Axel is generally accepted as the main protagonist of the Streets of Rage series and as such, his character is an all rounds with a seemingly perfect balance of power and speed. While in the original Streets of Rage he only has a small array of moves, Streets of Rage 2 gives him a much wider arsenal of attacks including his trademark 'Grand Upper' uppercut which is 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. Neither of which are as useable as the Grand Upper but the Dragon Wing is perfect if he is surrounded by enemies. In Streets of Rage 3, very little has changed in Axel's move set. Besides renaming his trademark uppercut from 'Grand 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. It should also be noticed that in all 3 games, Axel wears the same attire: Blue jeans, a white T-Shirt and white trainers with a red stripe along with his trademark blue bandana.