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    Copy X 
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This is something that you and the original X could never create...Only I could do this!
Voiced by Yuka Imai

The ruler of Neo Arcadia during Zero and Zero 3, with the role of Big Bad and Disc-One Final Boss, respectively. Ciel made him as a supposedly perfect copy of the original X; shame she didn't do that little 30 years of ethical testing bit. X's directive was to make Neo Arcadia a paradise for humans, which he did by the simple expedient of trashing Reploids for the littlest things on the pretense of being Mavericks. Basically, X as a crazy Knight Templar. Before beating the crap out of him, Zero informs him that he'll never be as strong as X because X had something to fight for. In Zero 3, Dr. Weil builds another Copy X as a figurehead to control Neo Arcadia and the Guardians.

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: In the jaPANese verSIon of his post-resurrRECTion, he emPHAsizes strange sylLABles.
  • Arm Cannon: He's a replica of X, so he's got a cannon on his arm.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: He's pretty much X without the "30 years of ethical testing" bit and thrown in waaaay over his head. Without having a moral compass or enough worldly experience and suddenly getting shoved into the ruling position, the only thing he knows is "being a good leader for human society"...to the expense of anything else (in this case, the reploids themselves).
  • Beam Spam: In his One-Winged Angel, and how!
  • Berserk Button: Don't you dare call him inferior to the real deal.
  • Beta Test Baddie: Being a copy, after all. However, he constantly insists he's a "perfect" copy of X and therefore cannot be wrong, going so far as to think of himself as superior to X, and his Berserk Button is someone telling him that yes, the real X was a far better hero and leader than he will ever be.
  • Big Bad: Of the first game.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Subverted. He was meant to be heroic, but lack of guidance makes him a Knight Templar instead.
  • The Caligula: He really means well on making Neo Arcadia a good place to live, but what he does to that end is pretty much wrong. It gets worse in the third game where even humans themselves are fair game for him for sacrifice.
  • Call-Back: His armor is similar to X's famous Ultimate Armor, complete with the Nova Strike, but with angel wings and different colors. He also exhibits many abilities of the X series, e.g the Shotgun Ice or the charged Triad Thunder and the ability to heal himself in a pillar of light during battle brings the fight with Vile to mind.
  • Came Back Wrong: Not that he was that great to begin with, but when Weil revives him in Zero 3, his speech patterns are messed up (Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble in Japanese and a pronounced stutter in English), subtly implying this.
  • Character Tic: Seemingly inherited X's own "armor up" gesture when equipping his Ultimate Armor.
  • Charged Attack: Just like X himself, he can charge his weapons to launch a stronger attack.
  • Cloning Blues: As his name spells it out, he's made as a replacement for X. In a variant, it's X himself who does the angst (over what the copy does under his name, that is), not Copy X.
  • Computer Voice: His voice has flanging while other Reploids have human-sounding voices.
  • Dash Attack: He has the infamous Nova Strike as one of his attacks.
  • Death from Above: His charged fire-elemental attack has him firing multiple fire projectiles upward, which then fall down, covering a wide area.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Assumes the long-running series "tradition" in Z3.
  • El Cid Ploy: He himself is the ploy, and Harpuia later makes a ploy in his stead.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment: When dying, he exhibits the "dying record" form of this.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's essentially X without his moral compass honed by a century of ethics testing, leading to him finally picking a side in the conflict between humans and reploids instead of trying to bring about mutual peace.
    • He is also one to Zero. Both use elemental chips, subtanks, and both are technically clones of their predecessors. However, Copy X's angelic design contrasts mightily with Zero's devil horns, red and black armor. Copy is a childish and short-tempered tyrant, while Zero is a stoic hero. Copy X is a true clone of X, while Zero is actually the original in a new body.
  • Evil Knockoff: Although his creator never intended for him to be evil in the first place.
  • Expy: Many fans think that Copy X's One-Winged Angel is the inspiration for Lumine of X8, thanks to the fact that Zero 1 was released before the game.
  • Fake King: The general populace never know that the X as they know him has been replaced by a copy for a few years. The players also only get to know this when Ciel told Zero before the last stage of the first game.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He thinks himself better than both X and Zero. Zero disagrees and X has similar thoughts.
    Zero: He's not as naive as you are. That's what made him a hero.
  • Fantastic Racism: Him towards Reploids, even though he's one himself.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He continuously stresses that he is a perfect copy of X whenever somebody brings it up, claims that he's always in the right by virtue of being a "perfect" copy, and will gladly crush anyone or anything that continues to attack him on that front. To drive it home, his battle form is gold and white alongside his original blue, and One-Winged Angel forms invoke the imagery of angels, specifically a Seraph (the highest-ranking angel in Heaven's hierarchy).
  • Final Boss: In Zero 1.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He can change his elemental powers via Palette Swaps: Blue is Non-Elemental, Red is Fire, Light Blue/Lavender is Ice, and Green is Lightning.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: In his second form.
  • A God Am I: Has shades of this; his One-Winged Angel form resembles a Seraph and his in-battle quotes include "Repent!" Japanese  and "I am judgement!" Japanese 
  • Gold and White Are Divine: His special armor has this coloration, which, combined with his basic blue, gives an impression that he's a divine savior. His One-Winged Angel naturally also goes like this.
  • Ground Punch: His charged thunder-element attack has him punching the ground, sending out electric currents that creep along the ground and walls.
  • Heal Thyself: His special ability in Zero 1 (if your rank is A or S) is creating a Pillar of Light that will shield him as well as healing one bar of life. In Zero 3, he does this regardless of your rank. He must be using a Sub-Tank.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Is convinced he's the proud hero and savior of humanity, making sacrifices for their sake by retiring the "evil" Reploids. At best, he's horribly misguided. At worst, he's a delusional hypocrite.
  • Holy Halo: his One-Winged Angel gives him one. He can even shoot energy rings out of it to restrain Zero!
  • Hypocrite: Goes around branding Reploids Maverick for fighting to defend themselves, defying a murderous regime, among other atrocities, while viewing himself as genuinely incapable of ever being in the wrong, and executing those innocent civilians in the first place. In the X series, he would've been deemed a Maverick for his murderous actions and delusional mindset, and in the third game, would've qualified for a third definition: bringing harm to humans.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's a perfect copy of the legendary X. As a perfect copy, he's incapable of making mistakes and every decision he makes is right by the virtue of being a perfect copy and shouldn't be questioned by anyone. Combined with Circular Reasoning, when he boasts to Zero that Neo Arcadia is doing what is right, and that is proof that their actions are just.
  • Knight Templar: Always believes himself to be in the right and his methods to be justified, even if it results in mass murder of innocent reploids. As long as humans are happy in the end, he doesn't feel that he's doing a bad thing.
  • Legacy Character: Arguably, since he doesn't hold much of the ideals of the character he inherited his legacy from.
  • Leitmotif: "X, the Legend".
  • Light Is Not Good: Adding to his angel motif.
  • Moral Myopia: In the third game, he accuses Ciel and La Résistance of being extremists for not giving up the alternate energy system she had developed. Never mind that not only was Copy X the one who started the mass extermination of Reploids in Neo Arcadia in the first place, but he also had no qualms about destroying an entire human residential district with a missile holding Omega, just to get the Dark Elf. This deed is why Ciel doesn't want to give the system to them in the first place.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Noun X" version.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Let's see, he instituted various racist and genocidal policies against Reploids, supposedly for the betterment of Neo Arcadia, and yet he himself is also a Reploid as well? And later on becomes somewhat nuts upon his return? Gee, that sounds like a certain German dictator during World War II...
    • Just like the man, he's also insanely arrogant, and delusional, even believing the right to judge what qualifies someone as Maverick is his and his alone. "I decide who is a Jew", anyone? Much like Hitler, who couldn't see he was causing nothing but suffering, Copy X couldn't grasp that bettering the society as a whole could have been achieved in much more humane ways with long-lasting, even permanent results.
  • Not Himself: Several characters in the third game subtly note that the X that they see is somehow different from the X that they knew — even for those who already knew that X had a copy. Heavily implied to be Weil's doing.
  • Not So Similar: He was originally planned to be the original X, but later in development became a robot who thought he was a perfect copy of the original. Zero himself comes to remember that X, his friend, was stronger and wiser than the doppelganger standing before him, a fact that he bluntly tells to Copy X.
  • Obliviously Evil: Par for the course for a Knight Templar. However, that's just from the perspective of the innocent Reploids. The human populace does see him as a savior. Part of the explanation is that he doesn't have time to learn what's wrong and what's right, unlike the original X, who spent 30 years straight being taught nothing but that.
  • Off-Model: Before donning his Ultimate Armor, the helmet his sprite is wearing doesn't look very much like the helmet he wears in either of his dialogue mugshots.
  • One-Winged Angel: Ciel must have thrown in some upgrades.
  • Orcus on His Throne: In both of his appearances. With the firepower he possesses, the "war" (barely counts as one until Zero arrived) against La Résistance would've been over a long time ago.
  • Our Angels Are Different: He takes the form of a six-wiged angel, a seraph. As the Mega Man Wiki points out, this sets him up against his original, who also appears in an angelic fashion, but in a much more humble manner (i.e with just a blue robe and a halo), emphasizing Copy X's Pride and vanity.
  • Powered Armor: But of course.
  • Power Gives You Wings: 6 wings. His first form also has many wings all over his body that do nothing. Only the ones on his back might actually be useful.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He is a perfect copy of X from a technical standpoint, but as Zero points out, he lacks the life-experience, maturity, and ethical testing of the original. As such, he makes a lot of extreme decisions while thinking he is incapable of making mistakes and that everything he does is right, despite the piles of dead Reploids his actions leave behind. He is also easily triggered by any unflattering comparisons to the original X, and when he is beaten by Zero in the first game, his reaction is comparable to a child who just lost a game of "Good Guys vs. Bad Guys".
    Copy X: Why...? Why...? I was...supposed to be...the perfect copy...How can this be...possible...? I was supposed to be...a hero...
    Zero: I've just remembered something...He was not as naive as you are. That's what made him a hero.
    • Also likely a reason he's given a child's voice, as opposed to the real X's, emphasizing that immature naivete.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Zero 3 clone has blue eyes, but goes back to red when he activates his Powered Armor.
  • Reflecting Laser: His EX Skill in the third game is to fire this; the laser can ricochet off walls and floors.
  • Replacement Goldfish: For X. Suffice it to say it didn't work out as intended.
  • Rings of Death: In his One-Winged Angel, they can be used to entrap Zero.
  • Shadow Archetype: He is a perfect copy of X, just without all of the morality testing that Dr. Light did to ensure that the real X wouldn't become the way Copy-X became.
  • Sketchy Successor: He lacks the ethical testing or the experience that X had, which makes him a crazy Knight Templar.
  • Slide Attack: Strangely enough, he has this.
  • Slouch of Villainy: In Zero 3.
  • Speech Impediment: He sp-speaks th-this way post-resurrection. That's p-possibly the clue that h-he Came Back Wrong.
  • Stationary Wings: In both of his forms.
  • Taking You with Me: Pulls this in the first game by blowing up the Tower you're in after losing.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's the only antagonist of the first game that's a true villain.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: The original X only summoned his armor at the beginning of a level or in the privacy of a capsule — this guy talks smack for several sentences and THEN summons it. At no point can Zero run over and slash the hell out of him for being so stupid.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Copy-X was the first legitimately successful replication of X's systemsnote  and in turn had all the raw horsepower X possessed when initially built up to the Ultimate Armor grade...It's just that throwing out raw power is really all he knows how to do, the original X had grown far beyond that marker anyway, and even in a weaker replica body, Zero's subconscious memory was more than familiar with X's best to handle him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Copy X Mk. II tries to rehash the One-Winged Angel trick from the first game when defeated, but ends up destroyed by a planted bomb and furthering Weil's plan, even in Zero's victory; so, Zero was right, he is naïve.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He's built a paradise for humans on the remains of the countless Reploids he's scrapped.
  • Villain Decay: He goes from being the Big Bad of Zero 1 to a mid-game boss and Unwitting Pawn in Zero 3.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Despite his many, many atrocities, the people of Neo Arcadia adore him. Given they know nothing of said atrocities, however, one could hardly blame them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that everything that he does is for the right cause, i.e protecting human society. This includes persecuting innocent Reploids in the name of energy crisis. And he does okay in that department — until, in the third game, he commanded the bombardment of a residential district, claiming the life of thousands of humans...all for getting the Dark Elf with Omega. (Justified in that case, though, since he's Not Himself.)

    The Four Guardians 
When X abandoned his original body to be the seal of the Dark Elf, these four reploids were created from his DNA in order to clean up the world. They are also the generals of each of the armed forces of Neo Arcadia.

  • Anti-Villain: While they're very determined to eliminate the Resistance, it's because they believed that such an act of rebellion is wrong, and they only wanted to protect Neo Arcadia, the last utopia on earth, along with its citizens.
  • Badass Long Robe: They all got one each in a concept art marked as "unofficial" alongside X.
  • Battle Aura: In their Desperation Attack, if you have the A or S rank.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Omega recovers himself with the Dark Elf after Zero gets exhausted defeating his last form, all of them (minus Phantom) deal additional damage to Omega to hold him off before Zero can move for the finishing strike. Apparently they also protected Zero from Omega's following explosion and died in the process, though this is All There in the Manual.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": They all have an X on their backs.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Harpuia is green, Fefnir is red, Phantom is black, and Leviathan is light blue.
    • According to an interview, they were all going to be colored blue because of their connection to X, but the artist Toru Nakayama argued that giving them different colors may help emphasize their attributes.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Split between two of them: Harpuia is the masochist and Leviathan is the sadist. Fefnir, meanwhile, is both.
  • Defeat Means Respect: Harpuia, Fefnir, and Leviathan respect Zero when he defeats them the first time. Phantom only did it in the third game, thinking that Zero's worthy enough to take on Omega.
  • Desperation Attack: Each of them has one that they will do when their health go below half.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Fittingly for the elements they represent, Harpuia has green eyes, Leviathan has blue eyes, and Fefnir has red ones.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: The surviving Guardians in 3 when they perform a Big Damn Heroes for Zero.
  • Elite Four: As indicated by their collective name, they serve as prime enforcers of Copy X. Even after they're reduced to three, they're still called the Four Guardians; justified since not many Neo Arcadians know about Phantom's fate (like how they never knew Copy X's fate until the third game), and the other Guardians likely tried to keep it a secret.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Fefnir, Leviathan, and Phantom respectively, while Harpuia is a balanced mix of all three.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: They cover all three of these (Fefnir to Fire, Leviathan to Ice, Harpuia to Lightning), with Phantom as a Non-Elemental.
  • Five-Man Band: Formed one with Copy X as the Big Bad and Harpuia as The Dragonnote , Fefnir as The Brutenote , Phantom as The Evil Geniusnote , and Leviathan as The Dark Chicknote .
  • Four Is Death: They even have the name "Shitennou" in Japan, which is commonly associated with evil teams of four.
  • Four-Star Badass: Each of them are generals of Neo Arcadia's armed forces: Harpuia of the air force, Fefnir of the army, Leviathan of the navy, and Phantom of the intelligence unit.
  • Freudian Trio: Excepting Phantom:
    • Id: Fefnir — the impetuous Blood Knight, hands down.
    • Superego: Harpuia, the most respectable Guardian, the stern moral compass, and most similar to X.
    • Ego: Leviathan — the playful, but also cooperative, the glue that holds the team together.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Due to his failure to stop Zero and retrieve the Dark Elf, and most certainly due to Weil's machinations, Harpuia, alongside a currently-comatose Fefnir and Leviathan, ends up being stripped of his rank by Copy X Mk II.
  • Hero Antagonist: They all are trying to protect Neo Arcadia from outside threats and maintain its peace. Thing is, you're now playing for the "bad guys" side.
  • Killed Off for Real: All of them eventually die before the end of the quadrilogy.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: They all also represent this, along with the armed service they represent (Fefnir for Land, Leviathan for Sea, and Harpuia for Sky), with Phantom again as the odd man out.
  • Leitmotif: "X, the Legend", which they share with Copy X.
  • Literal Split Personality: They were created from X and all have unique personalities.
  • One-Winged Angel: Their Armed Phenomenon forms. Phantom has one as seen in concept art, but it's never seen in-game since he dies before Zero 2.
  • Plot Armor: Zero defeats all of them like normal bosses, but they aren't destroyed; Phantom only dies because he self-destructed, and the other three eventually die when Omega explodes.
  • Praetorian Guard: As implied from their collective name.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad
  • Recurring Boss: All of them are fought three times, with an extra fourth time for 3 of them where they go One-Winged Angel. Phantom is fought the third time as a Bonus Boss.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm and sultry blue ice-element Dark Action Girl Leviathan and red fire-element berserker Fefnir in the Mega Man Zero games.
  • Retcon: In the original script (via author blog post), the reason for their absence in the fourth game is the fact that they were too busy evacuating the citizens of Neo Arcadia to meet with Zero. This was later changed in the databook to dying in the wake of Omega's explosion in an attempt to shield Zero.
  • Robo Family: Due to their similar origins and purpose, they're often called siblings. And X is their "father" of sorts.
  • Sex Is Violence: Harpuia and Leviathan particularly feel rather...turned on when they fight Zero.
  • Soul Jar: Their memories and consciousness are later recreated as Biometals in the ZX series.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Fefnir and Leviathan are often depicted together, and shown having similar thoughts each time.
  • Worthy Opponent: All of them consider Zero as this, though Phantom's the least hyped about it.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Except for Fefnir (who uses heavy boots instead). Yes, Harpuia and Phantom are male examples (though the former does have some woman vibes going on about him...)

Sage Harpuia

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...We, the Reploids of Neo Arcadia...We are defenders of humanity. The only justice here.
Voiced by Megumi Ogata

Called Kenshou ("Wise General") Harpuia in Japan. The Guardian of Wind. He's a military general of Neo Arcadia, commanding the Rekku Army (literally Army of the Fierce Sky), Neo Arcadia's military air force. He seems to have a lot of respect for Zero, and Zero likewise for him. By the start of Zero 2, he begins having doubts over whether the comfort of humans is worth the lives of reploids. He and his siblings help Zero defeat Omega once and for all at the end of Zero 3. In many ways like a meaner X in personality.

  • Adopt the Dog: Tied with his Character Development in Zero 2. Commonly associated with sparing an incapacitated Zero after the intro stage (though that could just as easily be his innately honorable nature kicking in). Other moments include The Reveal of his true feelings about the war and his ultimate decision that protecting civilians is more important than fighting the resistance.
  • A.I. Breaker: In the first game especially, if he's struck by an ice attack, he'll fall to the ground and then use an attack that consists of 3 Sword Beams. As soon as he's vulnerable again (i.e before he even flies again) and as soon as your charge is full, you can quickly strike him again, pretty much trapping him in a loop. If he's placed in the middle, you can even jump over him to avoid the Sword Beam attack entirely. In the second game, he has other strategies to use, but he remains rather easy to predict.
  • Attack Drone: Can release several funnel-like devices that act like tasers.
  • Badass Creed: He has one in the drama tracks:
    However the future hidden in the shadows beyond the door may turn out. Wind drives away the fog, fire shows the road. Water enriches the body, and shadow reflects oneself...By the four heavens, we will become a light to guide the world! Master X...For humans' sake, we can continue to fight. Even if it means our lives are exhausted as an offering for justice.
  • Blood Knight: After their first fight in 2, he admits that he feels most alive while fighting Zero. Is considerably more benign than most blood knights, and tends to keep his fighting spirit in check when there are more important matters to attend to; he only fights Zero when it's necessary, and he loves the moment, but he isn't much longing for it.
  • Blow You Away: Though for gameplay purposes, he focuses on Shock and Awe per the Fire, Ice, Lightning pecking order.
  • Character Development: Was once a loyal right-hand man of a Knight Templar before maturing into a morally conflicted Hero Antagonist that starts to believe that humans and Reploids can in fact coexist with each other peacefully, but is still willing to eliminate those who threaten the humans he protects. In other words, he is essentially X himself, without the pacifistic tendencies.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Became leader of Neo Arcadia in Copy-X's "absence". He serves as the main antagonist briefly during the second game until Elpizo's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Dual Wielding: With Laser Blades, no less.
  • Enemy Mine: Along with his siblings, helping Zero against Omega in Zero 3.
  • Expy: It's commonly believed in fanon that he was based on X's flight-based armors (particularly the Falcon Armor of X5).
    • By being a prideful, honorable, and respectful "villain" who's a bit misguided, he evokes Colonel of X4. Their other similarities include thinking of the hero Zero as The Rival, as well as similar attacks — a triple Sword Beam attack and a lightning-summoning attack.
  • Facial Markings: Green triangular ones under his eyes.
  • Flight: Is capable of unaided flying.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: He has this move added in the second game. It bypasses your Mercy Invincibility, too.
  • Giant Flyer: his One-Winged Angel is a Cool Plane mixed with a sort of avian.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's an honorable, well-intentioned Hero Antagonist, but the only people he's nice to are his siblings. He's especially ruthless against his enemies, but he seems to be against attacking enemies who are down, as seen in how he spares both Zero and Elpizo.
  • Grapple Move: He can swoop down on Zero and then do a flying piledriver.
  • Harping on About Harpies: He's based on this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Harpuia has one after seeing a densely-populated city destroyed before his eyes, then being easily defeated by the one responsible, Omega, and, finally, offended by the fact that he was helped by the very enemies he's sworn to take down and feels that he's "used goods".
  • Mercury's Wings: More like Valkyrie's Wings, but still qualifies. While the wing on his helmet is purely decor, he's proven to be one of the fastest characters in the series.
  • Mercy Kill: Averted. Harpuia, at one point infected by the baby elves, asks for Zero to "terminate" him, but Zero hesitates, allowing the baby elves' influence to trigger Harpuia's One-Winged Angel form.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Does not like the situation he's in as stated in Zero 2, but he has a job that he has to do, namely protecting humans. Too bad the definition of Maverick has become distorted.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He only desires peace and coexistence between reploids and humans, and while he's ruthless to all that is Maverick, he's shown to have limits, such as when he spares Zero and later Elpizo in the second game or how he laments Copy X's decision to bomb a human settlement just to get the Dark Elf.
  • One-Winged Angel: Gets one in the second game from the Baby Elves, turning him into a sort of plane-hawk hybrid thing. Perhaps as a nod to how much he resists, it's something of a Clipped-Wing Angel, being significantly easier to beat than Harpuia's normal form.
  • Pride: His fatal flaw.
  • Properly Paranoid: He, for good reason, does not trust Weil in Zero 3.
  • Shoryuken: In the second game, he gains this move, done with his swords.
  • Shout-Out: In Mega Man 9, Tornado Man — one of that game's robot masters — resembles him in appearance and basic powers.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: It may be averted for the Four Guardians compared to Zero, but Harpuia takes most of the light from the group itself. With Phantom pulling off a kamikaze, it just leaves Fefnir and Leviathan being fanboys of badass Zero, as they bear little relevance to the plot.
  • Stab the Sky: A variant: he lifts both of his swords upward and crosses them, emitting lightning sparks. Then lightning strikes come from the sky, trying to hit you.
  • Super Speed: He becomes faster in the second game, able to dash from one end of the stage to the other in less than a second.
  • Sword Beam: Lives it. Zero can acquire this ability from him.
  • Sword Pointing: His Desperation Attack (at 0:32) involves this, albeit aimed lower at an angle, as he's floating high on the air.
  • Three Strike Combo: One of his signature moves, with Sword Beams added.
  • Tornado Move: His EX Skill in the first game is creating a giant tornado to trap Zero in. His One-Winged Angel can also use the move.
  • Tragic Hero: He wants a world in which humans and reploids can live in peace. Too bad he's so blinded by pride that he can't see the truth, at least until Character Development. Given his goals aren't so different from Ciel and Zero, the irony of his situation is cruel.
  • Wind Is Green: He's coloured green and he uses wind attacks.
  • The Worf Effect: His lightning attack on Omega halfway through the game (which previously managed to do some serious damage to him in the beginning stage, albeit after Zero had gotten his chance at Omega and Fefnir and Leviathan fought him too) fails to hurt him post-absorbing the Dark Elf, and then Harpuia gets blasted and put in critical condition by multiple beam attacks.
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Determined to capture Ciel unharmed and let the authorities deal with her, as she is still a non-combatant.

Fighting Fefnir

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I never expected you to be this good...You are amazing, and that is what excites me the most!
Voiced by Kazuya Nakai

Called Toushou ("Fighter General") Fafnir in Japan. The Guardian of Fire. He is the leader of Neo Arcadia's Jin'en Gundan ("Army of Scorched Earth"). One of the poster boys for Hot-Blooded, Fefnir never, ever turns down a chance to fight Zero. The one time he did, it only served to underscore just how powerful the immediate enemy was. He's very rarely malicious to Zero, he just wants a good fight, and the legendary hero Zero's the only one who can give it to him.

Fairy Leviathan

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I have been looking forward to seeing you. I can't wait to see their faces when they find out that it was I who retired you!
Voiced by Yuka Imai

Called Youshou ("Siren General") Leviathan in Japan. The Guardian of Ice. She's a military general of Neo Arcadia, commanding the Meikai Army (literally Army of the Dark Oceans), Neo Arcadia's military navy force. Like Fefnir, Leviathan loves fighting Zero, but she's not as enthusiastic about it...or at least, not in the same way. She always refers to it as "playing" with Zero, and downright pouts if she isn't allowed to do so. Her signature weapon is an ice halberd.

  • Blade on a Stick: Her halberd.
  • Blood Knight: She outright stated she didn't care if the world ended, as long as she got to fight Zero.
  • Combat Stilettos: Only really visible in her concept art. Justified; as the leader of Neo Arcadia's navy, she'd spend most of her time fighting underwater where balancing on high heels isn't a concern.
  • Death from Above: One of her moves is her swimming around, scattering some ice chunks which will later fall downward.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the first game, before their first battle, she tells Zero to not hold back just because she's a woman. After the battle, she asks why does Zero hold back (although you, the player, may not). Though in later fights she stops making a fuss about it.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Leviathan does a lot of whirling and twisting with that spear of hers.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has 2 extensions to her helmet that gives her this kind of look.
  • Homing Projectile: She can fire her spear head 3 times, all of which semi-homes in to Zero. She can also create a ring of ice that also slowly homes in (and, in the second game, expands in size). Her EX Skill in the first game also works this way.
  • An Ice Person: Has ice-based attacks and is vulnerable to fire (even underwater, somehow).
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She is this, to Zero. Though he isn't that "carnage-y" himself, she still likes how determined Zero can be.
  • The Nicknamer: Leviathan called her siblings a "pretty boy" and a "battle nerd" in the first game. It isn't necessarily clear who she was referring to, but the "pretty boy" is most likely Harpuia and "battle nerd" is Fefnir.
  • Making a Splash: She's the Guardian of the seas.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the second game. She transforms into something vaguely resembling a manta ray.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Same deal as Fefnir.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: Well, she is based on X, after all...
  • Robot Girl: Of course.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A manta ray submarine in One-Winged Angel form.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: She can conjure an ice dragon in the first game as her EX Skill.
  • Shout-Out: Like Harpuia, she got one in Mega Man 9: Splash Woman.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female within the Four Guardians.
  • Sword Plant: She gains this move in Z2, done with her halberd. Zero gains this move from her.
  • Tornado Move: In the second game, her EX Skill is creating an underwater tornado by spinning her spear that sucks Zero into it (while throwing a lot of spear heads around) and then stabbing the ground, creating spreading ice shrapnel in the process.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: Everytime you fight her, it's always underwater. Notably in Z2, Leviathan fills the room with water first before the fight.
  • Villainous Crush: Possible explanation for Fairy Leviathan's obsession with Zero. She even admits that she doesn't really care about much else so long as she gets to fight him.
  • The Worf Effect: In the same boat as Fefnir.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Discussed — she tells Zero not to hold back just because she's a girl in their first meeting, then accuses him of doing so when she isn't immediately killed by his final strike. This is, of course, Gameplay and Story Segregation: you (the player) were no doubt trying to do that, but if you fought a Guardian before her, you knew it wouldn't end that way.

Hidden Phantom

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Every generation has its legend. However, a lost legend should remain lost...Allow me to show you why!
Voiced by Tetsu Inada

Called Inshou ("Shadow General") Phantom in Japan. Guardian of Shadows. Phantom was the leader of the Zan'ei Army (Zan'ei Gundan, "Cutting Shadow Squadron"), specializing in intelligence and infiltration missions. Phantom blew himself up at the end of Zero, made a cameo in Zero 3, and was otherwise unheard from until ZX. However, one of his apprentices, Tech Kraken, joined up with Weil specifically to get revenge on Zero for killing his master.

  • All There in the Manual: His title and apprearance of his Armed Phenomenon.
  • Badass Creed: He has one before fighting Zero the second time.
    Give light to people. Give death to Mavericks. No one shall disgrace master X. Your termination will now commence!
  • Bat Out of Hell: his One-Winged Angel, which was never actually used in the series, and can only be seen in the concept art.
  • Blood Knight: A notable aversion among the Guardians. Even Harpuia, who's the second-most collected of the group, admits that fighting Zero makes him feel alive. In all of Phantom's battles with Zero, from his first two in the original to even his Secret Test of Character in Z3, he never once admits to feeling the same way, even as the latter has Phantom acknowledge Zero's strength.
  • Bonus Boss: In Zero 3, he's a secret boss with a really good upgrade as a reward.
  • Cool Mask: Based directly from Erik himself.
  • Cyber Ninja: Even adopts a lot of ninja poses and a Fuuma Shuriken for good measure.
  • Dare to Be Badass: This speech after fighting Zero as a Bonus Boss:
    You truly did...have the soul of a hero...go...cross blades with Omega, and show what that body can do! Will your blade flinch after you know the truth? Do you have what it takes...to be a hero? You must be the one to determine that!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Even though the database in Zero 3 described him as an "evil Dark Lord", which might be just a translation error. In fact, barring Harpuia, Phantom is also one of the most honorable antagonists in the series.
  • Dash Attack: One of his basic moves is him dashing towards Zero and slashing him with his blade.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: And if you hit the wrong one, he'll pounce on your head to punish you.
  • Expy: It's believed in fanon that he was based on X's stealth-based Shadow Armor from X6.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: One of his more memorable attacks. He can use it as a Floating Platform.
  • Hand Seals: As expected for a ninja, he does it for his Doppelgänger Spin move.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The reward for taking him out in Zero 3 gives the abilities of every other Foot part at once.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Subverted. Phantom took back a factory that the Resistance invaded in an earlier mission, and set bombs all over the place before engaging Zero. The mission after defeating Phantom? Defuse the bombs.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Out of all the Guardians, he's the most loyal to Copy X, to the point that he chose to die (and try to bring Zero with him) rather than accept that Copy X was wrong.
  • Ninja Run: More like Ninja Dash, but otherwise qualifies.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Literal ninja robot, and a Virtual Ghost by Zero 3.
  • Odd Name Out: The other Guardians are named for legendary creatures — Leviathan, harpies, and Fafnir. Phantom's named for a specific human character — see Shout-Out below.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Wears a red scarf, typical of ninjas.
  • Secret Test of Character: When he reappears as a Bonus Boss in Zero 3, he has learned through his time in Cyberspace that Zero is inhabiting a cloned body, while the original is being used by Omega. Phantom decided to test Zero's worth in battle to see if Zero can still be the hero that he is, cloned body or not.
  • Shout-Out: He takes the name, the mask, and the scarf from The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Spread Shot: His Fuuma Shuriken can explode into 4 small kunai that fly to 4 directions. He also fires spreads of kunai during his Desperation Attack. In the third game, he resorts to spamming spreads of kunai while floating on his shuriken, and said "exploding shuriken" now explodes multiple times during flight.
  • Stab the Sky: At the start of his Desperation Attack.
  • Stealth Pun: His return as a Virtual Ghost. Cringe-worthy if you still need an explanation for this.
  • The Stoic: The only non-Blood Knight among the Guardians, so this is a given.
  • Strength Equals Worthiness: He considers Zero as worthy after he beats him in a fight. While it's actually their third fight (and Zero had beaten him twice before), this particular fight is an actual attempt for Phantom to measure Zero's strength and resolve, as opposed to trying to stop Zero.
  • Sword Plant: After trying to throw kunai from above on top of his Fuuma Shuriken, he'll end them with this move. He'll also use this if you attacked the wrong doppelganger.
  • Taking You with Me: In his second battle with Zero, killing him results him giving you the middle finger by releasing an explosion which causes moderate damage, potentially resulting in a Kaizo Trap. It can reach across about half the screen, but can also be dodged.
  • Undying Loyalty: The most loyal of the Guardians to Copy X. Ironically, he dies because of it.
  • The Unfought: We never see him assume his Armed Phenomenon mode because he's dead before the second game and doesn't assume it in the third in the secret boss fight with him in Cyberspace, and he doesn't show up again after that. Concept art shows he assumes the form of a bat-like wraith that fires blades like giant spears.
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    Zero 1 Bosses 

Tropes pertaining to Bosses (and their respective levels) that appear in the first game. (Four Guardians and Copy X have their own folders.)

  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Hanumachine leads an attack on the Resistance Base, and is fought in the Energy Warehouse.
  • Arm Cannon: Blizzack Stagroff and Aztec Falcon's Weapon of Choice.
  • Back from the Dead: Aztec Falcon appears alongside Harpuia after the intro level of Zero 2 (and in one of Zero 3's minigames), the Rainbow Devil reappears in one of the final levels, and finally Herculious Anchortus reappears alongside his brother Kuwagust Anchus while under Elpizo's influence. Meanwhile, three bosses (Anubis Necromancess, Blizzack Staggroff, Hanumachine) return in the second act of Zero 3, leading a strike force against the Resistance.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Herculious Anchortus is based on a hercules beetle.
  • Blob Monster: the Rainbow Devil, smallest of its kind, but no less dangerous.
  • Boss-Only Level: The entirety of the mission involving Hittite Hottide is spent on you trying to stop it from digging to the Resistance base.
  • Bouncing Battler: Hanumachine can wreath himself on fire and then flies and ricochets off walls. Meanwhile, Rainbow Devil literally bounces around.
  • Cores-and-Turrets Boss: Pantheon Core and Guard Orotic.
  • Cruel Elephant: One of them is Maha Ganeshariff, an elephant Reploid.
  • Dash Attack: Aztec Falcon and Herculious Anchortus are fond of this.
  • Descending Ceiling: variant: Aztec Falcon is fought on top of a spiked ceiling while it descends on the Reploids that Zero must rescue.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: A secret area containing a Cyber-elf can be found so long as Zero doesn't rush the battle with Hittite Hottide, letting the mech cause destruction up to a certain point. Does the game tell you this? 'Course not. However... 
  • The Dragon: Aztec Falcon to Sage Harpuia, Anubis Necromancess to Fighting Fefnir, Blizzack Staggroff to Fairy Leviathan, and Hanumachine to Phantom.
  • Dual Wielding: Asura Basura quad-wields with his four arms, with three swords and a shield.
  • Drill Tank: Hittite Hottide.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: As its EX Skill in the second game, Rainbow Devil can turn into a vaguely metallic substance, making it impervious to damage for a short time and causing its steps to shake the screen and causes rubble to fall, but limiting its mobility.
  • Enhanced Punch: Rainbow Devil's EX Skill in the first game is it simply putting its blob mass into one of its fists and then punches forward with it. It becomes one of its regular attacks in the second game.
  • Feathered Fiend: Aztec Falcon, a bird based character, though he's technically featherless...
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Guard Orotic can wield all 3 elements, one at a time.
  • Flunky Boss: Necromancess can summon Pantheon Zombies from the ground. Meanwhile, Hanumachine can create 3 mini-copies of himself that will latch onto you and explode.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Anubis Necromancess is a guy. Then again, his name in Japan is Anubistep Necromances III.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Hittide Hottide. Zero must stop it before it reaches the Resistance Base.
  • Ground Pound: Blizzack Stagroff loves jumping around and tries to land on you. Herculious is also fond of trapping you in between his elongated electrified arms and then tries to smash you directly, often hitting the ground or wall in the process.
  • Human Hard Drive: Maha Ganeshariff serves as a data server...and a Lightning Bruiser boss.
  • An Ice Person: Blizzack Stagroff has ice powers.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: The Underground Laboratory collapses from within once Maha Ganeshariff is defeated.
  • Magic Staff: Anubis Necromancess' Weapon of Choice.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Hanumachine is based on a monkey.
  • More Dakka: Guard Orotic's EX Skill is to fire a lot of bullets at Zero from its core.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Asura Basura, a 4-armed Reploid who wields 3 swords and a shield and is fond of Spin Attack.
  • Multiple Head Case: Guard Orotic, of course.
  • Necromancy: Anubis can resurrect broken Reploids to harass Zero by latching onto him.
  • Orochi: Guard Orotic is based on the Orochi.
  • Playing with Fire: Hanumachine and Pantheon Core have fire-based attacks.
  • Power Copying: Only in the third game:
    • Blizzack Stagroff R: Blizzard Arrow
    • Hanumachine R: Tenretsujin
    • Anubis Necromancess V: Shield Sweep
  • Psychopomp: Anubis, predictably, has this theme going on.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Ganeshariff has E. Honda's Hundred Hand Slap attack.
  • Reactor Boss: Pantheon Core, the reactor for the train it is situated in.
  • Rolling Attack: Ganeshariff is fond of this. Hanumachine also has one where he becomes a wheel of fire.
  • Selective Magnetism: one of Aztec Falcon's attacks, where he opens his wings and draws Zero towards him.
  • Shock and Awe: Aztec Falcon and Herculious Anchortus have lightning-based attacks. Anubis Necromancess does as well, though it was actually Non-Elemental (though his weakness is fire, perhaps as a nod to zombies being weak to fire), but in the third game he acquired lightning powers (and weakness to ice).
  • Shout-Out: Hanumachine is one to Son Goku of Journey to the West fame.
  • Stance System: Guard Orotic has two heads for each element (and two more for Non-Elemental) and will regularly switch between them in battle, with various attacks at each head's disposal.
  • Stealth Pun: Ganeshariff's ability to store data is a reference to an old proverb: "An elephant never forgets".
  • Stock Animal Behavior: Herculious charging at you with his horn.
  • Telescoping Staff: Hanumachine's Weapon of Choice, being based on Sun Wukong concept-wise.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Asura Basura can throw his three swords as an attack. Anubis Necromancess is also capable of this with his staff, and likewise Ganeshariff with his tusks.
  • Thunder Beetle: Herculious Anchus, a Reploid based on the hercules beetle who uses electrical attacks. The sequel features his stag beetle brother Kuwagust Anchus, who can also use electricity and shares the same ice weakness.
  • Time-Limit Boss: Aztec Falcon.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: Aztec Falcon has some kind of railgun on his wings. Meanwhile, Herculious and Blizzack can fire electricity and icicles from their horns.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Aztec Falcon, the first real boss in the first game, is known for shocking the players who have been used to the previous Mega Man games.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: Necromancess can summon a sand wall of spikes to trap and smash Zero. In Zero 3, this is replaced with two halves of an electric sarcophagus.
  • War Elephants: Maha Ganeshariff is based on an elephant.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: See Selective Magnetism above. Inverted with Blizzack Staggroff: One of his moves is blowing cold wind from his Arm Cannon that pushes you away from him.

    The Dark Elf 
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Zero...
When she was born, she had a mission to save the world...

Originally born as the very first Cyber Elf, which, with the "Sigma Antibody Program", was used by X to eradicate all traces of the Maverick Virus on Earth. Dr. Weil edited her programming, causing as yet unrevealed chaos and setting off the Elf Wars, events that are likewise currently unelaborated-on. Basically, shrouded in mystery. She was later sealed by original X's body.

At the end of Zero 2, she briefly returns to her original state as the "Mother Elf" and causes Elpizo to be reborn as a Cyber Elf, also freed of his insanity, before running away; in Zero 3, she is the focus of the new villains, Weil and Omega. She also appears to know Zero because she was originally created by reverse-engineering the residual Zero Virus data from Zero's original body.

    Elpizo 
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A world without humans...the world only for Reploids...don't you think it will be paradise!?

The commander of the Resistance in Zero 2, as well as the villain. Elpizo ordered a frontal assault on Neo Arcadia, assuming that the capitol was defenseless in Copy X's absence. However, all of the Resistance soldiers involved in the attack were slaughtered by the Guardians and Elpizo himself was curb-stomped by Harpuia. After that, Elpizo snapped and tried to free the Dark Elf, thinking he was too weak and that he could free the Reploids by just gaining power. In the end, he destroyed X's helpless body, in use as a lock on the Dark Elf's cage, and made her merge with him. Zero chased him all the way (although he was unable to save X's body), and defeated Elpizo. After that, Elpizo realized how evil he became and apologized to Zero for his actions, before the Dark Elf turned him into a cyber elf.

  • All There in the Manual: The drama tracks that accompany the Zero 3 remaster album elaborate on his past as a Reploid named TK-31.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a long magenta coat with a rather wide collar. Although he isn't that badass — and when he merges with the Dark Elf (and becoming more badass), he loses the coat.
  • Battle Aura: In his Desperation Attack, if you have A or S Rank, much like that of the Guardians.
  • Battle Tops: His second form can use this for one of its attacks.
  • Big Bad: Of the second game.
  • Big Bad Slippage: A rare zig-zagged trope example. He starts off as the new Resistance leader before going bad after a botched assault on Neo Arcadia and trying to gain more power by going after the Baby Elves and the Dark Elf. To do this, he destroys the original X's body. He then declares to Zero that he will exterminate humanity. However, after Zero defeats him and frees him from the Dark Elf's influence, he realized how evil he became and, with remorse, apologized to Zero for his actions.
  • Blade Spam: One of his attacks in his first form is him dashing while doing multiple stabs with his rapier.
  • Call-Forward: In "Record 2_Irregular Passion", the radio drama that serves as Elpizo's Start of Darkness. The last line is Elpizo's cry of "More POWER!!" (Motto CHIKARA O!!), which he screams fairly often during the final boss battle against him.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Despite being visually impressive, his lack of mobility makes his new body a sitting duck for attacks. It becomes worse when you realize that his attacks aren't actually much stronger than his first form and are now horribly easy to anticipate and dodge (especially with the rather wide room you're in), and thus the fight becomes a bit of a Curb-Stomp Battle. This might be justified, though: Elpizo couldn't bring out the Dark Elf's full power because his body simply wasn't designed to do so (that would be Omega). When he tried to bring out that power regardless, it's heavily implied that it drove him even more insane and left him unable to properly use his newfound strength.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Elpizo is essentially built up throughout Zero 2 and the background materials as the opposite of Copy-X in almost every way. Copy-X was built specifically to fulfill the ruling role of X, the most powerful and famous Reploid alive. Elpizo was just a common Reploid who didn't even have the luxury of a name. Copy-X was made with power to match X, while Elpizo was a non-combat model who had to find ways to power. Copy-X leads a "utopia" that ultimately wound up persecuting Reploids per his misguided efforts for the sake of ensuring humanity's safety. Elpizo leads a resistance meant to fight back against said persecution while also harboring a dangerous grudge against humanity that leads him to desire to kill them all for the safety of Reploids. Copy-X has an angelic One-Winged Angel form that reflects how he himself and the human population see him as a savior, while Elpizo ultimately transforms into a demonic Clipped-Wing Angel form that reflects how far he's fallen from his old goals. And while Copy X dies (both times!) still utterly convinced of his own righteousness and unable to comprehend how a "villain" like Zero could defeat him, Elpizo lays dying horrified at his own actions and thankful of Zero stopping him before becoming a Cyber-Elf.
  • Dark Messiah: Judging from his quote from the drama tracks:
    My name is really...Elpis! I am the one who was chosen to become the hope of all the Repliroids being oppressed in Neo Arcadia! To do that, Baby Elves, I'll need your...your power! That's right...power...more power!!
  • Destined Bystander: His role as Big Bad happens only after halfway through the game. Before the events in the game, he was also just a common Reploid who went by a serial name, TK-31.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: When he goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Drunk with Power: And even before then, it's obvious he gets more deranged and unstable the more of the Dark Elf's power he gets.
  • Dub Name Change: Elpizo was named "Elpis" in the Japanese version. The "-zo" may be an attempt to make the name masculinenote ; Elpis was a female Greek deity.
  • Energy Ball: His second form fires a lot of these.
  • Energy Being: He becomes one in the second game's ending. In the third game, a mod card makes a cyber elf appear near the commanding room door; it's rumored to be Elpizo.
  • Evil Costume Switch: The Dark Elf decks him out with a suit of white and gold, along with a golden-bladed laser rapier.
  • Expy: His position as leader of the main heroic organization before his Heel–Face Turn, his desire to Kill All Humans for the benefit of reploidkind, and his harnessing of the Dark Elf, which allows him to force reploids into servitude under him, makes him Zero's version of Sigma.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After the failure of Operation Righteous Strike, he decides that getting a great source of power (in this case, the Baby Elves) will help him destroy Neo Arcadia, and then he becomes the Big Bad.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The latter half of Zero 2 involves trying to catch up to him. Guess what happens every time.
  • Fallen Angel: His One-Winged Angel form deliberately brings out the comparison, showing just how far he's fallen in his original goals and how much the Dark Elf has truly corrupted him. In a way, it also seems to compare itself to that of Copy X's own One-Winged Angel form, furthering the contrast between the two.
  • Fantastic Racism: Him against the humans, though he still puts Ciel in high regard. At the end of the game, he admits that he was wrong about humans and apologizes for trying to exterminate them.
  • Final Boss: In Zero 2.
  • Flunky Boss: His first form in his boss battle can summon a Pantheon mook or a rolling Spike Balls of Doom to aid him.
  • Forbidden Fruit: He thinks of "entering the forbidden room and gaining the classified knowledge of Elf Wars" as this.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From just a common reploid into one with the ambition to destroy Neo Arcadia. All because of an accident.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Elpis is a Greek goddess of hope. Wonderfully ironic considering what he does, but despite appearances, he is a man. His name was changed to Elpizo overseas because of this, likely to make him sound more masculine.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The moment where the forbidden knowledge of the Elf Wars flowed into him would change his life. Although he didn't exactly go mad until he was forced to run from Neo Arcadia, starting from declaring that he's "Elpizo".
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Starting from his escape from Neo Arcadia, he, an otherwise normal Reploid, was convinced that he's a big deal, by calling himself "Elpizo". Later on, while he first acts awkward when he's pushed into the position of Resistance commander, he soon gets overconfident about himself and his strategy, thinking that he can now destroy Neo Arcadia. When his Operation Righteous Strike failed, he's convinced that he's not "special" enough and tries to find the Dark Elf, partly to attain more power and partly to become the Reploid savior that "Project Elpizo" aims to create.
  • Ironic Echo: The above quote sounds a lot like something Iris would say, doesn't it?
    • Though Elpizo puts much more emphasis on the "no humans" thing: While Iris merely favored a seperate world, Elpizo...well, see below.
  • Kick the Dog: He decides to rub in destroying X's body to Zero by thanking him for "waiting" as he first transforms. This quite literally after paralyzing Zero and forcing him to watch Elpizo kill X in the first place.
  • Kill All Humans: His motive, at least when on his power-high. He's appropriately horrified after his defeat and sincerely thanks Zero for stopping him before he could get that far as he lays dying.
  • The Leader: In Zero 2. He's Type I note  with shades of Type III note .
  • Leitmotif: "Combustion".
  • Life Drain: His first form can launch 6 orbs at Zero that will latch onto him if he's hit. The orbs will then fly back at Elpizo, each of them healing him.
  • Light Is Not Good: First half of his Final Battle only, when the Dark Elf gives him armor of white and gold, in addition to a golden-bladed rapier. He's also full-on Drunk with Power and just declared his intent to kill every human in Neo Arcadia.
  • Meaningful Name: His name in Japan, Elpis, means "hope" in Greek. He renamed himself after Project Elpis, a project that revolves around creating a special reploid to become a perfect ruler and "savior" (courtesy of Dr. Weil). See also Dark Messiah above.
  • My God, What Have I Done?/Heel Realization: After his defeat, he realizes just how he's fallen, both in goal and sanity, and thanks Zero for stopping him before he could carry out his plans.
  • One-Winged Angel: The final boss standard. He gains 4 wings during so.
  • Painful Transformation: Absorbing the Dark Elf into himself for the first part of his final battle with Zero has him noticeably pause and grunt in pain, in addition to hunching over as it changes him. Becomes very obvious when he goes full-on One-Winged Angel, though, where he screams in pain as he transforms.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was the Resistance commander before he screwed up Operation Righteous Strike, and then he becomes the Big Bad.
  • The Paranoiac: Especially after he was declared Maverick for accidentally exploring the forbidden knowledge of the Elf Wars (in one of the drama tracks), he slowly shows paranoid behaviors, starting from having delusions of grandeur (by declaring himself Elpizo instead of TK-31 after he escaped from Neo Arcadia), as well as the desire to destroy Neo Arcadia and human society to free himself from the fear. And by the events in the game, it becomes more and more obvious.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Amazingly carries on to all three of his forms (normal, powered up, and One-Winged Angel).
  • Pillar of Light: His Desperation Attack of his first form has him planting his sword on the ground which emits this. It also sends harmful debris outwards.
  • Power Glows: He glows purple in his first boss form.
  • Prophetic Name: Invoked by renaming himself after Project Elpis. Note that he understood the "prophecy" wrong here (there's nobody actually named "Elpis" in that project).
  • Purple Is Powerful: Initially subverted, but upon reaching his One-Winged Angel form, it fits.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It just flows down his back.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He thinks this is the only option for him after Zero defeats him, until the Dark Elf turns him into a Cyber Elf, much to his thanks.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes go from blue to red after fusing with the Dark Elf.
  • The Resenter: ...And he knows it. Note his passive-aggressive attitude toward Zero in the first half of the game. Which turns to just plain aggressive by the end.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Elpizo is actually a good guy (if somewhat short-tempered and likes to take a violent approach), he's just too ambitious with gaining power from the Dark Elf and then getting drunk on it. Also, in the drama tracks, if only he never found the room containing the secret data about Project Elpizo, he'd never be so violent like what we see him as now.
  • Royal Rapier: Laser Blade variant.
  • Stab the Sky: One of his attacks involves this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: His leitmotif, for the renowned "Battle without Honor or Humanity".
  • Survivor Guilt: Contributed to his Face–Heel Turn.
  • This Cannot Be!: After Zero defeats his first form, he's left stunned at the fact despite wielding the power of the being that brought the world to ruin. It prompts him to yell at the Dark Elf to grant him more power. She most certainly does.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's helpless at first, but when he starts taking the Dark Elf's power, he single-handedly tears through Neo Arcadia's defenses and becomes the Final Boss.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: His absorption of the Dark Elf and her transformation of his body into his first form takes quite a bit of time, leading Elpizo to "thank Zero for waiting." Of course, the only reason Zero didn't rush over and try to slice him apart is because Elpizo immobilized him with the Baby Elves' power before destroying X and taking the Dark Elf.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Perroquiet points out that his intentions are similar to Sigma's. It is also directly contrasting to Copy X's goal.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Even the premise of the great power brought on by the Dark Elf already turned him into a more ambitious person. Predictably, when he actually obtained the Dark Elf, he becomes more deranged and delusional.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Let's see, he ended up stumbling on information relating to Project Elpis/Elpizo when ordered to inspect a sunken library, found out by Harpuia, and told to forget everything he saw. Some days after, he was then declared Maverick by Harpuia, who was going to take him to be tried under the Eight Gentle Judges, but he escaped and fled from Neo Arcadia, swearing to take it down one day. In the events in the game, he tries to launch a counterattack on Neo Arcadia after Zero terminated Copy X, and despite organizing the plans in such a way that on the surface should grant him and the Resistance victory, he ends up losing horribly, with several of his men killed, and he then tries to unlock the Mother Elf so he could then make a Reploid paradise as a result of being unable to bear the devastation of the Resistance's loss due to his plans. And when Zero finally stopped him, he's horrified at the thought of what he was trying to do, and thinks that he deserves his death. Fortunately, the Dark Elf feels sympathy towards him, momentarily turning her into the Mother Elf and turns him into a Cyber-Elf to spare him from death.
  • You Will Be Spared: Wishes to exterminate the human race, but still has feelings for Ciel.

    Baby Elves 
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Left: Crea, right: Prea

Creer and Prier (Crea and Prea in localized versions) are two Cyberelves, under the same influence the Dark Elf is under. They are searching for their mother (Dark Elf) and in Zero 2 convince Elpizo to help free her. When Zero 3 comes around, Dr. Weil convinces them he is their grandfather, and he wants to "help" the search. They fight Zero a few times in Zero 3. They are able to forcibly mutate reploids into their One-Winged Angel forms and provided a mini boss battle, by mutating a regular enemy.

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-universe. Most of the Resistance, Ciel and Alouette especially, think they're cute little bundles of energy that hold the key to ending the war. However, Zero finds them unsettling, and they openly hate him for his part in banishing the Dark Elf. They are also the spawn of a Heel–Face Revolving Door Hate Plague. Nobody compares notes.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: What they can do to any Reploid they possess.
  • Chekhov's Gun: One of the twins is first found inside a container in Ciel's room at the beginning of Zero 2note , while the other one is a McGuffin in Hyleg Ourobuckle's mission.
  • Co-Dragons: Towards Dr. Weil, a position shared with each other as well as with Omega.
  • Creepy Twins: As they're cloned from the Dark Elf, this is a given. They can turn reploids into monstrous versions of themselves and will stop at nothing to reunite with their mother.
  • Death of a Child: Zero kills them after the boss fight near the end of Zero 3.
  • The Dividual: There really isn't anything to distinguish the Baby Elves between one another. In the Boss battles against them, in fact, they even share energy bars.
  • Dual Boss: Compared to other examples, however, they're actually really easy; for starters, they share a life bar, but not Mercy Invincibility.
  • Energy Being: Being a Cyber Elf and all.
  • Enfante Terrible: Baby Elves in general are clones of the Dark Elf, being meant to propagate the Dark Elf's corruption.
  • Eyes Always Shut: They always look like they're sleeping.
  • Foreshadowing: They call Zero "faker", for some reason.
  • Fusion Dance: Like their mother, they can do this to control any Reploid, mutate them, and enhance their abilities. In their boss fight, they can also fuse with each other, becoming bigger and launching stronger attacks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Dr. Weil convinces them he is their grandfather, and he wants to help them find their mother. Also, he asks them to harass Zero a few times 'cause he's a big meanie head.
  • Ironic Name: The irony doesn't just come from the names; Alouette named them "Create" and "Pray" based on her hopes on them ("Please create a new energy source for us...Please let my prayers reach them..." See Lower-Deck Episode above). Guess what they used to do long ago? They're used as one of Weil's instruments in the Elf Wars. Also, in the third game, Zero killed them. One wonders what will Alouette say after this...
  • Leitmotif: "Creer and Prier".
  • Single-Minded Twins: Reflected in how they tend to repeat each others' sentences, at least in Zero 3.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Creer and Prier in Japanese, Crea and Prea in English.
  • Theme Twin Naming: French for "create" and "pray". In the drama track "Diary_Alouette's Good Day", where Alouette wanders the base gathering suggestions for names, those suggestions include: Plus and Minus, Anode and Cathode, Crime and Punish, Love and Peace, Azul Luna and Rojo Sol, Blanc and Noir, and Hypnos and Thanatos.
  • Tragic Monster: Both of them started off as innocent babies, but Weil enabled them into doing cruel things without understanding what harm they were causing and Zero ultimately had to kill them and they cried out in pain for their mama while screaming about feeling like pins and needles stabbed them and clubs and hammers hit them as they died. BRUTAL.

    Zero 2 Bosses 

Tropes pertaining to Bosses (and their respective levels) that appear in the second game. (Elpizo has his own folder.)

  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Zero is chased from the left while battling Mega Scorpia.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Poler Kamrous is based on a polar bear.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Kuwagust Anchus is based on a stag beetle.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Elpizo, the incomplete-Dark Elf, and the Baby Elves, the Bosses that turn up in the Boss Rush end up in this predicament and inadvertently become mindless puppets to them. They recover their memories just as Zero kills them for good.
  • Bubble Gun: Burble can fire these, which doesn't do damage but will hamper Zero's movements.
  • Call-Back: Mega Scorpia is one to Mega Scorpio in Mega Man X7.
  • Cephalothorax: Herkelot's general design.
  • Creepily Long Arms: Hyleg Ourobuckle has a pair of long, flowing arms that look like cobras. Subverted with Burble Herkelot, who also can stretch his arms but they have a cuter design.
  • Dash Attack: Phoenix Magnion's Psycho Crusher-esque attack (he even flies backward before doing so). As well as Kuwagust's EX Skill.
  • Diving Kick: Panter Flauclaws is fond of this move.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of Phoenix's attacks is to surround Zero with himself and 3 of his copies, and then strikes Zero with his tail. Attacking the real Phoenix will stop the attack.
  • Dual Boss:
    • Kuwagust Anchus teams up with his brother Herculious Anchortus for the requisite Boss Rush.
    • In a variant, Hyleg Ourobuckle, assisted by the snake Mechaniloid on which he and Zero are standing for battle.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Flauclaws appears in the commercial to Zero 2, where he is depicted larger in scale than his actual in-game model.
  • Enemy Summoner: Phoenix Magnion's special attack summons Vile, Agile, Bit, and Colonel.
  • Expy: Panter Flauclaws is one to Slash Beast; both are Panthera Awesome reploids who are fond of Sword Beam attacks fired from their claws, and they are also fought on a train. To a lesser etent, Magnion and Kamrous are ones to Blaze Heatnix and Bamboo Pandamonium, respectively.
  • Grapple Move:
    • Phoenix Magnion has a move where he swoops down on Zero and grabs him on his legs, then he uses illusions of past Mega Man X characters to attack Zero.
    • Meanwhile Kuwagust Anchus has two: one where he uses his stag beetle horn as a fan to attract Zero towards himself and then grab him with the horn and releases an electric blast that deals massive damage. Another has him simply lunging towards him for a choke hold, depleting Zero's health while in that state.
    • Hyleg Ourobuckle can warp his long arms through his snake Mechaniloid's segmented body to grab Zero from far away.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Burble was supposed to guard the gate in the Forest of Notus and yet Elpizo passed through it without being seen by him. When he stopped Zero at the same place, Burble claimed that he could feel the presence of someone in the other side of the gate but immediately dismissed the idea, saying that no one could have crossed it without being noticed by him and that it could be just a problem with his sensors.
  • Hero Antagonist: At least, neutral antagonist. Some of the bosses are involved in protecting important military sites or keeping the Baby Elves out of the hands of people who can't be trusted with them, rather than executing innocent reploids.
  • Hot Wings: Phoenix Magnion, predictably.
  • An Ice Person: Poler Kamrous has ice powers.
  • Kaizo Trap:
    • In the beetle brothers' Dual Boss fight, the two will crash into each other as a Last Ditch Move; avoid it and they'll predictably destroy themselves.
    • Make sure you have something to stand on below you when you finish off Panter or Hyleg. If you don't, you'll simply fall down to your doom.
  • Lens Flare: You know Phoenix Magnion is really something when he manages this in a GBA game.
  • Magikarp Power: Burble can summon some caterpillar droids that he can eat to make himself grow bigger and able to access his stronger moves.
  • Marathon Level: Magnion's level basically qualifies as a Metroidvania on its own, a maze with various passages in several directions that will confuse first-time players. And Magnion can be fought in either one of four rooms (the four reactors, the objective of the mission).
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Burble Hekelot's specialty, being a frog.
  • Nerf: Because of the Power Room's unconventional dungeon-like layout as opposed to a linear path, if you watch where you're going, you'll see certain reactor rooms have more or less metal grates on the floor (bullets from the reactors also ricochet off the metal; some rooms have solid floor panels where bullets just fizzle out on impact). There are 2, 4, 6, and 8, respectively. Whichever reactor you destroy last is where Phoenix Magnion will make his entrance into the stage, and he will cause lava to erupt from these grates. If you were cautious, then you can end up with as little as two grates to contend with that are easy to ignore, but choose poorly and you've got a massive challenge ahead of you, and the hardest place to fight him is sadistically placed the furthest into the stage to snare rookie players or careless veterans.
  • Ouroboros: Hyleg Ourobuckle is based on it. The Ouroboros symbolism only appears in his snake Mechaniloid, though (when it transforms into a circular shape).
  • Panthera Awesome: Panter Flauclaws is based on a panther.
  • The Phoenix: Phoenix Magnion is based on a phoenix, obviously.
  • Platform Battle: Panter Flauclaws is fought on 2 separate moving trains, with a bottomless pit in the middle. Meanwhile, Hyleg Ourobockle is fought on top of his Segmented Serpent Mechaniloid named Altoloid, over a giant pit, which can move its body parts around, potentially confusing you.
  • Power Copying:
  • Playing with Fire: Phoenix Magnion has fire powers.
  • Revenge: Kuwagust Anchus is motivated to fight Zero for killing his brother, Herculious Anchortus.
  • Rolling Attack: Burble Hekelot is fond of this.
  • Sequential Boss: The Boss Battle of the Residential Area (the mission to rescue Elpizo) pits Zero against three Elemental Golems, one after another.
  • Scary Scorpions: Mega Scorpia is based on a scorpion.
  • Shock and Awe: Panter Flauclaws and Kuwagust Anchus have lightning-based powers.
  • Spread Shot: Magnion can fire 3 spreads of flame projectiles, while Panter can do the same with his claw beams.
  • Stock Animal Behavior: despite being part of the same division of the Neo Arcadian army, Hyleg and Burble hate each other's guts; in real life, snakes are said to eat frogs.
    • Panter running on all fours.
    • Magnion swooping down at you.
    • Burble using his tongue to latch onto you and/or eat caterpillar droids, as well as jumping around.
    • Kuwagust grabbing you with his beetle horns.
  • Sword Beam: Panter Flauclaws can throw these out of his Wolverine Claws.
  • Teleport Spam: Phoenix Magnion. He can only be attacked when he's attacking.
  • Tornado Move: Kuwagust can create a horizontal tornado that either sucks you in or blows you away from him.
  • Traintop Battle: Panter Flauclaws, following the Locomotive Level. In a variant, you're battling on top of 2 moving trains that go side-by-side.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Hyleg Ourobuckle: "Hissss!"
    • Burble Herkelot: "Ribbit!"
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    Dr. Weil 
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Fools must live under my rule and my rule alone!
Ware ga akuma da! ("I am the devil!")
Voiced by Chikao Ohtsuka

Vile in Japanese (Not to be confused with Vile of Mega Man X, himself known as Vava in Japan), the primary Big Bad of the series as of the third game. A century before the series began, he was immortalized and left to wander the ruins of the world due to his role in starting and prolonging that little Elf Wars fiasco. Unfortunately, no one bargained on him coming back, and once he did, he set back to work, first building Copy X Mk. II, then using Omega and the Dark Elf to mass-control the Reploids. When all that fails (Omega finally destroyed and the Dark Elf now free), he shifted his fury to the citizens of Neo Arcadia. When the Neo Arcadians started fleeing the city, he executed the Ragnarok Plan. He was finally destroyed at the hands of Zero, but possibly returns as the main instigator of the Sequel Series Mega Man ZX, as the original Biometal, Model V/W.

  • 0% Approval Rating: When he shows what a tyrant he is (after the third game, although some of the drama tracks imply that even in the story of the third game, his approval rating was very low even when he was allowed back in by Copy X Mk II). To the point that some of the Neo Arcadian citizens (who are brave enough to do so, anyway) start to run away from him, seeking a better place. Weil's solution? Destroy that better place. Not only is he making things worse for himself, but Neo Arcadia is blown up by the Ragnarok (used by Craft, no less), and his approval rating also seemed to be an indication of his chances of survival...
  • Ambition Is Evil: He states that lust for power, ruling over everything, as well as controlling everyone, is the ultimate joy in his Motive Rant to Zero just before the latter fights Omega in Zero 3. He also implies that all of humanity shares this mindset and not Reploids. Zero, as usual, has his own counter for it.
    Dr. Weil: Hehehehe...How pitiful. Of course, a Reploid like you would never understand. The joy of ruling all that you see...Only a human could possibly understand!
    Zero: A...human?
    Dr. Weil: That's right! I'm a bona fide human. The creator of Reploids...A human being!
    Zero: ...
    Dr. Weil: The desire for power. The joy of making everything work for you. You have no way of experiencing this without a human brain. It's the ultimate joy! No mere Reploid could ever understand!
    Zero: I bet most decent humans wouldn't understand, either. You look just like another Maverick, to me. All I gotta do is dispose of you like any other Maverick.
  • And I Must Scream: Immortality? Not that bad, unless you are forever exiled from the last inhabitable place on Earth, yeah...And it got worse for him at the end of the series, where he's now truly incapacitated within the ruins of Ragnarok he's fused into, while heavily implied to be still living on.
  • Archenemy: He and Zero have quite a personal history, detailed in the drama tracks telling the events of the Elf Wars, where Weil stole Zero's original body and turned it into Ax-Crazy Omega. Ironically, they do not fight each other directly until the climax of Zero 4.
    • And they possibly continue their animosity as the Biometals W and Z in ZX.
  • Artificial Limbs: His full body. This is how he gets his immortality in the first place.
  • Ax-Crazy: He enjoyed the Elf Wars' carnage, he intended to build a Kill Sat to subjugate Neo Arcadia, and he was more than willing to personally see to it that Ragnarok (the aforementioned Kill Sat) crashes into Area Zero under the firm belief that he would survive the crash.
  • Badass Bookworm: An exceedingly skilled manipulator who is skilled in many fields of robotics, including cryogenics, recreating the heat of the sun, magnetism, weapons, his own regenerative armor (seeing as he can heal himself) who is easily the most successful villain in the series (perhaps excluding Apollo Flame) and when merged with Ragnarok, he's probably the strongest character in the series other than Zero and Omega.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Zero 3. Omega was destroyed for good and the Mother Elf was freed, but Weil was still in control of Neo Arcadia.
  • Become Your Weapon: As the Ragnarok's core is vaguely sword-shaped, Weil merging with it is pretty much a fancier version of this.
  • Big Bad: He's responsible for everything that's happened in the Zero series.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: VERY downplayed in this case. During Zero 3, Weil is still a massive threat, Omega is just a bigger one and when Omega is killed by Zero, his plans are ruined.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being immortal. For him it completely sucks, as he's stuck alone in a dead world for the rest of his life.
  • Breaking Speech: "The Reploid hero, protecting justice and humanity! I am one of those humans you have sworn to protect! Do you have it in you to defeat me?!"
  • The Caligula: He succeeds upon gaining power to force the residents of Neo Arcadia to live in a Crapsack World with virtually no hope of freedom or happiness, and he is evidently very much insane.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's definitely one villain that isn't played for laughs, and he actually succeeds in achieving all three spheres, albeit at different points in his lifetime. Can count as a deconstruction, because it shows that this trope can be terrifying if brought into its logical conclusion. In order:
    • Destruction: The Elf Wars, definitely the series' answer to the End of the World as We Know It. And then again in Zero 4, although he was successfully defeated this time before the damage got worse.
    • Control: Halfway through Zero 3.
    • Corruption: As the Artifact of Doom in ZX.
  • The Chessmaster: As seen in his Evil Plans, he's good at manipulating everyone involved in the conflict — both enemies and allies alike — to further his goals.
  • Climax Boss: The final obstacle in the Zero series, complete with plenty of build-up beforehand.
  • Collapsing Lair: In the Final Boss battle, defeating him will result in this, due to him merging with the entire lair for his second form.
  • Complete Immortality: As a result of his cybernetic body he claims that he can't die, ever, making him more durable than most reploids and mechaniloids seen throughout the timeline. He's not kidding, either. Being ageless is proven by his 100-year exile with little loss of physical or cognitive abilities, and being Nigh Invulnerable is shown when he survives a satellite shooting a laser onto his head from outer space, which levels a city, and he barely has a scratch to show for it. Of course, as the Big Bad of Zero 4, the goal is to find a way to truly kill him. While Zero is mostly successful, the Mega Man ZX series shows that he's still around, although in a much less direct form.
  • Confusion Fu: Weil has a patently absurd number of attack types even for something from the Mega Man series, and the only non-random factor that determines which one he'll use is going under half HP. Depending on how kind the RNG is to you, the finale of the Zero series will be anywhere between a big anticlimax or a massive headache.
  • Crushing the Populace: This is what he does after he successfully gains control of the Neo Arcadian government. Starting with using Omega and Dark Elf to brainwash all Reploids so they all wreak havoc, then when the two are stopped by Zero's efforts, Weil becomes more repressive and freely declares anyone who disagrees with his rule to be Mavericks, humans included.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His immortality goes into this. While he does take advantage of it, in his own opinion he's still cursed.
  • Cyborg: While several notable humans from the X series and earlier Zero games had at least some mechanical parts attached to their bodies, Weil is the first human to have his entire body replaced by machinery.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The plot of Zero 4 is basically one of these that benefits him.
    • He himself acts as one that pretty much ruins the peace through science that Ciel was working so hard to obtain (and nearly won with the Ciel system by the intro of Zero 3).
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Just because he stole Zero's body does not mean he has any sentimental attachment to it, considering Zero's body was a Typhoid Mary that nearly infected the world's Reploid population.
    • He tries to invoke Three-Laws Compliant on Zero. Keep in mind that Dr. Wily intentionally made him to not follow those laws, meaning Zero was Zeroth Law compliant. But because Zeroth Law is a threshold law, Weil fits the conditions for Zero to freely kill.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Upon becoming the ruler of Neo Arcadia, he strives upon bringing suffering and despair to its citizens with his iron-fist rule, to take revenge on them because of what they've done to him note . He also admits after brainwashing all Reploids that he genuinely enjoyed the destruction caused by the Elf Wars.
  • Emperor Scientist: He becomes this halfway through Zero 3.
  • Enemy Summoner: One of Weil's attacks in 4 is to summon the bosses from the previous game one after the other, each using an attack from that game before disappearing.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Weil is really, really bad about underestimating Zero, twice (thrice if one counts Zero emerging in a new body in the Elf Wars, and proceeding to defeat Omega with X).
    • Most noticeable is his inability to think that a robot would try to kill a human. Clearly he doesn't realise that Zero doesn't consider himself a hero, and being a Reploid, Zero has no reason not to kill. Then again, as he's an immortal, he's probably just using it as an excuse for his ego, and being a Fantastic Racist, he firmly believes that being Three-Laws Compliant is how robots should behave.
  • Evil Chancellor: To Copy X Mk. II before usurping Neo Arcadia's leadership position.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Sigma. While Sigma was no slouch in the evil department, the war Weil started right after Sigma's ended was far deadlier despite lasting a fraction of the time. Also, unlike Sigma, Weil succeeds, indirectly and directly respectively, at killing Mega Man X and Zero (or maybe not in the latter case. We aren't really sure.
  • Evil Laugh: He abuses the hell out of this one. He even uses it to great effect to surprise Zero. It also borderlines Laughing Mad.
  • Evil Plan: His plans to usurp Copy X's throne in Zero 3:
    1. He resurrected and possibly reprogrammed Copy X, so he can earn his trust and become his Evil Chancellor.
    2. He later suggested that Copy X strip the remaining Four Guardians from their positions as Neo Arcadian Generals and name him their replacement.
    3. Later, it was revealed that Weil had built a booby trap upon Copy X's body that activated when he tried to go One-Winged Angel. After Copy X's death, Weil can easily become the ruler by law. Additionally, he tells the Neo Arcadian citizens that Zero killed their former "savior" and that Weil will take the Resistance down, spreading the bad propaganda even further. Nice job breaking it, Zero.
    • Arguably it started even earlier, if the post-credits scene in Zero 2 is anything to go by.
    • In Zero 4, Dr. Weil's real plan is to destroy Area Zero with Ragnarok; the Eight Warriors are nothing but a diversion, so that the Resistance is stuck fighting the wrong battle. If the Eight Warriors' individual plans worked (acid rain generators, scorching the Area Zero with an artificial sun, etc.), Area Zero is destroyed, and the Resistance with it; if they all fail, there would still be time for Weil to fire his Kill Sat, leaving Area Zero destroyed, and the Resistance with it. In either case, Weil becomes the undisputed ruler of all humanity by wiping out freedom's last hope. Fortunately, Craft rebels against him and then fired the Ragnarok at him, destroying Neo Arcadia in the process.
    • In the past, the "Project Elpizo" went like this:
    1. Thinking that Reploids should be more controllable because of the Maverick problems in the past, he endeavored to create the "perfect Reploid ruler" using Omega and the Mother Elf to turn them all into brainwashed slaves. X and Zero are understandably against this.
    2. Undeterred, Weil secretly turned the Mother Elf into the Dark Elf, then created many Baby Elves out of her and used them to turn Reploids into violent psychopaths, starting the Elf Wars. This was just to "prove" that the Maverick issue is still lingering even with the Sigma Virus gone — seeing this, the human government started to throw support to this project.
    3. The plan got derailed when Zero, coming in a new body, stole the Dark Elf from his clutches and used it to turn the war in the good guys' favor. He was then forced to release Omega and launch an all-out attack, betraying the human government in the process. The war ended when Zero and X defeated Omega, and after that, Weil got Unwilling Robotization and exiled, and Omega got banished to space.
  • The Exile: What he's punished with, for the whole Elf Wars thing (aside from immortality).
  • Expy: Of the original Big Bad himself, Dr. Wily. His motivations, methodology, excuses, and utter Lack of Empathy ring true with what the original, albeit Lighter and Softer Mad Scientist was packing — he just has access to far, far superior technology. In a sense, he's essentially the logical conclusion of the previous doctor's tropes. He also is one to Gate of X6, with his specialty in DNA resurrection; he has resurrected some fallen Reploids of the past to attack you, including Copy X. Also note how Weil decks himself in a golden armor in his boss fight, much like Gate. Very much an Invoked Trope since in many ways, the second half of the series involves Zero destroying the embodiment of his origins, including what he was intended to be and what his creator was like.
    • A Zig-Zagged one for Emperor Palpatine as well. He's in many ways the Darth Sidious of the franchise (well, maybe a little smarter and (at least with the Disney Canon) more evil), and his actions in Zero 3 and to an extent the Elf Wars are very similar to Palpatine's in the Revenge of The Sith movie, but Zero 3 came out a year before the movie did. However, being a Laughably Evil Knightof Cerebus who regrets none of his actions, among many other things, he might as well be "Palpatine as a Cyborg"
  • Fantastic Racism: The only motivation besides For the Evulz or It's All About Me for starting the Elf Wars. He believed that due to all the Maverick problems, it'd be better if the Reploids are given a tighter "leash" so they'll never become Maverick again; this would essentially make them completely sub-human.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The reason why he was given the regenerating armor in the first place. By the end of the Elf Wars, Dr. Weil was punished by the survivors with immortality, because they thought to imprison him or even to outright execute him was more of an act of mercy or the easy way out to avoid the full punishment for his actions. However, given that this is Weil we're talking about, this punishment backfired horribly and Weil just took advantage of his immortality.
  • Final Boss: In Zero 4. He is also the final boss of the Zero saga.
  • Flight: He's always seen floating. Since his legs are never shown, one wonders if he doesn't have legs, and thus is always floating, with an unseen device.
  • Flying Dutchman: Of the "Men Without A Country" variety.
  • Foreshadowing: After you fight Omega in the intro, Weil gives a challenge to Zero:
    Weil: Let's see how far you get with that body!
  • Free-Fall Fight: The Final Boss fight with him takes place on a falling Kill Sat aiming to destroy the earth. Zero has to defeat him and destroy the satellite in a time limit.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tried to invoke this before the climax battle of Zero 4, citing his decades of exile from human society. However, it's his ruthless actions that caused his exile in the first place, showing just how irredeemably selfish Weil is.
    • His motivation for starting the Elf Wars was that he believed the Reploids engaged in the Maverick Wars had been foolish for causing such massive destruction over the last century. But this loses its credentials when you realized that most of those Mavericks (even Sigma) were influenced by the virus, so they can't be fully blamed for their own actions, and the rest of the virii were purged by X's actions with the Mother Elf anyway. And he's actually hiding an agenda behind it: when he claimed that he wants to make Reploids more controllable with Project Elpizo (combining the Dark Elf with Omega to create a Mass Hypnosis effect), his real intention was to forcefully exert control over the world through Reploids.
  • From a Single Cell: With his regenerative armor. He also had his mind converted into data. This partially gives him Joker Immunity as well.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: as a Continuity Nod, they seem similar to the ones from Omega's first form.
  • A God Am I: Right before you fight him in 4, he proclaims himself to be The Devil.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Subverted. His boss form due to him merging with Ragnarok's core has a lot of white and gold on it, yet he's utterly evil.
  • Gone Mad From The Isolation: It's implied that spending a hundred years alone in the post apocalyptic world did this to him. Not that he was all that sane originally, though the isolation couldn't have helped.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he sets up many major bad things in this series, he's never fought or involved directly; only in Zero 3 onward did he show up in person and play the Big Bad role more actively (and even then, he's only fought directly in the fourth game). He's also implied to be The Man Behind the Man to both Serpent and Master Albert in the ZX series as Model W.
  • Hate Sink: While most antagonists in the Mega Man Zero games are written to have some redeeming qualitiesnote , Dr Weil seems to be made to be as loathsome as possible. He's an enormous and self-admitted Sadist, wants to make all humanity and Reploids suffer and has nothing but contempt for anyone who isn't him (Omega being an odd exception) while everyone in-universe despises him. He also refuses to ever admit he's wrong and blames the world for punishing him after he destroyed most of it. Instead he views all humanity as monsters for punishing him, and his cruel actions in the backstory only solidify how irredeemably selfish and hypocritical he is, so that taking him down is all the more satisfying.
  • Healing Factor: His cyborg body has incredible regenerative abilities, to the point it completely stopped his aging process and let him escape getting a Kill Sat shot onto his head with enough force to level a city and kill millions with nothing to really show for it once Zero meets up with him again aside from the glass casing on his head being destroyed. Even when he and Zero throw down for the final battle, his first loss has him exploding like a normal boss, yet by the next scene he's back up, albeit badly damagednote . When Weil tries to make the damaged Ragnarok station do a Colony Drop, he madly cackles that he'll be the only thing that survives the destruction. It takes Zero killing his second form and making the Ragnarok station tear apart and burn up in the atmosphere to finally bring him down, and it still lets him return as an Artifact of Doom.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: For all the acts of revenge he pulls on both humanity and the Reploids, he completely ignores the fact that he has become what he hates the most: a Maverick, in all definitions of the word in this universe.
    • Even more poignant when you take into account that he becomes the cause of new Maverick outbreaks in ZX as Biometal Model W/V.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His merging with Ragnarok ultimately allows Zero to kill him for good (at least until ZX rolls around).
    • Earlier, it's subverted: he's the prime target of his own Kill Sat used by his own Dragon, yet he survives.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He is, chronologically speaking, the first cyborg in the standard Mega Man timeline, and while his cybernetic body can look more horrifically deteriorated after injury, he is still effectively both Nigh Invulnerable and The Ageless, despite originally being human.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He claims that only human beings have the capability to truly enjoy control and manipulation, and are essentially as heartless as him. Zero gives him a Kirk Summation because he is likely projecting himself onto mankind.
  • Hypocrite: Claims that all humans only live to control and manipulate — which applies to him more than anybody else.
  • In Case of Boss Fight, Break Glass: Guess what his second form's weak spot is. Justified since that's where his head (likely all that's left of him that's remotely human) is located.
  • Immortality Immorality: Athough his morals were already dubious before being "cursed", he still degraded further down the line for his initial desire to die.
  • It's All About Me: What sets him apart from other villains across the entire 'verse; he's a deconstruction of this behavior by taking it to its logical extremes. There is absolutely nothing redeemable about his behavior, and his mentality only makes it worse.
  • Just a Machine: How he tries to justify his actions in the beginning, feeling Reploids were let off easy because of how useful they were.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Is The Unfought in Zero 3, and despite his with Omega and the Mother Elf being foiled, the game still ended with him winning. Then Zero kills him in the following game.
  • Kill Sat: The actual point of Ragnarok in Zero 4; merging with Ragnarok's core as the Final Boss, he could probably be the Kill Sat himself if he didn't have to deal with Zero first.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's far more of a menace than the villains before him. Zero 3 gets much darker, the usual 8 bosses are now brainwashed by Weil and become downright evil, and he starts inflicting far more acts of evil than any villain before him in the Mega Man franchise (and that's not even counting his backstory!). As if the previous games weren't dark already...
  • Lack of Empathy: Showed absolutely no regrets with triggering the catastrophic Elf Wars, which wiped out 60% of humanity and 90% of all Reploids — and that's just the Backstory — and he's planning on starting it again by using Omega and the Dark Elf to brainwash Reploids before trying to destroy the Last Fertile Region through such methods as acid rain, particle cannons, Kill Sat, and Colony Drop out of spite for the humans who would escape his rule. He also admitted that...
    Weil: (To Neige) Hehehe...That's the face...The face of rage, suffering, and humiliation...it's my greatest pleasure...A pleasure only a ruler can fully appreciate!
  • Leitmotif: "Curse of Vile" in Zero 3, "Fate" in Zero 4 and the ZX series.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Implied with his reason for leaving Crea and Prea to fight Zero:
    Dr. Weil: Humans are like pigs, dependent upon the Reploids for their very existence...You do realize, don't you, that if I felt like it, I could wipe all humans out in the blink of an eye?
    (Weil teleports out of the room.)
    Dr. Weil: Crea! Prea! Do with this one as you please! I've got some pig squeals to enjoy. The squeals of indolent pigs, wasting their pitiful lives on idle pursuits.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: According to The Drama Track ''The Vile Incident: Eden Dome: It's Sin And Rebirth, Dr. Weil was the one who created the Eight Gentle Judges in the first place, which gives a pretty big realization as to why they chose to exile Omega rather than execute/retire him, and probably why the populace decided to go vigilante on him.
  • Mad Scientist: Really mad...
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: He's the only human behind the Operation Ragnarok, while his underlings are all Reploids. Not that he's fully human anymore, anyway, either in the literal or the moral sense.
  • Mechanical Abomination: As a cyborg, he is able to merge with the floating core of Ragnarok, but still retains a more-or-less humanoid appearance. He then further merges with the outer hull, which turns him into a monstrosity, neither really human nor machine. This form persists throughout the ZX series as well in the form of Model W.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He doesn't just lack any respect for ANYTHING (apart from Omega), he flat-out loathes everyone and everything.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He felt that due to the atrocities that the Mavericks have caused, all Reploids are inherently dangerous and should be controlled (read: having their wills taken out of them when necessary). This includes innocent Reploids and Maverick Hunters.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Played oddly — it is made especially clear that he was completely, unambiguously evil.
  • Moral Myopia: He claims that humanity deserves destruction because of what they did to him, ignoring the fact that it's his wrongdoings that led them to do what they did.
    • He also accuses them for being a case of this trope; namely, the humans punished and exiled him in the name of "justice" while they're acting outside of the laws. Little did they know that the judges are actually Weil's creations.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His original Japanese name is Vile. Intentionally changed so that he won't be confused with Mega Man X's Vile.
    • Interestingly, in 4, The Caravans run away from him and his Empire really fast to the Area Zero. And his armies chased them.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Possibly after Ray Kurzweil. Might not just be a coincidence, considering that guy is an author on several books about transhumanism and technological singularity, things that Weil is a master of.
  • Necromancer: His speciality is in DNA Resurrection, and it is also implied that Copy X, Hanumachine, Necromancess, and Blizzack Staggroff's return was through this method.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Because the Elf Wars survivors made Dr. Weil immortal, they gave him a chance to enact revenge against the rest of the populace.
    • And later because of his regenerative armor he became a Artifact of Doom in the ZX series, which caused further chaos and mayhem by creating Mavericks (ironic since Dr. Weil hates Mavericks more than anything else). Nice Job Breaking It Survivors indeed.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: When he first appears; averted by the end of Zero 4 when he merges with the Ragnarok core.
  • No One Could Survive That!: He was the target of a Kill Sat that levelled an entire city.
  • Not So Different: He tried to invoke this on Zero in the final game, as he tries to convince Zero that killing him would be stooping to his level of villainy. In an unorthodox move, Zero kills him anyway, making a note at how he never considered himself a hero to begin with.
    • He himself is this to Sigma. Weil thought that reploidkind should be punished because of Sigma brainwashing reploids into servitude and sparking a devastating war, so he used the Dark Elf to...brainwash reploids into servitude, sparking an even more devastating war, with human casualty rates that Sigma could only dream of.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Back when he pitched Project Elpizo (creating the perfect Reploid to be used with the Mother Elf so he can control Reploids worldwide) to the masses, he claimed that it's to prevent Reploids from going Maverick ever again. His true intention, however, was simply to take over the world through mass Reploid brainwashing. The problem was, well, the world had already rid itself of most Mavericks thanks to X using Mother Elf, so nothing exactly justified his "concern". So he creates the Evil Plan above that leads to the Elf Wars. His true intentions were only made clear once Zero in a new copy body stole the Dark Elf from him and he was forced to unleash Omega and other controlled Reploids on the masses.
  • Obviously Evil: Oh boy is he ever. Even before he reveals his true colors, it's clear that he's bad news, so much so that everyone in-universe can tell.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Doesn't even begin to describe his depravity. He even admits that destroying everyone would only be a fleeting satisfaction.
  • One-Winged Angel: Done twice! Capcom. Stop. We get the message. In this case, it's a Painful Transformation, with Weil screaming (at least in Drama Tracks) as tubes jam into his back, spewing copious amounts of blood (censored in English versions, of course), and also says something that translates from Japanese roughly to either "Do you see this pain!? YOU'D NEVER UNDERSTAND ANY OF IT!!" or "Do you understand pain such as this?!" The Official Complete Works even claim that it's an abomination of a final form.
  • Overarching Villain: Despite only appearing in the third and fourth games, he's still behind the first and second games, as well as the game's backstory.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: An extremely rare evil version — immortality allowed him to return to terrorize the world even after he should have been annihilated by a Kill Sat, and even after his actual death, his regenerative powers keep him a viable threat as Model W.
  • Powered Armor: The first time as The Punishment for his Elf Wars fiasco, effectively making him immortal and resentful, and the second fusing himself with the Ragnarok core, which counts as his One-Winged Angel prior to the real One-Winged Angel.
  • Rasputinian Death: Let's see, he is caught at the epicenter of Ragnarok's cannon, survived that only with some minor damage to his body, was cut and shot at by Zero after merging with Ragnarok's core before revealing his survival, before merging with Ragnarok itself, and he implies that he'll survive Ragnarok's crash; he's stopped when Zero defeats him. Even then, he manages to live on as Model W in various fragments across the globe, and was implied to have possessed Serpent, Master Albert, and Master Thomas, before meeting his (possibly) final end with Albert's destruction.
  • Reactor Boss: In both forms, since he's merged with the core of the Ragnarok.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Just look at his armor!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's unknown whether his eyes were red before his cyborg transformation at the conclusion of the Elf Wars, but they certainly were red afterwards, as his disfiguration resulting from his surviving Ragnarok's bombardment of Neo Arcadia revealed.
  • The Reveal: In the third game, he reveals that Zero's body is a copy and that Omega uses the real, original one.
    • in the fourth game, he reveals that he's an immortal due to his enhancements.
  • Sadist: He admits that during the Elf Wars, he personally enjoyed the mass slaughter and devastation brought by his Dragon Omega, and in the present enjoys watching "pigs squeal." In Zero 4, he makes life in Neo Arcadia horrible and takes glee in the idea of destroying nature.
  • Shoulders of Doom: He gains one after he merges with the Ragnarok's core.
  • So Proud of You: The only being he ever speaks genuinely favorably about is Omega, and never once does he insult or insinuate something horrible about him. You can almost imagine the pride in his voice as he claims that Omega is a god, not a slave, and that all he did was draw out his full potential. While justified (because that's what he used to wreck the world before), it's quite jarring, given his usual attitude to every other being in existence.
  • The Sociopath: One of the few villains in the franchise that could qualify. Everyone's a disposable pawn to him, and he refuses to let anything that he can't control exist.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Vile in Japanese, Weil in English (most likely deliberate, given the fact that there was already a character prior to him named Vile). Luckily they're pronounced the same, preserving the implications.
  • Straw Nihilist: Prior to the final battle with Zero, he goes into an immense rant about how justice and freedom are "worthless ideals", and even goes as far as to dismiss ideals themselves as nothing more than nonsense in his pre-battle quote.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: His second form Boss Fight is a Time-Limit Boss, and he has a small but effective shield that he opens when he's going to use his stronger attacks. With all that, if only he never opened that shielding, he'd be unbeatable and still be alive when the Ragnarok successfully crashes. Then again, given how sadistic he is, and the fact that he believes that he'll still make it through alive as he crashes down, this is pretty much in character.
  • Take Over the World: In Zero 3, he succeeds in doing this. See Evil Plan above.
  • Teleport Spam: In his first form.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When Zero defeats Weil in the final battle, it causes the Ragnarok to blow up, taking himself (Zero) along with it. If that didn't destroy Weil, then the re-entry in the atmosphere would have.
    • Sadly, it didn't stop Weil from returning as an Artifact of Doom McGuffin a hundred years later...but luckily, perhaps so did Zero as, you guessed it, Model Z.
  • The Unfought: In Zero 3. Which makes the long-awaited fight with him in Zero 4 all the more epic, climactic, and satisfying.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Weil attempts to use this as a self-defense from Zero, as he deems any Reploid breaking the three laws is considered a Maverick. Did it work? Ahahahahahaaaah...No.
    • This is actually Fridge Brilliance on several levels. Weil isn't human anymore, literally or figuratively. While X and his progeny weren't hard-coded for compliance to the Three Laws (as they are meant to be able to think for themselves), they are expected to reasonably follow them. Zero, being a Dr. Wily creation, wasn't — in fact his mere existence was the underlying reason for the original Maverick Virus to begin with. This also stems from Weil's distorted view that Reploids don't deserve their individuality in the first place.
  • Time-Limit Boss: Zero has two minutes to kill Weil's One-Winged Angel form before Ragnarok reaches the point of no return and destroys Area Zero in the Colony Drop.
  • Tin Tyrant: He's decked in full body armor that also serves as his life support, and he becomes a tyrant king halfway through the third game.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He does this upon Copy X's death in Zero 3. It is by that point that the utopia that is Neo Arcadia has turned into a dystopia.
  • Un-person: He was so heinous that all records of him have been suppressed by Neo Arcadia, to the extent that libraries containing records of his actions have been flooded and anyone who finds out about him is declared a Maverick. Of course, this is intended to prevent anyone from doing what he did again.
  • Uriah Gambit: Inverted, as he sets up Copy X Mk. II against Zero fully expecting Zero to defeat and kill the copy just as he did the original or for the bomb inside Copy X to go off the moment he grew desperate enough to use his Seraph form against Zero, while simultaneously leaving the base with Omega to deprive Copy X of back-up. Even if Zero didn't kill Copy X Mk. II or if he somehow won without using his transformation, Copy X would no doubt fly into a rage at learning of his betrayal and use his Seraph form anyway to fight Omega, thus killing him anyways.
  • Villain Ball: The Resistance would have learned too late of the Colony Drop if it weren't for the fact that Weil fired a "warning shot" from Ragnarok long after it supposedly stopped being operational. In other words, Weil would've actually succeeded in his plans if it weren't for that little fact. This is in character for him and his motivations, though; he doesn't want to destroy humanity, but enslave and torment it. The warning shot was to make sure everyone had enough time to leave Area Zero. Naturally, this backfires and Zero defeats him.
    • His speech before the final battle implies he wanted Zero to try and stop him, just to show him that he couldn't. That's all well and good, but as stated above, Weil really knows absolutely nothing about Zero.
  • Villain Decay: Notably averted compared to the previous series. While Wily and Sigma got hit with this hard due to reappearing as the Big Bad and getting defeated over and over in their respective series, Weil never even made an appearance until The Stinger of the second game, and the player never got to fight him until the fourth and final game and he still managed to take Zero with him, killing him for good...to some extent.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted — Most of the populace in the drama tracks were heavily implied to be completely distrusting of him, so he has a plan (see Evil Plan) that could make Zero and La Résistance look bad, making him the "hero". Upon his ascension into Neo Arcadia's leader, though, he further demonstrates to the people (and Zero) how much of a monster he truly was.
  • What Is Evil?: At the end of Zero 4, Weil, the human, claims that Zero, a hero, could never kill a human. Unfortunately for Weil, Zero considered himself anything but a hero (and he hardly considers Weil human, either). Cue boss music!
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Dr. Weil is neither human nor Reploid. The armor he's wearing is self-regenerating, preventing him from dying and aging, and, coupled with an eternal exile on the World Half Empty, is punishment for "remaking" the world in the first place. This further fueled Weil's hatred; initially, he only targeted Reploids, but after gaining control of Neo Arcadia, he does everything he can to make everyone suffer.
  • You Monster!: Ciel in Zero 4, while meditating on the nature of Weil's Operation Ragnarok, after Zero defeated Pegasolta Eclair, wonders if he could possibly still be human after all he did.

    Omega 
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Spoilers! Click here to see his true body 

Ware wa meshia nari! ("I will be the Messiah!")
Voiced by Junichi Suwabe

During the Elf Wars, Omega was created by Weil to exterminate the Reploid race; the bulky armor and the personality/program are Weil's original creations, but inside the armor is Zero's original body. However, he was brought down in a joint attack by X and Zero, and launched into space. At the beginning of Zero 3, Omega's ship crashes to Earth, and he is used by Weil to seek out the Dark Elf as part of his plan. However, Omega is eventually destroyed by Zero. He is the only final boss in both the Zero and ZX series to have three forms.

  • Attack Drone: His arms in his first form basically serve this role.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: In his second form, his only vulnerable point is his grey middle head.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His second form. He's so big the fight only takes place around his head.
  • Art Shift: That his form after crossing the Bishōnen Line appears as a Palette Swap of the Zero Series' Zero confirms that the Art Shift is meant to be retroactive.
  • Ax-Crazy: We're talking Khorne Berserker levels. His sole goal is to kill and to do his master's bidding.
  • Back from the Dead: He returns as a Bonus Boss in Mega Man ZX.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a white with a red trim.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: For his final form, you fight him in the intro level in Zero 1, where Zero was sealed, now Wreathed in Flames. This was supposedly caused by his armour's explosion.
  • Beast of the Apocalypse: Ax-Crazy yet loyal Dragon to Dr. Weil. Caused the demise of 75% of all sentient life (combined total of humans and reploids). Making things even more horrifying is that Omega is exactly what Dr. Wily intended Zero to be: a destroyer of civilization. Sprinkle a little extra Fridge Horror on there when the reveal is made that Omega is Zero's original body, meaning that Wily succeeded.
  • The Berserker: Ironically, exploiting this trope is the best way to kill his third form in Zero 3. (Not in ZX, as it's dialed Up to Eleven.)
  • BFG: Of the Arm Cannon variety in his One-Winged Angel form, mimicking Mega Man X, no less.
  • BFS: in both his first and second forms, although the latter of which, strangely enough, he doesn't even use. This is due to the restraints imposed by the GBA's capabilities.
  • Bishōnen Line: After, you guessed it, a One-Winged Angel. Justified; his first two forms are effectively a mech that he pilots, whereas his third form is his true body, which was Zero's original body, which is naturally stronger than most other robots.
  • Bonus Boss: His Omega Zero form returns for a hidden rematch in Mega Man ZX. He's had lots of time to improve.
  • Bookends: After you beat Omega's second form, you and his remnants fall into a familiar place...The same lab where Zero was sealed, wreathed in flames. And then, suddenly a Pillar of Light shines up — mimicking Zero's unsealing in Zero 1 — and then Omega Zero appears from the rubble, released from the "seal". This was originally meant to be the finale.
  • Boss Remix: His first form's battle theme, "Omega Battle", of the former.
  • The Bus Came Back: It's hard to recognize at first, but we've seen Omega before. He's the original Zero with the placeholder personalitynote  removed, and the Maverick Virus brought back into his systems, drawing out his full, apocalyptic power. In other words, Omega is X5's Awakened Zero, and to go even further back, is the very Zero that fought Sigma before the events of the X series and infected him with what would become the Sigma Virus.
  • Call-Back: After you beat Omega's second form, you and his remnants fall into a familiar place...The same lab where Zero was sealed, wreathed in flames. And then, suddenly a Pillar of Light shines up — mimicking Zero's unsealing in Zero 1 — and then Omega Zero appears from the rubble, released from the "seal".
    • His final form also exhibits many moves Zero used to have in the X series, including the infamous buster-buster-Sword Beam combo.
    • The opening notes of Cannonball are a remix of Doppler's boss theme.
  • Catchphrase: "Ware wa meshia nari!" He even says this in his Bonus Boss fight in ZX.
  • Chunky Updraft: In his final form, Omega's power is so massive that pieces of the abandoned lab's wreckage hang suspended in the air around him.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: A rare villainous example. He was well-known for his armor's massive size (dubbed the largest Reploid in existence), and no one really knows that the actual body wearing it is Zero's original body.
  • Climax Boss: The only unsatisfying thing about his battle is that Weil was still alive at the end of the game.
  • Continuity Nod: All of Omega Zero's attacks are Zero's own Signature Moves from the X series. Including the much-forgotten Z-buster (two shots + Sword Beam) combo.
    • And the even more forgotten Zero Final from the Xtreme games.
  • Coup de Grâce Cutscene: Inverted — after you successfully deplete Omega's last form's health bar, a cutscene will appear where Zero will try to attack Omega - only for the Dark Elf to protect him and regenerate him. Then the 4 Guardians come to attack Omega some more, and the Dark Elf's curse is finally gone. Then Zero gathers a small bit of strength back for him to deliver a single slash to finish Omega off...and you can control Zero during that part. In short, it turns the Coup de Grâce Cutscene into Zero-Effort Boss.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: His Laser Blade BFS, fitting given his intended purpose as a Dark Messiah.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Evidenced by the other tropes listed here, the story depicts him as the strongest Reploid in existence, having bested Leviathan and Fefnir on his own and taking Zero's and Harpuia's best attacks before absorbing the Dark Elf. In actual battle, though (even in his One-Winged Angel), he's a real pushover. The end of his Bishounen Line, however...
  • Desperation Attack: If you see Omega Zero rush at you with a low-flying dash jump, get the hell out of the way or be subjected to a 7-hit inescapable beatdown. On Hard mode, where you can't extend your life gauge, this attack is certain death. And in the ZX rematch, he will do this all the time at random. Lovely.
  • Destroyer Deity: God Guise variant. His power is godlike and his destructive capacity and impulses are very real, but as still a reploid, he's still not divine in nature.
  • Ditto Fighter: Omega possesses Zero's original body for his third form, and uses quite a lot of Zero's skills from the X series.
  • The Dragon: He fits the personality of the actual Dragons in stories: Mindless monster who will demolish everything in sight, yet is very loyal to his master.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While Weil is far from helpless or incompetent (bar a few moments), Omega serves as the focus of the Resistance's attention and the final boss for the third game, and his destruction completely destroys Weil's plot for said game.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when it's revealed he's far, FAR more powerful than you'd expect...or anyone. While still loyal to Weil, he (basically) speaks of his own creation as a god. It's also revealed that he is not simply a pawn or slave of Weil's goals, but actually Zero's true body, merely upgraded to his full potential and potentially the most powerful enemy in the entire franchise.
  • Evil Counterpart: He is revealed to be one to Zero when he is revealed to be Zero's original body upgraded by Weil to bring out his full potential.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Is noticeably the biggest enemy Reploid outside of One Winged Angels...and his One-Winged Angel is the biggest of all. But subverted when it's revealed the "Omega" everyone thought they knew was simply a suit of Powered Armor. Omega himself is actually the exact same size as Zero, emphasis on "exact same."
  • Eye Scream: not directly, but in the backdrop of the Underground Laboratory, Fusion Omega's saber can be seen sticking out of the "X" head.
  • The Faceless: The type of which his entire face is covered by armor. If it wasn't, then the game's reveal would have much less impact.
  • Final Boss: He is the final boss of Zero 3.
  • Freefall Fight: The fight with his second, gigantic form is done as he and Zero fall from the base they're situated in.
  • Fusion Dance: He's the only one who can draw out the Dark Elf's full power with her fusion since the Dark Elf originated from Zero's original body.
  • Gangsta Style: Omega's third form holds his gun this way.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Technically, since he's completely mindless (he's simply programmed to kill, period) and having destroyed the world once.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: He employs them in his normal form; it can float around and fire Rings of Death.
  • A God Am I: after passing the Bishōnen Line, Omega declares this with the above quote, which translates to "I will be the Messiah!" Justified; after all the horrors he and his creator committed, the very few who survived the ordeal started calling him the "God of Destruction". Which was what Dr. Wily originally built Zero to be. Also, he was designed to become a "reploid messiah".
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: Zero was made by Wily as a means to bring chaos to the world, but fortunately he ultimately turns good before it can happen. Then comes Omega, who did exactly that — without Weil even (possibly) aware of Wily's intentions.
  • Golden Super Mode: After he absorbed the Dark Elf, his color turns golden and he becomes more durable.
  • Grand Theft Me: Inverted, as it was technically not a theft. Dr. Weil received Zero's body legally from the goverment for his proposed Project Elpis in order to create a Reploid to be the perfect ruler, by using the Mother Elf's program rewriting ability to control all Reploids in the world, avoiding them becoming Mavericks. He then creates a new personality, Omega, with Zero's old body. Nobody knew that Weil set up the events for the Elf Wars and fooled everyone for his world conquest.
  • Ground Pound: In his Bishōnen Line, mimicking X series Zero. Also has one that is similar to Zero's charged saber attack.
  • Humongous Mecha: And his One-Winged Angel makes him more humongous.
  • Knight of Cerebus: For two separate times, namely in the past (after X successfully got rid of the Maverick Virus on the world and the world was slowly recovering, he started the Elf Wars) and in the third game (where things become worse after Omega's rediscovery after he was exiled long ago).
  • Leitmotif: "Exiled One (Omega)". "Cannonball" is a secondary one, used for his Omega Zero form.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "the end", and he is his creator's instrument in The End of the World as We Know It. Omega is also the last letter of the Greek alphabet, just like how Zero is often represented with a "Z", the last letter of the modern English alphabet.
  • Meta Mecha: Omega's true form is contained inside the suit of Powered Armor he wears.
  • Mind-Control Device: He can turn other reploids into mindless slaves (when he fused with the Dark Elf). Only reploids with virus countermeasures (Zero's are imperfect but still work, X and the Guardians have the perfect countermeasures) can resist it. Dr. Weil uses him to take control of all Reploids on the planet.
  • Mirror Boss: With a twist! Omega's true form is Zero's original body. Downplayed in that, as a homage to X era Zero, Omega doesn't have any weapon other than the buster and the saber, and he has the Ground Punch moves that this series' Zero can't do.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ancient Dead Languages version. See Meaningful Name above.
  • No-Sell: He shrugs off Fefnir's, Leviathan's, and Harpuia's attacks in cutscenes.
  • One-Letter Name: Technically, one Greek letter name (Ω).
  • One-Winged Angel: His second form is a gigantic 3-headed figure, and in battle, we can only see his head and upper body. For reference.
  • Palette Swap: Upon absorbing the Dark Elf.
    • His true form is a subversion, Zero is technically a Palette Swap of him.
  • The Paragon: According to the Official Complete Works, the Project Elpizo (Dr. Weil's project) is described as a project to make a reploid to become a perfect ruler using the power of the Mother Elf to control all the reploids in the world, avoiding them becoming Mavericks. The reploid was Omega. Of course, it then Went Horribly Wrong.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The chaos and destruction in the Elf Wars was mainly his doing, with the rest coming from the Dark Elf and Baby Elves' influences.
  • Pillar of Light: When Omega Zero is released and awakened, a pillar of light appears, mimicking Zero's resurrection from the first game. Then, in the last boss fight, he can use this as an attack, and also to protect himself. In ZX, this move can heal him.
  • Powered Armor: The body most people assume is his is revealed to be a suit of powered armor for his true self.
  • Power Glows: As Omega Zero, he glows white.
  • Power Palms: He has an opening in his hands that could fire rings of energy. In his Omega Zero form, he also has knuckles similar to the Z-Knuckle of the fourth game (instead of a Z, he has a Ω), which is presumably used to focus his power (especially when he does the Ground Pound attacks).
  • Rapunzel Hair: Long, purple hair sticking out of his helmet. As his true self, he has — what else? — long blonde hair.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His Bishōnen Line is red and black, and he's often called the God of Destruction. Courtesy of being Zero's original body, natch.
  • The Red Baron: known as the God of Destruction.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Omega Zero, he has red eyes.
  • Reflecting Laser: One of his primary attacks in his first form.
  • Robotic Psychopath: As a robot programmed solely to wreak chaos, this is inevitable.
  • Say My Name: Before you fight his first form in the Final Boss fight, he shouts Zero's name.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: If by "can" you mean "space".
    • He himself is a "can", as the container for the Dark Elf. In an inversion, the Dark Elf's nature makes Omega the more evil one, instead of the other way around.
  • Secret A.I. Moves: As Omega Zero, as his abilities mimics X-era Zero (including the buster-buster-Sword Beam attack that you can't use even in thd X series), Zero can't do some of his attacks, such as the Ground Punch ones and his EX Skill. Of course, he doesn't have access to the Recoil Rod, Shield Boomerang, some of Zero's exclusive EX skills, the Cyber Elves, and some modification chips aside from the double jump and absorber one.
  • Shoryuken: One of his attacks as Omega Zero.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Fusion Omega's shoulders are monstrous versions of X's and Zero's heads. Yeah.
  • Shout-Out: Omega's finisher, the Ranbu, is based on the Shun Goku Satsu.
    • It could also be a reference to Zero Final from Xtreme 1 and 2.
    • Omega's second form has different-coloured arms with heads for shoulders, and a white middle body. You know, there's some other guy named Omega who has the same appearance. note 
    • The Ranbu could also be a reference to the Hyper Slash Combo (fan nickname), which could be performed in X4-X6 by rapidly performing two hits, dashing, and repeating the sequence pretty much endlessly.
  • SNK Boss: In M.U.G.E.N renditions, at least. He comes much closer to this officially as ZX's Bonus Boss. While the patterns to avoid his attacks aren't any different, they dialed up his speed and he fires off attacks at random, including his Desperation Attack and self-healing ability.
  • The Speechless: And every time he does speak, he only growls and rambles. Except twice after his powered armor has broken down, the first being his quotes above and the second being confused when the Dark Elf changes into the Mother Elf.
    What is it Dark Elf?
  • Super Robot: He fills all the criteria for being one, even more so after transforming into a even greater humongous mecha.
  • Sword and Gun: His weapons in his Bishōnen Line.
  • Sword Beam: In his Bishōnen Line, he can fire these after firing his buster two times. He can also fire smaller ones in midair that covers most of the screen.
  • Sword Plant: One of his attacks in his first form.
  • Wave Motion Gun: In his second form, fired from his Arm Cannon.
  • Walking Spoiler: His true form.
  • Warm-Up Boss: In the intro stage. Quite ironically, his first form at the end of the game fights almost identically with an extra attack, more health, and a gold Palette Swap.
  • World's Strongest Man: So stupidly powerful that not even Zero is on the same level as him. He couldn't even be destroyed after the final battle of the Elf Wars, just jettisoned into space. On his own, he defeated Leviathan and Fefnir working together while taking hits from Zero and Harpuia. When fused with the Dark Elf, it takes the combined efforts of Zero and the remaining Four Guardians just to knock down his final form, and even then he'd have shrugged it off if the Dark Elf hadn't been turned back into the Mother Elf. Omega inhabits Zero's body after it was upgraded to draw out its full power — in other words, Omega is the Awakened Zero of X5's bad ending made into canon reality.

    The Eight Gentle Judges (Weil's Numbers) 
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Blazin' Flizard voiced by Hiroaki Miura
Chilldre Inarabbita voiced by Yukiko Hirotsu
Devilbat Schilt voiced by Hideki Ogihara
Deathtanz Mantisk voiced by Keiji Hirai
Cubit Foxtar voiced by Naoki Yanagi
Glacier Le Cactank voiced by Hiro'omi Sugino
Volteel Biblio voiced by Munehiro Tokita
Tresista Kelverian voiced by Hisao Egawa

Created by Dr. Weil, they were once the highest authority of the law in Neo Arcadia, leading the populace peacefully alongside X (both the original and the copy). After Dr. Weil returned, they were turned into Knights Templar as the rest of the military. They have judgement forms which are humanoid, and their decidedly more deadly punishment forms, which they turn into when they're prepared to enact a sentence... violently.

  • All Crimes Are Equal: No matter if it's thievery or trespassing, Glacier le Cactank finds all of them punishable with death.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Foxtar, being based on the Kyuubi no Kitsune legend, has this. Effeminate mannerisms, somewhat feminine body, and the fact that Kitsune often shapeshifts into beautiful women. That said, his voice actor is male, and pre-corruption, he still sounds effeminate but more of a gentle boy than his flamboyant post-corruption self.
  • Animal Motifs: Except for Glacier Le Cactank, who is a cactus.
  • Armless Biped: Volteel Biblio. In his battle form at least.
  • Ax-Crazy: Volteel is by far the most unhinged boss in the series. Well, maybe aside from Omega, that is. Mantisk isn't exactly very stable either.
    • The Drama Tracks imply that their Ax-Crazy nature in Zero 3 had more to do with Weil's reprogramming of them. Prior to that, they were actually nice reploids (in fact, Mantisk also deliberately kept his scythearms dullened to match his reluctance to kill).
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Childre is often seen like this. While he's about as wise as the other Judges, he's designed like a child (with the Meaningful Name to boot) and is noted for his youthful spirit.
  • Badass Cape: All of them have one each.
  • Bald of Evil: Le Cactank's human form is bald. Played with in that he's more of a Knight Templar than an actual evil person.
  • Barehanded Bar Bending: Kelverian has one attack where he takes an iron bar, bends it into an L-shape and then throws it forward like a boomerang.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Tretista" roughly means "three-headed" in Italian.
    • "Biblio" roughly means "book" in Greek. Fitting, as his stage is in a library.
  • Blood Knight: Blazin' Flizard claims that fighting is his only way of relieving his boredom.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Dr. Weil.
  • Continuity Nod/Cameo: Dr. Weil summons them in Zero 4 as his first form's special attack.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: prior to being Brainwashed and Crazy, Mantisk supposedly has this kind of characterization: demonic-looking both in and out of battle form, yet is a pacifist.
  • Death from Above:
    • Childre has 2 attacks that do this: one where he plants mines on the water surface, which will explode and their falling shrapnel will harm Zero, and one where he does a drilling attack with his "ears" from above.
    • Schilt has an attack where he clings to the ceiling and then fires lightning from above to the ground while teleporting around.
    • Le Cactank and Kelverian both have moves where they simply jump over you, trying to crush you under their weight.
    • Foxtar's EX skill is her firing a spread of fire drones upwards that then falls down and covers a wide range.
  • Detachment Combat: Tetrista Kelverian can deploy the canines on his shoulders to attack Zero.
  • Dub Name Change: In North American version of Zero 3, Hellbat was renamed Devilbat due to censorship.
  • Dumb Muscle: Kelverian shows some traits of this. It's implied that he wasn't so dumb before, given that he used to have 3 thought circuits that helped him think more efficiently, fitting for the leader of the judges.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Foxtar can split into 5 fireballs.
  • Evil Laugh: After being brainwashed/reprogrammed by Weil, they start abusing this to a varying degree.
  • Expy: Devilbat Schilt is one to Dark Dizzy. To a lesser extent, Mantisk is one to Dark Mantis.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: A set of two for each element, plus a fourth pair for the non-elemental. It's the Zero tradition, after all...
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: one of the first available missions involves Zero racing against a submarine carrying Childre Inarabbita for the Dark Elf. To hinder the sub's progress, Zero must decrease the water level by activating four switches dotted around the area. Incidentally, lowering the water level also decreases the difficulty of the upcoming battle against Inarabbita.
  • Gratuitous German: Deathtanz Mantisk, with tanz being the German word for dance.
  • Hand Seals: Foxtar performs this to create and move fireballs around.
  • Hitodama Light: Foxtar has Kitsune Lights; floating flames that she can weaponize for her attacks.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Glacier le Cactank in particular. Ironically, back then, he was a kind judge who was willing to overlook small offenses and slightly bend rules when he thought it was justified.
    Has the legendary hero stooped to thievery? How deplorable. As king of the Snow Plains, I do hereby judge your crime.
    I, Glacier Le Cactank, of Weil's Numbers, have reached a verdict. The punishment for thievery is death!
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Kelverian's human form has one.
  • Large and in Charge: According to his ranking, Chief Judge, Kelverian. He's also the only one to have 3 health bars when his peers have only two.
  • Light Is Not Good: After Dr. Weil's return, see Man in White.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: According to the official booklet Vile's Incident: Eden Dome, Its Sin And Rebirth, their creator was none other than Dr. Weil, which also explained why they simply exiled Omega to space rather than executing/retiring him.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Childre can fire out small missiles that will home in to Zero.
  • Man in White: In their humanoid forms.
  • Marathon Level: Biblio's mission, which can take longer than any of the other Judges' levels because the objectives involve Zero retrieving files on the Elf Wars. The files are hidden in only a handful of rooms, standing side by side among empty rooms. The strain being the probability of getting into the wrong room several times. A hint is given to what room each file would be in, but the player has to be really eagle-eyed to notice.
  • Martial Pacifist: Mantisk, prior to being Brainwashed and Crazy, was this, despite working as an executioner. He always hoped that all the lives he took were a result of a right, fair judgement.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: Le Cactank is the boss of the snowy plains, despite cacti normally appearing in deserts.
  • Multi-Directional Barrage: Flizard's EX Skill is to spin his frill and then fire projectiles all over the place with it.
    • One of Schilt's attack is to spread out sound waves around him.
    • Le Cactank's EX Skill is to spin his flail around him and fire many ice spikes around him.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Deathtanz Mantisk, Devilbat Schilt.
  • Noble Womans Laugh: Foxtar
  • One-Winged Angel: All of them can do it, via a Transformation Sequence.
  • Power Copying
  • Prehensile Tail: Volteel can use his tails like this. Commonly, he attacks by going into one of the 4 holes in his chamber, then have his head appearing in one and his tail appearing in another that shoots a homing electric ball.
  • Punched Across the Room: Mantisk is the only boss that is affected by the charged Recoil Rod's pushing effect, because of his light frame. You can exploit this to interrupt his attacks.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad
  • Rousseau Was Right: According to the drama tracks, the Eight Gentle Judges were quite fair and benevolent until Weil came along; see Brainwashed and Crazy above.
  • Shoulders of Doom: In their transformed forms, Le Cactank and Kelverian have large shoulders. The latter can even weaponize 'em.
  • Slippery as an Eel: Volteel generally fights this way. He can move through you and rarely stays in one place for long.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Listing all the variations would take too long. Just play it safe with the official English.
  • Spike Shooter: Glacier le Cactank can fire out ice spikes.
  • The Swarm: Schilt can summon a swarm of bats towards you. They can be destroyed but they cover a rather large range.
  • Teleport Spam: Devilbat/Hellbat Schilt. In universe, his teleportation is described as him emitting sound waves to disrupt the enemy's perception system, making Schilt look like he's teleporting when he moves around.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: The battles with Childre and Volteel. Can be avoided in Childre's stage where activating the switches in said stage will lower the water level to knee-deep, but not so much in the Boss Rush.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: Flizard can fire projectiles out of his tail, as well as his frills.
    • Childre and Schilt can fire projectiles out of their ears.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Mantisk: "Chikachika!"
    • Flizard: "Ssyaaaaah!"
  • Walk on Water: Childre can hop on water with his battle form.
  • Wall Jump: Childre can hop up walls, much like Zero's usual Wall Jump.
  • Weapon of Choice: Technically speaking...

    Craft 
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One person can't change the world. Heroes are a thing of the past...
Voiced by Kenta Miyake

With the death of Omega and the Guardians, Craft steps up as the new general of Weil's army. He only joined so that he can protect Neige, and sees heroes as "a thing of the past". He personally leads "Operation Ragnarok", with the 8 Einherjar Warriors under his command. Their plan is to obliterate all life outside Neo Arcadia in order to discourage the escaping citizens. He later rebels against Weil, firing the Ragnarok satellite at Neo Arcadia, but was defeated by Zero before firing for a second time. Zero tells Craft that the two of them may be Reploids used for war, but they must place their trust in the people they believed in (X and Ciel in Zero's case) and let them be responsible for "changing the world."

  • All-Encompassing Mantle: In his first appearance.
  • Anti-Villain: He's actually reluctant to work under Weil, but he had no other choice. He also was a hero.
  • Bastard Understudy: Not inherently evil, however; he only turned against Weil out of love for Neige.
  • BFG: Which is nearly as large as he is, with a Wave Motion Gun and a big bayonet that can be launched.
  • Character Development: He first believes that one person can't change the world, and heroes are a thing of the past. But after the encounter in Neige's prison where she appeals to his once-held honors, he starts believing in it again, culminating in him trying to change the world and stop Weil by firing the Ragnarok directly at him.
  • Confusion Fu: Fights with a very unorthodox attack pattern that can be hard to react to. It rather places his "commando"-like motif into perspective.
  • The Dragon: A new one for Weil.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: As the field leader of the Operation Ragnarok, he gets more exposure and gives more direct threat than Weil himself (though he makes up for it in the last parts of the game).
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He has a side mission of protecting Neige from Weil's atrocity, so he tries to kidnap her.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Again, it's more design-wise, like Zero's.
  • For The Greater Good: He claims that his attack on Area Zero is for this, i.e for the betterment of humanity as a whole. Neige calls him out on it.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He was a honorable hero, but when realizing how Weil has pretty much seized control and there's nothing he can do against it, he surrenders and takes Weil's side. He turns good again in the climax where he starts rebelling against Weil.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He wants Neige. He was a hero in the past, but when he decided to follow Weil, Neige broke up with him.
  • Homing Projectile: He can fire a homing missile at Zero.
  • Honor Before Reason: Inverted. According to Neige, Craft used to be a warrior that went by his own code, before being convinced that living under Dr. Weil's rule is better than being killed by Weil for defiance.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's considerably taller than Neige.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Well, at least he believes the ones willing to live under Neo Arcadia's thumb for Dr. Weil and terminate Reploids for their own comfort are. It's why he has no issue taking them as collateral damage in firing Ragnarok at Neo Arcadia for his shot at killing Weil. Even when he's defeated, he demands to know why he should trust the humans who fear and misuse Reploids and seek to conquer the world, and how Zero can still fight for them.
  • I Let You Win: Zero believes that Craft held himself back when they first fought. Turns out, he didn't...well, take his own word for it, anyway.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Neige, at least in the past.
  • Laser Sight: Before he fires his Wave Motion Gun, he'll aim it at your head with one. When you dash, the laser sight goes past you, and so does the Wave Motion Gun itself, but you have to time your dash in order to avoid it.
  • Last Request: Upon his death, he, like X before him, requests Zero to watch over the world, and Neige, for him.
  • Leitmotif: "Kraft".
  • Love Makes You Crazy: After being talked out of working under Dr. Weil by Neige, he destroys Neo Arcadia using Ragnarok, claiming thousands of lives, trying to take down Dr. Weil. Dr. Weil even lampshades this by stating "Turned by the sweet words of a woman!" when he was betrayed.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: His strongest move, fired from above, which has the possibility to hit the entire screen, with very few openings for dodging. The missiles can be destroyed with the Z-saber to make an opening, but not without difficulty.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: He fired the Ragnarok at Neo Arcadia, trying to kill Dr. Weil. The attack, according to the manual, claimed 20,000,000 deaths of innocents. Yet the intended target ironically survives.
  • Morality Pet: Neige.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He only wanted to keep the world from turning into an even worse hellhole, even if he had to work under Weil. He also rekindles with his more noble self after Neige's words.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His design looks more archaic than the reploids of the era at the time, featuring a lot of bulky plates of armors, as opposed to the current Reploids' generally more slender design with closer-to-human complexion.
  • The Promise: He once made one for Neige to fight with honor and for humanity. When she pointed that out to him during the attack on Area Zero, he then goes to kidnap her, with him saying "I'm keeping my promise by doing this."
  • Recoil Boost: He can lift himself into the air by firing his Wave Motion Gun into the ground.
  • Recursive Ammo: One of his attacks involves throwing a bomb that splits into 6 and scatters away.
  • Robo Ship: A canon in-universe example with Neige.
  • Spanner in the Works: Weil would have succeeded in destroying Area Zero with Ragnarok, but Craft turned on him use the weapon against him. It failed to kill Weil, but it saved Area Zero.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Kraft" in the Japanese version, which in German means "power" and "strength". In America, on the other hand, it's associated with a brand of cheese, so this one was probably for the better.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: One of his moves is to lob 3 grenades upward.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: He can phase through Zero while doing this.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: At least when compared to the 4 main bosses (and 2 intro bosses, if you really want to count it) you have to beat before him. He has many nasty attacks, a quick dash, and 3 bars of health. Even in his second fight, where you've got most of the useful techniques, he still proves to be a real threat.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to the Four Guardians, Copy X, Elpizo post-Dark Elf, or especially Omega, Craft has nowhere near as much inherent raw power at his disposal despite being a combat Reploid, relying more on his various tools like bombs, missiles and lasers from his BFG. He's still skilled enough that he can give Zero a hard time in both their fights.

    Einherjar Eight Warriors 
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Fenri voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara
Titanion voiced by Saki Nakajima
Kraken voiced by Toru Furusawa
Genblem voiced by Naoki Imamura
Magnus voiced by Takahiro Fujimoto
Mandrago voiced by Yuu Takamura
Eclair voiced by Shigeru Shibuya
Cocapetri voiced by Ikuo Nishikawa

The local Quirky Miniboss Squad of Zero 4, led by Craft. Assigned by Dr. Weil to attack Area Zero.

  • Animal Motifs: excluding Mandrago, we have...
  • An Axe to Grind: Again, Mino Magnus.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sol Titanion is basically a playful sadist.
    • Her Freudian Excuse also ends up becoming extremely ironic in terms of who she's serving, as the reason she's Ax-Crazy was because a scouting unit commissioned by Dr. Weil basically invaded the artificial sun she and a twin of hers was maintaining and killed her twin, causing her to go mad and destroy them to avenge her twin.
  • Avenging the Villain: Tech Kraken, trying to avenge his former master Phantom. Interestingly, neither of them are fully "villains". He even encourages Zero to stop Weil after his second defeat.
  • Beam Spam: Heat Genblem uses a ridiculously long-lasting beam cannon which he fires while spinning. Even his stage is a giant solar-powered particle cannon, and reminiscent of Quick Man's stage from Mega Man 2, minus the One-Hit Kill beams, though there are still beams a-plenty.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Fenri and Pegasolta Eclair. Both dual wield 'em.
  • Combat Tentacles: Kraken, being a squid, uses 'em. They're tipped with spearheads, too.
  • Corridor Cubbyhole Run: Genblem's stage.
  • Dash Attack: Cocapetri has one. (Un)fortunately, because the floor of the boss room is segmented to 3 and each goes up or down, this attack is sometimes hindered by the floor.
  • Deadly Disc: Sol Titanion can throw these, made of fire.
  • Deadly Lunge: Fenri has an attack where he simply lunges at Zero with his arm blade. Meanwhile, Pegasolta has 2 attacks like this, one of them being his EX skill.
  • Detachment Combat: Magnus can split into five parts, four of which are used to attack Zero.
  • Dig Attack: Mandrago can dig underground and appear either on the ground or the ceiling, then fires out some brown goo at Zero that hampers his movement.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Fenri can create clones of himself made of ice.
  • Dumb Muscle: Mino Magnus has shades of this.
  • Elemental Powers
  • Elemental Punch: 2 of Genblem's attacks are this, with a fiery punch.
  • Establishing Team Shot: The whole group gets one in the end of the second intro stage.
  • Expy: Fenri is basically a remixed Blizzard Wolfang. Genblem, Pegasolta, and Kraken may also be based on Rainy Turtloid, The Skiver, and Squid Adler respectively.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Pegasolta Eclair claims that the un-beautiful things shall go down.
  • Flunky Boss: Mandrago can fire seeds to the soil around the boss room that will grow into either flowers that can shoot bullets or venus flytraps that can snare you. She can also summon bees by firing some brown goo (possibly honey-like) at you.
    • Also Cocapetri, who apparently can lay down robotic eggs which can run around, trying to hurt you.
  • Flying Seafood Special: In his first appearance (i.e in Area Zero), Kraken the squid floats in midair.
  • The Four Gods: Heat Genblem is loosely named after Xuán Wǔ/Genbu, the turtle.
    • He's less loosely based off of Ryu and Gamera.
  • Grapple Move: Mino Magnus can grab Zero with his hand and magnetize him, making him attract metal scraps that hinder his movement.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Cocapetri
  • Healing Factor: Mandrago is able to heal a small amount of her health, if the weather is set to sunny.
  • Horned Humanoid: Magnus, pretty much.
  • Hot-Blooded: Fenri, despite being an ice boss. The voice helps a lot, considering he's Simon...note 
  • Hot Wings: Titanion's wings are made of fire.
  • Hulk Speak: Mino Magnus combines this with a Verbal Tic, in this case a roar of "Ndooooooh!".
  • Irony: The fact that Noble Mandrago, a plant Reploid, is using an environmental-modifying system in the form of nanomachine plants, in order to harm Area Zero does not go unlampshaded. Ciel even says that the system can be used to support Area Zero instead.
  • Kaizo Trap: Make sure you have a platform below you to stand on when you defeat Pegasolta Eclair.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Genblem with his big turtle shell.
  • The Maze: The first half of Kraken's level.
  • Mighty Glacier: Genblem and Magnus may be big and slow, but they carry high power reactor and lots of electromagnetic circuits respectively, from which they can generate tremendous amounts of power. In Gemblem's case, he's also equipped with a heavy shell.
  • The Napoleon: Cocapetri hates it whenever people tease him for his small size.
  • Norse Mythology: The einherjar are those that have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by valkyries. They prepare daily for the events of Ragnarök, when they will advance for an immense battle. The symbolism is thick with this one: the Eight Warriors all prepare for Operation Ragnarok that aims for the destruction of Area Zero, and though they're defeated, they still manage to divert The Resistance's attention from the operation's real aims: building the space station Ragnarok, with the power to completely annihilate a region. And as Zero storms the station, he encounters the Eight Warriors again, now revived and are waiting for the calamity that is the Colony Drop, as they battle Zero once again.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Sol Titanion is based on the myth of the fairy queen Titania.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: You can try plucking Mandrago out of the ground with Zero Knuckle when she burrows herself; Zero will then throw her backwards, possibly to the wall. Her planted seeds can also be plucked and thrown away. You can also do the same thing to Kraken's tentacles when he uses the "ink void" attack.
  • Perfect-Play A.I.: Genblem's tactic of slowly walking towards you and then immediately guard with his shell when you attack him is reminiscent of a similar phenomenon in fighting games.
  • Pinball Projectile: Kraken can fire these. He can also create an ice mirror for the purpose of playing with said projectiles.
  • Plant Person: Noble Mandrago.
  • Platform Battle: Pegasolta is fought across 3 platforms (with the middle one lower compared to the two on either side) heights over Bottomless Pits. There are also strong winds that may blow you to the pits.
  • Playful Hacker: Cocapetri.
  • Power Copying
  • The Power of the Sun: Titanion uses this to attack Zero, while Mandrago uses this to heal herself.
  • Primal Stance: Fenri is the only one depicted like this, all the time.
  • Psycho Prototype: Fenri Lunaedge, according to the Mega Man Zero Official Complete Works, was supposed to be a fusion between a reploid and a prototype Cyber Elf, but the fusion as well as a glitch within the Cyber Elf's programming...well, drove him rabid.
  • Punched Across the Room: Pegasolta's Diving Kick can do this to Zero, as is Magnus' magnetically charged attacks.
  • Punny Name:
    • Heat Genblem contains a Shout-Out to Fire Emblem.
    • Magnaxe and Magnus both are derived from "magnet", pretty much describing his ability.
  • Rolling Attack: One of Fenri's attacks.
  • Selective Magnetism: Mino Magnus has this as his whole concept.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Mandrago's EX Skill is to spin to the air and then try to land on Zero drill-first, which sends out rocks flying when she hits the ground.
  • Shoryuken: Both Genblem and Fenri can do this.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Magnus has really big, pointy shoulders from which he can control magnetism.
  • The Slow Walk: Genblem can choose to approach Zero slowly this way. Be careful - if you attack him, he'll defend himself immediately; if you attack him more, he'll do a Counter Attack.
  • Smug Snake: Pegasolta Eclair is so vain and proud of his "beauty". Also, in-game, almost whenever he floats, he has a tendency to quickly fly upward everytime you try to land a hit. Annoying? Right.
  • Speech Impediment: Magnus talks really, really slowly. Throughout the entire game, nobody (including his allies) has the patience to let him finish a thought.
  • Spin Attack: Noble Mandrago is fond of this. There's also one of Genblem's attack where he spins while covering himself on fire.
  • Spread Shot: Cocapetri can spread out either black bombs or feathers that can hurt Zero. Kraken can throw multiple spearheads this way. Titanion's EX Skill is the "exploding shot" variant, done with her Fireballs.
  • Suicide Mission: If you lose to him, Kraken claims that he'll follow Phantom after his mission (blowing up the ground with the submarine and causing earthquakes) is finished.
  • Sword Beam: Fenri can fire these, made of ice, from his blades. His EX Skill is basically firing 2 large ones traveling the ground and ceiling.
  • Taken for Granite: Cocapetri's signature attack, considering he's a cockatrice.
  • Team Shot: As shown in the picture above, they have this with their commander Craft. Prior to that there's also a shot of their sprites standing together.
  • Teleport Spam: Kraken can use squid ink to teleport himself across the room. He'll do this multiple times before exiting.
  • This Is a Drill: Mandrago's "feet" are actually a drill split in two.
  • Time Stands Still: Not explicitly stopping time, but Cocapetri's ultimate move includes "petrifying" all the room (as the whole room turns grey). Zero's EX Skill from him, Time Stopper, also qualifies.
  • Two Girls to a Team: This Quirky Miniboss Squad is the only one in the Zero series to have 2 females, i.e Titanion & Mandrago.
  • Undying Loyalty: Genblem, being a proud, dutiful soldier, displays this for Craft.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Pegasolta Eclair's mission has Zero disabling this. Titanion is an arguable case, with an artificial sun.
  • Weaponized Offspring: Cocapetri can lay an egg with 2 legs that will run about, harrassing you.
  • Winged Humanoid: Pegasolta Eclair is a humanoid horse with wings. Titanion, meanwhile, is a humanoid butterfly/moth.
  • Worthy Opponent: in the end, Kraken doesn't want any more revenge, he just wants to see the power that defeated Phantom.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: One of Mino Magnus' attacks drags Zero towards him.
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