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

''Captain Commando'' is an arcade BeatEmUp created by Creator/{{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 [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] port in '95 and a UsefulNotes/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.
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!!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 introduces a few characters who never appeared in the game 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, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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.
** Also subverted in that the other female enemy, Mardia, can be sliced in half or melted.
* 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 [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe (which sliced foes in half)]] and Jennety's poisoned daggers [[ImMelting (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 [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Vs. Series]] to the point it has become a trademark of his.
--> ''CAPTAIN KICK!!!'', ''CAPTAIN FIRE!!!'', ''CAPTAIN [[strike:COLLIDER]] CORRIDOR!!!'', '''''CAPTAIN SWORD!!!'''''.
* 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.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Aside from Carol and Brenda (and Baby, due to his physical size), any character who's KO'ed with a bladed weapon will be sliced in half at the waist, complete with blood.
* 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]].
* ImMelting: Jennety's acid attack causes its victims to melt.
* 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)]].
* MetaMecha: Happens if Hoover grabs an enemy walker.
* 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 Music/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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