Captain Falcon's artwork from F-Zero GX.
|Smash Bros. appearances||SSB|
|Most recent appearance||Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)|
|Console of origin||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Eye color||White (with helmet)|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto, Takaya Imamura|
|English voice actor||Video games|
David Wills (2004-2005)
|Japanese voice actor||Video games|
Hideyuki Tanaka (2003-2004)
|Article on F-Zero Wiki||Captain Falcon|
Captain Falcon (キャプテン・ファルコン, Kyaputen Farukon), whose full name is "Douglas Jay Falcon", is the main playable racer from the F-Zero series of futuristic Nintendo racing games, and is the iconic "mascot" of the franchise. He has featured as a playable character in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His voice actor in all three games is Ryo Horikawa.
 Character description
Nintendo originally meant for Captain Falcon to be the flagship character of the then new Super Nintendo Entertainment System. However, this never panned out, and Captain Falcon was rarely seen in Nintendo media.
The first F-Zero game was released in 1990 for the Super Famicom in Japan and its western counterpart, the SNES, and it introduced the first character design of Captain Falcon along with the other three F-Zero-series characters that appeared in the game as racing pilots, along with their respective futuristic racing machines, such as Captain Falcon's Blue Falcon. The manual to the game featured an eight-page comic featuring these characters, with the comic's story revolving around one of Falcon's trademark bounty-hunting missions in his Falcon Flyer transport ship. Captain Falcon's design and backstory would be revised in future iterations of the F-Zero series; his design in F-Zero X for Nintendo 64 would be used for his appearances as a playable fighter in 1999's Super Smash Bros. and 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee, and his most recent "main" design is in F-Zero GX for GameCube. In all these appearances, Captain Falcon and his machine are touted as the most balanced and easy-to-play-with machine for that game, so players of a new F-Zero game almost always play as Captain Falcon first. He is also the main game character.
Captain Falcon is described as "an accomplished F-Zero pilot, a renowned and talented bounty hunter", and is also an eccentric man in his late thirties (36 in F-Zero X and Melee, 37 in F-Zero GX). His "Captain" title is rumoured to originate from his being perhaps an officer in the Internova Police Force in the past. He is a resident of Earth, coming from the city of Port Town. His bounty hunting exploits have yielded him enough of a reputation that he has gained many enemies across the galaxy; to avoid the constant danger from his adversaries, when he's not racing or bounty-hunting he lives in seclusion in his personal island chain off the coast of Port Town. His need to shield himself from outsiders borders on paranoia (albeit not necessarily unwarranted), because whenever he wins a race he has to dash home to his islands with his award money before others can get him. Living comfortably in solitude in his islands, Captain Falcon practices his F-Zero racing with a separate track built on each one of his islands.
His outfit consists of blue, form-fitting racing suit and a red helmet with an opaque visor as well as a single pauldron on his right shoulder and a scarf around his neck. 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, it is obvious that he has a scar above his left eye. The F-Zero series' chronology has many vague elements up for debate, but it is stated by F-Zero X that Captain Falcon was involved in a huge accident that caused the suspension of the F-Zero Grand Prix; while he was hospitalized, his DNA was stolen and used by someone else to create his evil clone Blood Falcon, who races against him in hopes of taking him out. The story mode of F-Zero GX shows Captain Falcon winning several races, then saving fellow pilot Jody Summer. He ends up in a heroic role when he races against and defeats the super villain Black Shadow, then a superior villain named Deathborn, and he goes on to even defeat the Creators of the F-Zero world.
Captain Falcon appears as a near-primary playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series, namely as an unlockable character in SSB and as a default character in Melee, in both cases modelled on his F-Zero X incarnation. He also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl., with a design based on his F-Zero GX incarnation, with a darker colour palette and a scarf taken from F-Zero GP Legend. The Super Smash Bros. series also introduced the "falcon punch".
 In Super Smash Bros.
 As a playable character
Captain Falcon has appeared in the Smash Bros. series from the start, but as his incarnation from F-Zero X for N64. He is an unlockable fighter, and his unlocking condition is for the player to complete the One-Player mode within 20 minutes, and defeat him in a match to earn him. He does not make an appearance in the game's One-Player mode. His entrance into a battle is to zoom in on the Blue Falcon and park for him to jump out, and the machine zooms into the background to vanish. One of his alternate costumes is colored to resemble Blood Falcon.
Captain Falcon's special moves are the Falcon Punch, his neutral special move, a slow but powerful charge-up punch attack; the Falcon Dive, his up special, a repeatable move involving a jump upward, grabbing any opponent he comes in contact with, followed by an explosion of sorts; and the Falcon Kick, his down special, a maneuver where he shoots downward from midair or forward on the ground with a flaming kick extended.
Captain Falcon is 4th on the SSB tier list for powerful and swift fighting ability. His dash is the fastest in the game, and his combo ability and grabbing ability are both nearly as good. He is heavy and thus harder to KO, his aerial attacks feature low lag, his up special is usefully deceptive, his short hop is good, and he can spike. However, he lacks a quick KO move, any sort projectile, and has a bad recovery, leading to him being vulnerable to combos due to his large size. For this he must be able to short hop extremely well. But Captain Falcon in this game is famous for his versatility as both an offensive character and a counter-attacking character.
His in-game description is as follows:
- A regular pilot in the great galactic race F-ZERO Grand Prix, Captain Falcon is skilled at collecting prize money. Much about his past remains hidden in shadow, but it's clear that many a villain hold a powerful grudge against him.
 In Super Smash Bros. Melee
 As a playable character
Captain Falcon makes a return appearance in the sequel, still in his incarnation from F-Zero X. This time, he is a starter character, and as before, one of his alternate costumes is Blood Falcon in both coloration and the logo on his suit's back. His new side special move is the Raptor Boost, a rushing uppercut attack. Newcomer Ganondorf is a clone of Falcon due to their similar moves, but they have different animations for several attacks.
Captain Falcon ranks 7th on the Melee Smash Back Room tier list. Captain Falcon remains the most manoeuvrable character in the game, with the fastest running speed which lends itself to a fast and long dash-dance as well as a short hop that can cover great distances, a high falling speed, and the longest moonwalk. This complements his attacks well, particularly his aerial attacks: his forward aerial, called the Knee Smash, is a powerful, low-trajectory finisher, and his aerial attacks in general are low-lag and good at comboing in tandem with his throws. Despite this strong aerial moveset, Falcon's ground attacks are generally slow and lack range, which is exacerbated by his lack of projectiles. Captain Falcon is a fastfaller which lends him the game's highest resistance to attacks of vertical trajectory, making him resistant to upward KO's but vulnerable to combos. Since his up special can not attack targets who may be hanging on a ledge, he can be easily edge-guarded.
 In Single-player
Captain Falcon appears in Stage 8 of the Adventure mode as the opponent in the second half, as a straight-up duel on the Mute City stage. His Blue Falcon machine appears in both segments of the stage racing with all 29 of the other F-Zero machines. Captain Falcon is also one of the most extensively used characters in the Event matches, appearing in as many separate events as Mario:
- Event 5: Spare Change: The player (Ness) must fight a CPU Captain Falcon on the Onett stage; it is a standard Coin match with unlimited stock and a time limit of 1:20.
- Event 12: Seconds, Anyone?: The player must battle Captain Falcon on the Mute City stage, with both combatants at one stock each, at 100% damage, and with seven seconds on the timer.
- Event 17: Bounty Hunters: In this original scenario, the player plays as Samus teamed up with Captain Falcon (with Friendly Fire turned off), and their shared opponent is Bowser on the Jungle Japes stage. With everyone receiving one stock and 2:00 as the time limit, The aim is to be the one to KO Bowser; the player fails if Falcon delivers the finishing blow or if Bowser suicides.
- Event 20: All-Star Match 2: Captain Falcon is the fourth opponent the player must fight in this series of staged battles. The player battles him on the Mute City stage, and their character has 2 stock while Falcon has 1. With a timer of four minutes, the player must defeat him and the other four characters one-by-one with the overall time and life they have.
- Event 33: Lethal Marathon: Probably the most unique scenario in the Smash Bros. franchise, this places the human as Captain Falcon on the F-Zero Grand Prix racetrack that the player normally must cross in stage 8 of the Adventure mode, but with two important twists: the player has only have 45 seconds, and everything is sped up to occur twice as fast: the speed of the F-Zero machines, the speed of Falcon's actions, the speed of the timer, and so on. Crossing the finish line on foot may seem more than twice as hard as doing it in the normal Adventure mode.
- Event 36: Space Travelers: An event similar to the All-Star Matches: the player, Ness, must battle five opponents in succession: First Samus, then Kirby, and then Fox on the Fourside stage, and then Captain Falcon and then Falco on the Battlefield stage. All characters involved have one stock each, and unlimited time.
- Event 43: Birds of Prey: This event pits the human as Fox against a team of Captain Falcon and Falco (friendly fire turned off) on the Big Blue stage, with all three characters receiving two stock each and unlimited time.
Captain Falcon, as a playable character, is featured on three trophies. His normal trophy is acquired by beating the Classic mode with Captain Falcon on any difficulty, and his Smash Red and Smash Blue trophies are acquired the same way by beating the Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively. Note that his normal trophy depicts both Falcon and his vehicle, the Blue Falcon, and that his Smash Blue trophy depicts his Blood Falcon alternate costume.
Captain Falcon's Classic mode trophy says:
- Captain Falcon
- Usually a relentless bounty hunter, Captain Falcon shifts gears to become a race pilot once the F-Zero Grand Prix begins. His beloved racer, the Blue Falcon, can exceed the speed of sound, and he knows how to drive it; he'll go down as one of the all-time greats. Now 36 years old, Captain Falcon wears his F-Zero X visor.
- F-Zero, 8/91
 In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
 As a playable character
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he has reverted back to secret character status and has since lost his title of fastest character to Sonic. His moves are largely unchanged from the previous games, except he can do a reverse Falcon Punch. His Final Smash is his Blue Falcon, which he calls for then rams into opponents. His home stages are Port Town Aero Dive and Big Blue.
Falcon's position has fallen from one of the highest in SSB and Melee to one of the lowest in the tier list in Brawl. He ranks 34th on the current Brawl tier list because his power and speed were reduced, the physics changes have severely hindered his efficiency, and his forward aerial, the Knee Smash, is now harder to sweet spot.
A skilled F-Zero pilot and resourceful bounty hunter. All that's known of his past is that he hails from Port Town. He's won fame and fortune outracing his opponents in his beloved Blue Falcon. His incredible athleticism and never-say-die attitude makes him the pilot to turn to in times of trouble.
- : F-Zero
- : F-Zero GX
- It is unknown how Captain Falcon gained his moves and why they have fire and electric effects, as he was only designed as a racer. His special moves are mostly related to falcons, relating to his name. Similar fighting tactics are seen in the comic that came in the F-Zero instruction manual (SNES).
- Captain Falcon has a gun in his holster, but he never uses it. This is similar to Ganondorf and his sword, Sheik and her knife, and Snake and his handgun.
- Captain Falcon, as well as his signature Falcon Punch and Falcon Kick from the Super Smash Bros. games, has become a meme of sorts on the internet that depicts Captain Falcon in a manner not unlike the Chuck Norris jokes, as a being whose power is god-like and unrivaled.
- The F-Zero, Yoshi, and Metroid series are the only three series to have appeared in all three Smash Bros. games with only one playable character (Yoshi can be considered a part of the Mario franchise, although he does have his own logo, and Zero Suit Samus is sometimes colloquially considered a separate character from Samus in Brawl).
- Captain Falcon has always had exactly the same weight as Link in each of the Super Smash Bros. games.
- Unlike most characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, where their series's popularity had gained them a position as a fighter, Captain Falcon has gained popularity as a result of being a fighter. In fact, the Anime canon of F-Zero has him use the Falcon Punch, a move that originated in SSB.
- Captain Falcon appeared twice as an unlockable character in SSB and Brawl, but a starter character in Melee, a fact he shares with Ness.
Characters in the Super Smash Bros. series
|Super Smash Bros.||Mario · Donkey Kong · Link · Samus · Yoshi · Kirby · Fox · Pikachu · Luigi · Captain Falcon · Ness · Jigglypuff|
|New in Melee||Bowser · Peach · Zelda · Sheik · Ice Climbers · Mewtwo · Marth · Mr. Game & Watch · Dr. Mario · Ganondorf · Falco · Young Link · Pichu · Roy|
|New in Brawl||Diddy Kong · Ike · King Dedede · Lucario · Lucas · Meta Knight · Olimar · Pit · Pokémon Trainer (Ivysaur · Squirtle · Charizard) · R.O.B. · Snake · Sonic · Toon Link · Wario · Wolf · Zero Suit Samus|
|Characters||Captain Falcon (SSB · SSBM · SSBB)|
|Side characters||Assist trophies: Samurai Goroh|
|Stages||SSBM: Big Blue · Mute City · Adventure Mode: F-Zero Grand Prix|
SSBB: Port Town Aero Dive · Melee Stages: Big Blue
|Trophies & Stickers||Trophies in Melee · Trophies in Brawl · Stickers in Brawl|
|Music||Music in Brawl|