Since when was Vile a Mercenary?
prevented from thinking rationally
He thinks quite rationally. The defect makes him overly violent and causes him to revel in destruction. It doesnt make him stupid.
Despite being technically more advanced than X
By what standards? X is more advanced than almost any Reploid in the X series. What Vile had, was a nearly indestructible military vehicle to parade around in and pummel X with while the former had not yet reached full power, and was relatively new to the combat/war business while he himself was a pro build SOLELY for that.
Also, as of MHX, it's not even totally indestructible. He defeats X with a feint, I believe?
Doppler did insert the virus to control him
Did he? I dont remember. I remember Vile being totally off the hook after having been killed by X, but I dont remember the Virus...
and he seems to have a bit of a vendetta against the heroes,
Didnt seem so. X3, was a vendetta. X8? not so much. He was pretty much Sigma's lapdog at this point. After all, only reason he follows Sigma is that Sigma lets him destroy as he pleases, and it gives him the chance to fight and try to kill X.
Vile is a mercenary
No he isnt. Dynamo is a mercenary.with Sigma's. (That is destroying X and Zero) Sigma doesnt pay him,
he is the anti Mega Man X
Actually, I would argue Sigma is the Anti Mega Man X. He is Dr. Light's worst nightmare cone true. Has a total lack of empathy whereas X is hampered by his own. Is cold, manipulative and heartless, whereas X is war, friendly, and caring.
who wouldn't hesitate shoot anyone for money.
But he does not work for money! he doesnt shoot for money, he shoots because he enjoys it.
Vile is evil but he is more like Forte/Bass in that he appears to more of blood knight than a stright up villain.
Return X fills the Bass role more than Vile does.
He's more of a cross between this and Psycho for Hire to me, just, yknow, not for hire.
To me, Vile's role is kinda more a radical free agent, in the way MHX seems to want him to be. He isnt quite Sigma's right hand man, but he works with Sigma due to overlapping goals, and because Sigma gives him free reign to do whatever the hell he wants as long as he helps him.
X isn't a Reploid.
Under the definition of Reploid, he is one. counting X and Zero as Reploids or not, is solely an arbitrary rule for giving recognition to Sigma as the first Robot created by Dr. Cain from X's design. Therefore, if you discount X and Zero as Reploids, Sigma would be the first Reploid.