Cody made his
first video game appearance in Final Fight (Dec. 1989). Cody is addicted to fighting. He once was a regular youth in Metro City, and was dating the mayor's daughter Jessica. When she was kidnapped by the
gang Mad Gear, Cody, Guy and Haggar
set out to rescue her. He eventually defeated the leader of Mad Gear, Belger.
Cody eventually left Jessica and soon after, Poison
managed to frame him for a crime, and he was thrown in jail.
During the events of Street Fighter Alpha 3, there was a prison riot and Cody managed to escape. During his
travels, he reunited up with Guy and also ran into Rolento,
who wanted him to join his militant movement, but Cody refused. Guy wanted to
get Cody back on track in his life, but Cody claimed that he was no hero and
only lived for fighting these days. The two of them had a battle soon after
their conversation, and once they cooled down, Guy accepted the fact that his
friend had to live his own life. Guy asked if Cody would stay in Metro City but
Cody said he still had traveling to do, and the two parted ways. Guy bid him
farewell, realizing that deep down inside, Cody is still a good person.
all those years in jail, Cody has become very apathetic, his attitude changing
completely from when he was a hero. He also seems to harbor a little resentment
of the outside world, musing that he fought solely for the sake of the city and
still ended up in jail despite his intentions. Apparently bored of his jail
life, Cody "casually" breaks out of prison. Telling the terrified
guard that he'll be back later, he ventures outside. While out, Cody looks up at
a familiar face that he hasn't seen for a while; his old friend and rival Guy.
Cody's main motivation seems to be finding a way to alleviate his boredom by
participating in S.I.N's tournament.
In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Mike Haggar exonerates Cody of his
crimes, which leads to him being the new mayor of Metro City. Though he
constantly complains, Cody secretly finds a glimmer of joy in his new position.
However, this doesn't ultimately stop him from solving problems with his bare
hands, knives, or pipes...
Fighter Alpha 3: Upper, Street
Fighter Alpha 3: Max, Super
Street Fighter 4, Super
Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition, Super Street Fighter 4:
Edition, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street
Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Card
Fighters Clash, Card Fighters
Clash 2, Card Fighters
Clash DS, Final Fight: Revenge, Street
Fighter X Tekken, Street
Fighter alpha: Anthology, Street
Fighter: Anniversary Collection, SF:30th
Updated: Feb. 3rd, 2021
Representin' the streets since 1989, Cody is a true fighting game icon and beloved fan-favorite of old school Capcom fans. He's been a cool cat since back in his 2D beat-em-up days, inspiring many other "wannabes" to dress exactly like him (like that one dude from Streets of Rage).
Cody's fighting game debut in SFA3 was brilliantly done... fighting in handcuffs! The fact that Cody was jailed after the events of Final Fight makes perfect sense, too. I mean, walking the streets and beating the tar out of everyone just because your girlfriend is missing? C'mon now Cody. lol. In retrospect, it was awesome to see what
happened to Cody in '98 after not seeing him appear in a game for nearly a decade.
Fun Fact: Cody's "Final Destruction" super move from SFA3
is a tribute to his "infinite jab combo" that he can perform in the original Final Fight. (It's when he jabs twice and turns around, repeat)... I used that infinite a lot in the early 90's, so when I saw Cody's super move in SFA3 many years later, my jaw hit the floor. EPIC fan
service from Capcom (which only a handful of players would've picked up on)! Cody's return in SSF4 wasn't bad, albeit his animation and super moves were a bit janky and goofy. Fast forward to Mayor Travers in SFV, with Kenny Omega starring in his debut trailer? Pretty epic. A return to Cody's roots. I'm honestly not a huge fan of his SFV
animations (a bit overdone), but I'm glad Capcom hasn't forgotten about Cody.
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