Clank Hughes (Tek Hughes in the dub) makes his first appearance as a hacker from a war-wrecked planet, known as Forno, that hacked into the Dragon Bird and hijacked it only to be stopped by Captain Falcon. He then found a home at the Falcon House as its bookkeeper. The 9-room complex also houses Bart, Rick Wheeler, and Jack Levin.
He later discovered many secrets because of his bravery and everlasting curiosity, including lost ruins from Sand Ocean, discovering a classic car during Rick's day off and named it the Dragon Ghost, while he was getting a drink late at night in the Falcon House he uncovered a vault that led to the Blue Falcon, and then he kept the secret of Burt's identity as Captain Falcon due to an injury in his arm left by Haruka Misaki/Miss Killer. He also made a site dedicating to the F-Zero pilots, including Rick.
He's known to be very resilient even in the toughest times. He had lost his father, Roy Hughes, twice: one was during an infiltration of a space port overrun by pirates and Zoda, and another was when he, as the Mighty Gazelle, sacrificed himself after protecting him from an attack led by Zoda. Clank also went through the loss of Captain Falcon after he gave up his life by using the Falcon Punch which sent him and Black Shadow into the Dark Reactor Core.
In Lap 42, Bart said he's born on July 28, which happens to be the same as Rick's. His blood type is O, much like Jack's and Zoda's. He also loves to eat curry, and Bart stated that he happens to like a girl.
In 2207, he finally became the pilot of the Dragon Bird, revamped as the Dragon Bird EX, while Rick was using the Blue Falcon GT. Roy Hughes was a human again by that time.
In Ikran's timeline, Clank was originally voiced by Amy Bimbaum; however, if the series should progress to Maximum Velocity, he'd be voiced as Adult Clank by David Stenstrom, the voice of Rick and the head of the Stonestream Dubs.
Clank Hughes functioned as a kid hero and a promising successor to Dr. Theodore Clash. He and Burt were worried on receiving connections from Rick and the Task Force, hence Tinsel Steelus started her odyssey. He was able to re-tweak the machines into their original settings after they were rescued from Dark Million; even when he had to replace parts of the Dark Star Dragon with Rick's old, though enhanced, Dragon Ghost. He soon reunited with his long, lost father, Roy Hughes, as the Mighty Gazelle. Then, several months after Deathborn was destroyed, he became a junior member of the Galaxy Platoon as well as enlist in a prestigious academy devoted to future F-Zero pilots and technology experts at a young age.
He has been chosen as one the ushers for Rick's and Tinsel's wedding; he personally invited Alias, his mom, the Mighty Gazelle, and Digi-Boy to attend. He was also chosen as their professional photographer instead of hiring someone, and he decided to invent a robot assistant, Tek; they would soon pilot the Dragon Bird EX. He soon made friends with Dai Goroh as well. He had also selected curry and chili as his favorite dishes for the reception buffet.