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Samurai Goroh
GX Samurai Goroh.png
Samurai Goroh, as seen in F-Zero GX/AX.
Games
Machine name Fire Stingray, Super Stingray
Gender Male
First game F-Zero (1990)
Appearance(s) F-Zero
F-Zero X
F-Zero GX
F-Zero AX
F-Zero: GP Legend
F-Zero Climax
Voice actor F-Zero GX - Ryan Drees

SSB series - Akio Otsuka

F-Zero: GP Legend
Japanese voice actor Yasunobu Iwata (2003-2004)
English voice actor Marc Thompson (2004-2005)
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Samurai Goroh (サムライ ゴロー Samurai Gorō?) is a video game character in Nintendo's F-Zero video game series, co-created by Takaya Imamura and Shigeru Miyamoto. The character first appeared in the instruction manual of the original F-Zero in 1990, only appearing in-game as a computer-generated model in later titles. Samurai Goroh has appeared outside of the F-Zero series in the Smash Bros. games, and outside of video games altogether on the television show F-Zero: GP Legend.

Samurai Goroh wields a katana skillfully and is the father of Daigoroh and the husband of Lisa Brilliant. Samurai Goroh's reason for joining F-Zero is because of his rivalry with Captain Falcon.[1] Ironically, Goroh and Falcon were once cops in the Internova Police Force.[2] Goroh races in an F-Zero machine called the Fire Stingray. While it was recorded to have the highest top speed out of the four original machines, it is rumored that the Fire Stingray is actually stolen property.[3]

Main Series

Before his career as a F-Zero pilot, Samurai Goroh was rumored to have been in the Internova Police at the same time as Captain Falcon, a possible reason for their rivalry. Although his homeworld is unknown, it has been said that he is a Japanese American. Despite his large frame, he is extremely athletic and can perform multiple backflips. Despite his skills in racing and fighting, Captain Falcon always manages to show him up.

Besides Captain Falcon, Goroh has made his own share of foes in the past. During Goroh's many illegal ventures, he left behind Antonio Guster, his former right-hand man, to be captured by the Space Allies. He also has a son, Daigoroh, who is an expert swordsman and admires his father. Despite this, Goroh has little luck controlling his son.

Samurai Goroh competed in the first F-Zero race in 2560. He competed against Pico, Dr. Stewart, and Captain Falcon; though Captain Falcon was the one to win the tournament.

Goroh presumably returned to his criminal activities when the F-Zero races were closed, but returned to the race track when the F-Zero races began again as the F-Zero X tournament. His goal has continued to be to thwart Captain Falcon, whether its in the tournament or ambushing the Captain in rocky canyons.

In the anime-inspired games F-Zero: GP Legend and F-Zero Climax, Samurai Goroh is a space thief whose motto is "Steal, but never kill." He is married to Lisa Brilliant, but apparently has no son yet. Antonio Guster is his brother-in-law due to Antonio being Lisa's brother.

He has his own story path in GP Legend. He gets in a race in Red Canyon and has trouble performing due to a poisoned needle being hidden in his cockpit. He meets up with Lisa shortly after and accuses her of poisoning him, but she won't hear what he has to say unless he beats her in a race. She claims to not know who he is and Goroh concludes she has amnesia. He can't do anything about it because his own life is on the line and he continues on.

He ends up running into Captain Falcon who was in the middle of hunting down a bounty. Goroh challenges Falcon to a race and after winning his 10th race against him (after 165 losses), he concludes that Falcon couldn't have been the one who did it. He ends up at the Sand Ocean and ends up running into Black Shadow, but is able to outrun him in a race. He finally tracks Antonio down at the Grand Prix after figuring out he was the one behind it. After being beaten in the Grand Prix, Antonio is forced to give up the antidote, allowing Goroh to return to his life of crime and villainy.

F-Zero: GP Legend anime

Samurai Goroh Anime.jpg
Main article: F-Zero: GP Legend (anime)

Samurai Goroh was featured in the fifty-one episode F-Zero: GP Legend TV series, where he was voiced (in Japanese) by Yasunobu Iwata. The series originally aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from 2003 - 2004. Fifteen English-language episodes of this show were also produced before the its cancellation in America.

Based on the video game F-Zero GP Legend, the series presented Samurai Goroh's persona in basically the same way as the video games. His motto in the show is "steal, but never kill". Goroh debuted in the episode The Samurai's Secret.

Characteristics

A Samurai Goroh Model in Brawl.

As described in the first F-Zero game which was released for the SNES, Samurai Goroh is the boss of a renegade group of bandits known to hide out in Red Canyon. Even though his homeworld is unknown, F-Zero stated that Goroh is believed to be a Japanese American.[3] In the first F-Zero game, he was "believed to be in his early 40s",[3] then was 44 in F-Zero X[1] and 45 in F-Zero GX.[4] A tattered and imposing warrior, Samurai Goroh is a massive man with the muscles to back up his boastfulness and his notorious profession. He is also an amazing athlete, able to perform such feats as multiple backflips in succession despite his gigantic, hulking frame. He wears a T-shirt with the "激" symbol (which translates to "strike") and is missing its sleeves along with a leather vest. He carries a hip pouch and wears dark blue pants with a belt made of a long strand of red fabric.[2]

Samurai Goroh and his friend and partner Antonio Guster spent years hunting down criminals and fine-tuning their vehicles' performance during their time in the Internova Police Force. They were eventually removed from the force and separated since they went to extreme measures to capture some suspects. Goroh blamed Antonio Guster for the incident, now the two share a bitter relationship. After the exoneration from being a cop, Samurai Goroh became a bounty hunter, but his life isn't much different. Other than the fact his pay improved, he still continues to track down criminals. Racing in the F-Zero championship opened up the opportunity for him to constantly modify his Fire Stingray as well, keeping it highly tuned.[2]

Profiles and statistics

F-Zero GX

GX Samurai Goroh.png Samurai Goroh
No. Age Sex Machine Cost
05 45 Male GX-Logo-FireStingray.png -
In game description
In outward appearance, Goroh is a bounty hunter just like Falcon, but in actuality, he is the boss of an intergalactic group of bandits with a terrible reputation. This group of cutthroats is said to use the Red Canyon for a hideout. Exactly what Goroh has plundered and extorted over the years is unknown. As a bounty hunter, he travels from planet to planet evaluating the value of possible spoils. He actually dreams of performing notorious deeds as a bounty hunter, but Falcon always seems to beat him to the punch in the newest and most profitable projects—Goroh is very bitter about this. He enters every Grand Prix without fail and is known as a rival of Falcon who will never stop trying to defeat him.

Instruction manual description
Goroh claims to be a bounty hunter like Captain Falcon, but is in reality the leader of a group of space bandits from the Red Canyon. He means to establish himself as a renowned bounty hunter, but Captain Falcon always finishes with the upper hand.


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Appearances

Video games

F-Zero X in-game portrait.
Samurai Goroh with the Super Stingray as seen in the F-Zero X Expansion Kit.

By the time of the events of F-Zero X, Goroh and Captain Falcon have expressed their considerable differences in the past and are still bitter rivals. They are kept separated throughout the season by the officials until the Death Race, where every racer competes in a giant tournament of mayhem. Fans rejoice at seeing these two put together under such conditions.[2]

In F-Zero GX Samurai Goroh is the leader of a group of space thieves and a bounty hunter - Goroh claims to be renowned and talented like Captain Falcon and intends to establish himself as one. However, Falcon always beats him to the newest and most profitable projects, leaving Samurai Goroh jealous and bitter. Goroh enters every Grand Prix in the hopes of defeating his rival, Captain Falcon and will never stop trying to defeat him.[5] In F-Zero GX's story mode, he catches Falcon and forces him to race where the winner gets to keep the loser's machine. Naturally, Falcon wins the race and drives away while Goroh threatens that he will be at the next Grand Prix.[6]

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Samurai Goroh and the Fire Stingray appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In the introduction sequence, he is seen racing Captain Falcon. Falcon bashes the Fire Stingray off of Mute City and then the Fire Stingray collides with the television screen and explodes. Samurai Goroh also has his own trophy in the game, and the Fire Stingray appears on a trophy displaying all of the F-Zero Racers.

Trophy Information
Name Image Description Unlock Method
Samurai Goroh
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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. Randomly Obtained
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Samurai Goroh also appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a guest character, summoned by an Assist Trophy. He chases after the opponent(s) of whomever summoned him, slashing wildly with his sword.

Trophy Information
Name Image Description Unlock Method
Samurai Goroh
Samurai Goroh - Brawl Trophy.png
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 archrival and always tries to beat him in F-Zero races. His machine, the Fire Stingray (#05), has a high top speed. Randomly Obtained
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Samurai Goroh retain his role as an Assist Trophy and a collectible trophy.

Trophy Information
Name Image Description Unlock Method
Samurai Goroh
SamuraiGorohTrophyWiiU.png
NTSC-U: 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.
Randomly Obtained

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 F-Zero X manual. World of Video Games. Retrieved on 2006-10-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Shawn Sackenheim. Samurai Goroh's Biography. All Game Guide. Retrieved on 2007-04-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 (1991) in Nintendo EAD: F-Zero instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 5, 17. 
  4. (2003-08-25) in Amusement Vision: F-Zero GX instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 33. 
  5. Pilot & Machine. F-Zero.com (2003). Retrieved on 2006-04-15.
  6. Peer "Dark" Schneider. F-Zero GX story guide. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2006-04-15.
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