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"I don't care who this Rebellion Army is. All I know is I'm not gonna stand by while they steal stuff I could be stealing!"
―Marino, when joining the party, Mega Man X: Command Mission

Marino (マリノ Marino?) is a female Reploid encountered by X in the Giga City region, at Gaudile's laboratory. Marino prides herself a thief, akin to Robin Hood and sought to steal Professor Gaudile's new technology from him.

She specializes in targeting trade secrets, such as new information, inventions and data on the latest developments in curing modern illnesses (including the Sigma Virus). Marino then spreads the acquired information throughout the world without seeking compensation.

History

First appearing in Chapter 4, Marino uses X's group's entry as a cover to intrude unseen into Gaudile's laboratory, where she discovers Cinnamon. The two quickly form a bond, as Marino realizes she must take Cinnamon with her, especially if she is to make off with the new technology she is after. During her escape, Dr. Psyche soon finds them and she ends up nearly killed by his Preon companions. While Marino survives thanks to Cinnamon's healing ability, she falls unconscious until X rouses her. She decides to join forces with X to get Cinnamon back. After the party defeats Dr. Psyche, Cinnamon encourages Marino to join X's group with her.

At the start of the final chapter, before heading up to the Heliport to await the transport that Colonel Redips had arranged to ferry X, Zero, and Axl back to base, Marino mentions that she's going to try a more legitimate lifestyle, though she does admit to maybe just stealing on the weekends. When Redips later exposes himself to be a Maverick and frames X and his friends, she compares his actions to that of a corrupt corporate executive: "That's the way suits operate. Once you're no longer useful, they toss you out like so much garbage."

Weaponry

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Marino with the Beam Sword in one of the Sky Room posters.

In battle, Marino fights like a ninja, or more specifically, the kunoichi. She utilizes a pair of Beam Knives initially, which she draws with lightning speed (moderate hit radio). Later on, she can be equipped with elementally themed bō shurikens and even a laser-bladed Chakram, with which she shows off her martial arts prowess and performs a 1-2-3 combo of slashes and a high-kick. She is the only playable character in the game able to equip either a shot or combat type main weapon, while others are limited to one type. Her equipped weapon is held to her back by a holder/sheathe Mechaniloid called Hayohn (ハヨーン?), which floats close to her. Also, she has a visor with some kind of sensor attached to her helmet that can be pulled down over her eyes.

Marino's weapons:

  • Beam Knife: Marino's starting weapon, a pair of small laser knives that she uses to attack with Two Strike.
  • Beam Blade: A pair of short laser swords with straight blade (similar to a Ninjatō) that attack with Two Strike.
  • Beam Sword: A pair of short swords that attack with Two Strike.
  • Beam Chakram: A pair of laser chakrams that Marino uses to attack with Three Strike.
  • Beam Wonder / Beam Miracle: Both weapons are a pair of blue laser blades shaped like a question mark that Marino uses to attack at close range. Beam Wonder attacks with More Learning, and boosts the amount of EXP obtained from the enemy if it gives the final blow, while Beam Miracle attacks with A Little Rich and the final blow boosts the Zenny obtained.
  • Beam Dagger: A pair of laser daggers with two blades that attacks with Eye Closer, which may cause Blind status to the target.
  • Vengeful Needles: A pair of hand-held fans that attack with "Sweet revenge!", causing the same amount of damage Marino received before her attack. If she isn't attacked before her attack, no damage is inflicted. The damage received can be accumulated by not attacking with the weapon, inflicting more damage when used in her turn. The damage is lost if she is defeated. In the Japanese version of the game, this weapon is originally named Revenge Harisen, and instead of using Kunai, Marino uses a Harisen (Paper Fan) in a combat fashion (instead of projectile) with the same system.
  • Fire/Ice/Thunder Star: Elemental bō shurikens that Marino uses to attack with Triple Arrow, throwing three of them at one enemy.
  • Fire/Ice/Thunder Comet: Same as the Fire/Ice/Thunder Star, but Marino attacks with Quintuple Arrow, throwing five shurikens at the enemy instead of three.
  • Fire/Ice/Thunder Stella: Same as the Fire/Ice/Thunder Star, but Marino attacks with Arrow Barrage, throwing one shuriken at each enemy present.
Main Weapon Power Armor Shield Weight Additional stats
Beam Knife1091062-hit attack.
Beam Chakram112343-hit attack.
Beam Chakram S224643-hit attack.
Beam Wonder26131311Final blow boosts EXP.
NOTE: Final blow doubles the EXP of a defeated enemy.
Beam Wonder S50161713Final blow boosts EXP.
NOTE: Final blow doubles the EXP of a defeated enemy.
Beam Miracle35151613Final blow boosts Zenny.
NOTE: Final blow doubles the Zenny of a defeated enemy.
Beam Miracle S72202115Final blow boosts Zenny.
NOTE: Final blow doubles the Zenny of a defeated enemy.
Beam Blade24131482-hit attack.
Beam Blade S461819142-hit attack.
Beam Dagger4217187Can cause Blind status to the target.
Beam Sword622325182-hit attack.
Vengeful Needles0303030Causes damage equal to that received.
NOTE: Never misses.
Fire Star301012123-hit Fire attack.
Ice Star301012123-hit Water attack.
Thunder Star301012123-hit Thunder attack.
Fire Comet781416165-hit Fire attack.
Ice Comet781416165-hit Water attack.
Thunder Comet781416165-hit Thunder attack.
Fire Stella60121414Fire attack to all enemies.
Ice Stella60121414Water attack to all enemies.
Thunder Stella60121414Thunder attack to all enemies.

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Trivia

  • Inspirations for this character are a mix of the popular female ninja (above mentioned kunoichi) and the female thief character archetype which emerges in several Japanese video game, manga, and animation characters, Rouge the Bat for example. This could explain why Marino's garb consists of Go-go boots and not sandals and tabi socks, like a more traditional ninja; and to also better fit the Mega Man X character style.
  • After her introduction chapter, Marino never appears in any following cutscenes, only in dialogue exchanges.
  • One of her early designs resembles a character style from the Mega Man Zero and ZX series.
  • Marino is a male given name (meaning "man of the sea" or "son of Mario").
  • Her theme song is played during Rafflesian's boss battle.

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