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Characteristics

The characteristics of Fox, including design concept, physical appearances and vocal performers.

Concept and Design

In 1992, Argonaut 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.

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Fox questions General Pepper in regards to self defence without his Blaster.

Before Star Fox Adventures, Fox's eye color was inconsistently erratic. In-game, it was yellow-orange in Star Fox, but blue in puppets and most artwork (and infrequently green). It is also blue in Star Fox 2, which was originally in development for the SNES. It was black in Star Fox 64 (along with the other characters), and given a consistent green afterwards.

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Fox's strict, dedicated character portrayed in Assault.

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. In contrast to his personality and traits portrayed in Adventures, Star Fox: Assault depicts Fox as a professional and decisive mercenary.

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.

Portrayals

Language Game Voice actor
English Star Fox, Super Mario Maker Daniel Owsen
Japanese Star Fox 64Super Smash Bros., Melee Shinobu Satōchi
Japanese Star Fox: Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Kenji Nojima
Japanese Star Fox 64 3D, Zero Takashi Ōhara
English Star Fox 64/3D, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Star Fox Zero Mike West
English Star Fox Adventures, Super Smash Bros. Melee (cutscenes), Brawl Steve Malpass
English Star Fox: Assault, Super Smash Bros. Brawl Jim Walker
English Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins Joe Zieja

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.

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