Rick Wheeler as he appeared in F-Zero Falcon Legend
|First Appeared||F-Zero Falcon Legend|
|Later Appeared||F-Zero GP Legend, F-Zero Climax|
Rick Wheeler is the overall main character of the anime, F-Zero Falcon Legend, next to Captain Falcon and Jody Summer. He was once a highly-respected member of the police force stationed in New York City back in the year of 2051. He would hunt down various criminal organizations and individuals which plagued the city, one of his most-wanted being Zoda, a deranged mob boss with an insatiable appetite for mayhem and despair. Rick had a girlfriend in this timeline named Haruka, whom he loved dearly and was prepared to propose himself to her. Prior to this big decision, Rick is suddenly called to a downtown chase involving Zoda and a stolen getaway vehicle. Dropping all compassion aside for the time being, Rick focuses all of his strengths and efforts into bringing down this dangerous fugitive once and for all! However, it turns out that even after all of this time, Zoda still has some tricks up his sleeve ready for his archrival, as he shoots the driver-side door of his vehicle off with a rifle as he's driving, Rick in pursuit, and sends the detached car part careening for Rick's windshield.
The extent of Rick's bodily damages were so massive that he couldn't have possibly been revived by current medical science technology of the era, which is why he was put into cryosleep shortly after and kept in a stable condition of suspended-animation for 150 years, awakening in the year 2201. After being awoken by Dr. Stewart and Jody Summer, Rick was enlisted as a member of the Elite Mobile Task Force and ended up with the Dragon Bird(a machine Dr. Clash was working on at the time)after using it to pursue a Haruka which he believed still existed in this timeline. He is to race in every F-Zero Grand Prix in which wanted criminals who are after the big prize money offered for their own evil gain take part in from now on.
 F-Zero Falcon Legend
In the anime adaptation, Rick Wheeler is officially introduced as a rather hot-headed yet noble and caring individual, with an iron will and feats of determination to match. He is mostly shown as a rather vengeful character for the most part, setting his sights on the future Zoda in attempts to avenge his beloved Haruka and his shattered life, a personal goal of his throughout the entire series. Throughout, he is also regularly approached by Captain Falcon, who usually shows up to give him a helping hand during a tight situation and deliver some quick advice on the side.
 F-Zero GP Legend
In the first F-Zero game in which this character appeared in, he was featured as the first of eight special characters with their own individual story modes to play through. His story starts out with him chasing down Octoman in the heart of Mute City, hoping he'll lead him to Zoda once he's captured. Upon getting the jump on Octoman, Zoda enters the scene in order to come to his aid. Zoda flees upon being confronted by Rick and he begins to pursue him, but is suddenly interuppted by Captain Falcon. He introduces himself to him and then offers to help him chase down Zoda, revealing that he's after him too. After a quick run around the outskirts of Mute City, Rick and Falcon finally catch the Death Anchor and open the cockpit to apprehend the criminal inside. Much to their dismay, Bio Rex is found to be sitting in the driver's seat, revealing that Zoda set up a clever decoy for them.
Rick later reveals to Captain Falcon that both him and Zoda came from the year 2051 and have been sworn enemies for ages. Falcon then deduces that Zoda will surely show up at the next Grand Prix race in order to snag the prize money, giving Rick ample reason to register as hastily as possible! He heads to Fire Field, where this next race is located, and is infuriated to find out that Zoda isn't there after eventually winning first place. He gets set to search further, but is interuppted by Jack Levin as he informs him over Rick's communicator that Jody Summer had been abducted! Rick hurries to Port Town, where Jack called from, and insists that Zoda is behind it all. Although Jack clarifies that it was actually Blood Falcon's doing and has locked her up in a warehouse nearby. Jack then sends Rick off to save her in his Dragon Bird.
After reaching the warehouse and returning Jody safely(with Blood Falcon nowhere in sight), she scolds Rick for recklessly running off to capture criminals for his own gain(i.e. Octoman), letting him run off scot-free rather than bringing him into headquarters. Understanding that Rick most likely won't give it up until Zoda is captured, she let's him know that he should be entering the next Grand Prix race at Big Blue. It turns out that this particular race requires a handsome entry fee that Rick can't afford at the moment, but Black Shadow quickly interrupts this brief dilemma. He introduces himself as the master of darkness and swiftly challenges him to a race, transporting him to White Land with the use of his shadow powers. After Rick defeats him, Black Shadow simply can't stand the reality of it and flees the planet! Rick Wheeler then continues to hunt down suspicious fugitives in his ultimate hunt to capture Zoda.
 F-Zero Climax
In the latest portable F-Zero title, Rick Wheeler makes his second appearance as a selectable pilot in the series. In this installment, he is already a selectable character, with a machine stat that's high in boost and strength, but slightly lagging in grip and overall speed. He also has an alternate form known as "New Falcon", in which Rick dawns Captain Falcon's uniform. This unlockable character drives the Blue Falcon GT and can only be made playable after you've received an overall first-place ranking in every individual Cup under every individual difficulty setting.