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 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
Samurai Goroh appears 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.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
As an Assist Trophy
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, featuring him and his F-Zero Machine, the Fire Stingray.
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.
Samurai Goroh is the subject of 2 stickers in Brawl.
As an Assist Trophy
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
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!
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.
As an Assist Trophy
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.