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"Are you a thief or something? You can't just take what you want that easily. Go home, kid. Otherwise I'll call the Maverick Hunter."
―Spike Rosered, Mega Man X5

Spike Rosered (スパイク・ローズレッド Supaiku Rōzureddo), also known as Axle the Red,[2] is a rose-based Reploid from Mega Man X5.

Rosered originated from a very rare and mysterious mutation between a Reploid, the nature control unit of a Ukrainian jungle, and the Sigma Virus. As the process and cause of this mutation could not be determined, it was believed that this strange evolution could create a threat more serious than the virus itself. So Rosered hid himself away in an abandoned military base in the jungle where he at some point in time obtained an Orbiter Engine needed for the Maverick Hunters' Space Shuttle. When the Maverick Hunters encountered him while searching for the Orbiter Engine, he resisted, stating that they would need to fight him to obtain it and that he doesn't care what happens to Earth as he would be able to steal anything he wants during the panic. Rosebud also expressed disapproval of the Hunters' methods, citing the Repliforce incident from Mega Man X4 when playing as Zero.

Axle tanggled

X tangled by Spike Rosered's Vine

Strategy

Spike Rosered tends to use his spiked-whip and spike ball weapons most often. If he catches the players character with his whip, he will drain their life energy. Though, he shouldn't be too difficult to fight, even with his clone activated. As a plant-based Maverick, he is weak to Burn Dinorex's fire weapons, Ground Fire and Quake Blazer. If the player defeats him, X will gain his Spike Ball and Zero will learn the Twin Dream ability.

Data

Stage Enemies

Powers and Abilities

  • Spike Rope:
  • Rose Whip:
  • Rose Cutter:

Dialogues

When playing as X

Spike Rosered: What do you want with me?

X: Nothing. I just want the Orbiter Engine.

Spike Rosered: Are you a thief or something? You can't just take what you want that easily. Go home, kid. Otherwise I'll call the Maverick Hunter.

X: Do as you wish. Now. Tell me where the Engine is!

Spike Rosered: I told you. You can't get it so easily. You'll have to fight me for it.

X: If that is the easiest way to persuade you, so be it.

Spike Rosered: Hey... You'd better watch your mouth... I'll do whatever it takes to win! Let the battle begin!

Spike Rosered: Hey! Did you hear that?! They say the Earth will be completely destroyed! Everyone is in a panic, I assume, and... Wait... That means we can steal anything we want, doesn't it?

X: What a pathetic thief you are! Is that all you care about?!

Spike Rosered: Hey, we can work together and split the rewards. Or do you want to fight me? If so, I'll treat you... It'll be fun, because you look strong... If you lose, you'll be my servant! Now, let's fight!

When playing as Zero

Spike Rosered: Are you the one they call Zero?

Zero: That's no concern of yours. Just give me the Orbiter Engine.

Spike Rosered: So, what they say about Maverick Hunters is true: Extremely pushy and threatening. They will terminate you if you stand in their way...

Zero: Hey, I don't care what you think or what you heard, but we only retire Mavericks.

Spike Rosered: Mavericks, huh...? And it's up to you who gets put in that category... I heard you accused the members of the Reploid Air Force of being Mavericks... What are Mavericks, anyway...?

Zero: Wait a minute, that's not true...!

Spike Rosered: I'll show you exactly what people think when they get retired...!

Spike Rosered: Excuse me, but... Are you the one they call Zero?

Zero: You don't need to know.

Spike Rosered: You are a Maverick Hunter, right? Tell me what will happen to the Earth! It seems the Earth is in very serious trouble.

Zero: ............

Spike Rosered: When you die, you will meet all of the Reploids you have retired. Then you will know what they felt when they were retired... What you did to them... In fact, I'm going to expedite your journey... and show you myself... Prepare to be retired, Hunter!

Other Media

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Spike Rosered in Worlds Unite

Archie Comics

Spike Rosered appears in Worlds Unite as part of Sigma-1's army of Mavericks, who briefly menace the crew of the Sky Patrol before dispersing to various worlds to set up their master's Unity Engines.

Rockman X5 (manhua)

Spike Rosered appeared in the Rockman X5 manga.

Gallery

Artwork

Sprites

Production Notes

Developer Comments
"His rose motif was decided early on. I had a nasty thought that, being a rose, he'd probably be a flashy/conceited jerk, so I modeled him on the Kakyoin in me. (grin) [Note: It might refer to the character Noriaki Kakyoin from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.] With the idea for Zero's learned skill pretty much undecided, it was a tough job. I get the feeling the Twin Vision was the last skill to be decided upon."[3][4]

Designer Comments
"At any rate, since he's a rose, I tried not designing him simply in that object's form, but forming his silhouette so that when he spreads his arms, he gives an overall physical impression of a "flowerpot rose." By the way, I found out in researching roses that they come in a whole variety of shapes and colors."[3][4]

Trivia

  • In the original American release, Spike Rosered was renamed as Axle the Red after Axl Rose, the lead singer of the rock band Guns N' Roses.[5] It served well the facts that Axle the Red is based on a rose, and there are guns (actually cannons) and roses in the background of his stage.
  • The name of his stage theme, "Into the Jungle!", may possibly be a reference to the Guns N' Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle".
  • In terms of ability, he's like Split Mushroom before him, who in turn is like Gemini Man from the original Mega Man series.
  • Despite being named Axle the Red, he is colored mostly green. The red part of his name may be linked to his rose theme.
  • In English releases, Spike Rosered's original American name and Metal Shark Player are the only Mavericks with three-word names.
  • Spike Rosered's sprites seem to have been reversed in the game as his leg covered by vines is the right one on the artwork but the left one on the sprites. Another change from artwork to sprites is that his petals seem to be dehydrated and about to fall while in the game.
  • In the prototype version of Mega Man X5, Split Mushroom can be fought in Spike Rosered's stage; this can only be accessed through the use of a GameShark code.[6]
  • In the Rockman X5 manhua (as seen in the above picture), Spike Rosered has sharp teeth (probably usually covered by his mouth plate).

References

  1. Mega Man X Official Complete Works, UDON Entertainment Corp. 2009. pg.51. Retrieved on March 31, 2012.
  2. Mega Man X5 PlayStation release and Mega Man X Collection
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rockman Elysium: Production notes about the cast of X5
  4. 4.0 4.1 Capcom Community: X5 Developer/Designer Note translations
  5. Protodude's Rockman Corner: Alyson Court Talks Mega Man X5 Guns N' Roses References
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqN1_Tv6eXU Rockman X5/Megaman X5 Prototype Unused Stages