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|“||No, this isn't happening! There's no reason for me to go on! WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOOOOORRRRR?!||„|
|~ Zero breaking down when Iris dies|
|“||Even if we Reploids are destined to join the scrap heap when that evolutionary step does come about...We still have to fight... Not only against Mavericks, but against our own destiny as well.||„|
|~ Zero, Mega Man X8|
|“||I never cared about justice, and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears in front of me, I will destroy it!||„|
|~ Zero, Mega Man Zero 4|
Zero is one of the three main characters and deuteragonist of the Mega Man X series, as well as the protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series. He also makes an appearance as Biometal Model Z in the Mega Man ZX series. A high ranking Maverick Hunter in the X series, and a legendary freedom fighter in the Zero series, Zero is a die hard warrior who doesn't hesitate to take action. However, behind his cold and emotionless attitude lies a wounded soul.
Zero is voiced in Japanese by Ryōtarō Okiayu in the X series, Onimusha: Blade Warriors, Tekken x Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds/Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3,Project X Zone and its sequel and Teppen and Yūto Kazama in the Zero series, SNK vs. Capcom/Capcom vs. SNK, and the ZX series.
In English, Zero has been voiced by Wayne Doster in X4, Jack Merluzzi in X7, Rino Romano in Onimusha: Blade Warriors, Lucas Glibertson in X8 and Command Mission, Jamie West in ZX Advent, and his current voice is Johnny Yong Bosch (who also voiced Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Lelouch vi Britannia from Code Geass, Jonathan Joestar from JoJo series), since Fate of Two Worlds/Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3/Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Teppen.
After Dr. Wily created Bass in Mega Man 7 who betrayed him in order to prove he was the strongest, Wily studied the Bassnium and created Zero along with often dubbing him as his greatest masterpiece and regularly checked on him during development. However, Zero contained a large flaw in his cognitive brain and because of that, he was violent and disobedient.
Wily, not wanting to risk severe havoc, sealed Zero away in a capsule where he was later found by the Gamma unit approximately 100 years after the Classic Mega Man series took place. Zero awoke as a Maverick and destroyed all the members. Sigma went to battle Zero and was almost defeated by him, but a glowing W symbol caused Zero immense pain and Sigma destroyed it by knocking Zero down unconscious while winning his very first showdown with him.
Zero later joined the Maverick Hunters but Sigma unfortunately had gotten the Maverick Virus from Zero, who was the original carrier of the virus, and thus had become evil, setting up the events of the Mega Man X series.
Mega Man X
Zero makes his official debut in this game. He is the leader of the Maverick Hunters. At the start of the game, Mega Man X approached him due to his desire to stop the Maverick uprising. Zero relented, and X went out to save the world.
While X and VAVA were fighting, VAVA came out on top due to his Ride Armour, but Zero intervened and VAVA was forced to retreat. X was quite sorry for his loss, only to be told by Zero that he needed time to grow stronger. Zero then ordered X to continue fighting the Maverick King's rebellion.
After X defeated eight traitorous former Maverick Hunters, Zero appeared to reveal where the Maverick King was making his lair. Upon getting the coordinates, X headed to the castle, where they made a rendezvous and decided that Zero will scout ahead while X finds a safer route. En route, VAVA appeared and he and Zero squared off, but VAVA this time proved to be too powerful. Just as he was about to kill X, VAVA was knocked out of the ride armour by Zero, who was still alive. However, Zero was injured by the Ride Armour's explosion, which devastated his lower body. After X defeated VAVA, Zero, with the last of his strength, told X to defeat the Maverick King in his stead, which X would eventually do.
Mega Man X2
As he was destroyed in the first game, Zero doesn't appear until X defeats the three X Hunters. Afterwards, Zero appears and defeats a fake Zero that the recently-resurrected Maverick King had made. Then, Zero found a way down to the room where the Maverick King made his lair.
Mega Man X3
Zero makes his playable debut here. In the intro stage, X gets captured and Zero has to save him. Upon being released from his bonds, X becomes playable for the rest of the game. When X defeats the Maverick King, Zero appears and gets a vaccine from the reformed Doctor Doppler and attacks the Maverick King.
Mega Man X4
Zero has a bigger role in Mega Man X4, becoming a fully playable character in his own right and having his own story mode. A girl named Iris who met him during the Sky Lagoon mission becomes his navigator, much to his pleasure despite his fears on what her brother, the Colonel of the Repliforce would think of her decision to join Zero's side. As she loved both of them, Iris wanted to make sure that Zero and the Colonel wouldn't fight in any of their encounters, but despite this, the Colonel is too stubborn to stray from his path, and the two begin fighting anyway, at which point Iris gets possessed by his coding and she and Zero end up fighting. After he accidentally kills her, Zero ends up being traumatised and wonders what his purpose in life is. His trauma doesn't stop him from fighting his way through the Final Weapon, however, and he defeats the Maverick King again.
Mega Man X5
Zero gets a bigger role in this game, becoming a fully playable character, albeit with his own gimmick: if he absorbs to many virī, he will become unstable and eventually become locked. Zero will also become unstable if the Eurasia colony strikes the planet. At this point, Zero loses his playability and X becomes the only playable character, guaranteeing that Zero will become a boss. Regardless, Zero sacrifices his life to make sure that X can continue his mission, surviving if Zero didn't absorb too many virī. Despite fighting hard by X's side, Zero dies, never to awaken again until the events of his own series, Mega Man Zero.
Mega Man X6
Although Zero is dead, he is mentioned here and there. A monster in his image, the Nightmare Zero, appears as a boss. It uses the same attacks that Zero himself does in his boss battle in Mega Man X5.
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Mega Man Zero series
Zero is the main protagonist of this series. He has a different appearance this time, with less white in his armour. His goal is to stop Doctor Vile from destroying the Earth. Along the way, Zero meets new characters, like Ciel (who would end up being his new girlfriend and his navigator). Mega Man Zero 4 ended up being the last game in his series, ending with the Ragnarok satellite (which Doctor Vile had captured in his attempts to destroy the Earth) collapsing due to Zero's efforts to stop it. After this, some pronounced Zero as dead, but Ciel was certain of him being still alive. Zero would make his return in Mega Man ZX, having been remade into a BioMetal.
Project X Zone
Zero makes an appearance in Project X Zone. He is a playable character who is partnered up with Mega Man X.
A Special A class Hunter with exceptional combat capabilities and the leader of Special 0 Unit of Maverick Hunters. Always calm and collected, he carries out every mission given to him without hesitation. X is his junior as a Hunter and also his friend, and while Zero acts as something of a mentor to him, the two have often worked together to resolve Maverick incidents. However, when the Reploid militia group, the Repliforce, launched a coup d'etat, Zero ended up having to fight against Iris during his handling of the indecent. Although there had been a connection between the two of them, for the sake of his mission Zero ultimately cut her down. This tragedy has weighed heavily on Zero ever since.
Marvel Vs. Capcom
Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Zero makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a collectible trophy. A Mii costume in his image was added on the wave two of Mii costumes.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zero appears as a assist trophy and attacks using his Z-saber. He also appears as two spirits; Zero (Zero Buster), based on when Zero uses his cannon, is a advanced primary attack type. Zero Buster's battle is a stamina battle on the battlefield form of the Big Blue stage against Mega Man with increased power on energy attacks with Zero appearing as a hostile assist trophy. At 99, it can be enhanced into Zero (Z-Saber) (based on Zero's sword) that increases the user's weapon attacks and move speed. Zero from Mega Man Zero is a ace primary attack type that increases the user's sword attacks. Zero (Zero Buster)'s battle is a stamina battle on the Midgar stage against Zero Suit Samus equiped with a beam sword, Zero appears as a hostile assist trophy. Zero's Mii costume returns on the wave three.
- By causing Doctor Vile's demise, Zero followed the Zeroth Law of robotics, "Only kill humans if you can save more."
- Out of the protagonists in the Mega Man X series, Zero has suffered the most injuries barring gameplay, having his lower half devastated in his attempts to stop VAVA, suffering trauma from killing his girlfriend, and dying in Mega Man X5.
- Roll Right resembles Zero, as they both wear red and are blondes.
Mega Man Classic
Mega Man X
Mega Man Zero
Mega Man ZX
Mega Man Battle Network/NT Warrior
Mega Man Star Force