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"X, I shall crush you like a tin can!"
―Violen, Mega Man X2

Violen (バイオレン Baioren) is one of the X-Hunters from Mega Man X2. He and his fellow X-Hunters fight to avenge Sigma and resurrect Zero as a Maverick under their control.

Characteristics

Violen is a stocky Reploid with primarily red armor and a pig-like face. He possesses spiked armor around his wrists, knuckles, shoulders, and neck. Like the other X-Hunters, his feet spike upwards at the tips. His most notable trait is the "hair" protruding from the back of his head, which is composed of metal spike balls ending in one giant flail. He is sometimes seen wearing an orange cape with a raised collar.

Violen is a tough and cocky individual. Possibly due to his design focusing so much on power, his thinking circuitry is incomplete. Not an intellectual in any sense of the word, his rowdy and aggressive behaviors characterize him as the brute force of the organization.

History

Mega Man X2

Nothing is known of Violen's past. He is one of three X-Hunters, an elite squadron of Mavericks who took over Sigma's rebellion in his absence. The rebellion laid low at first, quietly analyzing X and the Maverick Hunters while researching and repairing the parts of Zero recovered from the last battle. However, without Zero's control chip they could not fully resurrect him.

Six months after Sigma's defeat, the Maverick Hunters raid an old factory that is mass-producing weapons and Mechaniloids for the Maverick army. The X-Hunters watch the attack from afar in their Arctic fortress, affirming that they will not underestimate X.

After X destroys two of the eight Mavericks, Violen and the X-Hunters grow anxious. They challenge X to a series of duels, using the rebuilt parts of Zero's body as bait. Violen is the third and final X-Hunter to stop awaiting X's arrival among the stages, but if X defeats him before he leaves, he will relinquish one third of Zero's body - his upper body - before retreating.

Violen later reappears as the boss of X-Hunter Stage 1 to challenge X again. X defeats him, and Violen explodes in utter disbelief.

Strategy

Violen

When encountered in a hidden room, Violen attacks with his flail and wrist cannons. His flail has two possible patterns: the first one has him swing his head wildly as the flail bounces like a pendulum. The second one has him swing his head slower, sending the flail directly at the player and then letting it bounce back and forth for a while. These patterns can be difficult to predict, and combined with the flail's high damage and defense against the player's attacks, makes for a dangerous attack. His weakness is Bubble Splash, and Charged Shots or Sonic Slicer are also decent alternatives.

MMX2 Violen Hammer1.gif Hammer Attack 1 (ハンマー攻撃 1)
Violen swings his flail back and forth around himself like a pendulum.
Damage: 5
MMX2 Violen Hammer2.gif Hammer Attack 2 (ハンマー攻撃 2)
Violen swing his flail forwards at the player, then lets it bounce somewhat randomly.
Damage: 5
MMX2 Violen Scatter1.gif Scatter Bullets 1 (弾ばら撒き 1)
Violen jumps into the air and shoots a spray of bullets below himself.
Damage: 2
MMX2 Violen Scatter2.gif Scatter Bullets 2 (弾ばら撒き 2)
Violen stands still and shoots a spray of bullets forwards.
Damage: 2

Neo Violen

Violen appears as the boss of X-Hunter Stage 1, but without an alternate battle form unlike his comrades. Instead, he has a slightly different strategy as Neo Violen (ネオバイオレン). His room features small floating blocks, whose locations Violen can randomize at will; these blocks are both a blessing and a curse, as they can create safe spots for the player but also randomize the pattern of Violen's flail. This isn't helped by the fact that Violen uses his flail much more often than bullets in this battle.

MMX2 ViolenNeo Hammer1.gif Hammer Attack 1 (ハンマー攻撃 1)
Violen swings his flail back and forth around himself like a pendulum.
Damage: 6
MMX2 ViolenNeo Hammer2.gif Hammer Attack 2 (ハンマー攻撃 2)
Violen swing his flail forwards at the player, then lets it bounce somewhat randomly.
Damage: 6
MMX2 ViolenNeo Scatter.gif Scatter Bullets (弾ばら撒き)
Violen jumps into the air and shoots a spray of bullets below himself.
Damage: 2

Other appearances

  • Violen has a short appearance with the other X-Hunters in the animated opening scene of the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and PC versions of Mega Man X3.
  • Violen and the X-Hunters also appear briefly in the opening scene of Mega Man X5.
  • Violen appeared in a Battle Memory from Rockman Xover.
  • Violen appeared as an unit card in TEPPEN.

Data

Stats

  • Power: 18400rp
  • Speed: 6200rp

* Applies to both encounters.

Damage data charts

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Quotes

  • "Those who underestimated him are now nothing but scrap."
  • "They can be yours, if you can defeat us!" (Referring to Zero's parts.)
  • "X, I shall crush you like a tin can!" (First encounter.)
  • "It cannot be! Now the unification is in jeopardy!" (First encounter, defeat.)
  • "What?! How could he have overloaded my circuits?!! Arrrggghhh..." (Second encounter, defeat.)

Other media

Rockman X2 manga

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Violen appeared in the manga.

Archie Comics

Violen and his comrades appeared in Worlds Unite as members of Sigma-2's Maverick army, recreated to travel through the Genesis Portals and plant Unity Engines on various worlds so that Sigma could absorb their power. He and his fellow X-Hunters ended up on the world of Monster Hunter, where they briefly deceived some of the inhabitants before being exposed by X and Sticks the Badger, who proceeded to destroy them with help from the locals.

Gallery

Etymology

  • "Violen" derived the French word "violent" (pronounce roughly like "Vy-oo-lonn") phonetically. Like his fellow X-Hunters, Violen's name is the French word for his defining characteristic.

Trivia

  • Violen is the only X-Hunter that doesn't change forms when fought again, as Serges uses the Serges Tank, and Agile changes into Agile Flyer. This is due to lack of resources (memory limitations), which also resulted in another character (a female X-Hunter) being cut from Mega Man X2.[1]

Arc Cracker

  • In Mega Man X DiVE, the weapon Arc Cracker, known as Violen Star (バイオレンスター Baioren Stā) in Japanese, is based on Violen's metal spike ball.

References

  1. "When figuring out the limits of the CX4, a female X-Hunter was removed from what were called the 'Four Guardians' at the time. Violen also lost his second form. We just didn't have the resources to make that all happen." -Yoshihisa Tsuda
    Mega Man X Official Complete Works, UDON Entertainment Corp. 2009. pg.23. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.


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