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.


Zero describes Vile as a Reploid who was designed to be a war machine.[2] Vile is adorned in basic armor with a distinct purple sheen and gold highlights. Like some Maverick Hunters, Vile wears a helmet with a T-shaped visor that conceals his face in shadow. It is unknown if this is his face or if it just hides his real face, as in the Mega Man X3 opening video, his Mega Man X3 artwork, the Rockman X3 manga and the Ruby-Spears cartoon, Vile is seen with a singular glowing eye. Attached to his shoulder is a cannon featuring an ammo belt arching into a pack on his back.

Vile's later appearances retain the overall basic appearance, always featuring his signature T-shaped visor and shoulder cannon, but take on different color schemes with stylized 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.[3] 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.[4] When he meets Axl, he instantly looks down on him for being a fairly new Hunter and taunts him when he gets riled up.[5]

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.[6] 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, but his emotions often get the best of him, shown after his defeat in Maverick Hunter X when he admitted to Sigma he wasn't really sure what he intended to do after invading his fortress.[7] In the Rockman X3 manga, he brags about having a "demon" inside him, and taunts X about him 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 opening stage of the game. Said level is a digitized version of the opening stage from the original Mega Man X. He serves as the boss of this stage and is again seen riding his Ride Armor. However, this version of Vile is not the actual one but 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 paralyzing attack. In this game, he is erroneously referred to as "VAVA", which is actually his original Japanese name. 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 destruction at the hands of X in the first game was salvaged. A Reploid scientist named Dr. Doppler, who was infected with the Sigma Virus and controlled by Sigma himself, created a new body for Vile and upgraded his weapons to be more powerful. However, the only thing Vile could think of was to get revenge on X, who had previously killed him. Instead of assisting Doppler in creating a new body for Sigma, he left Doppler's lab on his own accord.

The English SNES manual has a small alteration: After Dr. Doppler became virus-infected, his first move was to revive Vile. Vile was also infected with the same virus, which caused him to go nuts and out of Dr. Doppler's control. Vile went on a rampage, stricken with hatred for X and Zero.[8]

A resurrected Vile talking to Dr. Doppler.

Vile MK-II lured X into an abandoned factory which was set up to self-destruct and tried to hinder X from escaping by fighting him with the Ride Armor Kangaroo. He is an optional secret boss where if he is defeated with both of his weaknesses (Ray Splasher and Spinning Blade), he won't appear in the final stages and X will be able to gain Zero's saber.

If X didn't use Vile's weaknesses on him, he would flee the scene. He would then reappear at Dr. Doppler's Laboratory as one of the final bosses, riding the Ride Armor Goliath. Eventually, he was destroyed by X, but not before swearing to haunt him until the day he died.

In addition to his original shoulder cannon and knee-mounted napalm launcher, Vile gained a new weapon on his left shoulder in this form. He also acquired a shield bearing his personal V-insignia worn over 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

"It begins now, X. A new world will be born! Ha ha ha ha! "

X, Axl, and Zero are sent on a mission near the Jakob Orbital Elevator to investigate a unique crab-like Mechaniloid. They manage to defeat it, but are then interrupted by a hail of missiles from Vile, who has apparently been resurrected from his earlier defeat in Mega Man X3. Vile had kidnapped the Jakob Space Elevator project leader, Lumine, for unknown reasons and it becomes the Maverick Hunters' mission to rescue him. Oddly, while Axl was dazed when he heard his name (which is understandable, since he did not really know him, or even his existence, until now), Zero and X were not completely shocked to see him alive (as X was with Vile MK-2 in X3), calling him a "wanted" criminal[1] as if he has been revived for quite a while. Vile frequently talks about trying to create a new world that seems to include New Generation Reploids only. It is unclear whether he has been upgraded into a New Generation Reploid with a Copy Chip installed inside.

In X8, Vile's main color scheme is changed from the original purple and blue to green and yellow. Both his cannon and missile pod are noted for being removed from his actual shoulders and relocated to his backpack, a redesign that would be later applied to his original form in Maverick Hunter X.

Vile sometimes appears as a mini-boss in certain rooms in stages, rather than doing the 'puzzle' of that room (this can be very useful on hard mode, especially in Gravity Antonion's spiked block room). He also appears as the boss of the Jakob Orbital Elevator stage, but isn't destroyed. Rather, he teleports away. If one enters to Noah's Park after fighting Vile on the Jakob Orbital Elevator, he will reappear once more in the room where one usually has to destroy Bombees.

In this incarnation, Vile has been upgraded in terms of weaponry as well as adding flight capabilities, allowing him to fly around the stage most of the time. Additionally, his shoulder cannon can now shoot rapid-fire sparks as well as flames in later parts, while his missile pod allows him to rapid-fire missiles. Rarely, he will land on the ground and throw out two Bindholders as well. In times of extreme stress when fighting him on Jakob Orbital Elevator, he demonstrated the ability to discharge high voltage electricity from his body.

In the final stage, Sigma Palace, Vile reappears as a mini-boss, this time in his trademark Devil Bear Ride Armor. Unlike before, Vile demonstrates a remote link with the Ride Armor, controlling it without manipulating the controls in the cockpit. He has to be knocked off it with a Guard Break before being fought one on one, preferably with his weakness, the Drift Diamond, Hyouryuushou, or Ice Gatling. On Easy and Normal modes, Vile explodes upon victory, but on Hard, he comes back and attacks the reserve character, forcing the remaining character to go through the rest of the stage alone until the two are reunited during the Sigma fight. His ultimate fate is unknown, but it is implied that the other character destroyed him.

Musical Themes

Mega Man X/Maverick Hunter X

Being a "fortress" boss with Bospider and Rangda Bangda, fights with Vile use the Mega Man X fortress boss appearance and battle themes, even in the mock fight at the very beginning of the game. The appearance theme is an ominous repetitive chord, while the battle theme is a chaotic string of electronic keyboards and whistles. In the remake Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, the former is slightly more higher pitched, and the latter uses more electric guitar.

The fortress battle theme reappears in Mega Man X5 when fighting Rangda Bangda W.

In Vile Mode, aside from the above two themes, Vile also has three additional themes, one for the stages, one for the stage select, and the other for the Maverick stages' start. The last was a remix of the standard Maverick stage start theme (and also the overall Mega Man level start theme used since Mega Man 2). All three dip into electric guitar as well.

Mega Man X3

If Vile is encountered in his own stage (which features its own theme), his battle will be accompanied by the normal boss theme, which is a series of intense guitar riffs. If he's fought in Doppler's fortress, his battle uses the fortress boss theme, which also features guitar riffs but is slower and more foreboding.

In the 32-bit version of X3, the boss theme still heavily uses distorted guitars, but the fortress boss theme is much more energetic; its tempo is faster, the guitar riffs have been replaced with higher-pitched synths, and the melody has been altered.

Mega Man X8

In this game, Vile has his own boss theme that's only used during his fights. This time around, his theme is an upbeat, fast-paced tune with electric guitars and organs.


Vile's entire body is able to equip a wide variety of weapons, and he seems to especially have an affinity for his shoulder cannon and bombs. In Mega Man X, his arsenal includes a paralyzer shot from his shoulder cannon and bombs that eject 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 rapid-fire projectile launcher 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 homing shots. Notably, Vile V doesn't use knee-bombs, rather ejecting Fire Stream bombs from his elbow instead. 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

In the Maverick Hunter X remake, Vile is able to 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

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.

Vile MK-2 first appears in Chapter 7 "Going Commando" where he taunts X and Zero about Sigma and the remnants of his army. X expresses shock at his return, saying he died in the last battle, and he is shaken about a "demon" inside him. He is defeated and leaves Cyberspace. He shows up in Chapter 14 "Renaissance of Fate" where he is a customer of Sylphie, having gotten his Ride Armor Goliath back and ready for action, much to the dismay of X, Zero, and their allies. After his Goliath is destroyed, he's unfazed, but when beaten again, he retreats.

Following his World R:2 exploits for the time being, he returns to the tower of Tarqaron with some Mavericks in tow with Sylphie's help in Chapter 22 "The Demons Within". He aids M. Bison in keeping Yuri and their allies busy, but Sylphie betrays Bison and Vile by revealing the Balrog has returned, despite having a hand in destroying it the last time Ouma caused trouble. When Estelle is freed from her Psycho Power brainwashing, Vile is ordered by Bison to come down and help due to some Mavericks and Aragami being killed, which Vile agrees to, but knows someone else is coming. Sure enough, Zagi has returned from beyond the grave and is excited to see Yuri again, much to his enemy's disgust. Vile is interested in seeing Zagi having a "demon", but the assassin says he doesn't know what he's talking about, because he kills cause he wants to. Vile points out that's exactly what he means, since it's tormenting the enemy until they're finally dead for good, which Zagi realizes all this time and agrees, to Yuri's annoyance. Despite X telling him to leave Yuri, Flynn, and Estelle alone, Vile tells him that Zagi has his own enemy to fight, since that's revenge justice. Despite some later help from the servants of the Adephagos which Zagi's blastia draws in, they are defeated and take their leave.

In Chapter 27, "A Summation of Malice", Vile separated from Zagi and shows up to get his Goliath, which was repaired by Sylphie again. After some Maverick minions, Kurohagane and Nakatomi ninjas are defeated fighting Shinra, Dokumezu and some Ouma grunts, and Ranmaru show up and do their fighting, Vile accumulates a large amount of AIDA, with a combination of the gold chains, and some energy from Sylphie's shop (Thus, taking advantage of her kindness) to revive Sigma. Despite the Maverick leader thanking Vile for reviving him, Vile thinks nothing of it and says that bringing misery and death to X and Zero will do just fine. Despite this, Vile is defeated in his Goliath again, but retreats again before the Ride Armor is destroyed. Following these events, he introduces Zagi to his boss, who, predictably, in Chapter 30 "Way Beyond Good and Evil", doesn't like working with him since he just wants to fight his enemy (Yuri) without the task at hand (the Golden Seed). Vile laters shows up in Ylisse, (And is mentioned to be mistaken for an armored knight, when in reality, he's a Reploid) to screw around with Tiki in Chapter 35 "Justice Enforced" with Zagi, Kamuz, and Juri. When the good guys show up to reclaim the Golden Seed and save Tiki, Vile brings in some of Sigma's Mavericks along with Kurohagane and some Nakatomi ninjas to stop them. He is beaten with and without his Goliath once again, and retreats.

In Chapter 41 "The 101 Embryo Project" he shows up in his Goliath with Zagi and Adephagos minions one last time on the Centipex to watch the worlds change through Ouma's plans while killing X. Despite a threat warning from Shtrom, Vile tells the Scumocide follower and leader of his kin it doesn't matter since he's only after X. After a grueling fight on Ouma's turf, Vile is killed again, and reminds X that his "demon" will destroy him, with or without his help, but X will stop this demon if it's really there.

Unlike the other villains who reappeared in the first game and returned for the sequel, he has entirely different specials. They are Shoulder Cannon and Flames of Revenge.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Mega Man X8

When Playing as X

X: Vile! Where have you taken Lumine? Do you plan to hinder the Jakob Project?

Vile: Reunited after all this time apart and all you do is bombard me with questions? Don't worry about little Lumine. We're taking great care of him. Ha ha ha... The Orbital Elevator is too important to us to hurt the one who operates it.

X: Don't you know what you're doing? The Jakob Project is an important joint venture between humans and Reploids!

Vile: Chill out, X... Let's enjoy this little reunion, OK?

X: It's time to hand Lumine over, Vile. This time, I won't take "no" for an answer.

Vile: Ha ha ha... Lumine? Always the positive thinker, aren't you? Look around you, fool! Your world has already begun to crumble!

Vile: Ha ha ha. You're struggling awfully hard for a world that's doomed.

X: So, it was Sigma pulling the strings the whole time, wasn't it, Vile?

Vile: Ha ha ha... You finally piece it together, X? The Orbital Elevator... the energy... the space minerals... the rocket data... The route to space - the thing that's allowed this world to survive this long - is ours!

X: I don't care what you plan to do. I'll put a stop to it no matter what!

Vile: So, you still refuse to give up your struggle, huh? Are you so blind that you've somehow convinced yourself that hope remains?

X: As long as I'm standing, there's hope! I'll defeat both you and Sigma!

Vile: Ha Ha ha... I suppose it'd be a waste to just destroy you now. Maybe I'll wait till the last possible moment and have a little fun with this.

When Playing as Zero

Zero: Vile! What do you plan to do with the Elevator and Lumine?

Vile: Lumine? Ha ha ha... Don't worry. We're taking very good care of him. The Orbital Elevator is too important to us to hurt the one who operates it.

Zero: That toy's a little too complicated for Mavericks like you, Vile.

Vile: Ha ha ha... How I've missed you, Zero. What do you say we have a little fun and make the most of this reunion?

Zero: I'm through chasing you down. Let Lumine go. Now!

Vile: Lumine? Are you so dim as to think you're in a position to make demands? Look around you, fool! Your world has already begun to crumble!

Vile: Don't you ever get tired of the whole "justice" thing?

Zero: Don't you ever get tired of being Sigma's lap dog?

Vile: The Orbital Elevator... the energy... the space minerals... the rocket data... The route to space - the thing that's allowed this world to survive this long - is ours! How can you take this world seriously when it's all about to end?

Zero: Hmpf! I think I'll take care of you before I go after your boss.

Vile: So, you still refuse to give up your struggle, eh? Are you so blind that you've somehow convinced yourself that hope remains?

Zero: Struggle? I'm just tired of running into you and Sigma every time I turn around.

Vile: Ha Ha ha... I suppose it'd be a waste to just destroy you now. Maybe I'll wait till the last possible moment and have a little fun with this.

When Playing as Axl

Axl: Vile, was it? What are you up to here? What do you plan to do with Lumine and the Elevator?

Vile: Don't worry about Lumine. Unlike you, he holds some importance to our plan.

Axl: I don't care if you were once a Class A Hunter... You're Maverick now, and I know just how to deal with scum like you!

Vile: Ha ha! Did I make you mad? Bring it on!

Axl: Oh man... I'm getting sick and tired of seeing your ugly mug, so often. It's time you let Lumine go and turned yourself in.

Vile: Lumine? Ha ha ha. The world's falling apart at the seems, and you're worried about him? I'll send you to oblivion along with the rest of this rotten world!

Vile: Ha! You're still concerned with justice when the world is on the verge of destruction?

Axl: You got it, buddy! Thought I'd dispense a little justice your way before I go after Sigma!

Vile: The Orbital Elevator... the energy... the space minerals... the rocket data... The route to space - the thing that's allowed this world to survive this long - is ours. At times like this, how important is your precious term, "Maverick"?

Axl: I'll tell you as soon as I'm done turning you into scrap!

Vile: So, you still refuse to give up your struggle, eh? Are you so blind that you've somehow convinced yourself that hope remains?

Axl: If all I have to do is defeat you, then I'm full of hope, buster.

Vile: Ha Ha ha... I suppose it'd be a waste to just destroy you now. Maybe I'll wait till the last possible moment and have a little fun with this.

When Playing as any character (After Defeating Four Mavericks)

Vile: 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!


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   Vile Mode -Maverick Hunter X:
Sigma Stage 3 and Ending
Megaman_X_-_Vile   Megaman_Maverick_Hunter_X_-PSP-_Vile_Mode_-_Sigma_Palace_3_&_Ending_100%
Vile stage and battle from Mega Man X3 (PC)   Vile battle on Jakob from Mega Man X8 (Jp)
Megaman_X3_Pc_Vile_Stage   Megaman_X8_Boss_Vile_(_Vava_)_in_Jakob_Hard_mode_no_damage


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

  • F.B. Collection gashapon - Vile
  • Rockman Machine - Vile & Ride Armor
  • Rockman Factory candy toy
    • Part 1 - Vile MK-II (packed with his shield and Blizzard Buffalo)
    • Part 3 - Vile MK-II & Goliath (packed with Bit)
  • Super Max Rockman - Vile MK-II
  • Mega Buster Pencil - Vile MK-II (packed with Zero)
  • 66 Action Dash - Vile, which is able to pilot Ride Armor (X1) from Super Minipla series.

The modle kit series Mega Armor features Vile Mk-II, which was originally released as a conversion kit

D-Arts line released an action figure of Vile from Maverick Hunter 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.[9]
    • 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.[10]
  • 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.
  • Vile's reaction to X restoring his energy in Mega Man X was similar to Broly's reaction to Goku getting a power boost in the climax to the 1993 film Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan.
  • According to source material, Vile's Mega Man X8 incarnation is referred to as "VAVA Pente" (meaning "VAVA 5"), romanized as "Vile V". As Vile's previous X3 incarnation was Vile Mk-II, this may suggest that it is the fifth iteration of Vile's design, although it has not been made clear.
  • Despite firing a large missile barrage in the cutscene when he first appears in Mega Man X8, Vile never uses these missiles during any of his boss battles.
  • Vile and Sigma are both played by the voice actor, Mugihito, in Japanese version of Mega Man X8. Additionally, Vile's voice has a noticeably mechanical and insane-sounding echo in the Japanese audio of X8, which is not found in his English voice.
  • In Project X Zone, it is noted in Chapter 37 by the main protagonist of Tales of Vesperia, Yuri Lowell, 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 goal and their existence can only truly be defined when they beat their respective rival (Yuri and X). The two villains finally get to 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 Rockman 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.

Electric Current Spray Gun

  • In Rockman X DiVE, the weapon Electric Current Spray Gun, known as Electicer V (エレクトリカーV Erekutorikā Pente) in Japanese, is based on Vile V. The weapon is also used by Guardroids in Jakob Challenge, but the weapon shots thunder ball like Cannon God instead of electric current.


  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. "X, you shouldn't expect to defeat him, he is designed to be a war machine." - Zero, Mega Man X
  3. Rockman X instruction manual
  4. "Thanks for the upgrade, doctor, but I have a score to settle... and I'll do it my way..." - Vile, Mega Man X3
  5. "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
  6. "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
  7. "What did I plan to do...? Hehehe... thinking about it now, I'm not actually sure... hehe..." - Vile, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X
  8. Mega Man X3 SNES manual, page 17
  9. Interview with TOM-PON part 19.
  10. R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works

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