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Coming to Hate Robots
- For more info, see Xander Payne on the Mega Man Wikia.
Xander Payne was a member of the military who came to defend Mega City when Dr. Wily reprogrammed the original line of Light Robot Masters to serve as his evil minions. Though Mega Man soon arrived to challenge the renegade Robot Masters, Xander was unwilling to wait on the sidelines and charged against Elec Man, only to be grievously injured. As a result he lost his left eye, which doctors-with the consent of Xander's brother Theo Payne-replaced with a cybernetic implant. This traumatic experience left Xander with a violent hatred towards robotics and all who advanced its cause, which led him to join the anti-robot terrorist group known as the Emerald Spears. Xander eventually became the group's leader, and later traveled to the future of his world where he encountered X. This experience led him-upon his imprisonment-to begin sketching various images into the walls of his cell, and to predict a second occurrence of worlds colliding. (AMM; FCBD #9)
Xander's prediction would prove true, and the evil Sigma-a villain from the future he had visited-would fuse Xander's world with that of the hero Sonic the Hedgehog. During this process, the Chemical Plant Zone began to merge with the prison in which Xander had been confined. He then learned that his robotic eye had gained the ability to open Genesis Portals as a result of his recent excursion through time, and used one to escape his confinement. Seeking to thwart the villainous robot, Xander would find Wily and Dr. Eggman on the Lost Hex as they were being pursued by the Deadly Six. Responding to Wily's accusations of Xander wanting to kill him with a firm sense of a destiny that he needed to fulfill, Xander opened another portal to enable them to escape. Xander then brought the pair of doctors to the united group of heroes led by Mega Man, Sonic, and X, who imprisoned the trio. Eggman and Wily objected to the imprisonment, but Xander was content to remain in the cell. He later got into a conversation with Sticks the Badger, voicing views on various secret societies. (MM: #50; SU: #77)
After Sigma sent his Maverick army to attack various worlds, Xander surprised Eggman and Wily by helping them travel directly to the Lost Hex in search of Sigma's Master Engine. He felt that "destiny" was directing him to do this, but remained uncertain as to what exactly his role was to be. He eventually prevented Sigma's reign of terror from ever beginning by using one of his Genesis Portals to stop Sigma from ever traveling back in time, thus undoing every event that had taken place since. Dr. Wily, upon learning that the villainous Mr. X had full knowledge of the conflict, realized that he was in fact a future version of Xander. Eggman also retained some memories of these events, including Xander's actions, though they became sketchy. (MM: #51, #52; StH: #275, #276)
Xander is an obsessed individual, determined to bring about an end to the development of advanced robotics by any means necessary. His travels through time have also given him knowledge of events to come, making him even more unpredictable and dangerous. Furthermore, he seems to have developed a complex regarding a "destiny" that he must fulfill, and this has driven him to the point where he is even willing to work with those who stand for the very "evils of robotics" that he seeks to eradicate.
Xander is a trained soldier with experience in both hand-to-hand and armed combat. His mechanical eye can also create Genesis Portals, making it virtually impossible to keep him imprisoned.
- Xander is a character exclusive to the Archie Mega Man comic series, having been created-along with the Emerald Spears organization-as human villains for the comics. However, he was later combined with Mr. X, a false identity utilized by Dr. Wily in the game Mega Man 6.