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  • How is Zero able to survive his "death" at the end of the first game, being rebuilt with his personality and memories intact, while Reploids like Iris stay dead and the original games bosses can't be brought back personality wise (as we can see in Maverick Hunter X, Sigma is seemingly only able to create functional but mindless facsimiles of their originals to guard his fortress)? Because like with X, Zero isn't a Reploid, he's a robot, with what amounts of a Black Box of a brain.
  • You may be wondering why, in X5, that this is considered to be X's 'Bad' ending. After all, despite the death and disappearance of Zero, X is fully repaired and the world is getting back to normal, with X talking about his dreams. Think about it. The dream that X is talking about is actually Foreshadowing for the formation of Neo Arcadia in the Mega Man Zero series, and (if Keiji Inafune had his way), his eventual Face–Heel Turn. And, with no Zero around to stop him....
    • Then again, that ending implies that both Zero and Sigma stayed dead, and the backstory of the Mega Man Zero series established that Zero was a carrier of the Sigma Virus and was unknowingly spreading it around the world, and that the cure to the virus was discovered in his AI. Said cure was weaponized by Weil, who started the Elf Wars and razed the planet before being stopped. Since none of that will ever come to pass, maybe the X in that version of events will accomplish his goals and create a real utopia.
    • Dr. Weil and the Dark Elf are likely new additions that the writers didn't plan for when they made the first game; you can easily imagine X's canon ending of X5 (or his bad ending) leading to Zero 1 while Zero's X6 ending (which was Inafune's compensation, by the way) explains those two aforementioned elements and leads to Zero 2 and 3.
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    • Actually, it's foreshadowing Mega Man Legends. X mentions he dreams of creating a paradise called Elysium in that ending of X5. Come Legends thousands of years later, and you end up finding out about a space colony called Elysium meant as a paradise. The good ending sets up X6, while the bad ending shifts the timeline to the events of Legends.
  • In one of the X7 endings, Zero has a nightmare in which he and an Ax-Crazy X are fighting to the death. What do you face in the Zero series? An Ax-Crazy doppelgänger of X. Counts as a Shout-Out rather than Foreshadowing because X7 came out after the Zero series began.
  • Maverick Hunter X introduces a possible reason for Zero's Superhero Speciation away from using his buster: he can't aim it. In Day of Sigma, he fails utterly at hitting the Mechaniloid's weak point without hitting its hostage (something which Sigma claimed X was able to do), and in the intro stage of the game proper, he tries to shoot Vile when he's escaping in the Death Rogumer, with similar results. The only moment when he actually succeeded in using it was when 1) he shoots Vile's Ride Armor's arm in the opening, and 2) when he was trying to blow up Vile's Ride Armor from point-blank range.
    • A problem that gets remedied in Zero's own series, where he gets his hands on a Buster handgun with a sight.
    • Wait, you mean how he missed blowing out the giant Mechaniloid's leg, thereby slowing it down and exposing the generator?
      • That had nothing to do with Zero's accuracy. If you look closer, you'll notice that Zero had dashed into point-blank range of his target before firing.
      • It also explains his shift in attack styles in later games. From X2 onward, Zero's fighting style focuses on maximizing damage output over the largest areas of effect possible. In X2 and X3, he accomplished this by combining charged Z-Buster shots with Z-Saber slashes. From X4 onward, he stops using his Buster and focuses on Z-Saber combos. He only goes back to using the Buster in the Zero series because it's the first weapon he picks up.
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    • Should clarify: Zero failing to hit the Mechaniloid's weak point was not when he damaged its leg with a point-blank buster shot, but when he ran a simulation where he had to make the same shot that X faced (and ultimately didn't take); Zero chose to take the shot but hit only the hostage.
  • On the topic of aim, let's talk about X's. According to Sigma, X's ability to hit a target is no different from Sigma's own; he could have just as easily shot out the Mechaniloid's generator without fatally harming its hostage. This is backed by X's opening shot, which he delivered while in free-fall at terminal velocity, at such a high altitude that any normal human wouldn't even be able to see where the Mechaniloid was, let alone line up a shot on it. X has advanced targeting systems enabling him to make those kinds of precision shots.
  • The Zero parts acquired from the X-Hunters in X2 match them perfectly. Violen is the strongest of the X-Hunters, and has Zero's body. Agile, the fastest, has the legs, and Serges, the most intelligent, has the head.
  • Remember the Enigma Cannon, the big laser cannon from X5 whose name has nothing to do with its function? There are some reasons for its meaning:
    • First, the entire franchise comes from Japan, and we all know how Japan is so much in love with cool-sounding foreign words. Second, its mere existence in X5 is also the reason why it was called Enigma. There was never any mention about said weapon from previous games. The closest we could have for a gigantic laser cannon is Final Weapon, and we all know what happened to it. When X5 came, it just came out of the blue mysteriously. Finally, the most important reason why the Enigma Cannon was named like that was because...well, it was an enigma. At first, people kept on looking for the meaning, from any available and possible standpoint, before they just give up. There might be a real meaning of its name, other than just for sounding cool. But until someone finds that meaning, it will stay as a mystery, hence the name Enigma. The name pretty much self-demonstrates itself.
    • In X4, what appears to be the Enigma Cannon can be seen in the background of Web Spider's stage, and it later dominates the backdrop of Web's chambers. He must have been a Repliforce officer associated with it! Not to mention the real reason why Repliforce was building Enigma: it's an anti-aircraft cannon meant to both defend the Final Weapon from incoming threats and take it out if it's compromised. After all, what better weapon to use on a giant space laser pointing down than a giant space laser pointing up?
  • After replaying the second and third X series games, I realized why the bosses had blue explosions when they died, as opposed to the reddish orange ones seen everywhere else. The bosses were upgraded to the absolute limit, making their bodies run "hotter" to generate enough power. After X3, the heroes' power meters default size jumped to 32. The increase was an upgrade in order for Reploids to take full advantage of advancing technology and to function properly.
  • This Troper gave some thought on why Zero is named "Zero", how he can do exceptionally high close range damage at the expense of low armor, and also as a character why he has a tendency to rush headlong to face impossible odds, performing extraordinarily heroic feats getting himself killed at least three times counting both series he participates in the process. Then I remembered the Japanese airplanes employed during World War II, the A 6 M 2 "Zeroes", who were destructive in close range, but fragile compared to most other fighter planes, and several pilots who were about to die or ran out of ammunition... who were instructed beforehand by their superiors that they may not make it out alive, crashed their ships into targets as a last ditch effort, creating the suicidal term known as "Kamikaze", and they were revered for such heroic acts. Interesting stuff.
    • Becomes more brilliant in Marvel vs Capcom 3. The opening quote for Captain America to Zero is "Your name's Zero? Hope you don't fight like one." Cap's tone sounds dismissive, believing that Zero is planning to die to take out the guy with an indestructible shield, but there is something else to consider. What war did Cap and the A 6 M 2 Zeroes fight in? Cap isn't necessarily insulting Zero, he's possibly tense about his fighting style.
      • The irony is that Zero did fight like the old war pilots once: his Heroic Sacrifice to save X from Vile.
    • There's also another interesting theory about Zero's name. You see, in mathematical terms, x means a variable with limitless potential. Now, no matter what value x is, if multiplied by zero (or divided by zero, although the former seems much safer), the result will be the same: nothing. Zero's purpose? To destroy X.
      • Actually the above explanation is a lot closer to the truth - as "0 & X" are both math terms, where 0 means 'nothing, empty, void, or devoid of meaning' X means 'limitless, potential, unlimited, full of meaning.'
      • In engineering terms, numbering a project as "zero" indicates it to be a prototype or the first iteration of its kind. Zero was Keiji Inafune's prototype design for X.
      • Another good explanation is that Wily was trying not to make another Bass. Bass was made for pretty much the same purpose as Zero, but his enormous ego repeatedly got in the way of his mission, and on multiple occasions caused Bass to turn on Wily. Zero, in contrast, thinks less about himself, and more about destroying his enemies and completing his mission.
  • In the X series, many of the bosses have an animal theme (Gravity Beetle, Rainy Turtloid, Blizzard Buffalo, and so forth). This is in direct contrast to the Classic series, where the bosses are humanoid Something Men (and a Something Woman).
    • Made more brilliant when you realize the context of the two games: robot bosses who appear more human than the era would expect (Classic) as contrasted to bosses who act less human (X).
    • Also, it makes sense that one of the first bosses would be a mandrill.
  • I've always wondered why they say that, as of X8, Sigma is Deader Than Dead. But then I looked at his most recent body: partly completed, with viral energy clearly visible. Perhaps it symbolizes that after so very long, Sigma's on his last legs. Perhaps his mind has finally worn out?
  • I used to be amused by one discrepancy in Nintendo Power's coverage of the first Mega Man X game, in which they recommended fighting Storm Eagle after Chill Penguin and using your normal buster on him, and then issued a "challenge card" claiming that beating Storm Eagle first was one of the toughest challenges. Until I realized the truth. Look carefully at Storm Eagle's techniques in battle. While his weapon weakness is the Chameleon Sting, that's not what makes him so trivial to beat early in the game. The real difference is X getting the boots from Chill Penguin's stage. Try beating Storm Eagle without a dash. That can be fairly challenging. Hint: Blowing winds + bottomless pits.
  • The art style and some character designs of Mega Man X8 were changed to make the characters look more human. This is (for now) the last game in the series... which bridges into the Mega Man Zero series, where Reploids are basically indistinguishable from humans.
  • This troper finally noticed a pattern in Mega Man X: Command Mission. The game is divided into a total of ten chapters. You fight a boss at the end of each chapter. The first boss is a flunky with no real impact on the story, it's just...y'know, there. The next eight stages are the main bosses (with two battles in Chapter 9) and the final chapter is the boss rush and final bosses. In the main X series, you fight an intro boss, eight Maverick bosses, and then a boss rush leading into the final battle. While Command Mission was essentially the Ensemble Dark Horse of the series, they kept the same pattern all along.
  • It's strange how X never retains his armor abilities, especially after later games showing it was possible to keep whole suits. Consider this: In X1, X is utterly weak compared to the Mavericks until his armor is obtained. In X2, which happened six months later, the armor is gone, but X can now dash without it and his charge shot now has a pinkish aura to it. In the third game, that aura is even MORE apparent, and in the fourth game, the shot's a solid green. He even gains a natural air dash in the seventh game. X's first three armors had integrated into his systems until they became a natural part of him. The armors were stacking this whole time!
    • This also explains how his charge shots got so large and powerful from X7 onward as well as his natural air dash: He finally got around to integrating the previous super charge shots into his systems. The charged shot's size increase comes from the plasma or Gaea shots (as they were large charge shots) and the increase in power was because X couldn't replicate the unique functions so the integration was a power boost instead. As for the air dash, the function had to be stacked multiple times due to its complexity before it could be integrated into X's systems.
    • Zero can also be used as evidence here. In the first game, we see nothing of Zero's power other than he's a freakishly powerful robot. He takes the arm off Vile's Ride Armor with a single level 2 blast. He then turns and tells X that he has the potential to become as powerful as he is. In X1 and X2, Zero is an enormously powerful robot. Even with all his armor upgrades in X1, X could still not damage Vile's Ride Armor. In X3, the first time Zero is playable, he is roughly as powerful as X becomes with all his armor from that game. Vile also re-appears with even MORE powerful Ride Armors, but they aren't invincible anymore, and X can still damage them with his basic buster, which now has the stacked effects from the previous two armors. In X4, Zero starts out just as weak as X does, which means that weapons technology has finally caught up to him, and he too must now rely upon life capsule upgrades and armor boosts to keep his edge in the game. It also means that by the end of X3, X had finally fulfilled Zero's prediction, and had become as strong as Zero himself.
    • It's also usable as evidence that X's own power is growing on its own. In X's original rampage down the highway, he wasn't even able to dent Vile's Chimera Ride Armor, and yet by X8, his charge shots were breaking shields and he could destroy Ride Armors with just his buster. The reason why his and Zero's life-bars were still so small by that time is that the reploids around them were being constructed with more powerful specs now that the common technology around them has caught up.
    • It also explains why X6 was so difficult for X without his armor. When Dr. Light rebuilt X in his X5 ending, he could only restore X's specs to what they were at the start of the game. X was a game behind when Gate rebelled.
  • A bit of unintentional Fridge Brilliance in X5 with the renaming of the Mavericks to Guns N' Roses references. The person who did it just did it because her husband was a fan of the band, but seeing all the other music-themed names in the franchise...
  • When it comes to X6, we have the descriptions of Blaze Heatnix and Rainy Turtloid. The former is described as being far more powerful than his coworkers and would ignore them even when they were in danger, causing others to want him powered down so he'd learn to work with others and value their lives. Gate refused and Heatnix was killed. Then we have the latter who had ridiculous defensive abilities compared to others, but he didn't do anything to bother his coworkers, it was just his defensive capabilities. They wanted him downgraded to be just like them, and when refused, Turtloid killed himself. The brilliance? The ones who wanted them dead did so out of hatred and jealousy respectively. It makes you realize just how human Reploids really are when they suffer from such a petty emotion as jealousy.
  • X pulls away from the battlefield in X7, despite the resolve he showed at the end of the previous game. Also keep in mind that X salvaged Gate's remains out of respect for Alia in the chance she might revive him. Since Gate isn't even mentioned later on, it's a good bet that Alia was denied that chance, viral corruption and Freudian Excuse doesn't change the fact that Gate's actions and skill made him Too Powerful to Live, and fell into a depression. X took up a support position out of guilt, putting himself physically right next to her, to provide emotional support.
  • If Black Zero in X2 is supposed to be Zero's clone, why is it so weak and...well, black? Because it only appears if you gathered all 3 of Zero's parts. Without any of Zero's parts, the X-Hunters will have to make do with what they vaguely remember about his combat capabilities and rush its production so quick that it doesn't even get a proper paint job. This also ties to its later appearances in later games as an 'armor' for Zero where it reduces his defense. Black Zero really can't take a hit.
  • After reviewing the powers granted by X's armors, it's pretty clear that Dr. Light didn't build them in the order he gave them out. First off, the Gaea armor's helmet isn't given an in-game function while later helmets just tweaked existing abilities. Also, the dash powers as given seem out of order: dash, air-dash, air-dash/vertical air-dash, air-dash/hover, FLIGHT, pushing certain blocks, directional air-dash, gliding, and invisibility while dashing note . Additionally, early teasers for the Ultimate Armor, English translation here, say that the Ultimate Armor is supposed to have a blade weapon and flight capabilities, all of which were taken out in the actual game, hence why Dr. Light describes it as "incomplete" in X4. This suggests that some of the armors, while functional in their own right, were actually developed to beta test ideas that Dr. Light planned for the Ultimate Armor. This also suggests that most of the armors weren't developed as-is, but that Dr. Light is actually mixing different combinations of parts and adjusting the designs to match.
  • The eventual fate of Iris in X4 almost stops making sense given that Zero had his own Hunter unit back then and could've just assigned guards to her. Until you remember what Bass and King were like, and you realize that Zero also inherited his father's ego, albeit much more subtly than his siblings. This might have been foreshadowed in the intro stage: after their argument, Zero and Colonel beam out of the city, leaving an injured Iris behind.
  • There are boss dialogues in X8 that suggest that Zero can no longer be powered up by the Maverick Virus, a revelation actually foreshadowed in X6. The theory is that Dr. Wily, having somehow become an AI, rebuilt Zero after X5 and pretended to be Isoc in X6, given his interest and knowledge of Zero. During the repairs, Wily removed the violent, virus-powered side of Zero's AI into a new body, which became the Nightmare Zero. Thus the Nightmare Zero became the embodiment of Zero's original potential, its destruction heralding the end of Zero's dark side. As for why Zero's AI was split, Wily likely wanted to salvage the violent side above Zero himself, so that's what got into the new body first. Or, Wily wanted to upgrade Zero, the latter starts with the double jump and a good buster, but couldn't put everything in on top of the repair job. So Wily built the Nightmare Zero to beta test the more extensive upgrades while Zero recovered, but Zero woke up and ran off before he could get his final upgrades.
    • That might also explain how his style slightly changes in the sixth game; his sword now looks more like a solid rod than a fluid, almost whip-ish beam saber, and that he swings it differently, more similar to him in the Zero series. It's also likely a conscious choice on part of the devs to connect the 2 series on a game-play level.
    • Adding on to the above, Zero's saber being almost whip-like could be attributed to him swinging it more aggressively, almost looking as if he was flailing it wildly, which could be a leftover from his original programming. From X6 onward, the rod-like shape of the saber is probably because he swings it calmly, with more precision to each strike.
    • You can potentially see when this happens in X5 if X fights Zero. At the end of his boss fight, Zero seemingly uses Soul Body on X, knocking him out. This was actually Zero's viral power up, taking one last shot at X.
  • For all of the villains' blathering about having evolved beyond the fleshy meat-bag humans, they certainly haven't learned from the mistakes humans made: among other things, being free to go maverick means that you're not free to go un-maverick, not only because Sigma is a dictator in the making who wants to Take Over the World (and then descended into becoming an Omnicidal Maniac in the end) but there isn't any way to disinfect yourself from viral infection short of death.
    • According to this web-comic, Sigma's goal to Kill All Humans should be easy to accomplish if that's what he wanted. The only time he actually tried was X4, it almost happening in X5 was collateral damage, and he ultimately gave up on that in X8. For all his talk, he's just as ego-driven as the humans he fights against.
  • Vile's hatred of X is pretty ironic, all things considered. He openly despises him for getting more attention despite his lower rank, and all but declares war on him for it, not knowing the reason he gets so much attention is because of his humanity. In a way, Vile is every bit as human as his mortal enemy. Selfish, rude, jealous, short-tempered, arrogant, violent and driven by a petty motivation, in contrast to X, who is selfless, kind, reverent, placid, humble, uses violence as a last resort and is driven to fight for justice and hope. X and Vile can be seen as representing the very best and worst of humanity, respectively.
  • In X5 Dr. Light's seemingly miraculous feat of walking out of his capsule to repair X may seem weird, but it makes sense once you realize that the event takes place in Zero Space (the final stages) where Cyberspace and the real world merged due to the intense amount of viruses at the site. It thus would allow Light to materialize himself from his capsule (presumably the one in Zero Space #3) to catch to X.
    • This also makes sense why X5 was meant to be the last in the series. If you kill Sigma in real world, he can just escape to cyberspace and hijack a new body. His source of regeneration is in cyberspace, and if you kill him in cyberspace, you kill him for real.
  • Colonel's moves in X4 mirror the ones Zero uses in X2 and X5note , which does many things: it enforces his role as The Rival to Zero, shows that the Repliforce designers were taking inspiration from Zero, and shows what Zero might become if he became too focused on fighting.
    • By extension, this means that Iris was based on X because of their compassionate nature. This would also mean that the project that created Iris and Colonel was trying to make a fighter that combined X and Zero's best attributes.
  • Quite a bit for Mega Man Xtreme 2:
    • Sigma returning after X3, where he was supposedly destroyed by Doppler's anti-virus, can be explained by Berkana reviving him after he somehow escaped Doppler's fortress. X and Zero's surprise at seeing him in X4 is because they expected him to stay dead after thwarting the Erasure plan.
    • In X3, Sigma tried to possess X to finally defeat him, but Sigma never attempted this again in subsequent games and instead focused on Zero. Doppler's anti-virus did inflict permanent damage, and he was hoping that Berkana's experiments would reveal how to fully restore himself. He was never able to discover this himself, hence why he changed priorities.
    • The background of the final stages resemble those of the Final Weapon stages, both a Call-Forward and hinting at a connection between the research lab and Repliforce. If the research facility was involved with Repliforce, then it's possible that this was where Iris and Colonel were originally developed. This would explain why Sigma targeted Repliforce: he knew that doubt was already cast upon the army following the Erasure incident, and what Colonel's weaknesses were.
    • The effect this game's events had on Reploid technology are massive. At this point, energy meters maxed out at 32 units, but moved higher from X4 to X7. Whatever techniques Berkana used to give herself a permanent power boost, compared to the temporary power-ups the heroes gained, were employed as a universal upgrade for Reploids, explaining the bigger meters and bigger attacks used by bosses. (Though this also leads to Fridge Horror, considering that said methods involved ''consuming other Reploids’ souls... which loops back around to Fridge Brilliance in that other technological advancements could make DNA Souls stronger to begin with, making soul-stealing antics unnecessary.)
      • Said techniques were likely refined by Sigma into what would become the Copy Chips. It's possible that Sigma's goal in X7 was to copy X and Zero's DNA so he could absorb them and heal himself after what happened in X3 and X6.
  • One of the remaining mysteries of X6 is what happened to Isoc, who fans suspect was actually Dr. Wily. Consider the following: the original Sigma's mind was absorbed into the Maverick Virus (basically killing the Maverick Hunter), Isoc's body was found after Sigma's reveal, Sigma's following plans centered around Copy Chips, and that Copy Chips are basically an extension of the Copy Robots of the Classic series. In his Viral Form, Sigma absorbed Dr. Wily to restore his mind, effectively killing his partner, but would still be subconsciously influenced by the old man until their mutual death on the moon.
  • In X4, Sigma's first form can only be harmed by fire weapons, which X and Zero obtain from Magma Dragoon. Guess like Magma Dragoon's subtly atoning for his actions from beyond the grave by giving X and Zero the means to hurt Sigma. Similarly, Sigma might have chosen to tempt Dragoon via appealing to his nature so that one of the Maverick Hunters holding his weakness to fire would no longer be a part of the Maverick Hunters anymore.
    • From a logical perspective, it also makes sense. Sigma is wearing a tattered cloak, which is certain to catch fire.
  • Zero's weakness technique against Cyber Peacock isn't Kuuenzan, but the fire-based Ryuenjin. Cyber Peacock is a virus/hacker, and one can beat viruses/hacking with a firewall.
  • In X5 Sigma claims that the Maverick Virus "purifies" Zero, explaining why the latter gets a power boost. If the Maverick Virus, and by extension the Zero Virus, are based on the Evil Energy of Mega Man 8, than Zero's darker emotions feed the virus which in turn powers him up. Consider that Zero was originally an uncontrollable berserker, but there's no reason Dr. Wily didn't want a berserker at all. As Zero himself says in his spin-off series, he only fights for those he believes in: he has no higher ideals like X. And this whole plot-point came after X4, where Zero would undoubtedly have some self-loathing after Iris.
    • The fact Zero gets a boost from the virus explains a few things about him. One, Zero's never said to have potential like X's, yet he can match X's growth because Zero's infection enables his own growth. Two, based on official art, Zero changed to a new buster for X3, likely a replica made by Dr. Cain so Zero has as little Maverick built weapons as possible, but it was weakened by the virus. Zero's buster was useful in X1, 2, and 6. Dr. Wily built the first one, and built/modified the others if Serges and Isoc are aliases of his.
  • The events of the Maverick Hunter X remake take place right on the heels of Day of Sigma, where Sigma disables Zero with his saber so he can break X without interruptions. Look at Zero's dialogue portrait right before his Heroic Sacrifice. He's clutching his chest with his off-hand. Zero's systems still have some residual damage from Sigma's saber, and whatever Vile did to him before X showed up made it worse. That explosion that destroyed Vile's Ride Armor was Zero's power core rupturing as a result of Zero charging his Z-Buster.
    • His first line after the fight with Vile makes it clear that Zero wasn't planning to self-destruct and destroy Vile's Ride Armor to give X an even fight. His intention was to blow Vile's head off with a point-blank Z-Buster blast before he could kill X. The fact that his power core was damaged and might explode—let alone with enough force to destroy a Ride Armor—didn't even enter his mind.
    "X...I'm always telling be more careful...but now look at me..."
    • This could also explain why he stopped using a buster. When it worked properly, Zero's buster had higher output than X, especially in Maverick Hunter X, thus a bigger draw on his power core. If Zero is defeated in X3 he says his power core is damaged; his core might not have been damaged directly, but his more advanced buster likely contributed to that damage somehow. He probably decided then to stop using a buster unless the output was better controlled, like X5-6 and the MvC games. In X7 and X8 Zero developed enough in skill that a buster became superfluous.
    • It also adds explanation for why X takes longer to charge a Z-Buster shot than Zero did. Dr. Light made the same mistake with Protoman that Dr. Wily made with Zero; their power output is higher, but their power cores are less stable because of it. X's long charge time means his power system is better regulated, so he can reach those insane power levels without sacrificing stability.
  • In X2 Serges and Agile are completely different in their rematches but Violen is virtually the same in his. While the real reason is because Violen's second form was cut due to cartridge space limitations, this actually works for his character: It's implied that Violen isn't very smart note , so a dumb brute like him wouldn't think to switch up his primary form of attack for a rematch and would stick to what he knows without much change in strategy.
  • Sigma's sleek, yet simplistic first form in X5 resembles the more simplistic designs of X and Zero, more so than any of his previous bodies. When you take into account that you fight this form in a room that has X and Zero's capsules and blueprints prominently displayed in the background, it becomes clear that Sigma is intentionally mimicking X and Zero's appearance with this body.
  • X8 is the game that kills Sigma off for good. While this revelation seems to come out of left field, there are subtle hints that this is going to be Sigma's final appearance:
    • First, the design of the Copy Sigma(s) in X8 is an updated version of Sigma's original body circa X1 while the Real Sigma's design is a shoddy-looking black devil skeleton (so shoddy that his viral essence is visible). In featuring Sigma's original form alongside his current/final form, the game creates a contrast between the two that provides a subtle reminder of how far Sigma has fallen from what he once was. The Real Sigma's shoddy appearance also provides a visual cue that he's on his last legs.
    • Second, Sigma finally provides clarification as to why he went Maverick in the first place. When confronted by Zero he tells Zero that it was being infected with Zero's virus that set him on that path (information we already knew), but when confronted by X, he tells X that it was X's own dedication to justice that first got him thinking about how imperfect the world was and why (this is new information). In other words, according to Sigma himself it was both the virus and ideology that made him turn Maverick. note 
    • Third, Sigma talks about how the "old world" and the old generation Reploids have to be destroyed for the sake of the new world he wants to create in space. Naturally this implies that Sigma himself has to be destroyed as well since he's part of that old world too, with Lumine (the new incarnation of Sigma) replacing him as the Maverick leader.
    • Fourth, When the Copy Sigma contacts Hunter HQ, he tells X that they'll never have to meet again when this is over, and when he's later confronted by X, he tells X that it's time for them to have their final showdown. When the Real Sigma is confronted by X, he tells X that this is the moment their destinies come to a head; and when confronted by Zero, he muses about how he and Zero are crossing paths at the end of the world. All these statements imply that this game will be X and Zero's final battle with Sigma. note 
    • Fifth, Sigma doesn't vow to return upon his defeat like he usually does. In previous games Sigma always vowed to return when he was beaten, and there were only three exceptions prior to this: X4, where he died satisfied with the result of his machinations; Xtreme 2, where he made no final statement at all; and X5, which was meant to be the final game of the series. In this game, Sigma's last words indicate that he did not die content, so his lack of a promise to return here implies that his death was final this time.
  • In the OVA from Maverick Hunter X X surrenders by detaching his right forearm, despite both arms being able to change in the game. However, the OVA only shows X's right arm as a buster- X's left arm didn't have attack abilities until the very end where he upgraded himself through sheer will power. That's why X's Shining Finger took Sigma so off guard: he was witnessing X's true power and couldn't comprehend what he was seeing. If he wasn't stabbed to the point of imminent unconsciousness, X might've had the strength to form a buster and blow Sigma's head off.
    • This also explains the goofy "Not a charge shot!" from the game's Vile Mode ending. In the original Japanese, Vile isn't terrified of a charge shot, he's dumbfounded that X is prepping a charge shot with his left arm!
  • Storm Eagle's bio says that tried to defeat Sigma and lost, forced to fight on the latter's side. Storm Eagle can be a challenge... without the dash upgrade, since half of his moves are meant to push X off the ship, and dashing lets X push back. The other half of Storms's moves can be dodged or shot down. Against Sigma, Storm had nothing that could work.
  • It may seem rather random that new generation reploids have the ability to turn into copies of other reploids... But remember what the key feature of the original reploid was. Reploid transformation copying is actually an upgrade of X's variable weapon system.
    • This is best exemplified with Lumine's battle. What are the key attacks of his first phase? Using boss abilities, complete with it changing his color to match the weapon used. Not just that but his version is copying their Turns Red attacks. X is basically fighting a directly upgraded version of himself.
  • When defeated in X2, the X-Hunters turn over Zero's parts, despite Zero's importance to their plan and having a copy they could use. If one believes that Serges is some form of Dr. Wily however, it's clear that he doesn't want Zero to become Sigma's puppet. This also clears up his team-up with Sigma in X5; after beating Dark Necrobat, Alia comments that Sigma used so much energy spreading his virus that he could actually die. The real plan was to have Zero "awakened" and then kill the now weakened Sigma, before dealing with X. The only reason it failed is that Lifesavor defied his orders and warned X about Zero's power boost.
    • On the subject of X5: those green Ride Armor enemies with the shields are the X-series take on Sniper Joe.
    • This is also explains why Gate revived Sigma in X6, despite having no real reason to do so. Issoc, believed to be another form of Dr. Wily, manipulated Gate into bringing back Sigma. As for why, either Dr. Wily was trying to salvage the plan from X5 by salvaging and fusing Sigma's remaining virus with Zero, or Sigma was just a distraction to cover for Wily's escape, Wily abandoned the Issoc body but the Maverick Hunters prioritized Sigma instead of anything that could've tracked him down.

Fridge Horror

  • It's been stated that X considers Zero his only friend. Why? Because all of the others he had made either turned Maverick (such as Volt Catfish) or were Killed Off for Real. In a deeper sense, you can even assume that these events have resigned X to not form meaningful bonds with anyone, save for the one robot who has persevered through it all so far.
  • In X4 X is worried that he'll go Maverick someday, since Repliforce turned on their own accord. Repliforce turned to protect themselves and make their own home, not to attack humanity, establishing that "Maverick" can be more broadly applied than in the last games. Jump forward to the gap before the next series where X, after having established a practical utopia as its ruler, sealed the Dark Elf and abandoned his post without appointing a successor, and in the series proper where he could've made things easier if he appeared before his minions and talked to them, but didn't so he could "rest". He indirectly put everyone in danger of getting killed at some point. He really did go Maverick after all.
    • This doubles as Fridge Brilliance when you remember that X's final death in the Zero series happens as a result of expending the rest of his energy as a cyber elf to stop Omega (the original body of Zero) from mind controlling all the Reploids in the resistance base, making Omega indirectly responsible for X's demise. When you take the above entry into account, this means the Foreshadowing from X4 does ultimately come to pass: X inadvertently puts everyone in danger by abandoning his post- an action that can be considered Maverick, then later the original body of Zero becomes the cause of his final demise. Though keep in mind that the reason X needed to "rest" in the first place is because he had lost his compassion due to all the years of endless fighting wearing it away, and the original plan was for him to actually lose his mind from this and become the psychotic Knight Templar we eventually got with Copy X. For all of his efforts, a happy ending was never in the cards for X. His only options were to either go crazy and have to be put down by his best friend, or cause the creation of the genocidal Copy X by abandoning his post, both of which involve him putting everyone in danger and dying by Zero (indirectly or otherwise).
    • Except for one thing: until the events of the third game, where he pretty much sacrificed himself, it is unknown how much help he could have been. It's really unknown whether he could have majorly interacted with the real world before his body got destroyed, and whereas Zero took the help he gave because why not, it's unclear whether the guardians would have even recognized him, especially with Copy-X being there and especially when we don't know if his help was even needed before Copy-X and his arrogant shenanigans (probably not, since the guardians seemed to be faring well).
  • The Repliforce think that they're doing the right thing by refusing to put down their arms and fighting for a utopia for Reploidkind, even if they supposedly don't wish to harm humanity at all in the process. Now think about the story from their perspective; more specifically, Colonel's perspective. How would anyone take being told that they, a person who's dedicated their lives to fighting against the Mavericks is under suspicion of being a maverick themselves? Worse, one who laid waste to a city they'd spent the entire time protecting? Now imagine this is coming from someone he considered a friend. Is it any wonder Colonel snapped? Is it any wonder General made the choice he did when Colonel all but confirms his fears about the humans and their potentially unfair treatment of Reploids? It gets even worse when you consider Colonel and Iris's creation was basically a rush job, with the higher-ups sending them into war not long after their births; and the fact that Colonel was supposed to have a degree of pacifism, but the tests of it failed (due to it clashing with his fighting spirit), forcing the scientists to put them (i.e the A.I programming that chooses peace) into Iris. He basically has no way of making peaceful resolutions.
    • Not to mention that X5 confirms there were survivors of Repliforce. Never mind the whole honor issue, imagine if they learned how the Maverick Hunters and the government were becoming more paranoid and violent against Reploids, as bosses in later games confirm, and realized that they were the ones who set them on that path.
    • Here's another one for Repliforce: considering how heavily armed they were, and their infamous morality, you quickly realize that Sigma probably didn't need to do anything; Repliforce was a powder keg. The manual also points out that they're "potentially dangerous".
      • Especially since at least two Repliforce commanders were attacking civilian targets, specifically Storm Owl and Jet Stingray. The city Jet Stingray attacked was even described as being "decimated". So much for not wanting to harm humanity.
  • Speaking of Colonel and Iris' creation, as the manuals stated, the two was originally planned to be a single Reploid with a kind of programming close to X, i.e a powerful, honorable fighter who's at the same time compassionate and values peace. But then the result comes out as flawed and potentially dangerous to itself (the programming cannot reconcile between the two extremes), so the Reploid was then split into two, each inheriting different aspects of X. Iris later does try combining Colonel's "core" with hers, but it pretty much overclocks her body. The horrors come in the potential that X's own programming might one day eventually fail, which would be dangerous to him... or other people. This is at least shown in X7 and Command Mission, the former where X falls too far on the "pacifist" side while the latter is his most "destructive" incarnation. The original plan for Mega Man Zero was that X would discard his pacifism and concerns for his enemies after countless wars, becoming a ruthless Knight Templar that Zero has to stop; this didn't come to pass, but what did come was that X almost fell over said edge, only stopping himself once he realized it. A few of cyber elf X's comments in the games also hint at his ruthless tendencies that he tried to suppress.
  • We all knew the story from the flashback in X4: when a red maverick started causing havoc, a unit of Maverick Hunters led by Sigma was sent to stop him. Now remember that all the Reploids, and thus all the hunters including Sigma, have been created thanks to Dr. Cain discovering and studying of X several years before Zero woke up and caused trouble. Had someone discovered Zero's capsule and awakened him before Dr. Cain found X, the Ax-Crazy Zero would have slaughtered every human and robot alike. And considering very few reploids can stand up to Zero, human and Mega Man (Classic) style robots would have been largely powerless to stop him.
  • According to some background details for the Mega Man Zero series, the Maverick Virus was sealed into Zero's capsule only to leak out and cause the Maverick problem, and is implied to be some form of Dr. Wily's Roboenza virus.. If this is the case, then why wasn't the virus causing problems before X was dug up? Because the robots that existed between Mega Man (Classic) and Mega Man X were too different from anything based off of Dr. Light's work to be compatible. This also means that Dr. Cain really screwed up when he decided to mass-produce Reploids because the virus that wasn't a threat was given a breeding ground.
    • Of note is that the Maverick Virus was originally intended for Zero in order to fix the problem with his A.I. that was causing him to be a mindless berserker, and it doesn't drive him nuts as is shown when Zero becomes completely infected in the bad path so much as return him briefly to his originally intended programming. It seems odd that it would cause insanity in most other Reploids contrary to it's actual purpose. However, the Fridge Brilliance is Maverick Virus isn't really a "virus" so much as a software patch intended for one specific robot, it causes insanity in most other Reploids because it's a program trying to patch an A.I. it was never designed for, breaking that A.I. in the process.
      • Another thing to consider is why the Maverick Virus can replicate and spread itself out. Bass, King, and Zero have a history of disobeying Wily, so by making a virus that can spread across the world, Wily is making sure that Zero can't escape his function- it's meant to not only correct his flaws, but to also enslave Zero.
  • Fridge Sadness: According to Maverick Hunter X, Dr. Light really sealed X away to fight to protect the people of the future (and because The World Is Not Ready)... and yet X only ever seems to be fighting against other reploids, i.e.: derivatives of his design. If he never let X loose on the world, so much tragedy could have been averted. The world really is not ready.
    • For all the flak Dr. Light gets, it was inevitable that Reploids would rebel because the virus was leaking out of Zero's capsule, something that he couldn't have foreseen. If Sigma hadn't screwed around fighting Maverick Zero, then someone else would be the Big Bad.
  • Look at Flame Mammoth's stage: a massive furnace made for recycling large amounts of metal... including damaged Reploids, some of which are still active enough to grasp at X as the conveyor belts take them to be melted down. It might seem like just another fire level for us players, but for a Reploid, this is what Fire and Brimstone Hell looks like.
  • In Storm Owl's stage, some of the ships overhead are firing lasers to slow X and Zero down. The stage takes place over a city, and your character never stops those ships- it's implied stopping Storm Owl would make them surrender. How many people are getting killed by those lasers and, if the player takes their time, how much death are X and Zero indirectly responsible for?
  • Even if he survives the X series, Axl will not survive to the Zero series.
    • Anyone else who's not X and Zero is probably dead by the Zero series as well. Alia, Signas, Layer and Palette, the Command Mission cast, all likely killed either during the Elf Wars or during Copy X's purges, since none of them are seen again after the X series.
  • In X3, Dr. Doppler created an anti-body to the Sigma Virus. Depending on whether Zero is around or not, he either installs it into his body or Zero uses it on his saber. The English and Japanese scripts differ on how Zero obtained it, the former says that Doppler gave it to him while the latter says he found it while destroying the power core. If Doppler uses it, then Sigma may have hijacked his body long enough to escape. If Zero uses it, did he execute Doppler (U.S.) or did Doppler die shortly after his boss fight (Japan)?
  • In Mega Man X: Command Mission and Mega Man X8, X goes from a reluctant fighter to being more willing to brand his opponents as Maverick and go for the kill. The end of Mega Man Zero has X talk about how he'd been fighting for so long that before he knew it he no longer cared about the reploids he killed. X8 and Command Mission are the beginning of X's desensitization to the bloodshed he causes as a Maverick Hunter.
  • In X6, Metal Shark Player can reanimate dead Mavericks from the SNES games. Okay, the X4 crew was obliterated in space with Final Weapon's destruction, and the X5 crew was probably too damaged from the immense pollution of Eurasia's fall. This also means that the bosses that X fought years ago weren't destroyed beyond recovery, despite the Erasure incident, which X6 references, showing the danger. Who knows how many more bosses can be salvaged?
  • At the end of X6, Alia decides that, even if Gate is damaged beyond repair, she will try her best to bring him back. Seeing how he's never mentioned again, so much for that!

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