"I'm...A Bounty Hunter."
— Captain Falcon introducing himself in F-Zero GP Legend (GBA)
Captain Falcon (キャプテン・ファルコン Kyaputen Farukon?), also known by the non-canon name of Douglas Jay Falcon, is the protagonist of the F-Zero series. He is an F-Zero racer and a renowned intergalactic bounty hunter from Port Town. 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. Falcon joined F-Zero, desiring to fuel his competitive drive, with his own machine, the Blue Falcon. During his long career, he has consistently thwarted the plans of Black Shadow and other evil forces, both on and off the Grand Prix circuits.
Much of Falcon's past is shrouded in mystery.
In the instruction manual for F-Zero, Captain Falcon is described as an accomplished F-Zero pilot and renowned bounty hunter who is "rumored to be in his early 30s".
By F-Zero X, the character's age was revealed to be 36 years old, and then 37 years old the following year in F-Zero GX.
Even though little is known of the main Falcon's past, his anime counterpart (Andy Summer / "Bart Lemming," who is not the same person as the main Falcon) has been given a more fleshed out character, as F-Zero Climax and the anime provided a date of birth and even his blood type. Those characteristics should only be considered applicable to the Falcon in anime-based F-Zero games and related media only. The anime content is considered a reboot continuity and separate universe to some, due to the many differences in the storyline, character incarnations, and other details between them and the F-Zero media released prior to the anime along with Super Smash Bros.
Brash and flashy in appearance, Captain Falcon stands tall and firm. His outfit is a combination of a flight suit and body armor. It consists of blue pants, blue form-fitting armor, and a red helmet as well as a single pauldron on his right shoulder. He always carries a sidearm in a holster on his right hip (although he has only been shown to use it once). When Captain Falcon removes his helmet in his Master ending of F-Zero X, he has a scar above his left eye. His hair color was once jet black, but became dark brown as of F-Zero GX.
His anime counterpart's hair is a lighter brown color, and has blue eyes. The scar is also a little smaller. The hairstyle is also different.
When he is not taking part in races, he works as a bounty hunter.
His anime counterpart, Andy Summer, runs a café called the Falcon House, under the alias 'Bart Lemming' up until his death in the final episode of the anime. While not acting as a barista, Andy is also an accomplished and nearly unbeatable F-Zero pilot, while also a bounty hunter on the side.
Captain Falcon has appeared in some form in most of the F-Zero games so far. He has also been featured in the Super Smash Bros. series of games, and has made cameo appearances in person or by association in other games.
Following the reboot continuity, the other Captain Falcon (Andy Summer) stars in the F-Zero GP Legend anime, and its related media, where the name is a title passed down from one successor to the next.
Captain Falcon made his debut appearance in F-Zero, released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on November 21, 1990. An eight-page comic was included in the manual of the game, containing the original character designs of Captain Falcon, the three other original pilots, and the F-Zero announcer, Mr. Zero. Taking place in the year 2560, the comic depicted one of Captain Falcon's bounty missions. The comic contained the only scenes of Captain Falcon ever using his sidearm and piloting the Falcon Flyer. In the game, Falcon competes against Dr. Stewart, Samurai Goroh, and Pico. Depending on who you play, either Falcon will win, or one of the others will. most likely the former.
Three years prior to F-Zero X, Captain Falcon’s DNA is stolen while he is hospitalized following an accident in a previous F-Zero Grand Prix. Black Shadow's organization in the main games, BS Group, used the DNA to create a clone of Captain Falcon, Blood Falcon, but also stole the sub engine of the Blue Falcon at this time to create the Blood Hawk.
As the three year suspension was lifted for a new Grand Prix, Falcon would then compete with 29 other racers for the Grand Prix, which includes the other three racers from the original SNES game, along with his nemesis Black Shadow, and the mysterious Blood Falcon. According to F-Zero GX, Captain Falcon won the F-Zero X Grand Prix.
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, F-Zero GX's story mode begins with Falcon training for the Grand Prix, followed by racing his rival, Samurai Goroh, in a desert canyon and being forced to enter the bet race under the disguise of 'Famicom' (a reference to Nintendo's first home console). After winning said bet race, Falcon notices Black Shadow attacking the Lightning area on the news. Falcon makes his way to stop him, but is delayed by a group of thugs lead by Michael Chain. After dealing with Chain's gang, Falcon enters a facility to save Jody Summer. His escape is a close one as the core was set to overload and detonate, with said facility going into lockdown procedures. With Jody out of harm's way, he confronts Black Shadow. The evil overlord, with the help of Blood Falcon, binds Falcon and traps him inside his vehicle, strapping a bomb to the Blue Falcon that will detonate if the Blue Falcon goes too slowly. Falcon managed to survive, by driving the vehicle straight off an unfinished road and right under a crane, knocking the bomb off.
Falcon later attended the Grand Prix, where he emerged victorious. After receiving the champion's belt, he witnessed Black Shadow being punished by his master, Deathborn, for his incompetence. Deathborn challenges Falcon to a one-on-one race for ownership of both belts. Before said race occurs, Deathborn reveals his plan to take over the universe, revealing the energies of light and dark are condensed in each belt, and that when combined, provide ultimate power that will turn him into a god-like being, able to lay waste Falcon's galaxy in an instant. Falcon swears to take him down. Falcon stays true to his word, and Deathborn apparently dies. Both belts unite into the Ultimate Champion's Belt, and Falcon vows to keep winning so he can protect the belt from the forces of evil.
At his garage, Falcon is greeted by the Creator. Falcon figures out the Creator was behind everything, though they do not elaborate on their motives. They challenge Falcon to a race, where, if they win, will rip out Falcon's soul and turn it into their creation, implying that he would replace Deathborn. Falcon defeats even them. Screaming, the Creator disappears, though whether they actually die or decide to let Falcon go, honoring (but no less angered by) his victory, is unclear. Falcon then takes off his helmet and relaxes.
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, set twenty-five years after F-Zero, is the only story-driven game in the series not to feature this character. However, Kent Akechi claims to be related (Nintendo Power altered this to a claim of being a son) to the main Captain Falcon. It is unknown if this is true, or false.
F-Zero: GP Legend and Climax
The GP Legend anime, game, and F-Zero Climax take place in a reboot continuity of F-Zero, resulting in numerous differences in timelines, events, and character incarnations. This version of Captain Falcon is not the same as SNES F-Zero, F-Zero X, F-Zero GX/AX, nor Super Smash Bros., and is a different person.
The anime and related games also primarily take place in the 23rd century as opposed to the 26th century, and are not connected to the pre-reboot series.
In the anime and its related games, Captain Falcon is one of the secret aliases of a man named Andy Summer, and shares the spotlight with Ryu Suzaku (Rick Wheeler in the English dub of the anime and localization of the F-Zero GP Legend GBA game) in F-Zero GP Legend and F-Zero Climax. Andy is the older brother of the anime's incarnation of Jody Summer, thought to be dead after an incident with the anime's incarnation of Zoda. In truth, he runs a Mute City based café called the Falcon House, and plays the role of a mentor to some of the pilots, notably Ryu.
In the anime-inspired games F-Zero: GP Legend and Climax, little is known about this incarnation of Captain Falcon to the public, beyond his popularity in the Grand Prix. His machine is so popular that it is virtually the symbol of the F-Zero races. His true identity is Andy Summer, who goes by the false alias of Bart Lemming (Bert / Burt in the English dub) who often gives advice to Rick Wheeler and his friends at the Falcon House. He aims to pass the title of Captain Falcon to Rick as the latter must embrace the role of being the savior of the universe.
Falcon has his own story path in the GP Legend game, though the game itself is very loosely based on the anime. He was originally hired by an old friend to escort Dr. Clash in Mute City. However, he then encountered Zoda, who captured Dr. Clash and began to pursue him with the help of Rick Wheeler, whom he met for the first time and was confused by his claims of having known Zoda for centuries, but they wound up accidentally capturing a decoy instead. He then encountered Samurai Goroh in Red Canyon while attempting to continue his pursuit, but Goroh accused Falcon of poisoning him and raced him. Goroh ran off afterwards.
Captain Falcon returned to Port Town empty-handed, only to be confronted by Blood Falcon. He beat Blood Falcon in a race, but his machine broke down afterward. Lisa Brilliant then offered her help to him, and whether or not Blood Falcon was beaten on the first try, he either accepted her help and then defeated Blood Falcon in a race with Jody Summer's help in the Sand Ocean, or he refused her help and decided to fix his machine with a boost blast, realizing that he had only one lead left. Afterwards, Captain Falcon made his way to Lightning and raced Black Shadow, whom Falcon knew had captured Clash due to his being Blood Falcon's master. After defeating Black Shadow, Jody was able to save Dr. Clash and thanked Captain Falcon for the evil he prevented Black Shadow from unleashing. But Captain Falcon insisted he was only doing the job he was hired for and resumed his anonymous career as a bounty hunter. He then participates in the Grand Prix, and depending on what character was chosen for the story mode, he will either win or lose.
In F-Zero Climax, Andy's other alias, Berserker, is unlockable. In the anime, Berserker was Andy's disguise in order to infiltrate Dark Million, utilized after another thought-to-be-dead scenario. He eventually removed his disguise and carried on as Captain Falcon until the final episode, in which he would pass the role onto his successor and defeat Black Shadow.
Other video games
Captain Falcon is one of four unlockable characters in Nintendo’s 1999 fighting game Super Smash Bros. He is a fast close combat fighter whose combat techniques mix Kung Fu and street brawling. His signature move is the Falcon Punch, a slow but powerful punch in which a flaming falcon surrounds the character's fist. Unlike most other characters, Captain Falcon shouts as he executes most of his special moves.  Captain Falcon does not sport his traditional blue outfit; his armor is violet in this game only while his traditional blue outfit is used as an alternate costume exclusive to Team Battles.
The character is also one of the first available in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the 2001 sequel to Super Smash Bros. His armor is now navy blue instead of violet. He keeps the same moves from the previous game and is given a variety of close-combat attacks. The Legend of Zelda series character, Ganondorf, is a clone of Captain Falcon (despite having nothing in common with him). Ganondorf's attacks are very similar to those of Captain Falcon, although the character is stronger and less agile. It is possible to wear Blood Falcon's attire by changing the costume colors to red and purple. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the characters' design is original to Smash Bros., and his Final Smash is him getting into the Blue Falcon and running over his opponents. He returned once again in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He also retains his Brawl design. He is once again a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and also retains his Brawl design.
It should be noted that Super Smash Bros. only recognizes the original Captain Falcon and his related media as opposed to anything to do with the anime, despite some oddities in Zoda's trophy information in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS.
Captain Falcon's material possessions and props have had cameo appearances in three different games.
- The Blue Falcon appears in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. At the back of Hinopio' Inn deep within Barrel Volcano, there are three small models of spaceships sitting on top of boxes. Two of them are the Blue Falcon and Samurai Goroh's Fire Stingray.
- The Blue Falcon also appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World and later Animal Crossing: New Leaf as a furniture item.
- The Blue Falcon also appears in Mario Kart Wii. It Is an unlockable Kart used by those of the Small class.
- The Blue Falcon reappears in Mario Kart 8. It is a downloadable Kart used by those of any class. The Miis are also able to wear a Captain Falcon styled outfit with his Amiibo.
- One of the treasures in Kirby Super Star's "Great Cave Offensive" is called "Falcon's Helmet". This is a replica of Captain Falcon's helmet.
- Main article: F-Zero: GP Legend
F-Zero: GP Legend was an anime television series based on the F-Zero video games. The series, which ran for 51 episodes, aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from 2003 - 2004. Captain Falcon, voiced by David Wills in the English version and Hideyuki Tanaka in the Japanese version, was featured in most episodes. Fifteen English-language episodes were produced before the show's cancellation in America. The series told the story of Captain Falcon and his best friend and rival, Rick Wheeler.
Note: The anime is mostly about Rick Wheeler and his road to accepting his fate as the chosen savior of the universe, as Falcon is more of a side character who occasionally gives advice through his alias, helps out, or sometimes does not appear.
Falcon in this continuity and its related games is a different person from SNES F-Zero, F-Zero X, F-Zero GX, and Super Smash Bros., along with being from a different timeline. He goes by the name of Andy Summer, and was Jody Summer's older brother. His alias, 'Bart Lemming' served as cover while he would play the role of somewhat of a mentor to Rick, all while racing as Captain Falcon in the Grand Prix. The truth would be revealed eventually, once his sister, Jody Summer, along with his apprentice and successor, Clank Hughes and Rick respectively, connected the dots. He would also end up passing the title of Captain Falcon to Rick, before delivering a fatal Falcon Punch to Black Shadow by the end of the series.
Pilot Profile Movies
Captain Falcon first appears in his own profile video, "Close Call!". When he sees Mrs. Arrow's baby about to be run over by a locomotive, he makes a pose, cartwheels, then grabs the infant, followed by him doing a big jump as the locomotive passes by. The baby is saved, but at the same time, Falcon's pants rip, exposing his boxers. Mrs, Arrow humorously chuckles at the sight, so Falcon stands nervously, and salutes while doing a few shy nods.
Captain Falcon later makes a cameo in John Tanaka's Profile video, "Cyberdancer". As John tries to give a rose to Jody Summer, he unfortunately sees her coupled with Captain Falcon, upsetting John.
- Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Unlike in the pre-reboot continuity, "Captain Falcon" is a title given to a person. Throughout most of the anime, the Falcon House owner Bart Lemming (later revealed to be Andy Summer, Jody Summer's long lost brother) held this title until he died in the final episode, then it was passed onto Ryu Suzaku (Rick Wheeler). The character of Captain Falcon is generally seen as the stoic and mysterious hero. Regardless of whether he is still an active bounty hunter, he is still feared by many criminals, especially in Port Town. 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 Dark Million, the anime equivalent of Black Shadow's organization. It was also revealed he was a spy for the organization disguised as a hooded figure named Berserker, infiltrating Dark Million.
Super Falcon is a powered-up Blue Falcon and makes its appearance in F-Zero X Expansion Kit, the 64DD "expansion disk" for F-Zero X. It's one of the "super" machines along with Super Cat (powered-up White Cat) and Super Stingray (powered-up Fire Stingray) but also appears as a secret, unused machine making in the F-Zero X game cart. Here Super Falcon appears to lack any textures, randomly switching between textures from other racers varying the resolution viewpoints. It's only accessible through a cheat device though attempting to making him playable is a bit difficult, as the game freezes upon reaching the Settings menu. Its stats are A-ranked, making it the best machine in the game. Like the Blue Falcon, Captain Falcon is Super Falcon's pilot, albeit, wearing a lighter, altered version of his attire (but lacks a mugshot).
- "You don't win by being lucky - you win by being bold!"
- "If you can beat me in a race, I'll show you."
- "Thank you, I couldn't have done it without my fans."
- "Black Shadow, I'll show you, you'll never beat me!"
- "I was born to be an F-Zero racer."
- "The Blue Falcon is the fastest machine on the circuit."
- "Hey! Where do you think you're taking me? Wait."
- "I'll take on anybody anytime."
- "Now you all know the genius of the Falcon!"
- "Winning this race next time of course."
- "Show me your moves!"
- "Come on then!"
- "The gangs..."
- "So you wanna play..."
- "Let's settle this at the Grand Prix, not like this, it's the cowards' way!"
- "Hmm. You're quite sharp, aren't you? You'd make a good racer."
- "There are two kinds of drivers in this race... me, and the losers!"
- "Come off it! You think you can beat me? No way!!"
- "Chase prize money. I'm a bounty hunter."
- Captain Falcon is a character in Nintendo's F-Zero series of video games, co-created by Takaya Imamura and Shigeru Miyamoto. Captain Falcon has often been considered as the unofficial main character of the series. He first appeared in the instruction manual of F-Zero, published in 1990. It was not until F-Zero X that he actually appeared in-game. Though the character's vehicle can be used in the F-Zero series, Captain Falcon himself was never actually playable until the Super Smash Bros. series. The character's only appearance outside of Nintendo games was in the anime F-Zero GP Legend, albeit as a new character simply sharing the title.
- It should be noted that the name "Douglas Jay Falcon stems" from a defunct F-Zero X website headed by Nintendo of America, which is assumed to have simply made up a lot of the information by adding onto unfinished localized pilot bios found within the F-Zero X manual. The JP manual actually states information that is otherwise missing from the English manual. The website also heavily contradicts established lore, and is questionable at best, and not canon as it is not recognized by any official F-Zero media.
- Captain Falcon bears a resemblance to the comic book character Judge Dredd, who may have been the inspiration for the former. Likewise, Captain Falcon's post NES design bears further resemblance to the same inspirational character's movie design.
- Captain Falcon's anime counterpart has an alias known as Bart Lemming who runs the Falcon House. It costs 280 credits of space for coffee, and 480 for breakfast. It is open from 8 am to 9 pm, and sells coffee and cakes during the mornings. In addition, it also sells gum, notepads, cups and products, as stated in Lap 2 and Lap 27.
- On lap 23, Andy, as Bart, said he was born on April 10. This birthday does not apply to the Falcon from the games prior to the anime, however.
- In Lap 34, Andy's favorite food is putting tripe in a bundle and binding it with thread, as does Bart; "It could increase your perseverance and resistance," he said. There's also curry on the menu in the Falcon House. And the one thing that he hates is mushrooms.
- In Lap 35, Andy, as Bart, shares the Falcon House with Clank, Rick, and Jack. He said that the boy gets lost there often, Rick is always neat, and Jack isn't. He also wants it to be cleaned 5 times a day.
- In Lap 44, Andy prefers partners with black hair. His favorite pet is rabbits.
- Captain Falcon appears in the manga Denshi Yousei Abatamo Ekubo.
- In F-Zero AX, Captain Falcon's theme from F-Zero GX plays during a Victory Lap with any racer.
- F-Zero Press Conference. IGN.com (2003-07-08). Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
- Interview: F-Zero AC/GC. IGN.com (2002-03-28). Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
- F-Zero X Driver Bio. fzerox.com. Nintendo. Archived from the original on 2001-10-25. Retrieved on 2007-08-05. “Some men are good. Some men are evil.” Captain Falcon qualifies as a little bit of both. No one is sure why he is called “Captain” although it is rumored that he was once an officer in the Internova Police Force. There is no evidence to back up this story and Captain Falcon is a private man who will disclose nothing about his past. He is almost as elusive as his present-day life, as he is a fierce bounty hunter who must protect himself from his dangerous enemies at all times. Captain Falcon makes his home on a string of islands off Port Town. Guarded by high security, each island has a practice racecourse for his F-Zero machine, the Blue Falcon. There are only 2 things that will lure Captain Falcon away from his archipelago fortress: the lure of high bounty, or the chance to compete in the F-Zero GP.
- [1991-08-13] in Nintendo EAD: F-Zero instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 14, 21-28.
- Captain Falcon profile (Japanese). Nintendo Company, Limited. Retrieved on 2006-09-12.
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|Pilots (GP Legend)|
|Introduced in F-Zero|
|Captain Falcon - Dr. Stewart - Pico - Samurai Goroh|
|Introduced in F-Zero X|
|Antonio Guster - Mrs. Arrow - Baba - Beastman - Billy - Bio Rex - Black Shadow - Blood Falcon - Dr. Clash - Draq - Mr. EAD - Gomar & Shioh - Jack Levin - James McCloud - Jody Summer - John Tanaka - Kate Alen - Leon - Michael Chain - Mighty Gazelle - Octoman - Roger Buster - Silver Neelsen - The Skull - Super Arrow - Zoda|
|Introduced in F-Zero: Maximum Velocity|
|Megan - Mickey Marcus - Jane B. Christie - Nichi - Lord Cyber - Alexander O'Neil - Blitz Wagner - Kent Akechi - Kumiko - Professor Yazoo Jr.|
|Introduced in F-Zero GX/AX|
|Phoenix - Princia Ramode - QQQ - Don Genie - Terry "Digi-Boy" Getter - Dai Goroh - Dai San Gen - Lily Flyer - PJ - Deathborn - Spade|
|Introduced in F-Zero: GP Legend|
|Rick Wheeler - Lucy Liberty - Misaki Haruka - Lisa Brilliant|
|Introduced in F-Zero Climax|
|Berserker - Clank Hughes - Death Soldier|
|Characters of F-Zero|