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[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to the world of 2,000 Kmph.]]

->''[[MostWonderfulSound You Got Boost Power!]]''

''F-Zero'' is a long-running Creator/{{Nintendo}} franchise where futuristic vehicles race across ridiculously dangerous tracks, barreling down the courses faster than the speed of sound. The series' iconic feature is [[LifeMeter the single energy bar]] [[CastFromHitPoints used for both your ship's shields and]] [[NitroBoost boost power]]. The more damage you take the less you can boost, but the more you boost the more likely you are to find yourself looking at an early retirement.

Captain Falcon, the de facto protagonist of the series, is probably best known as a core member of the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' roster. Aside from Falcon, the series has a huge cast of bizarre racers. How bizarre? Captain Falcon is probably the ''most normal'' one.

An anime series, ''F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu'' (literally "''F-Zero: Legend of Falcon''"), aired in 2003. In the U.S. it aired as ''F-Zero: GP Legend'', but the dub was cancelled only a few episodes into the series.

An in-progress compilation of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the many characters]] can be found [[Characters/FZero here]]. All Tropers are encouraged to help out.

!!The games in this series include:
* '''''F-Zero''''' ([[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], 1990)[[note]]One of the original launch titles for the system in both Japan and North America.[[/note]]
* '''''BS F-Zero Grand Prix''''' ({{Satellaview}}, 1996)[[note]]Japan-only [[MissionPackSequel remake of/pseudo-sequel to the first game]], featuring additional tracks such as Mute City IV as well four vehicles different from the original racers (the Blue Thunder, Luna Bomber, Green Amazone, and Fire Scorpion). The ''BS'' in the title stands for "Broadcasting Satellite," the Satellaview's service of transmitting programs via satellite.[[/note]]
* '''''BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2''''' (Satellaview, 1997)[[note]]An expansion of the previous title, featuring ''BS F-Zero''[='s=] vehicle line-up and a new league with five new race courses. Like the first, this game was only released in Japan.[[/note]]
* '''''F-Zero X''''' ({{Nintendo 64}}, 1998)
* '''''[[SuperTitle64Advance F-Zero for Game Boy Advance]]''''' ("''F-Zero: Maximum Velocity''" in North America; GameBoyAdvance, 2001)
* '''''F-Zero AX''''' (Arcade, 2003)
* '''''F-Zero GX''''' (NintendoGameCube, 2003)
* '''''F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu''''' ("''F-Zero: GP Legend''" in North America; Game Boy Advance, 2003)
* '''''F-Zero: Climax''''' (Game Boy Advance, 2004)[[note]]Another entry that did not make it to North American shores, also based on the anime. Featured a level editor similar to the one in the ''F-Zero X: Expansion Kit''.[[/note]]
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!!YOU GOT [[NitroBoost BOOST POWER]]! ''F-Zero'' contains examples of the following:
* TenMinuteRetirement: Flirted with thanks to Silver Neelson, who is considering retirement (he ''is'' close to 100, after all), but is probably too fickle to go through with it.
* {{Acrofatic}}: His impressive swordsmanship in the anime notwithstanding, Samurai Goroh is implied to be a competent fighter, is quite muscular, and is able to perform multiple back handsprings despite being obese.
* ActionGirl: Jody and Lily, seeing as they're combat-machine pilot affiliated with the para-militaristic Galactic Space Federation. In particular, Jody has had an eventful and active childhood, while Lily has been [[ChildSoldiers training since shortly after her birth]] and has even seen combat in a few skirmishes. There are hints that Mrs. Arrow is also one of these, particularly of the [[ActionGirlfriend Action Wife]] variety. Lisa Brilliant shows her mettle as the wife of Samurai Goroh in the anime.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In ''Legend of Falcon'', many characters have their hair colors as slightly lighter shades. The most noticeable change comes from [[spoiler:Captain Falcon]], whose hair is now brown instead of black.
* ADayInTheLimelight: A few characters get this treatment. [[VillainEpisode Even some of the villains]].
* AffablyEvil: Black Shadow in brief flashes. He says the below line as politely and calmly as could be.
-->'''Black Shadow''': "Falcon, you've come to die? I needn't have wasted time looking for you then."
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Jody Summer may or may not have a crush on Captain Falcon. Possibly either played straight or subverted with the Arrows.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: John Tanaka harbors a crush on Jody Summer, who (if John's bonus movie in ''GX'' is anything to go by) is in love with Captain Falcon. Averted with the Arrows, who are a HappilyMarried couple.
* AllThereInTheManual: Pretty much the franchise's only source of story or character info before ''GX''.
** Averted with the anime (and the two tie-in games), which appear to take place in an [[AlternateContinuity alternate canon]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English version of the anime used [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0MLCKqoUb8 an instrumental for its opening]], as opposed to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdQ4xSPX-aU Hiro-x's "The Meaning of Truth"]] in the original Japanese version.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Somewhat inevitable seeing as aliens are involved, but several characters have alternate colors that give them even weirder skin tones.
* [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield Amazing Technicolor Racetrack]]: Phantom Road in ''GX''. Rainbow Road from ''X'' also qualifies, though it was much less technicolor than the original ''VideoGame/MarioKart64'' version.
* AmazonianBeauty: Mrs. Arrow in the games.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Baba. He wears an outfit with leopard prints and [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl wails like a girl]] if he falls off the track in ''X''. ''GX'''s voice acting gave Baba an effeminate voice and several... [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar questionable comments.]] And then there's his bonus movie in ''GX''... The less you know, the better.
** Jack in the anime. It's not nearly as bad as Baba (and he does retain his [[HandsomeLech key characterization]]), but still. Either that, or he's CampStraight.
* AnimalMotifs: Captain Falcon... [[CaptainObvious we don't need to spell this one out for you]]. Super Arrow's seems to be avians, while Beastman's is a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]].
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Captain Falcon and Beastman fit types two (Animal Alias) and one (Animal Abilities) respectively.
* AnimeHair: The front-runners would be James [=McCloud=] and Jack Levin in ''GX'', the former's hair being redesigned to make his parallels with that of [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox's]] father more obvious. James even has [[SkunkStripe white streaks going through them]]. Jack's hair is taken to ridiculous lengths (literally!) in the anime. Antonio Guster reveals in his interviews that [[CompressedHair he hides a mohawk under his helmet]], and it's ''[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]]''. Kate Alen has [[FunnyAfro a pretty funky afro]], [[SubvertedTrope but no one ever seems to talk about it]].
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: ''F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu'' (''F-Zero: Legend of Falcon''), known in the U.S. as ''F-Zero: GP Legend''.
* AnnouncerChatter: From ''X'' onwards, but especially in ''X''. [[NitroBoost "YOU GOT BOOST POWER!"]] "WATCH YOUR BACK!" [[HaveANiceDeath "TOO BAD. YOU LOST YOUR MACHINE."]] [[HaveANiceDeath "OFF COURSE! RETIRED."]]
** [[NoIndoorVoice "YEAH! THE FINAL LAP!" "WHOA! YOU'RE WAY OUT IN FRONT!"]]
** Mr. Zero himself (or his animated equivalent) seems to indulge in this himself throughout the anime. He's much more subdued in the games.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Everyone you meet is food. Eat all the food put in front of you. And brush your teeth properly." - Bio Rex
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Reactor Mights from ''Legend of Falcon'', which provide the F-Zero machines they empower with enhanced performance capabilities but can end up [[DeadlyUpgrade tampering with the machine if left unchecked]] and are intended to be used with the BigBad's [[SealedEvilInACan Dark Reactor]].
* ArchEnemy: Captain Falcon and Black Shadow, the Arrows and Zoda, Beastman and Bio Rex, Ryu and Zoda in the anime, etc.
* ArtificialGravity: Many of the tracks make good use of this. A few of them actually overlap themselves with the two tracks being face-to-face.
* AscendedExtra: While ''GX'' did this with racers that had debuted in ''X'', the anime goes even deeper into some characters, Jody, Jack, and Zoda in particular.
* AscendedFanboy: Draq was mostly a rather over-enthusiastic F-Zero fan, until one day his shipping company received two racers with no destination or return address; when this happened, Draq immediately jumped on the racer, entered the league, and now he's running to use the prize money to buy his own racer and start an F-Zero museum. His buddy Roger Buster, while also an F-Zero fan, is more the casual fan type (i.e. not an F-Zero nerd like Draq).
** Mrs. Arrow, who began racing in mock models at the age of 14, became a circuit model, and then finally a racer herself.
** To a lesser extent, Lucy Liberty from ''Legend of Falcon'' is a female version of this trope, with her official bio stating that she's a huge fan of the sport.
* AscendedMeme: The Falcon Punch, which originated in ''Super Smash Bros.'', is used by Captain Falcon in the GrandFinale of the anime.
* AttackAttackAttack: When Mr. Zero asks Beastman to describe his racing style, these are his exact words.
* AuthorAvatar: [[spoiler:[[PowersThatBe The Creators]] are symbolic stand-ins for the creators of the game.]]
* AutobotsRockOut: Happens a lot, especially in the anime, where the themes for Mute City and Big Blue, as well as Hiro-x's "The Meaning of Truth" accompany many a heroic moment.
** ''F-Zero X''[='s=] entire soundtrack is alt-rock & heavy metal goodness. ''GX'' moves to a more {{Industrial}}[=/=]IndustrialMetal oriented soundtrack.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: A lot of the racers. Naturally, Captain Falcon is a standout here.
* AWizardDidIt: The Skull's backstory states that he was revived by black magic. Moreover, his race car has no turning system; he turns it around by using his magic.
* AxCrazy: Zoda. It's taken to horrific levels in the anime.
** Even in the game, he's piloting a ballistic missile while being constantly pumped full of adrenaline and dopamine. Even in gameplay terms he has one of the fastest machines with some of the worst cornering and body rating, which is kinda nuts by itself.
* BackFromTheDead: The Skull [[spoiler:and Deathborn, apparently]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Ryu and Captain Falcon, ''numerous'' times.
* {{Badass}}: Obviously, Captain Falcon is ''the'' prime example, but you can make cases for several other characters in the games and anime.
* BadassBoast: Many characters get this in their post-race interviews. Deathborn gets a sinister ([[MotiveRant and extremely long]]) one in the penultimate chapter of Story Mode. Falcon then [[UpToEleven one-ups]] ''everyone'' when he tells off [[spoiler:''[[PowersThatBe the creators of his universe]]'']].
--> '''Deathborn''': "Falcon, shall I tell you something before you die? [[spoiler:Dark and Light -- the two great forces which make up our universe. These two forces are condensed in each of our belts. Didn't you know? At the moment when [[YinYangBomb these forces become one]] -- [[AGodAmI it is possible to seize that power]]. [[OmnicidalManiac Then, I can turn this whole galaxy into a pile of ashes in an INSTANT!]] How I've waited for this moment! [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The world will fall into total darkness]]."]]
--> '''Captain Falcon''': "Not if I can help it. I'll destroy you yet!"
** Captain Falcon finds the suggestion that even [[spoiler:the lords of all creation]] can best him on the track absolutely ridiculous. And to back his bravado, ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he wins]]''.
* BadassCape: Super Arrow, Phoenix, Black Shadow, and Deathborn.
** Bonus points for Supes, as he is literally TheCape.
* BadassDriver: Virtually everyone.
* BadassGrandpa: Silver Neelson. Clearly, not even ''age'' [[{{Determinator}} will stop this man]].
* BadassLongcoat: Antonio Guster.
* BadassLongRobe: Berserker, TheDragon to Don Genie in the anime. [[spoiler:He's really Captain Falcon in disguise, [[ReverseMole infiltrating]] [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Dark Million]].]]
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Most notably in the anime, where [[spoiler:Captain Falcon and Black Shadow are the current representations of good and evil, perpetually deadlocked. Falcon cannot turn the tides without the help of [[MessianicArchetype Ryu, The Savior]].]]
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Michael Chain. However, he is too much of an ineffective thug to cross over into BaldOfEvil territory.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: When [[spoiler:Ryu discovers that Jody is a {{cyborg}} due to losing body parts in an explosion that presumably killed her older brother, she's shown in a stasis tube with a small amount of smoke and liquids surrounding her.]] Of course, it's still {{Bowdlerize}}d in the dub.
* BareYourMidriff: Kate, Princia, and Lily. For male examples, Dr. Clash ([[FanDisservice unintentionally]]) and Blood Falcon in his Master video (his suit shrunk in the wash).
* BattleCouple: The Arrows. Mrs. Arrow's comments in ''GX'' imply that [[TheyFightCrime the two routinely fight crime]] on ''and'' off the track.
* BeautyMark: Lisa Brilliant.
* BecomingTheMask: Beastman uses an intimidating facade and costume to hide the fact that he's extremely shy from any potential enemies... but he might actually be turning into a real {{Badass}} gradually.
** To a lesser extent, Captain Falcon himself would count, since as a bounty hunter wanted by many criminals, he usually hides his face with his helmet. Subverted when the player beats a harder-difficulty cup, which then he reveals his face.
** And again with Falcon's "Bart Lemming" identity. Falcon may be a paragon of strength and courage, but as Bart he's gentle, soft spoken, and even a bit of a goof.
* BellyDancer: Princia invokes a bit of it at the Settings screen before a race and during her ending. She even wears [[BareYourMidriff suitable attire.]]
* BigBoosHaunt: Port Town in the original.
* BigBrotherMentor: Bart Lemming, in regards to several characters, Ryu being the most prominent. [[spoiler:He's also Captain Falcon, TheObiWan to Ryu.]] Jack also takes up this role to Ryu, in addition to being VitriolicBestBuds with him.
* BigEater: Bio Rex. His reasons for entering the ''GX'' GP? To sate his voracious appetite for ''big ribs''. And, as ''GX'' can attest to, he seems to have an affinity for liquor.
* BigNo: Most of the racers have this mixed in with a DeathCryEcho in ''X''. Deathborn pulls one during his VillainousBreakdown after Captain Falcon wins against him. He then [[DrivesLikeCrazy drives off of the course]] and [[StuffBlowingUp blows up in a sea of lava]].
-->'''Deathborn''': "[[LargeHam AAAAAAaaaaaaargh!]] [[ThisCannotBe No, it can't be!]] [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll How can I lose!]] [[BigNo Nooooooooooooo!]]"
* {{Bishonen}}: Jack Levin, ''especially'' in the anime. Leon ([[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent in human form]]) is also one in the anime.
* BlackKnight: Black Shadow. ItMakesSenseInContext, ''F-Zero'' being something of an AffectionateParody of Western {{Super Hero}}es, {{Toku}}, and/or [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]] and all.
* BloodKnight: The lyrics to Captain Falcon's theme song in ''F-Zero GX'' seems to be from the point of view of one who [[HeroWorshipper idolizes]] Captain Falcon.
** The Skull and Mighty Gazelle are in-game examples. The latter is a tragic [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], however, as he lost his fiance when she gazed in horror upon his cybernetic body. Thus, Gazelle turned to racing as it was the ''only'' thing he had to live for. He seems to have gotten out of this funk by the time of ''GX'' and even has a new girlfriend.
** It's hinted that Black Shadow and Blood Falcon love to destroy other machines at a whim. Blood's actions in the anime seem to affirm this.
** Pico is no better. Several times, has he been called one of the more violent and bloodthirsty racers. He's also widely believed to be responsible for the big accident several years ago that caused the races to amp up its safety measure solely for his aggressive nature on the track, regardless of whether or not he was guilty.
* BloodSport: A relatively tame example.
* BonusLevelOfHell: ''GX'''s penultimate chapter in Story Mode. Of course, [[ToHellAndBack Falcon gets out of there in one piece]].
* BoobsAndButtPose: Jody Summer in the Settings screen before a race in ''GX''.
* BountyHunter: Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh double as these outside of the races. [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The only time Falcon is ever seen on the job]] is in [[http://www.replacementdocs.com/download.php?view.1304 a short comic]] included with the original ''F-Zero''. This comic, to date, is the ''only'' time that Falcon uses his gun. ''Ever''.
* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: Several, but the more prominent ones are changing the name of Blood Falcon's Hell Hawk to the Blood Hawk and renaming Miss Killer as Luna Ryder. The latter [[{{Woolseyism}} actually works to a degree]], considering that Miss Killer drives the ''Moon Shadow'', but it's also a case of NeverSayDie.
* BoyBand: Jack Levin was once a part of one before joining the F-Zero races.
* BrainInAJar: Look at [[SerialProstheses Deathborn]]. ''Look at him!'' Also, [[spoiler:Roy Hughes/Mighty Gazelle]] in the anime.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Misaki Haruka was turned into Miss Killer and forced under Black Shadow's orders. She breaks free of his psychic probing, only to be [[TakenForGranite carbonized]] like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. She gets over that, too.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: The normally monotone and calm Mr. Zero is scared witless if he has to interview any creepy, menacing, or downright evil characters. Oddly, he remains calm with Don Genie.
** Still, some fans see Mr. Zero as a {{Badass}} simply for having the guts to interview said characters. '''Black Shadow himself''' is also impressed, and even offers Mr. Zero [[EqualOpportunityEvil the chance to work for him.]] Whether or not this counts as BadassUnintentional or MistakenForBadass is up to you.
* BroadStrokes: Every home console release in the series is technically this, with small details in character backstories changing from game to game. However, the ''Legend of Falcon'' sub-series is an exceptional case that's ''very'' different from the rest of the franchise. It's especially confusing because the anime and games in this series both compliment each other and seem to contradict each other at the same time. ''Maximum Velocity'' is the only entry that doesn't contradict another game in the series, as it takes place in the immediate future of at least one of the three core games (original, ''X'' or ''AX''/''GX''), but [[FanonDiscontinuity most fans seem to ignore the story aspects of that game]].
* ButNotTooForeign: Samurai Goroh is Japanese-American. Presumably, his son is also mixed.
* ButtMonkey: Samurai Goroh seems to be one in ''GX''. He's caught in the explosion of his Fire Stingray, is booed by the crowd at the GP, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf1i1DAp0GA few racers appear to like him]] outside of his son and Princia, who has oddly taken a fancy to him.
* TheCameo: As you can see in the picture at the top of this page, a giant-sized [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem R.O.B.]] appears on the Port Town courses, most notably Port Town: Aero Drive.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Unlike ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby]]'', the ''F-Zero'' anime (taking place in the 23rd century rather than the 26th) was ''not'' warmly received. The two games based off it failed to match ''GX''[='s=] sales ''combined'' and ''Climax'' in particular sold poorly enough to get its international release halted and [[FranchiseKiller send the series into an indefinite hiatus]]. ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' treats ''GX'' as the latest entry, with nothing from the ''Falcon Densetsu/GP Legend'' line receiving a mention as far as Trophies or Stickers go.
* CarFu: First introduced in ''F-Zero X'', the Spin Attack is an offensive technique that is used to damage and destroy other racers. Very useful for thinning out the pack when things get crowded and pushing opponents out of the way or off your tail.
* CardCarryingVillain: Whoever is labeled a "villain" in the games will carry not a card, but a '''poster'''. Just check out the interviews Deathborn and Black Shadow give to Mr. Zero in ''GX''.
* CastFromHitPoints: The boost feature from ''X'' onward.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* TheCastShowoff: Creator/AiMaeda was not only the seiyuu of Kate Alen in the anime, but also sung both of the series' ending themes, "Resolution" and "Forever." [[Anime/DigimonAdventure This is not the first time it happened.]] Well, in-universe, [[{{Typecasting}} Kate]] ''[[{{Typecasting}} is]]'' [[IdolSinger a singer...]]
* CharacterDevelopment: In ''GX'', most of the cast was given quirky personalities in order to make them seem more realistic. ''Legend of Falcon'' then turned this on its head by redefining a good portion of the cast or [[{{Flanderization}} flanderizing]] what was already there (for example, Beastman [[FaceHeelTurn became]] a game hunter [[OnlyInItForTheMoney who was in only for the money]]). In fact, some of Captain Falcon's seemingly {{Out of Character Moment}}s from ''Super Smash Bros.'' [[CharacterizationMarchesOn became an actual part of his anime persona]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the games, there isn't much to go on from Captain Falcon except for his righteousness. Then, ''Super Smash Bros.'' turns the guy into a campy, over-the-top brawler with a [[MegatonPunch Falcon Punch]]. Come ''F-Zero: Legend of Falcon'', Captain Falcon is a fusion of both personalities (being a [[TheStoic stoic]] hero as Captain Falcon, but something of a lovable and well-meaning goof as Bart Lemming) and [[AscendedMeme even uses the Falcon Punch]] in the GrandFinale.
* ChekhovMIA: In the anime, Andy Summer, Jody's [[NeverFoundTheBody supposedly]] dead older brother is actually [[spoiler:Bart Lemming, the current Captain Falcon]].
* ChildProdigy: Terry "Digi-Boy" Getter. Clank Hughes in the anime. The latter probably [[TeenGenius remained the same]] after the TimeSkip, but we'll never know for sure.
* ChristmasCake: Jody Summer and Kate Alen. As of ''GX'', they are respectively 25 and 30; both are single. In contrast, the 27-year-old Mrs. Arrow is HappilyMarried.
* CloningBlues: How Blood Falcon came to be. [[FromBadToWorse Things only go south from there]], as it's implied in the games and revealed in the anime that Blood Falcon isn't the only clone of Captain Falcon.
* ClothingDamage: A ''male'' example comes from Captain Falcon's ''GX'' ending movie. After saving Mrs. Arrow's baby from a speeding locomotive, his pants rip, revealing his GoofyPrintUnderwear. This leaves Falcon in an awkward and compromising position as Mrs. Arrow chuckles at his misfortune.
* CollisionDamage: [[ShowsDamage And it shows on your vehicle.]] Sorta.
* ColorCodedStones: In ''F-Zero GX'', the four racing cups are Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond. [[ChromaticArrangement Red, Blue, Green and a pale Yellow respectively.]]
* CombatStilettos: Averted. While several women wear high-heels as a part of their racing attire, none of the females are ever shown in the midst of a brawl.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Hoo boy!
** This is the case in the original ''F-Zero'' where the other racer car could not die even when falling out track and in ''F-Zero: Maximum Velocity'' on Master Difficulty, where a machine that tops at 410km/h can keep up with your machine at 450km/h. Both will have the tendency to always have someone on your tail no matter how good you do.
** ''GX'' is mostly fair in GP Mode, at least on the lower three difficulties. Story Mode, however, awards the designated rivals unlimited boost and absurdly good acceleration.
** ''Climax'' doesn't even ''try'' to hide the fact the computer is cheating. If you can see a car on your screen, it will more than likely drive like it's drunk, crashing into (and driving on top of) course barriers, falling out-of-course, and ignoring Boost arrows. As soon as a car goes off your screen however, it drives like it's on a rail (which is technically ''is'' at that point) and easily be able to overtake and stay ahead of you. This is especially noticeable on higher difficulties.
* ConspicuousCG: It is a rarity to see the F-Zero machines traditionally animated in the anime.
* CoolCar: Pretty much everyone, although some are cooler than others.
* CoolHelmet: A good deal of characters have 'em.
* CoolMask: Several characters get one, but the prime example would have to be Super Arrow, a bona-fide {{superhero}}.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite being [[GrumpyOldMan a bit cranky in his old age]], Silver Neelson is considered a great mentor. [[CantHoldHisLiquor With just the aid of a few drinks]], racers could get a year's worth of racing advice in a single evening.
* CoolShades: James [=McCloud=], Samurai Goroh, Antonio Guster, Mrs. Arrow, Michael Chain all have them. James and Mrs. Arrow lose 'em in their ''X'' endings, and Mrs. Arrow's are missing completely in ''GX'' save for her bonus movie.
** Jody Summer has a pair [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T40GqHC0TcI while riding in the Super Cat]] (see WhatCouldHaveBeen below).
* CoolStarship: Captain Falcon has one in the form of his Falcon Flyer (which, according to ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', is his primary form of transportation). It finally gets an on-screen appearance in the anime. Samurai Goroh and his crew also are in possession of one, and in a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMOA]] for Goroh, he uses the ship's [[{{BFS}} mammoth space katana attachment]] to hack away at the villains.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Don Genie.
* CriticalAnnoyance: The ranking system in the original ''F-Zero'': Fall below a certain position and the game's beeping [[MostAnnoyingSound will blare in your ear 'til you make it back to an acceptable spot]]. Or fail to do so and explode.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: If you so much as rub paint with another machine when you're at critically low health, your machine a splode.
* CursedWithAwesome: Machines with E-ranked grip aren't as bad as the vehicle parameter system tells you. In fact, these machines are able to exploit several {{Game Breaker}}s, allowing them to take massive shortcuts and gain ridiculous bursts of speed.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Gazelle looked as if he were going this route (see BloodKnight above), but he seems to have avoided this come ''GX''. Played straight with [[spoiler:Deathborn, who is believed to have had his humanity eroded by the tinkerings of The Creators. Their dialogue implies that they were going to rip out Captain Falcon's soul when they won and transform him into Deathborn's successor.]]
* CyberPunkIsTechno: In a toss-up from ''X'''s rock-heavy soundtrack, the majority of the songs found in ''GX'' are techno, electronic rock and industrial metal.
* DamselInDistress: Jody becomes one in Chapter 5 of ''GX'''s Story Mode and has another moment in the ''GP Legend'' video game. Pretty much every female suffers from this in the anime. Otherwise, [[ActionGirl they can all fend for themselves]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite being undead and using black magic to steer his machine, which is itself powered by drawing the energy of living things, there's no real evidence that the Skull is evil. Mr. Zero isn't afraid of him, and his only motive appears to be a desire to race forever.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Lucy Liberty.
** Princia might also qualify, but her hair [[HairColorDissonance appears to shift from brown to red to a chestnut hue somewhere in the middle]]. Her bonus movie has her significantly paler as well.
* DatingCatwoman: To a degree, this is the relationship between Ryu and Miss Killer. It jumps between this, FoeRomanceSubtext (mainly, [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Miss Killer's resolve to face-off with him during a race]]), and FatalAttraction at multiple points. [[spoiler:This is then subverted as it turns out Miss Killer is Misaki Haruka, his ''actual'' girlfriend.]]
* DeadlyWalls: Some scenery objects in ''GX'' will cause your machine to explode instantaneously upon contact. ''[[FridgeLogic Even if you're only going 10 km/h]]''.
* DeathMountain: Red Canyon, especially the track that you race Samurai Goroh on during ''GX'''s Story Mode.
* DemBones[=/=]OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Skull, with added technological and necromantic flair.
* DemotedToExtra: Since ''GX'' cups are relegated to five courses each, ''AX'''s Sonic Oval got this treatment, dropped from the AX Cup and only playable in Time Attack.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Black Shadow plays this role in the anime. He occasionally gives off EvilOverlord vibes too. Either way, he pulls out the [[MagnificentBastard magnificence]].
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: This can happen to the player if they're not careful; one wrong move while attacking the CPU-controlled racers, and you could find yourself careening off of the track.
** In ''X'', attacking bleeds off speed even if you don't hit anything -- not to mention that the surest way to take out an opposing machine is to [[PhlebotinumAnalogy shoulder-check it into the boards]], which can bleed off a ''lot'' of speed, ''especially'' if you miss. And if you ''do'' miss, and end up ahead of the target, said target will often slow way down in order to avoid another attack. A burning vendetta against a particular driver can easily cost you a race... Luckily, ''GX'' makes the side tackle a much more viable method of attacking your rivals.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:In the final Story mission of ''GX'', you must defeat The Creators of the entire universe ([[GodOfEvil who seem to be evil]])... in a F-Zero race, of course.]]
* DifficultButAwesome: It goes both ways: in-universe, the racers must be extremely skilled to be able to place well in the circuits without crashing. In-game, players must be able to handle the extreme speeds the game wants you to race at. However, if you're good enough, the challenge and thrill will make it all worth the skill required.
* DirtyOldMan: Silver Neelson in the anime, although he manages to repress it for most of the episode focusing on him. Bonus points: [[IWasQuiteALooker He was an attractive guy back in his (distant) prime]].
* DisappearedDad: Both Dr. Stewart and Jody's fathers are dead. Both race in honor of their dads and the stats of Stewart's Golden Fox are even [[MeaningfulName D-A-D]].
** Also Jack's dad left the family when he was four years old.
* DistantReactionShot: The famous scene in the anime has the light from the explosion of Black Shadow's Dark Reactor engulfing ''an entire galaxy''. Usually, it's made to look like Captain Falcon's Falcon Punch created the [[EarthShatteringKaboom all-encompassing destruction]].
* DistressedDude: Ryu Suzaku towards the end of the anime. Might actually be a BadassInDistress, as he and Captain Falcon continue to undermine Dark Millon afterward and Ryu even gets his own CMOA (well, sorta) in the GrandFinale.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Not actually necessary, because Captain Falcon clone Blood Falcon already plays entirely different from him. The scientists working for Black Shadow realized that they wouldn't be able to beat Captain Falcon using an identical machine.
** This is actually inverted with the original four characters in regards to the increasing amount of newcomers (see JackOfAllStats below).
* DoggedNiceGuy: John Tanaka to Jody Summer.
** May also cross over with StalkerWithACrush, considering that he's at F-Zero solely in order to protect her (and propose to her if he wins) and named his RobotBuddy J-Love 1. [[CaptainObvious Guess what the "J" stands for]].
** In the anime, Leon may count in regards to Lucy Liberty, seeing as he risked transforming into a werewolf (and subsequent capture by Beastman) to save her. A possible subversion, as Lucy seems to slightly reciprocate his feelings. Sadly, we'll never know, considering that Leon appeared for all of ''one'' episode, and there'll never be a sequel series.
* DoubleUnlock: How ''GX'' works, up to and including the ''AX'' stuff if you unlock them the very hard way. Luckily, [[MoneyForNothing currency is easy to come by.]]
* DownToTheLastPlay: In ''X'' and onward, there can be some pretty thrilling moments in the last straightaway as everyone who is playing to win uses up every last drop of their energy to boost past the competition, knowing full well that one scratch = dead after doing that (in some games, your blown-up machine can still drift past the finish line).
* TheDragon: Blood Falcon to Black Shadow, and Black Shadow [[EvilerThanThou to]] [[TheManBehindTheMan Deathborn]].
* DramaticWind: [[RuleOfCool For some reason]], most of the cape-wearing characters get it at the Settings screen in ''GX/AX''.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Go fast enough, and ''you'' will be doing this.
* DrugsAreBad: Zoda, whose body is pumped full of adrenaline and dopamine. It's part of the reason [[AxCrazy he's so darned unhinged]].
* DuelsDecideEverything: You know that really annoying goody-goody-two-shoes who keeps foiling your dastardly plots? Well then, have we got a proposition for you!
* DumbBlonde: Averted with Mrs. Arrow, who has had a classy upbringing in terms of music and [[{{Omniglot}} linguistics]] and is held with the same intellectual regard as Octoman, Mr. EAD, and Dr. Clash. See, she's more than a pretty face.
** Inverted with Princia, who is something of a ditzy brunette.
* DummiedOut: [[http://tcrf.net/F-Zero_GX GX contains just about the entirety of AX in its coding,]] and we don't just mean the racers or tracks. Using a Game Genie code, you can make your copy of ''GX'' boot into ''AX''! This is possible because ''AX'' runs on the Triforce arcade board, which is really just a [[NintendoGameCube GameCube]] with support for [[SegaDreamcast Dreamcast]]-based add-ons.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Ryu Suzaku and Misaki Haruka/Miss Killer in the anime.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very first game. Only four playable racers with not much personality to go on besides the manual's mini-comic, other racers were portrayed as generic recoloured vehicles, the tracks were all flat with no loops to speak of, and the boost feature here was where you'd be rewarded a boost each time you finished a lap rather than it being CastFromHitPoints.
* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Not quite. Several planets in the game are of good importance, but Mute City (which is a futuristic UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity according to the anime) is regarded as the most advanced and sophisticated city in the universe, thus making it a very populated center of trade and commerce. All of ''GX'''s Story Mode appears to transpire on Earth.
** In ''Maximum Velocity'', Bianca City is said to have taken over Mute City as the most important city in the galaxy. It is also located on Earth.
** ''GP Legend'' states that Mute City is, in fact, New York City (yes, '''''that''''' [[BigApplesauce New York City]]) [[{{ExtyYearsFromNow}} in 2201]]. However, the first game taking place in 2560 instead stated that Mute City's original name was Mutant City.
* EmergencyTransformation: How Mighty Gazelle came to be.
* EscortMission: Odd example of this in ''GX''. In the story, you have to escort your own machine to a finish line without it falling below a certain speed, cause [[SomeoneSetUpUsTheBomb it has a bomb on top of it]], or [[CriticalExistenceFailure it'll blow up after a countdown of three seconds]] which is un-preventable once triggered.
* EternalEngine[=/=]PollutedWasteland: Lightning, coupled up with perpetual thunderstorms as EpilepticFlashingLights!
* {{Expy}}: [[VideoGame/StarFox James McCloud]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Michael Chain listens to a combination of Heavy Metal and Opera while racing because it reminds him of his ([[ParentalAbandonment deceased]]) mother and father.
* HairDecorations: Lucy Libery, perhaps to {{enforce|dTrope}} the fact that she's the youngest (but not the newest) member of the Mobile Task Force.
* EveryTenThousandPoints: ''F-Zero'' has an unusual racing game example: As you cross the checkpoint, you gain points in proportion to your standing. You get an extra life every 10,000 points.
** ''F-Zero X'' changed this so that you got an extra life for every five kills you score in a single race. ''GX'' changes this to ''only'' the first five kills per race.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Bio Rex.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Billy.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[PunnyName Princia]] Ramode.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rainbow Road]] (yes, ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart that]]'' Rainbow Road), natch. The energy meter becomes a rainbow when you obtain [[NitroBoost Boost Power]]. Subverted with the Rainbow Phoenix, which is actually red and pink.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Guess who!
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: ''A lot'' of the bonus movies in ''GX'' will blind you with their... [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Oooh! Shiny!]]
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The Skull.
* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco: James [=McCloud=]'s bonus movie from ''GX''. He tried a somersault when he should have [[DoABarrelRoll done a barrel roll]]. [[note]][[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Ha ha]], [[MemeticMutation get it?]][[/note]]
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Octoman. His anime counterpart is a bit more sinister, but both versions are used for PluckyComicRelief.
* EvilCounterpart[=/=]EvilKnockoff[=/=]EvilTwin: Blood Falcon. Obviously, he's the ShadowArchetype to Captain Falcon.
** FangsAreEvil: Despite being a clone of Captain Falcon, he has prominent fangs and even a different voice.
* EvilIsHammy: Subverted in that the the ''heroes'' [[HamToHamCombat are just as capable at chewing the scenery as the villains are.]]
* EvilGloating: Black Shadow, Blood Falcon, and Deathborn love this trope.
* EvilLaugh: The villains and dregs of society. Sometimes comes across as {{Narm}}, especially in ''GX''.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Deathborn.
** Black Shadow in the anime, [[Creator/NorioWakamoto not]] [[Creator/EricStuart surprisingly]].
** Same goes for [[Creator/BanjoGinga Blood Falcon in the anime]].
* ExcusePlot: There is a big race going down and your character aims to win it. Everything else is just flavor text that changes from game to game.
* ExpansionPack: ''X'' had one exclusive to Japan on the failed Nintendo 64DD add-on, which included 2 new GP cups, 5 new music tracks, a track editor, a car editor, and expanded time trial ghost storage.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Dr. Stewart from ''X'' onward. Dai San Gen in ''GX''.
** Don't forget about Tanaka!
* TheFaceless: Several characters.
* FakeDifficulty: There is some of this in the original, at Master Level. The CPU Golden Fox cruises at 478 kph. The player controlled Golden Fox maxes out at 438 kph.
** ''GX''. Mission 7. If you unlock the Pink Spider without ''AX'', you win.
** For some reason, there are cars in the original that are not in the race; they're just there to get [[TooDumbToLive blown up]]. Judging from the sequels, the Grand Prix is not an underground racing league at all (in fact, it's a direct descendant of F-1 Racing, [[AllThereInTheManual according to F-Zero X's manual]]). Was it also mentioned that the opponents [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard slip right through them]]?
* FangsAreEvil: In addition to Blood Falcon, Zoda sports a pretty sharp pair of these in the anime.
* {{Fanservice}}: Beating the Grand Prix on Master difficulty in ''X'' or beating Story Mode in ''GX'' nets you a quick shot of [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic Captain Falcon without his helmet]]. Several of the mini-movies unlocked by beating the GP on Master in ''GX'' count as well, of both the sexual and non-sexual varieties.
* FanserviceExtra: The circuit models in ''X'' who appear in the main menu. They're a group of busty, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple-haired]], [[CoolMask masked]] beauties in [[BareYourMidriff midriff-barring tops]] (with "F-Zero" conveniently written in bold, uppercase letters to [[MaleGaze guide your eyes right back to their chests]]) and bikini bottoms. Should you win the Joker Cup on Expert or Master, two of them will strike a BoobsAndButtPose at the end of the staff roll.
* FatBastard: Don Genie.
* FemmeFatale: [[DarkActionGirl Miss Killer]][[spoiler:--who is Ryu's BrainwashedAndCrazy girlfriend]]. Lisa Brilliant is a lighter version of this trope. Despite being Goroh's wife and the second-in-command of an intergalactic band of thieves, she isn't so much evil as she is opportunistic. Still, she can and ''will'' use her womanly wiles to get what she wants.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Don Genie fits, considering that he's extremely rich due to his position as the head mogul of an universal trading system. He also happens to be a narcissistic CorruptCorporateExecutive [[ArmsDealer who illegally sells energy resources and weapons]] and [[TheSyndicate is believed to have ties to]] Black Shadow. He's apparently so rich that whenever he's arrested, he gets off scot-free by paying an exorbitantly large fee.
** There's also Lord Cyber from ''Maximum Velocity'', a wealthy baron. Sadly, that's pretty much all we know about him. On a very ambiguous note, ''Black Shadow'' might count. He's shown to have power and influence in the underground and he remarks that the prize money earned from winning the F-Zero GP ([[GlobalCurrency one billion space credits]]) is a ''paltry sum''.
** Mrs. Arrow herself may also fit the bill (no pun intended). After all, [[{{Ojou}} she is the only daughter of the former vice president of the Milky Way Federation and a powerful businessman in the field of neuroplastics]]. It's implied that her family is ''loaded''.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: The Japanese covers for the [[http://boxvsbox.tumblr.com/post/39763870296/f-zero-vs-f-zero-1990-91 first game]] and ''[[http://boxvsbox.tumblr.com/post/42364070230/f-zero-x-vs-f-zero-x-1998 X,]]'' which is particularly [[SlasherSmile intense]].
* FormFittingWardrobe: Given all of that [[SensualSpandex spandex]] and [[LatexSpaceSuit latex]], it applies to almost all of the racers. In most cases, it could be seen as {{Fanservice}} given [[HeroicBuild how fit just about everyone is]], but a handful of racers [[FanDisservice go in the]] [[{{Squick}} opposite direction]]. Considering the sort of outfits NASCAR racers wear today, though, this may be justified.
* FragileSpeedster: Many of them, with varying degrees of fragility and speediness.
** Subverted with heavier machines, which tend to be [[LightningBruiser faster and more capable of bullying opponents]]. As is standard with racing games, the heavier machines do tend to have worse acceleration, but once they get going, ''watch out''.
* FunPersonified: Billy is probably the closest fit, although Gomar and Shioh are also somewhat like this.
* FutureSpandex: Played with. While a large percentage of the cast is decked out in skin-tight spandex and latex, more than a handful of characters are instead shown wearing sleek armor ([[UnderwearOfPower if not both]]). Others [[NoNewFashionsInTheFuture sport attire not too different]] [[FashionsNeverChange from present-day fashion trends]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Dr. Clash, who's responsible for a great deal of the technology that is seen in the present-day F-Zero machines.
** Digi-Boy claims that he can use any modern piece of technology adeptly and has even created a few gizmos of his own. [[InsufferableGenius Suffice to say, he's extremely arrogant.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The story for ''F-Zero X'' says that F-Zero was discontinued for years after a huge near-fatal crash involving 14 racers. In-game, particularly aggressive players will take out more than that many machines in a single race. Now, if we're looking for a way to explain this, the crashes are never fatal in-game despite blowing up the machine, so in the future, it's really hard to die. Evidently the big crash somehow caused an even more spectacular explosion than you can cause in-game.
* GenerationXerox: Dai Goroh very much takes after his father, to the point that he shares his dad's rivalry with Captain Falcon. Slight subversion, as he doesn't follow his father in all respects; his Silver Rat was modeled after Antonio Guster's Green Panther, and Dai plans to spend the money on himself if he wins the F-Zero GP.
* GeniusBruiser: Bio Rex, mainly because he was genetically engineered to be one. [[GeniusDitz The "Genius" part usually doesn't show]].
* GenkiGirl: Princia Ramode. Lucy Liberty also exhibits these traits to a degree.
** Leon is their [[{{Keet}} Spear Counterpart.]]
* GlobalCurrency: Space Credits. It's implied that this is also a universal form of currency.
* TheGoodCaptain: [[CaptainObvious Three guesses.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Captain Falcon has a single scar located above his left eye. Beastman's entire body is ridden with cicatrices from a traumatic childhood experience involving a giant crocodile on the planet White, [[InformedDeformity although you can't see them]]. Leon has a scar running over his left eye, giving him a passing resemblance to [[VideoGame/StarFox Wolf]]. Don Genie's right eye (the one with the [[HighClassGlass monocle]]) also has a vertical scar. He's evil, or at least ''highly'' {{greed}}y.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In the character videos in ''GX'':
** Captain Falcon: Red polka dots.
** Antonio Guster: Camouflage.
** Blood Falcon: Pink with some sort of pattern.
* GogglesDoNothing: Several characters wear goggles for no reason other than RuleOfCool.
* GrandTheftMe: Pulled off on many of the heroes in the anime by a clone of Blood Falcon who could assume an amorphous shape resembling the [[Film/{{Terminator}} T-1000]]. They all got better.
* GratuitousEnglish: Shows up in the anime, natch.
-->'''[[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Hyper]]]] Zoda''': "JI ENDO!"
* GreenHillZone: Green Plant: Mobius Hill, despite being the second course of the ''second'' cup.
* GrumpyOldMan: "Ironman" Silver Neelson is this with added "crotchediness." [[OlderAndWiser Despite his years and years of experience]], he seems to be a bit loopy when it comes to new-fangled machines. Most of the other racers try to ignore him. Falcon isn't so lucky in Chapter 3.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Billy and Bio Rex.
* HandsomeLech: Jack, who says that ''all'' of his female fans are his girlfriends. Surprisingly, he doesn't pursue the handful of single ladies in the games. In the anime, this ''does'' get him in hot water, as [[LadyInRed Lisa Brilliant]] flaunts her [[MsFanservice charms]] to get access to the Mobile Task Force HQ and then ransack the place.
** The comic included with the manual of ''F-Zero'' paints Dr. Stewart in this light. This element of his personality was either [[CharacterizationMarchesOn subsequently dropped]], {{retcon}}ned out of existence, or [[CharacterDevelopment Stewart simply mellowed out]] ([[WildMassGuessing The Horrific Grand Finale and/or the death of his father may have had something to do with it]]).
* HappilyMarried: The Arrows, as well as Octoman. Octoman has several children, and the Arrows may have a child if ''GX'''s bonus endings are indeed canon.
** Ditto with James, who has a wife and son.
* HaveANiceDeath:
** In ''X'': "Too bad! You lost your machine."
** In ''GX'': "OFF COURSE! RETIRE" and "[[CriticalExistenceFailure BROKEN DOWN!]] RETIRE."
* HenpeckedHusband: Super Arrow.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Almost everyone in the cast qualifies. Each racer gets an extensive biography in the manual, but the actual story centers around the series' mascot, Captain Falcon, and his circle of friends and enemies. There are genetic experiments, sorcerers, superheroes, detectives, assassins, monsters, and all kinds of cool characters that are relegated to the sidelines in every game.
* HeroicBuild: [[WorldOfMuscleMen About 80% of the cast falls into this trope.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Captain Falcon]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome at the end of the anime]].
** Wanna see it? Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CJn69FgEko here.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Gomar and Shioh are from an alien race who ''all'' live this way. Their backstory in ''GX'' even points out that they are close to retirement since they're about to get married (and thus, leave each other's side).
** Presumably, the same could be said about Roger Buster and Draq. At the very least, it's an OddFriendship between a straight-laced intergalactic delivery man and his [[AscendedFanboy F-Zero fanatic]] of an alien buddy. Bonus points: their friendship doubles as an IntergenerationalFriendship, considering that Roger is 41 while Draq is ''137''.
* HiddenEyes: The usually kind and gentle Lucy gets one of these in episode 21 of the anime. Let's just say that Miss Killer pressed her buttons a bit too much. In response, Lucy goes from this to a {{glowing|EyesOfDoom}} DeathGlare and proceeds to open up a can of concentrated whup-ass in the form of a MacrossMissileMassacre. She then [[EvilLaugh goes mad with laughter]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Scary...]]
* HiredGuns: Pico is a hitman. Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh are bounty hunters, while Beastman is the beast-hunting equivalent of that.
* {{Homage}}: Captain Falcon's costume rather resembles that of JudgeDredd.
** James [=Mc=]Cloud. [[VideoGame/StarFox That is all]].
* HubCity: Mute City, which is usually the first venue raced on in the games.
* HumanPopsicle: Ryu and Zoda in the anime, as well as [[spoiler:Misaki]].
* IAmTheTrope
-->'''Super Arrow''': "I am Champion! I am [[ForGreatJustice Justice]]! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I am SUPER ARROW!]]"
** Remind anybody of anything? Clearly an homage to ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman: The Animated Series]]'', considering that both characters are superheroes and the ''F-Zero'' series either parodies or does homages to absolutely massive portions of Western culture at every turn.
-->'''Batman''': "I am vengeance! I am the night! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I am]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries BATMAN!]]"
* IdiotHero: Super Arrow in spades throughout the anime. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass He does have some flashes of brilliance, though]].
* IdleAnimation: Each character was given three in the Settings screen in ''GX/AX'': a basic standing pose, as well as two other character-specific actions that they'd break into from time to time.
* IdolSinger: Kate Alen was one (or at least the American pop star/diva equivalent of it) and was even a part of the "Alen Eleven" ({{Captain Ersatz}}es of [[Music/MichaelJackson The Jackson Five]]) with her older siblings before striking out on her own. Jack Levin is a ''male'' version of this trope.
* IDontKnowMortalKombat: In Draq's ''GX'' ending, he's playing the game itself and suffers a humiliating defeat. See PaintingTheMedium below.
* IKnowMortalKombat: However, in Draq's post-win interview in ''GX'', he reveals he trained for the race by playing the F-Zero computer game.
** The same applies for Gazelle (pre-cyborgfication), as he was encouraged to partake in the real races because of his prowess in the video game.
* ImageSong: Every character gets one in ''GX'', and quite a few have lyrics. Unfortunately, [[LongSongShortScene they only ever show up in the character profiles and during replays.]]
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Mrs. Arrow and Princia.
* InformedAbility: Captain Falcon is regularly said to be the best F-Zero pilot in the universe, but when the player plays Grand Prix, he is rarely better then the other CPU racers, and constantly places in excess of 10th out of 30.
** Leon has it worse. His ''X'' backstory says that he learned from each of his races and vastly improved over time, resulting in a respectable track record. Nine times out of ten in ''GX'', this guy will be in ''dead last''. Poor guy...
** The top speeds of the machines, possibly. In-game, 1,000 km/h seems more like about 300-350. This may be because of the relative scale of the machines and the track. Even Cosmo Terminal's freakishly narrow-feeling split ribbons are actually fairly wide if you compare them to the vehicles.
* IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery: All over the place, what with the cast largely being one great big homage to comic book superheroes.
* JackOfAllStats: All four characters from the original game are now Jacks due to the vast amount of {{Fragile Speedster}}s and {{Mighty Glacier}}s.
** More precisely, the Blue Falcon is the JackOfAllStats, and has been designed as such from the beginning. Even in ''GX'', the Golden Fox merits the best boost rating in the game, the Wild Goose has some of the best impact resistance in the game, and the Fire Stingray is faster (and [[MightyGlacier heavier]]) than all but a handful of machines (except for Beastman, you pretty much have to be evil to be faster than Goroh). The ''GX'' version of the Wild Goose deserves further discussion. It has the ''shortest'' boost in the game, along with some seriously weird handling -- its control hysteresis is in the same range as the Mad Wolf, worse than any other vehicle, which combined with the unusual boost strength and duration makes driving it a fairly interesting experience.
*** The [[GameBoyAdvance GBA]] games based on the anime instead give Ryu/Rick this status and then some, as the Dragon Bird's stats are all graded the same: B.
* JokeCharacter: Mr. EAD. The weirdest thing is that ''it's supposed to be that way''. Also a case of SelfDeprecation since this EAD appears to be the future/alternate version of EAD, which is Nintendo's largest division.
* JusticeWillPrevail: This is essentially Super Arrow's CatchPhrase (at least by ''X'''s standards), although he does put a spin on it by saying, "Justice ALWAYS prevails."
** In ''GX'', one of his post-race interviews has him say, "Justice always wins in the end."
** ForGreatJustice: "For Justice and Galactic Peace." Yes, he actually says that.
*** Mrs. Arrow is pretty much the same as her husband, despite the fact that she has no inherent superpowers.
* KavorkaMan: Aside from Silver Neelson at the end of the anime episode focusing on him, there is Samurai Goroh. Lacking in terms of manners and kindness, yet the SpoiledSweet space princess Princia [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys is head-over-heels for him]]. He also has a son, which would imply that another woman felt the same way in the past. This, however, is subverted with anime!Goroh and his wife Lisa.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai Goroh]] is obviously a standout here. Dai Goroh too, as his profile even states that he takes after his father and loves to take out his katana and whip it around. His wife Lisa Brilliant in ''GP Legend'' has also been seen with a katana at least once, but seems to [[TheGunslinger prefer firearms]].
** In an earlier episode of the anime, Super Arrow (alongside several other characters) is imprisoned behind a cage of laser beams by the Bloody Chain gang. In retaliation, he pulls out a katana to slash through and deflect the lasers, earning the admiration of his peers and wife. Of course, [[AllJustADream Super Arrow is just snoozing. It never happens.]]
* LanternJawOfJustice: Captain Falcon is rockin' that heroic jawline.
* LegacyCharacter: According to the anime, [[spoiler:Captain Falcon is one]]; we even see the mantle passed on in the final episode (see TakeUpMySword below). Kent Akechi from ''Maximum Velocity'' ''believes'' himself to be one to Captain Falcon, since he's under the impression that Falcon is his father. He even wears a similar outfit and drives a vehicle known as the Falcon Mk-II.
* {{Leitmotif}}[=/=]BootstrappedTheme[=/=]RecurringRiff: There's a reason the themes for Big Blue and ''especially'' Mute City are so [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic well-known]].
* LethalLavaLand: Fire Field. ''GX'' takes this to the logical extreme, where you actually race ''inside'' the outer crust of the planet.
* LetsPlay: Quite a few. But perhaps the greatest and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments most gut-busting one]] comes from the LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts [[http://www.freelanceastronauts.com/games.php?id=30 and their conquest of Story Mode]] in ''GX''. Prepare for tons of pop-culture references (that will probably go over your head), lewd jokes, [[LampshadeHanging trying to instill logic into the game's universe]], and [[ParodySue the epic story of]] '''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]] [[Manga/{{Trigun}} the Stampede]]'''. Said story has ''[[Fanfic/TheTaleOfSephirothGokuTheStampede its own page]]''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a non-licensed racing game, it has quite a few characters and individual machines.
** ''X'' brought the total number of playable characters up to 30, while ''GX''/''AX'' introduced the ''AX'' racers (of which there are ten) and [[BigBad Deathborn]].
* LongLostRelative: In the anime, [[spoiler:Captain Falcon is Jody's older brother Andy, [[HesJustHiding believed to have been killed at an earlier date.]]]]
* TheLostWoods: Devil's Forest in ''X'' and Green Plant in ''GX''.
* LovableRogue: Samurai Goroh and his entire crew in the anime. Goroh, in particular, is a {{Badass}} {{Samurai}} [[AdaptationalBadass who is a complete 180 degrees turn]] from his ButtMonkey status in ''GX''. He even helps out Ryu on several occasions and is something of a mentor to him.
* MadScientist: Zoda appears to be one in ''GX'', as his mini-movie has him constructing a version of Mr. EAD in his image while letting out a [[EvilLaugh mad fit of laughter]]. Not to mention that he's inside a creepy-looking lab while DramaticThunder brings his creation to life [[ShoutOut in a manner similar to that of]] [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein's monster]].
* MaleGaze: The endings for Mrs. Arrow and Princia has the camera focus on their lovely assets and fine-looking rears a decent chunk of the time.
** If you're playing as Jody in ''GX'', [[BoobsAndButtPose she turns around to show off her ass]] once you confirm your speed setting.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Deathborn.
** Taken a step further with [[spoiler:[[PowersThatBe The Creators]], who are implied to have made Deathborn into what he is today.]]
* ManlyTears: Beat ''GX'''s Story Mode on ''any'' difficulty and you will shed them.
** In the anime, the heroes do this in response to [[spoiler:Falcon's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* MarathonLevel: Most of the tracks from the AX Cup suffer from this.
* MarketBasedTitle: The anime and second GBA game are called ''F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu'' in Japan and ''F-Zero: GP Legend'' in America. Yes, both of them.
** ''Maximum Velocity'' is simply "''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin F-Zero for Game Boy Advance]]''" in Japan.
* MasterOfIllusion: Spade. It comes with the job; he ''is'' a magician at a circus act, after all.
* MayDecemberRomance: The Arrows, possibly. He's eight years her senior (as of ''GX'', he's 35 and she's 27), but it's unknown when they first [[LoveAtFirstSight met]]. (So, May-September Romance?)
** Judging by ''GX'', Princia is trying to attempt this with ''Goroh'' of all people. Keep in mind that she's 16 and he's 28 years older than her.
* MeaningfulName: Mr. EAD's machine stats are graded E-A-D.
** Even more meaningful when you realize his name is the name of Nintendo's main in-house development studio, headed by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto. Mr. EAD's creator's name? Shiggs.
** Then there's Ryu Suzaku. Suzaku is the name of [[TheFourGods a legendary bird]], foreshadowing [[LegacyCharacter his true destiny]]...
** The title itself might be one, considering that the series is a futuristic version of the FormulaOne races. The only exception is that the machines hover above the ground, thereby reducing the amount of '''f'''riction to '''zero'''.
*** Or the title could simply mean "'''F'''ormula '''Zero'''".
* MegatonPunch: Not part of the canon series, but in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' and the anime adaption (here it comes): "'''FALCON PUNCH!'''"
** The Falcon Punch also got a mention in the ''F-Zero GX'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1XW1Y1Tu5A credits song.]]
* MightyGlacier: In typical racing game fashion, heavier machines have low acceleration (but in many cases high top speeds) and are well-suited to bullying smaller opponents.
* MyHeroZero: Averted, as Mr. Zero is just your run-of-the-mill commentator.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: In the original ''F-Zero'', Master difficulty ramps the top speed of every machine to 478km/h and gives them insane cornering ability.
* MysteriousProtector: Subverted. Captain Falcon is [[ShroudedInMyth veiled in mystery]] and [[BigDamnHeroes appears to aid those in need]], but he's also TheHero of the series.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** In order of ascending villainy/creepiness: Miss Killer, The Skull, Blood Falcon, Black Shadow, Deathborn. Averted with Michael Chain's gang, the Bloody Chain; they're nothing more than a bunch of {{Mook}}s.
** If you are an evil villain/lawbreaker, then you'd most certainly want to run away from Captain Falcon himself.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: Black Shadow is the head of two: the eponymous Black Shadow Group in the games and Dark Million in the anime. The latter skirts the line between this and StandardEvilOrganizationSquad.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. Even at the height of Nintendo's censorship policies, the first game's Death Wind courses made it through localization unscathed.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: To be honest, ''everyone'' (to some degree or another) falls under this trope since they're all F-Zero pilots that have some other occupation or are an alien.
** Captain Falcon is part racecar driver, part bounty hunter, 100% {{Badass}}.
** Samurai Goroh is a samurai bounty hunter who leads a group of bandits and partakes in the F-Zero GP.
** Bio-Rex is a beer-drinking dinosaur racecar driver. Billy is a money-obsessed chimpanzee racecar driver. Need we go on?
* NintendoHard: What else do you expect from a game centered around post-Mach 1 racing? What makes the series very difficult is (unlike most racing games) once your machine explodes or falls off the track, that's it. You're out. Makes it even worse in multiplayer where you can easily be eliminated on the first lap if your friends were dickish enough to make you crash early. ''GX'' has a respawn option for multiplayer, but usually by the time you respawn, you fallen too far behind to catch up.
** ''GX''[='s=] Story Mode is brutally difficult, even on Normal difficulty. And there's still two more difficulty levels above that. Very Hard mode requires no less than absolute perfection most of the time.
* NitroBoost: "You got boost power!" This was changed from the SNES version, where the boost was a separate item. You got one at the start of every lap after the first, but you could only store 3 at a time. On the other hand, the item boost effect lasted for about 5 seconds per boost, instead of the "however long you hold the boost button" that happens with the [[CastFromHitPoints Cast from HP]] version.
* NobleWolf: Averted. Though he's one of the most morally upstanding characters in a series that features [[TheFettered Captain Falcon]], Leon only ''resembles'' [[VideoGame/StarFox Wolf O'Donnell]]. Given his [[CutenessProximity affinity for cats]], Leon is probably some sort of humanoid feline (it's more noticeable in his artwork from ''X''). In the anime, however, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Leon is more or less a wolf]].
* NoFairCheating: Taking a huge shortcut in ''F-Zero'' causes a UFO to pop up and drag you back to an earlier part of the course. Taking such a shortcut in ''GX'' simply blows your machine up. No such measure exists in ''GP Legend'', which leads to some massive [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] shortcuts.
** In one part of Rainbow Road in ''F-Zero X'', it looks like you can shave off a ''huge'' portion of a lap by dropping down from one part of the track to another much further down. Try it, and you fall ''through'' the track and die.
* NonActionGuy: John Tanaka. [[LoverNotAFighter He's a mechanic, not a fighter.]]
* NonLethalBottomlessPits: Subverted.
* NoodleIncident: The great accident in ''GX'' is mentioned in a number of character profiles and apparently has a role in Blood Falcon's creation, but is never explained in any more detail.
** Made even more confusing when you learn there were actually two crashes, and one of them was retconned out of existence.
** There's mention of a previous racing tournament, F-MAX. All we know is that it ended in a terrible car crash.
* [[NoodlePeople Noodle Person]]: Spade.
* NoOSHACompliance: Fire Field in ''GX'' is basically this. In fact, many of the courses in the Diamond Cup qualify, since they mostly lack guardrails and are thus incredibly perilous to navigate.
** Trident is notable for having long narrow roads with no guardrails on either side.
** There's also the Outer Space track from ''AX'', which takes place ''right in the middle of a meteor shower''. Luckily, the space station features a force field to prevent the meteors from becoming a stage hazard, but this becomes a plot point in the anime when Black Shadow ''disables'' it during an invitational race .
* NostalgiaLevel: Port Town 2 in ''X''.
* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:Good ol' Falcon himself]], despite being more heroic than [[LeeroyJenkins Ryu]]. [[spoiler:Falcon]] even pulls a ObiWanMoment in front of Ryu in the anime ([[spoiler:which doubles as PassingTheTorch]]), right before [[spoiler:his]] [[MemeticMutation most]] [[HeroicSacrifice famous]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome moment]].
* OffModel: While most of the character endings in ''F-Zero X'' are pretty well-drawn, some of them are... pretty unflattering. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ree9hYhMw Observe.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Happens ''a lot'' in the original ''F-Zero''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Several of the alien racers (i.e. Pico, Octoman, Draq, Gomar & Shioh) have a life expectancy exceeding that of their human contemporaries. For example, Dai San Gen look like children, but are 64 and their species has an average lifespan of ''200 years''.
* {{Omniglot}}: Mrs. Arrow speaks over 40 languages, including several alien tongues, one of which is Takoran (Octoman's native tongue and an language that humans have found great difficulty in learning).
* OneeSama: Jody plays this role in the Mobile Task Force, specifically towards Ryu, Lucy, Jack, and (to a lesser extent) Clank. She later becomes the TeamMom.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: ''GX'' was released alongside an arcade counterpart, ''AX'', which contained a slot for you to plug in your GCN save card. Doing so would allow you to unlock ''AX'''s tracks and vehicles, plus components for the Create-A-Car function, [[OldSaveBonus on your save.]]
** FakeDifficulty: The number of ''AX'' cabinets purchased by English-speaking arcades? 20. On the other hand you can also unlock the ''AX'' tracks and racers by beating all cups (including the Diamond Cup) on Master difficulty for the ''AX'' tracks, and beating Story chapters on Very Hard to unlock a racer for each one you complete (earning the tenth and final racer for doing the whole lot of them). [[DoubleUnlock Even then, you still have to buy them in the shop.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Hyper Zoda]] in the anime.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Terry "Digi-Boy" Getter. Dr. Clash may also qualify if he doesn't fit into CoolShades above.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Billy, as his real name (Eeeach Koo-koo-koo Yia) is incomprehensible to humans. A few other characters could count, but some of their names are revealed [[AllThereInTheManual in supplemental materials.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In the anime, Leon (who is normally a [[{{Bishonen}} bishie]] teenager) becomes a werewolf after experiencing an adrenaline rush. He usually manages to keep some of his lucidity.
* PaintingTheMedium: In Draq's bonus clip, he gets so frustrated when he loses to the other racers that he punches the screen. It's then revealed that he's playing a video game of ''F-Zero'' and is ticked off by the computer. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard We don't blame him.]]
* PalmtreePanic: Big Blue in ''GX''.
* PaperThinDisguise: Played straight with in Chapter 3 of ''GX''. Not only is "Famicom" driving Captain Falcon's vehicle, but two of the other racers ''saw him putting the costume on''!
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Bart Lemming/Captain Falcon]], who Jody easily recognizes as [[spoiler:her brother Andy]]. Eventually, [[spoiler:Falcon]] gives up the farce and reveals what Jody already had gathered. A similar event occurs when Clank Hughes also finds out.
** Inverted with [[spoiler:Berserker, the alias Falcon adopted in the later half of the series]]. Ryu and Clank are able to deduce his identity due to his ''racing style''.
* ParentalAbandonment: The backstories of Leon and Michael Chain. Leon's parents died in a planetary war and was either [[HappilyAdopted adop]][[InterspeciesAdoption ted]] by Mrs. Arrow (according to ''X'') or a [[HeelFaceTurn rebel]] [[DefectorFromDecadence soldier]] named Fable (according to ''GX''). Chain was accepted into a gang after his parents died.
* PhantomZone: Phantom Road, which is also used in an altered form for the final chapter of Story Mode.
* PhysicalGod: Black Shadow, ''especially'' in the anime. For example, [[TheStarscream Zoda]] inexplicably [[ShapingYourAttacks transforms his vehicle into a]] [[IncendiaryExponent fiery]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragon]] and devours Black Shadow whole (and then says the above GratuitousEnglish quote), [[NighInvulnerability only for him to reappear unharmed a few episodes later]]. [[spoiler:Fittingly so, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo only Captain Falcon, his polar opposite, can defeat him with the help of]] [[TheChosenOne Ryu, The Savior]].]]
* PortTown: Well, there ''is'' a course [[InNameOnly by that name...]]
* PrettyInMink: Lily's coat is lined with fur.
* ProfessionalKiller: Pico, a former [[HiredGuns mercenary]], doubles as a hitman outside of the races.
** Mighty Gazelle could also count, as he decided to qualify for the F-Zero GP after he honed his skills by playing the video game.
* PsychoForHire: Pico. Once a member of a special assassination unit and one of the bloodthristiest racers around. He still takes hits on the side and is shown to be a {{Badass}} ColdSniper in his clip from ''GX''. He's more or less the same in the anime, minus a good deal of the chaos and with added composure.
* [[JustForPun Race]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Against the Heavens]]: [[spoiler:The final chapter in ''GX'''s Story Mode.]]
** Meta-reference: [[spoiler:You race against "The Creators," which is literally true as you're racing against staff ghosts (presumably a different member of the staff for each difficulty and maybe on a per-lap basis as well).]]
* RacingGhost: Both figuratively and literally.
* [[CombatMedic Racing Medic]]: Dr. Stewart. An esteemed surgeon and doctor who is also one of the more seasoned racers in the Grand Prix with over ten years of experience under his belt. In fact, his medical expertise helped prevent a good deal of casualties during the [[NoodleIncident Horrific Grand Finale]].
* RandomlyGeneratedLevels: The X-Cup in ''X''.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Misaki Haruka. [[spoiler:As the BrainwashedAndCrazy Miss Killer, she's more of an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette.]]
* RecurringRiff: Black Shadow, Blood Falcon and Deathborn in ''GX'' have the same sinister voice (saying mostly the same things) in their theme songs.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Blood Falcon's profile in ''GX'' mentions that he is technically only four, but is a clone of the 37-year-old Captain Falcon.
* RecycledTitle: ''F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu''/''Legend of Falcon''/''GP Legend''/whatever you want to call it.
* RedHeadedHero: Ryu Suzaku/Rick Wheeler. He also happens to be a bit of a FieryRedhead who takes a few pages from LeeroyJenkins. [[spoiler:He seems to have mellowed out as the new Captain Falcon, though.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Captain Falcon and his {{evil|Twin}} [[CloningBlues clone]] Blood Falcon. Not only do they fit the bill in terms of personality, but [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience they wear blue and red, too]].
** Captain Falcon also plays the Blue Oni to Ryu in the anime. Although Ryu wears a blue jacket, he's wearing red under it, playing up the color-coding. [[spoiler:As the new Captain Falcon, Ryu now seems to be playing the role of Blue Oni to Clank.]]
* {{Retcon}}: Between ''X'' and ''GX'', several plot elements were nixed and/or rewritten. For example, The Skull was said to have died in The Horrific Grand Finale (a gruesome crash in which 14 racers ''burned to death''; Super Arrow was the only one to survive) but then was revived due to [[CrazyPrepared an experiment he performed on himself as a precaution]]. Come ''GX'', this crash is discarded in favor of ''another'' crash (one that involved Mighty Gazelle), The Skull is simply brought back from the grave from a period of about two centuries ago via {{necromanc|er}}y [[{{Magitek}} and technology]], and Super Arrow is something of a greenhorn who used his superpowers to race adequately. In turn, this makes it somewhat hard for purists to reconcile the original ''F-Zero'', ''X'', and ''GX'' into one neat timeline.
* RetiredBadass: A much younger than the norm example comes from James [=Mc=]Cloud in the anime. The heroes comes to him in search of guidance and training. Unbeknownst to them, he also [[spoiler:trained members of Dark Million in the past]].
* {{Revenge}}: Antonio Guster's entire reason for being at F-Zero is to enact this upon Goroh, who [[InTheBack screwed him]] ''[[InTheBack bad]]''.
** Black Shadow is there to deal with Captain Falcon, whose heroic acts majorly screwed up their plans; in fact, one of Black Shadow's trusted confidants was imprisoned and later executed thanks to Falcon.
*** In ''X'', Black Shadow's reason for entering is to "kill Captain Falcon in front of billions of viewers." Whether he actually filled this out on an official form is left to the imagination of the player.
* TheRival: Samurai Goroh, to Captain Falcon.
** Goroh is the most notable one ([[EnsembleDarkhorse how else did he make it into]] ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' as an Assist Trophy?), but if ''GX'' is any indication, Falcon has Black Shadow, Blood Falcon, Dai Goroh, and Michael Chain gunning after him as well.
** This even uses a bit of [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration Gameplay and Story Integration]] in regards to ''X''. Usually, your rival starting in the second race and at least one of the other characters high up on the leaderboard will have strong ties to the pilot you're racing as (for example, Falcon almost always has to tangle with Black Shadow and Blood, with Samurai Goroh frequently in the mix as well). If you're playing as one of the three women (Jody, Kate, or Mrs. Arrow), however, your main rivals will most likely end up being... [[DesignatedGirlFight the other two female pilots.]]
* RobotBuddy: QQQ to Phoenix, Speed Bird to Super Arrow, J-Love-1 to John Tanaka.
* RubberBandAI: The CPU ''loves'' to pull this one on you.
** In the higher difficulties of the SNES version, it is literally impossible to get the computer off your tail; they're always right behind you BehindTheBlack.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJC37fdPoB4 Here's proof.]] The [=TASer=] glitches the hell out of the game to do laps in under 10 seconds each and the AI is ''still'' right behind him the entire time. And here's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9wcWH_Q99w an even worse example]], with laps in three seconds of in-game time. This is possibly the most {{egregious}} example of rubber-band AI in the history of video games.
* RuleOfCool: This series in a nutshell. Can sometimes overlap with {{Narm}}, [[NarmCharm but that's half the fun]].
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Both Captain and Blood Falcon have one. The former's is made even more {{badass}} in an eyecatcher from the latter half of the anime.
** And when multiple Bloods show up in the anime, their scarves are colour-coded.
** So does James [=McCloud=]. Given his [[VideoGame/StarFox source inspiration]], it was a no-brainer.
** Subverted with Dr. Stewart, who wears a [[ThePowerOfFriendship Scarf of Friendship]] to symbolize his special bonds.
** Princia, Gomar, and Shioh ''do'' have scarves... but they're probably not ones of asskicking. (In fact, Gomar and Shioh's scarves ''may'' be related to Stewart's.)
* ScaryBlackMan: Michael Chain would appear to be this at first, but he's not that great at leading an intergalactic gang. Inverted with Black Shadow, who is a Scary Man ''in Black''.
* SceneryPorn: ''GX'' in '''spades'''. Even to this day, the graphics still are awe-inspiring.
** The original ''F-Zero'' might look vanilla by today's standards, but when it was released, it definitely qualified -- the backgrounds were that big of a step up from 8-bit systems.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Baba in ''X''. It stopped in ''GX'', but Baba became no less effeminate.
* SequelEscalation: With each main sequel, the speed is bumped several notches. By the time of ''GX'', it's reached ridiculous levels. And it's ''awesome.''
* SequelHook: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUEjGtlBwM0 ending of the anime]] pulls this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ12aKudjCE by mimicking]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk3hAJzkFHA the first episode's race,]] [[BookEnds showing that everything comes full circle.]] It even ended with [[TheEndOrIsIt "To be continued...?"]] Sadly, a sequel series never came to fruition.
* SeriousBusiness: The titular races and the vehicles used seem to be how all the villains attack Falcon in the anime and ''GX'''s story. It helps that there is a massive amount of prize money involved, though.
** Black Shadow is explicitly stated to want to blow Captain Falcon up in a race, so that his thousands of adoring fans can watch him die.
** To quote the original ''F-Zero'''s manual, winning a race means "earning the highest honor that could be bestowed upon anyone in the Universe." Now that's SeriousBusiness.
** ''GX'''s Story Mode attempts to justify this as [[spoiler:the main world and Underworld's championship belts hold the essences of light and darkness. When combined, they possess enough power to turn its wearer into a ''god'' and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the universe.]]]]
* SharkTunnel: Big Blue in ''GX''.
* ShiftingSandLand: Sand Ocean. ''GX'' adds a SandWorm, but it can't get to you.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Shioh values his shorter companion Gomar for his apt decision-making abilities.
* ShoutOut: Many, most of the characters are "living" shout outs with recipients including Nintendo's EAD group (Mr EAD), ''VideoGame/StarFox'' (James [=McCloud=] and Leon), and ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' (PJ). ''F-Zero X'' also has ''VideoGame/MarioKart64''[='s=] Rainbow Road as a track.
** And if you're playing the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] Expansion Kit for ''F-Zero X'', Rainbow Road gets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXqJEEAA-sw a remix of]] the ''[=MK64=]'' Rainbow Road music.
** The ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series from its original inception seemed to be more subtle shout out to ''F-Zero''. The two most prominent characters were a ''golden fox'' and a ''blue falcon'', anthropomorphized.
*** In one of the endings of ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxCommand Star Fox: Command]]'', Fox and Falco blatantly turn their Arwings into F-Zero racecars (it's called G-Zero in ''Command'', but we all know what it's referring to).
** Jane B. Christie from ''Maximum Velocity'' is basically an {{Expy}} of ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' heroine Samus Aran, with more {{Fanservice}} [[http://www.gamehiker.com/wiki/images/5/5e/Jane-MV.jpg thrown in.]] How's that possible, we'll never know.
** The designer of [=James McCloud=]'s Little Wvyern? Space Dynamics, the same corporation that created the Arwings from ''Star Fox''. In turn, James is the leader of [[StealthPun Galaxy Dog]], a group of mercenaries, and races to support his wife and child.
*** James [=McCloud=]'s name obviously comes from the name of Fox's father, and he even sports sunglasses. Also, in ''X'' he had a simple haircut, but in ''GX'' he has fox-ear style hair, and has white hair down the middle like the headpiece Fox and his father had in ''Star Fox 64''.
*** In ''Falcon Densetsu'', James mentions that he had a partner, whose last name was O'Donnell, the same as Wolf O'Donnell, leader of Star Wolf and Fox's greatest rival.
** In ''GX'''s Story Mode, Captain Falcon enters a bet race under the alias of [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem Famicom]].
*** Additionally, Falcon's odds in that race are 2560:1. 2560 is, canonically speaking, the year that the original ''F-Zero'' took place.
** Mr. EAD [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros vaguely resembles a certain Italian plumber, wears a Starman on his belt, calls his vehicle his brother, eats lots of cake in his movie]], and was created by [[Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto Shiggs Mapone]]. Hmm...
*** Which takes us to Episode 21 of the anime, where he's seen [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed]] as [[MythologyGag Princess Peach]].
** Episode 40 of the anime involves a comical ShowWithinAShow involving the F-Zero machines belonging to the Mobile Task Force docking into CombiningMecha that form something akin to what you'd see in ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''.
** A certain [[ConsoleCameo R.O.B]] has a cameo as a gigantic version of himself in ''GX'''s Port Town.
** In the Pilot Profiles section of ''GX'', the vehicle information for the Blood Hawk notes that its two engines pilfered from the Blue Falcon during the big crash four years ago are model [=BF2001=], whereas the four used by the Blue Falcon are model [=BF2003=]. In 2001, ''F-Zero: Maximum Velocity'' and ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'' were released; ''GX'' came out in 2003.
** As far as additional Sega shout outs in ''GX'' are concerned, Zoda's ending cinematic in ''GX'' shows his own Zoda-themed version of Mr. EAD sporting [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Eggman's shades]], while Billy's belt buckle depicts [[VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall AiAi]].
** In ''Falcon Densentsu'' episode 32, [[spoiler: Zoda uses the power of the Reactor Might lodged into his stomach to suck up all the Blood Falcon clones into himself to transform himself into Hyper Zoda in a similar fashion like a certain [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} pink puffball who also sucks up his opponents to gain their power]]. The suction even resembles like it is in the [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa anime staring said pink puffball]].]]
* ShowWithinAShow: F-Zero TV. It was mentioned in passing on billboards located in some of the courses in ''X'', but was expanded into a prime time, post-race interview TalkShow in ''GX'' in order to [[CharacterDevelopment flesh out and add more depth to the cast.]]
* SignatureTeamTransport: ''Every'' character has one, the most iconic being Captain Falcon's Blue Falcon as it followed him in [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros other franchises.]]
* SingleBiomePlanet: Most planets not named Earth. ''GX'' subverts this by revealing that planets such as Big Blue are more diverse than originally thought.
* [[SingleMindedTwins Single Minded Triplets]]: Dai, San, and Gen.
* SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat: Black Shadow presumably wants to TakeOverTheWorld. Deathborn wants to ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the universe]]''.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: White Land, although you wouldn't know that until ''GP Legend'' and ''Climax''.
* SpaceElevator: Cosmo Terminal.
* SpinAttack: Because EverythingsBetterWithSpinning.
** Taken to the max with [[GratuitousEnglish "BOOSTO FAIYAA!"]], the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment awesomely awesome]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c0SeZtp054 fusion of a boost and a spin.]] Ryu then [[UpToEleven outdoes himself again]] with [[EleventhHourSuperpower a full-powered Boost Fire]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CJn69FgEko Words fail us.]]
* SpiritedCompetitor: Several racers come across as this, according to their post-GP interviews in ''GX''. Quite a few refuse the prize money and/or give it away to charity, and others enjoy the challenge of the races and comment on trying to uphold the glory of the sport.
* SpyCatsuit: Captain Falcon, although he doesn't rely on stealth too often.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Again, Ryu and Misaki.]]
* TheStarscream: Zoda in the anime. And his track record is just as bad as the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* StereotypesOfChinesePeople: Dai San Gen. They're not Chinese ''per se'', since they're actually aliens, but they have distinctly (read: "stereotypical") [[EyesAlwaysShut Asian features]], come from the planet Shinar, are named after Mahjong tiles, and perform gymnastic maneuvers in their ending.
* TheStoic: Captain Falcon (among several others), although he somehow also manages to be a LargeHam (also among several others) in ''GX'' at the time.
* StoutStrength: In the words of someone else, Goroh has this strange balance of fat and muscle going on.
** As does Mr. EAD.
** [[RuleOfThree And Dr. Clash, too.]]
** And Draq.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Look at Kate Alen in ''GX'' and compare to her ''X'' design.
* StuffBlowingUp: Even if you lose the rest of your [[LifeMeter energy meter]] by crashing into a wall or running over a [[EnergyAbsorption drain strip]], your vehicle ''will'' [[MadeOfExplodium explode in an overly dramatic fashion]].
* StylisticSuck: Well, sort of. It's reported that the graphic sacrifices Nintendo made in ''X'' were in order to keep the game running at a smooth 60 fps pace.
* SuperCop: Falcon and Goroh are rumored to have once served as officers in the Internova Police Force, their rivalry stemming from some sort of past falling-out. This is also the alleged origin behind Falcon's title of Captain.
** Ryu Suzaku, who is recognized as a extremely competent cop due to the skills he picked up as a Grand Prix champ. Unfortunately, he bites off a bit more than he can clew when attempting to apprehend Zoda.
* SupportingLeader: Captain Falcon in the anime.
* TakeUpMySword: In the GrandFinale of the anime.
--> [[spoiler:'''Captain Falcon''': [[LegacyCharacter The name "Captain Falcon"]] [[DareToBeBadass is a title given to those worthy of it.]] Ryu Suzaku... [[HeroicSacrifice as of today]], [[TheHeroDies you are the new Captain Falcon]].]]
* TeamMom: Jody Summer goes from an OneeSama to this in the anime.
* TeamPet: The Arrows get one in the form of Speed Bird, a [[RobotBuddy robotic bird]] that [[ItWasAGift was presented to Super Arrow by one of his sponsors.]] Although it's [[TheVoiceless silent]] in the games, the anime makes it a quirky form of PluckyComicRelief.
* TechDemoGame: The original was created to show of the SNES's Mode 7 graphics.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: If the [=BGM=]s for Mute City and Big Blue or Hiro-x's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbf0i0iNE3M "The Meaning of Truth"]] plays, you ''know'' that something grand is going to happen in ''Legend of Falcon''.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: Taken quite literally in the episode "Only One Falcon" (Episode 30) from ''Legend of Falcon'', as it revolves around Captain Falcon and Blood Falcon duking it out during a high-stakes race. Blood Falcon's machine [[StuffBlowingUp blows up]], but he gets better... [[CloningBlues sorta.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: In the anime, any combination of Octoman, Bio Rex, the Skull, and Baba, all members of Dark Million. It should be noted, however, that none of these characters are evil in the games.
* TimePolice: Phoenix. He has come from the 29th century to prevent some unspecified "disaster," but how it ties into the F-Zero Grand Prix is never explained. ({{Fandom}} believes that it has something to do with Deathborn.) Phoenix doesn't even ''hide'' the fact that he's from the future, despite refusing to tell his audience any details about said timeline. His RobotBuddy QQQ is actually his TimeMachine, but can't return the pair to the future until his [[LaserGuidedAmnesia A.I. is repaired]]. Fan speculation usually pegs him as Falcon's descendant, but this is attributed more to RuleOfCool than any verifiable proof.
* TokenMinority: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. We have several species of aliens with only one member representing them (i.e. Pico, Octoman, Draq, Leon, Zoda, PJ, etc.; both Gomar & Shioh and Dai San Gen are exceptions, [[TwinTelepathy but this is justified]]), cyborgs, robots, androids, and genetically-enhanced animals. Most of the humans are presumably Caucasian, but Goroh is [[ButNotTooForeign Japanese-American]] (therefore meaning that his son Dai Goroh is also mixed), Kate appears to be of African descent, Alexander O'Neil (of ''Maximum Velocity]]'') is black, Nichi (also from ''Maximum Velocity'') is a MagicalNativeAmerican, and characters like John Tanaka and Kumiko ([[RuleOfThree again from]] ''Maximum Velocity'') have names indicative of Asian ancestry.
* TransformationSequence: Mighty Gazelle's bonus video in ''GX'' involves an epic transformation sequence [[spoiler:[[RuleOfFunny into a moped]]]].
* TruceZone: As seen in ''GX'', the Bet Race Diner in Mute City is this. Many a racer converges here to drink, chat, and race. Even [[ArchEnemy foes]] like the Arrows and Zoda are shown to be somewhat more amiable towards one another here. It's a general consensus that this is one of the best scenes of the games, as it gives a brief glimpse of life off of the track.
* TrueCompanions: The Mobile Task Force in the anime.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mrs. Arrow might be this. She's a sweethearted woman who has a soft spot for Leon (according to ''X''), is a loving and caring wife, and was able to win over several of her competitors. Still, Mrs. Arrow is one of the most determined and brutal of the racers (it's AllThereInTheManual) and it's made quite clear that [[HenpeckedHusband Super Arrow is nothing more than a docile puppy when it comes to his wife.]] Given that CharacterDevelopment didn't really roll in until ''GX'', we have no clue which side is her default mood, although it's suggested that she falls closer to Type B.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: A more lighthearted example comes from the finale of the anime, which takes place seven years after the defeat of the BigBad.
** ''Maximum Velocity'' is one... [[AlternateContinuity in a sense]]. It really takes place a quarter of a century after the original ''F-Zero'' in 2585, with none of the original cast making an appearance. Kent Akechi believes himself to be the son of Captain Falcon and Blitz Wagner is Dr. Stewart's protégé. The game doesn't acknowledge the [[NoodleIncident Horrific Grand Finale]] from the main canon and uses the same rule set as the original ''F-Zero''.
* TwinTelepathy: The ultimate FragileSpeedster is a pair of linked aliens who say "Two drivers are better than one!"
** The same applies to Dai San Gen, a ''trio'' of telepathic siblings.
* TurtlePower: Pico is essentially this, despite WordOfGod's [[InsistentTerminology claims that he isn't]]. Pico even comes from a planet named Tortiz-3. Of course, his violent nature sends Pico straight into the land of WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* UglyGuyHotWife: Samurai Goroh and Lisa Brilliant subvert this in the anime, as that Goroh is ''[[AdaptationalAttractiveness far]]'' [[AdaptationalAttractiveness more handsome than his game counterpart]]. The Arrows are a possible example, but we don't know what Super Arrow [[TheFaceless looks like under the mask.]]
* UnderwearOfPower: Most of the female racers, and a few of the men.
** ThongOfShielding: Jody Summer and Kate Alen in ''GX''.
* UnexplainedAccent: Some of the voice acting in ''GX''. Characters like Princia and Phoenix come across as [[FakeBrit being British for no reason whatsoever]].
** Phoenix actually sounded more like he was from Australia at times, though since it sounded like a fake accent, that could've been [[OhMeAccentsSlipping the actor slipping up.]]
* UnluckyEverydude: John Tanaka.
* UpToEleven: There aren't many other racing games where 1,000 km/h is the norm.
* VehicularCombat
* [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The Very Definitely Final Race]]: Done ''twice'' in ''GX'': Players are set up to believe that the Underworld will be the last race in Story Mode, only to play the final chapter on an ethereal racetrack [[spoiler:against what is essentially ''F-Zero'''s {{God}}]].
** [[FinalBossNewDimension Final Race New Dimension]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Aside from the aforementioned Deathborn example, [[spoiler:Black Shadow gets an ''epic'' one while the Dark Reactor is GoingCritical. He starts ranting about how he won't allow his dream to end. Captain Falcon's rejoinder? [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Fal]][[ShutUpHannibal con]] [[HeroicSacrifice Pun]][[MegatonPunch ch]].]]
* VillainousGlutton: Zoda in the anime has a ''major'' {{sweet tooth}}; to the point of making boisterous demands for chocolate sundaes and other desserts as a reward for winning a race, or simply to torment his minions.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: There are some missions where you must disable a target vehicle with spin attacks and high-speed ramming maneuvers.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler:Black Shadow in the anime. He is not only the head of Dark Million, but Deathborn ''and'' Don Genie at the same time!]]
* WackyRacing
* WatchItStoned: Dr. Stewart, Jody, and Princia's bonus movies are essentially [[MushroomSamba acid-trips]]. The first must be seen to believed.
* TheWatson: Ryu Suzaku plays this role in the anime.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Samurai Goroh and his son Dai Goroh wear the Japanese flag on their heads.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Mighty Gazelle after the [[NoodleIncident Horrific Grand Finale]]. [[spoiler:According to the backstory, this happened to Deathborn on ''three'' occasions.]]
** It happened to Gazelle ''again'' in the anime, as this incarnation is really [[spoiler:Roy Hughes, the presumed-to-be-dead father of ChildProdigy Clank. Well, actually, it's his {{brain|InAJar}}. Gazelle malfunctions and shuts off after remembering his life as a human and [[HeroicSacrifice saving his son from time bombs]] only to [[UnexplainedRecovery inexplicably return at a later date]]. By the GrandFinale, Roy is back in his own body.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: In Episode 21 of the anime, Ryu and Jack dress up as women to sneak into the all-females race. They [[LampshadeHanging notice]] the futility of their endeavors after tripping over their heels. In the same episode, ''[[VillainousCrossdresser Zoda disguises himself]]'' and [[ShoutOut even strikes a pose that you'd probably see in]] ''Anime/SailorMoon''. [[FanDisservice Yes, it's just as creepy as it sounds.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Jody accomplished a great deal of impressive feats by the time she was eighteen. She doesn't even seem to be fazed by the fact that Black Shadow tried to kill her by stranding her in an ''exploding complex''. Yet, she cannot ''stand'' octopi. Naturally, Jody doesn't take a shine to Octoman, who in turn believes that she should really just get over it.
* WillfullyWeak: Phoenix has his technologically-advanced Rainbow Phoenix [[PowerLimiter running at only 80% of its full potential]] [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen in order to prevent him from having a huge advantage over the other racers]].
* WingsDoNothing: Phoenix's Rainbow Phoenix has wings that spread when boosting. They're just for show. Same goes for the custom machines with wings. Unless you're [[GameBreaker space flying]].
* WorldOfBadass: When you can go toe-to-toe with names such as Captain Falcon and Black Shadow without batting so much as an eye, you qualify for the mantle of {{badass}}ery. Hell, even Mr. Zero, ''your run-of-the-mill commentator'', is seen as a badass simply for having the guts to ''interview'' many of the evil/creepy characters in the series. It is should be noted that few characters have superpowers; i.e. a World of BadassNormal.
* WorldOfBuxom: Applies more so to the anime, but a case could be made for the games too, as the only ones with flat chests (and justifiably so) are the [[TokenMiniMoe 14-year-old]] Lily Flyer and [[OlderThanTheyLook 60+-but-looks-like-a-child]] San.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: An unexpected inversion. Zoda of ''all'' people swallows his pride and hatred to give one to Ryu, allowing the latter to initiate a chain reaction that culminates with the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome ''everyone'' knows about.
* WorldOfHam: Becomes this way in ''GX''.
* WorldOfSilence: Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Silence]]: no living being inhabits this planet.
* WolverinePublicity: Falcon, Stewart, Goroh, and Pico--the original four F-Zero pilots--will almost always be unlocked from the start of each game. Promotional art and renders for ''GX'' heavily featured all four racers (especially on the box art), as well as [[BigBad Black Shadow]] and [[TheDragon Blood Falcon]]. The Story Mode also put a moderate amount of focus on Jody Summer and Mighty Gazelle (the only other racers available from the beginning of ''X''). ''AX'' placed the spotlight on the new racers, especially Princia Ramode, Lily Flyer, and Phoenix. The games based off of the anime continuity focused on the leads (Ryu Suzaku and Falcon), as well as major supporting characters like Jody and Goroh. In ''SSB'', Falcon, Goroh, Stewart, and Jody all receive Trophies in ''Melee'' (as well as a Trophy showcasing the vehicles of all 30 racers from ''X''), while Falcon, Goroh, Stewart, Pico, Jody, Mr. EAD, The Skull, Blood Falcon, Black Shadow, and Zoda receive Trophies in ''Brawl''.
* WritersBlock: In an interview touching on the ''F-Zero''-like aspects of ''VideoGame/MarioKart 8'', Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto has admitted to this being the reason there hasn't been any new game since 2004, as he is not sure what new element(s) to add to make it worth bringing the series back.
* XMakesAnythingCool: ''F-Zero X''.
* YouCantFightFate: This is underlying theme of ''Legend of Falcon'', although you don't notice it until TheReveal.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Since the in-game models in ''GX'' were developed by a team separate from the team responsible for the renders in each character's bonus movie and Story Mode in ''GX'', quite a few racers look a tad bit different between the two mediums.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Surprisingly, this is mostly averted in a series with aliens. The oddest {{hair colors}} come from Lisa Brilliant (green) and Miss Killer (dark hair, which seems to be [[HairColorDissonance purple-tinted]]).
* YouHaveFailedMe: Deathborn in regards to Black Shadow. Somebody's getting an AgonyBeam!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the anime, Black Shadow is prone to do this to everyone and anyone, especially [[spoiler:Miss Killer when she regains her memories as Misaki Haruka and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is horrified by her actions]]. Keep in mind that this was a person who previously referred to him as "Black Shadow-[[JapaneseHonorifics sama]]" [[SayMyName a ridiculous amount of times]] and was [[UndyingLoyalty his most faithful follower]].]] In ''GX'', Deathborn does this to Black Shadow, as you can gather from the above trope.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Once again, Blood Falcon.
** Pico and Billy are an odd MixAndMatch of this and OlderThanTheyLook: Pico's 123, but is only an ''adolescent'' by his planet's standards. Billy is one of the younger pilots in the GP at seven (in human years), but is actually about halfway through his projected life expectancy.
* {{Zeerust}}: Half played straight, half subverted. Although the games take place in the 26th century, complete with plasma-powered hoversleds, holograms, and all other sorts of fantastic inventions, there's still plenty of [=20th/21st=] century items on display ranging from old-fashioned TV sets to laundromats to movie theaters...
** The anime (set in 2201) plays this a bit straighter (and is a bit more justifiable compared to the games), as 20th/21th century innovations such as automobiles still exist alongside newer technology (although they're antiques sold at vintage retailers).
** In ''Maximum Velocity'' (the farthest-dated entry of the series), Jane B. Christie is said to be a fan of vintage automobiles, suggesting that, like in ''GP Legend'', older technology may remain, but are either seen as novelty goods/collector's items or included in more deliberately retro settings.
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