At one point, I gave up. I lost direction and and forgot why I chose to fight. In time, my friends reminded me we did it for the sake of everyone else...
— Mega Man X, Mega Man #50
Mega Man X, nicknamed X, is a character that appears in the Mega Man comic series, and the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, published by Archie Comics. He is an advanced robot from an alternate reality.
X was built by Dr. Light somewhere between 20XX and 21XX and was created to possess the free will of a human being (also serving as a successor to his son Rock, the original Mega Man). Fearful of how such an experimental robot might react, Dr. Light sealed X in a capsule that would analyze his systems to ensure no malfunction, but knew he would not live to see it finished and had no one to take over his work. A century later, X was discovered by the archaeologist Dr. Cain, who copied X's design in order to create the Reploids. Unfortunately, some Reploids turned against humanity and became Mavericks, forcing other Reploids to fight them. X later assumed the position as leader of the Maverick Hunters to fulfill Dr. Light's dream of a peaceful coexistence between humans and robots.
Act I: Deadly Fusion
Following a previous adventure, X led a Hunter assault on Sigma's latest fortress, determined to finish off the Maverick leader once and for all. While Zero and Axl fought against Sigma's lieutenant Vile, X went after Sigma himself, only to witness the villain's escape to Sonic's World through a Genesis Portal. Aided by the arriving time traveler Silver the Hedgehog, X and his two companions opened another portal and set out to pursue Sigma, only to land in the Sonic Boom World. Joined by the unlikely heroes of Team Sticks, the trio then used the technology of that reality's Dr. Eggman to open another portal and continue their quest.
The group managed to track Sigma to Sonic's World as it was being merged with Mega Man's World in the year 20XX, and X and his teammates joined forces with Sonic the Hedgehog's Freedom Fighters and Mega Man's Robot Masters aboard the Sky Patrol. This led to a conversation between X, Mega Man, and Roll, a meeting of Dr. Light's creations previously separated by a century of time. The two were struck by their many similarities, both of them having built to fulfill Dr. Light's dreams of peace. Feeling somewhat responsible for the tragedies that had befallen his time, X contemplated asking Dr. Light never to create him so as to prevent them from occurring, but Mega Man encouraged him not to give up. The trio were then summoned to a meeting by Zero and Break Man, which led to a bit of a laugh for X and Mega Man as each wondered whether the other had fought "the red guy."
Act II: Broken Bonds
Sally Acorn later turned the meeting between the leadership of the various groups to X, as he had the most experience dealing with Sigma. However, the proceedings were interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Dr. Wily, Dr. Eggman, and Xander Payne. The trio were briefly imprisoned, but upon learning that they had knowledge of Sigma's plans, X agreed with Sonic that they needed the doctors' help against the Maverick leader. After learning that Sigma intended to merge more worlds together and drain their power, the Sky Patrol set it's course for the Lost Hex. Along the way, X attempted to contact Alia and Signas but failed, but was cheered when Sally, Cream the Rabbit, Roll, and Nicole the Holo-Lynx offered their services as Navigators. The heroes were soon forced to contend with Sigma's Mechaniloid, under the leadership of the Deadly Six. During the fight, X and Zero recognized some previously defeated robots, and realized that Sigma must have cloned them using his new powers. The effects of their armor on the Deadly Six also made it evident to the Hunters that the Zeti were being controlled by Sigma. Unfortunately, their success against the Mechaniloids was halted as the villainous aliens used their strange powers to force X, Mega Man, and their fellow robots to attack the Freedom Fighters.
Unable to stop themselves, X and the others forced their organic allies to retreat into the Sky Patrol's interior. Fortunately, both they and their alien puppet masters were halted by the Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon, which destroyed the Sigma Armor and freed X and his comrades from enemy control. They had little time to rest, however, as Sigma appeared from the depths of the Lost Hex in a massive new body with an army of Time-Cloned Mavericks at his command. Axl panicked at the sight of so many fallen foes and friends, and X had to calm him down before checking on Zero. Assured that his red-armored ally was okay, X joined in battling the Mavericks, but like the others found himself too drained to defeat them. As the majority of them began to scatter through Genesis Portals to invade other worlds, X tried to stop them only to be knocked down by Vanishing Gungaroo. The kangaroo-Maverick and a handful of others remained behind to finish off X and his teammates, only to be attacked by a group of heroic from the world of Street Fighter recruited by Sticks. Inspired by the idea, Sally Acorn directed the heroes to split into teams in order to recruit more allies and stop the Mavericks across the worlds they had scattered to.
Act III: Allied Forces
X himself teamed up with Sticks and went over to the Ancient Steppe in the world of Monster Hunter, also being shocked that Sigma ended up resurrecting the X-Hunters before attempting to warn Felyne and Palico to flee. Eventually, a Gore Magala arrived and X nearly fought with it, although Sticks averted the conflict by convincing it to join up and fight Sigma.
Afterwards, they and their new allies joined the force assembled by the other heroes from the Sky Patrol crew. This army then attacked Sigma directly, engaging his defenses and destroying his massive body. Unfortunately, he then unveiled an incredibly powerful new form that decimated the heroes' ranks. It was left to Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man to face him, and they eventually succeeded in destroying him. Unfortunately, his use of the Genesis Portals threatened to destroy all reality. It was only the actions of Xander Payne that prevented this from occurring-in fact, he prevented Sigma from ever traveling back in time. As a result, X and his comrades never left their time, and the other Hunters came to believe that X had succeeded in destroying their foe once and for all.
X is a pacifist by nature and wishes for nothing more than to live in peace. Years of fighting have somewhat disheartened him to the idea of everlasting peace and even caused him to retire for a short time. However, he knows that it is his duty to fight for those who cannot defend themselves as long as evil threatens the world. While he is dedicated to stopping Sigma, he is not as driven as Zero, and is often more moderate in his methods and in recognizing the need for caution. He evidently feels somewhat responsible for the violence that has wracked his world, but has become dedicated to trying to create a peaceful world for humans and Reploids.
Compared to Mega Man, X has a personality closer to a young adult rather than a boy. Due to his more advanced systems, X is capable of deeper thoughts and feelings than previous robots or even most of the Reploids of his time. He does share his willingness to trust others and lending a helping hand whenever he can, a trait that his enemies have exploited more than once.
Powers and abilities
Like Mega Man, X is a formidable fighter. He has a Variable Weapon System, allowing him to copy the skills and weapons of the foes he defeats. As an advanced version of Mega Man, X has a number of abilities that Mega Man does not, including the ability to dash and the unique advantage of utilizing special armors left behind for him by Dr. Light. Each set gives him different powers and abilities.
Perhaps X's greatest feature is his potential. As he fights and grows, X becomes even stronger and it is believed his upper power limits have yet to even be calculated, let alone achieved.
Like Mega Man before him, X possesses a solar-powered arm cannon called the X Buster, capable of firing solar bullets and charging capacity.
- Mega Man X first appeared in his self-titled game for the SNES, which would spawn multiple sequels.
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
- ↑ Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction"
- ↑ Mega Man #50, "The Choice"
- ↑ 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 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"