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List of F-Zero characters

This is a list of characters in Nintendo's F-Zero video game franchise, by software release. F-Zero is a series of futuristic racing games originally created by Nintendo EAD (originally Research & Development Team 4) and has been continually produced by Nintendo, although some games were created outside this developer.

The games may take place in the 22nd century or at a later time period, and each game revolves around the high-speed F-Zero Grand Prix races. The series casually centers around the poster child Captain Falcon's talented racing and bounty hunting abilities and his encounters with the other F-Zero characters. Numerous characters were introduced in each completed installment of the franchises' video games with many of them appearing in multiple titles. Each character has their own unique reason for entering the Grand Prix and unique vehicle that have different performance abilities.

Development and reception

When the first F-Zero game was in development Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Takaya Imamura was surprised at the level of freedom he was given to design the characters and courses since this was his first game. There are four playable vehicles each containing its own character who is "seven heads tall". It would not be until the Nintendo 64 sequel, F-Zero X, that the storyline would be further developed, and newer characters would be added to the cast, composing of all the racers. The Game Boy Advance games would incorporate an anime style for their character designs.

IGN called the F-Zero character Captain Falcon as "one of the most important and recognizable characters from the franchise". Toshihiro Nagoshi stated this character "has a very strong image, and represents a dominant visual aspect for the series". He claimed this is the type of character Sega does not have in their racing games like Daytona or Sega Rally that the player can "identify with behind the wheel". Nagoshi, one of F-Zero GX's co-producers, was fond of the characters and found a way to draw out their personalities during the games' development. The co-producer mentioned Amusement Vision was given relative freedom in designing the characters. With the introduction of a story mode in F-Zero GX, Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned that the characters Imamura created are finally "coming to life and taking on some personality". Nagoshi stated that its story mode was included because the development team felt that the F-Zero universe was unique and they wanted to explain some of the characters' motivations and flesh out the game world. An author from The Orange County Register was highly critical of the characters in F-Zero GXs story mode, stating "the goofy, spandex-clad characters feel seriously out of place" with the tougher scenarios this gameplay mode had to offer.

The characters Mr. EAD and James McCloud bear some resemblance to Mario and Fox McCloud respectively, though in different degrees (faintly and strikingly, respectively). "EAD" is also the same abbreviation used with Nintendo's internal development group located in Japan. According to Nintendo Power, "It's just one of the fun things the developers decided to put into F-Zero GX". Although James is also the name of Fox McCloud's father in the Star Fox series, they also stated "As similar in looks as they are, Fox and James McCloud don't have any connection".

Characters

: indicates name alterations due to localization.

In comparison between the Japanese and English versions of some F-Zero video games, some characters were given different or more elaborate names. A few vehicles also had their names altered. For example, on the now defunct official English website for F-Zero X, a few of the characters had different names compared to the official Japanese website. Such alterations were either retconned out of continuity or ignored altogether by the games succeeding it.

Captain Falcon

is considered the poster child of the franchise, but also has been called its main character. He is described as an accomplished F-Zero pilot and renowned bounty hunter. In F-Zero X, it is rumored that he is called "Captain" because he was once an officer on the Internova Police Force. By the age of 36, Captain Falcon had built a reputation as one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy, one that has earned him many enemies. This constant danger forces him to live in a sanctuary on a chain of islands off the coast of Port Town, where he spends most of his time. His desire for solitude is such that even after winning a race, he takes his award and quickly dashes home. Each of his home islands contains a different racetrack, allowing him to keep his racing skills at their peak while remaining relatively safe.

The character drives the Blue Falcon in his races, and uses a sidearm and a midsize spacecraft called the Falcon Flyer in bounty missions. In F-Zero X, Captain Falcon's DNA is stolen while he is hospitalized following an accident in the F-Zero Grand Prix. The thieves use the DNA to create a clone of Captain Falcon, Blood Falcon. In F-Zero GX, Captain Falcon is 37 years old and the sitting champion of the F-Zero Grand Prix, boosting his already high popularity even higher. In the games' story mode, after winning a number of races and saving Jody Summer, he goes on to defeat Black Shadow and Deathborn. Also in F-Zero GX, at the end of the final chapter in Story Mode, Captain Falcon is seen jumping out of his Blue Falcon and walking out of his home base, leaving his helmet behind. In F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, which is set twenty five years after the main series, Kent Akechi claims to be the son of Captain Falcon. The character is a representative for F-Zero in the Super Smash Bros. video games. He is a fast close combat fighter whose signature move is the Falcon Punch, a slow but powerful punch in which a flaming falcon surrounds his fist. In the anime F-Zero GP Legend, Captain Falcon is a title given to a person, instead of an individual's actual name. Throughout most of the anime, Bart Lemming holds this title, and it is passed onto Rick Wheeler after Bart's "death" in the last episode. Although he does not appear in every episode, he plays a significant role in the series: his main goal is to stop the efforts of the Dark Million Organization. In F-Zero GP Legend, Captain Falcon is voiced by Hideyuki Tanaka and David Wills in the Japanese and English versions respectively.

Other characters

Character: Vehicle: Original descriptions:
Originated from F-Zero
Dr. Stewart Golden Fox
Pico Wild Goose
Samurai Goroh Fire Stingray
Originated from F-Zero X
Antonio Guster Green Panther
Mrs. Arrow Queen Meteor
Baba Iron Tiger
Beastman Hyper Speeder
Billy Mad Wolf
Bio Rex Big Fang
Black Shadow Black Bull
Blood Falcon Blood Hawk
Dr. Clash Crazy Bear
Draq Mighty Typhoon
Mr. EAD Great Star
Gomar & Shioh Twin Noritta
Jack Levin Astro Robin
James McCloud Little Wyvern
Jody Summer White Cat
John Tanaka Wonder Wasp
Kate Alen Super Piranha
Leon Space Angler
Michael Chain Wild Boar
Mighty Gazelle Red Gazelle
Octoman Deep Claw
Roger Buster Mighty Hurricane
Silver Neelsen Night Thunder
The Skull Sonic Phantom
Super Arrow King Meteor
Zoda Death Anchor
Originated from F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Alexander O'Neil The Stingray
Blitz Wagner Silver Thunder
Jane B. Christie J. B. Crystal
Kent Akechi Falcon MK-II
Kumiko Fighting Comet
Lord Cyber Dirty Joker
Megan Hot Violet
Mickey Marcus Fireball
Nichi Crazy Horse
Yazoo Jr. Jet Vermilion
Originated from F-Zero AX
Dai Goroh Silver Rat
Dai San Gen Pink Spider
Don Genie Fat Shark
Lily Flyer Bunny Flash
Phoenix Rainbow Phoenix
PJ Groovy Taxi
Princia Ramode Spark Moon
QQQ Rolling Turtle
Spade Magic Seagull
Terry "Digi-Boy" Getter Cosmic Dolphin
Originated from F-Zero GX
Deathborn Dark Schneider
Originated from F-Zero: GP Legend
Ryu Suzaku Dragon Bird
Lucy Liberty Elegance Liberty
Misaki Haruka / Miss Killer Moon Shadow
Lisa Brilliant Panzer Emerald
Originated from F-Zero Climax
Berserker Red Bull
Clank Hughes (Tech) Dragon Bird EX
Dark Soldier Soldier Anchor
Hyper Zoda Hyper Death Anchor

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