- "Don't relax. We're not done yet!"
- —Fox McCloud
Fox McCloud (フォックス・マクラウド, Fokkusu Makuraudo) is an anthropomorphic red fox and the main protagonist of the Star Fox series. He is also a pilot, combatant, adventurer, and leader of the Star Fox team. Fox is the son of James McCloud, who taught him throughout his childhood to never give up. During his teen years, Fox joined the Cornerian Flight Academy with his close friend Bill Grey. It was during this time that Andross made his first move against the Lylat System. Fox is also good friends with Falco Lombardi and Slippy Toad, who apparently joined him at the academy. Fox also considers Peppy Hare a father figure, as the two bonded after James' death.
Concept and Design
In 1992, Argonaut Games and Nintendo collaborated to produce a 3D space shooter for the Super Nintendo, provisionally titled 'SnesGlider'. The development team, led by Shigeru Miyamoto, redesigned what had been a tech demo into a rail shooter, with Nintendo designing the game and Argonaut handling the technical aspects.
Miyamoto finally settled on having a fox as the main character after visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto, the head shrine of Inari, a Japanese kami associated with foxes. Inari is portrayed as being able to fly, and its shrines, particularly the one in Kyoto, are surrounded by red arches (torii), giving Miyamoto the idea of a fox that could fly through arches.
Fox's face was modeled after Inari's, and always wears a red "scarf" around his neck, like the statue, with the exception of his design from Star Fox: Assault. Fox's personality is modeled after Miyamoto's, with the name 'Fox McCloud' being suggested by Dylan Cuthbert, one of the Argonaut team.
Lylat WarsFox was raised by his father on Corneria, although he was born on Papetoon. He displayed exceptional aerial skills even at a young age and joined the Cornerian Flight academy along with Slippy Toad.
Later, strange activity would be reported coming from the planet, Venom, where five years previously General Pepper had banished the delusional power-mad scientist, Andross. James McCloud, member of the Star Fox team, flew to Venom to investigate, but was betrayed by his fellow pilot Pigma Dengar and he along with Peppy were captured. Peppy soon managed to escape and James was supposedly killed by Andross.[[Peppy Hare|Peppy Hare]] returned from the incident as the sole survivor to inform Fox of his father's fate. Emotionally gripped by the news, Fox dropped out of the Academy in order to avenge his father's apparent death. Peppy took Fox under his wing, and together formed a new Star Fox team, recruiting Falco and Slippy to the team. Star Fox was called upon to stop Andross and save the Lylat System. Fox led a new Star Fox team throughout the battles in the Lylat System, running into allies and enemies alike. His friendship with Bill Grey was revealed during one of these missions, and he also goes head-to-head with Wolf O'Donnell of Star Wolf and others. Once Star Fox reached Venom, they fought through its defensive lines or Star Wolf all the way to Andross's base (depending on which route the player takes). Despite the protests of his team, Fox faced Andross alone. After Fox defeated him, Andross self destructs and is willing to take Fox with him, but then Fox's father, James McCloud, appears to guide him out of the base, while in the way out he says the famous quote "Never give up, trust your instincts" and mentions how strong Fox has become, finally disappearing when successfully exiting the base. Fox then left victorious as Andross' base exploded behind him. They headed back to Corneria, where General Pepper offered to officially integrate Star Fox into the Cornerian army. Fox refused, saying that they preferred to do things their own way.
Titania IncidentFour years after the Lylat Wars, the peace times have taken a heavy toll on the Star Fox team. After a training session with Falco (involving Game Boy-like devices and Arwings similar to the original Star Fox design), he receives a distress signal from Katt Monroe. Falco leaves abruptly to try and help her, much to Fox and the rest of the team's protests. They then decide to visit the Corneria research Base on Titania, meeting up with the officer in charge of the base, Captain Shears, and he accepts their request, though under one condition. Fox and his team has to wipe out some Andross remnants who are making off with some "data" relating to Andross's research.
When Fox is fighting off the Andross vessel, he then notices another Arwing leaving the ship, and realizes that Falco seems to have "defected" to the Androssians. Falco then starts firing on Fox, thus forcing Fox to go into a dogfight with Falco. After Peppy asked why Fox got into the Dogfight in the first place, Fox then explains that Falco had emerged from the Androssian ship, apparently siding with them. Peppy then feels disturbed at what he's hearing. Fox then admits that he's beginning to feel suspicious about Shear's true motivations. Shortly after Slippy is sent to the base to investigate (much to his chagrin, as he had bad memories from the last time he visited the planet), The Androssians hail the Star Fox team. Turns out the "Androssians" were actually Katt Monroe's team, the Hot Rodders, and that they were never affiliated with Andross. In fact, the reason why they had been on the planet is because they discovered data pertaining to the project that Shear's is involved in and was intending to expose it. After learning from ROB that the project actually involved cloning Andross, they also learn that Slippy had been captured by the research facility under shear's command.
Following Peppy's directions to Slippy's cell, Fox and the Hot Rodders cooperate to foil Shear's plans. Fox and Shears have a sword duel that mostly involved Shears chasing Fox around on his Titanian River Boar. Unfortunately, the Andross clone had matured far more rapidly than anticipated and broke out of the cloning container in a fit of rage by seeing Fox. Fox attempted to arrest Shears, but when Shears tried to escape, he ended up being killed by his very own creation, and Andross then attempts to suck Fox in. Upon Slippy's return they then notice that the Landmaster is still in the docking bay, and Fox attempts to use a Nova Bomb on Andross to try and destroy him, destroying the base and nearly killing himself and Slippy in the process.
After learning that Falco is leaving the team at least for the time being, he heeds Falco's last request and tells Katt that she and her friends should disband the Hot-Rodders.
Four years later, he is training with Slippy (albeit this time with a model resembling the Game Boy Advance), and he beats slippy (causing him to remark that Slippy's not really a good enough rival), He asks ROB that no official requests have been made for them, but they do have a concern for a particular planet. Fox then decides with the remainder of the Star Fox team that they should try and save it. Presumably, they also asked permission for General Pepper to carry out the mission.
Saurian CrisisIn Star Fox Adventures, set eight years after the events of Star Fox 64, a way more cockier and immature Fox McCloud calmed the conflict on Sauria (also known as Dinosaur Planet) by teaming with Prince Tricky of the EarthWalker tribe and returning the Spellstones to their rightful positions in two of the planet's temples, freeing an imprisoned Krystal by returning the five remaining Krazoa Spirits to their rightful positions, thwarting the plans of General Scales, and defeating a reawakened Andross, who was behind the troubles on Sauria. He was forbidden from bringing his blaster into the mission by Pepper as a condition to accepting the mission, as Pepper believed that they needed to solve the problem without resorting to brute force, although he nonetheless managed to make do with a staff that he found near the landing site which originally belonged to Krystal. After that, he returned to Great Fox, and General Pepper paid him for saving Sauria. He and Falco Lombardi (who had left after the events of the Titanian incident.) were reunited, and Krystal joined the Star Fox Team. Immediately afterwards, the Star Fox Team apparently used the money that Fox received to repair the Great Fox, as well as oiling ROB 64 and upgrading the Arwings and Landmasters.
Aparoid InvasionIt has been a year since the events of Star Fox Adventures, and a new enemy has arisen. In Star Fox: Assault, the Star Fox team must destroy the Aparoids, a creature of the unknown, able to take over machines, battleships, and even bodies of others. Fox plays a crucial role in defeating the Aparoids, firing the final shot to bring down the Aparoid Queen. It is due to the Aparoid threat that Fox and his team joined forces with their rivals, Star Wolf team, to defeat the Aparoids. Something interesting to note is that this is the first Star Fox game where the rest of Star Fox joins Fox in the final battle, though for only part of it.
Anglar BlitzOnce again, the Lylat System falls under peril in Star Fox Command, this time under attack by a new foe known as the Anglar, who originated from Venom's acidic oceans. It is up to Fox to save the galaxy once more by slowly liberating invaded territory and arriving at Venom to defeat the Anglar Emperor. This time, he begins the battle with only ROB 64 at his side, as the team has been disbanded for various reasons. Along the way, other characters will join Fox and the team becomes whole again. In a special ending, Fox finds a deep secret about his father but it seemingly doesn't phase him nor does he seem to notice.
In the games
Star Fox 2
Fox was originally going to appear in Star Fox 2, but the game was scrapped to make way for Star Fox 64. The ROM was leaked and is floating around on the internet though.
Star Fox 64
Fox has the role as main character again in Star Fox 64. His friendly nature contrasts that of Falco's. He sets out with his team to avenge his father's death, after learning of it from Peppy. Before each mission, General Pepper and Fox review the planet the team is about to enter. Also in this game, Fox's rivalry with Wolf O'Donnell is revealed, as the two target each other and make remarks in dogfights.
Star Fox Adventures
In Star Fox Adventures, Fox is shown to have a more playful, goofy, and less serious nature, in contrast to his behavior in Star Fox 64 and Super Smash Bros. Fox is the main playable character of the game, along with Krystal, with whom he forms a relationship. Fox must make use of Krystal's staff's abilities and the help of Prince Tricky to venture through the game and fight the SharpClaw led by General Scales. Peppy, Slippy, and ROB provide help, but aren't physically involved in the game. At the end, Falco rejoins the team, to Fox's pleasure, and so does Krystal. Fox attempts hiding his feelings for her when she thanks him, but ROB reveals his emotions, embarrassing him.
Star Fox: Assault
Fox appears again in Star Fox: Assault, serving a role similar to the one he played in Star Fox 64, with a more serious attitude than the one he had in Adventures. Fox and his team's original mission was to take down Andrew and his rebel forces, but a new threat arrives: the Aparoids. Fox's rivalry with Wolf also softens in this game, as the two become less of enemies and more of friends, but still strong rivals. Fox reveals his feelings for Krystal even more when revisiting Sauria after defeating the Aparoids that had invaded there. This time, it is brought up by Tricky, who is now a grown prince.
- Instruction booklet description - Head of the commandos-for-hire Star Fox team. He's responsible and extremely capable of accessing situations and giving orders, not to mention a fiery hero with a strong sense of responsibility and a record of success.
Fox is playable in the multiplayer mode of Assault as well as the story mode. He has balanced stats and the second best Arwing Skill of all characters in the game behind Falco and the second best Landmaster Skill, behind Slippy. His preferred weapon in Assault is the standard Blaster.
Star Fox Command
In Star Fox Command, Fox serves the role of main character again. He now flies his own spacecraft, the Arwing II, which is an improved version of the Arwing. The Arwing II can be upgraded depending on which way paths you choose to progress to through the game.
Ending 1 - The Star Fox Team
During Ending 1 after the defeat of the Anglar forces, Fox spends most of his time convincing Krystal to stay with the team. He is successful after telling her that they will always be together, and the team goes to Aquas to meet Slippy's fiancee, Amanda. Slippy and Amanda get married on a beach, and Amanda joins the team to be closer to Slippy.
Ending 2 - Fox and Krystal
After the Anglar Emperor falls in Ending 2, Fox decides to retire and stay with Krystal. The two have a son named Marcus, who, in his teenage years, is enrolled in the Cornerian Flight Academy, where he learns how to fly the Arwing like his father and grandfather. Also like his forefathers, Marcus leads a new Star Fox team, with Falco as the adviser and Slippy's eldest son and Lucy's daughter as his wingmates.
Ending 3 - Left Alone
The Anglar Army is defeated at the Asteroid Belt, and Wolf sends a transmission to the Star Fox team stating how frustrated he is at having his work go unnoticed. Along with the message, Panther tells Krystal that he reluctantly accepts her rejoining Star Fox. After a few months, Krystal can no longer handle the pressure and leaves the team to go back to Panther and Star Wolf, leaving Fox alone and unloved.
Ending 9 - G-Zero
After Pigma is defeated by the Star Fox team, Fox gets a transmission from Star Wolf stating that they had beaten the Anglar forces and introduced Krystal as a proud member of the team. Fox sees this and he becomes depressed, barely eating or sleeping. Falco hates seeing his friend in despair, and has an idea; leave the mercenary business to become G-Zero Racers. They remodel their Arwings and enter the G-Zero Grand Prix, and soon forget about their pasts as they become famous as G-Zero Racers.
Super Smash Bros. series
Fox McCloud has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. game to date as a default playable character. He wears his Star Fox 64 outfit in the series. Fox is a fast, light-weight character in each game, which contradicts his balanced stats in other games.
Super Smash Bros.
Fox is a playable default character in Super Smash Bros. He is a light-weight, meaning he can be easily knocked-out at low percentages. His blaster can stun enemies in their tracks, his reflector can redirect other projectiles back at whomever is shooting at him, and his Fire Fox move launches him in the air a short distance. Fox has the second fastest running speed in the game, behind Captain Falcon.
Following his dead father's footsteps as the young leader of the Star Fox Team, Fox McCloud's piloting of the super-high-performance combat ship ARWING for the Lylatian System is still fresh in our memories. His one weakness may be his difficulty earning the trust of his teammates.
Fox appears again as a playable default character in Melee. Fox is a light weight (lighter than he was in the previous game), and still the second fastest. Fox has the fastest falling speed of any character in the game, which makes up for his lost weight and can be used to his advantage. However, Fox is at a disadvantage when it comes to escaping throwing combos or some forms of juggling. Melee adds a dash attack, called the Fox Illusion. His Blaster is also sped up, and has rapid-fire capabilities, but enemies don't flinch at the impacts of its shots. His Fire Fox move also improves by going further than in the original Super Smash Bros. Also, at the beginning frames of the attack, characters who come in contact are repeatedly burned. Fox and Falco can perform a secret taunt on the Corneria and Venom stages by alternatively tapping left and right on the control pad. After that is done, Peppy and Slippy will fly over more often and say things. If Fox uses the taunt, Falco appears alongside them. If Falco uses the taunt, Fox appears alongside them. If they're both on the stage, only Peppy and Slippy will talk.
|Fox McCloud is the leader of a band of adventurers-for-hire known as Star Fox. Fox and his fellow pilots Peppy, Slippy, and Falco patrol the Lylat system in their mother ship, the Great Fox. From the cockpit of his Arwing, Fox leads the ceaseless pursuit of the evil scientist Andross, who doomed Fox's father.|
Fox McCloud [Smash]
|Fox is among the quickest and nimblest of the Smash Bros. characters. His speed is offset by low firepower, however, and he's better at one-on-one fights than melees with multiple foes. His Blaster is unique: it does damage but it doesn't make enemies flinch. His Fox illusion is best used as a surprise attack.|
Fox McCloud [Smash]
|Fox falls quickly, so he's a tough target to strike from below; however, this advantage can work against him when he goes flying sideways. You can use the Control Stick to set the direction of the Fire Fox technique while it's charging up. On a side note, Fox is also much lighter than he was in the N64 Super Smash Bros. game.|
Fox is the only (or one of the few) characters that has changed clothings before he could star on a another game. He can perform a special taunt that opens a communications during a fight; however, he can only perform this taunt on one of his stages like Corneria and The Lylat Cruise. To make the taunt, Fox must first knock out an oppenent on the stage then perform a taunt quickly. If Fox gets hit before he can finish the taunt, it will fail and the special taunt can only be attempted once per fight. Falco and Wolf can perform this taunt as well. Snake can do it in his stage(Shadow Moses island) too, execpt he talks in the communications channel to learn about the brawler he knocked out.
- Standard B: Blaster: In Super Smash Bros. it is used to make approaching characters flinch, but in Melee and Brawl, it has no flinching power and is good for racking up damage on an approaching character.
- Side B: Fox Illusion: Introduced in Melee, Fox will kneel and dash in the direction he is facing at an amazing speed. His illusions behind him can cause damage.
- Up B: Fire Fox: In SSB, it had short range and was somewhat useless. In SSBM, it could burn his opponents while charging up and had longer range. The same applies in SSBB.However using fire fox on the smash ball will get immidietly in your body.
- Down B: Reflector: Fox's reflector has the unique ability to redirect an opponent's projectile back at them. Other reflectors have come along, but none are as quick.
- Final Smash - Landmaster: Fox will yell "Landmaster", jump in the air and come back down with an enormous tank. He will be able to shoot large blasts of energy and roll. He can also hover, so escaping this one is difficult.
Role in The Subspace Emissary
An Arwing is seen engaging the Battleship Halberd, but is soon struck by the grapple arm of the combo cannon and begins to fall toward its deck. This causes Kirby and Zelda/Peach to be blown overboard in its wake.It is later shown that the Arwing crash-landed at the edge of a jungle, near a lake. Diddy Kong discovers the Arwing, but legendary Pokémon Rayquaza rises from the lake and territorially attacks the Arwing with a Dragon Pulse, setting it aflame. As Diddy Kong is snatched up by the provoked Pokémon, Fox is ejected from the cockpit of the burning Arwing and proceeds to effortlessly rescue Diddy Kong from the clutches of the serpentine Pokémon using his Fox Illusion. In its anger Rayquaza uses another Dragon Pulse at Fox. Fox then uses his reflector to reflect the Dragon Pulse back at Rayquaza. Then Fox and Diddy Kong battle Rayquaza. After the two defeat the giant Pokémon, Fox attempts to leave, but is dragged away by Diddy Kong deeper into the jungle. Soon, they fight False Bowser and defeat him. Suddenly, the real Bowser fires his Dark Cannon at them, barely dodging the shot. Although Diddy Kong is eager to fight Bowser, Fox knows that they don't have a chance against his Dark Cannon, so he grabs Diddy Kong and jumps off a cliff.
After recovering from the fall, they are ambushed by Bowser again, who succeeds in turning Diddy Kong into a trophy. Bowser then attempts to turn Fox into a trophy, but he manages to dodge the shot, so Bowser sends some Shadowbugs to create False Diddy Kong, outnumbering Fox. Falco Lombardi suddenly appears out of nowhere in his Arwing and saves Fox from Bowser by destroying his Dark Cannon, forcing Bowser to escape. False Diddy Kong begins to absorb more Shadowbugs, becoming gigantic as a result. Fox uses the opportunity to revive the real Diddy Kong, and the three fight False Diddy Kong. After Falco unwillingly joins the group (being dragged along by Diddy in the same manner as Fox was earlier, much to Fox's amusement), they find a ship carrying Donkey Kong's trophy to a floating island. The Great Fox suddenly appears, and as Falco and Diddy Kong attempt to free Donkey Kong, Fox plans to take down the Halberd with the Great Fox.
The Great Fox duels with the Halberd, but it ends up getting tethered to and carried away by it, gets crashed into a mountain, and flies away in smoke. Later on, as Peach and Sheik/Zelda are making their escape after Solid Snake frees them, Fox is seen attacking the Halberd again in his Arwing. During the fire-fight, some of the Arwing's blasters hit dangerously close to Peach. Sheik does a very high range teleport on top of the Arwing and breaks open the cockpit. Both Sheik and Fox fall out of the Arwing and on the Halberd deck. They start running towards each other at high speeds and just before they break into a fight, Peach randomly offers them a cup of tea. Although Fox is shocked by this, when Sheik accepts hers, he accepts his as well. Just as they do, a group of Shadow Bug Mr. Game & Watches fall from the Halberd's cockpit and form into Duon. The three are joined by Lucario and Solid Snake (who knocked them down there in the first place), as well as Falco who arrives on another Arwing, and defeat the monster. Duon leaves behind the real Mr. Game & Watch's trophy as it disappears. Fox prepares to blast the trophy, but Peach approaches it and revives Mr. Game & Watch. Fox along with Falco joins the rest of the heroes in the assault on the Subspace Gunship and the attack on Tabuu.
|Fox McCloud (Assault)||The leader of the one and only Star Fox team. Fox McCloud has superb battle skills and is an expert pilot of both the Arwing and Landmaster. In on-foot battles, Fox starts with a blaster and continues on with four other types of weapons as he fights through the Aparoids. Fox also demonstrates his skills in air combat using the plasma cannons on the Arwing.|
In game footage and his official artwork suggest Fox will still remain a speedy character and he still keeps his blaster.
Cameos and references in other games
Fox has small cameos in other games, notably Stunt Race FX, where a portrait of him can be found in track-side billboards. Additionally, in one of the tracks, an Arwing will occasionally fly overhead. In F-Zero X and GX, a character named James McCloud is a playable racer, bearing the name of Fox's father. He has a similar appearance to James, with his hair looking like ears, and wears sunglasses as well. In the game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Fox, along with other titular Nintendo characters, was going to appear as a customer at the Starbeans Cafe.
Physical appearance and traits
Fox has green eyes which sometimes appear to be blue, orange-brown fur, and his golden-brown white-highlighted hair is cut into a crew cut. The rest of his skin is a cream-colored tone. He also has a bushy white-tipped tail. Fox is of medium/short height and medium weight, but this is contradicted in the Super Smash Bros. games, where he is a mid-sized target, but also very light.
Fox is an overall strong and loyal leader. Although a bit of a cocky rogue with a tendency to disregard rules and regulations (and to complain if he's not being paid enough), he is ultimately, according to Star Fox Adventures, "pure of heart". Fox is shown to be very protective of his friends, as seen in the games, of his team. Fox's facial expression is always either a stoic look or cocky smile.
Fox speaks in a rather youthful voice in all games.
- Star Fox 64: Fox is voiced by Mike West in the English release, and by Shinobu Satōchi in the Japanese version. West reprised his role for the 3DS rerelease.
- Star Fox Adventures: Fox is voiced by Steve Malpass. Like in Adventures, the English dialogue for Super Smash Bros. Melee is done by Steve Malpass.
- Star Fox: Assault: Jim Walker in the English release and by Kenji Nojima in the Japanese release. Walker reprised his role for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Kenji Nojima does the same for his Japanese voice.
Reception and popularity
Since the release of the original Star Fox, Fox has gained a cult following. Early in the Nintendo 64's lifespan, he has ranked fifth in IGN's top five best Nintendo 64 character list. IGN praised Fox's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, saying that he featured some of the best texture work and modeling in the game. In their preview of Star Fox: Assault, IGN editors Juan Castro and Matt Casamassina described Fox's voice as "juvenile yet tough". Fox ranked eighth on GameDaily's Top 10 Smash Bros. characters list. In an IGN poll for voting from a list of ten Nintendo characters for favorite Nintendo character of all time, Fox came in fourth, behind Link, Mario, and Samus respectively. His quotes from Star Fox 64, along with Falco's and Wolf's, are also popular and well-known.
See also:Fox McCloud/Gallery
- Fox is the sole member of Star Fox whose name does not betray his species, as Peppy and Slippy are actually a rabbit and frog. Yet the true identity of Falco's actual species has become a controversy in a recent Iwata Asks interview.
- Fox's nose was black in every game, but as of Star Fox Assault, it has become a dark brown.
- Fox is the least spoken member of his team during the Lylat Wars, with a count of 82 quotes. Excluding ROB who only speaks when neccessary.
- Star Fox: Assault is currently the only game where Fox does not wear his trademark red scarf.
- Star Fox Command marks the new cartoony apperance of Fox and the rest of the series characters, instead of realistic graphics due to realistic fur proving unpopular with players. Yet his fur and clothing will have a realistic render for the next Super Smash Bros. title.
|Fox McCloud | Falco Lombardi | Slippy Toad | Krystal | ROB 64|
|James McCloud | Pigma Dengar | Peppy Hare|
|Lucy Hare | Amanda | Tricky|
|Marcus McCloud | Slippy's son | Lucy's daughter | Miyu | Fay | Fara Phoenix | Saru|
|Arwing | Landmaster | Blue Marine | Great Fox|