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"I'm...A Bounty Hunter."
— Captain Falcon introducing himself in F-Zero GP Legend (GBA)
For Captain Falcon's details in Super Smash Bros., see Captain Falcon (Super Smash Bros).

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 an F-Zero racer and a renowned intergalactic bounty hunter from Port Town. By the age of 36,[3] 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. 

Characteristics

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".[4] Derived from the non-canon F-Zero X Nintendo of America website, it is rumored that he is called "Captain" because he was once an officer on the Internova Police Force.[5]

Even though little is known of the main Falcon's past, his anime counterpart (Andy Summer / Bart Lemming, who is not the same person) 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.[6] Those characteristics should only be considered applicable to the anime based F-Zero games and media. The anime content is considered a reboot continuity and separate universe to some, due to the many differences in the storyline, character incarnations, etc, between them and their home console counterparts.


Appearance

Captain Falcon removes his helmet in F-Zero X.

Brash and flashy in appearance,[7] 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).[4] 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.

Personality

Activities

When he is not taking part in races, he works as a bounty hunter. By the age of 36,[3] 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. In fact, only the chance to compete in the F-Zero Grand Prix or the lure of a high bounty will lure Captain Falcon away from his archipelago fortress. Each of his home islands contains a different racetrack, allowing him to keep his racing skills at their peak while remaining relatively safe.[3]

However, that information is not canon, due to the vast amount of contradictions and inconsistencies found within the rest of the F-Zero X Nintendo of America website bios for the pilots, when comparing them to official/canon F-Zero media in both English and Japanese.

His anime counterpart, Andy Summer, runs a cafe called the Falcon House, under the alias 'Bart Lemming' up until his death in the final episode of the anime.

Appearances

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 the F-Zero anime. There have also been cameo appearances in other games by Captain Falcon or some of his props.

F-Zero games

Captain Falcon made his debut appearance in F-Zero, released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on November 21, 1990.[5] 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.[4] 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.

Falcon doesn't return for the next two Grands Prix in BS F-Zero Grand Prix, and BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 nor does the other three racers.

F-Zero X

Three years prior to the lore in F-Zero X, Captain Falcon’s DNA is stolen while he is hospitalized following an accident in a previous F-Zero Grand Prix three years prior. 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 subengine 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, along with the other three racers from the original game, his nemesis Black Shadow, and the mysterious Blood Falcon. According to F-Zero GX, Captain Falcon won.[8][9]

F-Zero GX

Captain Falcon in F-Zero GX

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.

Blue Falcon in F-Zero GX

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 one, 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.[10][11][8]

F-Zero: GP Legend and Climax

Based on the anime television series of the same name, Captain Falcon's anime counterpart, Andy Summer, shares the spotlight with Rick Wheeler in F-Zero GP Legend and F-Zero Climax.[6]

Captain Falcon in the Anime.

In the anime-inspired games F-Zero: GP Legend and Climax, little is known about Captain Falcon 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. He ultimately trains Rick Wheeler in racing, but aims to pass the title of Captain Falcon to him.

He has his own story path in GP Legend 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, the anime Captain Falcon's alias Berserker is unlockable. After Andy passes down the mantle of Captain Falcon to Rick Wheeler (along with the Blue Falcon), he takes on a new alias known as the Berserker and races in the Red Bull.

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, set twenty-five years after F-Zero,[12] is the only story-driven game in the series not to feature this character.[5] However, Kent Akechi claims to be the son of the main Captain Falcon. It is unknown if this is true, or false.[13]

Other video games

In SSB4

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.[5] 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. [5] 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. Ganondorf's attacks are very similar to those of Captain Falcon,[14] 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' 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.

Cameo appearances

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.[15]
  • The Blue Falcon also appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World 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.
  • 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.[16]

Other Media

Main article: F-Zero: GP Legend

Andy Summer as Bart Lemming, a.k.a. the Captain Falcon from the anime 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.[6][17]

Pilot Profile Movies

Close Call!

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.

Captain Falcon in the Anime.

Unlike in the video games, "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 the Dark Million Organization.[18] It was also revealed he was a spy for the evil organization disguised as a hooded figure named Berserker, infiltrating Dark Million.

Super Falcon

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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).

Quotes

  • "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."
  • "YEAH!"
  • "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!"
  • "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."

Trivia

  • 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.[5][4] 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. A leading but now defunct F-Zero X website says that Captain Falcon's real name is Douglas Jay Falcon.
  • 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, he 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.

Videos

Gallery

References

  1. F-Zero Press Conference. IGN.com (2003-07-08). Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  2. Interview: F-Zero AC/GC. IGN.com (2002-03-28). Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "fzerox.com" defined multiple times with different content
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 [1991-08-13] in Nintendo EAD: F-Zero instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 14, 21-28. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Fran and Peer; Craig. Smash Profile: Captain Falcon. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Captain Falcon profile (Japanese). Nintendo Company, Limited. Retrieved on 2006-09-12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Climax" defined multiple times with different content
  7. Casamassina, Matt (2003-08-22). F-Zero GX. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-08-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pilot & Machine. F-Zero.com (2003). Retrieved on 2006-12-16.
  9. (2003-08-25) in Amusement Vision: F-Zero GX instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 32, 41. 
  10. Pelland, Scott (ed.) (2003). F-Zero GX Player's Guide. Redmond, Washington: Nintendo of America, Inc, pp. 9, 76 - 94. ISBN 1930206-35-6. 
  11. Schneider, Peer. F-Zero GX story guide. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-24.
  12. (2001) in NDCUBE: F-Zero: Maximum Velocity instruction manual (in English). Nintendo. “Captain Falcon, Dr. Stewart... It's been a quarter of a century since they piloted their way to fame as F-Zero racers, and as time has passed, their days of glory have faded into something resembling legend.” 
  13. "Advance Strategies: F-Zero Maximum Velocity", Nintendo Power 145, June 2001
  14. Thomas, Lucas (2007-06-29). Smash it Up!. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-07-02.
  15. Fryguy64. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Nintendo Database. Retrieved on February 18, 2007.
  16. Fryguy64. Kirby Super Star. Nintendo Database. Retrieved on 2007-02-18.
  17. "F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu", 1UP, November 2003, <http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_zd1up/is_200311/ai_ziff112044/pg_1>. Retrieved on 2007-07-23
  18. (2004). F-Zero: Legend of Falcon [Television production]. Suginami, Tokyo, Japan: Ashi Production.

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