The F-Zero: Legend of Falcon (or F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu if you prefer) subseries is peculiar. It contains an anime and two games, serving as an alternate continuity to the F-Zero series taking place in the 23rd century rather than the 26th and beyond. The anime and the first game are both called Falcon Densetsu/GP Legend. We'll refer to the anime as (The) Legend of Falcon and the first game as GP Legend on this page.
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Characters Debuting in F-Zero: GP Legend
- Animal Theme Naming: Dragons, in the Japanese. Himself, Ryu Suzaku, and his machine, Dragon Bird.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: His name means "dragon bird".
- Because Destiny Says So: Jody and Dr. Stewart's big reveal before the Grand Finale counts as this. See The Chosen One, below.
- Becoming the Mask: As Captain Falcon II. His voice is noticeably deeper and he has the same professional air of detachment as his predecessor.
- The Chosen One: He's The Savior, the one person who can tip the perpetual deadlock between Good (Captain Falcon) and Evil (Black Shadow) in Falcon's favor.
- Cowboy Cop: Before his run-in with Zoda.
- Determinator: You'd better believe it.
- Distressed Dude: He's capture-prone, but when he escapes, he'll repay you in full.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: "BOOSTO FAIYA! FURU POWAH!" What a way to end the show...
- Fiery Redhead: Unfortunately, his explosive temper and his proclivity towards rushing head-first into danger without a viable plan of attack (especially if Zoda is involved) tends to screw him over. His allies usually have to call him out on this (sometimes with the desired effect); Jody even delivered an Armor-Piercing Slap on one occasion.
- Hurting Hero: If he's not kicking ass, he's lamenting over the life he once had.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: While Black Shadow is the Big Bad of the anime, Ryu's main opponents are Co-Dragons Zoda and Miss Killer. Justified, as Zoda is the one who killed him 150 years ago, while Miss Killer turns out to be Misaki Haruka, his brainwashed girlfriend.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: An odd example of a possible Game-Breaker being one; all of the Dragon Bird's stats are graded B.
- Meaningful Name:
- His first name Ryu means dragon. His last name is Suzaku, the vermillion bird and one of The Four Gods. Put them together and you get the name of his car, the Dragon Bird. He also goes on to inherit the mantle of Captain Falcon.
- The English dub gives him the surname "Wheeler", fitting for the protagonist of an anime based upon a racing game.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: When he, Jack, and Lucy need to access a warp gate to save Jody from Zoda, Falcon helps Ryu reconfigure the Dragon Bird into order to use the Boost Fire technique. Even better, a hard-rock rendition of Big Blue's "Decide In The Eyes" is blaring in the background.
- Naïve Newcomer: At first.
- Power Glows:
- Rebel Relaxation: Every once in a while, you'll see him doing this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Captain Falcon's Blue. As Captain Falcon's successor, he mellows out considerably and becomes the Blue Oni to Clank.
- Revenge: Against Zoda. He gets better.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Misaki/Miss Killer. The two face a colossal mountains of trials, but eventually earn a bright future together— in one of the sweetest moments of the anime, he even gets to pop the question to a joyfully tearful Misaki.
- Super Cop: Of the Badass Normal variety. His expertise as a cop stems from the tricks and strategies he picked up as a circuit champion. Unfortunately, his run-in with Zoda has him up the creek without a paddle, and with a giant stick up his ass.
- Troubled, but Cute: Initially being the only Living Relic of his era, Ryu has to cope with Survivor Guilt somewhat often, occasionally making him stand-offish. As time progresses, his disposition improves.
- The Apprentice: Is learning under the tutelage of Dr. Clash. They share a very sweet father/daughter relationship.
- Ascended Fangirl: Not to Draq levels, but she's still a few tiers above the rest.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Miss Killer learned this lesson the hard way...
- The Chick: Naturally, this leads to a Designated Girl Fight with Miss Killer at one point.
- The Cutie: To an extent.
- Genki Girl: To a degree, although she surprisingly mixes this with Shrinking Violet when some dolt tries to break her or presses one too many of her buttons.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Elegance Liberty in GP Legend is this undeniably - it's a little weak on the top speed front but has decent boost power, coupled with fantastic handling and good durability. In Climax, however, it got a sizable buff in base top speed to make it a Lightning Bruiser.
- Anti-Villain: Evil? Yes. But she's far more noble than her cohorts. She slides towards Type II as the series goes on, culminating with a Heel Realization and a HeelFace Turn.
- The Baroness: Arguably shares the position of Dragon with Zoda, and is ultimately more capable and more devoted to serving Black Shadow.
- Beauty Is Bad: She is not above assuming the guise of a weak, defenseless girl to get what she desires. Definitely a Manipulative Bitch. Inverted as Misaki, where she's shown to be docile and virtuous.
- Bowdlerise: In the dub of Legend of Falcon, Miss Killer is renamed "Luna Ryder." This is an arguable case of Woolseyism, as she drives the Moon Shadow, but it's also a case of Never Say "Die", which is par for the course with 4Kids.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: And when she finally breaks free of it, she is horrified. Cue Black Shadow's Slasher Smile and freezing her in carbonite.
- Broken Bird: Couple together her distressed reaction to the "death" of her boyfriend and her brainwashing and you get the recipe for one character that needs a hug. No worries, though; she gets better.
- Dating Catwoman: With Ryu. Later subverted when it's revealed that she's his actual girlfriend.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whereas Misaki Haruka is cheery, her Miss Killer persona uses a deeper, more sultry tone.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted. She already had a successful life before being involved with Ryu, and while it was a missed opportunity that Misaki didn't form a Battle Couple with her husband (Mrs. Captain Falcon/Captain Falconess would be awesome to see), one has to remember that Misaki's action merits were a byproduct of Black Shadow's manipulation. Her real self (as seen briefly through flashbacks) was a demure, but capable woman who had no reservations about waiting for her beloved to return home. Hence, Misaki has no qualms taking up Bart's job as a bartender.
- My God, What Have I Done?: This trope hits like her like a semi when she finally breaks free of Black Shadow's brainwashing.
- Psycho Supporter: Towards Black Shadow. He milks it for all it's worth.
- Reverse Mole: When her brainwashing wears off, Misaki temporarily acts as this (staying in character as Miss Killer) until her ruse is discovered by Black Shadow.
- She's Got Legs: Climax's design for her adds a slit up her pants to showcase her legs in full.
- Taking You with Me: Upon discovering Ryu's fate in the present time, Misaki storms Zoda's hideout, gun-in-hand.
- Tears of Joy: In what is probably the sweetest moment of the anime, she cries these as Ryu finally proposes to her.
- Tears of Remorse: The poor girl.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Her true personality is this: a demure but strong-willed Japanese woman.
- Yandere: She comes across as this towards Ryu and Black Shadow-sama. Upon reverting to her original personality, she loses the "yan" and the affection for Black Shadow.
- Beauty Mark: Sports one on the right side of her face, near her chin.
- Canon Foreigner: While Goroh had a child in the games, his wife was never mentioned, and it's unlikely he currently had one given how Princia lusts after him.
- Femme Fatale: In her debut appearance, she seduced the 20 something Jack Levin and took his machine.
- The Gunslinger: Perhaps to compliment her spouse, Lisa is seen brandishing a gun on several occasions. She does use a katana at least once, though.
- Humongous Mecha: Calls upon her gang's Cool Starship (which transforms into this) to attack some of the other racers during the rapidly-escalating Cat Fight sequence of Episode 21.
- Lady in Red: When we're first introduced to her, Lisa is clad in a crimson, curve-clinging mini-dress with a low hemline. The reaction given by Jack (and the viewers) is perfectly acceptable.
Characters Debuting in F-Zero Climax
- Child Prodigy: His post-Time Skip self would appear to be the teenage equivalent of this trope.
- Expy: After the Time Skip, Clank seems to take after Ryu, with a more brash disposition (although he was something of a Bratty Half-Pint in his youth) and similar clothing. He even inherits the Dragon Bird and mimics Ryu in the final shot of the anime: a recreation of the anime's pilot episode.
- Gadgeteer Genius: With shades of Mr. Fixit.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: That scouter-like device he wears isn't just for show.
- He Is All Grown Up: In six years (2207), Clank grows up to be a stud.
- Human Aliens: Comes from the planet Forno.
- Kid Sidekick: Although he isn't an official member of the Mobile Task Force, he serves this role.
- Parental Abandonment: His father is dead not! and Mrs. Hughes has never been mentioned in the series.
- Robot Buddy: In F-Zero Climax, Clank inherits the Dragon Bird and retools it into the Dragon Bird EX. Since he's of a young age (approximately 11), his robotic aide Tech helps him pilot.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Since "l" and "r" are (more or less) same consonant in Japanese, expect to see his name spelled as the oddly-fitting "Crank" at times.
- Tagalong Kid: He usually is this to Ryu, Jody, or Captain Falcon.
- Tragic Keepsake: Captain Falcon's helmet is initially treated as such. The cast shed Manly Tears. So did we.
- You Killed My Father: Holds Captain Falcon responsible for the death of his father, Roy Hughes. In reality, Roy sacrificed himself in order to give Falcon enough time to escape. His brain is preserved inside of Mighty Gazelle.
- Badass Long Robe: Complete with a hood that's great for concealing his face.
- The Dragon: Don Genie's right-hand man and most efficient racer.
- Reverse Mole: Seeing as he's really Captain Falcon and all.
- The Quiet One: Does not utter a single word in any of his appearances. That is, until Berserker reveals himself to be Captain Falcon in disguise.
- Revealing Skill: Clank quickly picks up on the fact that Bersker's racing style is identical to Falcon's.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: In Climax, Lisa shows its possible to reprogram them.
- Mecha-Mooks: They are robot soldiers. They never receive dialogue in the anime, however they seem to show small emotions such as fear.
- Mooks: One of Black Shadow's goons.
- Palette Swap: Their vehicles are copies of the Death Anchor with slightly different stats. In the anime, some also ride palette swaps of the Red Bull.
- Player Mooks: In F-Zero Climax, he can be unlocked for use by the player.
Returning Characters in The Legend of FalconThis section is for tropes/information exclusive to The Legend of Falcon. For details shared with or exclusive to the main series, see F-Zero and F-Zero X.
#01 - Mighty Gazelle
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Roy Hughes looks absolutely nothing like Gazelle's human form in the games.
- Brain in a Jar: Turns out the brain belongs to Roy Hughes, Clank's Disappeared Dad.
- Near-Death Experience: He kind of actually died, but that's not what matters.
- Unexplained Recovery: He's human again for the finale. Its possible this is a cloned or otherwise artificial body, but it isn't explained.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Gazelle!Roy is initially unable to remember his life as a human. He finally comes to his senses thanks to the cries of his son, hugging Clank to shield him from an explosion and shutting down due to the damage he sustained. He is reassembled later on.
#02 - Jody Summer
- Cry Cute: Several times towards the end of the series.
- Heartbroken Badass: Towards her dead older brother. Unlike Ryu, she's decided to move on and enjoy the finer things in the world, not letting her life be controlled by revenge.
- No Hero to His Valet: For Captain Falcon. She is his younger sister, after all.
- Onee-sama: Plays this role to the entire Mobile Task Force. As her sweet side begins to surface, she upgrades to Team Mom.
- Related in the Adaptation: Spoiler Ahead! In the anime, Jody is Captain Falcon's sister. They're not related in the games though.
- Robotic Reveal: When Jody is injured early on in the anime thanks to Ryu's recklessness, he discovers that she's a cyborg.
- Super Cop: Before joining the Mobile Task Force.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The "Holy Shit!" Quotient skyrocketed during Jody's in Episode 21, where she nonchalantly reveals her White Cat to be equipped with one and opens fire on every other single racer. Not even Black Shadow can muster up the right combination of words to explain it.
#03 - Dr. Robert Stewart
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: When Black Shadow uses Dr. Stewart's tech and talents to create Blood Falcon, Dr. Stewart is prepared to eradicate Blood using a bio-weapon that destroys artificial DNA.
#04 - Baba
- Adaptational Personality Change: In the games Baba was very flamboyant, using both feminine and masculine pronouns to refer to himself. Here Baba isn't nearly as flamboyant as he is in the games and strictly identifies as male.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the games, Baba was simply a snooty racer, here he's a member of Dark Million.
#05 - Samurai Goroh
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: In his anime debut, he effortlessly cuts through a missile. It gets better from there on.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Whereas he's somewhat pudgy and oafish-looking in the games, Goroh's anime counterpart is ruggedly handsome.
- Adaptational Badass: This version of Goroh oozes badassery. He's probably second only to Falcon in this regard.
- Badass Creed: "Steal, but never kill."
- Cool Starship: His crew gets one. Its signature weapon? A retractable space katana.
- Kavorka Man: Subverted in this series, where he's shown to be more levelheaded and mellow, with a noble and sagacious personality. He even has a wife, the equally foxy Lisa Brilliant.
- Lovable Rogue: His Butt-Monkey status is revoked here, with Goroh pretty much serving as Ryu's mentor.
- Master Swordsman: Unparalleled. Hyper Zoda only won because he's a cheater.
- Pet the Dog: When he and Ryu part ways during their first meeting, Goroh may have stolen the goods, but he leaves the medicine Ryu had been searching for and tells him that he doesn't pilfer from those worse off than him and tries not to harm others unless it's absolutely necessary (i.e. self defense). Ryu realizes that despite being a thief, Goroh's a decent man with morals. For this reason, he's one of the first people to defend Goroh when Antonio Guster frames him and often seeks out the samurai's advice.
- Stout Strength: Averted here; he loses the "Stout."
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Subverted, as anime!Goroh is far more attractive than his video game self.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Anti-Hero, actually, but close enough. He gets this from both Ryu and his wife for blowing up a cargo transport, although he was framed by Antonio Guster's bomb-happy antics.
#06 - Pico
An alien assassin who occasionally works for Dark Million.
- Adaptational Villainy: While bloodthirsty in the games, he opposed Black Shadow, here he is willing to take jobs for Black Shadow.
- Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: Tries to get rid of John Tanaka this way. The key word here is tries.
#07 - Captain Falcon
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Falcon has black hair in the games, but he's a brunette in this series.
- Adaptation Name Change: "Falcon" in this series is not a name but a title.
- Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. It's made clear that Falcon's actions towards Jody is a facade to ensure that she isn't caught in the crossfire.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Any time Ryu and Falcon team up.
- Badass Baritone: Captain Falcon has a deep voice and is a well known hero for a hero.
- Badass Long Robe: As Berserker, The Dragon to Don Genie.
- Becoming the Mask: Without the Captain Falcon facade, he's rather timid and a little silly.
- Big Brother Mentor Bart Lemming is this in regards to several characters, such as Ryu, Clank, and Jody. Ryu even calls him "old man." As Falcon, he serves as the teacher to Ryu, complete with an Obi-Wan Moment.
- Canon Character All Along: Jody's supposedly dead brother is actually Captain Falcon.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Captain Falcon/Bart Lemming is none other than Andy Summer, Jody's Not Quite Dead older brother. Turns out that he survived his Heroic Sacrifice in her Backstory.
- Famous Last Words: His last words prior to ensuring Black Shadow dies at the cost of his own life are the words he's most famous for:FALCON PUNCH!!!
- Go Out with a Smile: Seconds before he's completely disintegrated by the explosion of the Dark Matter Reactor, he goes out with a look of relief that he rid the universe of Black Shadow's evil.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It's the most iconic moment of the entire anime.
- Meaningful Echo: After defeating Blood Falcon in Episode 30 of the anime, Falcon muses, "Only the one who has exceeded Falcon can become Falcon." Doubles as Foreshadowing.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Both Jody and Clank quickly deduce that Bart Lemming is Captain Falcon, with Jody easily recognizing him as her brother Andy. Inverted with Berserker, whose identity Clank correctly guesses by analyzing and studying his racing strategy.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Ryu's Red.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the anime, Captain Falcon (real name Andy Summer) is Jody's brother. They're not related in the games though.
- Talk to the Fist: His Shut Up, Hannibal! to Black Shadow when the Dark Reactor is Going Critical moments before his death? Falcon Punch.
#08 - Octoman
- Adaptational Villainy: By far the strangest example. Not only was he unambiguously a good guy in the games, he was probably the nicest and friendliest member of the cast along with Leon. While his sympathetic motives are retained, it doesn't save him from being treated like crap every other episode.
- Not What I Signed on For: In the Final Battle, Octoman realizes that Black Shadow's will endanger Takora and the universe, and leaves.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He races to support his family, not the ambitions of Dark Million.
- Villainous Friendship: Octoman and Bio-rex are close friends, often watching the races together.
#09 - Mr. EAD
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Kate Alen in the anime (he's an android and she's a human; we know), prompting him to enact a You Shall Not Pass! Heroic Sacrifice by taking the brunt of a speeding F-Zero machine head-on. Luckily, he's A-Ok.
#10 - James McCloud
- Retired Badass: He offers up his training and advice to the heroes when they scout out him out. He's also harboring a dangerous secret: he once functioned as a drill sergeant for Dark Million in the past.
- Shout-Out: On top of the myriad of Star Fox nods from the games, James is given a partner named O'Donnell in flashback sequences.
#11 - Billy
#12 - Kate Alen
#13 - Zoda
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In this adaptation, Zoda was archenemies with Ryu in the past and was revived by Black Shadow.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While already a bad guy in the games, he was an independent Harmless Villain.
- Ascended Extra: Zoda was just one of many racers in the game, in the anime, Zoda is the second most prominent antagonist after Black Shadow himself.
- Because Destiny Says So: In the anime, it turns out that Zoda was created by Black Shadow and sent to the past to find Ryu to enact a centuries-long Ancient Conspiracy. Zoda does not take in this tidbit well.
- Car Fu: How he takes care of Ryu in the anime's pilot episode: he kicks off the door of his getaway vehicle and sends it flying right through his pursuer's front windshield.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Episode 21. It's like Sailor Moon, except horrifying.
- The Dragon: To Black Shadow, at first. He then starts taking advice from Starscream, and ends up failing as hard as you'd expect him to.
- Eviler Makeover: When unthawed in 2201 in the anime, Zoda's body is remodeled to assume his design from the games.
- Gratuitous English: Although many of the characters have their moments where they'll say an entire phrase in English, Zoda deserves special mention, with him spouting phrases like, "IT'S SHOWTIME!", "GOOD MORNING, JODY!", and even "TRICK... OR TREAT?", all in English.
- Human Popsicle: In the anime.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He inexplicably gains the ability to turn his Hyper Speeder into a fiery dragon for all of one scene. It's awesome, no doubt, but it makes no sense.
- Not Quite Dead: Although he was thrown into the Dark Reactor by Black Shadow, he appears alive and well for the ending of the anime. Baba and The Skull are mortified.
- One-Winged Angel: Thanks to the power of the Reactor Mights, Zoda transforms into Hyper Zoda about halfway through the anime.
- Smug Snake: Though he starts to push towards Manipulative Bastardry towards the climax of the anime.
- Sweet Tooth: Often seen devouring copious amounts of ice cream.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Inverted. By swallowing his pride and giving a Rousing Speech to Ryu in his Darkest Hour, mere seconds before the latter was going to experience a Despair Event Horizon, Zoda's urging allows his rival to tap into copious amounts of Heroic Resolve and save the day. Way to go, Character Development!
#14 - Jack Levin
- Chest Insignia: Has a "J" on his jumpsuit.
- Handsome Lech: He's so much like this that Lisa Brilliant uses her womanly wiles to gain access to the Mobile Task Force HQ, ransack it, and make off with Jack's Astro Robin.
- HeelFace Turn: Prior to the start of the series, Jack was once part of Michael Chain's death as the ponytail-sporting "Death Reaper."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ryu. Doubles as a Big Brother Mentor when the two aren't feuding.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Episode 21 of the anime eventually explodes into one particularly nasty racing variant of a Cat Fight. He and Ryu disguise themselves as women to help out, but this doesn't fly once they realize how stupid it is trying to navigate in high heels.
#15 - Bio Rex
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the games, a team of scientists created Bio-Rex, in the anime, Dark Million created Bio rex explaining his Adaptational Villainy.
- Adaptational Villainy: It should be a no-brainer that he was made into a villain based on how he looked.
- Butt-Monkey: In some missions from GP Legend's Story Mode (e.g chasing Zoda as Ryu and Falcon; destroying Blood Falcon's machine as Jack), the pursed racers leave a scapegoat piloting their machines allowing them to escape. Said scapegoat is always Rex.
- Mythology Gag: He fears Beastman, who was his main rival in the games.
#16 - The Skull
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the anime continuity, Skull was revived by Dark Million.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the game, Skull, despite his terrifying appearance was a neutral figure who was friendly to the public. In the anime, Skull is a criminal working for Dark Million.
- Adaptational Wimp: Ironically despite his villainy, he's a much more meek and un-intimidating character here.
- Not What I Signed on For: Decides Black Shadow's plan to destroy the universe and rule of the wreckage is too much and leaves.
#17 - Antonio Guster
- Adaptational Jerkass: While still a criminal, Guster is far more bloodthirsty than he was in the games. This pairs with Goroh's Adaptational Niceguy, as his backstory places him more at fault rather than Goroh.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Swapped in for his Cool Shades in the games.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the anime, Guster is Goroh's brother in law.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Antonio is the brother of Lisa Brilliant and was the loose cannon among the group of bandits led by her husband, Samurai Goroh.
- Mad Bomber: He's an explosives expert with an itching trigger-finger (earning him the nickname of "Dynamite Guster" in the dub). It is not a good idea to be around him. Because of his danger factor and mass collateral damage, Goroh kicks him out of his gang. Guster does not enjoy this.
#18 - Beastman
- Adaptational Villainy: Was originally a paranoid Well-Intentioned Extremist who thought that all wild animals were dangerous. Here, he kills animals for the sake of killing them.
- Only in It for the Money: He's an amoral game hunter (and a Jerkass to boot) in this series.
#19 - Leon
- Adaptational Jerkass: While not an outright villain, Leon becomes wild and crazy once he becomes a beast.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the game, Leon was a mostly feline alien with some canine features, in the anime, Leon is a human who turns into a mostly canine alien with some feline features.
- Bishōnen: His human form. It's even bishier than Jack.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Lucy, although there is some chemistry between them.
- In Name Only: The anime incarnation of Leon has a different backstory, a different personality, and is even a different species.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Leon's transformations are not of his own volition, induced by surges in his adrenaline.
#20 - Super Arrow
- Idiot Hero: He hits this wall and keeps on going, almost to Super Zeroes levels. There are a few moments of laudable competence here and there, but Super Arrow is generally meant to be Plucky Comic Relief.
- Large Ham: Taken to unprecedented levels.
- Robot Buddy: Speed Bird, who also serves as Plucky Comic Relief.
#21 - Mrs. Arrow
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Subverted. Like most of the female F-Zero racers, Mrs. Arrow could hardly be considered unattractive, but she was a bona-fide Amazonian Beauty. Here, her build is slimmed down and quite slender, giving Mrs. Arrow the same curvy and conventionally feminine body type as the other adult women in the series.
- Cool Shades: Which now appear more goggle/visor-like as opposed to Triangle Shades. Whereas her game counterpart lost the shades after F-Zero X, this Mrs. Arrow keeps them on at all times.
- Nice Hat: In Episode 20 ("The Disappearance of Mrs. Arrow"), her winter wear is shown to be a pink hat that looks like an ushanka and a matching fur coat.
#22 - Gomar & Shioh
- Demoted to Extra: They only show up once.
- Fragile Speedster: Up to Eleven in this series. During their one-shot appearance in the anime, boosting caused the Twin Noritta to wreck its own armor.
#23 - Silver Neelson
- Kavorka Man: At the end of his Character Focus episode, two noticeably younger babes show an interest in him. His reaction shouts "Dirty Old Man!" but to his credit, young!Silver was pretty handsome.
#24 - Michael Chain
- Adaptational Badass: Quite a bit more imposing here than in the games proper.
- Badass Crew: Played a tad straighter with his Space Racer Clan in this series than in the main games, although it's nothing remarkable.
- Blackmail: He pressures a millionare named Truman to capture strong racers so that he can easily make it to the top, threatening to harm his girlfriend Dream if Truman didn't reply. Ryu, Lucy, and the Arrows are on his list, but band together to screw over Michael.
- Weapon of Choice: Has a kunai-tipped chain whip.
#25 - Blood Falcon
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Tries to invoke this on Falcon. The one time he manages to one-up Falcon ("BURAKKU FAIYA!"; the dark, purple-tinted counterpart of the Boost Fire technique), it only lasts for about five seconds.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- There Can Only Be One: An entire episode (Ep. 30, "Only One Falcon") is devoted to this. It doesn't end well.
#26 - John Tanaka
- Butt-Monkey: Due to his status as a Lovable Coward.
- Fanboy: Of Kate Alen.
- Mistaken for Badass: By Pico. Seriously, Pico? Seriously?
- Zoda, too. They have him tied up, screaming for mercy, but Zoda and Pico believe John to be this daring hero with nerves of steel who single-handedly figured out their schemes and is acting as The Bait so his crew can sneak up and bust them. It is hilarious how far they are from the truth; John was merely there so that he could attend Kate Alen's concert.
- His allies from the Mobile Task Force compliment John as well. John lies about how he figured out Dark Million's plan days in advance, and the entire fiasco was pure luck on John's part (for example, he trips up Pico by running away, causing Pico's foot to be tangled in a rope). Jody remarks that the team may need to start taking him seriously for once.
#27 - Draq
- Blue Oni: To Roger's red, the exact opposite of the main series.
#28 - Roger Buster
- Red Oni: To Draq's blue, the exact opposite of the main series.
- Hot-Blooded: As opposed to the far more mellow Roger of the games.
#29 - Dr. Theodore Clash
- Mentor: To Lucy Liberty.
#30 - Black Shadow
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: A variation occurs; knowing that Zoda's jealousy would lead him to try to take out Miss Killer, Black Shadow sends a decoy Black Bull to save her. Subverted in that this was most likely done to further manipulate Miss Killer.
- Composite Character: See Voluntary Shapeshifting below.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Whether or not he's this or an Evil Overlord is debatable, but he whips out the magnificence like it's nobody's business.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Given he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto, its no surprise this evil mastermind has a deep baritone voice.
- Fangs Are Evil: Though seemingly human, Black Shadow has a mouth filled with sharp and pointy teeth.
- In Their Own Image: Wants to destroy the current world and remake it in his own image.
- Magic Is Evil: He displays a few unexplained powers, but they're definitely evil.
- Near-Villain Victory: He was not expecting Zoda's interference.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Dark Million, which leans towards something of a Standard Evil Organization Squad.
- Orcus on His Throne: Complete with the mandatory Slouch of Villainy. However, the rare times when Black Shadow actually makes his presence known on the circuit, you can easily see why he's the leader of Dark Million.
- Overclocking Attack: How the Dark Reactor is overloaded, thwarting Black Shadow's plans. Memetic Mutation attributes to this to the Falcon Punch, though.
- Physical God: He has ample levels of Nigh-Invulnerability. Case in point: he's eaten alive by a flaming dragon that Zoda creates from his Hyper Speeder and comes back a few episodes later completely unscathed, laughing off the event like nothing happened. The only characters able to get past his Plot Armor are Falcon and Ryu, and that's Because Destiny Says So.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Don Genie and Deathborn are just Black Shadow using his shapeshifting powers. This doesn't explain how all three were present in the same room previously at one point.