Sparkster (スパークスター Supākusutā) is the eponymous character and main protagonist of the Rocket Knight series. He fights through hordes of enemies and saved his homeland, the Kingdom of Zephyrus, multiple times.
Sparkster is an opossum knight that wears blue armor and wields a sword that can shoot energetic shots of fire. He wears goggles to protect his eyes during flight. He has a rocket pack on his back and uses it for combat or for getting to places. Under the armor, Sparkster used to wear a type of tan suit, and then changed to black.
In the second game, Sparkster can obtain a legendary armor by collecting the six pieces of the sacred sword. In this form, his armor turns to gold, as he becomes stronger and his rocket charges faster. This form is necessary to obtain the game's true ending. It would reappear again in Rocket Knight as an unlockable skin.
Sparkster is described as a very kind, humble, happy-go-lucky, and down-to-earth type of fellow.
During his duties as leader of the Rocket Knights, he doesn't hesitate to help everyone in need. Rejecting others is a strict 'no' for him, which earned him quite a big reputation as the savior of Zephyrus and Eginasem. However, he appears a little shy and can't really deal with any sort of flattery, which often resulted in him fleeing the scene whenever one of the princesses tried to thank him for his loyal deeds.
Despite all of his positives, he also has a very serious side. His sense of justice is what keeps him going on to fence off any evil. May it be Devotindos, Gedol, the Wolf Army, or the Mountain Wolves, he fulfills his mission no matter what will stand in his way.
Especially his distaste and hatred for his nemesis, Axel Gear, shows a rather hot-blooded side of him, as he will never forgive the ex-Rocket Knight's acts of treason, abduction of three princesses, theft of the Secret Book of Rocket Knights, and the murder of his foster father, Mifune Sanjulo.
Prior to Rocket Knight Adventures
His life before the events of Rocket Knight Adventures is not explained in full detail.
He lost his parents during an unnamed war and was later adopted by Mifune Sanjulo, a descendant of a long line of Rocket Knights, and was trained to become a Rocket Knight himself.
Axel Gear, a former Rocket Knight, stole the Secret Book of Rocket Knights that was kept by Mifune Sanjulo, who was killed during the attempt of thievery. Since that day Sparkster seeks a chance to avenge his father's death.
Rocket Knight Adventures
After many years of peace, something was happening. The vile pig soldiers of the Devotindos Empire were invading Zephyrus! They attacked civilians and raided the castle. Sparkster, without a moment to lose, jetted into action. He fought his way to the castle, only to find that Axel gear was kidnapping Princess Sherry! Sparkster tried to stop Axel, but it was no use. Axel got away with the princess in an airship. The extremely powerful blast of the engines blew Sparkster out into the mountains.
Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2
Rocket Knight (2010)
- Rocket Knight Adventures (1993)
- Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 (1994)
- Sparkster (SNES) (1994)
- Rocket Knight (2010)
- Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu (1993)
- Snatcher (1994)
- Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling '96: Max Voltage (1996)
- Mitsumete Knight (1998)
- Contra: Shattered Soldier (2002)
- New International Track & Field (2008)
- Krazy Kart Racing (2009)
- Pixel Puzzle Collection (2018)
- Last of the Rocket Knights Issue #1 (1995)
- During Sparkster's development he was originally named "Blaster".
- The Japanese Commercial for Rocket Knight Adventures is the first time that Sparkster was presented with a voice.
- Sparkster is the only character so far in the Rocket Knight series to appear outside of his games through cameos and a few playable roles.
- He not only poses as a Secret Boss in Mitsumete Knight, he also runs a Secret Shop if you manage to beat him (New Game+).
- This is the second time Sparkster was given a voice. He and Pierrot share the exact same voice actor: Kazuya Nakai. Sparkster's name wasn't listed within the Credits to (most likely) prevent spoilers.
- In the book Welcome to the World of Sonic, Sparkster's name is mentioned in Tails' Trivia as option D.
- Sparkster's design has been slightly changed in the games:
- In Rocket Knight Adventures he had brown hair, brown eyes, and tan fur.
- In Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 and Sparkster (SNES) he had blonde hair, blue eyes, and tan fur.
- This design was often used during his cameo appearances.
- In Rocket Knight he had brown hair, blue eyes, and tan fur.
- Only his cameo role within New International Track & Field depicted him with blonde hair, brown eyes, and dark brown fur.