Axl is a tall, muscular man, with long blond hair and an open leather jacket, exposing his chest. He wears a red embroidered bandanna around his forehead, along with brown fingerless gloves, resembling a muscular version of his namesake, Axl Rose.
In his Street Fighter V artwork, he now wears white cowboy boots with black stars embroidered on the sides.
Axl has a bit of a wild personality, often enjoying tearing through the streets of Metro City with his friends at night. He has a love for motorcycles and vehicles, his newest prize being a made-in-Japan Tekko Twin Ryo (テッコツインリョー?) motorbike. He also has a fondness for a Japanese soft drink rich in calcium and iron.
Axl, alongside Roxy and J, appear in Abigail's character story, reminding him that he let the trio borrow his car (which Abigail thought was missing) and mocks him for forgetting his promise. Furious, Abigail throws them all into the car and walks away.
Gameplay and fighting style
Axl, along with Slash, is a straightforward fighter who delivers two main heavy damaging attacks, his strongest attack being the powerful Double Hammer Punch (ダブルハンマーパンチ Dabaru Hanmā Panchi?) and his second attack is a devastating roundhouse kick. What sets him apart from the other members of the Mad Gear Gang is his ability to block, something no other enemy in Final Fight can do aside from himself and Slash.
- Axl is named after musician Axl Rose. His name, along with Slash's is a reference to the rock band Guns N' Roses, which Rose was the frontman of. Slash is named after the band's guitarist, Saul "Slash" Hudson.
- Axl appears twice in the Street Fighter Alpha series: once in Street Fighter Alpha 2 in the background of Guy's Metro City stage, and again in Street Fighter Alpha 3 in the background of Guy's Overhead under 22nd Street stage.
- Axl also makes a cameo in the Final Fight themed stage Mad Gear Hideout, appearing in Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultra Street Fighter IV. He is seen punching a taiko drum with his fists alongside Damnd.