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|This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Archie Comics continuity.|
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
I see...it will take me to my destiny...
— Xander Payne, Mega Man #50
Alexander "Xander" Payne is an antagonist in the Mega Man comic series, and a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, published by Archie Comics. He is a human from the year 20XX in Mega Man's World and a firm anti-robotics terrorist.
Payne was originally a member of the military defending Mega City when Dr. Wily reprogrammed the original Light Robot Masters to serve as his evil minions. These robots cost him his left eye during their rampage, which was replaced with a cybernetic implant by his brother. This traumatic experience left Payne with a violent hatred towards robotics and all those siding with it, which led him to join the anti-robot terrorist group known as the Emerald Spears of which he became the leader of. Following a trip to the year 21XX where he met X, Payne was imprisoned, where he predict a second occurrence of worlds colliding.
As Xander was locked up in prison, sketching various images into the walls of his cell while predicting a second occurrence of worlds colliding, his prediction came true when the evil Sigma-a villain from the future he had visited-fuse Xander's world with that of Sonic's World. 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 Drs. Wily and 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 unified heroes led by Sonic, Mega Man 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.
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.
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.
As a result of his time travel experience, Xander became a fatalist. His actions are all believed by him to be preordained and unchangeable. His fatalism is so severe that it 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 if destiny deems it necessary, although he makes clear that he does not like having to do so.
Powers and abilities
Xander is a trained soldier with experience in both hand-to-hand and armed combat. His mechanical eye can also create Genesis Portals as a result of being exposed to tachyons, though it was first awakened due to the effects brought forth by the Unity Engines.
- Xander is a character exclusive to the 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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man Free Comic Book Day 2015
- ↑ Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #77, "Worlds Unite! Part Five: Everybody in the Same Boat"
- ↑ Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #275, "Worlds Unite Part Eleven: Killing the Giant"
- ↑ Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"
- ↑ Luke Brown (19 June 2015). True Blue, Part Four: Worlds Unite, Dogs and Cats Fusing Together, Mass Hysteria. Comics Alliance. Retrieved on 20 June 2015.