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We need your help, Star Fox! Andross has declared war! He's invaded the Lylat System and is trying to take over Corneria! Our army alone can't do the job! Hurry Star Fox!
—General Pepper

General Pepper is the general of the Cornerian Army and thus commander of all of Corneria’s forces in the Lylat System. He has offered Fox McCloud an official commission in the end of Star Fox 64, but Fox refused it, stating that they “prefer to do things their way.” General Pepper grew progressively ill in recent games, and has been surpassed by Peppy Hare, who assumes the role of general after the events of Star Fox: Assault.

Biography

Early Life

Pepper served in the Cornerian army with James and Peppy, acting as their commanding officer and friend before the later two moved on to become founders of the Star Fox team. He had been good colleagues with the Cornerian Army's chief science officer Andross before their differences began to start infighting between them and he ordered the research to be terminated but Andross ignored Pepper's orders and unleashed a secret weapon after conducting dangerous experiments which nearly reduced the Cornerian planet to a wasteland. Infuriated, General Pepper successfully placed Andross under arrest and tried him for treason before having the maniacal ape finally banished to the evil mad scientist's new homeworld, Venom.

Five years later, General Pepper received reports from Corneria's observation station of recently discovered, strange bioweaponry activity coming from Venom. He hired the Star Fox team for the first time, then comprising of founder James McCloud, Peppy Hare, and Pigma Dengar. He sent the Star Fox team on a special recon mission to investigate the situation on Venom. But the mission was a disaster when only Peppy returned home, which struck Pepper with guilt over sending James to his doom, leading to his decision to take his old friend's son's career into his own hands.

Lylat Wars

General Pepper partook a major role in the war between Corneria and Venom. His forces were overwhelmed by the Androssian Army, so he assigned the Star Fox Team to do the job. Before every mission, the team would need to report to him and he would brief them about the area and it’s dangers, give information on the current situation, or just review his progress. When Andross and his evil empire were defeated, Pepper gratefully offered to make the Star Fox Team part of the Cornerian Army, but Fox refused due to their preference of the mercenaries for hire lifestyle. General Pepper also paid the bill for Star Fox's total kills of Venomian units and hostile enemies; Pepper read that the total amount due was over sp$70,000 and let out an astounded, “What?!”

Plight of Sauria

During the Plight of Sauria, General Pepper, presumably having been informed by the Star Fox team of what was happening on Sauria, explained to the team about the ongoing crisis on the planet, and also told them that the fee for the mission was also approved, and that the payment would be forwarded to the team upon completion. Pepper thought it was better for Fox to explore Dinosaur Planet without using as much technology that he usually does, including his blaster. General Pepper could help Fox examine his collectable items, Tricky’s sidekick commands and Staff Upgrades via the menu. Selecting him will give off a salute siren. Upon the completion of the mission, he was debriefed by the Star Fox Team as well as the EarthWalker royal family about the events of the mission, and noted his surprise that Andross, who by that point was killed on Venom, was responsible for the events of Sauria's plight. Expressing hope that this time, they've seen the last of the tyrant, he then forwarded the fee, to the Star Fox team's delight.

Aparoid Invasion

General Pepper also played a major role during the Aparoid Invasion of the Aparoids. This time he was more prepared and was able to stand his ground against Andross’s remaining fleet (led by Andrew Oikonny). The Star Fox Team arrived as soon as Andrew was starting to have the upper hand, but was relived that Fox and company arrived on time to prevent disaster. After the team's first encounter with the Aparoids on Fortuna, Pepper reports that the situation has gone beyond Fortuna, the entire Lylat system is in pearl from the invading Aparoids. After he sends the research director Beltino Toad to brief them on all the details, he instructs the team to investigate a distress signal originating from the Katina Outpost because there was no response and Aparoids were suspected to have been involved. Once the Core Memory was recovered from Pigma Dengar, Team Star Fox got back in touch with General Pepper where he told them that as long as the Queen existed the Aparoids would continue to multiply, but Star Fox were temporarily distracted by distress signals coming from Sauria again.

Later, immediately after the Star Fox team returned from combating the Aparoids on Sauria, General Pepper conveyed to them grim news of an Aparoid assault on the Cornerian capital city which left much of the Cornerian defense force in ruins. Pepper instructed Fox about a communications disruption from EMP devices that meant partway into his briefing, Pepper was interrupted and his transmission suddenly cut short. Fearing the worst, Fox set out to cleanse the city of the invading forces, only to discover that General Pepper himself had been infected by the Aparoids. Though his body and his personal flagship, which transformed into a flying battle mech, were no longer under his control, Pepper retained his self-awareness and urged Fox to shoot him down so that he may die in battle and keep his honor. Fox, riding on the wing of a Wolfen piloted by Wolf O'Donnell, reluctantly engaged Pepper’s ship using the Plasma Cannon and was able to bring it down after a fierce battle; as Pepper plummeted towards the ground, Peppy suddenly appeared out of the sky in an Arwing and wedged himself under the rogue ship, breaking its fall and saving the general's life. Pepper was then taken into medical care and the command of Cornerian forces had apparently passed over to Beltino Toad.

Pepper remained inactive for the rest of the invasion, but he was imitated by the Aparoid Queen for deception against Star Fox. It was effective but they managed to ignore the imitation. After the Aparoid Homeworld was destroyed, Fox remained positive that Pepper would be alright after the Aparoid race was vanquished.

Anglar Blitz

After the Aparoid Queen was destroyed with the rest of her kind and the events of the invasion were over, Pepper suffered an illness, possibly because of the Aparoids. By Fox’s account, Pepper was so ill, that he was crippled. Therefore he had to be confined to his sickbed and was unable to take part in repeling the unforseen attack from the Anglar Empire. He had also requested that his rank as Commander in Chief of the Cornerian Army was given to his army comrade Peppy. Before the Star Fox team recovered Andross's terraforming device, Krystal told her views of the terraforming device and of Pepper and Andross's conflict between them which led to the Lylat Wars. Krystal states that at that time, Andross was Corneria's chief science officer and was also a close colleague of General Pepper, but they were "like oil and water" and that their infighting was a precursor to war. However, Krystal had undergone a vicious, mean personality streak from the trauma of being thrown off the team so her words may have only been made to antagonise Fox.

​Other Appearances

Star Fox Comics

General Pepper appeared in the Star Fox Comics made by Nintendo Power, based on the original Star Fox title. He has a sweet tooth for lollypops.

  • In Benimaru Itoh-produced artwork, General Pepper's eyes alternate between light green and reddish-brown.

Lylat Wars Comic

General Pepper appeared in the Lylat Wars Comic, filling the similar role he had in the game. He first appears making an emergency plea to Star Fox, projecting himself from the commlink to grabbing Fox by his throat in desperation. Pepper continues to brief the Star Fox Team about the war efforts during their travels of the Lylat System. When Team Star Fox return to Corneria City after Andross's defeat, General Pepper is even more generous with his offer in making Fox the Cornerian Minister of Defense. Fox turns this offer down feeling his unit are better as a small quick team than a space fleet, but promises the General that he can always count on them. When Great Fox takes off into space and leaves Corneria, Fox takes a coffee break and bills General Pepper for their services in response to the destruction of Andross, where Pepper is astonished at the bill's total.

Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins

Star Fox Zero The Battle Begins Pepper

General Pepper in Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins.

General Pepper appears in the promotional anime short, playing a major role to coincide with the release of Star Fox Zero. The short begins with Andross watching footage of the man responsible for his exile: General Pepper; making public announcements and uncovering a prized portrait in his honor, where he wears multiple medals of valor. This greatly angers the ape emperor, so he orders his lieutenant Granga to bring Pepper to him before the Androssian army being their attack. From his command tower, General Pepper watches with pride as the Cornerian people live perfectly in harmony, until the warp zone opens above the command tower.</p>

En-route to Corneria from a ten day flight from Sauria, ROB reports a distress signal from General Pepper that the Androssian forces are attacking Corneria City. Strider units start to scale the tower but they are leaving the tower intact to take General Pepper hostage since he is the focus of the attack. Peppy is noticeably nervous and Pepper wonders about something that Andross dared to rebuild, while Falco ponders why they don't blow the tower up when they caught the army by surprise, which Pepper reveals that they came for him. Slippy then suggests that the crab robots are using bio-tracking tech to find General Pepper and thinks they need to separate his bio-signal from their sights, which Falco thinks is crazy and gives Peppy an idea, pulling Slippy away to the lab.

The Striders overwhelm the tower so Pepper orders the tower to evacuate and stays behind since the army has come for him, but two loyal Dog Soldiers say behind with him. Once the Arwings appear on Corneria's seas, Fox advises General Pepper to take shelter in a confined space, so the two Dog Soldiers stuff the general into a cleaner robot, much to his dismay. Peppy then fires the test tube item out and creates a blast radius which draws the other robots away from the tower, because Slippy used the lock of Pepper's fur from Peppy's lucky charm to make missiles of Peppers life signs to draw their targeting away.

When the invaders and their mothership Androsa downed, Granga gets ready to takeoff and retreat, leaving one crab left on the tower's command bridge, which is stopped in the nick of time by Fox, who gives Pepper a thumbs up before leaving for the Great Fox. The Cornerian people cheer for the victory and General Pepper thanks Star Fox for saving them once more, and hates to ask for more of them but there's a battle going on in Sector α and request urgent back up support from them. However, General Pepper speaks with Peppy on his secret private channel because the discussion is strictly between them concerning that the attack was only the beginning and then discuss the importance of a weapon that Andross dared to rebuild. Pepper asks Peppy to do what must be done when the time comes, but it must kept strictly between them and the team must not find out.

Trivia

  • His name is a reference to the album and song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles. His military uniform resembles that worn by the band in the cover of the record. In the Nintendo Power comic there are references when Pepper was "just a Sergeant".
  • When the Star Fox team loses contact with General Pepper prior to the Corneria Campaign during the Aparoid Invasion, shortly after General Pepper says “Please, Fox, I'm already...”, his last visible action is him looking around. Given his comment before, as well as his next appearance, this may imply that General Pepper became an Aparoid at that moment.
  • It is unknown how General Pepper and his flagship in Star Fox Assault got infected by the Aparoids. The most likely explanation is that Pepper was ambushed during his transmission to Star Fox about Corneria's condition and possibly injured by the creatures.
  • In concept artwork for General Pepper's appearance in Star Fox: Assault, one of the artwork stills has him wearing sunglasses, a reference to his original appearance in Star Fox for the Super NES.
  • General Pepper's plea to Team Star Fox in Star Fox 64 is the longest quote in the game, (apart from the Lylat history narration, yet there is no character to represent the narrator).
  • In the Kirby Anime, Pepper makes a cameo appearance as a Dog General action figure in Episode 12 on a store shelf in Gengu's toy shop. It even has his standard saluting pose.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Japanese (ジェネラル・ペパー, Jeneraru Pepā / ペパー将軍, Pepā Shōgun)

References

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