|Voice Actors||Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese)
It is slowly revealed throughout the series that Drake had a conflicted past. His parents joined the Dark Metal Empire when Drake was a young boy, and brought with them two Ruin Zoids, one white and one red. Due to his upbringing around Zoids, Drake has a high affinity with them, particular the white Ruin, which saved him as a child. The parents thought the Dark Metal Empire was the right place to be.
However, they quickly realised they had made a terrible mistake. His parents ordered the two Zoids to leave with Drake, but the escape plan failed. Drake was confronted with an ultimatum, let one of the Zoids be scrapped. Drake struggles to choose, and looks to pick the red Zoid. But instead the white Zoid jumps in and saves Drake, being scrapped in the process.
Drake, with no other options, joins the Dark Metal Empire with the remaining red Zoid.
He treats Ruin as a weapon rather than a partner for the intervening years, and spends much of the series pushing both Ruin and himself to try and defeat Arashi and Liger. He acts this way during the majority of the series, until episode 46. Here, he is once again faced with an ultimatum: defeat the Liger or be fed to the Demise. Drake confronts Arashi, but is unable to defeat him (even using his Dark Blast). He pushes Ruin too far and destroys the Hacker key. Being unable to fight any longer, Ruin becomes "free", and not owned by the Dark Metal Empire. However, it doesn't run from Drake. It stays and faces Arashi anyway. At this point Drake realises the bond between himself and Ruin that had been forged. Ruin bestows Drake with a Zoid Key, and he becomes able to use a Wild Blast.
He leaves the Dark Metal Empire's ranks after this and fights against the other Four Dark Warriors & Gigaboss, ultimately taking part in the final battle against Demise.
In the Japanese version, after the conclusion of the series, Drake joins Team Freedom.
Drake is presented as a ruthless, arrogant person. But he is actually very nuanced. It is slowly revealed that Drake actually cares a great deal for Zoids, but has to suppress this as he's powerless before the relative might of the Dark Metal Empire, or rather Gigaboss specifically. Drake has an exceptionally high awareness of what Zoids are thinking, and is able to recognise Zoids based on their parts even before they are dug up and revived. Nonetheless, he insists that "Zoids are tools", and nothing more than weapons to be used.
Ability as a Zoid pilot
Drake is a feared pilot, one of the best in the series. He is capable of using a Dark Blast technique to match the Wild Blast of Arashi. His skills, while considerable, are lower than that of Gigaboss.
Using the high speed of his Zoid, he is able to go toe-to-toe with team Freedom on several occasions. However, he's often reluctant to fight as part of a team. This leads him to being outnumbered on several occasions.
Drake has his own unique relationships with the following characters:
Arashi: Arashi and Drake are opposites, although Arashi invites Drake to his team, it's clear Arashi doesn't like the way he treats his Zoids or subordinates.
Ruin: Ruin is Drake's red Zoid. Through most of the series, Drake seems to see Ruin as nothing more than a tool. However Drake also seems to care a great deal about Ruin, telling it to leave when it breaks free of Dark Blast so it can run and not be devoured by Demise, as Gigaboss had promised to do if Drake failed again. When Ruin stays to defend Drake, Drake realises the bond they share, and Ruin gives him its Zoid Key.
- When Zoids Wild was initially announced, Drake's name was written "Dorake". Subsequent translations used the name "Drake".
- Drake is the only Zoid Seeker to use both a Wild Blast and a Dark Blast in the series.
- In the Japanese version, when faced with Gallagher (Gigaboss) as a child, both of Drake's parents are killed and his ultimatum is to pick a Gilraptor (Ruin) to be slain, or be killed himself. In the Netflix version, this sequence of events was toned down.
|Zoids: Wild Characters|
|Arashi | Analog | Battalia | Bastion | Apex | Snare|
|Quade | Dyna | Shade | Tremor | Scrapes | Pach|
|Gigaboss | Drake | Malware | Numb-Lock | Haxile|
|Gaffer | Greta | Ikazuchi|