Apparent Age: Early 20's
Weight: 130 lb.
Occupation: GUTS Personnel Chief (GUTS Field Commander)
GUTS Corporation supplied Penthouse in the Downtown area
Yuuki Hitagawa is characterized by a bright and hopeful personality. He tends to be friendly towards anyone; even perfect strangers. For a time, he did come across as a little gullible since he expected the best out of people. Though he has matured some in this degree, he still puts forth a positive attitude when possible. Typically, he comes across as rather calm and collected but can get fired up when something that particularly excites his interests is occurring.
Yuuki possesses a fondness for music that developed very early after his activation. He finds it to be the ultimate art that humanity has created and tends to enjoy any kind of music regardless of its genre or composition. The boy has latched onto the violin and rapidly begun learning various pieces for it in the hopes that he too can take part in this act of art. Due to the nature of his existence, Yuuki is quite intelligent. Though this is simply natural to him, the Reploid tries to be rather humble with the fact to avoid upsetting others or presenting himself as superior.
Initially, at his heart, Yuuki was an out and out pacifist; choosing to always deny conflict himself. He saw no reason for conflict to exist in the world and truly believed that most disputes between people could be more easily solved through proper dialogue or non-violent means. That being said, the Reploid still saw the need for force. He accepted that there will always be those who refuse all other options and must have their force met with equal in kind to prevent innocents from behind harmed.
Though this edge has been taken off in the wake of the Link Joker Incident, his philosophy relaxed, Yuuki still seeks for a world of peace where everyone can get along but accepts that action must be taken until that day arrives. While he might favor pacifism, Yuuki does not, in turn, look down on those fighting to protect and defend.
Yuuki Hitagawa's story begins with a single act of kindness; a wish.
He is, in fact, the present day realization of one of Hyakuji High's greatest past enemies: the Machine King. During their final confrontation, led by Yuzuki Saito, the majority of those present wished for a timeline wherein they might have a chance to meet the Machine King again under different circumstances so that they could become friends.
In the weeks that followed the city returning to normal, Principal Ayumi Hitagawa had the original revelation of the design plans for the Machine King. However, with the experiences of meeting the original and the ruined future his Empire created, the Principal was able to design a new version righting the flaws in the previous design while also fulfilling the wish made to the Time Stones. The end result is a new advanced form of machine known only as a Reploid that is almost indistinguishable from a normal human. Installed with the GEMINI conscious circuit, Yuuki Hitagawa was made to experience the full range of human emotions as well as possessing a sense of right and wrong.
Having already thoroughly tested the new design, Yuuki Hitagawa's "birth" as it were went off without a hitch and the initial activation saw no problems. Instilled initially with as much data as possible about Hyakuji and the greater world it resides in, despite only just being "born" Yuuki acted much more like a normal person befitting his apparent age. He spent his first few weeks mostly confined inside the Neo-Photon Lab both as a means of learning further about the world and as a final failsafe test in case any of Ayumi's theories had been wrong.
During this time, Yuuki developed a strong desire to assist those working within the lab itself; to the point that he requested subtle modifications so he might operate as a lab assistant for them. Ayumi was more than happy to comply with her creation's first true choice of a direction in life. He also developed a fondness for music, viewing it as the most sincere form of human expression, and quickly took towards learning to play the violin; his first true and greatly enjoyed hobby.
However, she knew that these more peaceful days could not last. There was a final step towards fulfilling the wish made to the Time Stones. With no knowledge of his original version nor the hideous acts he committed, Yuuki remained blissfully unaware of any negative perceptions others might have towards him. Yet, Ayumi feared for how his interactions throughout the school might go.
Even so, knowing what must be done, Yuuki's restriction to the Lab was undone and the Reploid was formally enrolled in Hyakuji High School. Having been designed to look like a teenager himself, Yuuki was more than eager to go to school so that he might meet others like him and make friends. A long road, mostly unknown to the boy, stood before Yuuki Hitagawa. A road that follows the path of bridging the mistakes of a past-future that no longer existsed and the belief that anyone is worthy of a second chance.
Still, while Yuuki's eager spirit had embraced the idea of life at Hyakuji High School, his creator feared for the future. The school's reputation was known all too well. While a pacifist at heart, Ayumi knew that one day her masterwork would be forced into facing conflict and having to come to personal terms on what he should use his potential for. And that day was not far off. As conflict swept across the school once more, it became clear that despite his insistence for peaceful resolutions, the Reploid would need some means of self-defense.
Picking up an old shelved project that she had once been a part of, the Principal completed the M.E.G.A. System realized through a small palm sized device known as a Livemetal. Through a combination of various technologies, this small device would allow a suit of battle armor to materialize around the user. Its original inception was through a think-tank for the hopes of one day perhaps giving super power abilities to anyone regardless of origin such that it might help in any number of situations.
However, as various military contractors around the globe began taking a vested interest in the concept of using Livemetals as a cutting edge all-purpose weapons platform the group disbanded and canceled the project fearing how it might get out of hand under the wrong supervision. Confident that Yuuki would have the reason to use such a tool properly, Ayumi completed the prototype Livemetal X and later Livemetal Z to further interact with the unique features capable by the M.E.G.A. System.
Using the power of the Livemetals, Yuuki reluctantly fought as an armored hero to protect his hometown and school. However, in the face of Link Joker's invasion of Earth the Reploid was forced to come face to face with the reality of his existence. Falling to the power of the Black Rings, Yuuki's Reversed personality brought about a return in a sense of the Machine King. Though the incident was ultimately resolved and Yuuki was freed by his fellow schoolmates, the notion that his peaceful heart could harbor such feelings led to the Reploid confronting his creator.
Reluctantly, Principal Hitagawa revealed to Yuuki the full story behind his creation. Though burdened by the truth, Yuuki ultimately decided it was not a matter worth dwelling over. If nothing else, the incident of the Black Rings had taught the Reploid who he truly felt he was and what he wanted to do with his existence. At his request, Ayumi created the Reploid an upgraded and older looking body. Along with the graduating class that semester, Yuuki graduated as well with the understanding that as a machine his time at the school had been a formality more than anything.
So it was that Yuuki desired to put his talents towards achieving the goal he felt most important: protecting humanity from danger. With the emergence of SERAPH and the Joint Campus Project, it seemed like the Reploid might have any numbers of opportunities to do just that. However, with Principal Hitagawa's focus shifted more and more to the dealings of coordinating Hyakuji High's involvement with the campus project, Yuuki had another idea in mind.
For some time, his creator had been involved with another emerging organization which her Neo-Photon Lab had been working with closely: the GUTS Corporation. Founded by the wealthy but enigmatic billionaire known worldwide as Klein Sandman, the GUTS Corporation rapidly began to show its presence on the world stage. Publically, they were a multi-platform corporation with dealings in various fields. However, their primary interest seemed to be in construction.
Rapidly across the intervening months of its founding, the GUTS Corporation established branches in many major cities across the world unsurprisingly favoring locations with schools that were a part of the Joint Campus Project. Primarily, the company seemed to work solely on a PR basis hosting conventions or other special events in cities that it favored or even funding the building of parks or other areas for the betterment of the people. Furthermore, when collateral damage did happen to occur, through a variety of grants and investor funding the GUTS Corporation was able to offer the best deal possible with regards to repairing a city. In this way, and bereft of any scandals, the company had quickly gained favor with the public worldwide.
However, Yuuki Hitagawa by way of his creator was privileged to the truth of this company. While their public works were true and sincerely done because it was the desire of its CEO, their true goal was something greater. In such the way that there existed those organizations around the world for combatting threats of a certain order, supernatural for example, or how SERAPH existed as a general force for good in the world, the GUTS Corporation concerned itself with working towards a means of combatting large scale threats and consequently minimizing such incidents impact on the world at large.
While major locations around the world tended to have the use of giant robots or similar machines well regulated, such as the Neo-Photon Lab in Japan, there were less fortunate areas that could easily be left at the mercy of such a rampage. Furthermore, the invasion of Link Joker had altered the world's perception of just how endangered the Earth could become. For all purposes, it had been like an alien invasion. It had seemed that Kelin Sandman's desire was to prepare a force to protect humanity from such an invasion before having the battle reach the planet itself.
But such threats were currently quite rare, yet Yuuki recognized their importance. Having been a lab assistant to his creator since his existence he knew about as much as the wise inventor herself when it came to the matter of machines. Thus, to spare Ayumi the split focus, Yuuki joined the GUTS Corporation acting as a liaison in her stead. However, in their midst, he quickly found himself noticed for his skill and determination rising to the rank of Field Commander.
In essence, the Reploid called all the shots for any operation undertaken by the corporation deferring only to Klein Sandman himself if the CEO happened to veto a decision. Though publically, his role was kept marginalized to downplay focus. To the world at large, Yuuki is simply one of many Personnel Chiefs typically assigned to a location and then handle the matter of hiring staff. Due to his nature as a Reploid and the power of the Livemetals, he tends to also double as a bodyguard for VIP's within the company as well.
In the intervening months, the Reploid fell into a proper routine with his job. With the establishment of Senki Academy on the island of Kaneshima, it too became a location of interest for the GUTS Corporation. Due to it being located in Japan, it was decided that Yuuki would be transferred there for the time being given its close proximity to his home.
Happy for this return, the Reploid continued diligently in his task to assist the founding of another branch for the GUTS Corporation. Deep down, he knew he had found the place where he most belonged. Though they did have a focus towards combatting threats, they also just as equally made a push for developing the cities they were based in as well as rebuilding after a tragedy. For Yuuki, he could see no better cause to support.
However, he also knew that such peaceful times as he had been enjoying could only last so long. Much of the GUTS Corporation and consequently his own actions amounted to little more than preparation for days that may or may not come. There was no way to know whether they would truly be ready though until that day came.
Still, Yuuki Hitagawa remained determined to press on working towards, and ultimately if he must fighting for, a better tomorrow.
Powers and Abilities:
For all purposes, Yuuki is essentially indistinguishable from a regular human in any naturally observable way. This new design has been dubbed Reploid (merging Replica, implying of a human, and Android). The design is so advanced that Reploids could even be said to have their own Cyber DNA of a sorts and a spark to their existence comparable to what some consider a soul; dubbed DNA Soul.
The end result of Hyakuji's wish that the Machine King meet them again, in their new timeline and become friends, Yuuki was born from a revelation held by his creator: Hyakuji Principal Ayumi Hitagawa. However, building beyond the original designs with the knowledge gained from their experiences in the Machine Empire's future, Ayumi made several critical changes to avoid the same result.
These included designing a body on par with the other students at the school, instilling no hard-coded purpose in his system beyond simply living his life and finally developing and installing an advanced conscious circuit dubbed GEMINI. GEMINI would allow Yuuki, and other Reploids like him, to experience the full range of human emotions as well as a natural grasp towards right and wrong.
Despite being perhaps one of the most advanced androids created thus far, Yuuki Hitagawa was not designed at his base to be built for combat. As an advanced Reploid, Yuuki has a genius-level intellect and is able to interface with other machines and technology with ease so long as a direct connection can be made.
The combination of these two elements made him both the perfect lab assistant to his creator. Further to this point, a variety of programs and sub-systems have been installed to allow him to more easily fulfill his duties. Beyond this, his physical capability essentially mirror a human of his age in peak condition.
The Meta-Encapsulated Granule Awareness (M.E.G.A.) System is an advanced weapons platform developed by Ayumi Hitagawa and a think tank of her peers gathered from the Neo-Photon Lab and around the world. The project was designed as a means to envision the strengths of the Machine Empire that the Principal had encountered in the future without having such potential bound in a corruptible system. Unlike creating a powerful android, the M.E.G.A. System would allow any user to gain the super-normal abilities of such a machine as a means to protect and defend others. The key to the System relied on a small but radically advanced device known as a Livemetal.
Livemetals are small, blocky mechanical artifacts which can be held by a single hand. However, Livemetals are no ordinary technology as each of them houses the combat-capable design of an android. Livemetals are generally designed to resemble the form of the plan sealed within, making them easy to recognize. Livemetals are also distinguished by a protruding round plate on the front with a pair of horizontal lights for eyes, giving it the appearance of a face.
However, as the tool of the advanced weapons platform known as the M.E.G.A. System, Livemetals are better known for their ability to merge with a person, giving him/her incredible power. This ability is called R.O.C.K. (Rebirth of Crystallized Knowledge) ON and it works for all sentient beings of any form.
During R.O.C.K. ON the Livemetal, through the use of nanomachines, becomes the user's living armor and gives its user the abilities of the data stored within; transforming them into a Mega Man. Livemetals are generally referred to using an initial and generally titled as Mega Man Model _ (Model initial here) during R.O.C.K. ON. Typically, a Livemetal is locked to a single user at its creation or point of first use. This prevents rampant misuse of the system should a Livemetal fall into the wrong hands. Dissatisfied with the interests of the others involved and the lengths they were willing to take it beyond its well meaning inception, Ayumi Hitagawa canceled the project and retained all the data personally to safeguard the System.
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Mega Man Model X is the form Yuuki Hitagawa achieves by activating R.O.C.K. ON with Livemetal X. When in this form, the user gains access to the X-Buster, a powerful projectile weapon that fires energy shots. It can also be charged up to three levels, the first being a slightly stronger shot (1 post of charging), the second level being a fully charged shot that has smaller energy torrents surrounding the main energy shot to increase range (2 posts of charging) and the last level shoots two fully charged shots in succession (3 posts of charging).
While the X-Buster is the primary weapon, Model X carries with it the standard benefits of all Livemetals encapsulating superhuman level strength, agility and durability making a capable fighter out of even the inexperienced. However, being equipped with no other weapons or armaments means that ranged combat is specifically its forte.
Livemetal X also possesses a special ability known as DOUBLE R.O.C.K. ON.
Due to its design compatibility with other Livemetals, it has the potential to fuse with the other Livemetals to enhance their fighting powers in a combined form. This is a unique ability coded specifically into Livemetal X by Ayumi Hitagawa in secret so that only Yuuki may access it and its potential cannot be abused by others.
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Mega Man Model ZX is the result of Yuuki Hitagawa activating DOUBLE R.O.C.K. ON between Livemetal X and Livemetal Z he obtained from Principal Hitagawa as a result of his determination to fight for the protection of Hyakuji and its school.
When merged with Model X, the user dons a costume more similar to Model Z's intended form. The helmet is slightly larger and more streamlined. Like all DOUBLE R.O.C.K. ON forms, the helmet features an arrow-shaped crystal that stretches from the crest to the back of the head and is colored green. The user also grows synthetic blond hair hearkening back to the original android plans that are stored within Livemetal Z.
Model ZX's weapons are the ZX-Buster and the ZX-Saber, a combination of the signature weapons held within Livemetal X and Z respectively. However, rather than two separate weapons, the ZX-Buster (capable of the same three-stage charging as the X-Buster) and ZX-Saber freely switch forms on the fly at the will of its user through an advanced use of nanomachines.
Possessing the abilities and powers of both Livemetals in one, along with their weapons, makes Model ZX a formidable combatant able to act effectively at range and even more so within melee. In the eyes of Ayumi Hitagawa, it is the ultimate realization of the M.E.G.A. System; something she trusts only Yuuki to make use of.
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The first fully completed prototype of the M.E.G.A. System. Livemetal X takes on a blocky triangular shape with a blue color scheme and a large red crystal. It is locked to only activate in tune with Yuuki's DNA Soul and has had the ability to merge with another Livemetal, dubbed DOUBLE R.O.C.K. ON, coded in by its creator. Utilizing R.O.C.K. ON it allows Yuuki to become Mega Man Model X.
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Livemetal Z is a black and red Livemetal shaped after a hexagon. It is fairly similar to Model X, though the front resembles a different helmet. The chin has a long white ridge running across the Livemetal's lower half. Livemetal Z was the initial prototype and has been damaged to the point that it cannot be utilized on its own in any way. Yuuki holds onto it both as a memento of his decision to fight for humanity and as a means of activating DOUBLE R.O.C.K. ON to achieve the powerful Model ZX form.