Possible Star Wars References In Megaman X?
After playing the Megaman X all over again (out of boredom), I just want to share these tidbits of possible Star Wars references. Here are they.
The most obvious one is Vile. Vile's name in Japan is VAVA so I guess like the whole Mike Bison/M. Bison controversy, they decided to rename him as Vile for the American audiences. The design is obvious: Vile is based on Boba Fett of Star Wars. As a character, he can be viewed as an evil version of Protoman or a combined version of Protoman and the Darkman Robot. Like Protoman, he's a defective unit that Sigma recruited as a lapdog.
Sigma may have some similarities with the famous Star Wars villain namely Emperor Palpatine or Darth Sidious. Before the rebellion, he appeared as a respected public figure then he later becomes known as a bloodthirsty tyrant. He wields a lightsaber similar to that of Star Wars (and Zero would later be known for wielding a lightsaber as well). In Megaman X4, he appears as a mysterious cloaked figure like Darth Sidious. He manipulates the Repliforce into creating a weapon he could use to destroy Earth. Doesn't that remind you of the Death Star from Star Wars? Plus, his obsession with drawing Zero to serve him is similar to Palpatine's obsession to let Luke Skywalker join the dark side.