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''Rockman X'' is a manga adaptation of the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, authored by mangaka Yoshihiro Iwamoto and serialized in Kodansha's Comic [=BomBom=] magazine from 1994 to 1998. It is notable for its additional characters, AdaptationalExpansion of the games' [[ExcusePlot simple plots]], and being even DarkerAndEdgier than ever. It has [[NoExportForYou never been officially translated]] outside of its original Japanese releases, though fan translations are common online.

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''Rockman X'' is a manga adaptation of the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, authored by mangaka Yoshihiro Iwamoto and serialized in Kodansha's Comic [=BomBom=] magazine from 1994 to 1998. It is notable for its additional characters, AdaptationalExpansion AdaptationExpansion of the games' [[ExcusePlot simple plots]], and being even DarkerAndEdgier than ever. It has [[NoExportForYou never been officially translated]] outside of its original Japanese releases, though fan translations are common online.



* AdaptationalExpansion: By nature of moving from a gameplay-focused medium to a storytelling-focused medium, Iwamoto had to expand a lot on each game's narrative in order to make them more compelling. This often involved making some sort of central story theme for the characters to follow.

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* AdaptationalExpansion: AdaptationExpansion: By nature of moving from a gameplay-focused medium to a storytelling-focused medium, Iwamoto had to expand a lot on each game's narrative in order to make them more compelling. This often involved making some sort of central story theme for the characters to follow.


* CanonForeigner: Oh plenty. Some of the more notable ones include Mars the Maverick Hunter, Storm Eagle's ex-girlfriend Teal, and the mermaid with a crush on X, Marty.

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* CanonForeigner: Oh plenty. Some of the more notable ones include Mars the Maverick Hunter, Storm Eagle's ex-girlfriend deceased girlfriend Teal, and the mermaid with a crush on X, Marty.


*** X fights Violen within a giant coliseum in the X-Hunter base. Soon Serges and Agile join the battle,

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*** X fights Violen within a giant coliseum in the X-Hunter base. Soon Serges and Agile join the battle,battle, but X kills them all. Serges then moves to activate a space laser, but Zero destroys him before attacking X. X manages to remove the Sigma Chip from Zero at the cost of his Armor Parts.
*** X and Zero work together to defeat Sigma. He reveals that the entire base is his real body and appears as a projection, but X defeats him with a Hyper Giga Crash thanks to Mother. Zero then saves X from the collapsing base.


*** X meets Dr. Cain on his way to Wire Sponge, who later reappears to repair Sponge and return him to normal. Cain then shows X a graveyard for all the Reploids lost in the last war, including Zero's broken body.

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*** X meets Dr. Cain on his way to Wire Sponge, who later reappears appears to repair Sponge and return him to normal. Cain then shows X a graveyard for all the Reploids lost in the last war, including Zero's broken body.


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*** Morph Moth uses illusory dust to fool X into thinking he's fighting old Mavericks he's killed. Zero appears and finishes Moth off, but attacks X and calls him weak before departing.
*** X defeats Wheel Gator with the revelation that Zero will always be at his side.
*** X fights Violen within a giant coliseum in the X-Hunter base. Soon Serges and Agile join the battle,


** ''X2''
*** There's a rookie Maverick Hunter named Boy in the ''X2'' manga, who is believed to be an expansion of the game's famous RedShirt, Green Biker Dude.

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** ''X2''
''Mega Man X2''
*** There's A prologue shows X fighting a rookie crazed arsonist who has a Sigma Chip installed. A rescue mission turns out to be a trap, as the Hunter Heel betrays his unit and is destroyed by X. Upon going to the Maverick Hunter named Boy factory and destroying all the Sigma Chips, Sigma appears to challenge X in person before detonating the factory.
*** X meets Dr. Cain on his way to Wire Sponge, who later reappears to repair Sponge and return him to normal. Cain then shows X a graveyard for all the Reploids lost
in the ''X2'' manga, last war, including Zero's broken body.
*** Flame Stag holds a grudge against X for losing an old sparring match, and X overloads him to win. Afterwards Serges and Agile introduce themselves to X, while Violen raids Zero's grave for his body.
*** Sigma demands Crystal Snail mine crystals so he can become stronger. X accidentally kills Snail during their battle, and feels remorse over it. Serges is shown revealing the revived Zero.
*** X faces Overdrive Ostrich in the desert while Zero turns on the X-Hunters, fighting waves of Mavericks. Ostrich has mercy on X because he reminds him of his friend Storm Eagle, but they are interrupted by Violen launching another missile. Ostrich sacrifices himself to stop the missile, while Zero passes out on his way to help X.
*** X is told to reach the Mother Computer by a girl named Silky. "Mother" attacks X with the Chop Register sword, but he proves himself and befriends it. Zero is shown watching from the shadows, afraid of his Maverick Virus going out of control. Silky reveals herself as Magna Centipede in disguise, but Mother floods Centipede with a virus to defeat him.
*** X runs into a reborn Marty,
who is believed now leads a pirate crew at odds with Bubble Crab. They work together to be an expansion of the game's famous RedShirt, Green Biker Dude.defeat Bubble Crab.


* AdaptationalExpansion: By nature of moving from a gameplay-focused medium to a storytelling-focused medium, Iwamoto had to expand a lot on each game's narrative in order to make them more compelling.
** ''X1'' features an extended prologue of X and Zero fighting the clown Pierrot, before returning to base to find all the Maverick Hunters rallying together under Sigma and starting the rebellion.

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* AdaptationalExpansion: By nature of moving from a gameplay-focused medium to a storytelling-focused medium, Iwamoto had to expand a lot on each game's narrative in order to make them more compelling.
compelling. This often involved making some sort of central story theme for the characters to follow.
** ''X1'' features an extended ''Mega Man X1''
*** The story opens with a
prologue of X and Zero fighting the clown Pierrot, before returning to base to find all the Maverick Hunters rallying together under Sigma and starting the rebellion.



*** X faces Chill Penguin to free a frozen Hunter, Mars. In the end Mars sacrifices himself to help X win the battle.

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*** X faces Chill Penguin to free a frozen Hunter, Mars. In the end Mars sacrifices himself to help X win the battle.win.



*** X confronts Vile in a saloon, who gives his memetic bourbon speech and urges X to grow stronger before leaving.

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*** X confronts Vile in a saloon, who gives his memetic bourbon speech and urges X to grow stronger before leaving.



*** Boomer Kuwanger's CPU is stored within his tower hideout, and X overloads his X-Buster to destroy it and win.
*** Sigma's hideout floats all the way up into space, and Zero's sacrifice against Vile actually kills him along with his Ride Armor simultaneously.

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*** Boomer Kuwanger's CPU is stored within his tower hideout, and X overloads his X-Buster to destroy it and win.
him.
*** Sigma's hideout floats all the way up into space, and space. Zero's sacrifice against Vile actually kills him along with his Ride Armor simultaneously.



*** X survives using Sigma's durable cape. He discards his Armor Parts in a rage.

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*** X survives re-entry using Sigma's durable cape. He discards his Armor Parts in a melancholy rage.


* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: Various characters were overhauled, mostly in ''X3''.

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* AdaptationalExpansion: By nature of moving from a gameplay-focused medium to a storytelling-focused medium, Iwamoto had to expand a lot on each game's narrative in order to make them more compelling.
** ''X1'' features an extended prologue of X and Zero fighting the clown Pierrot, before returning to base to find all the Maverick Hunters rallying together under Sigma and starting the rebellion.
*** There's a legend of a "Rockman" (possibly referring to the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic original]]) who is an unstoppable warrior and can save the world. X slowly grows into this legend as the story goes on.
*** X faces Chill Penguin to free a frozen Hunter, Mars. In the end Mars sacrifices himself to help X win the battle.
*** X figures out his Variable Weapons System against Spark Mandrill to beat him, but Sigma deals the final blow before leaving X with an invitation to join his rebellion.
*** Sting Chameleon forces X to go up against an army of mind-controlled animals, but he gets through to them and frees them. X then overloads Chameleon's sensors so he can't change colors and beats him. Afterwards, X and Zero are ambushed by Armored Armadillo, but he has mercy on them and challenges X to face him in his mine.
*** Armored Armadillo got a scar over his eye for disobeying Sigma with his challenge, and wields a samurai sword. He uses it to commit seppuku at the end of the duel, wishing to not self-destruct and destroy X nor the soldiers in the mine. However, when X emerges he finds the soldiers massacred by someone else despite Armadillo's sacrifice.
*** X confronts Vile in a saloon, who gives his memetic bourbon speech and urges X to grow stronger before leaving.
*** Flame Mammoth uses Reploid scraps to heal himself throughout his fight with X. Once Mammoth's body is destroyed, his CPU lingers and demands X finish him off, but he refuses.
*** Zero faces Storm Eagle once X has been knocked out. He loses too, and has a flashback to when he failed to rescue Eagle's girlfriend Teal from an explosion. Then X defeats Eagle, and Zero gets to reconcile with him before his death.
*** X saves a mermaid named Marty on his way to Launch Octopus, although it turns out she was working for Octopus and leading him into a trap. She changes her mind and sacrifices herself to help X beat Octopus. Fortunately, X is able to save her CPU and upload it to a computer.
*** Boomer Kuwanger's CPU is stored within his tower hideout, and X overloads his X-Buster to destroy it and win.
*** Sigma's hideout floats all the way up into space, and Zero's sacrifice against Vile actually kills him along with his Ride Armor simultaneously.
*** Sigma's cape is bulletproof, though he discards it to finish X off. X beats him by shooting his beam saber back into his chest. The fight with Wolf Sigma takes place outdoors instead, and X only wins by taking down the entire hideout so it burns up in the atmosphere.
*** X survives using Sigma's durable cape. He discards his Armor Parts in a rage.
** ''X2''
*** There's a rookie Maverick Hunter named Boy in the ''X2'' manga, who is believed to be an expansion of the game's famous RedShirt, Green Biker Dude.
* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: Various characters Several character backstories were overhauled, mostly in ''X3''.




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* CanonForeigner: Oh plenty. Some of the more notable ones include Mars the Maverick Hunter, Storm Eagle's ex-girlfriend Teal, and the mermaid with a crush on X, Marty.


* AdaptationalExpansion: The manga adds a truckload of details and plot elements that would have been difficult to implement into the limitations of video games of the time:

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* AdaptationalExpansion: AdaptationalBackstoryChange: Various characters were overhauled, mostly in ''X3''.
** Dr. Doppler was a former colleague of Dr. Cain's.
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The manga adds a truckload of details Nightmare Police, Bit and plot elements Byte, were once saved by Dr. Doppler. Their bodies are also [[TheWormThatWalks composed of worms]] that would have been difficult to implement into the limitations of video games of the time:
let them warp and transform.


A short adaptation of the climax of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 fifth]] game was also released for the ''Mega Man X'' series' 25th anniversary.

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A short adaptation of the climax of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 fifth]] game was also released for the ''Mega Man X'' ''X'' series' 25th anniversary.


A short adaptation of the climax of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 fifth]] game was also released for ''Mega Man X'' series' 25th anniversary.

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A short adaptation of the climax of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 fifth]] game was also released for the ''Mega Man X'' series' 25th anniversary.


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* Adaptational Expansion

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* Adaptational ExpansionAdaptationalExpansion: The manga adds a truckload of details and plot elements that would have been difficult to implement into the limitations of video games of the time:

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The manga managed to fully adapt the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 fourth]]) before its [[CutShort cancellation]]. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.

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The manga managed to fully adapt the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 fourth]]) before its [[CutShort cancellation]]. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.Mission''.

A short adaptation of the climax of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 fifth]] game was also released for ''Mega Man X'' series' 25th anniversary.

Manga in the series include:

* ''Rockman X'' (Jan. 1994 - Jan. 1995)
* ''Rockman X2'' (Feb. 1995 - Feb. 1996)
* ''Rockman X3'' (Mar. 1996 - Aug. 1997)
* ''Rockman X4'' (Sep. 1997 - Aug. 1998)
* ''Rockman X5 IF'' (Nov. 2018)

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* Adaptational Expansion


The manga managed to fully adapt the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 fourth]]) before its cancellation. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.

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The manga managed to fully adapt the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of the [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 fourth]]) before its cancellation.[[CutShort cancellation]]. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.


The manga managed to fully adapt the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX4 X4]]'') before its cancellation. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.

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The manga managed to fully adapt the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX4 X4]]'') the [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 fourth]]) before its cancellation. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.


The manga managed to fully adapt to the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX4 X4]]'') before its cancellation. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.

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The manga managed to fully adapt to the [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 games]] in the ''Mega Man X'' series (and almost all of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX4 X4]]'') before its cancellation. It has since maintained sort of a cult following in Japan for its unique take on the world of ''Mega Man X'', and Iwamoto has found success illustrating other ''X'' products such as the novel ''Rockman X: Irregulars Report'' and the continuations of the ''Mega Mission'' Carddass series, ''Mega Mission 4'' and ''Giga Mission''.

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