Yeahhhhh! The final lap!
Too bad! You lost your machine.
- Angst? What Angst?: For a guy whose homeworld is in shambles due to an interplanetary war that cost him his parents and his left eye and forced him to carry the burdens of the Zou on his back, Leon seems to be relatively unfazed, taking it all in stride. No Survivor Guilt, no nothing.
- Awesome Music: Let's just go ahead and say the whole series has awesome music, because it does.
- Badass Decay: Black Shadow gets hit with this stick hard in GX. The moment Deathborn appears on the scene, Black Shadow goes from "imposing, nefarious villain" to "shrewd, sniveling wimp." Justified, in that it's Deathborn.
- This extends to his surprisingly girly laugh shown in prologue to the first chapter of Story Mode, as well as his odd arm waving in the epilogue to Chapter 5.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Several of the bonus movies in GX count as this. Dr. Stewart's clip, in particular, is what happens when a bunch of developers get together after a shroom rave.
- Breather Level: In the original SNES game, Red Canyon 2 is a breath of fresh air after being bounced around the walls of Death Wind 2 and navigating the narrow treacherous snake of Port Town 2.
- Broken Base:
- It is possible to sit around and debate whether or not GX is too hard for its own good, or whether it deserves more entries to the series and is much better than Mario Kart. The fact that Mario Kart 8 uses the anti-gravity mechanics featured in X and GX/AX only makes that last one worse.
- Would it actually be wise to have bring back the series with a new installment? Lots of fans really want a new F-Zero game on the Wii U, but some suggest that it would suffer from It's the Same, Now It Sucks due to any mention of the series from the Nintendo being that they don't know how to continue the series. It also would have to face comparisons with F-Zero GX no matter what.
- Crazy Awesome: Zoda. He is riding around in a modified missile. We repeat, he is riding around in a modified missile. Once, when the Death Anchor flipped over, two racers died.
- He's beaten handily by Spade, though. His Magic Seagull has no doors. Sure, The Skull's Sonic Phantom has no steering wheel, but at least he can actually escape from his vehicle. It's like Spade is giving the entire concept of safe driving a middle finger and then shouting, "Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!"
- Dork Age: Unlike Pokémon and 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 send the series into an indefinite hiatus. The Super Smash Bros. series treats GX as the latest entry, with the Falcon Densetsu/GP Legend line only getting a paltry mention in the chronicle in Brawl. The fourth game gives an equally paltry nod as one of Falcon's alts, essentially putting the F-Zero anime on par with The Great Mission to Save Princess Peachnote .
- Ear Worm:
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Everybody loves the AX racers, who haven't appeared since the days of GX/AX.
- Of the above group, Phoenix, Princia, and Lily seem to get the most attention. Considering they were the most heavily advertised characters for AX alongside Captain Falcon, this may have been an Invoked Trope on the part of the developers.
- Samurai Goroh must be one, considering the treatment he received in the anime, as well as the fact that he was the only character outside of the Captain himself to get some sort of non-trophy representation in Super Smash Bros. (he was an Assist Trophy in Brawl and SSB4).
- Epileptic Trees: Is Deathborn Jay Gonso Snarky, the voodoo priest that allegedly bestowed Black Shadow with immortality and the ability to reincarnate?
- Although its chance of occurring is low, one well-thought out theory suggests that Phoenix and QQQ are the villains Phoenix was sent to capture due to QQQ being unable to return them to the future.
- Even Better Sequel: X was the point in the series where everything took off. GX ramped this up even more: the speed was cranked up to insane levels and the previously one-dimensional characters were fleshed-out. Oh, and it was a very polished, very fun game to play. There's a reason that critics lauded it as one of the best racers of its time.
- Evil Is Cool: Averted with Zoda. He has five fans, which is amazing in itself. Zoda himself is shocked by these new developments.
Zoda: "I have fans? Hey, raise your hand if you're my fan. 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... I have five fans!"
- Some of the other villains (Blood Falcon, Black Shadow, Deathborn) possibly play this trope straighter.
- Evil Is Sexy: Blood Falcon.
- From the anime, Miss Killer.
- Fandom Heresy: If you publicly state that your favorite F-Zero game is any game besides GX, the fandom will chase you down at 1,000 km/h.
- Silver Neelson's first name being Mortimer.
- Likewise with Phoenix. His last name is not Lestrade.
- When depicted without his helmet in fan art for either this series or Smash Bros., there appears to be a preference for using Falcon's appearance from the anime. This might be because Falcon's civilian identity is a recurring member of the supporting cast in the anime (and Falcon loses his helmet right before his memetically-popular Dying Moment of Awesome), thus appearing far more frequently than the two times in the games players get to see Falcon sans helmet (beating a GP on Master Class in X and at the end of Story Mode in GX).
- Speaking of the anime, fans like to ignore the fact that the cosmos-wrecking explosion that occurs in the series finale came from the destruction of the Dark Reactor and instead explain the event as the result of Captain Falcon being a Memetic Badass, along with the sheer power of the Falcon Punch.
- Despite Goroh's son Dai Goroh (from GX/AX) and wife Lisa Brilliant (from the anime) existing in different continuities, fans generally roll with the idea that Lisa is Goroh's wife regardless, and thus the mother of his child. Coincidentally, this happens to add layers to the characters' pre-established relationships, such as when you connect Dai Goroh's Silver Rat being modeled after Antonio Guster's Green Panther to Lisa being Antonio's older sister.
- Foe Yay: Zoda and the Arrows, in spades. Allegedly, Zoda had the hots for Mrs. Arrow, wanting to make her his #2 in his Evil Empire. Luckily, she turned him down. Thank GOD.
- From the anime, there's Ryu/Rick. He has so much of this with both Zoda and Miss Killer. So much. To twist the knife further, it's later revealed that Miss Killer's true identity is that of Misaki Haruka: his girlfriend from the past who was also put into cold sleep.
- Fountain of Memes: Captain Falcon. Or rather, Captain Falcon's campy lines from Super Smash Bros. YESZ! Show me ya MOVES! Falcon PAWNCH!
- Game Breaker: Every 3D title has some sort of exploit that lets you take a huge advantage, such as grinding the wall for massive bursts of speed in X and the notorious snaking technique in GX.
- Also, Space flying. There's a reason sites like Mr. Fixit Online have ladders for both Snakers, Flyers, AND non-Snakers.
- In GX, putting together a custom machine with the lightest parts in the game creates a racer with god-like handling. Conversely, building together the heaviest parts in the game creates an unsteerable brick.
- An unsteerable brick that goes faster than any other machine in the game, generally. You can use the drift turns and spin turns for most corners, but you may have to apply the brakes on the tighter ones.
- In GP Legend, the game does not make some sort of obvious effort (such as the escort UFO in the original or spontaneous combustion in GX) to block you from taking massive shortcuts. Making the right jumps will allow you to cut off much more of a given course than the developers intended you to.
- Gameplay Derailment: See directly above. World-record runs of 3D F-Zero games look NOTHING like how a decent player would play.
- Good Bad Bugs: The aforementioned glitches.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The final entry of this series to date was F-Zero: Climax. According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo is at loss as to how to go forward with the series and build upon the formula that's been present since X and GX, which are widely seen as the best entries the series has to offer. It looks like F-Zero, at present, really has reached its climax.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
Kyo: "That's what I'm all about: gettin' f***ed."
- In the original F-Zero, Dr. Stewart is portrayed as something of a Handsome Lech. In the dub of the anime, Dr. Stewart is voiced by Dan Green. Keep in mind a particular set of Hilarious Outtakes from Samurai Deeper Kyo.
- Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: Captain Falcon is arguably better known for his appearances in Smash Bros. than for his home series.
- Iron Woobie:
Mr. Zero: "Don't you miss having a human form?"Mighty Gazelle: "Not at all. You have no idea how good a coat of oil feels or a good jolt of electricity!"
- In X, Gazelle deserved a bone-crushing hug (don't worry about hurting him; he's a cyborg, remember?). After being reformatted as a cyborg, his fiancée was horrified by his new appearance. Devastated, Gazelle became a (tragic deconstruction of a) Blood Knight and turned his attention to F-Zero, as it was the only thing left in life that he had to live for. He came dangerously close to playing Cybernetics Eat Your Soul straight. By the time of GX, however, he seems to have gotten out of his funk, with a new girlfriend and a more positive outlook on life. Heck, he even seems to enjoy his new body!
Leon (on the key to his victory): "Racing for someone other than myself."
- Leon. This guy will never lament his lot in life, preferring to stay optimistic. He also happens to be extremely selfless, perhaps more so than any other character.
- It's Hard, so It Sucks: The sheer amount of backlash against GX's Story Mode is staggering, especially Chapter 7 on Very Hard. It's so infamous that it overshadows almost everything else in the game, even though this particular chapter on a particular difficulty only provides one unlock (in particular, a machine in AX).
- Jerkass Woobie: Zoda in the anime. When it turns out that you're not only an Unwitting Pawn to Black Shadow, but to fate itself, you do become a bit more sympathetic.
- Love It or Hate It: Captain Falcon's voice in GX divides the fanbase in this regard. A slight majority seems to prefer his Super Smash Bros. voice and personality rather than his deeper voice and more mellow behaviour in GX.
- Love to Hate: Between his thunderstorm of cheese, him being so unapologetically evil, and the vocal stylings of Norio Wakamoto, Black Shadow is this. As such, he was always the first choice for this series in "Who do you want to see in Brawl?" lists. (Granted, a lot of this is because the best option after Captain Falcon, Samurai Goroh, was an Assist Trophy.)
- Magnificent Bastard: Deathborn. Black Shadow qualifies in the anime.
- Magnum Opus: GX is still heralded as the best installment in the franchise.
- Mainstream Obscurity: We all know about the anime's Falcon Punch scene, but very few have actually watched that show.
- Memetic Badass: "FALCON PUNCH!"
- That's only really in Super Smash Bros., though.
- It nearly came full circle when he used it in GP Legend.
- Falcon Punch may very well be one of his canon abilities, since it's actually mentioned in F-Zero GX story mode's closing credits song.
- In the words of the ending song of GX; "Thank Heaven he's on the right side or else there'd be nowhere to hide."
- That's only really in Super Smash Bros., though.
- Memetic Molester: Captain Falcon. Try not to think about it too hard. Most likely stems from his Falcon Dive special in Super Smash Bros.
Mr. Zero: "You've got a fantastic body [Princia]. How do you keep it so beautiful?"Mr. Zero: "What do you [Lily] consider to be your best features?"Mr. Zero: "What kind of guys do you like [Lily]?"
- Variation with Mr. Zero. He's seen as a Memetic Ephebophile due to his interviews with Princia Ramode and Lily Flyer, neither of whom are legal.
- Memetic Mutation: Aside from all the Falcon-related examples hailing from Super Smash Bros., Ryu/Rick's yelling of Captain Falcon's name during Falcon's Heroic Sacrifice in the Grand Finale has been misheard as "CAPTAIN HOTDOG!", sometimes on purpose. In the same vein, there's "You suck," a Mondegreen of Ryu Suzaku.
- Barack Obama in Vietnam!
- And of course, the anime actually giving Falcon his trademark move. From the same video, Black Shadow's "I will not die, NOR WILL MY DREAM!!!" (provided in Japanese by Norio Wakamoto, of course).
- Most of the other James' words of wisdom (i.e. "Don't ever give up, my son...") gets tacked onto James McCloud. Unlike Leon (see directly below), it works.
- Speaking of Leon, expect Wolf and Leon's cheesy one-liners from Star Fox 64 to be grouped with this guy (i.e. "I am the great Leon!").
- Memetic Sex God: Again, Captain Falcon.
- Moment of Awesome: A bevy of them pop up in the anime, and you can create several of your own in the games.
- Most notably in the anime is when Captain Falcon jumps straight out of his Blue Falcon and pulls the famous Falcon Punch on Black Shadow, doing so in a manner that causes his helmet to come off, revealing his whole face. At the same time, Black Shadow's Dark Reactor explodes, causing an explosion so huge it can be seen on the lip of the galaxy from far away (although this can also be easily mistaken for the strength of Captain Falcon's punch). This also happens to be his Heroic Sacrifice/Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Moral Event Horizon: Black Shadow crosses this threshold in the anime. His screwing with and (temporary) offing of Miss Killer is sadistic and twisted considering how devoted she was to him (even if she was brainwashed to do so).
- Most Annoying Sound:
- Narm: Usually of the So Bad, It's Good variety.
"When myopic confusion threatens your lunch, Falcon will be unleashing a Falcon Punch."
- This video shows a good example. As the description puts it, "Black Shadow is dancing around like a moron." Hilarious!
- The credits theme of GX's story mode contain some delightfully corny lyrics. One particular gem:
- Never Live It Down: GX, otherwise considered the series' Magnum Opus, is notorious for the Fake Difficulty-ridden Story Mode Chapter 7 on Very Hard difficulty, even though the only reward for it is a decent, otherwise-AX-exclusive machine and that it's only necessary to complete if one is aiming for 100% Completion; the rest of the game is perfectly playable without ever having to touch that particular chapter-difficulty combo.
- Nightmare Fuel: The Skull. He's a little bit creepy, and his theme song is rather unnerving.
- Nightmare Retardant: Zoda. He's one insane SOB, but his voice in GX is equal parts helium and Narm Charm.
- Robo Ship: Technically speaking, Mighty Gazelle is a part of one. He's a cyborg, his Second Love is a human. Lampshaded when Gazelle asks "I hope you don't think she's a cyborg too?"
- The Scrappy: Ryu Suzaku/Rick Wheeler. On the basis of not being Captain Falcon. Later mitigated for some by Character Development, a string of CMOAs, and eventually becoming Captain Falcon himself. Though for others, this only served to make him more hated. Rick also tends to be unfairly used as a scapegoat for all the undesirable differences the anime-verse had with the games-verse.
- Screwed by the Network: A general consensus about the anime's dub (which lasted for all of 15 episodes), despite the mass Bowdlerization by 4Kids.
- Starboarding: Princia —> Samurai Goroh. Yeah, we don't get it either.
- “Stop Having Fun” Guys: In regards to snaking.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Fans think that "Devil's Call in Your Heart," the background music of Devil's Forest in X, sounds an awful lot like "Heartwork" by Carcass.
- That One Level: Death Wind, White Land 2note and Fire Field (F-Zero); Mute City 2, Red Canyon 2, Space Plant, Sand Ocean 2 and Big Hand (X); Mute City - Serial Gaps, Fire Field - Undulation, Phantom Road - Slim-Line Slits, Lightning - Thunder Road, Green Plant - Spiral and Story Mode Chapter 7 (GX); Port Town - Forked Road and Illusion: Abyss Drop (GP Legend); Lightning - Loss Landing, Mist Flow - Puzzle Ring, Fire Field - Burn Out (both 1 and 2) and Illusion - Lost Way (all versions) (Climax). All these tracks are often-cited offenders. Here's a NSFW rant about GX's Chapter 7.
- That One Mission: In GX's Story Mode, Chapters 1, 5, and 7 usually get this treatment.
- Aside from the difficulty and the pacing necessary to persevere (three laps on Normal, four laps on Hard, five laps on Very Hard), Chapter 7's biggest challenge is that it's one big Luck-Based Mission. If you manage to retire Black Shadow at the very beginning of the race (as in, right after the 3-count start) or somehow catch up to him so that you can ram him, the race becomes much more manageable (Blood Falcon—usually second behind Black Shadow—and a few other racers such as Dr. Stewart and Mrs. Arrow tend to zip into the Top 6, but they don't seem to be running on the same engine as Black Shadow). However, there's a good chance that some overly-aggressive racer will spin into you, knocking the Blue Falcon off-course. Conversely, there's also a chance that the A.I. will cause other characters (or even Black Shadow and Blood Falcon themselves) to push Black Shadow off of the track. It's half luck, half skill.
- Chapter 6 (where you basically reenact Speed with an F-Zero racer) is frequently cited as this as well. It's made significantly easier if you move the Acceleration/Max Speed slider all the way to the Acceleration side, which gives you better handling. The trade-off, of course, is that your Max Speed goes way down, to the point of resting just above the speed limit on Very Hard, so you're not allowed to make even a single mistake.
- That One Sidequest: Unlocking the AX racers. There are two ways to do so: beat every Story Mode mission on Very Hard difficulty or take your memory card to a F-Zero AX machine (and good luck finding one of those outside of Japan).
- Ugly Cute: Several of the extraterrestrial characters qualify.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Despite the fact that his name reads—as clear as day—Digi-Boy and he has a distinct, if not high-pitched, voice (he is a pre-pubescent boy after all), Terry "Digi-Boy" Getter (did you notice the "Boy?") sometimes receives this.
- Watch It for the Meme: Even if you don't like F-Zero GP Legend, people generally tell you to watch it for two key words: Falcon. Punch.
- The Woobie: Misaki Haruka, especially once a) we see the flashback of her reaction to Ryu's "death" and b) she breaks free of Black Shadow's control. She is utterly mortified by her time as Miss Killer.
Too bad! You lost your machine.