Follow

    Axel Stone

    Character » appears in 22 games

    Axel Stone is a recurring protagonist from SEGA's classic Streets of Rage series. He and Blaze are the only two characters to appear in all four games. His trademark uppercut is called the "Ground Upper", though sometimes misheard as "Grand Upper!"

    Short summary describing this character.

    Axel Stone last edited by FRANZlSKA on 08/02/21 09:34AM View full history

    Overview

    Generally accepted as the main protagonist of the Streets of Rage series, Axel Stone presents a strong balance of power and speed. While Axel only has a small array of moves in the original Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2 gives him a much wider arsenal of attacks, including his trademark 'Ground Upper' uppercut, one of the most powerful moves in the game. Besides this, Axel has two power moves: Dragon Wing and Dragon Smash, a circling strike and a leaping uppercut respectively, although neither are as widely useful as the Ground Upper.

    In Streets of Rage 3, very little has changed in Axel's move set. Besides renaming his trademark uppercut from 'Ground Upper' to 'Bare Knuckle', the name of the franchise in Japan, the only real addition are his Blitz Moves which are simply quicker and slightly more powerful versions of his uppercut and the special Dragon moves.

    Axel returns in Streets of Rage 4, having retired from the police force only to be called back to fighting due to the rise of the Y Syndicate. In Streets of Rage 4, Axel features a number of new moves, such as Dragon Burst, although a number of his previous moves, including Ground Upper, return. As well, Axel's previous incarnations (including their move-sets) appear in the game's DLC.

    Trivia

    Although Axel's uppercut move is almost universally referred to as "Grand Upper", series' composer/sound effect designer Yuzo Koshiro has stated via Twitter that the move is intended to be "Ground Upper". Part of the confusion may have arisen from Streets of Rage 2's English manual, which refers to the move as "Grand Uppercut".

    sizepositionchange
    sizepositionchange
    positionchange
    positionchange
    positionchange
    bordersheaderpositiontable
    positionchange

    This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.