This article is about the Mega Man X series character. For the Mega Man Zero series character known as "Dr. Vile" in Japan, see Dr. Weil.
"Ha ha ha ha ha! Why don't you just give up now and get it over with? The world as you know it? Mavericks? Kiss it all goodbye! Mayhem, doom, and destruction! That's what we were built for!"
―Vile, Mega Man X8

Vile, known as VAVA (ヴァヴァ) in Japan, is a major antagonist in the Mega Man X series. He used to be a member of the Maverick Hunters prior to the first Mega Man X game and was ranked S-A Class in Sigma's 17th Elite Unit prior to his commander's rebellion against humanity. He appeared in multiple games of the series as a boss character and was playable for the first time in Maverick Hunter X, a remake of the first game for the PlayStation Portable.


Vile wears basic body armor with a distinct purple sheen and white and gold highlights. His shoulderpads are rectangular in shape, and he bears a belt at his waist. He wears a helmet with a dark, T-shaped visor. It is unclear if the visor hides his face or if it is his face; in the Mega Man X3 opening video, his Mega Man X3 artwork, the Rockman X3 manga, and the Ruby-Spears cartoon, Vile has a singular, glowing eye in the darkness. Attached to his shoulder is a cannon, featuring an ammo belt arching into a pack on his back.

Vile's later appearances retain this design, always featuring his signature T-shaped visor and shoulder cannon, but employing different color schemes and accents. In Mega Man X and X3, his shoulder cannon was incorporated directly into his shoulderpad, while in X8 and Maverick Hunter X, it was attached to his back and sat behind his shoulderpad. This design is retained in Rockman X DiVE.


Vile is an arrogant and violent individual. Though he used to be a Special A class member of the Maverick Hunters, Vile had an abnormality in his electronic brain that made him ruthlessly hunt down Mavericks and totally annihilate them, without regard for collateral damage. Due to being a borderline Maverick, he was removed from duty and detained, being freed during Sigma's rebellion so he can cause as much destruction as he wishes.[2] Despite his callous and unruly nature, he is still a clever fighter, carefully retreating after Zero damages his Ride Armor and later trapping him in a cage to keep him out of the way.

While Vile originally looked down on X, he developed a grudge against X after being resurrected and upgraded by Dr. Doppler, ignoring the doctor's plans and going off to fight X on his own terms.[3] When he meets Axl, he instantly looks down on him for being a fairly new Hunter and taunts him when he gets riled up.[4]

Vile seemed especially crazed during the Jakob Elevator incident, constantly ranting to the Hunters about the destruction of the world and how hopeless their endeavors to stop the Mavericks were. While he claims a new world is coming, he also states that Reploids were made for destruction and has a generally nihilistic outlook.[5] He is deceptively affable with X and Zero, sarcastically treating them as old friends while belittling Axl. He also performed a reckless kamikaze attack after his final defeat on the Moon, a somewhat uncharacteristic action since he usually flees to live another day.

In the remake Maverick Hunter X and in other media, Vile is also a rogue character with a strong hatred for X, though it is framed as more of an envy or jealousy than a simple grudge. Here his emotions also often get the best of him, shown after his defeat when he admitted to Sigma he wasn't really sure what he intended to do after invading his fortress.[6] In the Rockman X3 manga, he brags about having a "demon" inside him and taunts X about having one too, which is also shown in the crossover Project X Zone 2.


Mega Man X

"You worthless piece of scrap metal, did you think you could defeat me?"
―Vile, Mega Man X

Vile first appears as part of Sigma's rebellion, one of the many ex-Maverick Hunters who joined him and to serve as a formidable force in his army. He confronts X on the Highway, leaping down from the Death Rogumer in a custom Ride Armor to take him on. Thanks to his Ride Armor and his battle experience, Vile easily defeats X, stunning him with a paralyzer shot and grabbing him in a fist. Fortunately for X, Zero comes to the rescue by blasting Vile's Ride Armor's arm off. Unwilling to pursue a fight with the ace Maverick Hunter, Vile retreats aboard the Death Rogumer again.

When X and Zero later attack Sigma's hideout, Vile rushes to stop their intrusion. Knowing the threat he poses to X, Zero insists to take him on alone, pursuing Vile into the next room. However, Vile was aware of this and had set a trap, overpowering Zero using an upgraded Ride Armor and placing him in a cage. X entered the room next and attempted to save Zero, but Vile defeated him too with another paralyzer shot. Vile thought he had won, laughing triumphantly, until Zero broke free of his cage and overloaded his buster into Vile's Ride Armor, destroying it.

However, Vile remained relatively unscathed. He laughed at Zero's attempt, but was shocked when X also broke free of his paralysis, regaining his life energy in the process. Vile then fought X one-on-one, and was destroyed in the ensuing battle.


Ride Armor

Vile is invincible in both battles against him with his Ride Armor in Mega Man X. He is frequently moving and attacks by dashing and punching. After lowering X's health, he will end the battle by firing paralyzing projectiles from his shoulder cannon until he catches X. While attempting to catch X, Vile will keep distance from him to avoid causing more harm, which can result in the player losing a life and repeating the battle. If the player reaches Vile with low health, he may start using his paralyzing attack from the beginning.

  • Charge (突進) - Vile charges forward with the Ride Armor, causing contact damage.
  • Dash Punch (ダッシュパンチ) - A dash punch.
  • When X is weakened, Vile will fire paralyzing projectiles from his shoulder cannon in several angles until he lands a hit, ending the battle.

Vile appears in the first stage from Sigma's hideout. X tries to face him, however, the same battle from the Opening Stage repeats, with X being unable to cause damage and being caught by Vile when his health is low. After his capture, Zero breaks free and destroys Vile's Ride Armor. Angry with the loss of his friend, X breaks free from the trap and his health refills, facing Vile in a one-on-one battle. Vile has high mobility, constantly dashing and jumping while attacking. He is weak to Rolling Shield. Homing Torpedo also causes quite some damage to him as well.

  • Dash Attack (ダッシュ攻撃) - Vile can dash at high speed, causing contact damage.
  • Head Bomb (ヘッドボム) - Vile jumps over X and drops bombs from his knee. Upon impact, it splits in two spheres that spread through the ground. Causes 4 points of damage.
  • Electric Shock Round (電撃弾) - Vile can fire paralyzing projectiles from his shoulder cannon in several angles. They cause no damage, but X will be stunned when hit, being open for attacks.

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X

See also: Vile/Maverick Hunter X

Vile's role in the Maverick Hunter X remake has some substantial changes - for example, his loyalty to Sigma is much more tenuous, and he is fought in the third segment of the Sigma Palace rather than the first. Vile is also an unlockable playable character with his own story mode, culminating in a boss fight against X and Zero.

Mega Man Xtreme

"...Die! X!"
―Vile, in data form, Mega Man Xtreme

Vile makes a small appearance in the game's Opening Stage. Said level is a digitized version of the Highway stage from the first Mega Man X. He serves as the boss, again piloting a Ride Armor. However, this version of Vile is merely a data record of the character that had been stored in the archives of the Maverick Hunters' Mother Computer, and as such he can be defeated and he will not use his paralyzer shot attack. In the English version, he is erroneously referred to by his original Japanese name "VAVA". He is deleted by X after his defeat.

Mega Man X3

Vile MK-II in Mega Man X3

For more details, see Vile MK-II.
"Don't think that this is the end, X! I will haunt you to the day you die......"
—Vile MK-II

What was left of Vile after his death in the first game was salvaged. Dr. Doppler, who was infected with the Sigma Virus and worked with Sigma himself, created a new, upgraded body for Vile called Vile MK-II.[7] However, the only thing Vile could think of was getting revenge on X, who had previously killed him. Instead of assisting Doppler in creating a new body for Sigma, he left Doppler's lab to operate on his own accord.

The English SNES manual has a small alteration: It states that Dr. Doppler's first move upon becoming Maverick was to revive Vile. Vile was also infected with the Sigma Virus, which caused him to go out of Dr. Doppler's control. He then went on a rampage, stricken with hatred for X and Zero.[8]

A resurrected Vile talking to Dr. Doppler.

Vile MK-II is an optional boss. He used well-placed teleporters to lure X into an abandoned factory set to self-destruct, where he tried to hinder X from escaping by attacking with a Ride Armor DRA-00, an altered Kangaroo-type. If he is defeated with either of his weaknesses (Ray Splasher and Spinning Blade), he won't reappear in the final stages at Dr. Doppler's Laboratory. If X didn't use Vile's weaknesses, he would flee the scene. He would then reappear at Doppler's lab as a boss, this time piloting the Ride Armor Goliath. After X defeated him again, he swore to haunt him until the day he died.

In addition to his original shoulder cannon and knee-mounted napalm launcher, Vile MK-II possessed a new weapon on his left shoulder in this form. He also acquired a shield bearing his personal V-insignia worn on his back, although this was never used during his in-game battle. The shield was only seen in use in the Rockman X3 manga, where he used it to defend against X's Tornado Fang. "Vile's Shield" is also an equipment that can be obtained from him in Project X Zone 2.

Power: 9200 rp
Speed: 7200 rp

Mega Man X8

Vile V in Mega Man X8

For more details, see Vile V.
"It begins now, X. A new world will be born! Ha ha ha ha! "
—Vile V

While on a mission near the Jakob Orbital Elevator to investigate a unique crab-like Mechaniloid, X, Axl, and Zero were interrupted by a hail of missiles from Vile, who had apparently been resurrected from his previous defeat as Vile V.[9] Vile bragged that he had kidnapped the Jakob Project's director, Lumine, making it the Maverick Hunters' goal to rescue him.

Vile pesters the Maverick Hunters as they fight to stop the rioting New Generation Reploids and save Lumine, randomly appearing in each stage's mid-boss room for a short encounter instead of the usual puzzle or challenge. He is later fought as a proper boss at the top of Jakob near the end of the game, but manages to escape the encounter. He reappears for the final time piloting the Ride Armor Devil Bear in the Sigma Palace, but is this time put down for good. In Hard Mode, he uses a reckless kamikaze attack to separate the player's Maverick Hunters for a while. Since the pair reunites during the fight with Sigma, it's implied that the other Hunter successfully destroyed Vile.

Oddly, while Axl was dazed when he first heard Vile's name (since he did not really know of him until now), Zero and X were not surprised to see him alive, calling him a "wanted" criminal as if he has been revived for quite a while.[1] Because of how much Vile talked about creating a new world of only New Generation Reploids, it is unclear whether he had been upgraded into a New Generation Reploid.


Zero describes Vile as a Reploid who is designed to be a war machine.[10] Vile's entire body is able to equip a wide variety of weapons, and he has a special affinity for his shoulder cannon and bombs. In Mega Man X, his arsenal includes a paralyzer shot from his shoulder and bombs ejected from his knees. As Vile Mk-II, his shoulder cannon's paralysis shot has a spread function and his knee-bombs create pillars of fire. Additionally, he has a machine gun on his other shoulder and can perform a grapple attack with his bare hands. He possesses a shield on his back but is never seen using it (except for in the Rockman X3 manga). As Vile V, his shoulder cannon fires sparkling lightning shots. Notably, his Fire Stream bombs come from his elbow instead of his knee. He is also capable of projecting a large electric discharge from his body and summoning Bindholders, and in a cutscene he fires a stream of missiles. Throughout all of his appearances he is shown to be a skilled Ride Armor pilot.

See also: Vile's weaponry

As a playable character in Maverick Hunter X, Vile can acquire 45 different weapons. These are divided into three main categories (Arm Weapons, Shoulder Weapons, and Leg Weapons), and then each are again divided into nine weapon systems, ranging from vulcans and napalms to rocket punches and flamethrowers. His standard weapons are his Front Runner shoulder cannon, the Cherry Blast vulcan, and Bumpity Boom napalm bombs.

Appearances in other games

Project X Zone

Vile in Project ✕ Zone
Vile with a Ride Armor in Project ✕ Zone

Vile appears as a rival-type character in the Capcom, Sega, and Namco Bandai crossover game Project X Zone. He makes his first appearance in the game during Chapter 20, titled "The Maverick Hunters" (イレギュラー・ハンター, "Irregular Hunters" in the Japanese version). His next appearance is during Chapter 27 in the Geo-Fortress from Shining Force EXA, where he gets into a heated argument with Ciseaux from Sakura Wars 3 about which of them would take control of the fortress as their base. Following that, he appears during Chapter 29 in the online game "The World" from the .hack series, where he taunts Zero for having an emotional breakdown at the sight of Iris, who appears during the middle of the chapter to tell him she still wishes for a Reploid only world. His final appearance is during Chapter 37 in the aerial city of Tarqaron from Tales of Vesperia where he and the game's main villainess Due Flabellum warp in. It is at this point that he is finally defeated by the party after receiving a verbal browbeating by X, Zero and Yuri Lowell. His personality in this game is exactly like his personality in Mega Man Maverick Hunter X.

His attacks in the game are Rising Specter and Splash Hit.

Project X Zone 2

Vile MK-II in Project ✕ Zone 2
Main article: Vile MK-II§Project X Zone 2

Vile returns as a villain, once again upgraded to Vile MK-2, in the sequel. Similar to the Rockman X3 manga, Vile often mentions he has a "demon" inside of him, and claims that X also has one.

Rockman ×over


Vile appeared in Rockman ×over as a World 1 boss, accessible only after defeating the other bosses in the same world at least once each. He also appeared in Battle Memory.

Cameo appearances

Vile poster

  • Vile has two short appearances in the opening of Mega Man X5, first as Vile MK-2 fighting X, and later the original with the Ride Armor fighting against Zero.
  • Vile appears in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as a card for the free DLC mode, "Heroes and Heralds" alongside X, Dr. Wily, Mega Man, and Roll. His primary effect is increasing the power of Hyper Combo attacks with his secondary effect being able to dash cancel ground moves at the cost of an HC bar. Zero also has an alternate color scheme based on him.

Other media

Mega Man (Ruby-Spears)

Vile, as seen in the Mega Man cartoon show.

Vile appeared in Mega X, the 26th episode of the Ruby-Spears Mega Man animated series, voiced by Lee Tockar. He came from the future along with Spark Mandrill to steal Lightanium (which, according to Mega Man X, is worth billions in the future) from Dr. Light's newly opened Plasma Power Plant to finance Sigma's war against humanity. He's depicted as near-invincible in the cartoon, as Dr. Wily's robots and even Mega Man are no match for him (mostly because Mega Man's cannon couldn't so much as scratch him). However, he himself was no match for Mega Man X (some lines in the episode heavily implied that Vile had a grudge against him). Vile is depicted as extremely arrogant, looking down on both humans and robots of the present and calling them puny.

He and Spark Mandrill both appear to Wily near the start of the episode and force him into helping them after easily defeating his robots. The two Mavericks later encounter Mega Man and Roll and easily defeat them, but are driven off by Mega Man X, who followed them back from the future. Dr. Wily reveals his plan to rob the Plasma Power Plant to Vile by flooding the plant in belief that it would stop all its defenses. Vile actually likes the plan (commenting it wasn't bad, "for a puny human"), though after breaking a dam and flooding the plant, some defenses were still active. Vile and Spark Mandrill, however, easily break through them. They successfully steal the Lightanium, along with some materials Dr. Wily needed for a new laser weapon. Though Vile got what he came for, he decides to remain in the past a little longer to destroy Mega Man X. Wily unleashes his new laser weapon on Mega Man and Mega Man X, who avoid getting hit by it, and X destroys the weapon with his own version of Snake Man's weapon. Vile and Spark Mandrill open a portal to return to the future with the Lightanium, but X pushes them both through leaving the Lightanium behind.

Aside from more human-like proportional changes, Vile's design is noticeably accurate to his original game design, albeit with a more intimidating appearance overall. Curiously, his dialogue implies he is more bound to his "programming" than Reploids (which he refers to as Repliroids, the original Japanese term for Reploids) are known for, which if anything is the exact opposite of his game counterpart where he is less bound by his programming via a irreparable short cut that made him a borderline Maverick.

Mega Man (Archie Comics)

Main article: Vile/Archie Comics

Vile first appeared briefly in issue 35 among Sigma's Maverick Hunters. He later appears again as one of the Hunters that fought the Wily Walker and as a Maverick in the crossover Worlds Unite.

Rockman X manga

Vile battles X in the Rockman X3 manga

In the Rockman X manga, Vile only joined Sigma's forces because he wanted to destroy the legendary "Mega Man", even waiting and assisting X to grow stronger so he could destroy him when he was worthy of bearing the name.

X tried to face Vile in a highway in beginning of Sigma's rebellion, but Vile is too powerful for him and escapes. Later, Vile destroys Armored Armadillo and his soldiers, and X finds him in a bar, holding a glass. Vile tells X it would not matter if the glass is filled with Bourbon or mud as Reploids can't tell the difference between their taste, and breaks the glass. Vile explains his objective to take down "Mega Man" and informs X where he can find the Head Parts, and when he goes to his Ride Chaser to leave, X tries to stop him with charge shot, but Vile stops the shot only with his finger.

When X finds Vile in Sigma's fortress alongside Zero, who was imprisoned by him, Vile is disappointed with X's current state (his X Buster being damaged due to the battle against Boomer Kuwanger) and says that he will fight him as he is anyway, having enough of being nice and patient. Zero breaks free and sacrifices himself to destroy Vile's Ride Armor, and X obtains the Arm Parts that were with Zero, completing his armor. Vile is overjoyed to be finally able to destroy the legend, but despite doing his best to finish Mega Man X, he is unable to harm him. Even when heavily damaged and barely able to walk, Vile slowly approaches X and tries to choke him, and X puts him out of his misery.

Vile is later repaired and reappears in the Rockman X3 manga, watching the battle between the Hunters and the Nightmare Police from the distance and promising that he will be seeing X soon. X encounters Vile MK-II inside Sigma's fortress, where he is playing a piano. Vile tells X that each key makes a different sound, and when combined they make something that the majority considers art. But there are also those who don't agree with the majority, considering it mediocre, not following the flow nor caring for nice words, Vile saying he is like that while breaking the piano's keys. Vile also says that he and X are very different, with X having a nice life while he died and went to hell, becoming a demon. After seeing the way X was behaving, Vile is amused and wonders if it will be a fight between demons, but believes X is no match for him as he was born to be a demon, while X is forcing himself to be one. After an arduous battle that rips through Sigma's fortress, X manages to defeat Vile by grabbing his leg and taking him up to a high tower, and then slamming himself and Vile all the way to the ground.

Vile's personality in the manga Rockman X is depicted much differently than the games. In the manga, Vile is seen as calculative, cunning, and calm, and can easily catch X off guard. When X encounters him at the abandoned saloon after the battle with Armored Armadillo, Vile mentions to X that he will hunt down all those who bear the name "Rockman" after he finishes him off once and for all, but he leaves while giving X the coordinates of the next Dr. Light capsule. X tries to shoot Vile as he is leaving, but is stunned with a sense of fear.

Irregular Hunter Rockman X

Vile, X and Zero were tasked to stop the Maverick Raigyan β, and Vile almost destroyed X alongside the Maverick, being locked in the Hunter Base for his behavior. Under Sigma's orders, Vile escapes and takes four Hunters with him to cause chaos and distract the Hunters from Sigma's actions. After Sigma is revealed to be the mastermind, Vile and Sigma attack X and Zero and are defeated, retreating and swearing that they will return.

Rockman X The Novel: Irregulars Report

Despite not wanting to obey Sigma, Vile decided to join and obey him to have a chance to face the legendary "Mega Man", learning about X's specifications and potential from Sigma and deciding that he will raise X until he was ripe for the slaughter, even thinking of taking down Sigma if he doesn't keep his word of leaving X to him. Sigma assures him that he is only interested in X's potential and the possibilites for evolution, and that if it comes down to a battle, Vile can have X for himself, and they decided to start a rebellion to force X to grow stronger. In the beginning of Sigma's rebellion, Vile tests X in a highway, using a Ride Armor to avoid accidentally killing him, and escapes. Later, Vile knocked down X after he defeat Spark Mandrill, and he destroyed Launch Octopus and gave his weapon chip to X.

After X arrives to Sigma's base, Vile uses Zero as a bait to lure and fight against X with a Ride Armor, thinking that it is time for the long-awaited main dish. Vile is surprised with himself for being able to hold back for so long, but also disappointed that after all the trouble he had X appears all beaten up. To drive X to fight harder, Vile reveals that he was the one who destroyed Armored Armadillo's and Storm Eagle's soldiers, doing it to vent out because of all the holding back, and says he is considering to dispose of Zero. Despite X doing his best, he can't defeat Vile and he is disappointed, considering to go fight Sigma after destroying X. When he is about to give the finishing blow, Zero breaks free and destroys the Ride Armor, and X takes Zero's buster. Vile didn't stand a chance against the powered up X, but he didn't care. The violent battle fills him with joy, going after X with everything he got to destroy him, but in the end he is the one who is destroyed.

Other appearances

Vile (with his original appearance and Ride Armor) also has a brief appearance in the last issue from Dreamwave Productions' Mega Man comic, where he catches X with a cable from his Ride Armor, but Zero appears and saves him, giving X a time machine while he fights against Vile and other Mavericks.

Damage Data Charts

Mega Man X

Mega Man X
X-Buster Shotgun Ice Electric Spark Rolling Shield Homing Torpedo Boomerang Cutter Chameleon Sting Storm Tornado Fire Wave Hadoken
1:2:4:4 2:8 2:6 4:4 3:3 2:6 2 1:4 1:1 32


  • For X-Buster, the four damage values are listed according to how long the weapon is charged. The first number is damage done with normal shots; the second number is when the weapon is charged slightly (cyan); third number is when the X-Buster is charged even more (yellow); fourth number is when the X-Buster is fully charged with the Arm Parts (pink).
    • Sometimes, an uncharged shot will inflict two units of damage instead of one, if a boss has just started moving or if X fires a shot while he is dashing.
    • The Arm Parts from the First Armor and Zero are the same in the original version, but in Maverick Hunter X, Zero's Arm Parts are stronger.
  • For the eight Special Weapons, the first number is damage done when the weapon is used in normal fire; the second is when the weapon is used in its charged state.
    • For Homing Torpedo, Boomerang Cutter, Storm Tornado and Fire Wave: the secondary fire for these weapons are capable of inflicting multiple hits on a target, so the values listed on the second number is the amount of damage done per hit, not the total amount of damage done.
    • For Chameleon Sting, as the weapon's secondary fire renders X invincible and is incapable of inflicting damage on enemies and bosses, the damage values list only the normal fire of this weapon.

Mega Man Xtreme

Mega Man X
X-Buster Shotgun Ice Electric Spark Storm Tornado Speed Burner Rolling Shield Silk Shot Magnet Mine Spin Wheel Hadouken Shoryuken
2:3:4:4* 1:2 1:2 1:2 1:2 -- -- -- -- -- --


  • For X-Buster, the four damage values are listed according to how long the weapon is charged. The first number is damage done with normal shots; the second number is when the weapon is charged slightly (cyan); third number is when the X-Buster is charged some more (white). Fourth number is damage done when the X-Buster is charged all the way with the Arm Parts (pink).
  • In order to inflict damage on Vile with a level-4 X-Buster shot or the the Special Weapons obtained from Normal Mode (Shotgun Ice, Electric Spark, Storm Tornado, Speed Burner), the player must have saved their game after completing such mode and then starting Hard Mode from that save file—these Special Weapons will otherwise be unavailable for the player if they begin Hard Mode from the title screen.
  • For the eight Special Weapons, the first number is damage done when the weapon is used in normal fire; the second is when the weapon is used in its charged state.


Vile in D-Arts line

Bandai has released several miniatures of Vile's in different toylines, including:

  • F.B. Collection gashapon - Vile
  • Rockman Machine - Vile & Ride Armor
  • 66 Action Dash - Vile, which is able to pilot Ride Armor (X1) from Super Minipla series.

D-Arts line released an action figure of Vile from Maverick Hunter X.

See also: Vile MK-II§Merchandise


Mega Man X

  • "You worthless piece of scrap metal, did you think you could defeat me?"
  • "X, do what I tell you or he's history!"
  • "Dream on Zero! X knows he can't defeat me! My armored carrier is more than a match for his ancient weapons!"
  • "What a worthless gesture! I can't be defeated so easily!"
  • "So X, it's just you and me now!"
  • "What the...?! Where did that energy come from?? It really doesn't matter how much energy you absorb X, you are still far too weak! Prepare to be terminated!"

Mega Man X3

  • "Alive, Dr. Doppler? You are so kind."
  • "Thanks for the upgrade Doctor, but I have a score to settle... ...and I'll do it my way..."
  • "Hee hee hee. You're trapped X!"
  • "This factory is set to blow in a matter of minutes! Until then, I'll try and keep you busy!"
  • "My waiting has finally come to an end! Prepare to die at the hands of the world's most advanced riding armor - the new "Goliath"!"
  • "Don't think that this is the end, X! I will haunt you to the day you die......"

Mega Man X8

  • "How nice to see you again, X!"
  • "I'd love to stay and play, boys."
  • "But I'm afraid I have too much work to do!"
  • "That's right"
  • "This orbital elevator is under our control now."
  • "It begins now, X."
  • "A new world will be born"
  • "You can't escape!"
  • "Hahaha!"
  • "Oh, no you don't!"
  • "Burn!"

Project X Zone 2

  • "I see... So... This is as far as the demon I carry will take me... But don't forget, X! There's still a demon... within YOU as well... And it will one day destroy you... with or without... my... help..."



Vile battle from Mega Man X


  • It's commonly speculated amongst the Mega Man community that the character's name was changed from Vava or Baba (as the letters B and V are sometimes interchangeable in Japanese) to Vile for the North American release of Mega Man X because Capcom USA was afraid of being sued by LucasFilm, given the character's resemblance to Boba Fett, a character from the Star Wars universe, especially the helmet with T-visor as well as the fact that VAVA can also be spelled "BABA". However, TOM-PON has stated that "VAVA" is actually in reference to the character Bubba Zanetti (ババ・ザネッティ Baba Zanetti) from the 1979 film Mad Max.[11]
    • His Mega Man X8 color scheme more closely resembles Boba Fett's, which may be in reference to this comparison.
    • Coincidentally, as VAVA is renamed Vile outside Japan, this would also result in Dr. Weil's name being transliterated as such from Dr. Vile in order to avoid confusion with him.
  • An early design of Vile shows him with a "Z" on the forehead of his helmet.[12]
  • Vile is the second-most recurring antagonist in the Mega Man X series next to Sigma, and the first to become a playable character.
  • Vile's weakness in Mega Man X and Mega Man Maverick Hunter X is the same as Wolf Sigma's primary weakness from the first Mega Man X game: Rolling Shield.
  • The D-Arts and 66 Action Dash Vile figures come with a glass of Bourbon, an homage to his appearance in the manga, where he tells X it would not matter if the glass is filled with Bourbon or mud as Reploids can't tell the difference between them. Later in Sigma's fortress, Vile asks X if he wants a glass of Bourbon when they started fighting, making a reference to their previous encounter.
    • Similarly, one of the promotional artworks for Vile in D-Arts has him putting his foot on a downed X while standing over both X and Zero, which was a reference to his Vile Mode ending in Maverick Hunter X where he, in an insane rage, abused the defeated X's weakened body.
Vile's unused buster.
  • Unused sprites found in Mega Man X reveal that Vile was originally able to use a buster. However, this was scrapped for unknown reasons.
Vile's boost in Mega Man X.
  • It is unknown how Vile is able to boost in the air and use his dashing move when fighting with X in Mega Man X, as his concept art shows no propulsion outlet at his back. However, two propulsion outlets were added at lower parts of his back pack in Mega Man Maverick Hunter X.
The capsule locking Zero in Mega Man X.
  • In Mega Man X, Vile locked Zero inside a capsule that has Sigma's mark on the lower part. This capsule also appears in Mega Man Zero 3 as one of the modifications for the New Resistance Base's elevator.
  • In Project X Zone, it is foreseen in Chapter 37 by Yuri Lowell of Tales of Vesperia that Vile would meet his end the same way his own nemesis Zagi did. Zagi and Vile share similar parallels in that they are both single-minded in the pursuit of their goals and their existence can only truly be defined when they beat their respective rival (Yuri and X). The two villains finally team up in Project X Zone 2, being the wild cards in Ouma's 101 Embryo Project and, eventually, the VA.
  • In the files from the closed beta version of Mega Man X DiVE, Vile was shown to be in his Vile MK-II incarnation with the Goliath Ride Armor. However, in the final version, it is the first version of Vile that appears instead. It could be that the staff intend to show the nature of the story regarding on "bug", hence the formal release feature an X1 Vile piloting his X3 Ride Armor.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "He used to be a Class A Hunter, but now he's our sworn enemy! He's a Maverick and a wanted criminal." - Zero, Mega Man X8
  2. Rockman X instruction manual
  3. "Thanks for the upgrade, doctor, but I have a score to settle... and I'll do it my way..." - Vile, Mega Man X3
  4. "Don't worry about Lumine. Unlike you, he holds some importance to our plan ... Ha ha! Did I make you mad? Bring it on!" - Vile, Mega Man X8
  5. "Hahahahaha! Why don't you just give up now and get it over with? The world as you know it? Mavericks? Kiss it all goodbye! Mayhem, doom, and destruction! That's what we were built for!" - Vile, Mega Man X8
  6. "What did I plan to do...? Hehehe... thinking about it now, I'm not actually sure... hehe..." - Vile, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X
  7. Rockman X3 game manual. pg. 3
  8. Mega Man X3 SNES manual, page 17
  9. Compendium of Rockman X. pg. 141
  10. "X, you shouldn't expect to defeat him, he is designed to be a war machine." - Zero, Mega Man X
  11. Interview with TOM-PON part 19.
  12. R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works