Captain Falcon (Kyaputen Faruko), sometimes referred to as Captain Douglas Jay Falcon, is a playable character in the racing video game series F-Zero. He first appeared in F-Zero, the first game in the series, and has been called the "poster boy" of the F-Zero franchise. Falcon is the hero of F-Zero GX, the fifth game in the series.
Nintendo first envisioned Captain Falcon as a flagship character to represent the release of a new console, but he ended up appearing far less than originally planned. In the games, he appears as mysterious racer and bounty hunter who is one of the best racers on the circuit. In the anime, "Captain Falcon" is only a title, as is passed down to each new racer who can best the old Captain Falcon. Falcon also represents the F-Zero franchise in all three games of the Super Smash Bros. series.
Reception to Captain Falcon has been mixed, with some reviewers commenting on his weaknesses, especially his perceived annoying demeanor. Others have called Captain Falcon "cool", with GameDaily naming him as the 25th top Nintendo character of all time. Further, some have called him the best of the F-Zero characters, and one of the strongest Super Smash Bros. fighters.