YMMV / Star Fox

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • As thisnote  Let's Play puts it, is General Pepper a benevolent ruler (IF he is a ruler) or a Communist dictator? note 
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Slippy is generally well-liked in Japan, but is more The Scrappy in the West, where in Star Fox 64 he is frequently considered one of the most annoying characters in video game history.
    • Panther is about as liked or as hated as Slippy is, depending on the region.
  • Base Breaker:
    • There is a clear line drawn down the center of the fanbase between the Krystal-lovers and Krystal-haters. Most pre-Adventures fans refused to accept her, though Adventures itself attracted a great many new (mostly non-Japanese) fans who found Krystal especially appealing.
    • Interestingly, this treatment also extends to her and Fox's (possible future) son, Marcus. Which is particularly noteworthy since he hasn't really done anything to be liked or hated to any real degree other than... be a potential outcome for the future of the series.
    • Do NOT mention Krystal near Fara's fans, or, in the same manner of breath, Fara around Krystal's fans. The possibility of war will be a rough one.
  • Broken Base: Several divisions divide fans of the series. Mainly between the ones that like the games that came after Star Fox 64 or not. Then there's the die-hards who consider the original Star Fox/Starwing to be the better game.
  • Complete Monster: Emperor Andross, the Big Bad of the first four games (with a posthumous impact in Star Fox Command), is a primate scientist whose experiments destroyed a good chunk of the Cornerian capital city and rendered multiple worlds in the Lylat system uninhabitable. Banished to the planet Venom, Andross took it over while building his own army. When the time was right, Andross launched a vicious campaign on Lylat, having his forces attack civilian populations and aiming to exterminate life on entire worlds. When he faced Fox McCloud, whose father Andross had killed years ago, Andross was apparently destroyed, only to survive in the in the form of a spirit who fled to Dinosaur Planet. Manipulating events there, Andross engineered his own resurrection and transformation into a near deity. At the climax of Star Fox Adventures, Andross opts to destroy the entire Lylat system.
  • Contested Sequel: EVERY SINGLE GAME IN THE SERIES. Even 64 isn't safe, as the original SNES game has a sizeable fanbase and a different atmosphere.
  • Crack Pairing: Several, most notably Fox/Wolf (they are rivals who want to kill each other) Fox/Falco (not only is nothing romantic implied, but Falco is asexual.). One of the strangest that has occurred is Wolf/Lucy. Shippers point to the appearance of Lucy's daughter in the ending "Goodbye Fox", claiming that she shares some of Wolf's traits.
  • Critical Research Failure: The description of Solar, which is a star, as "The Red-Hot Planet" in Command. Never mind that it's the sun of the Lylat system in Star Fox 64. The given data on it places it as a Red Dwarf too cold to possibly sustain life, thus the fan theory that the Lylat System might be some kind of Binary Star system. (Lylat was clearly a binary system in Star Fox 2)
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Everyone on Star Wolf except Pigma and Andrew. Leon's (apparently) a cold-blooded killer, albeit one who loves flowers and rainbows, and Wolf is, well... Wolf. Panther also gets this a lot, as his great reverence for love thus redeems him.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Various fan theories attempting to explain James' sudden appearances at the end of 64 and Command. Likewise, the idea that James McCloud from F-Zero and this character are one and the same.
    • The argument that James and Fox were never renamed — they could be Fox James McCloud Sr. and Fox James McCloud Jr., or they could be James McCloud Sr. and James McCloud Jr. with "Fox" being a nickname.
  • Even Better Sequel: Star Fox 64 made several improvements over the original stylish SNES Star Fox, and it's still the most popular and remembered game in the series as a result of this.
  • Everyone Is Gay:
    • Star Fox fanfics. Fox, Falco, Wolf, and Leon are sometimes portrayed as flaming gay. Of course, "Nymphomaniac Gaylords" are perhaps a more accurate description.
    • It doesn't help that, until Assault and Adventures, the cast was almost entirely male.
  • Fandom Heresy: Command is the worst game in the series regardless of almost every fragment you belong to, end of story. You can like it sometimes, but if you say it's anything but the worst you will receive a solid thwacking from the rest of the base.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In Japan, Fox × Falco dominates fan expression. There's a lot of it in the West too. This is probably the most famous example (and a parody of Falox shippers).
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Krystal, especially for Het Is Ew fans who want Fox to end up with either Falco or Wolf. Don't count out the Fara fans either.
    • With its predominantly male cast, Star Fox naturally gets this, especially in the form of Krystal the blue vixen, who is both Fox's love interest and the Base Breaker of the series as a whole. Some fans shunt her aside in favor of Fox/Falco and Fox/Wolf; there's also Fara Phoenix from the 1993 Nintendo Power comics based off of the SNES game as a replacement.
    • On the flip side, just about no one will even dare ship Panther with Krystal; or else, rabid fans will burst like crazy.
    • Even the Ho Yay shippers as mentioned can go crazy on one another, especially with Wolf, who is often a victim of Ship-to-Ship Combat with Leon, or even James.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Star Fox 64's voice acting is legendary for the instant quotability and sheer Narm/Narm Charm of the many, many lines. Quoting ANY line from 64, even the smallest most incidental ones, will cause recognition and a quoting spree. To put it simply, every line in the game is a meme.
    • Assault's dialog isn't as good thanks to it being played more seriously, but Adventures has a few meme inspiring lines here and there.
  • Game Breaker: Wolf in Assault's multiplayer mode. He has the most health (the only character that can survive a hit from the Demon Spider) and SPEED.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In Japan, Leon, Panther, Falco, and Slippy are quite popular, overshadowing Fox.
    • Krystal in the West; a plurality of the West at least.
    • An Official Nintendo Survey in 2013 revealed that the series as a whole is less popular in Japan than it is in the West, indicating that gamers were a minority in the Japanese fanbase.
  • Het Is Ew:
    • Branches of the fandom are not pleased with their favorite male characters getting female love interests.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • The team leader is called Fox McCloud, not Star Fox. Star Fox is the name of The Team.
    • Ditto for Wolf O'Donnell, not Star Wolf.
    • Possibly parodied by one of the endings in Command, where Falco creates his own team and calls it Star Falco.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • "Falox" (Japanese ファルフォ "Falfo") is Fox × Falco Ship.
    • "Wolox" (Japanese ウルフォ "Wolfo") is Fox × Wolf Ship.
    • "Jimpep" (Japanese ジムペプ) or "Jimpeppy" (Japanese ジムペピ) is James × Peppy Ship.
  • Memetic Badass: He has a catchphrase and a manly personality... Can you guess who?
    • Hey, Wolf's Assault voice is Engineer! Spy's sappin' my Landmaster!
  • Memetic Molester: Wolf... particularly his Assault pose.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    Peppy: DO A BARRELROLL! Peppy only ever says the phrase TWICE (including Landmaster) during each playthrough of the game. Internet fandom would have anyone believe it's all he ever says.
    • Slippy's classic quote before every boss, "Enemy shield analyzed!"
    • The phrase "It's a trap!" Whether the meme itself was started from Star Wars first is a bit unsure, but it can easily be linked to Star Fox, obviously.
    Falco: Personally, I prefer the air!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Whatever sympathy the people of Corneria might have had for Andross went down the drain when he unleashed a bio-weapon on their planet. Then there's the issue with Vixy...
    • The Aparoids' attack on Sauria, later revealed to be a diversion to keep Star Fox busy while the Aparoids attack Corneria. And if that wasn't enough, they take over General Pepper and his flagship and force Fox to destroy him.
    • Pigma has only done evil things, but you can consider when he finally crosses it at multiple times. The earliest is in the backstory of 64, when he is bribed by Andross to betray James and Peppy. Later, one might consider his rubbing that in to Fox cementing him as pure evil. However, if 64 didn't convince you, he's WORSE in Assault. Wolf has kicked Pigma out of Star Wolf, and what does Pigma do when the Aparoids, who want to assimilate all life and technology, invade? He decides to become a leader of them and unleashes them on Fichina, letting it undergo an apocalypse thanks to them and infects the main building in order to procure an escape. Thankfully, he learns that Evil Is Not a Toy and is assimilated himself and is FINALLY Killed Off for Real. However, if the part in Command where he survives is considered canon...
  • Most Annoying Sound: Slippy's maydays.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: Star Fox 64 script, full stop. You will either Facepalm or enjoy it.
    • It seems to have become a Parody Retcon, as when the 3DS remake was released, a new dub was created, with some of the original English voice actors reprising their roles, but the tone is made fairly silly and the memetic lines are left intact.
  • Never Live It Down: People like to refer to a certain VGCats strip for Homoerotic Subtext moments of the game... even though that was taken out of context for the sake of the typical VGCats style of humor.
  • Nightmare Fuel/Tear Jerker: General Pepper's cries for you to kill him in Assault to prevent the Aparoids from taking over his body.
  • Recycled Premise: Assault's plotline is lifted more or less wholesale from obscure Treasure title Silpheed: The Lost Planet.
  • Recycled Script: In the comic series that was released at the same time as the original 1993 game, Slippy is kidnapped on Titania, but manages to rescue himself using his Utility Necklace. In 64, Slippy is kidnapped on Titania and has to be rescued by Fox. In Farewell, Beloved Falco, Slippy is kidnapped on Titania and has to be rescued by Fox again. Both scenarios involve the Landmaster, but in 64 it's used to rescue Slippy, while in Farewell Slippy is kidnapped while piloting it. (How does that guy manage to get kidnapped while driving a tank?!?)
  • The Scrappy:
    • Slippy in Star Fox 64. He gets a lot of flack due to always getting chased by enemies and his annoying voice. These things were toned down in Star Fox Assault by making him a bit more competent as a pilot and by giving him a less-annoying voice and a couple funny lines here and there. He even managed to gain some fans.
    • Dash. Even Andrew is better-liked than him. Still, Dash was one of the more plot-significant characters of Command. Uncyclopedia's Star Fox article poked fun at this by saying Dash was played by Wil Wheaton.
    • Falco also gets some heat for his overly antagonistic comms chatter, including being an Ungrateful Bastard whenever you save him.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Star Fox for the SNES looks dated today, but it was considered one of the most advanced games at the time. Rendering Polygonal Graphics on the primarily 2D SNES is quite a feat to behold.
  • Sequel Displacement: Star Fox 64 was made with this intentionally in mind to replace the original Star Fox in the storyline.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Star Fox's combat revolves all around Fox: Fox/Krystal vs. Fox/Fara (please remember reciting your MST3K Mantra, fans of either side — both are Official Couples, each in a separate continuity) and the first of the aforementioned Official Couples goes against Panther/Krystal, which is often the target of Die for Our Ship anyway.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Assault is widely regarded as this by fans and some reviewers. Interestingly, it's the worst-reviewed game in the series, but you would be hard-pressed to find a fan that prefers Command over it.
  • That One Boss: Sarumarine in 64 is nearly impossible to beat in his final phase.
  • That One Level: Dragon Rock in Adventures can get annoying while trying to release the HighTop from his laser chains, and that barrel challenge on the way to releasing the CloudRunner (though this can be countered by timing the flamethrowers and throwing the barrels across).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • A good 95-100% of the criticism of Star Fox Adventures was some variant of this or "It's not Star Fox 64." Even games that are closer to it, like Assault, get a lot of this from a portion of the base for the on-foot sections and other differences.
    • The same issue popped up now and then with Star Fox 64 not being Star Fox SNES. Fans who prefer the SNES games are called snessers. It can be Serious Business.
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • Wolf's awful personality change in Command. Also, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has him act out of character at times, too.
    • Panther's severe change in speech (and even his surname) in Command.
    • Several characters inexplicably showing up with radically changed appearances or personalities (Krystal is either a cold heartless bitch or simply a hurt, yet forgivable woman scorned, depending on what path you take in the game).
      • Katt looks significantly different than her appearance in 64 and Bill has a Southern accent which he didn't have before.
  • Stop Helping Me!:
    • Mostly Slippy, who tends to get in trouble very quickly. These guys may annoy players to the point where they may turn on their teammates just to shut them up for a while. To add insult to injury, in the cases where the team manages to be genuinely helpful, they may end up stealing important kills from you.
    • Sector Z in 64 was a big example of this. It's difficult to unlock medals mainly because the already thin number of enemies is shaved further by your teammates. They can get the last shots on those missiles. note 
    • Lampshaded in Assault where Fox himself tries to help Wolf in the Aparoid Homeworld by giving advice, with Wolf only being annoyed and saying, "Keep your eyes to your front and your business to yourself, pup."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Krystal. Fox and her being a Battle Couple isn't a bad idea in and of itself, but their relationship was hardly ever explored in the series besides the games going "Hey, these two are a couple". Command is the worst about this, as Fox suddenly fires her and ends their relationship without any good reason to, leading to some jarring shifts in characterization for her.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Due to being voiced by a woman in 64, there were quite a few people who thought that Slippy was female. Slippy is voiced by the same actress who voiced Katt. While it is obvious, she does do a distinct difference between them and her Slippy voice is pretty convincing. Lampshaded in Command when Falco is surprised to hear that Slippy is engaged to a woman.
  • Villain Decay: After trying to take over the Lylat System in Assault, Andrew's playing second fiddle to the Anglars in Command.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Out of this Dimension in the original, and the OotD-style warps in 64.
    • Pigma's borg version, especially in Command. Some pigs don't know when to give up...

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