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MMZ4 Spoiler- A Promise by Hakuramen MMZ4 Spoiler- A Promise by Hakuramen
"You promised me..." -Ciel

This is my epilogue for the events that occured after RMZ4's ending. The ending was somber but it was a fitting resolution to Zero's legacy. Has Zero's promise truly been broken? What will those living, both human and reploids, guardians and resistance alike, look to now but onwards towards the future?

This was done with watercolor painting. Comments and critiques are appreciated.

Mega Man Zero Capcom
Artwork DeityofShadows
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benfark Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student Artist
we need a fanfic right about this fiction
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areazero51 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
you know, I had thought Zero had survived and gathered parts from Omega Zero to repair his armor and weapons, then headed to Area-N where in the ZX series, Vent/Aile finds him and battles him with Zero not knowing that Vent/Aile was on the side of good, as every human except Ciel had hated him. My only reason for speculating this is that Omega Zero blew up in MMZ3, and an Omega Zero shows up in physical form in MMZX. Just saying it's a possibility that Zero regained his true abilities. (example: When Omega Zero punches the ground in MMZ3, it only does damage. In MMZX, it also heals Zero.)
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How would that explain Model Z? Also that would make Omega Zero's fate ironically tragic when he gets defeated by Vent/Aile.
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DrAlbertWily Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it just me or do fefnir and leviathan smiling
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If anything, I think it was more a bittersweet smile knowing that their greatest foe and hero passed away; they have mutual respect for Zero.
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Jimmy-Zee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Um...Capcom officially killed Zero so they wouldn't have to continue the Zero series and could instead move on to ZX. He's dead. it's canon and official. Accept it. Besides, he lives on as Model Z in the ZX series, so it isn't like no one very sees him again.

After Z4 he probably chills in Cyberspace with X, the Guardians, Craft, and any other characters who sacrificed themselves that I'm forgetting at the moment...like Elpozo. Gee, almost forgot him. Anyway, Zero sn't going to magically eappear because you want him to. Legends 3 has a 100,000 signature petition trying to bring it back. Does Capcom listen? No.

Get over it. Rest in peace, Zero. It was a fun ride from X to Z4.
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SparksterG Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
........


*points to the short bio on the left. points to the last sentence.*

"His current whereabouts are unknown."

*points over to the knowledge base, near the end of the bio*

 "(though the Mega Man Zero official complete works, which is canon, mentions that his fate is unknown)"

and before you throw this at me: www.vgmuseum.com/end/gba/b/mmz…

"sure, you have my belt, but its not the same as a body." -Batman

Game, set, match. my work here is done. *walks off.*
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Jimmy-Zee Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
www.vgmuseum.com/end/gba/b/mmz…

*Shouts from the distance*

In the right of the image within the glare of the sunlight the bottom of Zero's body can be seen!
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SparksterG Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*stops.*

It could be a body, it could be a piece of ragnarock.

The point im trying to make is, that there is almost no evidence that zero is dead. any evidence that IS there can be contradicted one way or another.

Capcom kept Zero's fate open ended so that a Zero 5 COULD happen if they chose to do so. (unlikely, but possible.)

Model Z was created from the data that they had about zero. It could have been made from zeros helmet. We don't know.

the only thing that we have is that zero is MIA. He isn't flat out dead. Its still up in the air on what happened to him.
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Jimmy-Zee Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Shit I linked the wrong image. But you know what I mean.
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Tanooki-John Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Great for traditional artwork, especially if it involves MMZ4 extra stuff. I made a fanfic based of that too.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment!
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warahi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
He better be dead. And the Guardians are also dead after Zero 3.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I learned that later after I finished this drawing. I wasn't aware they perished in the Omega explosion.
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Radicalvince5 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Artist
I hope they make a megaman zero 4 in 2013 i already can imagine this:zero just lying on the ground someware hand starting to move picks up z saber and then 15 secends later kicking ass going to resistance base! I serously love this game and drawing
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ShadicZX2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Gyueagh! Its over! I going to search of Zero,no matter where he will be are!! Nothing,absolutely,definetely and 100.000.000% nothing will stop me on that! But if you want to join to me,i acepet it,with all my heart,soul and pride! lets do it for real(pointing to the Guardians)...for love!(poiting to Ciel and Neige)...for everylasting peace....for all!!(pointing the punch to the sky)
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SparksterG Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*facepalm* you all think he's dead when the only evidence you have is a broken helmet.

*jackie chan confused meme*
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Zero's fate can be implied even if not explicit. Considering the MMZ arc more or less finished, I would think Zero's fate is sealed; it is a fitting story cyclefor him though to be resurrected in MMZ1 and return to sleep by MMZ4 though.
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XionsMist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
they say that if you play the DS collection when you beat them all you see a humanoid shadow alking in the distance, and he didnt die in ZX, he willingly transfered his data to the carrier, if you read the backlround info on the wiki
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I might just have to pick up the DS collection then. I have all the individual GBA games anyways. Care to share a link of the source?
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XionsMist Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
persona expireance is the source lol, and beside with those gba games if you have a ds that can do the gba games as well you can get bonus content and bosses if you have them inserted, and get special wallpapers
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kamenridermebius Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
He not die!!!!!!! stop cry!!!!
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically he did. :/
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kamenridermebius Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
yeah in megaman zx
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trumi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
A really well done job on poses,colors and small details.
I think your epilogue is a neat idea...
but the canon ending is much more depressing-
X killed by Elpizo ,Zero killed in the Ragnarok fall,
levi,Harp,Fef killed in the Omega explosion,and Phantom
killed by Zero- all dead- living in cyberspace now.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I only learned the fate of the Guardians much later after I finished this drawing. Their deaths weren't as obvious in MMZ3. Mega Man Zero series is decidedly darker in its story tone, but I liked it all the more for that.
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Chaotic--Edge Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous... brilliantly drawn and painted. :clap: The emotion is captured perfectly. :heart:
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I could do a lot more to improve my water color skills, but this was still fun to do. I really liked this story scene-- even if it is tragic (and technically not canon).
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ShadowFrost1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
HES STILL ALIVE!
DAMN IT!
DONT TELL ME HE'S DEAD!
*cries in a corner*

By the way this is absolutely well done. Out of a scale of 10, I would give this a 12!
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too kind. haha. It IS sad to see him go but it's a fitting end for him. Technically, his spirit still remains in the later ZX series...
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GM111010love Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I;m surprised!

You did with watercolor, Usually watercolor for comic, animation& games are very rare (it's just my thinking).

Anyway, Truly looking at this picture makes me sad to see this ending. But Zero will leave forever in our heart along X's too.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, it was fun and experimental. If I had the resources still, I'd like to try this out again and improve more on my traditional painting skills.

Thanks for the comment! The ending for MMZ was pretty tragic: I didn't expect it to end that way-- first with X fading away and then Zero sacrificing his life. Tragic. Fitting. Heartbreaking. Ciel did believe Zero would return some day.
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DarkKirby2500 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
This is what was supposed to happen. It didn't make sense they weren't in the 4th game in the 1st place. Then the stupid developers killed them off, outside of the game series in the official works through a plot device/hole that doesn't make sense. Seriously WTF.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can accept either explanation. Their deaths explains their later resurgence in ZXA but it still would have been interesting to see what the Generals would have done in the aftermath of MMZ4: no leader to follow and no opponent to fight. Would they band with Ciel-- to some degree-- to better the world for humans and reploids alike? I'd think so.
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JewelMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow nice you did this with water paint? That's really awesome.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, this was done traditionally in watercolor paint. Thanks!
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henya66 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey now! This is what I was planning as well! Well what do you know? :)
You see..MMZ5: Project Ciel (the thing that I'm working on) is a continuation of
MMZ4 and it starts at this scenario as well although the 4-Generals of X are
not Included, the reason for this is that in the game showed that..
Neo Arcadia was destroyed by Ragnarok and the Resistance saved the People correct?

Now..they didn't say anything about or rather told us what happen to the 3 right
Guardians right?
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, when I drew this pic, I got feedback that the guardians actually died in MMZ3. >_< Remember when they teamed up to help Zero fight off Omega? That was supposedly their demise, becuase they never showed up again in MMZ4.

But that shouldn't stop them from returning in some fanfiction extension for Project Ciel. hehe. And I would totally be interested in seeing the branching story scenario, and the fate of many of these characters, as they can be revived in some form or another-- even with different personalities because they are imperfect "Copies" like Copy X. Your 4 Zero characters is a ncie example.
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henya66 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Come to think about it..yeah! They didn't appear in MMZ4, how did I missed that? Wow.
But..they didn't actually died now did they? Their still there at the end right? No
Mass Explosion or anything so it makes one think.

They should return why you ask? Well I don't know really but..We did have Zero and
he didn't actually died because he's not Human in the first place, think about it
this way..they are Machines and basically their memory IS just a Program right?
So that makes it easy to not exactly "Resurrect" them but to Recreate them but still having their memos.

Yeah, they will reappear in MMZ5: P.C. although..you should not know this you know?
But I see that we share a Common interests in things in MMZ that normal fans just brushed away so..yeah.
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the canon states that the Generals died in the Omega battle. I don't remember the source though. There was an official art of the 3 generals + X gazing at the starry sky as they watch Ragnarok burn to its demise but I heard the caption for that art was non-canon.

Humans and machines. Though Zero is technically a machine, the fine line between reploids and humans have blurred since Dr. Light created X: the first robot with the capacity of free will, to fully explore his emotions, and to judge his choices and their consequences.

Though one could "recreate" a reploid, there are several reasons that prevent so: 1) practical: recovering memory of a destroyed program would be quite hard. Hard to piece together an exact copy from incomplete pieces. 2) taboo: as reploids become more like humans, does the creator want to pass that fine line in resurrecting what is essentially "human"? It's like the common taboo stories of humans trying to resurrect the dead but having it backfire. Ciel's recreation of X is one such example. 3) moral & emotions: I doubt Ciel would want to recreate Zero herself; it would tarnish her pure memories of Zero and what he stood for and means to her. Of course, that doesn't stop others with less pure motives from doing so.

Just my thoughts and happy to hear a response sometime. Heh, if I wanted to get more involved in Project Ciel, wouldn't I end up having to know more about the story and reappearing characters? Up to you. :)
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henya66 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Canon"? You mean Capcom? Oh wait..you mean THAT art work?! So does that mean their Dead?
I'm sorry but I guess I didn't know that because there where no text document along with
the image so..I only thought that it was a Perfectly made Fan-Art..I guess I was wrong.

O....k let me answer those reasons..
(1)Yes it is quite difficult to recover destroyed memory or rather..it's Impossible.
But no one said that in can't be Replaced with something else, yes it won't exactly
be like the Original but maybe it can learn for itself since it has the knowledge and
curiosity of the Original program.

(2)I guess so, if they trust their creation. Human, as in the Emotions are just Emotions if
think about it, that doesn't change the fact that they are still Machines you see..these
"Emotions" came from us humans, Emotions are a Part of us but not Entirely Us. It's
quite difficult to explain but I guess you already know what I mean.

(3)Like I've said, a Program that has spaces that only needs to be filled with something
New or Better, Yes there's a possibility that Ciel may add some things here and there because
of what she learned from Copy-X which makes Backfiring nearly impossible but I could be
wrong..humans are Imperfect after all. Maybe a trip to Memory Lane may help help Zero IF he
may be recreated, if you remember in MMZ he's just a copy and he turned out quite fine with
new memories and all and yes other people Would like to have Zero for their own purposes since
he's the so called "Legendary Hero" and may use that for their advantage in things.

Actually Yes you will :) , but mostly I ask people to give Ideas like other Reploids, Mechaneloids
or other enemies that you see, Scenes, B.G.
(cause I suck at that), and other things that
I can't think about right now. Heh
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I read that in MMZ3 story synopsis, and some captions that belonged to that artwork. I'll have to find out where it was though. Also, another commenter pointed out this same issue of the Generals' fate in this deviation.

Personally speaking, I don't think Ciel would want to revive Zero for the wrong reasons, but I don't mind that she might have to face her worst nightmares when others with a more twisted mindset do...

I don't rule out that it isn't possible to recreate these reploids. Your mention of Zero being in a copy's body (but with the original memories and personality intact) by Weil is interesting. Rationally speaking, that might have just been a simple matter for Weil to "copy past" Zero's programming into an identical body. Romantically speaking however (I mean this with the connotations of a more emotional basis-- opposite of rational), Cyber Elf X, Ciel, and Zero himself are convinced that there is a more human core-- a soul-- that enables him to be what he is.

Others will endeavor to copy Zero for their own means, and I believe most of them will be imperfect, twisted or corrupt-- Zero pantheons, for example. It'd make for an interesting story however to see these creations come to life-- and maybe have some of them show rebellious glimmers of the original.

In the end, I think Ciel will make the final choice to recreate an Zero-- with soul intact-- alongside other creations for rather unselfish and noble reasons. After all, isn't her legacy in the end the X, Zero, and 4 General biometals? :)
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henya66 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I know, Ciel won't do such a thing but I think Generally you see, I think about what
the Public or Fans may think such as perverse thighs or whatever is the reason but I
guess..that can't be helped since there is no Official word from Capcom and I think there
will Never be cause Capcom is one of those Mysterious companies that keep some parts of
the game to themselves, It's a somewhat good thing I guess.

Zero Pantheons WILL be used in the project, yes they will have almost everything that
Zero has but without will or emotions of course. "Rebellious glimmers"? Do you like
when Zero uses a Pipe on Sigma? That would be Brutal yet..Awesome to look at.

Yes that would be her Legacy :) , I think that sums-up the Ending don't you think?
Oh right I forgot, there's a always a secret ending right? Like when M.Thomas said
that he agrees with M.Albert that the world needs to be reset?

I want to point-out though that Zero doesn't have his remember? He didn't even remembered
his name nor his weapon and X. Speaking of his weapon..how did X manage no carry that thing?
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All those mysterious gaps does leave us fans open to speculate what we want. heh.

Response to rebellious glimmers: I was thinking more along the lines of a corrupt faction creating Zero for their own means and suppressing that Zero's will with their own control. However, they would not be able to take into account glimmers of Zero's own willpower resurfacing and probably rebelling against them at a critical moment in the story.

Also, the other rebellious glimmer you mention... It would be pretty interesting to see a split personality of Zero (one of your 4 Guardian personas, for example) that was just an uncontrolled savage psychotic homicide.

When M.Thomas agreed with M.Albert that world needed to be reset, are you sure that wasn't with M.Mikhail? I thought M.Albert betrayed the other two of the Sage Trinity and eventually got defeated by Grey and Ashe... unless you mean before M.Albert betrayed them. I do recall in the secret post-ending the other sage trinity having other ulterior-- and perhaps darker-- plans, with the 4 General/Mega Men besides them. Unfortunate that this story doesn't look like it'll continue anytime soon. :(

I thought Zero retained some memories? He at least recognized X as his old friend eventually, right? I'll have to revisit Mega Man Zero again to check. It's been a while.

And Cyber-Elf X can do what he wants. xD
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StRaider2150 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Strangely enough, leviathan and fenrir look satisafied as to Zeros death ?
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point. Wrong expression intended. I think at the time, I was trying to give Leviathan a consoling expression-- and maybe Fenrir a more frustrated expression (he no longer has a worthy opponent to battle), but it may have come off differently.

Thanks for the comment!
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StRaider2150 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Well, either way, you tried, overall, this picture is still good, im not that bothered by small details.
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iRagnaROCK Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
That's awesome
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comments!
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