Cody Travers is a fifth-degree black belt in karate and has been training in martial arts since he was nine years old. He originally appeared in Final Fight. While the Alpha series usually depicts the beginning of many events that the characters will experience, Street Fighter Alpha 3 actually depicts the culmination of many prior events for Cody.
In the original Final Fight, Cody teams up with Guy and The Mayor of Metro City, Mike Haggar to save Jessica (Cody's girlfriend and Haggar's daughter) from Belger, the leader of the Mad Gear gang. Cody takes on many of Mad Gear's worst thugs, and his penchant for fighting often leaves the others free to pursue the bosses of the area. In particular, he defeats the corrupt Edi. E whose sanctimonious role as a cop infuriates Cody. Although in the Game Boy Advance version, "Alpha Cody" vaguely remembers following a dog (Shiro) in the Bay Area to Abigail, it is considered canon that in the original arcade version Haggar sends Guy and Cody on ahead and has a massive showdown with the other wrestler. Although Cody doesn't want to go (because Abigail makes comments that Jessica is probably having a 'good time' with Belger), he is rewarded for the decision, as he winds up defeating Belger personally by defenestrating him at the top floor of Mad Gear headquarters. Cody is then celebrated as the hero of Metro City, but tells Jessica that he can't sit still while evil stalks the streets and soon thereafter leaves the city for parts unknown. This reveals that Cody is conflicted about his role as an anti-hero; being a mere adrenaline junkie who loves fighting, he is unwilling or unable to relax and accept glory when he could still be living dangerously.
Cody reappeared in Final Fight Revenge. He has returned from a year of traveling to Metro City, where he learns that the Mad Gear is beginning to reform and Jessica has gone missing. Hoping to prove to himself that he is Jessica's hero, he again tries to come to her rescue, battling many thugs along the way, but sadly, would be set up for the crimes of Mad Gear member Poison and the many street fights he was taking part in allowed him to get arrested by Edi. E. It is unknown what happens to Jessica after this point.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Cody broke out of prison after a riot ensued. During his travels, he met up with Edi. E (who is trying to recapture him), Rolento, and even Guy once more. Rolento wanted him to join his militant movement, which Cody refused after a heated argument (it's unknown if they had actually fought). Guy, meanwhile, wanted to reform Cody and get him back on the good path, but Cody said that he was no hero, and basically lived for fighting. The two then had their own battle (Cody seemingly egging Guy on and welcoming it), but after the two calmed down, Guy accepted that his friend had to live his own life. The two separated afterwards when Guy asked if Cody would stay in Metro City, but Cody said he still had traveling to do. Guy bid him farewell, realizing that deep down inside, Cody is still a good person.
|Street Fighter Alpha 3 5th Fight||Birdie|
|Street Fighter Alpha 3 9th Fight||Guy|
|Street Fighter Alpha 3 Boss||M. Bison|
Several of Cody's moves in Alpha 3 are unique. Other than Vega, he is the only character who can utilize a weapon (his knife), but only after he picks it up off the ground. His V-Ism Yoke move is like an auto-dodge. He also possesses the ability to dodge certain attacks in V-ism. His X-Ism Final Destruction Super Move is not so much a move, but an alternate style of play that make controlling Cody more like Final Fight. He can be directed to face away from his opponent (which means he can't block), and tapping punch and kick makes him automatically perform various combos.