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Steel
Axel Steel
First Appearance Guitar Hero
Genre Heavy Metal
Likes Metal, beer, his motorcycle
Dislikes Un-Metal
Fretboard Snakes coming out of clouds (GH1)
Scorpions and crucifixes (GH2, GH80s)
Bullet belts (GH3, GHA)
Flames and chains on the sides (GHWT, GHM, GHSH, GHVH)





Axel Steel is a playable character in the Guitar Hero series. He is one of only a handful of characters to appear in every game in the series. He represents the Heavy Metal style in all of the games. He is American. He is inspired by Ace Frehley and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Ian Kilmister (Motorhead), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society), Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Kerry King (Slayer), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Eddie (Iron Maiden), and Alice Cooper. He may be also dating Pandora.

BiographiesEdit

No frills, no fluff. Axel Steel is a shredder from the old school. He was put on this planet for two things, to drink beer and to play some Rock N' Roll. Looks like he's almost out of beer. - Guitar Hero in-game bio

We all know Axel Steel is an awesome guitar player, and that he's the common thread in the legendary bands SideWinder, HellDozer, and MegaThreat. But did you know he got his first guitar out of a pool hall trash bin? Or that his first big break came while hauling equipment for Dopple Ganger? Their guitarist passed out temporarily - and Axel stepped in - permanently. If he's not tearing into the guitar, Axel says he likes to draw motorcycles and skulls, just like he did in school. His friend and band mate, Skip Alldaway, says Axel plays guitar so fast, "there should be caution labels on his albums. - Guitar Hero manual bio

Famous for his driving riffs and up-front attitude, Axel Steel first picked up a guitar in an attempt to quell his boredom during suspension from elementary school. The rest is history. Metal history. - Guitar Hero II in-game bio

Just a city boy, born and raised in South Peoria, Axel Steel is a fan of arena rock and partyin' in the parking lot. King of the stadium show and master of the tailgate, Axel Steel is a hard-riffin' powerhouse. - Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s in-game bio

After attaining genuine superstar status, Axel retreated to hometown bonfire parties and barnyard jam sessions. Now he's back in the limelight and looking to destroy anyone and anything dull enough to stand in his path of headbanging destruction! - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and Guitar Hero: Van Halen (the latter two, up until "barnyard jam sessions") in-game bio

In his recent published autobiography 'Broken Axel', the noticeably more mature man of Steel wrote, 'I killed emo. And disco still sucks.' - Guitar Hero 5 in-game bio

Human description: As a matter of fact Axel's back, he's got halls packed from front to back, surfing rowdy crowds and playing loud; without doubt this rocking lout returns for one more bout. - GHWOR

Warrior and spirit description: Axel feels the blood of rock beating in his veins, taking his music to a new level undreamed of by humankind. Where one there was inspiration now here lives genius. - GHWOR

Appearance and OutfitsEdit

In all of the games, Axel's basic appearance is that of a muscular young man, with medium-length brown hair. In the Neversoft installments, he looks significantly older, has a slight five-o'clock shadow, and has more hardened features.

Guitar HeroEdit

Axel wears a black, short-sleeved T-shirt with a ripped-sleeve denim jacket and somewhat old jeans, he has a light brown semi-long haircut.

Guitar Hero IIEdit

He wears a long-sleeved shirt under his denim jacket, with spikes protruding from the shoulders. He lost a lot of weight in the game and has a costume called other shirt.

His alternate outfit is a basic navy worker's shirt with a pair of black jeans and shoes. In addition, in the Xbox 360 version, he sports mutton chops when wearing this outfit.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80sEdit

Axel wears a purple track jacket, black shoes and a black band on his head. Aside from that, he does not look much different from his Guitar Hero II incarnation.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of RockEdit

This time, his look is a blend of his GH1 and GH2 looks. He has regained his muscle and wears a black leather jacket, under his old sleeveless jacket and he now looks a bit older.

His alternate outfit is a tribute to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Axel wears a black vest, camo shorts and black and white sneakers. He also sports a long goatee with a red tip, just like Dimebag's. In addition, he also wears a black trucker's cap in the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC versions and also in all versions of Guitar Hero Aerosmith.

Guitar Hero: World TourEdit

Pieces worn by default (these can be changed in Rock Star Creator):

  • Torso : No Sleeves, Please
  • Pants : Camo Whamo!
  • Shoes : Feet On Fire
  • Accessories : Diamond Head (left arm), Leathery Spike (right arm)

Guitar Hero: MetallicaEdit

Pieces worn by default (these can be changed in Rock Star Creator):

  • Torso: The Wreckless One
  • Pants: James Old School
  • Shoes: Axel Kickers
  • Accessories: Rings

Guitar Hero: Smash HitsEdit

Pieces worn by default (these can be changed in Rock Star Creator):

  • Torso: Fire Proof
  • Pants: Metal Head Basics
  • Shoes: Axel Kickers

Guitar Hero 5Edit

Axel has four alternate attires in the game. Three of them can be unlocked after beating certain challenges with the correct instruments. Unlike the previous band entries, his outfits cannot be changed (instead, their pieces are unlocked for use on custom characters).

  1. Stormbringer: Default outfit. Axel wears a black leather vest over a red plaid vest over a sleeveless skull-print T-shirt (Layered Vest), black pants torn at the knees with a black bandanna hanging at the waist (Junkers) and black combat boots (like Floppy Combatants, but the pant legs are worn inside the boots).
  2. Battlescar
  3. Hog Wild
  4. Shoulder Blades

Guitar Hero: Van HalenEdit

Axel wears the exact same outfit from World Tour except he wears Rings on the left arm instead of Diamond Head.

Band HeroEdit

In Band Hero, Axel's appearance is greatly different from his previous appearances. But his first default outfit as seen in GH5 appears in this game.

  1. Digby: Axel can now be seen with a different haircut and sporting a goatee while wearing a black t-shirt with a gold design on it, jeans with a long chain hanging off the belt, black boots, a spiked bracelet on his left arm and a black wristband with yellow letters on it on his right arm.

Guitar Hero: Warriors of RockEdit

Axel Steel

Warrior Axel

Axel looks very similar to his previous incarnations. Axel's transformation is a clear reference to Iron Maiden's mascot, Eddie, specifically his Powerslave-era incarnation. Axel becomes a mummy-like being with his torso destroyed and only his spine is visible in the stomach area. Axel's guitar, Sacryfyce, resembles a Gibson Flying V with a pyramid-like design.

Warriors of Rock SetlistEdit


Characters of Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero: Axel Steel - Clive Winston - Grim Ripper - Izzy Sparks - Johnny Napalm - Judy Nails - Pandora - Xavier Stone

Guitar Hero II: Casey Lynch - Lars Ümlaüt - Eddie Knox

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock: - Elroy Budvis - God of Rock - Lou - Metalhead - Midori - Slash - Tom Morello - Bret Michaels

Guitar Hero On Tour: Gunner Jaxon - Memphis Rose

Guitar Hero Aerosmith: Brad Whitford - DMC - Joe Perry - Tom Hamilton

Guitar Hero World Tour: Aaron Steele - Billy Corgan - Hayley Williams - Jimi Hendrix - Johnny Viper - Marcus Fretshredder - Matty Cannz - Nick - Ozzy Osbourne - Riki Lee - Rina -Rockubot - Shirley Crowley - Skeleton - Sting - Ted Nugent - Travis Barker - Zakk Wylde

Guitar Hero Metallica: Fembot - James Hetfield - King Diamond - Kirk Hammett - Lars Ulrich - Lemmy - Robert Trujillo - Zach Harmon

Guitar Hero Modern Hits: Simon Grimmsy - Calista Valenz

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits: Mario Greendale

Guitar Hero: Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen - Alex Van Halen - Wolfgang Van Halen - David Lee Roth

Guitar Hero 5: Johnny Cash - Carlos Santana - Shirley Manson - Matt Bellamy - Kurt Cobain - Shadow - FrankenRocker - Gerald Contest Winner - Golden God

Band Hero: Quincy Styles - Taylor Swift - Adam Levine - Gwen Stefani - Tom Dumont - Tony Kanal - Adrian Young

DJ Hero: DJ Jazzy Jeff - DJ AM - Z-Trip - Grand Master Flash - The Disc jockey

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock: Echo Tesla - Austin Tejas - Demi-God of Rock - Minotaur - Arthas Menethil

NPCs: The Bassist - Bret Michaels - The Drummer - The Female Singer - Joey Kramer - The Keyboardist - The Guitarist - The Male Singer - Steven Tyler - The Singer - The Disc jockey

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