Zero is one of the three main characters 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, he's a die hard warrior who doesn't hesitate to take action. However, behind his cold and emotionless attitude lies a wounded soul. He is well known as X's partner.
AppearanceEditZero inherits a red color scheme. In his first appearance, Zero's armor was round for the most part with a red, black and white color scheme and white shoulder guards with the Z insignia on his left shoulder. His helmet was horned and features a blue triangular crystal in contrast to his partner, X. Perhaps his most striking feature was his long blond hair that flowed freely about, making Zero appear wilder in comparison. Mega Man X2 and beyond, Zero is given slightly heavier, more detailed sharper armor now introducing gold highlights and pauldrons (with a Z usually on the left pauldron to reflect the Z that was on his previously rounded shoulder) in his design.
Zero's power source is solar energy like X, while his body material is comprised of a Titanium Z alloy, and is equipped with peculiar mechanisms called the Z-Brain (the head lens) and the Z-Heart (the chest lens), which conceal an unknown power.
Due to the artist character designer change for Mega Man Zero, Zero is given a design overhaul specifically for the series. His armor is lighter and more humanoid, and he's given a more streamlined helmet to present a much sleeker look.
Outwardly, Zero appears cold and emotionless to others, even towards partners X and Axl. However, it is shown that he has the capacity to care for others. Zero keeps his cool under most circumstances. No matter what his enemies do to him, he is always able to come up with a retort.
In spite of not viewing himself as a hero, Zero has often displayed a tendency to sacrifice himself for the sake of others. He also shows distaste for innocent deaths. This is evidenced in his fighting against Neo Arcadia's ruthless policy against Reploids in the first game, as well as during the second, in which he personally promised to Harpuia that no more Resistance soldiers will come to harm as long as he was around.
Even though Zero does not openly show it, he, too, seems to long for peace between humans and Reploids. However, he has said that he doesn't have any problems fighting, unlike his more pacifistic friend, X; whether his enemy is a Maverick or a human, he will fight at his best. Another notable trait of his is that, despite his great power, Zero views X as the superior Maverick Hunter, and considers him a hero, though he doesn't consider himself a hero. A prime example of this show of respect was in Zero's ending in Mega Man X6: when the scientist who performing his sealing process asked what would happen if the world faced another crisis; Zero firmly said that the world is in good hands (X's), even when he's gone.
During the Zero series however his personality remains mostly the same although with some changes, given that he's been in stasis he is ignorant of some matters and confused about others, sometimes to the point he starts doubting or believe he can't win. This is seen a couple of times, first when Ciel was kidnapped by a Golem and he was battling him with his Buster which was not doing too much damage, was slowly starting to lose hope until X gave him his Z-Saber back or when Dr. Weil told him he was a copy, which made him believe he was not Zero, until X claimed he was indeed Zero, thus somewhat swapping roles with X in where X is the one that encourages him to fight instead of the other way around as it used to be during the X series.
For the history of Zero for in the Megaman X and Megaman Zero games please come here: http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Zero
In the upcoming fanfic 'MCF and the Dream Pals: First Meeting' Zero as a member of the Dream Pals and in search of the one kidnapping people and, unknown to the MCF girls at first, using the kidnap viticum's heart flower to turn items into Desertian. More information will be realese once the story is written.
Zero is a very adept combatant on the battlefield. His power far exceeded, but now rivals that of X's. His power as a robot from a past age is considerably exceptional in the Maverick Wars. In Mega Man X, Zero was equipped with a powerful buster weapon known as the Zero Buster, but X2 and onward, Zero wields a melee energy weapon known as the Z-Saber, a weapon with a blade composed of pure destructive energy, modeled after the lightsaber of Star Wars mythos. It is for this reason that Zero is often used for seasoned players as he is required to fight up close rather than at a distance. His first playable appearance in Mega Man X3 is more or less essentially a future representation of how Zero will turn out, unleashing double charged shots and the almighty Z-Saber which fells bosses with a few mere swipes. Unlike his comrades, Zero does not copy the powers/weapons of defeated Mavericks, but instead, learns special attacks known as Techniques in the Mega Man X series and as EX Skills in the Mega Man Zero series, which are attacks based on techniques utilized by bosses. He does not require the use of a buster weapon as the attacks often utilize his hands or enhances his Z-Saber power by empowering the blade with elemental properties. The Zero Buster can be utilized from both arms, as evidenced by some gameplay and cutscene representations interchangably showing the buster arm as being his left or right.
Unlike X, Zero cannot obtain performance-enhancing armors, with a few exceptions. This is due to the fact that during the time Zero was created, both Dr. Wily and Dr. Light could not prepare any future armor enhancing upgrades for him, thus Zero's durability stayed consistent, making him a traditional Glass Cannon. Defined in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (more so in terms of his bio), Zero is shown to not be so overly strong (unless under the Maverick/Zero Virus when he was first found or in his Awakened Boss fight in X5) as his Marvel vs Capcom 3 power grid statistics gives his Stamina rating a 3/7, but his other stats (Strength, Speed, Intelligence and Energy Projection) a 5/7, with his Fighting Ability as a 7/7. This shows that what Zero lacks in raw strength with the absence of the virus he makes up for extreme fighting ability and skills in many other fields, enabling to out-duel/wear down nearly any foe, along with showing extreme adaptation to much of his battles. This is expressed in the aforementioned fighting games where Zero has low health and average attack, though many claim him to have some (if not many) of the best combos (even loops or near/true infinites) out of all characters. In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Zero like several characters from the original version to the revision, have had their power grids changed. His Stamina and Strength are now 2/7, his Intelligence a 3/7, and all the rest of his other stats are now 5/7. This shows that not only Zero puts more than just skill into his fighting ability, and that he uses all his speed and knowledge to back up his fighting prowess. His "medicore" intelligence also shows Zero tends to clear his mind during fights for better focus.
The original Mega Man X games, however, have Zero's Z-Saber be able to destroy several normal enemies in a few blows. The fighting games seem to decrease it to give more balance, and coincidentally give a possible accurate description of Zero's statistics. Zero may also be aware of his low durability (in comparasion to his comrades), and may also have enough skill to last in a fight to fight/parry off any hit that comes to him, describing more of his skill as a Master Swordsman. This makes him a rather unique Glass Cannon as he not only he's weak on defense and strong on offense like the other kinds in fiction, but Zero has skills in several other fields of battle with great ability to adapt to practically any opponent he fights. (Glass Cannons usually have raw power, which Zero seems to lack often.)
Zero's long combos in fighting games seems to nod at his personality as well, taking note that he shows no mercy to his enemies as he basically never holds back on them, showing he always fights to the best of his ability. This shows that Zero is somewhat more powerful than he lets on in-universe.
By the time of the Mega Man Zero series, Zero had discarded his Zero Buster, replacing it with a regular laser gun that he fires by hand.
- According to Keiji Inafune's, as he designed Zero, he invisioned him as the new "Mega Man" and wanted him to be a playable character from the start. Keiji wanted to introduce something new and different to the franchise, but understanding that it would not be wise to completely go against everything that had already been established (also fearing that Zero's drastic appearance would receive a critical reaction), he did not mention this idea to his superior and submitted Zero as the sub character to Hayato Kaji's "Mega Man" (X) as originally intended.
- Although Zero and X aren't technically Reploids (robots based on X's schematics, "replicated androids"), as they are original androids from the past (technically making them "Robot Masters"), they are known as such because the term Reploid is used for all androids with human-like A.I.
- In Mega Man X1-X4, Zero's eyes are green in-game and blue in artworks. His eyes completely changed to blue in Mega Man X5 onward. His eyes are also green in Mega Man Maverick Hunter X and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. In the Zero series, his eyes ranges to black to purple.
- Of all the characters to have appeared in the series, Zero is unique in that his Japanese voice actors differ in the series he appears in. In the X series, his voice actor is Ryōtarō Okiayu while in the Zero series, his voice actor is Yuuto Kazama. The voice change is evident as the former reprises the role for Maverick Hunter X, which the Zero series predates as well as X7 and X8.
- Compared to other characters, Zero probably has the most love interests out of the Megaman series-
- Many fans believe that in Mega Man X 4, Zero was in love with Iris and vise-versa.
- In Mega Man X 8, Zero's Navigator, Layer obviously shows signs that she has a crush on him (for example, by blushing around his presence).
- Throughout the Mega Man Zero series, it's been hinted that Ciel and Zero have feelings for each other.
- Despite the many love interests, it's never been officially stated that Zero had romantic feelings for them in return.
- In Angelthewingedcat's fanfics, it is the Megaman Zero version of Zero that is used. However, she is looking for a way to have it at Zero can change his appearance between the Megaman Zero and Megaman X versions in her normal fanfics since both forms has their ups and downs.
- MCF and the Dream Pals: First Meeting (Debut) (Coming soon)