Manga: Farewell, Beloved Falco

Farewell, Beloved Falco is a Canonical Manga in the Star Fox series, exclusively released on the Japanese Star Fox Adventures website. It fills in the gaps in the story after Star Fox 64 and before Adventures. As its name implies, Farewell's story focuses on Falco's Character Development, shows why he isn't present with the team at the beginning of Adventures and explains the nature of his relationship with Katt Monroe and his past in the space hot-rodders.

Farewell, Beloved Falco provides examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: Or rather, this is the manual for some plot points in Star Fox Adventures.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Katt loved Falco even since they were teenagers.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Captain Shears, a military officer on Titania, tells Fox that he needs help combating remnants of Andross's army who are planning a counterattack. In fact, Shears is trying to re-build Andross and is trying to fool Fox into attacking Falco and his group.
  • Celibate Hero: Falco was revealed not to be the love interest Katt had pined for, though whether or not Falco is either Asexual or simply not interested in getting a girl at this time is not addressed.
    • It should be noted that one ending in Command has a new Star Fox team made up of descendants of the original members, except for Falco.
  • Cloning Blues: This is how Shears intends to revive Andross.
  • Expy:
    • Captain Shears more resembles General Pepper's appearance in the cancelled Star Fox 2 (or, less likely, might be intended as the same character).
    • Mousor is...Mouser.
  • Eye Scream: "How about Fox throws a rapier into Andross' eye?" was a thought from a qualified Nintendo writer at one point.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The story is an interquel, made to bridge the events between Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Adventures. All the characters survive, and Falco leaves the team.
  • I Work Alone: Falco states this as the reason why he'll never want a girlfriend.
  • Like Brother and Sister: The real dynamic between Falco and Katt in private.
  • Mythology Gag: Fox and Slippy are seen playing what appears to be a multiplayer version of the original Star Fox at the end, and on the screens of the enemy base, Andross appears as his SNES form.
  • The Mole: Captain Shears is a Corneria Defense Force officer whose real loyalty is to Andross.
  • People Jars: Andross (or at least his brain) is being revived inside one.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Katt and Cool's appearance together.
  • Put on a Bus: The events in this story motivated Falco to leave the Star Fox team.
  • Ship Sinking: Falco and Katt are more Like Brother and Sister, where She Is Not My Girlfriend is done seriously. Katt is in unrequited love with Falco. Falco has a fraternal love for Katt, but one of the biggest deal breakers is his complete disinterest in girls.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Shears, as befitting of the old "Sergeant Pepper" joke from the original comic.
    • Aside from Cool, Katt's two teammates are Mousor and Bowsor, references to the iconic Mario villian Bowser... and an expy of the Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario Bros. 2 boss Mouser.
    • The game that Falco and Fox are playing at the beginning of the story (and Slippy and Fox are playing at the end) seems to be the original Star Fox game.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Captain Shears, Mousor and Bowsor.