Zero (Mega Man)
Zero (ゼロ, Zero) is a central character in the Mega Man X sub-series of the Mega Man universe, and the protagonist of the Mega Man Zero sub-series.
Along with X, Zero was one of the first robots to have complete free will and the thinking capabilities of a human. It was revealed in Mega Man X4 that he was created by Dr. Wily to destroy the original Mega Man, but was too unstable and violent to be controlled, forcing Dr. Wily to seal him in a capsule. Later, in the year 21XX, a group of Maverick Hunters found Dr. Wily's lab and released Zero. As he still wasn't cured of his violent nature, Zero defeated those Maverick Hunters, causing him to be labeled as a Maverick and forcing the then-leader, Sigma, to fight him one-on-one. Zero lost the fight, but he also became stable from his Maverick-like state after the duel. On the other hand, Sigma was infected with the Maverick Virus and developed Sigma Virus with his newfound twisted will, causing a change in roles between him and Zero. Zero joined the Maverick Hunters, becoming an S-rank Hunter as well taking the role of a mentor and friend to X.
Zero took an active role in the Maverick Wars alongside X, fighting against the now Maverick Sigma. During the first conflict, Zero sacrificed himself to help X defeat one of Sigma's top enforcers, Vile. After Sigma's defeat, a trio of Sigma's followers known as the X-Hunters, made up of Serges, Violen, and Agile, reveal to the Maverick Hunters that they have Zero's head, torso, and leg parts with the intent of reviving him as a Maverick. X is able to to recover the parts, bringing Zero back to life as a force for good, destroying a copy of himself created by Sigma and creating a way for X to fight the Maverick leader. By the time of Mega Man X4 the Maverick Hunters had established a relationship with the Reploid military organization known as Repliforce, with Zero most notably being a sparring partner with the group's Colonel and having a romantic relationship with the Colonel's sister, Iris. Because of Sigma's machinations to create chaos among Reploids and bring out what he considers their "true potential", X and Zero were forced to fight against Repliforce, leading to the deaths of the Colonel, Iris, and the leader of Repliforce, the General. Iris' death had a greater emotional impact upon Zero, clutching her lifeless body and painfully asking "What am I fighting for?!"
After the Great Repliforce War, Zero was made the object of Sigma's attention, as the Maverick leader had planned to use the dormant viral code within Zero to reawaken him as the ultimate creation that Wily had intented him to be. Depending on the player's actions in Mega Man X5, Zero can either awaken as Wily's ultimate creation or remain normal. In either case, X and Zero are forced to fight against each other out of paranoia from the Maverick Hunters' medical control officer, Lifesaver. Zero sacrifices himself once more to help X defeat Sigma once again, with his last visions upon death being those of Iris.
This is where the continuity gets muddled. Zero technically gets revived two seperate times. In Mega Man X6, Zero is seemingly revived by his own auto-repair systems, laying low while a Reploid scientist named Gate took a part of his coding in an effort to create "the ultimate Reploid", using a copy of Zero as a diversion. After X took a brief sabbatical from fighting Mavericks in Mega Man X7, Zero once again acted as a mentor to the group's newest recruit, Axl. Keiji Inafune, shephard of the Mega Man franchise, intended for X5 to be the last in that particular series and left to focus on the Mega Man Zero series. However, X6 was rushed out before that could happen and the series continued on without him, ruining his roadmap of the grander timeline.
After Sigma was finally defeated once and for all, Zero and X were involved in a new conflict called the "Elf Wars" due to its use of the electronic life-forms known as cyber-elves. Zero, having learned that his code was the original source of the Maverick outbreak, went into hybernation while scientists worked on a way to remove the malicious code. This was done as an attempt to explain the continuity error X6-8 created. In that time, he was given a second body to inhabit, which he was awakened in by the human scientist Ciel, seeking his aid to defeat her rebellious creation, a copy of X. While Zero helps with the resistance group that Ciel leads, he soon learns that his original body had been stolen by a mad scientist named Dr. Weil, naming the original body as "Omega". Zero destroys Omega and later defeats Weil, despite knowing the fact that he was human, putting an end to the Robot Wars that Wily had begun centuries ago. His code, along with X, was later salvaged and used as a base for the Model Z and Model X units respectively in the Mega Man ZX series.
In Ultimate, all of the techniques Zero uses as an Assist Trophy originate from the Mega Man X series:
Zero's double jump and air dash, which he uses in Ultimate, were originally special techniques in Mega Man X4, known as the Kuenbu and Hienkyaku (respectively), that had to be obtained by defeating Mavericks (Split Mushroom and Jet Stingray). In certain later games, they have been available to him from the beginning.
As a costume
Zero's trophy is exclusive to the Wii U version, under the name "Zero (Mega Man)" for disambiguation.
A close friend and mentor to X, Zero first appeared in Mega Man X. He's a Rank SA Maverick Hunter and is capable of instantly learning new moves from his enemies. Zero has great faith in X's hidden potential, and together they fight to take down Sigma and defeat his rebelling forces.
As an Assist Trophy
Zero appears as an Assist Trophy character. Upon being summoned, he says "Fight's on!" and chases opponents to attack them using a variety of techniques:
Rather than his recurring voice actor Lucas Gilbertson, Johnny Yong Bosch, who voiced Zero in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, reprises his role in the English versions of Ultimate.
Much like in his series, Zero has a double jump, and can move with high-speed dashes both on the ground and in the air. He is also one of the Assist Trophies capable of performing directional air dodges. For all his techniques except the triple slash, Zero shouts their names when using them. He will then say "Back to base!" when departing. He also can be defeated, when he is defeated he gets blast KO'd but also explodes into orange orbs, a reference to his death animation in some of his appearances.
As a costume
Names in other languages