Glyde’s Favorite Subject: Glyde!

Today we got a bit more news on the Legends 3 Prototype Version! The 3DS store should be pretty close to opening, and anticipation for our first hands-on from the project is really building up!

And if that isn’t enough DASH for ya, today we’ll be looking at another DASH character, the devilishly narcissistic criminal virtuoso Glyde. From page 18 of the Tron ni Kobun Secret Encyclopedia (the B-side section of the Tron ni Kobun Treasure-Trove Guide), we’ll get a handle on his personality and look at some of his early designs!

Black Market Dealer
Loath Family

The commander in charge of the family’s dirty work may be a pompous, disagreeable man, but he’s also an incredibly gifted pilot!

Number 2 in the Loath Family hierarchy, he heads up debt collection services. Despite the impression his effeminate manner gives off, he is actually a super-first-class mecha pilot of exceptional ability who always comes prepared. He and Loath are both wanted for questioning by the police. He regularly pilots his transforming flying ship Rafale for use in his strong-arm loan sharking activities.

Utterly despicable!
At a glance, he seems a charming and strikingly handsome fellow. However, his expressions and mannerisms are thick with haughty arrogance through and through. His effeminate way of speaking accentuates his foppish visage.

The Facial Expressions of Glyde

This expression’s a one-shot, reserved for scenes when he’s delivering his signature lines.

This is the smug face he makes when he’s bragging about something. Of course, he can usually back up his boasts.

When he really wants to get under his opponent’s skin, he pulls out this full of himself expression.

This is actually his “kyaaah” expression for when things go horribly wrong.

He was VAVA at first!?

It seems that in the early concept, he was called “VAVA”.

This early design differs in several ways, like the shoulders and the wavy locks of hair.

It would have been an interesting twist on the character of VAVA (the X series boss, aka Vile) to be transformed into such a Vega-style narcissist, but carrying the same deadly skill in combat that makes him a force to be reckoned with. We know the repliroid VAVA is a ruthless and fiercely proud warrior, and who knows! Could that dark-masked helmet be hiding a beautiful face underneath, one which he deems his enemies unworthy of viewing? (Probably not!)

In The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, Glyde does fulfill a similar role to VAVA’s in X1, defeating the hero characters early in the game, only to be defeated himself later on. I’d say VAVA is a more fitting sounding name for this character than the X series one, but I’m also pretty attached to his final name which fits his bird-themed group nicely.

I don’t believe they’ve confirmed his return in Legends 3 yet, but I’m sure you can expect him and his birdbot crew to poke their beaks into Tron and MegaMan’s business once again!

12 Comments to "Glyde’s Favorite Subject: Glyde!"

  1. MM Model Q's Gravatar MM Model Q
    2011/05/09 Monday - 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Glyde was originally going to be named Vava? ­čś« You learn something new every day.

  2. Flame's Gravatar Flame
    2011/05/09 Monday - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I often wonder. does Glyde EXE have any relation to this Glyde? or is it simple naming coincidence? They DO have a similar color scheme…

    • Ampersand's Gravatar Ampersand
      2011/05/09 Monday - 6:14 pm | Permalink

      Glyde.EXE and his operator are both based on Legends characters, yes. Yae or whatever her name is is based on a villager from Legends 2, I believe.

  3. RADIX's Gravatar RADIX
    2011/05/09 Monday - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Well, with all that purple…

    (Suddenly, all those “Vile is secretly a bishie” people are justified! D: )

    • Flame's Gravatar Flame
      2011/05/09 Monday - 7:17 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking the exact same thing.


  4. 2011/05/10 Tuesday - 10:11 am | Permalink

    If you don’t mind, the concept art is going up on the Database. And yes, let’s see Glyde’s return in MML3! Keep up the good work!

  5. PStart's Gravatar PStart
    2011/05/10 Tuesday - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Def. hope he shows up again. Not only is his design cool, but he’s got probably my favorite music theme from the Legends series.

  6. VileMKII's Gravatar VileMKII
    2011/05/31 Tuesday - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    So, Glyde was always my favorite DASH character and I now know why. I also do admit that I always thought Vile would have a face of beauty.

  7. 2011/08/24 Wednesday - 3:27 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for the article, #20.

    I had once heard two rumours about Glyde: one about him originally being called VAVA and the other where Mr. Loath had found him the same way Barrell had found MegaMan. I’m glad to find out which one was true.

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