James Burton (ジエイムス=バートン) is the lead character in the MSX Nemesis series, and original pilot of the Vic Viper and Metalion fighter crafts.


James was born in 6641, and is one of the few Wreek survivors from the Bacterion War. He was enlisted in the wars against Bacterion in 6658, and later in the Battle for Antichthon in 6664, allied, at least temporarily, with Dr Venom, the developer of the Vic Viper Fighter Pilot. When Venom eventually revealed his true colors in 6666, with Bacterian's combined forces, James was sent on one final mission to stop him, now piloting the Metalion. Due to his efforts in fighting Bacterian and Venom, James was later crowned as Emperor Lars the 18th. As Emperor, one of his most recognized actions was to reconstruct the 7 planets affected by the War with Venom.

Even when he eventually died 6718, Venom attempted to extract his final revenge against James, seeking to erase him from History by traveling back to 6644 and kidnapping him at a young age. His descendant, David Burton, saved history thanks to the help of 3 Color Encoded Maps, and recovered the capsule James was kept prisoner in.


Characters James Burton (Metalion) • David Burton (Vixen) • GaudieVenomVenom's Aides
Nemesis 2 stages Colossus PlanetPlant PlanetAncient PlanetFloating ContinentsPlanet of FireLiving PlanetSinVenom Mothership
Nemesis 3 stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9Stage 10Stage 11
Nemesis 2 bosses Statue GuardiansRiot WarshipMisfit WarshipAsteroid FieldBig Core X10Prominence ZoneMayhem WarshipBiological OrganismBlock CoreAbandon WarshipVenom
Nemesis '90 Kai exclusive bosses Lizard CoreLASER CoreBig Core MK II KaiBeta Core
Nemesis 3 bosses Geezer ButlerHans NaughtyWormhole AreaTetranAbandon WarshipMisfit WarshipBig CoreArmored SaintLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksKiller DwarfCrab WarlockFront of Gofer's Warship (Queensrÿche)Gofer's Warship (Queensrÿche)
Gradius ReBirth
Characters James Burton (Vic Viper) • GaudieVenom
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5
Bosses VolcanoIron MaidenBig Core DuoZub RushCrawler XMoai OrbSkeleton WaveEnigmaElectronic Cage MK2Xaerous Brain