--> "I am... '''''CAPTAIN COMMANDO'''''"

''Captain Commando'' is an arcade BeatEmUp created by {{Capcom}} in 1991, based on its at-the-time SeriesMascot, the titular captain. It was one of many {{spiritual successor}}s of Capcom's first BeatEmUp, ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. Among its unique features (back then) were the option for 4 simultaneous co-op play and the ability to control [[MiniMecha mecha suits]] scattered on the stages (similar to ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' Rider armors). The arcade game received a [[SuperNintendo SNES]] port in '95 and a {{Playstation}} one in '98.

The game deals with the Commando Team, a four-man group formed by [[TheHero the Captain]] himself, [[{{Ninja}} Sho]] ('''Ginzu the Ninja'''), [[{{Mummy}} Jennety]] ('''Mack the Knife''') and [[ChildProdigy Hoover]] ('''Baby Head'''). Together, they stand up against a futuristic world filled up with crime with the intent of cleaning it out, and are faced against a group of Super Criminals terrorizing Earth, commanded by an alien EvilOverlord known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Genocide]] ('''Scumocide''').

And that was it. Good ol' Captain would fall into obscurity for a good couple years, until he was picked up to join the roster of ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel vs. Capcom 1]]'', which led to subsequent appareances in other {{Crossover}} games like ''VideoGame/{{Namco x Capcom}}'' and the ''Card Fighters'' series with {{SNK}}. Though unlike Capcom's other forgotten character, [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]], he'd not receive any sequel out of this.

!!This game has examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Sho's katana, ''Lightning Light'', said to cut things at an atomic level.
* AllThereInTheManual[=/=]ExpandedUniverse: The 2-volume manga gives further background to the Captain Commando characters, such as the backgrounds of the enemies and commandos alike. It also includes a few characters who show up in the manga like Sarah Kisaragi.
* AmazonianBeauty: Carol and Brenda, [[{{Stripperiffic}} two scantily clad]] {{PaletteSwap}}ped enemies that use [[ShockAndAwe electric attacks]]. The [[http://i.imgur.com/rW3nkbH.png in-game sprites]] have huge arms, while in [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110113232707/capcomdatabase/images/8/8e/CapComMardia.png This official artwork]] is somewhat {{ambiguous|Gender}} (as it [[HiddenEyes obscures her face]]), but the enemy is shown to have a feminine figure, not to mention the dress and [[CombatStilettos high heels]].
* ArtEvolution: The '86 Commando (when he appeared on [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] manuals as Capcom's mascot), '89 Commando (ditto SNES manuals) and final {{Anime}}-styled game Commando look completely different from each other.
* ArtificialLimbs: Sorta. Blood got his two arms replaced with those of a ''black man''. Oddly enough, he's almost exclusively a [[ExtremityExtremist kicking boss]].
* AutomaticCrossbows: The WeaponOfChoice of Shtrom Jr., Shtrom and Druk.
* BankRobbery: The Commandos step in their first BossFight just as the boss (Dolg) was robbing a bank.
* BareYourMidriff: Carol and Brenda.
* BladeOnAStick: Yamato uses a long naginata.
* BaldOfEvil: Genocide.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Carol and Brenda, the smaller female enemies, cannot be sliced in half or melted in to goo like everyone else.
** Although subverted with the "burning to a pile of ashes" animation.
* BottomlessMagazines: Hoover's robot has a ''missile production FACILITY'' on one of its legs, that's constantly supplying ammo for the robot's attacks.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: For the SNES port, as usual: the special kill animation for bladed hits (which sliced foes in half) and Jennety's poisoned daggers (melted foes) were removed, the boss ''Blood'' was renamed ''Boots'', the ''Mardia'' enemy "acid puke" attack was replaced by bomb tossing, and the female mook [[{{Stripperific}} graphics]] were touched up a little to cover more.
* BreathWeapon: The ''Marbin'' enemy.
* TheBrute: Among the bosses, there's Dolg. In the {{Mook}} variety, we have ''Organo'' and ''Samson'', who dress like [[OneMillionBC cavemen]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Not in the arcade game, but done in the [[CapcomVsWhatever Vs. Series]] to the point it has become a trademark of his.
--> ''CAPTAIN KICK!!!'', ''CAPTAIN FIRE!!!'', ''CAPTAIN [[strike:COLLIDER]] CORRIDOR!!!'', '''''CAPTAIN SWORD!!!'''''.
* CapcomVsWhatever: He appears (with Mack, Ginzu and Baby Head as his {{Assist Character}}s) in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel vs. Capcom 1]]'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', and the four alone, plus Druk, Shtrom, Shtrom Jr. and Doppel (technically, since he's always in the form of someone else) appear in ''VideoGame/{{Namco x Capcom}}''.
* TheCaptain: Natch.
** TheGoodCaptain
*** CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: ''VideoGame/{{Namco x Capcom}}'' has pretty much everyone in the "future" recognize him and his team as heroes.
* ChildProdigy: Hoover, a baby who manufactured his own MiniMecha!
* CompetitiveBalance:
** {{Fragile Speedster}}s: Mack/Jennety and Ginzu/Sho
** JackOfAllStats: Captain Commando
** MightyGlacier: Baby Head/Hoover
* CoolShades: The Captain.
** SunglassesAtNight: Not even being in civilian clothes stops him from wearing a pair. And he even transforms by placing one pair over the other!
** StatOVision: The glasses are linked to a criminal database, which means that Commando gets criminal data on any baddie he puts his eyes on.
* CrapsackWorld: The world in 2025 is overrun with crime, with a criminal syndicate ruling over the ''galaxy''.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: A bizarre example with the DualBoss fight against Shtrom and Druk. Once one goes down, the other dies instantly, regardless of his remaining HitPoints.
* {{Dominatrix}}: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090201051235/capcomdatabase/images/5/5d/CapComCarol.png Carol and Brenda]].
* TheDragon: Blood.
* DubNameChange
** Sho to Ginzu (Ninja Commando).
** Jennety to Mack (Mummy Commando).
** Hoover to Baby Head (Baby Commando).
** Genocide to Scumocide (the BigBad).
* DumbMuscle: Both Dolg and Monster (4th boss).
* ElevatorActionSequence: A very brief one in the last stage.
* EmpathicWeapon: Sho's katana may be this, as it's said to serve no one but him.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Jennety's special attack and Hoover's dashing attack.
* ExcusePlot
* ExtraEyes: Monster has 3 [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
* GeniusBruiser: Hoover is a super-intelligent baby piloting his own robot.
* HellBentForLeather: Carol and Brenda
* HenshinHero: While not mentioned in the actual game, ''Marvel vs. Capcom'' gave Commando an introduction sequence where he changes from civilian clothes to his Captain armor, all while screaming "''Henshin Commando!!''".
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Among the three ninja {{Mook}}s, the worst offender is ''Kojiro'' (red), with ''Sasuke'' (green) and ''Hanzo'' (blue) following behind.
* HollywoodAcid: Mardia's acid puke and, technically, Jennety's daggers leave enemies StrippedToTheBone.
* HumanoidAliens: Jennety is actually an alien resembling a mummy. A [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot crime-fighting alien mummy commando]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Sho.
* KnifeNut: Jennety, plus the ''Skip'' and ''Sonie'' {{Mook}}s.
* MadScientist: Dr T.W.(Tea Water).
* MeaningfulName: '''CAP'''tain '''COM'''mando.
** And [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Doppel(ganger)]].
* MiniMecha: Besides the one Hoover has, there are three that can be hijacked throughout the game: a green mech that punches, an orange mech that [[PlayingWithFire shoots fire]], and a blue mech that [[AnIcePerson fires blasts of ice]].
* MirrorBoss: 8th boss [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Doppel]], together with DoppelgangerAttack when faced in multiplayer (or injured enough in single player).
* {{Ninja}}: Sho and the various ninja {{Mook}}s of his own corrupted clan.
** {{Samurai}}: The ''Musashi'' mooks.
* {{Omniglot}} through UpgradeArtifact: Hoover's pacifier is actually a device that allows him to speak the ''3 million languages of the cosmos''...
* PainfulTransformation: The poor experimented guy that becomes the 4th boss, ''Monster''.
* PaletteSwap: Most mooks have at least one.
* PlayingWithFire and ShockAndAwe: Commando's gauntlets employ both fire and electric attacks. Genocide also makes use of fire attacks, alongside [[AnIcePerson ice powers]].
* PoisonedWeapons: Jennety's daggers have a substance that melts enemies on the killing blow.
* PoweredArmor: The Captain's power suit, aptly named ''Captain Protector''.
* PowerFist: Commando's Guantlets amplify his strength 48 times.
* PowerFloats: Genocide never walks, he flies.
* PunnyName: If you haven't been clued in by now "Mack the Knife" is an old-time jazz standard, performed by many artists, including LouisArmstrong.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Shtrom Jr. and his "parents" Shtrom and Druk are [[PettingZooPeople theriantropes]] with a mostly reptilian appearance.
* TheRival: Yamato to Sho. He joined Genocide just to confront him.
* SharedUniverse: With ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and therefore ''StreetFighter''.
* ShoutOut: To ''VideoGame/FinalFight''; Sho is the successor of Bushin-ryu Ninjitsu, the same style Guy practices. The setting of the game is Metro City as well, and there are Haggar busts that can be picked up for points.
** Hoover/Baby Head can also do a piledriver attack that none of the other three can do, similar to Haggar.
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Baby]]: Baby Head.
* SmokeOut: Sho, obviously. His special attack is a lethal version of it.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: '''Carol''' and '''Brenda'''. How they got away with them dressing like that we will never know.
* SuperPoweredMooks: Most {{Mook}}s are Super Criminals, said to be gifted with a secret evil power (likely BioAugmentation) which grants them abilities beyond human limits.
* TimeLimitBoss: Dr. T.W.'s boss battle. Failing it just lets the doctor escape, to be never seen again.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* UnderwaterBase
* XRaySparks: Commando's electric attacks, as well as those used by the ''Carol'' and ''Brenda'' {{Mook}}s.
* TheVoiceless: Jennety, at least according to ''Namco x Capcom''.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Stage 2 boss, Shtrom Jr., ups the challenge considerably with his projectile attacks, quick jumping and ability to break combos. For many, he's ThatOneBoss.
* WolverineClaws: The ''Z'' enemies.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Hoover/Baby Head has an air piledriver grab and a dropkick.

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