- “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 leader 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 cocky 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 army, who originated from Venom's acidic oceans. It was 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 commenced the battle with only ROB 64 at his side, as the team had been disbanded for sundry reasons.
Along the way, other characters joined Fox and the team became 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.
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 treason against his old team and believes in the rumours surrounding Wolf's suspected involvement with the fate of James. He gets very facilely worked up over the state of his tattered uniforms and deplorably damaged vehicles. Later on at Venom, Fox shows sympathy for Pigma when he is tortured by Andross for making perpetual deceit. General Pepper is even more generous with his promotional offers and makes an endeavor to grant Fox the rank of Cornerian Minister of Defense, 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, meaning he has resumed the role of Fox's current voice actor.
- 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. Malpass's voice acting was retained on the Corneria stage in the sequels.
- 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. Walker's voice acting was retained on the Lylat Cruise stage in the sequels.
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 betray 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 speaks 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 has an authentic render for the fourth 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 1993; Instruction Booklet
- 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
|Star Fox Team|
|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 | Walker | Gyrowing|
|Other / Non-Canon Vehicles|
|Arwing II | Sky Claw | Bullfrog | Cloud Runner | Sky Bunny | Tadpole | Catspaw | Cat's Paw 2 | Great Fox II | Defense-Class Arwing | Interceptor-Class Arwing | Mothership|