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The band of adventurers-for-hire after whom the series is named. Most of its members were originally trained at the Cornerian Academy, but the team itself are privately-run paramilitary mercenaries.The team roster has featured the following changes:
- The original (unplayable) team, as told in later backstory, was made up of James McCloud, Peppy Hare, and then Pigma Dengar. In an event of sabotage, Pigma betrayed the team, defecting to Andross; in the ensuing Battle of Venom, James sacrificed himself with a diversion to ensure Peppy's survival, having reportedly last been seen in the vicinity of an artificial Black Hole.
- The second incarnation of the team was led by James's son Fox McCloud, and featured Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare, and Slippy Toad. Star Fox 64 added ROB 64 as the robot operator of the Great Fox, and Zero added Direct-i as a small robot assisting the Gyrowing and Roadmaster.
- Falco left the team in Farewell, Beloved Falco; afterwards, Slippy temporarily traded his pilot's wings to devote the bulk of his time to Cornerian Weapons Research and Development, and Peppy retired from active flight duty to concentrate on an advisory position in mission planning.
- Falco rejoined at the end of Adventures. Krystal also joined the team, providing unique foresight with her extrasensory perception. Tricky is proclaimed an honorary member for his invaluable assistance, but never leaves his planet to join the Great Fox, instead staying to uphold his royal responsibilities.
- Peppy replaced Pepper as general before Command, Slippy again focused on his mechanic work elsewhere, Falco left the team for similar reasons, and Krystal was kicked out due to Fox's concern over her safety. Depending on the route, Lucy Hare, Amanda, and even Peppy become de facto members of the team during Command, with Falco and Slippy always returning, Amanda formally joining in one of its endings, and Krystal either rejoining the team or not depending on the ending (though the endings which she does outweigh those which she doesn't by at least one).
- In a possible future, the team is made up of Marcus (Fox and Krystal's son), Falco Lombardi, Peppy's granddaughter, and Slippy's son.
- Ace Pilot: All of them, although Falco is often specifically referred to as this.
- Badass: The greatest mercenary team in the galaxy, capable of defeating entire armies by themselves.
- Badbutt: These games are still family friendly.
- Balance, Power, Skill, Gimmick: Fox is Jack-of-All-Stats, Slippy is Mighty Glacier, Falco is Fragile Speedster. Peppy and Krystal are both gimmicks, and they're not active on the core team at the same time.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Star Fox team is doing that on the Corneria level, and a couple other levels too.
- Big "NO!": They shout this whenever Fox loses a life (except when Fox is flying solo, he just screams posthumously).
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
- The Optimist: Slippy
- The Realist: Peppy
- The Cynic: Falco
- The Conflicted: Fox is more level-headed than Slippy, but more hopeful than Peppy.
- Mondegreen: In the first game, everyone speaks gibberish (outside of the few voice clips belonging to Fox and Pepper). This was revised as an audio option known as "Lylat" in the PAL version of Star Fox 64, and a similar feature was included in Star Fox Command. As far as the first game is concerned, though, some players misheard Fox as repeatedly cursing "dammit" and Falco reassuring "Bud, we be jammin'".
- Private Military Contractors: They work as commandos-for-hire, usually for the Corneria Army. They refuse to join the army because they like doing things their own way.
- Scarf of Asskicking: At least some of the team is seen wearing the team's trademark neck scarf in assorted colors, except in Assault.
- Unwanted Assistance: If Fox shoots a target that one of his teammates was after, said teammate will chew him out for Kill Stealing.
- Walking Armory: Particularly in Assault, though Fox himself is said to be especially skilled with various weaponry and martial arts.
Voices (Japanese): Shinobu Satouchi (Star Fox 64, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Kenji Nojima (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Takashi Ohara (Star Fox 64 3D)
Kenji Nojima (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Takashi Ohara (Star Fox 64 3D)
Voices (English): Mike West (Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Star Fox Zero)Fox McCloud is the main character of all of the Star Fox games and the leader of the Star Fox team. He used to butt heads with Falco quite a bit, but the tensions seemed to have died down in later games, and they are close friends and merely friendly rivals. His true rival and Worthy Opponent is Wolf O'Donnell, while his nemesis is Andross.
Steve Malpass (Star Fox Adventures, Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Steve Malpass (Star Fox Adventures, Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- Ace Pilot: He is the leader of the Star Fox team thanks to his piloting skills and leadership spirit.
- Awesome McCool Name: Fox McCloud, inherited from his father, James McCloud. Doubly so for his son, Marcus, in Ending 2 of Command.
- Art Shift: Does Fox 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 both◊.
- Battle Couple: Fara Phoenix flies with him through the comic, while Krystal accompanies him for the ground-based missions on Sauria and the aparoid homeworld during Assault.
- Berserk Button:
(Fox, Falco, and Peppy approach the core of Andross's ship)
- In the Nintendo Power comic, after Fox discovers that Andross was the sole reason he became an orphan (see Conveniently an Orphan below), Fox is sent into a fit of Unstoppable Rage and he single-handedly destroys Andross's flying ship base.
Falco: Steady! Line it up! Almost there...!
Fox: Falco! I NEED TO DO THIS ONE MYSELF!
(Fox flies ahead of the rest of the team and attacks the core)
Peppy: ...Fox? He's boiling over!
Falco: I've never seen him so... twisted! I'm glad I'm not Andross!
- Big "NO!": When Fox is shot down, one of his teammates invokes this.
- Conveniently an Orphan: His dad was killed by Andross (most likely). And one of the old Nintendo Power comics reveals Andross (accidentally) killed his mother as well. According to the original, his dad is lost in the Black Hole created by Andross' experiments.
- Cool Old Guy: Fox in one of the endings in Command, in which he's seen sporting sunglasses like his father and a goatee.
- Cool Shades: In Expert mode in 64.
- Also in one of Command's endings, featuring him with Krystal and their son, Marcus.
- Cunning Like a Fox: He's not really "book smart," but Fox has been shown to be quite quick-witted.
- Cut Scene Incompetence: In Adventures, Fox is faced with the Big Bad in a cutscence and takes ten shots at him with his fire-blasting staff. He misses all ten shots. He even fails to hit the Mook that the Big Bad attempted to use as a Dino Shield. This coming from an Ace Pilot, and if dialogue is an indication, a crack shot with personal weapons as well. note Also occurs repeatedly in Assault; typically, Pigma's ship gets away because Fox has to do something else or is distracted. The script tends to forget the three other members of the team at such times.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to be a bit of his characterization in Assault.Fox: Peppy, send me a Landmaster will ya?
Peppy: On its way. What's the situation?
Fox: Well, I got my hands full. But what else is new.
Peppy: Done! Here's your Landmaster!
*Landmaster dramatically teleports in... in the middle of a swarm of aparoids*
Fox: Great. Good to see the transmission system's targeting is as sterling as ever.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A Fox Named Fox
- Drowning My Sorrows: One of Command's endings shows him doing this should Krystal leave him and choose to join Star Wolf.
- Everyone Can See It: Fox tries to keep his affection towards Krystal under wraps in Adventures and Assault. Not that it makes any difference, since all of his teammates know him too well, ROB has a way of putting it out in the open, and others (like Tricky) assumed they were already together.
- Happily Married: One of Command's endings has him as this with Krystal.
- I Am X, Son of Y: Before Star Fox 64, when Fox's father was officially named James, Fox's father was dubbed Fox McCloud Sr. (or "Fox Senior") in supplemental material, and Fox himself was called "Junior" by General Pepper in the comic (although he renounces it).
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: His reason for kicking Krystal off Star Fox prior to Command was that, at the time, the two were in a relationship, and he didn't want to see her get hurt as a result of being part of The Team. She doesn't take it well. The game seems to relish in pointing out how phenomenally stupid this decision was on Fox's part — practically all of his teammates call him on it at various points in the storyline.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In Assault and Command, he's a generally middle-of-the-road character when it comes to stats.
- Legacy Character: His father James led the original Star Fox team, and one ending of Command has his son Marcus leading a new incarnation of it in the future.
- Like Father, Like Son: Fox's father was as much of an Ace Pilot as Fox was. Hopefully for Fox, he won't end up being backstabbed by one of his supposed allies the same way.
- Not Allowed To Grow Old: After Marcus was born, about the only difference physically was that he started wearing sunglasses and grew a goatee of sorts on his chin.
- Official Couple: With Krystal, starting with the end of Adventures. The relationship is on full display in Assault, though they break up at the beginning of Command because Fox is worried for Krystal's safety. Depending on the ending, they settle and have a child, or stay permanently broken up. Happens also with Fara Phoenix in the comics.
- Parental Abandonment: Fox's parents, James and Vixy, are both gone. Vixy is dead, and James is a disembodied voice and occasional Space Whale.
- Putting the Band Back Together: He has to do this about every other game.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Originally, Fox's pilot scarf was bright pink. It was changed to red in Star Fox 64.
- Rescue Romance: His relationships with both of his official love interests began by him saving their lives.
- Say My Name: In the Japanese versions, his team members will do this if Fox is killed (these are replaced with a Big "NO!" in the English version). In the English version, the only instances of this trope being applied towards Fox is when Slippy is swatted towards Titania by Spyborg, Slippy just before the battle against Goras, and by his team members when Fox is going to "go it alone" against Andross inside his base (both paths), and the last part only if his teammates aren't undergoing repairs of their Arwings. Fox himself also used the trope twice: First when Slippy was knocked away to Titania, and the second when Fox finds Slippy in Gora's claw (before it awakens).
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In stark contrast to Falco's greed, Fox always practices the Robin Hood credo, and is unconcerned with becoming rich. That is not to say Fox doesn't enjoy luxuries now and then.Fox: First class tickets would be nice.
Falco: You could have asked for a moon!
Fox: Moons aren't nearly as comfortable.
- And it's not like he ever doesn't bill General Pepper for Star Fox's services. In Adventures, he spends a lot of time complaining that he's not getting paid nearly enough for what he's doing. Fox definitely is in for the money, even if he's nice about it.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Once in Assault, relating to Krystal. Played with in that she is his girlfriend, but the subject of marriage makes Fox clearly uncomfortable. Tricky assumes that Fox and Krystal are already engaged, and promises to keep Sauria intact until they can come back on their honeymoon. Fox unfortunately phrases his response in a way that makes it clear that although they aren't, he does want them to be, causing much embarrassment until he can change the subject.Fox: What are you nuts?! We aren't- we not yet-
Tricky: Not yet?
* Krystal leans in curiously whilst Fox struggles over his words*
Fox: Uh... I mean- I mean, this is not a conversation for children!
* Krystal laughs at his immediate topic changing*
Tricky: You said you weren't gonna treat me like a kid anymore!
Fox: Then stop acting like one!
Tricky: You're just mad 'cause you don't wanna talk about it.
Krystal: Alright, that's enough, boys.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Probably the reason James is always shown wearing shades and Fox rarely is — without them, father and son look nearly the same.
- Technicolor Eyes: Fox was shown having brown eyes in the title screen of the original Star Fox, then blue eyes in the Itoh comic (though inconsistently green or blue in the first chapter), in Star Fox 2, and in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Since Farewell and Adventures, Fox has had green eyes, which he's had ever since, except for one promotional Assault artwork where he appears to have both blue and green eyes (fading from one color to the other in the same iris, no less!). But since the green eyes became fixed, they have usually been some of the nicest hue of green imaginable. Green eyes of course exist in reality, but it's not often you see someone with such a penetrating emerald color.
- Trigger Happy: Some dialogue in Adventures implies that he's like this (specifically General Pepper forbidding him from taking a blaster to his first Sauria mission and shooting everything in sight to solve his problems, requiring him to find a different, yet suitable weapon for the circumstances), but so far it's been an Informed Attribute.
Voices (Japanese): Hisao Egawa (most appearances)
Kosuke Takaguchi (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
Kosuke Takaguchi (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
Voices (English): Bill Johns (Star Fox 64)Falco Lombardi is something of a loose cannon for the Star Fox team. He doesn't play well with others, and seems to mainly go along with the team for financial reasons, though deep down he realizes what is at stake and will do what is right. He used to butt heads with Fox, leading to a falling out before Adventures, but by Assault, he seems to have warmed up to him, and they are simply friendly rivals. Falco is the best pilot on the team or at least easily Fox's equal, with the best Arwing stats in Assault and a specialized Sky Claw vehicle in Command.
Ben Cullum (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Mike Madeoy (Star Fox Assault)
Dex Manley (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Mark Lund (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
Ben Cullum (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Mike Madeoy (Star Fox Assault)
Dex Manley (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Mark Lund (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
- Ace Pilot: This is his official team designation. His stats even seem to imply that he's a more skilled pilot than Fox, though this doesn't come up during gameplay. Appropriately for a bird, he expressively prefers flying an Arwing, as opposed to any of the team's other options.
- All There in the Manual: The manga Farewell, Beloved Falco explains his absence for most of Adventures as being from a falling out between him and Fox due to the machinations of an officer who planned on resurrecting Andross.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Averted; despite the name suggesting he's a falcon, he's actually based on a pheasant, which do have such garish head colours.
- Badbutt: "Now it's our turn to kick some tail!"
- Bishōnen: In Adventures and in Assault, but not so much in the SNES game or its comics, or in Star Fox 64, Farewell, Beloved Falco, or Star Fox Command. It really depends on the artist.
- Brooklyn Rage: He's got the accent, an Italian-sounding last name, and he's even a former gang member.
- The Cavalry: He shows up out of nowhere in Adventures to help with the final boss fight.
- Celibate Hero: When asked by Katt in the manga Farewell, Beloved Falco, he replies with a smug "I fly solo babe". The line merely establishes he doesn't want romance, but it has nonetheless sparked much controversy on whether he's gay or asexual.
- Back for the Finale: Comes back at the end of Adventures.
- Character Development: His relationship with Fox improves considerably after taking a four-year break from the team.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: In Star Fox Adventures, where his only appearance is the final battle with Andross.
- Cool Old Guy: In one of the endings of Command, Falco serves this role, apparently playing mentor to Fox's son Marcus, just as Peppy was Fox's mentor. And like Fox above, Falco wears awesome sunglasses.
- Deadpan Snarker: Falco is never shy about presenting his feelings."See my ship? Does it look okay to you?"
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He aids Fox during the Final Boss of Star Fox Adventures.
- Fake Defector: Averted in Farewell, Beloved Falco: he neither betrayed Star Fox nor even faked betrayal when he fought Fox, as it turns out that the "Androssian rebels" were Katt Monroe and her gang (not to mention his former gang), FREE AS A BIRD, and the only reason Star Fox fought against them was because they were manipulated by Captain Shears.
- Fragile Speedster: In Command, his ship has the highest boost, but one of the lowest health ratings.
- Glass Cannon: Across the games - including his appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series - Falco typically has low health and/or defense, but higher accuracy, damage, and/or speed. Particularly notable in Assault, where he has an Arwing piloting skill higher than everyone else, including Fox, but also has the lowest health.
- Green Eyes: Has blue eyes in most of the games, but in Star Fox Zero, his eyes are green.
- I Work Alone: He's a bit of a loner, meaning he seems to leave the team every other game only to come back later.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite mocking some of his teammates constantly, he seems to genuinely care about their well-being.
- According to the ''Assault'' instruction booklet, rumor has it that he considers the team his family.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": It seems like he's a falcon named Falco. Subverted, as despite his name, and the fact that he quite clearly fancies himself a bird of prey (such as indignantly shouting "Hands off my prey!" whenever Fox shoots down a target he had in his sights), he's actually a pheasant.
- Only in It for the Money: Particularly in the comic, Falco seems ever-concerned with opportunities to get rich. This is particularly annoying to Fox; while they both are in it for the money, and both have a set of standards they won't cross even for cash, Falco's standards are a bit looser than Fox's are.
- Shout-Out: He is supposedly named after Carlo Rambaldi, an Italian special effects artist who worked on the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
- Took a Level in Kindness: It's subtle but compare his dialog and interactions in 64 to those in Assault. It's clear that his time away from Star Fox over the course of Adventure left him more appreciative of them.
- Toothy Bird: Not seen in the games, but has been seen in every comic thus far, including the Nintendo Power comics and Farewell, Beloved Falco. Whether Falco has teeth or not seems to depend on the artist more than comics vs. games.
- Tsundere: Especially in the original comic. Falco is deeply loving toward Fox, even while beating the shit out of him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: "Gee, I've been saved by Fox. How swell."
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese voice only: His voice is much deeper now than it was in 64.
Voices (Japanese): Tomohisa Aso (All games)
Voices (English): Rick May (Star Fox 64)Peppy Hare is a veteran of the original Star Fox team led by his former classmate James McCloud, acting as a father figure to the current Star Fox team led by Fox McCloud. Since the end of the Lylat Wars, he rarely climbs into the cockpit of an Arwing, preferring instead to serve as the team's navigator and general advisor. By Command, he left the team to become a general in the Corneria Army.
Chris Seavor (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Henry Dardenne (Star Fox Assault)
Dex Manley (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
Chris Seavor (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Henry Dardenne (Star Fox Assault)
Dex Manley (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
- 10-Minute Retirement: It doesn't take much to convince him to take action.
Slippy: Funny how you're suddenly so acutely aware of your age.
- Until Farewell, Beloved Falco, when the 45-year old suddenly insists of being "too old" to pilot the Landmaster, and tells Slippy do it.
- Badass Grandpa: He's playable in Command and shows that he's still capable of flying an Arwing despite his age.Peppy: Come to daddy!
- Big Brother Mentor: Acted more like this to Fox in the Nintendo Power comic.
- The Cameo: In the free-to-play Steel Diver: Sub Wars 3DS game, he acts as a sponsor for buying the premium version of the game. He doesn't say his name, but it's him in an admiral outfit. It is also a Shout-Out to various 3DS games having add-ons being sponsored by rabbits (like in Street Pass Plaza).
- Cool Old Guy: Even if he can't pilot an Arwing in his advanced age, he still takes command of the Great Fox, acting as Mission Control.
- Do a Barrel Roll: Star Fox 64 is the Trope Namer, and it was one of Peppy's signature phrases.
- Genki Boy: Described and depicted as the team's "mood-maker" in original game, but in 64 onwards that role went to Slippy.
- Happily Married: From what little is gathered of it, he used to be this with Vivian, before she died.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Star Fox Assault, Peppy ends up sacrificing the Great Fox, and himself in the process, by ramming the iconic mother ship (which was gradually undergoing aparoidedation by the aparoids) into the shields of the aparoid homeworld's core in order to allow the rest of his team entry. Turns out, he survived by using the Great Fox's bridge as an escape pod.
- It Has Been an Honor: He tells his teammates this during the penultimate level of Assault (which is also before he ended up nearly sacrificing himself as well as sacrificing the Great Fox by kamikazing it into the shield generator).Peppy: Fox, Krystal, Falco, Slippy... I'm proud to have fought alongside you.
Fox: Huh? What are you saying?
Peppy: Err... nothing, I'm just babbling, that's all.
- The Obi-Wan: He acts as a mentor to Fox, and tries to keep the younger McCloud on the straight-and-narrow.
- Parental Substitute: Is this to Fox. Considering Fox was still a young teenager when James disappeared, Peppy had to raise and train Fox, to make sure he made it to adulthood.
- Sole Survivor: He's the only member of the original Star Fox team who's known to still be alive, due to James' ambiguous fate, and Pigma being corrupted and possibly destroyed.
- Species Surname: A hare whose last name is Hare.
- Team Dad: Generally a kinder, more egalitarian version of this. Fox is still the leader, after all. But heaven help you if you're being a total idiot, a notable example being the aftermath of Fox's dogfight with Falco.
- Although when he learned the reason why Fox got into the dogfight with Falco in the first place, he became disturbed.
- You Remind Me of X: Fox reminds him of James. Saving Peppy in 64 results in him saying "Your father helped me like that, too!"
Voices (Japanese): Kyoko Tonguu (All games)
Voices (English): Lyssa Browne (Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)Slippy Toad is a close friend of Fox McCloud since their school days, and a talented mechanical engineer. His enthusiasm tends to outweigh his technical flight skills, so he is the one most likely to get into trouble. Still, he is considered the likeable, morale-boosting "mascot" of the team.
Chris Seavor (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Mike McAuliffe (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Chris Seavor (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Mike McAuliffe (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- A Day in the Limelight: Star Fox Guard features him and his uncle Grippy.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In one plotline in Command, Slippy ended up brainwashed by Octoman into fighting against Fox and Amanda.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his lines in Assault paint him this way, especially when he looks at the menacing aparoid base and remarks about how tasty it looks (as well as angrily ask if the aparoids have ever heard of windows in one conversation).
- The tasty part could be a reference to the aparoids being insect-like aliens, and Slippy being a Toad.
- Crossdressing Voices: In all of the Japanese versions of the games, and in the English version of 64, which lead to Western fans infamously mistaking him for a girl. He's voiced by a man in all of the other English versions (though it went back to a female in Zero and Guard), although Peppy's line at the ending of the Titania level establishes that Slippy is indeed male ["I'm sure he's [Slippy] learned his lesson."]).
- Distressed Dude: Slippy has been kidnapped no less than four times in official works:
- First in the Alternate Continuity original comic, he was kidnapped by a lizardman mechanic in a hangar on Titania, and taken to Andross's base on Fortuna. But he was eventually able to free himself then with the help of his Utility Necklace).
- In 64, after being shot down towards Titania and then nearly in the jaws of Goras. He needs to be rescued by Fox.
- Then in Farewell, Beloved Falco, Slippy is piloting the Landmaster on Titania, and recalls how he was previously kidnapped in the same situation. Then he's kidnapped again, this time by the Goras and Captain Shears, and Fox has to rescue him again.
- One path of Command had him possessed by the enemy, and Fox also had to free him then.
- Enemy Scan: Slippy does this for you in most games against bosses, allowing you to see the enemy's shields/Hit Points.
- Establishing Character Moment: In 64, seconds after gameplay begins, he goes off on his own and a fighter begins chasing him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: It runs in the family, considering his father's knack for inventions. The two worked together on the Blue-Marine according to the guide for 64.
- Go Out with a Smile: ...sort of. If you kill Slippy in Assault's Multiplayer mode, he dies face-up, still smiling a dumb, open-mouthed smile. It's pretty hilarious.
- Gratuitous English: In the Japanese versions of 64 and Assault, saving Slippy during the flight missions usually results him in saying "Thank you, Fox!" in English.
- Hidden Depths: Assault reveals in multiplayer that while he's not a particularly skilled flyer, he's a force to be reckoned with as a Landmaster tank driver. This even gets reflected in Command, where his personal Bullfrog ship is essentially a flying tank.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Has a tendency to fly off on his own during missions, which gets him into big trouble in Sector X.
- Like Father, Like Son: Though the similarities between father and son are applied somewhat differently. His father Beltino is a geeky, stuttering, absent-minded inventor of ships and weaponry (though no indication is given he's the type who's been in a fight), whereas Slippy is a geeky, mostly non-stuttering, occasionally absent-minded inventor and operator of ships and weaponry.
- Man Child: He's the same age as Fox, but he has a high-pitched voice, gets into trouble constantly, and has little adaptive talent. He could pass for a 7-year old.
- Mighty Glacier: In Command, his ship, the Bullfrog, gets plasma shots, but it has a tiny boost meter and isn't very mobile.
- Missing Mom: Who is Slippy's mom? Out of all the major Star Fox characters whose parents have been shown, Slippy is the only one who has been depicted with no mother whatsoever.
- Older Than They Look: Despite being approximately the same age as Fox, he looks and sounds like a lot younger.
- Playful Hacker: His hacking skills are the main reason to keep him active. Otherwise, you can't see enemy health gauges.
- Species Surname: Though he looks more like a frog than a toad.
- Utility Belt: In the original game and its unproduced sequel, Slippy wore bead necklace. This necklace actually had a practical use in the comic, where its pieces doubled as sleeping gas explosives.
- Vocal Evolution: From 64 to Assault, his voice became less feminine over time.
Voices (English): Mike West (Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)Fox's father and the founder of the Star Fox team. He was betrayed by Pigma and killed by Andross. Or was he?
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault)
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Depicted as looking exactly like Fox with sunglasses in later games, even though close examination of images of him in 64 indicate he had a darker shade of fur than his son.
- Disappeared Dad: Although he tends to show up as a ghost/hallucination in a few games, or is he still alive?
- According to the Nintendo Power comic, he was at ground zero of the sabotage that created the Black Hole, but tells Fox (while riding in on a Space Whale) that he's become part of a different parallel dimension.
- Divergent Character Evolution: No longer just Fox wearing Sunglasses, now he's Fox wearing sunglasses and a yellow scarf! Interestingly, the shade of his fur has also changed. Previously in 64, he had a darker shade of fur than Fox, whereas his appearance in Command shows him with a lighter shade of fur.
- Heroic Sacrifice: According to the intro to Zero, he sacrificed himself so that Peppy could escape. He sacrifices himself again so Fox can escape Andross.
- Last Request: He apparently entrusted Peppy with keeping watch over his son as if he were a second father.
- Never Found the Body: In the games, but in early comics, he rides a transdimensional ship that looks like a Space Whale!
- Retcon: Before Star Fox 64, James's name in supplemental sources was Fox McCloud Sr.
- Secret Character: In Command.
- Space Whale: In the comic, this is the only way he can reappear from his dimensional exile. The whale also appears for a moment in Sector Y of the original Star Fox (if you protected all lifeforms), but it's unconfirmed if it is actually him in this version.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Fox is very similar in appearance to his father; it seems his signature streak of hair on his head was even inherited from James.
- Sunglasses at Night: James is never seen without them in the games.
- Wham Line: "Don't ever give up, my son."
Andross: Curse you, James McCloud! Why won't you stay dead?
- And in Zero, we get one for the entire series.
Fox's mother from the comic, who was killed in a car bomb when Fox was little. Her killer was Andross, who had fallen in love with Vixy and intended to kill her lover, but Vixy was killed by mistake.
- Animal Theme Naming: Her first name "Vixy" alludes to "vixen", which is a term for a female fox. Also Species Surname, see below.
- Canon Discontinuity: Vixy has made no appearance, nor received any mention any of the games. That said, however, Fox is an orphan, meaning he obviously had a mother at some point whom perished so he could be left to be raised primarily by his father, and her character is one that can very easily fit in continuity, with no real changes to her character backstory across either one.
- Hartman Hips: Given Fara's supposed to be a near dead-on match to Vixy in terms of her physical appearance, Vixy almost definitely fit this trope when she was alive.
- Murder by Mistake: Andross planted a car bomb intended for Fox's father. Unfortunately, Vixy used his car to get to work on that day, and she was killed when it was automatically set off.
- Punny Name: Vixy's name comes from "Vixen", which is a term for a female fox.
- Her last name comes from the "Reynard Cycle", a medieval French book about the adventures of a clever fox named Reynard (fr: Renart). The book was so popular in the Middle Ages that it gave its name to the animal ("Renard" is French for fox). In-universe, going with the concurring theme of being named after one's species, it may provide a reason for why Fox received his name.
- Species Surname: Her last name "Reinard" is close to "renard", the French word for fox.
Major Supporting Characters
Voices (English): David Frederick White (Star Fox 64, Star Fox Zero)The peacekeeping Cornerian commander-in-chief in almost every Star Fox game. He contacts the team before each mission. In Assault, his flagship was assimiliated by aparoids with him in it, making him the boss of the Corneria stage. When he retired in Command, Peppy Hare took his place.
John Silke (Star Fox Adventures)
Gray Eubank (Star Fox Assault)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
John Silke (Star Fox Adventures)
Gray Eubank (Star Fox Assault)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Cool Old Guy: Averted for the most part, not that he didn't try.
- Cool Shades: Before Star Fox 64.
- A Father to His Men: Implied in his Trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: In Assault.
- Nice Hat: Wears a Commissar Cap at all times.
- Only One Name: In a universe where most characters are routinely referred to their first or last name, Pepper is an oddity.
- Put on a Bus: Becomes ill by the time of Command and retires (although fans suspect that his illness may have something to do with his brief possession by the aparoids).
- Race Lift: He seems to be based on a basset hound, but in Zero he appears to be a different breed, possibly in a attempt to make him to look more cuddlier.
- Shout-Out or Parental Bonus: His name and uniform come straight from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The origin of his name even gets a Lampshade Hanging in the Nintendo Power comic.
- Sigil Spam: Posters with his face on them are everywhere in 64.
- Trademark Favorite Food: In Benimaru Itoh's works, he had an affinity towards lollipops.
Voices (Japanese): Daisuke Gori (Star Fox 64), Tsuguo Mogami (Star Fox 64 3D)
Voices (English): Rick May (Star Fox 64), Duncan Botwood (Star Fox Adventures), David Frederick White (Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
The main enemy of Star Fox. Andross was once a brilliant Cornerian scientist who researched biotechnology after developing a powerful hyperspatial engine. However, his experiments grew increasingly radical to the point that his secret weapon wreaked havoc in the capital. The Corneria Defense Force was ultimately able to contain the disaster at a severe cost. He was arrested and exiled to Venom by General Pepper, but suddenly resurged with a Venomian empire five years later, initiating the Lylat Wars.
- Actually a Doombot: In 64, the Andross you fight if you get to Venom from Bolse is a fake.
- Back from the Dead: Thrice! The first time via a cloning technique. Secondly by attempting to become a Physical God (with draining Krystal's life-force apparently as a backup plan). Thirdly, his ghost (possibly a hologram) appears in Command. Whew!
- Badass Bookworm: He was a scientist before he became the Big Bad.
- Badass Grandpa: Considering the white hair that makes up his aforementioned beard as well as the fact that he is literally a grandpa, he's clearly older than most of his enemies.
- Big Bad: Of the "Lylat Wars" (the original game, 64, and Zero) as well as Adventures. He also pulls a posthumous Man Behind the Man in Command.
- Body Horror: By the time Fox faces him, Andross has long since left his original body behind being no more than a giant floating head. In the original game, he appeared to be an electronic "Core Brain" cube residing in a human face composed of metallic tiles; in 64, he was more organic-looking and had separately detached hands. In the latter, blowing off his skin leaves his brain and eyeballs (attached together via neural stems) still active. In Zero, he also appears to be organic, but then the illusion is lifted when Fox enters his crystal and he's robotic similar to his SNES incarnation. And when he's resurrected in Adventures, at least half of him isn't his own body, he's attached to the rear of a Krazoa statue's head.
- Boss Subtitles: "Evil Mad Scientist" in Star Fox 64 3D, and "Scientific Genius" in Star Fox Zero.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In reference to his accidental murder of Vixy:Andross: I was young, in love, and had a spare car bomb.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Going by the fact that there were references to Andross creating both the Anglar race (according to the Farewell Fox storyline) and the means to defeat them (the whole removing poison from the sea thing), it's hard not to suspect that Andross was probably planning to invoke this trope in a bid for power. That, or he made a failsafe should they turn on him.
- Cloning Blues: Andross was cloned in the Nintendo Power comic and "reconstructed" in Farewell, Beloved Falco.
- In the Nintendo Power comic, two clones of Andross were made after he was killed. But the clones turned out not to be completely identical (besides being dressed in different colors), with one clone more sentimental and the other clone more evil. One clone publically apologizes for killing Vixy, and the eviler clone quickly kills him for not being pure evil.
- Crazy-Prepared: Had four backup plans in case his life was threatened. First plan was the robotic duplicate he deploys in the bad ending of 64 (and possibly the SNES game if the Melee trophy description is to be believed). Second was Shears and his reconstruction technology. Third was that little incident on Dinosaur Planet (Sauria), which nearly resulted in him being reborn as a Physical God in Adventures. Fourth was his "ghost" (believed to be a hologram programmed with his personality) which surfaces in Command.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: In Command, some missions have Krystal suggest that he wasn't quite as evil initially. She mentions that he was looking for ways to terraform Venom (which, it should be noted, was a Retcon to the series), and she defends some of his biogenetic research (never mind the fact that he tried to suck out her life force). Whether she's right or not is up for debate, as is whether it should be counted as canon. In Star Fox Zero, the incident that led to his banishment sparked over the distrust of his teleportation technology, which was deemed too unstable by authorities; Pepper banished him to another dimension using his own research against him.
- Depending on the Artist: Andross either has gray or purple hair, depending on the game.
- Dub Name Change: Originally Andorf, though the GameCube titles temporarily used "Andross" in Japan.
- Emperor Scientist: Emperor Andross was once Dr. Andross.
- Engineered Public Confession: Except not intentionally engineered. In the Nintendo Power comic, when Andross's two clones attack Papetoon, Andross (the good clone) sees Fara in the crowd and thinks she's Vixy. On loudspeaker, he proceeds to apologize to her for Vixy's Accidental Murder many years prior. It's not even Fox or Vixy who exacts revenge by killing him either, but his evil clone due to the good clone not being evil enough.
- Evil Old Folks: He was apparently 64 years old at the time of his death.
- Evil Overlooker: In the intro to 64.
- Evilutionary Biologist: A good number of the bosses are biological weapons that Andross had a hand in creating, especially in 64. The Anglars in Command are implied to be his creations as well.
- The Exile: It didn't take.
- Fantastic Racism: He has a deep hatred of dogs in Zero, openly mocking Fox for taking orders from General Pepper. This might have been a result of the Cornerians' distrust of him which eventually lead to his exile in another dimension.
- Final Boss: He takes the role in the original, the unreleased Star Fox 2, Star Fox 64, Star Fox Zero, and Star Fox Adventures. Despite how all of those games except Adventures have multiple paths, he is, barring his duplicate and a Slot Machine, always the final boss.
- Freudian Excuse: In the Nintendo Power comic, Andross explains that he loves robot pigs like Herbert because he was an orphan who was raised by robot pig parents, but they were destroyed by a Cornerian bomb test.
- Galactic Conqueror: The Lylat Wars did see many planets of the Lylat system fall to him, though he never managed to take Corneria in the end.
- Greater Scope Villain: In Adventures, the overriding Big Bad is General Scales. Andross still shows up as the Final Boss.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Manipulating General Scales in Adventures.
- Humans Are Bastards: He's one of the most humanlike case members, being an ape, and he's the Big Bad.
- The Man Behind The Monsters: With the exception of Assault (specifically the aparoids), every threat in the series, if it isn't Andross, had some ties to Andross: In Farewell, Beloved Falco, a renegade Cornerian officer named Captain Shears attempted to revive Andross via DNA reconstruction. In Adventures, he manipulated General Scales and his SharpClaw army into doing his bidding, and in Command, it is implied that he was the one who created the Anglar Race in one of the scenarios.
- Mind over Matter: Andross in the original Star Fox uses telekinesis.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: In the Nintendo Power comic based on the first game, this was what he intended to do to Fox's father because he was in love with his mother Vixy. But it didn't go as planned, and she was killed by mistake.
- Mythology Gag: A giant polygonal face was used as a last boss in the first game, presumably because a monkey scientist isn't the best battle for a starfighter. Andross has regularly appeared as an enormous floating head in some form ever since.
- Also, said polygonal face made a cameo in the climax of Farewell, Beloved Falco when Andross's clone was beginning to develop telepathic thoughts.
- One-Winged Angel: The giant brain in 64.Andross: Only I have the brains to rule Lylat!
Fox: So Andross, you show your true form.
- Only One Name: Though his nephew and grandson have both a first and last name, making it unclear whether his last name is Oikonny, Bowman, or neither.
- Pun: "Only I have the brains to rule Lylat."
- Punny Name:
- Andros(s) is Greek meaning "of a man". As a primate, he is the closest to human the series gets.
- His Japanese name, "Andorf," can be alternately romanized as "Andolf," punning on "android" and "Adolf" (as in, you know who).
- Revenge Before Reason: Andross' greatest shortcoming is his unquenchable thirst for self-righteous vengeance. Got kicked off his home planet for unlawful experiments? Conquer the Lylat system! Got destroyed in his conquest? Destroy the Lylat system!
- Stalker with a Crush: Heavily implied to be this for Vixy Reinard, to such an extent that he was willing to kill her husband and child, just so he could have her. It didn't go as well as he planned.
- Stealth Pun: Judging from his tail, his nephew Andrew is a monkey, making him a monkey's uncle.
- Taking You with Me: Quotes this trope verbatim in 64.
- Telekinesis: Implied to be how he can control his hands and otherwise keep his head and brain levitated in the air.
- Teleportation: He has briefly demonstrated the ability to do this, though unlike the telekinesis, this is, apparently, an ability gained via using technology, rather than the experiments he performed on his body.
- The Unfought: Possibly in the original Star Fox, as according to the Mission File Printout, the giant face that Fox faces on Venom is a computer designed to oversee Venom's army in place of the emperor himself. Although, the Mission File Printout also says that the giant computer might have really been Andross. This is also implied by his trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but averted in the direct Super NES sequel that was canceled.
- Virtual Ghost: Holograms of him appear in Command claiming to be the ghost of Andross. Though, it could actually be his ghost, as when his grandson, Dash, fights his bioweapons, he orders the bioweapon to stop attacking. A hologram would not be able to tell the difference between pilots.
- You Killed My Father: He was implied to have killed James McCloud when Pigma betrayed him, earning him Fox's bitter enmity, along with the additional crime of having unintentionally killed Fox's mother, Vixy, years prior (at least as far as the Nintendo Power comic goes). In addition, it is implied shortly after Krystal is imprisoned by him that he was the reason why Cerinia, Krystal's homeworld, was destroyed along with its people.
Star Fox 2
When Star Fox 2 was developed (and not released), there were several characters designed to fill the roles of the fifth and sixth members of Star Fox. Fara (as "Lady") was considered, as well as Andross-lookalike "Saru" (believed to be a placeholder); later in development, she was replaced by a goat or ram with an unknown name, and the latter was replaced by a white dog named Fay. The latest known build instead gave the fifth slot to Miyu, a feline that resembled Fox. Since the two new pilots were both female, it also partially averted The Smurfette Principle. None of these characters survived the Continuity Reboot. Star Wolf would have made its first appearance here (with a self-important lemur named "Algy" instead of Andrew), but they debuted proper in Star Fox 64.
Fara Phoenix is a character established in the comic series for the first game. Presumably, she would have retained her comic characterization.
- Action Girl: Though she had gotten herself in danger often, she still is quite a skilled pilot, and can handle herself in all but the most hopeless situations — which her inner Leeroy Jenkins seems to like getting her into.
- Canon Foreigner: At one time almost averted this, appearing in at least an early build of Star Fox 2.
- Identical Stranger: Fara looks just like Fox's dead mother Vixy, to the point of being virtually indistinguishable from her when she puts on one of Vixy's dresses (in spite of the two being different species no less; Fara appears to be Fennec Fox, whilst Vixy looks like a Red Fox). Even Andross confuses Fara for Vixy, which causes him to become sentimental and delusional, and apologize on loudspeaker for the Accidental Murder of Vixy that no one else knew he'd committed.
- Pink Means Feminine: Fara's replacement Ace Custom Arwing (after she Leeroy Jenkins'd the first) was pink-and-white.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her - the Chief Test Pilot's - jumpsuit.
- Rescue Romance: Implied with Fox at the very least. Fox (and Slippy) saved her from getting her head blown off by one of Andross's lizard troopers (attempting to use her as a hostage), he later stops his team from opening fire on her ship when she shows up during a training exercise, and then when they enter real combat, when her Arwing goes down, Fox manages to catch her ejected cockpit mid-air with his, before it crashes into the ground below. The second and third saves are commented upon.
- Species Surname: "Phoenix" is probably a play on "fennecs".
- Static Character: Even compared to the rest of the cast.
Miyu served as the fifth member of Star Fox in later builds of Star Fox 2, replacing Fara/Lady. It is a reasonable assumption that she remained in the final revision, but not much is known about her personality and backstory.
- Canon Discontinuity: As with Fara, there is hope Miyu will make a canonical appearance in the future; she ended up being rather well-liked among gamers with emulators.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She notably blew a kiss to the player upon selection. It's believed that her flirtatious attitude was applied to her spiritual successor, Katt Monroe (this may have been confirmed in Star Fox Zero, as Katt now wears a golden earring on her left ear similar to Miyu's).
- Only One Name: Though Fanon often calls her Miyu Lynx.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A rare example of a lynx in fiction.
Fay served as the sixth member of Star Fox in later builds of Star Fox 2. Like Miyu, not much is known about her.
- Genki Girl: And infectiously so, with a perky demeanor and her communication clip as a series of energetic barks.
A team of rival mercenaries through most of the series. They sided with Andross's army during the Lylat Wars (namely Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Zero), but took on the role of Anti Heroes and Worthy Opponents afterwards.The team roster:
- Led by Wolf O'Donnell, the original team included Leon Powalski, Pigma Dengar, and Andrew Oikonny. This team also featured in Star Fox 2, but with Algy instead of Andrew (though renamed Andrew in the Fan Translation).
- Sometime after the Lylat Wars, Pigma was expelled because of his greed. Andrew was also kicked out for his arrogance, which led to him partially restoring the remainder of his uncle's army and starting the events of Assault. Panther Caroso was taken on at an unknown point prior to the attack of Oikonny's army.
- Krystal joined just before Command after being asked to leave Star Fox. Depending on the ending, she will either leave the group and return to Star Fox, stay with Star Wolf, or leave everyone altogether and become an independent bounty hunter.
- Ace Pilot: All of them, except maybe Andrew who is stated as being the least experienced pilot on the team.
- Anti-Hero: They helped Fox in some of the later stages of Star Fox Assault. In Command, they're technically criminals with bounties on their heads, but as the story goes on, they increasingly save the day.
- Boss Subtitles: In Star Fox 64 3D, their appearances are accompanied by "Ultra-Performance All-Range Fighter" and the name of their current ships (Wolfen and Wolfen II).
- Characterization Marches On: In their first appearance, they were depicted as complete psychos for hire, especially Leon and Pigma. In later games, Pigma's been kicked off the team for being too evil and greedy, Andrew Oikonny, who still ended up being portrayed as evil, left the team around the same time Pigma was kicked off, and the more sociopathic attributes of the team have become more subdued. They become more like Anti Heroes and the Worthy Opponents of Star Fox.
- Evil Counter Part: Each Star Fox character has a match up in Star Wolf.
- Wolf and Fox are both The Leader of their respective teams and consider each other eternal rivals. They both share their first name with the team's name as well.
- Leon and Falco are Number Two on the roster, and consider each other rivals in every battle.
- Pigma and Peppy were both members of the original Star Fox. They're both the eldest of the respective teams and have history together.
- Andrew and Slippy are more Pair the Spares, but they're both the least skilled pilots of their team.
- Panther to Krystal as exotic sensual newcomers. In contrast to the other pairs, instead of being just archrivals, Panther tries to flirt with Krystal. Mostly one-sided in Assault, but in some paths Krystal appears to reciprocate in Command.
- Hate Sink: In games where they are exclusively enemies, they seem designed to be this. Apart from being legitimately difficult encounters much of the time, they taunt you and your squad mates with patronizing dialogue, and often appear to disrupt you during time-critical missions (such as Fortuna/Fichina in Star Fox 64 and Sector Beta in Star Fox Zero), where losing to them will only make it more personal when you encounter them again later.
- Mirror Boss: In most of the games featuring them, they have the distinction of being the only boss characters who attack in ships around the same size as the Arwings. In Star Fox Zero, the Wolfen can even transform into Hunters in certain encounters, which are wolf-like mecha serving as counterparts to the Arwing's bird-like Walker.
- The Psycho Rangers: In Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Zero (and Star Fox 2). Star Wolf moved away from this in Star Fox Assault.
- Smug Snake: Their dialogue in Star Fox 2, Star Fox 64, and Star Fox Zero evokes this a lot.
- Unexplained Recovery: How the team repeatedly survives being shot down is still unexplained.
- Worthy Opponent: They are this to Star Fox.
Voices (English): Jock Blaney (Star Fox 64)Ja Green (Star Fox Zero)Wolf O'Donnell is the leader of the Star Wolf team and perennial rival to Fox. He and Fox first fought during 64 (technically Star Fox 2 had it been released) when Andross hired Star Wolf to take down Star Fox. Since their first encounter, however, Wolf gained a grudging respect for Fox and came to his aid several times — though it's implied Wolf only helps Fox so he can ensure he will one day take him down by himself.
Grant Goodeve (Star Fox Assault)
Jay Ward (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
Grant Goodeve (Star Fox Assault)
Jay Ward (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Ace Pilot: While this trope applies to his teammates as well, Wolf is the best pilot of his team. This claim is substantiated by the fact that he has the highest flight ability in Assault, and that the bounty against him in Command is the highest for any member of Star Wolf.
- Agitated Item Stomping: If he loses a Versus Mode match in Assault, he'll angrily throw his blaster onto the ground, grind it with his foot, and smugly look the other way.
- Badass: In addition to changing his appearance, Assault made him gruffer. In that game (and later in Brawl), he acts like he's the "big, bad tough guy" — something which is even pointed out by Falco during the final mission.Falco: "Look at that guy. He really thinks he's the man."
- Bayonet Ya: A feature on his blaster in Brawl that makes it stand out from Fox's and Falco's is the large claw-like bayonet◊ which will add damage to fighters at close range.
- British Accents: Wolf's English dubbing in 64 has some British accent in it. His recent dubbing has a more gruff American accent. The British accent returns in Star Fox 64 3D, sounding even more posh than the original, but was again reverted in Star Fox Zero.
- Carpet of Virility: He has white chest fur in Brawl.
- Catchphrase: Curses! could count in Assault, though he mostly says it in Mission 7. He even says the word if you fail the mission, which causes his Wolfen to explode.
- Wolf: "Curses!!!"
- Clear My Name: His motive for defeating the Anglars in Command is so that he can get a rather sizeable bounty off of his head.
- Costume Porn: Especially in Brawl.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A Wolf Named Wolf. This is even lampshaded in Brawl when Snake rings up Colonel Campbell for info on him.
- Enemy Mine: He and Fox have teamed up on several occasions to fight a greater threat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He kicked perennial money-grubber/backstabber Pigma out of his team.
- Evil Brit: His original English voice accent in Star Fox 64 was this. In later games, he sounds far more gruff, deep, and American, as well as becoming less of a villain.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: He justifies helping Star Fox going up against Pigma and the aparoids with this line of logic. Wolf may not be a good guy, but he's not out to conquer, enslave, or destroy anything.
- Eyepatch of Power: In Assault and Brawl.
- Guns Akimbo: His victory pose in Assault where he draws two Machine Guns from behind him and starts firing.Wolf: Victory is mine!!!
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Some storylines in Command have him do this.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Especially in Assault, where he wears a black leather jumpsuit. It helps his Badass Biker look nicely.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments. After he saves Fox's life in Assault, he just can't bring himself to say "You're welcome."Fox: I owe you my life on that one, Wolf. Thanks.Wolf: I thought I told you. I didn't come here to save you.Fox: Even so...Wolf: Mm.
- Joker Immunity: Neither Wolf nor his wingmates will die if they are shot down in a dogfight.
- Just a Kid: He calls Fox "pup" numerous times throughout the course of Assault.Wolf: "You've gotten soft, pup!" (Mission 3)Wolf: "You're a pitiful sight, pup!" (Mission 7)Wolf: "Point that thing at me and you better be ready to die, pup." (Mission 7)Wolf: "Keep your advice to yourself and your eyes up front, pup." (Mission 10)
- Lightning Bruiser
- Like Father, Like Son: Not with him and his dad, but it's been implied on his Brawl trophy that he had a rivalry with James which led to his rivalry with Fox.
- Mook Promotion: According to Wolf's Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy, he apparently fought in Andross's army as a soldier before the latter's exile, but this may be due to reckless wording.
- Mythology Gag: Wolf's outfit in Brawl is a Shout-Out to his outfit in the Vaporware Star Fox 2, down to the vest and the Spikes of Villainy.
- The Obi-Wan: During their Enemy Mine moments, Wolf gives Fox guidance several times, most notably during the end of Mission 7 in Assault.Wolf: "Don't hesitate! When the time comes, just act!"
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This is why he won't let the aparoids kill Fox in Assault.Wolf: "And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me."
- Opera Gloves: His gloves in Brawl come very close to this.
- Purple Eyes: And has the badassery to match them... er, it.
- The Rival: To Fox McCloud. The manual of Assault states that each of them considers the other to be his "eternal rival."
- His trophy in the Smash Bros series, as well as his dialogue in Star Fox Zero heavily suggests that he was also this to Fox's father James. Wolf even states that his dogfights against James McCloud were the most fun he had in his life.
- Savage Wolf: He begins as an enemy; a villainous wolf working for Andross. The Keibunsha strategy guide says there's more to it than that and he kicked Pigma off his team for being a greedy jerkass.
- Secret Character: In Assault and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Smug Snake: In 64. "You're good, but I'm better!"
- Combat Compliment: If only in the Japanese version.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: According to Nintendo Power, he's actually 19 years old during 64, which is just a year older than Fox. He appears to get an age bump in Assault and Zero (where a throwaway line states that he's fought with James in the past).
Wolf: "Brats! Time for punishment!"
- His dialogue in Star Fox 2 suggested that he was originally much older.
- Sole Survivor: Implied to be this in Star Fox 2, as Wolf is the only Star Wolf member who flies away after losing all of his health.
- Spikes of Villainy: He wears spiked shoulder pads.
- The Big Guy: In Assault, he is physically superior to the members of his team and even the protagonists. In Brawl, he is physically the strongest of the other Star Fox characters.
- This Cannot Be!: His defeat quote on Venom 64:Wolf: "No way! I don't believe it."
- Tsundere: In addition to giving Fox advice and his near-Heroic Sacrifice near the end after being one of Fox's biggest enemies for a while, Leon and Panther are sure that his aforementioned reason for saving Fox from the aparoids is an excuse because he has come to respect him.
- Unwitting Pawn: His profile in the Keibunsha strategy guide for Star Fox 64 described him as secretly being manipulated by Andross and Pigma without him realizing it.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: In Star Fox 2 after losing all of his health.
Voices (Japanese): Shinobu Satouchi (All games)
Voices (English): Ja Green (Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)Leon Powalski is the insane and unpredictable assassin and member of Star Wolf. In his first appearance in 64 (and 2), his personality was much different from the Ax-Crazy persona he seems to have developed after Assault, although there were still hints of it ("I think I'll torture you for a while"). Come Assault, however, and he's a babbling psycopath. He plays The Rival to Falco.
David Scully (Star Fox Assault)
Jim Walker (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
David Scully (Star Fox Assault)
Jim Walker (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Implied to be the only reason the Star Wolf team puts up with him, because he's really good at killing things.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his dialogue in Command reveals a penchant for flowers and rainbows, and the other characters don't tend to think that he's aware of what is going on all the time.
- Cold Sniper: Leon, in a pilot-assassin (or so they say) variety. He supposedly plays as one... Or is it?
- The Dragon: Leon is Wolf's Dragon in the same way Falco is Fox's Lancer (the two are also opponents in 64). His Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy describes him as Wolf's most trusted ally.
- Informed Attribute: We've never seen him kill anyone, even though he's allegedly a cold-blooded killer with no conscience. Some of this may be because of the game's target audience. His dialogue does show him to be depraved."I think I'll torture you a bit before I cook you!"
- In Love with Your Carnage: How he feels towards Wolf.Panther: Set me straight on this, Leon; are you jealous of the shred-er, or the shred-ee?
- Also, the name of his customized Wolfen in Command is the Rainbow Delta. This could be a reference to chameleons changing colors, or...
- Lizard Folk: Like his name implies, he's an anthromorphic chameleon.
- Sanity Slippage: While he was relatively calm and collected in 64, he became more manic and depraved in each passing game.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Leon Kowalski from the movie Blade Runner.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Both Japanese and English vocals wise, he was this in 64, at least.
- Stone Wall: His ship has tremendous health and defense, but no primary lasers.
- This Cannot Be!: Yells "This can't be happening!" if defeated on Fortuna or Bolse.
- Vocal Evolution: His Japanese voice was low and fluid-sounding in 64; over time it has become higher-pitched, accented, and maniacal. The English versions of the games followed suit on this. In Zero, his voice is closer to how it was in 64.
- We Can Rebuild Him: According to one of the comics in the Keibunsha strategy guide, Leon was a cyborg on Venom 2.
- Wicked Cultured: His mannerisms in the Japanese version were intended to reflect that he is "creepily sophisticated."
Voices (Japanese): Daisuke Gori (All games)
Voices (English): David Frederick White (Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)Pigma Dengar is a miserly hog who was a member of the original Star Fox team, but betrayed James to Andross and later joined Star Wolf. His overwhelming greed and unreliability got him kicked out of Star Wolf sometime before Assault. He tried to profit off of the aparoid invasion by stealing the Core Memory of a dead aparoid, but it corrupted him, and he became assimilated into the hive mind. He later returns in Command, having survived by keeping his consciousness in a giant cube.
Lev Liberman (Star Fox Assault)
Lev Liberman (Star Fox Assault)
- Ace Pilot: According to himself in Zero.Pigma: You should be terrified right now. I'm Star Wolf's ace pilot!
- Arc Villain: In Assault. Mission 2 is started by a distress signal from him, and Missions 3, 4, and 5 are about hunting him down. While the Aparoids remain the main threat, Pigma takes the limelight before the Aparoids assimilate him.
- Big Bad: Of Star Fox Guard.
- Body Horror: This is generally expected to happen with anything infected by the aparoids, but Pigma is by far the most advanced case of the Lylatians that had been infected.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As the Assault instruction manual puts it, his life has been one double cross after another.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In Star Fox Guard, he's the head of the AstroMine Corporation, a rival company to Corneria Precious Metals that's been sending the various robots to sabotage CPM's mining bases. Pigma mentions that he's using the metals he harvests and steals from Grippy Toad as material for Andross's army. He's also not above sending Venomian army forces to directly attack CPM's corporate office while they're trying to protect their offworld mining stockpile.
- Everything's Messier with Pigs: Just look at the guy!
- Evil Former Friend: To James and Peppy. Given how close Star Fox team members are generally implied to be, it's entirely possible he was very familiar amongst their families as well, which would have included Fox. And then he ended up becoming greedy enough to willingly lure his friends and teammates into a death trap because he wasn't quite satisfied with the money he was receiving, and Andross paid him better. This is partially softened, however, in Star Fox Zero, where it's stated he had to explicitly volunteer to investigate Venom with them, although he still appears to have built a reputation with them beforehand.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: In Assault, he take control of the Aparoids on Fichina. Soon after, they take control of him.
- Face–Heel Turn: In the Back Story.
- Fat Bastard: He really let himself go by Assault. Then again, his species isn't known for being picky eaters.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being assimilated in Assault, being destroyed, and yet not dying.
- Gadgeteer Genius: According to the Wolfen's Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy, Pigma worked with Andross for the ship's creation.
- Gonk: Even by anthro standards. And there are plenty of good-looking porcine anthros.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Pigma seems to have three symmetrical scars on his forehead during Assault. Given how by this time he was forcefully kicked out of Star Wolf and chased off, and that the leader of said team is not afraid of using his claws in a fight, it's a safe assumption of just where he received them.
- Greed: His most defining trait, and what made him betray Star Fox and eventually get kicked out of Star Wolf after even they had problems with it.
- Jerkass: For starters, he turned on Fox's father and got him killed, and loves reminding Fox of this.
- Kick the Dog: His response to Fox telling him not to steal the Core Memory.Pigma: Hmm... is it that important? Waa haa haa! Then I'm gonna be rich! Smell ya later!
Pigma: Daddy screamed REAL good before he died!
- Also, in the Bolse mission in Star Fox 64:
- Killed Off for Real: In Assault, he is assimilated by the aparoids and is almost certainly destroyed by Fox. He does return in two ending missions of Command, where he's definitely destroyed.
- Large Ham: No Pun intended. He shines in 64 as the hammiest character, and that's saying a lot.
- Laughing Mad: By the time of Star Fox Assault, he seems to have lost a lot of his sanity, as about half of his speakable appearances is him laughing, and it is eventually topped when he suffers aparoidedation.
- Manipulative Bastard: According to the Keibunsha strategy guide, he manipulated Wolf to act in accordance to Andross's orders.
- The Mole: According to the intro to Zero, he was not a longtime member of Star Fox; he had only just joined by volunteering for the assignment to investigate Venom, and was a double agent all along.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Except his unused Star Fox 2 design.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His aparoid form in Assault.
- Mythology Gag: Pigma working for Andross might be a nod to the early Nintendo Power comics, where Andross was a pig aficionado who was raised by robot pigs and had a robot pig sidekick called Herbert.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Although he intended to use the Core Memory to make himself rich, he certainly did not intend to work with the aparoids, since obviously obeying them would have meant turning down a profit.
- Psycho for Hire: It is implied in the Bolse level that, aside from the obvious one of wanting to get rich with money, another reason why he betrayed Star Fox and presumably why he even takes various jobs is because he truly enjoys hurting people.Pigma Dengar: Daddy screamed REAL good before he died!
- Punny Name: He is named for the common sentence ender "dengā" in the Kansai Regional Accent, with Shigeru Miyamoto, the producer of the series, being from Kansai himself (specifically, Kyoto, not unlike his employer). The English spelling "Dengar" rhymes with this in non-rhotic accents.
- Puzzle Boss: In Command.
- Regretful Traitor: Not to Star Fox, but to Star Wolf. According to Command, he considered the team to be his true friends. It's unknown if he legitimately believes this or if he's merely misremembering his nostalgia, though.
- Shout-Out: His last name is a reference to one of the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Sycophantic Servant: His bio in the Keibunsha guide describe Pigma as worshiping Andross as the emperor.
- This Cannot Be!: Yells "This can't be happening!" if defeated on Venom.
- Unexplained Recovery: His appearance in Command. Unlike Andrew, who has at least some leeway for his reappearance, Pigma himself appeared to explode during Assault (though the camera cuts away from this). He also seems to have a body that is still based on the one he got while under aparoid possession, yet the aparoids were completely, utterly wiped out at the climax of Assault, meaning that even if he did survive his body imploding on itself, he more than likely would have been killed regardless unless he hadn't been completely assimilated. Then again, there's Command's deemed status in the series, though technically that only applies to the multiple endings.
Voices (English): Bill Johns (Star Fox 64)The original fourth member of Star Wolf in Star Fox 2 was a primate named Algy (possibly meant to be "Algae"); in Star Fox 64, this character concept was heavily redesigned as Andrew Oikonny (the Fan Translation of 2, however, renamed Algy "Andrew"). Andrew is Andross's nephew, and plays The Rival to Slippy. After 64, he was also forced out of Star Wolf, so he attempted to revive his uncle's empire in Assault. He appears again in Command, but as a subordinate of the Anglars.
John Hugill (Star Fox Assault)
Mike West(Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
John Hugill (Star Fox Assault)
Mike West(Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero)
- Disc One Final Boss: In Assault. Considering that he's the very first boss of the game and they had yet to go on foot (a rather heavily advertised aspect of the game), players were... unlikely to fall for the ruse.
- Giant Enemy Crab: His contraption in Command is a mechanical "Death Crab".
- Giant Hands of Doom: Part of his ship in Assault, in a rather obvious mimicry of his uncle.
- Harmless Villain: He's the one Star Wolf member who is taken the least seriously. Even when he breaks off from Star Wolf and forms his own army at the beginning of Assault, he's still seen as little more than an annoyance and "Andross-wannabe" by the team.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: By the time of Star Fox Assault, Andrew Oikonny is only referred to by his family name, Oikonny. In fact, he gives his full name only once, which is literally the last words he got to say shortly before his mech is literally shot in the head by an aparoid attack.
- I Want My Mommy: His parodied "Uncle Andross!", which he says when he's downed on Fichina or Bolse in 64, and when he's shot down by the first stage's aparoid boss in Assault, as well as his first fight in Zero.
- Last Name Basis: In Assault and Command.
- Overlord Jr.: Andross's nephew, and the heir to his empire.
- Punny Name: Andrew is derived from the Greek word Andreas ("of a man").
- Starter Villain: In Assault.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His bio in the Keibunsha strategy guide says he is hated by the other Star Wolf members.
- Transforming Mecha: His flagship in Assault transforms into a mechanical Andross-inspired form.
- Uncertain Doom: In the middle of his fight with Fox in Assault, his Andross mech is shot down by an aparoid moth and he's never seen again. This is uncertain only because he survived being shot down twice before. This is not taking Command into account, of course.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He seems to be trying to simultaneously gain his uncle's favor and hide behind his infamy in some form.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's got white (well, grey, but close enough) fur, and Fox refers to him as a "blackhearted ape" in Assault.
- The Worf Effect: After being set up as a galactic revolutionary leader with a huge army to succeed Andross's empire, he is shot down mid-sentence by the real Big Bad of the game, an aparoid.
Voices: Tetsu Inada (Japanese, all games), David Scully (English, Star Fox Assault), Dex Manley (English, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)The newest member of the Star Wolf team, who debuted in Assault. Panther Caroso is an unabashed ladies man who constantly tries to hit on Krystal every chance he gets. He always carries his signature rose. Prior to joining Star Wolf, he was a criminal who the Cornerian authorities had been tracking for decades.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a member of Star Wolf, he's actually a pretty nice guy and has nothing personal against the Star Fox team.
- The Casanova: Described as a ladies man by Nintendo themselves and had apparently fallen in love with Krystal before he had even met her ("words do you no justice"). Possibly crosses over into Casanova Wannabe, at least where Krystal is concerned, as for the majority of his time throughout Assault, he tries, mostly in vain, to win her over with his words and the same thing happens in Brawl. Krystal generally tries to ignore him, merely humours him, or outright rejects him. His level of success does seem to have improved by Command, but not only is the game's canonical events up for debate, but it's implied that the only real reason Krystal joined up with Star Wolf was to get back at Fox for kicking her off of Star Fox, rather than her falling for his charms legitimately. Notably, though, the Japanese dub in general portrayed her as more sincere and flattered by Panther's comments towards her.
- Chest Insignia: Panther wears armor that represents his symbol, the rose.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Sure, he is a ladies' man, but he is quite dedicated to the person he cares about and loves them.
- Fun Personified: Let's just say he wants a first class meal after seeing his favorite restaurant got blown up.
- Glass Cannon: In Command, his ship has the most powerful laser in the game, but ludicrously low health. Note that Panther still has a large amount of Turbo, meaning that he can just barrel-roll a lot for safety. He still has low health.
- Hellish Pupils: He's a panther!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Kinda. In the default path of Star Fox Command, Panther lets Krystal go back to Star Fox because he knows that's where she is happy, but at the same time believes that one day she'll return to him. Why anyone who supposedly genuinely wishes happiness would then essentially say "See ya when you get bored of that guy and realize what you've been missing" is anyone's guess. It's played with, since Krystal does go back to Panther in the default ending. Though given his parting to words to her, chances are there was some level of guilt-tripping involved, combined with Krystal not fully trusting/forgiving Fox in that story path.
Star Fox 64
The observation and analysis robot assigned to the Great Fox, a dreadnaught-class battleship serving as the team's base of operations. He is first seen in 64, where he pilots the ship. In Assault, he acts as Peppy's assistant and beams down vehicles from the Great Fox to the ground level. He is the only character in Command that is present in every mission.
- Artifact Title: The "64" in his name tended to get dropped as the series went on, though it still showed up on occasion.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his dialogue in Command as a result of his personality chip overriding his programming.
- Dub Name Change: Originally NUS64, though Farewell, Beloved Falco, and Adventures temporarily used "ROB" in Japan. The cast roll of Assault merges both and lists his full name as ROB/NUS64.
- Interspecies Romance: Seems to have a crush on Lucy.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: In the ending of Adventures.ROB: My sensors indicate Fox's temperature is rising.
(Krystal bashfully smirks)
ROB: Are you okay, Fox?
(Everyone in the room minus Fox and ROB laugh)
Fox: ...I'm gonna be just fine.
- Shout-Out: ROB's name comes from the NES peripheral Robotic Operating Buddy, and the code name for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo Ultra Sixty-four.
- Unexpected Inheritance: Implied, as the Great Fox itself is James' memento to Fox.
Voiced By: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Jock Blaney (English, Star Fox 64), Jaz Adams (English, Star Fox 64 3D)Fox's childhood friend who stayed as a pilot in the Corneria Army while Fox went freelance. He first appears in 64 on the Katina stage, where he and his squadron help the Star Fox team destroy an enemy mothership. He later reappears as a playable character in Command. He also appears for one level of Zero.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to William Grey from Independence Day. The entire Katina sequence in 64 is an extended homage to that movie.
- Southern-Fried Private: Command seems to give him a Southern accent that lasts one game.
- Surfer Dude: Has this type of voice in 64 and Zero.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Whenever you shoot down one of his fighters in 64.Bill: Fox, that's one of ours!
Voiced by: Kyoko Tonguu (Japanese), Lyssa Browne (English)Katt Monroe is a woman from Falco's past, when they were both members of the "FREE AS A BIRD" gang of space hot-rodders. The Japanese Manga Farewell, Beloved Falco shed some light on the nature of their relationship.In 64 and Farewell, Katt was colored pink. She reappeared as a playable character in Command, this time a grey cat.
- Art Shift: Went from her... different design back to her original design in Zero.
- Bare Your Midriff: Katt seemed fond of dressing this way prior to her Command redesign.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Invoked rather blatantly in Farewell, with one of the other hot rodders being a blue tomcat.
- Pink Means Feminine: Before her Race Lift.
- Race Lift: Changing colors and cat breeds between Farewell and Command.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Apparently, Falco and Katt have never been an item and Falco doesn't express any desire of wanting one either. Doesn't seem to stop Katt from hoping for more from him.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Katt originally breathed this trope. Besides being pink, this was heavily reflected in the way she dressed, the way she did her hair, and especially her heavy blue eyeshadow.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: When Falco and Katt were younger, Katt used to need rescuing from trouble all the time, and Falco was the one to rescue her. But Falco not only wanted Katt to be a more self-reliant person, but also didn't appreciate Katt having a crush on him. Katt finally became a capable woman when Falco's absence forced her to grow up.
- You Don't Look Like You: Command.
CaimanOriginally a minor grunt in the armada stationed just outside Venom's airspace, he could be heard panicking as the Star Fox team proceeds to blast their way through the impressive fleet stationed to defend Andross' base. Due to him being the only minor villain with a confirmed name and his constant presence in Area 6, he grew popular with the fanbase leading to a much larger role in Star Fox Zero where he commands the invasion fleets in Corneria and Area 3.
- Ascended Extra: He has a MUCH more prominant role in Star Fox Zero than he did in 64.
- Death by Adaptation: Originally, he appeared to have survived the Lylat Wars. In Zero, one route has him apparently killed on Corneria.
- The Unfought: In 64 he's only ever seen commentating over Area 6. In Zero while he can be seen in some of the stages he isn't directly confronted in the first playthrough. Finally averted in the secret path on Corneria where he pilots the Aquarosa.
- Villainous Breakdown: He and his commander grow increasingly desperate as the Area 6 defenses are destroyed by Star Fox.
Star Fox: Farewell, Beloved Falco
A rogue Corneria Army officer who appears only in the Canonical Manga Farewell, Beloved Falco. He is secretly working on Titania to revive Andross.
- The Mole: Loyal to Andross.
- Shout-Out: Shears closely resembles General Pepper's appearance from Star Fox 2. Shears's name, as with Pepper's, is a also a reference to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band.
- Villainous Breakdown: As soon as it becomes apparent that Fox or Katt are going to stumble on his attempts at cloning Andross, he loses it, becoming rapier-crazy and hunting Fox down like a lunatic.
Katt's Love Interest in Farewell, Beloved Falco, and one of the members of FREE AS A BIRD. Though his name was not given in the Manga, his name is supposedly Cool.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Cool is the blue to Katt's pink.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Katt seems to genuinely like him and does imply she has romantic feelings towards him. However, it seems she's gone right back to falling for Falco.
One of the FREE AS A BIRD members introduced in Farewell, Beloved Falco. The name "Mousor" comes from the back of his jacket. He looks awfully familiar...
One of the FREE AS A BIRD members introduced in Farewell, Beloved Falco. The name "Bowsor" comes from the back of his jacket. Despite his name, he does not actually resemble Bowser, though he is reptilian.
- Badass: Especially in combat.
Star Fox Adventures
Voiced By: Aya Hara (Japanese, all games), Estelle Ellis (English, Star Fox Adventures), Alesia Glidewell (English, Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)Krystal is Fox's on-again off-again Love Interest who was introduced in Adventures. She is a telepath, and replaced Peppy as the fourth active member of the team in Assault.
- Aborted Arc: Krystal sets off the plot of Adventures by looking for clues about the death of her parents and her doomed home world Cerinia. This is never brought up again. Then again, it could be argued that she didn't need to afterwards, seeing how it was implied that she recognized Andross shortly before being sealed up, not to mention the possibility that he was the one who destroyed her home planet. (Which might also explain why her first action upon being released from the crystal involved forcibly taking back her staff from Fox and firing it like a maniac at the Krazoa God/Andross.)
- All There in the Manual: The manual for Star Fox Adventures tells us that Krystal's home planet was Cerinia. Nowhere else in the games do we hear of that.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Krystal is a fox, but foxes aren't blue (except for arctic foxes in certain regions, which are kind of blue). However, it should be noted she isn't exactly a normal fox even by Lylatian standards, so it's highly likely her coloration is a result of her Cerinian heritage.
- The Artifact: Krystal has a sizeable (though hardly universal) fanbase in the West, but hasn't proven as popular in Japan. Since her introduction in Star Fox Adventures, the creators have been increasingly unkind to her, but can't quite seem to find a way to keep her or write her out without upsetting some portion of the series' fans. Star Fox Command handled this rather creatively, where some of the Multiple Endings are favorable to Krystal, while some others (including the default ending) decisively cast her aside. The latest title, Star Fox Zero, adheres to the original, pre-Adventure status quo; leaving it open whether she'll be reintroduced in the new continuity or not.
- Bad Future: One of the endings for Command has her leave Fox and become a ruthless bounty hunter (also renaming herself "Kursed" in the English version).
- Bare Your Midriff: In her first appearance, as well as her appearance as an independent bounty hunter in an ending of Command.
- Barrier Warrior: Assault hints that this may be part of her telepathic abilities, as in multiplayer mode she starts out with a free barrier item.
- Battle Couple: With Fox. Assault shows this off by having her be the team member to accompany him during the ground missions on Sauria and the aparoid homeworld.
- British Accents: Krystal, along with the entire population of Sauria besides Tricky, the EarthWalkers, a CloudRunner and the LightFoots. This can be attributed to Star Fox Adventures being created in the United Kingdom.
- Butt Monkey: In Command.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Krystal one-ups Fox's orphan status by having her entire planet be destroyed as part of her origin (how hasn't been made fully clear yet, but Andross was probably involved).
- Damsel in Distress: Andross had her trapped in a crystal to drain her life-force and use it to become immortal. It nearly worked, until Fox put a stop to it.
- The Empath: This is her official designation when she joins the team. Her telepathic abilities are generally supposed to come in pretty handy at anticipating the enemies' movements. It even gets to the point where she can pick up on the thought patterns of completely alien creatures, like aparoids. This may be one explanation for how she is apparently able to speak both Dino and English.
- Everyone Can See It: Her and Fox's relationship. She generally tries to be more open about her feelings than Fox does.
- Face–Heel Turn: Sort of. In Command, Fox dumped Krystal and kicked her out of Star Fox for her safety... and she promptly joined Star Wolf to continue piloting fighter planes and be with Panther. As it turns out, Krystal liked her job (and being with Fox) — to hell with the danger — and was not happy about being fired and dumped. And boy, does Fox get an earful. Not only from Krystal, but from Star Wolf too!
- Friendly Enemy: In Command.
- Happily Married: In one of Command's endings a possible future has Krystal finally settling with Fox.
- Hartman Hips: Seems McCloud men are naturally attracted to women with this feature.
- I Am Not Weasel: There are still a very few amount of people familiar with the franchise who believe that Krystal is a cat (rather than a blue fox). Barely justified in that when Adventures was still being developed as Dinosaur Planet, she had more of a feline design; however, information leaked of the game's original storyline later on reveals that she was always intended to be a vixen. It doesn't help that Nintendo Power themselves refer to her as such.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In the sixth mission of Assault, where Krystal's deployed on the ground, there is an extremely slim chance that she will hit one of the hatchers (the target) that Fox must destroy. Otherwise, this is averted.
- Last of her Kind: Krystal is the Sole Survivor of Cerinia's destruction.
- Love at First Sight: Whilst Fox was clearly enamoured by her when he saw her, the way she looks into his eyes when he pulls her to safety implies the same may have been true for her.
- Magic Staff: Used one in Adventures, but she abandoned it in her subsequent appearances, obviously due to its close-combat range and limited magic power being completely impractical in the kind of combat she goes into upon joining Star Fox.
- May-December Romance: While Krystal was noticeably matured from her 16 year old design in Dinosaur Planet, her age isn't given in most sources; however, the Japanese website of Star Fox Adventures lists the current ages of the major characters, revealing that Krystal was 19 and Fox was 26 at the time, leaving a notable seven-year age gap between them.
- Nubile Savage: Her default attire from Adventures, Loin Clothnote , metal bikini top, assorted jewelry, and tribal tattoos. Generally, it's believed that all Cerinians had a similar dress sense. She ditches the outfit for a Spy Catsuit in Assault.
- Official Couple: With Fox, starting with the end of Adventures. The relationship is on full display in Assault, though they break up by Command because Fox is worried for Krystal's safety. Depending on the ending, they can reconcile or even have a child, or stay permanently broken up.
- Only One Name: Krystal has never been shown to possess a surname, nor does she make any reference to having one, most likely due to her different cultural background to the other Lylatians.
- Operation Jealousy: Part of the reason she joined Star Wolf and began a relationship with Panther in Command was to make Fox jealous for kicking her off Star Fox. Judging by his reactions, it worked.
- Rescue Romance: Seems to be one of the reasons why she fell for Fox. He not only saved her from having the life-force sucked out of her as a result of her entrapment, but also caught her from falling to her death when she was freed from her prison.
- Shout-Out: Krystal's imprisonment in Adventures is similar to Zelda's in Ocarina of Time.
- The Smurfette Principle: Officially, she was the only female full-time member of the Star Fox team or the Star Wolf team.
- Stripperific: In her first appearance. She tones it down to a Spy Catsuit in Assault.
- Telepathy: How she communicates Fox during most of Adventures until their face-to-face meeting near the end of the game.
- That Man Is Dead: Seems to be her attitude when she becomes a bounty hunter in one of Command's alternate endings. She turns her back on Star Fox, Star Wolf, and the entire Lylat system altogether. So much is her departure from her former life, that she encounters Fox some time later, and he doesn't even recognize her (one must wonder how many other blue vixens exist in Lylat). In fact, even before becoming a bounty hunter, she had hints of this in her dialogue when Fox rediscovers her among Star Wolf. It had more to do with her changed attitude from being gentle and sweet to bitter and spiteful.Krystal: The Krystal you once knew is gone. She is no longer a part of your world!
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Command, she becomes more stubborn and cynical.
- Woman Scorned: In Command.
- Younger Than They Look: She is much younger than the rest of the team, which should all be pushing or into their thirties by Command.
Fox's partner during his trek through Dinosaur Planet (later renamed Sauria). He aids Fox by following a handful of commands that allow him to solve many of the puzzles on the planet. Before Fox leaves the planet, he makes Tricky an honorary member of Star Fox, although he remains on the planet. Later on, Fox meets up with him again, and he is now a grown EarthWalker.
- Expy: Of Tricky the Triceratops from Diddy Kong Racing, another of Rare's titles.
- She Is All Grown Up: Come Assault, the little guy is now the leader of the Earthwalker tribe.
- Partially Civilized Animal: Whereas all of the other characters in the series are Petting Zoo People, Tricky and the other dinosaurs on the planet (except SharpClaws) are this.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: That is, if you don't find him annoying.
- Seldom-Seen Species: He bears resemblance to Centrosaurus, a relative of Triceratops (which he is often mistaken for, despite having only one horn).
- Shipper on Deck: As he escorts Fox and Krystal back to the Arwing, he wants them to comeback for their honeymoon. Fox's reaction is priceless.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Between Adventures and Assault, Tricky grew from being pet-sized to big enough to flatten Fox. Justified since he's a ceratopsid, and those were known to get pretty darned big.
Voiced By: John SilkeHead of the SharpClaw tribe of dinosaurs on Dinosaur Planet (later Sauria), he is a warlord in the midst of conquering Sauria for his own — and has even managed to shatter the planet into pieces by removing its SpellStones. He is the Big Bad of Star Fox Adventures. Or Is He? He's actually being manipulated by Andross into channeling Krystal's life force with the Krazoa Spirits of the planet in a bid to revive himself as a Physical God.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Given how unpopular he is (see Bad Boss below), it is likely that he only remained in charge through force, and fear of force.
- Badass: He doesn't get many opportunities to show it, but he has no difficulty in lifting people (including the Queen CloudRunner) up to the height of his chest.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears something longcoatish when first introduced.
- Bad Boss: He shows such disdain for the well-being of his own troops, that when he is finally dead at the end of the game, the SharpClaws are happy and busy celebrating being set free of his rule.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's this in CloudRunner Fortress. When Fox meets him after reaching the gold chamber, he orders the present SharpClaw Riders to take the SpellStone elsewhere so Fox is distracted retrieving it, thus buying Scales time to warp away from the place.
- Berserk Button: He gets really pissed off by the Queen CloudRunner lying to him about Fox's whereabouts/existence. So pissed off, in fact, that he tramples two of his own men to grab her in a Neck Lift. Even in the pre-Star Fox version (Dinosaur Planet), he was so pissed off he had outright killed the queen, thus forcing the very young CloudRunner chick Kyte to resume duties as the new queen in the end of the game.
- Colonel Kilgore: Certainly the most violent of his kind.
- Cool Helmet: Horned.
- The Heavy: Andross is the Big Bad, but Scales still unwittingly does most of the work.
- Neck Lift: Repeatedly, first with Krystal in the intro.
- Pure Is Not Good: Implied with Scales not only being present in a Krazoa Shrine, but also possessing a Krazoa Spirit (it was earlier stated that only the pure of heart can gain a Krazoa Spirit).
- The Neidermeyer: Hated by his own troops to the point that the reinforcements he calls in during the non-boss battle don't make a move, then loot him the moment he drops.
- The Unfought: As soon as the intended battle begins, Andross interrupts it and orders Scales to give the last Krazoa Spirit to Fox.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: A humanoid one. He also shares traits with Allosaurus as well.
- Unwitting Pawn: He didn't even know Andross.
Star Fox Assault
Voiced By: Hirohiko Kakegawa (Japanese), Scott Burns (English)Slippy's father and research director for the Cornerian army. He sometimes shows up in briefing sessions in Assault and Command.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Forgot to tell his own son that he became the research director before the events of Assault.
- All There in the Manual: His first mention was in 64's Player's Guide, before his physical appearance in Assault.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Even before he appeared in a game, the above-mentioned Player's Guide for 64 referred to him and Slippy as the inventors of the Blue-Marine.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: That mustache of his...
Aparoid QueenThe main villain of Star Fox Assault. The Hive Queen of the aparoids, she wants all life forms to become one with her hive, because she believes only through assimilating living souls can she and her species truly evolve. A big fan of Mind Rape.
- Assimilation Plot: She considers it necessary for the genetic advancement of her species.
- Big Bad: In Assault.
- Captain Ersatz: The Borg meets space Bugs.
- Creepy Monotone: She is the only aparoid in the entire game to have a voice. And boy, is it a creepy one... Those infected by the aparoids also start taking on this form of speaking (particularly Pigma).
- Death by Irony: Tries to commit galaxy-wide genocide by wiping out every single known form of life and replacing it with that of the aparoids, often by infecting machines or the living cells of other creatures. She's killed by having what is a genetic bomb fired into her, which targets cells in her body designed for "apoptosis" (an scientific term relating to the death of cellular activity), which due to her Hive Mind connection ensures the complete and utter destruction of the entire aparoid race.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Kind of. It was stated after her defeat that her main motivation for the Assimilation Plot was that she wanted to bypass evolution by stealing souls, apparently because she was born without one, and thus couldn't evolve. It was a little weird.
- Expy: As the aparoids were basically the Borg to Star Fox's Star Trek, the aparoid queen is the Borg Queen.
- Hive Queen: Queen of the aparoid collective.
- Mind Rape: Attempts this on the Star Fox team (Fox in particular) when they meet her face to face, but fails.
- It also failed in a way because she didn't do the proper research on James McCloud, given that she used his voice to try to break his spirit, but James would not have been the kind of person to tell Fox to give up, something that Fox knew more than anyone else.
- Royal "We": "All for us. Everything in this universe, all for us. Bow before us, submit to us!" Granted this might also be a case of Voice of the Legion due to the Hive Mind.
- Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: Uses the voices of various characters to get into Star Fox's heads during the first phase of her battle.
- We Have Reserves: Her combat "strategy" mostly consists of flinging aparoids at problems until the problems go away. Given the sheer number of aparoids at her disposal and how hard they are to kill, this works out pretty well for her.
Star Fox Command
Amanda is Slippy's fiancée, and becomes a playable character in Command.
- Battle Couple: With Slippy on some missions.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: She's the first major non-mammalian female character in the series, and she has breasts.
- Only One Name: Her last name isn't given for some reason.
- Species Surname: She starts off in the game with no surname, but considering how she's engaged to Slippy and eventually marries him, she does come around to fitting the trope at some point.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Like that ginormous bow on her head, her eyelashes, the fact she's pink, etc.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's a good head taller than Slippy.
Andross's grandson, who serves in the Corneria Army and hero-worships Fox and Falco. He is a playable character in Command. Needs a Better Description.
- Dub Name Change: From "Ash" to "Dash".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Provided the below doesn't happen, he is the only positive example of a primate in the series.
- Remember the New Guy: Nothing prior in the series ever truly suggested that Andross had children, let alone grandchildren (though given Andrew, he clearly had relatives), so Dash kinda seems to come out of nowhere.
- Turn Out Like His Father: One of the Command endings suggests Dash will become a tyrant like his grandfather Andross did; another suggests the opposite, that he colonizes Venom without his grandfather's ill intent.
- You Killed My Father: Averted. Although Fox killed Andross, his grandfather, Dash Bowman has absolutely no hate for Fox killing him. In fact, his profile states he "thinks the world of Star Fox and its member pilots." Indeed, he is quite willing to fight alongside the team.
- Younger Than They Look: He's significantly younger than the other characters, and Falco makes fun of him for being Just a Kid.
The daughter of Peppy and Vivian, who becomes a playable character in Command. She teaches Astrophysics on the planet Fichina.
- Badass Teacher: She's a university professor who wants to help people... with her powerful plasma cannons.
- Off Model: Lucy is a shade of lavender in the promotional art and game icons, but is grey (with lavender hair) in the story scenes.
- Parental Abandonment and Daddy's Girl: Vivian died before Lucy reached adulthood, so Lucy only has her father Peppy.
- Remember the New Guy: Considering how it's implied that the McCloud, Hare, and Toad families have generally been very close both personally and professionally, it does come across as somewhat odd that Peppy's daughter would never be mentioned until now.
- Shipper on Deck: She thought Fox screwed up when he broke up with Krystal when she asked why. Let's not forget the fact that Lucy and Krystal have been pretty good friends.
- Species Surname: She's a hare, and her last name is Hare.
Peppy's wife and Lucy's mother who died of illness.
- Happily Married: What little is given of it suggests that her and Peppy were this before she died.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Vivian" means "alive", but she is no longer with us (except in our hearts).
- Posthumous Character: Combined with Remember the New Guy since we don't even hear about Peppy having a wife until after she's dead.
- Species Surname: Though unlike other characters, she presumably gained her surname by marrying Peppy.
- Theme Naming: "Vivian" means "alive", which matches Peppy's name, which means "lively".
Fox and Krystal's son and the leader of a new Star Fox team, from a possible future opened up by Command.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Both of his parents are foxes; however, Marcus ends up with a blue coloration like his Cerinian mother.
- Babies Ever After: The ending in which he appears is one where Fox and Krystal settle down and have a kid named Marcus.
- Canon Discontinuity: Possibly. Due to Command not having a true ending, it remains unknown whether Marcus's birth is a definitive part of the series or not.
- Generation Xerox: He inherited his father and grandfather's piloting skills, and starts his own Star Fox team.
- Legacy Character: Is the leader of a new Star Fox team in a possible future.
- Passing the Torch: Unlike James and Fox, it seems that Marcus ends up becoming Star Fox leader without Fox suffering some kind of tragedy and has his father alive and well, albeit retired, to see him take the reigns.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Aside from his blue fur, which he inherited from his mother, Marcus looks very similar to Fox.
Star Fox Zero / Star Fox Guard
Other Bosses Debuting in the Original
Attack Carrier pilot: "Ah..someone wants to play!"The source of the enemy fighters on Corneria in the first game and 64. It also appears in Zero, making it a consistent element of the Lylat Wars, but much later in the game's events.
Peppy: "Incoming enemy from the rear! Drop altitude!"
Peppy: "Incoming enemy from the rear! Drop altitude!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: The openings of its appendages, then the body.
- Boss Subtitles: Originally "Battlestar" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Advance Scout Mothership" in the Super Nintendo manual. Revised as "Interplanetary Warship/Combat Ship".
- Flunky Boss: The entire invasion of Corneria in the first two games was pretty much a Flunky Boss fight against it.
- Mythology Gag
- Warm-Up Boss: It is the first boss in the franchise. Averted on the Level 3 course of the original and the easy path in 64.
Meteo Crusher pilot: "I cannot allow you to go any further."Developed and sent by Andross to clear asteroids for his main battle armada. The Rock Crusher is in the original and the Meteo Crusher is in 64, although both are extremely similar and fulfill the same role.
- Attack Its Weak Point: In the original, you attack the glowing turrets and then the centerpiece. In 64, you attack the arrows behind the shield, then the light on its back, and finally two openings on the front.
- Boss Subtitles: "Asteroid Destroyer Boat" in Japanese versions, and simply "Asteroid Destroyer" in English versions.
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: There's a shield that flies off both the Rock Crusher and Meteo Crusher.
- Mythology Gag: Even if the two aren't the same, the second is doubtlessly a reference to the original. To further the reference, the first part of the 64 incarnation bears some similarites to the Blade Barrier, the other Asteroid Belt boss from the original.
- Skippable Boss: In 64, activating the warp gate to Katina outright skips the battle with it.
- Suddenly Shouting: As part of his Victory Fakeout in 64 if Falco is there. "You're not as stupid as you LOOK!"
- Victory Fakeout: "I'm no match for you. I admit defeat." Falco doesn't buy it ("Are you gonna listen to that monkey?") and if Slippy is around, the health meter will still be intact. For reference, as he says the second part, he begins charging up a laser. If you're hit by that laser, you will feel it.
Atomic BaseTwo separate cores of giant ships. Defeating them destroys the whole ship.
- Boss Subtitles: In the Super Famicom manual, "Supreme Command Ship" for Atomic Base and "Base Expansion Engine" for Atomic Base II. In the Super Nintendo manual, "Planet Bomber" for Atomic Base and "Invasion Troop Carrier" for Atomic Base II.
- Cores and Turrets Boss: With two layers of cores.
- Load-Bearing Boss: It's the foundation of each ship, after all.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Called Atomic Core in the instruction manual, although Atomic Base II is still the same.
- Took a Level in Badass: The second one, unlike the stronger Attack Carrier and Rock Crusher, is much stronger than the first.
Dancing InsectorAn automaton modified to defend the Battle Base Meteor, an artificial asteroid intended to be "Meteor Land" before Andross' arrival.
- Boss Subtitles: "Spider Type Remodelled Weapon" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Spider Shaped Machine" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Dance Battler: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: The legs.
- Mini-Mecha: Its true form.
- This Was His True Form: Those legs are attachments. Its true form is its much smaller head.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: This is the first boss to present a noticeable challenge.
PhantronA defence robot in case of a full-frontal attack that has illusionary powers.
- Boss Subtitles: "Space Float Robot" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Special Close Orbit Robot" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: He has quite a lot more health after going One-Winged Angel.
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: He throws a leg at you after going One Winged Angel. He then grows it back.
- The Dragon: To Andross on Level 1.
- One-Hit Kill: If you use a Smart Bomb on the first fight. Don't move to avoid it.
- One-Winged Angel: When he grows legs.
- Recurring Boss: On Level 1.
- Scare Chord: As he goes One-Winged Angel.
- Sequential Boss: The second fight.
- Victory Fakeout: The second fight.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: His illusion selves hurt.
Professor HangerA computer in charge of Andross's forces on the planet Titania.
- Boss Subtitles: "Resources Defense Brain" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Master Computer" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Cowardly Boss: Will flee after using its Shadow Thrusters. Lampshaded with the whole BYE BYE!! thing at the beginning.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Has more health than average.
- Mini-Mecha: Compared to everything else.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Professor Hangar in the instruction booklet.
Plasma HydraA mechanical lifeform harvesting hydrogen in Sector Y.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The hands at first.
- Boss Subtitles: "Mechanical Lifeform" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Hydrogen Harvester" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Kaizo Trap: Has one last attack for when you beat it.
Metal SmasherA twin mechanism guarding the back of Venom.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The center of both sides.
- Boss Subtitles: "Supergravity Satellite" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Super Gravity Powered" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: You only need to beat one, but both have a lot of health.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Apparently has one that the Galactic Rider used.
- Tactical Withdrawal: After destroying one, the Galactic Rider activate its self destruct before fleeing.
Galactic RiderAfter defeating the Metal Smasher, an escape pod piloted by bikers flees the scene. Thanks to the manual and game contradicting each other, we have no clue on whether or not the bikers or escape pod is the boss.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Inside the escape pod.
- Boss Subtitles: "Central Security Machine" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Central Guard Machines" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- The Dragon: In Level 2.
- Mind Screw: Just try and figure out what the boss name refers to. Is it the escape pod, the bikers...
- Spell My Name with an "S": Literally. The manual evidently believes that the bikers are the bosses using the escape pod as a weapon, while the game believes that it is the escape pod using the bikers as weapons. Gameplay-wise, however, it's the escape pod, listing "Air Bikers" as weapons.
DestructorAn assault tank that assisted in the invasion of Corneria.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the front of the shields, then the turrets.
- Boss Subtitles: "Wide-Angle Assault Tank" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Ground Supremacy Vehicle" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Shielded Core Boss: One shield for each core. And each shield can heal its core.
- Warm-Up Boss: For the Level 3 course.
Blade BarrierA small space station in the Asteroid Belt.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Six little things sticking out of it.
- Boss Subtitles: "Small Station" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Space Station" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Kaizo Trap: It fires its fan out upon defeat.
- Warm-Up Boss: We still haven't gotten to the really hard bosses yet...
Monarch DodoraA bicephalic, primordial, cybernetic bird-dragon hybrid reigning over the planet Fortuna. In Command, it inexplicably appears as one of Andross's guardians on Titania. It makes yet another appearance in Zero as the leading bioweapon on Fortuna, making it one of two bosses other than Andross and Star Wolf to appear in all three continuities.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First its head or tails, then the body.
- Boss Subtitles: "Cyborg Double-Headed Dragon" in the Super Famicom manual, "Primitive Dinosaur" in the Super Nintendo manual, "Ancient Mechanical Bird-Dragon" in the Japanese version of Zero, and "Ancient Mechanical Raptor" in the English version of Zero.
- Breath Weapon: Fire Breath is its primary weapon, though it has other tricks to catch potential prey off-guard.
- Cyborg: Andross is presumably the reason for its inorganic visage and its powers exceeding state-of-the-art weapons.
- Distaff Counterpart: King Dodora, which had one head and didn't lay eggs, appeared in a later build of the unreleased Star Fox 2.
- Flunky Boss: In the original, it would lay eggs that would hatch almost instantly, while in Zero, its tornadoes would generate enemies.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Andross's ghost controls it in Command, although certain dialog against his grandson suggests it has become unruly.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: It's a cross between a bird and a dragon, even though localization tends to call it some kind of dinosaur.
- Mother Nature: The Super Nintendo manual claims that this giant dragon is the living spirit of Fortuna.
- Mythology Gag
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: According to the Super Nintendo manual, its name is ostensibly feared throughout the Lylat system.
- Palette Swap: Cosmic Dodora, the "Interstellar Mechanical Raptor", is a red version of Monarch Dodora that flies through space in Zero.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Monarch Dodra in the Super Nintendo manual and Command, but Monarch Dodora in the original game itself, the comics, and Zero.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: This is the first boss that experienced players can call That One Boss in Level 3.
Spinning CoreA massive drilling device causing geological harm on the planet Macbeth.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the turrets, then some yellow thing.
- Boss Subtitles: "Lightspeed Spinning Body" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Light Speed Revolution" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Rush Boss: It's a pretty hectic fight.
Great CommanderA three-piece mecha that combines into one.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The second fight has the small opening on the bottom, but the first fight has the much more infamous turrets.
- Boss Subtitles: "United Battleship" in the Super Famicom manual, and "Final Battleship" in the Super Nintendo manual.
- Sequential Boss: The second fight.
- Shout-Out: The first form of the second boss looks like R.O.B.
- Transforming Mecha: The second fight.
Slot MachineAn unnamed boss of Out of This Dimension in the original. We have no clue about anything else.
- Final Boss: Of the secret ending.
Other Bosses Debuting in 64
"You annoying little flies!"An overly cocky monkey and his mech with a very easily exploitable weakness. The boss of Corneria if you don't fulfill the requirements for a mission accomplished.
- All There in the Manual: According to the Nintendo Power player's guide, Granga is the name of the pilot, not the mech. Japanese material and Star Fox 64 3D makes it clear that it's the other way around, though, but that doesn't stop some fans from believing otherwise or even thinking that it's both.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The green thing on his back, but just for fun, try shooting him elsewhere to see what you can destroy.
- Boss Subtitles: "Urban-Assault Weapon" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Warm-Up Boss: You can destroy its legs and it can't move. This is by no means necessary to defeat it.
"Don't party just yet. It's time to try our new weapon."The boss of Sector Y. Taunts you throughout the battle.
- American Accents: The English version has him talking in what sounds kind of like a Bostonian accent, barely pronouncing the letter R at all. Combine this with the fact that his opening taunt is "Don't party just yet!" and you get unintentional Toilet Humor.
- Boss Subtitles: "Combat Robot" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Dub Name Change: From "Saru Death II" in Japan.
- Flunky Boss: When the boss fight starts, you'll be facing two Shoguns, one blue and one yellow. The "boss health bar" displayed is the sum of both of their health bars. Each one is worth four hits. Only once both are destroyed does the real boss arrive.
- Fragile Speedster: The smallest boss you face in the game (yes, even including the Copperheads from Sector Z), and the most mobile, flitting about erratically. Both he and his flunkies also have their entire bodies as weak points (although the boss at least takes reduced damage with his shield), covering the "fragile" part of the trope name.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: While he still can be damaged with his shield, his health bar will deplete far more rapidly once it's gone.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: "I'll take you guys out from the ship!" When he does this, the small erratically moving target becomes a small stationary target. That said, he recovers health while he's on the ship.
SaucererThe boss of Katina. Releases waves of enemy units, but is also equipped with a powerful laser weapon of its own that takes a full minute to charge.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The four hatches, then the core. Or, if you take a long time, just the core.
- Boss Subtitles: "Flying Assault Fortress" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Dub Name Change: From "Great Dish" in Japan.
- Shout-Out: To Independence Day.
- Time-Limit Boss: Once you've destroyed the four hatches that are releasing enemy ships (or after a certain length of time, if you spend too much time trying to pad your score with said enemies), the core appears and the ship's Wave Motion Gun starts charging. You have to destroy the core before the weapon charges to get the Good Ending to the level.
- Wave Motion Gun: Takes a full minute to charge.
BacoonA massive ancient clam-like creature that was modified into an undersea bio-weapon by Andross. Fox and his team are sent to the aquatic planet Aquas in order to destroy it.
- All There Inthe Manual: The Official Player's Guide states that Bacoon, having existed long before Andross, grew resentful of the Aquasians, who once lived above the water, so Bacoon learned to command the sea life and sent thousands of the exploding starfish to the polar caps and detonated them, flooding the planet and sinking the whole civilization forever.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the two support...things, and then you need to attack the barrier enough so you can Go for the Eye.
- Boss Subtitles: "Bioweapon" in Star Fox 64 3D, which it shares with Vulcain.
- Cyclops: Its ultimate weak point is its singular eye, but this is well protected.
- Flunky Boss: Sort of. The three tubes on top of its shell can be destroyed for extra points, but only before you finish the first stage of the boss battle.
- Go for the Eye: Trope Namer courtesy of Peppy's advice.
- Healing Factor: The rock-firing tubes on either side of its main body regenerate after a little while. It's not necessary to take them out, but doing so gives you a clearer shot at its weakness.
SpyborgA robotic weapon developed by Andross that malfunctioned and destroyed the Sector X base. Fox and company attempt to find it in the ruins and put a stop to it once and for all.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The headpiece.
- Ax-Crazy: "Destroy. Destroy." "I will terminate all enemies."
- Boss Subtitles: Averted; Spyborg is the only regular boss that lacks one of these in 3D.
- Dub Name Change: From "HVC-09" in Japan.
- Expy: Its slightly supernatural nature is reminiscent of Phantron and Plasma Hydra, especially the latter.
- Interface Spoiler: If Slippy was otherwise missing for the Sector X mission, he'll unexpectedly show up right when you reach the boss, which Fox will comment on. Care to guess who will play an important role in this battle?
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: After the Playing Possum bit.
- Playing Possum: Its health bar unexpectedly and abruptly drops to zero when it's taken down to about half — and then shoots right back up to where it's supposed to be.
- Skippable Boss: If you take the warp to Sector Z, you won't have to face Spyborg at all.
- Time-Limit Boss: There's no actual timer on-screen, but after the robot crashes and revives, you only have a short time to finish it before Slippy jumps in to try to help. This, of course, fails miserably, and the team has to abandon their plans to attack Andross's base on Macbeth in order to rescue Slippy, who has crash-landed on Titania. If you were aiming for a medal, it's gone now, as the secondary requirement for one (after the point requirement) is to have all wingmen alive at the end of the stage. To add insult to injury, going to Titania locks you out of going to Area 6, and by extension, the "advanced" version of Venom.
- Combine this with the warp gate mentioned above, and Sector X is the only mission in the game that has three branches.
- The Unintelligible: Not entirely, but his heavy Robo Speak can be difficult to understand.Fox: "What's he saying?"
Peppy: "THIS is the enemy's bio-weapon!? "Heat-resistant bio-weapon found on Solar.
Falco: "Andross is an insane fool!"
Falco: "Andross is an insane fool!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: The arms, then the head.
- Boss Subtitles: "Bioweapon" in Star Fox 64 3D, same as Bacoon's.
- Dub Name Change: From "Sanger" in Japan.
- Made of Explodium: Despite being a bioweapon rather than a mech, it explodes when defeated, with a flash of light coming from its body.
- Playing with Fire: Lava flowing from where its arms used to be, after you destroy its arms.
- You're Insane!: It's this boss where the team - Falco in particular - realize how insane Andross is and call him out on it.
"Disrespectful little whelps! I'll teach ye some respect!"The boss of Zoness. Heavily armored. Very heavily.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!:
- Even if you blow its periscope off, it'll still fire the ball-and-chain while underwater. ("I can't see a thing! Fire anyway!") This can be more dangerous, as it's easier to dodge when you know where he's aiming.
- After blowing off the crane and both cannons, his last-ditch attack is to fire everything he has at you."Fire! Fire!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: Before you can really hurt the boss, you have to destroy two pipes. Then, you have to destroy one of the cannons, which will reveal a crane. The crane will recover the cannons, so that has to go. After that, you destroy the cannons for good. Finally, you can attack the main body - with regular lasers this time, too!
- Boss Subtitles: "Illegally Modified Research Vessel" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Its periscope can be spotted checking out the team midway through the level.
- Epic Flail: An enormous spiked ball-and-chain that it uses while underwater and also as a last-ditch attack.
- Evil Laugh: If he hits you with certain attacks.
- Puzzle Boss: Its parts have to be destroyed in a certain order, and destroying one of its cannons too early in the battle will only prolong it as the boss dives underwater to retrieve it. Also, only bombs can pierce its armor.
- Super Toughness: Lasers are completely useless in the first stage of the battle and ineffective during the second stage (where you still have to use a bomb to get the ball rolling). Only after it's already on the brink of destruction are your lasers able to damage it without any help from your bombs.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: More than capable of destroying you with its ball-and-chain and its "torpedoes", and at the end it even starts firing lasers. If it didn't fire those green balls at you from its cannons, you'd never be able to get enough bombs to finish it off.
GorasAn ancient Titanian monster, and the only boss that is confirmed not to be one of Andross's creations, though he did modify it. Captures Slippy on Titania.
- All There in the Manual: The deserted planet of Titania once had a thriving culture of farming communities, and the villagers would leave a portion of their harvests at temples in order to appease the fearsome Goras. Absolutely none of this history appears in the game, instead being filled in in the Official Player's Guide.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Destroy the arms to get it to reveal its vulnerable heart.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Given that this game features collision damage, a tail-swipe attack was inevitable.
- Boss Subtitles: "Prehistoric Beast" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Expy: Possibly one of Monarch Dodora.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Four arms — two that have hammers at the end, and two that fire lasers. One of the latter is holding Slippy at the start of the battle.
The Forever TrainThe boss of Macbeth. Both it and its conductor are a presence throughout the stage aside from one stretch where it speeds too far ahead of you. Can be beaten in two different ways.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: His cry of "No! Hit the brakes!" if you've successfully derailed the train comes almost immediately after he says "Step on the gas!".
- Attack Its Weak Point: During Mechbeth's second phase, you need to pay attention to the train when it opens to attack, at which point you need to shoot it to make Mechbeth vulnerable.
- Battleship Raid: The train is visible to your left at the very beginning of the stage, and if not dealt with, it'll start making your life miserable almost as quickly. Most of the earlier cars don't strictly have to be destroyed.
- Dishing Out Dirt: One of its favorite tactics is to throw rocks at you. After it's already done this a few times, there's a segment where it starts firing explosives at you, briefly pauses, and decides to fire them at the canyon walls instead to drop more rocks on you.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Assuming you reached this level (the "medium difficulty" fifth mission) for the first time before reaching Sector Z (the "hard difficulty" fifth mission) for the first time, the appearance of a Copperhead missile on one of the train cats near the end is this.
- No Name Given: Technically, it doesn't have a name. The name "The Forever Train" comes from Macbeth's level subtitle; hence fans tend to refer it as such.
- Puzzle Boss: To get to the more advanced route, you have to shoot eight switches to unlock the track switcher box, then shoot that switch to change the track. The conductor will be unable to stop the train and it will go careening into the fuel bunker, blowing both up. Failing to beat it in this manner will lead to you having to finish the fight with the recently revealed...
MechbethA bioweapon carried on one of the front-most cars of the Forever Train. Shortly before you reach the weapons factory, the conductor decides that Star Fox has been too much of a nuisance and that he has no choice but to unleash this on them.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the head and the claw, and after that, you need to hit the train when it opens for it to reveal its last weak point.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: It stabs you, picks you up, crunches you, and drops you.
- Boss Subtitles: "Experimental Weapon" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Dub Name Change: From "Benjamin" in Japan.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Its head drops iron rods in your path. Also, the iron rods explode.
- Flunky Boss: There are plenty of regular enemies to be shot down while fighting it, and you'll have to assist your wingmen at least once if you take it on, as Peppy gets in trouble as soon as you pass the track switcher.
- Shout-Out: To the Shakespearean play Macbeth.
- Time-Limit Boss: There's no countdown clock and the only thing to suggest that this is the case is a comment Peppy made long before the boss fight started ("Don't let 'em get to the supply depot!"), but if you take too long, the conductor will say "You're too slow, time to end this!" and Mechbeth will ram into you for a One-Hit KO.
- Wave Motion Gun: Its wings fire beams.
ROB 64: "Missile approaching. Distance 50."After the Great Fox stalls out in Sector Z, six of these drop out of warp to attempt to attack it. Defending the Great Fox from them determines which way you'll take to Venom.
- Boss Subtitles: "Interplanetary Cruise Missiles" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Dub Name Change: From "Man Drill" in Japan.
- Time-Limit Boss: Each wave must be destroyed before they reach the Great Fox, or else the mission will end prematurely and you'll be locked out of Area 6 (unless you retry).
- Wolf Pack Boss: They come at you in waves — first one, then two, then three.
Bolse CoreThe boss of the Bolse Defense Outpost is none other than the satellite itself. After shooting the force field generators, the core appears alongside waves of Bolse fighters (and if you didn't take them down on Fichina, Star Wolf shows up shortly into the battle to make your life even more miserable). Luckily, it's a point-rich target with no visible means of defending itself...
- Attack Its Weak Point: The eight very visible weak points.
- Battleship Raid: Eight panels worth up to 11 points apiece and six force field generators worth 4 points apiece, that's 112 points right there. Add in Star Wolf, and you can theoretically get 156 points without destroying a single bogey — enough to meet the medal score of 150. (Of course, trying to destroy Star Wolf as well will likely slow you down enough that you won't get the full 11 points for all eight core panels.)
- Boss Subtitles: "Fusion Reactor" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Expy: Of the Atomic Bases.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: ...no means that are visible at first, that is. Then you destroy the first of the eight core panels, and lasers start spewing out of it. The closer you are to destroying it, the more laser beams there will be.
Venomian commander: "These guys are crazy! Dang! DEPLOY IT NOW!"After the commander and Caiman repeatedly fail to stop Star Fox from progressing further into Area 6, the commander panickedly orders that the Gorgon be deployed. It possesses an advanced Dimension Transport System and was designed to destroy planets.
- Attack Its Weak Point: It's the circle in the middle, but it's guarded by a very potent shield that can only be destroyed by getting it to open up three times and shooting three energy tentacles, which, except for the very beginning, requires precisely shooting three solid tentacles and dodging a special attack.
- Boss Subtitles: "Ultimate Space Weapon" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Dub Name Change: From "Death Ball" in Japan.
- Of the Great Commander in that it's the ultimate weapon in Andross's army. While it's probably a coincidence, both have obvious weak points that are ridiculously hard to damage.
- Also Phantron, who fulfills the Great Commander's role in Path 1. Gorgon's ability to vanish in and out of existence is reminiscent of Phantron's illusionary abilities.
- Godzilla Threshold: The unnamed commander freaks out so much at how easily the Star Fox team tears up the Venomian forces that he's left with deploying a planet-destroying superweapon.
- Puzzle Boss: Shooting the tentacles doesn't damage it. If you don't figure it out right away, Peppy will give you a hint. There's also a second puzzle involved in getting the maximum score, because the timing on it is brutally unforgiving.
- Wave Motion Gun: With a surprising amount of mobility, though you can sometimes avoid it just by cowering in the corner of the screen.
GolemechSub-boss of Venom's "Easy" route. May or may not be one of Andross's creations.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Interestingly, each part of its body except for the head is a seperate weak point. When you destroy them all to reveal the mechanical parts, the head will become vulnerable. After destroying the head, the surprisingly resilient body will become active again so you can destroy it for good.
- Boss Subtitles: "Mysterious Giant Golem" in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Seemingly made largely out of stone and can manipulate the stone walls of the temple in which he resides.
- Dub Name Change: From "Bam Bam" in Japan.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Never directly attacks you, instead running away while leaving obstacles in your way.
- Lost Superweapon: Maybe, though if it was something that Andross found on Venom, he probably gave it some modifications anyway the way he did with Goras.
Other Bosses Debuting in Adventures
GaldonThe boss of DarkIce Mines, and the monster holding the first SpellStone. It's a giant, tall dinosaur that attacks with green fluids. Fox and Tricky reach its lair after exploring the volcanic prison of the Mines, and note that it's frozen. As soon as Tricky uses his Flame ability to melt its body, it recovers its consciousness and swallows the SpellStone to prevent the intruders from taking it away.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The tail, then the internal organs (where the Spellstone lies after Galdon swallows it) while Fox is inside its body, then the chest and finally the internal organs again.
- Ground Pound: Galdon can pound its tail while Fox tries to inflict damage upon it (hence why it's recommended to attack it from a distance with the Fire Blast).
- Human Popsicle: Fox and Tricky find it frozen in ice prior to the battle.
- Just Eat Him: Galdon swallows Fox twice during the battle. But this turns out against it because Fox starts attacking it from the inside.
- Mighty Roar: Does it frequently between the attacks periods. It's during those instants that Fox can focus on attacking its weak parts.
- Super Spit: During the second phase of the battle, Galdon starts spitting fluids towards Fox and Tricky.
SharpClaw RidersThough Fox encounters two such riders at the start of the game in the summit part of SnowHorn Wastes, the three he pursues in CloudRunner Fortress serve as a collective Wolfpack Boss, with their leader being entrusted the second SpellStone by General Scales when the latter wants to keep Fox distracted so he can escape out of the fortress.
- Rubber Band AI: If Fox manages to get ahead of the third- or second-place SharpClaw without killing it, it will rapidly increase its speed until it gets ahead of Fox. This ensures that all three SharpClaws have to be taken down to win, not just the one in first place (the one having the SpellStone).
- Time-Limit Boss: Unlike the other motorbike sequences, in this one the vehicle Fox drives has a finite amount of fuel, so he needs to take down all three riders before the fuel runs out.
- Wolfpack Boss: Three SharpClaws that are trying to escape from Fox.
King RedEyeThe boss of Walled City, King RedEye is a gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex that has the third SpellStone attached to its forehead. Fox confronts it after opening the subterranean chamber of the sacred central pyramid where the King EarthWalker (Tricky's father) was imprisoned.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The face, but it can only be harmed after stunning it with a large electric trap while it approaches Fox. And given the big size of the head, it's only weak against explosive barrels.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: The King is too large for Fox to inflict it direct damage, but it's still defeatable because the chamber where it's lurking has several electrical devices installed in the passageways, and in the corners there are small caches holding explosive barrels. Fox can stand on a floor button for a couple seconds to load the electric trap and stun the boss with the right timing. Of course, as the battle progresses the King will walk faster, so the required timing will be more strict.
- King Mook: Of the RedEye enemies, true to its name.
- Not Quite Dead: After four hits in the face, the King seems to have died. Fox then proceeds to use Krystal's Staff to remove the SpellStone from its forehead. But as Fox seizes it after it falls and slips through the floor, the King suddenly moves its head to try to eat Fox. Luckily, the latter reacts and does an acrobatic jump to dodge the attack and then impale the Staff onto the monster's cranium as the finishing blow.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: All RedEyes are modeled after the famous T-Rex, and the King is no exception (though its skin is greener).
DrakorThe boss of Dragon Rock, and the usurper of the fourth and final SpellStone. After Fox rescues the imprisoned dinosaurs and (with the help of one of them) destroys the electric towers that protect the core column at the center of Dragon Rock, he manages to access the underground foundry where Drakor is awaiting him. Drakor is a humanoid dinosaur like General Scales, but has a crimson skin and is capable to fly thanks to his wings.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The chest. Since Fox is always at a distance away from him during the battle, despite both moving through the foundry (since Fox can't fly, he's standing onto a moving platform), he has to shoot him with the Fire Blast attack of the staff.
- Battle Theme Music: Drakor borrows the theme heard during an earlier segment of the game when Fox has to help the ThornTails from a plague of bats in the Hollow.
- Greater Scope Villain: Not in the final game, but he would have had a role as the one using General Scale in Dinosaur Planet.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: He shoots blue-colored ones during the battle, though it appears as if he was literally dropping them by (due to the constant motion he and Fox do).
- Humanoid Abomination: When Fox is piloting towards Dragon Rock for the first time, Slippy warns him that Scales is planning to turn the imprisoned dinosaurs into mutant soldiers, and that one of them might already have completed the transformation phase. That unlucky dinosaur is shown to be Drakor, and has earned a much more sinister appearance than even that of General Scales himself.
- Marathon Boss: Its HP is the second-largest among the bosses of the game, only surpassed by the Final Boss.
- Shock and Awe: Whenever he flies through the narrow segments of the foundry, he drops floating electric mines Fox has to destroy with the Fire Blast before he gets too close to them.