The Skull, less commonly named Sterling LaVaughn, known as Arbin Gordon (アービン ゴードン Ābin gōdon?) in the Japanese version of F-Zero X, was once the greatest driver in the F-MAX Grand Prix, a competition that predates the coming of F-Zero by some 200 years. For a long time Sterling was able to win race after race without ever suffering a single injury, despite how bloody the F-MAX was in that time. Realizing he could not avoid death forever, he used a combination of science and black magic to arrange his own immortality. His plan worked and during one horrendous accident, the Grand Finale of the F-MAX Grand Prix, he and several others were burned alive.
What happened next is unknown, but two hundred years later he emerged as a figure composed of only his original skeleton, now known as The Skull. He joined the F-Zero Grand Prix starting in F-Zero X to compete yet again, as nothing else in life but racing held any meaning to him anymore. He's become an even better pilot than before, as he now no longer fears death and can make split second decisions better than ever before.
Profiles and statistics
|Instruction manual description |
Skull was once a great legend among drivers. Using science and black magic, Skull returned from the grave to compete one more time.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The Skull makes an appearance as a trophy.
|The Skull||That's no mask he's wearing - this racer's over 200 years old! At least, he would be if he wasn't dead. His records in F-Zero's predecessor, the F-MAX Grand Prix, are the stuff of legend, and thanks to a bit of science and black magic, he's back for more. Death hasn't slowed him down at all - he's still a truly fearsome opponent.||Randomly Obtained.|
- The Skull is the oldest F-Zero pilot with a known age.
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|Characters of F-Zero|
Super Smash Bros.
|Games||Super Smash Bros. • Super Smash Bros. Melee • Super Smash Bros. Brawl • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Characters||Captain Falcon • Samurai Goroh *|
|Special moves||Falcon Punch • Raptor Boost • Falcon Dive • Falcon Kick • Blue Falcon|
|Stages||Mute City • Big Blue • Port Town Aero Dive • F-Zero Grand Prix|
|Trophies||Captain Falcon • Samurai Goroh • Dr. Stewart • Jody Summer • Mute City • Falcon Flyer • F-Zero Racers • Pico • Mr. EAD • The Skull • Blood Falcon • Black Shadow • Zoda • Blue Falcon • Fire Stingray • Golden Fox • Wild Goose • James McCloud • Deathborn|
|Stickers||Captain Falcon • Blood Falcon • Blue Falcon • Dr. Stewart • Fire Stingray • Golden Fox • Gomar & Shioh • Iron Tiger • Mr. EAD • Octoman • Red Gazelle • Samurai Goroh • White Cat • Wild Goose|