The supporting cast of the Mega Man X series.
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Dr. Thomas Light
Voiced by: noteThe original Techno Wizard, and the "father" of Mega Man X. In the year 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.
- Big Good: He keeps pretty busy for a dead guy. He seems to anticipate every obstacle the future will face.
- Brain Uploading: There's a theory that Light made the holograms (or is it just a hologram?) 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?
- The Archie Comic implies that Light became a cyber-elf as he is last seen aiding X, Zero, and Axl in a battle against Omega and Dr. Weil.
- Crazy-Prepared: 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...
- Energy Being: Depending on your interpretation of the capsules.
- Fling a Light into the Future: 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 (though another of Dr. Wily's creations helped bring it to its knees in the first place).
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests: How did he hide all those upgrade capsules?
- With the revelation that the hologram of Light was conscious the whole time, and could even repair X, it's highly probably that he was simply working on additional upgrades as it became apparent X would need them. Directly alluded to in X8 even, where he verbatim states he hopes it is the "last time" they need such things.
- Incurable Cough of Death: 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.
- Just Think of the Potential: Dr. Light, seeing that 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 alternately because The World Is Not Ready to accept him as a living, sapient being on par with humans). Dr. Cain, on the other hand...
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: For those who'd been playing along as the series released, the sudden reveal in X5 that Dr. Light's "hologram" was actually a sapient AI the whole time was a pretty stunning revelation — but as of his inclusion in the story of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Capcom has given away that twist to the general public.
- Light Is Good: He has his trademark white coat and is a big good in the series.
- Meaningful Name: He is now a Virtual Ghost/Energy Being.
- Not Quite Dead: At the very least, he's alive enough to have conversations in X5, and repair a critically damaged X at the end...
- Orwellian Editor: X5's bad ending: He repairs X, but erases his memories of Zero and installs a program to prevent X from having those memories replaced or recreated.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: 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.
- Spirit Advisor/Virtual Ghost: Again, it's up for conjecture, but he fits the bill in the narrative sense. The crackling blue holograms are a nod to Ben Kenobi's force ghost.
- Techno Wizard: He is more or less omnipotent with his technology.
Members of the Maverick Hunters
Voiced by: noteAn 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 disappeared from the series after that.
- The Atoner: To a small degree, at least, compared to Zero. He was a painful subversion: every attempt he makes to rectify that mistake, only made things worse: Repliforce, Dr. Doppler, and especially Sigma. At least making Signas the leader of the Hunters wasn't a bad move.
- Badass Beard & Bald of Awesome: He more resembles a Tai Chi instructor than a robotics expert.
- Big Good: For the first four games.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: 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 (canonically) resurrected Zero from the parts X reclaimed from the X Hunters.
- Death by Adaptation: In The Day of Sigma OVA.
- Name of Cain: In the OVA Day of Sigma, this is reinforced by the city attacked by Sigma's missile attack being called Abel City.
- O.C. Stand-in: 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 A Father to His Men - after all, it seems like X and Zero need it once stuff stops blowing up.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: 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 continuity seems to kill him off three games too early.
- Schrödinger's Cast: Due to his indeterminate fate in the Maverick Hunter X reboot.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His laboratory and modus operandi are identical to Dr. Light's role in the classic 8-bit games. His personal relationship with the Reploid leader, Sigma, mirrors the good doctor's falling out with Albert Wily.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Cain had good intentions in creating the Reploids from X's design, but not being skilled enough to recreate him 100% and not doing the morality testing resulted in the Mavericks. He then created Sigma to lead the Maverick Hunters, only for the virus in Zero to turn Sigma into humanity's biggest threat in the franchise history. And just for extra measure, his formation of the Repliforce for military police work to take stress off the Maverick Hunters also backfired into a full-on war and genocide of all of Repliforce. The long-term results of his hasty actions resulted in near extinction for all life on Earth.
Middy one of the greatest computer genius in the world, and manages the Hunter Base's Mother Computer throughout the shadow hunters incident to assist the Maverick Hunters solve the crisis. Middy's twin brother, Techno, was corrupted by Sigma, and attempted to hack into the Mother Computer by directly connecting his CPU to the computer used for the hacking. Sadly, when X destroyed Techno's terminal to stop him from hacking the Mother Computer, he also destroyed Techno's CPU, and because Techno and Middy shared the same CPU, he was killed too.
Voiced by: noteIntroduced as a rookie Hunter in X4, this little fat yellow Reploid acts as X's Mission Control and seems bumbling and harmless. Nevertheless he's loyal to X, assisting him in any way he can.More information here.
Voiced by: noteAfter the head of the Maverick Hunters (presumably Dr. Cain) resigned after the Repliforce incident, this Reploid was chosen as a successor due to his qualified specs. He was introduced in X5 and has remained in place since, but he was only mentioned in the manual to Mega Man X: Command Mission.
- All There in the Manual: Was apparently a private investigator before joining the Maverick Hunters.
- Big Good: The leader of the Maverick Hunters.
- Commissar Cap: Not quite as blatant as Colonel's, but...
- Continuity Cameo: Blink and you'll miss it, but he briefly appears in The Day of Sigma.
- Demoted to Extra: 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.
- Foil: He's remarkably similar, appearance-wise, to Colonel, but his approach to situations is very much reason before honor.
- He also serves as one to the once-Commander Sigma, both having a similar name and physique, yet while Sigma was a combat reploid who took the field as often as he liked, Signas keeps to HQ to delegate and support.
- Power Crystal: Seven of them, apparently meant to convey his importance.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Signas displays right out of the gate that he's a competent and reliable leader. Despite being flung into the feud between two ancient robots and an immortal malevolent virus, he quickly becomes a figure they trust to give them directive.
- The Strategist: He plans out the strategies to his team.
- Supporting Leader: He is the commander of the Maverick Hunters, but X and Zero (and later Axl) are the main heroes of the story.
Voiced by: noteA navigator who appeared in X5 and has appeared in every game since (not including Command Mission). Her role in the game is generally to point out that spikes hurt and to 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 Gate's Start of Darkness. Unlike the rest of the cast, her upgrade in X8 was very well-received among the fans.
- Action Girl: Once unlocked in X8, she can kick as much ass as X does.
- Always Someone Better: Played oddly with Gate, as each considers the other to be the greater of the two.
- Arm Cannon: Has a buster much like X.
- The Atoner: For her involvement in Gate's Start of Darkness.
- Badass Bookworm: She was a researcher in Reploid engineering before joining the Maverick Hunters, then became a Maverick Hunter as a bonus character in X8. Even as a scientist, Mega Man X6 implies she was combat-proficient, since she was forced to defeat some of Gate's robots.
- Breakout Character: A modest example in that Alia started to get more focus in merchandise and promos years after her redesign in X8, in anticipation for the series' collection in 2018 Alia was prominently shown alongside X, Zero and Axl as if her importance suddenly soared to be on their level.
- Call-Forward: The ending of X6 implies she at least started the project that created the Cyber-Elves, while resembling the descendant of said genius behind the project.
- The Cameo: 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.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First introduced as a simple Navigator in X5. One game later, however, the motivations of one-time Big Bad Gate is caused directly by that "simple" navigator. Oh, and there's a theory that they were even actually romantically involved...
- Distaff Counterpart: Can be unlocked as a playable character with the same play style as X... but without the armor upgrades.
- Dumb Blonde: 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 Ciel. The resemblance is very uncanny...
- Exposition Fairy: Especially in Mega Man X5 Alia is giving the player instructions. From X6 onwards, at least the majority of her comments are optional.
- Fanservice Pack: Her X8 redesign compared to her old design◊ from X5-X7 can only be explained as this.
- Letting Her Hair Down: For the second time since her researcher days.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Reverse engineering and recreating the armors from X4 and X5 for the following games.
- Hartman Hips: Even before the "upgrade".
- Hot Scientist: She is a very beautiful blonde scientist.
- I Will Wait for You: Not as pronounced as, say, Ciel to Zero, but a conversation in X6 provokes this trope with X.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In X8, she handles both enemy and stage strategies but not as much as Layer or Palette, respectively. As a playable character, she's the well-rounded character just like X.
- Mission Control: She provides hints and strategies to the Maverick Hunters during missions.
- Out of Focus: 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.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her armor parts are composed mainly of this color.
- Promoted to Playable: Mission control since X5, became a playable character in X8.
- Secret Character: Unlockable in X8.
- Secret Keeper: As the Maverick Hunters' Navigator in X5 and directly involving herself in the developments of X6, Alia is the only one besides X who definitivelynote knows Zero's origin as the source of the Maverick Virus.
- Ship Tease: With Gate in her flashback sequence in X6.
- Took a Level in Badass: Became playable — instant action girl and all the appeal that comes with it!
Voiced by: noteThis green Reploid was introduced in X5 as the head of the Hunters' research and development department; working to repair the Enigma cannon (and later probably the Space Shuttle) in order to stop the descent of Eurasia, as well as installing parts for X and Zero. He reprises this role for X6, before dropping out of the limelight.
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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Made only one appearance in the series. Mega Man X5
- Meaningful Name: His name refers to his role as a medic.
- The Medic: He specializes on developing vaccines to fight viruses.
- Properly Paranoid: During X5, he became suspicious of the virus readings found in Zero since it didn't have an effect on him. Depending on how the story unfolds, turns out he was right about it Zero and the virus he carries.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: His only appearance was in X5, possibly due to being The Scrappy for instigating the fight between X and Zero.
- Single-Minded Twins: Judging from his appearance in the penultimate stage (if playing as Zero), there are at least two of him, and they seem to be on the same wavelength. This isn't clarified in other material, but it's possible that Lifesaver was meant to be a mass-produced, generic robot.
- The Stool Pigeon: Of the Disgruntled Daria subtype.
Voiced by: noteA new navigator introduced in X8. She has been trained in Reploid and Mechaniloid development, which helps her analyzing enemy and boss strategies, as well as determining a boss' weakness.
- Action Girl: After unlocking her.
- Beauty Mark: Under the corner of her left eye.
- Blinding Bangs: Her bangs covers her eyes. From time-to-time, you can see her eyes through her bangs.
- Boobs of Steel: Puns aside, Layer, with comparatively larger breasts than the other navigators, sticks out with melee fighting whereas the other two plays ranged combat.
- Cool Sword: She wields a rapier in battle.
- Distaff Counterpart: Can be unlocked as a playable character with the same play style as Zero.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: This line from Bamboo Pandamonium's stage."Just hearing the words "space rocket" is so nostalgic. How romantic...Oh...Sorry. Anyway, don't worry. I'll navigate properly."
- Enemy Scan: Her Mission Control specialty.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her armor parts and her hair.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Zero. It leads to one of the few, genuinely funny scenes whenever these two interact.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Like Zero, Layer can use various weapons at her disposal, and pull them out of the blue at any time.
- Lady of War: When you unlock the requisite weapon upgrades.
- Luminescent Blush: Sometimes when she thinks about Zero.
- High-Pressure Emotion: Goes into a full-face blush from time-to-time.
- Secret Character: Unlockable as a playable character in X8.
- Stripperiffic: Evoked, but not quite literal. It looks like she's showing off Under Boobs and her midriff, but closer inspection (heh) shows that said underboobs and midriff are a different color and texture than her face, meaning she is fully covered, but in a way to specifically make her look stripperiffic.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: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..."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
Voiced by: noteThe third navigator introduced in X8. She's excels in route analysis and a skilled a cartographer, helping the Maverick Hunters in stage layouts and finding hidden items.
- Action Girl: She gets promoted to action girl status after unlocking her.
- Distaff Counterpart: Can be unlocked as a playable character with the same play style as Axl... but, for obvious reasons, without his copy chip abilities.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Like Axl, she use the Ray Gun, Spiral Magnum, Black Arrow, Blast Launcher, Plasma Gun, Bound Blaster, Flame Burner, and Ice Gatling on the fly after acquiring them.
- Item Crafting: She manages the research and development department lab, which comes close to the trope.
- Little Miss Badass: The youngest of the three navigators yet she's equally skilled in ass-kicking.
- Meganekko: Pallette is seen wearing glasses while in the R&D Lab.
- Ray Gun: Her weapon of choice.
Voiced by: noteShe 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 Mission Control (she once had to break up a fight between him and Colonel). She also appears in the chronologically earlier Xtreme 2/Soul Eraser and in a cameo appearance inside Zero's memories during X5.More information here.
A Hunter turned Maverick. Captures X at the beginning of X3, allowing players to finally get the chance to play as Zero!
- FaceHeel Turn: He used to be a member of the Maverick Hunters.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: One buster-buster-saber combo from Zero is enough to do him in.
Green Biker Dude
A popular extra from the intro stage of X2, who died within seconds of his introduction. While popping a wheelie. Whether he has ever been resurrected is not shown (although see Douglas above).
- O.C. Stand-in: 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.
- Red Shirt: Which is very appropriate.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is destroyed few seconds after his first appearance.
Other game characters
Voiced by: noteThe overseer of the Jakob Project, a Space Elevator 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.More information here.
The new Navigator for Mega Man X Dive. She keeps track of all things in the Deep Log and helps guide the player through the game.
Originally "iX", he is a clone of X created by Dr. Doppler's Limited Virus that serves as the lead's Evil Twin.
A female reploid whose design is based on a mermaid. She becomes X's Love Interest.