Video Game: Captain Commando
"I am... CAPTAIN COMMANDO"
is an arcade Beat 'em Up
created by Capcom
in 1991, based on its at-the-time Series Mascot
, the titular captain. It was one of many spiritual successors
of Capcom's first Beat 'em Up
, Final Fight
. Among its unique features (back then) were the option for 4 simultaneous co-op play and the ability to control mecha suits
scattered on the stages (similar to Mega Man X's
Rider armors). The arcade game received a SNES
port in '95 and a Playstation
one in '98.
The game deals with the Commando Team, a four-man group formed by the Captain
(Ginzu the Ninja
(Mack the Knife
) and Hoover
). Together, they stand up against a futuristic world filled up with crime with the intent of cleaning it out, and are faced against a group of Super Criminals terrorizing Earth, commanded by an alien Evil Overlord
known as Genocide
And that was it. Good ol' Captain would fall into obscurity for a good couple years, until he was picked up to join the roster of Marvel vs. Capcom 1
, which led to subsequent appareances in other Crossover
games like Namco x Capcom
and the Card Fighters
series with SNK
. Though unlike Capcom's other forgotten character, Strider Hiryu
, he'd not receive any sequel out of this.
This game has examples of:
- Cool Shades: The Captain.
- Sunglasses at Night: Not even being in civilian clothes stops him from wearing a pair. And he even transforms by placing one pair over the other!
- Stat O Vision: The glasses are linked to a criminal database, which means that Commando gets criminal data on any baddie he puts his eyes on.
- Crapsack World: The world in 2025 is overrun with crime, with a criminal syndicate ruling over the galaxy.
- Critical Existence Failure: A bizarre example with the Dual Boss fight against Shtrom and Druk. Once one goes down, the other dies instantly, regardless of his remaining Hit Points.
- Dominatrix: Carol and Brenda◊.
- The Dragon: Blood.
- Dub Name Change
- Sho to Ginzu (Ninja Commando).
- Jennety to Mack (Mummy Commando).
- Hoover to Baby Head (Baby Commando).
- Genocide to Scumocide (the Big Bad).
- Dumb Muscle: Both Dolg and Monster (4th boss).
- Elevator Action Sequence: A very brief one in the last stage.
- Empathic Weapon: Sho's katana may be this, as it's said to serve no one but him.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Jennety's special attack and Hoover's dashing attack.
- Excuse Plot
- Extra Eyes: Monster has 3 red eyes.
- Genius Bruiser: Hoover is a super-intelligent baby piloting his own robot.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Carol and Brenda
- Henshin Hero: While not mentioned in the actual game, Marvel vs. Capcom gave Commando an introduction sequence where he changes from civilian clothes to his Captain armor, all while screaming "Henshin Commando!!".
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Among the three ninja Mooks, the worst offender is Kojiro (red), with Sasuke (green) and Hanzo (blue) following behind.
- Hollywood Acid: Mardia's acid puke and, technically, Jennety's daggers leave enemies Stripped to the Bone.
- Humanoid Aliens: Jennety is actually an alien resembling a mummy. A crime-fighting alien mummy commando.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Sho.
- Knife Nut: Jennety, plus the Skip and Sonie Mooks.
- Mad Scientist: Dr T.W.(Tea Water).
- Meaningful Name: CAPtain COMmando.
- Mini-Mecha: Besides the one Hoover has, there are three that can be hijacked throughout the game: a green mech that punches, an orange mech that shoots fire, and a blue mech that fires blasts of ice.
- Mirror Boss: 8th boss Doppel, together with Doppelgänger Attack when faced in multiplayer (or injured enough in single player).
- Ninja: Sho and the various ninja Mooks of his own corrupted clan.
- Omniglot through Upgrade Artifact: Hoover's pacifier is actually a device that allows him to speak the 3 million languages of the cosmos...
- Painful Transformation: The poor experimented guy that becomes the 4th boss, Monster.
- Palette Swap: Most mooks have at least one.
- Playing with Fire and Shock and Awe: Commando's gauntlets employ both fire and electric attacks. Genocide also makes use of fire attacks, alongside ice powers.
- Poisoned Weapons: Jennety's daggers have a substance that melts enemies on the killing blow.
- Powered Armor: The Captain's power suit, aptly named Captain Protector.
- Power Fist: Commando's Guantlets amplify his strength 48 times.
- Power Floats: Genocide never walks, he flies.
- Punny Name: If you haven't been clued in by now "Mack the Knife" is an old-time jazz standard, performed by many artists, including Louis Armstrong.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Shtrom Jr. and his "parents" Shtrom and Druk are theriantropes with a mostly reptilian appearance.
- The Rival: Yamato to Sho. He joined Genocide just to confront him.
- Shared Universe: With Final Fight and therefore Street Fighter.
- Shout-Out: To Final Fight; Sho is the successor of Bushin-ryu Ninjitsu, the same style Guy practices. The setting of the game is Metro City as well, and there are Haggar busts that can be picked up for points.
- Hoover/Baby Head can also do a piledriver attack that none of the other three can do, similar to Haggar.
- The Smart Baby: Baby Head.
- Smoke Out: Sho, obviously. His special attack is a lethal version of it.
- Stripperiffic: Carol and Brenda. How they got away with them dressing like that we will never know.
- Super Powered Mooks: Most Mooks are Super Criminals, said to be gifted with a secret evil power (likely Bio-Augmentation) which grants them abilities beyond human limits.
- Time-Limit Boss: Dr. T.W.'s boss battle. Failing it just lets the doctor escape, to be never seen again.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future
- Underwater Base
- X-Ray Sparks: Commando's electric attacks, as well as those used by the Carol and Brenda Mooks.
- The Voiceless: Jennety, at least according to Namco x Capcom.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Stage 2 boss, Shtrom Jr., ups the challenge considerably with his projectile attacks, quick jumping and ability to break combos. For many, he's That One Boss.
- Wolverine Claws: The Z enemies.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Hoover/Baby Head has an air piledriver grab and a dropkick.
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