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
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.
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!