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Encyclopedia > Maverick Virus

The Maverick Virus of the Mega Man X video game series by Capcom is a group of computer viruses which can turn a Reploid into a Maverick. It should be noted that not all Mavericks are infected: a great deal are simply terrorists, criminals, or freedom fighters. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of video game franchises organised alphabetically by name. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Maverick, in the video game series Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero, is a Reploid who generally defies the will of the Maverick Hunters or of the human governments. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... for other uses please see Crime (disambiguation) A crime is an act that violates a political or moral law. ... Freedom fighter is a relativistic local term for those engaged in rebellion against an established organization that is thought to be oppressive. ...

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Properties of the viruses

The Maverick Virus appears to be capable of infecting most Reploids and Mechaniloids, though some robots, most notably X, Axl, and the New Generation Reploids, seem to be immune to the effects of the virus. A Mega Scorpio attack Mechaniloid in the Mega Man Zero series A Mechaniloid (Mechaniroid in Japanese) is a term for a fictional series of robots in the Mega Man series. ... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The New Generation Robots were created in X8 for the space elevator, Jakob. ...


In games with tangible viruses, most notably Mega Man X5 and Mega Man X6, the virus is a self-propelled airborne agent which hones onto a host. This might indicate that the Maverick Virus has wireless capabilities. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Origins

The Maverick Hunter Zero is the originator of the virus, and it is possible that Dr. Wily had a hand in its creation. It is unknown if he actually created the virus or not. It could be possible that Wily developed the Virus using the Dark energy that he acquired in Mega Man 8, but this is only speculation. In one of the endings of Mega Man: The Power Fighters (when Bass wins alone), Wily reveals a shadowed blueprint of Zero to Bass and speaks of his "other project", which is presumed to be the Virus. What is known however, is that Zero is the original vessel of the virus, and infected Sigma with it after a long battle. Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... It has been suggested that Enker be merged into this article or section. ... Mega Man 8, known as Rockman 8 Metal Heroes ) in Japan, is a video game released by Capcom in 1996 and 1997 for the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. ... Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ...


In Mega Man X4, a flashback reveals this event, and Sigma, then leader of the Maverick Hunters, fought with Zero, then quite obviously Maverick, a few months before rebelling against the humans and taking most of the other Hunters with him. Sigma's hatred of humanity seems to stem from this event. Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ... The Maverick Hunters is an organization from the science-fiction video game series Mega Man X created to hunt down and terminate Mavericks. ...


This is further corroborated in Mega Man X5, where Sigma claims that the Maverick Virus purifies Zero’s body and alludes to a "father" of Zero who advised Sigma to spread the virus with the hopes of "awakening" Zero to his "true self".


In Mega Man X8, when Zero meets with Sigma in the final stage, Sigma speaks of Zero's virus having infected him as being the catalyst for the world's destruction, thus verifying that it was indeed through Zero that Sigma was infected (this knowledge was only an assumption in previous games).


Even though Zero was the originator of the virus, it's known that reploids were going maverick months before the Maverick Hunters and Sigma engaged Zero, and this seems to indicate that the virus became active before Zero did, though it is possible that not all Mavericks during that time were in fact infected with the virus, but merely acting out on their own will. In X1's instruction manual, Dr. Cain states that "maybe we've grown too dependent on them (Reploids)", implying that the Reploids may just be acting out against humans out of rage for being used.


Possible Alternate Origin

In a startling revelation by Capcom questions have been brought up about the information presented here. Capcom released a book, Rockman Zero Complete Works, which tells of many things not specifically mentioned in the games, but rather fans had over the years come to believe. Some choose to ignore the information, others wish to wait for further information from Capcom, and others have accepted the information and are working to integrate it into the Mega Man lore. For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ...


The book reveals that Zero was not the originator of the virus nor was the virus developed by Dr. Wily. What would one day work to become the virus is actually a program created by Dr. Light known as the "suffering circuit." This program was what caused X to be so calm and causes his hatred of violence. It seems this program was the cause of the original cases of reploids going Maverick. It has been theorized that Dr. Cain copied the program and placed it in all reploids hoping they would be like X, but a design flaw prevented them from properly utilizing the program. While in some cases the program caused no ill effects, in some instances it caused the reploid to rebel or even go insane. Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... It has been suggested that Enker be merged into this article or section. ... Mega Man X , or Rock Man X ), usually abbreviated to simply X, in the games original Japanese, is the main video game character of Capcoms Mega Man X video game series. ... A Reploid, from the science-fiction video game series Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero, refers to a robot whose design was ultimately derived from the original Mega Man X design. ... Mega Man X , or Rock Man X ), usually abbreviated to simply X, in the games original Japanese, is the main video game character of Capcoms Mega Man X video game series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Over time they needed reploids to protect humanity from these Mavericks, so the Maverick Hunters were formed. One day they get a distress call stating that a "red maverick" is running loose and destroying the city. Sigma answers the call himself and immediately heads to the area and engages the maverick. To stop Zero, Sigma destroys the crystal in Zero's helmet. Sigma leaves and orders that the Maverick be taken back to the headquarters. A Reploid, from the science-fiction video game series Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero, refers to a robot whose design was ultimately derived from the original Mega Man X design. ... Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ...


It's in Maverick Hunter HQ where it is believed that the "Maverick Virus" is first formed...unintentionally. While X's "suffering circuit" was the cause of all Maverick instances up to this point, the "suffering circuit" becomes viralized by an interaction with another program...the program within Zero which caused him to be the homicidal maniac that he was. The "suffering circuit" was installed within Zero which caused his personality to change dramatically and he became a Maverick Hunter. This is likely due to the fact that he and X have something which differs them from the reploids. Mega Man X , or Rock Man X ), usually abbreviated to simply X, in the games original Japanese, is the main video game character of Capcoms Mega Man X video game series. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Mega Man X , or Rock Man X ), usually abbreviated to simply X, in the games original Japanese, is the main video game character of Capcoms Mega Man X video game series. ... A Reploid, from the science-fiction video game series Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero, refers to a robot whose design was ultimately derived from the original Mega Man X design. ...


Sigma was slowly affected by the program which Zero had transferred to him by accident. While the "suffering circuit" was installed within Sigma just as it was X and Zero, Sigma had the design defect of all reploids that did not allow him to utilize the program properly. Because of this the "suffering circuit" within Sigma did not completely negate the effects of Zero's maniacal program. Instead of becoming a completely homicidal maniac like Zero, he became a cool calculating madman. Over time Sigma's own programming, the "suffering circuit", and Zero's maniacal program merged into one entity, the Sigma Virus. Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ... Mega Man X , or Rock Man X ), usually abbreviated to simply X, in the games original Japanese, is the main video game character of Capcoms Mega Man X video game series. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Sigma is the main villain of the Mega Man X videogame series and is the final boss in all games of the series except one. ... A Reploid, from the science-fiction video game series Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero, refers to a robot whose design was ultimately derived from the original Mega Man X design. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ...


Zero, while he felt no ill from the virus his programming had become due to his similarity in design to X and his ability to utilize the "suffering circuit", was from that point onward a carrier of the virus. Eventually he realizes this and admits himself to a research center which is assumed to be the scene seen at the end of X6. Zero ) is a video game character and one of the three protagonists in the Mega Man X series and protagonist of the Mega Man Zero series of video games. ... Mega Man X , or Rock Man X ), usually abbreviated to simply X, in the games original Japanese, is the main video game character of Capcoms Mega Man X video game series. ...


Variations

There seems to be no single "Maverick Virus", but rather many similar viruses which produce the same basic effect.


The Zero Virus

This is the virus which Sigma had hoped would "awaken" Zero to his "original purpose". If infected, Zero becomes much stronger and temporarily regains his lost memory, but otherwise retains his personality and memories. This virus form is more powerful than either the Sigma or Colony Viruses, and therefore, yields much more power.


This is the original, pure version of the Maverick Virus, carried by Zero before he infected Sigma.


The Maverick Virus

The most common form of the virus is simply called the Maverick Virus. This form causes the majority of Reploids to go Maverick, especially during the first 4 games. Its effect causes Reploids and Mechaniloids to go berserk and attack Reploids and humans indiscriminately. It was first discovered by a Reploid scientist, Dr. Doppler, who also created the first antivirus programs. This virus is a weak version of the Zero virus. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


The Sigma Virus

The Sigma Virus is a modified form of Sigma's own viral code, created by the fusion between Sigma's programing and the Maverick Virus, and is capable of infecting large numbers of Reploids and Mechaniloids alike, making them irrational and aggressive. This form of the virus is many times more potent than the original Maverick Virus. Sigma has this virus spread across the Earth in Mega Man X5 to cause chaos and confusion in order to mask his true purpose: the Colony Virus.


The Colony Virus

The Colony Virus was used to cause the failure and subsequent crash of the Space Colony Eurasia, hence its name. Little is actually revealed about this virus, except that when it came into contact with the Sigma Virus the two merged and became the Zero Virus.


Other viruses

There are many other viruses in the Mega Man X storyline, but they all seem to share some commonality: they infect previously deceased Reploids and alter their capabilities significantly, but act more as a brainwashing or mind control tool than a cause of irrational aggression. Examples of these viruses can be seen in Mega Man X6 (called Nightmare), Mega Man Xtreme 2, and Rockman X Megamissions (called Limited). This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Mind control (or thought control) has the premise that an outside source can control an individuals thinking, behavior or consciousness (either directly or more subtly). ...


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