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Clank Hughes is the pilot of the Dragon Bird EX in F-Zero Climax. He is the extremely young boy and a talented hacker. He is also the son of Roy Hughes, the anime counterpart of Mighty Gazelle.

Clank was not a pilot until the year 2207, as he inherited the Dragon Bird; after Rick Wheeler became the new Captain Falcon.

An energetic young boy with an extensive knowledge in technology.

In the anime

Clank Hughes at age 17

Clank Hughes (Tek Hughes in the dub) makes his first appearance as a hacker from a war-wrecked planet, known as Forno (Heiru in the JP version) that hijacked the Dragon Bird, only to be stopped by Captain Falcon (Andy Summer/Bart Lemming) Clank then found a home at the Falcon House as it's bookkeeper. The 9-room complex also houses Bart, Rick and Jack.

Clank later discovered many secrets because of his bravery and everlasting curiosity, including lost ruins from Sand Ocean, discovering a classic car during Rick's day off and suggesting to Rick that it should would be named the Dragon Ghost.

At some point, while Clank was getting a drink late at night in the Falcon House, he uncovered a vault that led to the basement. He spotted the Blue Falcon, and then was trusted to keep the secret of Bart Lemming's identity as Captain Falcon, and would help Bart in the Falcon House while Bart's shoulder healed from an injury caused by Miss Killer.

Clank also made a site dedicated to the F-Zero pilots, including Rick.

He's known to be very resilient even in the toughest times. He had lost his father, Roy Hughes, twice: one was during an infiltration of a spaceport overrun by pirates and Zoda, and another was when he, as the Gazelle, sacrificed himself after protecting him from an attack led by Zoda. Clank also went through the loss of Captain Falcon after he gave up his life by using the Falcon Punch which sent him and Black Shadow into the Dark Reactor Core.


  • Let's just say I'm a data retrieval expert; it sounds a whole lot more legal.
  • I did it! I did just what Captain Falcon told me to. Now I'm here in Mute City, and I'm gonna follow my dream! Someday, I'm gonna be an F-Zero racer!


  • In Lap 42, Bart said he's born on July 28, which happens to be the same as Rick's. His blood type is O, much like Jack's and Zoda's. He also loves to eat curry, and Bart stated that Clank happens to like a girl. In 2207, he finally became the pilot of the Dragon Bird, and revamped it as the Dragon Bird EX, while Rick was using the Blue Falcon GT. Roy Hughes was a human again by that time.


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