The characteristics, physical appearance and relationships of Falco, as seen in the games and spin-off media.
Falco is a blue-feathered avian with long blue tail feathers and red patches around his blue eyes. He also has an athletic and slender build, and is shown to be taller than Fox, as seen in the Super Smash Bros. games, and Star Fox: Assault. Falco's name comes from the name of the falcon genus. Although Falco is in appearance a bird, he seems to lack the ability to fly due to his human-like appearance. Falco is the tallest Star Fox team member.
His first name comes from the genus "Falco" for raptors that includes falcons, kestrels and caracaras. Falco himself looks like a red-throated caracara. His name "Falco" is the only English name from the original team which Dylan Culbert of Q-Games did not come up with. Instead, the name came from Imamura, the 2D artist and scenario designer. The original four members of the Star Fox Team are based on the team for the first game. Falco in particular is based on the model designer, Watanabe. Falco's surname is a reference made by Shigeru Miyamoto towards Paul J Lombardi in phrase of his special effect work on the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie.
His regular outfit consists of a usually orange G-suit (except in Star Fox, in which the suit is brown), white flight jacket and white or silver boots. In Star Fox Adventures, he was seen wearing a red bandana.
Falco is one of the most respected and skilled pilots of the Star Fox Team. His personality is often brash, overconfident and cocky and possesses an uncooperative attitude, though he is devoted to his wingmates. Falco has incredible nerves, and can accurately predict the tide of battle. He also tends to refer to his enemies as "prey," as shown in Star Fox Command, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Star Fox 64. He also prefers flying aircraft to other vehicles, as evidenced in the ending of the Aquas campaign in Star Fox 64, where he states that he would take the sky any day after the Blue-Marine managed to come through Aquas upon destroying Bacoon, as well as his activation quote when activating his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl , Super Smash Bros. 4, and what he said to Fox in the Titania mission in Star Fox Zero, "Personally, I prefer the air". However, in the latter game during the Sector Alpha mission, if Fox manages to take out all enemies in the first room of phase 2, Falco will comment that the Walker is fine to work with even though it's technically not an aircraft.
Although overall during his career(s) on the Star Fox Team, he was significantly cocky, he has mellowed out over time. In some cases, he also has some degree of wariness regarding anything off. This was especially evident durin the mission to Sector X in Star Fox 64, where upon discovering that the base in the region was wiped out, he continuously voices his suspicions that something is wrong, especially wondering who took out the base, and even proceeding to warn Fox to look behind him upon spotting the entity responsible for the destruction of the base, which turned out to be Andross's secret weapon Spyborg. As the team's ace pilot, Falco is the best Arwing pilot in the team, making him very handy in battle. However, he has a tendency to not follow advice (he dislikes authority), and also likes to be late and appear at the last minute to save the day (as seen in the end of Adventures, and in several missions in Command). Falco often joins and leaves the Star Fox team throughout the series of games.
After Star Fox 64, Falco leaves the team, returning at the end of Star Fox Adventures. Depending on the path in Star Fox Command, Falco may or may not leave Star Fox after joining, but he stays in the default ending. Ironically, in one of the Star Fox Command endings, Falco is the only original member to stay, even though he left the team several times throughout the story.
Falco's personality is very similar to Han Solo from the Star Wars series, whose starship is coincidently named the Millennium Falcon. The Nintendo Power Official Player's Guide for Star Fox Assault even compared Falco with Solo.
Falco's relationships with other members of the Star Fox team aren't glaring. He would not like to admit it, but he considers the team his family.
He seems to be a good friend of Fox's and Slippy's, though he occasionally picks on the latter. As his Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy reads, Falco respects those who are higher-skilled than he is. Falco is seen as Fox's good friend and second-in-command. During the Lylat Wars, he often is sarcastic when saved by Fox ("Gee, I've been saved by Fox! How swell!"). However, by the time of the Aparoid Invasion, he manages to thank Fox when he is saved, and in a few cases, also apologizes to Fox for showing him bad flying skills.
He, like Fox, reluctantly considers Peppy Hare an aspiring authority figure, albeit finding him a tad annoying, as seen in Assault, where Falco refers to Peppy as "gramps" and even when Peppy nearly sacrifices himself a "crazy old fool" and doesn't pay much attention to his advice.
It is also known that Falco has a rivalry with Star Wolf team member Leon Powalski, which dates back to years before Falco joined the Star Fox team.
In Farewell, Beloved Falco, he also mentions that he doesn't plan on settling down with a woman, although he was likely to be in denial of a potential relationship with Katt. Notably, when Katt revealed that she actually did find someone besides Falco that she was considering settling down with, he had some slight pause at her revelation before ultimately shrugging it off. It is also revealed that the reason why he left the gang was because he didn't want to end up being Katt's "rescuer" all the time. Falco later noticed and smiled that Cool might be the one forming a romance with Katt after seeing a moment between them when Cool saves Katt's from being crushed by the remains of Goras.