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Captain Falcon

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Captain Falcon
Captain Falcon SSBU artwork.png
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
Series F-Zero
First appearance F-Zero (1990)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Portrayed by Ryō Horikawa (1999-present)
In-universe information
Species Human
Super Smash Bros. appearances

All games

Special moves
Standard:  Falcon Punch
Side:  Raptor Boost
Up:  Falcon Dive
Down:  Falcon Kick
Final Smash:  Blue Falcon
“Show me your moves!”
Captain Falcon, Super Smash Bros.

Captain Falcon is the main character from the F-Zero series. He is an F-Zero racer and a secret bounty hunter, with a mysterious past. He is a playable character in every Super Smash Bros. series installment, being available from the start in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U but unlockable in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Captain Falcon is known for his blend of speed and power, as well as his various signature moves, such as the Falcon Punch and Knee Smash. In addition, the Male Wire Frame and Red Alloy are modeled after Captain Falcon, having some of the exact same attacks and similar idle poses. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Captain Falcon is voiced by Ryō Horikawa, speaking English with a false American accent.


Super Smash Bros.

Captain Falcon's artwork from Super Smash Bros.

Captain Falcon appears as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros., and is unlocked by clearing 1P Game in under 20 minutes and defeating him on Planet Zebes. Despite having a slow walking speed, Captain Falcon has the fastest running speed. His attacks, however, despite being powerful, are for the most part slow. His design in this game is based on his design from F-Zero X, though his outfit is indigo instead of blue.

Captain Falcon's special attacks are unique in that none of them are based upon any aspect of his series of origin. His special moves are the Falcon Punch, which involves Captain Falcon throwing a delayed, yet powerful, fiery punch; Falcon Kick, which has Captain Falcon performing a flame-engulfed flying kick; and Falcon Dive, in which Falcon leaps and causes a small explosion against an opponent he makes contact with.

Captain Falcon is also unique in that he has a total of six playable alternate color schemes beginning with this installment, with two of the recolors being team battle exclusive. One of Captain Falcon's alternate costumes is that of his evil clone, Blood Falcon, including a patch on his uniform saying "25 - Blood Hawk", which corresponds to the number and name of Blood Falcon's own F-Zero machine. Another one of his colors recolors the original, brighter colors used in the F-Zero series. Captain Falcon and Yoshi have the most color changes of the selectable characters in the game, totaling six, although two of Yoshi’s colors are not selectable.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee artwork

Captain Falcon returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee, this time as a default character instead of an unlockable character (a trait shared with Ness). Captain Falcon also appears as an opponent in Adventure Mode, All-Star Mode, and Event Matches 12, 17, 20, 33, 36, and 43. He is also one of the random characters in Trophy Tussle 1, 2, and 3. Captain Falcon's fighting techniques are shared with Ganondorf, who has similar abilities, but is much slower and has more powerful attacks.

Many of Captain Falcon's moves, such as his smash attacks and neutral aerial, have been completely changed and updated. He also received the side special move Raptor Boost, in which he charges forward to throw a flame-engulfed punch that differs depending on his position: he throws an uppercut while grounded, or an overhand while airborne.

Captain Falcon has a unique way of using certain items in this game. For example, when using a Home-Run Bat, Captain Falcon slams the opponent down and then up again, instead of hitting them across the screen. According to the trophy information of the Star Rod, it has the most power when it is used with a Smash Attack of Captain Falcon or Sheik.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. Brawl artwork
Captain Falcon SSBB icon.png

Captain Falcon appears as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and can be unlocked by clearing stage 20 in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, playing 70 versus matches, or by clearing Classic Mode in 12 minutes on at least Normal difficulty. However, he has been superseded by Sonic the Hedgehog as the fastest runner. Captain Falcon's design is now primarily based on F-Zero GX, though he wears a scarf similar to his design in F-Zero: GP Legend. Captain Falcon's Final Smash is the Blue Falcon, in which he summons the machine to run over any players he catches.

Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary

Captain Falcon's snapshot in the Subspace Emissary

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Captain Falcon saves Captain Olimar and his Pikmin from a giant R.O.B. Later, he and Olimar save Donkey Kong with the help of Diddy Kong and they join a team with them. After getting through the Subspace Bomb Factory, they meet up with Samus Aran and Pikachu but soon, Ganondorf appears and gets all R.O.B.s in the factory to burn the Ancient Minister and detonate Subspace Bombs to create a giant hole in space. The Minister turns out to be a R.O.B. himself, who joins Falcon's team, and then, after the Subspace Army is taken care of, the whole team decides to leave the area.

Captain Falcon calls his Falcon Flyer and after everyone gets on, they are attacked by Meta Ridley, whom must be defeated in a certain time limit. they all fly to The Canyon where they meet up with everyone else. Everyone enters Subspace and find themselves being turned into trophies by Tabuu. King Dedede and his group then arrive and revive Captain Falcon and most of the others until everyone is revived and able to take on Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Captain Falcon's artwork for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Captain Falcon appears as a default character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Although his moveset has remained overwhelmingly the same in regard to aesthetics, it has undergone noticeable mechanical changes that, when coupled with the general gameplay changes, significantly improve his combo game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Stock icon

Captain Falcon appears as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Captain Falcon is faster on the ground and in the air, while Raptor Boost no longer renders him helpless in the air if he manages to hit an opponent with it. On a related note, Raptor Boost has been repurposed from a potent KO option into a very reliable combo starter. However, both direct and indirect changes to a number of his moves, particularly to his dash grab and down throw, have resulted in in his moveset being riskier to use.

In the World of Light, Captain Falcon is present when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. When Galeem begins to vaporize the fighters with a barrage of energy beams, Captain Falcon attempts to flee in his Blue Falcon, but is also vaporized before he can board it.

Classic Mode route

Up Close and Personal
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Donkey Kong Jungle Japes Battle for Storm Hill
2 Ganondorf Gerudo Valley Gerudo Valley
3 Ryu Suzaku Castle Ryu Stage
4 Roy Arena Ferox Attack - Fire Emblem
5 Mii Brawler ×6 Horde Battle Coliseum The Devoted
6 Little Mac Boxing Ring Jogging / Countdown
Final Bowser
Giga Bowser
Final Destination King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3
Giga Bowser

Profiles and statistics

Super Smash Bros.

  • Bio: 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 held a powerful grudge against him.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

  • Instruction booklet bio: "A bounty hunter who boasts speed and power."


Name Image Game/move Description
Captain Falcon
SSBM Trophy Captain Falcon (Classic).png F-Zero
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.
Captain Falcon [Smash]
SSBM Trophy Captain Falcon (Adventure).png B Button: Falcon Punch
Smash B: Raptor Boost
Falcon's style is a balanced combination of raw power and speed. His attacks are slow, but when combined with Falcon's high mobility, he's a formidable combat force. The Falcon Punch packs the highest degree of destructive power, while the explosive Raptor Boost can be used to smash airborne foes into the depths.
Captain Falcon [Smash]
SSBM Trophy Captain Falcon (All-Star).png Up & B Button: Falcon Dive
Down & B: Falcon Kick
The Knee Smash, used in midair on foes in front of you, is slow and has a short reach, but if it connects, it'll send foes flying a long way on a low trajectory. Falcon uses his Falcon Dive to grab an enemy in midair and fling them away with an explosive blast. He can do this technique repeatedly without landing, so it can also be used as a recovery move.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Website bio: "He’s making his entrance a little late, but here he is—the famous F-Zero pilot, Captain Falcon! This time around, he’s bringing his pride and joy, the F-Zero machine called the Blue Falcon, to the brawl. This inclusion ought to boost his macho, tough-guy reputation significantly."

Snake's Codec

  • Snake: Hey! That's Captain Falcon, isn't it?
  • Otacon: Good eye, Snake! He's F-Zero pilot number 07!
  • Snake: You know, seeing Captain Falcon here reminds me... We should do that thing we've always wanted to try...
  • Otacon: Oh yeah! That thing! Good idea! OK, ready? Go!
  • Snake: Falcon Puuuunch!!
  • Otacon: Falcon Kiiiiiiick!!


Name Image Game Description
Captain Falcon SSBB Trophy Captain Falcon.png F-Zero
F-Zero GX
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.


Each of the following stickers are only usable by Captain Falcon:

Name Image Game Effect
Captain Falcon SSBB Sticker Captain Falcon (F-Zero GX).png F-Zero GX [Arm, Leg] - Attack +8
Captain Falcon SSBB Sticker Captain Falcon (F-Zero X).png F-Zero X [Specials: Direct] - Attack +19
Captain Falcon SSBB Sticker Captain Falcon (F-Zero).png F-Zero [Slash] - Resistance +23

Prima rating

Offense: 8
Defense: 7
Projectile: -
Final Smash: 6
Throwing Ability: 10
Speed: 10
Overall: 8

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U


Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Captain Falcon SSB3DS Trophy Captain Falcon.png SSBWU Trophy Captain Falcon.png Fighter F-Zero (08/1991)
F-Zero GX (08/2003)
52: F-Zero Flag of USA.png In the F-Zero racing scene, Captain Falcon uses his Blue Falcon to win big. His origin largely a mystery, he's made his way to the Smash Bros. battlefield to prove his worth outside the cockpit. He's got speed and power, and his distinct Falcon Punch leaves a dent. Start it in the air to surprise your foes!
Flag of Europe.png We love it when this F-Zero pilot from Port Town takes a break from racing the Blue Falcon to take on challengers in brawls. His balance of speed, power and weight is spot on, and his slow but mighty Falcon Punch is oh so sweet when it finally connects. Try starting the attack in mid-air and punching your way into a frantic fray!
Captain Falcon (Alt.) SSB3DS Trophy Captain Falcon (Alt).png SSBWU Trophy Captain Falcon (Alt).png Fighter F-Zero (08/1991)
F-Zero GX (08/2003)
- Flag of USA.png Captain Falcon's default down special, Falcon Kick, is no ordinary kick—it surges forward in a fiery blaze. It's a versatile attack that moves sideways on the ground and diagonally down in the air. His forward air attack, Knee Smash, can send an enemy flying for miles if hit just right.
Flag of Europe.png The captain's Falcon Kick isn't just any old kick - it blazes either to the side or diagonally down to terrorise the enemy. Its speed also makes it top-notch for surprise attacks! Another move to try out is his forward air attack, Knee Smash. If you get as close to someone as you can before using it, it can launch them miles!

Palutena's Guidance

  • Pit: Whoa... It's Captain Falcon!
  • Viridi: Oh, he's a captain! What ship does he command?
  • Pit: I think he's more like a pilot or something.
  • Viridi: All these fighters have tons of skill and experience, but you can still hold your own. If we brought vehicles into the picture, though, that would be a totally different story.
  • Pit: Good thing that's not the case. I'd be no match for an F-Zero machine or an Arwing.
  • Viridi: Plus, those G-Diffuser systems are terrible for the environment.
  • Pit: Uh, you sure know a lot about space machinery. For being the goddess of nature and all.
  • Palutena: Anyway, if you're near Captain Falcon, watch out for his jump-and-Falcon Punch combo.


  • 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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Blog bio

"A fighter that possesses both speed and power! But in exchange, he is frequently left open. Being able to successfully land his neutral special, Falcon Punch, can greatly influence the battle in multiplayer matches."

Audio samples

Audio.svg Super Smash Bros. Brawl - "Show me your moves!" - One of Falcon's taunts. (Ryo Horikawa, 2008)
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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャプテン・ファルコン
Kyaputen Farukon
Captain Falcon
Chinese 飛隼隊長 (Traditional)
飞隼队长 (Simplified)
Fēisǔn Duìzhǎng
Literally "Flying Falcon Captain"
Dutch Captain Falcon
French (American) Capitaine Falcon Captain Falcon
French (Europe) Captain Falcon "Captain" remains in English, unlike with the NTSC French version.
German Captain Falcon
Italian Captain Falcon
Korean 캡틴 팔콘
Kaeptin Palkon
Captain Falcon
Portuguese Captain Falcon
Capitão Falcon

Captain Falcon
Russian Капитан Фэлкон
Kapitan Felkon
Captain Falcon
Spanish (Americas) Capitán Falcon Captain Falcon
Spanish (Europe) Captain Falcon "Captain" remains in English, unlike with the NTSC Spanish version.