Phoenix had a reputation as a soldier for hire in battlefields across the world. In 1995, he was hired by the FCU Army to battle a terrorist group that toppled the government of Skully Island, a region in south Usea. Leading a group of mercenary pilots, he led the Scarface Squadron in anti-insurgency operations across the country, eventually destroying their headquarters and taking down an airship deployed in a desperate attempt to regain power.
After the operations in Skully, Scarface Squadron disbanded and Phoenix himself retired from the frontlines, and settled down in Usea. Three years later, in 1998, he returned to service after being hired by Unified Command after the outbreak of the Usean Rebellion, where he was tasked with aiding them in battling armed forces across the continent that opposed the Osean Federation.
In other Ace Combat titles
In Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, Phoenix appears in the special mission "Operation X" as one of the Ace Combat 2 legacy aces in an XFA-27, along with the "Z.O.E." ADF-01. Phoenix's livery also appears as the Special 2 color of the Typhoon.
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation had multiple aircraft skins available for purchase that featured Scarface 1's emblem or livery. These included variants for the F/A-18F Super Hornet, Mirage 2000-5, F-16C Fighting Falcon and Su-33 Flanker-D. The former three sported just his emblem and aircraft number while the latter sported his Ace Combat 2 livery.
He also makes an appearance in the mission "Ace of Aces" in Ace Combat: Joint Assault as the 100th and final enemy aircraft, flying a Typhoon. Phoenix is highly aggressive and adopts Milosz Sulejmani's flight patterns. As with the previous game, the Air Combat color is also available for the Typhoon, alongside the Ace Combat 2 colors for the A-6E Intruder and the MiG-21-93 Fishbed.
In Ace Combat Infinity, the Phoenix paint scheme was included for selected aircraft as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the series. These paint schemes, alongside their inverse versions, can be unlocked via Challenge Event.
- Contrary to popular belief, Phoenix is the first playable character to speak. However, he four times speaks during a landing.
- Chronologically in Strangereal, Phoenix is the first player character to canonically use an original aircraft, namely the XFA-27.
- Phoenix is one of the only two playable characters in multiple games (namely Air Combat, Ace Combat 2 and its remake Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy), the other being Mobius 1.
- Phoenix is the second player character in Strangereal to be seen outside of gameplay, the first being Blaze. He is briefly seen in the intro of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy walking towards his F-22A Raptor with his helmet.