Maverick are a group that appear in the Mega Man comic series, and the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a term used to identify a Reploid or Mechaniloid who is hostile to humans.
The Mavericks started out as ordinary Reploids, replicated from the advanced Mega Man X. Unfortunately, the emotions which the Reploids possessed led some of them to rebel violently against their creators. Worse, a dangerous virus eventually surfaced that would cause Reploids to become Mavericks, like the former Maverick Hunter Sigma, who became the leader of these robots, which also employed an army of lesser Mechaniloids.
Some time after a previous operation, at least one Maverick, Vile, was in charge of the defense of Sigma's fortress when the Maverick Hunters came looking to finish off their hated foe. Later, after Roboticized Masters Sonic Man and M'egga Man were returned to their normal forms of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, Sigma used the Genesis Portals to revive all his previously defeated Mavericks in preparation for the coming conflict. He also reached into the future of his timeline to bring further Mavericks into his service. Curiously, these duplicated Mavericks lacked the full personality of their counterparts, but Sigma did not concern himself with it once it became clear that their loyalty to him remained. Following the defeat of his Mechaniloid army, Sigma unleashed an army of these Mavericks on the Sky Patrol and the heroes aboard. Weary from their previous battles, the heroes were set upon by four Mavericks while the rest scattered to various worlds on Sigma's orders. The handful of Time-Clones had the heroes on the ropes until some unlikely allies from another Zone arrived. Chun-Li, Ryu, Ken Masters, and Guile swiftly dispatched them, and the heroes then set out to track the remaining Mavericks.
The Mavericks' efforts to invade other worlds were thwarted by the heroes of both the Unified World and the various worlds they invaded. These consisted of the worlds of Alex Kidd, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Skies of Arcadia, Ōkami, NiGHTS into Dreams..., Monster Hunter, Panzer Dragoon, Breath of Fire III, Billy Hatcher, Viewtiful Joe, and Golden Axe, in addition to world of Street Fighter. The remnants then returned to Sigma to engage in a final battle with the expanded force of heroes, but were destroyed. Sigma then engaged Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man in battle and was defeated, while his journey back in time was prevented by Xander Payne. As such, the Maverick army was never created, and their master and Vile were defeated in their own time.
- The Mavericks serve much the same purpose in Worlds Unite that Wily Robot Masters in the Robot Master Army served in "Worlds Collide". They are also introduced in similar fashion, as none of the Mega Man X games have been fully adapted in the Mega Man comic, and thus virtually none of them aside from Sigma and Vile have been introduced prior to Worlds Unite. Additionally, although the events of the Mega Man X timeline take place after X7, additional Mavericks create for Mega Man X8 appear in the crossover, as do ones from the side game Mega Man X: Command Mission.
- As with the Robot Master Army, the Maverick Army's membership lacks a handful of characters who had served as bosses in the Mega Man X series. Most notably, three prominent members of the Repliforce organization-General, Colonel, and Iris-do not appear to have been cloned by Sigma. It is possible that Sigma chose not to clone them because they were never truly loyal to his cause, similar to how the original Light Robot Masters (bar those from Mega Man 9) never chose to serve Dr. Wily. However, Middy, who was also not affiliated with Sigma, was cloned, likely as a side-effect of cloning Techno.
- However, Middy can be seen, even though he was not a Maverick at all. In addition, Mac, Velguader, and Maoh the Giant were excluded, perhaps because they did not have developed characters in their games. Most, if not all Mavericks from Command Mission were also left out for the same reasons as Colonel above, along with Sigma having died for good by the time of the game.
- Several of the Mega Man X5 Mavericks have two names; one is translated from their Japanese name, while the other is a nickname given in homage to members of the band Guns 'n Roses. Ian Flynn has expressed his dislike of the nicknames, and in the comics they are identified by the Japanese names, and thus intended to use their English translation names, including several used in the R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works. However, due to the lateness of the change, Duff McWhalen was identified as Tidal Makkoeen rather than Tidal Whale.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man X Free Comic Book Day 2014 - "The X Factor Part 1 and 2"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space"
- ↑ Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Worlds Unite Battles: Maverick Hunters Versus Vile"
- ↑ Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #77, "Worlds Unite! Part Five: Everybody in the Same Boat"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #274, "Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills"
- ↑ Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality""
- ↑ Sonic Universe #78, "Worlds Unite Part Nine: Infinite Possibilities"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #10, "Worlds Unite Part Ten: Justice Across Worlds"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #275, "Worlds Unite Part Eleven: Killing the Giant"
- ↑ Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"
- ↑ Ian Flynn (22 July 2015). SU#78 -Worlds Unite 9/12 Discussion & Spoilers. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015.