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"Gahahahah! Welcome to my silly, silly stage! Here goes nothing, yah! Bo-woing! Gahahahah!"
―Tornado Tonion, Mega Man X7

Tornado Tonion, known as Tornado Debonion (トルネード・デボニオン Torunēdo Debonion) in Japan, is a Maverick from Mega Man X7. He wreaked havoc in the city's Radio Tower, broadcasting silly, annoying messages across the airwaves. Modeled after an onion, Tonion is one of the few Mavericks that is not based off an animal.

Characteristics

Tornado Tonion is a considerably large Reploid with a design loosely based on an onion. He has a green, conical head resembling an onion sprout, and his torso is round and bulbous. The panels on his torso can also be removed to reveal his much more thin and pale interior. His arms are also not connected to his body, instead floating independently near the coils on his shoulders.

Tornado Tonion has an obnoxious and arrogant personality. He enjoyed entertaining others, and was disappointed when Zero found his dance annoying. There seemed to be very little animosity between him and Axl compared to the other members of Red Alert, as they jovially talked about Tonion's silly antics and how Red would probably be annoyed with them. Interestingly, he is one of three members of Red Alert who is fully aware that "the Professor" is manipulating them (the others being Red and Soldier Stonekong) and regretted being used thusly, actually requesting that X kill him in their battle and go on to stop Red Alert. In the English dub of X7, he has a vaguely high pitched German accent and an effeminate voice.

Strategy

Tonion's attack pattern is changed depending on how much life he has: in the first, he will attack the player with Tornado Dance and Circle, and after taking enough damage, he will switch to using Wiper, Wall and Storm. His protective plates can deflect most attacks, but after absorbing enough damage they will break. However, this is temporary as he can regenerate them quickly. Tonion also lowers or removes his plates to perform his own attacks, leaving himself vulnerable.

Tonion can perform the following attacks:

  • Tornado Dance: Tonion "blooms" and spins towards the player surrounded by a spiral of electricity. This attack can cause serious damage if the player gets caught by its electrified edge, because of the resulting fall from the air. As Tonion lowers his protective plates to perform this maneuver, he is completely open to attack.
  • Circle: After using Tornado Dance three times, Tonion moves to the center of the arena, blooms, and spins, stretching his plates out periodically sweeping almost half of the arena. Easily dodged by simply moving back out of the way.
  • Wall: Once Tonion's life is depleted to half or lower, he will switch to spinning around, using his body plates as a moving wall that advances towards the player. Leap over them and attack while he's vulnerable before his plates regenerate.
  • Wiper: Tonion removes his plates, lays them out in a line and uses them to sweep the arena. The line can be laid at varying heights, so one must try and use the plates shadows to determine when they need to be jumped over.
  • Storm: After Tonion loses roughly half of his health, he will perform a stationary Tornado Dance if the player moves to close to him. Tonion will extend his plates further out than before when doing this version of the tornado attack.

His weaknesses are the Gaea Shield and Gokumonken. Although the Gaea Shield is fairly easy to use, the amount of damage it inflicts with a single hit is extremely low, making it a very ineffective attack. With practice, using Zero to attack at close-range with his Gokumonken can work out very well. This not only knocks Tonion back, but also inflicts heavy damage on him. The ideal moments to use Gokumonken are when Tonion performs his Tornado Dance and his Wall maneuvers.

Data

Stage

Main article: Radio Tower

Quotes

Dialogues

Tornado Tonion: You be X, hmm? I ask you favor, yes? Stop us...Stop Red, please, yah?
X: What?!
Tornado Tonion: It professor...professor redesign us... We no longer...
X: Professor?! Who the heck is that?

Tornado Tonion: We no control, yah? Can't stop, none of us. Please, please, save us... We becoming something else!

Tornado Tonion: Gahahahah! Welcome to my silly, silly stage! Here goes nothing, yah! Bo-woing! Gahahahah!
Zero: ...
Tornado Tonion: What? No funny?? But I try so hard, so hard! OK, try again, yah!
Zero: OK, I get the picture. Let's get this over with.

Tornado Tonion: Ooh!

Tornado Tonion: Gahahah! Axl, you grow up handsome boy, yah! But I grow up handsomer boy, a-hah! Bo-woing! Gahahahah!
Axl: Heheh... You haven't changed a bit, buddy!
Tornado Tonion: So, you come up Electric Tower to stop broadcast of my groovy dance, hmm?
Axl: Yup. If Red saw it, he'd get mad and smash the monitor, anyway.

Tornado Tonion: Ooh!

In-Battle Quotes

Action Romaji Japanese English
Damaged Kaaaan! かあああん! Ahh!
Damaged with weakness Dokkan! (Bang!) ドッカン! Aaaahhhh!
Health reduced by half Waaaandasu! わああああんダス! Urgghhh!
Circle Saa, iku dasu! さあ、いくダス! Here I go!
Circle Saa, kuru dasu! さあ、くるダス! It's fun, so fun!
Storm Kurukuru dasu! くるくるダス! Around and around!
Storm Arai no uzu dasu! (Vortex Washer!) 洗いの渦ダス! It fun to spin, ya?
Wall Higo dekiru dasu! ひごできるダス! I make wall, ya!
Wall Kakkoii dasu! かっこいいダス! It's so good!
Wiper Waiyā Podasu! (Wire Pod!) ワイヤーポッダス! I whip your butt!
Wiper Waipā dasu. ワイパーダス。 See the wiper!
Defeated Samukatta dasu kā!? 寒かったダスかぁーーーっ!? You didn't like it!

Other Media

Tornado Tonion appeared in the Rockman X7 4Koma Manga Kingdom shorts. In two of them Zero proves that he is better with jokes, and Tonion asks him to be his teacher. Zero cries after his defeat due to cutting an onion.

Archie Comics

Tornado Tonion was one of the many Mavericks revived by Sigma-1 in preparation for his conquest of reality in Worlds Unite. During the attack on the Sky Patrol, he notably crushed the Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon, preventing its use against Sigma or the Maverick army.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Interestingly, Tornado Tonion appears to have a pointy, red nose in the official artwork that is not visible in his in-game 3D model.
  • In the Japanese version, he often ends his sentences with -dasu (ダス), much like Auto.
  • Tornado Tonion is the only Maverick from X7 that didn't appear in the last issue of the Dreamwave Mega Man comic book.
  • Aside from Tornado Tonion, there are four other Mavericks in Mega Man X that aren't based on animals: Wire Sponge (although his English name is technically named after one), Split MushroomSpike Rosered, and Optic Sunflower.

References

  • Sepelak, Greg (2003). Mega Man X7 Official Strategy Guide. pg.43. BradyGAMES Publishing. (For HP and attack names.)


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