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A list of characters who appear in Rocket Knight Adventures and its sequels.

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The Good Guys

    Sparkster 
The leader of the Rocket Knights.
  • Always Someone Better: He is seen as this to Axel Gear, especially since Sparkster was chosen to be the new leader of the Rocket Knights, which led to Axel's path of villainy.
  • Anime Hair: He has some under his helmet.
  • Badass Adorable: Especially his end-of-level victory animations.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: It can't even be handwaved in the original game because the Pig Soldiers and Axel Gear wear spacesuits when fought in space. For all it's worth, Sparkster did have some kind of spell cast on him by the princess...
  • Blue Is Heroic: He wears a suit of light blue armor.
  • Call to Agriculture: In between the events of Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 and Rocket Knight, Sparkster took up farming, got married, and had a son.
  • The Cameo: Sparkster appeared as a cameo in several Konami games, such as Snatcher, Contra: Shattered Soldier, Mitsumete Knight, Ganbare Goemon 2, and New International Track & Field. Most oddly of all, a human version of Sparkster appears in Konami's Jikkyou Powerful Pro Wrestling '96 : MAX VOLTAGE, where he bears a passing resemblance to Hulk Hogan.
  • Flying Brick: Sparkster is this when he uses his jet pack, and it is even capable of flight in certain levels.
  • Golden Super Mode: In Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, if the player collects all seven Keys to the Seals, Sparkster's armor will become the Legendary Armor, and the true ending will be shown after the Big Bad, King Gedol is defeated. Gold Sparkster charges his jet pack faster and his attacks do more damage, but unlike Super Sonic, he can still take damage.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A male example; Sparkster has blonde hair and is the series' hero.
  • Immune to Mind Control: In the "Last of the Rocket Knights" comic from Sonic the Comic, he is immune to King Gedol's mind-control spell due to his enchanted armor protecting him.
  • Jet Pack: Sparkster's primary method of transport.
    • Jump Jet Pack: This is Sparkster's jet pack's primary function. Only in a select number of levels does it grant real flight.
  • Mascot with Attitude: Though much more-down-to earth than others of his time.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He does this in Sparkster (SNES) whenever he gets scared or surprised.
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    Princess Sherry 
The daughter of King El Zebulos.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is captured by Axel Gear in the original game.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she appears in the opening and ending cutscenes in Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, her Damsel in Distress role is taken by her cousin, Princess Cherry, and her appearance in Rocket Knight is a cameo in the ending cutscene.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the cutscene before Stage 6, when Emperor Devligus Devotindos escapes to the Pig Star, after Sparkster rescues her, she casts a spell on him that allows him to fly through space.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

    King El Zebulos 
The king of Zebulos.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, he only appears in the ending cutscene, and in Rocket Knight, he is only mentioned in the story.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He is notably shorter than Princess Sherry and Sparkster.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the cutscene before Stage 4, he catches up to Sparkster at a canyon and provides a cannon as a means of transport to the Big Barone.

    Princess Cherry 
Princess Sherry's cousin and King El Zebulos' niece, who appears in Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2.

  • Damsel in Distress: She is kidnapped by Axel Gear, and the goal of the game is to rescue her.

    Princess Flora 
The daughter of King Eginasem, who appears in Sparkster (SNES).

  • Damsel in Distress: She is kidnapped by Axel Gear, and the goal of the game is to rescue her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As Sparkster (SNES) has a separate continuity from Rocket Knight Adventures and Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, she fulfills the roles of Princess Sherry from the former game and Princess Cherry from the latter game.

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The Bad Guys

    Axel Gear 
The leader of the Black Knights, and Sparkster's rival.

  • Arch-Enemy: He serves as this to Sparkster.
  • Black Knight: He is the leader of a squadron of Rocket Knights who have gone rogue.
  • The Dragon: Axel Gear serves as this to whoever the game's Big Bad is.
  • Driven by Envy: Sparkster's promotion to leader of the Rocket Knights is what fuels Axel Gear's jealousy.
  • Enemy Mine: In Rocket Knight, he and the Pig Soldiers team up with Sparkster to stop the Wolf army.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sparkster, having similar abilities, plus a jet pack and a sword.
  • Heel–Face Mole: In Rocket Knight, Axel Gear formed a truce with the kingdom of Zebulos so that he could become the new leader of the Rocket Knights during Sparkster's absence. This is all part of his plan to rule the kingdom with the help of the Devotindos Empire.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Axel Gear is the archenemy and The Dragon to each game's Big Bad.
  • Joker Immunity: Even though Sparkster always kills the Big Bad, Axel Gear always survives every battle he loses against Sparkster.
  • Mirror Boss: Like Sparkster, he uses a jet pack and a sword to battle. However, it should be noted that Axel is always stronger than Sparkster as he can rocket boost without losing control and even fly freely whereas Sparkster has to deal with the wild recoil of his rocket boosts and cannot fly or even hover.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: When Sparkster is chosen by their master instead of Axel Gear to lead the others, Axel Gear retaliates by killing his master.
  • Purple Is Powerful: In the first three games, he wore dark purple armor.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In Rocket Knight, he dons a suit of red and black armor and also has black hair.
  • The Rival: He serves as this to Sparkster.
  • Terrible Trio: He forms one with Emperor Devligus Devotindos and Captain Fleagle in the original game, one with King Gedol and Paeli in Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, and one with Generalissimo Lioness and Colonel Wolfhiem in Sparkster (SNES).
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: An odd example; Axel Gear always lives to fight another day, while the Big Bad always dies.

    Emperor Devligus Devotindos 
The leader of the Devotindos Empire, and the Big Bad of the original game.

  • Fat Bastard: He is notably stouter than his minions.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is destroyed by Sparkster at the end of the original game.
  • King Koopa Copy: He is a large pig with sharp teeth and claws, and wears a black cape and pants and spiked shoulder pads, while his minions usually have green armor and vehicles. He also hires Axel Gear to kidnap Princess Sherry and retireve the key to the seal to unseal the Pig Star.
  • Large and in Charge: He is much bigger than his minions.
  • Pig Man: He and his minions are all pig-like creatures.
  • Robotic Reveal: In the battle against him, Emperor Devligus is revealed to be a robot, and one of many such robots stocked aboard the Pig Star.

    Captain Fleagle 
The boss of the Big Barone.

  • Butt-Monkey: He gets progressively more beat-up looking as the stage goes on.
  • Green and Mean: Like most of the other Pig Soldiers, he wears a green uniform.
  • The Napoleon: He even dresses like the Trope Namer.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Fleagle is fairly goofy and incompetent throughout most of Stage 4, but he does prove he can be fairly formidable when he takes control of the stage's boss, a giant robot in his likeness.
  • Tennis Boss: In the first battle against him, he tosses explosives at you. You can't reach him with your normal attacks due to a laser blocking your path, so you have to hit the bombs back at him to damage him.

    Pig Soldiers 
The minions of Emperor Devligus Devotindos.

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    King Gedol 
The Big Bad of Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, and the leader of the Gedol Empire.

  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: One of his attacks is a spell where he can swap bodies with Sparkster, and the player can briefly control Sparkster in Gedol's body.
  • Green and Mean: He has green skin.
  • Interspecies Romance: In the "Last of the Rocket Knights" comic from Sonic the Comic, he attempts to marry Princess Sherry in order to unite the kingdom under his empire.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is killed by Sparkster at the end of the game.
  • King Koopa Copy: He is a large green lizard who has long horns, sharp teeth and claws, uses spells and summons during the battle against him, and his minions wear purple armor, like Axel Gear. He has also hired Axel Gear to capture Princess Sherry's cousin, Princess Cherry, and seek out the seven Keys to the Seal.
  • Large and in Charge: He is much bigger than his minions.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He and his minions all serve as the game's enemies.

    Paeli 
The boss of Stage 3.

  • Green and Mean: He has green skin like King Gedol and the rest of the Lizard soldiers.
  • Shrink Ray: He can use this on Sparkster, rendering him harmless for a few seconds.

    Lizard Soldiers 
The minions of King Gedol.

    Generalissimo Lioness 
The Big Bad of Sparkster (SNES) and the leader of the Yellow Dogs.

  • Gender-Blender Name: He is actually a male lion.
  • Killed Off for Real: Although he dies at the end of the game, how he dies depends on which mode you play. If you play on Normal, he dies before he can launch a warhead to destroy planet Eginasem, but if you play on Hard, he dies just after he launches the warhead.
  • Robotic Reveal: When you defeat him, he is revealed to be a robot. He uses his last ounce of strength to get Princess Flora's key to the seal, but whether he dies before or after he launches the warhead depends on which difficulty of the game you play.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As Sparkster (SNES) has a separate continuity from Rocket Knight Adventures and Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, he serves as this to Emperor Devligus Devotindos from the original game, due to being the game's Big Bad and being revealed to be a robot in his defeat.

    Colonel Wolfhiem 
The mini-boss of Stage 3, and the boss of Stage 4.

    Wolf Soldiers 
The minions of Generalissimo Lioness.

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