Comicbook: Star Fox

A monthly Star Fox comic strip, illustrated by Benimaru Itoh, was printed in issues 45 to 55 of Nintendo Power in 1993. It was a sort of background covering of events in the original Star Fox, with some exclusive characters not currently seen in any of the games to date. One such character was Fara Phoenix, a vixen who becomes the fifth member of Star Fox after they saved her from Venomian forces. The story followed the Star Fox team as they went from outlaws on Papetoon, to an elite Arwing fighter squadron. Fox, Falco, and Andross were the only 3 characters whose backgrounds were fully explained in the story.

Not to be confused with Starfox from the Marvel Universe.


  • Air-Vent Passageway: Inside Andross' base, Slippy and Peppy manage to break into Venom's control center via a vent.
  • Almost Dead Guy: As the crippled freighter ship crashes, a lizard stumbles out of the smoking wreck. He cryptically says, "Beware the Stingrays...!" before collapsing.
  • Alternate Continuity: A retelling of the SNES version of Star Fox. One of two, in fact, as one of the strategy guides in Japan had illustrations by the same artist detailing a separate but similar canon to the game storyline.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing
    Fox: Flat as an ape crepe!
    Falco; Yahoo! Papetoon pancakes!
  • Angels Pose: Just look at the header pic.
  • Anti Heroes/Just Like Robin Hood: The Star Fox team was this in the beginning of the main story, having been exiled to Papetoon, and robbing Andross's scows to give aid to Papetoon's oppressed people.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Andross warns General Pepper that McCloud is trying his patience.
    "He has destroyed my Cornerian Army, wiped out my space defenses, and kidnapped my favorite android pig, Herbert."
  • Attack Its Weakpoint: Fox spots some blinking red transmitters on the stingrays' tails, and orders his team to target those. This comes in handy later when Andross sics a dragon on them.
  • Badass Biker: Falco used to be one.
  • Batman Cold Open: Fox and his desperadoes shooting down one of Andross' ships in the prologue.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT imply that Fox McCloud and the band that he leads are thieves, or suggest raiding anything other than Imperial freighters. He does NOT take kindly to it.
    • "WE
    • Also, don't call him Junior.
    • Fox gets even more furious upon finding out that Andross killed his mother with a car bomb meant for his father, and that his father being lost in the Black Hole was the result of Andross' sabotage of his ship.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Fox and Fara dogfighting in their Arwings.
  • Best Served Cold: Andross rose up the ranks in the Academy to get revenge on those who wronged him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Star Fox leaping out of a cargo container to kick some lizard tail. Falco comments that they probably weren't expecting such "hazardous cargo."
  • Big "Shut Up!": Andross does not take kindly to his sanity being questioned.
  • Bond One-Liner: After Slippy takes out the kidnapper, Falco complains that they could have used his help earlier. Peppy cheerfully says to go easy on him; "He really cleaned up!"
  • Bowties Are Cool: Fara's dad.
  • Call to Adventure: General Pepper's holo-telegram.
  • Call Back: When Fox radios Slippy to ask if he has enough legroom, Slippy replies, "It's better than Peppy's saddle-bag!" (Slippy was crammed behind Peppy's cockpit seat in a previous chapter.)
  • Canon Foreigner: Fara Phoenix, Fox's mother Vixy and many others. Fara was in early alpha builds of the unreleased Star Fox 2, but she got replaced by two new female characters in later builds.
  • Characterization Marches On: It may be more accurate to say that the better-known characterization marched on from this.
    • Fox McCloud was already fiercely self-reliant, having already launched his CDF career, and subsequently wrecking it (for a time) when he provoked Corneria's powers-that-be to exile him and his friends. This Fox was less In It For The Money than his usual series' incarnation, believing that the assets they stole from Andross should be liquidated for the benefit of Papetoon's needy downtrodden.
    • Falco Lombardi was not a Bishōnen, and his head sported more of a feather mohawk than the pointy tip in his usual appearance. All this accomplished to make him more masculine in appearance. It was specifically this incarnation of Falco that was specifically Expyed as Eric Bradley Hawthorne in The Class Menagerie (also Ambiguously Gay). One thing that didn't change much about Falco's characterization, was that he was Only in It for the Money both here and the games, much to the annoyance of this incarnation of Fox.
    • Peppy Hare appeared to be barely middle-aged, and most likely not old enough to be a Parental Substitute to a Fox who was already fully-grown. However, Peppy was still the best friend of Fox's father, so he was still the team's Cool Old Guy, and his affection towards Fox made him the perfect Big Brother Mentor. His perky chirpy personality also made him a lot more...peppy.
    • Slippy Toad was notable for having no Viewer Gender Confusion whatsoever, being unambiguously male and boyish (reflecting his deep baritone voice in the original game), all the while constantly wearing a bead necklace. Later on, when Slippy's sound become more feminine, his appearance was made more masculine in contrast, and his trademark necklace had to go. Slippy also had a constant stutter, and periodically punctuated his lines with "ribbit" — which vanished entirely from his rebooted persona.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Herbert I.
  • Child Prodigy: Young Fox was in the best of his class at the academy. "He could fly circles around a flea, endure days of gravity training, recite the Cornerian Constitution backwards and belch on command." Fox Sr. was justly proud.
  • Cliffhanger: The team cockily chases Slippy's kidnapper to Sector Y, only to find that he's disappeared from radar. Making matters worse, they're running low on fuel. And the stingrays are moving in...
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Fox - They Never Found the Body of his father, but Fox's mom Vixy was confirmed to be (accidentally) killed by Andross.
  • Cool Shades: One of General Pepper's most distinguishing features, along with his distinctive uniform and the lollipop he was always sucking on.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: The Team laments that they can't get to Andross without first getting to Venom, which is impenetrable. Fox knows of a route that Andross might not have considered: "We'll go through the Black Hole!"
  • Custom Uniform: Fara's black Arwing. After it's blown to pieces, she gets a pink replacement.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Andross promises to "shatter [Fox's] soul like glass."
    • "Rip out their lying lizard tongues!"
  • Cut the Juice: Peppy blasts Herbert to smitherreens, removing Andross' energy during his duel with Fox.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Fox Sr. and Vixy.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Fox notices many other floating ships that have gotten lost in the Black Hole, freaking him out.
  • Die Hard on an X: Fox, Falco, and Peppy stowaway on a cargo tube being loaded into a star freighter. After the ship exits Papetoon's atmosphere, the three climb out of the cargo hold to hear a battle happening on the floor above them. Some lizards have taken over the ship.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Inside the Black Hole, Fox finds himself lost, unable to find a way out. Suddenly, the image of his father appears in front of him, calling out "Junior! Follow me!" Fox flies into a white light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Distressed Dude: Poor Slippy gets nabbed by Andross in Act 6.
  • Divided We Fall: The leaders of Corneria were too scared of Andross, and Fox and his friends were denounced for inciting a rebellion. They fled Corneria and lived as outlaws on Papetoon.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Even with her Arwing on fire, Fara acts as if everything is peachy keen.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Do not call Fox "Junior." Just don't.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: General Pepper's lieutenant bursts into his room to alert that Fox has hijacked an Arwing; Pepper is so surprised that he spills his coffee.
  • Driven by Envy: Falco chafes at Fox's leadership. Hasn't he gotten enough glory?
  • Dynamic Entry: At the Papetoon spaceport, Peppy mentions that Slippy is spending the trip in a cryo-mud bath. Later, as the hostage-taken is about to escape, Slippy bursts out of one of the bath tanks. The lid falls on top of the lizard's head, knocking him out cold.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This comic is based off of the original Star Fox game for the SNES, and the unreleased Star Fox 2. There are many things different that fans who got into the series after 64 wouldn't recognize (which makes sense- Star Fox 64 was meant as a Replacement Sequel for the original).
    • "Star Fox," in the later series, is the name of Fox's mercenary team, which was founded by James McCloud. In the comic, they're a group of freedom fighters.
    • In the comic, Andross' forces are all lizards. While we do see lizards in Andross' forces in 64, there are also mammals and other types of creatures.
    • In the comic, James (Fox McCloud Sr.) died because Andross sabotaged a bomb, trapping him in some sort of alternate reality. In the games, James and the original Star Fox team (including Peppy and Pigma) went to Venom to investigate strange happenings. Pigma betrayed the team and killed James, leaving Peppy to limp home.
  • Ejection Seat: Fara is able to bail out of her Arwing as it goes down. Her cockpit deploys helicopter rotors to slow her decent, while Fox swoops in with his Arwing and catches her between his wing.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Star Fox's hideout on Papetoon.
  • The Empire: This version of Andross is explicitly said to rule an empire, with friends and foes alike referring to him as "Emperor" Andross.
  • Evil Gloating: Fara's hostage-taker. "Some hero you are, Fox McClown!"
    • Andross can't resist crashing General Pepper's HQ to deliver one of these.
  • Evil Laugh: Andross, of course. We also see a lizard laughing after stealing Fara's Arwing, with Slippy in tow.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Fara overhears Falco's intent to usurp Fox as team leader.
  • The Exile: As per the SNES game, Andross was stranded on Venom. In a dramatic twist, the Star Fox team fled to Papetoon after being "dangerous radicals" on Corneria.
    • Fox McCloud and his companions were originally Ace Pilots in the Corneria Defense Force. But after the incident that created the Black Hole and caused his father's disappearance, Fox and his friends protested. Cornerian leadership was terrified of Andross's growing power on Venom, and exiled the crew to Fox's ancestral home planet Papetoon to try to avoid Andross's wrath. It didn't work, and Venom soon conquered Papetoon and invaded Corneria, turning the latter into a tense warzone while Fox and his friends spent the next few years just trying to hide and survive. At the beginning of the main story, General Pepper suspended their exile and they smuggled themselves back to Corneria.
  • Expospeak Gag: "I'm thinking it is our sacred duty to relieve these lizards of the burden of command."
    • "Call it a professional assessment."
  • External Combustion: Fox's mother Vixy Reinard's death was because of a car bomb rigged for James. Not to be outdone, Andross rigged James' Arwing to blow.
  • Faux Action Girl: Fara is a full member of the Star Fox team but due to getting kidnapped she doesn't always show the skill that such a position would imply.
  • For Great Justice: General Pepper calls on Fox to prove that he stands for "honor, decency and freedom of species."
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: General Pepper's telegram remarks that the "Communications Cartel" shut off Fox's phone service due to nonpayment.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The starship which saved Fox Sr. can only manifest in our reality as a Space Whale.
  • Freudian Excuse: Andross is steamed about his pig foster parents getting blown up in a military accident.
  • Generation Xerox/I Am X, Son of Y: Fox McCloud is always being compared to his missing father Fox McCloud Sr., and in Flashbacks Sr. looks practically identical to adult Junior. (This was before the 64 Continuity Reboot gave James McCloud his trademark Cool Shades.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: More so than the games. There is no euphemism for the car bomb Andross used and the characters arrest Fox because "he's beyond reason and he'll kill himself."
    • Fara had very visible cameltoe under her jumpsuit.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Fox's "insane" plan to modify the Arwing to survive the Black Hole. After knocking Fox unconscious and sticking him solitary confinement, Falco tells Slippy to get to work on the modifications.
  • Glory Days: Falco reminiscing about being a thief. He's never happy.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Fox gets these whenever he gets really pissed.
  • Hero Insurance: General Pepper's lieutenant reports the team's success on Venom. Pepper marvels that he was "going to discharge the lot of them," but now he predicts parades and medals.
  • His Name Is...: General Pepper starts to reminisce about Fox Sr. way back in Chapter 3, but is interrupted by Andross shattering the windows.
  • Hot-Blooded: Fox, particularly where Andross is involved.
  • Hoverbike: Fox and the rest of the Star Fox team attack a freighter in the opening, using speederbikes of some sort.
  • Huge Holographic Head: Andross first appears to General Pepper in this form. For added effect, he smashes all of the windows.
    General Pepper: What an ape!
  • Human Shield: Peppy wonders aloud why imperial troops were sent to hijack a freighter. Suddenly, they notice a lizard holding a woman hostage. Fox asks Peppy who she is, and he replies that she is Fara Phoenix, the spaceship magnate's daughter.
  • Hypno Trinket: Andross' transmitters.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The lizard attempting to kidnap Fara has shades of this. "Move your tail, precious."
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: General Pepper states that Corneria needs all the help it can get, even if it's from "mangy outlaws."
    Fox: Who is he calling mangy?
  • I Work Alone: Fara, concerned about Fox, follows him into the Black Hole against his wishes. Needless to say, the rest of the team is in hot pursuit.
  • Identical Stranger: When Fara gets into one of Fox's mother's outfits, Fox remarks that she could be his mother's twin sister. This sets up an important reveal when the first Andross clone mistakes Fara for Fox's mother, whom the original Andross loved long ago but mistakenly killed in his attempt to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: In Andross' lair, a force field goes up right after Fox's Arwing flies through an entryway. The others are left behind.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Fox radioing General Pepper for some salt — because "these ships can really cook!" Pepper says to quit being a wise guy.
  • Insistent Terminology: Fox's gang aren't thieves! They are a "People's Appropriation Committee."
  • Invisible to Normals: As they exit the Black Hole, Fox asks if Fara saw his father, too. Fara says she just followed Fox into the light; she saw no one.
  • It Runs in the Family: Peppy glowingly (and sometimes not-so-glowingly) draws comparisons from Fox to his father. "Impatient like your dad."
  • Just Like Robin Hood: The story begins with Fox and co. irking out a meager living on Papetoon, raiding Imperial scows for loot. Peppy lampshades this by comparing them to Robin Hood.
    Peppy: Friends of the poor. Heroes to downtrodden aliens. Snappy dressers.
  • Keep the Reward: Following Fara's rescue, Mr. Phoenix's valet comes over to inform Fox that Mr. Phoenix is very grateful. His teammate's eyes light up with dollar signs. Fox, remembering his uncomfortable stay in a cargo pod... asks for First Class tickets.
    Falco: You could have asked for a MOON!
    Fox: Moons aren't nearly as comfortable.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Fara makes ready to polish off an Attack Carrier, but as Fox warns, she's badly outmatched.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Andross has only a robot pig for a friend.
  • Love Triangle: Between Fox Sr., Vixy Reinard, and Andross.
  • Murder by Mistake: The first Andross clone mistakes Fara Phoenix for Vixy Reinard, the woman the original Andross loved, which sets up The Reveal about their past and sends Fox into Unstoppable Rage mode.
  • Never Found the Body: The sabotage that created the Black Hole which sucked Fox McCloud Sr. into it. [[Spoiler: He lived.]]
  • Oh Crap!: The team realizing they're adrift in space, with stingrays about to chow down on their Arwings.
    • Andross losing contact with his Dodora. Whoops.
  • Opaque Lenses: General Pepper.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Slippy proposes using a gravity dilator in the Black Hole to create a shortcut through space. This fits into the real-life "gravity donut" theory of time travel.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: When Fox saves Fara's escape pod, Slippy is stunned at the stunt; his brain hurts just thinking about it.
  • Parental Bonus: When first told about General Pepper, Fox recalls him being a sergeant. In case this is too stealthy, it is reused and expanded upon when Pepper explains James and Andross's backstory, ending with the revelation that he was unable to help because he was only a sergeant at the time. Complete with a picture of him and his associates, resembling a certain album cover.
    • General Pepper was also shown singing "Hound Dog" while shaving.
    • General Pepper isn't the only character who likes lollies. At the start of Act.6, we see a freighter captain enjoying one — the Captain is an owl.
  • Percussive Prevention: Falco expresses concern that Fox is "beyond reason" and that unless they stop him from going into the Black Hole, he'll kill himself. Better knock his lights out, then. *cracks knuckles* Falco almost decks him a third time, when the others remind him that putting Fox in solitary confinement is a more sensible option. Fox later returns the favor! Falco's real motive is revealed a few pages later, when he tries to steal Fox's Arwing to go make history himself.
  • Phantom Zone: The Black Hole.
  • Pre-Asskicking One Liner: Fara cockily compares one of Andross' carriers to a trash compacter. "Time to take out the garbage!" (she gets shot down immediately.)
    • Falco, sitting in Fox's cockpit, says to himself, "I've got to concentrate. This isn't going to be easy." Fox suddenly pops up and says "Easy enough, Falco!" He jumps in and knocks Falco out on his ass.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "How about some stir-fry?" [zaps a lizard]
    • Slippy reminds Peppy of the android pig they captured on Papetoon, and says that the pig they're looking at is a literal "piggy bank" of data and the nerve center for the base. Peppy says it's time they "made a withdrawal," and shoots Herbert with his blaster.
    • Fox taking out both of the Andross head's eyes. "Keeping an eye out, Andross?"
  • Pun
    • Fara performing wait for it A BARREL ROLL and waving at Fox through her cockpit window. "Mind if I drop in?"
    • Falco is impressed at the length to which Fox will chase a girl. "Talk about flirting with danger!"
  • Punny Name: Fara Phoenix's surname is pronounced "fennecs".
    • Then there's Vixy Reinard, whose first and last names are both fox terms.
  • Reformed Criminal: As a cadet, Fox met a gangster "with enough street savvy to fill an encyclopedia." Falco wanted to fly, too, so he cleaned up his act and enrolled in the acedemy.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Imperials consist entirely of red-eyed lizards. Subverted, as they were once a peaceful people before Andross brainwashed them.
  • Rescue Romance: Fox and Fara. Although the first time, Slippy technically did the saving.
  • Robot Buddy: Herbert I and II.
  • Rule of Cool: Falco dislikes Fox always getting the last shot.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Fox mistaking a black Arwing for an enemy bogy ("Who is that clown?"). Turns out it's Fara Phoenix, and she's the Chief Test Pilot.
  • Sci Fi Name Buzz Words: Hyper-Twinkies.
    • Holo-telegram.
    • Anti-gravity underwear.
    • Cryo-mud baths.
    • Astro-Hockey.
  • Shout-Out:
    • General Pepper was once a Sergeant. In fact, in one panel, they recreate the cover of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band," but with anthros in the place of the Beatles.
    • Herbert II's color scheme resembles that of the original Gundam (save for the head).
    • Andross' monster, Duodora, is clearly just a two-headed, green, King Ghidorah- made more obvious through the "Duo" prefix, meaning "Two."
    • Act titles:
    Act 1: Desperado - 1973 song by The Eagles
    Act 2: Silver Wings - 1969 song by Merle Haggard
    Act 3: The Thrill is Gone - 1969 song by B.B. King
    Act 5: Fixing a Hole - 1967 song by The Beatles
    Act 8: Fire in the Sky - 1972 song by Deep Purple (Smoke on the Water)
    Act 9: Here Comes the Son - 1969 song by The Beatles (Here Comes the Sun)
    Act 10: Close to the Edge - 1972 song by Yes
    Act 11: Hello, Goodbye - 1967 song by The Beatles
  • Single-Biome Planet: Titania is an icebox with great frozen yogurt. This is odd in a modern context because Fichina is generally considered the coldest planet in the Lylat system, and Titania is a desert planet.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Fara Phoenix. The developers of Star Fox 2 even intended to include her as a playable character, but she ended up being replaced by Fay and Miyu.
  • Slave Mooks: Andross' lizard henchmen. The majority return to civilian life once Venom is destroyed; the remaining few are still under the Telekinetic Amplifier's thrall.
  • Sound Off: "Land of my species pride / World without ecocide / Evolution we won't abide / Let freedom bark!" ♪
  • Space Whale: Fox McCloud Sr. survived, but became permanently trapped in a parallel dimension. He was only able to interface with others again as a voice, and visually only as a giant baleen whale that would emerge temporarily from the Black Hole.
  • Speech Impediment: Almost all of Slippy's dialogue contains stuttering.
  • Squashed Flat: Andross by the Dodora.
  • Sssssnake Talk: All of the lizards and reptiles under Andross' command.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: The Black Hole aliens.
  • Suicide Mission: Everyone thinks going through the Black Hole is this. Disingenuously, the team quickly agrees to snub Fox (who is too passionate) by having Falco lead the mission.
  • Techno Babble: Falco asks if they can modify the Arwing to be strong enough to withstand the Black Hole. Slippy holds to his theory that they could "triple the output of the G Induction Coils."
  • Tap on the Head: Falco lays out Fox with a few punches.
    • While the rest of the team grab some ice cream, Slippy continues to work on Fara's Arwing. Suddenly, he is approached by an unseen figure and knocked out with crowbar.
  • Tempting Fate: Fox is warned not to attempt one of his "famous last-second rescues" (as the lizard puts it) when Slippy ambushes him from behind.
  • Telepathic Spacemen: In this incarnation, Peppy is a psychic.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Andross is impressed that Fox made it all the way to Venom. "Your valiant effort should be rewarded, Junior!"
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Slippy shows off a photo of his girlfriend "Croakella," who gave him his first wart. (She has red ribbon in her hair.)
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Fox yells this at his team when he loses his mind during the final attack, after he learns that Andross killed his mother.
  • Tracking Device: Falco and Peppy are next to emerge from the Black Hole. Falco gloats, "I told you I'd get us through the hole!" Peppy reminds him that Slippy's tracking device was what locked onto Fox's route.
  • Training Accident: Fara boast that she's "been flying since [she] was a kit," and challenges Fox to a race. Peppy notices they're headed the wrong way, though. back at base, General Pepper is alerted that two Arwings have entered Imperial Space.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole/Our Wormholes Are Different/Warp Zone: Created when Andross sabotaged the device Fox McCloud Sr. was taking into the Asteroid Belt. The Black Hole sucked in fully a third of the Asteroid Belt, and remained in interplanetary space. Unlike real black holes, this one was fully visible as a purplish maelstrom in outer space, and it functioned more as a Warp Zone to other locations in the Lylat System.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Fox goes into a supremely awesome one of these near the end of the comic when the first Andross clone reveals that not only was the original Andross after his father from the very beginning, but that he was responsible for killing his mother with a bomb that was meant for his father. "Payback time is overdue," indeed.
    Peppy: ...Fox? He's boiling over!
    Falco: I've never seen him so... twisted! I'm glad I'm not Andross!
  • Utility Necklace: Slippy's necklace beads contain knock-out gas and grenades, as needed.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Fox and co. are a bit hasty in chasing down Fara's stolen Arwing. When they arrive at Sector Y, they find their fuel tanks have been emptied.
    • Done to the car of Fox's parents as well, intended for McCloud Sr. It didn't quite end well and killed Fox's mother instead.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Fox and Falco have a tendency of pressing each other's Berserk Buttons and exchanging moments of Percussive Prevention, but they're still good friends in spite of it all. Falco seems to express his most honest words of caring towards Fox while busy beating the shit out of him.
  • Walk In Chime In: Peppy does not initially see who kicked Falco out of the Arwing. Fox pokes his head out the cockpit to remind them that he's the only one qualified to navigate the Black Hole. Fara chimes in and says that he's "not the only one qualified!" She and Fox start up their Arwings.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: The Venomian Army is composed of Lizardmen which are under the influence of a very powerful Mind Control device. After Andross' first defeat, most of the Lizardmen are glad to be free from his control while a few are still loyal to him.
  • With Friends Like These...: Fox and Falco.
  • You're Insane!:
    "You're m-m-mad! Fox will stop you!"

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