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

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

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

Currently, there are six released games and one spin-off in the series. [[http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2012/09/want_to_know_the_real_reason_star_fox_was_renamed_in_europe Earlier games had different titles in PAL territories due to perceived issues with the German company [=StarVox=].]]

The series has had two separate [[ContinuityReboot continuity reboots,]] resulting in three distinct continuities with their own sequels.

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* '''''[[VideoGame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]''''' (PAL: '''''Starwing'''''), for the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]]. Technologically advanced for the time - Nintendo worked with Creator/ArgonautSoftware to manufacture a million-dollar co-processor chip in the game cartridge to handle the 3D rendering.
* '''''VideoGame/StarFox2''''', for the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]]. Infamously, this [[VideoGame/StarFox2 direct sequel]] was worked on from the end of the first game's development until mid-1995. It [[AvertedTrope averted]] Star Fox's typical RailShooter mechanics, introduced WalkingTank forms for the Arwing, and focused on strategic gameplay. Despite being fully complete, it was never released. (At least, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes not officially]]) However, concepts such as all-range mode, an overworld map and [[TransformingMecha transforming]] [[ChickenWalker walkers]] were revisited and incorporated in subsequent games.

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* '''''VideoGame/StarFox64''''' (PAL: '''''Lylat Wars'''''), a KillerApp for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64, was the first [[ContinuityReboot reboot]], and was developed entirely in-house by Nintendo EAD. Notable as the first game to support the console's Rumble Pak (the first mainstream vibrating controller accessory, coming out before the UsefulNotes/PlayStation [=DualShock=]), which came bundled with it. An [[VideoGameRemake enhanced port]] called ''Star Fox 64 3D'' was released for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS in 2011, which mainly added a graphical update.
* '''''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''''' is the [[OddballInTheSeries black sheep of the series]] as it originally wasn't a ''Star Fox'' game at all. Instead, its origins lie in an unrelated [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 N64]] adventure game known as ''[[DolledUpInstallment Dinosaur Planet]]'', which shifted development to the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] and inserted Fox [=McCloud=] at the eleventh hour by Nintendo's request. The game introduced Fox's on-again-off-again love interest, Krystal. It was also the last Creator/Rare game developed for a Nintendo console before they were immediately bought out by Microsoft.
* '''''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault''''', developed by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}} for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube. It returned to ''Star Fox 64'''s linear ShootEmUp style of gameplay and mixed it with ThirdPersonShooter segments.
* '''''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand''''', co-developed by Nintendo EAD and Creator/QGames for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS; the series' first portable installment. Featuring mostly free-roaming combat, the game introduced Touch Screen controls, a strategic map, multiple playable characters with unique aircraft, and MultipleEndings.

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* '''''VideoGame/StarFoxZero''''', co-developed by Nintendo EPD and Creator/PlatinumGames for the UsefulNotes/WiiU, was a second [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] that followed similar story beats as the previous [[VideoGame/StarFox1 Lylat]] [[VideoGame/StarFox64 Wars]] titles. Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto himself headed the project (as he had personally wanted to revive the series since the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} generation).
* '''''VideoGame/StarFoxGuard''''', a TowerDefense spin-off released alongside ''Zero'', actually serves as a prologue to the Lylat Wars. Beginning as another pet project of Miyamoto's and adapted for the ''Star Fox'' universe, ''Guard'' sees a VideoGame/{{Mii}} using armed security cameras to defend the precious metals of a mining company owned by Slippy's uncle Grippy from raiding robots.

There were also three different notable comics:
* ''ComicStrip/StarFox'' was released in Magazine/NintendoPower as an adaptation of the 1993 video game of the same name. It was written and authored by Benimaru Itoh, who also illustrated the [[http://www.glitterberri.com/star-fox/guidebook-intro/ licensed Japanese strategy guide]]. Both works showed an [[AdaptationExpansion expanded]] {{canon}} compared to the game, since they were able to reveal the Star Fox Star Fox universe in far greater detail than was possible in the game itself.
* ''[[http://khestra.tripod.com/comics/SFX64.html Lylat Wars Comic]]'', a German adaptation of ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', released in 1997 by Nintendo of Europe.
* ''Manga/FarewellBelovedFalco'', an original manga released on the Japanese ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' website that fills in plot details after ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' and before ''Adventures''. As its title suggests, ''Farewell'' expands on Falco's story and background.

In addition, there is one animated short film:
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA2-0nTxaGg Star Fox Zero – The Battle Begins]]'', produced by [[Creator/ProductionIG Wit Studio]] under Miyamoto's supervision, was an adaptation of the first mission in ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero''. It was first released online April 20, 2016, during a Nintendo Treehouse livestream.

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!!Tropes:

* ActionGirl: Fara Phoenix [[ComicStrip/StarFox in the comics]], and Miyu and Fay before their [[VideoGame/StarFox2 cancellation]]; Katt Monroe, Krystal, Lucy Hare and Amanda after.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Many boss vehicles keep smaller enemy ships inside them.
** The most memorable example is the Great Fox which appears from ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' through to its replacement in ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'', although another mothership for the team was designed for the unproduced ''VideoGame/StarFox2''.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: It's not clear what kind of fox Krystal is. She ''is'' a fox, but foxes aren't blue either (except for arctic foxes in certain regions, which have ''kind of'' blue winter coats). There are pink frogs and cats too. Falco is actually a pheasant, [[JustifiedTrope which actually do have heads that are very blue.]]
** According to the [[http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/3ds/starfox/0/2 ''Star Fox 64 3D'' Iwata Asks,]] Falco is actually a ''pheasant'', believe it or not. Which would make his head, at least, very accurate.
** Katt is traditionally depicted with fur, but it suddenly changed to black in ''Command''. Maybe she stopped bleaching her fur? Maybe she started dyeing?
** Slippy's kids in one of the endings in ''Command'' all have different colors.
* AntiHero: The Star Wolf team, in ''Assault'' and ''Command'' at least.
* AnyoneCanDie: In both ''[[VideoGame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]'' and [[Videogame/StarFox2 its unreleased sequel]] any pilot shot down was KilledOffForReal. This was dropped with ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' and [[AvertedTrope hasn't been seen since]]. [[http://www.glitterberri.com/star-fox/message-from-god/ According to Takaya Imamura]], the reasoning behind this element of the game was to make the player ''[[PlayerPunch feel]]'' the tragedy when they lose a wingman [[VideogameCaringPotential they've grown attached to]].
--> Takaya Imamura: "It’s pretty tragic when your allies are defeated, so players ought to realize at some point that they’ve begun to feel empathy towards them."
* ArtEvolution: While the main characters follow a mildly consistent appearance throughout five games and two comics, they still change appearance a whole lot more than, say, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] or Franchise/{{Kirby}}.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The Lylat system is messed up in the fact that ''planetary orbits do not exist''.
** The original ''[[VideoGame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]'' and the ''Videogame/StarFox2'' [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starfox/images/c/cd/Stafox_2_map.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090617054703 map screen]] avert this trope. The order of the planets is directly mentioned in the game manual.
* ArtShift: Does Fox [=McCloud=] have blue or green eyes? That depends on what game you're looking at. They appear to have settled on green, but interestingly, in an early promo art for ''Assault'', they appeared to be ''[[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starfox/images/0/0c/Foxblaster.jpg both]]''.
* AscendedMeme: "DO A BARREL ROLL" was used in the subject line for an e-mail advertising ''Star Fox 64 3D'', not to mention the references in ''Star Fox Zero''.
* AsteroidsMonster: Mostly literal asteroids, but also a straight example in ''Command''.
* AsteroidThicket
* BadassBiker: Wolf O'Donnell. While he doesn't actually own a bike—he pilots a Wolfen—he does fit the trope in terms of his design and [[ClothingReflectsPersonality personality]]. He wears the black leather attire that is standard for the trope in every game he's in, excepting ''Star Fox 64''. His design is still based on this in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', but it goes a step further by giving him at least one accessory traditionally associated with the biker motif, including a chain that connects to the belt around his waist and to the holster for his blaster.
* BadassBookworm: Lucy Hare, who taught Astrophysics during the events of ''Star Fox Command''.
* {{Badbutt}}: Starting with ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', about half the cast became this, but most noticeably Falco "Time to kick some tail!" Lombardi and Wolf "What the heck!?" O'Donnell.
* BattleCouple: [[AlternateContinuity Depends on the Continuity.]] In Nintendo Power's ''ComicStrip/StarFox'', it's Fox and Fara. In ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxAssault Assault]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxCommand Command]]'', it's Fox and Krystal, at least part of the time. Slippy and Amanda count too.
* BigBad: Andross during [[VideoGame/StarFox1 the]] [[VideoGame/StarFox64 Lylat]] [[VideoGame/StarFoxZero Wars]]. General Scales appears to be this throughout ''Adventures'', [[spoiler:before he gets [[HijackedByGanon replaced by Andross right at the end]]]]. The aparoid queen for ''Assault'', and the Anglar Emperor for ''Command''.
* BigWhat: General Pepper's reaction to ''64''[='=]s bill for Star Fox's services if it reaches a certain height.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Star Fox team is doing that on the Corneria level, and a couple other levels too.
** Star Wolf also did the same thing upon arriving in Corneria to save Fox.
* BottomlessBladder: Played straight in the original, where Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy fight through five airborne missions without a break or a base to return to.
** The last two levels in both ''Star Fox 64'' and ''Assault'' are back to back.
* BritishAccents: Krystal and pretty much the entire population of Dinosaur Planet (aka Sauria) besides Tricky. This can be attributed to ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' being created in the United Kingdom.
** Wolf's English dubbing in ''64'' has an aristocratic English accent, but since ''Assault'', he speaks in a gruffer, sometimes southern accent.
* BrutalBonusLevel: "Out of This Dimension," from the first game. Good luck [[GuideDangIt getting to it at all]], but once you do, the level has rather bizarre enemies, with no help from your wingmen. The boss is a LuckBasedMission [[spoiler:which is justified, seeing as how it's a giant interstellar slot machine]], and once you beat the boss, [[NoEnding the game doesn't actually end]]. The credits fly by, and a giant "THE END" pops up, which you can just keep shooting at until you get bored and turned the game off.
* BulletHell: While most of the game is just a standard shoot-em-up, the penultimate level on the "Hard" path of ''Star Fox 64'' gets a special mention. Area 6 is probably one of the most difficult levels in the franchise, probably because you might be so busy dodging the fire that you could run into the enemy ships which take up half the screen.
** It's still no Venom on the original game, though. But then, that's less of a bullet hell and more of a [[MindOverMatter pillar hell]]. At least until you run into the [[TheDragon Great Commander]].
** They're both eclipsed by the "[[BlatantLies Easy]]" side of Venom (''Star Fox 64'') on Expert mode. There are times when you face literal walls of enemies, who proceed to spew literal walls of lasers, and your only real option is to hope you have enough bombs.
* CanonDiscontinuity: At this moment, apparently ''Command''. At around the time the game was released, WordOfGod stated that should the next ''Star Fox'' game be made, it will take place either immediately after ''Assault'', or will simply keep the prologue or plot outline from ''Command'' and ignore the major events that happened in the game (which, considering the MultipleEndings, would probably be a good thing).
* CanonImmigrant: Technically Krystal, since she was the original protagonist of ''Dinosaur Planet'' before it was [[DolledUpInstallment repurposed]] into a ''Star Fox'' game.
** In ''Manga/FarewellBelovedFalco'', Captain Shears greatly resembles the unused ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' design of a character presumed to be General Pepper.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Fox:''' ROB, can you confirm Slippy's location?\\
'''ROB:''' Distress signal coming from Titania.\\
'''Peppy:''' Looks like he's on Titania.
* CarSkiing: The player can pull off this maneuver using either one of the Landmaster's jets.
* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: In both the comics and the games, it seems that nearly anyone in the Lylat system who has sufficient funds can simply go from one planet to another, with no long travel times or exorbitant costs implied.
* CelibateHero: Falco, based on a [[FanTranslation Fan]] {{Scanlation}} of ''Manga/FarewellBelovedFalco''.
-->'''Katt:''' Hey, Falco, have you found a girlfriend yet?\\
'''Falco:''' No way! Never have, never will. I fly solo, babe.
** The literal translation is:
-->'''Katt:''' Hey Falco, do you have... a lover?\\
'''Falco:''' Even now and even before, I have no interest in falling head over heels for someone.
** Basically, Katt asks Falco if he has a lover, using a [[GenderAndJapaneseLanguage gender-neutral Japanese term]], so as to avoid any ExactWords situations. Falco responds that he doesn't have, [[CelibateHero and is wholly uninterested in lovers]]. Both versions of the manga as a whole paint Falco as someone who can be platonic friends with someone, but is strongly (and even angrily) averse to anything closer than that.
* ChargedAttack: From the unreleased ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' onward.
* ChasingYourTail: Pretty much every dogfight in ''Star Fox 64'', although it is possible to trick some enemies with loops. If you tried this in both Star Wolf battles in ''64'', they would double-team you in the second battle; baiting you into looping behind your pursuer, only to be hammered by his teammate. And you're all out of boost to try the maneuver again, ''[[BatmanGambit because you just looped]]''.
** "What the heck?!"
* ClipItsWings: Depending on the game, Arwings can lose their wings when damaged, particularly if you fly too close to something big and clip them off. Even without wings, the ships can stay airborne and under the control of the pilot (albeit with much greater difficulty), due to the G-diffuser systems installed in them, though maneuvering becomes more difficult.
* ColorCodedCharacters: So you know who needs rescuing. In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', Fox is yellow, Falco is blue, Slippy is green, Peppy is red, and Krystal is purple.
** Taken even further in ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'', where all characters were assigned a color to their ship and trail on the map.
** The games play with ChromaticArrangement in their outfits mismatching their character color (which is usually based on their body color) for contrast. In their default uniforms Fox wears green, Slippy blue, and Falco orange or yellow. Peppy is the only one who's shirt color matches his character color consistently. In their ''Assault'' suits Fox kept green, Falco became red, Slippy yellow and Krystal blue.
* CommandRoster
* ConservationOfCompetence: The size of a force of spacecraft is inversely proportional to its effectiveness. Thus, Corneria's massive fleet is useless (at one point being destroyed by ''one'' aparoid, a creature so flimsy it's ''Assault'''s second boss), while a rag-tag team of mercenaries can do anything.
* ContinuingIsPainful: ''Star Fox'' and ''Star Fox 64'' are usually pretty good about continue points. They push you far enough back so you have time to restore your extended shield and blue lasers before you reach the boss. Usually. The times they don't (''64'''s Venom 2 dogfight against Star Wolf, for example) dives right into this trope.
** Special mention goes to the unproduced ''VideoGame/StarFox2'': in the near-final, you get two Arwing pilots to start, and can switch between them freely to mitigate damage. "Continuing" means [[AnyoneCanDie a pilot got shot down]], and the remaining pilot [[InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn must continue alone]].
* ContinuityNod: The iconic page picture, a piece of artwork from ''Command'', is essentially a redrawing of original promotional material for the original SNES ''Star Fox'' (which was actually the boxart for the Japanese and European releases). This is also given a nod in the ''Star Fox Zero'' unlockable Sound Test.
** Also, Andrew Oikonny, ex-Star Wolf, is the first boss in ''Assault'', where he [[BigBadWannabe is striving]] to become a good BigBad like his uncle was. His ship even transforms into a big head with two flying fists as a CallBack to Andross's boss fight. Falco is not impressed.
-->'''Falco:''' What's this, an Andross wannabe?
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Fox. His dad was killed by Andross ([[NeverFoundTheBody most likely]]). The old [[ComicStrip/StarFox Nintendo Power comic]] revealed that Andross (accidentally) killed his mother as well.
** Krystal as well, and she even one-ups Fox by having her entire planet be destroyed as part of her origin (how hasn't been made fully clear yet, although her recognizing [[spoiler:Andross]] shortly before she got [[HumanPopsicle sealed in a crystal]] implies that [[spoiler:Andross]] may have been involved in its destruction).
** Aside from those two, Falco is the only other team member who does not appear to have any family. [[spoiler:[[LikeBrotherAndSister Except Katt]]]].
* CoolOldGuy: Peppy Hare, also [[spoiler:Fox in one of the endings in ''Command'', in which he's seen sporting sunglasses like his father and a goatee]]. General Pepper tries for this, though he falls short.
** In another of the endings of ''Command'', [[spoiler:''Falco'' serves this role, playing mentor to Fox's son Marcus just as Peppy was Fox's mentor. And like Fox above, Falco wears awesome sunglasses]].
* CoolStarship: The ''Great Fox'' definitely qualifies, as does its unnamed ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' predecessor. The mothership serves to transport, service and repair the [[SpaceFighter Arwings]], making them functionally equivalent to an [[AirborneAircraftCarrier aircraft carrier]] [[RecycledINSPACE in space]]!
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: Bolse (and how!) from ''VideoGame/StarFox64''.
** Also the "Atomic Base" cores in the ''VideoGame/StarFox1 original'', which inspired similar structures in ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxZero Zero]]''.
* CrewOfOne: The Landmaster and the Blue-Marine. The Great Fox might also count, being operated solely by ROB 64 in most games.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault''. The aparoids weren't like any of the other antagonists of the series, as if successful, they literally would have wiped out every single form of life in the Lylat system, replacing it with their own, and then moving on to wherever else had life. And unlike the other villains, Andross had absolutely no involvement in their scheme at any point (Even the Anglars, the villains in ''Command'', were implied to be one of Andross's creations.)
** The [[VideoGame/StarFox1 original SNES game]]([[VideoGame/StarFox2 s]]) and [[ComicStrip/StarFox its tie-in comic]] were Darker And Edgier than the subsequent games and spin-offs. Even though the basic plot was the same as ''Star Fox 64'', it was delivered in a much grimmer, less humorous style. The only real laughs in the games come from the crew's dialogue, and even that's a lot less pronounced than in the following games.
* DeadpanSnarker: A number of characters, depending on the game and situation. Falco is the most common, though Fox has his moments.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Happens to Star Wolf in ''Assault'' and ''Command''.
* DetachmentCombat: The Great Commander boss from the original ''Star Fox'', though it prefers to fight Fox in its combined mode more than in its detached form.
* DistressCall: Several missions in ''Assault'' begin with one.
** ''Adventures'' begins with Krystal answering a distress call.
*** She gets another one, in the same way (telepathic contact) from Sauria in ''Assault''.
*** ''Star Fox 64'' and ''Star Fox Zero'' begin with a call for assistance. You ''are'' playing as a mercenary team, so it makes sense that most games start with your services being called for.
* DoABarrelRoll: The TropeNamer, although it technically isn't an actual barrel roll.
* DodgeByBraking: Possible in some cases, though usually with mixed results.
* DoubleEntendre: Some lines play this straight, but others just seem hilarious.
** "I think you look better in a tank."
*** "Why don't you come down here, Falco?"
*** "I'll pass, Fox."
** Krystal's been trying to get on a land mission with Fox since the start of the game.
-->'''Krystal:''' A ''mission together'' at last.\\
'''Fox:''' Oh... Uhhhh... Yeah.
* EnemyMine: Wolf and Fox have teamed up on several occasions to fight a greater threat.
* EnemyScan: Slippy does this for you in most games against bosses, allowing you to see the enemy shield. Other characters (Peppy, mostly) provide you with hints about how to beat the enemy.
* EscortMission: Basically every mission if you don't want to lose teammates, but there are more classical examples as well. ''Assault'' had a unique variant where Fox is rescued by others and rides on their wing while shooting down pursuing enemies.
** ''Command'' kinda does this for every level, since you have to protect the Great Fox, especially from missiles that specifically target it.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Hero-hating Mercenaries Have Standards]]: The Star Wolf team kicked Pigma off of the team sometime between ''64'' and ''Assault'', replacing him (and Oikonny, who left of his own accord) with the much less repulsive Panther.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Wolf seems to attract this, both from [[DepravedHomosexual Leon]] and the LGBTFanbase.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: In ''Adventures'' and ''Assault'', Fox tries to keep a lid on his blatant attraction to Krystal. It doesn't work very well. Falco, Slippy, R.O.B., and even Tricky (who hadn't seen them in over a year and had never seen them together in ''Adventures'') manages to figure it out.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' (if only briefly).
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Averted for the most part. With only a few exceptions, the monkeys in these games are not cheery or silly. No, the monkeys in these games are insane and brutal galactic conquerors.
* {{Expy}}: Tricky resembles another triceratops called Tricky from another Rare-created game: ''Diddy Kong Racing''.
** If one thinks about it enough, the entire Venomian fleet in Sector Y of ''Star Fox 64'' could be considered expies from ''Mobile Suit Gundam''. You have a force of what are essentially mobile suits backed by capital ships tearing their way through the Cornerians, suits that look a lot like a more simian version of the RX-78 (especially the boss of the level), and about 2/3 in you encounter a red version of the attacking mecha that moves three times faster. As an added bonus, while not the pilot of the red mech, the boss is also wearing sunglasses. Hmmmm...
** The aparoids are an expy of the QB from ''Slipheed: The Lost Planet'', themselves based on ''VideoGame/RType''[='s=] Bydo Empire.
*** They also steal some lines from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Borg. "Resistance is useless!"
** The mothership in Katina in ''Star Fox 64'' is an Expy of the flying saucers in ''Film/IndependenceDay'', right down to their weak point.
** Don't forget all the obvious ''Franchise/StarWars'' expys, namely the [[BattleshipRaid Space Armada]] Star Destroyer-alikes (also other ships with {{cores| and turrets boss}} to destroy in a similar manner to ''Return of the Jedi'') and similar ships in Area 6 (which in itself is an expy of the Space Armada stage to a certain extent).
* EyepatchOfPower: Wolf.
** Although according to some fans who've studied his ''Assault'' model, he really isn't missing an eye.
*** [[http://i47.tinypic.com/2vl18pd.png Wolf's design]] from ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' would've shown more clearly that Wolf does indeed have a left (right?) eye; however, it has a scar over it and seems to be in pretty bad shape.
* {{Fanfare}}: ''[[Videogame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]'', ''Videogame/StarFox2'', and ''''Videogame/StarFoxAssault''.
* FaceHeelTurn: According to the ''Star Fox 64'' storyline, [[spoiler:Pigma]].
* FantasticRacism: Falco seems to not like primates too much. [[BigBad It's not like he doesn't have a good reason to, though.]]
** Andross openly hates dogs in ''Videogame/StarFoxZero'', which was borrowed from ''VideoGame/StarFox2''.
-->"Pepper's dogs...! You're ALWAYS getting in my way!"
* FighterLaunchingSequence: The launch in the original, with a voice (still a rare thing in the 16-bit days) shouting "Emergency! Emergency! Incoming enemy fighters! Prepare for launch!"
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Ditto the above.
** TheCynic - Falco
** The Realist - Fox
** The Optimist - Slippy
** The Apathetic - Peppy
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Fox (sanguine/choleric), Falco (choleric), Slippy (melancholic), Peppy (phlegmatic), Krystal (sanguine), and ROB (leukine).
* [[ADogNamedDog A Fox Named Fox]]: Also a wolf named Wolf, a cat named Katt, a pig named Pigma and so on.
** [[ALizardNamedLiz A Chameleon Named Leon]]: And a monkey named Andrew and so on.
** Notably averted by Falco whose name comes from falcon, but is actually a pheasant.
* FriendlyFireproof: In the original and ''Assault'', your wing men will yell at you when you shoot them, but they aren't otherwise harmed by your blasts. Some minor characters in ''Star Fox 64'' are also immune to your fire, but otherwise it's generally averted.
** Especially on Katina, where you have to help out an allied squadron. If you manage not to shoot down one ally, you're rewarded with a special cutscene.
* FunPersonified: Panther, at least when compared to the rest of the cast. Japanese videos tend to show him as one too as seen on NicoNicoDouga.
* FunWithAcronyms: Has nothing to do with the games themselves, but rather the special chip that was used to created the original Super NES game. The Super FX chip was originally called the "'''M'''athematical, '''A'''rgonaut, '''R'''otation, (and) '''I/O''' Chip 1", or the "[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros MARIO]]" Chip 1 for short.
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Some allies in ''Star Fox 64'' and pretty much everyone in ''Assault'', averted otherwise as your teammates can and will be defeated if you don't help them.
* GameplayRoulette: The series has had 3D RailShooter, ActionAdventure, ThirdPersonShooter, and TurnBasedStrategy elements throughout the various installments.
* GoodBadTranslation:
** Panther's official last name in Japan is always Caluroso. In ''Assault'', however, his last name is rendered in English as Caroso. The localization of ''Command'' changed his last name into Caruso. In the ''Super Smash Bros Brawl'' localization, Caroso was used, confirming it as Panther's official last name outside Japan. This can be attributed to the general translation errors in ''Command'': for instance, Panther speaks in third person in the English translation, yet speaks normally in other languages.
** Dash's Japanese name is Ash. Dash is supposed to be a reference to a sci-fi movie character.
** Dr. Andorf--er, Andross.
** The ice planet in ''Star Fox 64'' is Fichina, but was called "Fortuna" -- an unrelated planet from the original game -- in localization. The correct name is used in ''Star Fox Assault'', since it includes both planets. This was also fixed in ''Star Fox 64 3D'' and ''Star Fox Zero''.
** Also in ''Star Fox 64'', the planet Katarina was localized as "Katina" -- and is still referred to as such in ''Assault''.
** From the same game above, Japanese materials romanized "Bolse" as "Volus". [[Franchise/MassEffect *inhale* No, Earth-clan, *inhale* not THOSE *inhale* volus.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Pigma has claw marks on his head in ''Assault''. It doesn't take much to figure out where he must have gotten those.
** Meanwhile, Panther has a stylized white "scar" on his right cheek. How does one get white scars? Depigmentation is a common effect of scarring.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Not that there are a lack of vocal outbursts, but the sheer volume of G-rated curses in ''Videogame/StarFox64'' is as corny as any Utah slang. This would have been [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''VideoGame/StarFox2'', at least going by the FanTranslation of the near-final ROM.]]
-->Falco: "Those damn missiles...!"
* GreenHillZone: WelcomeToCorneria, Planet of Greenishness™
* GutPunch: According to [[http://www.glitterberri.com/star-fox/message-from-god/ Takaya Imamura]], this is the reason behind the AnyoneCanDie element of the first games: to make the player ''[[PlayerPunch feel]]'' the tragedy when they lose a wingman [[VideogameCaringPotential they've grown attached to]].
--> Takaya Imamura: "It’s pretty tragic when your allies are defeated, so players ought to realize at some point that they’ve begun to feel empathy towards them."
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Star Wolf in ''Assault'', though it only consists of Wolf, Leon, and Panther by this time. ''Command'' disregards this for the most part, where they're again in direct competition with Star Fox but not allied with the enemy.
* HeroicSacrifice: Quite a few in ''Assault''.
** General Pepper's flagship is top-to-bottom infected by aparoids. Instead of letting his own body succumb, [[spoiler:he would rather let his star mercenary kill him.]]
** After [[spoiler:fighting and defeating General Pepper (ie. a crap-ton of plasma bullets later)]], his flagship explodes and hurtles toward the sea in a mangled wreck. However, [[spoiler:Peppy Hare, formerly retired Star Fox member, saves him in an Arwing by redirecting his trajectory to crash in a field. They both narrowly survive the following blast.]]
** [[spoiler:Peppy]] saves the day again in level 10. [[spoiler:After the first part, a shield builds up over the way to the center of the planet, much to the party's annoyance. All of a sudden, Peppy orders everyone to stand way back, and for good reason. As the camera pans toward the Great Fox, it's broken, mangled, and riddled with aparoids. So what does he plan to do? [[TookALevelInBadass Crash that mother of a ship through the barrier so the crew could get through.]] ROB 64 says they won't survive the impact, but Peppy does it anyway, against not only ROB's analysis, but also the pleas of his ship mates. Fox manages to snap the team out of it and blast through the Great Fox-sized hole. (Surprisingly, with the Wolf following them.) After they boost through the hole in the barrier, it gradually repairs, eventually cutting through the Great Fox, causing it to explode. The only thing left of it as Star Fox heads toward the core is a blinding light and a thunderous roar. [[SubvertedTrope He and ROB survived. Apparently, the tip of the Great Fox also works as an escape pod.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Star Wolf]] risks their lives keeping the attention and heat of nigh invincible enemies away from Star Fox, and weren't seen escaping the planet [[spoiler:as it exploded]]. [[spoiler:They survive in ''Star Fox Command'' is anything to go by.]]
** Thanks to AnyoneCanDie, this can be ''anyone's'' fate in the original ''[[VideoFame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]'' and its [[VideoGame/StarFox2 unproduced sequel]], depending on the player's actions.
* HiredGuns: the Star Fox team. Though it's a little unclear how this works, since only the Cornerian military ever seems to hire them.
** They have standards on who they work for, but they probably take jobs from others as well and are probably in high demand considering they have what is arguably the most powerful warship in Lylat under their command.
** Also Star Wolf. They probably got a fatter paycheck from Andross than the Star Fox team earned from the Cornerian Military, though that didn't last and they had to do some high-paying, illegal mercenary stuff.
** The opening of ''Assault'' indicates that a large amount of Andross's army was composed of hired guns, mostly criminals.
* {{Homage}}: One of the ''Star Fox 64'' levels is inspired by the movie ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Another level features ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''-like enemies. Both elements show up again, to a degree, in ''Command''. Some lines might well pay homage to StarWars (like the one directly below).
** ''Assault'' has music from ''Star Fox 64'' mixed into orchestrated versions. ''Command'' also has a lot of music based on it.
** And the team Star Wolf itself is a homage to an old space-themed {{Toku}} show ''Star Wolf''.
* IconicOutfit: Wolf hasn't been out of 80's leather pants and spiked vests since ''Assault''. In fact, he had been wearing them since ''Star Fox 2'', but in ''Star Fox 64'' his outfit was changed to a military uniform.
* IdenticalStranger: Fara Phoenix, from the comics, looks very much like his deceased mother, Vixy, despite Fara being a Fennec Fox and Vixy being a Red Fox. [[spoiler:They're twin-like enough to inadvertently fool Andross into revealing that he accidentally killed Vixy in his attempt to MurderTheHypotenuse.]]
* IGotYouCovered: Happens in nearly every ''Star Fox'' game. A notable one occurs in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', when [[spoiler:Falco]] comes to help Fox during the final boss fight.
** Star Wolf also does an important role since Mission 7 in ''Assault'', with Star Fox ultimately failing had they not intervened in succeeding missions.
** At least one level in ''Star Fox 64'' has ''the freaking Great Fox'' cover you. Is it any more helpful than your wingmen? Not really, but it's still awesome.
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: The fate of the "Train boss" if you manage to shoot all of the junction switches -- trust us, although this [[ThatOneLevel specific ending]] for Macbeth '''is''' an exercise in frustration, the result is ''absolutely'' [[WorthIt worth the effort]], both in terms of numeric bonus to your score, and in terms of how satisfying the resulting events are!
* InertialDampening: The G-diffuser system.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: When Wolf thrashes an enemy, Leon [[InLoveWithYourCarnage envies]] the enemy for being punished [[{{Lust}} by Wolf]].
** Lampshaded by Panther
--->'''Panther:''' Uh, set me straight here, Leon; are you envious of the shred''der'', or the shred''ee''?
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: "Be careful, [[ObviousTrap it's a trap]]!"
* IWorkAlone: Falco's reasons for leaving the team numerous times. He also states this as the reason why he'll never want a girlfriend.
* JungleJapes: The Fortuna flyover in ''Assault''.
* JustAKid: The English dialog of ''Assault'' has Wolf refer to Fox as "pup". Being that Wolf is a Wolf, it's an obvious insult to his age and experience. [[AssassinOutclassin Not that it really means anything.]]
** ''Brawl'' suggests that Wolf is in fact older than Fox.
* KaizoTrap: When you destroy the Blade Barrier in the original game, the blade flies off the station as it's disintegrating, and heads straight towards you. If you're directly in its path, ''and'' low on health... well, sucks to be you, you have to repeat the last third of the level and the boss fight all over again.
** The Sarumarine in ''64'' can do this too when its spiked-ball launcher falls off at the end of the fight. It's not really aimed at you, though, so it's pretty easy to avoid this. Also more of a threat on Expert, where even if it doesn't kill you, it can wreck your wings.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Pigma Dengar speaks with Kansai-dialect in Japan. His name "Dengar" itself is a reference to it.
* KillSteal: Occasionally, you'll find your wingmen chasing after enemies; shooting those enemies will often be met with some words of complaint.
--> '''Falco:''' "Go find your own target, Fox!"
* KilledOffForReal: Your wingmen won't be harmed by your own blasts in the original SNES game, but they will die permanently if you don't save them. On the plus side, their kills ''do'' count towards your final score in this game, and even Slippy is a fairly competent pilot compared to the N64 game.
** Pretty much all of the bosses in ''Star Fox 64'' minus Andross and Star Wolf.
** The aparoids.
** Pigma. Presumably in ''Assault''. Whether or not you count ''Command'' as canon, he only even appears as a final boss replacement for the true BigBad (Anglar Emperor) in two possible endings, both of which are the least likely of any to be canon. And even so, he is destroyed at the end of it.
** Vixy Reinard and Vivian Hare.
** James [=McCloud=] may or may not be dead, since they NeverFoundTheBody. [[spoiler:According to the SNES comic and ''Star Fox Zero'', he is revealed to still be alive, but trapped in an AnotherDimension.]]
** The Anglar Emperor.
** Apparently, Andross did finally die in ''Adventures'', but he still returns as a ghost (probably a recording, though) in ''Command''.
** General Scales.
** Andrew Oikonny could possibly apply, but on this other hand his presumed death in ''Assault'' is retconnable (although no sequels aside from ''Command'' have been made since ''Assault''). Yet after the aparoid shoots him down.
* LargeHam:
-->'''Andrew:''' The new emperor: ANDREW OIKONN- UNCLE ANDROOOOOOOSSSSS!\\
'''General Pepper in ''Assault'':''' Let me die in battle! Do NOT let ME transform! Honour! Let me keep my honour, Fox!
* LateToTheTragedy: In ''Star Fox 64'', the team arrives when Andross has already conquered most of the system.
* LatinLover: Panther.
* LegacyCharacter: Fox [=McCloud=] is the son of James [=McCloud=]. Both are considered the best pilots of their universe and generation and both leaders of their teams. There's also Marcus, the son of Fox and Krystal and leader of a new Star Fox team, as a possible future opened up by ''Command''.
** Lucy Hare is Peppy's daughter, and she also has a daughter who appears in the same future mentioned above.
** Slippy has over 8 kids, and one of them is also seen similarly to the other two.
*** Moreover, Falco seems to take over Peppy's role in this future.
** Andross also has a grandson, and one of the endings of ''Command'' leave the possibility of him following in his granddaddy's galaxy-conquering footsteps.
* LighterAndSofter: The ContinuityReboot titles are this compared to the originals, although the series became DarkerAndEdgier again as it went on.
** Once change that went lighter and has (thus far) not come back is that originally, a wingmate who was shot down was KilledOffForReal. From ''Star Fox 64'' onwards, a wingmate going down means that they'll just return to the docking bay of the Great Fox for a few missions before returning.
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
-->'''Peppy Hare:''' This brings back memories of your dad! Your father helped me like that, too! You're becoming more like your father!
* LizardFolk: The inhabitants of Dinosaur Planet, to some degree. Also, according to the backstory of the original ''Star Fox'', Andross made a shocking discovery that Venom hosted life-forms of humanoid lizards, which he used for his army against Corneria.
** While ''64'' doesn't mention this, about half of his henchmen with dialogue are some sort of lizard.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Fox was awestruck at how beautiful the sleep-induced Krystal was when he first saw her. Likewise, upon freeing her and catching her from falling to her death, there is an instant where they both look into each other's eyes for a moment.
* LuckBasedMission: [[spoiler:The Slot Machine boss from "Out of This Dimension." There is literally no strategy to this boss besides shooting the handle and hoping the tumblers turn up right.]]
* MadScientist: Andross.
* ManiacMonkeys: Andross and Andrew, [[spoiler:as well as Dash Bowman in a couple of endings in ''Command'']].
* MeaninglessLives: ''Adventures'', where there are more Bafomadads (essentially 1-Ups) in the game than you can carry at once. Averted in all of the other games, though.
* MightyWhitey: Assuming Fox is "white", which his overall [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed redheadness]] and action hero attitude seem to imply, the tests of strength on Dinosaur Planet definitely invoke this.
* MindScrew: Out of This Dimension in the original. [[spoiler:A ''Slot Machine'' for the boss? '''''Really?''''']]
* MissingMom: Fox's mother, Vixy Reinard, is never seen or mentioned in the actual games. The [[ComicStrip/StarFox Nintendo Power comics]] reveal she was accidentally killed by Andross, who was attempting to MurderTheHypotenuse.
** Lucy Hare's mother (Peppy's wife), Vivian, was revealed to have died sometime before the events of ''Star Fox Command'' due to an unknown illness.
** Slippy's mother is absent with no explanation; only his dad, Beltino, is ever seen.
* MissionControl: Primarily ROB, who controls the Great Fox, and to a degree General Pepper and Peppy (especially in ''Assault'', where he made room for newcomer Krystal).
* {{Mordor}}: Venom. ''Command'' proves that terraforming it is possible, though.[[note]]''Star Fox 2'' does see Venom terraformed, but it remains unreleased.[[/note]]
* TheMothership: The ''Great Fox''.
* MsFanservice: Krystal, especially in her first appearance in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. The skimpy tribal outfit aside, the game actually played cheesy sexy saxophone music whenever Fox looked at her.
* MultipleChoicePast: Were Fox, Falco, and Slippy expelled from the Corneria Defense Force and lived years of exile as bandits on Venomian-occupied Papetoon who rejoined Corneria to fight the Lylat War? Or were they PrivateMilitaryContractors who inherited daddy's battle arsenal and worked with the Corneria Army to defeat Andross? Depends on the {{continuity| reboot}}.
* MultipleEndings: Six versions of the ending and the [[spoiler:Out of This Dimension]] ending in the original, good and normal endings in ''Star Fox 64'', and no less than ''nine'' in ''Command''.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: At the end of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', ROB notices Fox's..."reaction" to Krystal's presence.
-->'''R.O.B.:''' My sensors indicate that Fox's temperature is rising. Are you all right, Fox?\\
''(the organics other than Fox laugh)''\\
'''Fox:''' I'm gonna be ''just fine''.
* NintendoHard: ''Star Fox 64'' on Expert. The "Easy" side of Venom (approaching from Bolse) is possibly the most [[BulletHell gratuitously vicious]] thing in the series on this setting. Also, the Macbeth level in ''Star Fox 64''.
** Portions of the original also count (though perhaps not to the same extent - your wings can survive a few hits at least!). In particular, the draw distance on later levels (closely-spaced pillars popping into frame just in front of you?) and Andross having a RIDICULOUS amount of HP.
* NitroBoost: "Use the boost to get through!"
* NobodyPoops: Most likely the reason for the BottomlessBladder listed above.
* NonLethalKO: In ''64'', if your teammates are shot down, they're just forced to take a break for repairs. Fox himself crashes and explodes while one of his teammates calls out "FOX!!!" or simply "[[BigNo NOOO!]]".
** The same apparently applies to Star Wolf, who manage to survive their Wolfen exploding every single time. The only time they appear to be hurt by this is in ''64'', where they are seen with bandages and cybernetic eyepieces in your second encounter with them.
** Wolf's JokerImmunity is subverted in Mission 7 at ''Assault''. If Fox fails to protect Wolf's ship while riding it, Wolf's Wolfen explodes while Fox plummets to his death.
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:All aparoids are destroyed along with the aparoid queen]].
** Although to be fair, [[spoiler:destroying the aparoid queen allows the virus to kill them all via apoptosis and taking advantage of their HiveMind]].
** And in the original, [[spoiler:destroying the Slot Machine ends the distortion in the level. Though considering the level being a Mind Screw, we can overlook this]].
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. Even though he is approximately the same age as Fox, Slippy certainly ''seems'' like a kid in ''Star Fox 64'', but has a noticeably deeper voice in ''Adventures'' and even gets engaged after the events of ''Assault''.
** Additionally, Peppy retires, considering himself too old for flying.
* NotMeThisTime: In ''Assault'': Star Wolf was initially suspected of being involved in Pigma's theft of the Core Memory. Turns out that, not only were they not involved at all, but they actually kicked Pigma off the team long before it happened.
** Also a meta-example in the same game: Thanks to the previous games, especially ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', and to a certain extent the next game (since it is implied that Andross created the Anglars), you'd think that Andross might somehow be pulling the strings on the new menace. Turns out, the aparoids have absolutely no affiliation with Andross.
* NubileSavage: Krystal's original outfit.
* OfficialCouple: Slippy and Amanda. Peppy and the late Vivian. And, in spite of their unclear status due to ''Command'', Fox and Krystal seem to be this (whether that will change in future installments is unknown).
* OhCrap: The Star Fox team's reaction to Star Wolf's advanced craft in Venom.
-->'''Falco:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I see you have new ships]].
* OldSchoolDogfight: Somewhat averted by the use of homing lasers, but still used frequently, especially for any encounter with Star Wolf.
** While averted in levels where the player is flying within the atmosphere of a planet, this becomes glaringly apparent when you see an Arwing or Wolfen execute a banking turn in a supposedly zero-gravity vacuum environment.
* OneHitPointWonder: The wings of the Arwing in Expert mode. Bruise something and you lose a wing and any laser upgrade.
* OneManArmy: Fox [=McCloud=] saves the day single-handedly, often with no noticeable contribution from his teammates or the Cornerians.
** Really, this is ONLY because Fox is the player character. In ''Star Fox Command'' and ''Star Fox 2'', this trope easily applies to the entire Star Fox team, because all of them are independently playable. In ''Star Fox Zero'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8a-WctBS8 Peppy demonstrates that he can singlehandedly destroy a]] [[TheBattlestar Superdreadnought and its fighter squadrons]] with just his Arwing. It's safe to say the Star Fox pilots are ''all'' the [[WorldsBestWarrior best damn pilots in the galaxy.]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Even Slippy.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Fox is so determined to get revenge on Andross, that when they reach his lair, he tells the rest of the team to back off.
** This is the excuse Wolf gives Fox for saving him from a large group of aparoids in ''Assault''.
-->'''Fox:''' Wolf?! What are you doing here?\\
'''Wolf:''' You're the one who dropped in unannounced... And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me.
* ParentalBonus: A comic explained General Pepper's past some... and he was a busy [[Music/TheBeatles Sergeant]].
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Corneria's outward appearance is of a military dictatorship, with huge posters of General Pepper everywhere. Civilian leadership doesn't even get a ''mention'' until the end of ''Assault'', and even then barely warrants a footnote.
** It's worth noting, however, that General Pepper is a ''very'' kind and honorable man, with his profile even noting that he is well-liked and respected by his men. He has no problems with turning over the reins when it's time for him to retire, and rejects the idea of living if it means he will be forced to attack the people he cares about. Considering that the other options for leadership were ''[[BigBad Andross]]'', the [[HiveMind aparoid queen]], or the [[SmugSnake Anglar Emperor]], he was probably the best bet for keeping the system out of an ''actual'' dictatorship, all unsavory aspects applied.
* PettingZooPeople: Animal jokes aside, the characters are strikingly human in lifestyle. This is more in line with the Japanese {{Kemono}} aesthetic.
* PlotHole: It's never particularly clear how Andross's exile is supposed to have worked; [[VideoGame/StarFox1 he was either a dangerous megalomaniac screwing an inhabited planet with massive natural resources around,]] [[VideoGame/StarFox64 or Venom went from being barren and deserted to fully industrialised within five years.]] [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/StarFoxZero Or neither]].]]
* PollutedWasteland: Zoness's entire ocean and atmosphere was polluted horribly by Andross in its first sight in ''64'', but by ''Star Fox Assault'', most of the pollution was cleaned up.
* UsefulNotes/PolygonalGraphics: The [[VideoGame/StarFox1 SNES original]] is probably one of the first games to popularize this.
* PowerTrio: Star Wolf.
** Wolf - Superego
** Leon - Ego
** Panther - Id
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The ''Star Fox'' team and their rival, ''Star Wolf'' (to a degree). At the end of ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', Star Fox gets a check for how many enemies they shot down, multiplied by 64. This is also shown in ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero''.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Poor Fox ends up all alone by the time ''Command'' starts, leading him to do this. Exactly how the band gets back together depends. For extra fun, one ending will get the entire original Star Fox team together, including Peppy, who's been retired since the past two games. This is also the one that ends with the whole team disbanding, however.
* RaceLift: Katt Monroe changed from a pink cat in ''Star Fox 64'' and ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'', to a Siamese-looking cat with different colorings and markings in ''Star Fox Command''. ''Star Fox Zero'' reverts to an update of the original appearance, although it takes place during the Lylat Wars.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Happens when Fox first sees Krystal. After a little while gawking at her beauty and thinking what an idiot he'd been, he is snapped out of it by Peppy, reminding him he still has a job to do. When it happens, the {{Sexophone}} music playing in the background cuts out with a scratch.
* RememberTheNewGuy: ''Command'' introduces Lucy, Peppy's daughter. You would think that she would have been mentioned in previous games...
** Considering in the previous games your team is busy fighting for their lives, small talk about family doesn't really seem like the thing they would be doing.
* RescueRomance: Fox falls in love with Krystal when he sees her trapped in a crystal. After he rescues her at the end of the game, the two effectively become a couple. DummiedOut dialogue suggests this would've been more overt.
-->'''Krystal:''' I'll join you...if you'll kiss me.
* TheRival, EvilCounterpart, PsychoRangers and WorthyOpponent: The Star Wolf team.
** Wolf vs. Fox, who are implied to have some history between their rivalry.
** Leon vs. Falco, also implied to have met before.
** Pigma vs. Peppy, both members of the original Star Fox team, and both stopped being regular pilots by the time of ''Asssault'' (although Peppy retired gracefully, whereas Pigma was forced off of his own team).
** Andrew vs. Slippy, more a case of [[PairTheSpares Pairing the Spares]].
** Panther vs. Krystal, both [[NubileSavage attractive]] [[LatinLover 'ethnic']] newer members of the team by the time of ''Assault''. Also in the only dogfight in the game four Star Fox pilots are present, but Slippy is told to stay behind making it a three-on-three.
*** Panther and Falco occasionally fight each other but not through dogfight. Instead, they fight by out-snarking each other.
** In ''Assault'' and ''Command'', they are less evil and more [[AntiHero antiheroic]].
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Octoman from ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' appears as a boss in ''Command'', while one of the drivers in ''F-Zero'' looks like a human version of Fox's father and even shares the same name.
* RivalsTeamUp: Wolf and Fox tend to do this after the events of the Lylat Wars, though usually after a short dogfight.
* RockBeatsLaser: Averted in ''Assault''. The high-technology hive-minded aparoids attack the calm, spiritual, Dinosaur Planet Sauria, where the last game took place. The aparoids just steamroll the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs mount a resistance, but it's said that they suffer horrific loses. To quote Slippy:
-->"This planet is totally defenseless!"
* RocketPunch: Spyborg in ''Star Fox 64''.
* SarcasmMode: Falco Lombardi. Almost all the time. But especially when he's being shot.
** Fox himself seemed to very much be on this at the beginning of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. He uses less as the story develops, but even by the end he isn't completely 'cured'.
*** In their cameo appearances in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', [[TheCasanova Panther]] attempts flirting with Krystal. One of his lines involved the declaration that he would fling himself in front of an asteroid to protect her should one come near her ship. Her response of 'Oh I feel ''so much better'' hearing that. You're ''such a gentleman'', Panther', sounded very sarcastic to say the least.
*** In the Japanese version, it's apparently a different matter, as Krystal appears to be sincere.
** Panther utters this towards Wolf in ''Assault'' after the canine catches Fox from the aparoids, knowing that Wolf was just hiding his intentions for saving the main character.
-->'''Wolf:''' And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me.\\
'''Panther:''' Riiiiight...
** Wolf is sarcastic one time during ''Assault''. If you fail to shoot the missiles that come your way during Mission 7.
-->'''Wolf:''' Uh, in case you haven't noticed, the enemy's attacking!!
* SavageWolf: Wolf O'Donnell, leader of the villainous Star Wolf team.
* {{Scanlation}}: The only way ''[[NoExportForYou Farewell, Beloved Falco]]'', [[http://arwinglanding.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=3 made it to English]].
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avgYsIKkBLQ#t=0m38s This video]] briefly analyzes the Landmaster. Apparently it's an enormous target with relatively thin armor. No wonder Falco prefers the sky.
** Of course, that video forgets the Landmaster has an [[DeflectorShields Energy Shield]] in the place of armor and the fact that the armor could easily be an [[MadeOfIndestructium advanced alloy far stronger than anything the modern military uses]].
*** ''Never'' understimate AppliedPhlebotinum.
* SecretCharacter: Wolf in ''Assault''. [[spoiler:James in ''Command''.]]
* {{Sexophone}}: Almost every time Fox meets Krystal in ''Adventures'', this happens.
* SexyWalk: Krystal does one of these in ''Adventures''. Used to great effect at the end of the game when she arrives to "say thank you" to Fox, as it causes him to start stuttering in his words.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: In ''Assault'', when Tricky makes the suggestion that Fox and Krystal can return to Sauria for their honeymoon, this amusing exchange occurs:
-->'''Fox:''' (stuttering) What are you nuts?! We aren't... we're not yet...\\
'''Tricky:''' Not yet?\\
'''Fox:''' (noticing Krystal curiously awaiting his response) [[ThatCameOutWrong I mean... I mean...]] This isn't a conversation for children!! (Krystal begins laughing)
-->'''Tricky:''' You said you weren't gonna treat me like a kid anymore!\\
'''Fox:''' Then stop acting like one!\\
'''Tricky:''' You're just mad '[[EveryoneCanSeeIt cause you don't wanna talk about it]].\\
'''Krystal:''' All right. Thats enough, ''boys''.
* ShipSinking: Falco Lombardi and Katt Monroe, per ''Farewell, Beloved Falco''.
* ShoutOut: The ''Star Fox'' series seems to have a number of reciprocal Shout Outs in relation to ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''. For starters, Fox [=McCloud=] and Falco Lombardi may have ''originally'' been Shout Outs, being an anthropomorphic ''Golden Fox'' and ''Blue Falcon'' respectively. Then, James [=McCloud=] (outfit and all, but in non-anthropomorphic human form) became a character in the ''F-Zero'' series starting with ''F-Zero X''. Then ''Star Fox Command'' references ''F-Zero'' yet again, [[spoiler:where one of its nine possible MultipleEndings has Fox and Falco becoming racers in a high-speed racing league called G-ZERO Grand Prix]].
** On the SNES, the main villain Andross' design looks remarkably similar to the recurring boss that you fight in the 1983 UsefulNotes/{{Arcade Game}}s ''I, Robot''.
** Even the anime series ''F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu'' / ''GP Legend'' has "O'Donnell" being referenced as James's deceased friend.
** General Pepper not only owes his name, but also his very outfit, to the landmark album by Music/TheBeatles: Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand.
*** {{Lampshaded}} in the [[http://67.media.tumblr.com/8f2e70acbdff1514752ebada07de2bc2/tumblr_nw1k0uGmqS1rkrwaco4_540.jpg Nintendo Power comic]].
*** Captain Shears, a character from ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'', is similar in both physical appearance and attire to Pepper and appears to have a name derived from "Billy Shears", the fictitious leader of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
** Falco is wearing [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon's boots]] in one of the ''Command'' endings.
** In ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'', one of the FREE AS A BIRD members (Falco and Katt's old gang of space hot-rodders) is [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Mousor]] -- as seen on the back of his jacket. Similarly, there is a [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowsor]].
** In ''Assault'', there are classic Namco arcade references and cameos littered in the game, one being the yellow "S" flag from ''VideoGame/RallyX''; after all, Namco did develop this game.
** In ''Star Fox 64'', shortly after you enter Meteo's WarpZone, you'll be treated to several waves of bee/butterfly-like enemies that fly in formations very reminiscent of ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''. You get bonuses if you can nail them all.
** ''Star Fox 64'' has Katina, which is pretty much the climax scene from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', complete with Bill Grey, a nod to Gen. William Grey, Robert Loggia's character in the movie.
** Fox's [[OutrunTheFireball escape from Andross' lair]] is reminiscent of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** The boss of Sector X says, "Where is the creator?", and in its death throes also says, "I must be complete." This references V'ger from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** [[ComicStrip/StarFox Nintendo Power's Star Fox comic]] featured Andross's android pig Andross named Herbert. His design was an obvious parody of the RX-78-2 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
* SigilSpam: Giant posters of General Pepper are everywhere in ''64'', leading some to conclude that he's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation a Big Brother-esque military dictator]]. This theory was {{Jossed}} by the epilogue of ''Assault'', however, which mentions civilian government. It was jossed [[OlderThanTheyThink much earlier]] in the comic, where it's directly mentioned that General Pepper has less power than the "Leaders of Corneria".
* SignatureTeamTransport: The Great Fox.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Basically everywhere.
** Zoness (a planet of toxic waste) is justified in that Andross has apparently been using it as his personal waste dump. This leaves the crewmen simply aghast when they arrive there:
-->'''Peppy:''' THIS is Zoness?!\\
'''Falco:''' I can't believe they did this.\\
'''Slippy:''' What a ''dump''!\\
'''Falco:''' I hear ya, Slip.
* SomethingAboutARose: Panther Caroso.
* SpaceFighter: The Arwings.
* SpaceMines: The first few seconds of Sector X has a cloud of mines that must be navigated through.
** Area 6 has a ''huge'' minefield that you have to fly through.
* SpaceWhale: In ''[[VideoGame/StarFox1 Star Fox]]'', if you shoot all the small orange stingrays in Sector Y, a space whale shows up and drops a slew of powerups just before you encounter the boss. In the tie-in [[ComicStrip/StarFox Nintendo Power comic]], this is said to actually be [[http://oldgamemags.tumblr.com/post/135740771372/nintendo-power-51-august-1993-star-fox-comic the visual manifestation of a trans-dimensional spaceship]] that saved Fox's father, leaving him [[YouCantGoHomeAgain permanently shifted to that dimension]].
* SpaceZone: The Lylat system.
* SpeakingSimlish: In the first game and ''Command''. Optionally a voice option in ''Lylat Wars'', the PAL version of ''Star Fox 64'', likely due to the European languages.
* SpeciesSurname: Or, more typically, first name. Played straight for Peppy and Slippy.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: The iconic 360 degree barrel roll. In ''Command'', deflecting enemy projectiles earns you bonus seconds, and rolling also attracts nearby items. It's even the only way to destroy an enemy mothership.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: While Krystal's role in ''Star Fox Adventures'' was modest, she becomes the main focus of the plot in ''Star Fox Command''. The whole plot of the game revolves around Fox's relationship with Krystal and most of the game's endings revolve around her in some way. She is also the only character that has two Arwings (one when joining Star Wolf and another if rejoining Star Fox).
** {{Averted}} in ''Star Fox Assault'' where she was given as much importance as every other team member.
* SssssnakeTalk: All of the lizards and reptiles in the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' comic speak like this.
* StuffBlowingUp
** The KABOOM of a defeated enemy is [[MostWonderfulSound really satisfying]].
*** More like "PEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW" actually, making the noise instantly recognisable. Gotta love those sound engineers.
** The cluster explosion after the train crash in [=MacBeth=] is freaking excellent.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: After Wolf says that he only saved Fox because he wanted to be the one to "tan" Fox, Panther replies with "Riiight..."
* TankGoodness: The Landmaster.
* TheTeam: Nearly a FiveManBand if you read Peppy as the BigGuy by default.
** TheHero - Fox
** TheLancer - Falco
** TokenAdult / TheMentor - Peppy
** TheSmartGuy (GadgeteerGenius variety) / - Slippy
** TheChick - Krystal (and, true to form, she is also TheEmpath).
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Done for Star Wolf and their kick-ass music. A short theme also plays when a minor character shows up in ''Star Fox 64''.
** In ''Command'', virtually everyone gets their own theme (the core team gets two each), save two certain characters. Wolf, however, hogs the Star Wolf theme, whereas his two other teammates get their own theme.
* ThemeNaming: Usually falls into two categories, adding up to AerithAndBob
** The first group is ADogNamedDog, when you have characters like Fox, Wolf, and Panther.
** The second group is ALizardNamedLiz, with characters with names that reflect or are puns on their species (Leon the Chameleon, or Slippy the Frog.)
** And then there are some real names with no relation to the characters species like James McCloud the Fox. In addition, some characters have animal themed surnames like Hare and Toad, while others have distinctly European surnames, McCloud, Lombardi, Caruso, O'Donnel etc.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: ''Star Fox 64''. And in the Nintendo Power comic, after he learns that Andross killed his mother.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: The robots in the Sargasso Space Zone roll metal barrels down the ramps you have to walk up. Fortunately, Fox has a blaster and can jump decently high.
* TimedMission: Often defending something against missiles. ''Command'' has a timer for combat in general (fuel) and a turn limit for each mission.
* TookALevelInBadass: While technically badass already, Star Wolf as a whole has become better in ''Assault'', and has been like that since. It was also the first game where Wolf gained personality (not counting the ''Lylat Wars Comic'' adaptation).
* TrueCompanions: Fox and his team, and Wolf and his team. Fox's team, however, slowly shows signs of separation (Falco wanting to fly solo, etc.). Ironically, Wolf's removed the two dishonorable characters in his original team, replacing them with a loyal, funny-personified Panther, and the team's been solid since.
** How the separation turns out is one of the key elements in ''Command'''s multiple endings. From the team coming together again to Krystal joining Star Wolf, Slippy settling down and Fox and Falco becoming racers. Anything is possible.
** ''Star Fox 64'' didn't develop most of the characters much at all.
* TryNotToDie: ''"Don't go dying on me!"''
** Beltino: "Do your best... But try to come back alive."
* {{Tsundere}}: Would you believe it if I say it's Wolf? It shows up in ''Assault'' and ''Command''.
* TurnsRed: Several bosses, sometimes literally.
* UnderwaterRuins: Aquas again, as well as Venom in ''Command''.
* TheUnfought: Oh boy, were the players upset when the long-awaited fight with [[spoiler:General Scales]] in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' ended before either side landed a single hit. Might be the most infamous example of this trope.
** A more minor example occurs with the Attack Carrier in the original game. You fight it at the end of Corneria if you take the Level 1 or Level 2 routes, but if you take the Level 3 route Andross's attack fleet get the opportunity to deploy their Destructor attack tank along with the Attack Carrier. Falco ends up fighting the Attack Carrier himself off-screen, leaving you to deal with the Destructor.
* UngratefulBastard: Falco, if you defeat the "bogey on his six," just tells you to mind your own business.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Fox and Krystal throughout the majority of their scenes together. Hell, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euD2P99uIuk end of the first game]] even has sexy saxophone music playing in the background.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In ''64'', you can shoot down your own allies and force them to retire. This is averted in the original and in ''Assault'', where your allies won't take damage if you shoot them, whether you're in a vehicle or not.
** ''64'''s two [=NPCs=], Bill and Katt, are invulnerable, but you can take them down if you shoot either of them long enough. There's also the Cornerian soldiers in the Katina level, but shooting them down won't impact you negatively.
*** ''Adventures'' partially subverts this by allowing you to hurt the dinosaurs with your staff; they cry out in pain, but they won't die. If you whack [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Tricky]] enough, though, he'll try to hurt you back with his Flame command.
*** ''Command'' averts this entirely, if you don't count any of [[MultipleEndings the game's questionable path choices]] as some form of cruelty towards the characters.
* TheVirus: The aparoids.
* VisualPun: In ''Adventures'', Krystal is sealed inside a giant crystal.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Fox and Falco.
** Take for example, this exchange:
-->-'''Falco''': "I think you look better in a tank!"
-->-'''Fox''': "Why don't ''you'' come down here, Falco?"
-->-'''Falco''': "''I'll pass, Fox.''"
-->-'''Falco''': "He can sure be a pain in the neck."
* WhatTheHellHero: If you happen to be trigger-happy enough; you can actually shoot at your team-mates. This is the reaction you're given if you do.
** "''Fox!'' That was one of ours!"
*** "Hey, Einstein, I'm on ''your'' side!"
*** "Enemy down. Wait! That was one of ours!"
** Also, the allies get mad if you steal their kills ("Hey, he was mine!"), which is pretty easy to do, since it's often surprising that they'll kill ''[[ATeamFiring anything]]'' [[ATeamFiring at all]] in the first place.
** Fox gets a lot of this from other characters for his callous treatment of Krystal prior to ''Command''; several reviewers commented on just how much flak he catches from just about everyone for dumping her.
*** '''Lucy:''' So, Fox, let's talk about Krystal. You really screwed that one up!
* WorldOfHam: Starting with ''Star Fox 64'', the series has taken to some extremely hammy voice acting.
* WorthIt: In ''Star Fox 64'', General Pepper gets a bill for Star Fox's services.
** "This is one steep bill!...But it's worth it."
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Blue Fur]]: Krystal.
** Falco himself is blue feathered, which people seem to forget easily.
* YouWillBeAssimilated: What the aparoids, or at least their queen, say.
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