- "At times like this, kids like you should be playing Nintendo games."
- — Captain Strong
Captain Strong (ストロング署長) is a character and boss in EarthBound. He is the stern and powerful Commander of the Onett Police Force, and can be very tough, but fair at times. Ness first meets him after defeating the Titanic Ant of Onett's Giant Step. As a result of Ness disobeying a no-trespassing policy of the town's travel shack, Strong orders five of his best officers to attack Ness, both to punish him and ostensibly to test Ness's skills to see whether he should open up the road to Twoson. Strong, standing in for the fifth officer who had fled, is then defeated by Ness. Following this, Strong opens the road to Twoson.
During the battle, Strong's loss of temper increases his offense by 1. He can also use grapple, come out swinging, and execute submission holds, which can deal moderate to very high damage as well. Strong can defend, cutting Ness' attacks to 50%. Strong has a relatively high HP, Defense and offense; although he is weaker than the Titanic Ant, he must be fought after four other enemies with no breaks. It is very advisable to use PSI Rockin' and Shield.
His in-battle theme is Battle Against an Unsettling Opponent.
It is mentioned in some of the headlines in the Onett Times that the 'police chief' (presumably Strong) is playing EarthBound; in another headline, the 'police chief' had finished EarthBound, and demanded a sequel. The Over Zealous Cop, an enemy encountered later in the game, is a palette swap of Captain Strong.
- An unused enemy appears in the game's code, labeled "Crooked Cop". This enemy is identical to Captain Strong in every way but name, suggesting that either Captain Strong originally went under a different name in-battle (or went nameless, sans his battle label), or that Captain Strong wasn't intended to be a boss, but rather a standard enemy.
- If you look closely. Strong can actually be seen investigating the meteor in the beginning of the game. He is seen at the top of the hill while the cops have their roadblocks out.