- "I'm neither Maverick, nor Rebellion. But if I brought your head to the Rebellion Army, it would fetch a pretty penny!"
- ―Spider encounter in Central Tower, Mega Man X: Command Mission
- "Listen, there isn't really anything complicated about why X decided to make friends with a lowlife bounty hunter like me. It's quite simple, really. Just like why I saved you. 'Cause I felt like it, Zero. That's it."
- ―Spider, upon saving Zero, Mega Man X: Command Mission
Spider (スパイダー Supaidā?) was introduced as an ally in Mega Man X: Command Mission. He uses playing cards as weapons and has a high rate of evasion. Spider apparently was somewhat well known in Giga City before the game took place, as at least one resident may have known him. He may possibly actually be Colonel Redips in disguise; therefore, if this is true, he is the main antagonist of the game.
Spider first appears in Chapter 2, when he is hired by Wild Jango to seek out and assassinate X. When he finds X in the Air City North Square, he engages him in combat, but the battle is interrupted by alarms. Not to be deterred, he returns not long after for a second strike, this time easily getting the upper hand. However, upon seeing the crest of his former comrade Aile in X's possession, he decides to join X and fight against his employer.
He stays with the party until X and the others are trapped by Incentas in Chapter 6, when Spider "sacrifices himself" to allow the others escape. In the final chapter, he reveals himself as being both Spider and the person in charge of the unit at Giga City, Colonel Redips, before using the Supra-Force Metal which he'd already obtained from X to take on an entirely new godlike form. Like Axl, Spider/Redips has the ability to assume multiple forms. This is how he carries on the masquerade of himself as both Spider and Redips as he motions towards the Supra-Force Metal.
Encounter at Central Tower
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In battle, sometimes he can counterattack the enemy without using the Sub Weapon "Vengeful Counter" and also put into defense automatically without being equipped with the Force Metal "Auto Barrier", which is removed at the end the enemy attack.
Spider uses playing cards as weapons, all of which are Shot type weapons that hit a single target.
- Spades: Attacks with Spade. When Spider's Weapon Energy (WE) is at 75% or more, he attacks all enemies with Spread Deal.
- Clubs: Attacks with Club. With the WE at 75% or more, Spider hits an enemy twice with Rush. The Power of Clubs are higher than other card types, but they also have the lowest defense.
- Diamonds: Attacks with Diamond. With WE at 75% or more, the final blow doubles the zenny of a defeated enemy with Jackpot. This card type increases speed more than the other types.
- Hearts: Attacks with Heart. With WE at 75% or more, the final blow doubles the EXP of a defeated enemy with Raise.
- Joker: Randomly produces one of the four special effects from the other card types with any WE amount. Has balanced stats.
|Main Weapon||Power||Armor||Shield||Speed red. *||Obtained at|
|Jack of Spades||15||5||6||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 3)|
|Queen of Spades||21||9||10||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 4)|
|King of Spades||24||12||13||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 5)|
|Ace of Spades||25||13||14||0||Item Box in Gimialla Mine|
|Jack of Clubs||18||1||2||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 3)|
|Queen of Clubs||24||3||4||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 4)|
|King of Clubs||28||5||6||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 5)|
|Ace of Clubs||29||6||7||0||Dropped by Mega Mantor|
|Jack of Diamonds||12||4||5||+10||Spider's starting weapon|
|Queen of Diamonds||17||8||9||+10||Weapon Shop (Chapter 4)|
|King of Diamonds||20||11||12||+10||Steal from Gulpfast|
|Ace of Diamonds||21||12||13||+25||Steal from Silver Mettaur|
|Jack of Hearts||13||10||11||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 4)|
|Queen of Hearts||19||15||16||0||Weapon Shop (Chapter 5)|
|King of Hearts||22||20||21||0||Item Box in Ulfat Factory|
Weapon Shop (Chapter 6)
|Ace of Hearts||23||21||22||0||Item Box in Gimialla Mine|
*Weight values for Spider's weapons aren't shown in-game. The positive values above for Diamonds and Joker increases Spider's speed.
- Redips is Spider spelled backwards. In the instruction booklet, Redips' name is misspelled "Rideps" in all instances, either by accident or to hide the otherwise obvious connection from being deduced by merely reading the book.
- Although the above-mentioned connection between Spider and Redips' names is the official basis for Spider's name, it could also possibly come from the computer playing card mini-game, Spider Solitaire. This could also explain his weapons of choice.
- It's unknown if the real Spider is dead or alive, or even if he existed. However, following Epsilon's defeat, as X heads over to the base heliport to await transportation back home, Marino tells him in her first conversation that she researched the chameleon ability and found out that a long time ago, Spider was at a place that researched copy abilities. It is believed that Spider's DNA was somehow obtained in the occasion.
- One interesting point, and possible subtle hint towards Spider's true identity, may be his Hyper Mode ability, Trickstar. It is exactly the same as Axl's Hyper Stealth Mode, in that it renders him invisible/transparent and nigh invulnerable to attack (except Mini Shark and Mini Rex from D-Shark and D-Rex respectively).
- As Spider is actually Redips, every time Redips contacts X, Spider is absent. In the beginning of Chapter 6, Spider is seen using his copy ability to change form. In addition, Spider had started complaining about taking commands from Chief R, hinting towards being more comfortable being the one in charge, and talking about having "goals of [his] own", back when he and X first entered Tianna Camp to free Resistance POWs - the very first order of business shortly after teaming with X and reclaiming Central Tower for the Resistance.
- A sub-mystery also surrounding the identity of Spider and Redips is as to whether Spider really knew Aile, or just simply fabricated/knew and used the story of their being past bounty hunting partners to earn X's trust in order to join his faction. On one hand, Spider's turn from Rebellion mercenary to Resistance soldier upon seeing Aile's ID seems to indicate some level of camaraderie. On the other hand, he would later betray the very movement that Aile gave his life for simply to advance his own goals of ultimate power. Depending on when and how Redips got the ability to swap between himself and Spider, either conclusion (or perhaps even both) is entirely possible.
- Similar can be said of Wild Jango. In the same chapter in which Aile appears, Jango acknowledges Spider by name, as well as showing he was aware of his work, implying the two had a history prior to the events of the game.
- It is also possible that the Spider that defended X from the Preons was, in fact, the real Spider, and that Colonel Redips replaced him in the fight against Wild Jango. This would explain that Spider was in fact real, but he died trying to protect X, and it would also explain why Wild Jango is rematched at the Far East HQ .
- Alternatively, at least in the English version, Spider never says Aile's name until after Chief R says it, after Jango is defeated.
- Lastly: upon entering chapter 2, the cutscene that plays has 'Spider' give a minor Freudian Slip of saying he has his own goals. This line, and the awkward recovery that follows implies that this is Redips in disguise at this point.
- Spider shares some similarities with Dynamo from Mega Man X5 and X6
- Both of them were Bounty Hunters with their own goals that worked for their debut game's main antagonists up to some point in the story.
- Both share a similar armor color palette.
- Both of them use gangster slang.
- Both of them dissapear at some point in their debut games leaving their final fates as complete misteries.
|Mega Man X: Command Mission|
|Mega Man X • Zero • Axl • Steel Massimo • Marino • Cinnamon • Spider|
|Chief R • Nana • Aile • Professor Gaudile|
|Epsilon • Botos • Ferham • Scarface • Wild Jango • Silver Horn • Dr. Psyche • Mach Jentra • Incentas|
| Hippopressor • Shadow • Depth Dragoon • Colonel Redips • Great Redips |
Duckbill Mole • Rafflesian • Tails Clan • Ninetails
| Giga City • Lagrano Ruins • Central Tower • Tianna Camp • Gaudile Laboratory • Ulfat Factory • Gimialla Mine |
Vanallia Desert • Melda Ore Plant • Grave Ruins Base • Far East HQ • Babel
|Action Trigger • Hyper Mode •Final Strike • Force Metal • Deployment Center • Sky Room • Enemies • Item Box • Items|