Mighty Gazelle (マイティ ガゼル Maiti Gazeru?), known as MM Gazelle (エムエム ガゼル Emu Emu Gazeru?) in the Japanese version of F-Zero X, is a character and pilot in the F-Zero series. The character made his first appearance in F-Zero X for the Nintendo 64 in 1998. Outside of the video game series, he appeared in the F-Zero: GP Legend anime.
Mighty Gazelle was once a human, until he was involved in the horrific event that led to the suspension of the F-Zero Grand Prix several years prior to the events of F-Zero X. He survived and was revived as a cyborg, made almost entirely of mechanical parts. He lives only for F-Zero, and, due to his body being mostly artificial, has been able to hone his skills without fear of death.
Mighty Gazelle is a cybernetic racer whose body was designed and built by Cyber Stick, inc. He was formerly a human, a 3D photographer named Clinton Gazelle who, due to an affinity for racing simulators and a desire for glory, decided to enter the F-Zero circuit. Gazelle proved to be a natural, and he soon became the champion of the league. His fortune was short-lived, however, as he was soon thereafter involved in a horrific crash that destroyed his body and led to the suspension of the F-Zero Grand Prix for a time. He miraculously survived, but was so severely wounded that his body had to be completely replaced by cybernetic components. When his fiancee saw what had become of him, she fled in fear, leaving Gazelle with nothing to live for. He has since devoted himself entirely to F-Zero, and has perfected his skills and entered more races, despite protests from some of his opponents.
Mighty Gazelle's F-Zero machine, the Red Gazelle, was also designed and manufactured by Cyber Stick, inc. It is a technically superior machine, though it has a weak body.
All visible parts of Mighty Gazelle's body are entirely metallic, though it retains a human-like shape. His legs, arms, chest, and face are plated with armor to cover up his wired components. Two large, tire-shaped disks are secured between his torso and shoulders, and the palms of his hands are colored red. His head has an antenna affixed to its side and lacks most normal facial features, except for two dark eyes, with glowing blue lights for pupils.
Mighty Gazelle first appeared in the Nintendo 64 title F-Zero X , and, since then, he has featured in every game except for F-Zero: Maximum Velocity,  just as the majority of racers did. He's playable from the start alongside five other racers.
Mighty Gazelle reappeared in F-Zero GX. He may be unlocked as a playable character by purchasing his vehicle anytime at the F-Zero Shop for some tickets.
F-Zero: GP Legend
Mighty Gazelle also made an appearance in F-Zero: GP Legend, this time based on his anime counterpart. Again, as a secret character, in order to unlock him, the player needs to beat Gold Cup in Expert difficulty.
Mighty Gazelle came again in his TV-series incarnation, also as a secret character. He needs to be unlocked by placing first in the Gold Cup on Standard difficulty.
F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu
Mighty Gazelle was also featured in the F-Zero anime, wich elaborates on and reworks his backstory.
Mighty Gazelle was once known as Roy Hughes, an old friend of Captain Falcon, and father of Clank Hughes. He died in a conflictive encounter with Falcon in a Dark Million base. Roy was inflitrating the enemy, masquerading as one of them in order to retrieve intel. When Captain Falcon decided to assault the enemy base, he discovered his old friend. However, because of this, Dark Million found Roy's true intentions, branded him a traitor, and killed him shortly after. He was later revived by Dr. Stewart, as requested by Black Shadow as a part of an evil plan, with even worse consequences should the doctor refuse to cooperate. After this, Roy was reborn as Mighty Gazelle, without his past memories, and worked for the Mobile Task Force.
Profiles and statistics
- F-Zero Falcon Densetsu (TV). Anime News Network. Retrieved on 2011-11-30.
- THE PILOTS AND MACHINE 2 (Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved on 2011-09-19.
- (1998) F-Zero X instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 23.
- Sackenheim, Shawn. Mighty Gazelle's Biography. All Game Guide. Retrieved on 2011-09-19.
- Mr. F-Zero: Can you tell us why you became an F-ZERO racer? Mighty Gazelle For the glory. Nintendo EAD. F-Zero GX. Nintendo. Nintendo GameCube. (in English). 2003-08-26.
- (2003-08-25) in Amusement Vision: F-Zero GX instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 33.
- Pilot & Machine. F-Zero.com (2003). Retrieved on 2011-09-19.
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity Guide & Walkthrough. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-19.
- F-Zero Climax Pilot & Machine (Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved on 2011-09-22.
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