The leader of the Zolorkian Coalition from planet Uma-41, Zoda has been at the forefront of many attacks on Earth. It was his plan to set up a Zolorkian government on Earth and use the planet for refueling, mining, and gambling. Because of this, Zoda is in a long dispute with the hero of justice, Super Arrow. He has also been marked by Captain Falcon, and once was almost captured for his bounty. Zoda’s crazed tendencies comes from a machine that pumps adrenaline and dopamine into his body. He enters the Grand Prix races to raise funding for his sinister plots, and during this latest race, he plans to take out anyone who dares interfere with his master plan.
At this time the F-Zero races were discontinued due to the Horrific Grand Finale and most of the racers went into the underground to keep the sport alive. The racers supported a strict code to adhere to F-Zero rules and regulations, despite the lack of any officials from the game. Zoda, who joined in the races during his scouting, was one of the underground racers to break this code.
Zoda modified his F-Zero machine beyond the F-Zero formula to give himself an unfair advantage over the other drivers. The result of this made the machine also unsafe so that one day when his machine overturned, two other racers were killed in the accident. The same day, Captain Falcon rounded up 26 of Zoda's men and turned them in for a bounty. Zoda was able to escape, but swore revenge on Captain Falcon and the Arrows. He plans to eliminate them in the Death Race.
F-Zero GP Legend
In the anime-based games, Zoda's backstory is drastically different. In the year 2051, he was a criminal being chased by detective Rick Wheeler. He caused Rick to be in a devastating accident that caused him to be put in stasis for 150 years. He was known as the Prince of Crime back then. What became of Zoda afterwards is at first unknown, but he was later revived by Black Shadow as his second-in-command of the Dark Million; it's soon revealed he was exposed to a Dark Reactor Might upon his awakening.
In Lap 33, it was revealed in the ancient diary that after he killed Rick, he headed to the deserted East Bank where he was eventually cornered by ice beam bots. Rose and her team set up the ambush, but Zoda and Haruka were at the center of the scrimmage. They were both simultaneously frozen from the icy mist and were then sent to Planet Alcatrand where they received permanenet cold slepp. Till 145 years later.
He was resurrected 145 years later, and after the raid in Planet Alcatrand, he orchestrated a shootout in Mute City which caused a fatal explosion resulting in Jody Summer to become half-cyborg, and her brother, Andy, presumed dead. This resulted in Jody awakening Rick, even though he was planned to be awakened in 2251, as they both know Zoda well as revealed in Lap 6, Chain Reaction.
He often hires the sniper, Pico to do his bidding, but he often dominates over low-class cronies like Octoman, Bio Rex, Baba, and the Death Soldiers even though he often destroys them for spare parts. Often times, he would strike fear into his cronies and miss his shot deliberately. At times, he rebels against Black Shadow, especially when he shifts his attention to Miss Killer; a perfect example was in Lap 10, Double Jeopardy as he engineered a meteor shower unto Outer Space in an attempt to rule over them and become the new head of Dark Million. He also failed to convince Antonio Guster to join his ranks as revenge against Goroh, impressed by his work on destroying his space transport.
During the saga of the Reactor Might, Zoda metamorphosed into a new form and became Hyper Zoda, when he was in an underground lair in Planet Cryton. Samurai Goroh and his band of pirates discovered one and Zoda went on the pursuit, resulting in his transformation as he and Rick had to evacuate from the lethal bursts of energy.
After his transformation, he started driving a new version of his vehicle Hyper Death Anchor. He actually grew more in power during the episode, Scream from the Darkness, in which he was imprisoned by Black Shadow, then after Rick and Falcon entered the dark void, he absorbed all the Blood Hawks power and used a Boost Fire, along with the Dragon Bird and the Blue Falcon, to break free. It was thanks to the night terrors he gave to Rick that gave him an inclination. At first he was weakened by his new powers, but adjusted to them, so much so that he was able to manipulate the thoughts of Haruka Misaki, awakening her past, and labeling her as a traitor.
In The 150-Year Decision, Hyper Zoda was so close on killing Rick a second time, even creating the same sequence in shattering his Dragon Bird after hammering it so many times, but after a flashback, he used a Full Power Boost Fire to keep the Hyper Death Anchor at bay.
While it may seem irrelevant, it was revealed late that Black Shadow went back in time and brought Zoda with him; it was soon told that he was afraid of the savior's coming, which actually turned out to be Rick, and as revealed by Falcon, they had a common link going back 150 years. In the end, Zoda was imprisoned inside the Reactor Core at Dark Star after he lost a scrimmage against the emperor and persuaded Rick to use all his hate on him and destroy the Core. He did, resulting in Falcon's sacrifice. In 2207, he was the last-minute entry during the Grand Prix, putting his cronies in a sense of dread. From then on, he's the new ruler of Dark Million.
- Zoda's name is possibly a reference to another Nintendo villain from Star Tropics series.
- The name Zoda makes you independent, self-reliant, and determined. You work best without interference, in projects that require concentration and close attention. You prefer an outdoors environment, but could be happy in any position in which you experience freedom and versatility.
- Zoda is in fact, a human, as revealed through the post-race interviews in F-Zero GX.
- In the anime, during Lap 32, he's known to have a nickname called Zoda Strawberry.
- He was born on May 19, and is currently 42 years old. He also has a blood type O and he was born in Mute City (formerly NY) 150 years prior.
- He loves sweet treats, mostly ones with strawberries, and his hobbies include travel and fashion.
- In Lap 45, Zoda gets chocolates for his birthday and reveals that he used to work in a cake factory 150 years ago. It was then that he was fired for stealing and snaking on the food; thus this was why he always had a sweet tooth and soon became a criminal. The Reactor Might seemed to enhance his cravings.
- In Super Smash Bros. 4, he's part of the Trophy Gallery; the data reveals info from both the main games and the anime as he's not only constantly being hunted down by his nemesis, Super Arrow and Captain Falcon, but there was a tidbit from the show saying he was modified by Black Shadow.
- Zoda appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit in the Spirits Mode.
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|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 - Super Falcon (through cheat code)|
|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|