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Mutos Reploids and Mythology
« on: September 19, 2013, 04:14:29 PM »
Fans of the Zero series should recognize the boss themes being rooted in mythology. Initially, I had thought that, for some of the bosses, Inti made an exception and ran with generic real-world animals ala X series. However, I came across some very obscure references I would have otherwise dismissed as "normal", those being Panter Flauclaws and Volteel Biblio.

I tried constructing a list of all the connections, including some Mechaniloids from Zero 1.

I made my best guess with Poler Kamrous: I didn't see the connection in the name, but I can't think of a mythological polar bear in any other culture besides Inuit. Considering Biblio sounds more like biblioteca rather than tuna-roa, I figured the naming convention was not a set-in-stone rule.

I'm also not sure what Hottide in Hittite Hottide refers to. According to wikipedia, Hittites were known for chariots, which may be the sole basis for the boss.

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That being said, would anyone happen to know the rest?

Kuwagust Anchus : Kuwagatas are Japanese Stag Beetles, and apparently are associated with lightning due to their horns appearing like lightning rods. Any Japanese mythology around them, or is it simply the Herculious Anchortus pairing?
Glacier le Cactank :  Zero OCW listed his concept art as "Cactus". Is there some sort of symbolism associated with cacti?
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Re: Mutos Reploids and Mythology
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2013, 08:58:05 AM »
You did a good job finding plausible connections to the more obscure ones. I don't have much to offer here, though. I'd say the Vile Numbers should not be considered Mythos Repliroids by definition, but that would be a cop-out. Hmm... Perhaps Kuwagata are considered for their design motif in samurai helmets?

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Re: Mutos Reploids and Mythology
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2013, 07:16:15 PM »
The Anchortus brothers being inspired by Samurai seems like the most plausible thing I can think of (at least visually), though neither of them seemed to be acting upon the ideals of Bushido and the way of the Samurai from what I can remember. Then again, Boomer Kuwanger wasn't going by that either. The lightning angle you mentioned is interesting though.

As for Cactank, the CLOSEST thing I can even think of is the old Tenochtitlan/Aztec myth, in which the god Huitzilopochtli guided the Mexica/Aztec to a place where they witnessed an eagle devouring a snake while sitting on a cactus, which was regarded as a devine sign to build their new city there. From Wikipedia:

The Mexica/Aztec were said to be guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, meaning "Left-handed Hummingbird" or "Hummingbird from the South." When they arrived at an island in the lake, they saw an eagle which was perched on a nopal cactus full of its fruits (nochtli). This vision fulfilled a prophecy telling them that they should found their new home on that spot. The Aztecs built their city of Tenochtitlan on that site, building a great artificial island, which today is in the center of Mexico City. This legendary vision is pictured on the Coat of Arms of Mexico.

How this is supposed to Glacier le Cactank however, I have no idea but I have nothing else I could even think of.