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Marty (マーティ Māti) is a character from the Rockman X manga. She is a mermaid Reploid created for aquatic rescues that later gains a pair of legs and becomes the fiesty leader of a band of pirates. She aids X in the X1, X2, and X3 manga, and also seems to have some feelings for him.
Marty makes her first appearance in Chapter 10 of the X1 manga. X finds her trapped in an Anglerge and destroys it, the resulting explosion throwing her into him. She immediately hugs and begs him to save her from Launch Octopus. After some bickering and slapping X in the face for talking down to her, she begins to lead X toward Octopus' lair via the "safest route". Along the way, she thinks to herself that by leading X to Octopus, she can save her home.
She leads X to the Utuboros, and he sustains heavy damage during the fight. Unable to keep watching him get hurt, Marty tells him to run. To this, X refuses, and tells her the mantra of “Run from your enemy once, and you can never face him again”. Marty takes this to heart, then tells him she’s a search-and-rescue reploid that can heal his wounds. From there, they reach Octopus’ base, where X is overwhelmed by a large group of enemies and shoves Marty into cover. As X leaves, he realizes he hasn’t learned her name, before getting cut off by laser fire. Marty goes to shout it to him but feels guilty for her deceit, saying to herself that she doesn’t deserve a name.
Later, while X is fighting Launch Octopus, it is revealed that Marty was working for Octopus, and had agreed to bring X on the most dangerous route there in order to weaken him. X immediately refuses to believe this, saying that she is pure of heart. Marty sneaks in and overhears how Octopus had simply used her and is planning on killing her and the friends she was trying to protect after he kills X. Marty shouts how she had trusted him, and leaps into action with a nearby spear. She is shown to have considerable speed and agility underwater, due to her search-and-rescue status, but she’s little match for an SA-Class hunter. Octopus impales her with his arms but is stalled for a moment when a weakened X tackles him. He tells Marty to run, but she refuses, repeating the mantra X taught her earlier back to him, saying how she’s done running. Octopus then rips her apart, causing her to explode, to X’s horror. Pieces of her fly everywhere, and when X uses a buster shot to kick up the sand into the air, the energy in her shards cause Octopus’ arms to tangle and go haywire. With that opening, X takes Marty’s spear and impales Octopus, defeating him.
X then laments being unable to save her, clutching a piece of her to his chest. Marty then begins to shout her name, finally feeling worthy of letting him know, and then orders X to go save her data somewhere. Supposedly back at base, she is saved into a computer, where she teases X lightly and asks him to build her a new body. X does this sometime later on.
After being rebuilt, Marty is the leader of a group of pirates that use a flying ship, and they attack Bubble Crab's base to steal his treasures. Marty is shown to be able to change her legs between human and mermaid form.
In the last chapters, Marty helps Dr. Cain during the Maverick outbreak that happens after X and Zero were captured by Bit and Byte and bound under a powerful drilling machine. Cain gave Marty the four power up chips and asks her to take them to X while the Maverick Hunters and her pirates distract Byte and his minions. She used a bike that can turn into a flying butterfly-like armor to reach the location X and Zero were in, but was confronted by Bit, who was watching them and almost killed her. However, Bit underestimated her and she managed to throw the chips at X shortly before the drill could reach him and Zero. With his new powers, X was able to break free and defeat Bit with ease, as well as Godkarmachine O' Inary and the Mavericks present.
Marty doesn’t have a full appearance in the X4 Manga, but she makes a few cameos. In Chapter 12, when X is losing his mind to the power of the Ultimate Armor, he gets knocked out by Magma Dragoon. While he’s “falling” in an ensuing vision, Marty’s arm reaches out to save him from his madness, alongside Zero’s and Dr. Cain’s.
On the final page of X4’s story, she appears in a collage with several other important side characters. Her First Mate is also right above her.
- As the Rockman X manga has not been officially translated, Marty has never received an official english romanization of her name, leading to a number of variances among fans such as Merti, Marti, and Martei.
- Marty never appears wearing the same armor twice. Iwamoto frequently designs entirely new armors for her every time she makes an appearance in both manga chapters and promotional material.