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Since Star Fox and its comic
The first game, in 1993. So overshadowed by Star Fox 64 in 1997 that some fans don't even know there were Star Fox games or stories before that.
The team of heroes after whom the series is named. Most of its members were originally trained at the Cornerian Flight Academy, but the team itself are privately-run paramilitary mercenaries.
The team roster has featured the following changes:
- In the Super NES canon:
- Fox McCloud Sr. and Peppy Hare feature in the backstory, but the first team to be called Star Fox featured Fox McCloud Jr., Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare, and Slippy Toad. In the comics, Fara Phoenix also became a full member early on.
- Star Fox 2 featured Miyu and Fay, with Fara's likeness only featuring in an early beta of the game.
- In the Nintendo 64 canon:
- The original (unplayable backstory) team was made up of James McCloud, Peppy Hare, and Pigma Dengar.
- In an event of sabotage, James was lost and Pigma defected to Andross.
- The second incarnation of the team was led by James's son Fox McCloud, and featured Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare, and Slippy Toad. ROB-64 was the operator of the Great Fox.
- Peppy retired from being a pilot after Star Fox 64, but remained on the Great Fox as backup.
- Falco left the team in Farewell Beloved Falco.
- Krystal joined in Adventures. Tricky is counted as an honorary member, but never leaves Sauria to join the Great Fox. Falco rejoined at the end of Adventures.
- Peppy retired full-time after Assault, and Krystal was kicked out. Lucy Hare and Amanda are de facto members of the team during Command, and Amanda formally joins in one of its endings.
- In a possible future, the team is made up of Marcus McCloud, Falco Lombardi, Lucy's daughter, and Slippy's son.
- Ace Pilot: All of them.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Star Fox team is doing that on the Corneria level, and a couple other levels too.
- Scarf of Asskicking: At least some of the team wears the team's trademark neck scarf in assorted colors, in every game of the franchise except Assault.
Fox is the main character of all of the Star Fox games and the leader of the Star Fox team. He used to butt heads with Falco quite a bit, but tensions seem to have died down in later games, and they are close friends and merely friendly rivals. His true rival and Worthy Opponent is Wolf O'Donnell, his nemesis is Andross.
- Ace Pilot
- Art Shift: Does Fox 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 both.
- Battle Couple: Krystal accompanies him for the ground based missions on Sauria and the Aparoid Homeworld during Assault
- Berserk Button: In the Nintendo Power comic, after Fox discovers that Andross was the sole reason he became an orphan (see Conveniently an Orphan below), Fox is sent into a fit of Unstoppable Rage and he single-handedly destroys Andross's flying ship base.
(Fox, Falco, and Peppy approach the core of Andross's ship)
Falco: Steady! Line it up! Almost there...!
Fox: Falco! I NEED TO DO THIS ONE MYSELF!
(Fox flies ahead of the rest of the team and attacks the core)
Peppy: ...Fox? He's boiling over!
Falco: I've never seen him so... twisted! I'm glad I'm not Andross!
- Big No: When Fox is shot down, one of his teammates invokes this.
- That, or Scream My Name in Japanese version.
- Conveniently an Orphan: His dad was killed by Andross (most likely). And one of the old Nintendo Power comics reveals Andross (accidentally) killed his mother as well. According to the original, his dad is lost in the Black Hole because of Andross.
- Cool Old Guy: Fox in one of the endings in Command, in which he's seen sporting sunglasses like his father and a goatee.
- Cool Shades: In Expert mode in 64.
- Also in one of Command's endings, featuring him with Krystal and their son, Marcus.
- Cunning Like a Fox
- Cutscene Incompetence: In Adventures, Fox is faced with the Big Bad in a cutscence and takes ten shots at him with his fire-blasting staff. He misses all ten shots. He even fails to hit the Mook that the Big Bad attempted to use as a Dino Shield. This coming from an Ace Pilot, and if dialogue is an indication, a crack shot with personal weapons as well. Also occurs repeatedly in Assault; typically, Pigma's ship gets away because Fox has to do something else or is distracted. The script tends to forget the three other members of the team at such times.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to be a bit of his characterization in Assault.
Fox: Peppy, send me a Landmaster will ya?
Peppy: On it's way. What's the situation?
Fox: Well, I got my hands full. But what else is new.
Peppy: Done! Here's your Landmaster!
- Landmaster dramatically 'ports in in the middle of a swarm of Aparoids*
Fox: Great. Good to see the transmission system's targeting is as sterling as ever.
- Everyone Can See It: Fox tries to keep his affection towards Krystal under wraps in Adventures and Assault. Not that it makes any difference, since all of his teammates know him too well, ROB has a way of putting it out in the open, and others like Tricky assumed they were already together.
- Generation Xerox: Probably the reason James is always shown wearing shades and Fox never does -- without them, father and son look exactly the same.
- Happily Married: One of Command's endings has him as this with Krystal.
- The Hero
- Hot Dad: As a result of the above mentioned trope. After Marcus was born, about the only difference physically was that he started wearing sunglasses and grew a goatee of sorts on his chin.
- I Am X, Son of Y: Before Star Fox 64, when Fox's father was officially renamed James, Fox's father was named Fox McCloud (or "Fox Sr."), and Fox himself was Fox McCloud Jr. (or "Fox Jr.").
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: His reason for kicking Krystal off Star Fox prior to Command was that, at the time, the two were in a relationship, and he didn't want to see her get hurt as a result of being part of the team. She doesn't take it well.
- Jack of All Stats: In Assault and Command, he's a generally middle-of-the-road character when it comes to stats.
- Legacy Character: His father James led the original Star Fox team, and one ending of Command has his son Marcus leading a new incarnation of it in the future.
- Like Father, Like Son
- Name McAdjective
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: In the SNES game, Fox was officially 25 years old. In the 64 Continuity Reboot, he was 18 years old. He aged normally in the sequels of 64, though.
- Official Couple: Currently this with Krystal.
- Parental Abandonment: Fox's parents, James and Vixy, are both gone. Vixy is dead, and James is a disembodied voice and occasional Space Whale.
- Putting the Band Back Together: He has to do this about every other game.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In the Super NES games, Fox's pilot scarf was bright pink. It was changed to red in Star Fox 64.
- Rescue Romance: His relationships with both of his official love interests' began by him saving their lives.
- Scream My Name: In the Japanese versions, his team members will do this if Fox is killed (These are replaced with a Big No in the English version). In the English version, the only instances of this trope being applied towards Fox is when Slippy is swatted towards Titania by Spyborg, Slippy just before the battle against Goras, and by his team members when Fox is going to "go it alone" against Andross inside his base (both paths), and the last part only if his teammates aren't undergoing repairs of their Arwings. Fox himself also used the trope twice: First when Slippy was knocked away to Titania, and the second when Fox finds Slippy in Gora's claw (before it awakens).
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules: In stark contrast to Falco's greed, Fox always practices the Robin Hood credo, and is unconcerned with becoming rich. That is not to say Fox doesn't enjoy luxuries now and then.
Fox: First class tickets would be nice.
Falco: You could have asked for a moon!
Fox: Moons aren't nearly as comfortable.
- And it's not like he ever doesn't bill General Pepper for Star Fox's services.
- Hell, in Adventures, he spends a lot of time complaining that he's not getting paid nearly enough for what he's doing. What exactly is the game in which Fox seems to have anything other than mercenary purposes? He definitely seems to be about the cash, even if he's, y'know, nice about it.
- Well sure, you still have to put food on the table. Similar issues in episode plots of Cowboy Bebop come to mind. It probably takes an assload of cash just to maintain the Great Fox (not to mention their expensive Arwings), which is especially worrisome when business is slow, and it is implied that the Great Fox was in severe disrepair by the time of the game. In Farewell Beloved Falco, they were all practically living on that ship in deep space, and spent a lot of boring days playing video games (labelled as training). That's also not even getting into the issue of how Fox, after inheriting the Great Fox from his father, also ends up having to pay the remainder of his dad's eighty year loan that his father got simply by getting the ship. However, in the older comic where Fox's credo came up, they weren't in the Great Fox, but in their Papetoon Rebel Hideout underneath a tree in the desert, where cost of living may have been less expensive.
- Hell, in Adventures, he spends a lot of time complaining that he's not getting paid nearly enough for what he's doing. What exactly is the game in which Fox seems to have anything other than mercenary purposes? He definitely seems to be about the cash, even if he's, y'know, nice about it.
- And it's not like he ever doesn't bill General Pepper for Star Fox's services.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Once in Assault relating to Krystal. Tricky assumes that Fox and Krystal are already a couple and promises to keep Sauria intact until they can come back on their honeymoon. Fox unfortunately phrases his response in a way that makes it clear that even though they aren't, he does want them to be, causing much embarrassment until he can change the subject.
Fox: What are you nuts?! We aren't- we not yet-
Tricky: "Not yet"?
- Krystal leans in curiously whilst Fox struggles over his words*
Fox: Uh... I mean- I mean, this is not a conversation for children!
- Krystal laughs at his immediate topic changing*
Tricky: You said you weren't gonna treat me like a kid anymore!
Fox: Then stop acting like one!
Tricky: You're just mad 'cause you don't wanna talk about it.
Krystal: Alright, that's enough boys.
- Technicolor Eyes/Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes/Green Eyes/Green Is Blue: Fox was shown having brown eyes in the title screen of the original Star Fox, then blue eyes in the Itoh comic (though inconsistently green or blue in the first chapter), in Star Fox 2 and in Super Smash Bros Melee. Since Farewell and Adventures, Fox has had green eyes, which he's had ever since, except for one promotional Assault artwork where he appears to have both blue and green eyes (fading from one color to the other in the same iris, no less!). But since the green eyes became fixed, they have usually been some of the nicest hue of green imaginable. Green eyes of course exist in reality, but it's not often you see someone with such a penetrating emerald color.
- Trigger Happy: Some dialogue in Adventures implies that he's like this (specifically General Pepper forbidding him from taking a blaster to his first Sauria mission and shooting everything in sight to solve his problems, requiring him to find a different, yet suitable weapon for the circumstances), but so far it's been an Informed Attribute.
Voices (Japanese): Hisao Egawa (All games)
Falco is something of a loose cannon for the Star Fox team. He doesn't play well with others, and seems to only go along with the team for financial reasons, though deep down he realises what is usually at stake and will do what is right. He used to butt heads with Fox, leading to a falling out before Adventures, but by Assault, he seems to have warmed up to him, and they are simply friendly rivals. Falco is the best pilot on the team or at least easily Fox's equal, with the best Arwing stats in Assault and a specialized Sky Claw vehicle in Command.
- Ace Pilot: This is actually his official team designation. His stats even seem to imply that he's a more skilled pilot than Fox, though this doesn't come up so much during gameplay. And appropriately for a bird, he expressively prefers flying an Arwing, as opposed to any of the team's other options.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
- Ambiguously Gay/Incompatible Orientation: We don't know for an absolute certainty whether he's gay or Asexuality -- just that he's not into any girls, ever. He was also vague in whether his solo nature is attributable to this, or vice versa. It doesn't really help that the canonical Farewell Beloved Falco was Japan-only and it only materialized in English online as an obscure low-resolution Scanlation.
- All There in the Manual: The manga Farewell Beloved Falco explains his absence for most of Adventures as being from a falling out between him and Fox due to the machinations by an officer who planned on resurrecting Andross.
- Back for the Finale: Comes back at the end of Adventures.
- Badbutt: "Now it's our turn to kick some tail!"
- Big Badass Bird of Prey
- Bishonen: In Adventures and in Assault, but not so much in the SNES games or its comics, or in Star Fox 64, Farewell Beloved Falco, or Star Fox Command. It really depends on the artist.
- Brooklyn Rage: He's got the accent, Italian-sounding last name, and he's even a former gang member.
- The Cavalry: He shows up out of nowhere in Adventures to help with the final boss fight.
- Character Development: His relationship with Fox improves considerably from 64 to Assault.
- Chekhov MIA: In Star Fox Adventures.
- Cool Old Guy: In one of the endings of Command, 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
"See my ship?? Does it look okay to you??"
- Everything's Better with Chickens: In the Nintendo Power comics, Falco notes that he has a cousin who's a chicken.
- Feather Fingers
- Fragile Speedster: In Command, his ship has the highest boost, but one of the lowest health ratings.
- Fake Defector: Subverted in Farewell Beloved Falco: He neither betrayed Star Fox nor even faked betrayal when he fought Fox, as it turns out that the "Androssian rebels" were actually Katt Monroe and her gang (not to mention his former gang), the Hot Rodders, and the only reason Star Fox fought against them was because they were manipulated by Captain Shears.
- I Work Alone: He's a bit of a loner, meaning he seems to leave the team every other game only to come back later.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite mocking some of his teammates constantly, he seems to genuinely care about their well-being.
- The instruction manual for Assault even states that he considers the team his family.
- The Lancer
- Midnight Blue Eyes
- Mr. Fanservice: Yes, Katt, we know how hot you think he is. Falco is understood to be attractive to the ladies, but he won't give any of them more than his platonic friendship.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: In the SNES game, Falco was officially 28 years old. In the 64 Continuity Reboot, he was 19 years old. He aged normally in the sequels of 64, though. Excluding Peppy (and probably ROB), he's currently the oldest member of the team.
- Only in It For the Money: Particularly in the comic, Falco seems ever-concerned with opportunities to get rich. This is particularly annoying to Fox.
- The Other Darrin: Averted (in Japan).
- Shout-Out/Blind Idiot Translation: Originally named after Carlo Rambaldi, an Italian special effects artist who worked on the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET the Extraterrestrial. "Lombardi" was a mistranslation. Japan media for Star Fox 1 romanized the name as "Lambardi", before "Lombardi" was settled upon in localization.
- Stop Helping Me!: A rare example of this happening to an NPC. "Go find your own target, Fox!" He did this in the Super NES game too. "Mind your own business, Fox!"
- Toothy Bird: Not seen in the games, but has been seen in every comic thus far, including the Nintendo Power comics and Farewell Beloved Falco. Whether Falco has teeth or not seems to depend on the artist more than comics vs. games.
- Troubled but Cute
- Tsundere: Especially in the original comic. Falco is deeply loving toward Fox, even while beating the shit out of him.
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese voice only: His voice is much deeper now than it was in 64.
Voices (Japanese): Tomohisa Aso (All games)
Peppy is the last remaining member of the original Star Fox team, and was a good friend of James McCloud. He acts as young Fox's mentor in 64 and as a senior member of the team in later games. By Command, he has left the team and become a general in the Cornerian Army.
- Badass Grandpa: He's playable in Command and shows that he's still capable of flying an Arwing despite his age.
- Baka: In Farewell Beloved Falco, this is Peppy's reaction to Fox and Falco fighting each other in their Arwings.
- Star Fox 64's Japanese version has him say this if you shoot at him.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Brother Mentor: Like this to Fox in the Super NES canon before the Continuity Reboot.
- Cool Old Guy
- Do a Barrel Roll: Star Fox 64 is the Trope Namer, and it was one of Peppy's signature phrases.
- Happily Married: From what little is gathered of it, he used to be this with Vivian, before she died.
- Heroic Sacrifice / Disney Death: In Star Fox Assault, Peppy ends up sacrificing the Great Fox, and himself in the process, by ramming the Great Fox (which was gradually being aparoidized by the Aparoids) into the shields of the Aparoid Homeworld's core in order to allow the rest of his team entry. Turns out, he survived by using the Great Fox's bridge as an escape pod.
- It Has Been an Honor: He essentially tells his teammates this during the penultimate level (which is also before he ended up nearly sacrificing himself as well as sacrificing the Great Fox by kamikazing it into the shield generator).
Peppy: Fox, Krystal, Falco, Slippy... I'm proud to have fought alongside you.
Fox: Huh? What are you saying?
Peppy: Err... nothing, I'm just babbling, that's all.
- The Obi-Wan
- Parental Substitute: Is this to Fox. Considering Fox was still a young teenager when James disappeared, Peppy essentially had to raise and train Fox, to make sure he made it to adulthood.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In the SNES game, Peppy is officially 36 years old. He was friends with Fox's father, but Peppy himself was only 11 years older than 25-year old Fox and more like a Cool Big Bro. In the 64 Continuity Reboot, Peppy was made 41 years old, a full generation older than 18-year old Fox, and was rewritten more as a Parental Substitute to orphaned Fox. Then, in the sequels to 64, when everyone was allowed to age normally, Peppy started to really show his age, becoming quite old-looking by Command.
- Species Surname
- Team Dad: Generally a kinder, more egalitarian version of this. Fox is still the leader, after all. But heaven help you if you're being a total idiot, a notable example being the aftermath of Fox's dogfight with Falco.
- Although when he learned the reason why Fox got into the dogfight with Falco in the first place, he became disturbed.
- Ten-Minute Retirement: It doesn't take much to convince him to get back in the cockpit.
Slippy: Funny how you're suddenly so acutely aware of your age.
- Tsundere: Peppy can often be kind, friendly, and even fun-loving, but his angry moments can paint the walls.
- You Remind Me of X: Fox reminds him of James.
Voices (Japanese): Kyoko Tonguu (All games)
Slippy is the youngest member of the Star Fox team (months younger than Fox), and the one most likely to get into trouble. He prefers mechanical work to actual flying, as his father is the head of the Cornerian government's R&D department.
- Adult Child: He's the same age as Fox, but he has a high pitched voice, gets into trouble constantly, and has little adaptive talent. He could pass for a 7-year old.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In one plotline in Command, Slippy ended up brainwashed by Octoman into fighting against Fox and Amanda.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his lines in Assault paint him this way, especially when he looks at the menacing Aparoid base and remarks about how tasty it looks (as well as angrily ask if the Aparoids have ever heard of windows in one conversation).
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In all of the Japanese versions of the games, and in the English version of 64, which lead to Western fans infamously mistaking him for a girl. He's voiced by a man in all of the other English versions, though (although Peppy's line at the ending of the Titania level establishes that Slippy is indeed male ["I'm sure he's [Slippy] learned his lesson."]).
- In the SNES games, Slippy actually has the second lowest voice of all the main characters -- an unmistakable Simlish baritone, with only Falco's bass voice being lower in pitch.
- Distressed Dude: Slippy has been kidnapped no less than four times in official works:
- First in the original comic, he was kidnapped by a lizardman mechanic in a hangar on Titania, and taken to Andross's base on Fortuna. But he was eventually able to free himself then with the help of his Utility Necklace).
- Then in 64 (after the Continuity Reboot), after being shot down towards Titania and then nearly in the jaws of Goras, in the Landmaster. He needs to be rescued by Fox.
- And then in Farewell Beloved Falco, Slippy is piloting the Landmaster on Titania, and recalls how he was kidnapped there before in the same situation. Then he's kidnapped again, this time by the Goras and Captain Shears, and Fox has to rescue him again.
- One path of Command had him possessed by the enemy, and Fox also had to free him then.
- Assault is the only game (or work in general, for that matter) where he doesn't get kidnapped (or shot down in the case of 64, shot down and nearly eaten, or in the case of Command, brainwashed).
- Enemy Scan: Slippy does this for you in most games against bosses, allowing you to see the enemy's shields/HitPoints.
- Establishing Character Moment: In 64, seconds after gameplay begins, he goes off on his own and a fighter begins chasing him.
- Frogs and Toads
- Gadgeteer Genius: It runs in the family, considering his father's knack for inventions. The two worked together on the Blue Marine according to the guide for 64.
- Go Out with a Smile: ...sort of. If you kill Slippy in Assault's Multiplayer mode, he dies face-up, still smiling a dumb, open-mouthed smile. It's actually pretty hilarious.
- When he's shooting on the ground in general, he smiles said stupid smile.
- Gratuitous English: In the Japanese versions of 64 and Assault, saving Slippy during the flight missions usually results him in saying "Thank-you, Fox!" in English.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- James Bondage: Slippy keeps getting kidnapped, all three times on Titania (well, technically only two, see the 64 example).
- His first time was in the Benimaru Itoh comic, though he was whisked away to Fortuna to be Andross's prisoner there. Unlike the subsequent kidnappings, Slippy frees himself by revealing that the beads in his necklace actually contain knock-out gas and grenades.
- His second time was in 64, and Fox had to rescue him in the Landmaster (although it's less of a kidnapping as much as being shot down by Spyborg, crashlanding into the arms/jaws of an alien lifeform known as Goras, and then the Goras awakening when Fox arrived to rescue Slippy).
- His third time was in Farewell Beloved Falco, even lampshading how he had been in a dangerous situation before. This time Slippy is kidnapped while driving the Landmaster, by the same creature as before (or at least a creature of the same species), and Fox needs to rescue him on foot.
- Like Father, Like Son: Though the similarities between father and son are applied somewhat differently. His father Beltino is a geeky, stuttering, absent-minded inventor of ships and weaponry (though no indication is given he's the type whose been in a fight), whereas Slippy is a geeky, mostly non-stuttering, occasionally absent-minded inventor and operator of ships and weaponry.
- Mighty Glacier: In Command, his ship, the Bullfrog, has a huge health meter and gets plasma shots, but it has a tiny boost meter and isn't very mobile.
- Missing Mom: Who is Slippy's mom? Out of all the major Star Fox characters whose parents have actually been shown, Slippy is the only one who has been depicted with no mother whatsoever.
- Nice Hat
- Nice Guy
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. He gets visibly older in between the games, and gets married at the end of Command.
- Playful Hacker: His hacking skills are the main reason to keep him alive. Otherwise, you can't see enemy health gauges.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- The Smart Guy
- Species Surname
- Utility Necklace: Before Star Fox 64, Slippy always wore a trademark bead necklace that actually had secret uses, including as sleeping gas and explosives.
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese vocals only: His voice is far less feminine now than it was in 64.
Fara was introduced in the comic series for the Super NES game, and besides a brief Cameo in an early beta of Star Fox 2, she never made another official appearance, and didn't appear in Star Fox 64 onwards.
- Canon Dis Continuity: There's still hope she may appear someday.
- Canon Foreigner: But at one time almost Averted this, appearing in an early demo of Star Fox 2.
- Daddy's Girl
- Faux Action Girl: She's a test pilot and flight instructor, but in hindsight, that's the only thing we really see her do. She falls into danger twice and, even while with Star Fox, she does virtually nothing that can be clearly attributed to her.
- Future Spandex: ...Cameltoe.
- Green Eyes
- Identical Stranger: Fara looks just like Fox's dead mother Vixy, to the point of being virtually indistinguishable from her when she puts on one of Vixy's dresses (in spite of the two being different species no less; Fara is a Fennec Fox, whilst Vixy is a Red Fox). Even Andross confuses Fara for Vixy, which causes him to become sentimental and delusional, and apologize on loudspeaker for the Accidental Murder of Vixy that no one else knew he'd committed.
- Pink Means Feminine: Fara had a pink jumpsuit, and even her personal Arwing was pink when all the others were white.
- Rescue Romance: Implied with Fox at the very least. Fox (and Slippy) save her from getting her head blown off by one of Andross's lizard troopers (attempting to use her as a hostage), he later stops his team from opening fire on her ship when she shows up during a training exercise, and then when they enter real combat, when her Arwing goes down Fox manages to catch her ejected cockpit mid-air with his, before it crashes into the ground below. The second and third saves are commented upon.
- Shallow Love Interest: Averted. Though Fox and Fara appear to have some potential signs of chemistry, they never seem to explore any kind of relationship. Probably just as well, since she looks just like Fox's mother, which would make it almost like Parental Incest.
- The Sixth Ranger: Fara was a full member of the Star Fox team in the comic.
- The Smurfette Principle
- Static Character: Even compared to the rest of the cast.
- Species Surname / Punny Name: "Phoenix" is pronounced "fennecs".
Fox McCloud Sr.
Voices (English): Mike West (Star Fox 64)
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault)
Fox's father and the leader of the original Star Fox team. He was betrayed by Pigma and killed by Andross. Or was he?
- Ace Pilot
- Adaptation Dye Job: Depicted as looking exactly like Fox with sunglasses in later games, even though close examination of images of him in 64 indicate he had a darker shade of fur than his son.
- Blue Eyes: In the 1993 comic. Since then, all official artwork of his face has obscured his eyes with those shades.
- Cool Shades
- Disappeared Dad: Although he tends to show up as a ghost/hallucination in a few games, or is he still alive?
- According to the Nintendo Power comic, he was at ground zero of the sabotage that created the Black Hole, but tells Fox (while riding in on a Space Whale) that he's become part of a different parallel dimension.
- Divergent Character Evolution: No longer just Fox wearing Sunglasses, now he's Fox wearing sunglasses and a yellow scarf!
- Hot Dad
- Name's the Same: Not to be confused with the character from F-Zero X, though that character is a blatant Expy/ShoutOut to this one.
- Never Found the Body: In 64. But in the SNES games and comics, he has become a transdimensional Space Whale!
- Retcon: Before Star Fox 64, James's name was Fox McCloud Sr.
- Secret Character: In Command.
- Space Whale: In both the Super NES game and comic, this is the only way he can reappear from his dimensional exile.
- Spirit Advisor
- Strong Family Resemblance: Fox is very similar in appearance to his father; it seems his signature streak of hair on his head was even inherited from James.
- Sunglasses At Night: James is never seen without them in the games, except for the scene in Sector Y in the original VideoGame/StarFox (he'll only appear if you're lucky) in which he not only did not have sunglasses, but he was a Space Whale.
- Talking to Himself: In 64 and Assault, Fox and James (the Aparoid-absorbed memories of him in the latter game, anyway) are portrayed by the same voice actors, Mike West and Jim Walker (per each game, respectively).
- Wham! Line: Don't ever give up, my son.
Vixy Reinard McCloud
James's wife and Fox's mother from the comic, who was killed in a car bomb when Fox was little. Her killer was Andross, who had fallen in love with Vixy and intended to kill James, but Vixy was killed by mistake.
- Animal Theme Naming: Her first name "Vixy" alludes to "vixen", which is a term for a female fox. Also Species Surname, see below.
- Canon Dis Continuity: Vixy has made no appearance, nor received any mention in the post-64 continuity. That said however, Fox is an orphan, meaning he obviously had a mother at some point whom perished so he could be left to be raised primarily by his father, and her character is one that can very easily fit into both continuities, with essentially no real changes to her character backstory across either one.
- Death By Origin Story
- Hot Mom: She was referred to as being very beautiful. Her death was even a result of Andross's lust for her.
- Missing Mom
- Murder by Mistake: Andross planted a car bomb intended for James. Unfortunately, Vixy used James's car to get to work on that day, and she was killed when it was automatically set off.
- Posthumous Character
- Punny Name: Vixy's name comes from "Vixen", which is a term for a female fox.
- Her last name comes from the "Reynard Cycle", a medieval French book about the adventures of a clever fox named Reynard (fr: Renart). The book was so popular in the Middle Ages that it gave its name to the animal ("Renard" is French for fox). In-universe, going with the concurring theme of being named after one's species, it may provide a reason for why Fox received his name.
- Species Surname: Her maiden name "Reinard" is close to "renard", the French word for fox.
Voices (English): David Frederick White (Star Fox 64)
John Silke (Star Fox Adventures)
Gray Eubank (Star Fox Assault)
The head of the Cornerian army in every Star Fox game, until he retired in Command and was replaced by Peppy. He debriefs the team before each mission. In Assault, his ship was attacked by Aparoids and assimilated. He is the boss of the Corneria stage.
- Cool Old Guy: Averted for the most part, not that he didn't try.
- Cool Shades: In the Super NES games.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: In Assault.
- Last-Name Basis: In a series where most characters are routinely referred to by their first names, Pepper is a rare character who is known only by his last name. We don't even know what his first name is.
- Put on a Bus: Becomes ill by the time of Command and has to retire (although fans suspect that his illness may have something to do with his brief possession by the Aparoids).
- Redshirt Army
- Shout-Out or Parental Bonus: His name and uniform come straight from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The origin of his name even gets a Lampshade Hanging in the Nintendo Power comic.
- Sigil Spam: Posters with his face on them are everywhere in 64.
The main enemy of Star Fox. A maniacial scientist whose experiments nearly destroyed all of the Lylat System and because of this, was banished to Venom.
- Back From the Dead: Thrice! The first time via Cloning Blues. Secondly by attempting to become the Physical God of Sauria. Thirdly, a hologram programmed with his personality and claiming to be Andross' "ghost" appears in Command. Whew!
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa: Considering the white hair that makes up his aforementioned beard as well as the fact that he is literally a grandpa, he's clearly older than most of his enemies.
- Big Bad: Of the original game and 64 as well as Adventures. He also pulls a posthumous Man Behind the Man in Command.
- Body Horror: By the time Fox actually faces him, Andross has long since left his original body behind, being no more than a giant floating head with separately detached floating hands. Blowing off his skin leaves his brain and eyeballs (attached together via neural stems) still active. And when he's resurrected in Adventures, at least half of him isn't actually his own body, he's attached to the rear of a Krazoa statue's head.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In reference to his accidental murder of Vixy:
Andross: I was young, in love, and had a spare car bomb.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Going by the fact that there were references to Andross creating both the Anglar Race (according to the Farewell Fox storyline) and the means to defeat them (the whole removing poison from the sea thing), it's hard not to suspect that Andross was probably planning to invoke this trope in a bid for power. That, or he made a failsafe should they turn on him.
- Cloning Blues: Andross was cloned in both the Super NES comic and in Farewell Beloved Falco.
- In the Super NES comic, two clones of Andross were made after he was killed. But the clones turned out not to be completely identical (besides being dressed in different colors), with one clone more sentimental and the other clone more evil. One clone publically apologizes for killing Vixy, and the eviler clone quickly kills him for not being pure evil.
- Crazy Prepared: Had four backup plans in case his life was threatened. First plan was the robotic duplicate he deploys in the bad endings of 64. Second was Shears and his Cloning Blues bid. Third was that little incident on Sauria, which allowed his spirit to linger and in Adventures nearly resulted in him being reborn as a Physical God. Fourth was his "ghost" (a hologram programmed with his personality) which surfaces in Command.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: In Command, some misions have Krystal suggest that he wasn't quite as evil initially. She mentions that he was looking for ways to terraform Venom (which, it should be noted was a Retcon to the series), and she defends some of his biogenetic research. Whether she's right or not is up for debate, as is whether it should be counted as canon.
- Depending on the Artist: Andross either has gray or purple hair, depending on the game.
- Disc One Final Boss: The robot Andross in the easy path of 64.
- Engineered Public Confession: Except not intentionally engineered. In the Super NES comic, when Andross's two clones attack Papetoon, Andross (the good clone) sees Fara in the crowd and thinks she's Vixy. On loudspeaker, he proceeds to apologize to her for Vixy's Accidental Murder many years prior. It's not even Fox or Vixy who exacts revenge by killing him either, but his evil clone due to the good clone not being evil enough.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Overlooker: In the intro to 64.
- Evilutionary Biologist: A good number of the bosses in 64 are biological weapons that Andross had a hand in creating. Before the events of the games, he worked with the Cornerian military in developing them (with General Pepper suspicious of his motives). In fact, the prime reason for his banishment was unleashing one on Corneria's capital city, resulting in an explosion that almost entirely destroyed it.
- The Anglars in Command are implied to be his creations as well.
- The Exile: It didn't take.
- Eyes of Gold: Andross's eyes since the reboot.
- Freudian Excuse: In the Super NES comic, Andross explains that he loves robot pigs like Herbert because he was an orphan who was raised by robot pig parents, but they were destroyed by a Cornerian bomb test.
- Giant Hands of Doom
- Hijacked by Ganon: Manipulating General Scales in Adventures.
- Hominids Are Bastards
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Only I have the brains to rule Lylat."
- Kubrick Stare
- Mad Scientist
- The Man Behind the Monsters / The Chessmaster: With the exception of Assault, pretty much every threat in the series, if it isn't Andross, had some ties to Andross: In Farewell Beloved Falco, a renegade Cornerian Officer named Captain Shears attempted to revive Andross via Cloning. In Adventures, he manipulated General Scales and his Sharpclaw Army into doing his bidding, and in Command, it is implied that he was the one who created the Anglar Race in one of the scenarios.
- Maniac Monkeys
- Mind Over Matter: Andross in the original Star Fox uses telekinesis as a weapon.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: In the Nintendo Power comic based on the Super NES game, this was what he intended to do to James because he was in love with his wife Vixy. But it didn't go as planned, and Vixy was killed by mistake.
- Mythology Gag: A giant polygonal face was used as a last boss in the first game, presumably because a monkey scientist isn't the best battle for a starfighter. Andross has regularly appeared as an enormous floating head in some form ever since.
- Also, said polygonal face also made a cameo in the climax of Farewell Beloved Falco when Andross's clone was beginning to develop telepathic thoughts.
- One-Winged Angel: The giant brain in 64.
Andross: Only I have the brains to rule Lylat!
Fox: So Andross, you show your true form.
- Only One Name: Though his nephew and grandson have both a first and last name.
- Punny Name: Andros(s) is Greek meaning "of a man". As a primate, he is the closest to human the series gets.
- Stalker with a Crush/Villainous Crush: Heavily implied to be this for Vixy Reinard McCloud, to such an extent that he was willing to kill her husband and child, just so he could have her. It didn't go as well as he planned.
- Taking You with Me: Quotes this trope verbatim in 64.
- Telekinesis: Implied to be how he can control his hands and otherwise keep his head and brain levitated in the air.
- Teleportation Has briefly demonstrated to ability to do this, though unlike the telekinesis, this is apparently, an ability gained via using technology, rather than the experiments he performed on his body.
- Virtual Ghost: Holograms of him appear in Command claiming to be the ghost of Andross.
- You Killed My Father: He was implied to have killed James McCloud when Pigma betrayed him, earning him Fox's bitter enmity, along with the additional crime of having unintentionally killed Fox's mother, Vixy years prior (at least as far as the Nintendo Power comic goes). In addition, it is implied shortly after Krystal is imprisoned by him that he was the reason why Cerinia, Krystal's homeworld, was destroyed.
Since Star Fox 2
When Star Fox 2 was finally made (and not released), Fara made no appearance, but Miyu and Fay were there instead. Since there were two of them -- both female -- it also at least partially averted The Smurfette Principle. Neither they nor Fara survived the Continuity Reboot. Star Wolf made its first appearance (with Algae and without Andrew), but were heavily remodeled for Star Fox 64.
- Blue Eyes
- Canon Dis Continuity: As with Fara, there is hope Miyu will make a canonical appearance in the future; she ended up being rather well-liked among gamers with emulators.
- Only One Name: Though Fanon often calls her Miyu Lynx.
- Canon Dis Continuity
- Genki Girl: And infectiously so.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Only One Name: Though Fanon often calls her Fay Dog.
The team roster:
- Led by Wolf O'Donnell, the original team included Leon Powalski, Pigma Dengar, and Andrew Oikonny. This team also featured in Star Fox 2 (Super NES canon), but with Algae instead of Andrew (though renamed Andrew in the Fan Translation).
- Andrew left to take over his uncle's forces and Pigma was expelled because of his greed, after which Panther Caroso was taken on prior to Assault.
- Krystal joined just before Command after being kicked out of Star Fox.
- Ace Pilot: All of them.
- Anti-Hero: They're technically criminals with bounties on their heads, but as the story goes on, they increasingly save the day.
- Cast Full of Gay: Most prominent during Assault, with the Manly Gay Wolf and Camp Gay Leon (who are also the only members present in every incarnation of the team), with Panther being the only one interested in women (namely in Krystal). Leon is most obvious from the beginning (at least in Japanese), but Wolf increasingly personifies the Manly Gay stereotype over time, reaching his greatest flamboyance (so far) in Super Smash Bros Brawl.
- Characterization Marches On: In their first appearance, they were depicted as completely amoral Psycho for Hire, especially Leon and Pigma. In later games, Pigma's been kicked off the team for being too evil and the more sociopathic attributes of the team have become more subdued. They become more like Anti-Heroes and the Worthy Opponents of Star Fox.
- Worthy Opponent
Voices (English): Rick May (Star Fox 64 3D)
Grant Goodeve (Star Fox Assault)
Jay Ward (Super Smash Bros Brawl)
Wolf is the leader of the Star Wolf team and perennial rival to Fox. He and Fox first met during Star Fox 2 (before the Continuity Reboot) and in 64 (after the Continuity Reboot) when Andross hired Star Wolf to take down Star Fox. Since their first encounter, however, Wolf gained a grudging respect for Fox and came to his aid several times - though it's heavily implied Wolf only helps Fox so he can ensure he will one day take him down by himself.
- Ambiguously Gay: A curious example, due to Values Dissonance, in Japan the audience universally considers Wolf a blatant Manly Gay while in the Western audience this status is debatable on cultural differences and Values Dissonance. While he has not had a Narrating the Obvious Have I Mentioned I Am Gay? moment, this is, at its flimsiest in Japan, a Word of Saint Paul. Word of God has not been forthcoming, nor is it expected to come.
- Big Badass Wolf
- British Accents: Wolf's English dubbing in 64 has some British accent in it. His recent dubbing has a stronger American accent, such as the Southern American accent he had in Super Smash Bros Brawl.
- Carpet of Virility: In Brawl. Whoever thought of giving him white chest fluff was a genius.
- Clear My Name: His motive for defeating the Anglars in Command is so that he can get a rather sizeable bounty off of his head.
- Costume Porn: Especially in Brawl.
- Deep South: Obviously not actually from there since he's from a planet in another star system, but he has the accent in his debut in the Super Smash Bros series.
- Detached Sleeves: His Brawl outfit.
- Enemy Mine: He and Fox have teamed up on several occasions to fight a greater threat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He kicked perennial money-grubber and backstabber Pigma out of his team.
- Even the Guys Want Him: *cough*
- Evil Brit: His original English voice accent in Star Fox 64 was this. In later games, he sounds far more gruff, deep and American, as well as becoming less of a villain.
- Eyepatch of Power: Depending on the state of the eye below, replaced with either an eyepiece or an artificial eye in Assault.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Guns Akimbo: His victory pose in Assault.
- Guyliner: Wolf wears heavy black eyeliner around his Purple Eyes.
- Heel Face Revolving Door: Some storylines in Command have him do this.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Helps his Badass Biker look nicely
- Hotter and Sexier: In Assault compared to 64. Then even more so in Super Smash Bros Brawl.
- Joker Immunity: Neither Wolf nor his wingmates will die if they are shot down in a dogfight.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Mr. Fanservice: A specifically homoerotic version.
- Mythology Gag: Wolf's Costume Porn in Brawl is a Shout-Out to his outfit in the Vaporware Star Fox 2, down to the vest and the Spikes of Villainy. It has also proven (in various states of undress) to be his most popular outfit in fanart, where it helps accentuate his Stupid Sexy Flanders and Manly Gay for certain parts of the fanbase.
- The Obi-Wan: During their Enemy Mine moments, Wolf gives Fox guidance.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This is why he won't let the Aparoids kill Fox in Assault. And he delivers it in a manner full of Homoerotic Subtext:
Wolf: And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me.
- Opera Gloves: His gloves in Brawl come very close to this.
- Purple Eyes: And has the badassery to match them... er, it.
- The Rival
- Secret Character: In Assault and Super Smash Bros Brawl.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Originally the same age as Fox in 64 (18 years old); gets a six-year age bump in Assault, easily placing him in his early thirties at that point.
- Spikes of Villainy: He wears spiked shoulder pads.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: "If anyone's going to tan your hide, it's going to be me!"
Voices (Japanese): Shinobu Satouchi (All games)
Leon is the insane and unpredictable assassin and member of Star Wolf. In his first appearances in Star Fox 2 and in 64, his personality was much different from the Ax Crazy persona he seems to have developed after Assault, although there were still hints of it ("I think I'll torture you for a while"). Come Assault, however, and he's a babbling psycopath. He plays The Rival to Falco.
- Agent Peacock
- Ax Crazy
- Bunny Ears Lawyer: Implied to be the only reason the Star Wolf team puts up with him, because he's really good at killing things.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his dialogue in Command reveals a penchant for flowers and rainbows, and the other characters don't tend to think that he's aware of what is going on all the time.
- Cold Sniper: Leon, in a pilot-assassin (or so they say) variety. He supposedly plays as one... Or is it?
- The Dragon: The fandom unanimously sees Leon as Wolf's Dragon in the same way Falco is Fox's Lancer (Not helped by the two being opponents in 64). In fact, giving a close look at the Star Wolf's members from 64 onwards, Leon is most probably the first member Wolf recruited, followed by Andrew and Pigma, and then Panther.
- Evil Brit: Like Wolf, his accent used to sound vaguely British when he appeared in Star Fox 64. Later games would portray him without one.
- Evil Laugh
- In Love with Your Carnage/Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: How he feels towards Wolf.
Panther: Set me straight on this Leon; are you jealous of the shred-er, or the shred-ee?
- Informed Attribute: We've never actually seen him kill anyone, even though he's supposed to be a cold-blooded killer with no conscience. Some of this may be because of the game's target audience. His dialogue does show him to be depraved.
"I think I'll torture you a bit before I cook you!"
- Lizard Folk
- Psycho for Hire
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A slight subversion in a sense that he is not necessarily evil, but rather just follows orders and has no moral standing.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Leon Kowalski from the movie Blade Runner.
- Stone Wall: His ship has tremendous health and defense, but no primary lasers.
- This Cannot Be!: Yells "This can't be happening!" if defeated on Fortuna or Bolse.
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese vocals only: His voice was low and fluid-sounding in 64; overtime it has become higher-pitched, accented, and maniacal. The English versions of the games followed suit on this.
- Wicked Cultured: His mannerisms in the Japanese version were actually intended to reflect that he is "creepily sophisticated."
Voices (Japanese): Daisuke Gouri (All games)
Pigma was a member of the original Star Fox team, but betrayed James to Andross and later joined Star Wolf. He is a grotesque money-grubber, who was kicked out of Star Wolf just before Assault. He tried to profit off of the Aparoid invasion by stealing the Core Memory of a dead Aparoid, but it corrupted him, and he became assimilated into the hive mind. He later returns in Command, having survived by keeping his consciousness in a giant cube.
- Black Eyes of Crazy
- Body Horror: This is generally expected to happen with anything infected by the Aparoids, but Pigma is by far the most advanced case of the Lylatians that had been infected.
- Daisuke Gouri
- Everything Is Messier With Pigs: Just look at the guy!
- Evil Former Friend: To James and Peppy. Given how close Star Fox team members are generally implied to be, it's entirely possible he was very familiar amongst their families as well, which would have included Fox. And then he ended up becoming greedy enough to willingly lure his friends and teammates into a death trap because he wasn't quite satisfied with the money he was receiving, and Andross paid him better.
- Face Heel Turn: In the Backstory.
- Fat Bastard: Then again, his species isn't known for being picky eaters.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being assimilated in Assault, being destroyed, and yet not dying.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Pigma seems to have three symmetrical scars on his forehead during Assault. Given how by this time he was forcefully kicked out of Star Wolf and chased off, and that the leader of said team is not afraid of using his claws in a fight, it's a safe assumption of just where he received them.
- Gonk: Even by anthro standards. And there are plenty of good-looking porcine anthros.
- Greed: His most defining trait, and what made him betray Star Fox and eventually get kicked out of Star Wolf after even they had problems with it.
- Kick the Dog: His response to Fox telling him not to steal the core memory.
Pigma: Hmm... is it that important? Waa haa haa! Then I'm gonna be rich! Smell ya later!
- Also, in the Bolse mission in Star Fox 64:
Pigma: Daddy screamed REAL GOOD before he died!
- Large Ham: No Pun intended. He shines in 64 as the hammiest character, and that's saying a lot.
- Laughing Mad: By the time of Star Fox Assault, he seems to have lost a lot of his sanity, as about half of his speakable appearances is him laughing, and it is eventually topped when he ends up Aparoidized.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His Aparoid form in Assault.
- Pig Man: Duh!
- Pragmatic Villainy: Although he intended to use the Core Memory to make himself rich, he certainly did not intend to actually work with the Aparoids, since obviously obeying them would have meant turning down a profit.
- Psycho for Hire: It is implied in the Bolse level that, aside from the obvious one of wanting to get rich with money, another reason why he betrayed Star Fox and presumably why he even takes various jobs is because he truly enjoys hurting people.
Pigma Dengar: Daddy screamed REAL good before he died!
- Punny Name: He is named for the common sentence ender "dengā" in the Kansai Regional Accent, with Shigeru Miyamoto, the producer of the series, being from Kansai himself (specifically, Kyoto, not unlike his employer). The English spelling "Dengar" rhymes with this in non-rhotic accents.
- Puzzle Boss: In Command.
- Shout-Out: His last name is a reference to one of the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Step Three: Profit: It's not exactly clear what he planned to do with the Core Memory. He just thought it would make him rich.
- This Cannot Be!: Yells "This CAN'T be happening!" if defeated on Venom.
- Unexplained Recovery: His appearance in Command. Unlike Andrew, who has at least some leeway for his reappearance, Pigma was completely atomised in an explosion during Assault, calling his reappearance in Command into further question. He also seems to have a body that is still based on the one he got while under Aparoid possession, yet the Aparoids were completely, utterly wiped out at the climax of Assault, meaning that even if he did survive his body imploding on itself, unless he hadn't been completely assimilated, he more than likely would have been killed then instead. Then again, there's Command's deemed status in the series, as well as the fact Pigma considered Star Wolf to be true friends of his, despite the fact Wolf kicked him out (and apparently attacked him) because they couldn't stand the greedy bastard, and it seems easier to just consider him deceased for now.
Voices (English): Bill Johns (Star Fox 64)
John Hugill (Star Fox Assault)
The original fourth member of Star Wolf in Star Fox 2 was a primate named Algae. Algae never appeared again, instead replaced in Star Fox 64 by the also primate (but heavily redesigned) Andrew Oikonny. (The Fan Translation of 2, however, renamed Algae "Andrew"). Andrew is Andross's nephew, and plays The Rival to Slippy. After 64, he quit Star Wolf and attempted to revive his uncle's empire in Assault. He appears again in Command, but as a subordinate of the Anglars.
- Ax Crazy: The Japanese script of Star Fox 64 has him behaving in a somewhat crazed manner.
- Badass Arm-Fold
- Disc One Final Boss: In Assault.
- Giant Enemy Crab: His contraption in Command is a mechanical "Death Crab".
- Giant Hands of Doom: Part of his ship in Assault.
- Harmless Villain: He's the one Star Wolf member who is taken the least seriously.
- Known Only By Their Nickname: By the time of Star Fox Assault, Andrew Oikonny is only referred to by his family name, Oikonny. In fact, he only gives his full name only once, which is literally the last words he got to say shortly before his mech is literally shot in the head by an Aparoid attack.
- Last-Name Basis: In Assault and Command.
- Maniac Monkeys
- Overlord, Jr.: Eh, kind of.
- Punny Name: Andrew is derived from the Greek word Andreas ("of a man").
- Transforming Mecha: His ship in Assault transforms into a mechanical Andross-inspired form.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: He always seems to be trying to gain his uncle's favor in some form.
- The Worf Effect: After being set up as a galactic revolutionary leader with a huge army ready to revive Andross's empire, he is shot down mid-sentence by the real Big Bad of the game, an Aparoid.
Since Star Fox 64
This was the Continuity Reboot. Some characters were dropped, renamed, or remodeled.
The robotic operator of the Great Fox. He is first seen in 64, where he pilots the ship. In Assault, he acts as Peppy's assistant and beams down vehicles from the Great Fox to the ground level. He is the only character in Command that is present in every mission.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his dialogue in Command as a result of his personality chip overriding his programming.
- Interspecies Romance: Seems to have a crush on Lucy.
- Mission Control
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: In the ending of Adventures.
ROB: My sensors indicate Fox's temperature is rising.
ROB: Are you okay, Fox?
(Everyone in the room minus Fox and ROB laugh)
Fox: ...I'm gonna be just fine.
- Robot Buddy
- Shout-Out: ROB's name comes from the NES peripheral Robotic Operating Buddy, and the code name for the Nintendo64 Nintendo Ultra System.
- Stop Helping Me!: While his assistance in tough stages like Area 6 is certainly helpful, his ship's lasers can take out huge chunks of the fleet, meaning you don't get any points for them.
Voiced By: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Bill Johns (English)
Fox's old buddy from flight school who stayed in the Cornerian Army while Fox went freelance. He appears in 64 on the Katina stage, where he and his squadron help the Star Fox team destroy an enemy mothership. He later reappears as a playable character in Command.
- Ace Pilot
- The Danza: Voiced by Bill Johns in 64.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to William Grey from Independence Day. The entire Katina sequence in 64 is an extended homage to that movie.
- Southern-Fried Private: Command gives him a Southern accent, even though he didn't have one in 64.
- Surfer Dude: Has this type of voice in 64.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Whenever you shoot down one of his fighters in 64.
Bill: Fox, that's one of ours!
Voiced by: Kyoko Tonguu (Japanese), Lyssa Browne (English)
Katt is a woman from Falco's past, when they were both members of the Hot Rodders gang. The canonical Japan-only Manga Farewell Beloved Falco shed some light on the mysterious nature of their relationship, revealing even more about Falco and Katt themselves.
- Action Girl
- Bare Your Midriff: Pink Katt seemed fond of dressing this way.
- Platonic Life Partners: She and Falco are very dear to each other despite Falco's complete lack of romantic attachment or attraction to Katt. Since they knew each other for years even before Star Fox 64 (when Falco was all of 19), there's heavy implication that they may have grown up together, truly making them Like Brother and Sister.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Invoked rather blatantly in Farewell, with one of the other Hot Rodders being a blue tomcat.
- Pink Means Feminine: Before her Race Lift.
- Race Lift: Changing colors and cat breeds between Farewell and Command.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend / Ship Sinking / Like Brother and Sister: Played straight. (Well, not entirely sure it's that kind of straight). Apparently, Falco and Katt have never been an item -- Falco doesn't even want a girl!
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Pink Katt breathed this trope. Besides being pink, this was heavily reflected in the way she dressed, the way she did her hair, and especially her heavy blue eyeshadow.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: When Falco and Katt were younger, Katt used to need rescuing from trouble all the time, and Falco was the one to rescue her. But Falco not only wanted Katt to be a more self-reliant person, but also didn't appreciate Katt having a crush on him. Katt finally became a capable woman when Falco's absence forced her to grow up.
- You Don't Look Like You: Compare her appearance in the manga and in Command.
Voiced By: Hirohiko Kakegawa (Japanese), Scott Burns (English)
- All There in the Manual: His first mention was in 64's Player's Guide, before his initial appearance in Assault.
- Eyes of Gold
- Frogs and Toads
- Gadgeteer Genius: Even before he actually appeared in a game, the above-mentioned Player's Guide for 64 referred to him and Slippy as the inventors of the Blue Marine.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: That mustache of his...
- Smart People Wear Glasses
Since Farewell Beloved Falco
- Cool Shades
- The Dragon
- Last-Name Basis
- The Mole: Loyal to Andross.
- Shout-Out / Expy: Shears closely resembles General Pepper's appearance from the Super NES games, before Star Fox 64 when General Pepper's appearance was slightly remodeled. Shears's name, as with Pepper's, is a also a reference to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band.
- Villainous Breakdown: As soon as it becomes apparent that Fox or Katt are going to stumble on his attempts at cloning Andross, he loses it, becoming rapier-crazy and hunting Fox down like a lunatic.
Since Star Fox Adventures
Krystal is Fox's on-again off-again Love Interest who was introduced in Adventures. She is a telepath, and replaced Peppy as the fourth active member of the team in Assault. Extremely popular with the Furry Fandom. The ones that are into girls, anyway.
- Aborted Arc: Krystal sets off the plot of Adventures by looking for clues about her doomed home world Cerinia. The fate of Cerinia is never brought up again. Then again, it could be argued that she didn't need to afterwards, anyway, seeing how it was implied that she recognized Andross shortly before being sealed up, not to mention the possibility that he was the one who destroyed her home planet (Which might also explain why her first action upon being released from the crystal involved forcibly taking back her staff from Fox and firing it at the Krazoa God/Andross).
- Action Girl
- All There in the Manual: The manual for Star Fox Adventures tells us that Krystal's home planet is Cerinia. Nowhere else in the games do we hear of that. Also, the characters' given ages in the series might fall under this trope.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Krystal is a fox, but foxes aren't blue (except for arctic foxes in the summer, which are kind of blue).
- The Artifact: Krystal has proven wildly popular in the West, but hasn't proven as popular in Japan (though she has some Japanese fans). Since Star Fox Adventures (where Krystal was first introduced), the creators have been increasingly unkind to her, but can't quite seem to find a way to keep her or write her out without upsetting their fanbase. Star Fox Command handled this rather creatively, where some of the Multiple Endings are favorable to Krystal, while some others (including the default ending) decisively cast her aside. It is still unknown which of these endings (if any) will be Canon, so Krystal's future in the franchise is uncertain.
- Bad Future: One of the endings for Command has her leave Fox and become a ruthless bounty hunter named Kursed.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her first appearance, as well as her appearance as Kursed during an alternate ending of Command.
- Battle Couple: With Fox. Assault shows this off by having her be the team member to accompany him during the ground missions on Sauria and the Aparoid Homeworld.
- British Accents: Krystal, along with pretty much the entire population of Sauria besides Tricky. This can be attributed to Star Fox Adventures being created in the United Kingdom.
- Butt Monkey: In Command.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Krystal one-ups Fox's orphan status by having her entire planet be destroyed as part of her origin (how hasn't been made fully clear yet, but Andross was probably involved).
- Distressed Damsel (Andross had her trapped in a crystal to drain her life-force and use it to become immortal. It nearly worked, until Fox put a stop to it.)
- The Empath: This is actually her official designation when she joins the team. Her telepathic abilities are generally supposed to come in pretty handy at anticipating the enemies' movements. It even gets to the point where she can pick up on the thought patterns of completely alien creatures, like Aparoids. This may be one explanation for how she is apparently able to speak both Saurian and Lylatian.
- Everyone Can See It: Her and Fox's relationship. She generally tries to be more open about her feelings than Fox does, however.
- Face Heel Turn: Sort of. In Command, Fox dumped Krystal and she left Star Fox... and joined Star Wolf to be with Panther.
- Fake Brit: Alesia Glidewell as her voice in Assault and Brawl; averted in Adventures where her actress, Estelle Ellis, actually was British.
- Friendly Enemy: In Command.
- Happily Married: One of Command's endings, a possible future has Krystal as this with Fox.
- Hot Mom: As a result of the above trope. She didn't seem to lose much in the way of looks after she gave birth to Marcus.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In the sixth mission of Assault, where Krystal's deployed on the ground, there is an extremely slim chance that she will actually hit one of the hatchers (the target) that Fox must destroy. Otherwise, this is averted.
- I Am Not Weasel: There are still a very few amount of people familiar with the franchise who believe that Krystal is a Cat (rather than a blue Fox). Barely justified in that when Adventures was still being developed as Dinosaur Planet, she actually was meant to be a Cat. Of course, that version of Krystal had more than enough differences with the official one aside from being a separate species.
- It doesn't help that Nintendo Power themselves refer to her as such.
- Last Of Her Kind: Krystal is supposedly the very last Cerinian left in the Lylat system.
- Love At First Sight: Whilst Fox was clearly enamoured by her when he saw her, the way she looks into his eyes when he pulls her to safety implies the same may have been true for her.
- Magic Staff
- May-December Romance: Official sources list Krystal at 19 years old during Adventures; since it takes place eight years after 64, Fox would be 26, leaving a notable seven-year age gap between them. If Krystal were to actually get together with Panther, she'd have this same type of romance, since he's probably even older than Fox.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl
- Nubile Savage: Her default attire from Adventures. Generally, it's believed that all Cerinians had a similar dress sense. She ditches the outfit for something... a bit more modern when she joins the team.
- Official Couple: Currently this with Fox.
- Only One Name: Krystal has never been shown to possess a surname, nor does she make any reference to having one, most likely due to her different cultural background to the other Lylatians. She does end up marrying Fox in one possible future presented by Command however, so she presumably becomes Krystal McCloud after that.
- Operation: Jealousy: Part of the reason she joined Star Wolf and began a relationship with Panther in Command was to make Fox jealous for kicking her off Star Fox. Judging by his reactions, it worked.
- Rescue Romance: Seems to be one of the reasons why she fell for Fox. He not only saved her from eventually dying as a result of her entrapment, but also caught her from falling to her death when she was freed from her prison.
- Shallow Love Interest
- Shout-Out: Krystal's imprisonment in Adventures may be similar to Zelda's in Ocarina of Time.
- Stripperific: In her first appearance. She tones it down to a Spy Catsuit in Assault
- The Smurfette Principle: In the post-Star Fox 64 canon, she was the only female full-time member of the Star Fox team or the Star Wolf team.
- That Woman Is Dead: Seems to be her attitude when she becomes Kursed in one of Command's alternate endings. She turns her back on Star Fox, Star Wolf, and the entire Lylat System altogether. So much is her departure from her former life, that she encounters Fox some time later, and he doesn't even recognize her (one must wonder how many other blue vixens exist in Lylat).
- Even before becoming Kursed, she had hints of this in her dialogue when Fox rediscovers her among Starwolf. Before becoming Kursed, it had more to do with her changed attitude from being gentle and sweet to bitter and spiteful than it did her persona as "Krystal".
Krystal: The Krystal you once knew is gone. She is no longer a part of your world!
Fox's partner during his trek through Sauria. He aids Fox by following a handful of commands that allow him to solve many of the puzzles on the planet. Before Fox leaves Sauria, he made Tricky an honorary member of Star Fox, although he still remained in Sauria. Later on Fox meets up with him again, where he is now a full grown earthwalker.
- Expy: of Tricky from Diddy Kong Racing, another of Rare's titles.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Partially-Civilized Animal: Whereas all of the other characters in the series are Petting Zoo People, Tricky and the other dinos on Sauria (except Sharpclaws) are this.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: That is, if you don't find him annoying.
- Small Annoying Creature: In Adventures.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Between Adventures and Assault did Tricky grow from being pet-sized to big enough to flatten Fox.
Voiced By: John Silke
Head of the SharpClaw tribe of dinosaurs on Sauria, he is a warlord in the midst of conquering Sauria for his own--and has even managed to shatter Sauria into pieces by removing its Spellstones. He is the Big Bad of Star Fox Adventures. Or Is He? He's actually being manipulated by Andross into gathering Krystal's life force and the Krazoa spirits of Sauria in a bid to make Andross a Physical God.
- Bad Boss: He shows such disdain for the well being of his own troops, that when he is finally dead at the end of the game, the SharpClaws are actually happy and busy celebrating being set free of his rule.
- Berserk Button: He gets really pissed off by the Queen CloudRunner lying to him about Fox's whereabouts/existence. So pissed off, that he tramples two of his own men to grab her in a Neck Lift.
- Even in Dinosaur Planet, he was so pissed off he had outright killed the queen, thus forcing the very young cloudrunner chick Kyte to resume duties as the new queen in the end of the game.
- Big Bad: Until the plot gets Hijacked by Andross.
- The Unfought
- Unwitting Pawn
- What Could Have Been: Was actually intended to have a full boss battle, but that didn't happen due to Rare being sold to Microsoft.
Since Star Fox Assault
The newest member of the Star Wolf team, who debuted in Assault. Panther is an unabashed ladies man who constantly tries to hit on Krystal every chance he gets. He always carries his signature rose.
- Casanova: Described as a ladies man by Nintendo themselves and had apparently fallen in love with Krystal before he had even met her ("words do you no justice"). Possibly crosses over into Casanova Wannabe, at least where Krystal is concerned, as for the majority of his time throughout Assault, he tries, mostly in vain, to win her over with his words and the same thing happens in Brawl. Krystal generally tries to ignore him, merely humours him or outright rejects him. His level of success does seem to have improved by Command, but not only is the canonicity of that game's events up for debate, but it's implied the only real reason Krystal joined up with Star Wolf and started up a relationship with him, was to get back at Fox for kicking her off Star Fox rather than falling for his charms legitimately. Notably though, whilst Krystal's cameo appearance in Brawl was confirmed to be speaking sarcastically as far as her English dub went, the Japanese dub in general portrayed her as far more sincere and flattered by his comments towards her.
- Chest Insignia: Panther wears armor that represents his symbol, the rose.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Sure, he is a ladies' man, but he is quite dedicated to the person he cares about and actually loves them.
- The Dandy: A perfect straight subversion to round out a team with Manly Gay and Camp Gay.
- Eyes of Gold
- Friendly Enemy
- Fun Personified: Let's just say he wants a first class meal after seeing his favorite restaurant got blown up.
- Glass Cannon: In Command, his ship has the most powerful laser in the game, but ludicrously low health.
- Note that Panther still has a large amount of Turbo, meaning that he can just barrel-roll a lot for safety. He still has low health, though.
- Hellish Pupils: Oh, that's not fair to say -- he's a panther!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the default path of Star Fox Command, Panther lets Krystal go back to Star Fox because he knows that's where she is happy, but believes that one day she'll return to him.
- Latin Lover
- Panthera Awesome
- Romantic False Lead: Some of the optional story arcs in Command have him becoming this.
- Something About a Rose
- Spell My Name with an "S": The series tends to switch the spelling of his surname between "Caroso" and "Caruso".
- Tetsu Inada
- Third Person Person: In the English version of Command, though this may have been a localization error.
The main villain of Star Fox Assault. The Hive Queen of the Aparoids, she wants all life forms to become one with her hive, because she believes only through assimilating living souls can she and her species truly evolve. A big fan of Mind Rape.
- Assimilation Plot:
- Big Bad: In Assault.
- Captain Ersatz: The Borg meets Space Bugs.
- Creepy Monotone: She is the only Aparoid in the entire game to have a voice. And boy, is it a creepy one... Those infected by the Aparoids also start taking on this form of speaking (particularly Pigma).
- Death by Irony: Tries to essentially commit galaxy-wide genocide by wiping out every single known form of life and replacing it with that of the Aparoids, often by infecting machines or the living cells of other creatures. Is killed by having what is essentially a genetic bomb fired into her, which targets cells in her body designed for "apoptosis" (an actual scientific term relating to the death of cellular activity), which due to her Hive Mind connection insures the complete and utter destruction of the entire Aparoid race.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Kind of. It was stated after her defeat that her main motivation for the Assimilation Plot was that she wanted to bypass evolution by stealing souls, apparently because she was born without one, and thus couldn't actually evolve.
- Hive Mind
- Hive Queen
- Mind Rape: Attempts this on the Star Fox team (Fox in particular) when they meet her face to face, but fails.
- It also failed in a way because she didn't do the proper research on James McCloud, given that she used his voice to try to break his spirit, but James would not have been the kind of person to tell Fox to give up, something that Fox knew more than anyone else.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Uses the voices of various characters to get into Star Fox's heads during the first phase of her battle.
- We Have Reserves: Her combat "strategy" mostly consists of flinging Aparoids at problems until the problems go away. Given the sheer number of Aparoids at her disposal and how hard they are to kill, this actually works out pretty well for her.
Since Star Fox Command
- Action Girlfriend
- Battle Couple: With Slippy on some missions.
- Blue Eyes
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: She's actually the first major non-mammalian female character to be depicted with breasts in the series.
- Only One Name: Her last name isn't given for some reason.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Shallow Love Interest: Love at first sight. They've been together awhile though.
- Species Surname: She starts off in the game with no surname, but considering how she's engaged to Slippy and eventually marries him, she does come around to fitting the trope at some point.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Like that ginormous bow on her head, her eyelashes, the fact she's pink etc.
- Blue Eyes
- Dub Name Change: From "Ash" to "Dash".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Provided the below doesn't happen, he's pretty much the only positive example of a primate in the series.
- Remember the New Guy?: Nothing prior in the series ever truly suggested that Andross had children, let alone grandchildren (though given Andrew he clearly had relatives), so Dash kinda seems to come out of nowhere.
- Turn Out Like His Grandfather: One of the Command endings suggests Dash will become a tyrant like Andross did;, another suggests the opposite, that he colonizes Venom without his grandfather's ill intent.
- Younger Than They Look: He's significantly younger than the other characters, and Falco makes fun of him for being Just a Kid.
- You Killed My Father: Subverted: Although Fox killed Andross, his grandfather, Dash Bowman has absolutely no hate for Fox killing him.
The daughter of Peppy and Vivian Hare, who becomes a playable character in Command. She teaches Astrophysics on the planet Fichina.
- Badass Teacher: She's a university professor who wants to help people... with her powerful laser.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Off-Model: Lucy is pink in the promotional art and game icons, but is grey (with pink hair) in the story scenes. Of course, it is entirely possible that she dyes her fur and that grey is her natural colour (like her father).
- Parental Abandonment and Daddy's Girl: Vivian died before Lucy reached adulthood, so Lucy only has her father Peppy.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Remember the New Guy?: Considering how it's implied that the McCloud, Hare and Toad families have generally been very close both personally and professionally, it does come across as somewhat odd that Peppy's daughter would never be mentioned until now.
- Rose-Haired Girl
- Species Surname
- Yamato Nadeshiko
Peppy's wife and Lucy's mother. She died of illness sometime after the Lylat Wars.
- Happily Married: What little is given of it suggests that her and Peppy were this before she died.
- Missing Mom
- Non-Indicative Name: "Vivian" means "alive", but she is no longer with us (except in our hearts).
- Posthumous Character
- Species Surname: Though unlike other characters (with the possible exception of Amanda and whomever Slippy's mother was) she presumably gained her surname by marrying Peppy.
- Theme Naming: "Vivian" means "alive", which matches Peppy's name, which means "lively".