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First Appearance: Devil May Cry (PlayStation 2)
Hardly the most famous character from Devil May Cry, Trish filled her role as sexy, mysterious bad girl with a heart of gold well. She’s pretty adept at fighting demons, whether using a wide array of weapons or her strange, lightning-based powers. Sure, there are some minor oedipal issues when she works with DMC hero Dante since Trish looks exactly like his mother, and that’s further complicated when you find out she was created by an arch demon as a trap for Dante. In the end Trish turned on her master and saved the day, and MvC3 is the most exposure Trish has seen since the first DMC nearly a decade ago
First Appearance: Mega Man Legends (PlayStation)
Creator of the super-cute Servbots, Tron Bonne is a techo whiz who uses her Gustaff fighting suit to slam, drill and explode enemies into submission. She’s been drastically retooled when compared to her MvC2 incarnation, as evidenced by our hands-on time with Seth Killian, so this once throwaway character may finally have a chance to do some damage. As for Tron as a character, she rides the line between hero and antagonist, often impeding Mega Man Volnutt while harboring a secret crush on him. She’s also starred in her very own PS1 game, “The Misadventures of Tron Bonne.”
First Appearance: Viewtiful Joe (Gamecube)
Created as a loving tribute to Japanese super heroes of old (think Power Rangers), Viewtiful Joe is a fitting choice to battle Marvel’s heroes. When mild-mannered Joe says, “Henshin a-go-go,” he transforms into the colorful hero Viewtiful Joe, star of serialized adventures. His gaming fame began he searched for his girlfriend Silvia after she was pulled into the movie screen during a classic Captain Blue adventure. Along with fighting and boomerang-throwing prowess, Joe’s powers focus on making his fights more cinematic by slowing down or speeding up the film, or zooming in to make things explode. Continually protecting the world from cliché movie villains and giant robots, Joe takes this responsibility seriously… most of the time.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #180
James Howlett hasn’t had an easy life since he discovered his gifts of quick healing and bone claws that popped out between his knuckles. A scrapper with a sense of morality he often ignores, Logan (as he preferred to be called) became such a skilled military operative that he eventually took part in an experiment called Weapon X, which bonded indestructible adamantium to his bones and claws, solidifying his position as Marvel’s toughest SOB. Eventually he wound up with the X-Men and softened some after accepting Prof. Xavier’s dream of human/mutant equality, but that doesn’t mean he’s above popping a claw in someone’s face from time to time.
First Appearance: NYX #3
Technically she first appeared in the early 2000s animated series X-Men: Evolution, and once she came to the print Marvel Universe, X-23 needed to prove she isn’t just “Wolverine-Girl,” which is tough given that she’s literally a clone of Wolverine. After escaping the government facility that spawned her, X-23 lived on the mean streets until she joined up with the X-Men, and currently she operates as part of the black ops X-Force team. Though not as battle hardened as Wolvie, her array of powers are basically the same as Logan, though only her claws have adamantium coating, not her bones. Though she does have a claw on each foot, so, you know… that’s something…
First Appearance: Mega Man X (SNES)
Prerequisites for being any Mega Man rival are edginess and wearing a lot of red, something Zero pulls off spectacularly. A Maverick Hunter just like his friend X, Zero is Mega Man X’s equivalent to Proto Man, but with an added ponytail. More aggressive than X, Zero prefers to get in close with his lightsaber-ish weapon, and when he became a fully-playable option in Mega Man X4, he challenged players in their second playthrough, having to face enemies in a very different way than X would. Suffering from videogame amnesia - not to mention being destroyed and rebuilt more than once - he eventually learns that he was built by Dr. Wily a century earlier, but he rejects the evil purpose for which he was created, and fights for peace by destroying evil robots, despite the cold, anti-hero exterior he projects.
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