|“||I could grill you and boil you and still not be satisfied!||„|
In the Metroid Manga, Chief Hardy is introduced on Jigrad following Samus's actions in destroying the Space Pirates there. He chews her, Mauk and Kreatz out for disobeying their orders. However, his tirade is cut off when Commander Adam Malkovich appears to survey the trouble and question the Pirate leader, P-1.
By the end of the manga, he introduces the story of the Metroid to Samus, and is surprised that she is able to name the yet-unnamed creature.
Super Metroid comic
Chief Hardy's first appearance, prior to being adapted as a character for the canonical manga, was in the non-canon Super Metroid comic.
Under his leadership, the Federation Police force dropped its guard down around Zebes, allowing the Space Pirates to rebuild their stronghold. His superior is Chairman Keaton, who looks down upon him and thinks of him as incompetent. At the end of the comic series, he is the one who kills the baby with his laser gun, as he mistook it for a normal Metroid.
Chief Hardy also appears in the Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide, in panels taken from the Super Metroid comic.
Personality and portrayal
Compared to his prior incarnation in the Super Metroid comic, the canonical manga version of Chief Hardy is a bit less lazy, but still not all too bright.
Chief Hardy is pictured as a short, overweight, mustachioed man with a receding hairline, who is constantly stuffing his face with some type of sandwich (the reason for his being overweight). By the end of the manga, Hardy is pictured as completely bald (perhaps due to his hair receding completely or him shaving his head).
- A similar-looking character appeared as the apparent head of the Federation in Victory Techniques for Metroid, known as Commander Nemo.