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"Gahahahah! Welcome to my silly, silly stage! Here goes nothing, yah! Bo-woing! Gahahahah!"
―Tornado Tonion, Mega Man X7

Tornado Tonion, known as Tornado Debonian (トルネード・デボニオン Torunēdo Debonion?) in Japan, is a Maverick from Mega Man X7. He wreaked havoc in a Radio Tower; broadcasting silly, annoying messages across the airwaves. Modeled after an onion, Tonion is one of the few Mavericks that is not based off an animal. In the English ports of X7, he has somewhat of a German accent, albeit high pitched.

Interestingly, he is one of three members of Red Alert who is fully aware that "the Professor" is manipulating them (the others being Red and Soldier Stonekong), and one of only two members who regret being used and actually requests that X kill him (the other being Red).

Strategy

Tonion's attack pattern is changed depend on how much life he has: in the first, he will attack the player with Tornado Dance and Circle, and after taking enough damage, he will switch to using Wiper, Wall and Storm. His protective plates can deflect most attacks, but after absorbing enough damage they will break. However, this is temporary as he can regenerate them quickly. Tonion also lowers or removes his plates to perform his own attacks, leaving himself vulnerable.

Tonion can perform the following attacks:

  • Tornado Dance: Tonion "blooms" and spins towards the player surrounded by a spiral of electricity. This attack can cause serious damage if the player gets caught by its electrified edge. As Tonion lowers his protective plates to perform this maneuver, he is completely open to attack.
  • Circle: After using Tornado Dance three times, Tonion moves to the center of the arena, blooms, and spins, stretching his plates out periodically sweeping almost half of the arena. Easily dodged by simply moving back out of the way.
  • Wall: Once Tonion's life is depleted to half or lower, he will switch to spinning around, using his body plates as a moving wall that advances towards the player. Leap over them and attack while he's vulnerable before his plates regenerate.
  • Wiper: Tonion removes his plates, lays them out in a line and uses them to sweep the arena. The line can be laid at varying heights, so one must try and use the plates shadows to determine when they need to be jumped over.
  • Storm: As Tonion moves around his plates will remain. If the player stands too close to him, he will stop and create a tornado around himself.

His weaknesses are the Gaea Shield and Gokumonken. Although the Gaea Shield is fairly easy to use, the amount of damage it inflicts with a single hit is extremely low, making it a very ineffective attack. With practice, using Zero to attack at close-range with his Gokumonken can work out very well. This not only knocks Tonion back, but also inflicts heavy damage on him. The ideal moments to use Gokumonken are when Tonion performs his Tornado Dance and his Wall maneuvers.

Data

Stage Enemies

In-battle quotes

  • "Around and around!"
  • "Ahh!" (when hurt)
  • "I make wall, yah?"
  • "Here I go!"
  • "It's so good!"
  • "I whip your butt!"
  • "You didn't like it!" (Death cry.)

Dialogues

Tornado Tonion: You be X, hmm? I ask you favor, yes? Stop us...Stop Red, please, yah?

X: What?!

Tornado Tonion: It professor...professor redesign us... We no longer...

X: Professor?! Who the heck is that?

Tornado Tonion: We no control, yah? Can't stop, none of us. Please, please, save us... We becoming something else!

Tornado Tonion: Gahahahah! Welcome to my silly, silly stage! Here goes nothing, yah! Bo-woing! Gahahahah!

Zero: ...

Tornado Tonion: What? No funny?? But I try so hard, so hard! OK, try again, yah!

Zero: OK, I get the picture. Let's get this over with.

Tornado Tonion: Ooh!

Tornado Tonion: Gahahah! Axl, you grow up handsome boy, yah! But I grow up handsomer boy, a-hah! Bo-woing! Gahahahah!

Axl: Heheh... You haven't changed a bit, buddy!

Tornado Tonion: So, you come up Electric Tower to stop broadcast of my groovy dance, hmm?

Axl: Yup. If Red saw it, he'd get mad and smash the monitor, anyway.

Tornado Tonion: Ooh!

Gallery

Trivia

  • Interestingly, Tornado Tonion appears to have a pointy, red nose in the official artwork that is not visible in his in-game 3D model.
  • Tornado Tonion is the only Maverick from X7 that didn't appear in the last issue of the Dreamwave Mega Man comic book.

References

  • Sepelak, Greg (2003). Mega Man X7 Official Strategy Guide. pg.43. BradyGAMES Publishing. (For HP and attack names.)


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