10: Armored Core's mechs
Now, there are a lot of games built around mechs that could have scored a slot on my list, but Armored Core wins it because these mechs are totally customization. Want a purple robot with swords for arms, tank legs, and a samurai head? Make one. How about a 4-legged robo with a machine gun, rocket launcher, shoulder-mounted railgun, and moose antlers? Make that shit happen. The possibilities are fun and nearly endless. Oh, and this game was MADE for the Dualshock. Try playing Last Raven Portable on the PSP. You will want to hang yourself.
A tiny little feller who's only goal in life is to be a helpful motherfucker. Constantly putting himself in harm's way for the sake of keeping the family happy. And he's super cute to boot! I would love to own a Chibi-Robo, coming home to a clean home and an itty-bitty friendo.
Just from it's name, it doesn't need an explanation. Something that just radiates cool, and an iconic monster movie staple. Nuff said, nuff said.
R2-D2 may have been a side character, sure. But for a modified trash can, the little dude is stuffed to the brim with personality. Never saying a word, his attitude is perfectly understood from his boops and whirs, with C-3PO's reactions driving the point home. They explored R2 a bit more in the new trilogy, and I thought it was a great thing to do. Made a lovable, iconic character even more lovable and iconic.
This dude is here out of sheer nostalgia, really. Even on Mega-Buster only runs of MM2 (except for the turret boss), I would always go after MetalMan first. It was just the thing to do, really. He was a super cool dude, from his stage, theme, sprite, weapon, everything. By far my favourite robot master of all time.
Gundam Seed was so goddamn cool. Explosions, mechas, clones, plot twists, Zoid-ripoffs, boobies, lasers, space, love triangles, more boobies, this show had it all. But what it had the most of were badass mechas, and out of all of them, Freedom was my favourite. Sure, it was like, the default mecha of the show, and the dude with the scythe from season 2 was pretty boss, but something about watching him zip through space and cut through Zakus like butter was just so damn satisfying. Also, the first opening? Favourite opening cinematic in an anime ever.
I don't need to say too much about this guy. When you've been a major villain in a comic book series for nearly 40 years, you can afford to rest on your laurels. But considering the dude scored an (admittedly lame) event all to himself, and is the main antagonist of the Avengers sequel, he at least gets a shout-out here.
Ok, so admittedly, a lot of you aren't gonna know who this one is. But hey, this is my list, bitches.
Data was a humanoid android from Star Trek: Next Generation who only wanted to be human. After meeting with a sort of magical character (who turned out to be a reality-altering superbeing) after a few run-ins, he granted Data the ability to laugh, which might seem like a small thing, but afterwards Data became obsessed with becoming more and more human, and it was awesome. A well acted and well written character, too bad he was essentially cloned by Robert Picardo's character in Voyager.
2: Metal Sonic
There is not a SINGLE incarnation of this character I don't love. As an unkillable end-all in Knuckles' Chaotics, major antagonist in Sonic CD, or primary villain in both the Sonic OVA and Sonic Heroes (not even to mention his comic counterpart), the character is brimming with interesting concepts, cool abilities, and one hell of an inferiority complex. If I had to pick a favourite, it would go to his appearance in the Sonic Ova. He was a great villain, despite barely saying anything (if anything at all, I don't even really remember). Thing is, he didn't need to. He showed up closer to the end of the movie, and completely decimated Sonic in the first half of their fight. He was so cool and such a badass, and not to mention, his death scene showed off a lot about his character (although it was a pretty overused movie staple at that time, it worked well here). Never been unhappy with this character, doubt I will be.
So, I'm pretty sure most of the entries on this list here aren't what you'd expected. A few, maybe. But, I stated Mega Man won't be on the list, so you're probably confused as to who Number 1 is going to be, aren't you?
Mighty No. 9! hasn't come out yet, and other than the fact that it's essentially a Mega Man clone, we don't really know too much about it. So, why do I already love Beck so much that he supersedes Metal Sonic? Beck symbolizes hope for me. Capcom has totally fucked up with Mega Man, and that has upset me for years. Not only does Mighty No. 9! show me that Keji Inafune, the dude who created Mega Man (with credit to Akira Kitamura for the initial design, of course) feels the same way I do, but I can look forward to a great game in the same style that I know and love. Not only that, with Beck nabbing the spotlight from Mega Man, Capcom's gonna wanna put on their A Game to win back fans of the Blue Bomber, and I wouldn't be too surprised if Mega Man games hit the production floor again. Either way, there is a lot to look forward to now, and with either Beck or Mega Man leading the charge, I'm excited for what the future has in store.