He was an unplayable character in Fatal Fury 2, serving as the second sub-boss of the game. In Fatal Fury Special, Axel was introduced as a playable character with many tweaks and new moves available.
Plenty of his design, mannerism and overall fighting style is heavily based on former heavyweight champion George Foreman, just like Foreman, Axel will pretend he doesn't feel pain when hit and will retaliate with very strong punches.
Axel is a former heavy weight boxing champion. He retired from the ring to stay in good health but was scouted by Wolfgang Krauser. Convinced of Krauser's skill, he agreed to be one of his three defenders. However, Axel grew worried for his mother's well being while working for the crimelord and quit crime after Krauser's defeat. He became Michael Max's instructor soon after.
Axel is a proud fighter who also thinks highly of himself. He won't pull any punches for anyone but his mother.
- Tornado Attack - Axel can fire a small tornado with an uppercut.
- Sonic Punches - In spite of Axel's big body, he can perform extremely quick punches.
Axel is a heavyweight boxer who relies more on his strong punches than on speed and footwork.
Just like most of the boxing characters in fighting games, Axel moves rely solely in punching, making all his kick button attacks into different punches.
In his Fatal Fury 2 incarnation as an unplayable character, Axel will throw a boomerang-like projectile while punching quickly. In Fatal Fury Special, he adopted Michael Max's Hurricane Upper while his rapid succession of punches from his former projectile remains only as a close-up attack. Also, his "Bust You Up!" attack became his Desperation Move in FFS.
- Kinkukonku - Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special
- Michael Beard - since debut
- Hirohiko Kakegawa - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
- Michael Dobson - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle (English voice)
- Hisao Egawa - Fatal Fury Dengeki drama CDs
- Fatal Fury 2 - sub-boss (playable in SNES, Sega Genesis and Gameboy ports)
- Fatal Fury Special
- Garou Densetsu The Legend of Wild Wolf - as one of Joe's arm wrestling opponents
- Garou Densetsu Special - as one of Joe's arm wrestling opponents
- Fatal Fury 3 - in Bob's ending
- Days of Memories (fourth title) - passing mention by Terry
- The King of Fighters XIII - background cameo in Billy's stage
Axel Hawk in Fatal Fury 2
Axel Hawk in Fatal Fury 2.
Axel Hawk and his mom
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Fatal Fury Special: Full Roster Illustration by Shinkiro.
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Axel Hawk from Fatal Fury TV special 2
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Fatal Fury 3: Bob Ending.
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Fatal Fury Battle Archives: Art by Eisuke Ogura
The King of Fighters 2003: Fatal Fury Team Ending
Axel, Billy and Laurence, Falcoon art