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Artwork from Mega Man X.
Vile, known as VAVA (ヴァヴァ) in Japan, is a recurring character in the X era. Formerly an SA-Class Maverick Hunter, an irregularity in his electronic brain gave him violent and dangerous tendencies even before he became a Maverick bent on wreaking havoc and crushing X.
Vile is distinguished by his helmet's T-shaped visor, his shoulder-mounted cannon, and his frequent usage of Ride Armor.
In the Games
Mega Man X
Vile debuts in Mega Man X, where his backstory is described in the game's Japanese manual. He was formerly an SA-Class Maverick Hunter who worked in the 17th Unit, the same as X and Zero. However, an irregularity in his electronic brain drove him to reckless and violent behavior on missions, which eventually got him detained under suspicions of having gone Maverick. When Sigma began his rebellion, Vile escaped containment and joined Sigma's army to wreak havoc.
Vile first appears as the boss of the opening Highway Stage, descending from the Death Rogumer in a Ride Armor. He attacks X, who is incapable of even damaging the Ride Armor and ends up paralyzed and caught in its fist. Fortunately, Zero shoots its arm off to free X, and forces Vile to retreat back onto the airship. This establishes Vile as a benchmark of X's growth.
Vile returns in Sigma Stage 1, drawing Zero away from X into a one-on-one fight. However, Vile traps Zero in a cage, forcing X to fight alone and again be paralyzed in a fight against his new Ride Armor. Zero then breaks free and sacrifices himself to destroy the Ride Armor, allowing X to escape his paralysis and fight Vile on foot. In this boss battle he has two major weaknesses, Rolling Shield and Homing Torpedo, though most Special Weapons deal increased damage to him. X finally overcomes Vile and destroys him.
Mega Man X3
In Mega Man X3, Vile is resurrected by Dr. Doppler in an upgraded form called Vile MK-II, known as VAVA MK-II (ヴァヴァマークツー) in Japan. The game manual states that Vile is sick with rage after his defeat by X, and ignores Doppler's plans to instead run his own agenda for revenge. The English manual adds the detail that Vile is infected by the Sigma Virus, though it is never mentioned in any other material and thus may be non-canon.
Vile first appears in a cutscene after two Maverick bosses have been defeated. Once Dr. Doppler sends Bit and Byte to capture X alive, Vile arrives cloaked in shadow to speak to him. He states that he will go after X in his own way, disregarding Doppler's orders, before departing.
Vile leaves transfer capsules in certain areas of Dopple Town, namely Power Control Center Stage, Shipyard Stage, and Frozen Town Stage, enticing X into an abandoned factory called the Vile Stage. When the player enters the Vile Stage, X finds himself locked in a duel with Vile, who pilots a modified Ride Armor DRA-00 Kangaroo. If X defeats Vile, he sets the factory to self-destruct before fleeing, forcing X to run to a transfer capsule to escape before the time limit. However, during this fight X can also completely destroy Vile by landing the final blow with his weakness: Ray Splasher or Spinning Blade. This ends Vile prematurely, preventing him from appearing in Doppler Stage B later in the game.
If Vile survives until Doppler Stage B, he wreaks havoc on the stage, shattering its windows and draining the water from what is normally Volt Kurageil's boss arena. He then attacks X in his new Goliath Ride Armor, built by Dr. Doppler. Before exploding after his defeat, Vile swears to haunt X until the day he dies.
Mega Man Xtreme
In Mega Man Xtreme, Vile appears as a digitized Maverick in the Mother Computer. He pilots a Ride Armor as the boss of the opening Highway Stage, but this time X is able to actually damage his Ride Armor and defeat him. In the game's English translation, he is erroneously referred to by his original Japanese name, VAVA.
Mega Man X8
In Mega Man X8, Vile returns in a new form called Vile V, known as VAVA V (ヴァヴァペンテ) in Japan. There is no explanation given for his return, but he appears to have an upgraded body akin to a new generation Reploid.
Vile first appears at the end of the Opening Stage, Noah's Park, after X, Zero, and Axl defeat Crabs-Y. He fires missiles to get their attention before boasting that he has kidnapped Lumine, the director of the Jakob project. Shortly after Vile departs, the Hunters learn a global Maverick rebellion has broken out among the new generation Reploids.
As the player fights the eight Maverick bosses, there is a random chance that Vile will appear whenever the player enters a stage's sub-boss room. He fights with a limited strategy and no visible life meter, departing once he is defeated. If fought on a return visit to Noah's Park, he has unique dialogue with each player character.
Vile serves as the boss of the Jakob stage, where he uses his full strategy and has a visible life meter. After being defeated, he retreats once again. His next and final appearance is in the Sigma Palace, where he serves as a sub-boss atop a new Ride Armor called the Devil Bear. After this defeat, he is destroyed and never returns; however, in Hard mode he attempts to take the Hunters with him, resulting in him occupying the player's sub-character for the rest of the stage, until they return during the battle with Sigma.
Mega Man Maverick Hunter X
In the remake Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, Vile receives a redesign and an increased focus in the story. His backstory remains the same as in Mega Man X; in the included animation "The Day of Σ", he is seen in Hunter Base being arrested for his unruly conduct. Later, Sigma personally breaks Vile out of prison at the beginning of his rebellion.
In X Mode, Vile's boss battle in Central Highway is altered, as X is able to briefly defeat his Ride Armor. However, Vile suddenly catches him off-guard, before Zero arrives to save him. The final battle with Vile is moved to Sigma Palace 3, which plays out similarly except Vile has already defeated Zero and uses him as bait to capture X instead.
Vile is a playable character in his own storyline as well, called Vile Mode. In this story, he is broken out of prison by Sigma as usual, but chooses to pursue his own goals rather than join Sigma's army. He fights X in Central Highway, only for Zero to extract him to safety. He then challenges Sigma and faces the eight Mavericks to prove his dominance over X, even infiltrating the Sigma Palace to face Sigma in person. In Sigma Palace 3, he fights X and Zero simultaneously and achieves a momentary victory, only for the two to regain the upper hand and defeat Vile with a Charge Shot. Sigma later finds Vile's broken body and orders his servants to retrieve him before Vile loses consciousness, bittersweetly satisfied with his victory over X.
Mega Man X DiVE
In Mega Man X DiVE, Vile appears as both Hunter Programs and bosses. His base form, Vile MK-II, and a Halloween Vile variant are all Hunter Programs. Meanwhile, him piloting the Goliath appears as a boss.
Other Game Appearances
Mega Man Games
- In CD versions of Mega Man X3, Vile briefly attacks X in the game's opening, only to be cut down by Zero.
- In Rockman X3 Buster Battle, Vile and Vile MK-II are two of the opponents.
- In Mega Man X5, flashback artwork is shown of Vile fighting Zero in Mega Man X, and of Vile MK-II fighting X in Mega Man X3.
- In Mega Man Zero 2, an apparition of Vile attacks Zero in Phoenix Magnion's Illusion attack.
- In Mega Man Battle Network, there is a poster of Vile in Higsby's shop.
- In Mega Man X Legacy Collection, Vile MK-II appears in X Challenge Vol. 2. He is fought alongside High Max in 3-3.
- In Rockman ✕over, Vile is the secret boss of World 1. He also appears in a Battle Memory.
- In the canceled Rockman Online, Vile would have appeared as a boss.
- In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Vile appears in PTX-40A's ending as one of the robots fighting in an arena.
- In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Vile is a card in the Heroes and Heralds mode.
- In Project × Zone, Vile appears as a rival-type character for X and Zero. He is fought in Chapters 20, 27, 29, and 37. He fights both in and out of his Ride Armor, and his attacks are Rising Specter and Splash Hit.
- In Project × Zone 2, Vile returns as a rival-type character as Vile MK-II.
- In Street Fighter × All Capcom, Vile appears as an obtainable character.
- In Minecraft, Vile appears as a boss in the Mega Man X crossover DLC.
- In TEPPEN, Vile appears in all of his forms in various Unit Cards.
- In Zombie Cafe, Vile appears as an enemy during the Rockman X event.
- In Dragon Poker, Vile appears as an event character.
- In Tower of Saviors, Vile appears as an event character.
- In the Mega Man cartoon, Vile appears in the episode "Mega X", having traveled back in time with Spark Mandrill to steal a valuable mineral called Lightanium.
- In the Rockman X manga, Vile reprises his role from Mega Man X. This is where his memetic glass of bourbon scene originated.
- In the manga Irregular Hunter Rockman X, Vile injures X while hunting Raigyan β and is detained for his behavior, later returning as a Maverick loyal to Sigma.
- In the Rockman X3 manga, Vile reprises his role from Mega Man X3 as Vile MK-II.
- In Rockman X The Novel: Irregulars Report, Vile reprises his role from Mega Man X.
- In the Dreamwave Mega Man comic, Vile is briefly shown fighting X alongside other Mavericks, before X goes back in time.
- In the Archie Mega Man comic, Vile first appears as one of Sigma's Maverick Hunters. He later returns as a Maverick, this time with a spiked flail arm attachment.
|A Maverick Hunter who belonged to the 17th Unit. Although his skill as a Hunter is SA-Class, his electronic brain has an abnormality, so he does not consider the means or consequences at all when it comes to Mavericks. It seems he enjoys the hunt more than safely removing hazards, making him borderline Maverick. As a result, he was removed from service and detained. Now that he has been freed due to Sigma's rebellion, he is freely carrying out destruction to his heart's content.
|Once a top henchman for Sigma, Vile was destroyed at the hands of X and Zero. When Doppler became virus-infected, his first move was to revive Vile. When Vile became infected with the same computer virus, he went completely nuts. Doppler could not control Vile. Vile went on a rampage, and has become so stricken with hatred for X and Zero, who knows what his intentions are.
|Sigma Stage 1
|Rolling Shield, Homing Torpedo
|An SA-Class Maverick Hunter who was part of the 17th Unit, but was arrested for a dangerous abnormality in his electronic brain. Thanks to Sigma's rebellion, he is now free to cause as much destruction as he wants.
|Dashes at high speed.
|Drops a bomb above X's head, which splits along the floor.
|Fires a lightning ball from his shoulder cannon. If it hits X, it paralyzes him.
|Vile MK-II (DRA-00)
|Spinning Blade/Ray Splasher
|A Reploid who was destroyed by X during Sigma's rebellion. He has been revived from the depths of hell to seek revenge, and stands in X's way once more.
|Moves his Ride Armor in front of X and punches with its fist.
|Deploys a spinning pillar of fire.
|Fires a machine gun aimed at X's location.
|Doppler Stage B
|Vile MK-II (Goliath)
|Goliath: Parasitic Bomb/Tornado Fang, Vile: Spinning Blade/Ray Splasher
|A different Ride Armor than the one that appeared in the Vile Stage. One could say that Vile's obsession with getting revenge on X is, in a sense, his most human aspect.
|Dashes with a punch, which shakes the walls.
|After its body glows, it fires a light shot.
|Throws square objects that make walls to block the arena.
|Deploys a spinning pillar of fire.
|Fires a machine gun aimed at X's location.
|Fires a splitting shot. If it hits X, it paralyzes him.
|Dashes towards X at high speed, grabbing and damaging him.
|A Reploid formerly part of the 17th Unit, like X. He was arrested for deviating from missions with destructive behavior, due to a glitch in his electronic brain. Appeared in Mega Man X.
|Dashes across the arena, from right to left.
|After charging up on the left side, he moves to the right while punching.
|A former SA-Class Maverick Hunter, until he rebelled against the humans with Sigma, whom he admires. He enjoys causing destruction and has a provocative personality.
|A former Maverick Hunter of the 17th Unit.
Like Zero, Vile held the coveted SA-Class classification, but a malfunction in his cortex made him obsessed with destroying Mavericks, prioritizing the thrill of the hunt over lesser concerns such as 'order' and 'safety.' He was only a hair's breadth from turning Maverick himself. As such, he was taken off duty and detained, but he broke loose during Sigma's uprising and is now free to resume his wanton carnage.
Behind the Scenes
- "Gee, I wonder if a lot of people assumed that... That 'Vava' is a play on 'Boba'. They have a similar look, too. That's actually a reference to the movie 'Mad Max'... There's a character named 'Bubba' in the movie. In the first movie, there was this one really cool-looking guy amongst all the bad guys. Everyone else was kind of scruffy and gross, while this one guy was really cool... To dive even deeper, there was a character called 'Toecutter' and Bubba was his right-hand-man. He had blonde hair, and he was very clean-cut... I wanted our character to be just as cool as Bubba from the movie. And I had a sense that Vava's role in 'Mega Man X' was similar to that of Bubba in 'Mad Max'." - (Naoya Tomita)
- "By this time, I was letting other people do most of the illustrations, but I remember doing Vile myself." - (Keiji Inafune)
- "I let the military geek in me out for this design. The unique emblem he bears is supposed to identify him as someone who does not affiliate himself with any organizations. Vile V is a one-man army, and is proud of it! (laughs)" - (Tatsuya Yoshikawa)
- Game manual, Rockman X. December 1993.
- MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. 2013.
- Game manual, Rockman X3. December 1995.
- Game manual, Mega Man X3. January 1996.
- Compendium of Rockman X. 2005.
- Mega Man X8 Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames Publishing. 2004.
- "Living Legend of CAPCOM TOM-PON-san Interview 019". Capcom USA, YouTube. Jan 23, 2012.
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