Anonymous said: Holy shit you are amazing!!!!!! I love your writing style and your take on the cartoon, it's just so neat and well put together. And the fact that you add two new organizations (the syndicate and the r.i.p) is awesome! But I've been wondering where did you get the idea for them?
Thank you very much, and thank you for reading. :)
In an ideal world, someday I’ll do a masterpost to list all my various influences in a more crediting fashion other than dropping ‘Futurama, Marvel/DC Comic universes, 90s, Neo-Noir, Futurama again, whatever I find interesting’.
So, as for influence for the Syndicate—Batman. Definitely Batman.
The Syndicate has been around since early concepts for Mega Man Recut. The idea that first sparked my imagination came while watching Batman Begins at a co-worker’s movie night. I’ve said before that Elec Man is partially based on Cillian Murphy’s performance as Scarecrow.
Something about that suit, cold eyes, calm demeanor, and arrogance while acting as a mouthpiece for something much larger and sinister had wrangled control over a city through fear, secrecy, and cunning really got the ideas going. From a literary side, it fit in well with the universe as a foil for Dr. Wily and the Bad-bots. Though Elec Man is not the Scarecrow and the Syndicate is not the League of Shadows, that influence is what took me down that road. The Batman universe has always had its gangsters, and gangsters make everything awesome.
R.I.P. doesn’t have a specific influence, if any at all. I can liken them to Justice League in that they are an international team of heroes with super powers dedicated to protecting the world, but I can’t really claim that as an influence because my interest in Justice League growing up was sporadic at best.
As I’ve said a long time ago, R.I.P. was a later addition to Recut’s canon, and one that I was still developing through Bot Transfer. I was always a bit bothered how America-centric the Ruby-Spears Mega Man universe is—not that America isn’t great! But I thought it weird that other countries wouldn’t build heroes of their own to help defend the earth. Plus, I’ve always LOVED the idea of good Robot Masters, whether it be in the games, manga, comics, or other fanfiction.
Anyway, a subplot while planning Bot Transfer arose: Mega Man keeps running into a mysterious man, grows increasingly paranoid that this man is an enemy through many ironic/farcical circumstances, only for it to be revealed later for that man to be a foreign agent.
One of the happiest parts about incorporating R.I.P. was giving Duo and Ra Thor a part in the Recut universe. Duo was unlikely to appear in Mega Man Recut because I simply did not have a good idea for him. R.I.P. became my good idea. Adding R.I.P. and the aliens helped tie up and round out the series in so many ways. (link to relevant post here.)
Including R.I.P. also made the Syndicate more sinister, as revealed in The Mega Man in the Moon, part 5, that they’ve been changing legislation under the table to prevent R.I.P. from entering America (and therefore protecting themselves from unwelcome investigation).