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[[caption-width-right:270:From left to right: Slippy Toad, Peppy Hare, Falco Lombardi and Fox [=McCloud=].]]

->''"DoABarrelRoll!"''\\
--'''Peppy Hare'''

''Star Fox'' is a long-running Creator/{{Nintendo}} [[ShootEmUps space shooter]] franchise starring the Star Fox mercenary team, and their leader, Fox [=McCloud=]. Usually set in the Lylat System, they battle MadScientist Andross, their rival counterpart Star Wolf, and other threats.

There are currently five games in the series. Some of the games had different titles for European releases due to trademark issues.

* '''''[[VideoGame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]''''' (released as '''''Starwing''''' in Europe), for the SuperNES. Technologically advanced for the time - Nintendo worked with Argonaut Software to put a million-dollar co-processor chip in the game cartridge to handle the 3D rendering.
** '''''VideoGame/StarFox2''''' was produced in 1995 and had extra features such as evasive maneuvers and free-roaming levels, but was ultimately never released and most of the new features were incorporated in the next game in the series:
* '''''VideoGame/StarFox64''''' (released as '''''Lylat Wars''''' in Europe), a KillerApp for the Nintendo 64, was a [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the original game. Notable as the first game to support the N64's Rumble Pak (the first mainstream vibrating controller accessory, coming out before Sony's Dualshock), which came bundled with it. An enhanced port of this game was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, which added little other than a graphical update.
* '''''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''''', also known as ''Dinosaur Planet'', is generally the black sheep of the series. It originally wasn't a ''Star Fox'' game at all. Instead, its origins lie in [[DolledUpInstallment an unrelated N64 adventure game moved into the franchise]] (and to the Gamecube) by Nintendo's urging during development. The game did introduce Fox's on-again-off-again love interest, Krystal, who was integrated into the main series. Incidentally, this game was the last Rare-developed game for a Nintendo console before they were bought out by Microsoft.
* Nintendo pawned ''Star Fox'' off to another studio once again in 2005, with the Namco-developed '''''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'''''. It returned to ''Star Fox 64'''s linear ShootEmUp style of gameplay and mixed it with ThirdPersonShooter segments.
* In 2006, the series got its first portable installment, '''''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand''''' for the NintendoDS. Featuring mostly free-roaming combat, the game introduced touch screen control, a strategic map, and multiple playable characters with unique aircrafts. It also had MultipleEndings.
* In 2014, Nintendo confirmed that a new Star Fox is in the making for the WiiU, and set for a 2015 release. For the first time since ''Star Fox 64'', the game will be developed in-house at Nintendo EAD, and Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto himself is heading the project (as it is a pet project he has been wanting to do since the Wii generation).

There were also two official comic releases:
* '''''ComicBook/StarFox''''', which was released parallel with the 1993 video game of the same name and compliments its {{Canon}}.
* '''''FarewellBelovedFalco''''' was bundled with ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' [[NoExportForYou only in Japan]], and fills in plot details after ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' and before ''Adventures''. As its title suggests, ''Farewell'' expands on Falco's story and background.
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!!Provides Examples Of:
* ActionGirl: Fara Phoenix, Miyu and Fay before the reboot; Katt Monroe, Amanda Toad and Lucy Hare after.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Many boss vehicles keep smaller enemy ships inside them.
** The team uses its first in ''Star Fox 2'', although the most memorable example is the Great Fox which appears from ''Star Fox 64'' through to its replacement in ''Star Fox Command''.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: It's not clear what kind of bird Falco is, but if he really is a falcon, well... there aren't too many bright blue examples of those. Krystal ''is'' a fox, but foxes aren't blue either (except for arctic foxes in certain regions, which have ''kind of'' blue winter coats). Don't forget pink frogs and cats too.
** According to the [[http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/3ds/starfox/0/2 ''Star Fox 64 3D'' Iwata Asks]], Falco is actually a ''pheasant'' believe it or not. Which would make his head, at least, very accurate.
** Katt was pink in ''64'' and suddenly changed to black in ''Command''. Maybe she stopped bleaching her fur? Maybe she started dyeing?
** Slippy's kids in one of the endings in ''Command'' all have different colors.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Despite Miyu's character never being very developed, she was actually voted in an online fan poll at Starfox-Online to be the one character most likely to be gay.
** Falco is okay with falling in love with either gender (see below).
* AntiHero: The Star Wolf team in the later games.
* ArtEvolution: While the main characters follow a mildly consistent appearance throughout 5 games and 2 comic books, they still change appearance a whole lot more than, say, Mario or Kirby.
* ArtShift: Does Fox [=McCloud=] have blue or green eyes? That depends on what game you're looking at. They appear to have settled on green, but interestingly, in an early promo art for ''Assault'', they appeared to be ''[[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starfox/images/0/0c/Foxblaster.jpg both]]''.
* AscendedMeme: "DO A BARREL ROLL" was used in the subject line for a ad e-mail advertising ''Star Fox 64 3D''.
* AsteroidsMonster: Mostly literal asteroids, but also a straight example in ''Command''.
* AsteroidThicket
* BadassBookworm: Lucy Hare, she taught Astrophysics during the events of ''Star Fox Command''.
* {{Badbutt}}: About half the cast, but most noticeably Falco "Time to kick some tail!" Lombardi and Wolf "What the heck!?" O'Donnell.
* BattleCouple: Fox and Krystal, at least part of the time. Fox and Fara, mostly. Slippy and Amanda count too.
* BattleshipRaid: Too many times to count, on both sides.
* BigBad: Andross for the first game, as well as the first game of the rebooted series. General Scales appears to be this throughout ''Adventures'', [[spoiler:before he gets [[HijackedByGanon replaced by Andross right at the end]]]]. The Aparoid Queen for ''Assault''. And the Anglar Emperor for ''Command''.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Falco Lombardi.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Star Fox team is doing that on the Corneria level, and a couple other levels too.
** Star Wolf also did the same thing upon arriving in Corneria to save Fox.
* BottomlessBladder: Played straight in the original, where Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy fight through five airborne missions without a break or a base to return to.
** The last two levels in both ''Star Fox 64'' and ''Assault'' are back to back.
* BritishAccents: Krystal and pretty much the entire population of Sauria besides Tricky. This can be attributed to ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' being created in the United Kingdom.
** Wolf's English dubbing in ''64'' has an aristocratic English accent, but since ''Assault'' he has spoken in a Southern accent.
* BulletHell: While most of the game is just a standard shoot-em-up, the penultimate level on the "Hard" path of ''Star Fox 64'' gets a special mention. Area 6 is probably one of the most difficult levels in the franchise, probably because you might be so busy dodging the fire that you could run into the enemy ships which take up half the screen.
** Its still no Venom on the original game though. But then, that's less of a bullet hell and more of a [[MindOverMatter pillar hell]]. At least until you run into the [[TheDragon Great Commander]].
** They're both eclipsed by the "[[BlatantLies Easy]]" side of Venom (''Star Fox 64'') on Expert mode. There are times when you face literal walls of enemies, who proceed to spew literal walls of lasers, and your only real option is to hope you have enough bombs.
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Command''. WordOfGod states that should the next ''Star Fox'' game be made, it will take place either immediately after ''Assault'', or will simply keep the prologue from ''Command'' and ignore everything else that happened in the game (which, considering the MultipleEndings, would probably be a good thing).
** Also, the original ''Star Fox'' for the SNES. But that's because ''Star Fox 64'' was a ContinuityReboot.
* CanonForeigner: Fara Phoenix, and all the other exclusive characters, from the [[http://starfox.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Comics comics]]. Also Fay and Miyu, who only appeared in the canceled ''Star Fox 2''. It is unlikely that these characters will ever appear in a future game.
* CanonImmigrant: Technically Krystal, since she the original protagonist of the Rare game ''Dinosaur Planet'' before it was [[DolledUpInstallment made into a]] ''[[DolledUpInstallment Star Fox]]'' [[DolledUpInstallment game]].
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Fox:''' ROB, can you confirm Slippy's location?\\
'''ROB:''' Distress signal coming from Titania.\\
'''Peppy:''' Looks like he's on Titania.
* CarSkiing: The player can pull off this maneuver using either one of the Landmaster's jets.
* CelibateHero: Falco, based on a [[FanTranslation Fan]] {{Scanlation}} of ''FarewellBelovedFalco''.
-->'''Katt:''' Hey, Falco, have you found a girlfriend yet?\\
'''Falco:''' No way! Never have, never will. I fly solo, babe.
** It's been said that the original Japanese version of these lines has a completely different nuance. These two lines are some of the [[LostInTranslation most disputed]] among Falco fans, with potential implications towards Falco's overall [[AmbiguouslyGay sexual orientation]] and love life. This makes an accurate translation of ''FarewellBelovedFalco'' as a whole [[SeriousBusiness a sensitive issue]].
-->'''キャット:'''「ねえファルコには恋人はいるの?\\
'''ファルコ:'''「俺は今も昔も惚れた腫れたには興味はねえ
** In kana, for the [[ChineseLanguage kanji]]-illiterate:
-->'''キャット:'''「ねえファルコには こいびとは いるの?\\
'''ファルコ:'''「おれは いまも むかしも ほれた はれたには きょうみはねえ
** In rōmaji, for the kana-illiterate:
-->'''Kyatto:''' Nee Faruko ni wa koibito wa iru no?\\
'''Faruko:''' Ore wa ima mo mukashi mo horeta hareta ni wa kyoumi wa nee.
** The literal translation is:
-->'''Katt:''' Hey Falco, do you have... a lover?\\
'''Falco:''' Even now and even before, I have no interest in falling head over heels for someone.
** The fan translation is:
-->'''Katt:''' Hey Falco, have you found a girlfriend yet?\\
'''Falco:''': No way! Never have, never will. I fly solo, babe.
*** Translation notes: In the Japanese text he never uses a gender kanji, rather leaving the interpretation about being okay with falling in love with a man or a woman.
** Basically, Katt asks Falco if he has a lover, using a [[GenderAndJapaneseLanguage gender-neutral Japanese term]]. Falco responds that he doesn't have lovers, but using fence-sitting wording that makes his answer sound rather unreliable. Both the scanlation and the Japanese text have the effect of eliciting a reaction from readers with a strong personal {{Gaydar}}, but the subtle differences in tone seem LostInTranslation, such that Falco's ''actual'' celibacy is still in question. However, when it comes to Falco and women, both versions of the manga as a whole paint Falco as someone who can be platonic friends with women, but is strongly (and even angrily) averse to anything further than that.
*** Since {{Shipping}} is SeriousBusiness, and especially so in the ''Star Fox'' fandom, the topic of Falco's celibacy is seldom a dispute between fans who actually ''want'' Falco to be celibate -- rather, it's usually ShipToShipCombat to [[ShipSinking Sink a rival Ship]], usually Falco×Fox vs. Falco×Katt. A ''celibate'' Falco is relatively neutral ground, allowing Falco to have both Fox and Katt as PlatonicLifePartners without being in a romantic relationship with either one.
* ChargedAttack: From ''2'' onward.
* ChasingYourTail: Pretty much every dogfight, although it is possible to trick some enemies with loops. If you tried this in both Star Wolf battles in ''64'', they would double-team you in the second battle; baiting you into looping behind your pursuer, only to be hammered by his teammate. And you're all out of boost to try the maneuver again, ''[[BatmanGambit because you just looped]]''.
** "What the heck?!"
* ClipItsWings: Arwings can sometimes lose wings when damaged, particularly if you fly too close to something big and clip them yourself. The ships can stay airborne under the control of the pilot, however, due to the G-Diffuser systems installed in them (albeit with much greater difficulty).
* ColorCodedCharacters: So you know who needs rescuing. Fox is Yellow, Falco is Blue, Slippy is Green, Peppy is Red, and Krystal is Purple.
** Taken even further in StarFoxCommand where all characters were assigned a color to their ship and trail on the map.
* CommandRoster
* ConservationOfCompetence: The size of a force of spacecraft is inversely proportional to its effectiveness. Thus, Corneria's massive fleet is useless [at one point being destroyed by ''one'' Aparoid, a creature so flimsy it's ''Assault'''s second boss], while five mercenaries can do anything.
* ContinuingIsPainful: ''Star Fox'' and ''Star Fox 64'' are usually pretty good about continue points. They push you far enough back so you have time to restore your extended shield and blue lasers before you reach the boss. Usually. The times they don't (''64'''s Venom 2 dogfight against Star Wolf, for example) dives right into this trope.
* ContinuityNod: The page picture, a piece of artwork from ''Command'', is essentially a redrawing of original promotion material for the original SNES ''Star Fox'' (Which was actually the boxart for the European release.) Given that the SNES game(s) were {{RetCon}}ned out of the continuity by ''64'', and the somewhat OffModel appearance of Slippy and Peppy, this is more of a nod than anything else.
** Also, Andrew Oikonny, ex-Star Wolf, is the first boss in ''Assault'', where he is striving to become a good BigBad like his uncle was. His ship even transforms into a big head with two flying fists as a callback to Andross's boss fight. Falco is not impressed.
-->'''Falco:''' What's this, an Andross wannabe?
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Fox. His dad was killed by Andross ([[NeverFoundTheBody most likely]]). And one of the old Nintendo Power comics reveals Andross (accidentally) killed his mother as well.
** Krystal as well, and she even one-ups Fox by having her entire planet be destroyed as part of her origin (how hasn't been made fully clear yet, although her recognizing [[spoiler:Andross]] shortly before she got [[HumanPopsicle sealed in a crystal]] implies that [[spoiler:Andross]] may have been involved in its destruction).
** Aside from those two, Falco is the only other team member who does not appear to have any family. [[spoiler:[[LikeBrotherAndSister Except Katt]]]].
*** Falco and Katt are LikeBrotherAndSister though, since they've known each other for most of their lives.
* CoolOldGuy: Peppy Hare, also [[spoiler:Fox in one of the endings in ''Command'', in which he's seen sporting sunglasses like his father and a goatee]]. General Pepper tries for this, though he falls short.
** In another of the endings of ''Command'', [[spoiler:''Falco'' serves this role, playing mentor to Fox's son Marcus just as Peppy was Fox's mentor. And like Fox above, Falco wears awesome sunglasses]].
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: Bolse (and how!)
** Also the "Atomic Base" cores in the original.
* CrewOfOne: The Landmaster and the Blue Marine. The Great Fox might also count, being operated solely by Rob64 in most games.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Assault''. The Aparoids weren't like any of the other antagonists of the series, as if successful, they literally would have wiped out every single form of life in the Lylat System, replacing it with their own, and then moving on to wherever else had life. And unlike the other villains, Andross had absolutely no involvement in their scheme at any point (Even the Anglars, the villains in ''Command'', were implied to be one of Andross's creations.)
** The original SNES game also stands out as being Darker And Edgier next to the subsequent games. Even though the basic plot was the same as ''Star Fox 64'', it was delivered in a much grimmer, less humorous style. The only real laughs in the game come from the crew's dialogue, and even that's a lot less pronounced than in the following games.
* DeadpanSnarker: A number of characters, depending on the game and situation. Falco is the most common, though Fox has his moments.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Happens a lot to Star Wolf in ''Assault'' and ''Command''.
* DetachmentCombat: The Great Commander boss from the original ''Star Fox'', though this guy actually fights you in its combined mode more than in its detached form.
* DistressCall: Several missions in ''Assault'' begin with one.
** ''Adventures'' begins with Krystal answering a distress call.
*** She gets another one, in the same way (Telepathic contact) from Sauria in ''Assault''.
*** The first game of the current continuity (''Star Fox 64'') began with a call for assistance. You ''are'' playing as a mercenary team, so it makes sense that most games start with your services being called for.
* DoABarrelRoll: The TropeNamer. Although technically it isn't a barrel roll.
* DodgeByBraking: Possible in some cases, though usually with mixed results.
* DoubleEntendre: Some lines play this straight, but others just seem hilarious.
** Leading to [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=221 this]].
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enS4UhAUwd8 this too]].
** "Fox, get this guy off me!"
*** "Fox, get off me!"
** "I think you look better in a tank."
*** "Why don't you come down here, Falco?"
*** "I'll pass, Fox."
** And in ''Assault'' "If things get dicey, use a barrier".
** Krystal's been trying to get on a land mission with Fox since the start of the game.
-->'''Krystal:''' A ''mission together'' at last.\\
'''Fox:''' Oh... Uhhhh... Yeah.
* EnemyMine: Wolf and Fox have teamed up on several occasions to fight a greater threat.
* EnemyScan: Slippy does this for you in most games against bosses, allowing you to see the enemy shield. Other characters (Peppy, mostly) provide you with hints about how to beat the enemy.
* EscortMission: Basically every mission if you don't want to lose teammates, but there are more classical examples as well. ''Assault'' had a unique variant where Fox is rescued by others and rides on their wing while shooting down pursuing enemies.
** ''Command'' kinda does this for every level, since you have to protect the Great Fox, especially from missiles that specifically target it.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Hero-hating Mercenaries Have Standards]]: The Star Wolf team kicked Pigma off of the team sometime between ''64'' and ''Assault'', replacing him (and Oikonny, who left of his own accord) with the much less repulsive Panther.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Wolf seems to attract this, both from Leon and in LGBTFanbase.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: In ''Adventures'' and ''Assault'', Fox tries to keep a lid on his blatant attraction to Krystal. It doesn't work very well. Falco, Slippy, R.O.B., and even Tricky (who hadn't seen them in over a year and had never seen them together in Adventures) manages to figure it out.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' (if only briefly).
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Averted for the most part. With only a few exceptions, the monkeys in these games are not cheery or silly. No, the monkeys in these games are insane and brutal galactic conquerors.
* {{Expy}}: Tricky resembles another triceratops called Tricky from another Rare-created game: ''Diddy Kong Racing''.
** If one thinks about it enough, the entire Venomian fleet in Sector Y of ''Star Fox 64'' could be considered as expies from ''Mobile Suit Gundam''. You have a force of what are essentially mobile suits backed by capital ships tearing their way through the Cornerians, suits that look a lot like a more simian version of the RX-78 (especially the boss of the level), and about 2/3 in you encounter a red version of the attacking mecha that moves three times faster. As an added bonus, while not the pilot of the red mech, the boss is also wearing sunglasses. Hmmmm...
** The Aparoids are an expy of the QB from ''Slipheed: The Lost Planet'', themselves based on ''{{R-Type}}'s'' Bydo Empire.
*** They also steal some lines from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Borg. "Resistance is useless!"
*** And while we're on the subject, Krystal in ''Assault'' is a telepath who tends to [[CaptainObvious sense the blindingly obvious]], dresses in a way solely designed to show off her rack, and is pretty useless as a character. Troi, anyone?
** The mothership in Katina in ''Star Fox 64'' is an Expy of the flying saucers in ''Film/IndependenceDay'', right down to their weak point.
** Don't forget all the obvious ''StarWars'' expys, namely the [[BattleshipRaid Space Armada]] Star Destroyer-alikes (also other ships with {{cores| and turrents boss}} to destroy in a similar manner to ''Return of the Jedi'') and similar ships in Area 6 (which in itself is an expy of the Space Armada stage to a certain extent).
* EyepatchOfPower: Wolf.
** Although according to some fans who've studied his ''Assault'' model, he really isn't missing an eye.
*** [[http://i47.tinypic.com/2vl18pd.png This screenshot]] from ''Star Fox 2'' shows that Wolf does indeed have a left (right?) eye. However, it has a scar over it, and seems to be in pretty bad shape, which is why he wears an eyepatch over it.
* {{Fanfare}}: The first game, and ''Assault''.
* FantasticRacism: Falco seems to not like monkeys too much. [[BigBad It's not like he doesn't have a good reason to, though.]]
* FighterLaunchingSequence: The launch in the original, with a voice (still a rare thing in the 16-bit days) shouting "Emergency! Emergency! Incoming enemy fighters! Prepare for launch!"
* ForMassiveDamage: This editor can't think of a boss that doesn't use this and isn't in a ship barely larger than the player.
** ''Command'' has this giant enemy crab... and you shoot its face for... oh forget it.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Ditto the above.
** TheCynic - Falco
** The Realist - Fox
** TheOptimist - Slippy
** The Apathetic - Peppy
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Fox (sanguine/choleric), Falco (choleric), Slippy (melancholic), Peppy (phlegmatic), Krystal (sanguine), and R.O.B. (leukine).
* [[ADogNamedDog A Fox Named Fox]]: Also a wolf named Wolf, a cat named Katt, a pig named Pigma and so on.
** [[ALizardNamedLiz A Chameleon Named Leon]]: And a monkey named Andrew and so on.
** Notably averted by Falco whose name comes from falcon, but is actually a pheasant.
* FriendlyFireproof: In the original and ''Assault'', your wing men will yell at you when you shoot them, but they aren't otherwise harmed by your blasts. Some minor characters in ''Star Fox 64'' are also immune to your fire, but otherwise it's generally averted.
** Especially on Katina, where you have to help out an allied squadron. If you manage not to shoot down one ally, you're rewarded with a special cutscene.
* FunPersonified: Panther, at least when compared to the rest of the cast. Japanese videos tend to show him as one too as seen on NicoNicoDouga.
* FunWithAcronyms: Has nothing to do with the games themselves, but rather the special chip that was used to created the original Super NES game. The Super FX chip was originally called the "'''M'''athematical, '''A'''rgonaut, '''R'''otation, (and) '''I/O''' Chip 1", or the "[[SuperMarioBros MARIO]]" Chip 1 for short.
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Some allies in ''Star Fox 64'' and pretty much everyone in ''Assault'', averted otherwise as your teammates can and will be defeated if you don't help them.
* GameplayRoulette: The series has had 3D RailShooter, ActionAdventure, ThirdPersonShooter, and TurnBasedStrategy elements throughout the various installments...
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Pigma has claw marks on his head in ''Assault''. It doesn't take much to figure out where he must have gotten those.
** Meanwhile, Panther has a stylized white "scar" on his right cheek. How does one get white scars? Depigmentation is a common effect of scarring.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Not that there are a lack of vocal outbursts, but the sheer volume of G-rated curses is as corny as any Utah slang.
* GreenHillZone: WelcomeToCorneria, planet of Greenishness™
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Star Wolf in ''Assault''. By this time it consists of Wolf, Leon, and Panther.
** ''Command'' disregards this, which further supports the CanonDiscontinuity listed above.
* HelloNurse: Krystal.
* HiredGuns: the Star Fox team. Though it's a little unclear how this works, since only the Cornerian military ever seems to hire them.
** They have standards on who they work for, but they probably take jobs from others as well and are probably in high demand considering they have what is arguably the most powerful warship in Lylat under their command.
** Also Star Wolf. They probably got a fatter paycheck from Andross than the Star Fox team earned from the Cornerian Military, though that didn't last and they had to do some high-paying, illegal mercenary stuff.
** The opening of ''Assault'' indicates that a large amount of Andross's army was composed of hired guns, mostly criminals.
* {{Homage}}: One of the ''Star Fox 64'' levels is inspired by the movie ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Another level features ''MobileSuitGundam''-like enemies. Both elements show up again, to a degree, in ''Command''. Some lines might well pay homage to StarWars (like the one directly below).
** ''Assault'' has music from ''Star Fox 64'' mixed into orchestrated versions. ''Command'' also has a lot of music based on it.
** And the team Star Wolf itself is a homage to an old space-themed {{Toku}} show ''Star Wolf''.
* IconicOutfit: Wolf hasn't been out of 80's leather pants and spiked vests since ''Assault''. In fact, he had been wearing them since ''Star Fox 2'', but in ''Star Fox 64'' his outfit was changed to a military uniform.
* IGotYouCovered: Happens in nearly every ''Star Fox'' game. A notable one occurs in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', when [[spoiler:Falco]] comes to help Fox during the final boss fight.
** Star Wolf also does an important role since Mission 7 in ''Assault'', with Star Fox ultimately failing had they not intervened in succeeding missions.
** At least one level in ''Star Fox 64'' has ''the freaking Great Fox'' cover you. Is it any more helpful than your wingmen? Not really, but it's still awesome.
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: The fate of the "Train boss" if you manage to shoot all of the junction switches -- trust us, although this [[ThatOneLevel specific ending]] for Macbeth '''is''' an exercise in frustration, the result is ''absolutely'' [[WorthIt worth the effort]].
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: When Wolf thrashes an enemy, Leon [[InLoveWithYourCarnage envies]] the enemy for being punished [[{{Lust}} by Wolf]].
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: "Be careful, [[ObviousTrap it's a trap]]!"
* IWorkAlone: Falco's reasons for leaving the team numerous times. He also states this as the reason why he'll never want a girlfriend.
* JungleJapes: The Fortuna flyover in ''Assault''.
* JustAKid: The English dialog of ''Assault'' has Wolf refer to Fox as "pup". Depending on your interpretation, it could mean that he's belittling the hero or it's [[LGBTFanbase some other things]].
** ''Brawl'' suggests that Wolf is in fact older than Fox.
* KaizoTrap: When you destroy the Blade Barrier in the original game, the blade flies off the station as it's disintegrating, and heads straight towards you. If you're directly in its path, ''and'' low on health... well, sucks to be you, you have to repeat the last third of the level and the boss fight all over again.
** The Sarumarine in ''64'' can do this too when its spiked-ball launcher falls off at the end of the fight. It's not really aimed at you, though, so it's pretty easy to avoid this. Also more of a threat on Expert, where even if it doesn't kill you, it can wreck your wings.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Pigma Dengar speaks with Kansai-dialect in Japan. His name "Dengar" itself is a reference to it.
* KilledOffForReal: Your wingmen won't be harmed by your own blasts in the original SNES game, but they will die permanently if you don't save them. On the plus side, their kills ''do'' count towards your final score in this game, and even Slippy is a fairly competent pilot compared to the N64 version.
** Pretty much all of the bosses in ''Star Fox 64'' minus Andross and Star Wolf.
** The Aparoids.
** Pigma. Presumably in ''Assault''. Whether or not you count ''Command'' as canon, he only even appears as a final boss replacement for the true BigBad (Anglar Emperor) in two possible endings, both of which are the least likely of any to be canon. And even so, he is destroyed at the end of it.
** Vixy Reinard [=McCloud=] and Vivian Hare.
** It remains to be seen whether James [=McCloud=] is actually dead since they NeverFoundTheBody. Some believe that HesJustHiding. There's arguments for both sides, really.
** The Anglar Emperor.
** Apparently, Andross did finally die in ''Adventures'', but he still returns as a ghost (probably a recording, though) in ''Command''.
** General Scales.
** Andrew Oikonny could possibly apply, but on this other hand his presumed death in ''Assault'' is retconnable (although no sequels aside from ''Command'' have been made since ''Assault''). Yet after the aparoid shoots him down.
* LargeHam:
-->'''Andrew:''' The new emperor: ANDREW OIKONN- UNCLE ANDROOOOOOOSSSSS!\\
'''General Pepper in ''Assault'':''' Let me die in battle! Do NOT let ME transform! Honour! Let me keep my honour, Fox!
* LateToTheTragedy: In ''Star Fox 64'', the team arrives when Andross has already conquered most of the system.
* LatinLover: Panther.
* {{Leatherman}}: Wolf... [[HoYay vibes]] and all.
* LegacyCharacter: Fox [=McCloud=] is the son of James [=McCloud=]. Both are considered the best pilots of their universe and generation and both leaders of their teams. There's also Marcus [=McCloud=], the son of Fox and Krystal and leader of a new Star Fox team, as a possible future opened up by ''Command''.
** Lucy Hare is Peppy's daughter, and she also has a daughter who appears in the same future mentioned above.
** Slippy has over 8 kids, and one of them is also seen similarly to the other two.
*** Moreover, Falco seems to take over Peppy's role in this future.
** Andross also has a grandson, and one of the endings of ''Command'' leave the possibility of him following in his granddaddy's galaxy-conquering footsteps.
* LighterAndSofter: ''[[ContinuityReboot Star Fox 64]]'' was this compared to ''Star Fox'' and ''Star Fox 2''. The series became DarkerAndEdgier again with ''Assault''.
** Once change that went lighter and has (thus far) not come back is that in the original SNES game, a wingmate who was shot down was KilledOffForReal.
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
-->'''Peppy Hare:''' This brings back memories of your dad! Your Father helped me like that too! Your becoming more like your father!
* LizardFolk: The inhabitants of Dinosaur Planet, to some degree. Also, according to the backstory of the original ''Star Fox'', Andross made a shocking discovery that Venom hosted life-forms of humanoid lizards, which he used for his army against Corneria.
** While ''64'' doesn't mention this, about half of his henchmen with dialogue are some sort of Lizards.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Fox was awestruck at how beautiful the sleep-induced Krystal was when he first saw her. Likewise, upon freeing her and catching her from falling to her death, there is an instant where they both look into each other's eyes for a moment.
* MadScientist: Andross.
* ManiacMonkeys: Andross, Andrew, Dash Bowman in a couple of endings in ''Command''.
* MarketBasedTitle: Due to a series of title trademarks for home computer games, the series went through three names in Europe. The original ''Star Fox'' was released as ''Star Wing'' due to sharing a title with an Atari 2600 game, and some references to "Star Fox Team" in text were changed to "Star Wing Team". Unfortunately, it turned out this was ''also'' the title of an existing game, and ''Star Fox 64'' was duly released under the much-ridiculed title of ''Lylat Wars''. By ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', the whole mess had been sorted out, and other than the ''Star Fox 64'' Wii re-release all EU games have shared the US titles.
* TheMasochismTango: "Uh, set me straight here, Leon; are you envious of the shred''der'', or the shred''ee''?"
* MeaninglessLives: ''Adventures'', where there are more Bafomadads (the 1-Ups) in the game than you can carry at once. Averted in all of the other games, though.
* MightyWhitey: Assuming Fox is "white", which his overall [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed redheadness]] and action hero attitude seem to imply, the tests of strength on Dinosaur Planet definitely invoke this.
* MindScrew: Out of this Dimension in the original. [[spoiler: A ''Slot Machine'' for the boss? '''''Really?''''']]
* MissingMom: Fox's mother, Vixy, is never seen or mentioned in the actual games. One comic series reveals she was accidentally killed by Andross.
** Lucy Hare's mother (Peppy's wife), Vivian, was revealed to have died sometime after the events of ''Star Fox 64'' due to an unknown illness.
** Slippy's mother is absent with no exaplanation; only his dad, Beltino, is ever seen.
* MissionControl: Primarily Rob, who controls the Great Fox, and to a degree General Pepper and Peppy (especially in ''Assault'', where he made room for newcomer Krystal).
* {{Mordor}}: Venom. ''Command'' proves that terraforming it is possible, though.
* TheMothership: The ''Great Fox''.
* MsFanservice: Krystal, especially in her first appearance in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. The skimpy tribal outfit aside, the game actually played cheesy sexy saxophone music whenever Fox looked at her.
* MultipleChoicePast: Were Fox, Falco, and Slippy CDF expellees who lived years of exile as bandits on Venomian-occupied Papetoon who rejoined the CDF to fight the Lylat War in their late 20s? Or were they mercenaries who inherited daddy's private battle arsenal and contracted with the CDF to defeat Andross in their late teenage years? Depends on the {{continuity| reboot}}.
* MultipleEndings: Six versions of the Normal ending and the [[spoiler:Out of this Dimension]] ending in the original, Good and Standard in ''Star Fox 64'', no less than ''nine'' in ''Command''.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: At the end of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', Rob notices Fox's..."reaction" to Krystal's presence.
-->'''R.O.B.:''' My sensors indicate that Fox's temperature is rising. Are you all right, Fox?\\
''(the organics other than Fox laugh)''\\
'''Fox:''' I'm gonna be ''just fine''.
* NintendoHard: ''Star Fox 64'' on Expert. The "Easy" side of Venom (approaching from Bolse) is possibly the most [[BulletHell gratuitously vicious]] thing in the series on this setting. Also, the Macbeth level in ''Star Fox 64''.
** Portions of the original also count (though perhaps not to the same extent - your wings can survive a few hits at least!). In particular, the draw distance on later levels (closely-spaced pillars popping into frame just in front of you?) and Andross having a RIDICULOUS amount of HP.
* NitroBoost: "Use the boost to get through!"
* NobodyPoops: Most likely the reason for the BottomlessBladder listed above.
* NonLethalKO: In ''64'', if your teammates are shot down, they're just forced to take a break for repairs. Fox himself crashes and explodes while one of his teammates calls out "FOX!!!" or simply "[[BigNo NOOO!]]".
** The same apparently applies to Star Wolf, who manage to survive their Wolfen exploding every single time. The only time they appear to be hurt by this is in ''64'', where they are seen with bandages and cybernetic eyepieces in your second encounter with them.
** Wolf's JokerImmunity is subverted in Mission 7 at ''Assault''. If Fox fails to protect Wolf's ship while riding it, Wolf's Wolfen explodes while Fox plummets to his death.
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:All Aparoids are destroyed along with the Aparoid Queen]].
** Although to be fair, [[spoiler:destroying the Aparoid Queen allows the virus to kill them all via apoptosis and taking advantage of their HiveMind]].
** And in the original, [[spoiler:destroying the Slot Machine ends the distortion in the level. Though considering the level being a Mind Screw, we can overlook this]].
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. Slippy is apparently still a kid in ''Star Fox 64'' (although The Inevitable Wiki claims that he's the same age as Fox), but has a noticeably deeper voice in ''Adventures'' and gets married after the events of ''Assault''.
** Additionally, Peppy retires, considering himself too old for flying.
* NotMeThisTime: In ''Assault'': Star Wolf was initially suspected of being involved in Pigma's theft of the Core Memory. Turns out that, not only were they not involved at all, but they actually kicked Pigma off the team long before it happened.
** Also a meta-example in the same game: Thanks to the previous games, especially ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', and to a certain extent the next game (since it is implied that Andross created the Anglar Menace), you'd think that Andross might somehow be pulling the strings on the new menace. Turns out, the Aparoids have absolutely no affiliation with Andross.
* NubileSavage: Krystal's original outfit.
* TheObiWan: Peppy. In ''Assault'', [[spoiler:Wolf also advises Fox, which helps him in the final battle]].
** [[spoiler:James]], even, in ''64''. "Never give up. Trust your instincts."
** This line was also spoken earlier by Peppy, one of several references to his being an "original member" of the team.
* OedipusComplex: Fox's female supporting character in the comics, Fara Phoenix, apparently looks very much like his mother, Vixy, despite Fara being a Fennec Fox and Vixy being a Red Fox. But twin-like enough to fool Andross.
* OfficialCouple: Slippy and Amanda. Peppy and Vivian. And, in spite of their unclear status due to ''Command'', as far as Nintendo is concerned, Fox and Krystal seem to be this for now (whether that will change in later installments is unknown).
* OhCrap: The Star Fox team's reaction to Star Wolf's advanced craft in Venom.
-->'''Falco:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I see you have new ships]].
* OldSchoolDogfight: Somewhat averted by the use of homing lasers, but still used frequently, especially for any encounter with Star Wolf.
** While averted in levels where the player is flying within the atmosphere of a planet, this becomes glaringly apparent when you see an Arwing or Wolfen execute a banking turn in a supposedly zero-G vacuum environment.
* OneHitPointWonder: The wings of the Arwing in Expert Mode. Bruise something and you lose a wing and any laser upgrade.
* OneManArmy: Fox [=McCloud=] (the player character) saves the day single-handedly, with no noticeable contribution from his teammates or the Cornerians.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Fox is so determined to get revenge on Andross, that when they reach his lair, he tells the rest of the team to back off.
** This is the excuse Wolf gives Fox for saving him from a large group of Aparoids in ''Assault''.
-->'''Fox:''' Wolf?! What are you doing here?\\
'''Wolf:''' You're the one who dropped in unannounced... And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me.
* ParentalBonus: A comic explained General Pepper's past some... and he was a busy [[Music/TheBeatles Sergeant]].
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Corneria's outward appearance is of a military dictatorship, with huge posters of General Pepper everywhere. Civilian leadership doesn't even get a ''mention'' until the end of ''Assault'', and even then barely warrants a footnote.
* PettingZooPeople: Animal jokes aside, the characters are strikingly human in lifestyle. This is more in line with the Japanese {{Kemono}} aesthetic.
* PlotHole: It's never particularly clear how Andross's exile is supposed to have worked; he was either a dangerous megalomaniac sent to go screw an inhabited planet with massive natural resources around, or Venom went from being barren and deserted to fully industrialised within five years.
* PollutedWasteland: Zoness's entire ocean and atmosphere was polluted horribly by Andross in its first sight in ''64'', but by ''Star Fox Assault'', most of the pollution was cleaned up.
* PolygonalGraphics: The original for the SNES is probably one of the first games to popularize this.
* PowerTrio: Star Wolf.
** Wolf - Superego
** Leon - Ego
** Panther - Id
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The ''Star Fox'' teams, and ''Star Wolf''. At the end of ''StarFox64'', Star Fox gets a check for how many enemies they shot down, multiplied by 64.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Poor Fox ends up all alone by the time ''Command'' starts, leading him to do this. Exactly how the band gets back together depends. For extra fun, one ending will get the entire original Star Fox team together, including Peppy, who's been retired since the past two games. This is also the one that ends with the whole team officially disbanding, however.
* RaceLift: Katt Monroe changed from a pink cat in ''Star Fox 64'' and ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'' to a Siamese cat with different colorings and markings in ''Star Fox Command''. Unknown if this change will be {{Canon}}ical.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Happens when Fox first sees Krystal. After a little while gawking at her beauty and thinking what an idiot he'd been, he is snapped out of it by Peppy, reminding him he still has a job to do. When it happens, the {{Sexophone}} music playing in the background cuts out with a scratch.
* RememberTheNewGuy: ''Command'' introduces Lucy, Peppy's daughter. You would think that she would have been mentioned in previous games...
** Considering in the previous games your team is busy fighting for their lives. Small talk about family doesn't really seem like the thing they would be doing.
* RescueRomance: Fox falls in love with Krystal when he sees her trapped in a crystal. After he rescues her at the end of the game, the two become a couple.
* TheRival, EvilCounterpart, PsychoRangers and WorthyOpponent: The Star Wolf team.
** Wolf vs Fox, who are implied to have some history between their rivalry
** Leon vs Falco, also implied to have met before
** Pigma vs Peppy, both original members of the Star Fox Team, and both stopped being regular pilots by the time of Asssault. Peppy retired, Pigma was forced off of his team
** Andrew vs Slippy, more a case of Pairing the Spares
** Panther vs Krystal, both [[NubileSavage attractive]] [[LatinLover 'ethnic']] new members of the team by the time of Assault. Also in the only dogfight in the game four Star Fox pilots are present, but Slippy is told to stay behind making it a 3 on 3.
*** Panther and Falco occasionally fight each other but not through dogfight. Instead, they fight by out-snarking each other.
** In ''Assault'' and ''Command'', they are less evil and more [[AntiHero antiheroic]].
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Octoman from ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' appears as a boss in ''Command''. While one of the drivers in F-Zero looks like a human version of Fox's father.
* RivalsTeamUp: Wolf and Fox do this in the recent games, though usually after a short dogfight.
* RockBeatsLaser: Averted in ''Assault''. The high-technology hive-minded Aparoids attack the calm, magical, dinosaur planet Sauria, where the last game took place. The Aparoids just steamroll the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs mount a resistance, but it's said that they suffer horrific loses. To quote Slippy:
-->"This planet is totally defenseless!"
* RocketPunch: Spyborg in ''Star Fox 64''.
* SarcasmMode: Falco Lombardi. Almost all the time. But especially when he's being shot.
** Fox himself seemed to very much be on this at the beginning of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. He uses less as the story develops, but even by the end he isn't completely 'cured'.
*** In their cameo appearances in ''Super Smash Bros Brawl'', [[TheCasanova Panther]] attempts flirting with Krystal. One of his lines involved the declaration that he would fling himself in front of an asteroid to protect her should one come near her ship. Her response of 'Oh I feel ''so much better'' hearing that. You're ''such a gentleman'', Panther', sounded very sarcastic to say the least.
*** In the original version, it's apparently a different matter, as Krystal appears to be sincere.
** Panther utters this towards Wolf in ''Assault'' after the canine catches Fox from the Aparoids, knowing that Wolf was just hiding his intentions for saving the main character.
-->'''Wolf:''' And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me.\\
'''Panther:''' Riiiiight...
** Wolf is sarcastic one time during ''Assault''. If you fail to shoot the missiles that come your way during Mission 7.
-->'''Wolf:''' Uh, in case you haven't noticed, the enemy's attacking!!
* SavageWolf: Wolf O'Donnell, leader of the villainous Star Wolf team.
* {{Scanlation}}: The only way ''[[NoExportForYou Farewell, Beloved Falco]]'' [[http://arwinglanding.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=3 made it to English]].
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avgYsIKkBLQ#t=0m38s This]] video briefly analyzes the Landmaster. Apparently it's an enormous target with relatively thin armor. No wonder Falco prefers the sky.
** Of course, that video forgets the tank has an Energy Shield in the place of armor and the fact that the armor could be an advanced alloy far stronger than anything the modern military uses.
*** ''Never'' understimate AppliedPhlebotinum.
* SecretCharacter: Wolf in ''Assault''. [[spoiler:James in ''Command'']].
* {{Sexophone}}: Almost every time Fox meets Krystal in ''Adventures'', this happens.
* SexyWalk: Krystal does one of these in ''Adventures''. Used to great effect at the end of the game when she arrives to "say thank you" to Fox, as it causes him to start stuttering in his words.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: In ''Assault'', when Tricky makes the suggestion that Fox and Krystal can return to Sauria for their honeymoon, this amusing exchange occurs:
-->'''Fox:''' (stuttering) What are you nuts?! We aren't... we're not yet...\\
'''Tricky:''' Not yet?\\
'''Fox:''' (noticing Krystal curiously awaiting his response) [[ThatCameOutWrong I mean... I mean...]] This isn't a conversation for children!! (Krystal begins laughing)
-->'''Tricky:''' You said you weren't gonna treat me like a kid anymore!\\
'''Fox:''' Then stop acting like one!\\
'''Tricky:''' You're just mad '[[EveryoneCanSeeIt cause you don't wanna talk about it]].\\
'''Krystal:''' All right. Thats enough, ''boys''.
* ShipSinking: Falco Lombardi and Katt Monroe, per ''Farewell, Beloved Falco''.
* ShoutOut: The ''Star Fox'' series seems to have a number of reciprocal Shout Outs in relation to ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''. For starters, Fox [=McCloud=] and Falco Lombardi may have ''originally'' been Shout Outs, being an anthropomorphic ''Golden Fox'' and ''Blue Falcon'' respectively. Then, James [=McCloud=] (outfit and all, but in non-anthropomorphic human form) became a character in the ''F-Zero'' series starting with ''F-Zero X''. Then ''Star Fox Command'' references ''F-Zero'' yet again, [[spoiler:where one of its nine possible MultipleEndings has Fox and Falco becoming racers in a high-speed racing league called G-Zero]].
** Even the anime ''F-Zero The Legend of Falcon'' has O'Donnell being referenced as James's deceased friend.
** General Pepper not only owes his name, but also his very outfit, to the landmark album by Music/TheBeatles; Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.
*** {{Lampshaded}} in the [[http://arwinglanding.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=41 Nintendo Power comic]].
*** Captain Shears, a character from "Farewell, Beloved Falco", is similar in both physical appearance and attire to Pepper and appears to have a name derived from "Billy Shears", the fictitious leader of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
** Falco is wearing [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon's boots]] in one of the ''Command'' endings.
** In ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'', one of the Hot Rodders (Falco and Katt's old gang) is [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Mouser]] -- Mouser's name is even on the back of his jacket.
** In ''Assault'', there are classic Namco arcade references and cameos littered in the game, one being the yellow S flag from Rally X; after all, Namco did develop this game.
** In ''Star Fox 64'', shortly after you enter Meteo's WarpZone, you'll be treated to several waves of bee/butterfly-like enemies that fly in formations very reminiscent of ''{{Galaga}}''. You get bonuses if you can nail them all.
** ''Star Fox 64'' has Katina, which is pretty much the climax scene from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', complete with Bill Gray, a nod to Gen. William Grey, Robert Loggia's character in the movie.
** Fox's [[OutrunTheFireball escape from Andross' lair]] is reminiscent of ReturnOfTheJedi.
** The boss of sector X says "where is the creator?", and in its death throes, says "I must be complete." A referance to V'ger from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** The ''Nintendo Power Star Fox Comic'' featured a pet pig robot that belong to Andross named Herbert. His design was an obvious parody of the RX-78-2 of MobileSuitGundam.
* SigilSpam: Giant posters of General Pepper are everywhere in ''64'', leading some to conclude that he's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation a Big Brother-esque military dictator]]. This theory was {{Jossed}} by the epilogue of ''Assault'', however, which mentions civilian government.
* SignatureTeamTransport: The Great Fox.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Basically everywhere.
** Zoness (planet of toxic waste) is justified in that Andross has apparently been using it as his personal waste dump. This leaves the crewmen simply aghast when they arrive there:
-->'''Peppy:''' THIS is Zoness?!\\
'''Falco:''' I can't believe they did this.\\
'''Slippy:''' What a ''dump''!\\
'''Falco:''' I hear ya, Slip.
* SomethingAboutARose: Panther Caroso. He even proves this by having the best weapon in ''Command!''
* SpaceFighter: The Arwings.
* SpaceMines: The first few seconds of Sector X has a cloud of mines you have to go through.
** Area 6 has a ''huge'' minefield that you have to fly through.
* SpaceWhale: In Sector Y in the original SNES game if you shoot all the small orange stingrays, a space whale shows up and drops a slew of powerups just before you encounter the boss. In the Nintendo Power comic, this is said to actually be the visual manifestation of James [=McCloud=] permanently shifted to a different dimension.
* SpaceZone: Lylat System.
* SpeakingSimlish: In the first game and ''Command''. Optionally in the PAL version of ''SF 64''.
* SpeciesSurname: Or, more typically, first name. Played straight for Peppy and Slippy.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: The iconic Barrel Roll move. In ''Command'', deflecting enemy projectiles earns you bonus seconds, and rolling also attracts nearby items. It's even the only way to destroy an enemy mothership.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: While Krystal's role in ''Star Fox Adventures'' was modest, she becomes the main focus of the plot in ''Star Fox Command''. The whole plot of the game revolves around Fox's relationship with Krystal and most of the game's endings revolve around her in some way. She is also the only character that has two Arwings(one for when she joins Star Wolf and another for if she rejoins Star Fox).
** {{Averted}} in ''Star Fox Assault'' where she was given as much importance as every other team member.
* SssssnakeTalk: All of the lizards and reptiles in the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' comic speak like this.
* StuffBlowingUp
** The KABOOM of a defeated enemy is [[MostWonderfulSound really satisfying]].
*** More like "PEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW" actually, making the noise instantly recognisable. Gotta love those sound engineers.
** The cluster explosion after the train crash in [=MacBeth=] is freaking excellent.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: After Wolf says that he only saved Fox because he wanted to be the one to "tan" Fox, Panther replies with "Riiight..."
* TankGoodness: The Landmaster.
* TheTeam: Nearly a FiveManBand if you read Peppy as the BigGuy by default.
** TheHero - Fox
** TheLancer - Falco
** TokenAdult / TheMentor - Peppy
** KidAppealCharacter / TheSmartGuy (GadgeteerGenius variety) / - Slippy
** TheChick - Krystal (and, true to form, she is also TheEmpath).
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Done for Star Wolf and their kick-ass music. A short theme also plays when a minor character shows up in ''Star Fox 64''.
** In ''Command'', virtually everyone gets their own theme (the core team gets two each), save two certain characters. Wolf, however, hogs the Star Wolf theme, whereas his two other teammates get their own theme.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: ''Star Fox 64''. And in the Nintendo Power comic, after he learns that Andross killed his mother.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: The robots in the Sargasso Space Hideout roll metal barrels down the ramps you have to walk up. Fortunately, Fox has a blaster and can jump decently high.
* TimedMission: Often defending something against missiles. ''Command'' has a timer for combat in general (fuel) and a turn limit for each mission.
* TookALevelInBadass: While technically {{Badass}} already, the Star Wolf as a whole have become better in ''Assault'', and has been like that since. It was also the first game where Wolf gained personality (not counting the non-canonical ''Star Fox 64'' comic).
* TrueCompanions: Fox and his team, and Wolf and his team. Fox's team, however, slowly shows signs of separation (Falco wanting to fly solo, etc.) Ironically, Wolf's removed the two dishonorable characters in his original team, replacing them with a loyal, funny-personified Panther, and the team's been solid since.
** How the separation turns out is one of the key elements in ''Command'''s multiple endings. From the team coming together again to Krystal joining Star Wolf, Slippy settling down and Fox and Falco becoming racers. Anything is possible.
** ''Star Fox 64'' didn't develop most of the characters much at all.
* TryNotToDie: ''"Don't go dying on me!"''
** Beltino: "Do your best... But try to come back alive."
* {{Tsundere}}: Would you believe it if I say it's Wolf? It shows up in ''Assault'' and ''Command''.
* TurnsRed: Several bosses, sometimes literally.
* UnderwaterRuins: Aquas again, as well as Venom in ''Command''.
* TheUnfought: Oh boy, were the players upset when the long-awaited fight with [[spoiler:General Scales]] in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' ended before either side landed a single hit. Might be the most infamous example of this trope.
** A more minor example occurs with the Attack Carrier in the original game. You fight it at the end of Corneria if you take the first or second routes, but if you take the third route Andross's attack fleet get the opportunity to deploy their Devastator attack tank along with the Attack Carrier. Falco ends up fighting the Attack Carrier himself off-screen, leaving you to deal with the Devastator.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Fox and Krystal throughout the majority of their scenes together. Hell, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euD2P99uIuk end of the first game]] even has sexy saxophone music playing in the background.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In ''64'', you can shoot down your own allies and force them to retire. This is averted in the original and in ''Assault'', where your allies won't take damage if you shoot them, whether you're in a vehicle or not.
** ''64'''s two [=NPCs=], Bill and Katt, are invulnerable, but you can take them down if you shoot either of them long enough. There's also the Cornerian soldiers in the Katina level, but shooting them down won't impact you negatively.
*** ''Adventures'' partially subverts this by allowing you to hurt the dinosaurs with your staff; they cry out in pain, but they won't die. If you whack [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Tricky]] enough, though, he'll try to hurt you back with his Flame command.
**** ''Command'' averts this entirely, if you don't count any of [[MultipleEndings the game's questionable path choices]] as some form of cruelty towards the characters.
* TheVirus: The Aparoids.
* VisualPun: In ''Adventures'', Krystal is sealed inside a giant crystal.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Fox and Falco.
** Take for example, this exchange:
-->-'''Falco''': "I think you look better in a tank!"
-->-'''Fox''': "Why don't ''you'' come down here, Falco?"
-->-'''Falco''': "''I'll pass, Fox.''"
-->-'''Falco''': "He can sure be a pain in the neck."
* WhatTheHellHero: If you happen to be trigger-happy enough; you can actually shoot at your team-mates. This is the reaction you're given if you do.
** "''Fox!'' That was one of ours!"
*** "Hey, Einstein, I'm on ''your'' side!"
*** "Enemy down. Wait! That was one of ours!"
** Also, the allies get mad if you steal their kills ("Hey, he was mine!"), which is pretty easy to do, since it's often surprising that they'll kill ''[[ATeamFiring anything]]'' [[ATeamFiring at all]] in the first place.
** Fox gets a lot of this from other characters for his callous treatment of Krystal prior to ''Command''; several reviewers commented on just how much flak he catches from just about everyone for dumping her.
*** '''Lucy:''' So, Fox, let's talk about Krystal. You really screwed that one up!
* WorldOfHam:
** Oh, lord, the cheesy voice acting...
** The 3DS remake has even more hammy voice acting.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Blue Fur]]: Krystal.
** Falco himself is blue feathered, which people seem to forget easily.
* YouWillBeAssimilated: What the Aparoids, or at least their Queen, say.
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