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Introduced in F-Zero
# 07 - Captain Falcon
Real Name: Douglas Jay FalconThe main character of the F-Zero franchise and probably the more well known than the series itself, thanks to Super Smash Bros. Captain Falcon is a man in his mid 30's who's said to be one of the best bounty hunters in the universe. He lives on a chain of islands off the coast of Port Town (with F-Zero tracks of their own for practice) in solitude due to the number of enemies he's made from bounty hunting. He also has a small facility in Mute City in where he trains via virtual reality, as seen in GX.His Machine is the Blue Falcon, rated B-C-B and weighing 1260kgs; its creator and engine(s) are unknown, adding further to the mystique. It is considered to be the most well-rounded machine in the games it appears in. Its driving style is average too, so anyone playing can (theoretically) use it well. However, the Blue Falcon is usually ranked 10th or lower when controlled by the A.I. It has appeared in many a Nintendo games, most notably in Mario Kart Wii as a lightweight kart and as a decoration in several Animal Crossing games.For Captain Falcon's tropes in Super Smash Bros., see that series' character sheet.
- Adaptation Displacement: Fans of Super Smash Bros. will probably be disappointed to learn that F-Zero!Falcon and SSB!Falcon are two virtually different characters. Both are badasses in their own right, but this Falcon is a straight-laced, no-nonsense kind of guy, while his depiction in Smash is pure camp.* Aloof Ally: To any character in the series that isn't evil.
- Animal Motifs: A falcon, duh.
- Badass Boast: To do this to the creators of the universe and back up his claim, it's pretty badass.Captain Falcon: "Come off it! You think you can beat me? No way!!"
- Big Damn Heroes: You'd be hard pressed to find better.
- Blue Oni: To Blood Falcon's Red Oni. They even wear the appropriate colors.
- Bounty Hunter: When not on the track, which seems to be never.
- We do see him doing some bounty hunting work in the GX Story Mode, the second mission to be precise, in which he has managed to track down a group of criminals to the middle of the desert. This later turns out to be a trap set up by Goroh, which he, of course, uses to challenge Falcon to a race. The original game, however, did include a comic in which Falcon in fact did do his specified profession.
- Said comic also featured, to date, the only time in F-Zero history that Falcon has bothered to use his gun.
- Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: Subverted, in that despite being very hammy in the Super Smash Bros. games, and even having the look of these character types, he's actually a VERY effective hero and is a genuine defender of Earth.
- Car Fu: His Final Smash in Brawl and U/3DS
- Character Celebrity Endorsement: In-universe, Falcon was apparently featured in a commercial (with him uttering the final words, "Let's try") that inspired Billy to join the races.
- Characterization Marches On: In the games, not much is known about Falcon other than his sense of justice. Super Smash Bros. then transforms the guy into a campy, over-the-top brawler with a Falcon Punch. Falcon Densetsu/GP Legend plays both sides, and he even uses the Falcon Punch in the Grand Finale.
- Clothing Damage: In his GX ending movie, he saves Mrs. Arrow's baby from a speeding locomotive. Afterwards, his pants rip, revealing his Goofy Print Underwear. This leaves Falcon in an awkward and compromising position as Mrs. Arrow chuckles at his misfortune.
- The Comically Serious: Portrayed this way in GX.
- Story Mode. Chapter 3. Nuff said.
- Cool Car: While it's not a car in the strictest sense, the Blue Falcon is one awesome ride. The Blue Falcon is such an incredible machine that its stats misrepresent its performance. A novice could drive it and appear to be a pro.Samurai Goroh: "That's a fine looking machine you're driving, Falcon."
- Cool Shades: As seen in his original design,◊ which was reused for the Japanese commercial for X.
- Cool Starship: The Falcon Flyer, Falcon's ship which he uses for interplanetary travel.
- Dub Name Change: Much like Ganondorf was given the surname "Dragmire" in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Falcon was given a first and middle name in NOA's translation of X. Since GX's translation was closer to the original Japanese, this was pretty much forgotten.
- The Fettered: You would expect a guy fitting his profile and appearance to deliver some street justice whenever a villain crosses his path, but no, Cap is compelled to settle his business in a fair race. Unfortunately, Falcon's honorable ways almost gets him killed by Black Shadow in GX, who proceeds to tie Falcom up and send him off with a speed-sensitive bomb strapped to the Blue Falcon.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation/Informed Ability: He's consistently depicted as outclassing Samurai Goroh in every way, but in the original F-Zero the Blue Falcon is just plain second-rate compared to the Fire Stingray. While Blue Falcon is good for novice players and has better acceleration, Fire Stingray can take more punishment, has a higher top speed and much better cornering abilities.
- Genius Bruiser: His overall character type, background and in-universe reputation suggest this, but it's outright stated that he knows every inch of the Blue Falcon's specifications and can make it perform as if it has the best ratings.
- The Good Captain: It's rumored that his "Captain" moniker came from his days as a police officer.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a scar on his left eyebrow.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Should you beat the GP on Master Class (F-Zero X) or beat the final chapter of Story Mode (F-Zero GX), you'll be treated to a brief shot of Falcon without his helmet. This is significant because, while Falcon isn't the only character to conceal their features behind some sort of headgear, he's hardly seen without it.
- Hero with a Unique Name: Certainly so in the first game. While Dr. Stewart is also addressed by a title, Falcon is the only racer to share his name with his vehicle. Later entries would reduce the uniqueness of both conventions due to the introduction of numerous other F-Zero pilots.
- Informed Loner: Falcon is a man shrouded in mystery, cast away from the common eye for their own safety. And yet, there he is, trying to enjoy a drink at a bar in Mute City (Chapter 3 of GX's Story Mode) in the company of half of the cast. Jack even toasts to him like they're good pals.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Even after several games, he still holds the title. He's more of a Lightning Bruiser in Super Smash Bros.
- Large Ham: In GX, along with everyone else.
- Let's Race Like Gentlemen: He tries to convince Black Shadow to lay off on their grudge until the Grand Prix. It doesn't work.Captain Falcon: "Let's settle this at the Grand Prix. Not like this, it's the coward's way."Black Shadow: "'The coward's way'? You make it sound so noble."
- People seem to forget he has a gun. He used it in a comic that came with the first game, but that's it. He handles it in GX, but never pulls it out against anyone, not even in Smash Bros.
- Megaton Punch: The Falcon Punch was the former Trope Namer.
- Mysterious Past: Falcon is an enigma. What little facts that games disclose about him might not even be true. It is believed that he was born in Port Town, served as a member of the Internova Police Force alongside Goroh (hence his title of "Captain" and his rivalry with Goroh), and lives on a chain of islands off the coast of Port Town, a haven safe from his enemies (complete with racetracks so he can keep himself in peak condition).Silver Neelson: "You're the famous Falcon?"
- Shout-Out: If you think that Falcon looks suspiciously like Judge Dredd, you're not alone.
- Showy Invincible Hero: You will never beat him. And even if it looks like you've won, look again. Falcon himself sums it up quite nicely:Captain Falcon: "Black Shadow! I'll show you, you'll never beat me!"
- So Last Season: In GX, Falcon reveals that he's going to use the prize money to build the Neo Blue Falcon.
- The Stoic: Even his bombastic speeches in GX are delivered with as little emotion as possible, sometimes to Dramatic Deadpan levels.
- To Hell and Back: The penultimate level of GX's Story Mode has Falcon dueling Deathborn in a high-stakes race through the Underworld, a literal Fire and Brimstone Hell. Of course, Falcon wins.
# 05 - Samurai Goroh
The main rival to Captain Falcon, father to Dai Goroh and husband to Lisa Brilliant. The rivalry between him and Falcon began sometime when the two were in the Internova Police together and is the reason he races F-Zero and, probably, a bounty hunter as well. He now leads a group of interstellar bandits whose main headquarters is located in Red Canyon. His illegal activities have made him a target of many; of note Antonio Guster, his old right hand man that he let get arrested by the Space Allies.His Machine is the Fire Stingray (although rumors say that he stole it), rated A-D-B and weighing in at a hefty 1960kgs, it was created by Toramon Echigoya and uses two RS-5060 engines, aka "The Pride of the Universe." The driving style is more focused on speed and stability, however this leads it to have cruddy acceleration.
- Acrofatic: Pudgy, yet he's able to perform multiple backflips in a row.
- The Alcoholic: Loves to drink to his successes... however few they are.
- Anti-Role Model: For his son.
- Bilingual Bonus: If you're able to read Japanese characters, the kanji on his shirt becomes this.
- Bounty Hunter: Of course, when your competition is Captain Falcon... Connect the dots.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Japanese, half-American.
- Butt Monkey: GX is rather cruel to him.
- To put this one into perspective, he's caught in the explosion of his Fire Stingray after losing to Falcon. At the GP, he receives almost as many "boo"s from the crowd as Black Shadow. Most of the racers hate his guts (especially Antonio Guster). Yet, things seem to be looking up for Goroh. He has a son (which means that he was somehow lucky enough to score or even have a wife) who idolizes him, and Princia, of all people, has taken a fancy to him.
- His Butt Monkey status even followed him into Super Smash Bros. Melee, where the opening cinematic shows Falcon bashing the Fire Stingray off of the Mute City course into the ground below. Goroh is seen with a shocked look on his face as his vehicle explodes.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Downplayed. While he's not evil, he's damn proud of being the leader of a gang of bandits.Mr. Zero: "Are you really the boss of a gang of thieves?"
Samurai Goroh: "Yes, I am! And I've stolen this victory!" (laughs)
- Cool Car: "I can't lose in my Fire Stingray!" It doesn't hurt that, in the first F-Zero game, the Fire Stingray is just plain better than Blue Falcon in terms of performance.
- Fat Idiot: Not quite in the games, but he shows a few signs here and there.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation/Informed Flaw: See Falcon's entry above.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He's a samurai, so it's kind of a no-brainer.
- Kavorka Man: He's a loudmouth, crass, arrogant, and greedy bandit who is seen as a major headache by many of his fellow racers, yet it's clear that the insanely hot space babe princess Princia Ramode wants to jump his bones. (He also has a son, which implies that another unknown woman felt the same way about him in the past.)
- Mighty Glacier: Racing variant. His machine has a high top speed, but low acceleration.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He fits both as a Pirate and Samurai.
- Patriotic Fervor: In GX, when he signs an autograph, he leaves an imprint of his hand, just like any professional sumo wrestler would.
- Real Men Drive Pink Cars
- The Rival: To Captain Falcon.
- Samurai: Guess why.
- Stout Strength: Anyone mind explaining how he's simultaneously ripped and obese?
- Small Name, Big Ego: Not completely, but his ego definitely overshadows his actual ability.Samurai Goroh (on the key to his victory): "Being so handsome!" (laughs)Samurai Goroh: "Goroh is the greatest man in racing. In fact, the whole galaxy!"
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played straight (in a Ugly Guy, Hot Admirer fashion) with Goroh and Princia, which would be one hell of an Opposites Attract example.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The Japan flag, no less. The design is a bit stylized, though.
- We Can Rule Together: Mr. Zero informs him that more and more people want to join his gang, and he doesn't hesitate to encourage them.Samurai Goroh: '"Come with me if you dare! WE'LL RULE THE UNIVERSE!"
# 03 - Dr. Robert Stewart
Dr. Robert Stewart is a licensed medical doctor who took up racing on the F-Zero circuit after the mysterious death of his father, Kevin Stewart, a university professor and F-Zero pilot in his own right. When the Great Accident occurred, he was brought in to perform surgery on all those injured in the crash. And despite some very gruesome and horrible injuries, every operation was a success and Dr. Stewart didn't lose a single patient.His machine is the Golden Fox, ranked D-A-D, weighing 1,420kgs (originally 1,020) and was passed down to him by his father. Its lightweight construction and weak grip makes it ideal for drifting through corners, even if its high speed and top-notch boost make it a touch difficult to control.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": By the book. There is a literal "S" on his jumpsuit.
- Disappeared Dad: His father, Kevin Stewart, died during one of the F-Zero races, possibly due to murder. Robert highly respects his father and races in memory of him.
- Grave Marking Scene: It would seem that he does this on a regular basis.
- Eyes Always Shut: From X onwards.
- Handsome Lech: Oddly enough, the comic included with the instruction manual for the first game painted him in this light ("I shall win to honor beautiful women everywhere!").
- Meaningful Name: With an added dose of Fridge Brilliance. In Japan, characters whose eyes are always closed are referred to as having "Kitsune no Me" ("fox's eyes" in English). The name of Stewart's vehicle? The Golden Fox.
- Racing Medic: He's a licensed doctor with fabled surgical skills, best seen during the Horrific Grand Finale, where his medical expertise prevented all of his patients from dying. He's also one of the more seasoned racers, with over ten years of experience under his belt.
- Scarf of Friendship: It's unknown as to who the scarf is meant to symbolize, but it might be Gomar & Shioh, given their comments.
- Spiky Hair: Mostly subverted. His hairstyle is fairly realistic... until you get to those two spikes on each side of the back of his head.
- Watch It Stoned: His GX video. This is why magic mushrooms and video game developers don't mix.
# 06 - Pico
An alien assassin who used to serve in the military. Believed to have caused the great accident which injured many people.His machine is the "Wild Goose," ranked A-B-C and was a military vehicle. It is the most durable ship, with a good top speed, but it has low acceleration and grip.
- Blood Knight: Literally! Joining the F-Zero races quenches his thirst for blood.
- His theme in GX is probably the closest one could get to capturing such malevolence in audio form.
- His (original/current?) homeworld's theme, Death Wind, in the original was no slouch either. With wind (or heavy breathing) buzzing by as the percussion goes mad, it's clear that anybody living there would be crazy enough to be a killer.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He definitely adheres to his own alien honor code. But he doesn't seem to be evil, just hard to understand. Extremely hard to understand. Also, his ending in GX has Pico opening fire on targets; notice that he avoids the civilians and snipes a cutout shaped like Black Shadow, which is interesting in the very least.
- Hitman with a Heart: His F-Zero GX Pilot Video has him at a target practice, labeling shades as targets and businessmen as civilians, which he deliberately skips over. However, he aims just above a civilian's head, only to hit Black Shadow's head directly on the back of the same cutout. Perhaps Pico was practicing a hostage situation?
- Humanoid Alien: Pico in the original F-Zero looked very human, save for his alien head and claw like fingers. By F-Zero GX, Pico's appearance looked more turtle like (due to him having gained more muscle and his armor having a shell-like look on his back), but still retained a humanoid body.
- Knife Nut: He collects 'em.Pico: "And they all cut veeeeeery well."
- Primal Stance/Limp and Livid: In the Machine Setting screen from GX/AX. His arms sway lifelessly as he cocks his head back and forth before either wiping his mouth with his gloves or randomly pouncing at nothing.
- Professional Killer: Pico takes pride in his work as a hitman and isn't afraid to ask people to hire him if they need someone silenced. While Pico has likely been paid to kill people before, his occasional blood lust may also have contributed to his hitman life.
- Progressively Prettier: This◊ is Pico circa F-Zero. This is Pico circa F-Zero GX. For those who can't see the images, Pico in the original F-Zero wore pretty average clothing and had an average body build. By F-Zero GX, Pico has bulked up in muscle considerably and his clothes consist of bulky orange armor, large silver boots, and blue gloves.
- Psycho for Hire: He's Trigger Happy at the very least, but the psychotic part may be a bit of a stretch. Maybe.
- Retcon: In F-Zero, it's established that he hails from Death Wind. In X, he instead was born on Tortiz 3. However, his trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Wii U also says Pico hails from Death Wind, so it may be a cause of Flip-Flop of God or Nintendo simply forgetting their character information.
- Retired Badass: A former mercenary for the Polipoto Army's Special Fighting Unit, Pico has now thrown in the towel, but continues to do a few hits on the side.
- Teens Are Monsters: While his age is given as 124, Pico is actually only an adolescent by his planet's standards. It's unknown if his belligerent nature is due to his homeworld's values system or hormones.
- Turtle Power: Despite Word of God's remarks that he's not anything of the sort. For cripes' sake, he comes from Tortiz 3! As expected, his intense, hostile nature sends Pico shooting right into What Measure Is a Non-Cute? land.
- Underwear of Power: In F-Zero GX.
- Unpopular Popular Character: In-universe, Pico is seen as The Scrappy due to the belief that his reckless driving caused the big crash several years ago (his refusal to explain anything regarding the matter doesn't exactly help either). While he's not the most popular character in the eyes of the fandom, he certainly isn't hated either.
- We Are as Mayflies: He's 124 and only an teenager by his race's standards. Likely a reference to several varieties of tortoises outliving even humans.
The announcer for the F-Zero Grand Prix.
- Announcer Chatter: In the anime. Mr. Zero in the games is much, much more reserved.
- No Indoor Voice: Again, in the anime (more so in the original Japanese cut). Goddamn, lay off the Red Bull!
- Badass Unintentional/Mistaken for Badass: See directly below.
- Bring My Brown Pants: The poor guy is scared witless if he has the misfortune of interviewing the evil or disturbing characters (the sole exception being Don Genie). The fans give Mr. Zero Badass his due, as it takes guts to even be in the same room with guys like that.
- Black Shadow compliments Mr. Zero on having the courage to ask him for his autograph or requesting that he unmask, going as far as to inquire, "You want to come work for me?"
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: It's both funny and saddening to see this guy have to put up with evil and/or jerkass racers.
- Dialogue Tree: You have the choice of what he says to his interviewee, and the options available are based on your difficulty level. On lower difficulties, he'll offer mere congratulations, praise of the driver's vehicle, or ask why they became a racer. A level up, and Mr. Zero will ask for an autograph or for some words for the driver's rivals or fans. At the hardest difficulty, he'll finally ask questions actually tailored to each specific racer.
- Every Interview Ending/Signing Off Catch Phrase: "That's it, everyone! We'll see you at the next Grand Prix." He does change it up when he's stuck with baddies ("Unfortunately, it's time to say good-bye on F-Zero TV. Good-bye, everyone, and keep on racing"), as he wants to hightail it out of there faster than The Flash.
- Cool Helmet: He wears this funky headpiece with goggle-like extensions that covers his eyes and half of his forehead.
- The Generic Guy: He exists to flesh out every other character. He's most likely the Unfazed Everyman of the cast.
- My Hero Zero: Averted. He's an average Joe, nothing more.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: That tuxedo is pretty stylish. He even changes the color of it for each difficulty level!
- Starfish Language: If he asks for the racer's autograph, he'll make it available to a lucky winner who mails the F-Zero TV address, which is shown as a bunch of gibberish symbols.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair