- "Do a barrel roll!"
- —Peppy Hare
Peppy Hare (ペッピー・ヘア, Peppī Hea) is a member of the legendary Star Fox team, with leader James McCloud and wingmate Pigma Dengar. After Pigma's betrayal and James' capture, Peppy narrowly escaped to return to Corneria to inform Fox McCloud of his father's fate. Ever since then, Peppy serves as Fox's mentor and frequently gives Fox instructions and advice throughout the course of the games. Peppy's phrase from Star Fox 64, "Do a barrel roll!" (taken out of context), has become a popular internet phenomenon.
According to Star Fox Command, he has a daughter, Lucy, and is the widower of his wife, Vivian. He eventually retires from flight duty, takes up a post in the Great Fox, and is eventually made General of the Cornerian Army after Pepper grows ill.
Peppy served in the Cornerian army alongside James and Pepper before pulling out to become a founding member of the mercenaries for hire team Star Fox. Five years after the banishment of Andross, Peppy along with James McCloud and Pigma Dengar were called to planet Venom by General Pepper to investigate strange activity coming from the planet. Upon arrival, Pigma betrayed the team. James was supposedly killed, and Peppy barely managed to escape. Returning home, Peppy informed James' son, Fox, about his father's fate, and the new team was born.
Peppy later became part of the new team, led by Fox McCloud, and the two new members, Slippy Toad and Falco Lombardi. Occasionally the team would encounter the rival mercenary group, Star Wolf, led by Wolf O'Donnell and consisting of, Leon Powalski, Andrew Oikonny, and former Star Fox team member, Pigma Dengar. Peppy was the main target of Pigma. After Star Wolf and Andross were defeated Team Star Fox returned home and were paid handsomely by General Pepper (depending on how many enemy units were destroyed by the player).
During the four years of peace in the Lylat System, Peppy and the rest of the Star Fox team had little in terms of work. They then received a S.O.S. signal from Katt Monroe, and Peppy was unsure of whether to respond to her S.O.S., as she had a criminal record. However, they eventually went to the source of the S.O.S., Titania, due to Falco rushing out to help Katt before a proper decision could be made. They then went over to one of the Titanian research bases, run by Captain Shears. Shears agreed to help Star Fox out to find Falco, under the condition that they stop some Venomian Army remnants who allegedly stole some of Andross's research that the base planned to replicate for peaceful applications. After the Star Fox team fought against the supposed Androssian vessel, as well as Fox getting into a dogfight against Falco, Peppy gave Fox a severe tongue-lashing in regards to fighting Falco, viewing it as irresponsible on Fox's part. However, when he learned the reason why Fox got into a dogfight with Falco in the first place, he became disturbed at the implications of what is happening, as well as growing more suspicious of Shear's true motives, and deployed Slippy to investigate. Afterwards, they were hailed by the supposed Venomian Army remnant, who turned out to be Katt's group. After learning that they had stolen some files from the base and planned to leak them onto the black market, although they didn't actually know what was inside the contents of the file, Peppy requested that ROB open the files to see what was really going on. They then learned upon reviewing the files that it was even worse than previously believed: Shears wasn't planning on reviving Andross's research, but Andross himself via cloning. Peppy then realized that he inadvertently placed Slippy in grave danger earlier and attempts to call Slippy back, but learns from ROB that his communication with Slippy was cut a while back. Peppy then acted as the monitor of the mission to rescue Slippy, telling Fox where to go while Katt and her team acted as the distraction. After Fox rescued Slippy and defeated both Shears and a newly revived Andross, Peppy tried to get away from a cloning culture fluid-soaked Slippy.
Four years afterwards, during the Sauria Crisis, he retires as a pilot because of his old age and becomes an adviser and navigator within the Great Fox, alongside ROB 64 (and during this time, Slippy). His role during this period of peril was important, but minor nonetheless.
Aparoid Invasion and Retirement
Peppy still stayed aboard the Great Fox and gave valuable advice to the Star Fox team, which now included Krystal. By the time the team, with Star Wolf's help, had defeated the Aparoids at Corneria, Peppy somehow found his way back into an Arwing after General Pepper was captured by the Aparoids and arrived at the last moment to save Pepper from dying (Although the attempt also led to him being injured, requesting that Fox contact the Medical Corps.). During the invasion of the Aparoid Homeworld, a shield was generated, blocking the team's progress. It was at this point that Peppy boldly sacrificed himself and crashed the Great Fox into the shield, destroying it and the Great Fox in the process. If you look closely you can see that Peppy was being infected by the aparoids as he crashed into the shield. This allows the team to continue onward to thwart the Aparoid Queen. The team is shocked and saddened by the apparent loss of their veteran friend, but they eventually resolve to move on. During the battle against the Aparoid Queen, the Queen impersonates Peppy, among other supposedly deceased acquaintances, and attempts to discourage the team. After the Star Fox team's victory and escape, a moment of mourning is interrupted by the arrival of both Peppy and ROB, who had escaped the destruction of the Great Fox using an emergency escape ship. Fox reveals that he was well aware of Peppy and ROB's survival, and Peppy tells the team that he intends to retire for good.
During the Anglar Blitz, Peppy replaced Pepper as the general of the Cornerian Army and, during the game, we learn that he has a daughter named Lucy Hare, who teaches astrophysics at Fichina. Peppy pilots his own Arwing which resembles the Aparoid Invasion model.
In the games
Star Fox 2
Peppy, along with other members of the Star Fox team, was originally going to appear in Star Fox 2, but the ill-fated game was eventually canceled in production. Strangely, in his transmission image, his fur is brown, not grey like in all the other games.
Star Fox 64
In Star Fox 64, Peppy served the same role he did in Star Fox; as an adviser. Evidently, Peppy was a member of the previous generation Star Fox team, alongside Pigma and James McCloud. This game spawned his famous "Do a Barrel Roll!" quote, among others. Peppy and Pigma target each other in the occasional dogfights between Star Fox and Star Wolf. The two appear to have formed an arch rivalry since Pigma had betrayed the team. Peppy also compares Fox's piloting skills in the game to that of his father's, making comments such as "Your father helped me like that too" and the like. Peppy's base color in this game is red.
Star Fox Adventures
Peppy is appears again in Star Fox Adventures. He has retired from flying and now resides in the Great Fox, giving Fox advice whenever he is flying and helping with navigation while Fox is on land. Peppy spends his time studing ancient records on Sauria and translates directions on Fox's PDA scanner map.
Star Fox: Assault
Star Fox: Assault marks another major role for Peppy. He has fully retired as a pilot and still gives advice from the safety of the Great Fox, alongside ROB 64, which includes instructions on how to maneuver the Arwing and Landmaster, direction, and how to avoid enemy attacks. Peppy risks his life to save General Pepper when Pepper's ship was infected by an Aparoid. Near the end, it was believed by the team that Peppy had died when he risked his life a second time and crashed the mothership into the barrier blocking the pathway into the core of the Aparoid Homeworld, but he survived and had escaped using one of the ship's escape pods.
- Instruction booklet description - The father figure of the Star Fox team. Peppy is a former pilot who retired because he was unable to conquer advanced age. He currently rides in the Great Fox where he issues advice and instructions to the team.
Peppy is playable in Assault's multiplayer mode. His statistics are similar to Fox's in that he has the same Pilot Skill. Being a rabbit, Peppy also has the best jump in the game. His age makes him the slowest running character, even slower than Slippy, who he used to outrun nine years ago.
|Special||Charge speed [for his blaster] is four times as fast as others.|
Star Fox Command
Peppy has appeared in Star Fox Command. He is now General of the Cornerian Army, taking the now ill Pepper's place. Peppy's role is now both advisory and similar to that of Pepper's from the previous games. In the end, after the Anglars fall, Peppy helps with organizing a "Welcome Home" party with Krystal, Katt, Lucy (his daughter), and Amanda. Peppy and Lucy eventually slip away to reminisce about Vivian, Peppy's now deceased wife and Lucy's mother. They bring up memories both joyful and bittersweet, continuing their conversation until sunrise.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Peppy makes a cameo appearance in Melee. He makes quotes during the game's Star Fox portion of the Adventure mode, alongside Slippy and Falco (who is a playable character). He can also appear if the player (as either Fox or Falco) performs a secret taunt on the Corneria or Venom stages. One can do this secret taunt by alternatively tapping the left and right buttons on the GameCube Controller's control pad. Peppy is also in the game as a collectible trophy.
|Peppy Hare||Peppy was a member of the original Star Fox team with Fox's father James McCloud. Peppy was the sole survivor of the Battle of Venom where a treacherous teammate named Pigma Dengar betrayed the team. Peppy now rarely climbs into the cockpit of an Arwing, preferring instead an advisory position in mission planning.|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Peppy makes another cameo appearance in Brawl. Like in Melee, he can appear on the Corneria past stage and the new Lylat Cruise stage when the character (as Fox, Falco, or Wolf) performs his secret taunt. He also is a collectible trophy.
|Peppy Hare||A member of the original Star Fox team. Peppy Hare was an esteemed pilot, now retired and currently commanding the Star Fox team from the mother ship, the Great Fox. Although he's known for a propensity for nagging, the praise and trust his team gives him hasn't changed throughout the years.|
Physical appearance and traits
Peppy's last name suggests that he is a hare. He has long ears, large incisors, and a country accent that seems to mellow out in each game as he gets older. In all games, he wears a long trench coat with a long collar, with inner-clothing similar to Fox McCloud's. In later games, he grows a white mustache.
The "Peppy" part of his full name may come from his "peppy" behavior in Star Fox 64, but this is contradicted in the later games, as he gets older and slower. In all of the games, he is considered a father figure to Fox.
Peppy has been voiced by Tomohisa Asō in the Japanese versions up until Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Jock Blaney in the English version of Star Fox 64, Chris Seavor in Star Fox Adventures and the English version of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Henry Dardenne in the English version of Assault, Dex Manley in the English version of Brawl, and Kunpei Sakamoto and Jaz Adams in the respective Japanese and English versions of Star Fox 64 3D.
- Peppy's Star Fox 64 quote, "Do a Barrel Roll" has became an Internet meme and is one of the Star Fox series' most well known quotes.
- Despite retiring before the events of Star Fox Adventures, Peppy keeps returning to his Arwing and taking part in the fight.
- With 134 quotes, Peppy is the most talkitive character in Star Fox 64.
|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|