- “We're Star Fox!”
- —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, who sometimes literally goes by the name of Star Fox, especially by his many enemies. He is additionally a pilot, combatant, adventurer, and bellwether of the Star Fox team. Fox is the son of James McCloud, who edified him throughout his childhood to never give up. Fox McCloud was a cadet at the Cornerian Defense Army Academy when he heard the news that his father, James McCloud, had met a violent end at the hands of the twisted genius, Andross. The senior McCloud had been betrayed by his own wingman, Pigma Dengar, and delivered into a deadly trap from which there was seemingly no escape. Only James's wingman, Peppy Hare, managed to limp home in his badly damaged starfighter. As the only survivor of the original Star Fox Team, Peppy insisted that the young Fox take on the leadership of the group and form a new team of pilots. Thrust into the leadership role that he wasn't prepared for, Fox recruited the hot-tempered Falco Lombardi and the mechanical genius Slippy Toad to make up the new Star Fox Team. For a price, this crack group will fight against any threat to the Cornerian star system. Although it may appear that the Star Fox Team is motivated only by financial gain, it will only accept missions that serve to uphold justice.
Fox was raised by his father on Corneria, albeit he was born on Papetoon. He exhibited exceptional aerial skills even at a puerile age and joined the Cornerian Flight academy along with Slippy Toad.
Later, outlandish activity would be reported emanating from the planet, Venom, where five years antecedently General Pepper had exiled the delusional power-mad scientist, Andross. Under Pepper's instructions, James McCloud and his Star Fox team, flew to Venom to investigate, but was betrayed by his fellow pilot Pigma and he along with Peppy were captured. Peppy soon managed to escape, but James was killed by Andross.
Peppy returned from the incident as the sole survivor to apprise Fox of his father's fate. Emotionally prehended by the news, Fox dropped out of the Academy in order to avenge his father's death. Peppy took Fox under his wing, and together composed an incipient Star Fox team, recruiting Falco and Slippy to the team. Even though Peppy was older than all the other Star Fox Team members, he declined the leadership role and insisted that the younger Fox McCloud take over the team after Fox's father, James McCloud, was slain by Andross. Feeling guilty about sending James to his doom, General Pepper also took it upon himself to manage Fox's future career.
A few years after the disappearance of James McCloud, Star Fox was called upon by General Pepper to stop Andross and his Venomian Army and preserve the Lylat System. Fox led an incipient Star Fox team throughout the battles in the Lylat System, running into allies and enemies alike. His amity with Bill Grey was revealed during one of these missions, and he went 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 vanquished him, Andross self destructed, inclined to take Fox with him. Fox screamed at his impending doom, thinking it was the end... but then Fox's father, James McCloud, appeared as a spirit to guide him out of the base, while in the way out he verbalized the famous quote "Never give up, trust your instincts" and mentioned how vigorous Fox has become, determinately evanescent when prosperously exiting the base. Fox then left victorious as Andross' base exploded abaft him. They headed back to Corneria, where General Pepper offered to officially integrate Star Fox into the Cornerian army. With all due respect, Fox declined, stating that they preferred to do things their own way, while reading a call from ROB that Great Fox was ready to go and decreed that it was time for them to go too.
Four years after the Lylat Wars, the tranquility times have taken a heftily ponderous toll on the Star Fox team. After a training session with Falco (involving Game Boy-like contrivances and Arwings kindred to the pristine Star Fox design), he receives a distress signal from Katt Monroe. Falco left abruptly to endeavor and avail her, much to Fox and the rest of the team's protests. They then decided to visit the Cornerian research Base on Titania, meeting up with the officer in charge of the base, Captain Shears, and he accepted their request, though under one condition. Fox and his team were to wipe out some Andross remnants who were making off with some "data" relating to Andross' research.
When Fox started fighting off the Androssian vessel, he then spoted another Arwing disembarking the ship, and realized that Falco seemed to have "defected" to the Androssians. Falco then commenced firing on Fox, thus coercing Fox to go into a dogfight with Falco. Falco taunts that barrel rolling was a bad move because Fox wouldn't have known where he would be after the move was over, but Fox turned the table by flying into the sunlight where Falco couldn't see, and lauched a charged homing laser bolt, downing Falco.
At the Great Fox's hangar, Peppy scolded Fox for fighting with Falco, shaming him and asking what his father would say before he asked why Fox got into the Dogfight in the first place. Fox then explaned that Falco had emerged from the Androssian ship, ostensibly siding with them. Peppy then felt perturbed at what he's hearing. Fox then admited feeling suspicious about Shear's true motivations. Shortly after Slippy was sent to the base to investigate (much to his chagrin, as he had deplorable recollections from the last time he visited the planet), the accused Androssians hail the Star Fox team. It turned out the "Androssians" were genuinely 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 authentically involved cloning Andross, they learned 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 cooperated to foil Shear's plans and rescue Slippy. Fox and Shears had a sword duel that mostly involved Shears chasing Fox around on his Titanian River Boar. Lamentably, the Andross clone had matured far more rapidly than anticipated thanks to Slippy accidently speeding up the process and the clone liberated itself from the cloning container in a fit of rage by seeing and remembering Fox. Fox endeavored to apprehend Shears, but when Shears endeavored to elude, he ended up being killed by his very own engenderment, and Andross then endeavors to suck Fox in. Upon Slippy's return they then notice that the Landmaster is still in the docking bay, and Fox endeavors to utilize a Nova Bomb on Andross to endeavor and ravage him, eradicating the base and proximately killing himself and Slippy in the process.
After learning that Falco was taking some time away from the team at least for the time being, Fox heeded Falco's last request and told Katt that she and her friends should disband the Hot-Rodders.
Four years later, Fox was 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 authentically an adequate rival). He asks ROB for any job requests, but ROB informed him that no official requests have been made for them, but he do have a concern for a particular planet. Fox then decides with the remnant of the Star Fox team that they should endeavor and preserve it. Presumably, they sent a request sanction to General Pepper for carrying out the mission.
Plight of Sauria
Eight years after the events of the Lylat Wars, a way more cockier and immature Fox McCloud calmed the conflict on Dinosaur Planet (later kenned as "Sauria") by teaming with Prince Tricky of the EarthWalker tribe and returning the SpellStones to their rightful positions in two of the planet's temples, liberating a confined Krystal by returning the five remaining Krazoa Spirits to their rightful positions, thwarting the orchestrations of General Scales, and vanquishing a reawakened Andross, who was abaft the troubles on Sauria. He was verboten 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 quandary without resorting to brute force, albeit he nonetheless managed to make do with a staff that he found near the landing site which pristinely belonged to Krystal. After that, he returned to Great Fox, and General Pepper paid him for preserving 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 ostensibly utilized the mazuma that Fox received to rehabilitate the Great Fox, as well as oiling ROB 64 and upgrading the Arwings and Landmasters.
A year since the events of the Saurian Crisis, after arriving at Fortuna to assist in ending an Androssian rebellion led by Andrew Oikonny at General Pepper's request, Fox discovered something bigger and more serious has just begun when Oikonny's flagship was shot down down by a "strange creature". After it made an attempt on Krystal, Fox ordered a return fire and destroyed it, where it left behind a interesting object which Peppy prompted him to collect before making a hasty retreat from an approaching armada.
After sending the Core memory to Corneria's research labs, General Pepper and Beltino Toad briefed Fox and his team about the uprising of the aparoid race, while telling a tragic tale about a sole aparoid destorying an entire Cornerian fleet seventeen years ago, fearing it was foreshadowing the future. Beltino assured Fox that his federation scientists were making an full analysis but urged that they could understand more if a complete, undamaged specimen were brought in. Pepper then instructed Fox and his team to investigate a distress signal coming from the outpost base on Katina, suspecting aparoid involvement. Once destroying the force leader and heading to collect its Core memory, Fox noticed that the distress signal had stopped transmitting, only to find out that the traitorous Pigma was behind the S.O.S signal and stole the core memory in order to sell it, deducing from Fox's protest that it was important. Though angry at the sight of Pigma and losing the Core memory, Fox opted to give chase to him.
Tracking Pigma to a dodgy hideout, Team Star Fox's search provoked an aggressive attack from various crminals after they learned who they were. Star Wolf arrived on the scene to settle old scores but it ended badly for Wolf's team, who then revealed that Pigma was thrown off of Star Wolf and he couldn't have hidden at the hideout without being driven out. Star Wolf's newest member, Panther Caroso fell for the beauty of Krystal and slip gave that they might find Pigma at Fichina.
On Fichina, after shutting down the protective shield, turning the climate control centre back on and getting attacked by sentry bots, Slippy revealed that they had undergone Aparoidedation, while Pigma flew down to sadistically reveal he was "pulling the strings" and raising an infected shield generator. Once the machine was downed, the climate control centre was saved, as Peppy made an ironic remark about "those with strong wills", "allies or enemies". Fox said that it sounded like someone he knew. Finding Pigma's trail leading through the asteroid belt and cutting through the aparoids, Fox watched as Pigma underwent an unusual transformation and fused with an abandoned space station, forcing him to destroy the assimulated station and take back the core memory. Fox looked on in scilence as Pigma faced a painful destruction.
Heading back to Corneria and transmitting the core memory, General Pepper then revealed that their plan was to take the fight to the Queen, or else the threat would never end. But their return home to Corneria was interrupted when Krystal caught the telepathic sounds of "cries of agony" coming from Sauria. Fox was horrifed to see that Sauria's dinosaurs were victims of Aparoidedation caused by Aparoid hatchers and decided to save the planet once again. Once the aparoids were wiped out, Fox and Krystal had a short but sweet reunion with Tricky, who offered to take care of things so they could "come back on their honeymoon", sparking a friendly argument but to Fox's embarrasment.
Fox and the team then learned the hard way that their abscence left Corneria vulnerable to a collosial aparoid armada, decimating the majority of the Cornerian defense fleet, and lost contact with General Pepper as a result. Fighting on the surface and rebooting the communications, Fox was then ambushed by aparoids, but then shockingly was saved by none other than Wolf and his team. Siding with their rivials against a common foe, Fox brought down many aparoids, including reluctantly taking down General Pepper's infected flagship, (but Pepper was timely saved by Peppy). Wolf then departed from the planet after remarking that he hadn't come here to save Fox, whilst giving a familiar sounding piece of advice, prompting Fox to reconsider his thoughts about his rivialry with Wolf.
After regrouping with Beltino, the plan was set to take the new self-destuct program to the aparoid homeworld and fire it into the queen, destroying their race. Defending the orbital gate, Star Fox shipped out via a portal to make their final stand against the aparoids, accompanied by the remaining Cornerian fleets. On the planet's surface, Fox and Krystal took out the hatchers to try and disable the large shield covering the planet's core, but the shield reformed barring any entry. At the cost of their mothership, Peppy and ROB, Fox reluctantly respected Peppy's will and ordered that the team moves on, without him. Flying down the tunnels, Star Fox were then joined by their rivials, Star Wolf, just one more time, where the three Wolfen led a lethal barricade away from the Arwings to let them reach the queen.
Ignoring the queen's immitations of those closest to him, including his father, Fox fought the queen, breaking through her defenses and delivering the program, only to have to battle her one more time before she could escape and created an anti-body. Escaping the planet at maximum velocity, Fox theorized that the whole thing was one big entity and that she tried to bypass evolution by stealing souls, but knowing that "you have to be born with one". Reuniting with Peppy in space, Fox admits he knew the old rabbit would be all right all along, and knowing that Pepper would be fine too and feeling Wolf's team would live to fight another day, thanking his friends for their support.
Once again, the Lylat System falls under peril, this time under attack by an incipient foe kenned as the Anglar, who originated from Venom's acidic oceans. It is up to Fox to preserve the galaxy once more by gradually liberating invaded territory and arriving at Venom to vanquish the Anglar Emperor. This time, he commences the battle with only ROB 64 at his side, as the team has been disbanded for sundry 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 ostensibly doesn't phase him nor does he seem to descry.
In the games
Fox is the main character in Star Fox. He sets out with his team to vanquish Andross, but to his displeasure, the Andross that was fought was only a decoy.
Star Fox 64/3D
Fox has the role as main character again in Star Fox 64/3D . His amicable nature contrasts that of Falco's. He sets out with his team to avenge his father's death, after learning of it from Peppy. Afore each mission, General Pepper and Fox review the planet the team is about to enter. Additionally in this game, Fox's rivalry with Wolf O'Donnell is revealed, as the two target each other and make remarks in dogfights.
Instruction booklet description
- “The young leader of the Star Fox team, Fox is always at the forefront of the team's attack. Because of his fantastic flying skills and quick decisiveness, he is an extremely respected leader.”
- —Star Fox 64 Instruction Booklet
Strategy Guide description
- “The young leader of the Star Fox team lost his father to the evil machinations of Andross and Pigma Dengar. He has vowed to destroy Andross with the help of his friends. Fox has proven his skill as a pilot in space and on the ground, but this will be his greatest test.”
- —Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 7
Official Star Fox 64 Site description
- “Fox McCloud was a cadet at the Cornerian Defense Army Academy when he heard the news that his father, James McCloud, had met a violent end at the hands of the twisted genius, Andross. The senior McCloud had been betrayed by his own wingman, Pigma Dengar, and delivered into a deadly trap from which there was seemingly no escape. Only James's wingman, Peppy Hare, managed to limp home in his badly damaged starfighter. As the only survivor of the original Star Fox Team, Peppy insisted that the young Fox take on the leadership of the group and form a new team of pilots. Thrust into the leadership role that he wasn't prepared for, Fox recruited the hot-tempered Falco Lombardi and the mechanical genius Slippy Toad to make up the new Star Fox Team. For a price, this crack group will fight against any threat to the Cornerian star system. Although it may appear that the Star Fox Team is motivated only by financial gain, it will only accept missions that serve to uphold justice.”
- —Star Fox 64.com
Official Star Fox 64 3D description
- “Son of James McCloud and current Star Fox team leader, Fox is an ace pilot with masterful control of his Arwing and a sharpshooter of the highest order.”
- —Star Fox 64 3D.com
Star Fox Adventures
In Star Fox Adventures, Fox is shown to have a more frolicsome, goofy, and less solemn nature, in contrast to his comportment in Star Fox 64 and Super Smash Bros. Fox is the main playable character of the game, along with Krystal, with whom he composes a relationship. Fox must make utilization of Krystal's staff's abilities and the avail of Prince Tricky to venture through the game and fight the SharpClaw led by General Scales. Peppy, Slippy, and ROB provide avail, but aren't physically involved in the game. At the terminus, Falco rejoins the team, to Fox's congeniality, and so does Krystal. Fox endeavors obnubilating his feelings for her when she thanks him, but ROB reveals his emotions, disconcerting him.
Instruction booklet description
- “Eight years after the defeat of Andross, Fox McCloud has matured as a leader and continues to be recognised as a great hero. He's still an active pilot, and his many skills with weapons and martial arts are often called into play.”
- —Star Fox Adventures Instruction Booklet
Star Fox: Assault
Fox appears again in Star Fox: Assault, accommodating a role akin to the one he played in Star Fox 64, with a more solemn posture than the one he had in Adventures. Fox and his team's pristine mission was to take down Oikonny and his revolter forces, but an incipient threat arrives: the Aparoids. Fox's rivalry with Wolf withal softens in this game, as the two become less of enemies and more of friends, but still vigorous rivals. Fox reveals his feelings for Krystal even more when revisiting Sauria after subjugating 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.”
- —Star Fox: Assault Instruction Booklet
Fox is playable in the multiplayer mode of Assault as well as the story mode. He has balanced stats and the second best Arwing Adeptness 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 accommodates the role of main character again. He now flies his own spacecraft, the Arwing II, which is an ameliorated version of the Arwing. The Arwing II can be upgraded depending on which way paths the player opts to progress to through the game.
Instruction booklet description
- “The hero of the game. He's the leader of the mercenary group Star Fox. His courage and sense of justice are well-known, though he can be too serious at times.”
- —Star Fox Command Instruction Booklet
Ending 1 - The Star Fox Team
During Ending 1 after the vanquishment of the Anglar forces, Fox spends most of his time convincing Krystal to stay with the team. He is prosperous 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 espoused on a beach, and Amanda joins the team to be more proximate 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 denominated 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. Additionally like his forefathers, Marcus leads an incipient 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 subjugated at the Asteroid Belt, and Wolf sends a transmission to the Star Fox team verbally expressing 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 vanquished by the Star Fox team, Fox gets a transmission from Star Wolf verbalizing that they had beaten the Anglar forces and introduced Krystal as a proud member of the team. Fox visually perceives this and he becomes dispirited, marginally eating or slumbering. Falco execrates visually perceiving his friend in despair, and has a conception; 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 an expeditious, 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 lightweight, designating he can be facilely 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 most expeditious 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.”
- —Fighter data
Fox appears again as a playable default character in Melee. Fox is a lightweight (lighter than he was in the antecedent game), and still the second most expeditious. Fox has the fastest falling speed of any character in the game, which compensates for his lost weight and can be acclimated to his advantage. However, Fox is at a disadvantage when it comes to eluding throwing combos or some forms of juggling. Melee integrates a dash attack, called the Fox Illusion. His Blaster is additionally expedited, and has rapid-fire capabilities, but enemies don't flinch at the impacts of its shots. His Fire Fox move additionally amends by going further than in the pristine Super Smash Bros. Additionally, at the commencement frames of the assailment, characters who come in contact are perpetually 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 verbalize things. If Fox utilizes the taunt, Falco appears alongside them. If Falco utilizes the taunt, Fox appears alongside them. If they're both on the stage, only Peppy and Slippy will verbalise.
Instruction booklet description
- “A wily fox that uses speed to keep enemies off balance.”
- —Instruction Booklet
|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 transmuted habiliments afore 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 opponent on the stage then perform a taunt expeditiously. If Fox gets hit afore he can culminate the taunt, it will fail and the special taunt can only be endeavored once per fight. Falco and Wolf can perform this taunt as well. Snake can do it in his stage(Shadow Moses island) additionally, except he verbalizes in the communications channel to learn about the brawler he knocked out.
Instruction booklet description
- “The famous Arwing pilot boasts first class speed and agility in combat.”
- —Instruction Booklet
- 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 astounding speed. His illusions abaft him can cause damage.
- Up B: Fire Fox: In Super Smash Bros., it had short range and was scarcely useless. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, it could burn his opponents while charging up and had longer range. The same applies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However utilizing Fire Fox on a Smash Ball will grant the ability to utilize the Final Smash immedietely.
- 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 expeditious.
- Final Smash - Landmaster: Fox will yell "Landmaster", jump in the air and come back down with a cyclopean tank. He will be able to shoot sizably voluminous blasts of energy and roll. He can additionally hover, so eluding this one is arduous.
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 commences 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 elevates from the lake and territorially attacks the Arwing with a Dragon Pulse, setting it aflame. As Diddy Kong is snatched up by the incited 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 utilizing his Fox Illusion. In its anger Rayquaza uses another Dragon Pulse at Fox. Fox then utilizes his reflector to reflect the Dragon Pulse back at Rayquaza. Then Fox and Diddy Kong battle Rayquaza. After the two vanquish the giant Pokémon, Fox endeavors to depart, but is dragged away by Diddy Kong deeper into the jungle. Soon, they fight Erroneous Bowser and vanquish him. Suddenly, the authentic Bowser fires his Dark Cannon at them, scarcely dodging the shot. Albeit Diddy Kong is alacritous to fight Bowser, Fox kens that they don't have a chance against his Dark Cannon, so he prehends Diddy Kong and jumps off a cliff.
After recuperating from the fall, they are ambuscaded by Bowser again, who prospers in turning Diddy Kong into a trophy. Bowser then endeavors to turn Fox into a trophy, but he manages to dodge the shot, so Bowser sends some Shadowbugs to engender Erroneous Diddy Kong, outnumbering Fox. Falco Lombardi suddenly appears out of nowhere in his Arwing and preserves Fox from Bowser by eradicating his Dark Cannon, coercing Bowser to elude. Erroneous Diddy Kong commences to absorb more Shadowbugs, becoming gargantuan as a result. Fox utilizes the opportunity to revive the authentic Diddy Kong, and the three fight Erroneous Diddy Kong. After Falco indisposingly joins the group (being dragged along by Diddy in the same manner as Fox was earlier, much to Fox's regalement), they find a ship carrying Donkey Kong's trophy to a floating island. The Great Fox suddenly appears, and as Falco and Diddy Kong endeavor to liberate Donkey Kong, Fox plans to take down the Halberd with the Great Fox.
The Great Fox duels with the Halberd, but it culminates 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 elusion after Solid Snake liberates them, Fox is optically discerned assailing the Halberd again in his Arwing. During the fire-fight, some of the Arwing's blasters hit perilously proximate to Peach. Sheik does a very high range teleport on top of the Arwing and ruptures the cockpit. Both Sheik and Fox fall out of the Arwing and on the Halberd deck. They commence running towards each other at high speeds and just afore they break into a fight, Peach desultorily offers them a cup of tea. Albeit 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 vanquish the monster. Duon leaves abaft the authentic Mr. Game & Visually Examine's trophy as it vanishes. Fox prepares to blast the trophy, but Peach approaches it and revives Mr. Game & Visually Examine. Fox along with Falco joins the rest of the heroes in the assault on the Subspace Gunship and the assailment 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.|
Regular Trophy descriptions
- “Fox is the leader of the mercenary unit Star Fox, often enlisted to defeat the evil Andross. His piloting skills are top notch, but in Smash Bros. he brings speed and fast attacks to the battle. His Reflector move allows him to turn projectile attacks against his foes, increasing their power for a punishing blow.”
- —NA release
- “Leader of the Star Fox team, Fox is a skilled pilot with a strong sense of justice. In this game, he's quick on his feet and can use his speed to toy with opponents, attacking relentlessly and giving them no room to breathe. Even if they try to attack him from afar with projectiles, his Reflector move just sends them flying right back!”
- —PAL release
All-Star Trophy descriptions
- “Fox is at home in the air, and many of his moves, like his up smash, Flip Kick, will send foes up there. It's great for KO'ing a damaged opponent. Another handy move is his up special Fire Fox. The flames that surround Fox deal damage to nearby foes, and you can launch yourself in any direction once charged.”
- —NA release
- “The Flip Kick that Fox does for his upward smash can really send foes flying. It's well worth pulling out this attack in combos against airborne opponents. Try following it up with his red-hot Fire Fox special to hammer them repeatedly. The fact that you an fly in any direction with this move is a real bonus too!”
- —PAL release
Star Fox 2
Fox was pristinely going to appear in Star Fox 2, but the game was scrapped to make way for the then-upcoming Nintendo 64. ROMs of the game in sundry stages of development were leaked on the Internet.
Star Fox 64 manga
Fox appears as the main character in the Star Fox 64 manga, performing the same role as he does in the games. Fox is shown to bear a cumbersomely hefty grudge against Pigma for his malefaction against his old team and believes in the rumours circumventing Wolf's involution with the fate of James. He gets very facilely worked up over the state of his tattered uniforms and deplorably damaged conveyances. Later on at Venom, Fox shows sympathy for Pigma when he is tortured by Andross for making perpetual deceit. General Pepper is even more altruistic with his promotional offers and makes an endeavor to grant Fox the rank of Cornerian Minister of Bulwark, but Fox is more content to remain a minuscule expeditious team than a space fleet. The team departs as Fox promises that Pepper can always count on him.
Cameos and references in other games
Fox and other Star Fox elements have minimized cameos in other games.
- In Stunt Race FX, there is a portrait of Fox which can be found in track-side billboards. Supplementally, in one of the tracks, an Arwing will infrequently fly overhead.
- In F-Zero X and GX, a character named James McCloud is a playable racer, bearing the name of Fox's father, as well as a similar appearance complete with ear-like hair and sunglasses.
- In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, he along with the rest of his team appear in the Star Fox microgame.
- In the game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Fox was going to appear as a customer at the Starbeans Cafe along with other titular Nintendo characters. These scenes were superseded in the final product.
Concept and Design
In 1992, Astronaut Games and Nintendo collaborated to engender 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 Astronaut handling the technical aspects.
Miyamoto determinately 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 circumvented by red arches (torii), giving Miyamoto the conception 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 denomination 'Fox McCloud' being suggested by Dylan Cuthbert, one of Astronaut's members.
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 additionally 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 additionally very light.
- Before Star Fox Adventures, Fox's eye color was inconsistently erratic. In-game, it was brown in Star Fox, but blue in puppets and most artwork (and infrequently green). In the unreleased Star Fox 2, it would have withal been blue. It was black in Star Fox 64 (along with the other characters), and given a consistent green afterwards.
- Fox is an overall vigorous and loyal bellwether. Albeit scarcely of a cocky rogue with a propensity to disregard rules and regulations (and to repine 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 visually perceived in the games, of his team. Fox's countenance is always either a stoic look or cocky smile.
- Fox speaks in a rather youthful voice in all games, but the style and personality differs with each voice actor. Considering the multiple similarities between the Star Fox games and the Star Wars franchise, Fox's personality and character is similar to Luke Skywalker. The Nintendo Power Official Player's Guide for Star Fox Assault even compared Fox with Luke Skywalker.
Fox has been voiced in the following games by:
- 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 and the fourth Super Smash Bros. title.
- Star Fox Adventures: Fox is voiced by Steve Malpass. Like in Adventures, the English dialogue for the hidden taunt activated cutscenes in 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 relinquishment of the pristine 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 accoladed Fox's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, verbalizing 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 withal popular and well-kenned.
- Fox is the sole member of Star Fox whose name does not apostatize his species, as Peppy and Slippy are genuinely a rabbit and frog. Yet the true identity of Falco's genuine 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 verbalized member of his team during the Lylat Wars, with a count of 82 quotes. Omitting ROB who only verbalizes when compulsory.
- Star Fox: Assault is currently the only game where Fox does not wear his trademark red scarf.
- Star Fox Command marks the incipient cartoony appearance of Fox and the rest of the series characters, instead of authentic graphics due to authentic fur proving unpopular with players. Yet his fur and apparel will have an authentic render for the next Super Smash Bros. title.
- In the pre-Star Fox 64 materials (specifically, the Star Fox comic and the Star Fox Missions Outline), Fox McCloud, prior to forming Star Fox, was stated to be the leader of a group of bandits that stole from the Imperial Guard in the name of the oppressed. This refers to the story of Robin Hood, who frequently stole from the rich (specifically, Prince John) and returned them to the poor and downtrodden. Coincidentally, the Walt Disney adaptation of the tale had the titular character being portrayed by a fox.
- NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.
- Star Fox 64 Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox Adventures Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox Assault Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox Command Instruction Booklet
- Super Smash Bros. Melee Instruction Booklet
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl Instruction Booklet
|Fox McCloud | Falco Lombardi | Slippy Toad | Krystal | ROB 64|
|James McCloud | Pigma Dengar | Peppy Hare|
|Associate / Honorary Members|
|Bill Grey | Katt Monroe | Lucy Hare | Amanda | Tricky | Free-As-A-Bird|
|Marcus | Slippy's son | Peppy's granddaughter | Miyu | Fay | Fara Phoenix | Saru|
|Arwing | Landmaster | Blue-Marine | Great Fox | Great Fox (Star Fox Command)|
|Other / Non-Canon Vehicles|
|Arwing II | Sky Claw | Bullfrog | Cloud Runner | Sky Bunny | Tadpole | Catspaw | Cat's Paw 2 | Walker | Defense-Class Arwing | Interceptor-Class Arwing|