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Characters Debuting in F-Zero X
Once a normal F-Zero racer, Mighty Gazelle was the most severely injured in the Great Accident that temporarily suspended the sport. At near death, he had to be converted into a cyborg in order to survive, and now lives only for F-Zero. Despite those who protest his further involvement as a contestant due to the apparent advantages granted by his cybernetics, he refuses to give up on racing.
His Machine is the Red Gazelle, rated E-A-C, weighing at 1330kgs and created by Cyber Stick, Inc. with a CY96-Z1 engine. Due to Gazelle's condition, he no longer fears death, and it shows in his machine's very low durability. However, in every other field, the Red Gazelle performs decently to top-notch despite Gazelle's risky driving skills.
- Animal Motifs: The gazelle, a very swift animal with low stamina.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Through analysis and fine-tuning of his robotic limbs, Gazelle can hone his (already impressive) reflex-related components.
- Cyborg: Most of his human body couldn't be saved and his life has completely changed, but Gazelle (eventually) states that he doesn't miss his old body and enjoys being a cyborg.Mighty Gazelle: "You have no idea how good a coat of oil feels, or a good jolt of electricity."
- The Drifter: Implied.Mighty Gazelle: "Plans? Who makes plans? I'll go where the wind takes me."
- Dub Name Change: Is known as MM Gazelle in the Japanese version of F-Zero X.
- Emergency Transformation: Cyber Stick, inc. saved his life.
- Fragile Speedster: In GX, the Red Gazelle is quite fast and stable, with good boosting abilities, but that durability...
- Glory Seeker: When asked by Mr. Zero on why he became a racer, Mighty Gazelle states this is the reason.
- Gonk: His human form, seen in his X ending.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: A very tame example.Mighty Gazelle: "A million volts of running power — who can catch me?"
- Near-Death Experience: The "Big Accident", the reason for who/what he is today.Mighty Gazelle: "It was enough to keep me out of the F-Zero for a while. But who can stay away?"
- Robo Speak: Subverted. He doesn't appear to come off as detached or machine-like. If anything, it sounds more like he's using Auto-Tune.
- Sense Loss Sadness: Averted. When Mr. Zero asks Gazelle if he laments the loss of his human body during a post-race interview on F-Zero TV, the cyborg gives a succinct reply: "Not at all."
- Surreal Humor: He seems to like the cyborg variant of skeleton humor based on an interview response aimed towards the other racers.Mighty Gazelle: "My muscles hurt from laughing. Even though I don't have muscles anymore."
- Transformation Sequence: Mighty Gazelle's bonus video in GX features an impressive transformation sequence ... into a moped.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Cyber Stick Inc. had to replace most of his body parts with cybernetics in order to save his Life.
The top combat fighter pilot and official spokeswoman of the Galactic Federation, Jody is recognized as a hero by many of her colleagues, who constantly praise her bravery and feats. Representing the Federation in F-Zero alongside her teammate John Tanaka, Jody's job is to deal with the many dangerous criminals that taint the competition by stealing their victories away, compensating her lack of experience with sheer skill at controlling speed.
Her Machine is the White Cat. It is ranked C-C-A, weighing only 1150kgs, and created by the Galactic Space Federation with four FGS-EO55S engines. The machine was designed to function in any kind of environment and/or terrain, and focuses on grip more than anything else, performing decently in most areas. This makes driving on any course easier than normal and is a great choice for beginners.
- The Ace: Named "Miss Galactic Space Federation" and operates as a spokeswoman for the organization.
- Animal Motifs: A cat. Smart and independent.
- Appropriated Appellation: In a sense. White Cat was a pet name her father gave to Jody, who in turn bestowed it on her vehicle in honor of him.
- Bare Your Midriff: Gains an abs-flaunting, Biker Babe-inspired outfit (complete with Cool Shades) if the Super Cat is chosen◊ in the F-Zero X Expansion Kit.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Strikes one in response to the player selecting her in GX/AX.
- Cartoon Conductor, Magic Music, Magic Dance: Invoked in her GX bonus video.
- Christmas Cake: She's 25 as of GX and still without a suitor (not counting John Tanaka, whom she ignores). This being a more Western-themed game, it's thought of as normal and thus isn't brought up.
- Damsel out of Distress: In Chapter 5 of Story Mode in GX. She avoids Chickification on the basis that Black Shadow mows over everyone not named Captain Falcon or Deathborn and was holding Jody hostage as bait to lure out Falcon. Unfazed by her capture, she was ready and rearing to race in the Grand Prix the next day.
- Darkhorse Victory: People are expecting Jody to pull this off due to her ability to control speed.
- Expy: To Samus Aran. For starters, she looks like the famous bikini ending◊ of Metroid. There's also the shoulder armor and that lightning that resembles the Screw Attack symbol.
- Glass Cannon: Contrary to its official stats, the White Cat in GX is actually inconsistent in terms of handling (it has great cornering, but it's otherwise unstable and slippery), which, coupled with fragile shields, can make the vehicle more danger-prone than it should be. Its top speed and boost are decent though, which can compensate for those issues.
- Hair Flip: One of her Idle Animations in the Machine Settings screen from GX/AX.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Without her helmet, she has long flowing locks of beautiful hair.
- Officer and a Lady: The grace and femininity of a woman, but Jody definitely knows when to unceremoniously drop the hammer of justice down upon evildoers.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the spokeswoman of a para-militaristic organization that works to ensure law, order, peace, and harmony throughout the cosmos and holds control over seven galaxies, Jody easily comes across as this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Summer, not Summers.
- Unwanted Assistance: Although she's polite and amiable enough to not say it aloud, this is how she feels about John Tanaka's "help." She treasures his value on her team as a mechanic, just not during the races.
- Why Did It Have to Be Octopi?: She confesses to a dislike of octopi in GX. When playing as Octoman in X or GX, Jody tends to be the player the computer chooses to be your rival.
- Woman in White: Underneath the pink lingerie, anyway.
Baba is an enthusiastic, flamboyant, free-willed man from Giant, a planet known for its natural beauty. He was recruited into the F-Zero Grand Prix due to the animal instincts he was born with as well as his tough, muscular physique. Upon recruitment, he underwent extensive training in order to get first prize, but because he didn't win, Baba decided to go through a spiritual journey so that he could achieve victory next time. The results of this journey have made him twice as strong and overconfident.
His machine is the Iron Tiger, ranked B-D-A, weighing 1780kgs, having two RF-2E-SD engines, and created by the F-Zero Pilot Training School. The design focuses on making sure up-and-coming F-Zero pilots could handle the average F-Zero race. Fortunately, the Iron Tiger has an excellent stability control that, with Baba's wild driving skills (and everything else), makes it a formidable machine.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: According to the GX interviews, Baba has no problem addressing himself (herself?) with either masculine or feminine nouns.
- Animal Motifs: A tiger. A strong, but fabulous animal.
- Camp Gay: His voice and his GX video. In fact, a cut Expert-level interview has Baba outright call himself "the F-Zero goddess."
- Drag Queen: Hinted at with an exchange removed from GX's NTSC version, wherein Baba, who exhibits no crossdressing tendencies otherwise, proudly proclaims, "Never underestimate a man in drag!"
- The Fighting Narcissist: He might give Vega a run for his money.
- Gorgeous George: If, by some chance, Baba didn't fall under the above, he'd most certainly be this. Just watch his interviews with Mr. Zero or his ending in GX; you will either gag or be unable to keep a straight face.
- It's All About Me: He is so egocentric that he plans to use the prize money to build a massive statue of himself.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Iron Tiger in GX is overall solid, only having below-average acceleration.
- Macho Camp: He's effeminate but muscular.
- Pride Before a Fall: Not there yet, but he's setting himself up for this, seeing as his cockiness is pushing him towards Arrogant F-Zero Guy status.
- Primal Stance: His default pose when tweaking your vehicle's speed setting in GX.
- Purple Is Powerful: He does possess a few supernatural abilities. That's probably why he wears that purple spandex.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: In X. Everyone thought it was a glitch at first, but then came GX...
- Walking the Earth: After losing in the GP in X, Baba, knowing that there was still much he needed to learn, set off of a spiritual journey.
An alien from Takora, a planet which is currently at odds with the Milky-Way Space Federation. Takora is currently facing some terrible hardships due to unstable economy and constant threat from enemies. Thus, Octoman races in order to provide for his (large) family and also contribute to his world's government with the rest of his earnings.
His machine is the Deep Claw, ranked B-B-C, equipped with two OCT-108 plus two ASHI-24 engines and weighing 990kg. The Takorans were pressed for time and had to order a standard model from the Kurosuminov Intergalactic Shipbuilders company, making some necessary adjustments in the cockpit to allow a member of their race to operate the machine with no problem. The machines' capabilities are unchanged from the factory settings though, which is why it's average all across the board.
- Animal Motifs: Likens himself to an elephant, oddly enough.Mr. Zero: "If you compared yourself to an animal, what would it be?"Octoman: "Gentle, but strong. I'd have to say an elephant?"
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Don't let his name fool you; he's actually an elephant-themed hero.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: An I.Q.-related version, but not an Insufferable Genius.
- "Ass" in Ambassador: It's not entirely his fault; despite trying to maintain peaceful relations between Earth and Takora, his tendency to flaunt his intellectual superiority has him come off as stuck-up at times.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Does this with two of his tentacles in GX while at the Machine Settings screen.
- Fan Disservice: His GX bonus video has him participating in a bodybuilding competition.
- Friend to All Children: Much like Leon, he's racing to support the younglings of his home planet.
- Friend to All Living Things: Averted, although his goal is almost as good (for him anyway); he's trying to save his fellow octopi the universe over from being eaten.
- Funny Octopus: The comical and friendly Octopoid Alien.
- Grass Is Greener: If you think being an octopus is cool, Octoman will be quick to remind you about the possibility of being eaten.
- Happily Married: A wife and nine kids.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Deep Claw is average at everything, both in X and GX.
- Multi-Armed Multitasking: He chalks up the bulk of his racing abilities to his extra arms.
- Nice Guy: Although Octoman can come across as being stuck-up, he can also be quite friendly. His motivation for racing is also one of the more sympathetic ones, as he just wants to do right by his children and homeland.
- Numerological Motif: A humanoid octopus racer with the number 8 on his machine? Who would've guessed?
- Octopoid Aliens: Him and likely the whole population of Takora.
- Reused Character Design: In Star Fox Command, Octoman appears as a member of the Anglar Empire.
- We Are as Mayflies: He's 88 years old and acts like a middle-aged man.
An android created by the mysterious EAD group, Mr. EAD races as the ultimate test for his A.I. programming. In case Mr. EAD wins, his model will be considered flawless and eventually become mass produced. Despite being a robot, Mr. EAD shows plenty of emotion and personality.
His machine is the Great Star, ranked E-A-D (get it?), weighing 1870kgs and equipped with two SS-C503-LV engine units. It was created by Shiggs Mapone, who is rumored to be the EAD group's president. It is made from the remains of the scrapped and recycled android that was his "brother". Despite weighing almost 2 tons and having a strong boost, the machine is rather frail, although that was most likely intentional as a way to test Mr. EAD's resilience in case of crashes.
- Ambiguously Gay: He acts very campy. Keep in mind that he's an android, which makes things even more complicated.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The manual states that Mr. EAD had to go through combat training, spy activities and college exams before entering GX's Grand Prix.
- The Artifact: Nintendo EAD was rebranded to Nintendo EPD in the mid-10's, making his name this in any subsequent appearance.
- Artificial Human: Created by EAD's R&D to see how fast an artificial being would be against regular humans.
- Big Beautiful Man: Although he can dip into Gonk depending on how he's depicted, Mr. EAD has a very handsome face and a well built body.
- Big Brother Worship: He has nothing but gushing praise and love for his older brother, the Great Star he drives.
- Difficult, but Awesome: While his stats may be horrible on paper, he ends up being a beast on the track....if you know how to use him...
- Do Androids Dream?: His answer is a big yes, especially pertaining to his brother.
- The Faceless: Only by a technicality. Mr. EAD is able to remove his face (which is a bit unsettling, but not quite at terrifying levels).
- Glass Cannon: Bizarrely, the Great Star is super fragile, despite being one of the heavier vehicles. It does excel in acceleration and boosting as well, but it's not easy to use.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: His dream is to wear overalls all day and take it easy.
- Informed Attribute: The manual states he's an assassin, but absolutely nothing in-game hints at that.
- Joke Character: Allegedly, his machine is weak to test his resilience.
- Lethal Joke Character: In GX, despite the listed stats being so horrible, he ends up having some of the best stats for advanced techniques in the game.
- Keet: You'd be hard pressed to find a guy as bubbly and jolly as him.
- Legacy Character: There has been at least one previous Mr. EAD, who after being rendered obsolete by the current model was rebuilt into the Great Star racer that the current Mr. EAD drives.
- Meaningful Name: He's named EAD for a reason. And it's 100% intentional.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Yes, really. Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo!
- Patriotic Fervor: "Banzai!" For the record, he was built in Kyoto, Japan. Ring a bell?
- Shout-Out: To Nintendo's EAD group, as well as Mario. Heck, his creator was named Shiggs Mapone!
- He likes Italian food, wears a Starman on his belt, dreams of becoming more human and wearing overalls, and eats lots of cake in his GX ending. Investing in the robot manufacturing business looks like it'll pay off, Nintendo.
- The Great Star is Mr. EAD's brother, who the EAD thought would be better off being recycled into an F-Zero machine. Calm down, Luigi.
- Stout Strength: He is second-fattest character in the franchise after Don Genie, but he has the most well-defined biceps.
- Super Prototype: If he wins, expect to see an assembly line of him.
- Underwear of Power: He wears blue underwear that is connected to a belt with a Starman in the middle.
A mercenary and Ace Pilot, James McCloud is the leader of Galaxy Dog, a group that combats galactic threats. Because mercenary work is hard to find during times of peace, James competes in F-Zero races as an alternate source of income, so that he can support his wife and son. If his name sounds familiar, it should.
His machine is the Little Wyvern, ranked E-B-B, weighing 1390kgs and equipped with two FGS-C024M engines. Space Dynamics, the company that created the combat spacecraft Galaxy Dog uses in their missions, were convinced by James to modify one of their fighter ships into a racing machine. It might not be very durable, but performs well in the other areas. If that vehicle looks familiar, it should.
- Anime Hair: GX has James grow his hair out into a spikier style and adds a white streak to his hair, making him resemble Fox's dad even more.
- Catchphrase: "Friendship is a treasure that lasts a lifetime."
- Cool Shades: Just like the "other" James.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: His ending in GX. Turns out that Peppy was right.
- Homage: Take a wild freaking guess.
- To clarify (for those not knowledgeable about the mythos): He's the leader of the Galaxy Dog squadron of mercenaries and works to support his wife and young son (who he is raising to be a better man than himself). His Little Wyvern (which resembles a modified, wingless Arwing) was created by Space Dynamics, the same group responsible for — you guessed it — the Arwings.
- Happily Married: Kid included.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Trades armor for above-average speed, but that doesn't change the fact that he's average at everything else.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a red scarf, another reference to Star Fox.
- There Are No Coincidences: "No, there are no miracles in F-Zero. I earned this victory."
- True Companions: Galaxy Dog, natch.James McCloud: "My mates at Galaxy Dog are the greatest!"
The descendant of the first monkey to be in space, Billy was raised in a special laboratory where he learned human literacy and communication so that he could be qualified to compete in F-Zero races, where he shows exceptional talent. He's playful and obsessed with money for some reason.
His machine is the Mad Wolf, ranked B-B-C, weighing 1490kgs and sporting a single CY95-F5 engine unit. It was created by the Mad Baboon Research Facility, the same laboratory that raised Billy. This well-rounded ship was literally built so that even a monkey could use it, having a navigational system based on pictures, sights, colors and smells.
- Animal Motifs: Despite being a simian, his machine is named after a wolf, oddly enough.
- Big Fun: His enthusiastic, jovial nature makes it easy for him to get along with the other pilots.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: If you play as him, then yes.
- In the Blood: One of his ancestors was a trained space pilot and the first monkey to go into orbit. Subverted when people are unsure if Billy's racing aptitude is due to good genetics.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Mad Wolf is quite all-around.
- Money Fetish: In GX, a lot of his winning quotes have to do with money.
- Shout-Out: In GX, his belt buckle is decorated with the face of a certain ball-rolling monkey.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bananas, obviously. Perhaps that why he's so obsessed with money?
- Uplifted Animal: Though it didn't require much other than learning human language.
A superstar singer who used to perform in F-Zero opening ceremonies, Kate Alen was attracted by the speed and intensity of the sport, leading her to become a pilot in spite of her successful musical career. Athletic and with a good sense of rhythm, Kate adapted to the racetrack fairly quickly.
Her machine is the Super Piranha, ranked B-C-B, weighing 1010kgs, featuring two 0Z-P1 engines and created by Team Power Boys. It's a solid vehicle with average boosting capabilities. Kate, being a super rich celebrity, comissioned it with her own money. The cockpit was especially built with hi-fi equipment in order to drown out noises coming from the engine and the race itself.
- Afro Asskicker: This one is really up to the player.
- Aroused by Their Voice: In-universe, her soulful singing voice is considered to cause this reaction.
- Bare Your Midriff: As a result of GX taking away her spandex.
- Christmas Cake: 30 and fine, but single. Though no one thinks anything of it in the future.
- Dance Battler: Thanks to her sense of rhythm and athleticism picked up from her years of singing and dancing, Kate was able to quickly adjust to the F-Zero races. She even describes the event being "just like dancing."
- Fashion Show: Her bonus video from GX. Involves Unlimited Wardrobe, as it's a one-woman show.
- Master of None: The Super Piranha doesn't really perform well at anything in GX. The other Jack-of-All-Stats at least tend to be above-average in one category.
- The Prima Donna: Considers herself to be one of the racetrack, but this might be a subversion, given her attitude and the modern denotation of the word.
- Sassy Black Woman: Her quotes and mannerisms give off shades of this, but if anything, she's closer to being a mild example of a Soul Sista.
- Stripperific: Her GX outfit, pictured above.
- Underwear of Power: At first. In GX, she loses the white bodysuit, turning her getup into a Chainmail Bikini-Thong of Shielding combo.
The leader of the Deathriddle Society, Zoda's many attempts at conquering the Earth have put him in conflict with the Arrows and Captain Falcon. He races in F-Zero competitions to raise funds for his evil plots, with his blatant disregard for the lives of the other racers having caused quite a few accidents, especially when F-Zero was in an underground phase. Zoda wears some sort of device that pumps adrenaline and dopamine into his body, which explains why he's so maniacal.
Zoda's machine is the Death Anchor (ranked E-A-C), featuring a single ZZ-2236 engine and weighing 1620kgs. The machine is actually a modified ballistic missile, which the Deathriddle society stole from the Galactic Federation and transformed into a racing ship. This explains why the machine is so fast and frail, the latter being the one reason that's preventing Zoda from attacking other vehicles as much as he would like to. The explosive part of the missile is still live, but Zoda isn't aware of this.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Whatever crazy stuff he did to himself turned him purple.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Arrows. He's something of a lesser rival to Falcon, as Falcon rounded up most of his henchmen.
- Ax-Crazy: He has it out for the Arrows and Falcon.
- Cool Mask: He loses half of it in GX.
- Drugs Are Bad: Implied. The device on his head regularly pumps adrenaline and dopamine into his systems, which can be reflected in his state of mind.
- Evil Genius: Sees himself as one.
- Fangs Are Evil: If he flashes his teeth, that is a sign to run away. Nothing good will ever come of it.
- Glass Cannon: Fitting for a missile, the Death Anchor is super fast and boost-excellent. Good luck handling it though.
- Humanoid Alien: Averted: When asked what planet he's from, he responds:Zoda: "Earth. I'm not an alien, I'm an improved version of the human!"
- Laughably Evil: Despite being evil to a large degree, Zoda comes off as funny while making an evil impression to the player, in direct contrast to other evil characters in the series. This is partially due to his status as a secondary villain compared to Black Shadow and Deathborn.
- Lean and Mean: He's skinny, creepy and evil.
- Mad Scientist: As seen in his GX ending.
- Man-Eating Plant: Implied. "I like to grow flowers... Flowers that kill people!"
- Shout-Out: He shares a name with the alien antagonist of StarTropics and its sequel.
- Take Over the World: His Evil Plan. Take it away, Bison.
- Was Once a Man: In GX he said outright that he's from "Earth, I'm not an alien!"
- We Can Rule Together: Not one to accept defeat, he's trying to get the Arrows to join The Dark Side so his plans can finally go off without a hitch.
Jack is the resident Pretty Boy of the F-Zero Grand Prix, having once achieved previous fame in a pop group. Then his popularity skyrocketed when he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a F-Zero pilot, which wasn't difficult as the F-Zero officials were looking for a young face to attract an younger audience, and it worked too well as Jack is now always followed by a horde of fangirls. Other pilots, however, tend to find his massive popularity annoying.
His machine is the Astro Robin, ranked B-D-A, weighing 1050kgs, equipped with two SS-C503-LVx2 engines and created by Team Lightning Bolt. It's a very lightweight, easy-to-use machine with amazing acceleration that suits Jack's style, even if its top speed leaves something to be desired. The cockpit is filled with cameras that broadcast Jack's driving from various angles, for the sake of his female fanbase.
- Anime Hair: Starting with GX.
- Bishōnen: The reason he's so popular.
- Boy Band: Was a part of one before joining the F-Zero races.
- Camp Straight: Sometimes speculated to be Ambiguously Gay (his bonus video adds fuel to the fire), but if anything, he's closer to being The Dandy. Remember, while he has some odd clothing quirks, he has a Groupie Brigade of swooning women that he adores.
- Chest Insignia: His name is written out on his jumpsuit alongside a lightning bolt.
- Fragile Speedster: The Astro Robin has by far the best acceleration in GX, although its top speed and durability are rather poor.
- Handsome Lech: He claims that his female fans — all twenty billion of them — are his girlfriends. Why he doesn't pull a move on the handful of single ladies in the games is a good question to ask.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his talents as a singer, his piloting skills are exceptional enough to also merit discussion.
- Idol Singer: A rare male example.
- Merchandise-Driven: In-Universe, any product sporting his image tends to sell out instantly.
- Momma's Boy: By Jack's admission, she's the one person impervious to his charms, which makes her scary to him.
- Mr. Fanservice: While his status as such is debatable among the fandom, in-universe, YES. Slap his face on anything, and it will sell. As of GX, he's signing his 1,745,233,248 autograph.
The result of an illegally-conducted genetic manipulation experiment, Bio Rex was created from the DNA found in a fossilized dinosaur egg. Having his strength and intelligence altered by further experiments, Rex developed brain functions that were equivalent to that of a human. Bio Rex aims to win the Grand Prix, just to prove his superiority towards humankind and maybe have a "taste" of his rivals.
His machine is the Big Fang, ranked B-D-A, weighing 1520kgs and equipped with three TYRANNO-28 engines. Featuring a strong body, but low boosting, it was developed by the Keerlon Corporation, the same that created him. Despite the company not wanting to associate with him anymore, they still allowed Bio Rex to keep the ship. Its control scheme was designed to be pretty tight (which might explain its excellent grip), taking advantage of Bio Rex's reflexes.
- Ambiguous Gender: GX's manual has his sex as "Unknown".
- Arch-Enemy: To Beastman, being his sole motivating factor to enter the Grand Prix besides promotional purposes, since he sees him as another wild beast who is a threat to the other racers and another trophy to his collection. This relationship seems entirely one-sided, however.
- Big Eater: Loves ribs, and meat in general. Also loves liquor.
Bio Rex: "I was all revved up to eat my opposition."Bio Rex: "If I beat you [the other racers] again, I'll eat the lot of you!"Bio Rex: "Everyone you meet is food. Eat all the food in front of you. And brush your teeth properly."Bio Rex: "I'm a gourmand. I won't race against anyone who wouldn't make a good meal."
- Carnivore Confusion: As a bio-enigineered T-rex, Bio Rex still has the primal urges to sample his fares (read: "the rest of the cast").
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Biologically-engineered dinosaur people. Fuck yes.
- Face of a Thug: He's as aggressive as you'd expect a T-Rex to be, but he isn't evil.
- Fragile Speedster: Despite what those GX stats show, the Big Fang is very fast and relatively easy to control, but everything else is somewhat poor.
- Gadgeteer Genius: While the Big Fang was manufactured by the Keerlon Corporation, Bio Rex designed it himself.
- Genius Bruiser: He was genetically engineered to be one. The "genius" part is sometimes lost. Notably, he designed the Big Fang himself.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: How many dinosaur racing pilots do you know?
- Predators Are Mean: Subverted. Though he's noted to be as aggressive as Pico, Mr. Zero isn't afraid of him like he is with Pico.
- Primal Stance: What? You expected a genetically-engineered dinosaur to not be an example of this?
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He races to prove the superiority of dinosaurs to humans.Bio Rex: "You [Mr. Zero] look surprised. Aren't dinosaurs supposed to win?"Bio Rex: "I designed it [the Big Fang]. Dinosaurs are smarter than humans."Bio Rex: (to his fans) "Dinosaurs were on this planet long before you humans came along. The Earth belongs to us!"
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. Just make sure to stay on his good side.
The man who became The Skull was originally one of the best racers in F-Zero's predecessor, the F-Max, during the 24th century. Wanting to race forever, he arranged for immortality with a combination of science and black magic - and it worked. He returned from the dead, now taking the name The Skull, and decided to join the F-Zero tournament two centuries later. Knowing that he can't die anymore, The Skull became one of the most feared drivers on the racetrack, skill-wise and literal-wise.
His machine is the Sonic Phantom, which bears the rating C-A-D and weighs at 1010 kg, with one CY97-X4 engine. Created by Abinus Company, who may have a part in Skull's revival, it is said that he uses the energy from the spectators to empower his vehicle. Also, his machine is unique as it has no steering wheel. While the safety and handling of the machine is sub-standard, it is extremely light and very fast.
- Back from the Dead: He's an undead racer who races in a car with paranormal abilities.
- Black Magic: Aside from the fusion of technology and necromancy used to revive him, the Aura Engines of his Sonic Phantom are rumored to run on the lifeforce of the crowds. Last, but not least, take note of how his ride has no steering wheel. HOW DOES HE PULL IT OFF?
- Blood Knight: He lives (errr...) for racing.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Looks sinister, but is really only interested in driving. Mr. Zero in GX isn't afraid of him either, like he is when interviewing the game's "proper" villains (And Pico).
- Drives Like Crazy: Combined with Badass Driver. After securing his immortality, he became far more reckless in his driving style. This allowed him to win even more races than before, as he would pull off maneuvers that his mortal peers wouldn't dare consider. After his resurrection, he seems to have retained this habit. As his vehicle trades off protective armor and handling for more speed.
- Dub Name Change: In the Japanese version of F-Zero X, his name is Arbin Gordon. By GX, he's named The Skull even in Japan.
- Grass Is Greener: As a member of the living dead, he notes that living is not all it's cracked up to be.
- Grave-Marking Scene: Played for Laughs, possibly extending into Grave Humor. He wants to visit his grave and then take a deep sleep in his coffin.
- The Grim Reaper: Several of his comments in GX mention the netherrealm, which implies that he's some sort of undertaker/ferryman for dead souls. However, he also boasts that "Not even the Grim Reaper could have kept up with me!", so make of that as you will.The Skull: "This [the Sonic Phantom] has amazing boosters. It could blast ALL the way to the netherworld."The Skull: "Is this [interview] being broadcast in the Underworld?"The Skull: (to his fellow racers) "Here's a one-way ticket to the netherworld."The Skull: "Don't lose it [my autograph]. It's your passport to the netherworld."
- Immortality Seeker: Back during his F-Max days, but he managed to actually succeed in The Undead way.
- Kill It with Fire: How he died. During a massive pile-up crash, his car caught fire and he burned alive before he could escape.
- Fire Keeps It Dead: Averted. Despite burning to death, he was still later resurrected.
- Life Drinker: His F-Zero racer is implied to fuel itself by the life energy of the spectator crowd.
- Lightning Bruiser: Poor armor aside, the Sonic Phantom is amazing at everything else in GX.
- Meaningful Name: His moniker as "The Skull" is appropriate considering his "head" is a fleshless skull.
- Extends to the manufacturers of his car. Abinus is a easy anagram of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead.
- Noodle Incident: The Skull died in a great accident in F-Max, hinted to have been even worse than the "Horrific Grand Finale" in the later F-Zero circuit, and which caused F-Max to get permanently shut down. He notes that F-Zero is a lot safer due to updates in safety standards.
- Our Liches Are Different: He is essentially a race car driving Lich, as not only was he resurrected from the dead by magic (and science), he has some magic powers of his own.
- Power Floats: Both of his Idle Animations at the Settings screen in GX involve The Skull somehow lifting his own body off of the ground as if he were a marionette.
- Red Baron: He was a former legend of the F-Max circuit until his death.
- Shout-Out: His normal idle stance, as depicted in the character image, is the same as Psycho Mantis's preferred stance. Right down to both levitating off the ground to show off their paranormal powers.
- Stealth Mentor: Possibly serves as this for the other racers. Many of his interview quotes are advice to his competition so that they don't end up like him.
Originally Samurai Goroh's longtime friend and second-in-command of the Red Canyon bandits, Guster was betrayed and abandoned by his partner during one of their bounty-hunting missions, which ended up with Guster being captured by the Galactic Space Allies while Goroh escaped with their target and cashed in on the bounty. After managing to escape from jail, Guster returned to his life as a solo criminal, wishing nothing more than revenge against his former friend. When he found out that Goroh entered F-Zero, Guster decided to also enter the competition solely to defeat and humiliate Goroh on the track.
His machine is the Green Panther, which bears the rating A-B-D, weighing 2060 kgs and equipped with two RS-5026SP engines. It was created by the same man who created Goroh's Fire Stingray, albeit Goroh and Guster retrieved it from another group of bandits. Originally Goroh's spare machine, Guster decided to take the ride as his own F-Zero racer. While it has a major drawback in handling, the huge power created by the engine should let Guster remain competitive at the track.
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Wants to defeat Captain Falcon just so he can rub it in Goroh's face.
- Badass Arm-Fold: For some unknown reason, he'll sometimes cross his arms and then shake his head disapprovingly at the Settings screeen.
- Badass Crew: He's the leader of his own gang, most likely a Take That! to Goroh.
- Best Served Cold: He tries to defeat Falcon so he can one-up Goroh.
- Cool Helmet: And he's hiding a mohawk under that. A huge, blue mohawk.
- Cool Shades: His are way more stylish than Goroh's.
- In the Back: He used to be Goroh's best friend and Lancer, but Goroh set him up to be taken in by the Galactic Space Allies during one of their robberies. The two never met again on peaceful terms.Antonio Guster: "As soon as the Federation put a price on my head, he tried to turn me in."
- Mighty Glacier: The Green Panther is pretty strong and even has decent boost and acceleration, but it's not going to reach high speeds and it's tough to use.
- The Power of Hate: Hatred is his first and foremost ally.Antonio Guster: "This is just the beginning of my revenge, Goroh!"Antonio Guster: (on the key to his victory) "Holding on to how much I hate Samurai Goroh."Antonio Guster: (on his future plans) "To beat Samurai Goroh senseless. Don't run away, coward!"
- Revenge: Wants to serve this to Goroh.
- The Rival: To Goroh.
- Satellite Character: Guster is mostly defined by his hatred towards Goroh.
After nearly dying in a giant crocodile attack on planet White, a young man adopted the identity of the fearless hunter Beastman to protect people from rampaging animals. Creating an intimidating costume from the remains of a slain dinosaur-like reptile, Beastman hides his bashful nature behind an imposing facade. Originally entering the F-Zero solely for promotional reasons, the race became a more personal endeavor when he heard of Bio Rex, a dinosaur man, competing. Now his goal is to protect people from Bio Rex if he gets out of control.
His machine is the Hyper Speeder, which bears the rating C-C-A, 1460kgs and three FGS-G105S engines. It was personally created by Dr. Clash. Originally an old fighter plane discovered by Beastman while on the prowl, he took it to Dr. Clash to refit it as a F-Zero machine. True to its name, it has the highest top speed of any middleweight machine, but lacks acceleration and doesn't take well to sharp turns on the higher max speed settings.
- Animal Motifs: Dinosaurs. Why not?
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Again, dinosaurs.
- Anti-Hero: While he means well, his interviews show he is getting dangerously close to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
- Badass Boast: He gets several in GX, although whether or not he can back it up remains to be seen.
- Beneath the Mask: Underneath his intimidating and aggressive facade, Beastman is extremely shy.
- Cool Helmet: It's a trophy made from the biggest animal he's defeated.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Yes, Beastman, having a Near-Death Experience with a giant crocodile is tragic, but working towards "A peaceful world free of wild animals!" (if by "wild" he means all non-domesticated animals in general, not rampaging beasts) makes you sound like a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Expy: Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin IN THE 26TH CENTURY!
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Due to the run-in with the aforementioned crocodile, his entire body is covered in scars (that we can't see).
- I Know Karate: Learned karate through correspondence courses.
- Lightning Bruiser: True to its name, the Hyper Speeder is hyper speedy, while also featuring excellent boost and control, as well as armor that's not completely worthless. Its only weak point is acceleration.
- Nose Art: The Hyper Speeder features the classic angry shark eyes and teeth.
- Shout-Out: His poses during the Settings screen in GX are reminiscent of Bruce Lee, whereas his ending draws heavily from Batman.
- Unknown Rival: He seems to be this to Bio Rex, his self-proclaimed Arch-Enemy, who doesn't specifically acknowledge him in any way; Beastman stated in an interview that he wants to make a helmet out of Bio Rex's head and his profile states that he wants to protect the other racers from his carnivorous nature whereas Bio Rex views every other racer as another delicious meal... except for Samurai Goroh.
Leon is an anthropomorphic feline from the planet Zou. Twelve years ago, his parents were killed in a big war, and Leon was only spared death himself due to the heroics of a Defector from Decadence named Fable. Leon intends to become a symbol of hope for his war-torn planet, planning to use his prize money to save the children of Zou.
His machine is the Space Angler, ranked C-C-A, with a weight of 910kgs and featuring two ANIM-01-7 engines. It was actually created by Fable, a member of the creatures that ravaged Zou. Disgusted with what his people were doing to the planet, Fable changed sides and led the people of Zou to victory. In order to give Zou something to look forward to among all the post-war crisis, he engineered the Space Angler for Leon to pilot in the F-Zero Grand Prix. The machine is one of the lightest out there, being easy to handle.
- Alien Sky: The Space Angler is the color of the sky on Zou. In all honesty, that means that Zou isn't too different from Earth, but it still sounds kinda cool.
- Animal Stereotypes: Take all of the best traits of the cat family, tie it together in a nice bundle, and you've got Leon.
- Artificial Stupidity: In GX, the Space Angler has become notorious for rarely, if ever, placing above 20th place.
- Big Brother Mentor: To the children of Zou. He routinely plays soccer with them (going as far as to promise to build a soccer field for them with the prize money) and helps out at the local orphanage. Overlaps with Friend to All Children.Mr. Zero: "For the sake of the children, you can't lose, can you?"Leon: "I fight for a reason. I win for a reason."
- Cute Kitten: Come ON, he's an oversized furball! What's not to love?
- Cuteness Proximity: Being an anthromorphic feline himself, Leon seems to have a natural affinity towards cats, as seen in his GX ending.
- Dark and Troubled Past: See War Is Hell below.
- Expy: Much like King is to Tekken, Leon is his universe's answer to Fray Tormenta. He even mentions that he's planning to take up wrestling and started an orphanage. He did all of this, alongside becoming a racer, "to see the smiles on the kids' faces."
- Happily Adopted: He was adopted by by Fable, a rebel soldier disgusted by the merciless tactics used by his comrades who ultimately led the people of Zou to a shaky victory against their invaders and designed the Space Angler to ensure that the already impoverished race wouldn't have to dig themselves deeper.
- Heartwarming Orphan: A teenage version.
- Informed Ability: Poor Leon. The manual states that he's gotten better over time, but the A.I. plays him like crap in GX.
- Interspecies Adoption: By Fable.
- It Was a Gift: His gloves, which were a present from the children of Zou.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Space Angler in GX is decently fast and easy to use, but average at anything else.
- Meaningful Name: Leon is Greek and Spanish for "lion."
- Mix-and-Match Critters: As of GX, he looks like he has traits from both felines and wolves.
- Street Smart: He's said to be not too bright, but extremely cunning.
- The Pollyanna: Rare male example.
- Retcon: His design itself can somewhat stem from this (as opposed to Art Evolution). In X, it was more apparent that Leon was a cat, and while he had two scars on his face, both eyes were in working order. In GX, his appearance is more wolf-like. He retains the scars, but not his left eye. Oddly enough, his appearance in his GX Master Class video uses his GX look, with the exception of having two scars on his face but both of his eyes.
- War Is Hell: His backstory plays this one depressingly straight, as the big war that sacked Zou when Leon was only a cub of four years left Leon as an orphan bereft of his left eye, as well as utterly screwing over Zou's populace and economy. Amazingly enough, Leon remains unshaken by these events.
A Superhero who defends Earth. Super Arrow has a long-standing feud with the supervillain Zoda. Upon finding out that Zoda had entered the F-Zero races, Super Arrow hastily signed up to tail his Arch-Enemy, despite never having driven a vehicle before. He manages to use his superpowers and likely the help of his wife, Mrs. Arrow, to compensate for his inexperience at the track.
His machine is the King Meteor, ranked E-B-B, weighing 860kgs, featuring three HW304-J9 engines, and created by Professor Hollow. It is also equipped with secret weapons. The boost and grip capabilities of the machine are solid, but its armor is rather weak.
- Ambiguously Human: He is a superhuman after all. No background on how he obtained his superpowers or how he became a superhero in the first place is ever given.
- Animal Motifs: Avians. He even has a pet robot falcon.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": In case you forgot who he was, there's an "A" plastered on his mask.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's eccentric to say the least, but he isn't the defender of Earth for nothing.
- The Cape: And he comes with a pretty awesome cape to boot. Probably overlaps with The Paragon.
- Glass Cannon: The King Meteor accelerates and boosts fine in GX, but it's not good at handling or resisting hits.
- Henpecked Husband: He gets an allowance from her. And when he was beating around the bush with his marriage proposal, she ordered him to marry her. Despite Super Arrow's unrelenting attitude towards criminals, Mrs. Arrow clearly wears the pants in this relationship.Super Arrow: (on who's the better racer) "I concede that victory to my wife. I'm scared not to!"
- Humble Hero: He's the farthest thing from a Smug Super.
- I Call It "Vera": Refers to the King Meteor as his "sword of justice".
- Informed Ability: The games have never demonstrated what those powers are (not including his video in GX, where he's shown to have flight and mad guitar skillz), so it's unknown if he possesses the usual fare or something more mundane.
- Justice Will Prevail: This is essentially his Catchphrase.Super Arrow: (on his reasons for becoming a racer) "For justice and galactic peace."Super Arrow: "Justice always wins in the end."
- Nice Guy: He genuinely enjoys his tenure as a superhero despite the drawbacks (such as low wages). May lead to (or result from) Chronic Hero Syndrome.
- Punny Name: Say his name aloud a few times and it starts to sound like his profession after a while.
- Robot Buddy: Speed Bird, his silent bird companion who doubles as the Team Pet.Super Arrow: "It brings me good luck."
- Secret Identity: Alluded to.Super Arrow: "The defender of justice must keep his face hidden."
- Shout-Out: Somebody's been watching a bit too much Batman: The Animated Series.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Judging by his wife taking his surname upon marriage, Super Arrow's last name is actually Arrow.
- Superheroes Wear Tights: He's a classic superhero call back, all right.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: Fond of these.
- They Fight Crime!: Alongside his wife, he defends Earth.
Wife and (sorta) sidekick to Super Arrow, Mrs. Arrow shares her husband's sense of justice and strives to protect him in and out of home. Once a circuit model with some racing experience, Mrs. Arrow signed up for the F-Zero Grand Prix primarily to help her husband win instead of herself despite being the better pilot of the two.
Her machine is the Queen Meteor, ranked E-B-B, weighing 1140kgs, featuring two HW305-U2 engines, and created by Professor Hollow as well. It's nearly identical to the King Meteor above, but heavier, which means slightly more stability. It has solid boost and grip, but weak armor. The extra weight actually allows it to perform better than the King Meteor in terms of top speed.
- Action Mom: She's shown to have an infant child in Captain Falcon's Master Class video from GX, meaning she's liable to become this in a few years' time.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Played with extensively. Was she attracted to his strength? Was he attracted to hers? Both? Something else entirely?
- Amazonian Beauty: Ms. Arrow is super athletic and even takes bodybuilding as a hobby.
- Battle Couple: Given her comments, it can be inferred that she doesn't just aid Super Arrow on the track, but with his superheroics (despite having no inherent superpowers of her own) as well! Badass Normal, anyone?
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: When grouped with the other two ladies who made their debut in X, Mrs. Arrow defaults to the Brawn to Kate's Beauty and Jody's Brains, though there's enough overlap to argue that Jody and Mrs. Arrow could be switched around.
- Contralto of Danger: Possibly fitting in with certain stereotypes and conceptions about female bodybuilders, GX gives Mrs. Arrow an incredibly husky, even somewhat gruff voice (courtesy of one Donna Burke), by far the deepest of the female racers—especially when compared to Princia's high-pitched lilt. As noted elsewhere in this section, Mrs. Arrow is one of the more seasoned competitors and can be quite brutal on the racetrack, though she's very friendly and personable otherwise.
- Cool Shades: She possess a pair of purple Triangle Shades in X. She loses them in her victory photo from X and in GX entirely (instead wearing another pair in her GX ending).
- Crime Fighting With Cash: Seeing as she's the primary source of Super Arrow's income, yes.
- Distracted by the Sexy: In-universe, her ending in GX, the appropriately-titled "The Charm of Mrs. Arrow."
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Suggested by her first and maiden names, although there's no in-series confirmation that she's of French descent.
- Expy: Perhaps unintentional, but her design◊ shares a few traits with that of Power Girl, such as this depiction and as Power Woman◊ in Kingdom Come (both drawn by Alex Ross).
- Finger Wag: Has a habit of giving these out during her F-Zero TV interviews with Mr. Zero, usually during her more impassioned responses and declarations, all the while still confidently flexing her biceps.
- Genius Bruiser: Factoring in all of the tropes regarding her appearance and smarts, she easily comes across as this. She may be an ardent bodybuilder from looks of things, but a Dumb Muscle type she is not.
- Glass Cannon: The Queen Meteor is actually slightly faster than its King counterpart, but that's the only difference.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Some of her artwork from X depicts Mrs. Arrow as more of a strawberry blonde.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: There are times when she comes across as vain (such as calling herself "the most beautiful champion in F-Zero history") and overconfident ("Was such a foregone conclusion boring to watch?"), but her heart is always in the right place. For example, she averts being a Rich Bitch by offering up the prize money to charity.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Focuses her talents and efforts on fully supporting her husband in spite of being his better.
- Iconic Item: She's never seen without that emerald/jade-encrusted necklace of hers, although the significance of it is unknown.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Her superpower is apparently being able to have a six-pack with that hourglass body shape.
- Justice Will Prevail: She's just as keen as her husband is on keeping the peace (maybe that's why they clicked?).Mrs. Arrow: "The Arrows go wherever evil is."
Mrs. Arrow: (on her future plans) "I'd like to take a vacation, but there is no rest for the defenders of justice."
Mr. Zero: "I've heard the justice of Mrs. Arrow is known for its severity!"
Mrs. Arrow: "Racers who break the rules will be severely punished!"
- Lady of War: Her official title in GX is "The Elegant Mrs. Superhero."
- Non-Idle Rich: She's a F-Zero racer, crimefighter, and implied housewife.
- Socialite: Has the air and presence of one despite the series barely focusing on the racers' personal lives. She even resembles a more muscular version of the page picture note .
- Team Mom: Despite being a better racer than Super Arrow by light-years, she wholly devotes her time and experience to ensuring his success. Her bio notes that she "strives to defend her husband, Super Arrow, in and out of the home," possibly insinuating that, on top of everything else listed here, Mrs. Arrow is glad to take up a more domestic role when not on the speedway.
- Theme Naming: She pilots the Queen Meteor, while her hubby races in the King Meteor. Both machines are similar in appearance and sport a heart decal with Cupid's Arrow running through it, complete with the words "King & Queen" written on a banner underneath. Awwww.
- Tsundere: Implied. She's a kindhearted woman, a loving and faithful wife, and a valuable friend to many. Yet, she's one of the more aggressive racers, and GX goes to great lengths to show that she has Super Arrow whipped. Her default mood is unknown, but the hints we've been given point at Type B.
- Underwear of Power: Apparently, the combination of a matching bra (a bullet bra in her case for extra Fanservice), thong, and high-heeled boots worn over a skin-tight bodysuit is all the rage in the 26th century.
- Uptown Girl: While not necessarily poor, Super Arrow certainly was punching above his weight when he won over Mrs. Arrow.
- Willfully Weak: As noted above, Mrs. Arrow spends her time defending her husband instead of actually trying to win the GP for herself. Though that doesn't stop her from finishing in the top six nine times out of ten.
A pair of aliens of the rarely-seen Furikake people, who hail from planet Huckmine. The Furikake follow an unique custom; after emerging from their seed pods, individuals find a partner whom they pair up with for the rest of their lives (or at least until they find mates to marry, which might happen soon). Gomar is the short, intelligent one while Shioh is the tall, dependent one. Gomar & Shioh always perform together as if they were one racer, although the F-Zero committee didn't allow this at first, changing their minds after a voting session.
Their machine is the Twin Noritta, ranked E-A-C, weighing 780kgs, equipped with two KOM-E246 engines and created by Onigiri Drive Yard Co. Built with a special alloy found only on Huckmine, the Twin Noritta is the lightest ship of the series (this despite having two cockpits). It's not very fast or durable, but its acceleration and boosting are among the best.
- The Dividual: Such is the way their society operates. The duo are an example of the "Syndividual" type.
- Fat and Skinny: Gomar is short and broad while Shioh is tall and lanky.
- Fragile Speedster: The Twin Noritta is THE Fragile Speedster of the series. It has terrible shields, but has decent handling and great acceleration thanks to its lightweight chassis. Also, it has the single most powerful boost among all the ships, with the only other machine coming close being the Fat Shark.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Everybody on their planet is paired like this. It's commonly misconstrued as Ho Yay, mainly due to their ending in GX.
- Humanoid Aliens: They're fairly humanoid.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: In their case, probably not. It's actually a Scarf of Friendship.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Shioh depends on Gomar to make the decisions.
- Single-Minded Twins: Subverted. While they're usually on the same page, the duo is shown to have conflicting ideas on a few topics.Mr. Zero: "How will you use the one billion space credits in prize money?"Shioh: "Save it."Gomar: "Gamble with it."
Mr. Zero: "What do you treasure most in life?"Gomar: "My partner."Shioh: "Money!"
A 98-year old F-Zero veteran, Silver Neelsen has been racing for decades, never missing a single race in his entire career (although he has never won the Grand Prix either). Despite being a fan favorite, the other pilots tend to look down on Silver due to his advanced age, expecting him to retire at any moment. Silver is not planning to do that just yet though, claiming that he will keep on racing until past his 100's. He is also willing to share advice with his rivals, assuming they buy him a few drinks before, and can be rather critical of modern F-Zero machines.
His machine is the Night Thunder, ranked B-A-E, weighing 1530 and built with two NT4098 engines. It was designed by Gold Hand, Silver's childhood friend. Gold may have passed away some time ago, but his consciousness was preserved in the Night Thunder's navigation system. The ship is meant to have strong power bursts and dashing abilities.
- Always Second Best: The personification of this trope. He has competed in more Grandprix and placed second more than anyone else in the competition's history, but he has never placed first in even an single Grandprix. Grant he has won individual races, just not a Grandprix as a whole.
- Badass Beard: Wears a long white beard that would make Santa Clause jealous.
- During his younger years, he kept his beard trimmed into a stylish goatee.
- Brain Uploading: Not Neelsen, but Gold Hand, the guy who designed and built the Night Thunder. Gold had his mind and emotions uploaded into the vehicle's navigation systems. This is likely a reason Neelsen refuses to change or alter his vehicle's systems.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: His vehicle is considered an antique by modern standards, lacking many of the advanced secondary control systems common to more recently built racers.
- Celebrity Resemblance: That you, legendary country singer Willie Nelson? The name is even similar.
- Cool Old Guy: He's the oldest among the (still living) human F-Zero pilots, at a whopping 98 years old, and still able to expertly pilot a F-Zero racer that is notoriously difficult to control. Due to his decades upon decades of lifetime experience, Silver is a veritable cornucopia of knowledge and is considered to be an excellent teacher. Get a few drinks into him, and you can receive an entire year's worth of racing experience in the span of a single evening. Sounds like a pretty good deal.
- Darkhorse Victory: Even more so than Jody. He's a fan-favorite due to his status and the ultimate underdog, and fans have begun to bet on him with the reasoning (via law of averages) that, eventually, he'll have to win.
- Determinator: Has the longest streak of joining the races and never won a title, and yet still races for that one title of champion. Someone give this man a medal for enduring this long.
- His status as such has given him the In-Series Nickname of "Ironman Silver."
- Difficult, but Awesome:
- As he distrusts the newer technology found in F-Zero machines, it takes a good deal of technical adeptness to properly drive the Night Thunder, a machine lacking many of the more advanced navigation and control systems standard in more modern designs. Silver has no qualms about this. The Night Thunder might have pathetic handling, but its powerful boost can make the difference.
- In X, he's also a widely-picked character for setting world records thanks to exploiting various Good Bad Bugs in the physics.
- Dirty Old Man: Played Straight. Just because he is getting close to 100 years old, doesn't mean he doesn't have time for ladies 1/4th of his age.
- Fixing the Game: During the story of GX, he persuades Captain Falcon to hide his identity for a race, so that the betting odds will be increased. When Falcon wins, Neelsen makes millions.
- Glass Cannon:
- In GX, the Night Thunder still possesses ridiculous boost and acceleration (offset by terrible top speed), but it's definitely not easy to control.
- Also in GX, despite having a listed body rating of B, play testing shows that it actually has a body rating well in the E range. This greatly hurts its boost ability since boosting uses up the vehicle's health.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's become quite cranky in his old age. With a love for more antique models, he often criticizes the newfanged machines the other pilots race in. As expected, they tend to keep their distance, believing that he's gone senile.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and his childhood friend, Gold Hand. How much? Gold's mind and emotions were preserved in the cybernetic systems of the Night Thunder. Truly a friendship that will last (more than) a lifetime.
- In It for Life: Since he'll be turning 100 in a matter of two years, Silver has considered calling it quits, but knowing him, he'll still probably be competing long after he's a centenarian. And if his Badass Boast is to be believed, he will keep racing even beyond death.Silver Neelsen: We've got alot of mileage left in us yet. *referring to himself and the Night Thunder*
- It's All About Me: In GX, Neelsen states that he got into F-Zero racing because its cool and that he will use prize money from the Grandprix to open the "Silver Neelsen Museum".
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was very handsome in his younger years. Tho he doesn't seem to be too concerned about his age and no longer looking as good as he once did.
- Meaningful Name: "Silver" being that he has never won a Grandprix, but has come in a close second several times. A perpetual silver medalist. Its also likely a reference to his age, as "silver", as a color, is associated with those who have gracefully entered old age.
- Nitro Boost: The main strength of his Night Thunder racer. To make up for the poor top speed on straight-ways the vehicle has one of the most powerful boosts.
- Nostalgia Filter: Has one firmly built into him. He heavily distrusts newer technology and refuses to retrofit his Night Thunder with modern upgrades. Ironically, between his skill and experience, if he would upgrade his car with the newer control systems, he would be far more likely to win a Grandprix.
- *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": When starting a race in GX, playing as Silver, he will stumble and grab at his back in pain, before balancing himself and giving the thumbs up.
- Old Master: While he has never won a Grandprix, he still falls under this trope. He has more experience than anyone (except MAYBE The Skull, who is undead), and still competitively drives a vintage racer that would be beyond the skills of most of his younger peers.
- Older Is Better: Crosses over with Difficult, but Awesome. It might be a beast to handle, but despite its age it still boasts one of the best acceleration and boost stats (to compensate for the very poor top speed and handling stats) among any of the vehicles.
- Rockabilly: His theme in the GX/AX games sounds straight out of a honkytonk junkbox.
- Sarcastic Confession: His image quote above. It is beyond merely a Badass Boast. As shown with The Skull, it is VERY possible for him to be resurrected after dying to continue racing.
- Scatterbrained Senior: * He's 98. He probably has Alzheimer's, even though it's Played for Laughs.
- Silver Fox: Despite being in his late 90s, its not uncommon to see him surrounded by far younger female fans after a race.
- Stroke the Beard: Silver's render in GX has him doing this, as seen above.
- The Hyena: According to Silver, laughing is the secret behind his longevity.
- Theme Naming: He's Silver, his best friend was named Gold.
- They Don't Make Them Like They Used To: Is very adamant on this. Often deriding newer models of racers as inferior to older designs.
- When Elders Attack: In Goroh's Master Class video in GX. When Goroh doesn't yield to Silver's right of way as a pedestrian, Silver chases after him and delivers some good ol' Cane Fu to his head.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Realizing this, Silver lives each day as if it were his last and also passes this maxim onto his fans. His last hurrah is going to be both spectacular and heartbreaking.
Leader of the racing gang known as the Bloody Chain, racing is all Michael Chain has ever known. The Bloody Chain at one point boasted over 10,000 active members across the galaxy — it was at this point that Michael joined the F-Zero to represent all he had worked for. However, a losing record has caused many of its members to lose heart, and membership has dropped considerably; in a few years, it might be dissolved completely unless Michael can turn his luck around.
His machine, the Wild Boar, has an A-C-C rating, 2110 kgs, two AM9021-R engines and was created by Asteroid Motors. Its strong armor suits itself very well to Michael's full contact racing style, but it suffers in many other areas, not least of which being actual speed and acceleration. Additionally, it's the single loudest machine to ever compete; it's rumored that the airfoils along the ship's spine were added solely to increase its sound output.
- Ambition Is Evil:Michael Chain: "Fame! Money! Power! And the Grand Prix gave me them all!" (evil laugh)Michael Chain: (to his fellow Bloody Chain members) "Stay with me and you'll get money and women beyond your wildest dreams!"
- Animal Motifs: The boar. Rowdy and savage.
- Ascended Extra: One of the few pilots to have an entire mission dedicated to them in the GX story campaign.
- Badass Arm-Fold: One of his actions at the Settings screen has him briefly doing this while chuckling to himself.
- Badass Crew: Subverted oh so hard. You'd think that a group of ugly, muscular thugs would be imposing, right? WRONG! They're nothing more than a flock of Mooks, Chain himself being possibly eligible for Elite Mook status. In fact, Chain's once-massive band is quickly dwindling in number due to his incompetence as a racer; it's theorized that the Bloody Chain will fully dissolve in the span of a few years. (However, at the height of their power, the Bloody Chain did have 10,000 members and control over three planets...)
- Bald of Bad
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: If he wins, he plans to plate the Wild Boar in gold, turning it into the Golden Boar. The practicality of such an action is debatable.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Tell me he doesn't remind you of Laurence Fishburne.
- Chest Insignia: Depending on his costume, either a dragon or a unicorn emblem.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A dragon certainly makes for a formidable-looking decal, but how many people, let alone gang leaders, can say the same for a unicorn?
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His ending in GX. What's the first thing that comes to your mind at 0:29?
- Gonk: He and every single other Bloody Chain member. Especially the Bloody Chain members.
- I Know Karate: Takes up boxing in his spare time.
- Might Makes Right: "I make all the rules! I do as I want!"
- Mighty Glacier: In GX, the Wild Boar is tougher and heavier than most machines (plus, it has decent boost and grip), but it doesn't accelerate well.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Implied by his preferred choice of music (heavy metal + opera).
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. He's a musclebound poser.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In GX's Story Mode, after Falcon lays down some vehicular beatdown, all of Chain's lackeys pull this on the big guy himself when he orders them to stay on Falcon's trail. With his crew having abandoned him, Chain has no choice but to retreat as well.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Veers dangerously close to this.
A clone of Captain Falcon created while Falcon was in the hospital from the Great Accident. Being only four years old, he follows only Black Shadow's command and vows to destroy Captain Falcon. However, as of late he's been pondering whether he's actually human or elsewise.
His machine is the Blood Hawk (Originally Hell Hawk), has a B-A-E rating, weighs 1170kgs, has two DS019G & two BF2001 engines, and was created by the BS Group. It was supposed to be like the Blue Falcon, but BS Group gave it much more speed in order to compete against it. However, they had to sacrifice grip, so while it is fast, it's hard to control.
- Animal Motifs: A hawk. It's similar to a falcon, but not the same thing.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Like Captain Falcon, but Darker and Edgier.
- Blood Knight: If you see this guy on the track, use the boost to get through! You won't regret it.
- Bowdlerization: Hell Hawk was changed to "Blood Hawk" in America.
- The latest Japanese games eventually started calling his racer Blood Hawk as well.
- Bring It: One of his poses has him signal to the player in this fashion.
- Cloning Blues: And guess what? He's not the only one.
- Difficult, but Awesome: In X, various Good Bad Bugs with the physics (which are very difficult to master) make him one of the top choices for setting world records.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Lampshaded when the scientists working on the Blood Hawk realize that Blood won't be able to defeat Falcon if their vehicles are identical.
- The Dragon: To Black Shadow.
- Evil Gloating: Drops this mocking line to Captain Falcon in Chapter 6 of the GX Story Mode right before Black Shadow sends Falcon off to his impending doom.Blood Falcon: "You [Captain Falcon] and Blue Falcon can die together!" (evil laugh)
- Evil Knockoff: Obviously, he's the Shadow Archetype to Captain Falcon meant to portray a "What If?" scenario: an evil Falcon completely subservient to Black Shadow.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In GX, the Blood Hawk boosts and accelerates well. The only bad thing is the top speed, strangely enough for a clone of Captain Falcon.
- Informed Ability: In F-Zero X, he was considered to have the best machine (due to the physics engine and all), but he's terrible in GX (due to the new physics engine), to the point of being considered the 2nd worst machine in the game and nowhere near the Blue Falcon that it's supposedly superior to.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's a four-year-old child in the body of an evil clone of Captain Falcon. This was to be expected.
- Racing Pragmatist: "The heart of a devil! Doing whatever it takes to win!"
- Red Oni: To both Captain Falcon and Black Shadow.
- Resistance Is Futile: Says this word-for-word as his televised message to Falcon. After making a death threat.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Unlike Falcon, his scarf hangs out.
- Slasher Smile: One of the big differences between him and Captain Falcon is his toothy grin.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his shoulder pads.
- There Can Only Be One: Clearly, he's suffering from a massive inferiority complex. Blood is constantly trying to prove that he's the "real" Falcon and "a hero."
- Villains Out Shopping: His GX Master Class video is one of the laundromat videos.
- Younger Than They Look: He's only 4! Well, he's a clone of Captain Falcon, but still...
A mechanic of the Galactic Federation working in the same unit as Jody Summer. John Tanaka harbors deep feelings for Jody, and has vowed to always protect Jody from danger, even if she rejects his help (which happens all the time during races). If John manages to win a F-Zero Grand Prix, he's considering proposing to her.
His machine is the Wonder Wasp, rated D-A-D, weighing 900kgs and featuring two FGS-EO49M engines. John actually created this machine himself (being a mechanic and all), remodelling it from a recreational vehicle. It's very lightweight, having a powerful boost.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He is Jody's Hopeless Suitor, whereas Jody may be crushing on Falcon. Poor guy, a rose and everything...
- Amazon Chaser: John admires Jody for being a self-made woman and a highly-capable combat-machine pilot.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He won't propose to Jody until he wins the Grand Prix, an event where his chances are highly slim.
- The Champion: He tries to be one for Jody. Yeah... A guy can dream, right?
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Jody.
- Eyes Always Shut: Although it could be that his eyes are just slitted, as hinted by his Japanese surname.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Well, he wouldn't be the Galactic Space Federation's mechanic if he was incompetent. Also, it should be said that his Wonder Wasp was originally a pet project heavily modified for the races.
- Generic Name: A combination of a very common Western first name name (John) and a very common Japanese last name (Tanaka).
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Thanks to the principles he learned from martial arts.
- Hermit Guru: According to GX.Mr. Zero: "Your years as a hermit have paid off?"John Tanaka: "Yes, I only came down off that mountain one time."
- I Know Karate: Alluded to, when John mentions "sports and martial arts" (the latter of which IS a sport) as a response to how he attained a healthy physique. Subverted later on, as he states he didn't pick up the skills to adequately defend himself. (Sorry, fans, he's not a Badass Bookworm.)
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In GX, the Wonder Wasp does good enough at everything. Only issue is that it's weak.
- Non-Action Guy: He's a mechanic, not a fighter.
- Public Service Announcement: His lone driving tip. "Always remember to fasten your seatbelt."
- Robot Buddy: The drone always seen flying around him.
- Shout-Out: Listen to his theme in GX. You are now playing Space Invaders.
- Stalker with a Crush: On his worst days, he's this to Jody.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: Oddly enough, he briefly does one at the Settings screen.
A massive F-Zero fanboy, Draq, along with his best buddy Roger Buster, works in the transportation business. One day, Draq received an interesting order for delivering: two brand new F-Zero machines with no known recipient or return address. Draq saw this as a golden opportunity to enter the F-Zero races he adored so much, convincing Roger, a more casual fan, to tag along by suggesting that the F-Zero broadcasting could allow the rightful owners to easily find the vehicles on TV. Now Draq plans to win the Grand Prix so that he can use the prize money to afford a machine of his own (and maybe get some autographs from his idols while at it).
His machine is the Mighty Typhoon, rated C-A-D, weighing just 950kgs and built with two SS-C504 engines. It was created by Team Shooting Star, a F-Zero team whose members have mysteriously vanished ever since the Great Accident happened. The machine boosts really well and is actually quite lightweight, unlike Draq.
- Ascended Fanboy: He is cocoa-crazy about the sport, and probably had a nerdgasm when he discovered that he would be able to race alongside and against some of his heroes. He's also the Audience Surrogate; come on, you know that you'd love to live in a world like this.Draq: "Is there anyone who doesn't want to become an F-Zero racer?"
- Big Eater: Hinted at; one of his actions involves Draq rubbing his stomach as if he's hungry.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Roger.
- Odd Friendship: It's mind-boggling to fathom how one as zealous as Draq could befriend one as serious as Roger.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Roger is 41. Draq is 137. Though while he may be older in age, he's certainly behind in maturity.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: His training for the races? Playing the computer game.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In GX, the Mighty Typhoon has smooth controlling, and, weak body aside, doesn't have significant drawbacks.
- Racing Pragmatist: Averted. The one thing he pays attention to while racing is making sure that he's fighting clean.
A deliveryman who takes his job seriously, Roger Buster, along with his best buddy Draq, works in the transportation business. One day, Roger received an interesting order for delivering: two brand new F-Zero machines with no known recipient or return address. Draq saw this as a golden opportunity to enter the F-Zero races he adored so much, convincing Roger, a more casual fan, to tag along by suggesting that the F-Zero broadcasting could allow the rightful owners to easily find the vehicles on TV. Now Roger's biggest priority is to finish the delivery, so he patiently waits for someone to come and claim the machines.
His machine is the Mighty Hurricane, rated E-B-B, weighing 1780kgs and and built with one SS-D701 engine. It was created by Team Shooting Star, a F-Zero team whose members have mysteriously vanished ever since the Great Accident happened. The machine boosts well and is fine to handle, but Roger has to be careful about its fragility.
- The Alcoholic: When Mr. Zero asks how he enjoys his life off of the job, Roger replies, "A drink after work?"
- Ascended Fanboy: He's a more casual fan of the sport.
- Badass Creed: "No consignment is too dangerous!"
- Celebrity Resemblance: He's modeled after action-movie star Bruce Willis.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Draq (see above).
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In GX, the Mighty Hurricane is decently fast, accelerates well and controls nicely, but it has a weak body just like the Typhoon.
An engineer of F-Zero machines, Dr. Clash always aspired to become a racer himself, but couldn't because of his lack of athletic capabilities. After years of research, he was finally able to build his own perfect racing machine. He also created a special gadget to compensate for his unfitness at piloting, allowing him to live his dream.
His machine is the Crazy Bear, which has a A-B-E rating, 2220kgs and three CL05-S16x engines. Due to his own horrible experience during the Great Accident, Dr. Clash made sure that his ship would have the latest in terms of safety technology and equipment. This, however, makes the machine not the best at cornering and handling. The engines make up for that, though.
- Bare Your Midriff: Unfortunately. Due to his lack of exercise, he has a noticeable gut.
- The Bartender: Works as one during Story Mode in GX.
- Bears Are Bad News: His machine, the Crazy Bear. In GX, he reveals his latest creation: the Big Bear.
- Celebrity Resemblance: He's like an obese Elton John.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In X, he's shown to have unruly, unkempt hair that fell down slightly below his neck. One year later, he's starting to bald, showing a receeding hairline and a prominent forehead.
- Gadgeteer Genius, Mr. Fixit: He converted an old F-1 fighter jet into Beastman's Hyper Speeder.
- Genius Cripple: Vaguely. As his physical condition is quite poor, he invented a backpack-esque gadget to level the playing field.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Largely subverted, as he tends to veer into the land of Insufferable Geniuses.
- Mighty Glacier: In GX, Crazy Bear is definitely tough. Just don't expect to go very fast consistently, even if it has great boost and acceleration.
- Stout Strength: In spite of the above, he has clearly defined biceps.
The leader of an evil intergalactic organization, Black Shadow is feared by all in and outside of the tracks. Despite being wanted by the Galactic Federation, Black Shadow is somehow allowed to take part in F-Zero competitions, and it's known that races where he is present are inevitably going to result in huge accidents and disasters. His main objective is to destroy Captain Falcon (who has been successful in capturing Black Shadow's forces) in front of millions of viewers.
His machine is the Black Bull, rated A-E-A, weighing an impressive 2340kgs, equipped with four DS020H engines and created by the research team of Black Shadow's very own organization. It's an extremely fast and sturdy ship, designed primarily to knock out anyone who gets in Black Shadow's way at the racetrack.
- The Ace: He's often the most competent racer when used by the CPU in F-Zero GX, frequently finishing in the Top 3.
- Affably Evil: And how. He's as civil as can be. The below line is spoken in the most polite tone conceivable.Black Shadow: "Falcon, you've come to die? I needn't have wasted time looking for you then."
- A God Am I: Wants to destroy the current world and remake it in his own image.
- Animal Motifs: Very much the bull, given his vehicle's name and the horns on both his costume and F-Zero machine, as well as his vicious nature. Coincidentally, this also ties into the Devil-like imagery Black Shadow gives off, as Christian demonology popularized the idea of demons being depicted with horns and bull-like features.
- Arch-Enemy: To Captain Falcon. It's a mutual feeling.
- Badass Creed: "Domination or death!" Yes, even evil has its own dogma.
- Blood Knight: It's hinted that he loves to destroy the other racers on a whim.
- Bowdlerization: The below exchange was cut from the U.S. version of GX, yet Blood and Deathborn get to avert Never Say "Die" at every moment. Great idea, guys.Mr. Zero: "Your rivals are howling for revenge!"Black Shadow: "I will send you straight to hell! It will be painless, I promise you."
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Chapter 7 of Story Mode in GX is so notorious for breaking the rules (i.e. Black Shadow staying in 1st place without using his boost) that Nipple Bandit's legendary, AO-rated rant from Something Awful is listed in the quotes section of Nintendo Hard. Yeah, that bad.
- Dark Is Evil: And just to drive the point home, he's wearing all black.
- Evil Is Bigger: Unquestionably one of the largest, most imposing characters in the series.
- Evil Wears Black: In case you couldn't tell from the image above. His outfit might look like purple at first glance, but it's supposed to be black.
- Fiction 500: He considers the prize of one billion space credits a paltry sum. All of that Offscreen Villain Dark Matter seems to imply that Black Shadow has some pretty good resources at his disposal.
- Kneel Before Zod: "Bow down before my power, Falcon!"
- Large and in Charge: This guy is built like a truck!
- Lightning Bruiser: In GX, the Black Bull has fearsome speed (that takes a while to reach) and can demolish most things in its way.
- Magic Is Evil: He displays a few unexplained powers (such as trapping Falcon with a bolt of blue energy and summoning Blood Falcon out of nowhere). Definitely evil.
- Mighty Glacier: While certainly not the best machine for setting records in F-Zero X, his Black Bull is definitely one of the best for ramming opponents into oblivion.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: The eponymous Black Shadow Group.
- Obviously Evil: Just look at him!
- Physical God: It is rumored that Black Shadow was bestowed with immortality and the ability to reincarnate.
- Psychotic Smirk: The moment you see this, your days are numbered.
- Red Baron: The King of Evil.
- Satan: With the horns and the black clothing, he definitely gives off these vibes.
- They Know Too Much: During his interview with Mr. Zero, it's implied that this is why he's going to burn the complex down to the ground, with Mr. Zero and the audience still inside.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite his huge and imposing figure, GX gives him a relatively soft voice.
- You Have Failed Me: In the prologue to GX's Story Mode, Deathborn tells him he's got one more chance to win before he receives the final punishment.