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MegamanTribute-Zero Tollerance by MatiasSoto MegamanTribute-Zero Tollerance by MatiasSoto
Hello!

Ok, I think I've waited long enough, I know that the Capcom guys are having the most obvious reasons to be delayed on revising the winners of :iconudoncrew: 's Megaman Tribute, but it's been almost two months from the scheduled deadline and lot of people already put their entries online because the rules in the contest don't prohibit it.

So , here it is! I hope you guys like it, it's a scene where I tried to develop something that most of the fans assume but it's yet to be shown on any official game/anime/manga (to the best of my knowledge at least): the gap between the original Rockman/Megaman series and the X series.

(SPOILERS)

It's revealed during the 4th and 5th episodes of the X series (and Megaman Power Fighters 2) that Zero is actually a creation of Dr. Wily and quite possible the origin of the Mavericks and the Sigma Virus. And that he was created before X and was created by Wily to destroy Rock, so I though of this final epic chapter for the original saga where Zero was unleashed by Willy to destroy Megaman. I know it's a bit darker than the original series but I guess it needs to be to fit the tone of the X series.

Here Zero is totally unstoppable by Megaman and his allies, and Bass/Forte isn't gonna let another one to take" his place as the number 1 robot"(he says so in his ending in MM PF 2) so I figured he would also team up against Zero. Wily says he created Zero by mere accident, so I guess it would be cool if he couldn't control it, but was pleased enough that Zero would still target what he was programmed to destroy. I thought that probablly Zero himself would be the one to kill Dr. Wily, but I wasn't that sure of it so I just played it ambigous and simply omit him in the illustration(he was there in my original inked lineart).

To raise the stakes, the first robot to confront him would be Blues/Protoman who fought bravelly but was destroyed(in a a desperate attack he attempted to use his unstable core to blow Zero up along with him, but it was no use), that way Megaman founds his dying brother and swore to avenge him, and carried his shield and used the rest of his ripped scarf as armband as a sign of mourning and respect.

Then Zero would battle Bass but after taking a fair amount of damage Megaman comes to assit him. The final battle ensues, and Rock and Bass uses all their power by fusing with their pets(Rush an Treble) and it's still not enough and they are forced to retreat to Dr. Light's lab, which Zero was more than pleased to destroy since it was one his other targets. Now among the debris of Dr. Light's lab they fight 'till the end!!

Ok, I got a little bit carried away but while I was deciding what to do the tribute I started thinking about this great franchise and how much I've enjoyed it and how much big was for my childhood and teenage years, that to have the opportunity to take even this little participation on the MM Universe was a chance I wanted to make the most of it, to give it something other that just having characters posing or doing daily stuff, I wanted to tell a story. I hope that most of it could be convey by just watching the image, but just in case you have the description here to know the full story :)

It was done traditionally with pencils and inks, and later colored and cleaned on PS CS2. The designs are closer to the style used on the MM7 and X series to help set the tone for the story and the image.The lab design was inspired by the designs in MM7 (check the little Eddy's in one the walls, that's straight from the sprites :)), plus some needed modernization and bit more realistic arquitecture.

For the exact moment, I thought it something like those end chapter scenes animes had when it ended in a action cliffhanger, because I imagined this whole thing like an OVA or something like the "Day of Sigma" OVA was, I would totally buy this (if you don't love your stuff who would, right?:XD:). God I would love to make a manga out of that!! :iconimhappyplz:

Ok, that was a lot but I figured MM fans would be intrigued the story behind this, and this is better than answering individually. I hope you dig it!

EDIT 1: Oh, what to know some backstage stuff? I listened to this great piece of art like a hundred times while doing this to get the mood I was after : [link] such a powerful composition!

EDIT 2:Since a bunch of people already commented on the facts of Zero's sword, it thought of doing him without it, but I figured that is one of his most iconic features and it would be anti-climatic to having him without it(also Zero had blue and green swords too, but I choose this color 'cause I felt it was more menacing).

EDIT3: I re-did a bunch of stuff, this might be the final version for this.
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Hola! Esta es mi entrada completa al Tributo a Megaman de :iconudoncrew:, me estuve conteniendo de publicarla pero ya se pasó casi dos meses de la fecha estipulada decidí no esperar mas. Estoy conciente de que la gente de Capcom debe tener cosas bastante mas importantes que hacer con toda la tragedia que ha sufrido su pais el último mes, pero en las reglas del concurso solamente decia que se "sugeria" a los participantes mantener el secreto y como ya varios subieron sus imagenes a DA supongo q no habrá problema si subo la mia.

Y en el comentario en inglés de arriba expliqué toda la historia detrás de la imagen, pero ahora me da flojera redactar nuevamente eso, espero que no se enojen pero he notado q la gran mayoria en DA sabe al menos algo de inglés. Capaz q otro dia la traduzco...

Fue hecho a lapices y tintas de la manera antigua y pintado y pulido en PS CS2. Espero que les haya gustado! :)
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Ieyke Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Zero doesn't have a Z-Saber until he's rebuilt in X2, and then I'm fairly certain it's Sigma's old beamsaber (as seen in the first Sigma fight) rebuilt. And it's green.

Also, this never happened.
Zero was never activated until after X was.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude , chill.

If you read the original comment you would know why I did it this way...
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Cyriani Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Erk... awe...some. Run while you still can! xD Also, it was deconfirmed that Zero killed any of the MM classic characters, but we can still dream, right? In fact, my friends and I are working on an apocalyptic "what if" story about Zero, Rock, Bass, Wily, Light, Roll, X, Cossack, Axl, and everyone else from MM10 down. Note: Insane Zero kills a lot of people.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Decomfirmed? How so? I know Capcom kinda avoided such a grim ending for the more "wholesome" classic series, but there isn't actually an ending and there are hints of it the story of X series, so I still see it's plausible . But yeah, it's just my theory to have fun with it as a fan :)
I wish I could actually draw it as a manga but I ain't got time for that these days :v
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Cyriani Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Keiji Inafune said it himself during an interview. This leads to a whole lot of fan theories. One of my friends and I's running gags is that whenever one of the Mega Man characters (including Rock himself) mysteriously disappears, he or she goes off to become Duo's apprentice. But yeah, stories and art are fun, and do is imagination. Especially with the Mega Man universe. So many mysteries! I want to explore them all! Anyways, good luck with all your art! ;)
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I've read what you're talking about, I think it's on R20 artbook , but rather than saying it's not possible I think he was trying to have the final say of his character to avoid fanon taking over the official canon :D However, since he's off capcom since some years now, I wonder if those comments still stand today. There's even rumors about Nintendo buying Megaman these days. Who knows what the future for the franchise is today. I thought the Megamix and Gigamix manga stories where awesome, and it does have sort of an ending, I wish they would let Hitoshi Ariga do an ending for the classic saga transitioning to X saga, I bet it would rock!
Thanks so much for all the nice comments :)
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ebrahim111 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Dude, this is a GENIUS idea!!!

AWESOME!!!!

I hope I get to see more stuff like this sometime soon!! :) (Smile) 
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
I've been wanting to some more illustrations of Megaman series but I've been busy.
And  to be honest I wish I could do a an official manga for develop that story in all extent and glory I imagined(it would be something of one my greatest dream to a megaman comic), but that is most likely never going to happen unless I do it as a doujinshi, because the only officially sanctioned comic of Megaman is more geared toward a younger audience so I doubt that in the very unlikely case I could do a comic for them, they wouldn't let the kind of story I created be released :P
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jeffblacklight Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
en realidad este enfrentamento nunca podria haberse dado, willy sello a zero en una camara porque no pudo controlarlo y Zero casi lo mata, por lo que lo dejo ahi para que no fuera una amenaza, Zero en realidad fue creado antes que X, y X tiene un parte que a Zero no le istalaron hasta que fue liberado y sigma lo derroto en el futuro, que era un chip de auto-control el cual se lo instala el Dr. Cain (en pocas palabras apesar de ser creacion de Willy, Zero siempre estuvo incompleto)
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, hasta donde tengo entendido lo único que es canon es que efectivamente el Dr.Wily selló a Zero, pero nunca dicen cuando o como.
Y si, X fue creado después de Zero, pero no sé que tiene que ver con esta historia tampoco.
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jeffblacklight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
es simple, lo que te digo es canon, una vez willy termino a zero este desperto violento y sin sentido y su unica intencion era hacer daño y asesinar, por eso willy tuvo que sellarlo y nunca jamas volvio a habrir la capsula hasta que sigma lo enfrento, puse a X como ejemplo de como deberia de ser un robot como zero, solo que el el caso de zero su diseño estaba incompleto, el de X si estaba completo, por eso podia razonar y controlarse
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I imagine indeed this is indeed what could have happened leading up to the beginning of the X series. It's amazing everyone on DA has much better ideas about what to do with the Mega Man series than Capcom themselves. 
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
You're quite welcome. :)
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MephilesTheDark2182 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, this is a GENIUS idea!!!

The story makes sense, the artwork is AMAZING, and the action and tone are just right for this particular scene!

Overall..........AWESOME!!!!

I hope I get to see more stuff like this sometime soon!!
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
I'm glad you liked it :thanks:
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falconreachhero Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
but willy never used zero.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, because the story didn't get to that point in the classic games, but it's established in the official canon that Wily was indeed Zero's creator.
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falconreachhero Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
i know that,i just thinking why he never used zero.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe he was afraid he couldn't control it, like with Bass.
And most likely because Capcom wouldn't end the saga (...cheap bastards :( )
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falconreachhero Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
good point.
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jeffblacklight Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
willy never use Zero because went he complete Zero he was violent and dosent obey willy so he choose seal Zero and save him for the future, so megaman and Zero never fight because willy cant control Zero
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ShadicZX2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Zero ahí es todo un diablo
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh si, es el Zero en su estado maligno original :ohnoes:
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ShadicZX2 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Y por esa misma razón,Sigma y Weil supieron que realmente era Zero dentro de si mismo......
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Zeebor Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
*slow clap* *building applause* *ravenous cheering* *panties dropping*
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha :lmao:
Thank you very much! :thanks:
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Arlindor22 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your art :)^^, here is the link to our Megaman 2 Dr.Wily's Castle cover, where we've used it : [link]
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome mate, you guys knocked it out of the park! :)
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Lifescythe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
was this inspired by Erico's fan fic "Whispers in Time?"
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, I don't read any fanfics :P
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chicaramirez Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy sh*t this is badass, love the story and pic! I can hear some Megaman x music playing in the background when admiring your work! :XD:
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks: Thank you very much! I'm so very glad that you liked it :)
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RadicalDreamerX Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I couldn't help but to respond to this; I had also written up an amazingly similar "End of Megaman" scenario. The only main differences were that #1; Wily stole the blueprints for "X", and because he didn't understand them he built Zero with an unstable mind (remember X had to stay in a stasis state for many years while his systems fully developed.) When Zero was activated I would imagine he would kill Dr. Wily but still hold to his original directive to destroy Light Labs and Terminate Megaman, Which you had that very similar. The other thing I did different, was #2 I had Protoman actually finishing Zero off with his self destruct after watching Zero waste megaman, this ties in them finding Zero in the lab ruins in the future, mostly intact but damaged, and I would imagine when Zero Self Destructs on Vile in X 1, he stole that from Protoman ;) I did my MM tribute piece on the same subject mater, but it was a picture of a tired and worn Wily finishing his final bot to destroy his enemies once and for all. But in any matter, great minds think a like!! It was just so bizarre reading that someone else had come to the same basic conclusion of how it all went down for the most part. Pretty cool.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed the similarites are remarkable :)
I liked you story too, I just prefered Protoman to sacrifice himself before to build the tension towards the final battle I featured in the illustration. I guess it would totally makes in your way too.
BTW you got great work mate! I'm adding you to my devwatch!A fan of Chrono Trigger too I see :D
And congrats for getting in the book, maybe it was that they simply didn't like it, but I think they left out mine because it was deemed to violent for them, but this is what I wanted more to illustrate as a fan so I went for it :)
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RadicalDreamerX Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like your serious approach, I've always wished they might try doing Megaman in a more serious fashion. I think the themes are pretty deep if you put the right spin on it. I've seen a few great Megaman Tribute pieces on deviant art, It confused me that they didn't make the book (including yours). I never thought it might have something to do with violent content, but you very well may be right. BTW, I checked out more of your stuff and added you too, I dig. Chrono Trigger and that SNES era of RPG's are close to my fan heart, stuff rocks :) but anyway, I'll look forward to seeing your new stuff as it comes out!
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks mate!
I agree, I think I said it on the comment for the deviation, that that even though the original Megaman series is a bit more naive since the tone for the X series was darker and more dramatic I thought it ok to have the final chapter of the original to be closer in that tone, after all it is a very grim scenario when all of the heroes dies. I once thought-in order to not to be totally grim- that something of Megaman's core was transplanted into X in order for him to be completed, giving X a legacy to withhold and the original MM a bit of a son , even if he ended up dying he would still leaving something behind :)
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BlackroseSariaSan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I think how the Cataclysm occurs is Zero spreads the Wily Virus all over the planet and all the robots Dr. Light invented to help mankind end up running amok and killing every human they come across. Thus Megaman, Protoman, and Bass find themselves in the midst of a planet-wide war and on top of that Zero is hunting them down. So, yeah, NOT THE BEST of situations for our heroes.
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Whoa! Isn't that guy on the ground super powerful or something?
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Sombra-Oscura-De-L Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
simplemente sublime
a zero no le han ello ni un rasguño O.O
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Wonderfull pic!
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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minezero Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
impresionante
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias!
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minezero Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
es uno de los mejores dibujos que eh visto :)
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
De nuevo :thanks:
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Awsome
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TwigKnight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Heh, they're just lucky they're not fighting Awakened Absolute Zero, now that would be one-sided.
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