For the original Steel Massimo, see Steel Massimo (original).
"Me? Ha hah! I'm Massimo. Call me Steel Massimo!"
―Steel Massimo, Mega Man X: Command Mission

Steel Massimo (鋼鉄のマッシモ Koutetsu no Masshimo, lit. "Massimo of Steel") (original name unknown), usually shortened to Massimo, is a playable character from Mega Man X: Command Mission. Once just a regular Reploid, he was sickened by his own weakness, so he sought out the original Massimo to learn how to become stronger. A short time later, though, the original Massimo was captured by the Rebellion Army, leaving his armor and namesake to the current Massimo.

History

When X and Spider first arrive at Tianna Camp, they meet Massimo, who's scared out of his wits and practically panicking. After realizing the three are working toward the same goal, Massimo joins forces with X and they continue deeper into the POW camp. Upon freeing the system operator, Nana, Massimo learns that the records show that the original Massimo was supposedly executed. A little later, after traveling deeper into the facility, Massimo splits from the group and meets with the original Massimo, chained and barely alive. He encourages the current Massimo that he can be strong too and to keep the armor before succumbing to his injuries.

After X finds him and Massimo rejoins the group, the three confront Silver Horn, who stomps on Nana and mocks the original Massimo by referring to him as "feeble", pushing the current Massimo far enough to flatten him with a single punch as well as swear at him. After the trio defeats Silver Horn, Massimo confesses his past to X, but X and Spider boost Massimo's spirits and convince him to continue to help the group.

His next significant role in the plot was at the Vanallia Desert, as he tried to save X from the quicksand. Massimo also succumbed to the quicksand, even with Zero trying to save him despite abuse from Ferham. Luckily, the party survived.

By the end of the game, Massimo ends up as a full-fledged warrior, mentally and physically, and feels confident in carrying on the namesake of Steel Massimo.

Weaponry

Concept art of Massimo's weapons: Shock Lance, Protect Lance, Interceptor, Jet Guillotine, Crash Hammer, and Beast Lancer

In battle, sometimes he can counterattack the enemy without using the Sub Weapon "Vengeful Counter", nor Force Metal "Massimo Plus". Counters do not trigger any effects gained via battle damage (Such as Belladonna's stat increase), nor do they trigger a Final Strike if it damages the enemy to that threshold.

Massimo uses different Combat type polearms:

  • Massive Lance (マッシブランサー) - Massimo's starting weapon, an axe that he uses to attack with a Slash.
  • Protect Lance (プロテクトランサー) - A lance with a shield that attacks with Stinger. Has high defense stats and low speed.
  • Crash Hammer (クラッシュハンマー) - A large hammer with three spikes. Attacks with Suppression.
  • Shock Lance (ショックランサー) - Electric lance that attacks with Raiden.
    NOTE: The game describes this weapon as being able to inflict Bind to enemies; however, this is incorrect. Shock Lance does not inflict Bind, it only does Thunder damage.
  • Jet Guillotine (ジェットギロチン) - A scythe that attacks all enemies with a wide Whirlwind Slice.
  • Interceptor (インターセプター) - A weapon with a large blade on the head of the shaft that attacks with Dignity and may cancel the enemy attack.
  • Beast Lancer (ビーストランサー) - A dragon-like lance that uses the fire attack Fury. Massimo suffers damage when he attacks with this weapon.
Main Weapon Power Armor Shield Weight Additional stats
Massive Lance 18 7 6 8
Massive Lance β 34 15 14 12
Massive Lance γ 62 20 19 14
Protect Lance 19 20 18 26 Increases chance to block status effects.
Protect Lance β 38 25 23 30 Increases chance to block status effects.
Protect Lance γ 72 33 31 32 Increases chance to block status effects.
Crash Hammer 30 12 11 28 Critical strike +20%. Hit ratio -3%.
Crash Hammer β 48 17 16 29 Critical strike +20%. Hit ratio -3%.
Shock Lance 20 5 4 9 Thunder-attribute weapon.
NOTE: The game describes as able to inflict Bind to enemies; however, this is incorrect. Shock Lance does not inflict Bind, it only does Thunder damage.
Shock Lance β 72 9 8 13 Thunder-attribute weapon.
NOTE: The game describes as able to inflict Bind to enemies; however, this is incorrect. Shock Lance does not inflict Bind, it only does Thunder damage.
Jet Guillotine 56 10 10 10 Hits all enemies.
Interceptor 93 16 14 16 Chance to cancel enemy attack.
Beast Lancer 120 30 30 20 Fire-attribute weapon. Massimo suffers recoil damage.
NOTE: User takes 5% of their maximum LE as damage every time they use an attack (except Action Trigger).

Gallery

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Trivia

Concept art for the original Massimo

  • Strangely, the player never learns the playable Steel Massimo's original name. It is believed he inherited this title when he was given his armor by the original Massimo, and another name is never mentioned, nor is his original appearance ever shown.
  • Its speculated by the majority of the fan community that the inspiration for Massimo's character derived from a creation of Capcom's earlier title, Maximo: Ghosts to Glory. This speculation comes from the fact that Massimo's name is extremely similar to that of Maximo and his original character design included a sword which is Maximo's signature weapon. Furthermore, the final similarity is with Massimo's Glint Armor and how its coloring has a great resemblance to the coloring of Maximo's Gold Armor.
  • His theme music is shared in battle with Depth Dragoon and Duckbill Mole.
  • Massimo's strongest weapon is likely a reference to Garr's strongest weapon (Beast Spear) in Breath of Fire III, which sapped some of his HP away every turn he had it equipped. In Massimo's case, his Beast Lancer only drains HP when he attacks regularly.

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