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A Maverick, known in Japan as an Irregular (イレギュラー), is a classification of robot in the Mega Man series. First appearing in the X era, it is a broad label generally used for robots that threaten to harm humans.[1] The term is used extensively throughout the X era, Zero era, and ZX era, coming to generally mean any robot that acts dangerously and outside the rules of society.

In the Games

X era

The term Maverick was introduced in the X era. In this context, it was used to refer to defective or unruly robots, be they Reploid or Mechaniloid, that threatened to bring harm to humans. This begat the formation of the Maverick Hunters, an organization dedicated to neutralizing or otherwise controlling Maverick activity.

However, the term gained a political connotation when Mavericks began to organize into factions. Groups led by Sigma, such as his initial Maverick Hunter rebellion and the Doppler Army, staged genocidal campaigns aimed at wiping out humanity, and were fairly branded Mavericks. Later, Repliforce staged a coup d'état against the orders of the humans to build their own independent Reploid nation - despite not outright seeking to harm humanity, they were branded Mavericks as well. The political basis of the term also came into question by Lumine and the new generation Reploids, who believed that they were simply following evolution and thus the term Maverick no longer applied to them.

Stage Select bosses

This section lists every Maverick boss found on Stage Select screens across games in the Mega Man X series; there are consistently eight Stage Select bosses per game, all based on different animals or plants.

Mega Man X

In Mega Man X, the Stage Select bosses are eight former Maverick Hunters in Sigma's rebellion.

Launch Octopus Chill Penguin Armored Armadillo Flame Mammoth Storm Eagle Boomer Kuwanger Spark Mandrill Sting Chameleon
MMX - Launch Octopus Portrait.png
MMX - Chill Penguin Portrait.png
MMX - Armored Armadillo Portrait.png
MMX - Flame Mammoth Portrait.png
MMX - Storm Eagle Portrait.png
MMX - Boomer Kuwanger Portrait.png
MMX - Spark Mandrill Portrait.png
MMX - Sting Chameleon Portrait.png
Mega Man X2

In Mega Man X2, the Stage Select bosses are five former Maverick Hunters from Sigma's initial rebellion, plus three new recruits.

Wire Sponge Morph Moth Flame Stag Magna Centipede Overdrive Ostrich Bubble Crab Wheel Gator Crystal Snail
MMX2 - Wire Sponge Portrait.png
MMX2 - Morph Moth Portrait.png
MMX2 - Flame Stag Portrait.png
MMX2 - Magna Centipede Portrait.png
MMX2 - Overdrive Ostrich Portrait.png
MMX2 - Bubble Crab Portrait.png
MMX2 - Wheel Gator Portrait.png
MMX2 - Crystal Snail Portrait.png
Mega Man X3

In Mega Man X3, the Stage Select bosses are eight members of the Doppler Army.

Blast Hornet Blizzard Buffalo Gravity Beetle Toxic Seahorse Volt Catfish Crush Crawfish Tunnel Rhino Neon Tiger
MMX3 - Blast Hornet Portrait.png
MMX3 - Blizzard Buffalo Portrait.png
MMX3 - Gravity Beetle Portrait.png
MMX3 - Toxic Seahorse Portrait.png
MMX3 - Volt Catfish Portrait.png
MMX3 - Crush Crawfish Portrait.png
MMX3 - Tunnel Rhino Portrait.png
MMX3 - Neon Tiger Portrait.png
Mega Man X4

In Mega Man X4, the Stage Select bosses are five members of Repliforce, plus three agents of Sigma.

Web Spider Cyber Peacock Storm Owl Magma Dragoon Jet Stingray Split Mushroom Slash Beast Frost Walrus
MMX4 - Web Spider Portrait.png
MMX4 - Cyber Peacock Portrait.png
MMX4 - Storm Owl Portrait.png
MMX4 - Magma Dragoon Portrait.png
MMX4 - Jet Stingray Portrait.png
MMX4 - Split Mushroom Portrait.png
MMX4 - Slash Beast Portrait.png
MMX4 - Frost Walrus Portrait.png
Mega Man X5

In Mega Man X5, the Stage Select bosses are eight Reploids who own parts for the Enigma and Space Shuttle missions.

Crescent Grizzly Volt Kraken Shining Firefly Tidal Whale Spiral Pegasus Spike Rosered Dark Necrobat Burn Dinorex
MMX5 - Crescent Grizzly Portrait.png
MMX5 - Volt Kraken Portrait.png
MMX5 - Shining Firefly Portrait.png
MMX5 - Tidal Whale Portrait.png
MMX5 - Spiral Pegasus Portrait.png
MMX5 - Spike Rosered Portrait.png
MMX5 - Dark Necrobat Portrait.png
MMX5 - Burn Dinorex Portrait.png
Mega Man X6

In Mega Man X6, the Stage Select bosses are the eight Nightmare Investigators working for High Max, created by Gate.

Commander Yammark Rainy Turtloid Shield Sheldon Blizzard Wolfang Blaze Heatnix Infinity Mijinion Metal Shark Player Ground Scaravich
MMX6 - Commander Yammark Portrait.png
MMX6 - Rainy Turtloid Portrait.png
MMX6 - Shield Sheldon Portrait.png
MMX6 - Blizzard Wolfang Portrait.png
MMX6 - Blaze Heatnix Portrait.png
MMX6 - Infinity Mijinion Portrait.png
MMX6 - Metal Shark Player Portrait.png
MMX6 - Ground Scaravich Portrait.png
Mega Man X7

In Mega Man X7, the Stage Select bosses are the eight members of Red Alert.

Soldier Stonekong Splash Warfly Tornado Tonion Vanishing Gungaroo Flame Hyenard Ride Boarski Snipe Anteator Wind Crowrang
MMX7 - Soldier Stonekong Portrait.png
MMX7 - Splash Warfly Portrait.png
MMX7 - Tornado Tonion Portrait.png
MMX7 - Vanishing Gungaroo Portrait.png
MMX7 - Flame Hyenard Portrait.png
MMX7 - Ride Boarski Portrait.png
MMX7 - Snipe Anteator Portrait.png
MMX7 - Wind Crowrang Portrait.png
Mega Man X8

In Mega Man X8, the Stage Select bosses are eight rioting new generation Reploids.

Optic Sunflower Gravity Antonion Dark Mantis Bamboo Pandamonium Gigabolt Man-O-War Earthrock Trilobyte Avalanche Yeti Burn Rooster
MMX8 - Optic Sunflower Portrait.png
MMX8 - Gravity Antonion Portrait.png
MMX8 - Dark Mantis Portrait.png
MMX8 - Bamboo Pandamonium Portrait.png
MMX8 - Gigabolt Man-O-War Portrait.png
MMX8 - Earthrock Trilobyte Portrait.png
MMX8 - Avalanche Yeti Portrait.png
MMX8 - Burn Rooster Portrait.png

Zero era

In the Zero era, the term Maverick was used by Neo Arcadia to demonize the Resistance, who fought for equality and freedom in the tyrannic dystopia. Zero himself, the protagonist of the story, is frequently called a Maverick for refusing to comply with the dictatorship.

ZX era

In the ZX era, humans and Reploids became nearly indistinguishable, resulting in the term Maverick falling out of popular usage for a time. Instead, it was more commonly used to describe the wild Mechaniloids influenced by Model W, which would evolve on their own and terrorize anyone who dared enter the Outlands. These wild Mavericks would sometimes even attack Innerpeace.

References

  1. Game manual, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X. 2005.