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Samurai Goroh

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Samurai Goroh
Official artwork of Samurai Goroh from F-Zero GX.

Official artwork of Samurai Goroh from F-Zero GX.

Universe F-Zero
Debut F-Zero (1990)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance F-Zero GX (2003)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (cameo, 2017)
Console/platform of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Human
Gender Male
Voice actor Akio Otsuka
Article on F-Zero Wiki Samurai Goroh

Samurai Goroh (サムライ ゴロー, Samurai Goroh), is a rival racer to Captain Falcon in the F-Zero series of futuristic Nintendo racing games. He has featured as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and more recently he has appeared as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Samurai Goroh was the first F-Zero franchise update on the DOJO!!; when first revealed, his name was spelled without an "H" (Samurai Goro), but this was changed the following day.


Samurai Goroh as he appeared in the F-Zero manual with his katana.

Samurai Goroh made his first appearance in F-Zero. He drives an F-Zero machine called "Fire Stingray". He later appears in F-Zero X driving the same machine. In F-Zero X, the tracks are suspended above ground which allows players to fall and lose the race. It is also possible to knock other players off the track. As stated before, Melee's opening features Samurai Goroh racing against Captain Falcon. The two start ramming each other until Captain Falcon is able to knock Samurai Goroh off the track, which may be a reference to being able to knock other people off the tracks in F-Zero X. Samurai Goroh driving the Fire Stingray is also retained.

The F-Zero instruction manual had an eight paged comic book that goes over Captain Falcon's first bounty hunt. Samurai Goroh is in the comic as Captain Falcon's rival. In the comic, Captain Falcon shoots a criminal and was about to turn him in. Samurai Goroh shows up to try to stop him with his katana; however, Captain Falcon is able to get away with his Falcon Flyer. Samurai Goroh also appeared in F-Zero GX where he challenges Captain Falcon to a race. In the cutscene that the two meet, Samurai Goroh is holding a katana. In Brawl and SSB4, Samurai Goroh appears as an Assist Trophy, and when summoned, he will use his katana to slash at enemy players.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Samurai Goroh appears in the Super Smash Bros. Melee opening FMV in a heated two-way race with Captain Falcon ramming their respective racing machines into each other on the Mute City track, but the Blue Falcon is able to send the Fire Stingray flying off the track and crashing into the camera. Samurai Goroh also appears as a collectible trophy along with his racing machine, the Fire Stingray, which is also seen in the two F-Zero-themed stages in the game.


Samurai Goroh features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches, though it only appears once 200 VS matches have been played. It depicts both Goroh and his racing machine, the Fire Stingray.

The Samurai Goroh trophy in Melee.
Samurai Goroh
A rival bounty hunter, Samurai Goroh has crossed paths with Captain Falcon in many a dark corner of the universe. He also goes head-to-head with Falcon in F-Zero races, so the threads of their fates seem to be deeply intertwined. Samurai Goroh is famous for his katana, and his signature T-shirt is instantly recognizable. (F-Zero, 8/91)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Samurai Goroh slices Mario and Fox with his sword in Brawl

Samurai Goroh makes his gameplay debut as a computer-controlled Assist character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the many secondary Nintendo characters that can appear from the Assist Trophy item in battle. When released, he uses his katana to slash at opponents.


Brawl's game data reveals that Goroh has an unused second trophy (an unfinished version of his Melee trophy), featuring him and his F-Zero Machine, the Fire Stingray.

The Samurai Goroh trophy in Brawl
Samurai Goroh

A man who presents himself as a bounty hunter much like Captain Falcon but is also the boss of a notorious bandit group. He tries to collect criminal bounties but always fails to beat Captain Falcon to the collar. He considers himself Falcon's arch-rival and always tries to beat him in F-Zero races. His machine, the Fire Stingray (#05), has a high top speed.

SNES: F-Zero
GameCube: F-Zero GX


Samurai Goroh is the subject of 2 stickers in Brawl.

Name Game Effect Characters
Samurai Goroh F-Zero X AttackArm+018TypeIcon(Hand).png Attack +18 Captain FalconCaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png
Samurai Goroh F-Zero StickerIconLaunchResistance.png +21 RandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Samurai Goroh (F-Zero X).png
Samurai Goroh
(F-Zero X)
Brawl Sticker Samurai Goroh (F-Zero).png
Samurai Goroh

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Samurai Goroh in SSB4

Samurai Goroh returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as an Assist Trophy, maintaining a similar function as in Brawl, only this time he can be damaged.

As a background element[edit]

The Fire Stingray is present as a stage element on the Mute City stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, with its appearance from the original F-Zero game.


The Samurai Goroh trophy in for Wii U.
The Samurai Goroh trophy in for 3DS.

Ntsc This infamous pilot considers himself to be Captain Falcon's main rival. His racing machine, the Fire Stingray, is incredibly fast. If summoned into battle, he'll head toward the nearest opponent and slash with his katana. He definitely makes a better friend than foe!

Pal An infamous F-Zero pilot who considers himself to be Captain Falcon's main rival. He races as number 5 with his speedy Fire Stingray. When released in this game, he'll head straight for the nearest opponent, swinging his sword with reckless abandon. Try not to get on his bad side.

SNES: F-Zero (08/1991)
GameCube: F-Zero GX (08/2003)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Samurai Goroh retains his role as an Assist Trophy, functioning identically to how he did in Smash 4, albeit KOing him now earns a point. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy with the following: Charges around the stage, swinging a dangerous katana. He cannot appear on Midgar, Mute City SNES, Norfair, and Suzaku Castle.


Samurai Goroh also appears as a Legend-class primary spirit.

Samurai Goroh can be summoned using the cores of Takamaru, Sakura Samurai, Tac, and one Attack type.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
Samurai goroh
Samurai Goroh
★★★★ 3 3955 9888 2662 6656 1141 2852 Speed ↑ F-Zero Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese サムライ ゴロー, Samurai Goroh
UK English Samurai Goroh
France French (PAL) Samurai Goroh
Quebec French (NTSC) Samuraï Goroh
Germany German Samurai Goroh
Spain Spanish (PAL) Samurai Goroh
Mexico Spanish (NTSC) Samurái Goroh
Italy Italian Samurai Goroh
China Chinese (Simplified) 哥洛武士, Samurai Goroh
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) Samurai Goroh
South Korea Korean 사무라이 고로, Samurai Goroh
Netherlands Dutch Samurai Goroh
Russia Russian Самурай Горо


  • In Brawl, Samurai Goroh and Captain Falcon are the only F-Zero trophies that do not have their respective F-Zero racers.
  • In both Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4, Samurai Goroh was revealed before Captain Falcon himself.
  • In Ultimate, the design on Samurai Goroh’s helmet was changed, both on his Assist Trophy model and on its respective spirit. In prior games, it was the Rising Sun, a symbol of Japanese nationalism - in Ultimate, it is now the kanji for “samurai”, “侍”. This was done to avoid controversy in East Asian countries like South Korea and China, which heavily associate the Rising Sun iconography with Japanese militarism.
    • This also applies to Ryuji Sakamoto's spirit, where his edit is present in his shoes.

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