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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 
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    • Wolf is like a magnet for these, regarding his relationship with Fox (An enemy? A rival? A mentor and father figure?). There are several hints that he might have clashed with Fox's dad, James, in the past, which could lead to even more potential motivations.
    • Pigma goes through a backstory alteration in Zero, in that he was loyal to Andross from the start and was never James or Peppy's friend to begin with. Basically, Pigma can be interpretated as either having gone through a Face–Heel Turn or just being The Mole.
    • Was Andross really just an evil psycho who unleashed a virus For the Evulz? Or was he initially a good-hearted inventor who's experiments went tragically wrong, and who was exiled by Peppy due over a rivalry? In Star Fox Command Krystal claims it's the second one. That said, she was really upset at the time and may have just been telling Fox this to be mean.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Slippy is generally well-liked in Japan, but is more The Scrappy in the West, especially in Star Fox 64, in which he is frequently considered one of the most annoying characters in video game history due to his tendency to distress.
    • Panther is about as liked or as hated as Slippy is, depending on the region.
  • Annoying Video-Game Helper:
    • Although Slippy in particular gets a lot of flak for getting in trouble very often, ALL of the Star Fox pilots get hate. Some players get annoyed to the point where they may turn on their teammates just to shut them up for a while. To add insult to injury, in Starfox 64, even when the team manages to be genuinely helpful they often end up stealing important kills from you, lowering your score.
      • Sector Z in 64 was a big example of this. It's difficult to unlock medals already thanks to the thin number of enemies, which are shaved down further by your teammates. They can easily get the last shots on those missiles.note 
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  • Awesome Ego: Falco. Much like Han Solo (who served as an inspiration for his voice actor in 64), he's smug, arrogant, snarky, incredibly prideful... and actually has the skills to back his ego up, as well as, at the end of the day, being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Again, Slippy. He does have his fans in the West, particularly those who like his status as a good source of laughs (Narm and Narm Charm-moments aside), and he is well-liked in Japan (unsurprisingly for a country whose one of many symbolic animals is the frog). However, it's hard for the frog to get rid of the stigma he obtained in the series' most popular game, 64, with his tendency to get into trouble very often; this is without mentioning how in Sector X, he recklessly charges at the Spyborg only to get swatted out of the way and towards the titanically difficult Titania (which also prives you of reaching the good ending). His Crossdressing Voice has further aided to the annoyance. At the very least, he is agreed to be more tolerable outside of 64, and he was rescued for some come Assault, where his voice, while remaining goofy, is more masculine, and the game takes a step to poke fun at him at the beginning of the game.
    • Krystal. There is a clear line drawn down the center of the fanbase between her fans and haters. Although many pre-Adventures fans outright refuse to accept her, said game attracted a great many new (mostly non-Japanese) fans who found Krystal especially appealing. The fact she's technically the first Action Girl in the series has also helped. As mentioned above, however, most detractors come from the pre-Adventures fans, who consider her as a Replacement Scrappy to other female characters like Fay, Miyu and especially Fara Phoenix. There's also the fact her character isn't developed much outside of being a Satellite Love Interest to Fox.
    • Krystal's treatment within the fanbase also extends to her and Fox's (possible future) son, Marcus, who hasn't really done anything to be liked or hated to any real degree, other than be Krystal's (possible future) offspring with Fox.
    • Panther is either loved or hated depending on the region. Some like him for proving as the more calm and collected member of Star Wolf, and don't mind him replacing Andrew and/or Pigma after both go solo. Others treat him as a Replacement Scrappy for both, citing his personality to be a major factor. Even those who understand Andrew and Pigma leaving Star Wolf do dislike Panther for portraying the group as more anti-heroic figures rather than the Psycho for Hire vibe the team gives.
    • Falco, to a lesser extent than the characters above. Some people see him as cool and like his portrayal of a big ego AND the skills to back it up. Others deride him for being an Ungrateful Bastard whenever you save him in 64.
  • 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: Throughout the Star Fox Team's adventures, the following antagonists were the worst enemies the mercenaries have ever faced:
    • In a franchise that has undergone two Continuity Reboots, Andross has shown his worst as the Big Bad in the first two timelines:
      • Star Fox & Star Fox 2: Andross, banished to Venom for an unknown crime, he converted the lush, green planet into a barren weapons factory while enslaving the natives to fight for him against their will. He then launched an assault on the Lylat System, severely damaging the various planets and regions while doing so. While Fox ends the war, Andross had put an AI copy of himself in charge of the operation, leaving him free to build the Astropolis base and attack again, this time with the goal of completely destroying Corneria.
      • 64 & Adventures: Andross was responsible for experiments that 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 form of a spirit who fled to Dinosaur Planet (later named Sauria). Manipulating events there, Andross engineered his own resurrection and transformation into a near deity. At the climax of Adventures, Andross, who has been manipulating General Scales, opts to destroy the entire Lylat system. Even after his death, he has a posthumous impact in Command.
    • Adventures: General Scales is the brutal leader of the SharpClaw tribe who wishes to rule Dinosaur Planet. With the aid of Andross, Scales steals the Spell Stones, slaughtering the EarthWalkers sent to stop him. This causes the planet to become dangerously unstable, threatening to affect the entire Lylat system if it explodes. Scales then imprisons the Gatekeepers as well as the EarthWalker Royal Family. Scales forces the SnowHorn Gatekeeper's daughter to open a Gate to DarkIce Mines by threatening to slaughter her tribe, and fulfills his promise not to kill them by enslaving them in said mine. He conquers the SkyRunner Fortress and has his men beat and imprison the SkyRunner Queen. He releases the vicious RedEye Tribe into the Walled City, driving the EarthWalkers out of most of the City. He transforms Dragon Rock into a wasteland and performs experiments on dinosaurs to turn them into dangerous bioweapons. Cruel even to his own tribe, Scales stands out as one of Star Fox Team's cruelest foes.
    • Star Fox: Assault: The Aparoid Queen is the source of the Aparoids' will. Allegedly born without a soul, the Aparoid Queen aimed to bypass evolution. To that end, she spawned countless Aparoids and unleashed them all throughout the Lylat System to infect both inorganic and organic matter through Aparoidedation. Her race threatens inhabitants of countless planets; most notably, Sauria and Corneria suffer the most damage and casualties. Her Assimilation Plot sees other people infected by Aparoids retain some consciousness coupled with the inability to do anything about it; the tragic effects seen most vividly in the fights against General Pepper and Pigma Dengar. Before the attack on her homeworld, she has an armada of Aparoids try and destroy the Orbital Gate, including the deployment of numerous powerful missiles, in hopes of ending all opposition, including the scientists studying Core Memories. When Star Fox reaches the heart of the Aparoid Homeworld, the Queen uses the information she's absorbed from her spawn's exploits to imitate the voices of the fallen, including Fox's deceased father James McCloud, to break their spirits. Under the belief all existed for them and her race was "truth", the Aparoid Queen threatened existence itself in her quest to turn everything into Aparoid under her control, and rivaled Emperor Andross himself in sheer darkness.
  • 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: 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.
  • Crossover Ship: Krystal is often paired with many characters from other franchises.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Star Fox naturally gets this in the form of Krystal the blue vixen, who is both Fox's love interest and the Base-Breaking Character of the series as a whole. Most fans prefer to pair Fox with someone else, such as Falco, Wolf, Fara Phoenix[[note]]from the [[Star Fox comic series instead, due to her being made specifically for the Star Fox franchise (unlike Krystal, who is a Canon Immigrant), or even minor characters like Bill Grey.
    • On the flip side, just about no one will even dare ship Panther with Krystal; or else, rabid fans will burst like crazy. As for the endings in Command where Krystal does end up with Panther? Expect lots of Fix Fics where Panther is portrayed like an abusive boyfriend whose only interest in life is getting laid, his official profile notwithstanding.
    • Even the Ho Yay shippers can go crazy on one another, especially with Wolf, who is often a victim of Ship-to-Ship Combat with Leon, or even James.
    • Katt oddly averts this. No one really seems to hate her despite the fact that she's a possible love interest for Falco. If anything, she's mostly just ignored.
  • 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. Panther also gets this a lot, as his great reverence for love thus redeems him. Finally, there's Wolf. Not only does he literally wear leather pants, but fans tend to severely downplay his more savage personality traits, especially in order to ship him with Fox.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Fay and Miyu from Star Fox 2 were the first female characters in the series and have not made any appearances ever since. They are quite popular anyway.
    • Leon enjoys a lot of popularity despite being nothing more than Wolf's second-in-command and the only other consistent member of his team.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Various fan theories attempting to explain James' sudden appearances at the end of 64 and Command fall into this. Likewise, the idea that James McCloud from F-Zero and James McCloud from Star Fox are one and the same. They aren't even the same species.
    • There's an 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.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Don't call Fox McCloud "Star Fox" unless you want a bunch of fans angrily informing you that "Star Fox" is the name of the team, not the fox himself. Ditto for calling Wolf O'Donnell "Star Wolf".
  • Fandom Heresy: Star Fox Command is the worst game in the series regardless of whichever fragment of the fanbase 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 fandom.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Fox/Krystal, despite being the canon pairing, is completely eclipsed by Fox/Falco (mostly in Japan) and Fox/Wolf (mostly in the US) in terms of popularity.
  • 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 due to the amateurish voice acting.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In Japan, Leon, Panther, Falco, and Slippy are quite popular, overshadowing Fox.
    • Krystal is liked in the West... part of the West.
    • 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.
  • Good Bad Translation:
    • 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. localizations, Caroso is 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 he 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". *inhale* No, Earth-clan, *inhale* not THOSE *inhale* volus.
  • 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.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Fox, Fox, FOX. He has probably been paired up with every relevant character in the series, but especially Krystal, Wolf, Falco, Bill, Fara and Miyu from 2.
    • Krystal and Wolf are kinda treated like gods in the Furry Fandom, so they tend to get lots of Crossover Ships.
  • Love to Hate: Pigma Dengar is an irredeemable swine, but his non-stop boasting about betraying Star Fox and shameless displays of Greed can make him really entertaining to watch. It's enough to make you wonder just how evil and immoral one can get in a game about anthropomorphic animals shooting each other in space, and then you have the ensuing satisfaction of putting him down. His infection and death in Assault are also some of the more memorable moments in the series.
  • Memetic Loser:
  • Memetic Molester: Wolf... particularly his Assault pose.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Any spoken line from 64, especially "Do a Barrel Roll!"
      • 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.
    • Wolf's line "Can't let you do that, Star Fox" went memetic sometime around the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
      • Can't let you brew that, Starbucks!
      • Can't let you view that, Firefox!
      • Can't let you chew that, Starburst!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Andross crosses this line consistently, while giving no fucks about it. His experiments and weapons have ruined half a dozen planets at this point.
    • 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...
  • 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.
    • As previously mentioned in Base-Breaking Character, people just can't leave Slippy alone for his 64 depiction as an useless and danger-prone pilot who requires rescuing constantly. Even subsequent games make fun of him.
      Slippy (after saving Slippy 5 seconds into Assault gameplay): Thanks, Fox! I though I was a goner.
      Falco: You haven't changed a bit, frog boy.
  • Popular with Furries: The Star Fox series in general is a pretty good starting point to find furries. Krystal is especially popular among them, though Falco, Wolf, and Fox aren't far behind.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • One of the reasons Krystal haters dislike her, as she ends up replacing fan-favorite Peppy in the Star Fox team somewhere between Adventures and Assault. Some also consider her this to Fara Phoenix, Fox's original love-interest from the Nintendo Power comics, and to Fai and Miyu from 2.
    • Panther gets this to a lesser extent. While he is far more pleasant than both Pigma and Andrew combined, there are some people who actually prefer the latter two, as they make Star Wolf feel more like a villainous threat instead of just anti-heroic rival figures.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Tricky, who ever since Adventures, gets plenty of flack for his annoying persona and voice. His return in Assault, albeit brief, didn't help any matters.
    • Andrew is disliked, or at least severely ignored, for being weird-looking like his Uncle Andross (thus, no fangirls to pull a Draco in Leather Pants), for being generally incompetent (like Slippy) and not really adding much to the story besides being an Andross wannabe who pathetically cries for him when defeated. It doesn't help his development pretty much amounts to that of a cliché Dirty Coward, villain archtype that, at the time, had been reviewed multiple times (most notably by fellow sci-fi series Star Wars in Nute Gunray). Even Pigma, who is a deliberate Hate Sink, has fans that Love to Hate him, whereas Andrew is just a literal Butt-Monkey who gets no respect in and out-of-universe.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Landmaster, in any game where it shows up, is not a very popular vehicle, what with it being slow and clunky compared to the Arwing. Still, it's far more well-liked than the even slower and clunkier Blue Marine from 64 and Gyrowing from Zero.
  • "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.
    • Star Fox 64 has this too a lesser extent. While the gameplay is still praised, the minimalist geometric graphics aren't.
  • Sequel Displacement: Star Fox 64 was made with this intentionally in mind to replace the original Star Fox in the storyline. In turn, Star Fox Zero might have been a new attempt to do this to 64, considering it was released after the 3DS remake of the latter, but it wasn't successful.
  • 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. And this is not even taking in account the Ho Yay involving Falco or Wolf.
  • 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.
    • Adventures is in a similar ballpark. Those who don't hate its mere existence at worst think it's a boring-to-decent The Legend of Zelda clone.
  • 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 Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Krystal. She's a good character, and her and Fox 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The concept of expanding Star Fox beyond 4 pilots at a time is oddly unexplored in the series. Star Fox 2 did it just fine with Fay and Miyu added to the roster, but since then it's always been a quartet. One of the endings in Command actually expands the team to 5, but that's non-canon.
    • Speaking of Command, it's very unlikely that any of its Multiple Endings will ever be followed upon, despite a few of them having interesting premises for potential sequels like a new Star Fox team led by Fox's son, Falco forming his own mercenary team or Dash succeeding Andross.
  • 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.
  • Viewer Species Confusion:
    • According to Word of God, Falco is a pheasant, rather than a falcon as his name implies.
    • There are still quite a few people familiar with the franchise who believe that Krystal is a cat, rather than a blue fox. This is somewhat justified in that when Adventures was still being developed as Dinosaur Planet, she had a more feline-like design; however, leaked information regarding the game's original storyline reveals that she was always intended to be a vixen. It doesn't help that Nintendo Power themselves referred to her as a cat.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Out of This Dimension in the original, and the OoTD-style warps in 64.


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