Adam Hunter was the tritagonist in the original Streets of Rage, and became a recurring story character later in the series. He, like Blaze and Axel, was formerly a police detective before the events of the first game. In the sequel, his capture at the hands of Mr. X causes his little brother, Skate, to join the team in an effort to rescue him. After his release, Adam returned to his police work and was again absent for the syndicate's last threat, instead playing a vital role in two of the games endings. As a boxer/kickboxer, Adam took the role of bruiser in the original game, and had the unique ability to knock opponents in the air mid-combo.