItReallyWorthIt indeed...
* IronicEcho: She has a desire of having a world only for Reploids and living peacefully in it with Zero. It's the exact same desire (minus the "living with Zero" part of course) of [[BigBad Elpizo]] of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2''.
* LittleDeadRidingHood
* LoveHurts
* LoveMakesYouEvil[=/=][[LoveMakesYouCrazy Crazy]]
* MySkullRunnethOver: Even if Zero had only incapacitated her by simply destroying her armor (which he probably did, but the armor...[[MadeOfExplodium well...]]), Iris would have likely still died due to her systems being fried by downloaded Colonel's battle data.
* NeutralFemale: She doesn't take any side when her boyfriend and her brother fight.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: During her death scene, her English voice actress seems to randomly switch between standard American, British, and Texan.
* PoweredArmor: Her OneWingedAngel, which suspiciously looks like a Ride Armor.
* RapunzelHair
* [[LadyInRed Reploid In Red]]
* SiblingYinYang: She's caring, peaceful and compassionate, while her brother Colonel is battle-hardened, aloof and [[HonorBeforeReason values honor.]]
** Thanks to supplemental material, this is justified: she and her brother were the result of an experiment to create the ultimate combat reploid. The Repliforce scientists couldn't get the warrior and pacifist sides of the personality to mesh, so [[SplitAtBirth they were split into Colonel and Iris]] and they have a mental link from sharing over half the same mental programming. She's literally unable to go beyond her neutral-ness if Colonel's alive.
*** More specifically, they were an attempt to replicate the titular X's ability to handle the personality paradox. They fact they failed to live up to these principles, even one at a time, causing Zero to have to kill Colonel and then a grieving Iris to combine their power, attack Zero, and also have to be killed may have originally foreshadowed that X would eventually no longer be able to handle the LogicBomb himself - Copy-X of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to be an X who had lost that compassion and reluctance to kill and become a KnightTemplar that Zero would have to kill.
* TriangRelations
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Acts as this for Zero until her FaceHeelTurn, reprised this role for ''Xtreme 2''. [[AvertedTrope Managed to avoid]] StopHelpingMe due to not interrupting you during the levels.
* WaveMotionGun: Her primary weapon during the boss fight with her.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Part of ''X4'''s shoddy voice acting.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: She didn't take Colonel's death well...And it ends in her own death.

::'''Double'''
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[[caption-width-right:324:Left: his normal form, right: his battle form]]

Introduced as a rookie Hunter in ''X4'', this little fat yellow reploid (whose Irregular/Maverick name is Jello Man) acts as X's MissionControl and seems [[NotSoHarmlessVillain completely harmless]]...until it is [[TheReveal revealed]] that he was a Maverick working for Sigma all along, with a much more sinister second form.
-->''Voiced by: YasunoriMatsumoto (JP)''

* AttackDrone: He only releases this if you use the Double Cyclone (his weakness) on him. Makes sense as the move blows off his Jello coating.
* AxeCrazy
* [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard In Sheep's Clothing]]
* BishounenLine
* BladeBelowTheShoulder
* DeadlyDisc: One of his attacks involves throwing a large blue spinning energy disks.
* FacialMarkings
* FanNickname: "Jello Man", due to his appearance.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The transformed Double literally slicing apart various reploids in one cutscene, complete with blood gushing from their wounds for some reason.
* FatBastard: Subverted as it isn't his true form.
* LackOfEmpathy: Not only does he not have any regret for using X and betraying him upon his defeat, he actually mocks X for having a trusting nature, stating that's his fatal flaw.
* LaughingMad: His reaction both before and after fighting X (and in the case of the latter scenario, being defeated by him), not to mention his reaction when thinking about killing X.
* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful]][=/=]PunnyName: He's the '''double''' sized, '''double''' formed '''[[DoubleAgent double]]''' [[DoubleAgent agent]] '''double''' minded: '''''Double!''''' And his weakness? '''[[BlowYouAway Double]]''' [[BlowYouAway Cyclone]]. [[hottip:*:After writing that, double no longer looks like a real word.]] Even more sense in Japanese; Double and Devil are pronounced the same, and Double's final form? A Devil!
* TheMole
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* PsychoForHire
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In his second form. Notably, his irises is actually black, but his ''sclera'' is red.
* ShadowArchetype: Of X. One of X's defining traits is his inability to reconcile his pacifist nature with the reality of the fighting and killing he has to do to achieve peace. Double exaggerates this with his two forms: One is clumsy, meek, and useless; the other is evil, AxCrazy, and a very potent combatant. Double is literally both sides of X's personality brought to negative extremes.
* TheStarscream: If his claims about the Mavericks being idiots because they made his job easier is anything to go by, he might have plans to betray Sigma as well.
* TransformationSequence
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Villains in ''X5-X8'']]
::'''Dynamo'''
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A [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary]] hired by Sigma during the events of ''X5'' to spread the virus inside the space colony Eurasia, in order to [[ColonyDrop destabilise its orbit]]. While the Hunters were racing against time to prevent this, Dynamo challenged them to fights in order to slow them down. He reappears in ''X6'', this time on his own trying to increase his power by the use of Nightmare souls.
-->''Voiced by: ShowtaroMorikubo (JP)''

* AffablyEvil: Admits right up front that he's only interested in stalling the Hunters in X5.
* ArmCannon: In the shape of a [[RevolversAreJustBetter cylinder, complete with a massive ironsight.]] He only uses it when fighting Zero, however.
* BonusBoss: in ''X6'', the irony of which is that he's the easiest part of the [[NintendoHard whole game.]]
* BountyHunter
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After ''X6'', he's never heard from again...
* CoolShades
* DoubleWeapon: His [[LaserBlade beam saber]], though he never actually fights with it in the traditional DoubleWeapon style.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: he has no relevance whatsoever in ''X6''.
* GroundPound: Which results in lasers fired out from the ground.
* InformedAttribute: Was apparently given a combat rating of ''GA''. That's a level above ''[[BadAss Zero.]]'' In-game, [[AnticlimaxBoss he tends to be a pushover]], even if you don't have his weakness weapon.
** Wiping Eurasia's entire population single-handedly is an impressive feat, to reflect on his rank. Still played the trope straight in-game, though.
* [[OneManArmy One Man]] GoldfishPoopGang: Although he used to work for Sigma...
* LevelGrinding: In ''X6'', hit him with his weakness (Meteor Rain/Ensuizan) twice in quick succession and he'll drop a Nightmare Soul worth 200 points, the kind you normally only get for beating the 8 bosses quickly. You can do this three times per battle and you have unlimited opportunities to fight Dynamo. Get the picture?
* PsychoSupporter: Our introduction to Dynamo has him begging Sigma to be allowed to let an orbiting colony crash to Earth, so he can draw out the top Maverick Hunters for a fight. As far as we know, that is his only excuse for teaming up with Sigma (he doesn't even show up in Sigma's fortress at the end, like the ally/patsy typically does).
* SmugSmiler
* SmugSuper
* SpinToDeflectStuff: The only time you see his beam saber in full DoubleWeapon Form.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Somewhat replaces Colonel's {{Miniboss}} status in ''X5''. In fact, Dynamo was also fought during the halfway points!
* TalkingToHimself: He and X are voiced by ShowtaroMorikubo.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: It even returns after bouncing off the wall.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy
* WildCard: for ''X6''.

::'''Gate'''
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A reploid researcher dedicated to the illegal field of reploid resurrection, in ''X6'' he was infected by a part of Zero while inspecting the wreckage of the Eurasia space colony. Driven insane by TheVirus and the persecution of the scientific community, Gate resurrected eight of his [[DeadlyEuphemism retired]] creations and teamed up with the enigmatic and mysterious Isoc. Together, they created a powerful reploid: High Max, a virus-like army of drones called The Nightmare, and the Zero Nightmare: a [[PaletteSwap discoloured]] clone of Zero. He used the Nightmare to cause global chaos and "the ghost of Zero" to pull the blame off his Nightmare Investigators, who were in fact searching for something else: the real Zero. Eventually, he would be challenged by X and would reveal that he had created an almost indestructible armor based off of Zero's design; however he would ultimately be defeated.

Oh, [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere then he gets]] [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked By Sigma]] who he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard brought back as a]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie.]] Whoops.
-->''Voiced by: KeijiFujiwara (JP)''

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He was the subject of envy by his peers, ''including Alia''. Ouch.
* BigBad: Only for ''X6'', even though he wasn't the FinalBoss. Still notable for being the ''first'' legitimate BigBad other than Sigma.
* EvilGenius
* FanNickname: His PoweredArmor? It was called the ''Zero Armor'' because of the source of his research, even though there's already [[InfinityPlusOneSword something else called the Zero Armor]] in-canon (Although Command Mission refers to it as "Black Zero" instead).
* GeniusBruiser
* HijackedByGanon: Why of all things by zombie Sigma?!
** HoistByHisOwnPetard: Because he brought him back, of course.
* InstantArmor: Before the battle against him, he appears in his normal form with his labcoat. Then he swapped his labcoat aside and then his golden armor instantly appears on his body.
* InsufferableGenius
* MadScientist
* NighInvulnerable: Once he dons his armor, none of your attacks (not even the [[GameBreaker Nova Strike]]) can harm him. His only weakness is right below...
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: A particularly [[ThatOneBoss annoying example.]] How so? You fight him on scattered tiny platforms above a BottomlessPit. Now try reflecting his orbs with little to no footing.
* PuzzleBoss: A very rare example for the series.
* ShipTease: With Alia in [[strike: the ending credits]] her flashback (Collect 3000 Nightmare Souls without defeating High Max or killing all of the Investigators).
* SmugSuper
* SocialDarwinist
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The ending of ''X6'' left his fate rather ambiguous. Was he spared by Alia and restored? Or did she leave him [[KilledOffForReal dead?]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The unlucky bastard may have been a prick beforehand, but he became feared by the other scientists because all of his creations are deemed "potentially dangerous". Said creations themselves were killed by either sabotage or under false Maverick accusations. And then the guy got infected by the ''Zero Virus''. Anything that makes you crazy enough to think resurrecting [[BigBad Sigma]] is a good idea has ''got'' to be nasty.

::'''High Max/HI-MAX'''
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A powerful Reploid made by Gate using Zero's DNA. He's the leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Nightmare Investigators]], and tasked to gather Reploid volunteers in order to help them.
-->''Voiced by: NorioWakamoto (JP)''

* BonusBoss: A variation - he can be accessed in the secret areas in the game, after you beat Nightmare Zero in another secret area. And later, he becomes the Sub Boss in one of the fortress stages.
* TheDragon
* {{Expy}}/ShoutOut: He's quite obviously based on {{Pluto}}, from the ''Manga/AstroBoy'' comics. Appropriate, considering how the original Mega Man is often compared (and is pretty much an expy) to Astro Boy.
* GuideDangIt: It's hard to figure out how to hurt him without finding a guide.
* HopelessBossFight: In the first fight against him. After a few seconds, he'll just scoff at how unimpressive X is and leaves.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: In his boss fight in Gate's second Secret Lab stage, he's able to summon these to protect himself.
* MarathonBoss: The only way to damage him is to shoot him with a [[ChargedAttack Charged Shot]], and quickly follow up with any of the boss weapons (excluding Guard Shell). Zero does the opposite (boss attack followed by any of the basic saber slashes).]] When you do this, he has an overly long recoil-and-fly-off-the-screen animation, during which he is invincible. Yes, it's incredibly tedious, and this back-and-forth cycle goes on until he's almost out of health, [[DesperationAttack when]] he goes ballistic and floods the screen with projectiles. Mercifully you can continuously attack him during that.
* MeaningfulName: His name really reflects his powers.
* LargeHam: The natural conclusion to being voiced by NorioWakamoto (in his BossBanter, and quotes during battle, at least). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGqDSQb9xvc&feature=related Yeah,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk3mx8ER8SA#t=3m55s really.]]
* LightningBruiser
* PowerFloats: He floats all the time.
* SequenceBreaking: After you beat him in the secret areas, you can go straight to Gate's first Secret Lab stage.
* SmugSuper: Being higher in terms of specs than X and Zero, he's very arrogant.
* ThisCannotBe: After you beat him in the secret areas, he can't believe that he's defeated by old robots like X and Zero.
* {{Unwinnable}}: If you go into the rematch with High Max in the 8 boss stages right after beating Nightmare Zero (thus, having no boss weapons to damage him with), you are stuck. Slowclap, Capcom.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: the first battle you have with High Max is an automatic loss. No matter what you do, he cannot be damaged. Of course, as you go along the game and subsequently encounter him again, he will be damageable by a few weapons you acquire from the boss Mavericks.

::'''Red'''
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Leader of the vigilante bounty hunting organization "Red Alert", He is the main antagonist of ''X7''. Yeah right, of ''course'' the real BigBad is still Sigma. When Axl decides to leave Red Alert, he challenges the Maverick Hunters for his return.
-->''Voiced by: AkioOhtsuka (JP)'', Barry Gjerde (EN)

* BountyHunter: The Red Alert is basically this, and he's the leader.
* DiscOneFinalBoss
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scar]]
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
* ParentalSubstitute: He ''does'' think of Axl as something of a son.
* TheRemnant: Red was a veteran from the Repliforce War.
* SinisterScythe: a ''[[DoubleWeapon double]]''-scythe, with blades on both ends.

::'''Lumine'''
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The overseer of the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Jakob Project]], a SpaceElevator being constructed to allow mankind to colonize the moon. Lumine is in fact a New Generation Reploid, featuring the copy chip present in Axl. He is kidnapped by Vile at the start of the game as part of Sigma's plans. After Sigma is defeated, Lumine reveals that he was actually secretly manipulating Sigma as part of his plans to eliminate not just humanity, but also all old generation reploids as well.
-->''Voiced by: JunkoNoda (JP), Elinor Holt (EN)''

* AdaptiveAbility: his whole shtick.
* BulletHell: His second form.
* CallBack: His motive (bringing the New Generation Reploids to the moon to create their own society) mimics General's motive from ''X4''. Unlike General, though, it was all entirely his idea, and manipulated Sigma.
* DeflectorShields: His second form use one.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: {{Inverted}}, '''Sigma''' is the DiscOneFinalBoss for ''X8''. Fans have never experienced such a ShockingSwerve.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: [[CrossDressingVoices Voice didn't help]].
* {{Expy}}: His OneWingedAngel, in terms of production dates, is preceded by Copy X's own OneWingedAngel from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' as well as Colonel Redips' GodEmperor form from ''Command Mission''.
* FinalExamBoss: His first form (see PowerCopying below) also has him being vulnerable to whatever weakness of the Boss he's emulating.
* GigglingVillain
* GraspTheSun[=/=]GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand: He does this to the Earth before the FinalBattle.
* HannibalLecture: Actually works at first. Of all people, ''Axl'' shuts him up!
* LastBreathBullet: He did this to Axl, with a tentacle-like appendage from his wrecked body.
* LightIsNotGood
* TheManBehindTheMan
* ManipulativeBastard: Not only did he use the Maverick Hunters, but apparently he even manipulated Sigma.
* MeaningfulName: Somewhat. Fans were quick to cite the similarity of his name to the original FallenAngel. For double points, it's also Latin for [[LightIsNotGood Light.]]
* MusicalThemeNaming: All his attacks except Paradise Lost (Refrain, Legato, Bel Canto, Gravé , Unison and Oratorio).
* OneWingedAngel: He not only grows angel wings, but the background suddenly becomes cloudy and sunny...despite you're fighting on the ''moon''.
* PeekABangs
* PerpetualMolt: His second form has feathers falling down from his wings - even though he has robotic wings.
* PowerCopying: His first form packs every DesperationAttack of the eight standard bosses.
* PowerFloats
* PowerGivesYouWings: In his second form.
* PowerGlows: He glows everytime he absorbs a colored orb of the Mavericks' powers.
* RobotsEnslavingRobots: He plans to destroy all of the Old Generation Reploids so the New ones like him could rule.
* RocksFallEverybodyDies: His [[DesperationAttack Paradise Lost attack]]. On the plus side, while charging it, he doesn't do anything else but hide in his wings and [[VillainTeleportation teleport]]. If you fail to finish him off in about 30 seconds, the trope is invoked.
* ShieldedCoreBoss: He protects himself with multiple layers of shielding that must be broken to damage him, but as the battle wears on and he reveals his ultimate DesperationAttack, the player must do so [[TimeLimitBoss within a time limit]] to win the battle.
* ShoutOut: His pattern in the first phase just screams [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Wily Alien]]. His OneWingedAngel could be to [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Copy-X]], [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Mega Man Juno]], or even [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephy himself]].
** LouisCypher: He also contains ShoutOut to Lucifer of the famous ''ParadiseLost'' poem, whose first follower is an underling named Belial (and Sigma's form in this game is called Belial Sigma). Lumine's second form is called [[FauxSymbolism Seraph]], and said form's DesperationAttack (and [[TitleDrop the subtitle of the game]]) is also named Paradise Lost.
* TrueFinalBoss: In Normal and Hard modes. [[EasyModeMockery On Easy]], you'll just fight Sigma.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]
[[/folder]]

::''' Maverick Bosses' general info'''

* FaceHeelTurn: Many of the Mavericks you fought are former Hunters or otherwise civilians.
** BrainwashedAndCrazy: Due to the Sigma Virus, for most cases, although it's shown most prominently in ''X3'' and ''X5''.
** PlayingTheVictimCard: When they're not the above.
* InSeriesNickname[=/=]RedBaron: Most, if not all of them have one each. They're mostly in the manual, though.
* PettingZooPeople: The majority of these Mavericks are RidiculouslyHumanRobots that resemble animals.
* SomethingPerson: Generally it's "Something Animal" (with occasional plant and fungus).
** SpeciesSurname
* StockAnimalBehavior: Many of the Mavericks have an attack based on a behaviour of the animal they're based off. For example, Chill Penguin slides on the floor, Wheel Gator does the alligator death roll, Blast Hornet attacks with his stinger, etc.
* TurnsRed: They'll modify their pattern and whip out new strategies after their health go below half.
** DesperationAttack

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X1'']]

::'''Armored Armadillo/Armor Armage'''
::''Steel Armored Warrior''

A Maverick Hunter from the 8th Armored Division under Sigma and was a very loyal soldier.
-> Acquired weapon: Rolling Shield
-> Weakness: Electric Spark

* AlliterativeName
* CatchAndReturn: Attack him with a charged shot while he is guarding and he will absorb it, firing it out in a SpreadShot.
* EnergyBall: The weapon you got from him.
** DeflectorShields: Its charged version.
* [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily My Armor Will Protect Me]]: His armor protects him from all attacks.
* RollingAttack: When he bounces around the place.
* SeldomSeenSpecies
* SpinToDeflectStuff: Averted- if you can get rid of his armor, he becomes vulnerable even while spinning. Played straight otherwise.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Rolling into a ball.
* UndyingLoyalty
* UnusualWeaponMounting: The top of his head has a gun. Not on, but ''[[http://images.wikia.com/megaman/images/7/76/X1_armored_armadillo2.jpg inside]]''.

::'''Boomer Kuwanger/Boomerang Kuwanger'''
::''Space-Time Jumper''

A Maverick Hunter from the 17th Elite Unit under Sigma, the same unit as his brother Gravity Beetle and X. He has no sense of right and wrong, making decisions based only on logic. When Sigma rebelled, he used deductive reasoning and joined the rebellion.
-> Acquired weapon: Boomerang Cutter
-> Weakness: Homing Torpedo

* BigCreepyCrawlies
* DubNameChange: Somewhat downplayed as they don't change the "Kuwanger" part.
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: With Gravity Beetle.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The boomerang on his head.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Throwing you with his Dead Lift move via his horns.
* TeleportSpam
* UtilityWeapon: Boomerang Cutter can obtain hard-to-reach items. Can also cut off Octopus' tentacles and Mammoth's trunk.

::'''Chill Penguin/Icy Penguigo'''
::''Lord of the Snowy Plains''

A Maverick Hunter from the 13th Polar Region Unit, Chill Penguin moved to the 17th Elite Unit and was under Sigma's command. When the revolt started, it sounded fun to him, so he joined up to leave his boring post at the South Pole. There was strong animosity between him and Flame Mammoth.
-> Acquired weapon: Shotgun Ice
-> Weakness: Fire Wave

* TheCameo: He appears in Frost Walrus' stage in ''X4'', frozen in the background.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins
* GreenEyedMonster: In Maverick Hunter X, it is implied that Chill Penguin's involvement in the rebellion was partly due to his jealousy of X.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Penguin]]
* ItAmusedMe: He joined Sigma because he found it more amusing than his job of "piddling around on the South Pole with nothing to do".
* LogicalWeakness: [[KillitWithFire Fire>Ice]]
** [[ManOnFire Penguin On Fire]]: The result.
* ShapingYourAttacks: He can create ice copies of himself to be sicced at X.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Sliding around on his belly.
* UtilityWeapon: Charging his Shotgun Ice will give you a temporary ice slide which you can slide on.
* WarmupBoss

::'''Flame Mammoth/Burnin' Noumander'''
::''Fiery Oil Tanker''

A Maverick Hunter from the 4th Overland Unit under Sigma. He had an arrogant and cocky attitude, and was extremely proud of his large size and strength. His tendency to look down on those smaller and weaker than him, put him on bad terms with his subordinates and Chill Penguin.
-> Acquired weapon: Fire Wave
-> Weakness: Storm Tornado, Boomerang Cutter

* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite being large and fat, he can jump a distance of almost two screens.
* ConveyorBeltOfDoom: In his boss room.
* FatBastard
* HonorableElephant: Inverted, Flame Mammoth is very proud of his own power and looks down on smaller people.
* LogicalWeakness: Fire gets blown away by wind.
* PlayingWithFire
* {{Pride}}
* ShockwaveStomp

::'''Launch Octopus/Launcher Octopuld'''
::''Military General of the Deep''

A Maverick Hunter from the 6th Marine Unit under Sigma who followed his revolt.
-> Acquired weapon: Homing Torpedo
-> Weakness: Rolling Shield, Boomerang Cutter

* AquaticMook
* CombatTentacles: [[OutsideTheBoxTactic That can be cut off with the Boomerang Cutter.]]
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods
* TheFightingNarcissist:
-->"I am an artist, you see, X. An artist of underwater combat! But no one has recognized that fact. Not until now."
* HomingProjectile: His homing fish (the Homing Torpedo).
* LifeDrain: His E-Drain move.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Isn't called '''Launch''' Octopus for nothing. He has two versions: One where he fires out a SpreadShot of non-homing rockets, and another where he fires out homing fish projectiles.
* UnderwaterBossBattle
* WeaponsThatSuck: Creates a whirlpool that sucks X in for his E.Drain move.

::'''Spark Mandrill/Spark Mandriller'''
::''Lightning King of the Bullet Fists''

A Maverick Hunter that served in the 17th Elite, which was under Sigma's command. When Sigma started his rebellion, he 'logically' decided to follow along.
-> Acquired weapon: Electric Spark
-> Weakness: Shotgun Ice

* DumbMuscle: From his information bio: "Possesses immense strength and a powerful electrical shock attack, but doesn't seem to be the sharpest tool in the shed."
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* GoodOldFisticuffs
* ShockAndAwe
* StockAnimalBehavior: Swinging on the wires above like a monkey.
* ThisIsADrill: In the remake.

::'''Sting Chameleon/Sting Chameleao'''
::''Spirit Sharp-Shooter of the Haunted Forest''

A Maverick Hunter in charge of the 9th Special Forces under Sigma. He's sly and respects only the strong, which may have been his motivation for joining Sigma.
-> Acquired weapon: Chameleon Sting
-> Weakness: Boomerang Cutter

* TheCameo: Appears as one of Metal Shark Player's attacks (from ''X6'').
* CombatPragmatist: His credo is "to fight by any means necessary".
* FrickinLaserBeams
* HollywoodChameleons
* InvisibilityCloak
* LightEmUp[=/=]HolyhandGrenade: His Chameleon Sting is a spread of high-level optical laser beams.
* LightIsNotGood
* MultipurposeTongue: Uses it to attack X as well as hang from the ceiling.
* OverlyLongTongue: He's a chameleon.
* SpreadShot: His Chameleon Sting.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Attacking you with his tongue, as well as turning invisible.
* UtilityWeapon: Charging up Chameleon Sting effectively makes you ''completely invulnerable'' for a brief period of time.
* WallCrawl

::'''Storm Eagle/Storm Eagleed'''
::''Prince of the Skies''

Once a noble and popular Reploid leader of the Maverick Hunter's 7th Air Cavalry unit, he was forced into submission after a failed attempt at stopping Sigma. Because of this loss, Storm Eagle loyally, yet reluctantly agreed to follow Sigma in his rebellion.
-> Acquired weapon: Storm Tornado
-> Weakness: Chameleon Sting

* AirborneMook
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey
* BlowYouAway
* CoolAirship: The Death Rogumer, which is also his stage.
* FakeDefector: In the manga at least. Unfortunately, he does a little too good a job keeping up appearances.
* FeatheredFiend
* FeatherFlechettes: In ''Maverick Hunter X's'' Hard Mode.
* MisterSeahorse: He has a move where he spits out an egg that hatches into four small eagles.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong
* NobleDemon[=/=]ReluctantMonster: He doesn't actually like or agree with what he's doing, but due to his honorable nature he just goes with whatever Sigma say.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Swooping.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X2'']]

::'''Bubble Crab/Bubbly Crablos'''
::''Pulverizing Demon of the Ocean Depths''

Once a Maverick Hunter and served in the 6th Naval Unit along with Wheel Gator. Being extremely avaricious, Bubble's only motivation in life was to amass great wealth, joined Sigma's rebellion seeing it as his big break. He was put in charge of transportation, and tasked with defending the Mavericks' deep-sea submarine base.
->Acquired Weapon: Bubble Splash
->Weakness: Spin Wheel

* AquaticMook
* BubbleGun
* GiantEnemyCrab
* {{Greed}}
* [[LaserBlade Laser Crab Claws]]
* LogicalWeakness: Bubbles don't take too well to sharp objects like razor wheels.
* MakingASplash
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* [[SpikesOfDoom Spiked]] ShouldersOfDoom: Which he can project laser crab claws from.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Blowing bubbles.
* UnderwaterBossBattle
* UtilityWeapon: Charging up Bubble Splash gives you a bubble shield, which makes you jump higher underwater.

::'''Crystal Snail/Crystar Mymine'''
::''Crystal Magician''

A snail-type Maverick whose origins and motives are a mystery. He guards the Energen Crystal mine under Sigma's command.
->Acquired Weapon: Crystal Hunter
->Weakness: Magnet Mine

* BigCreepyCrawlies
* CrystalPrison: His Crystal Hunter does this to X.
* GemstoneAssault
* [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily My Shell Will Protect Me]]: Can't be damaged when in his shell.
* RemovableShell: Hit him with the Magnet Mine and it separates him from his shell.
* TimeMaster: Subverted- While he looks like he's slowing down time, the manga shows that he actually causes crystals to form around X's body and hamper his movements.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.
* UtilityWeapon: Enemies frozen by Crystal Hunter can be used as {{improvised platform}}s.

::'''Flame Stag/Flame Stagger'''
::''Heat Knuckle Champion''

Once serving as a member of the Maverick Hunters 17th Elite Unit, he followed along with Boomer Kuwanger to join Sigma's first rebellion. Afterwards, his whereabouts became unknown, but later resurfaced occupying an active volcano with the intent of triggering an eruption that would block out the sun with volcanic ash.
->Acquired Weapon: Speed Burner
->Weakness: Bubble Splash

* {{Bambification}}: Averted
* DesperationAttack: His flames [[TurnsRed turn]] [[TechnicolorFire blue]], and he gets a MeteorMove should he successfully rush X.
* ElementalPunch
* GoodOldFisticuffs
* LogicalWeakness: [[KillItWithWater Fire gets put out by water bubbles]].
* MeteorMove: Does this to X if his DesperationAttack successfully connects.
* PlayingWithFire
* StockAnimalBehavior: Charging at you.
* TechnicolorFire: His fire turns blue once his health gets low.
* [[TurnsRed Turns Blue]]
* UtilityWeapon: A Charged Speed Burner is essentially the precursor to the Nova Strike, and can be used immediately after a normal dash.
* WallJump
* WreathedInFlames: When he does his flaming charge attack.

::'''Magna Centipede/Magne Hyakulegger'''
::''Crimson Assassin''

A former Maverick Hunter of the 0th Special Unit that was captured by Sigma's forces during a mission and brainwashed. Now a Maverick, Magna Centipede was stationed at a computer center, where he began transmitting the Maverick Virus around the world.
->Acquired Weapon: Magnet Mine
->Weakness: Silk Shot

* BewareMyStingerTail: He uses this to hack X and reduce his capabilities.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* TheCameo: Appears as one of Metal Shark Player's attacks (from ''X6'').
* CeilingCling
* TheCracker
* CreepyCentipedes
* HomingProjectile
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A ninja hacker centipede robot!
* RockBeatsLaser: A technologically-skilled robot that teleports and uses homing mines is weak to scrap metal.
* TeleportSpam

::'''Morph Moth/Metamor Mothmeanos'''
::''Fallen Angel of the Island of Dreams''

An unusual Reploid of unknown background, he has the ability to transform/evolve his body by absorbing scrap from other Reploids, robots, and machinery. Under Sigma's orders he occupied the Robot Junkyard, using the scrap materials there to resurrect fallen Reploids.
->Acquired Weapon: Silk Shot
->Weakness: Speed Burner

* AbnormalAmmo: Junk.
* AirborneMook: During the second half of the fight.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* ChasingYourTail: In his cocoon form, he fires a line of junk that you must avoid by going in a circle.
* ExtraOreDinary
* LogicalWeakness: Junk-based robots don't take well to [[KillItWithFire incineration]].
* MacabreMothMotif
* {{Metamorphosis}}
* SequentialBoss
* StockAnimalBehavior: Dropping moth dust as he flies around.
* UtilityWeapon: use a Charged Silk Shot in secret rooms to attract large amounts of Life Energy.
* WaveMotionGun: In his moth form, he uses one as a HandBlast.

::'''Overdrive Ostrich/Sonic Ostreague'''
::''Swift Runner of the Sandy Plains''

Overdrive was once a Maverick Hunter of the 7th Airborne Unit, but retired after an accident that cost him the ability to fly. Sigma later sought to recruit him, seeing use for his superior speed. Overdrive, sensing appreciation for his abilities, pledged his loyalty to Sigma and was stationed at an abandoned missile base.
->Acquired Weapon: Sonic Slicer
->Weakness: Crystal Hunter

* BackgroundBoss: If he goes offscreen at any time, he comes back in by running in the background then jumping into the air and landing on X.
* FeatheredFiend
* FoeTossingCharge: Get hit by him while he's running and you'll be knocked far backwards!
* HandicappedBadass: He was once able to fly but got in an accident.
* RazorWind: His Sonic Slicer.
* RidingTheBomb: in a scripted event, X jumps onto a missile and destroys it before dropping down to the desert to encounter Ostrich.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Running around really fast.
* SuperSpeed

::'''Wheel Gator/Wheel Alligates'''
::''Evil Fanged Heavy Tank''

An officer serving in the Maverick Hunters' 6th Naval Unit. Gator was later discharged, hunted as a Maverick and a traitor after viciously attacking a fellow Hunter. To satisfy his destructive impulses, he joined Sigma's army and was given control of a massive dinosaur-modeled tank, which he tried to use to raze an entire city.
->Acquired Weapon: Spin Wheel
->Weakness: Strike Chain

* BloodKnight
* DeadlyDisc: His Spin Wheel attack.
* DesperationAttack: Jumps into the air, and spins like a drill to drill non-lethal spikes into the wall.
* EatTheBomb: He can eat semi-charged buster shots and spit them back out as energy projectiles.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Uses the alligator death roll to drill harmful spikes into a wall.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile
* ShouldersOfDoom: Like [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Metal Man]], his shoulders have buzzsaws on them. Unlike Metal Man, he can actually fire blades from there.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Using the Death Roll to drill the wall, as well as leaping out of the oil to grab X.
* TankGoodness: His level is an enormous dinosaur-based tank.
* UtilityWeapon: Spin Wheel can dig through false floors/walls, revealing secret areas.

::'''Wire Sponge/Wire Hetimarl'''
::''Little Demon of the Green Forest''

Created in one of Sigma's Maverick producing factories, an accident resulted in him having a personality disorder which causes him to be childish and easily amused. Was placed in charge of the Weather Control Station, where he found delight in passing the time playing with the weather system.
->Acquired Weapon: Strike Chain
->Weakness: Sonic Slicer

* DesperationAttack: Electrifies himself and sends down a lightning storm.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: If you land the finishing blow with the [[RazorWind Sonic Slicer]].
* ManChild
* PlantPerson: He's based off a Loofah/Luffa sponge, not a sea sponge.
* ShockAndAwe: His DesperationAttack.
* SpinToDeflectStuff
* TurnsRed: Literally, at a certain point in the battle, combined with BurningWithAnger, as steam will come out of..well where his ears should be during the process.
* UtilityWeapon: Strike Chain is a retractable GrapplingHookPistol.
* WeatherControlMachine
* WhipItGood[=/=]ChainPain

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X3'']]

::'''Blast Hornet/Explose Horneck'''
::''Flying Shadow Ninja''

Used to be second in command of the Maverick Hunter's Special 0 Unit. When his superior Zero received an invitation to go to Dopple Town, Blast Hornet went in his place as Zero was busy. Blast Hornet fell victim to the Sigma virus there and became a Maverick, joining Dr. Doppler's army.
->Acquired Weapon: Parasitic Bomb
->Weakness: Gravity Well

* AirborneMook: Never touches the ground, unless you hit him with a charged Gravity Well.
* BeeBeeGun: Fires out bees that stick to X as well as homing bees.
* BewareMyStingerTail
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In the manga.
* TheCameo: Appears as one of Metal Shark Player's attacks (from ''X6'').
* CrosshairAware: When his health gets low enough, he sends out a crosshair which his bees will home into.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees
* HeelFaceTurn: In the manga.
* {{Ninja}}
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A Ninja Hornet Robot!
* PersonalSpaceInvader: His robot bees can latch onto you to deal extra damage.
* SpreadShot: He can fire robotic bees in a spread-out fashion.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Attacking with his stinger.

::'''Blizzard Buffalo/Frozen Buffalio'''
::''Silver Snowman''

Once an ice sculptor for a ski resort. He's really a peace-loving artist, even with the Maverick Virus, and another innocent victim of the Maverick Wars.
->Acquired Weapon: Frost Shield
->Weakness: Parasitic Bomb

* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In the manga.
* BullfightBoss
* TheCameo: Appears in Frost Walrus' stage in X4, frozen in the background.
* DesperationAttack: Fires a FreezeRay that traps X in ice.
* FreezeRay
* FridgeBrilliance: His weakness to the Parasitic Bomb may seem odd, until you realize that buffalo in RealLife tend to be hounded by loads of parasites, and even need birds to clean them off.
* GentleGiant
* HarmlessFreezing: If his ice beam gets you.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the Manga.
* HornAttack: Can use it to grab X and ram him into the wall.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Buffalo]]
* StockAnimalBehavior: Charging at you.
* UtilityWeapon: Charging up Frost Shield in the water will create a large ice block that X can stand on to float to the surface.

::'''Crush Crawfish/Scissors Shrimper'''
::''Destruction God of the Seven Seas''

Due to a flaw in his AI that made him unable to tell enemy from ally, he was violent and leaned towards being a Maverick even before Dr. Doppler.
->Acquired Weapon: Spinning Blade
->Weakness: Triad Thunder

* AxCrazy
* DesperationAttack: Does a very painful bum rush if X is on the ground.
* [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Enemy Crayfish]]
* HostageSituation: Does this in the Manga after almost getting beaten by X.
* PsychoForHire
* SpamAttack: What happens if he grabs you. [[SmashingSurvival Mash the buttons]] to get out quickly!
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Attempt to WallJump away from his deadly pincer move and he'll use some rope to get you back down.

::'''Gravity Beetle/Gravity Beetbood'''
::''Steel Revenger''

He was a Maverick Hunter from the 17th unit, but after the death of his brother, Boomer Kuwanger, he wanted to avenge him and joined Dr. Doppler's forces in ''X3'' to fight against X.
->Acquired Weapon: Gravity Well
->Weakness: Ray Splasher

* BigCreepyCrawlies
* DesperationAttack: Summons a gigantic black hole into the air, and will then try to headbutt X into it.
* GravityMaster
* HornAttack
* HyperDestructiveBouncingBall
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: With Boomer Kuwanger
* StockAnimalBehavior: Throwing you with his horn.
* UnrealisticBlackHole: His DesperationAttack.
* UtilityWeapon: Charging up Gravity Well can raise up certain objects to act as a lift for X.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]: His main motivation for joining Doppler to fight against X.

::'''Neon Tiger/Shining Tigerd'''
::''Protector of the Jungle''

A poacher hunter designed to ensure no one attempted to steal and/or harm the small amount of remaining natural wildlife, but became a Maverick after being infected with the Maverick Virus. Utilizing solar energy as a power source, his power is said to be unlimited as long as there is sunlight available.
->Acquired Weapon: Ray Splasher
->Weakness: Spinning Blade

* DesperationAttack: He turns orange and invulnerable, then charges at X and does a leap-slash. Quickly jump up the wall and over him to avoid this.
* LaserBlade
* LightEmUp
* LightIsNotGood
* NoSell: Will block many attacks, but isn't bothered to block weak, uncharged shots.
* PantheraAwesome
* SpreadShot: His Ray Splasher is a Spray Burst.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Pouncing down on you from a wall cling.
* [[TurnsRed Turns Orange]]: During his desperation attack.
* WallJump
* WolverineClaws

::'''Toxic Seahorse/Acid Seaforce'''
::''President of the Water Dragons''

Under Dr. Doppler's orders, he took control of a large dam to restrict the supply of drinking water for humans. His body is made of liquid metal, allowing him to sink into the ground and change his position.
->Acquired Weapon: Acid Burst
->Weakness: Frost Shield

* BlobMonster
* DesperationAttack: Fires out two strong, hard-to-destroy bouncing balls of acid.
* ElementalShapeshifter
* PoisonousPerson
* PoisonIsCorrosive: His weapon is the Acid Burst.
* SpreadShot: The Acid Burst will splash smaller shots out when it hits a wall.

::'''Tunnel Rhino/Screw Masaider'''
::''Subterranean Barbarian''

A miner in an energen crystal mine, upon going to Doppler Town by invitation he became a Maverick. Now under Doppler's orders, he occupies a rock quarry and uses his Tornado Fang (his drilling weapon) for destructive purposes.
->Acquired Weapon: Tornado Fang
->Weakness: Acid Burst

* BullfightBoss
* DesperationAttack: Performs a damaging, invincible charge attack.
* FastTunnelling: Does this in his BossSubtitles animation for the PC and Playstation ports.
* FoeTossingCharge
* InvulnerableAttack: When his life gets low, he gains a charge move where he cannot be damaged.
* LogicalWeakness: Acid can dissolve metals, and in this case, drills.
* RhinoRampage
* StockAnimalBehavior: Charging around.
* ThisIsADrill
* UnfortunateName: His Japanese name is '''Screw''' Masaider.
* UtilityWeapon: The Tornado Fang can be used to drill through certain unbreakable walls.

::'''Volt Catfish/Electro Namazuros'''
::''Rescue Power Plant''

Once a playful soul before the virus took him over, he now wreaks havoc at the Power Control Center, siphoning the power off to Doppler's research facility. He has an incredible power generator built into his body, which he used to provide power to cities during times of crisis.
->Acquired Weapon: Triad Thunder
->Weakness: Tornado Fang

* TheCatfish
* DesperationAttack: Turns invulnerable and sprays sparks all over, then tries to rush you.
* InvulnerableAttack: During his DesperationAttack, he's immune to EVERYTHING save for the Tornado Fang.
* [[PsychoElectricEel Psycho Electric Catfish]]: He's based off an electric catfish.
* ShockAndAwe
* UtilityWeapon: Charging up his Triad Thunder will allow X to use a GroundPound, destroying certain background objects.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X4'']]

::'''Cyber Peacock/Cyber Kujacker'''
::''Network Guardian''

Originally an AI that protected the network from hackers before he was corrupted by Sigma. He then begins corrupting the network himself, to draw the Maverick Hunters attention as he was tasked to measure their potential.
->Acquired Weapon: Aiming Laser/Rakuhouha
->Weakness: Soul Body/Ryuenjin

* AIIsACrapshoot: Justified- he got corrupted by the Sigma Virus.
* AmbiguouslyGay[=/=]CampStraight
* TheCracker
* CrosshairAware
* DesperationAttack: Locks onto X/Zero and fires a set of homing exploding feathers.
* DigitizedHacker
* FeatheredFiend
* FeatherFlechettes: Homing exploding feathers!
* HomingProjectile
* [[PeacockGirl Peacock Guy]]: Even though he's a male, he acts a little camp.
* PowerFloats
* PurpleIsPowerful
* StockAnimalBehavior: Expanding his tail feathers to attack you.
* TeleportSpam
* ThisCannotBe: "His potential...is limitless?! Not possible."

::'''Frost Walrus/Frost Kibatodos'''
::''Roughneck of the North Pole''

Bad tempered and rowdy, Walrus' destructive behavior got him marked as a Maverick, but he avoided this by joining the Repliforce. When the coup started, it gave him an excuse to riot as much as he liked, and he was stationed at Repliforce's secret snow base and put in charge of guarding their new weapon under construction.
->Acquired Weapon: Frost Tower/Hyouretsuzan
->Weakness: Rising Fire/Ryuenjin

* BloodKnight
* DesperationAttack: Creates a giant ice crystal that falls to the ground and explodes into a rain of icicles.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: In the manga.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Walrus]]
* JustAKid
-->To X: "They sent a kid like you after me? I promise to end this quickly"
-->To Zero: "What's that blonde kid up to?! I don't have time for you junior!"
* LargeAndInCharge
* LogicalWeakness: Fire>Ice.
** [[ManOnFire Walrus On Fire]]: The result.
* MightyGlacier

::'''Jet Stingray/Jet Stingren'''
::''Aqua Destroyer''

Jet stingray worked his way up the ranks to become a member of the Repliforce's navy. He had great respect for both General and Colonel. When the coup began, as a diversion he attacked a city's underground power station creating chaos to draw in the Maverick Hunters.
->Acquired Weapon: Ground Hunter/Hienkyaku (air dash)
->Weakness: Frost Tower/Hyouretsuzan

* AirborneMook[=/=]AquaticMook
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* DesperationAttack: Two of them. The first has him suck you near him with a whirlpool, and charges at you if you get too close. The second has him fly offscreen, then fly vertically into you from top and bottom.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial
* FlunkyBoss
* LandSeaSky: Representing Sea (Repliforce's Navy).
* LogicalWeakness: He likes being in water and thus he gets frozen easily.
* MakingASplash: His whirlpool attack.
* NiceHat
* RammingAlwaysWorks
* UnderwaterBossBattle
* UndyingLoyalty
* WeaponsThatSuck: He can create a whirlpool to suck X or Zero towards him.

::'''Magma Dragoon/Magmard Dragoon'''
::''Martial Artist of Exploding Flame''

Once a member of the 14th Special Unit he betrayed the Maverick Hunters, becoming a Maverick himself, all for a chance to duel with X and Zero. Under the promise of obtaining what he desired most, he followed Sigma's orders and sabotaged the power generator of the floating colony.
->Acquired Weapon: Rising Fire/Ryuenjin
->Weakness: Double Cyclone/Raijingeki

* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: He's offered a chance to fight X and Zero, for the exchange of blowing up the Sky Lagoon. Guess who's offering him.
* BloodKnight: He destroyed the Sky Lagoon and killed thousands of people just so that he could fight the heroes!
* BreathWeapon
* TheCameo: Appears as the Training Mode boss in ''X5''.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: ZigZagged. His FinalSpeech invoked this, but he was still rebuilt in the Final Weapon and once again fights X/Zero.
* DeathFromAbove: His Desperation Attack is firing many fireballs to the sky and then they fall down like meteors.
* DesperationAttack: See DeathFromAbove.
* DivingKick
* EnergyBall
* {{Expy}}: To Akuma of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series:
** Has a BloodKnight nature.
** Wears a necklace of large beads around his neck.
** His lower torso contains a "Heavenly Sky" symbol, the same as that on Akuma's back.
** Besides the Hadouken and Shoryuken, he also uses Akuma's dive kick.
** His desperation attack is also reminiscent of Akuma's Tenma Gou Zankuu.
* FallenHero
* FinalSpeech: Notable for being the ''only'' Maverick Boss to give one.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* KamehameHadouken
* LogicalWeakness: Wind blows away fire.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PlayingWithFire
** [[MagmaMan Magma Dragon]]
* {{Shoryuken}}
* {{Shotoclone}}: And a pretty blatant one at that.
* TurnCoat: See his bio above.
* UtilityWeapon: Rising Fire/Ryuenjin can burn down wood and ice, allowing the player to uncover Heart Tanks.

::'''Slash Beast/Slash Beastleo'''
::''Steel King of Destruction''

He enlisted in Repliforce only to freely exercise his combat abilities, but despite this attitude he showed dauntless courage in battle, fearing no one. During the coup, Slash Beast was put in charge of guarding Repliforce's military supply train.
->Acquired Weapon: Twin Slasher/Shippuuga
->Weakness: Ground Hunter (which also destroys his toenails)/Raijingeki

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BloodKnight
* BoisterousBruiser
* CounterAttack: When his health is below half, he can sometimes prepare a special stance; attack him and he'll retaliate with the Twin Slasher.
* DeadlyLunge: Has a powerful lunging attack that goes back and forth that he uses once his health go below half. Also see DesperationAttack below.
* DesperationAttack: Two of them. The first is the above-mentioned CounterAttack. The second one has him lunge at X/Zero, if this connects, he then grabs the player and smashes them into the wall.
* DeathFromAbove: Has a stomping attack after jumping high.
* KingOfBeasts: He's a lion in charge of a military unit.
* LandSeaSky: Representing Land (Repliforce's Army).
* PantheraAwesome
* RacingTheTrain: His battle intro when you first fight him.
* RazorWind: His flash kick causes waves of energy to be shot out.
* RoarBeforeBeating: Tends to do this often before executing an attack.
* ShoutOut: Uses a move similar to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile]]'s Flash kick.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Roaring before attacking. Also, his desperation attack has him grab the player in his mouth.
* UtilityWeapon: A charged Twin Slasher is the only way to remove the blocks in front of the Body Armor capsule.
* WolverineClaws: Uses them as a DesperationAttack.

::'''Split Mushroom'''
::''Little Devil of the Ruins''

Once in charge of operations at a Bio Laboratory, he was disposed of when the lab was decommissioned. Mushroom was later resurrected by Sigma to work as one of his agents and reactivated operations at the Bio Laboratory to draw the attention of the Maverick Hunters.
->Acquired Weapon: Soul Body/[[DoubleJump Kuuenbu]] and Kuuenzan
->Weakness: Lightning Web/Raijingeki

* DesperationAttack: Does a head slam into the ground and releases deadly spores.
* DoppelgangerAttack
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning
* HardLight: Can create holographic clones that hurt.
* MesACrowd
* MushroomMan: The only fungus-based maverick in the entire series.
* TheNapoleon
* WallCrawl
* XRaySparks: When electrocuted.

::'''Storm Owl/Storm Fukurowl'''
::''Staff Chief of the Skies''

One of the Repliforce's most resourceful generals, Storm Owl regarded the entire staff as family. He was extremely resentful when he and his associates were branded as Mavericks by the Hunters. After the Repliforce coup began, he launched the air brigade to divert the Maverick Hunters attention.
->Acquired Weapon: Double Cyclone/Tenkuuha
->Weakness: Aiming Laser/Rakuhouha

* AFatherToHisMen
* AirborneMook
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BlowYouAway
* CulturedBadass
* DesperationAttack: Two of them. One of them summons three damaging columns of tornadoes, the second one has him go into the middle of the screen and does a ChasingYourTail move with four streams of wind balls.
* ElementalBarrier: When damaged, he puts up a wind barrier around himself, the basis for Zero's Tenkuuha.
* FeatheredFiend
* FeatherFlechettes: One of his attacks fires out a spread of them.
* HighClassGlass
* LandSeaSky: Representing Sky (Repliforce's Air Force).
* TheNapoleon: Moreso than Split Mushroom.
* NiceHat
* OwlBeDamned
* PintsizedPowerhouse: One of the smallest bosses in the game, yet he comes with a slew of attacks (and many of them damaging).
* ShoutOut: The way his airships fire their WaveMotionGun is [[Film/IndependenceDay awfully familiar]]...
* StockAnimalBehavior: Swooping down on you to grab you.
* WindIsGreen: His wind orbs and ElementalBarrier are green in colour.

::'''Web Spider/Web Spidus'''
::''Guerrilla Commander of the Jungle''

Once a Maverick Hunter of the 0th Special Unit, he now works for Repliforce as commander of their guerrilla unit. When Repliforce began their coup he remained loyal and was stationed in the jungle charged with guarding a powerful beam cannon hidden there.
->Acquired Weapon: Lightning Web/Raijingeki
->Weakness: Twin Slasher (shoot his web line, not him)/Shippuuga

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* DesperationAttack: Creates a giant web and starts moving around it, while attacking and sending out small spider drones.
* FlunkyBoss: When low on health, he can send out baby spiders to attack X or Zero.
* GiantSpider
* HighClassGlass
* NiceHat
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: You can use the Twin Slasher to cut the web he's dangling from, causing him to fall to the ground for heavy damage.
* ShockAndAwe
* StockAnimalBehavior: At low health, he sticks in a giant web and moves around.
* UtilityWeapon: Lightning Web can provide a temporary wall for a WallJump.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X5'']]

::'''All'''

* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Their English names are based off GunsNRoses, save Skiver who is named after Michael Monroe.

::'''Burn Dinorex/Mattrex'''
::''Jurassic Inferno''

A member of Repliforce's disaster prevention team, and is among the survivors of the Repliforce incident in ''X4''. He was stationed in the Sunhouse Mountain, and without Repliforce's knowledge, had created an illegal warehouse to hide weapons he had created using magma energy.
-> Acquired weapon: Ground Fire/Quake Blazer
-> Weakness: Wing Spiral/W-Shredder

* BreathWeapon
* DesperationAttack: Twofold: He burns the whole ground with his flame breath, then he does a powerful lunging attack while covered in flames, with geysers rising up from his trail.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Justified, as he's a robot.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* LightningBruiser
* LogicalWeakness: Wind blows away fire.
* PlayingWithFire
* RammingAlwaysWorks
* TyrannosaurusRex
* UtilityWeapon: The Ground Fire can be used to burn certain objects.
* WallCrawl: More like Wall Cling.

::'''Crescent Grizzly/Grizzly Slash'''
::''Berserk Iron Claw''

A weapons broker that sells illegal weapons from his secret warehouse. Despite selling weapons, he seems to not like violence, saying that he is just a weapons dealer and that both Mavericks and Maverick Hunters are the same, too violent and overconfident.
-> Acquired weapon: C-Shot/C-Slash
-> Weakness: Spike Ball/Twin Dream

* ArmsDealer
* BearsAreBadNews: Kind of subverted, he's the easiest boss in the game and he gives a good weapon/technique.
* DesperationAttack: Shoots out a GIANT crescent wave of energy.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar going down his right eye.
* MonstrosityEqualsWeakness
* NoodleIncident
-->'''Slash''': "Seeing you reopens old wounds."
-->'''Zero''': "You should have that looked after."
* RazorWind
* RedRightHand: More like a Red Left Hand.
* ThisIsADrill
* TunnelKing: When he TurnsRed.
* WarmupBoss
* YouCantFightFate: believes this to be the case.

::'''Dark Necrobat/Dark Dizzy'''
::''Forgotten Soldier of Darkness''

A Maverick created by Sigma three years before the events of ''X5'', but escaped from his control and remained in hiding since then. Sigma, not considering him a serious fighting power, forgot about him.
-> Acquired weapon: Dark Hold (both characters)
-> Weakness: F-Laser/C-Flasher

* AirborneMook
* BatOutOfHell
* CastingAShadow
* DarkIsEvil
* DesperationAttack: He'll do several sound wave attacks, then he does the Dark Hold and try to attack you up close.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/MegaMan7 Shade Man]].
* FlunkyBoss: Can summon some Batton Bones.
* HighClassGlass
* LifeDrain
* LogicalWeakness: Light>Darkness
* MakeMeWannaShout: Can emit sound waves that damages the player.
* OneToMillionToOne: His battle intro has a swarm of Batton Bones coalesce then fly away, revealing him.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Grabbing you and draining your health.
* TimeStandsStill: His Dark Hold.
* VerbalTic: Squeak!

::'''Shining Hotarunicus/Izzy Glow'''
::''Radiance of Intelligence''

A reclusive Reploid scientist and the world's leading researcher in laser technology. He rarely allowed any of his work to see the light of day, out of fear that they would be used to create weapons.
-> Acquired weapon: F-Laser/C-Flasher
-> Weakness: Tri-Thunder/E-Blade

* AirborneMook
* BadassMustache
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* DesperationAttack: Sends out multiple energy balls onto the floor, then goes to the other side of the screen to retract them.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Before the fight starts.
* HomingProjectile
* LightEmUp[=/=]HolyHandGrenade
* LightIsNotGood
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He has the look of an old professor thanks to his glasses and white "mustache", and is pretty short.
* ReluctantMadScientist
* ShorterMeansSmarter
* StrokeTheBeard: In his character art.
* TeleportSpam
* UtilityWeapon: F-Laser is essentially an AttackDrone whose projectile path can be controlled.
* WaveMotionGun
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His American name would normally have been "Shining Firefly."

::'''Spike Rosered/Axle the Red'''
::''Scarlet Witchcraft''

Originating from a very rare and mysterious mutation between a Reploid, the nature control unit of a jungle, and the Sigma Virus, it was believed that this strange evolution could create a threat more serious than the virus itself. So he hid himself away in an abandoned military base in the jungle.
-> Acquired weapon: Spike Ball/Twin Dream
-> Weakness: Ground Fire/Quake Blazer

* DesperationAttack: Causes it to rain damaging petals.
* DoppelgangerAttack
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Before the fight starts.
* GreenThumb
* LogicalWeakness: Fire burns plants.
* MesACrowd
* PetalPower: His DesperationAttack.
* PlantPerson
* SomethingAboutARose
* SpikeBallsOfDoom
* WhatTheHellHero: He calls out the Maverick Hunters for blindly hunting "Mavericks".
-->"Mavericks, huh...? And it's up to you who gets put in that category...I heard you accused the members of the Reploid Air Force of being Mavericks...What are Mavericks, anyway...?"
* WhipItGood: Can use vine whips.

::'''Spiral Pegasyon/The Skiver'''
::''Air Force Prince''

A young director of the Repliforce air brigade, who survived the Repliforce Incident that occurred during the events of ''X4''.
-> Acquired weapon: Wing Spiral/W-Shredder
-> Weakness: Dark Hold

* AirborneMook
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Was the director of Repliforce's Air Force.
* BlowYouAway
* DesperationAttack: Uses his Wing Spiral attack, where he throws tornadoes that grow larger.
* FoeTossingCharge: Which can easily knock you off the platform!
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Before the fight starts.
* MarathonBoss: the weapon "strong" against him isn't even a damage-dealer (which is even worse when playing the mission with X), plus his tendency to fly at an incredible speed and disappear from the screen, makes for a long battle for casual players.
* {{Pegasus}}
* PlatformBattle
* RammingAlwaysWorks
* TheRemnant: was a member of Repliforce.
* {{Shoryuken}}
* SpellMyNameWithAThe
* UndyingLoyalty
* UnfortunateName[=/=]FailOSuckyname: A Skiver can have the definition of a dagger...or a lazy person.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His American name normally would have been "Spiral Pegasus."

::'''Tidal Makkoeen/Duff [=McWhalen=]'''
::''Guardian Deity of the Oceans''

Chief of an oceanographic museum and the captain of a maritime security force. His sometimes reckless behavior often earned him arguments with the Repliforce's navy.
-> Acquired weapon: Goo Shaver/F-Splasher

* AdvancingWallOfDoom: He uses ice blocks to push you back into a wall. Later, it is done with a [[SpikesOfDoom spiked wall]].
* AnimalsNotToScale: As noted from the interviews from the developers, he (a whale) looks smaller than Frost Walrus.
* AquaticMook
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* DesperationAttack: He goes to the other side of the screen, and now his ice blocks push you '''into a [[SpikesOfDoom spiked wall of instant death]]'''.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Whale]]
* MarathonBoss
* MightyGlacier
* UnderwaterBossBattle
* UnfortunateName / FailOSuckyname: His American name is '''[[TheSimpsons Duff]]''' [=McWhalen=], and he's a [[MakingASplash water type]]. It's ''impossible'' to look at his name without thinking of something else.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His American name normally would have been "Tidal Whale."

::'''Volt Kraken/Squid Adler'''
::''Super Electromagnetic Trap''

A Hunter who resigned due to growing doubts about his job. He later became a researcher to lead a peaceful life far from conflict. He is the brother/friend of Launch Octopus, depending on the translation.
-> Acquired weapon: Tri-Thunder/E-Blade
-> Weakness: Goo Shaver/F-Splasher

* AirborneMook
* CombatTentacles
* DesperationAttack: Extends his tentacles to fire out a barrage of wall-crawling electricity.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods
* LogicalWeakness: Water can short-circuit electrical currents.
* ShockAndAwe
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Friend/Brother]]: Actually subverted, his brother/friend Launch Octopus was destroyed by the Maverick Hunters, but he doesn't hold it against them. In fact, he says that doing so was part of the Maverick Hunters' duty.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X6'']]

::'''All'''
* BackFromTheDead: They've been mentioned as being dead long before the events in the game, and they're revived by Gate.
* DesignatedVillain: At least in the backstory, about half of these guys are otherwise nice guys who gets framed and/or disposed of just because they're too strong. Meanwhile the other half are quite nutjobs.

::'''Blaze Heatnix'''

He is a phoenix-based Reploid created by Gate to withstand extremely hot temperatures. Later he became a member of a disaster prevention team created to respond to increased activity from active volcanoes. However, because Heatnix was so much more powerful than the other members, he would ignore his coworkers (seeing them as weak and useless) in dangerous situations, disregard them if they ran into danger, resulting in many losses. Gate was demanded to weaken Heatnix to keep him on par with the other members, but Gate ignored these requests. As a result, Heatnix was eventually disposed of for his behavior. Gate later revived him to use him in the Nightmare investigation, and sent him to the magma area.
-> Acquired weapon: Magma Blade/Shouenzan
-> Weakness: Ground Dash/Sentsuizan

* AirborneMook
* BloodKnight
* FeatheredFiend
* GiantFlyer
* GravityScrew: can somehow summon magma from above that ''stays'' there.
* LogicalWeakness: earth can be used to douse fire.
* MightMakesRight: His mentality.
* ThePhoenix
* PlayingWithFire
** FlamingSword: What X will get from him. As for Zero it is modified into a special move.
** HotWings
** [[MagmaMan Magma Phoenix]]
* SocialDarwinist
* WreathedInFlames: In his DesperationAttack, though he's already quite burning normally.

::'''Blizzard Wolfang'''

He is a wolf-based Reploid that was created by Gate. He was the leader of an investigation team stationed at the North Pole Area. One day, his team members were attacked by Mavericks and all were killed, except Wolfang, who was able to dispose of all the Mavericks himself. Researchers who opposed Gate took advantage of the incident and schemed to dispose Wolfang, deceiving Alia into throwing him into the cold sea, making it look like an accident. Gate later revives Wolfang, making him part of his Nightmare Investigation team.
-> Acquired weapon: Ice Burst/Hyoroga
-> Weakness: Magma Blade/Shoenzan

* BigBadassWolf
* CeilingCling
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Wolf]]
* LogicalWeakness: Fire > ice
* MustMakeAmends: His mentality.
* UndyingLoyalty
* UtilityWeapon: X's weapon allows him to create a temporary platform, while Zero's Special Weapons grant him CeilingCling like Wolfang.
* WolfMan

::'''Commander Yammark'''

He is a dragonfly-themed Reploid created by Gate, to lead an observation team for a nature preservation project. He has an understandable paranoia and distrust of Reploid researchers, and, for unknown reasons, Maverick Hunters. While on duty he accidentally set a fire that burnt a large portion of the forest. Sometime later, his flight system was sabotaged during maintenance, leading to a fatal crash and his death. Gate resurrects him later on to aid in the investigation of the Nightmares.
-> Acquired weapon: Yammar Option (both characters)
-> Weakness: Ray Arrow/Rekkoha

* AirborneMook
* AttackDrone
** OrbitingParticleShield
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* {{Bishounen}}: ''Those eyes...''
* CommandingCoolness
* CoolShades
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 Gyro Man]].
* ForestRanger
* WarmupBoss

::'''Ground Scaravich'''

He is a Reploid treasure hunter modeled after a dung beetle, who was wanted by the Maverick Hunters for damaging historic ruins. In his work he discovered a lot of data on ancient robots and Gate assisted him in exchange for this information. When Gate sent Scaravich to a forbidden area (the laboratory where X was discovered), Alia was forced to intercept and dispose of him. She felt bad for doing this, but Gate appeared to not have cared about what happened to him. He was later resurrected by Gate in ''X6'' as part of his Nightmare Investigation team.
-> Acquired weapon: Ground Dash/Sentsuizan
-> Weakness: Yammar Option

* BadassMoustache
** [[StrokeTheBeard Stroke The Moustache]]: In his character art.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* DishingOutDirt
* TheNapoleon
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's able to push a ball of rock that's many times larger than he is.
* SixthRanger: He wasn't actually created by Gate; he just got recruited by him.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Rolling a ball of rock.
* TreasureHunter

::'''Infinity Mijinon'''

He is a water flea-based Reploid created by Gate to test pilot large manned weaponry. Mijinion was often arrogant and hasty, and would completely ignore the testing program, which put many of his associates in peril. Eventually Mijinion was killed in a sabotaged test that was made to look like an accident. Later on, during the Nightmare incident, Gate revived Mijinion as an investigator and sent him to a weapons manufacturing plant. Once there, Mijinion immediately began constructing a massive weapon called Illumina.

* AirborneMook
* AxCrazy: Borderline example.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* CoolHelmet
* DoppelgangerAttack
* HumongousMecha: He's in charge of maintaining one.
* HypocriticalHumor
-->'''Mijinion:''' Are the other investigators useless fleas?
* MadScientist: More like Mad Engineer, but close enough.
* MarathonBoss
* MesACrowd: To the point of ''filling the whole screen'' with his clones.
* PowerFloats
* SeldomSeenSpecies: He's a ''water flea''. Probably one of the very few instances you'll see one in a video game, much less ''any'' form of media.

::'''Metal Shark Player'''

He is a hammerhead shark-based Reploid created by Gate to work as member of a recycling research team. His job was to oversee the analysis and control of DNA at the facility and was very skilled in his work. Player's abilities in DNA analysis soon led him to experiment in the recreation of Reploids using the DNA of retired Mavericks. Gate still used and encouraged his work despite "DNA Resurrection" being deemed illegal by the government. Player's activities were eventually discovered and he was disposed of as punishment. Gate later revives him as one of his Nightmare Investigators, putting him back in charge of the recycling plant.
-> Acquired weapon: Metal Anchor/Rakukojin
-> Weakness: Meteor Rain/Ensuizan

* AnchorsAway
* DeathFromAbove: He can sometimes fall to the ground head-first to smash X/Zero.
* EverythingsWorseWithSharks
* ExtraOreDinary
* LogicalWeakness: ZigZagged - him being weak to water doesn't make sense when you think that he's a shark, but it does make sense when you think that water rusts metal.
* {{Necromancer}}: He excels in reploid DNA resurrection and he can create clones from various old Mavericks out of junk.

::'''Rainy Turtloid'''

He is a turtle-based Reploid created by Gate as a member of a water quality research team. He was designed to explore areas with high levels of pollution too great for humans and other Reploids to investigate. As such, his defense systems were greatly heightened. However, concerns grew that his defensive capabilities were too great, and the other researchers demanded he be weakened. Gate refused to comply, and as a result, Rainy Turtloid took his own life so as not to be burden to his creator. He was later revived by Gate to serve as one of his "Nightmare Investigators".
-> Acquired weapon: Meteor Rain/Ensuizan
-> Weakness: Ice Burst

* AttackItsWeakPoint: Attack the two crystals on his back to make him vulnerable.
* BadassBack: His in-game sprite always has him facing out of the screen, showing off his large shell.
* DrivenToSuicide: Out of concern to his creator.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Even if it costs his life.
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser
* LogicalWeakness: Aside from being water-elemental, his stage is also riddled with rain, making him susceptible to ice attacks.
* [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily My Shell Will Protect Me]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: He can fire these from his back.
* MakingASplash
* RollingAttack
* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.
* TurtlePower
* UndyingLoyalty

::'''Shield Sheldon'''

He was a giant clam-based Reploid created by Gate to serve as a bodyguard for important people (mainly chiefs of other research institutes). Shieldon feels he failed in his job as bodyguard when Dr. Jim, a laser researcher he was protecting, went Maverick. Sheldon had no choice but to dispose of Jim, but his actions were misinterpreted by the Maverick Hunters that arrived on the scene and he was charged as a Maverick himself. He could not deal with the stress and shame of the incident deciding to take his own life, believing that he was useless. He was later resurrected by Gate to examine the Nightmare. Seeing this as a second chance, he tries to fulfill his duty as a bodyguard protecting Gate, even at the costs of his life again.
-> Acquired weapon: Guard Shell (both characters)
-> Weakness: Metal Anchor/Rakukojin

* AlliterativeName
* DeflectorShields: His Guard Shell.
* DoppelgangerAttack
* DrivenToSuicide: Same deal as Turtloid above.
* FailureKnight
* [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily My Shell Will Protect Me]]
* MyGreatestSecondChance: He believes that being revived by Gate to serve him as this.
* PowerFloats
* RealMenWearPink
* RemovableShell
* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: He can throw out his two clam shells to attack the player from afar.
* UndyingLoyalty

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X7'']]
::'''Flame Hyenard'''
::''Crazy Warrior Cloaked in Flames''

->Acquired Weapon: Circle Blaze (+ Double Bullet)/Bakuenjin
->Weakness: Splash Laser/Suiretsusen

* AxCrazy: Due to the Maverick Virus.
* ColossusClimb: Hyenard rides on top of a large Gazelle-like Mechaniloid that the heroes must climb.
* TheHyena: Not exactly a laugher, but he does spam his MadnessMantra of "BURN! BURN! BURN TO THE GROUND!"
* LogicalWeakness: Water > Fire
* MesACrowd
* PlayingWithFire

::'''Ride Boarski/Hellride Inobusky'''
::''Charging Man''

->Acquired weapon: Moving Wheel/Zankourin
->Weakness: Circle Blaze/Bakuenjin

* AxCrazy
* {{Expy}}: He gains one in form of Nitro Man.
* FullBoarAction
* HairTriggerTemper: So much that his speech can degenerate to {{Angrish}} easily at times.
* KingMook: Speculated to be an {{expy}} of the Crash Roader enemies. Lampshaded by Zero:
--> '''Zero''': Are you guys remnants of the Road Attackers?[[note]]They're mooks from X1, specifically from Storm Eagle's stage[[/note]]
--> '''Boarski''': Argghaa! How dare you group us with those punks! You'll get it for this!
--> '''Zero:''' Oh, so you must be the Road Riders, then?[[note]]They're the Ride Chaser-riding mooks from Jet Stingray's stage in X4[[/note]]
* MadBomber
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His Japanese name.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Charging around.
* TransformingMecha: Into a CoolBike.

::'''Snipe Anteator/Snipe Ariquick'''
::''Keeper of the Electronic Labyrinth''

->Acquired weapon: Sniper Missile/Hieijin
->Weakness: Moving Wheel/Zankourin

* ArmorPiercingQuestion
-->'''X:''' How long must this madness go on!
-->'''Anteater''': Hahaha! Let me ask you - how long has this madness been going on?
-->'''X''': ?!
-->'''Snipe Anteater''': The annals of history contain endless records of war... The "madness" will never end.
* AttackDrone: Modeled after ants, no less.
* BackpackCannon
* ColdSniper
* HomingProjectile
* OldSoldier: Implied from his lines. Being old, weak but strategic and knowledgable helped.
* OverlyLongTongue
* StockAnimalBehavior: Using the tongue to capture a prey.
* WolverineClaws

::'''Soldier Stonekong'''
::''Strongarm of the Deepest Green''

->Acquired weapon: Gaea Shield/Gokumonken
->Weakness: Explosion/Hadangeki

* {{BFS}}
* BloodKnight
* DishingOutDirt
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* KillerGorilla
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* OnlySaneMan: Implied; he's aware that the Red Alert is actually being manipulated. He only chooses to fight because of his loyalty to the group.
* UndyingLoyalty: See above.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: One of his attacks does essentially the same thing.

::'''Splash Warfly/Splash Wafly'''
::''Pursuer from the Blue Sea''

->Acquired weapon: Splash Laser/Suiretsusen (+ D-Glaive)
->Weakness: Volt Tornado/Raijinshou

* AllAccordingToPlan: Said word-for-word against Zero. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* BladeOnAStick: What Zero will get from him.
* DoubleWeapon
* FishPeople: Despite looking more like a damselfly, he's actually based on a flying fish.
* HitAndRunTactics
* LogicalWeakness: Water is a strong conductor for electricity.
* MakingASplash
* PlatformBattle

::'''Tornado Tonion/Tornado Debonion'''
::''Dancing Assassin''

->Acquired weapon: Volt Tornado (+ Ray Gun)/Raijinshou
->Weakness: Gaia Shield/Gokumonken

* FatBastard
* ManChild: Implied by his mannerisms, lines, and his mangled grammar.
* OnlySaneMan: Among the few of the Red Alert who's aware that they're being manipulated by "The Professor".
* PlantPerson
* ShockAndAwe
* SuicideByCop: He actually asks X to kill him because he regrets what he's doing.

::'''Vanishing Gungaroo/Vanishing Gungaroon'''
::''Pure Wildchild''

->Acquired weapon: Explosion (+ G-Launcher)/Hadangeki
->Weakness: Wind Cutter/Souenbu

* BoxingKangaroo
* BrattyHalfPint
* DeflectorShields
* KangarooPouchRide: His Ride Armor is styled after a kangaroo, with its cockpit being in its "pouch".
* MadBomber
* MiniMecha: The only boss in the ''X'' series to ever use a Ride Armor, apart from Vile.
* StockAnimalBehavior: Punching/kicking the player character.

::'''Wind Crowrang/Wind Karasting'''
::''Dark Winged Rival''

->Acquired weapon: Wind Cutter/Souenbu (+ V-Hanger)
->Weakness: Sniper Missile/Hieijin

* AirborneMook
* BlowYouAway
* FeatherFlechettes: Homing exploding feathers!
* HomingProjectile
* RavensAndCrows

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maverick Bosses from ''X8'']]

::'''All'''

* WeCanRuleTogether: Played straight/downplayed. As Axl is the prototype of their kind, some of them tend to treat him with respect, perhaps with the intention of swaying him to their side, while some others treat him like dirt. To some extent, they'll also comment about how their master is interested in Zero in various ways.
* WhatTheHellHero: Most, if not all of them will object to the heroes calling them Mavericks in various ways.

::'''Avalanche Yeti/Ice-Snow Yettinger'''
::''Guardian of the Eternally Frozen Fields''

A Yeti-based new generation Reploid that worked at an environmental research center in Antarctica. He's worried about the world's environment, but when he became a Maverick, he tampered with the control system of the facility.
-> Acquired weapon: Drift Diamond/Hyouryuushou/Ice Gatling
-> Weakness: Thunder Dancer/Raikousen/Plasma Gun

* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti
* DesperationAttack: Makes it rain snowflakes that freeze the player on contact.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/MegaMan8 Frost Man]].
* GatlingGood: What Axl will get from him.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Yeti]]
* LightningBruiser
* MoreDakka: Ice Gatling
* {{Shoryuken}}

::'''Bamboo Pandamonium/Bamboo Pandemonium'''
::''Fallen Giant of the Forest''

Pandamonium was in charge of the rocket center in Booster Forest, a space research facility in China used before the Jakob Orbital Elevator was built. After it was abandoned, he stayed at the facility. When he became a Maverick, he collected data on the rockets in the facility for Sigma.
->Acquired weapon: Green Spinner/Youdantotsu/Blast Launcher
->Weakness: Melt Creeper/Enkoujin/Flame Burner

* ArmorPiercingAttack: Zero's Youdantotsu works as this.
* BambooTechnology: He shoots exploding bamboo shoots at you!
* BearHug: His "immobilization" attack. This does a lot of damage and you have to call in your partner to get you out.
* DeathFromAbove: Pandamonium fires out a rocket (or two) that arcs into the air. 5+ seconds later during his next attack, it lands on top of you and blows up, and if you're trapped by bamboo shoots it may be impossible to evade.
* DesperationAttack: A MegatonPunch that does a crazy amount of damage and can destroy ride armors in one hit.
* GreenThumb
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: He often talks about how history has been spent on making destructive inventions and that it is what makes the world be in the current state now - desolate and war-torn.
* LogicalWeakness: Fire burns plants.
** [[ManOnFire Panda On Fire]]: The result.
* MegatonPunch: His DesperationAttack, which does the most damage in the game aside from Lumine's Paradise Lost.
** ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Adapted to this for Zero.
* MightyGlacier
* PandaingToTheAudience
* StuffBlowingUp[=/=]ThrowDownTheBomblet: Many of his attacks are explosive-based.

::'''Burn Rooster/Burn Kokekokker'''
::''White-Hot Fowl''

Rooster worked at a borderland waste disposal center that harnesses the heat of a volcano to incinerate garbage, including retired Mavericks. He refers to the disposal center as a Reploid graveyard, and unhappy with his work, he became a Maverick and caused an uprising in the disposal center.
-> Acquired weapon: Melt Creeper/Enkoujin/Flame Creeper
-> Weakness: Drift Diamond/Hyouryuushou/Ice Gatling

* DesperationAttack: Produces fire columns on the sides of the arena, limiting your movement.
* DivingKick: His Enkoukyaku (though he calls it "Enkoujin")
* FireBreathingWeapon: Axl's acquired weapon.
* PlayingWithFire
* {{Shotoclone}}
* SwordPlant: The attack that Zero will get from him.
* WallJump
* WhatTheHellHero: Calls out the Maverick Hunters about destroying mavericks:
-->"All I'm doing is listening to the cries of pain...The cries of all the Reploids you've sent here because you decided they were Mavericks. "
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: defeating him isn't the end of the mission. You gotta have to RiseToTheChallenge against the lava before reaching the finish at the top.

::'''Dark Mantis/Darkneid Kamakill'''
::''Deadly Blade Lurking in Darkness''

Mantis was in charge of security for an underground military facility with an advanced security system, but when he became a Maverick, he used the facility to produce weapons for Sigma.
->Acquired weapon: Shadow Runner/Rasetsusen/Black Arrow
->Weakness: Shining Ray/Tenshouha/Ray Gun

* AboveGoodAndEvil: He claimed that there's no such thing as good or evil.
* {{BFS}}: His DesperationAttack briefly turns his {{Sinister Scythe}}s into these.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* BlackoutBasement: When fighting Mantis, the brightness in the room randomly changes, but it's usually dark.
* CastingAShadow
* DarkIsEvil
* DesperationAttack: Jumps into the middle of the screen, and does two HUGE circular slashes, each covering about 3/4 the arena.
* DualWielding
* HomingProjectile
* LifeDrain: If he manages to grab you.
* LogicalWeakness: Light>Darkness
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His Japanese name.
* {{Ninja}}
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A Ninja Mantis Robot.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: His Shadow Runners are semi-homing boomerangs.
* RollingAttack: What Zero will obtain from him.
* SinisterScythe: More obvious once he gets his DesperationAttack ready.
* StockAnimalBehavior: His grab move greatly resembles that of a real life mantis' grab.
* WallJump

::'''Earthrock Trilobyte/Earthrock Torirovich'''
::''Insect Inhabiting Rich Mineral Deposits''

Trilobyte was in charge of the Rare Metal mine in Metal Valley, which has minerals essential to space development used by the Jakob Project. When he became a Maverick, he instigated a rebellion in Metal Valley and gave the extracted minerals to Sigma.
->Acquired wepaon: Crystal Wall/Rekkyoudan/Bound Blaster
->Weakness: Squeeze Bomb/Juuhazan/Spiral Magnum

* AttackReflector: What Zero will get from him; his normal slashes can reflect projectiles.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* DesperationAttack: Creates multiple [[AdvancingWallOfDoom advancing walls of doom]], just like one point during the level.
* DishingOutDirt
* {{Expy}}: Of Crystal Snail.
* GemstoneAssault
* HeavilyArmoredMook: You need to get rid of his armor or flip him over before you can properly damage him.
* PinballProjectile: Bound Blaster
* RemovableShell: His body coverings can be destroyed with his weakness.
* SeldomSeenSpecies
* UtilityWeapon: A charged Crystal Wall can uncover Rare Metal upgrades if used in the correct spot.

::'''Gigabolt Man-O-War/Gigavolt Dokragen'''
::''High Voltage Drifter''

Based on a jellyfish that supplied energy to Megalopolis. When he became a Maverick, he started causing chaos and siphoned off the energy supply of Megalopolis to Sigma.
-> Acquired weapon: Thunder Dancer/Raikousen/Plasma Gun
-> Weakness: Crystal Wall/Rekkyoudan/Bound Blaster

* AirborneMook
* DeadlyLunge: What Zero will get from him.
* DesperationAttack: Causes a massive electric storm that hits certain points on the floor.
* ElectricJellyfish: Not quite one (a [[TheWormThatWalks Portuguese Man-of-war]] isn't a jellyfish, but looks similar), but the idea is there.
* ElectronicSpeechImpediment: What the heroes will think of him the first time they meet him, seeing as he doesn't respond to their words the first time. They suspected that his mind has become broken. They may or may not be wrong.
* FlunkyBoss
* GetBackHereBoss: In the level itself, you have to chase him down via hoverbike and attack him.
* PlatformBattle: a ''very'' small platform (by Boss battle standards), at that.
* ShockAndAwe
* UtilityWeapon: Thunder Dancer can be used to power up the generator in Dark Mantis' level, lighting up the whole place.

::'''Gravity Antonion/Gravitate Ant-Onion'''
::''Twister of Time and Space''

A new generation Reploid that worked in a anti-gravity laboratory. He was a very intelligent scientist, with a calm and polite demeanor. When he became a Maverick, he created a tower above the anti-gravity lab.
->Acquired weapon: Squeeze Bomb/Juuhazan/Spiral Magnum
->Weakness: Shadow Runner/Rasetsusen/Black Arrow

* ArmorPiercingAttack: All the Special Weapons gained from his defeat.
* BadassBookworm
* {{BFS}}: He can make one out of blocks.
* CeilingCling[=/=]WallCrawl: Justified as he's based off an ant.
* DesperationAttack: Teleports away and creates multiple metal blocks that fall all over the arena.
* GravityMaster
* ImprovisedWeapon: A {{BFS}} made out of those blocks in his stage.
* LogicalWeakness: Somewhat: Darkness has no weight (as it is the absence of light) and thus isn't affected by gravity.
* PintsizedPowerhouse
* ShorterMeansSmarter
* StockAnimalBehavior: Lifting a block that's bigger than him. Also walking on the ceiling and walls.
* StrongAnts: He can create large heavy blocks that are about four times his size, pick them up from underneath, and throw them at the player character!
* UnrealisticBlackHole

::'''Optic Sunflower/Optic Sunfloward'''
::''Assassin From the Depths of Outer Space''

Sunflower was originally responsible for running Troia Base, a virtual Hunter training facility stationed in Europe. When he became a Maverick, he caused the management program of the training area, "Helios", to go haywire.
->Acquired weapon: Shining Ray/Tenshouha/Ray Gun
->Weakness: Green Spinner/Youdantotsu/Blast Launcher

* AxCrazy: Though he claims not to be so. In fact, after you defeat at least four other Mavericks, his lines are rather normal in tone.
* ChasingYourTail: One of his moves has him go into the middle and spin a laser around the battlefield, forcing the player to move in a circle.
* CrosshairAware: When preparing his KillSat.
* DesperationAttack: Commands a KillSat to drop a laser onto the player.
* KillSat: His DesperationAttack. When performing it, an image of the Final Weapon from ''X4'' can be seen.
* LightEmUp[=/=]HolyHandGrenade
* LightIsNotGood
* MesACrowd: Can create fake clones of himself.
* PillarOfLight
* PlantPerson
* RayGun: what Axl will get from him.
* TeleportSpam
* WaveMotionGun

[[/folder]]
----

!Supporting Cast

::'''Dr. Light'''

The original TechnoWizard, and the "father" of ''VideoGame/MegaManX''. In the year [[ExtyYearsFromNow 20XX (later in the 21st century)]], Dr. Light began working on his masterpiece. However, he knew that he would not live long enough to fully test X's potential, so he had X sealed in a capsule on September 18, 20XX, not to be awakened for thirty years.
-->''Voiced by: TomohisaAso (JP)''

* BigGood
* BrainUploading: There's a theory that Light made the holograms (or is it just ''hologra'''''m'''''?) this way...
** It's almost impossible for it to be anything else, as in X5, he ''specifically refers to Alia''. Sure, he could know about Zero from the past, maybe, but ''Alia''?
* CrazyPrepared: He manages to make the ''Zero Armor'', for a robot he probably doesn't (or maybe he does) even know exists in his own lifetime! And that's just ''one'' example...
* EnergyBeing
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: He created X in hopes that he would help create a world of peace. In a way, he did, but it took many hundreds of years, and Dr. Wily's last creation is just as responsible as Light's.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: How ''did'' he hide all those upgrade capsules?
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: His voice recording inside X's sealing capsule in the ending video of ''Maverick Hunter X''. The good doctor has gotten old and his time was about to come at the time of recording.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Dr. Light, seeing that [[LetXBeTheUnknown the "X" stands for a variable that represents unlimited potential,]] and thus, a connotation of danger, averts this trope by sealing him in a capsule for 30 years for morality testing to assure that he'll do what's right (or [[RetCon alternately]], because TheWorldIsNotReady to accept him as a living, sapient being on par with humans). Dr. Cain, on the other hand...
* LightIsGood
* NotQuiteDead: At the very least, he's alive enough to have conversations in ''X5'', and repair a critically damaged X at the end...
* TheObiWan
* PosthumousCharacter
* TheProfessor
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Somewhat of a justified/deconstructed example; While Doctor Light created X and his endless capabilities, the humans of the future couldn't fully replicate his design, nor did they bother to put their reploids under a special mental-stability diagnostic like X had been. The result was a race of intelligent free-thinking androids that weren't completely stable, causing endless wars.
* ShootTheDog: ''X5's'' bad ending: He repairs X, but [[{{Unperson}} deletes his memories of Zero and installs a program to prevent X from having those memories replaced or recreated.]]
* TheSmartGuy
* SpiritAdvisor[=/=]VirtualGhost
* TechnoWizard

::'''Dr. Cain'''
[[quoteright:205:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/205px-Drcain_5829.jpg]]

An Archeobotanist who discovered X and used his design to produce Reploids, robots able to think for themselves. When they started going Maverick, he helped to form the Maverick Hunters. He appeared in ''X2'' and ''X3'' and was mentioned in the backstory for ''X1'' and ''X4'', but [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared from the series after that]].

* TheAtoner: To a small degree, at least, compared to Zero. He was a painful subversion: ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero every]]'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero attempt he makes to rectify that mistake, only made things]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero worse]]'': Repliforce, Dr. Doppler, and ''especially'' Sigma. At least making Signas the leader of the Hunters wasn't a bad move.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: His role diminishes over the course of the series. His most pronounced and significant appearance was only in ''X2'', where he's the one who ({{canon}}ically) ressurected Zero from the parts X reclaimed from the X Hunters.
* TheMentor
* NameOfCain: In the OVA ''Day of Sigma'', this is reinforced by the city attacked by Sigma's missile attack being called [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Abel City.]]
* NotThatKindOfDoctor
* OCStandIn: Did not appear post-''X3'', except as part of the backstory, and characterization only started to come up one game later. He's generally used as AFatherToHisMen - after all, it seems like [[HurtingHero X]] and [[TheAtoner Zero]] need it once [[StuffBlowingUp stuff stops blowing up.]]
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Despite his field of study being old weeds, Cain could still reverse engineer X's design to create Reploids. This reverse engineering was physically sound, but he then subverts this trope when he neglects Light's warning about morally testing the new reploids.
* {{Retcon}}: The OVA and ''Maverick Hunter X'' continuty seems to kill him off 3 games ''too early''.
* SchrodingersCast: Due to his indeterminate fate in the ''Maverick Hunter X'' reboot.

::'''Signas'''
[[quoteright:283:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/283px-SignasX8_8765.jpg]]

The last of Dr. Cain's personal creations, he [[AllThereInTheManual was once a private investigator]] before becoming the new leader of the Maverick Hunters when Dr. Cain retired from duty. He was introduced in ''X5'' and has remained in place since, but he was only mentioned [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]] to ''Command Mission''.
-->''Voiced by: HirotakaSuzuoki (JP)''

* AllThereInTheManual: Was apparently a private investigator before joining the Maverick Hunters.
* BlingOfWar
* CommissarCap: Not quite as blatant as Colonel's, but...
* ContinuityCameo: Blink and you'll miss it, but he briefly appears in ''The Day of Sigma.''
* DemotedToExtra: Not that he actually had a large role to begin with, but, in ''X8'', his ''only'' appearance is at the end of each mission to congratulate the heroes. That's it. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Isn't it sad?]]
* {{Expy}}: He's remarkably similar, appearance-wise, to Colonel.
** [[InvertedTrope Ironically]], his aproach to situations is very much ReasonBeforeHonor.
* PowerCrystal: Seven of them, apparently meant to convey his importance.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TheStrategist

::'''Alia'''
[[quoteright:229:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/229px-X8_aliawaist_1258.jpg]]

A [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection navigator]] who appeared in ''X5'' and has appeared in every game since (not including [[GaidenGame Command Mission]]). Her role in the game is generally to [[CaptainObvious point out that spikes hurt]] and to [[StopHelpingMe pause the game at inopportune moments to tell you so]]. She gained more plot relevance in ''X6'', where her backstory was expanded and tied up with [[BigBad Gate's]] StartOfDarkness. [[ArtEvolution Unlike the rest of the cast]], her upgrade in X8 was very [[FanservicePack well recieved]] among the fans.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Played oddly with Gate, as each considers the other to be the greater of the two.
* TheAtoner: For her involvement in Gate's StartOfDarkness.
* CallForward: The ending of ''X6'' implies she at least started the project that created the Cyber-Elves.
** That, and she resembles the descendant of the ''actual'' genius behind the project.
* TheCameo: Appears briefly in Zero's ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' ending, and in the field with X and Axl no less, suggesting that she kept her level in badass.
* ChekhovsGunman: First introduced as a simple Navigator in ''X5''. One game later, however, the motivations of one-time BigBad Gate is caused directly by that "simple" navigator. Oh, and there's a [[EpilepticTrees theory]] that they were even actually [[FoeYay romantically involved...]]
* DistaffCounterpart: Can be unlocked as a playable character with the same play style as X...but without the PoweredArmor.
* DumbBlonde: Not remotely so in-story, but she seems destined to accidentally kill her charges throughout ''X5'' with her ill-timed "help." She gets better.
* {{Expy}}: Take a look at her in ''X8'', then take a look at [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Ciel]]. The resemblance is ''very'' uncanny...
** She's also the ''X'' equivalent of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Roll]], as she is a GadgeteerGenius female navigator that helps the heroes from behind the scenes.
* FanservicePack: Her ''X8'' redesign can only be explained as this.
** LettingHerHairDown
** TookALevelInBadass: Became playable - instant ActionGirl and all the appeal that comes with it!
* GadgeteerGenius: Reverse engineering and recreating the armours from ''X4'' and ''X5'' for the following games.
* HartmanHips: Even before the "upgrade."
* HotScientist: Yeah...
* IWillWaitForYou: Not as pronounced as, say, Ciel to Zero, but a conversation in ''X6'' provokes this trope with X.
* MissionControl
** ExpositionFairy
** StopHelpingMe: {{lampshaded}} by ''X8'' having the option of turning off Navigator contact before going on a mission.
*** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: She became a lot more tolerable for ''X8'', and, of course, there's the TookALevelInBadass part...
** VoiceWithAnInternetConnection
* OutOfFocus: She expresses personal concern about X during certain transmissions during ''X6''; nothing comes out of it and in the next games Alia has no personal ties with X, dropping their interaction back to ''X5'' status, strictly professional.
* ShipTease: With Gate in her flashback sequence in ''X6''.

::'''Douglas'''

This green reploid was introduced in ''X5'' as the head of the Hunters research and development department; working to repair the Enigma cannon (and later [[LuckBasedMission probably]] the Space Shuttle) in order to stop the [[ColonyDrop descent]] of Eurasia, as well as installing parts for X and Zero. He reprises this role for ''X6'', before [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome dropping out of the limelight.]]
-->''Voiced by: WataruTakagi (JP)''

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Post-''X6''.
* GadgeteerGenius

::'''Lifesaver'''

Introduced in ''X5'', Lifesaver acts as the head medic for the Maverick Hunters. He becomes suspicious of Zero due to his unusual reactions towards the virus. His suspicions end up provoking the fight between X and Zero fight. Unlike the other Hunters introduced in ''X5'', he does not return in any other game in the series.

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* MeaningfulName
* TheMedic
* ProperlyParanoid
* TheStoolPigeon: Of the Disgruntled Daria subtype.

::'''Layer'''
[[quoteright:290:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/290px-MMX8Layer_1544.png]]

A new navigator introduced in ''X8''. She specializes in analyzing Boss patterns and can determine their weakness.

* BlindingBangs
* BoobsOfSteel: Puns aside, Layer, with comparatively larger breasts than the other navigators, sticks out with melee fighting whereas the other two plays ranged combat.
* DistaffCounterpart: Can be unlocked as a playable character with the same play style as Zero.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
-->"Just hearing the words "space rocket" is so nostalgic. How romantic...Oh...Sorry. Anyway, don't worry. I'll navigate properly."
* EnemyScan: Her MissionControl specialty.
* HopelessSuitor: To Zero. It leads to one of the few, genuinely funny scenes whenever these two interact.
** Of course, he's carrying TheVirus, so this is probably for the better. Heck, look what happened to Iris!
** It doesn't help that Zero is just plain [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]]. Unless he actually believes in his own CartwrightCurse.
* LadyOfWar: When you unlock the requisite weapon upgrades.
* LuminescentBlush
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Mostly because of her...
** {{Underboobs}}
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Layer''': Good work out there, X. Um.. Zero looks awfully down in the dumps...\\
'''X''': Oh? Are you worried about him, Layer?\\
'''Layer''': No...Um...Not really...As an operator, I'm just concerned about the overall welfare of the team. That's all...

::'''Pallette'''
[[quoteright:282:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/282px-MMX8Pallette_4550.png]]

The third navigator introduced in ''X8''. Specializes in the layout of levels, and can find secret areas.

* DistaffCounterpart: Can be unlocked as a playable character with the same play style as Axl...but, for [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration obvious reasons]], without his copy chip abilities.
* GadgeteerGenius
* ItemCrafting: She manages the research and development department, which comes close to the trope.
** She's also the most likely of the three navigators to help you find the pieces strewn about the levels, almost but not quite averting GuideDangIt. A for effort, Capcom.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Invoked/lampshaded:
-->"Zero! Have you forgotten already? I'm Pallette. This here is Layer. We're the new navigators here. Don't forget about us!"
* ShipperOnDeck: Likes to tease Layer on her unrequited crush on Zero.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Isn't it sad, Douglas?
* SmallGirlBigGun

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::'''[[FanNickname Green Biker Dude]]'''

A popular extra from the intro stage of ''X2'', who died within seconds of his introduction. While popping a wheelie.

* BadassBiker
* FanNickname
* OCStandIn: Absolutely nothing is known of his character. Lucas Gilbertson, the English voice of Zero in the later series, has expressed interest in voicing a prequel explaining his motives; this is at best highly unlikely to happen.
* RedShirt

::'''Mac'''

A Hunter turned Maverick. Captures X at the beginning of ''X3'', allowing players to ''finally'' get the chance to play as Zero!

* FaceHeelTurn
* CurbStompBattle: One buster-buster-saber combo from Zero is enough to do him in.
* {{Miniboss}}
* {{Mook}}: Technically a [[MechaMooks Mecha Mook]].

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![[CanonForeigner Manga Originals]]

::'''iX/Return-X'''

A clone of X created by Dr. Doppler's Limited Virus, this manga-only character serves as the lead's EvilTwin.

* EnemyWithout
* EvilTwin

::'''Martei'''

A female reploid whose design is based on a mermaid. She becomes X's LoveInterest.

* MsFanservice: After being rebuilt in a normal, humanoid form, the pants she wears...[[{{Stripperiffic}} aren't]].
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Pirate Mermaid Robot]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name has been translated usually as either Martei or [[GenderBlenderName Marty]].

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* FailOSuckyname: "The" is part of his name, not simply an article.



* SpellMyNameWithAThe



* UnfortunateName: A Skiver can have the definition of a dagger...or a lazy person.

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* UnfortunateName: UnfortunateName[=/=]FailOSuckyname: A Skiver can have the definition of a dagger...or a lazy person.


::'''Shining Firefly/Izzy Glow'''

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::'''Shining Firefly/Izzy Hotarunicus/Izzy Glow'''




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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His American name would normally have been "Shining Firefly."



::'''Spiral Pegasus/The Skiver'''

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::'''Spiral Pegasus/The Pegasyon/The Skiver'''



* FailOSuckyname: "The" is part of his name, not simply an article.




::'''Tidal Whale/Duff [=McWhalen=]'''

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\n* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His American name normally would have been "Spiral Pegasus."

::'''Tidal Whale/Duff Makkoeen/Duff [=McWhalen=]'''




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* UnfortunateName / FailOSuckyname: His American name is '''[[TheSimpsons Duff]]''' [=McWhalen=], and he's a [[MakingASplash water type]]. It's ''impossible'' to look at his name without thinking of something else.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His American name normally would have been "Tidal Whale."


* EverythingsBetterWithChickens



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* WindIsGreen: His wind orbs and ElementalBarrier are green in colour.


::''Flying Spy of Shadows''

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::''Flying Spy of Shadows''
Shadow Ninja''



* {{Ninja}}
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A Ninja Hornet Robot!



::''Silvery Snowman''

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::''Silvery ::''Silver Snowman''



::''Guardian Deity of the Jungle''

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::''Guardian Deity ::''Protector of the Jungle''



::''Water Dragon President''

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::''Water Dragon President''
::''President of the Water Dragons''



::''Barbarian of Earth's Depths''

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::''Barbarian of Earth's Depths''
::''Subterranean Barbarian''


* LogicalWeakness: Somewhat zig-zagged: It's somewhat counter-intuitive to have a plant weak to a plant-themed attack (that causes big explosions, but still), but the idea may have been that plants uses light for photosynthesis to grow.

Added DiffLines:

* AirborneMook


* EleventhHourSuperPower: In the 2nd X vs. Vile battle in the first game, after [[spoiler:Zero's HeroicSacrifice to destroy Vile's [[MiniMecha Ride Armor]]]], all of X's energy is restored for some reason, ready to fight Vile on equal footing now. This was even {{lampshaded}}:

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* EleventhHourSuperPower: In the 2nd X vs. Vile battle in the first game, after [[spoiler:Zero's Zero's HeroicSacrifice to destroy Vile's [[MiniMecha Ride Armor]]]], Armor]], all of X's energy is restored for some reason, ready to fight Vile on equal footing now. This was even {{lampshaded}}:



* EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in [[spoiler:Bass' ending]] in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters [[spoiler:in Dr. Wily's blueprint.]]

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in [[spoiler:Bass' ending]] Bass' ending in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters [[spoiler:in in Dr. Wily's blueprint.]]



** He does experience a relatively minor one in ''Command Mission'' when he learns that [[spoiler:not only did Redips manipulate the entire events of the game to both get the Supra-Force metal and get rid of Epsilon, but that Redips also posed as Spider for an undeterminant part of the game]]. While the others are rushing off to chase [[spoiler:Redips]], Zero is hesitant to go with them, and then tells X "[[spoiler:Spider was actually just Redips?! How badly have we been duped here?!]]" before X snaps him out of it by reminding him that [[spoiler:Redips is going to use the Supra-Force Metal, and that they can't let him do so]].

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** He does experience a relatively minor one in ''Command Mission'' when he learns that [[spoiler:not not only did Redips manipulate the entire events of the game to both get the Supra-Force metal and get rid of Epsilon, but that Redips also posed as Spider for an undeterminant part of the game]]. game. While the others are rushing off to chase [[spoiler:Redips]], Redips, Zero is hesitant to go with them, and then tells X "[[spoiler:Spider "Spider was actually just Redips?! How badly have we been duped here?!]]" here?!" before X snaps him out of it by reminding him that [[spoiler:Redips Redips is going to use the Supra-Force Metal, and that they can't let him do so]].so.



** [[spoiler:Sigma's]] [[{{BFS}} Blade]] made out of scrap.

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** [[spoiler:Sigma's]] Sigma's [[{{BFS}} Blade]] made out of scrap.



* TheImmune: He takes it one step further: he's immune to the Maverick Virus, and he even becomes stronger the more the virus infects him, as shown in the gameplay. It has to do with Zero being [[spoiler:not only the original source of the virus itself, but he is actually made to be able to use it as a power source.]]

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* TheImmune: He takes it one step further: he's immune to the Maverick Virus, and he even becomes stronger the more the virus infects him, as shown in the gameplay. It has to do with Zero being [[spoiler:not not only the original source of the virus itself, but he is actually made to be able to use it as a power source.]]



* GrandTheftMe: Tried to pull this on [[spoiler: Axl!]]Red in ''X7'', but failed. Before that, he also attempted this on X in ''X3'', but either Zero or Doppler blasted him before he manages to.

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* GrandTheftMe: Tried to pull this on [[spoiler: Axl!]]Red Axl!Red in ''X7'', but failed. Before that, he also attempted this on X in ''X3'', but either Zero or Doppler blasted him before he manages to.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The 1st part of the EvilPlan in ''X5'', [[spoiler:where Sigma baits X and Zero [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning into fighting and defeating him at the '''beginning of the game''',]] spreading TheVirus all over the Earth]]. One should know that it's a trap, since your {{archenemy}} wouldn't have let himself get beaten ''that'' easily.
** In a bizarre twist earlier in the series, [[spoiler:Sigma's battle with Zero pre-''X''. Sigma's actually TheHero in this scenario, and the whole battle (possibly when Sigma punches Zero's helmet crystal) was the cause of TheVirus passing onto him, triggering his FaceHeelTurn and, in turn, Zero's HeelFaceTurn]].
*** Although, it could be that [[spoiler:Sigma as a Maverick]] would be preferable to [[spoiler:Zero ''remaining'' a Maverick.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The 1st part of the EvilPlan in ''X5'', [[spoiler:where where Sigma baits X and Zero [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning into fighting and defeating him at the '''beginning of the game''',]] spreading TheVirus all over the Earth]]. One should know that it's a trap, since your {{archenemy}} wouldn't have let himself get beaten ''that'' easily.
** In a bizarre twist earlier in the series, [[spoiler:Sigma's Sigma's battle with Zero pre-''X''. Sigma's actually TheHero in this scenario, and the whole battle (possibly when Sigma punches Zero's helmet crystal) was the cause of TheVirus passing onto him, triggering his FaceHeelTurn and, in turn, Zero's HeelFaceTurn]].
HeelFaceTurn.
*** Although, it could be that [[spoiler:Sigma Sigma as a Maverick]] would be preferable to [[spoiler:Zero Zero ''remaining'' a Maverick.]]



* UnwittingPawn: If [[spoiler:Lumine's]] words are to be believed, [[spoiler:Sigma was actually being used by Lumine in X8]].

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* UnwittingPawn: If [[spoiler:Lumine's]] Lumine's words are to be believed, [[spoiler:Sigma Sigma was actually being used by Lumine in X8]].X8.



* LevelGrinding: In ''X6'', hit him with his weakness ([[spoiler:Meteor Rain/Ensuizan]]) twice in quick succession and he'll drop a Nightmare Soul worth 200 points, the kind you normally only get for beating the 8 bosses quickly. You can do this three times per battle and you have unlimited opportunities to fight Dynamo. Get the picture?

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* LevelGrinding: In ''X6'', hit him with his weakness ([[spoiler:Meteor Rain/Ensuizan]]) (Meteor Rain/Ensuizan) twice in quick succession and he'll drop a Nightmare Soul worth 200 points, the kind you normally only get for beating the 8 bosses quickly. You can do this three times per battle and you have unlimited opportunities to fight Dynamo. Get the picture?



* MarathonBoss: The only way to damage him is to [[spoiler:shoot him with a [[ChargedAttack Charged Shot]], and quickly follow up with any of the boss weapons (excluding Guard Shell). Zero does the opposite (boss attack followed by any of the basic saber slashes).]] When you do this, he has an overly long recoil-and-fly-off-the-screen animation, during which he is invincible. Yes, it's incredibly tedious, and this back-and-forth cycle goes on until he's almost out of health, [[DesperationAttack when]] [[spoiler:he goes ballistic and floods the screen with projectiles]]. Mercifully you can continuously attack him during that.

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* MarathonBoss: The only way to damage him is to [[spoiler:shoot shoot him with a [[ChargedAttack Charged Shot]], and quickly follow up with any of the boss weapons (excluding Guard Shell). Zero does the opposite (boss attack followed by any of the basic saber slashes).]] When you do this, he has an overly long recoil-and-fly-off-the-screen animation, during which he is invincible. Yes, it's incredibly tedious, and this back-and-forth cycle goes on until he's almost out of health, [[DesperationAttack when]] [[spoiler:he he goes ballistic and floods the screen with projectiles]].projectiles. Mercifully you can continuously attack him during that.



* DivingKick



* LogicalWeakness: Water > Fire



* LogicalWeakness: Water is a strong conductor for electricity.




::'''All'''

* WeCanRuleTogether: Played straight/downplayed. As Axl is the prototype of their kind, some of them tend to treat him with respect, perhaps with the intention of swaying him to their side, while some others treat him like dirt. To some extent, they'll also comment about how their master is interested in Zero in various ways.
* WhatTheHellHero: Most, if not all of them will object to the heroes calling them Mavericks in various ways.



-> Acquired weapon: Drift Diamond/Hyouryuushou/Ice Gatling
-> Weakness: Thunder Dancer/Raikousen/Plasma Gun



* GatlingGood: What Axl will get from him.



->Acquired weapon: Green Spinner/Youdantotsu/Blast Launcher
->Weakness: Melt Creeper/Enkoujin/Flame Burner

* ArmorPiercingAttack: Zero's Youdantotsu works as this.



* BrickJoke: Green Spinner acts like one of sorts. Pandamonium fires out a rocket (or two) that arcs into the air. 5+ seconds later during his next attack, it lands on top of you and blows up, and if you're trapped by bamboo shoots it may be impossible to evade.

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* BrickJoke: Green Spinner acts like one of sorts. DeathFromAbove: Pandamonium fires out a rocket (or two) that arcs into the air. 5+ seconds later during his next attack, it lands on top of you and blows up, and if you're trapped by bamboo shoots it may be impossible to evade.



* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: He often talks about how history has been spent on making destructive inventions and that it is what makes the world be in the current state now - desolate and war-torn.



* MegatonPunch: His DesperationAttack, which does the most damage in the game [[spoiler:aside from Lumine's Paradise Lost]].

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* MegatonPunch: His DesperationAttack, which does the most damage in the game [[spoiler:aside aside from Lumine's Paradise Lost]].Lost.
** ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Adapted to this for Zero.



-> Acquired weapon: Melt Creeper/Enkoujin/Flame Creeper
-> Weakness: Drift Diamond/Hyouryuushou/Ice Gatling



* DivingKick: His Enkoukyaku (though he calls it "Enkoujin")



* FireBreathingWeapon: Axl's acquired weapon.



* SwordPlant: The attack that Zero will get from him.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: defeating him isn't the end of the mission.

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: defeating him isn't the end of the mission.
mission. You gotta have to RiseToTheChallenge against the lava before reaching the finish at the top.



->Acquired weapon: Shadow Runner/Rasetsusen/Black Arrow
->Weakness: Shining Ray/Tenshouha/Ray Gun

* AboveGoodAndEvil: He claimed that there's no such thing as good or evil.



* HomingProjectile



* RollingAttack: What Zero will obtain from him.



->Acquired wepaon: Crystal Wall/Rekkyoudan/Bound Blaster
->Weakness: Squeeze Bomb/Juuhazan/Spiral Magnum

* AttackReflector: What Zero will get from him; his normal slashes can reflect projectiles.
* BigCreepyCrawlies



* {{Expy}}: Of Crystal Snail.



* HyperDestructiveBouncingBall: Bound Blaster

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* HyperDestructiveBouncingBall: PinballProjectile: Bound BlasterBlaster
* RemovableShell: His body coverings can be destroyed with his weakness.
* SeldomSeenSpecies



-> Acquired weapon: Thunder Dancer/Raikousen/Plasma Gun
-> Weakness: Crystal Wall/Rekkyoudan/Bound Blaster



* DeadlyLunge: What Zero will get from him.



* ElectronicSpeechImpediment: What the heroes will think of him the first time they meet him, seeing as he doesn't respond to their words the first time. They suspected that his mind has become broken. They may or may not be wrong.



->Acquired weapon: Squeeze Bomb/Juuhazan/Spiral Magnum
->Weakness: Shadow Runner/Rasetsusen/Black Arrow



* GeniusBruiser



* LogicalWeakness: Somewhat: Darkness has no weight (as it is the absence of light) and thus isn't affected by gravity.



* StockAnimalBehavior: Lifting a block that's bigger than him.

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* StockAnimalBehavior: Lifting a block that's bigger than him. Also walking on the ceiling and walls.



* AxCrazy

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->Acquired weapon: Shining Ray/Tenshouha/Ray Gun
->Weakness: Green Spinner/Youdantotsu/Blast Launcher

* AxCrazyAxCrazy: Though he claims not to be so. In fact, after you defeat at least four other Mavericks, his lines are rather normal in tone.


Added DiffLines:

* LogicalWeakness: Somewhat zig-zagged: It's somewhat counter-intuitive to have a plant weak to a plant-themed attack (that causes big explosions, but still), but the idea may have been that plants uses light for photosynthesis to grow.


Added DiffLines:

* RayGun: what Axl will get from him.


* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Before the fight starts.



* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Before the fight starts.



* LogicalWeakness: Water can short-circuit electrical currents.




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* DesignatedVillain: At least in the backstory, about half of these guys are otherwise nice guys who gets framed and/or disposed of just because they're too strong. Meanwhile the other half are quite nutjobs.



::

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::




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* WolfMan



* AirborneMook



* BigCreepyCrawlies



* DoppelgangerAttack
* HumongousMecha: He's in charge of maintaining one.



* MadScientist: More like Mad Engineer, but close enough.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Even if it costs his life, out of concerns for his master.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Even if it costs his life, out of concerns for his master.life.



* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.



* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.



* RemovableShell
* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.



* StockAnimalBehavior: Retracting into his shell.



->Acquired Weapon: Circle Blaze (+ Double Bullet)/Bakuenjin
->Weakness: Splash Laser/Suiretsusen



* TheHyena: Not exactly a laugher, but he does spam his MadnessMantra of "BURN! BURN! BURN TO THE GROUND!"



* TheHyena: Not exactly a laugher, but he does spam his MadnessMantra of "BURN! BURN! BURN TO THE GROUND!"

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* TheHyena: Not exactly a laugher, but he does spam his MadnessMantra of "BURN! BURN! BURN TO THE GROUND!"



->Acquired weapon: Moving Wheel/Zankourin
->Weakness: Circle Blaze/Bakuenjin

* AxCrazy
* {{Expy}}: He gains one in form of Nitro Man.



* KingMook: Speculated to be an {{expy}} of the Crash Roader enemies.

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* HairTriggerTemper: So much that his speech can degenerate to {{Angrish}} easily at times.
* KingMook: Speculated to be an {{expy}} of the Crash Roader enemies. Lampshaded by Zero:
--> '''Zero''': Are you guys remnants of the Road Attackers?[[note]]They're mooks from X1, specifically from Storm Eagle's stage[[/note]]
--> '''Boarski''': Argghaa! How dare you group us with those punks! You'll get it for this!
--> '''Zero:''' Oh, so you must be the Road Riders, then?[[note]]They're the Ride Chaser-riding mooks from Jet Stingray's stage in X4[[/note]]



* AttackDrone

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->Acquired weapon: Sniper Missile/Hieijin
->Weakness: Moving Wheel/Zankourin

* AttackDroneArmorPiercingQuestion
-->'''X:''' How long must this madness go on!
-->'''Anteater''': Hahaha! Let me ask you - how long has this madness been going on?
-->'''X''': ?!
-->'''Snipe Anteater''': The annals of history contain endless records of war... The "madness" will never end.
* AttackDrone: Modeled after ants, no less.
* BackpackCannon



* OldSoldier: Implied from his lines. Being old, weak but strategic and knowledgable helped.



* StockAnimalBehavior: Using the tongue to capture a prey.



->Acquired weapon: Gaea Shield/Gokumonken
->Weakness: Explosion/Hadangeki



* BloodKnight



* OnlySaneMan: Implied; he's aware that the Red Alert is actually being manipulated. He only chooses to fight because of his loyalty to the group.
* UndyingLoyalty: See above.



->Acquired weapon: Splash Laser/Suiretsusen (+ D-Glaive)
->Weakness: Volt Tornado/Raijinshou

* AllAccordingToPlan: Said word-for-word against Zero. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* BladeOnAStick: What Zero will get from him.



* HitAndRunTactics



->Acquired weapon: Volt Tornado (+ Ray Gun)/Raijinshou
->Weakness: Gaia Shield/Gokumonken



* ManChild: Implied by his mannerisms, lines, and his mangled grammar.
* OnlySaneMan: Among the few of the Red Alert who's aware that they're being manipulated by "The Professor".




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* SuicideByCop: He actually asks X to kill him because he regrets what he's doing.


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->Acquired weapon: Explosion (+ G-Launcher)/Hadangeki
->Weakness: Wind Cutter/Souenbu


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* DeflectorShields
* KangarooPouchRide: His Ride Armor is styled after a kangaroo, with its cockpit being in its "pouch".


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->Acquired weapon: Wind Cutter/Souenbu (+ V-Hanger)
->Weakness: Sniper Missile/Hieijin


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