What they Do: In the year 21XX Dr. Cain finds a robot in the ruins of Dr. Light's lab. The robot was his last creation, Mega Man X, the first robot to built with the ability to make its own decisions. After awakening X Dr. Cain takes it on himself to build more robots like X, presumably because the future has a severe lack of heartless killing machines. He dubs them Reploids and builds many more of them to aid humans; some are designed for military purposes, others for construction, and others still for the purpose of building more Reploids, a decision that couldn't possibly go wrong.In all seriousness, this makes complete sense, however, if we want to take things a bit further, we can also pen the rise of the Mavericks on Dr. Light. According to the ol' reliable Rockman Zero Official Complete Works, the origins of the infamous Irregular/Maverick Virus were given an alternate scenario that may or may not be canon:
Why they're misunderstood: Though the major Maverick Sigma defects from a virus, many of his allies suffer from a horrific design flaw because the man that built them was a fucking botanist. No, not “robotanist.” Botanist, as in a guy that studies plants. So yeah, Dr. Cain is directly responsible for a cruel future ruled by robots. Thanks, jackass!
It's never explained what lead Dr. Cain to think that after twenty years of studying Butterwort he could successfully build and maintain a legion of sentient robots but we're pretty sure his high school guidance counselor never chatted with him about setting realistic career goals.
"The virus actually originated from one of the circuits that Dr. Light installed in X's brain. The circuits function was to keep X neutral and unbiased in matters concerning humans and Reploids. Tragically, the very same circuit condemned X to a life plagued by the philosophical question that weighed the value of humans against that of Reploids - a question to which there was no answer. Zero was the first Reploid to be infected by the virus, but as an android created solely for evil, destructive purposes by Dr. Wily, the virus affected him uniquely. Instead of going Maverick, the virus turned Zero into a warrior driven by goodness, not evil. Unfortunately, by tirelessly fulfilling his destiny as a Maverick Hunter, Zero inadvertently spread the virus throughout the world. Eventually, as the host of the virus, Zero was taken to a research facility for study."So, who's really to blame?
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