"Beautiful, isn't it? The flames of a million acres as they scorch to a crisp. A new, more glorius world shall form in the palm of my master as he sifts through the ashes of the old one!"
|Faction||Zero Hour Army|
|Status||Decommissionable (Mega Man XZ)|
|Location||Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, New South Wales, Australia|
Platypus is a MkI Reploid who once operated within the bounds of nature preservation. His original purpose was to follow rivers and other bodies of water to forests, where he would then use his built-in flamethrower for controlled burns, for the betterment of the forests in question by stimulating growth and germination in certain species of trees. Zero saw the devastating potential in this, and went to him in an attempt to convert him for his growing Zero Hour Army. In the heat of battle, Platypus seemed to have the upper hand, but due to some underhanded moves Zero finally claimed Platypus as his new Maverick general. Now he destroys forests without prejudice, setting the forests back hundreds if not thousands of years and depleting the world's overall oxygen content, bringing Humanity that much closer to its doom.
Platypus' signature weapon is the Heat Seeker, a fireball that waves rapidly up and down through the air, producing a zig-zag pattern towards the nearest target.
- Platypus: "Beautiful, isn't it? The flames of a million acres as they scorch to a crisp. A new, more glorius world shall form in the palm of my master as he sifts through the ashes of the old one!"
- X: "Platypus! What have you done?? The forests were once so dear to you! Please, come to your senses!"
- Platypus: "I'll accept your request the minute you accept my master's gift; you have no idea how different you will see things once your eyes have been cleared!"
- X: "Don't do this. You were an important member of revitalizing nature."
- Platypus: "Key word there is 'were'. I am not afraid of death. I almost beat Zero once; let's see how close I can come to destroying you."
Behind the scenes
Designwise, Pyro Platypus is short, staunt and hunched over in a manner similar to Volt Catfish, with a short bill extending from the front of his face and a red gem placed in the middle of his back, in between his shoulder joints. A flamethrower replaces his right hand, and his body ends in a thick, almost beaver-like tail.
Pyro Platypus was created before Mega Man X: Command Mission, and therefore was created before either Professor Gaudile or Duckbill Mole. The fact that Command Mission featured several of the animal theme ideas Somarinoa had come up with for XZ actually made him enjoy the game that much more. Pyro Platypus is also Somarinoa's favorite of the XZ group, simply because the platypus is Somarinoa's favorite animal.